Thursday, 19 March
Chunky Dance Mania and B-more Breaks hybrids banged out by Bodyjack and Soundbwoy Killah for the party.
LP5/Gantz Graf-style IDM convolutions from Arovane for Touchin' Bass. Anyone expecting his softer side will get a shock here.
After 20 years of breakneck trax about b*tches 'n hoes, DJ Slugo takes the opportunity to go deep and slow on 'Ghetto' for Nico Jaar's Other People.
Superlative dark disco plays by a new, Frankfurt-based duo, backed with straighter remixes by C.P.I., Willie Burns and Cliff Lothar. The originals are both pretty special, working a palette of brooding doom voices and creepy neo-classical motifs around the slouchiest, stumbling triplets and head-turning vocals. 'Talking About Talking' comes off like a long lost dustbowl waltz between Cosey Fanni Tutti and Jhonn Balance, whilst 'Blackbird' really gets under the skin with frayed, smacky drums and exquisitely layered synths hinting at some kinda Goblin/Carpenter chimera. The remixes re-tune them for more st… Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 500** Ruder, knackered house from the prolific EMG. Landing in advance of his hotly anticipated 12" for Berceuse Heroique, the Italian producer's 'Sonic Cycles' yields four cuts of graded house dirt, from the frictional bump and parry of 'In Sound' to done-in tracky gear with 'Crudista' and 'Before KDL', and the burred disco-house jak of 'Guithouse'.
Burly Jerome Hill edits of Marshall Jefferson, Adonis and Frankie Knuckles standards. Jefferson's Hercules killer , 'Lost In The Groove' takes a bassier beating on the A-side; Adonis and Knuckles' devilish Dancer bomb, 'Boom Boom' gets jacked up with extra samples and busier edits on the backside.
Big chunky disco bombs from Bashmore on his Broadwalk label. 'Rhythm of Auld' is deeply rooted in '80s boogie but the vocal and squeaky clean synth/strings are definitely 2015. One for all the family, then. Flipside, 'Knockin Boots' continues the agenda with a lush meld of classic-sounding disco-soul vocal with swinging '90s house and Soundstream-alike edits. I think timeless is the word we're looking for...
Hyper-funky chops from Austria's Cid Rim, loaded with a sweetly unhinged remix by Jameszoo. Check out 'Charge' or 'Kano' for Hud Mo/Rustie-styled future funk blaze, or the remix for kinkier, stranger, unpredictable thrills.
Kazumichi Komatsu aka Madegg (M/D/G) furnishes Flau's Raum sublabel with their 2nd hit following Stefan Jos' opening statement. It's experimental techno with a sensitive edge, cuytting quite close to Herbert styles with the banging techno dimensions of '?????' and the jagged bounce of 'Francis' whilst 'Wah Fruits' comes off like a dusty Jelinek piece and there's more manic kicks to be found in 'Current Work' or 'Scum From Design'. Mastered by Miles.
**Gatefold sleeve LP. Comes with free download code redeemable from the label.** New album of affected electro-pop homage to classic Factory Records, by Manchester-hailing Lonelady for Warp Records.
Skweee pioneer and survivor, Daniel Savio, dropped this salty slab on Pomassl's Laton label in 2012. It's a crooked mix of dubwise efficiency, Euro-lectro melodic emotions and fizzy 8-bit punch, landing somewhere between Jahtari's Disrupt, Skam's Team Doyobi and a mushroom-infected Atari.
**Limited white label repress** High energy Detroit 'floor drills from a brilliant duo, The Oliverwho Factory. Following some dalliances with other labels - Dolly, Planet E, Rush Hour - we reckon they've saved the best for their own Madd Chaise label. A-side runs a real epic built on soaring, proggy synthlines and grittiest disco-tech groove with a nasty sting in the tail; B-side brings Shonie C in for a blazing vocal woven into a peaking showpiece that could storm any big room, before rolling out with the frictional, Huckaby-style dub techno groove and positive vocal pressure. Turn the lights off.
Featuring: Charles Hayward (This Heat), Guy Segers (Univers Zero), Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple). caught in live at Cafe Oto, London, 2014.
Pure Italo peacockery, originally released in 1984, reissued for 2015. Staggered drums and pleading vocal with rippin' arpeggios and chest puffing guitars in the final strokes.
UTTU's knack for digging new talent in full effect! Cassius Select follows his split 12" with Tuff Sherm into the crafty-ass drums of his 'Crook' EP, showing off some seriously giddy syncopations ranging from the Mbalax-like talking drum tilt and Joe-style chopping of 'Cross Strut' to the stuttered c*nty funk of 'CROOK'; getting all grimy with the fractious bells and heads-down bass of 'Joy Mile', and simply spinning bodies wild with the killer complexities of 'He Ain't Worth It'. More like this, please!!!
Full Strength house music from the inimitable DJ Qu on his own label - home of his best works. A-side plays it steady driving but with gruff bass offset by his signature shuffles and strafing synth sweeps to cream the 'floor. B-side plays out the funeral keys and ghostly vocals of 'Sadness In The Static', setting the stage for a welting acid weapon called 'Sweaty One'.
Menatllist techno fun with the Power Vacuum posse. Vacated's incendiary 'Quadrat' gives way to a stripped, hyper-kinetic 'Plastic Jam' (possibly riffing on Fiedel's 'Doors To Manual'?); Cylob does straight up Cylob in the spannered 'Spyworld'; Bintus gives Anklepants a groping acid disco remix; Cornwallis does, er, poetry?
Dope, darkly tinted house trax hailing from Estonia, picked for release by Optimo's JD Twitch. It opens with the title track, a dreamy mix of druggy NYC swing and weirdly detached jazz licks which previously featured on a tape for Trash Can Dance. 'Falling' follows with an effervescent lather of keys and pendulous, booming groove but, it really gets going on the B-side with the bloody hard-to-resist swing and dip of 'The Addiction' there for dancers, and again on a deeper tip with the sparse but effective 'U Took My Love'.
Straight-up Detroit house from Big Strick (Omar-S' cousin). Includes highligbhts in the mellow shuffle of 'Ghetto Man' and the late-night beatdown seduction of 'Illuminated'.
"This is the first recorded collaboration between Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham. And it's precious. After the musical meeting with Tony Conrad and with Z'ev, this new LP creates a form of trilogy. Chatham began his musical career as a piano tuner for avant-garde pioneer La Monte Young as well as harpsichord tuner for Gustav Leonhardt, Rosalyn Tureck and Glenn Gould. He soon studied under electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick and minimalist icon La Monte Young and was a member of Young's group, The Theater of Eternal Music, during the early s… Read more
Sweeter, ruder bass turns from Champion and Terror Danjah on the 2nd 12" warm-up for the f= Bass² compilation. Champion gets tropical with the whopping bird calls and tribalized bounce of 'Cannon' up top; Terror Danjah shows off with inimitable style in the taut but fractious UK techno funk of 'Run Out'.
Fracking heavy techno from the smart duo of DJ Deep and Roman Poncet. Straight-up club constricts for the DJs, building a right head on it with the unrelenting kicks and rasping shuffle of 'Hydraulic Jack' up top, and to tenser degrees with the jagged slam of 'Hydraulic Pump', whereas 'Artesian Well' hydroplanes beat-less.
"The new live record from the Tokyo-based all-female intrumental trio Nisennenmondai. Recorded Live in Hamburg by Johann Scherer (producer i.e. for Gallon Drunk, Bosnian Rainbows). Nisennenmondai formed in the late '90s and took their name from the Japanese translation of the then-current phrase 'Y2K bug'. Johann Scheerer (owner of Clouds Hill Recordings Studio, in Hamburg, Rothenburgsort) invited the band to his recording studio where they performed in front of a small live audience a maximum 64-minute long set which is exactly the length of 2 x analog tapes. The performance was recor… Read more
**28 Track double vinyl edition featuring US R&B favourites from the early Jamaican sound system era** "This 3CD selection features US jump/shuffle blues recordings, which will be of equal interest to both Jamaican music fans and connoisseurs of classic US rhythm & blues. Putting this compilation together was no easy matter, considering that many labels scratched out their releases and were retitled by DJs keen to preserve their “exclusives”, meaning that they were known on the island by their sound system titles. This is the music that provided the inspiration for Ska and all t… Read more
One of the most sought-after work of japanese deep house master kuniyuki is finally repressed...
Forward-facing but classically-styled disco house budge from London's Dauwd. Refreshing timeless templates with nimble flair, he grooves between dope and lush Detroit-meets-London filter-house techniques in 'Jupiter George' to the low-slung and supple jazz shuffle of 'Ritter Sport', and intimately soulful broken beat house with 'Take Four'.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Elizabeth Eaton Converse grew up in Laconia, New Hampshire in 1924. Described as a polymath, she attended Mt. Holyoke College, but by 1944 she decided to leave college and, in 1949, she made her way to New York City. Over the course of the next decade, in addition to acquiring her new moniker, “Connie” wrote and recorded songs that captured the hearts of those close to her. Some were recorded by the artist in her Greenwich Village apartment, others by friends enamored of the music. These included animator Gene Deitch a… Read more
"New 4-tracker from Tom Demac who aligns his arsenal of hardware and readies a pack of rattling club tracks peppered with kicks and luminescent textures. The ‘Smoke Stained Ivories’ EP spans a variety of moods and textures that are propelled by his tough, thrumming percussion and sportive synth work."
"Whereas last time around, they were all about "vocal harmonies from NYC to Cape Town" and "massive guitars from Portland to D¸sseldorf, mixed with clattering beats from Berlin to Detroit" Aloa Input - a Munich-based three-piece that seems to be just as addicted to new input as it's quick and productive when it comes to releasing more genre-smashing, ebullient output - are about to leave planet earth altogether with their sophomore release: Dropping only a year after the band's debut album "Anysome" (with additional remix EP "RMX" released in-between), they return with an album that finds them d… Read more
**Full album on CD included inside** "Belgian DJ and producer Mugwump presents his debut album on his Subfield imprint. A nine track LP, informed by two decades as a touring DJ, producing tracks that have been played by everyone from Andrew Weatherall to Mr. Scruff. A mainstay from the Belgian club scene, on the ground in Ibiza in the early 90‘s, behind the cult Food Club in the late 90’s, now running his own Leftorium clubnight in Brussels, with releases on the Kompakt label but also on R&S, Gigolo, Cocoon, Gigolo, Eskimo, Permanent Vacation or Throne of Blood. Produced with his partner Olivier G… Read more