Genius dembow rhythm science from DJ Python on his 2nd album for Anthony Naples’ and Jenny Slattery’s Incienso. Total mind-melter this one, easily Python’s best material since his 'Dulce Compañia’ debut - we can tell you now we’re gonna be banging on about this record all fucking year.
Following from the reticulated deep house-paced reggaeton hybrids of that acclaimed 2017 debut, the new side by Brian Piñeyro ‘Mas Amable’ takes a rambling, sidewinding trip exploring slippery, mutable 90/180bpm metrics with a serpentine guile that surely lives up to his moniker. Imagine Beatrice Dillon jamming with Gescom and Kelman Duran, and you’ve nearly got a grasp on this incredibly constructed album.
Across 50 minutes of seamlessly arranged transitions from lush field recordings to hip-gripping dembow permutations and semi-conscious and tripped-out vocals, Python dangles the dance by a fine conceptual thread that ties the constant rhythmic chronics to their subtly shifting tonal/textural variables. Call it ambient-jugle-dancehall, avant-dembow, deep reggaeton, whatever; it’s just an incredible record for lovers of rhythm and sound of all stripes. Starting up with five minutes of rustling, shoreside ambience in ‘Te Conocí’, the album elegantly and rudely shifts its weight between seven mutations of dembow’s tressilo drum pattern and junglist markers, toggling the pressure gauge from gently propulsive sway in ‘Pia’ to tighter, darker steppers type in ‘Alejandro’ and wavey whistling melodies in ‘oooophi’, before technoid neuro D&B stabs light up ‘Descales’ and it all fades out in the narcotically effective downstroke and tripped vox of ‘ADMSDP’, and slunks into the deep blue reggaeton electronica of ‘Juntos’ and ‘mmmm’.
Cast somewhere between the horizontal and vertical, and thus primed for dancehall or late night satisfaction, whatever angle it’s approached from, ‘Mas Amables’ is a unique and richly immersive experience that will surely rank among the definitive records of the year.
Yeah, we’re feeling this one.
Azu Tiwaline explores "the intersections of Berber music, dub culture and techno hypnosis” on this strong new EP for Livity Sound. Bare-boned and moody, this one slowly pulls you in with gradually coalescing layers that are detailed and atmospheric, highly recommended if yr into Burnt Friedman, Portable, Move D.
"Fresh from the acclaimed Draw Me a Silence LP on IOT Records and collaborating with musician and sound artist Cinna Peyghamy, this new record further explores the hypnotic percussion and mystique of the Tunisian Sahara, a hybrid sound playing on contrasts and nuances, light and dark with echoes of techno minimalism and modern dub."
Crafty debut album of Latin American braindance from Medellín, Colombia’s Verraco, turning out tautly syncopated steppers and synching synthlines shades away from likes of Lakker, Gooooose, Rian Treanor
The tracks were all made between Barcelona and Medellín with the intent of exploring concepts of “mestizo and its “purity”” thru the framework and palettes of IDM. The results exert a fine Latinate spin on electronica tropes, metered with swingeing syncopations and soaring flutes lines that trace a line from the Andes via Elysia Crampton and TCF.
“From rural chants flowing down a mountain range, to street bikes and gang outbreaks lighting up cityscapes, the use of field recordings in Grial guide listeners through Verraco’s sonic fiction. These ten pieces present an intricate pluriverse that the Western world has greatly marginalized. Verraco proposes to rethink the sudaca cyborg-habitants of the future fusing powerful sound design to collapse the established order. Grial becomes the sacrament in which other possible worlds turn corporeal.”