In 12 heavy D&B mutations, ’Samurai Hannya’ gathers a group portrait of Berlin’s Samurai Music family. Listen out for strong gear in speaker-worrying subs of The Untouchables’ ‘Bushi Ronin’, a clenched hardstep bomb by Last Life, the bestial gnash of Torn, and a rare, ace outing by label head Geoff Presha
“The new Samurai Music series of 12"s - Samurai Hannya - are based on the mythical masks of a Noh drama (a form of traditional Japanese theatre). Hannya masks capture the stages of transformation of a female character as she undergoes a metamorphosis into a demon / ogre. This transformation is caused by deep sadness and anger, fuelled by intense jealousy. The mask embodies the resentment and fierce obsession of this character. Its horrible look gives us an impression that it is not just a grotesque monster, but that it also expresses the deep sadness of human beings. A cautionary tale of the power of negative emotions portrayed aptly in this infamous play. Hannya masks are also very popular with tattooists around the world along with many other characters and symbols from the fascinating Japanese mythology.
The 12”s for the Samurai Hannya series are named after these 3 stages / masks and feature all new tracks from the Samurai family of artists created specifically for this project. The series introduces a new Russian artist Roho, plus the first two collaborations from label head Presha (with Homemade Weapons & Ancestral Voices) alongside label regulars Homemade Weapons, The Untouchables, Torn, Artilect, Last Life, Antagonist, and for the first time on Samurai, Weaponry artists Torana.”
Tremulous blends of solo piano and warbling soul songwriting from nuanced newcomer Evadney. RIYL Serpentwithfeet, Arca, Bjork
“Born and raised in the UK, Evadney grew up in a large Caribbean family with a Jamaican mother and Barbadian father. Influenced by old school soca and calypso tunes through to artists such as Kate Bush, Bjork and Grace Jones, he later studied the likes of John Cale, Stockhausen and Musique concrete during his MA in Music Composition at Goldsmiths University. He's now based in Brighton, splitting his time between making music, working at a charity organization and DJing at the weekends.
Debuting early in 2019, Evadney's music is ultimately inspired by the politics of sexuality, identity and his own intersectionality. Electronic, poetic, melancholic and cinematic, his productions are both leftfield and pop whilst always featuring a compelling narrative.
The Unfurls is about states of transformation, into more beauty, more knowing and more strength to create and move the pieces of my life. When I think of what is important for me to be doing in my music right now, it is to unfurl and to be seen as who I really am so it happily makes sense to me that these songs are each an embodiment of that. - Evadney”
Sam KDC syncs deep into the grey area between techno, D&B and noise in the ‘Omen’ album. Tempering his chest-bursting emosh tendencies in favour of more abstract signposts and textural expression, he also locks down to a hoofing style of drum programming with galvanising his galloping rhythms with alloy-cast kicks and hard-bitten percussion.
The sound is ascetic to a T, shorn of melody or soft edges and delivered with blank-eyed, bruising blows in fathomless space with the likes of ‘False Awakening’, the hydraulic pump of ‘Trial By Fire’, and the stiff churn of ‘Into The Ground’, before ‘the gnashing breaks of ‘Coup De Grace’ remind of the artist’s D&B provenance, and then it’s back to the nasty stuff with a salty alacrity in the meat-beating ‘Eye for an Eye’, the bone-rattling flow of ‘Lead Me Into Temptation’, and the wall of noise finale ‘Omen Rising.’
Originally released in 1990, Larry Heard and Kriss Coleman recorded several more selections and planned to do many more. However, circumstances did not permit any of those plans to come to fruition, making this recording the sole commercial offering resulting from their collaborative efforts. All three of the mixes from the original 12" are included along with an edit of the "club" version that was not included on the original 12."
Avant, off-road rap styles fresh outta Atlanta, GA
“A short potent rap EP with meandering textures all stemming from the animated messianic class-chaotic (bourgeois to hood and back in 10 seconds) universe of Negashi Armada's mind. All beats except for Marta Martyr (that beat is a collaboration between me and Spaghetti J) entirely produced by Negashi Armada.”
Rolling ambient techno and tech-house treks by Romania’s Ada Kaleh back for 2nd helpings on R&S
“Musical cues for the Ada Kaleh sound come from the varied likes of Boards of Canada, Sigur Ros and Future Sound of London amongst others, evident in the dreamlike focus on natural sounds that pervade the two tracks of this release - A-side "Chemare cosmică" draws the listener in with a percolating main synth riff that burbles along like a winding mountain stream, underpinned by the pulsing rhythm track and swirling lysergic synth washes oscillate through the track like vapour trails. On the flip "Valea ancestrală" provides a more stripped back vibe, rattling percussion and sketched out bandpassed chords jostle with the occasional synth swirl to mesmeric effect.”
Elite Beats (aka Gulls) takes cues from deep Afro jazz styles for his first 7” in this guise
A-side seemingly spies Salah Ragab ‘By The Light of The Pyramids’ from a smoky street level with dusty dub touches, while ‘Postcards from Gortupal’ strides out on a balmier strand of Ethiopiques-inspired vibes buoyed with floating organ and elegant, swaying rhythm.