The starkest gear we’ve heard from Stuart Chalmers
Dropping the cut-up schtick for stare-down drones and the kind of gloom that comes early in the evening in steep valleys. Alternatively, it’s “A Journey in 6 stages through the dark regions of the mind and hidden realms of unconsiousness.”
Marcus Marr’s muggy chuggers remixed in new ways
From the radiant glow of Ara Koufax’s take on Love Release, thru to Prosumer’s ruddy, sub-heavy disco house mix of Rocketship, and Justin Van Der Volgen’s French-vocalled version of the pick-up piece, Familiar Five.
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ new album ‘Sparkle Hard’ is released via Domino Records.
"It’s light ’n’ breezy, head-down heavy, audacious, melancholic and reflective, goodtime and bodacious and it pulls off the smartest trick: it’s both unmistakeably The Jicks and - due to the streamlining of their trademark tics and turns, plus the introduction of some unexpected flourishes (Auto-Tune, a fiddle, guest vocalist Kim Gordon, one seven-minute song with an acoustic folk intro) - The Jicks refashioned."
Superb selections and sequencing from Forest Swords on his DJ-Kicks instalment
Cutting across the board from The London Bulgarian Choir’s Pilentsee Pee (as referenced in the Ghost In The Shell OST), thru Rhythm & Sound’s Best Friend evergreen; rude post punk from Anna Domino and Neneh Cherry; skulking D&B by FIS & Tokyo Prose; goth steppers from Dead Can Dance; a elusive beauty by Kara-Lis Coverdale; spidery jazz techno rhythms from Laurel Halo, Rupert Clervaux & Beatrice Dillon; and esoteric charms by Demdike Stare, Orbital, David Toop and Baka Forest People of Southeast Cameroon.