The brothers Overmono rave between tribalist and ambient jungle-tekno and stepping IDM on return to Whiities
‘Lil’s From’ works out natty, rolling breakbeat edits in a way recalling Peder Mannerfelt’s broken styles, whereas ‘Quadraluv’ rolls out on a flighty mix of ambient techno and rude jungle swerve, and ‘Yell0W_Tail’ swings out into breezy IDM dimensions.
‘Moment’ is a strong current statement of intent from Gudrun Gut, the Berlin veteran who has weathered sea changes from post-punk to techno and indie-tronmcs, and now turns electro-pop, glam rock and avant-electronics to her needs. Make sure to check her cover of Bowie’s ‘Boys Keep Swinging’
“German electronic originator Gudrun Gut’s latest solo collection distills a lifetime of persuasions and obsessions into a compelling 14-track statement: "Moment." Stark, somber, sultry, and clever, the sides slide between ballad and lament, synth-pop and spoken word, anthemic and abstract.
Gut’s background as a key figure in Berlin’s first-wave industrial uprising still casts an aura in the music’s mechanized rhythms and frozen emotional palette but decades of improvisation and collaboration have deepened her sense of composition and melody beyond any easy genre categorization.
If anything "Moment" finds Gut’s muse at its most enigmatic, threading shades of motorik hypnosis, technoid laboratory, coldwave pop, glitchy gauze, and even a gender-bent Bowie cover (“Boys Keep Swinging”) into its eclectic web. It also showcases the depth and detail of her voice, reserved but suggestive, intoning blunt truths and opaque poetry in both German and English.
This is music of history and heartache, modernity and desire, alienation and expression, by a singular creative committed to the complexities of sound. - Britt Brown
Gudrun Gut’s story spans many years, scenes, and sounds, from the “ingenious dilettantes” subculture of early 1980’s Berlin as part of Mania D, Einstürzende Neubauten, and Malaria! to her twilit industrial pop trio Matador into an expansive solo catalog of later work scoring films, videos, and radio plays. Her talents extend beyond musician, however, to include founding record labels (the influential imprints Moabit Musik and Monika Enterprise), club nights (progressive electronic pop collective Oceanclub), and experimental feminist collaborations (Monika Werkstatt).
Gut also works extensively in the technical sector of the recording industry, as a producer. Recent projects have included collaborations with Antye Greie (AGF) and Hans-Joachim Irmler of Faust, participating on the advisory committee for Musicboard Berlin, and performing at The Royal Albert Hall with Âme as part of an Innervisions label night.”
UK techno heavyweights Karl O’Connor & James Ruskin whip out a deadly new OVR session on Downwards
Arriving 2 years since their ‘Easy Prey’ 12”, OVR’s 3rd studio release is defined by its spacious mixing and layered detail in three powerful dancers plus two handy locked grooves.
‘The World Remade’ is a proper juggernaut, rolling thru pelting percussion on 18 wheeler bassline with a pile of jazz mags on the passenger seat. It could easily go on twice as long, but there’s two locked grooves isolating the crunchy bass and gritted drums for DJs who want to properly roll out.
The B-side’s ‘Reversing Into Tomorrow’ tucks into more aerodynamic, stripped down formation, before they cuts loose with foul waves of tarry synth and noise scree in the grim roil of ‘New Departures’ - more of this, please!
Remaster of a 2008 classic ten years after release.
"There's a beating heart buried in the cold landscape of Glider, a warm 4/4 pulse that enervates the album's echoing, looped drones and pulls the listener swiftly through the snow. By pinning barely-there electronic beats to his wisps of guitar melody, the Seattle-based producer turns ambient music into a hybrid strain of breathtakingly intimate, small-scale dance music.
There's a separation of elements in The Sight Below's songs that's almost meteorological in nature: Tendrils of treated guitar trail lazy patterns in the sky like the Aurora Borealis ("At First Touch"), flicker in the distance like heat lightning ("Dour"), or expand and contract like time-lapse cloud formations ("Life's Fading Light"); running along beneath, nearly obscured by the airborne phenomena, is an ever-present beat, which ranges from the mud-puddle throb in "Without Motion" to the tiny, insistent high-hats in "A Fractured Smile." The tracks evolve at a deliberated pace, but as the tones overlap and the rhythms build, time oozes to a halt and hangs in blissfully frost-bitten suspended animation. With Glider, The Sight Below has created a work of vertiginous sonic depth and exquisite melancholy: techno music for a dark, brooding night."
1st new Bitstream 12” in 10 years! The bothers Conner remerge one of the UK’s most cherished electro projects for a strong 4-track EP with the West Coast Dutch G’s at Frustrated Funk
Since their last 12”, ‘The Severed EP’  for Touchin’ Bass, Dave and Steve Connor bifurcated into the Uexkull and Adapta projects, respectively. While they’ve turned out some solid gear individually, their powers are arguably felt strongest when working together, as on the ‘Switch Halo’ EP.
In combo, they massively impress with the dissonant, bittersweet choral synth voices that open up ‘Stream Philter’ and infiltrate its slow, pendulous groove, while the richly detailed and rapid ‘Screens’ also benefits from more hands on deck in its sumptuous kneeing soundsphere. Again those synth voices make a crucial appearance, haunting the elastic, shapeshifting slosh of ‘Tactic’, while ‘Switch Holo’ works with powerful techno-electro hydraulics in a super tight update of their signature styles.
One of 2018’s most reliable labels, UVB-76 Music close the year with a killer quartet of industrial/D&B/techno apparitions by Karim Maas, Pessimist, Overlook and Talker
Titled in tribute to the seminal ‘70s sci-fi conjured by Nigel Kneale for the BBC, The Stone Tapes unleashes dark forces in all four parts.
Kicking off with the trampling, lunky pressure and sweltering spectral noise of ‘Removal Of DECC’ by Karim Maas, it finds Pessimist investigating haunted dancehall vibes with the grungy acidic bogle of ‘Ultranova’, while Overlook follows suit with the depth-charge halfstep bone-rattler ‘Purr’, and Chicago’s Talker twat out the tense industrial techno rolige of ‘Cross Purposes’.
There’s definitely something in the Bristol waters…
The Sight Below’s majestic shoegaze, reworked by a broad range of artists including Simon Scott, Yagya, Biosphere and Acronym
Exemplifying the scope of the set, Simon Scott appears at his sorest and bittersweet with a billowing, coruscating take on ’At First Touch’, and Acronym offers a pounding deep techno remix of ‘Life’s Fading Light’. Other highlights come from Iceland’s Yagya with a heartrate-slowing ambient techno overhaul of ‘At First Touch’, and Biosphere pushes ‘The Sunset Passage’ off into opiated smudge.
Rugged, squashed bass flex from Lamont, following up his Swamp81 and Keysound turns with more stripped down and freaky movies for Loefah’s label
Working at the intersection of dubstep, grime, and house, the ‘Detached’ EP twysts in a unique way from the looping halfstep of ‘Humans’ to the clipped and corkscrewing strut of ‘XIX’ with an infectiously playful style, before getting darker, more aggressive with the title cut, and balancing the percussive attack of ‘Dope’ with heady, slanted electronics and a canny vocal lick that sets it off right.
Choice cuts of synth sleaze. More than enough to soundtrack a long porno
“A hero’s quest worth of staccato synths, crack house Casios, off-brand drum machines, minimal Morricone, four-track fantasia, and a variety of other speculations on what the 1980s thought the future would sound like.”
Stripped-down, proggy acid and slinky electro from Nathan Micay (Bwana), making his 1st foray for L.A.’s ESP Institute
The A-side’s title tune is an effortless, stealthily building acid roller evolving with swanee whistle-like top line, eventually opening out with balmy pads.
On the B-side, he works the louche but punchy swagger of ‘Team Player’, with snaky post-punk baseline accentuated by electroid snares and urging vocoder voice.
Fracture pushes at D&B’s peripheries with the super tight, Footwork-compatible drums of ‘Soundboy get Nervous’ on dBridge’s Exit Records
The clenched title cut imagine a razor-sharp fusion of No U-Turn tech-step rufige inna footwork-style harness; ‘Turbo Toms’ goes on like Mumdance & Logos doing hardcore juke; ‘Makes Me Wonder’ serves tense, body-rolling momentum layered up with ace mid ‘90s techno-trance pads; and ‘No Screwface’ locks off a killer, breathlessly tight tech step sound.
Dave Aju winds up a avant-jazzy house session for Accidental Jr on occasion of their 2nd anniversary
‘Max at Masonic’ kicks off with a razor sharp sort of drum solo track helmed by heavy subbass; ‘Everybody’s Watching’ folds in some melodic colour and vocals encouraging listeners to “dance like everyone is watching”; while ‘O.O.O.’ signs off into plush deep house vibes, and ‘Telekuneko’ lays down a tuff tribal house groove.
Daniel Avery and Richard Fearless float their new merger, PSSU, on the latter’s Drone label
On ‘307309’ they recall classic early-mid ‘90s Aphex Twin and Autechre vibes with haunting pads and bruising electro drums, while ‘Fabricated From Steel’ heads down a long dark techno tunnel.
Detroit, Chicago and Paris-indebted deep filter house from Pistol Pete on Bristol’s Idle Hands
Clearly well-versed in Shake, Soundhack and Pepe Bradock styles, Stockholm’s Pistol Pete brings a vibe in all three parts: simmering the ‘floor with washed out piano chops and raw swang in ‘Orphan’; toying with deferred soul gratification in ‘Lundgaten’; and getting right under the skin swiththe mesmerising chords and devilishly offbeat hi-hats of ‘Esqpads’.
First ever digital issue of Chris Carter's solo follow-up to the legendary 'Spaces Between'
Originally issued on LP in 1985, 'Mondo Beat' stars one of the Throbbing Gristle lynchpin's most recognisable solo tracks, the proto-New Beat and Industrial classic, 'Moonlight', plus five further tracks of highly advanced productions, taking in the flash stabs and body-contorting beats of 'Real Life', the extra-tropical electro elan of 'Noevil', experimental cut-ups on 'Nobadhairdo', and the noisy, psychosexual EBM tripper 'Beyond Temptation'. We need say no more; this is a total must-have for all wave psychonauts and techno dancers!
Copenhagen’s Fluf look close to home with Mads Kjelgaard’s field recording study of insect noise in Croatia, with results remarkably resembling mechanical, synthetic sound.
“Like a heavy blanket it covers the mountain valley. It seeps in from everywhere: piercing trills, screams and grains. The insects are awake. They want to eat, they want to drink, they want to sing, they want to fuck. And so, they excite their mechanic bodies.”
Hazy house rollers and shakers from Vancouver’s Slim Media Player, following their appearances on the ‘Rhythms of the Pacific Volume 3.’ 12”
Nice and easy does it between the lounging swang of ‘Quicksand’, the dusky hustle of ‘Mouthfeel’, the insistent throb of ‘Memory Bias (Nostalgia)’, and the sweet exotica kiss-off of ‘Tchüs’.