Time-space bending post-techno aces from Italy’s Voronoi, including a radical remix dissection by Jesse Osborne-Lanthier...
Marking their 3rd orbit on Florence-based OOH-sounds, Voronoi explore the sheer pleasures of liquifying techno into states beyond the putative purpose of making folk gurn harder, better, faster, stronger. Instead they hear and pursue the value in techno as a free, mutable substance for mental travel and balletic, post-human proprioception. Better yet, it does so without any showoff acrobatics or complexity for complexity’s sake, landing somewhere to our minds between Rubén Patiño’s Lag Os output; Mark Fell’s research for Evol’s Alku; the farthest reaches of Rabit or Lotic; and a jellified land that shares borders with Rashad Becker’s Notional Species.
“Vis-Viva is the surprise of movement, the wonder that leads to imagine new possible configurations of the present, objects created with materials not yet invented move in aseptic and virtual spaces without respecting the normal laws of physics. Used for the first description of kinetic energy in elastic collisions the historical term Vis-Viva titles second OOH-sounds release from VORONOI, a work inspired by post humanism literature, experimental observation and speculative evolutionism where sounds and motion seem to face over the contemporary techno-scientific corpus from a positive angle.
Can sounds behave like particles do? How sound reacts and transforms if treated like organic matter? VORONOI tries to answer back by sculpting a precise and complex sound design in an anti-climax approach to composition. Rhythms are free, unpredictable, tracks always seem to respect some grammars of club-music but abstracting from its normal timbres and denying its conclusions to face a digital fantasy.
Vis-Viva’s experiment is completed by an extended 6 minutes re-work track by electronic music producer and multidisciplinary artist Jesse Osborne-Lanthier (Halcyon Veil, Raster-Norton, WTN?) who reassembles VORONOI’s sonic palette into his unique style. The result is as if everything has traveled outside the lab to be exposed to the outside world.”
Ahhh, finally something a bit more intriguing to warrant all the fuss about Floating Points; his 18 minute Kuiper finds your boy on a trajectory to the outer limits of our solar system, guided by cosmic principles and motorik jazz techno coordinates.
As a much-vaunted collector of more esoteric jazz, world sounds and electronics, you almost get the impression that he’s previously bored himself into a corner, and Kuiper finds him at vital escape velocity into more visceral, alien, and exciting quadrants light years away from the coffee table.
Rugged electronics from London...
“London based multi-disciplinary artist and producer Buffalo Tide presents his latest project “Pure Luxury” a twisted, bass-heavy slow jam of hallucinogenic cuts that melt it’s listeners minds. In recent years Buffalo Tide has garnered spectacular project work and press, producing music for Kenzo, Hunter and for recently closed iconic Paris store, Colette. He has released music on cult London label No Pain In Pop, presented a mix for Dazed Digital and had a feature in the NME. Buffalo Tide has also presented his visual art in various group and solo shows, most recently his sound-installation 'Know Your Beholder' at Sutton House in October 2016.”
Dark Entries chart Italian band Polaroid’s transition from melancholy new wave to darker industrial pop with reissue of their 1984 debut accompanied by 4 bonus tracks recorded c.1987, shortly before they split. RIYL Sisters of Mercy, The Cure, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
“Polaroid were an Italian post-punk/new wave band, formed in Turin in 1981. The original lineup of the band consisted of Marcello Zavatto (voice, guitar), Massimo Vagnarelli (bass, drum-machine), Evandro Fornasier (guitar), Claudio Vagnarelli (synthersizer) and Marco Farano (Drums). Polaroid made their debut with the cassette 6-track EP ‘Senza Respiro’, self-released in 1984. Influenced by Bauhaus, Joy Division, The Cure, Pere Ubu as well as Chic and Talking Heads. The music was dark and cold, but also melodic especially with regards to guitars and voices. At the end of 1984 the band added vocalist Michele Cantoblundo while drummer Marco left and was replaced by a Roland TR-909.
With Michele began a period of very dark and poetic music, influenced also by bands like Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and The Sisters of Mercy. The band peacefully broke-up in 1987. This vinyl re-issue of ‘Senza Respiro’ contains all 6 original songs with 4 bonus tracks from the band’s later period. All songs have been remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios.”
Broadly psychedelic compilation from Glasgow’s Invisble Inc., hopping styles from Italian cosmic disco to West Coast ambient experiments and myriad, dubby, dreamy styles betwixt
“Marking the 20th release on Invisible, Inc. is this special limited edition double-vinyl gatefold compilation featuring tracks from some of the most highly respected musicians of the last five decades.
The astonishingly diverse palette of styles comes courtesy of renowned ambient innnovator Laraaji, multi-Grammy Award-winning producer and ground-breaking synthesist and sound engineer Malcolm Cecil (in his Tonto's Expanding Head Band guise), Italian 'Cosmic Disco' pioneer and DJ Daniele Baldelli, avantgarde experimentalist K. Leimer, New York electro synth-pop legend Richard Bone (all five of whom have been active since the '70s or earlier) as well as dub techno locked groove aficionados log(m), West Coast psychedelic electronics maestro Secret Circuit, Berlin-based synthesist/composer Eva Geist plus a veritable "who's who" of some of the finest producers of ambient, dub, downtempo, leftfield and experimental electronica ever collected together on a single piece of wax (or two in this case): Baikonour, Sordid Sound System, Causa, Ulysses, Epsilove, Luv*Jam, Higamos Hogamos, Randweg, Bronze Savage, Komodo Kolektif, Bal5000 and Natural Sugars.
Eliciting a distinct sense of musical other-worldlyness, the title is perhaps more than just a nod to Philip K Dick's "Blade Runner" and hints at the idea that if these transmissions 'from beyond' are 'lost' they may in essence be more rooted in our distant past than in some science fiction future.
Putting needle to record, ancient rhythms and hypnotic mantras merge with synthesized soundscapes and deep basslines to propel us upward from the primeval forest floor into steady orbit before engaging the hyperspace drive on a trajectory deep into the Great Mystery.”
*Single Sided Lazer Etched Disc* Dirty Three's Mick Turner meets the Bonny Prince, Will Oldham on a trio of "spirit devotionals for a new century." Reprising the relationship they formed back in 2000-2001 with a live album and single, 'Get On Jolly', these two genteel men of their respective outbacks make a sweet pairing, swaying between wheezy organ and brushed drum tumbles to elegant waltz with their world weary yet still-clinging croons assisted by Dirty Three drummer Jim White and backing vocals by Angel Olsen.
B12’s Steven Rutter synchs with John Shima on four tracks of dreamy, rolling sci-fi electrot o follow Shima’s ‘Elements Unknown’  EP for FireScope
The vibe is pure, classic-sounding IDM-electronica, floating in with the chiming synths and sprung electro suspension of ‘Broken Spell’ before inducing headier, weightless sensations with the cirrus harmonics and precipitous percussion of ‘Skywards’.
‘A New Day’ follows with the strongest dancefloor highlight, powered by purring techno bass and hi-tech jazz pads in a time-honoured Juan Atkins style, while ‘Disjointed Route’ locates them in slower, distant electro territory recalling earliest B12 chill out room modes.