Great listening for lucid dreamers and night flights, OCR’s ‘M’ unfurls two imperceptibly slow moving ambient tracts faithfully suspending the senses in sublime dimensions for the duration
“OCR is the second nom-de-guerre for Brian Grainger and John-Paul Kramer's collaborative work - the first being Occur, which has (thus far) released two EPs and one LP at Recycled Plastics. Existing in tandem with Occur releases will be the OCR catalog here at Psoma Psi Phi - a parallel universe reimagining of the band's work, presented as extended beatless pieces instead of their more rhythmic electronic counterparts.
This first release, simply titled M, consists of two lengthy de/reconstructions of Occur's debut EP, Drum. If Drum could be the sound of the not-too-distant past in the history of electronic music, M is the incredibly far-flung future, where life as we know it has been wiped from the Earth, and all of civilization breaks down into so much dust and empty space. M solemnly hangs in the sour air, like a burned flag sagging off of a bent ruin. Gone are the signs of life or even nature herself, with only traces of regret and sadness running through the abandoned remains. A quiet night sets over the scene, looked down upon by meaningless stars in an indifferent sky. No more warmth, fire or blood. Just this.”
Proc Fiscal keeps his style adroit and breathlessly “up” on Hello Boss for Om Unit’s Cosmic Bridge
Running up highlights in the percolated dancehall flex A Fragrance (A Fragrance), along with the lushed out jump-up tizzy of Who Can’t Hear (Who Can’t Hear).
A Certain Ratio return with the next phase of reissues on Mute, part of the ongoing collaboration with Mute that started with ‘The Graveyard And The Ballroom’, and ‘To Each’ and ‘Force’.
"A Certain Ratio embraced the ethic and culture of the late Seventies post punk explosion but sounded like nothing else around them and refused to fit in. Formed in 1978, the band had various members throughout their career and a core line up of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson.
Hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as ‘punk funk’ thanks to the success of ‘Shack Up’ on both sides of the Atlantic, their sound is not easily pigeonholed and their influence can never be understated."
Nina Kraviz takes Mount Kimbie and King Krule for a night on the tiles.
King Krule ends up monosyllabic with a massive ket bogey hanging off his lip and the other two sneak off for an early night after the intro, leaving Nina banging out Blue Train Lines for the club.
Hide is a collaboration between visual artist Heather Gabel and percussionist Seth Sher, this is their debut album.
"Those familiar with HIDE’s provocative live performances will already be accustomed to the hypnotic low-end and sinister vocal delivery that has become the band’s signature. The opening track, Fall Down, sets an eerie tone that permeates Castration Anxiety until the end. Throbbing pulses swirling around Gabel’s death laden mantras succumb to themes harvesting power from desperation and hopelessness."