Amsterdam donny Aardvark throws down a wonky halfstepper on Mala’s Deep Medi
Bringing two decades of experience producing myriad forms of bassy club pressure, from broken beats to techno and hip hop, to ‘Monkey See’, in particular Aardvarck returns to the phase circa his 2008 dubstep lurcher ‘BLOOM’ for an almighty, red-eyed wobbler riddled with ‘floor-swilling acid lines, explosive funk chops and snaggletoothed beats in a signature, mutant dub style.
Düsseldorf’s 2nd best band restlessly explore rhythmelodic permutations of electronic rock and dance music, underlined as ever by the percussive suss of Detlef Weinrich aka Tolouse Low Trax/Toresch
‘Flood’ parts in two distinct sections that highlight the diversity of the long-running group’s focussed but wide-angled vision. The first half is definitively driven by the kind of slow, elegant rhythms that regularly appear in Weinrich’s solo output; saddling up with the almost spaghetti Western noir theme of ‘Eurydice’, and strutting like a saddle-sore cowboy at the disco with ‘Celeration’, while Khoes’ curling vocals on ‘Nesindano’ recalls Viktoria Wehrmeister’s Decha styles.
The other half is given to ‘Flood’, a conceptual cycle of five parts that sees them as “a ship of no port”, sailing from the still seas of part I to poetically exotic expressions on an imagined non-place, and swingeing downbeat rhythmic excursions.
Neck-chopping jungle futurism from Artilect, run out in the wake of his ace split for UVB-76’s Droogs label
Patently well skooled in the dark arts of mid/late ‘90s jungle D&B, Artilect gives us shivers with the ravishing tech-step spectre of ‘In My Dark’, while ‘Rhythm Seeker’ gives a shock of tensile, modernist rolige, ‘Mefo’ goes on with the clattering drum funk and beastly bass pressure, and ‘Impact Proxy’ dispenses jaw-slapping amens in murderously tight edits.
Ariel Archives revisits Ariel Pink’s historic run of albums as Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti with a series of definitive reissues and new collections.
"The first installment begins with Underground, the inaugural album in the series, Odditties Sodomies Vol. 2, a long-awaited second volume of outtakes and non-album tracks, and finally Loverboy, an exemplary disc recorded between October 2001 and July 2002, at which time Ariel also recorded House Arrest."