For those about to jack, Shed reprises his Power House moniker WK7 in four mesmerising styles
Swigning out with the bumpy pressure of Rhythm 1, simmering down the soulful, burning chords of The Healer, then building up the energy with boisterous breakbeat house in Rhythm 2 (Power Snap Mix) and the ruffer Tripple H mix.
Tokyo-based D&B MC and producer, Maiko Okimoto aka Lemna, throws her hat into the grey area with Urge Theory, a stony-faced follow-up to her sci-fi steppers project, Ourea, with Sam KDC.
It’s a rugged exercise in monotone, numbed D&B pressure, moving with a silty brownian dynamic from the viscous momentum of Dice thru what sounds like a frozen T++ piece in DLPFC, to the pounding hypo-techno pressure of Metamorphosis, harnessing tearout synthline in the wild-eyed raver, Blot.
Experience the punishing sonic origins of a punk icon. Collected here for the first time, and skillfully remastered from original board tapes, demos, and session masters, this collection is an authoritative chronicling of the wellspring and maturation of Grant Hart, Greg Norton and Bob Mould—three St. Paul teenagers who’d go on to become the most heralded trio of the American punk underground.
"Follow the Hüskers to their earliest gigs in 1979, through extensive road dog touring, and to the start of their partnership with West Coast tastemaker SST in 1983.
This primitive stage in the fabled career of Hüsker Dü is presented as a deluxe box set and packaged with a hardbound book crammed full of never before seen photos, flyers, and a sprawling essay with participation from the band. Spread across four LPs or three CDs, 47 of the 69 songs compiled here are previously unissued. Also included are Statues/Amusement, In A Free Land, Everything Falls Apart, and an alternate recording of the Land Speed Record set."
Diverse batch of polished but wayward sound designs, fathoming deconstructed club noise in Ark; rolling darkish ‘ardcore pressure in Dolci; post-dubstep mutation in Ilah; white hot noise on Blessing; and tranquil solo keys in Fraewnuil.
Modern minimal wave star, Marie Davidson tends to her Essaie Pas duo with Pierre Guerineau on a follow-up to their Demain Est Une Autre Nuit, which was also released by DFA.
The vibe is darker, noirishly cinematic than Marie’s solo material, but also more dance-oriented than her recent collaboration with Invisible Church, hitting a sweetspot of strident, suave disco suspense aching for the darkroom.
Further to Prins T’s Square One Lp with Bjørn Torske, he dispenses 8 minutes of humid, sticky Afro-acid with grubbing bass and soca-styled disco snares in Å, which Pional redresses in a more slow-burning, piano-led Balearic style on the remix.
Morphine extend farther into S.E. Asian music traditions with a lachrymose suite of minimalist, cosmic Javanese styles, incorporating performance by label head Rabih Beaini...
“Tarawangsawelas is a musical duo from Bandung, performing mainly a modern and contemporary version of Tarawangsa, the sacred music from Sundanese West Java, ultimately joined by their teacher and maestro Pak Pupung Supena together with Pak Jaja on Sekalipon. Wanci is a minimalist, cosmic album composed with a careful contemporary interpretation of one of the most mystical and spiritual genres in Indonesia.
Composed and performed by Tarawangsawelas, except Sekalipun (Traditional) featuring Tarawangsa Sunda Lugina. Produced, Mixed and Arranged by Rabih Beaini. Mastered by Neel, Rome.”
Earthy, funked house hustle burnished with nuff percussion and keyboard flair, fresh from the desk of Romare following his Love Songs: Part Two album.
Four louche, rug-cutting numbers take the dance by the hand and booty between dubbed-out funk hustle in All Night (Session I) to bluesy grind in Come Close To Me (Live Session I), thru stripped-down disco tricks on Je T’Aime (Live Session I), and the druggy slow burn of Come Close To Me (Live Session 2), all executed live and direct for loose and subtly wavy effect.
Synkro diversifies his bonds into blue half step and downtempo modes on Hand In Hand
Sweetly exercising his signature melancholic touch between the pastoral flutes and half step sway of Vanishing Point, the slow-motion Chuck Person/0PN vibes of Hand In Hand for chromatic sunset washes, and Burial-esque senhsucht in red Sky.
On-U Sound prime their Dub Syndicate reissue series with Displaced Masters
It offers a peek inside their previously unreleased archive at nine stripped down, natty dubs with particular highlights in the viscous downstroke of Money Dealers, their mellifluous but gritty digi-stepper, Haunted Ground, and the judicious use of FX and vocoders on the smokers madness, All Other Roads Are Shut Off.
The Digital Afterlife catches Jamal Moss in a great mood, recorded in Amsterdam early 2016, and backed with two “prime gherkins from the Hieroglyphic pickle jar”!
That title cut is a richly harmonised house hymn vaulted with heavenly, stacked chords and haywire bleeps that open out on a clattering groove like AFX channelling Sun Ra during a sunday outdoor rave.
His flipside gives up the swanging body jerk and fruity funky house keys of Arras (Instrumental Version) and the astral glyde of Akashic Energies in classic, expressive Jamal style.
Send for the velvet britches, E.M.M.A.’s on a mad baroque-out with Mindmaze and Pumpkin Emoji for Coyote Records following her return from hiatus on The Astral Plane.
Entirely in key with modern movements, E.M.M.A. drapes rococo MIDI flute anachronisms over a killer, sub-heavy sort of drill/speed garage/grime mutation in Mindmaze, then dances around the offbeat with technoid chords and Anime soundtrack-styled 8-bit glitter in Pumpkin Emoji.
Equal parts songwriter, poet, singer and lyricist, Sampa The Great makes her debut on Big Dada featuring production from Blue Daisy, Sensible J and Silentjay.
"The Melbourne resident has supported Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, Joey Bada$$ and Hiatus Kaiyote and just finished her own headline EU tour.
For fans of Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Little Simz, Mick Jenkins."