The ginger loon is back with some prime if fairly unsurprising material in ‘T69 collapse’
A classic AFX workout riddled with nanoscopic edits, time-signature switches and wild key changes, but somehow not collapsing under the madness of it all. If you haven’t already, make sure to check the video, too.
UK R&G from garage fiend Murlo & ascendant hip hop producer S-Type
Vacuum packed and brightly lit, ‘Make Believe’ pushes the formula of helium vox and slow-fast groove to breathless degrees for peak time deployment.
Strong Bass styles for all fans of Joy Orbison and Doc Daneeka! On the front Chesus X Diverse Concepts whip up a slick killer in 'Baduka' with frisky Garage/Funky drums, yearning vocals and deep house motifs that already caght the attentions of Gilles Peterson, MAH, Martyn, Seiji and the rest! On the other, C.R.S.T really impresses with the light-footed flex of 'Bump' winking to classic El-B styles. Killer!
DJ/Rupture and Matt Shadetek's Dutty Artz imprint continue a heavyweight run of form this year with 'New York Tropical', gathering eleven new tracks from the likes of Rita Indiana (remixed by Kingdom!), Lamin Fofana, Maga Bo, DJ Orien, Nguzunguzu, Chief Boima and more. It's essentially a brilliant overview of the label's aesthetic and the wealth of Tropical fusions occurring in the crucible of the Big Apple, covering the spectrum of international dancefloor rhythms Brooklyn style. Top of the pile is Kingdom's scorching rework of Caribbean megastar chanteuse Rita Indiana, cut with his usual blend of tranced-out R&B and big bwoy rhythms. Then there's La Ola Criminal, who take it uptempo Soca styles with 'Sin Gas'. Other highlights have gotta be the WTF fusions of Knight Magic's 'El Baile de la Cumbia', sounding like Bruce Haack meets El Hijo De la Cumbia. Or the Zomby-esque gallop of Nguzunguzu's 'El Bebe Ambiente'... but we gotta give it dues, the whole comp is just outstanding. Fans of Radioclit, the Shangaan Electro comp, or any of the Dutty Artz releases should consider this album a priority purchase.
"For this limited edition single, the songs were performed by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang with Ben Boye, Van Campbell, Danny Kiely and Angel Olsen, who toured in the latter half of 2010 with Bonny & Cairo. Special guest Rob Mazurek (whose work brought air and light to Bonny’s Beware) solos delicate on “Island Brothers,” which features stacked harmonies from Bonny, Cairo and Angel. The careful arrangement of dynamics that marked all the songs on The Wonder Show Of The World is present on both songs, with “New Wonder,” more indicative of the ballad style that was explored throughout that album."
"'There Is No God' / 'God Is Love' is the new single from Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and features the musical talents of Emmett Kelly, Ben Hall, Pete Cummings, Peter Townsend, Billy Contreras, Cassie Berman and Rachel Korine."
Zora Jones & Sinjin Hawke make their first significant foray outside Fractal Fantasy with the glass-cut brilliance of ‘Vicious Circles’ for Planet Mu
After building a serious rep over the last few years with guest-crammed compilations, killer remixes and acclaimed solo opuses, Hawke & Jones mount a concerted attack on boring dance music and head-in-sand-types with seven tracks of agile accelerations bending dancehall, Jersey, footwork, grime and vaporous sonics to their will.
Vicious Circles is perhaps the most varied yet concise showcase of their sound to date, demonstrating stellar sound design chops in the TCF-like escalation of the titular opener, which tilts over into the rest of the set, from the Manga-referencing mix of folk song and bolshy, Equiknoxx-meets-Timbaland styles of God, to fast fwd dancefloro mutations in Lurk 101, and hauntingly sheer dynamics on BabyboySosa, and a lump-in-throat finale sure to polish off the rave in And You Were The One.
With his amazing 12” for BEB’s A14 series in the rearview, Pessimist cold-foots back to UVB-76 Music, the label he runs with Gremlinz and his Ruffhouse bandmates.
Left to his own devices, Pessimist conjures a dank, lights-out sound worthy of his moniker, pressing in with two D&B tempo rollers recalling the aforementioned Balaklava killer for BEB in the serpentine agenda of The Empty House and Aurora’s drily reverberating spatial settings.
However, if we’re not mistaken, the other two cuts are techno tempo in line with Shifted or Felix K’s recent forays into that zone, yielding the turgid bass rumble and empty stomach clank of Retrouville and Paian’s chokingly dense, subaquatic pressure system.
A must for fans of Rhythmic Theory, Ruffhouse, Felix K
Arrestingly wide-angled hybrids of tribal music and electronics from Zoë McPherson a.k.a. Empty Taxi for SVS Records, who previously charmed us with their Camila Fuchs releases...
‘String Figures’ managed to evade our radar upon release earlier in 2018, but was thankfully brought to our attention by Berceuse Heroique’s Gizmo, who hails it among his most listened-to LPs of the year.
Coming off like Aïsha Devi getting stoned with ÉLG at Don’t DJ’s gaff, it’s also likely to get a lot of play up this way, too, veering from clod-hopping techno to head-slapping noise and ecstatic folk strings with a mix of refreshing freeness and cool-handed discipline that warrants many returns to its hauntingly imaginative, magick realist soundscapes.
High impact, trancing EBM techno from French act I Hate Models, backed with a deeper pounding by DJ Varsovie
The A-side’s arcing drama, ‘It Will Last Forever’ emerges from lush intro to deliver a severe 4/4 beating with a twist of sexy Gallic masochism. ‘Walpurgis Night’ weaves an etheric vocal from Zoé Zanias into a driving sort of cybergoth trance sound, and DJ Varsovie seals the vibe with a more streamlined remix of the latter.
Includes the first new Universal Indicator (aka Aphex Twin) track in two decades as well as bangers from Bjarki, Nina Kraviz, Biogen, DEKA and more...
Nina Kraviz pulls together a heavyweight compilation of techno (and related) bangers revolving Bjarki, Universal Indicator and Marc Arcardipane among other on ‘Don’t Mess With Cupid, ‘Cause Cupid Ain’t Stupid’
In 10 parts the set delivers weapons grade gear in ‘Pitch-Hiker’ from the living legend Mark Arcardipane a.k.a. Pilldriver, and likewise with the highwire hardcore tenacity of Universal Indicator’s ’15 c7’, while Bjarki lives up to the label’s name with his mind-bending banger ‘3-1 Tap Lush’, and Kraviz keeps her end up with the high velocity pound of ‘OPA’, and Deka does the damage with the martial acid of ‘Pearl (Nikita Zibeline Edit)’.
Egoless weighs in wavy, stoned and skanking fit on their début with Youngsta’s Sentry Records
A.k.a Croat producer Ognjen Zečević, Egoless pairs succinct yet lush outernational instrumentation with spartan beats on the lurching halfstep of ‘Decolonize’, then opens out with the Balkan/Mid-Eastern strings and pipes over room shuddering subs on ‘Global’.