Samuel Van Dijk (Mohlao, Multicast Dynamics) gives some sorrowful Harbour City looks on Frustrated Funk under the codename VC-118A.
it’s beautifully brooding gear throughout, with dubwise and cinematic highlights in the OG X-Files-esque atmosphere of Enter and the sublime Sequence, plus killer hydroelectro dynamics in Verdictia.
Gyrating tracky Chi-house mutations from the OG DABJ cat, going on prodigal with Returns, his first 12” for the world-taking Glasgow label since 2014’s Feed The Beast.
Working right on the biting point of the jack, he tees up the skudgy acid bounce of Rush Hour Traffic and jabs tight rave stabs into the percolated fuss of Bodywork to crowd-boiling effect. On a rawer, druggier tip, he pulls the tempo down to a sludgy thwomp on Moonmin, while Marauding Acid gets under the skin with stealthily intoxicating agenda.
Crafting tracks which make a virtue of disparate influences, Kyle Molleson manages to pull off something difficult: songs which have been tirelessly worked on while sounding loose-limbed and to-the-point.
"‘Loud Patterns’ is noticeably indebted to house and techno. There are 4/4 rhythms and a no-nonsense directness that harks back to the Detroit pioneers. Channeling avant-garde experimentalism and an outsider’s interest in pop, Kyle embraces the distance between those two poles. Cosmic Slop, an underground institution in Leeds, was another touchstone.
As Kyle recalls, “That place was definitely an peerless soundsystem, a near-pitch black dancefloor and a music policy that ranges from Dilla instrumentals to Detroit house. ‘Loud Patterns’ arrives after a series of releases that have established his particular, in between approach to danceminded music. He put out two EPs on Manchester-based imprint Handsome Dad, a one-off single with Adult Jazz and self-released ‘Temple Works EP’. Whities also released a limited edition white label of a Minor Science dub of one of his tracks."
Tim Koch’s MiniDisc release Spinifex for Sheffield’s highly active CPU.
In just under 80 minutes of music Koch unfolds a personalised take on IDM electronica riddled with off kilter electronics and unsteady beats, but somehow holding a distinguished line of personable melodies and harmonic structures, with canny moments for DJs in Rolecall, the warped electro of Fopera, and a smart piece recalling early Astrobotnia in Fragmemory.
Recorded in a variety of locales from Seoul and Hanoi to Reykjavik, Mexico City and Auckland, ‘Sex & Food’ is a practical musical travelogue, with local musicians from the countries that Nielson and his band visited pitching in throughout.
"‘Sex & Food’ is a shapeshifting album that filters real-deal serious themes through a vibrant sonic lens that spans battered drummachine funk, doomy and thrashing rock and pinkhued psychedelic disco."
Originally a track on the A Thousand Skies album, the cosmic Afro-dub of Ode To The Pleiades features as a crafty Live Band Version riddled with bustling drums and buzzing instrumentation and spread out nearly twice as long.
Photay condenses and transforms it into a rolling bass stepper, and Daniele Baldelli & Marco Dionigi even its keel to a swanging cosmic disco dub.
Belgium’s Locked Groove sets his sights on trance music in the Progression EP, scaling up the spine with the reticulated arps and airborne triplet groove of Progression, and with something like a gauzier take on Hybrid’s trance breaks in The Come Up.
Lithuania’s Prequel Tapes makes his first blip on our radar with two fine, contrasting reworks; a Going Up remix resetting the groove to a skyward techno trajectory, and a collapsed Going Down remix.
Pulsating, psychedelic deep space techno probes from Metro Skim
Expanding on the hypothesis of his début EP Identifying Possibilities with an hypnotically effective batch of Mills-type mutations for Steve Bicknell’s 6dimensions label. Make sure to check out the mind-bending dynamics of Hidden Powers and the iridescent wormholer, Monotony.
London based record label Purely Physical Teeny Tapes (PPTT) presents its fourth offering A Crude Explanation of Russell’s Paradox by Baltimore based artist Max Eilbacher.
"A follow up from his release A System that Slips, on Nick Klein's Primitive Languages, A Crude Explanation of Russell’s Paradox sees Max continue his system based, sound generation practice delivering 11 piano, tone and snare based arrangements informed by the mathematical principles of Bertrand Russell. "These recordings originated with a system created on my computer that played abstract samples of a piano. I discovered the system worked better using only a select few of the many piano sounds I had recorded and intended to use. I found it also worked well with no piano at all. Instead, I employed white noise, a solid tone, and wavefolders. Randomly generated patterns control the sequencing, routings and various sound parameters in the system. I created rules for my system based off of my crude understanding of Bertrand Russell’s Paradox theory that then modulates those patterns"
- Max Eilbacher
Diverse, colourful psych-house, breakbeat and ambient plays from Earth Trax & Newborn Jr, following the form of their Rhythm Section Intl and Echovolt releases with this 5-track bewt for Dopeness Galore.
Working in two distinct halves, the first side dances to a cantering acid ace called Maze with stealthily building acid harmonies spiralling into a lush sort of proto-trance sound, while Where There’s A Will There’s A Way tilts to a hazy and charming breakbeat roll set off with polychromatic synth plumes.
The B-side dips deeper, shedding the beats to leave lushly suspenseful bassline and choral percolations with levitating effect in Acid Burn, then bathing in new age dub on Technoir, and swooning out into the Carl Craig-like Diamond Edge.
Alma Negra hybridise Maloya roots music from La Réunion, a tiny island in the Indian Ocean, catching class results in the hypnotic, trampling momentum of their Kabaré rework and the darker, dubbed-out roll of Lindigo’s Tany Be.