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Moon Wiring Club - Leporine Pleasure Gardens MP3
Moon Wiring Club convene their 2014 AGM in the haunted fairground of 'Leporine Pleasure Gardens'. This 22-track CD version could be considered the bouncy, beat-driven after-party at knackered Alton Towers-style attraction where some mischievous member has spiked the Lowcocks and poked all the sausage from the rolls. Rugged PS2 beats are spun dizzy in a hallucinogenic merry-go-round triggering bouts of "jugged kinetosis" - motion sickness as a musical positive - allowing the near-ancient rites of Victorian / Edwardian music halls and their strange belief in metaphysical worlds to bleed thru the present with delightfully befuddling, anachronistic effect. Imagine the patrons of Preston's infamous "Bounce" club-night (google it) sozzled on tinctures in the middle of a Miss Marple mystery and you've almost got the measure of this lunacy; from the depleted battery funk of 'Perpetual Pavilion' to the raving chorea minor of 'Buoyancy Castle' and the Leckey-esque wormhole of 'Corvus Whirl', before the effect finally starts to wear off leaving us trapped between dimensions with the album's end quarter of lushly 'Fevered Luxury'. In regards to the production, it's definitely MWC's sharpest, most detailed yet, rending their ideas with an elusive lucidity that's fun and freaky in equal doses.
Cured Pink - ’11 Put Aside MP3
"Sh*t-hot EP of taut, technoid post-punk steppers and gamelan-infused no wave madness from Cured Pink on excellent new label, Another Dark Age. Cured Pink hail from Brisbane, Australia and sound quite unlike anyone else right now. The A-side, 'As Enderie Nuatal' lands somewhere between the menace of Raime's Moin workouts, SPK's industrial invocations and the psychoative impulse of Astral Social Club, yoking febrile drum machines to heady synth washes and possesed vocals with a clear, distinct vision. The B-side tracks are wilder in a slower, humid manner, mixing the sort of crisp clank and coiled shuffle of Cut Hands with a taste for the timbre of Indonesian gamelan and the kind of howling catharsis associated with Gnod in peak flow or a candid Sublime Frequencies snapshot of a punk show in Jakarta. Tipped!"
14 Tracks: The Best Of 2014 Part Four MP3
We've saved the dark 'n heavy stuff for dessert in this 4th part of our 2014 round-up. It's been a golden year for mongrel mutations in electronic music, especially where the boundaries of black metal, techno, computer noise and dark ambient styles were concerned. Ostensibly uneasy bedfellows, they all seemed to feed off each other in a fascinating dialogue proving that they're not mutually exclusive elements. Marcus Schmickler & Julian Rohrhuber's 'Politiken der Frequenz' yielded a number of incredible pieces inspired by number theory and economics, with the slow rising panic of 'One (Unity)' among them, while The Haxan Cloak's apocalypse-baiting rework of Akkord's 'HTH020' single was one of thee most dramatic you'll hear all year. Demdike Stare did the business with a crushing industrial grime slaughter called 'Procrastination' for their Testpressing series, and Rhythmic Theory's beautifully brooding 'Tales of Dystopia' shared a serotonin-depleted headspace with Rainer Veil where 'ardcore elegies found solace. Club kings, Powell and Delroy Edwards also killed it, twisting out two 2014's most freakish oddities with 'No U Turn' and that demented 'A3' track, respectively, whilst Hospital Productions soundtracked our darkest nights with Lussuria's exquisite, 'Industriale illuminato' and Alessandro Cortini's 'Fantasma Modulazione'. Farther out, Cured Pink's 'As Nuatal' sounded like TG doing footwork, and Wold's 'Postsocial' LP left us utterly flayed. National n0!se treasure Russell Haswell proved he was the baddest mutant with a string of searing releases, at its most succinct, wrenchingly affective with 'In Memorium of ElpH' from '37 Minute Workout', and the tortuous concrète of Valerio Tricoli's 'Miseri Lares' abstracted and emulated the deepest nightmares in sound. Check back early in the new year for our best-of-2014 reissues selection.
14 Tracks: The Best Of 2014 Part Three MP3
The ductile structures of House and techno continued to expand, contract, warp and morph in 2014. Part 3 of our annual run-down checks 14 tracks from a fine spectrum of artists, mixing dancefloor perennials alongside talented, aware new producers who bring a wealth of DJ and club experience to their productions. Ideas of Afro-futurism and electronic industrial music became ever more inseparable thru the year, from the flash forward hybrids of M.E.S.H. and Afrikan Sciences on PAN to the tribalist techno of Vereker's 'Flesh & Blood' banger for Berceuse Heroique and the deft balance of gangster bashment and feminine pressure in Samrai's 'Concrete Riddim' bomb. EBM disco was rejuvenated by Lee Douglas' 'Kino-I' killer, and Kowton took big room tribal house to leather-bound grime zones. Rob Hood's Floorplan gave the sing-a-long anthem, 'Never Grow Old (Re-Plant)', whereas Bruce reduced it all to a viscous roil with the brilliant 'Not Stochastic' for Hessle Audio, and we were spellbound by the mercurial tactility of ACI_EDITS' '01' looper on '/\\04'.
14 Tracks: The Best Of 2014 Part Two MP3
Rolling on with our best-of-2014 selections, in Part 2 we survey more romantic ambient, pop and new composition. From Andy Stott's gorgeous return with 'Faith In Strangers' to Ensemble Economique's heart-rending 'Hey Baby' or the subtly seamless field recording/instrumental gestures of Anne Guthrie's 'Codiaeum variegatum' album, we found a seam of timeless music this year. Nautic's exquisite 'Navy Blue' EP will surely prove itself a perennial comfort, whilst Lucrecia Dalt's sorely overlooked debut for Nico Jaar's Other People pushed the envelope of lower case, experiemtnal pop with canny aptitude. HTRK were on hand with the aching blueness of 'Psychic 9-5 Club', exemplified here in 'Wet Dream', and Glasgow gave us blunted lo-fi charms in the form of two class records from Yong Yong and Laps. Lovers of widescreen ambience were treated to sublime visions from Dirty Beaches and Bing & Ruth, whereas Leyland Kirby and Visionia et Dopplereffekt welled-up with pure synthetic emotion, and Lee Gamble and Aymeric De Tapol captured equally elusive beatless drone sensations. Join us for another overview of 2014's finest next week...
14 Tracks: The Best Of 2014 Part One MP3
We kick off our 2014 survey with 14 crucial mutations that twyst the lines of grime, trance and footwork to nexx level results. Lars T C F Holdhus proved to be one of this year's most exciting, intriguing artists, and fronts this selection with the cryptography-inspired, gyroscopic post-hardstyle sweep of '54 C6 ...' beside DJ B.Boy's slo-mo bullet from Lisbon, 'Moh Cota' and a couple of other Latinate zingers from the brilliant NMO and Arca. Lorenzo Senni also made our year with his stunning 'Superimpositions' LP, from which we've included 'PointillisticT', alongside Matthewdavid's heady soul spinner 'In My World'. It was a vintage annum for instrumental grime, epitomised in Mumdance's ridiculous 'Don't Get Lemon' construction with Spyro for Rinse, and equally with Bloom's shocking 'Cld Grip' or the staggered grime-techno of Air Max '97. From Chicago, DJ Rashad (R.I.P) and DJ Earl's footwork productions for Hyperdub knocked us sideways, and the uniquely incisive rhythm deconstructions of Ueno Masaaki, Gábor Lázár and Fis offer sharply contrasting, new rhythm solutions. Join us for part two next week where we'll focus on other stylistic areas of excellence released over the last twelve months.
The Future Sound of London - Artworks 1 MP3
Ancient Methods × Black Egg - The 'Ohne Hände' Remixes MP3
VA / John Beltran - John Beltran Presents: Music for Machines MP3
One of Detroit techno's most sublime associates, John Beltran corrals 18 mellow, romantic ambient pieces by himself and others. It's very '90s chill-out album for the most (just the name Mick Chillage screams valerian tea), but with some nice contributions coming from Sons of Melancholia in the smudged slug of 'For Val' and Beltran himself with the sweeping, GAS-like strings of 'Music For Machines'.
Bardo Pond & LSD March - LSD Pond MP3
Chicago Jim - Chicago Jim MP3
Lobster Theremin present their first label album, a double LP from Chicago resident and elusive young talent, Chicago Jim. Having cut his teeth on a life growing up in the Windy City, Jim's reverent ability to spin synthopian tales of old-school Chicago and the birth of house music are a genuine reflection of a talent rarely seen at the helm of records in the post-00's. Label head Jimmy Asquith discovered the album online, originally released through Chicago tape imprint Pretty All Right, and after streaming one track said tape was swiftly purchased and absorbed. Upon first listen these are the sounds culled from lost DATs, forgotten tapes, lost to the wind in a faraway city where music is the answer. The explorative nature of the Chicago Jim LP covers sounds an themes rarely touched on by modern dance music records, as much as they pertain to be a reflection of 80's Chicago house. The moods are ones from another time and place, referencing Larry Heard's Alien and the pioneers ability to enrapture and engage. Across eleven tracks we are treated to Chicago house, early Acid, Detroit techno, ambient, synth, slow juke and proto-booty works without the filthy lyrics, but still steeped in American attitude. The tracks are untitled, only identified by their position on their respective vinyl, and are better for it. Another test of anonymity that defies a sales pitch, instead allowing the LP to be considered as a whole.
Esben and the Witch - A New Nature (Limited Edition) MP3
Volor Flex - Best of Volor Flex MP3
"Best of Volor Flex" is a collection of previously released music and all new exclusive material mixed together into a showcase of this incredible musician's artistic growth over time. This collection features 5 parts that add up to a continuous mix. Each one features 13 tracks and they have been split as such for both an easier listening experience and the choice of mood that they offer.
Merzbow - Nezumimochi MP3