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...a fine selection of music taken from the web + some exclusives...
1. Etude for Lynching by Family (Justin K. Broadrick Remix) (7:38)
2. Etude for Lynching by Family (Vatican Shadow Remix) (10:48)
Slam - Pattern A3 FLAC
The first single to be taken from Slams truly astounding upcoming album Reverse Proceed sees the hypnotic Pattern A3 alongside some of Technos biggest and brightest new stars adding their own versions also. Slam have chosen one of the major standout tracks from Reverse Proceed to set the tone prior to the albums full release in late October. With the album built around the concept of varying sequences, its fitting that the first single be given such an apt name. Taken directly form the Cirklon sequencer pattern that helped design the track Pattern A3 features heavily modulating synths that seems to have a fully organic life of their own set against the typical backdrop of 909 drums. Following on from Slam's original, Soma have enlisted the help of 3 of the labels favourite contemporary Techno artists. Argentina's Jonas Kopp is first up on remix duties and deliver an absolute pile-driver of a remix with his signature thudding drums and machine-gun like percussion firing rapidly against subtle and stripped synth elements. Swedish based Bleak is a very welcome addition to this package as he offers his own Modular Interpretation. Heavy sub bass and intelligent drum work outs combine with yet more subtle hints of the originals synth elements to give a more deep and introspective version. Rounding off the EP is latest Soma artist Charles Fenckler. The young French artist is making waves in Techno at the moment and has certainly delivered on this project, giving his version a much more minimalistic, stripped and ends up with a solid dance floor burner.
Anjou is the beautifully enigmatic reunion of Labradford's Mark Nelson (Pan American) and Robert Donne with fellow Kranky star, percussionist Steven Hess. The result of four years writing and editing, it marks Donne and Nelson's first collaboration since Labradford's 'fixed:content' (2000) and the first meeting of Pan American's Nelson and Hess since 'Cloud Room, Glass Room' (2013). Now older, wiser, quieter, the trio offer a subtly involving, hazily detailed ambient suite gleaned from an intricate process of modular synthesis, Max/MSP programming and live instrumentation. Essentially it takes the trio's respective, somnambulant aesthetics to a stranger, detached and dreamlike place, smudging the parameters of their sound to a shape-shifting mass of sublimated harmonics and intangible melody beyond the reach of most modern ambient practitioners. Our personal highlights are the Gas-like 'Sighting' with its brooding, distant pads and deft percussion from Hess, or the eerie midnight waltz of 'Backsight', especially when the shimmering SAW-style chords seep into play halfway thru. It's a real beauty.
Chron first appeared as part of the magnificent "Solidification" box set, but has now been made available on its own due to popular demand. The double CD comes with "Cosmic Creation", another new album that in many ways can be considered "Chron"´s twin album. These are true solo albums with Arve playing all instruments, both recorded at home and in various locations, and both showing a part of Arve that is possibly most comparable to his work in Supersilent, the free form group he has been a part of since its formation in 1997. In regards to his solo albums, these two albums are probaby closest to "Strjon", showing the playful explorer manipulating recordings and instruments, mixing the acoustic and the electronic, composing and improvising, being creative and recording ideas the very minute they appear.
Moniek Darge & Graham Lambkin - Indian Soundies MP3
Herva is Herve Atsè Corti, the young producer who has appeared on labels like Kontra Musik and Bosconi as part of analogue house duo Life's Track. A fan of everything from intense Aphex Twin music to more human r&b, soul and hip hop, in 2012 he served up the soulful house LP Meanwhile In Madland and since then has continued to hone his production skills to the point that he is now a pleasingly singular talent. Instant Broadcast, the 12 tracks to be released on 2 x vinyl, proves that in spades, combing as it does intricate electronic stylings with an off kilter sampling style, organic instrumentals and plenty of rough hewn charm. The album kicks off with 'And The Crunch Goes On', a fractured, sample heavy track with sensuous piano notes floating above barrelling techno drums. It evolves through many different forms across its 6-minute duration and from there the kaleidoscopic journey really begins. 'Slam The Laptop' is deep and lo fi techno, 'Pitch Business' is glistening IDM and '01 (Edit)' is scuzzy dystopian ambiance of the sort LIES has become famous for. Elsewhere there is blissful and heavenly ambiance, sketchy sound collages that put dusty old soul vocals next to trilling melodies and pounding broken beat that is awash with spring like rays of sunshine. Sometimes dark, sometimes beautiful, but always unpredictable, Instant Broadcast is a refreshingly original, sketchy album that shuns the usual Chicago and Detroit reference points and instead conjures up a truly idiosyncratic style that puts Herva in a class of his own.
Superb archival transmission from unknown sources on Mordant Music. The label's latest cassette neatly slot into the folds of time between early AFX, Portion Control and Urban Tribe, shaking a leg and melding minds between cuts that remind of Polygon Window's remix of Soft Ballet's 'Sand Lowe' thru to the lush electronic romance of The Connection Machine. It's yet another treat from one of the most staedfast, restless British labels around. The Baron speaks: "Pyramids of Space…an excavated MMusty broadside from Cornwall circa 92-96 replete with misty provenance…a nebulous collective with an analogue core hashing out classic electronica from the heartland via Boss, Hitachi, & Cry Baby…a redolent distillation that iMMediately seeps into the bloodstream & will have walls sweating…POS had been residing in a lost chamber for a protracted phase until the Pharaoh's ferric curse finally got lifted by bailiffs…scale these dunes…IBM"." Warmest recommendations.
Stephen Lopkin - The Haggis Trap EP MP3
New 4-track EP from Stephen Lopkin on M>O>S.
Tom Richards - Broken Patchbay MP3
Following editions from Karl O'Connor, Sleeparchive, Mick Harris and Rose Kallal, Paul Purgas' (Emptyset) art imprint We Can Elude Control presents three ritualistic, puristic post-techno experiments by sound artist, Tom Richards. Rhythmically focussed and laced with an abrasive yet hypnotic quality, his three improvised tracks feature custom built hardware used to create a taut lattice of looped polyrhythmic percussion layered with stray radio signals and visceral tones. Their intuitive, repetitive composition recalls Nicholas Collins' fractious 'Devils Music', the hyperventilating arrangements of Anne-James Chaton and Alva Noto, and SND's more abstract reductions
Christian Prommer - Compost Black Label #109 FLAC
Sea Oleena - Shallow MP3
"Shallow finds Oleena at her most focused, compelling state yet. Her tactful use of textures and instrumentation make for a blissful, cinematic listen centered on her captivating voice. Lyrically, she’s unafraid to dive into heartbreaking experiences, which are riddled throughout the album, but feelings of hope and optimism blossom in their wake. Shallow is music to drive to, music to daydream to, music to become immersed in. Because once you let go, these are the songs you can’t help but cling to."
Sophia Loizou - Chrysalis MP3
new on Astro:Dynamics...
"Astro:dynamics return with Sophia Loizou's debut album, and indeed debut release, in the form of Chrysalis. It is an exploration of conflict and balance. Using a unique set of sonic transformations, synthetic materials and archival recordings of life both natural and mechanised, the work depicts forms across a diverse range of scales from the microscopic to those which exceed measurement entirely. Comprised of six movements, the recordings unfold an elaborate landscape of intricate detail and severe natural forces whose end is both a creation and a dissolving of recognised forms. The sound masses that inhabit this space transgress between chaotic and stable states in order to present life in and out of balance. Central to Loizou's practice is an ongoing investigation of this dichotomy and how it positions humanity's relationship to nature. Her work strives to capture the tension that binds the liminal states between the formless and the formed, and the inherent conflict employed by nature as it carves its diverging historical paths towards growth and decay. The instrumentation and methods Loizou has explored here are crucial. Passages composed for solo flute, cello and soprano have had their recordings fed through a labyrinthine array of granular and spectral software tools. These have then been placed within the industrial products of analog hardware wired into feedback systems of electrical circuits and pulsating rhythmic structures. The results emerge as a defining opening statement of an artist exploring themes that are central to the conflicts between nature and technology. In creating a sound world in which these concepts violently collide towards a cyclical symmetry, Loizou has crafted within Chrysalis a vision of a possible future that is both threatening and unstable but ultimately cathartic."
Beatrice Dillon - Blues Dances MP3
new on Where To Now?...
Space Afrika - Above the Concrete / Below the Concrete MP3
new on Where To Now?...
Fis - Speech Spirits FLAC
Fresh off two strong releases for Tri Angle, New Zealander FIS issues another excellent EP, this time for London’s Loopy. The inaugural release for the newly minted label, Speech Sprits kicks off with the title track, a typically crunchy bass hybrid that jerks and jounces under the weight of its hefty sub-bass. ‘Knecht’ is no less obtuse, mixing off-kilter hand drums with kitchen sink percussion. Kassem Mosse contributes a bouncy, dub-infused take of the lead cut, while Australian experimentalist Oren Ambarchi chips in a relatively straightforward remix crusted over with reverb and digital distortion.
Redinho - Redinho MP3
The 15 track record, three years in the making, showcases those trademark Redinho vocal styles and the full weight of his unique production skills. Inspirations may come from the songs, synths and drum machines of 80’s Funk records and classic British Electronica but this record is very much a product of 2014.
Various Artists - Worth The Weight Vol. 2: From The Edge MP3
Punch Drunk Records presents the 2nd chapter in its Worth the Weight CD compilation series, selected once again by Peverelist. Since launching in 2006 with a vision of documenting Bristol’s burgeoning and idiosyncratic reaction to dubstep, Punch Drunk has become a byword for quality and daring. The label has become a tastemaker in its own right, defining an era within the city’s rich musical heritage. The last eight years has seen Punch Drunk release bonafide classics from artists developed, encouraged and debuted by the label; some of whom have gone on to become internationally recognised artists. The corner stones of Dubloaded, a club event that Pinch ran in conjunction with Peverelist, and Rooted Records, the record store managed by Peverelist, provided an era of fertile ground for local artists such as Headhunter, Appleblim, RSD and Joker. The first edition of Worth the Weight, featuring these artists and more, was released in 2010 and selected tracks from the first 4 years of the Bristol dubstep explosion. After the wider dubstep scene went overground, moving away from its original roots and context, the Bristol scene recalibrated and reflected on those dynamic first few years. Peverelist was keen to keep the Punch Drunk momentum heading in a direction of mutation and innovation true to its original manifesto, unique to and reflective of Bristol. Worth the Weight Volume 2 represents that second era, when a new school of Bristol artists were beginning to emerge. Many of them found their first releases at Punch Drunk and are featured on this compilation. Kahn’s first two 12”s for the label were a dichotomy of colourful swung rhythms and heads down, deep and dark sound system music. Ekoplekz released two LPs for the label drawing influence from Cabaret Voltaire via King Tubby, defining his own plane of dystopian dub. Zhou, a duo from the city’s Young Echo collective, released two 12”s mastering their own esoteric perspective on heavyweight UK Dub grooves. Andy Mac’s UK house variants brought the funk and bounce back to Bristol’s clubs, whilst Tessela’s pounding percussion tracks rained down relentlessly on dancefloors. Bass Clef’s recent masterful and acclaimed psychedelic voyage through techno on his Reeling Skullways LP is represented alongside rising star Hodge whose Resolve 12” is surely a highlight of the labels catalogue. This new compilation provides a perfect snapshot of a city in constant flux, seen through the eyes of a label with a unique perspective on its surroundings. Punch Drunk has always operated from the periphery, sticking to its guns and staying true to its raison d’être. So here we are, 2014, Worth The Weight, selector please, From The Edge…