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Friday, July 29, 2016

NHK yx Koyxen - Doom Steppy Reverb (Diagonal)

NHK yx Koyxen - Doom Steppy Reverb (Diagonal) NHK furnishes the Diagonal family with his rudest, moodiest record to date, stalking the border between minimal techno, garage and Doom Steppy Reverb in his 2nd solo LP - a writhing follow-up to last year’s Hallucinogenic Doom Steppy Verbs 12” and the Program CD with Line. Containing seven tracks of brain-folding sound design and effortless, playfully ruffneck groove mechanics, it’s clearly his most focussed and deadly club record, one that puts experimental ideas at the service of the dancer and equally works as an intensely immersive headphone experience thanks to a proper subbass bias. It creeps up on you from the front with the lurking modulations of 1073+SNARE precipitating a seesawing synth lead that breaks into full breakbeat garage techno, before 1089S harnesses that energy into a swollen minimal techno roller which proceeds to rinse your head/club with arid flange and brace the booty for a wet, sloppy acid garage slammer called 1083-LO-OCT-Short (he’s really got a way with these titles). At the mid-way point, his minor key dub chords really come into their own, blooming in a super lucid maze of moire fractals on Y whilst the rhythm stealthily scissors its way into your tendons, bones, making the beatless respite of 1048’s pirouetting arpeggios all that more effective; but you can’t hide from the rhythm as it soon bends to pendulous 2-step technique and he wipes the ‘floor with coldest, steely techno stoicism on L. Job well done. Quite plainly, there are few producers who can place such a subtle, unique, and deadly spin on this sound, off the top of our head - Peder Mannerfelt, Zomby, Grain and Gescom among them... in boomkat

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

ZOMBY X BURIAL - Sweetz (Hyperdub)

ZOMBY X BURIAL - Sweetz (Hyperdub)

Whilst unmistakably UK, its easy to detect influence from turnt US trap and druggy SA Gqom woven into its fractious mise-en-scene of crackling lighters, lone owls and muezzin chorales smudged with drizzle and ganja smoke, perfectly hovering beyond the ‘floor in a furrowed, fugged-up headspace all of their own. Seriously, they need to do a whole album of this stuff together, or at least get some soundtrack commissions for the next Neil Blomkamp or Bladerunner flick. Highly recommended!

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Shackleton - Devotional Songs (with Ernesto Tomasini)

Shackleton - Devotional Songs (with Ernesto Tomasini),  (Honest Jon's Records) The whirligig drawbar organs of Shackleton’s releases since 2012 are still in effect, but tempered in balance with Tomasini’s remarkable vocal range and some really lush, almost Detroit-style synth harmonies and ritual atmospheres whilst his signature palette of bass and drums hints at some Far and South East Asian influence in the vein of Sleazy’s Threshold HouseBoys Choir recordings. It’s a beautifully self-contained project covering a broad range of esoteric topography from the detoxing vibrations of Rinse out All Contaminants to the sweepingly epic resolution of Father, Yiou Have Left Me, whilst unmistakably referencing some of Coil or Current 93’s most haunting moments in the chiming harmonic haze, swelling chorales and operatic drama of You Are The One, and the spirit-rousing string arrangements in Twelve Shared Addictions. via boomkat

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Mundo Urbano #9 On Radio Quantica (08/07/2016)

01. Men In Burka - Click Click Click (Tundra)
02. Diana Berti - A Fragile Bird Out Of The Nest (Cuss Fetish)
03. Conniptor - Robotically Enhanced Bad Troopers (Cuss Fetish)
04. Umberto - Black Sea (Not Not Fun)
05. Umberto - Dawn Of Mirrors (Not Not Fun)
06. Helm - Olympic Mess (N1L Rmx) (PAN)
07. Chants - Silencer Magpie (Astral Plane Recordings)
08. Leonardo Martelli - Previsto (Antinote)
09. Leonardo Martelli -  Negli abissi (Antinote)
10. Body San - Koko Chats Online (1080p)
11. Men In Burka - Johnny Passport (Drop Logik RMX) (Tundra)
12. Ovis Aurum - Ovis Aurum (Seagrave)
13. Stuart Chalmers & Ian Watson - East Is West, West Is East (Not In Label)
14. Alex Menzies - Not Up Beat 8 (Kathexis)
15. Alex Menzies - Aristo R27 M7 (Kathexis)
16. Stuart Chalmers - Beat Play (Not In Label)
17. Body San - Voices 3 (1080p)
18. Sannhet - Whittier & Atlantic (Hospital Productions)
19. Conniptor - Suspension (Cuss Fetish)
20. Imago Ignota - Expired Deposition (Cuss Fetish)
21. M.E.S.H. - Damaged Merc (PAN)
22. Abul Morgard - Drooping OFF (Ecstatic)
23. Perfume Advert - Minor Shield (1080p)
24. AiwA - Sphere Collision
25. Soit-PP (aka Aphex Twin) - n.IASP (Rephlex)
26. Neuro Politique - Artemis (Mayday Mix) (Rephlex)

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

PELLEGRINO - Periplo (Early Sounds Recordings)

PELLEGRINO - Periplo (Early Sounds Recordings) A Periplus around mediterranean savors from Pellegrino on his debut mini-album, a multi-flavored cocktail of fast-moving disco groovers, spacey jazz-fusion experiments and sun-bleached funky melters.

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CARL AND CAROL JACOBS - Robot Jam (Emotional Rescue) If you read interviews with Stuart Leath, you'll probably be aware of the amount of work he was put into tracking down Trinidadian husband-and-wife team Carl and Carol Jacobs. Some 24 months later, the fruits of his efforts have materialized in this superb reissue of their obscure (and ludicrously hard to find) 1986 electro-calypso gem Robot Jam. It's one of those records that shouldn't work - it's effectively a fusion of replayed and re-sung bits from records by Santana, Rock Master Scott and Rappin' Duke - but still sounds brilliantly futuristic nearly 30 years after its' initial release. The two-part original is joined on the flip by a brilliantly fitting, echo-laden re-rub from Nick The Record and Dan Tyler, better known as one half of the Idjut Boys.

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