MAGIC MIX

house . techno . electronica . ambient . neo-classical

WEEK STARTING 18 Sep

Genre pick of the week Cover of Bredius 1998 / Walk On Water by Beesmunt Soundsystem / Cooper Saver.

Beesmunt Soundsystem / Cooper Saver

Bredius 1998 / Walk On Water

The Hivern split series was born as a platform for club-ready tracks that don't require a broader sonic context to express themselves. It's also as a way of generating an unplanned dialogue between artists in the label's orbit, connecting the dots amid them in spontaneous and almost unconscious ways. The third installment of the series brings together Beesmunt Soundsystem and Cooper Saver. Their two tracks share a similar approach, deconstructing ethereal sounds over dark rhythmic foundations to reach the same kind of narcotic transcendence. The visual concept of the series has been developed by Manchester's own DR.ME. Vinyl-only.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Beesmunt bring the post-apocolyptic attitude in spades on the A-side, turning out another techno-pagan growler at a gremlin friendly 110ish. For the flip, Cooper Saver lock into the prog revival with an amphibian trance dancer.

A Vision Of Panorama

Follow The Melody EP

Hailed as the king of the modern Balearic sound Mikhail Khvasko aka A Vision of Panorama makes his debut on Omena with another must have EP.

Imagine if Nu Guinea would organize a jam session with Metro Area and set up the following rules - combine doses of slow paced disco, hints of boogie, a dash of jazz and deep layers of house.
Mikhail's music has always been warm and dreamy combined with impeccably tight drum programming. It is no wonder why his music is played & charted by Lexx, Detroit Swindle, Kenneth Bager, Session Victim and many more...

Over the past few years The Magic Movement have coolly secured a place at the top table of consciousness shifting club tackle, and their latest release continues to fuel the shamanic dance. Fresh from a debut LP on Random Collective, Anatta arrives with tribal throwdown "Fields Of Play", along with a trio of mesmeric remixes from Noema, Tolouse Low Trax and Carrot Green.

In the original mix, Anatta invites us to discover a sonic world between pitched down UK House and future-primitive downbeat.
Rough Drumbeats, quirky synths, and catchy vocal chops guide us through a sophisticated arrangement with unforeseen twists and turns.

Salon des Amateurs resident Tolouse Low Trax delivers the 'Knights & Wheels Remix' in his signature style: While a hypnotic vocal loop hooks you up from the very beginning, minimalistic and dreamy synths slowly submerge the listener into a jam of stripped-down Lo-Fi funk.

The 'Beat Mix' by Rio de Janeiro's sound wizard Carrot Green and long time family member of the label, speeds up the tempo, and puts together a groove of classic electro boogie vibes with a P-Funky bassline that sounds like a futuristic liaison between Afrika Bambaataa and George Clinton.

Increasing the UK house vibe with strong drums and a wobbly bassline, Noema's 'Acid Ghetto Style Remix' works the mysterious vocals of Anatta into a delicious hook and creates a highly animating and fun dancefloor monster.

And now, let's get weird!!!

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Fifteen releases in and The Magic Movement continue to deliver the high grade dancefloor psychedelia. Now Empire Market's down, I'd suggest you light a candle and embrace the shamanic shakedown of the Tolouse Low Trax remix here.

On a collision course with earth from the furthest reaches of the universe, The Colours That Rise announce their debut album “Grey Doubt’ on the inimitable Rhythm Section International. Comprised of producer duo Simeon Jones and Nathanael Williams, The Colours That Rise have previously turned heads with 2017’s “2020” EP released on Breaker Breaker (the label credited with breaking Ross From Friends).

Returning with their most accomplished offering to date, “Grey Doubt” features acclaimed guests such as Yazmin Lacey, Yussef Dayes and Andrew Ashong, each respectively complementing the incredible musicianship on display here, capturing the true zeitgeist of present day UK. Combining live instrumentation and analogue synths, intricate, intertwining textures and melodies run deep throughout this beautifully crafted afrofuturist voyage, exploring the darkest recesses of the galaxy, through weatherbeaten and asteroid damaged synth waves and broken drum patterns reverberating out into the vastness of space.

Pre-announcement single ‘Home Time’ has picked up steam with support across BBC 6 Music and 1Xtra through the likes of Benji B, Tom Ravenscroft, Jamz Supernova and Mary Anne Hobbs, who awarded it as her ‘Near Future’ track. The duo are also set for a live performance at Rhythm Section’s showcase at SXSW 2020.

Cool Tiger

Junction White 003 - Inc. AQXDM Remix

Junction returns with 3 tracks by label owner Cool Tiger blending techno, breakbeat and bass music together, plus one mind-boggling remix by AQXDM (Aquarian & Deapmash).

"Hide & Seek" opens the EP with a combination of hypnotic vocals, unstable rhythms leading to a blast of breakbeats. Aquarian and Deapmash join their forces again as AQXDM for delivering a high-intensity ravey and atmospheric remix that defies catagorization with its break-neck acceleration and half-time swagger. On the flip-side, "I Feel You" provides the most club-focused track of the EP before the grand finale "Slave" which will plunge you into a dystopian world.

Artwork by Lucie Corbasson. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Marmite record and dare I say it, a little bit tooo wild for some of our listeners. However that AQXDM remix of "Hide & Seek" is defiantly lovable - a pneumatic drill of rhythms crushing thru impenetrable light fractals. Would absolutely demolish any main arena.

Sarah Davachi

Cantus, Descant

    The new Sarah Davachi record is an 80-minute, 17 track double album meditation on impermanence and endings, framed by minimalistic organ études and careful harmonic layering. On two tracks the artist’s own vocals are also heard for the first time. This is the first release on the artist’s own label, Late Music.

    The title of the record - ‘Cantus, Descant’ - has both literal and metaphorical meaning and is something of a concept album that addresses the relationship between the two. In medieval music, the Latin ‘cantus’ was used as a general term for unadorned singing or chant and by the end of the Middle Ages it came to represent the highest voice of a polyphonic choral texture, often improvised. ‘Descant’, at that time, was used in part to denote the structures of polyphony and counterpoint, the harmonious play of two or more voices against one another.

    The instrumentation is predominantly organ-based, a combination of electric organ, reed organ and a pipe organ based on a 15th Century design. These arrangements are embellished with tape-based technologies like the Mellotron and echo devices.

    Davachi comments: “The pervading effect on the album is one that gives reverence to the suspension, the epoché, a space where we welcome and attempt to reconcile impermanence. It is an opportunity to go inside - oneself, one’s sound - in order to simultaneously commune with our comforts and that which we mourn, perhaps not unlike the function of a hymn.”

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xColoured LP Info: Limited edition clear vinyl.

    2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    For their second release, Open Space present an emotional 5-track EP by Alexander Folonari aka Gateway Shuffle stuffed with lush mid-tempo Balearic pop and slow bubbling acid club music. If you dig artists like Andras Fox, Benedek, Moon B, Pender Street Steppers & Caravan; plus labels like Ken Oath, Light Of Other Days, Mood Hut & Claremont 56, you're bound to enjoy the sounds contained on this lavish piece of wax.

    Written and recorded in the Italian countryside of Chianti in late 2019.

    Recommended! 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Anything produced in Chianti is gonna have an air of sophistication and class about it! Stick this next to a top shelf wine pairing for maximum buzz.

    Harmonious Thelonious is the solo project of the Düsseldorf musician Stefan Schwander. His works combine American-influenced minimal music with African rhythms and European melodies.

    "I was busy experimenting with noisy rhythms when Bureau B asked me if I would like to release an album on their label. I was aiming for a more industrial sound; backwards cymbals, loops generated from non-musical sources such as slamming doors, and had the feeling that this would align nicely with Bureau B’s own story." Stefan Schwander’s new album Plong is something of a hybrid in the discography of Harmonious Thelonious, drawing on his existing strengths plus a sense of adventure in a mix of all his musical predilections. Dipping into the music, Middle Eastern elements can be heard on "Original Member Of A Wedding Band" and "Mumba", whilst tracks like "Höhlenmenschenmuziek" are characterized by more pronounced bass structures. Tuned down xylophones, evocative of ritual drums, sub bass and electrifying basslines catalyse the idiosyncratic sound of Plong: hypnotic, danceable, irresistible. A powerful head of steam builds across the nine tracks, with subtle changes in harmony ("Geistertrio Booking") or unexpected cameos such as a new wave bassline on "Abu Synth" shaking things up before the album hurtles onward with renewed force. Take "Interpretation de reve" as a case in point – floating sequences and themes sweep ashore in wave after wave of melody; analogous to dreams which enter the subconscious in episodes, their apparent randomness gradually shifting into a correlative pattern. "Totentanz" closes the album in a homage to the Basle club of the same name, a place which played a decisive role in Schwander’s musical socialisation: "I was lucky enough to see bands like Liquid Liquid, Gun Club, Jonathan Richman and a very young Aztec Camera there".

    Harmonious Thelonious comes off with an exceptional work in the genre of electronic music, successfully embracing the physical power of a club night soundtrack whilst exploring the dramatic depths of sonic worlds to create an intensive listening experience in total solitude.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Durian Bro and Dusseldorf sorcerer Stefan Schwander gets industrial and middle eastern on this Bureau B LP, translating his usual sonic manipulations into a hypnotic set of trance dancers for the alternative club kids. I'm gonna buy like 5 copies of this!

    Tim Koh

    In Your Dreams

      In Your Dreams is Tim’s most straightforward and accessible release to date, and an exciting addition to his body of solo work, which hitherto can broadly be described as experimental noise. The poignant song collection tackles core themes of life’s calamities, broken love, and transitory relationships, yet counterbalances its essential melancholy with a whimsical, upbeat, and playful spirit throughout. While not strictly autobiographical, the songs draw from Tim’s recent personal experiences during his two-year isolation from friends and family, and create a compelling narrative of alienation, loss, and love.

      Tim wrote In Your Dreams in Amsterdam, L.A., and London in-between his time touring with Ariel Pink, and subsequently recorded the songs at home in Amsterdam while recovering from a near-fatal 2018 accident. The recurring hospitalizations that Tim has endured in recent years subtly find their way into the album through phone recordings from Tim’s actual hospital stints, underscoring the album’s themes on this highly personal work. In Your Dreams deftly juxtaposes lush, densely layered sounds with stark simplicity through a series of quick turnarounds, creating the captivating feeling of tension and release that characterizes this remarkable song collection.

      Guest musicians on In Your Dreams include Chris Cohen on guitar, and drum help from Jay Watson (Tame Impala, Gum) and Josh da Costa (CMON). Adding to the family feel of the album, longtime Ariel Pink and Tim Koh collaborator Jorge Elbrecht performed mixing duties along with mastering by Heba Kadry.


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Dinked Edition LP Info: • Exclusive Mulberry Coloured Vinyl *
      • Exclusive 7” - 2 bonus tracks *
      • Artworked inner jacket
      • Signed & Numbered Print *
      • Exclusive Tote Bag *
      • Dinked info sticker *
      • 350 copies only.
      * Dinked Exclusive

      Coloured LP Info: Vapour coloured vinyl.

      Kuroi Ame

      Sacred

        Another killer outing, with Manchester's own Pure Life recordings this time teaming up with US label VILL4IN for a vinyl release of 'Sacred'.

        Dreamy, engrossing swells of synthetic ambiance and organic, shapeshifting instrumentation. 

        We see a perfectly formed collaboration between Panta Rhei and CMD094, under the nom de plume Kuroi Ame, mixing throbbing percussion beneath euphoric pads and swirls of noise, before periodically launching into a snapping dancefloor IDM, drowned in a wash of reverb and echoic modular flickers. 

        This is hugely inventive, eminently listenable and perfectly executed electronic music. An absolute gem. 

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Blue vinyl

        Macintosh Plus

        Sick & Panic

          Deluxe Hi-Fidelity vinyl picture disc. All music & art by Macintosh Plus aka Vektroid. Limited edition including digital download. Where have the alienated masses gone after vaporwave? Producer Ramona Andra Xavier, aka Vektroid, Macintosh Plus, Laserdisc Visions, New Dreams Ltd., and a few others, is a good resource, being a reliable throughline from the genre’s peak to our current moment. Since her most recent studio album Floral Shoppe in 2011, Xavier has travelled further and further away from slowed-down R&B samples, challenging and complicating her own production style. But “Sick & Panic (First Mix)” is her first return to the Macintosh Plus name since 2011, and it sounds almost entirely unlike the curious complacency of Floral Shoppe. This new twelve-minute track breaks apart a few key components of vaporwave, but more readily takes influences from glitch music and the freeform design of a DJ set. But by calling this a Macintosh Plus record, we’re forced to see it with a strangely human face. Between the hundreds of interrupted thoughts and microscopic silences, something organic is growing. This is the sort of music nobody is really built for, but that one learns out of idle curiosity. While we may not be androids for a few more years, this compact, biting music speaks to some metaphysical data analysis we’re hardwired to be fascinated by. In a twelve-minute span, it has more than exhausted every notion and idea. It’s a tactical deployment of thoughts too scattered to fit into their own slots. Which is where it wraps around again to vaporwave, because nothing ever changes. 

          Master Plan was the Chicago based dance music project of Pepper Gomez and Tom O’Callahan. Spanning from 1984 to 1986, the groups development is in sync with the dance music scene of Chicago during that era. While their first record „Pushin’ Too Hard“ is a Windy City version of the NYC club music of the time and its European cross-pollination, „Electric Baile“ from two years later down the line is almost a quantum jump into house music. With the engineering help of Matt Warren, it bears the marks of Ron Hardy, Chip E, Farley Jackmaster Funk or the WBMX dance party craze, if you will. Here you have remastered and updated versions by Enzo Elia and Gerd Janson. The first ones’ edit attempt of „Electric Baile“ ignited this edition. A custom-tailored main mix is completed by a dub and useful bonus beat version to do, what DJs used to do. Concluded by two edits of „Pushin’ Too Hard“ by GJ, you get two great slices of yesterday that are still major dance music blue prints today.

          Anna Meredith

          FIBS

            Fibs is heralded by the release of ‘Paramour’, its first single and spectacular accompanying single-take video, and a song that forbids you from turning away - its sweeps, jerks and wrong turns pinning your ears to the speakers whilst heading for warp speed at a blistering 176 BPM before rounding the journey out with an (utterly unexpected) tuba-led half-time rock-out. Arriving three and a half years on from the release of her Scottish Album of the Year Award-winning debut studio album Varmints, Fibs is 45 minutes of technicolour maximalism, almost perpetual rhythmic reinvention, and boasts a visceral richness and unparalleled accessibility.

            Fibs is no “Varmints Part 2” — the retreading of old ground, or even a smooth progression from one project to another, just isn’t Meredith’s style. Instead, if anything, it’s “Varmints 2.0”, an overhauled and updated version of the composer’s soundworld, involving, in places, a literal retooling that has seen Meredith chuck out her old MIDI patches and combine her unique compositional voice with brand-new instruments, both acoustic and electronic, and a writing process that’s more intense than she’s ever known. Despite Meredith’s background and skills these tracks are no academic exercise, the world of Fibs is at both overwhelming and intimate, a journey of intense energy and joyful irreverence.

            Fibs, says Meredith, are “lies — but nice friendly lies, little stories and constructions and daydreams and narratives that you make for yourself or you tell yourself”. Entirely internally generated and perfectly balanced, they can be a source of comfort and excitement, intrigue and endless entertainment. The eleven fibs contained on Anna Meredith’s second record will do all that, and more besides.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: As some of you may well know, i'm a fan of a nice cheery arp, and 'Fibs' is RAM-PACKED with them. Half way between the 16-bit rave aesthetic of Anamanaguci or the brooding, soundtracky synths of Konami Kukeiha Club and high energy synthpop (Kristin Kontrol, Tegan & Sara etc), Meredith has crafted a completely unexpected and thoroughly exciting fusion. Stunning.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Coloured LP Info: White vinyl.

            Coloured LP 2 Info: 'Winter Wind’ Coloured Vinyl

            Sam Prekop

            Comma

              Sam Prekop’s boundless imagination is guided by his strong sense of melody. For more than 25 years, as a solo artist or as part of The Sea and Cake, Prekop creates a singular sound that is both inventive and warm. New album ‘Comma’ takes Pekop’s electronic music experiments in a surprising new direction. Working extensively with beat programming for the first time, Prekop uses rhythm as a narrative tool, tapping into electronic music’s romantic and emotional qualities. ‘Comma’ embraces the analogue synthesizer’s often unpredictable nature, imbuing the record with a decidedly organic feel even while working within the relative rigidity of beat architectures.

              Prekop’s creative process is a combination of preparation and improvisation.Writing sessions for ‘Comma’ began with an open-ended exploration of sounds and textures from which the first fragments of songs would reveal themselves. The introduction of drum machines and additional synthesizer units to his modular setup shifted things in surprising new directions as he worked to bend them into more traditional pop song structures. Drum tracks and emergent rhythms provided the frameworks and narrative sketches to be fleshed out with lustrous widescreen synth pads and ribboning melodies. In approaching his writing with a completely open mind and letting himself be guided by the music, Prekop maintains a delicate balance between composition and chance, control and spontaneity.

              Prekop’s wide-eyed sense of discovery guides his exploration of beat-driven music, pushing him to use rhythm as a narrative tool and to embrace electronic music’s romantic and emotional qualities. With ‘Comma’, Prekop compiles an incredible breadth of ideas into a surprisingly coherent soundworld. It’s a modern minimal pop album that taps into the experimental heritage of the synthesizer. The album places Sam Prekop’s work squarely in the tradition of electronic music pioneers like Brian Eno and Yellow Magic Orchestra, who brought together the unrestrained ambition of the avantgarde with the immediacy and accessibility of pop music.

              Based in Berlin via rural Israel, RAS are comprised of multi-instrumentalists and producers Dekel Adin, Eden Leshem and Guy Gefen. They came together as RAS in 2018; a deep appreciation of international sounds that cross common ley lines has resulted in a melting pot of influences, armed with vintage drum machines, guitars, synths, bongos and a Tascam Portastudio 424 tape machine.

              RAS’ creative palette is relatively minimal, opting to work with a toolkit of analogue instruments and improvisational recording styles. Mixing surrealism, injokes and nonsensical word patterns, their lyrics are sung in Hebrew. The vocals are there to support the music, acting as another instrument in the overall sound. 

              Dekel, Eden and Guy managed to create an intricate balance between lo-fi soul and brighter Mediterranean-leaning club jams, ending up with a record we might mistake as a lost treasure of the early 90s.A record that perhaps has an unconscious connection to the past but more importantly to an onward looking story of friendship and a musical journey which has spanned many continents throughout the last ten years.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Patrick says: Undercover Balearic heat here I reckon - don't let the kooky cover fool you. Operating in the same dusty, groove-based vein as those Bonjo Joe cats (Altin Gun, Mauskovic, Yin Yin) but with the smooth and soulful leanings of a Stones Throw classic, this should keep summer going well into the darker months.

              Since releasing his Shaka EP Vol.1 back in 1995, Swiss House veteran Kurt Spichiger aka Shaka has become a reliable sources of skilfully constructed house music.

              Opening track 'Theme From Riverwalk' is a luscious exercise in melodic and soulful deepness. It oozes deep house authenticity and you know you are holding quality just a few bars in, a track that would sound at home on Strictly Jaz Unit Muzic.

              On the flip you'll find Shaka confidently skipping between deep melodic house with jazzy melodies, heavily influenced by soulful and spiritual house vibes. 'New Relationship' aims straight to the heart and is the perfect blend of something played by both Joe Clausell and Ron Trent.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: Bit of classic sounding deep house a la Ron Trent, Joe Claussell, Karizma etc. Plenty of bump in the second track, "New Relationship" while "Theme..." gifts us rich musicality around that typical 4/4 framework. Ace!

              The debut offering from Shakey, a new project from Silvia Kastel and Lizzie Davis (Wilted Woman). Shakey, then, is a syncretic meshing of both artists sensibilities, encompassing both’s love of digi-dub, jungle, musique concrete, and the fusing of ambient textures with abstracted rhythms.

              So if you've as much as caught a passing snippet of either Silvia Kastel or Wilted Woman, you'll be correct in your assumption that this collaboration is utterly certifiable. Take opener "Crayscandens" for instance - a dash of jazz fusion, Rephlex braindance and deconstructed dancehall, which sounds quite a lot like a soundclash in Boomkat HQ. Next to that BPM blending mindfuck, "Slappy" sounds perfectly sane, though the bleep test synths, dislocated voices and steppers rhythm might twist your melon all the same. Things continue to weird the fuck out on the flip, as the eerie fourth world haze of "Dischidia" gives way to the whacked out electro (in its loosest sense) of "Moth". All that remains is for us to float away in the aquatic electronics of "E Ocean", another baffling but brilliant bit of creativity from these collaborative cats.

              Smalts / Human Flesh

              Periodiciteit / En De Stad

              "And the city opens up its streets to me again.Gloomy and damp, walled by wet surfaces, Which the pale glow Bouncing off a languishing moon. She shows me her reddish bars without any embarrassment, Where the sex yawns against the black decor."

              Special Interest

              The Passion Of

                But would you bat an eye, waiting for war machines to pass you by? But aren’t we going out tonight? Aren’t we going out?"" Special Interest have returned with their sophomore LP. A dual release from Night School (UK) and Thrilling Living (US), The Passion Of... combines elements of glam rock and no wave pushed through a mangled filter of contemporary electronic forms. Special Interest present a precise and deranged vision of punk, an apocalyptic celebration, a step forward into a perverse and uncertain landscape. Recorded throughout 2019 with engineer James Whitten, The Passion Of finds the band with a fuller realization of their sound.

                While their debut, Quintron-produced, album Spiraling documented a band discovering their purpose, The Passion Of… is both more chaotic and melodic, daring to finally live up to their notorious wall-of-sound live performances. Massive, juddering beats from an old Electribe sampler and distorted bass provide much of the rhythmic backbone. The effect is purely physical, circumnavigating the brain and heading straight to the body’s core, sounding at times like an Industrial take on the most brutal Gabber 12”s from the Groningen hardcore underground.

                Crass, decolonized guitar work and haunting synth lines cut through the low end noise to serve the album’s layers of drama. It’s a cloying, intense dynamic that builds to almost unbearable fever pitch at points, threatening to overwhelm and overpower. Aided by mastering work by Rashad Becker, The Passion Of… is a true document of Special Interest as the intense and radical unit they are. Alli Logout’s razor sharp lyrics drip with the collective lust for life in the midst of painful truths. Offering moments of clarity and hope in their signature bratty maladjusted manner, switching from high camp satire to insightful political imperatives often within the course of one song.

                The Passion Of... takes you on an odyssey, from celebrating the highs and lows of hedonism (Disco III), to dystopian anthems (All Tomorrow’s Carry) and disillusioned love songs (Street Pulse Beat). Ending in a powerful final decree (With Love) offering visions and desires for futures to come. The Passion Of... is a culmination of Special Interest’s long standing obsessions. Not just bearing witness but living and moving towards our innate desire for rapture in an urgent and raw testimony of the here and now. "Beyond blood we fight towards liberation"

                Chicago based & Tetrode mastermind Specter takes up the torch with a (too) long awaited solo EP on Into The Deep records. As a true soldier of the underground, Andres Ordonez has been designing his sound for two decades, bridging the gap between Chicago and Detroit. Brief excursions on Theo Parrish's Sound Signature label, an incredible collaboration with Jose Rico and a few fleeting moments on some other cutting edge labels precede this release: a spectacular EP exploring that illusive and seductive territory where beatdown house, jazz and organic sound design coalesce as one complete form. I remember someone from Manchester once stating that people like Specter, Andres and Moodymann make 'house music for hip-hop heads', and personally, I can relate to that statement. Intelligent yet still firmly nodding the head throughout, perfect for soundtracking late nite drives, closed-curtain smoke-outs and of course, pitch black dancing in your favourite dance spot. Most recommended.

                Tracks for the rave, direct from Japan.

                Stones Taro joins the BAM roster with four heaters designed to demolish the dancefloor. Taking inspiration from UKG, jungle, breaks and house, this release brings the quintessential sounds of rave culture into 2020, showcasing the Kyoto-based producer’s ability to regenerate the genres that define UK clubland.

                Lovingly delivered by the crew at YAM Records, this is the second installment of Body Action Music - check! 


                This is Tolouse Low Trax’s 4th solo album Jumping Dead Leafs.
                A 38 minutes exorcism, dionysac sexyness fueled with romanticism, made of mechanical incantations mixed with spectral vocals of forgotten imaginary tribes, words from a physicist (Incomprehensible Image), and mystical breathings… To remind you that music is demanding your soul and body, fully. A master irritator, disclosing this talent all the way, down to every chosen title, for the album itself and all of its components (would you put Milk in Water ?). As repetitive or minimalist music may already make some of you feel nervous, it seems more accurate to talk here about primitive music - notwithstanding a non violent anarchism. But those are only words and vain attempts to attach TLT to a region or a family. Neither the burden of classical European music legacy, which eventually lead to pop music, seemed to interfere with his wild mind, and if it is no surprising to hear Bach in German electronic music, there is here a clear statement that you are out of this sirupy prison… For D.W. is a sorcerer. He’s been empirically learning the speaking of trance with years of touring and experimenting with all kinds of audience and venues, from clubs to museums, from Mongolia to Brazil, from his performances with his bands Kreidler or Toresch to solo ones, sustained by a steady limited set up, as the one used when he’s recording : one MPC, rudimentary synths, few effects and a mixer. No sound engineer on stage as only he knows his secret language… Raw dubmaking, leaning towards
                hip hop, indubitably underlining here a significant distanciation from his previous industrial inspirations. The bewitchment of this record is operating with no warning from the very first seconds until the last epiphany of Sales Pitch. He is using his knowledge of techno, psychedelism (Inverted Sea), UK bass (Jumping Dead Leafs), only to bring you out of it. We all tend to be slaves, without even being conscious about it, and a balance must be existing between being a slave and showing off. Mr. Weinrich’s answer is unsettling because it is an utter call to this balance, in our world of black and white and political correctness. There is no morality in music… Don’t expect anything else than an unaccountable liberating immediate experience. Don’t expect any kind of music because you are already in the past or the future… From his recording technique mainly relying on one takes, his adoration of mistakes and jeopardy, to the core essence of repetitive music, it is all hereabout being in the present. No ears no glasses. 


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Patrick says: Dusseldorf's dance floor Derrida comes correct with his first solo album in six years, providing a little club deconstruction for the fringe DJ and haunted home listener! Frankly, no one sounds like Detlef, and as this LP blazes its hazy trail through warehouse smog, dislocated dubspace and an entirely crepuscular strand of psychedelia, it becomes increasingly clear how much we've missed him.

                David Turpin, Stephen Shannon & Kevin Murphy

                The Lodgers (OST)

                  Beautifully haunting gothic score to The Lodgers by Stephen Shannon, Kevin Murphy and David Turpin.

                  David Turpin’s first feature as screenwriter – the gothic fantasy premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2017, and was subsequently acquired for worldwide release by Netflix.

                  Film synopsis:
                  A family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel and Edward to their home, in punishment for their ancestors' sins. Bound to the rules of a haunting childhood lullaby, the twins must never let any outsiders inside the house, must be in their rooms by the chime of midnight, and must never be separated from one another. Breaking any of these rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house after midnight.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Barry says: Another stunning release from Burning Witches records, with all the neo-classical gloom and horror slo-burn we've come to expect from this legendary label. Crackling ambience and slowly drawn strings are accentuated with crescentic wails and simmering unease. Gorgeous to look at and most importantly, to listen to.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Coloured LP Info: Lake Water colour vinyl, heavyweight sleeve, insert and download card

                  TVII SON's self-titled album is a glorious concoction of local and global, and combines rich immersion in music history and in-the-moment immediacy with uncanny ease. The trio of Florian, Mika Shkurat and vocalist / writer Lucy Zoria make, essentially, a kind of stripped-to-the-bone industrial dub, fizzing with white noise and quivering with soundsystem bass – but given a glorious pop infectiousness, thanks to the earworm phrases and phrasing of Lucy's vocals.

                  The name was chosen purely for how cool the letters look on the page but conceals intriguing lyricism (it means "your dream" in Ukrainian), and likewise their sound's simplicity hides deep intellect and emotion. Their roots are deep in both Kyiv and Berlin, with a sprinkling of extra cosmopolitanism from Lucy's part-American upbringing. Beneath the surface simplicity lies an intellectual and musical richness that belies all three members' backgrounds in punk / alternative scenes, and their immersion in everything from 90s WARP records to anime soundtracks. And there's both a vivid expression of Berlin's deep rooted electronic music culture and a proud sense of increasingly confident Ukrainian identity, still carrying the energy of the 2014 revolution even as its optimism has mutated into something darker and perhaps more determined.

                  The trio's history is tangled – seeds were sown when Mika worked on some visuals for Florian's modular synth band Driftmachine and a lasting friendship was forged. Mika and Lucy didn't meet till much later, despite having many friends in common – but when they did formed the trio Nisantashi Primary School. Florian fell for Lucy's unique style and when Nisantashi played Berlin in 2018, a new collaboration was forged.

                  Over 18 months, they built their frameworks of abstract sounds made into immediate rhythms, with Lucy's style adapting to the grooves until the total sound you hear now had coalesced. You might detect hints of King Midas Sound in the dub spaces, a little Pan Sonic in the crackle and hiss, some classic electroclash in the sass of the songs, even a bit of cheeky dancehall and grime in the sprung rhythms of “Simple Ends” and “Kilang” – but most of all you'll naturally focus on the totality of those songs. It only takes one listen for Lucy's memorable phrases like “clinging to what we love as it slips out of vogue”, and “give me your chastest kiss” to fix in your mind, and a second listen for the songs to become old favourites. The roots of this record might be tangled but its effect is brilliantly, beautifully direct.

                  Anna Von Hausswolff

                  All Thoughts Fly

                    Sacro Bosco (“Sacred Grove”) is the starting point for Anna von Hausswolff’s new album All Thoughts Fly, incoming on Southern Lord on 25th September.

                    Here in solo instrumental mode, the entire record consists of just one instrument, the pipe organ, and represents absolute liberation of the imagination.All Thoughts Fly radiates a melancholic beauty, and is distinguished by fluid transitions of contrasting elements; calmness and drama, harmony and dissonance, much like the place that inspires the music.

                    Sacro Bosco is a garden,based in the centre of Italy,containing grotesque mythological sculptures and buildings overgrown with vegetation, situated in a wooded valley beneath the castle of Orsini.Created during the 16th Century, Sacro Bosco was commissioned by Pier Francesco Orsini, some say to try and cope with his grief following the death of his wife Guilia Farnese, others speculate the purpose was to create art.

                    About the album Anna explains“there’s a sadness and wilderness that inspired me to write this album, also a timelessness. I believe that this park has survived not only due to its beauty but also because of the iconography, it has been liberated from predictable ideas and ideals. The people who built this park truly set their minds and imagination free. All thoughts fly is a homage to this creation, and an effort to articulate the atmosphere and the feelings that this place evokes inside of me. It’s a very personal interpretation of a place that I lack the words to describe. I’d like to believe Orsini built this monumental park out of grief for his dead wife, and in my Sacro Bosco I used this story as a core for my own inspiration: love as a foundation for creation.”

                    The organ on All Thoughts Fly is situated in Gothenburg and is a Swedish replica of the Arp Schnitger organ in Germany. It is the largest organ tuned in Quarter-comma meantone temperament in the world. With it’s four manuals, one pedal and 54 stops, it was built as part of a ten-year research project reconstructing 17th Century North German organ building craft. The tuning temperament is an important detail to note here, as it deeply affects the sound and tuning, and thus radically changed the process of creating this album. Anna speaks of a pleasant surprise during recording, the organ's ability to create beautiful "pitching" notes through its stops and air supply system. She remarks “We took advantage of this so most of the pitching sounds and notes that you hear on the album comes from the mechanics of this organ, effects made entirely acoustically." The organ was recorded with two room mics for atmosphere and two pairs of close mics placed inside the organ to capture nuances and detail for further organ sound processing by Filip Leyman in his studio.


                    Another win for the Glowing Pin as Müller & Wandt drop a fresh new age groover on a killer club dub tip. Elsewhere Phazer Boys, Suzanne Kraft, Philipp Otterbach and River Yarra remix the pscht out of their favourite tracks from ‘Instrumentalmusik..’. Expect Goan hits, cosmic trips, loved up rave and chilled out wave on this flawless five tracker.

                    Growing Bin becomes Glowing Pin for the most anticipated rematch of the century. Back at the beginning of 2018, Wolf Müller and Niklas Wandt went head to head for a box office smash, throwing a high school percussion tray, wall of hardware and voodoo skull into the ring for the tribal trip of ‘Instrumentalmusik Von Der Mitte Der World’. Now the multi-instrumental duo face off once again, but this time it’s a royal rumble with Phazer Boys, Suzanne Kraft, Phillip Otterbach and River Yarra all bringing the noise to the Glowing Pin.

                    Müller and Wandt dominate the action on the A1, playing loose with sampler vox, serene pads and future primitive rhythms on the unreleased ‘Fun Dub’ of the also unreleased ‘Dub Dub’. Imagine Ferris Bueller’s trampoline tumble trading Chicago to the Weissenhof and you’ll sense the mood of this New Age groove. Germany’s number one party dudes, those freaky Phazer Boys take a break from dropping killer Candomblé cuts to reach for the lasers on the A2, taking ‘Ahu’ to another dimension. Dripping in neon body paint and armed with fire poi, the Düsseldorf duo power up progressive house sequences, didgeridoo bass and thumping tribal house percussion for a wall-shaking, speaker-breaking remix.

                    The B1 belongs to synth whiz Suzanne Kraft who revels in glistening, gliding glory on an expansive remix of ‘Auflösung’. Sleek, serene and futuristic, the track shimmers like Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, free from inequality and rendered with the 5D(ub?) majesty of a DMT breakthrough.
                    B2 hears Salon associate and serious talent Philipp Otterbach take over on a stripped back and psychedelic post punk dub of ‘Expedition’. Angular bass by Süne Große and a stuttering rhythm underpin astral flourishes and the hazy vocals of Lucas Croon before the African elements begin to move to the forefront.
                    Last man standing is Australian outlier River Yarra, who leads us into the Krautback with a chugging dub of ‘Weltraumsandalen’. Lent a lysergic sparkle by a percolating one-note bassline, this slow motion stunner masters perpetual motion amid the eerie echoes of the bush, organic percussion and electronic animal cries fading into the night. Let the pins glow again.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Patrick says: Not content with turning out the hottest LP of 2018 (back in stock now!), Wolf Müller & Niklas Wandt swap Growing Bin for Glowing Pin for this remix spectacular. Calling on Phazer Boys, Suzanne Kraft, Philipp Otterbach and River Yarra, the drum-loving duo serve dub-not-dub, wavey pop, prog house, post punk and cosmic wobble, all with the required amount of weirdness. Essential business for the fun loving DJs of the world!

                    Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Marcos Valle

                    Marcos Valle

                      The third release from Jazz Is Dead records is features Marcos Valle, one of the greatest and most important composers, arrangers, writers and performers in Brazilian history. A jack of all trades, Valle has produced works in many musical styles, including bossa nova, samba, and fusions of rock, soul, jazz, and more. Composed and produced by Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad and recorded in the Linear Labs analog studio. 

                      Three extra special tracks from Zmatsutsi, Tross & Houschyar on the Leeds-based imprint: Space Ritual.

                      "Psychedelic Frogs Are Ok" takes cues from the current resurgence in 5-MEO-DMT and the Colorado River Toad; conjuring up a psychedelic sonic tapestry that transcends the planes of conciousness with extra-dimensional SFX and a richly transportative palette.

                      Trosss' "Gallium" is the kinda wacked-out, smoked-out, loose groove that might grace a Light Sounds Dark compilation. Flanging bass, sloppy breaks and sweeping FX insistant on keeping us upright but by no means stable.

                      Houschyar completes the collection with a gentle, electro-Balearic lullaby via the delicate plucked tones of "Einsteig". A dreamy fairytale that dissipates into the ether after nursing us into a relaxed slumber. Beautiful stuff.


                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Tasty new Leed imprint, Space Ritual return with more digital psychedelic ceremonial music for the toad lickers and mushroom hunters!

                      Various Artists

                      DJ Kicks - Avalon Emerson

                        Avalon Emerson's contribution to !K7's DJ-Kicks series, out September 4, 2020, encompasses her maverick sound. The 70-minute mix traverses a wide range of tempos, styles and eras with the grace of an experienced selector who distinguishes herself based on technical skill, clever methodology and a unique vision. Old-school house records mingle with references to rave and Italo, but the set isn't confined to a specific era or style — besides her own.

                        "I wanted it to be representative of how I sound in the club while incorporating new original music," Emerson says. “I thought of it as a good opportunity to summarize the last few years of DJing for me and share my original productions, covers and remixes.” Avalon's DJ-Kicks is a confident and competent summation of what makes her one of the underground's most in-demand DJs. The diverse selections are tied together by her own edits, remixes and productions. New material bookends the mix: she opens the mix with her own voice featured more prominently than ever before on a bold, fresh and playful cover of The Magnetic Fields' "Long Forgotten Fairytale." At the end, she shuts it down with her "14th Life" remix of Austra's "Anywayz," which reimagines the song not as a dancefloor tool, but rather in a distinctly Avalon flavor of pop.

                        Can you believe it's five years since Invisible, Inc. started releasing records?! Run by GK Machine, the label's been pivotal at unearthering lost, digital-only tracks from cult underground artists and re-issueing them on vinyl; alongside a plethora of incredibly strong new music from the current underground, often by artists with very little profile. Who knew such a formula would proove so popular (we did! - ed) but five years on and the label is a mainstay here at Piccadilly Records as well many other establishments who embrace the 'wierd shit' catagory with open arms.

                        Focussing on artists who provided much of his favourite music of last year; for the fifth anniversary of the label GK Machine has enlisted people like Anatolian Weapons, Youkounkoun, Puma & The Dolphin, Golden Bug & In Fields and TCB, alongside acts that have been the backbone of the label from the beginning: Sordid Sound System, Secret Circuit and Double Discone. It's a brilliant snapshot of this truly great label five years into fruition and still as vital as when it was first conceived.

                        For newcomers, expect immersing dips into modern kraut, voodoo percussion workouts, digital sonic shamanism and technicoloured, over-flowing Balearica. It's a magical listen, captivating and transportative in equal measure and probably one of the strongest releases we've got in this week! 


                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Sick label this; celebrating five years of ingenuity and passion. A great snapshot of what they're about and featuring pretty much the whole roster of artists. Nice.

                        Whities changes its name to AD93 amid the current social wave of consciousness. This cutting edge, tastemaking label seems to go from strength to strength as it ushers in the new and unfounded. A various artists EP this one, kicking off with the sublime electronic glide of Bas Dobbelaer and their track "Diversion", which sounds perfect for the cold dark nights that lie ahead of us. Mucho Sueno proffer us a meditative, rhythmic hybrid that sounds like it’s suspended atop a great icy mountain while Martinou's "Let's Get Out Of Here" could well soundtrack the slow, steady journey down, encased in thick fog and snow blizzards. The amazing Sapphire Slows conclude proceedings with "Swirl", a dazzling and crystalline electro-pop ballad which fits perfectly with the slow, glacial aesthetic which seems to permeate through the whole EP. With records like this you don't need to fear the Winter....


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