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Hieroglyphic Being

The Language Of Strings

Stunning new album by Chicago's Jamal Moss working here under his Hieroglyphic Being moniker. The producer's in the middle of an intense spell at the moment, with this just one of eight vinyl albums set to be released through the course of 2018. It is however, one of his more anticipated - following a slew of videos he's been leaking himself online hinting at the vast array of intergalactic love juice on this double LP.

His uniquely plotted sonic canvasses are still as fruitful as ever, with pourings of staccato perc and over(ab)used drum boxes carrying forward the various instrumental sections with nods to Sun Ra's space jazz legacy complementing his flair for programming machines to sound humanized, or at least incarnated with some mutant force. Orchestral strings play a big part, hinted at by the album's title while we also see Jamal's own voice used, if sparingly, with positive messages about life and the world we live in both articulated vocally and melodically.

Somehow refracting the best elements of Chicago house history through an alien prism, "The Language Of Strings" see Chi-town's underground demigod express himself in one his clearest and most concise missives in his catalogue and needs immediate attention by long term fans and newcomers alike.


103rd released on Mathematics sees old friend Steve Poindextor come thru with a new alias - Scientifictodd. 

Beginning with the eerie and seductive creep of "Always On My Mind", we move into more typical Poindextor biznis on "Feel Some Time Of Way" with a growling b-line and darkened male vox. "Everybody Dance" isn't a tribute to Chic but instead a filthy rotten acidic barn dance. "Always On My Mind" is an abstract and experimental number, again typically Poindextor if you know what you're looking for! ;) Cerebral but feral, and more than capable of summoning up some raged nightclub demons come the witching hours. "Peacefull Bliss" concludes with a slow, churning, mainframe glitching number that's become kinda synonymous with Mathematics as a whole and closes the EP on a nigh-essential track for high grade electronic music fans. Wonderful stuff! 

Jamal Moss Presents Allonymous & The Hamitic Building Society

Gypsy Woman

Over 22 years and with an artist & label discography that'd take a whole evening to read through, Jamal Moss is one of Chicago's, and the global dance music community's true unsung heroes. A visionary artist through and through, under various monikers, aliases and collaborations he's one of house music's lesser celebrated stars; a bit like that amazing uncle you don't meet until you get married cos your mum's always told you to stay clear, but when you meet him he's the coolest mutha fucker at the party! Jamal Moss has done more to stear the course of house music in new, exciting and pleasurable directions than most people would care to admit and is 100% drafted onto Piccadilly's 'Dance Music Legends' board (I just made that up... but it's legit! - ed).

Maths102 finds him joined (or invent) a new Chicago house supergroup - Allonymous & The Hamitic Building Society and is possibly the most curveball and surprising releases I've ever witnessed him put out! - a truly astonishing fact when you consider just how maverick and leftfield he's been in the past. I WAS NOT expecting this - sprawling through camp Chi-town romp a la Derrick Carter on side A, which quickly descends into a late 80s NY styled number, somewhere between Arthur Russell and Codek with post-punk / no-wave art grooves on "Path To Wisdom" - and garnished with an evocative spoken word part. Flip and side B starts off with more familiar Jamal tackle - a reflective series of synth patterns marching to a vintage drum box and fluttering with frequency ripples. On "Broken Toy" I actually had to check I still had the phono switch on - I was that taken aback by what came out the speakers - somewhere between Nick Cave, David Bowie and Ghostpoet (!!!!!!!) - what the feck?! Is there nothing this man cannot do?! My heads still spinning about this track tbh....Anyway, "To Stay" concludes the EP with a trippy, flange-soaked vocal acapela...Jamal Moss peels back layers like I peel onions - in his mid 40's we're now hearing more new stuff as this true artist paints his picture and his philosophy. Get on board - one of the most defining artists of our generation. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Proper had to check mesen when I heard "Broken Toy" - buy dead pleased to see Jamal open up into some new directions. Still impertive in 2018, still doin' what he does...

As we cross the milestone 100 release mark, Jamal Moss' imperative label continues to supply the goods for intergalactic movers and shakers. This latest project features music from Cuban performer and guitarist Vivian Garcia who gets tweaked and polished by Italian hardware obsessive, Deviere. Beautifully injecting some fresh energy into classic house grooves, we open with the expansive, high gloss thriller that is "Ven Vonmigo", a classic 90s house vibe decorated with vibing sax licks, nice female vox and captivating arrangement. "Luna" gets two reworkings by the Italian maestro. First his "Deeply Envisioned Rework" strips it back to a warehouse dwelling creeper; thick square waves dominating a skeletal drum palette with that exotic vocal straddling the sonic structure wonderfully - eerie, tense and with a thousand uses out in the field. Finally we get a wild, late night orientated club refix which sends the vox spiralling out of control whilst concentric kick drums pound against strewn out atmospheres and cavernous piano notes before Deviere dumps a bucket load of analogue fx onto the stem and completely flips the vibe. Don't miss this last beauty it's gonna destroy the club! Mathematics rides again! Always worth a punt!

Audio Atlas Presents Presents DimDJ

Future Ancient EP

Another of the three Mathematics to land this week, and only the third record to date from one Audio Atlas (Greek producers  Dimitris Evagelopoulos & Mijo). Sonically very rich, intricate and with plenty of layers to get your teeth into, "XIV" introduces the EP with concentric, mesmerizing arps, fluttering beautifully against pulsating drum rhythms and low, gliding bass. "Crash 3" revisits vintage acid house music, but done in that gnarly, biting style so favoured by Jamal Moss during his extended, anything-goes DJ sets. Flip the disc and we get interstella house music on "Trok", full off bendy, wigged out synths and buoyant drums circa Red Planet. "The Black Lodge" sees celestial, post-peak bliss explored with finesse, Audio Atlas journeying through out nearest star cluster at hyperspeed before slowing down to land on a distant planet, searching for "Temple Of The Mountain" - with its intrepid, weaving acid lines, slow-mo drums, emotive chord sequence and evocative, spoken word vocal section. A brilliantly sequenced, highly emotive set of tracks marking a wonderful label debut by these skilled Greek producers. 




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