Monday, September 06, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Rather than be genre-tied, we will be releasing music rooted in a particular aesthetic – releases concerned with decay, erosion, entropy, mistakes and errors, line noise and tape hiss, hum and buzz.
• Vukasin - 'I Feel', Various EP [Jack Union records]
• xxxy - 'Know You', infra12002 [infrasonics]
• Frank Heiss vs. Dr Walker - '24.10.1996', The Liquid Sky Adventure Series vol1. [Electro Bunker Cologne]
• Monolake - 'Shutdown', Silence [Imbalance Computer Music]
• Actress - 'Lets Fly', Splazsh [Honest Jon's]
• Roof Light - 'Losing My Mind', Kirkwood Gaps [Highpoint Lowlife]
• Gon - 'Chaka Mad', infra12003 [infrasonics]
• Raffertie - 'Unmatched Souls (dub)', (unreleased)
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 07, 2010
- werk records release LONE's 'Ecstasy and Friends'. Ear-sucking splendour, shiny and summertime, tinged with the melancholy of autumn-around-the-corner.
- Infrasonics go from strength to strength with Infra003 by SPATIAL
- Stuff records coalesce into Numbers records
- before coalescence their penultimate release is the optimal 'Rooks E.P' by the awesome TVO, who wrapped up double-oh-9 with a feature spread in The Wire magazine (free mp3 exclusive there) and a fantastic mix on FACT magazine's podcast 102
- Sheffield's Rough Disko host some super hype events including some of the Numbers bunch from Glasgow (Jackmaster); Strong Looks all round
- Steakhouse records get hype and even more hype as steak001 gets props from radiohead's thom yorke and they announce the release of Steakhouse002, featuring vocals from MC Zulu, and giving away a free Grievous Angel remix of their Tigris riddim. The blog's become compulsive clicking, new stuff from Ghislain Poirier just up there now, and their twitter feed suggests that there's something in the works with Cardopusher... Big
- WhirringCat brought this mix in november that you should go back for, a listen much worth listening again
- Highpoint Lowlife finished 09 on a high (having sustained one throughout), releasing 10-20's second part in a series of 'landform' EPs, this one titled 'Lake', a follow up to 'Island', and to be completed by 'Mountain' and 'Isthmus'. I'm a massive fan of this sound; it properly connects several key themes in rx3 listening habits: itchy electronic manipulation, most properly the preserve of the idm machine but liberated by deft application of ambient, found and acoustic sounds; drawn out, slowly arching crescendi, located on the strip of deep listening that links the habitat of the drone aficionado to the haunts of the techno habitué; a sensitive understanding of the associations between poly/microrhythms and rhythmic separation across the frequencies - beat is supplicant to vision, a composite of independently meaningful parts.
- Nightshifters gave away a killer dancefloor EP 'Vampire Killer' back around halloween by dj P.O.L. Style, and have just followed it up with NS011 'Valhallah' by Hostage. Bootdown solid sounds. Been saying it for a while - Nightshifters are a team worth following. They've got a peculiarly heavy and raw approach to this bmore fidget house scene that takes them to an altogether more bass-driven skull-shaking place. Must be in the pedigree of the parties. Pushin it hard.
- Matt Shadetek and DJ/rupture release 'Solar Life Raft' on theagriculture - a mix LP including lotsa exclusives, followed up by a 'singles' version release where you can get hold of the source material. It's a mature sound. Shadetek's post-grime productions have long since demonstrated his nuanced ability to hit delicate notes without lapsing to the sentimental, and the clarity of his sound shows the results of his long-time commitment to the studio arts. Meanwhile /rupture has been making progressive moves away from the early bombast of ragga-jungle, and while his Nettle project continues to explore enervative modes of innovative non-western musical ideas, his role as standard bearer for sharing Mexican and South American cumbias suggests a more developed understanding of the sensual elements of sound; the hypnotic sway and pitch, ululation and diaphanous layers that can still build for a diaphoretic dancefloor. Solar Life Raft combines each artists recent developments - it brings together two sets of ears acutely tuned for subtleties of expression.
- Chris Watson compiles the sounds of water - rain, waves, glaciers, drips - for bbc radio4. Super deep. Coped to tape, slowed it down, got that deep bass cave boom.
• Calika - 'Crome Yellow', Slack Jaw [Highpoint Lowlife]
• Omar-S - 'Leave Luck to Heaven', Side Trakx vol2 [FXHE]
• Dem Hunger - 'Astro Glug', [Unreleased]
• Depakote - 'Calculator', It's Not 94 Anymore [Highpoint Lowlife]
• Nosaj Thing - '2222', Drift [Alpha Pup]
• TVO - 'Non-Euclidean', The Starry Wisdom [Highpoint Lowlife]
• Lloop - 'Lei-Tzu', 60 Hertz [theAgriculture]
• A Bridge Far Away - 'Drift ft. Indi Kaur (Grievous Angel remix)', [unreleased]
• Hudson Mohawke - 'Twistclip Loop', Butter [Warp]
• Octapush - 'Dubshh', IBR004 [Iberian Records]
• Dark Sky - 'Ghost Note', [Black Acre]
• October - 'Homosapiens', CVAN001 [Caravan]
• John Cohen - 'Never Down', [Unreleased]
• DJ P.O.L. Style - 'Vampire Killer', Vampire Killer E.P. [Nightshifters]
• Jore Suc - 'Sum Rye Then', [Unreleased]
• DJ Sprinkles - 'Brenda's $20 Dilemma', Midtown 120 Blues [Mule Musiq]