A1 – Thriller: Ok here we go with Richie Phoe’s dubbed out version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Instantly recognizable riffs and melodies from the original track and reimagined in a dub framework. A thunderstorm leads the remake out and horror esc giggles and laughs add to the feel from the original version. The live bassline that obviously follows on where the original left off, is accompanied with quality dub stabs and space echo fx. The percussion on the rework is groovy and has a more modern feel to it with crisp snares and tappy hats. A cool version of this very popular and well-known track has been reworked to great effect.
B1 – I want’ a do something freaky to you: Right well the title is dodgy but this track is certainly not. Again this has been a dub reskin and based upon the original track of the same name by Leon Haywood. The riff has been reconstructed with a dub piano and sounds cool with the familiar space echo delay fx that is synonymous with reggae and dub music. Oscillating support sounds hold up the main lead stab to great effect. This is all held together with a roots n culture dub percussion that screams quality. All you dub heads out there should definitely drop in on this piece of wax even just based on this track alone.
a1. Richie Phoe - Thriller
b1. Richie Phoe - I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You
Repress Released 16th June 2017
A1 – Track 1: Kiyoko are back on Samurai Horo with another slice of that deep dank goodness. Starting off dropping a very atmospheric ambient oddity that has that Kiyoko stamp of quality. Lush pads rise and fall over the piece with a sense of urgent abandonment. The track has a very hypnotizing feel, and the soundscape of the tune really does take you away. This combined with metallic percussive slices and dramatic sounds complete a worthy opening to the EP.
A2 – Track 2: Offers a more beat oriented and glitch based vibe. The percussion on the tune has an edgy, snappy feel, rolling hats and wood block hits give this a jumping groove. The baseline has a modern funk swing to it and really stands out; small vox samples cut through the mix and when coupled with the deep stabs and synth sounds add up to a complete and well-executed banger.
B1 – Track 3: Ambience is the key word here, deep Sonics and space vibes echoing throughout. Flutes from the future spring to mind whilst listening. The way that Kiyoko places sound and space is very well conceived, with nothing over-worked. The beat work here is top drawer; crunches and hits of various ferocity give drama and flow. The contrast that the gentle stabs and raw vox fx have do soften the hits.
B2 – Track 4: Here we have a filmic vibe. Sounds like a rustling newspaper page folding, coupled with pads and piano add a mysterious yet wondrous feeling. The editing is superb, placement of key elements works great, and the supporting beats are laid back and mellow.
The Kiyoko EP sums up what Kiyoko himself is as an artist, deep atmospheres coupled with well-paced and intricate detail. The EP has variety in the sense of differing energies, working as one complete project. This is highly recommended for Kiyoko fans, and if you are new to the sound give it a go it does not disappoint.
a1. Track 1
a2. Track 2
b1. Track 3
b2. Track 4
At this point, James Clements aka ASC is clearly in an entire musical realm of his own. With critically acclaimed releases for prominent & well respected ambient, techno, and electronica labels, everything James produces continues to resonate with the most progressive minds in the electronic music scene.
Having cut his production teeth on what was known as 'intelligent drum and bass', James went on to dismantle the very framework of 170 bpm musical creation and re-assemble it into a new adventurous, spacious design which would eventually morph into what became known as 'Autonomic'. Providing the very first album for Instra:mental's 'Nonplus' label (his 6th as ASC), James entered into a flurry of songwriting form that would continue to evolve as he became frighteningly prolific, spreading his unique approach effortlessly across tempo's and non tempo's to re affirm his powerful singularity in a field of music dominated by copyists and recycled ideas.
2015 brings us to his 12th album as ASC and second for Samurai Red Seal. Following on from 2012's 'Out Of Sync', 'Imagine The Future' is the 170 bpm Sci Fi dream-state LP we always hoped ASC would make. An enveloping futuristic sound environment, 'Imagine The Future' conjures images of parallel worlds, much like the Blade Runner movie and soundtrack did for us all in the early 80's and into the 90's.
'Imagine The Future' is an album that demands your attention for it's entirety, no mean feat in 2015.
a. Sunspots (i. Event #1, ii. Event #2, iii. Event #3)
b1. Bell Curve
b2. Dark Matter
c1. Response Code
c2. Imagine The Future
d1. Unfriendly Waters
e1. Axis Shift
e2. Negative Space
f1. The Secret Society
f2. (Event #4)
Woodsmen & Lady Log takes a big step with this innovative and qualitative release, letting a few of their favorite artists interpret swedish folk music.
It is an amazing blend of deep grooves and mysterious soundscapes. True creativity at its best, don't miss. Limited edition of 300 handnumbered copies.
a1. Hans Berg - Hedsåsen
a2. Niklas Andersson - Blickar mot dalen
b1. Vaage & Wasserfall - 7-mils stövler
b2. Tommy Awards - Skogen bortom
c1. Mount Liberation Unlimited - Gånglek från Nybohovsbacken
c2. Omar Santis - Bland moln
d1. Saine - Dig
d2. Pistol Pete - Dalsbypolska
d3. Peter Dan Roth - Villoväg
Following last year’s inception of Phuture Shock Excursions, the new vinyl-only imprint returns with a stellar remix package of Bristolian producer OPR8’s ‘Call To Riddle’ featuring Autumn Music, which appeared in its original form on the inaugural EXCURSIONS 12”.
For this release the Bristol label look to both sides of the pacific for their remix commissions, which come courtesy of Californian husband-and-wife duo - Peaking Lights, renowned for their signature fusion of cosmic dub and synth-laden dreampop via critically acclaimed LP’s on the likes of LA’s Not Not Fun and Domino sub-label Weird World. Secondly on board is Tokyo-based Sapphire Slows - an artist borne out of the burgeoning ‘bedroom producer’ electronic scene of her home city a few years ago, who has since built a more global profile having also released music on Not Not Fun and 100% Silk.
Gracing the A-side is Peaking Lights rendition, who elevate the track to Balearic realms, crafting a proto-house inspired re-rub driven by a slow-burning groove formed around a sprinkling of quirky Italo disco-esque synth hooks, dubby bass and remnants of the original vocal, tastefully underpinned by a bed of jaunty percussion, thus creating a hypnotic, tribal motion aimed at the insomniacs of the after-hours dancefloors. While on the flip Sapphire Slows maintains the melancholy essence of OPR8’s original, yet puts an even darker spin on it, adding a sinister synth bass riff interlocked with a skeletal 4/4 drum rhythm, and trading in much of Autumn Music’s original vocals for her own ghostly coos that drift in and out of a haze of reverb and haunting piano notes, akin to being trapped in a liminal space between a recurring nightmare and borderline insanity.
a. OPR8 - Call To Riddle (Peaking Lights Remix)
b. OPR8 - Call To Riddle (Sapphire Slows Remix)
Heartland is the debut from 24 year old Portland, Oregon resident Dylan Stark. Tropical and immersive the album is brimming with emotion, spontaneity, reflection, and general human-ness. This is celebration music, exhilarating and invigorating.
a1. Dylan Stark - Ashen
a2. Dylan Stark - Shelter
b1. Dylan Stark - Heart Land
b2. Dylan Stark - Parade
c1. Dylan Stark - Daydream
c2. Dylan Stark - Northern
d1. Dylan Stark - Near Dawn
d2. Dylan Stark - Now
Impasse is a new label headed by Asusu, best known for his work as one third of the trio Livity Sound.
The first release pairs the shattered grooves of the title track, Serra, with three richly textured pieces staking out new territories in Asusu’s canon; Anglo Skin, which swells and heaves with layers of dark euphoria; Arrhythmia, a fine mesh of high frequency patterns skirting above a dense framework; and finally Low Art, closing off the release with a dynamic exploration of texture and gesture.
He has found acclaim through tracks such as Velez and Sister, and as a remixer, most recently working on a subdued variation of Efdemin’s Some Kind of Up and Down Yes for Dial Records. 2014 also saw him remixed by A Made Up Sound, MMM, Nick Höppner and Dresvn.
Impasse has been established to offer a platform for experimentation, both within the framework of techno and house as well as music that falls outside these constraints.
a1. Asusu - Serra
b1. Asusu - Anglo Skin
b2. Asusu - Arrhythmia
b3. Asusu - Low Art
12" Vinyl including print and accompanying booklet.
The musical background of Japanese sound-artist Yu Miyashita is somewhat split. His longest standing project, Yaporigami, spans back to 2006 when he first released under the name – yet the music Miyashita has begun releasing under his birthname has become increasingly significant in recent years. Indeed, debuting on Mille Plateaux as he did with the first Miyashita LP Noble Niche in 2011 is a rather impressive first footing for any new project, and not one that has restricted his further movements.
'Grind Analysts' sees the union of these two projects; the a-side occupied by the comparatively dancefloor centric tracks he crafts as Yaporigami, whilst the b-side is reserved for the music he composes under his birthname. 'Ashen Oblique' stumbles into focus with rasping factory aesthetics – like a production line automated to run at maximum efficiency. Dense sound- design surges forward glitchy and distorted, Miyashita's swarm of fragmented digital atmospheres teeming in the backdrop. 'Lunar Steps' is less timid in its approach, opening with a blitz of decaying breakbeats cutting through Miyashita's vapourous backdrop.
The record's b-side, 'The Silent Pulse', captures the intense and conflicted beauty which has come to be associated with his latter project. Waves of digital distortion crash against stirring vocal loops - Miyashita's whirling, emotive crescendo is visceral in its impact. The swamp of noise which builds across the track doesn't stop it from striking through with clarity at the chosen moments; the effectiveness with which Miyashita's uses these rousing vocal samples is stunning in its simplicity.
a1. Yaporigami - Ashen Oblique
a2. Yaporigami - Lunar Steps
b1. Yu Miyashita - The Silent Pulse
'Sacrificial Red' 12" marbled vinyl only (no digital release)
The Descent (Chapter I) introduces Pact Infernal to the Horo series.
A sinister soundtrack of the journey down through the 9 Circles of Hell as told in Dante's Inferno, each Circle is used as a theme to map out a tense underworld of dramatic sonics.
The beginning of something very special, expect Chapter II to burrow further into the scorching netherworld.
I - Circle 1 [Limbo]
II - Circle 2 [Lust]
III - Circle 3 [Gluttony]
IV - Circle 4 [Greed]
The return of the Veil/Unveil series! Auxiliary's first vinyl offering for 2015 comes in the form of Veil/Unveil - Issue Three.
Followers of the series will know the format by now, but those of you new to it can expect 4 different artists offering four pieces of music that do their utmost to complement each other for a well balanced listening experience.
First up is ASC's 85 bpm monster, Lose Control. Heavy bass and a classic acapella do the damage on this one.
Synth Sense flip things for the abstract Red Skies, with it's eerie synth hooks and messed up vocal phrase.
Sam KDC continues with the dark theme from his recent EP, The Order & The Entity, while Method One rounds things off with another steady 85bpm 4/4 bass offering. You already know you need this, so enough said.
a1. ASC - Lose Control
a2. Synth Sense - Red Skies
aa1. Sam KDC - The Messenger
aa2. Method One - Pyre
Greta Cottage Woodpile brings home the obligatory unoptimistic sensation with MTDD : Bernau 4
Specifically selected field recordings taken from a weekend in October ’13, when the GCW family walked around the District of Bernau 4.
The area around The Reconciliation Church features heavily in this audio collage of haunting and strangely emotional audio. The intent is to invoke the experience of a Berlin Cold War Border Crossing - through the eyes of a child.
The Marx Trukker takes these intricate pieces, tears them up and rebuilds into expertly crafted rhythms within rhythms.
As the abstractisms take shape, a very much broad and present, yet eloquently subtle use of cavernous atmosphere addresses confused and bemused intricate detail.
Seemingly and suggestively familiar snippets of sound coax disturbing weirdness with whistles and chants wrapped in distorted pinches.
Not for the easy listener, more often challenging than not; but particularly rewarding when getting lost in the density of discordant oddity.
Though harsh and aggravating at times there's moments of simply zoning into the constantly changing dynamic - bringing you to question 'where is the kick?' Before you know it there's a thudding undercurrent that feels like it had never left. Odd.
Early obvious nods to Demdikes, then unfurling into big Terry Dixon or Jeffery Mills territory towards the finish seem not too obtuse,
More smudged and paranoid than the previous Trukker partakings on GCW, it's suitably on Woodpile to set it apart from other material, requiring multiple sittings to really grasp it's glorious entirety
Detroit native Malcolm MacLachlan has been gaining momentum in the world of electronic music under his Appian moniker. He's set to launch his latest LP Aprileft.
In what he describes as "uptempo space-funk," Appian delivers a sound that has been influenced by everything from deep house and techno, to disco, boogie and electro — not to mention the "patented hi-tech soul" of his hometown.
His 2012 debut EP Endomusia was an exploration of abstract sound, and while the new record continues to carve out new musical landscapes, it's a more cohesive effort — which, according to a press release, "explores a higher echelon of the artist's cosmic-tinged sound."
There's definitely an out-of-this-world motif running through Aprileft, on pieces like "Hyperspace Dreams," "Space Beat" and "Satellite," while the sense of sonic adventure is present on tracks like "Digital Fantasy" and "Transient Explorer."
The themes and influences meld together seamlessly on Aprileft, resulting in a polished, engaging and interesting final product.
1. Appian - Aprileft
2. Appian - For Warm Weather
3. Appian - Worries Pt. 1
4. Appian - U & Me
5. Appian - Leavin'
6. Appian - Fixed Expression
7. Appian - Hyperspace Dreams
8. Appian - Space Beat
9. Appian - Digital Fantasy
10. Appian - Satellite
11. Appian - Elegie
12. Appian - Tuxedo
13. Appian - Transient Explorer
14. Appian - Love2
Here we have another four slices of futuristic goodness from the well established label Auxiliary run by atmospheric master ASC, this EP showcases four of the Auxiliary label regulars Sam KDC, Synth Sense, Method One and ASC.
Let's kick things of with the Sam KDC track entitled Ascetic, this rolls in a very deep sort of dub tech vibe and really captures the technicality that Sam KDC normally brings to the table. A very deep and darkish vibe, but not too heavy surrounds this track with edgy beat work growing as the tune progresses.
We move onto ASC's piece called Symmetry which has such a lusciously spacial vibe to it and really draws the listener into the lush textures and deepness that this tune provides in bucket loads... really lovely to listen to, the subtle vox additions sound great throughout!
Synth Sense provides a very raw glitch based track entitled Trapped Within The Circuit which is very apt title for this tune. It's distorted yet controlled soundscape has that kind of vibe that keeps you the edge whilst listening, with softer sounds developing over the top that take what is initially harsh and raw and really pulls it all together. This vibe really works on the EP giving a different vibe to the overall release.
Finally we have a track from Method One called Under the Same Stars. This is a really drifty tune that has beautiful elements throughout, very very deep and spacey, downtempo quality beats over wonderful synth lines - excellent from start to finish!
This EP really does capture a broad sense of what the guys over at Auxiliary are putting out as a label, which in my humble opinion is deep edgy music that captures the imagination and covers a lot of different bases.
A must buy from this group of very talented musicians.
A1. Sam KDC - Ascetic
A2. ASC - Symmetry
B1. Synth Sense - Trapped Within The Circuit
B2. Method One - Under The Same Stars
This is a four track EP that shows off some of the Auxiliary stables finest artists in a futuristic slab of pure quality, the EP contains tracks from label boss ASC, Vaccine, Sam KDC and a collaborative track by Synth Sense & ASC.
A1 is ASC's moody but brilliant tracks called Noncolour Entity and this deep future vibe sounds stunning very very intricate synth noises pulsate throughout this tune and it's got drama and pure genius written all over it, very nice indeed.
A2 by Vaccine entitled Irradiate has a lovely charming chime based synth line running through with a kind of oriental vibe surrounding it, almost dare I say hip hop esc beats that drive this slice of goodness in a positive direction this is a very cool track and has a really positive vibe throughout.
We move on to B1 - Sam KDC offering which has a lush soundscape over a pulsating break beat vibe containing a real energy, quality production values throughout here - very nice and tight edits keep this piece moving along nicely another quality edition to this EP.
Finally we have the collaboration track between Synth Sense and ASC called Glimpse and if this is a glimpse into these guys working together more often then this really makes you want it to happen! A great atmospheric tune that takes you off into the dreamy vibes that this lovely piece of music provides, a subtle use of ghostly vocals really makes this an essential track to own as do the rest of the tracks on this EP...
Pure gold from start to finish.
A1. ASC - Noncolour Entity
A2. Vaccine - Irradiate
B1. Sam KDC - Lovesick
B2. ASC & Synth Sense - Glimpse