Blocks & Escher are very proud to present Narratives 010 and with it the follow up release to Rhyming in Fives’ 2013 debut. It is over a year since Rhyming in Fives grabbed the attention of Drum & Bass and wider bass music scenes with the genre blurring Hindsight EP; garnering Single of the Month in Mixmag, BBC Radio play from the likes of Mistajam, and being hailed by a diverse range of DJs from Paul Woolford and Doc Scott to Jamie Vexx and Om Unit.
As quickly as Rhyming in Fives arrived, the elusive artist retreated back into the studio leaving only the debut EP and a much acclaimed podcast to be revisited and celebrated.
A year on and at last we are shown that the time has been well spent. The Light Leaks EP shows how the sound has matured and blossomed; an extended player of variety and woven themes that most long player albums could only aspire to be.
Flickering through tempo and mood, dancefloor energy to reflective melancholy, Light Leaks crafts a journey and tale that fans of Narratives Music will have grown accustomed to, but painted in a way that only Rhyming in Fives can.
a1. Rhyming in Fives - Light Leaks
a2. Rhyming in Fives - Mnemonic
b1. Rhyming in Fives - Into The Sunset
b2. Rhyming in Fives - Exposed
Following the success of Stray’s extended project ‘Paradise’ Exit Records proudly bring you two remixes from label head dBridge & affiliate Machinedrum.
dBridge turns in a massive bass led, left field execution of the title track Paradise. His remix pushes the 85 / 170 envelope even deeper into new realms, the track demands your attention and in return gives back ten-fold in satisfaction.
Machinedrum takes Movements on trip that goes via Chicago, Detroit and ends in London. His trademark execution of polyrhythms creates a new pocket for the track and in turn puts it into an entirely new light.
a1. Stray - Paradise (dBridge's Glitch Slap Edit)
b1. Stray - Movements (Machinedrum Remix)
LIMITED EDITION OF 200, WHITE HAND STAMPED 12"
Following on from our Pact Infernal 12" we present another debut release.
Very little is known about DiNT, but these tracks capture perfectly a pitch black corrosive vibe and sound like nothing else we have heard before.
No Facebook, Twitter or Instagram will ever exist for DiNT but those who seek out their music will feel rewarded for their discovery.
a1. DiNT - The Black Drug
a2. DiNT - No Way Out
b1. DiNT - Visceria
ZamZam Sounds presents a truly monumental album, the third release on our 10”/12”/LP imprint Khaliphonic, in partnership once again with Llorona Records straight out of Colombia.
After last year’s Dub De Gaita 12” pairing Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto with producer Adrian Sherwood, ZamZam and Llorona knew we wanted to continue the partnership by releasing more material from the same incredible sessions that produced the three tracks on the single. The Dub De Gaita Vols II & III double LP is the result, a towering achievement in cumbia, dub, and international musical cross-pollination.
a1. Fuego de Cumbia
a2. Currura (Vocal Mix)
a3. Tierra De Poetas (Vocal Mix)
a4. Amanezco Bailando (Dub Mix)
b1. Amanezco Bailando (Vocal Mix)
b2. La Boca e Sapo
b3. Homenaje A Tabio (Vocal Mix)
b4. El Millo De Adrian
c1. Fuego De Cumbia (Dub de Sangre Pura)
c2. Tierra De Poetas (Dub Mix)
c3. Le Puya De Damian
c4. Homanaje A Tabio (Dub Mix)
d1. Maria Sola (Dub Mix)
d2. Currura (Instrumental Mix)
d3. Juancho y Adrian
d4. Mi Gaita
**Comes With 16 page A4 booklet**
In March 2014, James Holden and Floating Points were invited to the Fellah Hotel, nestled at the foot of the Atlas Mountains just outside Marrakech, to participate in a week-long residency collaborating with the legendary Maalem (Master) Mahmoud Guinia from Morocco's Gnawa musical tradition. The four tracks you see before you are the product of Holden and Floating Points' makeshift open-air recording sessions by the hotel pool with the Maalem Mahmoud Guinia and his band, featuring the Maalem on his three-stringed guembri instrument and lead vocals and accompanied by the trio of Guinia's brother-in-law and two sons who provide the vocal chorus response and complex krakeb and clapping percussive rhythm cycles that characterise the Gnawa tradition.
a1. Maalem Mahmoud Guinia & Floating Points - Mimoum Marhaba
b1. Maalem Mahmoud Guinia & James Holden - Banja
A1 - Message from home: This four track slice of loveliness kicks off with an uplifting jazz number. Delicate almost Hawaiian guitar sounds that pluck along with a more traditional guitar roll sample, blended together to create a wondrous summer beach vista. The percussion is vibrant and upward feeling; with crisp hats that evolve through the tune and Skippy drum patterns create a great groove. The addition of subtle synth sounds and sparingly used vox sample make this a great start to the EP.
A2 – Wild, Wild: is coming from a similarly deep and Balearic place. Drifty guitar riffs that sooth your soul, great percussive elements that bring a smile to you face. The use of sounds here is done with a sense of real quality, every sound has its defined place and the overall vibe on Wild has a live feel to it. For you spaced out Jazz house crew this one is for you.
B1 – Fight: takes us down a completely different road. The track has an early 90’s feeling as far as the governing atmosphere is concerned. With a beat structure follows tracks of that period with a breakbeat esc vibe, snappy but not over powering and the groove will make you sway. The looped vox sample that screams of the older Nervous Records tunes of the day, and really does capture this moment in time to perfection. Great little retro piece that will get your old rave legs out of retirement, and will have you remembering the good old parties of yesteryear (Man I’m getting old saying that ha ha).
B2 - Pressure Control: follows where Fight left off. Superb retroisms are in full flow with this weapon. Smooth breaks that warm the heart, great synth sounds that rise and fall through the tune. This really is proper and well thought out in its conception, and really does give a modern interpretation of the past glory days of old. The breakdown in the track is reflective and when the beats kick back in neck snapping will possibly occur.
Bakradze has managed to capture magical moments in time without getting the cheeseboard out. Great tracks from start to finish and a must have for any old school crew out there, do not miss this EP.
a1. Bakradze - Message From Home
a2. Bakradze - Wild
b1. Bakradze - Fight
b2. Bakradze - Pressure Control
A1–TheTruth (FeatDRS) Dominick Martin starts the LP off with something for the songsters amongst you. DRS provides the vocals, and the lyrical content for the track is its strong point. Support with metronomic piano stabs, orchestral hits and solid beat work make the backing track feel complete. The addition of more ethereal sounds pulls The Truth into a deeper vibe without going into depth charge territory.
A2 – Change really does do what says on the tin when compared to the previous track. Laid back grooves with a jazz twist, the lead sounds on the track noodle along with the sort of abandon that one expects from this type of track. The vocal adds a haunting quality to this lazy summer chiller from manila, a great tune.
A3 – The Marches continues down the free jazz route. Great piano work and subtle bass lines that permeate at selected moments work very well indeed. The production here is top drawer, the percussive elements flow and sway in a live late night lounge style, the result will have you nodding your head and tapping your feet.
A4 – Last Kiss The final track on the A-side of the LP goes down a very thought provoking path. Lush strings and orchestral interludes add real quality. The vocal adds to the depth of the tune, and the placing of the vox is superb and timely. The beats and bass elements are subtle and allow the sensitivity of the strings and vocal to play the leading role.
B1 – Beyond The flip side kicks off with a more up-tempo affair. Really uplifting synths and lead sounds give the tune positive energy. The beats are very progressive in the sense of rhythm and stand up to the demands of an experimental dance floor. The vocals sit well in the mix and the placing and arrangement is very modern and executed to perfection.
B2 – Something I Said Back to the laid back jazzology, this track is very chilled and is something you could imagine as the intro to True Detective (TV Show, Although other shows are available). This has such a together feeling as a complete piece of music with great beats, cool sounds and a deep and thoughtful vocal.
B3 – The Tide Slow and low with brushed percussion and double bass that has a soothing and soft quality to it. The piano chugs along in a very mellow feeling, this is coupled with little pad extracts that draw you into the depths when played. The delayed guitar parts that reveal themselves every now and again add to the deepness, this is proper early morning sunrise stuff.
B4 – Man on the Road The LP finishes with a flourish, Man on the Road has a more energy driven sound. This is reflected in the soundscape and vocals used in the track. Beats flitter along and the use of filters on them add a nice touch. The main body of the sounds are full and fleshed out, and the song lyrics are beautifully mesmerizing. This is a great end to a well-conceived LP, definitely late night business, so get one well you can.
a1. Dominick Martin - The Truth (ft. DRS)
a2. Dominick Martin - Change
a3. Dominick Martin - The Marches
a4. Dominick Martin - Last Kiss
b1. Dominick Martin - Beyond
b2. Dominick Martin - Something I Said
b3. Dominick Martin - The Tide
b4. Dominick Martin - Man On The Road
A1 – Boddika & Joy Orbison : The uplifting and yet retro feeling on this track are a joy to behold. Lush lead sounds really grab your attention. The leads are held up with a laidback drone pad sitting at the back of the mix adding a sense of depth to the overall sound.
The 80’s inspired percussion and beat work are solid. The kick groove is well worked, and lower tom sound bounces off the kick freely. Coupled with snappy snares and Skippy hi-hats, this really does add a dance floor focus.
The arrangement of the track is competent and nods it head towards beat breakdowns and re-introductions with great effect. The overall feeling is quality, all you househeads out there should take advantage and grab this while you can.
This is such a special and well-conceived groovy little number that demands your attention.
a1. Boddika & Joy Orbison - TMTTWUN-1
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]