Via App and BANK team up for her second EP, Secret Rotation. Prepare for angular tones and her characteristic manic drum patterns. Her style can be disruptive at times, and her approach to production intends to test listeners and DJs alike.
b1. Desert Acid
b2. Living Decoration
b3. Rogue Nerve
The Bobby Donny label hits number four with a first EP of 2016. After efforts from label owner Frits Wentink and Eindhoven producer SAN2, this one comes from Tlim Shug.
The low-profile American producer has only one EP to his name so far, but it was an impressive one that came on Echovolt Records last year and suggested he has a passion for moody and lo-fi deep house.
Rari Techno is up first and operates in an underground cavern.
It sets a sombre tone with its swirling pads and buried deep kicks all obscured
by a grainy sheen of dust.
That analogue warmth continues with Wig $plit which has a loose and raw percussive line laid over tender piano chords, bumpy drums and a gritty vocal rap.
It's a fresh fusion that will get clubs on their toes before 'Mutuality' again sounds all knackered and broke, scuffed up and imperfect with its squelchy synths,
off time hits and stuttering kicks.
Last of all Overcaste Tune is another zoned out and moody deep house offering that sounds like L.I.E.S. artist Terekke at his best.
This is a brilliantly insular and atmospheric EP that oozes subtle
emotion and a cautious sense of optimism.
a1. Rari Techno
a2. Wig $plit
b2. Overcastle Tune
Released 9th September 2016
Synthesizer and drum machine obsessive Xosar (AKA producer Sheela Rahman) has enjoyed a productive few years, building a formidable reputation via releases on Rush Hour, L.I.E.S and Creme Organization. Here she delivers her first full-length for Opal Tapes' occasional vinyl offshoot, Black Opal. It's perhaps a little less colourful and synthesizer-heavy than previous excursions, instead focusing on dark, fuzzy, heavily percussive takes on acid house and techno. There are fascinating interludes - see the wonky industrial IDM of "Prophylaxis" and the beatless synth madness of "Gnome Circle" - but it's the more floor-friendly excursions like “The Pit” and “Watching Waiting Wanting” (and most profoundly the bleak and intense "Hades Gates") that really stand out. 12" Vinyl 140g.
A1. The Pit
A2. Sail 2 Elderon
A4. Gnome Circle
B1. Hades Gates
B2. Tales From The Tenderloin
B3. Watching Waiting Wanting
Released 9th September 2016
Pliant, jazz inflected techno meets mutated off-beat breaks and alien electro from New Yorker and co-founder of Exotic Dance Records Jiovanni Nadal aka J. Albert. This is gritty urban techno reflecting on street life in Gotham City. On the A side we got the squealing and hissing grind of "Bloo N Red" followed by the sublime and broken house of "Ting Waan"; absolutely loved this bittersweet and emotive piece. On the flip "Dyslexia" has that haunting and dusty attic jam style, much like fellow NYC hero Patricia and then "Earring"; equally nailing that particular aesthetic too but with more of an industrial edge with its textured and metallic rhythms doing a fine job. 12" Vinyl 140g.
1. Bloo 'N Red
2. Ting Waan
Release Date: October 2016
This one is for the dreamers - first up is ‘AA’ from newcomer T. Margos; it's your ultimate chance to cop that secret banger that's been blowing up dance-floors from London to Budapest this year. It's a tricky one - taking your mind into the stars with deep spacey pads, but yet working your body with the raw 303 bass and painfully heavy 909 treatment. Next on the A-side, Swiss wunderkind Douala's turn to fuel that spaceship of your dreams. ‘It’s All in Your Mind’ soothes your soul with dubby space echoes, tear jerking chord progressions and a dreamy acid bassline.
As we slip into the lucid state of the dream, over on the B-side Ray Kandinski’s ‘Dirty Sneakers’ pieces together the kind dimension shifting dream-state that Disneyland could barely imagine. When those vocals and pads kick in, combined with the tricky beats everything becomes a wash of surrealism and logic – and it all happens just in time for you to awake into yet another dream, this time deep within your sub-conscious on ‘Walk Through’ by the mysterious DJ Lucy with Mike L. A nostalgic trip to your most beautiful memories, with uplifting flutes and Juno chords.
a1. T.Margos - AA
a2. Douala - It's All In Your Mind
b1. Ray Kansinski - Dirty Sneakers
b2. DJ Lucy & Mike L - Walkthrough
Shipping around 31st October
Hot on the heels of the label's gqom scorcher, this compelling cabinet of oddities bundles together four different artists, both familiars and newcomers. Blank Mind founder Sam Purcell kicks off, with some orchestral music flanged to giddy abstraction, heralding the return of Alan Johnson, to test its weighty dynamism in freer, surreal mutations. On the flip, a two-drum-kit jam blazes with propulsive yet disintegrating energy. And, to close, the recording debut of Variete, put down on a Scandinavian Christmas Eve morning: a gently purposeful, reflective ascent.
a1. Dance - The Poison Dwarf
a2. Alan Johnson - Ank
b1. L. Sae - Dices Courter
b2. Variete - Ascend
With Special thanks to Nang and Tonbe.
a1. Tonbe – So Fresh
b1. Tonbe – So Fresh (Oddnipp’s Renip)
b2. Bob – Kangaroopadella
Big Mean Sound Machine comes out swinging. Triple Bacon is driving and energetic, yet sweet and groovy. Its horns and guitar engage in a playful call and response over a bed of skillful snare work. In The New Filth, Big Mean Sound Machine dials it back, exercising power that can only come from restraint. Brooding crunchy percussion sits deep in the pocket and a thick bass line lies in wait for the brass eruption. Sharks quickens the pace in a sinister yet urgent manner. Chilling keys combine with incredibly intricate percussion and build to a frantic climax followed by a silent reset—allowing the listener to pause before jumping right back into the surfer groove. A screaming alto saxophone solo and an arpeggiated synth grace the runout.
The B-side remix package begins with Mirko’s dance floor-friendly edit of Triple Bacon. Conjuring his experience as a trained jazz drummer, he expertly provides a house foundation without sacrificing the rhythmic nuance that’s the backbone of Afrobeat. René Audiard opts for a deconstructionist approach in his remix of Sharks. He has re-pieced the horns together in a way that Marshall Allen would approve. Teasing a kick drum only when necessary, Audiard’s thematic epic is ripe with tension while maintaining the live spirit of the original.
a1. Triple Bacon
a2. The New Filth
b1. Triple Bacon (Mirko's Edit)
b2. Sharks (Rene Audiard Remix)
Release Date: 5th December
Hannah Holland's iconic Batty Bass makes a welcome return back on wax with main man Josh Caffe joining forces with the Belgian production don's The Subs (Lektroluv) delivering a slice of deep underground electro techno brilliance.
An all out acid remix from Posthuman (I love Acid) flipped with a tripped out, driving, hypnotic remix from Aerea Nergot (BPitch control/Rush Hour/Moshi Moshi) make this an essential vinyl release.
a1. Revolution (Original)
a2. Revolution (Posthuman Remix)
b1. Revolution (Aerea Negrot Remix)
Release Date: November
For his maiden voyage through Space, Shan (Victor Shan, if it matters to you, and it should) offers Good To Me, a pair of revelatory dancefloor productions inspired by many a long night and early morning spent at the legendary Frankfurt institution Robert Johnson.
A finely-tuned specimen of durable, architectural sampling, the 12” title track runs a rigorous course of breakbeat rhythms and classic chords while a diva’s pleas are made and answered within seven minutes of perfect primetime rave.
On the flip, Shan churns through metallic stabs and primed drum sequences for the devious “Version 1.” Shan spent close to four years perfecting “Version 1” through various dancefloor demos, no more evident than in the stunning arc of this sought after jam.
Each 12″ on Beats in Space Records features original artwork in considerate and serial form. New York City’s Momo elicits euphoria in relief atop a digital, tropical mesh. Constructed by WWFG, direct mail order copies of the 12” features a removable vinyl BIS logo cling.
a1. Good To Me
b1. Versions 1
Released 26th August 2016
7 Track 12" Vinyl LP.
Dubbed-out cosmic pastorals and politically exasperated techno-exotica from Blackest Ever Black’s most secretive and shape-shifting project. Guest contributors include Conrad and Jonnine Standish of HTRK, Genevieve McGuckin (These Immortal Souls), and Lucas Santanna. The ghosts of Les Baxter, Rowland S. Howard and Nina Simone are also in attendance. But whoever is pulling the strings remains hidden…possibly in plain view. Structurally Wreck His Days recalls the grand collective statements of This Mortal Coil or Massive Attack, but musically its dreamlike overtures have more in common with Deux Filles, Global Communication, Arthur Russell, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Anthony Moore, even Robert Wyatt circa Old Rottenhat/Nothing Can Stop Us. It roams far and wide: from the lambent, near-Balearic piano loops of the title track, to the Audrey Horne-worthy death-jazz of ‘Ghost From The Coast’, and hulking, bass-heavy soundsystem weapon ‘Reverberasia’. Side Two opens with the swelling, uplifting astral psychedelia of ‘…And I Tried So Hard’, while ‘I Beat As I Sleep As I Dream’ reprises the bleak existential synth drift of T.T.W.F.U.’s extraordinary 2014 10”, How Great A Fame Has Departed?. A deep-seated socialist impulse drives the whole thing: with a dedication to women who have fought oppression throughout history, references to the Spanish Civil War and the UK Miners’ Strike, and an overarching belief in the international ideal (in fact the closing ‘Rosa / Kollontai’ explicitly invokes the Internationale). Written and recorded over the course of 2014-15, Wreck His Days is a plea, or perhaps a requiem, for a world that embraces difference and upholds equality. Its contemporary relevance hardly needs emphasising.
1 Wreck His Days
2 Ghost From The Coast
4 And I Tried So Hard
5 I Beat As I Sleep As I Dream
6 Ay Carmela
7 Rosa / Kollantai
Release Date: 3rd October
Three original tracks by label head honcho Richard Rogers. Nu wave esq with nods to DJ Sprinkles on A1 then a new Extended mix of BB-05 bonus track which samples Suzanne vega the B2. sees a Kaseem Mosse inspired deep jack trax.
a1. New Worlds Collide
b1. That Bonus Track (Extended)
b2. We Trust