Messi shoots and scores, A hundred thousand came

•August 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment


So, The Vinyl Villain has been having The James Singles as a series. I really liked them for a brief period around Gold Mother in the early 90s but they were too wordy for me and Tim Booth’s eco warrior thing grated. But with Sit Down and Come they had a pair of classics. Surprised that they are still going with 2014’s La Petite Mort. Here’s a single – Curse Curse – from the album which has been remixed by Mono Life. The original harks back to that looser dancier sound of theirs and the remix capitalises on that.

As you might work out from the album title, it’s a sex-obsessed album and Curse Curse is no different. The original opens with a bit of rave stabs and buzzing electronic bass before Tim’s voice growls sexual frustration all over it. Mono Life’s remix uses the rave intro but extends it and takes the vocal to a more spectral echoed place. This allows the tune some space in which to develop and reach for the sky.

Mono Life remix


Album out now on CD and LP – pick it up at, Amazon:, or your friendly local record store.

Dopest Dope Space

•August 23, 2014 • 2 Comments

kersaint space

This has been out a few weeks but was too good not to post. Nathan Kersaint’s Space EP is a bit tech house, quite a lot techno but includes something indefinably original.

Space starts in a tech house style but the addition of the sampled vocal and the bouncing bass takes it to a place more deeply techno. The track gets a more conventional tech house remix from Eskuche, and an altogether better remix from Agent! which gives it some deep, deep tech minimal funk. The other original track is Deepest Dope. This is an altogether trippier experience. There are twisted house vibes here, with a synth line that reaches for the sky and some beautiful dub (dope). The also comes with two remixes. Nu Sky gets an Afro tech thing going but is so keen on the groove that it slightly forgets melody. Laora’s Light Mix almost wants to be a dub techno version but doesn’t quite find the courage of its convictions. For the original tracks alone this deserves your attention.

And if you liked that, try this live mix

Disruption of the Mind

•August 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment


We’ve had a lot of Matthias Springer’s techno and dub techno here over the past couple of years. Now, he’s delivered his debut album – Disruption of the Mind – for release in mid-September.

The album ranges across the whole gamut of his styles with techno, dub techno and downtempo all in evidence. This keeps the interest but slightly fractures the album’s coherence.

Opener Imago Animi Musica is a rippling soundscape, rolling out from soft drums. It sets out the basis for the album. The title translates roughly as Music is the Mirror of the Mind. And all the tracks on the album are about mental states. It’s also, in origin, a rework of an older version of the track – available for free download here:

The Inner Gap is back to the core dub techno that Springer does so well. Dubbed effects abound after a scratchy opening. Voices in my Head wants to go on a journey to inner space but can’t quite get there, never quite achieving lift off among the confusion. Eject Your Brain drifts into a more techno frame of mind with harder sounds and awkward vocal samples. The Sorespot takes that one further with a proper early 90s style acid workout. The title track, Disruption of the Mind, sits in an uncomfortable spot, straddling both dub effects and harder techno sounds – a not entirely successful combination. The Only Way Out gets back on track with the dub effects given proper space in which to operate and the discomfort induced is intentional and effective.

Cosmic Bubbles is the first track that doesn’t take a dystopian bent. The bubbling syth offers a hope and warmth hitherto absent. It’s mood of childlike wonder is a relief and smilingly cute. The Art of Disassociation takes it further into an Italo synth paradise, despite the title’s intent to imply a separation into parts. The album probably ought to have ended there. But there is one final track, Citalopram (an anti-depressant drug), which returns the album to its opening mood of anxiety, paranoia and dub.

Blurb: Working without any concept from track to track, not thinking about the message a track should tell before, that might be the answer if you would ask Matthias Springer about his producing workflow. This could be the whorst case scenario if you’d like to do an album release, but as usual such statements won’t work without an evident exception. 2013 definitely was a tough year for Matthias, with more downs than ups at all, in a lot of different ways. The only way for him to keep his faith in happiness was turning on his machines and doing some sound. As the album title “Disruption of the Mind” implies he tried to put his emotions and feelings during the last passed months into his music. All of the 10 tracks are refering to a special situation he was placed in, just read the tracktitles, listen to it and try to imagine what the sound is talking about. The whole release reflects on Matthias’ former monikers, presenting the reunion of Plasmic Shapes definition of techno, Dimbidubs deep soundscapes and Aksutiques downtempo affinity, still with his significant style in using delays and reverbs, his passion for large pads and soundscapes with a hypnotic character, and last but not least his love for the good old TB303!

The Conscious Bowel

•August 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The Conscious Bowel sounds like a nu-metal band. But it’s from the video above which has a brilliant sequence of the intensely serious discussion that can occur when people have a comedown from naughty substances. Apparently.

Though, this post isn’t without pain, since the accompanying email said “as an oldskool aficionado, I’d love to get your feedback. The oldskool rave community is important to us and we want to tell a story they will enjoy.” Oh dear. Being talked down to by a younger generation. Anyhow, must go. The nurse needs to give me my meds and I need to tell her that I’ve soiled myself. Again.

Oh. And a final thing (bit of a senior moment there), here’s some Ravey Davey waviness from the video’s director

You know what’s interesting…

•August 21, 2014 • 2 Comments


Verbal tics. One of mine is to say “You know what’s interesting…” to which my sister will archly interject “I think I’ll be the judge of that.” Siblings pfft! Anyway, You know what’s interesting about Lignum Vitae? You may know that it’s Latin for tree of life, you may know that it’s a slightly obscure but salacious term for a penis, and you may even know that it was the wood used for police truncheons. But did you know that it was used by John Harrison for the bearings and gears in his marine chronometers? Oh. You don’t think that’s interesting. How about some quality house from OdD instead?

We’ve had some house from OdD before, but since it’s such an unGoogleable artist name I can’t find a link. But trust me on this one. OdD are Damian Daley & Danny Dixon. The Photosynthesize EP is a split affair with OdD providing a track and a remix, with Barac providing the same. Each track is named after flowers from their native backgrounds of Jamaica and Romania.

OdD’s track is Lignum Vitae. It’s a gorgeous piece of spectral house and easily the best thing here. It breezes around, with a lightness and fleetness of foot. Barac’s remix ups the beats and gives it a primitive dance feel. Barac provides Leontopodium (a sort of alpine daisy, which also appears on Romanian stamps). This a more percussive, fractured sort of tune. One to admire, rather than especially enjoy. OdD’s remix retains the original’s fractured nature but takes it into a woozy outer space and almost beyond the bounds of house music.

And if you liked that, this podcastfor Datatransmission (free download):

We Are Coming

•August 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment


Ah Mr Scruff. I do have an enduring fondness for his 1999 album Keep It Unreal and the classic single Get A Move On, with it’s sample from Moondog’s Bird’s Lament. There’s something about the dusty hip hop vibes and that bit of jazzy deepness that keeps it fresh, even today. I’ve subsequently dipped in and out of his stuff. But he’s a new single out next month that’s a match for his earlier work.

The two tracks on the single are We Are Coming (Max Graef Remix) and Feel Free (Scruff 12″ Re-Tweak). The Max Graef remix is at one level a deep house affair. But it’s so infused with Mr Scruff’s downtempo funk vibe that it could almost be by him. There’s a summeriness and a happy smile to it all. Makes me want to go for the dad dance slipper-clad shuffle. The Feel Free Re-Tweak is suitable for the sit down that I need after all that activity. It’s more melancholy, riding in on trumpet and double bass. Highly recommended release.

Moondog – Bird’s Lament

Pre-Order on Ninjashop: / iTunes: Released 8th September 2014 on Ninja Tune.


•August 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment


5981. That’s the number of people who died by suicide in the UK in 2012. That’s 16 people every day and the male suicide rate is approximately 3½ times higher than the female rate. Even then, the Samaritans noteofficial statistics underestimate the ‘true’ number and rate of suicide. This is not only the case in the UK and ROI but in most (if not all) countries.”

Australia’s Airscape has produced an ambient Reflections EP, of which he says “The main idea behind this EP was based around my own personal reflections on things that are currently most prominent in my mind. Aside from the piece ‘Purpose’, which I wrote for a different meaning, each track tittle has a specific meaning to myself to do with my past experiences or current thoughts/feelings. The track ‘Purpose’, however, was written and named specifically for the cause that this EP is going towards, which is suicide awareness and prevention. I believe that no matter what, no matter how useless someone is feeling, everyone always has a purpose for being here. Whether you discover it now, tomorrow, or in 5 years, you always have one. To me the song portrays this by starting out slow and then having a sudden rise during the later stages of it.”

This is free to download but why not make a donation to the Samaritans or to ASPF:



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