•March 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Some pictures from last night’s excellent Max Cooper Emergence show at Oval Space, London. D kindly bought me a ticket for my birthday. But only I got to the show, due to my inability to remember my phone and our inability to find each other at a Tube station. Sorry D.
The opening was monochrome backdrops. All with a scientific bent.
It did colour eventually
Before the stars came out
And then it went geometric
Max explores your brain
Before we explore man as machine
And then we have to end and go home
•March 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Here’s a track to soothe Bad Cop’s fevered brow from Nemea. It’s the first in a four part series from him. Bare (Pt 1) is piano, cello and some hushed electronics in a hauntingly beautiful combination. As my son would say, “Super chilled.”
Free download here: https://nemea.toneden.io/spotlight/bare
•March 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment
It’s been a few days since we had anything by Steve Cobby, so let’s follow the police crocodile to Jon Kennedy’s forthcoming Corporeal Remixed Part 2 LP which is out in April.
Tonto Rides The Gain is the track which gets a Steve Cobby/Fila Brazilia remix. A bit of lonesome guitar, barroom piano and thrummed bass allow the track to amble along splendidly in wide open spaces. Music for the lonesome Sunday brunch.
There are a bunch of other remixes from a bunch of people including Ashley Slater, Dopedemand, Neemoy and Blend Mishkin. None of whom I recognise. But the mood is always gentle and the beats dope. Lovely stuff.
APRIL 6th 2015
•March 3, 2015 • 1 Comment
Great word Bosh. Wonderfully onomatopoeic. There seem to be a variety of meanings but for me it’s associated with 90s raving and bonkers hard dancers off their faces. Just look at that gurner above. In that august journal Urban Dictionary they offer a definition that captures the beauty of the word:
To take large amounts of some sort of drug, legal or illegal, usually in pill or powder form.
“Right lads, let’s bosh these pills and have a —-ing banging night!”
Which brings us to the artist known as Bosh (Andrea Simioni) and his Substantia Nigra EP. The title track is a fine and pounding tune but the real gem here is The Hypocrisy of Consciousness which is a wonderful all-enveloping techno tune. Its forcefield of sound is leavened with dub techno chords and an analogue warmth. Superb tune as it builds and builds.
Clips for the rest of the EP here
Blurb: Subspec is proud to announce the release of ‘Substantia Nigra’ by Berlin-based Techno artist Bosh. They say tracks should tell a story. This EP represents a fine collection of stories. ’Substantia Nigra’ features three original works of dub-influenced, abstract Techno. Bosh’s original version of the title track kicks the EP off with a deep, lo-fi rumbler of a groove. Brendon Moeller extends the loops out and explores the space between the drums in ‘Substantia Nigra (Brendon Moeller Dub)’. Brendon Moeller turns to his Echologist guise for the second remix on the EP ‘Substantia Nigra (Echologist Dub)’ dropping the straight ahead approach from the previous remix for a decidedly oblique and off kilter approach that is all about gathering tension to coil and release.
Up next is the second original track on the EP ‘The Hypocrisy of Consciousness’ — something like a thick field of sound… a held curtain of sound with a nuanced, shifting note progression weaving through it… all held in place by a rolled off 909 thump. The first remix of this track is ‘The Hypocrisy of Consciousness (The DJ ESP Woody McBride Irony of Consciousness Remix)’ in which Midwest Acid Legend Woody McBride kicks off with a dialed back version of the original wound around a 3/4 Acid line. ‘The Hypocrisy of Consciousness (JGarrett Dub)’ is up next from Subspec’s own JGarrett. The JGarrett Dub version zeroes in on the rhythm of the chords and lets the funky dub ride as modulating filters and delays fly over a bedrock of solid beats and sub bass.
Closing out the EP is Bosh’s original ‘Believing in a Contradiction’ guaranteed to shake the foundation with a heavy, insistent sub underpinning staccato synths that swirl in the stereo field as details slowly emerge.
•March 2, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Some great tech house and deep house from Dro. It’s not out until mid-March but it’s that good I thought you’d want to hear now. This is electronic music as a thing of beauty, not cheap dance floor pumping fodder.
Opener 5 Points sets the tone with its rippling deep house groove, that twists and turns in glides of sound. Vidal and Aguair are more insistent, with a tech house crispness. But still maintaining a smooth beauty in the synth lines. Closer Speakeasy is the darkest of the four originals, with a compressed drum pattern and distortion. The synth warmth is still there but now trapped by dirty beats.
There are two remixes. City Lies provides a rather successful remix for Speakeasy. A dirty bass line gets added to the original to provid a fine balance between the beats and the synth. This is a real dance floor warmer. Steve Leroy remixes Vidal in a quirky deep house style, removing some of the techiness from the original.
Hard to pick a winner from the six, they’re all really good.
Available March 17, 2015
Dro returns for his first solo release on Deep Cover, 5 Points is a beautiful masterpiece, expertly crafted sound scapes of smooth electronic and tech-house that fully engulf the bodies senses. Monster tech-house synth riffs that shake the mind and leaves a lasting foot print on your life soundtrack that will leave you breathless. Supported with remixes from label head Steve Leroy and City Lies.
•March 1, 2015 • 2 Comments
Yes, that Teardrop Explodes. They get a danceable remix from Parjo01.
The Teardrop Explodes were a seminal late 70s / early 80s indie (post punk) band featuring Julian Cope. Most people remember them for the brilliance of brass-blasting Reward. Although I recall buying Kilimanjaro (their debut LP), I don’t remember late single Tiny Children which was released in 1982 and narrowly missed the Top 40.
The original lacks the verve of The Teardrop Explodes’ more successful poppy moments. It’s a sombre, dreamy tune drifting past on soft keyboards and Cope’s lamenting vocals. Nary a guitar in sight. Parjo01’s remix gives it a more upbeat tone with the keyboards pitched higher up and the beats making the track groove. I really like the remix (more than the original TBH) but I assume purists will find it all too much.
And the original c/o TOGWT
•February 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Been a while since we had some clean cool techno. Here’s Arnaud Le Texier on Affin to set us right with Continuum. This is techno as the march of the future. Everything is cool and sleek. It’s a beautiful EP if you love classic techno, with a clean Berlin edge. Go for Continuum and Bleep. But its also not afraid to give us some industrial jarring on Abstract, to remind us that the future can be dystopian.
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