•August 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment
We’ve had a few things from US label Mesa Recordings. Their thing is downtempo / ambient widescreen sounds. Here’s a rather fine mixtape that takes you on a welcome journey out West (less Slough, more New Mexico). A wonderful 50 minute journey answering questions about what the skies were like when you were young.
This is the first in a series of releases detailing the dreamlike sound environments designed by the Mesa crew to accompany the mysterious and transcendental art presented by Meow Wolf at the House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe, NM – meowwolf.com
•August 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Some new electro music from Carl Finlow and Dez Williams on a split vinyl release. This is forward-thinking electro. No tired retreads here. It’s often damning with faint praise to call dance music intelligent but this release requires that title. There’s real thought gone into each of the tracks, with twisting tunes the order of the day. That’s especially the case with Carl Finlow’s Bleem, which is the pick of the tacks here.
On Side A Carl Finlow offers up two tracks of his trademark high standard. In both cases he artfully blends the ingredients that have earned him the respect of listeners and fellow producers alike; intelligence, a strong groove, futuristic elements and that Finlow factor that you can’t quite put your finger on but just makes his material rise to the top. ‘Bleem’ is machine funk at its best, instantly infectious, hypnotic and speaking equally well to your body and mind. It builds subtly and each layer just adds to the pleasure a real escape through sound affair. ‘Chemical Bonds’ follows suit with another carefully concocted machine groove, accented by distorted riffs and a constant reminder from the vocal to ‘Don’t stop’ mid-way through the track you are somehow suspended on the plateau Finlow has raised you to, as a dystopian sci-fi atmosphere swirls around and engulfing you. These are not simplistic tracks; they just feel so right on the ears because the elements weave in between one another effortlessly; because the architect is so skilled.
On Side B no stranger to vinyl and exposure where it counts, a firm favourite of Dave Clarke and many other educated DJs of the authentic Electro sound, Dez Williams delivers three punches; all dance floor killers overflowing with energy. Interference Pattern kicks off his side of the record and heads straight for the jugular; punchy drums, infectious acid lines and crafty tempo changes guarantee a sweaty floor and ceiling at any club. Keeping the pace high Dayzov V1.1 brings a hard, fast, driving groove which strikes nicely at the sweet spot where techno and electro overlap. Lastly Whitey. This sums up the way you feel after the two preceding tracks; head a wash with crazy sounds and rhythms, gradually spiralling into that special place dance music can take you – dazed, confused and loving it.
•August 23, 2016 • 1 Comment
If ambient drone, with plenty of drawn out guitar shards is your thing then have a listen to Vertices from Contrail Vanishing Point. CVP are Alan Maguire & John McCullagh from Dublin. And the track may only be four minutes long but in practice it sounds longer as it offers a timeless place in which to get lost among the clouds.
•August 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Pilates pusseh says:
“Prepare for the dawn of a new day with a mermaid side bend to activate your transversus abdominis. This is also a good way of introducing the universe to your furry tummeh floofs.”
Amtrac is Caleb Cornett, originally from Kentucky. Influenced by The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers, here’s No Order which has more of a European influence than American EDM. This is a swirling, driving, kinda dark electronic track. Properly in order.
Blurb: An epic double hitter, producer Amtrac releases Running After / No Order, out now on Kidnap Kid’s Birds That Fly label.
Amtrac has been pushing his creative limits as a producer, DJ, musician and vocalist since 2008. Through this release, the producer skillfully creates feelings of elation and euphoria sharply contrasted with a moody and melancholic ambience. Says Amtrac regarding the release, “[I] really wanted to make an EP that translated well on the dance floor and at home, which I feel I achieved with ‘Running After.’ ‘No Order’ is like a movie score for the club, diving deeper with it’s dark atmosphere.”
•August 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Last Sunday we had a summer selection amidst the golden hues of a summer’s later afternoon. Today, it’s grey and we’ve switched into autumn, with a more than hint of chill in the air. For your musical selection we have GNTN who offer light techno, then something softer from Jason Barty. and finally adorable house perkiness from Henotik.
German duo GNTN have that missing vowel thing going on. Can’t work out what this one is supposed to be. aGe oN TuNe? Go oN TuNa? Whatever? Plexus offers a lovely bit of techno, not too hard but fried to the right side of crispy. Of the track they say „Der Entstehungsprozess von der Nummer hat sich eine ganze Weile gezogen“, erinnert sich das Duo @GNTN, wenn es zu seinem Track „Plexus“ gefragt wird. Beide fingen zunächst an, mit verschiedenen Ideen rumzuspielen: „Und von Zeit zu Zeit hat sich der Track entwickelt. Angefangen hat aber alles mit der Melodie, die sich nun durch den gesamten Track zieht. Anschließend haben wir im Prinzip um die Melodie herum aufgebaut.“ which is something to do with the track being built up around the melody that runs through it.
Jason Barty offers something softer, appropriately enough called Softer. This is from his album To Be Here (see end of this post). It has a little clatter, some reverbed synth tones and a little birdsong. Think Bonobo or some of Zero 7’s more engaged moments. Lovely and chilled. One of those tracks that gets better the more you listen.
Finally, Henotik with A Thousand Questions. This is a return for Henotik and the tune is perkiness personified. A little vocal house tune that for me looks back to summer with winsomeness. Unusually for me, I love the vocal but it also appears in instrumental version if that’s not your thing. Utterly adorable.
Jason Barty – To Be Here ($6)
•August 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Some chunky, tech-house beats from Galen and Shiny Objects.
‘Purest Sound’ has fat twanging synth, fat bass and fat percussion all laid over with moody, spoken word vocals. Simple yet effective. More fatness comes with the lovely ‘Sunday Freeze,’ but this time broken up with reverberations and quirky arrangement though still possessed of well-upholstered beats. Danceable pleasures.
Review by D
•August 20, 2016 • 1 Comment
Aaron Udy is back to blow your cobwebs away. Actually, it’s techno of such intensity it will blow away an awful lot more than that. Two tracks – Crimp Wave and Sutin – of metallic, experimental, crushing, clashing techno. Hang on to your socks.
Aaron Udy makes his debut on Taro Records with two original tracks characteristically straddling the line between dance floor and experimental. Clashing and grinding metallic sounds loop around minimal drum patterns, each track punching with it’s own rhythmic vibe.
Remixes contributed by Taro family members Magoii, P/A and Taro Division steer the tracks back into industrial rave territory, chewed up and spat out through marching sounds, heavy kicks and the customary distortion.