screamershock – erbatax (stripped) #house #electronic

•March 20, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Screamershock is back with an experimental electronic piece – erbatax (stripped). Needs a couple of listens for me. For despite the reference to “stripped” in the title it’s still an intricate piece. There’s a really strange warped vocal that holds the cente of the track before the most delightful little bobbling synth hook comes in to charm you away.


Liam.M – Bloom #chill #electronic

•March 19, 2018 • Leave a Comment

It’s Monday. Boo. If you need a bit of soothing, more than the first cup of coffee can provide here’s Liam.M with Bloom. A beautiful piece of organic chill. There’s flutes, kind of saxes, wood blocks and all manner of granola to take you away from this place. It deposits you somewhere sub-tropical and sultry. C’mon. Dive in. The water’s lovely.

StrangerBanjo19 – Glider #chill #house #electronic

•March 18, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Snow is swirling outside. Let’s hunker down but not go for something comforting. Let’s have something a bit challenging. Here’s StrangeerBanjo19 from Los Angeles with the curiously experimental house of Glider, taken from the Sugar Hair EP.

The track isn’t quite chill. It’s a bit too experimental for that. It isn’t quite house. It isn’t quite IDM in the classic sense. It’s a piece of synthaesia chill perhaps. A mass of hazy fragments, there for a second and then gone again. Like visibility in a snowstorm or the hissing snow of an untuned CRT TV. A glorious set of hisses, crackles, distortions and fuzzed beats. Lose yourself.

Explore the rest of the Sugar Hair EP here:

Drop Frame – Turing Test #drumandbass #dnb #electronic

•March 17, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Drum and bass from Drop Frame giving us the chance to muse on the nature of intelligence or consciousness.

Alan Turing’s 1950 test for machine intelligence is largely what still governs AI and its interaction with humans. But does it also apply to music? Given the limited number of notes and the repetitive pattern of much of Western music it shouldn’t be too difficult to get a machine to produce hit after hit. Simon Cowell may even now be doing so. How are we to judge that his production line tracks aren’t all algorithmically churned out?

Either way Turing Test is the track from Australia’s Drop Frame. It starts off in a halftime vein of creaking drum and bass dystopia before breaking free of that artificial constraint to let the beats run free. Synths offer a contrast to the dystopian creaking of the early sections without ever quite dispelling the feelings of lingering anxiety.

The track is taken from Hypercolour

Nobody knows by Seba #drumandbass #dnb

•March 16, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Seba really had it a few years back but then seemed to rather lose his way in different genres. Here’s Implosion from Nobody Knows EP to show he’s back on the right track. This is deceptively light in approach – almost IDM in viewpoint – but with an underlying solidity to the bass. A real return to form. Available to buy on vinyl.

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Deep house with Andrew James and Alex Wilcox #deephouse #house #electronic

•March 16, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Two deep house tracks from Andrew James and Alex Wilcox but taking different paths.

Andrew James from the US offers Whitescape. I don’t know if this is consciously done or simply me but this really sounds like The Box era Orbital. And I mean that as a compliment. A gorgeous bank of synths whirrs away joyously. A lifting of the soul. Andrew says “Whitescape explores the dichotomy between presence and absence; one that is sometimes overdramatized today.” For me this track is all about the here and now. The moment of existence.

Alex Wilcox is in the here and now. But in a political sense. As the image accompanying the track attests, he’s not a Trump fan. The track is Two Corinthians. Named after a little known (to me) gaff from Trump on the campaign trail when trying to woo the evangelical right wing. He explains “I made this track because I felt like it. It’s called “Two Corinthians,” because it’s part of an EP called “Donald Trump Is a Piece of Shit.” At one point, Trump referred to “Second Corinthians,” a book in the bible, as “Two Corinthians.” I wanted Christians who see this track title to remember that Trump doesn’t know shit about the religion he claims to be such a big fan of.

The track has a bit of the deadmau5 to the stabbing of the synths. Eventually one breaks free to provide a lead line full of wonder and a spectral drum pattern accompanies. There’s almost a dub sensibility going on here. But ultimately it’s a progressive delight.

Harkonnen – Universal Control – NRTHRN XPRSS – NXS002 #house

•March 15, 2018 • Leave a Comment

This morning I talked about sometimes wanting complex and deep and sometimes wanting simple and direct. Here’s more of the latter with the simple-sounding but complex Universal Control from Harkonnnen. This has a freshness and immediacy that will repay your time. There’s an indie dance acid rave sensibility to it with everything from Altern8 to Weatherall chucked into a bloody great house blender to leave strobes, sirens and all your best nights half remembered in one great acid flashback.

Whole EP here