Grok Enrol & The Nu-Thing – Bulk Enrolment (all_funk_dub) #dubtronica

•November 18, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Ignore the (frankly terrible) punning of this artist and focus on the dubtronica briliance of the track. There’s more than a bit of Renegade Soundwave’s In Dub moments on Bulk Enrolment. This is a remix of a track I posted a year back (also below as a free download). It’s all leftfield brilliance, wah wah guitar and indie dance sensibilities.

Buy the album All/Mix\Dub here:

Original track here (free download)

Blurb:

The debut album “All\Mix/Dup” is out now. The download version is available almost everywhere on Earth. 
A remix/dub version of the album (“All/Mix\Dub”) is also available – as a download only release.

The whole GROK ENROL thing started in 2010 when the album “Now That’s What I Call A Bit Weird Vol.23” was recorded for Un! Recordings….the other project that came out of that album was The Weird & The Wonderful, which was a homage to 1970’s German electronica and post punk electronic music. The Weird & The Wonderful are now defunct and have been superseded….more on that soon.

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DIGITALISM – Jet

•November 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Digitalism were part of that Kitsune electroclash thing from the noughties. They’ve rarely been my thing. And it’s four years since I posted anything from them. I therefore approached Jet, their new track, with more than a little scepticism. But blow me down it’s a lovely track. Yes, there are massive washes to synths and loas of peaks but there’s less of the kitchen sink and a dash of Mariachi horns to enliven things.

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Deep house duo from Jake Kaiser and Camp North #deephouse #house #electronic

•November 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A couple of great deep house tunes from Jake Kaiser and Camp North.

Jake Kaiser returns with She Is The Warmth From The Sun. The track is as warming and uplifting as the title implies. It flirts, occasionally dangerously so, with cheesiness but always finds a way to come back fom the brink. There’s a complete earworm of a synth hook, allied to ascending chords that makes this a complete wave your hands in the air monster. Break out the bubble foam in the club, I’m coming in.

Camp North wants you to Play With Me. That sounds like a sex scandal in the making, so I suggest you keep a respectable distance. The track is a lovely deep house thing, with a piano led approach and the sample that wants you “to play with me.” Perkier than me at the scent of the day’s first coffee this has enough leftfield leanings to make it more than the usual deep house offers.

Egodød Adhesion from Donnie Castle and Nanonoise #microdub #ambient #experimental

•November 15, 2017 • 1 Comment

After a couple of days of big club sounds let’s return to inner space with Donnie Castle and Nanonoise.

Donnie Castle is from Sweden and offers you the strangeness of Egodød (tr. Ego Death). I’d never come across the ego death term. It seems as if it’s about “complete loss of subjective self-identity.” A Jungian thing about psychic death but also used by Timothy Leary (that man has so much to answer for) in relation to transcendence achieved through use of psychedelics.

Oh yes, the track. That’s a total trip. Swirling electronics, thrumming bass and soft chords. But it’s got an underlying structure that stops it becoming a sprawl of ideas and delivers a very slowly uplifting downtempo track. That contradiction between downtempo and uplifting lies at the heart of the appeal.

Stream / Download: smarturl.it/egodod

Nanonoise offers the stick pleasures of Adhesion. From the UK but born in Belgium, Nanonoise’s track is listed as microdub. This is a genre that rarely appeals. All too often it seems an excuse for setting a tone and varying it up or down by one degree every 20 secs. This is more complex and satisfying than that. There are microtoned synths offering that dub richness but the background wheezing and puffing makes it a richer experience.

Caffeine Distict from SkyedState and Mydoz #techno

•November 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

It’s hardly likely that I’m not going to post a coffee-related track, so a couple of techno tracks from SkyedState and Mydoz.

SkyedState first, with Caffeine. If you’re expecting a hyped up jittery piece of techno, you’re going to be disappointed. This is much more sophisticated than that. SkyedState is fom the US but this isn’t Dunkin Donuts coffee, this is a properly roasted bean, ground with a filtered approach. Taken black, rather than with the extra smoothness of foamed milk. There’s a bit of dub techno to some of the chords but the track has more richness and directness than that. A properly tough edge to proceedings.

Next, Mydoz dfrom France. District is cool techno tune but with definite tech house edges. The track is infused with police radio samples, giving it an air of tension which are partially undercut by the softer synth stabs. This has a rolling approach to life and grooves away very finely. Excellent club tune.

Blurb: Mydoz is a French Techno and Tech House producer active on the scene since 2007, among the other gigs, he played at WMC with Todd Terry, and his tracks were played by top-notch artists like Solomun. He presents you a new track titled “District”, with classic pads and stabs flowing over a tight groove, with crispy police radio vocal fragments.

Polaroids From The Edge by Larry Jefferson #modaltechno #jazz

•November 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A swerve from Larry Jefferson. The pastoral techno explorations of yore are somewhat relegated in favour of combining jazz forms with electronics. The release is a two-tracker entitled Polaroids From The Edge. On the title track there are hints here and there of former pastoral acid pastures but largely we’re in double bass, trumpet and lounge piano. It’s all very chilled and a touch genteel. Nearly There adds a little dub to the mix before some Rhodes come in. Squally electronics get added later but this tune feels unfinished. Stick to the title track.

La Payara – Pez Psicodélico #cumbia #psychedelic #electronic #experimental

•November 13, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Let’s take a little electronic trip this Monday afternoon with La Payara.

La Payara is Colombian producer Claudio Tantimonaco. Apparently, he’s influenced by Dengue Dengue Degue, Nicola Cruz and El Remolon (whoever they are). The track is Pez Psicodélico (tr. psychedelic fish), taken from the Conciencia EP. There’s a wonderful mix of folky guitars, cumbia vocals and electronic trippy psychedelia. This is a lovely downtempo sound suitable for smokey outdoor fires. Wonderful tune in which to lose yourself.

Blurb:

La Payara is a new project by Colombian producer Claudio Tantimonaco. Heavily influenced by artists that mesh traditional sounds with electronic beats (like Dengue Dengue Dengue, Nicola Cruz and El Remolon), La Payara fuse folklorica, with psychedelia and cumbia.

Having seen Claudio play, Li (the lead singer Bomba Estéreo), immediately invited him to play at Bomba Estereo’s festival (Esteréo Beach) on the Caribbean coast. Since then La Payara have gone from strength to strength playing the club circuit in Colombia, Corona Sunset events and recently supported Bomba Estéreo.