Review: Dutch producer Aleks makes the leap to the album format for the ever-crucial Organic Analogue label, showcasing the breadth of his smoky sound from the gorgeous ambient opening track "Void" to the deep tracking tech-dream of "Gone Home". There are some spicier moments to be head, such as the rugged workout "NTH" and the upfront, rolling house thrust of "City Break", but these moments are still smoothed out by a fog of woozy processing, lingering pads and dusty FX that give the whole record a somnambulant quality that feels right at home amongst the standout material that Organic Analogue is rightly celebrated for.
Review: Having debuted on Valcrond Video label last year with the Immured 12" under her familiar Xosar alias, Sheela Rahman now returns to the platform for some "shared make-believe" with founder Luke Wyatt for new project Body Tools. Taking a catalogue number as its title, this two track 12" follows a succession of Body Tools radio broadcasts on Berlin Community Radio and showcases a softer, more hypnotic side which in the case of lead track "Locusts & Lions" hits hard when the poignant piano makes its presence felt. "Brave" channels a strange, modern kosmische vibe that will really hit the spot deep in the mix.
Review: New York City's Deepak Sharma is back! The main man behind Hidden Recordings has served up some great releases from the likes of JC Laurent and Dieter Krause in recent times: but it's quite fitting that the head honcho take up the reins on the label's 32nd release: and it's a good one! The Annapurna EP has definitely got you sorted for tunnelling and strobe-lit techno weapons. The title track is a straight ahead DJ tool on the trippy side. It's as effective as anything Pole Group have done of late, while "Makalulu" hones in on that noisy/industrialised strain of hypnotic techno, similar to the Avian label. Finally on the flip is the most euphoric affair in the form of 'Cho Oyu". A stripped back warehouse jam that simply lets the power of that cavernous kick drum work with those gated pads to sublime effect.
Review: The third Errorsmith release contains a selection of live recordings made between 2001 and 2003 in various clubs and concert venues like Ulraschall in Munich, WMF in Berlin or Empty Bottle in Chicago. Most of the tracks on this album are interpretations of classic disco and r'n'b songs. Digitally synthesized, distorted and filtered club music which goes far beyond its origin. Less abstract and much more dancefloor compatible than the two previous Errorsmith releases, this album relates closely to stuff from Smith n Hack and MMM, projects which Errorsmith is part of as well. The live sets were played on a laptop with a self build digital live tool, a combination of a simple sequencer and a synthesizer. Errorsmith uses this tool to manipulate both the rhythmical pattern and the triggered sounds in real time. With a huge degree of freedom in playing his instrument, two gigs weren't the same and a gig had its highs and lows. How different a track could be played out, can be heard on the two versions of "Near Disco Dawn" and "In A Sweat". Initially planned to be released as studio versions, Errorsmith decided to keep the rawness, incompleteness and live feeling of the concert recordings.
Review: Anton Klint first came to our attention thanks to a handful of EP's that he dropped on Munich's Public Possession label, but while we were already big fans of the imprint's work, it was Klint's singular take on house and disco that attracted us. This latest two-tracker comes via Sweden's IDEAL label, and the producer offers something a little darker and more experimental compared to his previous escapades. "Personalmote" is a fuzzy, broken tune that verges on house but never quite fully rids itself of a tribal, stepping kind of vibe. On the other hand, "Efter Stangning" churns and drives away at a more classic deep house level, but Klint nevertheless injects a noticeable layer of something altogether more exotic. Twisted, dystopian house beats would be the best way to some this up.
Review: Moscow's Isaiah Tapes are also the guys behind the great Baptismo Alpinismo and Longlife Python sub labels, which are doing great things at the moment. Next up for the label is Charles Torris aka Le Matin, who after a bunch cassette only releases over the past few years releases his first full length. The LP album's six tracks and accompanying bonus CD traverse the galaxy of lowdown smack electro; reminiscent of Dopplereffekt like on "Ma Voisine La Pute" or "Yeah", wacky modular synth improvisation as heard on the charmingly titled "Cat Vomit" or deeply sublime minimal techno as heard on "M05 Michel Platini". Brilliant album from start to finish. Tip!
Review: This release marks a new chapter for Levon Vincent's Novel Sound label. For starters, the fiendishly eclectic and left-of-centre set is the first imprint release not produced by the acclaimed head honcho. Instead, it comes from one of his oldest friends, record store worker turned producer Eric Maltz. There's much to admire amongst the six, hard to pigeonhole tracks, from the rubbery synth bass, glacial new wave synth melodies and bustling techno drums of "Bring You" and the seductive, wonderfully fluid Larry Heard style deep house of "We Have Power", to the drifting dub techno weirdness of "All The Things" and lo-fi rock-tronica of fuzzy opener "Drone Y Bassa". The album's obligatory ambient moment, "Symphony at Dawn", is also impeccable.
Review: Mudkid is a pseudonym for German producer Franklin de Costa and this is his third 10-inch release under this name for house label Greta Cottage Workshop. While he initially gained recognition during the minimal boom of the mid-00s, this release resounds to a different sound. Both tracks are robust and rolling, underpinned by tough tribal drums and system-levelling basslines. However, it's what De Costa adds to these basic arrangements that really make this release stand out. Swirling textures, outer-space bleeps and sonic whooshes that glide in like airplane on their final descent over a housing estate towards the flight path, all make this a most unusual house record.