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: Mystery artist This Other Space first popped up on Tasteful Nudes earlier this year with malicious little house EP named Eye Of The Cosmic, and the enigmatic artist is back on the Argot sub-label with another blend of dreamy house music. "Eye Of The Cosmic" is all about the sci-fi low-end, a bass tone that would make the Chicago boys proud, while the flipside sees the stuttering drum rolls of "Pop Yard" mash up with an '80s kind of vibe, and the tribal wails of "Friend Unfriend", a house tune that contains something distinctly British about it. Check 'em!
Review: Alongside his fellow New Yorker P.Leone, Caiazzo launched the E-Missions label in March of this year with the release "1994EVER" - an offering that further propelled their standing in the techno community. Caiazzo is said to have moved to techno capital Berlin first and upon Leone's arrival introduced him to Work Them Records boss Spencer Parker: which soon cemented a pretty sweet deal. The Devotion EP starts off with the snarling industrial strength techno of "917" (Sportmixxx) and the tunnelling hypnotic techno journey "Lifeform". On the flip "Godbody" treads a similar path down into the void, but it's all about fellow New Yorker Young Male's rendition which takes its cues from the trance inducing Sound Of Rome made popular by the likes of Donato Dozzy & Giorgio Gigli. Four secret weapons for any serious DJ's sonic arsenal. Tip!
Review: Lustwerk Music presents a mysterious new entity known simply as The Fock. With little to no background information, this record stakes its own claim within the Galcher-verse by offering up a range of mixes of "Shat Pop." The "Saldes Mix" is a proper immersion heater of cerebral techno, while the nervy, stomping "Flood1 Remix" is credited to White Material regular Young Male. The "Electro Mix" has a squelchy, boogie-inflected palette offset by woozy atmospherics, and the "Ambient Mix" unsurprisingly does away with the drums and drifts in limbo with a disembodied tannoy announcement for company.
Review: Ruf Kutz' eighth release comes from Stalker, originally a trance producer from Denmark that's now delving into a dubby realm of techno production. Opening the three track EP are the heavily effected and tearing chords of "Redlamp 10A", which relentlessly strafe the track arrangement, while "Slow" sees Stalker settle the pace of the A-side, replacing harsher saw waves with softer, effervescent pads. Festive tambourines and a firm four-four kick create the backbone of "C Rol", which then allows an endless bobble of dubby stabs and short burst chords to move freely throughout the piece.
Review: We were first made aware of Lack's music thanks to Rabih Beaini's excellent Morphine imprint - always a source of sonic quality - and the US artist has begun to catch the attention of other, like-minded label heads wanting something a little different in their catalogue. Labelled as 'non-music' or simply 'experimental', Lack's music is hard to pin down and define in words, but that is precisely what draws us closer to it. On this EP for Hot Releases, each one of these four magnetic slices of industrial-minded fuzz lives in a world of its own, suspended in mid-air by intricate twists of metallic tape, eerie background noises and a distinctive 'dub' feel. Let's put it this way, if King Tubby and Throbbing Gristle had ever met, this is what their minds could have looked like in the same studio...
Review: Helena Hauff's label is back, this time presenting a various artists 12" that heralds the start of the No Return series. The release starts on a mystical bent with the Eastern-tinged death electro of "El Carmel", sounding ripe for a Hague-friendly warm-up session. Neud Photo then take over with a dystopian trip through rich synth tones coloured in dark hues for the bleakest of robotic fantasies. Antoni Maiovvi fills the B-side with the slow grinding bombast of "The Dig", bleeding out a noirish take on coldwave for the darkest hearts to swoon to.
Review: Personable, who goes by the passport name of M. Geddes Gengras, and also the alias of Fantastic Ego, lands on California's Peak Oil after a bunch of enticing escapades on the always excellent Opal Tapes. He brings yet more peripherally-minded house this time around, starting with the broken, jagged groove that is "Bushi", followed by the odd, molecular house sway of "New Balance". Flip to the B-side, and you'll find the coarse techno shock of "Cris Rose" - a masterfully performed bit of cognitive dissonance between sweet melodics and nasty drums - and the tamer, more cerebral flutters of "New Lines". All in all, a smokin' bunch of outsider joints.
Review: Left Hand Path is a record label based in San Francisco run by Surface Tension's Nihar Bhatt and Chris Zaldua, who put on some impressive line-ups at their parties and were even featured on one of fellow Californian label Jealous God's short run mix CDs which used to come with vinyl releases. The label is "dedicated to liminal sounds and dancefloor transgression" according to their Soundcloud profile. CUBE is the project of Adam Keith of Oakland, California. He draws from a variety of influences on the My Cube LP; there's the brutal textured noise of dynamic opener "First", the lo-fi industrial swagger of "Favorite" or "Emblem" (which are reminiscent of the likes of Profligate) or the brazen post-punk antics of "Bargain Water" which calls to mind early Tropic Of Cancer.
Review: Guy Tavares makes a rare appearance on his own Bunker outlet under the Schmerzlabor alias. We're pretty excited to say the least given the fact that Tavares releases music once in a blue moon, and instead prefers to use the label as a platform for other sewer dwellers to excel. Four tracks of bitterly uncompromising steel funk, noise-fuelled techno driller-thrillers. Sounding like the inside of one of Tavares' famous bunker raves, the air is humid and drenched with fuzzy distortion, where beats collide and contort into sweltering bundles of dancefloor noise. A bloody bunch of chest-bursters, hawk-nosed and machine-licked. Viciously recommended and ludicrously unmissable. Bunker wins again.
Review: The raw jackin' antics of early Chicago merges with the sludgy new-school attitude of outsider house (can you still call it that?) on the second instalment on Northern Powerhouse. It's quite fitting then to discover that the project is comprised of Alex Handley (who has been producing since the mid '90s in projects such as Primordial Soup) and Nigel Rogers aka Perseus Traxx. The crunchy syncopated rhythms of vintage drum computers, with the chorus drenched bounce of the legendary Juno 106 bassline and classic FM pads of the most celestial kind make up the dirty magic on "House Of York". On the flip, the savage lo-fi grind of "Bell Pit" swims in a filthy analogue bubblebath of saturation and overdrive - and we loved it!
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!