Review: Will Bankhead's Trilogy Tapes imprint continues their assault on 2012 with the latest release of Tuff Sherm - an alias of TTT regular Dro Carey. Sitting nicely alongside the KM/MM and Willie Burns releases on TTT this year, the Pharmacy EP showcases a sound that is part raw techno, part submerged house; the title track combines rolling tom-heavy percussion with abrasive unprocessed synth tones, like Drexciya jamming with Kassem Mosse. On the flip, "Hydlide" makes things even murkier, with some abstract beatdown house that would give Madteo a run for his money, while "Leg Man" is another trip down the wormhole of abstract loops and minimal clockwork rhythms. We probably don't need to tell you, but this is another essential 12" from TTT!
Review: It was only a matter of time before the enigmatic Rezzett duo dropped an LP on Will Bankhead's TTT, and the time feels just right. At a time when electro, EBM and post-everything seems to be trending, the duo's organic style and ethereal melodies make a whole lot of sense, and give meaning to a new generation of listeners fascinated by future dystopia and the more melancholic side of dance music. The self-titled LP is a perfect encapsulation of everything they have released thus far, a blend of aqueous techno and ambient house that goes way, way beyond the dancefloor. The mood, the vibe, and the sounds are sticky, tainting the air with their singular distortion aesthetic that renders them personal to these two masked producers. The thing we love most, however, is their willingness to represent the UK hardcore continuum, offering two final cuts that push the d&b framework to its very limits. Highly recommended.
Review: Dat boy u know as Anthony Naples adds The Trilogy Tapes to his growing impressive discography with the superb El Portal EP. It only seems like last week Naples appeared out of nowhere with the modern classic Mad Disrespect EP for Mr Saturday Night and since then his rise has been meteoric, remixing Four Tet, gracing Opal Tapes, founding his own Proibito label and dropping another slayer for Mr Harkin and Mr Carter. Adding Will Bankhead's supreme TTT operation to his arsenal is a true statement and this is impressive stuff; doling out raw abstract deep house that threatens to swell over on the title track, while "Pueblo" provides a rough downtempo rhythm whose scrappy hi-hats come laden with funk and a jazzy piano refrain. On the flip, "Busy Signal" provides house track whose sweet chords are counterbalanced by a particularly driving rhythm. Watch out for the Fleetwood Mac drop too!
Review: DJ Nobu & NHK yx Koyxen new MTV moniker is something only The Trilogy Tapes could come up with, and it's another fine addition to the label's infamous web blog, which contains all sorts of outlandish sounds from every corner of the globe. "Snow Ball" and "Smart Ball", on the A-side, are two sides of the same coin; the former bleeps placidly to an eerie groove of molecular hypnotics, while the latter enters the rave with a slow yet brutalist assortment of bass bumps. "Smooth Motion" is a fuzzy, imperceptible techno experiment in the same style as Thomas Brinkmann's oddities, and "Look Back Motion" rattles an itchy, acid-driven stomper over a bare-bones groove that has TTT stamped all over it. That artwork, too...
Review: Philadelphia duo _moonraker delivered the excellent Remota Instruere EP on Philadelphia concern Great Circles earlier this year, and they obviously caught the attention of Trilogy Tapes mastermind Will Bankhead, as the Lowjit Vagrants EP marks their debut release for the label. Their highly experimental brand of techno is the kind of thing designed to warp minds and confuse limbs on the dancefloor, with the bitcrushed syncopations of "Oronimbus" offering the most floor-friendly cut here. "Plot Query" sends things even further into space with its 145bpm pace offset by a starry field of sound drifting by. "Cyan Lean" sounds quite literally like moondust falling through the atmosphere, while "Tilt March" sees their sound retreat into a sonic slurry with all the complexity of Actress and Morphosis jamming underwater. Essential wares from TTT once again...
Review: Skip Intro sees Leipzig artist Mix Mup return to The Trilogy Tapes having scored one of the best releases on Will Bankhead's label so far with that KM/MM LP alongside friend and confidant Kassem Mosse. Though closely associated with the Workshop man, Mix Mup has really developed his own style over the course of the past decade of releases and Skip Intro might be his best work yet. His is a subtle touch; see the manner in which Mix Mup teases an Asian melodic refrain out of nowhere to dominate the title track. Both "Sequoflec" and "IE" are the kind of drum tracks you'll hear Ben UFO slip into a set and wonder for ages what they are, whilst the midi sax on "Curtain Scene" makes it sound like a hollowed out remix of Pender Street Steppers jam "Love Theme (Angelo)".
Review: "Clear Drive" marks Mix Mup man Lorenz Lindner's first outing on The Trilogy Tapes in nearly four years. Thanks to Will Bankhead's impeccable A&R skills, the showcased material is also some of Lindner's best in years, too. Check first opener "Clear Drive", where melancholic, alien-sounding sustained chords, pulsing sub bass and razor-sharp TB-303 bass stabs cluster around a deliriously snappy drum machine groove. Next doff a cap to the hypnotic, off-kilter techno deepness of "Flair 2", before rushing your way through lo-fi stomper "Pa Toppen", where fizzing rave riffs giddily dance atop spaced-out chords and distorted drums. Should you require a bit of a breather, the beat-free dub techno wooziness of "Clear Dub" should put you straight.
Review: Berlin-based British producer Joe Seaton dons the Onno Fudd alias once again, following up a couple of releases on Will Bankhead's The Trilogy Tapes label - namely 2016's terrific Blue Dot EP. Five deep and meditative cuts that merge classic house/techno flavours with IDM and ambient aesthetics - all with a modern experimental twist. We are loving the floaty and entrancing drifter that is the title track, the driving EBM style arpeggio that is central to the epic groove of "Joyride To My Inside" and the hypnotic heads down bounce of "Earth Queen Voice". On the flip, he even dons his more popular Call Super alias for the Rhythim Is Rhythim-ish vibe of "The Mess".
Review: Lakker's Eomac increases his solo profile in 2013 following releases on Killekill and Code Is Law with a quite distinct and appropriately out there 12" for Will Bankhead's seemingly tireless label The Trilogy Tapes. It's not the most obvious of pairings but TTT has never been about taking the obvious route and Hither, Pappy (a play on AFX's Come To Daddy) is at times up there with the label's hairiest releases this year. This is most apparent on the title track that barely keeps to a discernible beat pattern amidst all manner of garbled vocal samples, with McDonnell displaying a rhythmic freneticism that's as impressive as his willingness to veer into full on distortion. Both "Husk" and "Tunnel" remain closer to traditional notions of techno, though the former's restrained droning is somewhat overshadowed by the latter's apparent threats of total sonic meltdown (try playing this one at your Halloween DJ gig and see what happens) After all this, McDonnell then takes a left turn into a moment of fragile, sampled beauty in "I Love You, I Miss You" which is the kind of production a Pitchfork staffer would wet themselves over if it was on Tri-Angle Records.
Review: Bogdan Drazic's two debut EPs for Giallo Disco, a pair of monumentally aggressive EBM/techo deviations, were good enough to capture the attention of Will Bankhead's TTT stable, propelling the artist onto a new stage, with a new set of listeners. In fairness, Bankhead has picked some pretty 'out-there' material from Drazic, with the opening "Nang Nubia" being a marvellously twisted whirlpool of techno and metallic power-core, followed by the quirky mechanics of "Goa, Goa, Gone". For the flip, Bogdan delivers "Jack Dat Wabbit", a more bass-heavy stomper with a supremely off-kilter groove under its hood, whereas "Trip This Joint" waves its heavy folds of bass over a broken, disJOINTed medley of beats. Lush. TTT-approved.
Review: Over the course of TTT's rise to fame over the last 7 or so years, UK dance deviant Bass Clef has been an important part of the label, putting out his most daring work through Will Bankhead's imprint. He's back in future-mode with this new EP, kicking off with the spaced-out waves of "Celescalating", a deep tech wormhole that gets more hypnotic by the bar. On the flip, "Iridescending" falls under the same pretext yet here the vibe is more on a house tip, with large folds of bass forming a Mr Fingers-style groove; "Unlundone" strips the melodies down in favour of more itchy percussion, a growling Chicago bass and a distant, ethereal wave of subtle atmospherics. Beautiful. And recommended.
Review: Exotic Dance Records founder J.Albert has been scouted out by Will Bankhead for the man's The Trilogy Tapes imprint, and we have to say that this feels like the perfect match. Both the label and the artist have a knack for the unexpected, with the former having released an infinite multitude of electronic genres and the latter twisting and turning between techno, electro, and something undefinable. Made up of glitchy breaks and surreal waves of electornic dust, "Money Between Friends" and "Envy Turned Curiosity" both exude an industrial dubbiness that is rarely achieved by others. On the B-side, "Deepstate Riddim" is some neo-jungle badness that evolves the genre magnificently, and "Designer Life" ends on a more sinister note, launching a minimal wave of electronics surrounded by warm blasts of sub-bass. Recommended, naturally...