Review: Over the years, Ken Sumitani has released a decent amount of rather good music, primarily under the Stereociti and Mono Village aliases. This, though, marks his debut under a new alter ego: Waveguide. As debuts go, it's something of a triumph, too, serving up four essential cuts. There are two high-octane, electro-influenced offerings: the sun-bright, funk-fueled melodic bliss of "Lemma" and the heavier, raw-sounding "Tightrope", whose skittish beats are offset by some delightfully deep melodies and even deeper chords. You'll find some similarly smooth and hypnotic chords on the brilliant deep techno dubbiness of EP opener "Quod", while "Cubic Root" sees the Japanese producer successfully wrap restless synth loops around a mildly trippy, Motor City influenced rhythm track.
Review: Owen Jay's Batti Batti label has carried a great selection of various artists releases throughout its back catalogue, and the tradition continues with this latest missive. The Palette EP kicks off with the ever-rising talents of Jayson Wynters, who plies a seductive strain of deep house on "Sherella's Kiss" that melts perfectly into the blissful, twinkling keys and gossamer percussion of Duccio's "Absurdation". Kiddmisha leads in on the B side with the sprightly electro of "Healing" before Weakmassive rounds things off with the mellow acid of "Sjhue," which matches a nagging 303 with sumptuous keys for a spine-tingling conclusion to a fantastic 12".
Review: Ostgut Ton A-Ton completes their trilogy of compilations charting the early-to-mid-'90s ambient techno work of British producer Luke Slater under the 7th Plain alias. As with its predecessors, the eight included tracks offer a mixture of previously released fare from the project's heyday and music that's sat on dusty DAT tapes for well over two decades. Highlights come thick and fast, from the sun-bright sci-fi melodies, sustained ambient chords and bubbly acid lines of "Time Melts" and the Black Dog-ish shuffle of "Reality of Space", to the booming, club-ready "Lost", drowsy IDM cut "Think City" and the intergalactic, stretched-out bliss of brilliant closing cut "Seeing Sense".
Review: Two years ago Ostgut Ton launched their ambient-leaning A-Ton imprint with "Chronicles", a fine trawl through the archives of Luke Slater's ambient techno project 7th Plain. This is the second part of a trilogy (the third and final instalment is also out now) and, like its predecessor, gathers together tracks released on General Productions between 1993 and 1995, and previously unheard material. It's as evocative, atmospheric and on-point as that previous volume, sashaying between more dancefloor-leaning fare (see the deliciously dreamy but percussively heavy "Astra Naut-E" and the Motor City flex of "JDC"), genuinely beat-free soundscapes (the Pete Namlook style bliss of "I Think I Think Too Much" and "Big Field") and cuts that shuffle further towards "Artificial Intelligence" style IDM.
Review: ** REPRESS ** Having released just one seminal 12" on Chain Reaction back in 2001, Shinichi Atobe was tracked down by Demdike Stare only to be found with a vast vault of unreleased material. This double-pack release brings together some cherry-picked morsels from this haul, shedding fresh light on the mysterious and alluring sound of an almost forgotten Japanese producer. There are more obtuse noise and industrial moments such as "Free Access Zone 4", while other moments are full of sweet and crisp house grooves with wistful atmospherics. The diversity on offer is quite something, but whatever style is tackled, Shinichi Atobe brings a haunting quality to bear on his music.
Review: The big man on campus returns! Fast becoming a staple on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, the Glaswegian producer throws down an impressive full length demonstrating the diversity within his musical repertoire - and count us in as fans. From the deep and soulful late night house of "Our House" which will have you 'doin' the wiggly worm', Afrobeat meets Innervisions styled melodic house on "Hammond Groove" while "High Heavens" explores classic neon-lit electro aesthetics from the '80s. There's even some harder stuff in there, like demonstrated on "The Great Beast" that's a slow burning early '90s style techno jam (which blows the bloody doors off!) and "Gear Tension" which throws in more hallmarks of the golden era such as 303 acid and Joey Beltram styled mentasms.
Review: After a debut 12" on Vanity Press in 2017 and a successful followup on Portage Garage Sounds, Black Noi$e returns for his first solo full length, 'Illusions' spanning 10 tracks, 48 minutes, over 2 discs, with a beautiful full sleeve by Bernard Veyu with a matte finish. Coming into his own, Detroit's Black Noi$e delivers a complete work, traversing styles and sounds from the past while looking far into to the future.
Review: Some eight years on from his Hessle Audio debut, Blawan has finally got round to releasing his debut album. Predictably, it's rather good, offering an eight-track assault on the senses built around his now familiar clanking, industrial-tinged polyrhythmic techno rhythms, foreboding electronics and paranoid, claustrophobic aural textures. Most of the sounds - including the percussion hits - were created using modular synthesis, which gives Wet Will Always Dry a particularly atmospheric and otherworldly feel. There are nods towards the likes of Surgeon and Livity Sound, as well as Rhythm & Sound/Basic Channel style dub techno, but the album's greatest strength is that it never sounds like anything other than a fine set of Blawan club tracks.
Never Take A Wrong Turn When You're In The Jungle (6:19)
Sultan Groove (6:28)
Bad Dream (6:03)
Asian Approach (4:32)
Mystic (House dub) (6:14)
Khoomiy (dub) (6:21)
Review: Since it was first released last year, demand has been high for a repress of CultureClash's eponymous debut LP, which started life as a recording for Kiss FM show way back in 1992. Happily, Lost Futures has responded to demand with this speedy reissue. For the uninitiated, the album - the work of a trio of experimentally-minded techno producers - gleefully joins the dots between Arabic music, tribal rhythms and turn-of-the-'90s techno, IDM, exotic ambient (see closing cut "Yatiyana") and post-bleep UK house (see the sub-heavy trip that is LP highlight "Mystic (House Dub)"). Given the period in which it was recorded, the set has aged incredibly well. Exotic, intoxicating and otherworldly, "CultureClash" still sounds like the future.
Review: Detroit techno maestro DJ Bone has been on prolific form of late, from his collaboration with Deetron to his own steady stream of sharply realised output on his Subject Detroit label. Now he's back with a new album, Beyond, and it's as advanced and keenly executed as you'd expect. From the echo chamber synth flourishes of "Multiples Of Self" to the low-end grind of "In The Deep," there is plenty for Bone fans to chew on here, with a continued focus on expressive synth work as first mooted with the "A Piece Of Beyond" LP earlier this year. "Rosedale Park" is a clattering, Rhodes-embellished track primed for damage in the dance, while "Bound To Move" equally brings the peak time heat.
Dorisburg, Johanna Knutsson, Mathew Jonson, Sebastian Mullaert, Steevio - "Live At Freerotation 2018" (11:13)
Johanna Knutsson, Mathew Jonson, Sebastian Mullaert - "Live At Freerotation 2018" (7:49)
Mathew Jonson, Steevio - "Live At Freerotation 2018" (6:14)
Dorisburg, Mathew Jonson, Sebastian Mullaert, Steevio - "Live At Freerotation 2018" (12:31)
Dorisburg, Mathew Jonson, Sebastian Mullaert - "Live At Freerotation 2018" (13:31)
Review: Circle Of Live is a collaborative electronic project led by the Swedish techno artist Sebastian Mullaert. It aims to reevaluate the structures of performance, linking artists and their machines for improvised jams. It debuted at Baskerville Hall as part of Wales based Freerotation festival, featuring a revolving cast of musicians, who in this incarnation included such big names as Mathew Jonson, Dorisburg and Johanna Knutsson, alongside festival and label co-founder Steevio. With artists like this linking up, you can just imagine what kind of magic they'd possibly conjure up and we can assure you it's absolutely sublime. These five excerpts from the live performance capture some of their most dynamic and spellbinding moments.
Review: Jurek Przezdziecki first appeared on Synewave back in 2014, and returned in 2017 alongside label boss Damon Wild for some appropriately immersive deep techno head twisters that fit right into the label's MO. On his debut album, the Polish producer best known as Epi Centrum presents his unfiltered vision for ranging, nagging techno crafted with delicacy to match its intensity. Try resisting the zippy refrains of "Blaming Others" or the looped up acid bleep-out "Association" - with a consistently tough sound palette and foreboding atmosphere, this is hardline machine music to get well and truly lost to.
Review: The mysterious London based producer Forest Drive West has established his own unique blend of complex rhythms and tactile sound design - distilling a rich history of UK musical influences into fresh new forms. His new LP Apparitions sees him return to Livity Sound for his fourth release and it is a logical progression of the producer's intricate fusions of techno, dub and jungle. From the personal dub of "Transmission", some broken beat tunnel vision as experienced on "Vertigo" through to further innovations into knackered house heard on "Phaze-shift" or the breakneck futurist stepper "Cannibal" which closes out this fine LP. This is indeed a landmark release for one of the UK's most exciting new producers.