Hi, Tony Poland here. I used to run things at Juno Plus (RIP). Now I work for Boiler Room and occasionally write stuff for RA. Aidan kindly offered me the keys to Bandcloud this week of all weeks, and I'm mulling over this introductory statement as the polls creep towards closure on Election Day. The optimist in me really hopes you open this email in the midst of celebrating a winning election result for the Labour party (ed.- :/ ).
Sapphire Slows - The Role of Purity [Mundus]
First selection and I'm already slightly cheating as The Role Of Purity originally came out on vinyl a few months ago. Reappearing in digital format via Bandcamp, this four-track EP from Sapphire Slows is a fine opening statement for the Mundus series from Nous. Totally into the balance of unnerving, getting your brain sucked out by a huge Starship Troopers bug feeling that open "Speculation" and the sonic beauty it develops into. The whole record is a delight. It would be wonderful if Kinuko Hiramatsu has more of this Sapphire Slows material up her sleeve!
Konrad Sprenger - Stack Music [PAN]
Ace knotty new thing on PAN that sounds exactly like you think something composed by a Berlin-based Konrad would.
Nene Hatun - Metacommunication [Bedouin]
A compelling new addition to the Bedouin family in the shape of Nene Hatun, aka Berlin-based Turkish artist Bestie Aydin. This is one of those records by an unknown quantity that has you digging around excitedly to see what else the artist has done. I was pleasantly surprised to see she did a tape for Seagrave a few years ago that I'm going to check once I've wrapped up this edition of Bandcloud. Very enveloping and spacious electronics with plenty of sonics references to her heritage from Bestie to complement the 19th-Century Turkish heroine that inspired her artist name. Fans of snarling Modern Love techno should investigate!
Various Artists - MDM I [MMODEMM]
Frankfurt's MMODEMM continue their barmy DIY commitment to the most unwieldy tape box format you can think of with an eighth edition of their MDM boxset compilation series. The presence of Laura ODL and Eva Geist's collaborative project, As Longitude, piqued my interest here; the lolloping EBMer "Part VII" continues in the vein of their excellent record for Knekelhuis earlier this year. But like all previous MDM editions there is plenty of delightful surprises. "Peugeot Driver", the concrete wall shaker from Jensen Interceptor and Assembler Code, and Qnete's deranged contribution both exemplify the range the MMODEMM crew cover in these crazy tapesets.
YuSu - Roast Ghost [Wichelroede]
Vancouver-via-Kaifeng resident YuSu once again impressing with the B-side on the latest fancily-designed cassette tape from Wichelroede. In no small time, the Den Haag platform has exhibited an innate talent for putting like-minded musicians either side of a fancily-designed cassette tape. Release no 4 is no different. “Roast Ghost” sits perfectly alongside the brooding pop of CS + Kreme's A-side; a 20-minute composition made up of vignettes that form an otherworldly, relaxing whole. Shouts to Fallon and Gerben!
Teresa Winter - Untitled [The Death Of Rave]
This one has been floating around the 'cloud for a month but I think more people need to hear it!!! Teresa did a stupendously good tape for RECKNO a few years back that had me debating the logistics of starting a record label and putting it out just so I could own it on vinyl. It seems Boomkat's Conor Thomas has gone one better and secured some fresh Winter sounds for his label, The Death Of Rave. Whatever it is, it won't actually be out for a few months, so immerse yourself in this brief slab of sonics from Teresa and get proper excited.
Silvia Kastel - Saw Left [No Label]
Was totally blown away by Silvia's mix for BEB's Id Mud series earlier this year and really excited to hear her upcoming LP for the label. More so if this Soundcloud transmission is any indication of how it may end up. Weightless electronics that feels like a studio gently warming up.
Bruce - Post Rave Wrestle (Mosca's Dead Leg Version) [Timedance]
Bruce makes such weird music it must be really hard to unpack it and do stuff with the individual parts for a remix without succumbing to all sorts of creative frustration. Kudos then to Mosca for this drastic take on "Post Rave Wrestle". Elements of the original are discernible in his self-styled 'Dead Leg Version' but Mosca has surprisingly transformed the dark side gurgle of Bruce's track into something you'd easily mistake for an inclusion on an Italian Industrial music compilation from Mannequin Records.
Robert Bergman - Wicked Men Must Fall [No Label]
Amsterdam's Bobby Bergman on a grotty machine crunch tip. One of several unsigned cuts he tends to chuck on Soundcloud. This one deserves to be on a 12", there is a certain beauty underneath obscured by all that grot. Check his tape for TTT!
Maximum Joy - Silent Street/Silent Dub [Silent Street]
Silent Street is the new joint label from Kiran Sande and Chris Farrell, which I think was first alluded to in an Blackest Ever Black mail out around eight months ago. Obviously, Kiran Sande has been busy with setting up his (excellent) Low Company record shop so the delay is understandable. Naturally everyone should be excited by the mutual brains behind BEB and Idle Hands joining forces! Their first release is a retrospective of the aptly-named Maximum Joy, a Bristol band from the '80s who I'm only vaguely familiar with through various compilations over the years. This track, "Silent Street", is naturally where they got the label name from and is a fine indication of the band's contribution to the Bristol Sound.
What a contribution! Wonderful stuff from Tony. If you don't already, you can follow him on Twitter here. Hope you're all keeping well and haven't missed me too much.