So we've got some creepy bits but it's relatively straightforward this week.
I'm working on a seasonal mix though, you should have it by Monday!
Brad Heyne + Josh Mason - Vapor
Josh Mason tweeted: "made this recording with a good friend 5 years ago this week. making it free/nyp for the rest of the month. enjoy!" It's a soft and gentle album that sounds perfect in the cold morning sun of winter.
Qasim Naqvi - FILM
Much like Vapor above, this album revels in subtleties. It's different, however, in that it's a collection of recordings originally used in feature film and art installations. There are quiet and unobtrusive synth beds ('Algiers'), elegiac chords ('Sputnik'), dancing melodies ('Aligned') and more. It's a nice introduction to the artist, who also performs as part of the group Dawn of Midi.
Maria Teresa Luciani - Sounds Of The City
This is a reissue of an album originally released in 1972. It features the music of unsung composer and experimentalist Maria Teresa Luciani. It's somewhere between library electronics, field recordings, modular wibbles and so forth. It's cool!
Emra Grid - Shay's Vacation House
This is like the Levantis of 2017. A slow and dank album that sounds perfect in the spooky autumn. Truly haunting, it's laced with a deep sadness, the terrifying face that appears on the artwork a kind of Babadook-like spectre that looms throughout. As one starts side two 'Trace It Back' feels almost revelatory, but it is immediately followed by a second iteration that returns to earlier dread. Closing track 'Fifteen Day Trilogy' incorporates chilling sounds of eeeeelectriiiicity, a swooping synth melody appearing from nowhere at the album's completion. A beautiful, tear-jerking finale. I've mentioned the art, but the packaging and the records themselves look wonderful.
LOFT - Filton recal
Wisdom Teeth is fast becoming one of my favourite labels, with excellent stuff from Duckett and K-LONE this year, for example. The latest record comes from Manchester-based producer and DJ LOFT. Rattling snares meet snarling bass lines, as a thrilling sense of energy is balanced with an almost weightless sensibility (that's in a literal sense I mean, not the grimey stuff). Only towards the end do we get a direct kind of clap, relieving tension and making way for something new in the mix, no doubt. Deftly done.
Yu Su - I'll Say When I Can
This is a lovely track forthcoming on Arcane. Yu Su is a Vancouver-based artist who's also half of You're Me. This is a slow and romantic dubby track that I wish went on forever. There's another housier track but this is the one I want to share. The whole thing promises to be great!
Only For Robots 113 - Hi-Vis.
This is a great mix from Chicago DJ Hi-Viz, trading in what might be termed ethereal noise and techno. The centrepiece is probably Stellar OM Source's 'Fascination', which I hadn't heard in some time but still sounds marvellous. It also features Agnes, from Chained Library, a self-released April Larson track and some Bill Converse. Bangers.
Howes - warehouse project dj set 21-10-17
Top lad Howes played an early set at the Warehouse Project in Manchester last week, and he's shared it in its entirety for us. It's a lovely set of squelchy techno that builds and opens up the room beautifully. Not much I recognise in there bar some Duckett, from the aforementioned Wisdom Teeth release, 'Inkjet', 'Volumes' and some others I won't name. I'm pro-tracklist but also pro-surprises you know.
Volruptus - Hessdalen
I'm not always into Nina's трип label but this is great! It's from Volruptus, who released on Bjarki's bbbbbb earlier this year. There isn't much out there about him except that he's from Reykjavik and based in Berlin. His Discogs pic is someone wearing an alien mask, which is appropriate given his intergalactic electro and matching track titles. The opening track is called 'Hessdalen', named after the unexplained nocturnal lights visible in rural Norway. It's energetic and full of anxious tension, just like it's follow-up, 'Fermi Paradox', whose title refers to the "contradiction between the lack of evidence and high probability estimates for the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations". This blurb is getting rather long. TL;DR: spacey fun nervous twitching electro.
Clocks go back for everyone this weekend! Enjoy your extra hour in bed/at the club.