Hi all. I'm trying to make this look a little bit more professional, so bear with me while I get this right. We're only four weeks in, sure. Hello to the newbs, too.
I'm due to write a piece on this but it's so good I couldn't not share. Alis went off to Sofia with a new loop pedal, messed around with it and this was the result. I love all four tracks equally. A great release on Astro:Dynamics.
Maybe this is a bit too retro, but it's some nice emotive electro-techno. It doesn't quite evoke images of ESP testing but it's suitably mechanical and robotic nonetheless.
New Dreams Ltd. - Initiation Tape: Isle of Avalon Edition
Hat tip to Angus Finlayson for this (and in turn to Simon Docherty). Slowed down pop songs for after-hours contemplation. It's not all good, but it's worth a shot.
N26 - Now That's What I Call Gully Beatz Vol. 1
A collection of tunes put together by users of the N26 Sidewalk forum. Gully Beatz innit. 'REQN26', 'Wired (Before The Fall)' and 'Juice' are highlights.
This is the second compilation of remixes of tunes on the Wah Wah 45s label, proving that they "don’t just do acoustic soul, brass band funk, dub reggae and foot friendly jazz". This remix of Scrimshire's 'Emperor' by Stubbon Heart is really getting to me.
Mumdance - Rinse FM - 30th January 2014
"Exploring the Grime x Techno x Hardcore Axis" reads the description under this recording, and there's not much to add to it. Man nails it. Extra love for including that Eomac remix early on.
Frank B - Phosphenes
Frank B, best known for his uplifting house track 'Chain of Fools' (championed by Jamie XX and Pete Tong among others) turns in this more techno-leaning number for a compilation on Where To Now. Raw and choppy sounding while retaining the precision of his previous number, it's got a real 90s space travel vibe going on. Almost Drexciyan, one might say. Almost. It's to feature on a compilation from Where To Now called WHEREIIDANCE Vol.1.
Morkeblå - Permanent Liminality
This was slated to appear on the above comp, but I've just learned Morkeblå is going to be putting it out on his own release. It's a long, husking ambient track that moves in several different directions across varying shades of sad. Gorgeous stuff. I look forward to hearing more from this Norwegian-named, Italian producer.
With the news that Benga is stepping away from music I thought I'd share this. Just a silly mashup I made a few years ago. I think it works. Ignore or listen at your leisure.
Speaking to someone about this, he said his friend described this as "Burial's long lost release for Tri-Angle". He's not far off. It's a bit Burial in its percussion, and it's just as haunting, but it's that bit more other-worldly. More sci-fi than imagined nostalgia.
Paul Guinan - February 2014
Dublin designer Paul occasionally shares mixes on his Soundcloud, this one is full of slinky, moody house and techno. Great for a Monday afternoon.
MGUN - Resin EP
Don't Be Afraid are pretty great, and this third release from MGUN in 18 months is probably the sexiest thing they've done. Particularly 'In The Road'. And '90 Sumtin' is joyously life affirming.
Another great track from the forthcoming Minor Science EP. I thought it'd end at three, but "it's a long EP..." says Angus. All good as far as I'm concerned. This sounds like the perfect set-opener for my imagined DJ sets.
A seven-minute Legowelt jam. What more do you want?
Xosar - Gnome Circle
Of course Legowelt and Xosar can exist happily without each other, but they both shared new music this week. This track is proto-futuristic rnb from space, or something.
Buz Ludzha Promo Mix (ACM001)
I didn't even listen to this before adding it to the list. Buz Ludzha is an alias of The Cyclist, and he's got a brilliant 12" coming out on Dublin's All City next week. No tracklist here, but Adonis, Future Sound of London, Etienne De Crecy, ESG, and what sound like some unreleased BL productions all feature. An interesting jaunt down the influences hole - some choices may seem obvious, but they're presented brilliantly. There's a videofor 'Rave With Love', directed by Loud Mouth's Ciaran Meister.
Three hours of EZ smashing it. Garage classics, anthems and bangers. Nuff said etc. Here's a YouTube link if you're into that kind of thing.
This collaboration between Juju & Jordash and Move D just came out on Jordash's Off Minor Recordings. It's a stirring, loopy jam that never loses your interest despite its nine-minute length.
Antonio Adolfo e A Brazuca - Amazone (Bolts Ruff Edit)
This is a joyous affair, an edit from Liverpool-based producer Bolts. Another one that goes on for nine minutes but really deserves and earns that length.
This won't be for all of you, I know. Sinjin Hawke's last mix, which appeared some two years ago on URB, was a glorious affair, all shimmering r&b reworks and bombastic big-riff trap (but in a good way). This is much the same, but more so. It'll very possibly have you cracking your head back and forth while gushing forth tears at its beauty. Or not.
Demonic Glare - TUTOTU
I mentioned Demonic Glare last week. Thankfully its creator was actually on this very mailing list so I'm reasonably more informed this time around. This track, 'TUTOTU', is the first track from an album composed of tracks recorded between 2002 and 2009. It will feature heavily processed tracks like this one, manipulations of live drumming and feedback loops, topped off with some inspiration from research into nuclear tests. More as we hear it. The album's going to be called L.S.E.N.O.R.T. - all the tracks will be acronyms of the original tracks' working titles.
Glasser - Folksexual
This is kind of all over the place but it's hard to be mad at anyone who includes Vashti Bunyan in their mix. Glasser also manages to blend folk songs with Autechre, Aphex Twin and Logos. No mean feat.
Boards of Canada - Live At Warp's 10th Anniversary Party (10)
Just cause I can, here's a YouTube link. And because #youdeserveit.
That's it for this week. Thanks for sticking around, and for joining.
All the best,