Listen to the last ten ‘tunes of the moment’
Ancient Methods - Walking On Cursed Soil (feat. Prurient)
Thu 11 Oct 2018 | permalink
The Jericho Records is one hell of a stomping, cardiac-inducing Techno album from Michael Wollenhaupt aka Ancient Methods and the track Walking On Cursed Soil (feat. Prurient) is one of many highlights.
The Field - Made Of Steel, Made Of Stone
Thu 27 Sep 2018 | permalink
Opening track from the new album Infinite Moment is a beauty. Made Of Steel, Made Of Stone transforms the elements anyone familiar with The Field's previous work will recognise, like the manipulated female vocal loop, and filters them through a kind of Ambient process. And while there's still a steady accompanying rhythm, the result is a monumental slab of dreamy, emotive escapism.
Djedjotronic - Are Friends Electric (feat Lokier)
Mon 17 Sep 2018 | permalink
Paula Temple & Eomac - Gestirn
Sat 25 Aug 2018 | permalink
Gestirn: now this is powerful Techno that both rouses and reassures, leaving a mournful waft of melancholy in its wake. Paula Temple and Eomac join forces for a two track release on Eotrax, due out on 28th September.
Bjarki - 3-1 Tap Lush
Tue 31 Jul 2018 | permalink
Taken from Nina Kraviz’s recent трип label compilation, Don’t You Mess With Cupid, 'Cause Cupid Ain’t Stupid. 3-1 Tap Lush is a wondrous track from Icelander Bjarki. From the press release:
mistuned bells and distressed vocals flurry around cold stabs on a disorienting journey
... which only hints at the magic to behold. Just don't try to tell me Bjarki made this track without the use of recreational drugs.
Blawan - Careless
Wed 11 Jul 2018 | permalink
Doing what he does best: banging Techno with personality and flair, the new Blawan album Wet Will Always Dry is a scorcher! I could have picked any of the eight tracks for Tune of the moment but opted for Careless because it's the perfect example of his work; not many producers in his field can make Haute Techno™ to this standard.
Opening with a driving bass drum and a building tension, we get a weird manipulated sound battered into the perfect loop (which fades in and out for the tracks duration) before a dubby vocal refrain, hazily chanting the title, provides the perfect hook. Fantastic stuff.
Dez Williams - Hexciya
Sat 16 Jun 2018 | permalink
There's a lovely retrospective vibe to the subtle Electro bass on opening track Failnot that reminds me of Soma Records output from around early to mid 2000 (artists like Vector Lovers, Silicone Soul and Slam). More of the same follows with Familiar Circumstances which plays a spooky melody through an Acid filter. Hexciya is the highlight with its thumping bass drum, which manages to scratch my itch in the same way Anthony Rother's recent Omnitronic did. Swollen closes things out with a little Techno seasoning.
SSTROM - Damm
Mon 4 Jun 2018 | permalink
On the strength of Vitriol, the excellent EP from Swedish musician SSTROM, aka Hannes Stenström, (one half of Techno terrorists SHXCXCHCXSH) I had a funny feeling that his debut album Otider (roughly translated as "non-times") would deliver in spades. Composed of tracks made between 2010 and 2017, there's a consistent flow to proceedings that reflect the artist's own development over the years, taking in ten thoroughly engaging works that cover a hybrid musical palette of Techno, Trance, IDM and Electronica.
Stenström has a knack for saturating his productions in rich layers of texture and sound, adding a depth of interest beyond the main melody or drum pattern underpinning each track. Fans of SHXCXCHCXSH will recognise the more experimental style in tracks like I Huvudet and Baslinjen but it's the really catchy, melodious moments that define the SSTROM dynamic. Toying with elements of Electronica, Modernisten employs guitar and vocal snippets to great effect, while the alien groove underpinning Svävaren brings to mind the earlier work of Kompakt boss Michael Mayer. The best tracks are Tornet, Vinden and Kronofobi, each of which work the emotions into a frenzy with progressive chords and edgy melody. My particular favourite though is Damm, with its polite Trance influences.
Otider is out now on Rösten and is available digitally and on vinyl.
Bella Boo - Is It Rude To Wear My Shades
Fri 11 May 2018 | permalink
I've already bummed up Fire, the fine EP by Bella Boo from which this track comes, but in case you missed it (or dismissed it) here's a chance to make amends. Really superb, especially when that squiggly bass creeps in and drops around the minute mark.
Russian Linesman - How Can The Sky Be So Beautiful When We Have Been So Bad? (Extended Live Version)
Mon 23 Apr 2018 | permalink
Anonymous British producer Russian Linesman launches his second series of remix EPs today with eight reinterpretations of his original track How Can The Sky Be So Beautiful When We Have Been So Bad? Remixes come from Avus, Somfay, Aiden, Magic Panda, Matthys and Betamax Warriors with each delivering a fresh new angle on what was already an emotion-packed two and half minutes.
Released in 2017, the original How Can The Sky... track came from an earlier series of seven track EPs called The Eysenck Suites, inspired by the psychological theories of Hans Eysenck and the emotions that they encompass. Check out this Ransom Note article for more info and this DMC interview provides further insight.
While the Avus Acids Remix is a particular highlight, along with Somfay's BOC-indebted, moody piece, my favourite is the extended version from the man himself, somehow packing in even more emotion.
Out now on Loki Recordings.