Listen to the last ten ‘tunes of the moment’
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.
Chris Liebing - Novembergrey
Fri 6 Apr 2018 | permalink
Techno stalwart and CLR label head Chris Liebing has released his first new material since his 2010 collaboration with Markus Sprengler and Tommy Four Seven. Signed to UK label Mute Records, the single track is called Novembergrey and sports guitars? bass and drums... and synths!
I look forward to more of this quality.
The Mover - Dark Comedown
Thu 22 Mar 2018 | permalink
Last year's remix of Cassegrain's track Trappist by The Mover was one of my fav tracks of the year, so I'm pleased to say that the first new material in ages from the Techno stalwart is more of the same blinding quality. German producer Marc Acardipane, aka The Mover, will be releasing a new album called Undetected Act from the Gloom Chamber on label Planet Phuture (part of Boidae/Killekill) on 23rd March 2018. Standout moment has to be opening track Dark Comedown, with its military drums, thumping bass drum and emotionally charged melody.
Severed+Said - Digital Parasites
Fri 9 Mar 2018 | permalink
Severed+Said is John Touchton and he makes the most captivating electronic music. For the uninitiated John Carpenter is an obvious first reference, Touchton's experimental electronic jams made with guitars, synthesisers and drum machines paint a familiar first impression but this rapidly fades with deeper immersion and repeat listens. Incorporeality is his first album proper and follows three EPs:
- Crying In Dreams - four tracks via cassette specialists Popnihil from 2014 (now available as a free download on Bandcamp)
- Occlusions - six tracks on Not Not Fun from 2015 (my first insight)
- Pyrrhic Fortunes - back on Popnihil in 2016 with five more tracks
Hopping between labels, he's returned once again to LA outlet Not Not Fun, who always provide snazzy press releases. Here's how they pitch the new album:
equal parts synth-wave séance, abduction hallucination and paranormal noir
... which is perfectly apt! I would also add that the music is creepy, Ambient, terrifying, tense, feverish and pulsing, bolstered by track titles that extend this otherworldly, mind-out-of-body, filmic vibe. The vast quantity of ideas on show is evident in the clever track sequencing, with shorter "interlude" tracks separating the meatier compositions.
While there's a few standout moments across the thirteen tracks, Digital Parasites is my particular favourite.
Incorporeality is released on Friday 9th March 2018 on Not Not Fun.
Leonardo Martelli - Sofia
Sun 11 Feb 2018 | permalink
On Menti Singole Vol. 2, Leonardo Martelli once again demonstrates his talent for crafting emotive Electronic tunes, but where he really excels is when incorporating Rap samples into his work. Sofia uses a Biggie Smalls, cutting the lyrics up into alternative shapes and meanings.