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  • Artist
    Floating Points
    ReleaseProduct
    Shadows
    Label
    Pluto
    Catalogue Number
    EGLO22
    Release Date
    November 17, 2011

    We're always very excited to hear word of a new Floating Points release and that is more than the case with 'Shadows', a new exploration from the brilliance that is Sam Shepherd. A collaborative EP between Floating Points and his life-long friend, Will Hunt, 'Shadows' introduces a Max/Msp patch designed by Hunt which studies drum machine and synthesizer activity to generate visuals in real-time. Musically, the release features new material from Shepherd, along with some more familiar cuts, and explores largely ambient terrain interposed with Floating Points' signature jazz and funk touches, flourishes of broken beat and the evocative vocals of Fatima. Essential.




    Digital Track List

    1. 1 Myrtle Avenue Floating Points 10:03 Buy
    2. 2 Obfuse Floating Points 4:12 Buy
    3. 3 Realise Floating Points 5:26 Buy
    4. 4 ARP3 Floating Points 9:21 Buy
    5. 5 Sais Floating Points 8:04 Buy
  • Artist
    Oneohtrix Point Never
    ReleaseProduct
    Garden of Delete
    Label
    Warp
    Catalogue Number
    WARP266
    Release Date
    November 13, 2015

    Having spent the run up to Garden Of Delete regaling us with an array of clues as to the album's content from various points online that ranged from a PDF letter of cryptic quality addressed to his fans and an interview with an unidentified "alien collaborator named Ezra" and a website we now know as ( ;- ) for fictional 90's "hypergrunge" band Kaoss Edge the lead up to Garden Of Delete was in many ways a PR campaign that matches the music found within the LP, complex, mischievous and cutting edge in all the right places. Wearing the album's influences of cybermetal and rock music on his sleeve, it's on Garden Of Delete that Oneohtrix has crafted out what is no doubt a sure stand out and possibly the most certified vision of his music to date. Opening with the aptly titled Intro we are treated to a soundbite of complexly spannered YouTube compression field recordings before swiftly cutting into Ezra which sparkles with electronic beauty on a stop/start motion before the rock influence breaks out and he goes for an R Plus 7 recalling piece of lush electronica that most producers would take a life time to produce but feels to be executed with ease. This gives way to a full on burst of hypercolour lazer swords and female vocals that has the fingerprints and DNA influence of sometime collaborator Hudson Mohawke running through its veins. The sounds spin between 80's referencing huge prog-tronica and a more RNB style flex. Next up is the interlude led ECCOJAMC1 before we are thrown back into the psychedelic airy pads that dive straight into an avant-pop number Sticky Drama that's so sweet you can taste it. The rest of the LP treads the same path from the melancholic reversed pianos of SDFK (which could almost be lifted from the recent Helm LP) while Mutant Standard starts off with a militant industrial techno skeleton throwing the everyday sci-fi samples in to break up the track to disorientating effect before the whole thing flips and twists itself through various motions of pop and trance like a break-dancing Rubik's cube edition of Gescom's mini disc stuck on repeat shuffle. Child of Rage starts up the second half with more movement between floating pads and new age calmness while Animals revisits the big room technological pop with extra helpings of inside out electro-oddness. Recent fan fav I Bite Through It goes a way to sum up the chaotic feel of the recordings in a way that makes total sense, it could be seen as a comment on our internet-dominated existence with the nonstop flashing of screens and information switching between different sights sounds and swagger at an alarming rate - a social commentary that is neither negative or positive but just observes the world around it. The last three tracks are possibly the best example of the album's sound yet, they expertly walk the line between the classic OPN sound of tight electronic structures perfectly executed with a level of futurism outweighing others in his league. Blending the everyday inner-city amazement of James Ferraro and drawing lines between contemporary underground experimental producers reaching for bigger things such as the PC Music collective to the underground throw in all your influences instrumental grime scene. Fellow internet futurist William Gibson said the future is already here it's just not evenly distributed but hearing Garden Of Delete with its almost EDM approach to more traditional dancefloor and mainstream pop sounds it digests so many different styles and returns them in a complex but highly rewarding body of work sculpted to include sounds distributed from a vast array of worlds. Sure to stand the test of time as one of the absolute highlights of Warp's catalogue of records such as Windowlicker Garden Of Delete is a textbook example of a true pioneer of a hypnotic groove flirting with troubled pop structures and giving results so far ahead of everything else in the game it will stay fresh for years to come while the rest of the world catches up.

    Digital Track List

    1. 1 Intro Oneohtrix Point Never 0:27 Buy
    2. 2 Ezra Oneohtrix Point Never 4:26 Buy
    3. 3 ECCOJAMC1 Oneohtrix Point Never 0:32 Buy
    4. 4 Sticky Drama Oneohtrix Point Never 4:17 Buy
    5. 5 SDFK Oneohtrix Point Never 1:27 Buy
    6. 6 Mutant Standard Oneohtrix Point Never 8:06 Buy
    7. 7 Child of Rage Oneohtrix Point Never 4:52 Buy
    8. 8 Animals Oneohtrix Point Never 3:54 Buy
    9. 9 I Bite Through It Oneohtrix Point Never 3:17 Buy
    10. 10 Freaky Eyes Oneohtrix Point Never 6:31 Buy
    11. 11 Lift Oneohtrix Point Never 4:09 Buy
    12. 12 No Good Oneohtrix Point Never 3:18 Buy
  • Artist
    CFCF
    ReleaseProduct
    Radiance & Submission
    Label
    Driftless Recordings
    Catalogue Number
    DFS015
    Release Date
    July 31, 2015

    CFCF follows up the 2013 synth heavy Outside LP with the startling new album Radiance & Submission. While the soundscapes of previous works are still present on Radiance & Submission, well placed vocals and abstract drums recorded live are blended into the mix and sprinkled with vocals and subtle guitars. Opening with down tempo bass throbs and captured snatches of radio transmissions from far away places, the track slowly builds into a dreamlike new age garden of organic sounds that sets the tone for whats to come perfectly. 'Sculptures of Sand' drifts through the desert of sound on a lost highway of shimmering electronica, before night-time falls and the drums crawl through on 'Tethered In Dark' never letting the ambience mapped out lose its way. The second half of the LP starts with the heartbroken 'The Ruined Map' which could be an off-cut of Devendra Banhart's finest work circa 09. 'Blanketed In Snow A Place Returned' brings a cold wave of colour with its starry eyed gaze before 'Two Mirrors' ends things with a perfect symmetry of glassy chords and tender guitars bringing to close a truly unique body of work, best enjoyed on warm evenings of solitude and wonder.

    Digital Track List

    1. 1 In Praise of Shadows CFCF 4:07 Buy
    2. 2 Sculptures of Sand CFCF 3:43 Buy
    3. 3 A Various Language (From the Same Hill) CFCF 3:54 Buy
    4. 4 Tethered in Dark CFCF 6:56 Buy
    5. 5 The Ruined Map CFCF 2:58 Buy
    6. 6 Blanketed in Snow a Place Returned CFCF 3:50 Buy
    7. 7 La Soufrière CFCF 3:15 Buy
    8. 8 Two Mirrors CFCF 5:35 Buy
  • Artist
    Napolian
    ReleaseProduct
    Rejoice
    Label
    Software Recording Co.
    Catalogue Number
    SFT009-6
    Release Date
    January 31, 2012

    Synthetic boogie funk from nineteen year old wunderkind, Napolian, debuting on Ford & Lopatin's Software label. Managing to find its feet somewhere in-between the neon-happy hip-hop dynamism of Hudson Mohawke, the downbeat ephemeralism of much of the Tri Angle output and the sultry diva attitude and love-torn pain of the greats of R&B, 'Rejoice' is all of the above, yet something more...

    Digital Track List

    1. 1 False Memories Napolian 0:19 Buy
    2. 2 Banquet Napolian 0:22 Buy
    3. 3 My Refuge Napolian 0:23 Buy
    4. 4 New World Napolian 0:25 Buy
    5. 5 Ascension Napolian 0:12 Buy
    6. 6 Rejoice Napolian 0:22 Buy
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