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Co La releases his second album for Software(run by Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never). No No manages to be ecstatic but absurd, creepy but cute, and obscure but accessible – usually all at the same time, taking a mixture of hyper-clean sounds, including both synthesized noises and field recordings, and transplants them onto bouncing, energetic club rhythms.
Hotly anticipated new EP on Warp from American R&B chanteuse Kelela which makes good on that staggering early potential of her work on Night Slugs / Fade To Mind and Teengirl Fantasy. If the last year has been Twigs’ this record surely marks the next 365 as Kelela’s to crossover and speed through the interzone of mutable R&B / Chart Pop / Grime success. There are BIG, powerful, hooks here underpinned by some next-gen, hyper-sensual studio moves. Massive.
XL Recordings have been returning to their rave roots with a set of EPs from the likes of Powell, Mumdance & Novelist, and Special Request coming in quick succession. Their latest club-minded release is a double EP from Zomby. Recorded in part on new hardware at XL’s studio, the two Let’s Jam EPs illustrate the enigmatic producer’s diversity and continued urge to push his sound into new territories. The first EP sees Zomby channel his energy into rude, raw club belters, including hard-hitting peak-time house cuts, abstract downtempo jams, and dank acid melters, while the second features experimental, emotional grime and dubstep-inspired tracks, need we say it's a massive recommendation this one.
Widely revered Italian abstract-techno don Donato Dozzy lands down on key Washington State label Further (Rrose, Strategy, Jo Johnson) for this high-concept album of electronics…and mouth harp. In April 2015, Dozzy returned home to his parents’ house in Italy and began recording sessions with his childhood mouth harp, or ‘marranzano’. Made ‘indoors and outdoors, half-way up mountains and on the edge of the Mediterranean sea’, Dozzy spins and processes the percussive mouth-harp into a wave of multi-timbral phrases underpinned by a trance-like throb. It takes a real master to take such a humble, primitive instrument and elevate it to this level. It's not the first time Dozzy has modelled a release around one sound or instrument—earlier in 2015 he released Sintetizzatrice, which was made entirely from the voice of Rome-based singer Anna Caragnano.
Moiré follows up his debut album Shelter for Actress’s Werkdiscs label with Gel, a new EP for the legendary R&S Records. Where Shelter was a more impressionistic and pointillistic interpretation of house and techno, Gel has a greater sense of clarity about it, positioned squarely as music for the dancefloor. That’s not to say that it isn’t still tripped-out, crunchy, and distorted, but rather to say that the sense of groove is more defined than ever before. This is no clearer than on ‘SFTN’, which bounces quite weightlessly along an elastic rhythm, with crisp snare rolls and even crisper finger snaps.
Ghost Box founders Julian House and Jim Jupp celebrate their label’s tenth anniversary (in style – arriving with a slight delay of about a year). This comprehensive compilation documents a decade of some of the time’s conceptually most interesting musical output in the UK. The physical version of the 31-track compilation includes sleeve notes by prolific music writer Simon Reynolds who helped putting the label on the radar in 2006 when he featured them in his The Wire article about hauntology: artists sounding British nostalgia by playing with samples from 1960s and 70s pop culture. It’s in their compiled, accumulated form that the muddled library pieces of Julian House’s project The Focus Group, the synth-accompanied medieval chants of Jim Jupp’s group Belbury Poly or the contemplative synth soundscapes of Martin Jenkins’ Pye Corner Audio alias take full effect: the label couldn’t present its common denominator in a more appropriate way.
Bleep are proud to release the debut EP of a mysterious producer named Zap Francis. These beats first aired on Black Milk’s Boiler Room set about a year ago but other than that, not much is known about Zap Francis.
When Black Milk (rapper and producer from Detroit) was questioned on where the tracks came from, he answered: “Zap Francis gave them to me”.
With this debut E.P., Zap delivers 6 tracks of instrumental hip-hop that soundtracks journeys across intergalactic realms.
From the opening hi-hat of shuffle and bass and synth-line drops of ‘Scuffer’, you know what you are dealing with here. The soothing tones of ‘Spirit Felt’ shows a more delicate side to the mysterious producer. From the neck-snapping snares of ‘Chime End’ to the frenetic closing track of ‘Age Of’, the self-titled marks a new era of Zap…
An absolute staple in the memory of anyone whose youth involved the 80's and big plastic cartridges full of dust. Koji Kondo's soundtrack for Super Mario Bros on the Nintendo NES was a groundbreaking recording of proto-electronica made on synthesized pianos. Here Andrew Schartmann takes you on a journey into the sounds captured within this most singular of games and an absolutely crucial read for anyone with a passing interest in Super Mario, electronica, and the interaction between video games and music.
The Detroit artist follows up to the Exhibitionist comes 11 years on from the original with a CD and DVD package followed by three accompanying EP releases. Exhibitionist 2 promises to be an observation about the art form of DJ-ing from a different perspective, and is an attempt by Mills to go behind the scenes and inside the mind of an electronic musician. The four tracks on offer from Part 1 of the project resonate with the Mills we are familiar with – deep, conscious and space probing techno.
The legendary Soul Jazz Records present us with a new range of colour ways for their record bags, a style that references the classic flight bags that were given to customers by airlines in the 60s. It is a perfect size for a curated collection of records, holding between 20-30 LPs.