Welcome to the Bleep Weekly Roundup, our guide to the best new releases. Our album of the week this week is Battles return with their first LP since 2015 with their new album Juice B Crypts and this record is as vibrant as anything they’ve ever done. Our EP of the week is from AQXDM (fka Aquarian and Deapmash) as championed by the likes of Aphex Twin, Skee Mask, Call Super etc.
Elsewhere this week we have Floating Points refocussed album Crush on Ninja Tune, Jacques Greene’s evocative Dawn Chorus on LuckyMe, TSVI's debut as Anunaku on Whities, Rephlex producer Jodey Kendrick’s indebted EDM Vol. 2, spiritual jazz from Angel Bat Dawid on International Anthem, J Chrysalis on Blank Mind and much more. Be sure to check the Bleep mix this week from EP of the week producers AQXDM.
Pre-orders announced this week include the 20 Years of fabric compilation, Claro Intelecto on Delsin, classic Ryuichi Sakamoto and a new EP from Datassette on Future Massive.
Album of the Week
Battles – Juice B Crypts
Battles return for their first LP since 2015 with their new album 'Juice B Crypts' and this record is as vibrant as anything they’ve ever done.
The band have said goodbye to longtime bassist/guitarist Dave Konopka and it helps that the remaining members (Ian Williams and John Stanier) are imperious musicians who can seemingly get their instruments to do pretty much whatever they want. Some of the playing here is simply breathtaking, the sort of thing that many bands would not even attempt to replicate (let alone pull off). Intricate, energetic cuts like ‘Juice B Crypts’ and ‘Ambulance’ have as much in common with the maximalist hip-hop of Flying Lotus and Iglooghost as they do with, say, Don Caballero.
Single / EP of the Week
AQXDM feat. Aquarian & Deapmash – Infrared
Separately Aquarian and Deapmash are two of the more exciting up-and-comers in the European techno scene at the moment, so it won’t be a surprise to find out that they make pretty great stuff as a duo as well. Infrared, the pair’s Houndstooth debut, finds them wreaking havoc in AQXDM mode. The title-track kicks off the EP, opening up from a cautious techno number into a Randomer-style rager. The punishing ‘Tunnel Vision’ does something similar before AQXDM take a left-turn into old-skool breakbeat-techno with ‘Leisure Techno’. The breaks are increased to jungle tempo for closer ‘The Good Old Days Are Tomorrow’. ‘Requiem’ appears as a bonus cut on the digital versions of Infrared.
Championed by the likes of Aphex Twin, Skee Mask, Call Super and Zenker Brothers.
WXAXRXP Box Set
WXAXRXP Sessions series features ten specially selected sessions recorded for radio from across the history of the label, from Peel sessions in the very early days, right up to June's WXAXRXP x NTS weekend. Available as a deluxe box set or as individual 12”s, these releases present each session in the highest quality adorned in beautiful packaging designed by Michael Oswell with photography by Synchrodogs.