Butu Yard triumphs Good Ova Evil7 days ago
We’ve been clocking the excellent music on XCPT out of Matera, Southern Italy, for a little while now – check the Sativa Club 12″ from last year if you haven’t already – but this new one deserves an extra shout out. There’s not much out there about who or what Butu Yard is (“Jonic coast soundboys collective” anyone?) but the strength of this new single can’t be messed with. Heavyweight dreadstep vibes on the A with a mighty MC spot (alas, without a specific name credit), while the flip offers up a drumfunk depth charge from the aforementioned Sativa Club. Both sides absolutely killer, don’t sleep on this one.
DRILLIAN TAPE13 days ago
Manonmars and Bogues face off with Ishan Sound and Neek10-12-2021
This is one to snap your head off, straight from the Young Echo firmament. Ishan Sound and Neek join forces to lay down some next level riddims carrying some of Manonmars and Bogues most incisive flows to date. If the names are new to you, track back to get acquainted. If you’re aware already, then this crossing of swords should be very exciting indeed. Pure firepower slated to drop early 2022.
ASTRYD meet Machine Woman, Delay Grounds and more uptown03-12-2021
Claire Sawers’ interview with ASTRYD from earlier in the year highlighted their work in experimental techno as promoters of queer-centric parties, live performers and DJs. Following up on their debut EP Blind Summit, the Bristol-based duo have invited four producers to deliver new abstractions of their original tracks for the Blind Summit Reworked EP. Amongst the excellent results from their findings, which lean heavily into modernist techno territory, is this snappy, industrial-tinged version of ‘Allocated Leisure Time’ by Memory Play. Be sure to check the other sure shots from Machine Woman, Delay Grounds and El Hardwick too though.
Catch up on Skam broadcasts28-10-2021
There’s something magical about a label like Skam, who by rights could have dined out on their prescient role in the development of UK electronica but instead stubbornly maintained a stealthy presence which rewards the dedicated followers and shuns hype. The latest in their deep cover endeavours is AMKS, a self-hosted, live-streaming broadcast session which pops up intermittently, with the next show scheduled for this Sunday, October 31, 2021.
You might never be sure exactly who’s on the buttons, although some names are given. It’s no surprise to see a Skam fixture like Gescom popping up, but rumour ‘pon net is there are plenty of other ‘names’ tucked away in the mysterious shows, which have been airing since lockdown began last year. It would figure, given Skam’s heritage, but equally they’re always bringing fresh names into the mix too. Whatever the case, you know the quality of the sonics will be utmost at all times.
You can look over the details of previous transmissions via the label’s Instagram, or if you want to dive into the quintessentially crunchy ‘lectronix the label still proudly carries, a useful YouTuber named Leisure Complex has unofficially archived many of them for your listening pleasure.
Out to Nate from Organic Analogue for the tip-off.
REAL JOURNALISM from Shadow Wolf22-10-2021
You know we don’t care about timing too much here at IO. So why not shout out the beautiful December 2020 edition of Legowelt’s Shadow Wolf cyberzine? It’s still a thing of beauty… Loads of shade thrown at ‘the scene’ with deadpan sass, some cool music tech how-tos, reams of beautiful ASCII art, Ron Morelli interviewing Huren, a free compilation featuring the likes of Chupacabras, and loads more besides. Basically a tour around Danny Wolfers’ brain, which is always thoroughly pleasant and a bit strange. Check it out here.
In the interests of being at least slightly contemporaneous, here’s a call for contributions to the next issue, which is in production RIGHT NOW:
“I am slowly putting toghether [sic] a new Issue of the SHADOW WOLF CYBERZINE! If you have any letters, hatemail, studiotips, poems, ramblings, ideas or stuff you think would be cool for the zine please send it to: shadowwolfeditor // AT // gmail.com
Stefan Ringer // MetaMusic EP (FWM Entertainment)19-10-2021
Stefan Ringer has to be one of the best operators in the Atlanta house music game, capturing some stunning, bumping grooves on his own FWM Entertainment label, moonlighting on Kai Alce’s NDATL, and collaborating with Ash Lauryn amongst others. But here’s something a little different – a snappy, broken beat / electro flavoured number on his latest, all-killer EP.
Ko-Ta // Shiza EP (Bitta)19-10-2021
Check out the rapid-fire, cycl-o-delic webs being spun by Ko-Ta, Don’t DJ and DJ Nobu on this crucial new drop on Nobu’s own Bitta label.
Point n’ click over to the Jahtari Bandcamp page to cop a FREE (or rather, pay what you want) download of some cheeky dubs of the Secret Of Monkey Island soundtracks. For those unfamiliar – Jahtari is the label helmed by German 8-bit dub maverick disrupt. He’s moved on as an artist now, but he made his name building up a community of chiptune soundfolk pursuing a niche but perfectly realised vibe. From the label themselves:
“Nerdcore Dub versions from ‘The Secret of Monkey Island I & II’ adventure game soundtracks (1990/91), the forgotten Voodoo-Reggae classics from the floppy disc age. The original game soundtracks by Michael Z. Land, in all their uncanny 16bit-Soundblaster FM-synth glory, were a massive influence for Jahtari (weird computer game reggae!) – but could those soothing and somewhat wimpy tracks be translated into a heavyweight dub context, something that might work on a sound system?”
Pa Salieu, Ray Keith, and Joy O x EVISU21-09-2021
Pedalboard: Spotify’s Audio Effects Library for Python09-09-2021
Pedalboard is a Python audio effects library designed to bridge the gap between professional audio software and Python code. It’s built on top of JUCE, the industry-standard framework for performant and reliable audio applications. Just like a professional DAW, Pedalboard supports a number of built-in audio effects, as well as third-party VST3® and Audio Unit plugins. And just like a DAW, Pedalboard prioritizes speed and quality: in basic tests on common developer hardware, it’s up to 300 times faster than the currently widely used packages for Python audio effects.
If you’re interested in trying out Pedalboard, it’s ready now. You can find its code and documentation on GitHub, where Spotify welcome contributions to the code. Installing Pedalboard on your computer is as simple as running one command: pip install pedalboard.
Future Bubblers is a brand new expansion of the Gilles Peterson and Brownswood Music ethos. It’s a talent discovery and development idea that they’ve put together in collaboration with Arts Council England, with a real focus on making in-roads into new areas, geographically and musically across England
No limits on style, genre or label – Future Bubblers is seeking out the freshest and most innovative music makers across of England and providing support, mentorship & advice
Check the site here
JUNGLIST w/ Eddie Otchere & Andrew Green16-08-2021
Two Fingas and James. T Kirk (Andrew Green and Eddie Otchere), authors of the seminal ‘JUNGLIST’ book play back some of the tunes that inspired them
Dialled In – celebrating the best of London’s South Asian creative community with a brand new festival
Daytimers, No ID and Chalo are presenting a new festival programme called: Dialled In, which includes a day and night party taking place on Saturday, 11 September in Uplands Business Park, Blackhorse Road, E17.
The three organisations are collaborating on Dialled In to celebrate the growth of the new South Asian underground creative community. Featuring the work of ethnically South Asian artists, Dialled In aims to include a broad range of creatives, with the focal point of the programme being a 1000-person day and night celebration.
Website // RA Event
M.I.C & NAMMY WAMS // YOU CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING10-07-2021
THIS IS HOW GRIME IS SUPPOSED TO BE SOUNDING NOW, IT IS 2021.
Lack // Make It Circular (Livity Sound)18-06-2021
Following on from the success of 2020’s ‘Inside’ EP and previous releases on Cong Burn and Blank Mind, Manchester’s Lack returns to Livity Sound with a brand new EP of hybridised and dubbed-out techno cuts.
“I wanted to try and create a sense of space or calm within the tracks, even if only subtle,” Lack said of the release. “I suppose it was a reflection on the crazy state of the world and needing to find space within myself to stay grounded and get through it.”
From the deep bass and irresistible skank of ‘Grapefruit’ to the rapid yet ice-cool propulsion of ‘Microshift’ and the spacious yet energised rhythms of ‘Make It Circular’ and ‘Constant’, this new record further explores Lack’s fractured techno aesthetic, skilfully joining the dots between broken dub techno and vintage dubstep.
Out July 9 – cop it via the Livity Sound Bandcamp.
Take a trip back 20 years27-05-2021
There’s plenty of documenting of the late 80s-early 90s rave scene going on, but not many people have been shining a light on the less mythologised culture of partying at the turn of the millennium. Super clubs were still a thing, and Britain’s youth were still happily free from the death grip of digital communication while out on the sesh. Matthew Smith – a true underground veteran from the free party and traveller culture onwards – was busy in the clubs in the early 00s, and now he’s made a book showcasing some of his fantastic photography from that overlooked era.
In Smith’s own words, “We now live in times when digitally mediated behaviour seems to have taken over direct human behaviour. The reason for publishing this unique collection of images now is to remind people of a time when the joyous, unfettered energy of rave was everywhere, of a time when people were actually present in the moment, independent and free.”
Full On. Non-Stop. All Over is available to pre-order now.
Pulsar w/ Headhunter (2 hour interview)20-05-2021
@addisongroove sat down with @joe pulsar and talked all things Headhunter.
Early Bristol dubstep, Tempa, Radio 1 with Mary Anne Hobbs, becoming Addison Groove, 808s, winging live PAs on Boilerroom and Fabric + touring.
Humint // It’s Bunk!04-05-2021
The incoherent output of one being trying to make sense of the scrabbled world. Is there any intention to this outpouring or just more noise adding to the deafening hum? Humint act as the sonic mouthpiece for this unstoppable urge to splurge.
The message must be heard, whatever that may be…
Must see: Sisters With Transistors23-04-2021
Streamable from today – a documentary celebrating pioneering women in electronic music. Narrated by Laurie Anderson and featuring Clara Rockmore, Daphne Oram, Bebe Barron, Pauline Oliveros, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Eliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani, and Laurie Spiegel, you know this is going to be an education for anyone ensared by the art of production and the philosophy of experimentation.
Stream Sisters With Transistors at Modern Films.
Photo: Maryanna Amacher by Peggy Weil.
The Endless Acid Banger20-04-2021
Algorithmic self-composing acid
SCHEMATA : VORTEX30-03-2021
With the clubbing scene dead for over a year, reimagining the creative potential for our deserted nightlife spaces seems fitting right now. Corsica Studios, originally a hub of underground music and nightlife, has had time to withdraw and reflect, conceiving a new platform to support, entertain and enrich through art.
So Schemata is born. It’s a plan. A blueprint. A vow to remember the void. The time we had nothing. The time we created something from that nothing.
Vortex, Schemata’s first show, reveals the desolate venue.
We experience the dislocated and uninhabited space of the club, with its ghostly ambience that is both familiar, yet distorted and unsettling.
Curating works from artists specialising in abstract world views and alternate realities, Vortex aims to coalesce the realms of digital art, film, performance and sound to create a memorial to nightlife and inspire optimism to move beyond.
Demdike Stare // Drum Machines (DDS)19-03-2021
The latest offering from Demdike Stare, featuring an assortment of pieces with a modded Roland TR-606 at it’s core.
The cassette contains an hours worth of new material featuring the usual fuzzy drum loops, distorted synth lines, and chopped up samples, in a classic DDS style that pairs nicely with a big rig in a dim warehouse.
Find it at Boomkat
Flore and Laksa get busy with Azu Tiwaline12-03-2021
In a confluence of rhythm sorcery you fully expect to be magnificent, this meeting of minds on I.O.T Records revisits Azu Tiwaline’s stunning 2020 EP Draw Me A Silence Part 1 with smokin’ hot remixes from Flore and Laksa. Smoky, heavy-cast atmospheres and undulating drum patterns abound, plus that system-ready pulse where it counts.
Agonis’ deep-tripping tech speeds up12-03-2021
Up to this point Swiss producer Agonis has generally been known for rolling out impeccable techno of a deeper persuasion, both in his own productions and co-running the excellent amenthia label. But his new album Neutropia takes that sound palette of moody pads and dub-licked spatial awareness and straps it to some faster tempos and broken rhythms. It’s another sign that faster tempos are providing plenty of inspiration for artists outside the predominant bassweight mindset, and we’re here for it.
Agonis live photo taken at Contact Tokyo, 2018, by Kazuhiko Kimishita.
Sentinel 793 bringing it 2008 style12-03-2021
Every drop on Seagrave is a must-check, and there’s usually a generous dose of future-shock rubbed into the breaks and bass drops from their rag-tag posse of sound hackers. But Sentinel 793 is bringing a hefty dose of reminiscence to these ears with the sunny flex of ‘Brukwerk’. It sounds like the kind of jam that would have heralded the early days of Martyn’s 3024 label, or gone down just fine in one of the mind-melting Hessle Audio DJ sets circa 2008. That’s all a very good thing…
The 5″ lathe cut vinyl has already sold out, but apparently numbers were scarce, so cop the digital here.
Google’s latest audio experiment lets anyone get their hands on a bunch of classic synths digitized from the collection at the Swiss Museum for Electronic Music Instruments
The project lets a user create loops, patterns, and tweak parameters of the classic machines either in a virtual world, or even on your own desk
(Virtual) Hardware includes: Akai S900, Roland CR-78, Moog Memorymoog, Arp Odyssey, Fairlight CMI
CCTV has reached the red planet03-03-2021
Peserverance is beaming images 224.34 million km back to our Earth allowing anyone to keep an eye out for Martians
Check it out at NASA
Heavyweight Swiss dubbings from NEW.COM24-02-2021
Out to the fine folk at RwdFwd, always pinging things on the radar that might otherwise go undetected. This is heavy meditation business for anyone who carries a torch for the likes of Skull Disco, or gets their switch flicked by the more recent Pretty Sneaky drops.
Anodyne // Decayed16-02-2021
Following up on his 2020 release ‘Decay’, Anodyne returns to Acroplane Recordings with ‘Decayed’ an EP taking 2 tracks from ‘Decay’ plus an excellent array of remixes
‘We Are All We Have’ and ‘Lockdown 3.2X’ are lifted from ‘Decay’ and given the vinyl treatment, alongside remixes from Autechre and Somatic Responses (also Acroplane regulars)
Autechre strip the drums from ‘We Are All We Have’ and create a dark evolving ambient piece from the remaining stems, whereas Somatic Responses take the already explosive ‘Lockdown 3.2X’ and add some additional breaks and bleeps
We Are All We Have
We Are All We Have (Autechre Remix)
Lockdown 3.2X (Somatic Responses Fractured Remix)
We Are Not Okay (Primary Node Remix)
Illusion of Gods (Lackluster Remix)
Follow Through Hell (S>>D Remix)
it’s time for the percolator11-02-2021
Visit this site, keep the tab open, and every time someone posts the immortal words as preached by the one and only Curtis Jones onto the internet, you get a caffeine-rich dose of jackin’ Chicago business pumped straight into your ear drums.
Yes, we are publishing this blog post to test the theory.
Out to Mosca for the tip!
Galcid’s day-to-day machine madness10-02-2021
Lena Saito’s work as Galcid deserves far more recognition. The Japanese artist has a razor-sharp approach to head-spinning electronica with a fierce hardware bite. Ahead of her incredible new album Hope and Fear dropping on Detroit Underground, here’s one of her brief vignettes that shows her juggling an obsession with sequencing and sonics with her life as a mother. Respect to Lena, on all fronts!
ZULI, melteth our minds03-02-2021
Aybee points the way01-02-2021
We’ve been wondering where the mighty Armon Bazile has been at for a little while now, and just like that, he drops a new EP on deepblak. An initial listen suggests this is packed full of the cosmically-charged rhythms and tones he’s forged his name on, taking the inquisitive spirit of spiritual jazz, Detroit techno and West London broken beat to the next step.
Photo credit: Marie Staggat
Hauff Shaped Wax29-01-2021
We’re all for extravagant novelty when it’s matched with kick-ass music… who knew a die-cut dystopian picture disc of Helena Hauff facing off with a gruesome alien (presumably one of The Exaltics) was what we needed in the grim year of our lord 2021? This collab follows previous Exaltics link-ups with Egyptian Lover and Gerald Donald no less. Head to the Bandcamp to drop a pre-order, and listen to the previews below.
JTC slipped out the Red Series27-01-2021
We love all the music Tadd Mullinix touches, but we missed this. Over the latter half of 2020 he slipped out some one-shot tracks on his Bandcamp under his JTC moniker. These are now known as the Red Series. The framing of these pieces, undoubtedly helped by the sick artwork, somehow adds weight to what can feel like the disposability of a digi-only release. A classy touch like we’d expect from this cat.
Refuge Worldwide Radio Launches In Berlin19-01-2021
A new community radio station for Berlin, bringing a wide range of discussion and music to the airwaves. Head to the Refuge website for more info and keep your eyes peeled for an International Orange show coming soon.
Mutant future funk dropping on Bosconi19-01-2021
Watch out for the new release from Tuscan mainstays Minimono on Bosconi. They’ve always been somewhat chameleonic, but this is a real switch-up into broken-beat, electro, body-popping territory that should sit right with fans of SFV Acid and the like.
The Illest Villains Parts 1 & 217-01-2021
Etch delivers “The Illest Villains” inspired by DOOM and other greats releasing tracks under alter egos
Part 1 is straight up DOOM and his alter egos, collabs, and group projects; while part 2 explores Madlib / Lord Quas, Kool Keith / Dr Octagon / Dr. Dooom, and Fly Lo / Captain Murphy
Artwork by Josh Geoghegan // studiojgd.com // @joshgeoghegan
Banging new 12″from DJ Girl16-01-2021
This EP absolutely slaps. Brought to you by Detroit up and comer DJ Girl, aka Terri Shaska, on D.Tiffany’s excellent label Planet Euphorique. This is Midwestern rave tackle of the highest order – gnarly, acidic, full of grit and personality.
Paradox // Octa4 / Proceed (SNEAKER SOCIAL CLUB)15-01-2021
Forthcoming heaters from Paradox on Sneaker Social Club
Get it on bandcamp
WNCL make it rain15-01-2021
Shirking modesty in favour of absolutely massive moves, the ever-excellent WNCL Recordings (helmed by rave-devoted breaks duster and house hustler West Norwood Cassette Library) are gifting us three hefty slabs this first shaky month of 2021. Jungle legend Justice delivers no less than 10 two-minute slices to the Library Toolkit series, Mani Festo serves up some darkside, future-minded breakbeat science and West Norwood himself digs back in the archives for a valuable relic from 1993, the blistering ‘Out Of My Head’ (backed up with hench remixes from Denham Audio, Mani Festo and Skin Teeth). Head to the WNCL Soundcloud for the previews!
Hot new boogie from System Olympia11-01-2021
Chesca of Royalty on the buttons, and featuring a turn from her late husband, the much-missed Elliot Yorke.
Dubstep Warz at 1506-01-2021
Mary Anne Hobbs reminiscing on the anniversary of one of the greatest radio shows to ever hit the airwaves
36 Hours With DJ Hatcha17-12-2020
Pioneering dubstep and UKG DJ Hatcha is taking a (long) break from the festive celebrations to present a 36-hour live stream, in support of the mental health charity, Mind.
The non-stop stream runs from midday UK time on Saturday 26th December, until midnight the following day.
The first 24 hours will be Hatcha throwing down alone, drawing from his unmatched arsenal of golden era dubstep acetates. For the last 12 hours, he will be joined by some friends, and equally influential artists, like Benny Ill, Coki, Loefah, Oneman, Skream and Youngsta.
A day-and-a-half of dub plate pressure for 6 quid. Yes please. Tickets here.
If you build it…16-12-2020
Someone misses legendary Morley techno mecca The Orbit so much, they’ve built it in Minecraft. For a taste of what The Orbit was like in full flight during its 90s heyday, check this. Tip-off courtesy of Martin Guttridge-Hewitt.
Sly & Robbie are the definition of staying power15-12-2020
Listen to the fearsome heat of the ‘Haul & Pull Up’ riddim, taken from the recently dropped album Red Hills Road on the legendary Taxi label. Arguably the greatest rhythm section in Jamaican music history, still slaying it after all these decades.
Live your record distro dreams with Omar-S15-12-2020
Work for FXHE packing records in glorious 8-bit, as part of the Omar-S: Conant Gardens Party Store exhibition hosted by Red Bull Arts Detroit. Watch out for the soundtrack dropping on December 18 too. Story via the Detroit Metro Times.
A Very Chilly Christmas11-12-2020
Virtuoso pianist Chilly Gonzales is in the festive spirit. He will perform a live-only concert on December 23, featuring Jarvis Cocker, Feist and many more, and has recorded an EP with Toddla T (yes, that Toddla T). A Very Chilly Christmas Mixtape: The Coldest Crimbo is out now. It contains Gonzo’s own vocals, and guest features from Nadia Rose, Serocee, Coco and Deli OneFourz.
RSD // Old Fish / Shell Fish (Foundation Audio)10-12-2020
RSD releases a couple of new flips of Kingfisher on Foundation Audio
First Utah, now Romania…01-12-2020
We just need one more of these to triangulate and ascertain the pattern…
Autechre in the 90s27-11-2020
Out to Ambient Music Guide for the spot.
Love Muscle’s Lickdown Lovestream26-11-2020
DPS Aero Bureau Encounters Monolith in Red Rock Country25-11-2020
DARKSTAR ANNOUNCE ‘HAUNTED HOUSE’ IN COLLABORATION WITH SPITFIRE AUDIO24-11-2020
— 44 presets
— SYNTHS: analogue-sounding layered synth textures, from sub basses and gritty, unsettling pads through to beautiful organ-like analogue-sounding synths.
— VO1CES: icy, processed vocal samples, performed by Aiden Whalley (Darkstar)
— FOUND SOUND: gnarly textural London sounds
— RVVM: deep, lo-fi drums and percussion loops
— W4PRD: otherworldly synth sounds, made by Spitfire developers from the source material
— Attack, Release, Reverb, Delay, Stretch & Flanger controls
— Stretch function controls the speed of the sample playback
— Dynamics slider taking you from a clean signal to a 100% processed, haunted signal, unique to each preset
— Nine custom-made reverbs
— Available in Spitfire Audio’s award-winning, dedicated plug-in
— For composers: film, TV & games scoring, especially sci-fi and thrillers — tension beds, atmosphere, warmth, texture, and ambience, and also works well combined with orchestral elements
— For producers: suited to a range of genres in the electronic sphere, from house to ambient, grime, 2-step and beyond
Razor – LEMSIP22-11-2020
Need For Mirrors – Flames20-11-2020
Listen to DJ Persuasion’s History of Hardcore19-11-2020
Across 10 authoritative mixes, the mysterious DJ Persuasion lays out the evolution of hardcore from late ’80s acid through to mid ’90s tech step. Get yourself schooled.
Film tip: Near Dark19-11-2020
Aliens does vampires with a gothic western twist, a Tangerine Dream OST and some late ’80s kitsch for good measure.
Rezzett X PALACE MOSCHINO19-11-2020
PALACE MOSCHINO from PALACE on Vimeo.
Mez – Concerned19-11-2020
Nottingham Don Mez’s video for ‘Concerned’ from his album Tyrone 3.
Trilogy CD box set looks clean!
The Dad Joke Bible: Plastician Selects The Best Bad Puns18-11-2020
Only available on Amazon