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 Transistors
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 // Decayed
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 percolator
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 madness
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 minds
We’ve always known Ahmed El-Ghazoly is an absolute genius, but this new drop coming soon on UIQ really takes the cake. Just… wow.
Aybee points the way
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 Wax
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.
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 Berlin
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 Bosconi
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 & 2
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
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.
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!
Chesca of Royalty on the buttons, and featuring a turn from her late husband, the much-missed Elliot Yorke.
Dubstep Warz at 15
Mary Anne Hobbs reminiscing on the anniversary of one of the greatest radio shows to ever hit the airwaves
36 Hours With DJ Hatcha
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…
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 power
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.
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)
RSD releases a couple of new flips of Kingfisher on Foundation Audio
DPS Aero Bureau Encounters Monolith in Red Rock Country
DARKSTAR ANNOUNCE ‘HAUNTED HOUSE’ IN COLLABORATION WITH SPITFIRE AUDIO
— 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 – LEMSIP
Need For Mirrors – Flames
Listen to DJ Persuasion’s History of Hardcore
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.