From the opening lullaby of “A Perfect Miracle” through to the Morse Code fadeout at the close of “Sail on Through,” Spiritualized wrap layer upon layer of gloriously transcendent sound together to create a mesmerizing and cinematic collection of songs. There are points where the waves of blissful noise are almost overwhelming – the thunderous climax of “On the Sunshine”; the spectral waltz of “The Prize”; the towering guitar solo on “I’m Your Man” – where one can imagine the studio’s speakers vibrating themselves off of the walls. Which is an incredible feat when you discover that the album was conceived and recorded almost entirely by one man – Jason Pierce, AKA J.Spaceman – in an upstairs room in his east London home. Sat in an edit suite in Whitechapel a month or so after finishing recording, Jason talks honestly about the painstaking, frustrating process of creating And Nothing Hurt.
Even if he’s not Mood Hut’s most recognizable name, Ian Wyatt has always been an integral part of the crew. He’s a cofounder who was instrumental in developing Vancouver’s chilled, dubbed-out house sound with his records and mixes. After two years of inactivity, Wyatt returns with his long-awaited Local Artist debut on Mood Hut, following an ambient EP as Slow Riffs in 2015. The two tracks on MH020 sound like they could’ve come from that same year, a bumper crop of laidback, groovy house with basslines for days. “Dancer” holds disco and dub in perfect suspension. It rides a walking bassline—think Jack J’s landmark “Looking Forward To You“—under a repeating chord and the occasional wispy synth line slathered in delay. Like the best Mood Hut tracks, it’s dazed and driving, the kind of thing you dance to on hot afternoons. “Dreamer” is made from the same stuff, but it’s a little more rollicking thanks to dubbed-out drum fills, jabbing chords and funky vocal gasps. Both tracks sound like something that could have wafted out of the top-floor windows of the Mood Hut studio on Pender & Main any time in the last few years. This comforting and dreamy sound probably wouldn’t exist without Ian Wyatt.
Ahrpe Records Co-founder Amandra Navigates A Unique Space Between Droning Ambience And Polyrhythmic Funk On Dame De Bahia. His First Release To Emerge On Italian Imprint Obscura. This Is The French. Warsaw-based Producers Second Album And Followsa String Of Acclaimed Eps On Ahrpe. Semantica. Tikita And Silent Season.
Geography 008 presents Jayda G on a tripp! One original. one vocal version. one DJ Dog Remix! Strictly for everyone. With previous outings on Butter Sessions and her own (and DJ Fett Burger’s) label Freakout Cult. Jayda G now turns to the somewhat highly acclaimed but in no way award winning label Geography for some Canadian-Swedish bilateral abracadabra. Swirl Shake Mix features three hit tracks for every occasion. starting out with two different versions of the stripped back track Shake It All Down. and ending with the funk affair Feel It. featuring the mysterious but fast food loving DJ Dog on remix duties.
Arts Gallery was born from the collaboration of two very talented minds. Asmar & Gëinst 2×12” package is unique. each of the two artist present themself in their own space. this space is also shared in another bigger territory. Arts Gallery. Alchemy is a kind of philosophy: a kind of thinking that leads to a way of understanding. This Duchamp quote describe really well this record.
You have to be step-on-glass cautious in throwing the word “progressive” around in dance circles, but Extrawelt have a tendency to craft within the brainier elements of the term while slimming its bloat. With a background in trance as Midi Miliz and also Spirallianz, Extrawelt’s Arne Schauffhausen and Wayan Raabe are certainly not strangers to thick, blitzkrieg techno music. While Extrawelt’s past singles for labels like Border Community and Traum have seen the duo use the Extrawelt name for more refined tech-house creations, the duo’s never completely shed the dark-corridor depths of their past. A welcome balance of those strains, Extrawelt’s debut album, Schöne Neue Extrawelt, ain’t Sunday Breakfast fare, flirting with the psychedelic ends of the spectrum without ever resorting to the lobotomizing or cheap libido typically associated with “trance” techno.
Evergreen innovators Giegling tickle the triple-G machine once more with this delicious double A from Konstantin. “Shadow” is a timeless ballad to the stars with a brisk breakbeat, delicate vocals and emotional tautness that whisks you back with a strong sense of northern exposure. Its beauty is cleverly balanced with a much wilier, slice of jazz theory as a sax lick rises, twists and eventually melts over a steady broken rhythm.
Fluxion & Deepchord present: Transformations. will appear on Fluxion s Vibrant Music label. Accumulate is the first ep in a series of releases from the projects duo. Electronic techno music that shift shapes and maneuvers in uncharted sonic territories. by two known figures in the electronic music scene.
“Ive never met Rod Modell (Deepchord) in person. but we have met through music. He found an obscure cassette of Chi music (from 86). sent it to Astral Industries and paved the way for the release (30 years later) of The Original Recordings in 2016. Since then. weve exchanged ideas and good music. I sent Rod a preview of The Kallikatsou Recordings – he really liked it – and here came the idea for a remix of Lanterns. I started working on some random. lo-fi samples from Youtube. using Audacity. perhaps the simplest way of producing loops and samples. It’s the only computer based system that feels like the tape recorders I used to work with. I sent the first sketches to Rod on Facebook. but they ended up in the wrong inbox. I forgot about them. but months later he came back saying he loved them. I decided to go back to working on them. maintaining the lo-fi approach. I began manipulating the samples: time-stretching. tempo and pitch-shifting. mixing different layers and adding old-school monophonic old speaker effects. delays and loops. I used a few field recordings. voices and samples from my early ambient cassettes. and they matched. Ario from Astral Industries got involved and the experiment turned into a plan a vinyl release — Red Lantern at the Kallkatsou.”
Ltd Repress! S.A.M.’s Debut album on his own Delaphine consisting of 3×12” heavy weight vinyl in the finest gatefold artwork designed by Max Binski. Mutantexture and S.A.M. himself. Scandinavian sound resonating with love.
Few producers in Detroit (or anywhere else in the world) can rival the pure levels of soul that genius Kenny Dixon, Jr. has committed to vinyl. This might make Silence in the Secret Garden somewhat of a surprise or letdown for fans of his earlier works. Most obsessive fans of the KDJ gospel will already have many of these songs on vinyl, either from his own imprints or other labels. The first thing immediately noticeable is the lack of trademark banter that opens a Moodymann record — no insults to anyone from the Detroit suburbs, no answering-machine message from a destitute relative, and no seven-minute searches through the Detroit radio dial. Instead it’s replaced by an intro jam session that leads into a rework of his Innerzone Orchestra remix of the classic “People Make the World Go Round,” originally issued on Planet E. The album tends to drift and meander for a bit until it hits a bit of a stride with a beautiful hi-tech funk track allegedly from a live recording back in 1998. The shuffle-laden and polyrhythmic “Yesterday’s Party” also makes for a bright moment in the Dixon catalog, sounding a bit like “Shades of Jae” had it been reworked by Akufen. The rest of the album drives to a climax with the minimal tech/acid house title track and the brief Detroit electro-techno “On My Way Home” and ends curiously with Pitch Black City’s soulful “Sweet Yesterday,” which could have easily been on any of his earlier full-length projects, and the trademark field recordings of conversation. The album’s not as groundbreaking as Silent Introduction or Mahogany Brown, but to hold anyone to accomplish that feat consistently is a bit unfair. Silence in the Secret Garden may show more versatility in songwriting style, but that doesn’t necessarily result in startling work, and levels of enjoyment will vary from listener to listener, depending on what your reasons are for liking Moodymann in the first place.
“Tokimonsta is not content with standard 4/4 time signatures and versechorus-verse-style track construction — her instrumental compositions are a mind-melting mix of intricately layered samples, exotic percussion, and live instrumentation. Her songs take a strange approach to mellow —both cosmic and off-kilter. The seven tracks on Creature Dreams are all distinct, but still work well together, from the breezy vocals of “Little Pleasures” (with Gavin Turek), to the freaky, panned sound effects of “Stigmatizing Sex,” to the neck-breaking stomp of the closer “Day Job.” Akin to artists like Daedelus and Flying Lotus this is modern-day head music for listeners bored with simple genres.” – Apple Music
In early 2017, CSC Funk Band deliver their most ambitious undertaking yet with “Above The Starrs,” an all-instrumental homage to the seminal East Coast hip-hop duo, Gang Starr, that consisted of MC Guru and the DJ/producer DJ Premier. In the three years since their last full-length “Funkincense,” was selected for SPIN’s “Record Store Day Shopping Guide: 42 Essential Releases,” CSC’s 10 band members have poured hundreds of hours of studio experimentation into this highly anticipated follow-up album, resurrected from the Fat Beats vaults and originally inspired by a live collaboration with rapper Masta Ace at a Guru tribute concert. “Above the Starrs” offers an instant rap-geek curio for anyone who likes hearing bands cross the bounds of sample-based and live hiphop instrumentation.
There are certain things that, when held too close, distort our perspective. Emotions and ego can clutter the mind’s eye. Apatheia, which should not be confused with apathy, involves moving these things to a safe distance. This is not about a loss of feeling or disengaging with the world. The goal is to gain understanding through a disentangling from the chaos that litters the landscape. Unfettered, unburdened, and unobstructed… one can experience freedom of the soul and see the way forward with absolute clarity. We’ve charted a course for you. There are nine sonic signposts to soundtrack your journey. So, immerse yourself in the music and allow it to rinse away the distractions that have been preventing you from experiencing your own apatheia. Soul Khan: “Apatheia reaffirms that DJ Brace’s work belongs in the same tier as DJ Shadow or RJD2, but with a style and trajectory all his own. Every track’s a genre-leaping symphony of surgically chopped breaks, live and electronic instrumentation, and possibly the most musically rich turntablism anyone has achieved on record. You don’t want to be late to such a legendary ascent.”
Cold Busted has navigated the smooth seas to unearth Sailing, the new album from Moroccan guitarist and beat-flinger saib. The Casablanca based producer has steered his sound into warmer waters. Mixing tempered hip-hop beats with jazzy vibes and a lounge sensibility, saib. touches on a style that’s both chill and opulent. The album’s opener, “Archipelago,” sets the scene with gentle piano, swirling strings, and beachside sounds that would make Martin Denny proud. “Tropics” pushes the agenda further, featuring delightful vibraphone lines, standup bass, and boom bap beats, providing the perfect soundtrack for poolside cocktails. The sleepy crooning of “Blue Memories,” the future retro sing-a-long of “Mermaid Dreams,” and the guitar/vibes interplay of “Pastel” provide other highlights. Sailing’s twelve songs show saib. as an artist capable of bringing a sunny climate to any listening environment.
Emapea, the renowned beat-maker from Poland, burst upon the scene with multiple compilation appearances on Cold Busted, an inclusion on Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz 8, and his stunning debut album Seeds, Roots & Fruits. Fans and headz worldwide have been clamoring for a follow-up, but all Emapea wanted to do was just ‘zone out.’ And that’s what happened, with the release of Emapea’s twenty song album Zoning Out, Volume 1. Emapea’s cuts are meant for the listener to get lost in – but they’re not only for chilling, or when deep in thought, but also for getting in that crucial head-nod zone, like when the DJ drops the dopest beat. Expertly crafted and sequenced, the album presents a boom-bap journey that’s dreamy and spacey while remaining tough and jazzy. “Check It Out” exemplifies the mood with its smooth drums, chiming keys, subtle sax riffs, and hip hop shout-outs. The vibe expands on “Motion”, adding an exotic, worldly flavor to the seductively loping rhythm. And “Classy” features a smokey saloon piano melody that cruises smugly out of jeep-beat speakers.
Didaflo has returned after a year hiatus since his release “Doodooloops” with Urban Waves/Radio Juicy. His new LP “Rachel’s Suffering At The Hands Of The Sentinels…” showcases Didaflos’ cut and paste collage style of sampling from soul, jazz, & funk records to tell an aural story about the birth of Rachel’s daughter Isabella Rose. Captivated by the mysterious bearded afroman, she begins to realize her purpose in the world. Bella’s overprotective father tries to do all he can to keep them apart but in the end realizes the future of the world depends on her becoming the third eye monster. Accepting her destiny, Bella is able to save us all from the Sentinels master plan. Didaflo brings back on board the uncanny comic collage artist Sir Froderick to produce the whole project. In return, Froderick invited longtime collaborator and friend Swarvy (Leaving Records/Street Corner Music) to handle mix and mastering. Didaflo adds “Playing this album loud will attract the sentinels.”
Advancing the unfolding legacy of instrumental hip-hop at Stones Throw is Samiyam’s Pizza Party: 24 minutes of off-kilter mobster music mixed with a warm soul sound that is unmistakably L.A. producer and beatmaker Samiyam. Praised by his collaborators Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, The Alchemist, and Flying Lotus, Sam’s independent beat tape ventures and instrumental albums are revered by rappers, respected by producers. Pizza Party is free of samples from the characteristically dusty vinyl grooves and warped tapes of past recordings. Instead, we have originallyplayed synthesizer and FX in unison with the off-the-grid drum patterns and aesthetic sonic swagger that Samiyam owns. The last track, “What Can I Do,” features co-production with Jonwayne.
Taking influences from the Norwegian traditional school of black metal, adding bits from Austrasian folklore and overwhelming its concept with the right amount of atmosphere, LOTH is now giving birth to its second album called Apocryphe. With three original songs and a Guillaume De Machaut cover, the band goes straight for the throat and deliver its most aggressive recording yet. Featuring FLORE and the AUSTRASIAN GOAT on the cut “Douce Dame Jolie.”