5 April 2013
God damn. Can Blackest Ever Black do any wrong? Complementing their existing roster of dark ambient, minimal and industrial artists, their latest release comes from Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, who's black magic rituals for Hospital Productions so far have been utterly superlative. Stretching synth tones and industrial malfunctions out until they attain monolithic proportions, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement craft a form of ambience that drowns modern electronics in a brutalist swamp of afro-dread. Whilst previous releases have drawn comparisons to Raime, with their skeletal beats and noticeable dub-influence, Black Magic Cannot Cross Running Water is a mostly beatless affair more indebted to Carpenter, Lustmord and Frank Bretschneider - the second track Refugees From Black Magic opens with a strangely ominous patter of rainfall that develops a loping half-rhythm before being subsumed under a wash of crepuscular synth noise. Top quality music.
3 April 2013
29 March 2013
Miles Whittaker, who's had his fingers in acts as diverse as Pendle Coven, MLZ, Millie and Demdike Stare basically gives us massive nerd-boners with every new release, and has chosen to follow up Demdike Stare's obnoxiously heavy Test Pressing with a full-length album under his own name. Boiling down everything from contemporary electronica and techno, to retro Chicago and old-school jungle, it's a seething mass of intricately engineered sounds, smothered in distressing levels of noise - opener Lebensform takes the fairly ubiquitous filter-house / dub techno sound and pushes it to a terrifying level of extremity, dissolving into a wall of white noise and oscillation. It just gets weirder from then on, and definitely takes a good few listens to get into.
In anticipation of Denovali Record's Swingfest, they've put together a 21 track free sampler of something from all corners - Fennez, Andy Stott and Thoms Koner are all favourites, but there's a broad range of artists on the sampler that you've likely never heard much of. From sludge rock and classical piano to techno and industrial, it's a fine mixtape.
28 March 2013
Today's recommended listening comes from Flying Saucepan Records, an Ayrshire-based archive label run by an old friend of Shallowrave. Designed to clear hard-drives, catalogue archives and provide an outlet for many projects that never saw the light of day, Flying Saucepan's first release proudly display their mid-90s heritage, channelling acid, rave and the Sheffield warehouse scene. Also rocking out the speakers is the first Panpod, a mix of influential and related projects that joins the dots between electro, industrial, rave and techno, and is really rather kinky.
27 March 2013
We've written more than enough about the genius of Monokrak in the past, so you ought to know what to expect - minimal, deep, twisted techno. This month's podcast was composed by the excellent Floating Mind and is very deserving of your time.
18 March 2013
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- THP Orchestra – 2 Hot 4 Love – Butterfly Records
- Marc Houle – On It – M_nus
- Walton – 808 Vybzin – Hyperdub
- Bernard Badie – Overjoyed – Mojuba
- Sweet Exorcist – Test One – Warp
- Karl Krak – Tin Tin – Unknown
- Sweet Exorcist – Mad Jack (Jimi Tenor Remix) – Warp
- Wes Montgomery – Tequila – Verve
- The Slits – Newtown – Island Records
- Psyche – Crackdown – Transmat
- King Midas Sound – I Dub – Hyperdub
- Todd Terje – Swingstar (pt 1) – Smalltown Supersound
- Christian Vogel – Today’s Standard Form – Shitkatapult
- Sixties Guns – Lightz – Unknown
- Bering Strait – Surface – Apollo
- Indigo – Sunrise – Apollo
- The Black Dog – Bleep #2 – Dust Science
- Nothern Structures – Session 4 – Sonic Groove
- Andy Stott – Ceramics – Modern Love
- Echologist ft Spaceape – Mercy Beat (Cosmic dub) – Resopal Red
- Alan Backdrop – Ramas – Motoguzzi
- Oliver Deutschmann – Sadness Descends (Hiver Remix) – Vidab
- Black Dog – Bleep #5 – Dust Science
- Space Dimension Controller – Welcome to Microsector 50 – R&S
- Space Dimension Controller – Music for Spaceports - R&S
- Karl Sanders – Luring The Doom Serpent – Relapse