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Mahssa's Massive CD Round Up - Theo Parrish, Walls, Plaid, Lawrence, DJ Shadow & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 7, 2011 05:05pm | Post a Comment
Theo Parrish
Theo Parrish
Ugly Edits
Ugly Edits 



Hello world, they're here. Unavailable for like, ever, now in one package complete with a hand-painted cover. Theo Parrish is one of Detroit’s most wanted exports especially in the past few years, but not too long ago, like many future techno-rebels that came before him, he was just another hustling Detroit DJ trying to make waves in the shadow of the city’s rich techno history. His indelible mark on the underground were highly limited, hand-labeled bootleg edit records of some of his favorite classic funk and disco tunes. The series of edits appropriately titled Ugly Edits, became highly desired rarities on the DJ and collector’s circuit. Rarities no more... as everyone should and can now hear his versions of Jil Scott, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, Freddie Hubbard, and Sylvester edits just to name a few somewhere other than YouTube. Cool.
Lawrence
Lawrence
Timeless

Cocoon  


 
Sure the techno mix CD might seem to some as a maligned format. But as long dope jams like these keep coming, well, better this than most. The port city of Hamburg is not only Germany's gateway to the world, but home of DIAL label boss Peter M. Kersten aka Lawrence which he runs with Carsten Jost, quality brand for all value-conscious cultivation of high-quality melancholy Techno. In a fit of celebration and after seven albums under his producer aliases Lawrence and Sten, his vision of sound (especially as a DJ) is manifested in his new mix, TIMELESS. Crafted with a kind of instinct only a seasoned producer/DJ upholds, and in flawless role reversal from spectator to participant, a romanticism of clubbing and its relation to electronic dance music as a crucially timeless sensual component is vivid and alive. Milestones of minimalized deep house are found here, cuts by Chez Damier, Ron Trent, Isolee, Rob Hood, and Thomas Melchior/Baby Ford to name a few.

Stefan Goldmann & Finn Johannsen
Stefan Goldmann & Finn Johannsen
Macrospective
Macro



Welcome to the first Macro label compilation, where first hand you can reap the awesomely weird fascinations of all things left-of-techno-field, as groomed by these avant-gardeners. In this world it is normal for minimal techno patterns and rhythms be paired with atonal choir chanting, or being inspired to stich 146 sections from over a dozen classic recordings of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps in order to create a "fully realized" version. Features cuts and remixes by Oni Ayhun, Elektro Guzzi, Oliver Ho, Villalobos, and Goldmann himself. Impressively at the forefront of everything stylistic, and perpetually cool, Macro has musical material and inspiration to be seriously reckoned with and celestially absorbed.

Plaid
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                                                                                                   Scintilli
Warp
                                                                                                                                                                       
Warp Records is undoubtedly the worlds leading electronic brand of quality, and not so much quantity. And ill gladly wait 1-15 years for a new album by Seefeel, or in this case, Plaid. In this piece of sonic sci-finery, the main thing (out of all the cool things one can say about this album) is hearing how the ideas you hear in modern dubstep have their roots in and with these classic artists... old school Artifical Intelligence and UK post-techno. Its also interesting to hear how the modern dubstep sound has also influenced the old order. Generations melding. Speaking of the old order, there are also some cuts here that still runs hot with IDM in a true to from 90s Warp steez, reminiscent of not just Plaid/Black Dog's early days but also of Squarepusher and Aphex Twin. Generously melodic and even poppy at times, this is a wonderful Plaid album, with chamber instrumentations and Stereolab-isms to boot.

 

Jackmaster
Jackmaster
Fabric 57
Fabric 



Do you need a proper house party soundtrack? Look no further. Jackmaster, who landed a "Best Newcomer" award in 2010 from DJ Mag is here to bring it - again and again. He doesnt get his props for merely pulling out a cache of white labels and exclusives, here, in fact he gets his dose of respect in opting for a classic selection reminding and undoubtedly introducing many heads to important tunes that shouldnt be forgotten. These are massive records, an array of 90s dance classics, underground 80s electrofunk and no shortage of vital and current UK tracks. We cover all sorts of ground on our way to church, with an intuitive pace and knack for drop, in melding killer cuts by Model 500, Addison Groove, Larry Heard, AFX, Underground Resistance, Martyn, The Outlander, and many more.

Dj Shadow
DJ Shadow
The Less You Know The Better
Verve



It might be totally unfair, but it does seem like that Shadow will be forever under the, uhhh, shadown of Entroducing. Forever. Perhaps thats the curse of making a brilliant record. But not to say artists shouldnt be encouraged to evolve, experiment and do different things. Because there will obviously never be another Entroducing. Joined by Talib Kweli, the singer from Little Dragon, Posdnuous from De La Soul and Tom Vek, Shadow lets loose on his 4th album in 15 years -- but instead of an album it feels like an adventurous genre-hopping mix tape, grazing across the pasture with some ol school rap, shredder metal riffage, pastoral soul, and creepy dub sounds. Definitely more energy and signs of hunger that were absent from the Outsider album, check this album out if you're interested in a certain Josh Davis wanting to demonstrate his musical diversity. Not sure if his uptight Ludditeisms are even relevant here (villifying technology in general and not just illegal downloads) and as quality music will never go out of style, its always good to just stick to the music, even if it is in fear of resembling a crotchety Lars Ulrich behind decks instead of drums.

Gui Boratto
Gui Boratto
III
Kompakt



III finds Gui pushing the guises and boundaries of pop sensibility, and expands his range as producer extraordinaire. For this third album he polishes the techno-trance washes with a sleeker formula and a more dark, heady, dare I say EBM/Industrial tilt. Dark, sexy bassisms and cold mechanical drums underpin some of the sombre lonely pop drift on this record. Drugged up grind, and exploitative pop ambiance (hearkening to the Kompakt series) is abound here. Slow and sensually synthy at times, but all the knack of what it takes to build into a head-exploding tension of a big room sound. Pumping rhythms, steamy techno, and hair splitting synth sounds make this a pretty stellar record, diverse influences ranging from John Carpenter to Gatekeeper.

Walls
Walls
Coracle
Kompakt



Wow. Wow. Heart flutteringly-cool stuff, this is. And they wasted no time in following up their widely acclaimed debut. Walls has the golden formula running through their clean techno engines, allowing them to run on pure Teutonic efficiency and borrowed grace from their contemporaries and vintage luminaries. Melding in influences from krautrock, disco, ambient electronica, and modern child-pop advenuturers, these guys have the best autobahn musiche -- like the best of Neu! and Animal Collective riding a fresh wind of majestic cosmic disco and balearic giddyness. Total anthemic bliss, kind of an atmospheric melancholia, but of the best kind, like sipping a cool drink and staring out into the ocean horizon while diving into the recesses of your mind, reflecting on things lost and things gained. Nostalgia-izing, reminiscing, yet propelling onward......


 J Boogie's Dubtronic Science
J Boogie's Dubtronic Science
Undercover
Om

For almost two decades, San Francisco based DJ/producer J Boogie has been genre-blending hip hop, Latin, and afro-jazz to create some impressive projects with an electronica/dub backbone. This album is a a great representation of his various talents and influences - and marks a shift for the producer in utilizing more live instruments as opposed to samples. And this has undoubtedly revitalized his creative process, producing a new record with retro-electro grooves filled with original basslines, horns and percussion. Uptempo and more dancefloor oriented than his previous records... recommended!


Various ArtistsVarious Artists
If This Is House I Want My Money Back
Permanent Vacation

Really. Literally. A cheeky nod to the tip-toe-ing and playfulness on the take of this played (and overplayed) genre featured on this compilation. Though no fear, theres definitely a dollop of hearkening to the classic sophistication with some old school jacking.This isnt out of time and out of place. Its for the modernists and style seekers who want a twist on their classic, a squeeze of new in their old fashioned. Check out the new players at the table -- Soul Clap, Mano Le Tough, Beautiful Swimmers, Jacob Korn and more. Take your permanent vacation somewhere between New York, Chicago, and the European disco dancefloors....

Koushik
Koushik
Presents Bright Moments
Not On Label



It looks like this is back again for a very limited time! This was originally releases as a limited Japanese only double disc mix tape back in 2006. And now its thankfully reaching a wider audience, though pick your copy up soon because who knows how long this thing will be made available. The selections are very, incredibly good, an overwhelmingly diverse cut up and mixed collection of all things funky, reggae, hip hop, melded with some obscuro yet cool psych tunes from twice 'round the globe. To its true mixtape feel, it sounds purposefully murky and authentically analogue-cool, and to compound the lo-fi feel and crackly vinyl aesthete listeners are instructed to "dub this mix to Maxell XLII (CrO2)" Ha!
 
LOL
LOL
Me Me
Nonplus Records

You wouldn't assume it or even think it, but this is an over-the-top bombastic pop album with a dark edge. Big hooks and big ideas, taking where Caspa left off and where Skream took off with his La Roux remix. Bashed up grime to minimal and spacey elastic cinematic flexes. Supposedly at the helm of LOL is a notable (and perhaps notorious) drum n bass producer who wishes to remain anonymous, but Im sure with enough Internet delving that matter could be put to rest. The cover makes it feel like some bedroom lo-fi flash-in-a-pan project, but these are big sounds coming out of bedroom aesthete, for sure, with plenty of VHS-worship, 70s valve mics and toy store drum machines abound. Pretty cool.



Pierre LX
Pierre LX
Out 1
Initial Cuts



They young, the beautiful, the talented. So we muse in envy but revel in the relief that theres still potential for great music to be made, and theres faith in the new generation to truly bring it on. An album released named after a 1971 Jacques Rivette film (smarty pants) we hear the worlds of classic electro, house, dubstep and techno collide, with a sweaty acidic workout, future forward cascading synths, and techno stealth reminiscent of the best Sandwell District. Pierre LX has caught the eyes and ears of places like Fabric and people like Cassy, and transcends borders and locale in doing so. A refreshing album well worth an investigation.

Tom Vek

Tom Vek
Leisure Seizure
Modular



For some, waiting six years to follow up a debut record is suicide.... for others it works out quite okay. If anything, Tom Vek has had an opportunity to shake off associations and pigeon holeings with the Rapture and DFA in light of his clever twitched out angular punk funk of his debut record. Now that he isnt breathed in the same breath as the latest musical trend, of uh, 2005, we can see more clearly his own idiosyncrasies and character. Not to say that We Have Sound was a sub-par effort though! Emphasis on rhythm remains, here, along with an affected bratty tone that is kind of funny in that British kind of way. Sometimes the flatness of his vocals translates into real listener boredom but overall this is a great sophomore release....hopefully we wont have to wait so long for the next one!

Jamie Jones
Jamie Jones
Fabric 59
Fabric



I really get excited with every new Fabric and Fabriclive mix, as each mixtape document is a brilliant reflection of an artists' personality and a great melting pot of diverse cuts for the most part. Jamie Jones' Fabric mix is one that really impresses, as he provides a thoughtful man's mix that also drags a booty onto the dancefloor. Piloting through a deep selection of modern house , disco, and minimalisms we journey through sparse hypnotic grooves, futuristic vocal loops, synth modulations, and a pretty elaborate climactic build up that ramps up the intensity to a nice uninhibited release. A mesmerizing listen that saturates the senses and gets your ass moving. Featuring Crazy P, Oppenheimer Analysis, Cajmere, Soho809, Sebastian Tellier, and Felix Da Housecat to name a few.

Tridact
Tridact
Tridact
Internasjonal Sound



Is there such a thing as a distinctively Pacific coastal experience? Perhaps now if not previously so. Prins Thomas’ revered Internasjonal disco label delivers this sun-tinged debut album of a certain Oregonian producer, Brandon Johnson, which is arguably one of the most ultimate soundtracks to enjoy the final days of summer.... a sound perfect for afternoon poolside relaxing, heavy beach vibes, and top down cruising down the strip, urban or roadtrip style. Super laidback disco bliss, all sunshine and cool breezes with downtempo rhythms, glowing keys and guitars, all floating out of a neat array of analog drum machines and synthesizers. A great balance between organic chill and computer disco beta.

Boom Bip

Boom Bip
Zig Zaj
Lex



A pretty ambitious guest-heavy new album from Cincinatti gone Surfer, Malibu resident Boom Bip. Contributors include members of Empire Of The Sun, Franz Ferdinand, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Neon Neon, Warpaint and Bon Iver. It isnt what you'd expect of Boom Bip, if you're judging solely on the existence of his previous 3 records, as this shakes entirely loose of his hip-hop origins to take in and express some folky chamber-pop, good old indie rock sounds, and expansive and sometimes lush and languid instrumental electronic soundscapes. A very interesting new turn in this producer's evolutionary adventure, and its well worth exploring.

Roll The Dice
Roll The Dice
In Dust
Leaf



The way Vangelis has welded his pulsing synthstrumental soundtrack to Blade Runner's futuristic visions will forever (perhaps) associate that sound to dark skyscrapers, neon overload, perpetual motion, paranoia, identity fragmentation, and any other urban dystopic mental vision one may conjure. Its near impossible not to listen to this album with that in mind, a tragically apt soundtrack to lost searching souls swimming through the existential forest of dread and an almost too real concrete forest of decay. As the title suggests, theres a layer of almost post-apocalyptic dust we blow off our headphones and speakers as we dirge through these grimy, matte industrial surface speaks. If this sound had a color it would definitely be some sort of emulsified cloudy black-brown muck in its sexiest state, but in this airtight Metropols-esq kling-klang there is shared soul (yes, soul!) with the likes of John Carpenter, the aforementioned Vangelis, Steve Reich, modernists Ricardo Donoso, Leyland Kirby and Mordant Music... along with the broad canon of Kraut and Teutonic greats.

Wbeeza
Wbeeza
Void
Third Ear



Some may say Wbeeza is the British answer to Theo Parrish in many ways, and this particular album is probably one of the most anticipated House albums by a UK producer in years. The tracks on here display a serious appreciation and dedication to the wide spectrum of deep house music, and a very Detroit flavor is apparent in the jazzy flourishes, the occasional J Dilla-esque hip hop feel, and heavy beatdown. Producers Norm Talley and Delano Smith come to mind, but Wbeeza is slowly coming into his own, and hopefully more LPs will come into the future as we look forward to the progressions and evolutions oh his sound.


Justus Kohncke

Justus Kohncke
Spiralen Der Erinnerung
Nang



Justus created a personal and private collection of cover songs that have little regard for musical convention, far long before his involvement with Kompakt Records. Covers include those on Neil Young, Janis Ian, Paul McCartney, and John Cale to name a few. Satisfyingly indulgent pop excursions, they're pieces that are at once melancholy, experimental, bizarre, and all aroudn brilliant. Electronics and synths abound, this is a must for the super fan and curious seekers alike!


Cantoma
Cantoma
Out Of Town:remixes
Leng



Over the last two decades, this DJ, producer and songwriter has become one of the most celebrated names on the Balearic chill-out scene and Leng Records follows up 2010's celebrated cosmodelic output with a stunning selection of remixes and re-works. Cantoma aka Phil Mison handpicked their re-architects to complement and celebrate their ethereal soundscapes and slo-mo nu disco groovers. The result is a burst of flavor, perfect for a lounge on the beach or late night sweep of the dancefloor, featuring hypnotic and genre-defying re-workings by superstars such as Ray Mang and Idjut Boys.
 
Apparat

Apparat

Devil's Walk
Mute



Apparat was busy in all sorts of hip happenings withing the past few years, amongst them participating in the DJ Kicks series and tagging with Modeselektor as Moderat. The Devil's Walk is not too far off from the plushy velvet digital couch he was hanging out on for his last album, Walls, but with some obvious differences such as forays into the vocal pop set. Epic and emotional (emotionally epic?) the electro-gazey might of this record is not too far off in comparisons to M83. Its sentimentality pours without overreaching, and its not a surprise that theres been influence and help by Telefon Tel Aviv's Josh Eustis on this album. Well woven.

Digitalism
Digitalism
I Love You Dude
V2



Could easily mistaken Digitalism to be Parisians if you were to judge by sound (coming off the Daft Punk and Justice axis) as opposed to the real Germans they are. Crucial in the dialogue of contemporary electronic pop music is Digitalism, along with the likes of Crystal Castles, Simian Mobile Disco, LCD Soundsystem, and Hot Chip... slaves to "THE" song in its ultimate form, and something very fresh to ears despite the previously name dropped peers. Punk rock disco at its finest, and proof that pop (different connotation from popular!) music will not only never die... but can actually be exceptionally good.

Tropics
Tropics
Parodia Flare
Planet Mu

Crooning with an attractive, almost Damon Albarn-esq boyishness, is Tropics mastermind Chris Ward, whom effortlessly and casually surfs the synthwave, gothwave, 'stepwave, ethnowave, balearawave, and popwave swells. Texturally satisfying and bursting with color, this album really paints the perfect picture of crafty yet simple sonic happiness.



Plastikman
Plastikman
Arkives Reference
Minus

Oggle at this. Of course its titled ARKIVES. Tracing the history of Richie Hawtin's best known alter-ego, Plastikman, this collection goes waaaaay back. Like when Richie was bald and wearing wire-rimmed glasses. Before he moved to Germany and got an angular hair cut. No judgement passed --- in fact he's one of the few producers and DJs I can count on one hand whose various eras, evolutions, and transformations Ive followed.... and stayed with. This fantastically obese collection comes as interest in the project has been renewed following the epic Plastikman live shows Hawtin has been touring with all year. It contains all six Plastikman albums, from the mind altering Sheet One and classiK Musik, to the radical club workings of Recycled Plastik, the minimalism of Consumed and the more recent vocal experiments of Closer, along with Artifakts (B.C.) -- a collection of mid-period Plastikman work. The other five discs contain a cornucopia of rare, unreleased material, and remixes. New single(!) Peel seshes, and a DVD of music videos and live sets not to be forgotten (including the controversial 2003 MUTEK like show). A true treasure for a true fan.

Roman Flugel
Roman Flugel
Fatty Folders
Dial



Roman Flügels (aka ALTER EGO) album for Dial has been hugely anticipated and its a winner y'all. He's been doing this (the producer thing) for about 15 years now, yet this is the debut for his own namesake album. It might be traveling around the electronica spectrum, but for school's sake this is a a subtle personal opus of versatility from one of Teutonia's most consistently innovate producers. From minimalistic techno jackers to deep disco dubs, Latin steeldrum shimmy, and touches of jazz and vintage German electronics, Fatty Folders speaks to lovers of quality house and techno music.
Brownswood Electric

Brownswood Electric

Vol. 2-Brownswood Electric
Brownswood

Gilles Peterson’s mightily diverse Brownswood collective represents a carefully hand-picked artist roster to form compilations that represent that very much celebrated aspect of variation: a sonic landscape that is mulch-dimensional and kaleidoscopic. Brownswood Electric is a bright roundup of the new breed and new wave of bass music, capturing beats and personalities that are paving the way for a new sound and a new game. Taglines of "Future" and "Post" aside... that is just a lazy excuse for music that should very well be relentlessly malleable, fruitful, and ever-evolving. Free your imagination and open up to some fantastical experimentalisms and explore the depths of the electronic music spectrum from twice 'round the eclectic globe!
Damian Lazarus

Damian Lazarus
Get Lost 4
Crosstown Rebels



Damian Lazarus: he only runs one of the most successful dance music labels of the last few years, bangs out a regular podcast and has well lauded releases including a Fabric mix and his own album. And you're never quite sure what you're going to get, but be comforted in the fact that it's probably worth paying attention. Lazarus' credentials as tastemaker and mixer extraordinaire are apparent in his selections, ranging from showcasing new, fresh up and coming talent (Amirani) to indie electicisms (Avey Tare) and jerky broken-beat house (Kowton).


SBRTKT
SBTRKT
SBTRKT
Rough Trade



This the debut album from SBTRKT and its managed to infuse the sonic landscape of London's dance underground with a poppier flavour. And yes theres a U after than O in flavour, as this album nods heavily to various eras and staging posts in British soundsystem culture and couture. It's a vocal-heavy affair, and the rhythms are rooted in swinging, post-dubstep house, dark garage and echoes an affection for the ragga-jungle vibing. The record teams with ill bass mannerisms, broken beat shuffles and razor sharp electro as well. Sassy, smart, and edgewise. Recommended!

Quantic
Quantic
The Best of Quantic
Tru Thoughts

Will Holland, whom has operated as Quantic for many years, gets to finally celebrate his multi-faceted talents as a producer, multi-instrumentalist, selector and all-round maven after a decade’s output for the Tru Thoughts label, diving into his soul, funk, dub and Latin adventures. Quantic has left no stone unturned, stylistically, especially in his forays with soulstress Alice Russell. From recording outfits deep in their cumbia/folkloric roots, to producing the likes of Spanky Wilson and the Limp Twins.... to touching upon Balkan beats, sub bassisms, and classic soul clap dancefloor tunes, Quantic has been successful in every way he's turned his exploritative ear towards.


Dadavistic Orchestra
Dadavistic Orchestra
Dokument .02
Dust Science



Dadavistic Orchestra takes their name from an avant-abstract art movement that blossomed in reaction to World War I and laid the groundwork for everything from surrealism to punk rock, in line with the Italian Futurists, Vorticists, and Cubists. Cool story. Now what Dadavistic Orchestra really are is an ambiguous outfit combining members from even more ambiguous groups, The Black Dog and Psychick Warriors of Gaia. Both are pretty ambient and out there, and they meld well together creating six transmissions of sprawling and beautiful atmospheric soundscapes. Sounds like AI Transmissions but even more spacious. Very very nice and highly recommended.

Nachtblende
Syntaks
Nachtblende
Parallax Sounds

Danish music duo Syntaks are back with a new album, another gorgeous release following up their respective Ghostly and Morr Music albums. The Scandinavian purveyors of all that is harmonic and ghostly sound comparable to that of Aphex Twin or Sigur Ros, not to mention a swirl of 90s favorites Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine. Speaking of 90s, Syntaks are also fond of that picturesque, cinematic sound -- which they tightly weave into dead-pan and dusted quarter time beats, rendering a really pretty brand of gazetronica. Very beautiful.


London Elektricity
London Elektricity
Yikes! Remixes!!
Hospital Records

Quickly following up the Yikes! LP, London Elektricity is back with a superb set of remixes from the creme de la creme of the contemporary, worldwide D+B talent pool. YIKES, the album, was a chilled, gutsy and gigantic amalgamation of all things DnB, with all the best elements: liquid, great vocal talent, experimental and dark. As with the original album, the enchanting vocals of Elsa Esmeralda are at the fore (coming up in the same forceful ranks of Katy B!) and all in all this a remix album comprised of sublime reworkings of heady basslines and steppers that will get the dancefloor going and your trousers flapping. Great showcase of talent from the full spectrum of 2011's DnB luminaries such as Danny Byrd, Logisitcs, and Unquote.

Hanna Soundtrack
Chemical Brothers
Hanna OST
Sony


                                    
The Brothers are perhaps the only band, or "act", from the electronica boom of the 90s still making music anyone really wants to listen to. They'll always be that techno group known for making music for rock fans though.... so their forays into the world of soundtracking and film music are a welcome insight into just how capable and well-suited they are for this kind of work and focus. But they do nail a classic Chemical sound though, in its acid drenched keyboards, thundering drums, widescreen sound and relentless bravado.

Cosmin TRG
Cosmin TRG
Simulat
50 Weapons



The bridge between dubstep outsider and modern techno superhero is a short one, as COSMIN TRG transformatively proves with his super cool debut album on Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label. Techno full lengths are getting hard to come by.... but it also doesnt get much better than this. Booming floor fillers are balanced quite nicely by more oblique cuts, and the dubbed out bigroom warehouse belters sound like Chain Reaction introduced into the Rinse FM generation. Crafty house, synthed up jams, and plenty of tech funk abound, Cosmin TRG has propped himself alongsides likeminded rhythmmakers Shed, Anthony Shakir, Regis, and Lukid.

Steve Moore
Steve Moore
Primitive Neural Pathways / Vaalbara
Static Caravan

These two albums have been long out of print by Steve Moore, of Zombi and Titan fame. But now they are neatly repackaged into a stellar CD offering, and have benefited from a sterling remastering job. These works come scarily close to the almost unreachable comparisons of the worlds of Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre. Steve Moore's cinematic sensibilites are almost unparalleled, catapulting its listeners through pink hued multi dimensional galaxies and constellations onto a distant planet serving up nothing but cosmic confectionaries and electro-orgasmic pillow talk for the senses. The weather is always lush and languid, but occasionally the zero-gravity vibes and galactic environs get shaken and charged with some NRG-synth bass. Like a soundtrack to a sci film that was never made.

Katy B
Katy B

On A Mission
Rinse



On a mission? Perhaps to encourage some US listeners to perk up to some new UK dance flavors. Like the girl next door to Lady Gaga and Kylie, KATY B's fresh sounds makes something a bit-more ordinary on par with extraordinary. In the UK, shes been crowned both the queen of dubstep and acclaim for being one of the best and brightest in the new cropping of UK pop divas. More Ms Dynamite than Gaga though, her unique pop-step stylings, odes to funky house and crooning divadom (ala Amy Winehouse) are sure to turn some heads.

Toddla T
Toddla T
Watch Me Dance
Ninja Tune

Sheffield's top export parades back into the scene with a mean soundsystem and populist sound 50 years in the making. Building on a trend of Jamaican pop music in the UK charts, Toddla delivers the finest in rogue ragga breaks and dancehall squelch. With Roots Manuva, Roisin Murphy and Ms Dynamite on board, Toddla T is also repping the islands most recognizable MC and vocal sirens. This party soaked sophomore album is a must own for fans of this vibe, which rocks somewhere between Major Lazer and pure 'ardcore Northern gospel soul.

Pursuit Grooves
Pursuit Grooves
Frantically Hopeful
Tectonic

This is Pursuit Grooves debut album proper, and while she seems to have absorbed more obvious UK dance influences into her grounded future-soul sound, the overall vibe is firmly rooted in with keeping her hometown of New York's musical melting pot. Stepper house and psychedelic boogie funk stylings that will appeal to fans of Dam Funk, Theo Parrish and Madlib alike, with pop nous, broken beat stylings, bold experimentalisms and Bristol schools of thought all rolled up into one massive oak-flavored blunt.


Kitsune Tabloid
Kitsune Tabloid
By The Twelves
Kitsune

Hot on the heels of Phoenix and Digitalism who selected and mixed the previous Kitsuné Tabloid compilations, Rio’s finest producer duo The Twelves (and remixers of the likes of Daft Punk and Fever Ray) deliver not one, but two full-of-funk eclectic mixes in a festive and funky Brazilian atmosphere! Featuring six unreleased dubs of their recent remixes, including their latest reworking of Black Strobe’s "Me & Madonna" and a traversing range of pop-fun sounds, from the dance-punk of Shit Robot and The Juan Maclean to Sasse and Twin Shadow.


Dixon
Dixon
Live At Robert Johnson Vol. 8
Live At Robert Johnson



Hey everyone, newsflash -- this volume marks the final mix in this near flawless series based around the Frankfurtian club. The good news is that this is a good one worth picking up, along with the previous one mixed by ATA. Taking in deep and introspective material, this is a pretty emotionally driving one, featuring the elegiac ambiance of P. Eladan, a haunting track by Dominique, and a slow crooner by Todd Terje just to name a few. A thoughtful and beautiful collection of house-y tunes.

Kompakt Total 12
Kompakt
Total 12
Kompakt



Kompakt, as a label and collective, has its head and heart at the core of all things good about electronic music - and its yearly compilation represents just that. At number 12 in the TOTAL series, the latest roundup marks a return to the back-to-basics sentiment of family values, focusing on the artists that have helped meld and build. So whats good on the Kompakt dancefloor? Exclusive tracks from the ever-elusive Wolfgang and Reinhardt Voigt, techno-pop teaser by Superpitcher and dreamy bliss of Mohn to name a few. Sophisticated, consistent, and always of high quality.

Autechre
Autechre
EPS 1991-2002
Warp



Some would and could argue that much of Autechre's finest moments can be found on their EPs and Singles. Almost all of Autechre's non-album material for Warp makes an appearance here, making a box full of treats for not only avid followers and die-hard fans but a little lesson in electronica history for those that didnt have a chance to absorb this all back in the day. Not sure if the super sexy sleek minimal packaging and its absence of information (liner notes, etc) is an ode to the perpetuating mysterium behind Autechre's irreverent ways or just a simple blow off to the concept of physicality on the whole but either way the music on here has been an integral part of the electronic scene since the early 90s and any kind of smart-arsery aside by the cheeky duo is and should be welcomed as warmly as the nostalgia you're about to envelope yourself in. Still singular in sound, still potential to devestate.

Audiofly
Audiofly
Follow My Liebe
Get Physical

This London-based house duo have been producing, mixing, and DJing under the Audiofly name since 2002, but only have finally gotten around to releasing their debut album, which is a masterclass in contemporary deep house and beyond. Plenty of atmosphere and nuance, perfectly moody, at times seeming they've picked up where Massive Attack left off in their formative years. Slomo funk and dripping full frontal house beats drenched in emotion. Versatile musicians with the talent to not only create firey tunes for the dancefloor, but to withstand the armchair examination of headphone listening as well.
Friedrich Goldmann

Friedrich Goldmann
Lateworks
Macro



Although Goldmann is not as widely recognized as some of his contemporaries (such as Luigi Nono and Luciano Berio) the music of this German composer (and father to Stefan Goldmann) is increasingly relevant to a new generation of post modern orchestral and electronic composers, influential in its unhindered boundaries and unconventional style structures. This Wire Magazine/Macro Label production showcases his latter years, but still a representative cross-section of his signature stylings that move between minimalist string layers, Stravinsky-style orchestral stabs, dissonant improvisational deconstructions, and ambient texture laden interludes.
   Lee Curtiss


Lee Curtiss

Watergate 8
Watergate



Lee Curtiss and Seth Troxler are the dynamic duo of libidinous and sensual tech house favored on sweaty dancefloors around the world, especially on the debaucherous Berlin ones. Lee Curtiss is best known for his productions with the groovesome likes of Spectral Sound, Wolf and Lamb, and the Get Physical crew to name a few. His slick and weighty mix for the Watergate series features mod-like spohistication from Maceo Plex, Maayaan Nidam, Le Loup, Whomadewho and dOP to name a few.

Shlohmo
Shlohmo

Bad Vibes
Friends Of Friends



Its pretty hard to shake off labels once you're pigeonholed, especially in the musical world, where the dreaded "For Fans Of..." sticker simply cannot be avoided. The Flying Lotus comparisons are inevitable here, and the cynical ones that simply cant get past the lobby of the Chillwave Hotel are perhaps to blame.... but once that nostalgic surface is scratched and picked and ultimately cut through, theres secret rooms to be explored. Cassette-deck obsessions and VHS fidelity compulsions aside, the difference here being is that the aesthetic is celebrated not just for its corroded-cool sake but for its actual musical quirks and resonant qualities that analog has to offer. Good old fashioned feedback and hisses that render perfection in its warbly beauty is what makes these decaying beats and crumbling fuzz so tactile and interesting.

ATA
ATA
Live At Robert Johnson Vol. 7
Live At Robert Johnson



Next to the Prins Thomas mix, I think this is one of the best Robert Johnsons' yet. Main hat-wearer at Playhouse and Klang Elektronik, ATA, curates this volume with a fantastical selection of synthpop and '80s Italo grooves. A DJ of over 25 years experience, ATA is a selector at heart, a DJ with pure respect for the beat and feel and groove, and thats very apparent in this mix --- its all about the tune, not the tech-y style. Each track simply fades into each other, crackle an' all, which is kind of an ode to OG DJs of the 70s and 80s, where residents at the Loft or Paradise Garage would let the extended versions of the tracks play out in its entirity, receive a round of applause even and just fade into the next tune. The music is the message, folks, the DJ is just the medium. Highlights are way too many but some include International Music System's '83 killer 'Nonline', the lazer-pop of Information Society's 'Running', and Xymox's yearning 'Obsession'. Totally recommended !!

All reviews written by: Mahssa Taghinia

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