Brilliant imaginary Soundtrack by Samo DJ Max Stenerudh, which seems to score an imperialist drama. The sounds within are closer to the bamboo drums and razor sharp synths of 80s Japan - music that sounds otherworldly and futuristic 30 years later. One of LIES most adventurous and most musical releases, not much for the non warm-up set dj here, simply a beautiful concept album. Recommended.
Just Another Beat
Brooding, virtuosic house from Kim Brown. Brown allures the listener with an equal understanding of rough Chicago inspired rhythms and a pristine high-end melodic sense reminiscent of early Border Community. Camera Moves is a great example - starting with plaintive ambient synths before introducing an absolute monster melodic bassline which stretches out for eight bars. The bittersweet tone of the record will appeal to fans of Dial's leading lights.
Magic Mountain High
Full document of the trio's transportative set from the intimate and invite-only UK festival. Beyond the group's Soundcloud generosity (they often upload full sets) this official release acts as the most concise distillment of the group's freewheeling, all-improve boldness. A true anomaly among Ableton sculptors, Juju and Jordash and Move D go through the massive undertaking of setting up a studio's worth of analog gear and go to space.
Pacific Wizard Foundation
New tunes for high-particle sunset from Pacific Horizons. All three tracks here display a refreshing taste for live instrumentation, with live synth, electric bass and heavily effected guitar living alongside drum machines on the title track. Working in Four even features a jazzy piano solo to nuance the dubbed out balearic feel.
Dj Stringray/Vin Sol
Unknown to the Unknown
Red-hot UTTU continues to ride for classic electro with their endorsement of the UR-affiliated DJ Stringray. They're lucky to release material this strong. Assassin is an impossibly funky techno/electro jam that will toughen up house sets or lend elasticity to techno-oriented journeys. Vin Sol's contribution is a strong Chicago/NYC classic house jam with an arpeggiated bassline and insistent horns.
The dj known for clever edits of Turkish Psychedelic music and outre rocks works with highly skilled musicians to make a completely original production channeling those influences. The original is terrific, pairing traditional Turkish vocals with a house/disco indebted bassline. The Asphodells are a nice pick for remixers as their dubby post-punk carries a defined Eastern influence. The remix by new production duo Khidja may be the highlight, a total afrobeat/kraut/synth trip with mostly live instrumentation. The remix ends with the original's bassline against hand-percussion - a quiet ending to an epic journey.
Terrific versions of tracks from Function's excellent Incubation album. Rrose's remix of Against the Wall is his heaviest side since his collab with Bob Ostertag. Vatican Shadow lends his trademark brooding pulse to Psychic Warfare. Recondite and NSI's takes are also featured.
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