Philly outsider synth veteran Charles Cohen gets a retrospective look thanks to Rabih Beani, who developed a fascination with CC's mostly improvised world after being tipped off by young Philly duo Metasplice . While Cohen's direct influence on bleeding edge music may be diminished due to obscurity (until now), the sounds he coaxes out of his preferred synth, the Buchla Easel, are as texturally adventurous as 2013 releases by Holden and Tim Hecker. The music is immediately rhythmic while eschewing dedicated drum machines. Camera Dance uses melodic triumphalism over a bed of unruly modular percussion, while Sonomama plumbs the depths like a cannon before settling into a Kraftwerk via Gamelan groove.
Third Ear Recordings
Rough cuts from rising Detroit phenom Manual Gonzales. The casual, tossed-off name refers to the grabbag of styles present. The record begins with Mills -ian creaky chair techno on Extort. Elsewhere, MGUN plies non sequitur electro (Taft). The record's highlight is the weirly funky Fiber , which uses a hyper-repetative synth motif and breakbeat inspired drum machine programming to move you.
Timothy J. Fairplay, Tommy Walker lll , Max Essa , Al Gobi
Cool new release in the Rothmans series dedicated to soccer legends of yore. This one's dedicated to Alberto Tarantini, a bygone star about whom I know nothing, being a stupid American. It also represents the red hot Timothy J. Fairplay's return to the label. His contribution, The Third Season , is more of the slow acid arab sound him, Weatherall and Scott Fraser have been up to. Horse, by Tommy Walker III, is a galloping 80s inspired number, while Max Essa's Stereoscalpedmysexpool is slow, sensual vintage UK acid house. Al Gobi's contribution will appeal to fan's of Young Marco's new age inspired jams.
Circuit, Burns & Hawk
No Label (Rush Hour)
Brilliant release from a veritable kangaroo court of analog explorers. Luke Wyatt (Torn Hawk) is in effect here, channeling west coast vibes through his fretboard and coming off like a more loop-centric Vinny Reilly. There is a nice break in the propulsive, sunny Track 1 which feels like the moment when an image emerges from a Magic Eye painting. The b is influenced by the sunnier side of kosmische music.
Brooding floor-fillers from Juxta Position, the producer also known as Marquis Hawkes. The obvious highlight is Mercy which chops a memorable gospel vocal over a mid-tempo, tom heavy beat to create a meditative house track that will appeal to fans of Florian Kupfer's Feelin. The Darkness abandons Mercy's swing in favor of driving, dubby techno while Mazuyis an impressionist IDM take on the EP's emotive opener.