At Disconnected Moments CD
Masterful dub techno full-length from STL, aka mysterious German producer Stephan Laubner. To date, Laubner has never released a full-length on a label other than his own Something imprint, though the austere art direction of Hamburg's Smallville label make it a good home for Laubner's atmospheric music. "Amelie's Dub" waits until halfway through its 10-minute runtime to introduce abstract, wintry piano over propulsive synth stabs and hissing field recordings. "Ghostly Ambit" begins inauspiciously as a simple delayed pattern over a symphony of crickets; eventually a kick drops in, the pattern is blurred and a mournful viola heightens mood and tension. On "One Day" STL demonstrates his mastery of clean, emotional mixing - the drums, bass, distant synth and woodwinds burrow into their own sonic space, isolated, yet as a whole, capable of enveloping the listener. For fans of DeepChordand Basic Channel.
Churches Schools & Guns LP
Varied full-length from the Berlin producer, who seeks to bend techno into new forms while maintaining a clear sense of history. After The Horror's uneasy, droning intro, Lucy quickly jumps into blackened Sandwell District-informed sound design. Lucy takes varying paths towards creepy territory. On Follow the Leader, Tuvan throat singers contribute to an unholy techno ritual. The Illusion of Choice is among the album's most traditional, 90s-rave influenced compositions. Even here, Lucy drops some brilliant free-jazz saxophone atop to keep the listener guessing. On closer Falling, the producer works with vocalist Emma for a wistful, wind chime folk number that is at odds with the album's dark mood, serving to demonstrate Lucy's wide emotional range and gift for narrative.
The Bunker New York 002 12"
The Bunker New York
Alarmingly good techno EP from the young NYC producer. The Bunker crew's close association with Italian deep techno master Donato Dozzy makes Wilson's compositions, rife with atmospheric tension, a natural fit for the label. The highlight is "Socorro," which puts moody chords over tough Robert Hood style drums. Midway through a synth that sounds like a flock of birds enters the mix, becoming louder and morphing into a defeated rave hoover.
Murked Out 12"
Dystopic house sounds from the new producer whose Viewlexx debut made quite the splash last year. This is paranoid stuff. "Murked Out" uses a dubby bass note, a terrific, simple lead and a sparse, breathy vocal to build a tough, slapdash track. The minor key organ futurism of "Audiomess" hints at the deep influence of Legowelt/I-F/Bunker.
Talk to the Sea LP (Pre-order)
Music from Memory
Amazing archival music from the super cult Venetian composer. This is weighty, loop-based ambient music at times possessing the minimal melodic touch of the collaborations betwen David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto. All of this music has over 20 years on it, but songs like "LIttle Faith," with its calming synths and delayed horn lines, sound like they were made last week. From the press release: "His sparse and hypnotic often loop-based compositions seem to draw parallels with Detroit Techno's earliest beginnings, all at once conjuring those same feelings of both melancholic longing and ecstatic joy."
New Brutalism 12"
Modern liminal "club music" from the UK production duo. This is lighter and more rhythmically nimble than the typical Blackest Ever Black release, and like Lee Gamble, Rainer draws on dusty cassette memories of the 'ardcore continuum. "Three Day Jag" sounds like a drum and bass track recreated in a child's dream, while "UK Will Not Survive" builds breakbeat tension via gauzy, lo-fidelity synths and woodblock fills.
Blank Slate 005 12"
New release from the excellent Ithaca, NY based label. Duve is the oddest producer they've chosen to highlight. "Karv" takes some implacable sample that sounds like psychedelic klezmer music and places it over nuanced Villalobos-style percussion. "Woman" uses a similar formula, using Marrakech style acoustic guitar as the primary melodic engine. Super cool.
New this week:
VA: Electro Shock 2 2CD
VA: Star Twerk CD
JAWORZYN, STEFAN: Drained of Connotation LP
MINILOGUE: The Island of If 12"
AV: Venus Bar 12"
AV: Mort a Vegas 12"
SAWLIN & SUBJECTED: Foreign Awake Pt. 2 12"
KZA: Dig & Edit 2 CD
KZA: Dig & Edit 2 2LP
ATELLA: The Monster 12"
GRANDBROTHERS: Ezra EP 12"
WADE, RICK: Defining Deep 12"
PLANNINGTOROCK: All Love's Legal CD
DRUMTALK: Time 10"
MARKOVIC, NENAD: Kayto 2LP
DUSTY KID: III 2CD
ASOK: Poltergeist 12"
RAINER VEIL: New Brutalism 12"
JACK DICE: Sip Paint 12"
CROWDPLEASER: Nenekri Remixe 12"
BARKING DOGS, THE: Limit Without Patience 12"
MOD.CIVIL: Opto Watts 12"
VTGNIKE: Dubna CD
VTGNIKE: Dubna LP
GLENN, JEREMY: Wait For The Night 12"
NOCHEXXX: Thrusters 2LP
MARIO & VIDIS (FEAT. BARBAROSSA): Undercover 12"
ESCHATON: Ancient Methods & Orphx 12"
CTRLS: Movements 12"
AVATISM: Adamant 2LP
Moon Man/LUCKY STAR SHIP 12"
Various/AFRICAN SHAKEDOWN #2 12"
Yousef & Roy Davis Jr/BELIEVE IN... 12"
Shaun J. Wright & Alinka/TWIRL VOL 1 12"
Eats Everything/VERTIGO 12"
Andi Rivera/TO BE (PEZZNER REMIX) 12"
Gardens Of God/YS 12"
Various/FUTURE DISCO VOL. 7 SAMPLER 12"
Kresy/ODE TO NEW YORK 12"
George Fitzgerald/SHACKLED 12"
K-Alexi/ACID KING 12"
Jacques Renault/LET'S GET LOST 25 12"
Jacques Renault/THE FAKE OUT 12"
Power Plant Experience/POWER PLANT 12"
Roy Davis Jr. & Robert Owens/SLIDE 12"
E-Versions #1/KAHN & MINGO 12"
Dark Strands/RETURN OF THE OSC 12"
Daniele Baldelli & Rocca/COMPLOTTO 12"
Art Department/BPM001 (MIXED) CD
Various/TEN YEARS OF PHONICA 3CD
Jesse Rose/THE WHOLE TWELVE INCHES CD
Trusme/MOONLIGHT KISS REMIX 12"
Ron Trent/THIS IS HOUSE MUSIC 6 12"
Chase & Status/ALIVE 12"
Joy Orbison & Boddika/MORE MAIM 12"
Lady Alma/IT'S HOUSE MUSIC 12"