Unruly, dub house/techno from the incorrigible Amsterdam scene figure, San Proper. The tracks are all various combinations of "?" and "!", the attention to detail seems to have gone into the tracks, which are rather dark excursions of scraping, single-note guitars, always buttressed by a kicking house rhythm. Very interesting!
Pittsburgh producer Chase Smith continues his come up. After EPs for WT, Argot and a certain European label which issues anonymous missives, he sounds more relaxed than ever. The melodic progressions of the basslines are the most notable here. The title track is a true A1, all catchy dive-bombing bass and dubbed-out accoutrement. "Still Further" has a nostalgic feel to it -- it's a perfect driving track. The ambient outro will appeal to fans of Panoram. Handpainted cover, edition of 400.
Jaakko Eino Kalevi
Beats In Space
Delightfully unquantized funk from Tim Sweeney's label. This sounds a bit like the most joyful Chaz Jankel jams infused with a creepy, Krautrock edge."Sensaatio" slows things down to around 115 BPM, mixing heavy boogie bass, Shaft-style funk guitar and hooky, spaced out vocals.
No-nonsense hardware techno. The first track "A11 R" is pretty similar to his contribution to the White Material comp - a simple synth stab and banging 909 ridden into oblivion. Closer "Black Satin Fan" uses a more nimble, sensuous rhythm with some creepy tones coming in and out of the mix. This unadorned style is somewhat at odds with the hype that's built around his labelmate Galcher's stoned house rap.
Straight-ahead DETROIT acid dedicated to everyone who spends their life (literally) underground. The 303 lines here and clipped and utilitarian, but the melodic gift Wilson's demonstrated on tracks like "This Love" and "Unknown Pleasures" comes through occasionally. "Ghostminer 3's" piano chords and jacking drums nail that elusive alchemy mixing soulful and tough.
Another great 12-inch from Omar S. (Is that even something that needs to be said at this point?) The hilariously named title track has a funky rolling bass line with a slight '80s feel (RIYL "Wayne County Cops") and a dope, ethereal lead. A fluttery ambient track and a more techno leaning tool close it out. Some people make it look easy.
The Black Madonna
The Night Owl Diner
Marea Vierge-Noire's reputation as a DJ has grown by leaps and bounds due to her beatdown sets and increasingly frequent touring. That said, there hasn't a massive amount music from The Smart Bar booker quite yet. This may be the year that changes. "Venus Requiem" is her first track to capture the isolator abusing glory of her all-vinyl sets. It sounds a bit like she's just leaning on the EQ on a fogotten g-funk/boogie. It's both relaxed and undeniable as a dance track. Awesome!
New this week:
MR RAOUL K: Still Living in Slavery CD
D.A.F.: Produkt der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Freundschaft LP
GROSSKOPF, HARALD: Oceanheart CD
GROSSKOPF, HARALD: Synthesist CD
CELLER, ALEX: Kammsa/Plex Astunde 12"
CRAY76: Master & Servant 12"
SHIT AND SHINE: Powder Horn CD
EARLYBIRD SOUL SYSTEM: Flashing Lights EP 12"
DEEPCHORD: dc07/dc08/dc09 [remastered] CD
DEEPCHORD: dc10/dc11/dc12 [remastered] CD
DEEPCHORD: dc13/dc14/dc16 [remastered] CD
INTRUSION: The Seduction of Silence (Remastered) 2CD
SEEKAE: Test & Recognise Remixes 12"
ORDELL, ROBIN: JC EP 12"
BJORKE, KASPER: After Forever LP
LUSSURIA: Industriale Illuminato CD
KIRK, RICHARD H.: The Many Dimensions of Richard H. Kirk 3CD BOX
DARK SKY: imagine CD
GARNIER: KL 2036 EP 12"
SAGITTARIUS A: Omega Point EP 12"
PORTABLE: Sportable 12"
BORTZ & SASCHA SIBLER, DANIEL: Tomorrow We Start a New Life Again 12"
WATSON, VINCE: Rock-It EP 12"
BORROWED IDENTITY: Sexo Bonito 12"
MAGNESII: VD Jams #1 12"
WILHITE, RICK: Vibes 2, Part 2 2LP
WINTER & HATZLER, ANDRE: Mirage EP 12"
SND: travelog (Special Extended Edition) 2LP
NIRO: Tender as Asphalt EP 12"
HARON: Optics 12"
SKEPTICAL: Echo Dub/Chain Reaction 12"
ZEMI17: Impressions EP 12"
DREXCIYA: Neptune's Lair 2LP
Brett Cimbalik "I Wish I Could Say The Same" 12"
Snakepiss "Toil EP" 12"
Lexi/Blendi/Adopo "Wirr 1" 12"
F.R.U.I.T.S. / PTU "Dat 22 (First Track) / Tuesday
Royer "Tough Questions EP" 12" 2 6.99 13.98
Craig Sherrad "Sketches of A Circuit" 12"
Generation Next "Generation Next EP" 12"
MGUN "MGUN EP" 12"
Moodymann "Sloppy Cosmic / Hangover" 12"