Deubt full from the "London techno" producer after some trippy 12-inches. Moire's East London is somewhat similar to smoke filled vision proferred by Burial. This is all tension and atmosphere, yet the young producer is demonstrating a melodic talent we haven't previously seen. "Infinity Shadow" and other tracks take a classic KDJ/Theo Parrish approach to chords - keep it deep and bittersweet and they'll be hooked. His slightly off the beat bass hits are just enough to keep the listener reeling without knocking the tracks fully out of dance context. Still this is as good a record for driving as it is warming up a crowd.
Design A Wave
No Label (Rush Hour)
Design A Wave might be the best post-punk inflected improv dance band on Rush Hour's "No Label" imprint. That says a lot, considering Aaron Coyes, Suzanne Kraft, Willie Burns, Torn Hawk an Secret Circuit have all put out that type of music on the label. A great, varied release which pulls together hazy Durutti Column-esque midtempo Balaeria and the case of "Auto-Resonance Machine", a bit of The Pop Group's jittery paranoia.
Tambien's two EPs for ESP Institute are adorned with totally generic art portraying themselves as a ""polite trio from Bavaria." Their music, on the other hand, is unruly and odd. The a here is an acid jam with wild female vocals of unknown origin, while the B, "Are You In Touch", veers closer to the highly musical yacht house you'd expect from Andrew Hogge's label. Cool!
Super melodic, slightly off-kilter house EP from Panthera Krause. The weirder the better with this guy. Things start to heat up with "If", which has an odd swing over a big, funk influenced breakbeat. Some euphoric chords bring it home. "Dubcek" also contains a slightly psychedelic edge, but fits more neatly alongside other modern house. It sounds like PK is trying to score a car chase.
The Minneapolis phenom with his third release on Ben Klock's label. The title track is gorgeous, deep melodicism, based around a soulful set of synth chords which come into greater definition over the course of the track's 6 and a half minutes. Each percussive moment feels huge, no snare, just a well-timed 909 clap. That clap reappears on the more minimal but slightly swung "Creeping". "Spying" is late night techno gear, a bright piano figure creates a perfectly illicit vibe
Modern Love Demdike Stare are really taking it there with the Test Pressing series. This might be the most punishing issue yet. "Procrastination" starts like a cantankerous engine, slowly. Eventually, a comically heavy beat and bassline are issued in by a lion's roar. No joke. "Past Majesty" is more of a head-down deathrock thing, interrupted by blasts of noise. The track bears the influence of Albini's gnarly units Big Black and Rapeman.
Nice addition to the canon of rare groove/hip-hop inflected music that is equally suited for home listening or warm-up sets. Budgie is formidable/session man and record collector, and it shows in these ornate boogie/funk influenced instrumentals. "Full Moon" and "Clevage" are top notch soul-sample beats, a looser, more psychedelic version of the sound that brought Kanye West to massive fame. For fans of Andres, Floatin Points.
Very cool wavo-inflected release on Optimo Music. "Patience (JD Twitch Edit" moves along with a nice arpeggiated bass line and some unintelligble post punk vocals. The rigid arpeggiation and early 80s feel remains throughout, with tracks like "[Less] Merchandise]" adding to the political vibe and bringing in a bit of melody.