The title of Four Tet's new album refers to its two extended tracks, split into a "Morning" and "Evening" side. The release provides dueling meditations that are indeed best listened to at the time period they're ascribed. "Morning" moves with purpose on a skittering beat, but its sampled Indian singer and undulating synth tones feel like they're gently nudging you awake. As such, the 20-minute track evolves and begins piling on more geometric synth runs and string drones about halfway through, seeming to take flight as the beat slowly dials down to just a bass pulse and then nothing at all. "Evening" by comparison, begins more amorphously, unmoored without a beat, its vocal more divided, but it is no less affecting as its tones blink in and out of focus and its arrangement becomes more apparent. Given the suggestive nature of the song title, "Evening's" high-end notes call to mind the sight of stars and sound of nocturnal birds and insects, while its whooshing cymbal sound soothes. Like its predecessor, the track evolves and becomes more saturated with sound about halfway through before becoming more minimalist, its swaying synths evoking a dream state, though a heavy, thudding beat that emerges free of tones suggests nighttime hedonism or a mind-clearing erasure that comes with sleep. As a kind of concept album about how we begin and end our days, Morning/Evening is totally successful. It could be ideal for winding up or down, accompanied by yoga, meditation or quiet listening, but it also stands on its own as an intriguing pair of sound pieces that can be explored at leisure.
Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, but there are already many albums announced, including a few that are sure to be some of the biggest of the year.
Young soul singer Leon Bridges’s powerful voice and guitar licks have earned him comparisons to Sam Cooke and a viral hit with the sweetly swaying, vintage-R&B-style “Coming Home.” It’s one of those times when it looks like the hype is on point; Coming Home announces the arrival of a huge new talent.
Inward Content 2LP
Meanwhile unveils Inward Content's highly-anticipated album project for 2011. Recorded specially for the label by a couple of highly-regarded Dutch producers, namely Niels Luinenburg (Delta Funktionen) and Samuel van Dijk (Mohlao) made together over the course of a two-year period. Following a string of dancefloor and critical smashes for the likes of Delsin and Ann Aimee, Niels Luinenberg has found a challenging, like-minded collaborator in Mohlao, who debuted for Meanwhile early in 2009 with his neon-lit Ambrose EP. In some ways, this double pack album could be seen as continuing the label's exploration of the "Leuwarden sound," furthering its fascination with the Netherlands crew. And while comparisons to the Conforce epic Machine Conspiracy set from 2010 are inevitable, Inward Content find themselves preoccupied with another area of techno research entirely: inner and outer space. The clue lies in the intriguing name and title: Inward Content -- somewhere in between the rich double meaning lies what is both concealed and self-evident. This is magnificent techno, no-nonsense, driving four-fours, immaculately swung rhythm. A sound informed by heritage. On "Halogen" you find yourself at home on a rain-streaked night-time drive or all day any day on the largest sound systems. The blatant ascetics of "Austere" are simply destined to detonate off concrete, bounce from brickwork. "Quantum Mechanics" transitions into "Continuum Mechanics," which takes us right around the Möbius strip with a softly-growling bass line rising in intensity, insistent, digging bass drum and ever so gradually, inside some mystical inner space, the hi-hats introduce themselves, a delight restrained for several minutes. As we progress from the haunted disembodied vocal on bass-weighted killer "Gravitational Collapse," all appears to dissolve back into itself into "Dust." All-day dance music at its best. All tracks by Niels Luinenburg and Samuel van Dijk. Mastered by Rashad at Dubplates & Mastering.
Look Right Through12”
Morgan Geistʼs new project STORM QUEEN marks a return to his roots with an analog approach towards modern house music with a disco pedigree. STORM QUEEN is made for DJs, but doesnʼt sacrifice atmosphere and songwriting. STORM QUEEN owes a debt to classic house music from New York, Chicago and Detroit, as well as disco and boogie.
Listen to "Look Right Through" here:
BIG PIANO 12"
Ireland's JOHN DALY brings this 4 track EP of house perfection. The title track brings back the feeling of 90s KERRI CHANDLER; "REACH" continues the deepness with a warm sound; "LONG DISTANCE" adds more of a tech texture & "ATLANTIC DRIVE" finishes the 12" with a serene mood.
Listen to "Big Piano" here:
Four Tet & Mala
Nothing To See
First up is the glitchy, sparkling electronica of "NOTHING TO SEE" by FOUR TET, with a shuffling post-garage vibe to it. On the flip is "DON'T LET ME GO" by MALA, a thick stew of discordant beats and propulsive melodies. As the label says, "Future Bass!" Limited edition and available now!
Listen to "Nothing To See" here:
Keep It Cheap
Keep It Cheap
Eric 'Dr. Dunks' Duncan (COMBI / Still Going / Rub 'n' Tug etc) launches his new Keep It Cheap imprint, the winner here being the Dolly Parton edit that Harvey’s been caning for a while now. Hot!
Conrad Schnitzler's Zug is one of the most important and one of the first electronic minimalist works that was published in the 1970s. Almost simultaneously with Kraftwerk's groundbreaking Autobahn, "Zug" appeared on the legendary The Red Cassette (1973). Wire wrote about Zug: "Kraftwerk might have used similar methods to create rhythm, but three decades on, it still sounds like the future." As an original member of Tangerine Dream (1969-1970) and a founding member of Kluster, Conrad Schnitzler is a creator of milestones in the history of electronic popular music. This release is rounded off with remixes by Con (1978) fan Stefan Betke aka Pole and Borngräber & Strüver. Pole and Kassian Troyer (Radian) have mastered the record, so the best quality is guaranteed.