This label is featured in Update #094:
Deetron, Tom Trago, Roly Porter, Four Tet
It's been pretty much Yin and Yang this October: Wonderfully playful releases such as Deetron's 'Music Over Matter', Om Unit's 'Threads', and Four Tet's 'Beautiful Rewind' have provided us with a welcome dose of late summer vibes, while dark and moody, yet more...
With a handsome back catalogue of EPs on Civil Music, All City and Metalheadz, London's Jim Coles aka Om Unit drops his first album. Surveying the murky tangents between drum'n'bass, dubstep and footwork, he carves atmospheres of dread masterfully. Executed excellently, great album.
This label is featured in Update #087:
Voigt & Voigt, Jamie Lidell, Dadub, L-Vis 1990
Oh, February, where art thy days? Well, the month may have been short, but our selection suggests otherwise with great exclusives (Raíz! L-Vis 1990!), amazing albums (Dadub, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Jamie Lidell, Wraetlic, Trus'me, Lusine, Mano Le Tough, 2x Voigt & more...
Brighton's Ital Tek furthers his explorations into the realms of footwork and juke on his latest EP for Civil Music, pairing lightning-fast beats with the kind of melodic arpeggios and subtle synth work that would make the Jedi Knights proud. Remixes by Throwing Snow and Deft. Recommended!
This label is featured in Update #085:
Vladislav Delay, Madteo, Kris Wadsworth, Raime
In a month not short on excellent club-ready releases it was the wealth and quality of experimental electronica recordings that surprised us most. From Mouse on Mars' bastardly bass music mutations over the jazzy timbres of Nicolas Jaar's 'Don't Break My Love' more...
From Werk Discs to Planet Mu Philadelphia's Starkey has always maintained a unique (US-American?) perspective on dubstep, and 'Orbits' is again a big album, uniting grimy bangers, symphonic instrumentals, and vocoded pop tunes in truly remarkable fashion. Recommended.
A young disco producer might not seem the most obvious signing for a dedicated bass music label such as Civil Music, but if the artist in question is as hugely talented as Brassica, we certainly don't object. Four edgy neo-disco songs plus remixes by Om Unt and Capracara. Nice.
After releases on Hospital, Urban Graffiti and Subway, Alex Melia aka Reso brings his breakcore dubstep to full circle returning to Civil Music to drop his debut album. From lurching basslines of 'Creature', IDM-influences 'Virtua Rhythm', distorted d'n'b of 'Nempo' and a few melodic interludes.
Remixes for Débruit's recent coming from Mwëslee, LV, Kelpe and Fulgeance. All four are fine pieces of work, but LV steals the show on this one by not heading off on a downbeat tangents like his colleagues, but instead employing a sped-up amen-style break to great effect. Check!
After a very impressive debut album, Darling Farah offers up a live edit of 'Aaangel' before a hearty remix treatment; Jimmy Edgar adds a sexy bump and grind to 'Body', Lando Kal does a brooding eerie version of 'Aaangel' and Parisian Bambounou boxes 'Fortune' out into a fidgety cavernous stomper. Ace.
This label is featured in Update #084:
Michael Mayer, Anstam, Daphni, Prins Thomas
Right in time for the Northern Hemisphere's inevitable cool-down, some of our favourite artists are injecting human warmth into their music: Daphni, Juju & Jordash, Prins Thomas, Anstam, Elektro Guzzi - all rely on hand-played drums or unquantised synths to more...
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This label is featured in Update #081:
Modeselektion Vol. 02, Guy Gerber, Fennesz, Digitalism
Here comes our June recap - its for all of you who might have missed some of the month's music over watching football or enjoying the perfect weather that surely must have existed someplace. Outstanding albums have come from Jamie Jones, Guy Gerber, more...
Following up on two excellent EPs Detroit-born and United Arab Emiriates based Darling Farah drops his debut album. 'Body' showcases the young producer's penchant for eerily sparse and deep dub-techno, which he intersperses with melodic arpeggios and haunting electronica. Impressive!
Parisian beatsmith Débruit appears with a stunning new album on Civil Music. His vivacious synths and off-kilter hiphop grooves this time sampling his recent collection of field-recordings from Africa, he harnesses these intensive energies and produces something unique and completely infectious. Big up.
This label is featured in Update #072:
Elektro Guzzi, Marcel Dettmann, Sepalcure, Surkin
If you are based on the planet's northern hemisphere like we are, chances are you're either looking for a melancholic soundtrack to the greyness outside or some cheerful music to counter its adverse effects right now. Either way, this month's releases more...
After low-slung hip-hop/dubstep crossover tunes on labels such as All City, London's Om Unit takes it the other way with the high-speed 'Transport', a furious EP matching Stingray's speed with Kuedo-style syncopated synth assaults. Remixes by Machinedrum and Ital Tek. Killer.
Young über-talent Darling Farah continues to define his style on his second EP. Title track 'Division' is a powerful, minimalistic dub-tech workout intended for the floor, while tracks like 'Foregin' and 'Model' add broken house and electronica tweaks to a highly coherent EP. Recommended.
This label is featured in Update #067:
Secretsundaze, Roska, Fennesz, Little Dragon
We hope that you have escaped the grizzly northern European weather in time and will be spending your Monday morning at a sunny beach. But even if you'll be riding the subway to work instead, here is some of our favourite new music to keep you in a summer more...
This label is featured in Podcast #049:
This label is featured in Update #065:
John Tejada, Ricardo Villalobos, Tiger & Woods
Release schedules hit a fever pitch in June as record labels scramble to the finish line before the festival season. It's been harder than ever to separate the wheat from the chaff, but this month's essentials once again represent our cream of the more...
Second release on Civil Music by Darling Farah and this one's a bomb: 'Exxy' is a powerful, minimalist Detroit 'stepper that wouldn't feel out of place on Hotflush. 'Younger' and 'Show Me' surprise with more adventurous arrangements, and 'Crown' follows a moody(mannish) straight and housey path. Ace!
This label is featured in Update #056:
2562, Hotflush, Kode9
It's only the beginning of the month, but already a surge of hot new dubstep productions has hit us like a blasting heat-wave. 2562 raises the bar for advanced sample-use with his 'Fever' album, Scuba's Hotflush label treats us to an amazing collection of more...
Parisian beat-smith Débruit lets another EP loose on London's Civil Music, this time strongly influenced by Turkish music and instruments, he fuses his synth-funk broken beat style brilliantly with these exotic flavours. Successfully oozing Eastern mystique with extremely danceable results.
The first of two EPs of the Starkbot's galactical bass project sees his synth melodies grandiously orchestrated to cinematic effect, a more atmospheric turn from his 'Ear Drums and Black Holes' album. Completed with a fine fleet of remixes including Egyptrixx, Rudi Zygaldo, +Verb and Ital Tek. Ace!
This label is featured in Update #005:
dBridge & Instra:mental, Illum Sphere, Slugabed
As dubstep is coming of age, we are getting ready for the next wave: producers that combine influences from a variety of genres with the once revolutionary half-step breaks of dubstep. Be it the drum'n bass and electro allusions of dBridge and Instra:mental, more...