This label is featured in Update #089:
Cosmin TRG, Holden, Minilogue, Kangding Ray
No use complaining about April's weather anymore, but we certainly didn't complain about the month's new music with great releases by the likes of Cosmin TRG, James Holden, Minilogue, Kangding Ray, and !!! improving our time indoors. Also don't miss our more...
The fifth album of Brooklyn's '!!!' sees them reach a definitive stage of self-realization. Recruiting Jim Eno of Spoon, their unique fusion of disco, funk and punk concentrates dancealicious licks, iconic vocals and their mischievous energy, with a tangible maturity in the production and song dynamics.
The second single to tease the anticipation of their upcoming album, Dom Maker and Kai Campos continue to expand their song concept, understated indie vocals appear muted under rigid proto-dance beat, melodic electronic slithers and seductive tape hiss. Simply yet ingeniously done, augers well.
Selected as Artist of week #14
This label is featured in Update #088:
Autechre, Atom TM, Function, Brandt Brauer Frick
As easy to spot as Easter eggs on a snow-covered meadow, the highlights in our March Essentials include great albums by Autechre, Atom TM, Function, Brandt Brauer Frick, Space Dimension Controller, Aera, Basic Soul Unit, and TM404, compilations like '20 Jahre more...
Originally released with 2012's Ufabulum LP, Enstrobia EP gets its own digital outing. With a similar exuberance, 'Angel Integer' sees cinematic sci-fi build up and cheery 80s synth bounce, 'Panic Massive' smearing a sleazy funked synth melody and the final part an intriguing live recording from Green Man 2011.
After the huge success of 2010's 'Crooks and Lovers', the London-based duo signed to Warp for a much anticipated sophomore album. 'Made To Stray' shows them flirting with the dancefloor more overtly, teasing a long build-up of a pensive techno beat, before melody and vocals hit and full on anthem ensues. Ace.
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...
His sixth album on home label Warp, Jamie Lidell proves as unstoppable as ever. His usual explosion of funk, soul and hip-hop into strong song-led productions, bouncing with dynamic energy of 80s gleaming synths and rockin' grooves. No real surprises here, but for Lidell fans definitely a hit.
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...
Watch out for latest Warp signing, young British singer/songwriter Kwes, whose debut album will come out via the revered British label in 2013. First single 'Rollerblades' combines his raw singing style with Money-Mark-style 60s references and a slight touch of Animal Collective psychedelia. Nice!
Brian Eno's first solo album on Warp, following two recent collaborative albums. Revisiting the themes and textures of his pioneering ambient albums such as 'Music For Airports' and 'Music For Films', 75 minutes of tranquil resonances with delicately procured live instrumentation. Crème de la crème of ambient.
Following his recent focus on Africa HiTech Mark Pritchard revives Harmonic 313 for 'Lion', an old-school-junglist breakbeat track, complete with air horn sounds and (optional) MC'ing. Bonus track 'Dutty Bounce' showing off sparser and more electronic programming.
After his sixth album 'Iradelphic' and the 'Fantasm Planes' EP appeared this year, Warp reissue Chris Clark's 2001 debut, a welcome reminder of a truly fine album of vibrant electronica. As a bonus, the rare eight-track 'Throttle Clarence' EP and five previously unheard recordings. A treat for Warp fans.
Having made the transition from Hyperdub to Warp, Darkstar return with a new single. 'Timeaway' is a psychedelic pop gem that pairs the simple melody of a sloppily wound up musical clock with psychedelic vocals, bells and a clapping folk beat, making us curious for the album coming sometime next year.
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...