Archive | March, 2013

South London Ordnance // Revolver

31 Mar

South London Ordnance - Revolver

2012 was without doubt the breakthrough year for South London Ordnance. In the space of twelve months the 23 year old artist put out three separate 12”s alongside a five track EP, which garnered support from Jamie XX, Scuba, Benji B, Mary Ann Hobbes, Mosca, Claude Vonstroke, Richie Hawtin and more. His jungle-advised, finely honed productions also rightly earned him notable mention in several annual end of year roundups including DJ Mag’s Best of British 2012, XLR8R’s 4th Best New Act of 2012 (alongside Disclosure and Karenn), and Time Out UK’s DJs to Watch in 2013. With this debut outing on Hotflush Recordings scheduled for March, 2013 is set to be yet another strong year for the young producer. (Hotflush SC, 2013)

Tinush // Sandburg

30 Mar

Download this feebie from Tinush here.

DJ Koze // Amygdala

28 Mar

dj koze

If you haven’t already, tune in to DJ Koze‘s super fresh album on Pampa Records – Amygdala. Preview below, read a massive insert then beatport here!

Amygdala is Kozes Sgt. Pepper. Its an unreal 78-minute walk through Kozes mind, complete with moods, intensities, sounds and scenes as yet unheard of. It feels more like a double album, urging you to turn over and change the records time and time again. “Amygdala” amazes by its sheer musicality, deepness, and its  ethereal sound design; its a kaleidoscope of a great variety of soundscapes where you keep discovering new nuances even after listening to it a thousand times. Nobody else could unite artists like Caribou and Dirk von Lotzow, Hildegard Knef and Mathew Dear, Ada and Milosh in such an organic way and on one and the same record as Koze did. Theres never been anything like it. He weaves new garments around the acapella parts of his guests, garments that only he can tailor, and thats how the album, for all the diversity of its artists, sounds consistently homogeneous and in the true style of Kosi Kos. Its all about the courage to dare, about letting voices resonate undisguised in all their authentic peculiarity. About creating truthfulness. How much can you cut out, when does the flame die down? On the other hand, under which circumstances could it even burn for ever? The album, which in large parts has been composed in a Spanish fishing village, starts off with Balinese gamelan sounds from which a relaxed discoid bass peels off, caressed by mystic backwards basslines, balafon resonances and slide guitar chords. You can hear the ceaseless chirping, twittering and cheeping from all the treetops of Koze’s exotic jungle. High on the odour of the shamans Copal like Snoop, Track ID Anyone is hacking its way through the lush foilage until, out of a sudden, the soft voice of Caribou resounds. “Die Vögel” wave to us from the branch just opposite and orchestrate Dan Snaith’s singing accompanied by smooth horns. Welcome to the jungle! Koze and his dude Apparat share their common grouchy and misanthropic nature. Both of them like to go on holidays on their own and are either perpetually nagging or sentimentally slobbering over something. Theres nothing in between. In “Nices Wölkchen”, Koze presents Apparats vocals (which the singer himself naturally thought were crap, thus plastering them with effects) in an unusually dry and frail manner. The song morphs melancholically through the patterns until it completely mutates to a quivering cloud that eventually empties itself over you with a thousand tears, just like a rain of champaign. The soulful organ of the house music hymn Royal Ascher Cut, staging rhythmically unexpected chord changes and insane African flutes, generates a desire for dark clubs, women and drugs, and follows the principle of the maximisation of emotion by a minimisation of sounds. This track refers to the Spanish court jeweller Asscher, who has been polishing the Crowns gems in the Royal Asscher Cut for generations. Koze had the unique opportunity to get to know his daughter Carol Asscher in G’stad. Her impressive holiday accommodation, which is situated there, its entirely built of oak flambé, imported from Burgundy. In his song Magical Boy, Koze is savouring Matthew Dears heavy baritone: Unlike Dears own production, where he usually embeds his voice in a humming sound carpet, Koze virtually exposes his zappa-esque vocals on a silver tray and strips the music down to the billowing Rhodes. The primal scream-like Ahhhhhhh, which is the most prominent part of the refrain, sounds like the war cry of a lovesick mandrill. Out of a sudden while Magical Boys spacy metallic outro still reverberates in a majestic fashion the galley is slowing down its pace and floating through the driftwood with Das Wort. Alas, on the far side of the bank you can see Dirk von Lutzow slowly waving at us in the evening sun, singing of love like nobody else can do, accompanied by dry, soulful beats with soundscapes of Hawaiian style. The greates poet of our generation, nobody has ever heard him like that before. A turning-point of the album! In the case of Homesick, a Kings Of Convenience track with a kind of Simon-&-Garfunkel charme to it, Adas voice and interpretation lend it the soul and depth of a Soul II Soul track. Slow and low – that’s the tempo. The shit bounces dryly and with a tight bass line around Adas exceptional vocals until, quite unexpectedly, perhaps the most defensive percussion solo of all times sets in. La Duquesa, the most tender and most refined piece of the album, perfectly casual and serious, deep and euphoric, all at the same time, is dedicated to the Spanish Duquesa de Alba, who, as holder of 46 titles of nobility, is even more highly decorated than Queen Elisabeth. Koze is fascinated by this lady: With her peculiarly creepy appearance she seems like a relic from the past era of the Spanish nobility. She is the most pictured woman in Spain and a pop phenomenon. When, in 2011, she married a man 24 years younger than herself, the entire country badmouthed her. Sometimes Koze would love to be that younger man, who the Spaniards dismiss as a legacy hunter! Marilyn Whirlwind is the loudest track on the album. The singer of St. Georg seems to be back in biz and he thoroughly sweeps through the digs at Half-Time. Emerging from a digital error, simple, bouncy and funky, this is just what it has to be like sometimes. This brain saw was produced within 2 hours. A good sign. In My Plans, the New York fugitive Matthew Dear makes his appearance on deck for the second time. Nervous, frenetic sounds carve out the soul in his voice. A dirty slow beat, consisting of no more than a kick & clap, African-sounding refrains, vocoder sparks, broken drop-outs: this is great future funk!! Dont Lose My Mind offers a lot of space between every single rimshot. Never more than two intertwined samples that, in spite or maybe even because of their emptiness, diffuse a warm bliss. Youre instantly craving a pint. Milosh, who lives in L.A. and is originally from Canada, is known and treasured for his androgynous voice. “Amygdala”, the title song, is a wondrously satisfying metamorphosis of joyful chords and mbira sounds. It is perhaps the most beautiful, most gentle song of the album. When played out loud at darkness, it shines brightly and with its spirituality, it is able to heal entire nations. At least thats what they say… Hildegard Knef is, in Kozes opinion, the most authentic singer that Germany ever had. Unheard-of lyrics, pain, courage, humour, darkness, deepness – that woman had it all. 11 years after Kozes legendary remix of Hilde’s “Ich liebe Euch”, he came across the tracks of several songs that he had at his disposal then, and in one single night and with the help of a bottle of the Spanish red wine Espelt, he created this new version of “Ich schreib dir ein Buch”. The samples that caress Hildes voice are all taken from the original tracks and have been recorded with frantic enthusiasm during the kick-in phase of the wine. And you can definitely tell: out of time for the most part. After critical review on the morning after, its been judged just right. Hilde and quantification, some things just dont go together! For NooOoo, the good-bye track, Koze has recorded Tomerle & Maiko. Two very nice guys that he picked up as hitchhikers in Mexico and that hes grown to like a lot. Tomerle is originally from Israel and works as a Yoga teacher, Maiko is Japanese and very microphone-shy. It took Koze almost a whole year of constant persuading to wrench four lines of Hebrew vocals from her. A sweet lullaby for all the blessed nomads.

Daboo // Cruppet

25 Mar

Daboo - Cruppet

Tune in to Daboo’s creepy puppet sound going from groovy tech house into some kind of deep creep bass techno and back….hope you enjoy.

Jesse Rose // Paper Heart EP

24 Mar

Beatport here

Super Flu // Va Ga Va Ga EP

23 Mar

Va Ga Va Ga EP

Fresh Super Flu out on Monaberry! Beatport here.

Floyd Campbell // Bank Walls EP

22 Mar

Floyd Campbell - Bank Walls EP

Floyd Campbell‘s Bank Walls EP, out now on Body High. Beatport here.

Them Jeans // Vowel Play

21 Mar

Them Jeans - Vowel Play

Our pick from Them Jeans‘ new EP Vowel Play! Out now on No Brainer Records – beatport here.

Hollen // Techno Tools Vol. 2

20 Mar

Hollen - Techno Tools Vol. 2

The 2nd volume of the grooviest serie of Suara records “Techno Tools” comes from Italy. Hollen is one the hottest artists of the Italian techno scene and after several releases on Bitten, Snatch and Trapez lands in Suara for first time with a 4-track EP full of big room grooves and very powerful sounds. One of the tracks was co-worked with Johnny Kaos, another Italian rising star well know for his stuff on Sci+Tec and Bla Bla. (Suara SC, 2013) Beatport here.

Bambounou // Full of Feelings EP

19 Mar

bambounou - full of feelings ep

“Full Of Feelings” is released only 4 months after “Orbiting”. A clear sign for unrestrained creativity and joy. While the A-Side track “Filled”, an eclectic monster, transitions perfectly from the sound of “Orbiting”, “Brim” merges Chicago House and Minimal Techno, before the home listening etude “Boarder” closes the EP with yet another facet of the broad musical spectrum of pretty boy and young french genius Bambounou(Monkeytown Records, 2013) Beatport here.

The Doors // The End (Riva Starr Rub-A-Dub cut)

18 Mar

doors riva

Riva Starr has decided to put this mix of The Doors he did a few years ago as a free download. Grab it quick as it’ll only be online for a limited time!

Tinush // Kinderspiel EP

18 Mar

tinush kinderspiel

Check out Tinush‘s first solo EP on Ton Liebt Klang – out in April 11. Pre-sales available here.

Döden // Elephants EP

17 Mar

Doden elephants

Döden from Malmö makes his debut on 12-3 with a thrilling three track EP, providing some beautiful techno house full of life. Rugged but fun, emmotional and careless, not caring very much about genre constrictions, the concept fits us perfectly.

All three prodcutions are nicely executed from idea to end product, with Elephants being the obvious stand-out. The title track is a wonderful piece of music, bound to surprise you along the way – a track that’ll work just as fine in your headphones as on a big room floor. Döden deserves the utmost respect for equiping us with three stunning productions like these.

(12-3 Recordings SC, 2013) Beatport here.

Blanco y Negro

16 Mar

Klasse Recordings has teamed up with Montana Paints and a selection of Barcelona’s finest graffiti writers and brought the Blanco Y Negro exhibition. Their idea was to present a different side of graffiti, a more playful and self-referencing side. Above is a video thats shows how the event came together and that catches the writers in action. The featured track is The Mask Two, a previously unheard track from Luca Lozano’s forthcoming album!
(Klasse Recordings, 2013)

Atoms For Peace // BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix

15 Mar


Atoms For Peace – the new electronic/experimental super group with Thom Yorke, Flea, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker and  Mauro Refosco – bust out this dandy BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. Also check out Amok, their first album, if you haven’t already! Beatport here. Thanks to earmilk for the pic and stream.

1. Chris Clark – The Pining Pt. 1 [Warp]
2. Doom & Thom Yorke/Jonny Greenwood – R Fren [Lex Records]
3. Luke Abbott – Brazil [Border Community]
4. Thom Yorke/Jonny Greenwood – Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses [_xurbia_xendless]
5. Redshape – Man Out Of Time (Major Space Dub) [Present Recordings]
6. Kuodede – Golf [Taxila]
7. Colleen Et Les Boites a Musique – Bicycle Bells [Leaf]
8. Shed – Day After [50 Weapons]
9. Thom Yorke – The Twist (Unfinished Section B)
10. Thom Yorke – Has Been
11. Macel Dettman – Ellipse [50 Weapons]
12. Luke Abbott – Modern Driveway [Border Community]
13. Radiohead – Give Up The Ghost (Thriller House Ghost Mix) [Ticker Tape]
14. Thom Yorke – Harrowdown Hill (C90 Mix)
15. Radiohead – The Gloaming
16. Boys Noize – Kill The Kid [Boysnoize]
17. Other Lives – Tamer Animals (Atoms For Peace Remix) [50 Weapons]
18. Radiohead – Harmonics Loop
19. Bad Autopsy – Ginmixer [Ramp]
20. Phon.o – Fukushima [50 Weapons]
21. Adolfo Coelho – Socana N’gam [Lusafrica]
22. Trim & Riko – Trousers
23. Apostrophi – Average Joe
24. Mr. Oizo – Stunt [Ed Banger Records]
25. Throwing Snow & Louis Vines – Too Polite [Local Action]
26. Steve Reich – It’s Gonna Rain Pt. 1 (1965) [Nonesuch]
27. DJ Tre – Ping Pong Track [Skratch-A-Trak]
28. Aphex Twin – Cilonen [Rephlex]
29. DJ Slugo – Juke Me From The Back Low
30. Thom Yorke – The Drunkk Machine [XL]
31. Firefox & Glamour – Check Da Skills [Gold Philly Blunt Records]
32. Thom Yorke – The Hollow Earth [_xurbia_xendless]
33. Macc & DgoHn – Forget Stuff [Rephlex]
34. Wishmountain – Walkman [Antiphon]
35. Oneohtrix Point Never – I Only Have Eyes For You
36. Alex Cortex – Huyendo [Klang Elektronik]
37. Radiohead – Bloom (Jamie XX Club Remix) [_xurbia_xendless]
38. Abu Sultan – Your Love Made My Head Hurt [Sham Palace]
39. Diplo & Blaqstarr – Get Off (Rob 3 Remix) [Mad Decent]

Tom Demac and Glimpse // Guns & Posers EP

15 Mar

guns n posers tom demac

Tom Demac and Glimpse push out all the stops with this spectacular EP that incorporates heavy analogue drums and detuned synths to create a huge impact during any set. The first track ‘Guns N’ Posers’ is a weighty track that delivers a warm, upfront record that will certainly leave an impression. The lead is a unique sounding synth that then injects a killer hook to add to the commanding overdriven drums. On the flip-side, ‘Beadie Eye’ keeps the same vibe as the A-side and churns out a weighty, mean sounding synth to compliment the swung, chunky drum sounds at hand. (Drumcode, 2013) Grab it here!

Dfind // Tribby

14 Mar

Dfind - Tribby

Here’s a mix to use your ears to, featuring some bassy, techy and sometimes deepsterish – but not too much – tracks. Hope you can dig it!

Borderline // Robots Over Madrid

14 Mar

Borderline Personality Disorder

Twin Turbo diagnoses you with borderline personality disorder with “Robots Over Madrid”, the latest from noted Spaniards Borderline. Featuring a remix by In Flagranti.

Following the 2011 Turbo release of “Stay,” a chart favorite of Tiga, Roman Fluegel, Ivan Smagghe, and Rebolledo, Borderline return with “Make Me Crazy,” a departure from the established Twin Turbo sound, in that it does not sound like the aural equivalent of being beaten into submission with a brick of E.

The A-side finds the Spanish duo riding a classy, hypnotic funk groove that gradually reveals darker edges as it progresses, combining strains of disco, house and techno into a seamless, stronger whole. B-side “Halloween” amps up the stakes with a creepy vocal sample, pulsing arpeggiated baseline, and massive early buildup, without ever venturing all the way into the “banger” darkside.

For the remix, we made a suitable offer to Swiss-based Codek disco vets In Flagranti, who dim the lights and accentuate the more sinister aspects of the original, adding ominous robo-atmospherics and a brooding minor-key baseline.

Twin Turbo – more than stadium bangers, more than peak-time bombs, more than you could ever know.

(Turbo Recordings SC, 2013) Beatport here.

Severn Beach // Stitches EP

13 Mar


For the next release on Audio Culture we’re happy to present Severn Beach, a new moniker for the already well established Bristolian, James Fox. On the Stitches EP Severn Beach displays an impressive level of constraint and confidence while exploring the more stripped back yet detailed, rugged and tougher territories of house and techno.

(Surus, 2013) Grab it here!

Sinkane // Making Time / Warm Spell

13 Mar


Following Daphni’s exhilarating treatment of “Runnin,” the dusty squawk-box psychedelia of Sinkane is again prepared for dance floor omnipresence with a new pair of remixes from Germany’s Tuff City Kids and Barker & Baumecker. Running Back label boss Gerd Janson teams with Philip Lauer as Tuff City Kids to create an anxious burble out of “Making Time,” squeezing dry Ahmed Gallab’s processed guitar histrionics and letting staccato bass get tangled in a maze of refracted synths. For “Warm Spell,” Ostgut Ton pillars Barker & Baumecker turn abrupt twitches into a big-room tool, teasing out soft chords over crusty percussion, with Sinkane’s weary vocal chasing after itself until exhausted. Both remixes further reveal Sinkane’s emotional range, as comfortable on a sweaty dance floor as a sunny beach. (DFA Records, 2013) Grab it here!