July 17, 2017

Perlon Allstars - Superlongevity 6

perlon114When Perlon started releasing their “SuPERLONgevity” compilation series in 1999,it was not evident that the name,which had initially been chosen just for pun,would become a self-fulfilling prophecy.Now,Perlon is in its 20th year,indeed,and preparing the celebration of this anniversary,the label invites its listeners to enter the sixth round of illuminating expression,once more driven by playfulness and fluffy swingtime. This time,the journey extends to eight sides with no guidepost except maybe the order to set the controls for the heart of the potoo.18 tracks unfold their magic formulas to release a cascade of funky blobs.The collection reflects the label’s unique interpretation of sound and vision,of caring and sharing,of “glitches and itches”-by forward and froward thinking artists who set landmarks and break standards for the sake of the sound of the extraordinary.Here’s what you will find in this brand-new Perlon toy box that adds one more shade to the corporate colour scheme:House bubbles that sound like they come straight from a “Bällchenparadies".A motor drive with a sexy beat.Tribal dances,warped ballads,romantic fantasies.Heavy bass fundaments with aerial notes that hover above like helium balloons.A meditation machine,chilly chimes and future clockworks.Speaking things with nonsense as a foreign language.Rumouring moods and sparkling modes.

 

July 17, 2017

Klon Dump - Klon Dump Versus The Open Air

acolour005 Five releases strong and A Colourful Storm is cementing itself as one of the most exciting labels to watch. They’ve even managed to surprise us with their most ahem, “functional” record yet. Four demented bleeps’n'bloops’n'bassliners with just enough sass, sub and a beautifully complex sound palette to boot. Our pick is the ‘Specialist’. Vital Sales Points: - Fifth release on Australian label A Colourful Storm - Premiered on someone’s Boiler Room (we can’t remember who) - Ricardo Villalobos’ favourite artist (surely) - Absolute bangers

 

July 17, 2017

DMX Krew - Strange Directions

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 Since releasing his last album on Hypercolour in February 2016 (‘You Exist’), DMX Krew has not for one moment rested on laurels, releasing two further LPs on the Ekster and Abstract Form labels, as well as EPs and singles for Central Processing Unit, Shipwrec, Revoke and more. Continuing to remain faithful to the roots of electro, IDM and the deeper shades of techno, and without compromise, DMX Krew cranks out emotive and brain scrambling electronica at a mighty rate, and never disappoints. ‘Strange Directions’ is album number 21 from DMX Krew, and lands once more on Hypercolour, the British label that continues to make heady waves in the music scene with genre shifting releases from the like of Matthew Herbert, Luke Vibert, Gary Gritness, The Cyclist, Outboxx and A Sagittariun in the last 12 months alone. You’ll know what kind of ride you are in for from the first few bars of album opener ‘Snowy Blue’; hypnotizing bass and spatial keys float over dusty micro breaks, produced with an infectious aesthetic that continues over the long player’s fifty-five minute tenure. Experimental and expansive joints such as ‘Odd Chill’ and ‘Strange Directions’ sit comfortably alongside funkier techno jams such as ‘Thin Hype’ and ‘Zero Sum’, whilst the melancholic synth sensibilities of tracks like ‘Hip Hopeless’ and ‘Axial Mode Beat’ catches DMX Krew on fine form.

 

May 18, 2017

Rocksteady - The Roots Of Reggae (2017 Remastered)

moll16lpBrand New 2017 Recut - finally available on Vinyl for the First time. 2LP+Mp3 in full Original Coverart. The legendary movie soundstrack based out of Kingston, Jamaica in April 2008, telling the story of the original vocalists and musicians involved. The sixteenth release on the Moll-Selekta label shares its title with a wonderful film, a heartwarming homage to the golden age of rocksteady. It documents the recordings being made for this very album at the Tuff Gong studios, Kingston, Jamaica in April 2008, telling the story of the original vocalists and musicians involved. Excerpts from an all star reunion concert staged in Kingston and older archive material complete the picture. Never before in the history of Jamaica, which already occupies a unique place on the world map of song, its sound embraced by western popular music, has such an illustrious collection of singers and players been assembled. The album showcases 15 rocksteady classics in sparkling, deeply inspired new versions, recorded in the studio which also played host to album sessions of a certain Bob Marley. Under the musical direction of Ernest Ranglin, a guitarist of considerable renown not only on the reggae circuit, but also on the jazz scene, mixed by legendary engineer Errol Brown - in Duke Reid’s employ at the Treasure Isle studio in the sixties - and freshly arranged by Lynn Taitt.

 

May 18, 2017

Oliver Koletzki - The Arc Of Tension

svt193lpOn his sixth album, The Arc of Tension, the Berlin based DJ, label owner and producer OLIVER KOLETZKI yet again presents his remarkable vision of contemporary electronic music, while he assumes the role of a storyteller. The Arc of Tension speaks to its listener as a singular, self contained work, which communicates by way of its natural flow and arc of suspense. The latter is mirrored not only in the multifarious narrative of the actual album, but can also be understood as evidence for its creator’s long musical history. While Koletzki focussed on a diverse range of vocal collaborations on his previous long players, he now moves on to a different form of storytelling, rooted in the quiet confidence of a veteran musician, as well as the hectic lifestyle of a globally in demand DJ. The Arc of Tension is the psychonautic journey through the various continents of Oliver’s consciousness. The quiet chirps and warbles, which initially unfold on the opener ‘A Tribe Called Kotori’, thus act as a loose associative bridge to ‘Der Mu?ckenschwarm’, Oliver’s big breakthrough hit of 2005. The first minutes of the album leave no room for doubt - we are immediately locked into an autobiographical world of sound that knows how to captivate from the get go. The dreamy, exotic timbres of the downbeat tracks ‘By My Side’, Tankwa Town’ and ‘Byron Bay’ penetrate our minds in a subtle yet purposeful manner. But soon the tension tightens and organic sounds one by one evolve towards a sterner, electronic cadence. The bittersweet neon synths of ‘Spiritual Not Religious’ pave the way for the complex rhythm of ‘A Star Called Akasha’, an early highlight carried by melancholic cellos and contemplative piano chords. The ultimate turni

 

May 18, 2017

Mat Chiavaroli - No Stranger To Madness

quintesse54Following a number of exciting tunes released on the renowned Quintessentials, here comes Mat Chiavaroli’s first long-player “No Stranger To Madness". Warm Fostex tape hisses and MPC swings, the guy from the Pescara hills delivers 10 tracks for both your dancing and listening pleasure. The A- and B-side tracks are drenched in dusty funk samples, gritty chords and syncopated rhythms. In “Aroma De Mi Vida” Mat chops obscure Rhodes riffs and layering them with more elements, just like in “Whoja Vu", a heavy-sampled disco juggler very close to his previous Quintessentials releases. On the flip we find some deep chords melting with powerful gospel vocals, giving life to a track that annihilates boring dancefloors. There’s a similar vibe in “Jeep Ridaz” that reminisces about seminal Atavisme classics with broken detuned bits and agitated cut and pastes give a sense of randomness. The second part of this album shows Mat Chiavaroli’s deeper side. “Double Pain” is a tune that progressively brings you to many aspects of what Mat loves: saturated female vocals stick out while gloomy chords gently develop. “Storia Losca” has a slightly different attitude with a huge synth presence, live percussion and dreamy pianos. The D side opens with “The Quiet Bobobo", a distorted floor delight and ends with something closer to Mat’s early music, disclosing a fresh collaboration with the young studio fellow P.Lok. “No Stranger To Madness” fits many bills and is an impressive proof of what Mat’s musical ability is.