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Nathan Fake's most recent album, Providence, was also one of his most critically acclaimed works. Now the UK producer hands over "Degreelessness" (featuring Prurient) from the album to remixers Huerco S and Overmono. The decision to pair up Fake with Huerco S was an inspired one, with the US artist turning "Degreelessness" into a dreamy, languid affair. By contrast, the Overmono version uses Fake's tripped out sense of melody to create a soaring but glitchy dance floor track, supported by steely, angular drums. This package proves to be an embarrassment of riches for fans of the singular UK producer, with a new track, "Bosky", navigating a path between his melancholic sound and swinging, assured electro beats.
It's back to the future with Massacooramaan right here, with this new EP for Fade To Mind giving grim a whole new texture to play with. Much like the early gear that was promoted by DJs like Plasticman, Drum Fission is an endless reinvention what is possible with a simple set of percussion and bass stomps. The opening "Voltage Slip" is a perfect example of that, a tune which never uses the 'less-is-more' effect, ands the same can be said for the rhythmic bangs of "Exhume", another impressive drum experimentation built from only a few core elements. The likes of "Dautrada" bring in a more tribal rhythm to the picture, while "Hyper Garrote" finishes off with one final stab to the gut, in the form of some pretty devilish drum stabs. This be some Darth Vader bass!
Presenting the new album from Dutch producer and visual artist David Douglas. Over the years, he has worked on several major television and film productions and he has directed music video's for artists like Blaudzun, John Coffey, Daniel Beddingfield and for his own track "California Poppy". Released via Amsterdam based Atomnation Records who have recently presented works by the likes of Tunnelvision, Gidge and Portable Sunsets. Following on from 2014's "Moon Observations", Douglas continues to perfect his cosmic sound, taking us on a journey through polyrhythmic and technicoloured. This is melodic, sun kissed disco and eclectic electronica. Said to be inspired by the astrological writings of his 18th century namesake, Douglas creates waves of celestial melodies that are merged with driving beats, arpeggiated synths and hypnotic vocals.
Division Recordings is a Dutch label run by local dum and bass legends Noisia. It's over to Berlin based experimentalist Maere for their full length debut. Full of futute beat mutations by way of bass muic and R&B. The darkly charming lo-end pulsations of "Thorneater" get things off to a good start. "Neon Prey" is probably the albums most fierce moment where some pitchshifted urban croons get warped over a jagged and angular beat. Elsewhere "#Cursed" goes for a sultry and sexy swagger contrasted by some eerie elements, mainly in the haunting horror movie style strings. Inventive stuff right here: keep your eyes on this young gun!



More epic than an all-night Sasha set, Modular Arms bridges the gap between big room house, trance melodies and break beat. "Celebrate", with its filtered synth builds, rolling drums and prowling bass is a pure adrenaline rush, bringing the listener back to a time when DJs played a range of music and didn't worry about sub-genres. "Modular" is more introspective and sees DGTL deliver morse code bleeps and windswept melodies over an understated groove. However, the most impressive track is "Amplify". Like an update of late 90s breaks act Hybrid, it sees DGTL effortlessly fuse dramatic strings and searing acid lines with dubbed out, cavernous break beats.
When Britain's Clark and American Com Truise set out on their co-headlining tour, the two collaborated on a split 12" available for purchase at their live dates, which is now available in digital format. The former's contribution titled "Bobbie Caris" is a wonderful electro-funk number with P-funk influences that channels the vibe of Detroit greats such as Gerald Donald or James Stinson, but equally adding his own unique spin on things: as only this revered IDM maestro and Warp label staple only can! Fun fact: the track is actually named after his trusty sound engineer that he takes on tour.
Selwa Abd has released a series of cassettes and 12 inches as Bergsonist, but this EP is probably her most diverse to date. "Exile" is underpinned by raw drums and provides a basis for the Moroccan artist to lay down atmospheric chord sequences. "Ressentiment" is darker and more droning, with noisy riffs unravelling over jittery kicks. The closest reference point to any other artist is Hieroglyphic Being's more visceral work. On "Mutation", Abd heads in a different direction again, this time towards emotive, breaky electro. The label has tapped Murray CY to rework "Ressentiment", resulting in the most upfront track, a heads-down, noisy analogue workout.



In Sam Mullany's music, things that initially sound like drones become, under closer inspection, become more delicate melodies spinning out into trails of delay and collaged with triangles of noise. Music made out of tiny elements, but impeccably arranged. This one will appeal to any fans of the label's 18th release: Chemiefaserwerk, Mats Gustafsson's Piano Mating or Benjamin Finger's Amorosa Sensitiva. Might we also recommend it to fans of Tim Hecker or Alessandro Cortini. At times moody and mysterious, uplifting, even life affirming at other intervals. The Washington, VA based producer has a truly captivating style and one to watch!