London's pioneering Warp imprint has gone through many transformations and guises over the last two decades - all of them on-point, of course - but they've really done it this time with these Cargaa series, a batch of releases dedicated specifically to the recent Lisbon sound that has been jump-started by the Principe label. There's six smoking joints on here, all of them wet, wild and heavy on the Angolan-style percussion. The full marks here go to DJ Maboku's remix of DJ Lilocox's "Terraxo Electrico", a broken down mass of deranged and grimey house beats, and "Somos Todos Malucos" by DJ Firmeza that you gotta hear to believe!
Fans of A/V pioneer Amon Tobin were thrilled when he broke a three-year silence with an exclusive Record Store Day release of Dark Jovian last month. However not everyone was able to get their hands on the luxuriantly packed double vinyl set, so now a digital version has surfaced to keep everybody happy. It's a stunning five-track cosmic soundtrack inspired by Tobin's obsession with space exploration movies and an attempt 'to interpret a sense of scale, like moving towards impossibly giant objects and planets turning'. Also included are haunting reworks by Lee Gamble, Logos and Eprom!
At one time it was commonplace to wait a long while for a new Anodyne release to surface, but these days Colin Cloughley is hitting a more productive streak. This new album on leading Irish digital label Acroplane Recordings follows swiftly on from the IV LP for Offshoot Records, and it plunges further into crisp, electro-powered electronica with a distinctly dark edge. There are feistier moments such as the uptempo breakbeat roll of "Darkenergy", while the likes of "Crossed Swords" nestle into snaking configurations of glitchy percussion, but the album as a whole hangs together very cohesively indeed.
There's no denying ASC's work ethic; the Brit-in-San Diego has released a steady stream of albums and singles since 1999, and still finds time to run the lauded Auxillary imprint. Here he returns to Samurai Red Seal, with his first full-length for the imprint since 2012. As usual, he's working at drum and bass's experimental fringes, delivering blends of fuzzy electronics, creepy textures and subtle, pared-back jungle rhythms that arguably have more in common with vintage IDM (the much-forgotten Neotropic project on Ninja Tune's NTone offshoot, for starters) than blistering dancefloor jungle. Few do this kind of murky D&B futurism better, though, and Imagine The Future is a mighty impressive set.
After having had something of a time out, Olde English Spelling Bee appears to have fired up the coffers good and proper once again with the recent Mirage LP being swiftly followed up by this long player from Ash Koosha. With little to no background information to go on, all one can do is plunge into the utterly bewildering sound world that Koosha has created on Good, which involves heavy sample manipulation spinning around the stereo field with abandon on top of lop sided percussive frameworks and lairy synth lines. It's all finely balanced to make for a genuinely exciting and immersive listening experience that sounds utterly singular.
The Best Things In Life Are The Simple Things - (4:12) 92 BPM
On The Edge Of Fidelity - (3:01) 57 BPM
Beatless Azur - (8:40) 58 BPM
Pentatonic Surprise - (3:38) 85 BPM
Spread Optics - (6:17) 70 BPM
Mood Filter - (4:36) 103 BPM
Being Enveloped - (5:49) 60 BPM
Indeed - (3:03) 79 BPM
Audio Arkiv has been doing an excellent job of unearthing and digitally reissuing Uwe Schmidt's (aka AtomTM) timeless electronics from the '90s. These latest 12 cuts to see the light of day contain yet more of the man's inimitable electro-acoustic sound design, a style that's been copied and unsuccessfully emulated by many. Each track is broken, sparse, wild and oddly humoristic, where AtomTM's grooves are both fluid and disjointed at the same time, a collection of truly experimental arrangements which are continuously surprising on each listen.
Kevin 'BAT' Palmer is certainly on a roll at the moment, from his recent collaboration with BNJMN on the De-Re-Constructions album to the Boa release with long-time collaborator Ovis Aurum. After imparting some early archival recordings to Astro:Dynamics for the Excavated Tapes 1992-1999, Vol. 1 cassette back in 2013, he's back with another round of fine otherworldly sonics from the vaults. The tones range from serene melodic tones to dusty downtempo excursions that all fit within the broad remit of BAT sounds, framed in short doodles that provide another insight into a singular artist.