Touchin' Bass secure quite the coup here by signing up German sound experimentalist Arovane to the label with an intriguing two-track release of fluttering noise and broken beats. There's some serious Mr Oizo/Ed Banger vibes going on in "Aarlenpeers" through its grungy, French-sounding polka synths which are made to sound all the more industrial when threaded through a kraftwerk of frenetic rhythms and syncopated beats that bring Aphex Twin to mind. "II_Eth" is even more far flung bringing together a sound that blends the metallic cadence of Lotic with the white hot electronics of Raster-Noton. Seriously cool music.
Centrum is Parisian producer Bambounou's second artist album on Modeselektor's label and it shows two distinct sides to his musical palette. The album begins with haunting, glitchy tracks like "Composer" and "Fire Woman", before Bambounou moves into melodic, bleep-heavy sounds courtesy of "Excluding Natalia" and "SAC". Unexpectedly, the listener is shaken out of this stupor with "Each Other", a tough, hammering rhythm, "Oez", which is less direct but also revolves around a grainy, dense rhythm track and the glitchy techno of "At The Mirror". Just in case the listener is left in any doubt about Bambounou's musical duality, the album ends with the humming bass and tough percussion of "I Ride".
Following on from their reissue of his 1979 album, Visions of Dune, Infine has commissioned remixes of experimental artist Bernard Szajner's work. Irene Dresel turns in a chiming, droning version of "Gom Jabbar" from Dune, while UK duo Ghosting Season add wasp-sting acid lines and Middle Eastern call to prayer chants to "Zed". UK experimentalist Scanner favours an abstract take on "Rethinking Szajner", with wild jazzy signatures scattered over a broken down rhythm. Best of all though are the ambient interpretations of Szajner's work; Siavash Amini's take on "Shai Hulud" consists of layers of dreamy synths, while the Tyler Pope & Clara Moto remake of "Dune 2" is an irresistible, freeform ambient dub adventure.
Forged from a transatlantic exchange of sounds, pastoral house maverick Bnjmn and wayfaring noise wielder Best Available Technology have spent the past few years piecing together this album for Astro:Dynamics. Forming a logical middle ground between the two artists respective styles, De/Re-Constructions glides between atmospheric textural studies and plaintive, crackling leftfield house with ease. There's spinnable material available in the shape of "Tred", but this is largely a headphones affair to get lost in, from the cyclical twitterings of "Wired" to tense industrial reduction "Rift". It rarely stays in one place and yet never feels disjointed, which is impressive given the distinct minds at work on this unique project.
Can't Do Without You (extended mix) - (6:33) 64 BPM
Your Love Will Set You Free (C2 Set U Free remix) - (6:42) 60 BPM
Second Chance (Cyril Hahn edit) - (4:46) 63 BPM
Mars (Head High Core remix) - (4:54) 63 BPM
Mars (Head High Venus remix) - (5:38) 63 BPM
Our Love (Daphni mix) - (7:07) 63 BPM
Can't Do Without You (Tale Of Us & Mano Le Tough remix) - (7:36) 64 BPM
Some four years after Swims brought the work of Dan Snaith to the attention of a whole new audience, the London-based Canadian artist returns with a sixth Caribou album entitled Our Love. Staunch followers of Caribou will know that Snaith tends to adopt different sonic approaches with every long player (compare the psychedelia of Up In Flames with the more spaced out Andorra) but this latest album feels like a natural development of the club influenced sounds of Swims. City Slang call it Snaith's most soulful set yet, and that's certainly helped by the presence of compatriot Jessy Lanza, and like all Caribou albums there is something new that appeals with every listen. This digital version also come with six extra remixes, the highest profile being a joint rework by Tale Of Us and Mano le Tough, and better yet - two bangers from Shed's Head High alias.
Something has clearly stirred at Fernow Towers of late with this collection of material under the Exploring Jezebel name one of several album endeavours from the multifaceted US noise icon due within 2015's first quarter. Dominick Fernow completists will be fully aware of Exploring Jezebel, a project of S&M themed nocturnal transmissions issued on limited cassette format mostly through his own Hospital Productions. It's perhaps the one creative endeavour that shows off Fernow's black sense of humour best, as evidenced on the tracklisting for this Blackest Ever Black album. The label describe On A Business Trip To London as a "dramatic document of curious electronics" and that's certainly the case from what we have heard.