Matthew Watt aka Killawatt drops his debut LP on the UK's Osiris Music. Gnarly, psychedelic techno is the name of the game here, and there's a whopping twelve tracks up for grabs. Blending everything from UK bass to dubstep and even drone, Killawatt's particular brand of four-to-the-floor is both singular and caters to just about anyone whose into menacing beats and abstract sonics. We're particularly into the choppy beats on "Spinal Swarm" and the outsider techno rhythm that is "Excessive Hyperbole". This album is absolutely brimming with quality and singularity. More from Mr.Watt, please!
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".
The Jealous God label returns and it's a Gallic affair as Lyon-based hardware mangler In Aeternam Vale offers up a trio of productions that demonstrate how under rated a producer Laurent Prot is. You will probably know In Aeternam Vale from the various archival releases issued by Minimal Wave over the past few years, but the music contained on this clear dark blue 12" is of a more recent vintage. It's also superb, with lead track "V8" one of Prot's trademark extended productions that expertly builds up a gripping sense of hissing, brooding atmosphere - the usage of delay as the final third approaches is just immense. On the flip, both "62,54hz" and "808TS" are worthy of Sandwell District in their pomp.
Bleak, post-apocalyptic designs: Dutch freshman Ebbo's debut EP is a dark, distinctive document that refuses to lay its crooked, angular hat in any one genre. Fusing the trappist physicality of fellow countrymen Yellow Claw and the yearning, star-gazing otherworldliness of fellow native Zes, it's the soundtrack to the bleakest end-of-days movie you've yet to see. Highlights include the choral spine and arpeggiated suit of shivering armour "No Amount" and the Endtroducing-style plucks and fragments of "Pian888". A genuinely unique entrance, Ebbo makes a very strong case for radar-lockage right here.
50 releases in under four years is no mean feat, so a round of applause to Unknown to the Unknown who surpass the landmark with a new record from Legowelt. The superbly named Immensity Of Cosmic Space arrives hot on the heels of Legowelt's fine Vaporware Tracks record for Creme and sees the Dutchman exploring the realm of rave era breakbeat techno. Of course what makes Danny Wolfers work as Legowelt so distinctive his mastery of star gazing melodies and hearing them fused with recycled drum breaks on the title track and the Amen filled "Lumeria2" is a real delight.
This second Arrangements in Monochrome Ep in a strange hardcore techno kind of way is a lot more delicate than its forbearer. These subtleties are best heard in this record's less visceral tracks like the deep Italian brand of bassline rhythms experienced in "Second Wash", to "Lenine", a track which could easily find its way to the record collection of Paul Purgas, and "The Incoherent", a production reminiscent of Milton Bradley's earlier works. They are, however, off set by pounding productions found in the under water Mike Parker modulations of "Arrangement In Monochrome II" and the dirty thumps of a Mike Dehnert sounding "Entartung".
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.
Experimental veteran Jean Patrice Remillard adds to his ever-extending repertoire of long-players with this complex exercise in minimal mesmerism. Playing with the concept of repetition and repurpose, sounds and motifs are carried through the entire narrative through infinite processes and subversions. From the endless tunnel drone and white noise mischief of "Wabano" to the jittering, glass shard elements of "Poplar", the DNA is most definitely techno, but the mindset is light years away from the dance. Best destined for late night headphone adventures, Pheek's commitment to sound design and arrangement abstractions will leave you with more questions than answers.
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.