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Review: Audiovisual artist and 'eccentric guru' Alan Starck is back with a new long player for electronica indie, Ominim Records. If the cover looks like a shot of an old 70s lab, that's because the album was inspired by a recent trip to an abandoned M.O.D jet engine factory. The haunting machine graveyard vibe is captured on opener "Peeling", but elsewhere things tend veer more towards perky electro-pop with deep, techy vibes. Highlights include the glitch-funk of "Sweet J", the acid-disco of "Elephant Men" and the Robotnick-esque "The Organ Grinder".
Over 1500 of minimal, techno, glitch, breaks to experimental samples. More than 1Gb of samples and loops at 90, 120 & 128bpm including bass, beats, claps, fx, hats, keys, kicks, percussion, sequencer, snares, strings, synth & vox.
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Played by: Paul Mac, Jamie Behan (Bastardo Electrico), Cottam, Intu:itiv, Jona Saucedo, Kryptic Minds
Review: On Luxury Problems, Mancunian producer Andy Stott builds on the knackered house and techno sound showcased in last year's brace of brilliance, Passed Me By and We Stay Together. The album will contain eight tracks recorded in the last 12 months, with five of the songs featuring vocals from his old piano teacher who Stott hadn't seen since he was a teenager in 1996, with the opening track "Numb" seeing her looped and layered vocals exuding a cinematic quality. The paranoid, dense, slow-moving qualities that Stott has made his signature remain, but they've been toyed with and manipulated, and the vocal elements feel like a calculated gamble - one that has truly paid off. Highly recommended.
23 May 11
Review: British dub-techno producer Andy Stott returns to the production fold with this excellent doublepack entitled Passed Me By. Although strictly a double EP rather than an album, there's enough here to fill the void left since the last Stott long player, Merciless. Stott opens with the disturbed paranoia of "Signature" and the brilliant "New Ground", which utilises a drowned-out vocal snippet that immediately brings to mind the work of Actress. The grumbling dub of "North To South" contrasts neatly with "Intermittent", in which rasping drum hits form the rhythmic pulse, allowing another ethereal vocal to float over the top. The second half of the release takes on an even darker hue; with the raw drum hits of "Dark Details", terrifying drone of "Execution" and ghostly atmospherics of the title track rounding off this most stunning release.
24 Oct 11
Played by: Scott Wilson - Juno Plus
Review: Andy Stott follows up the incredible reinvention that was Passed Me By with another EP of dark, slowed down techno that takes his style further down his bleak rabbithole, concentrating on the micro level detail within its expansive scale. Opening with the beatless "Submission", a Fennesz style wash of recorded waves subjected to crushing compression, he moves into the 100bpm territory of "Posers" which concentrates on a roughly treated, barely there vocal sample, and "Bad Wires", which slowly disorientates the listener with its sludgy bass loop and fizzing atmosphere. Meanwhile "We Stay Together" opts for a cleaner atmosphere with demonic undertones, whilst "Cherry Eye" offers the faintest sceptre of melody in a cavernous backdrop. Finally "Cracked" hypnotises with its metallic textures and undercurrent of acid which gurgles beneath. For anyone who considers themselves even remotely adventurous in their techno tastes, We Stay Together is essential.
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02 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Leftfield
Review: Stepping up to Dublin's bastion of beats, Anno Stamm is a fresh name by all accounts, although it's hardly surprising to discover that in fact it's 50 Weapons regular Anstam stretching his moniker out for a cheeky excursion further west in Europe. There's still a recognisable complexity to the ingredients Lars Stowe pours into his tracks, as alien melodies and unidentified beat sources bubble away in a thoroughly singular broth, and so the FragmentsA record follows on neatly from the likes of Dispel Dances. If anything has changed for this outing, opening track "I Still Have The Photographs" is slightly more pared down in its amount of elements, but then the hustling drums and twitchy melodies of "Purple Clouds" put paid to that notion. Indeed "A Triangular Patch Of Lip" is equally irreverent, summoning up Italo daemons and electro wraiths for the most discernible floor burner on this record.
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