Balladen Om Briggen Blue Bird Of Hull - (3:03) 53 BPM
Far Jag Lamna Nagra Blommor - (3:03) 71 BPM
Flickan Och Krakan - (3:03) 68 BPM
Visa Fran Rattvik - (3:03) 64 BPM
Uti Var Hage - (3:03) 65 BPM
Visa Vid Midsommartid - (3:03) 82 BPM
Somliga Gar Med Trasiga Skor - (3:03) 95 BPM
We Manage With Love, often stripped-down to simply WMWL, is a Scandinavian booking agency with a very particular type of aesthetic, and that's a great thing seeing as they've just started a label and proceeded to drop bombs, left, right and centre. Their second release comes from the shadowy Christian Lappalainen, who debuts here with an album made up of bizarre electronic patterns that somehow recall the spirit and the energy of the Northern hemisphere. Patterns are slow and glacial, the sonics themselves bound in a sort of folky village charm. It's electronic music that is both playful and singular to the ear. Is there even a little bit of 303 going on in there? Dig in!
Damon Eliza Palermo has previously appeared on Ital's Lover's Rock label, bringing forth an admirable bundle of loose ambient and forward-thinking new age music. All of his sounds are bound in a mytical sort of coating, something that is loudly heard on Clouds Of David. The beats that trickle out of the lonesome pads five these tracks the right sort of movement, and although they are in no making them into bog room dance hits, they could easily be mixed and mashed up with more beat-heavy tunes. It's magical, it's fresh, and it's kind of perfect for this time of the year. Top draw.
Like Thoughts Or Moments We'll Fall - (3:10) 113 BPM
Fade - (3:29) 97 BPM
Interlude I - (1:08) 152 BPM
End - (3:08) 125 BPM
Daze - (3:28) 115 BPM
Still With You - (4:39) 83 BPM
Fade Down You're My Evidence - (4:06) 159 BPM
Interlude II - (1:39) 159 BPM
Interlude III - (1:43) 77 BPM
Time - (3:21) 152 BPM
Hidden Track - (2:59) 154 BPM
Following DJ Richard's crucial LP Dial round out another fine year with a debut album from self-styled "open collective" Dawn Mok, whose debut came with a fine contribution to the 15th anniversary compilation. Featuring creative input from an international cast of musicians encompassing the US, Asian, and European heritage, Dawn Mok are a curious addition to the Dial cause. Spearheaded by collective founder Felix Mura and vocalist Bundi, Eternal Love shares more with r&b than house or techno, but the best part is that we hadn't heard this type of music ever come out of this label. There are plenty of more abstract moments too, of course, and the tracks that are more on the pop side of things are still drenched in a thick layer or ambient gloom. It's minimal r&b, Dial style.
After first emerging with his cosmic electro project back in 2009, King Britt is back on Hyperdub after last year's The Phoenix album with a short but sweet collection of blissed out beat-scuffing business. "Sonic Six" is a true heavens-scraper with its dense layers of broken beats and wistful key lines, loaded with emotive intent and crushing bass. "Faith" meanwhile takes the scenic route through twinkling arpeggios and swooping pads over a blissful 12 minutes, before "Past" meanders into some strange soundtrack-ready excursions of the highest calibre. It's another stark and surprising artistic statement from one of Britt's most adventurous aliases, and it sits just right on Hyperdub.
My Body Is A Dying Machine (live) - (5:58) 153 BPM
And so, Regis' Downwards stable finally comes out of the caves and onto our turntables - or should we say into our minds? This latest release by Justin Briadrick under his Final alias is so damn sparse and wondrous that you'd probably have a hard time making people dance to it at 3AM. However, that is not the point of this release, and in fact, we love the fact that Karl O'Connor releases ambient of this calibre alongside the vicious, beat-driven works that are usually associated to Downwards. Black Dollars is a pensive LP, one made up of lamenting drones, lonesome shards of noise, and plenty of rich post processing. Dig in, there is no reason why you wouldn't like this if you're into the whole Downwards sound.