Swisher (Simian Mobile Disco remix) - (9:23) 122 BPM
Wire (Claro Intelecto remix) - (7:05) 120 BPM
Wire (Huerco S remix) - (10:32) 116 BPM
Wire (Function remix) - (8:07) 160 BPM
Given the artists assembled to rework Blondes when their debut album was released two years ago, it's unsurprising that this EP of remixes is of a similarly high standard. Of particular interest is Huerco S's version of "Wire", which delivers a clanking, murky, industrial and frankly chilling ten-minute trip into fuzzy techno territory. Almost as impressive are the versions of the same track by Function (deep, spacey techno) and Claro Intelecto, who surprises by delivering an intricate, organic-sounding rub full of winding chords and melancholic intent. As if that lot wasn't enough, there's also a great deep house-meets-dub house revision of "Swisher" by Simian Mobile Disco.
Transmissions From The Evening Garden - (3:14) 66 BPM
Seed - (4:51) 80 BPM
Brett Naucke, otherwise known as Catholic Tapes boss or Face Worker in his less docile moods, is simply a great electronic artist form the States and it's no wonder that Spectrum Spools, the label renowned for picking up on people like Container and more recently reissuing the Aquaplano Sessions by Donato Dozzy and Neel, have picked him up for an LP. We wouldn't really call it noise but it's not exactly ambient, rather, a beautiful eight tracks of sonic experimentation. "Luau" is one of our favourites, with its glitchy shreds of sound skipping hastily into a rickety groove, but the whole damn work is outstanding and works gorgeously as a whole piece of music. Spectrum Spools have done it again - class!
He Was Human And Belonged With Humans (Regis version) - (5:00) 78 BPM
Along with Raime, Dalhous are one of the few constant acts on the ever shifting Blackest Ever Black. Originally debuting on the label as Young Hunting in 2011, the duo of Marc Dall and Alex Ander moved from a soundtrack-inspired sound to a more fractured, sample-based electronic palette when they re-emerged as Dalhous at the tail end of 2012. After delivering a fine and rather under-appreciated debut album last year, Dalhous now return with Visibility Is A Trap, and it's seemingly the solo concern of Dall now. Featuring four new originals written and produced by Dall that reflect his "continued interest in the language and imagery of self-help, R.D. Laing and the anti-psychiatry movement", this EP shows a further progression in the Dalhous sound. Karl O'Connor returns for one of his irregular BEB appearances with a Regis remix of "He Was Human And Belonged With Humans" from last year's aforementioned LP.
Even by the standards of celebrated experimentalist Jan Jelinek, this is a fabulously enticing project. It sees Jelinek don his Farben guise to remodel, rework and remix the work of similarly leftfield sound collage artist Dennis Busch, AKA James Din A4. The resultant 10 tracks are as intriguing and entertaining as you'd expect, with Jelinek putting his own sludgy 4/4 twist and wonky electronic stamp on Busch's dense field recordings and glitchy concoctions. Highlights come thick and fast, from the organ-laden off-kilter swing of "Kader Dolls" and chiming oddness of "Powerbaum", to the smack-jazz soundscape of "Rettung" and hypnotic, experimental techno bump of "Krieghelm Hundewasser".
A day with a new Kerri Chandler EP is always a good day, especially if it comes out on the impressively on-point Watergate. The Berlin dance institution is famous for its varied DJ mixes but they're started dabbling in full-blown releases, and we couldn't be happier. The NY house legend steps up with two new tracks, backed by two killer remixes. "Mama" is a peak-time, piano house burner featuring Jerome Sydenham, while "Think of Something" is the proper ripper here - one hell of a hook and a filthy, pouncing bassline. The remixes comes from the likes of Voyeur, who dishes out a real belter, and La Fleur, who goes for a retro kind of vibe on the synths. Highly recommended!