E Grenga, C Lawry & D Stevens - "Technomobile No 2" - (1:32)
Rick Miller - "Future Directions" - (2:41)
Robin Artus & Paul Kass - "Turbo Motion" - (2:40)
Robin Artus & Paul Kass - "Automation" - (1:18)
Harry Forbes - "Utilities" - (1:29)
Johnny Hawksworth - "The Beginning" - (1:53)
Harry Forbes - "Time Lapse" - (0:44)
Paul Williams - "Poseidon" - (2:17)
Kerry Beaumont - "Cuboid" - (0:56)
Harry Forbes - "Remote Control" - (3:04)
Barry Schleifer - "Moving Patterns" - (2:07)
Paul Kass - "Instroscan No 2" - (1:37)
Harry Forbes - "Communications" - (2:14)
Robin Artus & Paul Kass - "Panorama No 2" - (1:01)
Harry Forbes - "Drone No1" - (0:30)
Harry Forbes - "Tomorrow's Achievements" - (2:49)
Since launching, Public Information have impressed with stylistically varying releases from contemporary artists such as Ekoplekz, Austin Ceaser, No UFOs and Gatekeeper's Aaron David Ross as well reissuing the work of the overlooked British electronic musician FC Judd. Tomorrow's Achievements: Parry Music Library 1976-86 sees the label indulge their archival tendencies with a compilation made up from an exclusive trip to the archives of the Toronto-based music institution. The bewildering 25 track selection covers proto-Balearic house, electronic disco, drone, and weird radiophonic electronica, most of which will be faintly recognizable to those of a certain age. Once again Public Information have excelled themselves with yet another esoteric release that illuminates the strange alternate reality their aesthetic occupies, and is easily the best collection of library sounds since Permanent Vacation's first Space Oddities collection was released in 2008.
For their next trick, classic cult label Honest Jon's serve up a collection of field recordings of the Mijikenda tribes, made in different spots in and around Mukunguni village, coastal Kenya. There's 14 in total, and it proves a fascinating listen: first track, the creepily percussive "Ndema" is played to sound like a bat, with shrill frequencies intended to heal the village sick, the chant of "Dena" is haunting, "Matatizo" is fantastic acapella pop, while elsewhere multi drums are utilised to chase away "Pepo Mlume", the devil who poisons the imagination. Essential listening.
The lovely Editions Mego just has definitely delivered the goods in 2012, and to be honest, we're pretty damn excited for this last LP by the wonderful Emeralds. As we'd expected, the record is beautifully diverse and oozing with emotion right from its opener, "Before Your Eyes", a dreamy patchwork of crestfallen melodies which blend fluidly into other utopian synth-hymns such as "Through & Through" and "The Loser Keeps America Clean" - a particularly eerie amalgamation of noises. But the whole affair wouldn't be complete without the spark and zeal of "Adrenochrome", a fast-moving quasi-electro number; or the guitar-shaped rhythms of the title track, "Just To Feel Anything", the key pieces to this enticing puzzle!
Chris Watson is a bit of a legend. Being one of the founding members of Cabaret Voltaire and later The Hafler Trio, he's an inspiring figure as much as a truly interesting source of knowledge. Touch, London's long running homebase for conceptual electronic music and experimental artists seems like a perfect match for Watson's impressionistic recordings, who has already released countless EPs for Jon Wozencroft's carefully curated imprint. This time, nature seem to be the source of Watson's inspiration, giving us "Winter" through to "Haefest" via "Lechten" and "Sumor", an eerie introspective into mother nature herself and the power of often overlooked noises and bleeps from the forest. Daunting, charismatic, and fantastic.