New York City-based producer Brian Pineyro, aka Deejay Xanax, DJ Wey, Luis or in this case DJ Python, presents his first solo record since the release of the critically-acclaimed album Mas Amable a couple of years back on Anthony Naples & Jenny Slattery's Incienso. Three utterly sublime cuts offered up on Club Sentimientos Vol 2: From the mesmerising island dream of "Angel" with its hypnotic dulcimer melody and immersive chords, to the emotive broken beat deepness of "TMMD" (IMMMD) and and the dusty, understated "Club Sentimiental Vol Three"
closing things on a glassy-eyed and bittersweet note.
Perhaps the best way to describe these three cuts from Spanish disco don Ilya Santana is to say that we're only about 99% certain he's actually made them - 1% of our brains insists he must have broken into an Italian TV studios, found a load of incidental music from an early 80s sci-fi series that never actually aired, and cheekily snuck the tracks out under his own name! Well, that or he's just been listening to a lot of John Carpenter lately... either way, if you're in the market for some classically-styled, authentic-sounding cosmic disco bizniss this week, then look no further.
Following up releases on Plano B Records, Stil Vor Talent and Druma, Tel Aviv born, Berlin-based producer Tal Fussman serves up Diynamic's first EP of 2022 titled The Unknown. Features the neon-lit Italo disco night moves of "Burning Brides" and "Saga", as well as the off-kilter deepness of the title track, and the ascendant Israeli teaming up in collaboration with Spaniard Luke Garcia (Borders Of Light) on the moody Innervisions style house futurism of "Brio".
Celebrating a generation or more in music - it's something like 41 years now - the 4AD name a label finds itself somewhere between HHV and XL Recordings when it comes to releasing such influential and contemporary music of mass appeal. As we head into a new era Bills & Aches & Blues probably sums it up best for a lot of us right now, with 4AD asking a current crop of artists to cover a song of their choosing from 4AD's past. It sees the likes of New York City's Bing and Ruth take on the Pixies or Becky and the Birds cover Bon Iver's "The Wolves Act I and II". The Birthday Party gets a mention thanks to the U.S. Girls alongside Spencer's version of Grimes "Genesis" next to remakes of Blonde Redhead, Deerhunter, Time Buckley and The Breeders. From generation to generation, long live 4AD.
It's always exciting to see a new sonic adventure land from the Exit crew, who this time welcome borderlandstate_the best kisser in l.a for four tracks of digital destruction. We begin with the uber glitchy electronic designs of 'Direct Message', utilizing bit crushers and clicky percussion for a truly unique sonic experience, before dives into a groovy 2-step arrangement, again topped with lazer-like displays of juice. From here 'Cas_9' then arrives for a crunchy waltz through swampy synth slaps and organic drum sounds, before 'Arena4' gives us a soundscape-driven outro, focussing on up-tempo post-d&B designs to round off with the EP with some apocalyptic finesse.
As DJs, BSS contributed to the Dekmantel podcast last year. Already a staple of labels like Hivern and Honey Soundsystem, now they bring their production skills to the Dekmantel imprint. Suikerplein is a sprawling, expansive four-tracker that takes in a range of influences, but at its core boasts an atmospheric aesthetic. "Westerpark" resounds to staccato breaks and gloomy synth lines, while on "Domela", BSS opt for a low-slung electro workout, driven by glitchy percussive slivers. "Spaarndammerplantsoen" is more atmospheric, sounding like the soundtrack to a dystopian sci-fi movie. Rounding off the release is "Box", where they re-focus on electro, with a low-slung groove powered by a menacing bass and powerful steely drums.