Review: Bawrut returns to Ransom Note to present his debut album In The Middle, featuring nearly a dozen tracks of electronic pop, featuring vocalists Liberato, GlitterUYUY, Cosmo and Chico Blanco. Whether it's the blissed-out sunset breaks of "Son El La Cara", the flamenco-inflected rave of "Alfredo And Ricardo Brought Me Here", to the glassy-eyed and bitter sweet deep house of "Fe Samaa" or the brooding dark disco closer "Looking For A Golden Blanket" - the Madrid-based Italian producer delivers a top notch release from start to finish.
Review: Following their commercial success as The Rapture - a band outta New York that repopularised the cowbell with Pieces Of The People We Love - Gabriel Andruzzi & Vito Roccoforte have gone on to form the Mother Of Mars project. Released via Ransom Note (Gabriel Andruzzi has enjoyed a solo career through the likes L.I.E.S Records and Throne Of Blood too) the pair deliver a second session in this I Hear EP that brings in a third, and new band member/vocalist: Jaiko Suzuki. Journeying into psych, kosmische, avant garde, fourth world and new age dreamscapes - while maintaining the live-drummed rhythmic engine of The Rapture - I Hear dips into percussion as much as it does post-punk, sub pop and electro-dance. Produced by Ewan Pearson, no less!
Review: Ransom Note mainstay Bawrut brings a sixth solo release to the label with this particular record giving "Triangulo De Amor Bizarro" a full missive following its inclusion on last year's Pen Pal compilation. With its parties & bullshit references, the single touches on an assortment of Latin grooves with Blanco's vocal elements bolstered even further by the artist's own heavy and hi-fidelity remix. Something more progressive and classically techy comes from Super Drama with some nice usage of the original's vocal element, while Kristy Harper keeping it bassline driven and soulful in her remix. Percussions and dub techno heads checkout Beigean's Amore De Noche dub!
Review: What we have here is a fantastic solo album from Morgan Lhote, who's best known as the former keyboard player from Stereolab. The only thing that's particularly 'Stereolab-y' about her Hologram Teen output, though, is a desire to experiment, with tracks ranging from fairly straight-up disco-house ('Dalston Wizardzz') to out-there, arryhthmic synth experiments ('Cosmogatto'), via electronic alt-folk-hop ('Africountry'), smoky leftfield jazz-fusion ('Pharoah For President'), Afro-futurist pastiche ('Okandjambameya'), looping, tripped-out soundtrack vibes ('Move On Hop!', 'Toast, Marmite & Crack') and more. Interesting stuff, though it might take a few listens to really sink in...
Review: Ransom Note has commissioned remixes of some of the highlights from James Cooke aka Graintable's 2019 Universal Ash long player. Timothy Clerkin's take on "Tidewater", with its detuned melodies and stepping rhythm, reflects the raw, hardware-driven approach that is central to Cooke's own production approach. Meanwhile, on the reshaped "Dark Surface", another Ransom Note regular, Flug 8, delivers a tripped out linear techno groove that builds and builds into swirling melody arcs. In contrast, Hologram Teen's take on "Tea Forest" is a frenetic, energetic workout, based on a post-punk rhythm and lo-fi synth riffs while Coast2c's take on "FMMPC" is a multi-layered ambient piece.
Review: To do their bit to support artists during the lockdown, music website Ransom Note has put together this compilation, with sees the participating artists receiving much welcomed support. It starts with left of centre post-punk sounds from Malcolm and Funderground, before moving into the gritty, lo-fi house groove of Local Suicide & Thomas Jackson's "Hit & Miss". On "Like To Lie", R Elizabeth & Burko conjure up a jittery electro track, while Bawrut's "Triangulo De Amor Bizarro" sees the compilation descend into low-slung jacking techno, accompanied by Chico Blanco's sleazy vocals. Otik & Tom VR's "Poly Echo 97", which is supported by broken beats and features eerie textures.