Review: Wales raised but now Berlin dwelling artist Dauwd has been releasing music for nearly six years on such credible labels as Ghostly International and Kompakt. His debut album Theory of Colours is released via Ninja Tune imprint Technicolour. There's some evocative deep house on offer here. For example "Glass Jelly" in all its dusted down, analogue glory, while the darkly romantic "Leitmotiv" gets its lazy and jagged groove on in woozy yet emotive fashion. An integral member of the Berlin night and radio show African Acid Is The Future, Dauwd Al Hilali's releases have been met with as much expectation as they have intrigue. Spending the last few years out of the limelight and in his Berlin studio, his music has continued to ripple through clubs as his singular, sometimes thrillingly uncertain process of experimentation has continued.
Review: The associations with LIES will always be there thanks to his breakout helium house burner "Feelin" back in 2013, but Florian Kupfer hasn't been afraid to showcase his DJ-friendly wares on other labels either. Dean Bryce's Technicolour division of Ninja Tune first asked for a Kup of Flo last year with the pleasantly diverse Explora 12" and the German artist returns for a second record on the label in the shape of Unfinished which has already got the Hessle Audio Rinse show seal of approval. Kupfer is on smouldering form throughout, bringing a sense of melodic incandescence to opening cut, "Elle," whilst "Erika" could easily be mistaken for a Terekke production. "Being Me" is blown out and boomy and totally fresh, whilst the title track sees Kupfer end proceedings on some sweeping ambient rife with spectral field recordings.
The Shrine Of The Serpent Goddess - (1:06) 109 BPM
Sepulchral Offerings - (4:55) 128 BPM
Spiritual Alliances - (4:33) 128 BPM
Heru - (1:10) 86 BPM
Crocodile Skin - (5:06) 128 BPM
The Sound Of KMT - (3:15) 128 BPM
The Way Of The Tree Of Life - (5:13) 128 BPM
The Disco's Of Imhotep - (4:27) 119 BPM
Nubian Energy - (3:51) 120 BPM
Review: Following turns on labels like Creme Organization, Rvng Intl. and Further Records to Bio Rhythm, Bedouin Records and Sequencias, among many others, it feels like only a matter of time before Jamal Moss has graced pretty much every label worth talking about. Following his Cosmic Bebop ?LP on his own Mathematics Recordings, Moss, under his adored Hieroglyphic Being alias, surfaces on Ninja Tune sub Technicolor. The Disco's Of Imhotep is a bright, distorted and colourful affair which harbours its own trademark, synthetic chimes, kicked off wonderfully with the sweetly tonal number "The Shrine Of The Serpent Goddess". Rather than pulling together tracks at random, the album overall sounds like something that's been crafted as a whole, and while drums and distortion may tear away at speakers cones the world over, it's the melodies of this record, annihilated or otherwise, that really make The Disco's Of Imhotep one of a kind.
Review: Overseen by London producer PhOtOmachine (with some assistance from Ninja Tune) the Technicolour label has been on sublime form of late, with some rare Kutmah material up their with this year's best releases. This latest release is quite the statement too, with Mathematics boss Jamal Moss on board for two heavy-duty cuts. It's timed well too, with Planet Mu having just issued a Hieroglyphic Being primer drawing from a decade's worth of material. Fans of Hieroglyphic Being old and new will find much to appreciate in The Fourth Dimensions Of A Nubian Mystic, with the glistening 11-minute cosmos of "Fourth Dimension" complemented well by the jack hammer B-side "Start Time."
Dimensions Of Frequency & Vibrations - (8:09) 100 BPM
Ashrams - (4:23) 111 BPM
Review: Last year, Jamal Moss in conjunction with percussionist and producer Sarathy Korwar (Ninja Tune/The Steve Reid Foundation) and the highly respected British saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings recorded a live and improvised session at the iconic Lightship95 studio, moored at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London. Two and a half hours of music was recorded across two sessions, with 90 minutes streamed live via NTS Radio. Technicolour now present a 12" EP comprising of four edits from these sessions titled 'Association For Research & Enlightenment Project'. The deep analogue tribalism of "The Doctrines Of Swedenborg" is truly magical and is geared for some real tunnelling effects. The lush ambience of "Dimensions Of Frequency & Vibrations" on the flip was a highlight too, awash in celestial synths and evocative saxophone solos, accompanied by Korwar's drumming reaching near tribal moments.
Review: It's amazing to think that Jay Daniel is still only 25. Since making his debut five years ago, the producer has been responsible for some of the finest house music to emerge from Detroit in recent times. Interestingly, he's slightly modified his woozy and gently soul-flecked blueprint on this hotly anticipated debut album. For starters, many of the tracks - standouts "Paradise Valley" and "Knowledge of Selfie" included - feature live drums, played and recorded in his mother's basement. This rhythmic adjustment gives Broken Knowz a far looser and warmer feel than his previous work, in the process elevating his deliciously rich and musical deep house to a whole new level. In other words, it's an impressively assured and entertaining debut album.
Review: Man of the moment Florian Kupfer is back, so look out! After highly lauded releases on L.I.E.S. and WT Records, Kupfer aligns with Fotomachine's prospering Technicolour label and delivers four cuts that should be filed under 'all killer, no filler'. First up "Explora (Slave)" gets all up in your face with its retro techno stomp but the chugging minimalist epic that is "Headpiece" is grinding, beatless affair. On the flip we have "Brute Force" which trances you out with its sinister analogue synth arpeggio; so simple but utterly effective. Finally there's "Schpel" another experimental and atmospheric cut that is haunting as much as it is riveting. Tip!
Camile From OHM Makes Me Feel Loved - (4:16) 128 BPM
But It Was Like 30 Intros In A Row - (6:49) 120 BPM
I Want To Fuck Tech House - (7:49) 120 BPM
Review: Having released on Peder Mannerfelt's label and Where to Now, Anastasia Vtorova brings her Machine Woman project to Ninja Tune sub-label Technicolour. "Camile from Ohm Makes Me Feel Loved" is a dense, busy techno affair, led by white noise bursts, a euphoric filter and muffled vocals populating its stepping rhythm. Somehow it all comes together to make for an effective dance floor track. There are no such concessions on "But it Was Like 30 Intros in a Row", which sounds like Vtorova has layered wave upon wave of discordant noise and special effects to create an abstract arrangement. It's only a temporary distraction though and the singular producer picks up the rough, gritty groove again on the brilliantly named "I Want to Fuck Tech House".
Shadow (feat Mark Hand & Misumami) - (6:15) 119 BPM
Dollar - (7:09) 54 BPM
Review: Following up great releases by Levantis and Florian Kupfer, Ninja Tune sublabel Technicolour brings the goods again in the form of UK producer NY AK. He teams up with ESP Institute's Ian Blevins for a smooth deep house groove on "Xager". It's dusty and emotive, we're loving that classic bleep bassline and hypnotising analogue pads. He then teams up with Mark Hand and Misumami on "Shadow" a nice take on the classic midwest deep house sound with some truly gorgeous vocals. It's the B side which really shines though; there's "Dollar" which gets properly raw like an old Sound Signature record; this is the real proper deep stuff! Finally "Goodbye" ends things on a more uptempo vibe, but still in a very emotive and melancholic fashion.
Review: Deep house from the atmospheric and abstract side is the order of the day on this three-tracker from fast-rising Octo Octa. 'I Need You' alternates extended beatless passages with a fast n' furious (but quite light-touch) breakbeat, augmented both with wordless vox, a melancholy "I need you", shimmering synths and the occasional woodwind toot. 'Bodies Meld Together' is a driftaway, late-night affair made for weary 6am floors, and is again lavishly layered with synth washes and twitchy sounds, while 'Loops For Healing' is a more traditional, Balearic kinda groove with cut-up female vocal snips and piano chords so lush you could bathe in 'em.
Review: Canadian producer Patrick Holland has built an impressive discography in recent years, with releases on Royal Oak, Spring Theory and Magicwire. He's back on Ninja Tune sublabel Technicolour for the second time since the "Hope You're Well" EP "For this record, Holland tried to go less 'main room' than his more recent releases and to keep things more minimal he's said, with more of a focus on repetition, melody, rhythm and harmony. From the opener 'Napoletana' with its deep and bittersweet bounce vaguely reminiscent of Morgan Geist's early works, to the hazy and broken dub-house workout of "Less & Less". But he saved the best for last on the hypnotic/mental groove of "I Heard You Breathing" which will really put you in a trance. This is another fine offering by the Montreal based Vancouverite.
Review: Project Pablo releases his new EP via Ninja Tune sublabel Technicolour. The Montreal based producer (via Vancouver) has had releases previously on Royal Oak, Spring Theory and Lone's Magicwire and comes at us with a mixture of big room sounds and different influences he has accumulated over the past few years. The Hope You're Well EP was written and recorded off the beaten track in his new Quebec home. He has stated that he has tried to move away from the usual hooks and went for more intuitive melodies, long forms and structures plus utilizing digital synthesis with clean hi-fidelity. Despite this, there still seems to be a sheen of dust coating the warm and emotive groove of "Is It Dry", the galloping swing fuelled rhythms of "You Know" retain a certain grit also. The hypnotic "Oh Fer Sure" is absolutely sublime and gives you a good fix of deepness.
Review: Umfang's spellbinding performances have clearly won favour with Ninja Tune sub-label Technicolour as Light is based on material derived from her live sets. The US producer weaves a tantalising, hypnotic web of sound that veers in form and intensity from the ambient textures of "Full 1" and "Path" into the tough, minimal techno of "Weight" and "Where is She". "Pop" sees her drop a robotic, bleep workout, but Umfang impresses most when she embraces musicality. In particular, the woozy Rhodes on "Full 2" is a thing of inestimable beauty and she applies this aesthetic to great effect on the title track's bubbling groove.