Review: Anthoney J Hart aka Imaginary Forces who has appeared on Entr'acte, Bedouin and of course his own Sleep Codes label now appears on Type with his new project Basic Rhythm. Eight excursions in street level, post grime/dubstep bass mutations. We particularly enjoyed the smoked out beats of the title track, the forceful and jagged antics of "Your Love" (featuring some particularly thrilling low end pulsation) and the deconstructed jazzy drum and bass of "Feel Me". Roll one up and put this on, you'll be right!
Review: Marc Richter aka Black To Comm has been steady making a name for himself both in and out of the Hamburg circuit, and having released for the likes of Digitalis and Dekorder, he's shown both his quality and artistic diversity. He comes through once again on the sublime Type label with some more of his otherworldly, off-the-wall electronic manipulations and sketchworks. We're particularly fond of "Hands", a euphoric beatless number with beautiful melodies; "1975" with its subtle bursts of Eastern wails; and "Them" for its sub-aquatic drones and starry synths. Gorgeous.
Review: Type has been unstoppable this year - from the reissue of Porter Ricks's seminal dub techno LP to Vatican Shadow's Kneel Before Religious Icons, they've really broadened their musical horizons. Newcomer Charlatan steps up with six eclectic pieces of techno-injected drones. "Codex" is a near post-apocalyptic dream in which spine-chilling chords find their own momentum amid background atmospherics, while "Kinetic Disruption" places a distant 4/4 kick beneath a bed of motor-engine effects and howling melodies. "Electronic Horizon" is also a brilliant experimentation into almost human-like drums and whirling tones, but it's "Terminal Zero" that allows Charlatan's LP to standout - another cleverly disguised kick pattern which is subdued by the oppressive force of the drones and noises emanating form every possible direction. Great release from this new artist.
Review: It's amazing how the passage of time clouds memories and judgment. Biokinetics was originally released on Basic Channel sub-label Chain Reaction back in 1996 and was the first long player on that imprint. Chain Reaction, like its mother label, is viewed as the originator for dub techno, yet as Thomas Koner and Andy Mellwig's debut as Porter Ricks long-player reminds us, its expression and impact were much wider than that. It explains why the decision by ambient / experimental label Type to reissue this album is an unsurprising one and its reappearance serves as a reminder why sixteen years later, Biokinetics still resonates. Simply stunning.
Review: Yellow Swans' Pete Swanson continues the 4/4 experiments he started on last year's Man With Potential on this ear splitting EP which also comes complete with some of the most brilliantly tasteless artwork of the year. "Pro Style" sees his usual scramble of binary noise firmed up with a solid kick drum worthy of a Regis record, while the "Pro Style VIP" seems to hide corroded, degraded hi-hats caked deep beneath the digital melee. The 11-minute long "Do You Like Students?" on the other hand may crank up the BPM to gabba speeds, but comes across as a far more sedate prospect, pushing the rhythm to the bottom, while the fractured digital noise seems to arrange itself into something almost melodic.