Friday, November 24, 2017

Chain Store EP - Uncanny Valley (Snap, Crackle & Pop)

Title: Chain Store EP
Artist: Uncanny Valley
Label: Snap, Crackle & Pop
Cat Number: SC&P004
Genre: Electronic Vaudeville

1: Chain Store
2: Nowhere to Nowhere
3: Popcorn
4: Chain Store (Manfredas Remix)
5: Nowhere to Nowhere (Mondowski Remix)

A bit of a throwback this one, coming on like an updated Brechtian sleaze fest, its theatrical credentials are underpinned by a flat beat, as well as similar vocals, which recall Jona Lewie. ‘Popcorn’ also hearkens back, obviously to Hot Butter’s early 70s hit of the same name. It’s the remixes which set this one alight though, for me at least. Manfredas reworks ‘Chain Store’ into a starker, more glacial stomp, while Mondowski employs similar methods on his take of ‘Nowhere to Nowhere’. I’m ambivalent about this, but lean towards the remixes.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Low Cool - Cabaret Voltaire (Plastex)

From Me To You - Steven Rutter (Firescope Records)

Title: From Me To You
Artist: Steven Rutter
Label: FireScope Records
Cat Number: FS009
Genre: Techno

A1: Down And Down
A2: Decliner Box
B1: The Life Giver
B2: The Battle Continues

Steven Rutter and B12 embody the dawn of time analogue aesthetic as we ll if not better than anyone else. It’s a sound that has aged very well and continues to provide new insight and angles on a variety of situations, both abstract and concrete. This release is a typically evocative quartet of cryptically titled tracks, each of which confronts the listener at a slightly different pace from the previous. ‘Down and Down’ is perhaps the most typical of the genre, its scope being epic enough to accommodate most moods, while the other three compositions play a supporting role, but only inasmuch as they, rather involuntarily, slip away into the darkness respectively.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

November 2017 Mix

Exterminating Angel – Cabaret Voltaire (Apollo)
Passages (Convextion Remix – Achterbahn D’Amour (Acid Test)
The Breakfast Club – 214 (Lunar Disko)
Dimension ii – Kartei (WT)
Raptures of the Deep – Wulf & Bear (20/20 Vision)
Space Entrance – Nibiru Humans (World Peace Music)
Skirmish (Re-work) – JS Zeiter (Pleasure)
Other Life – Space Travel (Traveling Without Moving)
B1 Stardub 14 (Stardub)
Scepsis – Versalife (Trust)
A1 Glyph03 – Archetype (Glyph)
Vohx Continues - Adapta (Frustrated Funk)
Going Oreo – Pablo Mateo (Uncage)
Cassandra (Fred P Remix) – Donato Dozzy (Claque Music)
Resistance – Callisto (Guidance)
Sendas – Z@p (Traffic)
Beautifly – Sound of the Suburbs (London Housing Benefit)
Vampirella (Motorcityweakedoutfunkdub) – Subvoice (Subvoice)
Vibrations – Sun Archive (Hoarder)
Kaos A – Stephan Greider & The Persuader (Svek)

You Have to Understand (Club Mix) – Liquid Oxygen (Champion)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Tistish, Nee Shiiteru - Man Power & Last Waltz (ESP Institute)

Title: Tistish/Nee Shitteru
Artist: Man Power & Last Qaltz
Label: ESP Institute
Cat Number: ESP-LX1X
Genre: Techno

1: Tistish
2: Nee Shitteru

Here in the world where song titles are Stanley Unwin’s utterances, ‘Tistish’ plots a straight  route through fields of jarring discord, it holds itself together though, never quite going out on the limb it threatens to do so, for which we must be grateful. ‘Nee Shitteru’ is a minimal percussive acid grind which again threatens something. The addition of chanting in the depths of the mix enable it to carry this out, which is to be more interesting, which is nice.

Daughters - C-A-R (Ransom Note)

Title: Daughters
Artist: C-A-R
Label: Ransom Note
Cat Number:
Genre: R$N 12.1

1: Daughters
2: Hard to Keep My Mind on You

A beguiling release which gets better with repeated listens. Both tracks heavily emphasis Chloe Raunet’s spoken word delivery and do the job of feeling futuristic, while at the same time traditional. I suppose if I have a criticism then ‘Hard to Keep My Mind On You’ does sound a bit like someone singing during an audition, in a big top, in a field amidst some dodgy performance art with primal screaming going on in the next tent. However, at 1:09 it’s ‘Daughters’ that’s going to get noticed. An unexpected bonus is the press shot, which looks looks like “the scary picture” from ‘Look Around You’, both of which I’ve posted below for a quick comparison.