Rustie’s 2011 album Glass Swords was a release that took inspiration from video games, grime, Japanese prog-rock, Detroit techno and much more to create a warm and thrilling sugar-rush of an album. Green Language is equally seismic. A long-player with birdsong at the heart of its inspiration, it sees him returning on Warp Records with more glistening vistas and adrenaline-charged electronics. Featuring collaborations with Danny Brown, Redinho, D Double E and Gorgeous Children, it’s yet another unbeatable full-length from the producer.
Footwork producer and Teklife crew member DJ Paypal follows up a 30-track album of bootleg Drake edits and the Buy Now EP for LuckyMe with Sold Out, a mini-album for Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label. Sold Out hits hard and hits fast, setting jazz, funk, and Phillip Glass-esque minimalism to his breakneck 160bpm tempos. You get a sense of DJ Paypal’s barmy sense of humour on tracks like ‘Awakening’, but there are moments where he channels a darker energy like on ‘Slim Trak’. The album also features collaborations with artists from Chicago (DJ Earl and DJ Taye), Serbia (Teklife affiliates Feloneezy and Jackie Dagger), and France (Tielsie) amongst others.
A2 How I Get It
A3 Paint It Blue
A5 Baptize (Kingdom’s Honest VTX)
B1 Paint It Blue (Rizzla Remix)
B2 How I Get It (Leonce Remix)
B3 Honest (Divoli S’vere Remix)
B4 Paint It Blue (Ikonika Remix)
B5 How I Get It (Helix Remix)
“CID RIM is Clemens Bacher: writer, producer & drummer from Vienna. Old friends with Dorian Concept and The Clonious, and co-head of Affine Records. Clemens has championed a hybrid stream of new electronic music from Austria which blends influences of hard bop, krautrock, the beat scene & electronica. A post-post-modern form that still denies simple category.”
Featuring Flowdan and Killa P / Irah, The Bug releases a new big hittin’ double header. Following last years D Double E / Riko Dan face-off, ‘Box’ / ‘Iceman’ – The Bug has invited Flowdan, and Killa P & Irah to get grimey on their respective Riddims.
Making her recording debut just two years ago in 2013, Helena’s first release was a 3-track EP – Actio Reactio – on Actress’ Werkdiscs imprint. She has since partnered with PAN (as Black Sites alongside F#x), Lux Rec, Bunker sublabel Panzerkreuz and Texan cassette imprint Handmade Birds to share her overtly analogue excursions into techno’s shadowy fringes, improvised and recorded in her bedroom studio in Hamburg. Fully embracing her love of hardware, Helena joined James Dean Brown’s legendary electronic improv outfit Hypnobeat (founded back in 1983) in 2013, blazing a trail across Europe with their intense polyrhythmic jam sessions on the TB-303, TR-707 and TR-808.
“I have the feeling it’s more one-to-one – you do something and then the machine reacts. The machine has its own mind too, so it gives something back.”
Ten tracks deep, Discreet Desires is the embodiment of Helena’s deep-seated beliefs about music as a radical force and unifying movement. Something that is evident from her growing stature as a selector and her enthusiasm for musical subcultures from punk to nu wave, industrial, krautrock and avant garde electro – all of which were rooted in raw experimentation and existed in polar opposition to the perfect, polished mainstream.
Chilled leftfield Hip Hop / downtempo / Lounge-Electronica related album from Dean Blunt alias.
“Lorenzo Senni makes a welcome return with XAllegroX / The Shape of Trance To Come, two tracks that step deeper into his trance-heavy ultraworld excursions. Arriving neatly within one of Warp’s classic purple disco (well, trance) bags, this is an incredibly fitting move as the sounds within follow the lineage of legendary purple sleeved 12″s by the likes of LFO, Sweet Exorcist & GAK…
Returning to the scene of his Persona EP, Lorenzo’s first new music in almost a year sees him land fully armed with his trusty Roland JP-8000. Freshly programmed to unleash a whirlwind of strobes, stripped back breaks, and arpeggiated basslines that set controls for the heart of his deep-seated influences of straight-edge punk hardcore. Like all of the greatest hardcore, the feeling of forever reaching into the distance, chasing that euphoric serotonin drenching that is forever just one more drop away is ever present, yet the artist’s personal straight-edgedness ensures that it never strays away from the expertly tuned rhythm patterns that can only have come from the mind of one, Lorenzo Senni.
Stone cold classic Warp gear of the highest order, Lorenzo’s finest moments liquefied and injected directly into your spine.”
“The band known as Golden Teacher is proud to release its long player: No Luscious Life – seven proximate cuts lovingly collected from the group’s work within the velveteen walls of the notorious Green Door Studio.
This is not an album by any intention or through any concept. Instead the errant sextet offers these stage-honed compositions and studio-led explorations to all interested parties in strict favour of the need for release. Call it what you want, this is very simply more music from Golden Teacher.
As No Luscious Life is the band’s longest offering of new tracks to date, it’s about time: a pop funk essay against wage labour and its lassitudes; a drum-driven homage to Senegal’s legendary poet Aby Ngana Diop; a propulsive ballad about two star-crossed lovers stuck downtown in the middle of an interstellar journey; a sweet & low last dance upon the stage of Liverpool’s late, great Kazimier club; a disorienting dive backwards into early terror of the animate shadows of childhood; a harvest song sung by machines in the autumn sun of a fully automated society; and the impressionist clamour of the eponymous grand finale’s tentative chamber music.
A1 Win In The Flat World
A2 Rave Voyeur
B1 One Life, One Chance
B3 Forever True
A1 Honey Badger
AA Smoke Break
Gaika follows thru on Warp with electronica hooks and trap beat buoying his autotune vox on CHOP, before putting a UK styled acid- prefix on psychier ATL styles with SMOKE BREAK.
“Have You Been There, Have You Seen It” – on Ninja Tune – finds Helena in breathtaking form, lining up four lithe, muscular and overtly shadowy analogue excursions improvised and recorded in her studio in Hamburg.
In addition to being a highly respected producer, at the core of Helena’s personality is her commitment to, and innate talent for, the craft of DJing. Acclaimed for her skill and unique selection, her profile has rocketed in the last two years as she has taken on a BBC Radio 1 Residency, delivered her debut BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, played a legendary B2B set with Ben UFO at Sonar 2017, graced the covers of Crack Magazine, DJ Mag and earned herself the #12 spot in Mixmag’s “Top 20 DJs of 2016”.