Balthazar & Jackrock – Exodus – Filth On Acid

It’s a brilliant thing when music can charge you within seconds. And Balthazar & Jackrock’s brutal, engaging Exodus does just that. When I say brutal I mean fast and furious splashes of Acid illuminating pacey drums, plus the accompanying exhilarating pads which lend the production its very own flair. Although at just shy of six minutes is it long enough? A darker mood then takes hold on Burning Down which not surprisingly continues to tease out suggestion via a What You Going To Do voiced question of intent over unnerving electrics. Finally, the electrifying funkier rhythms of Neon God completes at over seven minutes of breathless release.

Release: March 9

https://www.facebook.com/Balthazar.JackRock
https://www.filthonacid.com

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V – Numéros EP – Correspondant

There is something almost eerie, yet so soothingly compelling, about the first of three productions from V aka Vidmantas Cepkauskas that 1995 leaves you feeling lost somewhere in time. It’s a beautifully resonate piece of music that chimes with history while probing at contemporary sensibilities as classic drum machine sounds are offset against heady voices and successive, atmospherically tuned keys. 2017 then provides a more awkward sense of melody twisting its notation towards an uneasy reading of the present, leaving 2001 to hit you via big drums and punky vocal stabs. A remix by Fabrizio Mammarella follows with brisk beats adding fuel to the fiery rush of emotions that complete this great release of communication.

Release: March 16

https://www.facebook.com/vmusiquesynthetique
http://www.correspondantmusic.com

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Tom Flynn – Pluck – Dessous Recordings

One of the attributes that shines through from Pluck is its defining ability to sound so refreshing, especially given the slew of familiar sounding releases which are ever present these days. The production carves out its own niche successfully exciting combinations of playful, synthesized melodies and rolling, provocative rhythms to ignite the senses. There is also a funky sense of time and space at play here too, something so often missing from the formula numbers around. The tougher, resolutely heavy-duty Sunday Morning Session hits next via brutal kick drums accompanied by unfurling waves of sound suggesting moodier ideas and notation. Leaving the punchier beats and bass featured on, Off The Road to end pointing in the direction of the spirit of adventure as caustic keys apply the science of sound to heated equations.

Release: March 9

Pre-order: https://Dessous.lnk.to/des140

https://www.facebook.com/Tom.Flynn.Music.Page
http://www.dessous-recordings.com

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Clarian – Television Days – BalanceSeries

As an increasing amount of music looks backwards it is reassuring that this debut long player from Clarian also engages with a sense of future. At times, such as, Under The Gun it can feel like you are getting lost in some sort of 1980’s dream (or nightmare) as synth hits chime melodies alongside delicate, breathy vocals and a mood that captures the decade (pre-House) almost perfectly. Atmosphere’s chop and change and that’s part of the albums enticing charm as befits the opening, Dedicated To Sagan which as the title suggests transmits a cosmic energy, full beam ahead. The fantasy continues on Sleepers via low-slung syncopated rhythms that effortlessly glide across the stereo, while the drama highlighted by Mote Of Dust is another standout. Clarian’s vocals sing out on the concluding title track, though not before the proto Chicago vibes of West Hollywood feel particularly uplifting in that way only synthesized sound can.

Release: February 23

pre-order: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/television-days/1346355335

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Television-Days-Clarian/dp/B0788XV9W8

https://www.facebook.com/ClarianNorth
https://www.balancemusic.com.au

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Kenneth James Gibson – In The Fields Of Nothing – KOMPAKT

Sometimes the depth reached for by Kenneth James Gibson tearing fields of vision is almost too much to fathom. Sometimes to exhilarating to feel safe with. This new album starts and ends with the feeling that something else has just happened. Beyond that the poignant, perfect piano of single Far From Home says more in moments about the human condition, than perhaps needs to be, as soaring notation agitates perception. I guess it is easy to drift into a sea of descriptive words and thoughts while the endless, dreamy slide guitar of To Love A Rotting Piano plays, or the sci-fi mood generated by Plastic Consequence comes into sharp focus. Maybe, it is just much better to listen rather than read words about it: Transcending Ambience.

Release: March 9

http://www.worldofkennethjamesgibson.com

Preorder: https://KompaktRecords.lnk.to/InTheFieldsOfNothing

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Mattias Coll – Panic Attack EP – Tagged

Excellent production from Mattias Coll whose dangerous amalgamation of dark sounds and frisky rhythms serves the EP’s title correctly. Although, this is also about a rolling funkiness that proves to be just as irresistible in itself compounded from grainy elements and a strange rush of tripped-out voices. Hollowgram then takes the remix in a re-imagined direction via punchier kicks and added sound effects teasing out otherworldly atmospheres. Second original, You & I continues and extends the theme of smoky landscapes alongside tense vocals torn out of tough beats and bass evolving over several minutes.

Release: February 26

https://www.facebook.com/MattiasColl2017
https://www.taggedmusic.com

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STED-E & HYBRID HEIGHTS ft. CRYSTAL WATERS – I AM HOUSE – DOPEWAX RECORDS

Landing directly on Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez’s Dopewax label this sure-fire number has HOUSE stamped all over it. And just to make sure you receive the message loud and clear an array of mixes come hard and heavy to back up Crystal Waters insistent, irresistible vocals. For me it’s down to the fiery percussion fuelled remixes by Jacob Colon that really work the rhythm section into distraction, compounding the vocals perfectly. However, maybe the Kenlou versions aka Masters at Work may float your discotheque via brisk drums and splashing hi-hats accompanied by a retrospective, good-time party feel reminiscent of the 90’s. Or there’s KidzBlock who likewise keep temperatures high as Mr. V & William “Reelsoul” Rodriguez deliver their own take with the addition of a spoken injection of attitude from V.

https://www.traxsource.com/title/920041/i-am-house

https://www.stedeandhybridheights.com
https://www.facebook.com/IamCrystalWaters
http://kaydeerecords.bigcartel.com/category/dopewax

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Ambient Works by Khristian K

It was inevitable that the artist who has produced so much spine-tingling music over the course of the years now strips down sounds to reveal their hidden essence. This collection of pieces compiles ambient soundscapes alongside the more chilled side of Khristian K’s ever expanding output from various labels now neatly appear under the one umbrella release. The expansive, From opens the sequence via a breathy delivery of ideas that touch and release emotions while the rousing, swirling pads generated on Floating seem endlessly rewarding. The grainy electricity of Perpeetum contrasts beautifully as the haunting piano of It Could Be tears at reflective heart strings to complete this other side of the coin. Notable, life-enhancing music.

https://khristiank.bandcamp.com/album/ambient-works

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P. Leone – Chances We Take EP – Rekids Special Projects

I couldn’t exactly explain why Rekids are quite so important at the moment. Obviously they release music that challenges, excites and moves forward but also perhaps because the simmering, violent intensity produced by P. Leone on Rose Petal Breaks is simply breath-taking. Add to that, at a relevantly short six minutes of brutal drums, brisk crisp stabs plus a heady rush of sheer energy this demands repeated play. Next, Noon Service gives cause for concern with its gritty combination of punctuated keys and quick-fire percussion which, is fair to say, leaves your brain in a confused state. The unforgiving tempo of Hold Me Down follows in rapid succession, leaving the not so introspective Sometimes I Feel Strong to end care of another blistering array of beats, bass and chaos. Beautiful Vinyl Only.

Release: February 16
https://www.facebook.com/rekids.official
https://www.facebook.com/p.leonemusic

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Silent-One – Lost Souls EP – Intimate Silence

Silent-One aka Benedikt Merkl started transmitting ambient shapes back in 2016 via his label Intimate Silence. And today the dark, crumpled shapes are even more demanding of your time. Human Border, begins as heavy sounds unfold across the stereo teasing out uncompromising yet resolutely rewarding emotions which build upon a sense of trepidation. Although light relief comes in the form of strummed, guitar like notes offsetting the terse intensity. The, just as imposing, Decide Your Fate follows serving up ideas with a breadth of scope, determinedly asserting their authority. While the tingling anxious, grittiness of Sign of Anxiety again feeds the imagination with highly charged expectations as rolling, clipped arpeggios ignite the mind. Saving the title track to last, Lost Souls opens up to a more positive future, though melancholy is never far from sight, with voices suggesting and tantalising – even though I have no idea what they are saying to me. The music typically haunts the background, coming and going as pads and loops of sound expand and then dissolve into oblivion.

Release: February 12

https://de.juno.co.uk/products/silent-one-lost-souls/676044-01

http://www.fromanothermind.com
https://www.facebook.com/silentonemusic
http://www.intimate-silence.com

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