Philipp Priebe – Figures Pt.3 – Stólar

This new release from Philipp Priebe’s Stólar imprint is quite the thing of beauty featuring two remixes of previous works. The first from Japan’s Metome untangles a web of pulsating beats amid unfolding envelopes of expanding sound punctuated by a single, illuminating breath, feeling tense yet driving a quiet resolve into the equation. Next, Germany’s Zojs adds a fevered expectation to The Sky Accelerates as suitably rushed drums result in a singular breathless vision.

What is it about the artwork that is also so appealing?

Release: October 2

https://stolar.bandcamp.com

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Unknown – Amy – MASK

Part of the appeal is the unknown. Especially in a culture of knowing every little detail, exploiting every nuance for possible gain. As with previous releases this is music serious about itself qualifying as another attribute. Dark, dare I say sexy, smouldering rhythms which only exist due to the hot-wiring of electrical impulse. Each of the six numbers here espouses atmosphere just as they do the twist of emotional turmoil. From the tougher, familiar chords that drive A.1 through to the closing sentiments informing the expanse of B.3 each is carefully, resolutely crafted.

Release: October 2

buy https://www.deejay.de/Unknown_Amy_MSK07_Vinyl__957350

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Bunita Marcus – Lecture For Jo Kondo – 99Chants

Redressing the imbalance of Bunita Marcus’s contribution to musical history this release from David August’s 99Chants is as compelling as it rewarding. Composed using the theory: Repetition + Mutation = Patterning an expansive narration is accompanied by organic instrumentation, played by Ensemble Adapter and Bunita Marcus, creating evocative passages of time based around the words of the Nico Vassilakis poem, Lowered and Illuminated. While almost feeling frozen in time the imagination gets sparked by an explosion of memory as this cinema of literature illuminates the here and now. Followed by the excellent David August Deconstruction which resets the atmosphere into a city framework of night-time sounds haunted by lost ambience. The seemingly structure-less architecture of which is most compelling in both instances.

Release: September 25

buy https://99chants.bandcamp.com/album/lecture-for-jo-kondo
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f5point6 – KaleidoSound: Time, Space & Frequencies Vol. 2 – See Blue Audio

I was listening to a discussion on the nature of Art and it was said that artists reflect the times around them. I think creators of note do, while others repeat the past under the guise of authenticity. I want to listen to music that informs emotionally, sonically and politically – the personal is political, or is that the other way round. R. Cleveland Aaron’s latest collection of sounds and ideas do all three by enhancing the blue in the sky outside, just as much as they compress space to be viewed through the lens of an inner soul. The concept began by Volume one is now furthered on the location of this second release, guided by a series of intermissions before each setting is explored via the breadth of detail. Perhaps most intriguing of all is Stella Marina which remodels the flair of drums into another world of music. Followed by the free flow of improvisational [Outro – The Beginning and the End] which is likewise uniquely precise and supremely captivating.

Release: September 25

buy https://f5point6.bandcamp.com/album/kaleidosound-time-space-frequencies-vol-2

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Thernero – Look Ahead – Soulfuric Deep

While we may not have nightclubs to celebrate our culture we do at least have the joy of September sunshine. Sometimes records are simply about grooves and vibe of which this had both in abundance. Two tracks from Stockholm DJ Thernero sequence that palatable sense of happiness with Faith flexing its considerate guitar and bass twangs most effectively, plus the occasional sprinkle of shimmering keys alongside smouldering voice and strings. Neatly contrasted by the breezier, more familiar strains of Look Ahead which again features guitar along with all of the aforementioned.

Release: October 2

pre-order / listen https://www.traxsource.com/title/1434809/look-ahead

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Deledda & 2KS – Spore EP – Apparel Tronic

I’ve always been fascinated by the sound of piano from Monk to Debussy and so on. Alessandro Deledda’s selection of chords, notes and poignant resolution colours each track on this EP beautifully in conjunction with label co-founder SCHiLLiNG. The keys are surrounded by a blur electronic effects creating a haunting shiver but it’s the piano playing I find most rewarding. At times it soars, at others dives into depths escaping into a view of the world outside the window.

Release: September 21

https://deledda.bandcamp.com/album/spore-ep

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Storgards – Miss U – Where The Heart Is – Where The Heart Is

It is the uncomplicated yet very human nature of Miss U which strikes the most appealing chord. Dripping with longing, covered in emotion its combination of treated drums, poignant piano and whispered vocals all contrive to create a sense of melancholy that ripples with compassion. Either way this is a striking piece of music made notable for the times we all find ourselves in.

Release: September 25

listen / pre-order https://www.beatport.com/release/miss-u/3100692

https://storgardsmusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/wheretheheartisrecords

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Thomas Von Party feat. Mera De La Rosa – RITMO – Party Central

This super-hot production reminds me of the loose abandon edging out of early-eighties New York as defiant sounds and ideas clashed evolving into a post-disco. It’s the combination of addictively, shuffling drums plus that feeling of being played live as dangerous delays echo and reverberate across the arrangement. That, plus of course the distinctive vocals of Mera De La Rosa which add a teasing, tempting flavour to events. Next the Trans Express Mix accelerates the hi-hats into a shimmering universe, while remixes from DECIUS and TYU each reinvent and shake the foundations via contrasting intensity.

Release: September 24

Pre-order / listen http://classic.beatport.com/release/ritmo/3118016
https://partycentral.bandcamp.com
https://thomasvonparty.bandcamp.com/album/ritmo

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Sarah Davachi – Cantus, Descant – Late Music

Sarah Davachi’s intensely quiet, evocative music is as imaginative as it is emotional existing on a level akin to being pure. Despite the personal feeling particularity private you are invited into this at times otherworldly drama, tasting a note of history from a far flung past contrasted by it remaining thoroughly contemporary. Time evolves over eighty minutes seeking out the breadth of musicianship and contemplating church inspired sounds which expand into another ether. It is sometimes deeply provocative, sometimes unnerving, yet at others sweet and wildly melancholic. The tempting traditional chord progression of Play The Ghost which also features Sarah Davachi’s breathy melodies are worth admission alone. Listen for yourself.

Release: September 18

Listen / buy https://latemusic.ffm.to/cantusdescant

https://www.sarahdavachi.com

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Late Night Tango – Two Sides To Every Story – Mr. Nice Guy

Feeling like a warm indulgence this plays perfectly to accompany today’s hot September sunshine. The bonus is that Jesse Perez, operating here under his Late Night Tango guise, delivers a feast of music, drums and atmospheres rekindling memories of yesteryear, fuelling possible tomorrows. Nothing is quite revolutionary electronically but it is succinct, soulful and life-assuring. From the breezy shuffling rhythms of Two Sides To Every Story (Intro) marking Balearic, to the inescapable grooves of Bom Bom, through the West Coast haze conjuring up a beautiful Magic Daydream, to the emotive vibrations of What’s Gangsta moments are never wasted. There is a timeless element to all this generating a been here before sensation circa 1990 but good music will still elicit the same emotional reaction in any decade. Hit play, lean back, enjoy.

stream / buy https://biglink.to/latenighttango

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