Dave Clarke – The Desecration of Desire – Skint

I don’t often review music created by Dave Clarke simply for no other reason than it doesn’t fall into the genre’s I write about. Times change however as the suitably spikey attitude of his new albums title spells out something not to miss out on. In fact, The Desecration of Desire is a stunningly, brilliant piece of work not least all as connects me with my past care of the excellent version of Department S – Is Vic There? (feat. Louisahhh). The magic element of this album is I guess that there is no single defining element to it. Apart from say, Plasmatic the words pounding techno don’t make their presence felt much at all. Which for people like me means even the Jazzy, sound-tracking temptation of Dot Forty One feels sublimely tempting. The first rate and current single, I’m Not Afraid is included as are various guest appearances which I will leave you the anticipation of discovering for yourself. But back to the beginning and the opening, Exquisite which thankfully throws the rule book abruptly out of the window, as does the majority of the album, leaving a wealth of influences that come together in an explosion of the weird, wired and wonderful.

Release: October 27

https://daveclarke.lnk.to/TDoDFA
http://www.skintentertainment.com

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Aris Kindt – Swann and Odette – Kingdoms

Aris Kindt is the joint collaboration of Gabe Hedrick and Francis Harris (Scissor and Thread) and this new release provides the follow-up to 2015’s Floods, while also launching the heightened potential of the Kingdoms imprint. It’s not always an easy ride but since when has ‘not-challenging’ been to the benefit of music’s history. However, there are plenty of moments of transcendence to be found but the spectre of tension never seems hidden, often revealed through the grainy repetition of smouldering analogue electronics. This collection of sounds isn’t really something you can qualify by describing each and every piece involved on its track-list but it’s more about the smudge of stereo which emanates as a whole structure that’s important here. That and the feeling that something wonderful is being communicated, just below the surface.

Release: October 22

https://kingdomsbk.bandcamp.com

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Dave Clarke – I’m Not Afraid (feat. Anika) – Skint

Techno’s defining stalwart explodes all over the stereo in a fit of Punky, fizzy fuelled rage that in the appropriate parlance: I Fucking Love. Low-slung and meaning business dirty rhythms are punched out across the spaces in-between as Anika’s attitude spiked vocal tickles the imagination with all sorts of devilish and political possibilities. The album is forthcoming but for now this killer release will suffice.

https://www.beatport.com/release/im-not-afraid-feat-anika/2114852

http://www.daveclarke.com
http://www.skintentertainment.com

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Francesco Mami – 101091 EP – Rhythm Cult Digital

Perhaps not my usual tipple but when did tiresome, endless labelling get in the way of what is more importantly good music. Three tracks go to make up this new release from the London MNKY HSE Music Director but it’s the blistering combination of infectious sounds that inform Stilgar which really capture and ignite my attention. Music to get lost in as seven plus minutes feel longer (in a good way) with a sizzling clash of ideas all at once being totally emotional and melodic, yet also hard and unrelenting. So good in fact that immediately repeating the play only goes to reveal more. The proceeding Alia continues the theme with reiterating rhythms again building a sense of anticipation via unfolding atmosphere’s reaching out to eight minutes.

Release: September 29

http://www.francescomami.com

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Balaphonic – Balinese Saints – Well Cut Records

Sometimes when you’re lost in a haze of smouldering electronics it’s good to get recharged by the flair of relatively real music, which of course tempts you in the direction of this label. Have to say second listen and I’m hooked into the opening salvo of Balinese Saints which fires off irredeemably energetic percussion breaks together with a jazzy, latin-esque sense of rhythm and language. Mondays, follows fuelled by jaunty shuffles, reversed sequences plus the joy of guitar all rolled into one. While the excellent Sunflowers In Dub then exits via a final, reassuring blast of resounding Balearic echo plus stereo enhanced, life-affirming goodness.

Release: September 22

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SCANNER – The Great Crater – Glacial Movements

Outstanding. But before we go employing lazy associations and cliques with regards to music that sources ambience as inspiration let’s just say that this album isn’t simply about mood creation but pushes further at the edges of existence. That might be heart-wrenching intensity or richly dark moments. Equally the rush of romance or happy possibilities which seem endless. There mercifully is not a rule book to follow here and it’s that very excitement that engulfs you in swathes of warm, difficult, probing, melancholy, electronically charged excitement. Another great release from Glacial Movements and of course via Robin Rimbaud. One last thought: if you imagined that the genre was washed out. Listen again. Perhaps the cover art says it all.

Release: September 29
http://www.glacialmovements.com/music-news/scanner-the-great

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Dimitri From Paris presents Salsoul Mastermix – Salsoul

Can’t get enough of the past? Well, you’ve come to the right place. The legendary Salsoul label earned that accolade for one reason only and that was the music they released back in the 70’s and subsequent 1980’s, closing by 84 of that decade. Soaring songs, sonically reverberating instrumentation and production prowess that helped set the tone for tone for what came next.  One glance over the tracklist and you can feel all that history breathing including timeless standards such as Double Exposure – My Love Is Free, which appears here with the Frankie Knuckles remix, plus the Shep Pettibone version of Inner Life – I Like It Like That. Other perhaps less well known tracks also compliment such as Larry Levan’s remix of Sparkle – Handsome Man and The Salsoul Orchestra’s – Sun After Rain with Tom Moulton’s glorious 12″ Mix. The second CD is all down to Dimitri who adds his flair to the affair care off a series of re-edits of additional releases that include the likes of fimiliar gems Love Sensation, Ten Percent, and Just As Long As I Got You. Respectfully yours.

Release: September 15

Pre-order here: https://salsoul.lnk.to/dimitrifromparisPR

https://www.facebook.com/DimitriFromParisOfficial

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Felix Da Housecat – Founders Of Filth Volume One – Founders Of Filth

It comes with a sense of relief and a very positive relief at that to hear this brilliant record kick starting his brand new imprint. Even if just the beats pulsed and coursed through the duration of these eight minutes then In Thee Now would be more than worth it. But as luck would have it you’re treated to slightly sinister voices and a moody ignition of strange, electrical sounds too. Continuing the theme of excellent music is the combo of Aphrohead & Clarian who deliver the atmospherically rich chimes of Know Thyself with distinction. Which only leaves the party-central combination of Felix Da Housecat, Jamie Principle and Clarian’s – It’s Your World to etch out sassy, funky rhythms to get down and groove to.

Release: June 23
https://www.beatport.com/release/founders-of-filth-volume-one/2030687
https://www.facebook.com/felixdahousecat

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Get Physical presents Ibiza 2017 compiled & mixed by Ben Hoo – Get Physical

Conjuring up all the majesty that rightly underlies this selection of fizzy, brilliantly imagined music from Get Physical is the most appropriate DJ: Ben Hoo. If you’re not already admiring of his work as a producer/ remixer then Ibiza 2017 will amply tend to your needs, testifying that the future indeed points forwards, not back. Ben Hoo’s remix of System Of Survival feat. Vhelade – Kutting begins the sense of motion wonderfully as the deep impressions and atmospheres of rough electricity give way to life-affirming vocals of Clara Brea’s sublime – 707minor7 that soar into your consciousness. The music then journey’s through different landscapes of sound landing at Ben Hoo & Enzo Leep – Cosmos Excerpt, then getting frisky via the Acid shivers generated by Nima Gorji – Delusions. Completing the picture is his great Dub of current single: Reaching leaving the sense that things have come full circle, feeling satisfied in all senses.

Release: June 23
http://www.getphysicalmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/wearenightpeople

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Mr. G – Jumon EP (5iVE YEARS HOLIC TRAX Edition 1) – Holic Trax

Helping celebrate the occasion and obviously no stranger to the label five years come around fast these days. Tomoki Tamura’s imprint enlists the unmistakable skills of Mr. G who supplies two equally juicy gems for this release. The sizzling, bass probing Soba Shioyaki commands like night leaves day with insistent drums, voices and whirring keys all producing trademark intensity. Komorebi, follows next with sub pummelling low-end connecting furiously to pounding beats and grainy organ hits, leaving room for the unnerving whir of darker flavoured synths that hit perfection at breakdown.

Release: July 3

http://www.mr-g.org.uk
http://www.holictrax.com
Pre-order: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/mr-g-jumon-ep-holic-trax-5th/646147-01/

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