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  • Anti-G 'Anti-G Presents Kentjesz Bea' - Cargo Records UK

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    At a party in the late 80s in The Hague, a local DJ by the name of DJ Moortje accidentally dropped a dancehall twelve-inch at 45RPMs, causing chaos in the audience. Not the kind of negative heckling you get when a record is skipped, but the kind of excitement that happens when a movement has been started. This beautiful mistake resulted in Bubbling, a cultural expression of immigrants from The Dutch Antilles and Suriname, a genre that would take these communities by storm in Holland in the 1990s. Jamaican exports such as the Fever Pitch and Bam Bam riddims were double and half-timed, with Cutty Ranks on one hand sounding like a prepubescent chipmunk, the other hand sounding like an evil duppy. Its sound borrowed slave rhythms from Curacao (DJ Moortje's origin), creating a new Caribbean style of music in Europe that ran parallel to London's Jungle scene.

    This excitement eventually died down in The Netherlands, and Dutch House became the dominant genre in the late 2000s. There was more money to be made, and bigger parties to be played when your music didn't consist of pitched up dancehall, and bubbling became reserved exclusively for the black and Latin crowds, especially teenagers. However, House in Holland was littered with Caribbean influence, and eventually a new generation of DJs would pioneer a new sound, known as Bubbling House. A group of cousins, DJ's Shaun-D, Master-D, Daycard, and Deschuurman who loved Dutch House but couldn't shake their traditions created a new sound, with hyper Fruity Loop synths over pitched up Dem Bow drums. The sound could be found all over Youtube and regional social media sites, the same way the rest of the global youth were distributing their music from Chicago to Luanda.

    Anti-G a.k.a. Kentje'sz Beatsz, an 18-year-old producer from the South Holland city of Delft is of the current Bubbling House generation, but his music often stabs at other realms. Like many of his peers, he takes in the popular styles of the black and Latin communities of Holland: Bubbling, Reggaeton, Dutch and American Hip-Hop, and House, and loads those influence into Fruity Loops on his PC. This often results in all of those genres crammed into 3 minutes of audio, though occasionally he singles one out. The atmosphere is cold and industrial, not-unlike the sound created by UK Grime producers, but with polyrhythms that swing like Funky House. His tracks often can't decide if they're for a rave or a rap show, but in the end sound like the soundtrack for someone getting stabbed in space.

    Anti-G Presents 'Kentje'sz Beatsz' is a collection of material made between 2009 and 2010, showing all of the faces of his work. Bubbling Cause Trouble and Crack The Glass! tap into the current club scene of Holland, while tracks such as Reggaeton Man! are his own mutant Dem Bow riddims. It's a trip through Dutch social networking sites such as Hyves, and an example of the experimentation brewing with the current digital youth of the Surinamese and Antillean communities of The Netherlands. These drums may come from the Caribbean, but the synths belong on a space station.

    Side A:
    1. OepSs Te Hard!
    2. Freak it out
    3. CrazyShit
    4. Bubbling Cause Trouble
    Side B:
    1. Inspiration Meets Bubbling
    2. King Off Speakers
    3. Its Just Fresh Hiphop
    4. Crack The Glass!
    Side C:
    1. THE FUCKING ERROR!!!!!!!
    2. Full Up
    3. Trille Tot Je doodvall!
    4. Turn the hiphop on
    Side D:
    1. A Hype up System
    2. Pump Up!
    3. Reggeaton Man!
    4. Instrumentals Reggeaton
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  • Benga 'Comb 60s-Killers' - Cargo Records UK

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    Benga's debut for Planet Mu. Comb 60s provides dancefloor devestation in the shape of deep hollow sounding sub bass and spine tingling stabs and chords, with jaunty pizzicato breakdowns..

    Killers About meanwhile sustains a paranoid and dangerous chase scene atmosphere with 70s electric piano riffs, 80s electro percussion, and a contemporary twisting bassline.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:

    1. Comb 60s

    Side B:
    1. Killers About

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  • Boxcutter 'Allele' - Cargo Records UK

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    A two tracker of freshness from Boxcutter, aka Barry Lynn, a producer who was taking chances - constantly mutating his dubstep based music, way before people started talking about post-dubstep. This single precedes his new album 'The Dissolve', due out in April.

    Lead track 'Allele' builds from echoey drums into a tight Juke influenced drum pattern with lots of tight edits, before adding a vocal that hints at old school hardcore, wavering chords and drops, before the whole thing finally resolves into a restrained but ravey breakbeat.

    'Other People', on the B-side, simply but effectively mixes hazy, live sounding 2-step drums with a lush bitter-sweet melody reminicent of the 'Other People Place' Drexciya offshoot, which glides subtly through a background of shimmering fx's and delays.

    Side A:
    1. Allele
    Side B:
    1. Other People
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  • Boxcutter 'The Dissolve' - Cargo Records UK

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    Barry Lynn has already dropped a couple of albums that looked at dubstep from fresh angles before everyone else started to do the same. This time around, on "The Dissolve", things are different, and he's taken off in a direction that leaves dubstep behind entirely.

    The title is a reference to a common video art effect, where one image gradually transitions to another. The album has an unpolished hue to it, created with keyboards, drum machine, echo and tape and sometimes even electric guitar. It sits in a world of its own, but with a stronger affinity to things like Theo Parrish's productions or hypnagogic pop than the latest fashionable electronics created on the newest software - the devil is in the details with this album, it's rich in twists and turns.

    "The Dissolve" opens with the spacey funk and marimba of 'Panama', into the floaty synth and bass of 'Zabriskie Disco'. Things start to take on more gravity with 'All Too Heavy', one of three tracks featuring singer Brian Greene, that mixes a hazy, dubbed out funk abstraction with Greene's effect laden vocals. 'Cold War' featuring Ken and Ryu gets heavier still, with a slow dancehall kick drum and grimy metallic claps, over which mourns a sad 8-bit melody and slip-slide strings.

    'Passerby' uses an echoed 808 and a guitar melody to make something that sits at the border between Eighties funk and Steve Hillage hippy grooves, while the next track, 'TV Troubles' takes that idea even further, wrapping echoey riffs into a lo-fi funk vamp which rewinds, slows down and distorts on a tape reel, it's incredible.

    Title track 'The Dissolve' is even more lo-fi; jump cut edits and a sound that's frayed around the edges, everything bathed in tape wobble and hiss which finally slows down to a stop.

    'Moon Pupils' restarts the album again from an airy 2-step perspective with melodic, hollow bass sounds, echoes and reverse edits, whilst 'Factory Setting' mixes off-key metallic synths with a bassline and funky galloping drums, which gives the album a rare moment of darkness.

    'Allele' brings things into the open again, building from echoey drums into a tight Juke influenced drum pattern, before adding a vocal that hints at old school hardcore, all wavering chords and drops, before the whole thing finally resolves into a restrained but ravey breakbeat. 'Topsoil' mixes a gliding synth melody with hazy synth stabs and dusty drums, before 'Little Smoke Remix', collaboration with Kab Driver, wraps hard offbeat drums in cascading synth arpeggios.

    The album ends in the broken funk of 'Ufonik', and by then you definitely get the feeling, as an album, you've been transported and dropped off somewhere else entirely.


    1. Panama
    2. Zabriskie Disco
    3. All Too Heavy
    4. Boxcutter Vs. Ken & Ryu - Cold War
    5. Passerby
    6. TV Troubles
    7. The Dissolve
    8. Moon Pupils
    9. Factory Setting
    10. Allele
    11. Topsoil
    12. Little Smoke Remix
    13. Ufonik
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  • Chrissy Murderbot 'Womens Studies' - Cargo Records UK

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    The last few years have seen Chrissy working hard on the optimum formula for getting down and having non-stop fun. 'Women's Studies' is an album of party starting, populist mutations with vocal contributions from the Dancehall mcees MC ZULU, Rubi Dan and Warrior Queen, plus rappers Popeye, Coool Dundee and Johnny Moog. It's made with a brazen and unashamed love for dance music, mixing energetic tropes into a sticky tropical punch.

    The influence of Ghetto House and Juke from his chosen home of Chicago hangs over the album. From the off, things get fleet-footed on 'Break You Off' with it's night-time atmosphere built from Rhodes chord progressions and sexy vocals over tight, subtle rolling footwork drums and bass; it's like a 160bpm musical massage. Later on 'Bussin Down' continues the footwork influence with a sped-up grooving funk sample, over which DJ Spinn gives the orders. Elsewhere 'Heavy Butt's' seesawing bassline and 8-bit melody gets the message across loud and clear, while the impressionist footwork of 'Jiggle' is probably the most jiggling piece of music ever recorded.

    Other tracks such as 'New Juke Swing' mix crunchy drums of the kind you might find on a Teddy Riley production with a bassline of an early grime record while Rubi Dan acts as master of ceremonies¦ 'The Vibe Is So Right', featuring MC ZULU, pits chopped breakbeats against big basslines at funky house speed, which quickly intensify into sharp junglist patterns. On 'Bump Uglies' Chrissy mixes cute girl vocals chopped up over a flat dancehall beat while MC Popeye rides the rhythm making his intentions clear, while the album's poppiest moment 'Sweet Thang' features Coool Dundee and Johnny Moog in an inspired high speed mix of jungle and electro with soul vocals and mcing.

    Things get decidedly early 90's with Warrior Queen on 'Under Dress' a strange amalgam of acid and (more) New Jack Swing, with Warrior Queen dropping some filthy lyrics. The 90's revival continues with the 'U Got Me Burnin Up (Club Cirque)' which mixes high speed ravey piano and diva samples with crackin 160bpm juke and hip house vocals from Coool Dundee.

    On 'Women's Studies' Murderbot manages to twist underground music forms into a new kind of high quality pop music that's a joy to listen to.

    Side A:
    1. Break U Off
    2. New Juke Swing
    3. Bussin Down
    Side B:
    1. The Vibe Is So Right
    2. Bump Uglies
    3. Pelvic Floor
    Side C:
    1. Heavy Butt
    2. Nice Lookin Bwoy
    3. Sweet Thang
    Side D:
    1. Jiggle
    2. Under Dress
    3. U Got Me Burnin Up (Club Cirque)
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  • Claude Speeed 'Infinity Ultra' - Cargo Records UK

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    Claude Speeed returns to Planet Mu, two years after the 'Sun Czar Temple' EP, with his second album 'Infinity Ultra'. He describes the record he's been creating since he started making computer music as one "conceiving an interior territory: an abstract space to process the oppression, confusion and insanity of the contemporary age; and to formulate an honest emotional and artistic response - a psychic jumping off point into an uncertain future."

    'Infinity Ultra' takes inspiration from sleep paralysis, monumental artworks, children's anime, abandoned places, ghostly rave pasts and terrifying silicon valley futures, and the limitless anger of the digital present.

    These influences have been channelled into an impressionistic burst of varied creativity: Shimmering VSTs; monolithic noise; euphoric blocks of colourful sound; trance stabs and the citrus rush of hardcore; towering drones, and skynet math rock - all rendered against cold, sinister space and nostalgic synth melodies.

    The album reveals the artist's Scottish roots, viewed at a hazy distance from his Berlin home - a series of memories of Glasgow's experimental psychedelic underground, its DIY rock scene and defiant club hedonism.

    These genre relationships are blurred and at times they contrast with audible brutality; the result is a hybrid, sculptured way of rendering music - minimal specifics, maximum emotions.

    Tracklisting:
    2LP:
    Side A:
    1. BCCCC
    2. Serra
    3. Windows 95
    4. Ambien Rave

    Side B:
    1. Alternate Histories (ft. Kuedo)
    2. Moonchord Supermagic
    3. 800 Super NYC
    4. XY Autostream

    Side C:
    1. Fifth Fortress
    2. VZJD
    3. Entering The Zone
    4. Center Tech

    Side D:
    1. Spirits
    2. Contact
    3. Dreamdream

    CD:
    01. BCCCC
    02. Serra
    03. Windows 95
    04. Ambien Rave
    05. Alternate Histories (ft. Kuedo)
    06. Moonchord Supermagic
    07. 800 Super NYC
    08. XY Autostream
    09. Fifth Fortress
    10. VZJD
    11. Entering The Zone
    12. Center Tech
    13. Spirits
    14. Contact
    15. Dreamdream
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  • Claude Speeed 'Sun Czar Temple' - Cargo Records UK

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    Scotland's Claude Speeed first came to our attention via his epic 2012 remix of Kuedo's 'Work Live & Sleep In Collapsing Space'. With a history in various bands such as RUSSIA and American Men, his work draws from Scottish post rock, 90s and 00s electronica, American minimalism, noise & drone. After a significant time travelling abroad he relocated to Berlin and released his debut album for LuckyMe, entitled 'My Skeleton'. Now he is releasing his follow-up EP 'Sun Czar Temple' on Planet Mu - an epic set of songs that distort emotional songwriting with textured synthetic ambience and computer noise. Dreams on hard disk.

    The EP opens with the epic 'Traumzeuge', a piece for digitally obliterated piano and plugins taking its inspiration from territories of culture shock and insomnia. Starting with monolithic slabs of SOLAR PARALLAX distortion, the layers of intensity build until eventually dropping out, revealing gentle, warm guitar harmonics and tender vocals. 'Dr. Liz Wilson' begins with twinkling, bleeping arrays of electronics: implied interstellar communication. Warm sinewaves and rising tone clusters build up into a rushing wind tunnel of s||||ESCAPE TIME FRACTAL||ound.

    Hidden drums, ghost choirs, and geometric cryptophasia arpeggios disappear into chaos. An Adrián Villar Rojas memory of terraforming and futuristic DMT ruins.'VIN', serves as an interlude, built on field recordings from a short trip into an empty forest, made with looped tape noises and crushed oneiric chords.'Fret' draws from a story about an abandoned palace, far away from anything. Initially composed entirely visually in Logic, sound muted, without any timing grid. Dense pitch shifted chords and multiple random effects building into strangely unearthly pop with Ryuichi Sakamoto 80s drums and obscured vocalvocalvocal loops.

    The final track, and the EP's most epic, 'RU Sorry?' (CITY CASTLE VICTORIES) opens with simple synth 5th interval figures evolving slowly into an enveloping, rippling, cosmic fuzz. building up to near noise, then falling away into blocks of buzzing chords. Distortion appears gently until a smashed out post rock crescendo bursts through.

    Afterlife / Angels.
    Side A:
    1. Traumzeuge
    2. Dr. Liz Wilson
    3. Vin

    Side B:
    1. Fret
    2. R U Sorry?

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  • DJ Diamond 'Flight Muzik Reloaded' - Cargo Records UK

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    This is the Japanese CD version of ZIQ302 Flight Muzik. It includes 5 extra tracks, the 2 tracks from Bangs & Works and 3 bonus exclusive bangers.

    DJ Diamond is 24 year old Karlis Griffin from the West Side of Chicago. He has been producing music since the age of 13 and DJing since 20, heading the 'Flight Muzik' clique of footwork producers.

    You might recall his two tracks from our 'Bangs & Works Vol.1' footwork compilation of last year. In addition he's also released several mix cds in Chicago, but this, his first international album showcases his unique style of footwork music.

    DJ Diamond is a unique producer with his own distinct style and an unusual ear for unexpected sonic and rhythmic combinations within the footwork template. Often he thoroughly edits samples into tiny trance-inducing, techno-like stabs. Combining this with a penchant for neon synths and loose, broken drums (that are often more effect-laden and freeform than those of of his peers) and you have a sound which has an intriguing, deeper, dreamlike feel.

    The breadth and quality of his production is clear when you listen to this album. Take opener 'Rep Yo Clique's woozy drawling synths and tribal tom patterns next to 'Speakerz n Tonguez' with it's snapping snares, minimal, repetitive voice samples and martial, detailed drum work. Then a track like 'Torture Rack' which is like grime in outer space: a minimal bassline and some samples from a computer game, while a bass kick stumbles at half time, swarms of percussive detail giving it drama. It's a brilliant exercise in wonky tension. The extraordinary 'Decoded' comes across like a kind of amalgam of trance and prog rock bombast at 160bpm while 'Wreckage's' high pitch saw noise is like a strange metallic bird-call, over light cymbals, gabba-like kicks and metallic claps. 'Digimon's' harmonic microedits could even be an SND track transported to Chicago. Finally the album's closer 'I Choose You' rolls out over a heavily edited and processed soul sample, it's drums rolling off at odd angles to almost seasick effect.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Rep Yo Clique (Remix)
    2. Speakerz 'n' Tonguez
    3. Uh
    4. Pop The Trunk
    5. Horns
    6. Vibe
    7. Torture Rack
    8. Decoded
    9. Down Bitch
    10. Wreckage
    11. Digimon
    12. Rep Yo Clique
    13. Burn Dat Boy
    14. Snare Fanfare
    15. Go Hard
    16. I Choose You
    17. Ready Mother Fucka (Bonus Track)
    18. Freakazoid (Bonus Track)
    19. Crazy Sh!t (Unreleased)
    20. Randomness (Unreleased)
    21. Purple Muzik (Unreleased)
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  • DJ Nate 'Hatas Our Motivation' - Cargo Records UK

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    DJ Nate, born Nathan Clark, grew up in the westside of Chicago, he's 20 years old and started making footwork tracks 5 years ago.

    Footwork tracks are instrumental tracks made for Footwurking, or Jukin'; a dance style that's local to Chicago that kids use to let off steam and compete with each other, a distant relative of the breakdance style of uprocking crossed with foot moves that have their roots in Jazz dancing.

    The Footwork sound has its roots in Chicago House, and the influence and speeds of the pioneering Ghetto House label 'Dance Mania' is clear: the tough sentiments and hip hop influence is all there, but the fast linear hypnotic 4x4 sound of those records has been re-calibrated and given an ultra syncopated treatment to test dancers.

    These tracks have a unique drama and a pressure that is unique to footwork but reminiscent of the edited drum syncopation of jungle and also hip hop cutting in DJ battles.

    For 'Hatas Our Motivation', Nate's first ever worldwide release beyond small edition cdrs and tracks posted on youtube, he uses the basic palette of samples from pop and hip hop, pitched, layered and triggered into unusual edits, usually with a repeated phrase used to spur on the dancing. This hypnotizing effect, combined with sparse 808 drum patterns, often with busy fills, relentless triplets and off-kilter accents, is used to create very different variations in his sound. 'Hatas Our Motivation' is six tracks from Nate's archives. We think there is plenty here to get your head around or just enjoy if you're already familiar with a few of the tracks here.

    Opening with the grimey 'Hatas Our Motivation' leading into the more soulful 'Ima Burn Him' which drops to half speed but adds double speed drum fills and a hypnotic vocal sample, to the murky and chopped to hell 'We Can Work This Out' with its pitched up vocals reminiscent of old rave tracks, and the robotic half speed hip hop vibe of 'Back Down', this is a taster before the album drops.

    Side A:
    1. Hatas Our Motivation
    2. Ima Burn Him
    3. Make Em Run
    Side B:
    1. We Can Work This Out
    2. Back Down
    3. See Into My Eyes
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  • East Man 'Red, White & Zero' - Cargo Records UK

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    East Man is a new project from Anthoney Hart and its material predates his previous work as Basic Rhythm.

    His unique take on grime reduces the sound to its steely fundamentals, bringing in influences from dancehall, drum and bass and techno to gird the voices of the MCs he works with.

    His own name for this hardcore continuum mongrel is 'Hi Tek'.Anthoney struck a friendship with the academic and theorist Paul Gilroy, who wrote the album introduction.

    Vinyl LP:
    Side A:
    1. East Man - East Man Theme
    2. East Man & Saint P - Can't Tell Me Bout Nothing
    3. East Man & Darkos Strife - Cruisin'
    4. East Man & Killa P - Mission
    5. East Man - Stratford
    6. East Man & Irah - War

    Side B:
    7. East Man - Drapesing
    8. East Man & Eklipse - Safe
    9. East Man & Lyrical Strally - Mmm
    10. East Man & Kwam - Tear Down
    11. East Man & Darkos Strife - Look & Listen
    12. East Man - And What? (Blood Klaat Version)
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  • Ekoplekz 'Bioprodukt' - Cargo Records UK

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    Ekoplekz returns with his fourth album for Planet Mu, in the shape of 10-tracker "Bioprodukt". The unique lo-fi, woozy sound of Bristol's Nick Edwards stays intact while he veers towards the nineties for inspiration: the bleep and bass sound of the north of England is one touchpoint and the acid gurgles of the 303 are another.

    While the murky lo-fi production levels and evocative melodies remain, they are now bolstered by a more muscular rhythmic chassis. Snappier kicks and snares mingle with dense layers of percussion and deep undulating sub-basslines adding a funkier edge, as typified by opening track "Elevation" where playful beats interlock with breezy keyboard flourishes to create something uncharacteristically upbeat. Similarly, the gentle, fluid motion of "Slipstream" and "Calypzoid" represent some of the most appealingly chilled grooves in the Ekoplekz canon to date.

    But the darker-edged material remains. "Expedition" has a pensive, percussion-heavy feel whilst "Acrid Acid" is a dirt-encrusted slow-mo techno meltdown. "Transcience" displays the Ekoplekz trademark dub-fx in full flight over a driving lo-end, before "Descent" leads down to the final section, where the beats fade out, replaced by rippling layers of spectral ferric ambience on the epic "Low-X Over", before finishing with the radiant looped stasis of "Denier Daze".

    The albums shifting, imperfect patterns and muted colours are visually mirrored in the beautifully realised sleeve by the Print Project.

    2LP
    Side A:
    1. Elevation
    2. Consequences

    Side B:
    1. Expedition
    2. Acrid Acid
    3. Slipstream

    Side C:
    1. Calypzoid
    2. Transience
    3. Descent

    Side D:
    1. Low X-Over
    2. Denier Daze

    CD:
    1. Elevation
    2. Consequences
    3. Expedition
    4. Acrid Acid
    5. Slipstream
    6. Calypzoid
    7. Transience
    8. Descent
    9. Low X-Over
    10. Denier Daze
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    With Unfidelity the music aligns itself with Mu's melodic sensibilities and lets the early 90's electronica influences bleed in, although the album still has the intensely transporting feel that all his work possesses.2LP:
    A: 
    1. Trace Elements 
    2. Nerva Beacon 
    3. Robert Rental 

    B: 
    4. Severn Beach 
    5. Sea 90 
    6. Unfidelity 

    C: 
    7. Coalpit Heath 
    8. Pressure Level 

    D: 
    9. Analogue Twitch 
    10. Tuning Out 
    11. Sleng Zen 

    CD:
    1. Trace Elements 
    2. Nerva Beacon 
    3. Robert Rental 
    4. Severn Beach 
    5. Sea 90 
    6. Unfidelity 
    7. Coalpit Heath 
    8. Pressure Level 
    9. Analogue Twitch 
    10. Tuning Out 
    11. Sleng Zen

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  • FaltyDL 'Bravery' - Cargo Records UK

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    Following on from his great June debut album 'Love is a Liability', FaltyDL, aka New York's Drew Lustman weighs in as a heavyweight talent with this incredible new mini L.P.
    'Bravery' contrasts quite dramatically with his debut, especially since these eight tracks are brand new, recorded as recently as three months ago.
    The album works at different tempos but still impresses with FaltyDL's featherweight combinations of melodic synths, glitzy garage samples and complex programmed beats and effects.

    From the first track 'Made me feel so right' as a brash, repeated garage vocal echoes over delicate, plaintive synths and string instrumentation, you know you're in store for something good. Next up 'Mother Beam' opens up with hiccupped vocals, big bass and jazzy chords, into layered hip hop speed drums. By 'Tronman', things are beginning to get much more abstract; melodies hang mid-air while drums form into patterns underneath, the whole track feels weightless.

    Just as you're beginning to feel lost in space, the music picks up with the chicken scratch guitar and dubbed out vocals of the up-tempo 'Pressure' which breaks into a complex workout of drums and bass.

    The album finishes with the acid and Rhodes of 'Discant', which layers sassy disco orchestration into the mix to dizzying effect.

    FaltyDL pushes the envelope in a big way and 'Bravery' is a hugely satisfying release in which you will always find something new with repeat listens.


    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Made Me Feel So Right
    2. Mother Beam

    Side B:
    1. Bravery
    2. Play Child

    Side C:
    1. Tronman
    2. Must Sustain

    Side D:
    1. Pressure
    2. Discant
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    When Falty DL released his 2009 debut on Planet Mu, Love is a Liability, it was notionally tied to dubstep, despite not sounding much like the sound at the time. A combination of irregular but still funky drums, bass and light musical surfaces, it stood out and was recognised for it's distinctiveness - this was a native New Yorker interpreting his love of British dance music from a unique angle.

    After spending 2010 honing his craft and working on singles for a bunch of different labels and remixes for the likes of The XX, Mount Kimbie and Anthony Shakir, Falty DL, born Drew Lustman, pulls his skills and experience together for this new LP; "You Stand Uncertain".

    Things have evolved a lot on "You Stand Uncertain". From the very beginning the listener is plunged into his new focus on layered dusty atmospheres. Opener "Gospel Of Opal (ft. Anneka)" is also his first work with a vocalist. 
    Although at times it's anchored in the familiar basslines and rhythm science of uk dance, as heard in his previous material, on this album it's clear that Drew has been soaking up some of his native city's musical past such as disco, house and hip hop. With this in mind the album moves at different tempos, the ghosts of dance music past are evoked but never allowed to take over, giving the whole album a decayed, dreamy abstraction that allows for comparisons with the current crop of 'chillwave' producers, were it not for the tight drums and basslines. Check the way "The Pacifist" moves between passages of melody and waves of synth over distorted breaks, or "Open Space's" use of slowed down rave euphoria and double speed 808 drums. 

    The crisp 2-step of "Brazil", the first of two songs featuring UK-based singer Lily McKenzie sweetens the atmosphere, followed by "Eight Eighteen Ten" which builds watery melodies over chopped up breaks. The album gets slower still with the steamy, bittersweet melodies of "It's All Good". The spaced out "You Stand Uncertain" marks a mid-point and a breathing space, before the album gears up with the ravey synths and jungle percussion of "Lucky Luciano", the slow burning stripped down house of "Voyager" into the duo of abstract 2-step tracks "Tell Them Stories" and "Play with my Heart" before the tempo drops for the ultimate track "Waited Patiently (ft. Lily McKenzie)" which combines her chopped vocals with jazzy piano keys and a punchy technoid melody.

    Side A:
    1. Gospel Of Opal
    2. The Pacifist
    3. Open Space
    Side B:
    1. Brazil
    2. Eight Eighteen Ten
    3. It's All Good
    Side C:
    1. You Stand Uncertain
    2. Lucky Luciano
    3. Voyager
    Side D:
    1. Tell Them Stories
    2. Play With My Heart
    3. Waited Patiently
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  • Geiom And Shotstuff 'No Hand Signals' - Cargo Records UK

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    Nottingham based Producers of note Geiom and Shortstuff do something very special here for Planet Mu in the form of this two track single that manages to pour a huge amount of innovation into a short space of time.

    'No Hand Signals' works dizzy arabic synths, reminiscent of early Black Dog into a melodic hyper-rhythmic dubstep workout with lots of detailed breakdowns and wormholes. It's a first for dubstep, which has never gone this far out melodically and still made a track that's also this catchy.

    'Wardenclyffe' on the flip is clearly inspired by funky house's rhythmic inventions, and comes in at a slower bpm.  A tense, squidgy synth melody unfolds over a tough soca style beat that develops and stutters in reaction.

    Two tracks that simply sound like no others and are better for it.

    Side A:
     No Hand Signals

    Side B:
    Wardenclyffe

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  • Gemmy 'Supligen' - Cargo Records UK

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    Gemmy hails from the hugely influential Bristol bass scene. Part of the 'purple trinity' along with Joker and Guido, he's already had a big release on the Bristol-based Punch Drunk label and plays by the likes of Pinch, Joker and Mary Anne Hobbs (Radio 1) Gemmy's debut for Planet Mu is a bass heavy ride. With P-Funk and Grime influences, Gemmy blends the dub and the step with fat portamento synth lines and computer game fx to great effect ensuring maximum dancefloor impact.

    Supligen is a bass funk attack to the senses giving you a taste of what to expect from Gemmy's future output. Bristolian Synths and shuffle beats are sure to get the wonky heads bouncing. BT Tower is another anthemic Jump Up wobbler with a full-on bass drop that will punish the limiters on any decent rig (Guaranteed crowd response included) Watch your bass bins!

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    Supligen

    Side B:
    BT Tower
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  • Herva 'Hyper Flux' - Cargo Records UK

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    Few artists have the ability to totally seduce over a few spins like Italy's Herva.

    What may seem messy at first listen starts to fall into sharper definition and Hyper Flux'makes a very strong case for being his most seductive and mature record yet. The album has dismantled the broken beats of his early records and drifts, dives and shivers, its beats blended into the haze, everything approached from unusual angles with none of the music sounding entirely digital as it smudges between manipulated live instrumentation and field recordings coupled with synthesis and space - there's a warm heart at the centre of this music. Of making the album he says 'I challenged myself to play real instruments. I have a lot of guitars and weird acoustic instruments at my home and also my Dad's.

    He's primarily a guitarist and an inventor of instruments, so I have lots of those. Anyway I'm not a pro but I'm able to play drums quite well and I'm not that bad on guitars and bass too, but the weirdo instruments are the best, you are even more free to reinvent how to play them since no one else knows how to.'

    The deep ambience of the albums opener Esotic Energy'melts into the shivering 4/4 pulses of Jitter'. Nasty MF'pits a sludgy house beat against rough vocal samples whose aggression is disarmed by bell-like melodies, matching one earthiness for another.

    Rule The Sun'melts pattering drums and distorted chords with distant piano, while 'Multicone'takes things down with relaxing undulating chords and clicks and cuts.

    The centrepiece of the album is the space cruise of Lly Spirals'which sounds like early 80s boogie blasted into the stratosphere. Things start to get weird with Solar Xub's drifting jazz, punctuated with scratchy beats and noise.

    Cops Twerk'is a rattling piece of uptempo techno with flickering rave chords and a vocal that sounds like police radio whereas Peach'is a bristling piece of ambient house, all reverbed hits and reversed stabs over a scuttling broken drum kit.

    Dedicated'featuring the vocals of Mar G. balances loose chords and a reversed break against her plaintive, striking vocal.

    Hyper Flux finishes the way it started, with the distorted chords of Zykmed', echoing dust and hiss played out over a gentle nostalgic melody.

    2LP
    Side A:
    1. Esotic Energy
    2. Jitter
    3. Nasty MF

    Side B:
    1. Rule The Sun
    2. Multicone
    3. Lly Spirals

    Side C:
    1. Solar Xub
    2. Meta Wave
    3. Cops Twerk

    Side D:
    1. Peach
    2. Dedicated (ft. Mar G)
    3. Zykmed

    CD:
    1. Esotic Energy
    2. Jitter
    3. Nasty MF
    4. Rule The Sun
    5. Multicone
    6. Lly Spirals
    7. Solar Xub
    8. Meta Wave
    9. Cops Twerk
    10. Peach
    11. Dedicated (ft. Mar G)
    12. Zykmed
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  • Herva 'Kila' - Cargo Records UK

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    Herva is the artist name of Hervè Atsè Corti. He lives in relative seclusion from the dance music world in the Italian countryside around Florence and is one of the most intriguing producers to work in house and techno for a while. His early musical life as a drummer, plus his extra-musical interests in engineering and electronics has informed a unique, freeform, and very tactile approach to dance music. It's house and techno that doesn't adhere to the usual influences of Detroit, Chicago or Berlin.

    The album he's made called Kila'(the Swahili word for 'everything') was put together using software and hardware that he often modifies, with a mixture of beats and samples punched in like old-school hip hop and synths and effects that give his tracks the feeling of dance music that's been teased apart, smudged and smeared.

    The music is relaxed and warm but simultaneously abstract and punctuated with ragged detail and gritty disruption. He's been in demand as a producer for a while now and has recently remixed Berghain resident Nick Höppner's latest release. "You hear my music, you get to see how my brain works" he says.

    The album moves across tempos, from the floaty upbeat disco of All Good On Your Side'to the full throttle electro of 'Seat Behind Mirrors'which gently gives away to a looping Burundi vocal. Then down to the old-school hip hop and wonky ooze of Mistakes Dealer'. The track Fading Above Smoke', is held in place by a repeating drum pattern while synths and samples scrape and wrap themselves around the rhythm. Dust Cover'approaches the sound of early Pole, as if it had been described to him but never heard, sending digital grit and glitches across a low-slung bassline and opaque dubbed-out chords. The album finishes on the overloaded climax of Fog', which runs awkwardly edited samples over a loose drum tattoo, with enough restraint to keep the track flowing.

    2xLP
    Side A:
    1. All Good On Your Side
    2. Trying To Fix Invisible Textures
    3. Seat Behind Mirrors

    Side B:
    1. Kila
    2. Video Volume

    Side C:
    1. Mistakes Dealer (Solid State)
    2. Disk Atk
    3. Fading Above Smoke

    Side D:
    1. Dust Cover
    2. Fog

    CD:
    1. All Good On Your Side
    2. Trying To Fix Invisible Textures
    3. Seat Behind Mirrors
    4. Kila
    5. Video Volume
    6. Mistakes Dealer (Solid State)
    7. Disk Atk
    8. Fading Above Smoke
    9. Dust Cover
    10. Fog
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