The 2 month gap since my last radio show means that a lot of new music has come out so this set has some ‘new’ stuff that’s a bit older than usual, and advance promos played after their release. No matter.
The two releases that are of particular note to the summer’s mood are http://www.bordercommunity.com/?p=5240 and Boards of Canada’s Tomorrow’s Harvest. This is a new BOC album after a long silence, and I think that it is a brilliant album, though the critical and fan reaction has been muted. This is, I think a result of BOC no longer being a musical surprise. But it stands on it’s own merits, and by the way did anyone say to Mozart “Another bloody symphony, when are you going to come up with something new?” It took me longer to come around to James Holden’s record — on first listen it seems pretty discursive and aimless. But on repeated listen there’s something that gets under my skin. “Blackpool Late Eighties” is a perfect standing wave of dream logic romanticism, using Kraut Rock loopiness to build a mood that takes flight. The musical equivalent of being hypnotized by clouds out a jetliner window.
Estroe’s collaboration with Nuno Dos Santos on Eevonext is interesting for breaking out of the techno mold, “Second Thoughts” is nearly beatless, moody, and uses bass to create a forboding mood. The always excellent FourTet shows up repeatedly, in three radically different tracks, including the trip-hop reimagining of Tori Amos’ “Unspoken.”
Detroit Electro veterans Aux 88 sent me a promo of their new EP, from which I chose the Detroit House track “Blue Love.” My revelatory discovery this summer is the Japanese techno producer Takuya Yamashita, whose track “Daybreak” is an instant classic of the emotive Detroit deep techno style.
Closing out, with a blast of low-fi techno from the last century, Joel Brindfalk’s “Great Dose Of Monotonous Techno”. Released under the name ‘Ü’ (try googling that), it is a time capsule from 1992, both in terms of production technique — Roland TR909, a synth or 2, and effects — but it has a deep connection to the new wave of lo-fi techno revivalists.
|Marginal||Style Is A Cage|
|Boards of Canada||Nothing Is Real|
|S. Carey||Two Angles|
|Tone Of Arc||Lost In The Machine|
|James Holden||Blackpool Late Eighties|
|Estroe & Nuno Dos Santos||Second Thoughts|
|RX Gibbs||Honey Dub|
|Chris Gavin||Nice View (Martin Ruth RMX)|
|David Powers||Remember The Future|
|Stingrays||Adjust To New Knowledge|
|Nathan Fake||The Sky Was Pink (James Holden RMX)|
|Roska + Jamie George||Secret Love|
|Aux 88||Blue Love|
|Rocket #9||Rotunda (FourTet Refix)|
|Chaircrusher||The Man Who Played Himself In The Movie|
|Boards of Canada||Cold Earth|
|Joel Brindfalk||Great Dose of Monotonous Techno (excerpt)|