New Music: Jun Kamoda – Blind Disco

Japanese producer Jun Kamoda came to the fore last year with his EP “The Clay,” released on Brooklyn label Mister Saturday Night, and particularly for the track “Physical Graffiti,” one of the most singular dance tracks of its age. Demonically orgasmic, it builds on a racy guitar vamp into a hypnotically hissing drone, inviting us to hedonism.

His new EP, “Blind Disco,” out this week through Bristol’s Black Acre, continues with the same off-beat themes, vibrating with the frenetic action of a pinball machine or a “Ren & Stimpy” cartoon.

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New Music: Flabaire – Alors Actually EP

 

Parisian deep house producer Flabaire explores the range of his ingenuity on his new record Alors Actually, released last month by fledgling UK imprint South Street. A brooding tour de force, the record shows Flabaire’s gifts at carving out stirring, human expression with opaque electronic instruments. Raw samples, drum machines, and keyboards come together on tracks both radically imaginative and immediately recognizable.

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New Music: Mood J – Turn Your Love Around

Australian producer Mood J explores a decidedly New York aesthetic on his debut record Turn Your Love Around, full of sincere emotional depth and undeniably infectious movement. Out next month on increasingly indispensable London imprint Distant Hawaii, it’s a satisfying melange of stark club beats and engrossing grooves, and a rich addition to any record bag.

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Brazilian funk trio Azymuth continue to astonish after forty years

Brazil holds a special space in the collective imagination, at least of Americans, as a place laden with a mythical, otherworldly glamour, permeated with saudade, that hard-to-pin down sense of crushingly beautiful nostalgia and longing. It’s a stage for the erotic, the bacchanalian, the Carnaval, replete with conflict and ingenuity. 

All of this, along with Brazil’s peculiar historical confluences, has provided for an endlessly fascinating sonic formula, combining the exotic timbres of the indigenous people, the corporal rhythms of Africa, the lyrical fado of Portugal, and, later, the embrace of North American jazz, rock n’ roll, hip hop, and electronic music. Continue reading “Brazilian funk trio Azymuth continue to astonish after forty years”

New Music: Hodini – WOLFEP039

One of England’s most consistently excellent and prolific dance labels, Wolf Music continue their streak with this raw, hypnotic effort from German producer Hodini.

The Brighton outfit, founded in 2009, seem to release a new must-have record on a monthly basis. Here, we find Hodini probing subterranean rhythms in a style both restless and winkingly gratifying.  Continue reading “New Music: Hodini – WOLFEP039”

New Music: Razor-N-Tape – HADE Edits

Brooklyn label Razor-N-Tape once again assert their preeminence in the realm of disco edits with this new record by Cologne-based artist HADE. It’s outstanding for both its astutely wide-ranging source material, as well for the expertly stylized production, which will delight fans of beats of any stripe, whether hip hop, house, funk, or anything in between.

You’d expect nothing less from a producer whose remix portfolio includes the work of top club DJs, alongside “Ghost Song” by The Doors, and a ridiculous ’80s German pop remake of Black Sabbath’s “Ironman.” (The music video for the last one’s worth a watch.)  Continue reading “New Music: Razor-N-Tape – HADE Edits”

Review: DJ Heure – Outsider Resource

 

 

“Outsider Resource,” the debut release from new London dance label All My Thoughts, finds Australian producer DJ Heure trafficking in the moody, lo-fi aesthetic currently ascendant in certain circles of Internet-propelled house music. Reaching over to explore a classic English style, the Adelaidean artist combines frantic breakbeats with soulful pads and electric piano, for an unsettled ambiance that evokes a quiet walk back from the club in a misty dawn.

Such a cloudy style is perhaps non sequitur coming from an artist working on a remote, sun-drenched island, but it puts him in good company, namely alongside heralded Down Under producer Mall Grab, who broke into the top 100 DJs of 2016 in Resident Advisor’s readers’ poll. Continue reading “Review: DJ Heure – Outsider Resource”

Review: 4004 – Night Body Lies

Mexican house producer 4004 continues his exploration of deep jazz and techno influences on his new EP Night Body Lies, recorded after a summer spent marinating in the dark club ambience of Berlin. It’s four tracks of atmospheric, uncanny dance music conjured with earthy, growling bass tones, driven Rhodes organ chords, and propelled forcefully by hip hop inflected drum samples. Overall, it finds a pure techno aesthetic, striking a sublime center between the suggestions of mysticism and of technological futurism. Continue reading “Review: 4004 – Night Body Lies”

Review: Felix Leifur – The Sunday Club

Felix Leifur’s debut record opens with morning light breaking across a rugged mountain peak, in an arcade of noise. A child’s toy whirs its pattern, shrouded in magic chirping bells, as strange and wonderful as the Good Witch of the North welcoming us to Oz.

Throughout The Sunday Club EP, this Icelandic producer seems to celebrate the sublime enchantment of his homeland, with its bizarre and majestic landscape, imbued with a mythical aura. Continue reading “Review: Felix Leifur – The Sunday Club”

Review: Project Pablo – Priorities

Across Priorities, Project Pablo takes us on trip into a smokey lounge populated by mustachioed porn stars, big-lapeled coke dealers, fake palm trees, and existentially troubled robots, with Stan Getz playing quietly in the background.

It’s a soulful and cruising series of house tracks from one of the most interesting voices to come out of the idiosyncratic school of dance music surrounding Canada’s 1080p Collection. Continue reading “Review: Project Pablo – Priorities”