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Russell E. L. Butler
Four tracks on twelve inches of wax, from Bermuda artist Russell E.L. Butler. Petty is probably the closest that Butler has yet come to real floor-filling techno, though don’t worry, there are still plenty of sonic and conceptual details to revel in from this experimental producer. 12” EP on Spectral.
- Vinyl 12" (SPC-141)
- Limited edition
Ghostly International sub-label Spectral Sound (Matthew Dear, DMX Krew) are promising that there’ll be no re-press of this new Fort Romeau EP, so best get SPC-140 while it’s still hot. Not that you needed any incentive, mind. FR’s on a hot-streak at the moment - his single ‘Pablo’ was recently named ‘Best New Music’ by Pitchfork - and it continues with these three tracks of melodic, moody tech-house.
- Vinyl 12" (SPC-140)
- Limited edition
Spectral Sound are turning 18! And to celebrate their newfound ability to legally purchase pints, they’re releasing a fantastic sampler covering a wide range of genres, from dub to techno to acidic funk. Spectral 139 features tracks by Matrixxman, Gunnar Haslam, Nigil Caenaan, and Minimal Violence and will show you exactly what today's youngsters are putting on their dancing shoes for.
- Vinyl Double 12" (SPC-139)
- In stock and ready to ship
- Last copy
Mark E hails from the West Midlands, and identifies the industrial background of the area as an influence on his sound, particularly on this album, Product Of Industry (obviously). But, refreshingly, this isn’t just a byword for ‘heavy’ and ‘dark’ music. Mark E takes the mechanical relentlessness of industry, but tempered with warm analogue synth sounds. Its a strong combination.
- Vinyl Double LP (SPECT122LP)
Patricia (actually a guy, called Max Ravitz), releases the third and final part of the Several Shades Of The Same Colour album. Multi-angled creative techno is the name of the game, with Part Three presenting a particularly vivid offering. Five tracks, including one that features Terekke as a guest. LP release on Spectral.
Making sense of some of these press releases makes my brain want to turn itself inside out. Luckily the one phrase 'multifaceted techno trip" pretty much describes the music of Patricia (actually a man - whoda thunk?) and from the earlier work by this shadowy composer I deduce that this will be well worth waiting out for for fans of dark techno, miserable synth, Demdike Stare and Stotty.
Spectral Sound - they of Fort Romeau, Matthew Dear, Matrixxman fame - deliver an EP from rising Arizona curio Avalon Emerson. Where her previous releases have locked down to the dancefloor - so much so that she even has a song called ‘Hurdy Gurdy DJ Tool’ - Narcissus in Retrograde chucks in a bunch more melody and synth brass to an already intriguing sonic palette. It’s a vinyl.
This new material from Moiré has all his playful movement between different dance subcultures, but it’s also more refined and elegant; these are minimal and thoughtful house bangers. Lines + Colours also reveals a jazzy and experimental side that reminds us of his pal Actress. But they're still best played loud.
A collection of remixes titled 'Frankfurt Versions' based on Fort Romeau's experiences of dj'ing in the cities Robert Johnson nightclub and named after the fact that the remixers are all linked to Frankfurt one way or another. Four like minded, but distinct producers, Roman Flugel, Tuff City Kids, Orson Wells and Massimiliano Pagliara deliver a range of treatments. A complex take on 'Insides', 'Cloche' getting a beefy 'club' remix with 'Lately' and 'All I Want' given bassline riding refixes.
‘StuxNet’ is San Franciscan DJ and producer Matrixxman’s second release on Spectral Sound (sister label of experimental pop label Ghostly International) following his debut ‘Amulet’. Crammed full of multi layered, analog concepts, this versatile four track EP is an exploration of futuristic techno influenced by deep Chicago house vibes.
UK producer Mark E drops lush four:four action on this late in the year, winter offering. Operating out of the fertile Midland's school of dance Mr E fuses a soft industrial savvy with a looping and melodic flourish. The AVION EP should appeal to fans of The Field or The Modernist and also, with the addition of (amongst others) a Leon Vynehall and Christian Piers remix, be a must pick up for late night footmovers.
The press info on this advises not to bother googling Patricia. Two reasons: one you could wind up on some Patricia Routledge sitcom and two they suggest that Patricia's music really should be heard on vinyl, in a real place either on vinyl or in a club. Not on a bloody computer! There are three original tracks on this EP and a remix. Its low end bass music, percussive techno with wierd almost sub bass voice samples. Dark and dank acidy squiggles and lots of 808 rhythms. This will appeal to fans of vintage midwestern techno and some of Aphex Twins more acidy outings. Its minimal stuff but entertaining. The remix comes from Ghostly stalwart Tadd Mullinix's JTC moniker.
Matthew Dear continues his resurgence as Audion in 2014 with “Sky / Motormouth Remixes“ as he continues to build on last year’s Audion X, a compilation album looking back at a decade of Audion material. The latter featured two all-new Audion tracks, “Sky“ and “Motormouth“, featured here for the first time on vinyl accompanied by four hard hitting remixes from Daniel Avery, Hotflush label boss Paul Rose aka Scuba, and Spectral Sound newcomer Matrixxman. The pages will only continue to turn as a new Audion album is imminent along with a groundbreaking live audio-visual show, Subverticul, touring worldwide throughout 2014.