Monday, August 8, 2011
Time for another chart. Plenty of good stuff about...
1. Various Artists - "The Labyrinth" [Time to Express]: I'll write a post explaining more about this EP closer to the release date of 22 August. I am biased, as I have been heavily involved in its creation, but I do believe this is a very strong techno EP - PvH, Dozzy, Parker and Convextion all delivered excellent tracks. Anyway, I'll let you guys judge whether or not you agree with me!
2. Nuel - "Trance Mutation" [Further Records]: Nuel's debut album is due in September on Further and it's special. Right now I have this in my top 3 LPs for 2011, along with Tim Hecker and Kangding Ray. This sounds nothing like Nuel has released before, and if you are hoping for the Aquaplano brand of ambient techno, time to readjust your expectations. Check the Further bandcamp for samples. It a personal, intimate album, one straight from his heart. Beautiful.
3. The Haxan Cloak - "Observatory" [Aurora Borealis]: This is a name you'll likely be hearing more of in the near future (check here for a recent FACT interview). Haxan Cloak's debut album is a strong one, and well worth a listen. But for me it is this EP that really stands out, which is more beat-orientated. For people who have been liking the Blackest Ever Black tip, I strongly suggest hunting this one down.
4. Roll The Dice - "In Dust" [The Leaf Label]: The new Roll The Dice album may not depart greatly from their established sound, but they considerably refine and develop it further here in a way that demands attention. I have been listening to RTD on a daily basis of late, one of the more interesting acts around at the moment. Recommended.
5. Imaginary Softwoods – "The Path Of Spectrolite" [Amethyst Sunset]: My wife has been going on a John Elliott-related binge, and this has definitely been rubbing off on me... While the new Mist record has some very high points, overall this probably has been my favourite recent release from the John Elliott / Spectrum Spools camp.
6. Cloaks - "R.F.I.D. (Ancient Methods Remix)" [3BY3]: This remix represents somewhat of a progression in Ancient Methods sound - while it still has that distinctly apocalyptic vibe to it, there is more variation going on. And notable is the end of the remix, which has a kind of flourish reminiscent of the way Regis often ends his tracks. These guys never cease to impress me.
7. Svreca - "Seda Muerta (Female Remix)" [Semantica]: Female is definitely the forgotten member of the Sandwell collective, but this remix shows that it is certainly not because of lack of talent. Proper techno.
8. Marcel Fengler - "Berghain 05" [Ostgut]: Probably best mix CD Ostgut has released since "Berghain 02". A diverse and interesting mix, with a track selection that it makes it clear you should not confuse Fengler with Dettmann or Klock. As with the other Ostgut mixes, plenty of original material included, with the PvH and Fengler tracks being my standouts. Excellent work by Marcel Fengler.
9. Percy X - "X-Trak 1 (Regis Remodel)" [Soma Quality Recordings]: One of the highlights of Soma's 20th birthday celebrations in 2011. I used to really love the Percy X stuff on Soma, so it is nice to seeing it being revisited. Regis has managed to keep the original vibe while updating it and giving it the distinctive Regis and SD feel. And in my books, that qualifies as a successful remix.
10. Jürgen Müller - "Science of the Sea" [Digitalis Recordings]: There have been plenty of recent re-releases of long-forgotten "gems" and hidden "masterpieces". Well, most of the time they have disappeared because they just aren't that good... I have been burnt by quite a few of these, but "Science of the Sea" does actually live up to the hyped press blurb. Lovely aquatic synth explorations. This one is good to put on after a tiring day. I read on twitter there is a re-press coming, so if you want the vinyl, just hang on. I've only got the digital version, because after previous mistakes, I have been leaning towards getting only digital copies of re-releases...
That's it. Feel free to add your picks in the comments.