Marcel Caron provides the latest release on down-tempo techno label Transcendent. ‘Science’ features eerie soundscapes that veer into bleepy abstractions, while 'Dark Spectrum' is built on layer upon layer of atmospheric synths. Hexagon delivers two metallic, clanging versions of 'Space'.
Extensive remix package from Duncan Gray marking the 13th release on his Tici Taci, collecting new versions of some of the previous label highs. Garnering support from Andrew Weatherall (tested at his Love From Outer Space parties), Gray’s mid-tempo ‘death disco’ style gets suitably re-produced here by the likes of Kieran Holden, Red Snapper, Future Bones and Somerville & Wilson, who individually span the genres of new beat, dub, post punk and new wave with these brilliant remixes.
After his dalliances with Pinch’s Tectonic and Cold Recordings imprints, Manchester resident Acre’s productions seem to have grown a bit more steely and have become a bit more worldly at the same time. Retaining that all important swing and the ruggedness he’s shown before, the three tracks on the inaugural 12” for Project 13 display Acre’s capacity to write engaging, functional techno flawlessly. Awash with texture ‘Retrograde Loops’ is the best thing I’ve heard all month.
Good god but I'm in love with the break in this track. So fat, so punchy, pure pleasure in the beats, a kick so heavy it carries its own bassline with it — SS keeps things simple with the loops, a peal of Dave Liebman/Jan Garbarek-style sax, and some sighing droning dissonant strings that swim in the kind of unsettling cinematic waters Lalo Schifrin or Quincy Jones would be proud of. Great stuff from Gibbs, even greater stuff from Bada$$ — looks like the new 'What Goes Around' set is gonna be Selektah's tuffest and most essential yet. Been waiting for him to come out with a record that's consistently great from start to finish. Looks like he might have done just that. Essential.