'Veil' - the second of two stunning new tracks from Brighton electronic music duo Regal Safari. Streaming below, Veil is looming and vast in its aesthetic, and not so much sonically wide and far-reaching as it is simply suggestive of a dark, cavernous space below - presumably one of many textures encouraged in a careful choice and dense appropriation of multi-layered electronic instrumentation. A great mix too, might I add.
Komuso Flutter Kick IV is the compelling third track, and leading single, from Pressed And's July-released Hyperthistle EP, a collection of five compositions infused with angular poly-rhythms, jilted electronics and fervent vocal manipulations courtesy of Pressed And's vocal-half Mat Jones.
The pair (which also comprises Andrew Hamlet, whose label released Mat’s last project It Is Rain In My Face) are signed up to Mush Records, where they’ve already released August 2011’s debut full-length Imbue Up. Since then they’ve set about recording a Daytrotter session, and scooping features on KEXP, Portals and XLR8R amongst others. Listen below.
"Lion" is taken from Four Tet's recent album Pink, a collection of several heady dance singles released on his own Text Records over the course of the past few months. In contrast to the inter-woven and cohesive feel of much of There Is Love In You, Pink is focused and beat-driven and comprised of lengthy, cold and rhythmic compositions - signalling perhaps an embrace of contemporary dance music - where Kieran Hebden’s stunning, if a little disjointed, effort looks to have already made visionary impact.
I was first introduced to near-Brighton project Shinamo Moki by a friend, Erik (who lives in NY, but seems to know more about the music scene here than I do), when the pair released their most recent EP “For You” on his (excellent) label a few months ago. Since that spacey, idiosyncratic release, which premiered on these pages, Shinamo has blossomed further along ambient lines exposed in two singular trickle-down offerings: the gentle and drone-embellished “Relic (demo)” and its decorated (and headphone-panning) younger brother “Ultra” - sold on its drawn-out, rhythmic bursts of sprawling, misty reverb, which conjure mental images in mine of the top note of old pianos played in dusty rooms - and that sound, somehow captured and endlessly prolonged.
'A Great Design' is the first and currently exclusive cut from the forthcoming second LP of fine Brooklyn post-punk band BlackMarble, entitled A Different Arrangement and due September 9th on Hardly Art.
Playing their cards so close to their chest as to only release three tracks on their bandcamp to sample, secretive and elusive undertones also seep into the music; the analogue stylings of the cover don’t reveal much, neither do the angular electronic motifs to which we are abruptly introduced at the song’s opening.
The outset is a little eerie and subdued, but the slow rhythmic thud of a sonically low-end synthesizer and the onset of a cloud of cold-wave signature opiate fuzz is above all else, heart-warming. I have nothing but anticipation for the LP to arrive.