Following the wonderfully endearing compositions found on her debut release for 1080p, Vancouver artist D. Tiffany turns to upstart UK label Cacao for her next instalment of exploratory productions. The 'Smudge' cassette retains a bright, almost-playful feel until 'Deep In The Trees' takes things deeper. The profoundly murky 'Clonz' follows, capping off the release. It's one for mystic dancefloors, with those energetic, buried synth lines really carrying things forward. Could zone out to this for a good while! Wouldn't be surprised to see a D. Tiffany 12” in the near future with killer dance tracks like this one.
The very nice accompanying video is by Max Pearce, C26 & Camila Carrillo.
Mind Dynamics - Khaki Makeout
The wonderfully engaging ‘Active Supply’ is the latest cassette release from Brooklyn sound artists Mind Dynamics. A decidedly organic feel permeates the album, which showcases some amazing obtuse drum patterns. Tame by album standards, ‘Khaki Makeout’ is a highlight. It starts out with an assault of scattered textures before descending into a wash of static hum. Wish this track was longer!
We were thoroughly disoriented by their well-crafted ‘Precision Instruments' tape for the 1080p label last year. Their self-released 'After-Sport' is also a hidden gem. It’s available free.
FP006. Been waiting for this one. Montreal imprint Forbidden Planet returns with what could be their most well-realized release yet, a 3-tracker from the mysterious Annanan. The commanding lead track ‘124’ sets the tone beautifully, a confident stomp set within lush but haunting string arrangements. The appropriately titled ‘ACIDz x2’ follows. It might be the highlight, with a kick that could snap bones. The spacious groove of ‘Satin’ rounds out the record in style. Love those smooth rides. All three tracks here hold considerable weight and will no doubt get people moving deep into the night. This is the sound of a label hitting its stride. So great to see a Canadian label putting out techno of this calibre.
LTNC004. Through a combination of sleek design work and impeccable curation, French label Latency has entered dance music’s collective consciousness with considerable style. After three fantastic releases from Innerspace Halflife, Joey Anderson and Even Tuell, the label looks toward the album format. Mura Oka’s 'Auftakt' is the first LP released on the imprint, and appropriately explores a more expansive sonic palette. The blissful yet unnerving ambience of ‘C2’ provides a compelling introduction to the effort. Can’t wait to own this LP.
For further listening check out this Juno Plus podcast from label dons Sidney Gerard and Suleiman Said. Mura Oka is composed of Gerard and Louis Vial.
Last week Ekranoplan was revealed to comprise of Kowton and Julio Bashmore. The artists are seen here casually sipping tea > > > www.groundeffect.info.
Lnrdcroy - Sunrise Market (Extended Mix)
ROTP001-PR. Local record shop Pacific Rhythm enters the label game in style with an eclectic collection of Vancouver dance music: 'Rhythms of the Pacific Volume 1'. The record provides an enlightening glimpse of our city’s artistry and should keep us quite warm over the winter months! The elevated glide of A-side track ‘Sunrise Market (Extended Mix)’ expands upon a favourite from Lnrdcroy’s celebrated recent 1080p release, ‘Much Less Normal’. Could hear this one on repeat for a very long time. Then we have the up-and-down moodiness of A2 track ‘Time Zone (Mix Two)’. It brings an attitude that serious dancers will surely feel.
These tracks are accompanied by some rougher, textured cuts from Mood Hut affiliates Cloudface and Hashman Deejay on the flip side, making for a nicely varied release. The record drops October 20. Keep the eyes peeled for this one. ( :
A1 Lnrdcroy - Sunrise Market (Extended Version)
A2 Lnrdcroy - Time Zone (Mix Two)
B1 Memory Man - Memory Man (Hashman Deejay Libra Dub)
B2 Cloudface - Panter Bleu
CYPHR - Sirena
HER008. Major new release of exploratory bass music from Her Records out of South London. Through their trim, focused collection of artists, the imprint has put forth some a nice array of blistering, forward-thinking club music, most notably from label co-boss Sudanim.
CYPHR’s 'Ekleipsis' EP dropped yesterday though, and the sleek, kinetic grime of lead track ‘Sirena’ really goes in. Following an intro shrouded in glitzy strings, it descends into heavy slabs of relentless, muscular rhythms that never become overbearing, always retaining their sense of space. It’s a well-realized apex of current grime trends. Keep an eye on Her Records.
Objekt - Second Witness
PAN60. The debut Objekt LP on PAN. Oh man. Hearing those two entities in the same sentence was complete madness. ‘Flatland’ will arrive late next month and will no doubt we will all have our minds blown. Everything that TJ Hertz has released as Objekt over the past few years has exceeded expectations. ‘Tinderbox’, ‘Cactus’ and the most recent ‘Ganzfeld’ are just some highlights from his perfectly trim discography.
The warped g-funk of ‘Second Witness’ is our first glimpse of the album. Some potential parallels between this one and Call Super’s recent Suzi Ecto LP. Like that album, we could be witness to a more explorational side of an artist most known for blistering 12”s. ’Flatland’ is out October 20 on PAN.