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Credit: Record Store Day. When is Record Store Day ? How does Record Store Day work? With large hole and adaptor. Ragnar was one of the stars of This year, the West-London producer has emerged with his debut full-length and the first release under his name, resulting in a deeply personal expression of the diverse musical strands which make up the man. Taking heaven and hell as his inspiration, Julien packs the first half of the LP with celestial sonics, uplifting house and dexterous jazz fusion before plunging us into the claustrophobic techno of the more sinister second half.
Conceptual without being obtuse and deep without losing sight of the dance floor, Fallen is a giant leap forward for the London producer. Album five from Canadian tearaways Badbadnotgood was a confounding thing. Is Roly Porter referring to the third law of thermodynamics here? Cinematic is an often over-used adjective for this kind of electronic music but listening to Third Law is akin to the sensory awe inspired by a great science fiction book or film.
With strong roots in dance music and experimentation Nicolas Jaar has always drawn from a wide palette to build up his elaborate pieces, and with Sirens he has created a record that can take New York post-punk and Chilean cumbia in the same embrace. Within this heady mix Sirens veers away from the didactic, Cosmic Lady - Various - Mercury Disco Sampler (Vinyl), revelling in its detours and revealing itself in layers and repeated listens as that scratch card sleeve suggests.
The work of New York duo Brian Close and Justin Tripp, All Kind Music is built on a sort of deconstructed improvisation, where fragments are assembled in the studio to create remarkable mosaics. An engrossing record that reveals and rearranges itself with every listen. Anna Meredith followed up a brace of EPs Cosmic Lady - Various - Mercury Disco Sampler (Vinyl) on The Vinyl Factory with a treat of a full-length debut earlier this year. Defying the kind of categorisation that would end up throwing James Blake, Steve Reich, speed metal, Vangelis, marching bands, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Oneohtrix Point Never into the same unfathomable pot, it suffices to say that Varmints is a singular Cosmic Lady - Various - Mercury Disco Sampler (Vinyl) experience, one moment an exhilarating video game soundtrack, another rapt in the deft and reflective string arrangements, finding space to slot in a couple of stomping pop songs along the way.
In what feels like an age since RnB trio KING first caught out attention on an Erykah Badu mix, the LA-vocal trio have spent the intervening five years honing the close harmonies and complex arrangements that made The Story EP so impressive, so utterly ahead of the curve, way back in A verdant, utopian album, available on vinyl direct from the band.
A serendipitous meeting in their coastal hometown of Bolinas, California, the common ground between the two made for a stunning reflection on the ocean that surrounds them- a coastal reverie that channels and articulates its nuances through the synthesizers.
Although not a big statement album, ANTI is littered with pop bangers that make us wanna drink champagne and smoke weed with RiRi till the early morn.
Originally a Tidal music exclusive, we were pleased to see ANTI come to vinyl following the inevitable run of bootlegsas well as a massive career-spanning 15xLP box set. An astral jazz original whose band The Pyramids emerged in the same breath as Sun Ra and pioneered a form of motherland-inspired Afro-futurism that can be traced through George Clinton to Kamasi Washington. The album has a propulsive freeform flow that makes for an addictive dance floor experience.
Continuing his visionary flow of cosmic synth perfection, Ex-Emerald Steve Hauschildt, delivered his fifth solo LP this year, the mesmeric and masterful Strands. Inspired by cosmogony and creation myths, the LP drifts through zero gravity states, inviting us onto the observation deck to Cosmic Lady - Various - Mercury Disco Sampler (Vinyl) some sweet solar rays.
Pulsating sequences, nebulous pads and celestial melodies overlap and tessellate, gradually locking together before slipping into a timeless and malleable cosmic soup. While he may not be going boldly into new territories, Strands sees Hauschildt continue to expand our horizons, refining his craft and taking us along for a sublime space ride. Just in time to give everyone a perfect Christmas we get this utterly amazing new set from Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker aka Demdike Stare.
Wonderland crunches through the post-industrial landscape with remarkable versatility. An album that knows what works and how to use it, A Moon Shaped Pool may flirt with the formulaic at times, but still manages to satisfy and indulge all our mopiest moments. With its hi-octane bounce, dark side grime references, cheeky vocal samples and psychedelic turns, Footwork or Die is more than a worthy successor to that landmark debut.
Each track on this glorious LP evolves like a tapestry where Meyer lies tweaking the threads at a microscopic level to knit together vast sonic kitenges. Having collaborated with Kendrick among others, Malibu gives the LA vocalist a deserved moment in the sun, helped out by production from Madlib and Kaytranada. A joyous collection of untethered house, disco and RnB influence, Malibu makes the case to put Anderson. Indeed the production and the treatment of Coates cello really make this one shine, blurring the sonic spaces between the acoustic and the electronic in an approach that yields some unconventional and beautiful compositions.
With Crampton as muse, each artist asserts their past-future political vision across the seven mutant tracks with a collective force that is greater than anything solo. Crafting dystopian atmospherics that trace a razor sharp edge through new age soundtracks and video-game futuristics, Rain Temple may well appeal to fans of Burial, Sakamoto and Vangelis, but in truth it exists in a realm of its own. A black curtain here, a puff of smoke there, the audience is rapturous, disbelief, and Bowie, standing cooly by the side of the stage, smoking a cigarette and watching the illusion unfold one last time.
Shedding some of the introversion, without losing the razor-sharp observation, hers in a sound that revels in sentiment rather than tropes, exploiting the lo-fi reverb of her more grung-y roots, or a more acerbic, synthetic feel to tell stories from experiences that belie her 29 years. Not a chance. In this new Donald Trump-Alt Right axis, the protest album is once again an important document of the injustices and inequalities we are witness to. Few records from this year have reverberated and rumbled through the thoracic cavity quite like Fetish Bonesin which, Philadelphia-based musician, artist, and activist Cosmic Lady - Various - Mercury Disco Sampler (Vinyl) Ayewa creates thirteen sound collages of spoken word, found founds, analog electronics and more.
Since then the label has nurtured a nascent lo-fi digi-dub sound on a string of cassettes and this, its sole LP release.
If Adam Curtis made digi-dub, it might sound a bit like this. Originally conceived of as a soul record, the album filters vulnerable moments through slippery scales, from reverb-heavy smoothness to the very pits of experimentation. Though the Tennessee-raised, Turin-based artist has released on labels like NON, Janus and Halcyon Veil under a number of guises, this stands at his most personal work to date and the perfect example of what the peerless PAN label stands for.
But, on the usually horrific Black Friday, Frank Ocean via XL sold copies of the album for 24 hours only in a rather nice monochrome record sleeve version.
But then again EARS is by no means an electronics-only affair and a remarkable thing about this one is the central presence of the acoustic, both in the instruments that intertwine with the Buchla arpeggios, and indeed in the feeling that an attentive ear to natural sound channels the bleeps and blips into its unique melodies.
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