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Audio Report: This Week’s Recommended Listens 19/09/2014

Owing to a week without connectivity abroad this week’s audio report covers that missed time. Here’s a selection of freshly aired mixes, unreleased tracks and release previews I think are worth sampling.

1. Lakker – Math Fall – upcoming up R&S

Lakker return to R&S for their second EP with the upstanding Belgian label with a typically strong release featuring their trademark atmospherics and sonic detailing. Math Fall was premiered on Boiler Room earlier in the week which you can check below.

2. Luke Handsfree Plex x FABRICLIVE MIX

I always think Luke Handsfree has the the most perfectly matched DJ name when it comes to his upfront and energetic mixing style. Plex recently hosted Room Three at fabric here’s the mix he recorded for them to promote the party.

3. Random Form – Flower

For those who like detailed but heart tugging electronic explorations, Romania’s Randomform is a recommended listen. He also recorded a podcast for our series as DataCrashRobot which you can listen to here.

4. Raw Village Hall – Thrush Strokes (Boris Noiz Remix) [Acre Recordings]

I just like how this track is threaded with relentless four on the four beat and how Noiz employs smatterings of amens and distortion to drill the message home. It comes from a release by Davies (aka Savier & one half of techno duo Savagen) under his Raw Village Hall alias for Acre Recordings which they label even admit under their standards is a pretty hard production. C Mantle also provides another remix but this track chimes with us the most. For more info head here

5. The Sect – Oxidize (Allied Remix)

This bit of Mangled drum n bass from one of Methlab Agency’s signings Allied also attracted my attention this week. Typical of Methlab’s harder edged roster; Allied who originally hail from Brighton upkeep a pretty satisfying tour and release schedule. This is also available as a free download.

6. Broken English Club – 20 Minute Live Set Preview

Broken English Club is the latest project from Oliver Ho which to date has seen an EP released on Silent Servant, Regis and Ruskin’s Jelous God imprent as well as a split with Silent Servant on Veronica Verushka’s lauded Cititrax offshoot of Minimal Waves. You’ll hear straight away why this project fits into his chosen label’s agendas with it’s masterful synthwave sleaze.

7. Shelley Parker – Restrictions

Due out on Monday via WotNot records, London based techno producer Manni Dee has compiled an album showcasing the more abstract sonics of his genre. Shelley Parker submitted one of the tracks which she’s now streaming on her Soundcloud in full.

8. Richard Fearless – Exclusive Mix For Electronic Beats Radio

Feedback from the Legowelt remix of Fearless’s release which I aired on the latest null+void Rinse show suggested not too many Death in Vegas fans are aware of his acidic tendencies. He’s actually fully ingrained in the techno genre releasing plenty of 12″‘s as proof while his DJ mixes like the one here also show how he’s qualified at providing an engrossing journey as a DJ.

9. Surgeon – Rinse FM Show September 2014

Surgeon’s Rinse shows are always essential listening for techno heads, if you haven’t already check his latest show here.

10. Hessle Audio Rinse Show featuring Objekt

I know, another Rinse show but with Objekt in the mix it’s probably my favourite mix of the week his full fronted audial assaults working in and out of electro, techno and general oddities make his sets essential DJ in my mind.

This isn’t up on soundcloud just yet but you can grab the download from the Rinse podcasts here.

null037: MONOAK

Monoak might not have a release out yet but he’s impressed a few people with his deftly programmed drums and complimentary synth work with Rob Booth taking note and commissioning an Electronics Explorations mix earlier this summer, while Freerotation festival founder Steevio got hold of some demos and invited him to perform at the highly respected techno festival. There’s also a release signed to one of the festivals associated labels coming out later this year and finally Monoak will receive what we think is a highly deserved physical release.

If you caught our last Rinse show we premiered a 30 minute live set from the Dublin born producer which was a kind of reworking of his set at Freerotation this July just gone, it was originally intended to be a podcast here so today we’re able to present it as such alongside an interview with the rising producer to set out his story a bit better…


This mix you’ve done for null+void can you tell us a bit about it? How was it recorded and a bit about your track selection..it’s kind of like an abridged version of your Freerotation set right?

Yeah, I never got it together to record my freerotation set on the night and it was something that contained a good amount of new live-set material so I thought it would be worth re-recording for null+void. It contains all new stuff I had been working on for the gig itself. Its quite short because I didn’t want to repeat tracks that featured on the Electronic Explorations mix. Its hard to do completely new tunes for each show when you play live sets.

The set at Freerotation sounded like quite a more roughed up progression from the last set I heard from you on Electronic Explorations – is that a reflection of the tracks you’ve been making or the big system you were belting it out on?

Well I think the sets always sound better on the big sound systems especially from the MPCs, they have a certain weight that bursts through any system. The tracks I wrote for Freerotation were definitely more focused towards a club system so that may have come through.

Can you take us back and give a bit of history on your music making- how and when did you first become involved with electronic music making?

It started around 2005 when I went to sound engineering college back in Ireland. I started learning about the different DAWs and seeing people make music on them which was new and exciting to me. I had been in a band which meant you couldn’t get things done on your own so It was really liberating discovering music production that I could do by myself.

You lived in Berlin for a while but moved to London ultimately – can you tell us why maybe you didn’t find Berlin the best place for you to get established with your beats?

Berlin was great, a special place to live, but I had very little German so it was hard to find work and earn money there. Although It is a great place to write music, a very inspiring, culture rich city. I eventually thought that London might be a better place for me as I could find work easier and also the music scene in London is just non-stop so I didn’t think I would be taking a step back by coming here. At the beginning of the year I played a couple of gigs there which was a nice reminder of that Berlin pace. I made some great friends there and would go back any chance I get!

What artists would you say have been your biggest inspirations are there any you kind of hold up as templates to live up to?

2562 is great at sample manipulation and finding sneaky grooves in music, I find his music really inspiring. Also a lot of inspiration comes from artists like Aphex Twin, Drexciya and countless other electronic artists. I also listen to heaps of bands and instrumental music. An Irish band called The Redneck Manifesto also had a huge influence on me, they were this instrumental band that play around with time signatures and tempos which I find really interesting and pleasing to the ear. All these artists have inspired me to think a bit harder about my music and what I want to convey with it.

What do you use to produce?

I use an mpc as the sequencer and sampler. I also have a few outboard synths that are constantly in the loop and find their way into most tracks. The computer is involved in the mix down stage, I use Cubase to bounce tracks.

What’s the difference between that and your live set?

Very little actually. I’m able to do my live sets so easily because I make the music on the MPC so I can just unplug it and bring it anywhere! Its really quite easy to use when you get used to it.

What releases do you have upcoming this year?

Im happy to say my first vinyl release will be coming out with the freerotation crew in the autumn. More info to follow!

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Audio Report: The Week’s Recommended Listens 04/09/2014

With so much to digest and share each week we thought it easier to start doing regular reports on what’s worth listening to to make sure you (and we) don’t miss anything. Here’s the first at the tail end of a very quality rich week…

1. Aphex Twin – minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]

It was just a few weeks ago that a blimp in East London signaled that we might now, finally be seeing the release of new Aphex Twin material. Since then we’ve been steam rolling to the release titled Syro’s release on the 20th September and tonight its host label, Warp Records, unlocked a track from said album so we could finally hear (officially) what is in store. Any pre-orders from now on will also receive a free download of the track.

2. Pip Williams Kiss FM Mix

Being big fans of Pip Williams material (he’s provided a number of tracks you will have heard in our recent Rinse FM shows) this recent mix for Kiss FM is a bonafide treat.

3. Luke’s Anger – Rust Storm EP [Ugly Funk]

Ugly Funk returned from their haitus earlier in the year with a particularly rugged 12″ from Blackmass Plastics (check out our post on it here if you missed it). They’ve just announced a follow up from Norfolk based Luke’s Anger the previews of which you can check out here..

4. Joane Skyler – Lakmir

Joane Skyler’s caught our attention for her weirdo electronics, this track is taken off an upcoming compilation for Marshal Tellar Records.

5. Duke Slammer – Devil of the Moon EP teaser

Luke’s Anger again but under his acidic slower paced alias Duke Slammer coming soon on limited yellow vinyl. This has put its host label Slurp firmly on our radar whose other releases by Wagawagawaga

6. Fat Hop 007 : Itsu Uno / Han Do Jin [Previews]

Some party ready beats from Jerome Hill and Warlock

7. Objekt – Ganzfeld

This track is so good it kinda fails it to try and put words, we’ll just call it future music and leave it at that.

8. Lee Gamble ‘Nueme’ (PAN 59)

Taken from his upcoming album KOCH Nueme has been released online to heraled in the new LP from PAN’s Lee Gamble.

9. DMX Krew – TRANSUBSTANTIATION

This track’s taken off what will be DMX Krew’s fourth album this year, he’s pretty good at consistently kicking out the funk.

10. Second Storey – Shaman Champagne

Taken of his forthcoming debut on Houndstooth Shaman Champagne outlays perfectly the kind of advanced production and ideas we can expect from the album which is out later this year. It’s something we’re very excited about.

Recommended: Scrase – Heart + Another EP’s [Love Love Redcords]

Released in August on a pair of trade mark white vinyl on Love Love Records were an excellent pair of EPs from the man Scrase. These were actually his first tracks ever to be cut to wax and span across organically percussioned techno of Another as well as including a warmer more electro infused Heart EP.

Available to buy now from www.loveloverecords.co.uk and from all good record shops.