recorded in the immediate aftermath of his last ep >passed me by<, this new doublepack from andy stott features six new productions that are more desolate and exposed than anything on its predecessor. the opening >submission< tumbles into being with layers of washed-out digital revolutions, creating an artificial landscape thats quite at odds with the analogue machinations that follow - yet somehow rendering the alienated feel of this material perfectly. >posers< nudges its way into being abruptly and embeds another squashed funk variant thas all low-lit neon and growling textures, awkwardly shuffling into a more robust 4/4 template suffused with sparkling percussion and disembodied vocals. >bad wires< is the centrepiece of the ep, a relentless percussive cluster*ck that belies its slow tempo with a fearless rhythmic attitude. its as immersive and narcotic as anything ever produced by stott - peeling away one layer after another with each repeated listen. >we stay together< (part one) was the first track written for the ep and offers a more spacious narrative and a more sparkling, hazy palette - culminating in a beautifully frayed central hook thats somehow in keeping with the vhs aesthetic of both jamal moss and ferris bueller. >cherry eye< tumbles deep into a darkened hole before ep closer >cracked< turns up, fuelled by an odd mixture of adrenalin and sorrow to send you on your way.... buzzing and forlorn
jack dice is a new project from john twells and walkmaster flex, now releasing their debut ep for modern love. john twells, amongst very many other things, runs the type label and has been producing music of various different disciplines and varieties over the last 15 years. although hes never released anything on modern love before, hes a long time friend and associate of the label. walker is the manager of main attrakionz and has been djing with them for the last couple of years as the official green ova dj. jack dice is fuelled by an interest in bass, twells being a car audio nerd and walker having an obsession with 90s southern rap music. these are their first tracks produced together, who know what might follow.
following on from a pair of extended players released in 2011 (passed me by / we stay together), andy stott returns to modern love with luxury problems, an 8 track album of new material recorded over the last 12 months. five of the tracks on the album feature the voice of alison skidmore, andys onetime piano teacher whom he hadnt seen since he was a teenager back in 1996. there was no grand gesture in mind, it just sort of happened – but after almost a year of studio work the result is really quite unlike anything you will have heard from him before.
g.h. is gary howell, longtime associate of modern love as one half of pendle coven and sometime contributor to the hate project. the ground ep features howells first material produced outside of pendle coven and takes on a much darker, more stripped down aesthetic - making use of location recordings amassed over the last decade. the title track extends over 7 minutes from a solitary bass pulse into a slow, three dimensional industrial reduction heaving with uncomfortable bass weight and a sense of nervous expectation. its like the bare, skeletal noise framework for darkest junglist hardcore stripped of its percussion - all bar a bass drum and intense shards of noise. albedo has more of a swing to it, dominated by a growling bassline and the metallic clunk of disjointed percussion at odds with the squashed funk lurking somewhere at its core. the template is extended on earth, a brilliantly discordant club variant that sounds like an r&b mastertrack exploded into 100 constituent parts and put together not entirely in the right order. it builds and collapses into itself, a stylistic oddity that at one and the same time brings to mind boards of canadas re- working of colonel abrams - trapped and the extreme frequency vortex of the raster noton lab
one-sided 12inch limited to 500 copies, mastered by dubplates and mastering, night jewel has been brewing in andy stotts laboratory for the last year, a real peak-time killer. info: >night jewel< is the first one-sided twelve on modern love for over a year and is andy stotts biggest club track since the release of his overnight sellout >hostile< 12 inch back in 2009. revolving around reverberating chords reminiscent of move d at his deadliest, its a track that just builds into a heaving mass of feelgood vibes, honed and primed for the floor.
every new record from mlz doesnt quite fit in with the one that preceded it, something thats doubly true for this new release.
>one cycle< on the a-side is probably the most fierce, stripped and relentless thing ever released by modern love, a classic reduction that rotates into a frenzied crescendo of panning stabs and a washed out, chugging backbone that doesnt let-up throughout its 7 minute duration.
the flipside offers up something else entirely, a remix for hitherto unknown operator dj ghosthunter, a shady character not quite ready to unmask himself. mlzs remix offers a dank and obliterated house configuration, guided by the spirit of theo parrish and kdj.
mark stewarts first new material for 2009 has been a long time coming and features three new tracks recorded earlier on this year.
>chadderton< on the a-side is an astonishing slice of deep and woozy midnight house, complete with sleazy chords and a frayed spine that is primed for peaktime narcosis.
>above< opens the flip with relentless chords and a shuffling percussive line that never lets up, while >great day< closes the ep with a cathartic spell that ends almost as soon as it begins, letting in rays of sunshine through the dense thicket of sound that preceeded it.
its been almost a year since demdike stare finished their >tryptych< of releases, and in the intervening months miles whittaker and sean canty have been busy touring and gradually piecing together sounds for this new series: elemental. after four limited edition vinyl installments, elemental is now released as a 2cd album, including different versions of tracks that have appeared on the vinyl editions, plus extensive additional material - making for a two-hour trip through dark, post-industrial terrain. mastered and cut at d&m, the packaging features specially commissioned artwork by andy votel and comes as an oversized gatefold / 6-page digifile