The best records of January 2016


Mick, Funny & Tutty – Shimouma Mondo Club 10″ [10 Inches Of Pleasure]
Why: it reminds my fave Still Going / Rub N Tug records from golden era around 2007-08
Main ingredients:
– delicate rhythm
– modest sound decorations with very clever details
– deep moody A-side and more stripped B-side, both based on meditative guitar passages


Simple Symmetry – XXX002 12″ [XXX]
Why: with no doubt it’s the best release from Lipsky brothers till date
Main ingredients:
– fantastic production quality
– rich almost orchestral arrangements
– lead melody lazers of “Chymical Wedding Of Christian Rosenkreutz” cut the night around
– firm echoes from the jungle
– how often you hear sounds of harmonic in dance hits?
– this 12″ will shake any club


The Pilotwings – Une Nuit Au Boxboys LP [Macadam Mambo]
Why: guys keep doing what we already love and still surprise us at the same time
Main ingredients:
– spirit of freedom
– Japanese theme adding spice
– sincere look at Chicago house


Nico Motte – Life Goes On If You Are Lucky LP [Antinote]
Why: it’s a romantic library story called Scenes from Life of Paris Swell Society
Main ingredients:
– meditative synthetic landscapes
– drum machine changes the tempo from slo-mo to house rhythm
– dreamers in love hiding under the trees
– changing 25th frame – from Balearci islands to Australian lagoon


The Future Sound Of Forum – Forum EP 12″ [Aiwo Rec]
Why: cool company of Simonic, Schumacher и Lukacz created uncompromising and soulful EP under Forum brand
Main ingredients:
– agave leaves on pillow of acid
– tribal seeds soaked in house tincture
– synths in Hawaiian t-shirts
– groove is in the heart of this music, it really moves you


Der Gotling – G-ZX LP [Mond Musik]
Why: because it’s a rare representative of German synth underground from late 80s risen from the ashes.
Main ingredients:
– sweeping synthetic melodies enfolding the whole globe
– a lot of interesting sound decisions that set off this release from the rest of minimal scene players
– catchy edit from Dunkeltier & Ober Mannkind, true professors of cold wave and minimal sound


HOVE – Journey to Arendal 12″ [Light Of Other Days]
Why: it sounds like a greetings from Canary Islands
Main ingredients:
– air + water + sand + guitar = magic
– simple clear minimal approach
– the level of production is very sophisticated for the debutant so waiting more from this project


Ess O Ess – Cantillate 12″ [Not An Animal]
Why: it’s a real “bang!” from London guys furiously storming mixtapes and DJ sets around the world.
Main ingredients:
– it forces brain to release serotonin
– techno trance remix from Chida dips you into colourful waves of euthoria
– minimalistic, groovy and juicy remix with great bass from Suzanne Kraft


Thesda – Spaced Out LP [Left Ear]
Why: Left Ear brings us the rarest example of avant garde US jazz funk after brilliants from Trinidad and Tobago and Aussie classics
Main ingredients:
– fantastic synthesizer solos
– distinctive sax parts
– pouring vocals like Poseidon’s tears
– interesting historical background of this LP


Toresch – Essen Für Alle 12″ [Offen Music]
Why: astral LP creating fantastic musical structures. Offen Music party continues
Main ingredients:
– ecstatic Viktoria Wehrmeister vocals
– synthetic Detlef’s pendulum in a more sophisticated outlandish form
– deep mysticism
– surprise Gordon Pohl’ appearance in The Hill


Nick Murray & Kris Baha – Besom EP 12″ [Kinfolk]
Why: keep eye (or ear) on this cool duo of banger-makers
Main ingredients:
– disco vibrations and techno races
– reactive guitar as a super weapon
– victorious Tiago’s “dead loop”


Samo DJ, Baba Stiltz, Tzusing – Slice Of Heaven EP 12″ [Public Possession]
Why: what a company fo music heads here!
Main ingredients:
– Triad Board Meeting is sort of house gentility mixed on South and voice of the streets
– even crazier experiments from Baba with whole army of ethereal sounds
– double strike in Hollabackboi


Borusiade – Jeopardy 12″ [Comeme]
Why: it’s a debut of Comeme’ newcomer with interesting Oriental sound
Main ingredients:
– bright ethnix motifs
– rhythm structure and groove remind of Khidja
– painstaking track selection


Maoupa Mazzocchetti – Laugh Tool 12″ [Mannequin]
Why: it’s like Golem of new era ore materialised hero from Philip K. Dick book leads us deeper and deeper into jungle of spectacular electro/minimal synth and EBM
Main ingredients:
– raging bass lines
– dirty punk synthesizers
– labyrinths of noise and industrial buzzing and bubbling colors


Model Man – Hidden Waves EP 12″ [Bordello A Parigi]
Why: ultimate new wave splash from DJ Overdose
Main ingredients:
– a hefty pinch of spacy and power electronics
– acid dolphins emerging from different tracks
– powerful EBM component


Dunkeltier – BAH026 12″ [Bahnsteig 23]
Why: Bahnsteig hits exactly the bullseye with this 12″
Main ingredients:
– free fall illusion in Cruisin
– appetizing electronic body music baked in industrial sleeve
– rebellious mood soaked with energy of 80s

Words Sasha Tessio and Artem Super Ikra
Illustrations Sasha Tessio

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