Beautiful electronics head us off this week courtesy of the excellent ‘Soft Terminal’ album from Panabrite. The project is the work of the enigmatic Norm Chambers, a prolific producer responsible for one of the most loved synth albums of the last few years under another moniker, the name of which we just cannot reveal at this time. His sound is beautifully considered and almost pop-like in vision and appeal, with a pure, instinctive touch to his melodies and harmonics matched by a reverence for what’s been, and a vision for immersive futurism. 500 copies only on this one, including initial copies on white vinyl if you’re fast.
On an anonymous tip, the Akkord project has launched this week to much fanfare. For now, the provenance of their identity will be on a need-to-know basis, but their sound occupies darker ground in the shade of the Autonomic crew, somewhere between Burial and dBridge. The debut 12″ is limited to 300 copies only and comes housed in a hand-stamped and sealed 12″ mailer, while copies last!
The dancefloor is looking particularly healthy this week. Jam City has just bowled us over with the hi-tek 3D game-changer ‘The Courts’, backed with a Main Attrakionz-starring ace ‘The Nite Life’, while on a ruder tip, the fantastic Samoyed – a favourite of Lukid and Actress – drops an absolutely mighty twelve for Lukid’s Glum imprint. Local Action, meanwhile, finally deliver DJ Q’s mammoth ‘Brandy & Coke’ anthem on sexy red vinyl.
Even modular synth noise dude Carlos Giffoni is getting in on the action with his eagerly anticipated collection of EBM-inspired songcraft ‘Evidence’ featuring Laurel Halo on Dan Lopatin’s Software label, and while no genre will have them, Dam Mantle and Becoming Real carve out their own niche of dancefloor electronics with a lush and kaleidoscopic rhythm session for Get Me! Records.
New Jersey gal Nite Jewel also returns this week, presenting her impeccable sophomore album ‘One Second Of Love’. Again, she’s hatched a supremely delicate, nuanced collection of freestylin’ electro-pop, tweaking the same palette of dusted ’80s kit into more rarified, crystallised arrangements.
But if you’re lusting for something altogether heavier, we should direct you straight to Keiji Haino’s annual hookup with Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi. Sporting typically preposterous track titles, ‘Imikuzushi’ features three proper rock stars operating with masterful control shapeshifting at will between garage Rock force and Jazz dexterity with psychedelic intent. It’s a proper badass.
Also out this week, new releases from James Blake, Slava, Distal, Romare, Royal-T, Bonnie Prince Billy, 12k, Olafur Arnalds, Bvdub, Real Estate, Cluekid, Commix, Anthony Pateras, Seahawks, Symmetry, Light Asylum, Horizontal Ground, Recloose, Planetary Assault Systems, Morphosis, Rinse, Finders Keepers, Shangaan Shake and much more.
Have yourselves a fabulous week…