Singles: Electronica Special
Of late, the singles and downloads review has been driven more towards the indie scene, understandable perhaps, given the lack of creativity in dance music lately. But while all this ‘real band’ resurgence has been going on, electronic music has found itself a new lease of life.
A good starting point is Jamie Lidell’s ‘Little Bit of Feel Good’ (Warp) •••• the first single from his immminent album, Jim, a stand-out piece of future soul co-produced by Berlin’s Mocky, with a nod towards the label’s electronic roots. There’s more psychedelic soul on the new remix package from Pattie Blingh’s (aka Stones Throw artist Georgia Anne Muldrow) Sagala album. The mixes come from The Hague’s dubstep man 2562 and LA-based Flying Lotus associate Samiyam, both cutting up soul vocals and electronics to great effect (Ramp) ••••.
For any of you following progress in the world of dubstep, you’ll be sure to know of Kode 9 & Spaceape. Following on from a string of inspiring releases, watch out for the up and coming ‘Konfusion’ 10in (Hyperdub) •••••, an astonishing piece of dancefloor dub. Also, look out for ‘Trust Nobody’ (Tempa) •••, a killer new cut from SP, with super dark, half step rhythms.
Similalrly conmpulsive is the new track from Heliocentrics, ‘Distant Star’ (Now Again) •••• which features Percee P and MF DOOM which is half throwback hip hop rawness, half psyched-out oddity.
In terms of high profile projects, there’s the remix series from Thom Yorke’s 2007 solo album Eraser. Previous mixes from Burial, Modeselektor, The Bug, Surgeon and The Field have all scored high. The latest offering doesn’t scrimp either, with mixes of ‘Atoms for Peace’ (XL Recordings) ••• coming from Four Tet and Cristian Vogel. Well worth a listen.
Finally, on a purist tip there’s the Anniversary EP (MMM & Soundhack) ••••• the first release since 2000 by two of Berlin’s true electronic geniuses Erik Wiegand and Fiedel aka MMM & Soundhack. Processed electronics, fusing Italio, electro and techno. Also worth a listen is the Astro Hard-Bop EP, another crazed production from S-Max/FYM (Boogizm) •••. German minimalism at its very best.