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16 12 2009

    Abe Duque – Don’t Be So Mean

the singles Let’s Take It Back and Following My Heart really helped revitalize my love for house and techno this fall and i was delighted to hear the ground that Duque covers on the LP.. from acid to ambient and with much flexibility along the way. and as much as Don’t Be So Mean is a great listen all the way through, this track continues to hold anthem status..

DOWNLOAD Abe Duque and Blake Baxter – Let’s Take It Back (link removed by request)
VISIT abeduque.net/ and myspace.com/abeduque
BUY at Beatport.

    Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue

Bibio is often compared to Warp Records label-mates Boards of Canada, and though i recognize the shared aesthetic, i do think they are really quite different. this is the porch-sitting music of the future.. but it is so much more than that too. Bibio is a strength of music that is both honest and unclassifiable..

DOWNLOAD Bibio – Lovers Carvings
VISIT myspace.com/mrbibio
BUY Ambivalence Avenue at Bleep.

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    Clark – Totems Flare

still one of the cuttingest edges in the Warp catalog, Clark’s crisp production and deep driving layers reach new dimensions on this record.. if we were somehow able to harness the power of his music all of the world’s energy problems would be solved.

DOWNLOAD Clark – Look Into The Heart Now
VISIT myspace.com/throttleclark
BUY Totems Flare at Bleep.

    Gui Boratto – Take My Breath Away

if this list was numbered rather than alphabetical, Take My Breath Away would undeniably hold the #1 spot for me in the past year.
groovy techno to keep you bouncing.
keep bouncing.

DOWNLOAD Gui Boratto – Eggplant
VISIT guiboratto.com.br/ and myspace.com/guiboratto
BUY Take My Breath Away at Beatport.

    Harmonic 313 – When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence

i have heard Harmonic 313 classified as UK Bass, and though the record has elements of hip hop, 8-bit, dubstep, and more, i think that UK Bass says it most precisely; and probably Harmonic 313 says UK Bass most precisely as well.. this shit is REAL heavy, and totally fun, and really gets inside your head and body like nothing else i’ve yet encountered..

DOWNLOAD Harmonic 313 – Cyclotron
VISIT harmonic313.com/ and myspace.com/officialmarkpritchard
BUY When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence at Bleep.

    Little Dragon – Machine Dreams

fresh grooves from Little Dragon were a highlight for me last summer, and i love the ways the band grew leading up to this record. regrettably i missed them on tour through Toronto last fall; i think that the energy of their performance would be palpable.

DOWNLOAD Little Dragon – Looking Glass
VISIT little-dragon.se/ and myspace.com/yourlittledragon
BUY Machine Dreams from Boomkat.

    M. Ward – Hold Time

every M. Ward record is a new masterpiece with a musical awareness that truly sets him apart from any other.
nowhere else does classical guitar training, rock n roll sensibilities, and a folk feeling come together with such smooth elegant sorcery.
look for Volume 2 from She & Him in the spring.
in the meantime pick up Hold Time, play, listen, and repeat.

DOWNLOAD M. Ward – One Hundred Million Years
VISIT mwardmusic.com/ and myspace.com/mward
BUY Hold Time from Blue Collar Distro.

    Matias Aguaya – AY AY AY

having been a fan of Closer Musik and Aguayo’s earlier solo release Are You Really Lost i had my mind blown out by his single Walter Neff, released about a year ago now. i was keen to hear a full album of this new work and cannot get enough of this stuff.. thematically it is a total departure from the moody techno he produced in the past; instead it is playful, joyful, vocally driven, and sure to get you moving.

DOWNLOAD Matias Aguayo – Rollerskate
VISIT kompakt.fm/artists/matias_aguayo
BUY at Beatport.

    Moderat – Moderat

Modeselektor + Apparat = Moderat.

DOWNLOAD Moderat – Seamonkey
VISIT moderat.fm/ and myspace.com/moderat
BUY at Beatport.

Clark ~ Totems Flare Album Samplers

5 07 2009

totemsrecipients of the Warp Records email newsletter will have already had the opportunity to download parts 1 and 2 of his new album Totems Flare, out 13 July. (keen internet pirates may have already noticed it has leaked in its entirety.) and readers of this blog may have already picked up a track from the EP foreshadowing this new full-length release. at any rate Chris Clark continues to grow and move in new and interesting directions, always at the fore of the Warp flavour that i have loved for so many years. (on that note, keep an eye out for the interesting and exciting project that has been the artful 20th anniversary box set coming in the Fall..)

DOWNLOAD both parts of the Totems Flare sampler from the new and improved Warp Records website.

VISIT Clark at Warp and myspace.com/throttleclark

(We Are Reasonable People.)

Clark ~ Gonk Roughage

25 03 2009

clarkChris Clark is back with a new record which covers a genre-defying scope of 6 tracks, sure to please his fans, from pure soundplay and found sounds to heavy basslines and freaktime dancefloor riddims, all crispy, crunchy and heavily filtered. there are elements of Growls Garden that visit the stylistic range of his previous records and yet still manage to travel the same rapid vector he rides.. always growing, always great new sounds and songs.. Chris Clark is one of the most remarkable producers of our time.

DOWNLOAD Clark ~ Gonk Roughage

VISIT throttleclark.com/ and myspace.com/throttleclark

BUY Growls Garden at bleep.com