CHART / Laica – 04.2013

Our man in Cambridge turns in his 10 picks for April.

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Laica – April 2013
Nocturnal Emissions – Accumulator [We Can Elude Control]
Shifted – The Cold Light [Avian]
IVVVO – Occult [Moun10 Records]
PHORK – Entertainment [NNA Tapes]
Walter Gross – Rotorcraft [Small But Hard]
Holovr – Lunar Lake [Opal Tapes]
Red Stars Over Tokyo – Crossing a Frozen Sea [Testtoon Records]
Stamza The Jungle Christ – Acid Bleed [Acroplane Records]
David B Applegate – Vesicle [Immigrant Breast Nest]
Giuseppe Ielasi & Kassel Jaeger – Parallel/Greyscale [Editions Mego]

Nocturnal Emissions – Accumulator [We Can Elude Control]
An EP of tracks recorded when I was 12. It reminded me of something that recently reminded me of Cabaret Voltaire, but it sounds nothing like Cabaret Voltaire. It is worth checking out just to prove to yourself that there is nothing new under the sun.

Shifted – The Cold Light [Avian]
Brooding relentless techno. Sometimes this is all you need. A kick that wont stop and a simple riff, perfect dark room business, the fuzzy snare has it for me.

IVVVO – Occult [Moun10 Records]
House Music? Maybe. Full of twists and turns, I keep coming back to this it’s got R&B moments as played by a dark satanic cult and it’s slow and full of grit. It gets my vote every time.

PHORK – Entertainment [NNA Tapes]
I loved the 1st PHORK album on NNA Tapes. It went on a really good journey. This one goes even further and takes in much more of the terrain yet still retains the simple beauty.

Walter Gross – Rotorcraft [Small But Hard]
Go and buy this if you like Hip hop, Skinny Puppy and the psychedelic end of Kraut rock. It’s more than all of those things, but its also very very good.

Holovr – Lunar Lake [Opal Tapes]
This has something of an Ambient Works feel to it but its not a carbon copy by any means; really good techno that you can listen to while sitting down.

Red Stars Over Tokyo – Crossing a Frozen Sea [Testtoon Records]
Just over 20 minutes of the most beautiful last-thing-at-night ambient house music followed by a remix by Magazine that would be the perfect way to start a sunny Sunday morning.

Stamza The Jungle Christ – Acid Bleed [Acroplane Records]
Massive, hard as you like rough neck junglist business. This is the real thing. A return to drill and bass could be on the cards.

David B Applegate – Vesicle [Immigrant Breast Nest]
A four track EP of noisy distorted and yet still sparse techno. Really worth taking a listen to this to really get a grip of it.

Giuseppe Ielasi & Kassel Jaeger – Parallel/Greyscale [Editions Mego]
Drone music, but in no way ambient. This has so much detail. Mego are one of the best labels around right now, do check this out.

Apr 25, 2013