Articles By: Craig Hitchings

Hprizm :: City of On (Svakt)

What Hprizm delivers is a continuous mix designed specifically to fill one side of a slab o’ wax. This unusual format will form the basis of all scheduled output from newly-formed record label Svakt, with the next one being served up by Aoki Takamasa. This means you get around 20 minutes of music for your […]

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With Joyful Lips :: Oneironautics EP (A Future Without)

UK-based producer and guitarist Keith Vaz, aka With Joyful Lips, has created a wonderful fusion of deep 2-step and folk-style guitar songs. [Release page] I’ve been following the London/Bristol-based label A Future Without for quite a while. To me it seems they have a uncanny knack for picking up artists with a great deal of […]

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Maduro :: Catching Bullets (Octofoil)

No matter how disparate this might sound, everything is held together through the theme of carnival-esque gypsy sounds and samples from turn-of-the-century phonographs. [Release page] I reviewed Maduro’s brilliantly conceived Black Magic Kingdom, which used samples taken from a trip to the French Quarter of New Orleans as its impetus, and I found his sound […]

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Squarepusher :: Ufabulum (Warp)

Ufabulum is a return to the fucked-up, Amen-mashing, IDM-ridiculousness of his most famous works, exemplified most spectacularly for me on the untouchable Go Plastic album. In fact, his intentions are instantly made clear on Ufabulum‘s first track, “4001,” which launches straight into skipping, uptempo breaks, deliciously dirty basslines and epic synth passages. Buy at Amazon, iTunes or Juno. Squarepusher has […]

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Burial :: Kindred EP (Hyperdub)

Everything flows exactly as it should and, in an age dominated by throwaway digital singles, it’s pleasing to find out that there are still artists out there who really do think about the collective whole as a world unto itself. There’s always the worry that self-indulgence has taken over completely when you start seeing 12-minute […]

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Pinch & Shackleton :: Pinch & Shackleton (Honest Jons)

In a way, the most impressive thing is the subtle changes that individual sounds go through, providing a rewarding listen every time you play the record back, much like it’s possible to listen to any given part of an Autechre tune and take pleasure in how it evolves over the course of six or seven […]

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Radiohead :: TKOL RMX 1234567 (Ticker Tape/XL)

The sheer number of tracks takes a long time to get your head around, but also gives it longevity. Simply put, I’d have to say it is an unmissable double album. It features so many different producers that it is bound to please most dance music fans in some regard, even if a couple of […]

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Maduro :: Black Magic Kingdom (Octofoil)

The focus throughout the nine tracks is on American occult traditions and, as such, there is a heavy and intoxicating influence of voodoo, magic and, at times, spirituality. These themes can be primarily heard in the eerie samples of street tarot readings, wild vocal chanting and the hypnotic nature of the rhythms buried within. [Listen] […]

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James Blake :: Round / Pan (Hemlock)

Gone are the endlessly repeating, soulful lyrics. Even the R&B samples of his earlier works are absent. Also, forget about the pulsing synth patterns or the odd bit of piano. Oh, and the slowly building atmospheres of his album have been left aside, too. In fact, there isn’t even the slightest hint at a melody, […]

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Crewdson :: Gravity (Slowfoot)

Gravity kicks off with a couple of tracks that neatly set out the Crewdson stall: choppy drums, tight basslines, mellow synths, manipulated vocals, incidental noises and layer upon layer of plinky, metallic, high-frequency content, like he’s sampled everything including the kitchen sink. [Info page] I reviewed newcomer Crewdson, also known as Hugh Jones, when he […]

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Murcof :: La Sangre Iluminada (InFiné)

Featuring glitchy micro programmed beats, layers of finely honed electronic sounds and some truly gorgeous piano and string parts that have been lovingly weaved into the mix. And, despite the dark and broody nature of the soundtrack overall, there are huge payoffs to be had when Corona manages to choose just the right chord to […]

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AD NOISEAM :: Eye of the storm

[April 2011] Well-respected German electronic imprint Ad Noiseam celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. So we thought it’d be a great opportunity to say thanks for the amazing music the label has given us over the years by tracking down head honcho Nicolas Chevreux and chatting about all things past, present and future. Igloo :: […]

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Prince Valium & Tonik :: Double review (TomTom)

When purely electronic music was much less rhythmically complex and much more about feeling and texture, you can’t beat it. Craig Hitchings investigates two of the newest births from Iceland’s TomTom Records. I don’t know what it is about the music that emanates from thepeople of Iceland, but it always surprises me just how many […]

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wAgAwAgA :: Hyper Typewriter (Acroplane)

With wAgA’s insistence on producing some delicious acid basslines, he will inevitably draw comparison with the mighty Squarepusher at times, not that this is at all meant as a slur – he’s simply taking these famous and often overused sounds in his own inimitable direction, with more dub sensibilities thrown in for good measure. [Listen] […]

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Kähn :: Like We Used To / Helter Skelter (Punch Drunk)

As with much of McGann’s recent work, the vocals are chopped up to create highly imaginative melodies, with the producer’s keen sense of texture shown off to the full and the odd phrase punctuating the magically woven canvas of oohs and aahs – phrases that are cast-iron guaranteed to stay in your head. As I […]

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Radiohead :: The King Of Limbs (XL/Hostess Entertainment)

If you haven’t already guessed, I have to mention that The King Of Limbs is an intensely personal listening experience, best suited to being played back on headphones as you walk in a daze to destinations unknown, rather than being something to enjoy in company. [Purchase] You’ve probably caught wind of the frantic struggle that […]

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Wascal :: Overstep / Don’t Forget (Louse)

Overall, then, this release does more than a fair job of representing the Bristol underground dance sound on more levels than one, offering up some top notch, forward thinking bass music that doesn’t shy away from mashing genres, all lovingly presented with a deep, soulful vibe. Louse Records is a relatively new UK dance imprint. […]

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Eskmo :: Eskmo (Ninja Tune)

Angelides is clearly a phenomenal producer that has managed to create a unique sound, best demonstrated on the superb “Cloudlight.” In fact, it’s such a good tune that it almost covers the price of the LP by itself. [Listen | Purchase] San Franciscan producer Brendan Angelides, known as Eskmo to his rapidly growing fanbase, has […]

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Niveau Zero :: In_Sect (Ad Noiseam)

Frankly, there are far too many genres involved on this record to keep count of, yet they’re all flawlessly brought together to provide a very rewarding listening experience for both the club and the living room. [Listen | Purchase] In_Sect actually dropped over the summer, but as we’re still giving it regular listens some six […]

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Crewdson :: Dust EP (Slowfoot)

Dust EP is a phenomenal debut, proving that Crewdson will be one to watch in the future. In short, he’s managed to create something that doesn’t really sound like anybody else, which is quite a tall order with the sheer amount of music that is being released nowadays. Slowfoot Records has never been an imprint […]

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Matta :: Prototype (Ad Noiseam)

Listening to Prototype on either headphones or a home hi-fi simply won’t cut it, as you’ll never fully understand what this record will do to you when unleashed on a punishing club system, whereupon you’ll have no choice but to lurch around the dancefloor and make the most hideous of gurning bassfaces. The German electronic […]

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Kahn :: Altar EP (A Future Without)

…an immersive experience, clearly influenced by recent club sounds, though better suited to late night listening on headphones. In fact, it wouldn’t be at all out of place on the Hyperdub label, alongside the likes of Burial, Darkstar and Kode9… Bristol-based producer, DJ and remixer Joseph McGann must be a very busy man indeed. Not […]

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