The Orb – COW / Chill Out, World
Over the last three decades The Orb have firmly established themselves as one of electronic music’s most innovative and influential proponents. Whilst often changing the direction of their music, one constant that has remained throughout their discography is an ambient sheen verging on spiritual. Alex Paterson and Jimmy Cauty’s latest effort on Kompakt, Chill Out, World, or COW, is no exception to this rule. Ten tracks in length, the record is a blissful reminder of the duo’s seemingly immortal ability to impress and bares no sign of The Orb being out of touch with the scene that they were such an integral part of building. Our record of the week, this isn’t one to be missed!
Nicolas Jaar – Sirens
Our second full length LP of the week comes from the Chilean-American producer and musician Nicolas Jaar. Having amassed an impressive back catalogue over the last ten years as a solo artist and as one half of the duo DARKSIDE, Jaar is a household name in alternative music and seemingly one of the only credible artists to appeal to both mainstream and underground audiences. His latest album Sirens is a timely reminder of Jaar’s prodigious skill, combining influences of live instrumentation with his unique, smooth style of production. Only six tracks in length, this record is ponderous and mystical, and continues to strengthen Jaar’s reputation as a increasingly respected talent.
Pris – Love, Labour, Loss
Impeccable production, and a dark cinematic experience defines this timely release ‘Love, Labour, Loss’ on the label Avian. Here the producer Pris has crafted six mysterious cuts that will leave the listener felling ill at ease. Reminiscent of much of the work on Auxiliary and Samurai, the percussion is moody and sometimes cacophonous, yet always accompanied by an array of brooding synths. The stand-out tracks include ‘Feral Calling’ with its uncomfortable background scratching, and the ambient ‘Crux’ that constitutes a welcome atmospheric break from the rest of the EP. The record has a lot going for it, and I’m confident each listener will find something different as all the tracks are engaging.
Gauss – Numerical Coefficients
Gauss, an artist duo seemingly named after the 19th century mathematician of the forenames Carl Friedrich, brings us the fittingly titled Numerical Coefficients. The fourth mathematics themed release on their own Gauss Ltd imprint.Drawing inspiration from acid-y textures this release sees American born producer Natan H and the Malta based Owen Jay tempt their addictions to squelchy but smoothly rhythmic techno. This EP sees a raw techno cut sandwiched in between two smoother acid numbers. The title track holds eroding acid lines complimented by off kilter hats and claps. The last is almost the love-child of the two others. Bringing an edge previously unseen in the release but keeping true to the minimalism and structural rigidity of its culture.
Laksa – 66 Rebels
In a rare eulogy to politicians in our post-truth age, techno producer Laksa dedicates his latest EP ‘66 Rebels’ to the terrorist-sympathising Labour MPs who voted against bombing ISIS. Released on Mistry, the EP aims to conjure two contrasting worlds with the first track replicating the sound of arms being rapidly fired, and the latter ‘Crtl Delete’ taking us on a journey through techno cyberspace. The former achieves its desired aim with its moody reverbed drums and tempestuous oscillating bassline that are eventually joined by a scream, while the latter is altogether more subdued and fizzles out before going anywhere. This EP is sure to be controversial, but the title track has won many admirers and is likely to be rigorously tested throughout club land.