A New Line (Related) is the latest venture from Lancashire-based Andrew Johnson (Hood/Remote Viewer/Moteer). Utilising tools from the early days of home produced underground dance music (such as SK5 sampler keyboards and vintage drum machines) Andrew has unearthed a beautiful album of downbeat, lamp-lit techno, industrial grade ambience and sonic experimentation which at times recalls early Warp Records, Gescom and raw, 313 area Beatdown House, as well as the more modern breed of electronic and techno travellers such as Actress, Mark Fell (Late Period) and even Theo Parrish (The Slow Sound Of Your Life).
Despite (or maybe because of) the antiquated sound sources, these tracks pull and tug at the emotions. Rattling drum machines pick out rhythms while underneath, carefully played warm synths and a mesh of samples slowly emerge, introducing melody and texture into the pieces. All culminating in a spacious, evocative and unhurried work. As well as the more beat-driven tracks, there are moments of intense stillness (People Kissed Underneath Me), Steve Reich-esque, gamelan style hypnotic nodders (Repetition) and probably one of the most beautiful tracks you’re likely to hear this year (Great Palaces).
Double digipak release including a disc of remixes from the likes of The Humble Bee (Craig Tattersall from The Boats) and Mugwood (Antony Ryan from Isan) plus loads more…
Yorkshire-based Home Assembly Music follow up that ace Northerner album with Yuri Lugovskoy’s new LP, backed with remixes from The Humble Bee, Tokyo Bloodworm, William Ryan Fritch, Strategy, Chessie and more.
Ukranian, Lugovsky’s original disc, much like his one for Moteer, is concerned with minimal, meditative practice, yielding eight fuzzy, dusty pieces of looping melody and seeping filter adjustments thru to canny subbass movements and windswept modulations.
Remix highlights appear from Mugwood with their mottled ambient swoon; a cutely creased and folded re-arrangement from The Humble Bee aka Craig Tattersall; and Tokyo Bloodworm’s doomy, creaking surprise hitting the vibe somewhere between Burial, Cuushe and Raime.
We are very happy to finally get our hands on the limited edition version of this album that comes with a bonus remix CD from the likes of bvdub, The Boats, Part Timer, Insecto, H.A.M., Yuri Lugovskoy, Northerner, Fieldhead, The Declining Winter and Inch-time. These artists take the original compositions into some unexpected and exciting new musical territories… Say no more!
Mike Cottone (The Green Kingdom) utilises a similar musical palette as can be heard on last year’s acclaimed ‘Twig And Twine’ CD and once again ‘Prismatic’ is expertly mastered by Taylor Deupree (12k/Line).
‘They Shook Hands For Hours’ is the debut release from Paul Elam and takes the minimalist, glitchy, low end rumble of Machinefabriek, Phillip Jeck and The Caretaker but contains arrangements that are concise, structured and almost pop orientated in their brevity.
The dusty, grainy textures can be reminiscent of Khonnor’s textbook 2005 album ‘Handwriting’, but in this case the ambient cinematic drones of Stars of the Lid and Labradford replace the ghosts of lo-fi pop. It is no wonder that the artist divulges his number one influence as tape hiss, but in no way should it be taken that this is a minimalist or avant-garde work.
The melodicisms are notable from the opening ‘This Train Is A Rainbow’ with its Labradford style guitar twangs through to the echoes of Aphex Twin’s dusty loops on ‘I’m Fond Of Maps’. The warmth of ‘real’ instruments is always audible, particularly violins which swoop and soar in the wide open landscapes of ‘He’d Found The Sea’, recalling Manchester acoustic-electro favourites The Boats.