Bang the Beat #2
Ian Maleney with the best new sounds from the dance music underground
Objekt: impossibly hard, irrepressible sound
BEE MASK THE STORY OF KEYS AND LOCKS (Surgeon Remix) (Pear Grower Series)
UK techno god Surgeon gets to grips with the centrepiece of Philadelphia synth-wrangler Chris Madak’s last album. A gloriously uplifting techno remix of a SDmonolithic avant-garde composition.
HEATSICK CLEAR CHANNEL (PAN)
Woozy, laid-back vibes on this track from Berlin-based Heatsick’s new album, Re-Engineering. It might be the depths of winter but this has summer written all over it.
BATU SPOOKED (dnuoS ytiviL)
Fresh material from the English producer. Batu was previously seen on Pinch’s Cold Recordings, and this 12” finds him twisting the percussion-heavy aesthetics of the Livity Sound collective into something entirely his own.
ALEX COULTON MURDA
Another dnuoS ytiviL alumnus returns with a sharp shot of tribal bombast and body-shaking bass. Just what it says on the tin.
OBJEKT FISHBONE (Objekt)
Objekt (above) has always operated in the weirdest of spaces between dubstep and techno. Here his impossibly hard, irrepressible sound continues to deliver the messed-up goods.
NEW JACKSON OF A THOUSAND LEAVES (Major Problems)
One of Ireland’s finest electronic acts returns with this slow burner. A fine chunk of melodious house, with vocoder aplenty and the beats stretching into an eternal sunset.