Review: Dark Entries is humbled to continue digging through the archives of legendary producer Patrick Cowley. While best known for his production on chart-topping cybernetic disco anthems such as Sylvester's 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)' or his own 'Menergy', Cowley, who passed away from AIDS-related illness in 1982, left us with a substantial body of work. Since 2009, Dark Entries has been working with Cowley's friends and family to shed light on the lesser known facets of this singular artist's output. This has resulted in a string of celebrated archival albums, including Catholic (featuring Jorge Socarras), School Daze, Muscle Up, Afternooners, and the recent Mechanical Fantasy Box. Some Funkettes, the latest addition to this series, is a collection of previously unreleased cover songs recorded from 1975-1977. These raw, unembellished tributes both showcase Cowley's early musical interests and chart the development of his production techniques.
Dead Butterflies (feat Kano & Roxani Arias) (4:33)
Desole (feat Fatoumata Diawara) (5:30)
Momentary Bliss (feat Slowthai & Slaves) (3:42)
Review: It's hard to believe Gorillaz, the virtual band that triggered a million sci-fi articles about culture arriving in the future (well, the new millennium), have now been going 20 years. More than enough history to have long-since proven themselves far from a fad, on their seventh album it's clear they're also still capable of new ideas, or at least fresh ways to remix old ingredients.
Punk explodes next to piano balladry, lo-fi electronica eases into low slung hip hop funk. It's a chart-worthy affair that reminds us post-genre is today's mainstream, here served in traditional songwriting framework rather than the current dominant avant-pop crop. Even if the lyrics are non-stop curveballs, from Robert Smith's appearance on the title track, through Beck's MCing on 'The Valley of the Pagans' and St. Vincent's playful party vibes on 'Chalk Tablet Towers'.
Review: Although this is Tornado Wallace's Mule Musiq debut, the music contained on it is not brand new - though it is pretty much on known. 'We Are Where We Are' first appeared in 2018 on a Japan-only promo CD. Back then, it was presented as one continuous, 32-minute track. For its' vinyl debut, the decidedly Balearic and psychedelic offering has been split into two parts. Each is hugely atmospheric and evocative, with the Berlin-based Australian offering non-stop, ambient house style suites that layer evocative instrumentation - twinkling pianos, pulsing electronic noises, jazzy guitars, delay-laden synth sounds and so on - and crackling field recordings atop sparse, lo-fi drum machine beats and dubbed-out basslines.
Review: Funk Night Records continues to offer up new slabs of fabulously fuzzy funk from The Blassics, a nine-piece outfit from Finland that has been operative for the best part of a decade. Remarkably, this is the band's fifth single this year. On the A-side you'll find the "Slofat Version" of their tribute to the polyrhythmic percussion, raw bass and dancing horns of Afro-funk, which is aptly named 'Afro Cookie'. It's a chunky musical biscuit that looks set to energise dancefloors with its sugary delights every time it's dropped. Despite its title, flipside 'Psych Afro Funk' is not that psychedelic; it is, though a rather fine and pleasingly laidback ramble through the more relaxed end of the Afro-funk spectrum.
Review: Whether you know him best as Dr Floyd, Juno Laine or one of the many other aliases he's had over the years, Russian-in-Finland Kirilll Junolainen is a remarkably prolific and consistent artist in the contemporary electro sound. His recent Preset album Sahkomusiikki is a fine example of this, as is this very special 12" on Telomere. Four cuts deep, each one showcases a different side to Kirill from his most playful ('Algoritmi') to his most stern ('Hejastus') by way of his most laidback and slinky ('Meri') All analogue soul and only essential ingredients, while his output is maximal, the sonic make-up is always perfectly minimal.
Review: Telomere Plastic is a limited edition Wex sub series "sharing electronics from all around the spectrum." This first missive is a strong various artists release, The Telomere Connection, featuring sounds from Sherman C, Rural Red, JD Typo and Anderson. It's a lithe and synthetic affair that kicks off with bendy tones and warped pads while 'Wax On Wax Off' is a more drum-focussed grover with rippling kicks and sci-fi details. The future facing 'Dancefloor Between' gurgles with soft acid bubbles and 'Glider Girl' rounds out in bumpy fashion.
Review: For their latest 45 missive, Funk Night Records has decided to offer-up a double-header of fresh instrumental funk from two Scandinavian combos. The A-side features Finnish scene stalwarts The Blassics, whose 'Silver Mercury' offers a fiendishly fuzzy mix of low-slung drum-breaks, clipped guitar riffs and all manner of tipsy horn solos. Fellow Scandi-funk outfit Broaks take over on side B, building on the smoky, seductive sound of their recent self-titled debut album. 'Her Ability to Transform' is a weighty but sparse and stripped-back trip into hip-hop influenced Afro-funk territory that comes laden with drunken horn blasts, Tony Allen style drumming and some nimble, subtle turntablism.
Love Missile F1-11 (CD1: Flaunt It! - Re-Recording part II)
Sex Bomb Boogie
Rockit Miss USA
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21st Century Boy
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She's My Man
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Plus - From The Gutter To The Stars
Trailer Mix (CD2: remixes)
Love Missile F1-11 (7" single mix)
Love Missile F1-11 (The Bangkok remix)
Love Missile F1-11 (dance mix)
Love Missile F1-11 (extended Ultra Violence version)
Love Missile F1-11 (video mix)
Love Missile F1-11 (Japanese remix)
Love Missile F1-11 (Westbam remix short version)
Massive Retaliation (The Super Massive UK remix)
Massive Retaliation (Shut Up dub remix)
Sex Bomb Boogie (Magic Flute)
Sex Bomb Dance
Hack Attack (CD3: remixes, Rarities & B-sides)
Dancerama (1986 version)
Suicide (live In London Sept '86)
21st Century Boy (extended TV mix)
21st Century Boy (German remix)
21st Century Boy (dance mix)
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She's My Man (remix)
Sex Bomb Boogie (CD4: live At Abbey Road)
21st Century Boy
Twist & Shout
She's My Man
Shoot It Up
Rockit Miss USA
Review: First released in 1986, Sigue Sigue Sputnik's debut album Flaunt It remains a unique artifact: a concept album produced by Giorgio Moroder that imagined a futuristic rock and roll world where gnarled guitars and yelped vocals played second fiddle to synthesizer and drum machines. This deluxe reissue expands on the original album, adding a disc recorded live at Abbey Road Studios (CD4) and two CDs of remixes, B-sides and rarities. There's a wealth of notable, club-ready revisions to be found amongst those discs, including a stomping 1990s Westbam mix of 'Love Missile F1-11', a brilliantly edited, spaced-out 'Super Massive UK Remix' of 'Massive Retaliation' and a quirky German language re-recording of '21st Century Boy'.
Review: Earlier in the year, Madrid's Electro Records launched the Electro Transmissions series via Abduction Krew, a five-track, multi-artist EP full of cybernetic dancefloor treats. Here they present the follow-up, a rock-solid mini compilation on eye-catching red splatter vinyl entitled Sterilization Krew. There's plenty to excite electro heads throughout, from the sparkling deep electro shimmer of Kan3da's 'Condoso' and the intergalactic, bassline-driven alien funk of Datawave's superb 'Emeria', to the mind-bending, TB-303 driven acid-electro of Acidulant's 'Rainology' and the Aux 88-style high-octane heaviness of Noamm's 'Telesthesia'. It's a rather good collection all told, and with limited numbers of copies being pressed, you'll need to act fast to secure one.
Review: Telomere Plastic is a new and limited edition sub label of Wex that has a firm focus on stripped back and heady minimal and tech house grooves. They're putting out a flurry of releases in a short space of time, but we're not complaining, because they're all well worth your attention. ESB is behind this one after previously should out outings on Echovolt, Leftroom and Heart To Heart. He has his sights firmly set on the future here, with 'Beyond' being a nice and slippery, synthetic and shiny mix of synths, hits and bass, and other highlights like 'Chroma' being warm, cuddly moods and grooves.
Review: Static X should be considered a metal institution, not simply a band. Rising to prominence in 1993, when the industrial edges of debut album Wisconsin Death Trip attracted attention from then-burgeoning nu metal heads, they retained relatively consistent output for almost 20 years after that, during which time the line-up went through several iterations before disbanding a year before founder Wayne Static's death, in 2014.
Project Regeneration Volume 1 is a mighty return for this hammer-blow outfit, then, and given the evolutionary nature of their story so far it's a next chapter. And a step in some different directions. Of course there are still ferocious riffs and snarled vocals by the ravage load, but the synthy and electronic nuances that have long been audible are brought to centre stage here, not least on the death techno of 'My Destruction', and the psy-trance loops of opener 'Regeneration'.
Review: Dynamite Cuts latest double seven-inch presentation takes us back to 1973, and James Brown's often-overlooked soundtrack to Blaxploitation crime movie "Black Ceasar", a set previously described by one critic as "a full-frontal funk attack". What we get is four of the soundtrack's strongest cuts: electric piano solo-laden funk shuffler "Blind Man Can See", one of Brown's most celebrated and best-loved songs, "The Boss" (sample lyric: "look at me, what do you see? A bad mother!"), the softly sweet, strings-and-solo laden breeziness of "White Lightning", and the crunchy heavy funk strut of "Make It Good To Yourself". As the old saying goes: all killer, no filler.
Notes: The bespoke hand-painted Mukatsuku Donut 45 adapter for playing dinked 45s is made from PLA material which is a 3 D Thermoplastic derived from renewable resources and is exclusive to Juno . This version is the Matcha green tea edition donut with a bite taken out of it and comes with multicolored sprinkes. Limited edition & individually hand painted so no two are identical.
Notes: The bespoke hand-painted Mukatsuku Donut 45 adapter for playing dinked 45s is made from PLA material which is a 3 D Thermoplastic derived from renewable resources and is exclusive to Juno. This version is the strawberry icing glazed edition with a bite take out of it and comes with multicolored sprinkles. Limited edition & individually hand painted so no two are identical.