Actress – Karma & Desire [ZEN271]

ACTRESS - Karma & Desire

Actress drops his new album Karma & Desire. It’s his most accessible yet complex album to date with featured artists including: Mercury Prize winner Sampha, singer and songwriter Zsela, Aura T-09 (co-runs Evar Records with John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers & Trickfinger), Italian pianist and conductor Vanessa Benelli Mosell and Copenhagen based vocalist Rebekah Christel. The album started with a surprise 49min audio file from Actress entitled “88” and will be accompanied by ‘a broken romance espionage ethereal short film‘ by creative director and performance artist Lee Nachum aka Bootee.

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Actress – Karma & Desire [ZEN271]

Helena Hauff – Qualm [ZEN253]

Qualm has a duality that Helena Hauff enjoys – The German word translates as fumes or smoke, whilst the English meaning refers to an uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear, especially about one’s own conduct. True to form, the record is unapologetically raw and finds Helena returning to her original modus operandi – jamming on her machines, trying to create something powerful without using too many instruments and layers. By design, the 12 tracks are raw, distorted and lo-fi, with Hauff peppering heavyweight, redlined drum machine beats – think wayward Chicago jack, laidback electro and nails techno – with a mixture of razor-sharp acid lines, moody industrial textures and drowsy chords. The clattering intensity of the album’s dancefloor moments is in sharp contrast to the creepy and evocative, soundtrack style electronic soundscapes showcased elsewhere on the album. These – ambient in ethos, but more experimental in tone – are frequently amongst the set’s most inspired moments.

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Helena Hauff – Qualm [ZEN253]

Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra – LAGEOS [ZEN251]

Following the release of the ”Audio Track 5” EP, electronic producer and musician Darren Cunningham AKA Actress and the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) are to release a full album of their collaboration entitled ”LAGEOS”.

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Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra – LAGEOS [ZEN251]

Jay Daniel – Broken Knowz [TCLR018]

It’s amazing to think that Jay Daniel is still only 25. Since making his debut five years ago, the producer has been responsible for some of the finest house music to emerge from Detroit in recent times. Interestingly, he’s slightly modified his woozy and gently soul-flecked blueprint on this hotly anticipated debut album. For starters, many of the tracks – standouts “Paradise Valley” and “Knowledge of Selfie” included – feature live drums, played and recorded in his mother’s basement. This rhythmic adjustment gives Broken Knowz a far looser and warmer feel than his previous work, in the process elevating his deliciously rich and musical deep house to a whole new level. In other words, it’s an impressively assured and entertaining debut album.

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Jay Daniel – Broken Knowz [TCLR018]

Hieroglyphic Being – The Disco’s Of Imhotep [TCLR015]

Seriously strong Jamal Moss LP under his Hieroglyphic Being moniker. “The Disco’s Of Imhotep is about creating Frequencies and Vibrations for the Listener that are conducive for him or her to Heal The Mind and Body and Enrich the Soul by creating Hemi-Synced Harmonies and music that contains embedded Binaural Beats. We have been made to believe that electronic sounds are just for Movement, Enlightenment, Primal Afflictions and Entertainment purposes, but it’s much more… It’s Sound Healing, but the ancestors would call it Frequency Medicine. Medicine is Healing and this project is dedicated to one of Earth’s first Healers: High Priest Imhotep. The One who comes in Peace, is with Peace.”

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Hieroglyphic Being – The Disco’s Of Imhotep [TCLR015]

Space Dimension Controller – Orange Melamine [ZEN231]

While Jack Hamill’s Space Dimension Controller project is best known for mixing colourful electrofunk synths with intergalactic ambient, techno and hypnotic house influences, his earliest musical output trod a slightly different path. His long forgotten, digital-only debut album, 2009’s Unidentified Flying Oscillator, explored IDM and woozy electronica, and it’s these styles that come to the fore on Orange Melamine. Like that debut album, this set – his first for Ninja Tune – was recorded in his bedroom, aged 18, with a collection of “cheap, lo-fi” and “battered” kit. It largely takes its’ cues from the likes of Boards of Canada and ambient-era Aphex Twin, but retains that distinctive vibe and attention to detail that’s always marked out Hamill’s work.

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Space Dimension Controller – Orange Melamine [ZEN231]

Helena Hauff – Discreet Desires [WDNT014]

Golden Pudel’s DJ-turned-producer, Helena Hauff, returns to Actress’s Werkdiscs with her debut LP. Compared to her last effort for the label and her banger of an EP on Lux, Discreet Desires spans across much vaster landscapes, and while we knew that she was heavily into Detroit electro, the album is heavily focused on fast, broken beats brimming with synths. “Spur” and “Funereal Morality”, for example, are a pair of Drexcyian bombshells, while “Piece Of Pleasure” clearly takes inspiration from Kraftwerk and the resulting synth pop wave. Instead, “Silver Sands & Boxes Of Mould” showcases her more experimental side thanks to its cinematic soundscapes and sparse beats, along with the beatless sway of “Dreams In Color”. A fine debut LP that cements Hauff’s position at the vanguard of current electronics.

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Helena Hauff – Discreet Desires [WDNT014]

Florian Kupfer – Explora [TCLR003]

Florian Kupfer aligns with Fotomachine’s prospering Technicolour label and delivers four cuts that should be filed under ‘all killer, no filler’. First up “Explora (Slave)” gets all up in your face with its retro techno stomp but the chugging minimalist epic that is “Headpiece” is grinding, beatless affair. On the flip we have “Brute Force” which trances you out with its sinister analogue synth arpeggio; so simple but utterly effective. Finally there’s “Schpel” another experimental and atmospheric cut that is haunting as much as it is riveting.

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Florian Kupfer – Explora [TCLR003]

Legowelt – Anaconda Flow [TCLR010]

Danny Wolfers aka Legowelt has spanned everything from frosty techno, sprawling boogie and melodic acid house to chugging electro without sacrificing bonafide quality or pandering to the fad du jour. In his newest effort, a debut EP for Fotomachine’s Technicolour imprint entitled Anaconda Flow, listeners are treated to that dynamism in its very finest form. Uplifting, dreamy synth sequences are incorporated alongside his instantly recognizable gritty floor-fillers for a four-piece package that will both delight the home listener and devastate the dance. His long-demonstrated devotion to hardware is utilized here to extraordinary effect: blips bubble to a murky surface, twinkles cascade from above and a kick drum pulses straight through everything it touches—all in all a darkly immersive little jewel.

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Legowelt – Anaconda Flow [TCLR010]

Helena Hauff – Lex Tertia [WDNT013]

Helena Hauff returning to Actress’ Werkdiscs with a 5-track EP. In the producer’s own words: “Lex Tertia is a further exploration into the idea of grimy, sonically crushed, dysfunctional, insane stuff that kicks on where Actio Reactio left off.”

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Helena Hauff – Lex Tertia [WDNT013]

Hieroglyphic Being – The Four Dimensions Of A Nubian Mystic [TCLR009]

Deep and tripping acid backed with some jazzed out drumworks on the flip. Producer and boss of Mathematics records, Chicago’s Jamal Moss a.k.a Hieroglyphic Being is a one-off musical explorer. Jamal’s music takes cues from the EBM and House that played a huge part in the city’s musical underground in the late eighties and early nineties, notably Ron Hardy and Adonis, but also Industrial, Avant-Jazz and Noise. His releases, much like his music, have straddled House labels and the more leftfield avant garde electronic imprints with ease. However his deeply held Afrofuturist intent and the discipline of his radical designs set him apart from the pack. Always moving forward, his music is an ever-evolving transmission from his mind to our bodies, or as he sees it, a form of meditation that the supple, tuned listener will enjoy immensely.

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Hieroglyphic Being – The Four Dimensions Of A Nubian Mystic [TCLR009]

Actress – Xoul [WDNT012]

Outta nowhere Actress projects four mystic visions inna black label style. It’s some of his sweetest, darkest, psychoactive gear, flitting from the electronic gremlins and piquant melancholy of ‘Xoul’ to its inverse image, ‘Xoul Dark Chamber’ and the contemplative, effervescent keys of ‘Xoul Particles’, which sees the introduction of some haunting digital synth strokes that also colour the slanted swagger and reverse loops of the EP’s most beguiling piece, ‘Pharoah Moon Rising’.

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Actress – Xoul [WDNT012]

Helena Hauff – Actio Reactio [WDNT005]

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A regular fixture at Hamburg’s Golden Pudel club where she presides over the Birds and Other Instruments night, Helena Hauff is a killer DJ with a keen interest in classic and contemporary electro. A longstanding friendship with Actress has resulted in his Werkdiscs label issuing Actio Reactio, her debut EP of solo productions. Both the title track and “Break Force” see Hauff utilize her arsenal of analogue gear to deliver two tracks of acid-drenched hardware techno, while shorter production “Micro Manifesto” is more grounded in the realm of primitive electronics.

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Helena Hauff – Actio Reactio [WDNT005]