Dilian - (Bmfr) Beam Former (Artetetra)
After several works uniting microsounds with cartoony timbres to hypertrophic rhythms offering a sardonic, off-kilter pace, the Brooklyn-based producer and International Winners label co-founder returns with twenty minutes of on-the-loose pieces of body-shattering beat chains and maximalist rhythmic sketches.
Erik Levander - Kvad (Supple 9)
This album began its life way back in 2001 when a young Erik Levander passed by the Lunds Domkyrka cathedral in Sweden and decided to step inside to enjoy the architecture and peacefulness. Under the dome a choir was rehearsing, and Erik captured a recording with his minidisc. Currently based in Berlin, Germany, this will be Erik’s 9th solo release.
Francesco Fabris & Ben Frost - Vakning (Room40)
"Nothing is fixed, nothing is permanent, nothing holds for anyone, any time or anything. As stable as we might choose to think it is, this planet is anything but that. A paper-thin crust, the zone in which we find ourselves, and mostly concern ourselves with, exists as a modest veil cloaking a dynamic seismic turbulence that is as powerful as it is unknowable. There are moments though where ruptures occur. The pressure from within carves its way to, and through, the surface of the planet simultaneously delivering destruction and virgin landscapes, as primordial as any we might care to imagine. It is here, in these places, where we can literally see the living planet, that geologic time is condensed and world building is made visible, and audible to us, in an unrestrained and provocative detail. These volcanic ruptures, such as those captured on Vakning
by Francesco Fabris and Ben Frost, speak to the very living geology of Earth. These recordings, captured at close range, exist at a nexus where liquid rock becomes solid. They capture moments of transformation, of obliteration and of creation, often all at once." Lawrence English
Gregory Kramer - Veils Of Transformation 1972-1980 (imprec)
Veils Of Transformation 1972 – 1980
is a collection of the earliest works of Gregory Kramer, one of the 20th century masters of textural electronic music. Kramer developed a musical language focused on continuous transformation of timbre, yielding a continuity of attention. This musical language, formed of timbral change, is a compelling aesthetic and a source of meditative experience. The four works on this album share a deep sense of order derived not from organizing pitches or rhythms, but from the evolution of timbre itself.
Islandman feat Okay Temiz and Muhlis Berberoğlu - Direct-to-Disc Sessions (Night Dreamer)
Balearic folktronica meets percussion genius on a unique one-take recording that finds Turkish downtempo specialist Islandman in triple conference with legendary percussion innovator Okay Temiz, and contemporary saz virtuoso Muhlis Berberoğlu. Recorded in Amsterdam for Night Dreamer’s ground-breaking Direct-To-Disc series, the session captures the innovative brilliance of the great Okay Temiz in full flow over Islandman’s trademark balearic-tinged production, alongside the modern Anadolu folk sound of Berberoğlu’s saz.
James Holden - Imagine This Is A High Dimensional Space Of All Possibilities (Border Community Records)
Holden is an artist who has traditionally found it difficult to settle, no sooner finding himself momentarily aligned with one musical milieu before he is off onto the next thing. But Imagine This Is A High Dimensional Space Of All Possibilities
also seems to represent a coming-to-terms with his own musical past, with subtle nods and call-backs to notable moments in Holden’s twenty yearlong sonic history.