2016 saw our friends at Behind This Wall open up an audiophile basement bar in the heart of Hackney. Failing to disappoint, today they have stepped up their game
With their catalogue sitting now richer of five releases and having featured contributions from the likes of DJ Overdose, N1L, Tom Dicicco, Mathis Ruffing and label captain himself Benoit B, Berlin-based
After making quite a splash with the widely praised inaugural transmission of the T.O.K.Y.O series, released via his own eponymous imprint two years ago, mysterious producer S.O.N.S is back with the just as massive ‘Shinjuku One Night Stand’ – a six-track double pack larded with acidic salvos, augmented jungle moves and irruptive laser-battle gunnery.
‘Hilbert Space’ feels like one of those archival discoveries, released low key in the nineties and never dislodged from the collections of those intrepid jocks lucky enough to stumble upon it in some overlooked indie shop. From the second it hits your eardrums it sounds well-worn with warm familiarity, yet not over saturated through pastiche.
Back on Jennifer Cardini’s label with ‘Hammocks Go West’, a three-track cosmic epic giving full vent to an infectious solution of quirky disco grooves, raucous technoid modulations and straight up funky staccato riffs, Redondo demonstrates the extent of his production skills with an ever-bold take on club functionality. Stream the italo-inflected ‘Narcotic Luv’ within.
Here we find Karamika continuing their chaotic exploration of raw, obsessive kraut and industrial motifs. Like walking the last corridor to the big boss’ dungeon in a vintage platform game, it’ll leave you both excited to outdo your own egotistic self and afraid at getting back to the real world. Get strange.
Remarkably enough, the music of sibling duo Hotel Lauer has taken a further trancey turn with the ecstasy-seeking ‘Lauer & Lauer’, their first outing on Stuart Leath’s ever-inspired [Emotional] Especial. Sharing a similar cold wave’y approach to synth melodies doped on beefy electro-bass tubes and crisp, compressed kicks, their sound gained a sheer rave energy and magnitude.
Whilst the ‘Moon Faze Sun Gaze’ compilation keeps slowly disclosing its treasures, we caught up with Multi Culti head honcho Thomas Von Party to discuss the label’s genre-mangling ethos, strictly limited Cult Box and even went for an in-depth track-by-track headcount. Stream Von Party’s tantric revamp of Manfredas ‘Glasswalk’ within.