Layo & Bushwacka!: Rising and Falling
More stripped-back and focused on deeper tech-house than previous releases. Moody, with some darker bits, and a couple of vocal tracks. Superb production, often danceable, all excellent. My favourite from the last few months, and I’m not done listening to it yet.
This seems more of a collection of tracks than a coherent album, comprising (unsurprisingly) eight atmospheric dubstep tracks, with more emphasis on the dub than the techno. It’s not as accessible as Drawn & Quartered from 2011, so it’s taking me some time to get into it. My vote is still out.
Chymera: Death by Misadventure
Melodic tech-house from May 2012. Not much to say. Very listenable, with some jazz, blues, and soul influences. A bit of vocals here and there too. Nice.
I like Photek but this is a patchy release. There are some good tracks (Pyramid) but also a few that just don’t fit with the post-d&b bass-heavy vibe where I think he does his best stuff. Personally, I’d like to see more of his delicately restrained anger. We have plenty to be angry about.
Brian Eno: Lux
The master returns with more impressionist ambience, again on Warp Records. Read the interview with Laurie Anderson on the background to it, and creativity in general. A suitable backdrop for a rainy afternoon’s contemplation of one’s infinitesimally small place in the universe.
I seem to need regular fixes of Max Cooper’s organic deep tech-house right now. Fortunately he posts free mixes and live sets regularly to SoundCloud so new material is never far away. I even have an IFTTT workflow to notify me of new tracks. Yay, cloud.
Ambient techno is not dead. Solitude (UK) does regular “mixtapes” to Soundcloud with plenty of lie-on-the-floor-with-headphones mixes called “5am mix” and so on. It’s mostly ambient dubstep; Burial is a favourite inclusion.