Lotta, lotta love this week... Europe, let's begin:
Various Artists LHT006 (London Housing Trust)
Kassem Mosse Workshop 19 Workshop
By the time you read this you've probably seen or heard that the ever-steadfast Kassem Mosse has his latest album on the shelves. Don't be put off by the hype, this really does deserve it (and maybe the wait and sudden appearance at Hardwax helped a bit with that quasi-hysteria). On first listen it comes across as slightly disjointed in conception (so being on 2x12 format is useful for DJs) but with repeated listening the pieces jigsaw together and the producer's organic vision becomes apparent. Ranging from Predisolened Nightrider themes, psychedelic Turkic evocations, techno-bluesy suicide-by-inches and tortured late-night Liebelieds, Kassem Mosse takes us on a wonderously raw sojourn into dark places that abound with forbidden pleasures. An absolute must-have for leftfield lovers. Do not sleep on this cos if you blink they'll all be on discogs for silly money in no time. (Joe Bonez)
The Citizen's Band Smalltown Blues EP Tasteful Nudes
More well known for his work as half of Arto Mwambe, Christian Beisswenge's solo journey as The Citizen's Band makes inroads into more and more record bags. This release on the Tasteful Nudes side-label of LWE's Argot imprint bookends an Italo-esqe workout on the cinematic Freefall with the sleazey-eazy slurp of Smalltown Blues, while Disrupted's wonky morning-after techno segues into Eddy's Theme's joyful modular-boogie. All four tracks take their time to reach apex, so this is not the most immediately dancefloor friendly EP out there (though to the right heads every track on here will work a treat), but in our hectic and attention deficit times who really wants that when investing in a slice of vinyl?
Miles Sagnia Aeration LP Atmospheric Existence Recordings
AER is one of those UK labels consistently percolating depth, soul and spirituality into quality, un-hypemachined techno-soul. Label-boss Miles Sagnia takes the reins for the label's first trek into the realm of the long-player and rather than taking a formulaic linear approach the course of the album follows the upland path evoked by the album artwork, rising and dipping as nature intends to reach the summit. From the laid-back, hypnotic warmth of Dream State and BQ2's meandering jazzy introversion through to the starkly acidic post-industrialism evident in Aetherius and the soaring, sea-blown crescendo that underpins Drifting To The Echoes Of The Spirit the whole opus bridges Miles' own multi-aspected style of production and DJing. Definitely worth a punt for those of you who want dancefloor momentum and contemplative emotional content in equal measure.
Ryan Hemsworth - Weird Life
Only just picked up on this thanks to a listen of a recent Field Day radio instalment. Rather special this. And I'm not afraid to say; catch up Wil
?Turtle - Who Knows EP
It goes wumpwumpwumpwumpwump... it's got some nice pianos on it and the lead single on the EP is all folky n' shit. The Opposite of Low is the pick though. I like it. So there. Out on special edition white 12" vinyl. Limited to 500. Eat it.