Review: It's been a long time between drinks for Accident Du Travail, whose most recent release - a cassette of experimental, modern classical compositions for The Trilogy Tapes - was released way back in 2010. Tres Precieux Sang sees Julie Normal and Olivier Demeaux return to Will Bankhead's acclaimed experimental imprint. Stylistically, it explores similar territory to previous excursions, with the duo laying down a series of beat-less compositions built around droning harmonium chords, effects-laden woodwind parts, unsettling ambient electronics, and slowly unfurling textures. At times, it's curiously mournful, at others the music is strangely beautiful. Throughout, it remains both hypnotic and curiously intense.
Review: Exotic Dance Records founder J.Albert has been scouted out by Will Bankhead for the man's The Trilogy Tapes imprint, and we have to say that this feels like the perfect match. Both the label and the artist have a knack for the unexpected, with the former having released an infinite multitude of electronic genres and the latter twisting and turning between techno, electro, and something undefinable. Made up of glitchy breaks and surreal waves of electornic dust, "Money Between Friends" and "Envy Turned Curiosity" both exude an industrial dubbiness that is rarely achieved by others. On the B-side, "Deepstate Riddim" is some neo-jungle badness that evolves the genre magnificently, and "Designer Life" ends on a more sinister note, launching a minimal wave of electronics surrounded by warm blasts of sub-bass. Recommended, naturally...
Review: Alex is a brand new alias from the artist regularly known as Baba Stiltz - a Swedish producer whose quirky, off-kilter house and techno releases are rarely less than brilliant. His first Trilogy Tapes outing is suitably impressive. The real killer is "Samba", an inspired nine minute workout in which he layers deep, woozy electric piano motifs, sun-kissed chords, child-like vocal samples and rich bass atop a swinging, samba fired techno beat. The deeper and more bass-heavy "Memo" is even more epic; a near 13-minute journey through sparse, crunchy, hypnotic and dubbed-out minimal house rhythms and exotic, snake charmer solos. In other words, it's another top-notch EP from a producer who genuinely can do no wrong.
Review: Over the course of TTT's rise to fame over the last 7 or so years, UK dance deviant Bass Clef has been an important part of the label, putting out his most daring work through Will Bankhead's imprint. He's back in future-mode with this new EP, kicking off with the spaced-out waves of "Celescalating", a deep tech wormhole that gets more hypnotic by the bar. On the flip, "Iridescending" falls under the same pretext yet here the vibe is more on a house tip, with large folds of bass forming a Mr Fingers-style groove; "Unlundone" strips the melodies down in favour of more itchy percussion, a growling Chicago bass and a distant, ethereal wave of subtle atmospherics. Beautiful. And recommended.
Review: The partnership of Kassem Mosse and Beatrice Dillon; Dillon Wendel is a place for the two respected artists to explore soundscapes, aesthetics and synthesis in pastures aeons away from the dancefloors they're most familiar with. Both compositions weighing in over 15 minutes, they're experiences which challenge form and convention; "Pulse" ripples with its namesake, a texture that buzzes and drones in endless waves while "High" mutates a warmer, grainer tone with dizzying effect.
Review: Once every three or four years, Kassem Mosse drops a new record under a new alias. We've loved the producer's mystique, which he has retained since day 1, because it is representative of a true artist and musician, evolving new ideas while remaining grounded in a particular aesthetic that is personal to him. This debut DJ Residue 12" drops on Will Bankhead's TTT, whom he has kept tight relations with over the years, and has hit us pretty hard. In fact, it is the most relevant depiction of techno, or general warehouse music, that we have heard this year, shifting and morphing endlessly, going from the regular to the utterly insane with pure ease. Sludgy beats, eerie atmospherics, and Mosse's intricate percussion patterns form a beautifully dark variety of noise music. Recommended, as per usual.
Review: Bogdan Drazic's two debut EPs for Giallo Disco, a pair of monumentally aggressive EBM/techo deviations, were good enough to capture the attention of Will Bankhead's TTT stable, propelling the artist onto a new stage, with a new set of listeners. In fairness, Bankhead has picked some pretty 'out-there' material from Drazic, with the opening "Nang Nubia" being a marvellously twisted whirlpool of techno and metallic power-core, followed by the quirky mechanics of "Goa, Goa, Gone". For the flip, Bogdan delivers "Jack Dat Wabbit", a more bass-heavy stomper with a supremely off-kilter groove under its hood, whereas "Trip This Joint" waves its heavy folds of bass over a broken, disJOINTed medley of beats. Lush. TTT-approved.
Review: "Clear Drive" marks Mix Mup man Lorenz Lindner's first outing on The Trilogy Tapes in nearly four years. Thanks to Will Bankhead's impeccable A&R skills, the showcased material is also some of Lindner's best in years, too. Check first opener "Clear Drive", where melancholic, alien-sounding sustained chords, pulsing sub bass and razor-sharp TB-303 bass stabs cluster around a deliriously snappy drum machine groove. Next doff a cap to the hypnotic, off-kilter techno deepness of "Flair 2", before rushing your way through lo-fi stomper "Pa Toppen", where fizzing rave riffs giddily dance atop spaced-out chords and distorted drums. Should you require a bit of a breather, the beat-free dub techno wooziness of "Clear Dub" should put you straight.
Review: Skip Intro sees Leipzig artist Mix Mup return to The Trilogy Tapes having scored one of the best releases on Will Bankhead's label so far with that KM/MM LP alongside friend and confidant Kassem Mosse. Though closely associated with the Workshop man, Mix Mup has really developed his own style over the course of the past decade of releases and Skip Intro might be his best work yet. His is a subtle touch; see the manner in which Mix Mup teases an Asian melodic refrain out of nowhere to dominate the title track. Both "Sequoflec" and "IE" are the kind of drum tracks you'll hear Ben UFO slip into a set and wonder for ages what they are, whilst the midi sax on "Curtain Scene" makes it sound like a hollowed out remix of Pender Street Steppers jam "Love Theme (Angelo)".
Review: Philadelphia duo _moonraker delivered the excellent Remota Instruere EP on Philadelphia concern Great Circles earlier this year, and they obviously caught the attention of Trilogy Tapes mastermind Will Bankhead, as the Lowjit Vagrants EP marks their debut release for the label. Their highly experimental brand of techno is the kind of thing designed to warp minds and confuse limbs on the dancefloor, with the bitcrushed syncopations of "Oronimbus" offering the most floor-friendly cut here. "Plot Query" sends things even further into space with its 145bpm pace offset by a starry field of sound drifting by. "Cyan Lean" sounds quite literally like moondust falling through the atmosphere, while "Tilt March" sees their sound retreat into a sonic slurry with all the complexity of Actress and Morphosis jamming underwater. Essential wares from TTT once again...
Review: DJ Nobu & NHK yx Koyxen new MTV moniker is something only The Trilogy Tapes could come up with, and it's another fine addition to the label's infamous web blog, which contains all sorts of outlandish sounds from every corner of the globe. "Snow Ball" and "Smart Ball", on the A-side, are two sides of the same coin; the former bleeps placidly to an eerie groove of molecular hypnotics, while the latter enters the rave with a slow yet brutalist assortment of bass bumps. "Smooth Motion" is a fuzzy, imperceptible techno experiment in the same style as Thomas Brinkmann's oddities, and "Look Back Motion" rattles an itchy, acid-driven stomper over a bare-bones groove that has TTT stamped all over it. That artwork, too...
Review: Although Anthony Naples has a long and successful partnership with The Trilogy Tapes, Slice of Life is actually his first outing on the celebrated imprint for two years. Interestingly, it sees him move away from the dusty, off-kilter sound that he's most famous for, towards something altogether cleaner and more melodious. A-side "Lekker" is astonishingly positive, with sparkling electronic lead lines, starry synth solos, and electro polyrhythms all catching the ear. Epic flipside "Momentos Magicos" is almost as unashamedly loved-up. It's a four-to-the-floor roller, propelled forwards by a combination of darting, electrofunk style synth bass, cascading electronics, and cheery melody lines. Like the A-side, it feels pleasingly timeless.
Review: There is certainly a devilish streak to The Trilogy Tapes this year, the label's output redolent of its earlier years when Will Bankhead wilfully put out the oddest tapes amidst mixes from Ben UFO and Kassem Mosse. Following some quite superb records from Accident Du Travail and Carl Gari & Abdullah Miniawy, TTT slip back into the international avant-garde for the Vida LP from Portuguese duo Tropa Macaca. Formed of Andre Abel and Joana da Conceicao, Tropa Macaca are a long-running experimental act who fans of the Software label may remember for the Ectoplasma single a few years ago. Freeform electronic experimentation is the order of the day on Vida, as Abel and da Conceicao burrow deep into the world of texture, tone, timbre and, occasionally, rhythm.