In nautical terms, a “beat to quarters” was a loud drum pattern designed to signal a ship’s crew to prepare for battle. Given the historical background, this new EP from Jeff Derringer is a suitably brutal affair.
On Ambiq, Max Lodebauer collaborates with Swiss clarinet virtuoso Claudio Puntin and drummer Samuel Rohrer for an LP of low-lit grooves and ominous ambience that combines live instrumentation and warm desk work to great effect.
Broken English Club is the new moniker of UK techno veteran Oliver Ho, and this record sees him experimenting with a blank stared, pin-point focused electronic palate that betrays no-wave/post-punk influences.
The the four tracks on The Hollow Organ areexpansive in their use of found sound, knackered electronics, and strange acoustics to plow dead-eyed territory: negative energies clacking through hidden pipes.
Moving on from the languid house tapestry of his Workshop 12″, Ital weaves two tracks for his own Lovers Rock imprint that extend their predecessor’s opulent wooze with a noticeably brusque physicality.