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Demdike Stare, Testpressing #001/#002

For the Testpressing series, Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker strip away the ornate art that long accompanied their releases to reveal equally raw tracks with no end point in sight.

Andy Stott, Luxury Problems

Andy Stott’s Luxury Problems is the work of a producer who seeking to discover what forms his now-signature sound can mutate into.

Demdike Stare, Elemental

Demdike Stare’s 4XLP package Elemental is a considerable investment, but one that generously repays the time and money spent enjoying it.

G.H., Ground EP

G.H.’s Ground EP is an aural gumbo of giddy and seductive complexity; warm, haunting and highly unlikely to be served by any other label.

Andy Stott, We Stay Together

A companion record to May’s Passed Me By, We Stay Together finds Andy Stott further plumbing the sludgy depths of its predecessor.

Miles, Facets

Miles Whittaker’s latest, Facets, for long time home Modern Love, is tellingly published under his own name and represents some of the most personal music he has made.

Andy Stott, Passed Me By

Andy Stott’s Passed Me By might be dance music shaved down to within an inch of its life, but it’s an inch far too tantalizing to be left for dead.

Demdike Stare, Liberation Through Hearing

Leaving behind the techno found in last year’s Symbiosis, Demdike Stare’s planned 2010 run of three LPs — of which Liberation Through Hearing is the second — is more abstract and soaked in gallons of dread.

Deepchord presents Echospace, Liumin

If you think you’ve heard everything that the dub techno genre could possibly throw at you, Liumin, the second album from Deepchord presents Echospace, will prove you ain’t heard nothing yet.

Claro Intelecto, New Life

Out of his comfort zone but totally unfazed by his surroundingsNew Life marks a new beginning for Claro Intelecto.

Andy Stott, Tell Me Anything/Love Nothing

Andy Stott’s latest release gets fathoms deep in the feeling with two horizontal pieces of house for slate grey days and heavy-hearted catharsis.

MLZ, One Cycle

2009 must have flown by in a blur for Miles Whittaker. When he wasn’t invoking the spirits of local witches and making painstakingly pieced together but chilling soundtracks with Sean Canty as Demdike Stare — Symbiosis was a slow burning album highlight of the past 12 months — he was attempting to and largely succeeding in reuniting techno with the analogue grit it so patently lacks together with Gary Howell under his other witchcraft-inspired project, Pendle Coven (the evocative, sometimes menacing swagger of the duo’s Self-Assessment album should also feature prominently in any discerning “best of” list next month). In between all this group activity, Miles found the time to fly solo as MLZ to deliver a storming, spiraling acid take on Peter Van Hoesen’s “Attribute One,” and now “One Cycle.”

Andy Stott, Night Jewel

Modern Love have made a huge impact in 2009; the past few months alone have seen crucial releases by Claro Intelecto, MLZ and Demdike Stare. Now it’s label staple Andy Stott’s turn as he returns with only his second release this year, and it’s one that’s been well worth waiting for. Where Stott’s “Brief Encounter/Drippin” twelve he dropped earlier in the year pandered to his late night deep techno and dubstep sides, the single sided “Night Jewel” finds Stott in a much more lively state of mind, ready for some serious sneaker squeaking.

Artist Unknown, Hate 5

Finally, some light relief amid the furrowed-brow seriousness that’s all too prevalent in electronic music. The fifth release on the Modern Love-affiliated, rave/hardcore-inspired Hate label sees yet another unknown artist inject some humour into their work. Sampling Simon & Garfunkel singing the line “Hello farkness my old friend” from “The Sound of Silence,” she/he then loops the word “darkness” and splices it up with a standard amen break, a cartoonish hoover bass and some bleak chords. Like the scene and the music it so clearly apes, it’s daft and utterly disposable, yet infinitely more entertaining than much of what passes for cerebral techno or house in 2009.

Move D, Drone

[Modern Love] It’s hard not to hear Move D’s tracks as essentially calm. Consider this: “Quit Quittin’” is one of his most jacking recent songs, plush with arpeggiated trickles and acid stabs (not to mention the shrill of “oh YEAH”), but Move D stabilized the whole thing with a gentle analog suspire. The calmness, a […]

Claro Intelecto, Metanarrative

[Modern Love] One characteristic of Claro Intelecto’s music I admire most is its immediacy and visceral structure. You’ll never need a music composition degree to untangle vast webs of overly complicated arrangements to find something to connect with. Starting with his 2004 Neurofibre album for Ai Records, Intelecto (aka Mark Stewart) put forth tunes whose […]

Talking Shop with Modern Love

Welcome to the third edition of our series of short interviews affectionately titled Talking Shop. The majority of media and fan attention gets showered on the artists who create the music we love to listen to/DJ with/dance to, and for good reasons. But without the hard work, keen ears and business savvy of label staff, […]