Music: Sound Sonar – Our guide to This Week’s Best Releases

The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight delivers another bounty from Monday 13th onwards, featuring NKN Nightshift, Fear-E and London Modular. Continue reading “Music: Sound Sonar – Our guide to This Week’s Best Releases”

Music: Sound Sonar – Our Guide to this Week’s Best Releases

The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight recommends his favourite releases for the week commencing January 6th, featuring T.Jacques, Raz & Alfa, and Taro Division.


The second in our new features, the Sound Sonar aims to bring you a selection of our favourite releases for the week ahead. Singles, EPs, albums – all are fair game, and we’ll be including the best in non-commercial electronic music, hopefully covering as much of the gamut in the process.

This week, we have three singles, all differing wildly in style. House, Afro-house, and techno are all covered as we travel across the spectrum of electronic music. Take a listen to the tracks, below.

T. Jacques – Les Bois (Tessellate)

Picking up the tech-house mantle (in its original Plink Plonk et al sense), T.Jacques hits the Tessellate imprint with two original tracks and three solid remixes.

Les Bois commences proceedings with its skittering percs and iconic acid squiggles that dominate the bassline. The second track, Katsu, comes in with a sweet breakbeat and low-key organ stabs, before a delightful 303 enters the fray to dominate the bottom end.

Samo offer the first remix of Le Bois, injecting a housier vibe into the track, complete with swirling pads and thoroughly danceable bass affectations. Ed Herbst is up next, sticking with the house slant while taking things down a deeper pathway. Tape Fear stamps a dubby, club trax style onto Les Bois, giving the track a distinctly different feel.

T. Jacques Les Bois was released via Tessellate on January 6th. Grab a copy here.

Raz & Alfa – No Touch (Beating Heart)

Bassically‘s Raz Olsher and Ghana’s Alfa Sackey join forces with monumental effect, as they drop neatly into the Beating Heart fold with their glorious Afro-house jam, No Touch.

Alfa provides the organic percussion and vocals on the track, which are backed up by a contagiously grooved-out bassline boasting a depth rivaled by Ghana’s Lake Bosumtwi.

Africa’s rich musical heritage courses through the track’s veins as we are taken on a blissful journey across the continent. This is a unique example of the Afro-house sound that perfectly brings together man and machine to deliver a triumphant single.

Raz & Alfa  No Touch is released by Beating Heart on January 10th.

Taro Division – Sunglasses Indoors Like Vinny D (Taro Records)

My personal favourite this week comes from Portsmouth-based Taro Records’ founder Elliot Cronin AKA Taro Division. He runs the label alongside Aaron Udy, and the two also perform live and produce together under the Syrette moniker.

The curiously titled Sunglasses Indoors Like Vinny D, comes at you swinging its fists full pelt into the sides of your face. The track is the perfect amalgamation of industrial techno‘s gritty machinations and hardcore rave‘s past and present production sensibilities to deliver a track to send heads tumbling all over the dance floor.

Taro Division marries these styles deftly from the off. Scythe-like industrial synths open the track before a militaristic tom heralds the arrival of those kicks. Almighty though it is, the bottom-end percussion never detracts from or overpowers the other elements of the track.

With a dose of acid dropped into the mix for good measure, Sunglasses Indoors Like Vinny D makes for some serious warehouse fodder. Think the bastard lovechild of Beltram and Lenny Dee and you’re in the same ball park.

Find Taro Division Sunglasses Indoors Like Vinny D, here. You can pay what you like, but we suggest recognising the artist with at least a small donation for delivering us a blistering track.

Premiere: Petwo Evans – Petrax 03 // Club Music

Petwo Evans head to Petrax next with with a triple header of bludgeoning club music, Petrax 3. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight takes a listen to the latest from the doom-laden duo. Continue reading “Premiere: Petwo Evans – Petrax 03 // Club Music”

Review: Cromby – Cruising/Gigolo (Unknown to the Unknown) // House

Cromby makes a return to the iconic UTTU imprint with his latest twin-pack; Cruising/GigoloThe Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight takes a listen to two energetic house trax. Continue reading “Review: Cromby – Cruising/Gigolo (Unknown to the Unknown) // House”

Review: Various Artists – ARG 104 (Alumni Records Glasgow) // House

Alumni Records returns with their latest EP featuring four tracks from DJ Oakland, Lifecoach, Drew Miller and Meraki. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight takes a listen to a quartet of delectable cuts ranging from electronica to house. Continue reading “Review: Various Artists – ARG 104 (Alumni Records Glasgow) // House”

Secret Weapons: Slam

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This week, our Secret Weapons playlist comes from Scottish techno stalwarts and SOMA Records founders Slam, ahead of their Pressure party. The Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight takes a look at what the duo’s devastating arsenal looks like… Continue reading “Secret Weapons: Slam”

Preview: Makaton – Lustrate

Birmingham’s Makaton drops a brand new release on his Rodz Konez imprint; Lustrate. The Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight enjoys three accomplished tracks from the techno stalwart. Continue reading “Preview: Makaton – Lustrate”

Event: 909 Presents Jeff Mills & Andrew Weatherall, Invisible Wind Factory

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As the dust settles on 909’s birthday celebrations, The Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight reflects on an outstanding party with two masters of modern electronic music. Continue reading “Event: 909 Presents Jeff Mills & Andrew Weatherall, Invisible Wind Factory”

Review: Mars89 – TX55/Successor Project

Mars89 opens Amy Becker’s Acrylic Records with a heavy two-pack that spans across multiple genres. The Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight takes a listen to two solid cuts from the Tokyo producer. Continue reading “Review: Mars89 – TX55/Successor Project”