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Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Following the almost unanimous praise for their previous studio masterpiece, Moritz Von Oswald (Maurizio/Rhythm & Sound), Max Loderbauer (Nsi./Sun Electric) and Sasu Ripatti (Vladislav Delay) present 'Horizontal Structures', the jazz-suave and rolling x-axis to the kosmische y of 'Vertical Ascent'. The curve of their projections becomes more complex with the addition of Paul St. Hilaire (aka Tikiman) on guitar and ECM artist, Marc Muellbauer's double bass infusing deeply instinctive jazz moves into the cats-cradle of organ, percussion and electronics. There's a more leveled… Read more
Monday, 19 December 2011
Dramatic Texan Italo ace from horror/synth obsessive, Xander Harris. His first 100% Silk entry distills the sexier, dancefloor-dedicated disco strains of his 'Urban Gothic' LP to sound like some freshly discovered bottle of coagulated, '86 vintage vino. 'I Want More Than Just Blood (High Heels Remix)' is ten minutes of steely synth gaze and adrenalising arpeggios with dripping, carmine coloured melodic trickles and futuro trance washes. 'Necronomiconjure' is more nuanced, reserved techno pulses outrun by a surge of beaming synth positrons next to the beautifully resolved end sequence of 'Martian Fever'.
Finally available on vinyl...."Precisely four decades since the original release of the 1971 LP Histoire De Melody Nelson, Serge Gainsbourg's most celebrated composer, arranger and composer Jean-Claude Vannier now returns to the same artistic territory that has since come to represent his most iconic period and continually inspire almost five generations of experimental rock luminaries. Respected throughout France as a long running singer-songwriter and experimental composer in his own right it has taken this inclusive forty year period for his music to travel beyond his central … Read more
Thursday, 15 December 2011
NNF's latest pick-up is Xander Harris, a classically trained "keyboard-creep" with a slick line in synthesized horror redolent of Umberto's uncanny couplet of LPs. However, Xander's vision is focussed slightly further down the time scale, taking cues from John Carpenter, the futurist gaze of Chicago/Italo and sounds from the cusp of Kosmische/New Age. But those are just aesthetic differences, and the magic really lies in a shared mastery of engrossing, evocative narratives, from the track titles to the shadowy arrangements and the distinct mood they make. The more percussive, driven dance … Read more
**2010 Edition on Erased Tapes** After last week's amazing (and highly limited) Wintermusik disc for the Sonic Pieces label, Nils Frahm returns with a new album of solo piano improvisations. The Bells was co-produced with Peter Broderick, who wrote the liner notes for this release and sat in on the recordings, directing Frahm's playing with instructions and the imposition of certain rules and conditions. Broderick would say things like "Make a song that you could imagine me rapping over the top of" and even go so far as to lay himself on top of the piano strings and command: … Read more
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
*Remarkable film - the official record of Captain Scott's legendary expedition to the South Pole restored by the BFI* "A hundred years ago the British Antarctic Expedition led by Captain Scott set out on its ill-fated race to the South Pole. Joining Scott on board the Terra Nova was official photographer and cinematographer Herbert Ponting, and the images that he captured have fired imaginations ever since. Ponting filmed almost every aspect of the expedition: the scientific work, life in camp and the local wildlife - including the characterful Adélie penguins. Those things he … Read more
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
*Seven track LP version cut at 45rpm, one track per side* Deep, dramatic, abstracted D&B from Exit's most esoteric operator, Consequence. 'Test Dream' is an advanced follow-up to the Burial-esque scapes of his 2009 debut, 'Live For Never', scanning Sci-fi inspired minimal D&B topographies with a filigree attention to detail. Ultimately, it's not the kind of D&B that'll have you firing shots in the ceiling; its strengths lie in the vivid evocation of dystopian futures and plugged-in, cyber-surreal dream states, conducted with the ability to suspend disbelief and submerge the willing particip… Read more
Julianna Barwick's 2009 record 'Florine' launched her into an unprecedented cacophony of applause. The Brooklyn-via-Louisiana artist's understated vocal drones may not seem like an obvious frontrunner for indie success, but with Pitchfork singing the record's praises the groundswell of support was unmistakably positive. 'The Magic Place' cements this legacy, and now signed to Asthmatic Kitty, she seems perfectly poised to take her sound even further into the wide world of leftfield pop. I say pop because the songs on here are indeed songs in the classic sense, but like Grouper before h… Read more
Massively anticipated new 12" from Ramadanman landing on the consistently ace Applepips label and backed with an awesome dub techno rerub from Sven Weisemann remix. Ramadanman aka David Kennedy is a member of a small core of artists in the dubstep arena who can be relied upon to exert stringent quality control with their output. His productions have trickled out over the last three years with a clear streak of progressive talent and a keening sense of rhythmic structures increasing in quality and value throughout, resulting in one of his most anticpated tracks on 'Humber'. This is a … Read more
Following that killer Teeth 12", Oneman's 502 imprint looks to Finland again with this collaboration between the new skool bass vanguard, Desto and Clouds, and Sahko's electro-jazz veteran, Jimi Tenor. Both tracks were recorded in Shanghai earlier this year, with A-side featuring Kode 9-collaborator Cha Cha gliding over the woozy trip-hop slumper 'Time Bird', while the flipside serves the fluid, sino-stepping electro of 'Eightfold Path' from Jimi Tenor and Desto, sounding like some '06 dub cut from a mythical Kode 9 radio set. Heavy.
**Utterly mindblowing compendium of albums, rarities and archival recordings from one of the most compelling characters to have emerged from the 1980's cassette/wave/underground, made in an individually numbered edition of 600 copies for the world including a certificate of ownership and individual sleeves housed inside a deluxe, embossed canvas box** After blowing us away with that gargantuan box of Geman Punk & Wave, Vinyl on Demand return to present one the year's most anticipated archival issues - a comprehensive collection of material by seminal NYC-based minimal synth mistress Tara Cross, … Read more
*Deluxe 2CD Gatefold Digipak* 'Live At The South Bank' is the fifth and final release documenting one of the most thrilling partnerships in modern Jazz improvisation. Joined by Norwegian power-saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) and Steve Reid open an all-consuming vortex of anarchic Free Jazz, high velocity Krautrock and Electronic psychedelia over two discs, recorded in concert on 20th June 2009 in the foyer of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London's South Bank Centre, as part of the Meltdown festival curated by Ornette Coleman. For the f… Read more
Monday, 12 December 2011
**Triple CD digipak edition** "In the late 1920's and early 1930's, the Depression gripped the Nation. It was a time when songs were tools for living. A whole community would turn out to mourn the loss of a member and to sow their songs like seeds. This collection is a wild garden grown from those seeds." - Tom Waits Songs of death, destruction and disaster, recorded by black and white performers from the dawn of American roots recording are here, assembled together for the first time. Whether they document world-shattering events lik… Read more
Friday, 09 December 2011
*Swit swoo - flash new foil-embossed disco bag from the mighty 100% silk!* 100% take it down town with four tracks of flaunting, French-style filter House from Jason Letkiewicz (Steve Summers/Innergaze). The mid-90s spirit of Thomas Bangaltar, Dimitri From Paris or DJ Sneak is crossed with the raw EQ'ing of Jamal Moss' Members Only series for a proper knob-tweaking session bound to have mascara dripping and chest hairs glistening. A-side 'Broken Anthem' and 'Run For Cover' are boundless energy boosters, looping and bucking with a near-psychedelic delirium, whereas the the flipside 'Sunsets' a… Read more
**Hugely anticipated collection of extraordinary Pakistani film music. Bursting with excitable indigenous percussion, crazy synth fills, exotic vocals and dazzling arrangements made to own the dancefloor!** "Once again, Finders Keepers Record is given unparalleled access to the EMI Pakistan vaults to bring you Life Is Dance - the follow-up to 2010's critically acclaimed groundbreaking Lollywood cinematic pop compendium The Sound Of Wonder! Here you'll find fuzzy, scuzzy, twang-happy, spaced-out and funked up Urdu-grooves complete with harmonium melodies and driven by some of the m… Read more
Thursday, 08 December 2011
*Embossed 6-panel gatefold digicase* R&S restart their legendary 'In Order To Dance' compilation series with a 22-track overview of their current roster; a UK Bass-centric selection including Pariah, Lone, James Blake, Space Dimension Controller, Vondelpark, Bullion, Blawan and more, with an exclusive Oneohtrix remix to boot! Since remerging with the scene in a big way around 2009, R&S tastes have clearly tended towards the UK underground, largely sidestepping more linear 4/4 House and Techno for music with pop, bump, grind and soul, all within neatly defined electronic parameters. The highlights ar… Read more
Strut Records' crucial compendium of Factory's lesser-known, deadly dancefloor killers trustingly collected by the legendary Bill Brewster - 24 in total spanning definitive early-mid '80s music by Section 25, The Durutti Column, Marcel King, Quando Quango, Biting Tongues and many more. They span the nascent years of the influential Manchester label, charting the double refraction of cutting-edge dancefloor ideas between Cottonopolis and New York which followed the flight paths of New Order, Section 25 and A Certain Ratio during their early '80s heyday. … Read more
Tuesday, 06 December 2011
Sully and Distal deliver exceptional reworks for the consistently ace 2nd Drop crew. A-side Atlanta's Distal takes Gerry Read's crafty shake-down 'Roomland' and transforms it into a hyperactive Footwork ace, flushing out any politeness with rampant drum edits and a hardcore attitude. Flipside, in the hands of Sully, 23Hz and Numaestro's 'Zumo' becomes a fluidly robotic 2-stepper, all hydro bass licks and body rollin' syncopation from the top pocket. Deadly plate, we tell ya!
Project Squared draw a dub-house axis between Bristol and Manchester with four untitled cuts from two respected producers. Manchester's Tom Dicicco drops two contrasting grooves; one a driving 'floor mover with a powerful Chicago-meets-Berlin engine, and the other a heads-down basement groove. Kowton's offerings are slightly slower, more sensuous. There's a tucked-up and bumpy swinger with strong shades of kindred spirit Kassem Mosse, and another more submerged, menacingly noirish prowler.
Kevin Martin (a.k.a The Bug) cherry-picks the first of two volumes comprising cutting-edge electronic riddims from the likes of Diplo, Harmonic 313, and the Bug himself, plus radical Digi-Dancehall innovations from a posse including Lenky, Steely and Clevie, Dave Kelly and many more. The hardcore pickers will no doubt know many of these tracks, but the blend of outside producers and straight-up Dancehall may not be familiar to all. On the authentically JA side, we've got some total heavyweights such as Steely & Clevie's 'Streetsweeper', Ward 21… Read more
"From 1958 to 1993, Thomas and Louise Boddie's industrious Boddie Recording Company issued nearly 300 albums and 45s, recorded 10,000 hours of tape, and remained in operation longer than any other studio, pressing plant, or label group in the history of Cleveland. Long forgotten even by the standards of the chronically overlooked northeastern Ohio music scene, Boddie was a fusion of its owner's engineering genius and his limited economic means; its DIY recording studio housed in a humble barn, churned night and day to capture the sounds emanating from Clevel… Read more
For D'n'B in 2009 we can't imagine it getting much tighter, heavier or effective than this plate from Instra:mental. Launched from D-Bridge's Exit Recordings imprint, the latest twelve features two versions of 'Thugtronik', one bristling with a concentrated tech-steppers energy coming from twisting drums edits and an almighty muthafu**er of a bassline giving some concession to the less hardy with slight moody melodic arrangements. But flip over for the properly ruff version, allowing ghoulish synthlines to roam free over a rebooted riddim making the bassline even more intense and generally c… Read more
Monday, 05 December 2011
UK Funky's foremost architect drops his most substantial release to date, the crucial 'Patience EP' via Good Years. Since dropping his definitive 'Funky Flex' 12" in 2008 and the successive 'Pulse vs Flex' and 'Seasons' in 2009, Lil Silva has played it very cool with only a select handful of highly considered killers on Night Slugs besides some higher profile remix work for Mark Ronson and on Fugitive's 'Bad Girls'. His first drop of 2011 is stupendously heavy. From the cold, martial snare cracks and demented samples of 'Patience', to the overwhelmingly subbass pressure of 'Cheese And Bun',… Read more
"For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG's first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit 'baked tape' digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. Vinyl - The newly cut 180-gram vinyl editions include painstakingly restored cover artworks, using original source material from the Industrial Re… Read more
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
'Cool Water' is Maxmillion Dunbar's debut album, and one of the best records Ramp have released this year. It follows two teasing 12"s which established Dunbar's brand of screwed Boogie and slow disco dreams within the orbits of neon '80s revisionism and something slightly more psyched and avant, at once within the scene, and just outside out of it. The trippily smudged 'Girls Dream' is just one highlight among many here, embedded in a set of complementary drum machine workouts weaved with hazy samples and studied synth washes. 'Pretty Please' sets the agenda with heavyweight '80s R'n'B … Read more
Platoon marks the welcome return of Portland-dwelling psych explorers Magic Lantern, a band who count Sun Araw's Cameron Stallones amongst their number. Recorded and mixed by Best Coast member and Pocahaunted collaborator, Bobb Bruno, Platoon perfectly captures this band's distinctive approach to experimental, lo-fi rock, hurtling through exotic, dusty sounding organ passages and ravaged wah-wah sequences. The stoner-dub grooves of 'Moon Lagoon Platoon' provide an early highlight, while the astral funk of 'On The Dime' latches onto a memorable, organ-fuelled swagger and 'Friendship' goes all ou… Read more
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Hi-Tech D&B superstructures from ASC. 'Time Is Now' caps a prolific, golden year for the San Diego-based engineer/producer with three tensile feats of programming dexterity. Frontside comes with the mercurial syncopation of the title track, all whirring, hyperkinetic rhythms anchored by cone-splitting bass weight, next to the somersaulting acrobatics of 'Make Me Feel'. Flipside he's still keeping a steely eye on the 'floor with the harnessed rollidge of 'Dark Star' before sounding out two beatless electro-acoustic sculptures.
Friday, 25 November 2011
Goth-Trad lays out the finest record in his estimable catalogue, versioning Pamidoo's nutty 'Sythesizer Voice' for the Greensleeves Dubstep remix series. There's no testing this plate, it's an out-and-out weapon. The A-side welds Denzil Palmer's larynx-wrecking vocal to ricocheting snare strikes and galloping steppers rhythms, while the B-side meshes the vocal inna dance-punishing matrix of metallic delays, sirens and broader-than-broadway bass. An absolute essential for any self-respecting Dubstep head.
Thursday, 24 November 2011
*2011 Remastered reissue - includes a bonus disc plus 2 previously unreleased mixes from the 80s'* "For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG's first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit 'baked tape' digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. Vinyl - The newly cut 180-gram vinyl editions include pains… Read more