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Monday, 15 October 2012
**Double CD issue of Experimental Products - housed in typically lavish 6-panel hardback gatefold with 12-page booklet. Edition limited to 500 copies** The Vinyl On Demand reissue of Experimental Products' 'Tracks To Glow In The Dark' is one of the label's most popular releases to date. So much so, in fact, that they've succumbed to demand for a CD issue and pressed up a deluxe double disc set containing all twenty two tracks of Hi NRG synth disco. It's a beast!!! The über classic club weapon 'Glowing In The Dark' stars on the first disc along with 'Love Changes' and 'M… Read more
**Double CD issue of Experimental Products - housed in typically lavish 6-panel hardback gatefold with 12-page booklet. Edition limited to 500** Vinyl on Demand present a killer compendium of early synthwave output from Delaware/Philadelphia's Experimental Product. Comprising their 1st, self-released LP - 1982's 'Prototype' - plus bonus tracks, "garage tracks" produced in a spare bedroom, and live recordings from 1983, it's a definitive introduction to one of the synth wave's most cherished duos and has never appeared on CD before (original vinyl copies go for a hefty… Read more
Dan 'Caribou' Snaith's enormously successful house project Daphni deservedly gets its own album across which to express itself. Daphni started out as an excuse to re-edit and beef up afrobeat and outernational obscurities for peaktime DJ use, and that rough 'n ready, functionalist spirit persists here, even on some of the slightly more polished cuts - but it's not just about inserting a 4/4 kick, it's also about unusual textural fusions which happen before your very ears: for instance the zig-zagging, Belgian-style electro synths of 'Yes, I Know' peeling back to reveal salty, funked-up horns and beamin… Read more
Friday, 12 October 2012
Dark and heavy double pack from one of dubstep's biggest new players. Disc 1 comes with the melancholic introduction of 'Eyes Wide Open' featuring Rhianna Kenny, the electro-stung 'step of 'Semtex' and a grimy weapon called 'No Man's Land' with Newham Generals' Footsie on the mic. Disc 2 gets darker on the sub-bombing halfstep wobbler 'Contagion' and the best is saved for last with a murky, stalking halfstep monster called 'Body Heat' and the Icicle-style D&B flex of 'Ironclad'.
Thursday, 04 October 2012
A member of the WEDIDIT collective alongside Shlohmo, Groundislava's shares his California peers' fascination with swung, stuttering 808 percussion and emotive instrumental textures chopped and screwed into abstraction. What makes him stand out is his fascination with, and foregrounding of, the synth: Fairlight epics 'Olympia 2011' and 'TV Dream' (featuring Clive Tanaka) sound like they're auditioning for the soundtrack of Drive 2, while the suitably woozy 'Cider' sounds like a footwork track that's been slowed down and spiked by Boards of Canada at a woodland rave in Scotland (the BoC influence i… Read more
Wednesday, 03 October 2012
'Architecture Of Loss' is the stunning 3rd solo LP release by Icelandic producer, composer, mixer and engineer extraordinaire, Valgeir Sigurdsson. It is the score to a dance piece by celebrated choreographer Stephen Petronio "...about formation and disintegration, the physical manifestations of "losing" and all that implies" and features contributions from Nico Muhly, with live performances by Sigurdsson with longtime collaborators Shahzad Ismaily and Nadia Sirota. As we've come to expect from anything our protagonist is involved with, the execution of production is second to no… Read more
**Deluxe edition: includes 3 extra tracks, housed in a deluxe digipak** 'Biophilia' must be one of this year's most anticipated, and lavish album projects. A number of delays have pushed the release date back, but that was to allow extra input from Leila Arab and Current Value, who join an illustrious production cast including Mark Bell, Matthew Herbert, 16 Bit and El Guincho, plus a full 24-piece Icelandic choir. The results are suitably spectacular, articulating the leading lady's obsessions with virtual reality, physics and nature in ultra-modern and cutting edge fa… Read more
It feels like a long while since we've heard from Ikonika, so it's good to have her back, this time with a hefty six-tracker on her own Hum+Buzz label. The title track is sensational - somewhere between vampy techno, dubstep and low-riding, synthed-out ghetto-tech. It's a slippery one to pin down, and therein lies the appeal. 'Take Pictures' and 'Catch Vibes' continue down a similar route, all squelched out acid lines, 808 pulses, Italian House pianos and lurid video game synth motifs - they're absolutely bloody bonkers, and not entirely coherent, but they really sound like nothing else out t… Read more
Ralph Steinbrüchel returns to Room 40, home of some of his most cherished releases, with "…an album of reduction and transformation". On 'Narrow' he works with a limited palette of delicate yet dense sonic materials to articulate a central idea of static development. The album is dominated by the twenty minute title track, forming a radiant core of phosphorescent subharmonic drone which generates melodic layers that peel off into convective stereo formations, lapping and flowing around a glowing soundsphere with an organic, oceanic quality. The following five tracks seem to temper the resonance of … Read more
*Back in Stock* Some say that Tujiko Noriko is Japan's answer to Bjork - and the comparison is understandable. Noriko has made a career out of working with obscure artists and making the most unusual music, releasing on labels such as Mego and Tomlab, and now the Australian experimental imprint Room40. 'Blurred in my Mirror' is her sixth full length album and takes her sound into glitchier territory thanks to producer and Room40 boss Lawrence English. The collaboration came about after several email conversations, and the two began bouncing tracks back and forth, and is also notable f… Read more
*Back in Stock* Highly respected and hugely influential sound artist Asmus Tietchens (who not so long ago had an article dedicated to his work in the Wire) has been writing music since the 1960s, with his first forays into electronic music appearing on the scene in the 1980s. Z-Menge (Zeta Quantity) is the latest addition to Tietchens' Mengen series, which began life with a triptych of releases on the now deceased legendry Ritornell label. Taking white noise and the sine wave as basis for the tracks (don't run away now, it gets better!) Tietchens' primary strength is his use of space. He is note… Read more
**Limited edition of 500** 'Kippschwingungen' finds Frank Bretschneider returning to a rare and obscure bit of East German electronic equipment with compelling results. In 2007 Frank was invited to compose music for the Subharcord, a unique electronic instrument developed in the 1960's for the creation of "special effects" at the RFZ, the technical centre for radio and television of the East German postal service. Of the eight machines originally made only three survive to this day in Vienna, Trondheim and Berlin, which could be considered as the Soviet counterparts to the Mixturtr… Read more
Tuesday, 02 October 2012
**Edition of 500** Australian sound artist Lawrence English gives a "humble tip of the hat" to John Cage in his centenary year with an elegant eight part suite of resonant ambient drone informed by the master's compositional strategies and wide-reaching practice. The results hew close to English's celebrated catalogue on labels such as his own Room40, Immune, 12k, Touch, but definitely stray into a stranger, dare we say mystical interzone, with particular highlights in the warped, ghoulish movements of 'Naematoloma Sublateritium' and the decayed figure of 'Coprinus Comatus', or t… Read more
*With exclusives from Egyptrixx, Monolake, Martyn, Anstam, Addison Groove and much more* The second bumper collection of bangers from Deutch duo Modeselektor's rapidly expanding Monkeytown imprint. The last comp was a way for the lads to explain exactly where they were heading with the label, where this seems more like a celebration - a kind of "yeah we f*ckin' did it". Dragging in a bunch of their mates to contribute big 'uns in amongst Monkeytown artists like Phon.o, Addison Groove and Mouse on Mars, 'Modelektion Vol.2' is a restless, widescreen representation of the current… Read more
Thursday, 27 September 2012
**White Vinyl** Rocket Girl Records present a reissue of Disaro's first ever vinyl release: White Ring's unavoidably Salem-esque 'Black Earth That Made Me'. As far as Witch House goes, this is surely one of it's finest achievements, but it's so, so hard not to brand it as a Salem rip-off - which isn't actually such a terrible thing; I mean how many groups can claim to be 100% individual and not so much more than the sum of their influences? Less than you'd like to think. So what you do get are drugged yet pointillist 808 snare rolls, lashings of blown-synapse trance synths and unh… Read more
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
*Dusk & Blackdown return with their comeback 12", allegedly featuring production from Burial* Touching tarmac, one of Keysound's most anticipated releases, starring none other than U-kno-who. Apparently the material for 'High Road' was produced some years back, and although it's not actually been made explicit anywhere, it doesn't take a degree in Dubstep to work out who's making a cameo on the title track, a grade A dark garage swinger pivoting off signature woodblocks and blessed with mercurial dynamics that could only be the undertaking of one guy. Further to this, Blackdown reinforces Du… Read more
One-off Japanaese pressing of this limited CD compiling both of Burial's 'Steet Halo' and 'Kindred' EPs, originally produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market. All six tracks in their full length versions, totalling 50 minutes of music not previously available on CD, packaged in full size jewel case with Japanese obi-strip overlay.
Friday, 21 September 2012
Fierce four-way on Martin Clark's Keysound, featuring Walton, Gremino, Visionist and Vibezin. Manchester UKF standard-bearer Walton, on leave from Hyperdub, supplies 'Cool It VIP' - a heavily syncopated but fluid roller driven by gun-clicks and grimey strings straight out of D Malice's 'Gabryelle' refix. Rupi VIP', by Finland's Gremino, begins as a straightforward Pulse X-style grime tribute, all hollowed-out synths and razor-sharp clap formations, but develops into something more complex and weird with the arrival of eerily wafting string-pads and cheap digi… Read more
Thursday, 20 September 2012
After releasing on practically every Dubstep label in the game, Truth drop two halfstep heavyweights on Tempa. 'Last Time' plays out a darkly seductive, highly pressurised jungle vibe hinging on swollen subs and darting breaks under cinematic synth arcs. Working with vocalist Yayne, 'Dreams' comes as close as it gets to Kryptic Minds' hallowed halfstep dramas.
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Back in stock! For his sixth album Tim Hecker sticks to more organic, muted colours. It's a sign of creative maturity and marks a welcome move away from the Fennesz-style layered glitchscapes that have dominated his back-catalogue. It's hard to tell exactly how these drone tapestries are woven together, the granular laptop trickery of old is virtually undetectable and the source instruments detuned and dissolved to the point of blissful obscurity. Opening with the elegiac strains of 'Rainbow Blood', Hecker eases the listener into his melancholy new sound-world before launching into … Read more
Thursday, 13 September 2012
*Finally available on vinyl - a must if you're into Julia Holter, John Maus, Maria Minerva or Peaking Lights* This is the killer debut album of machine made psych-pop by solo San Franciscan Mara Barenbaum. From her way-out-west base she's crafted a striking record, a coolly disciplined blend of plaintive vocals, driving drumbox pulses and flowering synth melody delivered with effortless, detached nonchalance and verve placing her somewhere between Suicide, Julia Holter, John Maus and Peaking Lights. Her distinguished, almost aloof vocals have previously graced records by her home… Read more
Monday, 10 September 2012
Sterling sophomore album from Teengirl Fantasy, confidently shaking off the chillwave tag with a lush, proto-techno-pop-inspired suite for the legendary R&S label. While the haze of their much loved '7AM' album still glows softly in the background, their tastes have evidently matured and diverged on 'Tracer', seeking out more kinetic, body-sensitive strains of house and techno with a wide-eyed new age wonder. They've got some help from talented guests this time, too. Laurel Halo floats free in the sino-synth dream sequence of 'Mist Of Time' and Panda Bear soars over the concatenated dip and chr… Read more
Friday, 07 September 2012
Pure, raw techno worked out on modular kit by Jay Ahern (Add Noise / Aquarhythms / Cheap and Deep) and Morgan Packard. While both sides are demarcated with concentric track rings, they actually play through as extended compositions, luring us into a hypnotic state with rumbling, tightly coiled bass and subtly evolving analogue electronics much in the vein of Ahern's Add Noise output. The session was recorded "in the high desert of the American Southwest. Analog signal processing and mastering by Chris and Tommy at "welcome to 1979.""
Tuesday, 04 September 2012
**Heady early '70s psych-rock, soundtrack symphonics and hallucinogenic prog. Features sleevenotes and appraisal from Andy Votel and Daniel Bird**"As one of the most triumphant and beguiling directorial debut features to emerge from the fruitful Polish New Wave, Andrzej Zulawski's 1971 film Third Part Of The Night not only earned the 30 year old filmmaker a place next to other radical Polish directors such as Polanski, Skolimowski and Has, but also galvanised a creative bond with long running collaborator and composer Andrzej Korzynski, providing fans of foreign abstract/sus… Read more
Monday, 03 September 2012
**Limited edition 3CD set in a vinyl-sized 10"x10" box containing 30 unreleased tracks and 28-page booklet with exclusive notes by Irmin Schmidt and Ian Harrison housed in vintage reel-style box** "The Lost Tapes was curated by Irmin Schmidt and Daniel Miller, compiled by Irmin Schmidt and Jono Podmore, and edited by Jono Podmore. When the legendary Can studio in Weilerswist was sold to the German Rock N Pop Museum, they bought everything, including the army mattresses that covered the walls for sound protection, and relocated it to Gronau. Whilst dismantling the studio, master tap… Read more
Vince Clarke and Martin Gore task Byetone and Mathew Jonson with remix duties on the 2nd EP taken from their 'SSSS' LP. 'Single Blip' is the buff source material, a chunky big room shunter built from puckered bleeps and synapse-sparking electro synths for the dancefloor heroes. Raster Noton's most underrated producer, co-founder and graphic artist, Byetone, offers a stylish Teutonic reduction concentrating on a swinging groove and gripping digital noise textures, while Mathew Jonson is afforded the flipside for a sexier, stealthier version with a longer game plan.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
*Brand new CD repress of these classic 22 recordings of animals, birds and insect life...* Chris Watson's second CD is a dramatic contrast to the spacious atmospheres of "Stepping into the Dark". "Outside the Circle of Fire" features 22 recordings of animals, birds and insect life, recorded close-up with expert precision each sound becomes almost alien. It enlarges our awareness of the sound universe, intimate with voices from the past. There is an intensity here that television pictures cannot conjure.
Friday, 24 August 2012
**Immense collection of exquisite Bollywood horror-funk themes reclaimed by the FK crew - hugely recommended!** After what seems like a thousand years of blood, sweat, tears, and a lot more blood, your zombified disc disciples at Finders Keepers unveil one of their most essential collections yet. This musical mausoleum of malformed freak funk and dreadful discothèque pop has been resurrected from the maligned cinematic subculture of Bombay's bloodthirsty horror film industry and witnesses the cognoscenti of the Bollywood pop scene at their most creative, destructive an exper… Read more
Bold and quite brilliant debut album from Bristol's Hyetal. Following largely unmissable collaborations with Peverelist and Shortstuff for Punch Drunk and a handful of unique 12"s, 'Broadcast' pushes the parameters of dubstep to immerse in vivid VHS soundscapes equally inspired by the ebullient Midi-funk of Games, the tension of John Carpenter soundtracks and the blazing-heart pop of Prince. While the Purple influence has always been explicit in his twitchy, Linn-like drum sounds, it's the inspiration he draws from the others, in lieu of typical 'step memes, that makes this album an immense and quite … Read more
Finders Keepers return with another expertly sequenced compilation, this time taking a closer look at legendary Spanish imprint 'Belter' who have now been around for fifty years. Featuring rare tracks from the likes of Soledad Miranda ('Vampyros Lesbos'), Los Mismos and Fusioon, plus bizarre versions of tracks written by Curved Air, David Bowie, Quincy Jones, Wayne Fontana and Yamasuki, its another one of those precious releases that sounds like some kind of mixtape put together by someone with exquisite taste in killer, largely unknown music - which is more or less exactly wh… Read more