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Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Over the last 2 years Rene Hell has emerged as one of the most distinctive characters from a wave of neo-Kosmische and synth noise operators. Since his debut album for Type, 'Porcelain Opera', his restless talent has been diverted into cassettes for Night People and Agents Of Chaos, a brilliant 7" track for Kraak and sterling collaborations with Daren Ho's Driphouse as Cuticle and Mandelbrot & Skyy, all displaying an artist confidently in his creative stride. 'The Terminal Symphony' is a bold evolution of his sound, reframing analogue synth and drum machine experiments with a more conci… Read more
The newest addition to the Type roster is one Rene Hell, a cult underground noisenik better known as Jeff Witscher. His numerous releases and pseudonyms for labels including Arbor, Not Not Fun and Chronditic Sound (among a tonne of others) have given space for his untamed imagination to roam various disparate styles and ideas. For Rene Hell Witscher sort of places himself alongside Emeralds or Oneohtrix Point Never with alter-dimensional synth trips referencing classic kosmiche, but with the lustre of nostalgia picked away to reveal a decidedly modern grasp of electronic psychedelia. Much lik… Read more
From Matthew Woodson's linocut cover art through to the macabre liner notes detailing a doomed nautical excursion, Xela's new album 'The Dead Sea' brings with it a pervading sense of unease before it even gets near your ears... Released on his own Type imprint, 'The Dead Sea' sees John Twells (aka Xela) eschewing the electronic overtones of his early work in favour of a thickly evolved palate of sound that references the likes of Goblin and Wolf Eyes, whilst retaining a mischievous heart that thrives on its skin-crawling rhythm. With a tacit nod to the soundtrack flavour of Dario Argento, Lucio Fulc… Read more
**Marvellous concept album commenting on and commemorating the Pendle Witch trials of 1612 in the midst of undue patriotism in the jubilee year. Features the unmistakably Lancastrian enunciation of actress Maxine Peak** "1612 Underture is a 12 chapter sound poem based of the mistreatment and memory of the Pendle Witches who were executed in Lancashire, England, on 20 August 1612; Elizabeth Device, James Device, Alizon Device, Anne Whittle (aka Chattox), Anne Redferne. Jane Bulcock, John Bulcock, Alice Nutter, Katherine Hewitt and Jennet Preston, as well as the accused Alice … Read more
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Flash-as-f**k debut from London duo, Kodiak, with added remix weight from Actress and Girl Unit! 'Spreo Superbus' is a startling entrance from these guys, surfing mercurial synth dissonance over body-buffeting funky drums with a deadly, teasing sense of delayed gratification guaranteed to get 'em dripping neon sweat in the club. In typically contrary style, Actress flips the the cut as a slow, burned-out electro-soul groove blushing romantic chords and stray FM noise with a final, dirty turn of phrase, leaving Girl Unit to ignite the dance with one of his fibrillating Bass specials. That Actress remix is so, soooo, good!!!
"Fire Records bring together some of Mission of Burma's best loved tracks in a 2CD deluxe comp Learn How: The Essential Mission of Burma, that will herald the label's reissue series of all of the band's output as well as serving as an introduction to the band for the uninitiated. Jumping out of the starting gate with their most explosive and beloved track "Academy Fight Song" and moving chronologically through their back catalogue, the 2 disc package focuses on their early career on disc 1 and moves on to their triumphant comeback after a twenty-two year hiatus… Read more
The man jointly responsible for the Buddha Machine steps forth with a debut solo album exploring the space between ambient and neo-classical musics. Christian was born in Hong Kong, schooled and classically trained in South China and resides in Beijing, where he founded one of China's pioneering noise acts, FM3. 'Fistful Of Buddha' draws upon this experience and a worldly knowledge of outré sonics to meld Eastern and Western instrumentation with a contemplative sophistication. Slow moving repetition and incremental evolution is key to his sound here, opening expansive spaces where w… Read more
**Limited edition white wax** Jimmy Edgar and Ian O'Donovan serve remixes of Triumph's saxtastic, Laurent Garnier-favoured 'Discover'. Jimmy Edgar gives up a slinkily effective and swinging house mix, shredding the sax bleats in a stereo-strafing whorl over tight and punchy drums. O'Donovan's mix is epic, rebuilding a soaring groove for Valldeneu's red-faced parps.
Monday, 21 January 2013
A very fine double-disc reissue of Gonzales' much beloved 2004 album Solo Piano, bolstering the original audio disc with a healthy supply of video content. The DVD's main feature, Major To Minor is a piano lesson played out as a comedic variety show, including contributions from Feist and, allegedly, someone from Daft Punk in robot guise. If Solo Piano captures Gonzales at his finest as a musician, then perhaps this document finds him at his best as a performer. In this context, all the jokey, over-the-top energy that manifests itself on his non-Solo Piano recordings finds its nat… Read more
Friday, 18 January 2013
A couple of months back 12k gave us a preview of this album via the single release of 'Hikari No Hana'. The version of the song that appears on this album is a different mix, side-stepping the single release's skipping electronic beats in favour of more plainly articulated acoustic material. For the most part however, this Japanese duo thrive in an electrified soundworld, concocting such fluttering J-pop delights as 'Life', which combines filtered synths with worn-out drum machines for a muted, more organic feel than the kind of material Taylor Deupree released via his old Happy sub-label, or th… Read more
Having broken away from the droves of drone artists out there with 2009's excellent Aix album, Giuseppe Ielasi established a very different vocabulary that he put to good use in the earlier part of his career. Like so many of his contemporaries, Ielasi once specialised in microsound-style soundscapes and guitar processing, but with Aix he shifted into a more rhythmic mindset, making beats from location-recorded objects and materials. 'Tools' continues under the same impetus, this time creating a set of percussive tracks from a number of household items. 'Rubber Band' sounds like a tabla-driven… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** "Soundway present a slice of raw Trinidad carnival roots with a progressive twist, courtesy of one of the islands most original and forward thinking musical minds of the post war period. On the flip highlife-techno pioneer DrumTalk morphs it into a dark and twisted electro-tropical groove dripping with rolling distorted synth-lines and filtered vocals..."
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
**Now available on double vinyl housed in tip-on style gatefold jacket!** Latest in the Sun City Girls’ acclaimed, inspiring Sublime Frequencies series. Molam is a multi-faceted folk music native to laos and the predominantly rural northeastern region of thailand known as Isan - home to myriad ethnic groups and provinces, and once a part of present-day laos. ‘Mo’ meaning 'master' and ‘Lam’ meaning 'song', Molam literally translates into 'master singer', but it remains more of an umbrella term covering over a dozen types of Lam styles in which male… Read more
Monday, 14 January 2013
Matthew Dear is back and by the sounds of it on form yet again following the success of 2010's 'Black City'. To move forward, he's looked back and imbued his productions with the classic grit of early house and funk. It's almost like he's spent the last few years with his head in Theo Parrish's enviable record collection and then popped to the studio and recorded a pop album with the knowledge. It works for him too, and whether he's laying his slippery vocals over dusted 4/4s or doing something more sultry and instrumental there's a sense of knowledge and expertise in his craft.
Friday, 11 January 2013
What. The. F**k. Is. This?! Rwina really take it out there with the first 12" by yung Dutchman Jameszoo, purveyor of the strangest bass music we've heard in 2012. Combining dance-floor strength trap beats with flurries of exotic percussion, searing bubblers' synths and all manner of wrong-speed vocal inserts, his 'Faaveelaa' session is ludicrously colourful, unhinged and masses of fun. 'I You Cherrypearl' tango slaps us from the leftside with a dutty downslow swagger twisted with squawking synth rubs next to the 'MRM AID S' which sounds like Kraftwerk, Bruce Haack and Luke Vibert pissed on ferm… Read more
Monday, 07 January 2013
Two years since he helped establish the Tri Angle sound with that arresting eponymous debut, oOoOO returns to the label with his second single proper. Still obsessed with R&B rhythms and wistful Pop, on 'Our Loving Is Hurting Us' he's also joined by Berlin-based vocalist Butterclock to accentuate his forlorn sound. Whether it's lovesick emotion or narcotic overload, we're not sure what's burdened his heart, but it makes for a wickedly nervy listen. Best comes first, with the blank-eyed, hollow swagger of 'TryTry' and its disquieting, strafing vocal cadences arranged into maudlin chorales… Read more
**White vinyl with printed 10" insert and individually numbered sleeve** Another genuinely outstanding 10" from Downwards, introducing Houston's Pink Playground to their ranks. After a super limited 7" for Zoo Music and ahead of a debut LP for Mexican Summer, they give two tracks of classic referencing and utterly spellbinding shoegaze. A-side 'Ten' has a beautiful balance of repressed aggression seething up from the compressed but possessed drums but the foreground and misty middle distance are smudged with wordless, wraithlike vocals and blistering guitars medicated to dizzying eff… Read more
The hugely anticipated album from Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Factory's Floor Nik Void finally arrives on Mute, and we're pleased to report it's even more than the sum of its parts, a really impressive record indeed. Void coaxes out of Chris & Cosey some of the most aggressive, motorik tendencies they've ever displayed outside of Throbbing Gristle across the four long pieces featured here, taken from a special live performance the trio gave as part of Short Circuit's Mute festival at London's Roundhouse last year. Whether or not you were present at the massively oversubscribed show… Read more
Friday, 04 January 2013
Sweetly squashed and debonaire slow-house from Paul Cottam backed with a fine Cosmin TRG remix. A-side we get a strong fix of Cottam magic in the effortless roll of 'Relapse' and its wonderfully ascending drum trills gilded by the lushest synth pads, while flipside he gives a Balearic/sub-tropical burner crafted from layers of rippling percussion and floating twilight chords. Cosmin TRG's remix is ace, too, boosting the tempo of 'Relapse' and adding nimble square bass for a deep, spaced-out and fruity vibe.
After more than two years in stasis, Lukid boots Werk Discs back into life with an excellent new album, his finest yet. 'Lonely At The Top' is a suitably bleary-eyed awakening, feeling as if it's attempting to comprehend the rapid glut of information in the waking world, and failing to do so - opting for a massive spliff instead and allowing it all to smudge in by osmosis. Ok, so in the intervening years Lukid did usher out two singular 12"s of deconstructed House and Techno on his Glum label, both marking a distinct shift from his previous productions and which, in turn, clearly inform the dec… Read more
**Gatefold slipcase includes 4 exclusive prints** 'Lux' is Brian Eno's first solo album for Warp Records and his first solo album since 2005's 'Another Day On Earth'. It's an absorbing 75 minutes of slow moving, glassy harmonics, plangent piano keys and evaporating strings, all bathed in reverb and allowed to serenely waft about the space with a seemingly aleatoric logic. The album breaks down to four long sections, yet in the classic tradition of Eno's finest ambient works, once you've settled into its pace and space it becomes hard to tell where one starts and the other ends - much like the effect he i… Read more
Thursday, 03 January 2013
Well I must say this one was a shock, I've been following Swedish super-group The Skull Defekts for years, and seeing them add arch-weirdo Daniel Higgs to their number was a shock, even taking into account the band's varied history. Since departing Lungfish, Higgs has been travelling down a road peppered with poetry, drone and supreme oddness, so I approached 'Peer Amid' with a tentative ear. Little could have prepared me for the rawk onslaught held within - Higgs is on simply blistering form (best since Lungfish? Definitely) screaming his way through Henrik Rylander and Joachim Nordwall's … Read more
Friday, 28 December 2012
**Heavyweight 8LP boxset with four gatefold/ double album jackets including liner notes by Conrad Schnitzler, housed in a huge heavyweight canvas box and limited to 500 copies** Kluster were one of the most radical, influential and catalytic components of Germany's "new music" aktions. Established in 1969 by former sculpture student and Joseph Beuys alumnus, Conrad Schnitzler, together with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Kluster grew out of West Berlin's Zodiac Free Arts Lab to generate a commune of groups also including Tangerine Dream and Eruption (who are retrospectively k… Read more
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Here's something we didn't see coming... a collaboration between Scandinavian jazz rock pranksters The Thing and Swedish pop singer Neneh Cherry? Well it's happened, and while there's some kind of Zen involved with drawing lines between Don Cherry's stepdaughter and a band named after a Don Cherry tune, it's still a confusing proposition. Thankfully within the first few moments of opener 'Cashback' any reservations are kicked under the rug as Cherry's inimitable tones lace Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love's electrifying free jazz. The … Read more
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
After his posh disco LP 'Neon Dreams' for PMR, L-Vis gets down and dirty again with 'Club Constructions Volume 1' for Night Slugs. Ruggedly stripped down and spiked with the purest dancefloor juice, these five tracks look to classic Chicago templates for inspiration, much in the same way Bok Bok did with Tom Trago on 'Night Voyage Too Kit'. Between the relentless spank of 'Workout', the Poindexter-esque banger 'Video Drone', 'Rubber Crash's metallic percolations and the fibrillating funk of 'Hard Drive' or 'Girl Clap', this is Class A dancefloor material through and through.
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Back in stock. Certain to be one of the most memorable albums of the year and without a doubt its most groundbreaking - Burial's debut album has already been subject to extensive discussion and focus dotted around the entire musical spectrum, from the cavernous Dubstep community at one end to the expansive critical behemoth of Pitchfork and Simon Reynolds at the other. Cliché and hyperbole aside, it's true to say that only once in while we're presented with an album of such chilling sensation, tempered skill and emotional mastery that the listener is overwhelmingly submerged into the producer's wholly rea… Read more
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** 'Total Loss' is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Tom Krell's debut album as How To Dress Well. By any standards, the achingly exquisite 'Love Remains' was a mean feat to surpass, but he's equalled it with the narcotic neo-R&B and chamber delicacies on show here. Allowing other producers to permeate his isolated world - Forest Swords and Ezekiel Honig "contributed sounds to a couple songs" and it was all co-produced by Rodaidh McDonald (The xx) - has helped him come to terms with his sound, while his so… Read more
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
**Special Edition - White Vinyl. 3rd and final pressing limited to 400 copies for the world** Having already created a huge amount of interest, 'The Ghosts Of Bush' is finally here on a limited vinyl pressing and is easily one of the most pertinent and interesting Radiophonic and hauntological artefacts we've had the pleasure of stocking in recent years. Created by World Service studio manager Robin The Fog, 'The Ghosts of Bush' Consists entirely of nocturnal location recordings made by him at Bush House, the iconic home of the BBC's world service for over… Read more
Monday, 10 December 2012
*Back in Stock* After their mammoth anniversary boxset, we could safely say this is one of the most anticipated and easily the best release on Warp's 2009 schedule. 'Broadcast and The Focus Group investigate Witch cults of the Radio Age' is a dream sequence of sonics for the Hauntology canon, pairing Ghost Box's Julian House, aka The Focus Group, with longtime favourites Broadcast for a head swirl of psychedelic sampling, wistful vocals and charming melodic ephemera with an ominous underlying tension. If you're at all familiar… Read more
Friday, 07 December 2012
Luke Abbott's debut album of Kosmische electronics is the best thing Border Community have released in years. Well, since Holden's 'The Idiots Are Winning, at the very least. It puts to use Abbott's beloved collection of boutique analogue equipment in 12 delicately structured and warmly effervescent arrangements ideal for intimate headphone and after-hours sessions. With roots in the gently rolling pastoral experiments of Cluster and antecedents also found in the brilliant Gavin Russom & Delia Gonzales album or acres of IDM from Isan to AFX and Wauvenfold, his music displays an intuitive mas… Read more