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Tuesday, 03 July 2012
Given that this is a Moondog record, there's always an outside chance that he is in fact being accompanied by actual honking geese, but alas no, this rare 1955 set of recordings features the composer in collaboration with a brass section, although one of its defining aspects is the extensive influence of Native American musics on its rhythmic makeup. From the irrepressibly unconventional jibber-jabber of 'Rabbit Hop' to the tribal weirdness of 'Single Foot', this could only have come from the pen of Moondog. 'Dog Trot' is a more conventional swingtime piece, offering an oasis of … Read more
Monday, 02 July 2012
Precision engineered doublepack of powerful Dubstep torque from Icicle. On his first record of 2012 Icicle unleashes the Industrial-strength 'Acid Step' and the tribal twyster 'BNC' - both of which previously appeared on his ace Rinse mix - beside the bubblin' tuck and parry of 'Get A Job' and the jack-steppin' beast 'Together In The Dust'. Tip!
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
The debut album from SBTRKT on Young Turks is here, and it's a strong set, managing to infuse the sounds of London's dance underground with a poppier essence. It's a vocal-heavy affair, with mic duties largely handled by formidable night bus crooner Sampha, while the rhythms are rooted in swinging, post-dubstep house, albeit with nods to various staging-posts in British soundystem culture - the masked producer's affection for both ragga-jungle and El-B style dark garage comes to the fore in the romping sub-bass of 'Right Thing To Do', while the excellent, almost gospel-flavoured 'Sanctuary' teams shuff… Read more
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
**Double gatefold CD edition of this sought after collection** Legendary Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid is the venerable subject of Sublime Frequencies' latest CD release, providing a dazzling 18-track insight to one of the most progressive Arabic musicians of the late 20th century. Born in Cairo, 1945, Omar showed a natural aptitude for music, playing violin and piano to classical standards. However, during the 1960s and the ensuing worldwide cultural revolution he was smitten with the electrified sound of the Beatles and Elvis Presley and quickly adapted himself to the electric guitar… Read more
*Includes a download code redeemable from the label* Planet Mu introduce The Host with his eponymous debut album. It's no secret that The Host is a pseudonym for a well known µ cadet, as you'll be able to tell within seconds of hearing the samples, but for less aware listeners we'll leave that mystery to your google search bar. His first album in this mode is an impressionistic, nostalgic reflection on the internet and its otherworldly nature. It's apparent in track titles such as 'Neo Geocities', '3AM Surfing', 'Second Life' or 'Angel Fire' - some of which we suspect might only be relevant to user… Read more
**Double gatefold digipak 24 track 2CD with artwork by Will Bankhead** Hessle Audio are surely the UK's finest forward-thinking dance label. Their ascent to the bassbin vanguard is cemented with '116 and Rising', a comprehensive double CD affair looking back over 12 of their finest moments from the last four years, and looking forward to 12 crucial exclusives from their deadly roster. Since 2007 their band of advanced sonic thinkers and bassbin assassins have produced a stream of achingly ON IT records, including no small amount of debuts and genre classics from figures who've come to m… Read more
100% Silk are out in force to remix Peaking Lights' adored '936' LP. One of the year's most nattered about names, Ital refits 'Marshmellow Yellow' with a struttin' Mr. Soft groove, all spongy bass bumps and refracted melody, while Xander Harris views 'Birds Of Paradise' as a sludgy piece of Balearic baroque with spy-eyed arpeggios. Best of all is Innergaze's baggy acid re-tweak of 'Shines For U', full of lip-smacking MDMA charm, and Cuticle make a welcome return to the label with the seeping, sideways Chicago revision of 'Tiger Eyes'. Perfectly trippy.
Really strong, hugely hyped new album from John Maus - sounding something like a cross between Autre Ne Veut and Joy Division - with a bit of Joe Jackson and Visage thrown in for good measure. And if that all sounds a bit lazy - all we can say is that it's just one of those albums, it reminds you of something else almost constantly, yet leaves a smudged mark all its own on your psyche. One of the albums of the year - and a big recommendation to any of you with a penchant for anything with the word Wave in it, or if you're just into good, joyous, melancholy - all-round affective pop music.
Friday, 15 June 2012
London-based Patten has been operating on the fringes of electronic music for a couple of years now, with some reputable CD-Rs and other low-key releases under his belt, but this debut album proper for No Pain In Pop is a revelation, presenting a prismatic vision of narcotic, wonked-out, grid-dissolving house aimed at the cerebellum rather than the dancefloor. It's reminiscent of all sorts of things - the slanted techno of Diamond Catalog and Container, the hyper-kosmische of Bee Mask, the most disturbed Omar-S productions, and particularly the rich, isolationist machine-funk of Actres… Read more
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Back in stock! Demented, Brutal, astonishingly heavy squashed techno, the collaboration between Surgeon and Regis that just gets better and better. Back in stock - if you ain't got this - YOU NEED!!
Back in stock! 'Screw The Roses' is just immense, kicking off with a typical dark starter 'The Prowler' which makes its intentions known straight off the bat. Dark and solid kicks set the groove, the crisp and expertly filtered percussion creeps up, and a dark foreboding fills the air. Layered cinematic chords lift the atmosphere and the drums build for an incredibly monstrous acid line that follows. There is a searing ambient number, 'Another Body' which has a very cold and bleak feel, but head for the storming tour de force of 'Exhibit (Send The Dogs)' which lives up to it's harrowing title… Read more
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Amazing, utterly unique synth/prog/pop oddity from 1980, given a new lease of life by Finders Keepers (good luck trying to find the original LP on KM Records private press - you won't). A trio led by the mysterious Gary Sloan - whose harmonica, subjected to various electronic treatments and manipulations, is the lead instrument throughout - scaling giddy heights of new age majesty on 'Good Indian' and soloing gaily over the tautest, grooviest analogue pulsations on 'Harmonitalk'. Just when you think you've got a grasp on this album though, it confounds you: 'Together Again' is an unrec… Read more
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** 'In Tension' is the hugely anticipated debut EP from Light Asylum, aka Brooklynites Shannon Funchess and Bruno Coviello. A crucial combination of Bruno's tangibly real synth sounds and Shannon's distinctively androgynous vocals make this one of the strongest entries to the currently surging electro-pop Wave we've heard all year, no less. With good reason they've been courted by a number of labels but landed on Mexican Summer in the copany of acts such as Puro Instinct and Games, but they're actually far more muscular and almost … Read more
Monday, 11 June 2012
*Strictly limited one-sided 12" pressing, includes an infinite locked-groove at the end of the side* Blimey, this is a bit good. We've spoken before about Not Not Fun's brilliantly disposable aesthetic, and Peaking Lights' fantastically enjoyable '936' album from last year epitomozed everything we love about it; delivering rough, unpolished, vulnerable and giddy recordings without too much care for all those things you'd associate with 'grown up' music. The problem is, that whole disposable thing doesnt lend itself too well to sustaining a long career, so we were a bit sceptical … Read more
*Six tracks of KILLER body-working rhythmic dynamism and uniquely contoured edits from the mighty Pomassl* Franz Pomassl presents new, original material and tracks from his 2007 CD 'Spare Parts' on vinyl for the first time. The Austrian electronic innovator and craftsman has near-peerless, incredibly diverse credentials - from releases on Raster Noton and Sex Tags Mania to collaborating with Kodwo Eshun - and it's this duality of hi-end conceptual electronica and more base, grooving instincts which lie at the core of his music. Released through his long-running Laton imprint, 'Surplus Ships' br… Read more
Friday, 08 June 2012
It has become slightly passé now to go on about having 'found yourself in India', but back in the 1950s and 1960s, India, and Indian music were extremely new to much of the Western world. Although many would reference the 'star of the sitar' Ravi Shankar as the man who kick started everything, if it wasn't for a certain Vilayat Khan (another sitar player) who released this record in 1955, Shankar's music may never have found a wider audience. You see this album was recorded over half a century ago and yet listening to it now it still sounds fresh, rounded and defin… Read more
Wednesday, 06 June 2012
We've been banging on about Rustie since 'Jagz The Smack' had our jaws dragging on the lino back in '07, and it's hard to believe it's taken him this long to get an album together. Sure there have been a handful of EPs, singles and splits, but few captured the chemically enhanced hedonism of that first plate, well, until now. It seems Rustie has somehow managed to fend off the weight of expectation by ignoring the devil on his shoulder and furrowing a path all his own through bass music. This is a pure Rustie album from beginning to end, and it succeeds by being just as uncompromising as those key … Read more
Friday, 01 June 2012
This 2003 release is based on a Chris & Cosey live performance at CC Luchtbal in Antwerp, Belgium the previous year. The recording features reworked live versions of thirteen classic C&C tracks and marked the final appearance of the duo as Chris & Cosey (hereafter they would release music as Carter Tutti). In addition to the sixty-eight minute set, the CD comes with an enhanced section, featuring three music videos to accompany the recordings of 'Celph', 'Da Spooky' and 'Exotikah'.
For this third in the Electronic Ambient Remixes series Chris Carter turns his attention towards original Throbbing Gristle material from the 1970s and 1980s. The resultant set of soundscapes originally emerged in 2001, and places particular emphasis on rhythm. The Throbbing Gristle material used for the project all stemmed from Carter's own tape and loop-based contributions to the band's music and deconstructs them into minimalist, hypnotic new pieces that squelch and convulse, often soaking up extreme sub-frequencies.
First released in 2004, Electronic Ambient Remixes Four: Selflessness was based upon a Cosey Fanni Tutti sound piece recorded for Resonance FM in 2003. This broadcast drew from Cosey's "live art action" at Disneyland California the previous year and uses the ambient sound recordings from the event as its founding building blocks. The album's aim is said to be "to evoke in the listener the sensations of disorientation, loss of any sense of time and the displaced significance of ambient sounds that Cosey experienced during the action at Disneyland." Quite… Read more
The Throbbing Gristle founding member's 1999 solo album Small Moon is an experimental techno-leaning album released just before he embarked upon the Electronic Ambient Remixes series. While the first couple of tracks on the record - in particular the rampant 'Praxiz' - converge on a kind of high-tempo, dancefloor-geared post-industrial minimalism (or something to that effect...), as the album develops it begins to delve into the kind of deep-set soundscapes and abstract rhythmic experiments to be found strewn across the EAR series, only to wrap up with 'Soho... 3am' a unique clash of field recording and nocturnal drum & bass.
Debut album from Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti in their guise as Carter Tutti. Having established themselves as electro/industrial pioneers as Chris & Cosy, the pair have now returned for 11 brand new original compositions. Cabal combines chris carter's instrumentation and cosey fanni tutti's unique vocal, guitar and cornet techniques with music styles encompassing dense electronic soundscapes, dub influenced rhythms, extreme vocal manipulations and spacious electro patterns. Check.
Core features collaborations between Chris & Cosey, Robert Wyatt, Coil, Boyd Rice, Monte Cazazza, John Uncan, Joe Potts and Lustmord. This legendary 1988 compilation has been digitally remastered and features enhanced cover artwork and extensive sleeve notes by the artists.
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
**Features Erykah Badu and Mark Ernestus versions exclusive to vinyl. Housed in handsome screen-printed jacket** Honest Jon's spoil us with these reworks of 'There' from Damon Albarn and Flea's imminent album 'Hey Shooter' as Rocket Juice & Moon. Frontside Erykah retitles it 'Manuela' and glides over Tony Allen's hip-tucked offbeats and brilliantly zany notes from Malian synth tickler Tidiane Seck, while the flipside features a dreamy Dub by half of the legendary Rhythm & Sound duo, Mark Ernestus. A highly desirable item.
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
**Finders Keepers mark their 50th release with a return to the vaults of Serge Gainsbourg accomplice, Jean-Claude Vannier, whose imaginary soundtrack 'L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches' was the label's first release back in 2005** "'Electro Rapide' is a collection of rare and unreleased archive material from the studio archives of legendary French orchestral pop composer Jean-Claude Vannier. Taken from the period before and during his revered creative relationship with Serge Gainsbourg (reaching their halcyon with 1971's 'Histoire De melody Nelson') these tracks reveal a rare glimpse o… Read more
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
*Silkscreened edition of 250* Pat Murano casts another spellbinding instalment of his mystifying Decimus series for Alga Marghen sister imprint, Planam. In the best possible way, it's bloody hard to sum up what's happening on these records. Over two 20 minute sides Pat pushes way beyond conventional structuring and arrangement, acting as a conduit for stray and wilful FM synth waves which knot and tangle, layer and dissolve across the A-face, constantly in horizontal and vertical stereo flux, freely increasing and burning up in amplitude. We struggle to think of anyone else whose sound is so unteth… Read more