*Limited Edition vinyl-only pressing!* Proper mindblowing deep house music from DJ Sprinkles + Mark Fell featuring Tony Benn (R.I.P) for Comatonse. More than two years since their union on the 'Complete Spiral' EP (C.021), which notably placed N.U.M. leader Arthur Scargill on a New York-style deep house groove, they reprise that formula to spellbinding degrees on 'Fresh Insights EP 1'. In a knowing nod to Larry Heard and countless other producers deployment of *that* MLK speech, they ally a rousing Tony Benn speech with a subtly arousing deep house groove in the 10 minute … Read more
*140g LP in spined sleeve with download code card* Ok, this is more like it - a crackshot slab from the crackpot producer putting his computer controlled acoustic orchestra thru its paces. As promised or alluded to in various interviews around last year's 'Syro' LP, he's done a proper Pierre (Bastien, Henry, Schaeffer) and manufactured a whole mechanical band of things that hit other things - mainly pianos, drums and gongs - to make a very pleasing sound indeed. It's the sound of an artist exerting optimal control over his instruments but allowing for, or … Read more
Ok, this is more like it - a crackshot slab from the crackpot producer putting his computer controlled acoustic orchestra thru its paces. As promised or alluded to in various interviews around last year's 'Syro' LP, he's done a proper Pierre (Bastien, Henry, Schaeffer) and manufactured a whole mechanical band of things that hit other things - mainly pianos, drums and gongs - to make a very pleasing sound indeed. It's the sound of an artist exerting optimal control over his instruments but allowing for, or even cultivating the natural infidelities of sy… Read more
**Utterly blinding, 100-minute tape housed in rare clamshell case with risographed artwork illustrated and designed by John Powell-Jones. Edition of 350** Reel Torque Volume 8: 'Loukanikos' Dance' is a labyrinthine lesson in the black art of DJing delivered by a pillar of Manchester dancefloors, Jon K. Arriving two years and two weeks after he dropped Fact Magazine's Best Mix of 2013 online, this is - quite remarkably - Jon's first ever physical mix release. It's the stuff mixtape dreams are made of; crammed with complete obscurities, all-time classics and dusty perci… Read more
*Limited Edition vinyl pressing of 350 copies housed in a handmade textile packaging, embossed and numbered, including printed innersleeve & download dropped into your account on January 30th* Yeah this one’s a little bit special. Sonic Pieces have long set themselves apart from the plethora of home-spun, hand-made, overly-serene imprints out there, both in terms of their exquisite packaging but more importantly via their patient, hand-picked selection of some of the finest avant-classical, drone and experimental yet accessible music out there. And this new relea… Read more
*The seventh and final instalment in the Testpressing Series for the time being* Hands-down, #7 is the best Testpressing yet from Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty's Demdike Stare. Landing almost two years since the series began back in 2013, and six months on from their last raid, it's a dichotomy of dancefloor devilment, going hard for it on one side, and running ragged emotions on the other. A-side 'Rathe' opens the doors of perception to a show-stopping bloom of heavenly voices and halfstep jungle, ratcheting the levels to heart-in-mouth effect with panoramic har… Read more
*Full-length debut from the elusive Shinichi Atobe, known for an incredible 12” on Chain Reaction almost 15 years ago and never seen or heard from since. Audio mastered and cut by Matt Colton, Vinyl purchases come with a download of the full album plus 4 bonus tracks dropped into your account* Shinichi Atobe has managed to stay off grid since he made an appearance on Basic Channel’s Chain Reaction imprint back in 2001. He delivered the second-to-last 12” on the label and then disappeared without a trace, leaving behind a solitary 12” that’s been selling for crazy money (there… Read more
*Limited Edition import of this Japan-Only release, edition of 50 copies* "Includes material from the echospace catalog as well as unpublished tracks all remastered for this compilation. Packaged in a black digipak, poly sealed w/a 5" X 5" Kodak photo print of imagery captured while in Japan."
These 14 pieces illuminate a broad cross-section of music that uses modular synth systems as a primary or prominent source, ranging from contemporary compositions by Frank Bretschneider, Some Truths and Martial Cantarel, to historical pieces by Gordon Mumma and Conrad Schnitzler. A dislocated sense of meter and tone is common to all 14 pieces, allowing for a finer, more chaotic harmonic spectrum and complex rhythms that are difficult, at best, to create on other machine systems. That's not to say that modular systems make it any "easier" to make wilder sounds, but … Read more
**Blue Translucent Vinyl limited to 300 copies - Includes download code redeemable from the label** A Strangely Isolated Place's 'Europe' survey collects the most tranquil strains of modern classical and ambient electronica from scene stars such as Marsen Jules and Yagya. It's a fine line between schmaltz and sincere loveliness, which the compiler is patently aware of, steering your journey between the Gas-like emissions of Dalot's 'Home' and the high-tog ambient techno comforts of Yagya's beautiful 'The North Shore' with a sure-footed agenda. In the cloudy space between, there's a charming solo pian… Read more
Air Max '97 follows one of 2014's sickest singles with three fluoro aces on 'Fruit Crush', including an exceptional hook-up with Strict Face. This is the new skool in full effect, twysting the genes of grime, kuduro and freestyle electro with vaporous 'tronics in sheer hyperspace. 'Fruit Crush' steps out first with a grimier analog to SOPHIE and PC Music styles, streaking mad FX around sharp electro stabs, chattering melodies and wobbly bogle; 'Shape Cut' resets to a slower roll nodding to Lisbon's taraxho sound, but with xtra subs and off-kilter, lilting licks. Best of all, 'Armour Form'… Read more
**Limited Edition Deluxe Pressing on 200g wax in a sublime, embossed letter-press sleeve** After providing one of 2014’s standout albums 'Wilderness of Mirrors’ - without question one of the finest ambient albums we’ve heard in a while, Lawrence English returns to penetrate that most desolate zone of the psyche with an incredible suite of treated and layered field recordings made in Patagonia and Antarctica in 2010. With only the barest signs of life coming from a distant bird call detected towards the end of the B-side, we're left stranded in the centre of a howling polar gale, shivering a… Read more
Curl a lip, drop a hip with the deadly swagger of Chunky's 2nd session for (Swamp) 81. Landing three years since his eponymous dubble-pack, the Manchester-based MC-cum-producer rolls with the craftiest, stripped-down swerve for Loefah's label, pitting years of experience at the head of the dance, both on mic and the 'floor. 'Oun_C' is a proper natty burner, juggling dubbed-out halfstep bass patterns with slinkiest hi-hats in the most fluid sorta new skool rolige; 'Call Me, Let's Do Lunch' tucks a similar drum palette to more laid back, liquor-laced effect, subtly shifting weight onto the other foot… Read more
Ok, this is more like it - a crackshot slab from the crackpot producer putting his computer controlled acoustic orchestra thru its paces. As promised or alluded to in various interviews around last year's 'Syro' LP, he's done a proper Pierre (Bastien, Henry, Schaeffer) and manufactured a whole mechanical band of things that hit other things - mainly pianos, drums and gongs - to make a very pleasing sound indeed. It's the sound of an artist exerting optimal control over his instruments but allowing for, or even cultivating the natural infidelities of syncopat… Read more
Limited CD edition of the original 12" masters done at NSC studio in Detroit. Includes 2 new versions (out takes) of cv313's classic "Beyond The Clouds" never before heard in any format. There's also 3 beautiful remixes from the brilliant Rod Modell (DeepChord) of cv313's majestic "Seconds To Forever".
UK's baddest duo do it again with the '1 Sec' EP landing on XL after the blinding 'Take Time' 12" for Rinse. Mumdance makes the music, Novelist runs rings around it. This is the OG sound developed by BBE and Wiley accelerated with incredible vision, imagination and tenacity; bending your ear to the preternaturally observant, incisive lyrics of 17 year old MC, Novelist, while Mumdance's ballistic, collaged production slaps up from every angle. Both the title track and 'Shook' set the levels head-high for 2015, outmaneuvering all comers at every swerve, each near miss with a bus and in every rave-eyed bass stab. This is what music needs to sound like in 2015.
*Handmade & numbered book packaging, edition of 450 copies* Yeah this one’s a little bit special. Sonic Pieces have long set themselves apart from the plethora of home-spun, hand-made, overly-serene imprints out there, both in terms of their exquisite packaging but more importantly via their patient, hand-picked selection of some of the finest avant-classical, drone and experimental yet accessible music out there. And this new release - from the largely unknown Jasmine Guffond - really stands out as their best release yet. You may or may not have come across Guffond's other projects - Jasm… Read more
Our semi-regular steppers' survey stalks some 20 years of motion from Digital's Metalheadz classic 'Niagra' and Torsten Pröfrock's 'Traktor Artists', thru techiest twysts by Clarity, Skeptical and Xth Réflexion. Splitting the difference between electro, dub, techno and jungle, these 14 tracks are some of the tightest examples of that technoid swagger that occurs between syncopated subs and drum patterns, playing out the kind of deft dancefloor gestures that don't really get a look in at mainstream dances. Peverelist's South-Western stepper 'Silvers' starts a session that … Read more
*Limited 2XCD edition from echospace's variant project - Professionally Duplicated and packaged in black digipak w/sticker and additional CD in the inner pocket housed in resealable poly sleeve* Inspired by and created during the production of the extensive "Echoes In Space" sound library. An experimental based project utilizing a wide array of analog sequencers, modular systems and homemade effects manipulated and bounced down to 1/4" tape. As the title suggests, this project was heavily reliant on various forms of Vector Synthesis by incorporating 4 various stages of oscillations thru a… Read more
**Includes double-sided, 24" x 36" poster in thick PVC sleeve** Dancefloor sweetheart Caribou bequeaths three live recordings made with his Vibration Ensemble, including Kieran "Four Tet" Hebden and James Holden among their number. A-side stars an ecstatic version of the cosmic house dazzler, 'Bowls', and a blown out number called 'Ahmed, Colin, James, Kieran, Kyle, Rob And Steve' that sounds like Sun Ra meets Konono No.1, both recorded at Concertzaal Vooruit in Ghent, Belgium on December 8th, 2011. B-side is spanned by 13 minutes of soaring turbulence in 'Sun', recorded at London's Scala on December 7th, 2011.
'Ghetto Madness' is another invaluable collection of classic Dance Mania bangers. Picking up where Strut's 'Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1995' left off, it focusses on the label's unrivalled early-mid '90s output, a sound defined by hyper BPMs and the rawest, butt-naked machine rhythms. This CD/digital edition creams 15 of the filthiest Chicago bangers you ever heard, setting the levels with Jammin Gerald's bare-bones 'Pump That Shit Up'; cycling thru a coupla Deeon killers, 'The Freaks' and '1112'; taking it back to roots with Steve Poindexter's 'Computer Madness… Read more
Holy Grail territory here from Andy Votel and Demdike’s mighty Dead Cert imprint - here finally bringing you this incredible album of previously unreleased Industrial-themed recordings made in 1976 by experimental pioneer and Ennio Morricone cohort Alessandro Alessandroni. The concept itself is riveting enough: the guy who provided that infamous guitar riff for 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' providing utterly bent and synth-heavy recordings previously unheard by the wider world - but the material and execution is just nothing short of a revelation, unlocking an uncannily prescie… Read more
**We never thought we’d actually ever see the day this seminal album would get a proper, official reissue on vinyl - but here it is, newly remastered by CGB at D&M and in-print on vinyl for first time in almost two decades. Comes with an instant download of the full album** Liasons Dangereuses' self-titled debut LP is a major cornerstone of modern electronic dance music. Produced by Chrislo Haas and Beate Bartel (aka CH-BB/DAF/Mania-D) and mixed at Conny Plank's studio in 1981, it has cast incalculable influence over successive generations ever sinc… Read more
**Red paper sleeve and Eye of Horus artwork insert. Edition of 200 copies* Lazer-etched instrumental electro-grime-D&B missiles from London's one-n-only Darq E Freaker for the mighty Numbers crew. After cutting his teeth with Channel U faves Nu Brand Flexx, Darq E Freaker defined modern grime with blazing, bilious production on Tempa T's 'Next Hype' and his killer solo 12"s, the 'Horus' and 'Cherryade' EPs. More recently he's been busied with hits like 'Blueberry (Pills & Cocaine)' for Danny Brown and 'Mardi Gras' for Gita, and arrives at the Numbers hyperplex with suitably colourful impact. … Read more
Neat remixes of Todd Terje from Golf Channel associate and former member of !!!, Justin Van Der Volgen. 'Inspector Norse' is tweaked out to 10 minutes of louche groove and sustained synth excess; 'Strandbar' is soused in psychedelic disco sweetness.
Lean, mean hybrids of UK rolige and European techno from Roska, Roska, Roska. Back for his 3rd outing on Tectonic, he reflects the label's current aesthetic with tightest, jabbing drums and dread bass for the darkside skank 'n shuffle. 'Hyperion' rolls with effortless momentum guided by zombied 4/4 bass pressure and frankly fxxking evil drones; 'Off' is distinctly UK-centric, synching the widest swing from fractured drums and offset sub swells for the dancers; 'Only Human' really gets our vote though, setting a pensile balance of crisp rimshots and slicing claps poised with noirish dub chamber vibes precipitating the nastiest bass shapes..
*Debut album of echospace's phase90 project, mastered and engineered in Echospace* "The entire album was bounced down to 1/4" analog tape to preserve the integrity of the masters. Professionally replicated CD packaged in eco friendly digipak case with custom metallic artwork, housed in a resealable poly sleeve. Limited to 300 copies."
*Limited 2CD Edition from Echospace's Variant project* "The objective for this venture was to create an ever evolving sonic ocean utilizing the enigmatic spheres of ambient structure and rhythm, wherein movements are methodically rendered from various forms of synthesis, subdued with mystical ghostly harmonics and artifacts from aged analog hardware. Rigorous experimentation has yielded resonating enchanting echoes meant to induce the notion that this quantum phenomena is, indeed, measurable and continuously changing as it is in the universe. For the curious one, this recording consists of 2 ne… Read more
**Limited Edition Black & White Swirl Vinyl, Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** The legendary director / composer achieves the milestone of his debut solo album with 'Lost Themes' for Sacred Bones. For the first time, after directing and scoring 15 films - including stone cold classics such as Halloween, The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13 - he lets the listener conjure their own imagery to accompany his signature mix of thrumming synth arpeggios and dramatic guitar solos in nine newly written 'Lost Themes'. It's likely to be loved by collectors of '80s synth horror soundtracks, especially if you have a high tolerance for overblown production...
The preternaturally-attuned trio present the 2nd section of their amazing concert at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo on 17th March, 2013, which already spawned the 'Only Wanting To Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen'. Where that set was focussed on new instrumental configurations, this one sees them return to a signature line-up of guitar, bass and drums, documented in unflinching intimacy and entirety. The first sect… Read more
Sleek and supple late night house from Virginia for Berlin's Ostgut Ton, with additional production by Steffi Doms. Firm kicks and floating chords drive 'Fictional' for the 5am swingers; 'My Fantasy' heats up a vintage late '80s Chicago/Detroit sound with her pleading vocals'; 'Never Enough' lends a dash of lissom electro funk to proceedings with elastic bassline and skidding synth stabs.
**Flac format for this release contains 24bit 44.1KHz audio** Deep house savant and pioneer Theo Parrish serves one of his's most eagerly awaited, not to mention controversial, albums with 'American Intelligence'. Featuring more tracks than the vinyl, 15 cuts as opposed to 9, you definitely get more Parrish to the pound here, but scandals about pricing aside, we really shouldn't be focussing on the bloody price tag. As expected, it's a sterling session, unfurling inimitable (no matter how much everyone tries) grooves tangling signature drum calculations and lissom keys with s… Read more
Untold kicks off the Hemlock Black sublabel with two blown-out club constructions. Picking up where 'Black Light Spiral' left off, we can hear a rugged mix of modular tweaks and machine pulses, spitting, scratching and retching like some dosed-up Night Slugs club constructs. The dry funk of 'Doff' offers glimpses of sweetness in shards of palm wine-like guitar licks but the emphasis is on jagged concatenations designed "to interrogate the dance." B-side, 'Phive' inverts that formula, bringing fwd and frilling the guitar lick around warped bass and prickling percussion like some Ernestus or Shackleton joint gone walkabout at the fringe of the sprawl.
*Jim O’Rourke and Christoph Heemann return with a sublime new album as Plastic Palace People* "Latest album from Plastic Palace People, the duo of Jim O’Rourke and Christoph Heemann, who have been collaborating continuously (even though in a largely unnoticed fashion) since 1989. After two releases in quick succession, it has been a long wait for more and finally here is a recent piece of work from them, recorded at Super Deluxe in Tokyo, Japan, in August 2013. After all these years of contact, friendship and collaboration, the collec… Read more
Object Relations is a very promising new 7" label curated by Mark Fell focusing on collaborations between diverse artistic practices. Recorded in Milan, 2014, the label's inaugural edition establishes its remit in a unique combination of Fell's crafty Linndrum programming with the adroit, keening cello improvisation of trained cellist and composer Sandro Mussida, following their meeting and performance in Tuscany at the International Encounters in Sound event. On both sides, Fell's elliptical microtemporal rhythm arrangements are matched and coloured with compelling strea… Read more
**Must-have** Scalping techno and synth noise session from Vereker in Restraint mode for his Endangered Species label. This is the kinda rancid, roiling sh*t that gets us up in the morning: two glowering, Clive Barker-esque visions of synth music and throttled noise on the front; one of this decade's finest techno tracks so far on the flipside. The A-side's beat-less black holes absorb all light in compelling displays of muscular synth wrangling and vicious reckoning owing as much to the mastering engineer, Hospital Productions' Kris Lapke aka Alberich, as the dysphoric libera… Read more
Manchester deep house firm, Meandyou. further their ferric game with 2 x 40 minute mixes of exclusive tracks and reworks by Herron and J.S. Zeiter. As proprietor of Vinyl Exchange on Oldham St, Mr J.S. Zeiter is firmly embedded in the fabric of modern day Cottonopolis. On the A-side he weaves ten tracks crafted under his own name plus the MCMLXV and Analog-1 aliases, segueing from mystic rhythm experiments to nimble electro dub and Basic Channel-style techno with a ghostly sleight of hand. B-side, another basement-dwelling cog in the Manc dance machine, Sam Lewis aka Herron follows hi… Read more
*Much needed reissue of this classic Drexciya album for Tresor* One of Drexciya's most sought-after and definitive "storms" finally repressed for those that need it. Originally released in 2002, 'Harnessed The Storm' yields timeless anthems such as the devastating 'Digital Tsunami' - leaves us an emotional wreck every time - and the unfathomable mystery of 'Under Sea Disturbances' alongside signature enigmas like 'Mission to Ociya Syndor and Back' or the heart-breaking melodies of 'Birth Of New Life'. Trust us and everyone else: it's essential.
Tipped as TNBT by Modeselektor, Berlin's hardware-weilding Fjaak trio do that breakbeat techno swerve with class on 50 Weapons. The busted breaks, submerged kicks and rusty filter treatments of 'Oben' could happily sit next to your Shed/Head High killers or that sterling Skee Mask 12" on Ilian Tape - a big look for the dancers - while 'Unten' follows suit with a deeper, tantric techno play riding the kicks and hi-hats with aerated chords. Take us to the 'floor, now.
*Double 180g vinyl gatefold. Artwork by James Wilson** 'Ghetto Madness' is another invaluable collection of classic Dance Mania bangers. Picking up where Strut's 'Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1995' left off, it focusses on the label's unrivalled early-mid '90s output, a sound defined by hyper BPMs and the rawest, butt-naked machine rhythms. This vinyl edition creams 13 of the filthiest Chicago bangers you ever heard, setting the levels with Jammin Gerald's bare-bones 'Pump That Shit Up'; cycling thru a coupla Deeon killers, 'The Freaks' and '1112'; taking it back to ro… Read more
'Head/Body' is the exceptional debut release from Scottish hype®&B producer, Dressing Red. Ballin' a super bright sound concentrated with lush, feminine pressure on Glasgow's Astral Black label - home to DJ Milk Tray, Inkke, Jon Phonics - it's probably one of the sharpest fusions of new, vaporous electronics with cut-up 2-step and R&B vox that you'll hear in 2015. Matching the piquant clarity of Local Action's Drippin' with the warm, strange electro-soul of Mr. Mitch or label mate Inkke, he pushes all the right buttons from the smudged pixels of 'Our Love' thru spiralling trap gem, 'North … Read more
*Reissue of DJ Sprinkles' classic Midtown 120 Blues, self-released by Terre Thaemlitz through his own Comatonse imprint in archival vinyl pouch with double-sided insert card (100mm x 100mm), phonograph style anti-static inner sleeve, and 4x4 panel poster insert printed on newsprint (472mm x 472mm) - hand assembled by Terre herself* Bringing deep house back into contact with its club culture roots, Terre Thaemlitz has created one of the most essential house albums of the last few years with 'Midtown 120 Blues'. Terre was originally working as a DJ under her Sprinkles ali… Read more
Raster-Noton present the brain-flossing results of Frank Bretschneider's calculated muck-about on the Buchla and Serge modular synths in Stockholm's hallowed EMS facility. 'Sinn + Form', translating to "meaning + form", is the Raster-Noton co-founder's attempt to simulate the "fundamentally chaotic world as we know it" via mathematical and physical theories - dynamical systems, probability theory, stochastic systems - in an extension of humankind's endless endeavour to "recognize this world and to describe, predict, control and change it." To our ears, the results flux wildly between al… Read more
Sabla's debut set of buckled, technoid texturhythms are arguably the best yet from Turin, Italy's Gang Of Ducks label. Backed up by smart reworks from Ital and the G.O.D. bosses, the four original tracks feel out freeform, roiling rhythms and rusted timbres in transtion somewhere between Andy Stott's knackerd crack, the whirring mechanics of Lukid, and Phork's staggered drum patterns. In the best sense, each piece sounds like two tracks in a battle to resolve their rhythmic differences, from the ragged techno lurch of 'Di Lei' to the crushed, Bellows-style dub of 'Spirits' and the thrumming undert… Read more
Quartet of tropical footwork/jungle hybrids featuring vox by Redders and a fierce Enei remix exclusive to this digital release. Binga's originals bounce the dancehall between sprung, double-timed bogle in 'Tek Nuh Chat', to the colourful Joker styles of 'Elastic', before 'Steppin' comes with volleys of jungle/footwork beats on a halfstep lean, and 'Chasic' rolls out big bad amens. Check the Enei remix of 'Lef Dem' for some proper, face-melting business.
"You need people like me…" so says Tony Montana, and the sentiment rings true for yung Delroy Edwards. His 'Kickin Butts!!' EP opens with one of the most famous samples in cinematic history and pushes on thru four darker, trackier follow-ups to his addictive 'Can U Get With' 12". The raspin' rhythms and murky drones of the title track could have easily appeared on his 'Teenage Tapes' LP, while 'Die Motherfxxker' slips into Slowed Down Gangsta mode, and there's a pair of bucking raw house rhythms in 'Str8 Fuckd' and 'Insane In The Membrain' for the wall-bangers.
Dope 12" of deep, percolating and tracky house shifters from the up 'n coming San Franciscan producer. His analogue production values and moody verve place him in good stead next to the likes of Joey Anderson and Juju & Jordash on Amsterdam's Dekmantel label, proven in the taut, electroid funk and brooding pads of 'Sermons' and a spaced-out jak bomb called 'Siamese Twins', while 'System Blackout' runs down some tribalist voodoo business.