Tuesday, 18 June
*Limited Edition Cassette* **Outstanding debut album of dusted grooves, like a battered, hobo cousin to Actress or NWAQ, with traces of vintage post-punk and wavey disco and nuff tape noise. TIPPED!** "Bones in Motion, the Northern Ireland hailing producer's latest full-length exercise, is dance music Leaving Records style - thoroughly busted techno for the post-punk demo tape set. On a blurry path between house music's early analog experiments and astounding vistas in modern digital production, you will hear ghostly wisps of woozy trance, distorted and dazzling, cooing through a thic… Read more
Thursday, 13 June
"Computer algorithms processed using natural phenomena Natural phenomena processed using computer algorithms. A2 - Computer-generated sinewaves were recorded and then played back into a naturally reverberant room using a stereo speaker arrangement. The resulting room sound + original playback were mixed, recorded and then electronically treated. Computer-generated attenuated white noise, recorded then played back outside over a stereo speaker arrangement. Speaker playback + naturally occurring sounds were mixed and re-recorded. B3- Recording made outdoors. Naturally occurring sounds … Read more
*Comes housed in a vacuum-packed foil outer* "The Ewok Poltergeist series is a sonic exploration of perceptual constancies and the dissociative hearing of replicated synthetic sounds. Constancy capabilities are active mechanisms of the perceptual system that allow us to comprehend and relate to things, despite inconstant sensory stimuli. They are responsible for the construction of a subjective frame of reference to objective reality. All tracks were created on a Nord Micro Modular controlled by »Midiot« (custom-built random generator for CC-massages)."
*First edition of 60 copies* "Telepathy 101 is the soundtrack to an expanded perceptual sync-sound thanatofuturist video currently screened as a multi-projection installation with text. Jim Hollands is a London-based video and sound artist. His work has been shown at Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, Liverpool Biennial and worldwide."
"In the world of Brussels hip hop L.E.G. are outsiders, noted for their experimental music influences and use of distorted English-language vocals. Producers Sublyme Diagonal and Roger3000 continuously and independently recycle their collective work in which Citizen Ledge finds his inspiration, recounting his doubts about the future of the world and personal existential abyss. The six unedited tracks on this cassette were recorded between 2005 and 2010."
*Edition of 100 copies* "Matt Krefting, “The Sexiest Man In Rock” (Son Of Earth, Matt Krefting Band, IFCO, etc.) and Scott Foust, “A Legendary Legend” (IFCO, Tart, XX Committee, etc.) team up for an unusual album of songs. Using a very odd lo-fi and yet lush sense of production and sparse instrumentation of mainly guitar, keyboard and voice, Dead Girl’s Party construct songs that are both claustrophobic and pastoral. Each song is its own little world. In your mind. A desperate message from desperate men on a desperate format. “No more days...”
*Edition of 50 copies, housed in a vacuum-sealed foil outer* "Maar is Joseph Clayton Mills and Michael Vallera. Ay comprises two tracks assembled in Chicago in the autumn of 2011. Individual elements were recorded separately and exchanged in an iterative process, with the intent being to discover affinities, incongruities, and points of convergence. The finished work displays a shared interest in transformation and decay. See also Joseph Clayton Mills/Zyxt and Haptic Michael Vallera is a musician and visual artist currently based out of Chicago. He is one half of the duo Cleared (along with Steven He… Read more
Thursday, 06 June
**Edition of 300 copies with holographic sticker** Heady martian ghetto beat-offs by the smoking man of Leaving Records. Ras offers some background: "Raw Fruit is the name of my beat tapes, alot of these joints never cut it 4 the ASP releases… because they're all like freestyle beats. shit i make 2 smoke weed to, that i never save… i just make em, record em and on 2 the next one… RAW SHIT… no rules just all out fuck it…" So, if you've come looking for polished neck snappers, you're in the wrong place. However, if you like your beats broken with proper sticky fingers and a whole ounce high, you could do a lot worse than these saltily abstract and rudimentary MPC collages.
Astro:Dynamics haul up another woolly headful of ferric dreams, following up aces by BAT, Tapes and 1991 with Dave Saved's debut EP suite. Known as Davide Salvati in his hometown, Naples, Dave arrives almost fully formed with 'Prisoners Of Gravity', using his chosen medium to neatly obfuscate his morphing features for the sort of timelessly evocative appeal that applies to Sand Circles, or indeed their fellow Swede, 1991. And coupled with the pinched rhythmic dexterity of say, Lukid or Actress, it all makes for a very alluring sound, bowling between knotted kosmische, dystopian post-punk themes, and mind-churning trance-outs.
**Edition of 100 hand-numbered copies, artwork by Gergo Szinyova.** No stranger to these pages, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is boss of the wonderful Root Strata label and tireless member of The Alps, Tarentel, Holy See, among others. For Gábor Lázár's Last Foundation the San Francisco stalwart contributes 40 minutes of tape-saturated drone and sci-fi-esque electronics on a murky journey into soundspheres beyond the heavily forested atmospheres he's possibly best known for. Massive boulder-like shapes and glacially abrasive textures roil in what could almost be a hydrophonic recording … Read more
Ekoplekz reprises the PLKZFX handle for Further Records with a proper trip for more fearless listeners. 'Plkzistentialism' deals 60 odd minutes of mind-bending hardware manipulation; technoid, abstract, metallic and rather unhinged. Includes download code redeemable from the label.
Mysterious electro journeys imagined by Mace, new on the excellent Further Records. 'The Metamorphosis Through Dreams' feels like a one-take midnight hardware flight, lacing virulent arpeggios to rippling pulses with an abstract but clear sense of purpose. Includes download code redeemable from the label.
Italian-American artist, Massprod, follows issues on Kontra-Musik and Bosconi with a raw-to-the-bone debut album of grooving analogue works for the excellent Further Records. 'Aqwa' takes in chirruping martian melodies reminding of Hieroglyphic Being, mixed with rhythmelodic hardware emissions and a healthy amount of textured tape noise. Imagine a seriously dosed up Kassem Mosse and you're in the right headspace. Includes download code redeemable from the label.
Thursday, 30 May
Following the excellent Helical Scans cassette compilation (which featured the likes of Wanda Group, Huerco S. and Sagat), Cleaning Tapes present a diverting collaboration between My Panda Shall Fly and Microburst. The tactile 'Rew Antigram' draws you right in with it woozy, involuted loops and surface crackle, sounding like Nathan Fake meets Pole; 'A Violet V-Forever' is a lively house stepper for the dreamtime dancefloors, lushly textured and gunning for an ecstasy that remains just beyond reach; and both 'Accede To Subvene' and 'Honest Robot' offers a nice… Read more
Thursday, 25 April
**Includes two 6x4 prints, A3 Risograph poster & cassette. Edition of 50 copies** Preston Is My Paris publications present a personal history of protest comprising 'Edith's Scrapbook', plus a mixtape of rare and original protest songs and original field recordings made at UK protests from recent years, all collated and assembled by Robert Parkinson and Rob Griffiths. The scrapbook consists a set of newspaper clippings, protest posters, photographs and letters written to government, all extracted from Robert's Grandmother, Edith's original scrapbook, accompanied by reprints of … Read more
Thursday, 07 February
**Pro-duped, remastered cassette with silkscreened J-card. Includes download code redeemable from the label** Forced Nostalgia's 2nd tape release is scarred with the sounds of Sermonizer's other project, Sobillator Sisters. Originating in Bologna, Italy circa 1988, the Sobillator Sisters project would appear to vent a more atonal, viscous and buckled sound than the Sermonizer output (though, to be fair, we've only heard his split with Cicciolina Holocaust). We'd have to classify it within the realms shared by the Milanese master of destructive atmosphere, Maurizio Bian… Read more
Thursday, 13 September
Album number four from America's "toppermost of the poppermost", Sic Alps, and number two for their pals at Drag City. The small stars and stripes on the front cover gives good indication of what's in store; they've largely dropped the distortion and upped the country/Americana quota, becoming a much more "mature" prospect than their endearing garage exploits for Siltbreeze, Woodsist, Important et al. It's essentially American pop music with heaps of classic references regurgitated in their knowing style, a sound which apparently caused Stephen Malkmus to claim they would be "one of the most im… Read more
Tuesday, 14 August
Striking debut release by London's Midnight Davis, landing on the discerning Five Easy Pieces imprint. 'Aftershocks' is much more melancholic than anything previously on the label, channelling the ghosts of British indie, pop, and rave into dubbed-out and dystopian electronic scapes. The likes of James Blake, Cloud Boat and Holy Other are all apt comparisons for this sound, in as much that they express that unique bedroom spirit, but Midnight really stakes out his own take on that aesthetic with 'Aftershocks', from the dank and isolated '90s Trip-Hop gloom of 'Letting It Flow' to the l… Read more
Tuesday, 03 July
"The early music of Silver Jews is back in print for the first time in a long while. 'Early Times' presents all the songs from the original 7" EP 'Dime Map Of The Reef' and the 12" EP 'The Arizona Record', newly remastered. Just a few guys in a room - baby versions of the David Berman, Stephen Malkmus and Bobby Nastanovich that we know today."
Monday, 13 February 2012
**Hand-wrapped cassette with free download code redeemable from the label** Lo-fi, noisy garage rock from Shanghai's Xiao Zhong & F aka Pairs. They've been making a heavy impression upon their home city's music scene and this debut album of urgent, acutely melodic, yet f**ked noise pop should see them going places.
Thursday, 06 October 2011
Fierce County's debut release for Bomb Shop contains four tracks of exquisitely crafted modern folk, recorded and produced by Rough Fields. Fierce County are Benjamin Clough, Chris Rice and Tim Mosley. Their ethos is simple; play anywhere they are welcomed and record only live, with each take appearing totally unique and fiercely proud of its imperfections