Thursday, 12 December
**Limited edition, 85-minute mix, J-card design, illustration and screen-printing by SAVWO. It's the golden era Grime primer we've been dreaming about: one of the best mixtapes of any description we've ever stocked** Primo DJ/producer/label CEO, Slackk delivers a scintillating Golden Era Grime selection for the 2nd mixtape on Reel Torque - the label operated by our pals behind Manchester's Faktion promotions. Drawn exclusively from his feted archive of classic, obscure and rare Limewire rips, radio edits and unreleased dubs, it's somewhat surprisingly the first time Slackk's returned… Read more
**Death Waltz present Alan Howarth's expanded and retuned follow-up to John Carpenter's most notorious synth score, namely 'Halloween II'. They don't come much more crucial than this!** "John Carpenter and Alan Howarth managed to do something not many people have been able to do with their score to Halloween II. They managed to take the blueprint of the first films score and make it bigger, darker and nerve shreddingly intense. Synths wail and stutter as the score progresses to the point where you feel your head might implode from the oncoming onslaught. This score really should be played late at night with all of the lights out."
**Death Waltz present John Carpenter & Alan Howarth's legendary 3rd soundtrack to the 'Halloween' fright franchise. Just like the other one also in stock this week, it's a seminal and hugely influential bit of electronic soundcraft whose repercussions resonate through so much music since. Includes A2 poster designed by Jay Shaw housed in spotgloss jacket with sleevenotes by Alan Howarth** You have to bow down before John Carpenter & Alan Howarth. Their score for Halloween III is so far ahead of it's time it's mind boggling. Halloween III is a tour de … Read more
**Housed in hand-stamped, braille-stickered card mailer** The mysterious Phono Ghost (your guess is as good as ours) delivers Skam's 4th Skassette; a 30 minute cut-up collage composed from fragments of charity shop tape finds. Like that hyperfunky Meatbingo release, it's a prime exercise in nexx-level pause-button editing, but unlike Meatbingo, the vibe is altogether slower, or as the label puts it, "an idiosyncratic fusion between languid funk, hypnologic vocals and swirling psychoactive melodies." The funk here is viscous but deft, grave-robbing samples from the resting place of po… Read more
*Now available on Limited Edition cassette* Keeping himself admirably busy over recent times, Will Oldham returns with yet another new full-length for Drag City/Domino, a studio-recorded follow-up to last year's acclaimed Beware. For The Wonder Show Of The World, Oldham is joined by his frequent collaborator, guitarist Emmett Kelly, who on this occasion steps up to the position of "first mate and then some", as the album credits would have it. The album starts impishly with Oldham hinting at some nefarious nocturnal activities: "I once loved a gir… Read more
Thursday, 05 December
*Please note audio here is completely different to the CD version sold separately. Tape housed in a carefully re-produced Computer game style clamshell case, limited to 150 copies only** Sibling to Moon Wiring Club's 'A Fondness For Hats' CD, this 45 minute tape features Soft Confusion chasing the original into a lower resolution world of fancy dressed role-playing memory dredge. As they put it, "A sprawling world of skill and strategy is now theoretically available and you can join the growing number of unsatisfied customers who have yet to escape. This … Read more
Murky ambient flux from Ten Hyphen Twenty for Brighton's Where To Now? crew. Two extended pieces unravel with enigmatic logic; 'Portrait Of A House Plant' dissolving between darker ambient drones and composted ferric textures to pockets of trapped bass music, frictional rhythms against morphing swells of noise and detached melodies in between blurry ambient dimensions. 'Still Life With Indoor Water Feature' is lusher, traversing processed field recordings, crushing/crushed concrete textures and lost, ambient motifs deep into the sort of cracked, kaleidoscopic vortex you might expect from Wanda Group or DJ Purple Image. Recommended!
Eerie, oneiric electronic psychedelia from Lisbon's Ondness for Brighton's excellent Where To Now? label. 'Poor Man's Twilight Zone' exists in a headspace somewhere between Negra Branca's ethereal H-Pop scapes, Wanda Group's murky ambient and the kind of zonked post-techno purveyed by Opal Tapes, feeling out in the half light resonant, gamelan-like tones and lushest chord swirl in the 12 minute 'Trono', whilst 'Ongoing To Zona' combines celestial flute with a sort of lo-fi take on Porter Ricks' aquatic techno churn. 'Edit Sombre' is closer to techno proper with a buoyant 4/4 step… Read more
Thursday, 28 November
**Pro-duped 70 minute cassette housed in a stamped outer sleeve with artwork by Alex Solman** Demdike Stare return this week with a brand new mixtape for their own DDS label, their fourth released mix and second to appear on cassette. In the time since their last tape 'The Weight Of Culture', was released in February, Demdike inaugurated and released the first three instalments of their ongoing and open-ended 'Testpressing' series and have found themselves on the cover of this month's issue of The Wire magazine, setting the scene for the fourth Testpressing due imminently. In the mean… Read more
Thursday, 24 October
**Edition of 50 Produbbed clear tapes** New on Reckno. "If you enjoyed the Ananas Pyramidalis and Max Bellancourt releases on Reckno then this one will take you over the edge. Alabaster Falcons harness the sound of running water, shimmering light, refracted colour, infinite ascension, stopping and looking, breathing and relaxing. This release features two Zen drone works where two minds think as none in perfect harmony. This is pure music with all unnecessary extras removed. One hand clapping looped to form a deep pleasure tone. The final track, which might be the prettiest t… Read more
Thursday, 10 October
"Cave return following their ‘Neverendless’ album. ‘Threace’ is a real ‘back to the lab’ kind of album for Cave. They have spent more time on these new sounds than they had before - which is saying a lot! All Cave music grabs at your ears and the soft tissue within, and yet this time it's just so much more crystalline, bottom-booting and all-consuming than ever before. Threace comes on guitar up and jelly tight, saving the keys for colour commentary among the beats. Jeremy and Cooper explore their six-string relationship, finding shared space, ducking, parrying, working the edges, and finally twinni… Read more
"Mike Donovan’s debut comes following a distinguished run of tunesmithing for noise-popster poster boyz Sic Alps, so he’s well prepared to go the solo route with a sack full of songs. Lyrically, Mike’s sharpened the lead for a less random line drawn in the sand - allusive trips, lost in crystal canyons, turning a phrase with an acid flick of the wristwatch. Guitars intersecting in the manner of the old loom The Stones once used, weaving in blue. Where rubric becomes fabric becomes freecidelic. Confronting the empty in acrostic (inner) space, WOT is Plastic Ono dyspeptic arrhythmia. The dream is … Read more
Thursday, 03 October
**Edition of 100** Hooker Vision's Grant Evans shapeshifts into blown-out, crumbling tape noise sounds on 'Roman Persuasion'. Thirty minutes of arrhythmic, atonal abstraction ensues, straining hi-frequencies through a thicket of dense, brambled distortion which parts occasionally like a low lying mist to reveal strange, decaying, dreamlike melodies. RIYL Wanda Group, Decimus, Pat Maherr.
Thursday, 26 September
**Black cassette in metallic black jewellery case with download code and vintage matchbook. Sealed with custom tracing paper Obi. Edition of 50** Prolific collaborator and Tombed Visions boss David McLean meets Pascal Nichols ov Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides. Manning synth, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trump-Sax, Rhodes, and laptop, McLean tussles with Nichols in ten pieces culled from three hours of improvised jams collapsing elements of Indonesian ritual music, free jazz, drone, No Wave and ambient electronics with fiery dynamics and skilful restraint at the decrepit Hotspur House in Manchester.
**Black cassette in metallic black jewellery case with download code and Obi. Includes a special 3D printed circuit board keyring sculpted by Ed Simpson. Edition of 50!** “Easily the strangest release on Tombed Visions yet, Circuit Breaker is a skewered and angular take on Industrial primitivism and haunted Post-punk, assaulting the corporeal with a trembling yet firm fist. The Brother’s Simpson have spent their existence with Circuit Breaker in the hinterlands of the obscure, sourcing their sound from homemade and bastardized electronics and an animalistic hunger for degenerate rhythms, wor… Read more
**Black cassette in metallic black jewellery case with download code and Obi. Includes a special 'Opium' scented incense stick. Edition of 50** "Taking their name from the German term "Age of Enlightenment”, the duo Aufklärung tread a somnambulistic journey through pastoral beauty, slowburning psychedlia and caring introspection; a document of two close friends reconnecting. Recording in the winter of 2012, the duo decamped in an abandoned church in an isolated part of the Yorkshire countryside. Instead of the usual exchange of pleasantries, Lucy and Alex, barely saying a word to ea… Read more
Thursday, 13 June
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, 13 September 2012
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, 03 July 2012
"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."
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