Thursday, 17 April
*Edition of 100, pro-duped cassettes, 30 minutes long, new on Hospital Productions** Another limited cassette outing from Hospital Productions, this time offering up a raw, tunnelling (tech)No Wave session from Ivy Barkakati, the co-owner of Barcelona's incredible Anòmia label with Arnau Sala - her parter in the Vactor duo. The first side burrows deep in with three pieces ranging from aggressive pulses and caustic tape hiss on 'Inhibitor' to the quieter, chamber-like melody and peripheral bass pressure of 'Star Report' and the stressed, Evol-like signal pings of 'Matiz'. B-side blasts f… Read more
Thursday, 10 April
Gnod's Tesla Tapes pay tribute to the anti-fracking resistance camp at Barton Moss, miles from Gnod HQ at Islington Mill, Salford, with half an hour of stentorian rants by Michael O'Neill set to desolate northern drones produced and mixed by Druss & Dwellings. It's a fxxking uncomfortable listen, but probably not as uncomfortable as the protestor under attack from corporate dibble depicted on the inlay. There's four tracks in total, all delivered with politicised vitriol and a stoic glare, ranging from slow-marching No Wave drones and pulses to blown-out, polluted du… Read more
**Limited edition of 50** Sleazy, wavey machine groovers from Gergely Szilveszter Horváth aka Route 8 for the ace Farbwechsel label. From what we're hearing, Route 8 is the label's secret weapon, and on the strength of these cuts certainly due some wider exposure. He's got a proper, raw and rugged touch harking back to the baddest early Chicago jams and equally the loosest, moodiest Legowelt pieces, exemplified in the Larry Heard gone darkside vibe of 'CanYouFeelIt?', on the wiggly ace 'Slim City', with his Delroy Edwards-esque tracky jam 'Mental Murder' and especially on the 'Never Endi… Read more
**Limited edition of 50** Another great instalment of deep, machine-driven experiments ranging from no wave house to noise and electronica from Hungary's Farbwechsel label. As they say in Football, it's a game of two halves; Route 8 offering four sublime pieces of throbbing lo-fi house compatible with 1991, Torn Hawk or Legowelt - at best in the slow-mo wade and solar synth flares of 'II' and the balmy balcony boogie of 'III' - whereas Danada Cry dices with mad, grotty, groove-driven no wave electronica in ten fractured, unstable experiments.
**Limited edition of 50** Excellent debut EP of mesmerising, driven hardware jams by Farbwechsel boss S. Olbricht and his buddy Alpár. The 'Silf' EP is much cleaner and more charming than the last we heard from Olbricht on his 'Deutsche Amerikanische Tragödie' for Opal Tapes. Perhaps that's due to the influence of Alpár or maybe he just got some tape head cleaner - we're not sure - but these tracks are far more suitable for club use. There's still a ferric fuzz, but it doesn't dominate proceedings as much, instead providing a buoyant cushion for the acidic lattice and thrumming, skyward incline of '… Read more
“Woods’ brand of pop shamanism has undergone several gradual transformations over their past few albums, but on With Light and With Love, the tinkering reveals an expanded sonic palette that includes singing saw, heavier emphasis on percussion, and a saloon piano that sounds like it was rescued from a flooded basement. Distinct from both the stoned volk of their earliest recordings and the kraut-y dalliances of more recent fare, With Light and With Love showcases a more sophisticated brand of contemporary drug music that owes more to Magical Mystery Tour than motorik. “If you’ve ever t… Read more
Thursday, 27 March
**Edition of 50 pro dubbed grey tapes** Enigmatic debut album of ambient popping candy from Biographs. RIYL Wanda Group! Reckno sez: "must dissolve took me by surprise in it's microscopic attention to detail, echoing some of the weirdest (and most beautiful) early Mego releases like Fridge Tracks. Play it at low volume for a soothing melt out or turn it up for the full textured rub down. Using tools often associated with chiptunes Biographs creates a porous, gridless and organic sound world bubbling with fizz, hiss and distortion. At times like the romantic hum of a far off plane engine at other times like a snowflake melting in your ear."
**Edition of 50 produbbed blue tapes - Extended cosmic chug missions** "Endless rolling modern dance music that takes elements of shoegaze bliss out plus the build n collapse of ecstatic jazz. Walking FM basslines anchor the tracks in a lush haze like the melting smile of a pleasantly wrecked good friend. Drums are panned and tweaked till the iiird eye opens and the room starts to slowly rotate. The two tracks on this album are Ay Gee Tee's longest and most emotional works yet and Reckno is super proud to be able to present them to the world."
**Hand-numbered edition of 65** Dubstep elders, Boka Records, present what we reckon is the first dubstep cassette. It rolls out two classically-rooted riddims from burgeoning yungers: A-side Compa & Ipman bring the darkness with a cinematic intro and intricate percussive voodoo; B-side Compa meditates on an astral trajectory with the murky halfstep, raga vocal drones and plangent electronics of 'Earths Orbit'.
Thursday, 13 March
**Hypnagogic fug beats for fans of Actress and Opal Tapes** "Astro:Dynamics continue their run of form in 2014 by following releases from Alis and Vaghe Stelle with the debut release from the ever elusive Rasul Gafarov's Nenado moniker. Based in central Russia, Rasul has previously appeared on an erratic flow of 12"s under the name Lenta - including split 12"s with Software's Huerco S on the Other Heights label, and Ahu (the house/techno side project of Touch's Sohrab) on Iran's Shahr Farang label, and has performed rare shows at the likes of acclaimed Moscow club ARMA17. Whilst his work as Le… Read more
Thursday, 06 March
Entr'acte's January 2014 mix, delivered on 40 used C90 cassettes. A proper cut-up collage of field recordings, New Beat samples and myriad other aural detritus compiled, mixed and duplicated from tapes by Ultra Eczema boss and all round scene bod Dennis Tyfus in Antwerp, making for a real K-hole of a listen. Tracklist: A - Colunst / Pierre Elitair & Danny Kontjesmaat / Wim De Bie met Henry Vrienten & Joost Belinfante / John Carpenter / Maniacs / Hirsche Nicht Aufs Sofa / Etant Donnés /Nosepickers / Brew Abuse; B - Brew Abuse / DSR Lines / Jessica Rylan / OB Minimax / Dysuria / Vullran / Hiatus / WIM Fanfare / Speleocombo / Girls On Fire / RTVS.
Thursday, 06 February
Mercurial electronic shapeshifting from Suren Seneviratne aka My Panda Shall Fly for the steadily expanding Sonic Router label. Exotic-minded, but rooted with a certain sorta South London swagger, the six tracks of 'Higher' follow his recent 'Tape Tekkno' beauty for Gang Of Ducks with a sweeter, smudged vibe, breaking down from fuzzy breakstep shimmy of 'Haus / Transferring Sorrow' to the Actress-like slouch of 'Ark (Spirit Servant)' and the overheated radiophonic funk of 'Crac', folding in extra dimensions of cosmic bleeps and pastoral froth with 'Groupp Mind', and tripping into lushest glitch vortices with 'Fish R Friends'.
Thursday, 30 January
**Inlay illustrated, designed and printed by SAVWO** Reel Torque's tertiary tape captures Windy City sorcerer Jamal Moss (Hieroglyphic Being, The Sun God) putting Teenage Engineering's Op.01 synthesiser thru its paces in an hypnotic hour long improvisation. Whilst Jamal's best known for jamming on vintage kit in classic Chicago style, the 'Acid Symphonic Op.01 Concert' is testament to an intuitive approach and fluidly psychedelic vision that can be practically applied to any bit of kit, proving the old adage; it's not what you use but how you use it that really … Read more
Astro:dynamics present quite easily the best material we've heard so far from Sabina Plamenova aka Alis yet, a lovely suite of lo-fi dream-pop sketches recorded during downtime around a show in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. The music stands in stark contrast to her recent dancefloor moves on Don't Be Afraid and her own Opit label, erring closer to the psychedelic dub tropes of Negra Branca's amazing 'NB' LP, but juxtaposing her tender, soulful vocal loops against colder, minimalist ambient techno space where she lets her voice ring out like the plainsong of Julianna Barwick. It reveals a qu… Read more
Thursday, 23 January
**2nd edition of 40 copies** Entr'acte present a reissue of Renato Rinaldi's technoid systems music originally issued in 2010. Using a homebuilt array of oscillators and mechanical instruments together with mixer feedback, Rinaldi creates jagged, pulsing rhythms and chewy noise patterns which were edited down and mastered by his partner in the sometime Oreledigneur duo, Giuseppe Ielasi. The results, split over two cassette volumes, The results, split over two cassette volumes, reveal the most primitive unique wave shapes, close to Radiophonic naivety and tactility but with a clear awareness of minimal techno and avant electronics. RIYL CoH, Sähkö, Senufo Editions.
Immersive, labyrinthine electro-acoustic music originally issued in 2010. Darkest drone wormholes. Christopher McFall: "I think that this series of works represents the most visual and visceral of my releases to date. I feel that it is accurately reflective of my perceptions of my immediate environment at the time it was conceived. When I composed these tracks in 2008 I wanted to create something with field recordings and treated tape/sampled material that alluded to an epic feeling that could be rendered in black in white; eroding more with every subsequ… Read more
Thursday, 16 January
*Each copy comes in an individually customised cover* Milan's Haf Haf debuts a groggy hip hop and techno sound on one of the most intriguing labels to emerge in 2013, Gang Of Ducks. Coming off like a stoned relative of Kouhei Matsunaga and the Opal Tapes crew, 'Notch' cycles eight cuts of marbly, off-kilter techno grooves and lop-sided rave to put a crick in your neck. 'Ode to U19' sets the tone with what sounds like Tomutonttu splaying a Skweee groove, whilst 'Hybrid' locks down a badass hybrid of knackered techno chug and hip hop beside the Madteo-like budge of 'Gate Keeper'. 'Fractal' is one of… Read more
Thursday, 12 December
**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
Thursday, 05 December
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!
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, 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 '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, 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, 14 August 2012
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
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