Monday, 29 September
Berlin's RKSS debuts on Michael Hann's excellent Reject & Fade label with a bleached-out suite of techno grind and wheeze accompanied by a 17-page 'zine of writing by William Bennett, Johan Laserre, Claire Murphy Morgan, and Christopher Nosnibor. It's a 'Tunnel' in both title and aesthetic, streaming the listener through a vortex of peeling, crumbling samples powered by claggy house chug and thunderous techno momentum from the eerie Dennis Greenidge-styled pause button collage and sub-aquatic trajectory of the title track thru the murder techno fmarch of 'Moment', to the granite-rolled groove of 'Wi… Read more
Thursday, 25 September
**C30 white cassette with risograph cover. Edition of 20** Sacred Tapes offer a poke around the depths of John Powell-Jones' phantasmagoric mind with 'The Necromantic Bell Of Giradius'. Whilst perhaps best known as brilliant illustrator and screen-printer - his work for Reel Torque, Basic House, and Moon Duo features regularly on these pages, and he recently exhibited in Geneva accompanied by a Demdike Stare installation - his musical praxis is also gathering recognition, both in the motorik psych unit Horrid, and now revealed here as unique solo artist. Record… Read more
"At the locus of five corners, mythos is in the wind; a sea of tongues boils forth, mountains spurting forth from the magma. Bonnie sings for who he was and will be and for all of us, in time. Bonnie Billy has been quoted as saying that one of the songs on the album is a conceptual track that’s about “one day in 1973 when only two people died in the whole word...”
**Hand-numbered edition of 50 in card mailer with stickers** Sias plumbs murkier depths of knackered disco, house and boogie for Budapest, Hungary's Farbwechsel label. 'Office Of Public Works' works just off-centre of Andy Stott or Lily with a more dazed style leading us into pockets of time-warping field recordings and fuzz and back out to chugging, swampy grooves with a day-dreamy quality perfectly suited to the ferric fidelity.
**Glorious organ recital recorded on 1st November 2013 as part of Bergen Kirkeautunnale, Norway** "Featuring BJNilsen and John Beaumont’s “Black Death”, a new project using voice (tenor) and electronics; Charles Matthews’s repertoire includes performances of organ pieces by Arvo Pärt, Giacinto Scelsi and Johann Sebastian Bach; Marcus Davidson’s “Ananta” is released for the first time, and Spire regulars The Eternal Chord and The Spire Ensemble also perform. Spire is an organ-based live project curated by Touch’s Mike Harding and organist Charles Matthews, and is celebrating ten … Read more
Thursday, 18 September
Finally, the long-awaited return of Mordant Music's shadowy industrialist, Mr Maxted. Three years since his 'Momentum' and more still since the creepy ferric EBM of 'Lives & Privacy (94-89)', his re-emergence dovetails perfectly with current underground fixations on all things wavey, magnetic and spoolly. This is proper box bedroom machine music, strafed with streaks of vocodered voices and powered by the most brittle, prodding, gridlocked rhythms and minimalist synthlines with that wicked, foil-biting tang. Ten tracks range from boogie-in-yer-Y-fronts electro-pop on 'New World Down' t… Read more
"Full-tilt with tunes, aggro riffs, feedback peals, stoned soul-searching, pop turnarounds and magisterial portraits of the go-nowhere lifestyle in abstract, ‘Weirdon’ is also a new-phase Purling Hiss album, using the songwriting and guitar style of Mike Polizze to come up with a quicksilver sound touched on only briefly on previous records. Replete with handclaps, pounding pianos, tambourines and vocal effects, but steeped in guitar roar, Purling Hiss streamlines up nicely, serving the new songs and directions of ‘Weirdon’ while still slamming down hard on your ears like they like to do. S… Read more
Kinetic, urgent techno psychedelia from Nighthammer - a close associate of Gnod, who present his debut release on their Tesla Tapes label. '30 Day Hex' harks back to Spiral Tribe-style early '90s agit-rave with hi-velocity machine pulses and hypnotic synth modulations shielding lyrics questioning "belief systems, modern culture & superficial society structures"; '85 Straight Six' runs a swaggered electro rhythm recalling the hard metallic funk and robotic romance of early Autechre, albeit with a gritty, lo-fi and rudimentary finish; 'Neu X' jabs a hollow dub techno sound tweaked with viral bleeps.
Thursday, 11 September
**Limited edition black chrome cassette** A super sweet tape of original material and remixes by the Milanese avant-trancemaster, Lorenzo Senni, slipped out by EVOL's outta-sight Alku imprint. Using the same Roland JP-8000 synth explored on the blinding 'Superimpositions' on Boomkat Editions, Lorenzo explores the potential of a single, modulated arpeggio across the mesmerising A-side 'EVOLVER' until we're floating a foot off the 'floor. B-side he offers two remixes of influential trance classics with his Quantum Jelly re-mould of German pop trance act, Kaycee's 'Escape', and a hype… Read more
**Military grey-coloured cassette with insert. Housed in Hand-stencilled card box** "Musikaliszer Pinkos [SLP008] is the Lithuanian composer Arturas Bumšteinas’ first recording issued through Slip Discs, under his REFUSENIK alias. Recorded on a Polyvox synthesiser salvaged from a local market in Vilnius, this substantial suit of analogue meditations sees the composer approach material sourced from a Hebrew music book of the same name, published by cantor Abraham Berenstein in Vilna (1927). Surpassing mere analogue fetishism, Bumšteinas’ album is grounded upon a delicate flow betwee… Read more
**Excellent, Deranged avant-dance music from the Slip Discs co-founder. For fans of Micachu, Patten, G.O.D. Military grey-coloured cassette with insert. Housed in Hand-stencilled card box** "SNAZ [SLP009] is the first in a series of deranged dancefloor studies by Tom Rose, for which he is adopting his TCR moniker. Bookended by two remixes of cuts from Micachu’s Meat Batch Mix with Kwake Bass and I’m Not Dancing EP with Tirzah are three TCR originals borne out of an admiration for the producer’s bludgeoning and eccentric dance music. On Leaves, Vixen and Peach, TCR contorts blunted beats into gl… Read more
**Debut LP of brooding neo-classical/noise composition built from deconstructed instrumentation fed thru computer software and analog hardware by Sophia Loizou. Mixed & mastered by Paul Jebanasam. Edition of 100 designed by Alex Digard. RIYL Roly Porter, Ben Frost, The Haxan Cloak**"Astro:Dynamics return with Sophia Loizou's debut album, and indeed debut release, in the form of Chrysalis. It is an exploration of conflict and balance. Using a unique set of sonic transformations, synthetic materials and archival recordings of life both natural and mechanised, the work depicts forms across … Read more
End-of-the-rope business from Sweden's D.A.R.F.D.H.S., debuting on Opal Tapes after a dread-filled slab for Clan Destine. 'Fã-Rintelsen & Dã-den' is possibly the bleakest Opal to date, conducting a stygian descent to blank-eyed doom scapes prodded by icy pulses and systolic bass thru the buried harmonics of 'Andens Desperata Framåtanda' to the pealing breakdown of 'Dödsuppväckningar' and paralysing torture chamber ambience of 'Vaneföreställningsvärlden' and the utterly gutted gangster dread dub 'Kadaverdiciplin'.
Thursday, 04 September
**C22 tape edition of 100** "You snuff dippers, tobacco chewers - when you get to heaven you won't have nowhere to spit". Following two trips to gaol, Death Is Not The End present a collection of Sister O.M. Terrell's gospel recordings from the 1940s & 1950s. Far as we can tell, this is the first ever compilation solely dedicated to the Sister's music.
*Hand-numbered and housed in a custom made Stoughton tip-on box* "Lee Hazlewood’s LHI label only put out interesting albums. Yet despite the psychedelic cowboy’s success with Nancy Sinatra and more, being on Lee Hazlewood Industries was no fast-track to success. Gorgeous and talented Detroit, Michigan girl group Honey Ltd had all the makings of a hit band, yet they disappeared after releasing just one album in 1968, a vinyl rarity that now regularly fetches upwards of $2,000. Light In The Attic Records is now looking to set the record straight. Having previously explored bo… Read more
Thursday, 28 August
Light In The Attic have teamed up with Californian cassette aficionados Burger Records to reissue a series of classic LITA records on tape. Hand-numbered and housed in a custom made Stoughton tip-on box that likes of which have not been seen since the ’70s
Thursday, 21 August
*Hand-numbered edition housed in a custom made Stoughton tip-on box that likes of which have not been seen since the ’70s* Light In The Attic have teamed up with Californian cassette aficionados Burger Records to reissue a series of classic LITA records on tape. Coming From Reality was the follow up to Rodriguez’s classic album Cold Fact, the unlikely anthem to the South African anti-apartheid movement made famous by the documentary 'Searching For Sugar Man'.
Thursday, 14 August
**Artwork by Dr.Me. Edition of 50** Michel Hann (Rejections) shape-shifts into Marreck for his 2nd cassette on Tesla Tapes. Stepping on from the Ballardian infatuations and physical blows of his releases for Opal Tapes and Jehu and Chinaman, he's conceived a pointedly streamlined, visceral sound on 'Mechanism' which attempts to burrow right into any willing/unwilling host in proximity. The nine minutes of steam-powered, pneumatic pulses and eviscerating distortion in 'Prima' leave a serrated incision where 'Descending' enters and spreads like some vicious noise virus, before the banking squeal… Read more
**Two-colour risographed sleeves on recycled stock. Edition of 50** "'December' is the new project from respected french Techno producer Tomas More. After a steady slew of well received productions, including a split 12” with Roman Flugel 'December' becomes the realm in which Tomas is able to expose and indulge his love of harsher, less dancefloor focused textures, pluming his signature gritty techno ambience into the depths of no wave and mutated motorik. The sounds given on this debut release have always been there within his dancefloor productions but when that familiar and comforting pulse… Read more
Thursday, 07 August
**Pro-duped cassette housed in handmade prints (no two alike). Edition of 55. Includes download code for extended edition with 30 minute additional music** Other Ideas' 2nd cassette is a free-form smudge and grind session between Craig Tattersall (The Remote Viewer, The Boats, Cotton Goods) and Thomas Shrubsole (Jesus On Mars, Sub Loam). Sequestered in Shrubsole's studio circa late 2012/early 2013, the duo strafed between a vast array of vintage analogue synths, reel-to-reel tape recorders and "esoteric sound producing devices" to make a quietly engaging, lower case racket tha… Read more
"Fresh from their debut release - a collaboration with kraut legend Harald Grosskopf (RVNG, Sky) (Ashra Tempel, Manuel Gottsching, Klaus Schulze), Standard Planets release their second single, a collaboration with Arthur's Landing: a collective of musicians who worked extensively with revered avant-disco producer Arthur Russell throughout his life. The A side of the release is a never before recorded or released Arthur Russell song 'Dumbo Dumbo'. Arthur attempted this song during the infamous CBS/Dinosaur L recording sessions of 1978 but was abandoned for r… Read more
Thursday, 24 July
Bradford's excellent Fuse label/art space coin their Fuse Editions series with two live recordings of BJNilsen made in early 2014. The first documents the Swedish sound/recording artist at Fuse Art Space on 10th January, 2014, with 35 minutes of glacial drone melt and hydrophonic swirl using richly textured field recordings to eke out immersive environments which train our attentions to the sound of nature and, by turns, its effect on humans. Likewise, the 2nd piece, recorded at Theatre Royal, Marrakech, 27th February 2014 draws us in to a magnified survey of organic tones rent by in… Read more
"The second in the Fuse Editions series presents two live performances by Star Turbine - one recorded at Fuse Art Space, Bradford, on the 27th of February 2014, and another from Nundungeon, Edinburgh, on the 1st of March 2014. Released on limited cassette and digital formats in July 2014. Star Turbine are Sindre Bjerga and Claus Poulsen. Working mainly with electronics and prepared amplified objects, they have toured their unique soundscapes throughout Europe over the last two years."
Thursday, 17 July
*New edition on limited cassette.* Recorded live in a communal setting, surrounded by friends and family, this new release from Will Oldham and cohorts approaches bluegrass music from a joyous and youthful angle, committed to tape whilst nestled deep in the wilds of Kentucky. The seven players come together to play Bonnie 'Prince' Billy originals, songs from The Picket Line's own repertoire and one or two covers, including Merle Haggard's 'Rambling Fever'. The tone is raw and upbeat for virtually the entire duration, and it's great to hear Oldham embracing such roo… Read more
**C40. Housed in hand-numbered, folded print with various decorated inserts. "Art Edition" of 34** Dissolving Records' Thomas Shrubsole - aka Sub Loam, In The Field, Jesus On Mars - presents early, archival recordings, using his birth name for the first name. It's a personal and far-reaching suite of disparate sounds tripping from Decimus-like astral chaos thru vivid synth wormholes to surprising Detroit techno deviations , gamelan-like percussive meditations and extended passages of atonal noise, all free as you like and unhindered by anything but his own wild imagination.
"‘For The Recently Found Innocent’ is many things - the fifth White Fence album, the first White Fence album to be recorded outside the bedroom fence (with live drumming!), the first White Fence record to be produced for Drag City, the second time that Tim Presley and Ty Segall have met to record music (does anyone remember ‘Hair’?), this time pure and simply committed in the name of White Fence. Inevitably, the collision at the intersection of all these winding roads is a beautiful pileup of deep impacts, graceful lines and open space embodied in sound. White Fence’s… Read more
Thursday, 10 July
Visceral, lysgeric psych-noise from Street Thunder on his return to Reckno following the 'Bonfire Gecko Hex' tape. In comparison to the sanguine kosmiche of their previous, 'Galaxies' is more expansive, ripping at the edges with incendiary, kaotic noise harmonics in four parts scoping out the cascading tone clusters of 'Meteor Shower' alongside the shoegaze wrench of 'Universe End' and the overheating circuitry of 'Cosmic Residue'. But most impressive is the two-part 20 minute epic, 'Star Collapse / Venusian Naturism' which builds and roils to a deliriously unhinged swarm of bittersweet discord that you could practically swim in.
**Housed in oversized case with 2-panel inlay. Edition of 50** "School House is the lo-fi solo guise of Peter J Taylor, a British composer whose work primary focuses on multiple guitar compositions, focusing on extended techniques, custom tunings and adaptive notation to explore the harmonies of micro-tonal change in overtones. Stretching his ensemble pieces to include upwards of 26 axes, Taylor’s work has gained steady renown across Europe and comparisons to the likes of Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca. On Soft Focus, Taylor boils the main components of his compositional concerns down to … Read more
**Cassette mounted on vacuum formed tray in oversized case. 2-panel inlay printed on 300gsm receycled stock. 100 copies for the world** "Their first recorded album since 2007, ‘Secret Paths’ is I Have Eaten The City’s tour-de-force. This trio of multi-instrumentalists could easily be seen as a microcosm for the practices of Toronto’s wider experimental music scene, the breadth and fluidity of their experimentations throughout their discography showcasing an alarmingly diverse range influences and atmospheres, of which ‘Secret Paths’ is a clear apex. The astonishing opener ‘Eyo… Read more
**Edition of 75 x C60 cassettes. Artwork by Jason Kerley** Wonderfully wayward electronic vectors from Yaaard on the brilliant Reckno label. Dubbed by the label, "..an act of hero worship/destruction salvaged from the hard drive of a dead computer, a past thought lost now preserved on magnetic tape", Yaaard's 4th tape for the label revolves 14 pieces veering from blunted groovebox workouts reminding of Dro Carey thru to Ecco Jam-style ambient beatmulch on 'Shook Ones' with Street Thunder, via icy R&B introspection reminding of FKA Twigs in 'Tell Me' featuring Kinlaw, and the blistered shoegaze lurch of 'Infinite Love'.