Thursday, 06 March
**Crucial 60 minute mix from Delroy Edwards. Inlay illustrated, designed and printed by SAVWO. Edition of 150** Reel Torque Volume 4 features an hour of insanely heady dancefloor power from Delroy Edwards recorded recently at home in LA, California. Practically clipping the heels of his outstanding 'Teenage Tapes' album for The Death Of Rave, it's a free-styling, deftly mixed selection of choice Chicago jakk trax, '80s boogie, obscure drum edits and Detroit techno sequenced to be blasted from massive boomboxes and low-riders on the corner. The idea for Delroy's mix was first p… Read more
**Edition of 20** Debut cassette release from Manchester-based miscreant Voval on his home-brewed Bliqa label. 'Programme 1' features 13 minutes, 4 tracks of detached, ductile, freestyle drone sounding something like Though Broadcast communing with the duppies of Korean fan death. It's lo-fi yet visceral stuff carved like sonic alabaster on a 4th hand Amiga. Chekkit!
**Debut physical release of cinematic atmospheres finding darker ground somewhere between early Oneohtrix Point Never, Lars Holdus and David Lynch soundtracks. C25. Two-colour risographed sleeves on recycled stock. Edition of 60** "'Permanent Liminality' leads the 25 minute journey with it's cinematic, Vangelis-esque opening, where end of life gasps of breath pierce through a dense choral hum, conjuring the ghosts of Brian Eno's 'Music for Airports' before morphing into a dry, desolate, Ballardian expanse of unease & dread... 'A fish hook in my finger' picks up where things have been left, ag… Read more
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.
**Two-colour risographed sleeves on recycled stock. Edition of 50** Brighton's ever-excellent Where To Now debut Devon Hansen's skillful concrète craftwork in the engrossing 'Speak In A Low Voice Which Is Difficult To Hear'. Taking a step away from the beat-oriented output of his Lotide guise - last heard on Astro:dynamics' 'Moonless' album, this piece of work is equally comparable with mid-century avant-garde and concrète by the Pierres as the contemporary works of Jar Moff, Helm and Bruce Gilbert. Field recordings are twisted, serrated and re-sculpted in… Read more
Wednesday, 12 February
Limited cassette version. In the same week that saw Secretly Canadian reissuing the two Zero Boys albums, Drag City digs up this classic slice of American garage punk. In Truth, tracks like the killer opener 'Keep On Knocking' have as much in common with Kiss as they do with obvious antecedents and fellow Detroit denizens MC5. Death sprang to local notoriety when their 1974 demo fell into the hands of producer Don Davis, who had previously found success with Stax recording artists Johnnie Taylor And The Dramatics. Davis then booked the band a slot at Detroit's renowned United… Read more
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
The excellent Blowing Up The Workshop mix-tape blog and Opal Tapes team up again to present the machine madness of Ged Gengras' Personable and Gnod's Dwellings & Druss on the latest Mirror & gate volume. In jackin' modular synth mode, Personable churns out two bits of overheated electronic scree powered by thumping kicks on his side; Gnod squadron's Dwellings & Druss 'fess up a live set recorded on 20/06/13 on the flip, stepping off into a vortex of acidic chain reactions, staggering dub rhythms, cacophonous noise and thunderous drum patterns so dark and disorienting we can't tell up from down.
Opal Tapes and the Blowing Up The Workshop mix-blog-cum-label introduce two new artists to our ears on 'Mirror & Gate Vol. IV'. Aniello sprawls across the A-side with some 30 minutes of uniquely syncopated percussive loops and tape FX oscillating somewhere between Thought Broadcast and Decimus in its refusal to stick with any discernible structure and wickedly atonal no wave qualities. Freaky ish. John Sandia's 'Pierrot Lunaire' opens up an equally aud, abstract space on the flip with the possibly Schoenberg-referencing four-part movement of worn-down rhythms, ambient gloom and spectral presence.
**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, 09 January
**Edition of 150** Intense, squally noise drones from Dublin's Where Is This, his first for The Tapeworm. To date Mark Ward aka 'Where Is This' has released a slew of his own recordings on his Bored Bear label, along with countless others by the likes of Black Orgasm, Piss Gag, Female Harikiri and other such friendly-monikered miscreants. His 'Inifinite Hum' opens The Tapeworm's 2014 catalogue with a bracing 20 minute blast of viscous, vicious white noise licking up high peaks of blizzard-like distortion in hypnotic, oncoming waves. 'Infinite Hiss' is more varied, redolent of Kevin Dru… 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!
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, 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