Thursday, 23 October
**EPiC oversized 5 x tape clamshell boxset feat over 5.5 hours of combined live room + desk recordings. Two-colour risograph inlay by John Powell-Jones, One-time Edition of 125 copies** Reel Torque Volume 7 documents five merciless DJ sets from the Diagonal Records room at Leitmotif 002, held on 31st May 2014 at London's Corsica Studios. Russell Haswell throws down the gauntlet first in the Live Salvage of his 1 hour HDJ set - room recording only, no desk input - running amok with forthcoming solo and Consumer Electronics material. Joe Raime then tak… Read more
Traag follows his alter ego Siobhan's 'Southgate' LP for Opal Tapes with a raw, sleazy session for Italy's Gang Of Ducks. Punkishly cocked with drawling vocals and greased up with slow, kinky boogie and electro rhythms, it lands somewhere between '20 Jazz Funk Greats'-era TG and the snottier No Wave styles of Dracula Lewis or $hit & $hine, at best in the loping, reverse edit loops and snivelly delivery of 'Win The Lotto', the mutant disco propulsions of 'Mr. Alan', 'Rubber Doll' and 'Stray Dog', or the coiled electro slither of 'Tropical Fruit'.
**C40 tape housed in tracing paper inlay** Baron Mordant and Ekoplekz's dangerously underrated eMMplekz project regroup to agitate and baffle on the 'You Might Also Like' addend to the 'Your Crate Has Changed' and 'IZOD Days' sessions. In it, the 'plekz furnishes an increasingly confident, ever-sardonic, and acutely incisive Baron with some of his leanest, driven riddims for a furrow-browed mooch around a Southern English bloke's outsider psyche. Expect sordid, name-dropping tales about an olde English tobacconist ('Name Blotter') and misanthropic rituals set to psychoactive dub in … 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.
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
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
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, 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
**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.
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
Thursday, 03 July
**Edition of 100 with custom artwork by Marlous Tode** Immersive live recording of a presentation by sound artist Jacob Kirkgaard at ZXZW festival (now called Incubate) in Tilburg, Holland, 2007. The two recordings, thought lost for years and now rescued by Snug Life, document Kirkegaard's matching the resonant frequencies of the venue, NS16, to make the space itself part of the performance, in line with his artistic praxis dealing with acoustic phenomena and "secret sounds" at the threshold of human hearing perception. RIYL, Roly Porter, Vainio, Emptyset!
Thursday, 19 June
**Recordings of 1950s folk-blues-gospel music from inmates of the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, issued here on a lovingly packaged and designed cassette** "New reissue label Death Is Not The End debut with a limited cassette release of folklorist Dr. Harry Oster's collection of recordings from Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, originally released in 1959 on the Folk-Lyric label. For a brief period, the American South was full of musicologists keen to record and archive the great and expansive tradition of folksong. The context of these particular recordings conve… Read more
Thursday, 12 June
Stockholm's Frida-Li Lovgren aka Quiltland caters to Astro:dynamics' wide-open agenda with a beuatifully emotional rollercoaster of trance crescendos and new age Scando synth romance. 'Sisto' is Quiltland's debut album and introduction to the wider listening public following low key appearances on Amdiscs and a tour tape split with the excellent Sand Circles. He's in good company on the Astro:dynamics roster, with whom he shares a certain wayward, free-styling sensibility attempting to swerve convention in favour of what feels right and good. The A-side manifests that aesthetic in six pieces ran… Read more
Thursday, 29 May
He's back and this time he's got company..errr..sorry. Run Dust and Barry Brush bring the ruckus on this tape which is getting released especially for Run Dusts show at Fat out Fest here in Salford, Run Dust has 2 Tesla Tapes already and a killer on release on the Trensmat label along with some impressive live shows and frantic energy which he is bringing back almost exactly a year to the date to Salford for this years Fat Out Fest.
"Got back from a Gnod UK tour this year to discover a cdr entitled Famous Moon King in the Tesla merch box, After some investigation nobody claimed it as theirs and could find no info online or on the grapevine about the Famous Moon King. Spent some time with the music from this cdr and decided that this had to go to tape. Its such a cheeky, pulsating emotive collection of grooves that it would be just downright selfish not to share it with folk. Thank you Famous Moon King who ever you are..."
Thursday, 08 May
Astro:dynamics follow up their Alis and Vaghe Stelle releases with a suite of oneiric ambient pop experiments recorded to tape by former Simian, Simon Lord. Employing the unique fidelities of an old Tascam 4-track cassette recorder, Lord Skywave presents nine gauzy sketches of wispy synthlines and multi-tracked vocal harmonies imbued with a certain pastoral English quality and frayed Radiophonic electronics lending themselves to comparisons with everyone from Walls' Alessio Natalizia, Ekoplekz and The Boats.
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