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Thursday, 27 November
Back in stock! Daphne Oram might not be a name as familiar as, say Delia Derbyshire or Raymond Scott, but she is one of the unsung heroes of the early electronics movement, and even more interestingly was the founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop! Are you impressed yet? Well you should be, Daphne joined the BBC at a mere 17 years of age back in 1942 (turning down a place at the Royal Academy of Music) and from there on she badgered the company endlessly to start investing in electronic music. She was convinced of the potential of this new sound and was totally obsessed with pioneering it, to the p… Read more
"Debut album from Brassica - featuring a vocoded Italian translation of Slayer's "Dead Man Skin" in Ballo Dei Morti. Brian Ferry's Saxophonist Jorja Renn appears on Be Lost and Psychic Heartburn. Anagrammatic Art Eb Lull Us was written on an old Hammond Organ with a nod towards Mike Oldfield. The Lodger contains the breaths and grunts of a contemporary dance troupe recorded in a collaboration 15 years prior, and the voice of Emile Bojesen (whose little documented collaborations with Brassica as synth punk band Gold Blood) appears on No Apocalypse."
Wednesday, 26 November
*The classic Venetian Snares album, now re-pressed after years out of print* For our money the finest Snares album to date, blending Aaron Funk's classic tumbling breaks and Amen shuffles with a more spacious plunderphonic style first heard on his career-topping "Moonglow" 7" and an incredible new-line in symphonic string constructions and ambient soundscapes that put many of his more pretentious contemporaries to shame. Incredibly, "Rossz Csillag Allat Született" is Funk's 12th studio album and was inspired by a trip to Hungary while on European tour. Aaron fo… Read more
*Collating rarities and unreleased cuts from the mighty Vex'd...Finally made available again* Planet Mu's armour-plated dubstep ensemble follow their seminal first LP with an addendum of sorts, collating rarities and unreleased cuts produced around those album sessions. 'Cloud Seed' is built from that same sort of controlled dancefloor aggression and appreciation of darker sci-fi moods and aesthetics, blending stunning moments of cinematic dystopia like 'Remains Of The Day' and 'Shinju Bridge' with their reworks of neo-classical compositions from John Richards and Gabriel Prokofiev released on… Read more
Tuesday, 25 November
**Housed in tip on-style gatefold slipcase** Tertiary album of full bodied, brooding minimal tech-house/techno by the ascendant Bavarian producer, his first for Innervisions. Ten tracks play to expectations with a sinuous reduction of acidic bass grooves and piquant hooks kept neat and tidy to keep you shuffling in the pocket.
Following his ‘Beautyfear’ album, Marsen Jules returns with two extended pieces recorded during a two week residency at the renowned GRM institute in Paris.The institute was founded in 1958 by composer Pierre Schaeffer, one of the main protagonists of Musique Concrète, a musical movement that focused on recorded sounds and sound manipulations as a basis for compositions. For these two extended pieces (35 minutes) Jules dives deep into the level of subatomic sound-particles. Clusters of string crescendos emerge from a nearly psychoacoustic sound-wall of warm drones in which they disappear with ult… Read more
The Belgian techno powerhouse cuts right across the face of modern big room techno with trax from Luke Slater's Planetary Assault Systems, James Ruskin, Surgeon, Inigo Kennedy, Karenn and more in the 'Aphelion' compilation. Includes serious highlights in PAS's fruity 808 workout, 'The 808 Track (Parts 1 & 2)' and Karenn's darkside wormhole 'Pace Yourself'.
Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen's Kiamos duo follow their 2012 debut 12" with a fully fledged LP of posh dance music. Both artists approach the project from similar angles, marrying mutual taste for mnml tech-house rhythms with more mannered neo-classical sensibilities. It includes the previous single track, 'Thrown' plus seven new compositions, at best in the elegant swing of 'Swayed' and the melancholic electro-house shuffle of 'Bent'. "“We decided to start almost completely over with this record, so most of the material is written this year with the idea of making a record that can stand as one … Read more
Kompakt's seminal series presents a ruck of new names - Thore Pfieffer, Gregor Schwellenbach, Leandro Fresco, Max Würden, Ulf Lohmann, Gustavo Lamas - on the forward looking 'Pop Ambient 2015' volume. Perfectly poised for cold nights indoors, it circulates eleven lovely pieces in the series' finest tradition, radiating inwards from the Gas-like choral bliss of two bits by Thore Pfieffer, thru the trickling radiophonic bleeps of Dirk Leyers' 'Daydreamer' to the light-headed float of Leandro Fresco's 'Nada Es Para Siempre' and the swelling crest of strings in Ulf Lohmann's 'Refresh', alongside new pieces from old hands, bvdub and Jens-Uwe Beyer.
Mule Musiq entice some sweet ambient compositions from house and techno producers, alongside pieces by artists better known for work in neo-classical/ambient echelons. The likes of Petre Inspirescu, Roman Flügel, John Roberts and Recondite all step out of their usual domain into feathered, glassy, beat-less zones, alongside tranquil moments from seasoned ambient composers such as Hauschka and Koss. If we're picking any one highlight, it's gotta be Terre Thaemlitz aka DJ Sprinkles' remix of the Nobody Mix for Primula's 'Nobody's In This Classroom'.
**Double CD with label catalogue and 24-page liner notes housed in trifold slipcase** 'Kompositionen 1950-1972' collects 16 compositions by Christian Wolff. "Most of the pieces collected for this portrait of Christian Wolff document the composer’s early activity and were mainly recorded around the time of their composition. Each recording exemplifies the sound gestures from their time. "Finally I realized that the kind of sound made in an indeterminate situation includes what could result in no other way; for example, the sound of a player making up his mind, or having to change… Read more
**Glossy gatefold jacket includes Edition RZ label catalogue and extensive liner notes in German and English** Important collection of Giancinto Scelsi compositions penned between 1959-1972, performed by various ensembles between 1972-1990. A visionary musical thinker and composer, Giacinto Scelsi (1905 - 1988) was a pioneer of microtonal composition with a rarely paralleled ear for timbre and dynamic. He coined many avant-garde ideas which were later explored by many others in the avant-garde, but, in the classic sense, he was hardly acknowledged until after his twilight years, and onl… Read more
**Gatefold slipcase with 8-page booklet and label catalogue. "We would like to point out that this piece is extremely quiet. Please choose the volume setting of your sound system so as to just barely mask the ambient sounds of the room"** Jakob Ullmann: "voice, books and FIRE is the result of my reflections about the relationship between music and language: language as sound and language as text, the numerous relationships between texts of different cultural and religious traditions, between the work of the human spirit in the present and in the past and the questions arising from … Read more
Monday, 24 November
**2LP gatefold** Primo Roman sound designer Giuseppe Tillieci aka Neel takes to Spectrum Spools with his debut solo album proper, inspired by the entropic, 50 million year lifespan of Mars' 2nd and larger moon, Phobos. It's a spellbinding attempt to deal with sound on the vastest scales imaginable, using a combination of modular synths and hardware to traverse the full frequency range and achieve an immense soundscape streaked with massive sound objects and microscopic details. We were lucky enough to catch him perform a similar sound live alongside his Voices From The Lake partner, Donato Dozzy, at Rome'… Read more
Thursday, 20 November
Listening to this latest album from Liz Harris’ Grouper project it’s easy to forget how much of a hard sell her music was back when 'Way Their Crept’ landed with us back in 2005. Her eerie, layered mix of bare vocals, guitar and tape delay didn't quite fit in with what anyone else was really doing on the scene back then - and it completely knocked us out even if no one was buying it. By the time her breakthrough ‘Dragging a Dead Deer…’ arrived on Type three years later she was more or less playing to a baying mob hungry for any little morsel she cared to throw their way, her (by now) more fleshed out sh… Read more
Wednesday, 19 November
Black Rain dials deep into the Blackest Ever Black psyche with 'Dark Pool', its first new material in 18 years. An eagerly awaited follow-up to 'Protoplasm' (2012) and 'Now I'm Just A Number: Soundtracks 1994-95' (2012), it features New York's dark interpreter, Stuart Argabright - Ike Yard instigator and erstwhile member of Dominatrix, Death Comet Crew - realise his starkest sci-fi fantasies in degrees of pitch black relief streaked with strobing neon flashes and whirring tribal/industrial rhythms comparable with his label-mates, Regis or Cut Hands. Thematically it builds upon the literary influe… Read more
**Gatefold slipcase** Pev, Kowton, and Asusu collect all 12 remixes of their Livity Sound cache from like-minded and compatible producers. It's a smart showcase of their combined tastes, tasking the likes of Mix Mup & Kassem Mosse to rework Kowton's 'More Games' as a squashed, spacey bogle beside a pair of wrecked, kinky remixes of Asusu's 'Velez' from A Made Up Sound, and a pair of steaming reworks for Kowton & Pev from Surgeon and Pangaea. There's also a slamming MMM remix of Pev & Asusu's 'Surge', a high-pressure Tessela take on Pev's 'Aztec Chant', and much more from Ilian Tapes Stenn… Read more
Tuesday, 18 November
**Deluxe triple Digipak gatefold** In case you hadn't noticed, the gurning genius is back in a big way with 'Syro', his first new LP since 'Drukqs' (2001). Culled from his legendary trove of recordings, it's apparently "about a fifth" of what he's done in the last 10 years, "…one album out of many possible ones", according to his interview with Rolling Stone. After a couple of whizzes thru, we'd say it lands somewhere between 'Drukqs' and the Analord series of 2005 - no real surprises there, then - leaning heavy on trademark breakbeat funk and hyper-jazzy/classical arrangements for the most, and savin… Read more
'Xen' sets a definitive new apex for 24 y.o. Venezuelan artist Alejandro Ghersi aka Arca following his pivotal production roles on two of the most important hip hop/R&B albums in recent memory; Kanye's 'Yeezus' and FKA Twigs 'EP2' & 'LP1' - plus production work on Bjork;s next album still to come. Suitably housed among the roster of electronic legends on Mute, it's a nimble leap forward from last year's incredible '&&&&&' mixtape/LP, refracting myriad variations of his chamber-like fusion of vaporwave 'tronics, tarraxho and technoid pop queered with completely unique tunings and rent with exquisite 3D dynami… Read more
Thursday, 13 November
Oren Ambarchi caps a vintage and truly prolific year of releases with the pulsing, searching, 5-part narrative of 'Quixotism'. Underpinned by the pulsing truth of Thomas Brinkmann's computable drums, the session unfolds with a preternaturally hypnotic logic, consolidating a wealth of contributions from the likes of regular collaborators Jim O'Rourke (synth), Crys Cole (contact mics, brushes), Eyvind Kang (bowed gender & violas) and John Tilbury (piano) with new input from U-zhaan (tabla) and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, plus co-production and engineering by Randall Dunn at Avast, Seattle.… Read more
Adam Wiltzie (Stars Of The Lid) and Dustin O'Halloran reprise their acclaimed strings and keys duo, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, with 'Atomos I - XII' for Erased Tapes. We can safely report that it's every bit as gorgeous as their eponymous debut, but you probably already got the hint from their teaser 12", 'Atomos VII' which landed earlier this year backed with a fearsome Ben Frost re-interpretation. The further XI parts sweep us to the most picturesque modern classical panoramas imaginable...
Friday, 07 November
We can barely contain ourselves over this compilation album from the eccentric bunch behind the Mordant and Skull Disco imprints. Over the past few years both labels have kept us highly entertained with their intertwined paths creating some of the weirdest and most brilliant music out there from a cast including Shackleton, Admiral Greyscale, Vindicatrix and artist Zeke Clough. You're all probably very aware of Shackleton's Arabesque bass movements by now, but only the sharpest of heads picked up on his debut 7" 'Stalker' released through Mordant Music in 2004 and includ… Read more
Tuesday, 04 November
**Includes the singles as an instant download** Master-craftsman, Kevin Martin absolutely murders it with his fourth and finest LP as The Bug. A perennial pest at the outposts of dub, ragga, extreme noise and electronics, The Bug treats his periodic albums as dispatches from the brink, and 'Angels & Devils' is his most captivating of them all. Blessed with, and structured around sterling vocals from some of his favourite artists - Liz Harris (aka Grouper), Gonjasufi, Death Grips, Copeland, Flowdan, Manga, Miss Red, Warrior Queen - plus a collaboration with JK Flesh, it marks a pinnacle of not o… Read more
Thursday, 30 October
"Environments 4 is another lost album by The Future Sound of London. These sessions have taken on an almost mythical status with the group's fanbase, but the difference is the group have been back in the studio adding new ideas to older recordings and 'Murmurations' is a brand new track, recently featured on an exclusive vinyl 10" release for Record Store Day coupled with the iconic 'Papua New Guinea. 13 other previously unreleased tracks also appear - roll on volume 5"
*Epic 5 x CD / 59 track set of classic Acid killers compiled by Terry Farley, housed in a box set with a 32 page booklet with liner notes and photos* "As with “Acid Rain”, all tracks have been immaculately re-mastered and have never sounded better - containiong numerous tracks which have never been on compilations or available since their original release, including gems from Marshall Jefferson, Steve Poindexter, Ron Hardy, Master C&J, Bobby Konders, MK, Frankie Knuckles, Blake Baxter, Nitro Deluxe, Chip E and lots more.
A seminal moment in the hard/UK techno canon from the Birmingham-based cabal of Surgeon, Female, Regis and Function (OK, well he's from New York). Surgeon opens the set with a moment of reinforced Millsian futurism, and Female offers two Latin-infused killers. Regis contributes a pair of jacking heavyweights on his own, and a further pair of mesmerizingly rigid killers with Function as Portion Reform. This is a lesson in stone cold techno classicism. Get taught.
Downwards CD reissue of this classic and super-rare Regis LP from 1998. 'Delivered Into The Hands Of Indifference' is a true classic of the industrial techno canon, displaying a sophistication and vision of restrained brutality that's aged remarkably well, considering the sea-change in techno styles since the late 90's. Although he now alternately opts for streamlined reduction and broken offbeat styles, it's still clear to hear this is a Regis production and stands well as a document of a bygone era.
Perhaps unavoidably, this new double-disc album from The Durutti Column isn't an entirely consistent affair, yet it almost certainly harbours some of the group's finest material in years. In fact, Vini Reilly's guitar has seldom sounded better, whether he's artfully traipsing though classical figures on 'Catos Revisited' or shredding through 'Requiem', he sounds like a man possessed. As far as negatives go, there's an ill-advised take on Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' encoded in 'Brother', but given how many positives there are to take from this album, the shortcomings seem emin… Read more