*The Stranger is James Leyland Kirby, also known as The Caretaker. CD Housed in Deluxe 6-Panel Digifile* Polymath James Leyland Kirby must surely have one of the most confounding CV’s in the business: he spent years taking the piss out of the music industry with anthems rallying against the (VV)MCPS, he notoriously fell out with various well known record labels for reasons you’ll just have to google, goaded Aphex Twin with a series of ‘tributes’ and channelled his love of everything from Falco (Rock Me Amadeus), Chris De Burgh, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Stockport karaoke… Read more
*Deluxe 2CD edition comes in an oversized 8-panel digifile* Two years in the making, this 37 track deluxe 2CD edition features two hours of previously unreleased recordings from Daphne Oram's archives. None of this material had been available until the quadruple vinyl edition appeared late last year and is now available on this beautiful double CD edition, compiled and restored from over 400 tapes and mastered at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Daphne Oram, founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, died in 2003 leaving a colossal archive of reel-to-reel tapes an… Read more
*After a three year delay, Dimensional Space is finally out now. If you pre-ordered this CD please note that your pre-order has been cancelled and you'll need to re-order this CD* At long last, Echospace's CV313 project, 'Dimensional Space' finally sees the light of day, packing one disc of original material backed with extensive revisions from Steve Hitchell and Rod Modell themselves, plus additional reworks by King MIdas Sound, BVDub, The Sight Below, and Reference. So the story goes, the original masters recorded 1996-2010 were submerged underwater due to a flood in the duo's ho… Read more
*Demdike Stare's first album - available again for the first time in a few years* Demdike Stare is a long-in-the-making hookup between two shady characters operating at the fringes of Manchester's fragmented music scene: Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty. Miles has been a longtime affiliate of Modern Love as one half of Pendle Coven and under his own MLZ alias, while Canty is one of the city's most recognisable vinyl collectors, carrying an obsession with everything from obscure Nordic Doom records to Anatolyan funk albums, fuelled by his dayjob helping out at the Finders Keepers labe… Read more
*CD edition housed in an oversized 6-panel digifile, mastered by Matt Colton at Air Studios* Following on from a pair of Extended Players released in 2011 ("Passed Me By" / "We Stay Together") Andy Stott returns to Modern Love with 'Luxury Problems', an 8 track album of new material recorded over the last 12 months. Five of the tracks on the album feature the voice of Alison Skidmore, Andy's onetime Piano teacher whom he hadnt seen since he was a teenager back in 1996. There was no grand gesture in mind, it just sort of happened - but after almost a year of studio work the result is really q… Read more
*Debut album from Ron Morelli, founder of the influential L.I.E.S. label featuring 8 electronic variants; from House and industrial tape experiments to saturated metallic beat tracks...* There’s so much that could be said about Ron Morelli, his L.I.E.S. label, or the fact that his debut album comes to you via Hospital Productions, but instead, here are some words from the man himself. “I’m a regular guy, enjoy a good steak, drinking beer, and occasionally a game of pro basketball, Republican talk radio... you know...all the good stuff.....” “The music on this record is about immediacy, pressure, monot… Read more
**Reissue of this Chain reaction classic, remastered and cut by Matt Colton** Fluxion's 1999 album for Chain Reaction, 'Vibrant Forms' stands up as one of the label's finest, up there amongst the likes of Porter Ricks' 'Biokinetics' - also reissued by Type - and über-classics from Vainqueur, Vladislav Delay and Substance. It's a masterclass in fluid, groovewise techno reduction and atmospheric rendering which sounds as fresh and alien today as it did 15 years ago. This reissue collects both the 12" and 2x12" released by Chain reaction, plus two bonus tracks, adding up to a beautifully coh… Read more
"Remember Your Black Day" features the first material conceived and produced as a full length by Dominick Fernow for the Vatican Shadow project following almost a dozen tapes (mostly released on Hospital Productions) and vinyl editions (released by the likes of Blackest Ever Black, Modern Love and Type) over the last three years. None of the 8 tracks included have been released before on any other format. At a time when the scene is saturated with "Noise Techno" the album is almost celebratory by contrast, balancing caustic licks of distortion and oppressive bass with cleanly mix… Read more
*Debut album from Andy Stott and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker, aka Millie & Andrea. This first CD Edition comes in an oversized 6-panel Digifile * Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow labelmates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12" releases of jungle, garage and techno hybrids between 2008 and 2010. It's been four years since we last heard from them but they now return with "Drop The Vowels", their debut album. Produced fast and loose through late 2013 / early 2014, it's an album that recalls the strict and stripped funk of Anthony Shakir… Read more
Steve Hitchell and Rod Modell present the first part of three double CD disc sets distilling their nebulous and cultishly adored catalogue in the wake of 2012's 4LP best-of, 'Altering Illusions'. In classic Echospace tradition,they pair original, hard-to-find material with exclusive versions. This first volume of three is dedicated entirely to Steve Hitchell's cv313 alias, offering thirteen misty variants on a closely defined dub house theme of fluid chord flux, heaving dub bass and expansive dub noise. Equally recommended to the hardcore followers and noobs looking to dip a toe in their tranquil waters.
**Limited Copies** Rod Modell and Steve Hitchell present a recording of their live set at D.E.M.F., May, 2001. Over 77 minutes they unfold a heady ambient dub techno recorded from 16 channel Mackie mixer, performed entirely on analog/digital hardware, samplers and sequencers with no computer involved.
Classic album from KDJ - now at midprice. Some of you will know the inspired slinky jazz House of the mighty "I'm Doing Fine" and "Runaway" 12"s, add the fabulous title track plus Holiday, Roberta Jean Machine, I Need You So Much, Shades Of Jae, Riley's Song, Back At Bakers (on Livernois) and Mahogani 9000 and you have yourself one of the slinkiest late-night vibed albums you'll hear all year.
*Now available on CD for the very first time.* 'Science Of The Sea' is a total find, presenting a precious reissue of Jürgen Müller's practically unheard 1982 ode to oceanography and the magic of synthesizer music. As his story goes, in 1979, Jürgen, a self-taught amateur musician studying oceanic science at the University of Kiel, travelled with a film crew to document a mission testing sea-water toxicity a few kilometres offshore in the North Sea. As ever, necessity was the mother of invention, and the experience proved so memorable that he was impelled to create a soundtr… Read more
*44 Track / Triple CD collecting all four volumes of the Black Mill Tapes Series, audio re-mastered by Matt Colton, housed in a triple Jewel Case* The Black Mill Tapes volumes 1-4 are now available on one epic triple CD set featuring over 40 tracks of material, now completely remastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Lurking in the shadows between deep house, slow techno, Carpenter soundtracks and classic electronica, these sibling albums transcend genres with hallucinatory, shape-shifting effect, trudging from the pastoral whimsy of the first volumes to a darker, less certain… Read more
**Double CD including all tracks from the vinyl editions + two previously unreleased recordings. Packaged in rigid double CD box with booklet** Morphine Records collate Charles Cohen's spellbinding recordings made a rare Buchla Music Easel modular synth circa 1976 - 1989 in this nigh-on essential retrospective. Equal parts electronic exploration, free-jazz and cosmic noise, Cohen's private body of work amassed over nearly two decades amounts to a deeply personal, vivid sketchbook of abstract ideas rendered in tangibly crisp yet elusively diffuse analogue vectors. For many, many years, fol… Read more
*LInda Perhacs returns with her first new album in 44 years, featuring Julia Holter and Nite Jewel* "Linda Perhacs’ Parallelograms was created in the heart of hippy country, LA’s Topanga Canyon, by a dental hygienist who was inspired by nature and by the cultural revolution going on around her. When Parallelograms was finished, it sounded like a masterpiece, but the label had pressed it so poorly, sales were non-existent. Obscurity beckoned. But in the internet age obscurity can be discreetly transformed into a kind of niche immortality. By 2003, Parallelograms had become a… Read more
"Luke Vibert has always operated on the fringes of each musical genre, but in doing so has become a well respected, and highly influential producer. From his early work as Wagon Christ (Rising High/Ninja Tine), Kerrier District and Amen Andrews (Rephlex), Plug (Ninja), Butler Kiev (Planet Mu) and recordings under his own name (including seminal albums for Mo Wax, Planet Mu and Warp Records), this is one artist who has come fully formed and in complete control of the direction his music takes. This new album is a very personal project from Vibert based largely around the Roland TB-303, and a lot of … Read more
**Includes bonus CD with remixes from Machinedrum, Will Saul, Breach, Ben Pearce, Mount Kimbie & Actress** Kelis returns with a Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) produced glossy sixth album dripping with funk, soul, gospel and Afrobeat influences - he first album for Ninja Tune. 'Food' is the equivalent of comfort eating, heavily informed by a nostalgic impression of the music Kelis grew up with - her father was a Jazz musician - and therefore flush with "proper" instruments accompanied by some electronic embellishments just to let you know it was actually released in 2014. It revolves around an eponymous theme … Read more
The Hague's prolific producer of retro-fitted nEuro Techno-House presents his latest chapter of pulpy sonic fiction thru Creme Organization. Currently riding another crest of popularity, we find Legowelt at his most engaging and spaced-out over 12 tracks of fluent analogue storytelling couched in the atmospheres and mystery of classic sci-fi, film noir and dark, pumping basements. Let's be fair, it's nowt new, but Wolfers' has refined his art to something beyond criticism over lack of "newness"; taken for what it's meant to be, his 'Crystal Cult 2080' is a flawlessly dark dream sequence of d… Read more
*First CD release on the incredible PAN label, limited to 1000 copies, housed in pro-press digisleeve jacket and containing another dose of flawlessly curated, picked and realised music from the extremes of the electronic spectrum - do not miss* Pan Records' first CD release is also the first collaborative output by respected electroacoustic sound artists Thomas Ankersmit and Valerio Tricoli. Their five tracks on 'Forma II' were composed and recorded in Berlin from 2008 to 2010, and include four shorter electroacoustic pieces based on experiments with a Serge Modular Analogue … Read more
JD Twitch & JG Wilkes aka Optimo Espacio do what they do best on this 21-track selection of nocturnal beauties. Their follow-up to Fabric 52 - the duo's last commercially available mix CD - takes a lowlit side-entrance into a private backroom of pharmaceutically effective aces opening with Grouper's 'Vanishing Point' and closing with an amazing cover of Suicide's 'Dream Baby Dream'. In between they cut a path thru the slow strobes and flashing red lights via deepest techno from Terrence Dixon and Kraftwerk-sampling house from QX-1 to the slow throb of Recondite's 'Cleric' to an amazin… Read more
*Bumper 22 Track/2CD salvo from L.I.E.S., featuring Legowelt, Samantha Vacation, Terekke, Vereker, Xosar, Beau Wanzer and much more* Juicing the best of this year's avalanche of releases onto CD for the first time, it's a veritable feast for the party freaks, much in the same vein as the 'American Noise' compilation that closed their 2012 campaign. The highlights run deep and wide, scoping out the exotic darkwave sensuality of Shadowlust's 'Jute', the drizzly Detroit funk of 'Teen Romance' by Legowelt, deranged warehouse jakk from Greg Beato and Samantha Vacation's self-titled, dream… Read more
Florian Hecker's latest major work for Editions Mego investigates the serrated schism of nature and culture through a further focus on the unique timbral properties of the voice and our perceptions of language. "Articulação deepens Hecker’s collaboration with Reza Negarestani, author of the libretto created for Hinge . In two distinct renderings this piece articulates a complex scene in which the two obelisks of the script - one from the perspective of nature and one from the perspective of culture - are recited simultaneously in an informational yet dramatic style. Hinge* features the legendary art… Read more
Jan Jelinek's Faitiche label presents a new album and, at the same time, a well-known name: Farben presents James DIN A4. In the summer of 2013 Farben (Jan Jelinek) remixed his way through the extensive oeuvre of the sample and collage artist James DIN A4 (Dennis Busch) – and gathered ten of his favorite titles here.
Probably our favourite release on RVNG Intl comes from metal duo Lee Buford and Chip King aka The Body produced by Bobby Krlic aka The Haxan Cloak for their crushing 4th album, 'I Shall Die Here'. Abetted by Krlic's visceral production, The Body sound more fearsome and physical than ever before, shaping a series of tracks which only seem to get more intense and nightmarish as the trip takes hold. From the funereal trudge of opener 'To Carry the Seeds of Death Within Me' we pass through successive stages revealed like some hemlock-induced hallucination, from the eschatological resignation of '… Read more
**8-panel digicase containing technical notes for each track** Welcome return from Jason Amm's synth-pop project Solvent with the soundtrack to modular synth documentary, 'I Dream Of Wires'. Naturally, the entire soundtrack was programmed from scratch on various modular synthesiser systems, showcasing both their magickal potential and Solvent's painstakingly skill, art and process at its best. There are 12 tracks total, tweaking out an incremental soundscape ranging from dusty, wistful themes to pulsing, sparking dancefloor structures, hot-wired abstraction and parallel spatial dimensions, always with… Read more
Mica Levi ov Micachu and The Shapes presents an outstanding original soundtrack for Jonathan Glazer's acclaimed alien stalker-in-Glasgow flick, 'Under The Skin'. Abstract in the extreme, especially for such a relatively mainstream production starring a major Hollywood actress (Scarlett Johansson), Mica Levi's soundtrack really impresses with an uncompromising orchestration of tense, discordant strings, muffled percussions and frozen drones coming off like a feverishly dreamt collaboration between Lynch, Hermann, Nate Young and Demdike Stare. With a 15-piece orchestra at her disposal - incl… Read more
"Christian Löffler is co-founder of Ki Records and well known for his intense, deep moving sound with melancholic undertones. After several releases for Ki and Orphanear, the imprint of Dial’s co-founder Pawel, his debut ‘A Forest’ is now being released through Ki."
'Psychic 9-5 Club' is the nigh-on flawless 3rd album from HTRK - quite easily their most ambitious and rewarding outing yet. In contrast with the affective weight and morbid pallor of their 'Work (Work, Work)' LP - which was constructed as a duo after band-member Sean Stewart tragically died halfway through recording, this new suite finds space for a sliver of reflective light epitomised by the pathos of Jonnine Standish's vocals and Nigel Yang's deft, spaciously dub-wise production. There's still that sense of grief and dysphoria, but it feels like they've come, or are coming to terms with it … Read more
**Finely constructed digital soundworlds by Portuguese producer Vitor Joaquim. Housed in foil-blocked card jacket** "Our daily life is being more and more polluted with fast and short messages. What is not intense and sharp has no effectiveness. The sense of belonging and timeless breathe is more and more away from us. We live in a world full of information and in risk of permanent ignorance. We are not aloud to stay, breath, and keep staying. We are constantly pushed toward something. Whatever it is something vital for us, or absolutely nonsense. It’s a time where only short sentences can be ef… Read more
With an artist name like v4w.enko, this was never likely to be a light-hearted affair. In fact Harmonic Ratio is a rather intense listening experience, akin to the finely tuned scalpel-noise incisions of Ryoji Ikeda. As is the case with extreme digital noise generators like Ikeda or the Mego crew, this is uncompromising material, and yet there are plenty of moments of outright beauty, such as the ear-pleasing pinhead-pirouetting frequencies of 'Opus28' or the shiny surface drones of 'lo_n_l'. Excellent.
**Housed in die-cut, silver inked and embossed gatefold slipcase** Rome, Italy's excellent techno duo Plaster remixed by themselves, Raster Noton's Frank Bretschneider, Zavoloka, Dadub, and Sturqen for Ukraine's Kvitnu label. Reworking 'Double Connection' from their 'Platforms' (2011) album, the duo charge up a taut, sinuous piece of halfstep electro swagger. Raster Noton co-founder Frank Bretschneider follows with a more spacious, nimble (in)version patterning clipped kicks, electroid stings and hovering drones, whereas Zavoloka extracts and augments a certain dark IDM drama from the same ma… Read more
Absolutely off-the-chain explorations of Arabic tropes and wayward improvisation from a core member of the Montreal scene, recorded in Cairo, Egypt and starring Sun City Girls' Alan Bishop on two tracks. From effected vocal cut-ups to psychedelic electronics via humid ambient collage and extended oud meditation, it sounds like very little else we can think of. "Music For Arabs is like Music For Airports for taxi drivers: mood music of a mood of a time as a space and vice versa to maybe while the time away in a Cairo traffic jam when all else fails. Its ambient hope is meant to conjure up so… Read more
Another commanding performance from Brian Mcbride and Adam Wiltzie, the opening "Central Texas" setting the tone with the distant sound of fading breath, slow paced, barely audible, full of life. This music just kills me, full stop.
From Matthew Woodson's linocut cover art through to the macabre liner notes detailing a doomed nautical excursion, Xela's new album 'The Dead Sea' brings with it a pervading sense of unease before it even gets near your ears... Released on his own Type imprint, 'The Dead Sea' sees John Twells (aka Xela) eschewing the electronic overtones of his early work in favour of a thickly evolved palate of sound that references the likes of Goblin and Wolf Eyes, whilst retaining a mischievous heart that thrives on its skin-crawling rhythm. With a tacit nod to the soundtrack flavour of Dario Argento, Lucio Fulc… Read more
Re-issued at a mid-price to coincide with Miss Campbell's Mercury Prize nomination (for her gorgeous collaboration with Mark Lanegan) 'Amorino' is the ex-Belle and Sebastian member's debut solo album and was originally released in 2003. Those of you who know her subsequent work will be happy to know that her style was not radically different here, gorgeously whimsical jazz influenced ballads destined to get the more romantic of us all a bit misty eyed. In fact there's something a little bit James Last about many of the tracks on offer here and that's no bad thing, that little pocket of easy list… Read more
Finally available again, now at a much cheaper price. Harry Smith was by all accounts the most eccentric of characters, a polymath who would count avant-garde filmmaker, alchemist, occultist, folklorist, painter, magician, archivist and expert on string figures, paper airplanes, and Ukrainian painted eggs among his many, many vocations. However in recent years he has become best known for a short series of folk music collections. In three volumes, Smith collected up some of the finest American Primitive music the world had ever heard and this a… Read more
Back in stock. St. Vincent is the assumed name of one Annie Clark, a multi instrumentalist who's already managed to notch up quite a list of achievements in her career to date. It might have taken her a while to piece together her stunning debut album, but she's hardly been sitting around watching re-runs of Friends, rather she's been busying herself providing backup for none other than Sufjan Stevens and epic robe-wearing psych-sters The Polyphonic Spree. Quite some pedigree then, and it's this experience which she ploughs whole-heartedly into 'Marry Me', an album that's as ambitious and well-imagi… Read more
Timely, expanded and remastered reissue of Sandwich Records' definitive early Belgian Cold Wave round-up 1979-1983, now bulked up with 10 bonus tracks including highly sought-after exclusives by Front 242 and The Neon Judgement. 'B9' perfectly exemplifies what a nebulous term 'New Wave' was, covering a spectrum of odd pop, dance music and industrial experiments that broke tradition from what came before them. The original, ten-track LP includes some total diamonds, scoping out the loping pop of Kid Montana's 'Cabs Ambush' beside the cute instrumental machine ditty of Tristes Tropi… Read more
Polish sound artist Tomasz Bednarczyk returns to Room40 following up his Summer Feelings album with another volume of achingly lovely microsound experiments, combining a bitstream of subtle, high frequency glitches with Harold Budd-like phrasing and a prodigious knack for electroacoustic ambience. 'Freckled Cheeks' is full of implied minor chords and pinprick rhythms - yet just when you think you've got Bednarczyk pegged, along comes 'Tokyo' with its collage-based approach to composition, layering field recordings in tandem with backwards looping piano phrases. The rainy crack… Read more
*Deluxe Edition - Includes 2 Bonus Tracks, a Shackleton Remix, and a bonus DVD with 10 killer video films!* A project that began life in 2002, Moderat was born when Apparat's Sascha RIng hooked up with Modeselektor's Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary for an EP on Bpitch. So strenuous was the recording and production of this EP the trio felt moved to title it Auf Kosten Der Gesundheit (meaning "At The Cost Of Health") and soon went separate ways after its release. Immediately afterwards Modeselektor went on to release their debut long-player Hello Mom! while Appar… Read more
Having previously released two albums on the Absolute Zero label, Jon Hopkins has recently experienced something of a profile boost having contributed to Coldplay's most recent album and worked alongside Brian Eno. Now on Domino's Double Six imprint, Hopkins delivers an LP that keeps company with the works of Olafur Arnalds and Valgeir Sigurdsson in terms of grandiose neo-classical/electronica hybrids go. Hopkins is a little more forthcoming with complex beat designs than the majority of his contemporaries, meaning that pieces like 'Colour Eye' sound like a compelling hybrid of Autechre and a Pet… Read more
Signing to 4AD having previously been a Sufjan Stevens cohort on the Asthmatic Kitty label, Annie Clark delivers a cracking sophomore LP here, honing the kind of production skills and songwriting quirks that made her debut album 'Marry Me' such a promising first outing. Although ostensibly an album in the singer-songwriter mold, Actor is also the work of a fine producer and electronic artist. One of the first things to strike you about this record is its combination of ornate multi-instrumental arrangements and elaborately choral layers with forceful beats - often coupled with waves of distortion. … Read more
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
Cologne's Von Spar make good with some serious early 80s synthpop referencing the likes of Utravox, Prefab Sprout and the studio of Conny Plank. With the exception of 'trOOps' this is a really enjoyable album, shaping luxurious synthesizer sounds into a well studied, soft-focus tribute to the pop glory of 1984. 'Scotch & Chablis' lets the slow drums flutter with acres of delay while angelically purred vocals make love with white-light synth pads. 'I Can't Stand The Grain' harks back to late 70s Moebius and Plank in sublime mode, and 'Collecting Natural Antimatter' strokes the Fairlight into an epic … Read more
A new collection of songs from musical polymath Peter Broderick, How They Are finds the prodigious singer, songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist working his way through some of his most intimate recordings to date. The real standout proves to be 'Sideline', an opening track that begins with Broderick's voice alone and exposed in acappella mode before some lonesome piano chords join in. It's a beautiful piece that finds the songwriter's voice and tone evoking a mixture of Arthur Russell and Jackson Browne. Further down the tracklist, 'With A Key' reinforces this effect, offering… Read more