Dasha Rush fully explores her latent ambient side with 'Sleepstep', her debut suite of tech-nocturnes for Raster Noton. It's quite a departure from her sleek, signature club sound, largely leaving the big kicks at home and heading towards dark, brooding scapes and skeletal rhythms perfused with her own vocals and icy-fingered melodies. The ambient/sound design aspect is a constant throughout Dasha's oeuvre, whether in the drone elements or expansive club track intros like LADA's 'Indust' or in her work for Fullpanda sub-label, Hunger To Create. But 'Sleepstep' is clearly her most expansive ambien… Read more
'Expressions' is the lush 2nd album from Edinburgh's Linkwood on Firecracker. It's the sort of album you can spend a whole evening, or equally a whole lifetime with, perfectly crafted and sequenced for immersed listening and also to be broken down into DJ components - of which there are some super strong moments in the hypnotic Detroit disco-tech of 'Object', the sophisticate house stride of 'Expressions', and a sublime dub chord lather in 'Love Lost' to close. From Firecracker's own malty sales notes: "Ah, yes! Finally some real flavours to sink our teeth into. The nose is truly a work of art. F… Read more
NHK probes the outer limits of techno with the structural tests and stressed tones of 'Program' for Line. Located farther out than his recent dancefloor assault for Diagonal, this album gives room for the Japanese artist to really home in and dissect biting frequencies and minimalist patterns for the more insatiable, exploratory listeners. The result is nine scratchy and buckled techno misshapes hingeing on cracked syncopations and processed with canny electro-acoustic techniques recalling the spacious dynamics of his former collaborator, Pan Sonic's Mika Vainio, and the meter-wrecking spatter of Russell … Read more
*Shadowy electro-acoustic dimensions for those who appreciate the darkness of Mika Vainio, Valerio Tricoli, or Main* "On Sleepwalkers in a Cold Circus Belgian sound artist Koenraad Ecker creates a biotope of musical characters that is sober, delicate, complex and vivid, with a restrained intensity, a “cold fire.” The characters discuss, hesitate, fight, pull closer, push back. Through the use of microtonality and recordings of acoustic instruments it is the elusive sound of a somnambulistic travelogue. “I’m searching for ways to create an intricate narrative, switching per… Read more
Kompakt's Pop Ambient series comes of age with the first full length offering in its new album series (as opposed to compilations). Hand-picked for the job by series curator, Wolfgang Voigt, Argentina's Leandro Fresco returns to the Kompakt fold more than ten years since his 'Amor Internacional' 12", which hailed as one of the label's best ever releases by Michael Mayer.
**Mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M. Photography by Traianos Pakioufakis and artwork by Bill Kouligas** 'Live Knots' presents two immersive live recordings of Oren Ambarchi playing the epic 'Knots' from 'Audience Of One' (Touch, 2012) in Tokyo and Krakow's Unsound Festival. Captured with alternately intimate and widescreen fidelity, the original elements of cyclonic guitar harmony and quicksilver percussion are twisted different ways across the two performances, exploring and testing every nuance of the track's framework. 'Tokyo Knots' intimately documents their show at SuperDeluxe in March 20… Read more
"Canadian duo Megan James and Corin Roddick, aka Purity Ring, return with a second album, entitled ‘another eternity’. Their 2012 debut ‘Shrines’ was in many ways a prescient suggestion of indie and popular music to come. While Shrines was composed remotely between Halifax and Montreal, ‘another eternity’ marks the first time Megan and Corin were able to create a record in the same room. The pair ventured home to the frozen industrial landscapes of their birthplace Edmonton, Alberta to document much of what would become the album. Megan and Corin recorded and produced their follow-up them… Read more
Ata Kak's debut album of dibby Ghanaian hiplife, 'Obaa Sima' is the stuff diggers' dreams are made of. It's the cassette that sparked Awesome Tapes From Africa to life as a blog back in 2006, before it morphed into a record label of world-renown from 2011. Written and self-released by Ata in edition of 50 circa 1994 and subsequently re-discovered by ethnomusicologist Brian Shimkovitz at a roadside stall in Cape Coast, Ghana, in 2004, it would take nearly a whole decade for the Fulbright University graduate to track down and request official reissue permission from Yaw Atta-Owusu a.k.a. Ata. It turns… Read more
Raster-Noton present the brain-flossing results of Frank Bretschneider's calculated muck-about on the Buchla and Serge modular synths in Stockholm's hallowed EMS facility. 'Sinn + Form', translating to "meaning + form", is the Raster-Noton co-founder's attempt to simulate the "fundamentally chaotic world as we know it" via mathematical and physical theories - dynamical systems, probability theory, stochastic systems - in an extension of humankind's endless endeavour to "recognize this world and to describe, predict, control and change it." To our ears, the results flux wildly between al… Read more
Mumdance & Logos scout anterior, avant zones of the 'floor with the very keenly awaited 'Proto' LP for Tectonic. Haunted by the extremities of rave's past, but yanking at its future, the duo serve eight anachronistic showpieces equally adept at razing big rooms and punishing scuzzy basements. A 100% proof distillation of Belgian techno, early '90s bleep and hard-bodied American club styles turnt with grimy British rave suss, 'Proto' sidesteps superfluous sounds in favour of the most effective, visceral elements arranged with style and swagger. 'Dance Energy (89 Mix)' is Beltram battered into stee… Read more
Outstanding, otherworldly debut album proper by the Hype Williams collaborator known as Henny Moan and John T. Gast. An ambient enigma steeped in post-hypnagogic tristesse, 'Excerpts' is a cryptic hash of mutant dance music, lo-fi pop, and screwed lounge styles every bit as skewed and enigmatic as you might hope from someone who's worked so closely with Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland (he contributed to 'Black Is Beautiful' and 'The Redeemer' a.o.). Written and recorded early 2014 in South West England, it treats nostalgia and electronic romance with equal amounta shadowy ambiguity and screwball abs… Read more
**Hand-made, recycled packaging with insert. Edition of 50** Eccentric folk, miniature prog epics and lower case electronica from Leigh's Steve Lyon for Michael Holland's ONO. This is a reissue of Steve's 2007 album, 'From Fun To Fear' with new packaging. It traverses 18 disparate vignettes awash with MIDI keys, drizzly guitar mediations and scrabbling concrète elements laced with moments of Lynchian oddness that only reaffirm our belief that the stranger nooks of England's NW exist in a parallel dimension to Twin Peaks in NW U.S.A.
**Limited CD Edition - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label for unmixed track versions in both WAV and MP3 formats** CD Mix (includes unmixed tracks via download as mp3/wav) featuring tracks from Darkstar, Holy Other, Teebs, Nils Frahm, Letherette, David Holmes, Alela Diane, School of Seven Bells, Peter Broderick, Four Tet, Bibio, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Helios, Jonsi & Alex Daniell, Health, Rick Holland and Jon Hopkins himself.
*CD Includes bonus tracks not included on the vinyl Edition* **Limited edition red wax includes bonus 7" and digital download** "The highest apex of psychedelia, be it art, music, drugs or literature, is to induce a prolonged consciousness shift that affects the consumer far beyond the time that they were privy to the act. Moon Duo‘s third full-length LP, Shadow of the Sun, was written entirely during one of these evolving phases. Working in a rare and uneasy rest period for the band, devoid of the constant adrenaline of performing live and the stimulation of traveling through endless movin… Read more
**Includes Roots, Motherless Child and Prison Blues on instant download** Feted new UK artist, Romare, scales his cut-up, Afro-American-centric sound to a family-sized debut album for Ninja Tune. Elaborating on the deftly woven tapestries of his two 12"s for Black Acre, he continues to pay tribute to Romare Bearden - the seminal American cut-up artist and painter whose work recently adorned The Roots' '…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin' LP - with eleven loosely syncopated and blues-wise grooves. Through the dusty disco of 'Rainbow', or gospel soul with the self-explanatory 'Nina's Charm' he perceive… Read more
**Deluxe Trifold 2CD digicase exploring the largely unknown work of Else Marie Pade - a true pioneer of electronic music and musique concrète** Wow this is a stunner. Else Marie Pade's 'Electronic Works 1958-1995' is a truly precious survey of a lone, pioneering voice in electronic music. Born in Aarhus, Denmark, in 1924, Else created the first piece of electronic music played on Danish radio, 'Syv Cirkler (Seven Circles)', marking the early development of an (up until now) largely hidden body of work inspired by her experiences while interred at a Nazi prison camp as a teen… Read more
"Post punk provocateurs The Pop Group, one of the most wildly innovative and barrier-shattering bands to emerge from the late '70s era, release their first studio recording in 35 years. The album 'Citizen Zombie' has been produced by one of the biggest names in commercial pop music, multi Grammy and Academy Award winner Paul Epworth (Adele, U2, Florence and The Machine) and features original members Mark Stewart (lyrics / vocals), Gareth Sager (guitar), Dan Catsis (bass), and Bruce Smith (drums)."
**Deluxe boxset contains DVD + CD + 6" x 6" booklet w/ liner notes by Kiran Sande** UK techno's elder brothers, Karl O'Connor (Regis) and Anthony Childs (Surgeon) commit harakiri with this boxset documenting their last ever show, live in Tokyo, beside a comprehensive disc of definitve BMB recordings - just don't call it a "best of". We're sure you're all very familiar with the deadly BMB catalogue by now - if not, fxxking sort it out - so we'll skip to the DVD: capturing a 90 minute performance at Unit, Tokyo on multiple cameras; Karl and Tony holding their ground whilst a t… Read more
"In the wet heat of a Japanese summer, legendary musician Ryuichi Sakamoto was joined on stage by Taylor Deupree and the duo of Corey Fuller and Tomoyoshi Date, known as Illuha. The Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media hosted the event as part of their 10 year anniversary which also included a captivating installation by Sakamoto called Forest Symphony. The days surrounding the concert brought the artists together for food, talk and exploration. Informal but meaningful moods that prepared them for performing together. The performance, an improvised set for piano, guitar… Read more
Juan Atkins delivers his 1st Model 500 album since 1999 with 'Digital Solution'. Aided by a live band including UR's Mike Banks, Mark Taylor and Milton Baldwin, they swerve to a classic sort of Detroit techno funk, with the emphasis mostly on classic styles, but also tucked with some straight-up signature electro belters. The funky bits tread a fine line between dope ('Electric Night' or 'Standing In Tomorrow') and eye-watering ('Hi NRG', the dubstep-styled 'Encounter') while the club joints do wit like only Juan and the clan can, at best in the supple, stripped-down techno trip 'Storm', t… Read more
Heavyweight hook-up from Ghostface Killah and Canadian jazz trio BadBadNotGood, produced by Frank Dukes (Eminem, 50 Cent, Drake). Imagine a hip hop noir directed by David Lynch and featuring MF Doom and Danny Brown; you can almost inhale the silver chronic fog of 'Sour Soul'. Dripping with expensive-sounding strings and Gainsbourg-via-Badalamenti vibes, the production is authentically classic and cinematic and provides the perfect backdrop to stage Ghostface's vivid, timeless storytelling. On paper, the jazz-trio plus Wu Tang MC formula could be enough to send heads fleeing, b… Read more
The first new Tindersticks album in five years, The Hungry Saw is most certainly a great one, though predictably, it sounds a lot like you'd imagine it to. After all, this is a band who've crafted their own very specific language over the years, so it would be more than a little wasteful to erase all that groundwork by changing things around. Stuart Staples still sounds like Blakey off On The Buses impersonating Elvis, and he's in marvellous form throughout The Hungry Saw, notably on the title track and the haunting torch song 'Boobar Come Back To Me'. Even when Staples isn't singing, his pr… Read more
The Dekorder label's boss Marc Richter is at the creative heart of Black To Comm, and he's certainly putting himself about a bit these days: there are new albums in the works for Digitalis, and in collaboration with Boomkat barnacle, John Xela, but before all that, we've got Fractal Hair Geometry to contend with, and it's a mightily entertaining three-quarter hours of adventurous and unusual drone studies. Richter combines wordless vocals and miscellaneous electronics with Casio and Farfisa organs, occasionally calling upon the assistance of additional musicians including Kuupuu's J… Read more
Back in stock! Italian electronic composer Giuseppe Ielasi themed this album around the idea of rhyhmic grids, something illustrated in a helpfully literal fashion by its artwork: the colourful, closely knit and highly organised construction provides a visual signifier for the sort of musical developments captured on the disc. Seldom do you hear an artist on the 12k roster working so explicitly and so pointedly with rhythm, but Ielasi does something quite remarkable with Aix (so-called because the album was made in Aix-en-Provence, incidentally): he's used all the tricks in his microsound arsenal … Read more
Savannaphone have compiled one of the records of the week in this remarkable documentation of early recordings from Burkina Faso. Also known as the Upper Volta, this region of West Africa had little resources to commit the newly emergent Urban music of their country onto record, meaning the CVD label, whom these tracks are all licensed from, had to make the long journey to Kumasi in Ghana and Benin to record and press up poorly mastered copies of this amazing music. All the tracks here were recorded between 1974-78, featuring a large number of cuts by or featuri… Read more
"Voodoo Of The Godsent' is the first new recording in five years from African Head Charge, and marks the beginning of an extensive series of new releases and classic reissues celebrating the 30th Anniversary of On-U Sound. Formed in the early 80s by On-U head man Adrian Sherwood and percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah, African Head Charge have established a unique reputation over the years for producing exceptionally beautiful and deeply strange music. This is their first release since 2005's 'Visions Of A Psychedelic Africa' and finds Bonjo once again joining forces with long… 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
*Full colour deluxe laminated wallet with fold-out poster art by Alex Rose* Cyclobe have been operating in the shadows of darker ambient music for over a decade now. They collaborated with Jim O'Rourke and Nurse With Wound on Beta-lactam Ring Records for their last release 'Angry Eelectric Finger', over six years ago, before returning to Phantom Code in 2010 with this unsettling suite of arcane and enigmatic ambience. The trio comprises former Coil members Ossian Brown, Simon Norris and Stephen Thrower colluding in unheimlich unison, crawling back up the spiral vortex into wy… Read more
Eleven tracks of heavyweight House music with a burning disco appeal. Following his previous four 12"s for Rush Hour and an album on $tinkworx's Down Low label, Nebraska continues to forge an individual style of looping party tracks. He's got kindred spirit in the likes of Soundstream, but his style is Housier, lusher and more perhaps more driving. These are almost guaranteed to work the bones of any fun loving and sophisticated dancefloor. Tip!
**Bespoke slipcase with acetate artwork by Dori Deng, individually numbered and hand-packaged edition of 200 copies - veering from Mark Fell like cryogenic rhythms to impossibly heavy, doom-laden drones** New, Manchester-based electro-acoustic imprint, Slip Discs, present a smart second release: a visceral and dynamic suite of resonant percussions, frozen strings, FM textures and alien noise structured and grained with an experimental, haptic sensibility. Both composers approach the project with some pedigree - Leo Abrahams is a longtime collaborator with Brian En… Read more
**Disquieting textural abstraction, ghostly avant-pop, repressed industrialism and blown-out folk from Alter's uncategorised, unheimlich duo. A perfectly uncomfortable experience housed in gatefold slipcase** "Sane Men Surround is the second album to emerge from Southend-on-Sea's Liberez. Following on from their 2011 debut, The Letter, the 9 tracks here continue the groups penchant for savagely EQ percussion, guitar, violin and electronics into abstraction. Tracks like A Warning and My Madness Offends still bear the industrial, almost ritualistic, atmospherics of its predecessor, whilst Nema … Read more
Theo Parrish selects and sequences twelve beautiful Black Jazz Records classics at the behest of Japan's Snow Dog Records - featuring music by Doug Carn, The Awakening, Calvin Keys, Rudolph Jonson, among others. Following in the footsteps of Gilles Peterson and DJ Mitsu The Beats, Theo was sent a package of ten LPs drawn from the Oakland, CA label's small but perfectly formed catalogue between 1971-1976 when it existed to represent a "new and fresh alternative to traditional jazz, embodying the spirit of the black/urban awakening of the civil rights period." As to be expected Theo tre… 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
*Tryptych is finally available again for the first time in a couple of years, this time in a triple jewel case* Demdike Stare is a project made up of two insatiable vinyl collectors based in the north of England: Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker. The music Demdike Stare make is hard to pin down, based largely around archival musical sources ranging from obscure library records to long forgotten jazz, early electronic, and industrial recordings, alongside an array of Iranian, Pakistani, Turkish and Eastern European material largely unknown in the Western world. Demdike Stare absorb and… Read more
*Finally available again - this time pressed up in a double Jewel Case* As promised, Demdike Stare collect their 'Elemental' album to a double-disc edition, and as warned, it's a morphed beast, comprising alternate versions and additional material in bleakest post-industrial fashion. Arguably this is their finest work to date, the result of two heads realising their ambition without compromise and in a typically enigmatic, shadowy way. By sonic sleight of hand, the smoke and mirrors effect of the sound design is potently disorienting, suspending our disbelief with masterfully immer… Read more
*Finally Available Again - repress in a double Jewel Case* Andy Stott entered a compelling new phase of evolution on 'Passed Me By', inverting the energy of his Juke and Technoid hardcore excursions into something more brooding and subtly visceral. Folding in a wider palette of influences from Kassem Mosse to Arthur Russell, to Actress and James Ferraro, 'New Ground' opens the set proper and we're dominated by bone crushing bass weight, pinned under relentless waves of subbass whilst shards of hypnagogic exhalations struggle for air in his autoerotic pressure syst… Read more
"Along with Bert Jansch, Roy Harper, and John Martyn - Michael Chapman is one of the most influential and important British singer/songwriter/folk guitarists of his generation. Like his peers, Chapman blended traditional folk influences with rock and jazz overtones for a unique sound that remains fresh to this day. Michael Chapman is also legendary for discovering electric guitar maverick Mick Ronson and recording with him before David Bowie did! Chapman also utilized string arranger Paul Buckmaster (whose name appears on early 70’s LPs by Elton John, the Rolling Stones and… Read more
**Deluxe 4CD box set including "The Blue Notebooks", Songs From Before", "24 Postcards In Full Colour" and "Infra", as well as 6 previously unreleased bonus tracks and an essay by Paul Morley - all housed in a deluxe, limited edition box*
*CD with 8-page booklet, limited to 300 copies - a definitive collection of 20 of the rarest Attrition songs with previously unreleased tracks, demos and alternate versions covering experiments with analogue synths, drum machines, tape loop, bass guitar and effects* "Another twenty tracks of primordial goodness from Coventry's Attrition. Martin Bowes gives up some his most remarkable darlings with the release of this new collection from the band's earliest days. A word of warning, dear listeners, these are the rough outtakes and alternate takes which never saw the light of day and which Bo… Read more
The Berghain resident mans up a killer Fabric 77 selection heavily biased to his MDR label and own productions. Of 19 tracks on show, 15 of them are either original Dettmann productions, remixes or edits, or have been released by his label. It makes for a super-cohesive and distinguished selection, introducing the likes of Ryan James Ford with the pensive build of 'Arthure Iccon' and maintaining a slick tension and momentum throughout the mix from Terence Fixmer's creepy 'Inside Of Me' thru Dario Zenker's exclusive roller 'Nearlin', and Rob Hood's Monobox classic 'Film', to h… Read more
*CD Edition includes 3 bonus tracks lifted off the DIAG004 EP* Neo-no wave agitator $hit & $hine dumps a killer funk load on Powell's Diagonal Records, hard on the heels of 2014 madness from the label boss, plus Russell Haswell and Bronze Teeth. 'Powder Horn''s wiry, banjoed skronk marks Craig Clouse aka $&$'s 1st new album since 'Jream Baby Jream' and that split slab with Gnod back in 2012. Poised between rambunctious clatter and clipped, in-the-pocket groove, nine tracks fling-a-body from the virile strut of 'Astro's Hat' to the burned-out Pump styles of 'Spray Bottle', taking in the rollicki… Read more
Following the frenetic, rhythmic experiments of the Ripatti 12” series, Vladislav Delay returns with his first ambient album in over a decade. ‘Visa’ is a thing of immense, absorbing beauty - harking back to his classic albums for Chain reaction and Mille Plateaux, extending 6 longform pieces over an hour of heady dub reductions. And in the fine tradition of some of the best albums, ‘Visa’ was borne out of serendipity - Ripatti was denied entry to the United States and was forced to cancel an entire tour. Suddenly left with unhindered time and a surplus of creative energy, he produced this materi… Read more
Steve Hauschildt and BNJMN select a wide range of post rock, ambient and abstracted techno aces for the latest Air Texture volume. Former Emeralds meber Hauschildt bookends tracks by Le Révélateur, Pulse Emitter, Dino Spillutini, and Jonathan Fitoussi on disc 1 with two of his own, lush compositions, 'Watertowers' and 'Pismo'; BNJMN follows suit with a canny collection of mutant, morphing electronics at best in Legowelt's eerie 'Vanished In Tromso', the rustling ambience of Best Available Technology's 'Sectomy', and a really gorgeous meditation called 'Rumori Circostanti di Melody Pops & Clic & Silenzio' by Hieroglyphic Being.
*Deluxe 2CD Remastered and Expanded editions of Sextet, the ethereal yet rhythmic second album by Manchester postpunk funk group A Certain Ratio, originally released by Factory Records in January 1982*. Self-produced at Revolution Studio, Sextet saw the original Ratio quintet of Donald Johnson, Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop, Simon Topping and Peter Terrell joined by co-vocalist Martha ‘Tili’ Tilson. Written and recorded following a transformative sojourn in New York in late 1980, the album reflects Latin, samba and even jazz influences (eg Skipscada; Day One), while sti… Read more
Thirteen years since his debut LP, (Chris) 'Clark' strips back his sound to pure techno muscle and brainy arrangements on his 7th album. Presenting his sound as sculpture, thirteen tracks model dynamic electronic spaces flush with intricate, acrobatic arpeggios and endless reverbs urging his melodic flourishes into vaulted harmonies. Consumed as an album rather than individual cuts, it oscillates back and forth from dramatic moments and 'floor-ready slam, at best in the knackered trance chug of 'Winter Linn', the Visionist-like vocaloids flitting around 'Snowbird', and the swarming Black Midi-style arpeggios of 'Beacon'.
"Bonita" is a live-in-the- studio recording, featuring all improvised material. Anyone who has experienced this duo on stage can testify to their unique and telepathic musical dialogues, seemingly without the need to even look at each other. Whether on a stage or in a studio, their soundworld is magical, mysterious, beautiful and frightening, all underpinned by the evocative song titles. Sidsel Endresen is one of the leading vocal improvisers in the world and has worked as a professional singer and songwriter since the eighties. In 1990 and 1994 she recorded two solo albums for … Read more