Ships in 49 days*CD Edition comes with a 16 page booklet* When Sunn O))) first approached Scott Walker about appearing on their 2009 album Monoliths & Dimensions, little did they know what it would actually lead to. Four years on, Scott was back with something even more enticing, collaborating on Soused, a body of work he was writing with them in mind. With a career spanning more than five decades, Scott Walker’s cult status remains as significant as ever before. Experiencing mega-stardom as part of The Walker Brothers before carving out a career as a solo crooner who released a quartet of peerless self-ti… Read more
**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
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
*Last copies now in stock. Mordant music have grown 3"cds in petri dishes containing 7 spores of dark twisted electronic songs with strange and otherworldly vocal work from the mysterious mordant people. Who are they?....What do they want? Limited to 500 copies only with each disc in its own petri dish with the tracklisting embossed on accompanying coaster, sealing sticker around dish. Very limited - crazy packaging - don't miss!
Ital continues to twist the putative conventions of house and techno on his third album in two years. 'Endgame' feels light years away from his earliest transmissions of natty, lo-fi house, and much closer to brooding, minimal, modern house and techno styles, eking out a headier, weirder space somewhere between the styles of Tin Man, Kassem Mosse, and Joey Anderson, for comparison. The difference between then and now is perhaps his switch from software to select pieces of hardware, resulting in a more linear plot and liquified, worm-holing momentum on 'Endgame', no doubt enhanced by mixing and mastering … Read more
From hooded Wegie scamp to world-taking producer, Rustie continues to blaze a neon trail with his crackshot 2nd album, 'Green Language'. Packing all the stomach-churning, heart-bursting rush of a triple-barrelled mitsi, it's a dancefloor melding, accelerationist expression of emotions that can't be adequately summed up in the English lexicon, amped with guest vocals by D Double E, Redinho, Danny Brown and Gorgeous Children. It scales up the thizz attacks of 'Glass Swords' to impossibly ecstatic levels with his signature blend of tiered harmonies, crashing trap dynamics and traces of jaw-breaking… Read more
Doom rock's sandman, Dylan Carlson returns with Mark Lanegan (QOTSA) and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows) in tow for Earth's 7th full-length studio album. 'Primitive and Deadly' by name, it yields seven signature pieces of crushing, tectonic guitar chords leavened by poised vocals from the aforementioned, and augmented by Brett Netson ov Built To Spill's 2nd guitar. The addition of another axe, together with the extra vocals makes for a more proggy, psychedelic affair than their previous 'Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light' dispatch, to these ears at least.
*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
Reissue of Drexciya's first album proper and a milestone for Detroit and electronic music in general. It was first released in 1999 and has since been hailed as one of the enigma's most crucial missives. Opinions will differ, but this CD version is arguably the definitive edition, containing 21 tracks to the LP's 13, and a discernibly lucid digital mastering compared with relatively smudged frequencies on the 2LP vinyl. To put it simply, and without overstatement: this is one of the finest electronic albums ever made.
'Synthesist' was created on the cusp of a new decade, as the New Age of the '80s was dawning and the titans of Krautrock had largely left their best work behind them. Harald had worked with the very best of them, playing drums on seminal albums by Klaus Schulze, the notorious Cosmic Jokers, Ashra, and Tarot before he retreated to the West German countryside with a MiniMoog and Revox Reel-to-Reel in 1979 to create his personal opus. It's been said elsewhere, but it bears repeating that this album feels like a symbiosis of the two eras, the proggy excesses of the '70s reigned in by percussiv… Read more
*New reissue and repackage via Temporary Residence of WIlliam Basinski's legendary series* For all those wondering where the reissue of Basinski's first instalment of the 'Disintegration Loops' series was, your wait is over! Having been held back till last, the anticipation surrounding this release could cripple a lesser man; but Basinski more than matches the task. With the back story of their inception now well documented (detailed in the liner notes) Basinski seems to have captured a sound that would overtly suggest death (i.e.. the decay of archiv… Read more
*Incredible new album from one of the most intriguing artists on the Hospital Productions roster, mining the precious, uncomfortable space between early ‘80s Italian industrial music and the claustrophobia typified by Coil* Lussuria came to prominence with the release of three tapes as part of the ‘American Babylon’ series in 2012 which where eventually championed by the likes of Blackest Ever Black who listed them at the top of their 2012 year-end charts. Lussuria's opiated atmospheres bring together dark and brooding Industrial signatures with augmented and re-purposed fragments of s… Read more
German house and electronica's most enduring producer presents a deadly new album - only his 2nd solo LP in 18 years! In contrast to 2011's 'Fatty Folders' side, 'Happiness Is Happening' is more inquisitive, lush but gritty, and still crafted with the same exquisite delicacy we've come to expect from the man behind total classics as Acid Jesus, Warp 69, Alter Ego, and not least Eight Miles High. It starts out with fine nods to motorik kosmische styles in the grinding momentum and smudged celestial synths of 'Connecting The Ghost' and the Kraftwerkian elegance of 'Friendship Song' b… Read more
"The Nature Of Connections" almost entirely features pieces composed by Arve’s collaborators. Recorded in the sparkling acoustic of Oslo’s legendary Rainbow Studio by Jan Erik Kongshaug, it’s an album with closer ties to Nordic folk and contemporary, minimalist chamber music than any of Arve’s previous releases. At the same time it features some of the most melodic and seductive music he has recorded. The trumpeter had planned to make an album with a string quartet for many years but never quite found the right formula. Finally, a special commissioned tour brought him together… Read more
*Second album from founding member and principal songwriter of acclaimed collage-pop duo the Books. Features guest vocals from Daniela Gesundheit of Snowblink* "Following the dissolution of his groundbreaking collage-pop duo, the Books, Zammuto rebounded with an eponymous debut album submerged in transitional anxiety and audio effects designed to intentionally obscure the very humanistic qualities that marked Nick Zammuto's best work in the Books. An enormous weight has been lifted from Nick Zammuto, and you can hear as much in the opening minutes of Anchor. The arrangements have more space, the songs … Read more
*New reissue and repackage via Temporary Residence of WIlliam Basinski's legendary series* In possesion of a deeply ingrained vein of raw unmitigated talent coursing through his soul, William Baskinski is a modern day Midas; with everything he touches turning to aural gold. With the reissue of parts 1-4 of the jaw-dropping 'The Disintegration Loops' series, Basinski proves why he is undoubtedly one of the greatest minimalists / soundscapers of our time. Having found acres of tape he'd archived in the 1980's, Basinski decided they should be converted… Read more
*New reissue and repackage via Temporary Residence of WIlliam Basinski's legendary series* The first 20 minute composition on this reissue from William Basinksi opens with one of the most heart-breaking tracts of music I've heard for many years; a looped clutch of strings, slowly shuffling into oblivion. Gorgeous. Basinksi watched the fall of the Twin Towers from his roof whilst 'The Disintegration Loops' played in the background. I can only imagine the sheer profundity that would have instilled on such a bleak situation, with Basinski's work able t… Read more
*New reissue and repackage via Temporary Residence of WIlliam Basinski's legendary series* The final reissue of Basinski's 'Disintergration Loops' series sees yet more mediations on the subject of mortailty, brought to life through a level of fragility rarely glimpsed witihn modern music. Comparable to Ryuichi Sakamoto in terms of its gracefully hypnotic and deeply textured poetic outlook, the fact that Basinksi managed to retrieve such emotional tracts from decaying source material is testament to his towering talent. Made up of three extended piece… Read more
**Sleepy ambient/shoegaze on the new album from Christopher Willits** ""For years, I’ve imagined the work I do in music, photography, video/film, immersive audio and meditation all coming into one space," says music-art guru Christopher Willits from his home in San Francisco. It's an ambition that seems especially befitting of a worldly polymath like Willits. "Sound and light can transform and inspire our imaginations," he continues. "It can be used as a tool to awaken our consciousness." And that is exactly what he has set out to do with OPENING, the veteran Ghostly artist's new immersiv… Read more
"As a body of repertoire, these works are remarkable for their freshness of musical thought and energy (John Cage considered Wolff to be the most 'musical' of the experimental composers). The Project Wolff uniquely blends experimental concerns with classical tendencies.In these pieces not only are older composers referenced (Ives, Schumann) but Wolff's love of clarity of line and transparency of texture betrays an empathy with Webern, Haydn and Bach. This aesthetic is, however, combined with a tendency toward discontinuity and fragmentation, isolated sounds and silence, and, perhaps mos… Read more
Ships in 42 daysCD re-pressed for the first time in a decade...new edition has been re-recorded and re-mastered from the original DAT tapes, housed in a DigiPak sleeve with extra art. The original image on the back of the sleeve will now be in colour. There will be a spot varnish finish on the images & text alongside the usual Skam Braille sticker .
**26 track CD edition - Doesn't include "Restart" which is exclusive to the vinyl version** Kenny Dixon Jr. drops his best album in a decade, replete with stellar guest spots from Funkadelic, Andrés, Nikki O, Jose James and Bilal. Housed in some of the dopest artwork you'll cop in 2014, the album is a laidback and highly-entertaining stroll around Moodymann's mind; a place obsessed with the holy trinity of women, funk and the 313. After a couple of listens thru, there's a coupla obvious standouts - the supple bump and treacly vocal of 'Jose James on 'Desire', the techno-fied roll of 'Sunday Hotel'… Read more
**Special edition double CD** First new album in five years for the UK stalwarts. Somehow, after 20 years Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton manage to keep the same dancefloor optimism that's burned them onto the consciousness of anyone who's even flirted with house music in that time. This special edition of their seventh album proper features 14 original productions for the more colourful dancefloors, supplemented by a 2nd disc of remixes and extended edits from themselves, Boris Brejcha, Gorgon City and more.
Reissue of 'Oceanheart', the 1986 follow-up to 'Synthesist' by Ashra drummer Harald Grosskopf. Whilst its better known predecessor dealt on the cusp of Krautrock's twilight period and new age spheres, 'Oceanheart' very much sounds of its mid '80s era with polished digital drums and synths balanced between the dancefloor and Miami yacht decks. The DJs really need to cop a listen to the taut, arpeggiated funk of 'Eve On The Hill', the MIDI-tethered tablas, slick bassline and sparkling pirouettes of 'Pondicherry Dream', and the airborne swing of 'Minimal Boogie', whilst suave home listeners a… Read more
Kompakt gang on annual manoeuvres with 2 CDs, 25 tracks of European house and modern disco. In among the minimal tech-house standards you'll find some peachy highlights, none more so than the Voigt Brothers' swaggering 'Tischlein Deck Dich'; Saschienne's darkside EBM driver 'Horacio Delirium'; the big room romp of Maceo Plex's 'Conjure Superstar'; the tucked triplets of Thomas Fehlmann's 'Eye'; or the midi pomp of Jürgen Paape's 'Heuriger'.
*Two black polycarbonate CDs in a 6 panel digi wallet pack which includes poster insert* "XL compile ‘Pay Close Attention’, a label history-spanning compilation album. The album documents and celebrates the key releases and moments from the 25 year history of the label, says label owner Richard Russell: “XL Recordings is a collaborative endeavour, and many people have contributed to its evolution. In the song ‘Out Of Space’, Liam Howlett of The Prodigy provided a blueprint when he sampled Kool Keith of Ultramagnetic MC’s rapping these words: “Pay Close Attention”. And whilst XL has never h… Read more
Ships in 21 daysFunction and Vatican Shadow have combined forces on ‘Games Have Rules’ for Hospital Productions, simultaneously stripping back each producer’s more prevalent production elements - the dancefloor-focused techno structures of Function; the experimental cassette-roots of Vatican Shadow - to create an album of dynamic electronic ambient music, equal parts rhythmic and atmospheric. As befitting what began life as an ‘emotional acid’ album best suited for an after-hours home listening experience, Games Have Rules was created in the early hours at New York’s Hospital Productions and … Read more
'Imagin' is the eagerly awaited debut album from Dark Sky for Modeselektor's Monkeytown label. Since their early 12"s for Black Acre and Pictures Music, we've witnessed Dark Sky evolve from a dextrous duo dealing in twisted post-dubstep, pop and techno hybrids to a canny trio pushing near-symphonic big room electronica/techno on a level with the likes of Jon Hopkins and Modeselektor. It feels very much of its time, spanning murky trip hop/dubstep-pop references in 'Nothing Changes', 'Vivid' and 'Rainkist' alongside lean, techy London house in 'Odyssey', and at best in the Kraftwerk-meets-Thom Yorke st… Read more
**Fascinating, worldly and necessary collection of remastered, rare jazz orchids** "Until it was swept aside by the pop explosion of the 1960s, jazz was the most popular modern sound on earth. From the New World and the Caribbean to Africa, across the Soviet Bloc and the British Empire to the Far East, jazz music was embraced, adopted, played and enjoyed. Having examined spiritual jazz as it was expressed in the US, and followed its messengers and influences in Europe, this fifth installment of our Spiritual Jazz series presents jazz from the rest of the world: a collection of j… Read more
Back in stock! Initially seen as something of a curate's egg on Sub Pop, Earth have gone on to be one of the most influential bands of recent years, spawning the entire dronecore / death metal scene (Sunn O))) etc.) as well as helping to mould the likes of Mogwai, Jim O'Rouke and (if their reverential appearance on the recent 'Legacy of Dissolution' LP is anything to go by) even Autechre. Back with their first proper album for 9 years ('Hex; or Printing In The Infernal Method'), Earth seem eager to discard the overly distorted sound that has come to stereotype them, preferring instead to embark on a journey t… Read more
Probably named after the mode of transport that has seen the various members shuttled around the UK's motorway system over the years, the Transit Kings is made up of a stellar cast-list that includes Alex Paterson (The Orb: sonics, samplers, sequencers), Jimmy Cauty (KLF), Guy Pratt (post-Waters Pink Floyd bassist: bass, guitars, percussion, Indian flute, vocals) and Dom Beken (Orb programmer/producer: programming, keys, drums and percussion, bass, guitars, harmonica, shouting). Crikey! Having met up in 2001 at gunpoint (the studio built by Guy and Dom at London’s… Read more
Here are a few words from the doggies' mouths: "We made it back alive, so to celebrate we committed the music we wrote on the journey to a tape back at base. Sorry it's taken so long to make it available but we were waiting for Malicious Damage to reform after a long deserved break. In the meantime we hitched a few rides with The Orb, Jimmy Cauty and any other nefarious travellers we could find without undue prejudice against weightlessness (Transit Kings all, but that's another story.) Any useful influences were fed back to our computer. Lately, user-friendly operating … Read more
Finally available again after several years out of stock. Renegade dubstep mavericks Shackleton and Appleblim finally commit their Skull Disco back catalogue onto a shiny double CD format on what is probably going to be one of the most essential and best selling releases for us this year.. Over the past two years Skull Disco have kept us right on the edge of our seats with a timely succession of mould breaking, vinyl only releases and the odd exclusive dub to really get our bones going (read any of our past reviews for some serious gush love). I distinctly remember two summers … Read more
Someone's being very good to us this week, and instead of merely one Mordant record, we get two and they're both incredible? Hmm... it's a week of double releases methinks, and not only is this very good indeed, but it's pretty far removed from the doom and gloom of its sister album 'The Tower'. Apparently made up of offcuts from a Boosey & Hawkes library music album which the duo of Baron Mordant and Admiral Greyscale were commissioned to produce, 'Carrion Square' is the perfect record for followers of the BBC Radiophonic workshop desperate for a fix. Forty tracks of synthesizer damage gu… Read more
*EXTREMELY LIMITED COPIES - NOT TO BE REISSUED!* Coming just a year after Scott Walker reaffirmed his genius with The Drift, this release must surely be considered as something of a surprise: last time around we had to wait a full decade between LPs. Perhaps inevitably, "And Who Shall Go To The Ball?" can't quite be categorized as an album as such, it instead documents a twenty-five minute cycle of works for the CandoCo. dance company, as commissioned by London's South Bank Centre. Upon being given the music, choreographer Rafael Bonachela set abou… Read more
Cult Australian experimentalists The Necks return with this follow up to last year's wonderful Chemist album. While that album proved to be a break in form for the band, wit the disc divided into discreet tracks, this new work returns to their more customary format of single, lengthy pieces. Townsville begins with a few tentative bass figures, paving the way for fluttering, sensitive cymbal textures and the introduction of Chris Abrahams' always-impressive piano improvisations. Starting with this fairly conventional jazz trio format the group avoid the more obvious route of wandering freeform elabo… Read more
Giant Man, Giant Plan is a cassette editing odyssey, an epic journey embarked upon by 57 year-old Music & Video Exchange patron Dennis Greenidge. Using only the simplest tapedeck-to-tapedeck bouncing techniques Greenidge has put together an exhaustive catalogue of idiosyncratic sonic marvels, with all manner of detritus, exotica and ephemeral stitched together into a backdrop for insane vocal ranting and raving. 'The Amazing Colossal Cucumber Man' might be the single daftest piece of 'music' you'll ever hear, making outsider songwriter luminaries like Wesley Willis sound like Bono.… Read more
BACK IN STOCK. Earth's Hex album, despite transgressing doom genre boundaries, turned out to be something of a touchstone for many artists in the field; its American gothic landscapes were quickly swallowed up as a new fixture in the death ambient vocabulary, and countless records seem to have been made since that have tapped into its stately Western gloom. The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull is a natural progression from Hex, taking the same template of slow, simplistic progressions and low-end riffing whilst adding liberal smatterings of keyboard instrumentation - har… Read more
While Slint are usually hailed as the fathers of post-rock, Mogwai undoubtedly redefined the genre, inspiring an entire generation of followers and copyists, but the original article remain unsurpassed and definitive in their particular field. In 1997, alongside the singles compilation Ten Rapid, Mogwai released Young Team to a torrent of critical praise despite the band's own less than conclusively positive views on the record. To this day, the melodies, the quiet-loud dynamic, and above all the sheer sense of thinly veiled rage stick in the mind, introducing so many kids to another wa… Read more
Mutually Arising comes a full five years on from Greg Davis' Kranky debut, Somnia. At the time his classic, semi-academic approach to drone music was a relatively scarce commodity, and alongside friend and collaborator Keith Fullerton Whitman he helped shift 'popular' electronic music in a more serious direction. In 2009, drone music seems to have been fully democratised and everyone's at it. As a label, Kranky itself continues to be a great platform for this music, releasing one of the year's best drone records so far in Gregg Kowalsky's Tape Chants. The two twenty-odd minute tracks t… Read more
Best known for his work alongside Bo Wiget on the Rune Grammoon label, Swiss guitarist and sound artist Luigi Archetti here steps out alone for an album of uncompromisingly abstract electroacoustic music. This isn't the sort of easy-going, 'pretty' material you'd get from the current glut of home listening releases, but rather a challenging and rigorous brand of minimalist sound design. The album begins with three tracks totalling fifteen minutes of taut droning sonorities and intricate whirring textures. There's a compelling interplay between apparent stillness and dismantled, detailed timbres … Read more
New in Die Scachtel's Composers series, Neuma Q is a collection of four works by poet and composer Osvaldo Coluccino, a well-known name in experimental electroacoustic music on the international festival circuit. Although the music here is very much grounded in the more challenging and cerebral areas of electronic music, Coluccino's appropriation of relatively familiar elements such as the drone, or processed spatial recordings mean the music here is never too far away from a well established frame of reference. The first track opens up in an erratic, fairly noisy fashion, channelling power… Read more
Steve Spacek needs little introduction to the future soul/broken beat cognoscenti. To everyone else, he's one of the UK's most unique producer/singers, our answer to someone like Om'mas Keith for example. His recent motions under the Black Pocket alias have thrown up some real gems, most notably the anthemic 'Ur A Sta' and associated remixes from his bruv DBridge and forward thinking peer, Martyn. 'The Album' is a culmination of this solo endeavour, seventeen tracks of riddim kinked idiosyncracies and future boogie vibes that followers of Dâm-Funk will flock to. From mutilated edit … Read more
Hatchback is the solo moniker of San Francisco producer Sam Grawe. While his day job might be producing syrupy house and disco under the Windsurf moniker (along with producing buddy Daniel Judd), the Hatchback material shows his more sensitive, calmer side. I want to refrain from dropping the dreaded 'chill' tag, but this is decidedly chilled material, with slowly developing synthesizer textures and pads and propulsive analogue rumbles and sequencer patterns building underneath. Somehow it reminds me of Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom, albeit slowed down to a near-crawl and heard from the next ro… Read more
Merrill Garbus's debut album under the Tune-Yards (not gonna bother with the wacky lettering, sorry) moniker was a peculiar beast; one part lo-fi (she recorded it all on her laptop, with a cheap clip mic) and one part the kind of tuneful world-wise pop that even Vampire Weekend fans could get behind. It makes sense, then, that her second record 'Whokill' has had the production turned up to eleven, and Garbus's incredibly distinct soulful wails are now pushed right to the front of the mix. Make no mistake 'Whokill' is just as weird and unpredictable as its predecessor, but at the same time ther… Read more