*2CD Edition of 500 copies, packaged in Handmade Cardboard slipcase* Berlin's exquisite Sonic Pieces present the shadowy solo piano and electro-acoustic compositions of Moon Ate The Dark's eponymous 2012 debut and follow-up side on one package for the first time. "Driven together by a shared love of film music and a mutual interest in repetition, Anna Rose Carter and Christopher Brett Bailey have been feeding pianos into guitar amplifiers since 2009. With their second album Moon Ate the Dark is taking the next step of contemporary piano composition. Moving on from their we… Read more
*Deluxe CD edition Limited to 450 copies housed in Hand-stitched textiled Artwork* Berlin's exquisite Sonic Pieces present the shadowy solo piano and electro-acoustic compositions of Moon Ate The Dark's new album. "Driven together by a shared love of film music and a mutual interest in repetition, Anna Rose Carter and Christopher Brett Bailey have been feeding pianos into guitar amplifiers since 2009. With their second album Moon Ate the Dark is taking the next step of contemporary piano composition. Moving on from their well-received debut album in 2012, Moon Ate the Dark I… Read more
*Deluxe 2CD edition comes in an 8-panel spot gloss digipack with two separate booklets* By Pitchfork's reckoning Dominick Fernow's discography now stands at over 150 releases long - so it isn't without much consideration that we say that 'Frozen Niagara Falls' is his defining, most exploratory and ultimately rewarding work to date. It's an epic undertaking too - spanning two discs (the vinyl edition which will follow next month is a mammoth 3LP) and includes over an hour and a half of music, veering from the surprisingly contemplative destroyed-folk of 'Greenpoint' and 'Christ Among The … Read more
Firecracker really push the coracle out with this gorgeous, sprawling collection of folk songs and pastoral ambience gloved in exquisite packaging by House of Traps. Conceived by Wounded Knee, Lord of the Isles, Other Lands, and House of Traps in conjunction with Forestry Commission Scotland, 'Mac Talla Nan Creag' is part heritage study, part whisky-sozzled travelogue; featuring the processed results of a road trip between Iron age forts, ruined brochs and sites of ancient rock art located around the mystic Scottish Highlands dear their mutual interests - and said to be one of the first pl… Read more
**Deluxe, remastered reissue of Biosphere's seminal 1991 debut LP, expanded with 7 bonus tracks** 'Microgravity' introduced the world to Geir Jenssen's Biosphere project and his patented electronic ambient sounds. The album was the first in a long line of work from Jenssen, and saw him fusing house-influenced beats with film samples and floating synthesized textures. As with the album's followup 'Patashnik', the most appropriate comparison would be to the early work of Richard D. James, but it also contains elements of early Orb or 808 State, albeit with much more of an… Read more
*Mastered by Rashad Becker, features photography by Kim Thue and artwork by Bill Kouligas* Luke Younger's Helm undergoes a captivating metamorphosis from noise agitator to industrial ambient alchemist with 'Olympic Mess', his new album for PAN. Prompted by a period of personal turmoil and a chaotic lifestyle on the road playing support for Danish punks, Ice Age; Younger expands his sonic palette here with nods to the loop-based structures and textural sensuality of balearic disco, dub techno and industrial music. When filtered into his patented mix of hi-fidelity electro-acoustic process, field reco… Read more
Killer debut transmission of Millsian techno disciplines, intercepted by Function's Infrastructure New York radar. Fresh from his appearance in Function's Berghain 07 mix, Post Scriptum's eponymous double pack reveals an uncompromisingly powerful sound in eight DJ-ready parts, perfectly balanced between rolling heft and diffuse, airy dynamics. The production is delectable, detailed to microscopic degrees but not at the expense of the bigger picture, meaning steely, supple and infectious rhythms for the dancers and vast, gaseous atmospheres and hypnotic, mazy bleep patterns to really get lost in. Ace.
**Impeccably distorted and bittersweet dream-pop. RIYL Motion Sickness of Time Travel, High Wolf, Sun Araw** "Crystal Dorval from Vancouver, Canada has been making healing, distorted rug-gaze music from a coastal mindset all her own since 2011. Natural Phenomena is her second album, and it echoes 2013’s previous self-titled effort in its isolationist origins, as the record emerged slowly across a 9-month retreat alone on a farm on Vancouver Island: “Some days I would only add one tiny guitar line or keyboard texture and that would be it for the day… it was a long process.” However gruell… Read more
The perfect stocking filler for any self-respecting Techno fan - nine tracks from Shed's five EQD 12"s collected on one CD. It amounts to one of the most crucial dancefloor payloads of the last half-decade, each and every cut designed and executed to elicit helpless reactions in the right circumstances. And while precisely machine tooled for the DJs, these are anything but simple dancefloor productions, they're muscular works of functional art documenting the ongoing evolution of hi-end Techno. In other words; Essential.
Inga Copeland flexes a new moniker and altered palette in the surreal chamber pops of 'RELAXIN' with Lolina'. At an avant intersection of R&B, dancehall minimalism and electro-pop, Lolina creates her own world of sonic oddity and nursery rhyme delivery. The self-titled opener sounds like Autechre's 'Piezo' given a lo-fi baroque pop make-over, while the MIDI keys and grubby bounce of 'Miss Understood' warp like a funfair mirror version of a Palmistry riddim. Most unsettling of all, 'Relaxx' hits stranger pleasure centres with deliciously discordant piano and disconcerting vocal reminding us of Carole Caroompas. It's really kinda genius.
“July 2015 will see Shirley Collins celebrate her 80th year - an age that would seem frankly ridiculous for a woman as spritely as her, had it not been for all she's achieved. From her seminal field-recording trip to America to her lauded musical career; from her role as historian and protector of the folk tradition, to the very fact that this record can exist - more than half a century after her career began - all of these things are testament to the breadth of her influence. And so we arrive at 'Shirley Inspired'. It would be almost lazy to the talk about the resurgence of folk music or the… Read more
**One of the greatest soundtrack composers of the late 20th Century finally gets a reissue series, includes a copy of the CD free inside* The work of Poland's Zbigniew Preisner is closely linked to that of film director Krzysztof Kieslowski, the pair having worked together since the widely acclaimed "Dekalog" series began production in the late 1980's. The soundtrack is one of Preisner's least-known but also one of his best - that distinctive orchestral style vividly evoking the grey Polish towerblock around which the series revolves. Amazing music, regardless of whether you're familiar with the work of either Kieslowski or Preisner - a hugely recommended listen.
**Preisner's classic soundtracks to Kieslowski's Three Colours series available in one bumper set** A total joy to hear these gorgeous soundtracks again, hard to believe that its been 22 years since these films originally came out! Zbigniew Preisener really is one of the greatest film composers of the modern era, but his work for the great, late Krzysztof Kieslowski stands out as not only his most well known, but also his finest work. If you haven't heard any of these soundtracks before, you're in for a treat; Preisner takes us through moments of desolate beauty a… Read more
Ships in 4 days'The Blue Quicksand Is Going Now' is the staggering debut album by Oliver Perryman a.k.a. FIS. In pursuit of a sound ecology reflecting the complex dynamics of nature thru electronic music, FIS' un-quantised, texturally abstract compositions have practically ripped the rug from beneath the feet of D&B, techno and ambient music to leave them spinning in gyroscopic hyperspace. Now, after a series of cultishly acclaimed singles for Samurai Horo, Exit and Tri Angle, a.o., he atomises that aesthetic to exhilarating and utterly arresting new levels, leaving the dancefloor and bedroom flo… Read more
Ships in 11 days*Long-Awaited debut album from Janus Collective member M.E.S.H. - recorded in Berlin in winter 2015, mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, and pressed on 140g LP and CD* Alongside fellow members of Berlin’s Janus collective, recently behind nights at Berghain and Corsica Studios, M.E.S.H. is known for his futurist approach to club dynamics and production. On Piteous Gate, tightly gridded and sculpted sound juts up against loose-wristed improvisation, automated processes, and collage. Standard club syncopation is twisted by sliding tempos, cut and paste time signatures, and indeterminate paci… Read more
"Everyone Alive Wants Answers" is the haunting work of 26-year-old Parisienne Cecile Schott. Her debut album release, she has previously released a gem of a 7" single (Babies) on Active Suspension, which brought her to the attention of The Leaf Label. An effortlessly charming album, naive instrumentals filled with warmth , melody and soul, played on a broken music box, a glockenspiel or a guitar. The recordings seem pieced together from an array of field recordings and home tapes, melodies and aroma's slowly infused to create a homespun exercise in delicacy, beauty and a joyously moving appeal to nostalgic sensibilities and abandon. Gorgeous stuff, highly recommended.
Back in stock. After the inclusion of an epic compilation with this month's wire magazine it would appear Aussie experimentalists Room 40 are finally getting the attention they've deserved for so long. The label ticks all the right boxes : fabulously lavish packaging, gloriously innovative and unusual music and artists that haven't always had the exposure they've deserved. This latest offering is from DJ Olive who is better known for his startling collaborations with Kim Gordon on SYR5 and in her recent live shows. 'Sleep' is a continuous 50 minute piece that shows his deft skill in turntablism, much lik… Read more
Recorded in 1995, this disc collects world premiere recordings of ‘Litany’, ‘Psalom’ and ‘Trisagion’. Litany derives its text from the 24 prayers of St. John Chrysostum (the man responsible for writing the liturgy upon which Russian Orthodoxy is based) and there’s an appropriately devotional tone to the piece regardless of its manifold dynamic twists and turns. Apparently, Part had been familiar with the prayers for over twenty years, always intending to find his own musical resolution to them. It’s evident that the composer has pored over this endeavour at length; the piece carries the full weight of … Read more
*Single cd edition now available again* The kind of debut album that comes with a level of anticipation which eschews the more polite expectations of the minimal massive, Trentemoller has been cutting wax for what seems an age now - finally finding time to get a full fat LP under his belt. Clocking in at a satisfying seventy minutes, 'The Last Resort' could readily have evolved into an overlong series of tracks that would have preformed better on the 12" format - but it's to the Danes credit that there is a definite cohesion on display, kicking off with the icy vista of 'Take Me Into Your S… Read more
Back in stock! Our love affair with Cécile Schott (known to the world as Colleen) is well documented - all it took was her charming debut album 'Everyone Alive Wants Answers' and we were totally hooked. The Gallic mistress of modern electronic music had introduced a feminine side to a staid masculine world, and we had found an album we could sink into and fall in love with. Her use of samples was totally unique - rather than overlay sound upon sound to create a dense soup of noise she appeared totally happy letting the small silences speak for themselves, and it was this restraint that ga… Read more
*Back In Stock - Includes The Much Sought-After 32 Minute Version Of Minimoonstar* The first part of Villalobos' 'Vasco EP' released on vinyl earlier this year is a personal favourite that has managed to recieve an average of one play-a-day round ours. 'Minimoonstar' is another of his 30min techno odyssees that simply cannot or has not been imitated, bringing together the trickiest yet most dancefloor gratifying rhythms, with brain warming chord progressions and organic subbass for one of his finest moments to date (we say this a lot, but he has a lot of moments innit?!). Another vinyl cut 'El… Read more
Marking a return to his House persona Luomo, Vladislav Delay's Sasu Ripatti follows up on 2003's The Present Lover with another glorious full-length brimming with state of the art 4/4 productions. While Convivial makes quite an impact as a technical achievement (the production is consistently a delight to the ears) this is an album with a lot of heart too. That's partially creditable to the roster of guest vocalists who bring a little humanity to the steely perfection of Ripatti's artificial intelligence: we already know about the Apparat-fronted future disco of 'Love You All', the first single to be l… 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
Danish producer Anders Trentemoller completes a fairly major crossover move with Into The Great Wide Yonder, transitioning from his roots as a dancefloor-focussed producer and in-demand remixer all the way into mainstream pop. Don't be too alarmed by such a notion though, this move has been on its way for a while, with his first mix CD, Harbour Boat Trips dropping plenty of hints towards a predilection for more indie-ish, shoegazey fare. Even so, Trentemoller remains a formidable maker of beats, and there's still a driving kick drum at the core of the album's narrative. On an… Read more
Barry Lynn's fourth album for Planet Mu effectively sees him disengage with Dubstep and embrace the esoteric strands of Jazz, Techno and Electronica which always richly informed his music. It's no surprise really, given that his previous album 'Arecibo Message' and singles on Kinnego Records have been moving towards a finer balance of electro and acoustic instrumentation for the last few years. Worry not though, he's not lost his head up his arse with over-egged "experimentalism", the 13 tracks of 'The Dissolve' are still definitively Boxcutter, but now rubbed with that same pseudo lo-fi aesthet… Read more
Ten years since his last album, Surgeon returns riding a nine-headed beast on 'Breaking The Frame'. A decade is a relatively long time in musical terms, and while his (increasingly uncommon) singles over that period have remained resolutely 4/4 and heavy, his DJ sets have incorporated a wealth of influence from Dubstep and Bass music in general. This album absorbs those influences and refracts them into an impressive spectrum of styles. His taste for Scorn-like halfstep manifests on opener 'Dark Matter', finding that dynamic tension between turbulent flow and hunchback lurch. Next 'Transpare… Read more
*SHIPS FRIDAY* Handy compilation scooping up DJ Harvey's recent spate of Locussolus singles, including remixes Lindstrom & Prins Thomas, Andrew Weatherall and The Emperor Machine. Where to begin? 'Gunship' harks back to Harvey's UK days spinning rave with the Tonka soundsystem, a squelchy, stripped-back acid house killer complete with rattle-snake percussion, clipped vocals and compressed guitar squall; Weatherall's dub makes it even more floor-focussed, but still pushes the mixing desk. 'I Want It' and 'Tan Sedan' walk the tightrope 'tween disco chug and lean, phaser-set-to-stun analog techno w… Read more
**U.S. underground supergroup Feat Oneohtrix, Laurel Halo, Ferraro and more.** RVNG Intl have assembled one of their most exciting editions for vol. 7 of the Frkwys series, which has previously seen pairings between Pyschic Ills and Juan Atkins, and ARP with Anthony Moore, among others. This one started as a mutual appreciation of David Borden's 'Music For Amplified Keyboard Instruments' between Daniel "OPN" Lopatin and the label, and soon evolved into this modern day super troupe of synth stars; highly regarded film and TV composer, Samuel Godin, far-out savant James Fer… Read more
At this point, Oren Ambarchi is about as close as we get to a rock star in experimental music. He's worked with such a wide range of artists, it's almost impossible to list them, but it's probably worth noting that list would include Sunn o))), John Zorn, Fennesz, and Keith Rowe just for starters. 'Audience of One' is his long awaited follow up to 2007s viscous 'In The Pendulum's Embrace', and is possibly Ambarchi's most personal and singular record to date. It might surprise listeners initially with its inclusion of elements not usually associated with Ambarchi's sound (vocals, frenetic … Read more
"Hailing from Denmark Sun River is a three-piece consisting of Martin Rude, Jonas Munk and Jakob Skøtt. Their music is based on finely woven guitar compositions and Martin's gentle vocals. With thorough eclecticism Sun River picks up various threads from the last 45 years of guitar music – from the experimental open-tuning fingerpicking of John Fahey and Leo Kottke, through the sound of late sixties Los Angeles (think Tim Buckley and Love especially), to the more present genre-blending of Chicago post-rock (Jim O'Rourke & The Sea and Cake). There's a free-flowing, almost jazzy, vibe present on this… Read more
So Matthew Herbert is back sampling again, and he's only gone and dug up his long-dormant Wishmountain project to facilitate it. Wishmountain's 'Radio' has been a favourite around these parts for way too long, so it's a welcome return to a sound that many thought Herbert had abandoned in favour of the weird slaughterhouse knocks of his last full-length. 'Tesco' finds the provocative producer in the aisles of Britain's most-loved supermarket, and for his sampling sources Herbert took the ten top sellers in the store. We've got Lucozade, Nescafe, branded bread, chocolate, tissues, crisps - basically a… Read more
**Expanded CD edition with 14 tracks. Actress-meets-Jeff Mills on this incredible new album from one of the Motor City's most influential and fwd>>> artists** Twelve years since his debut album, cult Detroit legend Terrence Dixon presents the sterling follow-up 'From The Far Future Pt.2' for Tresor. For many listeners, DJs and collectors Dixon's sparse output ranks among the 313's most definitive and influential creations. Whether under his own name or as Population One, his sound is a quintessential application of Afro-futurist, Motor City machine music, at once driven, sleek, … Read more
*11-track Mixed CD Version of the recent 5 LP set from Villalobos* Officially speaking this is Ricardo's first solo LP since 'Vasco', and it's definitely his most substantial since 'Thé Au Harem D'Archimède', but what you really need to know is that it's really, really good! 'Tu Actitud' features a quirky disco hook and stone mumbles put through his studio centrifuge, while 'Timemorf' vibes out trickling, glassy melodies and jazzy motifs teetering on a hip tugging bass. 'Grumax' with Max Loderbauer is next followed by some killer tabla samples swirling across the stereo fi… 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
*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
**Hyper-forward computer music for fans of Lorenzo Senni or Mark Fell/SND** "Eleven pieces have been composed on one note without transposition focusing on spectral changes and avoiding the traditional temporal measurements using additive synthesis. The interface works with tester algorithms based on simple mathematical operations which help in the compositional decision-making and trigger different temporal and spectral musical events run by an unique timeline. The system deconstructs the structure of the sound through its overall duration using algorithmic, generative techniques."
Lauded sonic alchemist Ben Frost keens into full view with the terrifying and awe-inspiring 'Aurora', his first full length solo album since 'By The Throat' (2009), and his debut for Mute. Clearly a gifted producer - with a remarkable catalogue to prove it - Frost has, over the last decade or so, become increasingly sought-out for his sensitive yet calloused ear by numerous collaborators and like-minded artists such as Björk, Valgeir Sigurdsson, Lawrence English, and Tim Hecker. The latter three in particular are all close collaborators, sharing a focus on mining something affectively visceral an… 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
*Hospital Productions debut from Nine Inch Nails’ Alessandro Cortini, a suite of 9 analogue synth pieces complete with found and ambient sounds* Alessandro Cortini is best known as the lead electronics performer in Nine Inch Nails’, but in recent years his work as ‘Sonoio' and a pair of fine albums for Important Records under his own name have highlighted his own individual productions. Known as one of the pre-eminent Buchla masters in North America, Cortini makes a surprising departure on this debut album for Hospital Productions by making use of little more than a Roland MC 202 fed through … Read more
*CD edition includes download of the whole album when purchased* Lee Gamble jacks directly into a latent stream of electronic wonder with his dream-like 'Koch' opus for PAN. Running to 76 minutes over 16 tracks, it's Gamble's most substantial and arguably definitive work, following the beautifully effective 'Diversions 1994-1996' and 'Dutch Tvashar Plumes' releases for PAN in 2012. Where those records deconstructed the elusive, enigmatic timbre of '90s electronic dance music - jungle, techno, ambient - 'Koch' (pron. 'Cotch' - UK slang for relax) is a sort of 'Pataphysical reflection and projection of … Read more
Anjou is the beautifully enigmatic reunion of Labradford's Mark Nelson (Pan American) and Robert Donne with fellow Kranky star, percussionist Steven Hess. The result of four years writing and editing, it marks Donne and Nelson's first collaboration since Labradford's 'fixed:content' (2000) and the first meeting of Pan American's Nelson and Hess since 'Cloud Room, Glass Room' (2013). Now older, wiser, quieter, the trio offer a subtly involving, hazily detailed ambient suite gleaned from an intricate process of modular synthesis, Max/MSP programming and live instrumentation. Essentially it takes the trio's … Read more
The 4th set in Hyperdub's 10th anniversary series features an exclusive Burial track among 28 cuts exploring the label's deep, rude and rugged dancefloor side. It's stuffed with killer new gear, not least Burial's blue roller 'Lambeth' but also nuff VIPs and remixes from core roster and friends of the fam. Highlights run from Cooly G's Dub Organiser era swinger 'Him da Biz' thru the lean, mean techno of Kode 9's 'Oh' ace and the minimalist slink of Ossie & PHRH's 'Ugly Observation', to a bubbling bambounou remix of Jessy Lanza's 'Fxxk Diamond' and a jazz re-fry of Matyn's 'Mega Drive Gneeration'… Read more
"Jessica Pratt’s self-titled 2012 debut has been much-murmured about. People respond to the austere, pristine clarity of the performances, the gentle strength, marvelling at how much comes from so little: just a voice and a guitar or two. They remark on the timeless nature of the songs and the voice, scrupulously informed by the folk rock of ages past but sung without bags (none in hand, nor beneath eyes). They speculate on just who is the personality behind this Jessica Pratt? It is hard not to respond to the sound of her music, not to want more right away. Two years on and Jessi… Read more
**Unexpected new one from the hugely celebrated Canadian band. The amorphous, visceral and doom-laced mid-section is especially outstanding** "Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE) returns with its first single LP-length release since the group's earliest days in 1997-99. 'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress' clocks in at a succinct 40:23 and is arguably the most focused and best-sounding recording of the band's career. Working with sound engineer Greg Norman (Electrical Audio) at studios in North Carolina and Montreal, GYBE slowly and steadily put the new album … Read more
Champion's Formula label present a superb state-of-play 2015 survey for UK bass music. Starting up with Champion's SND-like remix of Flava D's 'Home', Terror Danjah and Zed Bias tie-off the deft 2-step of 'Telepathy' and Killjoy goes on a dark one with the militant bounce of 'Turnt Ones VIP' and the hydro-blazing 'Most High'. You'll catch Flava D 'In The Dance' on a dread bassline flex, and, likewise Hybrid Theory and Trilla with the dark and rude 'Dutty' killer, plus a slower tribal remix of Hayfever from Mickey Pearce, and a pair of proper UK riddims from Terror Danjah featur… Read more