**Exclusive - Limited edition CD housed in oversized trifold printed digipak with metallic ink, hot foil pressed and UV-laquered** Pan Sonic's immense session recorded in Kiev in 2009 finally lands direct from that topical city on Ukranian imprint, Kvitnu. For the first time in more than a decade, 'Oksastus' (a Finnish word for the grafting of plants) documents Ilpo Väisänen & Mika Vainio's hugely influential Pan Sonic in live aktion and the results have left us reeling. Recorded by Stanislav Lomakovsky and produced by Dmytro Fedorenko, it's a furnace blast of elemental voltage control, tempering fu… 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
**Limited edition didpak reissue of 200 copies** 'Seconds To Forever - Extended Live Excursion' is quite possibly one of the finest ways to experience the magic of Steven Hitchell's mystic dub processes. It was one of the final mastering projects executed by the late, great Ron Murphy of NSC Sounds, Detroit and documents an unbroken 77 minutes of nebulous dub cloud formations gently urged on by plunging bass and rent with widescreen FX processing...
Prolific micro-modular technician Nick Edwards aka Ekoplekz presents his best album by a mile with 'Unfidelity' for Planet Mu. You may (or may not) have noticed a dearth of recent releases from the former blogger-cum-musician since his Morrisian gush of fertile ferric ideas covered the release schedules between 2011-2013 under myriad names - Nunton Complekz, EKOCLEF (with Bass Clef), PLKZFX (with Nochexxx), Ensemble Skalecktrik, and eMMplekz (with Mordant Music) - on almost as many labels. To be honest this head just couldn't keep up with them, and for every ace we'd find a couple we weren't feelin… Read more
Peter Van Hoesen and Yves De Mey's Sendai duo transmit their most obtuse, challenging, yet compelling sonic architectures to date on 2nd album, 'A Smaller Divide'. Crafted remotely between their respective bases in Antwerp and Berlin, plus4 the odd jam session, they fluidly communicate jarring, splintered digital scree and complex patterns woven with dynamic sounds modelled from De Mey's modular synthesiser. Across a sheer topography of eleven parts, crushing, arrhythmic tangles of Autechrian complexity give way to passages of intense, rolling techno and industrial pads evoking imagery of impos… Read more
**2CD set compiling the inimitable Norwegian multi-instrumentalist's - 'til recently, vinyl-only - albums for Rune Grammofon. A wonderful, otherworldly synthesis of virtuosic performance and cutting-edge electronics** "Chron first appeared as part of the magnificent "Solidification" box set, but has now been made available on its own due to popular demand. The double CD comes with "Cosmic Creation", another new album that in many ways can be considered "Chron"´s twin album. These are true solo albums with Arve playing all instruments, both recorded at home and in various locations,… Read more
"First introduced to the world via their self-titled 2011 debut, Author return with their follow-up, ‘Forward Forever’. A collaboration between friends and fellow Leeds-residents Ruckspin and J. Sparrow, Author is an outlet for the two producers to explore deeper, more soulful paths than the tougher approaches for which their solo careers are known. First finding a home on Pinch’s Tectonic imprint in 2011, Author have since spent time developing their sound to incorporate a more natural-feeling, organic vibe on ‘Forward Forever’. Featuring guest vocalists ranging from Jehst and Stig of the Dump … Read more
**Edition of 200** 'Dark Camber' is Lee Fraser's exceptional debut release of probing electro-acoustic composition. Comprising four works realised between 2009 and 2012, using materials derived from a range of digital synthesis techniques combined with treated concrète sonorities, it's a totally engrossing listen for any ears attuned to the further reaches of contemporary computer music composition. Three of the pieces were completed in Manchester, where Lee studied for his PhD in electro-acoustic composition under supervision of David Berezan, and one piece was composed in London prior to those… Read more
**After many delays' Brock Van Wey's epic, double disc, 3 hour ambient session is finally released** "It's been nearly 5 years since Brock's highly acclaimed "White Clouds Drift On And On" debuted on Echospace earning a plethora of critical acclaim including many coveted top albums of the year list from RA to The Wire. Brock returns in beautiful form with what he's said to us is his most personal and self defining moment in his fruitful musical career. This album however strikes on a very different chord from the last, rather than find contentment in repeating himself he's sculpted a unique sound sl… Read more
"Haunted Graffiti wasn’t the first time a bedroom-cloistered Ariel Pink revolutionized his own sound and persona by taking to the stage with a band. The creator of last year’s re-issued Thrash & Burn – a psycho-delic sketchbook of vibes so sequestered as to be damn near claustrophobic in their intimacy – concurrently kept more than a few bands going in the late 90’s - early 00’s. Two of those projects our dear listener will find compiled here: “Gorilla” and “Appleasians”. This two-disc archival restoration was salvaged from the same scratchpile of crumbling CDr's an… Read more
**Paul St. Hilaire aka Tikiman provides the naturally perfect accompaniment to Deadbeat's dry, heavy techno dubs** "Deadbeat. Tikiman. Infinity. Dub. A quadrangle of such obvious statement and perfect musical inference may very well never have been uttered for those of the wholly weeded out persuasion. Indeed, when the great book of Dub music is written the names Scott Monteith and Paul St Hilaire will undoubtedly figure highly in its chapters devoted to recent years. Monteith, the last great prodigal son of the doctrine handed down from the Blue Mount of Lord Scratch… Read more
Over 5 years ago, Dozzy and fellow Italian engineer/producer Manuel Fogliata aka Nuel coined a strain of pure techno distilling their deeply engrained experience of '90s techno with a further reduction of noughties minimalism made with finely tuned hardware production techniques, basically burning away the cliches and impurities to leave a potent ambient techno residue. The result was a series of powerfully monotone, hypnotic and droning 12"s issued in typically low-key fashion by Berlin's Hardwax crew and feted in reverent tones by everyone from Miles Whittaker to Mnml Ssgs an… Read more
This is just gorgeous - Simon Fisher Turner has scored the BFI National Archive’s restoration of 'The Epic of Everest', the official film record of Mallory and Irvine’s ill-fated 1924 Everest expedition as filmed by Captain John Noel. Turner is renowned for his film soundtrack work which began with Derek Jarman's Caravaggio (1986) and Blue (1993), plus scoring restorations of Un Chant D’Amour dir Jean Genet (1950) and The Great White Silence for the BFI. This new score was composed, orchestrated and conducted by Turner and features Andrew Blick (Gyratory System), James Brooks (… Read more
**54-page book and CD** "Inspired by and incorporating fragmentary notes written by Franz Kafka on his deathbed to communicate with friends and family, The Patient draws from the texts of these conversation slips for specific imagery, textures, mood, gestures, and instrumentation. The score — essentially an index of suggestions to guide structured improvisation — was initially performed at Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio in the fall of 2012 by Olivia Block (piano/walkie-talkies/objects), Noé Cuéllar (accordion/psalter/cassette player/objects), Steven Hess (percussion/cassette playe… 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
Perc proceeds 2011's 'Wicker & Steel' album with a quintessentially English comment on techno and politics with 'The Power And The Glory'. From the track titles - 'Rotting Sound', 'Take Your Body Off' - to the ascetic productions values, the whole thing feel utterly gutted, leaving behind an ironically aware rhetoric that rings true with the producer's glum views on the UK's enervated state of affairs. Drawing parallels in opposition to so much cookie-cutter house in circulation right now, his choice of abrasive, visceral sounds more than just feels right; he's making a political statement… Read more
**Foil-blocked slipcase contains Jewel case and 24-page booklet crammed with photos, artwork and liner notes** "With Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, the impacts of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on US shores and heartlands is revealed as a bludgeoning previously undescribed. In this collection, medieval Bonham thunk and febrile Iommi guitar leads crowd out the bluesy Americana that foregrounded those bands, replacing hippie pastoralism with mythology, armored conflict, sorcery, and doom. From legions of occult-obsessive 1970s bonehead teens, we s… Read more
"Canadian artist Nicolas Bernier creates sound performances, installations, musique concrète, live electronics and video art while also working with dance, theatre, moving images and interdisciplinary contexts. In the midst of this eclecticism, his artistic concerns remain constant: the balance between the cerebral and the sensual, and between organic sound sources and digital processing. The sound of Nicolas Bernier is somewhere between the old and the new. It is electronic music made from objects of the past: typewriter, old machines, tuning forks, soundscape memories and, yes… Read more
Debut album from the London-based Tech-House/'tronica producer. With one foot in the contemporary classical scene and the other in pop/indie circles thanks to his extensive profile of remixes for everyone from Michael Nyman to Hot Chip, Cooper presents an intricately detailed, if somewhat dated, album of tidy, clean and pleasant electronica split between cuts driven by whirring minimal tech house rhythms and sound design exercises, including two vocal appearances by Kathrin deBoer and one from Arbutus Records' Braids.
**Edition of 450** Andrea Belfi, BJ Nilsen, and Simon James Phillips' The Swifter trio follow their 2012 debut for The Tapeworm with this recording of a live performance at Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, 2nd February 2013, made by Pedro Alçada. Augmented by the floating organ shimmer of special guest David Maranha, they coax a slow-moving, gaseous atmosphere from piano, percussion and electronics, at once fluidly jazz-wise but also patiently precise. The results are quietly intoxicating, building steadily over 30 minutes duration to a lush and heady whorl of sound with each player neatly mixed to flesh out the frequency spectrum. RIYL Supersilent.
Beguiling, unsettling and deeply mysterious, The Haxan Cloak's eponymous debut album is a riveting experience. In case Demdike Stare hadn't inspired you to read up on the pre-1900 occult, the term "Häxan" is an old German word for witchcraft, a theme shared by the two artists. But for that, and the monotone artwork aside, The Haxan Cloak takes a very different approach to his craft, one rooted in his studies in sound art and more concerned with "the very real potential and power of the actual physical properties of sound" he can elicit from treated strings and primal percussion, and the… Read more
**Nils Frahm presents the truest representation of his feted piano performances with this gorgeous treatment of over two years worth of live performance, recorded on all sorts of devices and then carefully assembled in his Durton Studio and referred to by Frahm as "a collage of field recordings rather than a live album." Presented in die-cut slipcase with liner notes** "Berlin-based contemporary composer Nils Frahm has built a steady reputation for his intimate, poignant piano recordings, yet they so far only showed a fragment of what to expect from a Nils Frahm concert. Frahm’s heart lies in improvi… Read more
**The debut full length of pastoral ambience from Kemper Norton** "From a recent interview by Russell Cuzner at The Quietus: The sound is formed of acoustic folk miniatures swimming through pools of synthetic texture, while found sounds float to the surface, dredging up tiny hints of dance rhythms in their wake. These ingredients - far from being a casually picked, if natty, selection from the twentieth century's smorgasbord of genres - are stirred together with idiosyncratic focus to produce a strange, heady brew that's neither folk nor electronica, neither analogue nor digital, but something else; boasting new flavours with familiar seasoning."
'Churches Schools and Guns' is the 2nd album of dystopian, forward-facing techno architecture by Italian-in-Berlin producer, Luca Mortellaro aka Lucy. The follow-up to his well-received 'Wordplay For Working Bees' is an obliquely abstract yet emotive twelve song cycle exhibiting an ear for microscopic detail and an attuned feel for slinky, seductive rhythms. It's leagues ahead of his field of terms of sound design and atmosphere, drawing on and subtly incorporating a wider confluence of ideas than many of his contemporaries. The grey, gloomy spectre of machine driven post-punk experiments an… Read more
*Limited Edition - Includes Music CD + 60 page graphic Novel* Soul Jazz Records new release Inner City Beat! Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers is a unique CD (and 2LP) release that comes with an exclusive limited-edition specially created 60-page graphic novel (by the mysterious cult 1960s pulp-fiction writer Mark ‘Badly’ Antringham). The music on the album is a killer selection of funky, deep, rare, exciting and dancefloor heavyweight ‘spy themes’, ‘detective music’ and thrillers from the 1960s and 1970s. The music spa… Read more
**Edition of 500** Picking up where Fax +49-69/450464's series left off, this latest volume collects experimental and ambient studio excursions pulled from Thomas P Heckmann's legendary EBM/Industrial/Techno output between 1991-2013. Apparently taking inspiration from "60s and obscure music", the tracks on 'The Lost Tales Vol.III' document what happens in Heckmann's studio once the kick drums stop and he really starts to feel out his arsenal of modular synthesisers, casio keyboards, sequencers and drum machines. They range from typically Teutonic kosmiche visions such as 'Berli… Read more
Phonica celebrate 10 years in the game with this epic 3CD set featuring 33 contributions from their mates far and wide, including tracks from Midland, Juju & Jordash, Legowelt, STL, Moiré, Joakim, Special Request, Skudge, I:Cube, Mr.G, Trevor Jackson and much more, presented in a nice 8-panel triple Digipak.
**Moody blue minimal wave pop outta Brisbane, Australia. RIYL Sapphire Slows, Group Rhoda, The Space Lady* "The music of Scraps is a unique cosmic universe of emotions, thoughts and bedroom sound. Utilising a minimalist set up of drum machine, keyboard and synth mixed with a life time obsession of the electronic pop music of yesteryear allow Laura Hill's ideas to come alive. These are not cute brainless love songs however. Although love is an inspiration in a lot of the songs, the lyrics and themes mostly deal with the darker painful side of that irrational emotion. Depth comes in the way Hill ca… Read more
Ships in 2 daysAnother pioneer of UK Grime's recent renaissance, Wen is set to floor all-comers with this stunning debut album for Keysound. Since introducing himself on a split with Epoch and 12" for Badimup in 2012/early 2013, he's coined a striking new sound, rending classic UK dance templates with up-to-the-second sound design and uncanny feel for that late night urban atmosphere best defined by Burial. His edit of early Dizzee Rascal joint 'Strings Ho' which emerged in mid 2013 marked a turning point for this sound where the tempos became slower, the production more elastic, sculpted, and the arrangements tighter, f… Read more
**Theatrical soundtrack written by Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten), Mick Harvey (co-founder, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Danielle Piccioto (co-founder of Love Parade), and Paul Wallfisch (musical director at the Theater Dortmund)** "The songs on this album were written for "Republik Der Wölfe", a multimedia theatrical spectacle commissioned by Kay Voges and premiering at the Theater Dortmund, Germany, on February 15th, 2014. Subtitled "A Fairytale Massacre with Live Music", "Republik Der Wölfe" presents an intertwining collage riffing on the pre-moral tales… Read more
FINALLY BACK IN STOCK! 'Venice' is the official follow up to the groundbreaking 'Endless Summer', a record with a legendary pedigree and with sales substantial enough to have shaken up its label (Mego) to the extent that they seem to have been on a mission ever since to keep it as difficult as it gets. It seems Touch has no such hangs up. This is an amazing album that will no doubt come to be as highly regarded as 'Endless Summer' though musically its a much more varied affair, reflected by the contrasting imagery in the digipak photography (an old and new rowing boat moored up / nature and classic archi… Read more
From the evidence on show this week, 2006 is turning out to be a year of classic reissues, and this record is about as classic as they come. Originally released in 1979, This Heat were unimaginably forward thinking, effortlessly blending elements of post punk, funk and hiphop alongside moments of early electronic-style experimentation (tape loops, drones etc). 'This Heat' is said to have been one of the most influential experimental records of the 70s, with its sound ebbing and flowing through the veins of post rock (Slint), experimental hiphop (Sixtoo), hybrid sounds (Throbbing Gristle) and post pu… Read more
Back in stock! Perhaps best known for his Post_Piano albums with Taylor Deupree, Kenneth Kirschner's piano-led microsound compositions are a marvel in their own right. 'September 19, 1998' is just such a composition; a twenty-one minute excursion into slow, washed-out piano tones patiently played out over protracted intervals. While this might not sound like particularly engrossing listening in theory, the beautifully restrained performance Kirschner gives - coupled with the understated percussion that fills the temporal void between keystrokes, is well worth your perseveranc… Read more
Limited edition of 3000, x 6 CD set of "audio verite" recordings (Mastered by the incomparable Denis Blackham) of Suicide playing live from September 1977 to August 1978 . These recordings cover most of their early shows at CBGB's & Max's plus their first ever tour across Europe & the UK. As you will hear, a crucial year in Suicide's development as both musicians and performers and their mission to stretch the label of Punk Rock to the very limit. The package includes a 40 page booklet of Suicide & Red Star Records memorabilia (including very rare Red Star Press Relea… Read more
Delivering a second long-form release for 4AD, Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson continues with a second part of his proposed trilogy of albums themed around iconic American brands. After IBM 1401 - A User's Manual, Johannsson turns his attentions to Fordlandia, named after the expanse of land purchased by Henry Ford in the Brazillian rainforest - a failed settlement designed as a means for acquiring rubber in the 1920s. As it turns out, this is only one amongst a number of overlapping themes drawn from various obscure corners of modern history, all knitted together like something from … Read more
Visionary noise sculptor Kazuyuki Kishino returns with a powerhouse performance on this new Neurot disc, harnessing an electronic sound that's at once visceral and yet also arrestingly fresh and crisply delivered. Incisive synthetic tones and flickers of industrial textures inform Oxygen Flash, but there's a level of discipline that transcends so much of the harsh noise extremism you're likely to come across these days. The quality of production is hugely impressive throughout, and although there's a more stringently structured, quintessentially rhythmic core to this music, you might compare som… Read more
*Back in Stock* Arthur has occupied a rare, enigmatic position within the deep groove community. Acknowledged as an influence by many: founder of the classic eighties label Sleeping Bag, home to Mantronix, T La Rock, Joyce Sims amongst many others: - vocalist and cellist, buddhist - almost joined Talking Heads, instead making two of the biggest Paradise / Loft tunes of all: Loose Joints' "Is It All Over My Face" and Dinosaur L's "Go Bang", as well as a wealth of experimental but still uncannily accessible music. Arthur heard disco as one of the most potent musics, rip… Read more
*For all intents and purposes, this is the great 'lost' Deathprod album* 'Your Naked Ghost Comes Back At Night' seemed to go fairly unnoticed by the great listening public when it was initially released on a small cd-only pressing by the French DSA label back in 2004, but has since become the stuff of legend. To many this has become one of the great 'lost' death ambient albums, and an all too-rare full-length excursion from one of the most revered producers of the century - Helge Sten, aka Deathprod. As a producer, Sten mold… Read more
*Truly intense album from this incredible band - bringing together visceral noise components and drone pop for their last ever studio album...* Legendary American noise unit Yellow Swans return with what is purportedly their final studio album and without doubt their most devastating collection of noise/drone recordings yet, a majestically defining album of collapsing supernova psychedelics. The announcement of their split in 2008 was met with shock from a community who've faithfully traced their arc over countless limited edition CDr's, cassettes and vinyl for an equally insurmountable numb… Read more
Last seen on Sacred Bones with their Killing Time EP, Wooden Shjips side project Moon Duo returns with four lengthy motorik jams in the spirit of a psych-rockin' Suicide. Considering (as hinted at in their name) Moon Duo is but a two-piece they manage to create an impressively sturdy wall-of-sound. 'Motorcycle, I Love You' is like their very own 'Ghost Rider', but taking on more of a '60s backroom psychedelia sound as its starting point. The Duo stay locked in a deep goth-abilly groove throughout and its not long before the guitar spirals off into plumes of heavily distorted, modulated soloing. Nex… Read more
A seminal moment in the hard/UK techno canon from the Birmingham-based cabal of Surgeon, Female, Regis and Function (OK, well he's from New York). Surgeon opens the set with a moment of reinforced Millsian futurism, and Female offers two Latin-infused killers. Regis contributes a pair of jacking heavyweights on his own, and a further pair of mesmerizingly rigid killers with Function as Portion Reform. This is a lesson in stone cold techno classicism. Get taught.