*Incredible album of oblique Batucada/Techno Hybrids - new on Hospital Productions* Nicolò Fortuni and Nico Vascellari's flamboyant Ninos Du Brasil battery make their Hospital Productions debut with an infectious blend of bespoke Batucada rhythms, techno and punk in 'Novos Mistérios'. It's a perfectly inappropriate release for Dominick Fernow aka Prurient's label, bound to baffle the purists and incite the dance in equal measures. Pairing carnivalesque percussive rituals with the slinky contours of stripped techno and a deeply engrained punk sensibility, Nico and Nicolò cast a unique al… Read more
Steve Hitchell and Rod Modell present the first part of three double CD disc sets distilling their nebulous and cultishly adored catalogue in the wake of 2012's 4LP best-of, 'Altering Illusions'. In classic Echospace tradition,they pair original, hard-to-find material with exclusive versions. This first volume of three is dedicated entirely to Steve Hitchell's cv313 alias, offering thirteen misty variants on a closely defined dub house theme of fluid chord flux, heaving dub bass and expansive dub noise. Equally recommended to the hardcore followers and noobs looking to dip a toe in their tranquil waters.
**Limited Copies** Rod Modell and Steve Hitchell present a recording of their live set at D.E.M.F., May, 2001. Over 77 minutes they unfold a heady ambient dub techno recorded from 16 channel Mackie mixer, performed entirely on analog/digital hardware, samplers and sequencers with no computer involved.
*CD edition housed in an oversized 6-panel digifile, mastered by Matt Colton at Air Studios* Following on from a pair of Extended Players released in 2011 ("Passed Me By" / "We Stay Together") Andy Stott returns to Modern Love with 'Luxury Problems', an 8 track album of new material recorded over the last 12 months. Five of the tracks on the album feature the voice of Alison Skidmore, Andy's onetime Piano teacher whom he hadnt seen since he was a teenager back in 1996. There was no grand gesture in mind, it just sort of happened - but after almost a year of studio work the result is really q… Read more
Fourteen years after his abstract pop landmark, 'Endless Summer', Christian Fennesz presents its conceptual companion, 'Bécs' on Editions Mego. He's released a good few albums and collaborative projects in the interim, perhaps most notably the expansive, drone-based 'Black Sea' (2008), and the Fenn O'Berg albums with Jim O'Rourke and Peter Rehberg, but none quite as accessible and ambitious as this one. Taking its title from the Hungarian word for his home city, Vienna, 'Bécs' (pronounced 'baeetch') also features additional modular synth from Cédric Stevens (Acid Kirk) and Polweschel's rhythm section, Wer… Read more
Konstantinos Soublis aka Fluxion follows Type's reissue of his classic 'Vibrant Forms' with this set of buoyant dub house riddims recorded in New York for Echocord and starring reggae vocalist, Teddy Selassie. Taking clear inspiration from the seminal precedents of Main Street and Rhythm & Sound, Fluxion gives the Tikiman-alike Teddy Selassie a plush suite of stepping, skanking riddims rent with widescreen dub techno atmospheres, oscillating back and forth between lean, fluidly 4/4 instrumental steppers and dread-heavy future roots styles topped by the achingly mellifluous vocals.… Read more
*Demdike Stare's first album - available again for the first time in a few years* Demdike Stare is a long-in-the-making hookup between two shady characters operating at the fringes of Manchester's fragmented music scene: Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty. Miles has been a longtime affiliate of Modern Love as one half of Pendle Coven and under his own MLZ alias, while Canty is one of the city's most recognisable vinyl collectors, carrying an obsession with everything from obscure Nordic Doom records to Anatolyan funk albums, fuelled by his dayjob helping out at the Finders Keepers labe… Read more
*Deluxe 2CD edition comes in an oversized 8-panel digifile* Two years in the making, this 37 track deluxe 2CD edition features two hours of previously unreleased recordings from Daphne Oram's archives. None of this material had been available until the quadruple vinyl edition appeared late last year and is now available on this beautiful double CD edition, compiled and restored from over 400 tapes and mastered at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Daphne Oram, founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, died in 2003 leaving a colossal archive of reel-to-reel tapes an… Read more
*The Stranger is James Leyland Kirby, also known as The Caretaker. CD Housed in Deluxe 6-Panel Digifile* Polymath James Leyland Kirby must surely have one of the most confounding CV’s in the business: he spent years taking the piss out of the music industry with anthems rallying against the (VV)MCPS, he notoriously fell out with various well known record labels for reasons you’ll just have to google, goaded Aphex Twin with a series of ‘tributes’ and channelled his love of everything from Falco (Rock Me Amadeus), Chris De Burgh, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Stockport karaoke… Read more
**Double CD including all tracks from the vinyl editions + two previously unreleased recordings. Packaged in rigid double CD box with booklet** Morphine Records collate Charles Cohen's spellbinding recordings made a rare Buchla Music Easel modular synth circa 1976 - 1989 in this nigh-on essential retrospective. Equal parts electronic exploration, free-jazz and cosmic noise, Cohen's private body of work amassed over nearly two decades amounts to a deeply personal, vivid sketchbook of abstract ideas rendered in tangibly crisp yet elusively diffuse analogue vectors. For many, many years, fol… Read more
"Christian Löffler is co-founder of Ki Records and well known for his intense, deep moving sound with melancholic undertones. After several releases for Ki and Orphanear, the imprint of Dial’s co-founder Pawel, his debut ‘A Forest’ is now being released through Ki."
Hour long live performance by Detroit's dub techno maverick Steven Hitchell aka CV313. It was recorded live at Primary club night, Chicago on 24th August, breaking down to ten tracks, each built from numerous loops and elements of previous releases gelled with live instrumentation and processing inna DE:9 style. Recorded direct from the house mixer so there's some compression/limiting which couldn't be reversed.
Ships in 36 days*Reissue of DJ Sprinkles' classic Midtown 120 Blues, self-released by Terre Thaemlitz through his own Comatonse imprint with custom packaging hand assembled by Terre herself.*
"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
Quite easily our favourite 12k release for some time - an incredible blend of field recordings, found sounds and Janek's signature manipulated transmissions, if you're a fan of The Caretaker - this is an absolute must. "The composition is his calmest yet, and is based around location recordings made in the middle of the night above the M3 motorway, right at the end of the road where JG Ballard lived, a couple of miles from Schaefer’s studio on the far west edge of London. Ballard wrote his seminal works on car culture, as the motorway was being built past the front of his house in 1973; C… Read more
After 2012's corrosive Unknown Vectors EP on Visionist's Lost Codes label and a subsequent agonising silence, SD Laika's debut album for Tri Angle 'That's Harakiri' makes absolutely sure that no one in this new grime renaissance has a stranger, scarier, more enterprising voice than he does. Peter Runge is based in Milwaukee, but sounds like a jeep-sized inter-dimensional arachnid being based in a mess of webs underneath Wiley's house. This especially deranged collection of tracks branches outwards in two directions, exploring more experimentally noisy forms and textures as well as a wider area… Read more
Absolutely off-the-chain explorations of Arabic tropes and wayward improvisation from a core member of the Montreal scene, recorded in Cairo, Egypt and starring Sun City Girls' Alan Bishop on two tracks. From effected vocal cut-ups to psychedelic electronics via humid ambient collage and extended oud meditation, it sounds like very little else we can think of. "Music For Arabs is like Music For Airports for taxi drivers: mood music of a mood of a time as a space and vice versa to maybe while the time away in a Cairo traffic jam when all else fails. Its ambient hope is meant to conjure up so… Read more
**Edition of 200** Texturally rich and deeply engaging sound art occupying space between GAS, Philip Jeck, and Bellows. Recommended! "Giuseppe Pinot-Gallizio was a founding member of the Situationist International and inventor of Industrial Painting. These artworks were created by machines, which automatically made abstract expressionist paintings on long rolls of canvas, to be cut up and sold by the metre. Graham Dunning’s ongoing Music by the Metre project is a homage to Pinot-Gallizio. Dunning creates abstract music machines from found tape loops, dusty 78s, live enviro… Read more
'Spectrum' was recorded between 1988 and 1989 during Spacemen 3's golden period and is widely considered a genuine masterpiece of gently psychedelic pop music. The packaging alone will keep you occupied for hours on your bean bag. Recommended!
**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
*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
*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
Blue, downbeat, conscious Hip Hop/Dub hybrids from Amos & Truenoys for Mala's Deep Medi. 'A Taste Of Struggle' is their debut album following a teaser 12" with Skream and Commodo remixes. It's a low-lit, late night confessional hingeing on Truenoys slow, caramelised vocals delivered with impassioned urgency to a backdrop of shifty, molasses bass movements, dusty drums and trip hop atmospheres.
Loops Haunt returns with an excellent album of heady, layered, woozy percussive jamz for Black Acre on his new album 'Exits'. "Toying with Jungle and Hip Hop on Zenith and outright sound design on Ark, the wilderness-bound beat alchemist uses his isolation to explore and create his otherworldly sound palate. Lurking behind immaculate drums are the windswept sounds of the desolate North and mechanized textures plucked from his Father’s workshop. Exits is designed to be listened to as one continuous track, opening with ambient mood and emotion, layering outboard synths and found-sounds on the title tra… Read more
*Debut album from Andy Stott and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker, aka Millie & Andrea. This first CD Edition comes in an oversized 6-panel Digifile * Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow labelmates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12" releases of jungle, garage and techno hybrids between 2008 and 2010. It's been four years since we last heard from them but they now return with "Drop The Vowels", their debut album. Produced fast and loose through late 2013 / early 2014, it's an album that recalls the strict and stripped funk of Anthony Shakir… Read more
On this second album, husband-and-wife duo Mike Paradinas (μ-Ziq) and Lara Rix-Martin have honed their craft further and teamed up with French singer Vezelay for some supremely chill rides. The delicate synths and vocal harmonies, both positioned just so, can trace their origins to Paradinas's earlier milieu of 90s electronica, and even further back to 70s and 80s cosmicism, but they also resonate appealingly with contemporary moods in downtempo, such as those of Tory Y Moi or How To Dress Well. A work of calm and carefully engineered beauty.
Superlative recording of Gavin Bryars performing his elegy for the Titanic accompanied by an ensemble including his four children on low strings and Philip Jeck playing improvised turntable, among others. Nearly 40 years old now, Bryar's signature and best known composition continues to undergo change and refinement in its partly pataphysical reflection of the tragedy, speculating further on the notion of Bandmaster Hartley's group performing 'Autumn' on the vertical deck of a slowly nose-diving ocean liner, and also below sea level, accompanied by the… Read more
**Includes bonus CD with remixes from Machinedrum, Will Saul, Breach, Ben Pearce, Mount Kimbie & Actress** Kelis returns with a Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) produced glossy sixth album dripping with funk, soul, gospel and Afrobeat influences - he first album for Ninja Tune. 'Food' is the equivalent of comfort eating, heavily informed by a nostalgic impression of the music Kelis grew up with - her father was a Jazz musician - and therefore flush with "proper" instruments accompanied by some electronic embellishments just to let you know it was actually released in 2014. It revolves around an eponymous theme … Read more
MJC marks the next big step in her flourishing catalogue with a signature mix of deep and techy house for Fabric 75. Since the late naughties, the London-based British-Japanese producer has been at least partly responsible for a sub-mainstream swing towards fresh, raw house music with a classic integrity. This mix showcases where she's at right now, blending mature house grooves with party-time peakers in seamless style. Over 17 tracks she wends a way from Trus'me's 'Somebody' to Fran Von Vie's trancy synth-pop piece 'Lonely Nights' via her own edits of KSKY's 'Madness' and he… Read more
**The Norwegian disco chug-master in full, creamy effect** "In Prins Thomas’ own words: “Hi there, this is my new album. Keeping with the tradition I decided to call it ‘III’. There's no great concept, no specific theme, no scheme, no plan... no space disco but still plenty of ‘space’. It is just documentation of the music I made during the recording period. A musical diary so to speak. Diary entry number three. Musically I feel it belongs somewhere between my last two albums - 2009’s ‘Prins Thomas’ and 2012’s ‘II’. They where both a result of the recording techniques and musical ideas … Read more
The inimitable Estonian ex-pat takes inspiration from current hood, Brooklyn, in the darker, beguiling pop contours of her 3rd album proper. The challenging yet gratifying arrangements of 'Histrionic' are testament to both her consistency as a boundary-pushing artist, and an enduring belief in the role of pop music as a model for incisive cultural commentary and observation. Her sound here is more layered, spacious than previously heard, yet denser than ever, crammed with uncanny lyrical observations and interweaving, chimeric traces of psychedelic Trap and UK Bass music oiled with the sensua… Read more
Finally available again. Hyperdub continues to maintain it's iron grip on the title of 'most interesting label of the year' with the delivery of Kode 9's long awaited 'Memories of the future'. The erstwhile sinofuturist (backed up by the constantly mutating tones of the Spaceape) has managed with his debut album to explore territory not confined to or even guided by the often formulaic dubstep structures used by so many producers on the scene. Indeed the album seems to relish the idea of the community splintering and refracting through a basscone prism of dub/steppers/hiphop/p… 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
Back in stock. With our appetites whetted nicely by the 12" series, Mikkel Metal presents the full length version of 'Peaks and troughs' featuring some strong performances from his vocal spar and muse Paul St Hilaire. The teflon coated dub of 'Jeman' initiates proceedings with Paul St Hilaire providing an intimate accompaniement. 'Bodium' shifts up half a gear with a solid sub driven dub house groove hinging on dubstepped snares before 'Newson five' introduces rougher textures balanced by some lush spherical scaping. Recent single 'Frico' slips the set into a wicked M5 alike groove and the s… Read more
BACK IN STOCK. Returning to his much lauded Xerrox project, Alva Noto has out of the blue delivered one of the most emotionally arresting and quite simply jaw-dropping album's we've heard in recent times. Carsten Nicolai once again shuns the pinpoint precision for which he's become renowned, turning to a more abstract yet harmony-driven working methodology. As with the first Xerrox album, the starting point is a set of samples culled from external sources; this time around, snippets and recordings of SunnO))) dronesmith Stephen O'Malley and composer Michael Nyman feature, as does an excerpt fro… Read more
Townes Van Zandt's 1978 album, Flyin' Shoes reissued on Domino. "Townes Van Zandt has written some of the biggest selling Country songs and has been covered by Plant & Krauss, Willie Nelson, Nanci Griffith, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett and Lucinda Williams, amongst others. Available once more as respectfully packaged reissues, these seven albums are the first stage of a release strategy which will see the label and the Townes Van Zandt Estate attempt to enhance and improve his musical legacy and awareness."
Straight from the unreleased master tapes of Channel One's archives comes a heavy set of Niney The Observer produced dubs. As the stry goes, Niney was one of the only producers fearless enough to spend a lot of time in the Channel One studio after hours during a time of political unrest on the island. During his numerous all-night sessions he would lay down some heavyweight roots dub, many included here for the first time. His 'Channel One Burnign With Dub' is a revision of Horace Andy's 'Nice And Easy', while the wicked 'More Dub Pon Dub' uses one of Channel One… Read more
Andrea Parker's Aperture imprint pays on the promise of its potential with a brilliant collaboration between Mira Calix and Seefeel's Mark Clifford. The tracks were all crafted intermittently between 1994 and 2004 over a succession of caffeine and nicotine fuelled night sessions, using whatever tools they had to hand and recorded onto a variety of formats, from to floppy discs to Dat Tapes and zip drives. When the pair revisited the material they decided the best method of presentation was raw and naked, no overdubs and very little post-production meddling, lending the album a delicious… 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
Fluxion's reinstatement to the dub-techno forefront continues with his second album in as many years on 'Perfused'. There's no major leap forward for Konstantinos Soublis here, It's more just an affirmation of what all dub-techno heads already knew - Fluxion still makes killer ice-cool techno. For instance, most of the tracks here sound like they could have come out on Chain Reaction 10 years ago, perhaps bar a few Ableton sounds, there's little to distinguish the two. Fans of Substance & Vainqueur, Maurizio and Studio 1 should still get a kick out this. Recommended!
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
*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
Originally appearing in 1983, Jeff & Jane Hudson's 'Flesh' is somewhat indicative of the unsettlingly sexual industrial electronic music of its era. It's called 'Flesh' for God's sake - how much more of a hunt are you gonna need? But it doesn't stop there, the rolling Chris & Cosey-inspired proto techno rhythms are drenched in the kind of sweat you only really find in room full of writhing bodies. It's the kind of seamy industrial music that often gets swept under the carpet; it wasn't all just European deadpan cold wave, 'Flesh' is a distinctly American take on the genre, and the Bosto… Read more