Thursday, 05 December
Concluding instalment of this crucial series features five - count 'em! - previously unreleased Drexciya productions salvaged from Davey Jones' locker. It's another indispensable guide to one of electronic music's greatest enigmas, scoping breathless industrial electro classic 'Hydro Cubes' and the squirming funk of Living On The Edge' alongside some of his earliest, deepest dives, 'Depressurization' (1992) or 'Water Walker' (1994) and the electro-techno stinger 'Mantaray', plus the emotional highlights of 'Black Sea' and 'Sighting In The Abyss'. But you probably know those … Read more
**Oh man, it happened! Gentlemanly G, Dam-Funk, meets Snoop at his sleazy best on eight tracks of freshly starched West Coast slickness alongside Steve Arrington and Kurupt** Snoop says: “We're the babies of the Mothership… I’ve had funk influences in my music my whole career. Dam-Funk is cold. He’s keeping the funk alive and I knew I had to get down with him.” Dam says: "Snoop knew what I was thinking without me having to articulate it. That’s how you know when you gel artistically with someone… These beats were made for him and he laid down some of the smoothest harmonies and melodies I… Read more
*Please note audio here is completely different to the tape version sold separately* What west-headed whimsy have we here? Moon Wiring Club boots up his PS1 to share 'A Fondness For Hats' with the more esoteric electronica and beat craft. All audio was captured in the Curtain Draped Studio by Mr Paris Green and Dr Lettow-Vorbeck 1596-1992, and written by the Moon Wiring Club at the Blank Workshop, Clinksell, Northern England as usual, wreathing 22 tracks of eldritch sampledelia and the kind of village badboy beats banned by matron. It's all much claggier and wintry… Read more
"After successful collaborations with prestigious guests like Jim O´Rourke and Oren Ambarchi and the widely acclaimed Fire! Orchestra release earlier this year our Swedish friends are back as a trio, lighting up a sonic blaze of rock based riffs and hypnotic jazz-psychedelia. As far from noodling instrumentals as it’s possible to get, the tracks are spontaneously combusting rituals with a clear sense of purpose. Each of the three members is gifted with a formidable technique and arsenal of tricks and effects on their respective instruments, and the album also sees acclaimed saxophonist Mats Gust… Read more
"Anthology box set containing 7 hard-to-find and critically acclaimed albums, released on labels such as Cantil, Opal and All Saints. The box includes: ‘The Serpent (In Quicksilver)’ (1981), 'Abandoned Cities’ (1984), ‘The White Arcades’ (1987), ‘By The Dawn’s Early Light’ (1991), ‘Music For 3 Pianos’ (1992) ‘Through The Hill’ (1994, with Andy Partridge of XTC), ‘Luxa’ (1996). Also includes 76 page book compiling interviews and essays about Harold’s work from writers such as David Toop, Mark Prendergast and Mike Barnes."
Vintage futureshock alert: Cybotron's legendary debut album reissued replete with bonus tracks and extensive, lucubrate liner notes by Dave Tompkins (How To Wreck A Nice Beach). As any self-respecting electronic dance music fan should know, it's nigh-on impossible to overestimate the influence and power of Cybotron, especially their signature electro anthem, 'Clear'. The sci-fi obsessive duo of Juan Atkins and Vietnam veteran Rik Davis combined a love of Kraftwerk, Funkadelic and Yellow Magic Orchestra with Davis' military compensation to conceive a truly escapist sound that at once reflected the post-i… Read more
**CD, DVD and booklet** **CD + DVD housed in spotgloss and metallic ink-printed, book-bound and rope-tied jacket** Man Is A Rope are a grubby No Wave proposition from New York fronted by studio owner and former Synewave producer, Evan Kreeger (Gain), and counting Karl O'Connor (Regis) among their rank. The first release on their Variance label combines a five-track EP of taut No Wave rock/techno mutations, gothic dub and electronic noise with a DVD video to the package's centrepiece, 'Boys Weekend'. It's a f**k load of fun for dark heads, a sophisticated yet less-than-salubrious… Read more
"Limited physical edition of Brooklyn duo’s debut album, with bonus track not available on digital version. Brooklyn duo denitia and sene (spelled in lower case) are part of the emerging vibrant movement of underground American soul musicians that embrace electronics, analogue sytnths and MPCs. The Weeknd, The Internet and Theesatisfaction all share the heady, soulful and innovative feel that permeates their debut album "his and hers". Sultry vocals delivered by denitia with backups from the previously unheard (on the microphone) sene combine for a result that will rank with debuts for years to … Read more
Off-road Balearic gold right here: 16 tracks of lilting drum machine patter and lushest miniature synth and guitar odysseys. 'Cloud Nine' is Golf Channel's follow-up to a reissue of 'Magic Table', reaching right back to 1981-1984 to cherry-pick from Spike's now-legendary quartet of self-released albums blending stripped down post-punk with traces of Steely Dan, Manuel Göttsching and Franco Falsini. Recommended!
**Includes 4 art inserts** Young Turks proudly parade the fruits of their 2013 catalogue on this fairly priced CD. In among them you'll find an exclusive release of Sampha's Kuedo-esque cosmic soul bomb, 'IMO' alongside the likes of FKA Twigs' incredible, Arca-produced masterpiece, 'Water Me', The xx's 'Reconsider', and the strobing majesty of 'Sun' by Koreless plus the extended dub 12" version of Pional's 'Invisible/Amenaza' and Lost Scripts' bumping indie-boogie, 'I'll Be watching You'.
Thursday, 28 November
*One of Numero's finest and most fascinating compilations yet - a gargantuan effort bringing together formative Minneapolis sounds starting with Pepé Willie’s 94 East project which gave local prodigy Prince his first airing, onto Terry Lewis and Flyte Tyme and Prince’s childhood sidekick/departed bassist André Cymone. Double CD housed in a gorgeous gold-embossed oversized box which includes a detailed book* "In the late 1970s, a peculiar sound began bubbling up from the land of 10,000 lakes. Buried beneath 50 solid inches of annual snow, Minneapolis ma… Read more
Ali Wells aka Perc's Submit label follows that ace batch of Einstürzende Neubauten reworks with a full frontal compilation of noise and techno hybrids. 'Feral Grind' corrals Prostitutes, Pete Swanson, John Olsen's Henry & Hazel Slaugher, Hive Mind, Burial Hex and Bleaching Agent along with lesser known but no less engaging artists such as Profligate, The David Russell Snake, Mincemeat or Tenspeed and Housefire, making for one of the most incisive overviews of the sound that's come to define underground bowel motions in 2013. It ranges from proper ear-flossers like Pete Swanson's squal… Read more
Egyptrixx becomes the latest member of the Night Slugs crew to emerge from the maturation chamber dripping with futurist fluids and wielding terrifying cybernetic implants. The Canadian producer had always been one of the more alien elements of the NS team, a status borne out by his neglected 2011 LP Bible Eyes. While whatever memo almost all the label's producers got has often resulted in stylistic changes beyond recognition, Egyptrixx has retained his unique character in the chiming synths, dark chords and flair for the epic. While other ice-hot future releases of this ilk: Jam City's Clas… Read more
What have Keysound been putting on their Weetabix recently? Following exemplary issues from Beneath and Mumdance, it's the turn of Logos with his debut album, 'Cold Mission' to leave a big mark on the scene. Isolating the quintessence of Eski Grime, New Age electronics, cinematic sound design and hyper-forward Vaporwave, his definitive album statement can stand up next to Jam City's 'Classical Curves' as one of the UK's finest contributions to the ongoing dialogue between futurist labels such as Fade To Mind (Total Freedom, Nguzunguzu), Software (Oneohtrix Point Never, Co La, David Kanaga) and Night… Read more
Aerobic mystics, Joe McBride (Synkro), and Liam Blackburn (Indigo) aka Akkord, present a slickly engrossing debut album for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. It's the definitive manifest of their convergent interests in sacred geometry, mathematics, minimalism and bassbins, deftly balancing dancefloor appeal with the sort of detailed production appreciated by headphone and home listeners. Over its ten tarcks the genes of jungle, dubstep, techno and ambient electronics are spun out and re-encoded with razor-sharp grasp of spatial dynamics and rhythmic aptitude, presenting a perspective on 2013 w… Read more
*One of our favourite albums of all time now reissued with a bonus disc featuring a full live album recorded in 1982* Antena's bossa-pop masterpiece 'Camino Del Sol' really is the perfect summer album - all swooning changes, percolated Bontempi melodies and the kind of bittersweet, understated euphoria that defined Belgium's seminal 'Le Disques du Crepsecule' imprint in the early 1980's. Antena were made up of Isabelle Powaga, Pascale Moiroud and Sylvain Fasy and were signed to the legendary Crépuscule label in Belgium. At times reminiscent of Kraftwerk … Read more
**Engrossing 4CD, 45-track anthology documenting the improvised songcraft of Abd Al-Hayy, a renowned Egyptian Classical singer at the turn of the century notorious as a bit of a lush. Includes in-depth booklet of notes in English, French and Arabic presented in hardback book-style packaging with concertina CD holder** "Abd-al-Hayy Hilmi, a talismanic artist in a non-conformist style of the Arab intellectual and cultural renaissance (the Nahda). At the turn of the 20th century, he was the king of Tarab (music). He was maverick in life, just like the way he sang. His personal ver… Read more
**With all new sleeve notes from John Carpenter himself plus brand new artwork, in a three-panel fold-out sleeve with pop up CD mechanism* The definitive synth soundtrack receives the Death Waltz treatment ten years since it was last available on wax. 'Assault On Precinct 13' remains the best known and most influential of all John Carpenter's inspired oeuvre, widely credited as one of the base roots of techno and electro, and sampled widely by everyone from Afrika Bambaataa to Tricky. This super-plush reissue is possibly the best it's ever looked, and now comes prepped with exclusive liner notes by Carpenter himself, Clint Mansell, Austin Stoker, and Chris Alexander.
Ejecta is a fresh synth-pop project formed by producer, Joel Ford (Autre Ne Veut, Ford & Lopatin), and vocalist Leanne Macomber (Neon Indian) for new London label, Happy Death. Their sound is firmly rooted in '80s minimal wave and 4AD pop, by turns economically arranged and flush with sparkling synth and vocal hooks and detailed production. Ten songs scope out gauzy ground somewhere between This Mortal Coil, Chromatics, Sally Shapiro and Autre Ne Veut at his most reserved; an intriguing proposition…
British techno veteran Ben Sims steams thru 44 tracks in 70 minutes on his Fabric 73 entry. Kicking off with his pal Paul Mac's Kryptic Minds collaboration, 'Icon', the mix takes in some of the freshest techno and jackin' house releases around, scanning recent aces from Alden Tyrell, J Tijn, Clouds, L-Vis 1990, Mike Dehnert, Fokus Group, Ø, Truncate, Gingy & Bordello, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Rod and many, many more. Pounders a plenty.
**Goat play all their tracks from 'World Music', live at London's Camden Electric** "In August 2012 Swedish band Goat released their debut album, World Music.The record went on to become one of the most talked about albums of the year, topping many ‘Best of 2012’ lists and the following year, the band took the album on the road. Starting off a triumphant year of shows was Goat’s performance (or Ritual as the band likes to call them) at Roadburn Festival. A ‘packed to the rafters’ performance was the perfect warm up to their first proper tour, that saw them take on the USA. Footage, audio and … Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "‘Live from KCRW' is a live radio session recorded in Los Angeles in April 2013 & is the fourth official live album in the band's history. It features a stripped-down line-up performing classic Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds material alongside four songs from their recent global hit album ‘Push the Sky Away’. The tracks “Into My Arms” and “God Is In The House” are exclusive to the LP version*. ‘Live from KCRW’ album line-up: Nick Cave: Piano, vocals Warren Ellis: Tenor guitar, violin, piano, loops, backing vocals… Read more
Andrea Parker's Touchin' Bass crew remerge for a proper electro showcase. The timing feels appropriate as everyone from the Swamp81 crew to James T Cotton are appropriating vintage electro tropes, perhaps in defiance of the term's bastardisation, or probably because they work so damn well on the 'floor. Either way, Andrea Parker's electro credentials are certifiable and she's picked a fine selection spanning veteran button-pushers and new skool electroids. For fans of that vintage '90s/early '00s sound there's plenty to check, from the Drexciyan darkness of Sonar Base's 'Last Transit… Read more
New on Death Waltz. "One of the finest modern scores we at Death Waltz towers have heard in a very long time. It’s simply monsterous, a huge sounding record that references John Carpenter, Goblin, Stevlio Cipriani, late 70s prog and early 80s electronic music all the while with it’s feet firmly in the present day. The minute we heard this score we knew we had to release it."
*bEEdEEgEE is the performing alias of Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance* "SUM/ONE’ is his debut record as a solo artist. Brian’s immersion in art and music has covered the spectrum of performance, sound and visual mediums. Well regarded on the underground New York art scene, DeGraw has shown his paintings, sculptures and drawings around the world, both independently and as part of the James Fuentes Gallery stable in NYC, and has collaborated with the likes of Harmony Korine, Rita Ackerman and Doug Aitken. Best known as a core member of Gang Gang Dance, his group’s creative energy has always pointed the… Read more
**Reissue of a 1988 industro-dub obscurity by Pelican Daughters' Anthony Maher - new on Em Records** "There are certain albums which shake the world immediately upon release, and others which come from far underground and whose shocks and aftershocks rise to the surface gradually over the years, gaining momentum and power. "Ten Dubs That Shook The World" is of the latter type. With its dual island combination of Jamaican dub and UK industrial and post-punk, and the twinning of spaced electronic drums and effects with somesuperbly rooted bass-lines, the tectoni… Read more
*Limited Edition with Bonus CD* 'The Space Lady's Greatest Hits' is one of the most exquisite, quirky and heart-warming synth-pop collections you'll hear this year. It captures The Space Lady in her natural habitat - the streets of late '70s San Francisco - beaming messages of peace and harmony via cover versions of pop classics - an ohrwurming 'Major Tom', the haunting 'Ghost Riders In The Sky' and a hypnotic version of 'Fly Like An Eagle' among others - and original material played on a then-new Casio keyboard (bought after her accordion was robbed) whilst typically dres… Read more
**Lushest vintage New Age** "Sharing social circles and spiritual ideologies with artists such as Iasos, Connie Demby and Deuter, whilst splitting label release schedules with Laraaji, Laurie Spiegel and Wendy Carlos, the unique Florida raised soul mate duo known as Emerald Web released their privately pressed debut LP at an axis where post-prog rock met proto-new age and ambient electronic music. At the turn of the 1980s Bob Stohl and Kat Epple embarked on a ten-year spiritual journey playing at planetariums and laser shows above the same Californian silicon city that devised the early … Read more
'Wunderland' is a dizzying example of 1983-84 digital synth exploration conducted by Ata Tak co-founder, Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator. As you may imagine froman album adorned in surrealist caricatures of mutant, hybrid animals frolicking and playing instruments, the music in 'Wunderland' is more than a touch eccentric. It was created by NDW pioneer Dahlke after moving to New York from Wuppertal in North Western Germany, looking for inspiration amidst the madness of a megatropolis fully adopting the plugged-in sounds of electro after early hip hop. But 'Wunderland' is light years away from electro, be… Read more
Thursday, 21 November
**Reissue of an amazing, late Kraut-rocket mixing echo-laden guitar, electronics and field recordings originally issued on David Elliott aka Pump's YHR tape label, now presented with two previously unreleased bonus tracks. Mesmerising, driving, mind-blowing stuff - do not miss!** "Acclaimed in the Krautrock scene, Gunter Schickert is the most closely associated with the repetitive echoes of his distinctive guitar sound. Following "Samtvogel" (1974) and "Uberfallig" (1979), he released "Kinder in der Wildnes", a collection of songs from the 1981 to 1983 period. The fact that the a… Read more