Thursday, 18 September
*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
Ahhh this one’s a real peach. Veering far from what we expected, ‘Games Have Rules’ is a brilliant late night excursion made in the spirit of classic Artificial Intelligence albums, instantly reminding us of that killer first Reaganz (Move D & Jonah Sharp) album from ’94 with it’s atmospheric soundscaping and nods to John Carpenter. In fact it’s not all that removed from the better end of the Fax/Rather Interesting catalogue - especially those Atom Heart/Namlook collabs that seemed to go on forever and soundtracked many a late night back in the mid 90’s. Fittingly, the album w… Read more
**Deluxe triple Digipak gatefold** In case you hadn't noticed, the gurning genius is back in a big way with 'Syro', his first new LP since 'Drukqs' (2001). Culled from his legendary trove of recordings, it's apparently "about a fifth" of what he's done in the last 10 years, "…one album out of many possible ones", according to his interview with Rolling Stone. After a couple of whizzes thru, we'd say it lands somewhere between 'Drukqs' and the Analord series of 2005 - no real surprises there, then - leaning heavy on trademark breakbeat funk and hyper-jazzy/classical arrangements for the most, and savin… Read more
Ahhh, Tin Man returns to vocal house with inimitable style on 'Ode' for LA's Absurd Recordings. Split roughly 50/50 between vocal cuts and their instrumental versions, the album is a return to the Tin Man sound we fell hard for with the 'Wasteland' and 'Cool Wave' mini-LPs, only this time driven by much tougher kicks. Few artists operating in the house/techno realm manage to juice as much emotion and atmosphere as this guy, and 'Ode' is a prime case in point, from the exquisite reverbs, elegant acid lines and poised, opiated vocals of 'No New Violence', thru the gorgeous warehouse impressionism of 'In You… Read more
Eschatological harbingers, Supersilent reveal their 12th full length vision for Rune Grammofon. Produced and mixed by Helge Sten (Deathprod) from hours of recordings at his Audio Virus LAB, and also Athletic Sound in Halden, and the Emanuel Vigeland museum, known for its 20 second natural reverb, '12' renders the void within touching distance in 13 life-affirmingly free, intuitive soundscapes too wide or deep to be contained by any sole genre. Operating at practically precognitive levels of communication, the improvisations of Arve Henriksen, Ståle Storløkken, and Helge Sten render majestic spaces for … Read more
Rocket Recordings pull out all the stops for Goat's keenly awaited follow-up to 'World Music'. With 'Commune' the Swedish troupe refine their classic sound to a slickly potent trip referencing all the right retro touchstones with all the barrelling drums, fuzzy, eastward-gazing guitars and free-wheeling solos you could hope for, cemented by those howling-from-the-cliff vocals. Rest assured you're getting the authentic luxury "psychedelic" experience - absolutely no messy bits or a longhair out of place. Can't argue with that, can you?
Nate Young (Wolf Eyes), Neil Hagerty (Howling Hex), Charles Ballas (Formant), and Alexander Moskos (Drainolith) scare the f**k outta each other as Dan'l Boone for Drag City. Dubbed-off metallic skronk is the plat du jour, eschewing owt obviously "noisy" in favour of angular structures tumbling drum machines, precise chunks of electric guitar and scrambled vocals with a fractured, digitised, industrial-collage lucidity that's way more psychedelic and brain scrambling than the rote, indulgent, snobby pish that certain people still try to pass off as "underground psychedelia". Nay, there's a viru… Read more
A miasma of musique concrète, mechanical drone and static noise, the soundtrack to David Lynch's indelibly harrowing 'Eraserhead' is a prototypical masterpiece of Industrial gloom and dystopia. Sacred Bones know this all too well; presenting a deluxe reissue replete with bonus, unheard material. Inextricable from the movie's monochrome imagery, Alan R. Splet's visceral, clammy sound design conveys Lynch's bleakly unheimlich atmosphere in a manner which has defined the limits of arthouse cinema for over forty years. It's nigh on impossible to imagine the film without it, … Read more
Featuring exclusive tracks from Lee Gamble, Inga Copeland, DJ Earl, Borys, among many others, Hyperdub parse their ambient elements in the wake of dancefloor and sing-a-long sessions. By its nature, ambient is a nebulous term, taken to mean many things by many people. Hyperdub's definition is one we can really get down with, spanning the emotional punishments of Burial's 'In McDonalds' and 'Night Bus' alongside the super-sensual romance of Cooly G's 'Trying' and the ambiguous sensations of Inga Copeland's 'I Am Your Ambient Wife', or the stirring syn-phonics of DJ Earl's 'Hexagonic Sound'. It's … Read more
Keysound's most rooted unit return with a lean suite of broken beat and Afro-centric mutations on 'Islands'. Tied together with Josh Idehen's observant, poetic narration, 'Islands' follows the much-loved 'Routes' (2011) LP with a bright, spacious haul, flexing from wicked breakbeat and bass agitations to eerier ambient interludes. It feels constantly in flux between an omnipresent urban dread and moments of elation, tracing the underground/overground, hyper-capitalist/realist topologies and analogues of London town itself, from the deft bounce of 'New Pen' to lonely, solemn close of 'Island' … Read more
“Sun Ra said he came from Saturn, because white America treated him like an alien, like a creature from outer space, so he became one, an anarcho‐emperor of the fantastic, who made it to the moon before America or Russia, because the moon was nowhere near as far out as he could really go.“ Paul Morley Strut and Art Yard join forces for a special release to mark what would have been Sun Ra’s 100th birthday with ’In The Orbit Of Ra’, a new collection curated by the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current bandleader, Marshall Allen. Bri… Read more
"Prins Thomas prepares a sonic trip for Endless Flight and the Japanese festival 'Rainbow Disco Club’. Spanning 26 tracks, the collection features selections from Donato Dozzy, Floating Points, DJ Fett Burger, Ricardo Villalobos, Golden Teacher, theo Parrish , Surgeon and more. It's the second time the man from the Norwegian woods has been a guest on the top-notch Tokyo based festival. He also conceived with the festival organizers and Endless Flight man of action Toshiya Kawasaki the plan to do a mix cd that mirrors his current state of the art behind the wheels of steel. Those … Read more
"Laetitia Sadier’s new album, ‘Something Shines’, was recorded and matured more slowly than either ‘Silencio’ or ‘The Trip’. ‘Something Shines’ was initially recorded in Switzerland, where Laetitia’s collaborator David collects amazing old keyboards and organs from people who have inherited them but find no space or usage for them. Scattered through Europe are the component players of the ‘Something Shines’ band; drummer Emmanuel Mario in Paris and bassist Xavi Munoz in Castellon near Valencia, so additional parts were laid down in those cities. The strings were done in St. Etienne by… Read more
Brighton's Elizabeth Bernholz aka Gazelle Twin follows guest appearances for Alex Banks and Answer Code Request with a dramatic debut album of skewed electro-pop for Anti-Ghost Moon Ray Records. Her choice of previous collaborators gives a fair indication of her sound, but factor in additional production and mixing by analogue whizz-kid Benge, and connections with the likes of Scanner and John Foxx and you have abetter grasp of her queered, eldritch sound before you've even heard it. Between the crushed techno exoeskeleton of 'Unflesh', the woozy ambient pop of 'Anti Body', and the melting torch … Read more
Manchester's Marconi Union dial in 'Weightless (Ambient Transmissions Vol.2)' for Just Music, featuring "the world's most relaxing song" according to Time Magazine. We're fairly sure even the artists themselves would rankle at such a daft mantle, but there's little arguing that 'Weightless' is a relaxing album. It's definitely not vexing, anyway. RIYL Eno, old CCO gear etc.
Thursday, 11 September
First edition of Echospace archival editions, a special edition series focused on the rare, historical works of Deepchord. The long out-of-print Deepchord catalog has since been remastered and is finally available again. The release includes photography by Rod Modell. It's been a lengthy and timely process restoring old analog tape, DAT and cassette recordings (some dating back to 1994) all of which have been carefully resurrected from the vault of Detroit's NSC Studio. The long out-of-print catalog has been remastered, mixed, and once again bounced down to tape to ensure the best possib… Read more
Second edition of Echospace archival editions, a special edition series focused on the rare, historical works of Deepchord. The long out-of-print Deepchord catalog has since been remastered and is finally available again. The release includes photography by Rod Modell. It's been a lengthy and timely process restoring old analog tape, DAT and cassette recordings (some dating back to 1994) all of which have been carefully resurrected from the vault of Detroit's NSC Studio. The long out-of-print catalog has been remastered, mixed, and once again bounced down to tape to ensure the best possi… Read more
Third edition of Echospace archival editions, a special edition series focused on the rare, historical works of Deepchord. The long out-of-print Deepchord catalog has since been remastered and is finally available again. The release includes photography by Rod Modell. It's been a lengthy and timely process restoring old analog tape, DAT and cassette recordings (some dating back to 1994) all of which have been carefully resurrected from the vault of Detroit's NSC Studio. The long out-of-print catalog has been remastered, mixed, and once again bounced down to tape to ensure the best possib… Read more
*Remastered double edition of Intrusion's classic The Seduction Of Silence* Coming across more like Rhythm & Sound, as opposed to the to M-Series or BC references more commonly associated with the Deepchord axis. Referencing the Caribbean on 'Montego Bay' the padded, heady structure of the music infuses the massive sense of space with a warm and breezy pulse that sets this music apart from so much of the rubber-coated preset teasing that passes for dub techno these days. Paul St. Hilaire, meanwhile, adds a typically righteous vocal presence alongside luxurious Fen… Read more
One of Bristol's most interesting artists returns with an ace, oddly organic 2nd album for Tri Angle. 'Punish Honey' cements Vessel's unique position in modern electronica, not least as the first artist bestowed the honour of a 2nd full length on Tri Angle, but also due to his kink for a queered, oxidised alloy of organic and electronic tone, texture and timbre. In it, he uses electro-acoustic/concrète techniques and process to embody a unique voice and character, rather than towards any academic purposes. Employing sheet metal as percussion and sawn-off bicycles as flutes, he arrives at a roiling… Read more
One of Techno's slipperiest operators presents his debut album statement in the subtle but lush structures of 'Suzi Ecto' for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth. Over the last four years the London-based musician has garnered the respect of everyone from PAN's Bill Kouligas to Ben UFO and Objekt, exemplifying his artistic versatility and aptitude for transcending cerebral and club dimensions. With 'Suzi Ecto' he opens a lucidly gorgeous space between the 'floor and our imagination, sweeping us thru eleven concisely detailed prisms refracting classic IDM and exotic 4th world ambient thru minimal techn… Read more
Punch Drunk's 'Worth The Weight Vol.2: From The Edge' documents the 2nd wave of Bristolian bass mutations in the wake of dubstep's innovative eruption in the mid-late '00s. It does so thru the prism of Peverelist's ever-evolving yet rooted tastes, cannily reflective of - and influential upon - the contours of contemporary London and Berlin dancefloor trends. Yielding cuts from Kowton, Hodge, Tessela, Kahn, Andy Mac, Zhou, Bass Clef, Ekoplekz and Peverelist on CD for the first time, it covers a broad spectrum of styles within its niche, manifesting that Bristolian thing for… Read more
**Ships Friday** Steve Albini revs up the Shellac mobile for their first album in seven years with 'Dude Incredible'. Albini mans guitar, Todd Trainer on drums, and Bob Weston plays bass. Their fifth LP was recorded sporadically over the past few years at Steve's esteemed Electrical Audio studios in Chicago and captures ten strapping examples of their classicist rock discipline rendered with immediate clarity and vitriol.
Two of Norway's most distinctive voices and musicians make an uncannily exquisite match in the Helge Sten (Deathprod) produced 'Meshes Of Voice'. Susanna Wallumrød, steeped in classical chamber and folk idioms, and the more experimental Jenny Hval, duet in wide-open, flowing spaces perfused with all manner of Grand Piano, Guitars, Samplers, Autoharp, Zither and Harmonium, contrasting and feeling out each other's sylvan tones and preternatural talents. The record was first conceived in 2009 in a series of letters, and manifest in two live performances. We're really big fans of Hval's… Read more
"Goblin's genius lies in skilfully combining elements of progressive psychedelia with jazz-rock, Eastern European folk music and the Baroque. Their music often displays an eerie fairy tale quality that underscores tensions within a film to great effect. If the 2012 box set, 'The Awakening' documented Goblin's formative years, this edition comprises selections from ten films scored by the group across a twenty-five year period from 1977, culminating in Non Ho Sonno the Argento thriller for which this remarkable aggregation reformed to help create. "
**Limited Edition CD in a handmade, letter-pressed sleeve** "Live in Dresden features six songs from Chantal's highly acclaimed debut solo album Let Your Hands Be My Guide played by Chantal Acda, Alan Gevaert (dEUS), Eric Thielemans & Gaetan Vandewoude (Isbells)."
Matt Edwards (Radio Slave) meets best pal Thomas Gandey (Cagedbaby) to indulge in some abstract soundscaping as Matom for Planet E. 'Love Mistakes' was created at Berlin's legendary Hansa Studios as a sort of tribute to it's hallowed clients and productions - Bowie, Iggy Pop, Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno. "The entire essence of Matom’s Sounds is based around live takes and recorded snippets of conversations and ambiences from their tours, with no midi or samples so when they joined the line up for the Pyramids of Mars label showcase at Berghain’s Kantine it was a seamless transition from studio to s… Read more
“For his sophomore album as Baths Pitchfork hailed it as a “subversive work that gets uncomfortably close to pop, confronting closed minds with what they don’t want to believe.” Think of this Anticon EP, 'Ocean Death', as a companion piece—the Dia De Los Muertos to Obsidian’s Halloween. It’s title and the eponymous opening track existed before a single note of 2010’s Cerulean had been recorded. Darker in tone, they were always targeted for a sophomore album, but wound up a different cut of gem. Just five songs and a shade over 20 minutes, the idea was to avoid over-thinking. Songs were perfected not… Read more
"The so called "Krautrock Guerilla" is back! After touring the world for two years the Berlin threesome CAMERA recorded twelve new songs: Motorik-driven, energetic stretches laced with psychedelic overtones rise up from keyboards, drums and guitars. Hypnotic beats. Shimmering elegance, forceful bursts of garage rock, a gentle flow, spherical flight. All on CAMERA's new album "Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide"."