Thursday, 13 February
'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
**Gatefold double vinyl** Sun Araw yields his most cryptic glyph to date with 'Belomancie' for Drag City. Replete with a recommendation "to give 'Belomancie' your full attention, and to listen at the highest volume that is comfortable on high quality speakers with a pronounced stereo field or on an excellent pair of headphones", it's the most cerebral and focussed effort we've yet heard from Cameron Stallones', acutely contrasting with his looser, noisier psychedelic dub excursions. Its predominantly electronic palette and labyrinthine arrangement veers into Jazz-Fusion, Japanese ambient and modula… Read more
'Angel Olsen sings with full-throated exultation, admonition, and bold, expressive melody. Also, with the help of producer John Congleton, her music now crackles with a churning, rumbling low end and a brighter energy. This is one of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2014 so far - the buzz on Angel Olsen from her previous releases has been growing steadily for the last year or so, coupled with sold out solo London shows and a mesmerizing performance at the End Of The Road festival. Now she unleashes this majestic album - her first with a full band - and it is wowing critics and fans. This is going to be Angel’s breakout year."
Nicolas Jaar's Other People label picks up new Russian name, Vtgnike (pronounced Vintage Nike dontyaknow) for a diverse debut vinyl album. 'Dubna' collects nine tracks shape-shifting between OPN-like chopped & screwed experiment 'Stimulate' through to Shackleton-esque polyrhythms and aqueous sound design in 'Panarama Bar Shitt', but the majority is given to a ghostly, detached strain of rave and electronica filtered through a mazy prism of Footwork rhythms and smudged, hypnagogia-inducing FX. It's not a sound you might typically associate with Nicolas Jaar and his label, and should come as little surpris… Read more
"‘Dust & Mirrors’ is the second full-length album by the trio of Andrea Belfi (drums, percussion, electronics), David Grubbs (electric guitar, piano, voice), and Stefano Pilia (electric guitar). It follows 2010’s ‘Onrushing Cloud’ LP and finds the trio confidently taking stabs in a number of opposed directions. It dramatically widens the terrain in which the group operates. Between albums, the three musicians worked together on David Grubbs’s 2013 album ‘The Plain Where The Palace Stood’, and took part in Grubbs’ and visual artist Angela Bulloch’s performance piece … Read more
**Redux version with killer bonus cuts - including three previously unreleased - plus download code and fold out Japanese insert** This has to be one of the strongest and strangest juke full-lengths yet to emerge from Chicago, with an austerely psychedelic undertow to its hi-octane ghetto bounce. The darkest, sparsest jams are the first to grab your attention: 'Burn Dat Boy' and 'Horns' are on a choppy grime tip, the latter packing darkside string stabs that remind us of Cooly G's 'Narst'. 'Torture Rack' is brutal and brilliant, beat-'em-up vocal snippets and stanked-out, dissonant syn… Read more
Brendon Moeller tests his darker techno muscle on his return to Prologue with a full album. 14 tracks mutate between wild modular scree ('The Frequency Of Love'), digitizied dub techno rolige ('Next Exit'), shifier tech-house ('Tricks Of The Shade'), kosmiche trance ('Lost', 'M13 + DPO'), and grinding acid ('Goodbye').
Thursday, 06 February
**Includes two tracks exclusive to the CD and digital formats** Hamburg's Smallville play host to this superb album of signature dub house styles from Stephen Laubner aka STL. Excepting his now-classic 'Silent State' and 'Neurotransmitting Clouds On The Secret Freeway' (issued by Smallville in 2009) which are exclusive to the CD/Digital versions, it's all new material, spanning skanking, Chain Reaction style dub-house on 'Scuba's Motion Dub' and 'Amelie's Dub' or the seriously heavy 'Ghostly Ambit' thru to a mixture of Maurizio and Theo Parrish styles on 'Space Cats' and two beautifully gl… Read more
*New edition on Darla - including that incredible bonus disc of reworkings by Akira Rabelais* It's hard to over-estimate the contribution Harold Budd has made to modern music, his seemingly effortless take on minimalism and ambience imbuing this often academic genre with all the warmth and humility so often missing from the work of his contemporaries. Best known for his collaborations with Brian Eno and the Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie, Budd here delivers 14 immensely moving pieces, strewn with Piano cascades and panoramic soundscapes, drifting off into sublime, almost unbearable reflection. I… Read more
Daaaamn, Strut just p*ssed off a tonne of discogs-fiending Dance Mania noobs with this heavyweight collection of 24 cuts culled from the annals of Chicago's baddest imprint. In recent years there's abeen a massive resurgence of interest around one of Chicago's most influential labels, thanks in no small part to the DJ sets of Night Slugs' Bok Bok and L-Vis, Jackmaster, Tom Trago and the whole modern Juke/Footwork movement, who've all given this sound a frame of reference in today's no-holds-barred dance scene. This compilation is a proper education, spanning foundat… Read more
"Factory Benelux presents In Time, a new studio collection by acclaimed Belgian new wave group The Names, best known for their association with Factory Records and producer Martin ‘Zero’ Hannett. Between 1980 and 1982 The Names recorded a string of classic records for Factory, Factory Benelux and Les Disques du Crepuscule. Debut album Swimming combined fluent songwriting from Michel Sordinia and poised, tasteful delivery by guitarist Marc Deprez and keyboards player Christophe Den Tandt. "Swimming retains a gorgeously shrouded, sepulchral mood" wrote Mojo magazine in 2011. "Intelligent and imaginativ… Read more
Marissa Nadler returns with her first new material since "The Sister" with excellent new album 'July', produced by Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))) who brings with him an engrossing, weighty sonic palette that infuses new dimensions into her songs. Recorded at Seattle’s Avast Studio, the album features the maginificent Eyvand Kang on strings, Steve Moore’s synths and Phil Wandscher’s guitar lines, escalating the whole affair to a panoramic level of beautiful, eerie wonder.
Aaron Funk aka Venetian Snares exposes his fleshy pink underbelly in collaboration with fellow Canuck, Joanne Pollock as Poemss. The keyword here is dream-pop, but with at least half of the dream imagined by a certifiable mentalist it's not your typical chasing-lambs-in-meadow dream-pop. Not for the first time, Mr Funk proves a fine baritone singing voice, nicely complementing his spar's breathy voice against twinkling hyperprisms of music box melodies, synth-pop hooks and slow, contorted electro-pop rhythms. For the strongest tastes check out the beautifully soured discord of 'Think Of Somewhere Nice' a… Read more
**Shipping for release date of Feb 11th, Edition of 500** "First presented as a durational audio-visual performance presented at Human Resources in Los Angeles (CA), Snowfall explores the hushed stillness and isolation sometimes experienced during a snowstorm. Presented over 6 hours, the audience was allowed to come and go as they please. This affords the viewer a more personal experience with the piece through the dispersion of the audience. Snowfall was constructed using photographs and field recordings collected at the Jentel Artist Residency outside Banner, WY in February 2010."
Thursday, 30 January
*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
Doom behemoths Sunn O))) and Ulver meet for a deeply spiritual blood-letting on the eagerly anticipated 'Terrestrials'. What started out as an improvised all-night session between the bands following Sunn O)))'s 200th gig - playing to 2000 people at the Øya festival in Oslo, Norway, August 10th, 2008 - has grown into a tantric, cinematic dedication to the night some half decade in the making. The original tracks they created that night have been over-dubbed in the interim resulting in three extended pieces that have a widescreen, dare we say cinematic quality. "Let There Be Light" builds from… Read more
Epic 22 track set from Modeselektor's 50 Weapons imprint including a ruck of label highlights plus a bunch of exclusives including Marcel Dettmann's dry, banging Pitch & Stretch mix of Moderat's 'Bad Kingdom'; SCNTST & Chris Liebing's funked-up remix edit of Benjamin Damage's '010X'; Tale Of Us & Fango's kinky, proggy remix of 'Vertigo' by Cosmin TRG; DJ Friction's hi-velocity D&B remix of 'Rzor' by Addison Groove& Sam Binga. You'll also find Bambounou's forward-flexing bass/techno overhaul of Modeselektor & Sound Pellegrino's 'Negativity', Anstam's corkscrewing Bustified Breaks ed… Read more
Along The Way' is Mark McGuire's first solo opus since parting paths with Emeralds. Sounding like something between fantasy RPG soundtrack, new age life aid and conceptual psychedelia, it ties up and builds on all the things McGuire has learnt thus far on his journey from synth wave prodigy to enlightened sonic explorer. It's easily the most developed and richly layered work in his sprawling discography, weaving electric and acoustic guitars with mandolin, drum machine, talkbox and lots more to paint a curdled vision of blooming harmonies and rippling, motorik grooves setting a steady trajectory for vintage futures just behind the horizon.
**Captivating, 34-song anthology of Early Recordings From Iran painstakingly restored from 78s at Abbey Road studio in London** "Ravishingly beautiful, achingly precious songs and instrumentals, ranging from two performances by the Royal Court Orchestra in 1906 — with futuristic, overlapping trumpets and exquisite clarinet improvisation — through to a hauntingly soulful Hafez setting by Moluk Zarrabi of Kashan, from 1933. There are eight selections from more than three hundred recordings made in 1909 above the Gramophone Company offices in City Road, Lo… Read more
*80 Minute CD version features the complete "Monkey Banana Kitchen" LP, plus the tracks from the 12" EP "Schizophrenia Party" (1981), the 7" singles "Film Music" (1981) and "The Big Dig" (1982), all originally released on Fresh Records* "Staubgold presents the legendary first album from 1980 by UK underground heroes Family Fodder, for the first time reissued on CD and vinyl. Guest musicians include This Heat's Charles Bullen on drums, guitar, vocals, percussion and viola. The Wire magazine listed "Monkey Banana Kitchen" among their "100 Records That Set The World On Fire (While No … Read more
*Remastered sound, insert / booklet with liner notes* "This 1979 album (technically her 4th, although 6 of these songs were also released on her 3rd), was recorded when Turkey was at its most politically polarized. Selda was sentenced to a total of over 500 years in prison right about the time it came out. A pile of acoustic guitars & baglamas all going off at once under a blanket of reverb, with lyrics about blood, wood, mountains, families, and desperate troubles, so it's a thick squirt for a folk album."
"Thou Shalt Boogie! is Bushman's Revenge sixth album for Rune Grammofon, a relationship that began with 2009’s You Lost Me At Hello. Its velvety, warm sound was captured at Athletic Sound in Halden, Norway, close to the Swedish border – a legendary tape-only studio with a 30-year history. Although there are three rooms separated by glass, they kept all the doors open ‘so essentially what you are hearing is everybody in one big room’, says Even. Superbly paced, and poised in the indefinable zone between composing and improvisation, Thou Shalt Boogie! achieves a fine balance between b… Read more
Perhaps the best known Finders keepers discovery of the last few years reappears here for this excellent Pharaway Sounds Edition. As the label explain: "There were female Turkish folk singers before Selda Bagcan, but none whose hot-blooded voice carried such righteously angry words & none who also accompanied themselves on guitar. Her 1st album had help from the cream of the crazy Istanbul pop scene, and cuts from the same sessions were also released on this 2nd one. While the direction is folky overall, there's fuzz, zooming synthesizers, and heavy flute to be found..."
Thursday, 23 January
The bleary-eared swagger of 'Ghettoville' concludes Actress' album cycle begun with his debut 'Hazyville' back in 2008. As we're sure you're well aware, in the meantime he's released a pair of modern classics, 'Splazsh' and 'R.I.P.', two radically rugged, sophisticated abstractions of electronic music alternately rendered in crystal clear and far-more-murky resolution. With 'Ghettoville' it would appear he's wearing his black-tinted glasses again, the ones which don't show up his bloodshot eyes and give him license to prowl the most fugged-up interzones between dancefloor, bedroom and headspace wit… Read more
The ambient producer deigns for a reduced and darker sound on his eighth full length release. With 'Beautyfear' he strikes a fine balance between windswept panoramic bleakness and heart-breaking symphonic majesty making a clear departure from previous works. There are still signature traces of the luscious widescreen sound that has endeared him so much to the ambient/neo-classical cognoscenti over the last decade, but this time he's tempered his grander inclinations with an almost dub-wise sensibility, swiping out any of the more overblown gestures to leave behind Gas-like silhouettes of drifti… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Chicago's Supreme Cuts return with the hyper-forward footwork, pop, drill and R&B fusions of 'Divine Ecstasy'. Their canny balance of airborne raps and autotuned vocals from Haleek Maul, Yen Tech, Py, Shy Girls and Mahaut Mondino, paired with deftest studio geometries has to be one of the freshest fusions you'll hear all year. With both producers in their early 20s and only making beats since 2011, there's a palpable immediacy to the 14 tracks of 'Divine Ecstasy', parsing their mutual influences from Basinski to Herbie Hancock… Read more
**Reissue of a super sought-after near-mythical Muslimgauze album from 1994 including the 20 minute title track. Edition of 500** ""Oftentimes when a reissue has bonus tracks their provenance can be tangential or suspicious; in this case, they’re more like a homecoming. When Bryn Jones turned into the master for what would become 1994’s Drugsherpa mini CD to once and future label Staalplaat, the label selected the twenty-minute title track, truly one of Muslimgauze’s most distinct and awe-inspiring tracks, to fill the release. The sinuous, doom-haunted “Drugsherpa” still sounds fresh today but i… Read more
Latest edition of Greensleeves' archival surveys compiles four classic dub CD's with 12-page booklet and sleeve notes by reggae historian Noel Hawkes. Disc 1 - Prince Jammy 'Computerised Dub', the riddim album versions to Wayne Smith's seminal 'Sleng Teng'; Disc 2 - Two Friends Crew 'Voyage Into Dub', early '90s dubs by the Shabba Ranks producer; Disc 3 - Shane Brown 'Juke Boxx Dub', includes dub versions of Morgan Heritage classics; Disc 4 - Alborosie 'Dub Clash', 16 dub versions from the 'Soul Pirate' and 'Escape From Babylon' LPs.
**Enlightening and often astonishing compilation veering between twanging psyche grooves and haunting big band jazz pieces, all with distinctly infectious Haitian feel for rhythm** "Unlike reggae and ska from Jamaica, or soca and calypso from Trinidad, the music of Haiti remains relatively unfamiliar to listeners abroad. Which isn’t to say that it’s lacking at all in depth of history or quality, in fact quite the opposite. Having included selections from Haiti on his Sofrito collections on Strut (and of course, possessing a deep knowledge of Cari… Read more
*Limited double disc edition of "Hauptsache Ich, includes the rarities collection "Silbernes Ich"* Hauptsache Ich" contains 21 songs from nine albums and spans a period of 32 years, from his first album "Blumen und Narzissen" to his latest work "Aus der Bibliothèque". Not bad for someone who never really intended to be a musician..."