Thursday, 03 April
*A beautiful suite of minimal percussive compoisitions from Eric Thielemans, new on Miasmah* "Adventurous Belgian percussionist Eric Thielemans makes a fairly unusual entry into the Miasmah catalogue with the surprisingly positive sounding album Sprang. Thielemans has actually appeared on the label earlier - as guest percussionist on Kreng´s debut album L´Autopsie Phenomenal De Dieu. Although you can recognize the sound on this record, the main focus of Sprang is to revert to the pure joy of sound experimentation and letting go of your foothold. Thielemans's previous exercises in expanding singu… Read more
"Having tantalised with ‘The Wheel’, ‘Bloodflows’ and ‘Lessons’, SOHN has added the final touches to his debut solo album, the anticipated ‘Tremors’. ‘Tremors’ is the way in which past traumas, as much as past successes, linger like the aftershocks of an earthquake. Even in the calmest moments its effects continue to reverberate and inform who we become. Throughout the eleven songs that form ‘Tremors’ runs a sense of the nocturnal - a sensitivity to the darkness and its inhibitions - with London-born SOHN adopting a night time schedule for an intense period of long nights writing and recording in his Vien… Read more
"For "Yearling" ORCAS members Benoît Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri (The Sight Below) teamed up with Martyn Heyne (of Efterklang) on guitar and piano, and Michael Lerner (Telekinesis) on drums to built upon the subdued ambience of their self-titled debut, adding a huge dose of analog warmth to their hazy pop leanings. Whereas many songs on ORCAS' first album were built from guitar improvisations and impromptu vocal sessions, most of "Yearling" was constructed from short pieces Pioulard wrote and developed while staying in Germany during the summer of 2012. Working together at Heyne's Lichte Studio i… Read more
Thursday, 27 March
**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
'Psychic 9-5 Club' is the nigh-on flawless 3rd album from HTRK - quite easily their most ambitious and rewarding outing yet. In contrast with the affective weight and morbid pallor of their 'Work (Work, Work)' LP - which was constructed as a duo after band-member Sean Stewart tragically died halfway through recording, this new suite finds space for a sliver of reflective light epitomised by the pathos of Jonnine Standish's vocals and Nigel Yang's deft, spaciously dub-wise production. There's still that sense of grief and dysphoria, but it feels like they've come, or are coming to terms with it … Read more
Florian Hecker's latest major work for Editions Mego investigates the serrated schism of nature and culture through a further focus on the unique timbral properties of the voice and our perceptions of language. "Articulação deepens Hecker’s collaboration with Reza Negarestani, author of the libretto created for Hinge . In two distinct renderings this piece articulates a complex scene in which the two obelisks of the script - one from the perspective of nature and one from the perspective of culture - are recited simultaneously in an informational yet dramatic style. Hinge* features the legendary art… Read more
'A Series Of Shocks' collates the latest house and techno research from Tobias Freund's Non Standard studio. It appears three years since his debut solo album, 'Leaning Over Backwards' on Ostgut Ton, and a year since his latest outings with longtime collaborator Atom ™. There's eight tracks in total, delving deep into a classically stripped down, powerful club sound characteristic of *that* Berghain/P'bar vibe. We're really feeling the darkside breakbeat house Wild Pitch vibes of 'If' and the rolling techno aerobics of 'Ya Po', and its 'Heartbeat' inversion, but also the cavernous daft o'clock techno minimalism of 'The Scheme Of Things'.
**Sublime small-sound electronics and neo-classical minimalism** "Akari is the third album from Tokyo duo Illuha. Following 2011’s debut Shizuku (12k1067) and 2013’s Interstices (12k2028), Akari takes the next artistic step for the band. While Shizuku was recorded in the US and completed separately by the artists, Interstices captured the duo creating their exceptionally detailed music together live during a Japaneses tour. Akari, in turn, is the first studio album where Illuha recorded and mixed together, throughout the entire process. The beautiful st-robo studio in Tokyo put a collection of amazing equ… Read more
**Rare live actions from Nurse With Wound, recorded between 1984 and 1986 at Bar Maldoror at in Ghent, Belgium, 2007** "“In our very short spell as a ‘live band’ Nurse With Wound performed eight times, five in public, between the years of 1984-86. These events were shambolic, chaotic and uneven affairs, sometimes as boring for the performers as the non-plussed audiences but at other times reaching an amazing intensity. Some were quite amusing—I remember one in particular, a Christmas event in Amsterdam. We had decided no electric lights, just hundreds of candles around the stage and, in a… Read more
Constructed from material recorded between 1987 and 2013, 'Bauteile' is an intensely detailed electronic study constructed by two veterans of the German electronic scene. It's one of the freakiest emissions we've heard from either producer, a fractal melee of avant-electronic funk and gyroscopic sound design culminating their extensive research in all areas of contemporary music. The piece plays thru as an unbroken, 70-minute wormhole of sorts, effectively spanning two centuries of musical development in a mind-bending chicane of psycho-acoustic trickery and advanced processes.
**Gatefold slipcase with fold-out poster** Glorious new album by the internationally acclaimed multi-displinary artist wearing his musical hat. 'Mind Trap' features a mixture of original songs, re-arrangements, and orchestral compositions written and recorded between London, Chicago and the Czech Republic. Martin's unmistakable vocals are front and centre, supported by gospel singers Dee Alexander and Yvonne Gage (Police, Madonna, R. Kelly) and Andy Knowles (Fiery Furnaces, Franz Ferdinand), with additional production from Franz Ferdinand's Nick McCarthy and Mark Ralph (who's worked with Hot Chi… Read more
**Beautifully packaged in a numbered, hand-letterpress printed Discfolio in an edition of 1,000 copies** "Now available on CD, this collection of early live recordings from venerable tribal experimentalists Savage Republic was originally made available in 1992 as a double-10-inch vinyl release in Independent Project Records’ Archive Series. Recorded during the first two years of the band’s existence, it includes one track from the group’s first ever live performance in May of 1981, several songs never recorded in the studio or otherwise released, as well as a … Read more
Mac DeMarco gone done it again with an infectious blend of indie seduction and irresistible, blue-eyed soul songcraft on 'Salad Days' - his keenly awaited follow-up to 'Rock And Roll Night Club'. We've had a total love/hate thing with this guy since his solo debut first crossed our paths back in 2012. There's something about his whole image and even half his songs which gets right on our tits, but then we manage to ignore that endearing gap toothed grin and get hooked on the sheer pop brilliance of 'Only You' or 'Rock And Roll Night Club' and we're like, we really want to hate you but we're humm… Read more
'The Enlightenment Machine' is a welcome return from one of European House music and electronica's true originals. As with his whole catalogue since 1994, Khan finds an ambiguous sweetspot between soulful synth-pop, house, German cabaret and electronica with a uniquely refined production touch and elegant vocals. Released on the recently minted AlbumLabel division of Random Noize Musick (Apparat, Oval, Phon.O), it's a concerted effort to play within and around the LP format, structured with a novel-like song cycle wending thru a spectrum of both blurred and clear-cut emotions intricately… Read more
Thursday, 20 March
Mica Levi ov Micachu and The Shapes presents an outstanding original soundtrack for Jonathan Glazer's acclaimed alien stalker-in-Glasgow flick, 'Under The Skin'. Abstract in the extreme, especially for such a relatively mainstream production starring a major Hollywood actress (Scarlett Johansson), Mica Levi's soundtrack really impresses with an uncompromising orchestration of tense, discordant strings, muffled percussions and frozen drones coming off like a feverishly dreamt collaboration between Lynch, Hermann, Nate Young and Demdike Stare. With a 15-piece orchestra at her disposal - incl… 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
**2CD edition with bonus disc compiling Koen's vinyl-only releases to date** The man from Mountains channels his energies into four majestic pieces of post-Kosmische wonder on 'Motion', his 2nd solo side for Thrill Jockey. As part of the ongoing refinement of his analogue, digital and acoustic palette, 'Motion' plays with ideas of scale and space, tempering each instrumental source's unique spatial and textural qualities into what we perceive as dynamic, sublimely fluid environments. If you're ready and willing, 'Motion' will transport listeners to the lushest new places. RIYL Emeralds/Steve Hauschildt, Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, Popol Vuh, Alice Coltrane.
Timely, expanded and remastered reissue of Sandwich Records' definitive early Belgian Cold Wave round-up 1979-1983, now bulked up with 10 bonus tracks including highly sought-after exclusives by Front 242 and The Neon Judgement. 'B9' perfectly exemplifies what a nebulous term 'New Wave' was, covering a spectrum of odd pop, dance music and industrial experiments that broke tradition from what came before them. The original, ten-track LP includes some total diamonds, scoping out the loping pop of Kid Montana's 'Cabs Ambush' beside the cute instrumental machine ditty of Tristes Tropi… Read more
"Conrad Schnitzler (1937–2011), composer and concept artist, is one of the most important representatives of Germany's electronic music avant-garde. A student of Joseph Beuys, he founded Berlin's legendary Zodiak Free Arts Lab, a subculture club, in 1967/68, was a member of Tangerine Dream (together with Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese) and Kluster (with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius) and also released countless solo albums. On "Congratulacion" (originally released 1987 on the small spanish label Esplendor Geometrico) Schnitzler experimented with the Yamaha CX5 synthesizer, … Read more
Barn Owl, Jon Porras completes his transition into barren techno scapes with the entirely synthesised sound-worlds of 'Light Divide'. Over the last few solo releases both under his own name and the VALLENS moniker, we've witnessed his stygian passage from effected instrumental compositions to a much darker underworld of cavernous sound design and systolic throbs, one which owes more to the styles of Andy Stott, Basic Channel or Demdike Stare than anything ostensibly connected to the guitar and amp worship he carved his name on with Barn Owl. While 'Light Divide' might not have a guitar in sight… Read more
"‘Mess’ is the follow up to 2012’s ‘WIXIW’, the sound of a band in an ambiguous, fragile, in-between state. ‘Mess’, on the other hand, is an angry, ecstatic, primal burst of ritualistic electronics that sacrifices self persecution for potent, purposeful abandon. Liars’ career has seen the band rattle through pigeonholes in an attempt to avoid them all together: brittle yet taught punk funk; no wave; ecstatic noise-pop; 21st Century garage rock; post-millennial post-rock; delicate electronics; reaching here, where Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross now find themselves - maybe not quite at ease wi… Read more
**House party sauce from playboy Damon Palermo and friends** "After three thick years of performances, passport abuse, and pumping, pleasure-principle EPs, Damon Palermo, a.k.a. classic house torchbearer Magic Touch, presents his pinnacle statement to date: Palermo House Gang. Joining forces with a vast cast of collaborators sourced from his intercontinental travels—Octo Octa, Newbody, Benny Badge, The Horses, Sarah Bates, Sorcerer, Ash Williams—Palermo swings and sweats through funky new wave club mixes, freestyle R&B, mesh-top house, freeform hardware workouts and decadent disco for a… Read more
Another 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
"Future Islands release ‘Singles’, their debut album for 4AD and their boldest and most immediate work to date. The Baltimore trio consists of enigmatic frontman Sam Herring, bassist /guitarist William Cashion and keyboardist / guitarist / programmer Gerrit Welmers. Herring’s poetic tales of heartbreak, love and loss are up front and in high fidelity, thanks in part to a newfound creative partnership with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear)"
'Sulphur-Tarot-Garden' collects three mesmerising Cyclobe soundtracks to rare, silent Super-8 films shot by Derek Jarman between 1972 and 1978. An original CDr edition of 200 was debuted to coincide with the films' premiere with their new soundtrack at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2012, and this is the first time they've been made widely available - original copies now sell for a lot. We've not had a chance to check the films yet, but if Cyclobe's soundtracks are any reflection of them it's certainly on our to do list. The first and longest piece, 'Sulphur' yields 15 minutes of infecti… Read more
Swans may have only reformed in 2009, but according to Michael Gira ‘The Seer’ is the album that has truly been thirty tortured years in the making. Its predecessor ‘My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky’ (excluding the limited live album ‘We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head’) was a measured, low-key affair, more of a reminder of how the band had changed in the lost years between their death and rebirth than knocking their prior recordings out of the water entirely. ‘The Seer’ however is another beast altogether, simultaneously managing to cram in the measured melancholy o… Read more
*LInda Perhacs returns with her first new album in 44 years, featuring Julia Holter and Nite Jewel* "Linda Perhacs’ Parallelograms was created in the heart of hippy country, LA’s Topanga Canyon, by a dental hygienist who was inspired by nature and by the cultural revolution going on around her. When Parallelograms was finished, it sounded like a masterpiece, but the label had pressed it so poorly, sales were non-existent. Obscurity beckoned. But in the internet age obscurity can be discreetly transformed into a kind of niche immortality. By 2003, Parallelograms had become a… Read more
Invaluable, 13th anniversary 2CD reissue of Cyclobe's 2nd album, 'The Visitors', originally released in 2001 and now repackaged with new artwork by Irish artist Alex Rose and a specially recorded new piece. The 2nd missive from the former and then-current Coil orbiters, Ossian Brown and Stephen Thrower revealed vivid glimpses of a rarified electronic delirium paralleling Coil's most far-flung visions, but also manifesting a unique psychedelia of their own, subtly detached and more expansive than their hard-edged debut album. A cycle of seven originals ranging from the hellish, roiling electro-acou… Read more
Thursday, 13 March
A very tasty proposition of cosmic ambient soul with neat, proggy, jazzy vibes from Firecracker Recordings. The work of one R. Martirani aka Panoram, 'Everyone Is A Door' is an assuredly confident 2nd release, existing in its very own micro-cosmos of evocative soundscapes, deftest drum programming and lush yet super concise synths, all surely worthy of the deluxe packaging. RIYL Lone, Boxcutter, Ghost Box.
**A gorgeous, delicate and diverse suite of idiosyncratic composition ranging from solo piano to acoustic folk and neo-classical by a previous collaborator with Radiohead and Matthew Herbert** "John Matthias is a musician, composer and physicist. In 2008, he won the PRS Foundation New Music Award (The Turner Prize for music) with Jane Grant and Nick Ryan for the development of a huge sonic installation across the UK entitled ‘The Fragmented Orchestra’. Also known for this collaborations with Radiohead, Matthew Herbert and Coldcut, Mattias combines ambient, post classical pieces with heartfe… Read more