Thursday, 16 July
**Super-charming suite of obscure minimal wave and synth-pop from Mexico 1980** "These recordings pull back a curtain to reveal the mysterious world of Syntoma and early-80s underground Mexico. Founded by Alex Eisenring in 1980, making use of synths and drum machines and driven by a freedom-seeking DIY ethos but informed by a "rock-jazz-prog-experimental" background. These 70s-born influences throw crazed funhouse mirror reflections onto later Kraftwerk, UK synth-pop, post-punk and pure pop forms. The first five tracks are instrumental, evidencing some intelligent melodic and harmonic conceptions; the… Read more
Thursday, 09 July
On ambidextrous producer Lee Bannon's follow-up LP for Ninja Tune, he swaps junglist intensity for gauzy ambient, IDM and dustbowl tones. Clearly a producer who does not like to sit on his laurels - especially when considering the acclaim surrounding his jungle diversion, 'Alternate/Ending' - his latest switch is also executed with authenticity and originality, teasing out a melancholy miasma of vapourous chords and rustling concrète haptics shot thru with skeletal, fractured traces of techno and jungle rhythm. We'd triangulate this sound somewhere between the weightless zones of Logos and… Read more
**Edition of 200** Anthoney J Hart a.k.a. Imaginary Forces offers a typically ascetic suite of broken techno and invasive electronics with 'Low Key Movements' for Entr'acte. Last spotted on the 'Shift Work' 12" for Bedouin Records - and, before that on a stack for his own Sleep Codes label - over the past five years of releases Anthoney has established a probing, antagonistic style and rhetoric heavily informed by his working class background and inspirations ranging from Pan Sonic thru to Coil, Source Direct and The Fall. Under a title hearkening to his Junglist background, 'Low Ke… Read more
"Heather Woods Broderick excels at distilling her experiences into a soulful melancholy that's enduring both for it's intimate relatable moments and its persistent sense of mystery. Her uncanny ear for evocative production and gorgeous vocal harmonies serves her well on her new album Glider. Throughout the album, the rich dreamlike atmospheres she creates hint at a darkness looming on the horizon, while the singularity of her ethereal voice always seems to linger long after the music has stopped. Though the songs on Glider aren't explicitly about touring, her life on the road provides t… Read more
The North American producer deviates between deepest techno, acidic electro and ambient drone-pop in his sterling debut album. The breadth of diversity and quality of his execution in 'Homesick' is as much testament to Matrixxman's skill as a producer as his deft dancefloor instinct; whether he doing ghetto-ready techno-house like 'Switchblade', bending on a breakbeat acid flex with 'Red Light District', or fathoming beatless sci-fi terrain in 'Annika's Theme' or 'Earth Like Conditions', he impresses at every turn.
Kieran Hebden a.k.a. Four Tet takes a proggy saunter from hybrids of Indian classical music and House to Kosmische and rustling breaks on his 8th solo studio album. 'Morning/Evening was first conceived in summer 2014 and completed early 2015 to follow the frayed and fractured pirate/rave buzz of 'Beautiful Rewind' with a more open, rolling and entrancing framework. It's a sound that dovetails his love of long-format jazz records with the play-thru hypnosis of DJing, layering far flung yet neatly compatible elements around repetitive and subtly morphing templates for up to and over 20 minute e… Read more
"In honour of Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, Nonesuch Records releases “One Earth, One People, One Love: Kronos Plays Terry Riley” - a five-disc box set of four albums of his work composed for, and performed by, his longtime friends and champions Kronos Quartet. Riley and Kronos met more than 35 years ago, and since then, the quartet has commissioned 27 works from him, more than from any other composer in the group’s history. The “One Earth, One People, One Love” set includes three albums previously released by Nonesuch - the two-disc album Salome … Read more
Thursday, 02 July
Firecracker really push the coracle out with this gorgeous, sprawling collection of folk songs and pastoral ambience gloved in exquisite packaging by House of Traps. Conceived by Wounded Knee, Lord of the Isles, Other Lands, and House of Traps in conjunction with Forestry Commission Scotland, 'Mac Talla Nan Creag' is part heritage study, part whisky-sozzled travelogue; featuring the processed results of a road trip between Iron age forts, ruined brochs and sites of ancient rock art located around the mystic Scottish Highlands dear their mutual interests - and said to be one of the first pl… Read more
**Deluxe, remastered reissue of Biosphere's seminal 1991 debut LP, expanded with 7 bonus tracks** 'Microgravity' introduced the world to Geir Jenssen's Biosphere project and his patented electronic ambient sounds. The album was the first in a long line of work from Jenssen, and saw him fusing house-influenced beats with film samples and floating synthesized textures. As with the album's followup 'Patashnik', the most appropriate comparison would be to the early work of Richard D. James, but it also contains elements of early Orb or 808 State, albeit with much more of an… Read more
*Deluxe CD edition Limited to 450 copies housed in Hand-stitched textiled Artwork* Berlin's exquisite Sonic Pieces present the shadowy solo piano and electro-acoustic compositions of Moon Ate The Dark's new album. "Driven together by a shared love of film music and a mutual interest in repetition, Anna Rose Carter and Christopher Brett Bailey have been feeding pianos into guitar amplifiers since 2009. With their second album Moon Ate the Dark is taking the next step of contemporary piano composition. Moving on from their well-received debut album in 2012, Moon Ate the Dark I… Read more
**Impeccably distorted and bittersweet dream-pop. RIYL Motion Sickness of Time Travel, High Wolf, Sun Araw** "Crystal Dorval from Vancouver, Canada has been making healing, distorted rug-gaze music from a coastal mindset all her own since 2011. Natural Phenomena is her second album, and it echoes 2013’s previous self-titled effort in its isolationist origins, as the record emerged slowly across a 9-month retreat alone on a farm on Vancouver Island: “Some days I would only add one tiny guitar line or keyboard texture and that would be it for the day… it was a long process.” However gruell… Read more
Thursday, 25 June
*Ships Friday* RP Boo, the OG source of all things Chicago footwork, comes correct with a killer 2nd solo album for Planet Mu. 'Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints' is an armoury of battle trax for the 'floor, delivered with a conviction and density of energy that's impossible to ignore if you're into electronic dance music or the lineage of Afro-American sonics. As with its predecessor, 'Legacy', this album is a showcase of RP Boo's finely-honed dancer's instinct and incisive sampling technique, using uniquely fractured motifs and complex repetitions to reconfigure our physiology, s… Read more
Killer debut transmission of Millsian techno disciplines, intercepted by Function's Infrastructure New York radar. Fresh from his appearance in Function's Berghain 07 mix, Post Scriptum's eponymous double pack reveals an uncompromisingly powerful sound in eight DJ-ready parts, perfectly balanced between rolling heft and diffuse, airy dynamics. The production is delectable, detailed to microscopic degrees but not at the expense of the bigger picture, meaning steely, supple and infectious rhythms for the dancers and vast, gaseous atmospheres and hypnotic, mazy bleep patterns to really get lost in. Ace.
*Newly remastered audio, Includes rare archive photos and liner notes Q&A with Krog* "The work of Karin Krog may be unfamiliar to much of the world, but in her native Norway and Scandinavia at large, she’s practically a household name. This says much about the local enthusiasm for post-bop jazz but also about the tyranny of distribution: until 1994, Krog’s albums weren’t available in the USA or UK, meaning three decades of recordings were waiting to be discovered. With this anthology of her best recordings from 1963 to 1999–curated with Krog’s own input–we h… Read more
All City finally sling a new album from Onra! Trailing the 2nd volume of his acclaimed 'Chinoiseries' by some four years, 'Fundamentals' gets back to what he does best; cracking the sun out of classic boogie, R&B and soul tropes inna lean, criss-cut '80s-meets-'10s style. There are 13 tracks featuring a plethora of new MCs and soul voices, all playing out like the perfect soundtrack to sunset on the balcony or glyding deckside with fruity cocktails and your boo. You know the vibes, and so does Onra.
*2015 reissue on Magic Wire* Deriving its name from a lost, mythical continent, Lemurian has little to do with lost undersea cities and the like, although there is something ever so slightly fantastical about these heavily compressed instrumental hip hop productions and their evocative song titles: 'Lens Flare Lagoon' conjures up the glistening, watery effect suggested by its name, and 'Buried Coral Banks' has a Boards Of Canada-meets-Jacques Cousteau feel that's hard not to love. Incongruous with all this, interlude tracks like the gratuitous '80s soul sampling of 'Green Sea Pageant' steer… Read more
"More than 25 years after releasing his debut single and dancefloor anthem 'Tears’ Satoshi Tomiie returns with a new album. This legendary collaboration with Frankie Knuckles, that’s now considered as one of house music’s most important moments, was only the start of an exciting career. Satoshi Tomiie has been at the forefront of the global house music movement ever since. He released on a variety of labels going from Strictly Rhythm to Sony, toured with the Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto of Yellow Magic Orchestra Fame, worked with artists like Robert Owens, remixed many pop inclined tracks… Read more
**The French synth-pop freaks return in colourful, spiky fashion** "Their new album ‘NO VOID’ is now being released on SHITKATAPULT, whose label slogan ‘Special Musick for Special People’ fits perfectly to the often euphorically rocking music of the French duo. DAT POLITICS themselves refer to their latest LP as a “hallucinating ride in a space roller coaster: scary and funny!” This time around, their songs took shape once again under influences outside of music such as astronomy, philosophy and programming language as well as surrealism, fantasy films and their own dreams. The nine tracks, all o… Read more
Fredrick Lonberg-Holm (cello & electronics) and Ken Vandermark (reeds), documented on 21 September, 2013, at a benefit for the Malachi Ritscher Collection (an archive of high-fidelity recordings made by the eponymous "amateur" enthusiast in Chicago). Dabnces from skronking shards of chaos to deft, angular minimalism, and back to far-out orbit.
Thursday, 18 June
Techno veterans James Ruskin and Mark Broom hearken back to their B-Boy and electronica roots with 'Refuge of a Twisted Soul' for Skam. Their follow-up to 'Light Box' (2011) binds those roots tighter than ever, communing the sound of dying machine voices with the distant muscle memory of limbs on lino. They're cranky, creaky neck-snappers synching rusty snares and bombed-out bass with electronic gremlins that sound like the sentinel bots from the Matrix; a skunked-out throwback to the twilight strains of Skam's golden days.
**One of the greatest soundtrack composers of the late 20th Century finally gets a reissue series, includes a copy of the CD free inside* The work of Poland's Zbigniew Preisner is closely linked to that of film director Krzysztof Kieslowski, the pair having worked together since the widely acclaimed "Dekalog" series began production in the late 1980's. The soundtrack is one of Preisner's least-known but also one of his best - that distinctive orchestral style vividly evoking the grey Polish towerblock around which the series revolves. Amazing music, regardless of whether you're familiar with the work of either Kieslowski or Preisner - a hugely recommended listen.
"Finally, after 35 long years Futurismo are the first label ever to re-release one of the most sought-after and revered electronic albums of the early 1980’s – Digital Stimulation by Units. Inspired by punk in ideology, though not necessarily in sound, San Francisco’s Units were a young breed of dystopic visionaries art space prodigies and trash culture futurists set on reshaping sound for a new age. Leading the charge, along with only a couple of others such as Screamers and Chrome, they lit the touch-paper for a new sound, a new scene. A new approach. Equally as influenced by ex… Read more
"Twenty-eight homespun stunners from the Alamo City’s scrappiest souleros. The Royal Jesters were the kings of San Antonio’s cross-cultural teen scene in the 1960s, soundtracking lovelorn slow dances with their heart-sick harmonies. For the first time, English Oldies gathers the best early doo-wop, R&B and blazing Latin rock and soul from these Tex-Mex masterminds-a simmering melting pot of diverse regional flavours, best served hot..."
**4AD sum up the short, dark and brilliant life-span of London post-punk unit, In Camera, circa 1979-1982 thru a collection of singles, Peel Session recordings and previously unreleased tracks** "Active between 1978 and 1981, in the thick of London’s post-punk scene, they enjoyed an intense and fruitful short time together. Coming to the label’s attention when they supported Bauhaus at the Billy's venue in Soho, their only releases came with two singles in 1980 – the double A-side 7” of ‘Final Achievement’ and ‘Die Laughing’ (AD 8) and the IV Songs EP (BAD 19). Calling it a day before they recorded an… Read more
**One of the greatest soundtracks of the late 20th Century finally gets reissued* This incredible soundtrack from one of the greatest film score composers of the modern age is at long last available on vinyl. The work of Poland's Zbigniew Preisner is closely linked to that of film director Krzysztof Kieslowski, the pair having worked together since the widely acclaimed "Decalogue" series began production in the mid 1980's. This soundtrack to Kieslowski's most moving film ranges from the Satie-esque solo piano melancholy of "Puppets" to the "Van Den Budenmayer" operatic… Read more
The legendary producer behind cult electro-pop act, Gina X Performance presents his first solo debut album since 1981. Steeped in allusions to classical European philosophy, literature and composers, 'Logic of Coincidence' follows an extraordinary career arc stretching from his late '70s disco-not-disco masterpieces, thru production work for John Foxx, Fashion, Nina Hagen and Birth Control, to a 2013 collaboration with Austra. On the record's ambitious concept, influences and execution, Zeus explains: "I have always been fascinated by the mathematical and philosophical aspects of coin… Read more
**Preisner's classic soundtracks to Kieslowski's Three Colours series available in one bumper set** A total joy to hear these gorgeous soundtracks again, hard to believe that its been 22 years since these films originally came out! Zbigniew Preisener really is one of the greatest film composers of the modern era, but his work for the great, late Krzysztof Kieslowski stands out as not only his most well known, but also his finest work. If you haven't heard any of these soundtracks before, you're in for a treat; Preisner takes us through moments of desolate beauty a… Read more
*The ever-excellent Jacaszek teams up with two other talents in the Polish music scene: saxophonist Mikoaaj Trzaska and punk-rock legend Tomasz Budzyaski* "The music on the record is a captivating mixof free-jazz, electronica and punk. These three personalities – three vectors – create three distinct dynamics, each element following its own trajectory. However, with all their various means of expression and styles they manage to create a structure full of trance and surprise. And this combination of improvisation, electronica and vocal experiment may prove to be the greatest artistic s… Read more
Superlative debut dispatch of microtonal haptics from Dublin-born, London-based Paul McGuire for the yung avant-garde imprint, Slip (f.k.a. Slip Discs). Leading on from the bittersweet lower case compositions of Joe Snape in 'Brittle Love' EP, McGuire's 'Sleep Spindles' revolves around three captivating works for solo cello, twelve guitars, and two percussionists, respectively. The first, 'Tampered Cello' (2014) was performed and recorded by Céline Papion in her Stuttgart apartment and spans nearly 15 minutes of intently focussed, close mic'd extended technique, rendering a whole lexicon o… Read more
**Remastered CD version of "Bikini Kill EP" and "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah LP". Includes 7 previously unreleased tracks** "The First Two Records compiles Bikini Kill’s recently reissued self-titled and Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah LPs. The self-titled 12-inch, originally released in the fall of 1992 and reissued on Bikini Kill Records in 2012, is comprised of four songs recorded by Ian MacKaye at Inner Ear Studios; one song from the band’s 1991 demo cassette recorded by Pat Maley (Yo-Yo Studios); and one song recorded during Bikini Kill’s live performance April 4th, 1992, at Washington, DC’s Sanct… Read more