Thursday, 30 April
Early B’s full recordings for Midnight Rock on one CD. Produced by Jah Thomas it includes the Jamaican hit singles ‘History Of Jamaica’, ‘Sunday Dish’ and ‘Visit Of King Selasie’, as well as all of his ‘Sunday Dish’ and ‘Four Wheel No Real’ albums. Brand new mastering by Duncan Cowell (who masters all of Soul Jazz’s reggae releases) and notes by Tony Rounce.
**Strong recommendations for fans of Godflesh, Swans, Trepaneringsritualen - new on Miasmah** Gird thine loins for this lurching attack from the darkside via James Welburn and The Necks' drummer, Tony Buck. Taking on Mick Harris, Swans and Justin K Broderick at their own game, 'Hold' wields some of the heaviest drums and drone thunder we've heard this year, matching the might of Buck's percussive brawn with apocalypse-baiting low-end surge and face-filleting clouds of guitar/synth distortion. "Hailing from the UK, but located in both Berlin, Germany, and Lillehammer, Norway, Welburn has followed th… Read more
"Paul de Jong is best known as the cofounder, cellist and resident found sound savant of the beloved, defunct collage-pop duo, the Books. Five years after that band delivered their final album, The Way Out, to much acclaim, de Jong delivers his first solo album. IF sets the Books' early albums (particularly The Lemon of Pink) as a starting point, and elevates that beguiling sense of wonder and amazement to genuinely transcendent new heights. De Jong's ability to find the musical in the mundane has always been uncanny — it is part of what made the Books so magical — and that gift is what makes IF such … Read more
"Rival groups will be disappointed to learn that this record is a further experiment in combining hyper-melodic pop music with sonic violence. Officials have confirmed that the album contains a record number of hooks, traces of nut and elements of jangle pop, British hardcore punk, atonal music, screaming and drone organs. Yet they have issued warnings of "a marriage of radical politics with peanut butter spread". One authorised statement reads: “Weighing in at a concise 25 minutes, the album hurtles through its ten songs, each one a succinct, powerful gem.” The album was recorded by MJ … Read more
Debut album of maudlin ambient-pop from Berlin's Howling, a.k.a. vocalist Ry Cuming and Âme's Frank Wiedemann. Imagine a tech-house Thom Yorke; you've got it.
*First release on Gudrun Gut's Moabit Label since 2008 - the first proper full length album by Danielle De Picciotto after several collaborations with Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten)* "Danielle De Picciotto is a wanderer. She explores the regions between the inner and outer realms of our collective psyche and gathers impressions, which cumulate into the many-tentacled beast, which is her artistic output. With Tacoma, her first solo-album, she creates a sonic scenery unlike any other. Employing unusual instruments like the hurdy gurdy and the autoharp, while accompanying her spok… Read more
**Comes with bonus disc featuring five exclusive songs** A shimmering psych-pop triumph from Mälmo, Sweden's Death and Vanilla trio; 'To Where The Wild Things Are…' is a perfectly measured emulation of '60s/'70s soundtracks, library music and French Ye-Ye - exactly the kind of gear that gets beardy Finders Keepers types and fans of Broadcast/Stereolab/Mazzy Star rubbing their cords threadbare. Soft-focused around core duo Marleen Nilsson and Anders Hansson, they tick off a vintage studio's inventory of vinbraphone, mellotron, tremolo guitar and Moog to make a sedated sound that's easy to fall for and hard to rouse from.
A stone-cold post-punk classic, 'World of Rubber' was the sole LP produced by Adrian Borland and Graham Bailey as 2nd Layer. They would also make music alongside others in other cultishly appreciated units, The Outsiders and subsequently The Sound. But 'World of Rubber' stands alone as a lip-bitingly urgent and direct example of their fleeting dalliance with drum machines and synths circa 1981 for Cherry Red. Like a sullen Suicide or skrawnier, stripped down Dome, they made the most of basic set-ups, recording ten tracks including some sheer highlights in 'Distortion', which sounds like Musl… Read more
Thursday, 23 April
*Jeff Mills in collab with pianist Mikhaïl Rudy to present a new score to 'L'Enfer' by Henri-Georges Clouzot* Mills' latest sit-down techno session took place in the Louvre, Paris as a collaboration with Russian pianist Mikhaïl Rudy to present a new score to 'L'Enfer', an unfinished 1964 film by Henri-Georges Clouzot. 'When Time Splits' is often intensely rhythmic yet there's nary a drum machine in sight. Instead, Rudy's keys - inspired by Messiaen, Scriabine, Prokofiev, Cage, Wagner - provide a percussively driving, cascading momentum to Mills' icy and alien synth/string glissandi, or or… Read more
The archduke of electro-pop, Depeche Mode's Martin Gore, presses a heavy 2nd solo album statement with the all-instrumental 'MG' for Mute. With nearly a lifetime's experience of shaping modern electronic pop to his credit, Gore boldly pushes at new doors of sonic perception with this follow-up to 'Counterfeit²' (2003). Eschewing vocals in favour of purely synthesised instrumental expression, he lets his machines do the talking in a 16 song suite that feels timeless yet remarkably fresh compared with the latter day output of many veteran synthesists. In fact it's probably moot to compare him with the… Read more
Esteemed NYC multimedia artist Delia Gonzalez presents the films and solo piano soundtrack of her most recent project, 'In Remembrance', augmented by Bryce Hackford remixes, some ten years after her landmark DFA release, 'The Days of Mars' with Gavin Russom. Inside you'll discover a DVD with her four 16mm films accompanied by a sparkling solo piano suite of cascading scales inspired a text written by Henry Miller as well as by Gurdjieff's theory that "to play scales is to become more in tune with your inner self." In fact, the whole project deals with inspiration, or, in Delia's own word… Read more
"From director Ana Lily Amirpour and Executive Producer Elijah Wood, "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" is a Western vampire noir set in a small Iranian town that has an effortlessly cool soundtrack featuring music from artists such as Kiosk, Radio Tehran, and Federale. With no solo composer providing a score, the sound of the film has instead been curated by Amirpour with a variety of tracks selected to supply a unique atmosphere, recalling less traditional vampire films such as "Near Dark" and "Only Lovers Left Alive". Despite not being scored, the music selected by the dire… Read more
**In which the legendary Can drummer and multi-percussionist Holger Mertin converge a lushly kinetic, outernational meld of complex rhythms and percussive melody** "Like a zen master of the minimal, repetitive beat, Liebezeit -- famous for his hypnotic precision -- creates with only few sound colors the perfect matrix for Mertin's unleashed playing on any imaginable percussion instrument. The result is a mighty, complex pulse -- the groove of a better world. On the basis of that musical matrix, sound magician Joseph Suchy has produced a jaw-dropping album that defies any categorization. Even if… Read more
**Gatefold jacket includes CD** "Colours Of The Night, Peter Broderick’s first full-length for Bella Union in three years, had a rather odd conception to say the least. The American born multi-instrumentalist and songwriter went along for the ride when invited for a so-called “recording residency” in the small town of Lucerne, Switzerland. “I arrived with a pile of songs and just sort of watched as they got carried through the filter of this group of musicians who were coming from an entirely different place,” says Broderick. “It was exciting to let go a little bit, to simpl… Read more
*Ghostly and Adult Swim's second collaboration featuring all previously unreleased tracks, plus an exclusive bonus track from White Material's Galcher Lustwerk. CD packaged in embossed black O-card with full colour 4-panel digipak inside* "Legend has it that Brian Eno's concept of ambient music came to him while laid up in a hospital bed after an automobile accident in the '70s. A friend brought him some records, playing them too low to be properly heard, and Eno couldn't get out of bed to adjust the volume. While the record spun softly, Eno's idea for music you could ignore as easily as you co… Read more
**A captivating slab, conjured live - no loops or overdubs - by superhuman saxophonist Colin Stetson and Arcade Fire' violinist, Sarah Neufeld. How on earth do they achieve that low end?! 180g vinyl in heavyweight jacket with black poly-lined dust sleeve, insert, poster, and download code** "Two of Constellation's acclaimed solo instrumental artists join forces on this tremendous new album of original compositions for horn and violin. Stetson and Neufeld first began playing in duo formation while on tour together as soloists in 2012, joining each other on stage f… Read more
'Silence' is a sublime electro-acoustic suite from pivotal underground Japanese figurehead, Kuniyuki Takahashi a.k.a. Koss. Centred around the piano but gilded with filigree electronics - computer software, Roland System-1, Jupiter-8, Korg Wavedrum synth - Koss presents a beautifully tempered, fluid and pensile balance of acoustic and electronic sources rendered with the kind of timbral sensitivity that we'd also associate with Terre Thaemlitz a.k.a. DJ Sprinkles, who has previously released on Koss' Mule Musiq label. Every element and frequency is given room to breathe, allowing a airy exchange of ideas… Read more
**The latest chapter in the electronic evolution of guitarist John Frusciante (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)** In which the RHCP guitarist synchs ten or so machines thru a small mixer into a CD burner… His first Trickfinger album arrives with some degree of trust implied by the reputable Acid Test label but, is it any good? If you're a committed Rephlexian it may all seem very familiar, perhaps even derivative. On the other hand, if you're coming from the RHCP angle or most others, he's got a nimble grasp of his machines and manages to apply a distinguished "musicality" to melodic arrangements which many will appreciate, while other acid vegan types may find too fancy.
Beautiful noirish "movies for ears" by much loved singer/songwriter/producer Ela Orleans, produced by Howie B and the first release on his newly minted HB Recordings imprint.
Berlin tech-house wrought with swelling, proggy emotions by former Tresor resident Dave DK. 'Val Maira' builds on the example of his split 12" with Ricoshëi in fine style, exapdning on a flush of warm, 'floor-friendly strokes at best in the night-light charms of 'Immer Gut', the spaced-out sound designs of 'We Mix At Six', and Burial-esque ambience of 'Naschi'.
Thursday, 16 April
Crazylegs windmill into new territory with the fractious, forward GrIDM designs of Island's 'Nokia' debut. Coming off like a Hud Mo show-down with Spaces and Oneohtrix Point Never, it refracts the best of modern Warp styles with a playfully colourful sense of arrangement according to a more-is-more maxim. In headphones it feels like R'n'G ju jitsu for Air Max-clad astronauts training in a gyroscope, spinning the senses with an accelerated sense of fun and organ-churning pleasure.
Drew Lustman escapes his Falty DL alias with this dizzyingly ace album under his own name. 'Crystal Cowboy' is quick and loose but flush with all the funky tricks and crafty soul that has endeared him so much to heads the world over since 2007 and a sterling run of IDM-into-breaksploitation antics. He approaches the project with X amounta humour and guile, brilliantly indulging his Anglophilic tendencies with nuff hardcore/jungle roll-outs interspersed by instinctive nods to his home city's jazz, house and R&B heritage. It was apparently written on-the-fly, freed of any conceptual rest… Read more
Champion's Formula label present a superb state-of-play 2015 survey for UK bass music. Starting up with Champion's SND-like remix of Flava D's 'Home', Terror Danjah and Zed Bias tie-off the deft 2-step of 'Telepathy' and Killjoy goes on a dark one with the militant bounce of 'Turnt Ones VIP' and the hydro-blazing 'Most High'. You'll catch Flava D 'In The Dance' on a dread bassline flex, and, likewise Hybrid Theory and Trilla with the dark and rude 'Dutty' killer, plus a slower tribal remix of Hayfever from Mickey Pearce, and a pair of proper UK riddims from Terror Danjah featur… Read more
**Sonic Youth's foundational 1985 second album, finally reissued. Includes download code with four bonus tracks, redeemable from the label** "Sonic Youth’s second full-length LP Bad Moon Rising was originally released on Homestead and Blast First in 1985. The album is a fascinating examination of “the junction where hippie idealism [meets] the cold hard world,” says guitarist Lee Ranaldo, “where Woodstock [meets] Altamont-Death Valley, Charles Manson, Brian Wilson, musicians, murderers, heroes and villains.” Its original eight-song tapestry of droning guitar feedback, distant clatt… Read more
*3CD digipack + 18 page booklet* Sub Rosa present the first survey of André Strodeur's pioneering experiments in modular synthesis with 'Analog and Digital Electronic Music 1978-80'. This comprehensive 3CD collection scans his output circa 1978-80 when he worked with an EMS AKS, 8 voice Oberheim SEM-1, plus special software developed for the Compucolor II computer, and a 16 channel mixing console driving 8 Klipsch loudspeakers in octophony. Stordeur describes the pieces: "on '18 Days' - With this recording I have tried to offer the public an alterna… Read more
Some of the world's most feared and respected noise improvisers regroup for a 2nd studio album of Cuts. Now including Thurston Moore (guitar, electronics) among their flock, Merzbow (electronics), Balázs Pándi (drums) and Mats Gustafsson (saxophone, electronics) converge on a double-disc freeform penetration of avant garde jazz and noise to show the kids how it's done.
Richard Chartier's Line label is at its best with Triac's gorgeous 2nd album of diaphanous drones. 'Days' could be taken as a measure of time, or equally as a pun on the lush effect of their music, presenting a barely-there suite of near-baroque melodic gestures that seem to float in mid-air, as though either moving very slowly or as a midnight mirage conjured by some gauzy mind. Within its seven pieces, ranging from pop-ambient temporality thru ten minute trips, they seem to capture the resonant, lingering after-thoughts of their instruments - Rossano Polidoro (laptop), Marco Seracini (piano, synth), and … Read more
*New remastered version with a bonus track and new artwork* **Immersive, transporting and deeply arresting music from the revered autodidact and audio oddity. If you've never encountered Ghedalia before, this is an excellent place to start, welcoming you to a whole other world of exotic, electro and acoustic sounds, composed between 1979 and 1987 according to a genuinely far reaching and individual agenda.** "More than 5 years after the CD edition of Eclipse totale de soleil and Transportes, Alga Marghen finally decided to also reissue the first and forth LP by Ghedalia Tazartes in… Read more
*New remastered version* "One of Charlemagne Palestine's best-known works, "Four Manifestations On Six Elements". "Two Perfect Fifths, A Major Third Apart, Reinforced Twice" (1973) is an electronic piece that deals with the search for the essence of timbre, sound color, through exploration of the inert chemical activity in the overtone series of tone fundamentals. In this genre of his work Palestine feels akin to a kind of sound alchemist - blending elements over and over again through the years searching for the Golden Sound - the essence of the chord or harm… Read more
*Includes bonus DVD - Rob Aiki Lowe re-appears alongside French synth voyager Ariel Kalma with quite possibly the finest release on RVNG yet following that killer side for Type a couple of years back. Highly recommended!* The FRKWYS series has a tendency to turn out some really inspired unions, and this ranks among their best. Recorded just outside of Mullimbimby, a remote community on the eastern Australian coast, it marks a pineal, inter-generational journey aligning Kalma's naturalist tendency and invaluable background working at the GRM … Read more