Thursday, 20 November
Lawrence returns with a new album for Mule Musiq, produced on the road over the last couple of years and then edited back in his backyard studio in hamburg. It’s a sweetly ambient affair in the fine tradition of classic Artificial Intelligence productions, with the title track itself providing a knowing nod to the iconic Selected Ambient Works material. Elsewhere, 'Nowhere Is A Place’ harks black to classic B12 and early Black Dog productions, while ‘Simmer’ situates itself somewhere between the sort of thing the 12k label were releasing back in the mid noughties and Pete Namlook’s most hea… Read more
"Bay Area Retrograde (BART)' compiles both Dark Entries’ compilations of underground music from San Francisco (and the greater Bay Area) made between 1978-1983. Towards the end of the 70s, San Francisco’s experimental music scene clashed with the aftermath of punk and gave birth to a vibrant underground. By the early to mid 80s the DIY music scene of the Bay Area was a hotbed for experimental and quirky new wave, post punk, and synthpop, quite similar to New York’s No Wave scene and Berlin’s Neue Deutsche Welle. This compilation connects the (transit) lines between these varie… Read more
*Murcof returns with a new collaboration with Erik Truffaz, with a special artwork by Enki Bilal* Swiss trumpeter Erik Truffaz has worked with Mexican born sound artist Murcof (originally Fernando Corona) since 2006 when they worked as a trio with Talvin Singh. That fruitful relationship brought together Truffaz’s investment in modern jazz (he has been that archetypal thing, a Blue Note artist), a sharp ear for the new discoveries of contemporary composers like Giya Kancheli and others in the eclectic world of new music, and developed a creative conversation with the world of noi… Read more
"If there’s one thing Jonas Kopp has proven over the last decade is that he can turn his hand to just about anything. Since debuting on Pﬁrter’s revered MindTrip Music back in 2006, the Buenos Aires native has managed to rack up a rich and compelling discography, coursing with ease through electronic music’s various forms. From warm Chicago house through to deep, dark and driving techno on labels like Deeply Rooted House, Stroboscopic Artefacts and more, Kopp’s hypnotic and heady sentiment has remained the red thread throughout, which has allowed him to ﬂourish as one of techno’s more l… Read more
*Audio on two CD's plus the critically acclaimed documentary film which captures the multidimensional concert centred on Björk’s eighth studio album, titled ‘Biophilia Live’. The film documents the intimate ‘Biophilia’ performance at London’s Alexandra Palace where Björk was accompanied by unique musical instruments, collaborators and visuals. Shot by directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland and produced by Jacqueline Edenbrow / Gloria Films, the film also features science and nature archive and found footage inspired by the themes of the album, as well as animation which has been augmented with the music of ‘Biophilia’.
*Repress* Matt Cutler has delivered impeccably produced beat music for a couple of years now, but its really in the last few months that he's found his feet drawn to a heavy, smudged style of House music. Infusing the warehouse rave heritage of his adopted home city Manchester with the same classic Chicago and NYC memes as his London counterparts, his signature feel for synaesthetically evocative melody has really started to pay dividends. 'Emerald Fantasy Tracks' is one of the most unapologetically ecstatic dancefloor albums we've heard this year, from the eccied AGCG delights of 'Aquamar… Read more
Heidi Lord - Wife of Rephlex/WeMe artist Jodey Kendrick. Three of Heidi's tracks are featured on the famous "EDM" Compilation Albums This is the Debut album from Heidi Using a unique pallet of sounds from MRI machines to modular synthersizers to conversations in a supermarket to her own processed voice Co produced by her Husband "I could describe what the album means to me, But i would much rather leave it to listener to experience and feel and to interpret how they see fit"
*Chronicling three years of intermittent audio communications between English and Vitiello...* "Lawrence English and Stephen Vitiello are creators of mythology. Their mythology renders a series of acoustic spaces, haunted by narrative and hinting at happenings unseen, but certainly heard. With Fable, we are presented with their second duet. It chronicles three years of intermittent audio communications in search of new collaborative approaches. The results focus on the pair’s joint interests in modular synthesis, field recordings and the blurry boundaries between acoustic instr… Read more
"Flower & Water began with an offer to work with the first Dragon’s Eye release – a flexi-disc with a recording of George Winston playing a blues piano composition called “Medley: Bread Baker’s Stomp” – as source material. Since I am not a true remixer, I decided to modify the track via physical manipulation. Most of the material began with cutting up some of the flexi’s and taping back together in ‘wrong’ ways. I then played (or tried to play) the broken records that had been taped back together, and also putting objects onto the surface of the record while being played with a cheap record p… Read more
*Obscure Belgian dance tracks and library recordings from the 70's and 80's packaged in a Deluxe Hard Cover 2CD With 36 Page Booklet* "Nowhere in the world will you find a record store with a dedicated section Belgian grooves. There’s not even a record called Belgian grooves. And you won’t find them on Discogs either. So what are they? Novelty? A nifty marketing scheme? Maybe you should try “discovery”; Belgian grooves is a new collective term for the best dance tracks from the beginning of the 70s. Two thirds of the songs on this compilation were made by talented hi… Read more
"Hi Records was founded in 1957 by a group of partners that included former Sun rockabilly artist Ray Harris and two other Sun alumni, Bill Cantrell and Quinton Claunch. The company would become identified with hit instrumental records from the likes of Elvis’ former bassist Bill Black’s Combo and saxophonist Ace Cannon. After a period recording and producing for Memphis’ Home Of The Blues label, Willie Mitchell hooked up with Hi Records. Mitchell’s band would back Black and Cannon, and he began turning out a series of soulful singles and albums of his own, starting with 1962’s ‘The … Read more
“Just Us” is the new album from legendary Hamburg band Faust. Founder members Jean-Hervé Peron and Zappi Diermaier have laid down twelve musical foundations which are intrinsically typical of Faust in their own right, yet offer enough space for completely different works to develop. Which is exactly what they hope will happen. Whilst Diermaier largely remains true to his habitual handiwork—drums and percussion—Peron, as we might expect, incorporates all manner of unusual sonic sources alongside his bass, various string instruments and piano, even using a sewing machine as a metronome. Tracks like “nur n… Read more
**Includes a bonus DJ mix by Parris to download from your Boomkat account** Killer skool of 2014 survey from Dusk & Blackdown's Keysound Recordings. 14 heavyweights in the dance touching on all manner of new sounds from the weightless iMax flex of Logos' 'Metropolis' to the juicy tropical synthuality of Murlo and E.M.M.A or the gutted grime mutations of Wen and Parris. It also introduces a stack of new names to the label with bullets like Caski's dark garage grine 'Tunnel Music', Aphix's icy 'Sin King' and the nice/nasty grime shades of DLVRY's 'Guilt' or t… Read more
Daniel Ansorge aka Barnt backs up a deeply unique swathe of singles with his debut album, 'Magazine 13' for the eponymous label he started with fellow Köln types, Crato and Jens-Uwe Beyer. Since 2010 he's released a steady stream of records which brought back a sense of kosmiche wonder and electronic enigma that was arguably lacking in German house and techno sounds. And most crucially, he did it without sacrificing the fundamentals of big bad kicks and minimal percussion, resulting absolute bewts such as 'All Worlds All Times' and more recently with the staggering chops of 'Chappell' for Joy O & Wi… Read more
*Die-cut Digipak containing a second sleeve housing rare images as well as brand new liner notes by Devo founding member Gerald Casale* "Spuds rejoice, for the Miracle Witness Hour is at hand! In 1977 DEVO played an intimate show to an eager handful at biker bar turned total dive The Eagle Street Saloon in Cleveland, Ohio. Unbeknown to those canny onlookers, they were to testify to the healing power of DEVO! But what of us now? Beautiful mutants fear not, FUTURISMO are here to rectify your late party syndrome. Televised through the antennas of time we give you DEVOs’ most i… Read more
"'My Ghost Comes Back' sees the return of Tujiko Noriko after a hiatus exploring worlds beyond those we regularly inhabit. The results of these travels provided the formula for this, her most accomplished record to date. As rich in ambition as it is skewered in it's melodic stance, the album is a decidedly more acoustic affair in which a host of guest musicians incorporate mandolin, viola, musical saw, optigon and other such wares into the exotic environment where her unique songwriting now resides. Furthering an exploration of unorthodox arrangements, rhythm and melody Noriko concoc… Read more
Honest Jon's return to Kenya with this spellbinding suite of Dodo songs sung by 70 year old Ogoya Nengo. A legend in her country, Ogoya is the most prominent exponent of the vanishing Dodo artform - a musical means of spreading messages and social commentary, much like Indo-European bardic traditions and the griots of Mali. Following his work on the Mkunguni, New Recordings from Coast Province, Kenya, Stefan Schneider again had the pleasure of recording Ogoya's spellbinding performances, and those of local percussionists and her ex… Read more
Steffi serves a sophisticated sophomore LP for OstGut Ton with 'Power Of Anonymity'. Deeply indebted to classic Detroit house and techno, it plays out ten tracks of romantic machine soul driven by elegant grooves and alleviated by expansive atmospheres - exactly the kinda thing you'd expect to hear her spin at her Panorama Bar residency. It's a real mood setter, keeping the lights dimmed but reassuringly glowing throughout, from the E.R.P.-style electro hush of opener 'Pip' and the astral-bound techno of 'Everyday Objects' thru the Share Vari-referencing funk of highlight 'Treasure Seeking' … Read more
"After Chris Clark had passed some of Gajeks sheer endless output over to Modeselektor, quite a few listening sessions followed. Ranging from postrocky electronica to complex and moody renderings of intricate introverted beat structures to a mutant dance music, a whole audioscape had to be discovered. There were songs and tracks and experiments there, morphed vocals and reverberated non human instruments, complex percussion patterns and sweet athmospheres, but in all these different paths and moods, a penchant for working with a leitmotif could be traced. As an introduction to expose his particu… Read more
*Includes sticker and hand-drawn poster* "Run The Jewels, the super dynamic duo of El-P and Killer Mike, two of the most distinctive and celebrated names in rap, release their sophomore album, Run The Jewels 2, featuring Zack de la Rocha and Travis Barker among others.
"A playful electronic musical journey evocative of Brian Eno’s ‘Music For Films’, Oneohtrix Point Never, 8-bit soundtracks and prog-infused 70s synth epics and executed with a rigorous conceptual framework worthy of John Cage or the radical film experiments of Lars Von Trier. ‘Solarispellis’ is the follow up to Arandel’s 2010 debut album ‘In D’ and similarly continues to be entirely in his signature key (a nod to minimalist godfather Terry Riley). From woozy electronica to emotive techno and the most vertiginous Krautrock, the tempos, moods and subjects are intertwined, covering an array of musi… Read more
Two radically contrasting composers work out their differences in this 2004 collaboration commissioned for Singhur's Suite in Parochial festival, now released by Line and Volume. The results manifest two extended pieces consolidating Roden's signature, scuttling small sounds with Bretscheider's super crisp, crackling tones and pulses.
Clay Ruby lays Burial Hex to rest with his amazing final record in this guise, 'The Hierophant'. Extant since 2007, Burial Hex has consistently revitalised and morphed black metal and gothic sounds over the course of countless tapes, CDrs and vinyl releases up to now, notably including an acclaimed split with Zola Jesus for Aurora Borealis, and the 'In Psychic Defense' for Sound of Cobra which still receives heavy rotation in our office to this day. Thanks to a rare appreciation of technoid rhythms and ambient electronics, Burial Hex's records have long stood out from the often blinkered and… Read more
*16 Track CD Edition* Athens-based Into The Light Records illuminate the sterling work of Greek composer George Theodorakis, son of legendary composer Mikis Theodorakis, who famously wrote the theme song for 'Zorba The Greek'. A prolific composer in his own right, George benefitted from access to an abundant studio - stacked with synths, 8-channel console, two pianos - at his family's idyllic home in the hills of Athens. And it was between there and the Theta Makrigianni studio which he recorded all the material in 'The Rules Of The Game Or… Read more
"Gayna Florence Perry and Robin Surtees are perhaps best known for their work with cult 80’s band Shiny Two Shiny. Signed to Red Flame Records, they released one mini LP entitled ‘Halfway Across The Rainbow’ and one single ‘Waiting For us’ c/w ‘Ritual Hate’, in 7” and 12” formats. A mixture of bright and breezy synth pop with some darker undercurrents both records made a dent in the indie charts gaining positive reviews in the music press for releases and live appearances and acclaim from John Peel as well as daytime airplay on Radio 1. They also toured Europe and appeared on TV. A… Read more
Thursday, 13 November
*First CD pressing comes in a deluxe oversize 6-panel Digifile* Faith In Strangers’ was written and produced between January 2013 and June 2014, and was edited and sequenced in late July this year. Making use of on an array of instruments, field recordings, found sounds and vocal treatments, it’s a largely analogue variant of hi-tech production styles arcing from the dissonant to the sublime. The first two tracks recorded during these early sessions bookend the release, the opener ‘Time Away’ featuring Euphonium played by Kim Holly Thorpe and last track ‘Missing’ a contribution by Stott’… Read more
Machinedrum brings the 'Vapor City' epoch to a close with this final chapter of 'Vapour City Archives'. Over the last 12 months he's animated a rich sonic fiction informed by psychogeography, Afro-futurism and and new technology over the course of an album, a string of 12"'s and via his subscription series. The hyperstitious results have marked him as a producer apart from the pack thanks to his mercurial meld of footwork, jungle, hip hop and electronica with etheric soul vocals that caught the attention of a lot of listeners looking for a sort of colourful romance and disciplined ener… Read more
The freak pop genius returns sans Haunted Graffiti with the amazing 'Pom Pom', his first "solo" album proper. Aided by collaboration with legendary psych pop producer Kim Fowley, among other as-yet-uncredited contributors, it's a 17-song reminder of Pink's inimitable slant on '70s/'80s pop, applying a magpies eye and vultures beak to the bones of bubblegum garage, glam power pop and sun-kissed indie. We daresay this is Mr. Pink at his very, very charming best, doing ludicrous prog jams such as 'Exile On Frog Street' just as well as jinglistic psych with 'Jell-o' and timeless beachside harmonies in… Read more
llum Sphere makes moves with a Fabric selection repping for his quarterly Hoya:Hoya events at the London club. Ticking off stacks of vintage box-ticklers beside their modern analogs, these 24 tracks perhaps better represent Ryan Hunn's more recent and personal tastes, rather than the wonky hip hop and colourful electronica that his Manchester-based Hoya:Hoya club night is putatively known for. Starting up with the cold, Kölnisch ambience of E.M.A.K.'s 'Sein Und Schein', he leads a calculated tour between industrial, post punk, acid and dub touchstones, sparking runs of aces lik… Read more
Om Unit cracks the glass on Goldie's DAT archive to present 'Inversion', his stunning follow-up to debut album 'Threads'. It's a Metalheadz album from nose to tail, chasing echoes of the label's past to reflect their present position, repping for new mutations of jungle, halfstep D&B and footwork with a timeless, atmospheric soul. There's gotta be few producers that Goldie would allow into his DAT and samples archive - we're imagining a massive oak chest embossed with lions and a Metalheadz logo - but Om Unit is clearly one of them and coolly lives up to the task, combinging his own sounds with Gold… Read more