Thursday, 21 May
"While legions of artists show fidelity to psychedelia's roots, Unknown Mortal Orchestra has always shared the rare quality that makes the genre's legends vital, a constant need for exploration. Last year, frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson descended into his home studio in a Portland basement to chart out where's he traveled since his last set of unhinged psych-soul ballads. He discovered that the best way for him to move forward would be to look back. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together."
*White Vinyl Edition* 2nd LP of ear-worming electronic-pop from Becoming Real - a strong tip for those missing Holy Other or Tri Angle's bewitched pop aesthetics. Between 2010 and 2012 Becoming Real was behind a string of smart releases for the likes of Ramp, Moshi Moshi and GETME!, and then… nothing until 2015. With 'Pure Apparition' he reminds us what we have (or might have) been missing with 12 tracks of eldritch-tinted pop deviation soused in dreamy melodies and stranger electronic tones given impetus by strong yet deft dancefloor impulses. Dunno if it's just us but it seems like thi… Read more
*Ships Friday* A brilliant expansion of the invaluable, cherry-picked expo of NYC's experimental Latin streak covering ground prior to the disco explosion. You should expect some incredible, definitive rhythm trips, with outstanding highlights in the likes of Ocho's far-out 'Tornado', replete with blustering intro; the hip-gripping battery of drums cycling thru tempo changes in Stone Alliance's 'Amigos'; the visionary fourteen minutes of modular synth and expansive electro-acoustic jazz scapes in Eddie Palmi… Read more
Thursday, 14 May
Nick Edwards a.k.a. Ekoplekz explicitly pays homage to his formative influences with 'Reflekzionz' - kosmisch electronics and '90s electronica - on his 3rd LP for Planet Mu. Radiophonics references are swapped for a reverie of early AFX, Autechre and Wolfgang Voigt, among others, filtered thru his grubby dub lense to slot grittily with his previous. And, rather than bleached out tones, 'Reflekzionz' is fringed with a faded colour scheme psychedelically reflected in Zeke Clough's dreamlike sleeve artwork, creating a sort of false-memory implant aesthetic that frames his sound like a polaroid recollection of the originals.
The sampledelic don, Luke Vibert revives his disco alias, Kerrier District for Hypercolour a decade on from his much-loved album for Rephlex. Still sounding like a library record from 1979, his '4' album collects 14 cuts of kinky disco breaks and wobbly Moog lines crammed with cheeky samples under naughty names like 'Treacle Tits' and 'Brush The Bush' or any combination of the word "Disco" plus suffix/prefix. Consider your party started.
**5-track CD** Beppu (Andrew Hargreaves) presents a companion piece to his current album trilogy, 'Coercion Persuasion Subversion', containing unreleased material recorded during the same sessions. They're as fierce, if not more so, than anything off the vinyl, drifting head-down from craggy ambient to ferocious Merzbow-ian sturm und drang and stressed, jagged EBM thunder delivered like he means it.
"DJ VLR, aka Livar Særheim from Norway, returns to mix duties following his highly sought after cassette-only mix for CPU back in 2013. Spanning almost 3 years of output VLR has mixed the binary back catalogue into an audio delight, displaying his skills and dedication to the mix as an artform. A perfect CPU sampler for curious new listeners and fans alike. Includes tracks by MNLTH, DMX Krew, Automatic Tasty, Cygnus and many more."
*Double CD which includes the 10 tracks included in the film and an additional CD of bonus material and cues* "Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow join forces for a second time since their creation of Drokk, their unused score for 2012 motion picture Dredd, to create the dark, synth heavy score for Ex Machina. Speaking to Gigwise Geoff Barrow said, "It's been great for Ben and I to be working with Alex again, and hopefully we have written the kind of score an intense sci-fi thriller like this needs" with Salisbury adding "we wanted to slightly get away from the type of soundtrack al… Read more
"The Eccentronic Research Council’s fabulous fourth album, ‘Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine… I’m Your Biggest Fan’ is written from the persuasive point of view of an obsessional fan of a (fictional?) local band - The Moonlandingz, who gig around the (fictional?) South Yorkshire district of Valhalla Dale. The album also sees The Eccentronic Research Council team up with Lias Saoudi and Saul Adamczewski of South London’s The Fat White Family, who ably play the role of The Moonlandingz."
"Within their 1973 European tour, Sun Ra and his Arkestra had just completed a residency at the legendary Gibus in Paris in October before travelling to Amiens for a Sunday afternoon concert. Those filing into the city’s Maison de la Culture that day would have little idea of the intense, visceral experience that awaited them. “Sun Ra’s use of the Arkestra as his instrument in an onslaught of sound, colour and movement stimulated and even shocked the senses and the shakras of audience participants onto a higher plane of spirit consciousness,“ explains the Arkestra’s Knoel Scott..."
From unknown to XL entity in the space of two records, Shamir's success story is being quickly written to catch up with his debut LP, 'Ratchet'. Hailing from Las Vegas and in possession of the sweetest, playful soul voice, Shamir Bailey debuted in 2014 with a unique treat in 'Northtown' produced by Nick Sylvester for the Godmode label. Working again with Sylvester for 'Ratchet', Shamir posits himself as a nu-skool disco-not-disco prince, backed with a selection of largely uptempo and light-footed grooves perfectly suited to his effortless, flighty tone. It's a summer record through-and-through, from th… Read more
Melt-Banana deliver their second compilation of singles and tracks from split releases. Originally released between 2000 and 2009, the collection includes covers of “Tintarella Di Luna,” by Italian singer Mina, Toots & the Maytals’ “Monkey Man,” DEVO’s “Uncontrollable Urge” and The Damned’s “Love Song.”
"The Epic is a 172-minute, three-volume set that includes a 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and 17 songs overlaid with a compositional score written by Washington. Pulsing underneath is an otherworldly ten-piece band, each member of which is individually regarded as among the best young musicians on the planet – including bassist Thundercat and his brother, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., bassist (yes, there are two) Miles Mosley, drummer Tony Austin (of course there are two), keyboard player Brandon Coleman, pianist Cameron Graves, and trombonist Ryan Porter. Patrice Quinn’s ethereal voc… Read more
**Edition of 100 housed in fold-over artwork by Michael Holland** Fragile yet playful new composition from Joe Snape, who was last spotted on Slip, and is here teamed up with Manchester's Another Contemporary Music Ensemble for ONO ahead of their upcoming UK/Euro tour.
EDM meets Egyptian Empire's 'Horn Track' and Brandy samples stuffed with nods to UK jungle and hardass Euro techno from Boys Noize.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* Tom Trago serves a handy summary of his Voyage Direct series for Rush Hour. Orbiting disco, soul and jazz inna house fashion, his ecletic bunch of contributors are at best with William Kouam Djoko's jazzy ambient footworker, 'Deflourished' ; that classic Chi update from House of Jezebel (Legowelt), 'Love & Happiness'; Carl Craig's taps-aff Detroit disco boost of Trago's own 'use Me Again'; Interstellar Funk's odd disco droner, 'House Train'.
Thursday, 07 May
*Deluxe 2CD edition comes in an 8-panel spot gloss digipack with two separate booklets* By Pitchfork's reckoning Dominick Fernow's discography now stands at over 150 releases long - so it isn't without much consideration that we say that 'Frozen Niagara Falls' is his defining, most exploratory and ultimately rewarding work to date. It's an epic undertaking too - spanning two discs (the vinyl edition which will follow next month is a mammoth 3LP) and includes over an hour and a half of music, veering from the surprisingly contemplative destroyed-folk of 'Greenpoint' and 'Christ Among The … Read more
"Rivington Não Rio revels in the kind of compassionate complexity that marks Prefuse 73's greatest works, with a profound new element added to the mix: Patience. Herren's ability to marry the manic to the melodic has always been uncanny, but here it feels downright magical as the songs inhale with his trademark sense of urgency…then exhale in longer, more revealing breaths. The prismatic textures that have long been a staple of Prefuse 73 are bound to beats and melodies with the spirit of hip-hop and the subtlety of modern minimalism. The album's guests treat the material with a hushed r… Read more
Lakker beautifully find their voice in this eagerly awaited 2nd album. Working with vocalist Eileen Carpio on four out of ten tracks, they considerately expand their soundworld to encompass bludgeoning techno alongside elaborate IDM structures and vicious noise tear-outs, realising the most dramatic and perhaps definitive statement in their catalogue so far. Since 2011, the duo of Dara Smith and Ian McDonnell (Eomac) have come to define something that was maybe lacking (pun intended) in modern electronica with a gush of 12"'s finding the pressure point between emotive, romantic vulnerabil… Read more
'Dumb Flesh' is the ecstatic new album from F**k Buttons' Benjamin Power in Blanck Mass mode. His 2nd album in this guise after 2011's eponymous debut, it retains much of the fizzy noise harmonics and thrills of his duo with Andrew Hung, but channels a more direct dancefloor and pop attitude, 'Dumb Flesh' isn't quite techno, noise or post-rock, but rather a distillation of all their affective memes boiled up, reduced and smeared across these eight tracks. The result: a viscous goo of legal-high potency, conducting strangely heart-racing arrangements at slouchy tempo in 'Atrophies' or going for … Read more
"First new release in a while from the label that has released albums in the past by The Books, Thee Oh Sees, The Mountain Goats, Final Fantasy, Mount Eerie, Patrick Wolf and many more... Catgut Tape is the debut solo album by the British songwriter O.D. Davey. Recorded by its author during his late teens and early adulthood in the polar British counties of Aberdeenshire and Essex, it is a collection of love songs set amidst the tragicomedy of youth and the landscapes that stage it. Born of necessity, its pallet of sound is simple but singular; a bitcrushed and baseless skeleton of wooden guitar… Read more
The beguiling man-not-machine band, Elektro Guzzi deliver almost unfeasibly linear, precisely metronomic grooves made entirely on live instrumentation. In case you're not au fait, the trio of Bernhard Breuer, Bernhard Hammer, and Jakob Schneidewind have released three perception-defying albums on Berlin's techno-focussed Macro label before this one, honing a style of motorik groove played entirely in real-time without a computer in sight. For this tape they contribute two lengthy, rolling compositions. 'Circle One' is 28 minutes of strident, swinging dub techno-like flux expertly mixed wi… Read more
"The Wild Hunt (Die Wilde Jagd) are Ralf Beck and Sebastian Lee Philipp. The two first met in 2006 in Dusseldorf's Salon des Amateurs, a meeting place for new and established experimental musicians and artists, also known as Germany's "postpunk Hacienda". It seems no coincidence that Dusseldorf is the duo's founding city: their music is full of subtle references to local acts such as Kraftwerk, NEU!, DAF, Liaisons Dangereuses, Pyrolator, the Krupps and Propaganda. Since their first meeting, Beck and Philipp regularly come together to record in Beck's well-equipped studio. Using the numer… Read more
Thee definitive library disco rescue reissued in its entirety! 40 years since it was penned by Bernard Fevre in a Paris suburb, 'Disco Club' has taken on a life of its own, reeled in from obscurity by AFX's Rephlex in 2004 to become a staple of disco fraggles and freakier 'floors from Ouagadougou to Shenzhen. So, additional to the tracks you probably know and own on the Rephlex version, we now discover the psychedelic wormhole of '"H" Friend' and the keening Hi-NRG rush of 'We Never Fly Away Again' for your delectation, augmenting the unforgettable brilliance of 'Timing Forget The Ti… Read more
Switzerland and ZamZam Records' Uiutna serves a Skam-like quartet of wistful IDM songs and recursive rhythmic noise for Michael Holland's ONO boutique. Uiutna is also a member of H.U.M. with Mark Wagner and Heloise Zam Zam but, here he explores a more personalised sound burrowing headlong into black holes of cranky discord to metallic, baroque sci-fi sashays and what sounds like Æ's 'LP5' tracks played back by a modem.
**First new album from the Moloko singer in 8 years!** "It begins with ‘Gone Fishing’ that chimes like the bells of a buoy bullied by tide, everything hanging from a two-note octave. The lyric written after watching Jennie Livingston’s ‘Paris Is Burning’, a study of race, class, gender and sexuality in America. A walk of ‘Realness’ with Pepper LaBeija, Angie Xtravaganza, Willi Ninja, and their Houses. Surviving the slap of love and the weight of what media would have us believe are beauty and success. ‘Evil Eyes’ pits an elastic thunder of ruff punk bass against explosions of mirrorball gl… Read more
'Hive1' is the engrossing development of Tyondai Braxton's collaborative work first conceived for live performance in 2013. Sounding out remarkably close to the extreme psychoacoustics of Florian Hecker and modular tangles of Charles Cohen, 'Hive1' 'fesses eight tracks grown from the seeds of Hive's ensemble shows spanning their debut at New York's Guggenheim Museum in 2013 and successive events in The Sydney Opera House and London's Barbican. It's cleanly thwarted our presumptions at the very least, moving light years on from his former role in Battles to encompass a much wider yet focussed set… Read more
Eleh's cultishly celebrated trio of LPs for Taiga released between 2008 - 2012, here remastered and collected on digital format for the first time. Certain pedants would probably scoff at the fact this incredibly pure analog music is now available to download but, we're not among them and reckon it's a crucial entry point for anyone intrigued but as yet unwilling to make the dive. They're some of thee heaviest pieces of minimalist electronic music from the last decade, and we don't say that lightly. Strongly recommended if you like Eliane Radigue, Phill Niblock, Sunn 0))).
*The CD that appeared in the box set of the same name is now available as a standalone CD and digital download* "Laurent Garnier is back on F Communications for ‘La HOME Box’, a brand new album from Laurent Garnier and the first new music on F Communications in 5 years. The album heralds a new direction as yet unseen in Garnier’s discography. It contains a collection of tracks released over the last year on five very different labels, originating in five different countries; Still Music, 50 Weapons, Musique Large, MCDE and Hypercolour. There are also brand new unreleased tracks."