Thursday, 28 August
"German minimal composer Ernstalbrecht Stiebler celebrated his 80th birthday this year. M=minimal honours the work of this master of reduction with the third release dedicated exclusivly to his work. Unlike many modern composers that use avantgardistic special effects, Stiebler builds his compositions around small sound spaces. As the composer himself said in an interview, his music is not intended to be easy. He demands a certain concentration of his listeners. Once you accept it you get rewarded with shifted time perception. A piece of 15 minutes duration can be perceived as 45 … Read more
In 1994 the seminal electronic duo Cluster (Dieter Moebius & Hans-Joachim Roedelius) continued what they had begun in 1990 with 'Apropos Cluster', their comeback album. The more mature 'One Hour' condenses essential passages from two lengthy sessions into 60 minutes. We hear sprawling soundscapes, clear acoustic sketches, musical extravaganzas, in short: highly impressionistic electronica. Liner notes by Asmus Tietchens. Originally released 1994 on Prudence Records.
**Sleepy ambient/shoegaze on the new album from Christopher Willits** ""For years, I’ve imagined the work I do in music, photography, video/film, immersive audio and meditation all coming into one space," says music-art guru Christopher Willits from his home in San Francisco. It's an ambition that seems especially befitting of a worldly polymath like Willits. "Sound and light can transform and inspire our imaginations," he continues. "It can be used as a tool to awaken our consciousness." And that is exactly what he has set out to do with OPENING, the veteran Ghostly artist's new immersiv… Read more
**Fascinating, worldly and necessary collection of remastered, rare jazz orchids** "Until it was swept aside by the pop explosion of the 1960s, jazz was the most popular modern sound on earth. From the New World and the Caribbean to Africa, across the Soviet Bloc and the British Empire to the Far East, jazz music was embraced, adopted, played and enjoyed. Having examined spiritual jazz as it was expressed in the US, and followed its messengers and influences in Europe, this fifth installment of our Spiritual Jazz series presents jazz from the rest of the world: a collection of j… Read more
**Edition of 200** A brace of Entr'acte regulars remix selections from hamaYôko's four album's for the label. KK Null open the account with a brilliant version of 'Tsumetai Tsuki' veering from discordant, jagged keys and vocals to prime industrial steppers rhythms; Felix Kubin transplants 'NMichelle Moustache' to an alien planet; Modiri Hirano turns 'Senkô Hanabi' into a sweet n sticky glicth pop tune; Dale Cornish squishes and fillets 'LH3373' with electro-acoustic expertise; Lionel Marchetti impresses with a spectacular 20 minute rework of darkside, multi-dimensional chicanery in 'un être en dehors de la Terre'.
Thursday, 21 August
From hooded Wegie scamp to world-taking producer, Rustie continues to blaze a neon trail with his crackshot 2nd album, 'Green Language'. Packing all the stomach-churning, heart-bursting rush of a triple-barrelled mitsi, it's a dancefloor melding, accelerationist expression of emotions that can't be adequately summed up in the English lexicon, amped with guest vocals by D Double E, Redinho, Danny Brown and Gorgeous Children. It scales up the thizz attacks of 'Glass Swords' to impossibly ecstatic levels with his signature blend of tiered harmonies, crashing trap dynamics and traces of jaw-breaking… Read more
**Includes the singles as an instant download** Master-craftsman, Kevin Martin absolutely murders it with his fourth and finest LP as The Bug. A perennial pest at the outposts of dub, ragga, extreme noise and electronics, The Bug treats his periodic albums as dispatches from the brink, and 'Angels & Devils' is his most captivating of them all. Blessed with, and structured around sterling vocals from some of his favourite artists - Liz Harris (aka Grouper), Gonjasufi, Death Grips, Copeland, Flowdan, Manga, Miss Red, Warrior Queen - plus a collaboration with JK Flesh, it marks a pinnacle of not o… Read more
Ital continues to twist the putative conventions of house and techno on his third album in two years. 'Endgame' feels light years away from his earliest transmissions of natty, lo-fi house, and much closer to brooding, minimal, modern house and techno styles, eking out a headier, weirder space somewhere between the styles of Tin Man, Kassem Mosse, and Joey Anderson, for comparison. The difference between then and now is perhaps his switch from software to select pieces of hardware, resulting in a more linear plot and liquified, worm-holing momentum on 'Endgame', no doubt enhanced by mixing and mastering … Read more
*CD Edition includes 3 bonus tracks lifted off the DIAG004 EP* Neo-no wave agitator $hit & $hine dumps a killer funk load on Powell's Diagonal Records, hard on the heels of 2014 madness from the label boss, plus Russell Haswell and Bronze Teeth. 'Powder Horn''s wiry, banjoed skronk marks Craig Clouse aka $&$'s 1st new album since 'Jream Baby Jream' and that split slab with Gnod back in 2012. Poised between rambunctious clatter and clipped, in-the-pocket groove, nine tracks fling-a-body from the virile strut of 'Astro's Hat' to the burned-out Pump styles of 'Spray Bottle', taking in the rollicki… Read more
*Mastered from the original master tapes - a library re-recording of the previously unreleased Doctor Who score The Invasion. Includes additional electronic tracks from Don Harper’s catalogue and music featured in GeorgeRomero’s Dawn of the Dead.* "A collection of Horror-Electronics, supernatural soundscapes and sinister library muzak from Australian composer Don Harper. Featuring nightmarish cues used in Doctor Who 'The Invasion' and George A Romero's 'Dawn Of The Dead’ Centring on the library music re-recording of the 1968 Doctor Who soundtrack The Invasion (A dark otherworldly Sci-Fi jazz s… Read more
Acclaimed and pioneering techno stalwart, Cristian Vogel presents this excellent suite of avant-garde computer music. Taking inspiration from Xenakis' rigorous application of formal systems, mathematics and number theory to open new routes in his compositions, 'Eselbrücke' manifests a bold and striking body of ten pieces sounding quite unlike anything in his previous catalogue. RIYL Andre Vida, Xenakis, Keith Fullerton Whitman.
"Akchoté is best known as an improvising guitarist heard solo or in memorable collaborations with Derek Bailey, Sam Rivers, Lol Coxhill, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, Han Bennink and many others. He has also contributed his distinctive talent to recordings by, among others, Luc Ferrari, David Grubbs, JG Thirlwell and Jean-François Pauvros. In recent years Akchoté has immersed himself in the study of medieval and Renaissance music, resulting in a mind-bogglingly prolific series of digital releases of the complete works of Carlo Gesualdo and Guillaume de Machaut, as well as ar… Read more
LA's Mono/Poly makes good with his most high profile album to date landing on Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder. "From the first orchestral trills of “Winds of Change” you know you’re in for something special. As the track builds the listener notices not only the content but also the production chops – this is a record which sounds exactly as big, glossy and up front as its creator wants it to. Rebekah Raff adds scintillating harp work to “Transit to the Gold Planet,” but it’s the way Dickerson integrates it and builds on it which is really special. “Ra Rise” sounds like sunbathing in space, Niki Rand… Read more
"Sticking his hand deeper into the machines all around him, Ty Segall is reaching ever further to the outer limits of inner space orbited throughout ‘Twins’ and ‘Sleeper’. Now, more than ever, the chunks of the world that came before are like asteroids formed in his image, picking up speed. The multi-coloured manias that make up ‘Manipulator’ are sour-sweet declarations featuring freaks and creeps alike: ‘The Singer’, ‘The Faker’, ‘Mister Main’, ‘Susie Thumb’, the ‘Connection Man’ and ‘The Crawler’, to name but a mutant fistful. To see these characters, to realize their dreams and visions, Ty ke… Read more
Library composer Sven Libaek's bossa-tinged jazz OST for an Australian TV nature series, aired on Channel 9 in 1965. "Scored for Vince & Carol Serventy’s 1966 Australian Television series Nature Walkabout, Sven Libaek’s pioneering soundtrack has long been considered the landmark recording of the unique genre, Eco-jazz. (Impressionistic modern jazz composed for Television documentaries, library music, educational and travelogue films). Creating a singular vision of his adopted homeland, Libaek composed conceptual themes and moods depicting the magn… Read more
Reissue of 'Oceanheart', the 1986 follow-up to 'Synthesist' by Ashra drummer Harald Grosskopf. Whilst its better known predecessor dealt on the cusp of Krautrock's twilight period and new age spheres, 'Oceanheart' very much sounds of its mid '80s era with polished digital drums and synths balanced between the dancefloor and Miami yacht decks. The DJs really need to cop a listen to the taut, arpeggiated funk of 'Eve On The Hill', the MIDI-tethered tablas, slick bassline and sparkling pirouettes of 'Pondicherry Dream', and the airborne swing of 'Minimal Boogie', whilst suave home listeners a… Read more
**Impressive debut album of vaulted, GYBE!-like post-rock, new on Sub Rosa** "Oiseaux-Tempête debut album retraces, in a sonic odyssey, the qualms and queries of a sickly and dysfunctional Western society. The trio was created in Paris in 2012 by the musically versatile pair Frédéric D. Oberland (guitar) and Stéphane Pigneul (bass) (members of FareWell Poetry and Le Réveil des Tropiques) and percussionist Ben Mc Connell (drummer for bands such as Beach House, Rain Machine, Au Revoir Simone, Marissa Nadler and Winter Family). The band's creative process is intertwined with that of Stépha… Read more
"Par Hasard is a unique collection of avant-garde music by Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes and John Cage, all composed during the first half of the 20th century using chance techniques and operations. All selections are performed on piano. Iconic French conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp conceived both of his Musical errata in 1913. One consists of notes drawn at random from a hat; for the second, balls are dropped through a funnel into wagons drawn by a toy train. "Execution," Duchamp confided, "is rather pointless in any event." In fact both… Read more
'Synthesist' was created on the cusp of a new decade, as the New Age of the '80s was dawning and the titans of Krautrock had largely left their best work behind them. Harald had worked with the very best of them, playing drums on seminal albums by Klaus Schulze, the notorious Cosmic Jokers, Ashra, and Tarot before he retreated to the West German countryside with a MiniMoog and Revox Reel-to-Reel in 1979 to create his personal opus. It's been said elsewhere, but it bears repeating that this album feels like a symbiosis of the two eras, the proggy excesses of the '70s reigned in by percussiv… Read more
"The Nature Of Connections" almost entirely features pieces composed by Arve’s collaborators. Recorded in the sparkling acoustic of Oslo’s legendary Rainbow Studio by Jan Erik Kongshaug, it’s an album with closer ties to Nordic folk and contemporary, minimalist chamber music than any of Arve’s previous releases. At the same time it features some of the most melodic and seductive music he has recorded. The trumpeter had planned to make an album with a string quartet for many years but never quite found the right formula. Finally, a special commissioned tour brought him together… Read more
J Mascis’ ‘Tied To A Star’, the follow up to his acclaimed Sub Pop debut ‘Several Shades Of Why’, is led by the songs ‘Every Morning’ and ‘Wide Awake’, was recorded and produced by Mascis and mixed by John Agnello at Bisquiteen in Amherst, MA. ‘Tied To A Star’ also features guest appearances from musicians Ken Maiuri, Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion) and Chan Marshall (Cat Power).
Thursday, 14 August
**Gatefold jacket with a free download of the album** Werk Discs' new MVP, Moiré, patterns a unique fusion of leftfield House and Techno with debut album, 'Shelter'. Rooted in wayward modern funk, and brimming with emotive chicanery, 'Shelter' is a thoroughly considered, robust LP statement that stands out from the current crowd. Sounding out somewhere between Carl Craig's erogenous house and the psychedelic zones of Actress, it occupies an unstable, shifty mid-ground, in flux between tiered layers of classic analogue synths, tape machines and drum computers (check his feature on Fact magazine for a run… Read more
The Berghain resident mans up a killer Fabric 77 selection heavily biased to his MDR label and own productions. Of 19 tracks on show, 15 of them are either original Dettmann productions, remixes or edits, or have been released by his label. It makes for a super-cohesive and distinguished selection, introducing the likes of Ryan James Ford with the pensive build of 'Arthure Iccon' and maintaining a slick tension and momentum throughout the mix from Terence Fixmer's creepy 'Inside Of Me' thru Dario Zenker's exclusive roller 'Nearlin', and Rob Hood's Monobox classic 'Film', to h… Read more
Kompakt gang on annual manoeuvres with 2 CDs, 25 tracks of European house and modern disco. In among the minimal tech-house standards you'll find some peachy highlights, none more so than the Voigt Brothers' swaggering 'Tischlein Deck Dich'; Saschienne's darkside EBM driver 'Horacio Delirium'; the big room romp of Maceo Plex's 'Conjure Superstar'; the tucked triplets of Thomas Fehlmann's 'Eye'; or the midi pomp of Jürgen Paape's 'Heuriger'.
*Classic Sublime Frequencies, available on CD format for the first time* This is Raï music from Algeria as you've not heard it before. In the early 1970s, a new group of singers and musicians were operating on the northwest coast, and what they pioneered was a sound that eventually reached worldwide status by the end of the decade; however, their names are relatively unknown to this day outside Algeria. This crucial and defining period of the development of Raï is criminally ignored and overlooked by Algerian music historians and Raï fans. Due … Read more
Pink Flag re-issue the 4th Wire album, released originally on Rough Trade in 1980 , the album was primarily recorded live at a 1979 show . Long unavailable on any format the re-issue features additional unreleased material. For those unfamiliar with Document and Eyewitness, it really doesn’t do it justice to describe it simply as a collection of live recordings from three turn-of-the-80s Wire gigs. What makes it more than that is the unorthodox nature of the main performance and the way it was presented on record. The centrepiece of the original vinyl release was a recording of the final gig … Read more
*Classic Sublime Frequencies, available on CD for the first time*'Ecstatic Music Of The Jemaa El Fna' is a riveting and intoxicating document of traditional life in Marrakesh, capturing renditions of songs from the repertoire of Morocco's greatest musical exports: Nass El Ghiwane, Lemchaheb, Jil Jilala, Larssad and more. The tracks feature three central groups, Amal Saha, Mustapha Mahjoub and Troupe Majidi, with the latter filling more than half the record. Each band revolves around a set-up of amplified Oud, banjo and Mandolin played through speakers powered by car bat… Read more
*Reissue on Superior Viaduct* "San Francisco's first and only rock n' roll band, Crime loomed over the entire Mabuhay Gardens scene with their blistering 1976 single "Hot Wire My Heart." Crime's loose, damaged rock n' roll was as immediate as it was controversial. They were Punk by any definition, yet shunned the label with a guttersnipe sneer. Their meticulously cultivated aesthetic of S&M graphics and police uniforms produced some of the era's most indelible imagery. One of their finest moves was playing in the San Quentin prison yard. Formed by guitarists/vocalists Johnny Strike and Frankie … Read more
‘Out Of Reach’ has been unavailable in any official format since its original release in 1978 and is one of Can’s rarest, lesser-known albums. This is due in a large part to the fact that bassist Holger Czukay left the band and drummer Jaki Liebezeit has a reduced role, leaving most of the rhythm duties to percussionist come-lately Reebop Kwaku Baah. As on the group’s proper swansong, 1977’s ‘Saw Delight’, new bassist Rosko Gee largely leads the group, and his jazz-inflected playing is marvellous, especially on the centrepiece improvisations ‘November’ and ‘Serpentine’.
Thursday, 07 August
2014's most anticipated release is finally in our grubby mitts, marking a new pinnacle of R&B/pop composition. Helmed by the visionary singer, producer, writer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer Tahliah Barnett, 'LP1' sets a high benchmark for new pop and R&B, pulling together some of the most interesting studio alchemists around right now - Arca, Clams Casino, Paul Epworth and Devonte Hynes - for a project that far outweighs the sum of its parts. Augmenting the sublime templates of her two mind-blowing EPs, 'LP1’ slots everything together with a hyper-lucid logic and unreal geometry, from its polymetri… Read more