Thursday, 11 December
Deep house savant and pioneer Theo Parrish serves one of 2014's most eagerly awaited, not to mention controversial, LPs with 'American Intelligence'. Featuring more tracks than the vinyl, 15 cuts as opposed to 9, you definitely get more Parrish to the pound here, but scandals about pricing aside, we really shouldn't be focussing on the bloody price tag. As expected, it's a sterling session, unfurling inimitable (no matter how much everyone tries) grooves tangling signature drum calculations and lissom keys with sinuous synth flesh. It includes previous single 'Footwork', plus big hi… Read more
Easily one of our most anticipated LPs of 2014, Afrikan Sciences' 'Circuitous' transcends jazz, techno and hip hop with pineal Afro-futurist vision. Hailing from Saturn via Oakland, CA, Eric Douglas Porter aka Afrikan Sciences has carved an elliptic orbit thru the sonic cosmos with three albums and a string of 12"s for Aybee's Deepblak label, an empathetic home for his abstract, groovesome suppositions improvised on turntables, upright bass, and a matrix of digital tablets. Now taking flight within the PAN quadrant, he presents a systemic set of 14 tracks, solar hymns for the unbound body … Read more
Zeitkratzer director, Reinhold Friedl continues his dissection and re-evaluation of classical tropes with this mesmerising investigation of the Neo-Bechstein Grand Piano - the first electronic piano of the 20th century. 'Golden Quinces, Earthed for spatialised Neo-Bechstein' follows from the relative violence of 'Inside Piano' (2011), one of our favourite releases of that year, with a much more subtle approach, using the Neo-Bechstein's in built pick-ups and radio receiver - the first of their kind when invented by Walter Nernst and Hans Driescher b… Read more
Incredible collection of mid-late 80’s experimental works from the hugely influential Italian avant-garde composer Luigi Nono, including works for contrabass flute, clarinet, treated voices, strings and electronics. Beautiful boxed edition from the always-excellent Editions RZ. Rigid boxset containing 2 x CDs in gatefold slipcases with extensive 56-page booklet of essays and photographs** Editions RZ present a necessary reissue of their 1990 LP release, now backed with three legendary recordings, 'La Terra E La Compagna', 'Caminantes', 'No Hay Caminos, Hay Que Caminar'. Collected, they form a grea… Read more
*Blu-ray format features extra content filmed during Biophilia’s residency at Japan’s Miraikan Museum and the options of stereo and 5:1 surround sound. 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… Read more
*CD Edition bringing together both LP volumes of this fantastic reissue, with liner notes from Kieran Hebden. It's a hauntingly spirited minimal /progressive/new age classic from 1978. Silver and gloss varnish-printed jacket. Includes liner notes by the author and Kieran Hebden. Mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi** "At long last, Die Schachtel relents and yields Lino Capra Vaccina's immense 'Antico Adagio' opus in two parts, available on LP and CD this week. Antico Adagio was originally intended to be a double album, but was eventually scaled back to a single dis… Read more
"Ellis Island Sound comprises the duo of Pete Astor (The Loft, Weather Prophets) and David Sheppard (State River Widening, Snow Palms). Hot on the heels of their 2014, Krautrock-meets-Afrobeat longplayer ‘Regions’, they return with a brand new, seven- track mini-album, another fertile marriage between motorik Mitteleuropa pulse and subtropical guitar and percussion textures. Full of intricate, highly melodic arrangements for guitars, keyboards and tuned percussion, with a spacious sound palette propelled by polyrhythmic marimbas and xylophones and layered with infectious lead lines and choral. For fans of Penguin Café Orchestra, Cluster, King Sunny Ade and Steve Reich"
"André Vida is a Berlin-based saxophonist, composer and lyricist. He has developed a series of practical approaches to improvisation using restrictive outfits, animated graphics-based score installations and self-made instruments. His solo saxophone pieces are a synthesis of these areas of improvisational research, combining body, instrument, song-forms, and voice. In this case the pieces are made in the moment and memory, with shifting time matrices. Over the course of a two-minute walk, some four tenors and four baritones move in pace from 307 beats per minute to 153 bpm, while ont he o… Read more
*42 Track/3CD collection of "the most unhinged, the most compelling survey of pre-war black gospel..."* "Among the most powerful music to be captured on 78 rpm in America during the 1920s & 1930s are those recordings of black sanctified and gospel singing. Ranging from plaintive mourning to unbridled ecstasy, the sacred music from this time period represents a flowering of diverse and idiosyncratic rural songs styles. At no time was their a wider panorama of religious songs in America. Selected exclusively from Christopher King’s private co… Read more
"This is the first recorded collaboration between Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham. And it's precious. After the musical meeting with Tony Conrad and with Z'ev, this new Sub Rosa session creates a trilogy. 166 minutes with Charlemagne Palestine: piano Bösendorfer, orgue Yamaha and voice and Rhys Chatham: trumpet, loop pedal, electric guitar. Rhys Chatham studied under electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick and minimalist icon La Monte Young and was a member of Young's group, The Theater of Eternal Music, during the early seventies.… Read more
Thursday, 04 December
**Gatefold 2CD slipcase designed by Guy Featherstone compiling 18 killers on CD for the first time, mastered by Matt Colton** The beastly '11-14' collects all of Powell's incendiary solo 12" club trax on 2CD for the first time. It arrives as the man-machine rides a crest of adulation for his recent live show debut at Unsound '14 and a string of ruthless DJs sets that have seen him put his mutant mechanics firmly into action for Boiler Room and clubs/warehouses across the world. Spanning 3 years, 18 tracks, including the searing 'Maniac' collaboration with Russell Haswell, it frames a singular, gro… Read more
Diverse, techi dubstep and D&B torsion from Gijs Snik aka Proxima, including a collaboration with his brother, Jeroen Snik aka Icicle, and vocal by P Money. First plate comes with the creepy darkside lurch and Coki-style bleeps of 'Trapped' beside the grimy slaughter of 'Pressurized' with P Money and the raving old skool Skream styles of 'In Vacuo'. 2nd plate is all about the pensile pressure of 'Gravity' and the aforementioned, killer D&B mutant, 'Redshifted' featuring Icicle.
**Stellar collection of worldly new age and spiritual composition. RIYL Terry Riley, La Monte Young, and Charlemagne Palestine** "An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 – 1979) compiles unreleased recordings from the archives of multiversal artist Ariel Kalma. Concerned as much with musicality as spiritual facility, Kalma’s work vibrates aside fellow travelers along the great rainbow in curved air of the 1970s avant-garde. Ariel Kalma’s boundary-blurring electronic music is heard here in radiant detail across a selection of work spanning his ea… Read more
Prosumer loads up Fabric's 79th mix CD with 24 golden house selections. Following his 'Panorama Bar 03' CD, the former resident of Berlin's vaunted danceteria steps to Fabric with a direct and bang-up-for-it selection cruising between classic cuts, percy obscurities and unreleased new gear. It's testament to Prosumer's uncanny knack for picking and flawlessly blending pure belters that he's now releasing his second official mix CD, edutaining the masses to raw-ass foundations like the Traxxmen's 'Emergency' as well as exposing new talent such as Wilma with the gorgeous 'Fabio', whilst show… Read more
Already established as one of D&B's yung hopes, Clarity cements his status with debut album, 'Infinite'. Since 2012 he's been a noted presence via releases for Exit Recordings, Horizons Music, Nu-Directions, and most recently Samurai Music, whose fwd family provide focussed context for his precision-tooled blend of minimal D&B, techno, dubstep and ambient tropes. Stepping up to the album format, he elevates and expands his sound, exploring a wider range of BPMs and rhythm structures with clinical execution. His D&B peer Skeptical appears on the super tight, 'Warhead'-like tribal minimalism of 'Segmen… Read more
*Beautiful collection of Pre-War Music and photographs from the American South compiled by Dust to Digital, includes two CD’s of old time Blues & Gospel, plus a hardcover book of photographs from the collection of Sarah Bryan* "What happens when a 78 collector marries a collector of antique photographs? Lead Kindly Light. Recordings of Rural Southern Music: Old Time, String Band Music from Appalachia, extremely rare Country Blues and African American gospel singing from 1924-1939. 159 Photographs from the Collection of Sarah Bryan reproduced … Read more
*Dust To Digital return with another Gorgeous edition - a deluxe box set housed in a die-cut wooden outer, includes all newly remastered two discs of recordings by Alan Lomax, plus a book of photos and essays by Alan Lomax, Anna Lomax Wood and Bruce Jackson* "In 1947, ’48 and ’59, renowned folklorist Alan Lomax went behind the barbed wire into the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck—and, in 1959, a camera—Lomax documented as best an outsider could the stark and savage conditions of the prison farm, where the b… Read more
"Mr G returns to his Phoenix G imprint to drop his new LP, 'Personal Momentz’. 2012's 'State of Flux' on Radio Slave's Rekids imprint was the last full-length from Mr G, along with his 'Retrospective' compilation in 2013 the prolific British producer has spent the last four years delivering stand out singles on the likes of Running Back, Toi Toi and Don't Be Afraid as well as a renewed focus on his own, long running Phoenix G label. The album itself is a sublime deliverance of the sound that has become so closely associated with the UK selector and artist - twelve raw & robust cuts that keep you… Read more
The Knife cut thru their back catalogue to present 'Shaken-Up' versions reworked for their recent US tour. They're not messing around when they call these versions 'Shaken-Up' - tempos are raised, vocals pitched and everything given an irresistible energy that must have translated well in the live arena (shame on me, i've still not caught their live show). And so you'll find ramped up mixes of their siblings' signature anthem 'We Share Our Mother's Health', plus a frisky mix of 'Got 2 Let U' from 'Deep Cuts', a Soca-velocity take on 'Bird' and febrile tribal version of 'Without You My Lif… Read more
"The Bedroom Slant is the new album by Bruno Pronsato, under his new Archangel moniker The new project is a new chapter in the evolution of his sound. The human voice acts as one of it's major elements (with Pronsato himself stepping up to the mic to take on vocal duties), it incorporates traditional instrumentation to a larger degree than his previous work (bass guitar lines, played by his brother David Ford, act as the rhythmic foundation for many of the new songs). Acknowledging his love of pop, rock and post-punk in his music for the first time, (music he first … Read more
'Tomorrow, In A year' is the much talked about electro-opera on the life of Charles Darwin, which blends a soundtrack from The Knife (in conjunction with Planningtorock and Mt. Sims) and striking visuals from production company Hotel Pro Forma. Now released as a standalone soundtrack, we're able to witness one of The Knife's most ambitious projects. What follows is an adventurous combination of vocalists from three disciplines: popular music, classical opera and the performing arts, set to a largely beatless musical backing. Bar the final three tracks, the vocalists are accompanie… Read more
Sweden's cultishly adored Yung Lean and Sad Boys gang up for debut album, 'Unknown Memory', their follow-up to last year's much-loved 'Unknown Death' mixtape. Over plush production from Yung Gud, Yung Sherman and White Armor the trio emote bluest bars in autotune and pseudo-sizzurped drawl, finding a twinkling mid-space between Salem's bombast, the blown-out bounce of Evian Christ and the Scando pop harmonies of JJ, with heavy reference to Gucci Mane and Young Thug for measure. While many would be quick to dismiss them as ironic hipsters, it's actually the sincerity of their delivery and atte… Read more
Thursday, 27 November
Mr. Mitch chimes into the current grime dialogue with the chrome-dripping instrumentals of his brilliant debut LP 'Parallel Memories'. Ever since appearing on Butterz' 'Quality Street' 12" in 2010, the S.E. London-based producer and grime se'er has been a crucial figure on the scene's most curious front, stealthily moving the game with a series of releases on his own Gobstopper label and cooperations with Slackk, Logos and Oil Gang at the keenly influential Boxed club nights. With 'Parallel Memories' he projects a uniquely defined vision of instrumental grime influenced by a vivid imaginati… Read more
**Includes download code** Further to their 'Rave Tapes' album, Mogwai curl off three cuts that didn't make it to the album, backed with three suitably sublime remixes from Blanck Mass, Pye Corner Audio, and Nils Frahm. Of the originals, 'HMP Shaun William Ryder' has a great title. It's also worth checking for Pye Corner Audio's 'slow, steady ascension to post rock/kosmiche glories in his remix of 'No Medicine For Regret'.
*10th Year Anniversary of Florida, Double CD in a triple gatefold sleeve includes seven unreleased tracks and remixes* "10 years ago, Diplo - the man behind Mad Decent, Major Lazer etc - released his debut solo album via Big Dada. In some ways, ‘Florida’ represents Diplo’s most personal work. ‘F10rida’ features unreleased tracks as well as a 10 page ‘scroll’ booklet containing brilliant and surreal emails between Big Dada and Diplo - an insight into how the record came to be - plus updated artwork. “I made ‘Florida’ between a small apartment in Philadelphia and my mother’s house in Florida. I wa… Read more
**Spry, sharp-cut updates of classic Thai folk with nuff funk in the trunk** "Born out of the legendary Paradise Bangkok sessions run by DJs Maft Sai and Chris Menist in Thailand, The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band play vintage molam music from the North-East of Thailand, with a 21st century twist. The band have just completed a successful 2nd tour of Europe, which included a support slot for Damon Albarn in Berlin, as well as gigs in Germany, France, Switzer- land, Belgium and the Czech Republic. The album was recorded in Bangkok and mixed b… Read more
*Featuring Nicolas Jaar, Rome Fortune, Shlohmo, Salva, Deru and more* For five years, Friends of Friends has been at the forefront of Los Angeles' scene, propagating a rich catalogue of releases from across the electronic music spectrum. This year, FoF is celebrating its fifth anniversary with this compilation featuring Shlohmo, Salva, LOL Boys and Tomas Barfod alongside B-sides, rarities, remixes and brand new tracks from Rome Fortune, Shigeto, Nicolas Jaar and many others.
New York's Chester Raj Anand aka Lord Raja brings his psychedelic beat arrangements back to Ghostly International for his debut album, 'A Constant Moth'. Working to the East of Machinedrum and Lee Bannon and further south than Ras G, 12 tracks refract footwork, ambient electronica and hip hop thru a new age prism (quite literally reflected on the cover) where Jeremiah Jae appears mottled into the psychedelic swagger of 'Van Go' and Chicago footwork spirals up and out into celestial strata in 'Throw TRhem Out (System)' beside the sub-aquatic vision of 'Red Sun' and the glitching virtual reality projections of 'Golden Gravity Birds'.
One of the UK's canniest labels does it again with Happy Meals' debut album of sensual, spellbinding lo-fi pop. Sounding like the work of Saada Bonaire's long-lost slacker offspring, 'Apéro' is actually the produce of two Glasgow-based artists, Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, who originally hail from the Scottish borders. Suzanne sings in a unique mix of French and Scottish, occasionally sharing the mic with Lewis over the course of six songs taking the 100% Silk/NNF pop aesthetic and psych-dub freedom of Peaking Lights to a more ambiguous, enchanted headspace. It's all top notch stuff, from the nine… Read more
New edition from UK based sound artist Chris Herbert following on from releases for Kranky. Recorded in restless bursts between from 2007 and 2013, Constants was collated in early 2014 and draws on a mixed musical palette interweaving sounds sourced from field recordings and scavenged from domestic environments.