Thursday, 07 November
**Glossy tip on-style gatefold slipcase** Visceral electro-acoustic drone music from Chicago's highly intriguing Coppice duo for New York's Quakebasket label. First impressions are important; the slow, gripping drone of 'Snuck Keel' is a vice-like handshake delivered with the intensity of Colin Stetson and Stephen O'Malley in a stare-out. 'Impulses for Elaborated Turbulence (Excised)' inverts and diffuses that energy with a haptic concrète sensibility calling to mind work by their label mates from Senufo Editions, which continues into the detached abstractions of 'Sop' - 16 minutes of bluster… Read more
"Best known as one half of the critically acclaimed Scandinavian pop duo Wildbirds And Peacedrums, Mariam Wallentin has been re-born as Mariam The Believer, an introspective and melancholic creation of forceful pop that characterises Mariam’s vision of hope, of light at the end of a tunnel. Amongst the foreboding instrumentation of her debut solo album ‘Blood Donation’, released on Moshi Moshi, Mariam’s powerful vocals are that light. As she questions on ‘The String Of Everything’ - “Don’t we want to learn something more, reach somewhere new and die someone else?” - her music is the… Read more
"Femme fronted pocket punk and domestic-synth pop from French DIY workaholics X Ray Pop. Compiled from the mastertapes of the original 1980s privately pressed vinyl LPs and minuscule cassette runs. X Ray Pop are a group of whom are easy to scratch the surface, but almost impossible to get the bottom of. With an iconic moniker, telltale graphic style and demanding ‘buy me’ Day-Glo colour coding policy the French vinyl output of X Ray Pop as a specialist subject is, at first glance, memo- rable and achievable. Cocksure fans of Euro wave pop often proclaim X Ray expertise from behind many a rec… Read more
Old skool techno fiend A Sagittariun commits a beautiful debut album meshing myriad vintage techno, ambient and dub styles. 'Dream Ritual' casts back to that fertile early-mid '90s period when electronica/dance music were interchangeable terms and the whole AI movement (read: pre-IDM) was fresh, open-minded and smitten with the romance of possibility. It's easy to call it nostalgic, because it is, but it's perhaps better perceived as a reminder of what was, and what techno has become - in many cases a zombied, emotionless cadaver flogging itself into tomorrow. 'Dream Ritual' is techno in the… Read more
**Edition of 200 housed in slimline DVD-style case** Arne Weinberg incurs darkest sci-fi atmospheres on his 2nd album as Valanx for Diametric. If i'm honest, the last time I remember consciously listening to Arne Weinberg he was making colourful, Detroit-indebted house and techno, but he since laid that era to rest with the end of his AW-Recordings and now pursued a much darker path that appeals to us greatly. On 'Ejecta' he ties up elements of D&B, post-punk Industrial, sci-fi soundtracks and IDM with a refined economy of groove and space recalling the work of everyone from ASC, Synth Sense and… Read more
Slick double CD, 24-track follow-up to Jerome Derradji's acclaimed Detroit Beat Down round-up. Seven years on and the sound is strong as ever, now repped by an expanded roster of 313 heads who've been doing-the-do just as long, ranging from Terrence Dixon and Mike "Agent X" Clark to Frankie Junaj aka DJ 3000 beside newer cats such as Gabbamonkey and Alex Israel. It's all killer no filler over both discs, taking in a two-part deep techno ace by Terrence Dixon ('The Fall Guy'), brilliant electro-pop-like instrumental from Reggie Dokes ('Cyber Love'), Matrix-sampling breakb… Read more
German disco king back with his first album in five years! Köhncke is dead good at albums - just check his modern classics 'Wast Ist Musik' or 'Safe And Sound' for evidence - and contains to prove his calibre with 'The Wonderful Frequency Band'. Taking what he needs from the essential elan of seminal late '70s disco, '80s electronic boogie and '90s house, and factoring it with a dry but friendly sort of Teutonic humour, he presents a warm, pulsing example of why Kompakt - the label he's long been associated with - is still relevant in their 20th anniversary ye… Read more
**21-track compilation charting the rise of underground punk across the USA. Features tracks by Pere Ubu,The Zeros, X Blank X, Theoretical Girls, plus 35-page booklet with writing by Jon Savage, Geoff Travis, and Peter Saville among others** "Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys Its Young - Underground Punk in the United States 1973-80 is the first in Soul Jazz Records’ Punk 45 series of album releases coinciding with… Read more
*New on Gizeh, features production and contributions from Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick and members of Mum* "Currently based in Belgium, Dutch-born Chantal Acda has worked under the Sleepingdog moniker since 2006, making three albums that closed on the "With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields" album for which she collaborated with Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid, A Winged Victory For The Sullen). After all this, it was time for her first real solo record and she sought out kindred spirits with whom she might record an album filled with freedom and intensity, and w… Read more
**Lovely 40-track collection of solo piano and soundtrack works by Roger Eno. RIYL his brother, Michael Nyman, Leyland Kirby, Yann Tiersen** "Roger Eno started his recording carer by collaborating with brother Brian on 1983's Apollo and has contributed music to films such as Dune, 9 1/2 Weeks, and Trainspotting. This collection compiles some of his most striking work from a number of out-of-print albums such as Between Tides and The Flatlands. Satie-esque piano sketches and chamber ensemble pieces that recall the soundtrack work of Michael Nyman, Yann Tiersen and Tindersti… Read more
Seminal Industrial funk from the Steel City pioneers. Originally released in 1984, 'Micro-Phonies' is a classic of their post-Chris Watson phase, combining slickest technological innovations with their tastes for world music, American jazzfunk and forward-thinking intention manifest in their itchy drum machine programming, hi-tech synthlines and track titles such as the killer 'Digital Rasta' and the faithful nod to 'James Brown'. If you don't know, get to know!
*New 10-track Album from the excellent CFCF, described by the label as "like Jan Hammer, Peter Gabriel and Fever Ray jamming in an airport lounge* "The dust’s not even settled on his last EP - ‘Music For Objects’, and ‘Exercises’ before it - and prolific Montreal producer CFCF (aka Mike Silver) has already got an exquisite new release lined up; his first full-length since 2009’s ‘Continent’, this is ‘Outside’, released on Dummy Records. With ’Outside’, Silver has managed to create something that grapples with how loneliness radiates outward and reflects the environments he finds himself in, even if he’s … Read more
Bureau B's latest raid on the Schnitzler archive unearths eight inimitable blueprints of proto-techno space music. They were all recorded in 1974-75 by the original Tangerine Dream and Kluster member but they've all only just seen the light of day in the last few years. Tracks 1-5 were released by Qbico in 2009 and range from amorphous, bleeping constellations to alien modular chatter to immense, minimalist motorik excursions powered by plonging basslines and primed for the freakiest 'floors. There's also three outstanding bonus tracks which have never been released before, among them one whic… Read more
*Debut album from Ron Morelli, founder of the influential L.I.E.S. label featuring 8 electronic variants; from House and industrial tape experiments to saturated metallic beat tracks...* There’s so much that could be said about Ron Morelli, his L.I.E.S. label, or the fact that his debut album comes to you via Hospital Productions, but instead, here are some words from the man himself. “I’m a regular guy, enjoy a good steak, drinking beer, and occasionally a game of pro basketball, Republican talk radio... you know...all the good stuff.....” “The music on this record is about immediacy, pressure, monot… Read more
Lovely 2nd album of pastoral ambient and undulating techno from Finnish enigma, Ukkonen. In good company among No Pain In Pop's "polystylistic" posse of Karen Gwyer, Patten and Torn Hawk, 'The Ancient Tonalities Of' Ukkonen are a faithful nod to that bygone era of cerebral dance music when the likes of AFX, Autechre, Carl Craig or Squarepusher were making music rich in complex harmony, soothing melody and intricate rhythms that managed to challenge convention whilst gratifying the masses. The album's effortless grace belies a great deal of whirring internal mechanics and application o… Read more
Remastered (from original tapes) reissue of The Cabs' 7th studio album, originally released in 1985. "Cabaret Voltaire, alongside Human League, Throbbing Gristle, Fad Gadget and The Normal, were at the forefront of the UK electronic movement of the late 70s. Way ahead of their time, Cabaret Voltaire’s blend of dance music, techno, dub, house and experimental made them, without a doubt, one of the most influential acts of the last 35 years."
Remastered (from original tapes) reissue of Cabaret Voltaire's first album released in 1983 after the departure of Chris Watson. 'The Crackdown' is widely considered to be one of the influential industrial funk unit's finest album efforts, honing a mixture of darker, dubbed-out electronic atmospheres and insistent vocals with grooves ranging from skittish industrial funk to proto-house and electro with the sort of deeply funky swagger and commercial appeal that saw them also gained traction with American club crowds at the time and has since seen them hailed as a big influence on Hip Hop and house music.
Pan Sonic space explorer Mika Vainio and Sunn 0))) strongarm Stephen O'Malley rock our world to the foundations with this anticipated union of electronics and guitars plus vocals by Alan Dubin (Khanate) and string arrangements from Eyvind Kang. In gestation for some years now, the results are little short of a modern doom masterpiece; a bracing exposition of cold, condensed, rage and stoic passion delivered like a hammer-blow to the head, billowing metallic smoke and blinding with its blackened brilliance. It finds a powerful pressure point between their individua… Read more
Thursday, 31 October
Emptyset boze some proper mechanical muscle on their debut full length for European electronica powerhouse, Raster Noton. 'Recur' is a clinical exploration of the colossal/crushed aesthetic they've explored to increasingly noisy degrees over the last few years, systematically pushing every element to its limits of ductility with canny use of "compression and rarefaction and the forcing of signal thresholds to their critical point." Operating at the stress point between experimental sonic architecture and corporeal club music, 'Recur' recycles similar ideas until they buckle in ever pleasing, dynamic and… Read more
Intricate, abstract instrumental beat poetry from Daedelus. "You'll hear the sounds of skateboards clattering, the chirps of crickets, even drying eyes. There is secreted fragments of morse code and other musique concrète kicking up dusty grooves. As well seraphic vocals and lively instrumentation. The album feels like a reckless encounter when no one is watching—when you know that you’re really alone, awkward on the dance floor. The album feels like wildly encountering a crowded room with reckless dances, with no fear towards their awkward angles. “Everyone deals with death and departure in their o… Read more
"Much like the joining together of Parliament and Funkadelic, Oregon's Pleasure began as a merger between two Portland groups: Franchise and The Soul Masters. Coming together in 1972 to combine the best elements of funk, soul, and jazz in equal measure, the group were considered cult icons of funk music, and their fans included famed saxophonist Grover Washington Jr, and trombonist Wayne Henderson. Despite this, and breaking the Hot 100 charts with their R&B hit "Glide", Pleasure only experienced a moderate amount of mainstream success in their time, and ultimately call… Read more
**Portishead's Adrian Utley puts his own mark on the minimalist blueprint with deliberately slow, uniquely textured results** "Portishead’s Adrian Utley brings together an orchestra of electric guitar players to interpret Terry Riley's 'In C'. Written in 1964,‘In C’ is one of the most influential pieces of music from the 20th Century, it established minimalism as a music genre. In C's simple musical rules – 53 musical phrases in C and no duration - allow for infinite variations. Utley's impressive Guitar Orchestra is augmented by organs and a clarinet making for a mesmeric soun… Read more
One year on from 'Perceiver', Peter Van Hoesen presents his first live album, documenting his performance during the Time To Express label night at Tresor on July 19th 2013. Armed with three synths, a drum machine, two iPads and some outboard effects, he covers a brace of new material woven with recent releases in typically disciplined and unrelenting PvH style, capturing his highly efficient energy transfer and breathless momentum in full effect and perhaps providing better context for his music than any studio album could.
**Fine haul of library funk picked from the Bruton catalogue by Luke Vibert for this third Nuggets volume** "With releases to his credit on labels such as Warp Records, Rephlex, Planet-Mu and Ninja Tune, it’s fair to say that Luke Vibert knows a thing or two about electronic music. Now he returns to Lo Recordings for the third installment of his acclaimed ‘Nuggets’ series, this time delving into the archive of the Bruton Music Library to unearth some of the production music studios’ choice moments. Founded by KPM’s Robin Phillips in 1977, Bruton Music represented a significant break… Read more
**First remastered re-release of obscure and amazing prog-folk album by Derbyshire band, No Right Turn. Includes some outstanding synth work and groove-driven original songs mixed with their takes on traditional English folk arrangements. Yet another sterling pick from Japan's EM Records, with 16-page liner notes in Japanese and English** "No Right Turn (allegedly after signs on the local bypass, no political motivation) was a Derbyshire band, and befitting a group from the centre of Britain, they combined elements of folk musics from all across the United Kingdom, beginning as an acoustic … Read more
Opal Taper, Stephen Bishop's intrepid Basic House project is steadily becoming one of the most fascinating off-road electronic projects around. 'Oats', for Luke Younger's highly esteemed Alter imprint, places him in good company alongside textural and rhythmic explorers such as Jamal Moss, Helm and Damien Dubrovnik. It's his 2nd album of 2013 after the crumbling deconstructions of 'Caim In Bird Form' for Digitalis, and finds his sound at once congealing and diffusing with a unique sonic syntax. Textural decay demarcates its six tracks, flowing from the buckled tape loops and guttural bass thump of 'AR… Read more
Impressive debut album of dreamy pop, post rock and driving indie disco grooves from Caribou's drummer, Brad Weber, and friends aka 'Pick A Piper'. RIYL Atoms For Peace, Four Tet, Junior Boys. "In the years since Pick a Piper’s initial output, Weber has taken to flexing his production muscles, swapping out the acoustic palette that characterized earlier output in favor of found-sound samples, synths, electronic percussion, and deftly sequenced helpings of reverb and delay. But even with this new focus on electronics, their aesthetic remains grounded in the natural world, with airy, polyrhythm… Read more
Austrialia's Gardland duo debut a mystic, frayed sort of techno primitivism with the classy but rudimentary grooves and etheric electronics of 'Syndrome Syndrome', their first LP for RVNG Intl. Their music exists in a curious modern context between the edge-bleeding post-techno of Blondes, the more mutant end of 100% Silk, and the stripped, modulated techno minimalism of Rrose - too grotty to be called techno proper, too canny to be called "outsider", existing in a unique position somewhere between worlds. Its 13 tracks take shape as impressionistic, alien techno scapes, hovering into focus … Read more
Extensive, cherry picked two CD set presenting Can's founding member on one disc of solo work and one disc of soundtrack music curated by Wim Wenders - including two exclusive new remixes of Can tracks. CD1 spans 30 years of Schmidt's solo compositions ranging from strange, theatrical experiments in '90s D&B ('Fledermenschen', 'Ensemble Joy') to expansive avant-garde incursions ('Burning Straw In The Sky') and jazzy, pop-wsie exotica ('Villa Wunderbar') and noirish psych-pop ('Kick On The Floods') and an unreleased extract of his ballet score for Youri Vàmos. Acclaimed German filmmaker Wi… Read more
Thursday, 24 October
**'I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America, 1950-1990' offers the key to a genuinely rarified and nebulous dimension of musical beauty thru 20 sublime pieces from the likes of Laraaji, Iasos and JD Emmanual plus many more unsung pioneers of the much misunderstood genre. It's a real education and one of the finest compilations of its ilk** "Forget everything you know, or think you know, about new age, a genre that has become one of the defining musical-archaeological explorations of the past decade. I Am The Center: Private Issue N… Read more