Thursday, 10 October
**Hauntingly beautiful new solo work by the pivotal Supersilent member, his first since last year's massive 'Solidification' boxset and 2008's 'Cartography'** "With Places Of Worship Arve Henriksen moves into the front rank of world class musicians. The Norwegian trumpet player has made his mark over many years, not only as the horn player with the consistently challenging and long lived group Supersilent, but also as the purveyor of exquisite and distinctive solo work that stretches to four solo albums since 2001, three of which are released on Rune Grammofon. Deeply rooted in the sub… Read more
Guillermo Scott Herren, aka Prefuse 73, coins his Yellow Year label with this oneiric Teebs collaboration. It's the first in a proposed series of marriages due to see Prefuse73 working with Nosaj Thing, Lapalux, Synkro, Nathan Fake, and Dimlite, among others, and the latest in an illustrious career spanning a decade+ and as many albums for Warp. Working with Brainfeeder's Teebs has brought out the lushest, smudged side of Prefuse73, tempering his typically ornately jazzy embellishments to a more abstract and hazy aesthetic. Describing its seven parts is like t… Read more
**Archival discovery of supremely endearing bedroom electronic msuic conceived in '80s Manchester** Andy Popplewell's T.R.A.S.E., or Tape Recorder and Synthesiser Ensemble, is one of the loveliest reissues to have emerged from the Finders Keepers camp in recent times. Due to the diligent research of Andy Votel, it was only recently coaxed out of Popplewell, who is nowadays a renowned sound engineer/editor and vintage tape baker who's worked for everyone from Alpha Brussels to ZZT. This double LP worth of gear taken from his nascent recordings documents a vital, explorat… Read more
**2CD suite of five magisterial, extended drone compositions by the deeply influential minimalist, issued in the same week as his 80th birthday** Phill Niblock writes: "These CDs include pieces made in two different ways. Traditionally (since 1968), I recorded tones played by an instrument (by an instrumentalist), arranging these single tones into mutli-layered settings, making thick textured drones, with many microtones. In the early days, I prescribed the microtones, tuning the instrumentalist, when I was using audio tape. Later, I used the software ProTools, and made the microtones as I mad… Read more
Trevor Jackson dances with the zeitgeist again on this bountiful 2nd volume of 'Metal Dance: Industrial/New Wave/EBM Classics & Rarities '79-'88'. The first volume was Resident Advisor's reissue of 2012 and, by all rights, this 26-track collection should be held in equally high regard. If anything, he's gone deeper into his famed collection, pulling out total rarities such as CHBB's 'Ima Iki-Mashoo' and the militant 'Riot Squad' by a pre-ABC Vice Versa alongside classic anthems such as Chris & Cosey's 'Driving Blind' or Ministry's mighty, 'Over … Read more
**Patiently sublime live solo guitar landscapes by Austrian artist, a peer of Fennesz and formerly of Polweschel** "2003, London: the first time I visited Tate Britain, Tate Gallery, and the first time I saw and really experienced the paintings of JMW Turner (1775-1851). Overwhelmed, especially by his late and unfinished works I was stunned by the power of the stillness of his work. 25 years before that something similar; me, as a young man in Madrid; Prado, Goya paintings and etchings - for me an initiation which opened up the door to earlier art and its pioneers.… Read more
Thursday, 03 October
Kieran Hebden looks to classic pirate radio and the spirit of early '90s rave for inspiration on his 8th album proper. 'Beautiful Rewind' draws on the 'ardcore continuum and regression in modernist music as only Four Tet can, offering a pop-wise view of jungle, garage and grime which tempers that febrile rufige with compositional stategies. Even the fact that its eleven tracks are pressed on one slab tells us that its not about visceral weight or impact: he's appropriating and reworking the sounds' signifiers to alter their original purpose, dosing their mania with a wider appeal for those wh… Read more
Brock van Wey and Scott Morgan aka Bvdub and Loscil coax the best out of each other on this epic, romantic dedication to the darkness of night. 'Erebus' takes it name from the Greek mythological figure used to represent "the personification of darkness…one of the first five beings to come into existence, born from Chaos", which provides a suitably classical backdrop for its five widescreen soundscapes. Erebus is said to have fathered several other deities, who lend their name to the track titles. 'Aether' is a thirteen minute ascension thru airy chorales to exalted ambient heights; 'Hespiredes' is … Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 50 with card booklet and riso-printed A3poster designed by the artist** Thomas Shrubsole lends his own name to a slowly expanding constellation of aliases - In The Field, Jesus On Mars, Sub Loam, The Dissolving Orchestra - on his latest for Dissolving Records. Taking cues from Sun Ra and the European avant-garde, 'his 'Space Capsule' is a multi-planar improvisation meshing acoustic afternoon ambience, streaking cosmic jazz and free electric sound with "underground domestic production methods" (read: recorded in his house onto tape). Like much of Thomas' output,… Read more
**Six-panel trifold slipcase contains two CDs with 19 tracks covering classics, rarities and unreleased gear** Dr. Alex Patterson celebrates The Orb's silver jubilee with one disc collecting all The Orb singles 1991-2000, and another featuring rare & previously unreleased remixes by The Orb, Andrew Weatherall, Coldcut, Ganga Kru, Mark Pritchard.
Ambitiously scoped third album from London-based psych band, Teeth Of The Sea. Their first album in three years is a riotous collision of Goblin and Carpenter-esque cinematic themes factored by Prurient-like darkwave assimilations and nods to the driving rhythms of Powell or the heroic might of Moroder's disco templates and Wire's crafty rock muscle. Eight songs (plus intro) oscillate between hi-NRG charge and crashing stadium drums on 'TReaper', to Wire-like rock experimentation on 'The Servant', to the bleakly epic synth-scape 'Siren Spectre, Phase I, Phase II', a churning piece of Pete Swans… Read more
"Following her previous two long players, Baden-Baden and Los Angeles on monika enterprise F.S.K. bassist Michaela Melián now continues the theme of geographically titled albums with Monaco. Again the record is rich in hypnotically woven sounds with a resolute mood reminiscent of film music. In keeping with the previous two albums, the instrumentation is made up of largely classical acoustic instruments which are layered in loops to create mesmerising soundscapes. In addition to the traditional instruments such as Violoncello, Spanish and Electric Guitar and Banjo all played by Melián herself, t… Read more
UK electronica veterans Ultramarine present their first new album in 15 years. Crafted at their studio by the Essex marshes, 'This Tim Last Year' is a wistfully nostalgic, pastoral blend of treated acoustic instrumentation and electronics, knitting delicate, intricate rhythms to shimmering guitar lines and frothy electronics for the come down.
*Remastered from original sources, CD housed in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket with 48-pg book* "The South Africa of the late 1970s was neither the right place nor time to launch a mixed-race punk band. Yet, following the student-inspired Soweto Uprising of 1976, it was also exactly the right conditions to foster a band like National Wake, one formed in an underground commune, and one whose very name exists in protest at the divisive, racist apartheid regime. Never before collected together, Light In The Attic is set to release National Wake’s full body of work as Walk In Africa 1979-81. … Read more
Thursday, 26 September
**Bespoke 4CD package holding 90 tracks housed in heavy-duty box with 272-page hardback book of essays and annotations by leading ethnomusicologists** The consistently amazing Dust-to-Digital label present the fruits of collector/compiler David Murray's shellac-scouting missions in Southeast Asia. Five years in the making, 'Longing For The Past' surveys 90 kaleidoscopic pieces from 78rpm records recorded between 1905-1966 across Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. As to be expected, they're practically all swaddled i… Read more
Daniel Lopatin debuts for Warp with an eagerly awaited ninth solo album. 'R Plus 7' follows the increasingly complex vectors of his 'Returnal' and 'Replica' sides with an ambitious fervor, scoping ten dazzling planes of hyper-reality framing analog/digital productions. While the grand scale of his hypersonic architectures has increased, it's not at the expense of emotional impact: it's just that the route to those breathtaking widescreen moments has become more intricate, labyrinthine, and the resolutions more pretentious, striving ever higher for the crenellated heights of sacred '7… Read more
*Special CD+DVD package featuring a DVD compiling some of Deepchord’s visual work accompanied by a unique ambient soundtrack, strictly limited to 300 copies* Rod Modell's Deepchord follows on the 'Hash Bar Loops' session with a more detached serving of 20 washed-out and introspective 'Electroacoustic Soundfields'. These tracks epitomise Modell at his most intimate and fascinating, using granular synthesis and generative software to unfold his analogue hardware source material and field recordings into ghostly clouds of hiss and morphing bass geometr… Read more
" “@” is a studio recording of duo improvisations from two downtown masters, each responsible for some of the most dynamic music ever to come out of downtown NY. Both long-time supporters of extreme music and proponents of free improvisation, John and Thurston are brilliant improvisers and have worked with everyone from Derek Bailey, Milford Graves and Evan Parker to Cecil Taylor, Fred Frith, Han Bennink and beyond. Exhibiting a deep musical connection, they come together here for the first time to create a fabulous program of varied and powerful duo improvisations. “@” presents the community of NY’s Downtown scene at its collaborative best."
**Lysergic solo blues from the Harry Pussy legend, articulated with uniquely jagged grammar** "'A History of Every One' by Bill Orcutt is an album of songs: minstrel songs, holiday songs, hymns, marches, cowboy songs, Disney songs, work songs, delta blues. The original tunes themselves are nothing special, well known, but not particularly well-regarded. Most would be filler on a mid-60's Doris Day or Burl Ives LP. What Orcutt does with them however is remarkable: expanding upon techniques developed on 2011's 'How the Thing Sings' and incorporating ideas forged since his recording of … Read more
Richard H Kirk's Intone label relaunches with a boxset of three CDs documenting Cabaret Voltaire live aktions in Liverpool, Sheffield and Toronto between 1982-85. Most notably the recordings start just after Chris Watson had left the band and they took on a new, "funkier" direction following their Rough Trade period and into the Some Bizarre/Virgin era recordings. CD1, 'Live at Liverpool warehouse 12.06.82' catches the band in lithe form, flexing tight drum machine and bass ably dubbed up by their soundman, Oz, and prodded with signature punkish yelps, documentary dialogue samples and w… Read more
Remastered reissue of the debut solo album by Tuxedomoon's Blaine L Reininger, backed with five rare bonus live and demo tracks. 'Broken Fingers' was recorded in Brussels in February 1982 with assistance from fellow Tuxedomoon members Peter Principle and Steven Brown and veers with brilliant vision between gloomy, Bowie-esque balladeering on the title track to skulking darkwave shuffler, 'Uptown' via the skittish orientalist oddity, 'Nur Al Hajj', thru the gothic splendour of 'Magic Time' and the kinky latin wave stepper 'Gigolo Grasiento' to the horror flick motifs of 'Spiny Doughboy… Read more
Axel Willner aka The Field unplugs his computer and powers up an outboard array for his captivating 4th album. Adopting an all-hardware set-up has resulted in a deceleration of his star-bound trajectory, recalibrating the curve of his vectors into tangibly darker techno realms - most explicitly inferred by the album's all-black cover art and a curiously suggestive title, 'Cupid's Head'. But the romantic types need not worry: it's really only a subtle deviation; that inimitably lush, widescreen appeal of 'From Here We Go Sublime' and 'Looping State Of Mind' is still firmly at its core, it's just … Read more
"Soul Jazz Records’ Universal Sound are proud to present the reissue of Pharoah Sanders’ ‘Elevations’ originally released on Impulse Records in 1973. Deep spiritual jazz released in special edition luxurious CD box, as well as a heavyweight 180gm audiophile vinyl edition in a deluxe gatefold sleeve. A seminal release from Pharoah Sanders recorded in 1973 for Impulse! Records. At this point the Impulse! label was in a renaissance, with Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, Michael White, Sam Rivers, Marion Brown and other jazz greats all recording for the label, many of these artists having an asso… Read more
"From the whip-like crack of Yako’s signature staccato vocals and impossible-to-memorize lyrics to the relentless overdrive tempo of their one-of-a-kind prog-core, Melt-Banana have long resided in a cybertopia of their own devising where the limits of technology and human capability are old-world concerns as quaint and cumbersome as bartering with a blacksmith. The demos for Fetch, their first studio album since the severely fried pop-punk of 2007’s Bambi’s Dilemma, were completed in March 2011, but the Fukushima earthquake changed everything, including their ability to concentrate on recording. Whic… Read more
*Rephlex luminary Bochum Welt returns with his first new album in 5 years* "Following 2008's 'R.O.B. Robotic Operating Buddy' project, the new album (a concise 30 minute selection) by Bochum Welt "GOOD PROGRAMS" is a collection of cool, melodic tracks. Mastered at Capitol Studios Hollywood, Gauloise Scented starts the album with a suspended and dreamy mood, it shows influences by Aphex Twin and Air. Marylebone, a beautiful solo piano track, follows and keeps the listener in a suspended meditative mood. Crescent Heights' custom built sounds make the track sound original, definetely recorded u… Read more
**Edition of 500** The conceptual follow-up to Richard Chartier's 'Fields for Mixing' is an immersive new stereo variation of a multi-channel installation diffusing detailed field recordings made in spaces around the world. Originally presented at Civilian Arts Projects in Washington, DC in 2012, it now manifests on CD. Through his patented processing techniques Chartier transposes unique spatial settings into a hyperreal cloud of drones, crackles and fizzing electrical energies which challenge perceptions of where and what you're listening to. The 2nd part uses significant elements of … Read more
**Plush, dramatic neo-classical opus by Sigur Ros collaborator, featuring the newly formed Reykjavik Sinfonia** "This is the Icelandic multi award-winning composer’s second solo-album and third release on Bedroom Community, hot on the heels of his SÓLARIS collaboration with labelmate Ben Frost. Bjarnason’s critically acclaimed debut album Processions was hailed by Time Out NY as ‘coming eerily close to defining classical music’s undefinable brave new world’. On Over Light Earth the intensity of Bjarnason’s orchestral voice is captured through meticulous close-miking and multitracking,… Read more
*13 track CD edition* "Through the 9, vinyl only Horo releases up to this point, the label has introduced the world to NZ artist Fis, and released adventurous electronica from artists ASC, Sam KDC, Kiyoko, Indigo, Clarity & Overlook. 'Scope', the 10th release on the label, a full length compilation spread over 5 vinyl 12’s and this CD featuring Hysee, Kiyoko, Es.tereo & Marlyn, FIS, Adam Elemental, Klute, Reza & Gremlinz, Sam KDC, ASC, Clarity, Consequence, Loxy & Resound, Stray and Elsewhere"
"Universal Sound label are proud to present the reissue of Michael White’s ‘Spirit Dance’, originally released on Impulse Records in 1972. Deep spiritual jazz released in limited edition luxurious CD box, as well as a heavyweight 180gm audiophile double vinyl edition cut at 45-rpm in a deluxe gatefold sleeve. This is the debut album from Michael White, released on Impulse Records in 1972. Michael White’s deep, spiritual jazz fitted in perfectly with the roster of artists at the Impulse label at the start of the 1970s, including Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, and Archie Shepp, in addition t… Read more
*CD edition includes 24-page booklet in a card slipcase* "A blistering collection of ska tunes from Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s legendary Studio One Records, Jamaica’s foundation label of reggae music. Featuring classic cuts from the originators of Ska - The Skatalites, The Wailers, Lee Perry - alongside a heavy dose of superb rarities from the mighty vaults of 13 Brentford Road. Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Studio One Ska Fever’ goes back to the early 1960s, when Ska was the soundtrack to Jamaica’s independence, Sir Coxsone ruled … Read more