Thursday, 23 April
Beautiful noirish "movies for ears" by much loved singer/songwriter/producer Ela Orleans, produced by Howie B and the first release on his newly minted HB Recordings imprint.
Berlin tech-house wrought with swelling, proggy emotions by former Tresor resident Dave DK. 'Val Maira' builds on the example of his split 12" with Ricoshëi in fine style, exapdning on a flush of warm, 'floor-friendly strokes at best in the night-light charms of 'Immer Gut', the spaced-out sound designs of 'We Mix At Six', and Burial-esque ambience of 'Naschi'.
Thursday, 16 April
Crazylegs windmill into new territory with the fractious, forward GrIDM designs of Island's 'Nokia' debut. Coming off like a Hud Mo show-down with Spaces and Oneohtrix Point Never, it refracts the best of modern Warp styles with a playfully colourful sense of arrangement according to a more-is-more maxim. In headphones it feels like R'n'G ju jitsu for Air Max-clad astronauts training in a gyroscope, spinning the senses with an accelerated sense of fun and organ-churning pleasure.
Drew Lustman escapes his Falty DL alias with this dizzyingly ace album under his own name. 'Crystal Cowboy' is quick and loose but flush with all the funky tricks and crafty soul that has endeared him so much to heads the world over since 2007 and a sterling run of IDM-into-breaksploitation antics. He approaches the project with X amounta humour and guile, brilliantly indulging his Anglophilic tendencies with nuff hardcore/jungle roll-outs interspersed by instinctive nods to his home city's jazz, house and R&B heritage. It was apparently written on-the-fly, freed of any conceptual rest… Read more
Champion's Formula label present a superb state-of-play 2015 survey for UK bass music. Starting up with Champion's SND-like remix of Flava D's 'Home', Terror Danjah and Zed Bias tie-off the deft 2-step of 'Telepathy' and Killjoy goes on a dark one with the militant bounce of 'Turnt Ones VIP' and the hydro-blazing 'Most High'. You'll catch Flava D 'In The Dance' on a dread bassline flex, and, likewise Hybrid Theory and Trilla with the dark and rude 'Dutty' killer, plus a slower tribal remix of Hayfever from Mickey Pearce, and a pair of proper UK riddims from Terror Danjah featur… Read more
**Sonic Youth's foundational 1985 second album, finally reissued. Includes download code with four bonus tracks, redeemable from the label** "Sonic Youth’s second full-length LP Bad Moon Rising was originally released on Homestead and Blast First in 1985. The album is a fascinating examination of “the junction where hippie idealism [meets] the cold hard world,” says guitarist Lee Ranaldo, “where Woodstock [meets] Altamont-Death Valley, Charles Manson, Brian Wilson, musicians, murderers, heroes and villains.” Its original eight-song tapestry of droning guitar feedback, distant clatt… Read more
Richard Chartier's Line label is at its best with Triac's gorgeous 2nd album of diaphanous drones. 'Days' could be taken as a measure of time, or equally as a pun on the lush effect of their music, presenting a barely-there suite of near-baroque melodic gestures that seem to float in mid-air, as though either moving very slowly or as a midnight mirage conjured by some gauzy mind. Within its seven pieces, ranging from pop-ambient temporality thru ten minute trips, they seem to capture the resonant, lingering after-thoughts of their instruments - Rossano Polidoro (laptop), Marco Seracini (piano, synth), and … Read more
*New remastered version with a bonus track and new artwork* **Immersive, transporting and deeply arresting music from the revered autodidact and audio oddity. If you've never encountered Ghedalia before, this is an excellent place to start, welcoming you to a whole other world of exotic, electro and acoustic sounds, composed between 1979 and 1987 according to a genuinely far reaching and individual agenda.** "More than 5 years after the CD edition of Eclipse totale de soleil and Transportes, Alga Marghen finally decided to also reissue the first and forth LP by Ghedalia Tazartes in… Read more
*New remastered version* "One of Charlemagne Palestine's best-known works, "Four Manifestations On Six Elements". "Two Perfect Fifths, A Major Third Apart, Reinforced Twice" (1973) is an electronic piece that deals with the search for the essence of timbre, sound color, through exploration of the inert chemical activity in the overtone series of tone fundamentals. In this genre of his work Palestine feels akin to a kind of sound alchemist - blending elements over and over again through the years searching for the Golden Sound - the essence of the chord or harm… Read more
*Includes bonus DVD - Rob Aiki Lowe re-appears alongside French synth voyager Ariel Kalma with quite possibly the finest release on RVNG yet following that killer side for Type a couple of years back. Highly recommended!* The FRKWYS series has a tendency to turn out some really inspired unions, and this ranks among their best. Recorded just outside of Mullimbimby, a remote community on the eastern Australian coast, it marks a pineal, inter-generational journey aligning Kalma's naturalist tendency and invaluable background working at the GRM … Read more
**2 x CD in mini-gatefold sleeve. Includes free download redeemable from the label** The amorphous mass of Gnod indulge their psychedelic instincts in the nearly two hour-long 'Infinity Machines' for Rocket Recordings. Since their last major group release, 'Ingnodwetrust' (2011), they showed much promise by largely ditching guitars and swerving toward all-out electronics and nuanced songwriting in their component units - 'Gnod Presents.. Dwellings & Druss', Negra Branca's 'N B' - but here they return to a more-is-more approach, roping in crucial additions from Sam Weaver (modular electronics) a… Read more
*Newly remastered and repackaged edition of Tazartès' fourth LP, presented here with 5 bonus tracks* Also included is the first CD edition of "Whatever Works Singing Wild My Rock Ghédalia" (previously issued as side B of "Granny Awards" LP), created in the early '80s in his anhydridic Paris. Immersive, transporting and deeply arresting music from the revered autodidact and audio oddity. If you've never encountered Ghédalia before, this is an excellent place to start, welcoming you to a whole other world of exotic, electro and acoustic sounds, composed according to a genuinely far reaching a… Read more
*New remastered version with new bonus tracks* 'Transports' is the incredible 2nd album by audodidact and outsider musician/composer Tazartès. Originally released on vinyl in 1980, it has now been reissued with extra material on CD in 1998 and 2009, and "Probably represents the most original example of the artist's poetical and personal approach to sound organisation." The tracks for 'Transports' were recorded in 1977 at Ghedalia's own studio in Paris, strafing stream-of-conscious between rippling electro rhythms to outernational singing styles, collaged field recordings and musiq… Read more
**Limited White vinyl edition of** Bolt the doors and board your windows: The Zombi Anthology is finally out there! Thee most sought-after work by Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra's infamous duo is presented on wax for the first time, summoning their earliest work circa 2001 off a self-released CDr, collected together with their subsequent 'Twilight Sentinel' EP, written for a tour with Providence, RI's Daughters in 2003. This is arguably some of their strongest material, bar none, hence it's been in demand ever since. It captures the duo first really coming to terms with their horror score obse… Read more
*New Remastered Edition in a new sleeve* This record marked the first installment of Alga Marghen's retrospective of Ghedalia Tazartes' recording career: Une Eclipse Totale De Soleil was first reissued in 1997 having been initially released in 1979. In this form the original's two-part make-up was bolstered by a twenty-four minute third part, a new piece composed specifically for the reissue. Sounding quite unlike the output of his more academic contemporaries, Tazartes' music compiles fragments of tapes, voices and various other sound recordings in a fashion that's ver… Read more
"Right from their inception in 1976, back in the first stirrings of punk, Wire went about making music in a subversive, conceptual way, setting themselves apart from both their peers and their influences. Bass guitarist and vocalist Graham Lewis identifies another trait that has run throughout the group’s lifetime. “People said we were mysterious, arch and dark. But the only way of doing that successfully, is by also having a sense of humour. You have to have that balance. With Wire there’s a peculiarity, a contrariness and that can be funny." This questing approach has permeated Wire’s songwriting, their o… Read more
**2015 Reissue in a new sleeve** "This lavish 4CD box set includes the complete Ghedalia Tazartes recordings previously issued on cd by Alga Marghen, plus a new mini-cd titled "les danseurs de la pluie". "Diasporas-Tazartes" is the cd edition of tazartes' first and fourth albums, "Transports" is the cd edition of Tazartes' second album complete with four bonus tracks. "Une Eclipse Totale De Soleil" is the CD edition of tazartes' third album with a long bonus track. "Les danseurs de la pluie" gives title to the complete anthology and is a 12 minutes mini-cd, … Read more
Thursday, 09 April
**Extensive collection of solo piano pieces and wonderful Popol Vuh zone-outs** “Florian was always able to create music I feel helps audiences visualize something hidden in the images on screen, and in our own souls too.” - Werner Herzog (‘Herzog On Herzog’). ‘Kailash’ is a new collection of work from Florian Fricke, leader of Popol Vuh, seminal group in the German rock scene of the 1970s (Can, Faust, Amon Duul, Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream) and creators of classic soundtracks to the films of Werner Herzog (‘Ag… Read more
**Chaz Bundick a.k.a. Toro Y Moi spills pure pop juice all over your shredded tennis shoes with 'What For?'** "Opening to the scream of F1’s speeding around a racetrack, and maintaining that intensity with booming guitar riffs and psychedelic effects throughout, the forthcoming album from Toro Y Moi is definitely making a statement. Or maybe a few statements. But Chaz Bundick, the frontman and songwriter, is leaving it up to you to figure out what they are. While it is obvious that each song is crafted around a personally meaningful experience, Chaz seems to purposefully leave the lyrics just vagu… Read more
Premo beat breaker fLako presents a sterling 3rd album and magnum opus with 'Natureboy' for UK's Five Easy Pieces. Where many in the beat scene can tend to twiddle off into jazzy frippery, fLako defines a filigree balance of restraint and technical innovation with jazz-wise expression, meshing slick, tensile electronics nodding to footwork, grime and lush 4th world ambient tones with grid-skipping drum patterns and feathered instrumental touches.
"For the better part of two decades, Calexico have crossed musical barriers, embracing a multitude of styles, variety in instrumentation, and well-cultivated signature sounds. With Edge of the Sun they take inspiration from a trip to a place surprisingly unexplored by the band before in Mexico City, and with the benefit of many friends and comrades to help guide the way. Encouraged by the experience, the guest list grew to include Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Nick Urata (Devotchka), Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim… Read more
"A delicate, slinky figure with a powerhouse voice, Ann Peebles occupied a special place among the many great talents that roamed the halls of Memphis’ iconic R&B label Hi Records in the 1960s and 1970s. While producer Willie Mitchell was the company’s heart, musicians the Hodges Brothers its soul and Al Green its top star, it was Peebles who gave the label its first national success and a lasting female identity. Over the course of seven albums and dozens of singles for Hi, Peebles expressed a complex range of moods and emotions in her music. Her songs were alternately pleading … Read more
Mike Simonetti (Italians Do It Better) inaugurates his 2MR (Two Mikes Records) label with this lush debut double slab as Pale Blue with vocalists Liz Wight (Silver Hands) and Jana Hunter (Lower Dens). The vibe gauge is set to heartfelt from the outset, strafing component elements of melodic techno, dream-pop and disco with a dancefloor-honed sense of motorik trance momentum and romance. Simonetti's previous credentials are as diverse as they are impressive, covering so much ground between his punk background at Troubleman Unlimited and the disco inspirations of Italians Do It Better… Read more
*5 CD box set, collating tracks from their entire catalogue, including the brand new album, Offgrid:Offline plus rarities & previously unreleased material* "In an inventive reinterpretation of ‘the box set’, Looper have curated the database of their entire body of work as five separate CDs, themed by type and entitled ‘Lexiphonics’, ‘Kinokraft’, ‘Voxtrot’, ‘Transmitte’ and ‘Melos’: Inspired by mixtapes and their modern day equivalent, the playlist, ‘These Things’ puts the songs in new contexts, allowing new relationships between works previously kept apart. Looper explain, “For us this box is a r… Read more
"Dinner is the alias for Danish singer and producer Anders Rhedin. Since 2012, Dinner has released 2 EPs and a guided meditation-tape. Dinner lives a somewhat nomadic existence, having alternated between LA, Berlin, and Copenhagen for years. This last year, Dinner’s itinerary has included falling in love with a baroness in Berlin, being taught Qi Gong from a renowned Sufi on a mountainside in the Algarve, working on commercial pop songs in Hollywood (“The essence of dark magic”, according to Dinner), and playing shows at festivals and galleries all over Europe. Dinner’s songs seem to be ins… Read more
"An Iceberg is a large mass of ice detached from a glacier or from a floating platform of glaciers that drifst in the sea. It is in constant motion and most of its mass remains submerged under surface of the water. The goal of this new Iceberg series of releases on Glacial Movements is to describe through techno / dub music this huge mass of ice. Each record release will be produced in a special maxi digipack with images printed and embossed in spot gloss. The first chapter of this series is "Zastrugi" - the first techno glacial album by Netherworld. It's a wind-eroded, hard-packed snow surface … Read more
Thursday, 02 April
Kelela's world-taking 'Cut 4 Me' (2013) mixtape blooms from 13 to 22 tracks, augmented with dramatic new remixes and riddims from Jam City, Neana, Kingdom, Mike Q, Massacooramaan… Y'all know what the sublime original sounds like so let's skip fwd: Jam City entirely overhauls 'Keep It Cool' with a smoother sorta tension; Kingdom resets 'Enemy' with a low-riding ballroom swagger; Mike Q ramps the spare Jam City mix of 'Cherry Coffee' with flash and bolshy ballroom flair; 'Go All Night' gets a kick drum reinforcement from Neana, contrasting sharply with the tessellating prisms of Massacooramaan's crystalline render. A worthwhile refreshment. Tip!
"Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm has fast become know as a prolific performer and recording artist with the piano at the core of his work. Piano Day is an official body created by Nils and his closest friends, and will house various exciting, piano-related projects. The first project revealed by the Piano Day team is the building of what will be world’s tallest piano: the Klavins 450. As the life-long dream of David Klavins, it even exceeds the currently largest upright piano there is, the Klavins M370. Situated in Germany, Tübingen, 1.8 tons in weight, 3.7 meters high, its longest strings are abou… Read more
**Woozy trip hop waking dreams** "Lapalux knew where and how his sound should change with a second album. As a result, Lustmore feels like a record as compulsively inspired and meticulously crafted as you’re likely to hear in 2015. Lustmore is loosely based on the experience of hypnogogia, a transitional state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep. Listeners familiar with his 2011 debut, Nostalgic, will know that Stuart Howard’s woozy, infectious rhythms, enveloping textures and unfamiliarly familiar melodies conjure that territory perfectly. Lapalux attracted the direct attention of Brainfe… Read more
Shlomo rolls emotional in his long-awaited 3rd LP of instrumental hip hop hybrids. 'Dark Red' distills a viscous mix of coldwave and shoegaze memes together with ghostly traces of jungle, grime and footwork to a more mature, vintage-sounding appeal. It feels as though the tracks were created out of time and place; cherry-picking and arranging the choicest morsels of bygone styles before burying them in a rusty reel-to-reel tin and allowing the whole thing to gently emulsify. The resulting, foisty candies are aged beautifully and marked up with titles that ring true with their dysphoric pallor and int… Read more