Thursday, 04 April
**Gatefold slipcase with 8-page booklet and label catalogue. "We would like to point out that this piece is extremely quiet. Please choose the volume setting of your sound system so as to just barely mask the ambient sounds of the room"** Jakob Ullmann: "voice, books and FIRE is the result of my reflections about the relationship between music and language: language as sound and language as text, the numerous relationships between texts of different cultural and religious traditions, between the work of the human spirit in the present and in the past and the questions arising from … Read more
Thursday, 28 March
Very welcome return for Robert Hampson with the first Main album in seven years, new on eMego. Hampson founded Main with Scott Dawson upon disbanding Loop in '94, and while their initial releases still bore traces of their space-rock origins, the goal was always total ecstatic abstraction, and by the time of the Hz series, completed in '96, they'd pretty much achieved it. Main's music has been called many things: industrial, noise, isolationist electronica, dub, drone; the truth it, it's all and none of those things, especially now. For Ablation, Hampson - whose long-standing interest in musique concrete… Read more
*New Edition* David Sylvian's remarkable "Blemish" album was released at the tail end of 2003 under a hail of critical acclaim that's been resonating ever since. Featuring guitar and compositional contributions from the legendary Derek Bailey on three of the tracks, plus a much-discussed closing piece arranged and augmented electronically by Christian Fennesz, "Blemish" is a stark, haunting, genre-defying album that revolves nervously around Sylvian's instantly recognisable vocalising. It's rare to come across minimal work that uses voice so centrally, yet "Blemish" manages to imbue proceedings w… Read more
**All remastered classics housed in deluxe hard-boxed card 2CD pack with graphic novel, collectors postcard set, and stickers** Soul Jazz take us back to Chicago 1986-1993 with a wealth of classic acid from Phuture, Mr. Fingers, Risque Rhythm Team, Virgo, Cool McCool and more, accompanied by a graphic novel in swish package. Delving deeper into the scene that jack built, this is the natural successor to their definitive 'Acid - Can You Jack?' compilation from 2005, now neatly incorporating Paolo Parisi's sci-fi graphi… Read more
Bedroom Community's go-to violist since the start, Nadia Sirota now presents her solo debut for the revered New York neo-classicists. On 'Baroque' she beautifully, skilfully interprets six new pieces for viola and electronics by acclaimed composers and peers, Nico Muhly, Judd Greenstein, Shara Worden, Missy Mazzoli, Daniél Bjarnson and Paul Corley, ably assisted by James McVinnie, Valgeir Sigurdsson and more. Together they display Nadia's enormous breadth and sensitive aptitude, ranging from sparkling, bright and playful to melancholic elegies, intricate complexity and drone subtlety.
**Classic Library Music set from the KPM archives featuring music from from Keith Mansfield, Alan Hawkshaw, and co and sampled countless times. This Deluxe 2CD Edition includes a bonus disc recording of KPM All-Stars Live at Jazz Café, London** "Out of print for years, our Music For Dancefloors release collects some of the best of KPM's catalog, with an ear not just for loops and breaks, but quality compositions and performances that stand the test of time. Includes key cuts like Alan Parker's "That's What Friends Are For" featuring Blue Mink's Madel… Read more
**Gatefold card slipcase with 14-page booklet of lyrics, notes and photos** 'Japandorf' is the swansong album by late, legendary Neu! drummer and guitarist, Klaus Dinger - inventor of the "motorik" beat - with fine artists from the Japanese community of his hometown, Düsseldorf. Recorded between 2000-2008 at his Zeeland Studio on the Netherlands coast, and in his home studio near Düsseldorf airport, it captures a brimming sense of positivity in 12 tracks of signature krautrock chug and melodic guitars matched by vocals oscillating between gruff German and chirpy, higher Japanese regist… Read more
**Smooth, shimmering, jazzy new age seductions with crisp, classy electronics and worldly infusions. Lovely stuff** "Mystiphonic is the third release from Roland P. Young on EM Records, following Isophonic Boogie Woogie (EM 1045CD/HJ-LP) which was originally released in 1980 and re-issued by EM in 2005, and the 2009 Istet Serenade (EM 1087CD/LP). Mystiphonic is the fruit of two years of recordings at Young's Isophonic Sound Laboratory in Brooklyn, "comprovisations" which are more electronic than the previous EM releases, and yet this new CD retains Young's emotional life-long horn playing, a… Read more
Bureau B give new life to Hans-Joachim Roedelius' timeless, gorgeous 1982 issue of electronic chamber music, 'Offene Türen'. Manning a selection of synthesizers at a time of musical flux and upheaval all around him, Roedelius steadfastly forges his own sort of inner-space music, a complex, enigmatic patterning of rhythm, harmony and melody with a uniquely mediative and compelling outcome condensing ideas he hatched and developed in the '70s, with an '80s efficiency tempering his more overblown tendencies. The use of analogue rhythm machine is a distinctive quirk to much of the album, whether pow… Read more
**Primal, passionate blend of shoegaze, post-rock and massive synth and guitar noise on the Chicago group's 2nd album for Kranky** "The band Implodes has, on their previous albums, tapped into the deep psychic recesses where our sonic memories ﬁrst took shape. They have played the part of the ancient ancestor, lying submerged in the shallows, waiting to make its gambit onto dry land and into a new world. With their new album, Recurring Dream, Implodes breathes fresh air. Melodies that were once distant echoes are now suffused with energy and clarity of purpose, submerged rhythms now walk in th… Read more
Looking to follow in the universally fawned-over footsteps of James Blake, Mount Kimbie and Darkstar, Vondelpark unveil their debut album of lovelorn electronic pop for R&S. Unlike the aforementioned though, Lewis Rainsbury's trio barely even pay lip service to dubstep and dance music tropes: their music is old-fashioned bedsit indie with a crisp 2013 digital veneer and the occasional bold production flourish. Sometimes it really works: the jangly guitar-driven 'Quest' sounds like Aztec Camera slowed to stoner pace, but still bright and buoyant, and the minimalist future-soul sound design of 'Come On… Read more
**Exotic rock from Sun City Girl and Sublime Frequencies dude, Alan Bishop and co** "Taking almost two years to create amidst an unusual and challenging backdrop, this is the brand new project of Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls). Eleven highly crafted new songs projected through his typically dark lens of songwriting and a band of brilliant musicians from Cairo, the premier, self-titled CD version of this album is the English language vocals edition (see below) delivered in AB's patented sinister style; drenched in lovely psychedelic folk arrangements and vocal chorus… Read more
**Gatefold card slipcase** Brooklyn's DJ Olive presents his first new album of hazy dub scapes since 2008s 'Triage' for Room40. Back on The Agriculture imprint, he's in classically warm and supple form, opening with a nod to his last LP with 'Triage Redux' and stepping off into a twelve track suite of bristling dub percussions, viscous bass weight and explorative electronica ripe for fans of Deadbeat, The Orb/Thomas Fehlmann or Nightmares On Wax with rich elements of dub techno and dubstep enveloped in vintage analog synth tones.
**Beguiling album of detached and wayward rock music from an idiosyncratic entity. No class fits comfortably with this record, but if you're into Sun City Girls or even Cold Cave's recent emissions you'd do very well to check it out. Mastered by Sonic Boom** "Tampa FL is a different sort of place to be from then the major cultural cities of influence and that is something we understand and gravitate towards at Night-People. Sometimes the more isolated locations produce more uniqueness in the absence of stimulation or bigger opportunity. With Merchandise you can't just look at the surface becaus… Read more
"25 years in, ‘Vanishing Point’ decisively affirms that, even in an age where only the newest of the new can survive (and even then, only for a few weeks at best), Mudhoney still have plenty to say and more to offer. These are songs written from the rare vantage point of a band who went through the rock ‘n’ roll meat-grinder and not only lived to tell such a tale, they came out full of the wisdom and dark humor such a journey provides. ‘Vanishing Point’ is filled with dread, psychoanalysis and ‘Nuggets’-on-fire riffs - the sort of real, uninhibited rock music that is harder and harder to locate these days."
Thursday, 21 March
Mike Paradinas and his missus, Lara Rix-Martin are joined by Nick Talbot of Gravenhurst for their lovely debut album as Heterotic. Summoning influence from classic house, late '80s electronic dream pop, they squarely hit upon a sound somewhere between classic New Order and early µ-Ziq, mixing breezy vocals with multi-tiered electro basslines and lushest synths to often gorgeous effect.
Maurice Fulton winks at 'floor with a 2nd album from his kinky, psychoactive house project, Syclops. It's packed with the sort of expert, precise studio trickery you'd expect from Fulton, yet it's far from a dry machine exercise; the Sheffield-based producer uses all the tools at his disposal to shape and augment the groove and the surrounding space, creating a vividly 3D otherworld of non-linear rhythm switches and hyperreal spatial simulations which ultimately sound freakier and, for us, far more effective than 99% of the nu-disco and "proto"-house stuff you'd hear him lumped in with for va… Read more
Simon Bonney's Crime & The City Solution return with a new album some 28 years after their formation and frankly they sound better than they have any right to. Those expecting wild experimentation best look elsewhere, but fans will be delighted to find them in vigorous, committed and unrepentant form: from opener 'Goddess' you're left in no doubt that the dionysian rock 'n roll spirit is alive and well in their booze-bruised hearts. Formed in Sydney, Crime then relocated to Melbourne before The Birthday Party's Mick Harvey encouraged Bonney to head over to London, at which poi… Read more
'Aneira' is Aidan Baker's impressionistic electro-acoustic tribute to the romantic image of "ice moving or breaking and wind or snowstorms", using only his favoured 12-string guitar. It shimmers and unfolds as one, long, 47-minute piece rendering slow-moving harmonics and trickling barely-melodies from his spindly string picks. "Aidan Baker is a multi-instrumentalist, classically-trained in flute, but best known as a guitarist. Using various electronic effects combined with prepared and/or alternate methods of playing the guitar, he creates music which generally falls within the ambient/experimental… Read more
**Mixed by Luke Abbott, mastered by Rashad Becker** Well studied mixture of drone, folk and krautrock styles from East Anglia's Transept. 'Buff As F*ck' was recorded at the group's Dronehenge studio in Norfolk and decisively moves between Sunn 0))) impersonations on 'Happysburgh' to twinkly cosmic folk tones in 'Sea Sentinel' on the A-side, to dreamy analogue studio tinkering in 'Let's Go', thru to the dry drum machine pulses and post-rocky drones of 'Muscle Beach'.
**The prototypical post-punk standard bearers present a collection of reworked songs originally penned during their creative heyday 1979-1980** "Out of those sessions and subsequent extensive development and production, the ostensible source material became, in the classic Wire tradition, something quite other than what it may have once been - or what it might have become if it had been pursued in 1980. 'Love Bends' is a case in point. Its roots lie in a raucous, octave-hopping number performed in February 1980 at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, but it's now morphed, improbably, into an irresis… Read more
*Edition of 500 hand packaged CD's with foil blocked sleeves* On 8th October, 2011, Aidan Baker darkened the doorstep of Southern studios for the 2nd time, accompanied on this occasion by his Nadja tourmates, Plurals, aka Daniel McKenzie (synth/guitar), Dave Hamilton Smith (voice), Duncan Harrison (synth/tapes), Michael Neaves (tapes), Pete Dodd (synth). What followed is documented here; two sides of sprawling, intricately-layered drones and atmospheres oscillating between threatening and uplifting.
Bazzerk put Venezuelan Ghetto music in the spotlight following Jess & Crabbe's brilliant 'African Digital Dance' compilation. Spanning 20 tracks from names you've almost certainly never encountered before, 'Changa Tuki Classics' showcases a sound equally inspired by '90s electronic dance music styles and Latin street funk, manifesting a sort of favela donk primarily played out and consumed in Venezuela's more underground, perhaps less salubrious nightclubs. And we've no doubt that some dirt cheap and high grade beak plus a night of this stuff cou… Read more
Intriguing side on Constellation from Jerusalem In My Heart, a collision of contemporary Arabic and electronic musics which is as refreshing in actuality as it is on paper. A trio comprised of Montreal-based Lebanese musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, French producer Jeremie Regnier and Chilean visual artist Malena Szlam Salazar, this is JIMH's debut album. Moumneh's melismatic Arabic singing, and the overdriven sounds he coaxes out of his acoustic buzuk and zurna, are placed in a humming matrix of saturated synths, distort, tapes echos and delays, and the resulting sound is deliciousl… Read more
Highly impressive debut album from Brainfeeder's British ambassador. Proceeding the course of his celebrated singles for Pictures Music and remixes for everyone from AlunaGeorge to Bonobo, 'Nostalchic' casts trusted vocalists Jenna Andrews, Kerry Leatham and Astrid Williamson in a pop/R&B complex of refracted electronics and digital stumble crafted with the finickiest attention to details. We can hear the ghosts of UK 'nuum music jostling with bewitched R&B songstresses and keening cinematic synths in the magnificent 'Flower', beside the DMT-dream-pop clarity of 'Swallowing Smoke', whilst there's a … Read more
**Bespoke high quality hardback-cased Japanese thick card CD edition with exact-reproduction artwork from the original album** "“Soul Translation: A Spiritual Suite" is a superb lost USA deep jazz independent private-press album originally self-published by Donald Alexander Strachan and the Freedom Ensemble on Triad Music Concepts in 1975.This great soulful/spiritual jazz album was the only album that Strachan released and consequently has become a lost rarity - a must for fans of Tribe, Strata-East and other conscious jazz fro… Read more
The excellent Dramatic Records take Rhodri Karim's synth-pop alias, Uther Moad under their wing for his sophomore album. In 'Spirit Physics' your protagonist ponders on cosmology, consumerism, quantum physics, split-personality disorder, transcendent meditation, and love, to a nocturnal backdrop of glowing, flickering tones and minimal electro pulses; six sci-fi torch songs from a lonely pod orbiting with the likes of Vindicatrix, Autre Ne Veut or David Sylvian. A rich baritone croons for your pains in a shimmer world patching the romance of classic '90s AI and '80s MIDI-fi … Read more
**Excellent, in-depth compilation starring cherry-picked music from Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Eric Dolphy, Don Cherry playing alongside European counterparts** "Radical new jazz sounds created as renowned ex-pat American jazzman mingle with the crème de la crème of their European counterparts. Early developments in world music inspired by trans-global cultural excursions to Asia, Africa and beyond. Exchange of ideas and a cultural meeting of minds as revolutionary jazz festivals take place behind the Iron Curtain. Advances in rhythm and sound where modal jazz and the pr… Read more
**Glacial and iridescent, microtonal drone work for fans of Stephan Mathieu from the wonderful Marsen Jules, delivering his first full-length for 12k** "Marsen Jules’ latest work is a generative music piece upon a single phrase of an old jazz record split into three audio streams. These streams are transformed into loops which break the original instrumentation down into sound resembling pure waves, harmonics and overtones.These loops play to different time signatures to create phasing patterns that continuously move and dance around each other in a constantly-evolving lattice… Read more
"A strong love for classic 60s/70s guitar pop (Beach Boys, Beatles) as well as soft spots for Prince and Hall & Oates display his self proclaimed 'fascination with pop music'. While his influences certainly shape his work, it is his natural ear for melody and movement which make Calder's work both fluid and engaging. His knack and ambition both in his song writing and production provide a solid foundation for Calder's music to drift in an out of psychy realms. There are no over drenched chorus or walls of sound, instead leaving space for melody and texture to beneatly co-existent. Alex has found th… Read more