Thursday, 22 May
"The Lay Llamas consist of the Sicilian-born and raised but now Rome-based duo of Gioele Valenti and Nicola Giunta, who are now set to release their debut album 'Ostro' - a constantly shifting record, never remaining stuck or fixated on anything for too long. Crossing continents, be it musically, stylistically or physically, seems to be something the pair return to over and over again, the subtle radiations of Africa that can be heard on the record are no accident, “I think that Sicilians are more like Africans than Europeans in some way. We have almost the same weather and architecture. We feel in o… Read more
Blackpool's VHS Head returns to Skam with a new album of cut-up, ADD funk and horror atmospheres. Much like the first album, 'Trademark Ribbons Of Gold', VHS Head continues to fashion an archetype of hi-tech funk built on lo-fi samples liberally twocked from a seam of video nasty filth found in and around Blackpool. The results sound something like BoC and OPN beat up by Nicolas Collins after he lost on a phet-and-slush puppie-fuelled DDR session, spiralling a strobing stream of synaesthetically appealing sound/images with proper, Freestyle funk and disequilibrium.
Thursday, 15 May
Hyperdub present an exclusive-crammed first volume of four compilations celebrating ten years as a vanguard dancefloor and electronica imprint. In line with Kode 9's original sonic concepts exploring the intersection of cybernetic culture, philosophy and forward dance music, in 2014 the label's remit takes in up-to-the-second Footwork from Chicago alongside the gulliest London Grime and hyper-coloured computer boogie from a far-flung but like-minded pool of producers. Arguably the most exciting pieces on this volume come from that virulent Chicago scene, most notably with the shocking polymetrics… Read more
Chicago's ghetto veteran Cornelius Ferguson aka Traxman moves closer to the edit with an exceptional 2nd album of Footwork for Planet Mu. 'Da Mind Of Traxman (Vol.2)' is a masterclass in man-machine synergy flipping classic samples with combustible dancefloor science. Steeped in the principles of original hip hop and house - bringing the party in ever fresher, funked up mode - there's 18 eccentric bullets turning chunks of Larry Heard, Kraftwerk, The Eurhythmics (and many more besides) into hyper lean ghetto geometries. If you want highlights, run straight to 'Computer Getto' - his con… Read more
**Limited clear vinyl on initial copies** Brooklyn-based dream-pop duo Isaac Emmanuel (producer) and Melati Malay (vocals) follow-up the syrupy treats of their 'Melt' debut with a slickly intoxicating sophomore album. In ten tracks they isolate and weave elements of hip hop, '90s trip hop, ambient and psychedelic pop signatures to arrive at a sound uncannily similar to their antipodean brethren HTRK, but also with traces of that Tri Angle sound. At times it's a bit too sappy and flimsy, but at others like the Evian Christ-and-Kanye-styled 'Mythnomer', the Holy Other-esque 'Ageless', and t… Read more
Dissonanzen, born in Naples in 1993, is one of the most reputed and internationally acclaimed Italian New Music ensembles. They always carried out an important work on the modern and contemporary repertoire, performing works by composers such as Berio, Cage, Crumb, Dallapiccola, Feldman, Henze, Ives, Kagel, Maderna, Petrassi, Rzewski, Scelsi and Stockhausen, to name a few. They regularly collaborate with many musicians, composers and artists within the framework of the concert series of the Associazione Dissonanzen. The recordings contained in this 5CD box set, curated by Ciro Longoba… Read more
Sleaford Mods, arguably the UK's most exciting and popular garage rock unit, follow up the acclaimed 'Austerity Dogs' with 14 top shelf songs on 'Divide and Exit' for Steve Underwood's legendary Harbinger Sound. Featuring guest spot from Rita Ora and produced by Flood… not really, we jest - the duo spray another snotty dispatch from the frontline of the bar, Jason hollering about wanking, pissing and Chumbawumba to Andrew's drum machine (gun) stomps and ball-swanging bass guitar hooks. There's a few anthems-in-waiting with the likes of 'You're Brave' (check their rendition at RSD14!), the sn… Read more
Grime's most visible DJ ambassadors present a sweaty taste of their Butterz raves at Fabric with this 24-track mix cutting across the face of the current scene. Pitting tracks from Wiley, Lil Silva and D Double E alongside cuts from Kowton, Four Tet and Kelela, it's solid testament to where the scene's at in 2014, contrasting the (perhaps understandably) closed-off or exclusive scene of ten years ago with today's sense of inclusion encompassing sounds from house, techno and R&B alongside the garage, jungle and dub-rooted elements . From an initial burst of pandemonium crow… Read more
"Jac Berrocal has not released an album for 20 years. The legendary French trumpeter is back with its special atmosphere and feeling. Lot of guests too. Jacques "Jac" Berrocal (born 22 October 1946, Saint-Jean d'Angély) is a French trumpeter, singer and composer. He has been active since the 1970s in the independent and avant-garde music scene (he recorded/played with Steven Stapleton/Nurse With Wound and collaborated with Sunny Murray, Pascal Comelade, MKB (F. J. Ossang), James Chance, Alan Shorter, Bernard Vitet, Lol Coxhill, Michel Portal, Lizzy Mercier Descloux). He has released a few important … Read more
**Prime yacht rock classics and previously unissued demos juiced from Ned Doheny's legendary catalogue** "With no less than a mansion, a state beach, and a three-mile stretch of Los Angeles road bearing his surname, Ned Doheny easy-glided into the 1970s on a crest of notoriety. Signposting Ned’s sojourn through the LA recording industry were Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Chaka Khan, Graham Nash, "Mama" Cass Elliot, Bonnie Raitt, and David Geffen—each a household name both inside and far from southern California. And while no bust of Ned Doheny appears alongside those of his Laurel … Read more
"Shining have gone through a radical transition after starting out as a postbop jazz quartet before ending up as the uncompromising "blackjazz" metalband we know today, all under the determined leadership of composer and multi-instrumentalist Jørgen Munkeby. Still only 33 years old, Jørgen joined Jaga Jazzist at the tender age of 14, so it´s fair to say he has accomplished a lot for his age. Shining have gone through a number of members since the first album back in 2001, the only mainstay to this day apart from Munkeby being drummer Torstein Lofthus (also of Elephant9). This 2CD release collects the t… Read more
""Twilight Peaks" is a formal reissue of Robbie Basho's last recordings. “Twilight Peaks” was originally issued in 1984 on a tape label called "The Art Of Relaxation", and never got any reviews and little attention at the time. For this new (and proper) release it was mastered by Glenn Jones (of Cul de Sac fame) and Matt Azevedo, from the original demo tapes, provided to Glenn Jones by Basho himself, as he was working on the album. The CD has two extra live tracks, culled from the original demo tapes tapes as well. Amazing liner notes by Glenn Jones and Rich Osborn."
"On his third album, the Pennsylvania snake-synth-charmer deepens his approach to aural depravity. Ultima II Massage widens a jagged swath through the dude’s own weird catalog, each disparate track damaged to the point of contributing to some sort of greater, lurching Frankenstein-like state. “I spent a lot of time breaking it in all the right places,” says TOBACCO. “It ends up making the whole thing breathe — sometimes gasp for air. It feels more alive.” This is easily TOBACCO’s most diverse set to date — his own Stereopathetic Soulmanure, but about that 1-900 hotline life: massage parlors, … Read more
KiNK follows up 12" frivolities for Dirtybird and Systematic with a proper album showcase of studio jams for Stefan Goldmann and Finn Johansen's Macro label. In contrast with his infamously eccentric live shows, 'Under Destruction' is testament to the spirit of spontaneity and eccentricity which made KiNK's live shows notorious in house circles. It's all far more loose and freaky than his solid DJ tool tracks and anthems, using an array of pulsing, thrumming, chugging house patterns to carry a constellation of bleeps, pings and mutating pads thru black hole techno vortices and avant-house perime… Read more
"Conceived in Iceland, where work began on the album, and in Ushant Island, Brittany. The album was produced by Yann Tiersen and mixed by Gareth Jones with Yann Tiersen and Daniel Miller. For this album Tiersen has worked with native language speakers to include tracks sung and spoken in Breton (‘Ar Maen Bihan’), Faroese (‘Grønjørd’) and Icelandic (‘Steinn’). ‘Ar Maen Bihan’ is a story written by Emilie Quinquis in the Breton language, and was then translated by Amiina to Icelandic to create the track ‘Steinn’. Elsewhere on the album Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap) and Ólavur Jákupsson (a member of Ti… Read more
Thursday, 08 May
*Deluxe 2CD and DVD Edition, includes a Swans live in 2013 DVD* Michael Gira's musical vehicle pulls up to its thirteenth and possibly most outstanding album yet. Featuring guest spots from Little Annie (vocals), St. Vincent (vocals), Cold Specks (vocals), Bill Rieflin, and Julia Kent (strings) among others, Swans two hour-long 'To Be Kind' is nothing short of an American epic, fittingly recorded by the venerable John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, outside El Paso Texas, with further recordings and mixing accomplished in Dallas, Texas. It's also the group's first album for Mute, and a… Read more
**Includes Cult Music sticker** Zomby's Cult Music label returns with Actress, Silverlink, and Blocks & Escher remixes of Forever Forever and Prayer's sought-after Cult 002 12". Blocks & Escher follow their ace Overlook split for Narratives Music with a widescreen neo-D&B remix of Prayer's ambient halfstep elegy, 'The Two Halves' - also included as original version - whilst Actress steeps Forever Forever's Play Fights' in a hotbox of digital fumes and coiled 2-step, contrasting with Silverlink's lucid take on the same piece, also featured as a nifty VIP and the dreamy original.
Eglo's first lady of soul, Fatima Bramme Sey properly arrives with her fully-fledged debut album, 'Yellow Memories', featuring production by Floating Points, Computer Jay, Flako, and KNX. Active since the late '00s with guest appearances on Geeneus, DVA and Shafiq Husayn productions, the London-based vocalist has become a firm fixture in the Eglo family, contributing to some of the label biggest highlights such as her Floating Points-produced 'Red Light' and her 'Phone Line' dancefloor bomb with Funkineven. In the last few years, however, she's come to be the label's strongest, most unique asset… Read more
RVNG Intl.'s issue of 'A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975 - 1983)' is a wide-reaching and revelatory survey of Kerry Leimer's prescient output operating on the cusp of ambient, 4th World and industrial musics. From his base in Seattle, Leimer accumulated a unique catalogue of recordings created on a Micromoog, drum machines, guitars and FX units, and heavily informed by imported Krautrock/kosmische titles sourced outta NME and Melody Maker, and equally the more Anglophilic ambient loop compositions of Robert Fripp and Brian Eno. Almost all of it appe… Read more
Düsseldorf's 2nd most famous band (for us at least) mark 20 years of modern krautrock operations with their eleventh album, ABC'. "The band has outgrown adolescence, but remains juvenile, reckless, impetuous. They recorded their new album ABC in Tbilisi, Georgia. Like TANK, it's two times three: Six tracks characterized by elliptical shifts, where suddenly the bass and drums take over the helm – or a choir appears. Indeed, a choir. KREIDLER worked together with Georgian singers: Either hovering freely in the meditative pop piece Ceramic, or defining a new space within a space, as in Nino. Nino perhaps mo… Read more
Mule Musiq entice some sweet ambient compositions from house and techno producers, alongside pieces by artists better known for work in neo-classical/ambient echelons. The likes of Petre Inspirescu, Roman Flügel, John Roberts and Recondite all step out of their usual domain into feathered, glassy, beat-less zones, alongside tranquil moments from seasoned ambient composers such as Hauschka and Koss. If we're picking any one highlight, it's gotta be Terre Thaemlitz aka DJ Sprinkles' remix of the Nobody Mix for Primula's 'Nobody's In This Classroom'.
'Mondo Black Chamber' is an important collection of David Toop's entire works for Sub Rosa between 1996-2003. The inestimable writer (Ocean Of Sound), musician (The Flying Lizards, General Strike, The 49 Americans) and musical thinker should really require little introduction to you lot so we'll crack on. 'Mondo Black Chamber' compiles the releases '37th Floor at Sunset - Music For Mondophrenetic™' (2000) and 'Black Chamber' (2003) with a compilation cut from the 'L'inacheve/Unfinished' set plus two rarities, framing a wide-angled yet focussed perspective on modern avant-garde and elect… Read more
**Includes booklet and download code redeemable from the label** Taut, angular post-punk from drums and guitar duo Noah Kardos-Fein and Dale Eisinger for fans of early Cabaret Voltaire and This Heat. Theirs is a thunderous, physically barrelling sound guided by disciplined principles, aware of pop structures and keen to rework them. It got an 8.1 on Pitchfork, too.
"Shortwave Nights is the debut album by Hiss Tracts, a new duo featuring David Bryant (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Set Fire To Flames) and Kevin Doria (Growing, Total Life). The two met in 2004 and struck up a musical friendship that led to three Growing records being made at The Pines (Bryant's recording studio in Montreal) and a separate collaboration between the two, initially in conjunction with experimental filmmaker Karl Lemieux (also GY!BE's current 16mm auteur/projectionist). Rehearsal tapes from a set of sessions for a Lausanne Underground Film Festival performance in 2008 became… Read more
'To Beat' is surely the most accessible album in CoH's long and illustrious catalogue of extreme electronic music. It picks up right where 'RETRO-2038' left off on 'Method As Fun' by keenly focussing on the aesthetics of pure sinewaves and rhythm. Like some origami high master, the Swedish-based Russian producer folds and layers sheer tones into pulsing, spitting waves of rhythmic and melodic energy, transforming sine-waves into a waveform which is essentially a beat. He makes the maths involved audibly clear in the opening track 'Wave To Beat''s mercurial transition from near-static hum to a clipped, roun… Read more
Thursday, 01 May
Fatima Al Qadiri's highly anticipated and awesome debut LP, 'Asiatisch' finds a natural home in the once again ascendant Hyperdub catalogue. Since 2011, the Senegal-born visual artist and composer has consistently wowed with her unique art and practice weaving memories of a childhood spent in Kuwait with a taste for hyper-local styles such as East London Sino-Grime, Chicago Footwork, Kurdish Dabke and Egyptian Rai, coupled with the kind of forward, vaporous and illusive sonics of up-to-the-second, rhizomic styles such as Seapunk and the micro-genres covered in online hub, DiS magazine. Previ… Read more
Two of electronic music's most important, august pioneers, Hans Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius, returned from an eight year hiatus in 1991 to create the endearingly daft, debonaire and otherworldly 'Arpropos Cluster'. The albums revolves five compositions fanning out from punchy drum machine and aerated synths of 'Grenzg' to their live favourite, 'Emmenthal' featuring Stanislav Michalak on bass, to the cute MIDI orchestration of 'Falls', and one longform finale in the lushly complex, 22-minute 4th world panorama, 'Apropos Cluster'.
"Long lost Indie-pop heroes Bis return with "data Panik etcetera" - a release that brings us up to date with recordings from the year spent re-branded at data Panik, alongside other aborted attempts to record a 4th, and definitive, bis album. Hardcore fans have been desperate to get their hands on these recordings, and the band have carefully selected and remastered the pick of the bunch - which sit neatly together to create a cohesive whole. The band have still been playing storming sets live over the last few years, surprising punters at places such as Primavera in Barcelona and 2013's Indiet… Read more
**Singular 35 minute piece of analog modular composition** "Thomas Ankersmit is a musician and installation artist based in Berlin. Since 2006 his main instrument, both live and in the studio, has been the Serge analogue modular synthesizer. Acoustic phenomena such as sound reflections, infrasonic vibration, otoacoustic emissions, and highly directional projections of sound have been an important part of his work since the early 2000's. In the winter of 2011-2012 Ankersmit was invited by the CalArts electronic music studios, Los Angeles, where the Serge was originally developed in the… Read more
"Opening with a single repeated note beamed from an analogue basement studio in Shoreditch, London, Wrangler’s debut album LA Spark reclaims lost technology to make new themes for the modern world. Wrangler consists of Stephen Mallinder, best known for his pioneering work with Cabaret Voltaire, Phil Winter of Tunng and Lone Taxidermist, plus the founder of Memetune studios and synth obsessive Benge. His studio’s synth-rammed walls have created an environment where sounds are ripped from a golden era of analogue electronic music to create forward-looking, new music. Wrangler formed in the wires of Mem… Read more