Thursday, 13 February
'Angel Olsen sings with full-throated exultation, admonition, and bold, expressive melody. Also, with the help of producer John Congleton, her music now crackles with a churning, rumbling low end and a brighter energy. This is one of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2014 so far - the buzz on Angel Olsen from her previous releases has been growing steadily for the last year or so, coupled with sold out solo London shows and a mesmerizing performance at the End Of The Road festival. Now she unleashes this majestic album - her first with a full band - and it is wowing critics and fans. This is going to be Angel’s breakout year."
Nicolas Jaar's Other People label picks up new Russian name, Vtgnike (pronounced Vintage Nike dontyaknow) for a diverse debut vinyl album. 'Dubna' collects nine tracks shape-shifting between OPN-like chopped & screwed experiment 'Stimulate' through to Shackleton-esque polyrhythms and aqueous sound design in 'Panarama Bar Shitt', but the majority is given to a ghostly, detached strain of rave and electronica filtered through a mazy prism of Footwork rhythms and smudged, hypnagogia-inducing FX. It's not a sound you might typically associate with Nicolas Jaar and his label, and should come as little surpris… Read more
"‘Dust & Mirrors’ is the second full-length album by the trio of Andrea Belfi (drums, percussion, electronics), David Grubbs (electric guitar, piano, voice), and Stefano Pilia (electric guitar). It follows 2010’s ‘Onrushing Cloud’ LP and finds the trio confidently taking stabs in a number of opposed directions. It dramatically widens the terrain in which the group operates. Between albums, the three musicians worked together on David Grubbs’s 2013 album ‘The Plain Where The Palace Stood’, and took part in Grubbs’ and visual artist Angela Bulloch’s performance piece … Read more
**Redux version with killer bonus cuts - including three previously unreleased - plus download code and fold out Japanese insert** This has to be one of the strongest and strangest juke full-lengths yet to emerge from Chicago, with an austerely psychedelic undertow to its hi-octane ghetto bounce. The darkest, sparsest jams are the first to grab your attention: 'Burn Dat Boy' and 'Horns' are on a choppy grime tip, the latter packing darkside string stabs that remind us of Cooly G's 'Narst'. 'Torture Rack' is brutal and brilliant, beat-'em-up vocal snippets and stanked-out, dissonant syn… Read more
Thursday, 06 February
**Includes two tracks exclusive to the CD and digital formats** Hamburg's Smallville play host to this superb album of signature dub house styles from Stephen Laubner aka STL. Excepting his now-classic 'Silent State' and 'Neurotransmitting Clouds On The Secret Freeway' (issued by Smallville in 2009) which are exclusive to the CD/Digital versions, it's all new material, spanning skanking, Chain Reaction style dub-house on 'Scuba's Motion Dub' and 'Amelie's Dub' or the seriously heavy 'Ghostly Ambit' thru to a mixture of Maurizio and Theo Parrish styles on 'Space Cats' and two beautifully gl… Read more
*New edition on Darla - including that incredible bonus disc of reworkings by Akira Rabelais* It's hard to over-estimate the contribution Harold Budd has made to modern music, his seemingly effortless take on minimalism and ambience imbuing this often academic genre with all the warmth and humility so often missing from the work of his contemporaries. Best known for his collaborations with Brian Eno and the Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie, Budd here delivers 14 immensely moving pieces, strewn with Piano cascades and panoramic soundscapes, drifting off into sublime, almost unbearable reflection. I… Read more
Hoya:Hoya boss and esteemed DJ/producer Ryan Hunn marks up an engrossing debut LP under his Illum Sphere guise. As the title infers, the grey matter of 'Ghosts Of Now and Then' feels trapped between eras, at once deeply informed, shackled by the vintage roots of hip hop - classic jazz, soul, funk and Brazilian music - whilst acknowledging modern electronica and the beat scenes of LA (Brainfeeder, Low End Theory, Stones Throw), London (Eglo, Deviation, Young Turks) and Manchester (Fat City, Skam, Jon K). He consolidates these influences by successfully creating something timeless yet new… Read more
Daaaamn, Strut just p*ssed off a tonne of discogs-fiending Dance Mania noobs with this heavyweight collection of 24 cuts culled from the annals of Chicago's baddest imprint. In recent years there's abeen a massive resurgence of interest around one of Chicago's most influential labels, thanks in no small part to the DJ sets of Night Slugs' Bok Bok and L-Vis, Jackmaster, Tom Trago and the whole modern Juke/Footwork movement, who've all given this sound a frame of reference in today's no-holds-barred dance scene. This compilation is a proper education, spanning foundat… Read more
"Factory Benelux presents In Time, a new studio collection by acclaimed Belgian new wave group The Names, best known for their association with Factory Records and producer Martin ‘Zero’ Hannett. Between 1980 and 1982 The Names recorded a string of classic records for Factory, Factory Benelux and Les Disques du Crepuscule. Debut album Swimming combined fluent songwriting from Michel Sordinia and poised, tasteful delivery by guitarist Marc Deprez and keyboards player Christophe Den Tandt. "Swimming retains a gorgeously shrouded, sepulchral mood" wrote Mojo magazine in 2011. "Intelligent and imaginativ… Read more
Marissa Nadler returns with her first new material since "The Sister" with excellent new album 'July', produced by Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))) who brings with him an engrossing, weighty sonic palette that infuses new dimensions into her songs. Recorded at Seattle’s Avast Studio, the album features the maginificent Eyvand Kang on strings, Steve Moore’s synths and Phil Wandscher’s guitar lines, escalating the whole affair to a panoramic level of beautiful, eerie wonder.
Aaron Funk aka Venetian Snares exposes his fleshy pink underbelly in collaboration with fellow Canuck, Joanne Pollock as Poemss. The keyword here is dream-pop, but with at least half of the dream imagined by a certifiable mentalist it's not your typical chasing-lambs-in-meadow dream-pop. Not for the first time, Mr Funk proves a fine baritone singing voice, nicely complementing his spar's breathy voice against twinkling hyperprisms of music box melodies, synth-pop hooks and slow, contorted electro-pop rhythms. For the strongest tastes check out the beautifully soured discord of 'Think Of Somewhere Nice' a… Read more
Sublime Frequencies decamp to Niger for the latest in their incredible Radio series. As you'd hope, it's a massively ear-opening experience, collaging choice fragments and passages recorded directly from transmissions by the country's first station, Radio Niger. "In 1979, the government established the Broadcasting Corporation of Niger State (BCNS). Today, Radio Niger is where the country’s range of ethnicities, with their disparate customs of language and music, combine to create an astonishingly complex sonic patchwork: Bawdy, drunken sages and storytellers wandering into the studio; local shout-… Read more
**Shipping for release date of Feb 11th, Edition of 500** "First presented as a durational audio-visual performance presented at Human Resources in Los Angeles (CA), Snowfall explores the hushed stillness and isolation sometimes experienced during a snowstorm. Presented over 6 hours, the audience was allowed to come and go as they please. This affords the viewer a more personal experience with the piece through the dispersion of the audience. Snowfall was constructed using photographs and field recordings collected at the Jentel Artist Residency outside Banner, WY in February 2010."
Thursday, 30 January
Doom behemoths Sunn O))) and Ulver meet for a deeply spiritual blood-letting on the eagerly anticipated 'Terrestrials'. What started out as an improvised all-night session between the bands following Sunn O)))'s 200th gig - playing to 2000 people at the Øya festival in Oslo, Norway, August 10th, 2008 - has grown into a tantric, cinematic dedication to the night some half decade in the making. The original tracks they created that night have been over-dubbed in the interim resulting in three extended pieces that have a widescreen, dare we say cinematic quality. "Let There Be Light" builds from… Read more
Epic 22 track set from Modeselektor's 50 Weapons imprint including a ruck of label highlights plus a bunch of exclusives including Marcel Dettmann's dry, banging Pitch & Stretch mix of Moderat's 'Bad Kingdom'; SCNTST & Chris Liebing's funked-up remix edit of Benjamin Damage's '010X'; Tale Of Us & Fango's kinky, proggy remix of 'Vertigo' by Cosmin TRG; DJ Friction's hi-velocity D&B remix of 'Rzor' by Addison Groove& Sam Binga. You'll also find Bambounou's forward-flexing bass/techno overhaul of Modeselektor & Sound Pellegrino's 'Negativity', Anstam's corkscrewing Bustified Breaks ed… Read more
Along The Way' is Mark McGuire's first solo opus since parting paths with Emeralds. Sounding like something between fantasy RPG soundtrack, new age life aid and conceptual psychedelia, it ties up and builds on all the things McGuire has learnt thus far on his journey from synth wave prodigy to enlightened sonic explorer. It's easily the most developed and richly layered work in his sprawling discography, weaving electric and acoustic guitars with mandolin, drum machine, talkbox and lots more to paint a curdled vision of blooming harmonies and rippling, motorik grooves setting a steady trajectory for vintage futures just behind the horizon.
"This is known: Young Fathers are three young men from Edinburgh and Liberia and Nigeria, all at the same time. Their journey has taken them through various incarnations and styles but they are still only in their mid 20s. And... and this is important: they’ve chosen to kill the past—their own past, even—to make their own future. The what-what, the feeling: Following on from the acclaimed EPs TAPE ONE and TAPE TWO, their debut album Dead comes as an intimate epic, thirty six minutes of…. what? What? You can call it hip hop or rap, but Alloysious, G and Kayus sing more than they chat. There's the s… Read more
'Konstellaatio' is the excellent new album from Mika Vainio's Ø project - his first in this guise since 2008's incredible 'Oleva'. Following on from the crushing technoid scapes of 'Kilo' under his own name and the blackened alloys of his ÄÄNIPÄÄ album with Stephen O'Malley, 'Konstellaatio' reveals the revered producer at his most sensitive, teetering on the brink of the abyss and projecting to the stars. Between the goosebump-inducing panoramic pads of opener 'Otava' and the twinkling electro-dub of closer 'Takaisin' we're made privy to some of the strongest material in his whole oeuvre, an… Read more
**Captivating, 34-song anthology of Early Recordings From Iran painstakingly restored from 78s at Abbey Road studio in London** "Ravishingly beautiful, achingly precious songs and instrumentals, ranging from two performances by the Royal Court Orchestra in 1906 — with futuristic, overlapping trumpets and exquisite clarinet improvisation — through to a hauntingly soulful Hafez setting by Moluk Zarrabi of Kashan, from 1933. There are eight selections from more than three hundred recordings made in 1909 above the Gramophone Company offices in City Road, Lo… Read more
*80 Minute CD version features the complete "Monkey Banana Kitchen" LP, plus the tracks from the 12" EP "Schizophrenia Party" (1981), the 7" singles "Film Music" (1981) and "The Big Dig" (1982), all originally released on Fresh Records* "Staubgold presents the legendary first album from 1980 by UK underground heroes Family Fodder, for the first time reissued on CD and vinyl. Guest musicians include This Heat's Charles Bullen on drums, guitar, vocals, percussion and viola. The Wire magazine listed "Monkey Banana Kitchen" among their "100 Records That Set The World On Fire (While No … Read more
*Remastered sound, insert / booklet with liner notes* "This 1979 album (technically her 4th, although 6 of these songs were also released on her 3rd), was recorded when Turkey was at its most politically polarized. Selda was sentenced to a total of over 500 years in prison right about the time it came out. A pile of acoustic guitars & baglamas all going off at once under a blanket of reverb, with lyrics about blood, wood, mountains, families, and desperate troubles, so it's a thick squirt for a folk album."
"With excellent sleevenotes by Lloyd Bradley (author of the classic book Bass Culture - When Reggae Was King (Penguin)) this album is dedicated to rocksteady at Studio One as well as covering reggae soul and the birth of reggae. Featuring an all-star selection of artists: Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Jackie Mittoo, The Heptones, John Holt, Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown and more. Tracklist: 1. The Eternals 'Stars' 2. John Holt -Fancy Make Up' 3. Cecile Campbell 'Whisper To Me' 4. The Heptones 'Party Time' 5. The Gaylads 'Joy In The Morning' 6. Marcia Griffiths 'My Ambition' 7. Alton… Read more
"Thou Shalt Boogie! is Bushman's Revenge sixth album for Rune Grammofon, a relationship that began with 2009’s You Lost Me At Hello. Its velvety, warm sound was captured at Athletic Sound in Halden, Norway, close to the Swedish border – a legendary tape-only studio with a 30-year history. Although there are three rooms separated by glass, they kept all the doors open ‘so essentially what you are hearing is everybody in one big room’, says Even. Superbly paced, and poised in the indefinable zone between composing and improvisation, Thou Shalt Boogie! achieves a fine balance between b… Read more
Thursday, 23 January
The bleary-eared swagger of 'Ghettoville' concludes Actress' album cycle begun with his debut 'Hazyville' back in 2008. As we're sure you're well aware, in the meantime he's released a pair of modern classics, 'Splazsh' and 'R.I.P.', two radically rugged, sophisticated abstractions of electronic music alternately rendered in crystal clear and far-more-murky resolution. With 'Ghettoville' it would appear he's wearing his black-tinted glasses again, the ones which don't show up his bloodshot eyes and give him license to prowl the most fugged-up interzones between dancefloor, bedroom and headspace wit… Read more
**Mills delivers an investigative mix of electronics, real instruments, dance performance, and monologues by astrophysicists. 22-page, 20 x 20cm book including texts (French and English), artwork and photos, plus CD and DVD (45 mins, no region)** "The theme of "Chronicles Of Impossible Worlds" is exoplanets, new planets discovered starting in 1995 which revolve around a star outside our solar system. Mixing music, dance and visuals, this creative work testifies to the advances of science and hints at the existence of possible other worlds. Following a period of investigation an… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Chicago's Supreme Cuts return with the hyper-forward footwork, pop, drill and R&B fusions of 'Divine Ecstasy'. Their canny balance of airborne raps and autotuned vocals from Haleek Maul, Yen Tech, Py, Shy Girls and Mahaut Mondino, paired with deftest studio geometries has to be one of the freshest fusions you'll hear all year. With both producers in their early 20s and only making beats since 2011, there's a palpable immediacy to the 14 tracks of 'Divine Ecstasy', parsing their mutual influences from Basinski to Herbie Hancock… Read more
Latest edition of Greensleeves' archival surveys compiles four classic dub CD's with 12-page booklet and sleeve notes by reggae historian Noel Hawkes. Disc 1 - Prince Jammy 'Computerised Dub', the riddim album versions to Wayne Smith's seminal 'Sleng Teng'; Disc 2 - Two Friends Crew 'Voyage Into Dub', early '90s dubs by the Shabba Ranks producer; Disc 3 - Shane Brown 'Juke Boxx Dub', includes dub versions of Morgan Heritage classics; Disc 4 - Alborosie 'Dub Clash', 16 dub versions from the 'Soul Pirate' and 'Escape From Babylon' LPs.
**Enlightening and often astonishing compilation veering between twanging psyche grooves and haunting big band jazz pieces, all with distinctly infectious Haitian feel for rhythm** "Unlike reggae and ska from Jamaica, or soca and calypso from Trinidad, the music of Haiti remains relatively unfamiliar to listeners abroad. Which isn’t to say that it’s lacking at all in depth of history or quality, in fact quite the opposite. Having included selections from Haiti on his Sofrito collections on Strut (and of course, possessing a deep knowledge of Cari… Read more
*Limited double disc edition of "Hauptsache Ich, includes the rarities collection "Silbernes Ich"* Hauptsache Ich" contains 21 songs from nine albums and spans a period of 32 years, from his first album "Blumen und Narzissen" to his latest work "Aus der Bibliothèque". Not bad for someone who never really intended to be a musician..."
*Limited 2xCD+DVD Tour Edition, only available as a physical product. CD1 features the original album plus the new single "Last Time" in three versions. Additionally you'll find a previously unreleased "Bad Kingdom" edit by Robag Wruhme. CD2 features the entire original album in instrumental versions. As bonus tracks the disc contains the instrumental version of "Last Time", the Jon Hopkins Remix and a previously unreleased instrumental version of Anstam's Dustified Dance Edit of "Gita". The Bonus DVD features the two official videos for "Bad Kingdom" and "Last Time", as well as the … Read more