Thursday, 06 November
"‘The Hum’ comes eighteen months after the band’s debut album ‘Pearl Mystic’, a record that steadily went on to become one of 2013’s most critically beloved releases. Even more ferocious and uncompromising than its predecessor and yet more melodic and focused than the band have ever recorded, ‘The Hum’ further cements the band’s status as a vital force in British independent music."
**Complex electronica with hints of Burial, Kuedo, Andy Stott** "Young producer Brogan Bentley returns with his debut LP, The Snake. Its 12 compositions writhe, slink, and crawl through the dark and hazy fog-scape of Bentley’s native San Francisco in the Year of the Snake. According to the producer, “The Snake is a sonic documentation of coming into new skin, living in it and shedding it.”"
LA's 18+ land the icy heat of debut album 'Trust' on Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. Pushing a coolly disaffected blend of '90s trip hop and screwed pop gloom since their trio of self-released mixtapes, they arrive at 'Trust' as a fully fledged and distinctive unit with an eviscerated sound palette and design perfused by proper slacker vocals. Production is handled by a cast including West Coaster Butchy Fuego, plus Mura Masa, Heavy Feelingz and Morbidly-o-Beats, all hitting a blue vein of blown-out trap and minimal, gothic atmospheres sweeping us somewhere between Tri Angle's early roster of AlunaGeorge, Holy Other, Evian Christ, and more recent Tricky works.
Thursday, 30 October
The 4th set in Hyperdub's 10th anniversary series features an exclusive Burial track among 28 cuts exploring the label's deep, rude and rugged dancefloor side. It's stuffed with killer new gear, not least Burial's blue roller 'Lambeth' but also nuff VIPs and remixes from core roster and friends of the fam. Highlights run from Cooly G's Dub Organiser era swinger 'Him da Biz' thru the lean, mean techno of Kode 9's 'Oh' ace and the minimalist slink of Ossie & PHRH's 'Ugly Observation', to a bubbling bambounou remix of Jessy Lanza's 'Fxxk Diamond' and a jazz re-fry of Matyn's 'Mega Drive Gneeration'… Read more
The mercurial Mr. Blunt keeps everyone guessing with the 'Black Metal' follow-up to his widely acclaimed LP, 'The Redeemer' (2013). Let's get it out of the way: it's not black metal, in the cold, Northerly sense, at least. Musically, its palette actually bears more resemblance to early Factory or Rough Trade records by The Durutti Column or Scritti Politti - or even Serge Gainsbourg - than anything remotely connected to Bathory or Burzum. And taken in light of his oeuvre, both with Hype Williams and solo, it's actually a canny appropriation of the term, subverting pre-conceived and connoted id… Read more
**Gatefold slipcase** Pev, Kowton, and Asusu collect all 12 remixes of their Livity Sound cache from like-minded and compatible producers. It's a smart showcase of their combined tastes, tasking the likes of Mix Mup & Kassem Mosse to rework Kowton's 'More Games' as a squashed, spacey bogle beside a pair of wrecked, kinky remixes of Asusu's 'Velez' from A Made Up Sound, and a pair of steaming reworks for Kowton & Pev from Surgeon and Pangaea. There's also a slamming MMM remix of Pev & Asusu's 'Surge', a high-pressure Tessela take on Pev's 'Aztec Chant', and much more from Ilian Tapes Stenn… Read more
Thirteen years since his debut LP, (Chris) 'Clark' strips back his sound to pure techno muscle and brainy arrangements on his 7th album. Presenting his sound as sculpture, thirteen tracks model dynamic electronic spaces flush with intricate, acrobatic arpeggios and endless reverbs urging his melodic flourishes into vaulted harmonies. Consumed as an album rather than individual cuts, it oscillates back and forth from dramatic moments and 'floor-ready slam, at best in the knackered trance chug of 'Winter Linn', the Visionist-like vocaloids flitting around 'Snowbird', and the swarming Black Midi-style arpeggios of 'Beacon'.
Steve Hauschildt and BNJMN select a wide range of post rock, ambient and abstracted techno aces for the latest Air Texture volume. Former Emeralds meber Hauschildt bookends tracks by Le Révélateur, Pulse Emitter, Dino Spillutini, and Jonathan Fitoussi on disc 1 with two of his own, lush compositions, 'Watertowers' and 'Pismo'; BNJMN follows suit with a canny collection of mutant, morphing electronics at best in Legowelt's eerie 'Vanished In Tromso', the rustling ambience of Best Available Technology's 'Sectomy', and a really gorgeous meditation called 'Rumori Circostanti di Melody Pops & Clic & Silenzio' by Hieroglyphic Being.
**First new album in three years by Ronald Lippok and Bernd Jestram** ""Adrift" contains 13 songs, four of which are instrumentals. The opening track, "The Tape", is an introduction to the sonic landscape of the album. Drum 'n' Bass in slow motion: A recurring hissing sound meets an acoustic bass and associative percussion. Tarwater roguishly refer to the acoustic bass as their "weapon of choice" and are fascinated by its elastic, vague expressiveness. The drumkit in the traditional rock format is conspicuous in its absence. Tarwater, who particularly in the British music press are happily and quite f… Read more
"‘Block Boundaries’ is the new album from minimalist composer Ryan Teague building on his previous releases for Type, Sonic Pieces and current label Village Green. Inspired by the theme of Psychogeography, the record fuses acoustic instrumentation with electronic and processed material, taking the listener on a hallucinogenic Ballardian journey through from the thrumming urban activity of New York, Amsterdam and London. Brooding opener "Site & Situation" sets the tone with hypnotic guitar and mallet chimes, emotive cello swells and surging bass synth, 'Last Known Position' comes on like a… Read more
**Bittersweet, Latinate pop laced with lustrous electronics and fragile vocals** "Helado Negro, aka Roberto Lange, recorded Double Youth, his fourth LP, in his home studio with a computer, his voice, and telepathic input from a poster he found buried in a closet in his childhood home. Helado Negro owes something to his contemporaries (Chancha Via Circuito, Matias Aguayo, Juana Molina, Bear in Heaven, Prefuse 73, and School of Seven Bells) but Double Youth is more a spiritual long-lost cousin to the great masters of funk, like Parliament, Prince, and George Duke, whose finely tuned beats marr… Read more
*Plunderphonic legends Negativland return with this foil-embossed book/double CD album* "Negativland’s new album finds the group tackling their biggest subject ever: why humans believe in God. Millennia-in-development, this ambitious and densely-crafted double-CD is packaged inside an actual Holy Bible which has been appropriately repurposed into a “found” art object. It’s All In Your Head intends to entertain, inform and provoke, mixing found music, found sound, found dialogue, guest personalities and original electronic noises in a compelling and thoughtful musical essay that looks… Read more
"Blame it on the Ramones. After Deerhoof finished recording demos for La Isla Bonita this past February, they began rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Halfway through a run-through of a long-time Deerhoof live favorite, their cover of the Ramones classic "Pinhead," someone offhandedly asked, "Why don't we ever write a song like this?" So Greg quickly dashed off a song on a scrap of paper, showed it to the band, and they recorded the breakneck stomper "Exit Only" in one take. "And we suddenly realized," Greg says, "this is the whole thing, this is what the whole record is about! A little backgro… Read more
Chaz Bundick (Toto Y Moi) flirts with the 'floor on his debut album as Les Sins. 'Michael' follows a trio of slickly discofied 12"s for Daphni/Caribou's Jiaolong label with eleven tracks indebted to '90s filter house, sytnh-pop and almost Mo'wax style broken beats, all factored with his super keen pop and R&B sensibility. RIYL Falty DL, Four Tet, 100% Silk.
Fresh from his cover feature in The Wire magazine, Richard Dawson rises up from the bed of the River Tyne with a voice that crumbles and soars, steeped in age old balladry and finely-chiselled observations of the mundane. Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour at once charming and abrasive. His shambolically virtuosic guitar playing stumbles from music hall tune- smithery to spidery swatches of noise-colour, swathed in amp static and teetering on the edge of feedback. His songs are both chucklesome and tragic, rooted in a febrile imagination that references worlds held dear and worlds … Read more
**Includes the tracks RGB and Fall Apart as an instant download** **DELS' sophomore LP starring production by Micachu and Bonobo plus vocals from Tirza, Rosie Lowe, Kerry Leatham** "Kieren Gallear aka DELS returns with his second album, Petals Have Fallen, and makes the step up from potential contender to full scale champ. Delivering on the potential he displayed on his first album, GOB, DELS has developed his own unique take on hip hop – intensely personal and poetic but also funny, scuzzy, raw and sonically adventurous. All the elements were there with his first record, but no one could hav… Read more
*Fourth album by Swedish husband and wife duo Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin* Their first album in four years sees Wildbirds return lean, hungry and defiant . In returning to their roots they have discovered an unblinking directness, a taut muscularity honed from years of intensive live performance . For the first time, the pair wrote, recorded and produced everything in their own Stockholm studio “We wanted it to feel like a live experience. Almost every song is one take. We recorded standing in the same room, no screens or isolation, looking each other in the eyes. In recent years,… Read more
Cache Cache / Finders Keepers commission Felix Kubin to trawl through his collection of German Home Recording Tape Music Of The 1980s to put together this killer comp - one of the label's very best. Running to 25 obscure one-hit wonders and hardly-known tracks - CHBB's 'Ima Iki Mashoo' is probably the best known to us, at least, which says a lot! - it's a rippin' trip around the tight knit but diffuse tape networks that Kubin was inspired by and tied to from an early age after witnessing a TV show starring performances by Palais Schaumberg, Der Plan, DAF and Der Körper und … Read more
*Deluxe 2CD Remastered and Expanded editions of Sextet, the ethereal yet rhythmic second album by Manchester postpunk funk group A Certain Ratio, originally released by Factory Records in January 1982*. Self-produced at Revolution Studio, Sextet saw the original Ratio quintet of Donald Johnson, Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop, Simon Topping and Peter Terrell joined by co-vocalist Martha ‘Tili’ Tilson. Written and recorded following a transformative sojourn in New York in late 1980, the album reflects Latin, samba and even jazz influences (eg Skipscada; Day One), while sti… Read more
*All the music Bobby Beausoleil composed for the legendary Lucifer Rising soundtrack, crafted by legendary occult/avant-garde filmmaker, Kenneth Anger. Remastered recordings spanning 11 years, from the '67 recording to the Tracy Prison recordings of ’78 spread over 4 compact discs clocking in at just under 3 hours. This is the first comprehensive CD version after 3 vinyl boxset editions* "Robert Kenneth Beausoleil was born under the sign of the scorpion on November 6th, 1947 in Santa Barbara, California. Roughly translated, Beausoleil means “Beautiful Sun”and Bobby has seized… Read more
'Xen' sets a definitive new apex for 24 y.o. Venezuelan artist Alejandro Ghersi aka Arca following his pivotal production roles on two of the most important hip hop/R&B albums in recent memory; Kanye's 'Yeezus' and FKA Twigs 'EP2' & 'LP1' - plus production work on Bjork;s next album still to come. Suitably housed among the roster of electronic legends on Mute, it's a nimble leap forward from last year's incredible '&&&&&' mixtape/LP, refracting myriad variations of his chamber-like fusion of vaporwave 'tronics, tarraxho and technoid pop queered with completely unique tunings and rent with exquisite 3D dynami… Read more
Thursday, 23 October
*Full-length debut from the elusive Shinichi Atobe, known for an incredible 12” on Chain Reaction almost 15 years ago and never seen or heard from since. Audio mastered and cut by Matt Colton, Individually numbered CD edition housed in a hand stamped reverse-board mailer and including 4 bonus tracks not available on the vinyl edition* Shinichi Atobe has managed to stay off grid since he made an appearance on Basic Channel’s Chain Reaction imprint back in 2001. He delivered the second-to-last 12” on the label and then disappeared without a trace, leaving behind a solitary 12” that’s bee… Read more
Oren Ambarchi caps a vintage and truly prolific year of releases with the pulsing, searching, 5-part narrative of 'Quixotism'. Underpinned by the pulsing truth of Thomas Brinkmann's computable drums, the session unfolds with a preternaturally hypnotic logic, consolidating a wealth of contributions from the likes of regular collaborators Jim O'Rourke (synth), Crys Cole (contact mics, brushes), Eyvind Kang (bowed gender & violas) and John Tilbury (piano) with new input from U-zhaan (tabla) and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, plus co-production and engineering by Randall Dunn at Avast, Seattle.… Read more
Master remixer DJ Koze collects 14 of his best circa 2009-2014 on 'Reincarnations 2'. The first disc highlights his 'floor-raising tech-house remix of Moderat's 'Bad Kingdom' alongside his woozy blue takes on Herbert's 'It's Only' and 'You Saw It All', whilst the second disc presents his expansive, lolling rework of Mount Kimbie's 'Made To Stray' and a slow-building version of Caribou's 'Found Out', among others. Better yet, the third plate includes his mildly lysergic infection of Zwanie Jonson's 'Golden Song', a killer hip hop cut-up of Gonzales' 'Knight Moves' and a chamber jazz-tronica overhaul of Soap & Skin's 'Marche Funèbre'.
Rodion G.A.'s magnum opus 'Behind The Curtain' offers a further nosey into the colourful archives of Romania's synth-y psych-disco pioneer. Following on from 'The Lost Tapes' and the 'Misiunea Spațială Delta' soundtrack, 'Behind The Curtain' rescues another 14 songs from almost certain obscurity on decaying reel-to-reels at his country cottage in Romania. It's a wonder that they escaped the hands of the notorious Romanian authorities, never-mind the oxidisation process, to still convey a life-affirming and joyous take on electronic music romping from the swaggering pomp of… Read more
Techno legend Adam X at his industrial-strength best on his fifth album in this guise. With minimal airs or graces, 'Irreformable' is a seductive, straight-faced invitation to the dancefloor's dark side, exploring 10 tightly bound strains of techno informed by industrial EBM and noirish sci-fi atmospheres. Whilst this stuff may be in vogue within certain sectors, Adam proves his instinctive commitment to the sound with physically attuned rhythmic prompts - no funkless stidgy loops here - and heavy atmospheric pressure at best in the skulking, electroid opener 'Interchanges (Enter & Exit)', the inf… Read more
Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen's Kiamos duo follow their 2012 debut 12" with a fully fledged LP of posh dance music. Both artists approach the project from similar angles, marrying mutual taste for mnml tech-house rhythms with more mannered neo-classical sensibilities. It includes the previous single track, 'Thrown' plus seven new compositions, at best in the elegant swing of 'Swayed' and the melancholic electro-house shuffle of 'Bent'. "“We decided to start almost completely over with this record, so most of the material is written this year with the idea of making a record that can stand as one … Read more
'Kollektion 02' is the official release to celebrate the 80th anniversary of august German krautrock pioneer, Hans-Joachim Roedelius. It includes 15 songs selected by British songwriter and lifelong Roedelius fanatic, Lloyd Cole, from Hans-Joachim's unparalleled archives, spanning the creamy ambience of 'Étoiles' from the 'Jardin Au Fou' (1979) LP thru the pastoral bliss of 'Schöner Abend' via the airborne waltz of 'Café Central' and life-affirmingly sweet breeze of 'Wenn der Südwind weht', among many other cherry-picked charms.