Tuesday, 10 December
'Eye Of The Microphone' is an enveloping document of Swedish sound and recording artist BJNilsen's dérives around London whilst on a one-year Artist in Residency at UCL Urban Lab. In accordance with Situationist convention he strolled around without any particular plans and collected the sounds he encountered, resulting in these three extended, abstract portraits of the city capturing its quintessence day and night, in all manner of locations ranging from the rural to the guts of the inner city. BJ has an acute sensitivity to intriguing texture and timbre, and when those sources are fac… Read more
*Ships Friday* The increasingly ubiquitous Huerco S. services Dan Lopatin’s Software imprint with his debut album proper, following that seductive, rep-making trio of EPs on Wicked Bass, Opal Tapes / Boomkat Editions and Future Times. It’s top-drawer stuff, taking the new age ambience and rugged, smoke-choked house rhythms du jour and turning them inside out, opening up new zones of dubwise introspection. ‘Plucked From The Ground, Towards The Sun’ is a 90s Chain Reaction cut inspected through a smeared microscope lens, but it’s the minor key shifts and almost Autechre-ish edits of ‘Quivira’ … Read more
Monday, 09 December
Conforce plumbs icy, electro-dubbed techno depths on his third album, 'Kinetic Image'. Cold fusing desolate, aquatic aesthetics comparable with Drexciya or Dopplereffekt and the spaciously rent sound design of say, Thomas Köner, the Dutch producer has conceived his most impressively realised long player to date, carving a path from sub-heavy and deeply blue stepper 'Excess Mortality' thru the Convextion-like techno romantic pads and hydraulic flow of 'Spatiotemporal' to find water on Martian landscapes in 'Temporary Reversals' and pinging delays in the ice palace structures of 'Scientific Trajec… Read more
It's true, everything's getting older - but good music has a way of transcending that. Ex-Arab Strap bloke Aiden Moffat and Scottish jazzy type Bill Wells have been working on this record for eight years now, proof if ever proof were needed that sometimes music doesn't need to be dropped in with a date stamp. Wells' production and melodies shouldn't be a shock to anyone who's come across his music before but the way it matches up with Moffat's distinctive voice and poetry is nothing short of a revelation. The first thing I noticed about 'Everything's Getting Older' wa… Read more
Thursday, 05 December
*Please note audio here is completely different to the tape version sold separately* What west-headed whimsy have we here? Moon Wiring Club boots up his PS1 to share 'A Fondness For Hats' with the more esoteric electronica and beat craft. All audio was captured in the Curtain Draped Studio by Mr Paris Green and Dr Lettow-Vorbeck 1596-1992, and written by the Moon Wiring Club at the Blank Workshop, Clinksell, Northern England as usual, wreathing 22 tracks of eldritch sampledelia and the kind of village badboy beats banned by matron. It's all much claggier and wintry… Read more
Concluding instalment of this crucial series features five - count 'em! - previously unreleased Drexciya productions salvaged from Davey Jones' locker. It's another indispensable guide to one of electronic music's greatest enigmas, scoping breathless industrial electro classic 'Hydro Cubes' and the squirming funk of Living On The Edge' alongside some of his earliest, deepest dives, 'Depressurization' (1992) or 'Water Walker' (1994) and the electro-techno stinger 'Mantaray', plus the emotional highlights of 'Black Sea' and 'Sighting In The Abyss'. But you probably know those … Read more
**Oh man, it happened! Gentlemanly G, Dam-Funk, meets Snoop at his sleazy best on eight tracks of freshly starched West Coast slickness alongside Steve Arrington and Kurupt** Snoop says: “We're the babies of the Mothership… I’ve had funk influences in my music my whole career. Dam-Funk is cold. He’s keeping the funk alive and I knew I had to get down with him.” Dam says: "Snoop knew what I was thinking without me having to articulate it. That’s how you know when you gel artistically with someone… These beats were made for him and he laid down some of the smoothest harmonies and melodies I… Read more
"Anthology box set containing 7 hard-to-find and critically acclaimed albums, released on labels such as Cantil, Opal and All Saints. The box includes: ‘The Serpent (In Quicksilver)’ (1981), 'Abandoned Cities’ (1984), ‘The White Arcades’ (1987), ‘By The Dawn’s Early Light’ (1991), ‘Music For 3 Pianos’ (1992) ‘Through The Hill’ (1994, with Andy Partridge of XTC), ‘Luxa’ (1996). Also includes 76 page book compiling interviews and essays about Harold’s work from writers such as David Toop, Mark Prendergast and Mike Barnes."
"Limited physical edition of Brooklyn duo’s debut album, with bonus track not available on digital version. Brooklyn duo denitia and sene (spelled in lower case) are part of the emerging vibrant movement of underground American soul musicians that embrace electronics, analogue sytnths and MPCs. The Weeknd, The Internet and Theesatisfaction all share the heady, soulful and innovative feel that permeates their debut album "his and hers". Sultry vocals delivered by denitia with backups from the previously unheard (on the microphone) sene combine for a result that will rank with debuts for years to … Read more
Vintage futureshock alert: Cybotron's legendary debut album reissued replete with bonus tracks and extensive, lucubrate liner notes by Dave Tompkins (How To Wreck A Nice Beach). As any self-respecting electronic dance music fan should know, it's nigh-on impossible to overestimate the influence and power of Cybotron, especially their signature electro anthem, 'Clear'. The sci-fi obsessive duo of Juan Atkins and Vietnam veteran Rik Davis combined a love of Kraftwerk, Funkadelic and Yellow Magic Orchestra with Davis' military compensation to conceive a truly escapist sound that at once reflected the post-i… Read more
**Includes 4 art inserts** Young Turks proudly parade the fruits of their 2013 catalogue on this fairly priced CD. In among them you'll find an exclusive release of Sampha's Kuedo-esque cosmic soul bomb, 'IMO' alongside the likes of FKA Twigs' incredible, Arca-produced masterpiece, 'Water Me', The xx's 'Reconsider', and the strobing majesty of 'Sun' by Koreless plus the extended dub 12" version of Pional's 'Invisible/Amenaza' and Lost Scripts' bumping indie-boogie, 'I'll Be watching You'.
"After successful collaborations with prestigious guests like Jim O´Rourke and Oren Ambarchi and the widely acclaimed Fire! Orchestra release earlier this year our Swedish friends are back as a trio, lighting up a sonic blaze of rock based riffs and hypnotic jazz-psychedelia. As far from noodling instrumentals as it’s possible to get, the tracks are spontaneously combusting rituals with a clear sense of purpose. Each of the three members is gifted with a formidable technique and arsenal of tricks and effects on their respective instruments, and the album also sees acclaimed saxophonist Mats Gust… Read more
"Live orchestral album ‘Spiritoso’ in a brand new CD edition. The album was recorded in 2012 with two different orchestras in Vienna and Berlin, and features many Calexico hits and selected songs from the band’s latest studio album, ‘Algiers’. A must have for every fan and a great profile album for new fans. This Album was first released as a bonus CD of Algiers Limited Edition".
Off-road Balearic gold right here: 16 tracks of lilting drum machine patter and lushest miniature synth and guitar odysseys. 'Cloud Nine' is Golf Channel's follow-up to a reissue of 'Magic Table', reaching right back to 1981-1984 to cherry-pick from Spike's now-legendary quartet of self-released albums blending stripped down post-punk with traces of Steely Dan, Manuel Göttsching and Franco Falsini. Recommended!
Thursday, 28 November
*Limited Edition with Bonus CD* 'The Space Lady's Greatest Hits' is one of the most exquisite, quirky and heart-warming synth-pop collections you'll hear this year. It captures The Space Lady in her natural habitat - the streets of late '70s San Francisco - beaming messages of peace and harmony via cover versions of pop classics - an ohrwurming 'Major Tom', the haunting 'Ghost Riders In The Sky' and a hypnotic version of 'Fly Like An Eagle' among others - and original material played on a then-new Casio keyboard (bought after her accordion was robbed) whilst typically dres… Read more
*One of Numero's finest and most fascinating compilations yet - a gargantuan effort bringing together formative Minneapolis sounds starting with Pepé Willie’s 94 East project which gave local prodigy Prince his first airing, onto Terry Lewis and Flyte Tyme and Prince’s childhood sidekick/departed bassist André Cymone. Double CD housed in a gorgeous gold-embossed oversized box which includes a detailed book* "In the late 1970s, a peculiar sound began bubbling up from the land of 10,000 lakes. Buried beneath 50 solid inches of annual snow, Minneapolis ma… Read more
*One of our favourite albums of all time now reissued with a bonus disc featuring a full live album recorded in 1982* Antena's bossa-pop masterpiece 'Camino Del Sol' really is the perfect summer album - all swooning changes, percolated Bontempi melodies and the kind of bittersweet, understated euphoria that defined Belgium's seminal 'Le Disques du Crepsecule' imprint in the early 1980's. Antena were made up of Isabelle Powaga, Pascale Moiroud and Sylvain Fasy and were signed to the legendary Crépuscule label in Belgium. At times reminiscent of Kraftwerk … Read more
**Goat play all their tracks from 'World Music', live at London's Camden Electric** "In August 2012 Swedish band Goat released their debut album, World Music.The record went on to become one of the most talked about albums of the year, topping many ‘Best of 2012’ lists and the following year, the band took the album on the road. Starting off a triumphant year of shows was Goat’s performance (or Ritual as the band likes to call them) at Roadburn Festival. A ‘packed to the rafters’ performance was the perfect warm up to their first proper tour, that saw them take on the USA. Footage, audio and … Read more
Ali Wells aka Perc's Submit label follows that ace batch of Einstürzende Neubauten reworks with a full frontal compilation of noise and techno hybrids. 'Feral Grind' corrals Prostitutes, Pete Swanson, John Olsen's Henry & Hazel Slaugher, Hive Mind, Burial Hex and Bleaching Agent along with lesser known but no less engaging artists such as Profligate, The David Russell Snake, Mincemeat or Tenspeed and Housefire, making for one of the most incisive overviews of the sound that's come to define underground bowel motions in 2013. It ranges from proper ear-flossers like Pete Swanson's squal… Read more
Egyptrixx becomes the latest member of the Night Slugs crew to emerge from the maturation chamber dripping with futurist fluids and wielding terrifying cybernetic implants. The Canadian producer had always been one of the more alien elements of the NS team, a status borne out by his neglected 2011 LP Bible Eyes. While whatever memo almost all the label's producers got has often resulted in stylistic changes beyond recognition, Egyptrixx has retained his unique character in the chiming synths, dark chords and flair for the epic. While other ice-hot future releases of this ilk: Jam City's Clas… Read more
New on Death Waltz. "One of the finest modern scores we at Death Waltz towers have heard in a very long time. It’s simply monsterous, a huge sounding record that references John Carpenter, Goblin, Stevlio Cipriani, late 70s prog and early 80s electronic music all the while with it’s feet firmly in the present day. The minute we heard this score we knew we had to release it."
**Engrossing 4CD, 45-track anthology documenting the improvised songcraft of Abd Al-Hayy, a renowned Egyptian Classical singer at the turn of the century notorious as a bit of a lush. Includes in-depth booklet of notes in English, French and Arabic presented in hardback book-style packaging with concertina CD holder** "Abd-al-Hayy Hilmi, a talismanic artist in a non-conformist style of the Arab intellectual and cultural renaissance (the Nahda). At the turn of the 20th century, he was the king of Tarab (music). He was maverick in life, just like the way he sang. His personal ver… Read more
**With all new sleeve notes from John Carpenter himself plus brand new artwork, in a three-panel fold-out sleeve with pop up CD mechanism* The definitive synth soundtrack receives the Death Waltz treatment ten years since it was last available on wax. 'Assault On Precinct 13' remains the best known and most influential of all John Carpenter's inspired oeuvre, widely credited as one of the base roots of techno and electro, and sampled widely by everyone from Afrika Bambaataa to Tricky. This super-plush reissue is possibly the best it's ever looked, and now comes prepped with exclusive liner notes by Carpenter himself, Clint Mansell, Austin Stoker, and Chris Alexander.
**Lushest vintage New Age** "Sharing social circles and spiritual ideologies with artists such as Iasos, Connie Demby and Deuter, whilst splitting label release schedules with Laraaji, Laurie Spiegel and Wendy Carlos, the unique Florida raised soul mate duo known as Emerald Web released their privately pressed debut LP at an axis where post-prog rock met proto-new age and ambient electronic music. At the turn of the 1980s Bob Stohl and Kat Epple embarked on a ten-year spiritual journey playing at planetariums and laser shows above the same Californian silicon city that devised the early … Read more
'Wunderland' is a dizzying example of 1983-84 digital synth exploration conducted by Ata Tak co-founder, Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator. As you may imagine froman album adorned in surrealist caricatures of mutant, hybrid animals frolicking and playing instruments, the music in 'Wunderland' is more than a touch eccentric. It was created by NDW pioneer Dahlke after moving to New York from Wuppertal in North Western Germany, looking for inspiration amidst the madness of a megatropolis fully adopting the plugged-in sounds of electro after early hip hop. But 'Wunderland' is light years away from electro, be… Read more
Aerobic mystics, Joe McBride (Synkro), and Liam Blackburn (Indigo) aka Akkord, present a slickly engrossing debut album for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. It's the definitive manifest of their convergent interests in sacred geometry, mathematics, minimalism and bassbins, deftly balancing dancefloor appeal with the sort of detailed production appreciated by headphone and home listeners. Over its ten tarcks the genes of jungle, dubstep, techno and ambient electronics are spun out and re-encoded with razor-sharp grasp of spatial dynamics and rhythmic aptitude, presenting a perspective on 2013 w… Read more
*bEEdEEgEE is the performing alias of Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance* "SUM/ONE’ is his debut record as a solo artist. Brian’s immersion in art and music has covered the spectrum of performance, sound and visual mediums. Well regarded on the underground New York art scene, DeGraw has shown his paintings, sculptures and drawings around the world, both independently and as part of the James Fuentes Gallery stable in NYC, and has collaborated with the likes of Harmony Korine, Rita Ackerman and Doug Aitken. Best known as a core member of Gang Gang Dance, his group’s creative energy has always pointed the… Read more