Thursday, 26 March
From some rusted womb, Akatombo returns with a 4th album of mechanised illbient misshapes on Hand-Held Recordings following his contributions to Graham Lewis ov Dome/Wire's excellent 'All Over' (2014) album. 'Sometime, Never' captures the atmosphere of an isolationist mind - quite literally; he's a Scotsman marooned in Hiroshima - in ten pieces of blown out dub and hip hop doused in late night jazz motifs, drizzly ambience and all round pallor of noirish intrigue. There are distinct parallels to be made between this and the kind of beats that Spectre's Wordsound were pushing back in the late '… Read more
**Debut album by the former 100% Silk regular for Ghostly** "Throughout Insides, Fort Romeau guides us down misty corridors lined with supple synth pads, quietly thumping kicks, and elastic low-end sequences reinforced by an emotive confidence. Thick dancefloor cuts like "All I Want" and "Folle" are built on such satisfying elements—sounds so full-bodied, you'd swear they're knocking against your bones. This, too, is by design. "I wanted to make sure all the songs have a tangible quality," says Greene of his LP's physicality, "to make texture and grain become as important a part of the vocabulary … Read more
*Follakzoid return with 'III', their third release for Sacred Bones* "Föllakzoid began seven years ago as a trance experience between childhood friends Diego, Juan Pablo, and Domingo from Santiago, Chile. Heavily informed by the heritage of the ancient music of the Andes, the band has learned to integrate this influence with contemporary sounds of their times, creating a rich yet minimal atmosphere. III is a four-part minimal sound voyage in which you can hear Föllakzoid’s musical language developing into something more upbeat, obscure, and sharp, yet even simpler in terms of elements."
"The new album from Portico, formerly Portico Quartet, features vocals from Alt-J’s Joe Newman, Jamie Woon and Jono McCleery* "‘Living Fields’ is an album of catharsis and redefinition, born of a desire to create newness out of loss and change..."
*Third album from Baltimore’s Jana Hunter aka Lower Dens* "Escape From Evil is a cinematic, tonally rich work. The sounds are clean and warm. The pulse of the album is strong. Melodies are potent and songs are physical. Lyrics are direct, frank confrontations with life’s common crises. The album title is brazen, and along with the grimly funny title of lead single, ‘To Die in L.A.’, almost theatrical. The album was produced by Hunter and co-produced and mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Cass McCombs). Other production elements came from Ariel Rechtshaid (Sky Ferreira, Vampire Weekend) and… Read more
**CD in a book-style sleeve with over 60 photo stills, includes interview with director Gerard Johnson** Matt Johnson returns with another soundtrack outing as The The, this time round for new film Hyena. Hyena is the third volume in the Cinéola series of film soundtrack releases - published as a deluxe edition CD/Book, packaged in hardback form and filled with additional and exclusive material including photographs, interviews, and stills from the films and notes from the directors.
*2CD compilation that comprehensively chronicles the first 8 years of Jamaican dub reggae, circa 1973-81* "‘Trojan Presents Dub’ boasts a track listing which features pivotal material from all the key producers and performers of the time. This is a collection that captures dub reggae at its finest - from its inception to its crucial, creative apex. Mesmerizing, meditational and downright ‘groovy’"
*Double CD collection containing tracks from the legendary Trojan archives* "The successor to Ska, Rock Steady first came into being during the long hot summer of 1966 and reigned supreme in Jamaica for two glorious years before finally being superseded by Reggae. This set highlights many of the biggest hits from the golden age of the Rock Steady years, with every track featured a major Jamaican hit from the period. Includes The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, Bob Marley & The Wailers amongst many more."
*Double CD, 40-track collection from the rich Trojan Records vaults* "Features classic sides from the peak of Jamaica’s roots reggae era, including such powerful and enduring gems as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s eerily beautiful ‘Dreadlocks In The Moonlight’, Culture’s rampaging ‘Two Sevens Clash’, Max Romeo’s ‘War Ina Babylon’, The Congos’ haunting ‘Row Fisherman Row’, Junior Byles’ ‘Curly Locks’ and The Heptones’ ‘Sufferer’s Time’, among others. A wonderfully sequenced compilation of the golden age of Jamaican pop music - no country’s pop music has ever been so ardently political as Jamaica’s was in the 1970s."
*2CD compilation from the Trojan Archives...* "Before the advent of Ska in the early Sixties Jamaican music was dominated by two other indigenous music styles - Mento and Jamaican Blues or Blues Beat. The calypso flavoured sound of Mento prevailed on the local music scene during the years immediately following World War 2 and remained the most popular homegrown style until the development of Jamaican R&B or blues beat in the late Fifties. This new sound was at first indiscernible from old style American R&B but soon developed a sound of its own that… Read more
Thursday, 19 March
**Chris Menist and Andy Votel return from Lollywood EMI with archives packing some serious disco heat! A must for fans of the Ilaiyaraaja, Thai Dai or BVollywood Bloodbath volumes** "Disco Dildar features rare plugged-in proxy pop from some of the country’s lesser-known teen flicks spanning the late 1970s and 80s featuring drum heavy disco guesstimates built around multilingual lyrics celebrating Saturday nights, Disco Dildars and Hindustani Hogmanays. These original synth-dripped 45 EPs are not from the front of the pile, nor the quirky result of some token musical tourism. The music found here … Read more
**CD limited to 1000 units. Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy, with in Houndstooth’s spot-varnished PVC outer sleeves.** Houndstooth collect Akkord's sickest EP to date, together with brand new remixes by Regis and Fis alongside grade A reworks by Vatican Shadow and The Haxan Cloak. In the original 'HTH020' Akkord ease off on the trickier elements in favour of focussing on sculpted, visceral sound designs done to powerful effect. The kerb-crawling half-tempo house pace and drizzly, sleazy atmosphere of 'Gravure' gives a brilliant opening for the collapsed 'ardcore structures of 'Continuum', splicing c… Read more
Scientist's 'Jah Life in Dub' is the dub album they didn't want you to hear! Essentially the unreleased dub companion to Flick Wilson's 'School Days' LP, it features nine killer dubs to said album, plus one from Wayne Jarrett's 'What's Wrong With The Youths' album, including wild and seriously deep desk FX versions flipping the recognisable elements of 'Collie Dub', 'Skylarking' and 'Shaolin Dub'. Replete with the amazing artwork - loadsa vintage images of Haile Selassie alongside quotes by the man his-self - it's a top-a-top package...
**The very long-awaited follow-up to 'The Cold Vein', featuring guest spots by MF Doom and U-God** "An air of mystique surrounds the careers of Harlemites Vast Aire and Vordul Mega, collectively known as Cannibal Ox. Fourteen years after earning their status as luminaries of underground hip-hop, Cannibal Ox release the highly-anticipated sophomore album, Blade of the Ronin. Serving as the follow-up to the duo’s acclaimed debut album, Blade of the Ronin is the embodiment of Vast and Vordul’s years of creation and properly serves to provide listeners with the grimy yet futuristic soundsca… Read more
**Includes CD-only bonus track** Soichi Terada presents a perfect entry point for any budding J-House connoisseurs with this compilation of slick aces off his Far East Recording label. Sought-after over there and everywhere else, they amount to a prime seam of early '90s house, with levels of plushness and seductive groove up there with the best stuff coming out of New York, Chicago or Detroit at that time. Best known to collectors and heads willing to shell out for originals, his sound has been championed of late by Ben UFO and Hunee, who're both known to slip his… Read more
**Dippin' way below the equator with a fantastic, 15-track haul of Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco & Mbaqanga from Soweto, South Africa circa 1975-1985** "Strut continue their acclaimed ’Next Stop Soweto’ series as they return to the rich archives of South African music to spotlight the fertile era of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Tightly controlled by oppressive Apartheid laws, South Africa’s music scene had nevertheless progressed into myriad new directions, embracing funk, soul, rock and disco. The era marked a crossroads for the country’s black musician… Read more
Jeff Mills presents his new soundtrack to Fritz Lang's seminal sci-fi, 'Woman In The Moon' (1929), in the form of a 32 track, 2 hour 15 minutes, 3 disc opus. Detroit's foremost put it thusly: "The soundtrack I've created is definitely grave, structurally spatial and ubiquitous. Tracks were composed as mute by standing characters that sometimes, comment and accent the moral logic of what is happneing on the screen between the actors. Fritz Lang's characters are well-established and perfectly groomed people who are looking for something more, something bigger. The musical transitions range … Read more
*2nd Volume in this ace series exploring rare Belgian New Beat and crossover industrial hits from the vaults* "With dancers and dj's from all over the world claiming a deserved second helping of the finest Belgian dancemusic crop, we went digging again in the vaults of our nation's rich dancemusic history. A solid selection of golden tracks from a multi coloured era, peppered up with lesser known nuggets that got lost in the mist of time took form after careful selection. A vintage selection from EBM to trance, from electropop to rave and back makes up for an extraordinary music rol… Read more
New album of affected electro-pop homage to classic Factory Records, by Manchester-hailing Lonelady for Warp Records.
"Cover Girls is a women only recording and has the following wonderful, unique, charming and beautiful women contributing their voices: Elisabeth Oswell, Katie Oswell, Gena Netherwood, Baby Dee, Jess Roberts, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Melon Liles, Lavinia Blackwall, Alex Jako, Miranda Kinkelaar and Bobbie Watson. The album includes cover versions of songs originally by David Essex, Scraping Foetus off the Wheel, The Buggles, UFO, Einstürzende Neubauten and many more..."
*Initial copies come with a bonus CD 'Chambers music lessons' audio with chilly as the teacher..."* "Since the release of Solo Piano II, Chilly Gonzales composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes, produced and released Octave Minds, the piano-meets-electronica album with Boys Noize and, most importantly, devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music. The result is "Chambers", an album for piano and string quartet (and a few surprises along the way). Inspired by the deepening relationship with Hamburg's Kaiser Quartett, the album re-imagines Romantic… Read more
Scuba returns with his 4th solo album, 'Claustrophobia'. Penned in convalescence following a bout of illness during 2014, it reframes the Scuba sound with moodier lighting and literal existential heft implied by track titles such as 'Why You Feel So Low' and 'All I Think About Is Death'. Essentially it's Scuba's Health Goth album, appropriating some traces of the collaged designer sounds associated with Total Freedom/HBA/Tri Angle to a palette of big room techno and brooding IDM/electronica signatures, leaden with industrial-referencing field recordings, like the Whitehouse-esque 'Family Entertai… Read more
"The new live record from the Tokyo-based all-female intrumental trio Nisennenmondai. Recorded Live in Hamburg by Johann Scherer (producer i.e. for Gallon Drunk, Bosnian Rainbows). Nisennenmondai formed in the late '90s and took their name from the Japanese translation of the then-current phrase 'Y2K bug'. Johann Scheerer (owner of Clouds Hill Recordings Studio, in Hamburg, Rothenburgsort) invited the band to his recording studio where they performed in front of a small live audience a maximum 64-minute long set which is exactly the length of 2 x analog tapes. The performance was recorde… Read more
**Expanded CD Edition featuring 84-tracks of US R&B favourites from the early Jamaican sound system era* "This 3CD selection features US jump/shuffle blues recordings, which will be of equal interest to both Jamaican music fans and connoisseurs of classic US rhythm & blues. Putting this compilation together was no easy matter, considering that many labels scratched out their releases and were retitled by DJs keen to preserve their “exclusives”, meaning that they were known on the island by their sound system titles. This is the music that provided the inspirati… Read more
"Elizabeth Eaton Converse grew up in Laconia, New Hampshire in 1924. Described as a polymath, she attended Mt. Holyoke College, but by 1944 she decided to leave college and, in 1949, she made her way to New York City. Over the course of the next decade, in addition to acquiring her new moniker, “Connie” wrote and recorded songs that captured the hearts of those close to her. Some were recorded by the artist in her Greenwich Village apartment, others by friends enamored of the music. These included animator Gene Deitch and his colleague Bill Bernal, who helped coordinate an appearanc… Read more
"‘Lease Of Life’ is the follow up to ‘Have Some Faith In Magic’. Formulated on the Hebridean Isle Of Jura - the location where George Orwell wrote ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ and the place where The KLF are rumoured to have burned a million pounds - the new album combines the exploration of fresh soundworlds with their most accessible, immediate songwriting yet. Incorporating featured vocalists Cecila Stamp and Bek Oliva, ‘Lease Of Life’ is also the band’s most cohesive album statement to date bound by recurring constituents and accomplished craft. For fans of Alt-J, Django Django, Beach House, Chvrches, London Grammar..."
"St. Jude’s ear for pop music and the sound of teenage rebellion had been sharpened over the years since he first started playing in dance bands across the northeast US in the mid-60s. His first solo album’ ‘Here I Am’, was released in 1977. Even though ‘Gang War’ is a studio recording, it captured entirely his presence and incendiary vibe. FM St. Jude’s musical concept for ‘Gang War’ formed a synthesis of different rock styles then in vogue, played expertly by studio pros capable of generating the sound of the radio in all its forms. Marinated in the sounds of Rush, ELP, Styx, Jour… Read more
Thursday, 12 March
Mumdance resets the game with his astonishing, dynamic mix for Fabric. Running a gamut of affective styles - from atonal noise thru happy hardcore and full-bore grime - he shows up most modern selectors as pedestrian with the unprecedented breadth of his vision and adroit intricacy of layered blends and angular cuts. Seriously, who else would traverse tracks by Shapednoise, @C, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Fis and Sculpture in the opening passage of a Fabric mix?! We're clearly in bold new territory here, and it's exhilarating to witness where, and just how far out, he takes the session witho… Read more
**Edition of 100 housed in folded riso-print artwork** ONO make good with the 3rd session of lower-case composition by Watch Repair, who were last spotted in Jon K's Reel Torque mix and, most notably, as part of Fact Magazine's "Most Important Records of the Decade So Far" list. In contrast to the stark simplicity and conceptual beauty of their much-loved 'Stopped Clock Chimes', they course looser vectors of improvised guitar, accordion, "shadow synth" and violin washed with field recordings and sprinkled with electronic tweaks along 'The Tidal Path'. With a sense of Cageian magick, they … Read more