Thursday, 13 June
OG dubstep/grime producer 'fesses up his debut album - a rugged and aware synthesis of dancehall, juke, bubblin' and trap with technoid UK flavour. Thirteen tracks oscillate from brute bashment with Parly B on 'A Serious Ting' to the hyper footwork funk of 'On The Floor' thru darkside boogie on 'Die Trying', to militant grime with M.I.K. on 'Boss', or blazing a fusion of Dutch bubbling and trap in 'The Fourth Rider'.
"From their beginnings as the house band at a commune of artists in south London, improvising to silent films and theatre pieces, Flying Ibex have progressed through a sea of influences including African tapes, Brazilian Maracatu and analogue gear. The band emerged at the end of 2012 with their debut album Travel in Dangerous Places ("Immensely pretty... I'm smitten with this record" Tom Ravenscroft). Largely the solo work of Barnaby Keen, the album laid out the songwriting and arrangement blueprint for what was to come - the polyrhythmic grooves, deceptively simple harmonies and wandering melodies … Read more
Sanguine, pastoral electronics and loop experiments woven with tape and FX, originally issued in 2007. 'Enspiel' is blessed with an unhurried and milky ambient charm, wending thru etheric interzones of sparse, dubbed out electronics, chiming drones and shimmering, gaseous headspaces.
Bureau B reissue of Der Plan's 1984 Japan tour album, now presented with new artwork by the band's Moritz R. The original 17 tracks were commissioned by the Japanese department store chain who booked the NDW heroes for a bunch of gigs and span the group's inimitable brand of melodic mischief and dippy wave rhythms from the jabbing delirium of 'Fleissige Ameisen' to the nursery rhyme daftness of 'Insekt', the schlager-y 'Schwarzwald', eccentric tribalism in 'Buback' and industrial dance-pop on 'Gummitwist' alongside four new bonus cuts including an instrumental of the aforementioned 'Gummitwist' and the oriental oddness of 'Elektro Platinum Saturn Gott'.
"Factory Benelux presents the very first soundtrack album by The Durutti Column, the legendary ensemble fronted by virtuoso guitarist and composer Vini Reilly. Treatise on the Steppenwolf is a soundtrack to the performance piece of the same name by experimental theatre group 12 Stars, written and directed by Gerard McInulty, first staged in Glasgow in May 2003. Freely adapted from the celebrated counter-culture novel by Hermann Hesse, the performance is a portrait a divided character in an ongoing state of conflict. The soundtrack album combines the studio reco… Read more
"Armed with his trusty Epiphone and his wonderfully emotive vocals, Mark Mulcahy recorded this new album in Northampton, Massachusetts with Henning Ohlenbusch. The album was mixed by Grammy-winning producer Paul Q. Kolderie, who has made some of the most important records of the past two decades by artists including Radiohead, The Pixies, Hole, Morphine, Uncle Tupelo, Warren Zevon and Dinosaur Jr. The record was mastered by Mark's longtime collaborator Myles Mangino. Mark Mulcahy is the former singer of Miracle Legion, an American rock band of the late 80s, early 90s who wer… Read more
Monday, 10 June
After an extended hiatus, Matthew Patterson Curry's Safety Scissors returns with a 3rd album - his first since 2005's 'Tainted Lunch' for Scape.
Thursday, 06 June
Seven years since their last transmission, the brothers BoC yield the darkly infected crop of 'Tomorrow's Harvest'. They've seemingly burned for fuel the guitars used to icky effect on 'The Campfire Headphase' and bunkered down to watch John Carpenter movies and 'Threads' on repeat, now returning to the sublime dystopia of 'Music Has The Right To Children' but filtered with a sort of entropic nuclear soul depletion. If we take the artwork and promotional cock-teases literally, they're now stationed in the deserted dust belt of a near lifeless metropolis, decoding… Read more
*Initial copies come with a free 10-track Nowton CD sampler* Mellow house and ornate, shimmering techno from Gold Panda on his sophomore LP. Fans of Caribou and Four Tet will find much to love in the generously melodic, intricately constructed 4/4 grooves the London-based producer puts on display, embroidered with samples and imbued with an organic, everything-is-alright essence that seems to make sense with summer (supposedly) on the way. We run the gamut from the supple minimal of 'Brazil' and more jaggedly programmed house swing of 'An English House' through to the chiming, circadi… Read more
Eagerly anticipated full-length on RVNG Intl. from Christelle Gualdi's Stellar Om Source, marking a significant departure from the no-age synthcraft she's long been known for and has showcased on numerous self-released CDRs and sides for the likes of Olde English Spelling Bee and Big Love. Joy One Mile began life when Gualdi acquired a mint Roland TB-303 and began experimenting with it; over the course of a year's gigging, she perfected seven compositions which she then laid down live, without overdubs. To get a fresh perspective on the material she handed it to Gunnar Wendel aka Kassem … Read more
**The debut issue from Finders Keepers' hugely promising new Cacophonic sub-label is the first in a series of rare records by French experimentalist Michel Magne: six pieces of extended vocal technique, musique concrète, and jazzier modes very much in keeping with Finders Keepers' quirkier tastes. A faithful reissue including facsimile of the original artwork and 12-page booklet of liner notes** "One of the very earliest full-length French concept albums - part radical manifesto, part pantomime. This anti-intellectual "physical" reaction to the bourgeoning musique concrete movement combin… Read more
Finders Keepers' newly minted Cacophonic sub-label triumphs with a remastered rarity by pioneering Belgian composer, Karel Goeyvaerts. 'Pour Que Les Fruits Mürissent Cet Été' is one of the earliest realisations by the former boss of the IPEM society (Belgium's Institute for Psychoacoustic and Electronic Music - make sure to check their recent compilation on Metaphon) and originally appeared in 1977 on the collectable Alpha Brussels imprint. It revolves around three extended pieces ranging from almost medieval, mittel European melody and electronic oscillations to sparse, minimalist pe… Read more
Ostgut Ton present their 2nd suite of music scored for ballet - featuring exclusive works commissioned from Henrik Schwarz, Dettmann | Wiedemann (Âme), and DIN aka Marcel Fengler and Phillip Sollmann (Efdemin). In comparison with the label's first Staatsballet excursion - 2007's 'Shut Up And Dance! - this is a more expansive and ambitious affair: each production unit contributes a whole movement in collaboration with a different choreographer. Henrik Schwarz yields a six-song cycle sweeping flamenco-style guitars, pizzicato strings and keys in elegant, effervescent rhythms underlined by plush bass and gi… Read more
*For fans of New Order, Demdike Stare, Andy Stott* On Perfect View, Swedish producer Hannes Norrvide returns with his third full length and it’s warmer and more inviting than any of his previous work. The album is composed of largely instrumental pieces, focusing more on beats, samples and general ambiance than its predecessor, last year’s Growing Seeds. Tracks like “Breaking Silence” and “Barcelona” highlight this shift in direction and overall mood, while tracks such as “Another Day” and “Vibrant Brother” stay true to Norrvide’s signature form. Overall this album ventures more towards rav… Read more
**Parched desert raga mirages dreaming of kosmische and classic drone** "Date Palms are a Bay Area group led by Gregg Kowalsky and Marielle Jakobsons that employ traditional rock instrumentation to create music informed by Indian classical music, country, minimalism, and spiritual jazz, arriving at a style that is wholly their own. ‘The Dusted Sessions’ is Date Palms’ first album for Thrill Jockey following releases on Root Strata, Mexican Summer and Immune. ‘The Dusted Sessions’ was recorded by Phil Manley (Trans Am, Life Coach) at LCR in San Francisco, including a session during the an… Read more
**Compilation of rare and out-of-print singles, compilation tracks and BBC Peel session by the short-lived art rock group** ‘Fifteen Quiet Years’ is a celebratory document four years in the making; a repository for allthe important Rodan recordings that fans of ‘Rusty’ have long wished they could unearth. Includes an unreleased BBC studio session for the legendary John Peel show from 1994, as well as Rodan’s long-out-of-print 7”s and compilation tracks. Features members of June Of ’44, Rachels, The Shipping News, The Sonora Pine, and Retsin. Lovingly remastered in 2009 by Bob Weston, Jeff Mue… Read more
**Emika works with Hank Shocklee on her 2nd album** "Produced by Emika, with executive producer Hank Shocklee (of Public Enemy fame) by her side. ‘Dva’ starts with ‘Hush (Interlude)’, Emika’s journey to her musical roots which led her to Prague where she composed and recorded two classical songs for 28 string players and Czech soprano Michaela Šrůmová - members of The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. With Emika’s taste for heavy bass-minded writing not far behind, she made arrangements to feature double the usual amount of bass players during her recording. Following this daring yet completely organic … Read more
The divine 'Nihil Obstat' finds baroque lute revivalist Jozef Van Wissem playing solo after a succession of collaborations with filmmaker and guitarist Jim Jarmusch. While still operating on the periphery of most known musics, Jozef's sound is a revelation waiting to happen for anyone who's not encountered him before, and this is as good a place as any to make yourself acquainted. His six pieces here express sensations you simply won't feel from any other instrument than a 14 course ebonized baroque lute. It's such an strange and gorgeous sound. You can easily imagine the power the instru… Read more
Welcome return from prickly-sweet Norwegian singer-songwriter, Jenny Hval, proceeding her excellent 2011 album, 'Viscera', also issued thru Rune Grammofon. This time she's deigned to work with super-producer John Parish, who's best known for his legendary work with PJ Harvey and here provides an at times surreal, always detailed, and spellbinding blend of robust pop and free-flowing rock music. It's a perfect match for the provocative novelist and artist's pointed and intelligent lyrics dealing with everything from the tragic Breivik shootings to gender politics and the psychogeography of… Read more
It makes sense that Mark Ernestus's investigations into the grain and grammar of rhythm have led him to Senegal - where Mbalax, an ecstatic fusion of Western music styles and traditional Senegalese drum music (sabar), has been flourishing since the 1970s. Hard-grooving, hypnotic, fiendishly swung - and with an instrumental palette comprised largely of talking-drums and sequencer-like marimba synths - it's easy to understand why it appeals to both the technical and intuitive sides of the Basic Channel/Rhythm & Sound don's brain, whose burgeoning interest in Africa has al… Read more
The release of Einsturzende’s classic album ‘Tabula Rasa’ as a two CD set. The first CD is the original ‘Tabula Rasa’ release from 1993 and is packaged with a second CD featuring the singles Interim and Malediciton.
**Timely reissue of an exalted electronic classic, presented on vinyl for the first time and including download code redeemable from the label** Way back in 1998 Isan issued this fresh new template for melodic instrumental electronica. Borrowing ideas from classic Kosmische and the canniest Canterbury pop before it, and offering a frothier option compared to the increasingly complex and austere arrangements of the Skam cabal or Rephlex and Warp-style IDM, 'Beautronics' was, and still is, a triumph of analog subtlety and naif sensitivity and was no less than a staple part of our musical diet at the sad… Read more
"Number 3 in an ongoing series of remastered CD reissues from the vaults of famed spiritual / cosmic label Black Jazz. Despite progress in civil rights, African-Americans in the early 1970s had it tough with segregation in schools, few employment opportunities and lots else. Doug Carn reacted to the times by creating a personalized strain of jazz music that expressed a loving hopefulness, He found a home at the Black Jazz label, where African-Americans called the shots and, of course, racial tension was nonexistent.
"My Only Warm Coals" neatly sums up a fifteen year span of Emil Amos' basement home-recording in nineteen songs. Using the 4-track like a mirror in LSD therapy sessions, Amos disassembles himself and leaves the puddle on the floor for the listener to contemplate without easy resolution.The record also arcs a period of 'lo-fi' recording technique and sonic experimentation that has largely gone undocumented in the larger underground culture, while epitomizing a supremely alienated sound from a person who wouldn't set foot on a stage for most of these 15 years."
Wednesday, 05 June
Monday, 03 June
Mark Ernestus presents his swingeing Jeri-Jeri collaborations with a griot clan of Sabar drummers from Kaolack in Senegal. Starring some of the greats of Senegalese music - octogenarian legend Doudou Ndiaye Rose and Youssou N'Dour guitarist, Baaba Maal, among others - produced by the Berlin legend, '800% Ndagga' showcases the breathtakingly complex and infectious talking-drum polyrhythms of Mbalax to a whole new audience. The project was conceived in early 2011 when Ernestus took a trip to Senegal and the Gambia and became hooked on the region's unique style. Through an unli… Read more