Tuesday, 01 July
I must say it's always exciting getting a new release from the Sun City Girls' aptly monikered Sublime Frequencies label. There's something about the un-forced messiness of their compilations that makes them so much more attractive than the masses of 'world music' cds I come across week after week, you actually feel like you're discovering music for the first time rather than being forced into an academically constructed box, and that's what it's all about isn't it? This latest emission is shockingly the label's first attempt at a single-artist album but don'… Read more
Monday, 30 June
Library composer Sven Libaek's bossa-tinged jazz OST for an Australian TV nature series, aired on Channel 9 in 1965.
Thursday, 26 June
*The first-ever compilation outside Algeria to focus on its pop, folk and rock scene of the 1970s. Heavy and psychedelic rock, dark and moody folk-pop and stoic cinematic tracks compiled by Hicham Chadly for Sublime Frequencies* Sublime Frequencies present a selection of classic tracks from Algeria's popular music history. Compiled by Hicham Chadly, the CD includes extensive liner-notes by Omar Zelig, Algeria's most legendary radio DJ. From the heavier rock and psychedelic sounds of Rachid & Fethi, Les Djinns and Les Abranis, to the haunting folk music of Kri … Read more
We'll be damned if this isn't the most enlightened, radical soul album you'll hear in 2014. The LA-based resident of Dublab and Leaving Records CEO broadsides all expectations with a densely crafted psy-pop experience that's taken us for six. It's as if he smelted the purest bits of hip hop, psych-folk, dub and electronica in order to cloud seed the fug of former releases and reveal his dazzling chromatic structures in all their gyroscopic glory. Patched with the expert warp and weft of a maestro DJ/producer and blessed by his most soulful sung/rapped/crooned vocals, it breaks down to ten kal… Read more
In 'Saman' celebrated cellist Hildur Gudnadóttir returns to Touch with the dramatic follow-up to 'Leyfðu Ljósinu' (2012). The album's title, meaning "Together", symbolises the connection of Hildur's two primary instruments, her voice and cello, and the way they complement, contrast and mirror each other. The results are engrossing, a solemnly beautiful, at times heart-breaking suite of richly resonant cello and poised, pensile vocals including a gorgeous reprise of Icelandic hymn 'Heyr Himnasmiður', plus the plaintive beauty of 'Heima' featuring regular collaborator an renowned bassist Skúli… Read more
*2CD Set featuring Jd Twitch, Lawrence, Fred P, Dj Jus Ed, Naum Gabo, Eddie C, Lauer and more plus a download code to redeem a mix by Dj Kent* “The first cd lifts off with a short but extra smart arranged track by matt karmil, an englishman in cologne whose house music easily loops in your head forever. just as the other house leaning one-off-tracks by the likes of the hamburg natives lawrence and julius steinhoff, new berliner eddy c, amsterdam’s rush hour weapon tom trago, or sweden’s always smiling seducer axel boman. Between their exceptional always good for dance tracks so… Read more
*CD version in 4 panel mini LP style gatefold package* "OOIOO have always created a musical language all their own. Under the leadership of Yoshimi P-We, also a founding member of Boredoms, the group have recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music. Four years of work went into making ‘Gamel’, their bold new album inspired by the Javanese style of gamelan and the first new music from Yoshimi in over five years. Gamelan is an ancient form that has inspired a great many composers and musicians over the past century, from Erik Sat… Read more
Pinch and Mumdance go B2B carving thru 19 exclusive versions and unreleased tracks from the the Tectonic and Cold laboratories. Following their september 2013 mix together, it's rooted UK dance futurism at its finest, twisting the lines of D&B, dubstep and techno thru grime and up-to-the-second bass dimensions. Opening and closing with atmospheric bookends by Logos, they skulk between Alex Coulton's darkside tribalism 'Sinners', Pinch and Shed versions of 'Obsession (The Possession)' to Mumdance's manic 'Sprawl', to Ziro's rigid overhaul of El-B's 'Buck & Bury', Nurve's aquatech cha… Read more
*CD packaged in a slipcase* "New collection spanning Studio One’s dancehall period - singers and deejays on classic Studio One rhythms, studio and electronic wizardry from the Brentford Road headquarters, lots of rare 12” singles, all effortlessly brought together to nice up the dance. When Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd first ruled the dancehalls of Kingston in the 1950s, fighting off the soundsystem competition of Duke Reid, King Edwards and others, few could imagine how far the reign of Studio One would last. However,… Read more
*Third Modeselektion volume, this time featuring exclusives from Fennesz, Nosaj Thing, The Fall, To Rococo Rot, Akkord, L-Vis1990, Illum Sphere, French Fries, Onra, Omar Souleyman and more across two CD’s.* Cd Tracklisting as follows: CD01 1 Fennesz "TOM" 2 Nosaj Thing "Dy" 3 Solar Year "Way" 4 The Fall "Fibre Book Troll" 5 To Rococo Rot "Miles An Hour" 6 Cid Rim "Pastis" 7 Akkord "Gradient" 8 Robot Koch "Sun" 9 Howling "Signs" 10 Born In Flamez "Time Hurtz" CD02 1 L-Vis1990 "Funk 4D" 2 Schlachthofbronx feat. Buraka Som Sistema "Volum… Read more
Killer Jamal Moss recordings first issued in 2010. This is is the one that Morphine Records and Alter lifted the title track, 'A Romance Of 2 Planets' and 'Spheres Of Madness' from. The rest ain't too shabby either. Well it is, but that's part of the point!
"Shivers is the trio of Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek), Gareth Davis and Leo Fabriek, who join forces to conjure up a surreal album of parasitic intimacy and intensity. Though the three have played and recorded together in various combinations, this Miasmah release marks their first output as Shivers and manages to pull out quite a few surprises. Named after David Cronenberg's first film, Shivers the album readily adopts this concept of body horror, the fear of bodily transformation and infection--a theory and technique that Cronenberg brilliantly captures with his first film and many thereafter. … Read more
*CD with 8-page booklet, limited to 300 copies - a definitive collection of 20 of the rarest Attrition songs with previously unreleased tracks, demos and alternate versions covering experiments with analogue synths, drum machines, tape loop, bass guitar and effects* "Another twenty tracks of primordial goodness from Coventry's Attrition. Martin Bowes gives up some his most remarkable darlings with the release of this new collection from the band's earliest days. A word of warning, dear listeners, these are the rough outtakes and alternate takes which never saw the light of day and which Bo… Read more
"British label Peripheral Minimal is in the process of releasing a retrospective compilation of tracks, with the Italian electro/new-wave group Hidden Place. Having released four albums in total, from 2005-2012, this retrospective album will feature three songs from each of their albums, plus an unreleased remix. As they gradually moved on from their most experimental first album "Weather Station", they put out a new album each two years that passed, in the end making it three years - with their latest album up to date; "Novecento". Being on labels like Hellektroempire, to Twiligh… Read more
"Collection of material from 1975 - 1982 by Brazilian artist Mestre Cupijó, entitled 'Siriá'. Siriá is a cross pollination between the music of the inhabitants of the quilombos, a Brazilian hinterland settlement founded by escaped African slaves, and the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest. Mestre Cupijó has created the modernised version of this local music, which has been igniting street parties and traditional festivals across the state of Pará in Northern Brazil for decades."
"Application are Martin & Richard Dust aka The Black Dog. System Fork was designed around the principle of Itamae, where ever detail was described and thought about before any work in the studio was done. This process took two years before a set of rules and principles were fully realised for the creative process in the studio. Working with Human & Shaun Bloodworth, Application also applied more design aesthetics to artwork, videos & photographs which will become the prototypes to a live show with video."
"In the short amount of time since the release of their album ‘Someday World’, the creation of ‘High Life’ was written and recorded over a series of sessions (some of which were open to selected media from around the world). None of the music on ‘High Life’ existed before ‘Someday World’ was complete. The experiment drew inspiration from the repetitive minimalism of composers like Steve Reich and Philip Glass and from the polyrhythmic music of Fela Kuti and funk, as well as continuing the work that Eno and Hyde have done separately. The resulting album - six expansive tracks over 45 minutes - reuni… Read more
"Brand new studio album from Remember Remember, following on from ‘The Quickening’ (2011). Recorded in Glasgow at Castle Of Doom Studios by Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, The Pastels, The Delgados, Super Furry Animals) and mastered at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright (Mogwai, Johnny Marr, Rudimental, Arcade Fire)."
Tuesday, 24 June
Thursday, 19 June
Four years on from the acclaimed 'Holkham Drones', Luke Abbott smudges deeper with this sublime sophomore LP. Titled in tribute to the Cambridge-based arts centre, 'Wysing Forest' feels more abstract than its predecessor, offering a bold but friendly challenge to those who simply wanted more of the same. To be fair it's not radically removed, but there are strong echoes of early radiophonic experimentation and a looser, noisier, ecstatically free-form approach to arrangement that unpredictably toys with our sense of anticipation and gratification. It's mixed as a play-through listen, each tra… Read more
Tom Krell gets a makeover upgrade on his plush 3rd album as How To Dress Well. Building his business relationship with Domino's Weird World sublabel, his sound here uncannily bridges airbrushed R&B production, lo-fi indie pop and wistful Americana styles over twelve songs oscillating between defiantly robust and achingly delicate. It's still easy to draw a line back to the 'Love Remains' album which first endeared him to the world, but the instrumental palette is now richer, "realer" and carefully (not that it was ever messy) crimped to chamber-pop degrees. Confessing influence fr… Read more
*CD Version splashed with a colorful spread of vivid archival imagery accumulated over a decade of research into the Columbus, Ohio culture. The liner notes serve as an in-depth history of Columbus soul music, linking The Capsoul Label with The Prix Label and Norman Whiteside's Wee project (recently sampled by Kanye West)* "Fifty records later, The Numero Group returns to its eccentric roots, Ohio's Capitol City and the sonorous Shangri-La carved out by the indefatigable Bill Moss. Filling in, around, and on top of our original The Capsoul Label collection, Capitol City Soul i… Read more
**Jacaszek's debut album composition for Touch, performed by Kwartludium** "For the past decade or so, Polish musician Michal Jacaszek has been exploring a new, resolutely modern chapter in Eastern Europe’s long, storied love affair with classical music. His creations are painstakingly crafted collages of electronic textures and baroque instrumentation, harpsichords being swarmed by woolly static one minute and pulled apart by billowing wind the next. A push-and-pull tension runs deep and constant throughout. Ambient music is rarely so sonically challenging. Jacaszek has reco… Read more
Curated by Richard H Kirk , #7885 (Electropunk To Technopop)’ compiles two distinct periods of Cabaret Voltaire - 1978-81 and 1983-85 - for the first time together on one release and follows the remastered vinyl release of ‘Red Mecca’ and already sold out box set ‘#8385 (Collected Works 1983-1985)’. Kirk explains: “I decided to gather the more concise elements of the work... Hence the choice of 7” singles, edits and shorter album tracks, a kind of soundbite take on CV.” The compilation travels from 1978-81 with a line up of Richard H Kirk, Stephen Mallinder and… Read more
The beast returneth as a topless horsey chimera on the cover of his umpteenth album, delivered on Planet Mu from his Winnipeg nest. The press release quite rightly frames the twisting, bucking narrative and fusion of symphonic strings with complex percussion and Mr Funk's own vocals on 'My Love Is A Bulldozer' in the context of an opera. It's instantly reminded us of some total Venetian Snares classic such as 'Rossz Csillag Alatt Született' (2005) or even the still sublime 'Moonglow / This Bitter Earth' (2004) 7", but also incorporates a strong vocal presence ranging from jazzy … Read more
*CD Digipack with 16 page booklet* Boris has always demolished expectations of what a band can do musically and aesthetically. In keeping with that tradition, they again flip the script for the band’s first official release in three years by serving up their most all-encompassing effort to date. Noise is an amplification of BORIS’ endless pursuit of musical extremes while moving aggressive, intense rock into new territories. In writing Noise, BORIS was intent upon condensing all that the band had explored over the years, in order to create something more bold, streamlined and powerful. An… Read more
**A serene confluence of compatible styles, FRKWYS Vol.11 pits itinerant avant-blues bard Steve Cooper with "six string squire" Steve Gunn** "On Cantos de Lisboa, Gunn and Cooper take emotive cues from Fado, the regional music of Portugal, which is in close plaintive spirit to the blues. A melancholy seeps into the music, while steering a wide berth from any bummer notes or pastiche. Cooper’s sparse effects toolkit and stately, gliding cadences are nimbly employed, while Gunn’s ashen voice and steady strum lend an intensely organic feel to the album’s improvisator… Read more
**RIYL HTRK, Cold Cave** "Female/male duo White Hex (Tara Green and Jimi Kritzler) released their debut album Heat in 2012 released on Avant! Records. 2014 sees their return with the follow up full-length, Gold Nights. The album is the second in a series of three thematically connected records which is based on a period of three years. The album's themes include tackling the deaths of friends over the past few years and somehow staying optimistic through that loss. Recorded after shows in Paris, Berlin, New York and Melbourne, Gold Nights explores Italo disco, minimalist techno and the more primi… Read more