Thursday, 28 August
"As a body of repertoire, these works are remarkable for their freshness of musical thought and energy (John Cage considered Wolff to be the most 'musical' of the experimental composers). The Project Wolff uniquely blends experimental concerns with classical tendencies.In these pieces not only are older composers referenced (Ives, Schumann) but Wolff's love of clarity of line and transparency of texture betrays an empathy with Webern, Haydn and Bach. This aesthetic is, however, combined with a tendency toward discontinuity and fragmentation, isolated sounds and silence, and, perhaps mos… Read more
Thursday, 21 August
*CD Edition includes 3 bonus tracks lifted off the DIAG004 EP* Neo-no wave agitator $hit & $hine dumps a killer funk load on Powell's Diagonal Records, hard on the heels of 2014 madness from the label boss, plus Russell Haswell and Bronze Teeth. 'Powder Horn''s wiry, banjoed skronk marks Craig Clouse aka $&$'s 1st new album since 'Jream Baby Jream' and that split slab with Gnod back in 2012. Poised between rambunctious clatter and clipped, in-the-pocket groove, nine tracks fling-a-body from the virile strut of 'Astro's Hat' to the burned-out Pump styles of 'Spray Bottle', taking in the rollicki… Read more
From hooded Wegie scamp to world-taking producer, Rustie continues to blaze a neon trail with his crackshot 2nd album, 'Green Language'. Packing all the stomach-churning, heart-bursting rush of a triple-barrelled mitsi, it's a dancefloor melding, accelerationist expression of emotions that can't be adequately summed up in the English lexicon, amped with guest vocals by D Double E, Redinho, Danny Brown and Gorgeous Children. It scales up the thizz attacks of 'Glass Swords' to impossibly ecstatic levels with his signature blend of tiered harmonies, crashing trap dynamics and traces of jaw-breaking… Read more
Reissue of 'Oceanheart', the 1986 follow-up to 'Synthesist' by Ashra drummer Harald Grosskopf. Whilst its better known predecessor dealt on the cusp of Krautrock's twilight period and new age spheres, 'Oceanheart' very much sounds of its mid '80s era with polished digital drums and synths balanced between the dancefloor and Miami yacht decks. The DJs really need to cop a listen to the taut, arpeggiated funk of 'Eve On The Hill', the MIDI-tethered tablas, slick bassline and sparkling pirouettes of 'Pondicherry Dream', and the airborne swing of 'Minimal Boogie', whilst suave home listeners a… Read more
'Synthesist' was created on the cusp of a new decade, as the New Age of the '80s was dawning and the titans of Krautrock had largely left their best work behind them. Harald had worked with the very best of them, playing drums on seminal albums by Klaus Schulze, the notorious Cosmic Jokers, Ashra, and Tarot before he retreated to the West German countryside with a MiniMoog and Revox Reel-to-Reel in 1979 to create his personal opus. It's been said elsewhere, but it bears repeating that this album feels like a symbiosis of the two eras, the proggy excesses of the '70s reigned in by percussiv… Read more
Ital continues to twist the putative conventions of house and techno on his third album in two years. 'Endgame' feels light years away from his earliest transmissions of natty, lo-fi house, and much closer to brooding, minimal, modern house and techno styles, eking out a headier, weirder space somewhere between the styles of Tin Man, Kassem Mosse, and Joey Anderson, for comparison. The difference between then and now is perhaps his switch from software to select pieces of hardware, resulting in a more linear plot and liquified, worm-holing momentum on 'Endgame', no doubt enhanced by mixing and mastering … Read more
"The Nature Of Connections" almost entirely features pieces composed by Arve’s collaborators. Recorded in the sparkling acoustic of Oslo’s legendary Rainbow Studio by Jan Erik Kongshaug, it’s an album with closer ties to Nordic folk and contemporary, minimalist chamber music than any of Arve’s previous releases. At the same time it features some of the most melodic and seductive music he has recorded. The trumpeter had planned to make an album with a string quartet for many years but never quite found the right formula. Finally, a special commissioned tour brought him together… Read more
"Par Hasard is a unique collection of avant-garde music by Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes and John Cage, all composed during the first half of the 20th century using chance techniques and operations. All selections are performed on piano. Iconic French conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp conceived both of his Musical errata in 1913. One consists of notes drawn at random from a hat; for the second, balls are dropped through a funnel into wagons drawn by a toy train. "Execution," Duchamp confided, "is rather pointless in any event." In fact both… Read more
LA's Mono/Poly makes good with his most high profile album to date landing on Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder. "From the first orchestral trills of “Winds of Change” you know you’re in for something special. As the track builds the listener notices not only the content but also the production chops – this is a record which sounds exactly as big, glossy and up front as its creator wants it to. Rebekah Raff adds scintillating harp work to “Transit to the Gold Planet,” but it’s the way Dickerson integrates it and builds on it which is really special. “Ra Rise” sounds like sunbathing in space, Niki Rand… Read more
Acclaimed and pioneering techno stalwart, Cristian Vogel presents this excellent suite of avant-garde computer music. Taking inspiration from Xenakis' rigorous application of formal systems, mathematics and number theory to open new routes in his compositions, 'Eselbrücke' manifests a bold and striking body of ten pieces sounding quite unlike anything in his previous catalogue. RIYL Andre Vida, Xenakis, Keith Fullerton Whitman.
*Two black polycarbonate CDs in a 6 panel digi wallet pack which includes poster insert* "XL compile ‘Pay Close Attention’, a label history-spanning compilation album. The album documents and celebrates the key releases and moments from the 25 year history of the label, says label owner Richard Russell: “XL Recordings is a collaborative endeavour, and many people have contributed to its evolution. In the song ‘Out Of Space’, Liam Howlett of The Prodigy provided a blueprint when he sampled Kool Keith of Ultramagnetic MC’s rapping these words: “Pay Close Attention”. And whilst XL has never h… Read more
**Impressive debut album of vaulted, GYBE!-like post-rock, new on Sub Rosa** "Oiseaux-Tempête debut album retraces, in a sonic odyssey, the qualms and queries of a sickly and dysfunctional Western society. The trio was created in Paris in 2012 by the musically versatile pair Frédéric D. Oberland (guitar) and Stéphane Pigneul (bass) (members of FareWell Poetry and Le Réveil des Tropiques) and percussionist Ben Mc Connell (drummer for bands such as Beach House, Rain Machine, Au Revoir Simone, Marissa Nadler and Winter Family). The band's creative process is intertwined with that of Stépha… Read more
**Standard edition** First new album in five years for the UK's funky house stalwarts. Somehow, after 20 years Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton manage to keep the same dancefloor optimism that's burned them onto the consciousness of anyone who's even flirted with house music in that time. This standard edition features 13 original production for the more colourful parties.
**Special edition double CD** First new album in five years for the UK stalwarts. Somehow, after 20 years Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton manage to keep the same dancefloor optimism that's burned them onto the consciousness of anyone who's even flirted with house music in that time. This special edition of their seventh album proper features 14 original productions for the more colourful dancefloors, supplemented by a 2nd disc of remixes and extended edits from themselves, Boris Brejcha, Gorgon City and more.
"Cold Specks, aka Al Spx, has returned, two years after ‘I Predict A Graceful Expulsion’. Hailed as a masterful and wholly original debut, the follow-up is radically expanded. The 26 year-old Canadian singer, under the sobriquet Al Spx, began work on Neuroplasticity while holed-up in a cottage in Wick, Somerset during the winter of 2012. The album was recorded at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango and Toronto’s Revolution Recordings studios and produced by Jim Anderson and mixed by Anderson and Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode). When Cold Specks wasn’t writing or touring she was pin-balling between as… Read more
"‘Brill Bruisers’ is the first new release in four years from The New Pornographers, who have been called “virtually peerless in the world of power-pop and indie-rock” by NPR Music. Of the album, lead-singer and main songwriter AC Newman comments: “This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that. I’m grateful.” Produced by band member John Collin (bass) with Newman, the album was recorded primarily at Little Blue in Woodstock NY and at JC/DC Studios in Vancouver BC with additional recording in Austin, Brooklyn and Vermont."
Library composer Sven Libaek's bossa-tinged jazz OST for an Australian TV nature series, aired on Channel 9 in 1965. "Scored for Vince & Carol Serventy’s 1966 Australian Television series Nature Walkabout, Sven Libaek’s pioneering soundtrack has long been considered the landmark recording of the unique genre, Eco-jazz. (Impressionistic modern jazz composed for Television documentaries, library music, educational and travelogue films). Creating a singular vision of his adopted homeland, Libaek composed conceptual themes and moods depicting the magn… Read more
*Mastered from the original master tapes - a library re-recording of the previously unreleased Doctor Who score The Invasion. Includes additional electronic tracks from Don Harper’s catalogue and music featured in GeorgeRomero’s Dawn of the Dead.* "A collection of Horror-Electronics, supernatural soundscapes and sinister library muzak from Australian composer Don Harper. Featuring nightmarish cues used in Doctor Who 'The Invasion' and George A Romero's 'Dawn Of The Dead’ Centring on the library music re-recording of the 1968 Doctor Who soundtrack The Invasion (A dark otherworldly Sci-Fi jazz s… Read more
“a cosmic, philosophical treatise disguised as an indie rock record.” – Pitchfork // “Wanna wake up wanting to listen to records / But those old feelings elude me / I raise a toast to the rock n' roll ghost,” sings Cymbals Eat Guitars frontman Joseph D’Agostino on the hyper-adrenalized “XR,” which sounds like a Tonight’s the Night outtake recorded at triple speed, with its braying harmonica and spitfire vocal delivery. It’s the track that perhaps best captures the spirit of the band’s third LP, LOSE, one of coping with abject loss and grief by rediscovering what you’ve always loved, as dif… Read more
The talented bod behind Blood Orange, Devonte Hynes presents his OST for Gia Coppola's major motion picture adaptation of James Franco's book, 'Palo Alto'. Across eighteen pieces, ranging from 30 second cues to drifting 4 minute themes, Hynes gives knowing nods to Lynch/Badalamenti and reflects the film's underlying sense of Californian surreality and teen anguish with a suite of plush synth pads, tenderly latinate acoustic guitars and just the right amounta computer processing to shift things off axis in a more ambiguous, emotional sense.
"It's about time someone got together a compilation of Time And Space Machine Mixes. From start to finish this is a full set of end to end burners - Warpaint, Jagwar Ma, Psychemagik and more all get the treatment. The perfect soundtrack to those phased-out psychedelic summer nights." Richard Norris operated as a duo - as The Grid with Dave Ball, as Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve with Erol Alkan - but when it's time for some solo sonic action, he records and remixes as The Time and Space Machine. We find him at it here: 'The Way Out Sound From In', reworking the most cosmic… Read more
"Intense, but at the outer edges of experimentation, Finland’s Jarse (yar-sa) are an off-shoot of the instrumental outfit Shogun Kunitoki. Repetitive, almost hymnal, keyboard refrains were bedded with drums and spidery guitar like a militaristic vision of Eno’s Another Green World. It was impossible not to be sucked in." - Kieron Tyler. As a band, Jarse didn’t materialise out of thin air: the members have served time in other bands such as Shogun Kunitoki, Kiila, Pymathon, Kemialliset Ystävät, Taco Bells, Dimi’s Re-connected (who operate Erkki Kurenniemi’s erstwhile instruments) and Pöllöt. Du… Read more
J Mascis’ ‘Tied To A Star’, the follow up to his acclaimed Sub Pop debut ‘Several Shades Of Why’, is led by the songs ‘Every Morning’ and ‘Wide Awake’, was recorded and produced by Mascis and mixed by John Agnello at Bisquiteen in Amherst, MA. ‘Tied To A Star’ also features guest appearances from musicians Ken Maiuri, Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion) and Chan Marshall (Cat Power).
"First gaining notoriety with the albums ‘Children Of Desire’ (2012), which Pitchfork hailed for its “glistening and emotive, earbleeding noise pop,” followed by ‘Totale Nite’ (2013), which NME likened to “a cultural jump-start” in their 9/10 review, Merchandise continue their ascent with the highly-anticipated new album, ‘After The End’. Drawing from too many places to be classified punk, they’ve certainly been informed by its ethics, earning all they’ve achieved. Still selfrecording and producing their music, this time over a six month period in the house they share in Tampa, ‘After The En… Read more
*CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package* "Music Blues is Stephen Tanner of Harvey Milk. ‘Things Haven’t Gone Well’ is Tanner’s debut as a solo artist and the first album under the name Music Blues. The album was completely written and recorded by Tanner in both Georgia at Harvey Milk’s vocalist and guitarist Creston Spiers’ house and in his Brooklyn apartment. Tanner continues on with the musical touchstones of Harvey Milk (Melvins, Gore, Earth, ZZ Top, Kiss and Judas Priest) while forging ahead into a strange and, at times, harrowing, unknown. Tanner’s life, from … Read more
"Akchoté is best known as an improvising guitarist heard solo or in memorable collaborations with Derek Bailey, Sam Rivers, Lol Coxhill, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, Han Bennink and many others. He has also contributed his distinctive talent to recordings by, among others, Luc Ferrari, David Grubbs, JG Thirlwell and Jean-François Pauvros. In recent years Akchoté has immersed himself in the study of medieval and Renaissance music, resulting in a mind-bogglingly prolific series of digital releases of the complete works of Carlo Gesualdo and Guillaume de Machaut, as well as ar… Read more
*CD version in 4 panel mini LP style gatefold package* "‘Glitter Glamour Atrocity’ is White Hills’ second album, originally self-released in January 2007 as a limited edition handmade CDR and unavailable on any other format until now. The album has been mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering with brand new artwork. . ‘Glitter Glamour Atrocity’ is a snapshot of the band in the midst of an incredible burst of creativity and was recorded during the same sessions that produced ‘Heads On Fire’ and ‘Abstractions & Mutations’. Sonically, it is radically different from anything else… Read more
Thursday, 14 August
One of Sweden's most underrated synth-pop/R&B exports return with their magnum opus, 'V' on Secretly Canadian. Building on the glistening examples of their two albums and the pop diamond, 'High Summer', they return with breathtakingly spacious production recalling work by TCF or Arca and encompassing soaring vocals, windswept R&B rhythms and light-footed house, but more often left to radiate beatless within their exquisitely realised soundspsheres. However, if we've got any gripes it's the unfortunate appearance of folksy fiddles and guitar riffs, which, if replaced with practically anything else, would enhance the album hugely. Oh well, it's lovely otherwise.
*Classic Sublime Frequencies, available on CD format for the first time* This is Raï music from Algeria as you've not heard it before. In the early 1970s, a new group of singers and musicians were operating on the northwest coast, and what they pioneered was a sound that eventually reached worldwide status by the end of the decade; however, their names are relatively unknown to this day outside Algeria. This crucial and defining period of the development of Raï is criminally ignored and overlooked by Algerian music historians and Raï fans. Due … Read more
*Classic Sublime Frequencies, available on CD for the first time*'Ecstatic Music Of The Jemaa El Fna' is a riveting and intoxicating document of traditional life in Marrakesh, capturing renditions of songs from the repertoire of Morocco's greatest musical exports: Nass El Ghiwane, Lemchaheb, Jil Jilala, Larssad and more. The tracks feature three central groups, Amal Saha, Mustapha Mahjoub and Troupe Majidi, with the latter filling more than half the record. Each band revolves around a set-up of amplified Oud, banjo and Mandolin played through speakers powered by car bat… Read more