Thursday, 07 November
**Remastered reissue edition housed in trifold spot gloss digipak with 24-page booklet of liner notes. Includes three tracks not on the vinyl** 'Prata Bagnati Del Monte Analogo' is a sublime and truly rarified piece of occult esoterica produced by the famous Franco Battiato and originally published in 1979 on a series he curated for Gianni Sassi's Cramps Records. This edition has been remastered by Giuseppe Ielasi from original tapes. It was inspired by the unfinished pataphysical novel 'Le Mont Analogue' by French writer Renè Daumal, himself a student of engimatic Arme… Read more
A label like Die Schachtel can easily overwhelm any listener with its vast catalogue, dividing its attentions between showcasing new experimental music (predominantly from Italy) and reissuing lost classics. In both cases you'll often find yourself confronted with works and artists you'll have had no prior knowledge of, and frankly, it can all seem a little bit disorientating, even overwhelming at times. This release is one that really shines out though - it's surely one of the finest Die Schachtel reissues to date and represents the uncovering of a genuine lost gem. Luciano Cili… Read more
Bureau B's latest raid on the Schnitzler archive unearths eight inimitable blueprints of proto-techno space music. They were all recorded in 1974-75 by the original Tangerine Dream and Kluster member but they've all only just seen the light of day in the last few years. Tracks 1-5 were released by Qbico in 2009 and range from amorphous, bleeping constellations to alien modular chatter to immense, minimalist motorik excursions powered by plonging basslines and primed for the freakiest 'floors. There's also three outstanding bonus tracks which have never been released before, among them one whic… Read more
Former Yellow Swan Gabriel Mindel Saloman slopes further into shadowy solo realms with his latest for the consistently excellent Miasmah label. 'Soldier's Requiem' is doubtless the most impressive in his string of records released post-YS - the dance scores 'Adhere' and 'Riots Don't Just Happen' - receding deeper down the spiral to a sound haunted with spectral keys, heart-aching string drones, martial percussion and sodden field recordings. It summons the misery of war in the bleakest colours, first swirling plaintive, subtly uncomfortable solo piano phrases into slow… Read more
Awesome Tapes From Africa gone done it again, pulling up Penny Penny's outstanding debut tape of slow house swagger from SA circa 1994. As with all the label's cherry-picked goodies, there's a brilliant story behind this one: the son of a famous traditional healer, singer and dancer (now Politician) Penny Penny hails from Limpopo province in Northeast South Africa - same as Shangaan Electro, home of the Tsonga disco sound - and had a rough start working on farms for r2.50 per month (25c US) at the age of ten. Jobs as gold miner, labourer and restaurant owner followed before he found employment … Read more
**Grandiose dubstep/electronica noise from one half of Dead Fader** "Like a contact mic'd ageless woodcut of just-post-feudal spiritual ritual, the whiteout drudge and dang of mud caked fertility dances dreamt up by some windswept, blotchy cheeked Dungeons and Dragons meister whose basement hovel sprawls beneath yet another godawful Berlin video artists medicinally white-walled studio apartment. Keep hearing descending washes of snow-tone squeal every time they put the tap on. Must get that fixed. Roasted to within an inch of its life. Early Loefah cd-r's indigested through Pat Maherr's '95 knock… Read more
"Best known as one half of the critically acclaimed Scandinavian pop duo Wildbirds And Peacedrums, Mariam Wallentin has been re-born as Mariam The Believer, an introspective and melancholic creation of forceful pop that characterises Mariam’s vision of hope, of light at the end of a tunnel. Amongst the foreboding instrumentation of her debut solo album ‘Blood Donation’, released on Moshi Moshi, Mariam’s powerful vocals are that light. As she questions on ‘The String Of Everything’ - “Don’t we want to learn something more, reach somewhere new and die someone else?” - her music is the… Read more
*New 10-track Album from the excellent CFCF, described by the label as "like Jan Hammer, Peter Gabriel and Fever Ray jamming in an airport lounge* "The dust’s not even settled on his last EP - ‘Music For Objects’, and ‘Exercises’ before it - and prolific Montreal producer CFCF (aka Mike Silver) has already got an exquisite new release lined up; his first full-length since 2009’s ‘Continent’, this is ‘Outside’, released on Dummy Records. With ’Outside’, Silver has managed to create something that grapples with how loneliness radiates outward and reflects the environments he finds himself in, even if he’s … Read more
Guido's sophomore follow-up to his acclaimed Punch Drunk LP is an assuredly mature and measured affair refining his feel for fluoro funk. Eleven tracks juice the tastiest traces of sino-grime, purple funk, jazz-trance (yesss), R&B and off-world folk with an inquisitive, considered approach that's deeply involving for the listener. Highlights have to be the cheeky juxtaposition of oriental hooks, scat and spurting grime on 'Heartful Dodger', the spaced-out keys and twinkle-toed bounce of 'Jupiter' or the militant pomp of 'NRG' for starters…
German disco king back with his first album in five years! Köhncke is dead good at albums - just check his modern classics 'Wast Ist Musik' or 'Safe And Sound' for evidence - and contains to prove his calibre with 'The Wonderful Frequency Band'. Taking what he needs from the essential elan of seminal late '70s disco, '80s electronic boogie and '90s house, and factoring it with a dry but friendly sort of Teutonic humour, he presents a warm, pulsing example of why Kompakt - the label he's long been associated with - is still relevant in their 20th anniversary ye… Read more
Old skool techno fiend A Sagittariun commits a beautiful debut album meshing myriad vintage techno, ambient and dub styles. 'Dream Ritual' casts back to that fertile early-mid '90s period when electronica/dance music were interchangeable terms and the whole AI movement (read: pre-IDM) was fresh, open-minded and smitten with the romance of possibility. It's easy to call it nostalgic, because it is, but it's perhaps better perceived as a reminder of what was, and what techno has become - in many cases a zombied, emotionless cadaver flogging itself into tomorrow. 'Dream Ritual' is techno in the… Read more
*New on Gizeh, features production and contributions from Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick and members of Mum* "Currently based in Belgium, Dutch-born Chantal Acda has worked under the Sleepingdog moniker since 2006, making three albums that closed on the "With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields" album for which she collaborated with Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid, A Winged Victory For The Sullen). After all this, it was time for her first real solo record and she sought out kindred spirits with whom she might record an album filled with freedom and intensity, and w… Read more
Lovely 2nd album of pastoral ambient and undulating techno from Finnish enigma, Ukkonen. In good company among No Pain In Pop's "polystylistic" posse of Karen Gwyer, Patten and Torn Hawk, 'The Ancient Tonalities Of' Ukkonen are a faithful nod to that bygone era of cerebral dance music when the likes of AFX, Autechre, Carl Craig or Squarepusher were making music rich in complex harmony, soothing melody and intricate rhythms that managed to challenge convention whilst gratifying the masses. The album's effortless grace belies a great deal of whirring internal mechanics and application o… Read more
Seminal Industrial funk from the Steel City pioneers. Originally released in 1984, 'Micro-Phonies' is a classic of their post-Chris Watson phase, combining slickest technological innovations with their tastes for world music, American jazzfunk and forward-thinking intention manifest in their itchy drum machine programming, hi-tech synthlines and track titles such as the killer 'Digital Rasta' and the faithful nod to 'James Brown'. If you don't know, get to know!
Remastered (from original tapes) reissue of The Cabs' 7th studio album, originally released in 1985. "Cabaret Voltaire, alongside Human League, Throbbing Gristle, Fad Gadget and The Normal, were at the forefront of the UK electronic movement of the late 70s. Way ahead of their time, Cabaret Voltaire’s blend of dance music, techno, dub, house and experimental made them, without a doubt, one of the most influential acts of the last 35 years."
Remastered (from original tapes) reissue of Cabaret Voltaire's first album released in 1983 after the departure of Chris Watson. 'The Crackdown' is widely considered to be one of the influential industrial funk unit's finest album efforts, honing a mixture of darker, dubbed-out electronic atmospheres and insistent vocals with grooves ranging from skittish industrial funk to proto-house and electro with the sort of deeply funky swagger and commercial appeal that saw them also gained traction with American club crowds at the time and has since seen them hailed as a big influence on Hip Hop and house music.
**21-track compilation charting the rise of underground punk across the USA. Features tracks by Pere Ubu,The Zeros, X Blank X, Theoretical Girls, plus 35-page booklet with writing by Jon Savage, Geoff Travis, and Peter Saville among others** "Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys Its Young - Underground Punk in the United States 1973-80 is the first in Soul Jazz Records’ Punk 45 series of album releases coinciding with… Read more
Nearly a decade since he gracefully bowed out with 'Lilies', it's a pleasure to welcome back Uwe Zahn aka Arovane to these pages. Whilst absent from the public realm, the legendary IDM/electronica artist has been beavering away crafting 'Ve Palor', a twelve track reminder of his heightened melodic sensitivity and grasp of complex rhythmic calculations. It's still hard to avoid the Autechre comparisons but that's gotta be a big compliment. Yet, where Ae have become increasingly obtuse, Arovane's music is more than ever defined by its harmonic and melodic richness whilst the beats are still knotted, metallic puzzles and insectoid micro-ecologies.
"The Roots Radics were the ultimate reggae studio group in the early dancehall era. They appeared on thousands of recordings, impeccably tailoring their rhythms for the producers who used them. This is a collection of their work with one of their earliest champions Jah Thomas of Midnight Rock. Recorded at the legendary Channel One Studio, these dubs, mixed by the finest engineers in Jamaica, including King Tubby and Scientist, appeared for the large part as B sides of singles and album tracks. They are gathered together for the first time, along with two previously unreleased cuts. The booklet features extensive notes by reggae expert Tony Rounce."
"'Blind Mouths Eat' is the 2nd album by The Doomed Bird of Providence. The album takes the style and content of their first long player (Will Ever Pray) into a more violent, death ridden landscape supported by a more eclectic and experimental approach to song writing, and featuring an extended line-up including Katie English aka Isnaj Dui. Thematically the album is broken into three parts with an overarching theme of helplessness in the face of terror and impending death. The first five songs loosely explore the sealers of Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island, off the coast o… Read more
"‘Shields: Expanded’ is a two disc CD set which features the original ‘Shields’ record along with the eight additional B-sides, bonus tracks and demos. Shields: B-Sides’ is available on deluxe 180gram vinyl with digital download code, and features five never before heard tracks, three of which are demos recorded in Marfa, Texas before the band officially began tracklisting the album in New York and Cape Cod. The Marfa Demos include the hypnotizing new single ‘Will Calls’ plus ‘Taken Down’ and ‘Everyone I Know’, as well as two beautifully constructed bonus tracks, ‘Smothering Green… Read more
**Deluxe, Independent retailers' edition, pressed to green vinyl and housed in thick Stoughton gatefold with die-cut slipcase and exclusive 7" featuring two non-album tracks and download code** "Wooden Shjips’ rise to prominence from the psychedelic underground to the rock and roll overground has been a steady sojourn. With each consecutive release, the band has found new ways of transforming heady psychedelic rock into minimalist masterpieces, bridging the gap between the woozy freeness of Les Rallizes Denudes and Crazy Horse and the tightly wound simplicity of Suicide and The Velvet Underg… Read more
**New 2013 edition** And so the last of the Loop reissues arrives: A Gilded Eternity was the final album by Loop, released in 1990 not long after the band hit the indie top ten with their single 'Arc-Lite (included on the second disc here). As with the other reissues in the band's discography, A Gilded Eternity is remastered from the original analogue sources and has been compiled with an abundance of extra material that's chronologically in tune with the original album recordings. The first disc reproduces the album tracklist from its 1990 issue while the second disc (not availab… Read more
**Glossy tip on-style gatefold slipcase** Visceral electro-acoustic drone music from Chicago's highly intriguing Coppice duo for New York's Quakebasket label. First impressions are important; the slow, gripping drone of 'Snuck Keel' is a vice-like handshake delivered with the intensity of Colin Stetson and Stephen O'Malley in a stare-out. 'Impulses for Elaborated Turbulence (Excised)' inverts and diffuses that energy with a haptic concrète sensibility calling to mind work by their label mates from Senufo Editions, which continues into the detached abstractions of 'Sop' - 16 minutes of bluster… Read more
**Edition of 200 housed in slimline DVD-style case** Arne Weinberg incurs darkest sci-fi atmospheres on his 2nd album as Valanx for Diametric. If i'm honest, the last time I remember consciously listening to Arne Weinberg he was making colourful, Detroit-indebted house and techno, but he since laid that era to rest with the end of his AW-Recordings and now pursued a much darker path that appeals to us greatly. On 'Ejecta' he ties up elements of D&B, post-punk Industrial, sci-fi soundtracks and IDM with a refined economy of groove and space recalling the work of everyone from ASC, Synth Sense and Central … Read more
"Folks will want to call this Josephine Foster's 'Harvest' - with its harp and pedal steel, its double bass and cascading piano. And it’s true, I’m a Dreamer beckons with a gentle hand, each note clear and crisp so that one feels each grain. Amid such delicate charms, however, lurk muses with rotting flesh, ugly ducklings and Djuna Barnes, wooden floors upon which no babies will be rocked. Wily is the heart that wanders filled with duende and desire, that rides the thigh like a parlor guitar when a strap just isn’t handy. These are songs comfortably at home in salon or saloon, dreams … Read more
"Donald Byrd was one of the greatest and most successful practitioners of the fusion of soul and jazz. In 1973 he released Black Byrd on Blue Note and it became the label's first million-seller. Taking their name from that album, a group of Byrd's Howard University students formed The Blackbyrds in 1974, and within a year they had delivered a top 10 pop hit. Their albums, produced by Donald Byrd and Larry Mizell's Sky High Productions, made a major impact on dance floors, urban radio waves and with black music lovers around the world. Their music has c… Read more
Thursday, 31 October
'Gold' collects outstanding archival material recorded by the legendary Conrad Schnitzler between 1976 and 1978 and previously released on CD in 2003 by Marginal Talent. As the label say, "the compositions are guaranteed to dumbfound even the most enlightened Schnitzler listeners", such is its strange mixture of spectral harmonics and alien electronic pop abstraction. It predates his odd pop period proper in the early '80s but exhibits that sound in genesis with highly structured sequences of rhythm and harmony modulating beside the sort of signature atonal experiments which marked his slightly … Read more
Quintessentially English eccentric and Plunderphonic master Vicki Bennett aka People Like Us presents her first physical release in two years: "It’s always felt important that my work be a total experience, not singularly appealing to either the eye or ear, for it to be as integrated an experience as possible. The music on this album was composed between 2006 and 2013 initially for five different live performances of moving image and sound. Since publishing formats have developed in recent years we’ve found the internet serves us really well as a distribution tool in th… Read more
**Portishead's Adrian Utley puts his own mark on the minimalist blueprint with deliberately slow, uniquely textured results** "Portishead’s Adrian Utley brings together an orchestra of electric guitar players to interpret Terry Riley's 'In C'. Written in 1964,‘In C’ is one of the most influential pieces of music from the 20th Century, it established minimalism as a music genre. In C's simple musical rules – 53 musical phrases in C and no duration - allow for infinite variations. Utley's impressive Guitar Orchestra is augmented by organs and a clarinet making for a mesmeric soun… Read more