Thursday, 29 January
"For listeners who like: Odd Future, Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin, Joey Bada$$, DJ Rashad, Kendrick Lamar. Acclaimed producer, Lee Bannon, got his big break in the hip-hop world while producing for artist such as Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Smoke DZA, Curren$y and more. Being taken under the wing of the Pro Era crew put Lee Bannon on the tour with Joey Bada$$ as his DJ, leading the duo to a celebrated performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Lee since has compiled his most popular productions for Joey and his team to create what is Joey Bada$$ / Pro Era Instrumentals V… Read more
Superconnection do that svelte, Teutonic minimal thing with bags of panache on debut album, 'La Mer'. Revolving experienced musicians from the Berlin and Vienna scenes - Hannes Strobl (bass), Hanno Leichtmann (drum programming), and Rupert huber (electronics) - they meld an uncluttered suite of arrangements finding the sweet spot between, say, To Rococo Rot and Steve Reich, or sounding out somewhere between Jan Jelinek and Radian. Thus, the atmospheres shift subtly between twilit Berlin glow ('Wasserfall') and sashaying Viennese elegance ('Say It'), with a dash of laidback, Balearic luft ('Mediterranes Klima') for good measure.
"For the Dodos "the best time to make a record is right after you've finished one" says vocalist and guitarist Meric Long. Having just wrapped up the sessions for Carrier, and fired up on the level of comfort achieved with brothers Jay and Ian Pellicci at Tiny Telephone studio, the duo immediately began laying to tape the batch of songs that would make up Individ. "The songs came together easily, there was not a lot questioning, just moving ahead with the feeling that we were on the right track. We were freed up to do whatever came naturally," says Long. And what comes naturally to the Dodos is crea… Read more
"Richard O’Flynn (drums, vocals), Norway’s Guro Gikling (bass, vocals) and Brazil’s Luis Santos (guitar, vocals), who met at university in Liverpool. A total democracy, the band write all music and lyrics together. Inspired by a shared love of hip hop and soul music, Guro calls their sound ‘psychedelic boogie’. For fans of Warpaint, Jungle, Fleetwood Mac, Cocteau Twins."
Thursday, 22 January
Ok, this is more like it - a crackshot slab from the crackpot producer putting his computer controlled acoustic orchestra thru its paces. As promised or alluded to in various interviews around last year's 'Syro' LP, he's done a proper Pierre (Bastien, Henry, Schaeffer) and manufactured a whole mechanical band of things that hit other things - mainly pianos, drums and gongs - to make a very pleasing sound indeed. It's the sound of an artist exerting optimal control over his instruments but allowing for, or even cultivating the natural infidelities of syncopat… Read more
Future soul star, Steve White, makes a keenly awaited return with his first release under the Beat Spacek moniker. 'Modern Streets' is his finest work since the last burst of creativity which yielded the ace Africa HiTech project with Mark Pritchard and the excellent Black Pocket sounds for his brother dBridge's Exit Recordings. In a fair reflection of the 'Modern Streets', it was created entirely on iPhone and iPad and even sends a daily update of his morning jog to your email account. That last bit is actually b******s, but the album isn't. Rather than a showcase of studio pressure,… Read more
Raster-Noton present the brain-flossing results of Frank Bretschneider's calculated muck-about on the Buchla and Serge modular synths in Stockholm's hallowed EMS facility. 'Sinn + Form', translating to "meaning + form", is the Raster-Noton co-founder's attempt to simulate the "fundamentally chaotic world as we know it" via mathematical and physical theories - dynamical systems, probability theory, stochastic systems - in an extension of humankind's endless endeavour to "recognize this world and to describe, predict, control and change it." To our ears, the results flux wildly between al… Read more
**Raging, boundary-testing heavy metal alloy from the American South. Rip your face off and spit in the abyss business** "The Body and Thou are bands with Southern roots that have been pushing the boundaries of heavy metal for over a decade. Both have maintained relentless touring schedules, a dedication to DIY ethics and aesthetics, and a commitment to push their respective brands of extreme music into previously unexplored territories. You, Whom I Have Always Hated is a new collaborative release that showcases both bands’ unique abilities to create music… Read more
**Features Dylan Carlson (Earth), and Markus Popp (Oval) among others** "Miscontinuum Album documents an impressive new work by seminal electronic musician Jan St. Werner, whose innovations with Mouse on Mars and Microstoria are well documented. Over a period of approximately four years Miscontinuum has been developed and refined as an operatic live performance in Munich, as well as a radio play. This recorded incarnation of the work is the third entry in Werner’s lauded Fiepblatter series, and features contributions by Dylan Carlson (Earth), Markus Popp (Oval)… Read more
*New, reworked version. First time on vinyl, includes a free copy of the album on CD inside* "Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisat-ions. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of elect-ronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "Apropos… Read more
*New, reworked version. Originally released 1997 on Captain Trip Records* "Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisations. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of electronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "Apropos" album. The tracks … Read more
"Siskiyou returns with ‘Nervous', a majestic album of carefully constructed art rock built around songwriter and lead singer Colin Huebert's stacked acoustic guitars and intimate, whispery vocals. Siskiyou’s sound has been previously dubbed a sort of ‘Northern Gothic’, conjuring cold winds and the life-saving warmth of temporary shelters and tiny hearth fires. With ‘Nervous', the band continues to push beyond the crisp lo-fi intimacy of its early work, and has forged its most confident and finely-crafted recording to date, moving fully into auteur and chamber-pop territory with a song cycle that bri… Read more
'Klavírní' is the 2nd solo piano suite by Berlin-based composer, producer, singer, DJ Ema Jolly aka Emika. Her 'Dva' album included a download of Dilo Parts 1-3, and this LP presents parts 4-16, played on a Karl Müller piano in Milton Keynes with a Zoom H4n portable recorder positioned directly behind the artist "so the listener gets the most intimate sound possible."
**Slickly iced krautrock retro-futurism, sounds like Germany's answer to East India Youth. Gatefold double LP with free CD version** "“Trans Atlantik” is way more than a collection of tracks, it is the pure essence of all the images, impressions and emotions Daniel Herrmann gathered during the sometimes endless and lonely hours of travelling. “Zeitraffer”, “Trans Atlantik” and “Android” are reminiscent to important electronic labels like Sky or Brain and stand in tradition of great artists like Klaus Schulze or Kraftwerk, without remaining in the past, but looking straight forward into the futur… Read more
"Irreal, the ﬁfth long player from Chicago's Disappears, is another trip down the rabbit hole. The album plays out as a dream sequence - hazed dub landscapes give way to the groupʼs most experimental and open music yet. If their last album Era conﬁrmed the fact that Disappears are on their own trip, then Irreal is where it kicks in. Eternalism, roboethics, identity - it's a Ballardian mix of imperfect melodies, half thoughts and good ol' dystopian modernity. Itʼs a master class in texture, pace and control. Produced by John Congleton at famed Chicago recording institution Electrical Audio, Irreal si… Read more
*First ever reissue, Produced by Lee Hazlewood and featuring three previously unreleased tracks plus in-depth liner notes by LHI Archive Series co-producer Hunter Lea with unseen archive photos. All tracks newly remastered from the original tapes* "The pantheon of performers known by but one name is full of superstars. Arthur–the nom de plume of singer-songwriter Arthur Lee Harper–is not one of them, but this gentle singer-songwriter and his wan, string-drenched, loved-up, psych-folk was probably never likely to be suitable for mass consumption. Released on Lee Hazlewood's LHI label, the haunted… Read more
*CD + DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, five bonus tracks and three videos* "Tender Prey’ is the fifth studio album from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and was released on 19th September 1988. The album was produced by Flood and recorded during several sessions over the course of four months in West Berlin - where the band were based at the time - and London. The album opens with ‘The Mercy Seat’, which has been subsequently played at almost all of the band’s live performances since 1988 and was later covered by one of Cave’s biggest influ… Read more
"Jib Kidder is the performing moniker of musician and artist Sean Schuster-Craig. Born in Louisville, raised in Georgia, educated in Michigan and bouncing between California and New York ever since, he has spent the last decade exploring a variety of approaches to psychedelic collage. In his audio recordings, songs, videos, sculptures, digital paintings, chalk murals & written work he has attempted to harness the humour and ambiguous poignancy specific to the experience of dreaming. The latest addition to Schuster-Craig’s unique and under-exposed body of work comes in the form of "Tea… Read more
*CD + DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, one bonus track and three bonus videos* ‘The Firstborn Is Dead’, co-produced by Nick Cave, the Bad Seeds and Flood, is the second studio album released by Cave & The Bad Seeds, and was originally released on June 3rd 1985. Cave explores his fascination with the American South, with references ranging from Elvis Presley to ‘Blind’ Lemon Jefferson. Recorded in Berlin, Cave later said of this album, "Berlin gave us the freedom and encouragement to do whatever we wanted. We'd lived in London… Read more
*CD + DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, three bonus tracks and three videos* "The Good Son’ was the sixth album by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, released in 1990. It was preceded by the release of ‘The Ship Song’"
*CD + DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, a bonus track and a bonus video* "With ‘Your Funeral... My Trial’ The Bad Seeds expanded their personnel by adding Thomas Wydler on drums, enabling Mick Harvey to display his considerable multi-instrumental talents. This was the band’s fourth studio album and was released on November 3rd 1986, and was originally released as a double EP, with production duties handled by Flood and Tony Cohen. Cave later remarked "That particular record, which is my favourite of the records we've done, is … Read more
Nina Kraviz’ returns with the latest DJ Kicks, featuring tracks from Population One, Jay Denham, Steve Stoll, Bradley Strider, Armando, Baby Ford, Porn Sword Tobacco & SVN, Plaid, DJ Bone, Polygon Window, dBridge as well as exclusives from Nina herself.
"Fantastic Planet is the soaring, evocative new album from Noveller, the solo instrumental venture of Austin-based composer and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. The LP is a journey through eclectic sonic terrain, blending rich waves of synth with soaring cinematic guitar lines, guiding the listener through Noveller's most diverse and compelling release to date. Originally self-defined as an electric guitar project, Lipstate began recording under the name Noveller in 2005 whilst living and studying in Texas. She uprooted to Brooklyn and subsequently made waves on New York's live scene, sharing the s… Read more
"This album is another chapter in the ongoing "there's-much more-to-Brazil-than-bossa-nova" saga. It's filled with disco-era tracks produced for the Brazilian domestic marketplace, some of which were hits, others which were quite obscure. What binds them all together - besides their common origins, time period and overall musical approach - is the fact that their reputation has been steadily transcending Brazil's borders. This has allowed these tunes to find their place on set lists, want lists and in the crates of the world's most discerning DJs… Read more
*CD + DVD version including the original album in 5.1 surround sound, four bonus tracks and four videos, including ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’* "Murder Ballads’ was the ninth studio album by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, released in 1996. As the title suggests, the album consists of new and traditional murder ballads, a genre of songs that relays the details of crimes of passion…."
New album from Zun Zun Egui for Bella Union - a “bone-shaking tropical funk bolstered with guitar hooks that sound like Congolese finger pianos. Produced by Andrew Hung of Fuck Buttons."
"Bonita" is a live-in-the- studio recording, featuring all improvised material. Anyone who has experienced this duo on stage can testify to their unique and telepathic musical dialogues, seemingly without the need to even look at each other. Whether on a stage or in a studio, their soundworld is magical, mysterious, beautiful and frightening, all underpinned by the evocative song titles. Sidsel Endresen is one of the leading vocal improvisers in the world and has worked as a professional singer and songwriter since the eighties. In 1990 and 1994 she recorded two solo albums for … Read more