Thursday, 13 March
A quarter century since their classic 'It's Cosy Inside', the brothers Ives have raided their vaults to piece together their super charming new album 'When The Past Arrives'. All 16 unreleased songs stem from the same era as their cherished early work, even dating far back as 1976, and have been sensitively remastered from original tapes. "With comparisons to Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Animal Collective, Cluster, and Brian Eno, Woo’s profile in the world of atemporal music has been growing for years. For the lucky few who know, like Fela, or Neu!, Woo has their own instantly recognizable vibrant… Read more
**Classic goth dance from a favourite of the Raime/Blackest Ever Black posse** "The Danse Society were a very special band formed in the early 1980's. They experimented musically with sound and attitude and released their music through their own label, Society Records, a very bold move at that time. During the eighties, the Danse Society created a reputation for lush and atmospheric sounds that separated them from the rest of the gothic scene at the time. The innovative and creative use of keyboards was the element gave the band their distinctive sound. This is a coll… Read more
A very tasty proposition of cosmic ambient soul with neat, proggy, jazzy vibes from Firecracker Recordings. The work of one R. Martirani aka Panoram, 'Everyone Is A Door' is an assuredly confident 2nd release, existing in its very own micro-cosmos of evocative soundscapes, deftest drum programming and lush yet super concise synths, all surely worthy of the deluxe packaging. RIYL Lone, Boxcutter, Ghost Box.
**A gorgeous, delicate and diverse suite of idiosyncratic composition ranging from solo piano to acoustic folk and neo-classical by a previous collaborator with Radiohead and Matthew Herbert** "John Matthias is a musician, composer and physicist. In 2008, he won the PRS Foundation New Music Award (The Turner Prize for music) with Jane Grant and Nick Ryan for the development of a huge sonic installation across the UK entitled ‘The Fragmented Orchestra’. Also known for this collaborations with Radiohead, Matthew Herbert and Coldcut, Mattias combines ambient, post classical pieces with heartfe… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label & 8 Page Booklet Of Lyrics* "Perfect Pussy are one of the boldest and most intriguing projects to surface in recent years, garnering widespread critical acclaim following the release of a four song EP, "I have lost all desire for feeling". Veiled beneath layers of exquisitely abrasive noise, frontwoman Meredith Graves’ lyrics are disarming, brutally honest and poetic, possessing a feverish intensity that can only be matched by Graves’ electric stage presence. Hailing from Syracuse, New York, the band is comprised of members from the local … Read more
*84 track selection of US R&B favourites from the early Jamaican sound system scene - a fascinating insight into the sounds that shaped early reggae (many tracks were subsequently covered by Jamaican artists)* "Finally, here is Jump Blues Jamaica Way, another 3CD selection which rounds up 84 US jump/shuffle blues recordings, which will be of equal interest to both Jamaican music fans and connoisseurs of classic US rhythm & blues. Before the development of its own recording industry, Jamaican music fans predominantly found musical fulfilment in the raw shuffle blues music that emanated fr… Read more
*New edition includes a bonus disc featuring an entire live performance (13 tracks), recorded at Amsterdam Melkweg on 7 April 2012 on their 30th anniversary tour, with original members Wally Van Middendorp, Wim Dekker and Pieter Mulder joined by new guitarist Mark Ritsema* "Factory Benelux presents a new deluxe 2xCD edition of Sparks In A Dark Room, the second studio album by Dutch electronic group Minny Pops, originally released by Factory Benelux in May 1982. Formed in Amsterdam in 1978 by vocalist Wally Van Middendorp, Minny Pops took their name from the primitive Korg drum machine … Read more
"Individually known as Plus One of the Scratch Perverts and Beni G of The Mixologists, and recognized as being some of the most technically gifted DJs around, on ‘Fabriclive 74’ Jack Beats keep the energy high, as they swing with consummate ease from bouncing house through crunching basslines to full blown mainstage mania."
"‘Piano Ombre’, the follow-up to ‘E Volo Love’, is Francois’ first album to be recorded in a bona fide studio (in Entre-Deux-Mers, the ‘Between-Two-Seas’, region near Bordeaux in France) and with a producer (Ash Workman - Metronomy / NZCA Lines). ‘Piano Ombre’ is a stunning and wide-reaching collection that reinvigorates the band’s gene pool of influences - from Afro-pop to French chanson and YeÅLyeÅL, mixed with more Anglo-phonic guitar-pop, like an aural atlas of gorgeous pop melody, zestful rhythm and lush ballads. It also manages to capture the ecstatic energy of the band’s live performance."
"Marcus Lambkin releases his second album as Sh*t Robot ‘We Got A Love’ via DFA Records. The nine-track album was recorded in Germany and New York, and features a host of guests, including DFA’s Nancy Whang, Reggie Watts, Museum Of Love, Luke Jenner, plus hip house hero Lidell Townsell and Australian singer Holly Backler. “For the guests on the record, it’s a mix of just reaching out to some people that I admire and thought might make a good collaboration. One of the greatest things about making this record was getting to work with Lidell Townsell. I’ve been a big fan for the longest tim… Read more
Sisyphus is the new name for the collaboration between Sufjan Stevens, Serengeti and Son Lux (formerly s/s/s), with a self-titled album partly inspired by the art of Jim Hodges. "Take the romantic stings and catchy choruses from the Illinois era, throw in some crazed electronic percussion, melted synths, rapped verses, and autotuned vocals, and stir."
Thursday, 06 March
"Haunted Graffiti wasn’t the first time a bedroom-cloistered Ariel Pink revolutionized his own sound and persona by taking to the stage with a band. The creator of last year’s re-issued Thrash & Burn – a psycho-delic sketchbook of vibes so sequestered as to be damn near claustrophobic in their intimacy – concurrently kept more than a few bands going in the late 90’s - early 00’s. Two of those projects our dear listener will find compiled here: “Gorilla” and “Appleasians”. This two-disc archival restoration was salvaged from the same scratchpile of crumbling CDr's an… Read more
Prolific micro-modular technician Nick Edwards aka Ekoplekz presents his best album by a mile with 'Unfidelity' for Planet Mu. You may (or may not) have noticed a dearth of recent releases from the former blogger-cum-musician since his Morrisian gush of fertile ferric ideas covered the release schedules between 2011-2013 under myriad names - Nunton Complekz, EKOCLEF (with Bass Clef), PLKZFX (with Nochexxx), Ensemble Skalecktrik, and eMMplekz (with Mordant Music) - on almost as many labels. To be honest this head just couldn't keep up with them, and for every ace we'd find a couple we weren't feelin… Read more
Peter Van Hoesen and Yves De Mey's Sendai duo transmit their most obtuse, challenging, yet compelling sonic architectures to date on 2nd album, 'A Smaller Divide'. Crafted remotely between their respective bases in Antwerp and Berlin, plus4 the odd jam session, they fluidly communicate jarring, splintered digital scree and complex patterns woven with dynamic sounds modelled from De Mey's modular synthesiser. Across a sheer topography of eleven parts, crushing, arrhythmic tangles of Autechrian complexity give way to passages of intense, rolling techno and industrial pads evoking imagery of impos… Read more
**2CD set compiling the inimitable Norwegian multi-instrumentalist's - 'til recently, vinyl-only - albums for Rune Grammofon. A wonderful, otherworldly synthesis of virtuosic performance and cutting-edge electronics** "Chron first appeared as part of the magnificent "Solidification" box set, but has now been made available on its own due to popular demand. The double CD comes with "Cosmic Creation", another new album that in many ways can be considered "Chron"´s twin album. These are true solo albums with Arve playing all instruments, both recorded at home and in various locations,… Read more
*Reissue on Mute* After a fourteen year absence, Michael Gira resurrects his legendary apocalyptic no-wave band for a fabulous new album on his own Young God imprint. Assembling a cast of musicians that includes familiar Swans and Angels Of Light conspirators, Gira also welcomes a few new members to the fold with guest stars including Devendra Banhart, Mercury Rev's Grasshopper, Bill Rieflin (of Ministry, REM and Robyn Hitchcock's band), Shearwater multi-instrumentalist Thor Harris and even Gira's three-and-a-half year-old daughter, who duets with Banhart on … Read more
*Mute Reissue* Swans may have only reformed in 2009, but according to Michael Gira ‘The Seer’ is the album that has truly been thirty tortured years in the making. Its predecessor ‘My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky’ (excluding the limited live album ‘We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head’) was a measured, low-key affair, more of a reminder of how the band had changed in the lost years between their death and rebirth than knocking their prior recordings out of the water entirely. ‘The Seer’ however is another beast altogether, simultaneously managing to cram in the measur… Read more
"First introduced to the world via their self-titled 2011 debut, Author return with their follow-up, ‘Forward Forever’. A collaboration between friends and fellow Leeds-residents Ruckspin and J. Sparrow, Author is an outlet for the two producers to explore deeper, more soulful paths than the tougher approaches for which their solo careers are known. First finding a home on Pinch’s Tectonic imprint in 2011, Author have since spent time developing their sound to incorporate a more natural-feeling, organic vibe on ‘Forward Forever’. Featuring guest vocalists ranging from Jehst and Stig of the Dump … Read more
**Edition of 450** Andrea Belfi, BJ Nilsen, and Simon James Phillips' The Swifter trio follow their 2012 debut for The Tapeworm with this recording of a live performance at Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, 2nd February 2013, made by Pedro Alçada. Augmented by the floating organ shimmer of special guest David Maranha, they coax a slow-moving, gaseous atmosphere from piano, percussion and electronics, at once fluidly jazz-wise but also patiently precise. The results are quietly intoxicating, building steadily over 30 minutes duration to a lush and heady whorl of sound with each player neatly mixed to flesh out the frequency spectrum. RIYL Supersilent.
**54-page book and CD** "Inspired by and incorporating fragmentary notes written by Franz Kafka on his deathbed to communicate with friends and family, The Patient draws from the texts of these conversation slips for specific imagery, textures, mood, gestures, and instrumentation. The score — essentially an index of suggestions to guide structured improvisation — was initially performed at Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio in the fall of 2012 by Olivia Block (piano/walkie-talkies/objects), Noé Cuéllar (accordion/psalter/cassette player/objects), Steven Hess (percussion/cassette playe… Read more
This is just gorgeous - Simon Fisher Turner has scored the BFI National Archive’s restoration of 'The Epic of Everest', the official film record of Mallory and Irvine’s ill-fated 1924 Everest expedition as filmed by Captain John Noel. Turner is renowned for his film soundtrack work which began with Derek Jarman's Caravaggio (1986) and Blue (1993), plus scoring restorations of Un Chant D’Amour dir Jean Genet (1950) and The Great White Silence for the BFI. This new score was composed, orchestrated and conducted by Turner and features Andrew Blick (Gyratory System), James Brooks (… Read more
**Moody blue minimal wave pop outta Brisbane, Australia. RIYL Sapphire Slows, Group Rhoda, The Space Lady* "The music of Scraps is a unique cosmic universe of emotions, thoughts and bedroom sound. Utilising a minimalist set up of drum machine, keyboard and synth mixed with a life time obsession of the electronic pop music of yesteryear allow Laura Hill's ideas to come alive. These are not cute brainless love songs however. Although love is an inspiration in a lot of the songs, the lyrics and themes mostly deal with the darker painful side of that irrational emotion. Depth comes in the way Hill ca… Read more
"For most of the recording sessions the core trio was augmented by guitarist Reine Fiske. Best known for his work in Swedish psych-combos Dungen and The Amazing, Reine is an old acquaintance of the band, and his recent exploits with Ståle Storløkken's Elephant9 had made the pairing seem like a potentially interesting one for Motorpsycho as well. So well, in fact, that he tagged along for most live shows as well as the recording of the new magnum opus "Behind The Sun". With nine tracks clocking in at just over an hour, the album also brings the "Hell, Part 1-3" from "Still Life With Eggplant"… Read more
"Axxa/Abraxas is the music and art project of Ben Asbury, a 23 year old from outside Atlanta, GA. His experiences as a record collector and music obsessive from a very young age are easily evident in his debut release. Going full circle from being introduced to 60's pop as a kid, through his foray into punk rock at an early age, into post-rock and Elephant Six indie, right back into 60's Psychedelia, Ben has honed his influences (Neil Young, Television Personalities), into a cohesive blend to adapt his own take on psych-influenced art-pop. The label enlisted Jarvis Taveniere (Woods) to record… Read more
"The Unsemble is a collaboration of three very notable musical personalities.You may know of Duane Denison (guitar, keyboards) from his work with Tomahawk and The Jesus Lizard, among others. He's in fine form here. You might know of Alexander Hacke (bass, electronics) from his work work with Einsturzende Neubaten, Crime and the City Solution, and his film and production work. He's at the top of his game these days. You probably don't know of Brian Kotzur (drums, keyboards) but you should. He has worked with Silver Jews and Harmony Korine, both quite popular with indie hipsters, slackers, etc.… Read more
**Theatrical soundtrack written by Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten), Mick Harvey (co-founder, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Danielle Piccioto (co-founder of Love Parade), and Paul Wallfisch (musical director at the Theater Dortmund)** "The songs on this album were written for "Republik Der Wölfe", a multimedia theatrical spectacle commissioned by Kay Voges and premiering at the Theater Dortmund, Germany, on February 15th, 2014. Subtitled "A Fairytale Massacre with Live Music", "Republik Der Wölfe" presents an intertwining collage riffing on the pre-moral tales… Read more
Debut album from the London-based Tech-House/'tronica producer. With one foot in the contemporary classical scene and the other in pop/indie circles thanks to his extensive profile of remixes for everyone from Michael Nyman to Hot Chip, Cooper presents an intricately detailed, if somewhat dated, album of tidy, clean and pleasant electronica split between cuts driven by whirring minimal tech house rhythms and sound design exercises, including two vocal appearances by Kathrin deBoer and one from Arbutus Records' Braids.
Thursday, 27 February
Nochexxx follows his debut album with the more accessible electro-funk freak beats of 'Thrusters' on Ramp. Working in space between Legowelt's sonic fictions and the skronky avant-dance music of NYC's Gobby, Nochexxx is on a wild dancefloor tip, bowling between body-rattling uptempo electro-techno, weird-ass electronica, spiralling acid, ghetto-tech and dotty synth dérives that sound like they were written with an infected sequencer. Good stuff.
**Foil-blocked slipcase contains Jewel case and 24-page booklet crammed with photos, artwork and liner notes** "With Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, the impacts of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on US shores and heartlands is revealed as a bludgeoning previously undescribed. In this collection, medieval Bonham thunk and febrile Iommi guitar leads crowd out the bluesy Americana that foregrounded those bands, replacing hippie pastoralism with mythology, armored conflict, sorcery, and doom. From legions of occult-obsessive 1970s bonehead teens, we s… Read more
David Tibet and his cohorts return three years hence 'Honeysuckle Æons' with the neofolk laments of 'I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell (A Channel)'. Mutually dreamt with These New Puritans' Jack Barnett (organ, sound design and voices), James Blackshaw (bass), Ossian Brown (hurdy-gurdy and sidereal SingSong), Nick Cave (voice and voices), Antony Hegarty (voice and voices), Reinier Van Houdt (piano), Norbert Kox (voices), Andrew Liles (electric channel), Tony (TS) McPhee (acoustic and electric guitar), Jon Seagroatt (bass clarinet and flute), Carl Stoke… Read more