Thursday, 26 June
"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
Brooklyn's finest minimal wave duo take flight to Ghostly International for 4th album, 'Par Avion'. With their shift to more visible climes of the musical landscape, Liz Wendelbo and Sean McBride have tightened up and honed their already sharp sound to a pop potency, still dealing in romance for a colder age, but now with more variety and contrasts - from upbeat to downbeat, slow to fast, light to dark. "Par Avion's rich diversity of sounds comes at least in part from the fact that it's an album-long ode to synesthesia. As singer Liz Wendelbo explains, “Sound makes me think of a scent, … Read more
Sonic Youth's quintessential 1988 Top-40 tribute album by their alter ego Ciccone Youth now available on CD from the band’s own Goofin’ imprint. Includes the classic “Burnin’ Up” featuring Mike Watt and Greg Ginn. Alternate mix of “MacBeth” appears as a hidden bonus track. In 1988, after hinting that a tribute to the Beatles’ White Album was in the works, the band about-faced and delivered this brain-sick celebration of pop-culture, experimental rock, Neu! and The Material Girl in particular. The album features such favorites as “MacBeth” (as well as a hidden bonus a… Read more
Collaboration with the renowned author Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White, The Fahrenheit Twins, Under the Skin) and Andrew Liles. ‘Ohrwurm' is a fantastical dark tale narrated by Michel with musical interludes, refrains, leitmotifs and sound design supplied by Liles. The CD is packaged in 6 panel pack with artwork by photographer Eva Faber and a booklet of the complete story.
*4CD foldout wallet with booklet includes original liners written by Newell himself with unreleased photos* "The legendary lo-fi band Cleaners from Venus formed in the small town of Wivenhoe, southeast England at the turn of 1980s by Martin Newell. The man, the myth, but to rock singer and part-time kitchen porter with a love of sunny 1960s pop music, punk rock and musical comedy. He never cared much for any kind of musical rule book and broke new ground with music that garnered a cult following and a highly-influential sound that continues to inspire. These 4 albums are the final chapter in… Read more
"Les Disques du Crepuscule present a remastered CD edition of Rhythm of Life by Paul Haig, the debut solo album by the enigmatic pop moodist who first made his name with Postcard label art-punk legends Josef K. Rhythm of Life was originally released in November 1983 and recorded in New York and London by renowned producer Alex Sadkin. A collection of nine polished club pop tracks, the sessions featured a stellar case of guest musicians including Berni Worrell (Parliament/Funkadelic), Jack Waldman (Robert Palmer), Anton Fier (Feelies/Golden Palominos) and Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins). The album… Read more
"Joseph Black and Raymond Schwab spent the years of 2011 - 2013 as full-blown pop junkies in a group called Honeydrum. Seeking ephemeral moments of truth and self-relevance, the two spent day after day on the third floor of a rundown building in a hole of a city in New Jersey, churning out what would become Honeydrum’s nine EPs. These releases stand as sonic manifestations of the two hook addicts’ pop addled brainwaves buried deep in blurry mires of fizz and fuzz. As with all growth both physical and metaphysical, the inevitable mutation of their vision was governed by evolutionary laws be… Read more
If Anything, the first full-length by Greys, is the young quartet’s own warped update of vintage post-punk; frenetic guitars running against walls of noise, held together by sharp strands of melody. Emerging from the vibrant Toronto punk scene, Greys are economical in their swift punches of noise, anchoring short bursts of mania with huge choruses. “Each song exists in its own space and represents different aspects of the things we like about noisy, dissonant music,” says singer/guitarist Shehzaad Jiwani. “But instead of being built solely around riffs, they were built with hooks in mind, too.” The … Read more
"The words and primary voice are those of Jad Fair, that enduringly idiosyncratic artist revered in discerning pockets of the global indie rock underground for decades. Danielson’s Daniel Smith has long admired Fair, drawing inspiration from Half Japanese (the band Fair formed with his brother in the ‘70s) on through to his prolific career today. Their discussions of collaborating finally came to fruition when Joyful Noise Recordings designated Fair its “Artist In Residence” for 2014 and Danielson was tapped as one of 4 artists (including R. Stevie Moore; Teenage Fanclub's Norman B… Read more
Thursday, 12 June
Martyn continues the wholesale switch to House and broken beat with ace 3rd album, 'The Air Between Words' for Ninja Tune. The D&B, techno and dubstep influences are now bound tighter into his inimitably slinky, driving arrangements, compared with the diversity of debut album 'Great Lengths' (2009) and the darker 'Ghost People' (2011) for Brainfeeder. 'The Air Between Words' feels fluid and organic, flowing naturally from piece to piece with an effortlessness that's become Martyn's signature. Ten tracks are sequenced sweetly from the field recorded textures and warm chords of 'Forgiveness… Read more
LA's celebrated soundtrack supervisor, composer and musician Brian Reitzell yields his most personal vision of cosmic highway sounds on 'Auto Music' starring guest spot from Kevin Shields (MBV), among others. In recent years Brian's probably best known for his work with Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), whom he collaborated with on the score and soundtrack for Sofia Coppola's 'Bling Ring', beside his work on the acclaimed 'Watch Dogs' computer game soundtrack, and playing on Air's 'Le Voyage Dans La Lune' soundtrack. Factor in previous work wrangling Kevin Sheilds out of hibernation for… Read more
"Many brightly shining planets orbit the twin central star of Cluster (Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius). To be clear: as soloists Roedelius and Moebius have long since worked with all kinds of musicians whose congenial contributions add even more colour to the polychromatic Cluster world. Yet no matter how distinctly their guests' creativity is expressed, Cluster's character is consistently audible. "Snowghost Pieces" very much fits the pattern: Tim Story, a distinguished electronic musician who had previous experience of working with Roedelius (Lunz, for example) and… Read more
Daydream Nation was Sonic Youth’s sixth full-length, their first double-LP, and their last for an indie label before signing with Geffen. Widely considered to be their watershed moment, the album catapulted them into the mainstream and proved that indie bands could enjoy wide commercial success without compromising their artistic vision. More recently, Daydream Nation has been recognized as a classic of its time: Pitchfork ranked it #1 on their “100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s”; It was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Re… Read more
Aus Music's Will Saul in the driving seat for DJ-Kicks' latest edition. A seamless 24-track sequence of sophisticated modern house touching on all corners of the deep and techy spectrum with cuts from Sei A, Axel Boman, Marquis Hawkes, Legowelt, Cottam, Youandewan, Gerry Read, October, Animal Hands and more.