Thursday, 29 May
"Following their debut EP from last year Eyes in the Ground (Chapel Yard Records) Exotic Pylon presents Fluttercage, the debut album from Matt Bower and April Larson aka Isobel Ccircle. Matt Bower (The Revenant Sea, Wizards Tell Lies) whose influences run the gamut from the Radiophonic Workshop to Pan Sonic via Tom Waits is Yorkshire-based whilst April Larson keeps Snakes and self-releases oneironautic CDr’s from her native Louisiana. If you need to categorise Isobel Ccircle~ then you might find yourself referring to dark ambient or drone which is useful for a press release but otherwise hop… Read more
Following their quietly released 2011 debut ‘American Specialties’, ‘Light Up Gold’ caught the ears of everyone paying even a little bit of attention, garnering glowing reviews across the board for its weird colours and raw energy-saturated punk songs that offered crystal clear lyrical snapshots of city life. It was immediately memorable - a vivid portrait of ragged days, listlessness, aimlessness and urgency, broadcast with the intimacy of hearing a stranger’s thoughts as you passed them on the street. ‘Sunbathing Animal’ isn’t a record about hopelessness, as any sort of incarc… Read more
"Glass Boys’ carries echoes of some of the more ragged and adventurous bands from America’s punk past (Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr.) but it also has some of the anthemic charge of The Who and the guttural intensity of Negative Approach. Singer Damian Abraham still growls like a demon but he’s found more range and depth in his bark. Drummer Jonah Falco does something innovative on the album, adding two separate drum tracks, one of them in half-time, adding a psychedelic, disorienting feel. The triple guitar battalion of Mike Haliechuk, Ben Cook and Josh Zucker still builds symphonies out of feedback an… Read more
"Second release on Happy Death from Alice Boman, whose voice hits with the emotional force and haunting fragility of Nina Simone. Recorded in a cabin in the woods near her home town of Malmö, Sweden. Boman has a penchant for creating beauty through simplicity, her lyrics are direct and incredibly revealing. For fans of Stina Nordenstam and Joanna Newsom."
Tuesday, 27 May
Thursday, 22 May
Unparalleled cello virtuoso Arne Deforce forges a compelling and convincing union with Mika Vainio in the often jaw-dropping 'Hephaestus', their only recording together, made in December 2011 at Vorhuit, Ghent. Taking its mantle from the Greek and Roman god of fire (celestial blacksmith; craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals, metallurgy, fire and volcanoes - an all round stand-up guy), they pull no punches with a crushing display of instrumental and electronic might worthy of such lofty allusions. To be fair they could have called it 'Gary' and there'd be no less gravity to proceed… Read more
**Compiled by New Order and featuring exclusive live version of 'Your Silent Face'. Gatefold jacket includes extensive liner notes by James Nice** Cherry-picked compilation of '80s NYC/MCR dancefloor gems, issued to assist Michael Shamberg, who ran OFNY's offices during their heyday. It's a prime summary of the label's early boundary-crossing aesthetic, mixing up post-punk indie bands with downtown electro architects, proto-industrialists and electrified jazz-funk units to give a taste of the era's exploratory essence. Highlights no doubt include Jon Robie's remix of Cabaret Voltaire's 'Yas… Read more
"Live "techno-tanzband" trio Elektro Guzzi return with their new studio album 'Observatory'. Still a string and a drum skin at the source, the sound emanating from the speakers seems to have travelled light years. Despite advances in software, ironically it is this live band that initiates a redesign of how techno could leap into the future. There is nothing retro about it. No citations of historic moments. The album resembles a party on the edge of the solar system, with scraps of distant sound memories - a shocking abandonment of anything an instrument was supposed to do. The recordings' w… Read more
"For all the attention that was paid to her 2012 breakthrough ‘Tramp’, Sharon Van Etten is an artist with a hunger to turn another corner and to delve deeper, writing from a place of honesty and vulnerability to create a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match. Compelled by a restless spirit, Van Etten is continuously challenging herself. Now, the result is ‘Are We There’, a self-produced album of exceptional intimacy, sublime generosity, and immense breadth. For this album, Van Etten found a kindred spirit in veteran music producer Stewart Lerman. Originally work… Read more
"Prins Thomas' Full Pupp label toasts it's 10 Year Anniversary with this excellent 2CD mix. 32 tracks of beautiful music, hand-selected, picked & packed, edited and mixed by Prins Thomas himself including 16 exclusive and previously unreleased tracks that where recorded especially for this project. This mix was recorded by Prins Thomas at home on a cloudy afternoon using vinyl only, 2 Technics 1210's, Rane MP2016 + XP2016 and Alpha Recording System 3 band isolator. Additional overdubs, fx and edits done @K16 Studios Oslo In addition to plenty of… Read more
West Coast producer Grenier gives the flighty jazz tendencies of East Coast trio Archie Pelago a solid footing on their debut album. Two years in the making, 'Grenier Meets Archie Pelago' eases a melange of house, D&B, and dubstep with a course of studio-overheated jazz and electronics.
"The Lay Llamas consist of the Sicilian-born and raised but now Rome-based duo of Gioele Valenti and Nicola Giunta, who are now set to release their debut album 'Ostro' - a constantly shifting record, never remaining stuck or fixated on anything for too long. Crossing continents, be it musically, stylistically or physically, seems to be something the pair return to over and over again, the subtle radiations of Africa that can be heard on the record are no accident, “I think that Sicilians are more like Africans than Europeans in some way. We have almost the same weather and architecture. We feel in o… Read more
"‘In Conflict’ is the new album from Owen Pallett, written and produced by Owen and recorded by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Peter Gabriel, Last Shadow Puppets). It features contributions from Brian Eno on synth, guitar and vocals and also The Czech FILMharmonic Orchestra amongst others. “It’s meant to approach insanity in a positive way” says Owen of the record. It’s full of love songs, conveyed in Owen’s inimitable cinematic, indie pop style.
"After remixing Kerri Chandler’s ‘The Watergate Files’ EP, recent label addition La Fleur compiles the 16th ‘Watergate’ compilation. With fifteen tracks, including six exclusive ones, the Swedish producer and DJ offers proof of her skills over 78 minutes of playtime. Her musical spectrum extends from house classics to contemporary techno pearls, mixed with love and intuitive feeling. The compilation starts with dreamy vinyl crackles and an exclusively deep production of Matthias Meyer - ‘Miss Appre Gate (Beatless Version)’ is a perfect, moody opener and sets a high standard from the beginning. … Read more
"Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.'s new album "Astrorgasm From The Inner Space" features their original vocalist Cotton Casino and delivers their most scorching tracks. They've included, appropriately since Important is set to issue Grayfolded on triple vinyl, a brand new re-recording of Dark Star Blues with Cotton Casino. On Astrorgasm From The Inner Space, Acid Mothers Temple look towards their source (the band turns 19 this year) while also evolving towards their next stage."
"Hypnagogue was originally released as a limited EP in 2003 and has been out of print since. This new release, which comes in a full colour digipack with booklet, includes the original and adds a newly recorded version of the piece. The original featured David Tibet reading from the book of the same name with musical accompaniment by Maja Elliott on piano. The new version features a sublime orchestral arrangement by Michael Masley."
Monday, 19 May
Novi_sad transforms varied source material from Mika Vainio, BJ Nilsen, Daniel Menche and Francisco López with vividly visual results. With sources from BJ Nilsen he uses audio analysis on winds, sandstorms, and dust devils applied with data from functional anatomy of schizophrenic patients with auditory hallucinations resulting an almost cinematic panorama of expansive pads and blustering toxic distortions. Using audio analysis on ghostly planetary plasma waves from NASA and data applied from patterns of music agnosia associated with middle cerebral artery infarcts, Daniel … Read more
Thursday, 15 May
Chicago's ghetto veteran Cornelius Ferguson aka Traxman moves closer to the edit with an exceptional 2nd album of Footwork for Planet Mu. 'Da Mind Of Traxman (Vol.2)' is a masterclass in man-machine synergy flipping classic samples with combustible dancefloor science. Steeped in the principles of original hip hop and house - bringing the party in ever fresher, funked up mode - there's 18 eccentric bullets turning chunks of Larry Heard, Kraftwerk, The Eurhythmics (and many more besides) into hyper lean ghetto geometries. If you want highlights, run straight to 'Computer Getto' - his con… Read more
Dissonanzen, born in Naples in 1993, is one of the most reputed and internationally acclaimed Italian New Music ensembles. They always carried out an important work on the modern and contemporary repertoire, performing works by composers such as Berio, Cage, Crumb, Dallapiccola, Feldman, Henze, Ives, Kagel, Maderna, Petrassi, Rzewski, Scelsi and Stockhausen, to name a few. They regularly collaborate with many musicians, composers and artists within the framework of the concert series of the Associazione Dissonanzen. The recordings contained in this 5CD box set, curated by Ciro Longoba… Read more
"Jac Berrocal has not released an album for 20 years. The legendary French trumpeter is back with its special atmosphere and feeling. Lot of guests too. Jacques "Jac" Berrocal (born 22 October 1946, Saint-Jean d'Angély) is a French trumpeter, singer and composer. He has been active since the 1970s in the independent and avant-garde music scene (he recorded/played with Steven Stapleton/Nurse With Wound and collaborated with Sunny Murray, Pascal Comelade, MKB (F. J. Ossang), James Chance, Alan Shorter, Bernard Vitet, Lol Coxhill, Michel Portal, Lizzy Mercier Descloux). He has released a few important … Read more
**Limited clear vinyl on initial copies** Brooklyn-based dream-pop duo Isaac Emmanuel (producer) and Melati Malay (vocals) follow-up the syrupy treats of their 'Melt' debut with a slickly intoxicating sophomore album. In ten tracks they isolate and weave elements of hip hop, '90s trip hop, ambient and psychedelic pop signatures to arrive at a sound uncannily similar to their antipodean brethren HTRK, but also with traces of that Tri Angle sound. At times it's a bit too sappy and flimsy, but at others like the Evian Christ-and-Kanye-styled 'Mythnomer', the Holy Other-esque 'Ageless', and t… Read more
"On his third album, the Pennsylvania snake-synth-charmer deepens his approach to aural depravity. Ultima II Massage widens a jagged swath through the dude’s own weird catalog, each disparate track damaged to the point of contributing to some sort of greater, lurching Frankenstein-like state. “I spent a lot of time breaking it in all the right places,” says TOBACCO. “It ends up making the whole thing breathe — sometimes gasp for air. It feels more alive.” This is easily TOBACCO’s most diverse set to date — his own Stereopathetic Soulmanure, but about that 1-900 hotline life: massage parlors, … Read more
Grime's most visible DJ ambassadors present a sweaty taste of their Butterz raves at Fabric with this 24-track mix cutting across the face of the current scene. Pitting tracks from Wiley, Lil Silva and D Double E alongside cuts from Kowton, Four Tet and Kelela, it's solid testament to where the scene's at in 2014, contrasting the (perhaps understandably) closed-off or exclusive scene of ten years ago with today's sense of inclusion encompassing sounds from house, techno and R&B alongside the garage, jungle and dub-rooted elements . From an initial burst of pandemonium crow… Read more
Sub Rosa distil the snotty energy of Brussels' nascent and short lived punk scene with 'Everything Is Shit - Punk In Brussels 1977-1979'. Like almost everywhere else at the time, Brussels fell hard for the punk germ exported from London, Manchester and New York in the mid-late '70s, yielding its very own, tight knit (read: incestuous) scene of angsty, primitivist rockers inspired by The Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks, The Clash and Crass. In true DIY fashion they were more about playing than recording, hence not a lot of stuff from that era was documented. But … Read more
Sleaford Mods, arguably the UK's most exciting and popular garage rock unit, follow up the acclaimed 'Austerity Dogs' with 14 top shelf songs on 'Divide and Exit' for Steve Underwood's legendary Harbinger Sound. Featuring guest spot from Rita Ora and produced by Flood… not really, we jest - the duo spray another snotty dispatch from the frontline of the bar, Jason hollering about wanking, pissing and Chumbawumba to Andrew's drum machine (gun) stomps and ball-swanging bass guitar hooks. There's a few anthems-in-waiting with the likes of 'You're Brave' (check their rendition at RSD14!), the sn… Read more
**Debut album from a true English eccentric** "“England my England / You flickering island of endlessness upon endlessness / A cold mist of your fibrous trolleys stifles the sun/ and the arrow aimed at your heart fidgets with smoky spasms” Dolly (sometimes known as David Yates) is a Berkshire-based spoken-word artist, poet, events curator, radio playwright and belongs in the lineage of British surrealists. Antimacassar’s twisted insights were created via a process of cut-ups, automatic writing, and dream diaries channelling the skewed atmospherics of such luminaries as David Gascoyne and Rolan… Read more
"Conceived in Iceland, where work began on the album, and in Ushant Island, Brittany. The album was produced by Yann Tiersen and mixed by Gareth Jones with Yann Tiersen and Daniel Miller. For this album Tiersen has worked with native language speakers to include tracks sung and spoken in Breton (‘Ar Maen Bihan’), Faroese (‘Grønjørd’) and Icelandic (‘Steinn’). ‘Ar Maen Bihan’ is a story written by Emilie Quinquis in the Breton language, and was then translated by Amiina to Icelandic to create the track ‘Steinn’. Elsewhere on the album Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap) and Ólavur Jákupsson (a member of Ti… Read more
"Shining have gone through a radical transition after starting out as a postbop jazz quartet before ending up as the uncompromising "blackjazz" metalband we know today, all under the determined leadership of composer and multi-instrumentalist Jørgen Munkeby. Still only 33 years old, Jørgen joined Jaga Jazzist at the tender age of 14, so it´s fair to say he has accomplished a lot for his age. Shining have gone through a number of members since the first album back in 2001, the only mainstay to this day apart from Munkeby being drummer Torstein Lofthus (also of Elephant9). This 2CD release collects the t… Read more
“Luke Jones has this great big voice; not just recording-booth big, but grain-silo big, the kind so rousing, so grandiose, it’d overpower anything short of an anthem.” Pitchfork // A few years ago, an unknown group from an unlikely town began generating the kind of "next big thing" blog buzz that eventually leads to a big label bidding war, support slots on major tours, and unanimous praise. For Bloomington, Indiana's Dreamers of the Ghetto, it resulted in a divorce and a devastating break-up. "Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, … Read more
Craig Leon's incredible 'Nommos' is a hugely sought-after artefact from the crucible of New York's early '80s post-punk scene, first released somewhat incongruously on John Fahey's Takoma label in 1981. While well known to diggers such as Julian Cope, whose Head Heritage hailed it as "the missing link between the proto-industrial rhythm and drone of Suicide and whole minimalist drone / static / repetition method of Terry Riley and La Monte Young", it largely eluded the rest of us until a natty bootleg issue crept outta Glasgow in 2011 and veritably tore the head of all those lucky enough t… Read more