Thursday, 05 June
Debut album of emosh electronic dance music from Brighton's Alex Banks for Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label. As hinted with his 'All You Could Do' single, 'Illuminate' is a plushly detailed affair, shapeshifting between rolling breakbeat techno-trance in 'Silent Embrace' starring ghostly vocalist Elizabeth Bernholz, to the sweeping strings and tempered electro surges of 'Initiate', thru robotic garage-techno dance-pop chops in 'Phosphorus', deeper dubstep rave on 'Sheya', and the feathered 4th world dance creatures of 'Hush'. RIYL Jon Hopkins, Alex Smoke, Apparat, Atoms For Peace.
*Deluxe expanded edition of the hugely influential C86 cassette - adding some 50 bonus tracks curated by original compiler Neil Taylor, all the recordings were made between mid-1985 and mid-1986* "Back in May/June 1986, the New Musical Express released one of their regular mail-order cassettes. Reflecting the latest trends in Indie music, C86 was a 22-track cassette which was inspired by the NME’s C81 tape from half a decade earlier. Aside from a few name bands (The Pastels, Primal Scream, the Wedding Present, the Mighty Lemon Drops), most acts were relatively unknown beyond the back pa… Read more
"Jack White presents his new album ‘Lazaretto’ - inhabiting an exciting place in White’s expansive discography as the follow-up to 2012’s Gold-certified ‘Blunderbuss’."
*CD version also includes the 1988 EP 'Four Songs' as well as never heard before studio tracks from The Law Of Things sessions. Presented in a 3CD box which includes all original art work as well as accompanying, posters, flyers and ephemera from the time* "This box set contains three re-¬issues of New Zealand indie pop pioneers The Bats ranging from early original recordings to previously unheard studio out takes. Featuring tracks from 1984 to 1988, this compilation shows a group that has gone on to influence countless bands around the world with their jangling guitars that express both an… Read more
"Turnquist's latest full-length Flying Fantasy confirms the idea that out of great hardship can come great art. As he wrote the material for the new album it became clear that his sensitivity had sharpened, his empathy magnified, and his sense of purpose blossomed. The unfortunate circumstances he endured ostensibly forced his metamorphosis from a remarkable guitar player to a truly great composer. Much like the butterflies that adorn the album cover, he seems to have changed form and taken flight. The album opens with the sparse harmonics of "House of Insomniacs", which are soon jo… Read more
"When Ben Crook - one third of spectral electronic trio Eaux - describes his group's songs as "never finished, just abandoned" he's describing a creative process that burrows its way down and down until each track has to be wrenched away from their originator's hands, given the sheer amount of avenues that the three-piece manage to open up during conception. However Eaux's debut LP Plastics, out on ATP Recordings, also has the feel of abandonment to it, in the sense that to listen to it is to come across some long-lost gem, an unknown discovery amidst a box of records, an electronic album where influenc… Read more
"Since their inception in 2012, Claire Brentnall and Richard Knox's project has evolved from solo endeavor to fully realised duo. Starting with last year’s single The Rule, Shield Patterns have shown a maturity and sophistication beyond their years. Spacious soundcapes are scattered with trembling piano phrases, skittering beats and waves of warm keys, all shaped into dark, menacing pop songs by Brentnall's bewitching vocals. Their two singles thus far have already caught the ear of alt-J and Dutch Uncles, both of whom have provided remixes of those singles. Now comes their debut album.… Read more
*CD format comes in a jewelcase with an ‘O’ card* "After a dormant period following the release of the ‘Gallery’ EP in 2012, Craft Spells’ Justin Vallesteros is back with the gorgeously ambitious ‘Nausea’. It’s Craft Spells’ second proper full length album and first since 2010’s critically acclaimed ‘Idle Labor’. Since last on the radar, Justin moved to San Francisco to find a niche in the Bay Area music scene. This proved difficult within the regarded garage rock scene and insular DJ night crowds currently dominating the area’s music community. Here, Justin fell into a slump, creatively. With a s… Read more
A new album from Tom Vek drawing on the modern anxiety of finding your place in a world saturated by information, ‘Luck’ plunges the personal to deliver tracks that are sincere, angry and poignant."
"‘Love Me’, Tomas Barfod's debut for Secretly Canadian, features guest vocals from Luke Temple, Sleep Party People, Night Beds and a stunning collaboration on a number of songs with Swedish singer Nina K. The album straddles the divide between songwriting, electronic dance and out and out pop music perfectly. The soundtrack to your Summer."
Turn of the century CD from Huren & Kareem featuring 10 new tracks plus three previously released killers from the archive.
2002 release from Kareem's Zhark imprint, includes Additional Video Segment "Vestibule Promo 0.5 beta: A Preliminary Document of Huren Visual Activities...
Monday, 02 June
"Dust, Glitterbug’s fourth studio album, sees the artist and producer continue his path of exploring musical frontiers beyond the beaten tracks of current electronic dance music. Dust is an album about hidden remains and traces. It follows things and people that were, past lives and stories that silently echo through deserts fields, overgrown forests, urban decay, and our homes, staircases and attics. It’s not by chance that ‘Dust’ is released on Gold Panda’s NOTOWN Recordings label. Not only is there a loving friendship and previous collaborations between the two, but ‘Dust’ also picks up the pieces … Read more
Thursday, 29 May
*James Leyland Kirby’s near-mythical ‘The Death Of Rave’ material finally given a proper release - original rave classics deconstructed into hazy, ambient flashbacks. Special Edition CD housed in reverse board digipak* Finally, after years of haranguing, Leyland Kirby finally yields 'A Partial Flashback' 8-track CD edition of his 204-track dancefloor elegy 'The Death Of Rave'. Conceived after a visit to Berghain in 2006 where, according to the artist "For me personally something had died… Rave and techno felt dead to me", the monumental and uncannily p… Read more
Londoner Dale Cornish's 3rd album for Entr'acte further explores the questions of a/rhythm, space, silence and perception of pulse/percussive gestures initiated with the acclaimed 2012 album, 'Glacial'. Five tracks toy with our sense of rhythmic anticipation and spatial awareness in oblique, minimalist structures at once recalling the percussive meters of Phork's experiments for NNA Tapes, Mark Fell, or Nicola Ratti and Seth Nehil for Senufo Editions, and the precise use of space and timbre in records by Mika Vainio's Ø project or The Automatics Group. Yet for any connotations of cold austerity tho… Read more
*Special Edition Triple CD housed in book-style packaging with booklet* Timely, expanded reissue of Jon Hassell's visionary milestone of 4th world fusion, sci-fi funk and avant-garde electronics, originally released in 1990. The important, original 'City: Works Of Fiction' is now expanded with two bonus discs; 'The Living City', recorded live at Wintergarden 17th September 1989 and mixed by Brian Eno, plus 'Psychogeography: Zones Of Feeling', compiling carefully edited sequence of alternate takes, demos and re-intepretations by the likes of 808 State, Patten, Bass Cl… Read more
36 minutes, 5 tracks of flash Scandinavian synth-pop from Röyksopp & Robyn. Includes the anthemic electro-disco track 'Do It Again' plus the surging electro-house wobbler 'Sayit', smooth Balearic styles reminding of The Field on 'Monument', and the blue-hued cinematic atmosphere of 'Inside The Idle Hour Club'.
Brilliant debut album of kinky-assed industrial funk from Cómeme's Berlin-based Russian ex-pat producer. Part-produced by Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary and starring Battles' John Stanier on drums, the aesthetics are uncommonly high-end yet with sufficient amount of grit to put a real itch in yer gruds. Borrowing heavily from the blueprints of Liasons Dangereuses, DAF, and later '80s New Beat, Philipp animates his lean, powerful constructions with killer vocals blending his native tongue with indecipherable, punkish gibberish that even the most Vodka sozzled Russian would fail to comprehe… Read more
*29 track double disc compilation featuring sleevenotes by Mark Prendergast, author of ‘The Ambient Century’. CD1 is an introduction to the some of the original highlights recorded for the label over the years, while CD2 features remixes from Hieroglyphic Being, Bee Mask, Sun Araw, Gavin Russom, Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, Odd Nosdam, Patten and much more* A selection of highlights from the All Saints label, including Brian Eno, John Cale, Harold Budd, Jon Hassell, Roedelius, John Paul Jones and Laraaji, alongside specially commissioned interpretations by contemporary artists including Bee Mask, patten, Sun Araw, Hieroglyphic Being and James Blackshaw.
*Bargain priced 16-track CD from Trunk!* "Jonny Trunk presents a 16 track compilation of funny old shxt from the Trunk archive. From calypsos sung by Bernard Cribbins and Robert Mitchum to avant-garde French concrete, with stops at post punk, killer vocal jazz, Radiophonics, early African fusion, Argentinian film music and even some twitchy classical from Glenn Gould, this compilation flies in the face of the current trend for issuing records that to be honest are actually quite average and really very expensive indeed for what they are. This is a total bargain, an education and a right bloody laugh. Although some people will actually think it’s shxt…"
Soul Jazz explore Calypso in its many forms - from its birthplace, the island of Trinidad, as well as other Caribbean islands (Jamaica and The Bahamas) and its subsequent onwards journey (Britain, Panama and the United States), recorded during the years 1955-69. Calypso’s aristocracy and royalty - Lord Kitchener, Lord Cobra, Lord Growler, King Fighter, Lord Byron, The Mighty Viper, Lord Ivanhoe and more are all present, their songs vividly capturing the popular news stories and fashions of the era - the first man on the Moon, James Bond’s Pussy Galore, bed bugs,… Read more
The Industrial Metal titans return with an new mini album, their first in 13 years! Now fully reformed and raring to go, 'Decline & Fall' displays JK Broadrick and B.C. Green operating at optimal levels on 4 tracks, 23 minutes of toiling drum machine and searing, grinding axe work delivered with stare-down intensity. Precise and brutal, it's a beast of a thing, razing all-comers with the technoid militancy of 'Ringer', the industro-funk swagger of 'Dogbite', pile-driving riffs on 'Playing With Fire', and the strong blast beats and garotting tension of 'Decline & Fall'.
**Plush neo-soul and electronic funk from vocalist & multi-instrumentalist McFerrin for FlyLo's Brainfeeder** "Equally influenced by the legends of 60s / 70s Soul, golden era hip hop, freeform jazz and electronic music, ‘Early Riser’ features Robert Glasper, Thundercat, Nai Palm (of the Grammy-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote) and his father, the legendary Bobby McFerrin. Since creating a major buzz with his first EP, ‘Broken Vibes’, McFerrin has toured worldwide, playing major festivals such as Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, The Big Chill and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival. He has performed at … Read more
Following their 2010 release The Decline of Female Happiness, Donna Regina are back with a new album on Karaoke Kalk, Holding The Mirror For Sophia Loren. The project was formed by the husband and wife team Regina and Gunther Janssen over twenty years ago and this is no less than their 12th studio album. Their extensive career has seen them be remixed by the likes of Matthew Herbert and Mouse on Mars. Regina Janssen has also worked - amongst others - with the French musician Bertrand Burgalat who released a compilation of Donna Regina's work on his label Tricatel.
"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."