Thursday, 09 October
‘Heal’ is 21 year-old AxxoN N’s 4 year labour of love, a debut album with each track addressing and coming to terms with states of depression and anxiety. Sourced almost entirely by samples, it’s a work that is hard to categorise, perhaps a distant cousin of Autechre and the more fluid experiments of Kraftwerk around the time of Radio Activity.
"2013 saw the mercurial success of ‘21st Century’ the debut Foxygen album. The quick-fire success made for an altogether turbulent year for the band. Foxygen's always captivating live performances shifted from eruptive to sometimes frightening — and then, just put on ice altogether. But Sam France and Rado found secret sanctuary in their new studio, Dream Star, and holing up in some of LA's most famous hotels for more recording. Writing music together is what their friendship has always thrived upon. At Dream Star in the northernmost passage of LA's valley, they reformed as a punk band calle… Read more
"Pan-Pot curate the 17th instalment of the ‘Watergate’ CD series. In 19 tracks they've compiled a mix of both new and exclusive material, as well as a couple of timeless collaborations that showcase their endemic sound whilst delivering the audience a taste of a night out at the club. The mix begins with the lush soundscape and spaced out aura of Pavel Petrov’s ‘Adapt’, which seems to be a perfect start. Immediately getting the listener cozy and engaged before shortly transitioning into the massive anthem of Radio Slave’s ‘Don’t Stop’, a telltale sign of the journey ahead. Over the next few track… Read more
"After a three-year production hiatus, Barcelona's Paco Osuna returns a new release for Richie Hawtin's Minus label, but also his debut LP, entitled Long Play—eight precision tracks, purpose built for the dance floor in his inimitable style."
"With his new album “What's Fruit”, Schlammpeitziger touches the danceﬂoor more than ever before in his 22-year long career. Yet his danceﬂoor is a playful one. The Cologne based composer's sounds electrify with their multi-layered melodic structures. He weaves countless details in perfection, to a high density of musical activity, always focusing on the slow, driving beats which hold everything together. Each of the eight tracks represents shades of the unique humour we love about Schlammpeitziger. Unlike his previous records which had been mostly made with analogue synth… Read more
Thursday, 02 October
*The long lost second album from the enigmatic Lewis Baloue, first time available on CD and newly re-mastered* It’s taken a while for copies of this to filter through since Light In The Attic finally managed to track down the enigmatic producer, but boy what a treat ‘Romantic Times’ is. Even harder to categorise than ‘L’Amour’, this mythical second album (well, no one really knew of its existence until a couple of months back) is a total anomaly - a highly personal, eccentric album that oozes a singular musical vision. It’s true that Lewis’ croning has an almost comic effect to it - overly emotio… Read more
Finally Zola Jesus finds her feet with 'Taiga', her 5th solo LP, and debut for Mute. The lo-fi house horse she rode in on in 2009 has been thoroughly spooked, leaving her as a gothic survivor adapting to new modes in 'Taiga', from the brooding trap/D&B fusion bolstering her distinct vocals in the titular opener, thru martial breakbeat techno in 'Hunger' and R&B-weighted chamber pop in 'Go (Blank Sea)', or emoting like a kohl-eyed Rihanna in closer, 'It's Not Over'. For us, it's all much more palatable than anything since 'Conatus', and at least a few of the tracks, 'Dangerous Days' and that closer, s… Read more
L.A.'s sun-kissed psych-pop duo drop a doozy of a new album on Domino's Weird World. While still mesmeric and free-wheeling, 'Cosmic Logic' sounds as though Indra Dunis and Aaron Coyes have been buffing up at a secret pop gym in Los Angeles, resulting a much firmer, efficient approach to their songwriting and production bound to satisfy their legion followers. Tuning in with the bubblegum jangle of 'Infinite Trips', their new diet of pure crystals and mushie juice appears to be paying dividends with their most trim, seductive dancefloor moves to date found in the slick boogie dip of 'Hypn… Read more
Just the ticket: an outstanding, genre-hopping return from Brooklyn's finest, delivered on Paul Smith's ever dependable Blast First Petite. 'Familiar' is ten tracks deeper, spiking the senses with electro-pop a la Chris & Cosey in 'Maids' and shoe-gazing motorik pop in 'Palace To Palace'; plus the incredible shamanic techno-pop of 'Sunburned Kids', 808 drone-pop on 'Holy Girl', and future-sprawl blues of 'Grinning In Your Face', culminating in a cover of Tim Buckley's 'Song To The Siren' and a massive black vortex in 'Destroy'. RIYL Animal Collective, HTRK, Chris & Cosey.
Justin Broadrick's Godflesh churn up 'A World Lit Only By Fire' on their first new album in 13 years. Known as B.C. Green and JK Broadrick to the authorities, Godflesh are perhaps the best known exponents of industrial metal that the world has known: they single-handedly invented the genre with their eponymous debut in 1988 and have dominated discerning moshpits ever since with thunderous drum machines crushed by patented, claw-handed riffage. And thank f**k nowt has changed since their last LP, 'Hymns' in 2001. On 'A World Lit Only By Fire' they're still a pair of Brummie badasses, … Read more
Anjou is the beautifully enigmatic reunion of Labradford's Mark Nelson (Pan American) and Robert Donne with fellow Kranky star, percussionist Steven Hess. The result of four years writing and editing, it marks Donne and Nelson's first collaboration since Labradford's 'fixed:content' (2000) and the first meeting of Pan American's Nelson and Hess since 'Cloud Room, Glass Room' (2013). Now older, wiser, quieter, the trio offer a subtly involving, hazily detailed ambient suite gleaned from an intricate process of modular synthesis, Max/MSP programming and live instrumentation. Essentially it takes the trio's … Read more
**Superb darkside electro & techno-pop instrumentals run thru VHS and Betamax for proper, tape-warped tension and metallic atmosphere** "A unique investigation of the terrors and pleasures of temporal displacement. A sinister sonic architecture of drum-machine-music and analogue synths. Span forty years in a moment... ultimate time transfusion... skin crackles, a rhapsody in flames... witness images of torn, ruthless smiles through the crashed distortion; try to recall the future memory of a figure lost on a distant shore."
*Deluxe CD with slipcase and outsize booklet* "For more than ten years Soul Jazz Records have been exploring and documenting the sound of New Orleans funk. Now they turn their attention to the flipside of this musical coin - New Orleans soul. These two musical forms share a lineage that begins with the city’s enormous rhythm and blues explosion in the post-war 1940s and 1950s. New Orleans soul incorporated the soulful vocals of the gospel church, the driving beat of rhythm and blues, as well as traces of the second-line parade bands and… Read more
Anstam veers into vaulted prog-pop territory on his 3rd album, 'Names', for Monkeytown. The knotted, fractured rhythms and hi-gloss techno surfaces are all still in place, but now augmented by his vocals placing him closer to the likes of Rudi Zygadlo or his label bosses, Modeselektor.
"Stewart Walker returns with his new album release Ivory Tower Broadcast. A quarter century of the same drum machines and basslines turned future music into golden oldies. Visionaries don't make techno based on particular instruments but a set of techniques which can dilate time, implode sound, and confound expectation. Stewart Walker returns after a six-year retreat to bring his own future sound with Ivory Tower Broadcast. The Ivory Tower refers to a cloistered and elitist mental space removed from practical considerations and criticism. It's a perfect metaphor for a music studio… Read more
*Artwork By Peter Saville And Trevor Key, Liner Notes By Jon Savage* Les Disques du Crepuscule presents a deluxe remastered edition of Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls, the debut album by post/punk icon Pauline Murray, produced by revered sonic architect Martin ‘Zero’ Hannett. Recorded at the famous Strawberry Studios in July 1980, the album offered epic electronic pop written by Pauline and partner Robert Blamire and marked a radical departure from their shared past in pioneering punk band Penetration. “This is sophistication,” enthused Paul Morley in NME. … Read more
Second Storey, the new alias of Al Tourettes, presents a complex, tortuous solo debut LP on Houndstooth. Clearly inspired by classic AFX and Autechre, with 'Double Divide', he draws on a deep reserve of melancholy UK bass/techno expressions to realise his most intricate and outstanding compositions to date. Freed of the immediate need to drive a dancefloor, Storey invites the listener deeper into previously unobserved parts of his sound with a ten track narrative vacillating between swirly wormholes and spacious yet knotted grooves in a quicksilver play of tension and release, or light and… Read more
Stereolab's erstwhile mastermind Tim Gane has the honour of being first to dive into Sky Records' legendary krautrock catalogue to curate Kollektion 01. Inarguably the flagship model for 1970's krautrock, Sky Records was home to practically everyone in the scene, hence their vaults swell with classics for Tim to pick from, resulting a 17-track session spanning work from the Moebius/Roedelis/Eno/Cluster/Conny Plank axis alongside cherry-picked zingers by Asmus Tietchens, Riechmann, Günter Schickert.
Lord Of The Mics is back for its sixth instalment featuring the highly publicized P Money VS Big H clash waiting to make it’s debut in the public domain, featuring tracks from D Double E, Wiley, Mumdance ft Novelist, Skepta, Murkleman & Zoobieman, Big Narstie, Jammer & Opium, Footsie and more.
"Gui Boratto strings together various contemporary strands of pop-infused techno and house and translates them into his very own stream of groove consciousness - also an act of cultural appropriation, as both Abaporu's cover artwork and title suggest: putting an inspired twist on Brazil's most famous modernist painting from early 20th century artist Tarsilo Do Amaral, they draw from the rich history of Brazilian modern art, where European and indigenous influences would collide in the most exciting manner. Elegantly swinging album opener Antropofagia elaborates on this by directly referencing the… Read more
"Theatrics is partly produced by reknowned producer Valgeir Sigur!sson (Björk, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, CocoRosie, Feist) and features composer Nico Muhly, both of whom are Puzzle Muteson’s label-mates on the Bedroom Community label. It also features composer and graphic designer Machinefabriek. Puzzle Muteson is the alter ego of an enigmatic songwriter from the Isle of Wight, rendering his music in a tremulous tenor over a finely spun web of fingerpicked guitar. Born in London, the southern English island provided unexpected shelter for the shuddering transformation into one-man band Puzzle Mu… Read more
"John Foxx's new solo instrumental album was recorded and assembled for a cut-up/collage movie by Foxx and visual artist Karborn, inspired by the themes, influence and text of British writer J G Ballard. Screened as part of Brighton's Cine-City festival in late 2012, the pair presented 'a film and sound seance manifesting J G Ballard neurones. Mobilised by ultracolour and inframusic, anatomised hallucinogenetics and proximity psychopathagens.’ The montage movie – often beautiful and surreal in its collision of images. The album features two collaborations - 'Geometry, Col… Read more
“Debut album from new Montréal kraut-funk supergroup led by J.S. Truchy of Fly Pan Am. Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche began in 2011, with bassist, singer and composer Jean-Sebastien Truchy seeking a new live ensemble to fuel his desired return to exploring the highly structured afro-kraut trance rock that was one of several stocks-in-trade during his tenure in early Constellation project and pseudo-legendary Fly Pan Am. Avec le soleil initially formed with guitarist/engineer Sebastien Fournier and drummer Nasir Hasan; a rotating cast of additional players joined the… Read more
Plush ambient electronica meets dub house in the adroit arrangements of Martin Nonstatic's 'Inner Landscapes' for Bine. "Martin took 14 months scrutinizing his workflow involving both software and hardware to invent fresh track concepts for his album. Constantly inspired by the Rhenish environment with all of its movements and encounters the album concentrated on those „inner landscapes“. Playful and liberated he combined field recordings with soundscapes, voices and nature sounds into deep sequence paths. Wave noises and Indonesian voices trickle onto the album’s opening track „Behi… Read more
‘Plowing Into The Field Of Love’ is the third album from Copenhagen’s Iceage. Channelling the rage and emotion of their tempestuous early releases into finely honed musicianship, ‘Plowing Into The Field Of Love’ features piano, mandolin, viola and organ atop Johan Suurballe-Wieth’s razor-sharp guitars and the lolloping, synchronized rhythm section of Jacob Tvilling Pless and Dan Kjær Nielsen. The record has a clear, uncompressed sound and Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s desperate vocals are out front, nakedly accountable for the words. On this album, Rønnenfelt sings of what it is like… Read more
"Nine years after ‘Lookaftering’, her last album of new material, legendary British singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan returns with a new LP. Recorded largely in her home studio, ‘Heartleap’ is a unique and entrancing collection of ten songs forming what Vashti is adamant will be her final album. The record reveals an artist at her peak, capturing her songs within fluid settings that masterfully marry content and form."
Wednesday, 01 October
Thursday, 25 September
Kaleidoscopic styles from Paul White on his excellent album debut for R&S. With 'Shaker Notes' he swaps his hip hop garb for a psych dashiki - most literally on the album sleeve, and metaphorically speaking thru his worldly palette of jazz-wise, Afro-centric instrumentation and 4th world electronic tones. With many other producers that transition could be tragic, but White pulls it off with aplomb, much like his former One-Handed Music label-mate, Bullion's entirely successful switch from beats to luscious pop psychedelia. His production is totally prime, juggling live and programmed drums wit… Read more
Nicolas Jaar's Other People celebrate a year in the game with a smart collection of unreleased music by Powell, Ancient Astronaut, Jelinek, Darkside, Visuals, and more. The obvious highlight is Powell's sly rework of Ancient Astronaut, launching from a fragment of 'SCSS' into a slicing, frothing industrial cut-up as only he does. It stands out like a sore thumb against the rest of the field, such as Visuals' dusty indie country in 'A Pixel', the lo-slung indie-disco of 'Gone Too Soon' from darkside, or Jan Jelinek's crafty deconstruction of Ancient Astronaut's 'B2'.
**Deluxe edition double CD includes bonus disc with 7 xtra trax** Young Turks present SBTRKT's strongest body of work to date with the electronic pop/soul projections of 'Wonder Where We Land'. Teeming with guest spots from A$AP Ferg, Koreless, Sampha, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), and Andrew Ashong, among others, it marks SBTRKT as a properly dilated producer, one open to working fresh new sounds and bolder production technique into more timeless dance-pop frameworks. At this point, the hooks of upfront singles such … Read more