Thursday, 30 October
Chaz Bundick (Toto Y Moi) flirts with the 'floor on his debut album as Les Sins. 'Michael' follows a trio of slickly discofied 12"s for Daphni/Caribou's Jiaolong label with eleven tracks indebted to '90s filter house, sytnh-pop and almost Mo'wax style broken beats, all factored with his super keen pop and R&B sensibility. RIYL Falty DL, Four Tet, 100% Silk.
*Fourth album by Swedish husband and wife duo Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin* Their first album in four years sees Wildbirds return lean, hungry and defiant . In returning to their roots they have discovered an unblinking directness, a taut muscularity honed from years of intensive live performance . For the first time, the pair wrote, recorded and produced everything in their own Stockholm studio “We wanted it to feel like a live experience. Almost every song is one take. We recorded standing in the same room, no screens or isolation, looking each other in the eyes. In recent years,… Read more
"Blame it on the Ramones. After Deerhoof finished recording demos for La Isla Bonita this past February, they began rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Halfway through a run-through of a long-time Deerhoof live favorite, their cover of the Ramones classic "Pinhead," someone offhandedly asked, "Why don't we ever write a song like this?" So Greg quickly dashed off a song on a scrap of paper, showed it to the band, and they recorded the breakneck stomper "Exit Only" in one take. "And we suddenly realized," Greg says, "this is the whole thing, this is what the whole record is about! A little backgro… Read more
Thirteen years since his debut LP, (Chris) 'Clark' strips back his sound to pure techno muscle and brainy arrangements on his 7th album. Presenting his sound as sculpture, thirteen tracks model dynamic electronic spaces flush with intricate, acrobatic arpeggios and endless reverbs urging his melodic flourishes into vaulted harmonies. Consumed as an album rather than individual cuts, it oscillates back and forth from dramatic moments and 'floor-ready slam, at best in the knackered trance chug of 'Winter Linn', the Visionist-like vocaloids flitting around 'Snowbird', and the swarming Black Midi-style arpeggios of 'Beacon'.
**Bittersweet, Latinate pop laced with lustrous electronics and fragile vocals** "Helado Negro, aka Roberto Lange, recorded Double Youth, his fourth LP, in his home studio with a computer, his voice, and telepathic input from a poster he found buried in a closet in his childhood home. Helado Negro owes something to his contemporaries (Chancha Via Circuito, Matias Aguayo, Juana Molina, Bear in Heaven, Prefuse 73, and School of Seven Bells) but Double Youth is more a spiritual long-lost cousin to the great masters of funk, like Parliament, Prince, and George Duke, whose finely tuned beats marr… Read more
Fresh from his cover feature in The Wire magazine, Richard Dawson rises up from the bed of the River Tyne with a voice that crumbles and soars, steeped in age old balladry and finely-chiselled observations of the mundane. Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour at once charming and abrasive. His shambolically virtuosic guitar playing stumbles from music hall tune- smithery to spidery swatches of noise-colour, swathed in amp static and teetering on the edge of feedback. His songs are both chucklesome and tragic, rooted in a febrile imagination that references worlds held dear and worlds … Read more
**First new album in three years by Ronald Lippok and Bernd Jestram** ""Adrift" contains 13 songs, four of which are instrumentals. The opening track, "The Tape", is an introduction to the sonic landscape of the album. Drum 'n' Bass in slow motion: A recurring hissing sound meets an acoustic bass and associative percussion. Tarwater roguishly refer to the acoustic bass as their "weapon of choice" and are fascinated by its elastic, vague expressiveness. The drumkit in the traditional rock format is conspicuous in its absence. Tarwater, who particularly in the British music press are happily and quite f… Read more
*All the music Bobby Beausoleil composed for the legendary Lucifer Rising soundtrack, crafted by legendary occult/avant-garde filmmaker, Kenneth Anger. Remastered recordings spanning 11 years, from the '67 recording to the Tracy Prison recordings of ’78 spread over 4 compact discs clocking in at just under 3 hours. This is the first comprehensive CD version after 3 vinyl boxset editions* "Robert Kenneth Beausoleil was born under the sign of the scorpion on November 6th, 1947 in Santa Barbara, California. Roughly translated, Beausoleil means “Beautiful Sun”and Bobby has seized… Read more
*Debut album by esteemed writer and Leonard Cohen biographer Sylvie Simmons produced by Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) and Chris Schultz* "Light In The Attic has an impeccable reputation for uncovering rare and precious albums from the past. Their latest release, _Sylvie_, is haunting and out-of-time—but it is also a brand-new, original debut album, by a singer-writer who has been making music since she was a little girl but just for herself. Like Devendra Banhart says, Sylvie is “a gem of an album, fragile and fearless, direct and poetic, timeless and absolutely beautiful. Like Rosalie Sorrels or Isob… Read more
Thursday, 23 October
*Full-length debut from the elusive Shinichi Atobe, known for an incredible 12” on Chain Reaction almost 15 years ago and never seen or heard from since. Audio mastered and cut by Matt Colton, Individually numbered CD edition housed in a hand stamped reverse-board mailer and including 4 bonus tracks not available on the vinyl edition* Shinichi Atobe has managed to stay off grid since he made an appearance on Basic Channel’s Chain Reaction imprint back in 2001. He delivered the second-to-last 12” on the label and then disappeared without a trace, leaving behind a solitary 12” that’s bee… Read more
'Kollektion 02' is the official release to celebrate the 80th anniversary of august German krautrock pioneer, Hans-Joachim Roedelius. It includes 15 songs selected by British songwriter and lifelong Roedelius fanatic, Lloyd Cole, from Hans-Joachim's unparalleled archives, spanning the creamy ambience of 'Étoiles' from the 'Jardin Au Fou' (1979) LP thru the pastoral bliss of 'Schöner Abend' via the airborne waltz of 'Café Central' and life-affirmingly sweet breeze of 'Wenn der Südwind weht', among many other cherry-picked charms.
**Köln-based pop charms return with a typically slick sound nodding to Laid Back and their home-city's dual Krautrock and ambient pop heritage** "Precarious bon vivants, gifted musicians, radical guys – VON SPAR are many things, but above all, they are one of the most amazing bands in the realms that the British music press once baptized as Krautrock. Sebastian Blume, Jan Philipp Janzen, Christopher Marquez and Phillip Tielsch have in past been praised even more than the revenants of the genre (in 2012, together with Stephen Malkmus, before the watering eyes of CAN founding members Irmin Schmidt a… Read more
Techno legend Adam X at his industrial-strength best on his fifth album in this guise. With minimal airs or graces, 'Irreformable' is a seductive, straight-faced invitation to the dancefloor's dark side, exploring 10 tightly bound strains of techno informed by industrial EBM and noirish sci-fi atmospheres. Whilst this stuff may be in vogue within certain sectors, Adam proves his instinctive commitment to the sound with physically attuned rhythmic prompts - no funkless stidgy loops here - and heavy atmospheric pressure at best in the skulking, electroid opener 'Interchanges (Enter & Exit)', the inf… Read more
Rodion G.A.'s magnum opus 'Behind The Curtain' offers a further nosey into the colourful archives of Romania's synth-y psych-disco pioneer. Following on from 'The Lost Tapes' and the 'Misiunea Spațială Delta' soundtrack, 'Behind The Curtain' rescues another 14 songs from almost certain obscurity on decaying reel-to-reels at his country cottage in Romania. It's a wonder that they escaped the hands of the notorious Romanian authorities, never-mind the oxidisation process, to still convey a life-affirming and joyous take on electronic music romping from the swaggering pomp of… Read more
Master remixer DJ Koze collects 14 of his best circa 2009-2014 on 'Reincarnations 2'. The first disc highlights his 'floor-raising tech-house remix of Moderat's 'Bad Kingdom' alongside his woozy blue takes on Herbert's 'It's Only' and 'You Saw It All', whilst the second disc presents his expansive, lolling rework of Mount Kimbie's 'Made To Stray' and a slow-building version of Caribou's 'Found Out', among others. Better yet, the third plate includes his mildly lysergic infection of Zwanie Jonson's 'Golden Song', a killer hip hop cut-up of Gonzales' 'Knight Moves' and a chamber jazz-tronica overhaul of Soap & Skin's 'Marche Funèbre'.
Chicken Lips' Dean Meredith and fellow UK producer Ben Shenton consolidate their mutual appreciation of krautrock, psych, soul, and dancefloor voodoo as Mind Fair for DJ Milo's Golf Channel. Check for the nonchalant soul stroll of 'Watt's Cookin'', the boogie downstroke of 'U Got The Lovin'' and the slow-mo poise of 'Neon Carnival'.
"Berlin based songwriter Dan Bodan was born in the wide open Canadian prairies and raised in Montreal. Reared on the city’s underground noise and experimental music scene, Bodan moved to Berlin eight years ago. Blossoming in the city’s unique mixture of crumbling old-world European values, start-up philanthropy, sleepless techno and epic grey skies, he began writing songs to soundtrack his train rides through the city and make sense of it all. For fans of LCD Soundsystem, Shit Robot and Holy Ghost."
"Brad Laner, Elizabeth Thompson and Jim Goodall have eschewed the 1990’s nostalgia touring circuit trod by their peers and instead dug deep to bring you ‘Home Everywhere’. The album is a collection of new songs created with a gaze that is omni-directional"
Nearly three hours of well tanned, shades-on house from Guillaume Duchastel De Montrouge aka DJ W!ld.
*Deluxe 2xCD edition of Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement, the first studio album by Dutch electronic group Minny Pops, originally released in September 1979* "Formed in Amsterdam in 1978 by vocalist Wally Van Middendorp, Minny Pops took their name from the primitive Korg drum machine which propelled their austere, post-punk rhythms and provocative live performances. An early association with Factory Records in Manchester saw the band work with producer Martin Hannett, share stages with Joy Division and New Order, and become the first Dutch band to record a BBC radio sess… Read more
"Memory and Matter comprises selected remixes and rarities from the past seven years, nine of them previously unreleased and many of them only issued only on hard to find EPs or as Japanese release bonus tracks. Far from being merely a collection of every single oddity, these tracks were carefully selected into a consistent whole that maintains the same high standard of proper Manual albums. This two-disc compilation is also a labor of love. Like it's predecessor, Lost Days, Open Skies and Streaming Tides, released in 2007, disc one de… Read more
Thursday, 16 October
Dave Huismans (A Made Up Sound) returns under his 2562 codename with the oneiric ambient/concrète dancefloor states of 'The New Today', his 4th solo album in this guise. Where its predecessor, 'Air Jordan', also for his When In Doubt label, took inspiration from the arid landscapes of the Middle East, 'The New Today' draws upon ideas sketched out whilst 2562 was in New York, late summer 2013, and was later finished at his home studio in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Rather than disco samples, as with his last LP 'Fever', he sources from and splices together an enviable library of European synth experim… Read more
**CD housed in reverse-board packaging, mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Photography by Joe Dilworth and artwork by Bill Kouligas & Kathryn Politis** Widely championed techno/electronica producer Objekt deposits his detailed and complex debut album on PAN. Since 2011 at least, the Berlin resident known as TJ Hertz has been a vital cog in the European techno machine, self-releasing some of this decade's most vaunted white labels, plus 12"s with Hessle Audio and Leisure System - including this year's great split with Dopplereffekt - beside his role as software engineer for Native Instruments.… Read more
**From proto-techno/electro to alien monophonic synth scapes: an incredible collection of eldritch DIY synth and electro-acoustic music circa 1970s by a little-known collaborator with The Beatles, Ivor Cutler, Ken Russell, the Goons… Don't sleep on this one!!!** Jonny Trunk speaks: "Welcome to the most excellent strange and unique world of Bruce Lacey. Aretist, musician, sage, shaman, inventor, film maker and all round British eccentric, Bruce has always followed his own mind, walking an instinctive path through life. Here, and for the first time, his improvised music and the soundt… Read more
Cooly G returns with her unique vision of sex music in 'Wait 'Til Night', her 2nd album and follow-up to 'Playin' Me' (2012). With no verifiable evidence of its efficacy, we're gonna play it straight here and judge it with our clothes on, you'll just have to use your imagination. It's a smart, deliberate shift from her signature house styles to a sort of stark South London R&B, bringing the minimalist sensuality of her earliest 'Dub Organizer' EPs full circle into twelve subtle, well-crafted song structures. The sound is very much about private space, dealing with varying degrees of infatuation… Read more
AnD deliver their long-coming debut LP, 'Cosmic Microwave Background' for Speedy J's Electric Deluxe label. It's a proper session, choking back 12 tracks (eight on LP) of galloping productions and acid with all the brute force and caustic atmosphere you'd hope for. But it's actually at its best when they step out of the loops and repetitive tricks into more wayward structures, as with the crushing lurch of 'Relic Radiation', the masticated industrial funk of 'Galactic Motion', or the plangent Alien transmission of 'The Surface Of Last Scattering'. If you're craving the out-and-out bang… Read more
A long time coming, 'Joined Ends' finally provides a follow-up LP to Dorian Concept's hyper-coloured debut, 'When Planets Explode' (2009). In the meantime the Austrian producer has been conspicuous by his absence from the scene, during a time which the likes of FlyLo, Rustie and HudMo have flourished with a lush, complex sound quite similar to his own. On return with 'Joined Ends' he's now best compared with the jazzy fruit of FaltyDL or Dego, a nimble warp and weft of classically trained virtuosity and processed instrumentation done with a light-hearted soul and heavy funk. Now working wit… Read more
*The ever-excellent Dust To Digital compile 1920's Hilbilly and 1930's country music across a packed CD* "This album carries the listener from the hillbilly music craze of the ’20s to the song-based country music of the late ’30s. Scarcely more than a decade, but a period, in music as in all American life, of galvanic change. This CD serves as the soundtrack album to the newly-released photograph book, “Making Pictures: Three for a Dime” by Maxine Payne. All of the photos in this package are from the same cache of photographs taken by the Massengil family in t… Read more