Thursday, 15 May
"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
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
**Prime yacht rock classics and previously unissued demos juiced from Ned Doheny's legendary catalogue** "With no less than a mansion, a state beach, and a three-mile stretch of Los Angeles road bearing his surname, Ned Doheny easy-glided into the 1970s on a crest of notoriety. Signposting Ned’s sojourn through the LA recording industry were Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Chaka Khan, Graham Nash, "Mama" Cass Elliot, Bonnie Raitt, and David Geffen—each a household name both inside and far from southern California. And while no bust of Ned Doheny appears alongside those of his Laurel … Read more
"Archie Bronson Outfit’s musical journey is built on a code of brotherhood; instinctive and intuitive, with distinct nods to their shared musical passions, from driving Krautrock motorik beats and moments of classic psych disorientation, to journeys deep into the heart of the Mississippi blues heartlands or ‘O Superman’ pioneering spirit of NY circa 1981. Featuring long-time friend of the band Duke Garwood on baritone sax, ‘Wild Crush’ is the sound of Archie Bronson moving forward with confidence and surety, an album that finds them rooting down yet unafraid to explore hidden musical corners and produce their most exhilaratingly direct music to date."
Vocal-heavy fifth album from Mr. Scruff on Ninja Tune. Laced with numerous guest appearances by Lancashire's answer to Jamie Lidell, aka Denis Jones, plus Robert Owens and Vanessa Freeman, 'Friendly Bacteria' delivers Scruff's patented feelgood wobble in spades over twelve tracks destined for adverts and student house parties.
"Drag City CD issue of Papa M’s long deleted 1999 album ‘Live From A Shark Cage’. This release from the band with the semi-familiar name is in fact from the house of M, a group who has stymied your expectations for much of the later 90s while at the same time stimulating your desire for a certain kind of music (the terribly beautiful kind). Around the mid 90s a lone single appeared on the Palace Records label, inciting instant controversy exclusively because of its intriguing sound. Back then, the group called itself M but when the selftitled full length album appeared in 1997 the title o… Read more
"This 2CD set collects Papir's two latest albums, previously released on vinyl only. III originally came out in February 2013, IIII in February 2014. Papir from Copenhagen, Denmark have gradually developed their unique vision of instrumental psychedelic rock over the course of four albums. The band manages to transform heavy, psychedelic music into something new and relevant, something truly unique. Sure, Papir knows their kraut- and progrock history, but unlike the majority of bands in the present day psych-rock scene they venture far beyond mere pastiche. Guitarist Nicklas Sørensen and Bassist Christ… Read more
""Twilight Peaks" is a formal reissue of Robbie Basho's last recordings. “Twilight Peaks” was originally issued in 1984 on a tape label called "The Art Of Relaxation", and never got any reviews and little attention at the time. For this new (and proper) release it was mastered by Glenn Jones (of Cul de Sac fame) and Matt Azevedo, from the original demo tapes, provided to Glenn Jones by Basho himself, as he was working on the album. The CD has two extra live tracks, culled from the original demo tapes tapes as well. Amazing liner notes by Glenn Jones and Rich Osborn."
Thursday, 08 May
*Deluxe 2CD and DVD Edition, includes a Swans live in 2013 DVD* Michael Gira's musical vehicle pulls up to its thirteenth and possibly most outstanding album yet. Featuring guest spots from Little Annie (vocals), St. Vincent (vocals), Cold Specks (vocals), Bill Rieflin, and Julia Kent (strings) among others, Swans two hour-long 'To Be Kind' is nothing short of an American epic, fittingly recorded by the venerable John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, outside El Paso Texas, with further recordings and mixing accomplished in Dallas, Texas. It's also the group's first album for Mute, and a… Read more
RVNG Intl.'s issue of 'A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975 - 1983)' is a wide-reaching and revelatory survey of Kerry Leimer's prescient output operating on the cusp of ambient, 4th World and industrial musics. From his base in Seattle, Leimer accumulated a unique catalogue of recordings created on a Micromoog, drum machines, guitars and FX units, and heavily informed by imported Krautrock/kosmische titles sourced outta NME and Melody Maker, and equally the more Anglophilic ambient loop compositions of Robert Fripp and Brian Eno. Almost all of it appe… Read more
**Includes Cult Music sticker** Zomby's Cult Music label returns with Actress, Silverlink, and Blocks & Escher remixes of Forever Forever and Prayer's sought-after Cult 002 12". Blocks & Escher follow their ace Overlook split for Narratives Music with a widescreen neo-D&B remix of Prayer's ambient halfstep elegy, 'The Two Halves' - also included as original version - whilst Actress steeps Forever Forever's Play Fights' in a hotbox of digital fumes and coiled 2-step, contrasting with Silverlink's lucid take on the same piece, also featured as a nifty VIP and the dreamy original.
'To Beat' is surely the most accessible album in CoH's long and illustrious catalogue of extreme electronic music. It picks up right where 'RETRO-2038' left off on 'Method As Fun' by keenly focussing on the aesthetics of pure sinewaves and rhythm. Like some origami high master, the Swedish-based Russian producer folds and layers sheer tones into pulsing, spitting waves of rhythmic and melodic energy, transforming sine-waves into a waveform which is essentially a beat. He makes the maths involved audibly clear in the opening track 'Wave To Beat''s mercurial transition from near-static hum to a clipped, roun… Read more
"Shortwave Nights is the debut album by Hiss Tracts, a new duo featuring David Bryant (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Set Fire To Flames) and Kevin Doria (Growing, Total Life). The two met in 2004 and struck up a musical friendship that led to three Growing records being made at The Pines (Bryant's recording studio in Montreal) and a separate collaboration between the two, initially in conjunction with experimental filmmaker Karl Lemieux (also GY!BE's current 16mm auteur/projectionist). Rehearsal tapes from a set of sessions for a Lausanne Underground Film Festival performance in 2008 became… Read more
"Point B's fourth album Heart of Matter is his second for Frijsfo Beats, following up 2012's The Veld. After almost 10 years of output 2013 saw Point B take a much needed break from releases and shows, instead choosing to focus on composing, recording and writing. Now it is time to hear the fruits carefully sequenced and packaged as a long-player - a format in which he clearly revels. Though there are moments that are atmospherically consistent with previous Point B albums, Heart of Matter embodies a welcome shift in outlook: away from the dark and melancholy and on towards a brighter and more … Read more
Mule Musiq entice some sweet ambient compositions from house and techno producers, alongside pieces by artists better known for work in neo-classical/ambient echelons. The likes of Petre Inspirescu, Roman Flügel, John Roberts and Recondite all step out of their usual domain into feathered, glassy, beat-less zones, alongside tranquil moments from seasoned ambient composers such as Hauschka and Koss. If we're picking any one highlight, it's gotta be Terre Thaemlitz aka DJ Sprinkles' remix of the Nobody Mix for Primula's 'Nobody's In This Classroom'.
Fourth in Brownswood regular series, this time round featuring new tracks and exclusives from Deft, D.Tiberio, Brrd, Feral, Glenn Astro and more.
Parallax Sounds features Ken Vandermark as its leading original music composer, interpreted by Parallax Ensemble, which comprises some of the key members of the post-rock movement including David Grubbs (Gastr del Sol, Bastro, Squirrel Bait), Steve Albini, John Herndon, Nate Wooley and more.
'Mondo Black Chamber' is an important collection of David Toop's entire works for Sub Rosa between 1996-2003. The inestimable writer (Ocean Of Sound), musician (The Flying Lizards, General Strike, The 49 Americans) and musical thinker should really require little introduction to you lot so we'll crack on. 'Mondo Black Chamber' compiles the releases '37th Floor at Sunset - Music For Mondophrenetic™' (2000) and 'Black Chamber' (2003) with a compilation cut from the 'L'inacheve/Unfinished' set plus two rarities, framing a wide-angled yet focussed perspective on modern avant-garde and elect… Read more
Düsseldorf's 2nd most famous band (for us at least) mark 20 years of modern krautrock operations with their eleventh album, ABC'. "The band has outgrown adolescence, but remains juvenile, reckless, impetuous. They recorded their new album ABC in Tbilisi, Georgia. Like TANK, it's two times three: Six tracks characterized by elliptical shifts, where suddenly the bass and drums take over the helm – or a choir appears. Indeed, a choir. KREIDLER worked together with Georgian singers: Either hovering freely in the meditative pop piece Ceramic, or defining a new space within a space, as in Nino. Nino perhaps mo… Read more
**Includes booklet and download code redeemable from the label** Taut, angular post-punk from drums and guitar duo Noah Kardos-Fein and Dale Eisinger for fans of early Cabaret Voltaire and This Heat. Theirs is a thunderous, physically barrelling sound guided by disciplined principles, aware of pop structures and keen to rework them. It got an 8.1 on Pitchfork, too.
"London-based singer-songwriter Douglas Dare releases his debut album Whelm on Erased Tapes. With the piano at the core, Dare vocalises his short prose and poems to a backdrop of drums, electronics and brass. It was in November last year that the duo Douglas Dare and producer/percussionist Fabian Prynn decided to record an album, and by January they were listening to it. Finding themselves out of the home-studio for the first time, the pair recorded much of the album in Flood’s studio Assault & Battery in West London. Other touches were recorded back in Fabian’s home. With the comfort of familiar so… Read more
"Bo Ningen’s third album ‘III’ is a rich and accomplished album that has seen the band evolve musically. Collaborations with Jehnny Beth of Savages and Roger Robinson of King Midas Sound feature and the band have sung partly in English for the first time. ‘III’ illustrates Bo Ningen as a group with a singular vision, reaching for what they define as ‘pure music’, by turns esoteric and a no holds barred sensory assault."