Thursday, 08 May
'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."
Saturday, 03 May
Thursday, 01 May
"The album is comprised of nine songs, composed and sung by Eno / Hyde together with a highly distinguished cast of supporting musicians, including Tessa Angus, Nell Catchpole, Marianna Champion, Will Champion, Kasia Daszykowska, Don E., Darla Eno, Fred Gibson, Georgie Gibson, Andy Mackay, John Reynolds and Chris Vatalaro. The release was produced by Brian Eno with 20 year old Fred Gibson, continuing an ongoing collaboration between Karl and Brian which sees the two together on a complete album for the very first time. Brian Eno: “A lot of the nicer cities I know are cities buil… Read more
‘Luminous’ follows the success of the silver-selling ‘Skying’. Tasking themselves as ever with moving onwards, The Horrors were determined to make an album that was brighter, more positive, more electronic. “We’ve refined our sound,” affirms lead singer Faris Badwan, “and in terms of songwriting it is the record I'm happiest with.” Or, in the words of bass player Rhys Webb, “it’s not so much about heavier guitars as a heavier potency… We want to make music you can dance to, music that elevates…” Luminous by name, luminous by nature - this is an album radiating light and energy. These songs are The… Read more
**CD contains 2 extra tracks** Team Seahawks include Maria Minerva, Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Indra Dunis (Peaking Lights), Tom Furse (The Horrors), Nick Nicely, and many more on their latest cruise around the sun-drenched bays of Balearic pop and cosmic disco. They're almost pastel-paint-by-numbers images of a sonic paradise, populated by packs of pals decked out in whites whilst smushed on sangria and posing for countless instagram snaps. Ms Minerva lends a fittingly sylph like vocal to the package holiday boogie of 'Rainbow Sun' and 'Moon Turns Tides'; Tim Burgess provides dream-pop ba… Read more
"Debut album from one of Montreal’s most talked-about indie-rock bands. New studio recordings supplant the band’s 2012 Bandcamp release, one of Weird Canada’s “Albums we wished were released physically”, praised by HeroHill, Said The Gramophone; “Top 15 Emerging Bands” on ArtInfo.Ought has been burning with a strong and steady flame since flickering to life in Montreal just before the inspired months of the Quebec student general strike in 2012. The mass mobilization against neo-liberal austerity measures indelibly shaped the emerging sound, vision and social mandate of Ought. Then band’s… Read more
"When Merrill Garbus first committed her tUnE-yArDs persona to tape, she used a simple dictaphone to capture every part and then lovingly pieced it all together on GarageBand. A laborious process partly enforced by tight finances, the resulting album Bird-Brains (2009) was a sheer joy. A record so unique, it immediately set hearts racing; The Guardian in their five-star review went as far as to call her "the find of the year." At the same time, she enlisted Nate Brenner on bass to help her make tUnE-yArDs an unmissable live act. It worked. Word of mouth quickly spread, helping to fill every venue… Read more
West Midlands man-machine Mark E pays tribute to his heritage with this timely, disco-toiling sophomore album. Crafted with an all-analogue palette (predecessor 'Stone Breaker' was 100% digital), 'Product of Industry' bears the unmistakable hallmark of the man who's made mid-tempo disco/house chug his speciality over the last half decade or so. Nine tracks groove with a grind and grit indigenous to the region's people and industry, using imported traces of Chicago house and industrial European disco together with locally sourced field recordings to forge a moodily tempered dancefloor alloy r… Read more
Pachanga Boys' Rebolledo reminds us that a great mix always equates to more than the sum of its components with the filigree weave of 'Momento Drive' for Kompakt. The mix kicks off and ends with his edit 'Wally's Blues' by psychedelic Pinoy rock star, Wally Gonzales, and segues, with peachy timing, back and forth between sophisticated new grooves by his Kompakt family. Taking its title from the paradoxical duality of the word 'Momento' in Spanish - meaning both a space in time and inertia - the mix is defined by a constant sense of motion, sequencing the compatible gait and textures of gr… Read more
"Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Punk 45’ album is a collection of tracks of twisted, raw and energized proto-punk music from the early 1970s, ahead-of-its-time music which led the way for the birth of punk in the second half of the 1970s. ‘Punk 45: Sick On You! One Way Spit! After The Love & Before The Revolution: Proto-Punk 1969-77’ is the third volume in this series, following on from two earlier albums as well as Soul Jazz Records’ massive 400-page ‘Punk 45’ cover art book (compiled by Jon Savage, author of the… Read more
Two of electronic music's most important, august pioneers, Hans Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius, returned from an eight year hiatus in 1991 to create the endearingly daft, debonaire and otherworldly 'Arpropos Cluster'. The albums revolves five compositions fanning out from punchy drum machine and aerated synths of 'Grenzg' to their live favourite, 'Emmenthal' featuring Stanislav Michalak on bass, to the cute MIDI orchestration of 'Falls', and one longform finale in the lushly complex, 22-minute 4th world panorama, 'Apropos Cluster'.
Glossy 2nd album of full-frontal modern synth-goth from Toronto, Canada's Roberto Alfons, aka Trust. 'Joyland' follows that same dark path as his 'TRST' debut album and those infectiously hooky early singles with more blunted Ian Curtis impersonations and carefully crafted synth atmospheres harking back to original '80s styles but with a clunky contemporary heft.
"Long lost Indie-pop heroes Bis return with "data Panik etcetera" - a release that brings us up to date with recordings from the year spent re-branded at data Panik, alongside other aborted attempts to record a 4th, and definitive, bis album. Hardcore fans have been desperate to get their hands on these recordings, and the band have carefully selected and remastered the pick of the bunch - which sit neatly together to create a cohesive whole. The band have still been playing storming sets live over the last few years, surprising punters at places such as Primavera in Barcelona and 2013's Indiet… Read more
"Following the critically acclaimed Blood Oaths of the New Blues, songwriter James Jackson Toth returns with a cycle of intimate and raw songs, recorded along his travels. Bringing in like-minded musicians like guitar virtuoso William Tyler and collaborator Darin Gray, Toth wraps his expert wordplay around some of his finest songs to date, including the instant classic "Dambuilding." For his new album Farmer's Corner (due out on Fire Records on May19 (Europe)/20(US)), Toth a.k.a Wooden Wand decided to try something different: instead of spending a week in a studio with the same people, the … Read more
'Past Imperfect' makes a necessary round-up of early, hard-to-find recordings and later, unreleased material by "the more talented half of MFH/Pump." The majority is excerpted from his four tapes released on YHR - the label operated by his Pump bandmate, David Elliott - between 1980-1983 and documents a very particular strain of eerily eldritch early English industrial music and ambience, alongside a trio of unreleased pieces realised circa 2000-2001. In those early pieces especially, we can hear rudimentary traces of Radiophonic sci-fi themes, clear precedents for AFX's SAW hauntings and par… Read more
"Opening with a single repeated note beamed from an analogue basement studio in Shoreditch, London, Wrangler’s debut album LA Spark reclaims lost technology to make new themes for the modern world. Wrangler consists of Stephen Mallinder, best known for his pioneering work with Cabaret Voltaire, Phil Winter of Tunng and Lone Taxidermist, plus the founder of Memetune studios and synth obsessive Benge. His studio’s synth-rammed walls have created an environment where sounds are ripped from a golden era of analogue electronic music to create forward-looking, new music. Wrangler formed in the wires of Mem… Read more
Thursday, 24 April
After 2012's corrosive Unknown Vectors EP on Visionist's Lost Codes label and a subsequent agonising silence, SD Laika's debut album for Tri Angle 'That's Harakiri' makes absolutely sure that no one in this new grime renaissance has a stranger, scarier, more enterprising voice than he does. Peter Runge is based in Milwaukee, but sounds like a jeep-sized inter-dimensional arachnid being based in a mess of webs underneath Wiley's house. This especially deranged collection of tracks branches outwards in two directions, exploring more experimentally noisy forms and textures as well as a wider area… Read more
The inimitable Estonian ex-pat takes inspiration from current hood, Brooklyn, in the darker, beguiling pop contours of her 3rd album proper. The challenging yet gratifying arrangements of 'Histrionic' are testament to both her consistency as a boundary-pushing artist, and an enduring belief in the role of pop music as a model for incisive cultural commentary and observation. Her sound here is more layered, spacious than previously heard, yet denser than ever, crammed with uncanny lyrical observations and interweaving, chimeric traces of psychedelic Trap and UK Bass music oiled with the sensua… Read more
**The Norwegian disco chug-master in full, creamy effect** "In Prins Thomas’ own words: “Hi there, this is my new album. Keeping with the tradition I decided to call it ‘III’. There's no great concept, no specific theme, no scheme, no plan... no space disco but still plenty of ‘space’. It is just documentation of the music I made during the recording period. A musical diary so to speak. Diary entry number three. Musically I feel it belongs somewhere between my last two albums - 2009’s ‘Prins Thomas’ and 2012’s ‘II’. They where both a result of the recording techniques and musical ideas … Read more
"Muyei Power or Orchestre Muyei (muyei means ‘our country’) was one of the top dance bands of the 1970s in Sierra Leone. Soundway Records' first collection of music from this West African country (‘Muyei Power: Sierra Leone in 1970s USA’) is an album of rock-infused, 'afro' music from a group that traveled the world throughout the mid 1970s. Fusing elements of electric Congolese and Nigerian music with fast, syncopated, uptempo modernised arrangements of traditional music, Muyei Power produced a series of unique single-only releases that have been unavailable for 35 years. The rar… Read more
"Imagine a 21st-century amalgam of Talking Heads' Remain in Light and D'Angelo's Voodoo, with a little of OutKast's Aquemini thrown in for good measure, all filtered through TEEN's distinctive musical vision. And listen closely: the tracks are filigreed with all kinds of fascinating events buried deep in the mix. Any great band evolves. And even though TEEN have released some excellent and acclaimed music in their first few years of existence, they knew they were still discovering their voice — in more than one sense of the word. TEEN just might have found it on their brilliant second album, Th… Read more