Thursday, 10 July
"‘Break Line’ is Anand Wilder (Yeasayer co-founder, vocalist / multi-instrumentalist) and Maxwell Kardon’s project, created with a community of friends and ten years in the making. ‘Break Line’ is cultivated from a story created back in 2004, a classic tale of betrayal, pride and love lost set to music inspired by concept albums and rock operas of the 1970s. The list of players captures a very special, collaborative time in Brooklyn, when the music scene was beginning to erupt. In 2008, Anand and Maxwell put together a core band with Ira Wolf Tuton (Yeasayer) on bass… Read more
"The titles suggest that this could be a field recording made during a walk. The sublime logic of the sound structure amplifies this impression. A body moving in space records sonorous phenomena. A smart way to attract attention of ears whose interest in music as such became weakened, by an overdose of muzak and other sound wallpapers. The impression could be compared with most powerful field recordings like Annea Lockwood series of sound maps of rivers, which because of the inhuman qualities create an auditory experience that changes the space where the listener decides to play it. Krakowiak… Read more
CD reissue of the only studio album by David Sylvian / Robert Fripp, 1993’s “The First Day”.
Thursday, 03 July
Superb sci-fi soul moods & grooves from Philly's Fhloston Paradigm, aka deep house/jazz/hip hop legend King Britt. After escalating anticipation since his widely acclaimed 'Chasing Rainbows' EP, Britt allows space to fully immerse in his vision of a futurist sound-world on 'The Phoenix', drawing us into a gauzily impressionistic yet exquisitely detailed sphere of celestial soul sirens, frayed techno and hi-tech jazz motifs traversing orbital styles of UR, Sun Ra, Vangelis and Theo Parrish. Marrying masterful sound design with jazz-wise percussive dexterity and precisely affective sci-fi s… Read more
'Will To Be Well' marks a critical new chapter in the development of Blackest Ever Black's ambassadors for RD Laing. Their 2nd studio album blooms with a richer sonic palette over 15 instrumental songs showcasing an increasingly disciplined approach to their compositions. Still taking inspiration from the life and works of RD Laing, as much as "more universal and enduring mysteries: the relationships between body and mind, illness and wellness, the physical and the metaphysical", their sound still operates in a curious schism, feeling at once in and out of step with current tastes, mixing the … Read more
Sterling solo debut album from Smallpeople's Julius Steinhoff. From the core of Hamburg's Smallville crew/label/record shop, Julius delivers a suite of sweeping yet personal romantic gestures ripe for intimate deep house sessions. Echoing the classic moods & grooves of Chicago, Detroit and New York with crisp German production values and radiant sense of space, the eight trax of 'Flocking Behaviour' are testament to a proper passion for deep house and an awareness of when minimalism can go too far in one direction. Make sure to check for the chiming couplet of late night beauties, … Read more
*Deluxe Cd reissue issue of an album described by Byron Coley as “the best rock record ever recorded”* The Flesh Eaters is the name behind one Chris Desjardins a.k.a. Chris D. Taking his stage name from a 1964 cult film, Chris D. wrote for legendary fanzine Slash in the late ’70s and assembled the first of many Flesh Eaters lineups from heavyweights in the burgeoning L.A. punk scene. After releasing a ravenous EP and heart-ripping debut album, The Flesh Eaters unleashed their era-defining statement, A Minute to Pray A Second to Die. Originally released in 1981, A Minu… Read more
LA-based modular synth maverick M. Geddes Gengras returns with a gorgeous extended suite for Matthewdavid's Leaving Records. The session is named in respect to the lone survivor of the Yahi Indian tribe, subject of the 1961 book Ishi: In Two Words, symbolising the personal loss of two of Gengras' friends. Over four increasingly extended pieces ranging from 6 to 43 minutes in length, he opens huge harmonic spaces, at once moving forward, outward yet very centred and serene, scoping out pink-hued harmonic overtones in 'Ishi', glorious astral waterfalls in 'Passage', and widescreen vistas in 'Thres… Read more
Max Richter returns with a new album of score work for Ari Folman's new film “The Congress”. "It's a wonderful dreamlike score, which perfectly fits the hallucinogenic mood of the picture...."
"Recording artists Jimi Tenor & Nicole Willis return with their follow-up to ‘Enigmatic’, featuring their production and compositions with instrumentations by Tenor and beats procured from the vintage gear of Jori Hulkkonen in his Turku studio, Alppihouz by Willis. There are plenty of string pads, flutes and flute pads, etc to prick up your ears. COLA&JIMMU once again capture the genuine, old school sound…"
"Fire of Love is the no-nonsense debut from blues-punk legends The Gun Club. Formed in 1979—when singer Jeffrey Lee Pierce taught a young Kid Congo Powers to play guitar—the band injects the Delta blues, rockabilly and ’60s garage with their own amplified fury. Originally released in 1981 on Slash’s sub-label Ruby Records, Fire of Love features the classic second lineup with Ward Dotson on guitar (replacing Powers, who left to join The Cramps) and The Bags’ rhythm section. Opener “Sex Beat” shakes and stutters through a dynamic slab of American rock ’n’ roll that reverberates throughout the … Read more
Epic 4CD set celebrating Richie Hawtin’s Enter nights in Ibiza. Tracklisting as follows: CD1: ENTER.Sake mixed by Bella Sarris 01. Francis Harris - Lean Back 02. Alexkid - Belly Jean 03. MP - Soup Of Souls 04. Malin Genie - Ked Blokken 05. Maksy - Ode To M 06. Vid Vai - The Daytripper 07. Birdsmakingmachine - Antonio's Swing 08. Jack Wickham - Jury Dub 09. Vid Vai - Lapsed 10. Fernando Costantini - TroubleR 11. msdeep - rhadzikar 12. Sons of Tiki - Deep Down the Motion Room 13. Alci - Lessthan 14. Livio & Roby - Invers De Palma 15. Francis Harris - What She Had CD2: ENTER.Terrace mixed by A… Read more
"It’s in the haze of a cloud of chirruping insects that Plank return, following the success of their mammal-concerning debut LP Animalism. Two years since that record gained plaudits and sold out vinyl run, the instrumental trio have thematically splintered the number of beings on Hivemind, paying homage to the millions of arthropods without which our global eco-system could not survive. It’s apt enough, really, because Plank themselves have opened up a whole new sub-species of sounds, elements and textures beyond their previous environment too, each track giving the feel of an overall movement through differing habitual undergrowth."
Ryuichi Sakamoto's '1996' album (from the same year) remastered and including a bonus track, 'Self Portrait'. "The album 1996 contains 12 pieces arranged for violin (Everton Nelson, David Nadien, or Barry Finclair), cello (Jaques Morelenbaum), and piano (Ryuichi Sakamoto), including both new compositions and music used in the soundtracks to The Last Emperor, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Sheltering Sky, and High Heels. The music is for the most part restrained and reflective, as Sakamoto makes use of the contrasting timbres of the chamber instrumentation, mixing melodic and rhythmic effects … Read more
Tuesday, 01 July
KiNK follows up 12" frivolities for Dirtybird and Systematic with a proper album showcase of studio jams for Stefan Goldmann and Finn Johansen's Macro label. In contrast with his infamously eccentric live shows, 'Under Destruction' is testament to the spirit of spontaneity and eccentricity which made KiNK's live shows notorious in house circles. It's all far more loose and freaky than his solid DJ tool tracks and anthems, using an array of pulsing, thrumming, chugging house patterns to carry a constellation of bleeps, pings and mutating pads thru black hole techno vortices and avant-house perime… Read more
I must say it's always exciting getting a new release from the Sun City Girls' aptly monikered Sublime Frequencies label. There's something about the un-forced messiness of their compilations that makes them so much more attractive than the masses of 'world music' cds I come across week after week, you actually feel like you're discovering music for the first time rather than being forced into an academically constructed box, and that's what it's all about isn't it? This latest emission is shockingly the label's first attempt at a single-artist album but don'… Read more
Monday, 30 June
Thursday, 26 June
*The first-ever compilation outside Algeria to focus on its pop, folk and rock scene of the 1970s. Heavy and psychedelic rock, dark and moody folk-pop and stoic cinematic tracks compiled by Hicham Chadly for Sublime Frequencies* Sublime Frequencies present a selection of classic tracks from Algeria's popular music history. Compiled by Hicham Chadly, the CD includes extensive liner-notes by Omar Zelig, Algeria's most legendary radio DJ. From the heavier rock and psychedelic sounds of Rachid & Fethi, Les Djinns and Les Abranis, to the haunting folk music of Kri … Read more
We'll be damned if this isn't the most enlightened, radical soul album you'll hear in 2014. The LA-based resident of Dublab and Leaving Records CEO broadsides all expectations with a densely crafted psy-pop experience that's taken us for six. It's as if he smelted the purest bits of hip hop, psych-folk, dub and electronica in order to cloud seed the fug of former releases and reveal his dazzling chromatic structures in all their gyroscopic glory. Patched with the expert warp and weft of a maestro DJ/producer and blessed by his most soulful sung/rapped/crooned vocals, it breaks down to ten kal… Read more
In 'Saman' celebrated cellist Hildur Gudnadóttir returns to Touch with the dramatic follow-up to 'Leyfðu Ljósinu' (2012). The album's title, meaning "Together", symbolises the connection of Hildur's two primary instruments, her voice and cello, and the way they complement, contrast and mirror each other. The results are engrossing, a solemnly beautiful, at times heart-breaking suite of richly resonant cello and poised, pensile vocals including a gorgeous reprise of Icelandic hymn 'Heyr Himnasmiður', plus the plaintive beauty of 'Heima' featuring regular collaborator an renowned bassist Skúli… Read more
*2CD Set featuring Jd Twitch, Lawrence, Fred P, Dj Jus Ed, Naum Gabo, Eddie C, Lauer and more plus a download code to redeem a mix by Dj Kent* “The first cd lifts off with a short but extra smart arranged track by matt karmil, an englishman in cologne whose house music easily loops in your head forever. just as the other house leaning one-off-tracks by the likes of the hamburg natives lawrence and julius steinhoff, new berliner eddy c, amsterdam’s rush hour weapon tom trago, or sweden’s always smiling seducer axel boman. Between their exceptional always good for dance tracks so… Read more
*CD version in 4 panel mini LP style gatefold package* "OOIOO have always created a musical language all their own. Under the leadership of Yoshimi P-We, also a founding member of Boredoms, the group have recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music. Four years of work went into making ‘Gamel’, their bold new album inspired by the Javanese style of gamelan and the first new music from Yoshimi in over five years. Gamelan is an ancient form that has inspired a great many composers and musicians over the past century, from Erik Sat… Read more
*CD packaged in a slipcase* "New collection spanning Studio One’s dancehall period - singers and deejays on classic Studio One rhythms, studio and electronic wizardry from the Brentford Road headquarters, lots of rare 12” singles, all effortlessly brought together to nice up the dance. When Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd first ruled the dancehalls of Kingston in the 1950s, fighting off the soundsystem competition of Duke Reid, King Edwards and others, few could imagine how far the reign of Studio One would last. However,… Read more
*Third Modeselektion volume, this time featuring exclusives from Fennesz, Nosaj Thing, The Fall, To Rococo Rot, Akkord, L-Vis1990, Illum Sphere, French Fries, Onra, Omar Souleyman and more across two CD’s.* Cd Tracklisting as follows: CD01 1 Fennesz "TOM" 2 Nosaj Thing "Dy" 3 Solar Year "Way" 4 The Fall "Fibre Book Troll" 5 To Rococo Rot "Miles An Hour" 6 Cid Rim "Pastis" 7 Akkord "Gradient" 8 Robot Koch "Sun" 9 Howling "Signs" 10 Born In Flamez "Time Hurtz" CD02 1 L-Vis1990 "Funk 4D" 2 Schlachthofbronx feat. Buraka Som Sistema "Volum… Read more
*CD with 8-page booklet, limited to 300 copies - a definitive collection of 20 of the rarest Attrition songs with previously unreleased tracks, demos and alternate versions covering experiments with analogue synths, drum machines, tape loop, bass guitar and effects* "Another twenty tracks of primordial goodness from Coventry's Attrition. Martin Bowes gives up some his most remarkable darlings with the release of this new collection from the band's earliest days. A word of warning, dear listeners, these are the rough outtakes and alternate takes which never saw the light of day and which Bo… Read more
"British label Peripheral Minimal is in the process of releasing a retrospective compilation of tracks, with the Italian electro/new-wave group Hidden Place. Having released four albums in total, from 2005-2012, this retrospective album will feature three songs from each of their albums, plus an unreleased remix. As they gradually moved on from their most experimental first album "Weather Station", they put out a new album each two years that passed, in the end making it three years - with their latest album up to date; "Novecento". Being on labels like Hellektroempire, to Twiligh… Read more
"Collection of material from 1975 - 1982 by Brazilian artist Mestre Cupijó, entitled 'Siriá'. Siriá is a cross pollination between the music of the inhabitants of the quilombos, a Brazilian hinterland settlement founded by escaped African slaves, and the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest. Mestre Cupijó has created the modernised version of this local music, which has been igniting street parties and traditional festivals across the state of Pará in Northern Brazil for decades."
"Application are Martin & Richard Dust aka The Black Dog. System Fork was designed around the principle of Itamae, where ever detail was described and thought about before any work in the studio was done. This process took two years before a set of rules and principles were fully realised for the creative process in the studio. Working with Human & Shaun Bloodworth, Application also applied more design aesthetics to artwork, videos & photographs which will become the prototypes to a live show with video."