Monday, 22 December
Russell Haswell joins Philip Best's Consumer Electronics for the face-melting force of 'Estuary Electronics'. Following on from the Mattin-produced 'Crowd Pleaser' (2009), it finds the pioneering duo at their most virile and vital across seven tracks rife with sputtering tech-n0!se and, of course, Best's spray it, don't say it delivery. It's a cruel, vicious f**ker and therein lies its charm in showing up most of their field as dilettantes. Between the flatulent jag of 'Teknon' to the staggering, 'floor bleaching force of 'Co-opted' or the 'Air Lock' monologue that seals the… Read more
Monday, 15 December
Klara Lewis follows her acclaimed 'Ett' album debut for Editions Mego with four ghostly industrial inversions for Peder Mannerfelt's personal imprint. The 'Msuic' EP investigates greyscale, internalised worlds of malcontented timbre and intangible textures, drawing out darkly romantic spirits from a mesh of field recordings and electronics that resemble something like a chimeric hybrid of Micachu's mottled sculptures and the tactile spectres of Peder Mannerfelt's own electro-acoustic machine wranglings.
**Lossless format for this release is 24 bit audi0. Ace, drum machine and guitar-driven post-punk produced by Moon Wheel** "Lean times trio Ill Winds play a starved, sunken, and stained vein of bleached grey rock, as much post-life as post-punk. Formed in Berlin in 2011 by Australian ex-pats Jack Dibben (guitars, voice) and JFW (bass), they soon added scrying Dutchman Marijn Degenaar (synth), infusing their chemistry with a damp, psychotropic paranoia. When decision was finally made last year to track a full-length, the Winds set up camp at a historic squat-turned-project-housing space in Be… Read more
**NNF at their very best, sourcing sweetest, strangest pops from Russia and Ukraine** "A cultural experiment as much as compilation, She Knows More Than She Thinks is the result of St. Petersburg musician Galya Chikiss deciding “to show something beautiful, unusual, unknown, and talented from different sides,” by uniting six different solo female DIY electronic artists from Russia and Ukraine within a shared document. She saw it bluntly: “Everybody exists in her own world, lonely and closed. Suddenly I’ve thought – it’s a cool idea – to connect them.” The purity of her mot… Read more
Monday, 08 December
**The 300th NNF catalogue number!** "Philly trawler Noah Anthony’s pulverized industrial designs under the black Profligate flag have grown increasingly caustic and cracked, culminating in the eight misery beat clawhammers comprising his sophomore full-length, Finding The Floor. What’s particularly impressive given Anthony’s history in form-frying outfits like Form A Log and Social Junk is how deft and purposefully these pieces are arranged – asylum weaponry fashioned from scavenged hardware. Of the record’s eight cuts, only “Can’t Stop Shaking” has seen release before (though the L… Read more
Monday, 01 December
Prostitutes caps a profligate 2014 with his stomping return to Diagonal after hot sessions with Spectrum Spools, Night School, and Mira. In 'Ecstasy, Crashing Beats and Fantasy' it feels like he's really cemented and distinguished his toiling funk from the hardwave horde, equally due to his uncompromising hardware aesthetic and fine balance of menacing subtlety. The devil is in the detail, from the hypnotic drones and shark-toothed bite of industrial jakker 'Crawl In From Broadway' to the possessed, wobble-jaw electro chatter of 'Side Effects Of Living', arguably h… Read more
**Glowering, crepuscular coldwave electronics and poetry from Gnod's label** "Tesla Tapes has been excited about getting this tape out for a while. Vanishing is a project involving collaborations from Gareth Smith(Stranger Son), Paddy Shine (Gnod) and Zak Hane (Warm Widow). It's a heady mix of industrial meets pastoral with a poetic, sometimes cryptic type of social commentary from G.Smith. The words paint pictures of raw beauty and dark times delivered in Smiths most original style. A heavy, brooding listen with no fat around the edges. Fans of Mike O,Neill, Lightning Glove, Black Tempest and Sister Body will appreciate this release straight off the bat."
"Originally released on vinyl in an extremely limited run via Twig’s own Calico Corp label and Pleasence Records, DFA give ‘A Hound At The Hem’ a wider release. Self-produced in 2010 and featuring string arrangements by Owen Pallett, ‘A Hound At The Hem’ is a suite of narrative songs thematically inspired by Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’. For fans of The Rapture, Les Savy Fav, Sleaford Mods and Alvvays."
"Gayna Florence Perry and Robin Surtees are perhaps best known for their work with cult 80’s band Shiny Two Shiny. Signed to Red Flame Records, they released one mini LP entitled ‘Halfway Across The Rainbow’ and one single ‘Waiting For us’ c/w ‘Ritual Hate’, in 7” and 12” formats. A mixture of bright and breezy synth pop with some darker undercurrents both records made a dent in the indie charts gaining positive reviews in the music press for releases and live appearances and acclaim from John Peel as well as daytime airplay on Radio 1. They also toured Europe and appeared on… Read more
'Reith Trax' revolves around eight Rephlexian electro aces made by EDMX on a farm in Austria, summer 2012. The idyllic setting sparked his imagination via an Akai MPC sampler and "a very old and opaque synthesiser module called TX81Z" to craft some of his sweetest gear in years. There's a proper old skool (well, '90s at least) electronica sensibility at play, from the swaying melodies of 'Hammock Yard' to the manic funk of 'Kitchen Bench', delivering dancefloor potential in the bloopy acid house swagger of 'Guest House' or the dark 'n crunchy electro of 'Trees Are Dancing' parts 1 & 2, along… Read more
Monday, 24 November
**Extended post-punk/doom session from an Ascetic House artist defected to Downwards** "Marshtepper resides somewhere on the other side. Gutter intellectualism put to sound, their first proper vinyl release is an extreme meditation on the reintegration of desire and the legitimation of individual corporeality, which reaffirms the hermeneutics of the unspoken. This is music that adds to the validity of the natural, an illusion of millennial hedonism."
"Ubre Blanca return with their second release for Clan Destine after the amazing Polygon Mountain EP. Continuing with their obsessions of 70's and 80's horror and B movie soundtracks, synth sounds and live drums, Joel Stone (ex Shitdisco) and Andy Brown (ex Divorce, Remember! Remember!) bring deliver a more evolved sound featuring a heady mix of full-on synth and drums, mixed with some more atmospheric pieces bringing to mind old cinematic masterpieces like Cannibal Holocaust mixed with Miami Vice. Worth mentioning also is the striking cover art, hand painted in oils by Joel."
"Medical Records presents a very special double A side reissue of Fullerton, CA band Null And Void. Null And Void recorded 3 albums (1980’s “Happiness And Contempt” , 1982’s “Montage Morte” and a 3rd in 2012). Both of the 1980s LPs have relatively short playtimes, so we have decided to reissue both in their entirety on each side of this reissue. Hailing from a very diverse musical scene, Null And Void forged their own sound fusing elements of new wave, post-punk, cabaret and less characterized roots. Both of the LPs have gone long out of print and have become c… Read more
"Medical Records present the first official reintroduction and reissue of the iconic IKO “83” LP. This coveted album by minimal synth aficionados around the globe has been out of print and very rare since it’s original release in 1982. Hailing from Montreal, Canada, IKO has always been shrouded in mystery. All 3 members come from an academic background (electroacoustic composition, etc), and they met at the University of Montreal in the music department. Taking from their collective influences of 60’s pop, prog and minimalist composers as well as early industrial, they played in a few early bands b… Read more
Monday, 17 November
*New project from members of Zombi and Majeure and acclaimed film composer Paul Lawler. Riyl: Zombi, John Carpenter, Maserati, Vangelis* "Contact is the new duo of A.E. Paterra (aka Majeure) of famed sci-fi synth-rock group Zombi, and acclaimed British film composer, Paul Lawler. Exploring a similar orbit as Majeure and Zombi, multi-instrumentalist Lawler infuses heavy doses of melody and drama to give First Contact a sound and feel that blends late 70s Pink Floyd sprawl, the nostalgic wonder of early 80s science documentaries, and John Carpenter's 80s sci-fi action films. Equal parts fasc… Read more
Monday, 10 November
Diagonal put a gallon in the tank with The Skull Defekts' devilishly hypnotic 'Street Metal' album clad in ludicrously wicked artwork by Guy Featherstone. Where the majority of modern psych rock is about as psychedelic as listening to Steve Wright, The Skull Defekts' lysergic clarity and locked-on grooves feel like they might have *actually* done some heavy drugs in their time, hence their music works where it matters. Headed up by Swedish scene lynchpin, Joachim Nordwall (vocals, guitar, oscillator), alongside Jean-Louis Huhta (percussion, electronics), Daniel Higgs (ghost catche… Read more
Japan's EM Records illuminate the liberated early works of Yokohama's no wave improv unit Inryo-Fuen circa 1980-82. First issued on flexi-disc and vinyl, these four tracks have now been remastered, re-edited and remixed from original tapes to provide a record of a fertile, pre-digital era when experimental music was performed on the very fringes of society to a tightly knit audience who really had to work to seek out anything beyond the pale - perhaps unlike today's instant access all areas culture. It opens with the historically poignant 'Dakyo Sezu (Uncompromising)' from their d… Read more
One of the UK's canniest labels does it again with Happy Meals' debut album of sensual, spellbinding lo-fi pop. Sounding like the work of Saada Bonaire's long-lost slacker offspring, 'Apéro' is actually the produce of two Glasgow-based artists, Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, who originally hail from the Scottish borders. Suzanne sings in a unique mix of French and Scottish, occasionally sharing the mic with Lewis over the course of six songs taking the 100% Silk/NNF pop aesthetic and psych-dub freedom of Peaking Lights to a more ambiguous, enchanted headspace. It's all top notch stuff, from th… 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.
Andrew Hargreaves of The Boats returns with an excellent, noisy new Beppu album. Arriving in the wake of this year's 'Coercion' LP, the 'Post Content' session features eight of Andrew's most malevolent industrial/noise excursions inspired by the early waves of TG and Clock DVA and strongly compatible with the recent wave of gear from Vatican Shadow, Alberich et al. And while it might all just be "noise" to the lay listener, there's a thread of melodic ambiguity to Beppu's music that's become his charred brand; from the thunderous discord of 'Verbal Objections' thru the riotous din of 'Paradox… Read more
Monday, 03 November
Grebenstein debuts on Downwards with a roiling industrial session primed for fans of his label-mates Samuel Kerridge or Talker. Rife with slow, bellicose drums and miasmic atmospheres, four tracks play out a soundtrack for end times between the tribal trudge of 'Acting Within Your Terms' and the uniquely offset swagger of 'That's Where The Answer Was, In Your Body' via the Raime-like mood guitar chops and malefic attitude of 'No You Don't'. Sterling stuff for fans of The Haxan Cloak etc.
Sh*t-hot EP of taut, technoid post-punk steppers and gamelan-infused no wave madness from Cured Pink on excellent new label, Another Dark Age. Cured Pink hail from Brisbane, Australia and sound quite unlike anyone else right now. The A-side, 'As Enderie Nuatal' lands somewhere between the menace of Raime's Moin workouts, SPK's industrial invocations and the psychoative impulse of Astral Social Club, yoking febrile drum machines to heady synth washes and possesed vocals with a clear, distinct vision. The B-side tracks are wilder in a slower, humid manner, mixing the sort of crisp clank a… Read more
The man best known for his NNF/100% Silk releases returns to Mogwai's Rock Action with two low-flying darkwave missiles. Bearing a much bulkier and spacious sound design than previous efforts, he starts the mission with a moody, furtive swagger in the tight flux and awning arpeggios of 'Cry Havoc', and comes off like some Fever Ray instrumental in the plangent, icy drums and trickling synth romance of the brilliant B-side, 'Heathen Birth'. Great stuff.
**Outstanding '82 oddity out by the knowledge at Superior Viaduct. RIYL John Bender, The Shadow Ring, The Fall. Includes download code.** "Philip Johnson, a lost figure in the dark waters of early industrial music, self-released over 25 tapes starting in the late '70s. As a part of the "cassette culture" in the UK, he produced ethereal soundscapes, damaged electronics and undanceable drum patterns, along with homemade j-cards. For his first and only LP, 1982's Youth In Mourning, Johnson further refined his approach with mesmerizing audio collages and Mark-E-Smith-ian vocals to … Read more
Monday, 27 October
A late pinnacle of the Drexciyan oeuvre, Storm 2 aka Transllusion's 'The Opening of the Cerebral Gate' is issued to download for the first time! This is the original CD track-listing, including 12 songs, as opposed to eight on the original 2LP. We're not quite sure what they were using on this one, but it's all remarkably bass-heavy, even saturated, compared with a lot of other Drexciyan workouts, resulting some of their most ruggedly stripped down electro-techno functions ranging from the pounding might of 'Transmission Of Life' to the militant march of 'War Of The… Read more
**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 Sch… Read more
**One half of minimal synth souls Xeno & Oaklander ups the visceral noise quotient to noxious, compelling degrees** "Gyors, Lassù marks an important milestone in the evolution of Martial Canterel's music, progressing far beyond the cages of “minimal synth” and embracing the noisier qualities of its sound with a renewed urgency, a kind of thickness embodied in multiple layers using only eurorack, Serge and Roland 100 modular systems at his disposal and flushing out the entire session in one take. Sine waves are rendered into walls of guitar-like noise on songs like “And I Thought”, wh… Read more
**180g wax** Remastered reissue of a gorgeous 1981 solo flight by Dorothea Raukes, then member of Düsseldorf's Streetmark. The melodic and gently rhythmic appeal of 'Deutsche Wertarbeit' plays acutely at odds with the album's rather stern-looking typographic sleeve art and even the project's moniker itself. Emerging from a member of a fairly well-known prog/krautrock group at the time, it's actually quite poppy, especially in the burbling rhythms, hooks and vocoder vocals of 'Guten Abend, Leute', the beaming sequencer joy of 'Deutscher Wald' and the perfectly uplifting gr… Read more