Monday, 27 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 by Matt Colton, digital edition includes 4 bonus tracks not on the vinyl* 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 been selling for crazy money (theres a copy up on discogs at the moment for $600 - go figur… Read more
Oren Ambarchi caps a vintage and truly prolific year of releases with the pulsing, searching, 5-part narrative of 'Quixotism'. Underpinned by the pulsing truth of Thomas Brinkmann's computable drums, the session unfolds with a preternaturally hypnotic logic, consolidating a wealth of contributions from the likes of regular collaborators Jim O'Rourke (synth), Crys Cole (contact mics, brushes), Eyvind Kang (bowed gender & violas) and John Tilbury (piano) with new input from U-zhaan (tabla) and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, plus co-production and engineering by Randall Dunn at Avast, Se… Read more
Nicolas Jaar's Other People coax out a pair of gauzy, beat-driven aces from Catalan avant-pop composer/singer, Lucrecia Dalt. Let's get it out of the way up front, her music bears some striking resemblances with her Human Ear Music label-mate Julia Holter, both in the tone of her voice and the fine balance of emotions. But for our money Lucrecia is pursuing a more intriguing path with her inimitably shifty and suggestive sound, from the keening bass shapes, wistful electronics and slow-motion rhythms buoying her sparse, deliberate delivery in 'Esotro', to the wonderfully ambiguous se… Read more
Soft As Snow's debut pop shot for Houndstooth gets reworked by Lucy, Gang Gang Dance's Brian DeGraw, Factory Floor, and Maria Minerva. Stroboscopic Artefacts' Lucy turns 'Halo Heart' into a slinky techno burner with strobing snippets of the original vocal slightly reminding of Dettmann's Fever Ray rework; GGD's DeGraw gives 'All Our Beasts' a fidgety electro version; FF's Gabe Gurnsey locks 'Gklass Body' to an EBM coda; Maria Minerva really stands out with a bittersweet, elegant take on 'Black Birds' full of off-key discord and choppy samples.
Baron Mordant and Ekoplekz's dangerously underrated eMMplekz project regroup to agitate and baffle on the 'You Might Also Like' addend to the 'Your Crate Has Changed' and 'IZOD Days' sessions. In it, the 'plekz furnishes an increasingly confident, ever-sardonic, and acutely incisive Baron with some of his leanest, driven riddims for a furrow-browed mooch around a Southern English bloke's outsider psyche. Expect sordid, name-dropping tales about an olde English tobacconist ('Name Blotter') and misanthropic rituals set to psychoactive dub in 'Stag Don't', next to unsettling kosmic dub… 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.
Sam KDC returns to Auxiliary with a brooding, almost doomy D&B variant in 'The Order and the Entry'. Exploring space between Fis and The Haxan Cloak, four shadowy tracks shape-shift from the spellbound zombie lurch of 'Immolate' to thundering but blank-eyed techno-step in 'Navigation to Nowhere', and over to the desolate tracts of 'Vessel', before the stygian recourse of 'Purgatory'. Hands-down the best we've heard from this producer.
What looks like the penultimate edition of FatCat's split series contrasts a remarkably epic Katie Gately composition with a side of spannered psychedelic house by Tlaotlon. This is the first we've heard of Katie Gately since her fascinating side for Public Information a year ago. Again she returns to the painstaking method of sampling and editing her own vocals and concrète sources into uncannily detailed, kinetic arrangements liable to buckle, vault and twist in the most unique geometries. Her 'Pivot' plays through as one 14 minute piece collaging a tortuous narrative fro… Read more
"2012 happened and nothing happened, but this year LA-based duo Robedoor are back with Primal Sphere - a new addition to their rich, large discography of cassettes, CDs and LPs dating back to 2005, which includes releases with labels Not Not Fun, Woodsist and Important Records. Born from what the band describes as “the Spring of 2011’s longform, overdrive circuit-scum maze sessions”, the follow-up to the gorgeous Too Down To Die sounds very much like an intentional regression from the future, ripping up rock roots in order to regain a grip on the ragged sound of drone. The product, Primal… Read more
Monday, 20 October
*New edition re-mastered from the original DAT tapes* This 35 minute EP from BoC is arguably their most complete outing, having landed a couple of years before their still unbeatable ‘Music Has The Right…’ album and including some of their best material bar none - the brooding Detroit inversion ‘See Ya Later’, the Colonel Abrams inspired ‘Nlogax’, the career-defining “Everything You Do Is A Balloon’ and ‘Turquoise Hexagon Sun’ which would later appear on ‘Music Has The Right’. Unlike so many of their peers from the era, this stuff has aged incredibly well… Read more
**Mastered 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. With 'Flatland' he takes the opportunit… Read more
Shocking, extended double AA 12" from Russell Haswell paying tribute to OG Latino freestyle and industrial funk edits with inimitable, improvised flair. Back on Diagonal following his scintillating and unusually "pop" structured '37 Minute Workout' LP, plus a couple of furnace blast LPs for Bocian and Editions Mego, this entirely improvised session captures Russell in the wild, trapped between daemonic nO!se and snapjaw drum patterns nodding to early Omar Santana or Carlos Berrio and his own past as a go-to studio editor for labels such as Mute. The A-side is a slyly arousing but terrif… Read more
**Flac format for this release is in 24 bit / 44.1kHz** 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… Read more
Award-winning poet, playwright and rapper Kate Tempest drops the 3rd single from her acclaimed album, 'Everybody Down' for Big Dada, backed with crafty Mike Skinner and Micachu remixes. In 'Circles' she's like London's answer to Sleaford Mods, bouncing street-level bars over a skippy minimal backing, whereas 'The Truth' feels more rugged, on the cusp of old electro and hip hop swagger. Miek Skinner jives 'Circles' with elegant triplets and strings, whilst Micachu gives the highlight in a slow-slamming but piquant remix of 'The Truth'.
Burnt Friedman returns to Nonplace accompanied again by vocals from American actor and musician, Daniel Dodd-Ellis. In 'Cease To Matter' Friedman nudges his explorative Berlin dub sound somewhere more sensual, soulful, with no loss of his exotic and otherworldly aesthetic. Incorporating impressions from Friedman's Sub-Saharan concert tour of 2013, together with inspiration from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World - who's sampled on the two-part title track - the album takes shape as a worldly, futurist premonition of decaying, transitional metropolises and cultural m… Read more
**Electronic pop and ambient electronica from a trio of Denmark's most trusted producers, Anders Remmer (Dub Tractor), Jesper Skaaning (Acustic), Thomas Knak (Opiate) aka Future 3, joined by vocalists Benoit Pioulard and Anja T. Lahrmann** "Future 3 return with an album of airy, ethereal-yet-epic compositions that both nod to the trio's nineties roots but also take in all the various musical experiments, ventures, and releases that have seen the light of day since 2001. The band's first album in 13 years, With and Without inhabits, as the title indicates, two different kinds of sonic realm… Read more