Monday, 10 March
"Medical Records is proud to release it’s first compilation LP. In association with Crispy Nuggets blog (crispynuggets.blogspot.com), we have carefully curated a collection of extremely rare and sought after singles and rare tracks. This compilation includes 5 complete A + B sides as well as 2 other tracks that only appeared on obscure compilations in the early 80s. The first 2 tracks are by UK’s The Electronic Circus. Featuring Chris Payne (who also performed synth work on the iconic “Pleasure Principle” by none other than Gary Numan), the track “Direct Lines” is pure … Read more
"Austin legends Tim Kerr (Big Boys, Poison 13) and Jerry Hagins’ new project of old time music is called Up Around the Sun. Take old time tunes played on a banjo, claw hammer style …. add an open tuned guitar… playing a loose Irish style ….. sprinkle in some harmonica and fiddle , and you get Up Around The Sun...."
Four mid-tempo prog-disco jaunts from ex-Divorce drummer Andy Brown and synth producer Joel Stone. A-side opens out for the road with eleven minutes of driving chug recalling certain Steve Moore efforts and obviously indebted to the classics - Moroder, Jan Hammer, John Carpenter et al. Flipside yields the emotional synth excesses of 'Taxed', the cinematic 'Hyperion', and a tidy Italo number named 'Bismuth'.
French/Italian trio make an Afro-cosmic punk racket for Austin, TX's Monofonus Press. Powered by nimble, galloping drums and wrenched-out riffage with squally synth accompaniment and yelpy vox, the five tracks of 'North African Beserk' find a dazed and voodoo niche between Silver Apples, Mi Ami and Suicide and make it their own.
**Theatrical soundtrack written by Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten), Mick Harvey (co-founder, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Danielle Piccioto (co-founder of Love Parade), and Paul Wallfisch (musical director at the Theater Dortmund)** "The songs on this album were written for "Republik Der Wölfe", a multimedia theatrical spectacle commissioned by Kay Voges and premiering at the Theater Dortmund, Germany, on February 15th, 2014. Subtitled "A Fairytale Massacre with Live Music", "Republik Der Wölfe" presents an intertwining collage riffing on the pre-moral… Read more
"The second release on diametric. continues to form the sound of the label with music by tangula, a project by a well known artist around the deep techno scene. As both, the artist and the label, agree in the fact that techno should be faceless, the focus is not on names and faces here. Listen to the music and enjoy a release full of deepness, melodies, melancholy but also driving beats, funk and futurism. Pure techno with balls."
After a fourteen year absence, Michael Gira resurrects his legendary apocalyptic no-wave band for a fabulous new album on his own Young God imprint. Assembling a cast of musicians that includes familiar Swans and Angels Of Light conspirators, Gira also welcomes a few new members to the fold with guest stars including Devendra Banhart, Mercury Rev's Grasshopper, Bill Rieflin (of Ministry, REM and Robyn Hitchcock's band), Shearwater multi-instrumentalist Thor Harris and even Gira's three-and-a-half year-old daughter, who duets with Banhart on (the surely … Read more
One of Manchester's most original D&B producers triggers four tracks of tuff, feminine jungle pressure on Soulr. Collette Warren appears on the two highlihgts, scatting jazzy in neat contrast with the punchy, shadowboxing groove of 'Desire', and much darker, dubbed and dreamy in the grey drizzle and stealthy step of 'Always Been Mine'. 'Tundra' is more rugged, forward leaning with rugged dubbled, ragga groove, and 'Turning Point' drops on a proper, 5am-stalker-in-Whalley Range vibe.
"San Francisco native Patrick Sexx (real name Patrick Sexton) creates electronic-tinged works that are birthed from the combination of his constant search for experimental sounds along with a never-resting intuitive mind. His debut full length album The Shadow That Took Shape, is set for release March 11th on Alpha Pup Records and weaves together energetic sub frequencies with triumphant synthesis to forge his singular sound. Patrick builds upon both melody and rhythms that create a constant pulse across various patterns that take shape across the album. A good indicator o… Read more
Gorgeous shot of country-steeped dream-pop from Orcas taken off their new album, 'Yearling'.
The deft fingers behind the awesome 'Chinoiseries' LP returns with another album of triple dope Dilla styled beat offcuts and idiosyncratic sample sketches for French label Favourite. His last effort is one of the best instumental hiphop albums we've heard in the last few years so expectations were high for this one, but no worries, the man done good with a set of compact riddim visions and refried snippets of vinyl ephemera ranking up close to the likes of the late, great Dilla, Madlib or even the RZA due to his predilection for far Vietnamese and Far Eastern score samples and dialogue. The sample po… Read more
Mehdi Ameziane and Solange Gularte aka Natural Snow Buildings are among the psych-folk and drone scene's most enigmatic, elusive groupings. Ba Da Bing Records have done us all a favour by reissuing their out-of-print and super rare (edition of 22 copies which now change hands for £130+) 3 CD/3 hour album 'Night Coercion Into The Company Of Witches' from 2008 in a new triple gatefold slipcase. Using myriad guitars, woodwind, bells, and pedals, together with their own vocals, they're in possession of a spellbinding sound, largely given to extended, … Read more
**Debut release of cinematic atmospheres finding darker ground somewhere between early Oneohtrix Point Never, Lars Holdus and David Lynch soundtracks. C25. Two-colour risographed sleeves on recycled stock. Edition of 60** "'Permanent Liminality' leads the 25 minute journey with it's cinematic, Vangelis-esque opening, where end of life gasps of breath pierce through a dense choral hum, conjuring the ghosts of Brian Eno's 'Music for Airports' before morphing into a dry, desolate, Ballardian expanse of unease & dread... 'A fish hook in my finger' picks up where things have been left, again conti… Read more
We return once again to the paralleldritch universe of Mr Paris Green and Dr Lettow-Vorbeck's Moon Wiring Club for our annual bewilderment on 'Today Bread, Tomorrow Secrets'. It's every bit as cryptic as the title suggests; a fractal, labyrinthine beat journey into sampledelic esoterica and recorder music (provided by Sarah Angliss - composer, robot maker, thereminist, historian of sound technology) pieced together on a Playstation 2. Exploring an uncanny world of Edwardian banquets, singing birds, Bressan-wielding cats and the eeriest, earworming mel… Read more
What west-headed whimsy have we here? Moon Wiring Club boots up his PS1 to share 'A Fondness For Hats' with the more esoteric electronica and beat craft. All audio was captured in the Curtain Draped Studio by Mr Paris Green and Dr Lettow-Vorbeck 1596-1992, and written by the Moon Wiring Club at the Blank Workshop, Clinksell, Northern England as usual, wreathing 22 tracks of eldritch sampledelia and the kind of village badboy beats banned by matron. It's all much claggier and wintry than their summer excursion 'Down To The Silvery Sea', bowling with a welly-cl… Read more
Matador was a side project for Berlin legends Beate Bartel ( CHBB/Liasons Dangereuses), Gudrun Gut, and Manon Duursma ov Malaria! to explore more ritualistic, orgone charged post-industrial music. Their 1991 album 'Écoute' sounds to these ears something like Chris & Cosey meets Saada Bonaire, blending low-lit, highly stylised vocals with cold, serpentine rhythms and eerie atmospheres...
**Strutting house and techno tools, new from Optimo** "Luca Lozano, owner of Klasse Recordings presents this majestic 4 track EP on Optimo Trax. Inspired by the past but sounding the antithesis of retro. In his own words.... "The Optimo Trax EP was born out of a time when I was listening to a lot of old Bleep House and Rave, early 90s UK stuff. Growing up in Sheffield I was lucky enough to spend some time in Warp Records when it was still a record store and being around this music and the people that made it must have somehow embedded itself into my psyche. Listening to pirate radio s… Read more
"Fury and Hecla is a meeting of worlds. Named after a near mid-point between the residences of artists Fieldhead and Loscil, it explores both the familiar and the foreign. Although not a collaboration in the strictest sense, sounds were shared by each artist allowing for a sort of aural infusion between the compositions. The results are a series of fragments and quotes that appear and reappear - sometimes in ghostly form - throughout each artist’s tracks. The serene ambient compositions of loscil come courtesy of Vancouver-based musician Scott Morgan. Taking his moniker from the “… Read more
"Debut release on Cold Tonic from label boss Krystal Klear. “It’s not about money, not about hoes, not about fast cars, just about the excitement of putting something together from start to finish and seeing what happens with it” In the case of the A side ‘Squad’ it’s about putting out a banger that sees Krystal Klear explore heavier dancefloor sounds, featuring an infectious bassline that slowly creeps in until it decides to grab you by the balls and punch you in the face. Don’t miss out on the switch up at the end that brings things back down to earth gently. On the flip, Tun Valv… Read more
Oil Gang entice Slew Dem's OG producer JT The Goon out of semi-retirement for a killer 4-track EP. You won't find JT The Goon credited anywhere on discogs but rest assured he's been core to one of East London's sickest crews since the beginning. His return to the fray may be a slightly more mature effort, but it's lost none of that vintage fire. Opener 'Twin Warriors' is a remix of Jammer's sinogrim classic 'Chinaman' full of slyding Oriental signatures kitted to a minimal riddim; 'Ice Cube' is another exercise is optimised reduction, all slashing bass synth, whirling accordion and c… Read more
Berlin publishing house, Infinite Greyscale present a beautiful 2nd issue courtesy of West Coast sorrow-monger, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma of Tarentel and The Alps. In key with their other releases this week - a 10" by former Yellow Swan, Gabriel Saloman, the heavy-hearted 'Requiem (for violin and magnetic tape)' dredges up almost painfully powerful sentiments with a masterful appreciation of tone and shade. It's an ostensibly static piece of keening hi-end violin pitches and barely-there but somehow nauseous low-end ferric presence all occurring in a gauzily mesmeri… Read more
One of L.I.E.S.' most intriguing finds 'fesses four weirdly wired grooves taking in new age raga, house and stranger sh*t. 'Aeon Aeon' follows the more psychedelic vectors of his well received 'Unicursal Hexigram' LP with a bubbling brew of cosmic synth scales and stray electronic noise, beside the indutrial chugger, '2013'. 'Turned On Type' offers the big highlight, an extended psychedelic house tripper par excellence and the main reason you need to check this 12", before closing on a stylus-shaking experimental miniature, 'Pleasure Sentence'.
A spellbinding trilogy of LPs by the supernaturally talented Solange Gularte and Mehdi Ameziane. For those unfamiliar with these works, the duo have created a magical other-world of ethereal sonics both solo and together, an often desolate and chilling place, sometimes streaked with blissful pastoral folk strums and drones which feel like wandering through someone's private fantasy, with their permission. Highly recommended if you like Grouper, Lichens, Julianna Barwick, Ilyas Ahmed...