Monday, 25 November
**Including collaborations and work with Cocteau Twins and Robin Guthrie, John Foxx, and Brian Eno.** "Emerging from the 60s US avant garde and originally influenced by the likes of John Cage and Morton Feldman, Harold Budd rebelled against the heavily conceptual works of his peers to explore his own artistic path of ‘existential prettiness’. This two disc set is the first ever career-spanning collection of his music, featuring tracks from classic albums such as ‘Plateaux Of Mirror’, ‘The Pearl’ and’Lovely Thunder’, alongside collaborations with Brian Eno, Cocteau Twin… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Reissue of a sweetly succinct side of "Cosmic Americana' vignettes originally issued by Harold Budd on his own label, Cantil, in 1981. "Short but incisive piano meditations with carefully layered electronic washes and bursts of pedal steel guitar, conjuring images of Harold's desert upbringing."
Reissued pair of dark, deeply arresting widescreen synth visions originally issued in 1984 on Harold's own label, Cantil. "Perhaps the darkest entry in his voluminous back catalogue with a quasi-industrial element to the sonic palette. Two 20-minute plus tracks that evoke a post-apocalyptic soundworld with heavy synth drone and suspended single piano notes." Recommended!
**Reissue of an amazing, late Kraut-rocket mixing echo-laden guitar, electronics and field recordings originally issued on David Elliott aka Pump's YHR tape label, now presented with two previously unreleased bonus tracks. Mesmerising, driving, mind-blowing stuff - do not miss!** "Acclaimed in the Krautrock scene, Gunter Schickert is the most closely associated with the repetitive echoes of his distinctive guitar sound. Following "Samtvogel" (1974) and "Uberfallig" (1979), he released "Kinder in der Wildnes", a collection of songs from the 1981 to 1983 period. The fact that… Read more
Reissue of Orland Voorn and Blake Baxter's '94 house bomb backed with new edits. 'From The Ghetto' is a masterclass in disco-sample filter funk, flipping a well known hook with ripe organ licks and infectious techno-house groove. Baldo's Ghetto Edit simmers the funk with slinky flair, and there's also the original club mix of 'Here We Are' starring a class vocal by Blake Baxter, also included as an acid Clip! rework.
**Sophisticated darkwave pop. RIYL Mushy, Ike Yard, ToC, Xeno & Oaklander** "the debut album by Figure Study, a contemporary band from New York. Figure Study is the Manhattan-based duo of Nathan Antolik and April Chalpara. They formed in 2009, after meeting through the Wierd Records weekly party, where they would play their first concert soon after. While their debut 7″ contained two songs recorded in 2009, this full length contains all new material recorded throughout the past year. For their debut self-titled album, Figure Study utilizes a carefully tailored set up of vintage analog s… Read more
"Brooklynite Jorge Day's musical CV includes synth duties in Wierd Records mope-pop act Plastic Flowers as well as production for sultry neo-wavers Lingerie, but when left to his own devices he crafts gritty skeletal house sketches under the Fast Times flag. Bodytalk is his debut after a year of workshopping demos and touring Europe, and the results caress a spectrum of SILK sweet-spots: reverbed runway themes ("Mon Petit"), warehouse memory tapes ("Ephemera"), dirty drum machinery ("Eternity Is Past"), naked soul samples ("Toxic City"), luxe lo-fi hypnosis ("Male Polish," "Midnight Vamp"), e… Read more
"Frank Schültge aka F.S. BLUMM has released his melodic experiments around the acoustic guitar for over 15 years. In their contemplative reduction they miraculously always hit right in the heart. "The man makes some damn charming music", Pitchfork said about his last album. With Up Up And Astray F.S. BLUMM proves that he doesn't opt for routine with his eighth full-length solo release: his unfailing arsenal of acoustic instruments and choice circuits frame the most energetic BLUMM sound we have lived to see so far. It all goes on, and always up, and from there into unknown dimensions. … Read more
**Improvised jazz from two titans of their arena** "On a sultry July evening on an intimate stage at Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Norway, two elder statesmen of improvised music – one wearing a grey shirt, the other sporting a T-shirt with the legend ‘Thunder Pussy’ – stepped up to the platform. What followed resembled an in depth conversation between two old friends and sparring partners – one that ranged from the amicable to the argumentative, from hush to harmony. Now, Norway’s adventurous Rune Grammofon label is releasing a forty minute recording of that event. … Read more
Brian Pyle aka Ensemble Economique delivers a wide-reaching 3rd part in Dekorder's 10 year anniversary series following editions from Pye Corner Audio and Alien Radio. "(no thing-ness)" comes hot on the heels of Brian Pyle’s latest highly acclaimed Ensemble Economique album on the Not Not Fun label. While "The Fever Logic L.P." saw him head diving into a sort of ambient goth pop this brand new 12“ appears to be more influenced by industrial, almost EBM-ish textures. The atmosphere seems more aggressive with an almost militaristic touch, and titles like "New Banking System" hin… Read more
Lisbon's DJ Nigga Fox follows up an appearance on that 'Bazzerk - African Digital Dance' compilation with five tracks of Kuduro-cum-Afro House-cum-Tarraxinha-cum-Batida. It's mercifully free of the steroid-driven dynamics of so much mutant Kuduro-style appropriations, instead focussed on kinky rhythmic intricacy and hypnotic hooks, ranging from the tumbling, hip-winding bumble of Hwwambo' with its naif chants, flitting accordion and polyrhythms up top, to the off-kilter, percussive techno cadence of 'Weed' and the knotted, nutty syncopations of 'O Badaah' dung below. A mad look for the riddim fiends.
Advanced techno sound designs inspired by Greek myth and created using up-to-the-minute software. A-side is a sprawling, tortuous 12-minute techno narrative titled 'Misresses March', based on the story of Demeter's search for her abducted daughter Persephone and employing the Diachronic VST to churning, physically challenging effect. Flipside, Dadub uses a handmade modular synth system developed by Nicola Buono and Lino Monaco to shape the fluid, rolling groove and unfolding wave shapes of 'Kykeon', which takes its name from a ceremonial psychoactive drink, whilst on 'Ergot Kernel' he employs a so… Read more
AC Slater, Ludwig Persik and Bames take Creep and Lamb's Lou Rhodes to the dancefloor and the opium den. AC Slater goes for the jugular with a ruder electro/bassline garage version, whereas Fools Gold's Bames hears it as mutant mix of minimal techno and trap coming off like Jon Hopkins smirking crack with Pantha Du Prince, and Ludwig Persik drags it into a strange, murky trip hop vibe.
**A beautifully impressionistic suite from shadow-dwelling producer, Blue Daisy. Imagine RZA and Burial meets wanda Group and you're kinda there** "This is the story of an emperor who fell prey to the idle hands of evil doers. The journey through pain and tragedy that a great man incurs in life. The emperor’s late wife bore one child, a boy, the emperor’s only son, the next to fulfil the emperor’s position once deceased. But, this fulfilment was not destined to be accomplished for on a day that bore the characteristics of grey clouds and stormy waves the emperor’s life was to dras… Read more
"Anarchic trash-techno trios from Minneapolis aren’t necessarily a plentiful commodity in our experience, especially ones as freewheeling and funked up as Beat Detectives. Comprised of visual artist Aaron Anderson, Chris Hontos (also of Food Pyramid and Dreamweapon), and the multi-talented Oakley Tapola, the group got their start playing a heavily smeared form of rudimentary dance music at “dirt raves in punker basements” around the Twin Cities before Anderson relocated to NYC. Music 2 is the perfect sophomore stepping stone slab, following their Casual Encounters Of The Third Kind debut … Read more
Flawless ersatz Italo from the ever thrilling Anton Maiovvi. The slick giallo glamour of 'Yellow: Original Music From the Short Film' is a perfect fit for Death Waltz's RSD grip; seven succinct themes ranging from noirish disco to murderous industrial techno with a genuinely fake Italian flair.
**Cute and woozy Kraut electronics backed with a cracking remix full of werid sounds and grubby techno groove by Hamburg's Jem Circs** ""Kugeln" is Alien Radio's 3rd release after the sold-out split-LP with Keith Fullerton Whitman and a 4-way split 7" on the Belgian Kraak label with Köhn, Ducktails and Peaking Lights. AR is one of many aliases of Northern Germany's Ulf Schütte, a (part-time) member of Datashock, Black To Comm, Aosuke, Phantom Horse, etc. and founder of the Tape Tektoniks cassette label (Heatsick, Ducktails, Cloudland Canyon, etc.). Like his previous works "Kugeln" has been pro… Read more
Old skool techno fiend A Sagittariun commits a beautiful debut album meshing myriad vintage techno, ambient and dub styles. 'Dream Ritual' casts back to that fertile early-mid '90s period when electronica/dance music were interchangeable terms and the whole AI movement (read: pre-IDM) was fresh, open-minded and smitten with the romance of possibility. It's easy to call it nostalgic, because it is, but it's perhaps better perceived as a reminder of what was, and what techno has become - in many cases a zombied, emotionless cadaver flogging itself into tomorrow. 'Dream Ritual' is techno … Read more
Monday, 18 November
After a pair of real killer EP's last year (both of them making it to our top 100 singles of 2012), Tri Angle present the label debut from FIS on his 'Preparations' EP. FIS has evolved a unique mutation of core D&B electronics with a shocking sense of rhythm structure and abstract texturing resulting in those mind-blowing records for Exit and close Kiwi pals, Samurai Horo, in the last few years. For Tri Angle, he offers up a necessary reissue of his aerobic-mystic modern classic, 'DMT Usher' - which now fetches mad money 2nd hand - backed with three exclusive new forms: the crushing/crushed geom… Read more
What have Keysound been putting on their Weetabix recently? Following exemplary issues from Beneath and Mumdance, it's the turn of Logos with his debut album, 'Cold Mission' to leave a big mark on the scene. Isolating the quintessence of Eski Grime, New Age electronics, cinematic sound design and hyper-forward Vaporwave, his definitive album statement can stand up next to Jam City's 'Classical Curves' as one of the UK's finest contributions to the ongoing dialogue between futurist labels such as Fade To Mind (Total Freedom, Nguzunguzu), Software (Oneohtrix Point Never, Co La, David Kanaga) and… Read more
Brit-in-Berlin, Objekt reprises his self-titled series with two tense, techy dancefloor killers. With 'Agnes Demise' he fires off a round of stuttering, dynamic breakbeat techno landing somewhere between 2010-era Untold and Autechre; 'Fishbone' takes in a more old skool electro-breaks flavour.
'The Space Lady's Greatest Hits' is one of the most exquisite, quirky and heart-warming synth-pop collections you'll hear this year. It captures The Space Lady in her natural habitat - the streets of late '70s San Francisco - beaming messages of peace and harmony via cover versions of pop classics - an ohrwurming 'Major Tom', the haunting 'Ghost Riders In The Sky' and a hypnotic version of 'Fly Like An Eagle' among others - and original material played on a then-new Casio keyboard (bought after her accordion was robbed) whilst typically dressed like some flamboyant c… Read more
**Nils Frahm presents the truest representation of his feted piano performances with this gorgeous treatment of over two years worth of live performance, recorded on all sorts of devices and then carefully assembled in his Durton Studio and referred to by Frahm as "a collage of field recordings rather than a live album." Presented in die-cut slipcase with liner notes** "Berlin-based contemporary composer Nils Frahm has built a steady reputation for his intimate, poignant piano recordings, yet they so far only showed a fragment of what to expect from a Nils Frahm concert. Frahm’s heart lies in i… Read more
Rate pounding techno from Yorkshire's barely-out-of-skool vanguard and hard-working veterans for the Warp-related Bleep Green series. Happa's 'Red Place' presents blistered Berghain-style 4/4 thunder skudged and bruised with dynamic noise and raving, wild-eyed hook building to an intense crescendo destined for peak-time abuse, whereas The Black Dog's 'Scan 9 From SoYO™' digs in to a taut electro-techno groove climaxing with a piercing digital noise assault. Good stuff.
'Event Of Your Leaving' features four gauzily impressionistic pieces by West Coast dreamers Liz Harris (Grouper) and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (The Alps, Tarentel) as Raum in response to the visual work of Latvian artist Vija Celmins. Using piano, tapes, guitar and keyboards they impress a beautifully hazy, half-remembered set of dreams and mottled memories succinctly consolidating their not-so-distant respective sounds. With 'In Stellar Orbit' they float free in ferric space with thirteen minutes of chiming guitar harmonics and tantalising glossolalia,… Read more
**Upfront Exclusive** Kallisti - a new handle for HIT's D'eon - hits the rave sauce hard with a killer fusion of vintage breakbeat 'ardcore, Footwork, Trap and garage on 'Arc Of Fire' for UNO NYC's NORELATION sub-label. Whilst many, many others have tried this kinda of blend in recent years, far fewer have done it with this level of outright raving febrility, taking in authentically old skool happy hardcore/jungle efforts like the title track and 'Coke Priest' along with Zomby-esque hyper-skippy '95 hardcore-to-garage mutations like 'Michael Douglas' and 'Silverdoor', or the Andy Stot… Read more