Monday, 03 February
'Nocturnes' is William Basinski's first new solo recording release in four years. It comprises two typically sanguine, extended compositions; 'Nocturnes' written between 1979-80 during his post-grad period in San Francisco, and 'The Trail Of Tears' recorded in 2009 for the Robert Wilson opera, 'The Life and Death of Marina Abramovich'. If there's any one way to measure the efficacy of his music, it's by how drowsy one feels after consumption. We could either do with a snooze or a strong coffee after initial listens, and we mean that with the utmost respect. The first piece revolves rec… Read more
"This album is dedicated to rocksteady at Studio One as well as covering reggae soul and the birth of reggae. Featuring an all-star selection of artists: Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Jackie Mittoo, The Heptones, John Holt, Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown and more..."
Epic 22 track set from Modeselektor's 50 Weapons imprint including a ruck of label highlights plus a bunch of exclusives including Marcel Dettmann's dry, banging Pitch & Stretch mix of Moderat's 'Bad Kingdom'; SCNTST & Chris Liebing's funked-up remix edit of Benjamin Damage's '010X'; Tale Of Us & Fango's kinky, proggy remix of 'Vertigo' by Cosmin TRG; DJ Friction's hi-velocity D&B remix of 'Rzor' by Addison Groove& Sam Binga. You'll also find Bambounou's forward-flexing bass/techno overhaul of Modeselektor & Sound Pellegrino's 'Negativity', Anstam's corkscrewing Bustified Bre… Read more
"A Portuguese civil servant, entrepreneur and Angolan music fan named Luis Montês self-designed Kutonocas, Sunday afternoon live music festivals started in Luanda in 1961 and is the basis on which this great compilation is built. This compilation is a dedication to the short lived recording industry in Angola, a brief moment of history between 1969 and 1978 in which three recording companies produced approximately 800 records, mostly singles. They are rare jewels, each song with a significant story and feel behind it. You will hear exciting music blazed with the anticipation of emanci… Read more
House Of Trax brings you resident/bossman, Rushmore's debut on their boxfresh Trax Couture label. Known to the capital's ravers as the finest booty, ballroom, footwork and house pimps, they bring all those flavours with a twist here, slyding the tempo scale from Booty juking ructions to throbbing house on the useful DJ tool '3000', and dicing with a deeper, rutted and stuttered drum machine sound on 'Low Slung'. Turn her over and he notches up surely the UK's finest Vogue/Ballroom tributes, rife with cowbells, "ha!" stabs and militant haughtiness in the rudeness of 'Harder' and to a more stripped-down, stabbing style on 'Couture'.
Paul Purgas' We can Elude Control illuminate the frightening electronic practice of London-based Italian artist, Roberto Crippa on his debut album. 'Reverse' intersects elements of electro-acoustic composition, concrète production techniques and improvised noise with a steady hand employing a range of sources - wood, metal, drum skin and amplified concrete - in eight suspended structures. There are striking parallels to be drawn between Crippa's amorphous shapes and the output of Paul Purgas' Emptyset with James Ginzburg, especially in the mechanical lurch of 'Vector', the bruising bass … Read more
Dekmantel welcome Mark Du Mosch to their fold with two deep, driving analogue hardware workouts backed with a twisted Gesloten Cirkel remix. 'Bay 25' is a surprising beast, full of canny fake-outs and strange kinks making for a real dancefloor trip, whilst 'Living Up' is more locked to a streamlined, proggy trance build. The brilliant Gesloten Cirkel makes a rare appearance on the remix, inverting the trancey progressions of 'Living Up' to a more rugged, demented vibe liable to send some 'floors over the edge into full on madness, which is what you want, of course?!
**Charming dream-pop for fans of Grouper and Forest Swords** "Co-ed Edinburgh Nyquil-pop trio Magic Eye have always favored a faded, falling-through-clouds songwriting mode but Babylon filters their opaque space-echo shoegaze through new narcoleptic fidelities, birthing their best collection yet. Comprised of Alex (guitar/programming), Bek (guitar/vocals), and Roma (vocals), they suffered the rite of passage indignity of recording their first set of songs at an overly pro studio, rendering the results grit-less and dried out. Fortunately they regrouped, salvaged the stems, and methodically piec… Read more
There seems to have been a lot of activity in the Loren Connors camp of late. Before Connors' recent, hyper-limited "Hymn Of The North Star" LP, last year's Night Through 3CD set provided a relatively concise overview of his remarkable career, unearthing rarities, out of print 7"s and CD-R tracks. All this seemed to paint a pretty comprehensive portrait of Connors' various identities as a guitarist, tapping into electric blues, group work as part of Haunted House and more recent acoustic recordings. Now, with this new double compilation, Family Vineyard focus o… Read more
Permanent Vacation get the best out of Lord Of The Isles in the intimate but widescreen deep house scapes of '301C Symphony'. Six tracks present the clandestine Scottish producer's filigree balance of dancefloor momentum and emotional weight in fine style. The title track comes off like Analord meets Larry Heard, and the proggy spirit of 'co2o' appears in condensed 6 min and a sumptuous 12 minute versions we could easily imagine hugging a stranger to in Panorama bar. There's also a lovely ambient piece called 'Western Electric' and more folkwise acid in 'Fyne'.
**Ships Friday** Proper, rooted dubstep weight from Finnish steppahs, Las & Mikael. Three cuts hark back to the essence of OG DMZ vibes but with a forward, fresh lean for 2014. Together they linkup for the dusted skank of 'Dem Break' up top with authentical Mala-style subs and deceptively lazy drums to buffer yer stagger. On the flip they go dolo, LAS with the tight Nyabinghi drums, shoegaze guitars and tetchy rollige of 'Need Fire', and Mikael with the shuddering subs, two note skank and bristling drums of 'Drain'.
**Upfront Exclusive** Great debut release of abstract, machine driven industrial house by UK producer, James Marrs. As the label say, it's "perfect dancefloor material. For a basement strobo party in David Lynch movie, that is". Four cuts knuckle down to a dry, abrasive sound with brittle drums, thudding bass and trippy vibes throughout, skulking between the Shitcluster-like mix of chopped grunts, eerie church bells and cold warehouse atmosphere in 'Care (Dopl Dub)' to filtered industrial jack on 'Release', freakier sample jabs on 'Saber' and the scuffed, twitchy darkside weirdness of 'Waves'. Definitely the best SD release in a while.
**Hyper-forward computer music for fans of Lorenzo Senni or Mark Fell/SND** "Eleven pieces have been composed on one note without transposition focusing on spectral changes and avoiding the traditional temporal measurements using additive synthesis. The interface works with tester algorithms based on simple mathematical operations which help in the compositional decision-making and trigger different temporal and spectral musical events run by an unique timeline. The system deconstructs the structure of the sound through its overall duration using algorithmic, generative techniques."
"Schizophrenia Party (Director's Cut)" represents the second chapter in the career of UK underground heroes Family Fodder after their legendary debut "Monkey Banana Kitchen". This full-length album features the complete 12" EP "Schizophrenia Party" (incl. the 9min monster tune "Dinosaur Sex") from 1981 and the 7" singles "Film Music" (1981) and "The Big Dig" (1982), all originally released on Fresh Records… Family Fodder was originally formed in 1979 by Alig Pearce - with a cast of thousands over three decades. They emerged from the melting-pot of 70s/80s London a… Read more
"Staubgold presents the legendary first album from 1980 by UK underground heroes Family Fodder, for the first time reissued on CD and vinyl. Guest musicians include This Heat's Charles Bullen on drums, guitar, vocals, percussion and viola. The Wire magazine listed "Monkey Banana Kitchen" among their "100 Records That Set The World On Fire (While No One Was Listening)" and wrote: "A loose collection of friends and, more often than not, wanderers, Family Fodder reached their apex (or at least one of them) with Monkey Banana Kitchen. The music took the ferocity of contemporaneou… Read more
New York's Brendon Moeller returns to Echocord Colour with three deeper dub trips. 'Cut Deep (Version)' is stepping minimal dub house workout; 'Override' veers into half-stepping techno territory; 'Cut Deep' original pares down to a darker sort of acid dub techno sound.
Deep-diving dungeon dubstep from American stepper Axh for London's Tempa. Demdike Stare or Raime fans should check the churning riddim of 'Destroy'.
Razor-sharp, break-stepping 'ardcore electro/IDM from the reliably darkside Anodyne for Yellow Machines. His first release since 2011's 'Empires' EP deals six tracks of proper techy rufige taking in the choppy 4/4 breaks and sci-fi pads of 'The Art Of Fire', taut, whirring electro on 'Edge Of The Universe' and some killer 'ardcore mutations in the dark energy of 'At The Gates Of Hell' and 'Thanatos Rising'. RIYL old skool Skam and Rob Hall DJ sets.
This is the sixth album from Loren Connors and Alan Licht as a duo, following on from 2003's In France and takes two live concert recordings (one from 1996 and another from 2006). The two guitarists are a perfect fit, and manage to conjure a magical atmosphere together, setting duelling minimalist abstract rhythm guitar figures against soaring leads on 'Map Of Dusk', while 'Into The Night Sky' ascends into blissful, emotive echo. These avant-blues masters exhibit an impeccable ability for phrasing and a spooky level of mutual understanding. This album proves to be yet another Connors-related project that you just won't want to miss. Highly recommended.
Eclectic selection running from midnight jazz moods to swinging house and dusted downbeats. "As much as Los Angeles gleams in the global mind as a gateway to dream fulfillment and televised wealth / fame amalgams, it’s equally a desert of disappointments. Hence the dead-end yoga cults, under-the-bridge tar dealers, valley burnouts, Inland Empire night-stalkers and seas of destitute Eastside lowlifes. This vibe is central to Afterhours’s languid, nocturnal musical vision, which has evolved from sleekly moody, synthesized sleepwalks to an unusually elegant hybridized trip-hop sub-species. Jamme… Read more
Monday, 27 January
The bleary-eared swagger of 'Ghettoville' concludes Actress' album cycle begun with his debut 'Hazyville' back in 2008. As we're sure you're well aware, in the meantime he's released a pair of modern classics, 'Splazsh' and 'R.I.P.', two radically rugged, sophisticated abstractions of electronic music alternately rendered in crystal clear and far-more-murky resolution. With 'Ghettoville' it would appear he's wearing his black-tinted glasses again, the ones which don't show up his bloodshot eyes and give him license to prowl the most fugged-up interzones between dancefloor, bedroom and headspa… Read more
Proper rhythmelodic hypnotism from Shackleton, back on his home-brewed Woe To The Septic Heart label. For his first release in nearly two years he forgoes his long-favoured sample-based manipulations in favour of synthesis-based techniques, weaving a unique polymetric blend of Shangaan-alike percussive timbre, Chicago-style percolations and floating choral voices with the deft precision of a Lancashire loom worker making a tapestry of otherworldly visions. A-side, 'Freezing Opening Thawing' locks into a spiralling vortex of modulating percussive hooks and swirling melodic patt… Read more
Relentless jack workouts from L-Vis 1990's Dance System including a slamming hook-up with Dance Mania legend Jammin Gerald. Bin your gym pass 'cause these trax will leave you drippin'.
Mellow follow-up to the celebrated Sound Signature 12" by London's Andrew Ashong. Three tracks mix acoustic instrunentation and Andrew's dreamin' vocals with some subtle electronics, including the gentle dancefloor potential of 'Love The Way'.
A lovely addendum of sorts to Bibio's 'Silver Wilkinson' album. It opens with pastoral album track 'Dye The Water Green' and proceeds to include archival material such as the sepia-toned 'Dinghy', written in 2006 with Richard Roberts ov Letherette, plus 'Down To The Sound', and 'A Thousand Syllables' along with the one-take improvisation of 'Carbon Wulf' - a reprise of album cut 'Wulf' - and 'The Sp9inney View of Hinckley Point', his first track recorded with live drums, as opposed to sampled and chopped on an MPC.