Monday, 10 March
"Warm Climate blew us away with a trio of tapes released on the wonderful Stunned label between 2009 and 2011, so we couldn’t have been more excited when given the chance to release their latest LP, Glass Singer, their first to be given the vinyl treatment. Glass Singer sees the band further explore a more straightforward rock approach, but remains as volatile and genre transcending as ever. Led by Seth Kasselman and featuring Caitlin Mitchell (Metal Rouge) and M. Geddes Gengras, Warm Climate fluidly swerves though thick drones, frightening whispers, BeeGees harmonies, up tempo rockers … Read more
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'.
*Trensmat return following on from that incredible Gnod EP with this darkened Kraut EP by Whirling Hall of Knives, aka WHOK* "On 'Devisions' WHOK's unique blend of psyche electronics has been expanded to encompass elements of kraut, doom, alt-techno, shoegaze & all things noisey, greasy and grime-flecked. Things really start kicking off with 'Wraith / Donn Amok' which walks the tightrope of Neu/Suicide via Sunn O))) and makes it to the other side. 'Alternate Devil' keeps it up (the full unedited version) - droned out blackened krautmetal with a thick/corrosive buzz, churning an… Read more
If the members of NYC rockers Blood On The Wall weren't swigging Jack Daniels straight from the bottle in faded black hipsters when they recorded opening track 'Stoner Jam' on their 2nd long player 'Awesomer', I'll eat a Ginsters. Having caused a ripple through their first album, the three piece (Courtney and Brad Shanks, with Miggy Littleton as gooseberry) have upped the rock for this follow-up, whilst keeping their feet safely planted in the alt.indie scene. Swapping vocal duties throughout the album, opener 'Stoner Jam' uses an axe-wielding bass and White Stripes guitar squall to fa… Read more
Gang Gang Dance are a fragmentary musical ensemble whose live shows have become the subject of reverential mutterings around the world. Attempting to bridge the gap between their patchy formal recordings. 'Hillulah' is (at its core) a live album; but one which doesn't relent to the usual set of crowd cheering clichés. Alternating between squawk rock, hazy instrumentation and full out gibbering-experimentalism, GGD can at times come across as unnecessarily contrived. But give 'Hillulah' a chance and it unhesitatingly starts to shine. Stitched together as a pretty continuous piece, the occ… Read more
Emerging from a year long gestation period at Junkyard Audio Salvage, the second album (God's Money) from Gang Gang Dance sees the band taking their familiar concoction of electronics, synths, guitars and assorted studio detrius, then blending them to the Colonols very own recipe. Opening with a nicotine stained Delta Blues riff, first song 'Nomad For Love' lays out the bands wares with a thumping rhythm and all manner of abstract vocals. Avant at heart, it is nonetheless an eminently listenable opening salvo that soon melts away into The Go! Team-esque rainbow blur of 'Ego War', wher… Read more
Tuesday, 04 March
Trampling boundaries between Noise, Techno, Punk and the Avant-Garde, the unruly mongrels of this selection de-construct sonic perimeters much like their original No Wave counterparts of the late '70s/early '80s. They inject an atonal, repetitive vitality into well-worn templates and run amok with convention, forging genuinely new sounds and styles in the process. Some of them are old enough to know better, while younger operators strive for new forms, but they all share a taste for the messy thrills of new sonic alloys in formation. It's a genre-not-genre, taking in Ru… Read more
*LInda Perhacs returns with her first new album in 44 years, featuring Julia Holter and Nite Jewel* "Linda Perhacs’ Parallelograms was created in the heart of hippy country, LA’s Topanga Canyon, by a dental hygienist who was inspired by nature and by the cultural revolution going on around her. When Parallelograms was finished, it sounded like a masterpiece, but the label had pressed it so poorly, sales were non-existent. Obscurity beckoned. But in the internet age obscurity can be discreetly transformed into a kind of niche immortality. By 2003, Parallelograms had be… Read more
Monday, 03 March
Brendon Moeller tests his darker techno muscle on his return to Prologue with a full album. 14 tracks mutate between wild modular scree ('The Frequency Of Love'), digitizied dub techno rolige ('Next Exit'), shifier tech-house ('Tricks Of The Shade'), kosmiche trance ('Lost', 'M13 + DPO'), and grinding acid ('Goodbye').
Over 5 years ago, Dozzy and fellow Italian engineer/producer Manuel Fogliata aka Nuel coined a strain of pure techno distilling their deeply engrained experience of '90s techno with a further reduction of noughties minimalism made with finely tuned hardware production techniques, basically burning away the cliches and impurities to leave a potent ambient techno residue. The result was a series of powerfully monotone, hypnotic and droning 12"s issued in typically low-key fashion by Berlin's Hardwax crew and feted in reverent tones by everyone from Miles Whittaker to Mnml S… Read more
R&S present one of Lakker's strongest sessions to date with the 4-track 'Containing A Thousand' EP. Over the last ten years the Dublin-based duo have cultivated a unique take on electronic dance music, contouring techno with traces of electro, noise, and broken beats in a shifty, powerful style that's rightly earned the respect of the likes of AFX, who's been known to pepper his DJ sets with Lakker aces. Their muscular, dynamic sound designs are in full effect here, refusing gridlocked techno patterns to dice with skittish electro nodding to late '90s Autechre in the title track, whe… Read more
Two renegades from the fringe extremes of hard techno, electronics, harsh noise, and breakcore unite for the first time as Bolder on EMego. With over four decades of hard raving between them, Peter "Pure" Votava (Ilsa Gold, Violent Shit) and Martin Maischein (Position Chrome) converge in the no-mans-land of 'Hostile Environment' to peer deep into an abyss of spare, ricocheting drums, cavernous drones and industrial sound design. We can detect the timbres of organic percussion and the buzzing hum of live, wired electronics at its core, conducted and arranged with a gothic sense of narra… Read more
So the money-shot here is that 17 minute Autechre remix, and it doesn't disappoint. There used to be a time when you could clearly define an autechre track by the era from which it came - Chiastic Slide era material being wholly distinct from, say, Tri Repetae, Garbage or LP5 productions. These days it's a little more complicated, since 2001's Confield Ae seem to have decided to stop fxxcking with us quite as much and employ a more accessible modus operandi, with their last couple of releases containing moments that you could just about classify as an easy listen. This remix f… Read more
**First ever issue of the haunting OST to Abel Ferrara's 1981 exploitation flick** "Incredibly this soundtrack has NEVER been released in any format, we went back to the original master tapes and worked with composer Joe Delia to clean up the original elements. Like Abel Ferrara, Death Waltz Recording Company are not prone to shying away from the more extreme corners of culture, and are delighted to be presenting a true underground classic for the first time ever. Ferrara’s pictures often tread the line between grindhouse trash and art-films with insightful social commentary – and unflinching re… Read more
Prime Numbers highlight the most hyped Trus'me track from his 'Treat Me Right' album, backed with a Mosca remix - dropping the tempo for burning, bass-heavy number.