Monday, 25 November
*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."
**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
Kit Grill succinctly melds slinky house rhythms and lush, harmonious minimalism on his debut album issued via GetMe! (Dam Mantle, Graphics, o F F Love). Over twelve tracks Grill gives knowing nods to the rippling, repetitive phrasing of Phillip Glass and Steve Reich as much as Neu!'s motorik simplicity and the pastoral dance music of CFCF or earlier James Holden. The fidelity is crystal clear and his tone is warm and friendly, oscillating between tenderly suspended melodies and gently insistent, motorik grooves almost oriental in their delicacy and folkwise in their simplicity.
First new album from Landstrumm in four years, following the Mark Leckey-sampling 'Montesa' EP for Sneaker Social Club. Neil follows the old adage, "if ain't broke…" to the letter on 'Dragon Under', delivering 16 tracks of signature bleeps, beats and bass in his well-skooled fashion.
**78-minute suite of totally detached, free-floating dark ambient electronics from Stephan Laubner aka STL aka Lunatik Sound System** "This extended playing soundscape called Black Hole Sun was made with one ear to the microscopic and the other to scientific sound programings receiving data from deep dark space. These transformed signals are floating endless as one big piece subdivided in eight parts, perfect as an effective disconnect and journey to the miracles of our universe. A stellar black hole is the end state of an mass heavy star at least three times bigger as our sun… Read more
**Includes bonus track 'TX'** Muscular electro-bass turn by former Instra:mentalist Jon Convex, backed with smart remixes by Ore and dBridge. 'Losing Time' rolls out a taut mix of glinting breakbeats, sci-fi electro-bass and darkside voices for a reet robo-boogie, whereas 'TX' works up a head of steam with slamming bass and Kraftwerk-esque electro signatures remodelled for the 2013 ro-bro-ts. Civil Music's new signing Ore makes a fine introduction to the scene with his pounding techno remix of 'TX', and dBridge turns it into a gyrating digital dancehall weapon.
**Perfectly discomforting post-punk pop from Pheromoans characters on Luke "Helm" Younger's Alter label** "The Bomber Jackets are the London based trio of Russell Walker, Daniel Bolger and Sian Dorrer. The former two names you may recognise from their roles in prolific post-punk nitwits the Pheromoans, whilst the latter has played in various groups in London’s thriving DIY scene and opened the notorious London venue Power Lunches. Founded by Walker and Bolger after the death of an ill-fated trio with Nik Void who went on to find greater fame and fortune with Factory Floor, the group… Read more
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
**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
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
**Heady, psilocybic folk and electronics from the Finnish psych-supergroup featuring Tomutonttu** "While we have never worked with the whole band before, Kemialliset Ystävät have obviously been a massive influence on the label from the beginning. They are the eye of the storm of the Finnish psychedelic/experimental music scene with a dozen musicians gravitating around them, many of whom we have worked with in the past: Kuupuu, Uton, Hevoset and of course KY main man Jan Anderzen’s Tomutonttu. "Kultaista Kaupunkia EtsimässäI" was originally lined up for release o… Read more
Inigo Kennedy caps a vintage year of releases for Token with three subtle and highly effective new tracks. There's the pounding nightflight of 'Pithead', and two slightly more experimental, shifty aces on the two-part 'VHSK' folding in strong elements of doomy drone, noise and hydraulic rhythms.
**Includes bonus tracks 'Tug (Alt Mix)' & 'Ooh'** One of the most enduring, influential and critically respected UK dance producers brings a weighty album to land for Loefah's Swamp81 label. Ahead of launching his new Biasonic label platform for the UK scene, he delivers this timely reminder of why he's king of the bassbins, swaggering across lines between house, garage, broken beat and even electro-funk with Roy Davis Junior. In fact, the electro thing seems to be a running theme throughout the album, whether in the shocked-percussion of 'Eingang', as a Mr De' like presence on the aforementioned … Read more
The UK's psych-rock ringleaders, Rocket Recordings, celebrate 15 years with an eclectic selection drawn from established roster heroes (Gnod, Goat, Teeth Of The Sea), relative unknowns (Uran), friends ($hit & $hine), and faves (The Lay Llamas). There's twelve tracks total, the best of which are Gnod's rave-rattling 'Holy Empire' droner, $hit & $hine's fuzzed-up one chord f**ckery, 'Please Don't Share', and a tripped-out earworm from Cherrystones called 'Cats Cradle'.
*Ships Friday* DJ Haus' Hot Haus label revives two turn-of-the-millenium French filter funk bombs by Parisian DJ/producers, Jess & Crabbe. Frontside they get freeky with the disco-debased Roulé styles of 'Big Booya' and flipside again with the Daft Punk flair of 'Council'. Kodiak follow killer reworks of Capracara and drops for UTTU and Numbers with a mad fusion of B-More and jungle party music on their 'Big Booya' remix, and Matrixxman tempers 'Council' to a canny piano house bump.
IVVVO deads the rave on five darkly infectious killers for Ramp. Stepping on from his ace 'Future' EP for Public Information, the Portuguese producer triggers strangest emotions with his gauzy style of impressionist collage and worn-out yet driving meld of 'adrcore, house and techno. 'Light Moving' sets the pace with bouncing techno blips cheered by a choir of hyperventilating Gregorian monks, and 'Hardcore World '94' cannily crowbars samples from Mark Leckey's 'Fiorucci…' soundtrack over lip-biting DHR-style mentasms. On 'Strangers' he spins in the dark with more of those nasty mentasms and c… Read more
Mista Men flex some feminine pressure on UTTU's sister label, Hot Haus Recs. Check 'All Of You' for a dainty, organ-spiced blend of New York and Doncaster garage styles, or 'Yours' for a more bassline-driven style, and our percy, 'Screw Ball' for a wicked mix of old-skool ardcore/techno stabs and skippin' bassline garage.
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.
"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
"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
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.
Ruddy raw and psychoactive house charmers from Lisbon, Portugal's trio of António and Alberto Arruda, and Sara Eckerson aka Niagara. Like a lower-fidelity, tropical contrast to the weirdly wired grooves of Frak or even Mix Mup, these five tracks are endearingly off-beat and strange, ranging from the merry-go-round melody and swing of 'Onda Blue' and 'Urmeiras' up top to a luvvly dubbly disco skanker 'Caracas' and the gritty-as-'eck beatdown House styles of 'Verde' on the flip. Proper party juice.
"Soundtrack album for the French drama 'You and the Night' (Les rencontres d’après minuit). The album features the film’s original music composed by Anthony Gonzalez of M83."
**Fascinating recordings of Italian Futurist, Luigi Russolo's legendary Intonarumori, or Noise Intoner, machines orchestrated by Blixa Bargeld, Mike Patton, Pauline Oliveros, among others** "The famous intonarumori (or 'noise intoners') of the Futurists could be considered the earliest 'techno music' instruments of the twentieth century. The 1st public performance of Luigi Russolo's intonarumori project took place in 1913 at Modena's Teatro Storchi, Italy. Luciano Chessa conducted this new orchestra of early Futurist pieces as well as specially commissioned works … Read more