Monday, 04 August
"We return for a second cassette reissue of penitentiary field recordings, in the form of the Alan Lomax compiled 'Murderers' Home' LP - a collection of work songs and field hollers performed by inmates of the Mississippi State Penitentiary (also known as Parchman Farm) in 1947. Originally released in 1957 on the UK's Pye Nixa label, many of these recordings also found their way onto the 1958 LP 'Negro Prison Songs', released by US label Tradition. "These songs belong to the musical tradition which Africans brought to the New World, but they are also as American as the Mississippi River. … Read more
Two figureheads of UK techno duke it out on the 'Two Hundred' EP. Arriving one year after their 'Spiker' 12", it documents more recent analogue studio actions in four pieces ripping from the acidic EBM and Phillip Best-style vocal of the title track to the welting triplet techno schranz of 'Judd', and burned-out dub tech swing in ' Van Der Valk'.
Sweetest deep house from Fur, who was last heard on UNO NYC, and now backed with a sublime Linkwood remix. The original is a lovely touch of late night New York City class melting poised keys and pizzicato strings over brushed percussion and sneaky bassline with just the faintest hits of humid nocturnal streetlife bleeding in at the edges. B-side, Linkwood's Stargazer remix retreats to the balcony for a sultry, spaced-out shuffle, those distant sirens turning into silvery contrails and expansive synthlines tracing the city's imagined outline.
"Melodic and playful techno interactions from one of the most crucial occupiers of the freaked out sweet spot between the hypothesized club/anti-club binary. Gobby’s skill for sampling anything and everything into strange and insanely funky techno loops is particularly apparent on this six track release that has eyes on ultra serene trance heights as much as the most fucked streaks of purist techno. Somewhere beyond the historic thump of Black Dice’s rhythmic experiments and classic acid and freaked out, Gobby’s beats are both sludgey and vivid. On “Wallet and Cellphone”, Gobby comes out … Read more
Freshly-trimmed, in-the-pocket garage jackers on Rinse. Birmingham legend Tom Shorterz in control, driving the super infectious mesh of gremlin voices, bobbling bass runs and stylishly dark synth motifs in 'Mainline' and laying the foundations for Paranoid Resistance's achingly crisp and tucked-in remix of 'The Grid' with its pneumatic, minimalist hi-hats and subs synched for the swingers. This is so rude, big tip for the dancers!
Greeen Linez do that buttered boogie thang again with 2nd album 'Izu King Street' for the Diskotopia label. Greased up thicker than a cross-channel swimmer, it's a beaming celebration of vintage future disco packed with all the horny sax bleats, chime tree washes, and electro-soul pivots you could hope for - perfect for cruising Tokyo at night, or any major metropolis for that matter. It's very much indebted to that shiny strain of early '80s Japanese electronics a la Haruomi Hosono and co, as much as late '80s/early '90s British and American sould spectrum, from boogie-soul thru ho… Read more
Deep 'n rugegd technohouse tackle from Dutchman, Presk, for Germany's Something Happening, Somewhere label. Styles are more straightforward, driving than his previous for Fourth Wave and ten Thousand Yen, playing out the swinging, proggy jack of 'Babou' and the aquatic dub, 'Sink Shift' on side A, and cutting deeper with the Detroit-influenced, NWAQ-alike vibes of 'Gomero', which is given a dope, droning techno remix by Single Point Edge.
Smart dub techno from Roberto Clementi with a superb Norman Nodge remix. Italian producer Clementi proceeds his debut album 'N Lights' for Soma with the smooth rolling and skanking 'Barrell', and a proper, smokey dub house number named 'Traps'. But if we're picking favourites then Norman Nodge's slinky rebuild of 'Bonton' with its dusty swirl and almost Bruce Gilbert-style bassline flux is the one you need.
Pional's midnight showstopper 'It's All Over' arrives backed with Talabot's own remixes after appearing on a blink-and-miss 12" and in John Talabot's DJ-Kicks selection remixed by Locked Groove. The fragile, blue original is an exemplary slice of late night house soul, the sort that subtly suspends time and brings bodies closer on the 'floor, and now appears alongside Pional's plusher 'Fosc Version' beside Talabot's sinuous, fruity 'Stripped Refix' and bendy, heatsick 'Stormbreak' version, and Locked Groove's debonaire, string-heavy rendition.
Masters of emotive chamber pop, Wild Beasts, present 'Mecca' from their 'Present Tense' album backed with Sohn and Juan Atkins remixes. The sweetly mannered original is given a slower, swaying remix rifled with fluttering electronics by SOHN, and strangely enough, prodded with warm Detroit electro jolts and smoothed out with lush pads by Juan Atkins to make it more than acceptable for the dancefloor.
"Some might say that the continued stream of releases from Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze, who sadly passed away in 1999, is beginning to beggar belief. But Jones had always been prolific, creating not just song after song but variant version after version of his existing work, and so Muslimgauze continues to reach out from the last century into this one. Although an intensely dedicated and creative producer and composer, Jones could be a little cryptic when it came to keeping his massive body of work organized. The recently unearthed Turkish Berlina dates back to 1997, shortly after Mus… Read more
**Reissue of a super sought-after near-mythical Muslimgauze album from 1994 including the 20 minute title track.** ""Oftentimes when a reissue has bonus tracks their provenance can be tangential or suspicious; in this case, they’re more like a homecoming. When Bryn Jones turned into the master for what would become 1994’s Drugsherpa mini CD to once and future label Staalplaat, the label selected the twenty-minute title track, truly one of Muslimgauze’s most distinct and awe-inspiring tracks, to fill the release. The sinuous, doom-haunted “Drugsherpa” still sounds fresh today but in 1994 i… Read more
"Not only has Muslimgauze’s work survived the death of Bryn Jones, so have his working methods; with so much worthwhile material still in the vaults and much of it having little in the way of information or context left by the artist upon his untimely passing, recent reissues and new releases have seen Staalplaat going largely by the way the working tapes were originally organized. Here we have an excellent example of the perils and rewards of that approach; eight mixes, just over an hour, of some of the dubbiest, most spacious material Jones ever put to tape. The tracks c… Read more
Neon 808 heat from Lockah and his trans-Atlantic counterpart Taste Tester. There's four taut, whirring fusions of R&B, Footwork and blazing Yamaha synthlines from the duo, at best in the 3-stepping R&B zest of 'U Don't Know Me' and the Rustie/HudMo-styled excess of 'The End', whilst DJ DJ Booth eases the thizzing 'Higher' to a bouncing house/club style, and Slick Shoota juggles the vocal of 'U Don't Know' with infectious footwork patterns. Support from Starkey, Johnny Dub, Jay Scarlett.
Lucien Goethals was born in 1931 in Ghent, Belgium. He completed his musical education at the Royal Academy Of Music in 1956 where he was awarded the highest accolades for advanced organ, history of music and theoretic notions, after which he eventually pursued his studies of seriated music technique and electronic composition with GM Koenig. He was awarded further awards for composition in both his own country as well as abroad and was a member of the renowned Spectra work group. In 1963 he was appointed to the post of producer of the BRT (Flemish division of the Belgian Broadca… Read more
Remastered reissue of Soma Holiday‘s cult classic, Shake Your Molecules. Soma Holiday was a Franco-American duo consisting of Jean-Marc Vallod and Jane Honicker, based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn back in the early 1980s. They recorded “Shake Your Molecules” along with “Too Many People” and “Art Dimension” in 1984, at Unique Studios in Manhattan. The studio was known for being the first NYC studio with MIDI capabilities. With the help of Eric Dufaure, they had their 12” released on Cachalot Records in the US, and later a further pressing was made by Les Disques Du Soleil Et De L’A… Read more
"Minneapolis torn-leather psychedelicists Daughters Of The Sun cop a tripped deathless vibe on their fourth, and most far-gone, full-length, Ride To Die. Severed by distance (singer/guitarist Nick Koenigs transplanted to LA), and pulled omni-directionally by other projects (Koenigs as Filthy Huns; percussionist Bennett Johnson and multi-instrumentalist Collin Gorman Weiland in Dreamweapon), the trio transmute these tolls into seven of their best badlands kosmosis interstate benders yet taped. The disintegrated chemistry of dirt-road hunts like “Desert Grave” or “Sater’s Ghost” s… Read more
Shawn O'Sullivan (Vaputeen, 400PPM, Civil Duty, Led Er Est) meets vocalist and songwriter Katie Rose on a suite of druggy, etheric wave dance and pop deviations on Minimal Wave's Cititrax sub-label. There's six diverse but coherently related tracks on rotation, alternating between a de-glazed take on Balearic chug in 'High End Basics', to an atmospherically charged and pumping 'Woodwork', thru the cosmic '90s dream-pop of 'Spectacle Dissolved' to droning Chris & Cosey styles to the Carpenter-esque 'Death To The Beat', and a strident mid-tempo disco wader called 'Beyond Time'. It's no… Read more
Originally scheduled for release on Halloween 1985 this privately pressed all female post-punk / broken-folk collective concept album was resurrected from the ashes of the original line-up of The Fall and Velvet Underground singer Nico’s Blue Orchids backing band at the command of pioneering Manchester female punk icon Una Baines before disappearing into the annals of UK punk purgatory. Comprising all the DIY traits and snarling attitudes of Manchester’s smartarsed punk retaliation, with haunting mechanical folk, pastoral drones and a back story that unites sleeve artist Linder Sterling (Ludus),… Read more
Max Richter's original score for 'Perfect Sense', which is directed by David McKenzie (Yong Adam) and stars Ewan MacGregor, Eva Green, Connie Nielsen and Ewen Bremner.
One of the UK's more promising young labels returns with the kinetic spatial studies of D Hansen's 2nd release, 'A Pair Of Quiet And Empty Rooms'. Avoiding use of samples in favour of unique tones and "something completely other", Hansen recorded bits of junk at discrete distances in a variety of rooms in order to capture their natural reverbs, which were then processed with artificial ones to create whole new semi-fictional dimensions. The results, split over four pieces, make incisive, playful use of silence and tension in a manner recalling Nicola Ratti/Giuseppe Ielas… Read more
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, Jahtari gives up the 4th instalment of 'Jahtarian Dubbers' featuring staunch bassbin pals, Pupajim, Disrupt, Rootah, Mungo's Hi-Fi and more. Psychedelic digi-dub styles in effect from Scotland to Australia, troddin' heavy from the desolate darkside of Monkey Marc's 'Danger Earth' to the mellow drift of Mungo's Hi-Fi's 'Know Your Roots' starring Shanti D via Disrupt's barking MIDI skank, 'Chrono Trigger', and and Jah Screechy's dancehall murder, 'Love We A Deal With'. Happy anniversary indeed.
Sublime, festive Balearia from Madrid's Javier Bergia, who, perhaps most famously, played on Finis Africae's seminal, eponymous debut. Expect to be swept away on a warm breeze of floral guitars, keys, exotic percussion and lushest synths coaxed along by Bergia's mellow vocals.
"Over the last four years, Olympia-based punk trio Naomi Punk – featuring singer/guitarist Travis Coster, guitarist Neil Gregerson, and drummer Nic Luempert – have been lighting up DIY warehouses and large concert halls alike with their singular brand of mid-tempo, cathartic punk. Commencing their breakout 2012 debut ‘The Feeling’, Naomi Punk return to the fold with their sophomore record, ‘Television Man’ – their first for Captured Tracks. A key fixture in the Northwest DIY punk scene, Naomi Punk channel a similar energy to their contemporaries (Milk Music, Broken Water, Vexx, Gag) a… Read more
Debut drop of rimshot-riding house from Boyfriend following remix actions for Mad Decent, Enchufada and more. Essentially it's a sort of deeper take on Baltimore House, perhaps more Karizma style than the naughty stuff T & A are known for. Boyfriend's 'Fears' is a brilliant groover effortlessly swinging off percolated rimshots, hi-hats and plump subs, which Saveless runs as a ruddier sort of electro-funk and DJ Ayres fuses with deep garage techno. Tipped!