Thursday, 16 April
**Limited edition of 500. Initial copies on peach and turquoise wax. Mastered by Matt Colton** Type reach inside the box to present Nochexxx's newest devilment of Drexciyan electro and grubby bleeps, 'Plot 'Defender'. Steadfast at the fringes and fronds of UK electronica since the late '90s, Dave Henson a.k.a. Nochexxx has previously done the do for Ramp Recordings and Actress' Werk Discs over the last few years, forging a sort of eldritch, radiophonic cyberpunk that frankly sound like f**k-all out there. OK there are plenty of artists working with cranky, heatsick synth and drum machines rig… Read more
**New edition of this absolute classic in a new sleeve** This post-revolution Iranian album from 1985 is so ahead of its time, so completely off on its own sonically and stylistically - that you'd be forgiven for thinking it were a hoax. In reality it's one of the most sought-after and exceptional records from the Smithsonian Folkways catalogue, here brought back to life in this facsimile edition put together by the Dead Cert imprint. Until now, it's been the preserve of a small handful of collectors who rightly hold it in huge regard and close to thei… Read more
**2LP in a gatefold sleeve with DVD and digital download code redeemable from the label - Rob Aiki Lowe re-appears alongside French synth voyager Ariel Kalma with quite possibly the finest release on RVNG yet following that killer side for Type a couple of years back. Highly recommended!* The FRKWYS series has a tendency to turn out some really inspired unions, and this ranks among their best. Recorded just outside of Mullimbimby, a remote community on the eastern Australian coast, it marks a pineal, inter-generational journey aligning Kal… Read more
**Strictly Limited White 7" flexi disc with bonus 18 minute track download redeemable from the label - 30 minutes total** Northumberland's Alt.vinyl serve a spectral flexidisc spin-off from :zoviet*france: and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project's 'Patina Pooling' (2014) album. Presented on the perfect, malleable format for their rusted ambient ruminations, 'Flexible Pooling' embraces the flexi disc's infidelities, using its proneness to erosion to convey an ever-changing meaning to the music within, much the same way that the album it was spawned from was susceptible to intentional "dama… Read more
*Deluxe / Expanded Box Set featuring a bonus 12" of remixes from Girl Unit, Jam City, Nguzunguzu, and Kingdom Kelela's world-taking 'Cut 4 Me' (2013) mixtape blooms from 13 to 22 tracks, augmented with dramatic new remixes and riddims from Jam City, Neana, Kingdom, Mike Q, Massacooramaan… Y'all know what the sublime original sounds like so let's skip fwd: Jam City entirely overhauls 'Keep It Cool' with a smoother sorta tension; Kingdom resets 'Enemy' with a low-riding ballroom swagger; Mike Q ramps the spare Jam City mix of 'Cherry Coffee' with flash and bolshy ballroom flair; 'Go All Night' … Read more
**Exceptional psych-o-tronic trips for fans of Mordant Music, Bellows, The Stranger or BEB!** Berlin's Another Dark Age label claim an idiosyncratic nether ground with LST's aleatoric enigma, 'The Duo'. Staking a unique position just behind the ear, right at the back of your bonce, Melbourne's Tarquin Manek (a.k.a. half of BEB's Tarcar) quietly mines his very own "lo-sci-fi" style in this series of nine corrupted memory implants meshing frayed nerves and fragmented, extra-terrestrial frequencies. The process of 'Th Duo''s creation, junked together from recordings made on mobile phones and micro cassettes… Read more
A bounty of booty house holy grails and footwork protoypes from the vault of RP Boo! Planet Mu done so, so good here, linking with the godfather of footwork to tell it how it was in Chicago between the late '90s and early '00s. Starting up with the straight-up slam of 'Baby Come on' - reputedly the 1st ever footwork track - it goes on to correct the history books with the Godzilla-sampling '02-52-03', itself a remix of his own, monstrous '11-47-99' which, until now, has been erroneously attributed to DJ Slugo, beside the ghetto ballistics of 'Party Motion' (1998) and a trio of heavy-booty-hitt… Read more
Proper ruffneck slam-jams from NPLGNN for Phonica's promising new OKNO imprint. '1925' arrives 6 months or so after the Napolitan artist ran amok in the ballroom with 'Sigma / Tau' for Where To Now?, which piqued the attention of everyone from Ben UFO to Low Jack in the process. For this session he keeps the bugged-out production values intact, but switches to a more rave-nous style, cold killing it with a sizzling acid brukbeat twyst called 'Ravers Are Still Living' on the A-side, before pulling out his chewiest kicks, flinty hi-hats and railgun claps for the B-side's 'Break On The Rhythm', and brin… Read more
Intoxicating Rasta dub biz from the Wareika Hills, Jamaica, via the desk of Jackson Bailey's Tapes in London. Still hot from his reggae-pop standout on Workshop 21, he furnishes two versions of The Wareika Hill Sounds' 'Datura', getting to grips with funde, repeta and bass drums in a heads-down session licked with guitar and flute by Kenrick Diggory. Now that Honest Jon's mention Keith Hudson in their write-up, it's so easy to imagine his husky croon floating over the 'Datura Mystic' mix, however, the dub is really summat else; a rocking swirl of recursive drums recorded right on the biting point, and nowt but. It's a killer!!!
*Includes an 8x14 double sided insert with photos, lyrics, liner notes by the band, and a fold-out poster* "Van Kaye + Ignit is the Dutch duo of Ed Van Kasteren (Van Kaye) and Ignatine Bekken (Ignit), who joined forces in the city of Arnhem during early 1980. While at university, Van Kaye was the singer of The MoNoMeN, a local new wave band. By the end of 1979 he had become more interested in the use of electronics and rhythmic industrial patterns. In April 1980 he released a demo cassette with 30 minutes of his own work titled “A Slight Delay". While experimenting with synthesizers an… Read more
**Limited edition red/silver vinyl in gatefold jacket** Sub Rosa present the first survey of André Strodeur's pioneering experiments in modular synthesis with 'Analog and Digital Electronic Music 1978-80'. This, the abridged version of a comprehensive 3CD collection, scans his output circa 1978-80 when he worked with an EMS AKS, 8 voice Oberheim SEM-1, plus special software developed for the Compucolor II computer, and a 16 channel mixing console driving 8 Klipsch loudspeakers in octophony. Stordeur describes the pieces: "on '18 Days' - With this recording I… Read more
**Featuring three bonus tracks that originally appeared on the “Somewhere Outside” compilation, and a double sided 11”x11” insert containing lyrics for each song and photos of the band** "Moral was the trio of Marco Andreis (Guitars, Bass), Hanne Winterberg (Vocals) and Ingolf Brown (Synthesizers, Rhythm Box, Sequencer) from Aarhus, Denmark formed in 1981. They released their debut mini-album “Dance of the Dolls” on cassette in 1981 and the album “Whispering Sons” on cassette in 1982. The group played very few concerts, but supported both Monochrome Set and Nico. In May 1983, they contribu… Read more
Crazylegs windmill into new territory with the fractious, forward GrIDM designs of Island's 'Nokia' debut. Coming off like a Hud Mo show-down with Spaces and Oneohtrix Point Never, it refracts the best of modern Warp styles with a playfully colourful sense of arrangement according to a more-is-more maxim. In headphones it feels like R'n'G ju jitsu for Air Max-clad astronauts training in a gyroscope, spinning the senses with an accelerated sense of fun and organ-churning pleasure.
Drew Lustman escapes his Falty DL alias with this dizzyingly ace album under his own name. 'Crystal Cowboy' is quick and loose but flush with all the funky tricks and crafty soul that has endeared him so much to heads the world over since 2007 and a sterling run of IDM-into-breaksploitation antics. He approaches the project with X amounta humour and guile, brilliantly indulging his Anglophilic tendencies with nuff hardcore/jungle roll-outs interspersed by instinctive nods to his home city's jazz, house and R&B heritage. It was apparently written on-the-fly, freed of any conceptual rest… Read more
Champion's Formula label present a superb state-of-play 2015 survey for UK bass music. Starting up with Champion's SND-like remix of Flava D's 'Home', Terror Danjah and Zed Bias tie-off the deft 2-step of 'Telepathy' and Killjoy goes on a dark one with the militant bounce of 'Turnt Ones VIP' and the hydro-blazing 'Most High'. You'll catch Flava D 'In The Dance' on a dread bassline flex, and, likewise Hybrid Theory and Trilla with the dark and rude 'Dutty' killer, plus a slower tribal remix of Hayfever from Mickey Pearce, and a pair of proper UK riddims from Terror Danjah featur… Read more
**Sonic Youth's foundational 1985 second album, finally reissued. Includes download code with four bonus tracks, redeemable from the label** "Sonic Youth’s second full-length LP Bad Moon Rising was originally released on Homestead and Blast First in 1985. The album is a fascinating examination of “the junction where hippie idealism [meets] the cold hard world,” says guitarist Lee Ranaldo, “where Woodstock [meets] Altamont-Death Valley, Charles Manson, Brian Wilson, musicians, murderers, heroes and villains.” Its original eight-song tapestry of droning guitar feedback, distant clatt… Read more
**Sonic Youth's foundational 1985 second album, finally reissued. Includes download code with four bonus tracks, redeemable from the label** "Sonic Youth’s second full-length LP Bad Moon Rising was originally released on Homestead and Blast First in 1985. The album is a fascinating examination of “the junction where hippie idealism [meets] the cold hard world,” says guitarist Lee Ranaldo, “where Woodstock [meets] Altamont-Death Valley, Charles Manson, Brian Wilson, musicians, murderers, heroes and villains.” Its original eight-song tapestry of droning guitar feedback, distant cla… Read more
Soundstream returns with a trio of signature disco edits to light up the 'floor. The practically peerless loop-master heralds the summer dancing season with a kinky bomb named 'Bass Affairs' upstairs, tickling lithe cowbells and rustling shakers until a chopped 'n oily bass slicks the groove proper and subtle string pads provide a heady highpoint. Go below the belt and the B-side brings up a filtered winner with show-stopping bass drops in 'Sweep Magic' beside the spangled delights of 'Starstrike'.
**Edition of 400** Charlemagne Palestine 'Bell Studies' is a record that brings tremendous joy to our day. Recorded circa 1965 by the august composer on the 26-bell carillon of Taylor bells at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 53rd Street and 5th Avenue, NYC, during his seven year stint of playing them every day from 15 years old until he left to study and teach at CalArts in 1970. Earning him the nickname, the Quasimodo of midtown NYC, these sessions attracted a seminal and diverse crowd of fans, including Moondog, John Cage and Tony Conrad and likely hundreds, if not thousands m… Read more
*3CD digipack + 18 page booklet* Sub Rosa present the first survey of André Strodeur's pioneering experiments in modular synthesis with 'Analog and Digital Electronic Music 1978-80'. This comprehensive 3CD collection scans his output circa 1978-80 when he worked with an EMS AKS, 8 voice Oberheim SEM-1, plus special software developed for the Compucolor II computer, and a 16 channel mixing console driving 8 Klipsch loudspeakers in octophony. Stordeur describes the pieces: "on '18 Days' - With this recording I have tried to offer the public an alterna… Read more
Back once again for TTT, DJ Spider & Marshallito conduct three tribal New York techno rituals. On the A-side they uproot the soiled and soggy shunt of 'Nuclear Winter', matching what sounds like ancient Latin tongues with marching rhythms and mystic jazz samples, and a more blunted take on Industrial Strength styles with 'Geiger Counter'. B-side is best of all though, pulling off a proper early '90s NYC sound with the zipping rave stabs and warehouse thunder of 'Zero Point'.
Some of the world's most feared and respected noise improvisers regroup for a 2nd studio album of Cuts. Now including Thurston Moore (guitar, electronics) among their flock, Merzbow (electronics), Balázs Pándi (drums) and Mats Gustafsson (saxophone, electronics) converge on a double-disc freeform penetration of avant garde jazz and noise to show the kids how it's done.
Richard Chartier's Line label is at its best with Triac's gorgeous 2nd album of diaphanous drones. 'Days' could be taken as a measure of time, or equally as a pun on the lush effect of their music, presenting a barely-there suite of near-baroque melodic gestures that seem to float in mid-air, as though either moving very slowly or as a midnight mirage conjured by some gauzy mind. Within its seven pieces, ranging from pop-ambient temporality thru ten minute trips, they seem to capture the resonant, lingering after-thoughts of their instruments - Rossano Polidoro (laptop), Marco Seracini (piano, synth), and … Read more
*New remastered version with a bonus track and new artwork* **Immersive, transporting and deeply arresting music from the revered autodidact and audio oddity. If you've never encountered Ghedalia before, this is an excellent place to start, welcoming you to a whole other world of exotic, electro and acoustic sounds, composed between 1979 and 1987 according to a genuinely far reaching and individual agenda.** "More than 5 years after the CD edition of Eclipse totale de soleil and Transportes, Alga Marghen finally decided to also reissue the first and forth LP by Ghedalia Tazartes in… Read more
Gunnar Wendell a.k.a. Kassem Mosse gets his electro grind on with the first Paid Reach 7". Working in far less defined territory than usual, both sides give room for his experimental tendencies to explore singular ideas. 'Fair Trade Dark' toils an austere, blunted bleep groove sounding something like one of Sleeparchive's Civil Defence Programme dispatches, whereas the B-side - in what is a first to our eyes, at least - runs a reverse 7" vinyl cut of the backwards groove, 'Colddrinksinreverse'.
*New remastered version* "One of Charlemagne Palestine's best-known works, "Four Manifestations On Six Elements". "Two Perfect Fifths, A Major Third Apart, Reinforced Twice" (1973) is an electronic piece that deals with the search for the essence of timbre, sound color, through exploration of the inert chemical activity in the overtone series of tone fundamentals. In this genre of his work Palestine feels akin to a kind of sound alchemist - blending elements over and over again through the years searching for the Golden Sound - the essence of the chord or harm… Read more
*Includes bonus DVD - Rob Aiki Lowe re-appears alongside French synth voyager Ariel Kalma with quite possibly the finest release on RVNG yet following that killer side for Type a couple of years back. Highly recommended!* The FRKWYS series has a tendency to turn out some really inspired unions, and this ranks among their best. Recorded just outside of Mullimbimby, a remote community on the eastern Australian coast, it marks a pineal, inter-generational journey aligning Kalma's naturalist tendency and invaluable background working at the GRM … Read more
Ace, diverse follow-up session to Jared Wilson's debut double pack, 'Ghost Miners'. He's really vibing out on this one, getting all fruity and moody with the cascading keys and strafing black synth shapes layered over over '6', and containuing to pursue the Detroit techno dragon, albeit at a slower hosue tempo, with the brooding kink of '7' into a swinging B-side cut that almost mirrors the chord progressions from Mills' 'If (We)' (sorry, no vocal), and checking out with a skizzo warehouse banger.
Another brilliant slab of viscous yet sparky house nostalgia from Andrew Morrison a.k.a. The Cyclist. In a crowded scene of tape-smudge explorers The Cyclist leads the peloton by virtue of his fudgy funk flex and knack for memorable melodic hooks. It's earned him much praise to date from the likes of Fact magazine among others, and is set to increase his credits with the 'Hot House EP', spooling from deep-fried Nu Groove skank-house styles in 'Heart Of Stone', thru the blues-worn charm of 'Hot House' and the loosely tribal dreams of 'Aurora (Shortwave Mix)', to a melting, slow-mo highlight wit… Read more
**Remastered, includes an 8 page, stapled booklet that contains press releases, concert flyers and photos circa the recording of the album** "Portion Control is a British electronic and industrial band from South London. The trio of John Whybrew, Ian Sharp and Dean Piavani started out experimenting with electronics in 1980. Linking up with In Phaze Records, they released a number of cassettes and records before signing with Illuminated Records in 1983. There followed a series of classic 12" singles: “Raise the Pulse”, “Rough Justice” and “Go-Talk”, which have become unde… Read more