Thursday, 29 January
**Housed in die-cut jacket with printed inner, comes bundled with a download** We’ve been waiting for this one for a while - one of the most talented and overlooked composers in the death-ambient/invisible soundtrack realm finally returns with a petrifying suite of doom-laced string compositions on this excellent new album for Miasmah; 'The Summoner'. In the course of three albums and handful of shortform releases, Pepijn Caudron has become a byword for Bosch-like visions of a soundtrack-quality calibre. It's perhaps a little odd that his music hasn't yet been used to score some ultra-bleak, mitt… Read more
*Edition of 300 copies pressed on transparent red vinyl* Dominick Fernow’s Bed of Nails label returns with its first release in a while - a new 5-track EP from New York stalwart K.P aka Dual Action. These machine tools spoil for the 'floor, acting as a follow-up of sorts to the excellent, blink-and-miss 'Babe' cassette and Avian's vinyl reissue of 'Auto Body’, providing some proper club weight across four precision-sharpened pounders and one incredible noise construct. Fixing glassy chimes to stern bassdrum with 'Back In', and banking noxious drones over the pneumatic mechanisms of 'When Mine',… Read more
Chicago's DJ Clent busts out a killer debut album of sub-heavy hyperfunk for Duck N' Cover - the world's first Footwork-only vinyl label. 'Last Bus to Lake Park' is alien jazz tech of the dopest order, hitting 14 tracks of fibrillating flux including link-ups with fellow Dance Mania veteran DJ Milton and footwork progenitor, RP Boo. We'll go straight for the highlights, a handful of Afro-futurist level-setters including the doubled-down G-Funk lean of 'The Wickedness', a blinding breakbeat and space-jazz rocket named 'Look Swole' with DJ Milton, and certainly the depth-charged sub pul… Read more
*Double cassette Edition of 100 copies* 'Hail Of Arrows' is an audacious new synth project from NYC's Gavin Russom - one of his best since 'The Days Of Mars' for DFA. Taking inspiration from the Falcons which resettled in his Uptown Manhattan locale, coupled with nods to J.G. Ballard and P.K. Dick, Russom spins out the imagined soundtrack to a four-part odyssey where the birds reclaim Upper Manhattan, creating a civilization in the leftover buildings and landscape. Perfect for the tape format, such a wide scope allows bags of time for him to explore every integer of hi… Read more
Sabla's debut set of buckled, technoid texturhythms are arguably the best yet from Turin, Italy's Gang Of Ducks label. Backed up by smart reworks from Ital and the G.O.D. bosses, the four original tracks feel out freeform, roiling rhythms and rusted timbres in transtion somewhere between Andy Stott's knackerd crack, the whirring mechanics of Lukid, and Phork's staggered drum patterns. In the best sense, each piece sounds like two tracks in a battle to resolve their rhythmic differences, from the ragged techno lurch of 'Di Lei' to the crushed, Bellows-style dub of 'Spirits' and the thrumming undertow o… Read more
**Individually numbered vinyl edition of 400. Includes fold-over artwork and download code** This is so good! 'Optimists' is the enchanting debut album of rustling drum machines and diaphanous, bittersweet synth lines by Joke Desmet and Milan Warmoeskerken, aka Mittland och Leo. Equal parts Broadcast-like twee exotica and Suicide-style motorik funk, it also holds up very neatly next to like-minded missions from Not Waving, Moon Wheel or early, ambient AFX, hitting the sweetspot of smart simplicity with every turn. There's little arguing that this is a very well-trodden area of electronic … Read more
We’ve been waiting for this one for a while - one of the most talented and overlooked composers in the death-ambient/invisible soundtrack realm finally returns with a petrifying suite of doom-laced string compositions on this excellent new album for Miasmah; 'The Summoner'. In the course of three albums and handful of shortform releases, Pepijn Caudron has become a byword for Bosch-like visions of a soundtrack-quality calibre. It's perhaps a little odd that his music hasn't yet been used to score some ultra-bleak, mittel European horror flick (far as we're aware), but that's also partly where our f… Read more
""In 2014 I lost one of my best friends, without whom my life will never be the same - Tanto, my feline brother in arms, and not only a massive part of my life, but my music as well. We fought our hardest, for months, side by side, but in the end, everything we had was not enough. From one of, if not the darkest times in my life, I wanted to honor a life with good and beauty, the way he deserved. The result is my first ‘live’ album, in that all tracks were done in one take, one each day for six days, recorded raw and untouched... not a story, not a narrative, but a direct account of the saddest, emptiest,… Read more
Chicago's DJ Clent busts out a killer debut album of sub-heavy hyperfunk for Duck N' Cover - the world's first Footwork-only vinyl label. 'Last Bus to Lake Park' is alien jazz tech of the dopest order, hitting 14 tracks of fibrillating flux including link-ups with fellow Dance Mania veteran DJ Milton and footwork progenitor, RP Boo. We'll go straight for the highlights, a handful of Afro-futurist level-setters including the doubled-down G-Funk lean of 'The Wickedness', a blinding breakbeat and space-jazz rocket named 'Look Swole' with DJ Milton, and certainly the depth-charged sub pulse… Read more
**Haunting works of spectral vocals and electronically disguised bass flute and cello, including the breathtaking 37 minutes of 'Quando Stanno Morendo (Diario Polacco No. 2)', written in support of his Polish comrades, plus the dynamic electro-acoustic spatalizations of 'Omaggio A Emilio Vedova'** "Audio CD with three compositions by Luigi Nono, recorded at the Berlin festival "Inventionen". The live electronics that Nono worked with for the first time in the early 1980's at the Freiburg Experimental Studio also serves the musical displacement: the music moves away from clear spatial… Read more
Terrence Dixon's stellar series continues with a trio of deeply mystic Detroit techno reductions. Following similar coordinates to recent Mills missions, the A-side is a stunning piece of sound design swirling cosmic synth plumes around a 120bpm kick anchor preventing it from drifting into deep space. Flipside, the madness of outer space travel kicks in with a panicked, discordant pounder, before settling to an alternate, further version of 'Code Urgent' off the 'Theater Of A Confused Mind' album.
Acid Arab push the boat out with further deviations including a deadly An-I and Capablanca link-up. AA's 3rd single opens with their own 'Zahr' putting a streamlined, edgeless spin on Arab dance styles beside the slow, mystic chug of Gilb'R'Beesan Rum's 'A Song For Anna'. B-side is much better, though: Society of Silence pick up the tempo with a cantering techno line-dance, 'Baghdad', and An-I hits it out the park with Capablanca on the New Beat-referencing meld of industrial jack and mesmerising Middle Eastern loops in 'Farsi Farce'.
"For listeners who like: Aphex Twin, Clams Casino, Flying Lotus, Shlohmo, Squarepusher, DJ Rashad. Lee Bannon moved beyond hip-hop with his acclaimed full length release Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5. Pushing the boundaries of sound, Bannon flexes his production skills beyond the realm of hip-hop and electronic music, merging those genres with ambient sounds and Drum & Bass. Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5 features appearances by ProEra members Kirk Knight and Chuck Strangers, as well as Raider Klan member Matt Stoops. Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5, which is now available for the first time… Read more
**180g vinyl edition with art print poster and digital download code - immersively collaged and enchanting sound journey across the American south** "Herein sits a sound panacea for what ails you, me, thee… a collection of sound meant to place tiume, place memory in that space beyond remembrance… This recording represents a 25 day sojourn (#southernsojourn2014) I took through parts of the/my american south by am, greydog, thumb, through pecan trees, farm fields, rivers running me, dark allies, cemeteries people no longer visit… curious places below the mason dix… Read more
**Immersively collaged and enchanting sound journey across the American south** "Herein sits a sound panacea for what ails you, me, thee… a collection of sound meant to place tiume, place memory in that space beyond remembrance… This recording represents a 25 day sojourn (#southernsojourn2014) I took through parts of the/my american south by am, greydog, thumb, through pecan trees, farm fields, rivers running me, dark allies, cemeteries people no longer visit… curious places below the mason dixon line: a segment of the globe more foreign to me than any other place… Read more
*Limited edition 2.2 GB sound library DVD featuring 100's of custom sounds produced at Echospace studio packaged in double digipak and shrinkwrapped. Also includes a 60 minute CD featuring an ambient piece performed by variant using ONLY elements of the source material contained in the sound library* The sample library has been processed and mastered through an extensive chain of analog and custom made equipment including but not limited to compressors, ring mod's, filters, delays, reverbs and waveshaping devices. The library was made using primaril… Read more
*Includes 16 page booklet* "On October 31, 2013, the Frizzi 2 Fulci show premiered in London at one of the city’s live music meccas: Union Chapel. On the stage, the Maestro conducted the F2F band and the Alauda Quartet, and in the church, more than 1000 people attended the sold-out event while people outside desperately looked for a ticket. It’s a snapshot of a memorable evening of great music and cinema in front of an hallucinating and hallucinated crowd made of spectacular phantoms, skeletons, zombies, witches, golems, vampires and a plethora of assassins and victims… Read more
Dutch turbo skank pressure from TMSV on Artikal Music UK. Three rotten riddims stepping out between the gabber bass pulses of 'Jackhammer' to dread halfstep and pinging congas with 'Guillotine', and the reek of dank dungeon spaces in 'Elegy'.
DJ Haus drops some dirty acid work on Clone's Jack For Daze sub-print. Raw-assed party funk in four versions, from stripped-down bangers to more freakish nuggets and bleepy bass styles.
Punchy, warehouse-eager banger from a cat named E. Myers on limited edition white label. Drums are tough as you like, tickled with raving whistles and eased off with lip-smacking, eye-fluttering chords for gurning air-synth action in the club. Dead strong stuff.
Lean, mean hybrids of UK rolige and European techno from Roska, Roska, Roska. Back for his 3rd outing on Tectonic, he reflects the label's current aesthetic with tightest, jabbing drums and dread bass for the darkside skank 'n shuffle. 'Hyperion' rolls with effortless momentum guided by zombied 4/4 bass pressure and frankly fxxking evil drones; 'Off' is distinctly UK-centric, synching the widest swing from fractured drums and offset sub swells for the dancers; 'Only Human' really gets our vote though, setting a pensile balance of crisp rimshots and slicing claps poised with noirish dub chamber vibes precipitating the nastiest bass shapes..
Strange mix of styles on this one, pairing The Soft's thrumming post rock-meets electronica piece, 'Icaria', with a gauzy, jagged dubstep-techno roller by Killawatt and some fudgy tech-house with sweetly soured melody blowing kisses at vintage AFX.
*Packaged in a gatefold sleeve with a digital download code* "Although little is known about H Hawkline at this stage, international record collector, occasional DJ partner and hirsute head Andy Votel divulges that he is “from a family lineage that comprises of 70s radio DJs and Welsh Horror movie stars.” He continues: “H Hawkline’s own place in the limelight often cascades and intertwines with the likes of his close friends Cate Le Bon [who produced this album], Sweet Baboo and Gruff Rhys. As an adept multi-intrumentalist main vein Huw Evans claws his influences from a broad out… Read more
*New, reworked version. First time on vinyl, includes a free copy of the album on CD inside* "Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisat-ions. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of elect-ronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "Apr… Read more
"For listeners who like: Odd Future, Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin, Joey Bada$$, DJ Rashad, Kendrick Lamar. Acclaimed producer, Lee Bannon, got his big break in the hip-hop world while producing for artist such as Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Smoke DZA, Curren$y and more. Being taken under the wing of the Pro Era crew put Lee Bannon on the tour with Joey Bada$$ as his DJ, leading the duo to a celebrated performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Lee since has compiled his most popular productions for Joey and his team to create what is Joey Bada$$ / Pro Era Instrumentals V… Read more
Superconnection do that svelte, Teutonic minimal thing with bags of panache on debut album, 'La Mer'. Revolving experienced musicians from the Berlin and Vienna scenes - Hannes Strobl (bass), Hanno Leichtmann (drum programming), and Rupert huber (electronics) - they meld an uncluttered suite of arrangements finding the sweet spot between, say, To Rococo Rot and Steve Reich, or sounding out somewhere between Jan Jelinek and Radian. Thus, the atmospheres shift subtly between twilit Berlin glow ('Wasserfall') and sashaying Viennese elegance ('Say It'), with a dash of laidback, Balearic luft ('Mediterranes Klima') for good measure.
**Hand-stamped white label** Juju & Jordash meet Move D as Magic Mountain High, recorded live at Pulse Club, Venice, Italy. Jazz-taught, freeform techno breaking down to an extended trip across the A-side, plus a string-heavy house ace and some neat, proggy New York style builds on the B-side. Fluid, funky, out-there house.
*Edition of 200 copies* "Konstrukt recently shared the stage with such names as Evan Parker, Marshall Allen, Joe McPhee and Peter Brotzmann showing their great ability to adjust their instantly composed music to the presence of a guest. And we can only say that this latest collaboration with the legendary American double bassist William Parker is another evidence of their prowess. The live recording of their show at Nazım Hikmet Kultur Merkezi, Kadıköy, Instanbul on September 12th 2014 produced this one hour long output of outstanding music with the use of a real arsenal of instruments. Four sides of pure spiritual fullfillment!"
*Edition of 200 copies* "Konstrukt is the free jazz revelation of the last ten years.This incredible quartet of saxophonist Korhan Futacı, guitarist Umut Çağlar, drummer Korhan Argüden and percussionist Özün Usta is blowing a real stream of fresh air, like the Art Ensemble of Chicago did in the Seventies. This live multi-channel recording by Giulio Moratti captures their whole performance at Tarcento Jazz Festival (July 18th 2014) giving a perfect taste of their Cosmic–Turkish free jazz with an electronic touch - brought by the use of a Farfisa organ and tape echoes - that will help the listener building a stairway to the spaceways!"
The legendary director / composer achieves the milestone of his debut solo album with 'Lost Themes' for Sacred Bones. For the first time, after directing and scoring 15 films - including stone cold classics such as Halloween, The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13 - he lets the listener conjure their own imagery to accompany his signature mix of thrumming synth arpeggios and dramatic guitar solos in nine newly written 'Lost Themes'. It's likely to be loved by collectors of '80s synth horror soundtracks, especially if you have a high tolerance for overblown production...