Thursday, 18 December
*The long lost second album from the enigmatic Lewis Baloue, first time available on Vinyl and newly re-mastered.Pressed on 180gm Vinyl and packaged in a Stoughton Gatefold 'Tip On' Jacket, including download card. This edition also includes liner notes by Jack D. Fleischer. Please note that according to the label notes this item will not be re-pressed so this is a one-off chance to grab this on vinyl* It’s taken a while for copies of this to filter through since Light In The Attic finally managed to track down the enigmatic producer, but boy what a treat ‘Romantic Times’ … Read more
J&J’s last album 'Techno Primitivism’ totally floored us here, finding a sweet spot between elements of dub, jazz and psychedelia within a tactile house and techno framework. This new album - 'Clean-Cut’ - left us a bit cold on first listen, taking a much straighter approach feeding off classic Detroit and swung Chicago styles, but in the space of a couple of listens it has completely earwormed its way deep into our heads and refused to let go. From that off-ish pan-pipe hook on the killer title track to the red-lining drums on "Wheeze Please”, the production details and exotic flourishes ba… Read more
'Clouds' is a perfectly measured suite of warm and hazy downbeats from Gigi Masin, Marco Sterk (Young Marco), and Johnny Nash recorded in the heart of Amsterdam's red light district over one weekend in April, 2014. It's all about louche vibes and glowing notes, gently absorbing and transducing the buzz of the streets outside the studio's open windows into eight elegantly reserved improvisations segueing between lush ambient drift, dub-wise solo piano pieces, and chiming late night jazz patter. In that sense, there's striking similarities between 'Clouds' and the recent Sky Walking album by Law… Read more
Shackleton triggers another tribalist chain reaction with 'Deliverance Series No. 2'. Shack presents two extended trips subtly refining his craft to a fluid, rhythmelodic flux sparking with vital, hypnotic energy. The eleven minute 'Dominion Rings' coolly charges up percolating drums and fizzing synth dynamics to a signature lather of lilting groove and keening pads linked with a lattice of dub-fried electronics to a staggered polymetric finale. 'Cast The Die' deals in a more worldly fusion of Eastern-gazing chant, Raga-like motifs and natty percussive patter with a queered eldritch quality that's Shackleton to the core.
*Ships Next Week* 'X I E' is the first new Monolake release since the 'Ghosts' (2012). It marks his return to tensile steppers dynamics and brooding sci-fi atmospheres following an exploration of reduced D&B structures. 'Xor' unfolds a 127bpm tech-step pattern harking back to the styles of his 'Polygon_Cities'-era recordings; 'Inwards' is a cinematic panorama of grey-skied, beat-less sci-fi themes rife with brooding Berlin connotations; 'Ethernet' rolls in that narrow gap between Teutonic techno and Bristolian dub dread, anchoring slinky hi-hats with darkside bass propulsion a la Pinch and his patented ambient sound design.
**Hand-numbered edition of 60** One of the most elusive units of recent years, Itinerant Dubs do it right with their first physical mixtape, following a cracking podcast for Juno Plus earlier in 2014. For those new to the group; they've slipped out four 12"s and one 7" to date, each running roughshod dub over jungle, techno, booty and madder styles with an array of vintage hardware and FX. 'ID Tape#1' features slivers of each release plus a portion from the upcoming remixes 12" from DJ Stingray and Mr. G mixed rub-a-dub style into a heaving mass of smoked out, riddim-driven abstraction.… Read more
David Moufang aka Move D reprises his celebrated Reagenz duo with Jonah Sharp aka Space Time Continuum for The Bunker New York, five years since their Workshop album and two decades on from their seminal, eponymous debut LP on Source. A live recording conflation of correlating ideas from jazz, house, and ambient electronica, 'The Periodic Table' plays-through six extended meditations effortlessly, imperceptibly segueing between effervescent machine rhythms, dub house momentum and fractured jazz abstraction over the course of 77 minutes of psychedelic, sensuous hardware experimentation. RIYL Marco Shuttle, Voices From The Lake, Studio Pankow, Juju & Jordash.
**Legendary psych-funk soundtrack by Serge Gainsbourg collaborator, as sampled by J Dilla and Madlib, and referenced by Air. Reissue housed in tip on-style jacket with spotgloss artwork and printed inner** "Animated sci-fi masterpiece La Planète Sauvage (a.k.a. Fantastic Planet), winner at Cannes Film Festival in 1973, is a bizarre and beautiful film. Towering blue-skinned figures, tiny humanoids in the midst of revolt, and drug-induced Tantric sex transport viewers to a truly magical setting. Composer Alain Goraguer creates an equally hypnotic score from a pale… Read more
**Unhinged industrial holy grail from 1979. Previously unreleased on vinyl. Now re-mastered. Includes hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500. RIYL TG, early Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League** Our favourite from V-O-D's late 2014 batch: a remastered version of Counterdance's sole, near-mythical recording, 'The Human Slug Sessions 1979-81'. At the time hailed as Bradford's answer to TG, they counted the notorious Val Denham - still a he in 1979 - as the vocal locus of the band, recorded here under the influence of alcohol and LSD, slithering around on the makeshift studio flo… Read more
Deadly house traxxx from a funked-up Delroy Edwards for Gene's Liquor Store. While we've lately heard him do slick boogie as Rx, hardcore techno as DJ Punisher, and slowed down funk under his Delroy Edwards pseudonym, here he goes back to out-and-out party tricks with the G-funk-spiced breakbeat house throwdown, 'Can U Get With', next to an incredibly infectious piano house slammer, 'Always (Edit)' - almost guarantee you're gonna hear this everywhere! - and the fruity bounce of 'Untitled'. Recommended!
Including one of the greatest Drexciya tunes ever made, 'Digital Tsunami', plus three other cuts that didn't appear in his 'Harnessed The Storm' 2LP version (but did on the CD edition). The electro-techno surge of 'Digital Tsunami' is a stone cold essential, and B-side's 'Birth Of A New Life' one of his very sweetest. Highly recommended!
**2LP + 7" with liner notes insert. All music previously unreleased on vinyl** 'A Celebration of iDeath' documents the diffuse and very rare early work of Newcastle's Philip and Richard Rupenus, who would later helm legendary noise unit, The New Blockaders. Formed in 1979 under the blackly amusing Funeral Danceparty banner; in 1980 they released a trio of tapes in editions of roughly 100 copies each - 'The Curiosity Shop', 'Qwertyuiop', 'The Attractions of Fixed Interest' - and played a handful of shows, including notable performances at the Morpeth YMCA and Newcastle's 13… Read more
*Ariel Pink picks his favourite R. Stevie Moore somngs, many of them pressed on vinyl for the 1st time - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label* "As with all matters related to Ariel Pink and R. Stevie Moore the exact details are vague -- but the origins of this compilation can be traced to Ariel Pink's "My Molly" e.p. from 2006. Included with the e.p. was a postcard insert that featured a hand drawn road-map to what Ariel considered to be RSM's best songs from each era. This illustrated his deep appreciation for, and understanding of, R. Stevie's vast cat… Read more
*Second celebration of the sounds of Bombay Disco, digging deeper into the recordwallah shops in the bazaars of India* As fans of the first collection will recall, disco arrived in India in 1979, shortly after its mainstream popularity had peaked in the West. Disco songs remained in vogue throughout the subcontinent for a dozen years, in many ways because of the "cabaret scene" or "item number," a mainstay in South Asian cinema that dates back to the 1920s. Back then, these scenes depicted traditional courtesans or nautch (dancing) girls, but by the early 1960s dance sequences became much… Read more
Wayward, lowest-fi avant synth-pop from Guerilla Toss's Kassie Carlson aka Jane La Onde on Feeding Tube Records. 'Elegance' was last spotted on the B-side of a vinyl split with Size Queen (FTR180) and now appears as stand alone cassette sporting new artwork and spooling seven perky shots of knowingly naif pop powered by casio melodies and plinky pulses. It's very enjoyable if you're into her more manic group, Guerilla Toss, or the likes of Glasgow's Happy Meals and LAPS.
Lorca does his rolling, shuffly house thing with style for Breach's Naked Naked label. 'Calcutec' makes the first move with low slung groove underpinned by wide-style garage subs, built with a proggy arrangement primed for bigger rooms and London 'floors. 'Ndlamu' figures a more Afro-centric, jackin' sound with spacey dubbing and tribal momentum, and also in a slower, more rugged Alternative Mix.
**2LP featuring material previously unreleased on vinyl. Includes hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** Robert Haigh, who would later become legendary junglist Omni Trio, is subject to a 2nd solo retrospective on V-o-D with 'Cold Pieces 1985-1989'. A partner to his 4LP Sema set, 'Time Will Say Nothing' highlights his transition from darker industrial tones towards piano-based experimentation and neo-classical fusions over the course of four releases, 'Valentine Out Of Season' for United Dairies, the previously CD-only 'A Waltz In Plain C', and his 'Juliet Of The Spirits' an… Read more
Dramatic Records present an expansive sweep of 'Devotional Music For Invisible Cities' created and collated by anonymous devotees over the last two years. While the title may suggests a play on Rashad Becker's 'Traditional Music for Notional Species', the music tends towards a more widescreen, cinematic appeal in the house style of Dramatic Music's diverse yet deeply connected releases by Rasmus Folk, Endless House Foundation, Sebastian Palomar etc. The label also make justified comparisons from "Michael Nyman to Demdike Stare, Ghostbox to Angelo Badalamenti… perhaps even… Read more
"Cleveland’s electric eels (all lower case in homage to poet e.e. cummings) is America’s quintessential proto-punk band. Formed in 1972 by singer Dave E. McManus and guitarists John Morton and Brian McMahon, the group enlisted drummer Nick Knox (later of The Cramps) and producer Paul Marotta to record a flurry of catchy and genuinely fucked-up tunes. After only five legendary live performances— complete with Dave E. in black leather jacket covered in rat-traps and playing a gas-powered lawnmower on stage—the eels broke up in 1976 and posthumously released their classic single Agitate… Read more
**Ace stoner/road vibes for fans of Ensemble Economique. Includes fold-out newprint insert. Editiuon of 299** "A sequel of sorts to his 2010 cassette, Dawnrunner, Anthony Orion’s debut vinyl long-player is a vagrant classic of stringy-haired new age loner Americana, above and beyond anything in the Swanox public domain. Mixing personal Casio squatter meditations with crystal jukebox guitar and hitchhiker whistling over echo-smeared SK1 metronomes, Duskrunner feels hungover, spaced out, worn down, and at peace – sometimes all at once. The ex-projectionist and current touring drummer for Tony Molina… Read more
"LA/Detroit two-steppers Newbody keep the faith on their latest single. “Emotional” and the flip “Wut U Do” share the duo’s brisk vocal house signature: cooled garage energy, uptown piano, bass calisthenics, satin shirt soul. The remixes flex different tendons of the tracks: Emotion II Emotion pumps it to Jack City, piano stabs and discotheque horns over a lush, lewd bounce, while Cromie & Sage Caswell go more stereoscopic, dizzying the song into an abstract sunrise awakening. Also includes a radio edit of “Emotional,” to bait the Top 40 DJs on the fence. Mastered by Mark Pistel. Center label design by Trevor Tarczynski."
**The 300th NNF catalogue number!** "Philly trawler Noah Anthony’s pulverized industrial designs under the black Profligate flag have grown increasingly caustic and cracked, culminating in the eight misery beat clawhammers comprising his sophomore full-length, Finding The Floor. What’s particularly impressive given Anthony’s history in form-frying outfits like Form A Log and Social Junk is how deft and purposefully these pieces are arranged – asylum weaponry fashioned from scavenged hardware. Of the record’s eight cuts, only “Can’t Stop Shaking” has seen release before (though the LP ve… Read more
Delroy Edwards' LACR hard on the money with this issue of Gene Hunt's rare-as-owt '99 house banger 'Freddy's Dead', plus the tracky smack of 'Bong'. The Halloween themed title track was last found on the Gene Hunt Classics 2LP; is now remastered to make that rugged Italo bassline and drum programming cut like Kruger's blades. It's gotta be thee definitive mix of John Carpenter and Chicago house. 'Bong', on the other hand, is a properly stripped down tracky workout for the DJs and wall-bangers.
**2nd edition of 100 x C25 with fold-out art insert. Purchase of tape comes with full download version dropped straight into your account** "Full Bleed is a more experimental turn for Paul Wolinski following his more song structured work as POLINSKI ( Labyrinths, 2011) and numerous albums, movie scores and one-off performances with 65daysofstatic. Full Bleed is an all together different kind of record for the artist, a move into bleaker, more experimental territory. The digital glitches have been subsumed by analog tape hiss; the kick drums have been eaten by white noise; tempos have be… Read more
Yan Cook bangs out four proper techno welters for Delsin. Tuff tackle driven by thunderous kicks for bigger techno 'floors from the warehouse-gargling 'Gravity' thru the aerodynamic step of 'Flame'.
**LP + bonus 7" with hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** "Silverstar Amoeba was simply the slimming down of The Death and Beauty Foundation to a permanent duo comprising of Val Denham and Oli Novadnieks. The first recordings were tentatively executed at Talbot Road, Seven Sisters, London in Oli’s basement flat on an old reel to reel tape machine that could only record two tracks. Oli Novadnieks was the guitar player and Val Denham again provided the vocals, lyrics, harmonica, keyboards and tape loops etc. The resulting experimental ‘songs’ were mixed down and transferre… Read more
Warehouse discovery of some cheeky Chi trax, presumably made in the early '90s, but nobody really knows, or at least discogs doesn't. The work of DJ Ping and Tyree Cooper, there's two naughty house trax up top, and a trio of'Techno Problems' mixes on the B-side.
**Clear double vinyl** Visonia presents a serious emotional payload with debut album, 'Impossible Romance'. The follow-up to their uncannily effective 'Die Reisen' 12" collaboration with Dopplereffekt (all three tracks are featured here) reprises that same heart-on-sleeve emotive appeal across 12 compositions indulging a real passion for Italo and '80s synth-pop spliced with tensile EBM and electro-techno signatures. It really pulls no punches, delivering tear-jerking, maximalist synth peaks and yearning vocals propelled by pumping yet elegant machine rhythms at every turn. It's a triumph… Read more
London-based disco mutant Design A Wave takes to Chloe Frieda's Alien Jams label - spawned from her NTS show - with the skewed grooves of 'International Journey of Synthetic Emotion'. Following on from his 'A.R.M.' 12"s for Rush Hour's No 'Label', a trio of idiosyncratic arrangements unfold between the hyper footwork shuffle, hovering chords and electro-jazz runs of 'I' to a crafty slow/fast swing and warm, woozy pads in 'II' and the lushly deferred gratification of 'III', blossoming from four minutes of unanchored arpeggios and grubbing bass into a supple disco shuffle.
*10 Track Vinyl Edition featuring tracks from John Beltran, Kirk Degiorgio and more* One of Detroit techno's most sublime associates, John Beltran corrals 10 mellow, romantic ambient pieces by himself and others. It's very '90s chill-out album for the most (just the name Mick Chillage screams valerian tea), but with some nice contributions coming from Sons of Melancholia and Beltran himself with the sweeping, GAS-like strings of 'Music For Machines'.