Thursday, 06 March
*First few copies on clear wax if yr fast, edition of 500 mastered and cut by Matt Colton* Hot on the heels of Russell Haswell's '37 Minute Workout', Diagonal Records drop a slow-burning, psychedelic killer from Elon Katz and Beau Wanzer's Streetwalker, backed with a powerful Silent Servant remix. First issued on Catholic Tapes cassette in 2011, the serpentine, twelve minute acid slink of 'Ooze' has been remastered for vinyl and primed for the dance. As opposed to the from-the-hip funk on their 'Future Fusion' LP for Minimal Wave's Cititrax sublabel, 'Ooze' is a more hard-… Read more
**Exclusive - Limited edition CD housed in oversized trifold printed digipak with metallic ink, hot foil pressed and UV-laquered** Pan Sonic's immense session recorded in Kiev in 2009 finally lands direct from that topical city on Ukranian imprint, Kvitnu. For the first time in more than a decade, 'Oksastus' (a Finnish word for the grafting of plants) documents Ilpo Väisänen & Mika Vainio's hugely influential Pan Sonic in live aktion and the results have left us reeling. Recorded by Stanislav Lomakovsky and produced by Dmytro Fedorenko, it's a furnace blast of elemental voltage control, tempering fu… Read more
**Crucial 60 minute mix from Delroy Edwards. Inlay illustrated, designed and printed by SAVWO. Edition of 150** Reel Torque Volume 4 features an hour of insanely heady dancefloor power from Delroy Edwards recorded recently at home in LA, California. Practically clipping the heels of his outstanding 'Teenage Tapes' album for The Death Of Rave, it's a free-styling, deftly mixed selection of choice Chicago jakk trax, '80s boogie, obscure drum edits and Detroit techno sequenced to be blasted from massive boomboxes and low-riders on the corner. The idea for Delroy's mix was first p… Read more
**Edition of 500. Mastered by John Tejada and cut to vinyl at D+M Berlin, initial copies on coloured wax** Yves De Mey, John Tejada, Recondite, Paul Jebanasam and TM404 put their best jaw forward in slick remixes of Ricardo Donoso's vintage Goan trance-formations. Belgium's Yves De Mey follows impressive outings for Opal Tapes and Semantica with a midnight black take on 'The Sphinx', coolly transposing its darkly sublime early '90s vibes with up-to-the-minute, free-floating sound design, whereas Berlin's Recondite doses the 'floor with a powerful, droning remix of 'Diagonal Environ… Read more
Prolific micro-modular technician Nick Edwards aka Ekoplekz presents his best album by a mile with 'Unfidelity' for Planet Mu. You may (or may not) have noticed a dearth of recent releases from the former blogger-cum-musician since his Morrisian gush of fertile ferric ideas covered the release schedules between 2011-2013 under myriad names - Nunton Complekz, EKOCLEF (with Bass Clef), PLKZFX (with Nochexxx), Ensemble Skalecktrik, and eMMplekz (with Mordant Music) - on almost as many labels. To be honest this head just couldn't keep up with them, and for every ace we'd find a couple we weren't feelin… Read more
Another choice archival issue from Blackest Ever Black here, providing a much needed vinyl pressing of 4 gorgeous tracks recorded by Alison Statton, Spike Williams and Simon Booth aka Weekend, the band that formed in the aftermath of the super-influential Young Marble Giants of which Statton was a member. "Drumbreat" is an infectious number which sounds like a direct extension of classic Young Marble Giants material, while "Red Planes" and "Nostalgia" are more delicate and brooding, the former built around an archetypal Boss DR 55 pulse and colossal kickdrum, the vocal riding high in the mix, th… Read more
MMM and Pangaea reinforce Livity Sound zingers to boot up the Bristol label's new remix series. For only their 2nd official remix to date (the James Brown and Donna Summer edits don't count) Fiedel and Errorsmith aka MMM turn Pev & Asusu's 'Surge' into a big room stormer laced with jagged, industrial kicks , haughty bassline and brain-tweaking, 'synthlines bound to incite mad frolics on 'floor. B-side, close ally Pangaea gives Pev & Kowton's 'Vapours' a bucking Tribal techno overhaul percolating Dance Mania-esque rhythms with a ruddy sorta British bassbin behaviour.
Exceptional side of tape-manipulated techno-house experiments from Detroit new waver, Manuel Gonzales aka MGUN for the DBA label. As the latest in a long line of 313 splicers stretching back to Anthony Shakir - who used to be the in-house tape engineer at Metroplex - on the 'Resin EP' MGUN revels in the nimble, hands-on possibilities of reel-to-reel recording techniques on six tracks ranging from zippy vignettes to low-slung grooves and pacy techno bangers. The quickstep shuffle and almost-baroque melody of 'Assumptions' opens beside a woozy, wigglin' jacker 'Funkshun' and the knotty 150bpm wormhole ji… Read more
Peter Van Hoesen and Yves De Mey's Sendai duo transmit their most obtuse, challenging, yet compelling sonic architectures to date on 2nd album, 'A Smaller Divide'. Crafted remotely between their respective bases in Antwerp and Berlin, plus4 the odd jam session, they fluidly communicate jarring, splintered digital scree and complex patterns woven with dynamic sounds modelled from De Mey's modular synthesiser. Across a sheer topography of eleven parts, crushing, arrhythmic tangles of Autechrian complexity give way to passages of intense, rolling techno and industrial pads evoking imagery of impos… Read more
**2CD set compiling the inimitable Norwegian multi-instrumentalist's - 'til recently, vinyl-only - albums for Rune Grammofon. A wonderful, otherworldly synthesis of virtuosic performance and cutting-edge electronics** "Chron first appeared as part of the magnificent "Solidification" box set, but has now been made available on its own due to popular demand. The double CD comes with "Cosmic Creation", another new album that in many ways can be considered "Chron"´s twin album. These are true solo albums with Arve playing all instruments, both recorded at home and in various locations,… Read more
"Axxa/Abraxas is the music and art project of Ben Asbury, a 23 year old from outside Atlanta, GA. His experiences as a record collector and music obsessive from a very young age are easily evident in his debut release. Going full circle from being introduced to 60's pop as a kid, through his foray into punk rock at an early age, into post-rock and Elephant Six indie, right back into 60's Psychedelia, Ben has honed his influences (Neil Young, Television Personalities), into a cohesive blend to adapt his own take on psych-influenced art-pop. The label enlisted Jarvis Taveniere (Woods) to record… Read more
"Axxa/Abraxas is the music and art project of Ben Asbury, a 23 year old from outside Atlanta, GA. His experiences as a record collector and music obsessive from a very young age are easily evident in his debut release. Going full circle from being introduced to 60's pop as a kid, through his foray into punk rock at an early age, into post-rock and Elephant Six indie, right back into 60's Psychedelia, Ben has honed his influences (Neil Young, Television Personalities), into a cohesive blend to adapt his own take on psych-influenced art-pop. The label enlisted Jarvis Taveniere (Woods) to reco… Read more
**Edition of 500. Clear vinyl** **Darkly atmospheric industrial grooves from Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright, Midnightopera's Julian Jöckel and Different Fountains Michael Langeder + Bernardo Risquez as JBLA, backed with blue, downbeat and noisy remixes from L.I.E.S.' Ron Morelli, Svengalisghost, and Vereker** "JBLA came into being after Julian Jöckel (midnightopera) and Stuart Argabright (Ike Yard, Black Rain, o13) performed at a party in Brussels on the 5th of Oct. 2012 on invitation from Bernardo Risquez & Michael Langeder (D… Read more
They're bloody well back! The incognito garage producers launch a fresh Ital-Techno assault on the 'floor with their fifth - and possibly penultimate - single in this guise. There's three fearless bangers, taking in the adrenalised arpeggios and bruising kicks of 'Never Forget', the schranzy slam of 'Holzer Mane', and the wonky missile 'Hotline'.
Very collectable debut 7" from Denmark's Gäy on Sand Diego's Zoo Music. A-side 'Blue Blue Heart' is an instant lo-fi classic with earworming hook and sing-a-long lyrics written as a love letter to his girlfriend and recorded ad hoc in his living room. B-side 'Paradox Personified' is equally infectious, with the memorable line "Mom And Dad/You were The Worst Kids That I Never Had" delivered with endearingly snotty vocals and jagged acoustic guitar.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ruff 'n tuff Ragga hybrids from Cardiff's Darkhouse Fam. At their heaviest on the darkcore-zipped 'Brockwild' they intercept ground between Dabrye and Kaman Leung's baddest raggamatic hip hop/D&B replete with face-tearing mentasms, whereas 'Arphouse' features Eglo fam's Arp101 firing fruity purple synthlines and 'Elephant Large' gyrates on a big-bottomed hip hop sound nodding to Dipset, Timbaland and The Neptunes. DJ support from Kutmah, Gilles Peterson, Arp101, Alix Perez, Fracture, Rockwell…
Laidback but insistent UK deep house debut from Dokta Venom for Five Fold Records. Four tracks take in warm, rolling square bass and rhodes nodding to Mr. Fingers on 'Only U' beside the plush breakbeat orchestrations of 'Burnt Roses', skippy garage-inflected moves on 'Rum Vapour', and jazzy, soulful shuffle indebted to Azymuth in 'Space Dust'.
Possibly best known for his emotive electro 12"s for the now-defunct Ai label, and last heard on a 12" for Shipwrec, Datassette drops four tight electronic funk grooves on R&S' rebooted Apollo label. Two parts of the title track bookend the 12", opening with Lone or SDC-esque synth romance and twysted Linn funk of part 1 and closing with the woozy, side-chain compressed gyrations of part 2, sandwiching a killer slowfast electro number named 'Vacuform' nodding to Dopplereffekt, Bochum Welt or Cylob, and the Mu-zig-like IDM boogie of 'Helvetica Calcium'.
**Wrap-around sleeve. Edition of 500** Four track debut 7" from Copenhagen's Communions quartet - contemporaries of Ice Age, Lower and the Posh Isolation lot centred around the city's Mayhem studio/venue complex. In stark contrast to the aforementioned, 'Cobblestones' yields a well studied sorta post-punk pop sound played with precision and earnestness, full of throaty, rabble rousing vocals with infectious choruses and equally hook-laden guitars delivered with passion.
R&S present one of Lakker's strongest sessions to date with the 4-track 'Containing A Thousand' EP. Over the last ten years the Dublin-based duo have cultivated a unique take on electronic dance music, contouring techno with traces of electro, noise, and broken beats in a shifty, powerful style that's rightly earned the respect of the likes of AFX, who's been known to pepper his DJ sets with Lakker aces. Their muscular, dynamic sound designs are in full effect here, refusing gridlocked techno patterns to dice with skittish electro nodding to late '90s Autechre in the title track, whereas… Read more
**Edition of 200** 'Dark Camber' is Lee Fraser's exceptional debut release of probing electro-acoustic composition. Comprising four works realised between 2009 and 2012, using materials derived from a range of digital synthesis techniques combined with treated concrète sonorities, it's a totally engrossing listen for any ears attuned to the further reaches of contemporary computer music composition. Three of the pieces were completed in Manchester, where Lee studied for his PhD in electro-acoustic composition under supervision of David Berezan, and one piece was composed in London prior to those… Read more
"Haunted Graffiti wasn’t the first time a bedroom-cloistered Ariel Pink revolutionized his own sound and persona by taking to the stage with a band. The creator of last year’s re-issued Thrash & Burn – a psycho-delic sketchbook of vibes so sequestered as to be damn near claustrophobic in their intimacy – concurrently kept more than a few bands going in the late 90’s - early 00’s. Two of those projects our dear listener will find compiled here: “Gorilla” and “Appleasians”. This two-disc archival restoration was salvaged from the same scratchpile of crumbling CDr's an… Read more
Four shades of neat minimal house and techno from a new label outta Newcastle via Manchester. Styles range from the sultry house shimmy of 'Cleerly Jazzy' to the hypnotic pulses and corkscrewing, druggy FX-laden tech-house of 'Volcano' thru warmer Detroit styles on 'The 3rd Letter' and the subs-heavy, chords-driven 'One Glove'.
White label repress of this mighty weapon from Bristol's Kahn & Neek aka Gorgon Sound, replete with a wicked Dubkasm version. 'Find Jah Way' is a souljah-strength Digi-Dub with a 2012 twist - hard-edged 808 snares, nuff noise and pnematic subs to pummel your ribcage. It might be a cliche, but the only way to do this record justice involves a massive soundsystem and a zoot. Ditto for Dubkasm's rootical steppers dub version. The first edition sold out in a minute, and we expect this to do the same!
*180g wax* Forward dubstep murders from two of the sound's brightest yung hopes on the steadfast System label. Their 'Firepusher' cooperative unleashes waves of layered LFO subbass modulations against tightest double-timed drums, melodica and duppy synth slashes. Flipside, Finland's LAS goes dolo on the tucked, skulky skank of 'Malfunktions' and outstanding Turkish stepper Emir Ongun aka Gantz twysts out the uniquely syncopated percussions, slyding subbass and swiped tape samples of 'Second Nature', no doubt one of his best solo pieces to date.
Jack Sparrow and Ruckspin's Author project arrives at a 2nd album of plush, blue dubstep variants following their 2011 debut on Tectonic. For this outing they're joined by a slew of guests, including Quark, June Miller, Jehst & Stig Of The Dump, Rider Shafique and Dan Man. Eight tracks spell out the more cinematic, home-listening side of dubstep with a mix of midnight atmospheres, moody vocal contributions and crisp, well-layered production.
"First introduced to the world via their self-titled 2011 debut, Author return with their follow-up, ‘Forward Forever’. A collaboration between friends and fellow Leeds-residents Ruckspin and J. Sparrow, Author is an outlet for the two producers to explore deeper, more soulful paths than the tougher approaches for which their solo careers are known. First finding a home on Pinch’s Tectonic imprint in 2011, Author have since spent time developing their sound to incorporate a more natural-feeling, organic vibe on ‘Forward Forever’. Featuring guest vocalists ranging from Jehst and Stig of the Dump … Read more
**A gorgeous, delicate and diverse suite of idiosyncratic composition ranging from solo piano to acoustic folk and neo-classical by a previous collaborator with Radiohead and Matthew Herbert** "John Matthias is a musician, composer and physicist. In 2008, he won the PRS Foundation New Music Award (The Turner Prize for music) with Jane Grant and Nick Ryan for the development of a huge sonic installation across the UK entitled ‘The Fragmented Orchestra’. Also known for this collaborations with Radiohead, Matthew Herbert and Coldcut, Mattias combines ambient, post classical pieces with heart… Read more
Entr'acte's January 2014 mix, delivered on 40 used C90 cassettes. A proper cut-up collage of field recordings, New Beat samples and myriad other aural detritus compiled, mixed and duplicated from tapes by Ultra Eczema boss and all round scene bod Dennis Tyfus in Antwerp, making for a real K-hole of a listen. Tracklist: A - Colunst / Pierre Elitair & Danny Kontjesmaat / Wim De Bie met Henry Vrienten & Joost Belinfante / John Carpenter / Maniacs / Hirsche Nicht Aufs Sofa / Etant Donnés /Nosepickers / Brew Abuse; B - Brew Abuse / DSR Lines / Jessica Rylan / OB Minimax / Dysuria / Vullran / Hiatus / WIM Fanfare / Speleocombo / Girls On Fire / RTVS.
**Housed in printed inner and colour jacket** Mondkopf returns to wreak slow, doomy havoc with his fourth, and most impressive album under this guise. Melding destructive metal chords with crushing, Emptyset-like electronics, and techno tumult, 'Hades' forces listeners into submission with its throttling dynamics and sustained atmospheric violence. If Raster Noton did metal it might sound something like this.