Thursday, 18 December
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'.
**Gatefold 2LP with hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** V-O-D document the very earliest, pioneering Japanese noise tapes released by K2 on his Kinky Tapes label from 1981 - 1983. Spanning material previously unreleased in any form - his first work, 'Student Apathy' - plus the serial works of ZombieAnatomy, and the beat-driven workout, 'N.G. Musik' and 'Dance Macabre', it serves as much a gateway introduction to early Japanese noise as a valuable vinyl retrospective. Born Kimihide Kusafuka, K2, alongside Masami Akita, Hijokaidan and Toshiji Mikawa of Incapacitants is one … Read more
**Includes download code and insert** NNA Tapes and Feeeding Tube have teamed up to present Great Valley's psychedelic bubblegum pop session, 'Lizards of Camelot' on wax following initial cassette release. ""Nestled in the lush greenery of southern Vermont on the banks of the Connecticut river, lies the bizarre haven of Brattleboro, home to the chivalrous rock and roll duo Great Valley. Comprised of Peter Nichols and Jo Miller-Gamble, Great Valley have been kind enough to bestow their latest opus, “Lizards of Camelot”, to their northern neighbors up here at NNA. “Lizards” manages to … Read more
**Black and semi-opaque vinyl edition** Deepchord's 'Luxury Part 2' collates both parts 'Luxury 3' and 'Luxury 4'. The A-side is fully charged as a walloping dub-house number with sodden bass and kinetic, swirling dub tweaks; B-side skanks down a gear with shuffling layers of percussion glancing off strident dub bassline and their patented atmospheric pressure systems.
As reliable as the changing of the seasons, Perlon serve three slices of suave tech-house minimalism from Thomas Melchior. His first 12" for the label since 2011 offers an extended groover on the A-side synching elasticated bassline to barely there-drums and ghostly oscillator, with crucial streaks of filtered strings luring us deeper into a rippling conga groove. B-side, he ups the energy levels with a perky, super-stripped number reminding of Wolfgang Voigt's Studio One classics, before switching tack again to knotted b-line and swinging claps with properly pensile late night/after-party vibes.
1000 Names take flight from their hip hop and boogie-oriented style to more diverse zones of broken beat and house on 'Migration Pads'. It's not a wholesale switch, but more a natural progression to explore the roots and branches connected to the sound, resulting some deeper dancefloor potential in the Fantastic Mr Fox-alike 'The Caravan' or the knackered, synthi boogie of 'Streets' alongside dope slow/fast percolations in 'Radar Orgazm' and the ruder bounce of 'Another Beaten Sunday'.
Klasse Recordings boss Luca Lozano follows his Optimo Trax session with a trio of rugged early techno-house emulations backed with divine DJ Fett Burger remix. There's a certain turn-of-the'90s vibe to Luca's originals, from the pumping Dance Mania flava and gritty drums of 'Mister Right Now', thru the sub-loaded and killer early hardcore/Belgian rave vibes of 'Come With Me', to the whirring, jacking R&S psychedelia of 'The Afterworld'. DJ Fett Burger's Orgonitt Meme Deep mix is icing on the cake, taking the vibe of 'The Afterworld' to New York City circa 1991 with big ol' Nu Groove-style B-line and drusm wrapped up with mad samples chatter and lush chords. TIPPED!
**180g vinyl. Hand-numbered edition of 300** Double shot of deep and delirious house experiments from John Swing, EMG and Battista aka SPS. Their 2nd team joint flings farther into the jackin' zone with a pumping, swinging machine groove built from wriggly rimshots and filtered disco loops smudged with the fudgiest funk in the 'Conscio Mix'; B-side they scramble the senses with a dub-doused 'Inconscio Mix' spinning out into gyroscopic house space before finding its footing in a crumbling, dissolving groove taking the madness to its ultimate conclusion. Off it.
Watch yer facking bon bons, Luke Vibert aka Amen Andrews back in the dance on Falty DL's Blueberry Records. Let us scroll back 11 years to 2003 and Vibert's 5 volume Amen Andrews series was a staple on wayward floors, taking his seminal Plug sound to rugged IDM and jungle dances. Fast-fwd 2014, Falty DL has teased out a four new AA cuts, brukking between the natty funk of 'Automatic Truth' and the Valve-style blowout 'Amotherfucker' via pastoral braindance rave with 'Amen HQ' and nutty 'ardcore rufige in 'News Of The World'.
Solid longform 2-tracker from Floating Points to seal off the year. 'Nuits Sonores' is great - nice to hear Sam Shepherd edging away from the coffee table for a mooch round moodier environs, delivering a 12-minute number that sounds like a smudged Paperclip People tangling with a bit of jazzzz as it builds. 'Nectarines' is again kinda indebted to classic Carl Craig and Main Street productions, although that floaty vocal towards the end is p'rraps a little too smooth. Still, his best for a while.
UTTU's king swinger takes to Creme with four cuts of jacking old skool style garage-house. DJ Haus' first foray beyond his own labels gives up some of his dopest material bestween the laidback swing and perc of 'Wurk It Gurl', the bumpty budge of 'Little Pieces' and the Essex-meets-Donkaster-via-Leiden pump of 'Feel The Powder' (track title of the year, anyone? OK just me, then).