Thursday, 18 September
The foundations of house, reissued for 2014. This is the DJ International Records version, including the re-edits of Chicago bug-outs 'It's House' and 'Time To Jack', plus 'House Energy' uptown, backed with 'It's Dub', the stripped-down 'Time To Track', and kinky blinder 'M.B. Dance' downtown. Y'all know what time it is.
One of the UK's most outstanding, if underrated, techno producers returns on Skudge with two twisted dancefloor massages. 'Jaffa' is a real epic in the most classic sense of the word, patiently creating its own airspace where padded, offset dub techno groove gives rise to radiant chords, proper breakdown and the most sensuous, exotic string bloom in the 2nd half. This + a couple of garys and you're laughing. B-side 'Gate 2 Yesterday' plays a bit ruffer with prowling dub chords and hefty sub-bass whisked with nifty rim-shots and snares to enhance yr wiggly jack.
Limited Edition Vatican Shadow 'Kneel Before Religious Icons' screen-printed tee. T-shirts are Gildan Premium, 100% cotton pre shrunk jersey knit 185gsm Seamless set-in rib knit 7/8" collar. Taped neck and shoulders. Sizes: to fit chest in inches S (34-36) M (38-40) L (42-44) XL (46-48). This is a size LARGE.
Limited Edition Vatican Shadow 'Kneel Before Religious Icons' screen-printed tee. T-shirts are Gildan Premium, 100% cotton pre shrunk jersey knit 185gsm Seamless set-in rib knit 7/8" collar. Taped neck and shoulders. Sizes: to fit chest in inches S (34-36) M (38-40) L (42-44) XL (46-48). This is a size MEDIUM.
Limited Edition Vatican Shadow 'Kneel Before Religious Icons' screen-printed tee. T-shirts are Gildan Premium, 100% cotton pre shrunk jersey knit 185gsm Seamless set-in rib knit 7/8" collar. Taped neck and shoulders. Sizes: to fit chest in inches S (34-36) M (38-40) L (42-44) XL (46-48). This is a size SMALL.
Ghetto don Marquis Hawkes continues to flirt with Dutch labels following his stack of classics for Glasgow's Dixon Avenue Basement Jams and Clone's Jack For Daze series. He's already won with the opening track's hybrid of jacking house and the spine-tingling bell synths from Origin Unknown's jungle classic, 'Valley Of The Shadows', and then gets freakier still with the purple house screw of 'Prince Among Men', plus a chewy acid jam called 'Acid Sofa', and some of dat knackered box business in 'October Blues'.
*Includes bonus 2CD format* “Sun Ra said he came from Saturn, because white America treated him like an alien, like a creature from outer space, so he became one, an anarcho‐emperor of the fantastic, who made it to the moon before America or Russia, because the moon was nowhere near as far out as he could really go.“ Paul Morley Strut and Art Yard join forces for a special release to mark what would have been Sun Ra’s 100th birthday with ’In The Orbit Of Ra’, a new collection curated by the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current b… Read more
“Sun Ra said he came from Saturn, because white America treated him like an alien, like a creature from outer space, so he became one, an anarcho‐emperor of the fantastic, who made it to the moon before America or Russia, because the moon was nowhere near as far out as he could really go.“ Paul Morley Strut and Art Yard join forces for a special release to mark what would have been Sun Ra’s 100th birthday with ’In The Orbit Of Ra’, a new collection curated by the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current bandleader, Marshall Allen. Bri… Read more
**Includes download code** Fidgety, fudged house and techno abstractions from the vowel-averse LBNHRX. Four original tracks feels out wonky hardware grooves, which are duly deranged in remixes from Cupp Cave and Lawrence Le Doux.
Norwegian synth-fiddler Stian Gjevik (EOD) returns to Belgium's Wémè Records as CN with a fluffy 2LP of melodic, instrumental electro-pop. Taking inspiration from the mysteries of ancient Egypt, Gjevik pirouettes between 13 undeniably sweet synth exercises swaddled in tape noise, fathoming aquatic electro vignettes and quicksilver dancefloor workouts.
**Hair-brained psych rock from Bristol's Paul Allen (The Heads), now joined by Gareth Turner and Jesse Webb (Big Naturals)** "in an era where the word 'psych' itself is fast being overused to the point of meaninglessness, there are certain seers who can always be relied upon to brandish an artistic insight into third-eye salvation that departs from its obsessive origins to offer trashed transcendence above and beyond the physical form. One such is Paul 'Prof' Allen, the mastermind of Anthroprophh, whose second album 'Outside The Circle' is a dizzying psychic voyage that exists in, ar… Read more
Finally, the long-awaited return of Mordant Music's shadowy industrialist, Mr Maxted. Three years since his 'Momentum' and more still since the creepy ferric EBM of 'Lives & Privacy (94-89)', his re-emergence dovetails perfectly with current underground fixations on all things wavey, magnetic and spoolly. This is proper box bedroom machine music, strafed with streaks of vocodered voices and powered by the most brittle, prodding, gridlocked rhythms and minimalist synthlines with that wicked, foil-biting tang. Ten tracks range from boogie-in-yer-Y-fronts electro-pop on 'New World Down' t… Read more
Liminal Sounds follow that deadly Air Max '97 plate with three grimy jungle and R&B mutations by Berlin's She's Drunk. 'Talk To Them' strikes out with a taut fusion of grimy bass pressure and split jungle breaks alloyed in airborne structures; flipside drops the quickstepping ragga wine-up 'The Wild Yard', and something a bit more unique with the cut-up, 'Mariah Believes'.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label. Blown-out, kosmiche psych-pop** "As the title infers, there is a ‘cosmic’ quality to Pulsars e Quasars – in a sense, it draws a link to his earlier Cosmic Synth work, albeit reclaiming and redefining it in a Pop songwriting context. Opener “Suns” sets the tone. And it glows. A bracing current of electricity, it’s a slate–cleaner, an improvised transmission capturing the group sound of this temporary ensemble in motion. “Pulsars e Quasars”, the title–track and mini–album’s first single, is a lysergic rush, a kaleidoscopic bite of psy… Read more
"Prins Thomas prepares a sonic trip for Endless Flight and the Japanese festival 'Rainbow Disco Club’. Spanning 26 tracks, the collection features selections from Donato Dozzy, Floating Points, DJ Fett Burger, Ricardo Villalobos, Golden Teacher, theo Parrish , Surgeon and more. It's the second time the man from the Norwegian woods has been a guest on the top-notch Tokyo based festival. He also conceived with the festival organizers and Endless Flight man of action Toshiya Kawasaki the plan to do a mix cd that mirrors his current state of the art behind the wheels of steel. Those … Read more
**Housed in screen-printed wraparound jacket. Individually numbered edition of 550** A gloomy industrial-pop dispatch from Ade Newton's Clock DVA via his Anterrior Research Media Comm label. 'The Konstruktor' takes shape as a strung-out electro-steppers' groove voiced by Newton on the A-side; 'Re-Kabaret 13' is more focussed on the 'floor with steely, Teutonic techno minimalism and processed voices comparable with recent Heinrich Mueller aktions.
**Spotgloss jacket. Numbered, limited edition of 1000 w/ download code** Hot-tip, Suicideyear, bridges the gap betwixt Big Boi and Terry Riley in his debut album for Mexican Summer. Hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, James Prudhomme aka Suicideyear has crafted a gorgeously sensual, lucid hybrid of ATL trap beats and classic mid-late 20th century American minimalism, first heard in the 'Japan' mixtape, and now polished up with 'Remembrance'. We'd imagine this stuff to be like a iced-tea on the ears if heard in the humid climes of Louisiana and Florida where it was created, and equally… Read more
More radiophonical f**kery from Ekoplekz, deposited on Bob Bhamra's West Norwood Cassette Library. The 'Rock La Bibliotek' EP features six cuts of grubby analog utterance ranging from the marsh-troddin' Sarkaztik' to the dank chamber zones of 'Dropkone' on the A-side, and from plonging stepper 'Metronomik' to the eyrie ritual of 'Ekztatik' on the other.
Check the kicks on this blighter! Karlist returns to Russian Torrent Versions with proper show of power, barrelling from a trancey 140bpm electro-techno pounder up top to a glum off-beat and an hypnotic techno tool on the turn.
Pensive, kinetic dub techno from Newcastle/London's Blackhall & Bookless, backed with smart remixes by Virginia and Fred P. The Geordies' debut vinyl presents a muscular, driving sound well skooled in deep house and techno, yielding the adroit swerve and shimmy and cavernous dubbing of 'Kevins Spacey' and the tunnelling, puckered deep techno momentum of 'Morgans Freeman' for the dancers. Flipside, Panorama Bar associate Virginia gives a smoother, synth-licked Detroit house remix of the former, and Fred P turns the latter into a swinging, proggy piece of deep New York house.
Plump, jazzy house with percussive remixes by Galarude and Run N Tug. Check the Rub N Tug take for peak time chug off laced with naughty riffs and glam disco bass swagger.
"Laetitia Sadier’s new album, ‘Something Shines’, was recorded and matured more slowly than either ‘Silencio’ or ‘The Trip’. ‘Something Shines’ was initially recorded in Switzerland, where Laetitia’s collaborator David collects amazing old keyboards and organs from people who have inherited them but find no space or usage for them. Scattered through Europe are the component players of the ‘Something Shines’ band; drummer Emmanuel Mario in Paris and bassist Xavi Munoz in Castellon near Valencia, so additional parts were laid down in those cities. The strings were done in St. Etienne by… Read more
"Laetitia Sadier’s new album, ‘Something Shines’, was recorded and matured more slowly than either ‘Silencio’ or ‘The Trip’. ‘Something Shines’ was initially recorded in Switzerland, where Laetitia’s collaborator David collects amazing old keyboards and organs from people who have inherited them but find no space or usage for them. Scattered through Europe are the component players of the ‘Something Shines’ band; drummer Emmanuel Mario in Paris and bassist Xavi Munoz in Castellon near Valencia, so additional parts were laid down in those cities. The strings were done in St. Etienne … Read more
Natty 8-bit electro themes, apparently written for the Norwegian Education department's 'Sports/Tools' programme and recently rediscovered on tape in a Trondheim thrift store by Stian Gjevik aka EOD. The fact that it's composed by a guy called Dildrian Schrödinger kinda lets the cat oot the box, so to speak, but if you like the idea of Kraftwerk writing motivational music for kids in plimsoles and white vests, this is one for you. Dare you to play it at the gym.
*New Vinyl Edition* For this snowy expedition our doomy guides are oddball Japanese noise God Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) and fellow countrymen and dark harbingers of doom Boris. It's their second collaboration after the crushing (and appropriately titled) 'Megatone', and takes their sound into further more insane reaches of the noise spectrum. Don't get the wrong idea though, this isn't noise like you'd normally expect from the man Akita, oh no this is far subtler and in the end far more affecting. Indeed the first few minutes are close to silence; rumbles and hums which build… Read more
Reissue of Surgeon's debut template for hard-as-f**k Brummie techno, originally issued in 1994. We hardly need to tell any hard techno fans the history of this 12", but for everyone else it was released in 1995 on his pal Regis' Downwards label as Lino 06. It contains the stringent, scowling minimalism of 'Magneze' and the buck-wild Chicagoan styles of 'Move' on the A-side, backed with the slinkier, dub chord-driven 'Atol' and the thunderous attack of 'Argon' on the flip. P-r-o-p-e-r pounders.
*Includes a 54 minute bonus CD featuring 21 early live and demo recordings from 1981/82, preserved in the tape archive of Joy Division/New Order manager Rob Gretton. Among these priceless lost recordings are 7 songs never before heard even on bootlegs* Factory Benelux presents Testament, a comprehensive ‘best of’ collection by influential Scottish group The Wake, including tracks recorded for cult labels Factory and Sarah Records. The Wake formed in Glasgow in early 1981 after singer/guitarist Caesar left future pop stars Altered Images. Joined by Carolyn Allen (keyboards), Steven Allen … Read more
"The Deep Freeze Mice where an English post punk/weirdo, pop/DIY band from Leicester; they released ten albums between 1979 and 1989 on their own labels Mole Embalming and the still running Cordelia Records. The band also gained a bit of post existence notice by their inclusion on the Nurse With Wound list and through the Messthetics compilation series. The original lineup consisted of guitarist/vocalist Alan Jenkins, bassist Mick Bunnage (of the Statics), keyboardist Sherree Lawrence, and drummer Graham Summers (also of the Statics) which remained intact until the release… Read more
Loser Edition - first run on coloured vinyl, includes download code redeemable from the label."J Mascis’ ‘Tied To A Star’, the follow up to his acclaimed Sub Pop debut ‘Several Shades Of Why’, is led by the songs ‘Every Morning’ and ‘Wide Awake’, was recorded and produced by Mascis and mixed by John Agnello at Bisquiteen in Amherst, MA. ‘Tied To A Star’ also features guest appearances from musicians Ken Maiuri, Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion) and Chan Marshall (Cat Power)."
**Includes 24" x 12" poster** HJ's says: "Afro-space-disco contagion — shuffling and wiggling, synthy and bubbling — from this re-incarnation of Willy Nfor’s Mighty Flames, recruited mostly from the wave of Cameroonian musicians drawn to Nigeria in the late-1970s by its heavy new funk sound. After a stint at the Right Time studio in Onitsha, the FP cadets ended up at Phonodisk in Lagos, quickly in high demand as session-players, running First Planet on the side with other Nigerian session players from the Onitsha/Awka axis. Its name was intended to evoke the co… Read more