Friday, 28 August
Kinda irresistible goth-pop from new 4AD darling, Pixx. You know that feeling when you hear a song for the first time and it feels like you heard it a hundred times but didn't know its name? That's called déjà entendu and we just felt it hard with 'Fall In', which sounds something like a collab between Grimes and The Cranberries produced by Danny Hyde. The rest of the EP offers diminishing rewards, but that title track is likely to prick the mass market.
Wyatt's dusky highway dreams from 'Teen Hawk', made-over in four tender remixes. Eddie Ruscha's Secret Circuit renders 'Bertone Stratis' as a chiming, chugging, synthetic dream sequence; Willie Burns a.k.a. Black Deers diffuses 'I Recommend Starman' into a shimmering cloud of Durutti Column'esque ambience; Not Waving squeezes tight the harmonic heart of 'Time of Thick'; Tropical Hi-Fi introduces his self with a diaphanous, gloaming take on 'The Music You Hear At Sea World And Never Forget'.
Laura Cannell returns with a beautiful suite recorded with deconstructed bow and of double recorder.
"Gagakiriseye is a collaborative release from Japanese noise rock duo Gagakirise and EYE, the legendary founder of Boredoms. This is the first new recording to feature EYE in over five years. Gagakirise is the Tokyo based duo of Sachio Yoshizawa on guitar and Ryo Inoue on drums. They are a major force in the Japanese underground since 2006, having released 2 albums and a split with Juiceboxxx as well as touring the US several times. They have toured Japan with the likes of Black Pus and others. Gagakiriseye is their first release for an American label and features the notorious EYE o… Read more
Apophenia, Inhalt and Jamie Paton fillet Food Pyramid in killer reworks of 'Oh Mercy' from their 'Mango Sunrise' album. [Emotional] Especial play host to this drippin' platter, including a grubbing tribal acid edit from Apophenia alongside the late '80s Haç-meets-Miami swagger of Inhalt's mix, and a pair of brooding Jamie Paton versions - one sounding like a moody Yello, the other like Carl Craig-meets-Suicide. Tip!
Gauzy, lower case ambient suite from Japan's DJ Hotel. Originally self-released in 0213, now issued by London's videogamemusic 'Hope' dwells in a shadowy space between ambient-pop and the worn-down ferric treats of Opal Tapes, quietly focussed on microtonal shifts, barely-there bass padding and lo-fi dub FX, and is complimented by a low key BAT version of 'Vacancy'.
"Poison Season opens with Vancouver native Dan Bejar swathed in Hunky Dory strings. He’s a dashboard Bowie surveying four wracked characters—Jesus, Jacob, Judy, Jack—simultaneously Biblical and musical theatre. This bittersweet, Times Square-set fanfare is reprised twice more on the record—first as swaying, saxophone-stoked “street-rock” and then finally as a curtain-closing reverie. “The first and last songs are actually one song tracked live with quintet,” explains their author. “I even sang with the band. That song always swung between super austere and super mid-’70s Springsteen/Bowi… Read more
London souljazz tronix from Connie Constance, making her debut with production by Blue Daisy.
Chunky, mongrel club constructions from the house of Trax Couture. Scanning a scene of sublow B-More breaks (inc. bonus B-Beat Girl stabs) with 'Poisonous Eye', he ramps the megadome reverbs and industrial drums with force in 'Optical Fracture', and tests out a killer UK jackin' mutation in 'After Image', to check out with the c*nty flounce of 'Bounce Track'.
"‘Depression Cherry’ is the fifth full-length record from Beach House. In general, this album shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role. With the growing success of previous albums ‘Teen Dream’ and ‘Bloom’, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove the band towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from their natural tendencies."
Thursday, 27 August
*Exclusive Upfront Edition, pressed on white vinyl* Ecstatic finally issue Abul Mogard's debut solo vinyl LP: the modular landscape paintings of 'Circular Forms'. Unfolding a 40 minute synthesiser suite in four parts, 'Circular Forms' is one of the most captivating examples of Mogard's deeply evocative music, drawing out the sort of direct emotional quality from his limited set-up of Farfisa organs and a self-built modular system which many other synthesists can only dream of. At this point his backstory bears repeating: Mogard worked in a Serbian factory for most … Read more
**Gatefold 2LP includes download code** Tiger's Milk Records and Strut perfectly plug a gap in our collective knowledge with this unparalleled set of bass-heavy bleeps and bumps from modern day Peru. Focussed on a handful of like-minded artists from the capital city, Lima - Dengue Dengue, Tribilin Sound, Deltatron, Animal Chuki and Chakruna a.o. - it rotates 16 fresh and unique productions fusing traditional, native cumbia grooves with new sounds and structures adopted from dubstep, techno and electronica. Whilst their sound bears up to obvi… Read more
Vakula saddles up a proper band to trot thru a suite of stargazing tributes to The Doors, most specifically 'Dedicated To Jim Morrison'. Rather than a playing a straight cover album, the group riff on classic elements from the West Coast psychedelic unit's near-sacred corpus, taking artistic liberty to intersperse their gauzy strokes with William Blake poetry recited by Andrei Dubinin. As with everything gilded by Vakula's Midas touch, the production is pitch-perfect analog with the requisite amounta dust and hash in the studio air. The first side features those languorous vocals dr… Read more
**Includes art insert by Felix Lee** With 'Bound Adam' Total Stasis initiates a vinyl reissue series for Elysia Crampton's formerly digital-only releases as E+E. It comes months after Elysia's chrysalis-like transformation in the 'Moth/Lake' 7" for our Boomkat Editions label to remind the wider world of her rarified brilliance - which is no secret to her legion fans online. Originally released in 2011, 'Bound Adam' is, in her own words "…a speculative/ ontological poem about a relationship with a car", namely the huge Ford Ranger line which was discontinued in the same year and also starr… Read more
**Edition of 250 copies pressed on transparent red vinyl** The Polish composer, improvisor and sound artist gets right under the skin with this unsettlingly discordant slab for Bocian and his own label, Musica Genera. Powerfully concentrated on sustained, roiling electronic drones, 'Stara Szkoła Ze Złota (Old School Made Of Gold)' requires a steely stomach and ears to be ingested at volume - as it should be heard. The A-side's 'Calamitas' brings with it waves of nerve-tweaking frequencies, from viscous sub-sonics to keening, piercing highs right on t… Read more
Outstanding dub-techno-skronk mutations from Beatrice Dillon, furnishing Where To Now? with her 2nd solo release after a string of acclaimed mixes and collaborations. With 'Face A/B' she pursues the more dubbed-out and technoid angles of the 'Blues Dance' session into crankier, stranger corners of the echo chamber in her own sort of uchronic parallel dimensions. 'Face A' is fired for the 'floor with her patented mix of tactility and abstraction, swirling Verity Susman's salty sax bleats around a stepping M-series dub base and swarming electronics with hypnotic sleight of hand and gyroscopic… Read more
**Limited to 300 copies** An hour long recording made exclusively for Movement Festival, Detroit, 2015, by the Echospace/Deepchord co-pilot Stephen Hitchell. Prepare the floatation tank...!
**Limited to 300 copies** Stephen Hitchell (Deepchord/Echospace) coaxes out an hour long trip into the dub mist of his machines. Prepare the floatation tank…!
**Edition of 200 copies** 'Beats' is a dead intriguing collection of unreleased drum machine, shortwave radio and Space Echo experiments by Hans Ludwig Jacoby, a.k.a. Boche, recorded sometime between the mid-'80s and 1991. Coming off like a rawer relation of James Dean Brown's Hypnobeat project crossed with The Conet Project, these 27 tracks were made with equipment bought from his close pal, Ho. Turner, and are practically unheard/unknown beyond his archive. It's exactly the sort of release that Entr'acte excel at, reaching beyond known borders to fill in gaps and complicate history, cycling thru myriad … Read more
**Hand-stamped white label.** Back to bang, Jamal Moss unleashes a restored reissue of his I.B.M. romper, 'Kill Bill' on 1-sided wax. Ten years ago this record knocked our Donnay socks off and we can safely say that the title cut has lost none of its psychotomimetic power in the meantime. This is straight essential Jamal Moss business, ya heard?!
**Screen-printed jacket. Vinyl mastered by Rashad at D&M** The massed drone supergroup scale great heights and depths in their first communion for Drag City. Comprising the guimbri, gong, Arp 2600, Autoharp, drums and guitar of Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society, plus Bitchin Bajas' organ, bass clarinet, flute and synths, 'Automaginary' is a prime example of when many magick cooks make for an even more magickal broth, coaxing out the kind of potent, viscose drones that vibrate you and your surroundings 'til they dissolve and deliquesce like honey. Arcin… Read more
The massed drone supergroup scale great heights and depths in their first communion for Drag City. Comprising the guimbri, gong, Arp 2600, Autoharp, drums and guitar of Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society, plus Bitchin Bajas' organ, bass clarinet, flute and synths, 'Automaginary' is a prime example of when many magick cooks make for an even more magickal broth, coaxing out the kind of potent, viscose drones that vibrate you and your surroundings 'til they dissolve and deliquesce like honey. Arcing and looping over the A-side with 'On No Fade', they p… Read more
**Barbara meets Lucrecia Dalt, Robert Lippok, and Schneider TM** "Barbara Morgenstern follows her 2012 English-language album Sweet Silence (MONIKA 074CD) with Doppelstern (Double Star), featuring 13 collaborations, each created in a different studio. This pre-album EP includes "Übermorgen (Extended)," which features a vocal duet with Justus Köhncke, who first suggested the double star concept to Morgenstern; Robert Lippok, with whom Morgenstern has crossed paths on numerous occasions, appears on the electronic instrumental "Scrambler (Extended)"; "Gleich ist gleicher als gleich" took shap… Read more
*Laura Cannell returns with a beautiful suite recorded with deconstructed bow and of double recorder* "Front and Follow present Beneath Swooping Talons, Laura Cannell’s follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut album Quick Sparrows Over the Black Earth. With deconstructed bow and the extraordinary sound of double recorder, Beneath Swooping Talons has grown out of unearthed fragments that became improvised pieces, then immediately recorded in single takes. Tapping the potent rural landscape and long-dormant musical modes, this album encompasses both wild animal calls and long fo… Read more
With their 2015 festival now in the rear-view, Berlin Atonal present a batch of exclusive recordings and productions by 2014 festival highlights, Cabaret Voltaire, and this year's performers, Miles Whittaker, FiS, and Abdulla Rashim. Like the festival itself, this compilation revives an old concept; the original festival's early '80s "disconcerts" were also documented in various live releases alongside original material on the Atonal Records label. Now 30 years forward, we hear original particpants Cabaret Voltaire getting their kicks with two sides of Richard H. Kirk's arid industrial f… Read more