Thursday, 16 April
**Remastered, includes an 8 page, stapled booklet that contains press releases, concert flyers and photos circa the recording of the album** "Portion Control is a British electronic and industrial band from South London. The trio of John Whybrew, Ian Sharp and Dean Piavani started out experimenting with electronics in 1980. Linking up with In Phaze Records, they released a number of cassettes and records before signing with Illuminated Records in 1983. There followed a series of classic 12" singles: “Raise the Pulse”, “Rough Justice” and “Go-Talk”, which have become unde… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** The amorphous mass of Gnod indulge their definition of psychedelia in the nearly two hour-long session of 'Infinity Machines' for Rocket Recordings. Since their last major group release, 'Ingnodwetrust' (2011), they showed much promise by largely ditching guitars and swerving toward all-out electronics and nuanced songwriting in their component units - 'Gnod Presents.. Dwellings & Druss', Negra Branca's 'N B' - but here they return to a more-is-more approach, roping in crucial additions from Sam Weaver (modular electronics) and David MacLea… Read more
**2 x CD in mini-gatefold sleeve. Includes free download redeemable from the label** The amorphous mass of Gnod indulge their psychedelic instincts in the nearly two hour-long 'Infinity Machines' for Rocket Recordings. Since their last major group release, 'Ingnodwetrust' (2011), they showed much promise by largely ditching guitars and swerving toward all-out electronics and nuanced songwriting in their component units - 'Gnod Presents.. Dwellings & Druss', Negra Branca's 'N B' - but here they return to a more-is-more approach, roping in crucial additions from Sam Weaver (modular electronics) a… Read more
Facsimile, affordable repress of the darkside Italo act's debut 1981 mini-album. Pure disco glamour gloom in four parts, including the EBM-driven 'News', the eerie sashay of 'No One Notice Them', the theatrical 'Rays', and bummed-out Manchester vibes of 'Autumn Room'. Classic.
Blawan and The Analogue Cops' Parassela team boot up the 'Lab Series' backed with deeper, tribalised cuts from Limo and Buck. On the A-side, Parassela bite down hard with the wounding snares and venomous drones of 'Plutoniumdealers' beside the rapid, rattling jag of '08ag12'. B-side, Limo sustains a tunnelling sub-aquatic pressure with 'Another', and Buck does just that with the wall-banging movement of 'Gold Br' progressing thru clouds of hypnotic pads driven by a snappy, uptempo jack.
**Gorgeous double-sided silk-screened sleeves designed by Cosmo Knex** Wafting outta Amsterdam, one half of Juju & Jordash Jordan GCZ trips a spaceways house vibe on Rush Hour's superb 'No' Label. On the A-side's 'Lushlyfe Slap' he takes all the time he needs to tease a lather of blips, chiming keys and curdled synth around a deliquescent, beckoning bassline. B-side, he lets 'Lushlyfe' soar eastwards with silvery flutes and ascendant drones illuminating the way for a jagged motorik pulse and refractive harmonies, where 'Lushlyfe Birds' releases a menagerie of modular motifs describing avian motion with a calligraphic freehand. Aye, it's lush, alright.
Marcel Dettmann compiles aces from Anthony Parasole, Kobosil, Milton Bradley, Norman Nodge, Answer Code Request and his good self for MDR.
*Deluxe tip-on gatefold sleeve with colour insert featuring an interview with director Jörg Buttgereit, liner notes from Hermann Kopp, Daktari Lorenz and Franz Rodenkirchen & bonus 7" containing five extra tracks* "Nekromantik is known to be frequently controversial, banned in a number of countries, and has become an international cult film over the years due to its transgressive subject matter and audacious imagery. Daktari Lorenz, Hermann Kopp & John Boy Walton make up the holy trio of composers called upon by film maker Jörg Buttgereit. Between… Read more
Jean Louis-Huhta chases his druggy acid dragon onto Höga Nord Records. The A-side, 'Northern Acid', is a mutant mix of elastic 303 and oddly placed, eerie strings, coming off like a particularly dosed and disoriented section of Mark Leckey's 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore' soundtrack before coalescing at an itchy 4/4 swing. The B-side, 'All Nighter' works at a straighter tilt, primed for the wayward DJs.
Heady Balearic house and breakbeat trips backed with a drippin' Call Super remix. Sunao Gonno at the controls on the A-side, rubbing up a creamy lather of progressive synths and padded, whirring groove for fans of Soichi Terada in 'Obscurant', and breezy kosmic breaks in 'A Life With Clarinet'. But, arguably the one to check for is Call Super's B-side mix, where he melts the spine of 'Obscurant' in pure liquid MDMA vibes.
Debut dancefloor spurt from U Know The Drill on the baddest party imprint, Hot Haus Recs. 'Off The Chain' is a 'floor-dedicated bassline-house womper and 'Like Thiz' builds a more hardcore vibe with cheeky organ stabns and sped-up samples fitted to a swaggering bassline groove.
Strong side of thunderous, rolling techno from Italian producer SNTS, including a sturdy Shifted remix. Arching up with the gravelly wave of murky drums and ghoulish voices in '20.01.1944', followed by Shifted's kick-anchored remix, SNTS proves a real skill for doom-laden atmospheric techno with the reverberant bass drum, shivering hi-hats and clammy ambience of '07.09.1981', and to proper industrial degrees with the dramatic, Zhark-like fright of '15.04.1966'. Tip!
Shawhin Izaddoost aka VVV returns with his finest material yet on this 6-track EP for Hush Hush. The sound here is heavily indebted to Burial, but the vocal arrangements provide a flash of brilliance, making this a recommended listen to those of you enamoured by those amazing Arca productions for FKA Twigs.
Preening Italo disco bomb originally released in 1983, reissued for 2015. The strutting splendour of 'Shoot Me' vocal version upstairs, and the instrumental downstairs.
Absolute panic in the darnce with Royal-T's relentless shoot-'em-up starring P Money and Footsie. Landing 4 years since his last solo 12" on Butterz, 'Shotta' hears the South Coast's dopest grime producer stick to a simple and deadly effective formula, crafting an entire riddim outta guncocks and shots. It's maybe not recommended for dogs or those of a nervous disposition but, the vocalists are undoubtedly in their element, P Money blazing bars from the hip and Footsie coming off like a proper hungry gunman. To counter the violence, he tests out a more sensitive side in the pensile, Reese-loaded 4… Read more
**CD in hand-stamped envelope + handmade printed postcard limited to 50 copies** TVO's Broken20 label launches its new live recording series, Tangents, with documentation of his tunnelling collaboration alongside Emptyset's Paul Purgas, captured at Guild of Calamitousintent, Glasgow Art School, 2014. Both well aware of each others work, they approached the performance as an improvisatory, aleatoric happneing, both armed with banks of material and open to what may come. As you might expect, it gets noisy, and there is some semblance of techno in there but, the resu… Read more
*Newly remastered and repackaged edition of Tazartès' fourth LP, presented here with 5 bonus tracks* Also included is the first CD edition of "Whatever Works Singing Wild My Rock Ghédalia" (previously issued as side B of "Granny Awards" LP), created in the early '80s in his anhydridic Paris. Immersive, transporting and deeply arresting music from the revered autodidact and audio oddity. If you've never encountered Ghédalia before, this is an excellent place to start, welcoming you to a whole other world of exotic, electro and acoustic sounds, composed according to a genuinely far reaching a… Read more
*New remastered version with new bonus tracks* 'Transports' is the incredible 2nd album by audodidact and outsider musician/composer Tazartès. Originally released on vinyl in 1980, it has now been reissued with extra material on CD in 1998 and 2009, and "Probably represents the most original example of the artist's poetical and personal approach to sound organisation." The tracks for 'Transports' were recorded in 1977 at Ghedalia's own studio in Paris, strafing stream-of-conscious between rippling electro rhythms to outernational singing styles, collaged field recordings and musiq… Read more
Stylish deep house wares from Germany's Dirt Crew in Detroit mode for Mood & Grooves. A fine balance of tech-house tweaks and shuffles with a refined and laidback jazziness, cutting rug from the soul-infused vocal house buzz of 'Goodbye' to the strident funk of 'The Bloos' and trippin' shuffle of 'What Love'.
Mutant techno tackle in three versions from DJ Octopus, George K, Lucretio, Js and Grienko a.k.a. the Austerity crew. Flippin' the bird to Merkel, they come with a killer A-side of cyberpunk synths and junkyard EBM pulses held in strange friction with stray diva coos on 'Armistice of Mudros', while B-side bucks out the warehouse skirmish of 'Recovery Plan', and the murky jack of 'Over The Counter', which sounds like The Oliverwho Factory getting shut-down.
An amazing selection of works by American composer Robert Ashley, Alga Marghen's release The Wolfman compiles tape music from 1957 to 1964. The earliest composition is 'The Fox' a stuttering, half-broken recording of a story being read out with a creepy delivery by Ashley. The broken tape sequences are somehow tinted by darkness - a fragmented, discordant flow of sound that can barely prepare the listener for 1964's 'The Wolfman', a scouringly ferocious noise piece that rivals anything you'd hear in modern times from Wolf Eyes, Prurient or even Merzbow. It's just incredible, and almost im… Read more
**Limited White vinyl edition of** Bolt the doors and board your windows: The Zombi Anthology is finally out there! Thee most sought-after work by Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra's infamous duo is presented on wax for the first time, summoning their earliest work circa 2001 off a self-released CDr, collected together with their subsequent 'Twilight Sentinel' EP, written for a tour with Providence, RI's Daughters in 2003. This is arguably some of their strongest material, bar none, hence it's been in demand ever since. It captures the duo first really coming to terms with their horror score obse… Read more
**Limited White vinyl edition of** Bolt the doors and board your windows: The Zombi Anthology is finally out there! Thee most sought-after work by Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra's infamous duo is presented on wax for the first time, summoning their earliest work circa 2001 off a self-released CDr, collected together with their subsequent 'Twilight Sentinel' EP, written for a tour with Providence, RI's Daughters in 2003. This is arguably some of their strongest material, bar none, hence it's been in demand ever since. It captures the duo first really coming to terms with their horror score ob… Read more
**Classic posturing from Denmark. Includes fold-out newsprint insert** "Although I have done a few things under the Marching Church moniker since 2010, the project, as in the constellation on this album, was born in November 2013 with Kristian Emdal, Anton Rothstein, Cæcilie Trier, Bo H. Hansen and Frederikke Hoffmeier. We had agreed to play with Pharmakon at Mayhem, our warehouse space in Copenhagen, even though i hadn’t done anything with the project for quite some time. With two months before the show, I threw together a few half-thought-out ideas and sketches, presented … Read more
*Gatefold Red 2LP with digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "The meaning of dreams usually stays hidden in stacks of abstract layers, obscuring their essence in surreal and bizarre imagery. Exploring the depths of our subconscious, they lead us from stories of lighthearted innocence to our most gruesome ghastly fantasies, making us live through multiple scenarios each and every night. While in sleeping-state, we are at our most vulnerable and at a total loss of control over mind and body. At the same time, we feel most free and safe during REM, with none of our worldly worries… Read more
*Edition of 350 copies of this mysterious 1982 cassette masterpiece by Amos and Crew from the It's War Boys catalogue available now on LP. Remastered from the original tapes by Amos himself! Recorded in Tokyo, Japan on Mr Shiota’s old four track cassette in Mr Kitamura’s kitchen in sporadic three day binge* **Dizzying crackpot pop cassette from UK-via-Japan circa 1982. Reissued vinyl edition of 365 copies with 4-page colour insert** "Existing exactly mid-way between the dropping of the atomic bomb and the time a moment ago when you opened this insensibly incendiary package, the throwaway aesthe… Read more
*New Remastered Edition in a new sleeve* This record marked the first installment of Alga Marghen's retrospective of Ghedalia Tazartes' recording career: Une Eclipse Totale De Soleil was first reissued in 1997 having been initially released in 1979. In this form the original's two-part make-up was bolstered by a twenty-four minute third part, a new piece composed specifically for the reissue. Sounding quite unlike the output of his more academic contemporaries, Tazartes' music compiles fragments of tapes, voices and various other sound recordings in a fashion that's ver… Read more
Denmark's Damien Dubrovnik return to Alter with a 2nd LP of studied noise prurience. "Copenhagen-based industrial duo Damien Dubrovnik (aka Posh Isolation founders Loke Rahbek and Christian Stadsgaard) follow up 2013's First Burning Attraction (ALT 008LP) with Vegas Fountain. Rahbek and Stadsgaard have continued to be consistently busy as label bosses but even more so as artists, performing more frequently worldwide and building a reputation for their fierce and powerful live show. They have also continued to hone their craft in the studio and found a working rhythm in which their li… Read more
FXHE twist the lines again with a unique session from John F.M. mixed and edited by the bossman, Omar-S. From the vocal intro to the stumbling groove and blossoming, instinctive synth arrangement, the A-side's 'Where My Roots Lie (A New Detroit Anthem)' is one of those tech-soul joints that could only come from the 313, and much the same could be said for the much ruffer tech-soul drive of 'White Churches Be Like' on the B-side. But, it's left to 'Solace 322' to deliver a sucker punch of blues-dripping soul surprisingly laced with natty 8-bit synth goodnuss. TIPPED!
"Right from their inception in 1976, back in the first stirrings of punk, Wire went about making music in a subversive, conceptual way, setting themselves apart from both their peers and their influences. Bass guitarist and vocalist Graham Lewis identifies another trait that has run throughout the group’s lifetime. “People said we were mysterious, arch and dark. But the only way of doing that successfully, is by also having a sense of humour. You have to have that balance. With Wire there’s a peculiarity, a contrariness and that can be funny." This questing approach has permeated Wire’s songwriting, their o… Read more