Friday, 31 July
Emotional Rescue do us another big favour with this compilation/reissue of rare and sought-after New Wave aces. Plus Instruments (a.k.a. + Instruments) was an early vehicle for Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, who was joined by a gang of '80s downtown New Yorkers including their vocal locus, Truus De Groot to forge a virulent sort of wave disco sound over a handful of singles and compilation appearances between 1981-1984. These are their best songs, including the hypnotic walking bass and alluring lyrics of 'Bodies', also included in a really trippy unreleased mix, beside the disco-not-disco punk-funk brilliance of 'Special' and the killller bass lick of 'Deutsche Frau'. TIP!
Slow/fast wickedness from Om Unit, including a killer hook-up with OG junglist, Digital. Om Unit weighs in four aces ranging from the nimble, sparring syncopation and airy pads of 'Wagonist Riddim' to the '95-meets'15-style pressure of 'Spiritwerk', and at more atmospheric angles with the expansive sound designs of 'The Lake' and 'Demons Out'. For our 2p, the future 4/4 steppers flex of 'Midnight Oil' with Digital is the one, tho!
Mutual Friend show off the club-toned chassis of 'Perfection' on their first solo outing. The title track comes off like an updated soundtrack for that club scene in Terminator whilst 'Triangulating' is pure Goldeneye Facility level techno business and 'Evolve' works out hard next to the likes of Egyptrixx. Label boss bot, Liar chimes in with a killer Optimix of 'Perfection' pumped with dynamic detail for the club.
Super infectious tech-house pressure from the steadfast UK producer, Mr. G. 'M's Retrograde' is a masterclass in tantric groove - snare-less and largely kick-less but with lip-bitingly tight hi-hat, clap and bassline interplay. 'Flexable' is a staright-up deep house play; 'Binky's Groove' adds some lithe bassline funk and James Brown stabs; 'Dis-tracted!' does it lean and direct for the best house 'floors.
**Mike Cooper brings the exotic home with a diaristic new dispatch from his Pacific state-of-mind** "Fratello Mare, a reference to Folco Quilici’s classic film of the same name, is the latest tropical opus from UK born, Italian based musician Mike Cooper. It’s Cooper’s continuing ode to the Pacific, its people and the traditions that have flowed from that part of the world into seemingly endless iterations within contemporary culture. Recorded across 2014, the album dovetails neatly with his other Room40 editions White Shadows In The South Seas and the post-everything classic Rayon Hul… Read more
Detroit's DJ Bone rolls out a slick yet rugged 2nd 12" for UK's Leftroom. 'It's All About' jams poignant samples about life in the D around tight, flashing chords and direct groove, whereas 'Tipping Point' is jazzier, sweeter, with Jamal Moss-like sense of synthetic expression.
Dubstep-cum-techno manband, Dark Sky do stately kosmiche-meets-tribal drums in 'Voyages' for Modeselektor's Monkeytown Records. Australia's Francis Inferno Orchestra gives a kinkier Tamburo Mixx full of carnival percussion, and Redshape resets the same elements as a radioactive techno roller rife with head-swallowing oscillations.
Bureau B's excellent Kollektion series elects Thomas Fehlmann to select his favourite Conrad Schnitzlers. This 5th instalment, like the others, affords some contextual grasp on one of the largest, slipperiest catalogues of electronic music in the late 20th century. And poignantly so as Fehlmann, a legend of Teutonic electronics in his own right, was first prompted to make electronic music as a student after witnessing Schnitzler demonstrate "how the "extended definition of art" established by Joseph Beuys could be applied to music." Across 16 songs he touches on the breadth and d… Read more
"Invada Records present brand new four track ‘double B-side’ EP, featuring two tracks from BEAK> and two from their ‘alter-ego’ < KAEB, who differ in the aspect that < KAEB can have an ever expanding and floating membership. The 4 track EP features ‘The Meader’ and ‘The Broken Window’ by BEAK> and ‘When We Fall’ and ‘There’s No One’ from < KAEB, the latter featuring vocal contributions from Californian based artist Jonwayne. BEAK> are Billy Fuller, Geoff Barrow & Matt Williams. The trio hail from Bristol, UK and are signed to Invada Records, they have released two full length albums and sever… Read more
Dego & Kaidi find their 2000Black feet for Rush Hour Recordings with the project's 1st ever 12". 'Make It Hard' tips in with scissoring latin shuffles and percolatin' jazz notes on a long-time patented, debonaire dip. 'Counter Attack' follows with a squashed and frisky boogie tucked well in-the-pocket, and 'Steady Jam' quietly stokes the blues or after-hours with grubbing, hip-wise motion.
Thursday, 30 July
*Limited vinyl edition - the first proper new work from Kuedo since 2011. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton, artwork by Joshua Petherick* The prodigal son of sci-fi electronica re-enters orbit with an astounding new EP as Kuedo for his newly coined Knives imprint. Arriving almost a decade to the day since his game-changing Vex'd album with Roly Porter, 'Assertion Of A Surrounding Presence' manifests his first major new work since 2011's acclaimed 'Severant' album, and also marks a lucent new pinnacle of sound design/engineering in his field. Accompanied by cameo production r… Read more
**Includes instant digital download for two different versions of the full album - a speaker mix and a headphone version (panned hard left and right) instantly dropped into your account when purchasing the vinyl** Lorenzo Senni's inspired Presto!? imprint presents one of 2015's most singular electronic albums with the solo debut proper from Theo Burt. Originally written circa 2009/2010, it's an album that was never really intended for public consumption but, thanks to Senni's efforts, is now presented here in all it's hugely individual glory. Perhaps best thought of as avant electro-pop or even some… Read more
**Spellbound archival home recordings revealing the esoteric sonic adventures of David Tyack (1978-2002), a founding artist from Andy Votel's Twisted Nerve label who sadly passed away in 2002. Includes liner notes by Andy Votel** Dave Tyack's haunting/soothing electro-acoustic project Luxury Apartments is given a necessary posthumous release via Andy Votel, Doug Shipton and Sean Demdike's Dead-Cert imprint. A heady mix of improvised electronics, mechanical folk and late night North West ambience, the Luxury Apartments project was completed just months before the Germa… Read more
**2 x 180g vinyl. Includes download code** The maestro presents a sweeping live iteration of his rolling 'Rückverzauberung' series, recorded at London's Church of St John-at-Hackney in 2014. The Kompakt boss' latest "reverse enchantment" unfolds his patented, languorous symphonics seamlessly across two discs, from billowing brass thru willowing and windswept strings to passages of strange bird calls and drones, and across desolate tracts of calving synthesisers to a climax with a finale of petrifying chorales. Hands-down it trumps any of the 'Rückverzauberung' editions… Read more
*Upfront Exclusive* Killah brukbeat and swing techno functions from Spatial on his resuscitated Infrasonics imprint. 5 years since leaving his label on ice with a CD round-up of their first four releases, Infra12006 marks its return with signature, minimalist efficiency and dancefloor insistence. With 'HeLa' he syncs pendulous kicks and scything chords in möbius loop twysts occurring somewhere between the oblique swing of Phork and the latinate shuffles of El-B at his slinkiest. In 'Referent' he tests out a more crack'd sorta bruk funk nodding to A Made Up Sound's earlier, ruder transmissions, b… Read more
**180 gram white vinyl features exclusive mixes not found on other formats. Includes download code** Spellbinding aural alchemy from the maestro, William Basinski, presenting the vinyl version of his latest composition, 'The Deluge' (companion to the 'Cascade' CD edition). Conceived at his current base in L.A., Basinski's first solo release since 2013's 'Nocturnes' renders his patented loop process in two longer form pieces plus a gorgeous orchestral denouement which at once reveals the underlying magick and heightens it with uncanny effect. In the 20 minute 'Deluge' a single… Read more
Weighty wanz from Frenchman, Simo Cell, making his debut on Dnuos Ytivil (Livity Sound). With 'Cellar Doors' he triggers a rudely scuffed bass/techno roll working out close to Hodge or Rhythmic Theory's tuffer outings, while the tight subs and sizzling hi-hats of 'Piste Jaune' nail a mean impersonation of Peverelist's signature, slinky style.
**Rhubard & custard coloured 180g wax** "Medical Records is very pleased to present the debut album by U/V Light. U/V Light sounds more than a bit like Cloudland Canyon at times. This is because it is the first “solo,” effort from Kip Uhlhorn of CC. Kip played, sang on, engineered, mixed, and collaborated with Gabby Weiss on this new recording. Eschewing standard German comparisons that CC usually receives, U/V LIGHT often sounds like either early electro or dance-pop but without the typical blueprint so commonly replicated these days. Kip's rockist tendencies make this recording more interesting… Read more
"Soul Jazz Records' new album Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 charts the many links between reggae music and the Rastafarian faith. Featuring the music of Count Ossie, Johnny Clarke, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Bongo Herman, Roy Ashanti (Congos), Earth & Stone, Mutabaruka and many more, this is an in-depth look at some of the most unique and righteous music ever made and comes complete with a 40+ page outsize booklet, containin… Read more
"The third studio album by Sonic Youth, originally released in May 1986 on SST Records, shows the first signs that the band was ready to transform their no wave past into a greater alternative rock sensibility. “EVOL … mark[s] the true departure point of Sonic Youth’s musical evolution,” says Pitchfork, who place the album in the #31 slot of their Top 100 Albums of The 1980s. “In measured increments, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo … bring form to the formless, tune to the tuneless, and with the help of Steve Shelley’s drums…, [impose] melody and composition on their trademark dissonance.” Ste… Read more
*Fully remastered audio* “Substance” fills in the missing pieces of the band’s history with four non-album singles (‘Transmission’, ‘Komakino’, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Atmosphere’), plus their B-sides. It has been expanded with two additional songs (“As You Said” and the Pennine version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart”).
**Guy Birkin & Sun Hammer present the intricate results of their playfully cerebral 'Complexification' project thru Entr'acte (check the label website for a detailed breakdown)** "The Complexification project explores musical complexity through a collaborative process based on a set of rules: 1. Make a short, simple piece of music. 2. Swap copies of the pieces with the other person. 3. Modify the given piece to make it more complex (the given piece must be used, but it can be trans-formed in any way, and new sounds may be added). 4. IF the result is more complex (as agreed by bo… Read more
*Long-awaited documentary about the rise, fall and rebirth of the Modular Synthesizer...Feat: Trent Reznor, Gary Numan, Carl Craig, Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen / Language: English Subtitles: Spanish / Region: All Regions / Number of discs: 1 / Studio: First Run Features / Run Time: 96 minutes* I Dream of Wires is a new documentary about the rise, fall and rebirth of the machine that shaped electronic music: the modular synthesizer.Exploring the synthesizer's history, the film reveals how innovators like Robert Moog helped build the… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "It has been four years since Guillermo S. Herren released anything significant from his most famous and respected moniker, Prefuse 73 (though he did keep busy with live shows, collaborations, and remixes). That's a long time for virtually any artist, but it's an eternity for Herren, whose first three Prefuse 73 albums dropped in the span of four years. As if to make up for lost time, 2015 will see the release of not one, but three major works from Prefuse 73. After several albums that saw Herren progressively drift awa… Read more
**Includes downloads dropped into your account on purchase of the tape** Just as you thought they'd run out of narcs, Cerberus Future Technologies catch a 3rd wind of 'Frequency Adjustments' to keep the party bent. Ringmaster, Ste Spandex parts the waves with the bugged out hypno-canter of 'Red Lights', opening a portal for his other aliases and collaborations to stream forth, from the Chicago bumpty bump of 'Sex (Untucked)' featuring Sarah Bates to the freeform synth and drums freak-out, 'OSC Mix' with Nova, plus stacks of grease from Montauk Boys, Kindred Dicks, Skanky Magic, and Licking Mirrors. A big tip to fans of Ron Hardy, Jamal Moss, Danielle Baldelli, drugs.
**Gatefold 180g coloured vinyl LP housed in a heavyweight old-style tip-on jacket .Full package artwork by Rich Kelly, and a fold out poster of the album cover art** "Waxwork Records proudly presents the original motion picture score to the 1981 horror genre defining slasher sequel, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART II, directed by Steve Miner and Sean S. Cunningham. Working closely with composer Harry Manfredini, Waxwork Records brings the newly remastered score to vinyl for the first time, ever. The original master tapes were discovered in the Paramount Pictures vaults by Manfredin… Read more
Lowjack and D.K. double down as Slack DJs with a cranky quartet of Afro-noise-techno joints for Trilogy Tapes. On top, they knead out the rubbled drums and squally swagger of 'Hoops' beside the canny electro-acoustic noise texturtes and tribal roil of '75011'. Flipside, 'Glasshouse Mountains' tills the 'floor in two mixes; a rotted, kicking industrial version and more spacious, blown-out Afro-noise take.