Thursday, 31 July
"Soundway Records present a special summer tribute double a-side 12" with two tracks from African musicians that both passed away within a couple of months of each other at the end of 2013 / start of 2014. Both tracks are perfect summer tropical DJ fodder for the dancefloor. On the first side South African singer Shaluza Max's massive Mashkandi / house anthem from 2002 gets a first release on vinyl. This track was a huge hit in South Africa and around the world on its release. With a soaring Zulu vocal and big sound it's a fitting reminder of a very talented musician … Read more
FIT Detroit catch Manuel Gonzales at his moodiest on three tracks of dubbed, drifting deep house and techno. The strident bleep techno of 'Wide Eye' starts up thick and heavy before 'Debit' works out the kind of grumbly, thumping MPC wiggle and wayward acid lines that Marcellus Pittman would be proud of. B-side, 'M.S.C.' is by far the most expansive and dreamy cut in his steadily growing cache, fathoming Eraserhead-esque intro before spinning out to the stars with milky, Martian harmonies and a frayed groove that threatens to wobble off axis. Tipped!
*Vinyl edition of this excellent No Corner tape which was also included as part of the 'From The Reels' set.* No Corner continues to quietly carve a reputation as one of the UK's finest yung labels with this exceptional debut album/mixtape by Bristol's Lily. Melting and kneading classic house and slow techno tropes in a warm, fuzzy chrome bath with salty dub FX, 'Modern Malaise' masterfully channels the sort of forlorn techno feelings of Chasing Voices' 12"s with a muggier, off-kilter UK dub sensibility and sense of youthful anxiety/melancholy possibly stemming from data overload and plugged-up … Read more
**Banged-up blues and work songs recorded by Alan Lomax in Mississippi 1947. Edition of 100** "We return for a second cassette reissue of penitentiary field recordings, in the form of the Alan Lomax compiled 'Murderers' Home' LP - a collection of work songs and field hollers performed by inmates of the Mississippi State Penitentiary (also known as Parchman Farm) in 1947. Originally released in 1957 on the UK's Pye Nixa label, many of these recordings also found their way onto the 1958 LP 'Negro Prison Songs', released by US label Tradition. "These songs belong to the musical tradition whi… Read more
Numero present David Blair Stiffler's breathtaking 1988 excursion to the isolated, landlocked Mountain Province of the Northern Philippines. Risking "life and limb" to document the region's under-recorded cultures, the noted field recordist's trip actually ended as a hostage of the MNLF rebels, who confiscated his party's equipment bar the clothes on their back and a single cassette. Upon return to America, the masters, intended for release by Folkways, were shelved in light of Folkways founder Moses Asch's death, but thankfully they' were rediscovered to become the record … Read more
New Directions In Music includes Stockhausen’s 'Étude ConcrÈte’ (the composer’s first experimentation in musique concrète), and David Tudor s premiere recording of all four movements of Klavierstück XI. These works are complimented by Robert Craft’s historic New Directions in Music album comprising Stockhausen’s ‘Zeitmasse' (Time-measures) for five woodwinds and Pierre Boulez' 'Le Marteau sans maître' (The Hammer without a Master).
**White wax with individually-numbered, debossed insert. Edition of 400** London's Fuzz Club pull up an archival zinger from Suicide's Alan Vega, backed with a motorised garage beast from The Vacant Lots. Recorded 1996, remixed 2014 at 6/8 Recording Studios, NYC, Alan Vega's 'Nike Soldier' stomps all over the A-side, urged by a his diffused vocals over writhing synthlines and body-rolling drums to a screeching metallic peak produced by Liz Lamere and Perkin Barnes. The Vacant Lots charge up a battery of bass and toms seared with fuzz guitar slashes on the alternative mix of 'Mad Mary Jones'.
Ghosts On Tape shake out a pair of sturdy house rollers backed with a kicking Innerspace Halflife remix. The San Fran duo build a stealthy groove from scissoring layers of percussion synched to percolating chords, modulating between slinky shimmy and big room drive on 'Only Now', and riding powerful kicks with kinky shuffle in the heads-down moodiness of 'Snake Box'. The Innerspace Halflife remix condenses 'Only You' to a walloping kicks and soaring pads twisted with Chicago funk.
'Operation: Doomsday' has floated in and out of print since its original 1999 pressing on famed New York label Fondle 'Em, attaining mythical status amongst underground fans as one of the landmark releases of the decade, showcasing MF Doom's abstract wordplay, pointed wit, subtly subversive lyrics and alcohol drenched stream-of-consciousness flows over adventurous sample-based production. The album's impact steadily grew to alter the landscape of hip hop as it was then known, and its periodic cycles of unavailabilty seem only to have enhanced its mythical status. This Deluxe … Read more
The remixes of Trus'me continue with Alan Fitzpatrick and Roman Flügel takes on his 'Treat Me Right' album trax. Fitzpatrick's version of 'I Want You' brings perfectly balanced kicks/bass synched to heavy infectious vocal chopping and slicing hi-hats; Flügel's rework of 'Somebody' is all tucked up in the lower end with pneumatic bass shuffle buoyed by pinging cowbells and aquatic white noise washes.
Tuff City Kids, Phillip Lauer and Gerd Janson get loose and ravey with Sparky's Glasgow anthem, 'Portland'. In early '90s brekabeat house mode their Looney Mix pivots off piano stabs, tight breaks and swinging New York house drums, whilst the TB Mix brings the breaks, acid spurts and dreamy chord progressions forward to weightless effect.
Mathew Jonson and The Mole, Peter Van Hoesen, and Blue Hour remix tracks from Tobias.' 'A Series Of Shocks' LP for Ostgut Ton. Canadaians at the controls, Jonson and The Mole give a masterclass in the art of subtle, swinging build with trimmed electro drums and pendulous, scissoring synthlines guaranteed to trap bvodies ont he floor, whereas PvH takes a more atmospheric route with his acidic rework of 'Cursor Item Only' and Blue Hour burns up 'He Said' as an alarming techno romp.
Randomer bangs a trio of ruff house and techno tricks for Russian Torrent Versions. Largely leaving his bag of saw-off breakbeats at home, the British producer shakes out welting kicks and blistered percussion with a ballroom haughtiness on A-side, 'Side Crack Lung', before 'Fun In The Sun' chews up a roiling square bass line proper bass drum punishment, and gritty chime of 'Odd' comes off like a raw version of Terrence Dixon's most minimal groovers.
Power Vacuum on pounders patrol with joeFarr in the wake of his 'Vectors' appearance. Clattering, noisy, and headstrong, the 'Sentry' EP scouts five belligerent techno weapons bowling between the gutter welt of 'On Your Life' to the broken roll of the title track and the bone-head bounce of 'What Time Is Now'.
"Head Boggle returns with what is perhaps his most refined and focused work to date. "Serge Modular In Hi-Fi" was recorded in early 2012 at the S.F. City College Electronic Music Lab utilizing a vintage pre-STS Serge Modular Synth system and was conceived as a pseudo aural "cubist" sound piece with an intention to achieve pseudo 3D "cubed" sound through discrete recording and mixing techniques. The only effects utilized were four or more analog delays being played real-time a la dub/reggae mixing techniques. The final selections were then sent to Kramer at Noise Miami for hi-fi co… Read more
Great compilation of Calypso classics from Trinidad recorded between 1928 and 1947 by well known masters of the form such as the Growler, The Lion, Lord Executor and Lionel Belasco, as well as by some lesser known but great artists. Heavy topical songs, minor chord meditations on death, beautiful instrumentals and more. Songs include When You Hear I Die, In The Dew and The Rain, Hojoe, Jimby's Ingratitude, Ba Boo La La and much much more. All true master pieces. Old school "tip on" cover.
**Vinyl-only edition of 500 with download code** "Pop music rarely comes as honest and heartfelt as when delivered by Molly Nilsson. Having traveled around the world singing to the romantic and the doomed, Nilsson found herself in the late Summer of 2014 in Buenos Aires. Inspired by the crumbling landscape and the heavy hearts that populate it, Sólo Paraíso is not only an ode to a specific time and space but a musical novella that meditates on youth, idealism and belonging. The soundtrack to a summer you thought you had when looking over bleached out old photo albums. … Read more
Only One pull up a hidden Stasis gem from 1999, backed with squashed remix from Unbroken Dub. The original 'Space 1993' is a masterclass in UK techno romance, mixing belly-fluttering synth arrangements with the kind of nimble drum programming that could give Derrick May a run for his $. Remixing, Unbroken Dub sensibly doesn't try to match the original but reduces it to sodden, buzzing techno wormhole.
*Vinyl edition of this excellent No Corner tape which was also included as part of the 'From The Reels' compilation, now available to buy separately.* In the wake of raw-cut aces from Kahn & Neek, Federsen and various other Young Echo alumni, Filter Dread smudges and carves classic loops and his own sampler deviations on 'Space Loops'. As the label eloquently describe it: "Dense, paranoid hazes of late nights and patch leads, Akai samplers left running through grubby delay units…breaks stretched to their serrated limit, exposing the pitted drum hits that the UK underground is built on, fro… Read more
LA-style summer jams from Delroy Edwards and Benedek, aka Rx for y'all. Under a patina of ferric smog and medicinal weed smoke they spread the funk thick 'n greazy on both sides, slyding up close with oily bassline and melting chords in 'Strung Out' for that eyes-shut-and-shuffling appeal, whilst flipside picks up the swaying shimmer of Linn-like drums and mystic pipes in 'Prescriptions'. Timeless PPU quality.
*Comes in individually silk-screened jackets using the original plates created in 1984. Each copy includes a fold-out pink newsprint poster with never before seen photos of the band, lyrics and liner notes by Anka and Ronny* "Xymox, later known as Clan of Xymox, was founded in Nijmegen, a city in the east of the Netherlands, in 1983 by Ronny Moorings (Vocals, Guitars, Synthesizers) and Anka Wolbert (Vocals, Bass). Ronny saved up to buy a TEAC 144 four-track tape recorder and the duo relocated to Amsterdam in April of 1983. They began to record songs utilizing a Yamaha CS-15, Korg MS-10 a… Read more
**Gatefold sleeve, comes with digital download code redeemable from the label** "The amazing Tom Ze, or as he wrote to us when we were working on this album, “Should I change my name? It could be Ze Tom Ze? Or Tom Tom Ze?” This was his first newly recorded album after being ‘rediscovered’ and it’s as surprising and special as one would expect from this iconoclast. “Inspired by hard-lit and science fiction, Ze’s tick-tocking sambas and comforting cancaos range from the painfully touching to the instructably conceptual.”
*Glow in the dark white on white sleeve* Julio Bashmore and Hyetal go mano e mano for the disco on their 3rd Velour 12". It's on Bashmore's Broadwalk label too so you know they mean business. Up top they've got the big rooms locked off, lacing a proper diva holler thru some kinda industrial-disco-tech groove nodding to MMM and Soundhack in finest fashion; down town 'Plato's Retreat' amps the industrial potential for booming basements with razor cut industrial funk drums and body-warping acid undertow. It's a biggun.
**Edition of 200** Epic, lustrous synth-pop from Ireland's Kubo duo (definitely no relation to SuBo) for Peripheral Minimal. Paying homage to "Cubo Futurism, the early 20th Century Russian art movement which concerned itself with contemporary concepts of the future and the technological triumph of humanity over nature" they uphold the values of original synth-wavers such as Depeche Mode, OMD or Japan with two polaroid-perfect pop shots in the slow, streaking synths and aching sincerity of A-side 'This Desolation', and the smoke-fileld 'floor stalker, 'Das Klub'. Tipped!
Classic 1988 Detroit tackle from big Kevin Saunderson aka Reese and Santonio. Includes the warehouse-taking early techno of 'Truth Of Self Evidence', and the banging acid of Reese's 'Grab The Beat' plus Santonio's Yello-sampling 'Structure'.
From his home-base in Konotop City, Vakula's 4th 12" on the Badura series surveys five pieces of plush, psychedelic deep house scanning the rolling soul of 'Ukrainian Landscape' and the abstracted, kaotic dub house of 'Electric Spica' on the A-side, before turning downtempo with the fluid momentum of 'Thoughts On The Road' and two Detroit-style beatdown bits.
Prime, remastered reissue of a sought-after disco classic from 1976, repackaged in poly-lined dust sleeve and disco bag.
Striking debut hardware jams from Amsterdam's Magnesii for Tom Trago's Voyage Direct series. Considering this is his first release, 'VD Jam #1' sounds like the work of a full fledged producer, from the laidback but driving acid pacing of his title cut to his debonaire Detroit-style house tweakers 'Lava Jam', and 'Van Dyke Island Jam'.
Bobby Champs, West Norwood Cassette Library, Kevin McPhee and J. Tijn as remixed by J. Tijn, Knowing Looks, Kamikaze Space Programme, and WNCL. J. Tijn turns Champs' 'Krenshaw' into a bruising/bruised techno tool and Knowing Looks sparks WBCL's 'Drop' as a breakbeat 'ardcore ruction. Kamikaze Spacxe Programme runs roughshod over Mcphee's 'In Circles' for a rugged drum tool, and WNCL cools off on a remix of J. Tijn's 'Flat'.
Monday, 28 July
The master returns with his 3rd EP of serpentine riddims for Woe To The Septic Heart! Working deeper into the synthesis-based approach which yielded the finer electronic timbres of his 'Freezing Opening Thawing' 12", here he's refined the technique to near-Villalobos levels of layered, rhythmelodic intricacy, but of course, all with his inimitable accent. First up, 'Beat His Command' is a dense, blinding display of pointillist percussion and hypnotic chimes laced with flashes of technoid gremlins and white noise explosions. Secondly, 'Vor und zurück' flips that formula for a m… Read more