Thursday, 10 July
More artists for your buck on this canny mini-compilation from Don't Be Afraid. The Room Below debuts with the crisp, low-slung acid gyrations of 'Work', and Manuel Gonzales aka MGUN rubs out the bright, creamy Detroit lather of 'Risqué'. Ali King also debuts with the warm, sub-heavy swing and jazz-wise palette of 'Session 24', and Italy's Deep88 drops the breezy pipes and Rhodes chords of 'Sunday Morning'.
The mysterious Adesse just dropped off a pile of his latest edits… He's the 'Dread At The Controls' this time, running two smooth-rolling and percussive house edits of the cheeky Poco Man Jam riddim on the front before flipping Photek's 'Into The '90s' as a very useful deep house number and Mikey Dread's titular classic as a cool-out house skanker. Never in stock for long, these Adesse joints.
*Coloured vinyl Reissue. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* The acclaimed Sufjan Stevens departs from the singer-songwriter persona of 'a sun came', 'michigan', and,'seven swans', with these diverse, largely electronic fourteen instrumental compositions based on the animals of the chinese zodiac. Combining his gift for melody with insane electronic production, the album isn't scared to veer towards the most extreme ends of experimentation and cuddly insanity with the aid of what sounds like an army of broken instruments, a laptop and … Read more
"It can’t be easy gathering 28 of Northern Europe’s finest jazz and improvising musicians in one place at the same time, which is why Sweden’s Fire! Orchestra has been one of the continent’s best kept secrets so far. After playing rare shows a handful of times a year, this incredible mass ensemble is getting ready to unleash its full power with Enter, its first studio recording. This isn’t jazz: this is Nordic dynamite. Fire! originated as the trio of Swedish improv masters Mats Gusfasson (sax), Johan Berthling (bass) and Andreas Werliin (drums). None of them are what you could call jazz purists;… Read more
"In celebration of the centenary of Louis Feuillade’s Fantômas silent film series, James Blackshaw was invited by Yann Tiersen to perform a live score to the fifth and final film, Le Faux Magistrat, at the beautiful and prestigious surroundings of the Théâtre de Châtelet, Paris on October 31st 2013.Fantômas – a master of disguise and symbol of terror – is one of the most popular characters in French crime fiction, as well as a favourite with the avant-garde, particularly the surrealists.Tim Hecker, Amiina, Yann Tiersen and Loney Dear also performed during the event (which … Read more
"In celebration of the centenary of Louis Feuillade’s Fantômas silent film series, James Blackshaw was invited by Yann Tiersen to perform a live score to the fifth and final film, Le Faux Magistrat, at the beautiful and prestigious surroundings of the Théâtre de Châtelet, Paris on October 31st 2013.Fantômas – a master of disguise and symbol of terror – is one of the most popular characters in French crime fiction, as well as a favourite with the avant-garde, particularly the surrealists.Tim Hecker, Amiina, Yann Tiersen and Loney Dear also performed during the event (which wa… Read more
Robert Crash back up on Dog In The Night Records with a wayward house session to follow WV's eponymous ace. Styles are lo-fi, abstract over five cuts of rickety machine rhythms and caterwauling synth mess and gloopy acid lines.
Visceral, lysgeric psych-noise from Street Thunder on his return to Reckno following the 'Bonfire Gecko Hex' tape. In comparison to the sanguine kosmiche of their previous, 'Galaxies' is more expansive, ripping at the edges with incendiary, kaotic noise harmonics in four parts scoping out the cascading tone clusters of 'Meteor Shower' alongside the shoegaze wrench of 'Universe End' and the overheating circuitry of 'Cosmic Residue'. But most impressive is the two-part 20 minute epic, 'Star Collapse / Venusian Naturism' which builds and roils to a deliriously unhinged swarm of bittersweet discord that you could practically swim in.
**Edition of 75 x C60 cassettes. Artwork by Jason Kerley** Wonderfully wayward electronic vectors from Yaaard on the brilliant Reckno label. Dubbed by the label, "..an act of hero worship/destruction salvaged from the hard drive of a dead computer, a past thought lost now preserved on magnetic tape", Yaaard's 4th tape for the label revolves 14 pieces veering from blunted groovebox workouts reminding of Dro Carey thru to Ecco Jam-style ambient beatmulch on 'Shook Ones' with Street Thunder, via icy R&B introspection reminding of FKA Twigs in 'Tell Me' featuring Kinlaw, and the blistered shoegaze lurch of 'Infinite Love'.
"Armenia’s greatest living musician and the acknowledged master of the duduk, Djivan Gasparyan has toured throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States for over fifty years. His work can be heard on numerous film soundtracks, including ‘The Crow’, ‘Russia House’ and ‘Gladiator’. The duduk is a traditional woodwind instrument from the greater Armenia region. A double-reed instrument of ancient origin and noted for its unique, mournful sound. This is a combined reissue of Djivan’s debut solo album ‘I Will Not Be Sad In This World’ (… Read more
Four-track supplement of freshly crimped tech-house, breaks and electro-house from London's Max Cooper.
*First vinyl reissue ever after more than 30 years, edition of 500 copies, splattered vinyl* "The "INSOC EP" contains the first official recordings from the legendary Minneapolis music collective Information Society led by founder/producer Paul Robb. Originally released on vinyl in 1983 the EP became extremely difficult to find. Now, for the first time since 1983, Mannequin Records is giving it a new birth on wax, this time including a bonus track "Charentiesm" never appeared before in any format, which is the first track ever recorded by Information Society in 1982. As The band tell, i… Read more
**Newly remastered, groundbreaking collection of hybrid Thai folk/pop. The artist's first release outside the Thai record market** "The relaunch of EM Records’ Thai music series. Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM Records have teamed up to deliver a new series showcasing the extraordinary performances of some of Thailand’s greatest musical legends. The first release is the seminal album Isan Lam Plearn released in 1975 by Angkanang Kunchai. This album represents a crucial moment in Thai musical history when the performance styles of Molam (*1) and Luk Thung (*2) were fused together for … Read more
**Newly remastered, groundbreaking collection of hybrid Thai folk/pop. The artist's first release outside the Thai record market** "The relaunch of EM Records’ Thai music series. Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM Records have teamed up to deliver a new series showcasing the extraordinary performances of some of Thailand’s greatest musical legends. The first release is the seminal album Isan Lam Plearn released in 1975 by Angkanang Kunchai. This album represents a crucial moment in Thai musical history when the performance styles of Molam (*1) and Luk Thung (*2) were fused together fo… Read more
*The LP edition features heavyweight vinyl packaged in a foiled gatefold sleeve* London's most-hyped soul crew finally unveil their debut album after a studied viral marketing campaign. Includes all the tracks from their singles plus a ruck of new gear."Jungle are based around a core musical duo of lifelong friends known simply as ‘J’ and ‘T’, who expand to a thrilling seven piece live, and make mesmeric, kaleidoscopic modern soul that’s unmistakably born in the UK but has true global appeal. The album was recorded between the band’s own home studio in Shepherds Bush, London and the XL Recordings studio in nearby Ladbroke Grove."
Hamburg based producer Yør is next up on Dutch powerhouse Creme Organization with a four track EP that continues in his muddy and muddled techno tradition.
Crafty, swinging beat suite from My Dry Wet Mess, backed with four remixes from Auntie Flo, Dam Mantle, and Ikonika. The styles of 'Laptop Lapdance' reduce and build upon the taut funk of his Brainfeeder release, 'Stereo Typing' (2012) in four parts flexing from the jazz-funky dip and woozy chords of 'Twos Too' thru the glistening SND-like skip of 'Nailed Scale' and the baffling rhythmic calculations of 'Eyelids' Secret' and 'Infinito'. Remixing, Auntie Flo smooths 'Nailed Scale' to a lilting, Afro-centric groove, and Dam Mantle turns it into a t… Read more
**250 copies** Hot on the heels of his Bronze Teeth 12" with Dom Butler, L/F/D/M takes to Glasgow's Clan Destine label for 'LHF3'. Four track explore elastic ground between mellow Tin Man style acid on the title cut thru to murkier acid styles reminding of Acido and Busen in 'After Circle' and 'PROX' via the industrial funk grind of 'Ad Reinhardt'.
**Edition of 400 copies. Mastered by Jason Lescalleet** Intoxicatingly hazy suite of chamber drone, acoustic guitar pieces and tape works by American artist, Matt Krefting (Son of Earth). Whilst best known to us for his gorgeous album of classic cover versions on Ecstatic Peace, Krefting has been quietly establishing a reputation for his solo tape works, issued in micro-editions on myriad underground imprints before arriving at 'Lymph Est'. Like Kye steward, Graham Lambkin, and label-mate Jason Lescalleet, who coincidentally mastered this album, Krefting evidently shares a sensitivity to org… Read more
Marcel Fengler & Phillip Sollmann aka DIN rework their contribution to Ostgut Ton's ballet music suite, 'Masse'. 'Euphorium' is a right big room builder tiered with lush synths and driven by aerodynamic Detroit/Berlin-style techno groove. 'Aetas' is more expansive, fluidly dubwise, rolling off warm bass into a sea of shimmering machine rhythms for the dancers.
Marcel Dettmann and Âme's Frank Wiedemann remodel their pieces from ballet suite, 'Masse', for the club. Considering who's involved the results are perhaps more pedestrain than you'd hope for, giving up a very minimal and moody piabno house piece called 'Spiritoso' up top and the poised drone techno rolige of ''Martellato' on the turn.
Henrik Schwarz gives the 3rd and best yet remixes of Berghain/Ostgut Ton's ballet suite, 'Masse'. His stuff's normally a bit too sweet and sickly for this palate but the dry pound and scratchy shuffle of 'Lockstep' is primed to really put dancers thru their paces, whilst the pizzicato strings and poised groove of 'Unknown Touch Two' finds the right balance of classical elegance and house function.
Coherently diverse 2nd set of trax cut from Modeselektor's latest round-up. A-side features the emotive posh-trance charge of Alex Banks and Elizabeth Bernholz's 'Be The One' and the killer hyper-boogie 'Blast' by Onra. B-side holds Henrik Schwarz's jazzy tech-house pop number 'We Are Bankrupt', and the squirming funk of Brandt Brauer Frick's 'Jungle Love' starring Om'Mas Keith and Vic Mensa.
**Stunning solo album by the Zeitkratzer Ensemble's technical visionary and virtuoso of the "inside piano"** Reinhold Friedl says: "This CD presents compositions for piano using the instrument in an unorthodox way. The strings are bowed with nylon strings, stimulated by E-Bows, rubbed with metal, the keys' sound is examined as a corrugated surface and staccato rhythms are repeated in a narrow register. On the one hand, the pieces introduced here explore new ways of playing the piano. In this sense they are "enlarged playing techniques", as they have been developed for most instruments in the s… Read more
*Initial pressing on semi-transparent lavender vinyl with download card* "The lullaby ‘Dreaming Awake’ was originally performed as a duet with circular-breathing sax titan Colin Stetson. It opens this mini album in a tense, minimal Son Lux Mix but Lux’s raw electronic treatment only draws more attention to Worden’s achingly tender vocal performance. ‘Dreams Don’t Look Like’ originated as silent movie music, an extract from Worden’s score for ‘The Balloonatic’ by Buster Keaton. ‘That Point When’, a song Worden initially arranged to sing with The Orchestra For The Next Century, defies gravity too: musically and lyrically ambiguous, majestically lighter than air."
Second great vinyl-only 12” compilation from Fire Department featuring four hard-to-find old skool disco, funk and boogie scorchers. The party kicks off in style with the full 8 minute 12” version of Cameo’s killer instrumental funk jam from ‘It’s Serious’ followed by Le’O Roy’s in-demand heavy dancefloor bomb ‘Pound For Pound’ - classic Peter Brown-produced NY disco magic. Flip over the uber-rare long version of ‘Give It Up and Shake It Down’ by Risse, a synth-boogie monster from a 1982 12” on the highly collectible Chocolate Cholly’s label. And last but not least an… Read more
**Super dope spot gloss jacket** Madlib's got his baton out, again. This is the long-awaited 2nd part of his 'Rock Konducta' volume in the brilliant Beat Konducta series of themed MPC bombs. Sampling from stacks of Rock-oriented wax, he juices and flips chunks of krautrock, film dialogue, prog and psych blues into signature beat nuggets as brief as they are funky and freaky.
Scything breakbeat techno and electro from Tessela on his follow-up to 'Nancy's Pantry' for R&S. A-side brings the bullish 'ardcore churn of 'Rough 2' with its febrile bleeps, rattling breaks and hovering chords built to demolish warehouses, whilst flipside 'Butchwax' updates that pre-'ardcore sound of NYC electro and UK fast rap breaks with modern discipline, and 'C'mon Let's Slow Dance' teeters on the edge of EBM, concrète noise and current Grime styles.
JD Twitch's Optimo Music follows those Golden Teacher zingers with the debut EP of fizzing hypnobeat from London's Shift Work. On four dance cuts the duo wring hovering synth tones, virulent trance arpeggios and slinky rhythm, including JD Twitch's highlight trim of 'Patience' and the Factory Floor or Bronze Teeth-esque 'Scaled To Fit'. The canny interludes add a trippier dimension of fragmented field recordings, synth noise and strange dialogue.
"Ten instant hits of sunshine. Folky female vocals atop ’60s-influenced psych-pop and motorik synth-prog – like a shinier Stereolab or a more bucolic Broadcast. ‘Seasoned Sun’ also features contributions from fellow Super Furry Animals Cian Ciaran and Dafydd Ieuan and ex-Race Horses drummer Gwion Llewelyn."