Monday, 11 August
Cómeme gang-up for the nine-track 'Gasoline' label expo. Starts up nice 'n slow with Auntie Flo's technoid cumbia grind 'Jas' and travels a spectrum of kinky goods from Vaskular's mellow jacker 'Black Jesus' to the clipped, slippery swing of 'Cógeme' from DJs Pareja & Alejandro Paz, the trim industrial percolator 'El Rito' from Zombies In Miami, and Carisma's fairlight-sprung remix of 'A Bailar' by Rous. Sweaty.
Refreshing debut album of hip hop/grime fusion from Toronto-based MC/producer Tre Mission starring guest bars from Wiley, JME, Skepta and Murky Ace, among others. With 'Stigmata' Tre presents a unique, relatively outsider perspective on UK styles concisely mixed with North American hip hop memes. In the wrong hands this could be another dodgy slab of EDM "fusion" stodge, but Tre's the real deal, from the clipped and moody 2-step itchiness of 'On Road' to his tripped-out trap nod to Dizzee Rascal on 'Boy In The Corner' and, of course, the nimble slyding squares and R&G keys of 'Real Grind' w… Read more
"There are a number of ways to interpret ‘Volume X’, the title of the new album by Trans Am. The first is obvious - it is the band’s tenth studio release, comprised of ten songs that display ten unique sides of Phil Manley, Nathan Means and Sebastian Thomson. You can also imagine a volume knob being cranked all the way up, the amplification level for an ideal Trans Am listening session. However, it can also be read as a representation of the band’s remarkable ability to express and even embody, unknown capacities, adopting bold stylistic and aesthetic shifts as a defining tenet of their quarte… Read more
Pure heat from Tia Maria Producoes on Lisbon's Príncipe label. Tia Maria Producoes crew in control, repping a further flung sound from Rennes and Paris, and back home in southside Lisbon. Their aesthetic is probably best described as a slower, "deeper" strain of the Príncipe sound, compared with the ruffer, grimier strains of DJ Marfox or the B.N.M. / P.D.D.G. crews. Under the gangster banner "TáTipo Já Não Vamos Morrer" - meaning "It's like we won't die anymore" - they drop six slick riddims ranging from DJ Téilo's strangely haunting "Afrohouse torchsong", '7 Marav… Read more
Stephan Laubner aka STL gets closer to nature in an extensive library of field recordings under the banner of 'From Coast To Mountain'. From birds that sound like screaming children to the swell of the North Sea, it's an immersive suite of richly detailed recordings miles away from his other dancefloor stuff.
Superb three-tracker from the highly-rated Shifted project, released on Sigha's Our Circula Sound imprint. A-side 'Telic' is a beast, sleekly stripped down and rolling on syncopated bass swing with crisp, Sleeparchive-like bleeps. B-side 'Solus' is defined by a throbbing, itchy friction intended to dominate any club, while 'Image/Channel' affords a crucial moment for bleak industrial sound design recalling the work of Zhark's Kareem. Heavy.
Scherbe builds on the idiosyncratic house styles of his Fourth Wave 12" with a smart set of trax for Dresden, Germany's Uncanny Valley. Working between the jaunty angles of Matthew Herbert and soulful Detroit beatdown, 'Late Nite Safari' cuts unique shapes from the off kilter wiggle and teasing arpeggios of 'Poison Hillz' to the strutting, minimal funk of 'Long Time No Sea' and the breezy elegance of 'Mosquito Beach' and 'Specimen'.
**Reissue of the 5th volume in Hans-Joachim Roedelius' self-portrait series. Originally issued in 1982** From Asmus Tietchens' liner notes: "Measured against its predecessors, however, the audio quality is notably superior on this edition. Roedelius clearly improved the sound of the old tapes in the process of compiling the pieces at the Erpel Studio in Vienna, also taking the opportunity to add a few tracks. Strictly speaking, these relatively complex multitrack recordings can no longer be bracketed together with the fleeting sketches as heard on the earlier albums. Now and again, … Read more
Newworldqquarium, Roman Flugel, Terrence Dixon, Borrowed Identity and Tuff City Kids weigh in exclusive joints for Ryan Elliott's Panorama Bar 06 mix. In a sign of the times, the 2014 edition of Ostgut Ton's flagship series is their first to be released as a free digital download, but thankfully they've still pressed up the exclusive tracks on wax. A-side we hear the first new NWAQ track in over six years, a heart-rending, concise ambient beauty called 'Thousand Oaks' that leaves us drooling for more (seriously, a new album, 12" anything?!) whilst the others get down to … Read more
**Lushest 4th world electronic timbres and dream-like arrangements from the uniquely talented My Panda Shall Fly** "A kaleidoscope of rainbow textures and rhythms disperse into the exotic soundscape of ‘Tropical’. Electronics, real folk instruments and noise-making objects feature here generously on this six-track concept album, blending together a sonic palette influenced by a rich variety of music, people and places. The material was initially written over the course of a few months during what Seneviratne called "a beautiful burst of inspiration". Working with veteran producer Asi… Read more
Michel Hann (Rejections) shape-shifts into Marreck for his 2nd cassette on Tesla Tapes. Stepping on from the Ballardian infatuations and physical blows of his releases for Opal Tapes and Jehu and Chinaman, he's conceived a pointedly streamlined, visceral sound on 'Mechanism' which attempts to burrow right into any willing/unwilling host in proximity. The nine minutes of steam-powered, pneumatic pulses and eviscerating distortion in 'Prima' leave a serrated incision where 'Descending' enters and spreads like some vicious noise virus, before the banking squeals and chaotic flux of 'Herds' swarms… Read more
The Oliverwho Factory, Deadbeat, Nick Höppner, Makam and Marcel Dettmann contribute exclusives for Ryan Elliott's Panorama Bar 06 mix. In a sign of the times, the 2014 edition of Ostgut Ton's flagship series is their first to be released as a free digital download, but thankfully they've still pressed up the exclusive tracks on wax. A-side yields a haughty, tribal-tinged Detroit swinger from The Oliverwho Factory, plus Deadbeat's junglist garage-techno roller, 'Woah!'. Flipside, Ostgut Ton boss Nick Höppner simmers off the slinky boogie house of 'Track For Eb', beside the supple dub techno swing of Makam's 'Girls Night', and Dettmann's short shaft of ambient 'Light'.
**Massive 11 disc digital collection taken from the original cassette series** Well this is quite an earful: Bathetic Records deliver the digital edition of their 11-cassette 'Dynasty at Ghost Town' collection starring myriad underground American artists. There's so much we don't know where to start - there's supreme desert doom scapes from William Cody Watson; the spectral lullabies of Ekin Fil; 45 minutes of scarmbled modular coordinates from M. Geddes Gengras; lush, pulsing kosmiche from Panabrite aka Jürgen Müller; wistful folk fr… Read more
2014's most anticipated release is finally in our grubby mitts, marking a new pinnacle of R&B/pop composition. Helmed by the visionary singer, producer, writer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer Tahliah Barnett, 'LP1' sets a high benchmark for new pop and R&B, pulling together some of the most interesting studio alchemists around right now - Arca, Clams Casino, Paul Epworth and Devonte Hynes - for a project that far outweighs the sum of its parts. Augmenting the sublime templates of her two mind-blowing EPs, 'LP1’ slots everything together with a hyper-lucid logic and unreal geomet… Read more
Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet fixes a subtle 4/4 groove to the twee strums and vocals of Caribou with Luke Lalonde, Adem & One Little Plane.
Super-charming ambient pop and slo-mo grooves from North Vancouver's Evelyn Mason (Evy Jane) and Olivia Meek (Regular Fantasy) for the on-form 1080p. Their 'Midnight Pearl' inhabits the same moonlit world as Maria Minerva and early Hype Williams, pairing drily funky machine rhythms with etheric vocal pop hooks and woozy synths. On paper/screen that may sound a bit prosaic, but their nine tracks are just brimming with inventive twists and and a reel sense of late night romance, from the Palmistry-esque dancehall efficiency and seductive keen of 'Seaside', thru the ambi-pop drift of 'Air … Read more
Pumping and dubbed-out big room business and craftier constructs from Auden on Hotflush. The UK-based producer debuts with four tracks ranging from the muscular rolige of 'Trip To Fade' to a murkier aquatic techno style on 'Flux' and, best of all, the rimshot-pivoting swing and parry of 'Whispers', and the Burial-esque ambient vignette, 'Tension'.
Thursday, 07 August
**Deluxe, Limited gatefold edition with exclusive bonus 7" plus 4 x 12" art inserts by Jesse Kanda, printed reading magnifier and download code redeemable from the label** 2014's most anticipated release is finally in our grubby mitts, marking a new pinnacle of R&B/pop composition. Helmed by the visionary singer, producer, writer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer Tahliah Barnett, 'LP1' sets a high benchmark for new pop and R&B, pulling together some of the most interesting studio alchemists around right now - Arca, Clams Casino, Paul Epworth and Devonte Hynes - for a project that far o… Read more
**140g clear wax housed in screen-printed jacket designed by Bill Kouligas and Kathryn Politis** The lone raver returns to PAN with his first new material since 2012's widely acclaimed 'Diversions 1994-1996' and 'Dutch Tvashar Plumes' sides. In the meantime he's been a busy lad, remixing Special Request, Mount Kimbie and Cosmin TRG, and honing his A/V show with CYRK co-founder, Dave Gaskarth, not to mention prepping imminent, excellent new album, 'Koch'. But back to the here and now - the 'Kuang EP' seems to occupy multiple dimensions at once, refracting dancefloor and bedroom head-space and det… Read more
*Incredible new album from one of the most intriguing artists on the Hospital Productions roster, mining the precious, uncomfortable space between early ‘80s Italian industrial music and the claustrophobia typified by Coil. Edition of 700, Initial copies on green vinyl - mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy* Lussuria came to prominence with the release of three tapes as part of the ‘American Babylon’ series in 2012 which where eventually championed by the likes of Blackest Ever Black who listed them at the top of their 2012 year-end charts. Lussuria's opiated atmo… Read more
**Limited LP Edition in a gorgeous Die-cut jacket and printed inner, includes free download dropped into your account on the release date - 29th August** Deaf Center dig out two extended, beautifully solemn movements to inaugurate Sonic Pieces' Pattern series. Recorded during sessions from 2008-2012, 'Recount' is a sublime entry documenting their ghostly actions before and after 'Owl Splinters' (2011), their last record for Type. Time is suspended in their eternally crepuscular headspace, affording solitude for nostalgic remembrance in an immersive, orchestral environment d… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label, with 40min digi-exclusive 'Vigil'* LA-based modular synth maverick M. Geddes Gengras returns with a gorgeous extended suite for Matthewdavid's Leaving Records. The session is named in respect to the lone survivor of the Yahi Indian tribe, subject of the 1961 book Ishi: In Two Words, symbolising the personal loss of two of Gengras' friends. Over four increasingly extended pieces ranging from 6 to 43 minutes in length, he opens huge harmonic spaces, at once moving forward, outward yet very centred and serene, scoping out… Read more
**Pro-duped cassette housed in handmade prints (no two alike). Edition of 55. Includes download code for extended edition with 30 minute additional music** Other Ideas' 2nd cassette is a free-form smudge and grind session between Craig Tattersall (The Remote Viewer, The Boats, Cotton Goods) and Thomas Shrubsole (Jesus On Mars, Sub Loam). Sequestered in Shrubsole's studio circa late 2012/early 2013, the duo strafed between a vast array of vintage analogue synths, reel-to-reel tape recorders and "esoteric sound producing devices" to make a quietly engaging, lower case racket tha… Read more
Pumping London techno standards from Pris back on Resin for 2nd helpings. No nonsense, heads-down techno in 3 parts rolling off the clattering polyrhythms and thudding kicks of 'If She Bends, She Breaks' to the dry drama of 'St. Elmo's Fire' and cannier, minimalist tribal funk of 'If She Cracks, She Bears'.
**Blue wax** Smart avant dance-pop from Brighton's Elizabeth Bernholz aka Gazelle Twin. Considered in parallel to Planningtorock's aesthetic, 'Anti Body' could be taken as a sort of avant anthem, mixing eerie, swarming vocals to a jagged electro pulse and queered, discordant harmonies enhanced by additional production and mixing by analogue maetsro, Benge. 'Phobia' is stranger, even more fascinating, tiering vocal drones and fragile phrases in a manner recalling that Ayshay single and the etheric plainsong of Julianna Barwick.
"After his diverse yet cohesive 2013 album The Waiting Room, Jeff McIlwain, better known as Lusine, is back with a more tightly focused EP. McIwain's discography is intimidating, and over the course of the last few decades, he's been known for exceeding in a wide array of electronic styles, a rarity among artists of his kind. The release of Arterial, his fourth EP for Ghostly, marks another successful foray into a niche that most artists would spend their careers immersed in. A calmly effortless work, Arterial is economical in everything it does, creating its own tiny universe to house expertly craf… Read more
**Vinyl reissue of this Hospital Productions tape housed in printed inner and die-cut jacket** Killer vinyl edition of this blunt noise/techno session from New York stalwart K.P, highly recommended to followers of of Preserved Instincts, Miles, Powell, Vatican Shadow or Prostitutes. As Hospital Productions put it: " Dual Action combines the eerie atmospheric sound collage of crowded chinatown streets with the deafening silence of a new apartment and the hard industrial beats of subways and freeways. A dynamic, physical autonomism. Body complete." Check 'Body Automatic' for stygian industrial t… Read more