Monday, 21 July
Frisky boogie disco-inflected house from Erdbeerschnitzel, following 12"s for Delsin and 4Lux. Check for the Amp Fiddler-esque funk of 'The Ample Waters', Lone-style electronic house melabcholy in 'With Level Hopes', and the sweetend downstroke of 'Yet Unfulfilled'.
"The Giallo princess returns. Raised into a unique pop-cultural landscape surrounded by Giallo comic books, whistling Morricone film scores, vibrant religious imagery and expensive furniture design, Italian born Emma Tricca’s childhood playground formed a very different backdrop to that of the many whispery femme-folk revivalists that have popped up and pooped-out over the last hum-strummed decade. Emma Tricca didn’t fall into a comfy kaftan via her parents’ bottle fed record collection during her pre-paid college off-years nor was she torn out of a style mag via a few guitar lessons to decora… Read more
LA's Dva Damas follow up that killer 10" on Downwards' DO series with a debut album of swaggering songs for serial killers and rogue souls. 'Nightshade' blends the same traces of Morricone's western themes often adopted by Monte Cazazza, with a stripped down gothdub approach and the kind of noirish, druggy '50s intrigue felt in Lynch classics, resulting a sinister, creepy and hip-driving sorta sawdust-and-shots backwater bar vibe. You could imagine these songs played by the duo of Taylor Burch and Joseph Cocherell from behind chicken wire to a crowd of disinterested loggers and hep kids cra… Read more
Dissociative drone techno enigmas from longtime Hospital Productions associate, Mathew Folden aka Dual Action. Preceding a reissue of Dual Action's sought-after debut, 'Auto Body' on Shifted's Avian label, we're privy to a private world of numb, throbbing techno and droning industrial darkwave in the schitzoid oscillations of 'Sex Toys', switching from sullen systolic pulses in 'Piston Grip' to swarming distortion and elegiac keys in 'Fuel Injection Father' and gloaming, marish scapes of ''Tire Prick' or the asphyxiated techno of 'Monoxide Mother'.
Londoner Dale Cornish's 3rd album for Entr'acte further explores the questions of a/rhythm, space, silence and perception of pulse/percussive gestures initiated with the acclaimed 2012 album, 'Glacial'. Five tracks toy with our sense of rhythmic anticipation and spatial awareness in oblique, minimalist structures at once recalling the percussive meters of Phork's experiments for NNA Tapes, Mark Fell, or Nicola Ratti and Seth Nehil for Senufo Editions, and the precise use of space and timbre in records by Mika Vainio's Ø project or The Automatics Group. Yet for any connotations of cold austeri… Read more
Experimental and functional techno from the Cassegrain duo. 'Blood Distributed as Pure Colour' jacks up jagged industrial rhythm and keening, discordant synth lines, and 'Yokai' locks into a tunnelling acid formation whereas 'Hexagon Fifteen' pares back to sort of robotic tribal ritual.
Dan Snaith (Daphni) puts his Caribou bonnet on for an extended mix of 'Can't Do Without You' from his upcoming 'Our Love' LP.
London's Budgie breaks thru with a dope solo beat suite on Theo Parrish's Wildheart Recordings. Known for work with the likes of Action Bronson, J, Rocc and The Alchemist, Budgie brings a wealth of soulful experience to seven cuts spread out from the butter slyde of 'Once You Pop' to the Dilla-esque MPC strokes of 'The Only Power' and 'Clevage' and the big juicy highlight, a twinkle-toed boogie-soul bomb called 'Budgie's Groove'.
Immense and twisted brace from Surgeon and Regis. 'Learn Your Lesson' revolves around spinning sonar-esque bleeps and some deft filtering that overrides a robust framework, while a disorientating breakdown allows crazy cut-up radio voices to interfere with the mix, turning it into a Basic Channel style clanger, melodic keys bouncing around the speakers, filtering down to a crushing finish. Flip for 'Rule By Law' which treads a harder line complete with brutal drums that relentlessly plough their way, dark and shadowy reverbs and subtle edits all making for a relentless and incredibly solid cut.
Demented, brutal, heavy squashed techno, the collaboration between Surgeon and Regis that just gets better and better.
Second in the British Murder Boys 'series'. While the trademark intense, industrial atmosphere is still at the fore, there's also an increasing use of disorientating and ever-evolving delays that give the EP a dub edge. Of course the beats are still slamming, so club destruction is inevitable...
Demented, brutal, astonishingly heavy squashed techno, the collaboration between Surgeon and Regis that just gets better and better.
Rome's Adam Bourke returns to Fivefold with four slick grooves on the cusp of deep and tech house. 'Divvy' starts up with clipped garage/micro-house shuffle harking back to vintage Farben, and 'Driving Flow' ducks deeper to a dubbed-out aquatic house sound. Flipside, the laidback and hypnotic pastoral arpeggios and jagged electro-house move 'Redlight' marks the EP highlight, and 'Naked Eye' closes to a beatless flutter of jazz piano chords and ambient electronics.
Thursday, 17 July
*Second in a series of three extended reissues from SND - Initial copies on transparent Green and Yellow Vinyl, 12-tracks fully remastered from DAT tapes by Rashad Becker at D&M* Mark Fell and Mat Steel’s second EP as SND was released in 1999, a year after their debut ‘Tplay’. It continued to explore their distinct, highly individual take on electronic minimalism, House and UK Garage stripped to its bare bones. This extended reissue features the original 6 tracks of ’newtables’, plus 6 previously unheard recordings from the same sessions - all fully remastered by Rashad Becker… Read more
**Diagonal deliver the second of two EP’s from Bronze Teeth, a new project from Dominic Butler of Factory Floor and Richard Smith of Optimo Music’s L/F/D/M. First pressing comes in a limited spot gloss jacket designed by Guy Featherstone. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Bronze Teeth bite back with a 2nd EP of bony, hardware-driven techno fizz for Diagonal, housed in another blinding sleeve by Guy Featherstone. Cut from the same electrifying sessions which yielded their debut 12", 'A Waif's Rent' follows suit with rolling, driven momentum and caustic electronics. A-side they jack up 13 m… Read more
**Includes bundled download available in your account on 28th July** 'Wilderness of Mirrors' is a harrowing and compelling slab of dense ambient doom from esteemed Room40 proprietor, Lawrence English. Two years in the making and arguably ranking among his finest works, 'Wilderness of Mirrors' is, as English puts it, "reflection upon reflection, a pure white out of absolute aurality". Taking its title from a phrase rooted in T.S. Eliot's poem 'Gerontion' and later used to describe the misinformation campaigns of the cold war, it finds English channelling inspiration from the af… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The brothers Lippok and Stefan Schneider are joined by downtown NYC legend Arto Lindsay for their first new album in half a decade. Back on Berlin's City Slang, who recently reissued To Rococo Rot's classics, 'Veiculo', 'The Amateur View' and 'Music Is A Hungry Ghost' with I-Sound, we find the trio at their most colourful and playful, and for the first time, including vocals thanks to three contributions from minimalist and mutual admirer, Arto Lindsay. Neatly timed for festive climes, the dry title of 'Instrument' is at odds with the warm … Read more
**Includes tracks from Jessy Lanza, Kode 9 & Copeland, DVA, Morgan Zarate and more** Hyperdub compile sweeter, soulful classics and new exclusives on the 2nd part of their 10th anniversary celebrations. The presence of feminine pressure has always been core to Hyperdub's aesthetic, from the earliest iterations of Warrior Queen's fearsome hook-ups with The Bug, to the new skool of Jessy Lanza or Inga Copeland's exclusive collaboration with Kode 9, 'Lies, Lies', via Cooly G's sensuous swing. They've plucked 14 of the best for you on '10.2', flexing from the ghostly 2-step of Burial's 'Shell Of Lig… Read more
**Edition of 350 cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy** The latest in Vladislav Delay’s new label series finds the man himself & Max Loderbauer (NSI, Sun Electric) on top, uncompromising form. Operating somewhere between Wolfgang Voigt's pounding waltzes and the tunnelling techno of Rrose, the A-side's '#2' tucks up militant triplets and chaotic, streaming synthlines to febrile effect. Over on the flip #6 involves a hyper-accelerated production sounding something like DJ Stingray and Villalobos having it out at breakneck momentum with a gush of stepping drum percolations… Read more
*Double CD edition featuring a bonus disc of 15 previously unreleased, rare and collectable outtakes from the recording sessions* ‘Come On Die Young’ was - and remains - a hugely accomplished, elegant and important album, setting a benchmark for the fierce intelligence that would characterise Mogwai’s future body of work. The reissue of ‘Come On Die Young’ - fifteen years after it originally hit the shelves - has been painstakingly put together by the band and label, unearthing more than an hour of bonus material. Previously unreleased racks are taken from the early Ch… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The brothers Lippok and Stefan Schneider are joined by downtown NYC legend Arto Lindsay for their first new album in half a decade. Back on Berlin's City Slang, who recently reissued To Rococo Rot's classics, 'Veiculo', 'The Amateur View' and 'Music Is A Hungry Ghost' with I-Sound, we find the trio at their most colourful and playful, and for the first time, including vocals thanks to three contributions from minimalist and mutual admirer, Arto Lindsay. Neatly timed for festive climes, the dry title of 'Instrument' is at odds with the warm ch… Read more
"Matthew Young’s genre-bending, acclaimed 1986 release ‘Traveler’s Advisory’ reappeared as a reissue on Drag City / Yoga in 2010 and quickly sold out. We now return to Young’s first effort, ‘Recurring Dreams’, dating back to 1981 and the apex of the Eno / Berlin schools’ influence over myriad American followers. Young created eight EMS / Rhodes pieces subtly weaving in variable-speed Revox manipulation of traditional rock instrumentation with the lightest of touches. As anyone who has heard ‘Traveler’s Advisory’ already knows, Matthew Young could never be a mere imitator. What all too… Read more
*Edition limited to 350 copies, including a large LP-size folded insert with the full Heldengesänge and Gedichte texts as well as a selection of original graphic works* "11 Heldengesänge und 3 Gedichte" was privately published by Anton Bruhin in 1977 as a luxury 2x10" box. This unique sound poetry work has been issued on LP by alga marghen for the VocSon series and is now available for distribution for the first time ever. It's a sound poem which takes us into a medieval world of minstrels and errant knights, a phantasmagoria in text and sound. It is also a modern document o… Read more
A quiet and woozy return from Emmy Award-winning musician Deru, who released some lovely ambient records on Merck, Mush and Neo Ouija in the '00s. As hinted in the title '1979' is an exercise is hazy nostalgia, using tape saturated synth tones and a keen ear for melodic progression to seduce and regress to seemingly simpler times resonating with the kind of glassy eyed vibes of BoC, Alessandro Cortini, Sand Circles or 1991. The project works around a concept of memory "in its essential, shared nature, incorporating "user submitted entries" of photos and writing from Nigel Godrich (Atoms For Peace, Radioh… Read more
"Back in 1997, David Pajo was a little over a half decade removed from the future sensation known as Slint. Their second album had been released in 1991 when the band themselves were already defunct. During the next five years, David worked with Palace Brothers, King Kong, Tortoise, The For Carnation and Stereolab. During that period the idea of his own music was slowly simmering, building flavour like a good rage. He and former Slint-ite Britt Walford had discussed a band called M - the significance lying in the letter’s position in the middle of the alphabet. A single under that name was release… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue* Long before Radiohead caused a brouhaha over In Rainbows, Einsturzende Neubauten were finding alternate ways of getting music to their fanbase. This album was released without a record label attached to the project, financed by subscribers to the band's website, who even went so far as to participate in the music themselves, forming a choir for one of the new tracks. As an opening piece, 'Die Wellen' functions as an incremental escalation of tension, beginning with Bargeld's thorny vocal and an urgent, staccato piano sequence. Over the ensui… Read more
*Epic 4LP Box Set including 46 songs collected on vinyl for the first time, includes a download coupon for the full set* "Anthology serves as a celebration of The Clean, a band whose influence extends so far beyond their New Zealand home that even if you have never heard of The Clean before, you have surely heard of some of the bands (Pavement, Yo La Tengo, and Superchunk, to name a few) who have been influenced by their unique blend of homemade garage rock, hook-filled melodies, and psychedelic experimentalism. The album is a compilation from across The Clean’s legendary career, which began in … Read more