Thursday, 20 August
"Pere Ubu reissue their second album ‘Dub Housing’ on Fire Records. Originally released in 1978, the same year as their debut ‘The Modern Dance’, Pere Ubu continue to tear up the rule book, chew it up and spit it out with glorious splendour. Mesmerising critics, fans and musicians along the way, their follow up has been repeatedly regarded as one of their best and captures Pere Ubu in one of their earliest incarnations. ‘Dub Housing’s assaultive noises and melodic rock still annihilates the senses setting Pere Ubu apart from their peers with vision and an inimitable ability to push bounda… Read more
"Pere Ubu reissue their second album ‘Dub Housing’ on Fire Records. Originally released in 1978, the same year as their debut ‘The Modern Dance’, Pere Ubu continue to tear up the rule book, chew it up and spit it out with glorious splendour. Mesmerising critics, fans and musicians along the way, their follow up has been repeatedly regarded as one of their best and captures Pere Ubu in one of their earliest incarnations. ‘Dub Housing’s assaultive noises and melodic rock still annihilates the senses setting Pere Ubu apart from their peers with vision and an inimitable ability to push boun… Read more
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Björk's famously wide-reaching tastes come into play here as she hands 'Family' to West Coast American avant-garde sound designer, Katie Gately. Last spotted on FatCat's split series, Katie executes a thorough abstraction and revision on 'Family', boldly tweaking Björk's already unique timbre into queered, curdled reflections of itself around a crushed bottom end and a swarm of diaphanous, ghoulish synth spectres.
The festive soul of London-based Henry Wu shines thru in his debut for Peckham's Rhythm Section. Emerging from a background as a virtuoso session player, and with a small handful of sterling solo and collab releases already under his belt for 22a and Alex Nut's Ho Tep, Wu is hailed by Rhythm Section as one of the UK's most hotly-tipped producers and 'Good Morning Peckham' proves so in six parts. Opening with a poignant sample about the interconnectedness of rhythm, he demonstrates a deadly percussive instinct and versatility between the low-key boogie wiggle of 'Dubplate Special' - fea… Read more
Steffi's electro-techno burner, 'JBW25' for Ostgut Ton comes backed with pop and rolling techno remixes from Further Reductions and Answer Code Request. The original executes Drexciyan functions in fluid form, but matters get more interesting in the remixes, where Further Reductions make Steffi sound like Inga Copeland, and Answer Code Request's Vision remix takes it to an early '90s UK AI style.
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Untold applies his patented technogrime drum funk cadence to Björk's 'Lionsong'. The ecstatic, wrenching, vaulted vocal is diffused thru a coiled lattice of pitching, tribalist drums primed to be detonated in the mix with some hard-ass ruckus.
**Includes fanzine of ephemera, photos and a new interview with band member, Richard McGuire** Superior Viaduct uncover and expose the roots of downtown no wavers, Liquid Liquid - one of the most-sampled groups in dancefloor history - in their earliest and little known guises. The original Liquid Idiot were coined at Rutgers University in the late '70s before moving to NYC where they played CBGB's, Tier 3 and Mudd Club, and would subsequently swell their ranks with peers and audience members encouraged to "bring percussive objects" to their sh… Read more
**180 gram vinyl LP** "Finally available again on vinyl, ‘Live At The Witch Trials’ offers a fascinating insight into The Fall at a very early stage of their career and also the nascent alternative scene which was pulling away from the ‘rama-lama’ punk of 1976 / 77. ‘Live At The Witch Trials’ (not a live album) was recorded at London’s Camden Sound Suite on 15th December 1978 and mixed by producer Bob Sargeant the next day. The album was released on 16th March 1979 through one of Britain’s most noteworthy punk labels, Step-Forward. No singles were taken from the album, a pr… Read more
**Intricate electronica housed with artwork insert by Dori Deng. RIYL early SND or Uwe Schmidt's sweeter moments** "'March Of The Whales' [SLP014] is a synthetic spectacle rebuilt, pixel by pixel, from the rubble of an operatic arc. Stevens renders an erratic electronic landscape in scrupulous detail, one populated by stuttering rhythms, phantasmal machine song, and purring drones. The three-dimensional, non-linear, and distinctly visual quality with which Stevens conceives of the LP betrays his background in both design, physics, and as a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* Peaking Lights present Sinkane's soul hues psyched-in-dub. Refracting his 'Mean Love album in four versions, they range from super louche and mellow take on 'Hold Tight' thru a stepping dub-funk mix of 'Yacha' working shads away from Seven Davis Jr, to the greazier, bluesy twang of 'How We Be' softened up by flighty flute and Sinkane's soul buzz vocal.
**Includes postcard of the album artwork** "Minecraft Volume Alpha, the first instalment of a two-part OST, is the work of German composer and musician Daniel Rosenfeld. Using C418 as his moniker, Rosenfeld crafted the sweeping soundtrack and vibrant sound design which helped breathe life into Minecraft's voxel-based universe. Fans and critics were universally enamored with his beatless, nuanced electronic pieces upon release. Popular gaming site Kotaku named it among The Best Game Music of 2011, calling the music "remarkably soothing," and The Guardian has compared Rosenfeld's delicate … Read more
"In young Maesa Pullman The Last Hurrah!! mastermind HP Gundersen has found the perfect singer for this ever developing project that is so dear to his heart. After exploring the possibilites of the drone guitar on their debut "Spiritual Non-Believers" and the slightly more song-oriented follow-up "The Beauty Of Fake", HP is back with a third album that dives straight into the heart of classical song traditions and vintage production values, blending elements from country and Americana, classic British pop, psychedelia, blues and a pinch of soul. HP Gundersen has been a central figure on Ber… Read more
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Lotic flips Björk & Arca's 'Notget' in a vinyl-only 'Fromdeath' version, foloowing his digital-only 'Keptsafe' version. This mix is more scrambled, alien and diffuse, refracting Ms. Guðmundsdóttir's vocal into spidery syllables and prismatic DMT formations that sound like a petri dish of bacteria squabbling about Rashad Becker and Holly Herndon.
"The long awaited debut album by Olimpia Splendid is finally here, returning to that familiar, hypnotic and noisy electric guitar music that we first heard in 2013 when Fonal released the 7" EP 'Nuttu Nurin'. The album has six brand new compositions that are sure to sweep along the listener right from the beginning as the magical and rough sound pierces consciousness. Olimpia Splendid was founded in the summer of 2010 in Finland's capital, Helsinki. Out-of-tune guitar- and vocal music with drum machine loops is composed and performed by Heta Bilaletdin, Jonna Karanka and Katri Sipi… Read more
"The long awaited debut album by Olimpia Splendid is finally here, returning to that familiar, hypnotic and noisy electric guitar music that we first heard in 2013 when Fonal released the 7" EP 'Nuttu Nurin'. The album has six brand new compositions that are sure to sweep along the listener right from the beginning as the magical and rough sound pierces consciousness. Olimpia Splendid was founded in the summer of 2010 in Finland's capital, Helsinki. Out-of-tune guitar- and vocal music with drum machine loops is composed and performed by Heta Bilaletdin, Jonna Karanka and Katri Sipila… Read more
Second single siphoned from Romare's debut album, 'Projections'. A-side catches the relatively straight-playing, bluesy house move of 'Rainbow (Club)' and a strung-out 'Bedroom' mix hingeing on spare claps, keys and guitar. Flip it for a return to the outernationally-minded Romare that we first fell for with 'Love Songs' building on his Afrocentric meditations for Black Acre.
**Sparse, menacing, lo-fi industrial mutations - Now available on vinyl with new, screengrab artwork** "When Gnod played the K4 in Prague April 2013, LG were the support. 4 heads on stage, 2 on machines with their faces covered by scarfs ,1 in control of live visuals & 1 extreme presence on the mic. They completely slayed us with broken motorix, big bass, no bull vocals & heavy vibes. Hailing from what seems a vibrant scene in Czech Rep ,LG's debut cassette "Fantasmagorie Interiéru" is an all killer no filler assault and in parts scary as hell. Raving Peacocks Tail takes it fur… Read more
Detboi comes thru on Keysound with a quartet of squashed and nasty jungle-tekno plays. It's a signature sound for the label, augmenting the ghosts of garage and jungle with a warped and up-to-the-second cyber-spacious quality. 'Scatter' leans in first, swallowing amens and super-wide bass at 130bpm, before 'Give Love' deals in diva-lead 'ardcore garage drama and we catch him at his ruggedest , most effective with the unshackled, mid-air amen 'ardcore geometries of 'Shots' and 'Pin Point'. Motion sickness.
No Pain In Pop present a glistening web of parellel midnight dimensions in 'The Bedroom Club III'. Like the prior two volumes which introduced us to early work from club mutants, D'eon, Pariah and patten, a.o., this edition rounds up established artists such as NTS' Throwing Shade with the noctilucent ambience of '38 000', or NPIP's own Jire with the screwed brain enema, 'Sout', alongside a handful of new acquaintances. Sim Hutchings crosses our radar for a 1st time with the depressed techno slug of 'I Will Unify The Hood Through My Vision', and, likewise Selec… Read more
*8 Track Vinyl Edition of Kompakt's 15th annual round-up* Kompakt's 15th annual round-up weighs in with exclusive tech-house and disco-tech trax from label stalwarts and a handful of newer names. The label veterans represent a classic German techno sound between Wolfgang Voigt a.k.a. Wassermann's brassy stepper, 'Eisen Mein Herz', and Superpitcher's beguiling mix of polka groove and indigenous pipes in 'Freiherr', whereas Michael Mayer goes somewhere ruder with 'Humm', while the Voigt brothers return to collaborate on the excellent "Akira".
*Efterklang’s classic 2004 debut album gets the vinyl reissue treatment. Includes bonus CD.** "This Danish band boasts a remarkable lineup, a ten piece outfit that includes amongst its ranks the amazing Amina quartet (Amina provide all the strings for Sigur Ros) plus a breathtaking arrangement of brass, piano, percussion, electronics and even a choir from Greenland. Their sound is very much rooted in the ethereal instrumental landscapes that Sigur Ros and Mum have delighted us with over the last few years, but the sound of "Efterklang" is considerably more organic and reverential. The open… Read more
Friday, 14 August
**Upfront Exclusive** Happa, pursues a uniquely infectious big room sound on Pt/5, the label he set up with Al Gill in 2014. We're really feeling the coruscating tang of A-side, 'Chewy Teeth', with its lightshow of keening, bittersweet synths displaying Happa's wayward electronic tastes, whilst the jagged groove offers a subtly twisted take on current arena techno styles. Flipside, he cools off with swaggering bassline and sparse, blank-eyed vocal stabs in 'Ascension' subtly alleviated with trancing synth build to sound a bit like New Order gone techno, before 'Crickets' deals in a crankier sort of industrial house akin to Kassem Mosse gone L.I.E.S.
CFCF charms with this effusive debut for 1080p. He indulges his breeziest fantasies, much to our delight, over 12 tracks of airborne plugged-in pianos and super crisp '80s digital synth tones. Taking core inspiration from Phil Collins' 'Hand In Hand', Montreal-based CFCF glydes from chiming pan-global synths to the new dawn optimism of 'Return', taking in perfectly matured lactose with the stone-washed guitar fades of 'Our World' and the sax/syn-flute copulation of 'Intimacy' , flowing effortlessly into 'Nighttime Music', which sounds sort of like crashing in on your parents' private ti… Read more
Lakker task a strong team of remixers to their 'Tundra' album. Mark Fell does his best footwork with the quicksilver 'Oktavist' occurring somewhere between Chicago, Shangaan and south Yorkshire styles; Björk-collaborator, Spaces sparks 'Mountain Divide' with cutting mechanical funk; Kyoka's extracts and diffuses the geist from 'Three Songs'; Sam Willis a.k.a. Primitive World turns 'Pylon' to disco-techno functions; Arad boosts 'Ton'Neru' to militant E-Com techno pace, and Acid Mondays cream a slinky tech-house from 'Milch' whilst Lakker's own Eomac impresses with the spectral reduction of 'Halite'.
Lil Jabba continues to follow his own path with support from Local Action in the skewed, grimy geometries of his 'Keep' EP. We can easily say that this is Jabba's most efficient outing, tightening up on the sidelong psychedelic tendencies in favour of crisp, sidereal melodies and concise grooves flexing from the lucent grime delicacies of 'Grey' and the ruddy 'Brass Tax' to floating footwork-jungle hyperstructures in 'Waila', and a poignant ambient electronic kiss-off called 'Sooth' recalling classic Plaid or Richard D. James. It's a Local Action future classic, no doubt. Tip!
"We live in dangerous times. We are blinded by control vectors that separate us from reality. And The Black Dog returns with a viral antidote: an album of de-programming material which they’ve called Nether/Neither. This record continues the work they started with Further Vexations and Radio Scarecrow. Burroughs was right: we are now living in a world that is nothing short of a total information war. We are neither one thing nor another, endlessly on the fence in the face of an onslaught of disinformation. Non-linear hypermedia systems are openly used to control us, their operation… Read more
Appleblim tests the parameters of his sound with a trio of murky, proggy and noisy electronic abstractions. 'Avebury' rolls on a laidback tech-house groove cast with salty soft trance arpeggios, whereas 'Auburn Blaze' sounds like Vainqueur gone rogue, darkside, and the 'Wandered' convects nine minutes of inception-like modular synth noise. Great new direction for this producer, we look forward to hearing where he goes next.
Boxcutter crystallises new age, psychedelic boogie and footwork on his Vatic Dreams EP. Between its sauna-like ambient intro and outro, 'Vatic Dreams' works like the soundtrack to a romantic sci-fi short, swanging with glitched tropical cyboogie in 'Sunrise Funk' before raising the drama with intra-dimensional footwork and electro-soul in 'Login Fanfare' and the polychromatic vortices of 'Network'. RIYL Lil Jabba, SDC, Om Unit.