Thursday, 28 November
Aerobic mystics, Joe McBride (Synkro), and Liam Blackburn (Indigo) aka Akkord, present a slickly engrossing debut album for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. It's the definitive manifest of their convergent interests in sacred geometry, mathematics, minimalism and bassbins, deftly balancing dancefloor appeal with the sort of detailed production appreciated by headphone and home listeners. Over its ten tarcks the genes of jungle, dubstep, techno and ambient electronics are spun out and re-encoded with razor-sharp grasp of spatial dynamics and rhythmic aptitude, presenting a perspective on 2013 w… Read more
*One of our favourite albums of all time now reissued with a bonus disc featuring a full live album recorded in 1982* Antena's bossa-pop masterpiece 'Camino Del Sol' really is the perfect summer album - all swooning changes, percolated Bontempi melodies and the kind of bittersweet, understated euphoria that defined Belgium's seminal 'Le Disques du Crepsecule' imprint in the early 1980's. Antena were made up of Isabelle Powaga, Pascale Moiroud and Sylvain Fasy and were signed to the legendary Crépuscule label in Belgium. At times reminiscent of Kraftwerk … Read more
**Engrossing 4CD, 45-track anthology documenting the improvised songcraft of Abd Al-Hayy, a renowned Egyptian Classical singer at the turn of the century notorious as a bit of a lush. Includes in-depth booklet of notes in English, French and Arabic presented in hardback book-style packaging with concertina CD holder** "Abd-al-Hayy Hilmi, a talismanic artist in a non-conformist style of the Arab intellectual and cultural renaissance (the Nahda). At the turn of the 20th century, he was the king of Tarab (music). He was maverick in life, just like the way he sang. His personal ver… Read more
**With all new sleeve notes from John Carpenter himself plus brand new artwork, in a three-panel fold-out sleeve with pop up CD mechanism* The definitive synth soundtrack receives the Death Waltz treatment ten years since it was last available on wax. 'Assault On Precinct 13' remains the best known and most influential of all John Carpenter's inspired oeuvre, widely credited as one of the base roots of techno and electro, and sampled widely by everyone from Afrika Bambaataa to Tricky. This super-plush reissue is possibly the best it's ever looked, and now comes prepped with exclusive liner notes by Carpenter himself, Clint Mansell, Austin Stoker, and Chris Alexander.
**180g vinyl** Remastered 180g audiophile reissue of the first transmission released by the BBC's influential Radiophonic Workshop, way back in 1968. It focuses on the work of three of Maida Vale-based studio's staff, Delia Derbyshore, John Baker, and David Cain, and it's worth heeding their rather stern warning that "this record has been produced with the intention of entertaining rather than informing: the items chosen do not necessarily represent a survey of the music created at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop", got it?! Using tapes, electronic oscillators and concrète… Read more
**180g vinyl** Remastered 180g audiophile vinyl reissue of a seminal and influential BBC Radiophonic workshop side originally issued in 1975. Simply titled, 'The Radiophonic Workshop', it documents the foundational work of the BBC's creative service, ranging from complete background scores of electronic music for radio and television productions, through sound for poetry and science fiction to signature tunes and experimental compositions. Thanks to the work of Dick Mills, Paddy Kingsland, Desmond Briscoe Malcolm Clarke, Glynis Jones, Roger Limb and Roger Yeoman-Clar… Read more
**Hand-stamped. Vinyl-only** 2nd volume of spectral post-dubstep structures from Klaus on his Tanum label. With its cold, swooshing synth marks and dusting of sparse percussion A-side 'BT Gulf' inhabits spaces between the shadow carving-dynamics of Raime and the spectral crackle of Indignant Senility whereas B-side 'Strafe' comes off like James Blake gone dark amabient/neo-classical, all splintered drums and air-quivering bass roiling with lonely brass motifs in midnight atmosphere.
"Sublime, sexy and seductive chanson jazz with a distinctly French flavour. Classic Gilson ‘60s repertoire with rarely heard vocal performances. Previously unreleased songs by obscure chanteuses inspired by Brigitte Bardot, France Gall and Francoise Hardy. The French chanson is a song that’s as inextricably linked to French culture as crêpes, croissants and cognac. Their poetic, romantic lyrics are set to music that’s characterised by following the rhythms of the French language rather than those of English, and have been used as serenades since time immemorial. Even in recent years many … Read more
*1972 Edition of this classic Stereolab album* This 1999 long-player from Stereolab divides opinion among critics and fans. If memory serves correctly, the NME awarded Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night a fairly scandalous 0 out of 10 back in the day, though the band's followers are far more likely to declare it as one of Stereolab's standout records. For instance, Deerhunter's Bradford Cox has cited it as one of his favourite albums of all time. Featuring a cast of thousands (or thereabouts), you'll notice Jim O'Ro… Read more
*First Time this album has been available on Vinyl* Omar Souleyman is the impassioned singer and leader of the Omar Souleyman Band, one of the gleaming jewels in the Sublime Frequencies crown. His 'Highway To Hassake' album for SF released in 2007 was easily one of the records of that year, rousing acclaim from The Wire, various corners of the blogosphere and ourselves over its shockingly exotic sound and direct emotive rush blended into the ultimate party music. 'Dabke 2020' follows on from that seminal set with a diverse display of Souleyman's repeto… Read more
Endearingly ruffcut UK soul bumpers from new, Peckham-based player, Reginald Omas Mamode IV. His debut EP, the follow-up to an inclusion on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Bubblers 10 compilation, is a product of his background steeped in his parents record collections of Northern Soul and Native Music and a love of rugged classics by Slum Village and the legendary Rawkus Records. On six tracks of hard-workin' drums, deft bass and nuff soul vibes he comes off like a quirky Prince variant, safely avoiding the cloying slickness of, say, Jamie Lidell, in favour of an effortless, original cool.
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* Ejecta is a fresh synth-pop project formed by producer, Joel Ford (Autre Ne Veut, Ford & Lopatin), and vocalist Leanne Macomber (Neon Indian) for new London label, Happy Death. Their sound is firmly rooted in '80s minimal wave and 4AD pop, by turns economically arranged and flush with sparkling synth and vocal hooks and detailed production. Ten songs scope out gauzy ground somewhere between This Mortal Coil, Chromatics, Sally Shapiro and Autre Ne Veut at his most reserved; an intriguing proposition…
Ejecta is a fresh synth-pop project formed by producer, Joel Ford (Autre Ne Veut, Ford & Lopatin), and vocalist Leanne Macomber (Neon Indian) for new London label, Happy Death. Their sound is firmly rooted in '80s minimal wave and 4AD pop, by turns economically arranged and flush with sparkling synth and vocal hooks and detailed production. Ten songs scope out gauzy ground somewhere between This Mortal Coil, Chromatics, Sally Shapiro and Autre Ne Veut at his most reserved; an intriguing proposition…
Great set of riddim trips by Rhythm Maker, Stefan Schwander, aka Harmonious Thelonious. Up top, he hypnotises mind and body with sinuous bassline and shifting drum patterns peppered with woops and crowd noise on the club-ready 'Harmony Labelle', and cuts loose with noisier, electric timbres on 'Kwaku', which is dedicated to the late Can percussionist, Reebop Kwaku Baah. Down below he tricks out Ben Zabo's original Afrobeat groove, 'Danna' with distorted dub FX and percolating drums layered up with chants and marimba cross-rhythms recalling Shackleton's remix of Konono No.1.
**Red vinyl in poly sleeve with insert** Tom Dicicco & AnD's ISM imprint rolls out four weighty techno tools. A-side loads up Yuji Kondo's turbulent, offset churner, 'Tilt' and a bone-grinding hydraulic swinger from Tom Dicicco called 'Roksan'. B-side Repitch boss D. Carbone belts out the alarming industrial stomper 'Asynthetic' and sought-after, shadowy Parisians NX1 nail it cold with the kinetic friction and drone tension of 'IS1'.
British techno veteran Ben Sims steams thru 44 tracks in 70 minutes on his Fabric 73 entry. Kicking off with his pal Paul Mac's Kryptic Minds collaboration, 'Icon', the mix takes in some of the freshest techno and jackin' house releases around, scanning recent aces from Alden Tyrell, J Tijn, Clouds, L-Vis 1990, Mike Dehnert, Fokus Group, Ø, Truncate, Gingy & Bordello, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Rod and many, many more. Pounders a plenty.
Perc's Submit label follows up those smashing Einstürzende Neubauten reworks with a shocking brace of industrial mutations from Pete Swanson, Burial Hex, Prostitutes and Profligate. We're completely won over by Clay Ruby aka Burial Hex's mixture of 313-style jit and noise malevolence on 'Final Love (Feral Love Dub)' - imagine Alberich and D.I.E. on a mission - whilst Pete Swanson has a go at cleaning your lugs with the squally, scraping brutality of 'Pleasure Averse' and Prostitutes and Profligate share a flipside of sleaze and pummelling noise / techno transgressions for the freaks. It's not to be missed, ya heard?! Recommended!
Reissue of Orland Voorn and Blake Baxter's '94 house bomb backed with new edits. 'From The Ghetto' is a masterclass in disco-sample filter funk, flipping a well known hook with ripe organ licks and infectious techno-house groove. Baldo's Ghetto Edit simmers the funk with slinky flair, and there's also the original club mix of 'Here We Are' starring a class vocal by Blake Baxter, also included as an acid Clip! rework.
Second of three vinyl editions from Morphosis' Morphine imprint, this one featuring two beautifully elegant, alien pieces for dance theatre, written by Philadelphia's Charles Cohen in 1989 on the extremely rare Buchla 700 synthesiser. It's hardly been heard beyond the ears of Group Motion founder Manfred Fischbeck and apparently features the only known recording of the Buchla 700 to be formally released. The A-side, 'Group Motion' is an improvised recording progressing from icy bleeps and isolated drones to pulsing, bubbling rhythms and a jazz-wise climax before flipping … Read more
Heavy Brum skool techno aces from the the incognito He/aT artist/label. Rumours abound that it's either Regis's cousin's best mate's plumber or a PE teacher from Nuneaton: we couldn't confirm or scotch any speculation but we can tell you this is some proper techno tackle. A-side spins out a tight minimal banger titled 'In Various States Of Undress' plus the hypnotic, Konono/Mills rhythmelody of 'Some Explaining To Do'. Flipside gets down with the brute force of 'A Terrible Misunderstanding' and the coiled, EBM-styled thrust of 'For The High Jump'.
**Edition of 500** "A project by Daniel Blumberg (Yuck, Hebronix) and Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux, Howling Hex). Following the release of ‘The Best of the Howling Hex’ on Drag City in February and Blumberg’s Hagerty-produced debut as Hebronix, ‘Unreal’ (ATP Recordings) in the summer, Daniel and Neil locked themselves in a studio in Denver to create this special edition 7” single. Sharing vocal duties and lead guitar, and also working together on the release's accompanying artwork, this new collaboration brings together two truly original talents. Blumberg’s 'Bad Days' is of a piece with the Hebronix alb… Read more
A lower-than-low priced compilation highlighting some of Matador’s most exciting 2013 moments, including (but not limited to) previously unreleased version of songs from Queens of the Stone Age, Yo La Tengo and Savages. Track Listing A1. Majical Cloudz - Bugs Don’t Buzz (Album Version) A2. Queens Of The Stone Age - If I Had A Tail (Itunes Festival Version) A3. Savages - City’s Full (Kexp Version) A4. Body/Head - Untitled (Album Version) B1. Yo La Tengo - Before We Run (Kexp Session) B2. Lee Ranaldo And The Dust - Lecce, Leaving (Edit) B3. Kurt Vile - Kv Crimes (Album Version) B4. Iceage - In Haze (Album Version) B5. Chelsea Light Moving - Heavenmetal
**Pulsing coldwave electronics and kosmic dream-pop. White vinyl with hand-numbered art insert and sticker. Edition of 400** "When the previously thought long lost recordings of East London synth experimentalists, Karen Novotny X emerged two years ago on The Great Pop Supplement, it had minimal synth heads everywhere scratching around for absolutely any info on this murky, mysterious trio led by one Cy Levene circa 1978. Online forums buzzed with puzzled sounding appeals, as next to nothing had been written, let alone heard by this East London trio. The resulting f… Read more
**Metallic-ink embossed and letter-pressed jacket** Strong techno-house/electronica trax from the Belgian collaboration of Sagat, &apos and Walrus. Their muscular and mind-bending 'Kikkerkelik' synchs driving kick/bassline with a a twirling, virulent synthline that burrows deep and tweaks the nerves, whilst 'Kaketu' works out a big-bottomed acid house chug stung with sharp EBM stabs and 'Swth Central' gets down with a spaced out and swinging Detroit techno vibe.
Clipping the heels of their killah 'Genesis EP', Mumdance & Logos rinse off 2013 with two searing 'ardcore mutations for Tectonic. Recalibrating the genes of '93-style jungle with bootybass claps, pneumatic bass and razing mentasms, the darkcore dread of 'Legion' is tilted at the most delirious hours of the dance, whilst 'Proto' comes with a kaotic chemistry of Belgian techno hoovers, Detroit-style pads and timeless darkside swerve. Watch yer eyebrows!
One year on from 'Perceiver', Peter Van Hoesen presents his first live album, documenting his performance during the Time To Express label night at Tresor on July 19th 2013. Armed with three synths, a drum machine, two iPads and some outboard effects, he covers a brace of new material woven with recent releases in typically disciplined and unrelenting PvH style, capturing his highly efficient energy transfer and breathless momentum in full effect and perhaps providing better context for his music than any studio album could.
IVVVO deads the rave on five darkly infectious killers for Ramp. Stepping on from his ace 'Future' EP for Public Information, the Portuguese producer triggers strangest emotions with his gauzy style of impressionist collage and worn-out yet driving meld of 'adrcore, house and techno. 'Light Moving' sets the pace with bouncing techno blips cheered by a choir of hyperventilating Gregorian monks, and 'Hardcore World '94' cannily crowbars samples from Mark Leckey's 'Fiorucci…' soundtrack over lip-biting DHR-style mentasms. On 'Strangers' he spins in the dark with more of those nasty mentasms and concr… Read more
**Goat play all their tracks from 'World Music', live at London's Camden Electric** "In August 2012 Swedish band Goat released their debut album, World Music.The record went on to become one of the most talked about albums of the year, topping many ‘Best of 2012’ lists and the following year, the band took the album on the road. Starting off a triumphant year of shows was Goat’s performance (or Ritual as the band likes to call them) at Roadburn Festival. A ‘packed to the rafters’ performance was the perfect warm up to their first proper tour, that saw them take on the USA. Footage, audio an… Read more
**Goat play all their tracks from 'World Music', live at London's Camden Electric** "In August 2012 Swedish band Goat released their debut album, World Music.The record went on to become one of the most talked about albums of the year, topping many ‘Best of 2012’ lists and the following year, the band took the album on the road. Starting off a triumphant year of shows was Goat’s performance (or Ritual as the band likes to call them) at Roadburn Festival. A ‘packed to the rafters’ performance was the perfect warm up to their first proper tour, that saw them take on the USA. Footage, audio and … Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "‘Live from KCRW' is a live radio session recorded in Los Angeles in April 2013 & is the fourth official live album in the band's history. It features a stripped-down line-up performing classic Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds material alongside four songs from their recent global hit album ‘Push the Sky Away’. The tracks “Into My Arms” and “God Is In The House” are exclusive to the LP version*. ‘Live from KCRW’ album line-up: Nick Cave: Piano, vocals Warren Ellis: Tenor guitar, violin, piano, loops, backing voca… Read more