Thursday, 21 May
**Submerse bruks out and footworks at his lofty apartment in Tokyo** "Taking in the smooth silky feeling and textures of 90’s Slow Jams and R&B music videos, ‘Stay Home’ converts these into submerse’s unique style of beats. Aiming to work as the soundtrack to urban scenes of life, whether you’re roaming the city streets at night or by just staying home and capturing these moments from a window. ‘Stay Home’ also ventures into footwork rhythms on a few occasions. While his first EP’s and his recently released debut album ‘Slow Waves’ dealt with nostalgia and exploring the city life of Tokyo, submerse has finally found a place to stay and call home."
*Brand New (and 31st!) album From The Fall, produced by Mark E Smith* "The Fall are an English post-punk band, formed in Manchester in 1976. The band has existed in some form ever since, and is essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. Initially associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s, the group's music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years, characterised by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and is always underpinned by Smith's distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics. Featuring all the tr… Read more
*Hardcover, 160 pages,12 inches x 9.75 inches, 134 images reproduced in full colour* "Jim Linderman has arranged a storyboard of sorts that dramatizes the spirit, if not the chronology of rock and roll. Poetically, the photos evoke without naming, and have little to do with conventional iconography of the birth of rock and roll. Instead they document, and celebrate, the pure but indefinable essence of rock. Wherever there is an urge to make acoustic or electric music——whether helping at a rent party, busking in front of a crowd, or testifying in the name of Jesus——there’s an un… Read more
Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ presents an expression of survival in the face of extinction with When's elaborate concrète tribute to The Black Death, or Svartedauen, which wiped out two-thirds of the Norwegian population within a few years after 1349 AD. Prompted by a series of grim drawings on the subject by Theodor Kittelson - one of Norway's most renowned artists, who is also responsible for a number of classic Burzum album artworks - 'The Black Death' was, perhaps understandably, a firm favourite with Norway's burgeoning Black Metal scene upon release in the summer of 1992, offering a … Read more
*Black Vinyl with printed inner sleeve and a 'do not cross’ obi strip* "Death Waltz Recording Company has yet another ace up its sleeve with the soundtrack to 2014's best action films, Adam Wingard's THE GUEST, with a musical score by Steve Moore. Critically acclaimed, the “guest” in question is David, a young man who lands on the doorstep of the Peterson family claiming to be a comrade of their son, who was killed while on tour in Afghanistan, But while David appears to a model citizen, the family daughter discovers several clues that make her wonder “Just who is this man?” Just like the film… Read more
Pure icy grime burns from Iglew with a killer debut on Mr. Mitch's Gobstopper. As he admits, Iglew only recently experienced bass from a proper soundsystem, and, as such, approaches the genre from a relative outsider perspective. No matter though, as he's clearly developed an acute melodic instinct in the absence of physical pressure, and has clearly caught up with soundsystem dynamics since. Anyway, his 'Urban Myth' EP is straight up killer; a slick lesson in economy of production and emotion, with heart-in-mouth effect in the title track's weightless zone of flutes and slyding squares contrasting… Read more
Dany F makes his debut solo vinyl flight with four ruddy, spiked grooves for Cómeme in the 'Wouhau' EP. A regular on the label's numerous compilations, Dany steps up with neatly functional spins on timeless templates, from the mystic Mayan flutes mixed with Chicago house ballast in 'Magia', to trippier acid invocation 'Monitos de la Selva' and the dark-to-light journey of 'Wouhau', always with an sharp cut but subtle latin shimmy.
Monday, 18 May
Holly Herndon presents an incisive 3rd album of dance-pop deconstruction couched in heavy concepts relating to contemporary hyperreality for 4AD. Flanked by fellow modern artists such as Amnesia Scanner, Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Spencer Longo and Mat Dryhurst, the Tennessee-raised, Berlin-skooled and San Francisco-based doctorate student has realised her most vivid, elaborate treatise on the surveillance state, systemic inequality and electronic fantasy with 'Platform'. Catalysed by the intention to create a new music which better represents our now non-linear temporality, she fractures th… Read more
Slackk's Sulk label hold down a killller EP from OG Slew Dem producer, JT The Goon. A producer of quality, not quantity - well, unless you're in his inner circle and loaded with dubs - JT serves a masterclass of instrumental grime economy with 'Goon Patrol', trimming back on overblown statements in favour of making every drum, stab and sparkling motif work sharp and deadly. His productions quite simply have a swagger that a lot of yungers haven't honed yet, from the shoulder-rolling syncopation and lazer-etched melodies of 'War' thru the searing yet buttoned-up balance of Maniac-like agg… Read more
**Wraparound artwork. Edition of 300. Massively recommended if you’re into Arca, TCF, Lotic, Total Freedom** We're over the moon to present the vinyl debut of Elysia Crampton with 'Moth / Lake' thru Boomkat Editions. Formerly known by the moniker, E + E, this single marks the first chapter of her Shenandoah series, "a concept work that explores Virginian American history and brownness beyond culture, as geology - as mud, dirt, and mineral." Breaking with the artist's highly influential and formerly sample-rich arrangements, the material on both sides is entirely, uniquely original. Wit… Read more
Nick Edwards a.k.a. Ekoplekz explicitly pays homage to his formative influences with 'Reflekzionz' - kosmisch electronics and '90s electronica - on his 3rd LP for Planet Mu. Radiophonics references are swapped for a reverie of early AFX, Autechre and Wolfgang Voigt, among others, filtered thru his grubby dub lense to slot grittily with his previous. And, rather than bleached out tones, 'Reflekzionz' is fringed with a faded colour scheme psychedelically reflected in Zeke Clough's dreamlike sleeve artwork, creating a sort of false-memory implant aesthetic that frames his sound like a polaroid recollection of the originals.
The sampledelic don, Luke Vibert revives his disco alias, Kerrier District for Hypercolour a decade on from his much-loved album for Rephlex. Still sounding like a library record from 1979, his '4' album collects 14 cuts of kinky disco breaks and wobbly Moog lines crammed with cheeky samples under naughty names like 'Treacle Tits' and 'Brush The Bush' or any combination of the word "Disco" plus suffix/prefix. Consider your party started.
Rolling on for Loefah's 81, Mickey Pearce takes a breezier, technoid tack with 'Warm Barzz' following the freaky funk of his 'Instructions' EP. The title cut is lushed out yet driving, marrying crisp ambient chords with a swinging tribal techno groove and stranger cyber-dub FX, whilst 'Stick Fingerprints' explores new age chimes and Gold Panda or OPN-like vocal chops and creamy silicon froth at a slower, shoulder-dropping pace unravelling over 7 minutes of dancefloor dreamstates. There's also a neat pair of Loops to get down, testing out dry drum machine functions in 'W' and mutant, alien grime in 'X'. Wicked gear.
You've had the CD single, mini-CD, 7", 10" and 12", now here comes the full digital version for those who can't keep up with Trevor Jackson's 'Format' fetish. Collecting all 13 tracks, this version marks the illustrious producer, visual artist and video director's most substantial solo release, bar none, of his 25-odd year oeuvre; strafing from killer proto-house rawness in 'Lumiline' to fizzy electro in 'They Came From NY' to blunted acidic techno extrusions recalling recent Ron Morelli aktion in the 12 minute, 'Until Now'. It's rudimentary yet adroit man-machine business, consolidating f… Read more
**Brilliant hallucinatory disco hyperstitions - massively recommended if yr into Ron Hardy or Jamal Moss!!!** Cerberus Future Technologies present the hallucinatory disco hyperstitions of Montauk Boys in a superlative 16-track suite of disco deviation. Last spotted on the revelatory volumes of 'Frequency Adjustments', the blond Montauk Boys are apparently our distant antecedents from the year 6037 and evidently specialise in a form of hardware-driven dance therapy owing much to the Chicago precedents of Ron Hardy or Jamal Moss, as well as the neo-tribal concepts of Romulus … Read more
Lil Silva cuts hard and wild on his 2015 shotta, 'Drumatic'. With the title track he forges a fresh sorta UK techno-bruk tribalism infected with buzzing grime bass and razor-cut breakbeat rattle, and 'New Squeeze' updates OG West London bruk funk with a tauter, gleaming techno edge, all percolating perfussion and melting chromatic chords. '606' clocks out with a pinging UK electro-funky zinger that could only come from this don. If his previous form is anything to go by, this may be your one and only 12" from Lil Silva this year, so make the most of it!
Aught's enigma grows with each new release, here revealing the 2nd batch of blunted yet kinetic techno deviations from ACI_EDITS. We don't know who they are or what they use to make this stuff, and we like it that way. It's proper techno. There are five cuts again, keeping the vibe elegantly f**ked between what sounds like vintage Matrix in '06' to the phasing tribal techno swarm of '07' and full sunken aquatic techno in '09' and '10'. There are clear comparisons to be made with Opal Tape aesthetics but, we can hear more of a dancer's sensibility and sensitivity to slippery syncopation in these grooves, rather than rockin', locked-on jack. So, so good.
Pure dread dub weight from Kaiju, steppin' up to Deep Medi after shots for Osiris and Ruffcut. A-side is swaggering halfstep standard with piping flutes and swinging nut-crack snares to leave you bruised and bowling. The ten minute B-side is the one for us; 'Creeper' eases off to come up darker, stronger with swollen subs and rufige breaks trimmed for that stepping-on-air dancefloor ballistics bound to trip some up, and launch others into orbit, moving thru multiple sections with visionary dancefloor arrangement.
From unknown to XL entity in the space of two records, Shamir's success story is being quickly written to catch up with his debut LP, 'Ratchet'. Hailing from Las Vegas and in possession of the sweetest, playful soul voice, Shamir Bailey debuted in 2014 with a unique treat in 'Northtown' produced by Nick Sylvester for the Godmode label. Working again with Sylvester for 'Ratchet', Shamir posits himself as a nu-skool disco-not-disco prince, backed with a selection of largely uptempo and light-footed grooves perfectly suited to his effortless, flighty tone. It's a summer record through-and-through, f… Read more
After minting Nic Tasker ov Boiler Room's Young Turks sub-label, Terron turns out another quartet of big room and basement-rumbling tech house with 'Whities 004'. Toiling shades away from Kassem Mosse's earlier, ruder emissions, A-side 'No.29 Pareto 20/80' synchs gruff kicks and sparing-but-crucially timed subs with a streaking synthline that cuts like a lazer thru sweat fog. Flipside, the dank sound design of 'No.33.1 The Game's Ouverture' gives way to the sunken swagger of 'No.33 Hawk [Part I]' and the v.v. KM-styled shunt of 'No.34 Dove [Part II]'.
IVVVO credits the edit properly with his cracking 'Mark Leckey Made Me Hardcore' tribute. It's not the first time he's used a sample from the collaged soundtrack to Leckey's cultishly adored 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore' video installation - they've cropped up in a number of his recent 12"s - and neither is he the only one to do so - Jamie xx and Neil Landstrumm have both done the same - but he is the first to really make it explicit and deadly. A-side 'Raised' retains the dream, time-suspending quality of the soundtrack, but brilliantly juxtaposed with booming kicks and spin… Read more
Optimo pull out and edit some '88-'90 dancefloor peaches from legendary Aussie industrial unit, Severed Heads. The tuff and ecstatic proto-trance drive of 'Greater Reward' (1988) is given a 'Piano Power' edit by Optimo, riding killer kicks and flickering rimshots with slick keys and swarming tribal voices chopped at crucial points beside the original 12"'s irresistible dub mix. The more exotic, chattering tribalism of 'Big Car (Crash Dub)' (1990) conjures images of stomping, tanned and nearly-naked Goan revellers, while 'All Saints Day (Saints Day Dub)' swings to r… Read more
A brilliant expansion of the invaluable, cherry-picked expo of NYC's experimental Latin streak covering ground prior to the disco explosion. You should expect some incredible, definitive rhythm trips, with outstanding highlights in the likes of Ocho's far-out 'Tornado', replete with blustering intro; the hip-gripping battery of drums cycling thru tempo changes in Stone Alliance's 'Amigos'; the visionary fourteen minutes of modular synth and expansive electro-acoustic jazz scapes in Eddie Palmieri's 'Un Dia Bonita'; wayward fusion of folk and delicious dissonance in Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino's 'Anabacoa'. Highly recommended summer listening!!
Patten's Kaleidoscope twists back into/out of focus with the first issue in his 50/50 series. Tel-Aviv-based Vanilla Hammer served the label's cinematic, heatsick 'Retreat' back in 2012. Here on 'Diss Patches' he glitches, pops and cranks thru eight unstable (de)constructions, unravelling techno with a mix of avant-garde and pop-wise strategy, allowing chiming half-hooks to glint thru crooked pulses, ill pads and scattered field recordings breaking his local environment and traces of his youth spent devouring hip hop mixtapes in South London into the music.
*Two premo synth revivalist synch minds for Death Waltz Originals* "Death Waltz Recording Company are proud to bring you an all-new aural experience via the latest installment of the Death Waltz Originals series. LAW UNIT is a brand new creation by maestros Umberto (PROPHECY OF THE BLACK WIDOW, NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND SCREAMS) and Antoni Maiovvi (YELLOW, DELTA CITY), an original concept that in the composers' own words “moves past the retro-futurist works of their individual solo releases to explore a world of early industrial and experimental music”. The resulting album is made up of ten … Read more
**Featuring members of Emeralds and Cloud Nothings** "The bouncy, surf-esque qualities pitch Total Babes a million miles from their Cloud Nothings connections (the bands share the octopus-onamphetamine drumming of Jayson Gerycz), with ‘Heydays’ instantly presenting itself as a beachcombing ode to sweaty summers. Lead by the undulating basslines of Nathan Ward (Smooth Brain / Cruelster) and fleshed out by warped synth work John Elliot (Emeralds / Outer Space), the choruses are a masterclass in the ability to shift perceptions - “I only want to be beautiful,” frontman Christopher Brown cries but it’s in their rough edges that Total Babes really shine."
An unlikely yet strong meeting of minds: Dave Clarke remixing The Soft Moon for Captured Tracks. Clarke rewires a highlight of Luis Vasquez a.k.a. The Soft Moon's 'Deeper' album, galvanising it as a brute electro weapon ready for action.
"The fourth studio album by acclaimed Belgian cold wave group The Names, known for their early association with Factory Records and producer Martin ‘Zero’ Hannett. Recorded in 2014, Stranger Than You marks a conscious return to the sounds and styles explored on their debut album Swimming in 1982. “There’s a strong element of reconnection,” explains singer/songwriter (and bassist) Michel Sordinia. “Yet at the same time it’s also about developing your own legitimate strangeness, just as the great Surrealist poet Rene Char invited his readers to do. A new mystery singing in your bones.… Read more
"The latest long playing release to emerge from Jane Weaver’s fertile Bird Records (via Finders Keepers) comes from tantrum-pop super hero and long-term spar Tender Prey – personally known amongst Cardiff watering holes and DIY studios as Laura Bryon or Le B. This long anticipated feature-length offering entitled Organ Calzone captures the inimitable drummy saccharine tinged pow-wow punk heard at her celebrated live shows (including repeat invites to Festival No 6 and Green Man) thanks to the recordings skills of Steven “Sweet Baboo” Black and the unanimous gushing encouragement of vir… Read more
Sven Weisemann presents a trio of elegant, signature dub house moves. 'Nijo' carves a deep trough of skippy house weighed by big square bass and blanketed with starry synth pads. B-side, 'Icaria' plumbs deeper with radiant dub chords and rumbling toms, and 'Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus' touches down a skanking slice of mid-tempo ambient house.