Thursday, 10 April
**CD mounted on foil-blocked and glossy 6-panel trifold** 'Kallista' collects 24 tracks of icy, bittersweet IDM/electronica made by three artists with the help of Krakow Music Academy's Electroacoustic facilities. The set breaks down to 20 minutes of music from each composer, folding in a library of sounds created by young Slovakian artist Jonás Gruska and Polish composers Michal Pawelek and Marcin Strzelecki. The sounds of vintage synthesizers, modular systems and processors are chewed up and remerged in a fractious derangement of fizzing techno, glitch, and ambient abstraction ins… Read more
Danny Wolfers aka Legowelt dices with deep space house, new age boogie pop for PPU. This is the debonaire dweeb sound, equal parts Carl Sagan soundtrack and greazy, dusty disco panache. Up top the Dutch master tickles out the milky synthlines and bubbling proto-house patterns of 'Puzzles In Life' - one of his creamiest joints to date - plus the slo-mo, weightless gyrations and romantic chords of 'Videophone To Space'; flipside he seriously impresses with the starlit deckside dreamer 'Cruise Till The Sun Shines' replete with a rare instance of his own vocodered vocals, and checks out of 'Los Alamos Motel' with a satisfyingly smudged slow groove.
**Letter-pressed wraparound sleeve. Edition of 100** Mutant and slow, squashed house grooves from the fella with previous form for Millions Of Moments and Night Gallery. There's two canny, contrasting joints on offer, both making fine use of the Eventide H910 Harmonizer: A-side is given to the pitch-shifting, skudgy funk of 'Lower States' with its twitchy drum programming strafed by stray, ghostly melodies and pushed outta shape by morphing, globular jackers bass; 'Lower Sun' deftly levers a vocal sample from Larry Levan's mix of Jaki's 'Sun Sun Sun' into a sparse, infectious deep house groove sprung with elastic square bass.
John Osborn follows his excellent October link-up on two kinky, driving collaborations with Tallmen785, backed with ace Tom Dicicco remix. Their 'Meldrum' A-side is a lean piece of bleeping techno-house, and 'Deskjam' gets fruitier with seductive mix of EBM kicks and grubbing bassline smut for the darkrooms. Tom Dicicco tempers that darkroom vibe with a more rugged, tribalist remix tipped for Levon Vincent fans.
**Limited edition of 50** Sleazy, wavey machine groovers from Gergely Szilveszter Horváth aka Route 8 for the ace Farbwechsel label. From what we're hearing, Route 8 is the label's secret weapon, and on the strength of these cuts certainly due some wider exposure. He's got a proper, raw and rugged touch harking back to the baddest early Chicago jams and equally the loosest, moodiest Legowelt pieces, exemplified in the Larry Heard gone darkside vibe of 'CanYouFeelIt?', on the wiggly ace 'Slim City', with his Delroy Edwards-esque tracky jam 'Mental Murder' and especially on the 'Never Endi… Read more
Afro-rooted house spiritualism from a Motor City legend. Joined by vocalist Bantu Soul, on 'Ngizo Ku Linda' Miller brushes up tight congas, silky basslines and sparkling, jazz-wise keys in timeless fashion. Flipside Abicah Soul gives a more forward remix laced with light-footed electro synth and shuffled drums coming off like a more soulful Kassem Mosse move, and there's also an instrumental edit for the DJs.
**180g gatefold vinyl reissue** Timely return for this foundational slab of ambient pondering from Brian Eno and Robert Fripp, then of Roxy Music and King Crtimson, respectively. In both extended meditations, written between late summer '72 and summer '73, the august elders of British experimental music laid a blueprint for kosmic electronics and psychedelic guitar music which has been adopted countless times by legion antecedents searching among the stars.
Tightly-coiled minimal techno from Italy's Dario Tronchin aka Chevel on return to Stroboscopic Artefacts after many missions for his own Enclav label. As with the best SA releases, the five tracks of 'One Month Off' are built with a fine balance of experimentation and dancefloor suss. A-side he does this best with the chiselled but elastic swingjack of 'One Month Off' and the Itinerant Dubs-style sprung buck of 'The Wall'. B-side deals in more experimental grooves with the bare bones jack and bristling electronic textures of 'Cave Dwellings', a Lakker-like breakbeat techno number named 'Marker S… Read more
**180g, Edition of 300 copies** UAE-based Bedouin Records appear from nowhere with a hyperpop mirage from Allison Chanic backed by a flighty Lakker remix. The aching, alien vocal timbre and insectoid rhythms of 'Painlessly In Love' feels like a digitally-cured distillation of Ayshay, Autechre and Islaja, given an Enya-gone-techno overhaul by Lakker on the arresting remix version, and the instrumental 'Realm' swirls and keens with a weightless, polrhythmic hip hop shimmy at once reminding of Moon Wiring Club and the recent FAY album. Really class stuff. We look forward to hearing where the label goes next.
Now this is interesting - one of the most unusual projects to have emerged on Editions Mego for a while. Markus Schmickler is better known for his electronic output as Pluramon, while Julian Rohrhuber is a Professor of Music Informatics and Media Theory at the Robert-Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. Politken der Frequenz ('Politics of Frequency') draws on concepts from economics and advanced mathematics, including the work of contemporary philosopher Alain Badiou, for a literal sonification of cutting-edge theory and the abstractions of the modern world. It… Read more
**Screen-printed, individually numbered edition of 175 copies** Vivod back on the game with three cuts of mutant electro-disco greaze from Tommy Walker III. He's a slow worker is Tommy - it's at least three years since his last solo daytrip on Ali Renault's Cyber Dance Records - but the moon must be in syzygy with Jupiter and Uranus or something because he's really found his mucky chutzpah again on the 'Relagade EP'. A-side is home to a dubbed-out industro-disco chugger cut up with smutted chords and kinky bassline; B-side plays out a ruddier lysergic boogie with 'Hill Battle Aftermath', a… Read more
**Mounted in foil-blocked bespoke card wallet designed by Zavoloka** Kotra's 8th solo album is an uncompromising dispatch from the outer limits of glitching, experimental electronica. On ten original pieces the Ukranian sound-artist and promoter projects an abrasive soundfield using - as far as we can tell - deconstructed samples masticated into irritant tones, isolated frequencies and salty squeaks. Following this theme, five remixers present intriguing revisions ranging from a cracking, abstract Pomassl version to Sturqen's stodgy techno thumper and Zavoloka's spatialized sound re-design. RIYL Raster-Noton's Ryoji Ikeda, Frank Bretschneider et al.
**Screen-printed white sleeve** Dapper UK house styles from Greco Roman regular Guy Gormley aka Enchante, backed with a Silverlink remix. On top he spills the silky, purring groove of 'Pattern 3 (Gunman)', and the hovering, Theo-esque chord progressions and slack groove of 'Pattern 15 (Bell)' plus a kicking locked groove. Down below, 'Pattern 9 (Free At Last)' marches on a squelchy acid house chug beside the loved-up, Kassem Mosse-like squeeze of 'Pattern 17 (Love 2 Me)' and Silverlink's bucking remix of 'Pattern 3 (Gunman)' for the freakee playas.
Murky dubstep/garage/grime hybrids from Promise One on the revived OpenEarz Recordings. Sparkz vocals the El-B-styled dark garage swagger of 'See We Roll' on top; Promise One links with Innamind player Geode on a jazzier, techy 2-step move titled 'Chroma' for the flipside.
Girgio Gigli, Markus Suckut and Cassegrain team up with Edit Select for three pure, pumping big room techno tools. With Gigli on the front, they churn up the roiling grind and teasing slivers of drone in 'Substance'; flipside Cassegrain gives 'Asperity' a thrumming acid reduction riding monotone bass and sci-fi synth motif beside a pumping Markus Suckut reprise licensed for the big room play.
Reissue of classic DJ Sneak cuts backed with new edits from Henry Street's JohNick. You get the bumpty shuffle and sweet soul strings lifted from The Jacksons' 'Show You The Way To Go' on the frontside, 'Show Me The Way', plus the more percussive, looped-up slink of 'Feel Good' for the disco cats on the flipside.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Reissue of Candidate's sole album release from 1987. Six tracks of cool French wave music with a fine balance of industrial sounds and pop vocals placing it somewhere near Strawberry Switchblade, Pink Industry, Kas Product et al. Check out the gothic stepper 'On/Off' and the militant snares, oriental motifs and gloomy atmosphere of 'Last Day'.
**Limited edition of 50** Excellent debut EP of mesmerising, driven hardware jams by Farbwechsel boss S. Olbricht and his buddy Alpár. The 'Silf' EP is much cleaner and more charming than the last we heard from Olbricht on his 'Deutsche Amerikanische Tragödie' for Opal Tapes. Perhaps that's due to the influence of Alpár or maybe he just got some tape head cleaner - we're not sure - but these tracks are far more suitable for club use. There's still a ferric fuzz, but it doesn't dominate proceedings as much, instead providing a buoyant cushion for the acidic lattice and thrumming, skyward incline of '… Read more
**Limited edition of 50** Another great instalment of deep, machine-driven experiments ranging from no wave house to noise and electronica from Hungary's Farbwechsel label. As they say in Football, it's a game of two halves; Route 8 offering four sublime pieces of throbbing lo-fi house compatible with 1991, Torn Hawk or Legowelt - at best in the slow-mo wade and solar synth flares of 'II' and the balmy balcony boogie of 'III' - whereas Danada Cry dices with mad, grotty, groove-driven no wave electronica in ten fractured, unstable experiments.
Four cuts of Detroit-inspired house and techno from John Barera and Soren Jahan's Supply Records. Line Cook opens, following a split 12" debut with Elbee Bad on the squashed filter house kink 'Super MT' beside Anders Hellberg's churning acid burner 'Resurrection'. John Barera & Paul Morse also figure with the moody, Italian-sounding house swing of 'Broken Land', and Stojche goes deeper with the flared chords and nimble 313 style drum programming of 'Outward'.
**This 12" contains the track 'The Miracle' split into halves on each side of the record, it doesn't contain the rest of the EP** 2nd Drop play home to another excellent 2-part Djrum special. First part of 'The Miracle' is a breezy, swinging garage groove riding wide, skanking subs and bustling but spacious drums against his signature backdrop of cinematic, widescreen pads, exotic vocals infusions and nagging dancefloor hooks. In the 2nd part he slows his roll to a mellow sway urged by insistent subbass and dubble-timed drums bookended with dream sequence chords, field recordings and snatc… Read more
**Die-cut jacket** Shited & Ventress' Avian Records make space for a full solo debut from Sigha, following his anonymous drop as A Vision Of Love and a handful of previous remixes for the label. Six tracks capture Sigha at his most stripped down and crafty, working a palette of desiccated drums and fibrillating bass into driving, serpentine rhythms. As DJ tools they're tricky but highly useful little buggers...
Unknown Precept follow their industrial compilation 'The Black Ideal' with a noisy, clattering vinyl debut by Damaskin. Toiling scorched earth between AnD, Prostitutes and the Weevil series, four tracks rove from heads-down industrial churn to skippier, sub-heavy off-beats, wild-eyed experiments and grubby monotone slammers.
**Hand-stamped white label and white sleeve includes die-cut insert** Wo-Land Records debut with a kaleidoscopic cartography of contemporary Italian electronica from an intriguing collective including Herva, Mass Prod, Nicola Corti and Vaghe Stelle, among others. There's 12 tracks total, scoping out styles ranging from trad (and if we're honest a little dated) IDM, thru to hazier introspective texturhythms such as Herva's 'Hope' and the sparking funk of Mass Prod's 'Dna Low' thru to the bittersweet discord of Vaghe Stelle's 'Untitled 4 Part 2' composition, plus a dreamy cosmic … Read more
Strickly pounders from techno strongarm J. Tijn for Untold's Pennyroyal label. 'Yearn' stomps across the A-side with engorged kicks and strobing rave alarm synthline filtered at crucial moments; 'Innart' cog up the B-side with a grubbing, masticated acid assault beside the buzzing techno dub 'Nuke'.
Monday, 07 April
"Second full-length album from Mtendere Mandowa, better known as Los Angeles-based producer Teebs. ‘E s t a r a’ finds Teebs returning to Flying Lotus’ genrebending Brainfeeder imprint, following 2011’s ‘Collections 01’ and 2010’s full-length ‘Ardour’, an effort that came together in the midst of personal turmoil and the death of his father. In contrast, ‘E s t a r a’ encapsulates a time when the producer (and painter) has been making art entirely on his own terms. That freedom has not only strengthened his creative voice, but led to some of the finest work of his career and a remarkable album… Read more
*Ron Morelli returns with an 8-Track / 30 Minute EP of tense, claustrophobic all new material for Hospital Productions, a follow-up to last year’s ‘Spit’ and ‘Backpages’ releases* Ron Morelli returns to Hospital Productions with a deeply claustrophobic set of new tracks, described by Morelli himself as "...the culmination of a mission gone wrong." Far removed from anything you might have heard on L.I.E.S. over the last couple of years, 'Periscope Blues' evokes a sense of isolation and alienation so palpable and affective that it belies the off-the-cuff production style Morelli has spo… Read more
Loops Haunt returns with an excellent album of heady, layered, woozy percussive jamz for Black Acre on his new album 'Exits'. "Toying with Jungle and Hip Hop on Zenith and outright sound design on Ark, the wilderness-bound beat alchemist uses his isolation to explore and create his otherworldly sound palate. Lurking behind immaculate drums are the windswept sounds of the desolate North and mechanized textures plucked from his Father’s workshop. Exits is designed to be listened to as one continuous track, opening with ambient mood and emotion, layering outboard synths and found-sounds on the tit… Read more
*Todd Terje returns with his massively Hyped, summery album of feelgood discoid variants…* "Oslo disco-dance champ, DJ and producer Todd Terje finally releases his debut long-player 'It's Album Time' via his own Olsen Records. Terje presents 12 of his works known and unknown. Ever since Todd dropped 'Eurodans' back in 2005 he's had many a beady disco eye trained in his direction. Here he puts all his experience and nordic sense of fun into twelve tracks of straight up home listening pleasure. It comes packing the huge 'Strandbar' and 'Inspector Norse' tracks, it's got a guest spot fro… Read more
DJ Clent - the low end legend - has been known for his music since the days of Dance Mania, releasing tracks such as 'Bounce' and 'Back Up Off Me' which are juke classics. He also released the grimy call to arms footwork track '3rd Wurle', as well as tracks on both Bangs & Works Compilations. 'Hyper Feet' starts off the EP with a high-speed footwork homage to Mike Dunn's classic 'Magic Feet', replicating the hits and using 303 acid to make a sparse but precision-tooled piece of footwork. Next up, 'Baby Yeah' works a vocal and sax sample into shimmering cut-ups and high-speed rhythmic shapes. … Read more