Monday, 23 March
Recollections GRM collect four pieces by one of the 20th century's most important avant-garde musicians and thinkers for one of their most anticipated editions: Iannis Xenakis' 'GRM Works 1957-1962'. Xennakis co-founded the GRM in 1958 (the same year he designed the Philips Pavilion for the Brussels World Fair) and created a peerless body of work uniting studies in mathematics, architecture, engineering and musical theory/composition, pushing the boundaries of new music in the post-war years and pioneering the use of computers in music. His four pieces here are genuinely remar… Read more
**Another remarkable reissue from the hallowed GRM (Groupe de Recherche Musciales) archive in Paris - home to some of the world's most fascinating, advanced electronic music research. The 2nd GRM Recollection was realised in 1974 and 1976 by Guy Reibel (1936, Strasbourg, France), the first assistant to Pierre Schaeffer during his electroacoustic composition courses at the Conservatoire de Paris and a member of GRM from 1963 to 1983. Strongly recommended!** "Franges du Signe (1974): Franges du Signe, the third part of an electroacoustic triptych completed in 1973… Read more
Another breathtaking Recollection GRM release: Francois Bayle's acousmatic masterpiece, 'L'Expérience Acoustique', presented in its entirety on vinyl for the first time. Realised between 1966-1972 using the best technology available at the time, this 2 hour opus "investigates the true nature of the listening process itself" according to the GRM's Christian Zanési & François Bonnet. It's an investigation of acoustic sound at its purest levels and borders on psychedelic in effect. Chopping material from the world around him, manipulating it and juxtaposing against other, unl… Read more
**Gatefold 2LP** Premo beat breaker fLako presents a sterling 3rd album and magnum opus with 'Natureboy' for UK's Five Easy Pieces. Where many in the beat scene can tend to twiddle off into jazzy frippery, fLako defines a filigree balance of restraint and technical innovation with jazz-wise expression, meshing slick, tensile electronics nodding to footwork, grime and lush 4th world ambient tones with grid-skipping drum patterns and feathered instrumental touches.
The original, hugely influential '138 Trek' (1999) comes round again for a defintive digital version. Includes the technoid UK party bounce of the original, plus the tickier VIP, vocal version with GQ, and a darkside Zed Bias remix. Anthem.
Fracking heavy techno from the smart duo of DJ Deep and Roman Poncet. Straight-up club constricts for the DJs, building a right head on it with the unrelenting kicks and rasping shuffle of 'Hydraulic Jack' up top, and to tenser degrees with the jagged slam of 'Hydraulic Pump', whereas 'Artesian Well' hydroplanes beat-less.
Brooklyn's Denetia & Sene debut on Rinse with a curious pop hybrid of thumping slow disco and gothic R&B.
Forward-facing but classically-styled disco house budge from London's Dauwd. Refreshing timeless templates with nimble flair, he grooves between dope and lush Detroit-meets-London filter-house techniques in 'Jupiter George' to the low-slung and supple jazz shuffle of 'Ritter Sport', and intimately soulful broken beat house with 'Take Four'.
Hyper-funky chops from Austria's Cid Rim, loaded with a sweetly unhinged remix by Jameszoo. Check out 'Charge' or 'Kano' for Hud Mo/Rustie-styled future funk blaze, or the remix for kinkier, stranger, unpredictable thrills.
Patented deep house styles from Hamburg's Christopher Rau ov Smallville. Taking a trip out for Office Records here, he deals a superb slice of Sprinkles style body hypnotics with the nine minute 'Mehris Groove' plus some STL-alike jazz-house grit in 'Broke', and the faded ambient hosue designs of 'Im Sumpf' for dessert.
"Since the release of Solo Piano II, Chilly Gonzales composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes, produced and released Octave Minds, the piano-meets-electronica album with Boys Noize and, most importantly, devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music. The result is "Chambers", an album for piano and string quartet (and a few surprises along the way). Inspired by the deepening relationship with Hamburg's Kaiser Quartett, the album re-imagines Romantic-era chamber music as today's addictive pop. Gestures from rap, ambient, easy listening and th… Read more
**Flac format for this release contains 24 / 48 kHz bit audio** Lovely lower case ambient guitar pieces and sweeping, cinematic neo-classical statements from Michael Krasner's Boxhead Ensemble.
Mannequin task Ancient Methods to remix/re-edit a Bourbonese Qualk classic with superb results. The all-too-brief original version of industrial proto-techno kicks and haunting atmosphere laced with an end-of-tether vocal is handily extended to twice the length in AM's faithful edit, before they really get to work on the remix with added Burroughs samples supplementing their whirring teutonic techno efficiency and clarity. Quite seriously, nobody else makes us want to dance quite like Ancient Methods.
Editions Mego's unarchiving of the unparalleled INA GRM catalogue reaches a momentous double header by Bernard Parmegiani - one of the 20th century's most revered and important electro-acoustic composers. Born 1927, Parmegiani started as a sound engineer for French TV in the early '50s, establishing a connection between sound and vision which he would explore to the deepest degrees after joining Pierre Schaeffer's Groupe de recherches musicales in 1959 for a two year masterclass. With his first works composed in 1962 and released in 1969, he essentially headed up t… Read more
Regarded as a hugely influential milestone of the electro-acoustic epoch, Bernard Parmegiani's breathtaking 'De Natura Sonorum' is thankfully reissued in its entirety for the first time on vinyl. It's a beguiling feat of spatially diffused concrète dynamics and precise electronic processing providing entry to an extraordinarily vivid and otherworldly soundsphere perfused with sheer, isolated tones, acousmatic alien scree and sudden percussion organised with an abstract yet palpable sense of dramatic narration and timing. These are rare and incredible sounds, plucked from nat… Read more
Thursday, 19 March
**Vinyl mastered and cut by Rashad at D&M. Sleeve notes by art historian Alex Kitnick. Spotgloss artwork and layout by Florian Hecker and Bill Kouligas. Also comes with an instant download of the full album plus a bonus 17 minute track** 'Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera' presents a radical mashup of works by two probing, multidisciplinary artists among the most vital of their generation. First realised as part of a two day performance at Tate Modern called 'Push and Pull', it offers a mutant configuration of Leckey's vocal track from 'GreenScreenRefrige… Read more
**Incredible suite of analog drum machine pop arrangements and tape experiments from the mid 80's** Ecstatic resuscitate Daniele Ciullini's "sonic polaroids" of odder '80s pop, drone and drum machine workouts in the detached dimensions of 'Domestic Exile - Collected Works 82-86'. Compiling the Florentine artist's standout '83 cassette plus a whole other side of compilation obscurities on vinyl for the first time, it presents a series of brilliant, isolated self-portraits by a mail art & tape scene insider (also photographer, zine publisher) who operated on the … Read more
Jlin breaks thru the Chicago footwork ranks with one of the scene's most fascinating, essential mutations in 'Dark Energy', co-presented by Planet µ and Jamie Kuedo's very promising new Knives label. It's quite possibly the most distinctive contribution to footwork since the RP Boo album and Rashad's jungle splices, and, in such a fast-moving (quite literally) and active scene, that's gotta be saying something. Keener Chi watchers may have previously checked Jlin's standout 'Erotic Heat' and 'Asylum' joints on the Bangs & Works Vol.2 compilation but, since then, the Gary, Indiana-based producer has… Read more
**Grey coloured vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, limited to 400 copies, includes an exclusive lobby card and booklet featuring Sleeve notes by Fabio Frizzi, Ian McCulloch, Stephen Thrower & Tom Beauvais, audio re-mastered at Abbey Road Studios** "Death Waltz exhume another classic from their catalogue in lieu of demand from the dead and the living. From the twisted mind of Lucio Fulci comes Zombi 2 aka Zombie Flesh Eaters. A notorious gore classic and the poster child for the video nasty generation, the film gently transports the viewer from the concrete jungle of Ne… Read more
Following one of our favourite 12"s of last year, Morgan Buckley returns with this ace split release for Rush Hour's 'No Label' - spun out by everyone from Ben UFO to Beatrice Dillon. The charming weirdo spirit is super strong on both sides. MB bends minds and bodies with three spiked peaches up top, from the dizzy krautfunk of 'Sol Baize At The Chinga', thru the recursive maze of 'Eau-de-Vie' to a nimble meld of lysergic, Madteo-style scramble called 'Manual Greever'. Flip it and OD keeps his side up with the bright, latinate percussion and lush chorales of 'Miwp (Miwpy… Read more
LP5/Gantz Graf-style IDM convolutions from Arovane for Touchin' Bass. Anyone expecting his softer side will get a shock here.
**Limited white label repress** High energy Detroit 'floor drills from a brilliant duo, The Oliverwho Factory. Following some dalliances with other labels - Dolly, Planet E, Rush Hour - we reckon they've saved the best for their own Madd Chaise label. A-side runs a real epic built on soaring, proggy synthlines and grittiest disco-tech groove with a nasty sting in the tail; B-side brings Shonie C in for a blazing vocal woven into a peaking showpiece that could storm any big room, before rolling out with the frictional, Huckaby-style dub techno groove and positive vocal pressure. Turn the lights off.
Jlin breaks thru the Chicago footwork ranks with one of the scene's most fascinating, essential mutations in 'Dark Energy', co-presented by Planet µ and Jamie Kuedo's very promising new Knives label. It's quite possibly the most distinctive contribution to footwork since the RP Boo album and Rashad's jungle splices, and, in such a fast-moving (quite literally) and active scene, that's gotta be saying something. Keener Chi watchers may have previously checked Jlin's standout 'Erotic Heat' and 'Asylum' joints on the Bangs & Works Vol.2 compilation but, since then, the Gary, Indiana-based producer has h… Read more
**Chris Menist and Andy Votel return from Lollywood EMI with archives packing some serious disco heat! A must for fans of the Ilaiyaraaja, Thai Dai or BVollywood Bloodbath volumes** "Disco Dildar features rare plugged-in proxy pop from some of the country’s lesser-known teen flicks spanning the late 1970s and 80s featuring drum heavy disco guesstimates built around multilingual lyrics celebrating Saturday nights, Disco Dildars and Hindustani Hogmanays. These original synth-dripped 45 EPs are not from the front of the pile, nor the quirky result of some token musical tourism. The music found here … Read more
Jeff Mills presents his new soundtrack to Fritz Lang's seminal sci-fi, 'Woman In The Moon' (1929), in the form of a 32 track, 2 hour 15 minutes, 3 disc opus. Detroit's foremost put it thusly: "The soundtrack I've created is definitely grave, structurally spatial and ubiquitous. Tracks were composed as mute by standing characters that sometimes, comment and accent the moral logic of what is happneing on the screen between the actors. Fritz Lang's characters are well-established and perfectly groomed people who are looking for something more, something bigger. The musical transitions range … Read more
*Initial copies come with a bonus CD 'Chambers music lessons' audio with chilly as the teacher..."* "Since the release of Solo Piano II, Chilly Gonzales composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes, produced and released Octave Minds, the piano-meets-electronica album with Boys Noize and, most importantly, devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music. The result is "Chambers", an album for piano and string quartet (and a few surprises along the way). Inspired by the deepening relationship with Hamburg's Kaiser Quartett, the album re-imagines Romantic… Read more
**The very long-awaited follow-up to 'The Cold Vein', featuring guest spots by MF Doom and U-God** "An air of mystique surrounds the careers of Harlemites Vast Aire and Vordul Mega, collectively known as Cannibal Ox. Fourteen years after earning their status as luminaries of underground hip-hop, Cannibal Ox release the highly-anticipated sophomore album, Blade of the Ronin. Serving as the follow-up to the duo’s acclaimed debut album, Blade of the Ronin is the embodiment of Vast and Vordul’s years of creation and properly serves to provide listeners with the grimy yet futuristic soundsca… Read more
Chunky Dance Mania and B-more Breaks hybrids banged out by Bodyjack and Soundbwoy Killah for the party.
Sweeter, ruder bass turns from Champion and Terror Danjah on the 2nd 12" warm-up for the f= Bass² compilation. Champion gets tropical with the whopping bird calls and tribalized bounce of 'Cannon' up top; Terror Danjah shows off with inimitable style in the taut but fractious UK techno funk of 'Run Out'.