Monday, 24 February
Following on from that amazing reissue of "Half Dead Ganja Music" on Spencer Clark's Pacific City Sound Visions label, Cut Chemist puts together this incredible compilation from 1980’s French post punk, industrial, minimal collective Vox Populi!,. Cut Chemist discovered their material in 2004 while on tour/record digging in Milan where he picked up a compilation featuring their track “Megamix”. Originally released in the 80s, the track was not rooted in disco, hip hop & DJ history but rather post punk and industrial influences. The rudimentary “scratching” pre… Read more
"Present Tense is a dramatically new album – taking cues from the most intense and effervescent of 1980s and 1990s electronic sound but rethinking and retooling these elements with exquisite detail for the 21st century. Longer in creation than any of its predecessors, Hayden Thorpe, Tom Fleming, Chris Talbot and Ben Little took almost a full year away from touring to conceive and construct the eleven tracks of Present Tense. Written in London and recorded at Konk Studios in London and at The Distillery in Bath, the band worked in close collaboration with co-producers Lexxx and Brian Eno… Read more
“Formed originally as a jam-based project in the ever-fertile analogue studio 'Green Door’, Whilst jump seamlessly between free jazz, primitive electronics, dubby post-punk, North African and motorik stlyings, underpinning their sound with a strong punk ethos“.
Wesley Matsell returns from his Studio Barnhus excursion to the merry gang at Border Community. On 'Total Order Of Being' it sounds like he found some vintage Garys left over from Castlemorton along the way, yielding four tracks of ecstatic, utopian dance music clearly in thrall to the halcyon aura of early '90s rave. The percolating synths and arpeggiated bass of the title track offer a lush slingback to classic Orbital, and the colourful, frothing breaks of 'Future Beacon' brims with the kind of positive brio best associated with early AFX and the Rephlex gang. The Wales-vi… Read more
Proper unusual signing from Lex here, Wertheimer bring together an intriguing mix of squashed electronics, boogie and House that sound like a cross between Andy Stott, Matthew Herbert and Leila, with a closing hook that bizarrely sounds like it could have been lifted off Baauer's 'Harlem Shake'. It''ll take a couple of listens to get our heads round it, but there's enough here to pique our interst, for sure.
Soul Jazz Records new release Inner City Beat! Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers is a unique CD (and 2LP) release that comes with an exclusive limited-edition specially created 60-page graphic novel (by the mysterious cult 1960s pulp-fiction writer Mark ‘Badly’ Antringham). The music on the album is a killer selection of funky, deep, rare, exciting and dancefloor heavyweight ‘spy themes’, ‘detective music’ and thrillers from the 1960s and 1970s. The music spans heavyweight break-beat funk, deep and heavy jazz, sup… Read more
The Notwist return with their first album in 6 years, 'Close to The Glass'. "The Notwist have always been pioneering their own sound, walking a trail of songs across genres toward something definitively new and distinctly them. Yet the German born band are never running ‘from’ their previous creations rather ‘toward’ the next, and in doing so have crafted a series of personal yet impeccable records that warmly thread together the far corners of independent music. Simply speaking, the Notwist make this careful and banging, private yet pop, post-everything music, for the movie going … Read more
Outta nowhere, former Skam/Warp regular Simon Pyke aka Freeform presents a 20 minute extended version of the soundtrack to the installation 'Universal Everything & You - Drawing In Motion' currently showing at Media Space, Science Museum, London. It feels very much in key with his Skam releases from the early '00s, sequencing ornate, folk-wise, organic and electronic instrumentation into 20 minutes of lilting, percussive grooves which become progressively noisier and more discombobulated.
"Here’s a new installment in Upset The Rhythm’s split LP series, that’s previously seen Gary War, Purple Pilgrims, Please and Spin Spin The Dogs swap sides most recently. This record teams up like-mindedly loopy, art-damaged Londoners Ravioli Me Away and Dog Chocolate. Inspired by an evening when both bands performed at London’s DIY-hub Power Lunches this LP came together through mutual appreciation, as well as gastronomic necessity. Ravioli Me Away are a dangerously ambitious and delusional all-girl jazzy, post-pop-punk, hip-funk outfit with a stylistic theme sp… Read more
Paxton Fettel drops the follow up to 'Not bad for a Tenner E.P' for Greta Cottage Workshop, limited edition stencil-sprayed sleeve.
"Canadian artist Nicolas Bernier creates sound performances, installations, musique concrète, live electronics and video art while also working with dance, theatre, moving images and interdisciplinary contexts. In the midst of this eclecticism, his artistic concerns remain constant: the balance between the cerebral and the sensual, and between organic sound sources and digital processing. The sound of Nicolas Bernier is somewhere between the old and the new. It is electronic music made from objects of the past: typewriter, old machines, tuning forks, soundscape memories an… Read more
Yes, please… a totally choice reissue of a deadly Boo Williams swinger, originally launched on the Daisy label in 1996. This is real Black Art house territory; four tracks of deeply infectious grooves synching pendulous B-lines and kinky drums ranging from the sub-loaded piano house zinger 'Lucky Star Ship' to the copulating square bass of 'Moon Patrol' and over to the poignant vibes of 'The Great Speech' and the floating chords of 'Laid Back'.
"Following on from Mathias Kaden’s effort in September, next in line to mix it up for the ‘Watergate’ CD series is New Jersey house innovator and widely loved scene figurehead Kerri Chandler.Kerri has enjoyed a long running relationship with Watergate, and this album is the perfect coming together of two clubbing tour de forces. Across the course of 18 tracks, the MadHouse and MadTech boss, tireless DJ, and ever evolving house producer lays out his vision of house music as it sounds in 2013, calling on tracks old and new from a wide array of labels, as well as some exclusives, includi… Read more
Nutty dubstep gyrations from K Man ov Dub Mechz. A-side 'Electro Magnetic Destroyer' staggers out the gates on a freakish, pitching synthline into a proper bassbin tumult smacked up with ricochet claps and murderous subbass undertow. B-side 'Propaine' is its inverse, concentrating on wobbling bass weight and triplet groove with bleeping electronics.