Thursday, 23 October
**Köln-based pop charms return with a typically slick sound nodding to Laid Back and their home-city's dual Krautrock and ambient pop heritage** "Precarious bon vivants, gifted musicians, radical guys – VON SPAR are many things, but above all, they are one of the most amazing bands in the realms that the British music press once baptized as Krautrock. Sebastian Blume, Jan Philipp Janzen, Christopher Marquez and Phillip Tielsch have in past been praised even more than the revenants of the genre (in 2012, together with Stephen Malkmus, before the watering eyes of CAN founding members Irmin Schmidt a… Read more
This has gotta be a first: greaziest boogie styles from Estonian mother/son duo Uku Kuut and Maryn Coote, sourced by Peoples Potential Unlimited. Further to Uku's 'Vision Of Estonia' LP, this 12" features an alternate, formerly unreleased tape version of 'Mayday' with his mum cooing in the background, plus the slinky funk of 'Suggestive' and over to the orientalist motifs of 'Ao', and again with his mum coming in close on 'Dreamboy'...
*Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey, cut at Abbey Road studios, pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl and includes download code redeemable from the label* ‘The Firstborn Is Dead’, co-produced by Nick Cave, the Bad Seeds and Flood, is the second studio album released by Cave & The Bad Seeds, and was originally released on June 3rd 1985. Cave explores his fascination with the American South, with references ranging from Elvis Presley to ‘Blind’ Lemon Jefferson. Recorded in Berlin, Cave later said of this album, "Berlin gave us the freedom and encoura… Read more
WNCL tack to noisy garage-techno with six cuts from C.E.O. This is music for the most mutant 'floors, assaulting the senses with red-lining production and uncomfortably insistent swing rhythms between the salty blast of 'Screeching' to the incessant jabs of 'Zaapp' and the buck-wild styles of 'Loud' and 'Crayons'. TTT and UTTU fans, listen up.
"These unreleased recordings were made at IRCAM in Paris in 1983. It illustrates the power that an electronic composition can achieve when the composer arrives at a true synergy with his synthesizer. This LP represents a significant performance by Salvatore Martirano (1927-1995) on his unique instrument, the SalMar Construction. Under development from the late 1960s, the SalMar is believed to be the first interactive 'composing machine' with digital logic circuits at its heart. The performance took place in the spring of 1983 at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination A… Read more
**Invaluable survey of early and pioneering Belgian post-punk group who would fill roles in Snowy Red, Fad Gadget, The Weathermen…** "Prior to forming Digital Dance in Brussels, in the summer of 1978, Jerry WX (voicen guitar) and Stephan Barbery (guitar) were closely involved in the local punk scene. Jerry WX played with Chainsaw, the very first Brussels punk band in 1976, and a year later with X-Pulsion. Stephan Barbery played with Thrills from 1977 to 1978. During this period X-Pulsion, Thrills and a third band called Streets played many gigs together, often swapping instruments and … Read more
**Dark Entries present an remastered and expanded reissue of Kirlian Camera's 1981 debut, including seven pre-'UNO' demo songs. Includes bonus flexi disc and insert** "Keyboardist/vocalist Angelo Bergamini founded the project in Parma in 1979, initially naming it Suicide Commando, before discovering another project using the same name. By 1980, Angelo had recruited singer Simona Buja, keyboardist Fabrizio Chiari and bassist Mauro Montacchini. Their demo cassette, “Dawn”, attracted the attention of Italian Records, a popular independent label. The following year, Mauro left the band and was replac… Read more
Traag follows his alter ego Siobhan's 'Southgate' LP for Opal Tapes with a raw, sleazy session for Italy's Gang Of Ducks. Punkishly cocked with drawling vocals and greased up with slow, kinky boogie and electro rhythms, it lands somewhere between '20 Jazz Funk Greats'-era TG and the snottier No Wave styles of Dracula Lewis or $hit & $hine, at best in the loping, reverse edit loops and snivelly delivery of 'Win The Lotto', the mutant disco propulsions of 'Mr. Alan', 'Rubber Doll' and 'Stray Dog', or the coiled electro slither of 'Tropical Fruit'.
**Hand-stamped, individually numbered edition of 300 housed in debossed PVC sleeve** Traag follows his alter ego Siobhan's 'Southgate' LP for Opal Tapes with a raw, sleazy session for Italy's Gang Of Ducks. Punkishly cocked with drawling vocals and greased up with slow, kinky boogie and electro rhythms, it lands somewhere between '20 Jazz Funk Greats'-era TG and the snottier No Wave styles of Dracula Lewis or $hit & $hine, at best in the loping, reverse edit loops and snivelly delivery of 'Win The Lotto', the mutant disco propulsions of 'Mr. Alan', 'Rubber Doll' and 'Stray Dog', or the coiled electro slither of 'Tropical Fruit'.
Cooly G returns with her unique vision of sex music in 'Wait 'Til Night', her 2nd album and follow-up to 'Playin' Me' (2012). With no verifiable evidence of its efficacy, we're gonna play it straight here and judge it with our clothes on, you'll just have to use your imagination. It's a smart, deliberate shift from her signature house styles to a sort of stark South London R&B, bringing the minimalist sensuality of her earliest 'Dub Organizer' EPs full circle into twelve subtle, well-crafted song structures. The sound is very much about private space, dealing with varying degrees of infatuati… Read more
Great 1970 U Roy chart topper, produced by Bunny Lee. Backed with original 'Non Violence Dub' with Roy replaced by singing organ lead.
**C40 tape housed in tracing paper inlay** Baron Mordant and Ekoplekz's dangerously underrated eMMplekz project regroup to agitate and baffle on the 'You Might Also Like' addend to the 'Your Crate Has Changed' and 'IZOD Days' sessions. In it, the 'plekz furnishes an increasingly confident, ever-sardonic, and acutely incisive Baron with some of his leanest, driven riddims for a furrow-browed mooch around a Southern English bloke's outsider psyche. Expect sordid, name-dropping tales about an olde English tobacconist ('Name Blotter') and misanthropic rituals set to psychoactive dub in … Read more
Another reminder of Fantastic Mr Fox's dance-pop brilliance with a sterling Visionist refraction. The Visionist mix ain't concerned with pop potential though, flipping Kid A's vocal into wavering, liquid reflections of itself around his signature pads and a re-sequenced bassline right out of the Actress or Zomby textbook.
*Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey, cut at Abbey Road studios, pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl and includes download code redeemable from the label* "With ‘Your Funeral... My Trial’ The Bad Seeds expanded their personnel by adding Thomas Wydler on drums, enabling Mick Harvey to display his considerable multi-instrumental talents. This was the band’s fourth studio album and was released on November 3rd 1986, and was originally released as a double EP, with production duties handled by Flood and Tony Cohen. Cave later remarked "That particular … Read more
Monday, 20 October
When Sunn O))) first approached Scott Walker about appearing on their 2009 album Monoliths & Dimensions, little did they know what it would actually lead to. Four years on, Scott was back with something even more enticing, collaborating on Soused, a body of work he was writing with them in mind. With a career spanning more than five decades, Scott Walker’s cult status remains as significant as ever before. Experiencing mega-stardom as part of The Walker Brothers before carving out a career as a solo crooner who released a quartet of peerless self-titled LPs that painted rich vignettes… Read more
**Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Photography by Joe Dilworth and artwork by Bill Kouligas & Kathryn Politis** Widely championed techno/electronica producer Objekt deposits his detailed and complex debut album on PAN. Since 2011 at least, the Berlin resident known as TJ Hertz has been a vital cog in the European techno machine, self-releasing some of this decade's most vaunted white labels, plus 12"s with Hessle Audio and Leisure System - including this year's great split with Dopplereffekt - beside his role as software engineer for Native Instruments. With 'Flatland' he takes the opportunit… Read more
*New edition re-mastered from the original DAT tapes* This 35 minute EP from BoC is arguably their most complete outing, having landed a couple of years before their still unbeatable ‘Music Has The Right…’ album and including some of their best material bar none - the brooding Detroit inversion ‘See Ya Later’, the Colonel Abrams inspired ‘Nlogax’, the career-defining “Everything You Do Is A Balloon’ and ‘Turquoise Hexagon Sun’ which would later appear on ‘Music Has The Right’. Unlike so many of their peers from the era, this stuff has aged incredibly well… Read more
**Flac format for this release is in 24 bit / 44.1kHz** Dave Huismans (A Made Up Sound) returns under his 2562 codename with the oneiric ambient/concrète dancefloor states of 'The New Today', his 4th solo album in this guise. Where its predecessor, 'Air Jordan', also for his When In Doubt label, took inspiration from the arid landscapes of the Middle East, 'The New Today' draws upon ideas sketched out whilst 2562 was in New York, late summer 2013, and was later finished at his home studio in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Rather than disco samples, as with his last LP 'Fever', he sources from and… Read more
Shed kicks Lone onto the 'floor with a class remix of 'Restless City' from the 'Reality Testing' album. The Shake-style jazz chord chops and dusty clapping rhythms of the original are subtly rekeyed to a rolling bass ballast by Head High, recalibrating from jazz-dancing swing to skipping garage-techno with really sweet AI-style breakdown pads for peak time play. Expect to hear this out a lot.
Chicago's Karl Meier & Johnathan Krohn aka Talker properly realise the project's industrial potential with 'Hari', their debut LP for Downwards. Last spotted on a 12" with expanded version of 'Cut The Weight' from the 'Halha' compilation, this appearance feels more affected, atmospheric, bitterly resolved. There's eight tracks on offer, including the monstrous doom copulation of 'Meniscus' featuring label-mate, Kerridge, amongst the Eraserhead ambience of 'Hari' or the ghostly industrial romance of 'Image Union', whilst the bombed-out techno hulk of 'Behemoth' and the 'floor-razing mission, 'Frame C… Read more
Cooly G returns with her unique vision of sex music in 'Wait 'Til Night', her 2nd album and follow-up to 'Playin' Me' (2012). With no verifiable evidence of its efficacy, we're gonna play it straight here and judge it with our clothes on, you'll just have to use your imagination. It's a smart, deliberate shift from her signature house styles to a sort of stark South London R&B, bringing the minimalist sensuality of her earliest 'Dub Organizer' EPs full circle into twelve subtle, well-crafted song structures. The sound is very much about private space, dealing with varying degrees of infat… Read more
Glacial Sound finally supply the Riko's fierce VIP of Rabit's 'Black Dragons' for the masses. The Roll Deep frontman sounds utterly fearsome over the Houston-based producer's tensile square waves and prickling electro/grime jolts, importantly in a way which should appeal to American audiences without losing any of the tune's UK-rooted credentials. In case the rents are listening in, there's a cleaner radio edit, too. Tip!
Shocking, extended double AA 12" from Russell Haswell paying tribute to OG Latino freestyle and industrial funk edits with inimitable, improvised flair. Back on Diagonal following his scintillating and unusually "pop" structured '37 Minute Workout' LP, plus a couple of furnace blast LPs for Bocian and Editions Mego, this entirely improvised session captures Russell in the wild, trapped between daemonic nO!se and snapjaw drum patterns nodding to early Omar Santana or Carlos Berrio and his own past as a go-to studio editor for labels such as Mute. The A-side is a slyly arousing but terrif… Read more
Big-boned dancefloor take-down from London's Rushmore, back on Trax Couture after a wicked one for Hot Haus Recs. A profligate approach to stripped down dance styles results in five unique fusions of Chicago house, grime, Jersey Club and ballroom beats, switching outifts from the pumped-up c*nty funk of 'Paladium' to grimier string slashes and bouncing Jersey beats in 'Highroad' and the honky jump of 'NPG'. 'Silent Melody' is possibly the most striking, mixing the kind of choral pads favoured by the Her Records crew and Visionist with a more rugged palette of kicks and industrial ice-pick snares… Read more
'Venice' is the official follow up to the groundbreaking 'Endless Summer', a record with a legendary pedigree and with sales substantial enough to have shaken up its label (Mego) to the extent that they seem to have been on a mission ever since to keep it as difficult as it gets. It seems Touch has no such hangs up. This is an amazing album that will no doubt come to be as highly regarded as 'Endless Summer' though musically its a much more varied affair, reflected by the contrasting imagery in the digipak photography (an old and new rowing boat moored up / nature and cla… Read more
Saga serves an icy six-track instrumental grime payload for the burgeoning Lit City Trax one year on from his debut for Visionist's Lost Codes label. 'Flight Risk' feels more muscular and reduced, optimising rhythms to skeletal silhouettes in cavernous sound designs streaked with strobing, synths and flash, brassy stabs. If we're picking favourites, then the coiled dread of 'Flight Risk' is up there alongside the sublow shift of 'Shades' and the manic chamber grime flex of 'Whistle Grip' and the super crisp punctuations of 'Witch Slap'. Sick session. RIYL Visionist , Rabit, Bloom, Slackk.
*Upfront Exclusive* Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound plays host to a smart deviation from ManMakeMusic's U. From the top he rolls in between Andy Stott and Fishermen with the molasses drag motion of 'The Kids Will Take Care Of Themselves'; 'Monogamy' stifles a spry garage groove with crushing concrète dynamics; 'Shame' collapses between Sunn 0))) and Samuel Kerridge zones; 'Pilgrimage' fades out with dilapidated, elegiax guitar and piano chords like Basinski or Leyland Kirby piece. Don't sleep on this, it's great.
"Following the label’s acclaimed ‘Next Stop Soweto’ compilation series, Strut returns to the rich music heritage of South Africa for another landmark compilation celebrating the influential and heavily political music of drummer Julian Bahula since the mid-‘60s with the Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula and Jazz Afrika bands. Bahula’s first group was the Malombo Jazzmen, led by guitarist Philip Tabane with flautist Abbey Cindi and they broke the mould, introducing indigenous malombo drums alongside guitar and flute to create a st… Read more
Rodion G.A.'s magnum opus 'Behind The Curtain' offers a further nosey into the colourful archives of Romania's synth-y psych-disco pioneer. Following on from 'The Lost Tapes' and the 'Misiunea Spațială Delta' soundtrack, 'Behind The Curtain' rescues another 14 songs from almost certain obscurity on decaying reel-to-reels at his country cottage in Romania. It's a wonder that they escaped the hands of the notorious Romanian authorities, never-mind the oxidisation process, to still convey a life-affirming and joyous take on electronic music romping from the swaggering p… Read more