Thursday, 11 September
Two of Norway's most distinctive voices and musicians make an uncannily exquisite match in the Helge Sten (Deathprod) produced 'Meshes Of Voice'. Susanna Wallumrød, steeped in classical chamber and folk idioms, and the more experimental Jenny Hval, duet in wide-open, flowing spaces perfused with all manner of Grand Piano, Guitars, Samplers, Autoharp, Zither and Harmonium, contrasting and feeling out each other's sylvan tones and preternatural talents. The record was first conceived in 2009 in a series of letters, and manifest in two live performances. We're really big fans of Hval's… Read more
"Goblin's genius lies in skilfully combining elements of progressive psychedelia with jazz-rock, Eastern European folk music and the Baroque. Their music often displays an eerie fairy tale quality that underscores tensions within a film to great effect. If the 2012 box set, 'The Awakening' documented Goblin's formative years, this edition comprises selections from ten films scored by the group across a twenty-five year period from 1977, culminating in Non Ho Sonno the Argento thriller for which this remarkable aggregation reformed to help create. "
Space-headed slo-mo techno/hip hop trips from R&S's new signing. Five tracks explore downtempo zones akin to Cloud Boat in 'On The Edge Surrounded With The Shores Of Assudrey', beside the sci-fi hip hop noise of 'Deer Drink From The River' and two pieces of scratchy modular noise in 'Dialectic A' & Dialectic B'. Fans of Fhloston Paradigm or Herva should check it oot.
Tuff-as-old-boots techno from hotly tipped yunger, Manni Dee, backed with grumbling remixes from Ancient Methods and Shawn O'Sullivan. 'A Lover's Rhetoric' starts up with a pile-driving piece of pneumatic industrial techno a la BMB or Surgeon, which Ancient Methods brilliantly spike with their patented style of industrial funk sounding like a cyborg version of The Neon Judgement's 'The Fashion Party's Over'. Manni's 'Voluptuous Surrender' cuts loose on the B-side with spikier drums and pinging, acidic synth delays, which Brooklyn's Shawn O'Sullivan duly carves up as a twitchy, wild-eyed industrial swinger. Easily worth it for the AM remix alone!
**Debut LP of brooding neo-classical/noise composition built from deconstructed instrumentation fed thru computer software and analog hardware by Sophia Loizou. Mixed & mastered by Paul Jebanasam. Edition of 100 designed by Alex Digard. RIYL Roly Porter, Ben Frost, The Haxan Cloak**"Astro:Dynamics return with Sophia Loizou's debut album, and indeed debut release, in the form of Chrysalis. It is an exploration of conflict and balance. Using a unique set of sonic transformations, synthetic materials and archival recordings of life both natural and mechanised, the work depicts forms across … Read more
Bookworms knuckles down some of his most minimal, tracky techno hypnotisers for Nord Records. Reducing the styles of his aces for L.I.E.S. and Anòmia, his first release of 2014 is all about slinky, gritty rhythmelody. A-side gives up the bookworm-holing square bass roil and glinting techno wriggle of 'Compact Visual Nature' beside the radiant sequencer harmonics and jack trak of 'Outdoor'. B-side brings a bang with the windswept, monotone techno dynamics of 'Location Unavailable' and what sounds like a bury mix of Jeff Mills and Jamal Moss in kicking kosmic kaos of 'STE-017'. One for the DJs and dancers.
Bruce Haack's incredibly prescient proto-techno-pop opus comes back around via reissue from Telephone Explosion! Originally created in 1979 as a conceptual follow-up to his pivotal side, 'The Electric Lucifer' (1970), the bouncing vocoder electro of 'Electric Lucifer II' , like much Bruce's work, was left to languish unappreciated on the musical fringes for decades until a Q.D.K. Media pressing revealed its abundant charms to an electronically skooled audience in 2001. That vinyl issue now fetches a pretty packet, making this one even more necessary. It's an early masterclass in… Read more
Legendary krautrock synthesist Harald Grosskopf meets Robert Tubbs aka Cursor Minor aka Standard Planets on two prog-pop plays for Fin-A-Dee Six Records. 'Ethernet' starts out lithe and minimal but soon enough flips into a bombastic piece of kosmic Canterbury pop, whilst 'Telegraph' soars Icarus-like from mellow to overarching in its complex course.
**Limited edition black chrome cassette** A super sweet tape of original material and remixes by the Milanese avant-trancemaster, Lorenzo Senni, slipped out by EVOL's outta-sight Alku imprint. Using the same Roland JP-8000 synth explored on the blinding 'Superimpositions' on Boomkat Editions, Lorenzo explores the potential of a single, modulated arpeggio across the mesmerising A-side 'EVOLVER' until we're floating a foot off the 'floor. B-side he offers two remixes of influential trance classics with his Quantum Jelly re-mould of German pop trance act, Kaycee's 'Escape', and a hype… Read more
End-of-the-rope business from Sweden's D.A.R.F.D.H.S., debuting on Opal Tapes after a dread-filled slab for Clan Destine. 'Fã-Rintelsen & Dã-den' is possibly the bleakest Opal to date, conducting a stygian descent to blank-eyed doom scapes prodded by icy pulses and systolic bass thru the buried harmonics of 'Andens Desperata Framåtanda' to the pealing breakdown of 'Dödsuppväckningar' and paralysing torture chamber ambience of 'Vaneföreställningsvärlden' and the utterly gutted gangster dread dub 'Kadaverdiciplin'.
**Blue Vinyl** "Another huge and perplexing transmission from unique thinker, philosopher, inventor, cyclist and friend to the postal service: Goodiepal. Broadcasting live from a graveyard in Copenhagen, Parl takes us through a collection of his early 'dreamy' synthesizer music played through a tape delay system while the tapes crumble away to nothing as they are manipulated in real time. The music is accompanied in part by Goodiepal explaining the process and going off on some wonderful tangents including: the difference between American and German tape, working with metal and the importance of cycling.
**Limited Edition CD in a handmade, letter-pressed sleeve** "Live in Dresden features six songs from Chantal's highly acclaimed debut solo album Let Your Hands Be My Guide played by Chantal Acda, Alan Gevaert (dEUS), Eric Thielemans & Gaetan Vandewoude (Isbells)."
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Collecting 10 'Lost Reworks' by, and of, probably the best goth tech-house producer in Denmark. Watch out for the searing kohl-eyed missile 'River Of Life', the Powell-esque clatter and throb of 'Deceive', and the shifty T.O.M. And His Computer Band remix.
Matt Edwards (Radio Slave) meets best pal Thomas Gandey (Cagedbaby) to indulge in some abstract soundscaping as Matom for Planet E. 'Love Mistakes' was created at Berlin's legendary Hansa Studios as a sort of tribute to it's hallowed clients and productions - Bowie, Iggy Pop, Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno. "The entire essence of Matom’s Sounds is based around live takes and recorded snippets of conversations and ambiences from their tours, with no midi or samples so when they joined the line up for the Pyramids of Mars label showcase at Berghain’s Kantine it was a seamless transition from studio to s… Read more
Lil Silva reveals his tender underbelly alongside label-mate Banks in the romantic, modern blues of the 'Mabel' EP. Moving much closer to the sound of former collaborator Sampha, the London-based producer balances rhythmic weight with emotional impact in five tracks contrasting metallic halfstep and house flux with heart-swelling trance chords on 'First Mark' or naked, vaulted vocal harmonies in 'Kimmy' and its sister-piece, the bittersweet slide guitar-infused soul surge of 'Don't You Love' with Banks. The title track is best, suspending his vocals in the chromatic ether over a sumptuous, swingi… Read more
**Military grey-coloured cassette with insert. Housed in Hand-stencilled card box** "Musikaliszer Pinkos [SLP008] is the Lithuanian composer Arturas Bumšteinas’ first recording issued through Slip Discs, under his REFUSENIK alias. Recorded on a Polyvox synthesiser salvaged from a local market in Vilnius, this substantial suit of analogue meditations sees the composer approach material sourced from a Hebrew music book of the same name, published by cantor Abraham Berenstein in Vilna (1927). Surpassing mere analogue fetishism, Bumšteinas’ album is grounded upon a delicate flow betwee… Read more
Bolder new styles from Will Saul aka Close, and Second Storey fka Al Tourettes, backed up with remix by Seven Davis Jr. 'No Love Lost' is a surprise deviation into different tempos than usual for Aus Music, tackling a sort of dreamy post-punk pop and halfstep D&B hybrid in 'No Love Lost' featuring Morcheeba-like vox by Kid A, plus instrumental, slo-mo electronica in 'Lacuna Slide', and techier swing moves in 'WAL'. Seven Davis Jr provides some relief for spun-out house heads with a more conventional, uptempo house rework of 'No Love Lost'.
“For his sophomore album as Baths Pitchfork hailed it as a “subversive work that gets uncomfortably close to pop, confronting closed minds with what they don’t want to believe.” Think of this Anticon EP, 'Ocean Death', as a companion piece—the Dia De Los Muertos to Obsidian’s Halloween. It’s title and the eponymous opening track existed before a single note of 2010’s Cerulean had been recorded. Darker in tone, they were always targeted for a sophomore album, but wound up a different cut of gem. Just five songs and a shade over 20 minutes, the idea was to avoid over-thinking. Songs were perfected n… Read more
“For his sophomore album as Baths Pitchfork hailed it as a “subversive work that gets uncomfortably close to pop, confronting closed minds with what they don’t want to believe.” Think of this Anticon EP, 'Ocean Death', as a companion piece—the Dia De Los Muertos to Obsidian’s Halloween. It’s title and the eponymous opening track existed before a single note of 2010’s Cerulean had been recorded. Darker in tone, they were always targeted for a sophomore album, but wound up a different cut of gem. Just five songs and a shade over 20 minutes, the idea was to avoid over-thinking. Songs were perfected not… Read more
**Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label - Sleepy ambient/shoegaze on the new album from Christopher Willits** ""For years, I’ve imagined the work I do in music, photography, video/film, immersive audio and meditation all coming into one space," says music-art guru Christopher Willits from his home in San Francisco. It's an ambition that seems especially befitting of a worldly polymath like Willits. "Sound and light can transform and inspire our imaginations," he continues. "It can be used as a tool to awaken our consciousness." And that is exactly what he has set out to do wi… Read more
Matthew Herbert turns out four lop-sided house grooves on 'Part Seven' of his revived vinyl series. The EP ranges from percolating, wooden drums and breezy vocals of Hejira's Rahel in 'Bumps' to the hydraulic house swing of 'Suckers' on the A-side, to a tuff but quirky techno chug reminding of Wolfgang Voigt in 'Pretty Daddy', and daft, loopy funk on 'Get Strong'.
Bittersweet, knackered electronic soul woozers from Photay on his debut EP for Astro Nautico. To the side of the same pastures as Bibio or the Border Community lot, Photay operates in a colourful little world of its own with a six track suite of keening harmonics and crushed grooves owing to boogie hip hop and IDM, at best in the salty soul bump of 'Reconstruct' featuring celestial vocal by Seafloor, or in the grinning jazz-funk queso of 'These Fruits, These Vegetables', and the Afro-centric wobble and shuffle of 'Illusion Of Seclusion'.
Blown-out lo-fi house and techno patter from Oakland, CA's Worker/Parasite, new on Opal Tapes.
**Includes the full album on CD inside the sleeve** "The so called "Krautrock Guerilla" is back! After touring the world for two years the Berlin threesome CAMERA recorded twelve new songs: Motorik-driven, energetic stretches laced with psychedelic overtones rise up from keyboards, drums and guitars. Hypnotic beats. Shimmering elegance, forceful bursts of garage rock, a gentle flow, spherical flight. All on CAMERA's new album "Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide"."
"The so called "Krautrock Guerilla" is back! After touring the world for two years the Berlin threesome CAMERA recorded twelve new songs: Motorik-driven, energetic stretches laced with psychedelic overtones rise up from keyboards, drums and guitars. Hypnotic beats. Shimmering elegance, forceful bursts of garage rock, a gentle flow, spherical flight. All on CAMERA's new album "Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide"."
Shapednoise wrenches out some of his most powerful constructions for Russian Torrent Versions. The yung Italian producer takes no prisoners during a four track bombardment, obliterating the senses with the roiling truth of 'The Existence Of A Vital Reality', before systematically putting the boot in with bone-grinding force on 'Phase'. Flip her over for a proper mean streak of collapsing techno in 'Illumination', and the throttling intensity of 'Distorted Vision'.
**Includes the full album on CD plus a bonus track and Sagat remix** Submerged leftfield electronica from Bernardo Risquez (Venezuela) and Michael Langeder (Austria) aka Different Fountains for Belgium's Meakusma label. 'Shrimp That Sleeps' plays out a hazy suite of songs sounding something like a stoned, underwater To Rococo Rot, meeting lithe krautrock rhythms with bubbling minimalist melodies and outernational inflections in nine slickly sculpted sound spheres.
**Excellent, Deranged avant-dance music from the Slip Discs co-founder. For fans of Micachu, Patten, G.O.D. Military grey-coloured cassette with insert. Housed in Hand-stencilled card box** "SNAZ [SLP009] is the first in a series of deranged dancefloor studies by Tom Rose, for which he is adopting his TCR moniker. Bookended by two remixes of cuts from Micachu’s Meat Batch Mix with Kwake Bass and I’m Not Dancing EP with Tirzah are three TCR originals borne out of an admiration for the producer’s bludgeoning and eccentric dance music. On Leaves, Vixen and Peach, TCR contorts blunted beats into gl… Read more
**Dinked 7" vinyl edition of 300** Call Super reveals a quieter side to his oeuvre on these two gems anticipating his eagerly awaited 'Suzi Ecto' album. The 'Sulu Sekou' version is a beautifully gauzy mesh of swirling pipes and glinting groove anchored by blooming, padded subs to tread a mystic path somewhere between Hassell and Shackleton. On the other hand, the extended version of 'Coney Storm Drain' is moodier, opening a 3 minute wormhole of prickly texturhythms and fizzing sci-fi atmospheres leaving us primed and very curious for the full length…