Monday, 13 April
Mike Simonetti (Italians Do It Better) inaugurates his 2MR (Two Mikes Records) label with this lush debut double slab as Pale Blue with vocalists Liz Wight (Silver Hands) and Jana Hunter (Lower Dens). The vibe gauge is set to heartfelt from the outset, strafing component elements of melodic techno, dream-pop and disco with a dancefloor-honed sense of motorik trance momentum and romance. Simonetti's previous credentials are as diverse as they are impressive, covering so much ground between his punk background at Troubleman Unlimited and the disco inspirations of Italians Do It … Read more
"First new release in a while from the label that has released albums in the past by The Books, Thee Oh Sees, The Mountain Goats, Final Fantasy, Mount Eerie, Patrick Wolf and many more... Catgut Tape is the debut solo album by the British songwriter O.D. Davey. Recorded by its author during his late teens and early adulthood in the polar British counties of Aberdeenshire and Essex, it is a collection of love songs set amidst the tragicomedy of youth and the landscapes that stage it. Born of necessity, its pallet of sound is simple but singular; a bitcrushed and baseless skeleton of wooden … Read more
Deepest strains of sino-step and mutant house from Tempa's most prolific recent contributor. The (wu)tang of the strings and Gung-Fu film samples in 'Blind Man' remind us of Felicita's 'Bring It' with xtra subs, while the fragrant vocal and minimalist shuffle of 'To The Sky' hums a bit, and 'Nomine's Robot' tests out a sub-swung steppers' house sound.
**Lossless format for this release contains 24 bit audio** **In which Michael Price, composer for the BBC's 'Sherlock' TV series, explores "the spontaneity of performance and the sound of musicians hearing, connecting and responding" ** "‘Entanglement’, the debut album by Michael Price fulfils his long-term desire to explore new musical territories, featuring Michael on the piano, with the addition of cello, soprano voice, string orchestra, modular synth, tape effects and electronics. Throughout the record you will hear street sounds from 'Budapest' captured and processed on Mi… Read more
The San Fran house producer with beats for Le1f and Mykki Blanco under his belt tests his 808 mettle in four tracky parts. His title track serves some proper bassbin pressure with triplet subs and skating drums and nowt else; 'Procedure' evens the keel to a thumping 4/4 with tightest, pinging delays to lock into; 'Fires' lends some sinuous synth muscle to the drums with hypnotic and driving impact, tempered somewhat in the trancier 'Secret Garden'. They're damn solid and classy DJ tools.
Killah dancefloor injection from Matias Aguayo. These are dedicated DJ tools for bodies in motion, no fuss, no fight. Uptown, the bustling techno of 'Tomada' comes close to the percussive Afro-Latin sound currently pushed by Lisbon's Príncipe crew, whereas Groundfloor Left' is pure percolating Cómeme business packed with bullfrog croaks and slippin' syncopations. Downtown, 'Gato Disco' goes ghetto Todd Terry and 'Loca Dance' locks into sprung techno groove beside the rugged patter of 'Ese Pompin'.
Beamed from Montréal via Texas, Marie Davidson yields a gorgeous suite of alien synth pop sung in seductive French and English tongues. Her 3rd album, 'Un Autre Voyage' is an accomplished sound, proving an adroit touch over various sub-strata of coldwave and synth-pop compositional styles. Launching at an astral adjunct to Group Rhoda with the motorik drive and pensile synth drone of 'Boulevard Tascherau', she comes over all SPK or Skinny Puppy with the excellent 'Excès de Vitesse' (god this is sexy) and devolves into ghostly drone recalling 51517 with the expansive vision of 'Kid… Read more
"This cover of Brian Eno's seminal Discreet Music is a musical epilogue for Kid606's Bored of Excitement full length out in May. This single 30 minute song maintains the spirit and harmonic progressions from the original, but it eschews synthesizers and tape loops in favor of multitracked piano, multiple reverbs and pitch-modulated phasing. Discreet music came before Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports. It laid the foundation for modern ambient music by building upon Erik Satie's "furniture music" concept. Eno employed a generative compositional technique … Read more
Noisy, hay-wried electro outta the Detroit Underground. For the 2nd time Kyle Hall meets Kero following their 'Zug Island' session for the former's Wild Oats. This time they flex between clipped electro-acid in '126BPMNONAME' and squashed, computerised nastiness with 'EP2-3 up top, and lay down some phat-ass and freaky jack with 'Riverside Connextion', before spending any remaining energies in the tangled, discordant tones of 'Polydextrose-24BIT'.
**Oversized case with 2-panel inlay printed on 300gsm stock. Dead limited** "Joseph Lawrence Quimby makes his monumental return to Tombed Visions with a double album of richly constructed and awe inspiring sound worlds. Both Wren and Le Chat Est Parti act as perfect companion pieces that solidify Quimby as one of the premiere voices working within the experimental ambient scene and shows, in abundance, a detailed and skilful consolidation of found sounds, textural manipulation and magnificent song craft . Of both cassettes, Wren has the darker heart and is built round two… Read more
Illa J (bruvver of J Dilla) links with Bromance star Kaytranada and Potatohead People for a slow and greazy Detroit hip hop ode to 'Strippers'.
Slamming electro-techno sh*t from the Dutch badboy on Berceuse Heroique. 'GMMDI' is a crushing piece of club hydraulix sprung with Drexciyan bass and streaked by piercingly hi-pitched synths, pure night-vision mission styles. Breaker 1 2 also bosses it with a more stripped down remix, cloud-busting the noise to reveal a back-breaking jack attack loaded with thee darkest intrusive synth thoughts. Apply without caution.
Big daddy DJ Haus finds a natural home on Rinse for the 'floor-burning 'Make It Hot' session. Distilling the sickest bits of jackin' house and early garage with a ruder UK flavour, he brings the party in six ways from the rushing rimshot-and-clap attack of the title track to shape-cutting shuffle with 'Another Place', thru to proper US garage styles with 'High Voltage Houz!' and, best of all, the early UK rave flex of 'Bleep Phreak' or the wide-eyed synths and breakbeat swerver, 'Crystal Houz'.
Brazilian producer Bungle opens 31's 2015 account with a plush/nasty quartet of rollers. 'Alone' shadowboxes with sparring drums and dreamier chords and 'Looking Bsck' hits a similarly emotional nerve as Sam KDC before the vibe turns dark and forward with the scything, minimalist drums and choking sub pressure of 'Arcadia' for a disciplined energy release, topped by the quick-stepping dexterity of 'Fast Forward'.
Berlin-based UK techno producer Blue Hour mints his Eachnewhour label with the rock-solid kicks and classically schooled AI/Detroit melodies of 'Eachnewhour'.
Big room-ready, dramatic techno-house remixes of Barnt by Tale Of Us & Recondite, and Magazine's Jens-Uwe Beyer. Squared up for heaving throngs and big, clear soundsystems, the Recondite & Tale Of Us mix wends thru ten minutes of near-ecstatic kraut-techno builds driven by motorik thud, whereas Jens-Uwe Beyer takes a more teasing route to the same truth with expansive drone harmonics and layered, tribalist percussion.
D'Marc Cantu (X2) and Tadd Mullinx (JTC) do their smart psycho-jack thing on M>O>S. 'Starfist Lazerbeam' balances an EBM-strength kick with wobblier acid and flighty flute motifs sagely nodding to classy Larry Heard classics; 'Passion' opens up a warehouse space of the mind with echoic drums and a B-line murder prickled with teasing arpeggios and haunted by the ghosts of Bam Bam.
Thursday, 09 April
**Gorgeous, intricate suite of microscopic, textural dub electronics and bass pulses sounding somewhere between Alva Noto, Pole and Bernard Parmegiani. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. Cut at D&M. Edition of 300 individually numbered copies pressed on clear wax** Italian electro-acoustic maestros Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti, aka Bellows, serve an engrossing, labyrinthine LP of freeform concrète dub on our occasional Boomkat Editions label. 'Rustl' is Bellows' 4th album following a critically acclaimed trio of LP's released since 2007 for Entr'acte, Planam and Kning Disc, and also follows our last rel… Read more
**Diagonal return with the debut 12" from Bronze Teeth side-project Green Gums. Edition of 500, initial copies on transparent green wax* Dogged techno licks from Dom Butler & L/F/D/M in Green Gums guise following two searing sessions as Bronze Teeth, also for Diagonal. Where their previous pair of 12"s tended to effluent, extended jams, these are just as mucky but more concise. Uptown, they launch the jagged EBM affray of 'Zozomono' with coarse acid lines yoked to slamming kicks, while 'Dag' marches out like some mutant, blunted offspring of Ancient Methods and Powell. Downtown, they real… Read more
*Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. If you are in another country please contact us for postage costs* **Super-heavyweight 10 x LP edition containing almost 10 hours of music sharing Pierre Henry’s personal listening organised by progressing themes and by technological progress covering his output between 1950 and 1985, the ultimate anthology covering the first 35 years of his work - housed in silver-deboss… Read more
"Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm has fast become know as a prolific performer and recording artist with the piano at the core of his work. Piano Day is an official body created by Nils and his closest friends, and will house various exciting, piano-related projects. The first project revealed by the Piano Day team is the building of what will be currently largest upright piano there is, the Klavins M370. Situated in Germany, Tübingen, 1.8 tons in weight, 3.7 meters high, its longest strings are about 10 feet in length. And it was on this piano that Nils recorded eight improvised piano motifs in one… Read more
**Extensive collection of solo piano pieces and wonderful Popol Vuh zone-outs** “Florian was always able to create music I feel helps audiences visualize something hidden in the images on screen, and in our own souls too.” - Werner Herzog (‘Herzog On Herzog’). ‘Kailash’ is a new collection of work from Florian Fricke, leader of Popol Vuh, seminal group in the German rock scene of the 1970s (Can, Faust, Amon Duul, Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream) and creators of classic soundtracks to the films of Werner Herzog (‘… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Super sturdy reissue of Surgeon's now-classic debut album, Communications'. First released by Downwards in 1996 - the same year as Regis' debut, 'Gymnastics' - it served to define the Brummie techno sound and, in a broader sense, set a high water mark of UK techno. It's a resolutely stripped down and directly functional collection of six trax drawing inspiration from the concentrated energies of Coil as much as Chicago house and the Detroit / Berlin techno axis, channeling a stoic black country grit and humour into the s… Read more
We're really feeling this session of tenderised technodreams from Steve Summers and Maxmillion Dunbar a.k.a. Activated. In orbit of freeform styles associated with Jamal Moss, 154 or minimal Bunkers, they go way deep with a pair of entirely hardware-driven and elongated hip-notizers. 'Activation Code' encircles the A-side with deliciously tentative drum machine patter and hovering chord clusters to melt right into; the B-side's 'Activation Key' smears 16 minutes of more insistent pulses and darker tinted pads evolving with pineal logic. They're both quite pacey, around 140bpm, but also wo… Read more
**Super rare early '80s UK DIY wave music pressed to vinyl for the first time. 5LP + 10" boxset with booklet of artwork and liner notes. Individually -numbered edition of 400** "Highly anticipated Box-release covering the musical output from 1979 to 1981 by one of the ultimate music-genius & protagonists of British Minimal/Synth & EBM. Multi-talented Luton-based Adrian Smith started his first musical exploration in the field of electronic and experimental music in the mid 70’s with projects called Underland and Electrodub. With the latter he gained reco… Read more
Tessela leaves the boisterous big beats at home in favour of sickest EBM/electro-acid patter in 'Bottom Out', backed with a squashed and jagged Kowton remix. The original 'Bottom Out' picks up where Kowton's remix of 'Erotic Discourse' left off, rejecting kick 4/4 kick drums to focus on prickling industro-dub drums and acidic squirts with loadsa room to dance. Always a step ahead, Kowton's OTT remix extrudes those patterns with mind-bending phase shifts to a saltier, shiftier effect, neatly prepping for the tumultuous abstraction of Tessela's 'Total Music'.
*Part of the Jazzman Holy Grail Series. Limited numbered vinyl edition with insert, 1000 copies* "Much is said in the mainstream media about million-selling records, yet the opposite is true of the no-hitters - the obscurities that sold badly and which sank without a trace. This is the bittersweet experience of a hard-working soul band that experienced the elation of a million-selling chart-topper - but also the dejection of a self-released flop that sold so few copies that barely a handful can be traced to this day. The 1976 album 'Dedication of Love ' by Bobby Moore … Read more