Thursday, 18 September
'If You Take Your Magic Slow' is the debut full-length LP from multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Baron’s The Garment District, with help from a few friends and family. 'If You Take Your Magic Slow' is very much a structured album with its diverse tracklist meticulously strung together. A mix of surreal instrumentals and subtle turns conjures outdoor walks in transitional atmospheres and landscapes, nature hikes in the city, sunny days that are okay with becoming cloudy, warm music full of feeling that remains comfortably easy-going despite the meticulous care given to i… Read more
Keysound's most rooted unit return with a lean suite of broken beat and Afro-centric mutations on 'Islands'. Tied together with Josh Idehen's observant, poetic narration, 'Islands' follows the much-loved 'Routes' (2011) LP with a bright, spacious haul, flexing from wicked breakbeat and bass agitations to eerier ambient interludes. It feels constantly in flux between an omnipresent urban dread and moments of elation, tracing the underground/overground, hyper-capitalist/realist topologies and analogues of London town itself, from the deft bounce of 'New Pen' to lonely, solemn close of 'Island' … Read more
**Previously unissued original version of a disco peach rife with steel drums, backed with Lord Echo remix** "EM Records presents a new addition to their EM Steel Pan Series from John Gibbs And The Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra. In anticipation of the release of their 1977 album Steel Funk on CD/LP, EM is issuing two 12" singles ahead of the album. "J'ouvert" is a non-album track which was originally recorded and released in 1979 as a 12" single, in co-operation with legendary Philly Soul producer Louis Anthony deLise. This version is, surprisingly, a previously unis… Read more
The foundations of house, reissued for 2014. This is the DJ International Records version, including the re-edits of Chicago bug-outs 'It's House' and 'Time To Jack', plus 'House Energy' uptown, backed with 'It's Dub', the stripped-down 'Time To Track', and kinky blinder 'M.B. Dance' downtown. Y'all know what time it is.
One of the UK's most outstanding, if underrated, techno producers returns on Skudge with two twisted dancefloor massages. 'Jaffa' is a real epic in the most classic sense of the word, patiently creating its own airspace where padded, offset dub techno groove gives rise to radiant chords, proper breakdown and the most sensuous, exotic string bloom in the 2nd half. This + a couple of garys and you're laughing. B-side 'Gate 2 Yesterday' plays a bit ruffer with prowling dub chords and hefty sub-bass whisked with nifty rim-shots and snares to enhance yr wiggly jack.
Limited Edition Vatican Shadow 'Kneel Before Religious Icons' screen-printed tee. T-shirts are Gildan Premium, 100% cotton pre shrunk jersey knit 185gsm Seamless set-in rib knit 7/8" collar. Taped neck and shoulders. Sizes: to fit chest in inches S (34-36) M (38-40) L (42-44) XL (46-48). This is a size LARGE.
**Includes download code** Fidgety, fudged house and techno abstractions from the vowel-averse LBNHRX. Four original tracks feels out wonky hardware grooves, which are duly deranged in remixes from Cupp Cave and Lawrence Le Doux.
Norwegian synth-fiddler Stian Gjevik (EOD) returns to Belgium's Wémè Records as CN with a fluffy 2LP of melodic, instrumental electro-pop. Taking inspiration from the mysteries of ancient Egypt, Gjevik pirouettes between 13 undeniably sweet synth exercises swaddled in tape noise, fathoming aquatic electro vignettes and quicksilver dancefloor workouts.
**Hair-brained psych rock from Bristol's Paul Allen (The Heads), now joined by Gareth Turner and Jesse Webb (Big Naturals)** "in an era where the word 'psych' itself is fast being overused to the point of meaninglessness, there are certain seers who can always be relied upon to brandish an artistic insight into third-eye salvation that departs from its obsessive origins to offer trashed transcendence above and beyond the physical form. One such is Paul 'Prof' Allen, the mastermind of Anthroprophh, whose second album 'Outside The Circle' is a dizzying psychic voyage that exists in, ar… Read more
Finally, the long-awaited return of Mordant Music's shadowy industrialist, Mr Maxted. Three years since his 'Momentum' and more still since the creepy ferric EBM of 'Lives & Privacy (94-89)', his re-emergence dovetails perfectly with current underground fixations on all things wavey, magnetic and spoolly. This is proper box bedroom machine music, strafed with streaks of vocodered voices and powered by the most brittle, prodding, gridlocked rhythms and minimalist synthlines with that wicked, foil-biting tang. Ten tracks range from boogie-in-yer-Y-fronts electro-pop on 'New World Down' t… Read more
Liminal Sounds follow that deadly Air Max '97 plate with three grimy jungle and R&B mutations by Berlin's She's Drunk. 'Talk To Them' strikes out with a taut fusion of grimy bass pressure and split jungle breaks alloyed in airborne structures; flipside drops the quickstepping ragga wine-up 'The Wild Yard', and something a bit more unique with the cut-up, 'Mariah Believes'.
"Prins Thomas prepares a sonic trip for Endless Flight and the Japanese festival 'Rainbow Disco Club’. Spanning 26 tracks, the collection features selections from Donato Dozzy, Floating Points, DJ Fett Burger, Ricardo Villalobos, Golden Teacher, theo Parrish , Surgeon and more. It's the second time the man from the Norwegian woods has been a guest on the top-notch Tokyo based festival. He also conceived with the festival organizers and Endless Flight man of action Toshiya Kawasaki the plan to do a mix cd that mirrors his current state of the art behind the wheels of steel. Those … Read more
**Housed in screen-printed wraparound jacket. Individually numbered edition of 550** A gloomy industrial-pop dispatch from Ade Newton's Clock DVA via his Anterrior Research Media Comm label. 'The Konstruktor' takes shape as a strung-out electro-steppers' groove voiced by Newton on the A-side; 'Re-Kabaret 13' is more focussed on the 'floor with steely, Teutonic techno minimalism and processed voices comparable with recent Heinrich Mueller aktions.
**Spotgloss jacket. Numbered, limited edition of 1000 w/ download code** Hot-tip, Suicideyear, bridges the gap betwixt Big Boi and Terry Riley in his debut album for Mexican Summer. Hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, James Prudhomme aka Suicideyear has crafted a gorgeously sensual, lucid hybrid of ATL trap beats and classic mid-late 20th century American minimalism, first heard in the 'Japan' mixtape, and now polished up with 'Remembrance'. We'd imagine this stuff to be like a iced-tea on the ears if heard in the humid climes of Louisiana and Florida where it was created, and equally… Read more
More radiophonical f**kery from Ekoplekz, deposited on Bob Bhamra's West Norwood Cassette Library. The 'Rock La Bibliotek' EP features six cuts of grubby analog utterance ranging from the marsh-troddin' Sarkaztik' to the dank chamber zones of 'Dropkone' on the A-side, and from plonging stepper 'Metronomik' to the eyrie ritual of 'Ekztatik' on the other.
Check the kicks on this blighter! Karlist returns to Russian Torrent Versions with proper show of power, barrelling from a trancey 140bpm electro-techno pounder up top to a glum off-beat and an hypnotic techno tool on the turn.
Pensive, kinetic dub techno from Newcastle/London's Blackhall & Bookless, backed with smart remixes by Virginia and Fred P. The Geordies' debut vinyl presents a muscular, driving sound well skooled in deep house and techno, yielding the adroit swerve and shimmy and cavernous dubbing of 'Kevins Spacey' and the tunnelling, puckered deep techno momentum of 'Morgans Freeman' for the dancers. Flipside, Panorama Bar associate Virginia gives a smoother, synth-licked Detroit house remix of the former, and Fred P turns the latter into a swinging, proggy piece of deep New York house.
"Laetitia Sadier’s new album, ‘Something Shines’, was recorded and matured more slowly than either ‘Silencio’ or ‘The Trip’. ‘Something Shines’ was initially recorded in Switzerland, where Laetitia’s collaborator David collects amazing old keyboards and organs from people who have inherited them but find no space or usage for them. Scattered through Europe are the component players of the ‘Something Shines’ band; drummer Emmanuel Mario in Paris and bassist Xavi Munoz in Castellon near Valencia, so additional parts were laid down in those cities. The strings were done in St. Etienne by… Read more
"Laetitia Sadier’s new album, ‘Something Shines’, was recorded and matured more slowly than either ‘Silencio’ or ‘The Trip’. ‘Something Shines’ was initially recorded in Switzerland, where Laetitia’s collaborator David collects amazing old keyboards and organs from people who have inherited them but find no space or usage for them. Scattered through Europe are the component players of the ‘Something Shines’ band; drummer Emmanuel Mario in Paris and bassist Xavi Munoz in Castellon near Valencia, so additional parts were laid down in those cities. The strings were done in St. Etienne … Read more
Natty 8-bit electro themes, apparently written for the Norwegian Education department's 'Sports/Tools' programme and recently rediscovered on tape in a Trondheim thrift store by Stian Gjevik aka EOD. The fact that it's composed by a guy called Dildrian Schrödinger kinda lets the cat oot the box, so to speak, but if you like the idea of Kraftwerk writing motivational music for kids in plimsoles and white vests, this is one for you. Dare you to play it at the gym.
*New Vinyl Edition* For this snowy expedition our doomy guides are oddball Japanese noise God Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) and fellow countrymen and dark harbingers of doom Boris. It's their second collaboration after the crushing (and appropriately titled) 'Megatone', and takes their sound into further more insane reaches of the noise spectrum. Don't get the wrong idea though, this isn't noise like you'd normally expect from the man Akita, oh no this is far subtler and in the end far more affecting. Indeed the first few minutes are close to silence; rumbles and hums which build… Read more
*Includes a 54 minute bonus CD featuring 21 early live and demo recordings from 1981/82, preserved in the tape archive of Joy Division/New Order manager Rob Gretton. Among these priceless lost recordings are 7 songs never before heard even on bootlegs* Factory Benelux presents Testament, a comprehensive ‘best of’ collection by influential Scottish group The Wake, including tracks recorded for cult labels Factory and Sarah Records. The Wake formed in Glasgow in early 1981 after singer/guitarist Caesar left future pop stars Altered Images. Joined by Carolyn Allen (keyboards), Steven Allen … Read more
"The Deep Freeze Mice where an English post punk/weirdo, pop/DIY band from Leicester; they released ten albums between 1979 and 1989 on their own labels Mole Embalming and the still running Cordelia Records. The band also gained a bit of post existence notice by their inclusion on the Nurse With Wound list and through the Messthetics compilation series. The original lineup consisted of guitarist/vocalist Alan Jenkins, bassist Mick Bunnage (of the Statics), keyboardist Sherree Lawrence, and drummer Graham Summers (also of the Statics) which remained intact until the release… Read more
**Includes 24" x 12" poster** HJ's says: "Afro-space-disco contagion — shuffling and wiggling, synthy and bubbling — from this re-incarnation of Willy Nfor’s Mighty Flames, recruited mostly from the wave of Cameroonian musicians drawn to Nigeria in the late-1970s by its heavy new funk sound. After a stint at the Right Time studio in Onitsha, the FP cadets ended up at Phonodisk in Lagos, quickly in high demand as session-players, running First Planet on the side with other Nigerian session players from the Onitsha/Awka axis. Its name was intended to evoke the co… Read more
**Previously unissued original version of a disco peach rife with steel drums, backed with freakin' wild edit by Hair Stylistics** "EM Records proudly announces a new addition to their EM Steel Pan Series, John Gibbs And The Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra. They are preparing to release their fine 1977 album Steel Funk on CD/LP, and as an appetizer they will issue two 12" singles ahead of the album. "Trinidad (Disco Mix)" is a remixed version of the album track "Trinidad & Tobago," and was originally issued in 1977 as a remixed 12" single for the dance market on Gibbs'… Read more
Brighton's Elizabeth Bernholz aka Gazelle Twin follows guest appearances for Alex Banks and Answer Code Request with a dramatic debut album of skewed electro-pop for Anti-Ghost Moon Ray Records. Her choice of previous collaborators gives a fair indication of her sound, but factor in additional production and mixing by analogue whizz-kid Benge, and connections with the likes of Scanner and John Foxx and you have abetter grasp of her queered, eldritch sound before you've even heard it. Between the crushed techno exoeskeleton of 'Unflesh', the woozy ambient pop of 'Anti Body', and the melting torch … Read more
Brighton's Elizabeth Bernholz aka Gazelle Twin follows guest appearances for Alex Banks and Answer Code Request with a dramatic debut album of skewed electro-pop for Anti-Ghost Moon Ray Records. Her choice of previous collaborators gives a fair indication of her sound, but factor in additional production and mixing by analogue whizz-kid Benge, and connections with the likes of Scanner and John Foxx and you have abetter grasp of her queered, eldritch sound before you've even heard it. Between the crushed techno exoeskeleton of 'Unflesh', the woozy ambient pop of 'Anti Body', and the melting torc… Read more
Fiercely disciplined debut from Japan's Ueno Masaaki, presenting the 7th edition of Raster-Noton's Unun series. In four concise pieces, Masaaki articulates a unique style of techno apparently taking "his musical cue from natural phenomena and the laws of nature", and manifest in a chain reaction of hyper-ventilating rhythm and shifting percussive tone. In some respects, his minimalist efficiency and the evolution of his rhythms strongly remind of productions by Hungary's Gábor Lázár and Rotherham's Mark Fell, but the difference lies in his taste for saltier, scuffed drum hits and m… Read more
Manchester's Marconi Union dial in 'Weightless (Ambient Transmissions Vol.2)' for Just Music, featuring "the world's most relaxing song" according to Time Magazine. We're fairly sure even the artists themselves would rankle at such a daft mantle, but there's little arguing that 'Weightless' is a relaxing album. It's definitely not vexing, anyway. RIYL Eno, old CCO gear etc.
"Full-tilt with tunes, aggro riffs, feedback peals, stoned soul-searching, pop turnarounds and magisterial portraits of the go-nowhere lifestyle in abstract, ‘Weirdon’ is also a new-phase Purling Hiss album, using the songwriting and guitar style of Mike Polizze to come up with a quicksilver sound touched on only briefly on previous records. Replete with handclaps, pounding pianos, tambourines and vocal effects, but steeped in guitar roar, Purling Hiss streamlines up nicely, serving the new songs and directions of ‘Weirdon’ while still slamming down hard on your ears like they like to do. S… Read more