Thursday, 14 May
"Jim O’Rourke is ready to talk to you again with his first pop album since 2001. ‘Simple Songs’ is an amazing record of musical song entertainment because Jim O’Rourke knows what he wants and how to get it. The range of sounds and songs that have turned Jim’s head are numerous enough to have crushed together into something that is unmistakably his. The music is played so immaculately by so many instruments and most of them by the creator’s hand. ‘Simple Songs’ was worked over, from source material to finished mix, for five years or more now. Jim’s writing is rooted in the approach of ‘Insi… Read more
**Limited Edition Instrumental Versions* Heavyweight hook-up from Ghostface Killah and Canadian jazz trio BadBadNotGood, produced by Frank Dukes (Eminem, 50 Cent, Drake). Imagine a hip hop noir directed by David Lynch and featuring MF Doom and Danny Brown; you can almost inhale the silver chronic fog of 'Sour Soul'. Dripping with expensive-sounding strings and Gainsbourg-via-Badalamenti vibes, the production is authentically classic and cinematic. On paper, the jazz-trio plus Wu Tang MC formula could be enough to send heads fleeing, but the results are actuall… Read more
Class electro tackle from Entro Senestre, fittingly for the Dutch label, Dekmantel. Following from his acclaimed Daywalker & CF session for L.I.E.S. with Willie Burns, this one is out and out electro in the mould of classic Drexciya, Bunker and Murder Capital, rocking darkside pads and slick 808s in 'The Screen' beside the fluid electro-house wriggle of 'Hit The Road' on the A-side, and flipping over to the E.R.P. like programming sophistication of 'Trials of Love' and the aquatic Transllusion nod, 'Slow Motion Disaster'.
Legowelt and hirsute pal bang the box on a 2nd Seaside Houz Boys session. You get four patented hardware rubs, ranging from adrenalized panic to vintage faces Drums style and the electroid winner 'Deepness of X70002'.
As far as we know this is the first PAN tee. The design is silk-screened onto Earth Positive, climate neutral tees, available in one colourway. This is a size SMALL. Chest measurement (pit to pit) for this size is 34-36 Inches.
**Limited, numbered gatefold 2LP** "Inspired by the vintage radio shows of Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles, 'Tales From Beyond The Pale' was conceived and is curated by Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid. Deep Focus records brings you these two fantastic audio dramas with score and theme music on a deluxe double vinyl set. Theme music by Jeff Grace, original score by Dave Eggar."
**Die cut jacket. Printed inner** Austere techno from Sigha on Shifted's Avian imprint. A tense and bitter product of its times, 'Techno Derivatives' reduces the style to its most skeletal form with visionary, precision tooled engineering. The A-side cuts are sick, with the tantric '02' teasing the kick drum around shuddering mass of metallic synths and '04' economically rolling with reversed kicks and match-strike percussion sparking in the darkness. Likewise, B-side, '09' holds steadfast to a muted palette with eerie success, and '12' delivers venomous, pounding kicks.
"The Epic is a 172-minute, three-volume set that includes a 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and 17 songs overlaid with a compositional score written by Washington. Pulsing underneath is an otherworldly ten-piece band, each member of which is individually regarded as among the best young musicians on the planet – including bassist Thundercat and his brother, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., bassist (yes, there are two) Miles Mosley, drummer Tony Austin (of course there are two), keyboard player Brandon Coleman, pianist Cameron Graves, and trombonist Ryan Porter. Patrice Quinn’s ethereal voc… Read more
**Edition of 100 housed in fold-over artwork by Michael Holland** Fragile yet playful new composition from Joe Snape, who was last spotted on Slip, and is here teamed up with Manchester's Another Contemporary Music Ensemble for ONO ahead of their upcoming UK/Euro tour.
*Limited Edition White Vinyl pressing* With production work included from Thomas Knack (Opiate), Matthew Herbert, Matmos and Console, and even a sample lifted off Oval’s groundbreaking Systemisch LP, Vespertine is without doubt one of Bjork's most loved albums.
EDM meets Egyptian Empire's 'Horn Track' and Brandy samples stuffed with nods to UK jungle and hardass Euro techno from Boys Noize.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* Tom Trago serves a handy summary of his Voyage Direct series for Rush Hour. Orbiting disco, soul and jazz inna house fashion, his ecletic bunch of contributors are at best with William Kouam Djoko's jazzy ambient footworker, 'Deflourished' ; that classic Chi update from House of Jezebel (Legowelt), 'Love & Happiness'; Carl Craig's taps-aff Detroit disco boost of Trago's own 'use Me Again'; Interstellar Funk's odd disco droner, 'House Train'.
**Includes download code for full 22 track series** Slinky disco house tricks from Tom Trago's Voyage Direct series. Awanto 3 turns out the plush boogie bass, synth licks and rippling congas of 'The Girl Is Hot' across the A-side; Tom Trago slips in the low key soul burn of 'Only Believe', and William Kouam Djoko gets the hips going with an infectious, jazzy shuffler entitled, 'Hold Me Close'.
An Easyjet-set fantasy come to life; Lucy and (Ben) Klock team up for Stroboscopic Artefacts. 'Bliss' pulses icy ambient tones setting the scene for a tunnelling big room squeeze, 'War Lullaby' and over into slower, experimental oscillations of 'Santeria' and the spectral resonance of 'A Ghost Lovestory'.
Vinyl Edition now available. "Right from their inception in 1976, back in the first stirrings of punk, Wire went about making music in a subversive, conceptual way, setting themselves apart from both their peers and their influences. Bass guitarist and vocalist Graham Lewis identifies another trait that has run throughout the group’s lifetime. “People said we were mysterious, arch and dark. But the only way of doing that successfully, is by also having a sense of humour. You have to have that balance. With Wire there’s a peculiarity, a contrariness and that can be funny." This questing approach has permea… Read more
Monday, 11 May
By Pitchfork’s reckoning Dominick Fernow’s discography now stands at over 150 releases long - so it isn’t without much consideration that we say that ‘Frozen Niagara Falls’ is his defining, most exploratory and ultimately rewarding work to date. It’s an epic undertaking too - spanning two discs (the vinyl edition which will follow next month is a mammoth 3LP) and includes over an hour and a half of music, veering from the surprisingly contemplative destroyed-folk of ‘Greenpoint’ and 'Christ Among The Broken Glass’, to painfully blissful, Vangelis-esque night-scapes ('Jester In Agon… Read more
Sharp Veins reveals a captivating debut dream sequence of emirg-ent hybrids for new age grime pushers, Glacial Sound. Hailing from Alabama via the U.S. East Coast, he was one of Fact magazine's "producers to watch in 2015" based on the strength of his soundcloud alone. Like fellow American mutants Elysia Crampton or Rabit - with whom he shared a side for Bristol's Blacklink Sound - the Sharp Veins sound errs to a more electronic, IDM-style sci-fi atmospheres, but with the economy of UK grime instrumentals and emotive incision of R&B. He describes them as "functional places - idyllic,… Read more
**Includes a Boomkat exclusive bonus track** Lakker beautifully find their voice in this eagerly awaited 2nd album. Working with vocalist Eileen Carpio on four out of ten tracks, they considerately expand their soundworld to encompass bludgeoning techno alongside elaborate IDM structures and vicious noise tear-outs, realising the most dramatic and perhaps definitive statement in their catalogue so far. Since 2011, the duo of Dara Smith and Ian McDonnell (Eomac) have come to define something that was maybe lacking (pun intended) in modern electronica with a gush of 12"'s finding the pressure point … Read more
Hell just froze over: Pan Sonic's lesser-spotted Ilpo Väisänen finally returns with a solo album of industro-dub rhythms recalling his little-known but killer output as Liima and Piiri. It's all new material, stringently focussed on the bare-bones dynamics of Jamaican dub proper but, filtered with the precise, austere approach of Pan Sonic as a "statement against technocracy and the erosion of human community." Dub's organic qualities are swapped for patterns of barbed-wire structure and tones so cold that they perpetually shatter on impact, presenting a uniquely stubbo… Read more
Another masterstroke from the maestro, Oren Ambarchi, this time in conjunction with a 20-piece ensemble conducted by Ilan Volkov and featuring members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra & Speak Percussion. Oren's 4th LP release of 2015 already (and it's only May!) presents a necessary space for unconscious meditation following a vintage streak of releases as diverse as they are brilliant and challenging in their respective forms. As the title alludes, 'Sleepwalker's Conviction' can be taken as a study of unconsciousness manifest in sound, a continuation of Oren's preterna… Read more
Dennis Bovell performs an outright dub murder 'pon Glasgow's always-brilliant Golden Teacher at The Green Door. Bovell reduces a new cut, 'Instigator' to a heaving 100bpm mass of prickling, rocksteady drum machine pulse, spooling keys and dread vox destined for the heads of the rebels in the best dances. Flipside, 'Like A Hawk' (lifted from their 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night' 12") gets shook up to a 111bpm patter, coming off like a hydro-charged update of Carl Craig's refit for the Congos - one of our favourite all time 12"s. Totally indispensable gear.
'Dumb Flesh' is the ecstatic new album from F**k Buttons' Benjamin Power in Blanck Mass mode. His 2nd album in this guise after 2011's eponymous debut, it retains much of the fizzy noise harmonics and thrills of his duo with Andrew Hung, but channels a more direct dancefloor and pop attitude, 'Dumb Flesh' isn't quite techno, noise or post-rock, but rather a distillation of all their affective memes boiled up, reduced and smeared across these eight tracks. The result: a viscous goo of legal-high potency, conducting strangely heart-racing arrangements at slouchy tempo in 'Atrophies' or goin… Read more
**Incredible new album from Type - a study in bass tones massively recommended if you’re into Earth, Sunn 0))) or Phill Niblock** Type suck us in head first with Retribution Body's blooming black mass of acoustic drone alchemy, 'Aokigahara'. Known to his pals and employers at Boston's Berklee College as world class acoustic technician Matthew Azevedo, Retribution Body is the very occasional moniker for his musical exploits, revealing a rarified grasp of low end frequency manipulation on a par with the likes of Earth, Sunn 0))) or Phill Niblock. Specialising in architectural acoustic … Read more
Nico Jaar serves his 1st single in four years with the moody/pastoral ambient techno tones of 'Nymphs II'. In the time that's elapsed since then, he's started and finished the Darkside project and closed his Clown + Sunset label to concentrate on Other People, which has revealed itself a fruitful endeavour with some 30 releases since 2013. These tracks, penned in NYC between 2011 and 2015 reassert his position between modern composition and dancefloor music: 'The Three Sides of Audrey and Why She's All Alone Now' moves thru the distinct movements, sweeping from ghostly pastoral shades to … Read more
Hodge joins Pev's Livity Sound gang with a pair of mutant Bristolian rollers. Up top, their '21 Versions' finds a balance of Shackleton's recent psy-trance trajectories and a more rugged, tucked-in UK flex. B-side, 'What Your Heart Knows' is much stronger, electro-plating hydraulick bass flux with lustrous Detroit-style synth tones that arch up and explode in BugBranded chromatic rainbows.
Smart session of tensile techno tools from Caspar Clarke a.k.a. Volte-Face. 'Charlatan' marks not only Volte-Face's solo debut but, also the christening of BleeD Music, the label spawned from Caspar's boundary-pushing series of events which hosted events by everyone from Blackest Ever Black to PAN and L.I.E.S. in London. It's possible to hear slight traces of those label aesthetics in 'Charlatan', yet the impetus is ambiguously torn between big room techno and bunkered intensity, whether nailing a muscular, driven sound with the dramatic 5am pounder, 'Until The Light Takes Us' and the ca… Read more
"Rivington Não Rio revels in the kind of compassionate complexity that marks Prefuse 73's greatest works, with a profound new element added to the mix: Patience. Herren's ability to marry the manic to the melodic has always been uncanny, but here it feels downright magical as the songs inhale with his trademark sense of urgency…then exhale in longer, more revealing breaths. The prismatic textures that have long been a staple of Prefuse 73 are bound to beats and melodies with the spirit of hip-hop and the subtlety of modern minimalism. The album's guests treat the material with a hu… Read more
Visonia presents a serious emotional payload with debut album, 'Impossible Romance'. The follow-up to their uncannily effective 'Die Reisen' 12" collaboration with Dopplereffekt (all three tracks are featured here) reprises that same heart-on-sleeve emotive appeal across 12 compositions indulging a real passion for Italo and '80s synth-pop spliced with tensile EBM and electro-techno signatures. It really pulls no punches, delivering tear-jerking, maximalist synth peaks and yearning vocals propelled by pumping yet elegant machine rhythms at every turn. It's a triumph of sincere vulnera… Read more
Koza returns from hiatus to Maslo with a quartet of bolder house deviations in 'Prisn'. Where his previous trio of Ben UFO-championed 12"s trod heavily between dub house and dank techni minimalism, these trax take inspiration from Apple and Google operating systems to conjure a more abstract and foreboding vision of modern house music descending from the subterranean tone of 'GET_INTENT' to the sluggish capacity of 'DECIVEID', allowing a glimmer of optimism with the glassy notes and tempo nudge of 'OPT_iCAL_IN', and slipping back into gadget-induced torpor with the subtly crooked and serpentin… Read more
For the DJs and dancers, a special set of concatenated grooves from house heavyweights. Manuel Tur goes darkroom with '121 BPM'; I:Cube cuts tribal rug at a leisurely '109 BPM'; the mysterious Blank Spanner (who're they?) show off with the dub-synched lather of '126.5 BPM'; Disco Nihilist swings wide with the fruity '124 BPM'; Âme gets sand in their pants with the gritty jack ov '119 BPM'; Radio Slave owns your body with a brilliant batacuda charge at '122 BPM'.