Thursday, 18 June
Dreader UK pressure from Bristol via London on PAN affiliate Beneath's Mistry label, coined for his peers and like-minded bass cadets. The label's 4th drop is Laksa's first, framing the ruggedest UK house sounds with red-eyed night vision. 'Draw For The' strides over the A-side with drunken master style; all sloshing subs and roiling drums inna cold and brittle echo chamber style. B-side, 'Baded' drops the tempo a few notches but brings up the celsius at the same time, finding a woozy sub-tropical swagger in its hard surfaces and synthetic bird calls, whilst 'Touchdown' forges a killer sort of bl… Read more
Blawan reveals his bleakest, most bleached-out and finest constructions on his second modular techno session for his Ternesc label. In contrast to the all-out barrage of 'Warm Tonal Touch', these trax are reduced to bare, viscous vibrations and spooked sci-fi atmospheres in four parts. A-side sets a shivering tone with the sputtering bass pattern and gloomy ambient motifs of 'Hanging Out With The Birds', for 'Mine Oh Mine' to pick up the pace while concentrating the vibes to serpentine effect somewhere between Baby Ford & Ifach Collective's 'Sacred Mahcine' and recent Vereker/Restraint … Read more
*Ata Kak's legendary tape Obaa Sima introduced one of the greatest left-field dance floor jammers of all time, "Daa Nyinaa." Now available on 12" single for the first time, the song Ata Kak recorded in his Toronto apartment in 1993 lives on* The artist was cloaked in mystery until very recently; he created a joyously idiosyncratic balancing act of highlife, R&B, rap and house music that resonated with listeners many miles and several years away. The single is backed with the tape's final song, a minimalist electronic instrumental dripping with lo-fi rhythmic soul called "Bome Nnwom." The journey … Read more
**Gatefold 2LP** Oren Ambarchi's Black Truffle dig out a masterclass in minimalism from the extensive, unreleased archive of seminal American composer, Arnold Dreyblatt. 'Second Selection' follows on from the 'Choice' [Choose Records, 2013] compilation of Dreyblatt's work circa 1977-2007. It too spans his pieces recorded with the Orchestra of Excited Strings thru to solo compositions, but focusses on a window of productivity between 1979-1989, documenting in varying fidelity the time shortly after he set up the OES, and also covering the period during which he migrated from NYC, … Read more
*First pressing comes inside a limited edition hand painted sleeve* Ruddy raw and psychoactive house charmers from the mighty Principe. Niagara employs a more direct dancefloor template than most of his Portugese label peers, and the effect is deadly. Played live, and retaining that feral quality that has made this label so addictive, Niagara configures 6 tracks ranging from infected and dripping Lil Louis vibes on 'Arruda' to the cascading, synth-heavy hooks on 'Cheetah', before signing off with 'Alagarta' like some heat-infected Mr Oizo at his deadliest. Strong stuff from this increasingly impressive label.
Anthony "Shake" Shakir, Harmonious Thelonious and Alan Johnson uproot and shake down Blank Mind's first release in four exceptional remix excursions. As the label's debut release, 'Cover Me' set a wild precedent which followed thru into subsequent aces from DJ Clent, Dance, and Mirror. Now on their 7th release, the label have pulled in some heavy remix action exemplifying their open-ended yet focussed aesthetic. Anthony Shakir absolutely kills it with a Detroit No wave style take on Adrian Lenz's Grenadan dab dab ace, 'Cover Me', marrying air raid bass sweeps with sparking break… Read more
**Includes free download code redeemable form the label** "On 2/11/14 Hauschka performed two improvisations loosely based on his last album, 'Abandoned City'. This release documents that performance, seamlessly segueing from recursive, airborne keys to jaunty, padded rhythms and ambient noise. Hauschka says: "“Yufuin is a small picturesque town on the Japanese Island Kyushu. We arrived in the afternoon at the main station after a long train ride. After Yoshiyuki Tanigawa picked us up we drove all the way up into the mountains. At the center of a residential area we found a very modern museum calle… Read more
*Double vinyl housed inside a Gatefold sleeve printed on 425gsm card featuring embossed intestines and an exclusive lobby card. First time ever on vinyl, featuring 22 tracks including not only the full score to Absurd but also all of the cues used in the legendary splatter movie Pieces. Exclusively re-mastered for vinyl from the original CAM tapes* "Death Waltz unleash another cult classic from the video nasty era with Carlo Maria Cordio’s musical score to Joe D’Amato’s notorious Absurd (aka Rosso Sangue). A pseudo-sequel to Anthropophagus, the film reunited D’Amato with George Eastman… Read more
**Edition of 475** Jamal Moss a.k.a. The Sun God beams two 'Cosmic Chords' on Copenhagen's Cejero label. The A-side's kaleidoscopic, waltzing jack was recorded in Copenhagen, 2014, and gradually morphs from glistening tones to jagged, discordant madness by the track's end. B-side was recorded at Jamal's home in Chicago and percolates jagged 16th note EBM bass with one of his patented, floral synth arrangements to hypnotise and seduce.
Muscly techno DJ tools for the big room players. Check for the clipped, airborne strut of 'B-PAX' and poised balance of stalking EBM bass and tender pads in 'For Real'.
**Limited edition of 240 housed in screen-printed paper sleeve and transparent poly outer** The hyped DJ Guy shares some more offcuts from his early '90s archive. These tracks are much more serene and breezy than the sounds on All Caps' '20 (1996)' release, taking in the coruscating ambient dub melt of 'Computape Trk 2' and the blend of leaching field recordings and hyaline electronics in 'White Tape Trk4', before B-side's 'Basf Ferro Trk 3' broaches the 'floor with gently AFXian drum patter and the unfortunate appearance of a cheesy syn flute preset. Thankfully the Detroit-style drum programming … Read more
**Limited edition - Hand screen printed 7”** Jamaican reggae veteran Carlton Livingston blesses Heights & Worship with a brilliant vocal on the duo's return to Zam Zam Sounds. Up top 'pon 'Crucify Me', Livingston recounts lyrics about hard life in East Kingston over bluesy melodica and sweltering acidic dub. B-side brings the LFO swept bass and 303 forward in a choking, flying 'Crucify Dub'.
Dr. Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann a.k.a. The Orb return to Kompakt with 'Moonbuilding 2073 AD' - their 16th studio album and first for Kompakt in a decade. The pair still sound like a pair of stoners making music for themselves to hotbox the studio, and that's pretty much exactly what their legion followers are after. 'Moonbuilding 2703 AD' breaks down to four extended pieces, each one swimming in oceanic sub-bass and swarming with psychedelic FX. 'God's Mirrorball' hovers into first with their patented formula of daft vocal samples precipitating heavier clouds of dub-house chords an… Read more
**One of the greatest soundtrack composers of the late 20th Century finally gets a vinyl reissue series, includes a copy of the CD free inside* The work of Poland's Zbigniew Preisner is closely linked to that of film director Krzysztof Kieslowski, the pair having worked together since the widely acclaimed "Dekalog" series began production in the late 1980's. The soundtrack is one of Preisner's least-known but also one of his best - that distinctive orchestral style vividly evoking the grey Polish towerblock around which the series revolves. Amazing music, regardless of whether you're familiar with the work of either Kieslowski or Preisner - a hugely recommended listen.
**One of the greatest soundtrack composers of the late 20th Century finally gets a reissue series, includes a copy of the CD free inside* The work of Poland's Zbigniew Preisner is closely linked to that of film director Krzysztof Kieslowski, the pair having worked together since the widely acclaimed "Dekalog" series began production in the late 1980's. The soundtrack is one of Preisner's least-known but also one of his best - that distinctive orchestral style vividly evoking the grey Polish towerblock around which the series revolves. Amazing music, regardless of whether you're familiar with the work of either Kieslowski or Preisner - a hugely recommended listen.
"Finally, after 35 long years Futurismo are the first label ever to re-release one of the most sought-after and revered electronic albums of the early 1980’s – Digital Stimulation by Units. Inspired by punk in ideology, though not necessarily in sound, San Francisco’s Units were a young breed of dystopic visionaries art space prodigies and trash culture futurists set on reshaping sound for a new age. Leading the charge, along with only a couple of others such as Screamers and Chrome, they lit the touch-paper for a new sound, a new scene. A new approach. Equally as influenced by ex… Read more
**Limited edition 180g 'Wire Fusion' coloured vinyl** "Finally, after 35 long years Futurismo are the first label ever to re-release one of the most sought-after and revered electronic albums of the early 1980’s – Digital Stimulation by Units. Inspired by punk in ideology, though not necessarily in sound, San Francisco’s Units were a young breed of dystopic visionaries art space prodigies and trash culture futurists set on reshaping sound for a new age. Leading the charge, along with only a couple of others such as Screamers and Chrome, they lit the touch-paper for a… Read more
"Twenty-eight homespun stunners from the Alamo City’s scrappiest souleros. The Royal Jesters were the kings of San Antonio’s cross-cultural teen scene in the 1960s, soundtracking lovelorn slow dances with their heart-sick harmonies. For the first time, English Oldies gathers the best early doo-wop, R&B and blazing Latin rock and soul from these Tex-Mex masterminds-a simmering melting pot of diverse regional flavours, best served hot..."
**Gatefold 2LP** "Twenty-eight homespun stunners from the Alamo City’s scrappiest souleros. The Royal Jesters were the kings of San Antonio’s cross-cultural teen scene in the 1960s, soundtracking lovelorn slow dances with their heart-sick harmonies. For the first time, English Oldies gathers the best early doo-wop, R&B and blazing Latin rock and soul from these Tex-Mex masterminds-a simmering melting pot of diverse regional flavours, best served hot..."
**Limited gatefold multicoloured vinyl 3LP, includes MP3 download code** The soundtrack to FAR CRY 4 on CD with music from acclaimed Hollywood composer Cliff Martinez. This double disc edition features 45 minutes of bonus material not included on the digital release, providing around two hours of music from the game. Invada have been involved in several Cliff Martinez projects, with their own release of the popular soundtracks to crime thriller Drive and science fiction film Solaris. Far Cry 4 is Cliff's first foray into the world of video game music.
*28-track 2LP vinyl set with illustrated, annotated insert and featuring key recordings in the development of local Jamaican music from US-derived shuffle blues/boogie to the distinctive ska sound which would in turn evolve into rock steady and then reggae, inc tracks from Laurel Aitken, Derrick Morgan, Jimmy Cliff, Prince Buster, Don Drummond and Owen Gray* "The 28 tracks which comprise Feel So Fine are key recordings in the development of reggae’s precursor, ska. Throughout the ’50s and into the ’60s, the most popular style at Jamaican sound systems was the hard-hit… Read more
"‘S. Araw “Trio” XI’ is a new configuration of the Sun Araw Band, the live action collaborative branch of Sun Araw. Over the course of several studio dates in Hollywood, California, “Trio” players Cameron Stallones, Alex Gray and Mitchell Brown (with no prior intentions of doing any such thing) successfully planted a garden of ‘non-dimensional’ objects, not only spontaneously generating these objects but also mastering their nurture and cultivation. ‘Gazebo Effect’ is a double vinyl nocturnal stroll into the depths of the garden, its upper lawns and outbuildings. The li… Read more
"Italian Records return with another retro-futuristic step through its kult 80’s catalog. In the late 70’s Gaznevada had been one of the most relevant Italian Punk-Wave Bands coming to light from the Italian underground scene. In 1982 with I.C. Love Affair Gaznevada moved from post-punk to new-wave pop; and this tune is, without any doubt, considered as a proto-house anthem. For this 2015 release Italian Records include reconstructions by I-Robots and Giangi Cappai, the already well know Munk Edit and finally the David DePino edit."
Pépé Bradock, Joakim and Eric Duncan in the remix hotseat for Todd Terje. Monsieur Bradock spoils us with two cuts, one sousing Inspector Norse in psychedelic jazz finery, the other turning 'Swing Star' into a cosmic house VIP, whilst Joakim pumps 'Strandbar' up to bright but moody big room house play and Eric Duncan resets it to a camp, cantering NRG groove.
"Originally released in 1974, Miller’s third album is one of the best Brazilian records of its time. A seamless mesh of Brazilian pop, psychedelia, and Bossa Nova, Linguas De Fogo could be mistaken as Tropicalia (if Miller hadn’t distances himself from the genre). Of Linguas De Fogo, Flabbergasted Vibes writes “The record is dreamy, hazy, psychedlicized, progressive MPB that evokes early Lô Borges, or Beto Guedes, or the first Nelson Angelo/Joyce album. ...The arrangements are all great, balancing his relaxed, almost sedated vocal lines against taught double-tracked flute harmo… Read more
The legendary producer behind cult electro-pop act, Gina X Performance presents his first solo debut album since 1981. Steeped in allusions to classical European philosophy, literature and composers, 'Logic of Coincidence' follows an extraordinary career arc stretching from his late '70s disco-not-disco masterpieces, thru production work for John Foxx, Fashion, Nina Hagen and Birth Control, to a 2013 collaboration with Austra. On the record's ambitious concept, influences and execution, Zeus explains: "I have always been fascinated by the mathematical and philosophical aspects of coin… Read more
**Including 40 page booklet with photos and text by David Toop.** "Recordings from 1978 by David Toop of Yanomami ritual songs, shamanistic ceremonies and rainforest sounds. The voices of spirits and animal familiars, ventriloquial illusions of sound in dark spaces, secret spirit languages, the clap of thunder that links shamanic trance with the sleep language of Finnegans Wake... Out of these passages of the everyday, intensity flares like flames caught by a gust of wind. Skin burns or oozes blood, the wind blows up havoc as the sp… Read more
"Sweet Madness Volume Two unearths more previously unreleased Sweet Madness music from where Made In Spokane: 1978 - 1981 left off. Featuring fifteen previously unreleased songs many of which clock in at about two minutes each."
"2000black are back with three timeless pieces that blend the group's love for soulful futuristic beats and organic instrumentation. To most headz, the producers behind 2000black need no real introduction. Initially inspired by breakbeat, house and techno, 4hero’s Dego has been constantly moving since the early nineties, enriching the drum & bass, soul and London boogie scene in his own unique way. The collective is acclaimed for their unique groove and their mix of jazz, soul and electronics...."