Thursday, 17 July
Rampant techno, fresh outta NYC and backed with a Tuff Sherm remix. Check for the muscular, abrasive charge of 'Princip (Rubble Dub 1)' and the ruddy rtechno rolige of 'Youth Series (Rayon Dub 1)'.
*Edition limited to 240 copies, with liner notes by Frederic Acquaviva and a fantastic front cover drawing by Maurice Lemaître* "Alga marghen presents an exceptionally wild sonic art and poetry document, Maurice Lemaître “Poémes et musiques lettristes et hyperphonie” recorded between 1952 and 1968. What does Lemaître contribute to the Isouian poetic creation? What… music as background to “lettries”? These are heretic hyperphonies forming such a specific corpus in the lettric sphere. Neither Isou, nor Pomerand, Dufrêne, Wolman, or Spacagna achieved what L… Read more
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore.‘Saw Delight’ was the ninth Can studio album and featured two new band members who were ex- members of Traffic. The album’s musical direction flirts with world music and precedes the mid-1980s world music trend set by artists such as Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel. ‘Saw Delight’ was made as a binaural recording, a method of recording sound tha… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue on 180g Double Vinyl* "From its first release in 2000 (marking the 20-year existence of the band) to date, it has doubtlessly remained the most complex work of the Neubauten and the most fascinating in its evolution. It shows the Neubauten universe from both a known, emotionally moving side, as well as one that is deliberately constructive. It clearly breathes the inimitably rough Neubauten handwriting, while Blixa’s voice cuts through intellectual and cryptic texts. It is carried by metal sounds, from which individual instruments can almost no lon… Read more
**Clear, hand-stamped vinyl. Edition of 300** Tasty dub house skanks from new label, Silver Ash. The uncredited A-sisde, 'Karri' works a minimal garage house skip and dynamic dub chords; Fluxion reworks 'DMTC' on the flip as an swirling dub house groove with gorgeous, ghostly pads in the 2nd half.
"Mark Barrott’s (ex Future Loop Foundation) ‘Sketches From An Island’ compresses this Balearic heartbeat into nine warm gems which paint a picture of the island, the people and the magnetic beauty that pulses through it. Recorded in Ibiza's northern hills using “weird percussion, some slide guitars and a few borrowed synths,” it’s a melodic and mysterious representation of a place seeped in a rich and rebellious history. Opening track ‘Baby Come Home’ radiates with carefree tropical sounds and upbeat harmonies. The blues-soaked melodies of ‘Essene’ perfectly navig… Read more
"San Fran synth sensei Ben Winans, a.k.a. Roche, ventures further into his arcane hardware labyrinths on Stillhope, his second slab of mind-wired Pacific house for 100% Silk. As always, there’s a great sense of spaciousness and flow,coastal fog billowing around Alcatraz and over Land’s End, invisible currents taking control. “Stillhope” and “The Medicine” skew more toward the hazed and zen, cliffside smoke seances rendered through samplers and circuitry, percussion patterns ghosting under hidden lunar cycles, while “Change” brings back the bass, riding an acid-funked electric slide into a chorus of … Read more
Reissue of seminal, early Chicago house trax from Chip E as Sweet D. You get the happy clapping piano house cheese of 'Thank Ya' up top, but the really gems are flipside in the Italo-aping disco bassline, chirruping vocal and synths of 'Do Do It' and daft MIDI funk of 'Turn It'.
Gavin Russom reprises his kosmiche disco-not-disco duo with Viva Ruiz for DFA. Two years on from their eponymous debut album, they dub out a handful of its cuts, giving 'Ascension' a ruddy, fizzing 'Deep Mix' and a muggy 'Space Mix' of 'Paradise' on the first disc, whilst the 2nd offers an oily, kinky 'Xxxtended MIx' of 'Rain' and the raw House mix of 'We Came To'.
*Deluxe 180g gatefold reissue of this legendary Australian Eco-jazz soundtrack remastered from the original master tapes, with rare photos and extensive liner notes* "Based on the novel written by Australian actor Roger Ward (Mad Max, Stone, Turkey Shoot) The Set was a highly controversial film upon its release in 1970 in which it's alternate attitudes towards sexuality challenged the traditional mores of the mainstream society. The film, now regarded as a lost piece of Australian genre cinema, is considered the precursor to the OZ Sex-Wave films of … Read more
5CD box set covers the 4 albums John Foxx released between 1980 - 1985 - Metamatic, The Garden, The Golden Section & In Mysterious Ways - plus B-sides and out-takes from the sessions which have been added as bonus tracks after each original album, and on a fifth CD, Fusion/Fission. The Virgin Years includes a new analogue master of Metamatic , along with re-masters of the B-sides - 'This City', 'Film One' etc. The black box also houses five postcards with the artwork for the singles 'Underpass', 'No-One Driving', 'Europe After The Rain', 'Endlessly' and 'Stars On Fire'.
**Limited edition of 500** "Not only has Muslimgauze’s work survived the death of Bryn Jones, so have his working methods; with so much worthwhile material still in the vaults and much of it having little in the way of information or context left by the artist upon his untimely passing, recent reissues and new releases have seen Staalplaat going largely by the way the working tapes were originally organized. Here we have an excellent example of the perils and rewards of that approach; eight mixes, just over an hour, of some of the dubbiest, most spacious material Jones ever put … Read more
*First time vinyl reissue of Joe McPhee's classic CJR LP from 1969 with exact repress of the original artwork* "Trumpeter and saxophonist Joe McPhee's first album, Underground Railroad, has been virtually impossible to find on vinyl, issued in an edition of 500 copies on Craig Johnson's CJR label -- it was recorded next to Johnson's house at the Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York -- it sold out and was never reprinted on vinyl until now. Underground Railroad is comprised of three pieces, the title track, "Harriett," and "Message From Denmark." The band features McPhee on corn… Read more
**Deluxe triple LP in a gatefold sleeve back in stock** Gobsmacking anthology of prescient and super hard-to-find Nigerian disco by the fascinating and enigmatic William Onyeabor. It's the first ever fully licensed collection of Onyeabor's deeply infectious sounds, drawn from a string of eight LPs privately issued on his Wilfilms imprint between 1977-1985, all brimming with a genuinely joyful energy, sophisticated cool and synthetic sensuality. Nodding at once to West African disco and Afrobeat, the futurist funk of Parliament/Fun… Read more
Monday, 14 July
*Hospital Productions debut from Nine Inch Nails’ Alessandro Cortini, a suite of 9 analogue synth pieces complete with found and ambient sounds* Alessandro Cortini is best known as the lead electronics performer in Nine Inch Nails’, but in recent years his work as ‘Sonoio' and a pair of fine albums for Important Records under his own name have highlighted his own individual productions. Known as one of the pre-eminent Buchla masters in North America, Cortini makes a surprising departure on this debut album for Hospital Productions by making use of little more than a Roland MC 202 fed th… Read more
Scything breakbeat techno and electro from Tessela on his follow-up to 'Nancy's Pantry' for R&S. A-side brings the bullish 'ardcore churn of 'Rough 2' with its febrile bleeps, rattling breaks and hovering chords built to demolish warehouses, whilst flipside 'Butchwax' updates that pre-'ardcore sound of NYC electro and UK fast rap breaks with modern discipline, and 'C'mon Let's Slow Dance' teeters on the edge of EBM, concrète noise and current Grime styles.
Much needed reissue of the debut album of ambient Techno meditations from much loved DJ and producer Donato Dozzy. 'K' consists of two extended tracks clocking in at nearly half an hour each. The first roams sparse half-tempo terrain like some ancient AI chillout session, the atmosphere coloured with pale synth washes and splashing downbeat 909 rhythms. It's actually a number of tracks segued together, but it's seamless so you'd never notice anyway. The second track flows more like one of Dozzy's DJ sets, floating along linear drum machine pulses enveloped by enchanting drones and choral voices...
*22 Track Digital Edition* The Masse Box comprises the album “Masse“ and the three remix EPs from DIN (Efdemin + Marcel Fengler), Dettmann & Wiedemann and Henrik Schwarz in one set.
Minimal Wave present the quintessential collection of rehearsals, rare outtakes and live recordings by Karl O'Connor and co's notorious Sandra Electronics. Spanning the group's early years in Birmingham circa late '80s/early '90s thru to more recent re-dos with Juan Mendez (Silent Servant), 'Sessions' gives room for O'Connor's post-punk/goth alter ego to really get his rocks off, rending clear the binds between punk and techno in the process. It includes a handful of reworked tracks from rehearsal tapes, including electrifying, snotty versions of 'Her Needs' plus t… Read more
1080p's Perfume Advert and M/M deliver the laid-back output of their email exchanges between Middlesbrough and New York. Meeting between the wires somewhere in the Mid-Atlantic, 'Xerox' is a charming, gently insistent set of ambient house grooves distilling bits of R&B, New Age electronica and deep house in foggy, clapped-out constructions. In the finest tradition of ambient music, their sound is both a beautiful atmospheric enhancer with near subliminal effects, coaxing us into their swing with illusive sleight of hand and hypnotic vibes flitting from warm, dusty beatdown in 'Colour Block' to the str… Read more
Arch dark ambient master, Lussuria returns to Hospital Productions with the follow-up to his widely-acclaimed 'American Babylon' volumes. Whilst those tapes - later compiled as a 2LP - tended to beat-driven structures and varied arrangements, 'Immemorial' tends to purer dark ambient sensations inspired by Current 93's 'In A Foreign Land, In A Foreign Town', Coil's 'Time Machines' and the films of Konstantin Lopushansky: all drawn-out, sub-aquatic drones, whispered voices and pensive torture chamber atmospheres spread viscous like slow moving blood on polished flagstones. There are four x 18 … Read more
Superb new dancehall ballad from South London's Palmistry bak on Mixpak following last year's underrated 'Catch' ace. 'Protector' is sweeter than a rubicon shower, pairing proper JA pop hooks and squeaky clean R&B synths with Palmistry's affected vocal for the most romantic flex. So. Damn. Good!
Second label comp from ClekClekBoom, featuring Bambounou, French Fries, Coni, Manaré, Jean Nipon, Aleqs Notal, Aethority and more.
Dominick Fernow back to his best as Vatican Shadow with 'Fireball' from the blink-and-miss 'Death Is Unity With God' boxset. All the bombast and military pomp is substituted for oppressive atmospheres and depressed rhythms in three extended scapes, crawling hungry from 26 minutes of blank-eyed synth and crushed groove reminding of Ensemble Economique in 'Al Qaeda (Branch Davidian)' to the arid ambient climes of 'Desert Storm (Waco)' and the gutted toil of drums and drone in 'It's To Come'.
Killer, Club Constructions-style futurism from Hackney Wick's Wallwork & RZR. From a shared past as ghost-writers for other producers, the duo step up a strikingly bold, forward sound comparable with the likes of Night Slugs, Her Records and Various Production. We've no doubt that 'Mad Techno Invasion' is the best yet from Canada's Infinite Machine label, proving itself at every turn from the super rugged chops of 'The 361' to the dynamic sound design of 'Massive Reactor' and the whip-cracking jungle-techno futureshock, 'Mad Techno Invasion' and breakstep rave hulk, 'Keep Going'.
Youandewan plays out three sultry house swingers backed with smoove Andrés remix on his solo debut for Aus. The bouncing acid groove of 'Tino' is the one for us, whilst 'Alright Son' leans on a warm Larry Heard vibe, and 'FM Jam' cuts some late night boogie house rug. Always sought after, Detroit's Andrés gives a sweeter, looser remix of 'FM Jam' with juicy live bassline and keys.
Wonderfully wayward electronic vectors from Yaaard on the brilliant Reckno label. Dubbed by the label, "..an act of hero worship/destruction salvaged from the hard drive of a dead computer, a past thought lost now preserved on magnetic tape", Yaaard's 4th tape for the label revolves 14 pieces veering from blunted groovebox workouts reminding of Dro Carey thru to Ecco Jam-style ambient beatmulch on 'Shook Ones' with Street Thunder, via icy R&B introspection reminding of FKA Twigs in 'Tell Me' featuring Kinlaw, and the blistered shoegaze lurch of 'Infinite Love'.
From Vatican Shadow's super-limited 'Death Is Unity With God' 6-tape boxset… Four tracks of burned-out, blunted rhythms and atmospheres nodding to classic Muslimgauze but inspired by the parallels between religious fundamentalism at home in the USA and abroad. Includes the spirit-crushing drones and gunfire of 'Theology Is Life And Death (Pakistan)' and the bruising torrent of 'Arms Of Yahweh' plus the quasi-speed trudge and torment of 'Manufactured Silencers Under Direct Orders'.
'Enduring Mysteries' yields some of the most kinetic, driven gear from Vatican Shadow's recently-released 6-tape boxset, 'Death Is Unity With God'. With 'A.T.F. Sinful Messiah' he pounds a blistered techno steppers tattoo juggling grimy drums and cold drones, whereas 'F.B.I. God' reduces the drums to scorched blasts against some of his most delectable darkside chords, and 'Koresh Babylon' ratchets the urgency with a blitz of percussive thunder.