Thursday, 13 November
"Masque Femine should be regarded as a total work - much like a film, a ballet, a building, or, an altarpiece - rather than as an album of individual songs. And, its fundamental subject should not be understood to be romantic love. Christina Carter was born in the bayou city of Houston, Texas in November of 1968, and co-founded the group Charalambides there in December of 1991. Ever since then, she has deeply mined her own vein of sound-as-music with voice, guitar (both electric and acoustic), piano, and keys. For the past several years, Christina has utilised extended improvisational… Read more
Wicked solo debut proper from Divided for London's Resin label. Unlike so many lunkheads in this nexus, Divided has more than one drum pattern in the barrel, letting off a four tracks that run the gamut from sodden techno percolation in 'Eigen' to the Shed-style breakbeat swerve of 'Eventide' and over to grungy dub-tech like 2562 on 'luuds with 'Dawn', or prickling monotone industrialism with 'First Light'.
Portland, Oregon's BAT notches up his 2nd vinyl release with the murky post techno of his 'Neon Razor Chain' for Left_Blank. For the past few years he's become a bit of a cult concern in the hardware-fetishising tape scene and beyond, drawing favourable comparisons with everyone from Basic House to Prostitutes, Vessel and Container. Revving up the buzzsaw grine and haunted space of title track 'Neon Razor Chain', he gets grittier with the blown-out, tetchy techno charge of 'Strobic' in the front, before inverting the formula to crushed dub styles with 'Jackal Code' and more wayward, plonging ambient dub in 'Digi Hex' and 'Anti Code'.
**Hand-stamped yellow wax** Red-raw techno-house ravers from Gerstaffelen for Aroy Dee's stalwart M>O>S label. It's really all about the A-side's bomb trax, with the hefty buck slug of 'Bombara' and the fiercely powerful rave techno of 'Invisible Ghosts' practically worth the entry alone, but chuck in the mystic jackers elements of 'Night Flows North' and 'Night Flows South', and you've got yourself a ruddy winner.
**Plush neo-classical/electro-acoustic soundtrack by Emptyset's James Ginzburg and fellow sound artist, Yair Elazar Glotman for Ginzburg's A/V collaboration with French artist, Joanie Lemercier. Includes versions by Glotman and Eric Holm** "Starting with actual footage of forests, cathedrals, deserts, and even volcanoes from around the world, Lemercier and Ginzburg then used 3D modeling and 2D photoscan imaging to alter and enhance the images, rendering them suitable for projection on a domed surface. The result is a dream-like combination of pointillism, photography, and a… Read more
**5 new instrumental songs dialled in from the former Emeralds man's space pod above LA and Cleveland, Ohio. Includes download code** "'Noctilucence' is a new 12" recorded between in 2013 and 2014 between Los Angeles, California, and Cleveland, Ohio. The term "noctilucence" comes from "noctilucent clouds", the name given to clouds which, for some reason, emit a brilliant vibrance at night. On this recording we find our subject diving into the electric waters of the night sky, in long drives across the vast deserts of America. It's a recording about the discovery and understanding of the sh… Read more
*Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey, cut at Abbey Road studios, pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl and includes download code redeemable from the label* Twelfth studio album from Nick Cave, and the realisation of one of his most accessable voice to date. Much has been said of Cave's problematic transition into middle age and his gradual creeping into stretches of sound that sometimes veer dangerously close to adult orientated rock. 'Nocturama' does, indeed, see Nick and the Seeds shedding much of their pre-millenial angst and sonic idealism in favour of a … Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 1000 housed in screen-printed jacket** 19 year old Vegas resident Shamir Bailey's arresting vocals are the star of his debut EP, delivered on XL. Set to slightly tepid disco house backing by Godmode's Nick Sylvester, their gender-bending timbre allures over safe, standardised grooves, at best in the strutting lead cut 'If It Wasn't True', and the gospel-influenced torchsong 'I'll Never Be Able To Love'. Look forward to hearing what Shamir does next, provided it's with another producer…
Primest party tackle outta London 1996 dusted down and re-released by Optimo Music. Dominic Dawson and Rob Mello aka Reel Houze are behind both sides, including the eleven minutes of pure 'floor hypnosis sampling Arthur Russell/Dinosaur L's 'Go Bang' against toilet seat percussion from DJ Harvey (what's he like, eh?) and frantic Moog soloing from Rob Mello in 'The Chance', whilst flipside 'The Difference' yields another extended psychedelic disco trip, this one quite aptly described as "the closest thing we can imagine to Basic Channel doing disco" by Optimo themselves. Tip!
**Gatefold sleeve** "Mr G returns to his Phoenix G imprint to drop his new LP, 'Personal Momentz’. 2012's 'State of Flux' on Radio Slave's Rekids imprint was the last full-length from Mr G, along with his 'Retrospective' compilation in 2013 the prolific British producer has spent the last four years delivering stand out singles on the likes of Running Back, Toi Toi and Don't Be Afraid as well as a renewed focus on his own, long running Phoenix G label. The album itself is a sublime deliverance of the sound that has become so closely associated with the UK selector and artist - twelve raw & ro… Read more
Grown-up downbeats and deep house from Prequel on Bradley Zero's Rhythm Section International imprint. Hailing from melbourne but deeply indebted to late night Detroit flavours, his 'Polite Strangers' session is pointed for slick city greasers and sleazy behaviour. A quartet of juicy cuts spin out from twinkle-toed shuffle and shooting star synthlines in 'Searching' to rimshot-wriggling bluenuss in 'Fidelio', whilst 'Michelle' takes the tempo up for shot of Pepe Braddock-style psych-house, and 'The Test Dream' takes it right back down to orchestral hip hop soul bump.
**Cristian Vogel gets down like few others on his dub-wise, cerebral follow-up to 'The Inertials' for Shitkatapult** "‘Polyphonic Beings’ begins with a surprisingly dub track which twists and turns, the sounds growing darker and more unexpected from track to track, minute by minute. An eerie and unbelievable sound, with all as it should be: every reverb tail, every movement of the fader, every composed note takes the listener piece by piece into Vogel’s own cosmos. He foregoes interwoven elements for swaying towers of rhythm, powerful sound passages, spaces, roads, mirrors and pathway… Read more
**Desiccated post-hardcore punk by members of Bone Awl for BEB** "Privacy is the new album by Raspberry Bulbs. Their second full-length offering for Blackest Ever Black, following 2013’s Deformed Worship, Privacy is a defence of the anti-social, the secretive, and the inward-looking; a call to resist the contemporary obsession with “connection”, exhibitionism and peer approval, and to claw back ownership of the self. It’s only then that the real battles begin. Raspberry Bulbs is the invention of visual artist and musician Marco del Rio, who, under the guise of He Who Crushes Teeth, co-founde… Read more
**2014 reissue of the original 10 track version** "Rasta Communication is the classic 1978 album by Keith Hudson (1947 - 1984), the celebrated singer/songwriter/producer remembered for this seminal album and equally influential "Pick A Dub". Recorded at Randy's, Channel One & Chalk Farm with a final tweak from Prince Jammy at King Tubby's, the album featured a line-up of Jamaica's finest musicians including Family Man & Carlton Barrett and Sly & Robbie. All the ingredients were in place for a five-star classic, and the results did not disappoint. This early Greensleeves release saw… Read more
Diverse trio of techno bangers by Kopp for Tresor. A-side he goes head-down at 130bpm thru the brambled acid bang of 'Red Plented; B-side brings a Mills/Dixon-styled piece of chiming Detroit minimalism in 'Blackbird', and the ruder PAS-like rolige of 'Message From Solaris'.
Ouch! Roy Davis Jr brings the bang in rudest fashion on Clone's Jack For Daze series. 'Chemical Warfare' is an artful lesson in over-driven Chicago house, going heavy on the distorto sauce over a whirring, mystic display of synths and drum machine ruggedness that burns to the bone. Flipside, styles are no less soiled in the brittle, tweaky buck ov 'Broken Machines' and a fizzy, grumbling rhythm track called 'Jack Da Rhythms'.
With the beautifully introspective 'Sea Island' Loscil taps back into that vein of Kranky ambient loveliness he's owned for more than a decade since his 'Triple Point' (2001) classic. Shaping a misty bridge between dub techno and ambient music proper, his music has long stood out from the crowd for his ability to effortlessly sidestep cliche in a genre swamped by folk happy to infinitely regurgitate the same patterns and pads. And 'Sea Island' shows no sign of that considered approach abating. It makes a marked step towards letting that dub techno bridge evaporate into the background as he adopts a … Read more
"Mark Kozelek's 'Sings Christmas Carols'. The title says it all; straightforward standard Christmas songs, done only as Mark Kozelek can perform them. The album is solo acoustic, recorded during the holidays in 2013.."
**Compilation album celebrating 10 years of Perc Trax, with a bonus hour-long mix by Perc** Steadfast UK techno label Perc Trax presents eleven exclusive killers from Kareem, Happa, Drvg Cvltvre, FSG, Perc, Truss and more to celebrate their tenth anniversary. Accompanied by a 64 minute mix from the label's top boy, Ali Wells aka Perc, the session shifts with incandescent energy from the moody, mittel European acid slug of Drvg Cvltvre's '(I Don't Want To Die In) James Franco's House' thru the stoic stare-down of Kareem's 'Just When You Thought It was Over' vi… Read more
**19 tracks over 2CDs** "Fantastic new album of disco, modern soul and boogie from 1978-82 on Soul Jazz Records. This album is released to coincide with the massive new 360-page deluxe hardback book Disco – An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art of Disco featuring over 2,000 album cover designs as well as over 700 12” sleeves, including sections on roller disco, disco instruction albums and more. There are also interviews and introductions by Tom Moulton, Nicky Siano, Mel Cheren (West End Records), Ken Cayre … Read more
**2LP featuring nine prime cuts including John Gibbs and U.S. Steel Orchestra's sultry 'Trinidad (Special Disco Mix)' and Wayne Ford's 13 minute burner, 'Dance TO The Beat Freakout'… also includes download code** "Fantastic new album of disco, modern soul and boogie from 1978-82 on Soul Jazz Records. This album is released to coincide with the massive new 360-page deluxe hardback book Disco – An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art of Disco featuring over 2,000 album cover designs as well as over 700 … Read more
**2LP featuring ten prime cuts from Stwange Poweple, Retta Young, Cordial, Something Extra… includes download code** "Fantastic new album of disco, modern soul and boogie from 1978-82 on Soul Jazz Records. This album is released to coincide with the massive new 360-page deluxe hardback book Disco – An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art of Disco featuring over 2,000 album cover designs as well as over 700 12” sleeves, including sections on roller disco, disco instruction albums and more. There are al… Read more
Portable delivers a real beauty to Live at Robert Johnson with 'Surrender', his follow-up to 'A Process' (2012) for Frankfurt's finest. And much like this year's 'Sportable' 12" for Perlon, it's another dose of his sensitive, expressive baritone and gilt-edged grooves, playing hard-to-get over loose, swinging drums, Lcio's heart-lifting flutes and thee most elegant keys, all broken down to instrumental dub and acapella on the B-side.
Burgeoning Manc techno producer Cleric gets his kicks on London's Ear To Ground label after a pair of killer 12"s for Len Faki's Figure label. A-side gets to work with the dry, ascetic jack of 'Distress Signal' and the big room buck of 'Shadow'; B-side he gets looser with the playful acid jack of 'Gery Detail' and polishes off with the full-bore bang of 'Sangha'.
*Features brand new artwork and reissued for the first time with permission from Lee Perry himself* The UK version of “The Good, The Bad and The Upsetters” was released by Trojan Records in 1970, and although it had the Upsetters name on it, Lee Perry had no hand in its conception or production. Angered that an Upsetters album was released without his involvement, Perry issued his own version of the album back home in Jamaica using the same Trojan album artwork but with totally different songs and a new stickered tracklist on the back.
“Mouse and the Man” is the 1983 dancehall classic from the one and only Eek-A-Mouse - Roots Radics in full effect, produced by Linval Thompson at Channel One and mixed by Soldgie. It includes the hit single "Terrorists In The City”.
*500 Copies* Lead single from Kindness’ second album ‘Otherness’, ‘This Is Not About Us’ allows a circular, sticky piano figure played by Kindness’ Adam Bainbridge to slowly melt into a gorgeous choral haze.
DeFeKT and Sunil Sharpe goes twos on another set of bastardly techno trax as Tinfoil. Not a fxxk is given over four tracks of mauling acid and bass bludgeon for the headstrong, and even if you don't like the music that tinfoil logo on the sleeve might come in handy…
Monday, 10 November
Steadfast UK techno label Perc Trax presents eleven exclusive killers from Kareem, Happa, Drvg Cvltvre, FSG, Perc, Truss and more to celebrate their tenth anniversary. Accompanied by a 64 minute mix from the label's top boy, Ali Wells aka Perc, the session shifts with incandescent energy from the moody, mittel European acid slug of Drvg Cvltvre's '(I Don't Want To Die In) James Franco's House' thru the stoic stare-down of Kareem's 'Just When You Thought It was Over' via Happa's Joyrex-style joyride, 'To Die Hating Them', Sawf's disco bullying 'Goves', and… Read more