Thursday, 04 September
Low Concept in control for the 3rd single from London/NYC's White Asega label, backed with a ruddy good Alex Coulton re-step. The originals carve between sodden, gritty techno a la Happa or Blawan in 'Bugz' to low-riding, blown out electro with New York swagger on 'The Prick'. Alex Coulton's remix blows both of 'em out the water, resetting 'Bugz' to a Mala or Kode 9-esque dubstep lean swarmed with a menagerie of bleeps and dread gremlins and dubbled-up Footwork drums.
**Edition of 250** Wayward mixture of Chicago house and darkwave disco from Twins for Glasgow's Clan Destine. Up top, 'Creepsick' comes off like Vindicatrix doing the Gherkin Jerk, and 'Deal With It' jams on with proper tracky Chi styles. Down below, 'No Comfort' sounds like a wavier Bodycode/Portable groove, and 'Peachtree Industrial' jacks off the kind of jagged groove you might expect to hear in one of Jamal Moss's Medusa Edits.
*Reissued vinyl edition, Includes free CD inside* France’s electronic duo M83 return with their second album, their first to be given a more overtly international push. Good timing, for its an adequately analogue collection of electronic pop songs mounted on a bed of fuzzy guitars and computerised vocals – hitting the zeitgeist with considerable aplomb. The tracks often contain a warm, almost romantic undercurrent, something which isnt often associated with music of this kind, and the soundscapeish scope of the composition, rather than the execution, hints at a deep lov… Read more
Conforce readjusts his focus from techy sound design to machine soul with 'Depth Over Distance' for Delsin. Four tracks very much rooted in the art of old skool Detroit and UK's Artificial Intelligence quarters, setting sail with the breathy pads and silvery slink of the title track and circling in on fluid, submerged electro with 'Plateau', epic C2-style Italo-techno in 'Rendez-Vous', and gorgeous, halfstep techno romance in 'Closer'.
DJ Lil Tal and Paul Johnson double down as The Doobie Bruthas on the relaunched Dance Mania Records. They're in it for the funk: DJ Lil Tal drops the horn-heavy disco-house budge of 'Mandrake' and the filter freaking 'Find A Love' banger; Paul Johnson juggles jiggling hook, durty bass vamps and cowbells in 'Jack That Ass' and some coolly concentrated disco loops in 'Energy'.
Pink Flag re-issue the 4th Wire album, released originally on Rough Trade in 1980 , the album was primarily recorded live at a 1979 show . Long unavailable on any format the re-issue features additional unreleased material. For those unfamiliar with Document and Eyewitness, it really doesn’t do it justice to describe it simply as a collection of live recordings from three turn-of-the-80s Wire gigs. What makes it more than that is the unorthodox nature of the main performance and the way it was presented on record. The centrepiece of the original vinyl release was a recording of the final gi… Read more
Facsimile reissue - right down to the centre-label spelling mistake - of the Chicago acid classic by Pierre's Fantasy Club. Mickey's Mix and the warehouse slam of 'Acid Dreams' up top, backed with Ralphi Rosario's 'Wet Dream' version and acapella on the flip.
Ital continues to twist the putative conventions of house and techno on his third album in two years. 'Endgame' feels light years away from his earliest transmissions of natty, lo-fi house, and much closer to brooding, minimal, modern house and techno styles, eking out a headier, weirder space somewhere between the styles of Tin Man, Kassem Mosse, and Joey Anderson, for comparison. The difference between then and now is perhaps his switch from software to select pieces of hardware, resulting in a more linear plot and liquified, worm-holing momentum on 'Endgame', no doubt enhanced by mixing and masterin… Read more
Exapanded 2014 repress of a deadly Dance Mania juggernaut originally issued in 1998. Nose-to-tail goodness in seven tracks - including exclusive bonus cut 'Sick Trax' - busting out the pneumatic remix and original versions of 'Pump On The Floor' and skippy sample jerker 'Deep Vibe' up top, and coming strong with the percolated bounce of 'Holy Ghost', the killer DJ Funk hook-up 'Biggie Trax', and choppy ride of 'Da Love', plus the dry jackers jab of 'Sick Trax' for added flavour.
Gully New York hip hop coated in scuzzy noise by Gut Nose, back on his home city's Styles Upon Styles label. Landing squarely between the eyes of Parallel Thought's rugged beat suites and classic El-P produce, 'Filthy City' evokes a bloodshot, street-level view of a wasted metropolis in eleven concise parts. It all feels haunted by the dread ghosts of late '90s boom bap, DJ Spooky, Wordsound, RZA's 'Ghostdog' soundtrack et al, and is also prone to wigging out into collapsing industrial house structures at will. As a sort of sonic psychogeographic derivè it really takes us there.
*Ships for Sep 15th release date* American artist, composer, essayist, Seth Cluett returns to Line with a patiently glacial follow-up to his acclaimed 'Objects Of Memory' (2011) work. Again, 'Forms of Forgetting' focusses on one of the central themes of his oeuvre, the fidelity and nature of memory, manifest over an extended electro-acoustic studio construction intended for immersed, concentrated listening with the potential to warp our perception of time and space.“It is then no longer oblivion that materiality begets, forgetting by the effacement of traces, but forgetting in terms of… Read more
"Fury and Hecla is a meeting of worlds. Named after a near mid-point between the residences of artists Fieldhead and Loscil, it explores both the familiar and the foreign. Although not a collaboration in the strictest sense, sounds were shared by each artist allowing for a sort of aural infusion between the compositions. The results are a series of fragments and quotes that appear and reappear - sometimes in ghostly form - throughout each artist’s tracks. The serene ambient compositions of loscil come courtesy of Vancouver-based musician Scott Morgan. Taking his moniker from the “looping o… Read more
Toshiya Kawasaki rounds up volume 6, the ten year anniversary edition, part two, of Mules Musiq's 'I'm Starting To Feel Okay' compendiums. Expect nine cuts of stylish disco chug and deep house ranging from cosmic bobbers by Danielle Baldelli & Marco Diogini or JD Twitch, to classy Frankfurt disco-tech from Lauer and deep, discofied house from Tom Trago, The Backwoods, and Gonno.
Crazylegs cool out with Tommy Rawson's laidback garage house burner, 'In All My Days', backed with slippery and deadly remixes by Maddslinky and Imami. Rawson's original is a casual piece of UK house music fusing Afro-beat and Kwaito patterns with jazzier keys and sharp electroid edits, but the real juice is int he remixes: Maddslinky goes to town with a darkside underwater dub refit teetering on 2-step rhythms streaked with billowing dub chords; Imami seriously impresses with his Art Of Noise-meets-Omar Santana styled freestyle/boogie chop up.
*Hand-numbered and housed in a custom made Stoughton tip-on box* Apparently the record wasn't so well received on its release, mainly due to the fact that Dalton experimented with tracks that weren't strictly folk (you don't wanna upset those purists!) such as the much overdone romantic classic 'When a Man Loves a Woman' for instance. To give her her dues though, Dalton pulls it off and re-contextualises a song that might otherwise be considered the epitome of bad wedding music which is no mean feat. The rest of the record of course is easier to instantly fall in love with, and inclu… Read more
Wax Poetics A/W 2014 edition sets a striking dichotomy between Aaliyah and Kelela on the covers, and comes with deepest knowledge on everyone from Jimmy Jam to Rinder & Lewis, Chromeo, Blu, and Kaytranada inside.
Tight smash 'n grab grime session from Asa & Sorrow. It's one for the emosh rudeboys, handkerchief times. All about the big R&G ace 'Untitled' with its bittersweet balance of scatting vocal hook, folk strings and scything bass attacks, whilst the other three are heavy exercises in nu skool instrumental grime.
*Reissued vinyl edition, Includes free CD inside* "Aptly titled M83, this album served as the French electropop outfit’s debut release in 2001 on Gooom. Recorded as a duo by founding members Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau, the album was described by Pitchfork as “how it feels to live inside a triumphal music box.” The track names can be read in order to describe a boy/girl meeting at a party. Taken in tow with the sampled movie dialogue throughout, the album serves as a poignant soundtrack for the simplest of scenarios. "
Technofied future disco from Bok & Trago's dancefloor-dedicated series. Taken from the upcoming 'Night Voyage Toolkit II' collection, 'Need This' appears in two mixes; the Radio Mix stakes a rare, juicy square bassline alongside a killer, arpeggiated disco bass, one playing the melody whilst the other brings the weight, and all touched up with crisp-cut marimba. Flipside, the dub reduces bass to a potent throb under hazier electronics, killer cowbells and disco drums to very useful effect.
*Comprehensive double CD bringing together the hidden, lost and forgotten sounds of the North-West grunge era. Fantastically in-depth sleevenotes featuring band interviews and exclusive photographs - All tracks have been remastered* "Initially a marginalised phenomenon, the underground grunge scene of Washington had barely a handful of adherents, strung out in isolated towns across the vast state of Washington. In those early days bands who showed an allegiance to their roots of punk risked social ostracism and worse, yet this community of outsi… Read more
**Part 1 of 2 - Double LP with insert and download code redeemable from the label, with fantastically in-depth sleevenotes featuring band interviews and exclusive photographs - All tracks have been remastered* "Initially a marginalised phenomenon, the underground grunge scene of Washington had barely a handful of adherents, strung out in isolated towns across the vast state of Washington. In those early days bands who showed an allegiance to their roots of punk risked social ostracism and worse, yet this community of outsiders produced… Read more
**Part 2 of 2 - Double LP with insert and download code redeemable from the label, with fantastically in-depth sleevenotes featuring band interviews and exclusive photographs - All tracks have been remastered* "Initially a marginalised phenomenon, the underground grunge scene of Washington had barely a handful of adherents, strung out in isolated towns across the vast state of Washington. In those early days bands who showed an allegiance to their roots of punk risked social ostracism and worse, yet this community of outsiders produced… Read more
**Limited white wax with download code, with digital only Lakker Remix** My Panda Shall Fly & Mau'lin make for a handsome hook-up on the laidback, breezily abstract boogie grooves of 'Push', backed with bonus Lakker remix and track as digital download. Very much a product of its times, their combined sound smudges the contours of jazz, ambient, house, and electronica until they reveal a alluring new shade, in the process hiopefully relegating the word "eclectic" to toom 101 forever. It's a transient sound, defined by swirling harmonic and rhythmic movemen… Read more
Mike Ash initiates Super Rhythm Trax with a body-churning acid session. Faxing forward his experience recording for Rising High as Interface and Audio Assault in the early '90s, 'Return To Acid' reprises his first love with full bodied passion. A-side is given to the authentic '88 box beats, staccato stabs and floating, early techno pads of 'Nitric' whilst B-side brings a darkside Frankfurt flavour to the table in 'Return To Acid', and some properly spiked Bam Bam Chicago styles in 'Oh Three'. Loud pressing. Bring on the weekend…
Kowton carves up his Livity Sound associate, Peverelist, in two dread versions. Acting as a smart tease for Punch Drunk's forthcoming 'Worth The Weight Vol.2 - From The Edge' compilation, it presents ruggedly refreshed takes on a proper Bristol classic. Up top, the Linear Mix stretches out on retuned kicks and gut-sloshing subs, looping up the melodica hook into cirrus wisps around droning pads to a densely psychedelic climax. Dung below, the Dub Mix opens out more space between the beats, revealing the sub as a tortuous, speaker-tormenting beast.
*Now available on Vinyl* In 'Saman' celebrated cellist Hildur Gudnadóttir returns to Touch with the dramatic follow-up to 'Leyfðu Ljósinu' (2012). The album's title, meaning "Together", symbolises the connection of Hildur's two primary instruments, her voice and cello, and the way they complement, contrast and mirror each other. The results are engrossing, a solemnly beautiful, at times heart-breaking suite of richly resonant cello and poised, pensile vocals including a gorgeous reprise of Icelandic hymn 'Heyr Himnasmiður', plus the plaintive beauty of 'Heima' featuring regul… Read more
**C22 tape edition of 100** "You snuff dippers, tobacco chewers - when you get to heaven you won't have nowhere to spit". Following two trips to gaol, Death Is Not The End present a collection of Sister O.M. Terrell's gospel recordings from the 1940s & 1950s. Far as we can tell, this is the first ever compilation solely dedicated to the Sister's music.
*Hand-numbered and housed in a custom made Stoughton tip-on box* "Lee Hazlewood’s LHI label only put out interesting albums. Yet despite the psychedelic cowboy’s success with Nancy Sinatra and more, being on Lee Hazlewood Industries was no fast-track to success. Gorgeous and talented Detroit, Michigan girl group Honey Ltd had all the makings of a hit band, yet they disappeared after releasing just one album in 1968, a vinyl rarity that now regularly fetches upwards of $2,000. Light In The Attic Records is now looking to set the record straight. Having previously explored bo… Read more
**2014 Reissue** Another phenomenal Pauline Oliveros re-issue from Important Records, 'The Wanderer' originally surfaced back in 1984 and is a collection of her seminal accordion work and a companion record to the hugely influential 'Accordion & Voice'. The first piece here is a peculiar meditation in restrained playing and silence, sounds emerge from the instruments and then drop into nothingness just as quickly as they had arrived. It's strange but you begin to sink deeper and deeper into the quality of the room, the recording itself as you hear the two musicians (Olivero… Read more
Chicago's D'Marc Cantu at his most atmospheric, sci fi-inspired. 'Zone 4' was conceived as a singular release around the same time 'A New World' (2012) was produced. It finally arrives on Shaddock, involving a four-part narrative leading us from the scanning, slow-motion groove and epic synth strokes in 'Point Of Fracture' thru lush, dark house in 'Psychotronics', heavier electro on 'STS - 115', to the acid-driven jakk ov 'Zone 4'.