Friday, 17 July
**Sterling session 50/50 split between abstract techno and tonal explorations. The techno trax range from Ilpo Väisänen-alike swing reps to ecstatic and powerful drone lifts and devilish acid deviation primed for the 'floor, whilst the other half gets under the skin with microtonal frequency f**kery** "This album was made for labour equivalence. A tax may be defined as a "pecuniary burden laid upon individuals or property to support the government [...], a payment exacted by legislative authority." A tax "is not a voluntary payment or donation, but… Read more
Breezu mid-tempo NYC house chug and ruddy tribalism, backed with an acidic garage house remix by John Barera and Will Martin, and hypnotic sub-heavy Sisterhood remix.
Wigged-out and tuff-edged acid/techno/f**k-knows-what from Italian producer Massimiliano Vianello a.k.a. Hazylujah. Last spotted doing a deftly swung house sound as Pixel Music with 'M-Theory' on Strength Music, here he gets his thrills a different way with the jagged synth serrations and hulking jack of 'Knife Silhouette' sounding like a TTT madness whereas 'Inform to Resist' goes hard for Fixmer-like EBM techno with a salty twist.
"Future Archaic records head honcho Freejack brings a six tracker that ranges from minimal, brooding, grim reaper terrorscape, to dense, mechanical, percussive, mutated techno. This is a ritualistic body music for dying days, it’s sound for a fading spirit, a mantra that momentarily both grips and lurches us from the deepest depths and throws us back towards the shining light. Definitely one for fans of Muslimgauze, Container, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement etc etc…"
The Quietus Phonographic Corporation dice with the 'floor thru Chrononautz's debut single of mutant techno roil following the zine/label's more typical indie-rock fayre from East India Youth, The Charlatans and Grumbling Fur. The Chrononautz duo have previously turned up on Photonz' One Eyed Jacks, and here they smear two sides with an effluent flux of raw machine rhythms and banking, shearing noise playing thru seamlessly like an album.
Cassegrain galvanise Tin Man to a tougher techno sound pursuing a near flawless run of releases from Mariano DC, Campbell Irvine, and Function/Inland on the latter's Infrastructure New York. It's quite apparent over four tracks that Vienna's Tin Man creams his signature acid lines whilst Berlin duo Cassegrain man the grooves, explored in four iterations ranging from the offset 5/4 moire of 'Faint Faint' to earworming and powerful big room jack in 'Seduct Seduct' and over to the plangent, underwater peal and fluid hydrodynamics of 'Ether Ether', or at a bleaker, washed-out angle with 'Window Window'.
"Super charming electro obscurity from Trinidad, 1986, dug out and remastered for Emotional Rescue's Caribbean reissue scheme and backed with a wicked rerub by Nick The Record and Dan Idjut. "Singer song writing duo Carl and Carol Jacobs have been a fixture of the Trinidad music scene for over 30 years. As a duet they have released a series of Soca and Reggae tinged 12”s and LPs for Rohit, Straker, Crosby and Eddy Grant’s ICE label. It was more of the same on their 1986 Bend Down And Rock release on Crosby Records, however over on the flip things got really interesting. Sampling Sant… Read more
The German producer does Chicago acid in his own, devilish style with a trio of nervy and spaced-out box bangers for the Kelly Twins' Happy Skull. All three works only shades away from AFX's Analord sessions, twysting between the skittish, skating trills and grubbing acid flecks of 'Yes or No' to the lush, layered synth arrangement and knotted groove of 'Summer Time in Coloniae', and with a more mystic Jamal Moss tilt in 'Going By'.
Emotional Response's 1st Schleißen volume pairs a grand expanse of ecstatic drone by Serbian former factory worker Abul Mogard, with the pulsating, hyaline patterns of Harmonious Thelonious. Mogard's 'Dizziness That Shakes Rivers And Mountains' unfurls 18 minutes of yearning synth drone conducted with a glacial patience and romantic intent that's hard to ignore, especially if you've ever fallen for the frayed, somnambulant projections of Leyland Kirby or William Basinski. By contrast, the two Harmonious Thelonious pieces are markedly different - bright, pointillist, quicksilver - but share much of Mogard's transcendent intent.
Thursday, 16 July
*Long-Awaited debut album from Janus Collective member M.E.S.H. - recorded in Berlin in winter 2015, mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, and pressed on 140g LP with spot-gloss inner* Janus crew's M.E.S.H. unpackages a vast internal world across the ornate topographies of his incredible debut album. Combining scything club dynamics and Hollywood sound design with a sample bank of archaic renaissance instruments, 'Piteous Gate' describes a hyperreal place-out-of-time framed by matrices of tessellating grids and vapour-trace contours rent in near-VR detail. Collapsing the stadium-sized stru… Read more
*Visionist’s Lost Codes label re-emerges as Codes, a new collaboration with PAN. Edition of 500, first 200 copies pressed on steel grey vinyl* Visionist resets his Lost Codes imprint as a new PAN sublabel, with a killer, collaborative grime/techno collage by Acre and Filter Dread. Marking the first time either producer has collaborated properly, they prove a vital pairing in equilibrium between industrial techno engines, body-scanning UK bass tones and gritty, diffuse urban-gothic atmosphere. Upfront, ‘Drumz34’ burrows in with viral 8-bit squiggle and squashed subs before ‘Flash Speed… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label. Haunting collection of solo tenor sax explorations from the archive of seminal jazz multi-instrumentalist…** "In 1976, Joe McPhee recorded the landmark album Tenor, kicking off a solo period of finding and refining the distinctive voice that continues to inform his music to this day. Solos : The Lost Tapes (1980 – 1981 – 1984) is a collection of material from McPhee’s personal archives that shines new light on the legendary multi-instrumentalist’s work during this time. “Wind Cycles,” for tenor saxophone, explores the… Read more
*The Cocteau Twins’ super-rare 1986 collection ‘The Pink Opaque’ newly remastered from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl including download code* Back in 1986, ‘The Pink Opaque’ brought together the best of the Cocteau Twins’ early works to become their first official release in the US. Already a cult band on college radio, some classics like ‘Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops’ and ‘Aikea-Guinea’ were given new mixes for this release, while it also featured ‘Millimillenary’, the first run out for incoming band member Simon Raymonde. To this day, ‘The Pink Opaque’ remains a great entry point to a wonderful band...
*The Cocteau Twins' classic 1985 EP’s ‘Tiny Dynamine’ and ‘Echoes In A Shallow Bay’ newly remastered from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl including download code* ‘Tiny Dynamine’ and ‘Echoes In A Shallow Bay’ were originally released two weeks apart back in November 1985. Seen as companion pieces, they both acted as a precursor to the band’s fourth studio album, ‘Victorialand’. 30 years later, the EPs are now married together on to one piece of heavyweight vinyl, completed with reformatted artwork. Tracks include the gorgeous ‘Melonella’, "Sultitan Itan” and the much loved "Ribbed And Veined”.
On his brilliant first new release in 3 years, Bullion is sure to draw some big grins with the menagerie of technicolour, cartoonish funk in 'Rooster'. Unhinged to say the least, you get the sense that Nathan Jenkins a.k.a. Bullion has spent up all his pop chips with production for the wonderful Nautic and Laura Groves, and now really wants to reveal what's going on the "musical barnyard" of his bonce. Taking in radiophonic bloops, dubbed-out rooster crows, digickal dancehall, Gaelic jigs, ersatz Ethiopiques and Indian raga, it's frankly f**king nuts in the best way, almost matching the madness of M… Read more
**Includes insert** Mind-bending and keenly primitive techno splat from Ajukaja's Estonian house enclave, Porridge Bullet - home to Maria Minerva and some of the freakiest Afro dance edits out there. It's a retrospective focussed on the output of Aivar Tõnso a.k.a. Hypnosaurus, the "legendary and unclassifiable Estonian techno act that proved to be very influential throughout its somewhat reclusive career." Inspired by late '80s sounds from Cabaret Voltaire to TG and early Detroit techno, his output evidently worked in a similar vein to Joel Brindefalk a.k.a. Ü's 'Great Dose of Monotonous Tech… Read more
Debonaire deep house class from Fred Peterkin, a.k.a. the Mariana trench of modern American house music. Appearing under a new handle, FP-Oner, the NYC native ploughs a fertile field of house music in 'Oner 5', one nourished on jazz, ambient electronics and African rhythms and subtly steeled with a slinky, minimal techno backbone. As the follow-up to his widely-adored 2010 release, 'The Incredible Adventures of Captain P', it follows his well-honed instincts with a refined sense of production economy and heads-down momentum but, not at the expense of his lusher intimations, clearly expressing a pos… Read more
**Edition of 500** Paradise Bangkok coin their new Eastern Connection sub-label with Hanna Mekonnen's sinuous Ethiopian groove, 'Ali New Biye' backed by a cracking Nick Manasseh version in dub. The new sub-label takes its lead from Chris Menist and Maft Sai's two mix CDs of the same title which explored the links between the East African Coast, the Arab Peninsula, South East Asia and all the musical cultures traversing the Indian ocean. Hanna's debut heralds a full length album on the heat-hazed horizon. Produced by Addis Abeba based label Sheba Sound, 'Ali New Biye' is a slick update of… Read more
2nd part of Dial's exclusive 'All' compilation deals five sparkling cuts on vinyl. Label co-founder Carsten Jost sets a sophisticated tone with the effortlessly deep and minimal house momentum of 'My Confession', neatly followed with the breezy, dubbed-out inflections of RNDM's 'Summer Smile' swinger. Physical Therapy deals one of his signature wildcards with the squashed, junglist 2-step techno of 'Market Crash', and John Roberts cuts a sweelt psychedelic figure with the Bullion-esque production of 'Paloma'.
*300 copy repress of this long-unavailable classic* Delving into their little (very) black book, Sunn 0))) have assembled an elite squad of doom-merchants to further ferment their claustrophobic drone founded vision, with the likes of Oren Ambarchi, Wrest, Malefic and John Wiese all donning their best cloaks and top hats for the role. Opening with 'Sin Nanna', Sunn 0))) immediately unsettle the listener through proper haunted-house soundscapes; wherein clouds of bellicose noise lap up around some seriously f*cked tape effects. Jolting you from this uneasily soporific state is the jarring me… Read more
Diaphanous ambient-grime designs from down under. Sydney's Mokona elides styles with seamless precision, plumbing the lusher depth of '80s new age and '90s ambient where many of his scene peers prefer to keep everything upfront in the mix. A-side features the wistful weightless arrangement of synth voices, flaring lead and airborne flutes in 'Morning Vapour', and with a hazy, meditative patina of bird calls and gaseous pads punctured by swooping drums in 'Shrine Garden'. Turn it over and 'Inner City Test Run' unloads crunching dancehall snares and crushing subs streaked with polychromatic synths, … Read more
Pelting old skool techno velocity from Brooklyn's Pvre Matrix - a new recruit to the L.I.E.S. corps. Up top he gets giddy at 150bpm with Waveform Transmission-era 909 groove and invasive acid lines escalating to breaking point and sustaining it right there. Flipside he's just as cranky with the rusted, splintered drums of 'Refusal' and at a decelerated degree with the 130bpm tribal techno of 'Hyper Object'.
*First ever vinyl pressing of Cassie's super-influential debut album* "A late-night classic of chilly electro-soul, the self-titled album has influenced many in the dance music fraternity since its original CD-only appearance back in 2006. Particularly revered by Jamie xx, Four Tet, Hot Chip and Tri Angle Records, the r'n'b cognoscenti went into overdrive when rumours of this release first leaked. Perhaps most famously, it features the slick summer smash "Me&U" which reached No.6 in the UK charts and topped the US equivalent. Yet the remaining 10 tracks serve to create a "minimalist r'n'b" masterpiece… Read more
"Bobby Browser’s human counterpart, Andre Ferreira, decamped to Brooklyn last year after nearly a decade in San Francisco but his Pacific moods and Portuguese slang remain undiminished. Clubspinning is his latest EP, culled from a series of 2013 sessions based around a Yamaha SU700 Sampling Unit, the tracks “selected to represent the most unique and memorable performances during that time.” Mission accomplished: “Clubspinning” and “No Attachments” are rich glitterball glides, soft-lensed and silk-spun; “Manchester” a baffling bass-prowler dubbed with synthetic flute and Factory samples; a… Read more
Kurt Dahlke a.k.a. NDW pioneer Pyrolator takes his turn to reconstruct and adapt the work of pivotal Berlin-skool composer, Conrad Schnitzler. This posthumous, inter-generational collaboration is even better than it reads on paper/screen, with Dahlke aiming to "present a side of Conrad which I has always heard in his music but one which often goes unnoticed: a darker, technoid side". He arguably fulfils his intentions in style over 12 vast, amorphous synthscapes foregrounding the compatibilities between Schnitzler's modular extractions and a modern day sound of Berlin techno.… Read more
"This is a second selection of independent disco records featuring rare and classic tracks originally released in the USA between the halcyon years of 1977 and 1985. This release features only the finest disco, modern soul and boogie and is compiled by Disco Patrick who last year put together the mighty ‘Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art Of Disco Records’ 400+ page deluxe book for Soul Jazz Records, as well as the first installment of ‘Disco: A Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern Soul And Boogie.’ This alb… Read more
*Vinyl Part B* "This is a second selection of independent disco records featuring rare and classic tracks originally released in the USA between the halcyon years of 1977 and 1985. This release features only the finest disco, modern soul and boogie and is compiled by Disco Patrick who last year put together the mighty ‘Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art Of Disco Records’ 400+ page deluxe book for Soul Jazz Records, as well as the first installment of ‘Disco: A Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern … Read more
*Vinyl Part A* "This is a second selection of independent disco records featuring rare and classic tracks originally released in the USA between the halcyon years of 1977 and 1985. This release features only the finest disco, modern soul and boogie and is compiled by Disco Patrick who last year put together the mighty ‘Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art Of Disco Records’ 400+ page deluxe book for Soul Jazz Records, as well as the first installment of ‘Disco: A Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern … Read more