Thursday, 14 August
Black Acre mark their 50th release with two cuts by Clap! Clap! fusing African percussion, electronics, and Footwork rhythms. As such, it concisely sums up Black Acre's rooted-yet-forward aesthetic, juggling febrile, effected drums, bleeps and mystic organ like Shackleton gone Soca on 'Buck', whilst the lilting thumb pianos and chants of 'Ichnusa' are much sweeter, acidic, and fragrant. Happy 50th anniversary Black Acre!
Border Community's Nathan Fake and Wesley Matsell inaugurate Fake's Cambria Instruments label with a wicked pair of knotted, wayward techno grooves. A-side reveals Fake's first new material since 2012's 'Steam Days' album with a slippery garage-techno groove buffeted by off-the-grid drums and drenched in the kind of synth dissonance that makes your fillings ring. It's gotta be one of the craftiest dancefloor trax we've heard in 2014. That outro, too! On the flip, Wesley Matsell follows his rave reminiscence 'Total Order Of Being' with a moody but sublime piece of pastoral techno… 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. ‘Can’ was originally released in 1978 and sees Holger Czukay take more of a back seat. It would be Can’s last album before they reformed one more time with Malcolm Mooney on ‘Rite Time’ in 1986.
Raw live acid actions dialled in from North Wales via the cultish Crow Castle Cuts. There's four useful grooves on offer, razzing between rippin' swingers and wormholing basement jack.
"One of the most discussed of Ra's New York era recordings, 'Cosmic Tones' functions as a blueprint for the sort of large-scale jazz weirdness that would inform much of Sun Ra's subsequent works, featuring the woozy reeds of And Otherness and the afro-jazz experiments of Thither And Yon. On Adventure Equation a space echo treatment on the recording which is reprised for the sax flurries on Voice Of Space makes the whole experience even more disorientating and exciting.The album has increasingly been discussed within the context of anticipating psychedelia or pointing towards t… Read more
**Two-colour risographed sleeves on recycled stock. Edition of 50** "'December' is the new project from respected french Techno producer Tomas More. After a steady slew of well received productions, including a split 12” with Roman Flugel 'December' becomes the realm in which Tomas is able to expose and indulge his love of harsher, less dancefloor focused textures, pluming his signature gritty techno ambience into the depths of no wave and mutated motorik. The sounds given on this debut release have always been there within his dancefloor productions but when that familiar and comforting pulse… 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. 'Delay’ was originally released in 1981 and was the classic ‘first album’ that was stuck in the vaults until 1981 when Holger Czukay edited the archived tapes and completed the album. It's a compilation of early outtakes of Can’s work with singer Malcolm Mooney, including some of the band’s earliest material. It contains the song ‘The Thief’, which was later covered live by Radiohead.
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 gig … Read more
Superb 100-110bpm house slugs on 180g wax from Madrid-based Downbeat label owners, Jose Rico and F-on. Riding under the Downbeat moniker, they do that slowed-down-funk with style on 100bpm A-side 'Moskitos En Siberia' clocking sparse, gritty percussion and impending waves of white noise drone emulating that wading-into-a-headwind dream state. Flipside, F-on goes dolo with with the floaty 110bpm chug of 'Smog' folding in railway location recordings and wistful pads to come off like Andy Stott reworking one of John Fahey's tape pieces. Tipped!
*Classic Sublime Frequencies, available on CD for the first time*'Ecstatic Music Of The Jemaa El Fna' is a riveting and intoxicating document of traditional life in Marrakesh, capturing renditions of songs from the repertoire of Morocco's greatest musical exports: Nass El Ghiwane, Lemchaheb, Jil Jilala, Larssad and more. The tracks feature three central groups, Amal Saha, Mustapha Mahjoub and Troupe Majidi, with the latter filling more than half the record. Each band revolves around a set-up of amplified Oud, banjo and Mandolin played through speakers powered by car bat… Read more
Heavy techno pressure from Helix in his DJ Vague guise for UTTU. Following his 'Porsche Trax' 12" for Templar Sound, the American producer brings di boum boum in three parts ranging from Len Faki-style big room behaviour to skippier, dubbed out styles reminding of Shed's Wax and EQ'D tools to a ferocious, spaced-out closer approaching old skool Luke Slater levelz. Tipped!
**Includes 12" colour 16mm print with optical soundtrack enabling entry to record launch party** HHF Vol.1 collects 15 tracks of wayward electronica from Sculpture, Some Truths, Scanner, Spatial, Will Ward and Merkaba Macabre, among others. Following text from HFF: "A film festival arrives at a station, crossplatforms and releases its own music. Absurd? Good. This release has been assembled not only to embrace such lateral mutations, but also to foster that process. From its inception in 2010 Hackney Film Festival set out as a platform for a community of audio-visual artists living and working in … Read more
Fugged-up, emotive electronica from Jimmy Billingham's Holovr alias, returning to Opal Tapes with his first vinyl release. 'Holo Earth' follows the scuzzy sci-fi themes of 'Lunar Lake' with a spirited collection of droning pads, murdered jungle and cracked techno nodding to early Autechre, no wave electronics and dark ambient musics. We can hear contemporary parallels in certain sectors of the Bristol sound between Young Echo and No Corner, but it's all much more blown out and degraded, even ambiguous, strung between celestial new age dreaminess, rugged rhythms and morphing patina of hiss and wob… Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 300 whites with insert** Raw, hard-wired house deviations from Pxshdog on London's Trax Couture boutique. After a couple of killer 12"s from Rushmore consolidating Footwork, Ballroom and Chi House, they go shades tougher here with Pxshdog's debut striking a throbbing vein of tracky goodness. Uptown he balls between cowbell-stung Bassline garage-meets techno on 'Juicy Chocolate', blocky buck in 'Akira's Drift', and fierce filter house on 'Nubian 124'. Downtown they play nice 'n nasty with the darkside Dance Mania of 'Dancin N Shit' and the electroid slammer 'Tittytron'. Well aye we're dancing.
**Vinyl edition of 250 with fabric insert. Quietly curious, solemn blend of treated field recordings and solo piano** "Yes Blythe, is Callum Higgins, the head & body behind Baptists & Bootleggers, Sacred Tapes, River Slaughter and countless other projects. He has made a big impression at Gnod HQ with his relentless work rate , off the wall concepts and soldering skills. Following his debut album, Keep The Faith, earlier in the year, Yes Blythe returns with Initiate Screen Prevails, a two track EP. Both tracks are an attempt to capture the raw energy of recent live outings but wit… Read more
"The productions of producer Bunny "Striker" Lee were so extensive in the early to mid-1970s that labels were created just to handle his ever-expanding output. Three labels that came about during this time when dub was King were Jackpot, Justice and Attack. Here Jamaican Recordings takes a look at the Justice label and have compiled a collection of some of its finest dub cuts. Justice Records was formed in the early '70s as a subsidiary label to handle the ever-growing output of the producer and hit-maker from Jamaica, Bunny "Striker" Lee. Bunny worked in all the Jamaican studios and as an indep… Read more
*Another Library Music classic from the KPM vaults gets a vinyl reissue* "Afro and Rock: now that’s a pretty good combination any day of the week chez Love Lee but in the masterful hands of John Cameron (founder of ace Brit Prog outfit CCS, composer of the cult sound tracks to Kes and Psycomania, and musical arranger for the likes of Donovan, Hot Chocolate, Heatwave and David Essex) and Alan Parker (erm, he wrote the theme to Angels. Note to Alan – ask John who made his website for him) the juxtaposition of these two words kicks up a boat load more breaks and funky atmospherics than can s… Read more
*Vinyl reissue of one of the most famous Library records of all time* "The album you are holding right now is without doubt the King of all library albums, it is a living legend, it is The Big Beat. Not a big beat, but THE Big Beat. Oh yes. Composed by the undisputed heavyweight champions of the genre, Keith Mansfield and Alan Hawkshaw, and until now only available to vinyl junkies with the deepest of pockets it represents everything that is great and good about the music, the musicians and even the fiendish record collectors that make up the shadowy world of Library Music. You c… Read more
**Includes download coupon** The document of a swarming, psychoactive performance by first-time trio Oren Ambarchi, Neil Campbell, and Mick Flower at Newcastle's Tusk Festival in 2013. It might be their first time improvising as a trio but their combined playing experience of some 300 gazillion eons allows them to skip formalities and get down to some incendiary dialogue from the git go. All but the most dedicated follower would be able to pick out what each player contributes to the cacophony, but that's beside the point - en masse, they're an elemental force cap… Read more
**Artwork by Dr.Me. Edition of 50** Michel Hann (Rejections) shape-shifts into Marreck for his 2nd cassette on Tesla Tapes. Stepping on from the Ballardian infatuations and physical blows of his releases for Opal Tapes and Jehu and Chinaman, he's conceived a pointedly streamlined, visceral sound on 'Mechanism' which attempts to burrow right into any willing/unwilling host in proximity. The nine minutes of steam-powered, pneumatic pulses and eviscerating distortion in 'Prima' leave a serrated incision where 'Descending' enters and spreads like some vicious noise virus, before the banking squeal… Read more
Killer 2013 debut from Bristol's Facta for fans of Beneath, Rhythmic Theory, Gage, Neana. Check for the rugged grime-techno rolige of 'Montpelier', the coiled torque of 'Kobra', and Kryptic Minds-like dread skank, 'Upsetter'.
*Reissue on Superior Viaduct* "San Francisco's first and only rock n' roll band, Crime loomed over the entire Mabuhay Gardens scene with their blistering 1976 single "Hot Wire My Heart." Crime's loose, damaged rock n' roll was as immediate as it was controversial. They were Punk by any definition, yet shunned the label with a guttersnipe sneer. Their meticulously cultivated aesthetic of S&M graphics and police uniforms produced some of the era's most indelible imagery. One of their finest moves was playing in the San Quentin prison yard. Formed by guitarists/vocalists Johnny Strike and Frankie … Read more
‘Out Of Reach’ has been unavailable in any official format since its original release in 1978 and is one of Can’s rarest, lesser-known albums. This is due in a large part to the fact that bassist Holger Czukay left the band and drummer Jaki Liebezeit has a reduced role, leaving most of the rhythm duties to percussionist come-lately Reebop Kwaku Baah. As on the group’s proper swansong, 1977’s ‘Saw Delight’, new bassist Rosko Gee largely leads the group, and his jazz-inflected playing is marvellous, especially on the centrepiece improvisations ‘November’ and ‘Serpentine’.
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. ‘Out Of Reach’ has been unavailable in any official format since its original release in 1978 and is one of Can’s rarest, lesser-known albums. This is due in a large part to the fact that bassist Holger Czukay left the band and drummer Jaki Liebezeit has a reduced role, leaving most of the rhythm duties to percussionist come-lately Reeb… Read more
"Sex Hands were formed by three childhood friends from the North Wales coast. After relocating to Manchester, Alex, Dylan and Edwin played their first show in 2011 on the Comfortable on a Tightrope stage at SFTOC, Salford. A month later Joe Logan of Waiters was recruited for his sweet bassy licks and amazing posture. From then on the band has been on a rock 'n' roll whirlwind, playing shows with the likes of Trumans Water one night and The Babies the next. After their previous releases which include a split 7" with Daily Life (on the Icecapades label, which features artwork by Sex Hands own Alex Hump… Read more
**White wax housed in picture inner** Sublime, late night electronic soul instrumentals from Layla Rutherford, featuring two co-productions from Floating Points. Lay introduces herself with the mellow shuffle and Alice Coltrane vibes of 'Seeds' starring guitar from Sunita Saggar, before teaming up with Dr. Sam Shepherd for a pair of gorgeous groovers - 'Mankind' with its plump subs and perfectly off-key chords, and the flighty, uptempo kosmiche feel of 'Still' - and closes with beatdown wiggle of 'Original', again featuring Sunita Saggar.
*Comes with a copy of the album on CD, free inside* "Grumbling Fur’s ‘Preternaturals’ is the second release on the label run by The Quietus and is Grumbling Fur’s follow-up to the 2013 album ‘Glynnaestra’ (Thrill Jockey). Contemporary sun-kissed psychedelia with a strong pop edge - Depeche Mode in a stone circle - recalling Brian Eno, Penguin Café Orchestra, Beta Band, Super Furries, Coil, Talk Talk, Harmonia and Boards Of Canada, amongst others.”
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. 'Rite Time’ was originally released in 1986 and has been evaluated as one of the classic Can albums.
Second Storey - fka Al Tourettes - sets the scene for his upcoming debut album 'Double Divide' with the dense, fizzing techno of Shaman Champagne' and corresponding remixes by Perc and Aden. Like recent examples from Untold or Randomer, Second Storey boots UK techno into more wayward new shapes here, whereas Perc takes it right back to knuckle-dragging industrial pound and Aden gives it a kinky electroid boost.