Thursday, 18 June
The prolific US West Coaster from Barn Owl pursues an apocalyptic synth/noise sound in 'Meridian' upon his return to Thrill Jockey. Keening away from the more natural inflections and ambience of his previous projects towards a proper, Terminator II-having-an-existential-crisis sound, Caminiti rarely looks over his shoulder across a forward-facing suite of nine pieces embracing industrial-strength synth tones, physical rhythm and arcing ambient pads. For us, it lands somewhere between the possessed visions of Sir Richard Bishop and W. David Oliphant's 'Beyond All Defects' and the elaborately l… Read more
*A cool dose of insightful analog House from Giorgio Luceri, this time deploying Jenifa Mayanja for remix duties* "'Moonlife Theatre' starts out feeling like it's headed into new age territory before it picks up its moody soul and heads deep. Rolling tribal percussion teamed with an intense low end drive the rhythm section relentlessly, whilst an array of enlightened pads and keys fulfil the path deep into psychedelia...On 'AMSR' Giorgio hopes to gets the hairs standing on the back of your neck as a big resonant bassline jacks your body beneath the classic machine snare crack and sh… Read more
**Preisner's classic soundtracks to Kieslowski's Three Colours series available in one bumper set** A total joy to hear these gorgeous soundtracks again, hard to believe that its been 22 years since these films originally came out! Zbigniew Preisener really is one of the greatest film composers of the modern era, but his work for the great, late Krzysztof Kieslowski stands out as not only his most well known, but also his finest work. If you haven't heard any of these soundtracks before, you're in for a treat; Preisner takes us through moments of desolate beauty a… Read more
*2LP on 180G vinyl, plus a copy of the CD free inside* Dr. Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann a.k.a. The Orb return to Kompakt with 'Moonbuilding 2073 AD' - their 16th studio album and first for Kompakt in a decade. The pair still sound like a pair of stoners making music for themselves to hotbox the studio, and that's pretty much exactly what their legion followers are after. 'Moonbuilding 2703 AD' breaks down to four extended pieces, each one swimming in oceanic sub-bass and swarming with psychedelic FX. 'God's Mirrorball' hovers into first with their patented formula… Read more
No punches pulled or f**ks given in J. Tijn's fierce session for Bedouin Records. Last spotted on a bro-down with Randomer, the London-based producer rages hard here, from the electro-bassed pressure, panic sirens and rasping clap attacks of 'Kanon V.I.P.', and over to skin-tearing drum machine agitations of 'MOR', and industrial roil of 'Shy'.
*Repressed and available on vinyl for the first time in many years...* "Brought up in Manchester’s Moss Side, Barry Adamson began his career in 1977, learning to play the bass literally overnight for Magazine, Manchester’s most influential band of that era. When they disbanded five albums later in 1981 his definitive touch was spotted by The Birthday Party, with whom he played several times. After that band’s final implosion in 1983, Barry became a founder member of The Bad Seeds, along with Nick Cave, Mick Harvey and Blixa Bargeld. Nurturing a vision of The Great Soundtrack, B… Read more
Moiré, Disguise and pals flex their new Neversleep moniker for Phonica White with a trio of ruder house functions. Leading on from Moiré's 'BBoy 202' for Werk Discs/Ninja Tune, he gets busy on the A-side with a hulking, Kardashi-assed house bomb in his remix of 'Mouth Shut', before tagging in Disguise on the B-side for a sorta wonky Daft Punk (Homework era) style hip house boogie slam, and the man's own Special Mix of 'Mouth Shut' swapping the choking pressure for something much lighter, defter.
*The classic Barry Adamson album from '96, re-pressed and available on vinyl for the first time in many years...* The iconic album from ex Bad-Seed Barry Adamson finally gets a vinyl reissue. Even if you don't think you know this album you'll have heard bits from it a million times, it's been sampled and used in too many adverts and idents to mention. Influenced by John Barry, Ennio Morricone, and Lalo Schifrin, Oedipus Schmoedipus is a hugely influential piece of easy listening from a fascinating, hugely inventive musician....
"Since debuting in 2013, J.Tijn has found his corner of the electronic music world, developing a hard techno sound that is raw and unforgiving. A core member of Untold’s Pennyroyal label, Jesse Tijn has also released on Overlee Assembly, Power Vacuum and Bedouin Records. For Naked Naked’s eleventh release, J.Tijn provides two versions of “Pick Your Battles”On the A side, “Pick Your Battles V1” gives us a dark rolling rhythm being led by a crisp snare hit through a sea of machine bleeps and grinding waves of noise. On the flip, “Pick Your Battles V2” hits harder with distorted kick drums, a… Read more
*The ever-excellent Jacaszek teams up with two other talents in the Polish music scene: saxophonist Mikoaaj Trzaska and punk-rock legend Tomasz Budzyaski* "The music on the record is a captivating mixof free-jazz, electronica and punk. These three personalities – three vectors – create three distinct dynamics, each element following its own trajectory. However, with all their various means of expression and styles they manage to create a structure full of trance and surprise. And this combination of improvisation, electronica and vocal experiment may prove to be the greatest artistic s… Read more
The first full instalment of psychotomimetic disco-not-disco recordings by The Zest, hatched at the Heavenshulme base of Ste Spandex and Cerberus Future Technologies. "Featuring South Lancashire's most adept Etheric Noblemen... All compositions have been radionically tapped in real-time from the infinite sonic wisdom of the cosmos and dimensions beyond. Magnetically captured by the divine technological wonders of VHS and its equally majestic audio equivalent - the C90 Cassette Tape. For the listeners' full enjoyment, safety and peace of mind - full assurance is given that during the proce… Read more
Superlative debut dispatch of microtonal haptics from Dublin-born, London-based Paul McGuire for the yung avant-garde imprint, Slip (f.k.a. Slip Discs). Leading on from the bittersweet lower case compositions of Joe Snape in 'Brittle Love' EP, McGuire's 'Sleep Spindles' revolves around three captivating works for solo cello, twelve guitars, and two percussionists, respectively. The first, 'Tampered Cello' (2014) was performed and recorded by Céline Papion in her Stuttgart apartment and spans nearly 15 minutes of intently focussed, close mic'd extended technique, rendering a whole lexicon o… Read more
*180gram Metallic Gold Vinyl in a heavyweight old-style tip on jacket with thick film laminate gloss, a 12" x 12" art print featuring extensive liner notes from composer Jonathan Snipes plus a digital download card offering the entire score and bonus cues not featured on the LP* "Waxwork Records proudly presents the debut LP release of Starry Eyes, composed by Sub-Pop recording artist Jonathan Snipes (clipping, Room 237) composed and performed by Snipes purely on analogue synths..."
Practically biting the heels of his 'Buried Alive Twice' LP for L.I.E.S., NYC's Marcos Cabral gets his caveman techno rocks off for Crème Organization. Four tracks twist between the lunkish swagger of 'Nearly Run Over' to chokingly saturated thump in 'Jumping Beans', whilst the rubbling groove of 'Man's Job' allows a sliver of light to the mix, and 'The Conversation' marks his territory with eviscerated machine rhythms and welting monotone bass.
**Remastered CD version of "Bikini Kill EP" and "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah LP". Includes 7 previously unreleased tracks** "The First Two Records compiles Bikini Kill’s recently reissued self-titled and Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah LPs. The self-titled 12-inch, originally released in the fall of 1992 and reissued on Bikini Kill Records in 2012, is comprised of four songs recorded by Ian MacKaye at Inner Ear Studios; one song from the band’s 1991 demo cassette recorded by Pat Maley (Yo-Yo Studios); and one song recorded during Bikini Kill’s live performance April 4th, 1992, at Washington, DC’s Sanct… Read more
**Screen-printed sleeve and centre label. Hand-numbered edition of 175** Gold Blood rise again with the hardcore punk-influenced electro of 'The Intruder', backed by Neil Landstrumm and Banished To Frigia remixes. The original course comes off like a close cousin of Dracula lewis, locking and spinning Emile Bojesen's snotty snarl around a cyberpunk groove lurching from halfstep swagger to steel-tipped electro. Rear guard defender Neil Landstrumm yokes the same elements to a crafty hip hop calculation, but the sticky stars go to the mysterious Banished To Frigia, who even the keel to a straig… Read more
“There was Mike Barry (age 18), Ian Self (age 18), and a drum machine. In those days, all you needed were a couple of long coats, a mutual love of The Fall and Joy Division, a pile of existential books (Kafka, Camus, Dostoyevsky, etc.) and some lager. They took their name from a Jackson Pollock painting. It was Summer of 1981 and the band was as rough as a bear’s arse.” And, those are the origins of Easter and the Totem. Tromping around South London through most of the 1980s, Easter and the Totem released three LPs (the first one at the urging of John Peel); Th… Read more
**Preisner's classic soundtrack to Kieslowski's 'Rouge' available on vinyl for the first time, with a CD included** A total joy to hear this gorgeous soundtrack again, hard to believe that its been 22 years since the film's release! Zbigniew Preisener really is one of the greatest film composers of the modern era, but his work for the great, late Krzysztof Kieslowski stands out as not only his most well known, but also his finest work. 'Three Colours: Red" is a more mystical and romantic entity than the other two films in the series, resulting in a soundtrack that contrasts… Read more
**Includes 12" insert** "Drawing from the leftfield avant-pop of Arthur Russell and Talking Heads, progressive disco of Nile Rodgers and contemporary ambient electronica, Retiree channel these influences through their own pervasive aura of rum-drunk antipodean sunshine. The result is music that is in equal parts lush, thoughtful melody and meditative tropical rhythm. The EP sees joint international release from Peckham label Rhythm Section International who released the instant classic debut of Al Dobson Jr, and were nominated for label of the year at Gilles Peterson's 2015 worldwide awards, as… Read more
**Preisner's classic soundtrack to Kieslowski's 'White' available on vinyl for the first time, with a CD included** A total joy to hear this gorgeous soundtrack again, hard to believe that its been 22 years since the film's release! Zbigniew Preisener really is one of the greatest film composers of the modern era, but his work for the great, late Krzysztof Kieslowski stands out as not only his most well known, but also his finest work. 'Three Colours: White" is lighter in mood than the other two films in the series, but the score is another magical collection of solo-piano … Read more
**Preisner's classic soundtrack to Kieslowski's 'Bleu' available on vinyl for the first time, with a CD included** A total joy to hear this gorgeous soundtrack again, hard to believe that its been 22 years since the film's release! Zbigniew Preisener really is one of the greatest film composers of the modern era, but his work for the great, late Krzysztof Kieslowski stands out as not only his most well known, but also his finest work. On 'Three Colours: Bleu" Preisner's work takes a central role in the narrative of the film itself, and as a result the score is more weighty a… Read more
Borrowed Language bossman Israel Vines returns for this killer remix EP, feat a smart remix by fellow LA-resident, Silent Servant, as well as reworks from Talker (Downwards) and Eye Teeth founder and curator, BMG.
Monday, 15 June
*Triple album edition compiling all the material originally released as a set of six cassettes via Hospital Productions in an edition of 100. Audio Mastered by Miles* “Death is Unity With God” finds Dominick Fernow returning to the kind of feral, burned-out productions which for our money find Fernow at his very best and which dominated “Ornamented Walls” released on Modern Love back in 2012. Nodding to classic Muslimgauze but inspired by the parallels between religious fundamentalism at home in the USA and abroad, the oppressive atmospheres and destroyed … Read more
*Mastered by Rashad Becker, features photography by Kim Thue and artwork by Bill Kouligas* Luke Younger's Helm undergoes a captivating metamorphosis from noise agitator to industrial ambient alchemist with 'Olympic Mess', his new album for PAN. Prompted by a period of personal turmoil and a chaotic lifestyle on the road playing support for Danish punks, Ice Age; Younger expands his sonic palette here with nods to the loop-based structures and textural sensuality of balearic disco, dub techno and industrial music. When filtered into his patented mix of hi-fidelity electro-acoustic process, fiel… Read more
**Includes both individual tracks and continuous mix version* Germany's DJ Koze has the honour of heading up DJ-Kicks' 50th mix + compilation set. As a figurehead of minimal, melodic and soulful tech-house and electronica, Koze ranks amongst the scene's most respected and venerable producers. He ain't too shabby on the decks either - widely regarded as a selector of the topmost order, with classic mixes such as 2004's timeless, 'All People Is My Friends' CD for Kompakt still ranking among our favourites of that decade. Now, ten years later, he rustles up a typically laidback 17-track selection … Read more
Moritz Von Oswald conducts a cabinet reshuffle, exchanging Vladislav Delay for legendary Afrobeat percussionist Tony Allen on his superb fourth Trio album and follow-up to 'Borderland' with Juan Atkins. Alongside original member Max Loderbauer, the trio embark on a new and deeply charming chapter of elemental rhythm and sound exploration, positioning them ever closer to some modern day version of the Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. Dub is still the foundation, and jazz the teacher, but the languid roll of Allen's drums and Loderbauer's lissom bleeps now hint at … Read more
"Nils Frahm writes his first score for one-take feature film Victoria and is nominated for German film prize. Nils Frahm has always said that he's just waiting for something real special when being asked if he would ever score the music for a film. And that's exactly what German director Sebastian Schipper presented to him with his one-take feature Victoria. Filmed in Berlin, Victoria's plot sees a runaway party girl, who's asked by three friendly men to join them as they hit the town, but their wild night of partying suddenly turns into a ban… Read more
Blawan reveals his bleakest, most bleached-out and finest constructions on his second modular techno session for his Ternesc label. In contrast to the all-out barrage of 'Warm Tonal Touch', these trax are reduced to bare, viscous vibrations and spooked sci-fi atmospheres in four parts. A-side sets a shivering tone with the sputtering bass pattern and gloomy ambient motifs of 'Hanging Out With The Birds', for 'Mine Oh Mine' to pick up the pace while concentrating the vibes to serpentine effect somewhere between Baby Ford & Ifach Collective's 'Sacred Mahcine' and recent Vereker/Restra… Read more
Hessle Audio's Pangaea grapples with gritty UK techno/bass mutations in his 3rd, self-released number for Hadal. Raking over and reigniting an embarrassment of UK rave riches, he cuts out four tracks ranging from the early Autechreian inflections of 'Something In Your Eye' to the roguish roil of ragga chat and halfstep techno rolige in 'Stimulant Dub', before the rusty bassline house shank of 'New Shapes In The Air' bowls out on the B-side next to a Norman Nodge-like shake-down entitled 'They Buy Gold'. Super solid set for the DJs and dancers.