Thursday, 10 July
*First vinyl reissue ever after more than 30 years, edition of 500 copies, splattered vinyl* "The "INSOC EP" contains the first official recordings from the legendary Minneapolis music collective Information Society led by founder/producer Paul Robb. Originally released on vinyl in 1983 the EP became extremely difficult to find. Now, for the first time since 1983, Mannequin Records is giving it a new birth on wax, this time including a bonus track "Charentiesm" never appeared before in any format, which is the first track ever recorded by Information Society in 1982. As The band tell, i… Read more
**Newly remastered, groundbreaking collection of hybrid Thai folk/pop. The artist's first release outside the Thai record market** "The relaunch of EM Records’ Thai music series. Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM Records have teamed up to deliver a new series showcasing the extraordinary performances of some of Thailand’s greatest musical legends. The first release is the seminal album Isan Lam Plearn released in 1975 by Angkanang Kunchai. This album represents a crucial moment in Thai musical history when the performance styles of Molam (*1) and Luk Thung (*2) were fused together for … Read more
**Newly remastered, groundbreaking collection of hybrid Thai folk/pop. The artist's first release outside the Thai record market** "The relaunch of EM Records’ Thai music series. Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM Records have teamed up to deliver a new series showcasing the extraordinary performances of some of Thailand’s greatest musical legends. The first release is the seminal album Isan Lam Plearn released in 1975 by Angkanang Kunchai. This album represents a crucial moment in Thai musical history when the performance styles of Molam (*1) and Luk Thung (*2) were fused together fo… Read more
*The LP edition features heavyweight vinyl packaged in a foiled gatefold sleeve* London's most-hyped soul crew finally unveil their debut album after a studied viral marketing campaign. Includes all the tracks from their singles plus a ruck of new gear."Jungle are based around a core musical duo of lifelong friends known simply as ‘J’ and ‘T’, who expand to a thrilling seven piece live, and make mesmeric, kaleidoscopic modern soul that’s unmistakably born in the UK but has true global appeal. The album was recorded between the band’s own home studio in Shepherds Bush, London and the XL Recordings studio in nearby Ladbroke Grove."
Hamburg based producer Yør is next up on Dutch powerhouse Creme Organization with a four track EP that continues in his muddy and muddled techno tradition.
Crafty, swinging beat suite from My Dry Wet Mess, backed with four remixes from Auntie Flo, Dam Mantle, and Ikonika. The styles of 'Laptop Lapdance' reduce and build upon the taut funk of his Brainfeeder release, 'Stereo Typing' (2012) in four parts flexing from the jazz-funky dip and woozy chords of 'Twos Too' thru the glistening SND-like skip of 'Nailed Scale' and the baffling rhythmic calculations of 'Eyelids' Secret' and 'Infinito'. Remixing, Auntie Flo smooths 'Nailed Scale' to a lilting, Afro-centric groove, and Dam Mantle turns it into a t… Read more
**250 copies** Hot on the heels of his Bronze Teeth 12" with Dom Butler, L/F/D/M takes to Glasgow's Clan Destine label for 'LHF3'. Four track explore elastic ground between mellow Tin Man style acid on the title cut thru to murkier acid styles reminding of Acido and Busen in 'After Circle' and 'PROX' via the industrial funk grind of 'Ad Reinhardt'.
**Edition of 400 copies. Mastered by Jason Lescalleet** Intoxicatingly hazy suite of chamber drone, acoustic guitar pieces and tape works by American artist, Matt Krefting (Son of Earth). Whilst best known to us for his gorgeous album of classic cover versions on Ecstatic Peace, Krefting has been quietly establishing a reputation for his solo tape works, issued in micro-editions on myriad underground imprints before arriving at 'Lymph Est'. Like Kye steward, Graham Lambkin, and label-mate Jason Lescalleet, who coincidentally mastered this album, Krefting evidently shares a sensitivity to org… Read more
Marcel Fengler & Phillip Sollmann aka DIN rework their contribution to Ostgut Ton's ballet music suite, 'Masse'. 'Euphorium' is a right big room builder tiered with lush synths and driven by aerodynamic Detroit/Berlin-style techno groove. 'Aetas' is more expansive, fluidly dubwise, rolling off warm bass into a sea of shimmering machine rhythms for the dancers.
Marcel Dettmann and Âme's Frank Wiedemann remodel their pieces from ballet suite, 'Masse', for the club. Considering who's involved the results are perhaps more pedestrain than you'd hope for, giving up a very minimal and moody piabno house piece called 'Spiritoso' up top and the poised drone techno rolige of ''Martellato' on the turn.
Henrik Schwarz gives the 3rd and best yet remixes of Berghain/Ostgut Ton's ballet suite, 'Masse'. His stuff's normally a bit too sweet and sickly for this palate but the dry pound and scratchy shuffle of 'Lockstep' is primed to really put dancers thru their paces, whilst the pizzicato strings and poised groove of 'Unknown Touch Two' finds the right balance of classical elegance and house function.
Coherently diverse 2nd set of trax cut from Modeselektor's latest round-up. A-side features the emotive posh-trance charge of Alex Banks and Elizabeth Bernholz's 'Be The One' and the killer hyper-boogie 'Blast' by Onra. B-side holds Henrik Schwarz's jazzy tech-house pop number 'We Are Bankrupt', and the squirming funk of Brandt Brauer Frick's 'Jungle Love' starring Om'Mas Keith and Vic Mensa.
**Stunning solo album by the Zeitkratzer Ensemble's technical visionary and virtuoso of the "inside piano"** Reinhold Friedl says: "This CD presents compositions for piano using the instrument in an unorthodox way. The strings are bowed with nylon strings, stimulated by E-Bows, rubbed with metal, the keys' sound is examined as a corrugated surface and staccato rhythms are repeated in a narrow register. On the one hand, the pieces introduced here explore new ways of playing the piano. In this sense they are "enlarged playing techniques", as they have been developed for most instruments in the s… Read more
*Initial pressing on semi-transparent lavender vinyl with download card* "The lullaby ‘Dreaming Awake’ was originally performed as a duet with circular-breathing sax titan Colin Stetson. It opens this mini album in a tense, minimal Son Lux Mix but Lux’s raw electronic treatment only draws more attention to Worden’s achingly tender vocal performance. ‘Dreams Don’t Look Like’ originated as silent movie music, an extract from Worden’s score for ‘The Balloonatic’ by Buster Keaton. ‘That Point When’, a song Worden initially arranged to sing with The Orchestra For The Next Century, defies gravity too: musically and lyrically ambiguous, majestically lighter than air."
Second great vinyl-only 12” compilation from Fire Department featuring four hard-to-find old skool disco, funk and boogie scorchers. The party kicks off in style with the full 8 minute 12” version of Cameo’s killer instrumental funk jam from ‘It’s Serious’ followed by Le’O Roy’s in-demand heavy dancefloor bomb ‘Pound For Pound’ - classic Peter Brown-produced NY disco magic. Flip over the uber-rare long version of ‘Give It Up and Shake It Down’ by Risse, a synth-boogie monster from a 1982 12” on the highly collectible Chocolate Cholly’s label. And last but not least an… Read more
Randomer does his dope tribalized percussive thing on L.I.E.S. On the A-side he cuts loose with the clipped Afro drum cadence and druggy wheeze of 'Residents' besides the tunnelling motorik clatter of 'Jakobs Dream'. Better by far, the super rugged Gesloten Cirkel electro styles of 'Huh' on the B-side bends where it matters for the dancers.
**Super dope spot gloss jacket** Madlib's got his baton out, again. This is the long-awaited 2nd part of his 'Rock Konducta' volume in the brilliant Beat Konducta series of themed MPC bombs. Sampling from stacks of Rock-oriented wax, he juices and flips chunks of krautrock, film dialogue, prog and psych blues into signature beat nuggets as brief as they are funky and freaky.
Scything breakbeat techno and electro from Tessela on his follow-up to 'Nancy's Pantry' for R&S. A-side brings the bullish 'ardcore churn of 'Rough 2' with its febrile bleeps, rattling breaks and hovering chords built to demolish warehouses, whilst flipside 'Butchwax' updates that pre-'ardcore sound of NYC electro and UK fast rap breaks with modern discipline, and 'C'mon Let's Slow Dance' teeters on the edge of EBM, concrète noise and current Grime styles.
JD Twitch's Optimo Music follows those Golden Teacher zingers with the debut EP of fizzing hypnobeat from London's Shift Work. On four dance cuts the duo wring hovering synth tones, virulent trance arpeggios and slinky rhythm, including JD Twitch's highlight trim of 'Patience' and the Factory Floor or Bronze Teeth-esque 'Scaled To Fit'. The canny interludes add a trippier dimension of fragmented field recordings, synth noise and strange dialogue.
"Ten instant hits of sunshine. Folky female vocals atop ’60s-influenced psych-pop and motorik synth-prog – like a shinier Stereolab or a more bucolic Broadcast. ‘Seasoned Sun’ also features contributions from fellow Super Furry Animals Cian Ciaran and Dafydd Ieuan and ex-Race Horses drummer Gwion Llewelyn."
**Cassette mounted on vacuum formed tray in oversized case. 2-panel inlay printed on 300gsm receycled stock. 100 copies for the world** "Their first recorded album since 2007, ‘Secret Paths’ is I Have Eaten The City’s tour-de-force. This trio of multi-instrumentalists could easily be seen as a microcosm for the practices of Toronto’s wider experimental music scene, the breadth and fluidity of their experimentations throughout their discography showcasing an alarmingly diverse range influences and atmospheres, of which ‘Secret Paths’ is a clear apex. The astonishing opener ‘Eyo… Read more
Dettmann & Emika nod to Heinrich Mueller's recent experiments with female vocalists in the free-floating tones and elegant electro-techno pulses of 'Seduction'. On the Deuce remix Dettmann reprises his duo with Rene Pawlowitz (Shed) for a rolling drone techno intensifier, while Anthony Parasole's remix keeps all the energy tucked below the belt with shifty bass patterns and Ryan Elliott keeps his hand in with a minimal techno-house remix.
*Hushed debut album of chiming down-beats from Submerse** "Slow Waves is a collection of multi-layered memories, stacked like grainy polaroids in an old box in the closet or under the bed while the colours fade. A young Rob at the beach or on his first day of grammar school. Images of travels across Europe and Japan, moments slipping in trains or planes while landscapes pass by. Memories so unique to his life, yet so similar to the fading memories of youth and adolescence we all have… After a series of well acclaimed EP’s, each of them created at very specific moments in the artists life, submerse… Read more
Lewisham grime prodigy Novelist shows some serious production chops on the follow-up to his vocal for Mumdance's 'Take Time'. Much like his angular, agitant mic style, Novelist's beats are all clipped vectors and kerned bars laced with luminous lines of logic, very similar in fact to the relation between Wiley's vocal and production styles. Anyway, these debut productions are fiyah, popping off from the gunshots and snake-charming sino-melody of 'Sniper' to the cheeky bubble of 'Christmas Riddim' and the Chipsy-like motifs of 'Mee2 Remix', and the sparring dancer, 'Messy'. Recommended.
*Vinyl includes a free copy of the CD inside* "Many brightly shining planets orbit the twin central star of Cluster (Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius). To be clear: as soloists Roedelius and Moebius have long since worked with all kinds of musicians whose congenial contributions add even more colour to the polychromatic Cluster world. Yet no matter how distinctly their guests' creativity is expressed, Cluster's character is consistently audible. "Snowghost Pieces" very much fits the pattern: Tim Story, a distinguished electronic musician who had previous experience o… Read more
Zeitkratzer go pop? Nah, they go 'Songs', fronted by Rechenzentrum's Marc Weiser in a completely unique suite of contemporary music. Developed over several years and stemming from a commission for Zeitkratzer to soundtrack a fashion show, 'Songs' renders the ensemble - Burkhard Schlothauer (violin), Anton Lukoszevieze (violoncello), Ulrich Phillipp (doublebass), Frank Gratkowski (reeds), Hild Sofie Tafjord (french horn), Hilary Jeffrey (trombone), Reinhold Friedly (piano), Christian Lillinger (drums, percussion) - at, ostensibly speaking, their most widely appealing with eight compositions structu… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label. Very limited pressing* "Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten / The Bad Seeds). are back with a new ep of unreleased tracks and covers including a version of Caetano Veloso's masterpiece The Empty Boat from his early years. The other cover here is another song from the late sixties: Crimson And Clover both in the english and italian version. The EP also includes two new songs."
*Deluxe reissue in oversized book-style packaging* "This classic and groundbreaking album was recorded in Los Angeles in 1970, at a time when Sergio Mendes was at the height of his commercial status with his incredibly successful musical blend of Brazilian flavours and American pop sensibility. ‘Stillness’ was a decisive break away from commercial pop towards a more serious and mature sound. Powerful new vocal songs such as ‘Stillness’ and ‘Righteous Life’ signified a new era in the music of Sergio Mendes. The Brazilian influence is, if anything… Read more
*'Tape Crackers' is a vital documentary focussed on one guy, Michael Finch, and his amazing tape collection of pirate radio recordings made in the mid-late '90s. The premise is basic: place Michael and some of his most prized c90s in front of the camera and let the man talk. The result: a punters'-ear recollection of an amazing period in UK music culture, charting the shifts between Happy Hardcore/Jungle/D&B/Garage, or what has contentiously become known as the 'Hardcore Continuum' thanks to Simon Reynolds. Michael is a passionate and thoroughly endea… Read more
Lean, driving acid and electro-house from JTC, Automatic Tasty, Elec Pt.1, and Abraham Cowley. James T Cotton aka Tadd Mullinx (Dabrye) drops the highlight with a mellow but kicking warehouse acid ace, 'Habit', and Automatic Tasty seduces to more tranquil zones with the pastoral braindance melodies of 'Winters Evening'. Bunker regular Elec Pt.1 pumps up the pure acid jack track 'Daytime Acid', and Abraham Cowley clocks out with the merry Detroit melodies of 'Shifting Seasons'.