Thursday, 13 August
**Deluxe reissue 180g LP, includes 3 bonus tracks** "The Vinyl Factory present a special VF vinyl re-release of 'Birthdays', the second album from musician and visual artist Keaton Henson. With a voice reminiscent of a young Steve Forbert and unflinching, honest lyrics worthy of Mark Kozelek, the London-based singer/songwriter and illustrator Keaton Henson evokes a private world just a few degrees removed from those of Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Bon Iver, Conor Oberst, and others to whom he's often been compared. Yet lest you think he's all sensitive singer/songwriter, the humor… Read more
Deep Medi launch a killer 2nd solo attack from Dub Mechanics' K Man. 'Blink' charges up a cantering steppers riddim twisted with nasty synth roque and smoothed out with butter pads. B-side, 'Power Drill', as its name suggests, is a proper rave tool, gunning for that Coki sound with staggered mid-range synth and neck-snap snares.
"Originally issued as a private LP in an edition of 400 copies in 1983. De-composition for bionic organisms and concrete sounds. A sound that refuses both the cold logic of the fetish electronic computer-man-of-the-year and the sterile exasperation of the negative. A sound that dilutes and coagulates, eluding the listeners with minimal variations that make the cyclic style of Phillip Glass resemble a carousel of colors. This CD also features two untitled tracks first issued on compilation cassettes. Compositive discipline."
**180g heavyweight vinyl, includes free download code** Will Archer a.k.a. Slime arrives ghostly yet fully formed with a strung-out suite of ambient R&B-pop and soft focus electronics. Prefaced by a 2-track single for Weird World (and, before that, a single for Get Me!), 'Company' catches a breezy set of ten songs by the Newcastle-raised, London-based 27 year old singer/songwriter who arrives at this point from an interesting set of circumstances: at once influenced by the sounds of his dad's coffee factory as much as his background in the Geordie gabber scene and work scoring original film music for… Read more
**Limited edition heavyweight coloured vinyl includes bonus mixtape CD 'In The Brickhouse', plus download code** Will Archer a.k.a. Slime arrives ghostly yet fully formed with a strung-out suite of ambient R&B-pop and soft focus electronics. Prefaced by a 2-track single for Weird World (and, before that, a single for Get Me!), 'Company' catches a breezy set of ten songs by the Newcastle-raised, London-based 27 year old singer/songwriter who arrives at this point from an interesting set of circumstances: at once influenced by the sounds of his dad's coffee factory as much as his backgrou… Read more
Industrialised post-dubstep mutations from a cranky Killawatt on Osiris Music UK. Ten years on from its inception, dubstep has eaten itself and broken down to component elements that have morphed, fused and mutated into new formations strung between electro, techno and concrète sound design. The crooked, slompy 'Contort' is a case in point, twisting abstract electronics into a clanking industrial soundsystem golem, whilst 'Flustercuck' adopts a bashy sort of industro-dancehall tactic, and 'Gutter' nods to the kick/snare placement of classic electro from a more detached, noisy angle.
Syria's finest serves the slow, humid highlight from the 'Bahdemi nami' LP, backed with an amazing doom drone remix by The Black Lips' Cole Alexander. Where the original opens up like a twilight desert panorama of buzzing microtonal clusters and plangent guitar strokes streaked by Souleyman, the remix condenses this vision to a febrile midnight scene of crushing, stone-handed raga-blues riffage and banking synth pads accentuated with a slow techno-blues thump. colour us captivated.
"2014 repress, originally released in 2000. The second batch of the complete M.B. reissue program continues, once again issued by EEs'T (in conjunction with Alga Marghen) as a series of five separate CDs, or altogether as a box set. The CDs have been mastered to digital under the supervision of Maurizio Bianchi himself; each CD features the original artwork, the complete documentation (liner notes, reviews, statements) as well as bonus tracks. Reissue of a private LP edition of 300 copies in 1983. M.B.: electronics, rhythms, neutronic effects. The two suites of Das Testament were re… Read more
**The Vinyl Factory facilitate reissue of Keaton Henson's acclaimed folk rock debut, 'Dear' in conjunction with the artist's own Oak Ten Records. Edition of 1000** "Keaton Henson did not set out to make a debut album. He started writing songs as a personal project, never intending to release them, which goes some way to explaining why they are so intensely honest and intimate. He recorded at home, under the Heathrow flightpath, using found objects and the limited instruments he had collected at that time (late 2009/early 2010). Recording took place in the gaps between planes passing over … Read more
Opal Tapes pluck out a gauzy, isolated beaut from Michael Vallera, who's probably best known on this site for his melancholic solo gems as COiN and with Steven Hess in Cleared. At once stately poised and crushingly moody, 'Distance' revolves five songs in just under 40 minutes, keening from heart-in-mouth shoegaze ambience shook-up with pained '80s drums, to the chokingly screwed doom scape of 'Animal', and onwards to the vaulted reverb structures of 'Grace of Climate', culminating with the quasi-speed bass plummets and numb drones of 'Distance'. Very RIYL Ensemble Economique, Talker, Cleared.
Reissue of the highly coveted classic LP by Italian noise composer/ sound visionary Maurizio Bianchi. Originally released in an extremely limited private press quantity in Italy in 1983, Endometrio showcased M.B. at his most crucial turning point, delving into the uncharted waters he aptly titled bionic music, blending unfiltered electronics with contorted sounds of the human body to compose one of the most organically beautiful ambient records to date. Copies of the original LP are practically non-existent and hard to come by, therefore making this reissue an important addition to any experimental aficionados audio library."
Clocking in at a whopping 30 tracks, this reissue of Keith Hudson's 1974 album 'Entering The Dragon' has been something of a lost gem - with his gravelly vocal style gaining more and more prominence in the years following its original deletion. Housed in some sunshine cover art, 'Entering The Dragon' is the perfect companion piece to 'The Hudson Affair' - with the man Keith bringing an abrasive edge to the Trojan catalogue that probably sounded quite startling in its day, but now acts as a sign-post to the dancehall/hip-hop evolutions that were to come. With particular highlig… Read more
**Barry Lynn a.k.a. Boxcutter's latest vessel, The Host, travels light years into beat-less new age kosmiche with the 'Esalen Lectures', starring a guest appearance from Kaidi Tatham. RIYL BoC, Emeralds, Panabrite, µ-Ziq**"“Inspired by think tanks and floatation tanks, psychological research, 2012 mythology, 1960’s social planning, stoned apes, elite transhumanism, and the counter-culture, the Esalen Lectures is an imaginary trip to a NorCal psychedelic retreat. Use the sounds to enter into a program of theory and practice, to accompany inward voyages, and for sunset induction rituals. And … Read more
**Edition of 300** Boston's Experimedia present an abridged vinyl version of Jannick Schou's immersive tempered ambient noise scapes in 'Fabrik'. Broaching similarly disturbed, churning territory as recent Jon Porras outings for Thrill Jockey, or The Haxan Cloak's 'Observatory' 12", Danish producer Schou grinds out eight cuts of slow, clanking mechanical rhythms engulfed by sweltering, amorphous noise textures for deep transportation.
**Heavyweight vinyl, includes download code** "Written, performed and produced by multiinstrumentalist, producer and songwriter Georgia Barnes in its entirety and recorded in her own home studio, debut eponymous album ‘Georgia’ is the product of two years of obsessive work but also a young lifetime of voracious music listening. Elements of the glacial yet hyper-melodic tone of early 2000s grime, sweltering, mid-Summer West London dub and ragga, sophisticated pop, first wave postpunk agitation, the formative influence of Missy Elliott and the high-concept, illuminated sound design work of contempor… Read more
*Deluxe Edition includes a bonus 10” of remixes from Dave ‘Switch’ Taylor’s new band* "Written, performed and produced by multiinstrumentalist, producer and songwriter Georgia Barnes in its entirety and recorded in her own home studio, debut eponymous album ‘Georgia’ is the product of two years of obsessive work but also a young lifetime of voracious music listening. Elements of the glacial yet hyper-melodic tone of early 2000s grime, sweltering, mid-Summer West London dub and ragga, sophisticated pop, first wave postpunk agitation, the formative influence of Missy Elliott and the h… Read more
Spellbinding collage work by the Algerian producer for Discrepant. In El Mahdy's own words, ''Ghost Tapes is a composition of everyday fragments based on found tapes, field recordings, beats and radio frequencies. A ruff attempt of interpreting the cultural ghost that surrounds the field and makes the difference between place and space.'' Unspooling over 30 minutes, the dubstep outlier seamlessly strafes myriad acousmatic sources, parsing their vibes for amorphous, spectral information and feeling something akin to an opiated mooch thru a labyrinth of interconnected antechambers, eliding pit… Read more
UKF pioneer, D-Malice does a slinkier house sound with 'Indian Time'. Since serving 2008's definitive 'Gabryelle (Refix)' anthem, D-Malice has been busy honing a plusher Afro-house style on his DM digital label. With 'indian Time' he draws lissom connections between that original UKF flex and 2015 house, meshing shimmering strings with fluidly synched tabla and tribal percussions. Basic Soul Unit also chimes in with a tuffer remix techno refit balancing those strings with much darker pads and welting bass.
Julia Holter preps the scene for her new LP, 'Have You In My Wilderness' in this month's featured interview. You'll also find articles on jazz-punk renegades Blurt, Arnold Dreyblatt undertaking the invisible jukebox, and Global Ear in Lima. Also includes all the usual news, reviews, listings etc.
**Debut solo LP of instrumental, folksy pop whimsy by a member of Alien Ensemble (along with The Notwist's Micha Acher a.o.). RIYl Moondog, Sufjan Stevens, Pascal Comelade** "Arranging various layers of piano, xylophone and glockenspiel, stylophone, Moog and harmonium, Le Millipede creates minimalist, instrumental pop gems, tracks with an immediate quality that seem rather simple at first listen. In fact, Götz’s recordings are somewhat comparable to the work of French-born, Barcelona-based composer Pascal Comelade, known for his use of toy instruments. In both cases, there’s a certain chil… Read more
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** "Blood Warrior makes music that exposes the intricacies of melancholy, unravelling its individual strands of sadness, redemption, and contemplation. The New England based duo turns heartbreak into something much more elusive and dream-like, enriching it with elements of otherworldly fantasy while retaining its raw emotional impact. Their idiosyncratic folk songs reflect this rawness, and they use guitars (at times purposefully detuned), harmonium, keyboards and sparse percussion to create music that is deceptively minimal. Letter G… Read more
**Limited edition fluorescent green vinyl reissue, includes free download code** "Over their six-year career (1986 - 1992) The Sugarcubes gained international renown for the unique sound they cultivated, garnering fans such as luminary John Peel (indeed, it was said DJ whose show’s listeners voted ‘Birthday’ their Single Of The Year in 1987), achieving unprecedented success for an Icelandic band at the time and influencing the country’s musical scene dramatically. With a line-up featuring Björk Guðmundsdóttir (vocals, keyboards), Einar Örn Benediktsson (vocal… Read more
"MB Masterpiece!!!! Mectypo Bakterium is a work furnished of implacable plastic exasperation. The icy oppression, the hallucinatory electronic wounds, are a precious and singular fact in a technological society brought to the limit. The emotion is pushed into dangerous zones, and unusual tensions free biological groans of extreme effectiveness. A vivid expression of a world in extinction. Near exact replica of this classic Maurizio Bianchi LP published by DYS in the USA in 1982."
**Limited to 200 copies. 10xCD boxset, includes bonus tracks, 30 min unique M.B Live, an interview, notes and 35 inserts with original artwork.** "Exclusive presentation of the complete M.B. / Maurizio Bianchi recordings from the early 1980s originally issued on LP. Starting from Sterile Records' "Symphony for a Genocide" to Broken Flag's "The Plain Truth", passing through DYS' "Mectpyo Bakterium" and all the records privately issued by M.B. on his Mectpyo Sound. A slipcase with 10 CDs reproducing the 10 LP issued between 1981 and 1984, plus all the tracks by M.B. from international … Read more
*2015 Edition, originally released in 1998. Reissue of the private LP edition of 300 copies from 1981* "The pyramidal construction of these two "suites," with its intentionally brutal and grotesque deformations, elaborates on overflowing and apocalyptical collapse, dragging a completely dissolvent conception of the world and of the para-industrial sound. Bonus tracks: "Milan Bruits" from the Fix Planet! comp (Ata Tak) and the two tracks first issued on the very limited Nowhere to Play in 1981. Let M.B. be your executioner! The second in the "ArcheoMB" CD reissue series."
Class Roots Reggae set, sparking off a reissue series of Linval Thompson productions for the Strong Like Sampson label in fine style. Barry Brown's 'Natty Dread Nah Run' steps out on the A-side, backed with Barrington Levy's forlorn 'She Rob and Gone' and Papa Tullo's 'Cat Call Francella' rarity.
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label. Soft focus blend of ambient-pop, R&B and cute mnml electronics wrapped to a warm and winding narrative** "Inspired by a long lost tale from dark and cold northern lands, written many ages ago, ‘Neida‘ is the story of a young boy who one day noticed an eerie call, so peculiar and odd that he could not resist but to follow it. While it resonated through remnants of ancient settlings, the boy had to overcome many obstacles and solve numerous quests, journey through mystical forests, foggy mountains and ghostly villages, battle the forces of nature an… Read more
Seriously bleak and affective M.B. sounds, recorded in 1982. Following suit with the mighty 'Regel', this one affords more melodic colour and clarity than his noisier emissions while still smothered in signature electronic distortion. The 23 minute A-side 'Mörder Unter Uns' is shockingly sore; gloomy chords rise in solemn progression from a decaying, caustic bed of abstract swirl, provoking an emotional response recalling experiences listening to all sorts from Coil to Autechre, Kareem or Lustmord. The B-side's 'Neuro Habitat' is further abstracted with almost dub-like comtrails eva… Read more
Body Boys are spoiling for a dance in their follow-up to the claggy nocturnes of debut album, 'Growth Window'. Two years down the line they're now packing throbbing techno muscle alongside the sallow ambient signatures, resulting the pounding drone techno of 'First Time' or 'Nosebleed', and softer ambient house padding of 'Alone' alongside the beat-less, pillow-diving chords of 'Yunnan' and jittery techno fundamentals somewhere between Phork and Blondes in 'Stutter'.
Lady Blacktronika stirs up a wicked Detroit beatdown and techno sound on R&S's sub-label, Meda Fury. Equally adept at dusty soul squeeze as uptempo, hi-tek funk, she dispenses gauzy KDJ styles in 'Oh So Cold' beside the late '80s-infected Detroit electro-tech class of 'Trim The Breaks', whereas 'Akua's Heart' chases a tribal spirit down tumbling, crack'd and freeform house grooves, and 'Only Just Myself To Blame' rounds out with an early '90s Detroit soul house style. RIYL Africans With Mainframes, KDJ, Theo Parrish, dancing.