Thursday, 12 December
**Housed in hand-stamped, braille-stickered card mailer** The mysterious Phono Ghost (your guess is as good as ours) delivers Skam's 4th Skassette; a 30 minute cut-up collage composed from fragments of charity shop tape finds. Like that hyperfunky Meatbingo release, it's a prime exercise in nexx-level pause-button editing, but unlike Meatbingo, the vibe is altogether slower, or as the label puts it, "an idiosyncratic fusion between languid funk, hypnologic vocals and swirling psychoactive melodies." The funk here is viscous but deft, grave-robbing samples from the resting place of po… Read more
Thursday, 05 December
Murky ambient flux from Ten Hyphen Twenty for Brighton's Where To Now? crew. Two extended pieces unravel with enigmatic logic; 'Portrait Of A House Plant' dissolving between darker ambient drones and composted ferric textures to pockets of trapped bass music, frictional rhythms against morphing swells of noise and detached melodies in between blurry ambient dimensions. 'Still Life With Indoor Water Feature' is lusher, traversing processed field recordings, crushing/crushed concrete textures and lost, ambient motifs deep into the sort of cracked, kaleidoscopic vortex you might expect from Wanda Group or DJ Purple Image. Recommended!
Eerie, oneiric electronic psychedelia from Lisbon's Ondness for Brighton's excellent Where To Now? label. 'Poor Man's Twilight Zone' exists in a headspace somewhere between Negra Branca's ethereal H-Pop scapes, Wanda Group's murky ambient and the kind of zonked post-techno purveyed by Opal Tapes, feeling out in the half light resonant, gamelan-like tones and lushest chord swirl in the 12 minute 'Trono', whilst 'Ongoing To Zona' combines celestial flute with a sort of lo-fi take on Porter Ricks' aquatic techno churn. 'Edit Sombre' is closer to techno proper with a buoyant 4/4 step… Read more
Thursday, 28 November
**Pro-duped 70 minute cassette housed in a stamped outer sleeve with artwork by Alex Solman** Demdike Stare return this week with a brand new mixtape for their own DDS label, their fourth released mix and second to appear on cassette. In the time since their last tape 'The Weight Of Culture', was released in February, Demdike inaugurated and released the first three instalments of their ongoing and open-ended 'Testpressing' series and have found themselves on the cover of this month's issue of The Wire magazine, setting the scene for the fourth Testpressing due imminently. In the mean… Read more
Thursday, 24 October
**Edition of 50 Produbbed clear tapes** New on Reckno. "If you enjoyed the Ananas Pyramidalis and Max Bellancourt releases on Reckno then this one will take you over the edge. Alabaster Falcons harness the sound of running water, shimmering light, refracted colour, infinite ascension, stopping and looking, breathing and relaxing. This release features two Zen drone works where two minds think as none in perfect harmony. This is pure music with all unnecessary extras removed. One hand clapping looped to form a deep pleasure tone. The final track, which might be the prettiest t… Read more
Thursday, 03 October
**Edition of 100** Hooker Vision's Grant Evans shapeshifts into blown-out, crumbling tape noise sounds on 'Roman Persuasion'. Thirty minutes of arrhythmic, atonal abstraction ensues, straining hi-frequencies through a thicket of dense, brambled distortion which parts occasionally like a low lying mist to reveal strange, decaying, dreamlike melodies. RIYL Wanda Group, Decimus, Pat Maherr.
Thursday, 26 September
**Black cassette in metallic black jewellery case with download code and Obi. Includes a special 3D printed circuit board keyring sculpted by Ed Simpson. Edition of 50!** “Easily the strangest release on Tombed Visions yet, Circuit Breaker is a skewered and angular take on Industrial primitivism and haunted Post-punk, assaulting the corporeal with a trembling yet firm fist. The Brother’s Simpson have spent their existence with Circuit Breaker in the hinterlands of the obscure, sourcing their sound from homemade and bastardized electronics and an animalistic hunger for degenerate rhythms, wor… Read more
Thursday, 13 June
Thursday, 25 October 2012
**Edition of 500** Von archives, where have you been all our lives?! Part of our introduction to this fine Italian boutique imprint is this awesome documentary-cum-sound experiment pairing Carlos Casas' footage and field recordings made in the classic Russian Vezdekhod tank with a deconstructed soundtrack by Dominick Fernow aka Prurient (aka Vatican Shadow). The all-terrain Vezdekhod tank is the primary mode of transport for most folk in Siberia. Carlos Casas captured a seemingly bum-bruising journey in one of these things somewhere in the tundra of Chukotka Region, Northeastern Siberi… Read more
Thursday, 13 September 2012
Berlin-based avant-garde singer/artist BRM presents a homage to Andy Warhol in 'Five Takes'. Starting out predominantly electronic, with glitching, detailed production offered by producer/soul singer Waterson and subtly underlining her Billie's classic croon, each take progressively sheds those synthetic layers through the process, revealing an final take where the rollign drums, fluttering organ and location recordings being us closer to a "reality". Recommended.