Thursday, 17 April
*Edition of 100, pro-duped cassettes, 30 minutes long, new on Hospital Productions** Another limited cassette outing from Hospital Productions, this time offering up a raw, tunnelling (tech)No Wave session from Ivy Barkakati, the co-owner of Barcelona's incredible Anòmia label with Arnau Sala - her parter in the Vactor duo. The first side burrows deep in with three pieces ranging from aggressive pulses and caustic tape hiss on 'Inhibitor' to the quieter, chamber-like melody and peripheral bass pressure of 'Star Report' and the stressed, Evol-like signal pings of 'Matiz'. B-side blasts f… Read more
Thursday, 10 April
Gnod's Tesla Tapes pay tribute to the anti-fracking resistance camp at Barton Moss, miles from Gnod HQ at Islington Mill, Salford, with half an hour of stentorian rants by Michael O'Neill set to desolate northern drones produced and mixed by Druss & Dwellings. It's a fxxking uncomfortable listen, but probably not as uncomfortable as the protestor under attack from corporate dibble depicted on the inlay. There's four tracks in total, all delivered with politicised vitriol and a stoic glare, ranging from slow-marching No Wave drones and pulses to blown-out, polluted du… Read more
Thursday, 27 March
**Edition of 50 pro dubbed grey tapes** Enigmatic debut album of ambient popping candy from Biographs. RIYL Wanda Group! Reckno sez: "must dissolve took me by surprise in it's microscopic attention to detail, echoing some of the weirdest (and most beautiful) early Mego releases like Fridge Tracks. Play it at low volume for a soothing melt out or turn it up for the full textured rub down. Using tools often associated with chiptunes Biographs creates a porous, gridless and organic sound world bubbling with fizz, hiss and distortion. At times like the romantic hum of a far off plane engine at other times like a snowflake melting in your ear."
**Edition of 50 produbbed blue tapes - Extended cosmic chug missions** "Endless rolling modern dance music that takes elements of shoegaze bliss out plus the build n collapse of ecstatic jazz. Walking FM basslines anchor the tracks in a lush haze like the melting smile of a pleasantly wrecked good friend. Drums are panned and tweaked till the iiird eye opens and the room starts to slowly rotate. The two tracks on this album are Ay Gee Tee's longest and most emotional works yet and Reckno is super proud to be able to present them to the world."
Thursday, 13 March
**Hypnagogic fug beats for fans of Actress and Opal Tapes** "Astro:Dynamics continue their run of form in 2014 by following releases from Alis and Vaghe Stelle with the debut release from the ever elusive Rasul Gafarov's Nenado moniker. Based in central Russia, Rasul has previously appeared on an erratic flow of 12"s under the name Lenta - including split 12"s with Software's Huerco S on the Other Heights label, and Ahu (the house/techno side project of Touch's Sohrab) on Iran's Shahr Farang label, and has performed rare shows at the likes of acclaimed Moscow club ARMA17. Whilst his work as Le… Read more
Thursday, 30 January
Astro:dynamics present quite easily the best material we've heard so far from Sabina Plamenova aka Alis yet, a lovely suite of lo-fi dream-pop sketches recorded during downtime around a show in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. The music stands in stark contrast to her recent dancefloor moves on Don't Be Afraid and her own Opit label, erring closer to the psychedelic dub tropes of Negra Branca's amazing 'NB' LP, but juxtaposing her tender, soulful vocal loops against colder, minimalist ambient techno space where she lets her voice ring out like the plainsong of Julianna Barwick. It reveals a qu… Read more
Thursday, 23 January
Immersive, labyrinthine electro-acoustic music originally issued in 2010. Darkest drone wormholes. Christopher McFall: "I think that this series of works represents the most visual and visceral of my releases to date. I feel that it is accurately reflective of my perceptions of my immediate environment at the time it was conceived. When I composed these tracks in 2008 I wanted to create something with field recordings and treated tape/sampled material that alluded to an epic feeling that could be rendered in black in white; eroding more with every subsequ… Read more
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, 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, 13 June
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.
Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Striking debut release by London's Midnight Davis, landing on the discerning Five Easy Pieces imprint. 'Aftershocks' is much more melancholic than anything previously on the label, channelling the ghosts of British indie, pop, and rave into dubbed-out and dystopian electronic scapes. The likes of James Blake, Cloud Boat and Holy Other are all apt comparisons for this sound, in as much that they express that unique bedroom spirit, but Midnight really stakes out his own take on that aesthetic with 'Aftershocks', from the dank and isolated '90s Trip-Hop gloom of 'Letting It Flow' to the l… Read more