Tuesday, 11 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, 06 March
**Crucial 60 minute mix from Delroy Edwards. Inlay illustrated, designed and printed by SAVWO. Edition of 150** Reel Torque Volume 4 features an hour of insanely heady dancefloor power from Delroy Edwards recorded recently at home in LA, California. Practically clipping the heels of his outstanding 'Teenage Tapes' album for The Death Of Rave, it's a free-styling, deftly mixed selection of choice Chicago jakk trax, '80s boogie, obscure drum edits and Detroit techno sequenced to be blasted from massive boomboxes and low-riders on the corner. The idea for Delroy's mix was first p… Read more
**Edition of 20** Debut cassette release from Manchester-based miscreant Voval on his home-brewed Bliqa label. 'Programme 1' features 13 minutes, 4 tracks of detached, ductile, freestyle drone sounding something like Though Broadcast communing with the duppies of Korean fan death. It's lo-fi yet visceral stuff carved like sonic alabaster on a 4th hand Amiga. Chekkit!
**Debut physical release of cinematic atmospheres finding darker ground somewhere between early Oneohtrix Point Never, Lars Holdus and David Lynch soundtracks. C25. Two-colour risographed sleeves on recycled stock. Edition of 60** "'Permanent Liminality' leads the 25 minute journey with it's cinematic, Vangelis-esque opening, where end of life gasps of breath pierce through a dense choral hum, conjuring the ghosts of Brian Eno's 'Music for Airports' before morphing into a dry, desolate, Ballardian expanse of unease & dread... 'A fish hook in my finger' picks up where things have been left, ag… Read more
Entr'acte's January 2014 mix, delivered on 40 used C90 cassettes. A proper cut-up collage of field recordings, New Beat samples and myriad other aural detritus compiled, mixed and duplicated from tapes by Ultra Eczema boss and all round scene bod Dennis Tyfus in Antwerp, making for a real K-hole of a listen. Tracklist: A - Colunst / Pierre Elitair & Danny Kontjesmaat / Wim De Bie met Henry Vrienten & Joost Belinfante / John Carpenter / Maniacs / Hirsche Nicht Aufs Sofa / Etant Donnés /Nosepickers / Brew Abuse; B - Brew Abuse / DSR Lines / Jessica Rylan / OB Minimax / Dysuria / Vullran / Hiatus / WIM Fanfare / Speleocombo / Girls On Fire / RTVS.
**Two-colour risographed sleeves on recycled stock. Edition of 50** Brighton's ever-excellent Where To Now debut Devon Hansen's skillful concrète craftwork in the engrossing 'Speak In A Low Voice Which Is Difficult To Hear'. Taking a step away from the beat-oriented output of his Lotide guise - last heard on Astro:dynamics' 'Moonless' album, this piece of work is equally comparable with mid-century avant-garde and concrète by the Pierres as the contemporary works of Jar Moff, Helm and Bruce Gilbert. Field recordings are twisted, serrated and re-sculpted in… Read more
All region DVD documenting a 5 song performance by John Foxx at RTVE's Madrid TV studio in late 1983 during The Golden Section Tour. Includes brilliant versions of 'Twilight's Last Gleaming', 'The Hidden Man', 'Pater Noster', 'Systems Of Romance', 'Your Dress'.
Thursday, 27 February
"Small Path Music was shot on location in Southeast Asia in 2010 with Laurent Jeanneau on his relentless quest to capture audio recordings of vanishing indigenous music from ethnic groups of this vast region. The documentary (shot over a period of eight months) takes us travelling with Laurent in the field through remote northern Laos and Yunnan Province of Southwest China and invites us into the world of the folk artists he explores. From shamanic rituals to love songs, historical epics to lamentations, his microphones document what he discovers there. Laurent tell… Read more
Thursday, 20 February
**Audio DVD** "Francisco López is an artist who has continued to challenge listeners with the fringes of acoustic perception over his long career. 'Presque Tout' is a collection of works spanning 20 years of sonic activity. This 7 hour long edition presents some of the artist's most tantalizingly subtle pieces. Culled from many obscure and out-of-print editions, most of these compositions have been unavailable commercially for years. Presque Tout also contains the stunning new 3 hour work "Untitled #313." This data DVD edition contains 7 hours of audio files (uncom… Read more
Wednesday, 12 February
Limited cassette version. In the same week that saw Secretly Canadian reissuing the two Zero Boys albums, Drag City digs up this classic slice of American garage punk. In Truth, tracks like the killer opener 'Keep On Knocking' have as much in common with Kiss as they do with obvious antecedents and fellow Detroit denizens MC5. Death sprang to local notoriety when their 1974 demo fell into the hands of producer Don Davis, who had previously found success with Stax recording artists Johnnie Taylor And The Dramatics. Davis then booked the band a slot at Detroit's renowned United… Read more
Thursday, 06 February
"It's simple. I broke out and broke back to my earlier days: A triangle of risk, improvisation and joy -- as I say, very simple. My rules to myself were: No plan, no notes, no ideas, no microphones; except for Jane 1 I stuck to it. My other rule -- the most important one -- was: At least one piece per day, finished, mixed and not to be revisited again. Jane 7, 8, 9 were done in one day... Brad Ellis was my guide through this: An untiring day, ready to go again... To quote a letter to me from Mark Tobey: ... "It fell off the edge of my brush."" -- Harold Budd
Mercurial electronic shapeshifting from Suren Seneviratne aka My Panda Shall Fly for the steadily expanding Sonic Router label. Exotic-minded, but rooted with a certain sorta South London swagger, the six tracks of 'Higher' follow his recent 'Tape Tekkno' beauty for Gang Of Ducks with a sweeter, smudged vibe, breaking down from fuzzy breakstep shimmy of 'Haus / Transferring Sorrow' to the Actress-like slouch of 'Ark (Spirit Servant)' and the overheated radiophonic funk of 'Crac', folding in extra dimensions of cosmic bleeps and pastoral froth with 'Groupp Mind', and tripping into lushest glitch vortices with 'Fish R Friends'.
Thursday, 30 January
**Inlay illustrated, designed and printed by SAVWO** Reel Torque's tertiary tape captures Windy City sorcerer Jamal Moss (Hieroglyphic Being, The Sun God) putting Teenage Engineering's Op.01 synthesiser thru its paces in an hypnotic hour long improvisation. Whilst Jamal's best known for jamming on vintage kit in classic Chicago style, the 'Acid Symphonic Op.01 Concert' is testament to an intuitive approach and fluidly psychedelic vision that can be practically applied to any bit of kit, proving the old adage; it's not what you use but how you use it that really … Read more
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
A rather special edition of The Wire this month featuring the notoriously media-wary Jandek's first ever interview, given to David Keenen. It's an iconoclast-heavy issue, in fact, with Russell Haswell making for a typically entertaining Invisible Jukebox, and Shock Records founder, former Whitehouse member and Skullflower lynchpin Stefan Jaworzyn filling us in on his current practice - imminently due on record via BEB - plus informative interviews and features on Visionist, Madeira's art scene, Manchester Noise Above Noise events, Moodymann, the Multiple Tap festival, and Metalheadz alongside all the usual news, reviews and listings.
The excellent Blowing Up The Workshop mix-tape blog and Opal Tapes team up again to present the machine madness of Ged Gengras' Personable and Gnod's Dwellings & Druss on the latest Mirror & gate volume. In jackin' modular synth mode, Personable churns out two bits of overheated electronic scree powered by thumping kicks on his side; Gnod squadron's Dwellings & Druss 'fess up a live set recorded on 20/06/13 on the flip, stepping off into a vortex of acidic chain reactions, staggering dub rhythms, cacophonous noise and thunderous drum patterns so dark and disorienting we can't tell up from down.
Opal Tapes and the Blowing Up The Workshop mix-blog-cum-label introduce two new artists to our ears on 'Mirror & Gate Vol. IV'. Aniello sprawls across the A-side with some 30 minutes of uniquely syncopated percussive loops and tape FX oscillating somewhere between Thought Broadcast and Decimus in its refusal to stick with any discernible structure and wickedly atonal no wave qualities. Freaky ish. John Sandia's 'Pierrot Lunaire' opens up an equally aud, abstract space on the flip with the possibly Schoenberg-referencing four-part movement of worn-down rhythms, ambient gloom and spectral presence.
**2nd edition of 40 copies** Entr'acte present a reissue of Renato Rinaldi's technoid systems music originally issued in 2010. Using a homebuilt array of oscillators and mechanical instruments together with mixer feedback, Rinaldi creates jagged, pulsing rhythms and chewy noise patterns which were edited down and mastered by his partner in the sometime Oreledigneur duo, Giuseppe Ielasi. The results, split over two cassette volumes, The results, split over two cassette volumes, reveal the most primitive unique wave shapes, close to Radiophonic naivety and tactility but with a clear awareness of minimal techno and avant electronics. RIYL CoH, Sähkö, Senufo Editions.
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, 16 January
*Each copy comes in an individually customised cover* Milan's Haf Haf debuts a groggy hip hop and techno sound on one of the most intriguing labels to emerge in 2013, Gang Of Ducks. Coming off like a stoned relative of Kouhei Matsunaga and the Opal Tapes crew, 'Notch' cycles eight cuts of marbly, off-kilter techno grooves and lop-sided rave to put a crick in your neck. 'Ode to U19' sets the tone with what sounds like Tomutonttu splaying a Skweee groove, whilst 'Hybrid' locks down a badass hybrid of knackered techno chug and hip hop beside the Madteo-like budge of 'Gate Keeper'. 'Fractal' is one of… Read more
Thursday, 09 January
**Edition of 150** Intense, squally noise drones from Dublin's Where Is This, his first for The Tapeworm. To date Mark Ward aka 'Where Is This' has released a slew of his own recordings on his Bored Bear label, along with countless others by the likes of Black Orgasm, Piss Gag, Female Harikiri and other such friendly-monikered miscreants. His 'Inifinite Hum' opens The Tapeworm's 2014 catalogue with a bracing 20 minute blast of viscous, vicious white noise licking up high peaks of blizzard-like distortion in hypnotic, oncoming waves. 'Infinite Hiss' is more varied, redolent of Kevin Dru… Read more
Thursday, 02 January
**257-page book with 45-minute CD. A remarkable book documenting the little known 1970s video work by idiosyncratic artist and musician, Charlemagne Palestine through interviews, essay, still photographs, and the audio soundtracks to 'Body Music I', 'Body Music II', 'Island Song', 'Running Outburst' and 'Tying Myself Up'.** "Privately issued by the artist in collaboration with alga marghen, "Running and Chanting and Falling and Ranting" is quite a unique book presenting Charlemagne Palestine complete video production. “Body Music I” (1973) and “Body Music … Read more
**Limited edition of 500. This edition is a data DVD containing high resolution audio/visual files. Fascinating and beautiful audio-visual project exploring the synergy and light and sound in four pieces pairing sound by CoH, Asmus Titchens and Francisco Lopez with video documentation and sound by Paul Prudence, and Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand. Data DVD edition of 500** "The fluidity and even the granularity of light can be unfolded by the senses through active attunement coupled with meticulously orchestrated conditions. Though formerly considered impossible to imagine, let alone percei… 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, 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, 14 November
"Over the course of four albums The Books eschewed genres and pigeonholes so effortlessly and earnestly that they ultimately pioneered a new genre (or three) in the process. And for all the speechlessness their recordings inspired, their videos were every bit as beguiling: a surreal mix of bizarre found footage, home movies, and psychedelic animated imagery that fit their music so well that the two became virtually inseparable in their live performances. Freedom From Expression collects every video ever made by the Books, compiled in chronological order. Itʼs enormously satisfying an… Read more
Wednesday, 13 November
Demdike Stare give their best glares on the cover of November's Wire issue! Inside they chat about "spinechiller soundtracks, hardcore treasures and the pleasures of tension" in a 6-page spread with Joseph Stannard. There's also feature on NYC New Age pioneer, Laraaji, and an in-depth discussion with Heatsick and Helm (aka Birds Of Delay) along with a Cross Platform on Hair Police's Robert Beatty and an Invisible Jukebox with NYC turntablist Maria Chavez, plus all the usual news, reviews and listings you need to know. Always worth a gander.
Thursday, 07 November
Thursday, 31 October
**Edition of 300** '1812' is an immersive audiovisual work by intrepid Spanish director and visual artist Carlos Casas. It's his third audiovisual work released via the Von archives, following the densely psychedelic 'Choir' and engrossing 'Vezdekhod' collaborations with Nico Vascellari and Prurient. Taking the as yet unparalleled vision of Sergey Bondarchuk's staggering and hugely influential 1967 film rendition of Lev Tolstoy's classic 'War & Peace' novel, Casas annihilates and implodes the narrative with an impenetrable and multi-layered collage intending to redress the way we perceive film and p… Read more