Wednesday, 19 June
**Strictly limited edition picture disc housed in heavyweight tip on (casebound) gatefold sleeve with anti scratch lamination, packed to black polylined inner sleeves and featuring a 12 x 12 artprint of the cover** Death Waltz give the deluxe treatment for Rob's future-classic soundtrack to a 2013 remake of 'Maniac' starring Elijah Wood. The mono-monikered French composer, Rob closely follows the film's psychopathic themes by turns with a terrifying, mournful and poignant score heavily reminiscent of Cliff Martinez's synth-heavy 'Drive' soundtrack and almost certainly in… Read more
Kanye makes a crater-like impression in the face of pop and hip-hop with the incredible 'Yeezus'. Adopting a new, noisy-ass electronic stance bolstered by production from HudMo Daft Punk, Evian Christ, and TNGHT, among many others, the omnipotent rapstar is unbending in his vision of a radical new sound to match an often vicious, preachy rhetoric dealing with his complex and tortuous relationship with women, race, fashion and family. If we're picking instant highlights, the virile, bellicose dancehall of 'I'm In It' shoots high and hits the mark square on, while Daft Punk's production on the bashy ac… Read more
Sub Rosa's essential compilation series culminates with this cherry-picked, 38-track triple disc gatefold and 84-page booklet of critical and biographic notes. For many sonic explorers this series has provided an invaluable gateway to the outer limits of recorded electronic music, delving deep into the wormholes of musique concrète, electro-acoustic, modern composition and computer music beyond common knowledge to document a worldwide rhizome of experimentation, research and mutation following the development from national radio facilities to home studios a… Read more
He's back! Madlib reanimates his helium voiced, base brother on twelve tracks - some previously issued, some brand new, but all killer and no filler. The last we heard from the fuzzy yellow avatar was way back in 2005 on 'The Further Adventures Of Lord Quas', and before that his legendary 'The Unseen' in 2000 (is it that long ago?!), and we can hardly acuse Madlib of laziness between: he's hit up some 50+ releases in the meantime. But, none of 'em quite hit that sweet spot in your hot-box quite like Quas, and the nonchalant boom of 'Yessir Whatever' is welcome like that stinky your bud grew o… Read more
Planet Mu bossman Mike P delivers a hypercoloured splash of recalibrated techno, hip hop and electronica on his first album in over six years. 'Chewed Corners' is the sound of an inarguably talented producer reconnecting with his artform, re-energised by both classic recordings from Japan, Orbital and AFX, and the thrill of fresh, accelerated culture from Kuedo to the Chicago Footwork scene his label has provided staunch support for in recent years. However, most of all, 'Chewed Corners' illuminates Mike's instinctive and advanced knack for emotive melody and harmonic arrangements with neon poten… Read more
Coyote pull out another neo-grime stinger, following issues by Mella Dee, TS7 and Walter Ego with two tracks by Melbourne's Arctic and remix from Seattles Kid Simpl. Artic's 'Shook' amps the original Eski template with taut, electroid torque and canny choral stabs coming off something like his countryman, Dro Carey at his grimiest, and B-side 'Know This Don' cocks back a full clip of agile, darting, hard-bodied 8-bar swerve. The remix is another matter entirely, rendering 'Shook' as a glacial ambient hyperprism with hazy, washed-out textures.
Epic, tropical acid trips from A Sagittariun, backed with remix by Dutch techno pioneer, Terrace. 'The Mojo Odyssey' is a lush groover harking back to classic mid'90s Detroit tributes and compatible with A Guy Called Gerald's recent moves. 'A Lucid Dream' manifests a richly melodic, Plaid-styled breakbeat orchestration on the flip, beside a more rugged, moody Terrace remix locked to a muggy 4/4.
One of Jackmaster's favourite new producers lands on Numbers with two razor-sharp shots of electro futurism. 'BIPP' comes off like the prodigious child of Miami Freestyle reared on AFX's 'Windowlicker' and a diet of sugar-glazed silicon; a stunning mutation of cybernetic pop syncopation. 'Elle' is its conjoined cyborg sibling, mute apart from the ability to whistle like Goodiepal's mechanical bird and so painfully beautiful that to experience it's saccharine, sliding string glissandi and elegant contours is akin to staring at the strobing eyes of a dancefloor medusa and exploding to a cloud of MDMA … Read more
*180 gram 2LP in Deluxe Gatefold Sleeve. One-time pressing* "French artist, Anthony Gonzalez, better known to the world as M83, was recruited to pen the score together with composer Joseph Troponese. The score features a hybrid of the traditional M83 electronic sound combined with sweeping orchestral elements. It features 16 score cues along with a brand new track by M83 featuring Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfsr used as the closing theme for the film."
**Hand-numbered and stamped edition of 444** Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan and Caribou remix Pick A Piper's polyrhythmic dance-pops for Phonica. The Jeremy Greenspan mix of 'Lucid In Fjords' is an ace DJ tool unfurling stripped and crisp drums, chords and supple subbass to a aerodynamic groove before building to a head of tweaky acid funk and back out. Flipside, Caribou reduces 'Once Were Leaves' to sound something like an instrumental fusion of Grimes and Holy Other.
**Edition of 300 housed in a vacuum sealed foil sleeve** 'Rudimenti' is Giuseppe Ielasi's dissection of percussions played by Enrico Malatesta and reassembled with his own field recordings of whirring, clanking motors. Source material was collated over two sessions in Milano and Oreno during winter 2011/2012 and later edited, recomposed by Ielasi as one continuous 26-minute piece in summer 2012, effecting a fractured tract of microscopically focussed rhythms melding the mechanical and the organic with absorbing, perception-defying intricacy.
One of the leading lights in R&S’s much-vaunted new generation of artists comes correct with his full-length debut album. Like Mount Kimbie or his old friend James Blake, UK producer Rob McAndrew seems to draw as much inspiration from the painterly post-rock abstraction of Talk Talk or quiet-mode Mogwai, and the fanatical detail of 90s laptop electronica, as he does from dubstep, R&B or house: take ‘Masami’, in which pontillistic acoustic guitar plucks ripple across the surface of gauzy Music For Airports-style ambience, or ‘Lightmeters’, whose hushed dawn mood is broken up, or perhaps consolidated, … Read more
Brooklyn's Marcos Cabral gets loose, loopy and fu**y on his return to L.I.E.S. 'Solid Nature' slams out goopy but wooden bass kicks and shuddering chords in a prickly sea of hiss on the A-side; 'Broken Clocks' comes off like Metasplice meets Ligeti on the flip beside the almost sickening mind-churner 'Failing Liver'.
Chunky, deeper house rollers from the reliably consistent Fear Of Flying label. Apparently both tracks are the work of "a very well known (perhaps legendary) producer who might want to remain anonymous." Up top G-string Diva shake with stripped, sub-heavy tribalist house roll and neat Detroit-style pads; down below 'No Need For The V' swings harder off the double-dipped subbass in a more pendulous, dubbed-out version of the flipside, again with the sleazy but stylishly noirish vocal samples.
Arch arcane collagists NWW and avant-garde composer Graham Bowers follow their 'Rupture' collaboration with the densely layered and theatrical movements of 'Parade' via Bowers own Red Wharf label. According to the press release, '[Parade] delves into the multiple manifestations of the human form and psyche", tangling and dissolving stacked plateaus of sonic reality in a surreal reflection of our world and a refraction of its underlying themes and subplots. Eight pieces constantly twist their kaleidoscopic palette of samples between tribal rhythms, wailing women, thunderous timpani… Read more
**Dense yet spectral electro-acoustic and digital signal processing and field recordings. Edition of 200 copies housed in vacuum sealed foil sleeve** "Zbeen is an electro-acoustic project by Gianluca Favaron and Ennio Mazzon. Zbeen’s improvisational approach is developed from the human-machine paradigm which is represented by the interaction with digital instruments specifically designed and developed for this project. K-Frame, Zbeen's debut EP, was released by Ripples in January 2012. Unlike K-Frame, which was developed as a sonic counterpart to the linear algebra concept of an ordered set of ‘k’ linearl… Read more
**Edition of 200 copies housed in vacuum sealed foil sleeve** Esther Venrooy and Lander Gyselinck explore "the interaction between acoustic drums, electronics and digital processing" on 'Point Break' for London's Entr'acte label. After the duo were invited to collaborate with two chinese musicians for the Shanghai World Expo, they continued to explore mutual interests in film dialogue, speech patterns and cut-up techniques, resulting these four pieces investigating gamelan-like timbres and hovering drones in 'I Am Simply Not There',
*2013 Reissue* Described by Brian Eno as "a brilliant contribution to the archaeology of electronic music", Twenty Systems is a truly impressive catalogue of innovations in synthesizer technology, chronologically ordered between 1968 and 1987. Each of the twenty pieces on the disc showcase the particular sonorities of a synthesizer, beginning with the Moog Modular and concluding with the Kawai K5M. This really is nerd heaven. As far as composition is concerned, Benge (aka Ben Edwards) has tried to leave his own personal voice out of the equation, permitting as much room for the machines to funct… Read more
**Picture disc** Sepalcure's Praveen Sharma channels rugged and smooth New York garagehouse vibes as Braille for Hypercolour's Glass Table. Uptown, he brings a maelstrom of darting dub chord stabs and clipped, busy percussion with 'The Storm' and a smoother, low-slung swinger in 'Me&U'. Downtown, he rolls out the ruffled tribal garage polyrhythms of 'At A Glance' and the spaced-out 2-stepper 'Casper'.
**Housed in tip on-style gatefold jacket** 'You've Always Meant So Much To Me' is a heartcrushingly beautiful and heavy new side from J.R. Robinson's occasional drone and black metal ensemble, Wrekmeister Harmonies. The project unites some of the most revered musicians in the black metal and experimental music spheres - Jef Whitehead aka Wrest (Leviathan), Mark Solotroff (Anatomy Of Habit), Jaime Fennelly (Mind Over Mirrors), Sanford Parker (Twilight, Nachtmystium), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), and Fred Lonberg-Holm - with a mutual goal. The piece plays through as on… Read more
"Out from Italy, one of the countries where Glitchwave has had a redoubled impact, emerging new festivals, feasts and blogs centered on the genre, Go Dugong has been widely acclaimed by the ones like Sun Glitters, Slow Magic, Populous or Giraffage. In this single, which includes the participation of Life & Limb, it is introduced a sound that combines dreamy chillwave sound with glitch-hop and lo-fi shoegaze soundscapes, and in recent shows, where the stage was shared with projects like Holy Other, Slow Magic, Giraffage, XXYYXX, Beat Culture and Blackbird Blackbird, won the audience in an unexpected way, since these were unreleased tracks."
**Housed in deluxe, textured LP jacket. Edition of 1000 includes download code redeemable from the label** "The debut album from this Atlanta-based five-piece is certainly not easy to pigeonhole. Shifting seamlessly from taut post-punk to lush 60s balladry, and starry-eyed guitar pop to moody guitar squall, VPI Harmony is the sound of a band meticulously studied in their influences, and unafraid to expand, combine and re-imagine the sounds of their musical loves into their own signature package. Take for instance the way album opener "Dark Flow", whose lilting guitar notes and stately drum rol… Read more
Debut EP of deep burning, soulful house for the party from Scotland's Leonidas & Hobbes. Steeped in classic Chicago, Detroit and Sheffield modes, the 'Machines, Tapes & Electronic Setups EP' reels between anthemic acid soul on 'Driftin'' to kinkier tropical dub disco in 'Penthouse Dub' and druggy Chi-hoose in 'Jackin' Pschidt', to the bandy-legged conclusion of 'Pavement K'.
Tuesday, 18 June
In focus this week: 14 aces rotating up-to-date and obscure '80s gems from the DIY/Industrial wave helix. Sometimes the abundance of reissues in circulation leaves us overwhelmed, but dig thru and you'll find gems from the Dark Entries label such as Smersh's reversed industrial killer 'White Ten Cola' or 'Roma Distrusta' from Nagamatzu's classic 'Sacred Island Of The Dead' (check for their 'Watch & Waste', too), whilst the amazing Superior Viaduct bring German Shepherds' queasy as hell 'I Adore You' or Monitor's eponymous classic to new ears. There's also rare vintage gear… Read more
Pierre Henry's early masterpiece, 'Le Voyage' (1962), based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead - the Bardo Thodol - is finally available on vinyl again after decades out of print. It revolves around seven pieces dealing with the soul's journey between death and reincarnation in the next life. It is one of the first works composed by Henry at the Apsone-Cabase Studio, a new, electronically equipped facility which he set up after realising that if he wanted musique concrète to evolve, he would have to move away from the Club d'Essai studio at RTF, set up with his colleague and peer Pierre Schaeffer… Read more
**Gatefold double vinyl edition of original, unreleased Plank gear recently issued on the 4CD compilation, much of it vinyl for the first time** The influence of Konrad "Conny" Plank (1940-1987) on 20th century music cannot be overstated. 'Who's That Man, A Tribute To Conny Plank' collects 13 pieces spanning Conny's original and unreleased production work for seminal, groundbreaking artists and groups including Eno / Moebius / Roedelius, Eurythmics, D.A.F. Neu!, Michael Rother, among others. With formative years spent recording the likes of Karlheinz … Read more
**Delectable quartet of Polish jazz pieces for the heppest cats, re-launched by Finders Keepers' Cacophonic sub-label** "A record of contended mythical existence amongst fans of Euro cinema and rare jazz for decades, this Polish only EP contains all four themes to Polanski's first-ever feature film Knife In The Water composed by unanimously beloved Polish pianist Krzysztof Komeda. Featuring Roman Dylag (Bruno Spoerri’s Teddy Bär) and a radical inclusion of a Swedish trumpeter, the sought after Bernt Rosengren, this picture sleeve EP (complete with artwork… Read more
**Facsimile reissue edition of super rare and innovative electronic pop novelties from 1960, re-launched by Finders Keepers' Cacophonic sub-label** "Since the true identity of this sinister masked electronic keyboard villain was revealed in Jean-Jacques Perrey’s recent autobiography the Mr. Ondioline EP has become one of the most wanted records amongst collectors of early electronics. As a controversial figure amongst the early musique concrete pioneers due to his painstaking ambition to put popular melody into edited tape music this debut release from 1960 hears Mr. Ondioline showcasing Pe… Read more