Tuesday, 04 August
Time for another proper techno round-up. We've got your session sorted for kicks and thrills covering recently unearthed gems from Drexciya, Female and Surgeon, along with up-to-the-second artillery by Sleeparchive, Blawan and Bjarki. You'll also find noisy belligerence EMG and Domenico Crisci; slamming celestial techno by Aybee; Detroit skills from Big Strick and DJ Bone a.k.a. Differ-Ent; visceral trickery from Sigha and Rrose; and a deeper burner from Ilian Tape's Skee Mask - all 100% dancefloor proof!
**Includes free download code** "Blackest Ever Black presents Fooling Around, a new E.P. from David West’s Rat Columns. The title track is nothing short of a modern rock ’n roll classic: co-written by West and Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring et al) it appeared in truncated form on Rat Columns' album Leaf (R.I.P. Society, 2014), but this is the first time that the original, longer, and definitive version has been given the vinyl pressing it so richly deserves. Its combination of void-chasing motorik, moody jangle, West’s plaintive vocal delivery and Young’s space… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Lovely album of soft focus, melodic ambient techno by the Detroit-raised, Brooklyn-based Jakub Alexander a.k.a. Heathered Pearls. Teamed with guest spots from The Sight Below, Outerbridge, and Shigeto, it unfurls a mind-drifting narrative framed between time-stopping ambient pieces such as 'Cast in Lemon & Sand'. 'Holographic Lodge' or 'Artificial Foliage', and the gently insistent, padded techno momentum of 'Sunken Living Area' or 'Perfume Catalogue', whilst the likes of 'Personal Kiosk' with The Sight Below, or 'Warm Air E… Read more
**Near-mythical 1970's private press of early Israeli outsider electronic music by retiring Tel Aviv based multimedia artist Ami Shavit, new on Finders Keepers** "The music of this record was stimulated by the theory and practice of biofeedback. It is aimed to create a calm, relaxed and meditative mood associated with alpha brain waves.’ Part outsider electronic album; part physiological experiment; part work of art; this is not your average new age record. You won’t find any cosmic or spiritual connotations between the unsupposing and briefly annotated gatefold covers. This is an accidenta… Read more
"Heather Woods Broderick excels at distilling her experiences into a soulful melancholy that's enduring both for it's intimate relatable moments and its persistent sense of mystery. Her uncanny ear for evocative production and gorgeous vocal harmonies serves her well on her new album Glider. Throughout the album, the rich dreamlike atmospheres she creates hint at a darkness looming on the horizon, while the singularity of her ethereal voice always seems to linger long after the music has stopped. Though the songs on Glider aren't explicitly about touring, her life on the road provides… Read more
*CD edition of this amazing Kosmische album - newly mastered from the original tapes* Chances are you won't have heard of J D Emmanuel before. This record in particular was a private pressing released back in 1982 and owned by a select few punters who quite clearly did their research. In recent years the record's reputation has spread, with rumours circulating that it was a transcendent blend of Terry Riley, The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Popul Vuh and early Kraftwerk - but finding it was about as easy as looking for a connection between Wolf Eyes and The Spice Girls. Then, without fanfare,… Read more
*125 copies only* "The theme song from Wes Craven's 1987 'Nightmare On Elm Street 3 : The Dream Warriors' composed & performed by Dokken. Featuring the iconic anthem 'Dream Warriors' and as a B-side 'Into the Fire' that served as the opening song for the movie."
Laser-beamin' old skool electro fetishism from Koova on Sheffield's own CPU. Head straight for the Kraftwerkian nod, 'This Is Not My Future', or the Bambaataa-infected electro-boogie winner, 'In Search Of'.
*Deluxe 2LP Gatefold Set - a 29 Track anthology from an unsung pioneer of musical fusion* “There are many great soul singers, but few have inspired hip hop from its early beginning to now. Syl Johnson is a unsung pioneer of musical fusion.” – RZA. Syl Johnson began the ‘60s a blues singer and session guitarist and concluded it having synthesized his own brand of gritty Chicago soul. Their first signee, Syl Johnson set the tone at Twinight Records, writing and producing fifteen 45s during his four year tenure with the label. This double LP neatly bundles each side of each of… Read more
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** "Sleep paralysis plagues singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, and that strange intersection of the conscious and the unconscious has inadvertently manifested itself within her work. Across the span of her first four albums, there is an underlying tension, a distorted and nebulous territory where dark shadows hover along the edges of the sublime and the graceful. But until now, Wolfe’s trials and tribulations with the boundaries between dreams and reality have only been a subconscious influence on her work. With her fifth album, Abyss, she del… Read more
"Sleep paralysis plagues singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, and that strange intersection of the conscious and the unconscious has inadvertently manifested itself within her work. Across the span of her first four albums, there is an underlying tension, a distorted and nebulous territory where dark shadows hover along the edges of the sublime and the graceful. But until now, Wolfe’s trials and tribulations with the boundaries between dreams and reality have only been a subconscious influence on her work. With her fifth album, Abyss, she deliberately confronts those boundaries and crafts a score to t… Read more
"A record of slowly evolving beauty that gradually unravels its meditative design. Recorded in Norwegian sculptor and painter Emanuel Vigeland' s (1875 -1948) mausoleum in Oslo in 2013. A recording space that is famous for its acoustics and its long and full-sounding reverb. These three tracks utilize both the delicacy and the power of acoustic instruments and human voice in relation to the unique recording space. This is a record that is otherworldly and eerie but also with a great primal expressive force. Performed by four artists from different backgrounds coming together to create this singular set of music."
*Includes 2-sided postcard with lyrics, photos and notes designed by Eloise Leigh* "Dark Entries Editions is proud to announce the next reissue in their series of hard to find Italo Disco club hits. Blue Russell was the husband/wife duo of Manilio Cangelli and Lorella Ghilardi from Milan. Cangelli was a session musician and composer for many Italian singers, making music for commercial TV and working long days in the studio. He had a strong passion for the analog synthesizers of the time and discovered the latest drum machines. After appreciating a healthy dose of Giorgio Morod… Read more
"Dark Entries is proud to release the sophomore EP from Bezier entitled Telomeres. Bézier is the moniker of local SF musician Robert Yang, who also is part of the illustrious Honey Soundsystem crew. Telomeres is the follow up to Bézier’s debut EP Ensconced, released in 2013. The title relates to themes of time, science, analytics and procedures. Bézier integrates the refrains of Spanish new wave and Italo disco with the attitude and aggression of underground styles like synth-punk and industrial. These six tracks were written, produced and mixed by Bézier at his home studio in San Francisco between… Read more
*Includes 2-sided postcard with lyrics, photos and notes designed by Eloise Leigh* "Wish Key was an Italo Disco group formed by the husband/wife duo of Manilio Cangelli and Lorella Ghilardi in Milan.Their first single 'Orient Express' was released in 1983 by Discomagic Records. The song was arranged, composed and recorded by Manlio, with the lyrics by Lorella. It was supposed to be the new single for Blue Russell, but on the insistence of Severo Lombardoni of Discomagic Records, the group was persuaded to use a male vocalist. A demo of the song was given to DJ Massmimo Berti, who… Read more
*Includes 2-sided postcard with lyrics, photos and notes designed by Eloise Leigh* "Dark Entries Editions is proud to announce the next reissue in their series of rare Italo Disco club hits. Clay Pedrini is a musician and singer from Milan who released his only single, 'New Dream' in 1984 on Sensation Records. Despite his limited output, Pedrini proved himself to be a shining star of the Italo scene. Unfortunately, his career was cut short by a severe case of whiplash, but his fusion of analog keyboards and electronic trickery has stood the test of time. Clay had the idea for 'New Dre… Read more
**Remastered original 1950s recordings, as originally released in a silk-screened cover by HP Corbissero** "Jazz in Silhouette, by Sun Ra and His Arkestra was recorded on March 6, 1959 and released in May of the same year. The album is considered to be one of Ra's best from his Chicago period before veering off into 'their full-fledged explorations into the avant-garde' that characterises their New York recordings of the 1960s..... ''Jazz in Silhouette stands as an overlooked masterpiece, a work that shows Ra not as a mere curiosity or backwater galaxy, but as a major … Read more