Wednesday, 22 October
**180g wax mastered at Alchemy** Blawan and Pariah back on the banging techno sauce with their 4th Karenn mission for Works The Long Nights. Up top, the party is served with virulent modular synths lashed to quaking kicks under claggiest conditions to suit your drug fug. Flipside, they let the chain off on 'Nelly', a galloping industrial beast that threatens to careen off axis at any point, whereas 'Ballast' resets to a much cannier sort of rolige buoyed by wide, distended subs and stepping drums.
Adam Wiltzie (Stars Of The Lid) and Dustin O'Halloran reprise their acclaimed strings and keys duo, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, with 'Atomos I - XII' for Erased Tapes. We can safely report that it's every bit as gorgeous as their eponymous debut, but you probably already got the hint from their teaser 12", 'Atomos VII' which landed earlier this year backed with a fearsome Ben Frost re-interpretation. The further XI parts sweep us to the most picturesque modern classical panoramas imaginable...
*Ships Friday* *Swans’ debut album re-mastered and reissued on vinyl for the first time in 30 years, including two reproduction live posters and download code* The first in a series of re-mastered catalogue reissues from Swans, ‘Filth’ was originally released in 1983 and has been unavailable on vinyl ever since. Here’s what Michael Gira himself has to say about it: "This is all slabs of sound, rhythm and screaming/testifying. What more do you need? In a way, it was a reaction against Punk (and just about any other music you can think of), and the conservative notion that 3 chords were… Read more
What looks like the penultimate edition of FatCat's split series contrasts a remarkably epic Katie Gately composition with a side of spannered psychedelic house by Tlaotlon. This is the first we've heard of Katie Gately since her fascinating side for Public Information a year ago. Again she returns to the painstaking method of sampling and editing her own vocals and concrète sources into uncannily detailed, kinetic arrangements liable to buckle, vault and twist in the most unique geometries. Her 'Pivot' plays through as one 14 minute piece collaging a tortuous narrative from mu… Read more
*Ships Friday* Heralding Dean Blunt's 'Black Metal' album, Rough Trade cut digital single '50 Cent' and new song 'Trident' to heavy wax. The bummed-out drums and guitars of '50 Cent' shuffle across the A-side voiced by a blue duet between Blunt and Joanne Robertson. B-side, 'Trident' leans on a steel cold tip with gangster drum drill and tweaked-out guitar loops recalling Blunt's Watch The Throne associate, James Ferraro. Can't say i'm not a little disappointed they didn't include the first half of the youtube version, hoping they'll rectify that on the LP if it's not a copyright headfxxk.
Searing, psychoactive dancefloor states from Jordan Czamanski (half of Juju & Jordash) and William Burnett (Willie Burns) as Crotocosm. The A-side, 'Fanatic 1' is a real blinder, triggering a motorik bassline and pealing kosmische synths to a near-cinematic climax and starbursting conclusion that's far more industrialised, up for it, than anything we're previously heard from them. Flipside they channel and temper that studio mania into the spidery groove and brain-flossing modular plong of 'Fanatic 2', and check out a class fusion of Detroit electro and kosmiche harmonics in the Carl Craig-esque 'Untitled'. Big tip!
**Dark Entries present an remastered and expanded reissue of Kirlian Camera's 1981 debut, including seven pre-'UNO' demo songs. Includes bonus flexi disc and insert** "Keyboardist/vocalist Angelo Bergamini founded the project in Parma in 1979, initially naming it Suicide Commando, before discovering another project using the same name. By 1980, Angelo had recruited singer Simona Buja, keyboardist Fabrizio Chiari and bassist Mauro Montacchini. Their demo cassette, “Dawn”, attracted the attention of Italian Records, a popular independent label. The following year, Mauro left the band and was replac… Read more
Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen's Kiamos duo follow their 2012 debut 12" with a fully fledged LP of posh dance music. Both artists approach the project from similar angles, marrying mutual taste for mnml tech-house rhythms with more mannered neo-classical sensibilities. It includes the previous single track, 'Thrown' plus seven new compositions, at best in the elegant swing of 'Swayed' and the melancholic electro-house shuffle of 'Bent'. "“We decided to start almost completely over with this record, so most of the material is written this year with the idea of making a record that can stand as one … Read more
**C40 tape housed in tracing paper inlay** Baron Mordant and Ekoplekz's dangerously underrated eMMplekz project regroup to agitate and baffle on the 'You Might Also Like' addend to the 'Your Crate Has Changed' and 'IZOD Days' sessions. In it, the 'plekz furnishes an increasingly confident, ever-sardonic, and acutely incisive Baron with some of his leanest, driven riddims for a furrow-browed mooch around a Southern English bloke's outsider psyche. Expect sordid, name-dropping tales about an olde English tobacconist ('Name Blotter') and misanthropic rituals set to psychoactive dub in … Read more
**Remastered reissue with insert** impLOG's 'Holland Tunnel Drive' is a bona fide No Wave/Post Punk disco classic. The work of Don Christensen and Jody Harris ov The Contortions, originally released on Infidelity in 1980, it remains one of the most enduring, mutant dance 12"s of that era. Kitting a motorik bassline swagger to dry penetrating drums and, quite importantly, what sounds like a jet engine taking off (or coming to land) on the dancefloor. Shocking 12". Recommended!
Big-boned dancefloor take-down from London's Rushmore, back on Trax Couture after a wicked one for Hot Haus Recs. A profligate approach to stripped down dance styles results in five unique fusions of Chicago house, grime, Jersey Club and ballroom beats, switching outifts from the pumped-up c*nty funk of 'Paladium' to grimier string slashes and bouncing Jersey beats in 'Highroad' and the honky jump of 'NPG'. 'Silent Melody' is possibly the most striking, mixing the kind of choral pads favoured by the Her Records crew and Visionist with a more rugged palette of kicks and industrial ice-pick snares, wh… Read more
**Single-side edition with etching by Travis Millward on the flipside** Fxxcking well aye Mods on the razz again with a cracking live version of 'Fizzy' from 'Austerity Dogs' plus their ode to Notts, 'Urine Mate (Welcome to the Club)'. Famously known as the song that got interrupted during their show at RSD '14, 'Fizzy' was inspired "by the many thousands of psychopathic managers and supervisors that terrorise low paid workers throughout the world on a daily basis" and features Jason thorough dismantling some poor cxxt who obviously got his goat. And the bile continues to spill with B-side 'Urin… Read more
Clad in killer artwork by Alex Solman, this is a new edition of Sleaford Mod's 2013 single including the spit speckled fury of 'Mr Jolly F**ker' - which actually sounds a bit like a raging MC Pitman on 33 - backed with the rollicking 'Tweet Tweet Tweet'.
*Pressed on virgin vinyl and presented in a jacket with spot UV gloss printing on cover and free download card* "Heat Leisure are a collective featuring all members of Pontiak along with Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, Liturgy, Ben Frost), Alexandra Drewchin (Guardian Alien) and Steve Strohmeier (Beach House). Heat Leisure take a freewheeling approach to psychedelia with obvious nods to Amon Düül II, Can and The Grateful Dead. ‘III & IV’ features Merry Prankster and Grateful Dead associate Ken Babbs."
Expanded (Live At The Barbican)’ captures a live performance from 2014 of These New Puritans performing with a full orchestra and choir (The Heritage Orchestra and Synergy Vocals) at The Barbican Centre.
Berlin's Battista brings the dirty house swing on 'Some Flow With…' via his Uaudio label. The title cut is frankly rude as fxxk, fixing foul mouthed samples to jagged dub chords in a pendulous groove running riot with syncopated subs/claps and natty tabla infusions. John Swing chimes in with a more rugged, bucking dub before Battista gets back on it with the crumpled disco sample jam 'Listen (Club Version)' and the puckered peacock strut of 'Dance - Me'.
*Deluxe 2xCD edition of Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement, the first studio album by Dutch electronic group Minny Pops, originally released in September 1979* "Formed in Amsterdam in 1978 by vocalist Wally Van Middendorp, Minny Pops took their name from the primitive Korg drum machine which propelled their austere, post-punk rhythms and provocative live performances. An early association with Factory Records in Manchester saw the band work with producer Martin Hannett, share stages with Joy Division and New Order, and become the first Dutch band to record a BBC radio sess… Read more
Raw Ten is a smart new house project and label from the guys behind Pittsburgh Track Authority. They make a fine start with the deeper vocal house burn of 'Funny Thing' including writing and production assistance from !!!'s Nic Offer and coolly distinctive vocal by Lou Tanning inna throwback to classic Innercity styles for KMS. Flipside, the Detroit Tech Remix ups the sub-bass/kick-drum pressure and jettisons the vocal in favour of hypnotic lead synth.
One of the most in-demand titles in the Sub Rosa catalogue, a collection of extraordinary cut-up voices recorded during the mid-60s in hotel rooms in Paris, New York, London, and beyond... the disc starts with a 13-minute-plus piece recorded around 1965 with Ian Sommerville somewhere in New York and London, and continues through various monologues, radio waves, joujouka music recorded with Ornette Coleman in the Morroccan hills circa 1973, and tapes cut up and cut again to the limit of sense, allowing new structures of communication to emerge. Classic.
'Cover You Will Softer Me' is a subtly mesmerising suite of lower case sound-scapes rustled together by Canadian sound artist crys cole and Australian performer/composer James Rushford. Arriving on the Kye-related Penultimate Press, it marks crys' 2nd collaboration with an Australian artist released in 2014 after the uncannily intimate 'Sonja Henies Vei 31' LP with Oren Ambarchi for Planam, and also marks Rushford's follow-up to the deeply involved 'Manhunter' LP with Joe Talia. Working together as Ora Clementi, they conduct a serene yet blue drift across two sides patching and… Read more
**2014 Reissue** The classic debut 12", back in print - 'Microphone Mathematics', 'Discipline 99' and 'Low Class Conspiracy', vocals and instrumentals. Nuff info. buy.
*2014 Reissue* Another awesome EP from Madlib's alter-ego, the blue fluffy feller himself Lord Quas. This was the first taste many of us had of 'The Further Adventures of Lord Quas' (where 'Bus Ride' and 'Greenery' would appear again) and is the perfect showcase of the 'Lib's defiant humour and insanely good production. To my mind the Quasimoto material has always been the absolute cream of Madlib's output and this gorgeous EP is one of the best of the bunch. Just buy it...
'Tomorrow Was the Golden Age' is an unmistakably gorgeous and refreshing suite of microtonal minimalist composition by New York-based ensemble, Bing & Ruth. Helmed by writer, conductor and lead pianist, David Moore, and supported by two upright bassists, two clarinetists, a cellist and a tape delay tech, Bing & Ruth genuinely sweep us off somewhere sublime without recourse to overblown conceit or cliche - something all too prevalent and cloying in today's neo-classical quarters. Their skill lies in the ability to drift, almost imperceptibly, between microtonal harmonies and si… Read more
Cooly G returns with her unique vision of sex music in 'Wait 'Til Night', her 2nd album and follow-up to 'Playin' Me' (2012). With no verifiable evidence of its efficacy, we're gonna play it straight here and judge it with our clothes on, you'll just have to use your imagination. It's a smart, deliberate shift from her signature house styles to a sort of stark South London R&B, bringing the minimalist sensuality of her earliest 'Dub Organizer' EPs full circle into twelve subtle, well-crafted song structures. The sound is very much about private space, dealing with varying degrees of infatuati… Read more
The Hyperdub capo and his dread spar at their best on 'Killing Season' - their first joint release since 2011's 'Otherman'. Strikingly, it reveals The Space Ape at his most honest, both lyrically and aesthetically, with sparing use of effects and pitching sharpening his position over whipsmart drill snares and depth charge subs in 'Chasing A Beast', or eerily panned and centred around the coil groove and drones of 'Devil Is A Liar'. In 'Heart' he's heard lucid amidst recursive echoes and skittish hi-hat patter, whilst the beatless 'Pictures On The Wall' could almost be one of Le… Read more