Thursday, 18 December
"Cleveland’s electric eels (all lower case in homage to poet e.e. cummings) is America’s quintessential proto-punk band. Formed in 1972 by singer Dave E. McManus and guitarists John Morton and Brian McMahon, the group enlisted drummer Nick Knox (later of The Cramps) and producer Paul Marotta to record a flurry of catchy and genuinely fucked-up tunes. After only five legendary live performances— complete with Dave E. in black leather jacket covered in rat-traps and playing a gas-powered lawnmower on stage—the eels broke up in 1976 and posthumously released their classic single Agitate… Read more
When first released in 1981, the chief debate surrounding 'The Ascension' ran, is this a rock band performing classical pieces, or an experimental ensemble tackling rock music? One thing the critics did all agree on, however, was the sheer awesome power of Branca and his band. These days it's hard to hear Branca without thinking of Sonic Youth ˆ Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo both served tours of duty in Branca's guitar armies - but the main critical reference points in 1981 were the repetetive minimalism of Philip Glass and Steve Reich on the one hand, the "hard rock" of The Ramones on t… Read more
Sweeping harmonic weather systems and shoe-gazing folk from Secret Pyramid. First issued on cassette in 2011 by Canada's Nice-Up International, 'The Silent March' is now pressed to vinyl and finds a suitable home amidst Students of Decay's like-minded roster of ambient noise boundary pushers. "Critics have compared his sound to the more blasted entries in the Popul Vuh catalog and to Flying Saucer Attack’s cherished fuzz devotionals, and indeed Abbey’s reverb-drenched songforms and titanic edifices of drone do feel at times as though they’ve been cut from the same cl… Read more
Sweeping harmonic weather systems and shoe-gazing folk from Secret Pyramid. First issued on cassette in 2011 by Canada's Nice-Up International, 'The Silent March' is now pressed to vinyl and finds a suitable home amidst Students of Decay's like-minded roster of ambient noise boundary pushers. "Critics have compared his sound to the more blasted entries in the Popul Vuh catalog and to Flying Saucer Attack’s cherished fuzz devotionals, and indeed Abbey’s reverb-drenched songforms and titanic edifices of drone do feel at times as though they’ve been cut from the same cloth. Abbey weaves… Read more
"LA/Detroit two-steppers Newbody keep the faith on their latest single. “Emotional” and the flip “Wut U Do” share the duo’s brisk vocal house signature: cooled garage energy, uptown piano, bass calisthenics, satin shirt soul. The remixes flex different tendons of the tracks: Emotion II Emotion pumps it to Jack City, piano stabs and discotheque horns over a lush, lewd bounce, while Cromie & Sage Caswell go more stereoscopic, dizzying the song into an abstract sunrise awakening. Also includes a radio edit of “Emotional,” to bait the Top 40 DJs on the fence. Mastered by Mark Pistel. Center label design by Trevor Tarczynski."
**The 300th NNF catalogue number!** "Philly trawler Noah Anthony’s pulverized industrial designs under the black Profligate flag have grown increasingly caustic and cracked, culminating in the eight misery beat clawhammers comprising his sophomore full-length, Finding The Floor. What’s particularly impressive given Anthony’s history in form-frying outfits like Form A Log and Social Junk is how deft and purposefully these pieces are arranged – asylum weaponry fashioned from scavenged hardware. Of the record’s eight cuts, only “Can’t Stop Shaking” has seen release before (though the LP ve… Read more
Lorca does his rolling, shuffly house thing with style for Breach's Naked Naked label. 'Calcutec' makes the first move with low slung groove underpinned by wide-style garage subs, built with a proggy arrangement primed for bigger rooms and London 'floors. 'Ndlamu' figures a more Afro-centric, jackin' sound with spacey dubbing and tribal momentum, and also in a slower, more rugged Alternative Mix.
**180g vinyl. Hand-numbered edition of 300** Double shot of deep and delirious house experiments from John Swing, EMG and Battista aka SPS. Their 2nd team joint flings farther into the jackin' zone with a pumping, swinging machine groove built from wriggly rimshots and filtered disco loops smudged with the fudgiest funk in the 'Conscio Mix'; B-side they scramble the senses with a dub-doused 'Inconscio Mix' spinning out into gyroscopic house space before finding its footing in a crumbling, dissolving groove taking the madness to its ultimate conclusion. Off it.
**A cornerstone of Brazilian music, remastered by Jon Brooks and reissued by Trunk** "This little LP began in 1958. It was part of a global touring show called “Brasiliana” put together by Polish producer Miecio Askanasy. A couple of LPs were made by the cast members, and this is one of them. It is a rare beast. So rare that even Gilles Peterson, a super fan off rare Brazilian music has not got one. So he put out a plea in Record Collector magazine for someone to issue it. It was a fascinating page of information, stating that this LP was a cornerstone of contemporary Brazilia… Read more
Klasse Recordings boss Luca Lozano follows his Optimo Trax session with a trio of rugged early techno-house emulations backed with divine DJ Fett Burger remix. There's a certain turn-of-the'90s vibe to Luca's originals, from the pumping Dance Mania flava and gritty drums of 'Mister Right Now', thru the sub-loaded and killer early hardcore/Belgian rave vibes of 'Come With Me', to the whirring, jacking R&S psychedelia of 'The Afterworld'. DJ Fett Burger's Orgonitt Meme Deep mix is icing on the cake, taking the vibe of 'The Afterworld' to New York City circa 1991 with big ol' Nu Groove-style B-line and drusm wrapped up with mad samples chatter and lush chords. TIPPED!
Romare returns with the 'floor-friendly follow-up to his much loved pair of EPs. 'Roots' carves out a blunted, bluesy house swagger from murky filter tricks and swinging, Afro-centric drums with a style reminding of La Funk Mob and all that dope '90s gear from Paris; 'Pusherman' cuts a moodier, slower figure with sluggish drums and blunted vocals in a noirish, jazzy hip hop style.
Delroy Edwards' LACR hard on the money with this issue of Gene Hunt's rare-as-owt '99 house banger 'Freddy's Dead', plus the tracky smack of 'Bong'. The Halloween themed title track was last found on the Gene Hunt Classics 2LP; is now remastered to make that rugged Italo bassline and drum programming cut like Kruger's blades. It's gotta be thee definitive mix of John Carpenter and Chicago house. 'Bong', on the other hand, is a properly stripped down tracky workout for the DJs and wall-bangers.
UTTU's king swinger takes to Creme with four cuts of jacking old skool style garage-house. DJ Haus' first foray beyond his own labels gives up some of his dopest material bestween the laidback swing and perc of 'Wurk It Gurl', the bumpty budge of 'Little Pieces' and the Essex-meets-Donkaster-via-Leiden pump of 'Feel The Powder' (track title of the year, anyone? OK just me, then).
*10 Track Vinyl Edition featuring tracks from John Beltran, Kirk Degiorgio and more* One of Detroit techno's most sublime associates, John Beltran corrals 10 mellow, romantic ambient pieces by himself and others. It's very '90s chill-out album for the most (just the name Mick Chillage screams valerian tea), but with some nice contributions coming from Sons of Melancholia and Beltran himself with the sweeping, GAS-like strings of 'Music For Machines'.
1000 Names take flight from their hip hop and boogie-oriented style to more diverse zones of broken beat and house on 'Migration Pads'. It's not a wholesale switch, but more a natural progression to explore the roots and branches connected to the sound, resulting some deeper dancefloor potential in the Fantastic Mr Fox-alike 'The Caravan' or the knackered, synthi boogie of 'Streets' alongside dope slow/fast percolations in 'Radar Orgazm' and the ruder bounce of 'Another Beaten Sunday'.
As reliable as the changing of the seasons, Perlon serve three slices of suave tech-house minimalism from Thomas Melchior. His first 12" for the label since 2011 offers an extended groover on the A-side synching elasticated bassline to barely there-drums and ghostly oscillator, with crucial streaks of filtered strings luring us deeper into a rippling conga groove. B-side, he ups the energy levels with a perky, super-stripped number reminding of Wolfgang Voigt's Studio One classics, before switching tack again to knotted b-line and swinging claps with properly pensile late night/after-party vibes.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "Ballyturk is the new album by Teho Teardo, his first release after Still Smiling, the succesful collaboration with Blixa Bargeld. Ballyturk is the music for the new play of Enda Walsh, one of the most interesting writers of our time. Enda Walsh wrote also Hunger, Steve McQueen’s movie. But the music for Ballyturk isn’t simply a soundtrack, it’s an album that has it’s own life built around magnetic strings, atmospheric cellos, Teho’s unique guitar and electronics. Some great musicians played on this album: Joe Lally, Fugazi’s bass p… Read more
"Ballyturk is the new album by Teho Teardo, his first release after Still Smiling, the succesful collaboration with Blixa Bargeld. Ballyturk is the music for the new play of Enda Walsh, one of the most interesting writers of our time. Enda Walsh wrote also Hunger, Steve McQueen’s movie. But the music for Ballyturk isn’t simply a soundtrack, it’s an album that has it’s own life built around magnetic strings, atmospheric cellos, Teho’s unique guitar and electronics. Some great musicians played on this album: Joe Lally, Fugazi’s bass player, Lori Goldston who added layes of her amplified cello. Lor… Read more
Xhin heads up chapter 3 of the 'Five Years of Artefacts' series alongside tracks from Tommy Four Seven, Kangding Ray and Dscrd. 'Blade Moth' by Xhin is also the best on offer, slashing whipcracked white noise over perpetual kick drum motion for the stompers; Tommy Four Seven does his excoriating techno muck thing with 'FFFFF'; Kangding Ray churns up the wleting bass and spintered drums of 'Luna'; Dscrd does mucky industrial things with the sludgy force of 'Apparition Hill'.
Yan Cook bangs out four proper techno welters for Delsin. Tuff tackle driven by thunderous kicks for bigger techno 'floors from the warehouse-gargling 'Gravity' thru the aerodynamic step of 'Flame'.
Clapped-out and super rudimentary machine music from Bunker's chief madhead, Guy Tavares aka Schmerzlabor. A pitching, ceramic bass drone stoically grinds across the A-side spiral; B-side is given to three pulsing, rhythmic noise jags, culminating in a proper slompy jacker.
**2nd edition of 100 x C25 with fold-out art insert. Purchase of tape comes with full download version dropped straight into your account** "Full Bleed is a more experimental turn for Paul Wolinski following his more song structured work as POLINSKI ( Labyrinths, 2011) and numerous albums, movie scores and one-off performances with 65daysofstatic. Full Bleed is an all together different kind of record for the artist, a move into bleaker, more experimental territory. The digital glitches have been subsumed by analog tape hiss; the kick drums have been eaten by white noise; tempos have be… Read more
London-based disco mutant Design A Wave takes to Chloe Frieda's Alien Jams label - spawned from her NTS show - with the skewed grooves of 'International Journey of Synthetic Emotion'. Following on from his 'A.R.M.' 12"s for Rush Hour's No 'Label', a trio of idiosyncratic arrangements unfold between the hyper footwork shuffle, hovering chords and electro-jazz runs of 'I' to a crafty slow/fast swing and warm, woozy pads in 'II' and the lushly deferred gratification of 'III', blossoming from four minutes of unanchored arpeggios and grubbing bass into a supple disco shuffle.
Nick Sigsworth heads much farther out under his 4th Klaus 12" - the 3rd on his Tanum label. If James Blake starting listening to lots of vintage Pole and Basinski, his work may sound like these three tracks; fanning out from the deliciously textured crackle and ghostly string apparitions in the elliptic, loping loops of 'Tele' on top, to the strung-out, breathy washes and lone bass reminding of Rainer Veil in 'Delta', and the middle-distance, aleatoric crunch of 'Luc'.
Laidback beats 'n breaks from Coco Bryce on Myor. 'Cold As Ice' comes to warm up the winter months with four joints juggling drum machine patter and wavey synthlines in 'Love Fool' and some kinda South East Asian drums broken, Madlib-style, into the strange funk of 'Voodoo'. Bigger still, the snake-hipped 'Selesha' touches on Ethiopiques jazz modes inna rugged style, and 'Always By My Side' jams on with some crafty piano house hooks witha broken beat pivot.
**Includes download code and insert** NNA Tapes and Feeeding Tube have teamed up to present Great Valley's psychedelic bubblegum pop session, 'Lizards of Camelot' on wax following initial cassette release. ""Nestled in the lush greenery of southern Vermont on the banks of the Connecticut river, lies the bizarre haven of Brattleboro, home to the chivalrous rock and roll duo Great Valley. Comprised of Peter Nichols and Jo Miller-Gamble, Great Valley have been kind enough to bestow their latest opus, “Lizards of Camelot”, to their northern neighbors up here at NNA. “Lizards” manages to … Read more
Experimental D&B/metal/IDM hybrids aka new sub-genre Drumcode, delivered by Brooklyn's Ohm Resistance. This stuff sorta sounds like the gear Björk was playing in that youtube clip of her DJ set at St. Vitus bar earlier this year; hell-for-leather fast but with a poised sense of metal discipline - threatening to eat your face but preferring to scowl like some daemon from the abyss. And while there are obvious links to be made with Drumcorps, Limewax, Scorn, essentially this is an altered beast, shedding D&B's weight in favour of aerial agility and broader atmospheric space. Imagine Raime gutting Venetian Snares and you're not far off.
"The Invisible Hands is a transcontinental collaboration between Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls) and four stellar young musicians from Cairo, Egypt: Cherif El Masri, Aya Hemeda (both formerly of the popular Egyptian group Eskenderella), Adham Zidan and Magued Nagati. On Teslam, The Invisible Hands expand the already panoramic range of their eponymous debut LP with a haunting set of melodic, impeccably crafted songs whose vintage psych/hard-rock edge conjures up early Alice Cooper almost as often as it recalls Sun City Girls and 20th-century icons like Ennio Morricone and Serge… Read more