Thursday, 12 December
**Clear vinyl with A4 insert** Blue Hour improves on his debut with three tracks of raw, emotive techno. 'Axis Motive' rides chunky tom/kick patterns into through a fog of dark, mystic trance-techno chords; 'Front' dries out on a claps-driven bumpty Chicago techno groove; 'Reef II' wraps up with an hypnotic 6am techno tool.
Deep playing house from three US-based producers. New York's Pursuit Grooves swings out with rugged drums and crimson midnight chords on 'Love Hard', coming like a US answer to Cooly G. Bu-Mako boss and UQ-regular Jenifa Mayanja balances weightless vocals and keys with heavy subs and shuffling drums in her dreamy workout 'My Reasoning', and Sound Warrior Dakini9 mixes BoC-like synth wisps with stranger, infected drums and deft square bass on 'Trail Makers'.
'Eye Of The Microphone' is an enveloping document of Swedish sound and recording artist BJNilsen's dérives around London whilst on a one-year Artist in Residency at UCL Urban Lab. In accordance with Situationist convention he strolled around without any particular plans and collected the sounds he encountered, resulting in these three extended, abstract portraits of the city capturing its quintessence day and night, in all manner of locations ranging from the rural to the guts of the inner city. BJ has an acute sensitivity to intriguing texture and timbre, and when those sources are fac… Read more
Infectiously stylish, hard-ass Portuguese techno from one of the best new dancefloor labels of 2013. Sounding like early Grime crossed with Apple or Champion style Funky and then spun out with overproof African groove juice, the label's fifth release fires eight rounds of totally unique syncopations ranging from the stripped warehouse swagger of DJ Kolt's 'Afrooloove' to the furious batacuda battery and trpping shuffle of DJ Perigroso and DJ Noronha's hip-grippin' 'África Congo' on one side, and over to the febrile, freakin' drums and vocal stabs of DJ Firmeza's pair, and the weird, or… Read more
"Reissue of 26-year old American composer Peter Broderick's 2008 debut album Float, remastered by Nils Frahm and including two additional bonus tracks with each album download. Brought up in a musical household in Oregon, Peter quickly became a popular session musician for the likes of M. Ward in the Portland area. Later discovered by the Danish band Efterklang he joined their live band and spent the next six years based in Europe where he collaborated with many like-minded contemporaries. Through relentless touring, multiple album recordings and film scores Peter has established … Read more
This debut solo LP from Baltimore noise artist Max Eilbacher on Spectrum Spools has all the range, curiosity and intrigue one would hope for. Red Anxiety Tracers is a continuous journey through several absorbing environments built from practically every kind of sonic material. Slowly rotating from ad-hoc percussive sounds to grand cosmic vistas, miniature synth riffs and gouts of distortion, it's a multi-coloured listening experience that draws you in and suggests an artist with much promise.
"A rough-ass bassline track with classic Dance Mania & Relief style beats - it was originally passed onto five DJs only: Jackmaster, Paul Woolford, Dave Clarke, L-Vis1990 & Rolando all caned it; dancefloor reactions proving the track was a big underground joint. Flip over for "I Wanna Be”: a twisted garage carnival workout. Huxley dropped this immediately at We Love at Space in Ibiza and it took off from there, and both tracks have been going off even having repeated plays on Radio 1 and Rinse FM. Hypercolour heard these and immediately signed Bodyjack to the label, releasing the big “Feel Real … Read more
**New 2013 edition** And so the last of the Loop reissues arrives: A Gilded Eternity was the final album by Loop, released in 1990 not long after the band hit the indie top ten with their single 'Arc-Lite (included on the second disc here). As with the other reissues in the band's discography, A Gilded Eternity is remastered from the original analogue sources and has been compiled with an abundance of extra material that's chronologically in tune with the original album recordings. The first disc reproduces the album tracklist from its 1990 issue while the second disc (not available on the d… Read more
**Acid-bleached house from the outer limits backed with useful Cloudface edits** "Before birthing his blasted acid house identity, Bobby Draino drummed for various synth-punked groups around Vancouver, and some of that scorched-earth live energy bleeds through the five primordial bangers comprising his vinyl debut Brain Drain. Tracked live through one channel of a space echo straight to his computer, Draino’s overdriven drum machines, fried acid grit, bass damage and blown-tone sequencer patterns are fused into a radical and weird debased mutant house. The EP’s five tracks are the culminatio… Read more
"Bay Area hardware native Chelsea Faith’s debut as Cherushii—a name she’s informally recorded under since her first teenage techno Tascam experiments more than a decade ago—spills over with loves and lessons gleaned from her voyage through the city’s thriving rave underworlds. Though she trained as a classical pianist at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the rigidity of the culture disillusioned her and she dove headfirst into the Bay’s electronic warehouse scene, both as a promoter and as a performer. For her 19th birthday, she received a Yamaha RS7000 sequencer, thus birthing an obse… Read more
**Die-cut jacket, printed inner** Young Turks cap a vintage year with this super classy split starring the extended dub 12" version of Pional's club ace 'Invisible / Amenaza' and the Koreless/Sampha winner, 'On The Way'.
**Limited edition paint spattered wax with bonus insert** "Medical Records is proud to release it’s first reissue originating from the Pacific Northwest region of the USA in association with 2510 Records in Portland. MR-024 is the one and only release by Portland’s Paul Nelson. “Vortex” was released in 1981 on Paul’s own Optiman Systems Inc imprint. Paul grew up around Portland and had a strong background in music and music theory. He built a PAIA synthesizer when he in junior high and developed a keen intuition into analog synthesis. Eventually he purchased a MiniMoog and was very influenced by A… Read more
*180gm Clear heavyweight vinyl, features bonus LP insert with lyrics and front cover design by Temple Vengeance* "Medical Records presents the release of its first contemporary artist with the Paris-based Illustration Sonore (I/S). The duo, consisting of Dasz (also in Dolina and Ame De Boue) and Christina (aka Froe Char), expertly craft dark and atmospheric songs laced with unbridled passion in the context of synth-laden melodies, dominant percussion and pensive vocals. I/S started in 2010 and have played many concerts in Belgium, France, Germany, and Italy. I/S u… Read more
**180g splattered paint on transparent green wax** "Medical Records is proud to release it’s first compilation LP. In association with Crispy Nuggets blog (crispynuggets.blogspot.com), we have carefully curated a collection of extremely rare and sought after singles and rare tracks. This compilation includes 5 complete A + B sides as well as 2 other tracks that only appeared on obscure compilations in the early 80s. The first 2 tracks are by UK’s The Electronic Circus. Featuring Chris Payne (who also performed synth work on the iconic “Pleasure… Read more
**Death Waltz present Alan Howarth's expanded and retuned follow-up to John Carpenter's most notorious synth score, namely 'Halloween II'. They don't come much more crucial than this!** "John Carpenter and Alan Howarth managed to do something not many people have been able to do with their score to Halloween II. They managed to take the blueprint of the first films score and make it bigger, darker and nerve shreddingly intense. Synths wail and stutter as the score progresses to the point where you feel your head might implode from the oncoming onslaught. This score really should be played late at night with all of the lights out."
**Death Waltz present John Carpenter & Alan Howarth's legendary 3rd soundtrack to the 'Halloween' fright franchise. Just like the other one also in stock this week, it's a seminal and hugely influential bit of electronic soundcraft whose repercussions resonate through so much music since. Includes A2 poster designed by Jay Shaw housed in spotgloss jacket with sleevenotes by Alan Howarth** You have to bow down before John Carpenter & Alan Howarth. Their score for Halloween III is so far ahead of it's time it's mind boggling. Halloween III is a tour de … Read more
Belgian sound designer Yves De Mey measures out five unique, technoid architectures backed with Miles and Peter Van Hoesen remixes for Archives Interieures. Much like his excellent Opal Tapes release, 'Metrics', these are precise, detailed constructions unfolding morphing, tessellated geometries in real time. We're particularly enjoying the sub-heavy pulses, shivering hi-end frequencies and snarling darkside D&B signatures of 'Frisson'; the Schnitzler-esque 'Cadence'; the gloomy post-techno shapes of 'Isorhythmia', which is subsequently given an animalistic noise techno overhaul by M… Read more
Following exemplary 12"s from Fred P, Anthony Parasole and Shawn O'Sullivan/Civil Duty, Tom Dicicco sustains the No Corner quality levels with four of his toughest, darkest tunes to date. They're probably the closest we've heard to the Levon Vincent template; a sterling balance of measured, powerful torque and wide-open spatial dynamics that really stand out from the heavier techno and house crowd.
**Translucent Blue Vinyl** "VernoN returns for his third 12" for Dixon Avenue Basement Jams with "New Beats", four thumping body tracks strictly for dem wot know. Starting off with some slow-paced Jailhouse House, "Dark River" has been doing the rounds at Barlinnie Prison's weekly Friday night Shankfest, and is now finally available for the rest of us law-abiding citizens. "Awakening In Antwerp" lets loose rushing Legowelt-esque arps, perfect for what yer Dad calls "Peak Time", in every sense of the phrase. If you could imagine what Chip E would sound like if he owned/utilised more than one keyboa… Read more
Blacksmif brings his UK-distilled funk flavour to Ramp's PTN sublabel. '23 Waist' deep fries a choop 'n screwed sample in a swinging garage groove, putting a very London-style pin on US flavours, whilst 'Swimming With Jack Lumber' brims with jazzy, futurist broken beat bounce a la Seiji, and 'Effectivmarkt' dices with badboy bass swoops and brukken garage groove in a lush, hypersoul swirl.
**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
Party-ready techno pumpers from a gang of young producers. Russia's Ghostek links with Leeds-based Kommune1 on the Dance Mania-meets-noisy acid banger 'Power & Fame', and Tsunga debuts with the sub-heavy slam and febrile synths of 'Coewd' - gutter warehouse tackle! Myztical takes no prisoners with the powerful 4/4 thunder of 'Trains & Whistles', and Viers laces the chord-riding roll of '17333' with wicked old skool hardcore style vocal stabs.
Solid techno tools. Forward Strategy Group give it some grubby, low-slung welly on 'Rundold' and Exium carves an industrial groove off the bone with 'Raw Visions'. Oscar Mulero makes it kinky with the slippery rolige and dank warehouse dub of 'Blackstar' and Manni Dee rolls off wide-ass subbass in 'Serenity'.
4th instalment of the Brothers series pairs Mike Parker & Paul Birken on one side, Greg Shappert (Donor) and Bill Youngman on the other. The minimalist MP PB side pumps like a beast with massive kicks and submerged bleeps; GS BY roll off the groove with shuddering industrial drums and tunnelling dynamics.
*Now available on Limited Edition cassette* Keeping himself admirably busy over recent times, Will Oldham returns with yet another new full-length for Drag City/Domino, a studio-recorded follow-up to last year's acclaimed Beware. For The Wonder Show Of The World, Oldham is joined by his frequent collaborator, guitarist Emmett Kelly, who on this occasion steps up to the position of "first mate and then some", as the album credits would have it. The album starts impishly with Oldham hinting at some nefarious nocturnal activities: "I once loved a gir… Read more
David's debut on vinyl as a solo guitar improviser. Unhurried probing through spare themes for electric guitar and nylon-string acoustic.
"It was a dark and starry night. Under Texas skies, Christoph Heemann and Will Long met and exchanged the first loop that would form the bed for the swirling stream of Hollywood Dream Trip's first trip....Would you like to know more?..."
"An organic audio forest of analogue electronics, electro-acoustic sounds, sound-sculpture instruments plus singing and piano, even (outrageous!)."
**Limited edition silkscreened 7"** Sublime pair of Pye Corner Audio-alike analogue modulations from Berlin's Moon Wheel for French label, Wool Recordings. As with his eponymous, largely slept-on debut album for NNF, these are quiet, concise vignettes for midnight consumption. A-side 'Surinam' pads forth on warmest, woozy bassline under starry blanket of bleeps and awning tape noise, doing not a lot but doing it beautifully well. B-side 'Prosopagnosia' offers even more elusive sensations with tantalising melodies lost to the harmonic fuzz over a squashed, systolic bass pulse, sucking us in and holding it tight. Warmest recommendation.