Monday, 30 March
**Unexpected new one from the hugely celebrated Canadian band. The amorphous, visceral and doom-laced mid-section is truly outstanding** "Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE) returns with its first single LP-length release since the group's earliest days in 1997-99. 'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress' clocks in at a succinct 40:23 and is arguably the most focused and best-sounding recording of the band's career. Working with sound engineer Greg Norman (Electrical Audio) at studios in North Carolina and Montreal, GYBE slowly and steadily put the new album… Read more
With a pair of exceptional releases for Liminal Sounds under his belt, Air Max '97 drops his most stripped down rhythms to date on Rushmore's 'World Series'. In flux between discernible traces of grime, techno, ballroom, B-More but drained of most colour, we're left with four skeletal, chimeric cyborganisms, deftly dancing from the spare woodblock snares and pinging bleeps of 'Engaged' to the aerated vocal chops and slicing drums of 'Spoken' and the sick, naked ballroom pose of 'Reflex Glamorized' featuring Divoli S'vere.
A dream-team meeting of eminent Afro-futurists - for our money Actress' finest moment, bar none. OK, we're genuinely trying to sit on the hyperbole levels here but f**k that; this one is off the scale. Tackling the king of grime, Actress distills everything good about his oeuvre over the last 10 years or more - crooked metrics; THC-fuelled fuzz; bæroque melodies; that rarest late night s-p-i-c-e - inna collaged 7 minute masterpiece that floors us every time. It's like a scrambled Disengage transmission got lost in the æther, modulated with some Wiley… Read more
"The new album from Portico, formerly Portico Quartet, features vocals from Alt-J’s Joe Newman, Jamie Woon and Jono McCleery* "‘Living Fields’ is an album of catharsis and redefinition, born of a desire to create newness out of loss and change..."
**Gorgeous dream-pop and warbly, Basinski-esque ambient music. RIYL the recent Jefre Cantu-Ledesma LP** ""The basis of the album was a series of field recordings of tones and unintentional harmonies that I made in the summer & fall of 2013 - whistling industrial air conditioners, bird songs, locust drones, washing machines - that I mimicked or interpreted on the guitar, making loops that developed into fuller compositions. Several of the pieces are recreations of harmony loops that I heard in a series of extraordinarily vivid dreams, and then woke up and recorded. A few pieces had lyrics … Read more
Geeneus darkens the house with his first solo release since 'Volumes One' waaay back in 2008! He hasn't been slouching since, running this little ting called Rinse FM and that, beside production for Katy B and more recently P Money, but this is pure uncut Geeneus, and it's wicked. 'ELE' lashes that sick lick from Ed Rush & Optical's 'Alien Girl' (or near enough) over a rugged house shunt and clambering chords while 'Red Velvet' reaches peak levels with trancey stabs and a tight, pneumatic UK jack.
Collecting eleven of the best from five years of The Exaltics productions. Check out the lean elastic funk of 'Compressed Thoughts'; the hydraulick Drexciya electro-techno ov 'IMOEH'; slippery techno depths in 'Quiet Earth'; the mercurial Miami/Detroit electro of 'The Truth'.
SD's 1996 killer remastered and reissued to download for the first time. Originally issued as part of Metalheadz seminal Razor's Edge series. Here's hoping 'This is A Baad Rmx' gets a look out for the newer heads too, massive percy that one…
It's 2015 and the guitar as an instrument is pretty f**king exhausted, right? Not in Tashi Dorji's hands. This album was first issued on cassette by Blue Tapes in 2014, just prior to the amazing compilation of his earlier gear on Ben Chasny ov Six Organs… Hermit Hut label and serves to illustrate our point above - where so many guitarists are happy to tread old ground and pay dues to heroes, Bhutanese maverick Dorji is spiralling away, expressing untapped thoughts and feelings on his very own plane, making his guitar sound something like a modular synth system playing ancient Korean clas… Read more
*Follakzoid return with 'III', their third release for Sacred Bones* "Föllakzoid began seven years ago as a trance experience between childhood friends Diego, Juan Pablo, and Domingo from Santiago, Chile. Heavily informed by the heritage of the ancient music of the Andes, the band has learned to integrate this influence with contemporary sounds of their times, creating a rich yet minimal atmosphere. III is a four-part minimal sound voyage in which you can hear Föllakzoid’s musical language developing into something more upbeat, obscure, and sharp, yet even simpler in terms of elements."
**Debut album by the former 100% Silk regular for Ghostly** "Throughout Insides, Fort Romeau guides us down misty corridors lined with supple synth pads, quietly thumping kicks, and elastic low-end sequences reinforced by an emotive confidence. Thick dancefloor cuts like "All I Want" and "Folle" are built on such satisfying elements—sounds so full-bodied, you'd swear they're knocking against your bones. This, too, is by design. "I wanted to make sure all the songs have a tangible quality," says Greene of his LP's physicality, "to make texture and grain become as important a part of the vocab… Read more
"Dutch minimalist composer Jozef van Wissem’s score for this "non-narrative" film experience directed by Domingo Garcia-Huidobro of Föllakzoid. The film consists of appropriated 12-string electric guitar drone, black baroquelute mirror images, and minimal electronics."
"From an unassuming, self-sufficient musical micro-industry in the north of England comes more finely tuned fastidious femme pop from Jane Weaver and her growing Bird Records imprint with a new split single available of vinyl and download this spring. Combining domestic synth pop with falsetto melodics and 10cc sounding prog pop arrangements in Don’t Take My Soul, Jane depicts a theatrical electronic pop character that fuses Kate Bush karaoke with a J-Pop Erykah Badu whilst retaining her own very distinctive songwriting, con… Read more
**Deluxe Version with ten bonus tracks** Like all good parables Jane Weaver’s sixth solo album, a concept album called ‘The Silver Globe’, is as multifaceted as it is beguiling. Part coming of age / part cautionary tale and part romantic paeon, this twelve track synth ridden post- apocalyptic prog pop opus is based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes and inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and refiltered past experiences. Written from the optimistic vantage of a long- standing female independent artist, in an desperately evolving industry, Ja… Read more
Denmark's Damien Dubrovnik return to Alter with a 2nd LP of studied noise prurience. "Copenhagen-based industrial duo Damien Dubrovnik (aka Posh Isolation founders Loke Rahbek and Christian Stadsgaard) follow up 2013's First Burning Attraction (ALT 008LP) with Vegas Fountain. Rahbek and Stadsgaard have continued to be consistently busy as label bosses but even more so as artists, performing more frequently worldwide and building a reputation for their fierce and powerful live show. They have also continued to hone their craft in the studio and found a working rhythm in which thei… Read more
**Deviant breakbeats and hair-brained Moog wig-outs. Deadly!!!** "As an artist whose name has become mutually synonymous with the instrument he plays Bruce Ditmas is a very unique heavy musician from one of those special tightknit communities that tried (and almost succeeded) to change the facade of progressive pop music and jazz via musical technology. Raised in Miami (an unknown incubator for future synthesists) Bruce carved the image of a teen prodigy playing jazz drums at the most exclusive Miami Beach hotels. After being whisked off to New York by none other that July Garland he be… Read more
"‘Carrie & Lowell’ is Sufjan Stevens' first album in almost 5 years and is somewhat of a return to the sparse, pared-back sounds of ‘Seven Swans’. While it sounds like a memory, it does not trade on pastiche or nostalgia. Each song begins with a fragile melody that gathers steam until it becomes nothing less than a modern hymn. The album accomplishes the rare thing that any art should achieve, particularly in these noisy and fragmented days - by seeking to understand, Sufjan makes us feel less alone…"
Eleh's cultishly celebrated trio of LPs for Taiga released between 2008 - 2012, here remastered and collected on digital format for the first time. Certain pedants would probably scoff at the fact this incredibly pure analog music is now available to download but, we're not among them and reckon it's a crucial entry point for anyone intrigued but as yet unwilling to make the dive. They're some of thee heaviest pieces of minimalist electronic music from the last decade, and we don't say that lightly. Strongly recommended if you like Eliane Radigue, Phill Niblock, Sunn 0))).
Auntie Flo and Esa present the dope results of their early 2014 trip to Cuba as part of The Highlife World Series. Laid down in one take, 'Die Bailando' shuffles across the A-side loaded with a striking vocal by Eric Alejandro and fruity trumpet. B-side, Esa serves an Afro Synth mix of 'Sabela De Cuba', floating somewhere between Jan Hammer's Miami Vice soundtrack and early Balearic house.
Dreamy house with a raw edge on The Netherlands' Dekmantel label. UK's Palms Trax at the controls, taking in the mellow, atmospheric jacker, 'In Gold', Legowelt-styled shimmer of 'People of Tusk', and the saucy acid winks of 'Sumo Acid Crew'. RIYL Juniper, Vester Koza, Willie Burns.
Rugged, spacey jack trax with a touch of class by Chilean producer, Massiande. Four tracks build a solid retro-futurist vibe taking in the shifting dark/light emotions and Chicago bass heft of 'Stand' and the low-slung, misty-eyed vision of 'The Future (Is Now)' (well, it was a second ago) thru to the Larry Heard-referencing depth of 'That Feeling', and a proper blue jacker in 'Get House' to close.
"Ten years after his debut-album “Herbstlaub“ on CCO, german ambient composer Marsen Jules takes us to his “Empire of Silence“. An impressing soundtrack to the epic power and beauty of nordic snow and ice-landscapes. Thereby he sounds even more elegiac, warm and romantic as ever before. This might be a result of a strict reduction to bittersweet symphonic string-sounds. Sounds which Jules elapses like a prism on the timeline and lets them meander on the slightly on the listeners eardrum. While others are still talking about “modern classic“, Jules is already moving on the part… Read more
After a decade of 12" releases, Ostgut Ton boss Nick Höppner delivers his dope debut album for the world-renowned label outta Berlin. While he may not have the celebrity status conferred upon the rest of Berghain/Panorama Bar's residents, Höppner's productions have long stood out as prime examples of *that* Berlin house sound. 'Folk' collects nine of 'em, capturing him at his most focussed and diverse between wayward pieces such as the effluent bubbler 'Grind Show' and beautifully gauzy breakbeat trip, 'Airway Management', thru to his patented style of slinky, trance-y tech-house with the lip-… Read more
Cómeme posse on patrol! Split equally between original trax and remixes from pals, there's some ace highlights in Barnt's sturdy but scrambled take on Philipp Gorbachev; a ruder house remix of Sano's 'Boqueron' by Capracara; a serpentine Aguayo drum mix of Lena Willikens and her own dark-but fruity version of 'Otra Cosa'; the plush electro-house swager of 'Makina' by Christian S.
**Liturgy augment their transcendental black metal with bolder electronics to ecstatic degrees in their 3rd album and follow-up to the radical 'Aesthetica'. Deluxe, spotgloss-printed and debossed gatefold jacket includes printed inners and DL code. Initial 500 copies on coloured wax** "Liturgy is a Brooklyn-based, self-styled “Transcendental Black Metal” band whose yearning, energetic music exists in an uncanny space between avant rock, black metal, fine art and shamanic ritual. Led by songwriter and conceptual architect Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, who is joined by guitarist Bernard Gann, bassist … Read more
*Third album from Baltimore’s Jana Hunter aka Lower Dens* "Escape From Evil is a cinematic, tonally rich work. The sounds are clean and warm. The pulse of the album is strong. Melodies are potent and songs are physical. Lyrics are direct, frank confrontations with life’s common crises. The album title is brazen, and along with the grimly funny title of lead single, ‘To Die in L.A.’, almost theatrical. The album was produced by Hunter and co-produced and mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Cass McCombs). Other production elements came from Ariel Rechtshaid (Sky Ferreira, Vampire Weeken… Read more