Thursday, 21 May
**The legendary leader of The Wallias Band fronts his first new 7" in decades!**"Exactly 30 years now went by since the last time any Hailu Mergia's original material was released. In the past few years the reissues of his old recordings brought him back to the scene allowing a wider audience to discover his great music. The combination of african roots and western influences gave his music a unique touch which is again the strenght and charm of the two new tracks released on this 7" for Philophon. A wave of elegant melodies will hit your ears while your body won't stop be driven insan… Read more
"Hejira follow up their acclaimed 2013 debut album 'Prayer Before Birth' with the release of a new EP for Eglo. Hejira formed in 2010 setting up their studio 'The House of Dreams' in South- East London where they would write, rehearse, record and film. It was through this hive of activity that Hejira attracted the ears of Matthew Herbert who soon became involved in the production of their recordings."
"Recorded in both French and his native Duala language, it is a perfect example of 70s funk meeting afrobeat with African folk styles and flavors. Produced with legendary Parisian funk / disco / afro soundman Slim Pezin the album oozes style, quality, fine musicianship and is full of instantly memorable songs. The album opens up with stunningly catchy Jangolo. It's a prefect introduction to Jo's awesomely funky bass guitar. Slim adds layers of percussive "jangly" guitar and the track is underpinned by African drums, funky stabs and 70s nascent synthesiser string machines. Tracks such as… Read more
*Brand New (and 31st!) album From The Fall, produced by Mark E Smith* "The Fall are an English post-punk band, formed in Manchester in 1976. The band has existed in some form ever since, and is essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. Initially associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s, the group's music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years, characterised by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and is always underpinned by Smith's distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics. Featuring all the tr… Read more
Swanky, diverse new Dial compilation featuring exclusive material from all your deep, techy and ambient house faves. This has to be the most far-flung suite we've heard fromt he Hamburg-based label, unravelling a fine spectrum of coherant styles between Christian Naujocks' poignant opener, 'For A While' and Dawn Mok's R&B abstraction, 'Like Thoughts Or Moments We'll Fall' via the simmering, airborne deep house of Lawrence's 'Chex Dupont', drifting shoegaze-pop from Pawel, Physical Therapy's skewed junglism, and the posh trancey luft of DJ Richard's 'Zero'.
**Record B of a two record set. 2LP gatefold includes download code** A brilliant expansion of the invaluable, cherry-picked expo of NYC's experimental Latin streak covering ground prior to the disco explosion. You should expect some incredible, definitive rhythm trips, with outstanding highlights in the likes of Ocho's far-out 'Tornado', replete with blustering synth intro. Highly recommended summer listening!!
**Record A of a two record set. 2LP gatefold includes download code** A brilliant expansion of the invaluable, cherry-picked expo of NYC's experimental Latin streak covering ground prior to the disco explosion. You should expect some incredible, definitive rhythm trips, with outstanding highlights in the hip-gripping battery of drums cycling thru tempo changes in Stone Alliance's 'Amigos'; the visionary fourteen minutes of modular synth and expansive electro-acoustic jazz scapes in Eddie Palmieri's 'Un Dia Bonita'; a wayward fusion of folk and delicious dissonance in Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino's 'Anabacoa'. Highly recommended summer listening!!
*Ships Friday* A brilliant expansion of the invaluable, cherry-picked expo of NYC's experimental Latin streak covering ground prior to the disco explosion. You should expect some incredible, definitive rhythm trips, with outstanding highlights in the likes of Ocho's far-out 'Tornado', replete with blustering intro; the hip-gripping battery of drums cycling thru tempo changes in Stone Alliance's 'Amigos'; the visionary fourteen minutes of modular synth and expansive electro-acoustic jazz scapes in Eddie Palmi… Read more
You've had the CD single, mini-CD, 7", 10" and 12", now here comes the full digital version for those who can't keep up with Trevor Jackson's 'Format' fetish. Collecting all 13 tracks, this version marks the illustrious producer, visual artist and video director's most substantial solo release, bar none, of his 25-odd year oeuvre; strafing from killer proto-house rawness in 'Lumiline' to fizzy electro in 'They Came From NY' to blunted acidic techno extrusions recalling recent Ron Morelli aktion in the 12 minute, 'Until Now'. It's rudimentary yet adroit man-machine business, consolidating first h… Read more
Expertly selected compilation of blindspot gems from the 'Worldwide New-Wave, Post-Punk and Industrial Underground 1978-1984' picked up and spat out by London's venerated Cherrystones. A killer compilation for both the insatiable digger and curious psych-o-naut alike, it starts at the fringe and moves every farther outwards via the sort of selections that only come from decades of paper cut cuticles and breathing in decayed cardboard in mildewed basements and record shops. From an unfamiliar treat i… Read more
The debut studio album of Kathleen Hanna's Le Tigre, originally released in 1999 and now reissued on the long defunct Wiija.
"While legions of artists show fidelity to psychedelia's roots, Unknown Mortal Orchestra has always shared the rare quality that makes the genre's legends vital, a constant need for exploration. Last year, frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson descended into his home studio in a Portland basement to chart out where's he traveled since his last set of unhinged psych-soul ballads. He discovered that the best way for him to move forward would be to look back. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together."
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "While legions of artists show fidelity to psychedelia's roots, Unknown Mortal Orchestra has always shared the rare quality that makes the genre's legends vital, a constant need for exploration. Last year, frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson descended into his home studio in a Portland basement to chart out where's he traveled since his last set of unhinged psych-soul ballads. He discovered that the best way for him to move forward would be to look back. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together."
Wicked session of of raw and smart house trax inspired by early Sheffield bleep styles. Klasse Wrecks' Luca Lozano and Mr. Ho on the buttons, paying tribute to their time spent in the Steel City circa 1990, and generating four joints jacking from the ruddy dark funk of 'Dripbox' to frayed and dusty bleep memories in 'Bear Samurai', and over to the box-cutting swagger ov 'Hot Trak', tipping out with our personal highlight, the clipped machine funk minimalism of 'Autonomika'.
**Dark blue vinyl edition of 320** Manchester's subterranean dub-techno producer dishes two strong cuts on his spiritual home, MCMLXV. Nodding to classic Basic Channel and early Convextion, 'Pulse' rides steppin' hi-hats and hypnotic bass modulations buoyed by plush pads and swirling dub chords to get lost in. 'Submerge' is a little different, stirring up something more emotional with heart-swelling/sinking pads and clipped techno-house swing for late night sessions.
One of Detroit's most feted producers scales up to a stellar debut LP with 'Euphonium The Album' for his Sistrum label. Since 2006, Patrice Scott's productions have staked out a true skool Detroit house sound deeply inspired by the originators - Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Larry Heard, Ron Hardy - yet subtly distinguished by a subtle, soulful watermark all of his own. With 'Euphonium The Album' he explores that aesthetic over nine tracks of raw yet sophisticated house music, anchoring astral synth licks and gorgeous pads with purring and driving grooves between the spine-tingling lau… Read more
Bass Clef does his bright and melodic modular dance thing for Belfast's Rudimentary Records. 'Humming Blurs' sprawls the A-side with chiming, avian synth tones ruffled by stuttered and collapsing techno-dubbed drum chicanery for the IDM sweetboys and girls.On the other side, 'Chanson Du Ricochet' charges up a freakish, sputtering sort of alien techno deviation wrapped in shredded ribbons of salty modular scree and amorphous noise.
**Green Translucent Vinyl, Includes lyric sheet insert** "The Germs' debut 45 is often cited as the first true Los Angeles punk record. "Forming," the first song written by Darby Crash and crudely recorded in guitarist Pat Smear's parents' garage, captures the band's cultish allure and crushing lack of musicianship. The B-side track, "Sex Boy," was recorded live on the set of Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke. As Claude Bessy gushes in Slash magazine in 1977,The Germs are "beyond music ... mind-boggling ... inexplicably brilliant in bringing monotony to new heights.""
Jay Ahern (Cheap And Deep) and Stefan Schneider (To Rococo Rot) a.k.a Hauntologists deliver their debut full-length as The Hauntologists after five EP'. They form a microcosmos of massive, pulsing bass objects orbited by planetary percussions and filigree dust clouds, or, in other words, haughty minimal techno for the best Berlin darkrooms.
**Includes digital download code with bonus material redeemable from the label** Jay Ahern (Cheap And Deep) and Stefan Schneider (To Rococo Rot) a.k.a Hauntologists deliver their debut full-length as The Hauntologists after five EP'. They form a microcosmos of massive, pulsing bass objects orbited by planetary percussions and filigree dust clouds, or, in other words, haughty minimal techno for the best Berlin darkrooms.
Vessel a.k.a. DJ Ape does a V/Vm on Abba with the official F**kPunk remix of 'Gimme! Gimme! Gabba!'. Initially intended to coincide with RSD '15, but the plants were simply too clogged up with cack so F**kPunk did it the old fashioned way, slashing and burning ten minutes of timeless, gormless crass onto vinyl imitation CDrs by hand, one at a time, click by click. Sleeved in a 7" poly vinyl sleeve and housed in artwork nodding to the original V/Vm aesthetic, it's a stinker of a release, featuring the hirsute, tinfoil-clad troupe wounded with the kind of piss-grabbing free-party gabber assault not heard since those Pyongyang Hardcore Resistance outings.
**180g vinyl** "One Night on Earth, recorded in a single all night session, includes Derek Gripper’s extraordinary interpretation of the Malian kora on guitar. This vinyl features the compositions of legendary Malian musicians Toumani Diabate, Ali Farka Toure, Ballake Sissoke and the French cellist, Vincent Segal. The kora which is a 21 string African harp-lute made from a skin covered calabash with a hardwood neck is described by Derek Gripper as “one of the most complex instruments in Africa, an instrument able to perform bass lines and harmonic acco… Read more
Fresh outta Portugal, two slices of wave-riding psy-house from Niagara. Scuffed and tuff grooves are softened-up and spaced-out with super wide dub processing, wrapping lissom guitar lines, clangourous church bells and bestial noises to steppin' kicks and pinging synth in 'Falcão' or shaking out hash-infused psychedelic guitar licks and gritty, shuffling percussion on the solid bass drum ballast of 'Mustor'. Vibes.
'Hive1' is the engrossing development of Tyondai Braxton's collaborative work first conceived for live performance in 2013. Sounding out remarkably close to the extreme psychoacoustics of Florian Hecker and modular tangles of Charles Cohen, 'Hive1' 'fesses eight tracks grown from the seeds of Hive's ensemble shows spanning their debut at New York's Guggenheim Museum in 2013 and successive events in The Sydney Opera House and London's Barbican. It's cleanly thwarted our presumptions at the very least, moving light years on from his former role in Battles to encompass a much wider yet focussed s… Read more
Dany F makes his debut solo vinyl flight with four ruddy, spiked grooves for Cómeme in the 'Wouhau' EP. A regular on the label's numerous compilations, Dany steps up with neatly functional spins on timeless templates, from the mystic Mayan flutes mixed with Chicago house ballast in 'Magia', to trippier acid invocation 'Monitos de la Selva' and the dark-to-light journey of 'Wouhau', always with an sharp cut but subtle latin shimmy.
**Limited to 300 copies** Rudimentary rave tools from London scene survivor, Jason Warlock. Stepping out with the frisky flex of 'Seventeen Camels', it twists between raw, electroid rhythmelodies in 'Block 7' to the whirring hi-hats and pinging cowbells of 'Peckham Heights' and a brooding closer, 'As You Were'.
**Gatefold 2LP with whacked-out artwork** Seductive dancefloor alchemy from Optimo's Italian duo, Claudio Brioschi and Cristian Croce a.k.a. Boot & Tax. Cross-pollinating traces of Afro-beat, dub and European synth music for the good of the dancefloor, as exemplified in the skanking steppers lilt and wiggle of opener 'Good Fela', essentially this is a modern iteration of the Italian cosmic disco genre coined by Danielle Baldelli and Beppe Loda in the '70s/'80s. It's super-easy going and timelessly infectious (even JD Twitch's 80 year old step-mother has been rinsing it), weaving elements of spaghe… Read more
"The latest long playing release to emerge from Jane Weaver’s fertile Bird Records (via Finders Keepers) comes from tantrum-pop super hero and long-term spar Tender Prey – personally known amongst Cardiff watering holes and DIY studios as Laura Bryon or Le B. This long anticipated feature-length offering entitled Organ Calzone captures the inimitable drummy saccharine tinged pow-wow punk heard at her celebrated live shows (including repeat invites to Festival No 6 and Green Man) thanks to the recordings skills of Steven “Sweet Baboo” Black and the unanimous gushing encouragement of vir… Read more
**Translucent turquoise 10". Includes a deft and moody House of Black Lanterns remix.**
"Saved & Sanctified: Songs of the Jade Label The rawest, DIY gospel ever resurrected. The West Side of Chicago was just an annex of the deep rural South for Gene Autry Cash and his flock of recent Old Dominion transplants looking to cut their fiery, unadorned sounds indelibly to plastic. His Jade label absorbed those God-fearing artists: family bands with wailing kids and barely amateur groups sourced from local parishes, infused with reverberations of country and western and deep soul. Glinting authenticity shines from every track like a diamond in the unpolished rough—each group completely convinced that salvation comes through song."