Tuesday, 29 July
*Comes in individually silk-screened jackets using the original plates created in 1984. Each copy includes a fold-out pink newsprint poster with never before seen photos of the band, lyrics and liner notes by Anka and Ronny* "Xymox, later known as Clan of Xymox, was founded in Nijmegen, a city in the east of the Netherlands, in 1983 by Ronny Moorings (Vocals, Guitars, Synthesizers) and Anka Wolbert (Vocals, Bass). Ronny saved up to buy a TEAC 144 four-track tape recorder and the duo relocated to Amsterdam in April of 1983. They began to record songs utilizing a Yamaha CS-15, Korg MS-10 a… Read more
*Vinyl edition of this excellent No Corner tape which was also included as part of the 'From The Reels' compilation, now available to buy separately.* In the wake of raw-cut aces from Kahn & Neek, Federsen and various other Young Echo alumni, Filter Dread smudges and carves classic loops and his own sampler deviations on 'Space Loops'. As the label eloquently describe it: "Dense, paranoid hazes of late nights and patch leads, Akai samplers left running through grubby delay units…breaks stretched to their serrated limit, exposing the pitted drum hits that the UK underground is built on, fro… Read more
*Vinyl edition of this excellent No Corner tape which was also included as part of the 'From The Reels' set* Young Echo's El Kid makes his mark on No Corner with a 4-track concept EP featuring the final transmissions of the fictional SS Labyrinth, moments before it reached crush depth. This 30 minute EP employs recordings from "a skeleton radiophonic crew trapped inside a critically damaged nuclear submarine listing in deepest arctic waters", woven with scudding minimal techno and ice-deflected signals, recounting in abstract, subaquatic detail the fictional sub's final voyage, from the A-side's… Read more
*Vinyl edition of this excellent No Corner tape which was also included as part of the 'From The Reels' set.* No Corner continues to quietly carve a reputation as one of the UK's finest yung labels with this exceptional debut album/mixtape by Bristol's Lily. Melting and kneading classic house and slow techno tropes in a warm, fuzzy chrome bath with salty dub FX, 'Modern Malaise' masterfully channels the sort of forlorn techno feelings of Chasing Voices' 12"s with a muggier, off-kilter UK dub sensibility and sense of youthful anxiety/melancholy possibly stemming from data overload and plugged-up … Read more
Great compilation of Calypso classics from Trinidad recorded between 1928 and 1947 by well known masters of the form such as the Growler, The Lion, Lord Executor and Lionel Belasco, as well as by some lesser known but great artists. Heavy topical songs, minor chord meditations on death, beautiful instrumentals and more. Songs include When You Hear I Die, In The Dew and The Rain, Hojoe, Jimby's Ingratitude, Ba Boo La La and much much more. All true master pieces. Old school "tip on" cover.
Compilation of absolutely must-have country blues from Mississippi. A mix of well known artists playing their signature songs and more obscure musicians. Highlights include Bukka White's elemental "Fixin' to die", Lottie Kimbroughs' seldom heard "Don't Speak To Me", George Carters' haunting "Ghost Woman Blues", Willie Browns' existential "Future Blues", Monroe Moe Jackson's wild "Go Away From My Door" and many more hits. The real stuff and some of Mississippi Records all time favorite tunes.
Monday, 28 July
*Limited edition of 400. 300 black vinyl copies available and 100 white vinyl copies were shared between the artists with only about 10 white vinyl copies for sale*
The remixes of Trus'me continue with Alan Fitzpatrick and Roman Flügel takes on his 'Treat Me Right' album trax. Fitzpatrick's version of 'I Want You' brings perfectly balanced kicks/bass synched to heavy infectious vocal chopping and slicing hi-hats; Flügel's rework of 'Somebody' is all tucked up in the lower end with pneumatic bass shuffle buoyed by pinging cowbells and aquatic white noise washes.
Gobsmacking first-ever vinyl reissue of instrumental synth tracks sourced from Colin Potter ov NWW's early '80s tape stash, re-mastered and presented in deluxe, hand-numbered edition of 500 with screen-printed jackets by House Of Traps. Following their tease of a 7", Sacred Summits blow the dome off it with these five pieces recorded by Potter at his small home studio in North Yorkshire between 1979-1983. Spurred by the possibilities of Punk, inspired by the recording techniques of dub, and un-blinkered by formal music training, Potter conceived a take on ambient, kosmiche synth and drum… Read more
**Super slick, synth-heavy and seductive soul-funk from Nigeria 1978** "Originally recorded for the EMI Nigeria label and produced by legendary producer Odion Iruoje 'Keyboard' was a one-off studio project formed by Brodricks Majuwa and Isaac Digha from circa 1978. These two session men were often used at the EMI studio and played in multiple recordings that Iruoje produced throughout the era. This extremely scarce and obscure record features amongst others Ignace de Souza of the Black Santiagos from the city of Cotonou, Benin and Jonni Wood from the band SJOB movement. Lilting, laid-back, s… Read more
'Wilderness of Mirrors' is a harrowing and compelling slab of dense ambient doom from esteemed Room40 proprietor, Lawrence English. Two years in the making and arguably ranking among his finest works, 'Wilderness of Mirrors' is, as English puts it, "reflection upon reflection, a pure white out of absolute aurality". Taking its title from a phrase rooted in T.S. Eliot's poem 'Gerontion' and later used to describe the misinformation campaigns of the cold war, it finds English channelling inspiration from the affective dynamics of Earth, MBV and Swans, together with his own f… Read more
Super smart 2nd album from Seattle's foremost hip hop accelerationists. Fronted by Ishmael Butler, formerly of the brilliant Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces have cornered a unique take on contemporary hip hop melding traces of electronica, cyberactive dub and jazz inna cerebral but instantly gratifying style that swerves self-conscious oddness in favour of genuinely psychedelic lushness and off-the-dome freedom. Borrowing its title 'Lese Majesty' from a French term for offending about offending the dignity of a royal, the album is framed as a "…sort of sonic attack on the "me-mania… Read more
Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle) meets Sean O'Hagan of The High Llamas to kick off Ghost Box's Other Voices series of singles. They're two sun-drenched piece of pop, shapeshifting between pastoral strums, bubbling exotica drum machines and fading electronics.
**Upfront Exclusive** Debut shot of dynamic grime futurism from Chemist for Coyote Records, backed up with Last Japan and Rabit remixes. Twinning his studies in composition and technology for film and games with current strains of HD UK grime, Chemist coins two lucidly detailed, kinetic constructions with the intricate polymetrics and strafing square waves of 'Defiance', and the robotic Eski origami of 'Blocks' marking him out as a slick sound designer. Rabit's remix of 'Defiance' is condenses its energy into pensive, droning subs, militant claps and sino licks owi… Read more
Matthewdavid's Leaving Records step correct with a swampy beat suite from Ras G and the promising debut of Veronica Lauren aka VHVL. We find Ras G at his leanest, technoid and psychoactive in seven off beats with nary an "Oh Raaaas" in sight, instead some of his knottiest electronics in '3am Downtown' plus gorgeous, lysergic cut-ups of Lonnie Holley in 'Rendered…' and 'Renderlude…', beside crunching conrcrète soul in 'Breathe_GMIX(08)', and what is effectively Workshop-style slow house meets Sun Ra exotica in 'Can't Fuck up My Good Day'. On the other hand, VHVL takes fifteen minutes - rat… Read more
Tlaotlon gives 1080p their most frayed, cheeky release to date with 'Ektomists'. Hewing to a crooked axis of air-tumbling house drums and buoyant bass, Tlaotlon sparks off all manner of corkscrewing pings, synth stabs and scrambled electronics in a psychoactive manner belying his participation with wayward acts such as Finnish psych troupe, Kemialliset Ystävät. The results range from psilocybic sequencer arrangements like the Larry Heard-meets-Fonal styles of 'Spetra' thru the 4th world jack of 'Novodene' to the skudged, noisy disarray of 'Juicerays', and unstable house in 'Fuji VI', all keenly recommended if you like FAY, Ital, Jamal Moss, Noleian Reusse…
Widescreen visions of modern classical and electronics on the debut album from American Men's Claude Speeed. Ostensibly the odd one out in LuckyMe's fluorescent roster, the Glaswegian artist actually shares a lot in common with his native label-mates, in terms of proggy compositional nuance and his taste for glittering, emotively synthetic backdrops. Distilling a mixture of ebullient grandiosity and majestic melancholy at its core, it percolates a spectrum of modern music from the stadium rousing epics of Mogwai and Rustie to the subtler tones and sweeping, folksy arrangements of BoC o… Read more
Delectable deep house, Berlin style, from Workshop founder and caretaker, Jens Kuhn aka Lowtec. One year on from the squashed functions of his 'Port Carbon' 2LP, he's operating at infectiously dope levels on three tracks taking in the two-part, ten minute swagger of 'A1' - switching from sub-swung beatdown to something like BoC's 'Twoism' - on thru the gently levitating waltz house and occidental cuteness of 'B1', to the slompy wooden knock and drowsy Berlin 'tronics of 'B2'. Witness a master at work.
The master returns with his 3rd EP of serpentine riddims for Woe To The Septic Heart! Working deeper into the synthesis-based approach which yielded the finer electronic timbres of his 'Freezing Opening Thawing' 12", here he's refined the technique to near-Villalobos levels of layered, rhythmelodic intricacy, but of course, all with his inimitable accent. First up, 'Beat His Command' is a dense, blinding display of pointillist percussion and hypnotic chimes laced with flashes of technoid gremlins and white noise explosions. Secondly, 'Vor und zurück' flips that formula for a m… Read more
First new Monobox gear from Rob Hood on M-Plant since 2001! Following the gospel truths of his Floorplan alias, Hood explores his most minimal side with two supple, rolling aces: 'Film' meets noirish, stealthily building chords with panther-style bass and chiming martian harmonics; 'Rectangle' is signature Rob Hood - tight chord flux and poised, kicking Motor City techno groove.
**Hushed debut album of chiming down-beats from Submerse** "Slow Waves is a collection of multi-layered memories, stacked like grainy polaroids in an old box in the closet or under the bed while the colours fade. A young Rob at the beach or on his first day of grammar school. Images of travels across Europe and Japan, moments slipping in trains or planes while landscapes pass by. Memories so unique to his life, yet so similar to the fading memories of youth and adolescence we all have… After a series of well acclaimed EP’s, each of them created at very specific moments in the artists life, s… Read more
Outta nowhere, Downwards present Autumns' fully formed debut record of ghoulish, drowned lo-fi productions. Described as "Jesus and Mary Chain meets Joe Meek and Ride head on" it perfectly captures that sensation of hearing a band playing from two rooms away whilst locked in paralysis brought on by quaaludes. We're sure you know the feeling. There are six tracks, each placing a noisy barrier of indeterminable distance between the charmingly rudimentary songs and the listener, at best in 'Tired Eyes' with its machine gun drums swirling against salty but sweet jangles and drugged vocals, or the dancefloor-ready sway and alluringly emaciated synths of 'Gerascophobia'.
Circle Traps step to Lex Records for their most developed, impressive release following 12"s for Opit and Five Easy Pieces. Comprising producer Will Ward with Duncan Bellamy and Jack Wyllie from Portico Quartet, Circle Traps draw on a reserve of revered "musicianship" and sharp dancefloor chops to realise a sound strung between knackered house, twisted techno a la Call Super, and epic '80s FM synth sounds recalling Com Truise.
Simple/Aus Records boss meets longtime collaborator Tam Cooper on two dubbed and gritty tech-house groovers. 'Pedal Power' plays dry and rugged with plonging acid bass and skittish drums before a widescreen atmospheric breakdown, and 'Valhalla' aims higher with swinging jackers tackle rent skyward with massive reverbs and woolly ambient motifs.
**First ever digital edition of a 1990 cassette release** At long last, another heart-melting chapter in the musical enigma of Clive and Mark Ives' Woo is revealed to the world at large. 'Into The Heart Of Love' was issued on cassette by two different labels in 1990, containing 22 songs strung out between tropicalia, Canterbury pop, New Age and exotic easy listening styles with a charmingly quiet sort of English humour. For a long time the duo's music was the preserve of those very much in the know, but thanks to recent reissue agendas they've rightfully bubbled up tot the attention o… Read more
Shifted bosses it up on three crafty, Birmingham-style techno tools plus an industrial intermission. 'Sickness By Means Of Clairvoyance' is the follow-up to his 'Crossed Paths' album, following that trajectory into the walloping, corrugated gallop of 'Chapter' and the MB-like offcut 'Feeding'. Flipside the Brum accent is more pronounced in the Regis-style foundry work of 'Aun Weor' and with the oxidised textures and throbbing force of 'Unveiled'.