Thursday, 21 August
*CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package* "Music Blues is Stephen Tanner of Harvey Milk. ‘Things Haven’t Gone Well’ is Tanner’s debut as a solo artist and the first album under the name Music Blues. The album was completely written and recorded by Tanner in both Georgia at Harvey Milk’s vocalist and guitarist Creston Spiers’ house and in his Brooklyn apartment. Tanner continues on with the musical touchstones of Harvey Milk (Melvins, Gore, Earth, ZZ Top, Kiss and Judas Priest) while forging ahead into a strange and, at times, harrowing, unknown. Tanner’s life, from … Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Jordan Lee has spent the last few years bouncing around the indie underground. From Ohio, to Texas, to Boston and Brooklyn, running the wonderful Kassette Klub label, touring with his friends’ bands and leading an amorphous project called Mutual Benefit, a one-man-band or a sprawling collective, depending on where he is and who is around that day. He released his debut album, ‘Love’s Crushing Diamond’, last year, a self-release on cassette that, on the strength of a Bandcamp posting, had blogs blowing up with praise for the recor… Read more
"Akchoté is best known as an improvising guitarist heard solo or in memorable collaborations with Derek Bailey, Sam Rivers, Lol Coxhill, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, Han Bennink and many others. He has also contributed his distinctive talent to recordings by, among others, Luc Ferrari, David Grubbs, JG Thirlwell and Jean-François Pauvros. In recent years Akchoté has immersed himself in the study of medieval and Renaissance music, resulting in a mind-bogglingly prolific series of digital releases of the complete works of Carlo Gesualdo and Guillaume de Machaut, as well as ar… Read more
"Wand are Cory Hanson (W.H.I.T.E., Chad And The Meat Bodies), Daniel Martens (Zulus, Battleship), Evan Burrows (Behavior) and Lee Landey (Agowilt). They are from Los Angeles, California. ‘Ganglion Reef’ was recorded in San Pedro and mixed in San Diego, California. The fluctuating gravity of Wand’s sound achieves total Wand-hood by jamming senses, sounds and vibes through the circuits like magic plays of light and dark for today’s (and tomorrow’s) mind-ears. From beneath the glassine surface dost emerge: Ganglion Reef.'
*CD version in 4 panel mini LP style gatefold package* "‘Glitter Glamour Atrocity’ is White Hills’ second album, originally self-released in January 2007 as a limited edition handmade CDR and unavailable on any other format until now. The album has been mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering with brand new artwork. . ‘Glitter Glamour Atrocity’ is a snapshot of the band in the midst of an incredible burst of creativity and was recorded during the same sessions that produced ‘Heads On Fire’ and ‘Abstractions & Mutations’. Sonically, it is radically different from anything else… Read more
*LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card* "‘Glitter Glamour Atrocity’ is White Hills’ second album, originally self-released in January 2007 as a limited edition handmade CDR and unavailable on any other format until now. The album has been mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering with brand new artwork. . ‘Glitter Glamour Atrocity’ is a snapshot of the band in the midst of an incredible burst of creativity and was recorded during the same sessions that produced ‘Heads On Fire’ and ‘Abstractions & Mutations’. Sonically, it is radically different from anyth… Read more
**Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label** "Best-known as a staff songwriter under Willie Mitchell at Hi Records and as the husband of Hi star Ann Peebles, Don Bryant was also a fine, underappreciated singer in his own right. Bryant co-wrote a number of Ann Peebles’ signature songs, including ‘I Can’t Stand the Rain’. His success led to a staff songwriting position, where he penned material for other Hi stars like Al Green, Syl Johnson, OV Wright and Otis Clay."
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Mozart’s Sister - the solo project of Montreal’s Caila Thompson-Hannant she started back in early 2011 - delights in making glittering, celebratory pop with an underlying strain of brittle, claustrophobic energy. By marrying the accessible with the decidedly off-kilter, she displays a similar vigor and charisma to female contemporaries Grimes and tUnE-yArDs, both of whom too learned their trade among the same fertile hometown scene as her. Since attracting a ton of buzz for her entrancing live shows and for first EP ‘Hello’, Mozart’s Sister h… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* For this comeback, the producer made sure Wright was supported by nothing but the best, from the Memphis Strings & Horns via the rhythm section of Grimes and all three Hodgeses to the background vocals of Rhodes-Chalmers-Rhodes. Even James Brown turned up for piano duties but let’s assume he’s just a namesake.
**Brilliantly out-of-step free-jazz/improvised fusioneering on Bradford's Bomb Shop institute. After something different? You've definitely found it** "Death Shanties is a new mixed media balls-to-the-wall Free Jazz group featuring Alex Neilson (drums), Sybren Renema (alto/baritone sax) and Lucy Stein (painting/projections). The group combine references to Medieval music, Sea Shanties and Field Hollars with the ecstatic cry of classic 1960’s fire music. Stein uses primitive devotional images, food stuffs and even her own hair in visceral, highly textured painted projections making Death Shanties a unique and immersive live experience."
BBE packing summer-flavoured roots and digidub from The Hempolics. Up top Grippa Laybourne reworks Jackie Mittoo's Hot Milk riddim for sweet harmonies and toasting from Nubiya (Nubiyan Twist) and Dandelion (The Drop) versioning a Garnett Silk classic. Down town, it's digidub party with Grippa's mix of a classic lick eased off with mellow, swaggering vocal from LSK.
*First solo EP from LV collaborator Okmalumkoolkat with production from Cid Rimand The Clonious* "After his breakthrough on LV's album Sebenza on Hyperdub, Okmalumkoolkat continues blazing a trail with yet another big impact release. The EP Holy Oxygen I is produced by LuckyMe signing Cid Rim and The Clonious, known for his excellent releases on Affine and Ubiquity Records. This collaboration was booted into life during the Viennese producers latest South African tour with stops in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Umlazi, Durban born Simiso Zwane skilfully manages to mix his mother tongues a… Read more
Wednesday, 20 August
Bank holiday carnival; we see ya! As tradition demands, we've rounded up some proper sound-system fiyah, rampin' hottest Soca, Grime, Kuduro, Azonto, Kwaito, and the maddest riddims in between. From the inimitable South African twyst of Tshepang "Rambo" Ramoba's remix for Penny Penny to the breakneck momentum of Mr One Hundred's soca steamroller, the 'HOW Riddim', we bend slow to the Lisbon ghetto sound of DJ B Boy and Auntie Flo, go Azonto with Kush Arora & MC Zulu, bubble fast 'n wicked with DJ Marfox and Strategy, and keep it UK with mutant strains of R&G, Bassli… Read more
Monday, 18 August
21-track Reissue of Drexciya's first album proper and a milestone for Detroit and electronic music in general. It was first released in 1999 and has since been hailed as one of the enigma's most crucial missives. Opinions will differ, but this CD version is arguably the definitive edition, containing 21 tracks to the LP's 13, and a discernibly lucid digital mastering compared with relatively smudged frequencies on the 2LP vinyl. To put it simply, and without overstatement: this is one of the finest electronic albums ever made.
**Gatefold jacket with a free download of the album** Werk Discs' new MVP, Moiré, patterns a unique fusion of leftfield House and Techno with debut album, 'Shelter'. Rooted in wayward modern funk, and brimming with emotive chicanery, 'Shelter' is a thoroughly considered, robust LP statement that stands out from the current crowd. Sounding out somewhere between Carl Craig's erogenous house and the psychedelic zones of Actress, it occupies an unstable, shifty mid-ground, in flux between tiered layers of classic analogue synths, tape machines and drum computers (check his feature on Fact magazine for… Read more
Daz Quayle and Tony 'Bone' Snowden flex powerful rhythmic noise muscle on their debut as Broken Bone. Informed by the 20th century atrocities at infamous NYC institution, 'Willowbrook', the duo present six tracks of atonal, visceral noise textures hingeing on bruising bass and charred drums. It's a fxxking fearsome effort, amping a handful of well-selected elements to bleeding point. A-side draws us in with squealing tones and febrile, spitting drums laced with swarming crowd noise, before 'Sub Clinical' and 'Blood On Your Hands' put the boot in with crushing hip hop rhythms and viciousl… Read more
The Berghain resident mans up a killer Fabric 77 selection heavily biased to his MDR label and own productions. Of 19 tracks on show, 15 of them are either original Dettmann productions, remixes or edits, or have been released by his label. It makes for a super-cohesive and distinguished selection, introducing the likes of Ryan James Ford with the pensive build of 'Arthure Iccon' and maintaining a slick tension and momentum throughout the mix from Terence Fixmer's creepy 'Inside Of Me' thru Dario Zenker's exclusive roller 'Nearlin', and Rob Hood's Monobox classic 'Film'… Read more
Fugged-up, emotive electronica from Jimmy Billingham's Holovr alias, returning to Opal Tapes with his first vinyl release. 'Holo Earth' follows the scuzzy sci-fi themes of 'Lunar Lake' with a spirited collection of droning pads, murdered jungle and cracked techno nodding to early Autechre, no wave electronics and dark ambient musics. We can hear contemporary parallels in certain sectors of the Bristol sound between Young Echo and No Corner, but it's all much more blown out and degraded, even ambiguous, strung between celestial new age dreaminess, rugged rhythms and morphing patina of hiss and… Read more
Kompakt gang on annual manoeuvres with 2 CDs, 25 tracks of European house and modern disco. In among the minimal tech-house standards you'll find some peachy highlights, none more so than the Voigt Brothers' swaggering 'Tischlein Deck Dich'; Saschienne's darkside EBM driver 'Horacio Delirium'; the big room romp of Maceo Plex's 'Conjure Superstar'; the tucked triplets of Thomas Fehlmann's 'Eye'; or the midi pomp of Jürgen Paape's 'Heuriger'.
Lil Jabba brings different, trippy styles to the fore on his keenly awaited follow-up to the 'Scales' album for Local Action. On 'Gully' for True Patnther, the Brooklyn-based producer adds potent traces of techno, trap, and jungle to his Footworking frameworks in six parts covering a broader range of tempos and moods. We can think of few producers in this field who apply such a painterly sensibility to their work, from the fluid darkside strokes, sprayed beats and pointillist melody of 'GRoTTo Anthem' to the hyper-detailed, lucid nightmare vision of 'FLeXIN. (Jabba's CuT.)', taking in the odd-wo… Read more
*Excellent collection of fractal electronics and disrupted 808 beats from New York-based conceptual artist James Hoff Mastered at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Artwork constructed using viral images from James Hoff with typography by Bill Kouligas** James Hoff's razor sharp second LP for PAN, 'Blaster' reveals the effects of computer viruses upon the composition process, and their potential to fxxk with networks of communication. Across a seven-track A-side suite, and a B-side of 'Scratch' tools, Hoff uses the eponymous computer virus to infect 808 drum patterns which become the mutant build… Read more
**Upfront Exclusive** Samuel Kerridge puts a donk on it for Blueprint, backed with three of his signature doom scapes. The Berlin-based artist's follow-up to 'A Fallen Empire' opens with the pounding coda and descending tones of 'Operation Neptune', streaking slow-motion Stuka screams over tortured bass hits to asphyxiating effect, whilst the bombed-out 'Surrender To The Void' sculpts monolithic black metal riffs and slow roiling drums reminding of Pan Sonic. B-side, 'Paint It Black' spills evil, muscle-wasting drones and bone-snapping percussion before rearing up the twisted metal relief of 'Paint It Black (Reprise)'. Strong twelve.
"This collaboration – featuring the two strongest Nordic voices around today – started back in 2009 as an exchange of letters, then developed into two live performances, one at Oslo Jazz Festival, the other at the Henie Onstad Art Centre, where this album was recorded. Mixed and mastered by Helge Sten (Deathprod, Supersilent), Meshes Of Voice presents a stunning vocal universe of confessions, whispers and seductions. A key inspiration was film maker Maya Deren’s surrealist, cyclical Meshes of the Afternoon, a milestone of visionary film from 1943, creating a complex world of musical fictions akin to those of Julia Holter and Joanna Newsom"
Demented, Brutal, heavy techno session from Surgeon and Regis - finally available on download formats.
Pye Corner Audio expands on 'Black Mist', taken from 'The Outer Church' compilation released by Front & Follow, now backed with new track and a blown-out Old Apparatus remix. The dramatic original is given time and space to let that Dr. Who-style bass riff and soaring synth to take flight across the A-side, whilst the flip brings the funereal slow techno processional, 'Bulk Erase', into play beside a roiling, radiant render from Old Apparatus, who also fold in oriental field recordings to abstract and exotic effect.
Sigha's Our Circula Sound label racks up cat#002 featuring one original track, and remixes by Shifted and James Ruskin. 'The Politics Of Dying' is a solid DJ tool, structured rigid and unremitting for dark room actions. The Shifted remix smudges its sharp contours for a more dubbed, swinging groove, while James Ruskin subtly strafes closer to Regis' patented hydraulic flow with his optimised dystopian atmospheres and rolling bassline.
Huxley returns to Aus with a second EP, co-produced with S-Man (aka Roger Sanchez) for an anthemic, sub-heavy 4-tracker.
Dark Sky set the scene for debut album 'Imagin' with a striking pair of cuts. 'Silent Fall' introduces the pleading indie-soul vocal of Brooklyn's Grey Reverend over Kraftwerkian synth chimes and a rolling bass groove, justifiably described byt he label as "in uncharted territory between James Blake and Moderat". By contrast, 'Odyssey' is squared up for the dancers with lean, industrialized electro-bass and drums swung out somewhere between Front 242, Joy O/Boddika, and Rinse-style London jack. Smart.
Second Storey - fka Al Tourettes - sets the scene for his upcoming debut album 'Double Divide' with the dense, fizzing techno of Shaman Champagne' and corresponding remixes by Perc and Aden. Like recent examples from Untold or Randomer, Second Storey boots UK techno into more wayward new shapes here, whereas Perc takes it right back to knuckle-dragging industrial pound and Aden gives it a kinky electroid boost.
Nerve-rattling electro and cyber-punk from Travis Galloway (Traag, All Gone Records) in Siobhan mode for Opal Tapes. The title of 'Southgate' refers to a nefarious area of his home city, Michigan, and signifies a broke, rusty industrial aesthetic that creeps under the skin like crack bugs in a Philip K Dick novel. The mood is harsh and unforgiving from the sludgy trudge of 'Del Ray '97' to the Mid-West electro-tech shudder of 'Rail Spit', cutting loose on neon-lit city street scenes like some leather-clad golem brought to life by 'Citrac'-era James Ferraro and Cleveland's James Donadio aka Pro… Read more