Monday, 10 March
A spellbinding trilogy of LPs by the supernaturally talented Solange Gularte and Mehdi Ameziane. For those unfamiliar with these works, the duo have created a magical other-world of ethereal sonics both solo and together, an often desolate and chilling place, sometimes streaked with blissful pastoral folk strums and drones which feel like wandering through someone's private fantasy, with their permission. Highly recommended if you like Grouper, Lichens, Julianna Barwick, Ilyas Ahmed...
French/Italian trio make an Afro-cosmic punk racket for Austin, TX's Monofonus Press. Powered by nimble, galloping drums and wrenched-out riffage with squally synth accompaniment and yelpy vox, the five tracks of 'North African Beserk' find a dazed and voodoo niche between Silver Apples, Mi Ami and Suicide and make it their own.
"Warm Climate blew us away with a trio of tapes released on the wonderful Stunned label between 2009 and 2011, so we couldn’t have been more excited when given the chance to release their latest LP, Glass Singer, their first to be given the vinyl treatment. Glass Singer sees the band further explore a more straightforward rock approach, but remains as volatile and genre transcending as ever. Led by Seth Kasselman and featuring Caitlin Mitchell (Metal Rouge) and M. Geddes Gengras, Warm Climate fluidly swerves though thick drones, frightening whispers, BeeGees harmonies, up tempo rockers … Read more
Four mid-tempo prog-disco jaunts from ex-Divorce drummer Andy Brown and synth producer Joel Stone. A-side opens out for the road with eleven minutes of driving chug recalling certain Steve Moore efforts and obviously indebted to the classics - Moroder, Jan Hammer, John Carpenter et al. Flipside yields the emotional synth excesses of 'Taxed', the cinematic 'Hyperion', and a tidy Italo number named 'Bismuth'.
*Trensmat return following on from that incredible Gnod EP with this darkened Kraut EP by Whirling Hall of Knives, aka WHOK* "On 'Devisions' WHOK's unique blend of psyche electronics has been expanded to encompass elements of kraut, doom, alt-techno, shoegaze & all things noisey, greasy and grime-flecked. Things really start kicking off with 'Wraith / Donn Amok' which walks the tightrope of Neu/Suicide via Sunn O))) and makes it to the other side. 'Alternate Devil' keeps it up (the full unedited version) - droned out blackened krautmetal with a thick/corrosive buzz, churning an… Read more
If the members of NYC rockers Blood On The Wall weren't swigging Jack Daniels straight from the bottle in faded black hipsters when they recorded opening track 'Stoner Jam' on their 2nd long player 'Awesomer', I'll eat a Ginsters. Having caused a ripple through their first album, the three piece (Courtney and Brad Shanks, with Miggy Littleton as gooseberry) have upped the rock for this follow-up, whilst keeping their feet safely planted in the alt.indie scene. Swapping vocal duties throughout the album, opener 'Stoner Jam' uses an axe-wielding bass and White Stripes guitar squall to fa… Read more
Gang Gang Dance are a fragmentary musical ensemble whose live shows have become the subject of reverential mutterings around the world. Attempting to bridge the gap between their patchy formal recordings. 'Hillulah' is (at its core) a live album; but one which doesn't relent to the usual set of crowd cheering clichés. Alternating between squawk rock, hazy instrumentation and full out gibbering-experimentalism, GGD can at times come across as unnecessarily contrived. But give 'Hillulah' a chance and it unhesitatingly starts to shine. Stitched together as a pretty continuous piece, the occ… Read more
Emerging from a year long gestation period at Junkyard Audio Salvage, the second album (God's Money) from Gang Gang Dance sees the band taking their familiar concoction of electronics, synths, guitars and assorted studio detrius, then blending them to the Colonols very own recipe. Opening with a nicotine stained Delta Blues riff, first song 'Nomad For Love' lays out the bands wares with a thumping rhythm and all manner of abstract vocals. Avant at heart, it is nonetheless an eminently listenable opening salvo that soon melts away into The Go! Team-esque rainbow blur of 'Ego War', wher… Read more
Friday, 07 March
**Exclusive - Limited edition CD housed in oversized trifold printed digipak with metallic ink, hot foil pressed and UV-laquered** Pan Sonic's immense session recorded in Kiev in 2009 finally lands direct from that topical city on Ukranian imprint, Kvitnu. For the first time in more than a decade, 'Oksastus' (a Finnish word for the grafting of plants) documents Ilpo Väisänen & Mika Vainio's hugely influential Pan Sonic in live aktion and the results have left us reeling. Recorded by Stanislav Lomakovsky and produced by Dmytro Fedorenko, it's a furnace blast of elemental voltage control, tempering fu… Read more
Thursday, 06 March
**Crucial 60 minute mix from Delroy Edwards. Inlay illustrated, designed and printed by SAVWO. Edition of 150** Reel Torque Volume 4 features an hour of insanely heady dancefloor power from Delroy Edwards recorded recently at home in LA, California. Practically clipping the heels of his outstanding 'Teenage Tapes' album for The Death Of Rave, it's a free-styling, deftly mixed selection of choice Chicago jakk trax, '80s boogie, obscure drum edits and Detroit techno sequenced to be blasted from massive boomboxes and low-riders on the corner. The idea for Delroy's mix was first p… Read more