Thursday, 30 July
Atom TM's 'HD' LP yields another single with the sleek electro shape of 'Riding The Void' remixed by Scuba, Nought and Consumed. The warm, woozy pressure of the original is still best, while the remixers kern it towards straighter techno 'floors, from Scuba's surprisingly muted and efficient Pulse mix to the sunken techno of Nought's, and a swinging electro refit from Consumed.
**Includes downloads dropped into your account on purchase of the tape** Just as you thought they'd run out of narcs, Cerberus Future Technologies catch a 3rd wind of 'Frequency Adjustments' to keep the party bent. Ringmaster, Ste Spandex parts the waves with the bugged out hypno-canter of 'Red Lights', opening a portal for his other aliases and collaborations to stream forth, from the Chicago bumpty bump of 'Sex (Untucked)' featuring Sarah Bates to the freeform synth and drums freak-out, 'OSC Mix' with Nova, plus stacks of grease from Montauk Boys, Kindred Dicks, Skanky Magic, and Licking Mirrors. A big tip to fans of Ron Hardy, Jamal Moss, Danielle Baldelli, drugs.
**Includes download code** London's Kowloon Records debut with Florestano's skewed electronica in 'Noh'. His is a strangely coloured, off-kilter soundworld, aesthetically comparable with late '90s IDM, crisp '00s micro-house, but filtered thru an up-to-date palette of curdled, keening electronic timbres. His production style is sleekly efficient, favouring clarity over distortion, yet he tends towards ruptured, disorienting rhythm patterns rather than rolling resolution. With the exception of heavily processed vox in 'Grizzled'. it's all instrumental, starting like some LP-5-era Autechre piece in 'Br… Read more
Murky, nicotine-stained ambience from Young Echo affiliates, Neek and Amos Childs (member of Jabu and Zhou) for Bristol's ever-expanding Idle Hands label. Working within Young Echo's now well-established style, they eviscerate the bodies of dubstep, grime, D&B - that Bristol sound - to come out with eight ghostly emissions framed between low end sub-bass presence, greying ambient chords and faint flickers of voodoo percussions.
A whacked-out techno volley from EMG and Battista housed in killer Trilogy Tapes artwork by Will Bankhead. This is some deviant dancefloor business, from the bruising bass welt and unstable, uptempo structures of 'Insatiable Desire' and 'Thrill Seeker' to the 100bpm acid sludge of 'Spaceman' and the asphyxiated boogie nodge of 'Electric Cave'.
Lowjack and D.K. double down as Slack DJs with a cranky quartet of Afro-noise-techno joints for Trilogy Tapes. On top, they knead out the rubbled drums and squally swagger of 'Hoops' beside the canny electro-acoustic noise texturtes and tribal roil of '75011'. Flipside, 'Glasshouse Mountains' tills the 'floor in two mixes; a rotted, kicking industrial version and more spacious, blown-out Afro-noise take.
**Clear vinyl in clear poly sleeve** A billowing ambient swell-on from Deadbeat on his BLKRTZ label. Both sides play to his lesser heard, beat-less angle, quietly seducing us to his cloud base panorama of radiant strings and Wolfgang Voigt-like harmonic blooms with the first side, before moving into higher registers of sweeping, cirrus-like plumes and gently planing in a downward spiral across the B-side.
**White vinyl** Parisian bass don Big Dope P unleashes proper club heat on Nighwave's Heka Trax, backed with remixes by Rustie, Earl Teklife, Ikonika and DJ Tim Dolla Brick Bandits. The EDM-glancing title cut cuts up trap modes with inverted gabber kicks and dubstep rave trixxx, beside the banging electro-jack of 'Momma On Da Flo' feat. Feadz, and the PC Music-style acceleration of 'Ibogance'. Remixers are firing, too, from Rustie's beast mode boost of 'Hit Da Blokk' to the hyper Chicago flex of DJ Earl and the club-sprung low end suspension of DJ Tim Dolla's vinyl-only mix. Dabbin'!
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "It has been four years since Guillermo S. Herren released anything significant from his most famous and respected moniker, Prefuse 73 (though he did keep busy with live shows, collaborations, and remixes). That's a long time for virtually any artist, but it's an eternity for Herren, whose first three Prefuse 73 albums dropped in the span of four years. As if to make up for lost time, 2015 will see the release of not one, but three major works from Prefuse 73. After several albums that saw Herren progressively drift awa… Read more
"The third studio album by Sonic Youth, originally released in May 1986 on SST Records, shows the first signs that the band was ready to transform their no wave past into a greater alternative rock sensibility. “EVOL … mark[s] the true departure point of Sonic Youth’s musical evolution,” says Pitchfork, who place the album in the #31 slot of their Top 100 Albums of The 1980s. “In measured increments, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo … bring form to the formless, tune to the tuneless, and with the help of Steve Shelley’s drums…, [impose] melody and composition on their trademark dissonance.” Ste… Read more
*First ever reissue on Vinyl, CD or Digital, includes an essay by Peter Relic interviewing Goldberg, plus unseen archive photos. 180-gram remastered album housed in a deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jacket with download card for full album* "Barry Thomas Goldberg was 23 in 1974, the year his Minneapolis power pop group, The Batch, split up. Rudderless, he set about recording solo album Misty Flats, and though few would hear it in its day, he hit on something very special indeed. “In 1974, the world was weary, the Vietnam War was ending, America was at this place where it didn't know where it was headi… Read more
"Invada Records present brand new four track ‘double B-side’ EP, featuring two tracks from BEAK> and two from their ‘alter-ego’ < KAEB, who differ in the aspect that < KAEB can have an ever expanding and floating membership. The 4 track EP features ‘The Meader’ and ‘The Broken Window’ by BEAK> and ‘When We Fall’ and ‘There’s No One’ from < KAEB, the latter featuring vocal contributions from Californian based artist Jonwayne. BEAK> are Billy Fuller, Geoff Barrow & Matt Williams. The trio hail from Bristol, UK and are signed to Invada Records, they have released two full length albums and several E… Read more
"Julia Cumming (vox / bass), Nick Kivlen (vox / guitar) and Jacob Faber (drums) are all yet to turn 20 but are already veterans of the Brooklyn DIY scene. Drawing from a wealth of rugged lo-fi sounds, they have adapted the heroic charisma of VU psychedelia and Black Sabbath’s dark rock to fit their own generation’s drowsy indie ethos. They are messy and sexy, hypnotizing and polished, invigorating and sincere. Sunflower Bean are the new faces of the new New York."
Weighty wanz from Frenchman, Simo Cell, making his debut on Dnuos Ytivil (Livity Sound). With 'Cellar Doors' he triggers a rudely scuffed bass/techno roll working out close to Hodge or Rhythmic Theory's tuffer outings, while the tight subs and sizzling hi-hats of 'Piste Jaune' nail a mean impersonation of Peverelist's signature, slinky style.
"Soul Jazz Records' new album Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 charts the many links between reggae music and the Rastafarian faith. Featuring the music of Count Ossie, Johnny Clarke, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Bongo Herman, Roy Ashanti (Congos), Earth & Stone, Mutabaruka and many more, this is an in-depth look at some of the most unique and righteous music ever made and comes complete with a 40+ page outsize booklet, containin… Read more
*Heavyweight double album - Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Soul Jazz Records' new album Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 charts the many links between reggae music and the Rastafarian faith. Featuring the music of Count Ossie, Johnny Clarke, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Bongo Herman, Roy Ashanti (Congos), Earth & Stone, Mutabaruka and many more, this is an in-depth look at some of the most unique … Read more
Triple CD collection from one of the most important record labels ever. 60 classic tracks from the original home of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae, with sleeve notes by Don Letts.
*180g vinyl edition featuring fully remastered audio available on the format for the first time - Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* “Still” was a compilation consisting of then unreleased studio & live recordings. Comes packaged in a deluxe sleeve featuring matt card with foil printing.
*180g vinyl featuring fully remastered audio available on this format for the first time - Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* “Substance” fills in the missing pieces of the band’s history with four non-album singles (‘Transmission’, ‘Komakino’, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Atmosphere’), plus their B-sides. It has been expanded with two additional songs (“As You Said” and the Pennine version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart”).
*Fully remastered audio* “Substance” fills in the missing pieces of the band’s history with four non-album singles (‘Transmission’, ‘Komakino’, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Atmosphere’), plus their B-sides. It has been expanded with two additional songs (“As You Said” and the Pennine version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart”).
**Guy Birkin & Sun Hammer present the intricate results of their playfully cerebral 'Complexification' project thru Entr'acte (check the label website for a detailed breakdown)** "The Complexification project explores musical complexity through a collaborative process based on a set of rules: 1. Make a short, simple piece of music. 2. Swap copies of the pieces with the other person. 3. Modify the given piece to make it more complex (the given piece must be used, but it can be trans-formed in any way, and new sounds may be added). 4. IF the result is more complex (as agreed by bo… Read more
Spencer Parker kicks it like he means it with 'No More Silly Club Songs Vol.1' for Rekids. High-strength, tracky house in four banging versions. The devil is in the details, from the singing hi-hats and rolling subs of 'No.1' to the ruffneck old skool Chi bounce of 'No.2' and the crunching amens laced into the lamping flow of 'No.3'. Deadly.
Matthew Herbert and East India Youth take British-Norwegian singer-songwriter Sasha Siem to the dancefloor. Herbert's Thumb Dub dices her into glossolalic syllables and looped phrases over a jerky, bouncing groove darkened with dramatic strings and raven caws. East India Youth gives 'See Through' an electroclash/indie-trance overhaul with strong Factory Floor inflections.
Dubstep original and erstwhile pirate, Jack Sparrow launches a tribal steppers assault upon Deep Medi. 'Hold and Pull' barrels forth with high-pressure 4/4 subs and grounation-style drumming carrying serious momentum; 'Pula Riddim' cools off on a rootikal digi-dub skank for the Adriatic beach set; 'Where Am I' goes one 'step farther into dank, skunked-out dub pressure.
**Gatefold 180g coloured vinyl LP housed in a heavyweight old-style tip-on jacket .Full package artwork by Rich Kelly, and a fold out poster of the album cover art** "Waxwork Records proudly presents the original motion picture score to the 1981 horror genre defining slasher sequel, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART II, directed by Steve Miner and Sean S. Cunningham. Working closely with composer Harry Manfredini, Waxwork Records brings the newly remastered score to vinyl for the first time, ever. The original master tapes were discovered in the Paramount Pictures vaults by Manfredin… Read more
Bureau B's excellent Kollektion series elects Thomas Fehlmann to select his favourite Conrad Schnitzlers. This 5th instalment, like the others, affords some contextual grasp on one of the largest, slipperiest catalogues of electronic music in the late 20th century. And poignantly so as Fehlmann, a legend of Teutonic electronics in his own right, was first prompted to make electronic music as a student after witnessing Schnitzler demonstrate "how the "extended definition of art" established by Joseph Beuys could be applied to music." Across 16 songs he touches on the breadth and depth… Read more
Kink and Elektro Guzzi remix each other for Berlin's Macro Recordings with brooding, proggy results.
**Includes download code** Jesse Hackett (a.k.a. Elmore Judd) makes his fully fledged debut under that moniker with the sleazy lo-fi glam of 'Junk'. So-titled after the fact it was entirely made on a Yamaha PSR-110 found in a recycling dump, it weighs in the firmest portyal of Hackett as solo performer to date, following on from numerous collaborations including Blludd Relations with Nathan Jenkins (a.k.a. Bullion), Owiny Sigoma Band (with Tom Skinner), and his role in Damon Albarn's band. Effectively, this is an superb exercise in pop economy, juicing a fine spectrum of pop songs from the merest… Read more
Gusgus' President Bongo cuts the lights on Roisin Murphy's 'Exploitation' with an ominous techno flip of her 'Hairless Toys' album cut. Emerging from doomy cello intro, Murphy's presence is reduced to gasps over pulsing kicks and spatialised electronics before entering stage left as a hushed, sylvan spectre whispering her piece as the strings and synths swell and threaten to engulf her. Instrumental on the B-side.