Thursday, 30 July
**Limited edition 160g coloured, gatefold 2LP. Reissue retrospective creaming 17 cuts of New wave, NDW, minimal synth and space disco** "Medical Records is celebrating it’s 5 year anniversary as well as 50th release! Medical Records was founded sometime in 2007/2008 but released it’s first double header of reissues in May 2010 with the (at the time) little known Deutsche Wertarbeit (MR-001) and the first album by famed Italo/synthpop guru Alexander Robotnick (MR-002). Since the beginning, Medical has pledged to bring back long out of print and lost new wave, synth, and disco… Read more
**Rhubard & custard coloured 180g wax** "Medical Records is very pleased to present the debut album by U/V Light. U/V Light sounds more than a bit like Cloudland Canyon at times. This is because it is the first “solo,” effort from Kip Uhlhorn of CC. Kip played, sang on, engineered, mixed, and collaborated with Gabby Weiss on this new recording. Eschewing standard German comparisons that CC usually receives, U/V LIGHT often sounds like either early electro or dance-pop but without the typical blueprint so commonly replicated these days. Kip's rockist tendencies make this recording more interesting… Read more
**Includes download redeemable from the label** Detroit cranks, Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) and David Shettler, reprise Moon Pool And Dead Band flanked by remixes from JTC, Ectomorph's BMG, Michael Dykehouse, and Nate Young himself. The "dirty dystopian analog techno-funk" of Shettler & Young's original 'MEQ' operates at the edge of the 'floor with frazzled electronics and toiling pulses urging a slompy, atonal jack which inspires the remixers to do much the same. Ghostly International's Dykehouse turns in a percolated noise house version; Patrick Russell dries it out an bumps with extra subs… Read more
If anyone can get away with it, it's DMX Krew. This time he gets away with the talkbox heavy egypto-sleaze of 'Funk Steps' on an electro-boogie downstroke, before squirting astro-juice in your eye with the ultra-naughty 'Space Fonk'.
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 o… Read more
Jacek Sienkiewicz presents a 5th album of sleek, hypnotic techno thru his Recognition imprint. 'Drifting' follows on from his 'Zero Time Collapsing' collaboration with Atom™, and the 'Ridges' link-up with Max Loderbauer, to explore in-depth his personalised take on reduced European techno. Its ten sensitively sculpted tracks are equally at home in headphones, on the sofa or in the club, with firm highlights in 'Stand Up''s tactile mix of rolling techno and field recordings; in the gritty swing of '130mm'; and the spherical, skanking dub house sound design of the title track.
**Includes a copy of the full album on CD free inside** Jacek Sienkiewicz presents a 5th album of sleek, hypnotic techno thru his Recognition imprint. 'Drifting' follows on from his 'Zero Time Collapsing' collaboration with Atom™, and the 'Ridges' link-up with Max Loderbauer, to explore in-depth his personalised take on reduced European techno. Its ten sensitively sculpted tracks are equally at home in headphones, on the sofa or in the club, with firm highlights in 'Stand Up''s tactile mix of rolling techno and field recordings; in the gritty swing of '130mm'; and the spherical, skanking dub house sound design of the title track.
Sun-ripened Balearic disco selections from OG Ibizan DJ Leo Mas. The legendary DJ partner of Alfredo at Amnesia in the '80s has been tasked with picking out some of his choicest obscurities and rare beauties for this 12"; including the slinky disco symphony of Gianni Bella's 'Dolce Luna (Parte A1)' up top, plus Moana Pozzi's saxy boogie downstroke, 'L'Ultima Notte', and the flutey acoustic fancy of Ivano Fossati & Oscar Prudente's 'Gil (Voglia Di Terra)' on the flip.
**Limited hand-stamped one sided vinyl 12"** Trax Research start-up with two killer, edited cuts from a teenaged Gene Hunt. An original peer of Ron Hardy and Robert Owens, Hunt has carved his tracky, jackin' style all over Chi-house with innumerable 12"s, and quite recently on a pair for Delroy Edwards' L.A. Club Resource. Here, he jams out the fruity perk of 'Twins' with its jaunty acid squirts, pitching chords and jerky groove, followed by the fesity Roland face-off, '909 vs. 707' in which his trusted drum boxes duke it out for the dance.
The UK and US house veterans do it with style for UQ. Four shades of deep and rugged house, from the jacking kicks and orgiastic jazz kinks of G's 'Billares Londres The Rum' and his darkroom stonker, 'Freakshow', thru to Jus Ed's tropically tempered 'GoTee Stroke' and the breezy skank of 'Heaven Sent'.
**White wax** Aerodynamic techno momentum from Edit Select, Mike Parker, and Claudio PRC. The Glaswegian's original works with mesmerising monotone bass and spectral, expansive upper registers. Mike Parker's mix reduces those elements to a perfectly-paced and viscous pulse, and the Italian producer, Claudio PRC cuts a ghostly silhouette with his icily numbed roller.
The odd disco of Moscow's OID is taken for an abstract ride by The Field, Mujuice and J.P. Janzen on Popnoname's Cologne-based label. OID's original, 'The Bright Side of Life' strikes an ambiguous balance of uplifting yet melancholic hooks and chugging, buoyant disco bounce that's apparently inspired by Moscow's rapidly changing scene. Remixing, The Field turns it into a druggy, sludgy slow techno abstraction, whereas Popnoname and Cologne Tape's J.P. Janzen reset it with a hazy krautrock lag, and Mujuice diffuse the same elements into a wash of sub-aquatic electronica/house.
**Gatefold clear vinyl LP - Concept compilation originating from Berlin's HKW and Holger Schulze's Sound-Studies-Lab and based around ten interpretations of the Deutsche Telekom audio ident. Clear vinyl housed in glossy gatefold jacket. Not as annoying as you might presume…** There used to be a time when ring tones were important. You were easily recognizable as one of the few people actually owning one of these new gadgets called ›mobile phone‹ (or ›handy‹ as the Germans say). Later you could make an important distinction by choosing a ›cool‹ ring tone… In May 2014 the Festival »Doofe Mus… Read more
"Fire Records re-press Neutral Milk Hotel’s explosive 1996 debut ‘On Avery Island’. Jeff Mangum's songs are cryptic and crazed, his ideas fast and furious, and together they force the home-recording concept out of the basement and into a brave new world, a fuzzy masterpiece of experimental lo-fi recording. Full of rapid-fire wordplay with true and heartfelt experimentation, both ambitious and eclectic, it's not hard to see why this has been such an influential album. Part of the fabled Elephant 6 collective, Neutral Milk Hotel won over many a music critic with this cult c… Read more
Tuesday, 28 July
In this selection we cast an ear over some of our favourite, intimate and far-flung solo string releases from recent times and far beyond. It covers a broad spectrum of emotions and (mostly) instrumental notions, taking in improvisation by US-based Bhutanese guitarist Tashi Dorji, as well as Arthur Russell's cello drone pop and the barely-there presence of Ashley Paul; plus the serrated arrangements of Bill Orcutt and the otherworldly atmosphere of Indonesia's Senyawa; ancient-sounding visions by Dean McPhee and Jozef Van Wissem; and seductive nocturnes by Loren Connor… Read more
Friday, 24 July
Koreless dices with strobing vocals and synths on his widely anticipated return to Young Turks. Last spotted in 2013, with 'YT 140' the Welsh producer whips up a steepled vortex of 32nd note phonemes and synths to a pointillist trance peak on the A-side, whereas the 2nd side fillets gynoid vox into a stuttering, pitching declaration of love maybe best compared with the fine-processed aesthetics of Holly Herndon or Katie Gately.
**SDJR turns out a whole party's worth of funk with an infectious debut album sporting guest spots by Julio Bashmore, fLako and Kutmah** "From time to time a DJ or producer comes along who transcends a particular scene, bridges the gap between disparate movements and unites tribal music fans. Seven has that talismanic quality. His productions have a rawness… a loose-knit, lolloping groove that seduces even the most steadfastly stubborn of hips. Recorded in LA, San Francisco, Amsterdam and London, Universes is a unique exploration of his musical landscape, traversing tempo… Read more
Taut, pressurized drum tracks from Melé. Doin' it for Lobster Boy, the scouse producer charges up a battery of batacuda drums with belting diva drops in 'Ambience', and rolls ruggeder with the tight, bouncing percussion of 'UFO'Z' chopped with natty chords and electrified stabs.
The Mods hock a vitriolic follow-up to their 'Divide And Exit' breakthrough with the 12-song 'Key Markets'. Their latest dispatch from the no-mans-land of Nottingham volleys shots at anyone and everything that comes within Jason Williams' line-of-sight, whilst Andrew Fearn's productions remain ascetic to say the least, but possibly with more bite and itch in the gruds than before, and even a few moments that could be described as abstract when compared with their sternly functional structures. Safe to say they've lost none of their spunky chuff with the advent of bigger stages and audiences at their feet.
"Vinyl Williams is the moniker of Lionel Williams, 25 year old Los Angeles based artist and experimental-pop musician. ‘Into’ - his startlingly accomplished second album - effortlessly fuses psych, krautrock, ambient and shoegaze into a transcendental whole. The record ripples outward into blissful sonic geography. Lead track ‘World Soul’ sounds like celestial soul music; ’Gold Lodge’ floats on jazzy chords and a propulsive baseline; ’Greatest Lives’ and ‘Iguana City’ are loungey new age jams that continually unfold; ‘Xol Rumi’ closes the album in an etheric motorik voyage. Uniquely, all the… Read more
El Gheba' - actually, we jest; we're not sure what Peterson did, but it sounds bloody great - while Modeselektor fuse beefier, bouncing drums to Rizan Said's flowering keys in 'Leil El Bareh' and 'Ensaa El Aatab', and Four Tet infuses the title track with a fluid, heady sort of dancefloor psychedelia. Left to his own devices, however, Souleyman and band provide some of the album's most striking moments in the solemn sway of 'Mawal menzal' and the intricately woven strokes of 'Darb El Hawa', whilst Legowelt yokes 'Bahdeni Nami' to Euro 'floors with a killer New Beat acid styled remix. Pretty hard to deny this is one of Souleyman's best records to date.
Jessy Lanza finds mutual muses in Chicago lynchpins, DJ Spinn and Taso, for the romantic R&B and footwork of 'You Never Show Your Love'. A perfect match of styles, it finds Spinn & Taso working outside their usual tempo bracket with great results, creaming yacht-ready guitar licks on airborne trap triplets, all gilded with Lanza's longing lyrics placing the original up close to FKA Twigs' 'Water Me' whilst the Teklife remix comes off like 4Hero gone footwork with its ornate chords, jazzy arrangement and hi-tek funk pulsations.
Comixxx's sombre blue-eyed soul opera, 'Broken Connection', remixed as a 2-step set dance by Mooryc, and soured ambient soul with in Kalipo's version.
Kurt Dahlke a.k.a. NDW pioneer Pyrolator takes his turn to reconstruct and adapt the work of pivotal Berlin-skool composer, Conrad Schnitzler. This posthumous, inter-generational collaboration is even better than it reads on paper/screen, with Dahlke aiming to "present a side of Conrad which I has always heard in his music but one which often goes unnoticed: a darker, technoid side". He arguably fulfils his intentions in style over 12 vast, amorphous synthscapes foregrounding the compatibilities between Schnitzler's modular extractions and a modern day sound of Berlin tec… Read more
Chicago's EQ Why on a wayward footwork flex for Duck 'N Cover'. Check for the party-ready pressure of '808 Kick Drum', the jagged sample stabs of 'Overdose on Marijuana', and the RP Boo nod, 'Goin Crazy'.
Good ol' uncle Trunk blinds us with this first-ever issue of Alan Jefferson's solo space odyssey, 'Galactic Nightmare'. It's the sort of stuff Trunk was born to release; a self-composed, played, narrated, and designed 88-minute space odyssey inspired by the War of the Worlds radio play. The author is one Alan Jefferson, who conceived and executed 'Galactic Nightmare' between 1979 and 1984 and sold it, via the adverts in the back of magazines such as C U Amiga and Future Music, for the princely sum of £4.99. Factoring for inflation, this vinyl issue is nowt less than a priceless… Read more
*Reissue* Matt Edwards aka Radio Slave builds on the foundations of tracky Chicago house styles with his first Rekids release since the 'Live Edits' EP. By the artist's own admission, 'The Clone Wars' is meant to be taken as a "my 'Screaming Hands' for 2014… a war cry to people out there , music or otherwise, who think it's creative and cool to replicate the past." It appears as a wiggly original with nagging vocal stab and infectious, ear-weevlin' synth hook, backed with a stripped down instrumental, acapella and synthapella.