Thursday, 03 September
White Material's Berlin-based co-founder DJ Richard serves a smart debut album of low-slung, shadowy house on Hamburg's Dial imprint. The follow-up to his early WM 12"'s and remixes for Radioslave and Dan Bodan takes inspiration from those odd spaces between nature and manmade landscapes and works quite a few shades darker than the usual Dial sound whilst neatly fitting in with their low-key and mesmerising aesthetic. It's perhaps best considered as a very coherent album suite exploring the more personal, meditative facets of his sound; vacillating night-vision synth strokes with sluggish effective t… Read more
Slowdive's Simon Scott swallows us whole with the majestic 'Insomni', his debut for Ash International. As the album title implies, this album deals with sleep, or a lack of it, and most particularly the liminal spaces between light/dark, waking/dreams, and natural/noumenal realms. In Scott's own words "Couldn't sleep...; arose to forage for sound. The hum of the fridge encouraged further investigation of hidden, domestic sounds; the fish tank, dvd player, a broken laptop...; Dawn and morning light allowed more sound and the guitar, in its case, beckoned...; From darkness to light…" And thus unfold… Read more
**C60 BASF chrome super cassette** Dead limited tape compilation, old skool styles, with cuts from Beau Wanzer, and more introducing Amsterdam's Knekelhuis crew. Without needing to flatter the 'floor, all involved play it loose, abstract and messy for your entertainment, whether it's Beau Wanzer with his sluggish industrial swagger, 'Cellphone Calamity', and the pelting drums of 'Birthtribe', or Maekott with the Drexciyan fizz of 'Kyoto', or the industrial discord of Volition Immanent.
** Opaque 160g clear vinyl in clear poly wallet** Stephen Hitchell (Echospace/Deepchord) in deep troddin' house mode as Intrusion. 'A Gentle Embrace' occurs on the A-side, teasing tendrils of ghostly analogue signals around a padded bassline that rolls down from cloudy mountainsides. On the flip his 'Reduction' clears the air and tightens up the bass for a more steppin', light-headed effect.
Skudge emerges for the 1st time in 2015 with two precision-tooled techno aces. With 'Hunted' he takes all the time he needs to stalk dancefloor prey, modulating massive round kick/subs with furtive drones from dense pressure into more open, rolling space reminding of early Berghain styles by Dettmann & Klock. On the other hand, 'Timing' is more urgent, pensive nagged by squirting acid lines and stabs with kicks that demand you put your back into it.
Quartet of raw and cranky dancefloor killers by the prolific Willie Burns on Juju & Jordash's label. We're not sure what he was ingesting before making this record but it's certainly had some heavy effect, pushing the parameters of his sound into wigged out new shapes ranging from the rushy electro-kosmiche vectors of 'Doesn't Feel Right' thru the Foetus-meets-Powell flex of '2nd Try', and on to the unquantised roil of 'Single Life', and 'Still Waters'' synthesised rain dance.
Beau Wanzer turns //Tense//'s 'Disconnect Myself' into a vital industrial disco killer for Mannequin Records. Primed to go OFF on the best 'floors with lagging synthlines synched to cold, jackin' drums in a proper, rictus groove made for strobelights and chemical sweats.
Wicked ruffneck L.I.E.S. kickers from a new name to the cause, B. Werner a.k.a. M/R. Following suit from his 12"s for Great Circles and Details Sound, ;'Let That Shit Breathe' yields four tracks wallowing in septic acid pools, jacking from the murky title cut to the dubbed dimensions of 'Just Say No' to grumbling electro-acid in 'Slinky Kids' and the bruised slow techno jam, 'Coconut Jar'.
**Hand-stamped jacket** Edward does his raw but sophisticated house thing with breezy style for Giegling. With deft mixing trickery he stokes a light-headed, skippy effect in the filtered lattice of 'Open' beside the airy melodic structures of 'Birds', weaving shimmering pastoral guitars around what sounds like distant, room recorded industrial drum loops. Quite SAW II sounding, actually. Flipside, he pulls the mix into sharper focus with the scissoring drums and patina of samples washed around the spherical 'Do It', finally adding some physical bass frequencies with the rolling double bass line and dreamy swing of 'She Says'.
**Wraparound cardboard recycled and recyclable bespoke sleeve enclosing an ono style CD cover. Edition of 50. Dadaist poetry and music from German artist Ana Berkenhoff and ONO capo Michael Holland ov Islington Mill, Salford. In tribute to Kurt Schwitters - a core influence on the ONO label - Ana riffs on his parody of a love poem, 'An Anna Blume' set to wobbly lower case electronics in six parts. Between them, they blur the lines between poetry and tone poem, with Manchester's answer to Peter Pan coaxing out a gauzy spectrum of eccentric small sounds, lopped beats and rad… Read more
**Edition of 500** "Fifth in a reissue series of the cult French underground Futura label. Bernard Vitet was a key figure in the French free jazz / improv scene of the early 70’s. This mythical avant jazz lp is the result of a truly magical session he put together in December ’71 with Beb Guerin, Jean Guerin, Francoise Achard, Dominique Dalmasso, Jouck Minor, Francois Tusques and Jean-Paul Rondepierre. Not just free jazz from the 70’s it has some 20th Century elements that recall some of the most memorable albums on the Italian Cramps label. First official vinyl reissue fully licensed by Gérard Teronnès."
**Limited white vinyl 12"** Rrose serves the DJs and dancers what they want with another descent into deepest experimental techno zones. Following a fallow few years, this has been a productive annum for the masked producer from the American West Coast, pursuing the esoteric exercise of 'Having Never Written A Note For Percussion', and the danceflkoor drills of 'For Acquantice' with five tracks purified and uncannily hypnotic number scanning slow techno in 'Adrift' along with the screwball bleep techno of 'Purge' and bloody minded abstraction of 'Curl'.
Perc undertakes his 1st solo mission of 2015 with the raging techno of 'Gob'. The title track pummels thee to a pulp with spring-loaded kicks and cattle-prod EBM percussion going ratchet on the A-side whilst 'Gruel' executes noisier EBm techno functions on the flip beside the masticating torque of 'Change To Win'.
*Sounds like the feral brainchild of Eric Copeland and Ariel Pink gunning for the billboard charts after a ket and glue session** "‘Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig’ is to date the most sonically immersive album in Slim Twig’s discography. Where some records have focused explicitly on sample-based songwriting, while others have been completely live-recorded, the new album arrives at a perfectly produced fusion of fidelities. Twig flirts here with a variety of vibes, most often opting for a three-dimensional approach whereby a warped tape aura is overlaid with colourful lase… Read more
*Fully remastered audio of Lee Hazlewood’s LHI flagship group, The Kitchen Cinq, a band that had everything but one elusive factor: success. Includes three previously unissued cuts and notes by Alec Palao. Includes The Kitchen Cinq’s complete LHI sessions, comprising the 'Everything But' album and non-LP singles as well as rare sides by the act’s earlier incarnations as The Illusions and The Y’Alls* "Formed as The Illusions (and briefly The Y’alls) in Amarillo, Texas, the group blended garage punk with killer harmonies and a slight sense of the absur… Read more
"Lou Barlow’s first solo release in six years comes as a follow-up to 2009’s ‘Goodnight Unknown’ and marks the third release under his own name. The album was recorded in six days with Justin Pizzoferrato (who engineered the three Dinosaur Jr. ‘reunion’ albums). Barlow’s extensive and celebrated discography includes releases from Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Folk Implosion and his first solo endeavour, Sentridoh. In the words of the great man himself, these songs find him “less fretful, still restless.”
**Heavyweight vinyl. Includes free download redeemable from the label** "Lou Barlow’s first solo release in six years comes as a follow-up to 2009’s ‘Goodnight Unknown’ and marks the third release under his own name. The album was recorded in six days with Justin Pizzoferrato (who engineered the three Dinosaur Jr. ‘reunion’ albums). Barlow’s extensive and celebrated discography includes releases from Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Folk Implosion and his first solo endeavour, Sentridoh. In the words of the great man himself, these songs find him “less fretful, still restless.”
**The ambient pioneer meets the latinate, electronic beats of Gotan Project's Christopher H. Mueller** "The collaboration between Roedelius and Müller arose after they played a series of concerts together in Paris in 2012 where they mainly put on improvised performances based on Roedelius’s “paper” compositions. With Imagori, these two artists have created an album that adds a completely new chapter to their musical oeuvres. It is by no means a typical Christoph H. Müller album – and neither is it quintessential Roedelius music. For Müller, Imagori is a return to his roots as an arranger of … Read more
**The ambient pioneer meets the latinate, electronic beats of Gotan Project's Christopher H. Mueller** "The collaboration between Roedelius and Müller arose after they played a series of concerts together in Paris in 2012 where they mainly put on improvised performances based on Roedelius’s “paper” compositions. With Imagori, these two artists have created an album that adds a completely new chapter to their musical oeuvres. It is by no means a typical Christoph H. Müller album – and neither is it quintessential Roedelius music. For Müller, Imagori is a return to his roots as an arranger o… Read more
Scott Monteith a.k.a. Deadbeat stretches out on a pair of extended versions from his 'Walls & Dimensions' album. Still dub-wise, but built with a big room sense of pace and anticipation plus the introduction of his own vocals for the first time, Deadbeat's latest follow a progressive smoothing of his sound over the last decade to a point where he can happily ride Ibizan terraces as well as festival stages.
**Entrancing abstractions of traditional and popular Arab musics by the producer/engineer behind Matana Roberts' incredible Coin Coin volumes** "Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, alongside fellow Montreal artist Charles-André Coderre, returns with If He Dies, If If If If If If, a second full-length album from his acclaimed Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) project, conceived and recorded in his dual homes of Montréal and Beirut. Moumneh expands his compositional palette on If He Dies, If If If If If If, exploring new deconstructions and juxtapositions of both traditional and popular … Read more
**Deluxe, first-ever vinyl reissue of foundational No wave grooves from the crucible of downtown NYC, 1981. Housed in tip on-style jacket** "Their eponymous debut establishes Liquid Liquid's uncompromising vision, from its startling black-and-white sleeve design to the minimalist grooves found within. While Principato's striking pitch-shifted shouts on "Bell Head" lead hypnotic circular rhythms, "Rubbermiro" brings in dub-inflected melodica and Richard Edson (Sonic Youth, Konk) on trumpet, closing appropriately in a locked-groove."
**Deluxe, first-ever vinyl reissue of foundational No wave grooves from the crucible of downtown NYC, 1981. Housed in tip on-style jacket** "Following their debut in 1981, Liquid Liquid wasted no time with their second release the same year. Successive Reflexes picks up where the previous EP leaves off with "Lock Groove," a slow-paced deconstruction of Fela Kuti and Can that shows how quickly the band was able to capture their stripped-down approach in the studio. "Push" drives forward with unapologetic funk, yet still sounds utterly unique. Like their 99 labelmates ESG, Li… Read more
**Deluxe vinyl reissue of foundational No wave grooves from the crucible of downtown NYC, 1983. Housed in tip on-style jacket** "Liquid Liquid continued toward dance-floor perfection with their third EP. 1983's Optimo features the band's best-known songs and remains a high water mark for post-punk aficionados. The title track positively erupts when the bass enters, forcing even the stiffest person in the room to move. While it would be an understatement to say that "Cavern" may sound familiar (due to its gross sampling in Grandmaster Melle Mel’s "White Lines"), Liquid Liquid were indeed the originators of this iconic New York riff."
Wigged-out Chicago house in effect from two insane sonic visionaries, Deviere & Jamal Moss, aka The Angel Race. 'The FutureShock Disco' creams chaotic jack juice over the A-side; 'K-Hole Boogie' splatters dizzy synthlines on a mucky buck.
Detroit Swindle and Krystal Klear on the case for remixes of SDJ's 'Friends EP' thru Drrick Carter and Luke Solomon's Classic label. The former tempers 'Friends' to a ruddy acid groove, whilst he latter reduces and packs out 'Beautiful' with rolling subs and sharpened synthlines for the bigger rooms.
Good times future boogie flex, originally penned in 1991, Durham, Caroline - the original dirty south sound! 'Eternal Love' is an incredible bit of advanced boogie soul with blazing vocal done like he means it, backed with the strutting New Jack Swing of 'Talking On A Funky Note' and the uptempo bounce of 'Over The Hump'.
Seminal house business right here, remasterd and reissued for 2015. The A-side's title track is a stone cold acid classic; B-side features the floating chords and ricochet rimshots of 'Life Goes One', and walloping video clash styles of his legendary 'Magic Feet'.
Healthy 2nd LP helping of mellow house and boogie by Manchester producer, (Garth) BE. Operating at the lean but lush end of the soul spectrum, 'Hipnotony' is a fine study in deep house music and its component parts, collecting 11 original productions gilded with well-dug samples and blessed with a laidback, easy approach to the 'floor. Initially, the choice of 11 cuts on one LP might seem a disservice to some of the club-ready cuts, but spending a little time with it will reveal it was the right choice as the session unfolds with ripe home listening potential between the slow-mo downst… Read more