Thursday, 18 September
Keysound's most rooted unit return with a lean suite of broken beat and Afro-centric mutations on 'Islands'. Tied together with Josh Idehen's observant, poetic narration, 'Islands' follows the much-loved 'Routes' (2011) LP with a bright, spacious haul, flexing from wicked breakbeat and bass agitations to eerier ambient interludes. It feels constantly in flux between an omnipresent urban dread and moments of elation, tracing the underground/overground, hyper-capitalist/realist topologies and analogues of London town itself, from the deft bounce of 'New Pen' to lonely, solemn close of 'Island' … Read more
Brighton's Elizabeth Bernholz aka Gazelle Twin follows guest appearances for Alex Banks and Answer Code Request with a dramatic debut album of skewed electro-pop for Anti-Ghost Moon Ray Records. Her choice of previous collaborators gives a fair indication of her sound, but factor in additional production and mixing by analogue whizz-kid Benge, and connections with the likes of Scanner and John Foxx and you have abetter grasp of her queered, eldritch sound before you've even heard it. Between the crushed techno exoeskeleton of 'Unflesh', the woozy ambient pop of 'Anti Body', and the melting torc… Read more
Brighton's Elizabeth Bernholz aka Gazelle Twin follows guest appearances for Alex Banks and Answer Code Request with a dramatic debut album of skewed electro-pop for Anti-Ghost Moon Ray Records. Her choice of previous collaborators gives a fair indication of her sound, but factor in additional production and mixing by analogue whizz-kid Benge, and connections with the likes of Scanner and John Foxx and you have abetter grasp of her queered, eldritch sound before you've even heard it. Between the crushed techno exoeskeleton of 'Unflesh', the woozy ambient pop of 'Anti Body', and the melting torch … Read more
Groove Line Records kick off their Autumn series of properly licensed rare disco / funk reissues with Mother’s Finest “Dis Go Dis Way, Dis Go Dat Way.” Hailing from Macon, Georgia, Mother's Finest were certainly not just another Southern Funk/Rock group. Taken from their Another Mother Further LP and represented here in it's 12” disco form, “Dis Go Dis Way, Dis Go Dat Way,” released as a single in 1977, exemplifies their raw, danceable Funk/Rock sound, raising them above many of their contemporaries. A true force of nature “Dis Go...” opens with a full on, dyn… Read more
More radiophonical f**kery from Ekoplekz, deposited on Bob Bhamra's West Norwood Cassette Library. The 'Rock La Bibliotek' EP features six cuts of grubby analog utterance ranging from the marsh-troddin' Sarkaztik' to the dank chamber zones of 'Dropkone' on the A-side, and from plonging stepper 'Metronomik' to the eyrie ritual of 'Ekztatik' on the other.
"Prins Thomas prepares a sonic trip for Endless Flight and the Japanese festival 'Rainbow Disco Club’. Spanning 26 tracks, the collection features selections from Donato Dozzy, Floating Points, DJ Fett Burger, Ricardo Villalobos, Golden Teacher, theo Parrish , Surgeon and more. It's the second time the man from the Norwegian woods has been a guest on the top-notch Tokyo based festival. He also conceived with the festival organizers and Endless Flight man of action Toshiya Kawasaki the plan to do a mix cd that mirrors his current state of the art behind the wheels of steel. Those … Read more
Manchester's Marconi Union dial in 'Weightless (Ambient Transmissions Vol.2)' for Just Music, featuring "the world's most relaxing song" according to Time Magazine. We're fairly sure even the artists themselves would rankle at such a daft mantle, but there's little arguing that 'Weightless' is a relaxing album. It's definitely not vexing, anyway. RIYL Eno, old CCO gear etc.
**Housed in screen-printed wraparound jacket. Individually numbered edition of 550** A gloomy industrial-pop dispatch from Ade Newton's Clock DVA via his Anterrior Research Media Comm label. 'The Konstruktor' takes shape as a strung-out electro-steppers' groove voiced by Newton on the A-side; 'Re-Kabaret 13' is more focussed on the 'floor with steely, Teutonic techno minimalism and processed voices comparable with recent Heinrich Mueller aktions.
**Includes download code** Fidgety, fudged house and techno abstractions from the vowel-averse LBNHRX. Four original tracks feels out wonky hardware grooves, which are duly deranged in remixes from Cupp Cave and Lawrence Le Doux.
The foundations of house, reissued for 2014. This is the DJ International Records version, including the re-edits of Chicago bug-outs 'It's House' and 'Time To Jack', plus 'House Energy' uptown, backed with 'It's Dub', the stripped-down 'Time To Track', and kinky blinder 'M.B. Dance' downtown. Y'all know what time it is.
Ghetto don Marquis Hawkes continues to flirt with Dutch labels following his stack of classics for Glasgow's Dixon Avenue Basement Jams and Clone's Jack For Daze series. He's already won with the opening track's hybrid of jacking house and the spine-tingling bell synths from Origin Unknown's jungle classic, 'Valley Of The Shadows', and then gets freakier still with the purple house screw of 'Prince Among Men', plus a chewy acid jam called 'Acid Sofa', and some of dat knackered box business in 'October Blues'.
Soggy electro-techno stormers from Ekman for Trilogy Tapes following his efforts for Berceuse Heroique and Panzerkreuz. Operating in a murky brown hole between Michael Forshaw and Unit Moebius, 'Entropy' rounds out four pieces of decayed bilge pump and moody melody for the headstrong.
*New Vinyl Edition* For this snowy expedition our doomy guides are oddball Japanese noise God Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) and fellow countrymen and dark harbingers of doom Boris. It's their second collaboration after the crushing (and appropriately titled) 'Megatone', and takes their sound into further more insane reaches of the noise spectrum. Don't get the wrong idea though, this isn't noise like you'd normally expect from the man Akita, oh no this is far subtler and in the end far more affecting. Indeed the first few minutes are close to silence; rumbles and hums which build… Read more
Church's altar boy, Seb Wildblood comes with a diverse follow-up to his Madtech single. A-side finds the low-slung, lo-fi house of 'Hunney', the sun-dazed electro-boogie 'Come Into My House', and a crispy Edmondson remix of 'Hunney'. B-side he moves in closer with the hazy chords and percolated drums of 'Warm' beside a synth-fuelled Apes remix of the same cut, and Kommune1's artmospheric techno-house remix of 'Come Into My House'.
Hot Haus Recs right on the money with Willie Burns' deep garage-pop massage, 'I Wanna Love You'. From the top, this is inarguably Burns' strongest 12" to date, bubbling up with the lip-bitingly effective garage minimalism of 'I Wanna Love You' - (1 x M1 hook) + (1 x killer vocal stab) + kinkiest kick/clap/hi-hat = 1 x proper anthem - and cooling down with the gauzy drift of 'Even If It Takes All Night', backed with the strobing disco chin-chewer 'Everybody Everybody', and a proper hot-bodied tribalism 'Picking Up Promises'. Bigga Tip!
**White wax** Billowing, electroid dubstep from down under. 'Champion Dub' weighs out cattle prod snare shocks and 'floor scooping subs on the A-side; 'Invasion' rolls out a dungeon sound beside the coiled, raving tribalism of 'Method IV' on the flip.
Belgium's acid freaks, WeMe got a killer haul of exclusive tracks from their extended family, inc. Ceppehax, Der Zyklus, DMX Krew, Leyland Kirby +++. Disc 1 introduces the mysterious Steve with a proper shot of Braindance, plus the salty rush of Ceephax's 'Seaside Mystery', some noisy electro from the Der Zyklus lab, and a halfstep slow/fast wriggle from DMX Krew called 'Complicated Feeling'. On the 2nd disc, Rephlexian associate MNLTH chimes in the lovely 'Neptune 44 16' and Stingray rocks the neck-snapping electro hydraulix of 'Behavoior Modification Implant' beside a sweet ambient number from… Read more
**OG L.A. boogie from '84, backed with fresh re-freaks. Gatefold jacket** "'Somebody' is the first single from the new Aurra album ‘Body Rock’ due out later this year on Family Groove Records. Once again the world gets to experience a lost disco-funk masterpiece providing another glimpse into the genius mind of Slave founding-member Steve Washington & Brides Of Funkenstein / P-Funk singer Sheila Horne. Body Rock will be the second and final unearthing of the lost but found Master Tapes originally recorded for Quincy Jones' Qwest imprint in 1984. Slap Bass, heavy synths, Lin… Read more
A miasma of musique concrète, mechanical drone and static noise, the soundtrack to David Lynch's indelibly harrowing 'Eraserhead' is a prototypical masterpiece of Industrial gloom and dystopia. Sacred Bones know this all too well; presenting a deluxe reissue replete with bonus, unheard material. Inextricable from the movie's monochrome imagery, Alan R. Splet's visceral, clammy sound design conveys Lynch's bleakly unheimlich atmosphere in a manner which has defined the limits of arthouse cinema for over forty years. It's nigh on impossible to imagine the film without it, … Read more
**Includes 24" x 12" poster** HJ's says: "Afro-space-disco contagion — shuffling and wiggling, synthy and bubbling — from this re-incarnation of Willy Nfor’s Mighty Flames, recruited mostly from the wave of Cameroonian musicians drawn to Nigeria in the late-1970s by its heavy new funk sound. After a stint at the Right Time studio in Onitsha, the FP cadets ended up at Phonodisk in Lagos, quickly in high demand as session-players, running First Planet on the side with other Nigerian session players from the Onitsha/Awka axis. Its name was intended to evoke the co… Read more
"The Deep Freeze Mice where an English post punk/weirdo, pop/DIY band from Leicester; they released ten albums between 1979 and 1989 on their own labels Mole Embalming and the still running Cordelia Records. The band also gained a bit of post existence notice by their inclusion on the Nurse With Wound list and through the Messthetics compilation series. The original lineup consisted of guitarist/vocalist Alan Jenkins, bassist Mick Bunnage (of the Statics), keyboardist Sherree Lawrence, and drummer Graham Summers (also of the Statics) which remained intact until the release… Read more
'If You Take Your Magic Slow' is the debut full-length LP from multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Baron’s The Garment District, with help from a few friends and family. 'If You Take Your Magic Slow' is very much a structured album with its diverse tracklist meticulously strung together. A mix of surreal instrumentals and subtle turns conjures outdoor walks in transitional atmospheres and landscapes, nature hikes in the city, sunny days that are okay with becoming cloudy, warm music full of feeling that remains comfortably easy-going despite the meticulous care given to i… Read more
"Ekin Sanaç and Berna Göl form Kim Ki O. Sanaç plays synth while Göl hits the bass. They both come up with beats and sing. Their music is lo-fi minimal synth with a postpunk / cold wave feel. The cool / warm dual female vocals are eerie and dreamy, referencing classic post-punk as well as traditional Turkish melodies but remaining understated. Over the next couple years, the pair releases two very limited CDRs and tours Scandinavia. Over the next couple of years, Kim Ki O appears on various compilations and tour Turkey and Europe several times. They collaborate with Turkish filmmakers Merve Kayan an… Read more
Dubstep as hyper trip hop from Phaeleh. His 2nd album of 2014 features guest vocals from Sam Brookes, Fifi Rong and Geode on some tracks, interspersed with emosh ambient instrumentals.
"The Environment series originally began as an archive of previously unreleased recordings but Environment Five features thirteen all new songs recorded in the first half of 2014. Following on from the themes of the first 4 Environments albums, Five explores the space / time / dimension that exists when we die. The moment of departure. It includes appearances from Daniel Pemberton, Raven Bush (Syd Arthur) and Riz Maslen (Neotropic)."
**Solo piano torch songs from the Erased Tapes camp. Includes Rival Consoles and Throwing Snow remixes** "London-based singer-songwriter Douglas Dare releases new EP, following on from his debut album Whelm. Named after album track Caroline and new track If I Knew I Were Alive, it also features remixes by fellow label mate Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles and Houndstooth’s own electronic producer Ross Tones aka Throwing Snow. Caroline has always been a precious track for Douglas, one of the first tracks he recorded and a story in which he imagines his grandfather is writing to a loved … Read more
"A “northern soul” style compilation is just the latest Numbero product to bootleg the extensive Numero catalog… a label you may have heard mentioned through clenched teeth concerning our preference for “replicating” original 45s, rather than splashing them with shite contemporary design. This is a peace offering: a compilation of both talc-covered classics and unheard floor-fillers. What better way to reintroduce our fledgling concern to the UK than by playing straight to the middle? It is the Numbero way. Some, like Walter & the Admerations’ “Man Oh Man,” Lou Ragland’s “I Travel Alone,”… Read more
Plump, jazzy house with percussive remixes by Galarude and Run N Tug. Check the Rub N Tug take for peak time chug off laced with naughty riffs and glam disco bass swagger.
XL introduce the intriguing prospect of Ibeyi, a pair of French Cuban twins well versed in their father's Yoruba culture, and produced by their label boss, Richard Russell. First single, 'Oya' heralds a debut album somewhere on the horizon, an clearly states their taste for the off-kilter drums of James Blake and the urbane folk of King Krule, whilst the vocal are more redolent of Rune Grammofon's Susanna Wallumrød or Jenny Hval, all grandly arched and beautifully poised in the title track, and more sultry, beckoning in 'River'. There's an a capella for the crafty DJs, and a skeletal dub from Oshun.
*High gloss gatefold jacket with free download card* "Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa are artistic omnivores, soaking up a myriad of cultural artefacts and styles, savouring bits and pieces and re-contextualising them into entirely delightful and playfully intricate songs. Their songs are imbued with a relentless cheerfulness that belies their technicality, steeped in the history of Japanese pop music and exuding the joy of discovery and exploration. Dustin and Takako are serious musicians not afraid to play it silly. ‘Savage Imagination’ is their second album as a du… Read more