Thursday, 10 April
Now this is interesting - one of the most unusual projects to have emerged on Editions Mego for a while. Markus Schmickler is better known for his electronic output as Pluramon, while Julian Rohrhuber is a Professor of Music Informatics and Media Theory at the Robert-Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. Politken der Frequenz ('Politics of Frequency') draws on concepts from economics and advanced mathematics, including the work of contemporary philosopher Alain Badiou, for a literal sonification of cutting-edge theory and the abstractions of the modern world. It… Read more
Coiled, cutting-edge tech-house from Glimpse - aka Chris Spero, half of Dense & Pika with Alex Jones - following up his 'True South' 12" for Aus Music. A-side rolls out the sprung, kinky house wiggle of 'Baretta' riding beckoning bassline and pinging reverbs for the shape-cutters; B-side 'L.E.D' is darker, nastier, squeezing fat square bass beneath grittier drums and noisier FX with a supple, dubbed-out swerve.
Klara Lewis debuts on Editions Mego with the electronically animated sound organisms of 'Ett'. Sampling from a palette of modified and reconstituted field recordings, Klara's debut compositions yield ten terrarium-like sonic ecologies rich in organic texture and detail enlivened by bristling electronics and insectoid rhythms. They're strange, self-contained units amounting to a complex, beguiling lattice of unique timbres, atmospheric space and coarse yet fluidly woven texturhythms, all infused with a subtle sort of ambient (de)compositional sorcery. At its best in the wormy, humus dub 12 minute 'Alt… Read more
Loops Haunt returns with an excellent album of heady, layered, woozy percussive jamz for Black Acre on his new album 'Exits'. "Toying with Jungle and Hip Hop on Zenith and outright sound design on Ark, the wilderness-bound beat alchemist uses his isolation to explore and create his otherworldly sound palate. Lurking behind immaculate drums are the windswept sounds of the desolate North and mechanized textures plucked from his Father’s workshop. Exits is designed to be listened to as one continuous track, opening with ambient mood and emotion, layering outboard synths and found-sounds on the title tra… Read more
* Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The first album ever outside of Spain to focus on the history of Gipsy Rhumba, one of the most interesting musical culture clashes, first taking place in the early 1960s. In the Catalan region of Spain gipsies, primarily known as the creators of Flamenco, came up with a fascinating hybrid style - Gipsy Rhumba - which blended together Latin and Rhumba music of Cuba and the Caribbean together with their own flamenco, as well as the emerging rock ‘n’roll from America. As wel… Read more
The first album ever outside of Spain to focus on the history of Gipsy Rhumba, one of the most interesting musical culture clashes, first taking place in the early 1960s. In the Catalan region of Spain gipsies, primarily known as the creators of Flamenco, came up with a fascinating hybrid style - Gipsy Rhumba - which blended together Latin and Rhumba music of Cuba and the Caribbean together with their own flamenco, as well as the emerging rock ‘n’roll from America. As well as a musical overview of this unique art form, the r… Read more
"Bringing together two of Finders Keepers leading artists, longtime critical favourites and out-and-out pioneers of the French conceptual rock scene that we at FK HQ often refer to as the No-No years, Cacophonic are proud to present this rare collaboration between Jean-Claude Vannier and Michel Magne along with pianist Martial Solal for the pioneering Electrode album from 1967. As the creators of the albums that launched both our Finders Keepers and Cacophonic labels respectively it is plain to see how this early LP represents a historic keystone in our precious roster. Elec… Read more
Reissue of classic DJ Sneak cuts backed with new edits from Henry Street's JohNick. You get the bumpty shuffle and sweet soul strings lifted from The Jacksons' 'Show You The Way To Go' on the frontside, 'Show Me The Way', plus the more percussive, looped-up slink of 'Feel Good' for the disco cats on the flipside.
Tightly-coiled minimal techno from Italy's Dario Tronchin aka Chevel on return to Stroboscopic Artefacts after many missions for his own Enclav label. As with the best SA releases, the five tracks of 'One Month Off' are built with a fine balance of experimentation and dancefloor suss. A-side he does this best with the chiselled but elastic swingjack of 'One Month Off' and the Itinerant Dubs-style sprung buck of 'The Wall'. B-side deals in more experimental grooves with the bare bones jack and bristling electronic textures of 'Cave Dwellings', a Lakker-like breakbeat techno number named 'Marker S… Read more
New Russian imprint YGROK debuts with a deep and crisp micro-house session from Kjofol. 'Chemin De Crêtes' weaves busy, swinging drums with floating chords and a fine lattice of FX to intimate, locked-in effect. 'Premature' goes a couple shades darker to sound like some lost Perlon number.
Kicking jack attacks from Qoso, following up heavyweights from Low Jack and Mondkopf on the In Paradisum label. A-side whales out the bruising, steely warehouse bang of 'Jura' and an Ancient Methods-like acid techno charge called 'Laphroaig'. Flipside you be forgiven some 33 or 45rpm quandries with the febrile force of machine gun drums and surging white noise in the terminator soca of 'Ardmore', and the Night-Slugs-on-Meth styles of 'Tool'.
**Screen-printed white sleeve** Dapper UK house styles from Greco Roman regular Guy Gormley aka Enchante, backed with a Silverlink remix. On top he spills the silky, purring groove of 'Pattern 3 (Gunman)', and the hovering, Theo-esque chord progressions and slack groove of 'Pattern 15 (Bell)' plus a kicking locked groove. Down below, 'Pattern 9 (Free At Last)' marches on a squelchy acid house chug beside the loved-up, Kassem Mosse-like squeeze of 'Pattern 17 (Love 2 Me)' and Silverlink's bucking remix of 'Pattern 3 (Gunman)' for the freakee playas.
**Letter-pressed wraparound sleeve. Edition of 100** Mutant and slow, squashed house grooves from the fella with previous form for Millions Of Moments and Night Gallery. There's two canny, contrasting joints on offer, both making fine use of the Eventide H910 Harmonizer: A-side is given to the pitch-shifting, skudgy funk of 'Lower States' with its twitchy drum programming strafed by stray, ghostly melodies and pushed outta shape by morphing, globular jackers bass; 'Lower Sun' deftly levers a vocal sample from Larry Levan's mix of Jaki's 'Sun Sun Sun' into a sparse, infectious deep house groove sprung with elastic square bass.
Four cuts of Detroit-inspired house and techno from John Barera and Soren Jahan's Supply Records. Line Cook opens, following a split 12" debut with Elbee Bad on the squashed filter house kink 'Super MT' beside Anders Hellberg's churning acid burner 'Resurrection'. John Barera & Paul Morse also figure with the moody, Italian-sounding house swing of 'Broken Land', and Stojche goes deeper with the flared chords and nimble 313 style drum programming of 'Outward'.
**Hand-stamped white label and white sleeve includes die-cut insert** Wo-Land Records debut with a kaleidoscopic cartography of contemporary Italian electronica from an intriguing collective including Herva, Mass Prod, Nicola Corti and Vaghe Stelle, among others. There's 12 tracks total, scoping out styles ranging from trad (and if we're honest a little dated) IDM, thru to hazier introspective texturhythms such as Herva's 'Hope' and the sparking funk of Mass Prod's 'Dna Low' thru to the bittersweet discord of Vaghe Stelle's 'Untitled 4 Part 2' composition, plus a dreamy cosmic … Read more
**180g, Edition of 300 copies** UAE-based Bedouin Records appear from nowhere with a hyperpop mirage from Allison Chanic backed by a flighty Lakker remix. The aching, alien vocal timbre and insectoid rhythms of 'Painlessly In Love' feels like a digitally-cured distillation of Ayshay, Autechre and Islaja, given an Enya-gone-techno overhaul by Lakker on the arresting remix version, and the instrumental 'Realm' swirls and keens with a weightless, polrhythmic hip hop shimmy at once reminding of Moon Wiring Club and the recent FAY album. Really class stuff. We look forward to hearing where the label goes next.
**Screen-printed, individually numbered edition of 175 copies** Vivod back on the game with three cuts of mutant electro-disco greaze from Tommy Walker III. He's a slow worker is Tommy - it's at least three years since his last solo daytrip on Ali Renault's Cyber Dance Records - but the moon must be in syzygy with Jupiter and Uranus or something because he's really found his mucky chutzpah again on the 'Relagade EP'. A-side is home to a dubbed-out industro-disco chugger cut up with smutted chords and kinky bassline; B-side plays out a ruddier lysergic boogie with 'Hill Battle Aftermath', a… Read more
Murky dubstep/garage/grime hybrids from Promise One on the revived OpenEarz Recordings. Sparkz vocals the El-B-styled dark garage swagger of 'See We Roll' on top; Promise One links with Innamind player Geode on a jazzier, techy 2-step move titled 'Chroma' for the flipside.
South American-born Parisian Valentino Mora returns with a tough and convulsive take on dance music with this long awaited 13 track album for ClekClekBoom. Named after the NASA vessel currently in orbit (which itself is named in honour of seminal Astronomer Johannes Kepler), the album builds on the sound made popular by 2012's "Yo Vogue" fusing elements of House, Ghettotech and Electro nicely over-compressed for maximum impact. Highlights include the Levon Vincent aping "Change The Past" and the Millsian 'K62' featuring compatriot and labelmate Bambounou.
Mystic modern darkwave styles from JM De Frias' Sequencias label. Metropolis (aka Lapien) covers the A-side with a slow, beatless synthscape called 'Balefire' weaving rippling modulations into a noirish, milky spume of cinematic sci-fi reference. Flipside, Shawn O'Sullivan ov Led Er Est, Civil Duty and Vapauteen rolls out the hydraulic kicks, sweeping subbass oscillations and floating chords of 'Corypha' beside Echo 106's blue jakk beat, 'Withered Leaves'.
**180g gatefold vinyl reissue** Timely return for this foundational slab of ambient pondering from Brian Eno and Robert Fripp, then of Roxy Music and King Crtimson, respectively. In both extended meditations, written between late summer '72 and summer '73, the august elders of British experimental music laid a blueprint for kosmic electronics and psychedelic guitar music which has been adopted countless times by legion antecedents searching among the stars.
Classically-skooled solo debut of deep house romance from Chicago's Aaron "Fit" Siegel, who was last heard on the 'Tonite' 12" with Omar-S, and 'Enter The Fog' with Gunnar "Kassem Mosse" Wendel. 'Cocomo' is a lush, rolling epic flush with heart-rending chords, hypnotic hooks and Red Planet melody locked to a warehouse-bouncing rhythm. Flipside there a lovely beatless mix allowing that icy hook to float free beside the tracky, jackin' tool 'Seedbed'.
Girgio Gigli, Markus Suckut and Cassegrain team up with Edit Select for three pure, pumping big room techno tools. With Gigli on the front, they churn up the roiling grind and teasing slivers of drone in 'Substance'; flipside Cassegrain gives 'Asperity' a thrumming acid reduction riding monotone bass and sci-fi synth motif beside a pumping Markus Suckut reprise licensed for the big room play.
**Limited edition of 50** Sleazy, wavey machine groovers from Gergely Szilveszter Horváth aka Route 8 for the ace Farbwechsel label. From what we're hearing, Route 8 is the label's secret weapon, and on the strength of these cuts certainly due some wider exposure. He's got a proper, raw and rugged touch harking back to the baddest early Chicago jams and equally the loosest, moodiest Legowelt pieces, exemplified in the Larry Heard gone darkside vibe of 'CanYouFeelIt?', on the wiggly ace 'Slim City', with his Delroy Edwards-esque tracky jam 'Mental Murder' and especially on the 'Never Endi… Read more
**Limited edition of 50** Another great instalment of deep, machine-driven experiments ranging from no wave house to noise and electronica from Hungary's Farbwechsel label. As they say in Football, it's a game of two halves; Route 8 offering four sublime pieces of throbbing lo-fi house compatible with 1991, Torn Hawk or Legowelt - at best in the slow-mo wade and solar synth flares of 'II' and the balmy balcony boogie of 'III' - whereas Danada Cry dices with mad, grotty, groove-driven no wave electronica in ten fractured, unstable experiments.
**Limited edition of 50** Excellent debut EP of mesmerising, driven hardware jams by Farbwechsel boss S. Olbricht and his buddy Alpár. The 'Silf' EP is much cleaner and more charming than the last we heard from Olbricht on his 'Deutsche Amerikanische Tragödie' for Opal Tapes. Perhaps that's due to the influence of Alpár or maybe he just got some tape head cleaner - we're not sure - but these tracks are far more suitable for club use. There's still a ferric fuzz, but it doesn't dominate proceedings as much, instead providing a buoyant cushion for the acidic lattice and thrumming, skyward incline of '… Read more
**Spiky new wave pop and goth classics from 1984, reissued by Paris' Desire and Mitzvah Records. Black vinyl, edition of 500** "Nancy is a Small provincial town in the East of France. But its musical scene has always been fertile. In the early 70s, Gérard N’Guyen started the influential French fanzine Atem to write about improv, electronic, komische, kraut and prog rock bands that you couldn’t find in the local record stores. He started to produce bands for the Atem label like Univers-Zéro, Art Zoyd and Présent. He discovered, produced and managed French synth gods Kas Product. But tired of dealing with m… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Reissue of Candidate's sole album release from 1987. Six tracks of cool French wave music with a fine balance of industrial sounds and pop vocals placing it somewhere near Strawberry Switchblade, Pink Industry, Kas Product et al. Check out the gothic stepper 'On/Off' and the militant snares, oriental motifs and gloomy atmosphere of 'Last Day'.
“Woods’ brand of pop shamanism has undergone several gradual transformations over their past few albums, but on With Light and With Love, the tinkering reveals an expanded sonic palette that includes singing saw, heavier emphasis on percussion, and a saloon piano that sounds like it was rescued from a flooded basement. Distinct from both the stoned volk of their earliest recordings and the kraut-y dalliances of more recent fare, With Light and With Love showcases a more sophisticated brand of contemporary drug music that owes more to Magical Mystery Tour than motorik. “If you’ve ever t… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* “Woods’ brand of pop shamanism has undergone several gradual transformations over their past few albums, but on With Light and With Love, the tinkering reveals an expanded sonic palette that includes singing saw, heavier emphasis on percussion, and a saloon piano that sounds like it was rescued from a flooded basement. Distinct from both the stoned volk of their earliest recordings and the kraut-y dalliances of more recent fare, With Light and With Love showcases a more sophisticated brand of contemporary drug music that owes more to Magic… Read more