Thursday, 06 March
Good ol' fashioned fuzz rock jams from Magik Marker Pete Nolan's Spectre Folk starring none other than Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth, Aaron Mullan ov Tall Firs and Pavement's Mark Ibold, for Matt Mondaniles aka Ducktails' New Images label, whoa! The sluggish A-side 'Begin The Mothership' sounds like it was distilled in a barrel of basement-brewed moonshine for a few years before being allowed to see daylight, whilst B-side '…End The Mothership' cranks the volume and the groove to a gas-huffing motorik velocity.
Reissue of the first 7" released by XL when they licensed the White Blood Cells album in 2001...
Reissue of the second single released originally by XL from the White Blood Cells album...
**Limited edition of 500. Gatefold sleeve** Debut album from the London-based Tech-House/'tronica producer. With one foot in the contemporary classical scene and the other in pop/indie circles thanks to his extensive profile of remixes for everyone from Michael Nyman to Hot Chip, Cooper presents an intricately detailed, if somewhat dated, album of tidy, clean and pleasant electronica split between cuts driven by whirring minimal tech house rhythms and sound design exercises, including two vocal appearances by Kathrin deBoer and one from Arbutus Records' Braids.
Debut album from the London-based Tech-House/'tronica producer. With one foot in the contemporary classical scene and the other in pop/indie circles thanks to his extensive profile of remixes for everyone from Michael Nyman to Hot Chip, Cooper presents an intricately detailed, if somewhat dated, album of tidy, clean and pleasant electronica split between cuts driven by whirring minimal tech house rhythms and sound design exercises, including two vocal appearances by Kathrin deBoer and one from Arbutus Records' Braids.
Tuesday, 04 March
Trampling boundaries between Noise, Techno, Punk and the Avant-Garde, the unruly mongrels of this selection de-construct sonic perimeters much like their original No Wave counterparts of the late '70s/early '80s. They inject an atonal, repetitive vitality into well-worn templates and run amok with convention, forging genuinely new sounds and styles in the process. Some of them are old enough to know better, while younger operators strive for new forms, but they all share a taste for the messy thrills of new sonic alloys in formation. It's a genre-not-genre, taking in Ru… Read more
Distance returns with a steely brace of halfstep dreadnaughts on his Chestplate label. Volume 1 proves his longevity and originality in the scene with a fearsome display of scything, body-wise dynamics and expansive atmospheres. The burning synth brass on 'Broken Down' bears strong comparison with recent Kuedo aces while the rhythmic syncopation feels more supple, elastic and deadly than ever. 'Andromeda' is a proper war riddim, raising the hackles with doomy intro before cutting loose with snarling hounds-of-hell guitars/synths and ravenous, slavering bass.
*LInda Perhacs returns with her first new album in 44 years, featuring Julia Holter and Nite Jewel* "Linda Perhacs’ Parallelograms was created in the heart of hippy country, LA’s Topanga Canyon, by a dental hygienist who was inspired by nature and by the cultural revolution going on around her. When Parallelograms was finished, it sounded like a masterpiece, but the label had pressed it so poorly, sales were non-existent. Obscurity beckoned. But in the internet age obscurity can be discreetly transformed into a kind of niche immortality. By 2003, Parallelograms had be… Read more
Monday, 03 March
Brendon Moeller tests his darker techno muscle on his return to Prologue with a full album. 14 tracks mutate between wild modular scree ('The Frequency Of Love'), digitizied dub techno rolige ('Next Exit'), shifier tech-house ('Tricks Of The Shade'), kosmiche trance ('Lost', 'M13 + DPO'), and grinding acid ('Goodbye').
Over 5 years ago, Dozzy and fellow Italian engineer/producer Manuel Fogliata aka Nuel coined a strain of pure techno distilling their deeply engrained experience of '90s techno with a further reduction of noughties minimalism made with finely tuned hardware production techniques, basically burning away the cliches and impurities to leave a potent ambient techno residue. The result was a series of powerfully monotone, hypnotic and droning 12"s issued in typically low-key fashion by Berlin's Hardwax crew and feted in reverent tones by everyone from Miles Whittaker to Mnml S… Read more
R&S present one of Lakker's strongest sessions to date with the 4-track 'Containing A Thousand' EP. Over the last ten years the Dublin-based duo have cultivated a unique take on electronic dance music, contouring techno with traces of electro, noise, and broken beats in a shifty, powerful style that's rightly earned the respect of the likes of AFX, who's been known to pepper his DJ sets with Lakker aces. Their muscular, dynamic sound designs are in full effect here, refusing gridlocked techno patterns to dice with skittish electro nodding to late '90s Autechre in the title track, whe… Read more
Two renegades from the fringe extremes of hard techno, electronics, harsh noise, and breakcore unite for the first time as Bolder on EMego. With over four decades of hard raving between them, Peter "Pure" Votava (Ilsa Gold, Violent Shit) and Martin Maischein (Position Chrome) converge in the no-mans-land of 'Hostile Environment' to peer deep into an abyss of spare, ricocheting drums, cavernous drones and industrial sound design. We can detect the timbres of organic percussion and the buzzing hum of live, wired electronics at its core, conducted and arranged with a gothic sense of narra… Read more
So the money-shot here is that 17 minute Autechre remix, and it doesn't disappoint. There used to be a time when you could clearly define an autechre track by the era from which it came - Chiastic Slide era material being wholly distinct from, say, Tri Repetae, Garbage or LP5 productions. These days it's a little more complicated, since 2001's Confield Ae seem to have decided to stop fxxcking with us quite as much and employ a more accessible modus operandi, with their last couple of releases containing moments that you could just about classify as an easy listen. This remix f… Read more
**First ever issue of the haunting OST to Abel Ferrara's 1981 exploitation flick** "Incredibly this soundtrack has NEVER been released in any format, we went back to the original master tapes and worked with composer Joe Delia to clean up the original elements. Like Abel Ferrara, Death Waltz Recording Company are not prone to shying away from the more extreme corners of culture, and are delighted to be presenting a true underground classic for the first time ever. Ferrara’s pictures often tread the line between grindhouse trash and art-films with insightful social commentary – and unflinching re… Read more
Prime Numbers highlight the most hyped Trus'me track from his 'Treat Me Right' album, backed with a Mosca remix - dropping the tempo for burning, bass-heavy number.
Highly influential, Norwegian fine artist Lars Holdus aka TCF debuts on the beautifully presented YYAA label with an incredibly lush, head-spinning hit of ultra-modernist electronic composition. For the unaware, TCF is the latest handle for the artist formerly known as Cracksmurf, whose raft of hyper-eclectic DJ mixes and nascent productions circa 2011/2012 were a strong, if not pivotal inspiration for Arca's diffuse, forward style. That will become swiftly apparent once you experience the gyroscopic sound design and breathtaking vision of 'YYAA002'. It's music which quite simply wouldn't exist witho… Read more
Our first sniff of the rather handsome YYAA Recordings comes from solo Swede-in-Berlin Linda Spjut. With 'Into The Flesh' she casts an intricately woven grimoire of doomy drones, wistful ambient folk song, laptop noise and sublime electronics sounding to these ears something like a gothic version of Ghédalia Tazartès' outpouring incantations or the baroque pop of Group Rhoda. But that's just us grabbing for comparisons in the dark - Linda's music is so prone to flit from one style to another we could compare her with a raft of other artists, but she's decidedly unique. Side A sweeps wi… Read more
Loud pressing of two hotly-tipped, Afrobeat-inflected House anthems from London's DrumTalk. His 3rd vinyl appearance in as many years - following a debut 12" and remix for Soundway and Sofrito - has already made its way into the sets of James Holden and Jackmaster, signalling a summer of heavy rotation everywhere from Berlin to Ibiza and sweaty East London basements. It's easy to hear why: 'Time' plays it simple and super effective with infectious polyrhythms hingeing on a massive kick and laced with blue but uplifting synthline and aching soul vox, whilst 'Magnetic' mixes industrialized, swaggerin' drums and trippy party synths to sound like Carl Craig gone Kwaito.
**Paul St. Hilaire aka Tikiman provides the naturally perfect accompaniment to Deadbeat's dry, heavy techno dubs** "Deadbeat. Tikiman. Infinity. Dub. A quadrangle of such obvious statement and perfect musical inference may very well never have been uttered for those of the wholly weeded out persuasion. Indeed, when the great book of Dub music is written the names Scott Monteith and Paul St Hilaire will undoubtedly figure highly in its chapters devoted to recent years. Monteith, the last great prodigal son of the doctrine handed down from the Blue Mount of Lord S… Read more
Sleazy West Coast Dutch disco mysteries from the man like Legowelt, originally issued in 2002. The title track could be something plucked from a classic Ron Hardy Music Box set, "The Dream That Doesn't Stop" again picks up the notion of Italian disco from its heyday, but pitching sounds clearly at club arenas circa 2003. "Theme from the forgotten cable car" could be incidental music from a disturbing slasher flick, brooding and dark, while "The Night Must Fall" persists with the foreboding, dramatic feel, distilling the kind of excitement that works brilliantly in a club, s… Read more
**180g wax. Edition of 300* SLO continues to forge a personalised, proggy fusion of Bass-heavy techno and D&B rolige on the 2nd release from his Aery Metals label. Like some modern magpie with an ear for the most sensuous, affective bits of UK dance music, SLO borrows and bends traces of many styles into a sleek, supple style hovering around the 125bpm mark. A-side, the darkyl sexy 'Dead Cell' rides a swinging, kinky groove anchored by cone-blowing subbass and haunted by atmospheres somewhere between classic Metalheadz and early Tectonic pieces, especially the latter when that woo… Read more
Veronica Vasicka's unterwelt divining rod points out these industrialized zingers taken from French duo, D.Z. Lectric & Anthon Shield's 1985 tape, 'Confessions D'Un Masque'. Obviously inspired by the electroid lust of Throbbing Gristle, the later disko aktions of Chris & Cosey, and Suicide's stripped down swagger, their re-titled 'Lickin'' LP presents eight tracks oscillating between raging, wiry electronics and darkly romantic themes with an almost schizoid distribution of energies. For the DJs and dancefloor there's a number of outright, nearly feral aces, namely the metallic k… Read more
Following on from the immediate sell-out of the first release on Deepchord and Soultek's Echospace imprint, release number two drops from the mysterious CV313 and just OWNS our week with two of the most advanced post Basic-Channel transmissions you're ever likely to hear. "Dimensional" on the A-side is drenched in the usual emissions and accidental analogue degradations of Space Echo and banks of old effects units, but there's a robust swing to this track that's quite different from the ethereal washes you might be expecting - one determined bassline asserting itself, pushing itself hi… Read more
The dude behind productions for Fever Ray and Roll The Dice makes his solo album debut for Digitalis with the hypnotic hardware rituals of 'Lines Describing Circles'. The production on here is just immense - no doubt aided by Pole's pristine Master: there's an epic, bass-heavy undercurrent running throughout the album's 10 tracks that gave us goosebumps listening at high volume, harnessing humming electricity and acoustic sources into amorphous, crushingly oppressive shapes and structures with a bleakly Nordic sensibility. The pieces oscillate between caustic, peaking no… Read more
Following on from releases from the likes of Powell, Mark Leckey and Merzbow, The Death Of Rave is buzzed to present the exceptional debut album from L.A.-based upstart Delroy Edwards. Combining combustible little noise sessions made with guitar pedals and reel-to-reel tape at Art school, together with shocking recent productions, 'Teenage Tapes' showcases a lesser-heard aspect of Delroy's highly aware and divergent tastes owing more to Minimal Wave, Noise, EBM and Black Metal than the Chicago Ghetto-House sound of his releases for L.I.E.S. and his own L.A. Club Resource label. For anyone… Read more
*Available on digital formats for the first time* The impeccable Blackest Ever Black label presents a much needed vinyl pressing of two tracks from Vatican Shadow's debut cassette release, backed with a mighty Regis remix. For anyone familiar with the original 2010 tape or mp3 release, we should say this record sounds radically different, thanks in no small part to a pedigree mastering to vinyl by Matt Colton at London's Air facilities. The haunting synth washes, grinding bass distortion and chopper blades of 'Cairo Sword Unsheathed', and the subharmonic bass of 'Gunmen With… Read more
"Mute says: ‘Spectre’ follows the band’s widely acclaimed conceptual album ‘Volk’ (2006), where Laibach interpreted national anthems of historically imperialistic nations, and the release of the side projects ‘Laibachkunstderfuge’ (2008) and ‘Iron Sky: The Original Film Soundtrack’ (2012). Laibach have once again ‘re-invented’ themselves into a newly born, yet polished and solid, formation. And, as is now customary, Laibach call into question all the rigid and cemented interpretations (and prejudices) about themselves, about their music, intentions, philosophy and ideology. Laiba… Read more
Rick's back with three original Detroit beatdown joints backed with cool remixes from Mr Beatnick and Tommy Taylor & Simon Morell. Check for the sophistcated funk and soul cut-up 'The Chateau' and the slinky, filtered swing of 'Jazz Milita' from Rick Wade, and Mr Beatnick's subtly spacious readjustment of 'Sweet Life'.