Thursday, 10 April
*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
**180g vinyl - includes CD** A fuzzed-up, hairy rock blast from Glasgow three-piece Holy Mountain for local stable Chemikal Underground. This, their debut album 'Ancient Astronauts' follows up 2012's 'Earth Measures' mini-LP with a classically-skooled display of monstrous riffage and heavy rock posturing reeling with a psychedelic savagery.
Phil Kay ov Manchester's Working For A Nuclear City indulges his love of BoC and classic electronica in this charming debut solo album as King Of The Mountains. Whilst his bandmate and co-songwriter from WFANC Gary McLure has drifted towards writing acoustic songs, Phil Kay fully embraces his computer, along with a dash of sax and other "real" instruments to paint ten grand, lucid landscapes evidently influenced by the pastoral melodies and rugged grooves of BoC. These interests manifest clearly in the album's precise, imaginative arrangement and sound design, contouring unyielding rhy… Read more
*CD in high gloss mini gatefold digipack with printed inner* The Amazing Snakeheads - Dale Barclay, William Coombe and Jordan Hutchinson - are truly a force of nature. ‘Amphetamine Ballads’ is the soundtrack to the dark corners of nightclubs and those dimly lit alleyways off the main drag. The smell of smoke and liquor pervades everything. Recorded at night time at The Green Door Studio in Glasgow, this is a subterranean record, an album that can show you ‘round the parts of a city that come alive after dark. A monument to the redemptive powers of rock & roll, full of rage, … Read more
"The follow up to songbird Liz Green’s rapturously received debut ‘O, Devotion!, Recorded at London’s Toe Rag Studio with producer Liam Watson, Liz’s sophomore album displays an array of sounds and styles, from the ‘drone-blues’ of ‘Battle’ to the sea shanty title track. In a departure from its predecessor, ‘Haul Away!’ sees Liz bringing the piano to the forefront, influenced by such artists as Thelonius Monk and Nina Simone. Artwork designed and conceived by Liz herself, including the iconic cover image. Includes self-styled single and ‘wonky circus tune’ ‘Where The River Don’t Flow’, a jaunty dance of life and death."
Deeply spiritual roots reggae reissued for the good of the dance. Roy Dobson croons slow heavy and meditative about the scattered Jamaican diaspora on the A-side over lilting nyabinghi, loping bass, and zippy organ runs, flipped into a mystic dub chamber sound on the B-side. There's a very good reason the scarce original fetches big money on the 2nd hand market… Recommended!
'Built on Glass' is the debut album of sickly sweet soul from Melbourne's Chet Baker, presenting 12 tracks of Faker's blue-eyed baritone delivered with Brando-jawed panache. If you're a stats kind of guy/girl you'll no doubt buy this because Chet sold out London's Village Underground in less than 24 hours and Koko 2 months in advance, whilst the album's lead single 'Talk Is Cheap' amassed over 500,00 views on YouTube in just under two weeks. Pow.
**DVD-ROM housed in embossed digifile** "BINMATU works on different levels than regular music. It has to be experienced for longer time. When you open your ears and eyes and perceive carefully, it reaches in the deepest corners of mind, through brain-twisting modulations of oscillators and hypnotizing visuals. BINMATU is a ‘priest of sound’, delivering complex air pressure modulations towards ears, presenting certain degree of divine experience – connection with higher powers. Compared with regular priests, BINMATU uses visuals and sound – direct touch on a distance. Sound is an intimate power, happe… Read more
**Mounted in foil-blocked bespoke card wallet designed by Zavoloka** Kotra's 8th solo album is an uncompromising dispatch from the outer limits of glitching, experimental electronica. On ten original pieces the Ukranian sound-artist and promoter projects an abrasive soundfield using - as far as we can tell - deconstructed samples masticated into irritant tones, isolated frequencies and salty squeaks. Following this theme, five remixers present intriguing revisions ranging from a cracking, abstract Pomassl version to Sturqen's stodgy techno thumper and Zavoloka's spatialized sound re-design. RIYL Raster-Noton's Ryoji Ikeda, Frank Bretschneider et al.
**CD mounted on foil-blocked and glossy 6-panel trifold** 'Kallista' collects 24 tracks of icy, bittersweet IDM/electronica made by three artists with the help of Krakow Music Academy's Electroacoustic facilities. The set breaks down to 20 minutes of music from each composer, folding in a library of sounds created by young Slovakian artist Jonás Gruska and Polish composers Michal Pawelek and Marcin Strzelecki. The sounds of vintage synthesizers, modular systems and processors are chewed up and remerged in a fractious derangement of fizzing techno, glitch, and ambient abstraction ins… Read more
"John P. Dwyer has been lancing eardrums with Thee Oh Sees in an ever-escalating flurry of records for the past six years. Since the release of The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In announced a new loud era (and excepting a few momentary detours into home-baked territory—Dog Poison and Castlemania, for example), Dwyer and company have pummeled a bit harder each time out, cementing their reputation as a live force to be reckoned with and leaving legions sweaty and bruised in the process. Late last year, after years of relentlessly touring the world, the word got out… Dwyer’s moving to Los … Read more
Wednesday, 09 April
*Hand-stamped white label - Limited re-press* The A-side packs some serious weight, loading Levon-like kicks and drugged-up voices ready for the warehouse, while the B-side has a touch of Shed's Wax cuts about it, maybe with a dash of auld skool Kevin Saunderson vibes, too. High quality.
Tuesday, 08 April
Straight up electro in the cross-hair this week, collecting recent weapons and '90/'00s classics. Of course, we had to feature a healthy amount of Drexciya/Heinrich Mueller and related projects, including the incredible Visonia et Dopplereffekt moment 'Die Reisen', Lab Rat XL's haunting 'Lab Rat 1' and DJ Stingray's banging 'Fullbodyscan'. You'll also find the 'Rhythmus' highlight from Kraftwerk's Karl Bartos, and June's Düsseldorf tribute, 'Power Plant', plus recent electro goodness from James T Cotton, DJ Overdose, Ekman, and Conforce, and the sublime emotional punishment o… Read more
Monday, 07 April
'The Enlightenment Machine' is a welcome return from one of European House music and electronica's true originals. As with his whole catalogue since 1994, Khan finds an ambiguous sweetspot between soulful synth-pop, house, German cabaret and electronica with a uniquely refined production touch and elegant vocals. Released on the recently minted AlbumLabel division of Random Noize Musick (Apparat, Oval, Phon.O), it's a concerted effort to play within and around the LP format, structured with a novel-like song cycle wending thru a spectrum of both blurred and clear-cut emotions intri… Read more
*Todd Terje returns with his massively Hyped, summery album of feelgood discoid variants…* "Oslo disco-dance champ, DJ and producer Todd Terje finally releases his debut long-player 'It's Album Time' via his own Olsen Records. Terje presents 12 of his works known and unknown. Ever since Todd dropped 'Eurodans' back in 2005 he's had many a beady disco eye trained in his direction. Here he puts all his experience and nordic sense of fun into twelve tracks of straight up home listening pleasure. It comes packing the huge 'Strandbar' and 'Inspector Norse' tracks, it's got a guest spot fro… Read more
"Second full-length album from Mtendere Mandowa, better known as Los Angeles-based producer Teebs. ‘E s t a r a’ finds Teebs returning to Flying Lotus’ genrebending Brainfeeder imprint, following 2011’s ‘Collections 01’ and 2010’s full-length ‘Ardour’, an effort that came together in the midst of personal turmoil and the death of his father. In contrast, ‘E s t a r a’ encapsulates a time when the producer (and painter) has been making art entirely on his own terms. That freedom has not only strengthened his creative voice, but led to some of the finest work of his career and a remarkable album… Read more
Laurent G bangs the box for Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label. Three cuts roll between the proggy, jagged techno jack of 'M.I.L.F.' to the kicking techno power surge of 'D.S.K.' and a dirty EBM/Jakk-attack called 'H.E.'
"In true Disposable Music style the label concludes their successful second series by combining two very different global music projects from totally different eras and cultural climates. Andrzej Korzynski’s French funk inspired lost 1974 soundtrack to a Polish crime film directed by a Russian filmmaker shares vinyl sides with a compendium of modern field recording from Thailand and Pakistan assembled by UK born producer and Sound Of Wonder / Paradise Bangkok compiler Chris Menist. Sharing evident stylistic trademarks with other classic 70s crime / thriller s… Read more
"Opening further doors in the sprawling labyrinth of unreleased music by Polish composer Andrzej Korzynski, Finders Keepers Records present the soundtrack to the 1977 Polish film ‘Man Of Marble’ by national filmmaker and long-term collaborator Andrzej Wajda. Presented for the first time ever on vinyl (featuring exclusive unreleased bonus tracks) this synthesiser fuelled soundtrack marks a distinct stylistic manoeuvre towards a unique brand of Polish cosmic disco, celebrating the cinematic debut of Korzynski’s Arp-Life project, widely respected as Poland’s first ‘synthesiser orches… Read more
"A very special Disposable Music edition comprising two programmes of lost early 80s North American synthesiser music from American / Italian Buchla pioneer Suzanne Ciani and Alaska’s only dedicated electronic collective Clone. Comprising of instrumental versions of Ciani’s much coveted cassette-only electronic advertising portfolio (featuring Atari music and power tool jingles) alongside a Clone archive of exclusive Anchorage one-off radio synth sessions and theme tunes, this release represents another Disposable Music milestone, bringing lo… Read more
*A beautiful suite of minimal percussive compoisitions from Eric Thielemans, new on Miasmah* "Adventurous Belgian percussionist Eric Thielemans makes a fairly unusual entry into the Miasmah catalogue with the surprisingly positive sounding album Sprang. Thielemans has actually appeared on the label earlier - as guest percussionist on Kreng´s debut album L´Autopsie Phenomenal De Dieu. Although you can recognize the sound on this record, the main focus of Sprang is to revert to the pure joy of sound experimentation and letting go of your foothold. Thielemans's previous exercises in expanding… 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 tit… Read more
DJ Clent - the low end legend - has been known for his music since the days of Dance Mania, releasing tracks such as 'Bounce' and 'Back Up Off Me' which are juke classics. He also released the grimy call to arms footwork track '3rd Wurle', as well as tracks on both Bangs & Works Compilations. 'Hyper Feet' starts off the EP with a high-speed footwork homage to Mike Dunn's classic 'Magic Feet', replicating the hits and using 303 acid to make a sparse but precision-tooled piece of footwork. Next up, 'Baby Yeah' works a vocal and sax sample into shimmering cut-ups and high-speed rhythmic shapes. … Read more
"NameBrandSound is the latest incarnation of IG Culture and Alex Phountzi aka Bugz In The Attic. ‘Nowadays Pressure’ is a hugely refreshing, invigorated EP of electronic songs, the sound of which the pair dub ‘pressure’. IG Culture and Alex Phountzi are pioneers of the broken beat scene, and in particular its flagship night at Plastic People, Co-Op. Broken beat is one of the genres NameBrandSound have in their musical bones with both members gaining notoriety and dropping albums for Virgin Records and V2 as New Sector Movements and Bugz In The Attic. NameBrandSound see themselves… Read more
Fuzzy, rooted dub techno from Fluxion featuring guest vocal from New York's Teddy Selassie on 'Everyday', backed with the wide-stepping, atmospheric skank of 'Expansion'.
Quite easily the most interesting artists on InFiné's books, Downliners Sekt deliver their debut album proper following a string of excellent EP's for Disboot and a run of MP3 albums released some years back on their own dsekt[dot]com label. The label notes reference everything from Autechre to Rhythm & Sound and My Bloody Valentine, and there is indeed a dubbed-out, rhythmically complex aesthetic that runs throughout the album, but DS work best when they step outside of those parameters and forge stylistic hybrids which are much harder to place - such as on the excellent 'Balt Shak… Read more
Chaos In The CBD drop down on Hot Haus Recs In Effekt with 2 house bangers backed with a Legowelt remix. Having released records on Clek Clek Boom to much fanfare the New Zealand brothers have honed a more analogue houz sound for their Hot Haus 12 keeping with Unknown To The Unknown spirit of "offf the wall bangers".. This ones been on heavy rotation with all your favourite JOCKS!
Under the Some Truths guise, Ralph Cumbers aka Bass Clef delivers the best of his vintage 2014 crop so far. Proceeding his glut of much-loved releases for PAN, Punch Drunk, and Public Information, these tracks, recorded in July 2012, are by far the most enigmatic, wayward of the bunch and quite befitting of Mordant Music's eldritch aesthetic. As with the other releases, Cumbers explores the potential of a Bugbrand modular system loaned from Bristolian synth builder Tom Bug, tweaking its sliding sinewaves through a matrix of Electro-Harmonix delay… Read more