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**Limited to 500 copies only, pressed on white vinyl. Comes with a free download dropped into your account free of charge on Monday, 20th May** Public Information collect diverse reinterpretations of F.C. Judd's pioneering electronic music from Leyland Kirby, Pye Corner Audio, Chris Carter, Peter Rehberg, Bandshell, Ekoplekz, The Boats, Mordant Music, Holly Herndon and many more. The groundbreaking, experimental originals are chopped, sliced and refried into wonderfully abstract shapes in keeping with F.C. Judd's vision, ranging from instrument builder Ian Helliwell's fra… Read more
Amazing return from Alex Zhang Hungtai's Dirty Beaches; a sprawling double header opus of labyrinthine darkwave pop, knackered electronics and chamber experiments. We're usually impressed by his work but this one is really something else, feeding forward the traces of dilapidated rockabilly, blues and garage that informed his brilliant 'Badlands' into a deeply captivating new sound more akin to Suicide, Andy Stott or Loren Connors. Crafted over the course of winter 2012 while living between Montreal and Berlin, it's leaden with heartbreaking gravity and existential self-reflect… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Amazing return from Alex Zhang Hungtai's Dirty Beaches; a sprawling double header opus of labyrinthine darkwave pop, knackered electronics and chamber experiments. We're usually impressed by his work but this one is really something else, feeding forward the traces of dilapidated rockabilly, blues and garage that informed his brilliant 'Badlands' into a deeply captivating new sound more akin to Suicide, Andy Stott or Loren Connors. Crafted over the course of winter 2012 while living between Montreal and Berlin, it'… Read more
James Blake’s uncommissioned Harmonimix of ‘Changes’ finally gets an official release courtesy of Mala’s own Deep Medi, three years after it first started getting heard and turning heads at dances. It remains one of Blake’s most effective and affecting productions, sticking close to the trudging halfstep lean of the source material but placing most emphasis on the bombastic brass, strings and vocal samples that figure only as scene-setters in the original. What starts out as minimal, discombobulated dancehall, nudged along by eski drum clicks, swells to a rousing, quasi-symphonic,… Read more
'Nocturnes' is William Basinski's first new solo recording release in four years. It comprises two typically sanguine, extended compositions; 'Nocturnes' written between 1979-80 during his post-grad period in San Francisco, and 'The Trail Of Tears' recorded in 2009 for the Robert Wilson opera, 'The Life and Death of Marina Abramovich'. If there's any one way to measure the efficacy of his music, it's by how drowsy one feels after consumption. We could either do with a snooze or a strong coffee after initial listens, and we mean that with the utmost respect. The first piece revolves recording… Read more
Ghost Box co-convenor Julian House is back to haunt your waking dreams with a new album of imagined library cues, test-tones, telly themes and yellowed sound-postcards from a 70s childhood you may or may not have endured. This is his first solo album as The Focus Group since 2007's We Are All Pan's People, though of course in 2009 there was the magickal, expansive Broadcast collaboration Investigate Witch Cults of The Radio Age. In the best possible sense, it's a return to business as usual: a deviant collector's collage of ersatz soft-psych, pastoral jazz, public information anno… Read more
Visionary DJ/selector and sonic theorist Steve Goodman aka Kode 9 mans what is inarguably Rinse's most crucial mix CD to date. With mercurial sleight of hand he blends 37 tracks spanning the rhizome of techy, contemporary, bass-rooted funk and leaves most other selectors for dust. Bridging tempos, styles and patterns from myriad sub-strains of house, garage, hip hop, grime and footwork, he sums his intentions thusly; "This style has emerged out of me trying to fit all the stuff I want to play in a set… Generally these sets start relatively simple rhythmically and then get more f*cked-up as the mix goes… Read more
Pearson Sound shares four lean, moody and experimental riddims on his eponymous imprint. Up front he unleashes the strafing, darkside synthlines and fractured steppers flux of 'REM' and a daedly body swerve entitled 'Gridlock' laced with proper subbass pressure and almost Anthony Shakir-style percussive edits. Down town, 'Figment' figures Mr. Kennedy at his most reflective, jettisoning the beats in place of Popol Vuh-style chorales and piquant synth sparkle, and almost acting as an intro for the rugged, filtered 'ardcore tessellations of 'Crimson (Beat Ritual). Really strong twelve...
**White vinyl in clear poly sleeve** James Blake 'fesses up a steppin' dub and exclusive new tune on 1-800-Dinosaur - the new imprint coined by him and his manager, Dan Foat. His 'Voyeur (Dub)' cuts a sharp line for the 'floor with driving 4/4 rhythm and plush, dramatic harmonic rendering giving way to wobbly electro bass while streamling synthlines light up the sky crimson. The exclusive B-side, 'And Holy Ghost' affords room for Blake's more avant and experimental tendencies - those that we first fell for and which have since been pushed back in favour of pop ambition - dallyin… Read more
Hard-nosed yet playful experiments with dancefloor rhythm from Japan's Aoki Takamasa, recommended if you like Mark Fell, NHK, etc. Despite its forbidding exterior and opaque, joyless track titles ('Rhythm Variarion 01', 'Rhythm Variation 02', etc), Takamasa's computer constructions are very lush indeed, with luminous, melodically advanced synth patterns and skippy, club-ready rhythms that variously invoke Skam's North-West b-boy roll, Sensate Focus's juddering Chi-house-derivations and, on the awesome 'Rhythm Variation 04', a space somewhere between hip-hop, techno and 2step garage. 'Rhythm Variation… Read more
**CD edition of 500 copies in digicase** Joachim Nordwall's Ideal label sate the freaks with a CD reissue of a particularly unrelenting Kevin Drumm slab originally issued on tape in 2007. One single 58 minute blast of dense, necrotising and powerful noise dynamics handled with the usual, inimitable stoicism we'd expect from Drumm at his best. We're placed in the eye of a near-biblical noise storm which rages ferociously, but not uncontrollably; it's possible to detect a sense of channelled rage and despair, but without the theatrics that often comes with noise music. You don't imagine Drumm flinging … Read more
Mark Ernestus' fruitful relationship with Senegalese group Jeri-Jeri rolls out a fifth 12" of infectious "talking drum" rhythms, this one voiced by the legendary Baaba Maal, and starring famous griot, chief drum major, Doudou Ndiaye Rose. A-side features the fluid hip slink of lathered drums on 'Gawlo' featuring emotive vocal from Baaba Maal knit with tidiest guitar licks, plus Ernestus' sensitively dubbed version. B-side barrels out with the hi-tempo bounce of 'Lignou Mome', and dazzles with the flurried percussions of 'Ndeye Gueye' featuring master drummer, Doudou Ndiaye Rose - total gold for any drum fetishists.
**Marbled vinyl housed housed in gatefold jacket. Edition of 250 copies** 'Tombstones' is the spellbinding first studio album by Cal Arts co-chair and acclaimed composer, Michael Pisaro. As mentor and collaborator to Julia Holter and John Maus and with a career at CalArts Composition and Experimental Sound Practices department intersecting those of Ariel Pink and Human Ear Music boss, Jason Grier, Pisaro's influence on the current avant-pop vanguard is duly noted. For 'Tombstones' he's assembled an eight-piece ensemble counting Tashi Wada, Julia Holter, and Jason Grier, am… Read more
'Tombstones' is the spellbinding first studio album by Cal Arts co-chair and acclaimed composer, Michael Pisaro. As mentor and collaborator to Julia Holter and John Maus and with a career at CalArts Composition and Experimental Sound Practices department intersecting those of Ariel Pink and Human Ear Music boss, Jason Grier, Pisaro's influence on the current avant-pop vanguard is duly noted. For 'Tombstones' he's assembled an eight-piece ensemble counting Tashi Wada, Julia Holter, and Jason Grier, among others, in a spectral dismantling of pop music, from The Beatles to DJ S… Read more
Bullion debuts his strange soul duo Blludd Relations with Jesse Hackett (Gorillaz/Owiny Sigoma Band) on homebrewed label, Deek Recordings - also home to his Nautic trio with Young Turks' Tic and Blue Roses' Laura Groves. It's a very welcome entry from one of our favourite UK pop-and-soul-smiths, blending those falsetto vocals which have become increasingly prevalent over the last few years with a rich palette of instrumentation and subtle studio chicanery in a breezy meeting of balearic pop, dub, and electronics. Comparisons bear up with everyone from Junior Boys in the blissful blu… Read more
A dream meeting of legendary Lagosian drummer Tony Allen and Detroit/Chicago maverick, Theo Parrish for Theo's own new imprint - Wildheart Recordings. After meeting up at RBMA sessions in Toronto and London, and later at the Honest Jon's Chop Up shows, the celebrated artists forged a bond which extended to the studio and resulted in these two soul-nourishing grooves vocalled by Sound Signature celeb Andrew Ashong and Eska Mtungwazi (Matthew Herbert Big Band/New Sector Movements) and anchored by The Invisible's bass player David Okumu. On A-side Theo's soft keys and Es… Read more
**72 page book + digital release mastered by Helmut Erler at D&M (redeemable from unique code printed inside rear cover) / 14 x 19cm / black & white printing / 2013 first edition of 50 handnumbered copies + 10AP / perfect bound / soft cover** "The 61 pages that make up the score for Tztztztzt Î Í Í … were interpreted and performed by three vocalists: Ben Vida, Tyondai Braxton, and Sara Magenheimer. Utilizing envelope following, vocoder analysis and trigger sensing the recordings of these performances were analyzed and converted into control sources. Thes… Read more
**First CD issue of this obscure 1981 post-punk obscurity with wicked elements of minimal wave, raucous punk and worldly influence. Includes bonus tracks not heard on the original LP** "An errant project of suburban Los Angeles art collective World Imitation Productions, Monitor was the sonic outlet of four young artists grappling with their terror and amazement in the convergence of the late 1970s punk scene and Southern California's consumerist decadence. As with the collective's visual artwork and events, Monitor blends archaic influences with modern technology into one of the era's most curious a… Read more
DJ Qu seduces with four glorious new constructions including vocals from none other than Peven Everett, all reserved for his Strength Music imprint. With the lushest intent, 'The Way' pairs soul-burning vocal from Everett and Josh "Blaze" Milan (yep, that one) to sweep the 'floor off its feet, folowed up with a 2nd part with chords and latinized elements somehow reminding of vintage 4 Hero hardcore but settling into deepest house tackle. B-side his 'Liquid' soars off like some astral Derrick May classic, all winged synthlines and tightest Afro-latin shuffle, further explored with the irresistibly and darkly tinted 'Liquid Beats'. Very sophisticated stuff, tipped!
**Hand-stamped label and jacket** The Dark Sky trio make an unexpected yet successful detour into deep house avenues for the label wing of New York's Mister Saturday Night parties. With a lightness of touch and experimental bent not normally found in the often staid and hermetic genre, they nimbly realign the sound with classy vision, resulting breezier European styles reminding of Lawrence with 'In Brackets', while '5AM swings wide' with almost 2-stepped garage flair. Flipside, the sparkling-but-dusty jazz percussion and quicksilver edits of 'Voices' recalls classic Pepe Bradock and Shake, but … Read more
Bristol's Footwork fiend Addison Groove fuses with its D&B hero, DJ Die on a pair of propulsive riddims. AG takes the lead on 'Keyhole', setting the tempo to 135bpm and banging out a lean, whirring ride melding traces of Dutch Bubblin' and UK Bass. Die takes the lead on 'Hydropump', a funked-up mix of old skool UK hip hop/hardcore and up-to-the-minute bass work.
Last heard on the celebrated 'Vision Of Estonia' album, PPU dig out two of Uku Kuut's 1995 recordings made during his years living in Santa Monica, California. Up top is the laidback instrumental summer jam 'I Feel Love'; flipside is a damn cut instrumental soul joint, 'Santa Monica Pier'. So good...
June 2013 issue of the monthly essential pits their writers in "decoding the word in underground music…from Fluxus to Footwork, John Cage to Corrupted, meta-pop songs to punk mantras, and beyond". There are also features on the upcoming and hugely promising Mississippi Records tour of Europe and a fascinating piece on the fog horn performance at Souter Point lighthouse in Newcastle, England. Jaap Blonk doing the Invisible Jukebox, besides more on the reissue of London Posse's 'Gangster Chronicle' reissue, an interview with etheric Japanese singer, Sachiko, and the noise scene in Newcastle. NSW. All usual news, reviews and listings also included.
Epic acid house and chugging soul tribalism from Cottam. 'A Long Walk' stretches out with plush string loops on a heavily swung acid bass rising to tantric cresendo. 'The Other World' wields choppy guitar licks and galloping bass with an funky Afrobeat swagger.
Kingdom collects the fruits of his recent labour in a mini-album sized shot dancefloor pressure. Easing in with the 4/4 swagger of 'Fukin Jaker', he offloads an in-demand remix of Ciara's 'Goodies', the menacing minimalism of 'Okay To Dance VIP', and his ballroom slayer, 'Stalker Ha (Rap Mix)' for the playas, alongside the R&B lean of 'Timesup VIP Dub' (check for Total Freedom's incredible remix!) and his pirouetting remix of The Dream's 'Appetite'. Yeah mayne, tru story…
*Comes in an oversized 12" x 12" Vinyl-sized package* Two giants of extreme computer music go head to head, and if you’re brave enough to put your skull in the firing line, there’s considerable pleasure to be gleaned from the pain. Never content to accept music technology at face value, both Haswell and his Japanese sparring partner have spent years developing their own generative tools, and finding ways to deconstruct, pervert and reinvent existing software, hardware and media. Haswell has explored the limits of DAT, Xenakis’s UPIC system and analogue synthesis, while… Read more
**CD and Vinyl contain different track listing - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** LA mainstay Eddie Ruscha makes blissful disco psychedelia with his esteemed pals for RVNG Intl on 'Tactile Galactics'. As a former shoegazer and core member of Medicine - the first American band signed to Creation - he's certainly got a way with melody, but his focus has long since shifted from moody rock to intergalactic dance music, bringing him into contact with the likes of Rub n' Tug's Thomas Bullock as Laughing Light Of Plenty and again with Ariel Pink's Huanted Graffiti… Read more
Notts stalwart Kamal Joory aka Geiom tweaks out the electroid funky flex of '2-4-6' for Brighton's Well Rounded Records, backed with a ruggedly sprung Desto remix. Voiced by Terrible Shock, the original plays out a sort of lean, uptempo UK bashment bubble seared with strobing synthlines for the MDMA crew. The Desto remix cooly resets the riddim to a sparse 808 step 'n roll with bumping subbass and spacious sound design.
*Triple LP with bonus 7" and 8 page full size booklet, plus download code with an extra 8 tracks redeemable from the label* "Soundway Records present Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & ‘80s - a treasure-trove of rare and unusual recordings from East Africa. It follows on from Soundway’s much acclaimed African ‘Special’ series that to date has focused on the highlife and afrobeat output from 1970s Nigeria and Ghana. Kenya Special is a collection of 32 recordings (most of which were only ever released on sm… Read more