Thursday, 11 September
Bookworms knuckles down some of his most minimal, tracky techno hypnotisers for Nord Records. Reducing the styles of his aces for L.I.E.S. and Anòmia, his first release of 2014 is all about slinky, gritty rhythmelody. A-side gives up the bookworm-holing square bass roil and glinting techno wriggle of 'Compact Visual Nature' beside the radiant sequencer harmonics and jack trak of 'Outdoor'. B-side brings a bang with the windswept, monotone techno dynamics of 'Location Unavailable' and what sounds like a bury mix of Jeff Mills and Jamal Moss in kicking kosmic kaos of 'STE-017'. One for the DJs and dancers.
Lean, squelchy electro-funk and house strutters from Wrong Steps for Huntleys + Palmers. First up, 'Glam' glitters the 'floor with it's ruddy seed, shifting hips with in-the-pocket bassline and clipped drums wound tight to sharp organ chords. 'Rain' follows with moodier, filtered chords and percolating Afro drums trimmed for the dancers. Flipside, 'Yyam' plays it down with hazy keys and effortlessly infectious swing, leaving 'Gyms' to fade out to shimmering chrome notes and knotted disco groove.
**Hand-stamped pink wax** Psilocybic house from the North Wales posse behind Crow Castle Cuts. Volume 3 of the Tripp series introduces three debuts: YRD drops the thumping techno techno-house of 'Dul Doen'; Thom Brooke makes nice with the warm ambient chords and mesmerising bassline of 'Penway'; Le Causa travels further out with the saltier pink noise and Pub-like abstract postulations of 'Lacanau'. Ian Blevins is the only experienced hand, previously appearing on Disco Bloodbath, and here with the chiming house swagger of 'AA'.
**Blue Vinyl** "Another huge and perplexing transmission from unique thinker, philosopher, inventor, cyclist and friend to the postal service: Goodiepal. Broadcasting live from a graveyard in Copenhagen, Parl takes us through a collection of his early 'dreamy' synthesizer music played through a tape delay system while the tapes crumble away to nothing as they are manipulated in real time. The music is accompanied in part by Goodiepal explaining the process and going off on some wonderful tangents including: the difference between American and German tape, working with metal and the importance of cycling.
**Military grey-coloured cassette with insert. Housed in Hand-stencilled card box** "Musikaliszer Pinkos [SLP008] is the Lithuanian composer Arturas Bumšteinas’ first recording issued through Slip Discs, under his REFUSENIK alias. Recorded on a Polyvox synthesiser salvaged from a local market in Vilnius, this substantial suit of analogue meditations sees the composer approach material sourced from a Hebrew music book of the same name, published by cantor Abraham Berenstein in Vilna (1927). Surpassing mere analogue fetishism, Bumšteinas’ album is grounded upon a delicate flow betwee… Read more
**Excellent, Deranged avant-dance music from the Slip Discs co-founder. For fans of Micachu, Patten, G.O.D. Military grey-coloured cassette with insert. Housed in Hand-stencilled card box** "SNAZ [SLP009] is the first in a series of deranged dancefloor studies by Tom Rose, for which he is adopting his TCR moniker. Bookended by two remixes of cuts from Micachu’s Meat Batch Mix with Kwake Bass and I’m Not Dancing EP with Tirzah are three TCR originals borne out of an admiration for the producer’s bludgeoning and eccentric dance music. On Leaves, Vixen and Peach, TCR contorts blunted beats into gl… Read more
**Debut LP of brooding neo-classical/noise composition built from deconstructed instrumentation fed thru computer software and analog hardware by Sophia Loizou. Mixed & mastered by Paul Jebanasam. Edition of 100 designed by Alex Digard. RIYL Roly Porter, Ben Frost, The Haxan Cloak**"Astro:Dynamics return with Sophia Loizou's debut album, and indeed debut release, in the form of Chrysalis. It is an exploration of conflict and balance. Using a unique set of sonic transformations, synthetic materials and archival recordings of life both natural and mechanised, the work depicts forms across … Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** The Berlin-based Italian disco/house expert weighs in a lustrous, lucid dream of a 2nd album for Live at Robert Johnson. 'With One Another' is clearly all about the joys of a shared dancefloor experience, ripe with lushly tiered, trancing synthliens owing as much to the heritage of his homeland as the mittel European legacy of the Robert Johnson and Frankfurt, or Berlin's flouncing dancefloors. This vinyl version flaunts eight sparkling gems ranging from the sneaky kosmiche lift of 'A Dream I Get Stuck… Read more
"Circuit Breaker are an Industrial band, consisting of London based Brothers Peter and Edward Simpson. The Group's return to Tombed Visions with ‘TV12’, marks the label and the duos first ever vinyl release. Taking cues from the likes of Pere Ubu’s ‘Tenement Year’ and Cabarets Voltaire’s ‘2x45’, the Simpson brothers ran amok in a backlog of archived live performances, improvised recordings and the previous mind melting experiments found on their first Tombed Vision’s release ‘Grid’. This material was then used as a catalyst for a newer, tighter song writing process. By mollifying the more esote… Read more
Lap steel guitarist Mike Cooper meets The Necks' pianist, Chris Abrahams on record for the 2nd time. 'Trace' was recorded in 2009, not long after the duo had released their 'Oceanic Feeling-Like' (2008) album collaboration on Room40. Again, it documents the two maverick improvisers doing what they do best, creating characteristically subtly-evolving soundscapes where Cooper's distinctive lap steel flits over Abrahams' warm, levitating beds of synth and organ drone. The session breaks down to three 20 minute parts, the first establishing a breezy tone with something "other" lurking in … Read more
Deft, tracky Detroit styles via Scotland, courtesy Stepehn Brown. One side's a jagged, tracky jacker countered with wistful melody, whereas the other slows down an d op-ens out to enjoy the journey with dubbed-out chords and skippy garage-techno swing drums anchored by a big ol' butt of a sub bass.
A treat for the short back 'n sides crew: deeper UK house featuring Sandy Duperval in 'Owl', plus rugged, swinging remix from Lukas, and backed with the infectious vocal house of 'Feel The Pressure' featuring Christine Nelson, and Benway's dizzying Pressurize remix. Cut dem shapes yah.
Bittersweet, knackered electronic soul woozers from Photay on his debut EP for Astro Nautico. To the side of the same pastures as Bibio or the Border Community lot, Photay operates in a colourful little world of its own with a six track suite of keening harmonics and crushed grooves owing to boogie hip hop and IDM, at best in the salty soul bump of 'Reconstruct' featuring celestial vocal by Seafloor, or in the grinning jazz-funk queso of 'These Fruits, These Vegetables', and the Afro-centric wobble and shuffle of 'Illusion Of Seclusion'.
Blown-out lo-fi house and techno patter from Oakland, CA's Worker/Parasite, new on Opal Tapes.
IDIB capo, Mike Simonetti presents the 3rd volume of his ongoing mixtape series, 'At The Juncture Of Dark and Light', via Opal Tapes. Positively crammed with unknown - or at least unmarked - wonders ranging from kosmische disco assaults to drum machine-driven black hole ragas and sublime new age surfers over its 60 minute lifespan, it's a challenge to the spotters - there's no tracklist as yet - and a delight to those who really appreciate a knowingly selected and sequenced mixtape. Kudos.
Proceeding a string of releases for Tesla Tapes, Luke Calzonetti's Run Dust arrives on Opal Tapes with the rusted cyber-punk session, 'Zeckenentferner'. He appears to have a firmer control over his gear here, from the dystopian sci-fi projections of 'Grade Crossing' thru the clipped percussive articulations of 'Jazz Can' and the frayed, maddening loops of 'Full Slice' to the awkward angles of 'Face Fein' and turgid techno of 'Just So You Know I Do'.
End-of-the-rope business from Sweden's D.A.R.F.D.H.S., debuting on Opal Tapes after a dread-filled slab for Clan Destine. 'Fã-Rintelsen & Dã-den' is possibly the bleakest Opal to date, conducting a stygian descent to blank-eyed doom scapes prodded by icy pulses and systolic bass thru the buried harmonics of 'Andens Desperata Framåtanda' to the pealing breakdown of 'Dödsuppväckningar' and paralysing torture chamber ambience of 'Vaneföreställningsvärlden' and the utterly gutted gangster dread dub 'Kadaverdiciplin'.
**Includes the full album on CD inside the sleeve** "The so called "Krautrock Guerilla" is back! After touring the world for two years the Berlin threesome CAMERA recorded twelve new songs: Motorik-driven, energetic stretches laced with psychedelic overtones rise up from keyboards, drums and guitars. Hypnotic beats. Shimmering elegance, forceful bursts of garage rock, a gentle flow, spherical flight. All on CAMERA's new album "Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide"."
"The so called "Krautrock Guerilla" is back! After touring the world for two years the Berlin threesome CAMERA recorded twelve new songs: Motorik-driven, energetic stretches laced with psychedelic overtones rise up from keyboards, drums and guitars. Hypnotic beats. Shimmering elegance, forceful bursts of garage rock, a gentle flow, spherical flight. All on CAMERA's new album "Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide"."
"‘This Is My Hand’ is a new chapter in the unfurling My Brightest Diamond story. The album’s exploration of music and its rhythmic urgency escort Shara Worden’s chamber music aesthetic out of the chamber and back into the dance hall. Produced by Shara and Zac Rae, the album sounds unlike anything else produced by Worden before."
*Initial copies on Red Vinyl* "‘This Is My Hand’ is a new chapter in the unfurling My Brightest Diamond story. The album’s exploration of music and its rhythmic urgency escort Shara Worden’s chamber music aesthetic out of the chamber and back into the dance hall. Produced by Shara and Zac Rae, the album sounds unlike anything else produced by Worden before."
"It's about time someone got together a compilation of Time And Space Machine Mixes. From start to finish this is a full set of end to end burners - Warpaint, Jagwar Ma, Psychemagik and more all get the treatment. The perfect soundtrack to those phased-out psychedelic summer nights." Richard Norris operated as a duo - as The Grid with Dave Ball, as Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve with Erol Alkan - but when it's time for some solo sonic action, he records and remixes as The Time and Space Machine. We find him at it here: 'The Way Out Sound From In', reworking the most cosm… Read more
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* "Kalipo is Jakob Häglsperger from Berlin who devotes himself to experimental electronica. His debut album Yaruto follows a series of remixes and contributions to compilations released by Antime and Stiff Little Spinners. On it, Häglsperger tries to create a both unique and timeless sound that takes cues from dance music, downbeat and Gamelan traditions alike. Making use of his wide array of analogue synthesizers, a Rhodes piano, a metallophone and guitars, Häglsperger is creating the abstract narrative of an impersonal biography by creating moods tha… Read more
"Japanese singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shintaro Sakamoto returns with a new full-length, ‘Let’s Dance Raw’ on Other Music Recording Co. The album is the follow-up to Sakamoto’s solo debut, the otherworldly folk- pop masterpiece ‘How To Live With A Phantom’ (2012). While ‘How To Live With A Phantom’ was the first many around the globe knew of Sakamoto, he has long been an icon in his homeland, having long fronted the psychedelic phenomenon Yura Yura Teikoku, a Tokyo-based band that emerged from Koenji’s legendary UFO Club scene and, across their 20-year trajectory, ach… Read more
"Japanese singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shintaro Sakamoto returns with a new full-length, ‘Let’s Dance Raw’ on Other Music Recording Co. The album is the follow-up to Sakamoto’s solo debut, the otherworldly folk- pop masterpiece ‘How To Live With A Phantom’ (2012). While ‘How To Live With A Phantom’ was the first many around the globe knew of Sakamoto, he has long been an icon in his homeland, having long fronted the psychedelic phenomenon Yura Yura Teikoku, a Tokyo-based band that emerged from Koenji’s legendary UFO Club scene and, across their 20-year trajectory, a… Read more
In which Fabric's Craig Richards remixes the sound of 100,000 bats into three tech-house, electro and ambient tracks.
**Includes the full album on CD plus a bonus track and Sagat remix** Submerged leftfield electronica from Bernardo Risquez (Venezuela) and Michael Langeder (Austria) aka Different Fountains for Belgium's Meakusma label. 'Shrimp That Sleeps' plays out a hazy suite of songs sounding something like a stoned, underwater To Rococo Rot, meeting lithe krautrock rhythms with bubbling minimalist melodies and outernational inflections in nine slickly sculpted sound spheres.
**Blue vinyl** EVOL's ALKU label present three dynamic binaural recordings of Edwin Van Der Heide's 'Pneumatic Sound Field' installation made at the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2012. In the installation 'Pneumatic Sound Field' a horizontal plane of pneumatic valves is used to produce wind, pressure and sound, thus creating a continuum between rhythmical perception of sound, spatial perception of sound and the perception of pitch. 'Pneumatic Sound Field' was developed by Edwin van der Heide during a project residency at tesla-berlin e.v. and is meant to be listened to on (excellent) headphones. It is the fifth in the ALKU series of acoustic recordings.
Matt Edwards (Radio Slave) meets best pal Thomas Gandey (Cagedbaby) to indulge in some abstract soundscaping as Matom for Planet E. 'Love Mistakes' was created at Berlin's legendary Hansa Studios as a sort of tribute to it's hallowed clients and productions - Bowie, Iggy Pop, Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno. "The entire essence of Matom’s Sounds is based around live takes and recorded snippets of conversations and ambiences from their tours, with no midi or samples so when they joined the line up for the Pyramids of Mars label showcase at Berghain’s Kantine it was a seamless transition from studio to s… Read more