Thursday, 16 October
"Following the label’s acclaimed ‘Next Stop Soweto’ compilation series, Strut returns to the rich music heritage of South Africa for another landmark compilation celebrating the influential and heavily political music of drummer Julian Bahula since the mid-‘60s with the Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula and Jazz Afrika bands. Bahula’s first group was the Malombo Jazzmen, led by guitarist Philip Tabane with flautist Abbey Cindi and they broke the mould, introducing indigenous malombo drums alongside guitar and flute to create a strong n… Read more
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* "Following the label’s acclaimed ‘Next Stop Soweto’ compilation series, Strut returns to the rich music heritage of South Africa for another landmark compilation celebrating the influential and heavily political music of drummer Julian Bahula since the mid-‘60s with the Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula and Jazz Afrika bands. Bahula’s first group was the Malombo Jazzmen, led by guitarist Philip Tabane with flautist Abbey Cindi and they broke the mould, introducing indigenous malombo drums along… Read more
*White vinyl edition - includes remixes from Bass Clef and Daniel Avery, plus two original productions* Desire present an expanded edition of Ricardo Tobar's 'Garden' EP, now including 'Hundreds' from his 'Treillis' album plus Daniel Avery and Bass Clef remixes. The wormy arpeggios and shuffled groove of 'Gardens' and moody, muddy swing of 'Hundreds' build on the styles of his releases for Border Community and In Paradisum' with a deft touch and feel for visceral, hynptic textures ripe for deeper dancefloor sessions. Daniel Avery gives up a smoother, bluer mix of 'Garden', and Bass Clef offers a more rugged, collapsing halfstep version run thru with mad modular prongs.
**180g one-sided wax** Nico Jaar reworks his previously subscription-only workout, 'You Are The One' for the first edit on his Other People label. In unique fashion, Jaar reduces the Chicago footwork and classic disco memes to his patented mid-tempo chug, replete with some unexpected boogie twists.
Chaval Records boss Victor Santana faces off with Chicago's DJ Skull on a driven techno session. DJ Skull shakes down the A-side with the juggling drums and kinetic chords of 'Imperial March' and the funked-up jag of 'Travel' landing between Detroit's Rob Hood and DJ 3000. Santana takes the B-side with a slinkier ride called 'Slide' and the strident 909 rhythms of 'Perfect Room' reminding of Esteban Adame and Los Hermanos styles.
Dry, shifty house trax from Parisian bro's, Chaos In The CBD for ClekClekBoom. Hot on the heels of their Hot Haus Rec's 12", the gun for a more minimal, tracky sound here with cold cowbells and deviant bassline wonk in the A-side version, whereas the B-side mix is more technoid, kinda like a slow, ruff Sleeparchive. Dope.
**Expanded A5 booklet edition 2014, including interview with Eric Persing, creator of the Alpha Juno's infamous "Hoover" patch, plus download code** For the past three years experimental computer music cell, Evol has been de-constructing rave culture icons under radically different compositional strategies. On a 7" and 10" for the Alku imprint, they've been caught f**king with air-horns and the classic hoover, or mentasm sound - a preset originally called the "What The?" patch developed by Eric Persing for the Roland Alpha Juno synth and most commonly associated with early '90s rave Tech… Read more
Intense, abstract and superbly detailed compositions crafted entirely from field recordings made in Lausanne, Switzerland, between 2012 and 2013. It would appear that both artists use the same, or at least similar, set of recordings to realise contrasting perspectives on the same set of circumstances. Of the two, Francisco Meirino's 'Les oiseaux du lac Stymphale' is much more upfront, favouring the louder dynamics and haphazard shock of builders hammers, saws and clanking machinery to birth a deeply resonant bass modulation at the core of his kinetic scene, eventually tailing off to qu… Read more
**Edition of 200** 'Insula' is an immersive 40 minute multi-channel composition for electric organ, commissioned by L'ull Cec for The Game of Life Foundation's spatialisation sound system (consisting of 192 speakers and 12 subwoofers, using the Wave Field Synthesis technique). This stereo version was performed on 20th June 2012 at Fabra i Coats, Barcelona.
UK electro fixture Dez Williams steps out on Bedouin backed with fierce Ekman and Bintus remixes. Williams' original pieces play hard but nimble with rattling machine rhythms laced to spiralling 303's, old skool style, in 'Acid Bath', and grubbier, bittersweet electro/IDM in 'Silvaphish'. Ekman's R303CK remix of 'Acid Bath' burns like a f**ker, and Bintus bashes 'Silvaphish' to a knuckle-head techno agenda.
Burnt Friedman returns to Nonplace accompanied again by vocals from American actor and musician, Daniel Dodd-Ellis. In 'Cease To Matter' Friedman nudges his explorative Berlin dub sound somewhere more sensual, soulful, with no loss of his exotic and otherworldly aesthetic. Incorporating impressions from Friedman's Sub-Saharan concert tour of 2013, together with inspiration from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World - who's sampled on the two-part title track - the album takes shape as a worldly, futurist premonition of decaying, transitional metropolises and cultural melt … Read more
Burnt Friedman returns to Nonplace accompanied again by vocals from American actor and musician, Daniel Dodd-Ellis. In 'Cease To Matter' Friedman nudges his explorative Berlin dub sound somewhere more sensual, soulful, with no loss of his exotic and otherworldly aesthetic. Incorporating impressions from Friedman's Sub-Saharan concert tour of 2013, together with inspiration from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World - who's sampled on the two-part title track - the album takes shape as a worldly, futurist premonition of decaying, transitional metropolises and cultural melt th… Read more
Killer EP-cum-mini-album from beat scientist Lapalux, whose studious obsession with decay and delay is beautifully offset by his bug-eyed penchant for technicolour melody. His lurching, surface-peeled hip-hop/R&B instrumentals remind us a bit of oOoOO or the juddering, IDM-inflected derivations of Mount Kimbie, but it’s fair to say he's got his own singular sound signature going on. 'Many Faces Out Of Focus' arose out of Lapalalux's ongoing experiments with cassette and reel-to-reel, and fittingly enough was initially released on tape, selling out its limited run in double-quick time… Read more
Big people's D&B/dancehall minimalism from Fracture, Sam Binga and Rider Shafique backed with a weightless Logos remix. 'She Want It Ruff' is a self-explanatory tale of bedroom athletics set to tight-belly minimal wine; 'Back It Up' keeps it lewd on a dark 'n slow flex with squirting synths; 'Bubble' takes it to the dancehall proper. Check the Logos Space Jam of 'She Wants It Ruff' for a more sensuous, tactile inversion of the original's pent energy.
Handy repress of Future Times' chunky funk compendium, 'Vibe 2', starring nuglets from label boss Max D, plus Hunee, Steve Moore, Juju & Jordash, Tom Noble and more. Disc 1 highlights run from Max D's remix of Ron Morelli's L.I.E.S. jam, 'Comeback Dust', to the cracking Linn drums of Confused House's 'Concrete Dub' and Alexis Le-Tan's camp pumper, 'Marathon Man'. Disc 2 drops gems such as Hunee tropical shuffler, 'Folga', and Juju & Jordash's Balearic paddle, 'Musketache'.
*Japanese Pressing* "Mod Mod Ranglin is a fusion of Ska and Caribbean instrumentals by Ernest Ranglin recorded in 1966 while Ska was changing towards Rocksteady. Although Ernest Ranglin recorded 8 solo albums at Federal Records, Mod Mod Ranglin was the only album with Ska instrumentals, interestingly. The album consists of classic Ska, Mento and Carribean songs of all times. From the start to the end, Ernie's guitar playing flutters like Caribbean breeze. The instrumental song entitled 'Felicia' is a perfect number for all Ska lovers."
*Japanese Pressing* "With full respect to one of the greatest producers in Jamaican music history, Dub Store Records proudly launches a new re-issue series of Ronnie Nasralla's production. Miraculously recorded in 1965 when Ska was at its best, Llans Plays It All is one of the rarest and killer Jamaican LP to date. The album is constructed with a Caribbean coast vibe such as Ska, Jazz, Afro, R&B, Soul, Jump Up and Cha Cha Cha. However this killer Montegonian band is surprisingly tight, presenting second to none great performances. The LP starts with "Jive Samba" by C… Read more
**Post-punk pop legend returns. RIYL Ariel Pink, John Maus, Woo** "Bringing to the fore Nick’s unique take on lo-fi baroque psychedelia, Space Of A Second bends influences from across time and space into an exhilarating construction that evades easy definition, indeed perhaps in the end the best description comes from The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis who simply hailed nick as “Unique, almost inexplicable”."
Halocyan presents Universal Quantifier, a 2CD compilation featuring xxxy, Chrissy Murderbot, Hackman, Paul Woolford, Arkist, Raudive, DJ Pierre, Artifact, French Fries, Legowelt, ASC, Al Tourettes & Appleblim, Dntel and more.
"The Orchids formed near Glasgow in 1986. Since day one they were one of the darlings of the illustrious Sarah Record’s roster and developed far more on that label than any band not named The Field Mice. Starting with a melancholy guitar-pop sound on Lyceum and contemporaneous 7”s, they moved on to become more keyboard and sample/effects-based for their 2nd and 3rd albums, Unholy Soul and Striving For the Lazy Perfection, saw the development of a more electronic sound as they continued to work with producer Ian Carmichael (One Dove). Then, in 1995 they disappeared without ever really splitting… Read more
"On ‘Industry’ Stefan Goldmann tests how far you can get by using presets only. All sounds are factory presets of 3 obsolete 1990s Japanese workstation synths, all effects are presets, all notes are quantized and most panning is purely accidental (laid out in the preset sounds). These recordings don't rely on successful presets, but on failed sounds of now obsolete synthesizers – industrial assumptions of where culture will go, but where it chose not to. The result is a surprisingly pleasant listening experience with effortless grooves and rich textures – and mildly demonic connotations. Fr… Read more
"Strands of Afro-House, Kuduro, Benga, Semba, samples from old Angolan movies and Afrobeat tracks, African MCs and musicians from all over the world are all deftly mixed together by Pedro Coquenão. Inspired by the multicultural hotbed of his home city of Lisbon and trips to Nairobi and Luanda, 'Dois' was predominately produced in his own garage-studio over a two-year period. English, Portuguese, Quimbundo and Zulu languages all feature on 'Luxo' with Spoek Mathambo (South Africa) & his crew contributing the lyrics together with Angolan MC Sacerdote and a guitar riff by Duncan Lloyd (Maximo Park). On 'Céu'… Read more
*Originally released on vinyl in 1980, remastered from the original tapes* "Of the early studio and live recordings that comprise We Are Time, frontman Mark Stewart says "We Are Time is really 'the' teenage Pop Group album. It's full of defiance and the material demonstrates the band's staunch independence and our really early DIY ethic before the studio became another instrument.” Guitarist Gareth Sager explains that the band was "trying in an inexplicably naive manner to combine Patti Smith's Rimbaud ramblings, James Brown, the Stooges, Roxy Music, T. 26th Oct – Islington Assembly Hall, … Read more
*180g heavyweight vinyl version includes a download card for rarities by The Pop Group* "Cabinet Of Curiosities is a brand new, nine-track compilation which kicks off with the fractured future-funk single 'Where There's A Will', described by Sager (guitarist) as "The group's best attempt to mix a message with a groove plus some real free playing. If you are really unhinged you may be able to dance to this.” Next up is the unheard, original previously unreleased version of 'She Is Beyond Good And Evil', probably the band's most infamous song and more recently covered by St Vince… Read more
"‘Release’ compiles jams from the sweltering heart of Cave that didn’t make it onto their three albums and three EPs. Anyone who’s heard their albums can attest that they have a fresh, yet well-seasoned ear for long-play records and each one shows their ever-revolving palette. Being in Cave is also about fun though and they’ve also indulged themselves now and again with standalone songs and short- play records on Trensmat, Static Caravan, Giradiscos and Permanent, as well as some self-released cassette freakouts."
"Dope Body have built their name in the underground with intense live performances of their also intense studio recordings. On the back of their second album, 2012’s ‘Natural History’, they embarked on a rigorous nineteen months of almost nonstop touring, bringing their individual performance stomp to every bar, basement and backyard that asked for it. It’s easy to picture the members of Dope Body emerging from their distant and hidden cave of rock with a new wave of grimey, Sabbath-refracted mayhem in order to torch Earth once again but they’re actually a group of trained players and fine artists w… Read more
"Elisa Ambrogio, Magik Markers’ power front, lyric intelligence, guitar g’rilla and awkward weirdo, is back, and forth too, to deposit her first full length solo outing on your doorstep. ‘The Immoralist’ lies at the wicked crossroads of the electric wail of Wilson Pickett and the sweetest harmony of Wilson Phillips. Ambrogio exhibits a new refinement on ‘The Immoralist’. Working with Papercuts’ Jason Quever, Elisa’s earliest childhood musical loves The Poni-Taies, Tiffany and The Dixie Cups rise through the haze-n- raze of electric guitar and drums with a pop repercussion previously un… Read more
"‘Chapter III’ of The George-Edwards Group archives draws from deep in the pockets of their sporadic later embodiment. With their grand 70s dreams of Hollywood stardom fading, Edward Balian and Ray George continued to track their winsome muse, perhaps a bit more aggro and with a bit more dolour than they had back in the ‘38:38’ days. Although late 60s Detroit was the seedbed for The George-Edwards Group, they had more in common with Silver Apples than the Amboy Dukes. Enamoured of keyboard effects and sonic tomfoolery, they developed their sound away from the scene, slowly devel… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "With his new album “What's Fruit”, Schlammpeitziger touches the danceﬂoor more than ever before in his 22-year long career. Yet his danceﬂoor is a playful one. The Cologne based composer's sounds electrify with their multi-layered melodic structures. He weaves countless details in perfection, to a high density of musical activity, always focusing on the slow, driving beats which hold everything together. Each of the eight tracks represents shades of the unique humour we love about Schlammpeitziger. Unlike his previous recor… Read more