Monday, 25 August
Dungeon dubstep tearouts from Brett Bigden aka Leon Switch. It's not very nice, scrawling proper mid-range graffiti all over the caged halfstep beast 'Deadlock', and again with disciplined control in the fierce flipside 'Persepolisia'.
**Deluxe edition featuring remixes from Paul Woolford, A Place To Bury Strangers, Bomb The Bass and bonus demos.** Turning The Mind is paradoxically a darker yet more extroverted and musically flamboyant follow up to Maps' Mercury-nominated debut, We Can Create. Reportedly, throughout the making of that record James Chapman was heavily involved in drug use, and Turning The Mind arrives as a return to sobriety. Lyrically, this is a far more explicitly personal affair than Chapman's debut, although that confessional introspection is partnered with wall-of-sound synthesizer … Read more
**Deluxe Edition including 11 bonus tracks.** After delivering consistently excellent 10"s and singles over the past twelve months or so, bedroom producer James Chapman has finally unleashed his debut album, and it's a bit of a corker too. Channelling the euphoric pop spirit of these early emissions, the album is a persistently engaging body of work, serving up plenty of emotional clout alongside the synthscapes and electronic beats. Improbably, Chapman doesn't use a computer when producing these impressive concoctions, instead he favours a cut & paste approach on his old 16-t… Read more
**Deluxe edition inc. Legowelt, The Invisible and Polly Scattergood remixes, plus bonus demos.** James Chapman’s MAPS project returns with new album 'Vicissitude'.
"Formed in 1982 by guitarists Mark C and Tom Paine with Marnie Greenholz on bass and James Lo on drums, Live Skull is considered by many aficionados to be the quintessential New York noise band. Together with Sonic Youth and Swans, Live Skull defined the term "noise rock" in the 1980s, spearheading the post-No Wave underground music scene in NYC with a series of legendary live performances and eight groundbreaking records released over the course of that decade. Often brutal and yet strangely seductive, each of these classic records creates hooks out of the most unlikely, seemingly disruptive elem… Read more
France’s electronic duo M83 return with their second album, their first to be given a more overtly international push. Good timing, for its an adequately analogue collection of electronic pop songs mounted on a bed of fuzzy guitars and computerised vocals – hitting the zeitgeist with considerable aplomb. The tracks often contain a warm, almost romantic undercurrent, something which isnt often associated with music of this kind, and the soundscapeish scope of the composition, rather than the execution, hints at a deep love for My Bloody Valentine and their pioneering execution of electronic pioneering via acoustic means. Surprisingly moving.