Thursday, 22 January
"Bonita" is a live-in-the- studio recording, featuring all improvised material. Anyone who has experienced this duo on stage can testify to their unique and telepathic musical dialogues, seemingly without the need to even look at each other. Whether on a stage or in a studio, their soundworld is magical, mysterious, beautiful and frightening, all underpinned by the evocative song titles. Sidsel Endresen is one of the leading vocal improvisers in the world and has worked as a professional singer and songwriter since the eighties. In 1990 and 1994 she recorded two solo albums for … Read more
*First edition pressing of 500 - includes a copy of the CD free inside* "Bonita" is a live-in-the- studio recording, featuring all improvised material. Anyone who has experienced this duo on stage can testify to their unique and telepathic musical dialogues, seemingly without the need to even look at each other. Whether on a stage or in a studio, their soundworld is magical, mysterious, beautiful and frightening, all underpinned by the evocative song titles. Sidsel Endresen is one of the leading vocal improvisers in the world and has worked as a professional singer and songwri… Read more
*Expanded reissue with 8 bonus Tracks* Reissue of this classic 1969 album largely comprising instrumentals from Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s studio band TheUpsetters but also featuringvocal tracks by Busty Brown and The Muskyteers.
"Tristan Perich’s new book 0.01s captures the inner workings of 1-Bit Symphony over the first hundredth of a second after it is switched on. In just 0.01 seconds, its processor executes 80,000 computational cycles, enough information to fill a 695-page book with austere tables of numbers and machine language, beautifully chronicling the way computation works. Both a composer and visual artist, Tristan Perich has printed this processor simulation in mesmerizing detail, along with the complete source code of 1-Bit Symphony, its memory contents, and an in… Read more
Kessler twists the lines of European and American dance music for the Cleveland, Ohio and Cologne-based Low Hanging Fruit label. Wonky electro meets B-more club and dubstep in opener, 'Say Hey', alongside the pressurised jack of 'True Love After Almost Rape', and the Wolfgang Voigt-gone-EDM stomp of 'Factum'.
**Arditti quartet: Irvine Arditti, Graeme Jennings, Garth Knox, Rohan de Saram perform the ambitious, time-stretching 'String Quartet No.4, opus 33' (1976-87) by Romanian spectral music composer, Horatiu Radelescu** ""infinite to be cannot be infinite, infinite anti-be could be infinite" for nine string quartets or one string quartet surrounded by an imaginary Viola da Gamba with 128 strings."
"Alasdair Roberts is the name of the new solo record from the well-known Scottish songwriter, guitarist and singer Alasdair Roberts, his eighth Drag City Records release under that name, following on from 2013’s ‘A Wonder Working Stone’. The making of ‘Alasdair Roberts’ found Alasdair back at Glasgow’s Green Door Studio, where he previously made his 2009 album, ‘Spoils’. ‘Alasdair Roberts’ has a warmer feel than ‘A Wonder Working Stone’, partially the result of having been recorded in the analogue domain by Green Door’s masterly house engineer Sam Smith. In the main however, the ri… Read more
"Invisible Familiars’ ‘Disturbing Wildlife’ is the work of Jared Samuel, alongside producer Michael Leonhart. Guests include Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, Nels Cline, Jolie Holland, Stuart Bogie of Antibalas and Superhuman Happiness, Scott Metzger, Ryan Sawyer, Alex Holden and Andrew Borger. “Jared kinda sounds like Mark Bolan. I’ll just say it, cause you might think it. It’s science. When I asked him what record felt to him like how he wanted ‘Disturbing Wildlife’ to feel to me, he said ‘‘Cuckooland’ by Robert Wyatt’, promptly adding ‘and the first time I listened … Read more
"Invisible Familiars’ ‘Disturbing Wildlife’ is the work of Jared Samuel, alongside producer Michael Leonhart. Guests include Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, Nels Cline, Jolie Holland, Stuart Bogie of Antibalas and Superhuman Happiness, Scott Metzger, Ryan Sawyer, Alex Holden and Andrew Borger. “Jared kinda sounds like Mark Bolan. I’ll just say it, cause you might think it. It’s science. When I asked him what record felt to him like how he wanted ‘Disturbing Wildlife’ to feel to me, he said ‘‘Cuckooland’ by Robert Wyatt’, promptly adding ‘and the first time I listene… Read more
"Chemikal Underground kick off the label’s 20th Anniversary year in style with a new Phantom Band record. Just as two wildly singular, diverse albums in ‘Checkmate Savage’ and ‘The Wants’ sprung up one after another between 2009 and 2010, before a period of quiet (solo projects notwithstanding), so the group’s more direct third record released in June 2014 (the critically acclaimed ‘Strange Friend’ more art-rock than rock-art) comes followed by seven tracks cut largely from the same recording sessions at Chem 19 in Blantyre, in the form of ‘Fears Trending’."
*Limited edition heavyweight vinyl - includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Chemikal Underground kick off the label’s 20th Anniversary year in style with a new Phantom Band record. Just as two wildly singular, diverse albums in ‘Checkmate Savage’ and ‘The Wants’ sprung up one after another between 2009 and 2010, before a period of quiet (solo projects notwithstanding), so the group’s more direct third record released in June 2014 (the critically acclaimed ‘Strange Friend’ more art-rock than rock-art) comes followed by seven tracks cut largely from the same recording sessions at Chem 19 in Blantyre, in the form of ‘Fears Trending’."
A follow up to Tristan Perich's astonishingly inventive 1-Bit Music release, 1-Bit Symphony takes the composer's concept to a new scale. This is a digital edition of a physical release that avoids conventional recorded media formatting and instead opts for a more interactive medium. Housed within a jewelcase, Perich presents a complete electronic circuit which "performs" the music for you, rather than merely playing it back. Once switched on, this hand-assembled piece of electronics hardware plays through a five-movement symphony generated from a 1-bit audio signal. Of course, this… Read more
Tuesday, 20 January
Our semi-regular steppers' survey stalks some 20 years of motion from Digital's Metalheadz classic 'Niagra' and Torsten Pröfrock's 'Traktor Artists', thru techiest twysts by Clarity, Skeptical and Xth Réflexion. Splitting the difference between electro, dub, techno and jungle, these 14 tracks are some of the tightest examples of that technoid swagger that occurs between syncopated subs and drum patterns, playing out the kind of deft dancefloor gestures that don't really get a look in at mainstream dances. Peverelist's South-Western stepper 'Silvers' starts a session that … Read more
"You need people like me…" so says Tony Montana, and the sentiment rings true for yung Delroy Edwards. His 'Kickin Butts!!' EP opens with one of the most famous samples in cinematic history and pushes on thru four darker, trackier follow-ups to his addictive 'Can U Get With' 12". The raspin' rhythms and murky drones of the title track could have easily appeared on his 'Teenage Tapes' LP, while 'Die Motherfxxker' slips into Slowed Down Gangsta mode, and there's a pair of bucking raw house rhythms in 'Str8 Fuckd' and 'Insane In The Membrain' for the wall-bangers.
Monday, 19 January
Doublepack of fluid house from Vancouver's, BC's Mood Hut player, Hashman Deejay. Practically clipping the heels of his lush 12" for Berceuse Heroique, 'Sandopolis' marks his return to Future Times with six tracks tipping the tempo scale between slackened ambient hip hop and strident, heavily swung house with patented patterns of filigree, spiralling arpeggios and bouncing square basslines cuddled with a lovely analogue production. It's lip-smackingly sweet sh*t, channelling that sought-after Mood Hut vibe shared by Pender Street Steppers, Aquarian Foundation or Jack J into the deftly … Read more
Sean McCann completes his transition from ambient to classical & avant-garde musics with these ten breathtaking pieces realised over a four year period. Recorded throughout 2010 and 2011, assembled in 2012 and later committed to vinyl, they can be taken to document his maturation from shepherd of slow moving ambient clouds to an architect of steepled composition who graduated with 2013's 'Music for Private Ensemble', released on his Recital imprint. All but the stoniest hearts will be melted by McCann's tempered grandiosity and feel for weightless space in moments s… Read more
One of 2014's most hyped labels, 1080p, kick off 2015 with crisp and kinetic club functions from Max McFerren aka McFerrdog. Last spotted on SLO's Aery Metals label, here he's given room to explore his maddest, funkiest ideas across 12 tracks juggling ghetto house and ambient electronica with traces of Jersey club and vaporwave. Colourful doesn't start to describe it: this guy's beaming rainbows all over the dance; from the chromatic swirl of 'Bless This Mess' thru the clipped swing and garbled samples in 'Peak Of My Curiosity' to the lean but fruity club construction, 'Timeless' and j… Read more
Untold kicks off the Hemlock Black sublabel with two blown-out club constructions. Picking up where 'Black Light Spiral' left off, we can hear a rugged mix of modular tweaks and machine pulses, spitting, scratching and retching like some dosed-up Night Slugs club constructs. The dry funk of 'Doff' offers glimpses of sweetness in shards of palm wine-like guitar licks but the emphasis is on jagged concatenations designed "to interrogate the dance." B-side, 'Phive' inverts that formula, bringing fwd and frilling the guitar lick around warped bass and prickling percussion like some Ernestus or Shackleton joint gone walkabout at the fringe of the sprawl.
Dixon, Recondite, Tale Of Us and Dubfire tweak Plastikman's EX for the club. Dixon's 'Just A Different Mixdown Version' of 'EXhale' tenderises the tensile contours of the original with stacked acid harmonies and sweeping pads for proper dancefloor catharsis; Recondite clips and tucks 'EXplore' to an electroid shuffle with soaring breakdown; Tale Of Us concentrate 'EXpand' to a sort of whirring, bluesy tech-house for the first half, before turning into a Morricone-gone-to-Ibiza anthem; Dubfire plays the long game with a 13 minute take on 'EXposed' building to a panoramic trance-house peak.
Anthony Parasole lines up alongside Silent Servant and Marcel Dettmann on a banging new single from The Corner. Poised for the big rooms and writhing masses, Dettman plays out a stealthy sort of tension with the burning intensity of 'Take One'; Silent Servant yokes darkside EBM synthlines and brooding chords to a muscular techno-house canter with drily emotional climax; Anthony Parasole rallies the room with a concentrated tribalism entitled 'Intel'.
*The seventh and final instalment in the Testpressing Series for the time being* Hands-down, #7 is the best Testpressing yet from Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty's Demdike Stare. Landing almost two years since the series began back in 2013, and six months on from their last raid, it's a dichotomy of dancefloor devilment, going hard for it on one side, and running ragged emotions on the other. A-side 'Rathe' opens the doors of perception to a show-stopping bloom of heavenly voices and halfstep jungle, ratcheting the levels to heart-in-mouth effect with panoramic har… Read more
Tipped as TNBT by Modeselektor, Berlin's hardware-weilding Fjaak trio do that breakbeat techno swerve with class on 50 Weapons. The busted breaks, submerged kicks and rusty filter treatments of 'Oben' could happily sit next to your Shed/Head High killers or that sterling Skee Mask 12" on Ilian Tape - a big look for the dancers - while 'Unten' follows suit with a deeper, tantric techno play riding the kicks and hi-hats with aerated chords. Take us to the 'floor, now.
The Chicago Bad Boy in e-f-f-e-c-t on a crucial reissue of his 1991 bomb, 'Chaotic Nation'. Six aces to choose from, but the best have to be the Detroit-esque, latinate body shuffle of 'Happy Stick' with it's killer rimshots and busy hi-hats, or the steppin' techno-house of 'Mental Problems (Bonus Track)'.
Class techno session from the master. 'When The Music…' follows Brinkmann's Guy Martin-dedicated EP with four sleek bits of dancefloor momentum ranging from the full flight of 'Odecca' to cruising house in '8 Ba' and the oil-spattered razz of 'Moto', taking a slower off-road vibe with 'Step a Nova'.
Jimmy Edgar squeezes out an 18-track showcase of taut, jackin' electro-techno-house on Fabriclive 79. Laden with selections from his Ultramajic label, including 6 of his own productions and collaborations, plus fine picks from fellow house sleazer Kris Wadsworth, plus home-town Detroit cats, Patrice Scott, DJ Godfather & DJ Starski.
"With both Evil Blizzard and Mamuthones making music that is challenging and visceral, it only seems fitting that they are to be joined on a split EP. The release is the fourth instalment of Rocket Recordings’ Collisions series that has previously seen The Heads, White Hills, Oneida, Mugstar, Shit & Shine and Gnod come head to head. Mamuthones are an experimental, psychedelic post-punk band from Padova, Italy who create music in the most unembellished but avant-garde and invigorating fashion. Joined by Preston’s Evil Blizzard they will be sure to conceive a pulsating and g… Read more
**Maudlin man, Amen Dunes presents the companion piece to 2014's critically acclaimed 'Love' LP. Includes a cover of Tim Buckley's 'Song to the Siren'* "Amen Dunes’ Love took close to a year and a half, 16 musicians, and five different studios to complete. It was a song cycle that required broad experimentation before it was clear what was essential underneath the surface. In that process, much of the sound that might have made it onto the album was lost. There was just too much to say for one record. Cowboy Worship is an attempt to give life to some of the music that didn’t make it pa… Read more
A marriage made in a sick techno dream: Dave Foster aka Huren/Teste meets Orphx's Rich Oddie as Ontario Hospital (O/H). 'Future Ready' is one of the strongest Opal Tapes session in ages, pitting Foster and Oddie's hard bitten dancefloor credentials in a British Murder Boys-style mastication of EBM techno gristle and industrial electronics. The rabid title track comes off like CH-BB meets Skinny Puppy in dub, and 'Consumer Report' leans on a gothic industrial halfstep lacerated with yelps of "fxxking sh*tbag", or something to that effect. 'Perfect Skin' is even more miscreant, futur… Read more
As Gondwana, Lumisokea's Andrea Taeggi traverses expansive, imposing sound spheres for Opal Tapes. 'Aum' explores semi-organic, electro-acoustic sound on seismic, tectonic scales, crushing and sublimating ambient and industrial techno structures into spectral topographies and a sort of elemental psycho-geology permeated with crooked rhythm fissures and slow-moving, transitional tones morphing thru various stages of de-and-re-composition. The effect, at times, reminds of a more tempered take on Ben Frost's epic inclinations, a less academic relation to Kassel Jaeger's most recent GRM output, or a da… Read more