Thursday, 14 May
**Limited Edition Instrumental Versions* Heavyweight hook-up from Ghostface Killah and Canadian jazz trio BadBadNotGood, produced by Frank Dukes (Eminem, 50 Cent, Drake). Imagine a hip hop noir directed by David Lynch and featuring MF Doom and Danny Brown; you can almost inhale the silver chronic fog of 'Sour Soul'. Dripping with expensive-sounding strings and Gainsbourg-via-Badalamenti vibes, the production is authentically classic and cinematic. On paper, the jazz-trio plus Wu Tang MC formula could be enough to send heads fleeing, but the results are actuall… Read more
**180g wax with art inserts** Red-lining techno ripper and acid dub from Berlin's EMG for the Berceuse Heroique juggernaut. 'Reaction' holds its ground on the A-side with surging kicks and body-swilling 303s stabbed up with samples and soused in EMG's patented distortion. Pure panic mode techno. B-side, 'Exosphere' goes all zombied acid dub with bone-cold effect, beside the bestial house grind ov 'Animal'. A riot.
This months issue blows the cover on artists aliases, pseudonyms and alter egos. There are also features on the new South African jazz of Nduduzo Makhathini and Tumi Mogorosi, global ear in Hanoi, and a piece on recording Newcastle's ship-building past. All the usual news, reviews and regular features, too.
*Edition of 375 copies - Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label - Features Ken Camden, who has two solo releases on Kranky, alongside members of Slint, Angel Olsen’s live band* "I first came to know of Implodes when my old pal and founding member Matt Jencik sent me a link to check out their original demo a few years ago. The lush forest of fuzz, reverb, and delay was something I was immediately drawn to, and it’s been wonderful watching them evolve as a band through their two full-length releases with Kranky Records, Black Earth in 2011 and Recurring Dream in 2013. In 201… Read more
**Remastered reissue of primest post-punk, includes the brilliant slow disco move, 'Saving Grace', plus a two-sided newprint insert with never-before-seen photos, interview and liner notes** "Thomas Leer is an innovative electronic musician who was born in Port Glasgow, Scotland. He began singing for a local band at age 13, and was writing his own music by 18. By 1977, he had moved to London, where he fronted Pressure, a Clash-esque punk group with fellow experimental Scottish musician Robert Rental. After hearing Kraftwerk, Leer became interested in synthesizers – not long after, he was … Read more
Untold's Hemlock label present Brood Ma's haunting post-IDM album, 'Populous' on wax after a 2014 digital release via Quantum Natives. Perhaps best summed up as "A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt", Broodma's debut feels like surfing the net with a cranky connection and too many tabs open, as fractious elements stutter and spurt on the brink of beach-balling your brain. We can hear likenesses with Evian Christ's forward hip hop tilt, the sweeping dynamics of TCF, and scramble of patten but, there's a more fried and abstract logic at play that threads i… Read more
"Following their groundbreaking collaboration with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, 'Comme à la Radio', Areski and Brigitte Fontaine began recording almost exclusively together as a duo. Originally released in 1973, Je Ne Connais Pas Cet Homme is their first record billed under both names. Deeply rooted in North African and European folk traditions, the album features evocative vignettes with breezy vocals and minimal accompaniment of classical guitar, strings and woodwinds. As always, there is a mercurial quality to their lyrics. The title track (translated … Read more
**Limited gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP** "Available for the first time on ever on Vinyl, Michael Perilstein's (The Deadly Spawn) score to one of the most absurd horror films ever put to celluloid. Part Noir, part sexploitation comedy, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers is a cult classic with a truly killer soundtrack that is just as goofy as the film it underscores. Complete with a collection of bonus cues newly recorded by Perilstein. Featuring original artwork by We Buy Your Kids, and all new liner notes by the composer."
Heady tribal house patter from Antinote's MVP. The results of his 'Pure Ground Research' sound like the barefoot travels of a free spirit circa 1990 in Goa, wandering from the sub-tropical panpipe visions and rolling trance-house of 'Tone Loc' to the lathered digital suncream of 'Minus Jam' and chiming tones of 'Box of Exotica' seducing us to a humid proto-trance sound strafed by a multitude of worldly voices, to settle at the balmy bob of 'Green Resident' and its melting harmonics. For those who long for simpler times and warmer climes…
Class electro tackle from Entro Senestre, fittingly for the Dutch label, Dekmantel. Following from his acclaimed Daywalker & CF session for L.I.E.S. with Willie Burns, this one is out and out electro in the mould of classic Drexciya, Bunker and Murder Capital, rocking darkside pads and slick 808s in 'The Screen' beside the fluid electro-house wriggle of 'Hit The Road' on the A-side, and flipping over to the E.R.P. like programming sophistication of 'Trials of Love' and the aquatic Transllusion nod, 'Slow Motion Disaster'.
*Ships Friday* *Limited edition coloured vinyl, includes the 30 minute bonus 12" EP "Drives For Pedestrians"* Pysch-rock on Thrill Jockey in the vein of Acid Mothers-meets-Hawkwind. A week on from the issuing of their ace four-track LP, Dead, here's White Hills eponymous Thrill Jockey album - a tremendous slab of Hawkwind style bludgeoning psychedelia and grunge-era riffing, with a good measure of electronic strangeness thrown into the bargain. In addition to immense, over-compressed Acid Mothers-style rockers like 'Counting Sevens', this is a band that isn't shy of stretching out i… Read more
Vinyl Edition now available. "Right from their inception in 1976, back in the first stirrings of punk, Wire went about making music in a subversive, conceptual way, setting themselves apart from both their peers and their influences. Bass guitarist and vocalist Graham Lewis identifies another trait that has run throughout the group’s lifetime. “People said we were mysterious, arch and dark. But the only way of doing that successfully, is by also having a sense of humour. You have to have that balance. With Wire there’s a peculiarity, a contrariness and that can be funny." This questing approach has permea… Read more
*Double CD which includes the 10 tracks included in the film and an additional CD of bonus material and cues* "Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow join forces for a second time since their creation of Drokk, their unused score for 2012 motion picture Dredd, to create the dark, synth heavy score for Ex Machina. Speaking to Gigwise Geoff Barrow said, "It's been great for Ben and I to be working with Alex again, and hopefully we have written the kind of score an intense sci-fi thriller like this needs" with Salisbury adding "we wanted to slightly get away from the type of soundtrack al… Read more
*Includes a bonus remix CD* "Produced by Matt Hales (Lianne La Havas, Paloma Faith), Giants is an elegant melting pot of styles, sounds and themes effortlessly brought together by a voice both distinct and timeless in equal measure… Bursting with refreshing honesty and a raw vulnerability, Giants transcends a variety of moods, with "Paperwalls" making its entrance with attitude to spare. ‘Gold’ etches itself into the listeners’ mind with its layered hums and chants, a constant drum that is Andreya's testament to her love of music and the best times of her life. The heartfelt "Everything You Ne… Read more
Debut album of maudlin ambient-pop from Berlin's Howling, a.k.a. vocalist Ry Cuming and Âme's Frank Wiedemann. Imagine a tech-house Thom Yorke; you've got it.
"The Eccentronic Research Council’s fabulous fourth album, ‘Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine… I’m Your Biggest Fan’ is written from the persuasive point of view of an obsessional fan of a (fictional?) local band - The Moonlandingz, who gig around the (fictional?) South Yorkshire district of Valhalla Dale. The album also sees The Eccentronic Research Council team up with Lias Saoudi and Saul Adamczewski of South London’s The Fat White Family, who ably play the role of The Moonlandingz."
*Deluxe Edition - First edition has a unique sleeve for each copy, also includes a 4-track bonus EP"* Hot Chip are back with their 6th album, 'Why Make Sense?'.
**Featuring members of Emeralds and Cloud Nothings** "The bouncy, surf-esque qualities pitch Total Babes a million miles from their Cloud Nothings connections (the bands share the octopus-onamphetamine drumming of Jayson Gerycz), with ‘Heydays’ instantly presenting itself as a beachcombing ode to sweaty summers. Lead by the undulating basslines of Nathan Ward (Smooth Brain / Cruelster) and fleshed out by warped synth work John Elliot (Emeralds / Outer Space), the choruses are a masterclass in the ability to shift perceptions - “I only want to be beautiful,” frontman Christopher Brown cries but it’s in their rough edges that Total Babes really shine."
**Featuring members of Emeralds and Cloud Nothings - 180g vinyl with digital download code redeemable from the label** "The bouncy, surf-esque qualities pitch Total Babes a million miles from their Cloud Nothings connections (the bands share the octopus-onamphetamine drumming of Jayson Gerycz), with ‘Heydays’ instantly presenting itself as a beachcombing ode to sweaty summers. Lead by the undulating basslines of Nathan Ward (Smooth Brain / Cruelster) and fleshed out by warped synth work John Elliot (Emeralds / Outer Space), the choruses are a masterclass in the ability to shift perceptions - “I… Read more
William Fitzsimmons is equal parts songwriter and psychotherapist, creating captivating music that uniquely melds depravity, honesty and autobiography into a counter-intuitive seamless whole. Since 2005, Fitzsimmons has created six full length albums, each thoroughly themed and embossed with matters of family history, intimate disclosure and bold confession, yielding rich folk music, ranging from the stark and acoustic to the voluminous and electronic. All the while reflecting William’s commitment to addressing what is always pressing, and yet all too often ignored. His new mini-album, … Read more
"Within their 1973 European tour, Sun Ra and his Arkestra had just completed a residency at the legendary Gibus in Paris in October before travelling to Amiens for a Sunday afternoon concert. Those filing into the city’s Maison de la Culture that day would have little idea of the intense, visceral experience that awaited them. “Sun Ra’s use of the Arkestra as his instrument in an onslaught of sound, colour and movement stimulated and even shocked the senses and the shakras of audience participants onto a higher plane of spirit consciousness,“ explains the Arkestra’s Knoel Scott..."
An Easyjet-set fantasy come to life; Lucy and (Ben) Klock team up for Stroboscopic Artefacts. 'Bliss' pulses icy ambient tones setting the scene for a tunnelling big room squeeze, 'War Lullaby' and over into slower, experimental oscillations of 'Santeria' and the spectral resonance of 'A Ghost Lovestory'.
Lydia Lunch's notorious 1990 recording, 'Conspiracy of Women' is given the rissue treatment by Nico Jaar's Other People boutique, augmented with a new remix/remaster of her 'American Invasion' hook-up with To Live And Shave in LA's Weasel Walter. In a nutshell, the No wave queen really lets off some steam, 50 minutes of stream-of-consciousness rants breaking down to 'I Just Got Back From LA' on the A-side, and 'Why, Why Was I Born An American' on the B-side. It's raw, unadulterated Lunch regurgitated for your shock and awe.
Steve Rachmad rides the rhythm for Luke Slater's Mote Evolver. Four tracky cuts, at best in the molten metallic funk of 'Stroke 1' and a sparking jack attack, 'Stroke 4'.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* Tom Trago serves a handy summary of his Voyage Direct series for Rush Hour. Orbiting disco, soul and jazz inna house fashion, his ecletic bunch of contributors are at best with William Kouam Djoko's jazzy ambient footworker, 'Deflourished' ; that classic Chi update from House of Jezebel (Legowelt), 'Love & Happiness'; Carl Craig's taps-aff Detroit disco boost of Trago's own 'use Me Again'; Interstellar Funk's odd disco droner, 'House Train'.
Bonehead acid techno and tight EBM techno bangerzzz from Cardpusher and Joefarr. jack-off all styles, Cardopusher hits hard with the 303 tweaks and bucking kicks of 'Mindwarp' and more stylish with the Dave Clarke-ready pump of 'Street jack'. JoeFarr gives the former a techier, grittier remixing on the flip.
Truss churns out three chunks of industrial techno grot for Perc Trax. His first release in this guise since 2012, 'Kymin Lea' does rusted electro rhythms and bleached-sky pads across the A-side, with a surprisingly sentimental tenderness to be found in his steely structures, whereas flipside, 'Clawdd D' trades in beligerant, discordant UK techno, and 'Wyefield' gets off on a spooked South Western techno bang à la Polygon Window.