Pias Label Releases
Monday, 27 February
Featured DownloadAccomplished collection of avant-R&B and progressive boogie excursions from Gang Colours, aka 24-year-old South Coast-dweller Will Ozanne, new on Brownswood. It’s a classy affair, building from smouldering, bruised-vocalled future-soul abstractions towards tougher, tauter rhythmic fare, but never losing sight of its ultra-chilled, sophisticated central vision. It’s basically home listening music of the highest order, exploratory but soothing, with shades of James Blake, Flying Lotus, Jazzanova, Bibio, Dam-Funk, Floating Points and vintage Four Tet. Prime nip for the mellower cats
Featured Download**Truly stunning, obscure plugged-in pop from 1986-91 Kollywood (South India) and the dream-teaming of "Little Nightingale" K.S. Chitra, with maverick film score arranger/songwriter Ilaiyaraaja. Beautifully floral falsettos meet sweeping electronics, ornate drum machine patterns and fantastical sample orchestrations in a feverish dream for fans of that incredible 'Play That Beat Mr. Raja' oddity or Ilaiaraaja's bonkers 'Solla Solla' sessions. Highly recommended!** "There are few records you will hear this year that combine the sounds of a child's choir, a DX7 bass line, three types of drum machine, a mariachi trumpet cry, a res… Read more
"Third album from the New Yorkers whose line-up, like their music, has developed (now a duo; Benjamin Curtis and Alejandra Deheza). ‘Ghostory’ finds the band in story-telling mode, for this is a concept album, based around a young girl called Lafaye and the ghosts that surround her life. A hybrid of shoegaze, 80s pop and electronica, above which Alejandra’s swirling vocals are truly haunting."
Monday, 20 February
Debut album from My Best Fiend, the latest guitar-wielders to sign with Warp. The band deal in lush, wall-of-sound orch-pop, hugely indebted to Jason Pierce's Spiritualized in terms of both songwriting and arrangement, but with shades too of Phil Spector, Neil Young, Mercury Rev, Tom Petty, Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips and all those other cosmic cowboys. Created in a Brooklyn garage, it sounds more like it was crafted on the right side of a peyote comedown in the Mojave desert, and will go down well with Americana-inclined pop-pickers and fans of unreconstructed, rousing, redemptive rock music.
Simmering soul and tricky electro for the dance from SBTRKT and his trusty vocal spar, Sampha. 'Hold On' is a gingerly stepping House groove with yearning vox and glassy-eyed melody, sharing a sensitive pop soul with Jamie xx's best. 'Ride To Freedom' is a skilled exercise in twirling, swinging Electro with a nod to Chicago Footwork, and the mysterious Sisi Bak Bak (if rumours are to be believed - a new alias for non other than Thom Yorke) offers the most interesting moment with a brittle, heady re-groove of 'Hold On'.
Kode9, Shabazz Palaces and The Alchemist remixes of Battles for the second in this series.
The originator of the "boompty", jackin' Chicago sound steps to the decks for Fabric's 62nd mix. It's a pure big room selection, intended to drive your ass with a proper Latin shake. Apparently no computers were used, and in just under 75 minute he wends his way thru 18 tracks from the likes of Darius Syrossian, DJ W!ld, Willie Graff & Tuccillo, Mike Jules and Basti Grub.
A choice cut from Gang Colours' forthcoming debut album suite, backed with Machinedrum, Deft, and Ifan Dayfydd remixes. 'Fancy Restaurant' gives a fine taste of what to expect from Gang Colours' deeply refined, debonaire long player, setting a twilight tone of sparse keys, supple electronic soul beats and largely unadorned vocals which pretty much defines his sound. The remixes divert and expand on this sound, from Machinedrum's hyperkinetic jungle-jazz-IDM rework thru the far Eastern refractions of Ifan Dafydd's midnight boogie version, and an impressively meticulous rearrangement by newcomer, Deft.
Heralding her very hotly anticipated album for 4AD, Grimes offers the sparkling 'Genesis'. Flush with kosmiche intent, pop-spirited and sensually groovesome, it's an absolute treat and bodes exceedingly well for what's to come. Tip!
Perky Indie-pop charms from the acceptably twee This Many Boyfriends. They're named after a Beat Happening song and have garnered favourable comparisons with Orang Juice, The Smiths and The Cribs in their relatively short lifespan. The title track is sure to moisten to mood down your local indie disco, and it'd take a heart of stone not to tap a toe to 'Just Sayin'.
Monday, 13 February
Coshing Dubstep heavyweights from the OG halfstep soldier. Returning to Tectonic for the first time since 2009, he's as radge ever. A-side 'Reboot' keeps his style minimal and fresh, working with a squirming, uncomfortable synth distortion and neurotic rave stabs on a pistoning piece of hardcore Dubstep rollidge. Flipside 'Bazurk' is perhaps more typical, slicing up slathering riffage around guillotine snares and skin-flailing hi-hats.
**Absolutely astonishing, revelatory collection of commercial and "secret" synth music by "the American Delia Derbyshire of The Atari Generation". Includes booklet with intro by Andy Votel and track notes by the artist** Suzanne Ciani is a foundational electronic explorer who created a wealth of experimental synth music traversing academic and commercial boundaries. After completing an MA in music composition, Ciani was introduced to synth designer Don Buchla, whose Buchla 200 synthesizer would come to define much of her work for the next two decades. She counted the likes of synth mave… Read more
4th (and we'd imagine final) single from Emika's eponymous debut album, including a special new Jimmy Edgar version and Kilon TeK remix. Besides being the opening track to her album, '3 Hours' was also the demo track which clinched Emika's deal with Ninja Tune. It was apparently inspired by a sunday afternoon spent dancing to Dettmann at Berghain and you can certainly feel that vibe reflected in its dark sensuality and bruising/bruised Techno intentions. Collaborating with Jimmy Edgar, she also provides 'Hit Me', a more sleazy, funked-up New Jack version, beside Kilon TeK's kinda cheesy electro remix.
BIG BONED rave tools from the unholy alliance of Quentin Dupieux (Mr Oizo) & Alex Ridha (Boys Noize) aka Handbraekes! Pulling no punches, A-side we get the jagged electro-jax of 'Callgurls' and the freaky splice and dice, drum-heavy madness of 'Riho', both armed to gills with spannered party vibes. Flipside they kick it up a notch with the dotty noise stabs and marching funk of 'The Qat', before the boggle-eyed, vodka-soaked lairyness of 'Milc' is primed to incite the wallbangers.
**Features remixes by Lapalux, Floating Points, ARP 101, Falty DL, Mark Pritchard, Machine Drum, Blue Daisy, Cosmin TRG and more** Ninja Tune round up a who's who of the current dancefloor spectrum to remix Bonobo's 2010 album 'Black Sands'. Some have already appeared on vinyl - Cosmin TRG's uplifting 'Kiara' version, Floating Points' poised 2-step mix and Machine Drum's deft, Footwurkin' rebuild of 'Eyesdown', for example - but the rest are totally fresh to any format. Some stay relatively faithful to the original material - Banks' brooding Hip Hop revision of 'The Keeper', Falty DL's… Read more
London's Angular Recordings present a curious project conceived and recorded in Ethiopia in 2010 by XL Records boss Richard Russell and his pal Rodaidh McDonald. It was created roughly before Russell was producing Gil Scott-Heron's much loved 'I'm New Here' LP and Rodaidh was recording and mixing The xx's debut album, but it's safe to say it sounds nowt like either. It's more a canny exercise is field recording and electronic fusion, using sounds and inspirations soaked up inside the walled medieval city Harar, to make four slow, humid and experimental grooves. They're also joined by… Read more
With the weight of expectation thrust upon her, Mercury prize winner Speech Debelle deals a confident sophomore album in 'Freedom Of Speech'. Blessed by guest spots from Roots Manuva and Realism and set to reserved, mature instrumentals by in-demand beat-maker Kwes (DELS, Warp Records, DRC project), Speech confronts the world in her deceptively gentle voice, spitting themes of revolution and love. It all really comes together on the pensive, moody soul of her state-of-affairs tune 'Blaze Up A Fire', Kwes on point with a brooding beat and Speech trading bars with Roots Manuva in o… Read more
Driving big room Techno from Alex Under and Slam. Under's 'El Alma del Tiempo' forms a swarm of attacking killer triplet bleeps before the flood gates open to pounding bass and spacey breakdown. Slam's Paragraph remix is straighter, kicks-driven and precisely functional.
Monday, 06 February
Increasingly dextrous producer Raffertie drops his 2nd EP for Ninja Tune, following the excellent 'Visual Acuity' session. In our books he's one of the label's brightest electronic talents, consistently forging his own identity with a keen sense of soul and broad scope. We can hear this from the off in the title track, a frayed and knotted piece of futurist electro-soul with crisp yet elastic contours and appreciation of spatial dynamics. However, the ten minute 'One Track Mind' takes a more epic route, tripping on transfixing kosmische vectors and technoid bass tipped for any fans of the B… Read more