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Friday, 21 November
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** 'Psychic 9-5 Club' is the nigh-on flawless 3rd album from HTRK - quite easily their most ambitious and rewarding outing yet. In contrast with the affective weight and morbid pallor of their 'Work (Work, Work)' LP - which was constructed as a duo after band-member Sean Stewart tragically died halfway through recording, this new suite finds space for a sliver of reflective light epitomised by the pathos of Jonnine Standish's vocals and Nigel Yang's deft, spaciously dub-wise production. There's still that sense of grief and dysphori… Read more
The impeccable Huntleys & Palmers imprint comes with two Latino swingers on the cusp of Funky and that Cómeme sound from Alejandro Paz. A-side 'Callejero' has been doing the rounds since late 2011 and finally lands on wax with martial snares, insistent acid bassline and one of the daftest, charming hooks you'll hear all year. B-side features a newer groove 'Cumbia A Lo Lejos' which starts out sweet and dippy but straddles the fine line between dark delirium and disco hypnotism. Fans of Optimo, Auntie Flo, Cómeme, cop a load!
Thursday, 20 November
Watch yer bassbins; Mumdance & Logos unleash the sought-after P.I.V (geddit?) mix of Ben U.F.O. favourite, 'In Reverse' backed with three more rave essentials. For us, it makes up the strongest Keysound release in years, if not their entire catalogue. the dread bass and wig-flipping riddim of 'In Reverse' is reinforced for optimal, radical rave playback whilst 'Turrican 2' distills the dirtiest, damned effective bits of grime, 4/4 garage/techno and vaporwave to dazzling effect. 'Wut It Do (12" Mix)' lurches in from future past like some T2000 character sent to save the hardcore rave in 2013… Read more
Hype Williams instigator and now solo raconteur, Dean Blunt, sidesteps preconceptions with a quietly psychedelic, sparse and sensual third album. In 'The Redeemer' he tends to a wipe-clean soundworld of lite jazz fusion motifs, bluesy guitar wisps and new age synth gelled together with dreamy sound FX and distressed ansafone messages whilst nonchalant, confessional vocals dictate a drowsy internal narrative. It's a sort of surreal soul scape simulacra, an adult contemporary fantasy as seen and heard from a detached perspective, a fact accentuated by the intangible, voice-in-your… Read more
**Debossed gatefold jacket layout by Stephen O'Malley. Cut by CGB and Rashad Becker at D&M** Regarded as a hugely influential milestone of the electro-acoustic epoch, Bernard Parmegiani's breathtaking 'De Natura Sonorum' is thankfully reissued in its entirety for the first time on vinyl. It's a beguiling feat of spatially diffused concrète dynamics and precise electronic processing providing entry to an extraordinarily vivid and otherworldly soundsphere perfused with sheer, isolated tones, acousmatic alien scree and sudden percussion organised with an abstract yet palpable sense … Read more
**Stunning black metal vision manifest thru the prism of classic synth music, aided by über-producer Randall Dunn. Double vinyl, full-colour gatefold jacket. Includes download** On the incredible 'Celestite', Olympia, Washington's forest-dwelling Weaver siblings, aka Wolves In The Throne Room, synthesise a majestically stark follow-up to the cosmic turmoil of 'Celestial Lineage' . Whilst traces of the Weavers' archetypal guitars are still present, they're largely superseded by an array of synths played by themselves and by Seattle's darkside se'ers Randall Dunn (Ear… Read more
*Vinyl Finally Available* ahhhh, this is so good. Michigan noise celebs John Olson and Nate Young are joined by new blood James Baljo to coin their new era of mutoid wave music on 'No Answer: Lower Floors'. You freaks will also be pleased to hear that former members Aaron Dilloway and Mike Connelly return to the fold for this slab of cold, zombied meat, converging primal visions of regressed futures previously imagined in records by the likes of TG or The German Shepherds. There's a sense that the group's divergent individual interests - Nate Young with Regression, Star… Read more
Wednesday, 19 November
Smart reissue combining two sterling KDJ/Moodymann and Rick Wade platters from 1999-2000. KDJ takes pole place with some killer John Carpenter-in-Africa vibes complemented by an uptempo, soul-combing filter disco ace. Rick Wade lowers the lights further on the flip with a slinkier mood setter called 'Thought Process', backed with the rippling, purring jazz house momentum of 'Forever Night'.
*Repress* Detroit's Jay Daniel builds on the promise of his Sound Signature debut 'Scorpio Rising', with a ruggedly mature double pack for Kyle Hall's Wild Oats. Given a debut opportunity many producers would give a digit for, Jay sticks to his 313 guns with five tracks of hypnotic, vibing deep house on 'Karmatic Equations', repping for a sound he and Kyle Hall have been building at their Fundamentals parties. Strident opener 'Royal Dilemna' cannily sounds like one of Omar-S' standout productions from ten years ago and sets a tone for the rest of the EP, from the wiggling groove, woozy … Read more
What looks like the penultimate edition of FatCat's split series contrasts a remarkably epic Katie Gately composition with a side of spannered psychedelic house by Tlaotlon. This is the first we've heard of Katie Gately since her fascinating side for Public Information a year ago. Again she returns to the painstaking method of sampling and editing her own vocals and concrète sources into uncannily detailed, kinetic arrangements liable to buckle, vault and twist in the most unique geometries. Her 'Pivot' plays through as one 14 minute piece collaging a tortuous narrative from mu… Read more
*500 copies pressed on clear vinyl* Violetshaped appoint Keith Fullerton Whitman, JK Flesh and Grischa Lichtenberger for killer remixes of their eponymous debut album trax. The KFW recomposition of 'Anesthesia' is worth the entry fee twice over if you ask us - masticating the original with his hybrid analogue/digital modular system, manifesting a noxious roil of stereo splintered percussion, banking clouds of gaseous metallic tone and plonging globular bass oozing for 13 minutes over the A-side. It's the final word in noise techno c… Read more
*FEATURES TRACKS NOT ON THE CD ALBUM "SyMptoMs"* The Baron is let loose with with his machines over two sides of Mordant Music branded black plastic. Both cuts aren't featured on this weeks 'SyMptoMs' album, with the title track on the A-sde and the cattily titled 'I'm Not Your Mate, Mate' embedded on the rear. Both tracks revisit 90's/00's rave ghosts of a peculiar kind, not the house type, nor the Hardcore or the techno kind, more the unnamed and unknown weird stuff that fell in between the cracks and still haunts hedgerows and country carparks to this day wit… Read more
More radiophonical f**kery from Ekoplekz, deposited on Bob Bhamra's West Norwood Cassette Library. The 'Rock La Bibliotek' EP features six cuts of grubby analog utterance ranging from the marsh-troddin' Sarkaztik' to the dank chamber zones of 'Dropkone' on the A-side, and from plonging stepper 'Metronomik' to the eyrie ritual of 'Ekztatik' on the other.
Beau Wanzer raids his archive circa 2002-2008 and comes out dripping with wave filth. 'Untitled' is the Chicago artist's 1st album collection, following years of service with Civil Duty, Hypercube, Mutant Beat Dance, and Streetwalker. It's an urgent, cryptic dispatch from the brink of hardwave, minimal electronics and post punk, driven by arcane machines and infected with an oppressive, melancholic urban atmosphere. There are ten track on board, each framing Wanzer at his moodiest, most obtuse, from the recursive delays and snake-hipped shuffle of outstanding opener, 'Groove's No Zone'… Read more
"For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG's first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit 'baked tape' digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. Vinyl - The newly cut 180-gram vinyl editions include painstakingly restored cover artworks, using original source material from the Industrial Recor… Read more
*2011 issue - restored and remastered by Chris Carter from 24bit 'baked tape' transfers of the original tapes* "For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG's first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit 'baked tape' digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. Vinyl - The newly cut … Read more
2011 issue - restored and remastered by Chris Carter from 24bit 'baked tape' transfers of the original tapes. "For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG's first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit 'baked tape' digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. Vinyl - The newly cut 180-gram vinyl editions in… Read more
Listening to this latest album from Liz Harris’ Grouper project it’s easy to forget how much of a hard sell her music was back when 'Way Their Crept’ landed with us back in 2005. Her eerie, layered mix of bare vocals, guitar and tape delay didn't quite fit in with what anyone else was really doing on the scene back then - and it completely knocked us out even if no one was buying it. By the time her breakthrough ‘Dragging a Dead Deer…’ arrived on Type three years later she was more or less playing to a baying mob hungry for any little morsel she cared to throw their way, her (by now) more fleshed out … Read more
**4 x 180g LP pressing of You're Dead! album, plus You're Dead! Instrumentals. All vinyl in printed inner sleeves, outer sleeves and rigid box and lid. Includes download code card redeemable from the label** Flying Lotus flexes his most earnest jazz muscles on this fifth solo album, his 4th for Warp. Star-lit with guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, Niki Randa, it's the work of heightened, enlightened minds projecting into spheres beyond this mortal coil. Funny then that it all sounds so fami… Read more
Tuesday, 18 November
**First Edition on Ltd White Vinyl** Rrose reboots Eaux for 2014 with three worm-holing techno tracks in his deeply focussed style. A-side extrudes yer mind and body elastic through the tiered arpeggios and thrumming bass of 'Pentagons' and the descending triplets of 'Ammonia'. B-side 'Mirror' coolly charges up a fizzing minimal techno jack to acidic peaks and a droning conclusion.
**Remastered reissue edition of 500 housed in spot gloss jacket with 4-page 12" booklet of liner notes** 'Prata Bagnati Del Monte Analogo' is a sublime and truly rarified piece of occult esoterica produced by the famous Franco Battiato and originally published in 1979 on a series he curated for Gianni Sassi's Cramps Records. This edition has been remastered by Giuseppe Ielasi from original tapes. It was inspired by the unfinished pataphysical novel 'Le Mont Analogue' by French writer Renè Daumal, himself a student of engimatic Armenian mystic Georges Ivanovich Gurdjie… Read more
**First time on vinyl - spotgloss gatefold jacket with metallic-printed liner notes insert. Edition of 500** A label like Die Schachtel can easily overwhelm any listener with its vast catalogue, dividing its attentions between showcasing new experimental music (predominantly from Italy) and reissuing lost classics. In both cases you'll often find yourself confronted with works and artists you'll have had no prior knowledge of, and frankly, it can all seem a little bit disorientating, even overwhelming at times. This release is one that really shines out though - it's surely one … Read more
Kowton and Julio Bashmore present four heady hardware constructions on Glasgow's All Caps label. Paying tribute to those massive old Soviet hovercraft, Ekranoplan, the 'Wing In Surface Effect' EP glides from filtered ambient chords in 'One Meter Up', to one deep-but-punchy muffukka called 'Coil' doing Chi house boogie via Bristol/London bass styles on the A-side. Turn her over and 'Star Frog' sustains a sublime tension with raw, ticking percussion and piquant arpeggios awash with purple hued chords - perfect for breaking up a set full of heavy bass/kicks - before they fade out to Ground Effect Vehicle'.
*Second Pressing with green ink stamp* Keysound set the levels for 2014 with Wen's rude refix of Dizzee Rascal's '04 rarity, 'Strings Hoe'. His follow-up to the wicked 'Commotion' EP of 2013 is a perfect example of the 130bpm sound he and Keysound have been cultivating for the last 18 months or so; pitching the original's pizzicato hook and Dizzee's yelp to a much darker, slunking electro swagger compatible with Funky, Techno, Garage and house, it's a sound that's probably not been so open and ripe for mixing since the early '90s when garage, house, hardcore and techno … Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** 'Xen' sets a definitive new apex for 24 y.o. Venezuelan artist Alejandro Ghersi aka Arca following his pivotal production roles on two of the most important hip hop/R&B albums in recent memory; Kanye's 'Yeezus' and FKA Twigs 'EP2' & 'LP1' - plus production work on Bjork;s next album still to come. Suitably housed among the roster of electronic legends on Mute, it's a nimble leap forward from last year's incredible '&&&&&' mixtape/LP, refracting myriad variations of his chamber-like fusion of vaporwave 'tronics, tarraxho and technoid pop queered … Read more
**Double heavyweight vinyl in a black/opaque outer plastic sleeve - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** The mercurial Mr. Blunt keeps everyone guessing with the 'Black Metal' follow-up to his widely acclaimed LP, 'The Redeemer' (2013). Let's get it out of the way: it's not black metal, in the cold, Northerly sense, at least. Musically, its palette actually bears more resemblance to early Factory or Rough Trade records by The Durutti Column or Scritti Politti - or even Serge Gainsbourg - than anything remotely connected to Bathory or Burzum. And taken in light of his o… Read more
*Includes bonus 2CD format* “Sun Ra said he came from Saturn, because white America treated him like an alien, like a creature from outer space, so he became one, an anarcho‐emperor of the fantastic, who made it to the moon before America or Russia, because the moon was nowhere near as far out as he could really go.“ Paul Morley Strut and Art Yard join forces for a special release to mark what would have been Sun Ra’s 100th birthday with ’In The Orbit Of Ra’, a new collection curated by the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current b… Read more
Monday, 17 November
*Vinyl re-pressed for the first time in a decade...new edition has been re-mastered from the original DAT tapes and has been re-cut onto heavyweight collector’s edition vinyl. The original image on the back of the sleeve is now in colour with a spot varnish finish on the images & text alongside the usual Skam Braille sticker* This 35 minute EP from BoC is arguably their most complete outing, having landed a couple of years before their still unbeatable ‘Music Has The Right…’ album and including some of their best material bar none - the brooding Detroit inversi… Read more
**Re-Press** Bristol's Vessel, El Kid and Jabu, part of the Young Echo collective, follow 2012's excellent Killing Sound tape for No Corners with this heavy doublepack for Blackest Ever Black. Described by the label as containing "four oblique soundsystem murderers", the EP is in some respects a bit of a side-step for BEB, edging away from their largely post-industrial and archival leanings in favour of something much more contemporary. Young Echo have had an incredible amount of press and attention over the last 18 months, testament perhaps to the rich and diverse number of projects its … Read more