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Monday, 20 October
*Comes in a deluxe Gatefold Sleeve* Ahhh this one’s a real peach. Veering far from what we expected, ‘Games Have Rules’ is a brilliant late night excursion made in the spirit of classic Artificial Intelligence albums, instantly reminding us of that killer first Reaganz (Move D & Jonah Sharp) album from ’94 with it’s atmospheric soundscaping and nods to John Carpenter. In fact it’s not all that removed from the better end of the Fax/Rather Interesting catalogue - especially those Atom Heart/Namlook collabs that seemed to go on forever and soundtracked m… Read more
Following on from that impressive Leon Lowman retrospective last year, the fledgling 'Music From Memory' label returns to impress with this genuinely sublime set from little known Italian musician Gigi Masin, bringing together archival pieces with more recent recordings. Masin was part of a small underground scene in Venice, releasing two modestly pressed LP's 'Wind' (1986) and 'Wind Collector' (1991) and appearing alongside Charles Hayward for the Sub Rosa compilation LP "Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre Volume 2" (1988). Having met with little commercial success in Italy at the time, Ma… Read more
*Back in stock* Ben Frost's 2007 album Theory Of Machines caused quite a stir within the electronic music community, shattering genre conventions with its deft conflation of intensely dark metal, academic electroacoustics and blissful, drone-weaving modern classical touches. By The Throat takes these same principles and develops them into something altogether grander. This is an album of contradictions: during the opening piece 'Killshot', you'll be exposed to music that's both viscerally hard on the ears and achingly beautiful, combining gracefully cinematic dulcimer … 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
One of Bristol's most interesting artists returns with an ace, oddly organic 2nd album for Tri Angle. 'Punish Honey' cements Vessel's unique position in modern electronica, not least as the first artist bestowed the honour of a 2nd full length on Tri Angle, but also due to his kink for a queered, oxidised alloy of organic and electronic tone, texture and timbre. In it, he uses electro-acoustic/concrète techniques and process to embody a unique voice and character, rather than towards any academic purposes. Employing sheet metal as percussion and sawn-off bicycles as flutes, he arrives at a roili… Read more
*Limited vinyl stock back in - Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* 'Engravings' is the eagerly awaited debut album by Forest Swords. Emerging some three years since his cherished EPs for Olde English Spelling Bee (remember them?!) and No Pain In Pop, he returns with a heavy soul and keener grasp of aerated R&B and dub dynamics whilst retaining the deglazed, haunted and crepuscular pop essence that left us wanting for much more with 'Dagger Paths' and the sublime Rattling Cage' single. It's to their credit that Tri Angle have largely kept him out of the limelight and shy of the … Read more
**140g vinyl recut by Noel Summerville from original DAT master. Includes sticker postcard with die cut windows** 'In A Beautiful Place In The Country' is arguably one of the most beautiful records in BoC's catalogue. As part of the holy hexagon with 'Hi Scores', the 'Aquarius' 7" and their 'Music Has The Right..." and 'Geogaddi' LP's, it's rightly gained something of a(n) (oc)cult status as a time portal to better, bucolic times... Essential pick.
Fiercely disciplined debut from Japan's Ueno Masaaki, presenting the 7th edition of Raster-Noton's Unun series. In four concise pieces, Masaaki articulates a unique style of techno apparently taking "his musical cue from natural phenomena and the laws of nature", and manifest in a chain reaction of hyper-ventilating rhythm and shifting percussive tone. In some respects, his minimalist efficiency and the evolution of his rhythms strongly remind of productions by Hungary's Gábor Lázár and Rotherham's Mark Fell, but the difference lies in his taste for saltier, scuffed drum hits and m… Read more
**Coloured vinyl edition with a bonus 7-inch** Rocket Recordings pull out all the stops for Goat's keenly awaited follow-up to 'World Music'. With 'Commune' the Swedish troupe refine their classic sound to a slickly potent trip referencing all the right retro touchstones with all the barrelling drums, fuzzy, eastward-gazing guitars and free-wheeling solos you could hope for, cemented by those howling-from-the-cliff vocals. Rest assured you're getting the authentic luxury "psychedelic" experience - absolutely no messy bits or a longhair out of place. Can't argue with that, can you?
Friday, 17 October
*Very limited clear vinyl re-press* Hospital Productions debut from Nine Inch Nails’ Alessandro Cortini, a suite of 9 analogue synth pieces complete with found and ambient sounds* Alessandro Cortini is best known as the lead electronics performer in Nine Inch Nails’, but in recent years his work as ‘Sonoio' and a pair of fine albums for Important Records under his own name have highlighted his own individual productions. Known as one of the pre-eminent Buchla masters in North America, Cortini makes a surprising departure on this debut album for Hospital Producti… Read more
Another session of searing slow-techno brilliance from Low Jack. In key with the de-evolutions of his Delsin 12" and killer pair for In Paradisum, he makes another striking step sideways with the 'Flashes EP', reeling from the title cut's frenetic churn to the banging Noz nightmare, 'Don't U Know' and the tumbling body music affray, 'Sweet Cheater' with the sort of febrile, psychedelic effect and aesthetic that doesn't come around too often. Fans of Metasplice, Andy Stott, Hieroglyphic Being - meet a potential new favourite!
Manchester house and techno clubnight Meandyou finally unveil their label with a debut 12" starring exclusive tracks from Juniper and Kassem Mosse, plus newcomers Sul and Heron. Four tracks plumb the depths of their closely defined basement aesthetic; Juniper plays deep and moody with the wormy acidic bass pressure and woozy, watery chords of 'They Came To Find Us', and Kassem Mosse provides the highlight, a buttoned-up swinger with warm, sensuous Detroit synth washes and sparing, lithe machine grooves. The EPs' most intriguing moment is Sul's intense, brain-burrowing techno… Read more
Gobsmacking first-ever vinyl reissue of instrumental synth tracks sourced from Colin Potter ov NWW's early '80s tape stash, re-mastered and presented in deluxe, hand-numbered edition of 500 with screen-printed jackets by House Of Traps. Following their tease of a 7", Sacred Summits blow the dome off it with these five pieces recorded by Potter at his small home studio in North Yorkshire between 1979-1983. Spurred by the possibilities of Punk, inspired by the recording techniques of dub, and un-blinkered by formal music training, Potter conceived a take on ambient, kosmiche synth and drum… Read more
20 years since completion of their foundational 12" series, Basic Channel present a full 14 minute version of 'Q-Loop' backed with first ever vinyl cuts of 'Q 1.2' and 'Mutism' - previously found on the 'BCD' (1995) and Scion's 'Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks' releases. Need we say any more?
*Back in stock* After crafting one of the most enduring albums of the last few years with 2008's 'Hazyville', Actress sets his sights on the future with a crucial LP for Honest Jon's. This album signifies two important points; firstly, the fact that Honest Jon's are putting this out at all acknowledges Mr Cunningham's place in the lineage of potentially classic Afrofuturistic music, from George Clinton through Prince and Shake Shakir, and secondly, a major maturity and cohesion in his sound. Wheras it's predecessor was composed over a staggered period of many, many years, this album was fashioned in … Read more
**Repress** Throwing Snow and Patrick Hanrahan's Left_Blank greenhouse bears another delicious fruit from Vessel, dropping his 2nd solo EP proper ahead of a keenly anticipated debut album for Tri Angle. Operating somewhere between the cloudy headspaces of Andy Stott, Hype Williams and Actress, the 'Standard' EP coolly zig-zags between blunted House haunted with Drexciyan echoes on the downslow butt-thumper 'Standard', to uptempo Detroit techniques with eyes-down appeal on 'Merge', before the dislocated, destabilized patterns of 'Zero' fray into Radiophonic ether with a raw hypnotic intuition. Nex… Read more
Up-and-coming NYC rapper, Bishop Nehru, gets served a healthy sack of beats by metal-fingers-in-exile, Doom, for his debut album with Lex Records. Imagine how gassed Nehru must be, a 19 year old MC with a massive thing for golden-era '90s hip hop, who's been given a debut vehicle by the guy who defined that era at its most rugged, smartest? Luckily it doesn't go to his head on 'NehruvianDOOM (Sound Of The Son)'. He comes off as a keen, hungry, disciplined rapper with a consciousness beyond his years. But it's debatable how far he stamps his own personality on the project. Riding over a s… Read more
*Deluxe double LP pressed onto 180g vinyl, includes a copy of the album on CD free inside. Also includes a comprehensive 36 page booklet* It can't be easy following a record as beguiling as 2008's genre-defying 'The Drift', but pounding to life with the incessant woodpecker percussion of album opener 'See You Don't Bump His Head', it's clear that 69-year-old Scott Walker has shock and awe in mind. He's never been an artist who's struggled with originality, and 'Bish Bosch' takes his aural cubism even further than ever before with confusing instrumentation and some of his finest vocal work to … Read more
Thursday, 16 October
**Hand-painted sleeve** Former Hood and Remote Viewer member Andrew Johnson follows the sublime ambient techno themes of his new project, A New Line (Related) into the beatless zones of 'A Roomful Of Lovers', backed with a remix by fellow Lancastrian, Miles of Demdike Stare. The original's amorphous wash of dub chords and background percussive fumbles captures a serene ambience that's just beautifully evocative, while Miles rebuilds the static swirl with subtle dubbing, eventually yielding a plonging, motorik bass skank filtering Burnley styles by way of Berlin luft.
**Spot-gloss printed double LP gatefold** Tim Hecker exchanges bombast for intimacy on his follow-up to 'Ravedeath, 1972' and his 'Instrumental Tourist' with Daniel "OPN" Lopatin. Using the gristly, naked grain and off-key, out-of-phase accents of woodwinds, piano and synthesizer played by an ensemble including Ben Frost and Valgeir Sigurdsson, and heightened by his studio alchemy, he highlights tense, almost fraught relationships between all involved with visceral, keening dissonance approaching a narcotic potency when experienced over the full duration of the album. He makes allusion… Read more
*Re-Press* *The much-in-demand vinyl version of the second (or third, depending on how you calculate) Stars of the Lid album, their ﬁrst for Kranky, now ﬁnally reissued on vinyl. The original 4 track cassette recordings were remastered and new lacquers were cut, and the original artwork has been updated* When it comes to genre-defining releases, even releases that define a band's career, few sum up ambient music, and the work of Stars of the Lid in general like 'The Ballasted Orchestra'. Released in 1996 it was their third album and the band's first for the Kran… Read more
*First time this classic Tim Hecker album has been available on vinyl* Incredibly rich, sumptuous album from Tim Hecker, layering his particular blend of organic ambience with slivers of piano, found sounds and the quiet hum of abandoned machinery. Playing counterpart to the processed acoustic transmissions of Fennesz, Hecker takes a much darker route, only offering relief from the mass of textures he concocts with deep buried remnants of melody and light. As a follow-up to Mille Plateaux's sublime "Radio Amor", "Mirages" is an even more majestic album, striding with a confident heaviness further out into the wilderness, deep into the night.
*Fully Remastered Audio taken from from brand-new HD 96/24 masters and pressed onto 180g Vinyl with download card. This is the first time the album has been re-pressed since its release in 1988!!!* ‘Blue Bell Knoll’ was the Cocteau Twins’ fifth studio album. Delivered after a slightly longer period between records than fans had been used to, this was the first album they recorded in their own studio. Freed to now make music how they wanted and with no clock to beat, they rose to the challenge of producing it themselves with real aplomb, introducing a new pop sensibility to their sound, expressed through shorter, ‘hookier’ songs with occasionally intelligible lyrics....
*Fully Remastered Audio taken from from brand-new HD 96/24 masters and pressed onto 180g Vinyl with download card. This is the first time the album has been re-pressed since its release in 1990!!!* ‘Heaven Or Las Vegas’ was to become the Cocteau Twins' most commercially successful release, reaching Number 7 in the UK Charts. Numerous publications have since declared it one of the best albums of the 90s, with Pitchfork calling it “a core of ungodly gorgeous songs that is every bit as moving and relevant today as it ever was.” Label founder Ivo Watts-Russell goes furthe… Read more
*Finally available again* If you'd told us back in 2009 that Hype Williams would one day be releasing an EP on Hyperdub, we'd have raised our eyebrows, but a year or so later it actually makes sense - Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland's predilection for sickly-psychedelic synths, rugged beats and a sense of occluded urban dread making them a simpatico if still bold addition to Kode9's stable. Have they altered their sound for the bass-heads? Nah, course not, and nor do they need to - for all its lo-fi patina, Hype's music has always been heavy-as-f*ck on the subs. That said, op… Read more
Wednesday, 15 October
**Double LP with printed inners** The Swedish duo return with their 2nd album in as many years for Avian. 'Linear S Decoded' feels more toned, tensile and moody than the caustic attacks of their debut 'Strgths', and at 13 tracks long it's quantitatively more substantial, giving the pair more room to generate a broader spectrum of melodic emotion and crushed drum patterns. That said, it still operates mostly at the submerged, midnight end of the spectrum, ready for immersion in the club, or equally in headphones. There's some ripe dancefloor gear in the hydraulic pump of 'Drain This Lor… Read more
*Long unavailable - finally re-pressed* Abrasive techno shunts from an incognito source. Styles rave from knuckle-dusting noise bruisers to monotone pump on the A-side, and over to more funked-up, Blawan-esque chew and blistering lowlands-style buck on the back-side. Fans of MCMXCI, the noisiest L.I.E.S., Metasplice etc should check it oot.
*Long unavailable - finally re-pressed* Rrose reprises his working relationship with august sound artist Bob Ostertag on a powerful maiden release for his Eaux label. A-side features Ostertag's 1977 recording of Buchla 200, tape delay, flute and violin at Oberlin Conservatory: an ethereal missive assembled from quivering microtonal drones, desolate ship's whistle notes and fog horn blasts peppered with alien modular twitches. B-side, from behind his mask of anonymity Rrose offers two revisions: 'The Surgeon General (No Child Left Behind)' dissolves original elements into a de… Read more
*Gatefold Vinyl Edition - Includes download coupon redeemable from the label* Seb Gainsborough's debut album as Vessel arrives on Tri Angle, immediately expanding what the label stands for even as it reinforces some of its central tenets. But what's important about this splendid record isn't what label it's on, it's the music itself - and we have to say that the Young Echo member has really excelled himself, crafting a nocturnal epic of a depth, breadth and maturity remarkable from one so young. Sculpting a self-contained sound-world largely distinct from anything he's released b… Read more
**2LP. Printed inners. Embossed PVC jacket** One of Techno's slipperiest operators presents his debut album statement in the subtle but lush structures of 'Suzi Ecto' for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth. Over the last four years the London-based musician has garnered the respect of everyone from PAN's Bill Kouligas to Ben UFO and Objekt, exemplifying his artistic versatility and aptitude for transcending cerebral and club dimensions. With 'Suzi Ecto' he opens a lucidly gorgeous space between the 'floor and our imagination, sweeping us thru eleven concisely detailed prisms refracting classic IDM… Read more