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Thursday, 06 March
Ramadanman continues to blaze a trail through 2010 with a highly anticipated drop for Loefah's Swamp 81 crew. Working with a similar palette of 808-driven beats as Addison Groove or Girl Unit, he references Chicago juke and Dutch bubbling in 'Fall Short', arranging economical and hugely effective patterns that land outside the zones of dubstep and Funky, yet complement them beautifully. With the flipside joint 'Work Them' he also nods to the similarities between B-More and UK Hardcore, twisting out rumbunctious breakbeats and flashing stabs that have been sending crowds loopy in the h… Read more
Shifted bosses it up on three crafty, Birmingham-style techno tools plus an industrial intermission. 'Sickness By Means Of Clairvoyance' is the follow-up to his 'Crossed Paths' album, following that trajectory into the walloping, corrugated gallop of 'Chapter' and the MB-like offcut 'Feeding'. Flipside the Brum accent is more pronounced in the Regis-style foundry work of 'Aun Weor' and with the oxidised textures and throbbing force of 'Unveiled'.
**Repress!!** Pure dread at 130 on Keysound from newcomer Wen, approaching the gulliest grime riddims with a cinematic lens and razor-sharp production. Fans of Beneath's fiendishly engineered rollers will be feeling 'Commotion' and 'Nightcrawler' but the truth is they're even icier and more minimal than that, the sound design more precise and punishing. It's no fluke either: the whole EP cuts like a freshly whetted blade: 'Spark It' turns on flightier, UKF-informed drum programming, but evokes the kind of widescreen rudeboy paranoia the likes of which we haven't felt since Loefah's earliest … 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
Tri Angle Record's 2nd issue is the debut release proper from a very special artist, San Francisco's oOoOO. He's in very good company on this exquisitely curated label, nestled among the likes of Balam Acab, Stalker and Nowa Huta, who together form a collective shadow over the disciplines of big money R'n'B and shivering Cold Wave electro with a creepily succinct Pop aesthetic. And it's this acute articulation of mood and style that sets these productions apart from any other crowd out there. Tracks like 'Hearts' with its Fever Ray-meets-Cassie feel or the arcane hooks of 'Burnout Eyes' have the mark … Read more
*Vinyl re-press, available for the first time in months* Following last year's extraordinary See Birds EP - a record that has inspired legion imitators but to our knowledge no credible equals - Balam serves up his debut full-length proper on Tri Angle. From opening track 'Welcome' on in, you know you're in good hands: disembodied vocal fragments swirl like ghosts around the chambers of a sunken galleon before a sudden loop of life-affirming strings bursts brightly and alters your perspective. The American artist's brilliance lies in his ability to coax an almost liturgical drama out of loose… Read more
After a pair of real killer EP's last year (both of them making it to our top 100 singles of 2012), Tri Angle present the label debut from FIS on his 'Preparations' EP. FIS has evolved a unique mutation of core D&B electronics with a shocking sense of rhythm structure and abstract texturing resulting in those mind-blowing records for Exit and close Kiwi pals, Samurai Horo, in the last few years. For Tri Angle, he offers up a necessary reissue of his aerobic-mystic modern classic, 'DMT Usher' - which now fetches mad money 2nd hand - backed with three exclusive new forms: the crushing/crushed geometri… Read more
**Back in stock** Tri Angle have done us all a favour and pressed up Evian Christ's sublime 'Duga - 3' mix on a one-sided plate. Originally released as a mix for Dummy Magazine in summer 2012, it is technically an original, 20-minute composition in four seamlessly arranged parts and was inspired by the artist's research into the eponymous Soviet signal transmitter - the 'Duga - 3'. The transmitter was characterised by the repetitive tapping sound it broadcast which was sufficiently powerful enough to intercept transmissions across the world. And, in truly Conet Project s… Read more
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* Trevor Jackson dances with the zeitgeist again on this bountiful 2nd volume of 'Metal Dance: Industrial/New Wave/EBM Classics & Rarities '79-'88'. The first volume was Resident Advisor's reissue of 2012 and, by all rights, this 26-track collection should be held in equally high regard. If anything, he's gone deeper into his famed collection, pulling out total rarities such as CHBB's 'Ima Iki-Mashoo' and the militant 'Riot Squad' by a pre-ABC Vice Versa alongside classic anthems such as Chris & Cosey's 'D… Read more
Wednesday, 05 March
**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
*Triple LP housed in a gorgeous die-cut sleeve* The bleary-eared swagger of 'Ghettoville' concludes Actress' album cycle begun with his debut 'Hazyville' back in 2008. As we're sure you're well aware, in the meantime he's released a pair of modern classics, 'Splazsh' and 'R.I.P.', two radically rugged, sophisticated abstractions of electronic music alternately rendered in crystal clear and far-more-murky resolution. With 'Ghettoville' it would appear he's wearing his black-tinted glasses again, the ones which don't show up his bloodshot eyes and give him license to prowl the most fugged-up interz… Read more
Furious, fiendish footwork productions from Rashad, his second EP for Hyperdub this year. The title track dices up ghetto movie samples with shutterbug snares and busy-signal bleeps, bringing nuff agitation to the dance; ‘Brighter Dayz’ and ‘Way I Feel’ combine humid summer keys with extremes of broken rhythm, while ‘Everybody’ nods to the UK ‘nuum with its lurid raver’s vamps and teasing junglist fills.
Theo Parrish selects and sequences twelve beautiful Black Jazz Records classics at the behest of Japan's Snow Dog Records - featuring music by Doug Carn, The Awakening, Calvin Keys, Rudolph Jonson, among others. Following in the footsteps of Gilles Peterson and DJ Mitsu The Beats, Theo was sent a package of ten LPs drawn from the Oakland, CA label's small but perfectly formed catalogue between 1971-1976 when it existed to represent a "new and fresh alternative to traditional jazz, embodying the spirit of the black/urban awakening of the civil rights period." As to be expected Theo t… Read more
Tuesday, 04 March
More intriguing moves from Louis Johnstone's WANDA GROUP, this time presented on Gold Panda's Notown label. Something of an increasingly cult figure whose music follows few known vectors or conventions, WANDA GROUP's inner space sound beguiles and gratifies in equal measures on 'Outer Alsation EP'. Unlike so much music that sounds like you've heard it all before, there's a real sense of temporal dislocation and downright oddness at play here that feels genuinely otherworldly, undefined and new. Following a morbid theme throughout his oeuvre, both pieces were conceived as elegies to his … Read more
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* The increasingly ubiquitous Huerco S. services Dan Lopatin’s Software imprint with his debut album proper, following that seductive, rep-making trio of EPs on Wicked Bass, Opal Tapes / Boomkat Editions and Future Times. It’s top-drawer stuff, taking the new age ambience and rugged, smoke-choked house rhythms du jour and turning them inside out, opening up new zones of dubwise introspection. ‘Plucked From The Ground, Towards The Sun’ is a 90s Chain Reaction cut inspected through a smeared microscope lens, but it’s the minor key shifts and a… Read more
Raving madnezz from the indomitable Altered Natives. As the story goes, Danny Native dropped the nutty A-side 'Beastly Ghastly' on 'em at the Hoya Hoya clubnight some months back and the crew were rushing the decks to find out what it was. Turned out it was unsigned and now here it is, ramming old skool samples against Ballroom "Ha" stabs, massive subs and rolling drums like nowt you've heard this year, or the last. Flipside he makes the party darker with a grumbling, spectral roller called 'The Flattery Of Stalkers', and tips out with a sick Broken Beat number fusing midnight jaz… Read more
Jóhann Jóhannsson returns with this limited vinyl soundtrack to U.S. thriller "Prisoners" directed by Denis Villeneuve. Filmmmusicmag: "Prisoners" is certainly one of the more interesting scores to appear since Johnny Greenwood's brilliantly bizarre "There Will Be Blood," while doing far less - if that's even possible - a score that communicates riveting ideas with the most deceptively minimal of efforts - It's "art" music that just happens to be a film score, and pretty much completely outside of the box in a cool Icelandic way."
Prostitutes proceeds his Diagonal EP with another salvo of grotty, throbbing machine music for the Avian-affiliated Mira imprint. Blessed with one of the best titles of recent times, 'Truncheon Cadence (Part One)' hems close to that stoically purist sound James Donadio has established with his self-released LP and issues for Opal Tapes and Digitalis over the last couple of years. It includes some of his strongest club tracks in the rolling industrial thump of 'Led Up Garden Paths' and the dubbed-out techno skanker 'Odd Dog End', but our favourites have to be the skudged, gru… Read more
Prostitutes tests his techno mettle on the 2nd part of his 10" series for Avian's sister label, Mira. It's really all about the A-side on this one. 'An Enormous Door' ranks among the best we've heard from him, cutting a solid groove of rocking industrial techno freaked out with a mesmerising vocal stab, whilst 'Bomb Splinters' feels like his take on Dance Mania, running percolated, dried out drums and industrial clanks. Flipside is cool, but maybe not as useful, swaggering with claggy kicks and piercing hi-end frequencies on 'Smouldering Wilderness' beside the dubbed out roll of ' Rigid Pathetic Heaps'.
*First ever vinyl pressing of probably the most special album from Johann Johannsson - new on Touch.* 'Viroulegu Forsetar' was Johann Johannsson'ssecond album - a breathtaking hour-long composition in four parts that reeks of all the majesty and grandeur of classical music as it seeps into the realm of imaginary soundtracking. Written for and performed by 11 Brass players, percussion, electronics, organ and piano, Johannson seemed intent on making himself one of the most notable modern composers working in the field. Grand in scale and ambition, paced to perfection and baring all… Read more
Russell Haswell puts a donk on it for Diagonal in a compelling, combustible and personalised '37 Minute Workout' of fractured noise and techno deconstructions. Working under a title nodding to both the album's physicality and riffing on Paul Morley's idea that the perfect album length is 37 minutes long, it's a typically uncompromising session cocking a contrary view of the dancefloor. Rhythmically, it's by far the most "structured" album in Haswell's solo catalogue, consolidating the freeform, improvised approach and brutalist, visceral timbres of previous releases with an apprecia… Read more
**The third title in the re-release series of early Rrose titles on his/her own label, Eaux** Rrose presents another deep tripping episode of mottled, murky darkside Techno. A-side 'With All Faces Bleached Out' stoically channels sewer ambience over lurching subbass and steady bleeps in a unique style reserved for imaginative DJs and home appreciation alike. Flipside 'Worn/Scarred' refuses to resolve the rhythm in any conventional sense, arranging offset, discombobulated ketamine patterns with into a sludgy descent, while 'White/Drip' pensively precipitates Sähko-esque bleeps rendered with infinite reverbs. Ace.
*Third edition in plain sleeve with insert* Three bare-boned rhythm tracks by label head Powell, backed with a superb Karl O'Connor (Regis) remix. Powell's original tracks are a masterful reduction and consolidation of ideas studied from the likes of Nitzer Ebb, Suicide and Mika Vainio, matching their rockabilly attitude with the kind of dry, technoid funk exercised by Raime or Vatican Shadow. His title track is all chugging, bow-kneed swagger, like warehouse music made in 1959, while '09' is sludgier and gloweringly stush, and 'Ro… Read more
Exquisite offerings from Eglo's blessed soul vocalist, Fatima Bramme Sey, atop the creamiest beats from equally talented producer/label boss, Floating Points. If you've dipped into the warm waters of modern Soul in the last few years it's highly likely you're familiar with Fatima's output already, from her appearances on DVA's 'Just Vybe (Soule:Power Mix)' to Shafiq Husayn's 'Lil Girl' or a slew of Eglo releases. Make no mistake, though; this is the one you need! The A-side is a luxurious showcase in three parts: from the bass-suspended red-carpet introduction of 'Cinnamon', through the soul-con… Read more
*Includes a Moritz von Oswald Dub!* The wicked Wareika Hill sounds crew return on Honest Jons with a dance sweetening Afro-shuffler backed with a heavyweight dub mix from Moritz Von Oswald. 'Proverb of proverbs' is a delightful little number, working up a batty wiggling percussive polyrhythm topped with a brass section guaranteed to put a smile on your face, the crew have come up trumps here with an essential summer anthem ready to crack out when summer actually arrives. The other reason you really need this 7" is the Moritz dub edit on the flipside, deft… Read more
Roving acid techno trips from the Speculator, William Thomas Burnett, aka Willie Burns, back on Will Bankhead's TTT. His follow-up to 'The Overlord EP 'Treks into sunset/sunrise 303 zones in four parts. A-side, 'A Tab Of Acid' and its 'Acidapella' comes to chew your mind with nasty envelope pinches and driving kicks, whereas 'Washed Hands' and 'She Left In Spring' are more melancholy, orange and crimson-hued pieces of acid tranquility pushing for the horizon.
R&S' legendary Apollo sublabel delivers a very special 12" by original rave spirit, James Leyland Kirby (The Caretaker, V/Vm, The Stranger). Consolidating a quarter century love affair with early Belgian Techno and New Beat which has deeply informed his oeuvre, it's safe to say that this 12" brings matters full circle. Together with close pal/mentor and V/Vm associate Acid Alan (who gets a shoutout on the runout groove), Kirby has long drawn much inspiration from the transcendent, subversive appeal of late '80s/early '90s rave and club culture which has been most s… Read more
Clapped-out darkside house cruizers from the L.I.E.S. dude on Will Bankhead's Trilogy Tapes. Four cuts, each as grubby and tape sodden as the next, dispense murky bass, sandpapered percussion and grotty cyberpunk synths veering from the shades-on stride of 'Slain' thru to robo-rutting house riddims and gurgling slow techno for DJs and dancers of an untoward disposition.
**This pressing contains some slight, occasional distortion on the B-side. It's a minor problem but please don't purchase if in doubt** Following a Martian techno excursion with Juan Atkins, Moritz Von Oswald reprises his Trio with Sasu Ripatti and Max Loderbauer for two trips to Neptunian dub house scapes. The original 'Blue' unfurls languorous pads reaching to the horizon over a dense, driving 4/4 and evaporating chords, lending a muted technoid tone to their jazz-wise and krautrock-influenced pieces. With the 'Blue Dub' Moritz stretches the riddim to 12 minutes, opening skanking anti-… Read more