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Tuesday, 02 September
Numero present David Blair Stiffler's breathtaking 1988 excursion to the isolated, landlocked Mountain Province of the Northern Philippines. Risking "life and limb" to document the region's under-recorded cultures, the noted field recordist's trip actually ended as a hostage of the MNLF rebels, who confiscated his party's equipment bar the clothes on their back and a single cassette. Upon return to America, the masters, intended for release by Folkways, were shelved in light of Folkways founder Moses Asch's death, but thankfully they' were rediscovered to become the record … Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* *Reissue on Superior Viaduct* "San Francisco's first and only rock n' roll band, Crime loomed over the entire Mabuhay Gardens scene with their blistering 1976 single "Hot Wire My Heart." Crime's loose, damaged rock n' roll was as immediate as it was controversial. They were Punk by any definition, yet shunned the label with a guttersnipe sneer. Their meticulously cultivated aesthetic of S&M graphics and police uniforms produced some of the era's most indelible imagery. One of their finest moves was playing in the San Quentin prison yard. Form… Read more
**A super rare vinyl outing for one of the 20th century's most revered electro-acoustic composers, housed in debossed jacket designed by Stephen O'Malley and cut to vinyl by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering** Editions Mego's unarchiving of the unparalleled INA GRM catalogue reaches a momentous double header by Bernard Parmegiani - one of the 20th century's most revered and important electro-acoustic composers. Born 1927, Parmegiani started as a sound engineer for French TV in the early '50s, establishing a connection between sound and vision which he would explore… Read more
So, the cat's out the bag; Raime are Moin, who dropped an amazing side on that Confessions split with Pete Swanson last year. Here they return to that captivating sound on BEB proper with three tracks of lean guitar, muscular bass and cracking drums optimised and arranged with effects and sequencer. The project is evidently in tribute to that whole other side of their combined tastes, the one that looks to Steve Albini's Rapeman, Bill Laswell, This Heat or Dylan Carlson for inspiration, rather than Photek or Shackleton. Yet, just like Raime, everything is perfectly measured and economical, mixed with c… Read more
'Everelast' is the tenderly downbeat, sweetly psychedelic debut solo album from Jahcoozi and Modeselektor vocalist (Sasha) Perera Elsewhere. Operating miles away from the technoid ragga party bounce of her other projects, it exposes a blue soul in twelve semi-acoustic songs blessed with a melancholic, emotional pop quality that places her close to recent efforts by Hype Williams' Dean Blunt or a faded Portishead. It's also dappled with a hazy patina of psychedelia that becomes more curious with each listen, threading just-out-of-focus sounds and instrumentation through highlights such as th… Read more
Arriving with respectfully minimal hype, Jessy Lanza's supple, subtle debut album 'Pull My Hair Back' might well be one of Hyperdub's finest releases in 2013. Galvanised by sublime production from her fellow Hamilton, Ontario native, Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan, it's just so dreamy I can barely write this without shutting my eyes and and doing the smuggest soul gurn. It seems they've each found their perfect muse - Jessy with her classical vocal training and Greenspan with one of the sweetest, most aware pop touches in the game - amounting to a chronically lush and eloquent cybeR&B lo… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Much needed reissue of the debut album of ambient Techno meditations from much loved DJ and producer Donato Dozzy. 'K' consists of two extended tracks clocking in at nearly half an hour each. The first roams sparse half-tempo terrain like some ancient AI chillout session, the atmosphere coloured with pale synth washes and splashing downbeat 909 rhythms. It's actually a number of tracks segued together, but it's seamless so you'd never notice anyway. The second track flows more like one of Dozzy's DJ sets, floating along linear drum machine pulses enveloped by enchanting drones and choral voices...
*Brand new edition of Grouperʼs breakthrough 2008 album which has been out of print on all physical formats for the last few years* Here's what we had to say about the album when it first came out on Type 5 years ago: "With the label's hiatus well and truly over, Type Records follows up Peter Broderick's amazing 'Float' with a brand new album of midnight Shoegazer classics from Portland's Liz Harris - and it really is one of the most special albums you'll hear this year. While the filtered, tape-fuelled obfuscation of her signature sound remains, Dragging A Dead … 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
Reissue of Drexciya legendary follow-up/supplement to 'Neptune's Lair'. Originally issued in 2000, 'Hydro Doorways' holds some of Drexciya's most emotive arrangements and fierce drum programming in six tracks ranging from the epic 'Lost Vessel' to the hydraulic electro-techno of 'Species Of The Pod' and the screwface techno razz of 'Devil Ray Cove'.
Monday, 01 September
Triple Vinyl Edition at long last available again. Two Italian Techno overlords recreate and refine their now-legendary live set from Japan's 2011 Labyrinth festival on 'Voices From The Lake'. Frictionless, pulsing and swaying body grooves meld with hypnotic, layered synths in a sleek and free-roaming suite of eleven tracks shackled to a continuous 4/4 framework. There's a clear sense of purpose to the set, stealthily developing from fluid, flickering tones and metallic pings into oscillating, offset bass rhythms subtly taking their time to re-programme minds and bodies to … 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
Friday, 29 August
Yeahhhh, this is fxxcking great - the latest release from Rush Hour’s ‘No Label’ and a bit of a curveball, straddling lines between Arthur Russell, John Maus, Ron Hardy and Jamal Moss for probably our favourite release on the label so far. Highlight for us is the immense fudged anthem "Weather Report”, a tune that’s both crisp and damaged, reminding us of those insane DJ Rush/Ron Hardy edits, laying out a funked SlowHouse template before overlaying it with all manner of craziness, sort of how we'd imagine an Arthur Russell and Kassem Mosse hookup might sound like. So yeah - get this one, it owns.
**Double LP housed in reverse-flap jacket, full colour Eurosleeves, 16-page booklet and download card** RVNG Intl.'s issue of 'A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975 - 1983)' is a wide-reaching and revelatory survey of Kerry Leimer's prescient output operating on the cusp of ambient, 4th World and industrial musics. From base in Seattle, Leimer accumulated a unique catalogue of recordings created on a Micromoog, drum machines, guitars and FX units, and heavily informed by imported Krautrock/kosmiche titles sourced outta NME and Melody Maker, and equall… Read more
Vinyl finally available again.The Bug finally steps it up proper with his first full length player since his 'Pressure' set laid down the industro-dub gauntlet with a fair clanging smack some 5 years back. In that time we've seen The Bug become a linchpin of the South London Bass scene with unruly rave smashers released on Hyperdub, Soul Jazz and Tigerbeat6 directing us to the future sound of dubstep, bashment and proper heavy bass musics. 'London Zoo' corrals a guest vocalist lineup featuring some of the finest ragga soundsystem toasters London and JA has to offer, with everyone from longtime col… Read more
Thursday, 28 August
**Edition of 500, includes CD** "Long-awaited reissue of this incredible, near-mythical 1970 album, remastered from the original master tapes with superior sound quality, replica of the original RCA LP (with bonus CD) in a limited edition of 500 copies. An insane amalgam of avant-improvisation and motorik krautrock beats that, understandably, has become one of the most collectable LPs ever issued (original copies are impossible to obtain). Just as the first "krautrock" lp's were coming out in Germany, in Italy we had a surprisingly similar counterpart: this a… Read more
Back in stock. 'Space Is Only Noise' is the first album by a precocious young producer, Nicolas Jaar. By anyones estimations his arrival into the electronic music sphere has been unavoidable, receiving comparisons to Villalobos and AFX from The Guardian, providing one of Resident Advisor's most adventurous mixes to date and practically having Panorama Bar, Fabric and Bar25 eating out of his hands - all before he'd turned 20! His string of releases for the like-minded Wolf+Lamb Music and his own Clown & Sunset label besides remixes for Matthew Dear and Ellen Allien have defined his so… Read more
**Vinyl Edition finally available, comes in a special die-cut sleeve including two photo inserts plus download code redeemable from the label with Bonus Track** Nils Frahm presents the truest representation of his feted piano performances with this gorgeous treatment of over two years worth of live recordings, captured and then carefully assembled in his Durton Studio and referred to by Frahm as "a collage of field recordings rather than a live album. "Berlin-based contemporary composer Nils Frahm has built a steady reputation for his intimate, poignant piano recordings, yet they so f… Read more
*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
Wednesday, 27 August
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ace garage punk grunge pops picked up by Captured Tracks for reissue. 'The Feeling' was originally unleashed on Couple Skate Records in 2012 and now slots neatly in its new home alongside charming slackers such as Mac Demarco, Beach Fossils and co. Our highlights have to be the super lo-fi joys of 'Gentle Movement Towards Sensual Liberation' and 'Eon Of Love' or the dirgy grunger 'Trashworld'. Sure you'll all have your own favourites, though.
*Craig Leon-approved reissue of his two solo albums Nommos and Visiting as a 2LP set in gorgeous packaging with two essays by Leon and a download coupon* Issued respectively by John Fahey's Takoma label in 1980 and Leon's Arbitor private press in 1982, Nommos and Visiting were the twin brainchildren of studio wizard Craig Leon. Leon's production was pivotal in realising the debut recordings by Ramones, Blondie, Richard Hell and Suicide. While those albums broke ground in new worlds of sound, Leon's own debut album was arguably, if not literally… Read more
*Limited Edition Triple LP on 180gm vinyl, plus 2 artwork posters and CD* Over its sprawling 100 minute length, 'Shaking The Habitual' is a bold, almost overly self-aware statement from one of the most exciting prospects in pop music. Some of the reviews that have already surfaced have described the 'impenetrability' of the album, and while the originality and non-conformity at play is to be applauded, there is little on this album that would (or should) scare off anyone with an interest in music beyond the mainstream. It's the fact that The Knife's audience is so sizeable that makes '… Read more
**Limited edition, 1-sided 12"** Conspicuous by his absence from the scene since 2011, Dorian Concept finally returns to Ninja Tune with the canny calculations of 'Draft Culture'. Indicative of things to come from his eagerly-awaited 'Joined Ends' LP, the wonky funk of 'Draft Culture' twinkles, flexes and charms in all the right places with woozy Wurlitzer, off-kilter bass and scissoring percussion.
*Standard LP and sleeve with download code redeemable from the label* 2014's most anticipated release is finally in our grubby mitts, marking a new pinnacle of R&B/pop composition. Helmed by the visionary singer, producer, writer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer Tahliah Barnett, 'LP1' sets a high benchmark for new pop and R&B, pulling together some of the most interesting studio alchemists around right now - Arca, Clams Casino, Paul Epworth and Devonte Hynes - for a project that far outweighs the sum of its parts. Augmenting the sublime templates of her two mind-blowing EPs, 'LP1’ s… Read more
*180g grey vinyl housed inside a 350gsm card sleeve complete with a poster and Obi strip. Re-mastered for vinyl from the Toho Archives. Exclusive Original art by Cheung Tat. Contains locked groove* " Death Waltz unearth the legendary monster of our time and bring him to vinyl in the shape of Akira Ifukube's score to Godzilla. Starkly different to the usual view of The Big G as the ultimate monster wrestler, Ifukube's music is intense, dark, and reflects Ishiro Honda's film as a pure horror film. While the score opens with the jaunty riff that wou… Read more
*Remastered Edition - first vinyl pressing in years* What do you mean you've never heard of White Noise? White Noise is the musical lovechild of producer David Vorhaus and electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire. There's little to connect this to her more well-known work as part of the Radiophonic Workshop - White Noise is at its core a psychedelic record, albeit with some incredible electronic production. The Silver Apples or the United States of America (considered by some to be White Noise's US equivalent) would be good reference points, but what Wh… Read more
Crushing debut album from forward UK producer Untold. His 'Black Light Spiral' is an airless, borderline-aggressive assault on the dance borne from nigh on two decades immersed in British rave culture. Since 2008, with releases on his Hemlock imprint, for close chums Hessle Audio, and for Clone and R&S, among others, he's been instrumental in the post-Dubstep field with clinical appropriations of Breakstep, Grime, and most recently, European Techno. He's regularly touted as a producer's producer, a don among the baying, bassbin-dwelling throng, so as you'd imagine his debut album is an eage… Read more
Finally available again... It's hard not to be bowled over by the joyful productions of Floating Points over the last six months or so. He's quickly become one of the most talked-about producers operating within the parameters of boogie house and electronic soul in the UK and quite rightly caught the ears of everyone from Gilles Peterson to Mary Anne Hobbs. 'Vacuum Boogie' is the second release on his delightful Eglo imprint and by far the best thing from the producer yet, kicking off with the ecstatic soul of the title track, sucking dub house styles in a boogie disco vortex with enough ro… Read more
**Repress - Includes insert plus a remix from Isodyne (one half of Forward Strategy Group)** Federsen follows up his 'Voodoo Gourds' tape for No Corner with plush yet economical dub techno tracks for Fifth Interval. A-side, 'Point Reyes' nods to classic Echospace and Deepchord moments with woozy subbass pressure and smoky atmospheres in finest style; B-side '50Hx' hinges is a crafty study in halfstepping decay with deep lungfuls of heady dub hinging on a massive halfstep rhythm. Isodyne remixes '50Hz' with a more leaden sort of gravity.