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Thursday, 23 April
*The debut 12" by Black Sites, a collaboration between Hamburg based artists Helena Hauff and F#X. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, pressed on 140g white vinyl and housed in a silk screened pvc sleeve* Black Sites' 'Protoype EP' debuts the rapidly ascendant DJ/producer Helena Hauff and her Golden Püdel pal, F#X in a proper rugged warehouse showdown. From their base at Hamburg's unanimously adored nightclub they've brewed an uncut take on classic hardware funk importing inspiration from Drexciya to Unit Moebius and blending it with a direct dockside attitude demandin… Read more
Wednesday, 22 April
A late pinnacle of the Drexciyan oeuvre, Storm 2 aka Transllusion's 'The Opening of the Cerebral Gate' is issued to download for the first time! This is the original CD track-listing, including 12 songs, as opposed to eight on the original 2LP. We're not quite sure what they were using on this one, but it's all remarkably bass-heavy, even saturated, compared with a lot of other Drexciyan workouts, resulting some of their most ruggedly stripped down electro-techno functions ranging from the pounding might of 'Transmission Of Life' to the militant march of 'War Of… Read more
*Deluxe vinyl edition finally available* Björk comes to terms with the breakdown of a longterm relationship with some help from Arca, The Haxan Cloak, Antony and Spaces. It's arguably her most coherent and focused album since 'Vespertine' (2001), her vocals incredibly raw and emotional - understandably in the light of tragic, personal events - yet controlled with near operatic poise and matched by the waking-dream-like qualities of the production's skewed meter and tendencies toward keening, lushly expressive discord. It must be said that Arca really comes into his own here, expanding upon certain r… Read more
Tuesday, 21 April
Scything breakbeat techno and electro from Tessela on his follow-up to 'Nancy's Pantry' for R&S. A-side brings the bullish 'ardcore churn of 'Rough 2' with its febrile bleeps, rattling breaks and hovering chords built to demolish warehouses, whilst flipside 'Butchwax' updates that pre-'ardcore sound of NYC electro and UK fast rap breaks with modern discipline, and 'C'mon Let's Slow Dance' teeters on the edge of EBM, concrète noise and current Grime styles.
*Re-Press* at long last the remastered edition is back in, pressed up on glorious double vinyl and housed in the original artwork...
Solid longform 2-tracker from Floating Points to seal off the year. 'Nuits Sonores' is great - nice to hear Sam Shepherd edging away from the coffee table for a mooch round moodier environs, delivering a 12-minute number that sounds like a smudged Paperclip People tangling with a bit of jazzzz as it builds. 'Nectarines' is again kinda indebted to classic Carl Craig and Main Street productions, although that floaty vocal towards the end is p'rraps a little too smooth. Still, his best for a while.
*2015 Repress* Berlin's high lord of the techno-breakbeat finally presents his hugely anticipated 2x12" pack for Honest Jons, allegedly his final release under the T++ moniker. For this remarkable project Mr ++ was given access to the label's vaults, selecting a handful of samples from two recordings of the singer and ndingidi-player Ssekinomu, made in East Africa at the end of the 1930s and in the mid-1940s. He deftly weaves snippets of these recordings into his mutating matrix of rhythms, adding a human (albeit acousmatically warped) element to his music that we've never heard before. In a … Read more
Two years since 'Splazsh' topped a stack of annual polls, Actress presents his 3rd, and most coherent album, 'R.I.P' - his 2nd for Honest Jon's. Despite being a vital cog in the machinery of underground UK dance and electronics since at least 2004 (when he released his 'No Tricks' debut), it's fair to say that it's only in the last few years he's made the shift from cult concern to acknowledged auteur of some repute. His work with Damon Albarn's DRC Music, beside a legendary DJ set at Sonar and killer remixes of Shangaan Electro, Panda Bear and Radiohead all certify the fact; so expectations are no dou… Read more
Lars T C F Holdhus follows one of the very best releases of the new millenium so far, the 'Untitled' tape for YYAA, with another cryptic future-shock, his 1st for Liberation Technologies. Continuing a trajectory away from the calculated dance mash-ups of his now-defunct Cracksmurf alias, this project and mini-album is based on a whole other algorithmic strategy, rendering densely coded formulae into utterly mind-boggling and synaesthetically affective compositions. Once you've heard his music and done a little research into his academic background and visual practice - he studied at Frankfurt's f… Read more
**Gatefold vinyl** Adam Wiltzie (Stars Of The Lid) and Dustin O'Halloran reprise their acclaimed strings and keys duo, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, with 'Atomos I - XII' for Erased Tapes. We can safely report that it's every bit as gorgeous as their eponymous debut, but you probably already got the hint from their teaser 12", 'Atomos VII' which landed earlier this year backed with a fearsome Ben Frost re-interpretation. The further XI parts sweep us to the most picturesque modern classical panoramas imaginable...
Like bloody buses, Warp roll out another nugget from Aphex Twin with alternate versions of 'MARCHROMT30A Edit 2b' and 'XMAS_EVET1 N' off the Japanese and worldwide versions of 'Syro'. The first edit starts up sounding like Haswell spatterblatz before melting breaks and willowing chords across the synapsez with signature AFXian lushness, whereas the fast mix does it all again at a spannered 45rpm, resulting queerer, creamier tunings. The alternate mix of 'XMAS_EVET1 N' is half the length of the original, nipped and licked like some gem from ICBYD.
**Deluxe, Limited gatefold edition with exclusive bonus 7" plus 4 x 12" art inserts by Jesse Kanda, printed reading magnifier and 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 o… Read more
*140g LP in spined sleeve with download code card* Ok, this is more like it - a crackshot slab from the crackpot producer putting his computer controlled acoustic orchestra thru its paces. As promised or alluded to in various interviews around last year's 'Syro' LP, he's done a proper Pierre (Bastien, Henry, Schaeffer) and manufactured a whole mechanical band of things that hit other things - mainly pianos, drums and gongs - to make a very pleasing sound indeed. It's the sound of an artist exerting optimal control over his instruments but allowing for, or … Read more
*Vinyl edition includes a foldout poster with photographs and liner notes* Ata Kak's debut album of dibby Ghanaian hiplife, 'Obaa Sima' is the stuff diggers' dreams are made of. It's the cassette that sparked Awesome Tapes From Africa to life as a blog back in 2006, before it morphed into a record label of world-renown from 2011. Written and self-released by Ata in edition of 50 circa 1994 and subsequently re-discovered by ethnomusicologist Brian Shimkovitz at a roadside stall in Cape Coast, Ghana, in 2004, it would take nearly a whole decade for the Fulbright University graduate to … Read more
**Extensive collection of solo piano pieces and wonderful Popol Vuh zone-outs** “Florian was always able to create music I feel helps audiences visualize something hidden in the images on screen, and in our own souls too.” - Werner Herzog (‘Herzog On Herzog’). ‘Kailash’ is a new collection of work from Florian Fricke, leader of Popol Vuh, seminal group in the German rock scene of the 1970s (Can, Faust, Amon Duul, Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream) and creators of classic soundtracks to the films of Werner Herzog (‘… Read more
Monday, 20 April
**An astonishing set of Concrète pieces hugely recommended if you're in awe of Bernard Parmegiani - presented in a double 140g vinyl set mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, housed in pro press jacket and a silk-screened PVC sleeve with photography by Trainanos Pakioufakis and artwork by Bill Kouligas** An alchemical triumph of modern concrete and avant-garde composition, Valerio Tricoli's 5th album, 'Miseri Lares' is one of the most remarkable records in PAN's distinguished catalogue. The Italian artist's first solo LP in seven years is the culmination of tireless experimentation i… Read more
**Incredible album strongly recommended to followers of The Haxan Cloak, mastered & cut by Rashad at D&M to 140g vinyl. Housed in pro-printed inner sleeve and jacket, itself contained in a silkscreened pvc sleeve designed by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas** Luke Younger has cultivated a strikingly focussed yet free-ranging style of electro-acoustic and abstract sound exploration for the last ten years, both solo and in pioneering avant-drone duo Birds Of Delay with Steven Warwick (Heatsick). Helm is his solo endeavour, now four albums deep with more cassettes and CDRs beside, and if you ask… Read more
Our affection for Berlin's PAN label is no secret, and the love affair continues with this stunning, category-obliterating offering from Ghedalia Tazartes. Fans of outsider music will familiar with the elusive 64-year-old Frenchman's work - he's been a cult hero ever since Steve Stapleton included his Diasporas album in the legendary Nurse With Wound List. For us, this LP-length record is an even more satisfying example of his ethno-surrealist vision: stitched together from numerous taped fragments, it's a ribald, richly rewarding cornucopia of warped field recordings, ritualistic rhyth… Read more
**Deluxe first vinyl edition of this iconic modern masterpiece, pressed on 140g vinyl and packaged with six monochrome lacquered sheets housed in silk-screened PVC sleeve with original artwork by Tina Frank and Florian Hecker** Originally released n 2003, Hecker's 3rd album release, 'Sun Pandämonium' received the Award of Distinction Digital Music at the Prix Ars Electronica festival the same year. Mastered for vinyl by Rashad Becker at Berlin's D&M, it now forms part of Pan's crucial vinyl series. In reviews of it from the time of release, you'll find many, many adjectives invariably describi… Read more
*Mindblowing assembly of experimental and utterly visceral analogue experiments from former member of DAF, Frieder Butzmann - DO NOT MISS* Frieder Butzmann is a veteran of the Berlin underground, a former member of DAF, and Din A Testbild alongside Gudrun Gut, and collaborator with Genesis P. Orridge, Thomas Kapielski and Wolfgang Müller. 'Wie Zeit Vergeht' is his contribution to Pan's increasingly essential canon of experimental material, following incredible releases by Keith Fullerton Whitman, Evan Parker, and Joseph Hammer, among others. Influenced by aspects of Stockhausen's wo… Read more
*Small amount of copies available again* "British free jazz phenomenon Evan Parker with electronic and tape noise artist John Weise in a set of real-time evolving improvisations intended for maximum volume. Vinyl version of the CD released earlier this year, but slightly different containing all the final mixes and edits of the sessions with a new and more intense mastering for the maximum listeing experience. C-Section finds density in scarcity - deep, glacial muck bubbles emerge beneath Parker's inhuman circular breathing, only to plunge into an incessant clatter of industrial land… Read more
After the Keith Fullerton Whitman album nabbed our album of the year spot just a couple of weeks back, here's another breathtaking and brain-baking album from the incredible PAN imprint. Featuring concrete/tape music psychedelia from LAMFS member, Joseph Hammer, the album is presented in stunning style by the label and once again has made us scratch our heads at the aesthetic and expansive vision of this exhilarating crew. Since 1980 Hammer has operated in a plethora of under-the-radar units such as Dinosaurs With Horns, Joe & Joe, and Points of Friction, but 'I Love You,… Read more
Mannequin task Ancient Methods to remix/re-edit a Bourbonese Qualk classic with superb results. The all-too-brief original version of industrial proto-techno kicks and haunting atmosphere laced with an end-of-tether vocal is handily extended to twice the length in AM's faithful edit, before they really get to work on the remix with added Burroughs samples supplementing their whirring teutonic techno efficiency and clarity. Quite seriously, nobody else makes us want to dance quite like Ancient Methods.
Rabit makes a crucial contribution to the current discourse between US and UK club/grime styles with his stunning debut for Tri Angle. Arriving hot on the heels of 'Heterocetera' by another Houston-rooted producer, Lotic, the 'Baptizm' EP presents Rabit's smartest, most concise productions to date; 4 tracks, just over 10 minutes of crystalline, piquant electronics feeding off elements of classical composition, instrumental grime and computer music. Much like Arca, he's a master of reduction and efficiency for maximalist effect, whether cramming lucid, violent detail into every millisecond of music or … Read more
Friday, 17 April
Hypnotic, fluid tech-house trips from Call Super for Nous. 'Fluenka's Shelf' yields an elaborate moire of fluctuating bassline funk and lysergic dub washes with a really metallic, pineal clarity. Lush stuff. 'From Which I Fell' eases down a few gears to something approaching one of Kassem Mosse's frayed grooves replete with moody blue bassline and a dragon-chasing synthline answer to '578'. Tipped!
**White vinyl!** Special stuff from Stephen Hitchell and Rod Modell's cv313 alias, dropping two sturdy but spectral House grooves backed with an epic 22 minute live recording made in "the heart of Detroit". The A-side mixes of 'Seconds To Forever' are made for that non-exclusive club in the clouds, the one where every track is a gaseous anthem which only requires a slow smile of approval. Their original mix is all about strafing bassline movements whose gentle kinetic motions expel intoxicating clouds of dreamy sleep-techno tones for that deliciously anaesthetised suspension. The 'Remodel' o… Read more
Thursday, 16 April
Killer Afro-Germanic grooves from Mark Ernestus Ndagga Rhythm Force. Featuring all members of Jeri-Jeri plus the Basic Channell/Rhythm & Sound boss under a new moniker, 'Yermande' yields some of their strongest material to date, making the connections between Senegalese Mbalax, Jamaican dub and Berlin minimalism ever more inseparable. Comes in a stripped-down 'Kick and Bass Mix' featuring Mbene Diatta Seck dubbed to sound uncannily like Tikiman in parts, and backed with the achingly dextrous instrumental. Better yet, the 'Prophet 5 Mix' introduces the legendary Sequential Circuits model to the blend with hypnotically technoid effect. Truly outstanding gear.
*Repress - includes instant download in both MP3 and FLAC formats* Emerging from a 12 month hiatus, Andy Stott enters a compelling new phase of evolution on 'Passed Me By'. Besides marking his most substantial output since debut album 'Merciless', these seven tracks signify a renewed, yet introverted vitality to his sound, inverting the energy of his Juke and Technoid hardcore excursions into something more brooding and subtly visceral. They're strident and sensual yet stoically retentive, folding in a wider palette of influences from Kassem Mosse to Arthur Russell, to Actress and James Ferra… Read more
Wednesday, 15 April
**Edition of 250 housed in "iconic" jacket** Well, somebody had to do it, and we could think of few better than Italy's Alga Marghen label. Punning on the title of Simon & Garfunkel's classic LP (even reproducing the front cover), Patrice Caillet, Adam David and Matthew Salladin have collected those infamous "silent" tracks from releases by Ciccone Youth, Crass, Andy Warhol, Whitehouse, Sly & The Family Stone, John Denver, John Lennon, Robert Wyatt, Orbital, and many more. It's equal parts a provocative statement, as many of the pieces were intended, and also an aesthetic exercise if we tak… Read more