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Thursday, 30 October
Lakker back for seconds on R&S with two of their craftiest, noisiest cuts to date. This 12" feels like Lakker have fully realised their potential, confident enough to bullishly pursue darkest, dramatic techno themes in their unique style. A-side 'Mountain Divide' opens a widescreen vortex of howling harmonics and surging slowfast steppers rhythms rising to a dome-blowing breakdown and back out into full-on symphonic noise assault with a throttling, roiling climax. B-side, Math Fall' embarks more cautiously with strobing synth voices and shuddering white noise shocks scudding around like so… Read more
R&S dip into the UK pool again with two eagerly-awaited fresh Techno killers from Blawan. The A-side 'What You Do With What You Have' revolves around a canny vocal sample of KDJ taken from a lecture at the RBMA and pitched up and down over a crunching bit of Techno rollidge guaranteed to get the dance going. The flipside 'Vibe Decorium' carves into a more swung sort of rhythm sodden with caustic acid splashes and hyping vocal samples. Imagine Marcel Dettmann smelting Pangaea in a Sheffield foundry and you've got the vibe.
**Clear wax in PVC sleeve with insert** Perc & Truss, AnD, and The Exaltics remix Drax's 'Phosphene' banger. A-side, Perc & Truss trample the life out of it with hoofing industrial kicks and blood-drawing synthlines; B-side, AnD lock into airless white bread loops laced with EBM bassline progression, and The Exaltics pump it hard with pneumatic electro bass and scrabbling acid synthlines balanced by moody pads.
Sweden's SHXCXCHCXSH are set to catch a lot of heads off guard with this killer debut album. After a handful of noisy techno lashes for HEM and Avian, they render an unforeseen dilation of their sound alloying elements of trance and chamber-like vocals with their oxidised industrial churn. 'Strgths' is crafted as an album, rather than a bunch of DJ tools, using the first plate to experiment with styls beyond their previous remit, as on the etheric folk vocal and trancey ambient motifs on 'SLVRBBL' and the stunning pitched percussion of 'LTLWLF' on the first side, before unleashing a torrent of te… Read more
Hessle Audio present their eagerly anticipated single from man-of-the-moment, Objekt. Since smashing the scene wide open with his white label 12"s and remixes for Radiohead and SBTRKT in 2011, the Berlin-based producer has become one of the most talked-about properties amongst those in the know. His convergence of Techno, Dubstep , House and Garage conventions are bold statements on the possibilities of German engineering and UK Bass music, programming new routes and solutions for the most demanding, forward-looking dancefloors. A-side here is 'Cactus', a malleable fusion of molasses halfstep… Read more
*Limited fourth Edition, comes on picture disc* 'Monotonprodukt 07' has certified holy grail status in the world of electronic music. Originally issued by Konrad Becker aka Monoton in 1982 on a then-tiny run of 500 copies, it has been marked out as a genuine milestone by successive waves of respected institutions, featuring in The Wire magazine's '100 Records That Set The World On Fire' and Woebot's '100 Greatest Records Ever' list, respectively. A CD reissue appeared nearly ten years ago, and this faithful edition marks thirty years since it was last pressed to vinyl.… Read more
**Limited vinyl reissue of a legendary minimalist electronic classic. Remastered from original tapes by Matt Colton - initial pressing on Clear blue vinyl, comes with a printed inner and download code** No longer an unobtainable discogs fetish item, Konrad Becker's deeply prescient Monoton debut is reissued on wax 34 years since its original release. A predecessor of 'Monotonprodukt 07', which was hailed in The Wire magazine's 100 most important records of the 20th Century, this album murkily defined templates for swathes of artists in the dub, techno and the electro… Read more
Wednesday, 29 October
Anjou is the beautifully enigmatic reunion of Labradford's Mark Nelson (Pan American) and Robert Donne with fellow Kranky star, percussionist Steven Hess. The result of four years writing and editing, it marks Donne and Nelson's first collaboration since Labradford's 'fixed:content' (2000) and the first meeting of Pan American's Nelson and Hess since 'Cloud Room, Glass Room' (2013). Now older, wiser, quieter, the trio offer a subtly involving, hazily detailed ambient suite gleaned from an intricate process of modular synthesis, Max/MSP programming and live instrumentation. Essentially it takes the trio'… Read more
**Repress** Timeless, instant-classic material from the one and only Levon Vincent. Having played our copies of 'Man Or Mistress' and just about every other Levon 12" to the hilt by now, new material is always welcome, but he's spoiling us here. The A-side is a modern tribal House masterpiece, shaking the drums into a mammoth, speaker-owning subbass while layers of star-screaming synths expand and envelope your mind with jaw-dropping psychedelic dynamism. Then there's the B-side. 'Revs/Cost' opens the account with steppin' snare punctuations and rib crushing subs before a las… Read more
Mordant Music beautifully join the dots between the hauntological zeitgeist and original library music with the 2nd of two vinyl reissues of seminal tape music by Tod Dockstader. Born 1932 in Saint Paul, Minneapolis, Dockstader majored in psychology and art but would go on to explore his interests in painting and film as an apprentice editor in Hollywood. This led to a job as a sound engineer in 1958, employed at Gotham Recording studios, where he started meticulously composing during long after-hours sessions. In 1960 his first LP 'Eight Electronic Pieces' was issued on Folkways Reco… Read more
Under the Some Truths guise, Ralph Cumbers aka Bass Clef delivers the best of his vintage 2014 crop so far. Proceeding his glut of much-loved releases for PAN, Punch Drunk, and Public Information, these tracks, recorded in July 2012, are by far the most enigmatic, wayward of the bunch and quite befitting of Mordant Music's eldritch aesthetic. As with the other releases, Cumbers explores the potential of a Bugbrand modular system loaned from Bristolian synth builder Tom Bug, tweaking its sliding sinewaves through a matrix of Electro-Harmonix delay and… Read more
The grim buggers at Mordant Music are up to it again, following up their killer 10" some months back with a bigger format and more space for dark and menacing dancefloor bafflers, but do they manage to outdo the Shackleton remix on the flip this time around? '24 Million or sell Neverland' looks over its shoulder to the sublow breaks style of their 'Filthy Danceheng' 12" and ravier efforts in their past incarnations, and bears a distinctly British sense of dancefloor dystopia that they specialise in so f**k… Read more
**Murky white wax with corrugated stiffener and art insert by Zeke Clough** Killer slab this, documenting the studio and live aktions of Mordant Music and the quadra-bonced beast, eMMplekz. We daresay you've never heard Mordant Music in his A-side incarnation, 'Nothing in Here of Any Value', reviving a "junglist note found in Savile's bleak holiday hideaway" and making it dance to a bleeding uncanny tattoo of swhorled modular ruckus and deep south coast duppies subsiding into stinky black bass waves, perhaps recasting Hastings as a New Orleans-lik… 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
Mordant Music and Ekoplekz reconvene their eMMplekz duo with the incisive observations and blue dub noise of 'Your Crate Has Changed'. The Baron continues to gain confidence as the dark interpreter of a twisted English psyche, making hilarious and cuttingly bleak commentary on everything from syrups to the postal service, sh*t pubs and wi-fi, all set to some of Nick Edwards' craftiest electro-dub backings.
Finally re-pressed. Blending the current trend for all things noisy with something altogether more 'composed' we end up with a curious concoction of Cliff Martinez and Wolf Eyes, stopping at planet Badalamenti for a strong cup of Joe ("black like midnight on a moonless night"). Frost's primary influence (and sound source...) for the album was Michael Gira's seminal noise-rock band Swans, an influence which bubbles majestically on the album's central piece, cunningly titled 'We Love You Michael Gira'. The track starts simply enough; shifting, moody synthesized tones sitting eerily next t… Read more
Justin Broadrick's Godflesh churn up 'A World Lit Only By Fire' on their first new album in 13 years. Known as B.C. Green and JK Broadrick to the authorities, Godflesh are perhaps the best known exponents of industrial metal that the world has known: they single-handedly invented the genre with their eponymous debut in 1988 and have dominated discerning moshpits ever since with thunderous drum machines crushed by patented, claw-handed riffage. And thank f**k nowt has changed since their last LP, 'Hymns' in 2001. On 'A World Lit Only By Fire' they're still a pair of Brummie badasses… 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...
An all-time electro classic, available on remastered vinyl for the first time in a generation! Originally released in 1984, Chris & Cosey's 3rd album proper 'Songs Of Love & Lust' contained two seminal moments in 'Driving Blind' and the timeless electronic thrill of 'Walking Through Heaven', both of which have cast a shadow of influence and inspiration on an entire generation of electronic artists and producers. Both tracks became a staple of Goth and New Wave playlists, adopted as anthems as far afield as the gay clubs of Chicago, New York and Berlin and fairly defi… Read more
Vital reissue of Chris & Cosey's fourth album proper, 'Exotica', fully remastered by Chris Carter! Originally released in 1987 and pretty much unavailable on vinyl ever since, 'Exotica' sees a slight shift into more club-friendly EBM/Electro, especially with the definitively anthemic title track which has since become the duo's calling card as much as anything else they've released. In the likes of 'Dancing On Your Grave' or the flashy machine funk of 'Beatbeatbeat' we can also hear clear precedents for the likes of Autre Ne Veut and Twins, but we should remember that all the t… 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
**Remastered edition** C & C's 'Heartbeat' is one of the holy grails of electronic music. Nearly 30 years after initial release on Rough Trade, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti's masterpiece is reissued on their CTI imprint, putting a mountain of recent dark/cold/new wave revisionism into much needed context. The album was the first of C&C's post-Throbbing Gristle missives which would define the electro and synthpop underbelly of the 1980s and cast a towering shadow of influence over so much machine made music to come, from Juan Atkins and Drexciya to successive waves of sy… Read more
*Vinyl finally back in stock - includes download code redeemable from the label* Bobby Krlic returns with his hugely anticipated second album as The Haxan Cloak, and his first for Tri Angle. It's an unrelentingly bleak offering that will satisfy fans of his terrific Aurora Borealis debut, but it also has a more electronic, rhythmic feel befitting of his new label and which will potentially appeal to an even wider audience. Though it was supposedly conceived to soundtrack a soul's journey beyond this mortal coil, don't come at it expecting some blissed-out amble through Elysium; Krlic's vis… 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.
**Remastered Editon** Chris & Cosey's 2nd album for Rough Trade, 'Trance' was originally released a year after their seminal 'Heartbeat' LP, in 1982. This is the first time it's been reissued on vinyl in two decades, landing with impeccable timing in the midst of a cold wave revival. The genius electronic auteur, Chris Carter, and the agent provocateur, Cosey Fanni Tutti moved into even darker territory with these eight tracks, using Chris's dynamic studio innovations and Cosey's notorious imagination to articulate unspoken feelings of darkest misanthropy. The atmosphere of 'Tra… Read more
**Clear vinyl reissue** What have Keysound been putting on their Weetabix recently? Following exemplary issues from Beneath and Mumdance, it's the turn of Logos with his debut album, 'Cold Mission' to leave a big mark on the scene. Isolating the quintessence of Eski Grime, New Age electronics, cinematic sound design and hyper-forward Vaporwave, his definitive album statement can stand up next to Jam City's 'Classical Curves' as one of the UK's finest contributions to the ongoing dialogue between futurist labels such as Fade To Mind (Total Freedom, Nguzunguzu), Software (Oneoht… Read more
*Finally available on vinyl* Mika Vainio measures out one of his finest releases to date, bar none, in the staggering 'Kilo' for Blast First Petite. With a barely tamed sense of aggression, it more or less finds the perfect crux point between our office favourite, the beats-driven 'Oleva' (2008) under his Ø alias, and the granite hewn and bloodied metal excursion, 'Life (…It Eats You Up)' (2011), shaping ten tracks of a vivid and viscerally affective aesthetic whose themes of mass, dynamic and tone are succinctly reflected in context of his shipping-themed track titles, and surely impl… 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
Tuesday, 28 October
**REPRESS** With each release on this seminal imprint serving as an almost autonomous milestone in the evolution of minimalism through to minimal Techno, each one of these priceless reissues should be treasured as a piece of musical heritage that helped create, define and establish the sound as we know it today. Sahko have already blessed us with a series of 12" and full-length reissues from Mika Vainio's 'Ø' alter-ego, and here they resuscitate one of the greatest and most sought-after minimal twelves of all time. Originally released back in 1994, "Rosenkranz" finds K… Read more
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. ‘Out Of Reach’ has been unavailable in any official format since its original release in 1978 and is one of Can’s rarest, lesser-known albums. This is due in a large part to the fact that bassist Holger Czukay left the band and drummer Jaki Liebezeit has a reduced role, leaving most of the rhythm duties to percussionist come-lately Reeb… Read more