Friday, 17 May
*Gatefold Sleeve - Includes Download redeemable from the label* 'Held' is the eagerly anticipated debut from one of the jewels in Tri Angle's crown, Manchester's own Holy Other. It's not any kind of departure from last year's striking With U 12", but a subtle refinement of its themes: the same quietly anguished, crepuscular vibe reigns, and virtually every sonic element - from Burial-esque vocal clips to the synth pads, hell, even the drums - seems to sigh. For all their DNA-level foundation in US hip-hop/R&B and British soundsystem music, the crashing waves of 'Tense Past' and the mag… 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
'Rites' is the chilling solo debut proper by Sri Lanka-born, Bristol-based composer and sound designer, Paul Jebanasam. It arrives via his own Subtext label - home to a series of bracing recent releases by Emptyset and Roly Porter - to deliver a payload of gothic electro-acoustic composition blending neo-classical, black metal and electronic drone traits with an insoluble, elemental alchemy. It should come as little surprise that he's also been known to handle sound design for film, but 'Rites' is concerned with far loftier, artful ideas as the label's press expounds; "Rites brings together a un… Read more
Thursday, 16 May
London-based clubnight Church initiate their vinyl wing with a pair of track by Leeds-based producer, Happa, who is ironically too young to legally enter their events. At 15 years of age and judging from the darting, sinuous, minimal percussion and bass pressure of 'Beat Of The Drum' to the low-down ghetto darkness of 'Bring It Back', he's evidently a shocking talent, showing up producers twice his age. Remixing, Church have roped in the more than capable services of Throwing Snow for a rapid flux of Footwork drums and bass controlled with an elastic slow-fast sensibility while Seb Wildwood & Apes give a tech-house overhaul.
**Remastered 2009 edition with expanded artwork and exclusive images** At long last - beautifully remastered edition of (for my money) the finest Kraftwerk album - Numbers, Computer World and Computer Love have never sounded so good! Buy. Full Tracklisting: 1. Computer World
2. Pocket Calculator
4. Computer World 2
5. Computer love
6. Home Computer
7. It's More Fun To Compute
With two EPs and a handful of remixes, Mount Kimbie have opened a portal into the world of post-dubstep, electronic fusion soundscaping. 'Crooks & Lovers' is their much anticipated debut album, an assured statement comprised of crafty complexities and coherently juxtaposed angles making use of the freedom from any immediate dancefloor demands. With their releases landing on HotFlush and their inclusion in the catch-all net of dubstep, you'd be forgiven for thinking they're a purely dancefloor act but there's many more elements at play within Mount Kimbie that we've always felt would better… Read more
Heavyweight ruffige straight outta Bristol from man-on-fire, Kahn. Booting the scene's polished production values out of the back door for a far muckier mistress, his A-side 'Dread' comes with scything subbass and duppied drums knit in hydro-eazed torque, strickly built for towering stacks and pitch black rooms fulla red-eyed zombies. Flipside he takes Rider Shafique on board for the bone-bending bass weight and precise drum clarity of 'Late Night Blues', launching some of the sickest sub movements and scariest FX applications we've heard since the OG dubstep daze. It's a madness, we tell thee. BIG recommendation.
Back in stock. No, you're not dreaming, this tantalising hookup really is taking place, in front of your very eyes, right now. Embarking on another excursion to the land of deepest 4/4, Shackleton seems to have settled into a very rich and fertile furrow of late. 'Death is not final' focuses the sound into a headstrong direction, laying the route with insanely deadly kickdrum pressure which will work so well on a massive system you might just need to upgrade your hardware to capture the full breadth and devastating impact of the production. Shackleton weaves his percussion into… Read more
*This is an all new edition featuring revised artwork on reverse board jackets* Milan's brilliant Hundebiss Records link with Luke Younger's London-based Alter to present an otherworldly side by Élg - a member of Reines D'Angleterre with Ghedalia Tazartes. He's got some of his mates on board, too. The likes of PAN boss Bill Kouligas, TG Gondard (NNF), and Jan Anderzen (Tomutonttu/Kemialliset Ystavat) all contribute to a kaleidoscopic episode of micro-fine concrète, avant-garde electronics and dynamic EBM rhythms adding up to one of the maddest records we've heard this year. the likes of Throbbing Gris… Read more
*Vinyl finally 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 vision o… Read more
*Vinyl Edition* Slow fizzin', cryptic tape melt murk from Wanda Group, fresh in with Opal Tapes' third batch from the brink. Coming from the manhead behind Dem Hunger, who delivered that wicked 'Caveman Smack' on Leaving Records, and following a wicked split with Ekoplekz and a C20 for NNA Tapes, it's his most substantial cassette so far, burrowing deeper into a psychedelic ferric humus to masticate alien melodic minerals and trace elements of microtonal harmonics. It feels barely played, more like it was rubbed onto the spool with pebbles and flotsam then buried… Read more
Ambitious set from Bristol's foremost avant-techno operators Emptyset, for which they wrenched themselves out of their urban studio bunker and into Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire. This imposing, rurally-set building is an incomplete remnant of the Gothic revival, and there can be no doubt that it brings a grand, ghostly resonance to Emptyset's rumbling sonic investigations. Setting up their analogue gear on-site, the duo proceeded to subject the mansion's irregular spaces to extremes of bass and feedback, treating it not just as an immense echo chamber, but almost a third member, one capable … Read more
Back in stock! Fifth in the seminal Basic Channel series - Features 'Inversion' on the A-side and the mighty 'Presence' on the flip.
Back in stock! Seventh release in the classic Basic Channel series - Octagon on the A side, Octaedre on the flip. Genius.
BACK IN STOCK. Second in this seminal series, Features the original mix of Lyot, plus the classic Maurizio mix. Buy or Die.
BACK IN STOCK! Eighth and final installment in this seminal series, Features "M07A" and M06B".
BACK IN STOCK! Seventh in this seminal series, Features "M06A" and M06B".
Back in stock. My word. One of the most revered Techno 12" of all time, "Ploy" has at long last been remastered and is presented here after a new cut and pressing courtesy of Basic Channel. Originally released in 1992, this was a landmark moment for techno, affirmation that Detroit and Berlin would be forever linked for thousands of kids who were just starting to wake up to electronic music. Complete with a classic UR mix on the flipside, this record is just about as good as it gets. But you knew this already right?? Mighty.
Pye Corner Audio's darkling synthetic transmissions had been hovering under the radar for a couple of years before 2012's Black Mill Tapes collection on Type brought them to a wider and grateful audience. Now, Martin Jenkins finds himself equally lauded by the likes of Sandwell District's Juan Mendez and Minimal Wave's Veronica Vasicka as by the UK hauntological set - a testament to the scope and adaptability of his stygian productions. Nonetheless, this album release feels right at home on Ghost Box, and it follows Jenkins' contribution to the label's 7" Study Series last year. If The B… Read more
David Toop has suggested that Danger In Paradise, an album of material he recorded with Steve Beresford and David Cunningham as General Strike between 1979 and '81 as "hauntology before its time". In some sense he's right: some of the queer-pitched electronics and impishly sinister samples on the record wouldn't sound out of place on a Mordant Music or Focus Group transmission. But first and foremost, General Strike is a potting shed avant-dub masterpiece, covering enormously wide ground: 'My Other Body' is a beautifully bass-heavy, almost Antena-esque pop… Read more
Following a series of impossible-to-obtain releases for her own Yellowelectric imprint and a CD compilation of her gorgeous 'A I A' set, Liz Harris seems to have settled with Kranky who are re-releasing her classic Type album 'Dragging a Dead Deer..' and this new album of previously unreleased material drawn from the same period: 'The Man Who Died In His Boat'. It's not so hard to believe but we'll say this straight away - the material on this new set is just jaw-dropping, a worthy companion piece to 'Dragging a Dead Deer' - once again finding Harris delivering material edging e… Read more
*Now in on limited vinyl* There's a very literal reason for the title of Nils Frahm's new album, Felt. He wanted to play the piano during the dead of night, without disturbing his neighbours, so he layed thick felt in front of its strings to muffle the sound. Rather than being frustrated, he unexpectedly found himself enchanted by this dampened sound, and it opened up new compositional as well as playing possibilities for his inquisitive mind. The resulting work is varied in style but it all has a close, confessional, nocturnal quality that's beautifully wrought and expertly rec… Read more
Wednesday, 15 May
**Comes housed in a gatefold sleeve** Excerpts from three site-specific live performances by Paul Purgas and James Ginzburg, recorded last year. In what has become the dominant theme of Emptyset's work, the cavernous architecture of the different settings - Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station in Snowdonia, Ambika P3 in London, and Chislehurst Mine in Kent - becomes a component of the music itself, the duo's bowel-shaking low frequencies responding to every nook, curve and surface texture of these man-made caves. When you think of the uses these spaces have historically been put to (chalk and flint m… Read more
Much-anticipated new single from Laurel Halo, a sweet and moreish dessert that follows the opinion-dividing main course of her Quarantine LP. You can see why 'Sunlight On The Faded' wasn't included on the album: Laurel here eschews the raw, scantly treated singing style that delighted some and irritated others, in favour of an altogether warmer, more mellifluous approach, her multi-tracked vocals even reminding us of Tracey Thorn's distinctive lilt. The production too sounds less alienated, all swaying Inner City Life synths, skittering, IDMish drum patterns and nuff sub-bass he… Read more
*Back In Stock - pressed on red vinyl housed in red inner bag and embossed sleeve* Hype Williams' Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland have released a lot of albums in the last couple of years - few of them better than their untitled 2010 effort for Carnivals - so you could be forgiven for not keeping count. But the truth is that this record, their first for Kode9's Hyperdub, is one of their most haunting and vividly realised to date. Copeland's sighing vocals are worth the price of admission alone, particularly when riding DIY footwork rhythms ('12') or or playing a… Read more
Tuesday, 14 May
Experimental, monotone techno from the Avian-affiliated Mira label. A-side doses us with the numb throb and chugging, railroaded rhythms of '22ml' and the purified throb of '48ml'. B-side features the craftier swing of '33ml', reminding of some Norman Nodge B-side with its swollen subs and kinked swing, while '9ml' sinks into molasses sleep techno mode. Also includes two locked grooves.
Haswell on Downwards - three words which will no doubt incite the furious thwapping of techno/noise nerds across the world; cock an ear to the wind and you might just hear their asthmatic pants. Anyway, after months of delays due to pressing, label bureaucracy and general f**kery, it's finally here to melt your ears and piss in the space left behind with an unholy barrage of waveform demolition and modular noise generation that simply couldn't have come from anywhere else but one of the darkest minds in broken Britain. Haswell created the original ten tracks in late 2011 with t… Read more
Another crucial side on Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ, prised from some putrid cave deep under the underground. This time it's a double-vinyl edition of Wold's Freermasonry, the first time on wax for a work originally issued by Profound Lore Records on CD in 2011. The Saskatchewan troupe, led by one Fortress Crookedjaw, take no prisoners and sure as hell don't meet you in the middle - rather they offload a barrage of putrid, zero-fidelity, utterly addictive black metal-flavoured noise, anchored by vocals that have to count among the most flesh-creeping and downright unpleasant we've heard on re… Read more