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Wednesday, 26 November
Lean, driving acid and electro-house from JTC, Automatic Tasty, Elec Pt.1, and Abraham Cowley. James T Cotton aka Tadd Mullinx (Dabrye) drops the highlight with a mellow but kicking warehouse acid ace, 'Habit', and Automatic Tasty seduces to more tranquil zones with the pastoral braindance melodies of 'Winters Evening'. Bunker regular Elec Pt.1 pumps up the pure acid jack track 'Daytime Acid', and Abraham Cowley clocks out with the merry Detroit melodies of 'Shifting Seasons'.
Tuesday, 25 November
**Repress finally in stock* 140g 2LP mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Photography by Joe Dilworth and spotgloss artwork by Bill Kouligas & Kathryn Politis** Widely championed techno/electronica producer Objekt deposits his detailed and complex debut album on PAN. Since 2011 at least, the Berlin resident known as TJ Hertz has been a vital cog in the European techno machine, self-releasing some of this decade's most vaunted white labels, plus 12"s with Hessle Audio and Leisure System - including this year's great split with Dopplereffekt - beside his role as software engineer for Native Ins… Read more
Mordant Music present their 2nd 'Variables' compendium, including a striking MMix of Autre Ne Veut's 'Soldier' and original material by Mordant Music, Sii and Ekoplekz. It's gotta be said, we're massive fan of Autre Ne Veut, and the Mordant reMMix injects it with some psychotomimetic substance to see it stagger around like a spiked indie kid at 6am in a dirty warehouse rave. Just the ticket! Meanwhile, Ekoplekz follows his widely acclaimed singles and tape pack with two deep fried electro-dubz: the churning arabesque 'Organite' and the killer Sun Araw-styled, bare… Read more
Slackk triggers one of *the* albums of 2014 with his debut LP 'Palm Tree Fire' for Local Action. Requiring little introduction around here, Slackk has been a steadfast lynchpin for grime for nigh on a decade now. From running the invaluable grimetapes source back in the day, thru his pivotal hybrid productions for Numbers and latterly Local Action, and not to mention his innumerable radio slots and club sets, most crucially at the Boxed events, founded in 2013 as an incubator for new, instrumental talent which has more than proved its worth. Basically the guy's a don in the truest sense of the… Read more
*Back in stock* After crafting one of the most enduring albums of the last few years with 2008's 'Hazyville', Actress sets his sights on the future with a crucial LP for Honest Jon's. This album signifies two important points; firstly, the fact that Honest Jon's are putting this out at all acknowledges Mr Cunningham's place in the lineage of potentially classic Afrofuturistic music, from George Clinton through Prince and Shake Shakir, and secondly, a major maturity and cohesion in his sound. Wheras it's predecessor was composed over a staggered period of many, many years, this album was fashioned in … Read more
Lukid joins the Lib Tech gang with his first release in nearly two years. A producer's producer and a perennial outsider persistently mutating styles in the cracks of current techno, electronica and bass music, Lukid still evades any net we might chuck at him with 'Crawlers'. The A-side opener, 'Nine' may well be known to you for it's brittle, anguished lead motif which was snatched by Evian Christ for his 'Propeller' on the 'Waterfall' EP. Here it sounds more sombre and petrified, shaken up with rasping drums and bass beside the strobing spectres of 'La Cucaracha'. B-side, he thwacks off angular, fl… Read more
**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
Peverelist meets Andy Mac as Zennor with three deeper UK house trax, new on TTT. 'Never In Doubt' is the straight-playing A-side pushing plump kicks and jiggy hi-hats with blue bassline and chord washes to subtly insistent impact. B-side, 'Storms' brings a more rugged take on NYC garage house and Teutonic mnmlsm with haughty bass heft and dancing synth motifs nodding Ben Cenac and STL, leaving 'Tin' on some halfstepping R&Bizzle.
The fourth installment in the classic Basic Channel series - Features all four versions of the mighty Q1.1.
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
One of London's most outstanding new grime producers turns out on Planet Mu with four cuts of signature, stranger grime juice. Asymptomatic of the scene's shift towards almost IDM-styled production and arrangement, the 'Don't Leave EP' mixes up boogie-soul samples with off-kilter synths and rugged beats in four parts, ranging from the slow-burning drama of the title track to halfstepping, alien R&G with 'Be Somebody', and thru the melancholic poise of 'Padded' to iced-out styles reminding of Visionist in the pitched vocals and precise shuffle of 'Oh'.
'Tomorrow Was the Golden Age' is an unmistakably gorgeous and refreshing suite of microtonal minimalist composition by New York-based ensemble, Bing & Ruth. Helmed by writer, conductor and lead pianist, David Moore, and supported by two upright bassists, two clarinetists, a cellist and a tape delay tech, Bing & Ruth genuinely sweep us off somewhere sublime without recourse to overblown conceit or cliche - something all too prevalent and cloying in today's neo-classical quarters. Their skill lies in the ability to drift, almost imperceptibly, between microtonal harmonies and si… Read more
Marble Sky was the moniker under which chameleonic nomad Jeff Witscher, best known for his work as Rene Hell, recorded his most intimate and contemplative music. The material that comprises this eponymous 2xLP was originally released in the late aughts as short-run cassettes—highly coveted and personal releases that imparted mystery and a strange sense of hermetic romanticism. Although Witscher’s musical sensibilities are remarkably diverse, what remains consistent in all his projects is an idiosyncratic knack for composition and a boundless capacity for ingenuity. Indeed, his work h… 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
Monday, 24 November
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* 'Stateless' is Alex Zhang Hungtai aka Dirty Beaches' sweeping, beat-less swan-song under this guise. Where his previous album wallowed in the darkest recesses of post-punk pop composition, this one is still super heavy-hearted, but almost weightlessly so. It was recorded by David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley and features viola from italian composer Vittorio Demarin meshed with Hungtai's synth and saxophone in four widescreen, airborne compositions laced with an aching sense of melancholia. If we were to read into the music, the sleeve art … Read more
*10th Anniversary Edition with two bonus tracks "The Future Will Be Different" and "Tree"* 'Venice' was the follow up to the groundbreaking 'Endless Summer', a record with a legendary pedigree and with sales substantial enough to have shaken up its label. Musically, 'Venice' is a much more varied affair, reflected by the contrasting imagery in the cover photography. Check the heartbreak melancholy of the opener 'Rivers Of Sand' to the somewhat playful 'Chateau Rouge', the freeze framed longing of 'City Of Light' and 'Circassian' featuring the searing guitar of Burkhard Stangl… Read more
**2LP in glossy, double-width spine jacket with printed inners** The incredible 'Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984' is a beautifully dreamy follow-up to Born Bad's much-loved Francis Bebey showcase, 'African Electronic Music 1975-1982'. Celebrating the uniquely affective timbre of the sanza, or African thumb piano, this compilation shifts focus from pop-wise anthems such as 'New Track' or 'Coffee Cola', onto the Cameroonian polymath's more stripped, rhythm-driven, and atmospheric workouts. And it's every bit as hypnotic, transcendent as that last sentence implies. Bebey's vocals … Read more
The Cyclist pedals to All City Records, who released his killer 12" as Buz Ludzha, with a wonderfully warped and gritty boogie-techno session in 'Flourish'. Saturated to the point of near-destruction, seven tracks ride the red line hard for a fogged-up yet surprisingly tactile, sensitive sound. Grooving somewhere in the shade of BoC and Lone et al, 'Flourish' dispenses some real dancefloor treats with the smudged rave bliss of the title track and the super gauzy 'Tape Grunge Rave' alongside the singed-synapse responses of 'Breathless' and the disintegrating disco of 'Ripples Through Ice' for those who like it raw and deeply bittersweet.
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
**Double heavyweight vinyl in a black/opaque outer plastic sleeve - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** The mercurial Mr. Blunt keeps everyone guessing with the 'Black Metal' follow-up to his widely acclaimed LP, 'The Redeemer' (2013). Let's get it out of the way: it's not black metal, in the cold, Northerly sense, at least. Musically, its palette actually bears more resemblance to early Factory or Rough Trade records by The Durutti Column or Scritti Politti - or even Serge Gainsbourg - than anything remotely connected to Bathory or Burzum. And taken in light of his o… Read more
**Gatefold double vinyl. Includes download** 'Will To Be Well' marks a critical new chapter in the development of Blackest Ever Black's ambassadors for RD Laing. Their 2nd studio album blooms with a richer sonic palette over 15 instrumental songs showcasing an increasingly disciplined approach to their compositions. Still taking inspiration from the life and works of RD Laing, as much as "more universal and enduring mysteries: the relationships between body and mind, illness and wellness, the physical and the metaphysical", their sound still operates in a curious schism, feeling at once in a… Read more
Friday, 21 November
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** 'Psychic 9-5 Club' is the nigh-on flawless 3rd album from HTRK - quite easily their most ambitious and rewarding outing yet. In contrast with the affective weight and morbid pallor of their 'Work (Work, Work)' LP - which was constructed as a duo after band-member Sean Stewart tragically died halfway through recording, this new suite finds space for a sliver of reflective light epitomised by the pathos of Jonnine Standish's vocals and Nigel Yang's deft, spaciously dub-wise production. There's still that sense of grief and dysphori… Read more
The impeccable Huntleys & Palmers imprint comes with two Latino swingers on the cusp of Funky and that Cómeme sound from Alejandro Paz. A-side 'Callejero' has been doing the rounds since late 2011 and finally lands on wax with martial snares, insistent acid bassline and one of the daftest, charming hooks you'll hear all year. B-side features a newer groove 'Cumbia A Lo Lejos' which starts out sweet and dippy but straddles the fine line between dark delirium and disco hypnotism. Fans of Optimo, Auntie Flo, Cómeme, cop a load!
Incredible Deep fried head music direct from the dome of Black Zone Myth Chant, originally issued as tape + CDr by High Wolf's Winged Sun label in 2011, now released on vinyl by Laitdbac Records (Big Jus, Alpine Decline). It's gotta be the most fugged-out, abstract hip hop/drone session since Dem Hunger's 'Caveman Smack' session in 2010, holding our bonce under a slow moving whirlpool of samples and screwed voices across nine tracks until we pass out into their nexx plane of detached, disorienting psychedelia. The severely down-pitched vocal is a constant throughout the tr… Read more
**Includes the four singles as an instant download - Gatefold 2LP with printed inners** Master-craftsman, Kevin Martin absolutely murders it with his fourth and finest LP as The Bug. A perennial pest at the outposts of dub, ragga, extreme noise and electronics, The Bug treats his periodic albums as dispatches from the brink, and 'Angels & Devils' is his most captivating of them all. Blessed with, and structured around sterling vocals from some of his favourite artists - Liz Harris (aka Grouper), Gonjasufi, Death Grips, Copeland, Flowdan, Manga, Miss Red, Warrior Queen - plus a collaboration wi… Read more
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
Thursday, 20 November
Watch yer bassbins; Mumdance & Logos unleash the sought-after P.I.V (geddit?) mix of Ben U.F.O. favourite, 'In Reverse' backed with three more rave essentials. For us, it makes up the strongest Keysound release in years, if not their entire catalogue. the dread bass and wig-flipping riddim of 'In Reverse' is reinforced for optimal, radical rave playback whilst 'Turrican 2' distills the dirtiest, damned effective bits of grime, 4/4 garage/techno and vaporwave to dazzling effect. 'Wut It Do (12" Mix)' lurches in from future past like some T2000 character sent to save the hardcore rave in 2013… Read more
Hype Williams instigator and now solo raconteur, Dean Blunt, sidesteps preconceptions with a quietly psychedelic, sparse and sensual third album. In 'The Redeemer' he tends to a wipe-clean soundworld of lite jazz fusion motifs, bluesy guitar wisps and new age synth gelled together with dreamy sound FX and distressed ansafone messages whilst nonchalant, confessional vocals dictate a drowsy internal narrative. It's a sort of surreal soul scape simulacra, an adult contemporary fantasy as seen and heard from a detached perspective, a fact accentuated by the intangible, voice-in-your… Read more
**Stunning black metal vision manifest thru the prism of classic synth music, aided by über-producer Randall Dunn. Double vinyl, full-colour gatefold jacket. Includes download** On the incredible 'Celestite', Olympia, Washington's forest-dwelling Weaver siblings, aka Wolves In The Throne Room, synthesise a majestically stark follow-up to the cosmic turmoil of 'Celestial Lineage' . Whilst traces of the Weavers' archetypal guitars are still present, they're largely superseded by an array of synths played by themselves and by Seattle's darkside se'ers Randall Dunn (Ear… Read more
*Vinyl Finally Available* ahhhh, this is so good. Michigan noise celebs John Olson and Nate Young are joined by new blood James Baljo to coin their new era of mutoid wave music on 'No Answer: Lower Floors'. You freaks will also be pleased to hear that former members Aaron Dilloway and Mike Connelly return to the fold for this slab of cold, zombied meat, converging primal visions of regressed futures previously imagined in records by the likes of TG or The German Shepherds. There's a sense that the group's divergent individual interests - Nate Young with Regression, Star… Read more