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Friday, 21 August
**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
**Marbled white wax** Four cuts of pounding, buttoned-up techno for the club.
Friday, 28 August
**Edition of 300** 'Sirens' is an utterly captivating side of alien ambient composition by Kara-Lis Coverdale (collaborator with Tim Hecker) and LXV (a.k.a. David Sutton) for Mexico City's quietly ace Umor Rex label. Committed over 14 months between 2013 and early 2015 at studios in Jersey City, Philadelphia and Montréal, it blooms eight strange and often incredible flowers shaping the voice and various electronic inputs into vaulted, complex harmolodics and rhythmelodic cadence with an effortless, sweeping quality that's really got our tongue right now. It's much more gentle than, say… Read more
Wednesday, 19 August
**LP plus bonus CD, includes download card redeemable from the label** Yorkshire's Ashtray Navigations deglaze and infect your mind with their umpteenth album of borderless psychedelia. Just ahead of their 20th Anniversary Best Of 4CD set for Golden Lab, the Wire's latest cover stars arrive at this point after two decades of operations stranded in the hinterlands of UK underground psych and noise, where they've cultivated a peerless reputation for unblinkered expression of a rare and beguiling kind. In this 100 minute head-opener they, a.k.a. original member Phil Todd and M… Read more
Tuesday, 18 August
*Includes a printed 12" x 12" double-sided insert* Very necessary compendium of Tapes' frayed and wayward dub exploits on Japan's always wonderful EM Records. Weighing up 6 new bits along with 10 remastered, tried-and-tested aces, 'No Broken Hearts on this Factory Floor' perfectly frames one of the UK's most original and free thinking producers; a steadfast and focussed artist juicing his sound for maximum style and pressure. It reaches right back to his debut transmission on Jahtari, with 'Ticker Tape' from the 'Hissing Theatricals EP' rubbed up next to lesser known bom… Read more
The modular maestro presents a luminous 4th side of original Buchla soundscapes for Morphine. Recorded in Berlin in September 2014 and incorporating production help and assistance from label boss Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis, 'Brother I Prove You Wrong' speaks with a sharper clarity and diction than Cohen's trio of archival recordings circa 1976-1989 already reissued by the same label to much acclaim. They're sharp as a tack, following sleek lines and rendered with a punch and sense of space and momentum which possibly betrays a return influence from the contemporary operators … Read more
**Limited to 500 copies with hand-numbered insert** "It's late 1981 and Attrition's embryonic Black Prince Studio has set up in band member Ashley Niblock's bedroom in Coventry, England. Analogue synthesisers, drum machines and primitive 4 track recorder with tape echoes and spring reverbs. They would write and rehearse regularly during those early days. On the other days the studio was never idle... Ashley Niblock would moonlight with two of his school friends, Edward Pearson and Richard Woodfield...and IRSOL was born... A very different beast to the anarchic post punk noise and rhyth… Read more
One of London's most distinctive new producers disorientates house and techno on a crack'd new ace for Ninja Tunes' Technicolour label. Building on the brilliance of his early wares for ManMadeMusic and the Kodwo Eshun-sampling collage of 'The Kids Will Take Care Of Themselves' for Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound, this 12" flips the experience of being turned away from the door of a Berlin club into a four part enigma of ember-glow techno, psychedelic house and collapsing ambience. 'Our Place' comes first with sub-heaving techno momentum and dancing dust mite figures beside the blunted wiggle j… Read more
**2015 reissue on Eaux with a new sleeve design** Bob Ostertag and Rrose's hugely anticipated 'Motormouth Variations' lands on 2xLP, and it's a beauty. After initiating Phase 3 of Sandwell District's evolution with 'Primary Evidence' we're privy to the full thrust of their experiments, combining a moiré of Ostertag's Buchla 200E modular synth research with undulating triplets and fluid rhythms programmed by Rrose. These six tracks together form some of the most refined and engrossing electronics we've encountered all year, luring us into a subtly shifting vo… Read more
*White vinyl* Techno hypnotist, Rrose, returns to Eaux with the pocket watch attractions of 'For Aquantice'. Made up like the unholy offspring of Papa Lazarou and Norman Bates in mummy's boy mode, Rrose peddles three patented and mindbending wormholes, subtly sucking us in with Eleh-esque purist sine tones to the rasping rhythmic skeleton of 'Levitate' and the recursive abyss of 'Vellum' on the A-side, whereas the sleek, pulsating throbs and spiralling oscillations of B-side's 'Signs' take hold with intra-venus strength and potency. They're proper deep brain and tissue stimulators.
**180g vinyl in a heavyweight casebound tip-on gatefold jacket with a satin coating. Includes director essay from George A. Romero, composer essay from John Harrison and a built-in booklet featuring production stills, artwork, and liner notes with a satin coated 12×12 art print of The Creeper**
*Small re-press in a new sleeve* Deeply unhinged, potent revisions of the Shangaan sound from the inimitable Actress. Let's not beat around the bush here; these are two of the most out-there productions in his catalogue, venturing further between worlds than any of his peers dare, and at once resetting the consensual allowance for noise and psychoactive madness in what could still be called a "dance" track. A-side sounds like a stray radio transmission picked up by alien receivers, buffering the groove with malleable white noise and psychedelic filter flux. B-side, the … Read more
**Near-mythical 1970's private press of early Israeli outsider electronic music by retiring Tel Aviv based multimedia artist Ami Shavit, new on Finders Keepers** "The music of this record was stimulated by the theory and practice of biofeedback. It is aimed to create a calm, relaxed and meditative mood associated with alpha brain waves.’ Part outsider electronic album; part physiological experiment; part work of art; this is not your average new age record. You won’t find any cosmic or spiritual connotations between the unsupposing and briefly annotated gatefold covers. This is an accidenta… Read more
**Pressed on 140g vinyl, packaged in a pro-press color jacket and a silkscreened pvc sleeve* Jeff Witscher, aka idiosyncratic electronic musician Rene Hell, presents a typically considered, challenging debut release via PAN. Those who've encountered his acclaimed albums for Type, or his NNA Tapes split with OPN, will hear a defined progress in 'Vanilla Call Option', whilst those new to his music should be prepared for a visceral, cerebral exploration of piercing timbres and sheer, hi-end computer sounds that in turn recall the evocative beatless treatments on Lee Gamble's incredible 'Di… Read more
*Pressed on 140g vinyl, packaged in a pro-press color jacket and a silkscreened pvc sleeve* At long last PAN present the radical, revelatory debut album of sonic fictions by peerless mastering engineer, sound artist and composer, Rashad Becker. Via his day job as a cutting engineer at Berlin's Dubplates & Mastering and his post-production studio, Clunk, the Syrian-born German-raised autodidact has in some respects contributed more to the shape and timbre of contemporary electronic and avant-garde music than anyone else. He's blessed with a heightened sensiti… Read more
Tuesday, 25 August
Blanck Mass corrals a haunting spectra of sounds from Helm, Phil Julian, C Spencer Yeh, Konx Om Pax, and Roll The Dice to provide an alternative score for Bruno Forzani and Héléne Catet's 2013 giallo homage, 'The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears'. Each artist augments the classic atmosphere and feeling of Italian horror cinema soundtracks in their own way, ranging from the throbbing heartbeat of Roll The Dice's 'Portal' thru Helm's expanding trio of tense, lugubrious drone pieces to a concise quartet of C Spencer Yeh pieces as you've r… Read more
Monday, 17 August
*Translucent red vinyl, packaged in silkscreened PVC sleeves* Having established the label with a brace of his own killer 12”s, Oscar Powell opens up the Diagonal books to welcome in Blood Music, a band led by Londoner Simon Pomery. ‘Rare Earth Project’ is incantatory, industrial-tinged rock, plain and simple, driven by rolling hellhound toms and toxic clouds of feedback - think Factory Floor crossbred with Shellac, building to a hypnotic climax suggestive of Faust or Can at their most committedly deranged. ‘Speak Like Violence’’s grungey guitar squall and dead-eyed motorik momentum amount… Read more
Scorching collection of Early Pakistani dance music taken from original 7" soundtracks 1967 - 1975. Thanks to the diligent work of compiler Florian Pittner, we're presented a prime and revelatory selection of instrumentals which would normally be found found listed as either "Dance Music" or "Theme Music" on vintage Pakistani film soundtrack vinyl. As anyone who has checked the excellent Finders Keepers editions from this epoch can attest - the discos of Islamabad must have been wild spots in the late '60s and early '70s if this music is anything to go by.
**Limited red vinyl 7", includes download code** "Something in the shadows awaits you. Underneath your bed, inside your closet, around every dark corner it hides, and waits. Evil incarnate has come for you…evil in the form of a Lunatic. The brainchild of Slasher Dave, renowned composer of horror-infused program music, Lunatic is an evocative love letter to the grimy slasher flicks and film scores of the 80s, its four tracks outlining an implicit, classic storyline of a killer on the loose. From the eerie synth drones and warning siren-screams of “Disturbance At The Mackenzies” to the oscillatin… Read more
Etch and K-Lone share a tricksy post-dubstep platter for the latter's Wisdom Teeth label. One track per side, cut for optimum space and pressure, manifesting the woozy, infected skank and quicksilver voices of Etch's 'Toxin' up top, and a more spacious shoulder-roller from K-Lone called 'Broke' on the other side.
Monday, 24 August
Opal Tapes pluck out a gauzy, isolated beaut from Michael Vallera, who's probably best known on this site for his melancholic solo gems as COiN and with Steven Hess in Cleared. At once stately poised and crushingly moody, 'Distance' revolves five songs in just under 40 minutes, keening from heart-in-mouth shoegaze ambience shook-up with pained '80s drums, to the chokingly screwed doom scape of 'Animal', and onwards to the vaulted reverb structures of 'Grace of Climate', culminating with the quasi-speed bass plummets and numb drones of 'Distance'. Very RIYL Ensemble Economique, Talker, Cleared.
Friday, 14 August
*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
Thursday, 13 August
*Re-press edition of 200 copies - Exceptional slab of squashed, Afro-centric psychedelia and hypnotic Footwork from Low Jack’s Editions Gravats label made in an edition of 350 copies* Low Jack and Jean Carval’s Gravats label open 2015 with a killer new album from prolific psych-drone artist High Wolf under his Black Zone Myth Chant alias. ‘Mane Thecel Phares’ is a wigged-out trip thru Afro-centric, riddim-driven psychedelia, breaking down the boundaries between Sun Ra, DJ Screw, and Vox Populi! with a smoked-out, blurry vision heightening the effects already felt in his migh… Read more
*Our album of the year 2014 - now back in on vinyl. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Mica Levi ov Micachu and The Shapes presents an outstanding original soundtrack for Jonathan Glazer's acclaimed alien stalker-in-Glasgow flick, 'Under The Skin'. Abstract in the extreme, especially for such a relatively mainstream production starring a major Hollywood actress (Scarlett Johansson), Mica Levi's soundtrack really impresses with an uncompromising orchestration of tense, discordant strings, muffled percussions and frozen drones coming off li… Read more
Exceptional Polish imprint, Bocian Records presents a necessary vinyl edition of Kevin Drumm's super limited 2012 release for Hospital Productions, "Dedicated to my least favorite thing in the world, humidity." Over two sides breaking down to three pieces, Drumm expresses his irritation through a mixture of field recordings and microtonal drones made in july/august 2012 and transposed with intercepted voice recordings from summer 1995 at Mosquito Net Studio, Chicago, Il. In 'Humid Weather' proper, the piece shifts from dynamic location sounds of a storm in full force, all tipping rain and c… Read more
Wednesday, 12 August
Moritz Von Oswald conducts a cabinet reshuffle, exchanging Vladislav Delay for legendary Afrobeat percussionist Tony Allen on his superb fourth Trio album and follow-up to 'Borderland' with Juan Atkins. Alongside original member Max Loderbauer, the trio embark on a new and deeply charming chapter of elemental rhythm and sound exploration, positioning them ever closer to some modern day version of the Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. Dub is still the foundation, and jazz the teacher, but the languid roll of Allen's drums and Loderbauer's lissom bleeps now hint at a so… Read more
Sheela Rahman (Xosar) and Danny Wolfers (Legowelt etc.) synch minds and circuits on a dreamy 3rd Xamiga session. The decadent pound of 'Bohemian Grove' opens affairs, holding a strange balance of persistent kicks and serene exotica atmospheres rolling out with a breakbeat sting in the tail, before the melancholic 'Stratocumulus' slows down to dream sequence techno drag. B-side, 'Midwest' kicks the tempo up again but swings wider with fuzy claps and fluid synthlines for lushest effect, for 'Blizzard' to round up with a narcotised noir-house episode. Legowelt always works better in collaboration and this is no exception.
**2 x 180g vinyl. Includes download code** The maestro presents a sweeping live iteration of his rolling 'Rückverzauberung' series, recorded at London's Church of St John-at-Hackney in 2014. The Kompakt boss' latest "reverse enchantment" unfolds his patented, languorous symphonics seamlessly across two discs, from billowing brass thru willowing and windswept strings to passages of strange bird calls and drones, and across desolate tracts of calving synthesisers to a climax with a finale of petrifying chorales. Hands-down it trumps any of the 'Rückverzauberung' editions… Read more
Tuesday, 11 August
**180g edition of 500 housed in silk-screen printed jacket** The impossibly busy Oren Ambarchi meets octo-limbed percussionist Eli Keszler on East London's Dancing Wayang for a deeply beguiling, improvised session of drone, noise and avant-rock. Both performers approach the project arguably at the peak of their powers - Ambarchi off a stunning run off releases in 2014, Keszler ever fine-tuning his near algorithmic proprioceptions - and utterly free to challenge and question music at its fundamental levels - time, space and timbre. A pair of side-long, headlong pieces ensue, mapping ou… Read more
The preternaturally-attuned trio present the 2nd section of their amazing concert at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo on 17th March, 2013, which already spawned the 'Only Wanting To Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen'. Where that set was focussed on new instrumental configurations, this one sees them return to a signature line-up of guitar, bass and drums, documented in unflinching intimacy and entirety. The first sect… Read more