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Thursday, 23 October
*Brand new edition of Grouperʼs breakthrough 2008 album which has been out of print on all physical formats for the last few years* Here's what we had to say about the album when it first came out on Type 5 years ago: "With the label's hiatus well and truly over, Type Records follows up Peter Broderick's amazing 'Float' with a brand new album of midnight Shoegazer classics from Portland's Liz Harris - and it really is one of the most special albums you'll hear this year. While the filtered, tape-fuelled obfuscation of her signature sound remains, Dragging A Dead … 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
Reissue of Drexciya's first album proper and a milestone for Detroit and electronic music in general. It was first released in 1999 and has since been hailed as one of the enigma's most crucial missives. This vinyl version is trimmed down from the CD to contain 13 tracks including the killer 'Funk Release Valve' and 'Andrean Sand Dunes', among others. To put it simply, and without overstatement: this is one of the finest electronic albums ever made.
*First time this classic Tim Hecker album has been available on vinyl* Incredibly rich, sumptuous album from Tim Hecker, layering his particular blend of organic ambience with slivers of piano, found sounds and the quiet hum of abandoned machinery. Playing counterpart to the processed acoustic transmissions of Fennesz, Hecker takes a much darker route, only offering relief from the mass of textures he concocts with deep buried remnants of melody and light. As a follow-up to Mille Plateaux's sublime "Radio Amor", "Mirages" is an even more majestic album, striding with a confident heaviness further out into the wilderness, deep into the night.
**Deluxe Triple gatefold, printed inners. Includes download code redeemable from the label** In case you hadn't noticed, the gurning genius is back in a big way with 'Syro', his first new LP since 'Drukqs' (2001). Culled from his legendary trove of recordings, it's apparently "about a fifth" of what he's done in the last 10 years, "…one album out of many possible ones", according to his interview with Rolling Stone. After a couple of whizzes thru, we'd say it lands somewhere between 'Drukqs' and the Analord series of 2005 - no real surprises there, then - leaning heavy on trademark breakbeat funk an… Read more
*180gm Vinyl Edition pressed on Orange Vinyl and includes a poster* **Death Waltz present John Carpenter & Alan Howarth's legendary 3rd soundtrack to the 'Halloween' fright franchise. Just like the other one also in stock this week, it's a seminal and hugely influential bit of electronic soundcraft whose repercussions resonate through so much music since. Includes A2 poster designed by Jay Shaw housed in spotgloss jacket with sleevenotes by Alan Howarth** You have to bow down before John Carpenter & Alan Howarth. Their score for Hallo… Read more
*Pressed on Limited 180gm Clear Vinyl, including a poster.* **Death Waltz present Alan Howarth's expanded and retuned follow-up to John Carpenter's most notorious synth score, namely 'Halloween II'. They don't come much more crucial than this!** "John Carpenter and Alan Howarth managed to do something not many people have been able to do with their score to Halloween II. They managed to take the blueprint of the first films score and make it bigger, darker and nerve shreddingly intense. Synths wail and stutter as the score progresses to the point where you… Read more
**Pressed on Limited 180gm Clear Vinyl, including a spot varnish jacket with 12 x 12 lithograph and a 24 x 24 poster of the cover art** Death Waltz present one of their most anticipated reissues: John Carpenter & Alan Howarth's iconic 1988 OST for 'They Live'. Perfectly described as "electronic blues" by the label, the spindly guitar lines, harmonica, martial snares and maracas imbue it with an underlying western quality, while the Yamaha DX7 and Oberheim SEM-4 synthlines give that inimitably glossy and evocative '80s darkness also chiming with the output of Ike Yard's Michael Diekmann. Highly recommended!
**Gatefold 2LP with free download included** William Bennett and Blackest Ever Black light the fuse on a delirious 3rd album from Cut Hands. Recorded from 2012-2014 in Edinburgh and London, 'Festival Of The Dead' finds a place for the explosive energy and drama of ancient percussive ritual in an accelerated modern world. Named and released to coincide with harvest or autumnal customs across the world, it's both a harbinger of darker, winter times and a commemoration of shared ancestry and traditions common to many cultures across the world - All Saints Day, Samhain, Feast of Ancestors… Read more
NYC's Margaret Chardiet aka Pharmakon churns her guts out in this bloodied follow-up to her acclaimed album debut, 'Abandon' (2013). Four days before she was supposed to fly to Europe, touring in support of 'Abandon', Margaret had a medical emergency which resulted in major surgery and the loss of an organ. 'Bestial Burden' was realised during this time, written and fleshed-out whilst she came to terms with the situation; "I thought of my corporeal body anthropomorphically, with a will or intent of its own, outside of my will's control, and seeking to sabotage. I began to explore the idea o… Read more
Wednesday, 22 October
*Very limited clear vinyl re-press* Hospital Productions debut from Nine Inch Nails’ Alessandro Cortini, a suite of 9 analogue synth pieces complete with found and ambient sounds* Alessandro Cortini is best known as the lead electronics performer in Nine Inch Nails’, but in recent years his work as ‘Sonoio' and a pair of fine albums for Important Records under his own name have highlighted his own individual productions. Known as one of the pre-eminent Buchla masters in North America, Cortini makes a surprising departure on this debut album for Hospital Producti… Read more
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.
*Stock is delayed and will ship in December* Arriving like some blockbuster sequel to 'Returnal', Oneohtrix Point Never's eagerly anticipated 'Replica' sucks us deep into a simulated 4.1 world fantasia. Most strikingly, his sonic palette is far broader than before, adding piano keys, Techno beats and somersaulting glitch edits with a fancier, hi-tech studio-honed sound design, articulating a more kinetic, progressive vision of timeless electronica. There's a palpable sense that he's excitedly exploring every option afforded him by the Mexican Summer studios, immersing himself and us in … Read more
Remastered (by Matt Colton) reissue of Juan Atkins' (and Marty Bonds') sought after ambient techno gem, originally released in 1992. 'The Passage' is a classic piece of Detroit breakbeat techno science flush with celestial synth arrangements and powerful electro/breakbeat techno torque buffed up for 2014 on the A-side. Flip it for the darker techno-pop drive of 'Mind Changes' and the midnight sci-fi mission, 'Vessels In Distress'.
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
UK & US ambassadors of ruff house go twos on a rugged pair of hardware bug-outs for Apron. Up top on 'Discipline', London's Funkineven and Detroit's Jay Daniel ride slamming kicks with off-kilter synth squelch and skanking chords, all sparked up with clustered claps and warehouse reverbs to make 'em scatter. Down below, they meet in the noirish 'Abyss' with skeletal, dubbed drum patterns hingeing on heavy subs and streaked with moody midnight sci-fi motifs. A wicked session from two of the dopest cats in the alley.
**Vinyl Edition finally available, comes in a special die-cut sleeve including two photo inserts plus download code redeemable from the label with Bonus Track** Nils Frahm presents the truest representation of his feted piano performances with this gorgeous treatment of over two years worth of live recordings, captured and then carefully assembled in his Durton Studio and referred to by Frahm as "a collage of field recordings rather than a live album. "Berlin-based contemporary composer Nils Frahm has built a steady reputation for his intimate, poignant piano recordings, yet they so f… 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
*Ships Friday* Burial's back. Following suit from last Christmas' 'Truant', Hyperdub present three new pieces from the shadowy producer. It's a fine salve for seasonal woes, ripping loose with running man-style rave breaks and darkcore motifs across the dystopian sonic fiction of A-side, 'Rival Dealer', whilst the flipside reveals a whole new dimension to his sound with the soaring harmonies, twinkling chime-trees and '80s power drums of 'Hiders' and the tortuous, cinematically edited narration of 'Come Down To Us'. The heads will have a feast picking this one apart - what's up with all the refer… Read more
*Triple LP reissue* Acknowledged as an influence by many: founder of the classic eighties label Sleeping Bag, home to Mantronix, T La Rock, Joyce Sims amongst many others: - vocalist and cellist, buddhist - almost joined Talking Heads, instead making two of the biggest Paradise / Loft tunes of all: Loose Joints' "Is It All Over My Face" and Dinosaur L's "Go Bang", as well as a wealth of experimental but still uncannily accessible music. Arthur heard disco as one of the most potent musics, ripe for experimentation and proceeded to do exactly that. Enlisting mixers fr… Read more
**2LP. Printed inners. Embossed PVC jacket** One of Techno's slipperiest operators presents his debut album statement in the subtle but lush structures of 'Suzi Ecto' for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth. Over the last four years the London-based musician has garnered the respect of everyone from PAN's Bill Kouligas to Ben UFO and Objekt, exemplifying his artistic versatility and aptitude for transcending cerebral and club dimensions. With 'Suzi Ecto' he opens a lucidly gorgeous space between the 'floor and our imagination, sweeping us thru eleven concisely detailed prisms refracting classic IDM… Read more
Timely and faithful reissue of this ultimate, iconic synth-pop classic and the first ever release on Mute. It's pretty hard to sum up the influence of this record thirty three years since it was made, other than to say that as far as we're concerned the world would be a different place without it and the genius of it's creator, Mute overlord Daniel Miller. If you don't already own a copy, get one. And if you do - get another.
*Our favourite EP of 2013, finally back in print - Includes download code redeemable from the label* Jawdropping and genuinely neo soul music from FKA Twigs and stellar production talent, Alejandro Ghersi aka Arca. It's quite possible that you're one of the half-million odd who've already watched the stunning videos for this EP's biggest tunes, 'Water Me', or 'How's That', but even if you haven't, there's still two brand new beauties exclusive to this single. The A-side commits the liquid crystal 3D refractions of 'How's That', with its aching vocal and polymetric swirl, beside new bit, 'Papi Pacify' -… Read more
One of Bristol's most interesting artists returns with an ace, oddly organic 2nd album for Tri Angle. 'Punish Honey' cements Vessel's unique position in modern electronica, not least as the first artist bestowed the honour of a 2nd full length on Tri Angle, but also due to his kink for a queered, oxidised alloy of organic and electronic tone, texture and timbre. In it, he uses electro-acoustic/concrète techniques and process to embody a unique voice and character, rather than towards any academic purposes. Employing sheet metal as percussion and sawn-off bicycles as flutes, he arrives at a roili… Read more
Tuesday, 21 October
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
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
More radiophonical f**kery from Ekoplekz, deposited on Bob Bhamra's West Norwood Cassette Library. The 'Rock La Bibliotek' EP features six cuts of grubby analog utterance ranging from the marsh-troddin' Sarkaztik' to the dank chamber zones of 'Dropkone' on the A-side, and from plonging stepper 'Metronomik' to the eyrie ritual of 'Ekztatik' on the other.
**Double gatefold vinyl** As promised, with 'Exit', The Bug presents deeper, further versions and cuts that couldn't fit on his 'Angels & Devils' LP. The Grouper-starring 'Void' appears again, backed with a starker version and the vaulted vocal of her yearning new piece, 'Black Wasp', again with an instrumental full of worm-charming subs and decayed drones. The flipside of this dread pound is a louder cut of the murderous 'Function' featuring Manga, and the heavy troddin' march of 'Blaow' featuring The Bug's long-time spar, Daddy Freddy.