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Wednesday, 04 December
Back in stock! *Includes a Moritz von Oswald Dub!* The wicked Wareika Hill sounds crew return on Honest Jons with a dance sweetening Afro-shuffler backed with a heavyweight dub mix from Moritz Von Oswald. 'Proverb of proverbs' is a delightful little number, working up a batty wiggling percussive polyrhythm topped with a brass section guaranteed to put a smile on your face, the crew have come up trumps here with an essential summer anthem ready to crack out when summer actually arrives. The other reason you really need this 7" is the Moritz dub edit on the… Read more
Youtube phantom Rezzett becomes real on this hotly anticipated Trilogy Tapes debut. The label describe it as "uproarious, run-to-the-rocks skin-flayers" and we don't disagree. Both sides are the label's noisiest since that Andrew Coltrane LP; 'Firebomb' sounds like a demented Detroit track left to fester in a vat of hydrochloric acid, whilst 'Sutty' and the serrated funk of 'Yayla' come off like Dro Carey taking production tips from Wold.
**This pressing contains some slight, occasional distortion on the B-side. It's a minor problem but please don't purchase if in doubt** Following a Martian techno excursion with Juan Atkins, Moritz Von Oswald reprises his Trio with Sasu Ripatti and Max Loderbauer for two trips to Neptunian dub house scapes. The original 'Blue' unfurls languorous pads reaching to the horizon over a dense, driving 4/4 and evaporating chords, lending a muted technoid tone to their jazz-wise and krautrock-influenced pieces. With the 'Blue Dub' Moritz stretches the riddim to 12 minutes, opening skanking anti-… Read more
Hands down, this is the best yet from Will Bankhead's Trilogy Tapes. Your guess is good as ours to the identity of Levantis: is it a known producer masquerading incognito or a new name to the fray? Honestly, f**k knows, and it doesn't matter. All four tracks have the sort of chokingly heavy chug that makes us fall so hard for Andy Stott's knackered house, NWAQ's 154 deviations or Actress at his most detached, and come with the very highest recommendations to anyone chasing that dragon...
*Limited copies back in stock* Hinge Finger present Blawan's baddest bit of wax to date, loaded up with the instant 'floor wrecker 'Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage'. There's basically no f**king with this record: the aforementioned techno romp is outrageous, exactly the kind of oikish, pillaging funk injection that the scene needs right now, while the B-side's 'And Both His Sons' and 'His Money' sound like '98 Regis going toe-to-toe with DJ Rush at some deranged, privately cordoned-off sidestreet during love parade. There's even a bit of gristly rhythmic noise on the A-side for the seriously hard-to-please. No brainer, isn't it, really?
*Ships Friday* *Includes download code redeemable from the label* The increasingly ubiquitous Huerco S. services Dan Lopatin’s Software imprint with his debut album proper, following that seductive, rep-making trio of EPs on Wicked Bass, Opal Tapes / Boomkat Editions and Future Times. It’s top-drawer stuff, taking the new age ambience and rugged, smoke-choked house rhythms du jour and turning them inside out, opening up new zones of dubwise introspection. ‘Plucked From The Ground, Towards The Sun’ is a 90s Chain Reaction cut inspected through a smeared microscope lens, but it’s the minor … Read more
**Limited edition one-sided pressing** Deadly tribal techno functions fresh outta NYC. The Corner CEO Anthony Parasole fronts a proper polyrhythmic shakedown built from kinky toms, pistoning hi-hats and a welting but light-footed bottom end practically guaranteed to make 'em shift. And if they don't then f**k 'em.
**Limited pressing of 500 housed in hand-made, tip on-style jacket** Mammane Sani Abdullaye's 'La Musique Electronique Du Niger' is a spellbinding side of organ pieces written and released on cassette in 1978 and plucked from obscurity a few years back by Sahel Sounds' Christopher Kirkley. Born to a relatively well-to-do family in Niger, Mammane was previously a UNESCO functionary and during one of his meetings came in contact with a Rwandan delegate with his Italian "Orlo" organ. He managed to persuade the delegate to sell it and came into possession of the… Read more
Kieran Hebden looks to classic pirate radio and the spirit of early '90s rave for inspiration on his 8th album proper. 'Beautiful Rewind' draws on the 'ardcore continuum and regression in modernist music as only Four Tet can, offering a pop-wise view of jungle, garage and grime which tempers that febrile rufige with compositional stategies. Even the fact that its eleven tracks are pressed on one slab tells us that its not about visceral weight or impact: he's appropriating and reworking the sounds' signifiers to alter their original purpose, dosing their mania with a wider appeal for those … 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
*Includes a download code redeemable from the label* Shoulda-been-huge Balearic pop music from '80s also-rans, DJ Ralf Behrendt, Stefanie Lange and Claudia Hossfeld aka Saâda Bonaire. The first issue on Captured Tracks' new 'Fantasy Memory' sublabel, curated by Andy Grier of Theives Like Us, rescues from obscurity a full album of dub-wise, sexy electronic pop produced by Dennis Bovell at Kraftwerk's studio in 1982. As fate would have it, the project fell foul of EMI's label politics, notably the group's excessive A&R man, who went 5 times over budget on Tina Turner's 'Private Dancer' and … Read more
Exquisite dream pop perfection from Nautic's lead singer, Laura Groves. Originally hailing from Shipley near Bradford and arriving with co-production by Deek's revered label boss, Bullion, Laura gets all the bonus points before we've even started, then she goes and gives her debut solo record an amazing title like 'Thinking About Thinking', and, well, put a fork in us 'cause we're bloody done. Laura's in possession of a folk-wise R&B croon that'd make marines weep, and employs it with captivating beauty on four mirage-like songs written shortly after she moved from God's own coun… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Planet Mu bubble up this Afro-pop treat from south of the equator, courtesy of John Withers and Emmanuel Nzaramba aka John Wizards. Blending highlife, Shangaan Electro, R&B, dub and boogie-pop with an effervescent electronic touch, they've just hatched one of this summer's most unexpected charms, a dizzily joyful sound gushing with the sweetest melodies and nudged with an effortless funk. The story of how they came to be only adds to this: "Maputo, Cape Town and Dar es Salaam; these are the three places that band leader and produ… Read more
Massive grime 12" starring the blinding 'XE2' from promising first timer, Mssingno on Leeds-based Goon Club Records. Already hotly tipped by the likes of Fact and Pitchfork, Mssingno's debut is a blazing highlight of the UK's revitalised instrumental grime scene in 2013. 'XE2' is the big one, a low-riding blend of buyoant Reese bass, twinkling marimbas and an earworming R Kelly vocal hook that somehow refreshes the whole R&B-sampling thing by virtue of its simplistic innocence and Ruff Sqwad-like emo swagger. There's also the darker, roadwise Nightmare On Elm Street vibes of '124th', a Rihanna-s… Read more
Opal Taper, Stephen Bishop's intrepid Basic House project is steadily becoming one of the most fascinating off-road electronic projects around. 'Oats', for Luke Younger's highly esteemed Alter imprint, places him in good company alongside textural and rhythmic explorers such as Jamal Moss, Helm and Damien Dubrovnik. It's his 2nd album of 2013 after the crumbling deconstructions of 'Caim In Bird Form' for Digitalis, and finds his sound at once congealing and diffusing with a unique sonic syntax. Textural decay demarcates its six tracks, flowing from the buckled tape loops and guttural bass thump of '… Read more
Tuesday, 03 December
Since dropping one of 2009s biggest dubstep anthems in 'Grimelight' Joe has been busy hammering out some of the tidiest syncopations we've heard on a dubstep tune. 'Claptrap' makes a heavy nod to Spanish flamenco on an intensely clipped and arranged rhythm track, using not much more than claps, sub hits and field recorded atmospherics to get us itching like a good 'un. Crafty DJs will be able to do some serious sh*t with this baby. Meanwhile 'Level Crossing' slices up rattling hi-hats and swinging kicks with kooky railroad sounds for an experimental but no-less enjoyable jaunt sounding like James Blake gone a lickle bit loopy. Aces!
Ramadanman continues to blaze a trail through 2010 with a highly anticipated drop for Loefah's Swamp 81 crew. Working with a similar palette of 808-driven beats as Addison Groove or Girl Unit, he references Chicago juke and Dutch bubbling in 'Fall Short', arranging economical and hugely effective patterns that land outside the zones of dubstep and Funky, yet complement them beautifully. With the flipside joint 'Work Them' he also nods to the similarities between B-More and UK Hardcore, twisting out rumbunctious breakbeats and flashing stabs that have been sending crowds loopy in the h… Read more
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
*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
**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
The ninth edition in this crucial series of electro-acoustic excursions brings us right up to date with previously unreleased material recorded as recently as this year at Steamroom in Tokyo. With the measured hand and alchemical technique of a François Bayle classic, Jim has us spellbound with A-side, transmuting spectral whistles into digital drizzle and splitting the senses between parallel dimensions of seaside location recordings, distant alien electronics and hauntingly solemn strings redolent of The Caretaker or Stephan Mathieu. The B-side follows that haunting theme into labyrinthine … Read more
**Translucent Blue Vinyl Edition** Hot on the heels of his debut release on Opal Tapes, 1991 exhibits his uncanny abilities on this eponymous gem for Astro:dynamics. Somewhere between new age regression therapy and hypnagogic pop experiment, Axel Backman's 2nd release isolates an intangible sense of time and place through the murkiest, off-kilter electronics and decaying tape textures, taking in blatant but endearing edits alongside very fine nods to BoC and OPN, yet somehow retaining his own watery mark of originality. Again we find some deliciously mottled FX on 'Reborn Ice Horn', like a f… Read more
Shifted, Ventress and Sigha reconstruct SHXCXCHCXSH's stone-breaking techno grinders. Shifted gambles with galloping bass swing and coruscating rhythms in the dangerously hypnotic A-side - maybe don't play this in your tractor cab - whilst Ventress impresses with shark-eyed tribal rollige on the flip beside a droning and funnelled Sigha remix which feels like it's playing reverse. Tipped!
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
James Donadio pricked up our ears a year or so ago with his excellent 'Psychedelic Black' debut for his own StabUdown label, followed by an album for Digitalis and a split tape with Basic House co-released by Opal Tapes and Blowing Up The Workshop. Of everything we've heard from him so far "Shaking Single Engined Planes" on his debut stands out as his finest - we likened it to one of Powell's productions at the time, and funnily enough Donadio now finds himself with a Diagonal catalogue number all his own. This strong 4-track EP once again showcases Donadio's knack for imbuing dry rhyth… Read more
Shawn O'Sullivan (Led Er Est, Civil Duty, Vapauteen) provides Avian with its most individual noise/techno statement yet. The New York resident follows an excellent 12" for Anthony Parasole's The Corner label as Civil Duty alongside Beau Wanzer by focussing his attention specifically on stripped down, monotone techno as 400ppm. A-side opens with a shuddering shot of noise before rolling into the tubular roil of 'Occupational Exposure' and toying with dripping wet reverbs and polyrhythmic flux in 'Lean Manufacturing'. Flipside he comes closer to Sandwell District styles with the streamlined, wormholing … Read more
"Starting out by hand-dubbing CDrs and forging a singular path in the global pop underground, Molly Nilsson’s art has grown to the extent where hers is a precise songwriting devoid of unnecessary flourish. Her songs are perfect silhouettes of feelings everyone shares but that few can articulate with such heart-rending, icy pathos. Journeys offer change - the possibility of renewal - and accordingly on 'The Travels' Nilsson’s resonant voice is found curling around a new sense of optimism and wide-eyed discovery that was only alluded to in her previous work. Songs like “Dear Life” might be sp… Read more
Monday, 02 December
**Hand-numbered edition of 500 copies** V-o-D highlight the incredibly disparate sonic spectrum of Eyeless In Gaza's Peter Becker with extracts from his two solo tapes - 'They Brought The Stratosphere' (1980) & 'By Train To The Coast' (1981) - originally released on their Ambivalent Scale Recordings imprint. Paired with a smattering of pieces by Bron Area's Steve Parker and original Eyeless In Gaza compositions, these 20 tracks afford a rare glimpse of Becker's nascent experiments with a Wasp synthesiser, guitars and drum machines "veer[ing] cra… Read more