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Friday, 22 August
Stunning Alga Marghen issue of two previously unreleased masterworks by Eliane Radigue recorded at Pierre Henry's studio between 1967-68. At this time she was working for Henry at his studio, given the enviable task of organising his vast sound library according to different criteria for use in his future compositions and also helping edit his masterpiece 'L'Apocalypse de Jean'. During downtime from work she had access to an unrivaled array of equipment and created these two compositions. She clearly relishes her situation in the 11 minute minimalist tract of 'Jouet Electronique' (1… Read more
Thursday, 21 August
*Small amount of copies available again* "British free jazz phenomenon Evan Parker with electronic and tape noise artist John Weise in a set of real-time evolving improvisations intended for maximum volume. Vinyl version of the CD released earlier this year, but slightly different containing all the final mixes and edits of the sessions with a new and more intense mastering for the maximum listeing experience. C-Section finds density in scarcity - deep, glacial muck bubbles emerge beneath Parker's inhuman circular breathing, only to plunge into an incessant clatter of industrial land… Read more
*Now Available On Limited Deluxe Gatefold Double Vinyl* Here's one for you - the long awaited re-issue of for many fans David Tibet, Steven Stapleton and Michael Cashmore's finest work; the Inmost Light trilogy. Made up of three albums; 'Where The Long Shadows Fall', 'All the Pretty Little Horses', and 'The Starres Are Marching Sadly Home' this is an epic set in every sense of the word, exploring the outer realms of the neo-folk sound and mastering it effortlessly. The first disc 'Where the Long Shadows Fall' is among the most interesting and comprises of a single 20 minute piece laced wit… Read more
**Four soundtracks for films and installations by the legendary member of Wire, Dome * He Said. Mastered by Russell Haswell** "'All Under', the companion release to 'All Over' compiles soundtracks to films, installations and a self penned short story. This is familiar terrain for Lewis who, along with Bruce Gilbert produced the early interactive audio-visual installation 'MZUI' at London's Waterloo Gallery in 1981. Since this period Lewis as been involved in countless soundtracks to all manner of cultural artefacts. The haunting score to Gunilla Leander's 2003 short film 'All Under' was… Read more
Editions Mego present the first new solo recordings from Edvard Graham Lewis - songwriter and musician behind seminal records with Wire, Dome and He Said - to be released this century. Recorded and produced by Lewis at Tip Top Studios, Uppsala, Sweden between 2003-2013, 'All Over' is a fine example of his technofied, industrialised pop songwriting, balancing focus between song structures and sound design. His oaky, affected baritone is present and correct across 12 pieces strung out from the chugging techno chamber-pop of 'Straight into the Corner' and the gauzier slug of 'Bluebird' thru… Read more
Wednesday, 20 August
**Deluxe, spot UV varnished tip on-style gatefold, plus 8-page booklet and poster** The definitive synth soundtrack receives the Death Waltz treatment ten years since it was last available on wax. 'Assault On Precinct 13' remains the best known and most influential of all John Carpenter's inspired oeuvre, widely credited as one of the base roots of techno and electro, and sampled widely by everyone from Afrika Bambaataa to Tricky. This super-plush reissue is possibly the best it's ever looked, and now comes prepped with exclusive liner notes by Carpenter himself, Clint Mansell, Austin Stoker, and Chris Alexander.
More intriguing moves from Louis Johnstone's WANDA GROUP, this time presented on Gold Panda's Notown label. Something of an increasingly cult figure whose music follows few known vectors or conventions, WANDA GROUP's inner space sound beguiles and gratifies in equal measures on 'Outer Alsation EP'. Unlike so much music that sounds like you've heard it all before, there's a real sense of temporal dislocation and downright oddness at play here that feels genuinely otherworldly, undefined and new. Following a morbid theme throughout his oeuvre, both pieces were conceived as elegies to his … Read more
*180g grey vinyl housed inside a 350gsm card sleeve complete with a poster and Obi strip. Re-mastered for vinyl from the Toho Archives. Exclusive Original art by Cheung Tat. Contains locked groove* " Death Waltz unearth the legendary monster of our time and bring him to vinyl in the shape of Akira Ifukube's score to Godzilla. Starkly different to the usual view of The Big G as the ultimate monster wrestler, Ifukube's music is intense, dark, and reflects Ishiro Honda's film as a pure horror film. While the score opens with the jaunty riff that wou… Read more
Vinyl finally available again.The Bug finally steps it up proper with his first full length player since his 'Pressure' set laid down the industro-dub gauntlet with a fair clanging smack some 5 years back. In that time we've seen The Bug become a linchpin of the South London Bass scene with unruly rave smashers released on Hyperdub, Soul Jazz and Tigerbeat6 directing us to the future sound of dubstep, bashment and proper heavy bass musics. 'London Zoo' corrals a guest vocalist lineup featuring some of the finest ragga soundsystem toasters London and JA has to offer, with everyone from longtime col… Read more
*Absolutely deadly deep warehouse movements from DJ Qu and friends finally re-pressed* Another essential record from the world of Levon Vincent, this time inviting like-minded peers Anthony Parasole & Fred P alongside Jus-Ed to version DJ Qu's hypno-house killer 'Party People Clap' on a hefty double 12" pack. Qu's tripping original is easily worth your attention for a start, syncing warped woodwind to crisp claps and a stoned vocal intoning the title, which Vincent duly takes the wind out of with a moodier grumble of hollow, metal-rubbed bass and pistoning hi-hats. … Read more
Prostitutes tests his techno mettle on the 2nd part of his 10" series for Avian's sister label, Mira. It's really all about the A-side on this one. 'An Enormous Door' ranks among the best we've heard from him, cutting a solid groove of rocking industrial techno freaked out with a mesmerising vocal stab, whilst 'Bomb Splinters' feels like his take on Dance Mania, running percolated, dried out drums and industrial clanks. Flipside is cool, but maybe not as useful, swaggering with claggy kicks and piercing hi-end frequencies on 'Smouldering Wilderness' beside the dubbed out roll of ' Rigid Pathetic Heaps'.
Monday, 18 August
Pure and luxurious atmospheric Techno from a master of his style, Donato Dozzy, backed with an outstanding Tin Man remix. 'In Bed' was conceived to be used as the opening track to one of his marathon DJ sets at Labyrinth in Japan, its serene, floating chords and tentative, tinny percussion primed to set the scene for hours of finely layered bosh. Flipside, Tin Man gives the track a far more immediate effect with chewy acid bass laying the ground for his eerie vocals and stealthily harmonised synthlines coalescing to a controlled, but nearly-delirious final payoff. Aces.
**Aquarian Foundation's Bluntman Deejay drops the bass on two dream house sequences for All Caps** "Congratulations you have successfully unlocked your Water Chakra!! Bluntman Deejay offers up two new strains from the smokey labs of the BackWoods. Borne from the crucible of vapour experimentalism, cosmic flaneury and spiritual forgery an inorganic chemistry of drum machine and plant matter n-xtracted and VAC purged for ultimate dancefloor purity ratings. Esoteric Communion: A meditation on the separation between spirit and body gazing and sprinting spliced (sliced) at rush hour. A fa… Read more
*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
Dimension-dissolving newness from the Stanford University student and acclaimed sound artist, Holly Herndon. Continuing to explore the parameters of her own voice and hi-end digital processing with an avant-pop appeal, the two pieces on 'Chorus' emphasise the natural fidelities of human vocal timbres whilst relishing in the possibilities of polyphonic effects and the innate voices of her laptop. For the title track she samples her daily digital life, from browsing the internet and Youtube to using Skype and other applications, to create a fractal maze of splintered inflections, gasps and phrase… Read more
**Re-Press** Bristol's Vessel, El Kid and Jabu, part of the Young Echo collective, follow 2012's excellent Killing Sound tape for No Corners with this heavy doublepack for Blackest Ever Black. Described by the label as containing "four oblique soundsystem murderers", the EP is in some respects a bit of a side-step for BEB, edging away from their largely post-industrial and archival leanings in favour of something much more contemporary. Young Echo have had an incredible amount of press and attention over the last 18 months, testament perhaps to the rich and diverse number of projects its … Read more
Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle) meets Sean O'Hagan of The High Llamas to kick off Ghost Box's Other Voices series of singles. They're two sun-drenched piece of pop, shapeshifting between pastoral strums, bubbling exotica drum machines and fading electronics.
Friday, 15 August
**Outsider music by a Swiss artist whose other moniker is Loon. Oscillates wildly between far-flung cosmic drones, tape loop experiments, exotica, music box melodies and schmaltzy folk** ""PLANAM very proudly presents you "Die singende Sternlaterne / Folklore des Weltalls 1982" by Die Welttraumforscher. This record includes the first time LP edition of the mysterious swiss electro-dada artist's second cassette as well as previously unreleased material. Issued in conjunction with Christian Pfluger first comprehensive retrospective "Ein Sommer … Read more
**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
**Vinyl contains alternate track listing to download and CD versions, but the bundled download contains all tracks** What have Keysound been putting on their Weetabix recently? Following exemplary issues from Beneath and Mumdance, it's the turn of Logos with his debut album, 'Cold Mission' to leave a big mark on the scene. Isolating the quintessence of Eski Grime, New Age electronics, cinematic sound design and hyper-forward Vaporwave, his definitive album statement can stand up next to Jam City's 'Classical Curves' as one of the UK's finest contributions to the ongoing dialogue between futurist … Read more
**Vinyl-only. Spotgloss jacket** Exclusive R&Bass-Pop aces by Kode 9, Inga Copeland & Dean Blunt, Morgan Zarate, Cooly G, and Ikonika, featuring guest appearances from Ghostface Killah and Dâm-Funk. Taken from the pop/vocal-focussed 3rd volume of Hyperdub's 10th anniversary collection, 'Decadubs 3' explicitly states the label's love of bittersweet and futurist soul styles over six cherry-picked cuts from the roster's core. On side A, DVA tends a coy, summery groove for airborne vocals from Zaki Ibrahim, before Inga Copeland makes one of two appearances, the first a mad … Read more
First in a series of releases celebrating Hyperdub's 10th anniversary with fresh and exclusive cuts from family and friends. It's a heavy start, yielding Mala's industrial strength stepper 'Expected, Level 10' and DVA's droning darkside dreadnaught 'Technical Difficulties' up top, backed with the tricksy hi-hat trills and blue hardstyle riffs of Kuedo's mighty 'Mtzpn' and a deft but bruising remix of Kode '9s 'Xingfu Lu' from Night Slugs producer, Helix.
Thursday, 14 August
*KILLER 909 driven dancehall banger from Dug Out, the label run by Honest Jons and Hard Wax.* Ruffest shot of 1988 ragga-techno from Tiger at his maddest. Nuthin' but a rattling 909 riddim topped by incendiary, unhinged vocal and that's all you need! Seriously, we've never heard anything quite like it, the groove sounds like some one-off bleep techno experiment from Sheffield gone AWOL and discovered by a manic Jamaican. Tippa top!
Wednesday, 13 August
*Deluxe double vinyl reissue* Initially seen as something of a curate's egg on Sub Pop, Earth have gone on to be one of the most influential bands of recent years, spawning the entire dronecore / death metal scene (Sunn O))) etc.) as well as helping to mould the likes of Mogwai, Jim O'Rouke and (if their reverential appearance on the recent 'Legacy of Dissolution' LP is anything to go by) even Autechre. Back with their first proper album for 9 years ('Hex; or Printing In The Infernal Method'), Earth seem eager to discard the overly distorted sound that has come t… Read more
*Second Pressing with green ink stamp* Keysound set the levels for 2014 with Wen's rude refix of Dizzee Rascal's '04 rarity, 'Strings Hoe'. His follow-up to the wicked 'Commotion' EP of 2013 is a perfect example of the 130bpm sound he and Keysound have been cultivating for the last 18 months or so; pitching the original's pizzicato hook and Dizzee's yelp to a much darker, slunking electro swagger compatible with Funky, Techno, Garage and house, it's a sound that's probably not been so open and ripe for mixing since the early '90s when garage, house, hardcore and techno … Read more
Tuesday, 12 August
*Reissue of the long sold out Sandwell 12" on RRose's own Eaux imprint* 'Primary Evidence' consists of two tracks of wormholing Techno from this incognito producer. A-side 'Secretion' bucks off thwacking claps and is driven by an evil synthline grind primed to do the damage. B-side 'Bare Hand' is more restrained, deploying elegantly minimal percussion and a super crisp, oscillating acid line that's making our teeth ache. For our money it's either Derren Brown or Guru Josh behind this. Onwards!
Raw, out-there proto house dopeness from a fella called D.K., courtesy of Parisian label Odd Frequencies. Up top he rides a dutty drum machine groove into cloudy chords, rumbling bass and a sliver of blue Detroit synth that sounds like it was recorded to VHS a la Jamal Moss styles. Downtown, he gets grittier with the oxidised rhythms and skidding basslines of 'Stray Rounds' and the burred, swaggering groove of 'Street Corners'.
Oblique, uncompromising bangers from some freak called Chemotex on Trilogy Tapes. Fairly insane stuff here, from the wall-crumbling buck of 'Schrade Knives' to the incessant dial tone samples chopped into 'Payphone Player' and some absolutely brutal noise jackers on the flipside. Cuckin' frackers.
*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