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Friday, 22 March 2013
**Now re-pressed on Green Vinyl* **Uniquely complex Catalan prog-rock fusions and nascent Ibizan psychedelia from early '70s - tipped for fans of Soft Machine or Egg or the preceding Absolute Belter compilation.** " Who can ignore a band with a name this blatant? An epic soundtrack when Spain was adjusting to a new political era, with it's own Catalan swagger." - Guillermo Scott Herren (Prefuse 73). "Imagine a merging of Soft Machine and Egg... A catalan Canterbury rather than many who reside in Can't-erbury". " From the foundations of the Catalan Rock Laietà movement. An uber-legendary expo… Read more
Thursday, 21 March 2013
Back in stock. Bristol comes correct in innovative fashion this week with an absolute winner from the man Peveralist. Notable for holding down down the excellent Rooted records dubstep specialist shop in Bristol and curating the inreasingly on point Punch Drunk records, Tom Peveralist drops his debut 12" with precision timing. Operating at the crux of the dubstep/techno crossover 'erstwhile rhythm' succinctly bridges the gap between the hypnotic minimal techno patterns of Ricardo Villalobos and the heavyweight polyrhthmic machinations of dubstep magician Mala. Running at a 140bpm… Read more
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Finally back in stock. Basic Channel heads will be creaming themselves about this, two pristine Mark Ernestus mixes of legendary drummer Tony Allen, the first with a subtle BC undertone to the brilliantly joyous African rhythms of "Moyege", the second a rediculously deep "Disco Dub" instrumental that will destroy you, we promise. Totally immense record - snap 'em up!
Friday, 15 March 2013
You can't hold this kid down at the moment, Joker lunges out again following from the success of his 'Gully Brook Lane' 12" and the ubiquitous 'Snake Charmer', with another P-f*cked synthline trip on 'Holly Brook Park', but it's the B-side '80's' that makes this one a dead cert, rolling in on some gangsta leaning tip with snapping 808's and rumbling sub pressure providing an anchor for his bobbing 8-bit melodies and crafty keywork. Proper badass blunt rolling gear. Sick.
Some four years since their debut, Martin Clark aka pivotal blogger/DJ/broadcaster Blackdown, and Dan Frampton aka production spar Dusk drop a wicked 2nd LP 'pon ya. In the time since their debut the scene has changed considerably and they've matched developments in their very own way, dallying with variations of 4/4 House and broken garage, eski and R&G, while pretty much leaving the halfstep thing for dead. And compared with their previous, they've largely eschewed guest collaborations in favour of really honing their own style to a hard-bodied dasaflex. However, those who do appear are int… Read more
Hyperdub's gradual re-configuration and re-contextualisation of synthfunk continues apace with this blinding twelve from Sara Abdel-Hamid's Ikonika project, bringing forward 8-bit machinations, overdriven synth arrangements and heavy heavy bass pads. "Sahara Michael" spans the a-side with its sharpened synth layers edging forward with a staggered kind of self restraint, sort of like a sped-up 8-bit death march intertwined with an alien p-funk alignment of broken keys and frayed synths dominating the mix. It's strangely propulsive and unfathomably heavy when played loud - something to do, … Read more
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Throwing Snow makes his first mark on 2012 with a forward brace of highly individual productions backed with a club-ready Gold Panda remix. It's now nine months since his last release, the 'Too Polite' wrecker on Local Action, and it was evidently time well spent refining and working deeper into his unique style. A-side he presents the roiling ruckus of 'Clamor', a shock of 3D-rendered post-footwork drum patterns, schizoid darkside stabs and swarming, abstract electronics unified by his melancholic musicianship, contrasting with the initially cool grooving composure of 'Brook', which soon giv… Read more
Monday, 11 March 2013
*Finally available again* "Presenting 2 new pieces from the Montreal collective. Consider Slow Riot... a travelogue of sorts; across the expanses of North America or inner landscapes not so easily charted. The sonic crests and swells that this nine member band achieves is apt reminder of the physicality godspeed you black emperor! works with. Three guitars, two bassists, two drummers and a string section coordinate together with a nimbleness that defies the expectations you might have of a nine piece band. Add field recordings and you have an unparalleled listening experience."
Wednesday, 06 March 2013
One of European house and techno's most enduring enigmas follows up his 'Dance Paradox' LP on Delsin with the sci-fi techno vision 'Square' for Germany's Running Back label. Compared with its predecessor, this is a more expansive, diffuse and experimental affair, a proper album experience in the classic sense of the term, structured with a narrative ebb and flow taking us from signature techno-house hybrids to ambient interludes and even a pair of half-step decelerations, one featuring Hyperdub's Spaceape. And compared with what else is out there, 'Square' represents something unspoken, and sadly und… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Immaculately jangling, synth-powered indie-pop and new wave moves from Craft Spells, new on Captured Tracks. Fans of similarly 80s-fixated CT acts like MiNKS, Blank Dogs and Cosmetics - not to mention the older artists that the label has reissued of late, like The McTells and Medicine - will be instantly drawn to the anthemic sweep and suburban ennui of these six finely honed songs. Unlike a lot of people operating in this scene, Craft Spells present music of great clarity; they use tons of reverb, but never let it overwhelm their par… Read more
Tuesday, 05 March 2013
**Limited gatefold edition housed in spotgloss jacket and colour-printed inner** "Interplay is a collaboration between John Foxx and electronic composer and synthesizer collector, Benge (Ben Edwards). He's best known for his 2008 album, Twenty Systems which was described by Brian Eno as 'a brilliant contribution to the archaeology of electronic music.' Moody and atmospheric, but also full of songs that are actually more ''pop'' than avant garde, Interplay pulls various strands of electronic music together - from early '80s electro to 70s Krautrock, even flashes … Read more
**Limited gatefold edition housed in spotgloss jacket and colour-printed inner** John Foxx returns to Benge's well stocked studio for a follow-up to their well received 2011 LP 'Interplay'. This sequel of sorts is defined by a rawer, more experimental aesthetic, instinctively guided by a deeply engrained knowledge of their vintage analogue synthesizers and drum machines. It oscillates between evocative instrumentals and proper songs bearing Foxx's pleading vocals, creating a tense, dystopian atmosphere reflective of his classic output. Highlights have … Read more
*Debut release on Alex Nut's new label: Ho Tep!* Throwing Snow's debut 'Un Vingt' is the 1st drop on Alex Nut's promising new label, Ho Tep. The A-side is a very canny blend of broken dubstep and more psyched-out textures, perhaps best described as the mid-way point between older Martyn releases (before he went house) and Shackleton (er... before he went house too!). However, there is a unquantifiable element to this track that makes it stand out, whether it's the chord progressions or the tucked drums we're not sure, but it's impressive either way. On the flipside, it'd be fair to put … Read more
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Decidedly Balearic movements from deep sea dwellers Seahawks, and remarkable simply for the fact that they manage to avoid heading into a pool of cheese. Instead of heading down the well trodden 'sea at dusk' route, they give a huge nod to the cosmic disco of times past; deliciously half-tempo mahogany soul and lo-fidelity machine funk that hints of Berlin 1975. This is well-realized and gorgeous sounding stuff, best heard in a single sitting with a large Tiki drink in hand - it might not have its aims set in a Drexciyan direction, but there's room for some more sea dwellers in the scene, right?
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Mercurial electronica type Throwing Snow shapeshifts between dosed-up house, emotive slow/fast and dusted electro-disco on his 'Aspera EP' for Snowfall. His fine-tuned compositional talents come to the fore in the drowsily tempered near-baroque melancholy of 'Aspera' and in the yearning, uplifting arrangement of 'Behest', while 'Melum' takes to the 'floor with tightly double-timed drum programming and soaring Bladerunner synths beside the wavey future-disco funk of 'Lingewell'.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Back in stock. Following on from remixes from Basic Channel's Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Osawald, Carl Craig steps up for this absolutely killer remix twelve for the Honest Jons imprint. Craig features on two remixes - the epic "Kilode Remix" which utilises all the dancefloor savvy and careful vocal manipulations marked out on his finest and most sought after remixes of the last few years, while the "Straight Mix" keeps the original's template and delivers a fierce drum edit as good as his classic remix for The Congos a few years back. Awesome twelve, Buy!
Debut album time for Chicago-obsessed Italian House and Techno producer - including an ace Larry Heard remix. Adhering to authentic, strictly old-skool productions principles - real synthesizers, drum machines, mixer and tape recorder - Nick strives for that vintage sound with fine results on 'The Dream Of Amnesia'. If anything, the aesthetic is rougher, rawer than his numerous singles for the likes of Skylax, Mathematics and Quintessentials over the last few years. And that lack of compromise equates to coherence and a lovingly crafted album. Highlights have to be the sen… Read more
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
*Back In Stock Despite it's appearance on Upset The Rhythm, this debut LP from John Maus has got Paw Tracks stomped all over it... As a member of everyone's favourite weirdo-pop purveyors Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and acting keyboard player for the Animal Collective's Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox, Jane), John Maus has glowing leftfield CV which he's called on for a bit of back up (Ariel Pink produce and appear) on 'Songs'; his five-year in the making debut LP. Comprised almost entirely of synths, drum-machines and Maus' own vocals, 'Songs' could well be the bastard offspring of Giorgio Moroder in… Read more
*Back in stock* Hailing from the late seventies through 1980 originally, this has a state of the art Blackbeard mix from Dennis Bovell, production of the Well Pack Band from Winston Edwards and stands as a convincing album - which goes some way to explain the advanced poularity entire dub sets went on to experience after punk’s early love affair with sufferer’s reggae. The vibes here are good, the titles great and while some of the themes may not be entirely dread, the playing is all high calibre and the one-drop dubs are very well crafted. Now, we really… Read more
Thursday, 07 February 2013
Geoff Barrow is a man who likes to keep himself busy, and not content with composing a (sadly unused) soundtrack to the forthcoming Judge Dredd movie, he's managed to piece together another full-length with his sometime Krautrock outfit Beak>. The sounds here shouldn't surprise anyone familiar with Portishead's phenomenal 'Third'; the dusty Can vs. Silver Apples percussion, the tape saturated atmospheres and the tangled basslines, but Beak> are not Portishead. '>>' is a more traditional Krautrock album in all senses, hitting the cyclic, hypnotic mode straight on the nose and running with it. In fact if someone… Read more
**Limited edition of 500 2LP/gatefold copies, the fourth side features special on-body silkscreened artwork by Nico Vascellari** The intriguing Von Archives label delivers this beautifully packaged, fearless document of Prurient's ongoing collaborations with Italian contemporary visual artist Nico Vascellari. It includes a tortuous performance at Marina Abramovich Institute, San Francisco, and much the same at Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev. The two studio pieces especially are worth much of your time and attention, working with compelling samples of GG Allin and Klaus … Read more
A hugely tantalising taster for the forthcoming remixes of Crammed Discs' Congotronics series, featuring Shackleton and Burnt Friedman remixing Kasai Allstars and Konono No.1, respectively. This is nowt short of a dream come true for geeks the world over, setting up a transcontinental dialogue between four distinctive groups of rhythm auteurs. On the A-side Shackleton chops up Kasai Allstars' 'Mukuba' from their 'In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic' (sounds like a Skull Disco track already!), trapping the drums … Read more
The first of five proposed EPs, 'Technology at the Speed of Life' is a worthy introduction to the chilly industrial electro of Alva Noto and Byetone's fledgling Diamond Version project. More dancefloor-ready than either artist's solo material, the project was originally born out of a series of impromptu live performances, so it's easy to understand why the focus has shifted to something drastically more playable. Fast and deliciously abrasive, this is the kind of electro that sadly rarely emerged, even back in the genre's glory days. An ugly fusion of Drexciyan analogue boo… Read more
Tuesday, 05 February 2013
**Upfront exclusive** Stockport's Alan "Breadwinner" Redfern and The Breadwinners dub up an authentic niceness on King Spinna's 2nd issue - ranking highly in Steve Barker's end-of-year chart for The Wire magazine. 'Dubs Unlimited' is a dub album done in reel-skool style at Breadwinner's all-analog Bakery Studio. Composer, producer, and recording/mixing engineer Al Redfern also mans the majority of instruments - drums, bass, keys, guitar, percussions, and harp (!) - in a cast of some dozen players including Stally (sax, flute), KT Lowry (trumpet), Robin Sunflower (harmonica), and even … Read more
**180g vinyl in tipped-on gatefold jacket includes 7" vinyl x 48" pull-out poster - Included digital download card redeemable from the label** Ten years on from 'Yanqui U.X.O.', one of the world's most revered and steadfast post-rock groups recapture that unbridled energy and celestial complexity for the monolithic slab of two twenty minute compositions plus two six-minute drone incursions comprising 'Allelujah! Don't Bend Ascend'. Giving a typically wry two fingers to commercial appeal, Godspeed You Black Emperor, or GYBE, have rebranded themselves God's Pee to… Read more
Monday, 04 February 2013
Pixelord follows Leisure System's opening gambit with four sheer-crafted digital beat/IDM rhythms for Hit And Hope. You'll find swaying future folk melodies and tricky triplets on 'Imaginary Friends', and twinkling bio-mechanic melodies with insectoid rhythms on the title track. The staggered scales and boozed-up swagger of 'Drinky' provide the biggest highlight, while Groundislava chips in with a crisp, chiming slowfast remix of 'Imaginary Friends'.
Friday, 01 February 2013
Totally inspired signing to Hyperdub, this. Having caned his tracks in his DJ sets for some time now, Kode9 has got round to putting out an EP from Fhloston Paradigm, the all-analogue beatdown project of Philly house vet King Britt. 'Chasing Rainbows' - shades of Shed 7 there, eh - is a commanding opener, it's stately strings and dystopian burnish summoning first-wave Detroit techno while somehow sounding totally next-level - Britt has talked about his Fhloston gear as being what he would have made if he'd been asked to score a Blade Runner or a Logan's Run,… Read more
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Drew Lustman weighs in his loved-up and lush third LP, arriving via Ninja Tune. The emphasis is firmly on house and romantic soul music here, as opposed to the fragmented kaleidoscope of jungle, R&B, and garage that made up its predecessors. That's largely attributable to the fact he fell in love during the creation of 'Hardcourage', which would definitely explain its aerated giddiness and almost pop-wise swerve. It's even got vocals, thanks to a very tidy cameo from Friendly Fires Ed Macfarlane on the bumping sophistication of 'She Sleeps', while the hook-heavy single 'Straight & Arrow' is… Read more
Thursday, 24 January 2013
High class hook-up between Oren Ambarchi and Robin Fox, new on Kranky. Ambarchi in particular has been on fire this year, having already released two top-notch albums on Touch and eMego and a whole host of other underground sides, and his rich vein of form continues with this awesome co-composition. Connected was created for a production of the same name by the Australian contemporary dance company Chunky Move. Artistic director Gideon Obarzanek is a huge fan of both Ambarchi and Fox's work, and invited them to develop their score - derived from both digital and analogue sources - i… Read more