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Friday, 03 January 2014
*2013 Reissue* I've always wanted to love Electrelane, I mean, the very idea of them has me in fits - Stereolab and Sonic Youth as primary influences, Kraut rock leanings, girls and guitars. they're almost tailor made to suit my every need, but all of their albums have just fallen slightly short for me. The rather more experimental 'Axes' had tons of praise lavished upon it on it's release but there was something about it that just stopped me from fully gettin it it, and I couldn't quite put my finger on what exactly that was. Now the four ladies are back with 'No Shouts, No Ca… Read more
Monday, 30 December 2013
**Complex, pre-computer avant-garde composition. Challenging, arrhythmic and involving clicks, pulses and twangs scored for a electronic orchestra, recorded at the Center for Contemporary Music, Oakland, California, 1972, and another incredible two-part composition using the labyrinthine reverbs created by a motorcycle in tunnels beneath the hills of San Francisco. 63 minutes total** "'String Quartet Describing The Motions of Large Real Bodies' was composed as the potential orchestra for an opera based on the text of 'In Sara, Mencken, Christ a… Read more
**Intriguing collection of conceptual poetry/sound art. Edition limited to 270 copies** "Ulises Carrión's audio works clearly reflect his passion for language, its structures, sounds and meanings. He greatly enjoyed grammatically dissecting languages and trying to understand and explore their structures. His many initiatives and projects bear witness to his boundless obsessions with communication and circulation of works and ideas as a cultural strategy. This LP includes “Hamlet for Two Voices” (1977) in which two voices read out the names of the characters in the Shakespearean play … Read more
"Staggering sound poetry document, in deluxe boxset. "Alga Marghen presents one of the most impressive sound poetry anthologies ever published, introducing you to the sound works of the Nouveau Realiste artist, Francois Dufrene. His work, along with that of Gil J Wolman and Brion Gysin, was a strong influence for experimental poets like Henri Chopin, Bernard Heidsieck and Ake Hodell. François Dufrene could be considered the younger of the first generation sound poets. Already in the Lettrist Group when he was only 16 years old, with his own style marked by an hyper-powerful voice… Read more
Friday, 20 December 2013
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Just for the record, The National Jazz Trio of Scotland don't play jazz, nor are they a trio. And while their status as national ambassadors is not exactly official, acclaimed pianist Bill Wells has however worked with many of the key players in the Scottish indie scene from the likes of Isobel Campbell and Future Pilot AKA to the magnificent collaboration with former Arab Strap vocalist Aidan Moffat "Everything's Getting Older" on Chemikal Underground recently. Indeed a host of Glasgow's finest hav… Read more
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
*Reissue of legendary album. Now revised with 11" square sheet of sandpaper stuck to the printed inner sleeve, housed in die-cut jacket with 7" pressing of the original flexidisc, and quite importantly, a poly sleeve to ensure your other records don't get scratched** Vini Reilly's landmark effort, 'The Return Of The Durutti Column' is given the deluxe reissue treatment, replete with sandpaper and the bonus inclusion of 'Madeleine' and 'Lips That Would Kiss'. Notable not only for the jacket, it's a pioneering piece of music pairing the rarified simplicity of Vini's … Read more
Deadbeat dubs two cuts from The Upsetter and The Orb's 'More Tales From The Orbservatory'. Topside he gives a slow, heaving Rhythm & Sound style extended Nyah dub for 'Ball Of Fire'; flipside 'Fuzzball' is reduced and stepped-up on a Champions League Dub.
Luke Abbott and Clark rework Nils Frahms' rarified Juno synth meditations. The chiming, melancholic, AFX-like charms of 'For' and 'Peter' also appear in their original form for comparison with the slow and serene ambient techno reveal of Abbott, and a typically dense, complex and kinetic Clark remix.
Opal Tapes firmly bolster their industrial credentials with this highly disciplined grip of hi-res sound designs by Yves De Mey. Proceeding releases on Line and Sandwell District, beside collaborations with fellow Belgian producer Peter Van Hoesen as Sendai, we'd argue that 'Metrics' is the finest representation of De Mey's clinical process and technical expertise yet. More concise than 'Counting Triggers' and less compromised than Sendai's 'Geotope' LP, there's an engrossingly dramatic and efficient, if somewhat abstract, narrative wending between their hyperreal shapes and vaporised textures, f… Read more
Bullion debuts his strange soul duo Blludd Relations with Jesse Hackett (Gorillaz/Owiny Sigoma Band) on homebrewed label, Deek Recordings - also home to his Nautic trio with Young Turks' Tic and Blue Roses' Laura Groves. It's a very welcome entry from one of our favourite UK pop-and-soul-smiths, blending those falsetto vocals which have become increasingly prevalent over the last few years with a rich palette of instrumentation and subtle studio chicanery in a breezy meeting of balearic pop, dub, and electronics. Comparisons bear up with everyone from Junior Boys in the blissful blu… Read more
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Hessle Audio come with debut business from Bandshell following that smart Elgato 12". Cracked Techno dub is the aesthetic for 'Dust March', and he's weighty with it. The title cut runs cone-quivering bass under a cloud of decimated digital noises and splashing, abstracted rhythms, 'Rise Em' goes tribal with agitated drum syncopation and whooping vocals in a humid synthetic atmosphere. 'Metzger' is reduced further, patterning rimshots and dusty hi-hats with elliptical bass and a wavey IDM-ish chord sequence beside the thick-necked roadside swagger of 'Dog Sweater'.
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
Monday, 16 December 2013
**140g wax in silk-screened PVC sleeve, mastered and cut by Rashad Becker, artwork by Steven Warwick and Bill Kouligas in typically gorgeous PAN packaging including a printed inner sleeve** Steven Warwick aka Heatsick cocks a unique and compelling perspective on contemporary dance music with his bold follow-up to 'Intersex', a gorgeous, layered work that those of you into DJ Sprinkles should check out without delay. Now woven with leaner dancefloor muscle, the deeply funked views of 'Re-Engineering' are characterised by the artist as a "cybernetic poem". We can take this quite literally in hi… Read more
White Vinyl re-press available now. Steven Warwick's Heatsick project began life back in 2006 as a series of noisy sound experiments which eventually found their way onto cassette. Living in Berlin at the time, Warwick soon got drawn in to the city's club vortex and began shifting into a realm which, despite the odds, somehow worked in that environment, culminating in a Panorama Bar live show which has since been talked about by more people than could possibly have been there to witness it for themselves. Remarkably - the Heatsick setup involves little more than a battered old Casio keyboard and an… Read more
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
**Limited edition of 500** 2nd of three 7"s from Brainfeeder's up-and-coming beat maker/MC issued by Warp. The drawling rap delivery and muggy, barely standing beat of 'Pop Shoot Pop' sounds something like Gaslamp Killer recording for Anticon, and 'Shake Stunt (feat Oliver the 2nd)' bumps sex rhymes and crooked MPC knocks.
**Available on vinyl for the first time** A collaboration between Mutiverse boss James 'Ginz' Ginzburg and Paul Purgas, Demiurge is the second album by Emptyset, and finds them reducing their production process down to a singular signal chain channelled into a modulated analogue hardware line (or so we're told). The results are somewhere between drone, techno, noise, power electronics and the very outer limits of dubstep: in other words, audio porn for the more serious soundboys and girls among you. The duo's reliance on stomach-aching subs and ear-grazing blasts of static make clear… Read more
Monday, 09 December 2013
Paul Woolford's Special Request series steps up from white labels with a Houndstooth debut including Lee Gamble and Anthony Naples remixes. Across all four tracks they make a great effort to reprise that brief window of hardcore rave utopia/dystopia which existed ruffly between 1991-1994. Woolford's originals look to the outside influence of Belgian and New York techno with the sub-loaded kicker 'Wall To Wall', and the adroit breakbeat adrenalizer 'Broken Dreams', whilst Anthony Naples gargles 'Mindwash' inna scything, emotional darkcore style nodding to cla… Read more
"Femme fronted pocket punk and domestic-synth pop from French DIY workaholics X Ray Pop. Compiled from the mastertapes of the original 1980s privately pressed vinyl LPs and minuscule cassette runs. X Ray Pop are a group of whom are easy to scratch the surface, but almost impossible to get the bottom of. With an iconic moniker, telltale graphic style and demanding ‘buy me’ Day-Glo colour coding policy the French vinyl output of X Ray Pop as a specialist subject is, at first glance, memo- rable and achievable. Cocksure fans of Euro wave pop often proclaim X Ray expertise from behind many a… Read more
Friday, 06 December 2013
Opal Tapes welcome Berlin-based Italian producer Shapednoise to the fold with six tracks of malefic, distorted techno. 'Until Human Voices Wake Us' is the label's first release brokered specifically for vinyl - following their LP reissues of MCMXCI's 'Skogen, Flickan Och Flaskan', and Wanda Group's 'P*ss Fell Out Like Sunlight' - and fits perfectly with their most extreme aesthetics. Consolidating his love of industrial noise, rave and hard techno, 'Until Human Voices Wake Us' could never really be called one or the other - it's a grotty, primal new form that feels like it just… Read more
*Limited Vinyl Edition Back In Stock - Coloured Vinyl* Sounding unreasonably mature for a 21-year old composer, Olafur Arnalds has already got one well-received album behind him (Eulogy For Evolution), and this follow-up EP can only add to his growing reputation. It'd be all too easy to compare Arnalds with fellow Icelanders Nico Muhly and Johann Johannssonn, so that's precisely what I'll do: in general there's a sense of very tangible, heartstring-tugging romance common to the work of all three (and for that matter Max Richter) but to be more specific, the weary, bereft-sounding … Read more
Thursday, 05 December 2013
"‘Little Girl’ is the second single from the album ‘Sweet Heart Sweet Light’. The single marks a shift to calmer waters after the riotous ‘Hey Jane’ and features an exclusive instrumental version of album track ‘I Am What I Am’ on the B side. 1000 copies."
Wednesday, 04 December 2013
**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
Tuesday, 03 December 2013
**Rigid 4LP box + bonus 7". White vinyl edition of 200 with liner notes** V-O-D reissue of some of the earliest work by Hamburg's synth music pioneer, Asmus Tietchens, on vinyl for the first time, some 30 odd years after they were originally issued as four super-limited tapes on YHR between 1981 - 1983. Schooled in the mathematically sound electronic composition techniques of Karlheinz Stockhausen, and looking for a future beyond Krautrock's seemingly infinite horizons, Asmus Tietchens' music mapped vectors for distant sounds as yet unheard when he wrote the music on 4K7 between 1975-197. Despite… Read more
Monday, 02 December 2013
**Hand-numbered edition of 500 copies** 'The Soft Room Recordings 1981-1984' charts the evolution of Paul Nagle's home-built electronic compositions over the early '80s. Isolated at his parents farm, the young Nagle kept his mind busy by writing and creating art and music. In 1978 he got his first synthesiser - a Korg Micro-Preset - which he used, together with an organ and a tape delay machine, to make a nascent blend of minimal wave and new age music on tapes which he issued on his own label The Soft Room. The best of these early releases were collected by tape scene lynchpin, Davi… Read more
Friday, 29 November 2013
IVVVO deads the rave on five darkly infectious killers for Ramp. Stepping on from his ace 'Future' EP for Public Information, the Portuguese producer triggers strangest emotions with his gauzy style of impressionist collage and worn-out yet driving meld of 'adrcore, house and techno. 'Light Moving' sets the pace with bouncing techno blips cheered by a choir of hyperventilating Gregorian monks, and 'Hardcore World '94' cannily crowbars samples from Mark Leckey's 'Fiorucci…' soundtrack over lip-biting DHR-style mentasms. On 'Strangers' he spins in the dark with more of those nasty mentasms and concr… Read more
Thursday, 28 November 2013
*Limited 10" pressing for 'Morgiana', also available to buy separately on CD bundled with 'The Cremator' soundtrack* "Galvanising our ongoing commitment to the lost music of the Czech New Wave cinema movement from the late 1960s and 1970s, Finders Keepers Records follow up our series of previously unreleased music to Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders, Daisies, Saxana and The Little Mermaid with a short series of soundtracks for films by the country’s master of the macabre and the nation’s first point of call for freakish fairytales and hallucinogenic horror, Mr. Juraj Herz. Regarded as the final … Read more
**Black label, black sleeve including insert** Grungy, forcefully cosmic Techno beasts from anonymous producers, backed with ace remixes from Sigha and Ventress. 'Transversal' tunnels home in proper subterranean style across the A-side: heavyweight soap-in-a-sock kickdrums will leave internal bruising while the stealthy synthline drone bides its time with devilish restraint for deep impact. Flipside Sigha continues to forge a deadly form of stoic funk with a tightly wound, Hood-esque remix, next to Ventress' darker, offset oscillations. Prime.
Thursday, 21 November 2013
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Slow/fast & footwork/jungle's standard bearer ties his divergent sound down proper with the debut Om Unit album. Over the last few years Jim Coles aka Om Unit has been very busy building bridges between myriad bass styles resulting in pioneering hybrids between Chicago footwork and UK jungle as Philip D Kick and a richly atmospheric brand of bass and drum music on noted releases for Metalheadz and dBridge's Exit label. With a dilated scope for the last 20 years of hip hop, jungle, dubstep and futurist club music, his 'Threads' LP marries th… Read more
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Black Acre coin their Library Series with a beat suite by Dr. Zygote aka the UK veteran behind Eglo's much-loved Strange U record. Informed by dub mixing techniques and built entirely from the ground up - no samples whatsoever - it's an impressive arrangement of Dilla-esque bump 'n crack, Photek-style drum diffusions and the mystic, smoked-out bent of King Tubby. They've even done our work for us with handy library-style descriptions for each cut, ranging from 'Alexandria (Mediterranean, Arabesque, Transient)' to 'Dragon Chase (Tense, Pursuit, Spacey)', and our favourite (Drugsy Malone (Sleazy, Mounting, Nipple Tassles)'. All the reel-skool beat-nuts gotta fondle deez.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ital Tek beams a streak of flash footwork hybrids on 'Control'. He's one of a handful of artists including Kuedo, Desto, Deft, Fracture, Om Unit or Throwing Snow who've really run with the slow/fast thing in recent years, splicing the rhythmic memes of road level Chicago with a classic sort of UK sci-fi music rooted in classic '90s AI and jungle structures. Over eight tracks he gives his own, hyperactive yet disciplined spin to that dialogue, dicing with a kaleidoscopic blend of fractious footwork jungle and angelic choral synth motifs… Read more