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Wednesday, 20 November 2013
*Rippin' hardcore punk with gothic tendencies (just don't call it black metal), fresh outta NYC on BEB. Includes 22" x 11" fold out liner notes* "Since debut LP Nature Tries Again (Hospital Productions, 2011) RB has grown from the solo project of M. del Rio (HWCT from Bone Awl) into a five-piece of extraordinary force and focus. The first studio version of Deformed Worship was scrapped, and its songs re-recorded by the band on cassette 8-track in November 2012, before being mixed and mastered by Kris Lapke. Raspberry Bulbs defies the constraints of classification but is often mistakenly labelled as a black metal band. It is not a black metal band."
'Rites' is the chilling solo debut proper by Sri Lanka-born, Bristol-based composer and sound designer, Paul Jebanasam. It arrives via his own Subtext label - home to a series of bracing recent releases by Emptyset and Roly Porter - to deliver a payload of gothic electro-acoustic composition blending neo-classical, black metal and electronic drone traits with an insoluble, elemental alchemy. It should come as little surprise that he's also been known to handle sound design for film, but 'Rites' is concerned with far loftier, artful ideas as the label's press expounds; "Rites brings together a un… Read more
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Strickly killer riddims from a London-Berlin collaboration - massively tipped!!! Synthesising the early energy of dubstep prototypes from Shackleton or Horsepower Productions with the itchy swagger of Grime, and then reducing the whole lot to a fizzing, potent residue, this is quite possibly one of the rudest 12"s we've heard all year. A-side 'Itinerant Magic' is masterful exercise in driving, gripping rhythmic minimalism - flying polyrhythms filtered to f**k and back again - while B-side gives the equally rugged swing of 'Jack The Dub' and a gutted, desolate duppy called 'Monkey'. If you know what's good, this is unmissable.
Monday, 18 November 2013
Falty DL's Blueberry Records makes its maiden voyage with Brrd's debut beat suite. Label boss Drew Lustman has long been an admirer of Stew Bird's lopped-off, lo-fi beats, but it was the increased fidelity and resultant clarity of his work here that pushed him to present it on Blueberry Records. If you imagine Falty DL's own beats gone properly slow and low, and without the tendency to flesh everything out, you've got some measure of the 13 vignettes on 'Towers/Anointing', coolly strafing between Dilla-esque bumps and warm rhodes fills to whorls of tumbled jazz percussion and submerged, fractur… Read more
**Stickered black jacket with A5 b&w insert** Pressurised techno tools from Shifted's reliably heavy Avian imprint. Their 10th issue is the debut work of a new, London-based producer with a taste for SM. In that context we could easily imagine the barrelling kicks, skating percussive syncopations and stare-down drones of 'Hate 2/6' soundtracking the actions of a stentorian mistress in her £500 and hour dungeon, while the shiftily sinuous squirm and jabbing white noise stabs of 'Black & Blue (For You)' makes us wriggle like a f**king eel. One for the dancers, industrial romancers.
Thursday, 14 November 2013
**Comes housed in a gatefold sleeve** Excerpts from three site-specific live performances by Paul Purgas and James Ginzburg, recorded last year. In what has become the dominant theme of Emptyset's work, the cavernous architecture of the different settings - Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station in Snowdonia, Ambika P3 in London, and Chislehurst Mine in Kent - becomes a component of the music itself, the duo's bowel-shaking low frequencies responding to every nook, curve and surface texture of these man-made caves. When you think of the uses these spaces have historically been put to (chalk and flint m… Read more
"West coast producer and sound system murderer Eprom is back on Rwina for a second album which continues the producer’s mad scientist approach to what makes a dancefloor move: synthetizing the warmth of vintage computer sounds, the energy of African rhythmic traditions (including modern evolutions such as Kwaito and Shangaan), the swagger of southern rap and the intricacy of pioneering electronic music from the likes of Richard Devine or Curtis Roads. The result is a heady melting pot, a unique sound supported by Gaslamp Killer, Kutmah, D-Styles..."
**180g vinyl** Available on vinyl for the first time, 'Gold' collects outstanding archival material recorded by the legendary Conrad Schnitzler between 1976 and 1978 and previously released on CD in 2003 by Marginal Talent. As the label say, "the compositions are guaranteed to dumbfound even the most enlightened Schnitzler listeners", such is its strange mixture of spectral harmonics and alien electronic pop abstraction. It predates his odd pop period proper in the early '80s but exhibits that sound in genesis with highly structured sequences of rhythm and harmony modulating beside the sort of… Read more
Friday, 08 November 2013
*Expanded 2LP cut at 45RPM in a gatefold sleeve with Obi strip* "Universal Sound label are proud to present the reissue of Michael White’s ‘Spirit Dance’, originally released on Impulse Records in 1972. Deep spiritual jazz released in limited edition luxurious CD box, as well as a heavyweight 180gm audiophile double vinyl edition cut at 45-rpm in a deluxe gatefold sleeve. This is the debut album from Michael White, released on Impulse Records in 1972. Michael White’s deep, spiritual jazz fitted in perfectly with the roster of artists at the Impulse label at the start of the 1970s, includin… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Guillermo Scott Herren, aka Prefuse 73, coins his Yellow Year label with this oneiric Teebs collaboration. It's the first in a proposed series of marriages due to see Prefuse73 working with Nosaj Thing, Lapalux, Synkro, Nathan Fake, and Dimlite, among others, and the latest in an illustrious career spanning a decade+ and as many albums for Warp. Working with Brainfeeder's Teebs has brought out the lushest, smudged side of Prefuse73, tempering his typically ornately jazzy embellishments to a more a… Read more
Thursday, 07 November 2013
F**k yes! EDMX on a monstrous acid techno mission here, summoning the wild-eyed warehouse ghosts of Stay Up All Night and other, nefarious techno sub-sub-strains for Power Vacuum. Up top he wields the titanic kicks and laser-guided acid stabs of 'Breathe Deeply' among others, and down below he kills it with a swaggering East London-style romper, 'Heavy Duty' and the EBM grit of 'Frozen Stomp'. Weighty like yer fat ma.
"This year, old friends and collaborators Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy present you with a Christmas gift - this new holiday single, comprised of two songs from the Everly Brothers' catalogue, 'Christmas Eve Can Kill You' and 'Lovey Kravezit'. The two songs on the single also offer a foreshadowing glimpse at Bonnie and McCarthy's forthcoming full length record of Everly Brothers songs, a project that was inspired by the songstress' young daughter's love of the rhythm and blues duo. 'Christmas Eve Can Kill You' and 'Lovey Kravezit' were recorded i… Read more
To coincide with the excellent 'Livity Sound' 2CD comp, the label deliver four brand new tracks, by Pev & Kowton and Pev & Asusu respectively, on two separate twelves. Surge / Remnants features the first collaboration between Peverelist and Asusu, 'Surge' being a robust, rugged slowed-down number tapping into those Levon comparisons but with added bass weight, while 'Remnants' has a more delicate touch, all snycopated, flanged hi-hats and Pev's signature thudding kickdrum programmed to high-imapct, slow burning effect.
Wednesday, 06 November 2013
*The long-out-of-print 'Með Suð..' now reissued as a heavyweight 2LP in widespine sleeve* After much delay, the vinyl edition is finally here! This brand new album from Icelanic maximalists Sigur Ros seems to have been recorded and completed incredibly quickly, and perhaps because of that there's a sense of rawness and even intimacy to many of these songs - something not ordinarily associated with a band who've never shied away from making grand gestures. Probably the closest point of reference would be the kind of up-close acoustic performances documented on t… Read more
Tuesday, 05 November 2013
**Clear vinyl reissue edition of 500 copies. Includes download code redeemable from the label ** Beautiful slice of 1987 new age ambience by Laraaji and his plugged in zither, reissued by the Brian Eno-affiliated All Saints Music. "Heavenly tone clusters that stretch out into infinity and recall Popol Vih's soundtracks for Werner Herzog. Floating, dream-like music to lose yourself in."
Friday, 01 November 2013
**Hand-numbered edition of 250 copies in xilographic printed sleeve and poly jacket with free sticker** Traag follows an excellent Opal Tapes edition with two demented psych-techno doses backed by Vaghe Stelle and G.O.D. remixes. Lodged somewhere between the space-time contortions of Nate Young's Regressions and Astral Social Club's pineal pump, Traag drags us thru decelerated tape experiment 'White Wall' into the refractive wormhole of 'Bantam' on the A-side, whilst Vaghe Stelle factors cyber-punk drums and squirrelly synths into the elastic structure of 'White Wall' and the mysterious G.O.D. yanks it back down to a crumbled slo-fi slurry. Tipped!
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Each of the French artist's precious LP offerings have represented a further deepening and refining of her craft, getting closer to some kind of spiritual essence. On a so-so day, she makes music that you feel privileged to hear, and on a good day she makes music that cleaves your heart in two. It's been a long wait for new material - her last album, Les Ondes Silencieuses, is now six years old - but 'The Weighing Of The Heart' doesn't disappoint, despite a considerable burden of expectation. The oneiric shimmer of her music has its contemporary analogs in the likes of Grouper and J… Read more
Alex Smoke reprises the moody electro soul heard on his Wraetlic album with this techno-edged roller for R&S, backed with Tessela's future 'ardcore remix. In 'Dust' surreal vocoder voice, holo'd techno rhythm and floating electro pads ponder a cyber echo chamber sound design. Tessela turns the vocal nasty and fires up his rudest breakbeats and Dark Soldier basslines. Smoke's 'Ruction (Dub)' comes off like a Villalobos groove mind-melded with 'Amber' era Ae.
*The legendary 13th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
Thursday, 17 October 2013
"Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc.) are Body/Head. The pair began working together in various loose formats a few years ago, but the Body/Head concept evolved more specifically in early 2012. Initially their approach was almost entirely instrumental — lattices of interwoven feedback rainbows, with bits recalling everyone from Heldon to Keiji Haino. They usually performed against a backdrop of slow-motion film projection, creating a dream narrative of undeniable power and visionary reach. Kim’s voice began creeping into the mix soon after, and the v… Read more
Cheeky rave jaunts from Tigerbass regular, Luke's Anger. Face up, 'Warble Tone' is warped 4/4 Garage-Techno roller with floor-scuffing bass and relatively restrained drums, for this guy anyway. Face down, 'Flooglebinder' ups the swing factor for a chunky 2-step warper.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
**Now available again on Heavenly Sweetness** Tlahoun Gésséssé is widely regarded as the "Voice" of Ethiopia. Born in 1940, his singing and recording career began in the 1950's until his recent death earlier in 2009. As many followers of the Ethiopiques series will know, the incredible 17th installment is dedicated to Tlahoun, largely featuring arrangements by Mulatu Astatke and a selection of the country's finest ensembles. This record is essentially another "Best Of..", featuring a selection of tracks taken from the 60's & 70's golden period of Ethio… Read more
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
It's been 3 years since the mighty 'Claptrap' came out, and a year or so since that fine Hemlock EP, it's good to finally have a new Joe twelve drop for Hessle. 'Slope' takes a more functional House template as its starting point and gradually imbues it with all manner of drones and found sounds to satisfying effect. 'Maximum Busy Muscle' on the flipside is more organic, not all too dissimilar to something you might find on, say, Powell's Diagonal label, recalling the squashed funk of that recent Shit & Shine EP, or indeed Liquid Liquid's 'Cavern' as reimagined by Matthew Herbert.
*Finally re-pressed* Now available on deluxe, limited-edition vinyl. Here's something rather special from Andy Votel's killer re-issues label Finders Keepers, this time it's a collection of vintage synth bleepage in the vein of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop or Raymond Scott, and comes from German sound designer Bruno Spoerri. He was a regular collaborator with German Krautrock superheroes Can and designed many themes for German television shows such as 'It's a Knockout' and music for educational films, promotional films and motivational videos so the man knows his way around a modular or two.… Read more
Monday, 14 October 2013
One of the leading lights in R&S’s much-vaunted new generation of artists comes correct with his full-length debut album. Like Mount Kimbie or his old friend James Blake, UK producer Rob McAndrew seems to draw as much inspiration from the painterly post-rock abstraction of Talk Talk or quiet-mode Mogwai, and the fanatical detail of 90s laptop electronica, as he does from dubstep, R&B or house: take ‘Masami’, in which pontillistic acoustic guitar plucks ripple across the surface of gauzy Music For Airports-style ambience, or ‘Lightmeters’, whose hushed dawn mood is broken up, or perhaps consolidated… Read more
**Mighty side of electro-acoustic guitar doom featuring Peter Rehberg and housed in jacket designed by Stephen O'Malley** Blackest Ever Black's deep furrow of new releases in 2013 hits a huge rock in the soil courtesy of Viennese trio Shampoo Boy's fearsome 'Licht'. Combining the uncompromising talents of Peterlicker's Christian Schachinger and Peter Rehberg (Pita, boss of Editions Mego) with Christina Nemec (Chra/SV Damenkraft), 'Licht' manifests an excoriating blend of nerve-shredding noise and choking doom atmosphere evoking the intensity of Rehberg's aktions in KTL with Stephen O'Malley, or the… Read more
Thursday, 10 October 2013
"The next edition of Jahtari’s collectable 7” series sees Maffi return with a big bad thing called Heidi Riddim. Built from the DNA of Sleng Teng – Heidi flips the scripts on this most classic of classics by taking it to the black keys, in a minor key style and fashion. With its thick deadly bass line at the fore, Heidi has been specifically engineered to kill tin pan sounds and discombobulate Babylonians. First in line to ride this creation is special agent 001, Speng Bond, who comes correct to warn all those foolhardy enough to think it’s wise to ride the White Horse and r… Read more
Wednesday, 09 October 2013
**Sincerely raw gospel soul, including one outstanding blues number played on Sitar! Housed in heavyweight tip-on jacket**"When Numero wrapped the track list of 2009's Local Customs: Downriver Revival, we knew there was a smaller second record buried in the mountains of tape rescued from Felton Williams' Ecorse, Michigan basement. As the Revival label's lone "star," Shirley Ann Lee was afforded dozens of opportunities to record, but only six sides managed to trickle out on 45 between 1967- 1969. Frustrated with a lack of even minor success, Shirley ceased recording altogether in the ea… Read more
*Includes a copy of the album on CD free inside* After three years of yoking dancefloors to their steely pulse, Factory Floor yield this humdinger of a debut album on DFA. Since their 'Untitled' 10" and 'A Wooden Box' 12"s in 2010, they've refined the art of minimalist dance music to an electrifying, elemental pulse, exploring the virtues of repetition to almost religious degrees. This eponymous album debut is their defining statement to date, combining reworked versions of previously released zingers, 'Two Different Ways' and 'Fall Back', with eight brand new productions, each as taut an… Read more