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Tuesday, 18 March 2014
**Debossed jacket. Individually numbered edition of 500 copies** Ralph Cumbers kicks off a slew of imminent releases with the modular indulgence of his 'Bugbranded EP' on Public Information's latest dispatch. It's a quintessentially British display of voltage control and knob-fondling, blending that explorative Radiophonic feeling with proggy-minded, live arrangements in debt to early '90s AI styles. In a proper man-machine show down, Ralf tweaks out crisply psychoactive melodies and halcyon acid jack on 'Sometime The Only Way To Go Out Is Further In', and a more delicate, psilocybic folk dance … Read more
Monday, 17 March 2014
Night Slugs' Helix slips into his DJ Vague alias to 'fess up three banging house trax on Australia's Templar Sound label. Up top, he drops his Soundhack-meets-Paul Johnson-esque 'Porsche Trax 1' and 'Porsche Trax 2' which have both been knocking around the net for a bit now, whilst flipside he dispenses the pounding Roulé style smasher, 'Porsche Trax 3'.
**Limited edition 180g vinyl cut from the original 24/96 master. Includes CD copy free inside** Helge Sten (Deathprod) and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones enter the void together as Minibus Pimps on the eagerly anticipated 'Cloud To Ground'. For the first time outside of their Supersilent trio with Arve Henriksen, the two titans in their respective fields converge on an astrally smashed, detached sound that "contains composed and improvisational elements on an equal scale." The results are far bleaker than anything they've hatched in Supersilent, and thankfully leans more towards the Dea… Read more
Thursday, 13 March 2014
**Reissue of earliest computer music** "Originally released in 1960 and 1962 on two unique formats with over-lapping tracklists, the seminal Music From Mathematics Showcase Project marked the phonographic introduction of computer generated music for the first time in the public arena. Almost exclusively created at Bell Laboratories using an electronic to sound transducer and a state of the art IBM 7090 (complete with a gargantuan 32KB of disposable memory!) Music From Mathematics featured multiple random-not-random sound assaults preconceived by a host of technicians… Read more
**Reissue of earliest computer music. Essential for the computer singing 'Daisy Bell' - so good** "Originally released in 1960 and 1962 on two unique formats with over-lapping tracklists, the seminal Music From Mathematics Showcase Project marked the phonographic introduction of computer generated music for the first time in the public arena. Almost exclusively created at Bell Laboratories using an electronic to sound transducer and a state of the art IBM 7090 (complete with a gargantuan 32KB of disposable memory!) Music From Mathematics featured multiple random-not-random s… Read more
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Eglo hail Fatima's debut album with two heavy soul joints produced by Computer Jay and Oh-No, plus a 10 minute live version of label classic, Redlight'. Computer Jay's at his greazy, futuristic best with the LFO-freaked bassline fonk and tiered drum machine pulses of 'Circle', whilst Fatima's velvet croon is complemented by the lower register of Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra/Erykah Badu) on the hooks. Another LA cat, Madlib's brother, Oh-No weighs in with the inquisitive double bassline and dusted rimshot cracks behind Fatima on 'Technology', and The Eglo Live Band helmed by Floating Points get super fruity on the flipside live cut.
Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Theo Parrish selects and sequences twelve beautiful Black Jazz Records classics at the behest of Japan's Snow Dog Records - featuring music by Doug Carn, The Awakening, Calvin Keys, Rudolph Jonson, among others. Following in the footsteps of Gilles Peterson and DJ Mitsu The Beats, Theo was sent a package of ten LPs drawn from the Oakland, CA label's small but perfectly formed catalogue between 1971-1976 when it existed to represent a "new and fresh alternative to traditional jazz, embodying the spirit of the black/urban awakening of the civil rights period." As to be expected Theo t… Read more
Tuesday, 04 March 2014
Raving madnezz from the indomitable Altered Natives. As the story goes, Danny Native dropped the nutty A-side 'Beastly Ghastly' on 'em at the Hoya Hoya clubnight some months back and the crew were rushing the decks to find out what it was. Turned out it was unsigned and now here it is, ramming old skool samples against Ballroom "Ha" stabs, massive subs and rolling drums like nowt you've heard this year, or the last. Flipside he makes the party darker with a grumbling, spectral roller called 'The Flattery Of Stalkers', and tips out with a sick Broken Beat number fusing midnight jaz… Read more
Monday, 03 March 2014
A spoil of splintering, lushly awkward rhythms, kaotic harmonix and fractal electronics, it's a proper, future shock of a record. it exists in it's own parallel dimension, holding up a smashed mirror to 30 years of developments in the avant-garde, on the dancefloor, and in virtual reality. It's a sound Patten's been edging towards since orbiting underground echelons with his releases for his own Kaleidoscope label, and the excellent 'Glaqjo Xaacsso' LP for No Pain In Pop, but we reckon few would have predicted quite how glorious this album would turn out, us included. At it's whirring, amorphou… Read more
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Downwards' limited Do series welcomes back two of their finest contributors on a cracking split. Collin Gorman Weiland plunges us into the solitary confinement of 'Curse', a severely beaten Industrial throb-off lashed down with Pete Swanson-style distortion. Flipside, early label associate and Birmingham mainstay Antonym drops a grungy Synth ace that's worth the admission alone. Tip!
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Strident, sub-heavy Ruff House from the drizzly, vitamin C-deprived north, courtesy of Manchester's Paleman. 'All Good' is his debut release proper, and an accomplished one at that. With a style somewhere between Beneath's purified rollers, Walton's kink and the European Tech-House derivations of Szare or Deep Teknologi's JTRP, he unloads the throbbing insistence of 'All Good' and the big-room ready House shunt of 'Hunt' on the A-side, backed with the sleekly optimised cut-and-parry polyrhythms and wide-ass subs of 'Slither' for the sexy bodies.
**Includes poster & digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Acclaimed singer, songwriter, band leader from Ethyl Meatplow and The Geraldine Fibbers. First solo album in seven years, following a string of releases with her Evangelista project. Bozulich’s self-proclaimed “pop record”! Carla Bozulich, an art-punk heroine with almost three decades of exceptional, iconoclastic musical activity under her belt, returns with the third record of her storied career to be issued in her own name. Boy is Carla's self-proclaimed "pop record" and is a refreshing and much-needed reminder of what p… Read more
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Danish producer Anders Trentemoller completes a fairly major crossover move with Into The Great Wide Yonder, transitioning from his roots as a dancefloor-focussed producer and in-demand remixer all the way into mainstream pop. Don't be too alarmed by such a notion though, this move has been on its way for a while, with his first mix CD, Harbour Boat Trips dropping plenty of hints towards a predilection for more indie-ish, shoegazey fare. Even so, Trentemoller remains a formidable maker of beats, and there's still a driving kick drum at the core of the album's narrative. On … Read more
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
**Double LP housed in gatefold tip on-style jacket** Praise be; Sublime Frequencies present a very necessary 2nd volume of electrifying, emotional 'Choubi Choubi' folk and pop sounds from Iraq nearly ten years since the mind-blowing 1st volume. Compiled from cassette tapes and discs found throughout Syria and the Iraqi neighbourhoods of Detroit, Michigan between 1995 & 2000 - when Saddam's Baathist party promoted traditional arts as part of its secular agenda before the illegal American invasion and the country's subsequent turn to fundamentalism - … Read more
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
**Red vinyl. Limited edition of 550** Axel Willner (The Field) debuts a beautifully soporific new sound as HANDS with 'The Soul Is Quick' for Walls' Ecstatic label. Its four extended pieces feature Willner trying out a more delicate, dreamy sound than The Field, practically abandoning his signature bass rhythms in favour of subtle rhythmic vapour trails while all the action happens in the droning loops of Gas-like chords and sampled movie dialogue in the higher registers. The whole thing was apparently made over the course of a month at the producer's Garmonbozia Studios in Berlin, … Read more
Friday, 14 February 2014
"In the song world of Bill Callahan, the present realities tumble ecstatically like cloth in the wind - sheets and flags and clothes. These things borne aloft are not simply physical details in the landscape, but the contours of an emotional one as well. Bill’s a cartographer way out there, tracing the coastlines, telling the tales he has discovered along the way. Some seen in life and others in mind’s eye, they float down ‘Dream River’ with humble eminence. The river that was once deemed not too much to love, that once freed convicts and their guard in a still and silent moment, is now a ‘… Read more
Thursday, 13 February 2014
Powell, Vessel, The KVB and Bandshell conclude the Ike Yard remix series with diverse, killer results. Spawned from Desire's timely reissue of Ike Yard's seminal, self-titled 1982 debut, the series has thus far provided a canny bridge between the fertile no-man's-land of New York's early 1980s No Wave/industrial scene and the nexx generation of post-punk/techno provocateurs. This EP features the most radical revisions of Ike's material yet, following ace reworks by Regis, Monoton and more. Powell clearly relishes the opportunity to cut up 'Half A God', rollicking the or… Read more
**Sublime, far-reaching synthscapes supposing epic, futuristic vistas and probing kosmische pulses. Mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M** "How can we imagine the future of the world, away from the standards of time that we have insisted upon giving it? How to conceive of the movements of a world in its arcs and sweeps of continents and oceans across ages without reducing it to cheap historical humanisations? Does a past, present or future even matter to the yet-to-exist events of ungraspable and fundamental ecological time? Pangaea Ultima, Steve Moore’s debut record on Spectrum Spools, is an … Read more
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ presents this very necessary reissue of Romanian "spectralist music" pioneer Iancu Dumitrescu's staggering 'Pierres Sacrées' (1989-1990) backed with an engrossing new work, 'Hazards and Tectonics' (2009-2013), commissioned by Glasgow Tectonics Festival. Born in Romania in 1944 Iancu Dumitrescu has forged a fascinating oeuvre encompassing contemporary composition and philosophy. As the latest addition to Ideologic Organ's currently unparalleled reissue programme, the A-side 'Pierres Sacrées' "for prepared piano, metallic plates a… Read more
Thursday, 06 February 2014
**Includes postcard insert** Industrial techno vitriol from Shifted's Avian label. A Vision Of Love follow down the mucky rut of their debut with the listing, tetchy charge of 'A Modern Romance' on one side and the heads-down stomp of 'An Education' on the flip.
Wednesday, 05 February 2014
Marshallito's subBASS Sound System rounds up its first various artists party. The slinky, tripping techno of opening cut 'Shelter or Funkbox (NY or Detroit Mix)' is a killer opening from Polirican Alarm, aka the common link between Marshallito and DJ Spider, and shares a side with Señor Ladron's blown-out techno take on 2 Bad Mice's UK hardcore classic, 'Bomb Scare'. Flipside, matters get more intriguing with UR player, Bileebob (aka The Aquanauts, Detroit Grand Pubahs) and Marshallito's NIN-esque techno-pop ace 'Meanwhile', and his strange folk-pop piece 'Gtr4', beside Marshallito's mournful hip hop instrumental 'Prison Diaries'.
Friday, 31 January 2014
*Vinyl re-press, now available* London-based Patten has been operating on the fringes of electronic music for a couple of years now, with some reputable CD-Rs and other low-key releases under his belt, but this debut album proper for No Pain In Pop is a revelation, presenting a prismatic vision of narcotic, wonked-out, grid-dissolving house aimed at the cerebellum rather than the dancefloor. It's reminiscent of all sorts of things - the slanted techno of Diamond Catalog and Container, the hyper-kosmische of Bee Mask, the most disturbed Omar-S productions, and particularly the rich, isolationist… Read more
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
**Grey vinyl** Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra's modern space rock classic from 2006 reissued. "Surface to Air teems with the stirring, trance-inducing deluges of rhythm and sound the duo is renowned for. Swelling waves of melodic synth ride atop a broad bass and drum foundation. Sequences of repetition roll, build, and unfold with the measured patience of master artisans. Less an album than a moving, breathing mass of symphonic sound; Surface to Air creates boundless moving pictures that are nothing short of breathtaking."
Blackest Ever Black vent a cold slice of 1982 synth improvisations by former Skullflower and Whitehouse member Stefan Jaworzyn. The original tracks on 'Drained Of Connotation' were recently re-discovered by Jaworzyn when trawling his archives for the recent run of Skullflower reissues and rekindled the British noise legend's memories of poking about with his "beloved Dr Rhythm" and Korg MS10 or 20 and an old EMS. Pre-dating the music on his recently issued 'Eaten By Shadows '82-'83' CD, it comprises an extended side of crisp, piercing hi-end tones punctured by pulsing patterns … Read more
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Ghostly International serve a sweet addendum to Gold Panda's 'Half Of Where You Live' replete with Fort Romeau and T Hemingway remixes. Album versions of etheric house swinger 'Community' and the smudged, Dilla-wise 'Reprise' appear alongside a skinnier and extended demo and live versions, whilst Fort Romeau tempers 'Community' to a gently uplifting ambient piano house schematic and adds heady compressions and dranken R&B trills to 'Reprise' on the EP's big highlight.
Monday, 27 January 2014
Jack Tiraquon brings the astral techno-funk and sex-boogie proper on a new full-length for R&S - stitched together with skits, spoken interludes and even an all-out Mantronix-style rap number ('Mr. 8040's Introduction') sketching out the dilemma of an intergalactic loverman trying to return to his native galaxy. If that sounds corny on paper, it's no less so in actuality; still, it's a welcome antidote to the po-faced and unearned seriousness that tends to dominate contemporary techno, and moreover it re-establishes the genre's connection to the p-funk mothe… Read more
*Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl, includes an 80 minute CD with additional tracks* This is just gorgeous - Simon Fisher Turner has scored the BFI National Archive’s restoration of 'The Epic of Everest', the official film record of Mallory and Irvine’s ill-fated 1924 Everest expedition as filmed by Captain John Noel. Turner is renowned for his film soundtrack work which began with Derek Jarman's Caravaggio (1986) and Blue (1993), plus scoring restorations of Un Chant D’Amour dir Jean Genet (1950) and The Great White Silence for the BFI. This new score was composed, orchestrated a… Read more
Thursday, 23 January 2014
Perc's Submit label follows up those smashing Einstürzende Neubauten reworks with a shocking brace of industrial mutations from Pete Swanson, Burial Hex, Prostitutes and Profligate. We're completely won over by Clay Ruby aka Burial Hex's mixture of 313-style jit and noise malevolence on 'Final Love (Feral Love Dub)' - imagine Alberich and D.I.E. on a mission - whilst Pete Swanson has a go at cleaning your lugs with the squally, scraping brutality of 'Pleasure Averse' and Prostitutes and Profligate share a flipside of sleaze and pummelling noise / techno transgressions for the freaks. It's not to be missed, ya heard?! Recommended!
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* **Stunning suite of far-out, psychedelic collaborations between three virtuosic players. Really sounds like little else out there. Intrepid listeners need to check this** "Wake Up Awesome, by C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core), Okkyung Lee, and Lasse Marhaug (Jazzkamer), is the second chapter of SSTUDIOS (Software Studios Series). SSTUDIOS is a new venture in the Software Recording Co.'s expanding catalog that invites artists in the field of electronic music to create collaborative works of quality and vision. … Read more
**Deluxe edition of previously unheard material from Eliane Radigue circa 1970 - presented in a gorgeous Gatefold sleeve with printed inners and extensive liner notes - Edition of 400 copies** Alga Marghen present this vinyl-only first release of Eliane Radigue's pivotal, previously unreleased 'Opus17' - her last work made with feedback material. It's one of the strongest, if not definitive, examples of Radigue's tactile and meditative approach to composition, an engrossing, intuitive refinement of the techniques and practice she honed over prior years at RTF's Studio d'essa… Read more