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Thursday, 18 April 2013
Visionist and Blackwax remix the foundational grime instrumental 'Pulse X' (regarded by many as the first ever Grime track) on its tenth anniversary. As part of a wider project including further remixes from Slackk, Pedro 123 and Elsewhere, this plate features Visionist's rugged, almost psychedelic refit on the front; a vortex of snakestyle syncopation, gully baroque strings and febrile bass work. Better yet, Blackwax traverses the 'nuum to retrofit slicing jungle breaks against the original bass motif and kinetic dubbing with deadly effect.
Throwing Snow and Patrick Hanrahan's Left_Blank greenhouse bears another delicious fruit from Vessel, dropping his 2nd solo EP proper ahead of a keenly anticipated debut album for Tri Angle. Operating somewhere between the cloudy headspaces of Andy Stott, Hype Williams and Actress, the 'Standard' EP coolly zig-zags between blunted House haunted with Drexciyan echoes on the downslow butt-thumper 'Standard', to uptempo Detroit techniques with eyes-down appeal on 'Merge', before the dislocated, destabilized patterns of 'Zero' fray into Radiophonic ether with a raw hypnotic intuition. Next to Samoyed,… Read more
**Finders Keepers Say: "Micro-kosmic domestic-synth-pop, pocket punk, French funk ultra rarity. Originally released in 1985 as a limited edition of 100 black cassette tapes"** Finders Keepers' Cache Cache sister label come up trumps again with this cute Gallic rarity by the prolific X-Ray Pop pair. Specially dug out by Andy Votel, 'Pirate' ranks as one of their freakiest episodes, 15 tidy, jerky, jabbin' synth-pop nuggets kissed with Zouka Dzaza's ever-endearing vocals over short, sharp shocks of cheap synth and tinny, rapid-fire drum machine patter bound for budget kicks in your bedsit/squat.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
"Hymnal is the fourth kranky album by Thomas Meluch under his musical alias Benoit Pioulard, following Précis (2006), Temper (2008) and Lasted (2010). It was written and recorded throughout a year spent in southeastern England and on the European mainland, during which the ubiquity of religious iconography and grandiose cathedrals became an unexpected muse. Raised as a Catholic but never especially pious, Meluch drew on this aspect of social history as the basis for Hymnal's 12 chapters. He notes a particular preoccupation with the ways that faith offers a sense of solace and belonging in an e… Read more
Heat-seeking hypercoloured crunq funq from the Danish producer for fans of Rustie and Hud Mo, replete with trance-bounce remix by Slugabed. The fun starts with the bubblin' 808s and siren of the title tune and works hard for your sweat with sub-loaded talkbox jam 'Freaky' alongside the brass-shotting badass 'Klonux' and the lip-smacking lazer grabber 'Stadium', setting the scene for Slugabed's mephy synapse triggering remix of 'C'Mon'.
Monday, 15 April 2013
**Marvellous concept album commenting on and commemorating the Pendle Witch trials of 1612 in the midst of undue patriotism in the jubilee year. Features the unmistakably Lancastrian enunciation of actress Maxine Peak** "1612 Underture is a 12 chapter sound poem based of the mistreatment and memory of the Pendle Witches who were executed in Lancashire, England, on 20 August 1612; Elizabeth Device, James Device, Alizon Device, Anne Whittle (aka Chattox), Anne Redferne. Jane Bulcock, John Bulcock, Alice Nutter, Katherine Hewitt and Jennet Preston, as we… Read more
Tuesday, 09 April 2013
*Includes a copy of the CD album (with two extra tracks) free inside* **Downwards' DO series makes its boldest statement yet, an album of new material by arch-Industrial Folkies Eyeless In Gaza. The Techno crowd might feel Downwards are taking liberties, but even the most ardent disciples of bosh are encouraged to give it a chance, at least. 5-track LP includes full 7-track CD release** Fact Mag sez it best: "Regis and Eyeless's Martyn Bates go back a long way. Almost twenty years later, Eyeless In Gaza are ready to release their first record on Downwards, one which will doubtless … Read more
"Band of Holy Joy's first new songs since their How to Kill a Butterfly album was released to universal acclaim at the close of 2011 (including album of the year at Beat Surrender)! And whilst that album moved through some dark places, Wyrd Beautiful Thyme finds love and life in chaos embracing the pockets of joy that can still be found even as the world spirals into hell. This beautifully illustrated 7" (their first since 1992) finds Johny and the band in ebullient mind and body - the title track is energised and gleeful with loose percussion, fuzzy synth, woody wah wah and enc… Read more
Monday, 08 April 2013
*Vinyl Reissue* You've all heard 'Heartbeats' by now, okay so chances are you won't have heard Swedish bro and sis duo The Knife's original, but you know the track. It appeared as if from nowhere last year on Sony's successful Bravia advertisement as covered by fellow Swedish sort Jose Gonzalez, a move which shot Gonzalez to fame and no doubt collected Olof and Karin Dreijer a wad of cash from MCPS, but it has taken a little longer for this duo to achieve any sort of mainstream success. Although championed by Pitchfork and other internet magazines and blogs, their leftfield and cred… Read more
Demdike Stare, The Focus Group, Anworth Kirk, Susan Christie and Samandtheplants, among others, rework songs from Jane Weaver's 'Fallen By The Watch Bird' LP, pressed up on this beautiful vinyl edition for the Finders Keepers affiliated Bird imprint. Taking influences from Eastern European children's cinema, Germanic kunstmärchen, 70s television music and early murmurs of 80s synth-pop, the album is described by the label as a "new conceptual pop project featuring cosmic aquatic folklore" - and the source material is here handed over to a suitably co… Read more
Tuesday, 02 April 2013
**Includes download coupon redeemable from the label** 'Till The World's Blown Up And A New One Is Created' is the name of the new group project created by Austrian musicians Christian Fennesz, Martin Brandlmayr and Werner Dafeldecker. These three are certainly no strangers to one another's work, having all collaborated together under various improvisational formats, most notably as Polwechsel. This album began life with each member of the trio composing their own short piece of music, edited from a number of improvised sessions. O… Read more
Monday, 25 March 2013
'Between Strangers' is Sohrab's first physical follow-up to his widely received debut LP, 'A Hidden Place' (2010), and burrows further into that same lonely, displaced headspace. There is a dramatic melancholy and underlying rage to both pieces which can't be ignored, making for deeply compelling listening. The A-side in particular uses lo-fi recording of "Voice of a burnt generation" attributed enigmatically to "Hani", recorded in the Eissenhutenstadt refugee camp, Germany to great effect, placing her warbling plead against shadowy drones, sehtar-like licks and stentorian voices ricocheting… Read more
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!