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Friday, 06 September 2013
Calling all massive! Itinerant Dub drop this 2nd payload of recombinant soundsystem weapons, rewiring the DNA of jungle, dub, grime and techno to mutant, killer effect. There's four tracks this time, working it up nice 'n slow with the shuffling drum machine and worming, woozy dub of 'D-Intro-Core', before the devious, adroit flex of 'Flipped Out Tango' sparks flinty snares and itchiest hi-hats on a proper, dense 'ardcore tip. 'Hypnotic Jungle' eases off at a crafty, spacious skank with crushed but prodding breaks and those dippy melodic sequences, leaving 'Spirit In The Under… Read more
Wednesday, 04 September 2013
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "A Hawk and A Hacksaw, the duo of Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost, known for performing traditional and original music steeped in Eastern European folk traditions, present their sixth album You Have Already Gone to the Other World: Music Inspired by Paradjanov's Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. The sixteen tracks feature seven originals along with nine Ukrainian, Hungarian and Romanian traditional songs re-imagined and arranged with inspiration taken from the legendary 1964 film Shadows of Forgotten Ancest… Read more
Leading on from the brilliant 'ReComposed' album and the Ricardo Villalobos and Carl Craig remixes, master-producer Moritz von Oswald and François K give further reinterpretations of the source material with predictably luxurious results. François K is a longtime ally of the Rhythm & Sound/MvO oeuvre, previously remixing their swansong 'See Mi Yah' riddim and sharing a kindred passion for the twin aesthetics of dub and house music. On his 'Berlin meets NY' mix, Kevorkian embellishes the horn motif and martial tattoo of the original wi… Read more
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
**CD version of the album included inside** 180g vinyl reissue of the Cab's 1981 album, their final LP before Chris Watson left the band. It's a follow-up to their exploration of religious themes on 'Three Mantras', politically referencing the Iran/Afghan/American situation at the time and sonically one of their most definitive statements, grinding motorik Industrial funk rhythms against snarling vocals and swarming, dissonant synth work and tape FX.
Speedy J and Lucy's Zeitgeber alliance come on strong with a killer debut album of forward facing, abstract and noisy techno - just how it should be. Its a finely balanced feat of hi-end engineering, mixing tonal and textural experimentation with well considered, functional rhythms, marking out some of Speedy J's best work since his classic 'A Shocking Hobby' LP and the strongest in Lucy's relatively young, yet distinctive catalogue. Our big highlights are the gritty, brownian flux of 'These Rhythms' and 'From Here' or the Porter Ricks-like 'Now Imagine', and the mixture of crushed, Andy Stott like flow and lullaby melodies in 'Before They Wake'.
First of two extra special Shackleton drops on Honest Jon's, this one loaded with a remix from Kevin Martin in his King Midas Sound guise. Cut from the scaly flesh of his landmark Fabric mix, 'Deadman' continues Shackleton's odyssey into the nether regions of agoraphobic subbass tremors and reassuring doom. Marching lines of insectoid percussive scurries and tribal congas trigger limbs while glutinous subbass feeds your primary instinct to move. At the same time, acousmatic voices and dread drones encroach from the peripheries, making you feel supremely uncomfortable. In King … Read more
*Heavyweight heavy gatefold packaging Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label - Collection of rarities, collectibles and non-album tracks from the last decade* The album can be seen as the follow-up to ‘Push Barman To Open Old Wounds’ (2005), a compilation of the Belle And Sebastian singles and EPs released on Jeepster Records.
Choice cuts from the 'Letherette' album get tweaked out by Barker & Baumecker, Bibio, and Jimmy Edgar. The filtered boogie burn of 'After Dawn' is treated to a darker, flightier techno remix by Barker & Baumecker built around moody Reese bassline and skipping, aerodynamic garage-techno drums, whilst Bibio amps the original's '80s electr-boogie bump with ample deck-party vibes. One of our favourite album tracks, the juicy boogie-house play, 'Restless' gets a fibrillating, late night Chicago 2025 remix by Jimmy Edgar.
If Pye Corner Audio made happy hardcore it might sound like (James) Holden's wonderful 'Illuminations'. Originally embedded at the core of his excellent 'Inheritors' album in shorter form, here he gives its vaulting arpeggios and bouncing, wired techno rhythm more space and time to frolic, coming off like an '80s educational TV soundtrack played by a mischievous VHS player at double speed. With 'The Illuminations (Drumsolo)' he detaches its skittish chassis as a tracky, bouncy DJ tool apart from the lushly innocent, spiralling vortex of 'The Illuminations (Arpsolo)'. RIYL AFX's analog bubblebaths, Ghost Box, BoC.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Techy, electroid dubstep from two Canadian producers. 'State Of Mind' launches staccato arpeggio attacks and halfstep snares like Peverelist on PCP, whereas 'Fox Wing' is more about dread bass and hulking sci-fi sound design.
Monday, 19 August 2013
*2013 reissue pressed on 180gm Virgin Vinyl, comes with a download code redeemable from the label* Julia Holter is one of the most singular artists we've encountered from the current groundswell of American indies. Leaving Records is possibly an unusual home for her latest, but then again, what's "usual" about Sun Araw, Matthewdavid or Dem Hunger? Her high concept fifth release, 'Tragedy' is based on the Ancient Greek play 'Hippolytus', and mixes elements of synth work with droning neo-classical strings, cloud-like ambience and dreamily surreal vocals, almost like an amalgam of Robe… Read more
*Vinyl includes a copy of the CD free inside. This is the first ever retrospective of fabled band Rodion G.A., one of Romania’s best kept musical secrets of the last 30 years* "As a band, Rodion G.A. were a unique phenomenon in their homeland, operating in their own universe during a prolific period of recording from 1978 to 1984 at a time of significant political repression under the Ceausescu regime. Bandleader, Rodion Ladislau Rosca, was an enigma. As half-Hungarian, half-Romanian, he lived near the border in Cluj, a city with a healthy music culture which had spawned important prog rock… Read more
Wednesday, 07 August 2013
New album from Chicago's Ken Camden, moonlighting from his day job in post-rock astronomers Implodes. This is in fact his third solo album to date, and his second for Kranky following 2010's 'Deft', diverting Lethargy & Repercussions; and it takes us further from Camden's shoegazing roots into the realm of pure cosmic electronics. The zero-gravity synth terraforming of curtain-raiser 'Spectacle' puts us in mind of Emeralds man Steve Hauschildt's solo sides, while the magnificent 'Eta Carinae' combines the sound palette of Dieter Moebius's Tonspuren with a haunting, almost medievalist folk app… Read more
Tuesday, 06 August 2013
*Finally available again* Ask us about Shangaan Electro a week ago and we'd ask you to speak slower. Ask us this week and we'll rave about one of the most astounding records we've heard this year. The erstwhile and intrepid ears of Honest Jon's Mark Ainley and Hardwax/Basic Channel legend Mark Ernestus have been following this niche style from Soweto, SA, for a hot minute, long enough anyway to pick out twelve extraordinary examples of 180bpm, marimba-laden, afro-dance diamonds hewn from rickety drum machines and keyboards shaped into dazzling fillips of pure d… Read more
Monday, 05 August 2013
Crushing slab of slow-welded doom from Newcastle's Khünnt. Paying homage to the likes of Pelican or Sunn 0))) and in (de-tuned) key with peers like Bong or Gnod, 'Dead Eyes' displays a fearsome mastery of their sound, erecting walls of feedback and distortion only to tear them down with bare-fisted riffs and wraith-like howls sounding like the dispossessed seagulls of South Shields. The first side finds a bloody discomforting groove, something akin to watching a buffalo carcass being slowly defiled by a pack of brown bears wielding sunn amps and ten foot pine log dildos, while the second side could … Read more
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* When Fuck Buttons first started out they described their music as “Rainbow Rock” - some seven years later does the tag still fit? Over the course of their short discography they’ve moved in a more holistically electronic direction, earning plaudits for the expansive synthesized vision of 2009’s Tarot Sport, and their mounting interest in techno etc has manifested in Benjamin Power’s Blanck Mass solo project; and yet Slow Focus suggests that they’ve not forgotten about the rock amid all them analogue rainbows. Quite the contrary in fact: the t… Read more
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Tempa pair two of dubstep's most promising producers on a dreadnaught double header. With the Garth Merenghi-referencing 'Darkplace' they lock down to techiest drums and swooping subs inna taut, minimalist framework nodding to the classic '05/'06 template. Underneath, their 'Sur Place' barrels forward on a stop/starting techno steppers' mission cut with duppied darkisde voices and echo-chamber FX.
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
One of Hyperdub's yungest, brightest talents steps up with a highly accomplished debut album weaving between house, garage and grime with a lean R&B swerve. The acclaimed label has incubated the Manchester-based producer since his first steps with an eponymous debut and follow-up, 'All Night EP', whilst slotting in with extended fam, Keysound's roster of 130bpm rollers including Wen, Samrai, Beneath and co. 'Beyond' is a maturation of his steadily distinguished sound, defined by a full-rounded feel for engaging arrangement and effervescent production, cohesively switching style and pattern and showing … Read more
Tuesday, 09 July 2013
Dropping like a blob of hoffmans on your cortex, yung Dutch jazz whizz JamesZoo joins the dots between hep-hip, jozz and olictro on a dope follow-up to his exceptional 'Faaveelaa' 12" for Rwina. Imagine Pierre Bastien breaking it psilocybic with Dilla and Hecker and you're within grasping distance of this mighty madness, veering from the skewed soul of 'Blue Flutebird' to the demented bubblers' jazz fusion of 'Owlowlowlo' and the percolated 3D sparkle of 'Poek' up top like a cariacature of future fusion sincerely penned by Vic Reeves (or maybe Jheronimus aka Hieronymus Bosch, the titular Netherla… Read more
Monday, 08 July 2013
*Featuring two new productions, 'Uh' (as featured on Rinse:22) and new and exclusive - 'Ok', uncovering a thrilling point of contact between grime, broken UK house and the disorienting lurch of trap* Crucial wares from Kode with two fine, blistering, typically next-level productions, the first lifted off his recent mix for Rinse, the second new and exclusive. "Uh" on the A is a monster, a percolated garage hybrid complete with chiming House hooks and wrong-footing tempo changes completed by slowed-down arpeggiated snares that just work so well. "Ok" on the flip is even more exploratory and deadly, revolv… Read more
Friday, 05 July 2013
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside, plus an additional CD of instrumental versions* Indomitable tech-house pop-star, Señor Matias Aguayo is 'The Visitor' on his eagerly anticipated third album. In the five years since the addictive 'Ay Ay Ay' he's continued a globe-tripping lifestyle, recording material for his aptly titled LP at his temporary homes in Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, France and Germany alongside collaborators from his Cómeme crew - Philipp Gorbachev, Ana Helder, Daniel Maloso, and Alejandro Paz - plus vocalists Aérea Negrot (Hercules & Love Affair), Juliana… Read more
Thursday, 04 July 2013
*Beautiful gatefold double vinyl edition - now in stock.* Mika Vainio serves up an album of incredible guitar-based experiments on Editions Mego, and almost needless to say it's f*ckng brilliant, ten tracks of sheer head-crushing doom that just wipes the floor with pretty much anyone else doing this kind of thing. The erstwhile Pan Sonic man uses his inimitable arsenal of advanced electronic techniques to coax the most exquisitely hellish, heavy sounds of his axe, but crucially he doesn't manipulate the instrument totally beyond recognition: no, this is an album that really thrashes a… Read more
Berghain's most underrated and purist DJ/producer gives Ostgut Ton it's finest album since PAS's 'The Messenger' or Shed's 'Shedding The Past'. Fengler's credentials are impeccable: DJing since the early '90s after starting at the same youth club as the other Marcel, he cut his teeth with residencies at Tresor and E-Werk before adopting the mantle of "Berghain Resident" in the '00s. While we couldn't call him a prolific producer, his output has been steadfast and unswerving, at its best on stentorian, subtly experimental aces like the 'Friction / Yaki' 12" and the 'Thwack' EP for Luke Slater's M… Read more
Tuesday, 02 July 2013
BACK IN STOCK! Eighth and final installment in this seminal series, Features "M07A" and M06B".
**Limited to 500 copies only, pressed on white vinyl. Comes with a free download dropped into your account free of charge on Monday, 20th May** Public Information collect diverse reinterpretations of F.C. Judd's pioneering electronic music from Leyland Kirby, Pye Corner Audio, Chris Carter, Peter Rehberg, Bandshell, Ekoplekz, The Boats, Mordant Music, Holly Herndon and many more. The groundbreaking, experimental originals are chopped, sliced and refried into wonderfully abstract shapes in keeping with F.C. Judd's vision, ranging from instrument builder Ian Helliwell's fra… Read more
Friday, 28 June 2013
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "Having released two much-loved under the radar albums, 'A Different Ship' is the new Here We Go magic album, produced by Nigel Godrich having been tipped off by Thom Yorke as they danced in front of the stage to the band's 2010 Glastonbury performance. It's a captivating album, with outerspace songs like 'I Believe In Action' through to more earthly somnolent hazy tracks like 'Alone But Moving'.
Thursday, 27 June 2013
*Repress* Out originally in 1982 around the same time as Jamaica Super Dub and sometime seen in England as a three-track 7" including Superstatic Magic Mystery, this single made public two of a handful of tracks cut with the Itopia band at Wackies by Joy Card - between her leaving home in Canada and enrolment in the US Army. Jah Son Invasion included short and singjay versions of Black Girl, appropriate seeing as this discomix was a big hit at the time in London, and played on the radio by the likes of Rodigan and Greg Edwards. Both sides are tough, edgy and dubby lovers' rock - Joy Card is co… Read more
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Back in stock. Possibly the most inspired digital dub reissue of the year - absolutely killer styles!!!! Tony O'Meally aka Jah Batta is the Bullwackies acolyte featured recently with Rhythm & Sound on the Burial Mix single Music Hit You. On this album from 1983 his buoyant deejaying follows Lone Ranger's massive revival of U-Roy's legacy. Upful dancehall vibes address topics such as vegetarianism, skin colour, school, good old-fashioned rocking the mic. One toast laments Batta's girlfriend running off with Sugar Minott.And the album is a must even for its rhythms alone: basically top-notch Youth Pr… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The stock of this young Icelandic composer has risen dramatically within a relatively short period of time, and although this is only the second album proper from Olafur Arnalds, there's been a healthy amount of anticipation building up to its release. And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness takes its name from a line in Bela Tarr's Werckmeister Harmonies, a film that Arnalds cites as a major inspiration all round for this album, and knowing that certainly invites you to draw parallels between the sta… Read more
Mark Ernestus and Jeri-Jeri have us by the hips again with the 4th Ndagga release. Starring Mbene Diatta Seck, Ale & Khadim Mboup, the original 'Bamba' shake-down is another shoulder-droppin', swingeingly tight Mbalax ace with that signature drum cadence and tightest guitar chops eased off with lushly dubbed out vocals. There's also a version for those not into the vocals or wanting to extend the groove, plus a pair of shorter, percussive instrumentals to practise your moves with.