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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
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.
**Includes mp3 download card redeemable from the label** Debonair synth-pop reductions from Brooklyn's mighty Silk Flowers, following their recent album for Post Present Medium with a fresh EP on Captured Tracks. The US is a crazy hotbed of neo minimal wave at the moment, but SF can claim to have been on this tip before most of their peers; and what continues to be great about their music is that for all its retro pretensions, it still sounds completely, authentically naive and exploratory. 'Brush Fires' is the band's opening gambit here, a pulsating number driving by elegantly chunky an… Read more
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
From his ice-base out in Finland, Desto makes a big step up with debut album 'Emptier Streets'. Since 2008 he's been honing a distinctive sub-branch of the dubstep sound equally informed by dirty south hip hop and Chicago footwork as much as what originated in south London - a sound best heard on the killer Signal Life label he runs with Teeth - while the eclectic Ramp Recordings have provided the perfect home to some of his very finest riddims. Here, working to the album format for Rwina he's licensed to really explore his tastes fully, triangulating a sound somewhere between Kuedo and the Aut… Read more
Thursday, 20 June 2013
The Kompakt court remix the empire's overseer: Jürgen Paape revises 'Mantasy' as a warm and sensual roller with cooing sirens; Matias Aguayo hears 'Lamusetwa' as a mystic Balearic sway bristling with martian melodies and curious cumbia riffs; 'Roses' is reduced to lustin' German house fundamentals by Terranova; Jörg Burger gives 'Baumhaus' a skanking sorta bossa-dub lope.
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
**New deluxe edition of this classic album from Italians Do It Better - includes five previously unreleased tracks!!** IDIB present a well warranted, analogue remastered Deluxe Edition of Chromatics' now-classic '07 LP, 'Night Drive', now including five bonus tracks. The original tracks sound as poignantly cinematic as ever, their cover of Kate Bush's 'Running Up That Hill' still striking a tender nerve. The new tracks neatly expand the soundtrack-y feel, from the synth and Piano copulation of 'Shining Violence' to sleeve-rolling yacht disco in 'Circled Sun', through a memorabl… Read more
Friday, 14 June 2013
Cheeky tech-house workouts from Weichold & Namito as Hickhack. It's proper party tackle, this, giving up the freeky bleeps and swinging bass/clap syncopation of 'Hick' on the front and the tuffened disco jack of 'Hack' on the back.
'Still Browsing', Bobby Browser drops four smooth and glamorous grooves inspired by deep house and Balearic disco. Swinging out with the plush New Jersey garage of 'As Far As I Know', he keeps the groove tucked tight in-the-pocket with 'Airplane Mode' and lets go with the chizzled euphoria strings of 'Theme From Tony's Party'. Sleaziest of all is the early '90s chill out wheeze 'Baby Dre'.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
It may well be the case that the whole modern classical scene suffered from a possibly fatal case of over-familiarity and over-exposure these last few years, but it would be a shame if a genuinely gifted musician and composer like Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds was lumped in with the vast majority of his contemporaries - the guy is just the real deal. And if there were any doubts about his talents, Arnalds created and released a new song a day for one whole week during the month of October this year. The songs were recorded and filmed live in the living room of his Reykjav… Read more
**Special tour edition with bonus DVD with the filming of the recording session - only 250 of these have been made** It may well be the case that the whole modern classical scene suffered from a possibly fatal case of over-familiarity and over-exposure these last few years, but it would be a shame if a genuinely gifted musician and composer like Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds was lumped in with the vast majority of his contemporaries - the guy is just the real deal. And if there were any doubts about his talents, Arnalds created and released a new song a day for one whole w… Read more
*Limited Reissue - Repressed On Coloured Vinyl* This latest release from Icelandic modern classical luminary Ólafur Arnalds is a score penned for the award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor. This thirty-minute soundtrack follows on from the acclaimed Found Songs project (through which Arnalds produced and distributed one new song per day for a week over Twitter) and continues to chart the young composer's rise to the very top of his field. Consuming soundtrack releases as standalone entities can be a hit-and-miss affair; sometimes these projects simply don't have the same impact … Read more