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Thursday, 25 April 2013
*Limited Vinyl Edition pressed on 180gm wax and including a download code redeemable from the label* Highly impressive debut album from Brainfeeder's British ambassador. Proceeding the course of his celebrated singles for Pictures Music and remixes for everyone from AlunaGeorge to Bonobo, 'Nostalchic' casts trusted vocalists Jenna Andrews, Kerry Leatham and Astrid Williamson in a pop/R&B complex of refracted electronics and digital stumble crafted with the finickiest attention to details. We can hear the ghosts of UK 'nuum music jostling with bewitched R&B songstresses and keening cinematic synths… Read more
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Finally!!! Autre Ne Veut births a sensational 2nd album, twisting the emotionally fraught template of his self-titled debut - one of THE records of 2010 - on ten tracks of 'Anxiety'. In the most classic pop sense, Autre Ne Veut expresses those feelings that people struggle to deal with, isolating and rendering an ultra-fine audio frequency spectrum of bio-chemical triggers that leave us blessed and baffled in equal measure every time we submit to these emotional experiments. As a combination of that heart-clawing voice, intense vortices of arpeggiated trance escalation, body-slamming industrial… Read more
Friday, 19 April 2013
Old Apparatus resolve the 2012 cycle of compelling singles on their Sullen Tone imprint with the haunting sonic witchcraft of 'Harem'. Rich with industrial atmospherics, shoegazing harmonic emotion and ambient spectrality, we'd daresay this is their best yet. From the breathtaking, windswept drama of 'Sunday Service' to the creaking ritualistic intrigue of 'Mernom', in the purposeful tribalism of 'Dourado' and the imposing sepulchral weight of 'Octafish' they've refined their sound for potently affective and downright scary impact.
Thursday, 18 April 2013
*Cinematically themed 50-track selection of late '40s jazz and blues with full colour booklet of sleevenotes and artwork. Includes music by Ella Fitgerald, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk Quartet, King Cole Trio, Baron Mingus and His Octet, Charlie Parker, Cab Calloway and many more* "Jazz Noire is your soundtrack to the mean streets of Los Angeles in the post-war 1940s. Bookended by classic film noir themes of the period, this selection presents studio recordings by the era's most famous musicians, many of whom were based in, or … Read more
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
Punch Drunk serve a 2nd and final helping of 'Intrusive Incidentalz' from Nick Edwards' Ekoplekz. Like the soundtrack to a warehouse rave in Eraserhead, this is some dark and oppressive gear, absolutely and remorselessly atonal, spitting out nuts and bolts rhythms and constantly struggling to keep its head above the murk. And that's exactly why we love this stuff so much. In contrast with so much modern music it's got a real grime under its fingernails - it's hard-working music, improvised and handcrafted, full of toiling, roiling tones and dissolving patterns which demand attent… 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
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