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Monday, 09 July 2012
*New vinyl edition, comes with download codes for 12 bonus tracks and remixes redeemable from the label* We've been waiting for an album that encapsulates all that's really happening in the clubs right now, and it seems to have arrived in the shape of this beauty from Machinedrum. With his uniquely exploratory and free approach to beat-making, New York producer Travis Stewart has long been an acknowledged hero to the likes of Rustie, Hud Mo et al; his recent work has seen him cultivate a harder, leaner club-oriented sound, evidently inspired by juke, dubstep, early jungle, Detroit tec… Read more
Tuesday, 03 July 2012
Given that this is a Moondog record, there's always an outside chance that he is in fact being accompanied by actual honking geese, but alas no, this rare 1955 set of recordings features the composer in collaboration with a brass section, although one of its defining aspects is the extensive influence of Native American musics on its rhythmic makeup. From the irrepressibly unconventional jibber-jabber of 'Rabbit Hop' to the tribal weirdness of 'Single Foot', this could only have come from the pen of Moondog. 'Dog Trot' is a more conventional swingtime piece, offering an oasis of … Read more
Monday, 02 July 2012
Two killer tracks from Kowton on red vinyl. It's been a relatively prolific year for this producer so far, what with his Idle Hands and Livity Sound gems, but for our money, this one is best of the lot. A-side 'Keep Walking' heaves with a far sexier motion than we've heard from him before, shuffling up to elastic subbass and warm rushes of fluid synth pads like a particularly virile Kassem Mosse cut. Flipside 'Show Me' is more coolly confident, synching unpredictable snares and a rogue bassline flow to trap the 'floor, before that beckoning breakdown and tussling roll-out really take control of the game. Exceptional productions - Well recommended.
Precision engineered doublepack of powerful Dubstep torque from Icicle. On his first record of 2012 Icicle unleashes the Industrial-strength 'Acid Step' and the tribal twyster 'BNC' - both of which previously appeared on his ace Rinse mix - beside the bubblin' tuck and parry of 'Get A Job' and the jack-steppin' beast 'Together In The Dust'. Tip!
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
The debut album from SBTRKT on Young Turks is here, and it's a strong set, managing to infuse the sounds of London's dance underground with a poppier essence. It's a vocal-heavy affair, with mic duties largely handled by formidable night bus crooner Sampha, while the rhythms are rooted in swinging, post-dubstep house, albeit with nods to various staging-posts in British soundystem culture - the masked producer's affection for both ragga-jungle and El-B style dark garage comes to the fore in the romping sub-bass of 'Right Thing To Do', while the excellent, almost gospel-flavoured 'Sanctuary' teams shuff… Read more
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
*Includes a download code redeemable from the label* Planet Mu introduce The Host with his eponymous debut album. It's no secret that The Host is a pseudonym for a well known µ cadet, as you'll be able to tell within seconds of hearing the samples, but for less aware listeners we'll leave that mystery to your google search bar. His first album in this mode is an impressionistic, nostalgic reflection on the internet and its otherworldly nature. It's apparent in track titles such as 'Neo Geocities', '3AM Surfing', 'Second Life' or 'Angel Fire' - some of which we suspect might only be relevant to user… Read more
100% Silk are out in force to remix Peaking Lights' adored '936' LP. One of the year's most nattered about names, Ital refits 'Marshmellow Yellow' with a struttin' Mr. Soft groove, all spongy bass bumps and refracted melody, while Xander Harris views 'Birds Of Paradise' as a sludgy piece of Balearic baroque with spy-eyed arpeggios. Best of all is Innergaze's baggy acid re-tweak of 'Shines For U', full of lip-smacking MDMA charm, and Cuticle make a welcome return to the label with the seeping, sideways Chicago revision of 'Tiger Eyes'. Perfectly trippy.
Monday, 18 June 2012
Cooly G re-enters our orbit on two stellar collaborations with House allies Simbad and Karizma. Looking every bit the futurist dancefloor queen on the sleeve, it's a stone-set reassurance - if needed - of her unique prowess when it comes to sumptuous yet rudely sensuous rhythm vybz. With Simbad on 'Landscapes' she scopes a stunning scene of tucked, Gurley-esque drum programming and astro-planing synth washes graced with her silk-cut vocals. It'd almost be a disrespect not to shut your eyes when dancing to this. Equally 'ardcore debted, and ruffer still 'It's Serious', produced with Ka… Read more
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** 'In Tension' is the hugely anticipated debut EP from Light Asylum, aka Brooklynites Shannon Funchess and Bruno Coviello. A crucial combination of Bruno's tangibly real synth sounds and Shannon's distinctively androgynous vocals make this one of the strongest entries to the currently surging electro-pop Wave we've heard all year, no less. With good reason they've been courted by a number of labels but landed on Mexican Summer in the copany of acts such as Puro Instinct and Games, but they're actually far more muscular and almost … Read more
Monday, 11 June 2012
*Strictly limited one-sided 12" pressing, includes an infinite locked-groove at the end of the side* Blimey, this is a bit good. We've spoken before about Not Not Fun's brilliantly disposable aesthetic, and Peaking Lights' fantastically enjoyable '936' album from last year epitomozed everything we love about it; delivering rough, unpolished, vulnerable and giddy recordings without too much care for all those things you'd associate with 'grown up' music. The problem is, that whole disposable thing doesnt lend itself too well to sustaining a long career, so we were a bit sceptical … Read more
*Six tracks of KILLER body-working rhythmic dynamism and uniquely contoured edits from the mighty Pomassl* Franz Pomassl presents new, original material and tracks from his 2007 CD 'Spare Parts' on vinyl for the first time. The Austrian electronic innovator and craftsman has near-peerless, incredibly diverse credentials - from releases on Raster Noton and Sex Tags Mania to collaborating with Kodwo Eshun - and it's this duality of hi-end conceptual electronica and more base, grooving instincts which lie at the core of his music. Released through his long-running Laton imprint, 'Surplus Ships' br… Read more
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
**Features Erykah Badu and Mark Ernestus versions exclusive to vinyl. Housed in handsome screen-printed jacket** Honest Jon's spoil us with these reworks of 'There' from Damon Albarn and Flea's imminent album 'Hey Shooter' as Rocket Juice & Moon. Frontside Erykah retitles it 'Manuela' and glides over Tony Allen's hip-tucked offbeats and brilliantly zany notes from Malian synth tickler Tidiane Seck, while the flipside features a dreamy Dub by half of the legendary Rhythm & Sound duo, Mark Ernestus. A highly desirable item.
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
**Finders Keepers mark their 50th release with a return to the vaults of Serge Gainsbourg accomplice, Jean-Claude Vannier, whose imaginary soundtrack 'L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches' was the label's first release back in 2005** "'Electro Rapide' is a collection of rare and unreleased archive material from the studio archives of legendary French orchestral pop composer Jean-Claude Vannier. Taken from the period before and during his revered creative relationship with Serge Gainsbourg (reaching their halcyon with 1971's 'Histoire De melody Nelson') these tracks reveal a rare glimpse o… Read more
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
*Silkscreened edition of 250* Pat Murano casts another spellbinding instalment of his mystifying Decimus series for Alga Marghen sister imprint, Planam. In the best possible way, it's bloody hard to sum up what's happening on these records. Over two 20 minute sides Pat pushes way beyond conventional structuring and arrangement, acting as a conduit for stray and wilful FM synth waves which knot and tangle, layer and dissolve across the A-face, constantly in horizontal and vertical stereo flux, freely increasing and burning up in amplitude. We struggle to think of anyone else whose sound is so unteth… Read more
*Installation pieces composed by former Pan Sonic member Ilpo Väisänen and sound artist Radboud Mens* Composed Nature: "The installation Composed Nature, developed for the Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst Dordrecht, consists of a matrix of 64 trees. Controllable, mechanical vibrators are mounted on each individual tree and are operated by custom made software. The sound of each tree can vary from a barely audible noise to a heavy "Green noise", thereby offering different sound textures to be played. To play the trees, many spatial sonic patterns have been programmed, a… Read more
Friday, 11 May 2012
Rinse's infamous all-style specialist has been noticeably absent on the production front in 2011, but makes up for it with two kinkily tucked rollers. 'Spider' as the names suggests, is all insectoid and skittery drum syncopation, but skillfully anchored by sparing bass stabs. 'Take Me Home' is more on a tropical tip, swaying to warmest synth swoons and mango-sweet female vocal while the rhythm is bustling but expertly held back for the rollers.
Thursday, 10 May 2012
The 1956 soundtrack to sci-fi classic 'Forbidden Planet' is possibly one of the best known, yet least owned pieces of tape music in history. Long unavailable on vinyl, it's definitively evocative 'electronic tonalities' were crafted by husband/wife duo Louis and Bebe Barron using the earliest tape recording techniques. Louis, a playwright, and Bebe, a researcher for Life magazine had gained some experience with tape through an early Telefunken model given by a German friend as a wedding present. When the couple moved to New York's artistic haven, Greenwich Village around 1950 they … Read more
Wednesday, 09 May 2012
Franco Cangelli works out three deeper, dubbier Techno trax backed with a Russ Gabriel remix for Mowar. 'She Moves' conducts a svelte motion with thick subbass and crisply contoured rhythms beside the minimal and moody Neo-Detroit atmospheres of 'Melancholy' on the A-side. Flipside Russ Gabriel drags 'She Moves' down a gear with a submerged overhaul of 'She Moves', and 'Tunnelling' digs rolling, offset bass gyrations and trippy chord modulations for the late night crew.
Tuesday, 08 May 2012
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Brainfeeder introduce their 2nd British signing with the highly accomplished 'When You're Gone EP'. Since releasing the 'Many Faces Out Of Focus' EP on Pictures Music last year, Lapalux has rapidly ascended the "one to watch" list, a fact surely warranted by these seven tracks of crystallized R&B/Eletcronic/Pop poised somewhere between James Blake, Flying Lotus and Panda Bear. He's got that killer knack for humanising synthetic sounds, able to imbue the most plastic melodic textures with a warm, fleshly tactility, yet he's equa… Read more
Guido boots up his State Of Joy imprint with two meditative, bleeping Bristol rollers. 'Micro X' is curious fusion of metallic sitar motifs, bubbling synth arpeggios and a mellow halfstep flow, nothing that'll stress the dance, but certainly give it somethign to ponder on for five minutes or so. Flipside 'Vessel Dogs' finds its groove between hulking halfstep and sweeter R&B; stripped kick/snare and tingling hi-hats patterns create a skeletal lattice for piquant harp and clipped guitar strings to mingle and grind.
Tuesday, 01 May 2012
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** The Books' mastermind Nick Zammuto returns to explore a more progressive, rhythmic style to his now disbanded group. Like those seminal The Books albums 'The Lemon Of Pink' or 'Lost And Safe', his new sound is still dripping with the sort of clever pop hooks you'd almost expect to hear on an advert for posh credit cards or twee dating agencies, but there's also now an emphasis on crisp jazz percussion - not the noodling type, just crafty - and a fresh sense of space allowing for clean electronics and experimental vocal treatme… Read more
Prince's third studio album, originally released on Warner Bros in 1980 and now re-issued for the first time in years on a new vinyl pressing - cut loud!
Thursday, 26 April 2012
After well received drops on Numbers and Hessle Audio, Randomer rounds up at Hemlock with two tracks of big boned GarageTechno. A-side 'Scruff Box' brings a dirty dish of grizzled Garage bass distortion and earnestly busy drums nodding to old skool Chicago templates bound to get the nu skool bro's in a tizzy. Flipside 'Get Yourself Together' leans on a lumpy Techno side-step with impressive sound design and stiff limbed syncopation.
As a member of Barn Owl with Evan Caminiti, and in his solo role of Elm, Jon Porras has consistently wowed us with his ambient, droning visions of desolate Americana. Recorded over 10 months at home and in his practice space, 'Black Mesa' is a worthy follow-up to his unforgettable 'Undercurrent' LP for Root Strata in 2011, realising seven beautifully barren soundscapes painted with plangent electric and acoustic guitars and washes of Fender Rhodes, harmonium and tapes. It's a genuinely rare sound, one which so , so many have attempted, but few ever render with this solemn sense of modesty and e… Read more
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Mutant Chicago/Atlantan bangers from two men-of-the-moment. With a little help from his buddy, Rashad, Distal goes in hard and funky with the bucking, Hip Hop infused club heat of 'Stuck Up Money' on the A-side. Flipside 'Behold The Jungle Bootleg' and 'Short & Sweet' do a ramraid on early '90s 'ardcore and jungle with scalping mentasms fused to pneumatic, earth-quaking bass and hyperkinetic rhythms. Nutty.
Another sterling effort on Lone's Magic Wire Recordings, pairing Neon Jung's tropical rave riddim with a cracking Nathan Fake remix. 'Delirium Tremens' is exactly the kind of thing we'd imagine Belgian monks to break out when it all gets a bit messy come friday night, setting a ruffed-up, limboing B-line under bustling Latin drum syncopation and enveloping the whole thing in swirling electro synths for that lip-smacking, rave-tangled sense of bliss. Flipside Nathan Fake also has his ear on the most buttered ends of the night/morning, but with a more teasing sort of delayed… Read more
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Eagerly awaited release on Tectonic from the resurgent Photek! When old legends fall off the map for a few years and then return, eager to be down with the kids, it can be a bit of nightmare, but Photek - always an unusually multi-faceted producer - has really handled his own rearrival with aplomb, and that he now finds himself releasing on Tectonic is testament to the poise and power of his present-day work. 'Closer' is a strong brew, a mid-paced stepper with d'n'b accents, but firmly anchored in dubstep 2.0; his ninja-like studio nous is on proud display, in the crisply edited drums, viscou… Read more
**Limited edition. Includes free download code redeemable from the label** Brighton-based Natural Self tucks into two edits of Afro-Funk aces first found on Soundway's 'Ghana Soundz vol.2: Afro-Beat, Funk and Fusion in 70s Ghana' compilation. Frontside is an extended of 'Africa Is Home', teasing out the flurried breaks and grooving horns for pure dancefloor gratification. B-side Oscar Sulley's Afro-beat shuffler 'Olufeme' is remixed with added baritone sax and flute.
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Imbogodom is the unholy alliance of Alexander Tucker and Daniel Beban exploring parallel worlds of musique concréte and psyche-folk. Across its twelve tracks they render a fantastical, otherworldly space where each track is seemingly related to the next by an inter-dimensional wormhole, skipping realities between swirling electro-acoustics to pentangle-like folk, on through drone instrumentals, medieval incantations and other, unclassified ephemera. Lush and transporting. Recorded partly in Dungeness onto tapes, reel-to-reel machines, telephone and other objects. Mastered in New York. Classic-looking artwork by Mr. Tucker, himself.
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
**Double LP reissue with bonus side recorded at their 1981 John Peel Session. Includes download code redeemable from the label** 'Seven Songs' is a stone cold Post Punk classic from 1982. Miscegenating Afrobeat voodoo and American psychedelic funk with harsh Industrial electronics, traces of Exotica and wrenched tape FX, it stands out a mile from its era and can be rightly called a seminal record. Its creators 23 Skidoo aka Fritz Catlin, Thom Heslop, Sam Mills, Alex Turnbull and Johnny Turnbull were mostly under twenty years of age at the time of recording, and their youth… Read more