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Monday, 02 December 2013
**Hand-numbered edition of 500 copies** 'The Soft Room Recordings 1981-1984' charts the evolution of Paul Nagle's home-built electronic compositions over the early '80s. Isolated at his parents farm, the young Nagle kept his mind busy by writing and creating art and music. In 1978 he got his first synthesiser - a Korg Micro-Preset - which he used, together with an organ and a tape delay machine, to make a nascent blend of minimal wave and new age music on tapes which he issued on his own label The Soft Room. The best of these early releases were collected by tape scene lynchpin, Davi… Read more
Friday, 29 November 2013
IVVVO deads the rave on five darkly infectious killers for Ramp. Stepping on from his ace 'Future' EP for Public Information, the Portuguese producer triggers strangest emotions with his gauzy style of impressionist collage and worn-out yet driving meld of 'adrcore, house and techno. 'Light Moving' sets the pace with bouncing techno blips cheered by a choir of hyperventilating Gregorian monks, and 'Hardcore World '94' cannily crowbars samples from Mark Leckey's 'Fiorucci…' soundtrack over lip-biting DHR-style mentasms. On 'Strangers' he spins in the dark with more of those nasty mentasms and concr… Read more
Thursday, 28 November 2013
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** The Broadcast soundtrack to Peter Strickland's award-winning 'Berberian Sound Studio' has finally been given a release via Warp and credited to both James Cargill and the much missed Trish Keenan. Working closely with the film's supervising sound editor, Joakim Sundstrom, James Cargill started work on the material with Trish prior to her untimely passing in 2011, realising some of the uneasiest, phantasmagoric themes and atmospheres in their immaculate oeuvre. In so many ways it's the perfect vehicle for Broadcast to explo… Read more
*Limited 10" pressing for 'Morgiana', also available to buy separately on CD bundled with 'The Cremator' soundtrack* "Galvanising our ongoing commitment to the lost music of the Czech New Wave cinema movement from the late 1960s and 1970s, Finders Keepers Records follow up our series of previously unreleased music to Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders, Daisies, Saxana and The Little Mermaid with a short series of soundtracks for films by the country’s master of the macabre and the nation’s first point of call for freakish fairytales and hallucinogenic horror, Mr. Juraj Herz. Regarded as the final … Read more
**Black label, black sleeve including insert** Grungy, forcefully cosmic Techno beasts from anonymous producers, backed with ace remixes from Sigha and Ventress. 'Transversal' tunnels home in proper subterranean style across the A-side: heavyweight soap-in-a-sock kickdrums will leave internal bruising while the stealthy synthline drone bides its time with devilish restraint for deep impact. Flipside Sigha continues to forge a deadly form of stoic funk with a tightly wound, Hood-esque remix, next to Ventress' darker, offset oscillations. Prime.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Vatican Shadow, Rrose, Recondite and NSI remix Function's debut album tracks for the 'floor. We're quite partial to the gloomy grandiosity of Vatican Shadow's 'Psychic Warfare' remix, especially when he flips the switch on those patented goth-techno drums in the 2nd half, but the DJs should also be checking for Rrose's hypnotic reinforcement of 'Against The Wall', or the slink shift of Recondite's 'Incubation' remix, whilst NSI's 'Inter' version harks back to their great work on the 'Shut Up And Dance!' compilation of dance music for ballet, all whirring polymetrics and calculated arpeggios.
Monday, 25 November 2013
**180g vinyl. Edition of 1000 copies** The incredible Analog Africa series presents a stunning reissue of the 1st LP to be recorded and pressed on Angolan soil. Originally issued in 1973, it compiles twelve tracks by Urbano de castro, Os Kiezos and Jovens do Prenda, the best-selling artists at that particular time, who each contributed four songs to what is now known as a holy grail of Angolan popular urban music. It's infectiously effective dance music, taking in uptempo, polyrhythmic Merengue and Rumba scorchers and end-of-night shufflers guaranteed to please the DJs and dancers.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Black Acre coin their Library Series with a beat suite by Dr. Zygote aka the UK veteran behind Eglo's much-loved Strange U record. Informed by dub mixing techniques and built entirely from the ground up - no samples whatsoever - it's an impressive arrangement of Dilla-esque bump 'n crack, Photek-style drum diffusions and the mystic, smoked-out bent of King Tubby. They've even done our work for us with handy library-style descriptions for each cut, ranging from 'Alexandria (Mediterranean, Arabesque, Transient)' to 'Dragon Chase (Tense, Pursuit, Spacey)', and our favourite (Drugsy Malone (Sleazy, Mounting, Nipple Tassles)'. All the reel-skool beat-nuts gotta fondle deez.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ital Tek beams a streak of flash footwork hybrids on 'Control'. He's one of a handful of artists including Kuedo, Desto, Deft, Fracture, Om Unit or Throwing Snow who've really run with the slow/fast thing in recent years, splicing the rhythmic memes of road level Chicago with a classic sort of UK sci-fi music rooted in classic '90s AI and jungle structures. Over eight tracks he gives his own, hyperactive yet disciplined spin to that dialogue, dicing with a kaleidoscopic blend of fractious footwork jungle and angelic choral synth motifs… Read more
*Rippin' hardcore punk with gothic tendencies (just don't call it black metal), fresh outta NYC on BEB. Includes 22" x 11" fold out liner notes* "Since debut LP Nature Tries Again (Hospital Productions, 2011) RB has grown from the solo project of M. del Rio (HWCT from Bone Awl) into a five-piece of extraordinary force and focus. The first studio version of Deformed Worship was scrapped, and its songs re-recorded by the band on cassette 8-track in November 2012, before being mixed and mastered by Kris Lapke. Raspberry Bulbs defies the constraints of classification but is often mistakenly labelled as a black metal band. It is not a black metal band."
'Rites' is the chilling solo debut proper by Sri Lanka-born, Bristol-based composer and sound designer, Paul Jebanasam. It arrives via his own Subtext label - home to a series of bracing recent releases by Emptyset and Roly Porter - to deliver a payload of gothic electro-acoustic composition blending neo-classical, black metal and electronic drone traits with an insoluble, elemental alchemy. It should come as little surprise that he's also been known to handle sound design for film, but 'Rites' is concerned with far loftier, artful ideas as the label's press expounds; "Rites brings together a un… Read more
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Anthem builder Bashmore meets grubby soundbwoy Kowton on a nice 'n rugged session for the former's Broadwalk label. It's a canny balance of their respective aesthetics; stubbly percussions dance against juicy bootied bass and soul burning vocal stabs bound to create some friction in the dance. 'Mirror Song' syncs scratchy hi-hats with ascending basslines and spiralling delays in hypnotic, driving form; 'And What' is much grimier, resetting rudimentary, '04-style sublow to a bashier, skeletal house swing. The techno mix of 'Mirror Song' is our pick, a stripped down and thrumming slow techno banger somehow coming off like Soundhack in a foul mood.
Wickedly funked-up and skewed house from Lorenz Lindner, better known as MixMup, for Joy Orb's Hinge Finger. 'After The Job' proceeds from one of 2012's finest 12"s, his 'MM/KM' EP with Kassem Mosse, in damn fine style, grinding away with three gritty, technoid, and abstracted groovers, plus one lovely ambient bit. The decelerated boogie bleep chug of 'After The Job' gives way to a raw, percussive basement jaunt called 'Copa Jams' on the A-side, ad the B-side gets even better with the squashed, freaky bass and boz-eyed fog machine march of 'Doomed' and the bliss blips of 'Bungalow' to close. Dope.
Strickly killer riddims from a London-Berlin collaboration - massively tipped!!! Synthesising the early energy of dubstep prototypes from Shackleton or Horsepower Productions with the itchy swagger of Grime, and then reducing the whole lot to a fizzing, potent residue, this is quite possibly one of the rudest 12"s we've heard all year. A-side 'Itinerant Magic' is masterful exercise in driving, gripping rhythmic minimalism - flying polyrhythms filtered to f**k and back again - while B-side gives the equally rugged swing of 'Jack The Dub' and a gutted, desolate duppy called 'Monkey'. If you know what's good, this is unmissable.
Monday, 18 November 2013
Falty DL's Blueberry Records makes its maiden voyage with Brrd's debut beat suite. Label boss Drew Lustman has long been an admirer of Stew Bird's lopped-off, lo-fi beats, but it was the increased fidelity and resultant clarity of his work here that pushed him to present it on Blueberry Records. If you imagine Falty DL's own beats gone properly slow and low, and without the tendency to flesh everything out, you've got some measure of the 13 vignettes on 'Towers/Anointing', coolly strafing between Dilla-esque bumps and warm rhodes fills to whorls of tumbled jazz percussion and submerged, fractur… Read more
**Stickered black jacket with A5 b&w insert** Pressurised techno tools from Shifted's reliably heavy Avian imprint. Their 10th issue is the debut work of a new, London-based producer with a taste for SM. In that context we could easily imagine the barrelling kicks, skating percussive syncopations and stare-down drones of 'Hate 2/6' soundtracking the actions of a stentorian mistress in her £500 and hour dungeon, while the shiftily sinuous squirm and jabbing white noise stabs of 'Black & Blue (For You)' makes us wriggle like a f**king eel. One for the dancers, industrial romancers.
Thursday, 14 November 2013
**Comes housed in a gatefold sleeve** Excerpts from three site-specific live performances by Paul Purgas and James Ginzburg, recorded last year. In what has become the dominant theme of Emptyset's work, the cavernous architecture of the different settings - Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station in Snowdonia, Ambika P3 in London, and Chislehurst Mine in Kent - becomes a component of the music itself, the duo's bowel-shaking low frequencies responding to every nook, curve and surface texture of these man-made caves. When you think of the uses these spaces have historically been put to (chalk and flint m… Read more
"West coast producer and sound system murderer Eprom is back on Rwina for a second album which continues the producer’s mad scientist approach to what makes a dancefloor move: synthetizing the warmth of vintage computer sounds, the energy of African rhythmic traditions (including modern evolutions such as Kwaito and Shangaan), the swagger of southern rap and the intricacy of pioneering electronic music from the likes of Richard Devine or Curtis Roads. The result is a heady melting pot, a unique sound supported by Gaslamp Killer, Kutmah, D-Styles..."
**180g vinyl** Available on vinyl for the first time, 'Gold' collects outstanding archival material recorded by the legendary Conrad Schnitzler between 1976 and 1978 and previously released on CD in 2003 by Marginal Talent. As the label say, "the compositions are guaranteed to dumbfound even the most enlightened Schnitzler listeners", such is its strange mixture of spectral harmonics and alien electronic pop abstraction. It predates his odd pop period proper in the early '80s but exhibits that sound in genesis with highly structured sequences of rhythm and harmony modulating beside the sort of… Read more
Friday, 08 November 2013
*Expanded 2LP cut at 45RPM in a gatefold sleeve with Obi strip* "Universal Sound label are proud to present the reissue of Michael White’s ‘Spirit Dance’, originally released on Impulse Records in 1972. Deep spiritual jazz released in limited edition luxurious CD box, as well as a heavyweight 180gm audiophile double vinyl edition cut at 45-rpm in a deluxe gatefold sleeve. This is the debut album from Michael White, released on Impulse Records in 1972. Michael White’s deep, spiritual jazz fitted in perfectly with the roster of artists at the Impulse label at the start of the 1970s, includin… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Guillermo Scott Herren, aka Prefuse 73, coins his Yellow Year label with this oneiric Teebs collaboration. It's the first in a proposed series of marriages due to see Prefuse73 working with Nosaj Thing, Lapalux, Synkro, Nathan Fake, and Dimlite, among others, and the latest in an illustrious career spanning a decade+ and as many albums for Warp. Working with Brainfeeder's Teebs has brought out the lushest, smudged side of Prefuse73, tempering his typically ornately jazzy embellishments to a more a… Read more
Thursday, 07 November 2013
F**k yes! EDMX on a monstrous acid techno mission here, summoning the wild-eyed warehouse ghosts of Stay Up All Night and other, nefarious techno sub-sub-strains for Power Vacuum. Up top he wields the titanic kicks and laser-guided acid stabs of 'Breathe Deeply' among others, and down below he kills it with a swaggering East London-style romper, 'Heavy Duty' and the EBM grit of 'Frozen Stomp'. Weighty like yer fat ma.
"This year, old friends and collaborators Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy present you with a Christmas gift - this new holiday single, comprised of two songs from the Everly Brothers' catalogue, 'Christmas Eve Can Kill You' and 'Lovey Kravezit'. The two songs on the single also offer a foreshadowing glimpse at Bonnie and McCarthy's forthcoming full length record of Everly Brothers songs, a project that was inspired by the songstress' young daughter's love of the rhythm and blues duo. 'Christmas Eve Can Kill You' and 'Lovey Kravezit' were recorded i… Read more
To coincide with the excellent 'Livity Sound' 2CD comp, the label deliver four brand new tracks, by Pev & Kowton and Pev & Asusu respectively, on two separate twelves. Surge / Remnants features the first collaboration between Peverelist and Asusu, 'Surge' being a robust, rugged slowed-down number tapping into those Levon comparisons but with added bass weight, while 'Remnants' has a more delicate touch, all snycopated, flanged hi-hats and Pev's signature thudding kickdrum programmed to high-imapct, slow burning effect.
Wednesday, 06 November 2013
Old skool techno fiend A Sagittariun commits a beautiful debut album meshing myriad vintage techno, ambient and dub styles. 'Dream Ritual' casts back to that fertile early-mid '90s period when electronica/dance music were interchangeable terms and the whole AI movement (read: pre-IDM) was fresh, open-minded and smitten with the romance of possibility. It's easy to call it nostalgic, because it is, but it's perhaps better perceived as a reminder of what was, and what techno has become - in many cases a zombied, emotionless cadaver flogging itself into tomorrow. 'Dream Ritual' is techno in t… Read more
*The long-out-of-print 'Með Suð..' now reissued as a heavyweight 2LP in widespine sleeve* After much delay, the vinyl edition is finally here! This brand new album from Icelanic maximalists Sigur Ros seems to have been recorded and completed incredibly quickly, and perhaps because of that there's a sense of rawness and even intimacy to many of these songs - something not ordinarily associated with a band who've never shied away from making grand gestures. Probably the closest point of reference would be the kind of up-close acoustic performances documented on t… Read more
Tuesday, 05 November 2013
**Clear vinyl reissue edition of 500 copies. Includes download code redeemable from the label ** Beautiful slice of 1987 new age ambience by Laraaji and his plugged in zither, reissued by the Brian Eno-affiliated All Saints Music. "Heavenly tone clusters that stretch out into infinity and recall Popol Vih's soundtracks for Werner Herzog. Floating, dream-like music to lose yourself in."
Friday, 01 November 2013
**Hand-numbered edition of 250 copies in xilographic printed sleeve and poly jacket with free sticker** Traag follows an excellent Opal Tapes edition with two demented psych-techno doses backed by Vaghe Stelle and G.O.D. remixes. Lodged somewhere between the space-time contortions of Nate Young's Regressions and Astral Social Club's pineal pump, Traag drags us thru decelerated tape experiment 'White Wall' into the refractive wormhole of 'Bantam' on the A-side, whilst Vaghe Stelle factors cyber-punk drums and squirrelly synths into the elastic structure of 'White Wall' and the mysterious G.O.D. yanks it back down to a crumbled slo-fi slurry. Tipped!
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Each of the French artist's precious LP offerings have represented a further deepening and refining of her craft, getting closer to some kind of spiritual essence. On a so-so day, she makes music that you feel privileged to hear, and on a good day she makes music that cleaves your heart in two. It's been a long wait for new material - her last album, Les Ondes Silencieuses, is now six years old - but 'The Weighing Of The Heart' doesn't disappoint, despite a considerable burden of expectation. The oneiric shimmer of her music has its contemporary analogs in the likes of Grouper and J… Read more
Alex Smoke reprises the moody electro soul heard on his Wraetlic album with this techno-edged roller for R&S, backed with Tessela's future 'ardcore remix. In 'Dust' surreal vocoder voice, holo'd techno rhythm and floating electro pads ponder a cyber echo chamber sound design. Tessela turns the vocal nasty and fires up his rudest breakbeats and Dark Soldier basslines. Smoke's 'Ruction (Dub)' comes off like a Villalobos groove mind-melded with 'Amber' era Ae.