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Monday, 11 June 2012
*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
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
A bit of grandstanding romanticism from Scotland's finest, with sweeping chamber instrumentation favoured over guitar shredding. 'Get To France' is an unreconstructed bit of neo-classical music, though it has something of the sinister, occult cabaret vibe of Coil and Kreng about it too. 'Hound Of Winter' pursues a nice vision of country-soul, all downhome acoustic guitars, twinkling pianos and harmonica; when the strings enter from the wings, it's easy to see this as the Mogs' response to the time-honoured American orch-pop tradition, from Jimmy Webb on through to Jim O'Rourke. 'Drunk And Cr… Read more
Monday, 16 April 2012
Oh my, Digitalis strike pure gold with one of the finest debuts we've heard on the label since the magnificent pair of Motion Sickness of Time Travel albums last year, a killer amalgam of squashed beats, lo-fi pop and narcotic, slo-jams hugely recommended if you're into Hype Williams, Nite Jewel or Julee Cruise. Paco Sala is the work of producer Anthony Harrison (Konntinent), now working with celestially enigmatic vocalist, Leyli, who between them evoke a dreamstate of introspective ambience, solitary R&B and heavenly-crushed Pop. It's radically different to anything else you'll have heard on Digi… Read more
Thursday, 12 April 2012
Superb remix twelve from Deep Medi, inviting Geiom and Isan to revise Clouds' 'Protecting Hands' from last year. We'll admit to being more than a little stunned that Isan were appearing on Deep Medi but it really makes sense when you compare the similarities between their fragile electronics and Clouds' piquant take on dubstep. Their remix is respectfully bass-loaded, aiming for the early-hours dancefloor with richly harmonised subs balancing their flyaway hi-hats and crystalline melody up floating across the surface. Fellow IDM/tronica hero Geiom takes the flipside with his … Read more
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
**Includes free MP3 download code redeemable from the label** After coolly knocking out some of the most compelling 12"s of 2011, Daniel Martin-McCormick re-routes the dancefloor with the fractal bump of his 'Hive Mind' LP. In case you're unaware, Ital is far from being Daniel's first project - he's been making records for years on Dischord as member of Black Eyes, and as Sex Worker and Mi Ami for NNF - but for our $$$'s, his freshest, most adventurous material appears in this guise. Armed with a copy of logic and a wide-eyed approach to sampling and stylistic appropriation, he's hatched a wonderfull… Read more
Thursday, 05 April 2012
Witness the evolution of Bullion's idiosyncratic oeuvre on his latest, and greatest release for R&S. From his earliest 'Pet Sounds: In The Key Of Dee' through to that sideways remix of Model 500, there was never any doubt that the guy was a hugely distinguished talent, but we really didn't see this one coming. These are his most pop-sharp, imaginative offerings to date, sounding like John Maus in a psychedelic tizzy with the smudged-out dreampop of 'Say Arr Ee', or concocting some kinda Balearic minimal-wave-funk hallucination with 'What Do You Know'. Hit the samples and prepare to be impressed. Recommended!
Wednesday, 04 April 2012
Ever since he wheeled out his synthed-out, weed-sick styles on that Hyperdub EP back in 2008, we've been waiting for a proper full-length from Samiyam, and now it's finally here, on the Brainfeeder label operated by his old mucker Flying Lotus. There are a lot of cats in California repping this broken, zoned-out but reassuringly bottom-heavy hip-hop aesthetic right now - Matthewdavid, The Gaslamp Killer, and Gonjasufi, to name but a few - but for us Samiyam offers one of the most convincing and distinctive takes on the sound there is, all the while retaining a charmingly sketchy, skunk-infu… Read more
Tuesday, 03 April 2012
Following that fine side for the UK's Public Information label, Konrad Jandavs No UFO's decamps to Spectrum Spools for a new vinyl edition of his debut cassette, 2010's Soft Coast. Though it has a clear and central debt to 1970s German electronic music, Jandavs pulls on various other influences - minimal synth, new age ambient, Detroit techno - to craft his hypnotic, pulsating synth-scapes. The weirdest tracks are the most rewarding: the beatless, almost Autechre-style techno of 'Cajmere Dreams' and the sly guitar drones of '00_00_2010', which makes us think of The Velvet Underground if they'd fo… Read more
*LIMITED COPIES ON RED VINYL* Vital reissue of Chris & Cosey's fourth album proper, 'Exotica', fully remastered by Chris Carter! Originally released in 1987 and pretty much unavailable on vinyl ever since, 'Exotica' sees a slight shift into more club-friendly EBM/Electro, especially with the definitively anthemic title track which has since become the duo's calling card as much as anything else they've released. In the likes of 'Dancing On Your Grave' or the flashy machine funk of 'Beatbeatbeat' we can also hear clear precedents for the likes of Autre Ne Veut and… Read more
Thursday, 29 March 2012
**Limited edition of 600 individually numbered copies with certificate of ownership** The hugely intriguing sound artist and sonic conceptualist John Duncan is subject of a 2nd, sprawling VoD chapter following a first volume back in 2006. Since 1978 Duncan has engaged with a plethora of avant-garde disciplines, amassing a distinguished and exploratory catalogue of sounds on his own AQM and Allquestions imprints, besides many more releases on Touch, Die Stadt, and Planam. He's collaborated with equally inquisitive minds such as The Hafler Trio's Andrew McKenzie, Chris & Cosey… Read more
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
**Includes extensive track-by-track notes and introduction** "16 highly charged currents of latter-day electro-magnetic poly-pop, robotic rock and modern mechanical music featuring unreleased electronic music for Atari Videogames, Swiss Construction companies and low-budget Eastern film productions alongside unknown and undercover synth driven rarities by members of Can, Hawkwind, Niagara, Soft Machine, Dynastie Crisis, Gong and Nucleus. Compiled from a well travelled DJ bag of inhumane B-Music and international second-class sound by Saxonic wax magnet Andy Votel (Finder Keepers)includin… Read more