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Tuesday, 01 May 2012
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
Friday, 23 March 2012
**Limited white vinyl - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Two years since his debut LP, Martyn drops one of 2011's most anticipated dancefloor albums. With 'Ghost People' he cements well-nurtured ties to Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder camp, pooling his blend of UK Bass, US House & European Techno with the label's kaleidoscopic vision of electronic beat music, one which already spans the sounds of Lorn, The Gaslamp Killer, Teebs and Samiyam among others. Guided by a steady, experienced hand, Martyn refracts ideas borrowed and assimilated from every corner of the modern 'floor … Read more
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Ramona Gonzalez, the enchantress we all know and love as Nite Jewel, serves an impeccably crafted sophomore album; 'One Second Of Love' for Secretly Canadian. You probably don't need to be reminded, but in case you've been in a coma for the last three years, this New Jersey lass has been making some of the most stylish, endearing pop music around, including collaborations with the don, Dam-Funk, Stellar Om Source, and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti buddy, Cole M.G.N. Since '08s 'What Did He Say For' I.DI.B. it's been possible … Read more
Back in stock. Once again proving why they're one of our favourite labels ever, the indefinably great Mordant Music have unearthed a collection of nine tracks from the archive of "Roehampton's feral analog spectre Mr Maxted". Pressed up on utilitarian Grey vinyl and accompanied by a corrugated stiffener in clear plastic sleeve, the sounds are equally austere and decidedly LoFi, with the results largely recorded to tape which should emit shivers of pleasure down the spines of those who know and love the ferrous qualities of a good tape recording. When it was produced, between 89-94, the … Read more
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
"Prince Rama explore the link between music and utopia with music for exercise routines" more or less sums up the communal funk of their first release for Not Not Fun. Aerobic mysticism is a much misunderstood and sneered at concept, but taken as sincerely as these guys it can be a beautiful thing. The first track washes your chakra with chants and purified Now Age vybz, before conducting 15 minutes of tribal disco percussions and New Beat-y machine rhythms alloyed with heart-bursting synths and rainbow explosions. 2nd track 'Exorcise (Chopped N Skrewed R.E.M.I.X.)' provides a psychic an… Read more
Monday, 19 March 2012
Ahem. OK, so here's the deal. Various Production will be releasing their debut album "The World Is Gone" in a few weeks time on XL. For all you lot who have been supporting Various over the last 18 months, here's some love back from probably the most sought after production collective anywhere in the world right now. Two upfront test-pressing dubs of 4 album tracks (This is VARS011, VARS010 is available to order seperately on the site, each 12" contains two tracks), hand-stamped and made in an edition of 100 COPIES ONLY FOR THE WORLD. Oh, and one other thing - these are instrumen… Read more
*Now available on vinyl* "Young Mr McPhee releases his first full length album consisting of four new tracks of his singular signature style of introspective, drifting, instrumentals, masterly played eclectic electric guitar & efx meanderings. quiet time music; summer fields and winter fire tending. Future dub folk from an olde english tradition that no one can quite put their finger on..."
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
**4 panel mini-LP gatefold package** Sophomore album from Nashville's heavily accented singer/songwriter Luke Roberts. His arrangements are now fleshed out with rich contributions of fiddle and mandolin from Billy Contaraz and backing vocals from Emily Sunblad, and polished to a fireside glow by Lambchop-affiliate Marky Nevers and Kyle Spence of Harvey Milk. "'Roberts' vocals are tender and bruised, and their smallness can be legitimately heartbreaking… These songs are fiercely internal, which also makes them remarkably hard to shake" - Pitchfork; "…a sparse but stri… Read more
Monday, 12 March 2012
*Absolutely killer album of frayed and unstable electronic mutations from the Rangers-related KWJAZ project* NNF present the hallucinatory first LP from Rangers associate Peter Berends aka KWJAZ after a blink-and-miss-it debut cassette for the Brunch Groupe in 2010. We enter a potently warped world of decomposing ambient electro-jazz with 'Once In Babylon', ferrying us along a ferric-murky exhalation of blurry mixtape-styled moments flopping from loungey, twinkling keys to blunted synths nd proggy rhythm switches to the deserted-harbour-cruising drones and soggy bossa-lite inflections of 'Righteous Wane'… Read more
Friday, 09 March 2012
The impeccable production outfit make a large step into Purple Wow styled synth-driven and r'n'b informed riddims with the latest for their own imprint. 'Ramp' hooks up again with one of their most successful collaborators, MC Vex who gives a sterling performance over a sparse and constantly morphing riddim fleshed out with squirts of hyper-funked synthlines, while title cut 'Trycycle' gets lean with a restlessly edited grimy banger sounding like something out of a Spyro set filtered wih a psychedlic intent. 'Bside' is the final track and the one most blatantly in thrall to Joker and c… Read more
Various make up for a paucity of new material in 2010 with two arresting versions of the XX's ''Infinity' by themselves and fellow audio travellers Jonquil. In a way, their absence from the release schedule this year has been filled by the post-R&B electronics of oOoOO, Balam Acab and the likes of Forest Swords, who've all provided rich nourishment for darker-tinted pop souls. But make no mistake, Various always fascinate and never rest on their laurels, making this a return we've been eagerly anticipating. On the A-side the Various version teases out a flickering, halfstep dread-… Read more
Thursday, 08 March 2012
BACK IN STOCK! Every year brings its own idiosyncrasies here at Boomkat and every year seems to end with another mystifying incident that keeps us all on our toes, scratching our heads with bewilderment. 2006 has certainly proven to be no exception and it ends with perhaps the strangest and most welcome footnote so far. We don't really know who has pressed-up this twelve and we ain't asking too many questions as it's just so damn righteous. What you get for your money here is a one-sided 12" featuring the title track from the Various Production album "The World Is Gone" with vocals pr… Read more