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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
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.
*The legendary 13th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
Thursday, 17 October 2013
"Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc.) are Body/Head. The pair began working together in various loose formats a few years ago, but the Body/Head concept evolved more specifically in early 2012. Initially their approach was almost entirely instrumental — lattices of interwoven feedback rainbows, with bits recalling everyone from Heldon to Keiji Haino. They usually performed against a backdrop of slow-motion film projection, creating a dream narrative of undeniable power and visionary reach. Kim’s voice began creeping into the mix soon after, and the v… Read more
Cheeky rave jaunts from Tigerbass regular, Luke's Anger. Face up, 'Warble Tone' is warped 4/4 Garage-Techno roller with floor-scuffing bass and relatively restrained drums, for this guy anyway. Face down, 'Flooglebinder' ups the swing factor for a chunky 2-step warper.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
**Now available again on Heavenly Sweetness** Tlahoun Gésséssé is widely regarded as the "Voice" of Ethiopia. Born in 1940, his singing and recording career began in the 1950's until his recent death earlier in 2009. As many followers of the Ethiopiques series will know, the incredible 17th installment is dedicated to Tlahoun, largely featuring arrangements by Mulatu Astatke and a selection of the country's finest ensembles. This record is essentially another "Best Of..", featuring a selection of tracks taken from the 60's & 70's golden period of Ethio… Read more
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
It's been 3 years since the mighty 'Claptrap' came out, and a year or so since that fine Hemlock EP, it's good to finally have a new Joe twelve drop for Hessle. 'Slope' takes a more functional House template as its starting point and gradually imbues it with all manner of drones and found sounds to satisfying effect. 'Maximum Busy Muscle' on the flipside is more organic, not all too dissimilar to something you might find on, say, Powell's Diagonal label, recalling the squashed funk of that recent Shit & Shine EP, or indeed Liquid Liquid's 'Cavern' as reimagined by Matthew Herbert.
*Finally re-pressed* Now available on deluxe, limited-edition vinyl. Here's something rather special from Andy Votel's killer re-issues label Finders Keepers, this time it's a collection of vintage synth bleepage in the vein of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop or Raymond Scott, and comes from German sound designer Bruno Spoerri. He was a regular collaborator with German Krautrock superheroes Can and designed many themes for German television shows such as 'It's a Knockout' and music for educational films, promotional films and motivational videos so the man knows his way around a modular or two.… Read more
Monday, 14 October 2013
One of the leading lights in R&S’s much-vaunted new generation of artists comes correct with his full-length debut album. Like Mount Kimbie or his old friend James Blake, UK producer Rob McAndrew seems to draw as much inspiration from the painterly post-rock abstraction of Talk Talk or quiet-mode Mogwai, and the fanatical detail of 90s laptop electronica, as he does from dubstep, R&B or house: take ‘Masami’, in which pontillistic acoustic guitar plucks ripple across the surface of gauzy Music For Airports-style ambience, or ‘Lightmeters’, whose hushed dawn mood is broken up, or perhaps consolidated… Read more
**Mighty side of electro-acoustic guitar doom featuring Peter Rehberg and housed in jacket designed by Stephen O'Malley** Blackest Ever Black's deep furrow of new releases in 2013 hits a huge rock in the soil courtesy of Viennese trio Shampoo Boy's fearsome 'Licht'. Combining the uncompromising talents of Peterlicker's Christian Schachinger and Peter Rehberg (Pita, boss of Editions Mego) with Christina Nemec (Chra/SV Damenkraft), 'Licht' manifests an excoriating blend of nerve-shredding noise and choking doom atmosphere evoking the intensity of Rehberg's aktions in KTL with Stephen O'Malley, or the… Read more
Thursday, 10 October 2013
"The next edition of Jahtari’s collectable 7” series sees Maffi return with a big bad thing called Heidi Riddim. Built from the DNA of Sleng Teng – Heidi flips the scripts on this most classic of classics by taking it to the black keys, in a minor key style and fashion. With its thick deadly bass line at the fore, Heidi has been specifically engineered to kill tin pan sounds and discombobulate Babylonians. First in line to ride this creation is special agent 001, Speng Bond, who comes correct to warn all those foolhardy enough to think it’s wise to ride the White Horse and r… Read more
Wednesday, 09 October 2013
**Sincerely raw gospel soul, including one outstanding blues number played on Sitar! Housed in heavyweight tip-on jacket**"When Numero wrapped the track list of 2009's Local Customs: Downriver Revival, we knew there was a smaller second record buried in the mountains of tape rescued from Felton Williams' Ecorse, Michigan basement. As the Revival label's lone "star," Shirley Ann Lee was afforded dozens of opportunities to record, but only six sides managed to trickle out on 45 between 1967- 1969. Frustrated with a lack of even minor success, Shirley ceased recording altogether in the ea… Read more
*Includes a copy of the album on CD free inside* After three years of yoking dancefloors to their steely pulse, Factory Floor yield this humdinger of a debut album on DFA. Since their 'Untitled' 10" and 'A Wooden Box' 12"s in 2010, they've refined the art of minimalist dance music to an electrifying, elemental pulse, exploring the virtues of repetition to almost religious degrees. This eponymous album debut is their defining statement to date, combining reworked versions of previously released zingers, 'Two Different Ways' and 'Fall Back', with eight brand new productions, each as taut an… Read more
Tuesday, 08 October 2013
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Rugged Kwaito house courtesy of SA's DJ Spoko. Previously, the only place you'd find Spoko was on youtube, or probably the mp3 stick of a taxi driver in South Africa, so it's cool to see these cuts pressed on vinyl. A-side you get the swinging bump and natty melodica-like hooks of 'I Remember' featuring G-Dog, and a haunted gangster house ace, 'Sound Of Our 4-Fathers' to start the dance, and flipside features the lo-slung bass and twinkling marimbas of 'Azange' featuring Magaula & Puzuzu conducting the 'floor alongside a moody, militant 'Bat… Read more
**Double LP housed in tip on-style gatefold jacket** The Celebrate Music Synthesiser Group LP documents the eponymous gang of Butchy Fuego (Boredoms), M. Geddes Gengras, and Sun Araw's Cameron Stallones "spice-hunting" at Rotterdam's legendary synth archive, The Worm. Recording straight to two-track tape, and filmed by Tony Lowe, the trio plugged in and jammed out the nine cuts of wired abstraction and motorik krautrock rhythms found inside this LP. The results dissolve their respective egos into one fruity electronic soup of alien bleeps and strang… Read more
**Coloured vinyl, includes digital download code redeemable from the label - The first Mazzy Star album in 17 years…** Co-written by Hope Sandoval and David Roback, Seasons Of Your Day was recorded in California and Norway and features performances by all the original members of Mazzy Star along with special guests including Colm O’Ciosoig (My Bloody Valentine) and a special appearance by the late, legendary Bert Jansch in a guitar duet of chilling intensity with David Roback on the song “Spoon”...
Friday, 04 October 2013
Dazzling new EP from the former Spacek producer, vaulting between star-bound R&B, Trap and Sino-Grime with effortless flair. It's quite possibly his strongest, well-rounded effort yet; incredibly intricate and proper future-shocking. There are two vocal bombs; 'Pusher Taker' features Gorillax vocalist Roses Gabor like some cyber-siren in a gyroscopic hypeR&B vortex, and Maddslinky-collaborator Tawiah is infused to the future funk bounce of 'Far Too Late'. 'Kaytsu' is a sub-loaded Trap ace fired up with dancehall samples and killer pizzicato strings, and best of all 'Tayco' comes … Read more
Thursday, 03 October 2013
After a glut of super-limited CDrs, cassettes and vinyl pressings, Cleveland, Ohio's Emeralds present their most developed album to date on Editions Mego. Like everyone else (read: maybe you, The Wire, Peter Rehberg, Fact Magazine, so many blogs) we've become big fans of their open-skied and kosmic sound, working our way back from 'Solar Bridge' through sparse reissues, and following through last years stunning self titled LP and 'What Happened' for No Fun, plus the many, many side projects from individual members Steve Hauschildt, Mark McGuire and John Elliot. Yup, they're an ann… Read more
Friday, 27 September 2013
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Trentemøller succinctly consolidates his dancefloor and gothpop faces with a finely crafted 3rd album, 'Lost'. He's all but deserted the glitchy tech-house mnmlism he built his name on in favour of a full blown fascination with moody gothic wave atmospheres and driving rock rhythms, given certified weight by the guest appearances from perennial miserablists Low, and a selection of authentically haunting vocalists including Jana Hunter, Marie Fisker, Jonny Pierce, Kazu Makino, Sune Rose Wagner and Ghost Society. He's now equally ad… Read more
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
"White Poppy, the “experimental therapeutic pop” project from British Columbian inner-peacenik Crystal Dorval, has been evolving fresh forms for a couple years now. Last winter, packing a satchel full of four-track tapes, she ventured out from her bedroom haven and boarded a boat across the Strait of Georgia to the town of Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island, to The Noise Floor Recording Studio, to mastermind and mix the ten deluxe, delirious dream-gaze gems comprising her self-titled full-length debut. Fusing the warm, washed tonalities of her earliest cassette- blurred lotus meditations with a r… Read more
Friday, 20 September 2013
Truth return to wreck your bassbins on Tempa. From waaaay south of the river, New Zealand to be precise, they give up two authentic halfstep heavers; the cinematic dread of 'Devil's Hands' and a more fragrant vocal piece featuring Yayne and reminding of Kryptic Minds work with Alys Be.
Timely reissue of a milestone in electronic music, Roedelius' 'Selbstportrait'. Recorded to a Revox A77 reel-to-reel in 1979, these are the often heartbreaking sounds of a man and his Farfisa organ, capturing the essence of something just so refined and beautiful that it doesn't bear writing about it. Pure, simple, stunningly effective electronic music. Essential!
"A year plus on after the release of their debut LP, Sweden’s Holograms have returned with their second full length, Forever. After a year and a half of touring, losing their jobs, parts of their sanity and returning home only with the hope that their hard work will eventually pay off, they embarked on a new record drawing from the experiences that had simultaneously excited and exhausted the members. Frontmen Andreas Lagerström (vocals/bass) and Anton Strandberg (drums) still live in working class Farsta, 5 miles (8 kilometers) south of urbane and metropolitan Stockholm while the brothers’ Spetze … Read more
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
*Upfront Exclusive* *One sided-12" pressed on splattered vinyl, pressed at Pallas, includes free download* We're biased but, jeez, this is good. Making use of original vocal parts from tricky and Francesca Belmonte, 'Valentine' has been completely re-built by Andy Stott, a split-level production that pushes into slow-fast territory with immense bass terror before flexing out into a footwork section that bangs hard. Everyone goes on about Maxinquaye and, yeah, it's a total classic, but for us Tricky's 'Nearly God' side project, especially 'Poems', has always stood out as a… Read more
**Standard Black Vinyl Edition** "Over two years in the making, the latest LP from Jesu follows the LP 'Ascension', the last Jesu full length release, which was on Mark Kozelek's Caldo Verde label. Jesu mainman Justin K Broadrick, has slowly worked at this album during this period whilst retaining activities with the reunited Godflesh, and as usual, pursuing other projects and remixes;in this period amongst many, Justin has remixed both Mogwai and Cult Of Luna. Beginning with 'Homesick', with it's guitar hooks, shoegaze textures and fam… Read more
Monday, 16 September 2013
Mark Fell fixes two teched-out R&B-garage swerves with Sasu Ripatti aka Vladislav Delay/Luomo on 'Sensate Focus 1.6666666'. A match made in your wildest cybernetic funk fantasies, it's a gratifying consolidation of their respective styles, sparring with spiky, 2.5 stepped beats and R&B stabs like some hyper Timbaland and El-B collusion on 'X', and winding up the trickiest multiple time signatures with proper, knotty funk on the 'Y' axis. As good as it gets, really.
My word, where to start with this total head-f*ck of a record? Well, first off, it's another mind-expanding, previously unpublished jaw-dropper dug out by alga marghen, presenting 'Granny Awards' from the archives of the acclaimed French sound artist, Ghédalia Tazartès. The label are really spoiling us with their releases of late, this in particular being one of our very favourites. Verging on out-and-out craziness, but reigned-in with a masterfully steady head, these six tracks were created some time in the early '80s "in his anhydridic Paris", largely based on materials pre-dating h… Read more
Tresor and Deeply Rooted House present four deep house rarities culled from DJ Deep's excellent 'Kern Vol.1' mix. Frontside features Ludovic Navarre aka St. Germain aka Deepside's throbbing acid house jaunt 'III', beside the dreamy US garage of Santonio's 'Amnesia'. Backside offers Xperiment's druggy acid jack Karn Evil #10' and the hypnotic, beautifully delayed gratification of Arthur Forest, Eddie Fowlkes and Santonio Echols aka A.E.S's superb 'In My Head' shimmy. Aye, it's deep!