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Thursday, 07 February 2013
Geoff Barrow is a man who likes to keep himself busy, and not content with composing a (sadly unused) soundtrack to the forthcoming Judge Dredd movie, he's managed to piece together another full-length with his sometime Krautrock outfit Beak>. The sounds here shouldn't surprise anyone familiar with Portishead's phenomenal 'Third'; the dusty Can vs. Silver Apples percussion, the tape saturated atmospheres and the tangled basslines, but Beak> are not Portishead. '>>' is a more traditional Krautrock album in all senses, hitting the cyclic, hypnotic mode straight on the nose and running with it. In fact if someone… Read more
**Limited edition of 500 2LP/gatefold copies, the fourth side features special on-body silkscreened artwork by Nico Vascellari** The intriguing Von Archives label delivers this beautifully packaged, fearless document of Prurient's ongoing collaborations with Italian contemporary visual artist Nico Vascellari. It includes a tortuous performance at Marina Abramovich Institute, San Francisco, and much the same at Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev. The two studio pieces especially are worth much of your time and attention, working with compelling samples of GG Allin and Klaus … Read more
A hugely tantalising taster for the forthcoming remixes of Crammed Discs' Congotronics series, featuring Shackleton and Burnt Friedman remixing Kasai Allstars and Konono No.1, respectively. This is nowt short of a dream come true for geeks the world over, setting up a transcontinental dialogue between four distinctive groups of rhythm auteurs. On the A-side Shackleton chops up Kasai Allstars' 'Mukuba' from their 'In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic' (sounds like a Skull Disco track already!), trapping the drums … Read more
The first of five proposed EPs, 'Technology at the Speed of Life' is a worthy introduction to the chilly industrial electro of Alva Noto and Byetone's fledgling Diamond Version project. More dancefloor-ready than either artist's solo material, the project was originally born out of a series of impromptu live performances, so it's easy to understand why the focus has shifted to something drastically more playable. Fast and deliciously abrasive, this is the kind of electro that sadly rarely emerged, even back in the genre's glory days. An ugly fusion of Drexciyan analogue boo… Read more
Tuesday, 05 February 2013
**Upfront exclusive** Stockport's Alan "Breadwinner" Redfern and The Breadwinners dub up an authentic niceness on King Spinna's 2nd issue - ranking highly in Steve Barker's end-of-year chart for The Wire magazine. 'Dubs Unlimited' is a dub album done in reel-skool style at Breadwinner's all-analog Bakery Studio. Composer, producer, and recording/mixing engineer Al Redfern also mans the majority of instruments - drums, bass, keys, guitar, percussions, and harp (!) - in a cast of some dozen players including Stally (sax, flute), KT Lowry (trumpet), Robin Sunflower (harmonica), and even … Read more
**180g vinyl in tipped-on gatefold jacket includes 7" vinyl x 48" pull-out poster - Included digital download card redeemable from the label** Ten years on from 'Yanqui U.X.O.', one of the world's most revered and steadfast post-rock groups recapture that unbridled energy and celestial complexity for the monolithic slab of two twenty minute compositions plus two six-minute drone incursions comprising 'Allelujah! Don't Bend Ascend'. Giving a typically wry two fingers to commercial appeal, Godspeed You Black Emperor, or GYBE, have rebranded themselves God's Pee to… Read more
Monday, 04 February 2013
Pixelord follows Leisure System's opening gambit with four sheer-crafted digital beat/IDM rhythms for Hit And Hope. You'll find swaying future folk melodies and tricky triplets on 'Imaginary Friends', and twinkling bio-mechanic melodies with insectoid rhythms on the title track. The staggered scales and boozed-up swagger of 'Drinky' provide the biggest highlight, while Groundislava chips in with a crisp, chiming slowfast remix of 'Imaginary Friends'.
Friday, 01 February 2013
Totally inspired signing to Hyperdub, this. Having caned his tracks in his DJ sets for some time now, Kode9 has got round to putting out an EP from Fhloston Paradigm, the all-analogue beatdown project of Philly house vet King Britt. 'Chasing Rainbows' - shades of Shed 7 there, eh - is a commanding opener, it's stately strings and dystopian burnish summoning first-wave Detroit techno while somehow sounding totally next-level - Britt has talked about his Fhloston gear as being what he would have made if he'd been asked to score a Blade Runner or a Logan's Run,… Read more
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Drew Lustman weighs in his loved-up and lush third LP, arriving via Ninja Tune. The emphasis is firmly on house and romantic soul music here, as opposed to the fragmented kaleidoscope of jungle, R&B, and garage that made up its predecessors. That's largely attributable to the fact he fell in love during the creation of 'Hardcourage', which would definitely explain its aerated giddiness and almost pop-wise swerve. It's even got vocals, thanks to a very tidy cameo from Friendly Fires Ed Macfarlane on the bumping sophistication of 'She Sleeps', while the hook-heavy single 'Straight & Arrow' is… Read more
Thursday, 24 January 2013
High class hook-up between Oren Ambarchi and Robin Fox, new on Kranky. Ambarchi in particular has been on fire this year, having already released two top-notch albums on Touch and eMego and a whole host of other underground sides, and his rich vein of form continues with this awesome co-composition. Connected was created for a production of the same name by the Australian contemporary dance company Chunky Move. Artistic director Gideon Obarzanek is a huge fan of both Ambarchi and Fox's work, and invited them to develop their score - derived from both digital and analogue sources - i… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** ‘Anything in Return’ is a more grown up record for Bundick, and he seems to have used this as an outlet for all the genres he’s managed to absorb since his last full-length. Opener ‘Harm in Change’ takes a liberal pinch of classic house, ‘So Many Details’ has the James Pants-indebted West Coast neon shuffle everyone got so fixated on last year, and ‘Touch’ sounds like Bundick’s been sipping a bit of James Blake in his off-time. This is hardly a bad thing either, rather than imitate each style to the letter, Bundick only na… Read more
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
*Vinyl back in stock* One of the stranger press campaigns in recent years has found this lot's high school being name-dropped in every single review of their work. Not one to buck a trend, here's my contribution to the art of paraphrasing a press release: the XX are a quartet who got together at London's Elliot School back in 2005, the very institution that gave rise to those other great hype-vessels, Burial, Four Tet and Hot Chip. Notably, The XX sound nothing like any of those acts - and nor for that matter do those acts really sound anything like each other - but it's a pattern that's conducive to you… Read more
Flash-as-f**k debut from London duo, Kodiak, with added remix weight from Actress and Girl Unit! 'Spreo Superbus' is a startling entrance from these guys, surfing mercurial synth dissonance over body-buffeting funky drums with a deadly, teasing sense of delayed gratification guaranteed to get 'em dripping neon sweat in the club. In typically contrary style, Actress flips the the cut as a slow, burned-out electro-soul groove blushing romantic chords and stray FM noise with a final, dirty turn of phrase, leaving Girl Unit to ignite the dance with one of his fibrillating Bass specials. That Actress remix is so, soooo, good!!!
**Limited edition white wax** Jimmy Edgar and Ian O'Donovan serve remixes of Triumph's saxtastic, Laurent Garnier-favoured 'Discover'. Jimmy Edgar gives up a slinkily effective and swinging house mix, shredding the sax bleats in a stereo-strafing whorl over tight and punchy drums. O'Donovan's mix is epic, rebuilding a soaring groove for Valldeneu's red-faced parps.
Friday, 18 January 2013
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** "Soundway present a slice of raw Trinidad carnival roots with a progressive twist, courtesy of one of the islands most original and forward thinking musical minds of the post war period. On the flip highlife-techno pioneer DrumTalk morphs it into a dark and twisted electro-tropical groove dripping with rolling distorted synth-lines and filtered vocals..."
Thursday, 17 January 2013
**Includes digital download voucher for the full release plus bonus tracks - redeemable from the label** Essential remixes of Conrad Schnitzler by Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer. Sprawling, side-long workouts by Villalobos are no longer a novelty by any stretch of the imagination, but believe us when we say that the 'Sorgenkind-mix' of Schnitzler's 'Zug' genuinely counts among the finest productions of the Chilean's career thus far. He and his studio partner Loderbauer (Sun Electric, NSI, Moritz von Oswald Trio) bring the same exp… Read more
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
**Now available on double vinyl housed in tip-on style gatefold jacket!** Latest in the Sun City Girls’ acclaimed, inspiring Sublime Frequencies series. Molam is a multi-faceted folk music native to laos and the predominantly rural northeastern region of thailand known as Isan - home to myriad ethnic groups and provinces, and once a part of present-day laos. ‘Mo’ meaning 'master' and ‘Lam’ meaning 'song', Molam literally translates into 'master singer', but it remains more of an umbrella term covering over a dozen types of Lam styles in which male… Read more
Friday, 11 January 2013
It's called 'Good God!'... What more do you want? Yet another class release from the Numero collective - this beautifully packaged collection of 'gospel funk' (you heard) is a joy to both the eyes and ears. Only really existing with the light of hindsight behind you, 'gospel funk' is a category born through invisible strands cast out by devoted collectors and enthusiasts - here coming together in perfect form for those without the time or money to go hunting in the wild. Culled from LP's and 45's, the likes of Preacher & The Saints, Cliff Gobler and the Horace Fa… Read more
What. The. F**k. Is. This?! Rwina really take it out there with the first 12" by yung Dutchman Jameszoo, purveyor of the strangest bass music we've heard in 2012. Combining dance-floor strength trap beats with flurries of exotic percussion, searing bubblers' synths and all manner of wrong-speed vocal inserts, his 'Faaveelaa' session is ludicrously colourful, unhinged and masses of fun. 'I You Cherrypearl' tango slaps us from the leftside with a dutty downslow swagger twisted with squawking synth rubs next to the 'MRM AID S' which sounds like Kraftwerk, Bruce Haack and Luke Vibert pissed on ferm… Read more
Tuesday, 08 January 2013
'Mengamuck' is the highly anticipated debut album proper from ever-enigmatic artiste, David Aird aka Vindicatrix. Arriving towards the end of a golden year for Mordant Music, it's quite possibly one of the label's finest achievements, and no doubt Vindictarix's most impressive opus from a small, singular catalogue counting that Michael Jackson cover/tribute 'Hume' and sought-after mini-album 'Die Alten Bösen Lieder' since 2009. We'll assume that many of our customers are familiar with this work - we've hopefully sung his praises enough in the past - but, if not, imagine a younger, contemporary m… Read more
Monday, 07 January 2013
**White vinyl with printed 10" insert and individually numbered sleeve** Another genuinely outstanding 10" from Downwards, introducing Houston's Pink Playground to their ranks. After a super limited 7" for Zoo Music and ahead of a debut LP for Mexican Summer, they give two tracks of classic referencing and utterly spellbinding shoegaze. A-side 'Ten' has a beautiful balance of repressed aggression seething up from the compressed but possessed drums but the foreground and misty middle distance are smudged with wordless, wraithlike vocals and blistering guitars medicated to dizzying eff… Read more
Seahawks have been around for a couple of years now, and in that time have amassed an enviable following. 'Invisible Sunrise' is a 'proper album' though, a fine taster of the duo's silken slow-burning charm. It's like a beach house in Ibiza, the sun rising over the sands, rays belting down on naked flesh; you know the deal, and Seahawks probably don't mind being the soundtrack to that. Imagine if someone dug up a load of sleazy disco 12"s, took the B side instrumentals and played them on 33rpm, and you're about there. A refreshing foil to the glut of new age synth records appearing this ye… Read more
Friday, 04 January 2013
Sweetly squashed and debonaire slow-house from Paul Cottam backed with a fine Cosmin TRG remix. A-side we get a strong fix of Cottam magic in the effortless roll of 'Relapse' and its wonderfully ascending drum trills gilded by the lushest synth pads, while flipside he gives a Balearic/sub-tropical burner crafted from layers of rippling percussion and floating twilight chords. Cosmin TRG's remix is ace, too, boosting the tempo of 'Relapse' and adding nimble square bass for a deep, spaced-out and fruity vibe.
Friday, 28 December 2012
**Heavyweight 8LP boxset with four gatefold/ double album jackets including liner notes by Conrad Schnitzler, housed in a huge heavyweight canvas box and limited to 500 copies** Kluster were one of the most radical, influential and catalytic components of Germany's "new music" aktions. Established in 1969 by former sculpture student and Joseph Beuys alumnus, Conrad Schnitzler, together with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Kluster grew out of West Berlin's Zodiac Free Arts Lab to generate a commune of groups also including Tangerine Dream and Eruption (who are retrospectively k… Read more
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** After more than two years in stasis, Lukid boots Werk Discs back into life with an excellent new album, his finest yet. 'Lonely At The Top' is a suitably bleary-eyed awakening, feeling as if it's attempting to comprehend the rapid glut of information in the waking world, and failing to do so - opting for a massive spliff instead and allowing it all to smudge in by osmosis. Ok, so in the intervening years Lukid did usher out two singular 12"s of deconstructed House and Techno on his Glum label, both marking a distinct shift from his… Read more
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
After his posh disco LP 'Neon Dreams' for PMR, L-Vis gets down and dirty again with 'Club Constructions Volume 1' for Night Slugs. Ruggedly stripped down and spiked with the purest dancefloor juice, these five tracks look to classic Chicago templates for inspiration, much in the same way Bok Bok did with Tom Trago on 'Night Voyage Too Kit'. Between the relentless spank of 'Workout', the Poindexter-esque banger 'Video Drone', 'Rubber Crash's metallic percolations and the fibrillating funk of 'Hard Drive' or 'Girl Clap', this is Class A dancefloor material through and through.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** 'Total Loss' is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Tom Krell's debut album as How To Dress Well. By any standards, the achingly exquisite 'Love Remains' was a mean feat to surpass, but he's equalled it with the narcotic neo-R&B and chamber delicacies on show here. Allowing other producers to permeate his isolated world - Forest Swords and Ezekiel Honig "contributed sounds to a couple songs" and it was all co-produced by Rodaidh McDonald (The xx) - has helped him come to terms with his sound, while his so… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Brainfeeder's unstoppable release schedule continues apace, yielding a brand new EP from Lapalux. It's a swoonsome affair, particularly opener 'Quartz', with its oriental chimes, relaxation-tape vocals and gossamer synths. 'Jaw Jackin'' provides some grit, but its still very much in the seductive mode, with miasmic female vocals floating over the juddering, jabbering, glitched-to-f**k beats. Kerry Leatham's vocals take centre-stage on crepuscular wonk-fest 'Forgetting And Learning Again', but the highlight of the record comes in… Read more
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
**Special Edition - White Vinyl. 3rd and final pressing limited to 400 copies for the world** Having already created a huge amount of interest, 'The Ghosts Of Bush' is finally here on a limited vinyl pressing and is easily one of the most pertinent and interesting Radiophonic and hauntological artefacts we've had the pleasure of stocking in recent years. Created by World Service studio manager Robin The Fog, 'The Ghosts of Bush' Consists entirely of nocturnal location recordings made by him at Bush House, the iconic home of the BBC's world service for over… Read more
P'raps best known as the keyboardist for La Roux, Fort Romeau presents himself as purveyor of deep, raw yet glamorous House music with his 100% Silk debut. 'Kingdoms' is well informed by late '80s and early '90s Chi-House, as heard from a knowing 2012 stance; there's basslines and misty mixing trickery that's belies its modern production. But the vibe is faithfully vintage. It's late night music for misty dancefloors, from the swooning sensuality of 'Jack Rollin' to the supple, sublime vocal house of 'Say Something' accompanied by blissful moments like 'Nights Bridge' and the dub-lathered tenderness of 'One Night'. A very strong look, recommended to the lovers!