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Wednesday, 06 March 2013
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Immaculately jangling, synth-powered indie-pop and new wave moves from Craft Spells, new on Captured Tracks. Fans of similarly 80s-fixated CT acts like MiNKS, Blank Dogs and Cosmetics - not to mention the older artists that the label has reissued of late, like The McTells and Medicine - will be instantly drawn to the anthemic sweep and suburban ennui of these six finely honed songs. Unlike a lot of people operating in this scene, Craft Spells present music of great clarity; they use tons of reverb, but never let it overwhelm their par… Read more
Tuesday, 05 March 2013
**Limited gatefold edition housed in spotgloss jacket and colour-printed inner** "Interplay is a collaboration between John Foxx and electronic composer and synthesizer collector, Benge (Ben Edwards). He's best known for his 2008 album, Twenty Systems which was described by Brian Eno as 'a brilliant contribution to the archaeology of electronic music.' Moody and atmospheric, but also full of songs that are actually more ''pop'' than avant garde, Interplay pulls various strands of electronic music together - from early '80s electro to 70s Krautrock, even flashes … Read more
**Limited gatefold edition housed in spotgloss jacket and colour-printed inner** John Foxx returns to Benge's well stocked studio for a follow-up to their well received 2011 LP 'Interplay'. This sequel of sorts is defined by a rawer, more experimental aesthetic, instinctively guided by a deeply engrained knowledge of their vintage analogue synthesizers and drum machines. It oscillates between evocative instrumentals and proper songs bearing Foxx's pleading vocals, creating a tense, dystopian atmosphere reflective of his classic output. Highlights have … Read more
*Debut release on Alex Nut's new label: Ho Tep!* Throwing Snow's debut 'Un Vingt' is the 1st drop on Alex Nut's promising new label, Ho Tep. The A-side is a very canny blend of broken dubstep and more psyched-out textures, perhaps best described as the mid-way point between older Martyn releases (before he went house) and Shackleton (er... before he went house too!). However, there is a unquantifiable element to this track that makes it stand out, whether it's the chord progressions or the tucked drums we're not sure, but it's impressive either way. On the flipside, it'd be fair to put … Read more
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Decidedly Balearic movements from deep sea dwellers Seahawks, and remarkable simply for the fact that they manage to avoid heading into a pool of cheese. Instead of heading down the well trodden 'sea at dusk' route, they give a huge nod to the cosmic disco of times past; deliciously half-tempo mahogany soul and lo-fidelity machine funk that hints of Berlin 1975. This is well-realized and gorgeous sounding stuff, best heard in a single sitting with a large Tiki drink in hand - it might not have its aims set in a Drexciyan direction, but there's room for some more sea dwellers in the scene, right?
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Mercurial electronica type Throwing Snow shapeshifts between dosed-up house, emotive slow/fast and dusted electro-disco on his 'Aspera EP' for Snowfall. His fine-tuned compositional talents come to the fore in the drowsily tempered near-baroque melancholy of 'Aspera' and in the yearning, uplifting arrangement of 'Behest', while 'Melum' takes to the 'floor with tightly double-timed drum programming and soaring Bladerunner synths beside the wavey future-disco funk of 'Lingewell'.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Back in stock. Following on from remixes from Basic Channel's Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Osawald, Carl Craig steps up for this absolutely killer remix twelve for the Honest Jons imprint. Craig features on two remixes - the epic "Kilode Remix" which utilises all the dancefloor savvy and careful vocal manipulations marked out on his finest and most sought after remixes of the last few years, while the "Straight Mix" keeps the original's template and delivers a fierce drum edit as good as his classic remix for The Congos a few years back. Awesome twelve, Buy!
Debut album time for Chicago-obsessed Italian House and Techno producer - including an ace Larry Heard remix. Adhering to authentic, strictly old-skool productions principles - real synthesizers, drum machines, mixer and tape recorder - Nick strives for that vintage sound with fine results on 'The Dream Of Amnesia'. If anything, the aesthetic is rougher, rawer than his numerous singles for the likes of Skylax, Mathematics and Quintessentials over the last few years. And that lack of compromise equates to coherence and a lovingly crafted album. Highlights have to be the sen… Read more
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
*Back In Stock Despite it's appearance on Upset The Rhythm, this debut LP from John Maus has got Paw Tracks stomped all over it... As a member of everyone's favourite weirdo-pop purveyors Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and acting keyboard player for the Animal Collective's Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox, Jane), John Maus has glowing leftfield CV which he's called on for a bit of back up (Ariel Pink produce and appear) on 'Songs'; his five-year in the making debut LP. Comprised almost entirely of synths, drum-machines and Maus' own vocals, 'Songs' could well be the bastard offspring of Giorgio Moroder in… Read more
*Back in stock* Hailing from the late seventies through 1980 originally, this has a state of the art Blackbeard mix from Dennis Bovell, production of the Well Pack Band from Winston Edwards and stands as a convincing album - which goes some way to explain the advanced poularity entire dub sets went on to experience after punk’s early love affair with sufferer’s reggae. The vibes here are good, the titles great and while some of the themes may not be entirely dread, the playing is all high calibre and the one-drop dubs are very well crafted. Now, we really… Read more
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'.
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