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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!
Tuesday, 04 December 2012
*Vinyl finally available again - comes with a download voucher redeemable directly from the label* Grimes seems destined for stardom, and deservedly so - her debut album for 4AD is that rare thing: an off-kilter pop album that actually delivers on its perky promise. Sticking closely to a louche but insistently funky electro-pop sound that variously recalls early Madonna and the New York new wave that she first surfed in on, Kate Bush at her most playful, and Nami Shimada's mega-selling Japanese proto-house anthem 'Sunshower', the Canadian scamp knows how to charm us senseless. The tunes, and the hooks… Read more
**Thoroughly endearing and entertaining 21-track collection of steel guitar aces by India's best. Housed in tip-on style heavyweight gatefold jacket** "Bollywood Steel Guitar is the most comprehensive collection to date of Steel Guitar pop instrumental music from India. All 21 tracks featured here were Film hits from 1962-1986 and all the masters of the steel guitar sound from the period are represented: Van Shipley, Kazi Aniruddha, S. Hazarasingh, Sunil Ganguly, and Charanjit Singh. An entirely different approach that rocks, swings, and grooves through some of Indi… Read more
R&S sublabel Apollo rolls out another dark garage ride. It's Volor Flex and Encode's debut for the label, imparting three tracks of dusty, Burial-inspired 2-step and dread rave dystopia. 'City Pressure' wears its influences proudly, from the woodblock snares to the slithering poltergeist strafes and brooding subbass movements, and again 'The Conspiracy' goes toe-to-toe with demonic synth slashes and tussling 2-step syncopation in killer style. Gone dolo, Volor Flex plays a more atmospheric card with the lamenting mood of 'About You'. To be fair it's highly derivative, but quite honestly one of the best Burial impersonations we've heard yet.
Thursday, 29 November 2012
**22-track compilation housed in glossy gatefold jacket. Edition of 500** Another absolute gem from V-O-D - collecting the affective industrial wave/pop output of Die Workpiloten (The Industrial Pilots) on vinyl for the first time. Hailing from the Ruhrgebiet - Germany's Northwestern industrial heartland - Christian Aufderstroth aka Krischi (vocals) and Stefan Caesar aka Prinz Eisenhart (programming) took healthy inspiration from the electrified pop escapism of Manchester's Factory roster (Joy Division, Section 25 et al) to craft their own brand of motorik melancholy and ma… Read more
Sturdy three track serving from Sigha on the mighty Blueprint. Man has obviously had his nose to the grindstone since his run of twelves on Hotflush, honing an intensely driven and shark-eyed sound for this strong new EP. Covering the A-side, the adamantium-laced kicks and nagging metallic hook of 'I Am Apathy, I Am Submission' feel more raved-up than his usual style, and sound all the better for it. Shifting further towards EBM territory, 'The Black House' rolls with a leather-clad, jackal-grinning bassline and mesmerising acidic tweaks, while 'Between Here And Yesterday' tips out on a tensely pure and monotone aesthetic. Potent.
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Masterful revisions of Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit's 'Secret Rhythms' from Berlin residents Sam Shackleton and Rashad Becker, kicking off a new series of Nonplace remix 12"s. Needless to say, some rhythm freaks will be peaking at the sight, and sound of this record. On the A-side renowned drum programmer Shackleton re-calibrates the groove of '255-7' from 'Secret Rhythms 4' to a new time signature with inimitable sleight-of-hand, syncing hip-slipping fake-outs and shoulder-dropping fills with twirling, otherworldly organ motifs and… Read more
Killer archival avant-jungle cuts from Luke Vibert. Many of you will fondly member the twelves and album Vibert released as Plug on Blue Angel and Rising High in the early-mid 1990's, off-kilter drum 'n bass cuts that really stood out from the more po-faced stuff that dominated the genre back then. Well, earlier this year Vibert handed Ninja Tune a bunch of DATs containing never before heard Plug material recorded in '95-'98, and they've compiled them into an album that really feels like a missing piece in the "intelligent" D-n-B jigsaw. This stuff isn't for the dancefloor - it's head music in the … Read more
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* Of all the Goblin/Fabio Frizzi indebted synthesizer fetishists to emerge over the last few years, Umberto has proven himself to be the most crucial, and probably the most versatile. Injecting the sound with a mischief and avoiding any whiff of zaniness, his last bevvy of records showed a surprising breadth of character, and this latest for Mogwai's Rock Action record is possibly his most coherent to date. Funnily enough it was put together as a soundtrack for the Glasgow Music & Film Festival in February, and given an actual cine… Read more
Thursday, 22 November 2012
French synth-rockers Zombie Zombie are back, and while it might have been four years since their last full length, none of their horror-fuelled electroid goodness has been lost in the interim. This time around they've been hooked up with French cosmic disco feller Joakim who has added his sonic signature somewhere in the corner, underneath the howling wolves and gaseous crypt. Having this thrusting backdrop prevents 'Rituels D'un Nouveau Monde' from descending into fetishistic retro cliché, and far from their contemporaries the band seem to keep a keen eye on the dancefloor. … Read more
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
**10 LP anthology and extensive book of artwork housed in black varnished and silkscreened wooden box, with metal hinges, clasp and everything! Includes individually numbered certificate of ownership. Edition of 500** Sh*t the bed! V-O-D deliver a knockout blow of formative, seminal Merzbow material; all of it appearing on vinyl for the first time, and all carefully selected and mastered by the notorious artist himself. It really is one of the handsomest, most alluring things we've ever stocked; proper, top shelf vinyl porn for the collectors, and arguably one of the most extraord… Read more
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Unmissable, foundational UK bass sounds from Persian and DJ Texta, remastered and backed up with 2012 remixes including a stellar Nick Dunton turn. The original 'Dangerous' was first issued back in 1998. It was a staple of the youthling garage scene and made its way onto some 30 compilations and mixtapes at the time. Now, dusted off and remastered for 2012 it's still a killer tune, running robust yet skippy beats, a monstrous reese bass and ragga chat for that definitive UK sound. It shares space here with an ace, breakbeat driven 2012 remix by Persian, backed with an OK dubst… Read more
Mordant Music beautifully join the dots between the hauntological zeitgeist and original library music with the first of two vinyl reissues of seminal tape music by Tod Dockstader. Born 1932 in Saint Paul, Minneapolis, Dockstader majored in psychology and art but would go on to explore his interests in painting and film as an apprentice editor in Hollywood. This led to a job as a sound engineer in 1958, employed at Gotham Recording studios, where he started meticulously composing during long after-hours sessions. In 1960 his first LP 'Eight Electronic Pieces' was issued on Folkways Re… Read more
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
With his debut album now safely behind him Joker can crack on making aces like he used to. 'Old Era' serves hi-grade purple dissonance with hyperboogie flair and vivid, widescreen HD drops while his buddy Gemmy gets a bit naughty with unnecessary axe riffs on the remix, but the double-timed drums and lush breakdowns are smart.
Friday, 09 November 2012
**Spotgloss gatefold jacket contains download coupon redeemable from the label** Ombre is an unexpected but entirely welcome collaboration between shapeshifting sound sculptor Roberto Carlos Lange and the divinely talented vocalist Julianna Barwick. This unlikely duo first met on Myspace around 2009, back when it worked, and soon enough did a tour together in 2010, getting to know each on-the-road. With a friendship established they jammed in the studio and we'll ffwd the rest to 'Believe You Me', an oddly successful fusion of Carlos Lange's Latin-rooted psyche-folk and Barwick's gossamer coos. … Read more
Emeralds' John Elliott surfaces on Blast First Petite with his second Outer Space album of 2012, following the recent Akashic Record (Events: 1986-1990) on his own Spectrum Spools label. Working with Andrew Vere, Philip Whiteside, Drew McDowall, Adam Miller and Jeff Hatfield, using primarily Mellotron-400 and modular synthesis, Outer Space II apparently marks the severance of the project's preoccupations with death and anxiety, and an attempt to explore a more open, breathable sound and mood. The short 'I' and 'II' pieces are certainly airy ambient in the vein of, say, Eno and… Read more
Thursday, 08 November 2012
*Third instalment from the excellent Signal Life imprint* London's baddest bass mutants face off on Signal Life's impeccably presented 3rd edition. Fresh from an ace remix of Sd Laika and appearances on Keysound and Diskotopia, we find Visionist at his most iced-out, frictionless on 'Control This', synching body-glyding, aerodynamic 808s and scooping subbass under dark blue atmospheres. B-side, Last Japan follows up his wicked 'Ambush EP' for LNUK Records with the rugged dip and swerve of 'Storm Trooper', pushing cone-jackin' bass hits and clustered claps through polished steel soundsphere readied for the DJs and HD-equipped systems.
Wednesday, 07 November 2012
Previously unissued Mitchbal & Larry Williams-produced Chicago house cuts from 1987-88, backed with Frankie Knuckles remix. The original's perfectly posited on the cusp of '80s boogie soul and more industrial electronics - in other words, House music - and included in original vocal and instrumental mixes, while the big man, Frankie Knuckles amps the pressure with with steampressed, shoulder rocking snares and a darker, dubbed-up edit energy. Damn hot!
Tuesday, 06 November 2012
Killer package of Illum Sphere remixes, headed up by Kidkanevil, whose version of 'Agent White' seamlessly, stylishly shifting from sub-heavy, rudeboy R&B swagger to choppy old-school jungle and back again - no DJ should be without this. Dabrye is brought in to give 'An Old Escape' a facelift, and he responds with an immaculately low-slung fix, one of his custom slouchy beats framing sparkling synths and raw boogie-down bass. Ikonika steers 'Chasing The Midnight Moth' into sci-fi steppers' house territory, Detroit-style strings rubbing up against soca-inflected snare syncopations an… Read more
Monday, 05 November 2012
**Oren Ambarchi and Keith Rowe interpret and perform pieces from Cornelius Cardew's graphic score 'Treatise', namely pages 53 and 58, on guitar and tabletop guitar, respectively. Recorded live at Binhuis, Amsterdam, February 8th, 2009 by Ron Mullen. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. Edition of 300 copies, reproducing on the sleeve and inner the 4 pages of score performed.** "Cornelius Cardew's opus magnus Treatise is a 193 page graphic score written between 1963 and 1967 while he was performing with the improvisation group AMM. The score's graphic notation, with its intr… Read more
Friday, 26 October 2012
**Hardback boxset including 2LPs of incredible original material plus three discs of remixes from Secondo, Deadbeat, Osunlade, Rocketnumbernine, Matias Aguayo, Subway and Jay Haze, among others, plus a DVD film documenting the 'People Of Palenque' on the Colombian coast. Drum fiends and Afro-Latin heads NEED to get on this!!!** "Film-makers Santiago Posada and Simon Meija came to Palenque, near the Caribbean coast of Colombia, to record the music of the area and to make a documentary film about the people of Palenque. Palenque, the locatio… Read more
Thursday, 25 October 2012
**Now available on vinyl** On U Sound do the right thing, collecting Kode 9, Digital Mystikz, Congo Natty, Horsepower Productions and Bullion remixes of Lee Scratch Perry on one disc. Moody Boyz open the account with a sweet 'n sticky Dubstep rework of 'God Smiled' while Dialect & Kosine and Congo Natty represent the junglists with dread Reese basslines and jump-up versions respectively. However, the highlights come from Mala Mystikz, turning 'Like The Way You Should' into a haunting digidub ace, and boosting 'Obeah Room' with seismic subbass pressure, while Kode 9 flips 'Yellow Tongue' into a natty Funky Dub.
Thursday, 18 October 2012
Complimentary to their reissue of 'Electronic Vol.1', Mordant Music and Ekoplekz obviously relish the opportunity to remix some classic Tod Dockstader material on this 10". Mordant Music's reMMix of 'Bellstomp/Pond Dance' is a wild slice of industrial repatterning, juxtaposing a breakneck, near-gabber machine rhythm against a slow shifting mass of metallic plumes and powdered electronic noise sounding like Conrad Schnitzler at his maddest. Flip it over and Ekoplekz tampers with 'Boingo Background', diss… Read more
Friday, 12 October 2012
Dark and heavy double pack from one of dubstep's biggest new players. Disc 1 comes with the melancholic introduction of 'Eyes Wide Open' featuring Rhianna Kenny, the electro-stung 'step of 'Semtex' and a grimy weapon called 'No Man's Land' with Newham Generals' Footsie on the mic. Disc 2 gets darker on the sub-bombing halfstep wobbler 'Contagion' and the best is saved for last with a murky, stalking halfstep monster called 'Body Heat' and the Icicle-style D&B flex of 'Ironclad'.