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Wednesday, 22 July
RP Boo, the OG source of all things Chicago footwork, comes correct with a killer 2nd solo album for Planet Mu. 'Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints' is an armoury of battle trax for the 'floor, delivered with a conviction and density of energy that's impossible to ignore if you're into electronic dance music or the lineage of Afro-American sonics. As with its predecessor, 'Legacy', this album is a showcase of RP Boo's finely-honed dancer's instinct and incisive sampling technique, using uniquely fractured motifs and complex repetitions to reconfigure our physiology, so firmly attu… Read more
Tuesday, 21 July
**White 180g Vinyl. CD included.** A very fine vinyl reissue of Gonzales' much beloved 2004 album Solo Piano. For those who've not yet heard the Solo Piano album itself, here's a perfect opportunity to find out what everyone raves about. It seemed to spearhead a trend in unaccompanied piano albums, but of all the releases of its ilk from around that time, Gonzales' work remains by far the most enduring and memorable. Residing somewhere within the shaded area of the great classical/jazz Venn diagram, there's something about the Canadian musician's incredibly natural way with … Read more
Finally Repressed. We've been waiting for this one to drop for a while, collecting some of the most obscure, eye-popping electronic pop/funk/psyche recordings made in Iran in the 1960's and 70's before the revolution and the overthrow of the Shah. Finders Keepers once again manage to educate and amaze with a prime selection of mindblowing obscurities - the production on so many of the tracks here just beggar belief. The music reflects Iran at a time when it was undergoing massive change, partly due to the influx of Petrodollars a… Read more
Monday, 20 July
'Marhaba' shares the fruits of Floating Points and James Holden's collaboration with gnawa maâlem (master) Mahmoud Guinia on their recent trip to Morocco for the 5th Marrakech Biennale. Both producers give prominence to Guinia viocals and hypnotic guembri (a sort of 3-stringed lute) in their respective mixes, Floating Points buoying the syncopated claps with subtly feathered synthlines in 'Mimoun Marhaba', whereas Holden really vibes out on a modular set-up in a looser version with 'Bania'.
Rugged and bittersweet UK rufige from Manchester's Paleman, sprung on Loefah's 81 label. 'Like O' runs a sticky reduction of grimy flutes, sirens and junglist stabs on a cooled-out and dread 808 house bounce; with 'Dining and Bar' he's a forlorn souljah, coaxing tender ambient chords to a Burial-esque bit of sub-sunk 2-step built for deeper club play. In-the-pocket business. Tip!
**Vinyl Edition finally available, comes in a special die-cut sleeve including two photo inserts plus download code redeemable from the label with Bonus Track** Nils Frahm presents the truest representation of his feted piano performances with this gorgeous treatment of over two years worth of live recordings, captured and then carefully assembled in his Durton Studio and referred to by Frahm as "a collage of field recordings rather than a live album. "Berlin-based contemporary composer Nils Frahm has built a steady reputation for his intimate, poignant piano recordings, yet they so f… Read more
*First pressing on Deluxe 2xLP heavyweight black vinyl, with tip-on sleeve and download code. Photography by Gast Bouschet. Designed by Stephen O'Malley* …And the earth crack'd to reveal Scott Walker & Sunn 0)))'s colossal offspring 'Soused' in its riveting, tragic glory. Four years on from their intended collaboration in 'Monoliths & Dimensions', the arch avant-crooner meets the robed duo (and Tos Nieuwenhuizen) at the apex of their powers, presenting a peerless, operatic vision of doom metal informed as much by Native American history and the underground US psyche a… Read more
Friday, 17 July
*Fully Remastered Audio taken from from brand-new HD 96/24 masters and pressed onto 180g Vinyl with download card. This is the first time the album has been re-pressed since its release in 1988!!!* ‘Blue Bell Knoll’ was the Cocteau Twins’ fifth studio album. Delivered after a slightly longer period between records than fans had been used to, this was the first album they recorded in their own studio. Freed to now make music how they wanted and with no clock to beat, they rose to the challenge of producing it themselves with real aplomb, introducing a new pop sensibility to their sound, expressed through shorter, ‘hookier’ songs with occasionally intelligible lyrics....
Thursday, 16 July
The Bunker New York play host to Tin Man and Gunnar Haslam's 2nd outing of sandals-and-toga techno as Romans. Again, they appear to bring the weird side out of each other, starting out with the feeling-in-the-dark synths and strobing 303s of 'Emona' before bringing the drama properly in a pacy, almost panicky techno flight called 'Coptos' that's full of scrambled electro codes and darkside siren/synth chorales, and plotting out a more stately course of deep techno in 'Delmenium' that recalls Terrence Dixon at his most affective.
**"Francisco Franco are a trio originating in Philadelphia, playing instrumental music for two guitars, bass, and electronic rhythm tracks. The group started as a duo of Rob Francisco (who plays solo industrial noise as M Ax Noi Mach) and Matt Franco (from Allentown noise group Air Conditioning), who wanted a creative outlet for more melodic, less abrasive musical modes. After recording some demos, they added Nate Davis (who also plays as Unchained) on bass, and began composing songs of simple guitar lines intertwining over the bass’s harmonic foundation. Influences such as the firs… Read more
Split show-down from Mark Stewart's arch agitators, The Pop Group, and their modern antecedents, Sleaford Mods. On the front, The Pop Group provide the crisply enunciated and mannered vocals of 'Nations' from their 'Citizen Zombie' LP, set to skinny post-punk drum machine patter and dubbed metallic guitar klang. Flipside, The Sleaford Mods jam down a raw version of 'Face to Faces' from their upcoming album, loaded with the sort of cutting wit and non RP delivery which they've built a small empire on.
Wednesday, 15 July
**4LP deluxe box set with Databank '77 poster print** "1975. This 4 disc box set marks the 40 year anniversary of Pere Ubu. Including ‘The Hearpen Singles’ on one 45rpm 12”, covering the four 7inch singles released from 1975 to 1977, we continue to journey with 180gram re-mastered 12” LPs of the seminal album releases 'The Modern Dance' and 'Dub Housing'. Also included is a 12” live album, recorded in NYC, 1977, ‘Manhattan’. The box set is complete with the 1977 gig poster. All audio available via download code."
Tuesday, 14 July
*Special Edition includes a bonus 10-track, hour-long CD featuring all the Millie & Andrea singles released between 2008-2010, the first time they have ever been available on CD format* Debut album from Andy Stott and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker, aka Millie & Andrea* Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow labelmates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12" releases of jungle, garage and techno hybrids between 2008 and 2010. It's been four years since we last heard from them but they now return with "Drop The Vo… Read more
**White vinyl** Positive Centre continues to plough a single-minded style of slow techno doom on his sophomore EP for Sigha's Our Circula Sound label. As with like-minded spirits Samuel Kerridge, Andy Stott, Low Jack and Fishermen, the Berlin-based producer is eking out bleak new worlds at the nether end of the tempo scale, exchanging uptempo pace for a richer source of dark, synth heavy energy. His sound is concentrated yet spacious, driving in with the grinding rhythm and spectral mystery of 'Hiding Knives' beside the evil, leering drones and head-high swagger of 'Field Of Tongues' on… Read more
Houndstooth unleash the 2nd single of melodic, abstract yet driving techno from the hotly tipped Call Super. Following similar vectors to 'The Present Tense' 12", 'Black Octagons' works a refined blend of proggier space techno arrangements and the kind of rugged, guttural bass dynamic associated with Objekt on 'Informer', whereas 'Dewsbury Severance' comes off like a bulkier analog to the gutted techno geometries of Lee Gamble's 'Dutch Tvashar Plumes' and the title track rides a twinkling techno chassis meeting the lushness of vintage B12 and the rugged insistence of say, Actress or Black S… Read more
Boss level grime business from Slackk on R&S. Ten years after Rephlex surveyed the grime/dubstep scene with their seminal compilations, R&S host the nexx stage of the instrumental grime and techno/electronica dialogue, presenting six cuts of emotionally rich sino-grime melodies and mercurial drum programming that don't sit easy in either category, preferring to occupy their own fresh space between styles. Rolling out with the bittersweet tang of 'Bells', the session twists between skeletal, nervy 8-bar drama in 'Posrednik' to the hardstyle-d baroque halfstep majesty of 'Monument' and state… Read more
Truss churns out three chunks of industrial techno grot for Perc Trax. His first release in this guise since 2012, 'Kymin Lea' does rusted electro rhythms and bleached-sky pads across the A-side, with a surprisingly sentimental tenderness to be found in his steely structures, whereas flipside, 'Clawdd D' trades in beligerant, discordant UK techno, and 'Wyefield' gets off on a spooked South Western techno bang à la Polygon Window.
**Deluxe, remastered reissue of Biosphere's seminal 1991 debut LP, now expanded with seven superb, unreleased bonus tracks from that formative ambient techno era** 'Microgravity' introduced the world to Geir Jenssen's Biosphere project and his patented electronic ambient sounds. The album was the first in a long line of work from Jenssen, and saw him fusing house-influenced beats with film samples and floating synthesized textures. As with the album's followup 'Patashnik', the most appropriate comparison would be to the early work of Richard D. James, but it also conta… Read more
Klara Lewis debuts on Editions Mego with the electronically animated sound organisms of 'Ett'. Sampling from a palette of modified and reconstituted field recordings, Klara's debut compositions yield ten terrarium-like sonic ecologies rich in organic texture and detail enlivened by bristling electronics and insectoid rhythms. They're strange, self-contained units amounting to a complex, beguiling lattice of unique timbres, atmospheric space and coarse yet fluidly woven texturhythms, all infused with a subtle sort of ambient (de)compositional sorcery. At its best in the wormy, humus dub 12 minute 'Alt… Read more
In unusual chronicity, Itinerant Dubs follow the killer DJ Stingray and Mr. G remixes of 'Itinerant Club' with the original wickedness. The as-yet-unmasked duodeliver some of their flyest, strongest gear on this one, whether running a frayed and febrile Detroit electro meets UK hardcore sound in 'Weaving Dub', or percolating Footwork-esque steppers flux in 'Pushin'', Itinerant Dubs are at the top of their game here. Lovers of the rawest, crankiest dance gear need a dose of this biz.
*140g LP in spined sleeve with download code card* Ok, this is more like it - a crackshot slab from the crackpot producer putting his computer controlled acoustic orchestra thru its paces. As promised or alluded to in various interviews around last year's 'Syro' LP, he's done a proper Pierre (Bastien, Henry, Schaeffer) and manufactured a whole mechanical band of things that hit other things - mainly pianos, drums and gongs - to make a very pleasing sound indeed. It's the sound of an artist exerting optimal control over his instruments but allowing for, or … Read more
20 years since completion of their foundational 12" series, Basic Channel present a full 14 minute version of 'Q-Loop' backed with first ever vinyl cuts of 'Q 1.2' and 'Mutism' - previously found on the 'BCD' (1995) and Scion's 'Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks' releases. Need we say any more?
**Includes download code** Norway's most precious, provocative pop export presents the barbed strokes of 'Apocalypse, Girl' - her 3rd album - with Brooklyn's Sacred Bones. In possession of an effortlessly natural, evocative voice, coupled with probing lyrics, Jenny surrounds herself with musicians of a similarly rarified calibre, including Thor Harris (Swans), Okkyung Lee, and Rhodri Davis, who all play within her "intimate sound" parameters; empathising with her open-minded, transgressive pop rhetoric and disquietingly reserved aesthetic in a winding, hallucinatory narrative. Produced by… Read more
Monday, 13 July
**Yellow wax w/ printed PVC sleeve designed by Cottweiler x felicita** Gum Artefacts serve a shock dose of accelerated plastic pop from Felicita in 'Frenemies'. The London-based producer's vinyl debut (hear the digital types groan) follows on from a cuttingly cute single, '(>'.')>#' with seven brilliantly lurid and upfront constructions coming off like SOPHIE produced by EVOL. As one of the artists championed by bandcamp mole and vaporwave observer, Adam Harper, Felicita's music occupies a wholly new plateau of production aesthetics which has sent poor sods like us grasping for the thesaurus in o… Read more
Oblique, uncompromising bangers from some freak called Chemotex on Trilogy Tapes. Fairly insane stuff here, from the wall-crumbling buck of 'Schrade Knives' to the incessant dial tone samples chopped into 'Payphone Player' and some absolutely brutal noise jackers on the flipside. Cuckin' frackers.
Proxima returns with three shades of techier, up-to-the-second dubstep, from clipped Coki styles in 'Trapped' to snarling dungeon slither of 'Fate' and crushing Dutch style darkness in 'Fallout'.
It would seem that Skream has been keeping a couple of aces hidden up his sleeve for Loefah's Swamp 81 imprint. Dropping the label's second release, he displays a new found versatility and immensely dark sound on 'Repercussions Of A Razorblade', using doomy metallic drones and sparse radar bleeps to plate a downpitched and sub-industrial swingers riddim. Meanwhile 'New Dawn' on the underside harks back to the braced minimalism of classic Loefah with subliminal eyeball shaking subbass, meant to be felt and not heard, while bone-snapping canine snares bite straight thro… Read more
Back in stock! Tempa finally come through with another instalment in the Tempa Allstars series. Combining established names with new talent, from Croydon orginator Benga's massive "Roller", to rising Bristol talent Komonazmukís sharp as razor production, from the West London sounds of Orien's "New World" to Ruskoís deep spiritual reggae vocal cut "Jah Love. Rounding things off is a killer 2- step offering from Martyn, better known for his d&b productions but making waves with in dubstep, and The Others with the much sought after "Freakshow"...
*Limited Edition Re-Press* DJ Sprinkles serves alternate, killer mixes of his massive 'Fresh Insights' session with Mark Fell (and Tony Benn). The future-classic B-side, 'Fresh' is given a slinkier rub-down by the Tokyo-based artist, propping *that* rousing speech by Socialist firebrand Tony Benn on a subtly reshuffled groove that surely marks up as one of the biggest deep house curveballs since, oh, at least their 'Complete Spiral' EP starring Arthur Scargill in 2012. Flipside, 'Insights' is also given the alternate DJ Sprinkles mix treatment, shyin… Read more
Certain to be one of the most memorable albums of the year and without a doubt its most groundbreaking - Burial's debut album has already been subject to extensive discussion and focus dotted around the entire musical spectrum, from the cavernous Dubstep community at one end to the expansive critical behemoth of Pitchfork and Simon Reynolds at the other. Cliché and hyperbole aside, it's true to say that only once in while we're presented with an album of such chilling sensation, tempered skill and emotional mastery that the listener is overwhelmingly submerged into the producer's wholly realised creatio… Read more