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Thursday, 16 October
*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....
*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 1990!!!* ‘Heaven Or Las Vegas’ was to become the Cocteau Twins' most commercially successful release, reaching Number 7 in the UK Charts. Numerous publications have since declared it one of the best albums of the 90s, with Pitchfork calling it “a core of ungodly gorgeous songs that is every bit as moving and relevant today as it ever was.” Label founder Ivo Watts-Russell goes furthe… Read more
Wednesday, 15 October
*Long unavailable - finally re-pressed* Abrasive techno shunts from an incognito source. Styles rave from knuckle-dusting noise bruisers to monotone pump on the A-side, and over to more funked-up, Blawan-esque chew and blistering lowlands-style buck on the back-side. Fans of MCMXCI, the noisiest L.I.E.S., Metasplice etc should check it oot.
*Gatefold Vinyl Edition - Includes download coupon redeemable from the label* Seb Gainsborough's debut album as Vessel arrives on Tri Angle, immediately expanding what the label stands for even as it reinforces some of its central tenets. But what's important about this splendid record isn't what label it's on, it's the music itself - and we have to say that the Young Echo member has really excelled himself, crafting a nocturnal epic of a depth, breadth and maturity remarkable from one so young. Sculpting a self-contained sound-world largely distinct from anything he's released b… Read more
None hotter right now: UK's Moleskin drops his hugely anticipated solo debut proper on Goon Club Allstars - the label home to Mssingno. Heavily influenced by UK and US club sounds, namely Eski Grime, Baltimore Bass, and that hyper-funked Night Slugs aesthetic, Moleskin builds on the reputation of his Wiley edits and 'Burst' ace for Keysound with four up-to-the-second zingers cutting from brassy B-More bang on 'We Been Ready' and the percolating club fizz of 'Clemency', thru to the outrageously effective future funk flair of 'Turnt On' and the bouncing technoid bomb, 'Chips'. Mad tip for all fans of Jam City, Bok Bok, Her Records!
*Second Pressing with green ink stamp* Keysound set the levels for 2014 with Wen's rude refix of Dizzee Rascal's '04 rarity, 'Strings Hoe'. His follow-up to the wicked 'Commotion' EP of 2013 is a perfect example of the 130bpm sound he and Keysound have been cultivating for the last 18 months or so; pitching the original's pizzicato hook and Dizzee's yelp to a much darker, slunking electro swagger compatible with Funky, Techno, Garage and house, it's a sound that's probably not been so open and ripe for mixing since the early '90s when garage, house, hardcore and techno … Read more
Tuesday, 14 October
Humid, post-D&B ecosystems from Fis, backed with killer Kassem Mosse and Oren Ambarchi remixes. The first release on Loopy, a new label administered Sam Strang, 'Speech Spirits' follows on from the 'Iterations' 12" with two cuts of unquantised riddmic roil, staggering from the bomber-streaked drunken-master styles of the title track to the plangent percussions and duppied atmospheres of 'Knecht' - not a million miles from his early ace, 'Love, Drama, Stress', only without the vocal. Remixing, Kassem Mosse returns to the spiky (machine?) drum palette of his … Read more
Making a smart move to Honest Jon's, Actress offers his first brand new material (discounting remixes) since his landmark 'Hazyville' album dropped in 2008. The move signifies a subtle but essential development in his sound, preparing the ground for a hugely promising album with two mindblowing tracks backed with a Zomby remix. 'Paint, Straw And Bubbles' seemingly untethers his Detroit dream from terra firma, percolating his ethereal sound through a system of camouflaging filters until the joins dissolve and we're left with a remarkable feat of intangible spatial dynamics vi… Read more
**Deluxe edition double gatefold jacket includes bonus zoetrope picture disc with 7 xtra trax** Young Turks present SBTRKT's strongest body of work to date with the electronic pop/soul projections of 'Wonder Where We Land'. Teeming with guest spots from A$AP Ferg, Koreless, Sampha, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), and Andrew Ashong, among others, it marks SBTRKT as a properly dilated producer, one open to working fresh new sounds and bolder production technique into more timeless dance-pop frameworks. At this point, th… Read more
**Gatefold Stoughton-style jacket with obi-strip. Includes an exclusive bonus track unavailable on other formats** Doom rock's sandman, Dylan Carlson returns with Mark Lanegan (QOTSA) and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows) in tow for Earth's 7th full-length studio album. 'Primitive and Deadly' by name, it yields seven signature pieces of crushing, tectonic guitar chords leavened by poised vocals from the aforementioned, and augmented by Brett Netson ov Built To Spill's 2nd guitar. The addition of another axe, together with the extra vocals makes for a more proggy, psychedelic affair than their… Read more
**2LP Gatefold Vinyl – 140g pressing cut from original metalwork. Includes circular blue sticker** Here's what we had to say when it was originally released: "Three and a bit years on from ‘Geogaddi’ and a whole seven since ‘Music Has the Right to Children’, the now official siblings are back with what they deem their most complete and candid album to date. Wrapped in a brazenly turquoise cover that suggests we’re gonna be glancing over our shoulder throughout (and that looks miraculously close to the “Music Has The Right” Sleeve), ‘Campfire Headphase’ is a surprisingl… Read more
*Limited, hand stamped 180gram vinyl* Dusky delivers the latest twelve for Breach's Naked Naked label. "‘Vanishing Point" is a kick driven, subtle-yet-vigorous House shuffler with a stereotypical NYC House vocal while ‘Truth Capital T’ on the flip gets Techier with more robust drums and cowbells thrown in for good measure.
KILLER Ruffneck griot rap and tumbling mbalax from Senegal circa 1994: another stunning discovery by Awesome Tapes From Africa! Showcasing the remarkably fierce "taasu" - a form of oral poetry set to sabar and tama drums - style of Aby Ngana Diop, the undisputed "taasukat" of her generation, 'Liital' presents a shock of six cuts charged with ferocious talking drums, subtle DX7 tones, and Diop's stentorian call-and-response vocals. Whilst many of us have heard the mbalax style via classic recordings from Youssou N'Dour and even Mark Ernestus' Jeri-Jeri ensemble, we, for one, have never heard su… Read more
Monday, 13 October
Skrawled and destroyed post-Industrial apparitions from the shadow keeper, Mordant Music. The Baron sez: "Skeletal shards of static tropes spew from the Pro-One as dead prog druMMers join the dots with heroic trills...an infrasound-tinged intervention provides a non-dropsy intermission bass binge...a Graf Spree of a tune, long-scuttled in the woofers...MMahler-lite" We say: Mordant Music returns to vinyl after expeditions in the field of psychogeography and celluloid re-scores documented in his brilliant Travelogues series and the crucial MisinforMation DVD. On 'Post-Mortem' we survey… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Four heavy bruisers from The Bug with Danny Brown, Kiki Hitomi, Flowdan and Daddy Freddy. Brown yelps in turn with Kiki's naif coos on the noisy hip hop ragga incursion, 'Freakshow', and Flowdan sounds cartoonishly menacing on the more rugged 'Louder' and 'Dirty' versions; Daddy Freddy hollers on a slower, crashing 'Kill Them' version. Class art from Zeke Clough on an ace double 10" pressing.
Friday, 10 October
Liam Blackburn aka Indigo crowns a vintage annum with his year-end drop for Apollo. Stepping neatly in line with the label's exploration of dub, half-tempo D&B and kwik fit chill out, the 'Celestial EP' cycles from faded dub on 'Sea Of Stars' to robust chugger 'Azha' before 'Sunrise' strikes a meaningful poise. Good stuff...
*Includes CD Version Of The Album* LA's Dva Damas follow up that killer 10" on Downwards' DO series with a debut album of swaggering songs for serial killers and rogue souls. 'Nightshade' blends the same traces of Morricone's western themes often adopted by Monte Cazazza, with a stripped down gothdub approach and the kind of noirish, druggy '50s intrigue felt in Lynch classics, resulting a sinister, creepy and hip-driving sorta sawdust-and-shots backwater bar vibe. You could imagine these songs played by the duo of Taylor Burch and Joseph Cocherell from behind chicken wire to a cro… 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
Thursday, 09 October
Sterling 2nd EP from Public Information's brooding post-punk/industrial duo, engineer Jeremy Lemos and 90 Day Men guitarist/vocalist Brain Case, aka Acteurs. Whilst their first LP was an often propulsive affair, this follow-up is far starker, tense and uncompromising, like an Ike Yard 2.0 steeled for a cybernetically advanced world where 4D seems like the logical next step. There's still a powerful momentum to some of the tracks, but it's suppressed in favour of an overriding spatial dynamic and shifting soundsphere that's potently affective, kinetic in its own right. Eight minute opener 'Pride of Cla… Read more
Back in stock! The original hyperdub duo make their presence felt in 2008 with a return to the melancholy off-kilter steppers style they came to define some 4 years back with that awesome run of tracks from 'sign of the dub' to 'backward'. 'Konfusion' is notable for the reappearance of in-house MC Spaceape, returning to curl his ghostly drawl around 9's darkside dubbers riddim in fine style. The track itself makes no effort to challenge any of the big rave hitters currently dominating the scene, and is so so so much better for it - instead relying on Mr 9's knack for moody blue bomb squa… Read more
DJ Q and DJ Haus pipe up with a 2nd set of 'floor burnin' garage-house swingers. On top deck they whisk up the champagne bubble and pan pipes of 'Str8 Jugglin' and the ruder rudder of 'Eros Dance'. Below deck they shake out the kinky swing of 'All Nite' and a DJ Q remix fired up with 'ardcore breaks and a West Yorkshire rudeboy stance.
**Vinyl-only. Spotgloss jacket** Exclusive R&Bass-Pop aces by Kode 9, Inga Copeland & Dean Blunt, Morgan Zarate, Cooly G, and Ikonika, featuring guest appearances from Ghostface Killah and Dâm-Funk. Taken from the pop/vocal-focussed 3rd volume of Hyperdub's 10th anniversary collection, 'Decadubs 3' explicitly states the label's love of bittersweet and futurist soul styles over six cherry-picked cuts from the roster's core. On side A, DVA tends a coy, summery groove for airborne vocals from Zaki Ibrahim, before Inga Copeland makes one of two appearances, the first a mad … Read more
Black Rain dials deep into the Blackest Ever Black psyche with 'Dark Pool', its first new material in 18 years. An eagerly awaited follow-up to 'Protoplasm' (2012) and 'Now I'm Just A Number: Soundtracks 1994-95' (2012), it features New York's dark interpreter, Stuart Argabright - Ike Yard instigator and erstwhile member of Dominatrix, Death Comet Crew - realise his starkest sci-fi fantasies in degrees of pitch black relief streaked with strobing neon flashes and whirring tribal/industrial rhythms comparable with his label-mates, Regis or Cut Hands. Thematically it builds upon the literary infl… Read more
**Hand-stamped white label** Lorca joins Breach's Naked Naked party for a deeper UK house session with the in-demand 'Forgive Me Love'. As with Lorca's 12"s for Left Blank, Church and Dummy, it's a perfectly crafted club tool for the deeper bass/house cats. A-side intones the pleading title over rugged bass/snare strikes and warm keys owing as much to UK D&B as original US house; B-side 'Naoko' is less forceful, given to slinkier breakbeat house vibe built with warm, wide subbass pressure, and proggy, uplifting chords.
The master returns with his 3rd EP of serpentine riddims for Woe To The Septic Heart! Working deeper into the synthesis-based approach which yielded the finer electronic timbres of his 'Freezing Opening Thawing' 12", here he's refined the technique to near-Villalobos levels of layered, rhythmelodic intricacy, but of course, all with his inimitable accent. First up, 'Beat His Command' is a dense, blinding display of pointillist percussion and hypnotic chimes laced with flashes of technoid gremlins and white noise explosions. Secondly, 'Vor und zurück' flips that formula for a more … Read more
Wednesday, 08 October
"The Environment series originally began as an archive of previously unreleased recordings but Environment Five features thirteen all new songs recorded in the first half of 2014. Following on from the themes of the first 4 Environments albums, Five explores the space / time / dimension that exists when we die. The moment of departure. It includes appearances from Daniel Pemberton, Raven Bush (Syd Arthur) and Riz Maslen (Neotropic)."
"For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG's first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit 'baked tape' digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. Vinyl - The newly cut 180-gram vinyl editions include painstakingly restored cover artworks, using original source material from the Industrial Recor… Read more
**Edition of 700 clear vinyl** Facsimile reissue of 7" by a pre-Heldon Richard Pinhas and co. starring Gilles Delueze reading from a Nietzsche text. Originally pressed for free release by Disjuncta in 1972 and now selling for a packet 2nd hand, this first ever reissue also marks the maiden release by esteemed Parisian record shop, Souffle Continu, who promise to focus on high quality reissues exploring avant-rock, early electronics, psychedelic noise, kosmiche and free jazz. The symbolic A-side, Le Voyageur' features philosopher Gilles Deleuze reading from a Nietzsche text, in French, to a… Read more
**Edition of 700 peach wax** Faithful reissue of the 2nd 7" from French psych unit, Heldon, fronted by legendary guitarist. Richard Pinhas. The accompaniment to 'Heldon IV / Agneta Nilsson' and also the 3rd release from new label arm of revered Parisian record shop, Souffle Continu, 'Perspectives' (1976) is a proper space rock odyssey of concise but epic proportions, driving between the eyes with a jaw-dropping moog and sequencer jam called 'Perspectives 1 bis complement' on the front and the incendiary psych rock banger 'Perspectives 4 bis' on the back. By all rights these are bound to fly, think quick!
*2011 issue - restored and remastered by Chris Carter from 24bit 'baked tape' transfers of the original tapes* "For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG's first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit 'baked tape' digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. Vinyl - The newly cut 180-gram vinyl editions incl… Read more