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Friday, 13 March
*Repress - includes instant download in both MP3 and FLAC formats* 'We Stay Together' is a brand new doublepack from Andy Stott, a companion piece of sorts to the radical inversions of the 'Passed Me By' EP released earlier this year. Its predecessor left many heads dazed upon impact - in the best possible sense - and these six tracks, produced in its wake, amp the pressure to throttling degrees. Entering the digital compression chamber of 'Submission' you become a willing participant, before the lights are cut and you're forced to adjust to the humid atmosphere and bruising, muscle-contr… Read more
*Now available on vinyl* It's funny how much the loss of something can force you to realize how much you took it for granted, and with Berlin-based pianist and producer Nils Frahm the loss was his thumb, which he broke after falling out of a bunk bed. We may giggle at the circumstances, but for a pianist that's the loss of ten percent of your craft, and so in the period of inactivity Frahm came up with these nine (geddit?) sketches which he fleshed out once the thumb had healed. Coming across like a love song to Frahm's chosen instrument these are delicate, short pieces about and for … Read more
Thursday, 12 March
**2x140g vinyl mastered + cut by Rashad at D&M. Artwork by Bill Kouligas & Louis Reith** Easily one of our most anticipated LPs of 2014, Afrikan Sciences' 'Circuitous' transcends jazz, techno and hip hop with pineal Afro-futurist vision. Hailing from Saturn via Oakland, CA, Eric Douglas Porter aka Afrikan Sciences has carved an elliptic orbit thru the sonic cosmos with three albums and a string of 12"s for Aybee's Deepblak label, an empathetic home for his abstract, groovesome suppositions improvised on turntables, upright bass, and a matrix of digital tablets. Now taking flight within t… Read more
**Epic 4LP set, each pressed on 140g vinyl mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, housed in a silk-screened PVC sleeve designed by Bill Kouligas. Includes liner notes by Barry Esson, extended photo documentation by Bryony McIntyre** PAN imparts its most ambitious and remarkable statement yet with this immersive, 4LP, 3-hour release of Kazuo Imai's avant-garde free improv collective Marginal Consort, recorded at Glasgow's Instal festival in 2008. It's an impressive feat on so many levels, from the sheer volume of material, to the group's intuitive application of weighty rhetori… Read more
**Vainio and Drumm on one record? Oh f*ck yes - an Immense album mastered & cut by Rashad at D&M to 140g vinyl. Housed in pro-printed inner sleeve and jacket, itself contained in a silkscreened pvc sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas.** PAN continue to take action against unoriginal, conformist sound with the release of an incredible, inspired ensemble piece recorded in Venice on May 12th, 2008 by four like-minded and exceptionally talented musicians. Make no mistake; it's an absolute shocker. Converging from four different and extreme disci… Read more
*Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, pressed on 140g white vinyl, housed in a silk screened PVC sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas* Beneath pulls up to PAN with a super forward platter of UK bass/techno dreadnaughts. Combining archival rolige with up-to-the-minute missiles, PAN's 51st release operates at the crucial nexus of dubwise dancehall science and minimalist techno, pairing uniquely sculpted rhythm dynamics with a filigree feel for aerated electronic timbre. Most importantly it's aimed squarely at the 'floor with 20" rimmed riddims bound to bounce any stack, but it's… Read more
*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
Pure techno tools by Berlin's Blue Hour. Solid club wares in the tense synth tension and driving 909s of the A-side, backed with more Detroit-styled sky-watchers on the flip.
*2013 Re-Press* 'Street Halo' is the first solo Burial 12" in four years. It's a peach. A-side 'Street Halo' is a yearning 4/4 roller tucked with all the hallmarks of his finest and usefully cut at 45rpm in case you want some slopped and screwed fun. Flipside, we find the slowdown soul-tugger 'NYC' featuring a more prominent vocal in the style of his songs from 'Untrue', but best of all is 'Stolen Dog', hankering after a twoc'ed mutt through a beautiful, Roedelius-like lead refrain, barely-there rhythms and swarming spectral shapes. Worth the wait? Indeed.
Wednesday, 11 March
Airhead curls out a coupla bass-sprung aces for Untold's Hemlock label. 'October' pivots crisp, live drums off big boy 808 booms and dissonant electronics like some mutant offspring of AFX's 'Windowlicker'; 'Macondo' goes wiggly, spannered tribal house laced with scuttling electronic gremlins.
Tuesday, 10 March
**180g mastered and cut by Matt Colton. Debossed jacket includes postcard insert** Akkord's 'HTH020' 12" undergoes exceptional transformations at the hands of The Haxan Cloak and Vatican Shadow for Houndstooth. It's arguably a pinnacle of the label's sustained attack since emerging in 2013, due in large part to The Haxan Cloak's shocking render of 'HTH020'. In the course of nearly eleven minutes, the original is hard-panned for gold, sweeping from stereo-strafing concrète dynamics into a staggering display of head-compressing delays and chest-bursting post-rock/metal dynamic… Read more
**Classic synth soundtrack composed by former member of Soft Machine, new on Mordant** "Exhumed '77 OST frond 'Riddles Of The Sphinx'…magick Mike Ratledge unfurls coils of ARP, Moog & VCS-AKS via Denys 'Lucifer' Irving's hacked Z-80 sequencer…these post-Soft Machine plumes spiral in stasis to the frame pans and lockdown Maddox's & Mulvey's dialogue like SE17 dunes…the concentric riddle of the missing original master tapes…film reel audio prised from the BFI vaults & transferred straight to zeros & ones by hieroglyphic happenstance…this acrobatic dredge has revealed more than enoug… Read more
Berceuse Heroique' Kemaa sublabel swiftly follow that excellent side of Greek fire-walking music with this deluxe reissue of percussive tributes to Mark Rothko by This Heat's Charles Hayward, backed with JD Twitch and Maxmillion Dunbar remixes. 'Smell of Metal' gives a first vinyl issue of the title track and 'Lopside' from Hayward's 1990 CD for Sub Rosa, unleashing two tense, minimalist pieces of rolling drums and etheric drones that sound like the missing link between 1980s post punk and '90s electronic experimentation. 'Lopside' steps to a skinny, prickling groove rent with panned e… Read more
*Vinyl Edition finally available - comes pressed on 180gm Coloured Vinyl, packaged in thick Matte covers and inners, inside a gatefold sleeve. Includes a download coupon* Esteemed dark ambient pioneer Thomas Köner casts a beautifully sombre solo piano shadow with the 68-minute piece, 'Tiento de las Nieves' for Denovali Records. Whilst he's previously used the piano as an indistinct element within his widescreen scapes, here it's the main focus, sustaining super sparse, plangent notes which radiate out across the soundsphere with longing decay until they fade,… Read more
*Limited Repress Now In* Holy Grail territory here from Andy Votel and Demdike’s mighty Dead Cert imprint - here finally bringing you this incredible album of previously unreleased Industrial-themed recordings made in 1976 by experimental pioneer and Ennio Morricone cohort Alessandro Alessandroni. The concept itself is riveting enough: the guy who provided that infamous guitar riff for 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' providing utterly bent and synth-heavy recordings previously unheard by the wider world - but the material and execution is just nothing short of a revelation, unloc… Read more
Monday, 09 March
Bloom sets new precedents for instrumental grime with a quartet of nexx dimension productions for Bristol's Crazylegs. Last spotted on the label remixing Toyc's 'Keychain', in the 'Hydraulics' EP he cuts the fat with ruthless incision, leaving a shocking display of scything, mechanised rhythms tessellating in negative 3D space. Nary a fxxk is given towards rhythmic convention as he re-tools the original templates of Wiley, Waifer, and Splurt to the nth degree, replacing practically all traces of sinew or unnecessary material with explosive concrète dynamics. Quite importantly, it's also some of the… Read more
Thursday, 05 March
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?
Wednesday, 04 March
J&J’s last album 'Techno Primitivism’ totally floored us here, finding a sweet spot between elements of dub, jazz and psychedelia within a tactile house and techno framework. This new album - 'Clean-Cut’ - left us a bit cold on first listen, taking a much straighter approach feeding off classic Detroit and swung Chicago styles, but in the space of a couple of listens it has completely earwormed its way deep into our heads and refused to let go. From that off-ish pan-pipe hook on the killer title track to the red-lining drums on "Wheeze Please”, the production details and exotic flourishes ba… Read more
Anthony Child presents his first solo album - outside of his work as Surgeon. As with his turn-of-the-millenium drops on Downwards and FatCat, ('Boys, School Showers & Swimming Pools'; splits with Jansky Noise and Stock, Hausen & Walkman), he uses his birth name to denote his non-dancefloor and texture-based experiments, as he explains that this record "...consists of location recordings, tonal experiments, and thought-forms from many different positions in space and time. It is the sound of the space between people and things." Using a palette of source mate… Read more
Wolf Eyes' Nate Young synthesises the sound of your primordial nightmares on the fifth 'Regression' session, 'Blinding Confusion'. In communion with the netherworld via detuned modules, tapes and percussion, Young operates at a such a sluggish pace that notions of deja entendu and EVP feel so much more valid, and all-too-real as he takes your beta-state to a point hovering just around the sub-conscious. Sweetly soured, off-key organ chords seep in with opener 'Forever Day', slowly dilating time and space, opening fine neural gateways for the high frequency scree of 'When Noth… 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!
**Glow In The Dark Green Vinyl** "Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force “Planet Rock” 12-inch re-issue on glow-in-the-dark vinyl (Limited edition of 1982 copies) B-Boy anthem from 1982 lights up any dancefloor…literally!"
Tuesday, 03 March
*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.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* 'Instrumental Tourist' is one of the year's most anticipated electronic music albums. The meeting of established artist Tim Hecker and studio magician Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never at his Software Studio yields an otherworldly and near symphonic suite apparently conducted "...to mimic the tropes and techniques of jazz-based improvisation, with little preparation prior", effecting a wide-eyed and fascinating sound as dramatic and enchanting as any we've heard this year. As you'd expect from a Tim He… Read more
Arriving like some blockbuster sequel to 'Returnal', Oneohtrix Point Never's eagerly anticipated 'Replica' sucks us deep into a simulated 4.1 world fantasia. Most strikingly, his sonic palette is far broader than before, adding piano keys, Techno beats and somersaulting glitch edits with a fancier, hi-tech studio-honed sound design, articulating a more kinetic, progressive vision of timeless electronica. There's a palpable sense that he's excitedly exploring every option afforded him by the Mexican Summer studios, immersing himself and us in a vivid off-planet adventure every bit as sin… Read more
Arriving with respectfully minimal hype, Jessy Lanza's supple, subtle debut album 'Pull My Hair Back' might well be one of Hyperdub's finest releases in 2013. Galvanised by sublime production from her fellow Hamilton, Ontario native, Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan, it's just so dreamy I can barely write this without shutting my eyes and and doing the smuggest soul gurn. It seems they've each found their perfect muse - Jessy with her classical vocal training and Greenspan with one of the sweetest, most aware pop touches in the game - amounting to a chronically lush and eloquent cybeR&B lo… Read more
Finally re-pressed. Blending the current trend for all things noisy with something altogether more 'composed' we end up with a curious concoction of Cliff Martinez and Wolf Eyes, stopping at planet Badalamenti for a strong cup of Joe ("black like midnight on a moonless night"). Frost's primary influence (and sound source...) for the album was Michael Gira's seminal noise-rock band Swans, an influence which bubbles majestically on the album's central piece, cunningly titled 'We Love You Michael Gira'. The track starts simply enough; shifting, moody synthesized tones sitting eerily next t… Read more
Including one of the greatest Drexciya tunes ever made, 'Digital Tsunami', plus three other cuts that didn't appear in his 'Harnessed The Storm' 2LP version (but did on the CD edition). The electro-techno surge of 'Digital Tsunami' is a stone cold essential, and B-side's 'Birth Of A New Life' one of his very sweetest. Highly recommended!
Monday, 02 March
Crushing debut album from forward UK producer Untold. His 'Black Light Spiral' is an airless, borderline-aggressive assault on the dance borne from nigh on two decades immersed in British rave culture. Since 2008, with releases on his Hemlock imprint, for close chums Hessle Audio, and for Clone and R&S, among others, he's been instrumental in the post-Dubstep field with clinical appropriations of Breakstep, Grime, and most recently, European Techno. He's regularly touted as a producer's producer, a don among the baying, bassbin-dwelling throng, so as you'd imagine his debut album is an eage… Read more
**Debossed gatefold jacket layout by Stephen O'Malley. Cut by CGB and Rashad Becker at D&M** Regarded as a hugely influential milestone of the electro-acoustic epoch, Bernard Parmegiani's breathtaking 'De Natura Sonorum' is thankfully reissued in its entirety for the first time on vinyl. It's a beguiling feat of spatially diffused concrète dynamics and precise electronic processing providing entry to an extraordinarily vivid and otherworldly soundsphere perfused with sheer, isolated tones, acousmatic alien scree and sudden percussion organised with an abstract yet palpable sense … Read more