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Tuesday, 15 July
**Vinyl cut by Rashad at D&M. Sleeve design and layout by Stephen O'Malley** Spellbinding 3rd survey of the lesser-known and previously unheard sections of Paris's hallowed GRM archive. All four pieces were created before 1980 and feature the work of composers from disparate, far-flung geographical and musical backgrounds finding common ground in the electro-acoustic sphere. For us the most striking piece is 'Moulin Diabolique' (1979) by Egeniusz Rudnik, an unsettling and urgent work cutting up and mutating military orders dictated in a number of different languages against gloomy, dynamic backd… Read more
*Please note initial stock has sold out - more copies are due approx April 28th* **Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Mica Levi ov Micachu and The Shapes presents an outstanding original soundtrack for Jonathan Glazer's acclaimed alien stalker-in-Glasgow flick, 'Under The Skin'. Abstract in the extreme, especially for such a relatively mainstream production starring a major Hollywood actress (Scarlett Johansson), Mica Levi's soundtrack really impresses with an uncompromising orchestration of tense, discordant strings, muffled percussions and froz… Read more
'Commissions I' is a project developed from Oneohtrix Point Never's commissions for artwork, performance and film over the years now available for the first time. The collection begins with OPN's latest composed for Polish Icons at Sacrum Profanum, a Warp staple that's previously hosted Clark & Aphex Twin. Lopatin interpreted Witold Lutoslawski's Preludes in 'Music For Steamed Rocks' which often appears in the OPN live set. 'Meet Your Creator' originally appeared in the Saatch & Saatchi viral Quadrotor performance video for their New Director's Showcase in 2012, the same year Lop… Read more
Monday, 14 July
**Outsider music by a Swiss artist whose other moniker is Loon. Oscillates wildly between far-flung cosmic drones, tape loop experiments, exotica, music box melodies and schmaltzy folk** ""PLANAM very proudly presents you "Die singende Sternlaterne / Folklore des Weltalls 1982" by Die Welttraumforscher. This record includes the first time LP edition of the mysterious swiss electro-dada artist's second cassette as well as previously unreleased material. Issued in conjunction with Christian Pfluger first comprehensive retrospective "Ein Sommer … Read more
Pierre Henry's early masterpiece, 'Le Voyage' (1962), based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead - the Bardo Thodol - is finally available on vinyl again after decades out of print. It revolves around seven pieces dealing with the soul's journey between death and reincarnation in the next life. It is one of the first works composed by Henry at the Apsone-Cabase Studio, a new, electronically equipped facility which he set up after realising that if he wanted musique concrète to evolve, he would have to move away from the Club d'Essai studio at RTF, set up with his colleague and peer Pierre Schaeffer… Read more
**Glossy jacket with printed inner sleeve. Invaluable reissue of a cinematic musical holy grail** In the reissue slipstream of Edward Artemiev's re-recorded 'Solaris' OST, Mirumir now present the coveted re-recording of his 'Music From The Motion Picture' of the same title. There are cross-overs between the two LPs, most notably the 'Listen To Bach' theme which appears in both, but while the OST focuses on the breathtaking ambient cues, this LP features seven compositions including the stunning themes of 'Disease', the sci-fi electro pulser 'Station' and the wide… Read more
**Long-awaited reissue of this incredible soundtrack, in a glossy jacket with printed inner sleeve** Completing the seminal trilogy of Edward Artemiev's re-recorded music to Andrei Tarkovsky's masterpieces, 'Stalker' (1979), and 'Mirror' (1975). Both films followed in the wake of Tarkovsky's possibly best known, 'Solaris', following more earthbound and metaphysical themes of spirituality and existentialism, with Edward Artemiev's original music beautifully capturing and reflecting the surreal and chimeric nature of both classics. The A-… Read more
**Double LP housed in reverse-flap jacket, full colour Eurosleeves, 16-page booklet and download card** RVNG Intl.'s issue of 'A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975 - 1983)' is a wide-reaching and revelatory survey of Kerry Leimer's prescient output operating on the cusp of ambient, 4th World and industrial musics. From base in Seattle, Leimer accumulated a unique catalogue of recordings created on a Micromoog, drum machines, guitars and FX units, and heavily informed by imported Krautrock/kosmiche titles sourced outta NME and Melody Maker, and equall… Read more
Friday, 11 July
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
Red-eyed electro-dub wickedness from the one and only Actress. His 'Rainy Dub', "the implacable, alien Son Of Sleng Teng" is one of the most blunted tools in his box. Imagine Tapes and Zomby smoking themselves fluorescent green and forgetting to press the buttons, leaving a wormy, irregular bass loop to burrow inside itself and secrete a silvery contrail of fuzzy, evanescent delay, returning nearly nine minutes later to find a computer dub masterpiece. On the other hand you've got 'Faceless', taking a plunge into pressurised aquatic electro, like the spawn of Drexciya left to evolve in the sewers of Detroit. Aces, both of them.
Thursday, 10 July
**180g vinyl, Limited Copies - Debut album from Inga Copeland, formerly of Hype WIlliams, featuring additional production from Actress** After teasing the internet with one-offs and mixtapes for the last 2 years, (Inga) Copeland (ov Hype Williams) drops a satisfyingly challenging and incisive solo debut LP proper, 'Because I'm Worth It'. Against a backdrop of forward, phantasmic dub and electronic production by herself and Actress, Copeland's vocals are a typically mercurial presence flitting between half-heard bars and spectral, detached verse such as the brilliant "with my mind over m… Read more
Body-shifting bass weight by Facta on DJ Parris' Soundman Chronicles. Currently one of the hottest artists in Uk bass circles, Facta follwos issues for Idle Hands and Badimup with a 2-stepping dread roller called '36th Chamber' on the top and some super-crafty, glancing drum work on the bottom with 'Zodiak', which reminds us of the best from SP:MC, Icicle or Joe.
*Reissue of the long sold out Sandwell 12" on RRose's own Eaux imprint* 'Primary Evidence' consists of two tracks of wormholing Techno from this incognito producer. A-side 'Secretion' bucks off thwacking claps and is driven by an evil synthline grind primed to do the damage. B-side 'Bare Hand' is more restrained, deploying elegantly minimal percussion and a super crisp, oscillating acid line that's making our teeth ache. For our money it's either Derren Brown or Guru Josh behind this. Onwards!
**The third title in the re-release series of early Rrose titles on his/her own label, Eaux** Rrose presents another deep tripping episode of mottled, murky darkside Techno. A-side 'With All Faces Bleached Out' stoically channels sewer ambience over lurching subbass and steady bleeps in a unique style reserved for imaginative DJs and home appreciation alike. Flipside 'Worn/Scarred' refuses to resolve the rhythm in any conventional sense, arranging offset, discombobulated ketamine patterns with into a sludgy descent, while 'White/Drip' pensively precipitates Sähko-esque bleeps rendered with infinite reverbs. Ace.
Wednesday, 09 July
*Repress* Crafty, shadowy deep house from four new producers, landing on hand-stamped yellow vinyl. A-side presents Jimini and the hovering, A.G.C.G-like chords and padded groove of 'Dream 1.1', beside the haunting, lo-fi Luomo-esque 'Savors Dream' by St. Savor. B-side Plas Vegas gradually uncoils the curled, minimalist Chicago-meets-Berlin groove 'Dream Planet', and Flyypost's 'Under The Bed' strikes lovely vein of glassy harmonics and trickling, midnight blue house reminding of early Maetrik issues.
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* Outstanding debut album from Kevain Wayne Space, aka Footwork's founding father, RP Boo. Originally known as Record Player Boo, RP cut his dancefloor teeth as member of Chicago's House-O-Matics dance crew in the '90s, where, under the tutelage of Ghetto House pioneers DJ Slugo and DJ Deeon, he hatched an accelerated form of Dance Mania's already frenetic styles in order to fuel the city's increasingly demanding competitive dance scene. Armed with a display copy of a Roland-70 drum machine loaded up with beats by the store's previous custo… Read more
*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
**180g vinyl. Includes download coupon** Four years on from the acclaimed 'Holkham Drones', Luke Abbott smudges deeper with this sublime sophomore LP. Titled in tribute to the Cambridge-based arts centre, 'Wysing Forest' feels more abstract than its predecessor, offering a bold but friendly challenge to those who simply wanted more of the same. To be fair it's not radically removed, but there are strong echoes of early radiophonic experimentation and a looser, noisier, ecstatically free-form approach to arrangement that unpredictably toys with our sense of anticipation and gratification. It… Read more
Tuesday, 08 July
Limited blue vinyl - few copies back in. 'Remember Your Black Day' features the first material conceived and produced as a full length by Dominick Fernow for the Vatican Shadow project following almost a dozen tapes (mostly released on Hospital Productions) and vinyl editions (released by the likes of Blackest Ever Black, Modern Love and Type) over the last three years. None of the 8 tracks included have been released before on any other format. At a time when the scene is saturated with “Noise Techno” the album is almost celebratory by contrast, balancin… Read more
**Edition of 200 with insert** Dread-filled power noise dimensions from time-served German and Japanese units paying tribute to the 'Four Noble Truths' of Buddhist teaching. On top, Stephan Hanser aka Anemone Tube uses field recordings made in Sun-Yat-sen-Mausoleum, Nanjing, and Shanghai, between 2007-2008 and coupled with synthesiser to create great, crumbling walls of sound seemingly rendered in slow collapse around us but leaving the listener uncommonly calm at the centre. Down below, Dissecting Table's 'Guanyin' side - a dedication to Guanyin Bodhisattva 'Goddess … Read more
Killah debut 12" of HD, "oblique club trax" from Melbourne, Australia's Air Max '97, backed with the sickest Neana remix. As with the new generation of producers such as the Her Records crew, M.E.S.H., and Gage, this is a prime example of a yung producer bred on the post-dubstep mutations of Night Slugs, Nguzunguzu and the like, who're twisting those lines further into forward, new shapes. His 'Progress and Memory' starts up with a sorta quasi step groove resolving at odd angles and alloyed with bright, piercing melodies, which Neana duly reinforces with a terse, taut GrimeXTechno remix. … Read more
*The legendary 6th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
Blackest Ever Black continue a strong run of releases with with this cold-burning EP from Dalhous, bringing more of the same ramshackle yet profound electronica that made their debut album An Ambassador For Laing an interesting proposition. The title was a phrase coined by theorist of punishment Michel Foucault, and the dull horror of imprisonment and surveillance seeps slowly into the fabric of this release. But there's also a gothic triumph in its eroded and barnacled fragments, robust beats swept up in cinematic reverb and hymns to drowned sailors. The eerie, explorat… Read more
Monday, 07 July
Arch electro-acoustic drone/noise explorer Kevin Drumm returns to 'Imperial Distortion'-alike drone scapes on this abridged (3 tracks instead of 4) vinyl issue of his 2013 CDr release, 'Phantom Jerk'. Using six oscillators, Drumm casts a shadow world of sedentary low end sag and keening, glassy highs as haunting as they are piercingly compelling. The 23 minute A-side moves as slowly and furtively as anything from his modern classic, 'Imperial Distortion' for Hospital Productions, leading us thru successively dank, cold antechambers of isolated, wavering frequencies arranged with stoic logic… Read more
**Orange Vinyl** Hotly tipped Grime star sparks off a wicked session for Logan Sama's Earth616 label. Up top, 'Circles' brings the party with a cheeky rhythm oscillating between 'ardcore rudeness and bubbly madness, while 'Woah VIP' goes on a funked-up Terror Danjah tip, and 'Gargoyle VIP' keeps it lean an taut for the MCs. 'AirWaves' is our percy, working with tight, slicing edits and bilious brass stab. For the DJs... Wicked and bad!
Kahn makes his eagerly anticipated return to Punch Drunk! The young Bristolian has consistently impressed with diverse and skilfully arranged wares also released on Box Clever and A Future Without, but this is probably his biggest statement to date. A-side 'Illy' aims for the hypercoloured echelons of Joker or Gemmy, riding ascending arpeggios and body-tucking triplet syncopation guaranteed to boost the rave. However, perhaps more to our tastes, 'Tehran' offers more militant thrills with martial snare rolls, intoxicating Mid-Eastern motifs and mighty, rolling 808 bass hits.
*Limited coloured vinyl edition* Something of a post-rock supergroup, there has been a lot of interest in Crippled Black Phoenix - thanks I'm sure to sharing a bassist with a certain Mogwai? When it comes to post rock it's hard to get more right royal than those Scottish gentlemen, and as you can imagine their loyal legions of fans would snap up pretty much anything they are involved with - but Crippled Black Phoenix is more than a mere side project, and includes a whole bunch of esteemed folks; Justin Greaves (Electric Wizard), Joe Volk and Andy Semmens … Read more
**A long-lost English art-rock gem for fans of Flaming Tunes, Woo, or Cleaners From Venus. Gatefold jacket** "Blackest Ever Black presents to you Dead Unique, an album by Officer! recorded in 1995 but - outrageously, inexplicably - never before released into the public domain. This then is not a reissue or a revival; it’s a new record that just happens to have been maturing in the cask for, oh, a little shy of 20 years. It also happens to be a lost classic of English art-rock, and the crowning achievement in the career of its mercurial creator, Mick Hobbs…Officer! – the project that this incorrig… Read more
Friday, 04 July
Sterling Sound Signature debut 12" from 22 year old Detroiter, Jay Daniel. Ruff, rugged, and driving, the 'Scorpio EP' yields four tracks steeped in classic 313 house styles, and blessed with an irrepressible vitality bound to work marvels on the 'floor. A-side 'No Love Lost' eases in with a tight blend of Omar-S like keys and bustling machine groove programmed with the itchy swing of Howard Thomas or Kyle Hall, and 'Brainz' knuckles down to a proper buck session a la Anthony Shakir, all noisy, tracky drums with nary a care for melody. B-side is a proper disco heater, 'I Have No Name', s… Read more