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Tuesday, 05 May
A late pinnacle of the Drexciyan oeuvre, Storm 2 aka Transllusion's 'The Opening of the Cerebral Gate' is issued to download for the first time! This is the original CD track-listing, including 12 songs, as opposed to eight on the original 2LP. We're not quite sure what they were using on this one, but it's all remarkably bass-heavy, even saturated, compared with a lot of other Drexciyan workouts, resulting some of their most ruggedly stripped down electro-techno functions ranging from the pounding might of 'Transmission Of Life' to the militant march of 'War Of… Read more
*Excellent collection of fractal electronics and disrupted 808 beats from New York-based conceptual artist James Hoff Mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Artwork constructed using viral images from James Hoff with typography by Bill Kouligas, housed in a beautiful spot-varnish sleeve** James Hoff's razor sharp second LP for PAN, 'Blaster' reveals the effects of computer viruses upon the composition process, and their potential to fxxk with networks of communication. Across a seven-track A-side suite, and a B-side of 'Scratch' tools, Hoff uses the eponymous computer virus to infect … Read more
'Still Browsing', Bobby Browser drops four smooth and glamorous grooves inspired by deep house and Balearic disco. Swinging out with the plush New Jersey garage of 'As Far As I Know', he keeps the groove tucked tight in-the-pocket with 'Airplane Mode' and lets go with the chizzled euphoria strings of 'Theme From Tony's Party'. Sleaziest of all is the early '90s chill out wheeze 'Baby Dre'.
*Ships Friday* Burial's back. Following suit from last Christmas' 'Truant', Hyperdub present three new pieces from the shadowy producer. It's a fine salve for seasonal woes, ripping loose with running man-style rave breaks and darkcore motifs across the dystopian sonic fiction of A-side, 'Rival Dealer', whilst the flipside reveals a whole new dimension to his sound with the soaring harmonies, twinkling chime-trees and '80s power drums of 'Hiders' and the tortuous, cinematically edited narration of 'Come Down To Us'. The heads will have a feast picking this one apart - what's up with all the refer… Read more
**Remastered edition** C & C's 'Heartbeat' is one of the holy grails of electronic music. Nearly 30 years after initial release on Rough Trade, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti's masterpiece is reissued on their CTI imprint, putting a mountain of recent dark/cold/new wave revisionism into much needed context. The album was the first of C&C's post-Throbbing Gristle missives which would define the electro and synthpop underbelly of the 1980s and cast a towering shadow of influence over so much machine made music to come, from Juan Atkins and Drexciya to successive waves of sy… Read more
*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
**Hand-numbered out of 250 copies** Gang of Ducks get weirder with this dispatch of Badalamenti-esque knackered techno from a black hole in Turin, Italy. The rather mysterious XIII offers a tortuous session weaving thru collapsed techno structures and darkside synth zones to numbed EBM trance and '90s ambient indictators across 'No (The Relative Effect of Explication)', before culminating in a series of collaborations with fellow ducks, Sabla, Traag and Vaghe Stelle. The A-side is really special, tripping lines between the kind of Italian industrial ambient feel heavily re… Read more
*2LP housed in heavyweight debossed and letter-pressed gatefold - Includes a copy of the album on CD free inside* The archduke of electro-pop, Depeche Mode's Martin Gore, presses a heavy 2nd solo album statement with the all-instrumental 'MG' for Mute. With nearly a lifetime's experience of shaping modern electronic pop to his credit, Gore boldly pushes at new doors of sonic perception with this follow-up to 'Counterfeit²' (2003). Eschewing vocals in favour of purely synthesised instrumental expression, he lets his machines do the talking in a 16 song suite that feels timeless yet remarkably fresh… Read more
Friday, 22 May
One of the UK's canniest labels does it again with Happy Meals' debut album of sensual, spellbinding lo-fi pop. Sounding like the work of Saada Bonaire's long-lost slacker offspring, 'Apéro' is actually the produce of two Glasgow-based artists, Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, who originally hail from the Scottish borders. Suzanne sings in a unique mix of French and Scottish, occasionally sharing the mic with Lewis over the course of six songs taking the 100% Silk/NNF pop aesthetic and psych-dub freedom of Peaking Lights to a more ambiguous, enchanted headspace. It's all top notch stuff, from the ni… Read more
Thursday, 30 April
**Limited first edition of 1200. Includes download code** Root Strata founder, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma scales supernal heights of dream-pop and shoegazing noise bliss with 'A Year With 13 Moons' for Mexican Summer. We'll get it out right now - this is easily Jefre's magnum opus; a consolidation of all that we already loved about the incendiary romance of his work, boosted by a renewed sense of wonder and a catalytic clash of pop pangs fighting against avant garde instincts. Under a title inspired by a Fassbinder film, 'A Year With 13 Moons' is the result of a residency at the He… Read more
**Repress finally in stock* 140g 2LP mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Photography by Joe Dilworth and spotgloss artwork by Bill Kouligas & Kathryn Politis** Widely championed techno/electronica producer Objekt deposits his detailed and complex debut album on PAN. Since 2011 at least, the Berlin resident known as TJ Hertz has been a vital cog in the European techno machine, self-releasing some of this decade's most vaunted white labels, plus 12"s with Hessle Audio and Leisure System - including this year's great split with Dopplereffekt - beside his role as software engineer for Native Ins… Read more
**Official Warp repress. Heavyweight 180g vinyl. Includes download code redeemable from the label** We hardly need to tell you lot that the 'Richard D. James Album' is a bit of a classic. It was originally issued in 1996 back when Aphex Twin actually used to release music - not heard it for his greedy ears - and contains ten of the most distinct "songs" ever made on electronic instruments.//
'Intercepts' is a declassified dispatch of industrial espionage and ambient adventures from the chambers of Pye Corner Audio and Alessio Natalizia aka Not Waving. Inspired by the arcane, furtive world of spy rings - from the Rosenburgs to the Cambridge Five and the Duquesne case - they present encrypted analog communiques resonating with the mystery and drama of those covert operations. Pye Corner Audio sets out a killer suite of signature, lustrous synth arpeggios and soft-soled but driving bass perfect for purring around European cities behind blacked out windows, whilst Not… Read more
Wednesday, 29 April
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Daniel Lopatin debuts for Warp with an eagerly awaited ninth solo album. 'R Plus 7' follows the increasingly complex vectors of his 'Returnal' and 'Replica' sides with an ambitious fervor, scoping ten dazzling planes of hyper-reality framing analog/digital productions. While the grand scale of his hypersonic architectures has increased, it's not at the expense of emotional impact: it's just that the route to those breathtaking widescreen moments has become more intricate, labyrinthine, and the resolutions more pretentiou… Read more
Tessela leaves the boisterous big beats at home in favour of sickest EBM/electro-acid patter in 'Bottom Out', backed with a squashed and jagged Kowton remix. The original 'Bottom Out' picks up where Kowton's remix of 'Erotic Discourse' left off, rejecting kick 4/4 kick drums to focus on prickling industro-dub drums and acidic squirts with loadsa room to dance. Always a step ahead, Kowton's OTT remix extrudes those patterns with mind-bending phase shifts to a saltier, shiftier effect, neatly prepping for the tumultuous abstraction of Tessela's 'Total Music'.
Tuesday, 28 April
*Reissue of this incredible slice of digital dancehall from the archives - brought to you via Basic Channel and Honest Jon's Basic Replay imprint* Listen up - this record contains some of the deadliest digital reggae rhythms and crushing production styles you'll ever hear. White Mice [born Allan Crichton] came up through the ranks on Sugar Minott's Youthman Promotions sound system, Jammy's Hi Power and the smaller Ticka Muzik sound from his birthplace - Montego Bay, rising to local celebrity whilst performing with Tenor Saw at Sunsplash 85. Surprising then that recollections of White Mice… Read more
*Reissue of this incredible slice of digital dancehall from the archives - brought to you via Basic Channel and Honest Jon's Basic Replay imprint* Listen up - this record contains some of the deadliest digital reggae rhythms and crushing production styles you'll ever hear. White Mice [born Allan Crichton] came up through the ranks on Sugar Minott's Youthman Promotions sound system, Jammy's Hi Power and the smaller Ticka Muzik sound from his birthplace - Montego Bay, rising to local celebrity whilst performing with Tenor Saw at Sunsplash 85. Surprising then that recollections of White Mice ar… Read more
Shackleton triggers another tribalist chain reaction with 'Deliverance Series No. 2'. Shack presents two extended trips subtly refining his craft to a fluid, rhythmelodic flux sparking with vital, hypnotic energy. The eleven minute 'Dominion Rings' coolly charges up percolating drums and fizzing synth dynamics to a signature lather of lilting groove and keening pads linked with a lattice of dub-fried electronics to a staggered polymetric finale. 'Cast The Die' deals in a more worldly fusion of Eastern-gazing chant, Raga-like motifs and natty percussive patter with a queered eldritch quality that's Shackleton to the core.
Killah consolidation of drone, techno and D&B from the Ruffhouse trio on their debut Samurai mission. A-side, the 18-wheel juggernaut 'Straight 9's' rolls with shuddering sub pressure and restrained, serpentine hi-hats wrapped to a super dense drone. B-side, oh my fxxking days! 'UVB-76' comes with a military-grade warehouse hard-step that makes up for all that went wrong with D&B post '98. Strongly recommended to those that know.
*Deluxe vinyl edition finally available* Björk comes to terms with the breakdown of a longterm relationship with some help from Arca, The Haxan Cloak, Antony and Spaces. It's arguably her most coherent and focused album since 'Vespertine' (2001), her vocals incredibly raw and emotional - understandably in the light of tragic, personal events - yet controlled with near operatic poise and matched by the waking-dream-like qualities of the production's skewed meter and tendencies toward keening, lushly expressive discord. It must be said that Arca really comes into his own here, expanding upon certain r… Read more
*Vinyl finally available again* Jam City flourishes a breathtaking pop sound with his not-so-difficult 2nd LP, 'Dream A Garden'. Phase-shifting from the sleek contours of his seminal 'Classical Curves' to a much grittier, slower and bittersweet style laced with his own vocals, he discerns a gap in contemporary electronic/pop music, and proceeds to boldly prise it open, casting coy glances at Prefab Sprout, Prince and Talk Talk from the midst of his finely-layered, swirling arrangements. It's the antithesis to the Club Constructions - themselves influenced by his own reductionist style - stit… Read more
Monday, 27 April
**Official Warp repress. Heavyweight double 180g vinyl. Includes download code redeemable from the label** For the good of your health, Warp have repressed one of electronic music's golden moments. Like many we've lived with this album for a long time now and it safely ranks in our personal best ever list. Essential purchase.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** 'Xen' sets a definitive new apex for 24 y.o. Venezuelan artist Alejandro Ghersi aka Arca following his pivotal production roles on two of the most important hip hop/R&B albums in recent memory; Kanye's 'Yeezus' and FKA Twigs 'EP2' & 'LP1' - plus production work on Bjork;s next album still to come. Suitably housed among the roster of electronic legends on Mute, it's a nimble leap forward from last year's incredible '&&&&&' mixtape/LP, refracting myriad variations of his chamber-like fusion of vaporwave 'tronics, tarraxho and technoid pop queered … Read more
Thursday, 23 April
*The debut 12" by Black Sites, a collaboration between Hamburg based artists Helena Hauff and F#X. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, pressed on 140g white vinyl and housed in a silk screened pvc sleeve* Black Sites' 'Protoype EP' debuts the rapidly ascendant DJ/producer Helena Hauff and her Golden Püdel pal, F#X in a proper rugged warehouse showdown. From their base at Hamburg's unanimously adored nightclub they've brewed an uncut take on classic hardware funk importing inspiration from Drexciya to Unit Moebius and blending it with a direct dockside attitude demandin… Read more
Tuesday, 21 April
Scything breakbeat techno and electro from Tessela on his follow-up to 'Nancy's Pantry' for R&S. A-side brings the bullish 'ardcore churn of 'Rough 2' with its febrile bleeps, rattling breaks and hovering chords built to demolish warehouses, whilst flipside 'Butchwax' updates that pre-'ardcore sound of NYC electro and UK fast rap breaks with modern discipline, and 'C'mon Let's Slow Dance' teeters on the edge of EBM, concrète noise and current Grime styles.
Two years since 'Splazsh' topped a stack of annual polls, Actress presents his 3rd, and most coherent album, 'R.I.P' - his 2nd for Honest Jon's. Despite being a vital cog in the machinery of underground UK dance and electronics since at least 2004 (when he released his 'No Tricks' debut), it's fair to say that it's only in the last few years he's made the shift from cult concern to acknowledged auteur of some repute. His work with Damon Albarn's DRC Music, beside a legendary DJ set at Sonar and killer remixes of Shangaan Electro, Panda Bear and Radiohead all certify the fact; so expectations are no dou… Read more
**Gatefold vinyl** Adam Wiltzie (Stars Of The Lid) and Dustin O'Halloran reprise their acclaimed strings and keys duo, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, with 'Atomos I - XII' for Erased Tapes. We can safely report that it's every bit as gorgeous as their eponymous debut, but you probably already got the hint from their teaser 12", 'Atomos VII' which landed earlier this year backed with a fearsome Ben Frost re-interpretation. The further XI parts sweep us to the most picturesque modern classical panoramas imaginable...
**Deluxe, Limited gatefold edition with exclusive bonus 7" plus 4 x 12" art inserts by Jesse Kanda, printed reading magnifier and download code redeemable from the label** 2014's most anticipated release is finally in our grubby mitts, marking a new pinnacle of R&B/pop composition. Helmed by the visionary singer, producer, writer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer Tahliah Barnett, 'LP1' sets a high benchmark for new pop and R&B, pulling together some of the most interesting studio alchemists around right now - Arca, Clams Casino, Paul Epworth and Devonte Hynes - for a project that far o… Read more
*Vinyl edition includes a foldout poster with photographs and liner notes* Ata Kak's debut album of dibby Ghanaian hiplife, 'Obaa Sima' is the stuff diggers' dreams are made of. It's the cassette that sparked Awesome Tapes From Africa to life as a blog back in 2006, before it morphed into a record label of world-renown from 2011. Written and self-released by Ata in edition of 50 circa 1994 and subsequently re-discovered by ethnomusicologist Brian Shimkovitz at a roadside stall in Cape Coast, Ghana, in 2004, it would take nearly a whole decade for the Fulbright University graduate to … Read more
**Extensive collection of solo piano pieces and wonderful Popol Vuh zone-outs** “Florian was always able to create music I feel helps audiences visualize something hidden in the images on screen, and in our own souls too.” - Werner Herzog (‘Herzog On Herzog’). ‘Kailash’ is a new collection of work from Florian Fricke, leader of Popol Vuh, seminal group in the German rock scene of the 1970s (Can, Faust, Amon Duul, Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream) and creators of classic soundtracks to the films of Werner Herzog (‘… Read more