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Wednesday, 08 October
*Double vinyl with full colour inner sleeves, download redemption code and credit sheet in wide spine sleeve* Beat music's cosmic saviour ushers in his third album for Warp: a classy, 18-track suite of soul-infused electronics and Hip Hop vibrology. We can safely say he's still out on his own celestial plane, with suitably stellar guest turns from Erykah Badu and Thom Yorke to match a none-more elusive and intangible production style. A combination of time spent on the DMT pipe and in the studio has resulted an increasingly detailed yet more fragmented sonic vision on 'Until The Qu… Read more
*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 … Read more
Tuesday, 07 October
Complimentary to their reissue of 'Electronic Vol.1', Mordant Music and Ekoplekz obviously relish the opportunity to remix some classic Tod Dockstader material on this 10". Mordant Music's reMMix of 'Bellstomp/Pond Dance' is a wild slice of industrial repatterning, juxtaposing a breakneck, near-gabber machine rhythm against a slow shifting mass of metallic plumes and powdered electronic noise sounding like Conrad Schnitzler at his maddest. Flip it over and Ekoplekz tampers with 'Boingo Background', diss… Read more
Wonderfully odd stuff from the Mordant camp courtesy of Sii, Mr. Maxted, Baron Mordant and Vindicatrix, with a little help from their mates. Vindicatrix has to be the hero of the show, following up his awesome 'Die Alten Bösen Lieder' 12" with the Tin Man-meets-David Sylvian deviance of 'Sirocco Swirl' featuring Mordant Music. There's certainly no category for this music and that's just the way it should be! The Baron also crops up on the ferric-affected kosmiche trip 'Roehampton By Day' with the talented Mr Maxted, while the arcane pulse of 'Dire Straits' will get the … 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
**Murky white wax with corrugated stiffener and art insert by Zeke Clough** Killer slab this, documenting the studio and live aktions of Mordant Music and the quadra-bonced beast, eMMplekz. We daresay you've never heard Mordant Music in his A-side incarnation, 'Nothing in Here of Any Value', reviving a "junglist note found in Savile's bleak holiday hideaway" and making it dance to a bleeding uncanny tattoo of swhorled modular ruckus and deep south coast duppies subsiding into stinky black bass waves, perhaps recasting Hastings as a New Orleans-lik… Read more
*Last 20 copies now in stock....* Hand-stamped, sealed and sprayed white label** A year after their beguiling debut album Vindicatrix exhume MJ with inimitable style. 'Hume' turns 'Human Nature' into a nightmarish, totally genius sing-a-long, sounding something like David Sylvian after a heavy S&M session before unpredictably flipping into a pulsing EBM beat. On the other side 'Unborn Vectors' stealthily morphs from avant-classical torch song drone into a writhing, wraithe-like acid techno throb. Totally unique and incredibly produced - these will disappear in a flash so don't miss out.
'Mengamuck' is the highly anticipated debut album proper from ever-enigmatic artiste, David Aird aka Vindicatrix. Arriving towards the end of a golden year for Mordant Music, it's quite possibly one of the label's finest achievements, and no doubt Vindictarix's most impressive opus from a small, singular catalogue counting that Michael Jackson cover/tribute 'Hume' and sought-after mini-album 'Die Alten Bösen Lieder' since 2009. We'll assume that many of our customers are familiar with this work - we've hopefully sung his praises enough in the past - but, if not, imagine a younger, contemporary m… Read more
Under the Some Truths guise, Ralph Cumbers aka Bass Clef delivers the best of his vintage 2014 crop so far. Proceeding his glut of much-loved releases for PAN, Punch Drunk, and Public Information, these tracks, recorded in July 2012, are by far the most enigmatic, wayward of the bunch and quite befitting of Mordant Music's eldritch aesthetic. As with the other releases, Cumbers explores the potential of a Bugbrand modular system loaned from Bristolian synth builder Tom Bug, tweaking its sliding sinewaves through a matrix of Electro-Harmonix delay and… Read more
**A super rare vinyl outing for one of the 20th century's most revered electro-acoustic composers, housed in debossed jacket designed by Stephen O'Malley and cut to vinyl by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering** Editions Mego's unarchiving of the unparalleled INA GRM catalogue reaches a momentous double header by Bernard Parmegiani - one of the 20th century's most revered and important electro-acoustic composers. Born 1927, Parmegiani started as a sound engineer for French TV in the early '50s, establishing a connection between sound and vision which he would explore… Read more
**Gatefold jacket. Mastered by Rashad at D&M** Spectrum Spoolsc ollect Donato Dozzy and Nuel's cultishly adored Aquaplano Sessions on CD and double LP for the first time. Over 5 years ago, Dozzy and fellow Italian engineer/producer Manuel Fogliata aka Nuel coined a strain of pure techno distilling their deeply engrained experience of '90s techno with a further reduction of noughties minimalism made with finely tuned hardware production techniques, basically burning away the cliches and impurities to leave a potent ambient techno residue. The result was a series of powerfully … Read more
Keysound's most rooted unit return with a lean suite of broken beat and Afro-centric mutations on 'Islands'. Tied together with Josh Idehen's observant, poetic narration, 'Islands' follows the much-loved 'Routes' (2011) LP with a bright, spacious haul, flexing from wicked breakbeat and bass agitations to eerier ambient interludes. It feels constantly in flux between an omnipresent urban dread and moments of elation, tracing the underground/overground, hyper-capitalist/realist topologies and analogues of London town itself, from the deft bounce of 'New Pen' to lonely, solemn close of 'Island… Read more
*New Edition pressed on 180g Marbled Vinyl - Gatefold Sleeve, 400 copies* Here's what we said about the album when it was released on CD in 2011: "Beguiling, unsettling and deeply mysterious, The Haxan Cloak's eponymous debut album is a riveting experience. In case Demdike Stare hadn't inspired you to read up on the pre-1900 occult, the term "Häxan" is an old German word for witchcraft, a theme shared by the two artists. But for that, and the monotone artwork aside, The Haxan Cloak takes a very different approach to his craft, one rooted in his studies in s… Read more
Monday, 06 October
**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
WOW! 'Confusion' is an exceptional record in one of the most outstanding oeuvres in 20th century music. One long, 20+ minute piece split over two sides, it's possibly at once the most abstract and urgent missive we've heard from the man and his legendary band. You'd be forgiven for questioning whether you're even listening to Fela for the first five minutes of side A, with spare, rolling percussion and daubs of plangent sax sounding more like some ECM recording of European avant-garde or Soft Machine psychedelia, before it patiently begins to coalesce around deepest bassline and fu… Read more
**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
Friday, 03 October
"Soul Jazz Records returns with their ‘New Orleans Funk’ series. This new instalment, subtitled ‘Two-Way-Pocky- Way, Gumbo Ya Ya & The Mardi Gras Mambo’ features more classic New Orleans funk in all its forms. The syncopated percussion beat of the second line jazz parade bands, the secret language and dances of the Mardi Gras Indians, the mambo and Latin rhythms of Professor Longhair and the city’s many piano players help make New Orleans a unique musical melting pot. New Orleans long musical heritage begins at Congo Square with the creation of jazz, the original Creole culture clas… Read more
**Deluxe gatefold edition - includes insert, extensive sleeve notes, exclusive photography, original art work, bios & digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Soul Jazz explore Calypso in its many forms - from its birthplace, the island of Trinidad, as well as other Caribbean islands (Jamaica and The Bahamas) and its subsequent onwards journey (Britain, Panama and the United States), recorded during the years 1955-69. Calypso’s aristocracy and royalty - Lord Kitchener, Lord Cobra, Lord Growler, King Fighter, Lord Byron, The Mighty Viper, Lord Ivan… Read more
**Digitalis debut from Koenraad Ecker, one half of Opal Tapes' Lumisokea, highly recommended if you're into Vainio, Joachim Nordwall, The Haxan Cloak** Belgium's Koenraad Ecker swiftly follows his 'Apophenia' LP as part of the Lumisokea duo for Opal Tapes with a personalised invitation to his shadowy solo zones for Digitalis. Inhabiting space between slow techno and electro-acoustic dimensions, 'Ill Fares The Land' surveys similar soundscapes to Mika Vainio and Joachim Nordwall's recent 'Monstrance' LP and Senking's drowned space. Bolstered by extruded cello strings and serrated bas… Read more
Gritty but well mannered electronica from the Erased Tapes stable. Rival Consoles in control over six tracks of fuzzily motorik groove with uplifting arrangements ranging from the kosmische flutters of 'Sonne' to the ruddy slug of '3 Chords', thru the noisier, sun-dazed elation of 'Helios', spindly spectral trance notes in 'Haunt', and lovely, chiming electronica on 'Think Tank', or at best in the free-moving geometries of 'Recovery'.
Tri Angle's Kiwi D&B deviant drops a 2nd EP of crushed/crushing riddim structures and swarming noise harmonics in 'Iterations'. Picking up where he left us with the 'Preparations' EP, Olly Peryman aka FIS has refined his sound with equally expansive and visceral values on these four tracks. His rhythm structures are increasingly unstable and the rich mulch of his harmonics feels ever denser, complex and chaotic, from the water-music slosh and Vangelis-style synth brass plumes of the title track thru the systolic palpitations and coarse roil of 'Womb Dreams' to the breathtaking, barely harnessed chaos … Read more
Wednesday, 01 October
*Vinyl reissue of one of the most famous Library records of all time* "The album you are holding right now is without doubt the King of all library albums, it is a living legend, it is The Big Beat. Not a big beat, but THE Big Beat. Oh yes. Composed by the undisputed heavyweight champions of the genre, Keith Mansfield and Alan Hawkshaw, and until now only available to vinyl junkies with the deepest of pockets it represents everything that is great and good about the music, the musicians and even the fiendish record collectors that make up the shadowy world of Library Music. You c… Read more
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* The increasingly ubiquitous Huerco S. services Dan Lopatin’s Software imprint with his debut album proper, following that seductive, rep-making trio of EPs on Wicked Bass, Opal Tapes / Boomkat Editions and Future Times. It’s top-drawer stuff, taking the new age ambience and rugged, smoke-choked house rhythms du jour and turning them inside out, opening up new zones of dubwise introspection. ‘Plucked From The Ground, Towards The Sun’ is a 90s Chain Reaction cut inspected through a smeared microscope lens, but it’s the minor key shifts and a… Read more
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.
Vowel-averse Swedish techno duo SHXCXCHCXSH return to Avian with a slick follow-up to their 'Strgths' album. 'VVVLLLLVVV' rolls out with sub-aquatic square bass pulses and eerie, almost Drexciyan synth pads, and 'MRRRWRRRDS' locks into heavier, bleeping rolige charged with cavalcade of churning toms and swarming synths. 'MRRRCHNNNN' is roughest of the pack, pumping pneumatic bass and pistoning hi-hats thru the silty murk at 20 knots.
Reissue of Drexciya legendary follow-up/supplement to 'Neptune's Lair'. Originally issued in 2000, 'Hydro Doorways' holds some of Drexciya's most emotive arrangements and fierce drum programming in six tracks ranging from the epic 'Lost Vessel' to the hydraulic electro-techno of 'Species Of The Pod' and the screwface techno razz of 'Devil Ray Cove'.
Dimension-dissolving newness from the Stanford University student and acclaimed sound artist, Holly Herndon. Continuing to explore the parameters of her own voice and hi-end digital processing with an avant-pop appeal, the two pieces on 'Chorus' emphasise the natural fidelities of human vocal timbres whilst relishing in the possibilities of polyphonic effects and the innate voices of her laptop. For the title track she samples her daily digital life, from browsing the internet and Youtube to using Skype and other applications, to create a fractal maze of splintered inflections, gasps and phrase… Read more
***KILLAH set of '94-style junglisms inc. Logos dub!** Ah, Sully. We've been waiting for you! Notable by his absence from the scene since debut album, 'Carrier', he returns with a crackshot collection of junglist killers for Keysound on the 'Blue' EP. It's a straight-up and highly effective exercise in recreating the sounds he heard whilst a wide-eyed raver chasing and buzzing off free parties back in the early '00s, and a damn fine stab at reviving that sense of youthful optimism. Much like HATE or Zomby's 'Where Were You In '92?' album, he fetishises that vintage sound, but in stark contrast he's reall… Read more
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 in… Read more
Actress dismantles 'Rumble' from Kelis' 'Food' album and makes her sound cooler than ever on the Sixiunium Bootleg mixes for Ninja Tune. Kelis' relatively untreated vocal aside, 'Rumble' could hardly be more different in Actress' hands, replacing the original's soul with a cracked, robotic exoskeleton of spluttering cyber-dub, glinting electronic melody and insectoid rhythmic tics leaving nuff room for her vocal to burst thru and hit much harder than the original.