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Tuesday, 26 November
*Finally re-pressed* Demdike Stare and Hype Williams present sun-dazed, 180º revisions of the Shangaan Electro sound for Honest Jon's Records. Landing in quick succession to those outlandish versions by Actress, both sets of artists here view the sound from detached, impressionistic perspectives, resulting in four richly psychedelic experiences. It's difficult to discern any original elements in Demdike's two versions; the first features ostensibly "tribal" percussions perhaps best suited for post-ritual hours, the party la… Read more
Monday, 25 November
**Quality reissue of the incredible 2nd volume of legendary early demos, now available for the first time in over 20 years. Includes fold-out liner-notes insert with Moshe Brakha's photography** San Francisco's cherry-picking reissue label, Superior Viaduct, give new life to these crucial volumes of art-pop and pre-punk prototypes from Akron, Ohio's finest. 'Hardcore' documents the formative years, 1974-1977, of the brothers Mothersbaugh (Mark, Bob, and Jim) and Brothers Casale (Jerry and Bob) and their drummer Alan Myers (recently deceased, RIP), whose concept of DE-eVOlved blues is considered a… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** From the alternately twisted and comical political anthem of the opening title track, to the winsome hillbilly, cowboy raga, steel city boogie on the succeeding 6 group instrumentals, it is only too clear that Graduation has as much to do with classic southern jam rock as it does with the minimalism of downtown New York drone luminary, and Flynt ally, La Monte Young. The record takes a sudden turn on the album closer with the nearly 20 minute illuminatory audio program Celestial Power, an elemental, laid back head trip comprised of … Read more
**Restock now in. Each record has 1 of 3 handmade front covers. Please do not ask for a specific design. This is the first-time official release of Artemiev's original soundtrack for the film (not to be confused with the previously available re-recording of the music)** "It's only appropriate that Solaris, Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's psychological sci-fi classic from 1972, contains an equally original and mind-bending score. Solarisexplores the inadequacies of time and memory on an enigmatic planet below a derelict space station. To reinfo… Read more
**Includes fold-out liner notes and interview with the artist plus download code redeemable from the label** Superior Viaduct pluck out the eponymous solo debut by Suicide's Martin Rev for their crucial reissue stream. Produced with Charles Ball and released in 1980 on his influential No Wave label, Infidelity (Lust/Unlust) shortly after Suicide's debut, it's an archetypal proto-techno masterpiece evoking the "modern alienation" of a uniquely New York landscape in it's multi-tiered layers of synth voices and restless, forward motioning machine beats. It opens with the all-time instrumental synt… Read more
"Dots and Loops was Stereolab’s fifth studio album and the first to completely ditch the motorik drone that had been a trademark since their inception; predominated by lush lounge and jazz textures, it showcases the band’s most complex set of rhythms yet. Stereolab is aided by members of The High Llamas (like-minded travelers in the production of whimsical ’60s sounds), Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma of Mouse on Mars, and John McEntire of post-rock pioneers Tortoise. The album was recorded in Chicago and Düsseldorf and bridges a unique American-Euro influence. The new rhythmic approach separat… Read more
Rugged, grubby, dubbed-up space house and techno from L.I.E.S.' new player. Uptown, his 'Root Cabnal' roils skudgy kicks and worming acid modulations with tunnelling intent; downtown, 'Siamese Connextion' swings and steps with a lighter dub-house momentum, all aerated chords and loose, gritty groove control for the wee small hours.
L.I.E.S. grab Miami prodigy Greg Beato for a gritty, hard-wired House follow-up to that killer for Funkineven's Apron Records. With lip-sucking finesse and funk, the 19 year old producer revitalises classic templates with instinctive drive and swagger, unafraid to make mistakes and really manhandle his machines. Up top is the ruggedly judged bang of 'PMA' with its thumping kicks, energised jakk patterns, ruddy offset bassline and darkside basement pads. Down town, 'Hawo' shakes out itching hi-hats and grizzled industrial bass with a bunkered techno drive, and the jagged, malfunctioning, off-the-cuff jak ov 'Gimme A Light' sounds like Legowelt's roguish younger sibling.
**180g vinyl. Edition of 1000 copies** The incredible Analog Africa series presents a stunning reissue of the 1st LP to be recorded and pressed on Angolan soil. Originally issued in 1973, it compiles twelve tracks by Urbano de castro, Os Kiezos and Jovens do Prenda, the best-selling artists at that particular time, who each contributed four songs to what is now known as a holy grail of Angolan popular urban music. It's infectiously effective dance music, taking in uptempo, polyrhythmic Merengue and Rumba scorchers and end-of-night shufflers guaranteed to please the DJs and dancers.
**Transparent splattered vinyl** Rod Modell's on the money with his latest Deepchord trip for Soma. Following some wishy-washier efforts, he really steps to the 'floor here with the rolling heft of 'Prana', synching tight congas and swooping dub bass under an ever-expanding night sky of twinkling bleeps and vapourous chords. Flipside, 'Tantra' hovers into earshot before swinging wide with a swirl of pendulous, plummeting subs and lapping drums loops all awash in that just-out-of-reach soundsphere he does so damn well.
**2LP + CD copy of the mix free inside** Revered Catalan producer/DJ John Talabot weighs up a perfectly slow paced and atmospheric mix for DJ-Kicks. His 27 track mix defines a non-cheesy yet highly effective and personal brand of new school Balaeric chug, selecting swirling, slowly gripping music from Madteo, Pye Corner Audio, Andy Stott, MCDE, Moodymann and his good pal Pional, among many others. The double LP features 10 unabridged tracks from Andy Stott, Axel Boman, MCDE, Mara TK, Max Mohr, Samo DJ, Paradise's Deep Groove. Mix tracklist: Tracklist: 01. North Lake - Journey To The Center Of … Read more
Thursday, 21 November
**Features etched artwork by FIS on the B-side** Astutely enigmatic D&B outsider and new Tri Angle signee Olly Peryman aka FIS makes a highly anticipated return via new label, Void Coms. In key with the label's muse, Yves Klein and his theory of the "le Vide", or the Void, FIS dives into starkly esoteric headspace on the label's first release, 'Homologous'. This is D&B perceived as a body and head music more in tune with the rhythms, timbre and geometry of natural phenomena than mechanistic club currents. As with his outstanding releases for Exit and local NZ label, Samurai Horo, the three tracks here… Read more
**Oh lord, this is Arthur Russell's seminal classic reissued on vinyl for the first time, housed in kraftliner sleeves printed in white litho, with art paper inners with artwork by Jennifer Lucy Allan** It's difficult to overstate the unique brilliance of Arthur Russell's posthumous release, 'Another Thought'. Like many others, I wouldn't be ashamed to admit shedding a tear or two to the sheer life-affirming qualities of this record over the years. It's not sad, it's just heart-breakingly beautiful, stripped to the bare essentials of Arthur's voice and cello dappled with … Read more
*Strictly LTD hand-numbered one-time-only vinyl pressing with download code redeemable from label* John Maus has become an unlikely star thanks to the unstoppable charm of his 'We Must Be The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves' LP, and the highly entertaining live shows he played all over the world in its wake. The academic and former Ariel Pink sideman now presents, yes, a collection of rarities and previously unreleased music, and the truth is that the range and quality of the material on offer should make it of interest to more than merely the Maus… Read more
Wednesday, 20 November
Belgium's Mowar highlight the work of four deep techno producers, young and old, on 'Deep Floors Volume 2'. Ohio's FBK, veterans of Frictional Recordings who made a recent appearance on Marcel Dettmann's 'Conducted' mix, turn out the gliding Detroit-style groove 'She Brought Me There' next to an driving Italian link-up from Tom Dicicco and Roberto Bosco on the industrially reinforced, chord powered 'All Dem'. Spain's Aiken follows a fine Semantica debut with the Sleeparchive-esque rhythms and synthetic tension of 'Highly Complex' on the B-side next to a brooding, shuffling, throbbing killer from Belgian newcomer Stevie P.
Black Acre coin their Library Series with a beat suite by Dr. Zygote aka the UK veteran behind Eglo's much-loved Strange U record. Informed by dub mixing techniques and built entirely from the ground up - no samples whatsoever - it's an impressive arrangement of Dilla-esque bump 'n crack, Photek-style drum diffusions and the mystic, smoked-out bent of King Tubby. They've even done our work for us with handy library-style descriptions for each cut, ranging from 'Alexandria (Mediterranean, Arabesque, Transient)' to 'Dragon Chase (Tense, Pursuit, Spacey)', and our favourite (Drugsy Malone (Sleazy, Mounting, Nipple Tassles)'. All the reel-skool beat-nuts gotta fondle deez.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ital Tek beams a streak of flash footwork hybrids on 'Control'. He's one of a handful of artists including Kuedo, Desto, Deft, Fracture, Om Unit or Throwing Snow who've really run with the slow/fast thing in recent years, splicing the rhythmic memes of road level Chicago with a classic sort of UK sci-fi music rooted in classic '90s AI and jungle structures. Over eight tracks he gives his own, hyperactive yet disciplined spin to that dialogue, dicing with a kaleidoscopic blend of fractious footwork jungle and angelic choral synth motifs… Read more
*Rippin' hardcore punk with gothic tendencies (just don't call it black metal), fresh outta NYC on BEB. Includes 22" x 11" fold out liner notes* "Since debut LP Nature Tries Again (Hospital Productions, 2011) RB has grown from the solo project of M. del Rio (HWCT from Bone Awl) into a five-piece of extraordinary force and focus. The first studio version of Deformed Worship was scrapped, and its songs re-recorded by the band on cassette 8-track in November 2012, before being mixed and mastered by Kris Lapke. Raspberry Bulbs defies the constraints of classification but is often mistakenly labelled as a black metal band. It is not a black metal band."
Tuesday, 19 November
**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
*Vinyl re-press, available for the first time in months* Clams Casino might just be the hottest producer on the planet right now. For some time his electrifying beats have been lighting up mixtapes for Lil B, Soulja Boy and other unique personalities in the new rap underground, but recently he's stepped out of the shadows to become acclaimed in his own right, releasing his own instant-classic Instrumentals mixtape, and now proffering a timely EP on Tri Angle, his debut release proper. Those expecting more of the ruggedly romantic R&B infusions he's best known for will be initially surprised, … Read more
Wickedly funked-up and skewed house from Lorenz Lindner, better known as MixMup, for Joy Orb's Hinge Finger. 'After The Job' proceeds from one of 2012's finest 12"s, his 'MM/KM' EP with Kassem Mosse, in damn fine style, grinding away with three gritty, technoid, and abstracted groovers, plus one lovely ambient bit. The decelerated boogie bleep chug of 'After The Job' gives way to a raw, percussive basement jaunt called 'Copa Jams' on the A-side, ad the B-side gets even better with the squashed, freaky bass and boz-eyed fog machine march of 'Doomed' and the bliss blips of 'Bungalow' to close. Dope.
Strickly killer riddims from a London-Berlin collaboration - massively tipped!!! Synthesising the early energy of dubstep prototypes from Shackleton or Horsepower Productions with the itchy swagger of Grime, and then reducing the whole lot to a fizzing, potent residue, this is quite possibly one of the rudest 12"s we've heard all year. A-side 'Itinerant Magic' is masterful exercise in driving, gripping rhythmic minimalism - flying polyrhythms filtered to f**k and back again - while B-side gives the equally rugged swing of 'Jack The Dub' and a gutted, desolate duppy called 'Monkey'. If you know what's good, this is unmissable.
Monday, 18 November
Falty DL's Blueberry Records makes its maiden voyage with Brrd's debut beat suite. Label boss Drew Lustman has long been an admirer of Stew Bird's lopped-off, lo-fi beats, but it was the increased fidelity and resultant clarity of his work here that pushed him to present it on Blueberry Records. If you imagine Falty DL's own beats gone properly slow and low, and without the tendency to flesh everything out, you've got some measure of the 13 vignettes on 'Towers/Anointing', coolly strafing between Dilla-esque bumps and warm rhodes fills to whorls of tumbled jazz percussion and submerged, fractur… Read more
**Stickered black jacket with A5 b&w insert** Pressurised techno tools from Shifted's reliably heavy Avian imprint. Their 10th issue is the debut work of a new, London-based producer with a taste for SM. In that context we could easily imagine the barrelling kicks, skating percussive syncopations and stare-down drones of 'Hate 2/6' soundtracking the actions of a stentorian mistress in her £500 and hour dungeon, while the shiftily sinuous squirm and jabbing white noise stabs of 'Black & Blue (For You)' makes us wriggle like a f**king eel. One for the dancers, industrial romancers.
*Vinyl re-press, available for the first time in months* Following last year's extraordinary See Birds EP - a record that has inspired legion imitators but to our knowledge no credible equals - Balam serves up his debut full-length proper on Tri Angle. From opening track 'Welcome' on in, you know you're in good hands: disembodied vocal fragments swirl like ghosts around the chambers of a sunken galleon before a sudden loop of life-affirming strings bursts brightly and alters your perspective. The American artist's brilliance lies in his ability to coax an almost liturgical drama out of loose… Read more
**Death Waltz present Alan Howarth's expanded and retuned follow-up to John Carpenter's most notorious synth score, namely 'Halloween II'. They don't come much more crucial than this!** "John Carpenter and Alan Howarth managed to do something not many people have been able to do with their score to Halloween II. They managed to take the blueprint of the first films score and make it bigger, darker and nerve shreddingly intense. Synths wail and stutter as the score progresses to the point where you feel your head might implode from the oncoming onslaught. This score really should be played late at night with all of the lights out."
Thursday, 14 November
**Comes housed in a gatefold sleeve** Excerpts from three site-specific live performances by Paul Purgas and James Ginzburg, recorded last year. In what has become the dominant theme of Emptyset's work, the cavernous architecture of the different settings - Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station in Snowdonia, Ambika P3 in London, and Chislehurst Mine in Kent - becomes a component of the music itself, the duo's bowel-shaking low frequencies responding to every nook, curve and surface texture of these man-made caves. When you think of the uses these spaces have historically been put to (chalk and flint m… Read more
So, the cat's out the bag; Raime are Moin, who dropped an amazing side on that Confessions split with Pete Swanson last year. Here they return to that captivating sound on BEB proper with three tracks of lean guitar, muscular bass and cracking drums optimised and arranged with effects and sequencer. The project is evidently in tribute to that whole other side of their combined tastes, the one that looks to Steve Albini's Rapeman, Bill Laswell, This Heat or Dylan Carlson for inspiration, rather than Photek or Shackleton. Yet, just like Raime, everything is perfectly measured and economical, mixed with c… Read more
"West coast producer and sound system murderer Eprom is back on Rwina for a second album which continues the producer’s mad scientist approach to what makes a dancefloor move: synthetizing the warmth of vintage computer sounds, the energy of African rhythmic traditions (including modern evolutions such as Kwaito and Shangaan), the swagger of southern rap and the intricacy of pioneering electronic music from the likes of Richard Devine or Curtis Roads. The result is a heady melting pot, a unique sound supported by Gaslamp Killer, Kutmah, D-Styles..."