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Friday, 12 December
Juju & Jordash share the treasures of their 2nd raid upon Move D's very best work from the archives in 'The KM20 Tapes Volume 2 (1992 - 1996)'. Produced at Dave Moufang's eponymous studio in Heidelberg roughly around the same time as his seminal debut album 'Kunststoff', they document free-spirited studio jams guided by jazz and hi-tech soul thru the dub-feathered house flight of 'Willenlos' across the A-side to a pair of ace acid downbeats on the flip with the Plastikman-style triplet 303 grind of 'Evil Trak' - which isn't that evil actually - to a gorgeous slow/fast ambient stepper titled 'Inside The Dollhouse'. Killer wares.
Violet Poison is the dark, enigmatic and esoteric side-project of Francesco Baudazzi, already known as Obtane, co-owner with Giorgio Gigli of the defunct techno label Zooloft. The new project is focused on analogue proto-techno with influences from 70’s Italian progressive bands like Goblin or OST composers like Fabio Frizzi and earlier Downwards records from 1994-1995. Check his debut full lenght on HAR, after the releases for Vatican Shadow’s label (Bed of Nails), for his own label Violet Poison, for Repitch Recordings and a remix for Frozen Border.
What looks like the penultimate edition of FatCat's split series contrasts a remarkably epic Katie Gately composition with a side of spannered psychedelic house by Tlaotlon. This is the first we've heard of Katie Gately since her fascinating side for Public Information a year ago. Again she returns to the painstaking method of sampling and editing her own vocals and concrète sources into uncannily detailed, kinetic arrangements liable to buckle, vault and twist in the most unique geometries. Her 'Pivot' plays through as one 14 minute piece collaging a tortuous narrative from mu… Read more
**Stunning black metal vision manifest thru the prism of classic synth music, aided by über-producer Randall Dunn. Double vinyl, full-colour gatefold jacket. Includes download** On the incredible 'Celestite', Olympia, Washington's forest-dwelling Weaver siblings, aka Wolves In The Throne Room, synthesise a majestically stark follow-up to the cosmic turmoil of 'Celestial Lineage' . Whilst traces of the Weavers' archetypal guitars are still present, they're largely superseded by an array of synths played by themselves and by Seattle's darkside se'ers Randall Dunn (Ear… Read more
Hessle Audio present their eagerly anticipated single from man-of-the-moment, Objekt. Since smashing the scene wide open with his white label 12"s and remixes for Radiohead and SBTRKT in 2011, the Berlin-based producer has become one of the most talked-about properties amongst those in the know. His convergence of Techno, Dubstep , House and Garage conventions are bold statements on the possibilities of German engineering and UK Bass music, programming new routes and solutions for the most demanding, forward-looking dancefloors. A-side here is 'Cactus', a malleable fusion of molasses halfstep… Read more
For anyone unfamiliar with the breadth of Jim O'Rourke's incredible oeuvre - especially his electro-acoustic and computer works - Mego's Old News series must be a total revelation. This eighth edition is a remastered version of the 'Mere' section to his 1992 release 'Disengage' for Staalplaat recorded live at Depaul University in 1991, now with an additional 18 minute addendum 'Merely'. O'Rourke processes contributions from Jeff Cortazzo (Trombone), Sue Wolf (Cello), Michael Prime (Shortwave), plus the vocals of Geoff Fontaine, Gretchen Wells, Matt Guerierri, and Scott Shell into glowing, swe… 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
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** 'Psychic 9-5 Club' is the nigh-on flawless 3rd album from HTRK - quite easily their most ambitious and rewarding outing yet. In contrast with the affective weight and morbid pallor of their 'Work (Work, Work)' LP - which was constructed as a duo after band-member Sean Stewart tragically died halfway through recording, this new suite finds space for a sliver of reflective light epitomised by the pathos of Jonnine Standish's vocals and Nigel Yang's deft, spaciously dub-wise production. There's still that sense of grief and dysphori… Read more
NYC's Margaret Chardiet aka Pharmakon churns her guts out in this bloodied follow-up to her acclaimed album debut, 'Abandon' (2013). Four days before she was supposed to fly to Europe, touring in support of 'Abandon', Margaret had a medical emergency which resulted in major surgery and the loss of an organ. 'Bestial Burden' was realised during this time, written and fleshed-out whilst she came to terms with the situation; "I thought of my corporeal body anthropomorphically, with a will or intent of its own, outside of my will's control, and seeking to sabotage. I began to explore the idea o… 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
**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
*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 frozen drones coming off like a feverishly dreamt collaboration between Lynch,… Read more
**Deluxe boxset including 3 x single sided vinyl in printed inners and trifold 10" jacket with cut-out mobile** Conny Plank's notorious and highly sought-after collaboration with Can's Holger Czukay gets the deluxe reissue treatment by Grönland nearly thirty years since it was last available. In 1980 the über-producer and long-time spar Czukay indulged their darkest sonic fantasies on a self-released two track maxi that's since become the cherished preserve of heads in the know. This package features the incredible studio processing of Holger's voice set to plonging bass and i… Read more
KILLER Ruffneck griot rap and tumbling mbalax from Senegal circa 1994: another stunning discovery by Awesome Tapes From Africa! Showcasing the remarkably fierce "taasu" - a form of oral poetry set to sabar and tama drums - style of Aby Ngana Diop, the undisputed "taasukat" of her generation, 'Liital' presents a shock of six cuts charged with ferocious talking drums, subtle DX7 tones, and Diop's stentorian call-and-response vocals. Whilst many of us have heard the mbalax style via classic recordings from Youssou N'Dour and even Mark Ernestus' Jeri-Jeri ensemble, we, for one, have never heard su… Read more
Wednesday, 10 December
Back in stock... Keith Fullerton Whitman (aka Hrvatski) never ceases to impress with his seemingly endless understanding of musical references and ability to flit from the most personally affecting music to constructions of an altogether more playful nature. His breathtaking "Playthroughs" album for Kranky is still one of the most cherished and well-played entries in our late-night listening pile and so every new release graced with his name is a bit of an event. "Schoner Flussengel" is another vinyl-only release, following up last year's excellent "Antithesis" LP, stretchin… Read more
*Limited Edition re-press including insert with artwork by Alex Solman and hand-stamped sleeves. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy, pressed at Pallas* 7 months on from TP#4, Demdike return with the 5th instalment in their ongoing research and development series - a double-headed monster split between gnarly reductions on the A-side, and industrial strength edits on the flip. ‘Procrastination’ edges through Grimey detritus and gunshot snares within a vast open space perfectly primed for that Demdike slow build. ‘Past Majesty’ on the flip offers up … Read more
Immense, elegiac space music from Ben Frost and composer/arranger Daníel Bjarnason. Arising out a 2010 commission from the Unsound Festival in Krakow - hometown of Stanislav Lem, writer of the original Solaris novel - Frost and Bjarnason's SÓLARIS is also a response to Andrei Tarkovsky's famous film version. Though outwardly a work of science fiction, SÓLARIS is really a meditation on time, memory and mortality, and Frost and Bjarnason's music is accordingly grave, pensive and moving. They clearly revel in the possibilities of working with an orchestra, inducing the 28-piece Sinfon… Read more
*Back in stock* Ben Frost's 2007 album Theory Of Machines caused quite a stir within the electronic music community, shattering genre conventions with its deft conflation of intensely dark metal, academic electroacoustics and blissful, drone-weaving modern classical touches. By The Throat takes these same principles and develops them into something altogether grander. This is an album of contradictions: during the opening piece 'Killshot', you'll be exposed to music that's both viscerally hard on the ears and achingly beautiful, combining gracefully cinematic dulcimer … Read more
*Limited 180 gram vinyl, housed in a thick stock cardboard Stoughton style tip on jacket* Doom behemoths Sunn O))) and Ulver meet for a deeply spiritual blood-letting on the eagerly anticipated 'Terrestrials'. What started out as an improvised all-night session between the bands following Sunn O)))'s 200th gig - playing to 2000 people at the Øya festival in Oslo, Norway, August 10th, 2008 - has grown into a tantric, cinematic dedication to the night some half decade in the making. The original tracks they created that night have been over-dubbed in the interim resulting in three extended pi… Read more
Following a series of impossible-to-obtain releases for her own Yellowelectric imprint and a CD compilation of her gorgeous 'A I A' set, Liz Harris seems to have settled with Kranky who are re-releasing her classic Type album 'Dragging a Dead Deer..' and this new album of previously unreleased material drawn from the same period: 'The Man Who Died In His Boat'. It's not so hard to believe but we'll say this straight away - the material on this new set is just jaw-dropping, a worthy companion piece to 'Dragging a Dead Deer' - once again finding Harris delivering material edging e… Read more
**180g vinyl edition of 500 with fold-out liner notes/poster** Must-have collection of English post-punk rarities, sourced from the legendary Color Tapes label, remastered by Denis Blackham, all presented on vinyl for the first time! Emerging from that incredibly influential wormhole that opened somewhere between the late '70s and mid '80s, the Color Tapes (subsequently Color Discs) label was the brainchild of Gary Ramon, who, inspired by the Fxxk Off Tapes and Weird Noise labels, and attendance at an early Depeche Mode show, was prompted to start the label as an outlet for his own music… 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...
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Before Om though, there was Sleep and ‘Volume One’ was their debut album release, on Californian label Tupelo (probably best known for releasing Nirvana’s ‘Bleach’ in Europe). It hit the shelves in 1991 to great acclaim and the band were eventually signed by metal dons Earache, but ‘Volume One’ has been unavailable for some time now, and with the renewed interest in Hakius and Cisneros it makes perfect sense to have the album available once again. It’s odd with this kind of music, the instrumentation and recording hasn’t changed, or r… Read more
One of Bristol's most interesting artists returns with an ace, oddly organic 2nd album for Tri Angle. 'Punish Honey' cements Vessel's unique position in modern electronica, not least as the first artist bestowed the honour of a 2nd full length on Tri Angle, but also due to his kink for a queered, oxidised alloy of organic and electronic tone, texture and timbre. In it, he uses electro-acoustic/concrète techniques and process to embody a unique voice and character, rather than towards any academic purposes. Employing sheet metal as percussion and sawn-off bicycles as flutes, he arrives at a roili… Read more
Tuesday, 09 December
Portugal's mutant techno answer to Zomby, IVVVO arrives at Danse Noire with the excellent 'Theories Of Anxiety' 12". Steeped in faded, classic rave motifs and riven with nervous rhythm, the EP plays out a sehnsucht for some kinda emotion or moody blue sentiment in modern dance music. Without wanting to lessen his other work, we'd say he's properly realised his potential here, spending his energies equally between the airborne, elegiac rave themes of 'Closer' and the chokingly gorgeous beatless blow-out 'Consumed' up top, and the heads-down ambient rave thump of 'Repetition' with Infinity F… Read more
**custom-designed reversible sleeve** This record was originally conceived for Dolphins Into The Future and Floris Vanhoof's april '11 US tour with Monopoly Child Star Searchers but arrives on these shores in limited quantity for the diggers. Floris' gives a side of burbling, minimalist electronic oscillations reminiscent of some hypnotic Oramic experiment, while DITF's 'Neutral Buoyancy' is covers more varied underwater terrain, on a "cantata for piano, water, electronic sounds and tape" recorded at Cetacean Nation studios, Pepeluali 2011. Lovely.
"The vinyl version of 'Binaural' contains 12 tracks that are exclusive to vinyl and that differ entirely to those on the CD and digital. A deluxe pack with full artwork sleeve pressed on marbled vinyl that is never to be re-pressed or made available digitally."
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
Slackk triggers one of *the* albums of 2014 with his debut LP 'Palm Tree Fire' for Local Action. Requiring little introduction around here, Slackk has been a steadfast lynchpin for grime for nigh on a decade now. From running the invaluable grimetapes source back in the day, thru his pivotal hybrid productions for Numbers and latterly Local Action, and not to mention his innumerable radio slots and club sets, most crucially at the Boxed events, founded in 2013 as an incubator for new, instrumental talent which has more than proved its worth. Basically the guy's a don in the truest sense of the… Read more
The ninth edition in this crucial series of electro-acoustic excursions brings us right up to date with previously unreleased material recorded as recently as this year at Steamroom in Tokyo. With the measured hand and alchemical technique of a François Bayle classic, Jim has us spellbound with A-side, transmuting spectral whistles into digital drizzle and splitting the senses between parallel dimensions of seaside location recordings, distant alien electronics and hauntingly solemn strings redolent of The Caretaker or Stephan Mathieu. The B-side follows that haunting theme into labyrinthine … Read more