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Thursday, 21 August
**Facsimile 180g reissue of the classic original 1980 Krautrock LP** "'Synthesist' was created on the cusp of a new decade, as the New Age of the '80s was dawning and the titans of Krautrock had largely left their best work behind them. Harald had worked with the very best of them, playing drums on seminal albums by Klaus Schulze, the notorious Cosmic Jokers, Ashra, and Tarot before he retreated to the West German countryside with a MiniMoog and Revox Reel-to-Reel in 1979 to create his personal opus. It's been said elsewhere, but it bears repeating that this album feels like a symbiosis … Read more
**Four soundtracks for films and installations by the legendary member of Wire, Dome * He Said. Mastered by Russell Haswell** "'All Under', the companion release to 'All Over' compiles soundtracks to films, installations and a self penned short story. This is familiar terrain for Lewis who, along with Bruce Gilbert produced the early interactive audio-visual installation 'MZUI' at London's Waterloo Gallery in 1981. Since this period Lewis as been involved in countless soundtracks to all manner of cultural artefacts. The haunting score to Gunilla Leander's 2003 short film 'All Under' was… Read more
Editions Mego present the first new solo recordings from Edvard Graham Lewis - songwriter and musician behind seminal records with Wire, Dome and He Said - to be released this century. Recorded and produced by Lewis at Tip Top Studios, Uppsala, Sweden between 2003-2013, 'All Over' is a fine example of his technofied, industrialised pop songwriting, balancing focus between song structures and sound design. His oaky, affected baritone is present and correct across 12 pieces strung out from the chugging techno chamber-pop of 'Straight into the Corner' and the gauzier slug of 'Bluebird' thru… Read more
Wednesday, 20 August
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** From hooded Wegie scamp to world-taking producer, Rustie continues to blaze a neon trail with his crackshot 2nd album, 'Green Language'. Packing all the stomach-churning, heart-bursting rush of a triple-barrelled mitsi, it's a dancefloor melding, accelerationist expression of emotions that can't be adequately summed up in the English lexicon, amped with guest vocals by D Double E, Redinho, Danny Brown and Gorgeous Children. It scales up the thizz attacks of 'Glass Swords' to impossibly ecstatic levels with his signature blend of … Read more
**Deluxe, spot UV varnished tip on-style gatefold, plus 8-page booklet and poster** The definitive synth soundtrack receives the Death Waltz treatment ten years since it was last available on wax. 'Assault On Precinct 13' remains the best known and most influential of all John Carpenter's inspired oeuvre, widely credited as one of the base roots of techno and electro, and sampled widely by everyone from Afrika Bambaataa to Tricky. This super-plush reissue is possibly the best it's ever looked, and now comes prepped with exclusive liner notes by Carpenter himself, Clint Mansell, Austin Stoker, and Chris Alexander.
More intriguing moves from Louis Johnstone's WANDA GROUP, this time presented on Gold Panda's Notown label. Something of an increasingly cult figure whose music follows few known vectors or conventions, WANDA GROUP's inner space sound beguiles and gratifies in equal measures on 'Outer Alsation EP'. Unlike so much music that sounds like you've heard it all before, there's a real sense of temporal dislocation and downright oddness at play here that feels genuinely otherworldly, undefined and new. Following a morbid theme throughout his oeuvre, both pieces were conceived as elegies to his … Read more
Omar S at his very best on FXHE! Detroit's dopest house cat brings the funk like few others with three cuts of driving, airborne electro-soul and techno on 'Annoying Mumbling Alcoholic'. The lead cut is a real blinder, opening with a cheeky vocal snippet before a glyding electro-soul groove takes control, springing crisp, loud boogie drums and greazy bass below a soaring melodic arrangement bound to turn any dance to a loved-up lather. It's a certified anthem! B-side, the chiming cosmic chords and supple thump of 'Serving Cavi on 18 and Garfield' find him at his loosest, jazziest,… Read more
Prostitutes tests his techno mettle on the 2nd part of his 10" series for Avian's sister label, Mira. It's really all about the A-side on this one. 'An Enormous Door' ranks among the best we've heard from him, cutting a solid groove of rocking industrial techno freaked out with a mesmerising vocal stab, whilst 'Bomb Splinters' feels like his take on Dance Mania, running percolated, dried out drums and industrial clanks. Flipside is cool, but maybe not as useful, swaggering with claggy kicks and piercing hi-end frequencies on 'Smouldering Wilderness' beside the dubbed out roll of ' Rigid Pathetic Heaps'.
Friday, 15 August
**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
**Vinyl contains alternate track listing to download and CD versions, but the bundled download contains all tracks** What have Keysound been putting on their Weetabix recently? Following exemplary issues from Beneath and Mumdance, it's the turn of Logos with his debut album, 'Cold Mission' to leave a big mark on the scene. Isolating the quintessence of Eski Grime, New Age electronics, cinematic sound design and hyper-forward Vaporwave, his definitive album statement can stand up next to Jam City's 'Classical Curves' as one of the UK's finest contributions to the ongoing dialogue between futurist … Read more
Wednesday, 13 August
*Deluxe double vinyl reissue* Initially seen as something of a curate's egg on Sub Pop, Earth have gone on to be one of the most influential bands of recent years, spawning the entire dronecore / death metal scene (Sunn O))) etc.) as well as helping to mould the likes of Mogwai, Jim O'Rouke and (if their reverential appearance on the recent 'Legacy of Dissolution' LP is anything to go by) even Autechre. Back with their first proper album for 9 years ('Hex; or Printing In The Infernal Method'), Earth seem eager to discard the overly distorted sound that has come t… Read more
Tuesday, 12 August
Oblique, uncompromising bangers from some freak called Chemotex on Trilogy Tapes. Fairly insane stuff here, from the wall-crumbling buck of 'Schrade Knives' to the incessant dial tone samples chopped into 'Payphone Player' and some absolutely brutal noise jackers on the flipside. Cuckin' frackers.
Finally back in stock... A true Krautrock classic from the archives. In 1976 Brian Eno visited Harmonia's studio in the Weserbergland region of northern Germany to create what would become one of the most cherished artifacts of the genre on 'Tracks and Traces'. Harmonia comprised of multi instrumentalists Hans Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Mobius (also known as Cluster) with former Kraftwerk and Neu member, Michael Rother, and together with the like-minded synth maestro Eno they created twelve tracks of seminal instrumental exploration. The album contains two extended centrepieces in… Read more
**Gatefold double vinyl. Includes download** 'Will To Be Well' marks a critical new chapter in the development of Blackest Ever Black's ambassadors for RD Laing. Their 2nd studio album blooms with a richer sonic palette over 15 instrumental songs showcasing an increasingly disciplined approach to their compositions. Still taking inspiration from the life and works of RD Laing, as much as "more universal and enduring mysteries: the relationships between body and mind, illness and wellness, the physical and the metaphysical", their sound still operates in a curious schism, feeling at once in a… Read more
Monday, 11 August
**Playable, one-sided vinyl postcard disc. Limited edition of 500 with download code** Karen Novotny X blow the cutest cosmic synth bubbles on this sweet treat for Deep Distance. As with their sought-after, "lost" and found collection, 'Nothing Here But These Recordings 78-79', the enigmatic East London group unfurl previously unreleased 3 minutes of gaseous analogue electronics and percolating drum machine in a krauty lather that strongly recalls key late '70s/early '80s records by Craig Leon, Colin Potter or Chris Carter. The warm, fuzzy analogue production and melodic naiv… Read more
*Vinyl Finally Available* ahhhh, this is so good. Michigan noise celebs John Olson and Nate Young are joined by new blood James Baljo to coin their new era of mutoid wave music on 'No Answer: Lower Floors'. You freaks will also be pleased to hear that former members Aaron Dilloway and Mike Connelly return to the fold for this slab of cold, zombied meat, converging primal visions of regressed futures previously imagined in records by the likes of TG or The German Shepherds. There's a sense that the group's divergent individual interests - Nate Young with Regression, Star… Read more
**Double LP reissue with bonus side recorded at their 1981 John Peel Session. Includes download code redeemable from the label** 'Seven Songs' is a stone cold Post Punk classic from 1982. Miscegenating Afrobeat voodoo and American psychedelic funk with harsh Industrial electronics, traces of Exotica and wrenched tape FX, it stands out a mile from its era and can be rightly called a seminal record. Its creators 23 Skidoo aka Fritz Catlin, Thom Heslop, Sam Mills, Alex Turnbull and Johnny Turnbull were mostly under twenty years of age at the time of recording, and their youth… Read more
Friday, 08 August
**Debossed jacket and artwork by Will Bankhead** Astral juke and celestial tech-noise killers from Kenneth_Lay of Metasplice and Jason Carr on TTT. Since last year's 'M_Type' 12", _moonraker has notched a tape for his _bruxist label (great name!) and another single for Great Circles, but this is the best of the lot. Sluicing the groove somewhere between DJ Stingray, Dro Carey and Terrence Dixon, he shakes out the galloping, wayward space techno of 'Oronimbus' and the whipsmart 140bpm jit pneumatics of 'Plot Query' on one side, before easing off with a cool Neptunian 'Cyan Lean' on the t… Read more
Border Community's Nathan Fake and Wesley Matsell inaugurate Fake's Cambria Instruments label with a wicked pair of knotted, wayward techno grooves. A-side reveals Fake's first new material since 2012's 'Steam Days' album with a slippery garage-techno groove buffeted by off-the-grid drums and drenched in the kind of synth dissonance that makes your fillings ring. It's gotta be one of the craftiest dancefloor trax we've heard in 2014. That outro, too! On the flip, Wesley Matsell follows his rave reminiscence 'Total Order Of Being' with a moody but sublime piece of pastoral techno… Read more
Wednesday, 06 August
*The LP edition features heavyweight vinyl packaged in a foiled gatefold sleeve* London's most-hyped soul crew finally unveil their debut album after a studied viral marketing campaign. Includes all the tracks from their singles plus a ruck of new gear."Jungle are based around a core musical duo of lifelong friends known simply as ‘J’ and ‘T’, who expand to a thrilling seven piece live, and make mesmeric, kaleidoscopic modern soul that’s unmistakably born in the UK but has true global appeal. The album was recorded between the band’s own home studio in Shepherds Bush, London and the XL Recordings studio in nearby Ladbroke Grove."
Tuesday, 05 August
Dank 130 bpm rollers from a new Notts/London-based duo. 'Antwerp' arranges blocky percussion and shivering hi-hats into a frictional darkside techno/bass groove. 'Lincolnshire Shuffle' is slinkier but aarder, wielding pendulous subs and skull-glancing drums.
**180g wax in poly sleeve. Vinyl only** Local Action serve a proper summer anthem from Manchester/San Fran's Finn. R&G is the key phrase for his sound, a perfect mixture of American R&B sweetness and rugged UK grime chops finding the tender spot between Timbaland, Terror Danjah at his softest, and recent styles from Bok Bok. Up top, 'Keep Calling' is the big one, cutting male/female vocal samples in a tense pattern of unrequited love over buggin' drums and twanging bass. If you're standing still listening to this, best to move on. Flipside keeps the levels ticking with a Footwork-style display o… 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.
Monday, 04 August
**Limited LP Edition in a gorgeous Die-cut jacket and printed inner, includes free download dropped into your account on the release date - 29th August** Deaf Center dig out two extended, beautifully solemn movements to inaugurate Sonic Pieces' Pattern series. Recorded during sessions from 2008-2012, 'Recount' is a sublime entry documenting their ghostly actions before and after 'Owl Splinters' (2011), their last record for Type. Time is suspended in their eternally crepuscular headspace, affording solitude for nostalgic remembrance in an immersive, orchestral environment d… Read more
Magical make-over of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's 'Don't Make Me Over', as made famous by Dionne Warwick, now transported somewhere to avant-pop LA.
*Powell returns to his own Diagonal imprint with his first 12" for the label since 2012, including a collaboration with Russell Haswell* The Diagonal dynamo returns to his label on a combustible trio of 'Club Music' trax, including a crackshot collaboration with Russell Haswell. Powell's first 12" for the label since 2012's 'Body Music' arrives a year since his 'Fizz' 12" for Liberation Technologies and a killer for The Death Of Rave - with a couple of scintillating remixes for Ike Yard and Silent Servant in between - to mark his clearest, canniest statement of intent, wrenching ideas twoc'ed fro… Read more
Thursday, 31 July
LA-style summer jams from Delroy Edwards and Benedek, aka Rx for y'all. Under a patina of ferric smog and medicinal weed smoke they spread the funk thick 'n greazy on both sides, slyding up close with oily bassline and melting chords in 'Strung Out' for that eyes-shut-and-shuffling appeal, whilst flipside picks up the swaying shimmer of Linn-like drums and mystic pipes in 'Prescriptions'. Timeless PPU quality.
Wednesday, 30 July
On his sixth album in as many years, Lone leaves us dizzy and vajazzled with his synaesthetically enhanced palette of coloursound and rhythmelody. It's been said by someone, somewhere that's it's possibly harder to make happy music than sad music, and if that's the case, then Lone's every bit the genius everyone makes him out to be. 'Reality Testing' is simply soul drunk and and sincerely beaming with good vibes, wending a mazy path between house, boogie and hip hop rhythms gilded with the lushest synthlines and diffused into gaseous pink, orange and turquoise hues. There's a sincerity and sweet… Read more
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* Everyone's favourite purveyor of bleary-eyed rave make-believe, back with a dizzyingly psychedelic new album, Galaxy Garden. 'New Colour' is proper LSD-fried Sega tropicalia, the sound of being trapped inside an enchanted 16-bit play zone with only Sonic The Hedgehog and a copy of James Ferraro's Farside Virtual to guide you, proper bonkers mate, but from there on in Matt Cutler shows real depth and nuance to his productions: 'The Animal Pattern'' sounds like Wax Stag (remember him?) rewired for the club, all polygon synths, squelchy bass and laser-zaps kept… Read more