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Monday, 07 July
**A long-lost English art-rock gem for fans of Flaming Tunes, Woo, or Cleaners From Venus. Gatefold jacket** "Blackest Ever Black presents to you Dead Unique, an album by Officer! recorded in 1995 but - outrageously, inexplicably - never before released into the public domain. This then is not a reissue or a revival; it’s a new record that just happens to have been maturing in the cask for, oh, a little shy of 20 years. It also happens to be a lost classic of English art-rock, and the crowning achievement in the career of its mercurial creator, Mick Hobbs…Officer! – the project that this incorrig… Read more
Thursday, 03 July
"Shivers is the trio of Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek), Gareth Davis and Leo Fabriek, who join forces to conjure up a surreal album of parasitic intimacy and intensity. Though the three have played and recorded together in various combinations, this Miasmah release marks their first output as Shivers and manages to pull out quite a few surprises. Named after David Cronenberg's first film, Shivers the album readily adopts this concept of body horror, the fear of bodily transformation and infection--a theory and technique that Cronenberg brilliantly captures with his first film and m… Read more
Wednesday, 02 July
**Gatefold jacket, Limited Edition Red Vinyl** Cloud Boat return with a 2nd LP consolidating post-rock, pop and dubstep.
Another weird and wonderful drop from De Stijl, this time from "post-modern abstract blues" duo The Stare Case. Nathan Young's slouchy Jonathan-Richman-on-opiates vocals are your guide through the madness, wreathed in no-fi synthesizer patterns, hypnotic two-line basslines and woodwinds (courtesy of one Inzane Johnny) in varying states of distress. The band's crudely captivating interweaving of acoustic and electronic elements reminds us a little bit of The Shadow Ring, and the sparseness of the arrangements and foregrounding of bass gives it all a nicely dubbed-out feel - think Jandek meets Al… Read more
Holy sh*t it's a new Sunroof! record, and while the name might have been amended a little, the sound is still the same delirious fuzzed-out noise rock we have come to expect from Matthew Bower's long-running troupe. 'Feral' is the first record from the Sunroof! camp in five years, and shows Bower on a blackened psychedelic tip, exposing a stark serenity in his sound we haven't heard for some time. That's not to say the noise has lost any of its grit or power, but underneath the swathes of white noise and guitar mangling there are glorious near-shoegaze harmonies to be made out. 'Feral' is an alb… Read more
Night Slugs' boss comes correct with his heaviest and most enjoyable haul in years. Aside from his Night Voyages with Tom Trago and countless remixes, original solo material from the producer/DJ/graphic artist is scant, precious stuff. 'Your Charizmatic Self' is a considered, concentrated affair, distilling classic and modern dancefloor memes with an accelerationist lean and graphic sense of space and geometry. Case in point is 'Melba's Call' with Kelela, modelling Prince-style funk chops with Eski stabs and DX7-style flourishes in 3D hyperspace, Kelela suspended at its core like some … Read more
*First ever (Yellow!) vinyl pressing of Kode9 & The Spaceape’s 2006 debut album, including previously unreleased extra track ‘Stalker (alt edit)’. Limited edition of 1000 copies pressed on translucent yellow vinyl, in gatefold sleeve* Kode applies an experienced DJ's knowledge of dancehall dynamics and post junglist theory, attempting to create a quietly euphoric torque of rampant breakbeat science, basically without the breakbeats, utilising overwhelming bassline pressure and 'the drop' to advance 10 notches further along the hardcore continuum to a darkene… Read more
Tuesday, 01 July
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* London's Budgie breaks thru with a dope solo beat suite on Theo Parrish's Wildheart Recordings. Known for work with the likes of Action Bronson, J, Rocc and The Alchemist, Budgie brings a wealth of soulful experience to seven cuts spread out from the butter slyde of 'Once You Pop' to the Dilla-esque MPC strokes of 'The Only Power' and 'Clevage' and the big juicy highlight, a twinkle-toed boogie-soul bomb called 'Budgie's Groove'.
*Todd Terje returns with his massively Hyped, summery album of feelgood discoid variants…The double vinyl includes 12” insert and digital download card for WAV and MP3 versions redeemable from the label* "Oslo disco-dance champ, DJ and producer Todd Terje finally releases his debut long-player 'It's Album Time' via his own Olsen Records. Terje presents 12 of his works known and unknown. Ever since Todd dropped 'Eurodans' back in 2005 he's had many a beady disco eye trained in his direction. Here he puts all his experience and nordic sense of fun into twelve tracks of straight up home list… Read more
Theo P gives up two jazz-wise treats on the 50th Sound Signature release. A-side, he tickles tender keys on a sub-100bpm bump loaded with slow humpin' bass on 'Long Walk In Your Sun'; flipside he steps uptempo with the bustling breaks and busy bassline of 'Strawberry Dragon' for the jazz-dancers. Happy golden anniversary SS!
Limited, blink-and-miss drop from Theo on his Sound Signature imprint. As you might guess from the title, 'Shut The F*ck Up' is one of his grimier, more rugged productions, cutting out any bullsh*t for a bare bones MPC and synth jam in two versions. On the longer session he lets rip with gritty, downslow, jazz-timed rhythms synced to a snaky, ranting acid sequence in a cryptic, esoteric dialogue on dancefloor physics and Afro-futurism. Flipside he reigns himself in for a shorter version concentrating on swaggering drum fluctuations and that abstract acid chat. Basically, it's sounds like nobody else out there. Don't sleep...
After 2012's corrosive Unknown Vectors EP on Visionist's Lost Codes label and a subsequent agonising silence, SD Laika's debut album for Tri Angle 'That's Harakiri' makes absolutely sure that no one in this new grime renaissance has a stranger, scarier, more enterprising voice than he does. Peter Runge is based in Milwaukee, but sounds like a jeep-sized inter-dimensional arachnid being based in a mess of webs underneath Wiley's house. This especially deranged collection of tracks branches outwards in two directions, exploring more experimentally noisy forms and textures as well as a wider ar… Read more
Deep 'n rugegd technohouse tackle from Dutchman, Presk, for Germany's Something Happening, Somewhere label. Styles are more straightforward, driving than his previous for Fourth Wave and ten Thousand Yen, playing out the swinging, proggy jack of 'Babou' and the aquatic dub, 'Sink Shift' on side A, and cutting deeper with the Detroit-influenced, NWAQ-alike vibes of 'Gomero', which is given a dope, droning techno remix by Single Point Edge.
A treat for all techno fiends, Surgeon's seminal 'Patience' 12", the first release on his Dynamic Tension imprint recieves an invaluable reissue, bringing these four tracks of devestatingly elegant yet brutally effective techno bak to the fore for another generation of stompers. All tracks are untitled in the truest techno tradition, and range from Rob Hood influenced minimalism to Millsian rhythm layering, but carved with the innate industrial rhythmic sensibility and tonal vocabulary of Anthony Childs which cannot be fucked with. Highly recommended!
Monday, 30 June
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
Friday, 27 June
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Traxman, a Chicago House veteran with two decades of experience steps up to Planet Mu with a distinguished debut album of hyperkinetic Footwork soul. As a co-founder of Dance Mania's Geto DJz clique, a member of DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn's Ghetto Teknitianz, and arguably one of Footwork's foremost architect's thanks to his prototypical mixtapes, Traxman brings a learned soul-flow to the sound, at once deeply rooted in his home city's heritage, and pushing the boundaries wide open. His choice of samples - from the Mizzell Brot… Read more
Thursday, 26 June
The first ever Basic Channel 12", the legendary Cyrus 12" featuring the Jeff Mills remix on the flip.
The fourth installment in the classic Basic Channel series - Features all four versions of the mighty Q1.1.
Eglo's first lady of soul, Fatima Bramme Sey properly arrives with her fully-fledged debut album, 'Yellow Memories', featuring production by Floating Points, Computer Jay, Flako, and KNX. Active since the late '00s with guest appearances on Geeneus, DVA and Shafiq Husayn productions, the London-based vocalist has become a firm fixture in the Eglo family, contributing to some of the label biggest highlights such as her Floating Points-produced 'Red Light' and her 'Phone Line' dancefloor bomb with Funkineven. In the last few years, however, she's come to be the label's strongest, most unique ass… Read more
Wednesday, 25 June
Debut drop of deep, jagged electro jaxx from Montreal's Adam Feingold on Funkineven's label. Working somewhere between Panzerkreuz and Mood Hut styles, Feingold rubs ruff rhythms with sweeter, dreamy chords onto spongy tape textures, swerving from the raspy snare attacks and suspended pads of 'Jahkra' to murky Drexciyan acid-electro on 'RVNG', and a blown-out deep house beauty in 'Luust'.
FatCat's 22nd split 12" collects the technoid regressions of turntable revolutionaries, The Durian Brothers and Ekoplekz's Ensemble Skalectrik. A-side, The Durian Brothers trio deliver three tracks of brilliantly shonky and hypnotic rhythms crafted on prepared 1210s and sequencers. Helmed by Stefan Schwander (Harmonious Thelonious) on delay pedals, former Institut Für Feinmotorik participants, Marc Matter and Florian Meyer create rhythms the Cageian way with all sorts of adaptations to their turntable - from tuned elastic bands attached to the lightbulb and hea… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Jon Hopkins presents a new, starker version of 'We Disappear' featuring a new vocal from Lula Hankin, whom he met at a festival, and comes backed with a strobing Moderat refix of 'Abandon Window'. The label describe Hopkins' refit as almost Lynchian, while Moderat slice 'Abandon Window' into a strobing trance techno slowbuild revealing a massive big room drop.
Another pioneer of UK Grime's recent renaissance, Wen is set to floor all-comers with this stunning debut album for Keysound. Since introducing himself on a split with Epoch and 12" for Badimup in 2012/early 2013, he's coined a striking new sound, rending classic UK dance templates with up-to-the-second sound design and uncanny feel for that late night urban atmosphere best defined by Burial. His edit of early Dizzee Rascal joint 'Strings Ho' which emerged in mid 2013 marked a turning point for this sound where the tempos became slower, the production more elastic, sculpted, and the arrangements tighter,… Read more
**Repress!!** Pure dread at 130 on Keysound from newcomer Wen, approaching the gulliest grime riddims with a cinematic lens and razor-sharp production. Fans of Beneath's fiendishly engineered rollers will be feeling 'Commotion' and 'Nightcrawler' but the truth is they're even icier and more minimal than that, the sound design more precise and punishing. It's no fluke either: the whole EP cuts like a freshly whetted blade: 'Spark It' turns on flightier, UKF-informed drum programming, but evokes the kind of widescreen rudeboy paranoia the likes of which we haven't felt since Loefah's earliest … Read more
Watch yer bassbins; Mumdance & Logos unleash the sought-after P.I.V (geddit?) mix of Ben U.F.O. favourite, 'In Reverse' backed with three more rave essentials. For us, it makes up the strongest Keysound release in years, if not their entire catalogue. the dread bass and wig-flipping riddim of 'In Reverse' is reinforced for optimal, radical rave playback whilst 'Turrican 2' distills the dirtiest, damned effective bits of grime, 4/4 garage/techno and vaporwave to dazzling effect. 'Wut It Do (12" Mix)' lurches in from future past like some T2000 character sent to save the hardcore rave in 2013… Read more
Tuesday, 24 June
*Now available on vinyl* It's funny how much the loss of something can force you to realize how much you took it for granted, and with Berlin-based pianist and producer Nils Frahm the loss was his thumb, which he broke after falling out of a bunk bed. We may giggle at the circumstances, but for a pianist that's the loss of ten percent of your craft, and so in the period of inactivity Frahm came up with these nine (geddit?) sketches which he fleshed out once the thumb had healed. Coming across like a love song to Frahm's chosen instrument these are delicate, short pieces about and for … Read more
Hessle Audio's consistently impressive co-owner follows up the forward torque of 'Hex/Fatalist' and 'Inna Daze/Won't Hurt' with his most substantial drop to date. The eight-track 'Release' finds Kevin McAuley aka Pangaea typically eschewing fads and fickle bass whims with unerring vision - a rare thing in the scene he inhabits - to integrate elements of jungle, garage, dubstep and techno with increasingly insoluble results. It's largely fair to say that the scene has swerved well away from darker, grubbier sounds of late, but there's still a resolutely rude energy at the core of Pangaea's music. From… Read more
Surgeon and Nick Höppner lay into Livity Sound with heavyweight house and techno reworks of Pev, Asusu and Kowton cuts. As with previous revisions by Beneath, MMM and AMUS, among others, the remix nominations are more an exchange of ideas than an exercise in commercial cynicism. Up top, Surgeon encrypts Pev & Kowton's 'Raw Code' as a deft, muscular breakbeat techno ace loaded with Reese bass and emotive chords in classic form. Flipside, Panorama Bar's Nick Höppner applies his patented, techy funk to Asusu's dubbed roller, 'Sister' with writhing, dynamic effect.
Livity Sound in killer effect on two tape-smoked and emotional Bass rollers. A-side, their 'End Point' comes off like an MvO + Juan Atkins joint that lost it's way and ended up in Bristol, gracefully pacing from serene but pensive vibes to lush, alien romantic chords pushed by live hi-hat play and offset, shoulder-dipping bass hits bound to own your body for the duration. B-side, 'Vapours' tempers the tape noise from the first side to mingle with eerily resonant, blue-tinted chimes over infectious syncopations and splashing electro-dub zaps. Definitely one for the dancers!