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Wednesday, 02 October
*The legendary 9th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
Tuesday, 01 October
*Mastered and Cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy, pressed on 140g clear vinyl, housed in a silk screened pvc sleeve with artwork by Bill Kouligas* Luke Younger aka Helm follows-up last year's widely acclaimed 'Impossible Symmetry' album with four tracks of eldritch electronics and cranky drums crafted in its wake. Helm's rhythmic tracks have always struck us most, so its to our dark pleasure that he's worked further on that tilt with 'Silencer', conjuring alchemical reactions between autistic, brittle-boned percussions and uncompromisingly noxious atmospheres which make most other "dark"-dwelling artists se… Read more
Friday, 27 September
Reissue of classic 2000 Moods & Grooves. The one you need to check is Mr. G & G. Flame's uptempo, swinging and drivingm techno-house pace-setter 'Pulsez', whilst flipside holds a couple of jazzier deep house numbers by Demarkus Lewis.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Trentemøller succinctly consolidates his dancefloor and gothpop faces with a finely crafted 3rd album, 'Lost'. He's all but deserted the glitchy tech-house mnmlism he built his name on in favour of a full blown fascination with moody gothic wave atmospheres and driving rock rhythms, given certified weight by the guest appearances from perennial miserablists Low, and a selection of authentically haunting vocalists including Jana Hunter, Marie Fisker, Jonny Pierce, Kazu Makino, Sune Rose Wagner and Ghost Society. He's now equally ad… Read more
Wednesday, 25 September
*Second pressing includes Full-colour insert with liner notes* Once in a blue moon a new Arthur Russell track percolates up from the archives like some rare and precious orchid. And it's just happened again. Outta nowhere - well, the vaults of disco diamond, Bob Blank - the great auteur's distinctive cello and drum machine rhythms appear on this production for Steven Halls solo project which was inexplicably shelved before release by Rough Trade Records back in 1985. Assisted by Blank's engineering, Russell lays a nimble rhythm section to Steven's floating … Read more
New York's DJ Spider & Marshallito step to Will Bankhead's TTT with four crooked house and techno jams on 'Deadly Structures'. Heads have been shouting the duo's solo and combined output from the underground for some years now, so a TTT release makes a lot of sense considering the label's recent obsession with American producers - Anthony Naples, _moonraker, M Gun, Willie Burns. Their 'Deadly Structures' veer between non-standard dancefloor oddities and wayward bangers, from the slompy chug and wheezing synth wobble of 'C17H21NO2' and the sluggish, serrated, acidic arpeggios o… Read more
Tuesday, 24 September
**Triple vinyl in gatefold jacket designed by Stephen O'Malley** Another breathtaking Recollection GRM release: Francois Bayle's acousmatic masterpiece, 'L'Expérience Acoustique', presented in its entirety on vinyl for the first time. Realised between 1966-1972 using the best technology available at the time, this 2 hour opus "investigates the true nature of the listening process itself" according to the GRM's Christian Zanési & François Bonnet. It's an investigation of acoustic sound at its purest levels and borders on psychedelic in effect. Chopping material from the world ar… Read more
Exceptional slow techno deviations from Mike Jefford aka Positive Centre for Sigha's Our Circula Sound label. Maintaining the pressure below 110bpm, 'An Assembly' is a throttling set of six tracks compatible with a certain strain of techno that's emerged recently from producers such as Fishermen, CUB and Samuel Kerridge. Wide basses and precise, roiling percussions are rent with evil, sepulchral spatial dynamics: proper dungeon music for shadow lurkers and stony faced 7am techno goths. The molasses bass wade and shivering hi-hats of 'An Assembly' set the scene for dive-bombing drone synth… Read more
*Comes with a bonus digital track which will be dropped into your account on the release date* The hugely anticipated album from Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Factory's Floor Nik Void finally arrives on Mute, and we're pleased to report it's even more than the sum of its parts, a really impressive record indeed. Void coaxes out of Chris & Cosey some of the most aggressive, motorik tendencies they've ever displayed outside of Throbbing Gristle across the four long pieces featured here, taken from a special live performance the trio gave as part of Short Circuit's Mute festival at Lo… Read more
"White Poppy, the “experimental therapeutic pop” project from British Columbian inner-peacenik Crystal Dorval, has been evolving fresh forms for a couple years now. Last winter, packing a satchel full of four-track tapes, she ventured out from her bedroom haven and boarded a boat across the Strait of Georgia to the town of Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island, to The Noise Floor Recording Studio, to mastermind and mix the ten deluxe, delirious dream-gaze gems comprising her self-titled full-length debut. Fusing the warm, washed tonalities of her earliest cassette- blurred lotus meditations with a r… Read more
Friday, 20 September
Truth return to wreck your bassbins on Tempa. From waaaay south of the river, New Zealand to be precise, they give up two authentic halfstep heavers; the cinematic dread of 'Devil's Hands' and a more fragrant vocal piece featuring Yayne and reminding of Kryptic Minds work with Alys Be.
Timely reissue of a milestone in electronic music, Roedelius' 'Selbstportrait'. Recorded to a Revox A77 reel-to-reel in 1979, these are the often heartbreaking sounds of a man and his Farfisa organ, capturing the essence of something just so refined and beautiful that it doesn't bear writing about it. Pure, simple, stunningly effective electronic music. Essential!
"A year plus on after the release of their debut LP, Sweden’s Holograms have returned with their second full length, Forever. After a year and a half of touring, losing their jobs, parts of their sanity and returning home only with the hope that their hard work will eventually pay off, they embarked on a new record drawing from the experiences that had simultaneously excited and exhausted the members. Frontmen Andreas Lagerström (vocals/bass) and Anton Strandberg (drums) still live in working class Farsta, 5 miles (8 kilometers) south of urbane and metropolitan Stockholm while the brothers’ Spetze … 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.
Thursday, 19 September
*Clear Vinyl Repress* Silent Servant - former Tropic Of Cancer and Sandwell District producer, Juan Mendez - makes his stunning album debut with the poised fusion of epic techno, primitive post punk, and industrial electronics on 'Negative Fascination' for Dominick "Prurient/Vatican Shadow" Fernow's Hospital Productions. Now nine months since he stopped recording with Sandwell District, Mendez has explored his divergent yet compatible tastes to their fullest, recognising and reconciling their congruent rhythms, atmospheres and intentions with alchemical ability. If you… Read more
Wednesday, 18 September
*Upfront Exclusive* *One sided-12" pressed on splattered vinyl, pressed at Pallas, includes free download* We're biased but, jeez, this is good. Making use of original vocal parts from tricky and Francesca Belmonte, 'Valentine' has been completely re-built by Andy Stott, a split-level production that pushes into slow-fast territory with immense bass terror before flexing out into a footwork section that bangs hard. Everyone goes on about Maxinquaye and, yeah, it's a total classic, but for us Tricky's 'Nearly God' side project, especially 'Poems', has always stood out as a… Read more
**Standard Black Vinyl Edition** "Over two years in the making, the latest LP from Jesu follows the LP 'Ascension', the last Jesu full length release, which was on Mark Kozelek's Caldo Verde label. Jesu mainman Justin K Broadrick, has slowly worked at this album during this period whilst retaining activities with the reunited Godflesh, and as usual, pursuing other projects and remixes;in this period amongst many, Justin has remixed both Mogwai and Cult Of Luna. Beginning with 'Homesick', with it's guitar hooks, shoegaze textures and fam… Read more
Tuesday, 17 September
*Finally available on vinyl* Mika Vainio measures out one of his finest releases to date, bar none, in the staggering 'Kilo' for Blast First Petite. With a barely tamed sense of aggression, it more or less finds the perfect crux point between our office favourite, the beats-driven 'Oleva' (2008) under his Ø alias, and the granite hewn and bloodied metal excursion, 'Life (…It Eats You Up)' (2011), shaping ten tracks of a vivid and viscerally affective aesthetic whose themes of mass, dynamic and tone are succinctly reflected in context of his shipping-themed track titles, and surely impl… Read more
Shifted & Sigha converge their tastes for thrumming techno and noise on their excellent debut as A Model Authority. Six tracks veer oscillate between grungy wallop ('Pieces Of Me') to short sharp noise bursts ('Etched' & 'Depford Blues Excerpt') and stripped-down rollige ('Collapse'), through to macho big room pound ('Cycles Of Violence'). Good twelve - recommended!
Debut Bass murder from grimy up-and-comer, Toyc, reinforced with wicked Altered Natives and Bloom remixes. Bristol's Crazylegs label and club have really picked out a winner here, firing up the dutty house-meets-bassline grime of 'Ruffer' up top and a more brukken, electro-seared roller called 'Keyframe' for the DJs to get busy wit. The remixes are equally outstanding, too. Bloom's 'Keyframe' take is rent with holo'd 3D sound design coming off like some roadwise Pierre Henry production, all shattering glass foley diffused drums and fractured intra-dimensional dynamics; Altered Natives' 'Ruffer' … Read more
Monday, 16 September
Mark Fell fixes two teched-out R&B-garage swerves with Sasu Ripatti aka Vladislav Delay/Luomo on 'Sensate Focus 1.6666666'. A match made in your wildest cybernetic funk fantasies, it's a gratifying consolidation of their respective styles, sparring with spiky, 2.5 stepped beats and R&B stabs like some hyper Timbaland and El-B collusion on 'X', and winding up the trickiest multiple time signatures with proper, knotty funk on the 'Y' axis. As good as it gets, really.
Alga Marghen swiftly follow their edition of Corner's seminal 'Piano Activities' with these experimental percussive compositions performed and recorded at Merce Cunningham's studio in New York, at Cavriago in Italy, and at the Avant Garde Festival, Cambridge, MA between 1974-1978. "…the culmination of many years experience and experiment with the properties of resonant metal objects, whether intended for music or not", the first three pieces are extracted from an hour long performance recorded at Merce Cunnigham's studio, performed by David Behrman (electronics and performer) with the… Read more
My word, where to start with this total head-f*ck of a record? Well, first off, it's another mind-expanding, previously unpublished jaw-dropper dug out by alga marghen, presenting 'Granny Awards' from the archives of the acclaimed French sound artist, Ghédalia Tazartès. The label are really spoiling us with their releases of late, this in particular being one of our very favourites. Verging on out-and-out craziness, but reigned-in with a masterfully steady head, these six tracks were created some time in the early '80s "in his anhydridic Paris", largely based on materials pre-dating h… Read more
Expert Electro-Techno and melodic Detroit-inspired Techno from Vince Watson. 'Interference' is typical Tresor tackle, slightly trance-tinged and optimised with a hard-edged finish for maximum results. However, 'The Secret' is much sweeter, shifted with a lighter groove and lush, eye-fluttering melody, also included as a stripped down beatless version.
Friday, 13 September
Terrence Parker reissues a sought-after edit of a KDJ rarity from his Intangible Records & Soundworks circa 1995. TP's mix delivers a plush and jazzy variant built with irresistible hi-hats and that mighty vocal hook. Pressure guaranteed to make 'em do the do!
*500 copies pressed on clear vinyl* Violetshaped appoint Keith Fullerton Whitman, JK Flesh and Grischa Lichtenberger for killer remixes of their eponymous debut album trax. The KFW recomposition of 'Anesthesia' is worth the entry fee twice over if you ask us - masticating the original with his hybrid analogue/digital modular system, manifesting a noxious roil of stereo splintered percussion, banking clouds of gaseous metallic tone and plonging globular bass oozing for 13 minutes over the A-side. It's the final word in noise techno c… Read more
Naughty friday night house vibes from Frank B, rescued by two rugged remixes from Dublin's Lumigraph. The belting vocal, simple hook and jackin' groove on 'Chain of Fools' has been doing the rounds for a while now, first picked up and rinsed by Jamie xx. Frank's fellow Irishman Lumigraph grills that cheese to much tastier effect with an hypnotic 909 Assassination remix riding punchy toms, claps and well-timed hi-hats in the dark, beside a gauzy, skeletal 'Snow Day Dub' version pumped with beefy kicks.
He's served tirelessly in the Moritz Von Oswald Trio, but now Sasu Ripatti takes centre-stage with his own improv ensemble, The Vladislav Delay Quartet. He's joined by Lucio Capece on clarinet and sax, Derek Shirley on double bass and - most interestingly, and most audibly - Mika Vainio on electronics. The Pan Sonic man's sonic signature makes itself felt from the off, opening cut 'Minus Degrees, Bare Feet, Tickles' driven by roaring industrial noise as only he can style it. Things get really interesting with 'Santa Teresa', Shirley's bass plucks conspiring with Delay'… Read more
Thursday, 12 September
L.I.E.S. Bookworm Nik Dawson adds the DJ prefix for a wild-ass No Wave techno ride on Roland 606, 808, and Alpha Juno 1. Quite unlike his classy Bookworms doses on L.I.E.S. and Confused House, there are nasty, distorted bangers built for destruction. 'Mechanism' sounds something like Delroy Edwards doing Gabber, weilding blown-out bass and deep fried machine drum clatter with febrile, reckless regard for the dancefloor's safety. 'Photogenic' is a little more mannered, coming off like Marc Arcardipane driving through an electrical storm at 140bpm, and 'Product Configuration' enters a wormhole of deep blue, phasing Juno magic. Ace twelve this.
Wednesday, 11 September
**8 track, single vinyl edition** Modeselektor & Apparat reunite for the sublime and succinctly titled 'II'. With peerless production sheen and the lushest intentions they bridge the gap between classy Teutonic trance, garage-grooved UK soul music and ambient indie-pop on eleven exquisite compositions. Sascha Ring aka Apparat's voice is a key factor, coming off like Thom Yorke's sweeter, blue-eyed soul brother for the most part, while the production is an insoluble combination of their tastes exhibited via the Monkeytown label, and that classic feel for pill-belly melody … Read more