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Wednesday, 04 March
Anthony Child presents his first solo album - outside of his work as Surgeon. As with his turn-of-the-millenium drops on Downwards and FatCat, ('Boys, School Showers & Swimming Pools'; splits with Jansky Noise and Stock, Hausen & Walkman), he uses his birth name to denote his non-dancefloor and texture-based experiments, as he explains that this record "...consists of location recordings, tonal experiments, and thought-forms from many different positions in space and time. It is the sound of the space between people and things." Using a palette of source mate… Read more
None hotter right now: UK's Moleskin drops his hugely anticipated solo debut proper on Goon Club Allstars - the label home to Mssingno. Heavily influenced by UK and US club sounds, namely Eski Grime, Baltimore Bass, and that hyper-funked Night Slugs aesthetic, Moleskin builds on the reputation of his Wiley edits and 'Burst' ace for Keysound with four up-to-the-second zingers cutting from brassy B-More bang on 'We Been Ready' and the percolating club fizz of 'Clemency', thru to the outrageously effective future funk flair of 'Turnt On' and the bouncing technoid bomb, 'Chips'. Mad tip for all fans of Jam City, Bok Bok, Her Records!
Tuesday, 03 March
*Long unavailable - finally re-pressed* Abrasive techno shunts from an incognito source. Styles rave from knuckle-dusting noise bruisers to monotone pump on the A-side, and over to more funked-up, Blawan-esque chew and blistering lowlands-style buck on the back-side. Fans of MCMXCI, the noisiest L.I.E.S., Metasplice etc should check it oot.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* 'Instrumental Tourist' is one of the year's most anticipated electronic music albums. The meeting of established artist Tim Hecker and studio magician Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never at his Software Studio yields an otherworldly and near symphonic suite apparently conducted "...to mimic the tropes and techniques of jazz-based improvisation, with little preparation prior", effecting a wide-eyed and fascinating sound as dramatic and enchanting as any we've heard this year. As you'd expect from a Tim He… Read more
Arriving with respectfully minimal hype, Jessy Lanza's supple, subtle debut album 'Pull My Hair Back' might well be one of Hyperdub's finest releases in 2013. Galvanised by sublime production from her fellow Hamilton, Ontario native, Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan, it's just so dreamy I can barely write this without shutting my eyes and and doing the smuggest soul gurn. It seems they've each found their perfect muse - Jessy with her classical vocal training and Greenspan with one of the sweetest, most aware pop touches in the game - amounting to a chronically lush and eloquent cybeR&B lo… Read more
Including one of the greatest Drexciya tunes ever made, 'Digital Tsunami', plus three other cuts that didn't appear in his 'Harnessed The Storm' 2LP version (but did on the CD edition). The electro-techno surge of 'Digital Tsunami' is a stone cold essential, and B-side's 'Birth Of A New Life' one of his very sweetest. Highly recommended!
Monday, 02 March
Crushing debut album from forward UK producer Untold. His 'Black Light Spiral' is an airless, borderline-aggressive assault on the dance borne from nigh on two decades immersed in British rave culture. Since 2008, with releases on his Hemlock imprint, for close chums Hessle Audio, and for Clone and R&S, among others, he's been instrumental in the post-Dubstep field with clinical appropriations of Breakstep, Grime, and most recently, European Techno. He's regularly touted as a producer's producer, a don among the baying, bassbin-dwelling throng, so as you'd imagine his debut album is an eage… Read more
Club music's pre-eminent mutant, Powell, launches a daring raid on the mainstream with this screaming double header for XL. Marking his highest profile release to date, following the '11-14' 2CD issue and remixes for Nico Jaar and Daniel Avery, he unswervingly sticks to his modern No Wave mission with the tumbling, ravenous rhythm and noise of 'Sylvester Stallone' and 'Smut'. Operating at the extremes of the XL's remit, the Diagonal Records captain takes a hot-wired joyride thru techno badlands, colliding a cornucopia of reference points with a Ballardian sense of visceral, descriptiv… Read more
Tri Angle's Kiwi D&B deviant drops a 2nd EP of crushed/crushing riddim structures and swarming noise harmonics in 'Iterations'. Picking up where he left us with the 'Preparations' EP, Olly Peryman aka FIS has refined his sound with equally expansive and visceral values on these four tracks. His rhythm structures are increasingly unstable and the rich mulch of his harmonics feels ever denser, complex and chaotic, from the water-music slosh and Vangelis-style synth brass plumes of the title track thru the systolic palpitations and coarse roil of 'Womb Dreams' to the breathtaking, barely harnessed chaos … Read more
Friday, 27 February
*Finally available again* Once again delivering two undisputed heavyweight Basic Channel classics in one timely package - Basic Reshape features Basic Channel's very free takes on two of Carl Craig's projects, originally released seperately from each other on his own Planet E label. The Basic Reshape of "The Climax" (originally released in 1991 on Retroactive) first appeared on the 2001 reissue of this milestone in Carl's work. For those of you who don't know it, this is definitive, driving, hypnotic club music that rebuilt the tribal mastery of the original into a lo… Read more
Thursday, 26 February
Black Acre's boy wunder shreds up soul, jazz, house, jungle and footwork like it ain't no thaaang. Following the concepts of his sought-after debut, 'Meditations On Afrocentrism', he once again deeply impresses with these four tracks, flirting with fibrillating footwork soul on 'Your Love (You Give Me Fever)', or jamming on a slow house downstroke with the crafty drum works and slumped samples of 'Jimi & Faye, Pt. 1'. Never one to be tied to any tempo, he kills it on a junglist 808 flex with 'Taste Of Honey (From The City)', and lays you down to bed with a dusted blues nod, 'Hey Now (When I Give You All My Lovin')'. Hot joints.
Wednesday, 25 February
Giving back to the faithful and educating new ears, Butterz drop some of Footsie's most coveted riddims on a special platter. Since day one, Footsie has been integral to Grime's development - whether appearing on the first Lord of The Mics DVD, holding down a long running Rinse FM slot, running the Braindead label, or producing for Dizzee Rascal and his fellow Newham General, D Double E. This A-side reloads his 2006 special request, 'Scars' with production and vocal by Footsie, plus bars by Wiley, Jammer and D Double E, while B-side comes with the wonky slaughter of 'Move To The Beat', making its f… Read more
Back in stock! Operating at the bleeding edge of current techno, the latest package from Surgeon is the first of two remix selections featuring some of the most forward thinking techno constructions in recent times. Surgeon draws first blood with the original mix of the bone hard 'bad hands break', first heard by these ears in the perfect setting/state of the Ae headlined Sequence rave in Manchester last year, and belying Surgeon's current fixation with the darker end of the dubstep/breakstep spectrum. Also played that same night was the headf*cking 'DisinVectant Dislo… Read more
Tuesday, 24 February
Nifty UK bass pressure from Manchester's Paleman, tooling up two digi-dub meets house riddims for Loefah's 81 label. 'Beezeldub' steps up with brassy horns and billowing subs inna update of classic soundsystem steppers coolly compatible with current house patterns. 'Newun' is more brooding, with sombre intro harking back to early Skream and Loe joints before leaning off with a killer, percolated halfstep finding the sweet spot between electro-soul, dread dub and garage. Tip!
*Reissue of this amazing album, originally out on Miasmah* Marsen Jules, Arvo Part, Zbigniew Preisner's soundtrack work for Krzysztof Kieslowski, Deaf Center, Max Richter, Erik Satie, Alberto Iglesias - if you are familiar and into any or all of these names then this album on the exceptional Miasmah label will no doubt end up on your essential listening pile for the foreseeable future. With string arrangements provided courtesy of Stefan Wesolowski, the foundations of the album are set with Cello and Violin painting fragile outlines coloured by subtle electronic manipulations, harp, piano and… Read more
Shifted takes a quieter, creepier tack towards cinematic industrial scapes and pulsing rhythms on 'Part 2' of his 'Arrangements in Monochrome' session. Dangerously opiated and out-of-reach, his sound here marks a subtle step forward/away in terms of sound design, and a more noxious reduction of his signature palette, guiding us from lightless drone and drizzle in 'The Incoherent' to urgently scan ocean floor depths in 'Arrangement In Monochrome II' and the bleakly gorgeous 'Second Wash', while 'Entartung' gets tangled in a flux of rusty aquatic rhythm and 'Lenine' leaves us stranded in alien space station atmospheres.
Shifted follows up his 'Under a Single Banner' LP for Bed Of Nails with his first new material for 2014. Part 1 of a twin 12" set, 'Arrangements in Monochrome' yields four mechanically worn-down grooves seeping from the oily, emulsifying drones of 'You're a Replacement' to the thrumming grey techno missile 'Arrangement In Monochrome I' and over to the viscous momentum of '6ft of Silence' or the ventilation shaft extrusion, 'The Velvet Rope'.
Friday, 20 February
Wémè give it up for another former Rephlexian turned loose - Jodey Kendrick with eight cuts of hard-edged breakbeats and doomy noise. Of course, anyone operating between those axes will be inevitably fall under the shadow of Scorn or Justin K Broderick, and doubly so when when you share the same initials! In fact, they sound so similar that we were labouring under the impression that this actually was Mr Broderick until about ten minutes prior to writing. So, it sounds quite a lot like JK Flesh and Mick Harris dicing with Trip Hop drums and that can't be a bad thing for a lot of you.
*KILLER 909 driven dancehall banger from Dug Out, the label run by Honest Jons and Hard Wax.* Ruffest shot of 1988 ragga-techno from Tiger at his maddest. Nuthin' but a rattling 909 riddim topped by incendiary, unhinged vocal and that's all you need! Seriously, we've never heard anything quite like it, the groove sounds like some one-off bleep techno experiment from Sheffield gone AWOL and discovered by a manic Jamaican. Tippa top!
Tuesday, 17 February
Sterling 2nd EP from Public Information's brooding post-punk/industrial duo, engineer Jeremy Lemos and 90 Day Men guitarist/vocalist Brain Case, aka Acteurs. Whilst their first LP was an often propulsive affair, this follow-up is far starker, tense and uncompromising, like an Ike Yard 2.0 steeled for a cybernetically advanced world where 4D seems like the logical next step. There's still a powerful momentum to some of the tracks, but it's suppressed in favour of an overriding spatial dynamic and shifting soundsphere that's potently affective, kinetic in its own right. Eight minute opener 'Pride of Cla… Read more
Thursday, 12 February
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Tuffened techno dub and sound system concrète from On-U Sound's Adrian Sherwood and Tectonic's Pinch. Staring down the dancefloor and blackened bedrooms, 'Late Night Endless' twists the Bristol-London axis in ten variations of hybridub. Guest vocals come from Sherwood's extensive roladex of sound system warriors and singjays, with Daddy Freddy sounding ravenous in 'Bucketman' and sweetened harmonies by Bim Sherman, Bernard Fowler and Skip McDonald in 'Run Them Away', and traces of Lee Perry, Prince Far I and Congo Natty laced to the noisy tech dub tackle of 'Music Killer Dub'.
Dro Carey and his Tuff Sherm alter ego divide their energies over three twisted productions backed with a boomin' DJ Vague remix. In Tuff Sherm mode he's in the mood to bang with the slompy jack of 'Scope' and a darkly playful EBM jakbeat titled 'Prime Engine'. Switching to Dro Carey mode, he works with shivering hi-hats and a moire of Fairlight-like bass pulses of 'Prime Engine' ina mutant grime fashion, which DJ Vague promptly turns into a space-headed take on B-More house. Tipped!!
Tuesday, 10 February
*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
Friday, 06 February
Mordant Music beautifully join the dots between the hauntological zeitgeist and original library music with the 2nd of two vinyl reissues of seminal tape music by Tod Dockstader. Born 1932 in Saint Paul, Minneapolis, Dockstader majored in psychology and art but would go on to explore his interests in painting and film as an apprentice editor in Hollywood. This led to a job as a sound engineer in 1958, employed at Gotham Recording studios, where he started meticulously composing during long after-hours sessions. In 1960 his first LP 'Eight Electronic Pieces' was issued on Folkways Reco… Read more
**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
***KILLAH set of '94-style junglisms inc. Logos dub!** Ah, Sully. We've been waiting for you! Notable by his absence from the scene since debut album, 'Carrier', he returns with a crackshot collection of junglist killers for Keysound on the 'Blue' EP. It's a straight-up and highly effective exercise in recreating the sounds he heard whilst a wide-eyed raver chasing and buzzing off free parties back in the early '00s, and a damn fine stab at reviving that sense of youthful optimism. Much like HATE or Zomby's 'Where Were You In '92?' album, he fetishises that vintage sound, but in stark contrast he's reall… Read more
Thursday, 05 February
*Second pressing in plain sleeve* Hot on the heels of Russell Haswell's '37 Minute Workout', Diagonal Records drop a slow-burning, psychedelic killer from Elon Katz and Beau Wanzer's Streetwalker, backed with a powerful Silent Servant remix. First issued on Catholic Tapes cassette in 2011, the serpentine, twelve minute acid slink of 'Ooze' has been remastered for vinyl and primed for the dance. As opposed to the from-the-hip funk on their 'Future Fusion' LP for Minimal Wave's Cititrax sublabel, 'Ooze' is a more hard-hitting affair, stealthily paced to a sleazy 110bpm stru… Read more
**Vinyl-only. Spotgloss jacket** Exclusive R&Bass-Pop aces by Kode 9, Inga Copeland & Dean Blunt, Morgan Zarate, Cooly G, and Ikonika, featuring guest appearances from Ghostface Killah and Dâm-Funk. Taken from the pop/vocal-focussed 3rd volume of Hyperdub's 10th anniversary collection, 'Decadubs 3' explicitly states the label's love of bittersweet and futurist soul styles over six cherry-picked cuts from the roster's core. On side A, DVA tends a coy, summery groove for airborne vocals from Zaki Ibrahim, before Inga Copeland makes one of two appearances, the first a mad … Read more
*Limited Re-press* Quite probably our favourite pair of releases from Dominick Fernow's lesser known alias Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, "The Plant With Many Faces" and "Folklore Venom" are now available on vinyl for the first time, following on from an excellent LP for Blackest Ever Black and 12" for Bed of Nails. The project has become one of Fernow's most intriguing, offering an artificial, unnerving take on both Ambient and more propulsive electronic music, in turns reminding us of everything from Selected Ambient Works Vol.II to John C… Read more
**Gatefold Stoughton-style jacket with obi-strip. Includes an exclusive bonus track unavailable on other formats** Doom rock's sandman, Dylan Carlson returns with Mark Lanegan (QOTSA) and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows) in tow for Earth's 7th full-length studio album. 'Primitive and Deadly' by name, it yields seven signature pieces of crushing, tectonic guitar chords leavened by poised vocals from the aforementioned, and augmented by Brett Netson ov Built To Spill's 2nd guitar. The addition of another axe, together with the extra vocals makes for a more proggy, psychedelic affair than their… Read more