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Wednesday, 28 May
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Daniel Lopatin debuts for Warp with an eagerly awaited ninth solo album. 'R Plus 7' follows the increasingly complex vectors of his 'Returnal' and 'Replica' sides with an ambitious fervor, scoping ten dazzling planes of hyper-reality framing analog/digital productions. While the grand scale of his hypersonic architectures has increased, it's not at the expense of emotional impact: it's just that the route to those breathtaking widescreen moments has become more intricate, labyrinthine, and the resolutions more pretentiou… Read more
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* Originally issued as a free mixtape back in February 2012, 'The Narcissist II' is a tripped-out set of R&B, psych-pop and '90s ghetto movie ambient themes from the dude half of Hype Williams. As ever with HW-affiliated output, it sounds like it could be the work of four people, not two, or even one. It's got a voyeuristic element which we're really feeling, like you're hovering in a shadowed ceiling cornice of his studio/apartment, high on his bleed fumes and watching him meander between played-out VHS tapes, synths, guitar and an MPC, e… Read more
**Part of the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue series - 180g vinyl. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Out To Lunch! was Eric Dolphy's only recording for Blue Note Records as a leader and today is considered one of the premiere albums in the label's history as well as one of the top avant garde jazz albums of the 1960s. Featuring five Dolphy originals - including the Thelonious Monk tribute "Hat and Beard," Out To Lunch! includes the artistry of Dolphy on alto sax, flute and bass clarinet along with Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Ric… Read more
Hype Williams instigator and now solo raconteur, Dean Blunt, sidesteps preconceptions with a quietly psychedelic, sparse and sensual third album. In 'The Redeemer' he tends to a wipe-clean soundworld of lite jazz fusion motifs, bluesy guitar wisps and new age synth gelled together with dreamy sound FX and distressed ansafone messages whilst nonchalant, confessional vocals dictate a drowsy internal narrative. It's a sort of surreal soul scape simulacra, an adult contemporary fantasy as seen and heard from a detached perspective, a fact accentuated by the intangible, voice-in-your… Read more
**Part of the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue series - 180g vinyl. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Speak No Evil was recorded in 1964 and released on Blue Note in 1965 the album features Shorter on tenor sax with Herbie Hancock on piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Speak No Evil combines elements of hard bop and modal jazz on the album's six tracks: "Witch Hunt," "Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum," "Dance Cadaverous," "Speak No Evil," "Infant Eyes" and "Wild Flower". Celebrating 50 years since its recording, Speak No Evil was newly-remastered for vinyl by Alan Yoshida at Dunning-Kruger in Los Angeles.
Tuesday, 27 May
*Re-press on transparent vinyl* Following on from a pair of Extended Players released in 2011 ("Passed Me By" / "We Stay Together") Andy Stott returns to Modern Love with 'Luxury Problems', an 8 track album of new material recorded over the last 12 months. Five of the tracks on the album feature the voice of Alison Skidmore, Andy's onetime Piano teacher whom he hadnt seen since he was a teenager back in 1996. There was no grand gesture in mind, it just sort of happened - but after almost a year of studio work the result is really quite unlike anything you'll have heard fr… Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 500 copies ** V-o-D return to the Experimental Products archive for a third collection of demos and live performances in their typical Hi-NRG and funked-up Minimal Synth style. The Philadelphian duo best known for their '80s dancefloor standard, 'Glowing In The Dark' evidently had a lot more up their leather sleeves, scoped here from the melancholic, Euro-sounding 'Feeling Left Out' or the cinematic instrumental 'Re-Entry', to the rippling, hi-impact EBM of 'Work The Beat' and synth-poppy electro of 'Burning Flames' thru to the electro-funky twang of 'Experiment' and the forlorn 'WXPN Jam'.
**Hand-stamped Transparent vinyl pressing, one-sided 12", mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Earlier on this year Andy Stott found himself playing on the same bill as New York “Heavy Metal hoarders” Batillus. Despite operating in completely different spheres, Batillus had been playing ‘Luxury Problems’, Stott’s most recent album, on their tourbus and suggested a remix. The result is pressed up on this one-sided 12”, a deadly reduction that pitches the original down into the abyss, sounding unlike anything we've heard from him before, growing from static drones into a kno… Read more
Wednesday, 21 May
*Re-Press* in the space of just a couple of releases Workshop has attained a reputation and a following that does justice to that impressive Hardwax connection. This new twelve from Kassem Mosse follows on from a couple of blistering releases for the Mikrodisko label and once again showcases Kassem's unique ability with sparse beats and minimal dancefloor arrangements. But this ain't no trendy bleepy business - the A-side opens with a percussive skeleton that sounds like little else that comes to mind, situating itself somewhere between developed, dusty hip hop and intoxicated, hazy 4/4. Much… Read more
*Re-Press* Workshop has steadily evolved to become one of those buy-on-sight labels over the course of the last two years. Following his tremendous Workshop 03 killer and a ruck of understated anthems for Mikrodisko, Kassem Mosse returns to the label with another beautiful blend of suspended slow-house and pedigree techno. The A-side is given to a long playing cut), lead by a sublimely smudged synthline in the style of his '578' cut and driven by rolling technohouse rhythms this could last twice as long and we'd still play it end-to-end in any club. The B-side is another game entirely though… Read more
Posh Isolation's core duo Christian Stadsgaard and Loke Rahbek return to Luke Younger's Alter label with brute force. 'Penis Corset' is possibly their most potent, pointed cut to date, laying in with industrial boots, caustic synth lashes and gut-wrenched vocals with a sorta blinkered primitivism. On the other hand, 'Pattern Of Penetration' is more reserved and pent up, stalking its prey with angular, bitter synth shocks and distorted mutter to unsettlingly unresolved ends. RIYL Prurient, Alberich, NON.
Tuesday, 20 May
**Tinfoil-stamped sleeve** Sunil Sharpe and Defekt team up under the Tinfoil handle to chase the industrial techno dragon. They deign for a tracky, minimal sound that's sleeker than we've heard from Sharpe before, and also more technoid, noisy than Defekt's recent 12" for Electronic Explorations. A-side kicks out a bleeping buck shot and darker, tunnelling 4/4; B-side picks up the pace for a noisier, radioactive charge, and some aquatic acid madness.
**Double LP including CD version of the album** Atoms For Peace finally roll 'Amok' into place, exercising the electronic pop imaginations of Radiohead's Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich, RHCP's Flea, and dab-hand drummers Mauro Refosco and Joey Waronker. Recorded between LA and London over the last year or so, it builds on the promise of single teaser 'Default' and the Judge Jury, Executioner one with seven new tracks taking their sound to places we hadn't previously foreseen. Opener 'Before Your Very Eyes...' unexpectedly weaves tight Afro-guitar lilts and drum patter to Thom… Read more
*Deluxe double LP pressed onto 180g vinyl, includes a copy of the album on CD free inside. Also includes a comprehensive 36 page booklet* It can't be easy following a record as beguiling as 2008's genre-defying 'The Drift', but pounding to life with the incessant woodpecker percussion of album opener 'See You Don't Bump His Head', it's clear that 69-year-old Scott Walker has shock and awe in mind. He's never been an artist who's struggled with originality, and 'Bish Bosch' takes his aural cubism even further than ever before with confusing instrumentation and some of his finest vocal work to … Read more
*Newly reissued on Mute - includes a free poster and download code redeemable from the label* Swans may have only reformed in 2009, but according to Michael Gira ‘The Seer’ is the album that has truly been thirty tortured years in the making. Its predecessor ‘My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky’ (excluding the limited live album ‘We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head’) was a measured, low-key affair, more of a reminder of how the band had changed in the lost years between their death and rebirth than knocking their prior recordings out of the water entirely. ‘The Seer’ … Read more
Monday, 19 May
**Digitalis debut from Koenraad Ecker, one half of Opal Tapes' Lumisokea, highly recommended if you're into Vainio, Joachim Nordwall, The Haxan Cloak. Initial copies on transparent red wax** Belgium's Koenraad Ecker swiftly follows his 'Apophenia' LP as part of the Lumisokea duo for Opal Tapes with a personalised invitation to his shadowy solo zones for Digitalis. Inhabiting space between slow techno and electro-acoustic dimensions, 'Ill Fares The Land' surveys similar soundscapes to Mika Vainio and Joachim Nordwall's recent 'Monstrance' LP and Senking's drowned space. Bolstered by … Read more
*New on Modern Love, edition of 700 mastered and cut at D&M Berlin* Jack Dice is a new project on Modern Love from John Twells and Walker Chambliss. Twells, amongst very many other things, runs the Type label and has been producing music of various different disciplines and varieties over the last 15 years. Although he's never released anything on Modern Love before, he's a long time friend and associate of the label. Chambliss is the manager of Main Attrakionz and has been DJing with them for the last couple of years as the official 'Green Ova DJ'. 'Jack Dice' is fuelled by an interest in bass… Read more
*Limited edition, hand-stamped white label* Proper skulkin' riddims straight outta deepest darkest Bristol on the freshly minted Livity Sound. Frontside, Kowton goes on a sparse and slinkin' groove driven by pneumatic subbass pulses and coordinated by tuff yet limbre drum programming, all cloaked with roughed-up string pads. Rolling off a cracking run of tracks on Hessle Audio and Left_Bank, Pev's mix on the flip feel more tensile, synching rumbling dread bass, slippin' Toms and sheared hi-hats with a more junglist intent compared with Kowton's Garage/House flow. No fuss, just stone-cold aces.
Thursday, 15 May
**White wax in silkscreen-printed PVC sleeve. Edition of 150 - Volume Two** Brilliant 2nd volume of melting modular skeletons by Nicola Ratti (Bellows) for Italy's outstanding Holidays Records. These are quite possibly the most impressive, robust and diverse pieces we've heard from Ratti. In some obvious ways they parallel the mutations happening right now in noise/techno undergrounds, and in others they're a natural progression of his practice both solo and with Bellows. On this 2nd volume he presents five more pieces of unique, techno-accented rhythmelodic cadence and unpredictable a… Read more
**White wax in silkscreen-printed PVC sleeve. Edition of 150 - Volume One** Nicola Ratti (Bellows) inverts the diffuse vectors of his 'Resophonic' LP with Mark Templeton in five bony-but-sinuous modular electronic and tape compositions split over two volumes for Holidays Records. These are quite possibly the most impressive, robust and diverse pieces we've heard from Ratti. In some obvious ways they parallel the mutations happening right now in noise/techno undergrounds, and in others they're a natural progression of his practice both solo and with Bellows. On this 1st volume he modula… Read more
**One-sided pressing. Edition of 200** 'Piper' documents 18 minutes of live recording made by maverick cellist Okkyung Lee and harmonium player Jon Wesltoft, captured in Oslo, 2010 - the same period that spawned their 'Cold Burn' album. It's quite an intense and mesmerising piece, laying down one thick slab of ritual drone agitating buzzing high end overtones and soured discord.
The third in the legendary Basic Channel series, Features the title track and a remix of the classic Phylyps Trak.
Seventh release in the classic Basic Channel series - Octagon on the A side, Octaedre on the flip..
*Villalobos, Vladislav Delay and Tikiman Mixes* The long-rumoured, desperately awaited series of remixes for Rhythm and Sound's See Mi Yah sessions finally drops!!!! Featured here are remixes from Ricardo Villalobos, Vladislav Delay and Tikiman. The first ever Rhythm and Sound remix EP, rumours have it the the first pressing is already vastly over-subscribed....if you want to guarantee a first pressing, don't sleep!
Happa and Manni Dee go for the jugular on two brutalist techno missiles for Rob Booth's Electronic Explorations. Under the Habits Of Hate aegis, the Leeds/Brighton-based axis of evil twists out a raging piece of broken 4/4 recalling BMB at their most slavering with the dubbled kicks and crushing breakbeat deviations of 'Limelight Roles'. B-side 'A Rebel From The Waist Down' shots blistered techno from the hip with ravenous steppers' techno patterns and napalmed noise textures. Riot music.
*Carl Craig and Basic Channel Reshapes!* Deary me, the best has very definitely been saved til last with this quite remarkable final installment for Basic Channel's 'See Mi Yah' series of remixes. Volume four goes way back to Basic channel's roots for a double-headed session that features one of Carl Craig's most astonishing remixes on the A-side and a simply terrifying, almost unfathomably deep spacious techno reworking from Basic Channel themselves on the flip. Short of Mark and Moritz resurrecting Techno's most infamous label and delivering the fable… Read more
*Rhythm & Sound remixed by Soundstream, Substance and Francois K* Hard to think of many/any producers out there who would refuse an opportunity to remix music penned by Basic Channel's Mark Ernestus and Mauritz Von Oswald, particularly given that up until this series of remix twelves it just wasn't something the elusive pair ever allowed. Putting together a shortlist of potential remixers for these releases must have been a real chore - who would you ask to rework your music if you knew you could get more or less anyone you wanted? Followin… Read more
After a blazing succession of Sound System heaters, Dug Out offers a spiritual session of seminal nyabinghi grounation from Dadawah circa 1974. At the risk of hyperbolics, this is quite a jaw dropping package. It's most likely a large influence upon the work of label head Mark Ernestus in his Rhythm & Sound guise, recalling the magical spirituality of classics like 'Making History' among others in the hypntoic, shuffling pace and intangibly smoky aura that seems to evaporate from the grooves with each listen. The group is led by Ras Michael, guiding a traditional set up of nyabinghi (ceremonia… Read more
Back In Stock. After indulging us with the magnificent Burial Mix perfections of 'King In My Empire' and 'Jah Rule', Moritz and Mark return with a new golliath 12" on the Rhythm and Sound imprint. Instrumentals on both sides, the most noticeable element as soon as the space echoes of the opening 'Imprint' rumble in is that the formula that has been conceived and perfected by M+M will never cease to amaze. Reverberating pops and emmited static fold themselves around the incredibly deep, rumbling bassline. Shards of dub delay infiltrate the mix, but the cathartic drift of the track is, simply put, mes… Read more