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Friday, 07 February
*Vinyl re-press, available for the first time in months* Clams Casino might just be the hottest producer on the planet right now. For some time his electrifying beats have been lighting up mixtapes for Lil B, Soulja Boy and other unique personalities in the new rap underground, but recently he's stepped out of the shadows to become acclaimed in his own right, releasing his own instant-classic Instrumentals mixtape, and now proffering a timely EP on Tri Angle, his debut release proper. Those expecting more of the ruggedly romantic R&B infusions he's best known for will be initially surprised, … Read more
Thursday, 06 February
*Surprise release from the mighty PAN label, Heatsick re-worked by Mark Fell's Sensate Focus across two long tracks totalling 35 minutes* From behind your ear, PAN pluck a blink-and-miss exclusive: a 35 minute audio response by Mark Fell (Sensate Focus) to source material by Heatsick, somewhere between cover version, remix and deconstruction. Along the A-side 'X' plane, tones are exploded, harmonies refracted with HD dissonance; time is extruded, made ductile yet intangible. On the B-side 'Y' axis hydraulic undulations and roiling tones expand and contract between kinetic kink an… Read more
**Includes postcard insert** Industrial techno vitriol from Shifted's Avian label. A Vision Of Love follow down the mucky rut of their debut with the listing, tetchy charge of 'A Modern Romance' on one side and the heads-down stomp of 'An Education' on the flip.
Shawn O'Sullivan (Led Er Est, Civil Duty, Vapauteen) provides Avian with its most individual noise/techno statement yet. The New York resident follows an excellent 12" for Anthony Parasole's The Corner label as Civil Duty alongside Beau Wanzer by focussing his attention specifically on stripped down, monotone techno as 400ppm. A-side opens with a shuddering shot of noise before rolling into the tubular roil of 'Occupational Exposure' and toying with dripping wet reverbs and polyrhythmic flux in 'Lean Manufacturing'. Flipside he comes closer to Sandwell District styles with the streamlined, wormholing … Read more
**Smooth, shimmering, jazzy new age seductions with crisp, classy electronics and worldly infusions. Lovely stuff** "Mystiphonic is the third release from Roland P. Young on EM Records, following Isophonic Boogie Woogie (EM 1045CD/HJ-LP) which was originally released in 1980 and re-issued by EM in 2005, and the 2009 Istet Serenade (EM 1087CD/LP). Mystiphonic is the fruit of two years of recordings at Young's Isophonic Sound Laboratory in Brooklyn, "comprovisations" which are more electronic than the previous EM releases, and yet this new CD retains Young's emotional life-long horn playing,… Read more
Niche N Bump, the promising yung London label inherently affiliated with the Wifey club nights, turns out two eerily rugged Beneath riddims backed with a badbwoy Swing Ting remix. Man-of-the-moment, Beneath brings a Sheffield-meets-London warehouse sound with spooky organ chords and pensive atmosphere punctuated by woodblock ricochets and swaggering subs on 'Strike A Pose', and proper death knell dread vibes with the brute UK house torque of 'Bellz' on the flip. Wifey's Manchester-bassed cousins, street rave commanders Swing Ting, give the latter a lick of dapper Northern pressure with tight, i… Read more
**Official Warp repress. Heavyweight 180g vinyl. Includes download code redeemable from the label** We hardly need to tell you lot that the 'Richard D. James Album' is a bit of a classic. It was originally issued in 1996 back when Aphex Twin actually used to release music - not heard it for his greedy ears - and contains ten of the most distinct "songs" ever made on electronic instruments.//
Wednesday, 05 February
'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 Hecker record, the sense of diffuse, layered, analog-treated and… Read more
Tuesday, 04 February
**Edition of 500 with instant download** One of our favourite labels and new acts follow-up their 'Love' LP debut with another canny patchwork of cracked and fogged-up R&B psychedelia. Since the first LP, the duo have relocated from the Lisbon underground to Glasgow's sympathetic scene and northern climes (also home of Night School Records) to re-assess their sound, which slots neatly within the city's famed tastes for future funk and art-wized fuzz. Their 'Greatest It's' sounds like it was made on half-asleep machines plugged into an unreliable power source, but still manages to tap into an … Read more
Belgian/Italian duo Andrea Taeggi and Koenraad Ecker isolate a diffuse mixture of techno and concrète noise with 'Apophenia' for Opal Tapes. Building on the decayed structures of last year's 'Contrapasso' album, their latest blends the chaotic virtues of their improvisational approach with a more premeditated logic, manifesting five arcane constructions balancing abstract expression and rugged, grooving purpose. In that sense it works well alongside Opal Tapes' boss Basic House, but Lumisokea's rhythms are more tetchy, incendiary, liable to combust like the 3-step IDM of 'Eleven' or buckle and sp… Read more
*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!
Friday, 31 January
*Vinyl re-press, now available* London-based Patten has been operating on the fringes of electronic music for a couple of years now, with some reputable CD-Rs and other low-key releases under his belt, but this debut album proper for No Pain In Pop is a revelation, presenting a prismatic vision of narcotic, wonked-out, grid-dissolving house aimed at the cerebellum rather than the dancefloor. It's reminiscent of all sorts of things - the slanted techno of Diamond Catalog and Container, the hyper-kosmische of Bee Mask, the most disturbed Omar-S productions, and particularly the rich, isolationist… Read more
Thursday, 30 January
*New Edition pressed on 180g Red Vinyl - Gatefold Sleeve, 500 copies* Here's what we said about the album when it was released on CD in 2011: "Beguiling, unsettling and deeply mysterious, The Haxan Cloak's eponymous debut album is a riveting experience. In case Demdike Stare hadn't inspired you to read up on the pre-1900 occult, the term "Häxan" is an old German word for witchcraft, a theme shared by the two artists. But for that, and the monotone artwork aside, The Haxan Cloak takes a very different approach to his craft, one rooted in his studies in sound art… Read more
Steel City grime maverick cuts loose on two instrumental weapons. With no MCs on this ride it's all the better to concentrate on Walter Ego's super crisp and powerful production. A-side he delivers the belly-tightening bass riddim and spiralling synths of his 'Wavey' rudeness - as rinsed by Plastician, among others - whilst the B-side goes aggy-tropical with the cut-up, angular carnival rhythms and nutty basslines of 'Military Mind'. Ace twelve.
Wednesday, 29 January
**Grey vinyl** Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra's modern space rock classic from 2006 reissued. "Surface to Air teems with the stirring, trance-inducing deluges of rhythm and sound the duo is renowned for. Swelling waves of melodic synth ride atop a broad bass and drum foundation. Sequences of repetition roll, build, and unfold with the measured patience of master artisans. Less an album than a moving, breathing mass of symphonic sound; Surface to Air creates boundless moving pictures that are nothing short of breathtaking."
Blackest Ever Black vent a cold slice of 1982 synth improvisations by former Skullflower and Whitehouse member Stefan Jaworzyn. The original tracks on 'Drained Of Connotation' were recently re-discovered by Jaworzyn when trawling his archives for the recent run of Skullflower reissues and rekindled the British noise legend's memories of poking about with his "beloved Dr Rhythm" and Korg MS10 or 20 and an old EMS. Pre-dating the music on his recently issued 'Eaten By Shadows '82-'83' CD, it comprises an extended side of crisp, piercing hi-end tones punctured by pulsing patterns … Read more
Tuesday, 28 January
*30 minute EP follow-up to Miles' recent 'Faint Hearted' album for Modern Love, mastered and cut by Matt Colton* An addendum of sorts to his recent 'Faint Hearted' album, Miles' returns with a half-hour EP more squarely aimed at the floor with four darkened, robust variants. 'Blatant Statement' is up first, slowly emerging from a rough alignment of metallic percussion and abrasive stabs not a million miles removed from the kind of racket you'd most likely associate with Vatican Shadow, before the almost-clipped rub of those super-warm bass stabs shifts the perspective to a different kind of environm… Read more
**New from The Boats' new label - Blue vinyl in wrap-around jacket and PVC sleeve, edition of 300 copies - RIYL Fever Ray, Hype WIlliams, The Boats** 'Redemption Forest' is the beguiling debut album of recombinant pop from Andrew Hargreaves (The Boats/Tape Loop Orchestra) and Beth Roberts' new duo, The Mistys. It's also the 2nd release on The Boats' new label, Other Ideas, following their relatively radical techno diversion, 'Nomenclature'. The project serves as a vehicle for Andrew and Beth to explore concepts of pop as a subversive medium; a way to communicate ideas other than the usua… Read more
*White Vinyl Re-press!* *Well, this could very well be our favourite record on the PAN label yet. It has a concept so brilliant and simple we can't quite believe it hasn't been done before, taking the burning embers, breakdowns and ambient interludes off classic Jungle mixtapes and re-assembling them into a ghostly ambient-not-ambient mix that's at once hugely nostalgic and totally forward thinking - so so good* 'Diversions 1994-1996' is Lee Gamble's chimeric recollection of jungle's golden era. Using samples sourced solely from his cache of jungle mixtapes accrued as a raving teenage… Read more
*Translucent red vinyl, packaged in silkscreened PVC sleeves* Having established the label with a brace of his own killer 12”s, Oscar Powell opens up the Diagonal books to welcome in Blood Music, a band led by Londoner Simon Pomery. ‘Rare Earth Project’ is incantatory, industrial-tinged rock, plain and simple, driven by rolling hellhound toms and toxic clouds of feedback - think Factory Floor crossbred with Shellac, building to a hypnotic climax suggestive of Faust or Can at their most committedly deranged. ‘Speak Like Violence’’s grungey guitar squall and dead-eyed motorik momentum amount… 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
**Features etched artwork by FIS on the B-side** Astutely enigmatic D&B outsider and new Tri Angle signee Olly Peryman aka FIS makes a highly anticipated return via new label, Void Coms. In key with the label's muse, Yves Klein and his theory of the "le Vide", or the Void, FIS dives into starkly esoteric headspace on the label's first release, 'Homologous'. This is D&B perceived as a body and head music more in tune with the rhythms, timbre and geometry of natural phenomena than mechanistic club currents. As with his outstanding releases for Exit and local NZ label, Samurai Horo, the three tracks here… Read more
**A killer set from Morphosis, a must for fans of Sun Ra, Dariush Dolat-Shahi, Alice Coltrane** Exploratory Lebanese imprint Annihaya presents a stunning debut album opus by Rabih Beaini (aka Morphosis) under his birth name. As Rabih was born in Lebanon (but now based in Berlin and with strong ties to Venice, Italy) it is fitting he shares 'Albidaya' - meaning "The Beginning" in Arabic - with a label from his home country, who provide acute context for its mixture of electronics, psych rock, folk and jazz with their previous releases from Raed Yassin and noted Arab-o-philes, Sun City … Read more
Ghostly International serve a sweet addendum to Gold Panda's 'Half Of Where You Live' replete with Fort Romeau and T Hemingway remixes. Album versions of etheric house swinger 'Community' and the smudged, Dilla-wise 'Reprise' appear alongside a skinnier and extended demo and live versions, whilst Fort Romeau tempers 'Community' to a gently uplifting ambient piano house schematic and adds heady compressions and dranken R&B trills to 'Reprise' on the EP's big highlight.
Monday, 27 January
Jack Tiraquon brings the astral techno-funk and sex-boogie proper on a new full-length for R&S - stitched together with skits, spoken interludes and even an all-out Mantronix-style rap number ('Mr. 8040's Introduction') sketching out the dilemma of an intergalactic loverman trying to return to his native galaxy. If that sounds corny on paper, it's no less so in actuality; still, it's a welcome antidote to the po-faced and unearned seriousness that tends to dominate contemporary techno, and moreover it re-establishes the genre's connection to the p-funk mothe… Read more
*Due to a mixup at the pressing plant a small amount of this rarest PAN release have been re-pressed, the original copies ing sold out in hours so now's your chance...* The vanguard of contemporary avant-dancefloors share a KILLER split for PAN on this limited edition pressing that will no doubt disappear in a flash. Most notably, SND's side '15/16' is their first material on wax since the hugely sought-after '4,5,6' triplepack in 2008 and their crazy limited pressing for DS93 back in 2010. Mark Fell and Mat Steel conduct a side-long session of convulsive, jacking electronic funk with inimitable timin… Read more
*Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl, includes an 80 minute CD with additional tracks* This is just gorgeous - Simon Fisher Turner has scored the BFI National Archive’s restoration of 'The Epic of Everest', the official film record of Mallory and Irvine’s ill-fated 1924 Everest expedition as filmed by Captain John Noel. Turner is renowned for his film soundtrack work which began with Derek Jarman's Caravaggio (1986) and Blue (1993), plus scoring restorations of Un Chant D’Amour dir Jean Genet (1950) and The Great White Silence for the BFI. This new score was composed, orchestrated a… Read more
Thursday, 23 January
Deadly wares from the Peverelist! His fifth transmission for Livity Sound is arguably his best solo production in years, finding a crucial balance between bass-heavy 124-130bpm techno/house rollidge and polyrhythmic swerve. A-side rolls up dread 4/4 subs and breakbeat 'ardcore torque with the baddest manners; B-side reels with elliptic latin syncopation, all shuffling hi-hats, writhing synths and chiming Afro-latin cadence. Total no brainer. Highly recommended!
Perc's Submit label follows up those smashing Einstürzende Neubauten reworks with a shocking brace of industrial mutations from Pete Swanson, Burial Hex, Prostitutes and Profligate. We're completely won over by Clay Ruby aka Burial Hex's mixture of 313-style jit and noise malevolence on 'Final Love (Feral Love Dub)' - imagine Alberich and D.I.E. on a mission - whilst Pete Swanson has a go at cleaning your lugs with the squally, scraping brutality of 'Pleasure Averse' and Prostitutes and Profligate share a flipside of sleaze and pummelling noise / techno transgressions for the freaks. It's not to be missed, ya heard?! Recommended!
*Re-press* Superb three-tracker from the highly-rated Shifted project, released on Sigha's Our Circula Sound imprint. A-side 'Telic' is a beast, sleekly stripped down and rolling on syncopated bass swing with crisp, Sleeparchive-like bleeps. B-side 'Solus' is defined by a throbbing, itchy friction intended to dominate any club, while 'Image/Channel' affords a crucial moment for bleak industrial sound design recalling the work of Zhark's Kareem. Heavy.