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Monday, 29 September
Nate Young (Wolf Eyes), Neil Hagerty (Howling Hex), Charles Ballas (Formant), and Alexander Moskos (Drainolith) scare the f**k outta each other as Dan'l Boone for Drag City. Dubbed-off metallic skronk is the plat du jour, eschewing owt obviously "noisy" in favour of angular structures tumbling drum machines, precise chunks of electric guitar and scrambled vocals with a fractured, digitised, industrial-collage lucidity that's way more psychedelic and brain scrambling than the rote, indulgent, snobby pish that certain people still try to pass off as "underground psychedelia". Nay, there's a vi… Read more
Tuesday, 23 September
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside - First ever internationally released studio album by one of the all-time legends of Nigerian music, Orlando Julius, in a collaboration with London super-group The Heliocentrics* "At his club residency in Ibadan, Orlando Julius was one of the very first to begin fusing US R&B with traditional highlife during the mid-‘60s with his Modern Aces band. His ‘Super Afro Soul’ album from ’66 set the blueprint for a whole generation of Afrobeat and Afro funk stars and, in an illustrious career, Julius met and played with Louis Armstron… Read more
Monday, 22 September
**Stunning new album from Milanese accelerationist Lorenzo Senni. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi, cut at D&M. Edition of 500 individually numbered copies with initial copies pressed on liquid gold wax** We're more than a bit gassed to pop the cork on Lorenzo Senni's thrilling, incisive new LP, the 10th release for Boomkat Editions. The conceptual sibling to his blinding 'Quantum Jelly' side for Editions Mego in 2012, 'Superimpositions' finds the Milan-based multi-disciplinary artist and owner of the brilliant Presto!? Records accelerating and evolving his idea of "Pointillistic Trance" -… Read more
Friday, 19 September
**Digital download code redeemable from the label** David Thomas and his Pere Ubu cohorts are back with the next stage in their album cycle begun with 'Lady From Shanghai' (2013). "A number of the songs were developed from an underscore composed for the movie Carnival Of Souls, performed by The Pere Ubu Film Group in July 2013. The cd and vinyl releases are slightly different. The vinyl release does not include the song 'Brother Ray.' The cd release does not include the five 'Strychnine Interludes.' The reason is straight-forward: 'Brother Ray' is twelve minutes long and would not fit on … Read more
**First ever reissue of the pioneering ensemble's 1973 release, featuring a young Ennio Morricone** "Considered the first collective of experimental composers, Gruppo d'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza formed in 1964 in Rome to chase the expressive potential of live improvisation to its furthest reaches. Led by Franco Evangelisti, Gruppo also included Ennio Morricone before he found fame composing soundtracks. The ensemble advanced the innovations of 20th century avant-garde in laboratory-like studio settings where the intuitive i… Read more
Another crucial side on Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ, prised from some putrid cave deep under the underground. This time it's a double-vinyl edition of Wold's Freermasonry, the first time on wax for a work originally issued by Profound Lore Records on CD in 2011. The Saskatchewan troupe, led by one Fortress Crookedjaw, take no prisoners and sure as hell don't meet you in the middle - rather they offload a barrage of putrid, zero-fidelity, utterly addictive black metal-flavoured noise, anchored by vocals that have to count among the most flesh-creeping and downright unpleasant we've heard on re… Read more
Thursday, 18 September
Shifty-ass techno and breakbeats from the prolific co-founder of Ilian Tape for Will Bankhead's label. Topside rolls out the subaquatic techno-house tool 'Mörsin' and a clattering breakbeat techno slayer called 'Watz'. Flipside gets better yet with the pendulous torque of 'W2' built to raze big rooms to their foundations, plus a warped, abtsract wormhole, 'Banded'. Tipped!
Tuesday, 16 September
*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
*Finally Re-Pressed, this has been unavailable for a couple of years now...* This second breathtaking LP leaves out the vocal accompaniment and exposes the terryfing production as it drifts off into instrumental effervescance. Look back at our archive of reviews for releases on the Burial Mix label and you'll probably realise that we've always had a reverential approach to what these people do. This second installment divides itself into Vocal and Instrumental "Versions" (the Vocal tracks are collected seperately on a second LP), displaying the last seven releases in their entirety, plus the… Read more
Matthew Herbert turns out four lop-sided house grooves on 'Part Seven' of his revived vinyl series. The EP ranges from percolating, wooden drums and breezy vocals of Hejira's Rahel in 'Bumps' to the hydraulic house swing of 'Suckers' on the A-side, to a tuff but quirky techno chug reminding of Wolfgang Voigt in 'Pretty Daddy', and daft, loopy funk on 'Get Strong'.
Classic Rhythm & Sound, finally available again. Let's face it, any of you out there who've been subscribed to our newsletter for a while will know that we seldom get as excited in the office as when a new Rhythm and Sound production lands on our decks. Following the pure brilliance of the last Burial Mix 10" 'Making History', sister label Rhythm and Sound returns after a long hiatus with another slab of pure dub perfection - 'Aground'. A perfect continuation to the Basic Channel aesthetic, Mark and Moritz just seem to have an uncanny ability to dive deeper and deeper into bass bliss with … Read more
Repress. This latest addition to Touch's always essential 7" series takes the form of two new tracks from Mika Vainio, recorded a few months back in Berlin. Both productions feel brilliantly tailored to the format, forging a language out of rich, crackling layers of hum and minimal popping rhythms that flirt with the illusion of being a particularly beautiful and freakish occurrence of surface noise. The A-side is especially evocative of this, structured around a stumbling mid-tempo loop and a chilly swell of sustain and airflow tonality. As with so much of Vainio's best work, this i… Read more
Repress.The less than evocatively titled Project is a marvellous new soundtrack work by Touch owner and photographer Jon Wozencroft, mixed by Mathias Gmachl of the great Farmers Manual. The piece was penned for an installation on show in the crypt of St. Pancras church last year, based on the film 'The Overcoming Of Hazard' by Brad Butler and Karen Mirza and is presented on this 7" in mixes for both speakers and headphones. The composition draws together four field recordings of "atmosphere", some radio signals and an organ stop, all drawn together into an extremely beautiful, uncommonly musical concrète… Read more
*Now available on Vinyl* In 'Saman' celebrated cellist Hildur Gudnadóttir returns to Touch with the dramatic follow-up to 'Leyfðu Ljósinu' (2012). The album's title, meaning "Together", symbolises the connection of Hildur's two primary instruments, her voice and cello, and the way they complement, contrast and mirror each other. The results are engrossing, a solemnly beautiful, at times heart-breaking suite of richly resonant cello and poised, pensile vocals including a gorgeous reprise of Icelandic hymn 'Heyr Himnasmiður', plus the plaintive beauty of 'Heima' featuring regul… Read more
"Fylkingen has, in the course of its many years of activity, become a familiar factor in Swedish, as well as international, musical life, a unique forum for the presentation of experimental art. Since very early it began to work in collaboration with an electronic music studio in Stockholm for the creation of technically satisfactory performance possibilities. The movement within Sweden in sound poetry/text-sound composition took hold in the early 1960s with the reorganization of Fylkingen, aiming to develop the relation between art and technology. Sten Hanson's work is an ex… Read more
Friday, 12 September
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Peter Jefferies (This Kind of Punishment) released his brilliant sophomore album Electricity in 1994. While his solo debut, 1990’s The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World, has drawn comparisons to classic singer-songwriters like Nick Drake and Townes Van Zandt, Electricity is a far more sparse and nocturnal affair. Jefferies’ earthy baritone weaves between piano, guitar, cello and analog tape machine noise, pulling in listeners to the deep pastoral life of his music. With guest appearances from heavyweights in the New Zealand music sce… Read more
Thursday, 11 September
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ruff 'n tuff Ragga hybrids from Cardiff's Darkhouse Fam. At their heaviest on the darkcore-zipped 'Brockwild' they intercept ground between Dabrye and Kaman Leung's baddest raggamatic hip hop/D&B replete with face-tearing mentasms, whereas 'Arphouse' features Eglo fam's Arp101 firing fruity purple synthlines and 'Elephant Large' gyrates on a big-bottomed hip hop sound nodding to Dipset, Timbaland and The Neptunes. DJ support from Kutmah, Gilles Peterson, Arp101, Alix Perez, Fracture, Rockwell…
Amon Tobin gets his Hip Hop balls out, reviving his Two Fingers alias as a solo outlet. But it's Hip Hop in attitude, but perhaps not necessarily in aesthetic. It's a platform for him to rock out his flashiest beats and bass, collecting 13 cuts of intensely detailed hyperstructure laced with a dynamic brutality and bite that's guaranteed to work equally in the moshpit or your favourite disco.
Steve Albini's Shellac at long last return after an obscenely lengthy absence from the album circuit - their last full-length was released some seven years ago, back at the turn of the century. "Excellent Italian Greyhound" apparently derives its title from the fact that drummer Todd Trainer does indeed own an Italian greyhound. While that might suggest that over the years of not recording the band might have been resting on their laurels somewhat, developing careers as a bunch of wideboys, any such notion is swiftly and firmly dismissed by the uncompromising avant-garde breakdow… Read more
Moiré brings it back to Werk Discs / Ninja Tune with two displaced dancers plus a lovely ambient piece. Their third 12" locks off a technoid take on Theo Parrish styles with the shady percussive swing, well timed chords and wobbly bass budge of 'BBoy' on top, and steps up an Actress/Terrence Dixon-styled Detroit/South London techno shakedown on the flip next to the OPN-like vision of a lush ambient closer.
Moiré makes a strong first impression on his/her Werk Discs debut, backed with a dope Actress remix and featuring vox by Heidi Vogel. 'Drugs' is the sound of a heavy night out, churning screwface bass beneath emotional Detroit synth pads and swinging claps like to come off like Lone's cousin who really knows how to get down. His 'Into' joint follows that train of thought with proper dancefloor finesse, inverting euphoric '90s vibes - diva wails, reese bass, disembodied synth voices - to a strangely squashed yet prodding sort of technoid disco, and 'Lose It' makes Heidi Vogel sputter… Read more