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Tuesday, 12 August
Oblique, uncompromising bangers from some freak called Chemotex on Trilogy Tapes. Fairly insane stuff here, from the wall-crumbling buck of 'Schrade Knives' to the incessant dial tone samples chopped into 'Payphone Player' and some absolutely brutal noise jackers on the flipside. Cuckin' frackers.
Finally back in stock... A true Krautrock classic from the archives. In 1976 Brian Eno visited Harmonia's studio in the Weserbergland region of northern Germany to create what would become one of the most cherished artifacts of the genre on 'Tracks and Traces'. Harmonia comprised of multi instrumentalists Hans Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Mobius (also known as Cluster) with former Kraftwerk and Neu member, Michael Rother, and together with the like-minded synth maestro Eno they created twelve tracks of seminal instrumental exploration. The album contains two extended centrepieces in… Read more
**Gatefold double vinyl. Includes download** 'Will To Be Well' marks a critical new chapter in the development of Blackest Ever Black's ambassadors for RD Laing. Their 2nd studio album blooms with a richer sonic palette over 15 instrumental songs showcasing an increasingly disciplined approach to their compositions. Still taking inspiration from the life and works of RD Laing, as much as "more universal and enduring mysteries: the relationships between body and mind, illness and wellness, the physical and the metaphysical", their sound still operates in a curious schism, feeling at once in a… Read more
Monday, 11 August
**Playable, one-sided vinyl postcard disc. Limited edition of 500 with download code** Karen Novotny X blow the cutest cosmic synth bubbles on this sweet treat for Deep Distance. As with their sought-after, "lost" and found collection, 'Nothing Here But These Recordings 78-79', the enigmatic East London group unfurl previously unreleased 3 minutes of gaseous analogue electronics and percolating drum machine in a krauty lather that strongly recalls key late '70s/early '80s records by Craig Leon, Colin Potter or Chris Carter. The warm, fuzzy analogue production and melodic naiv… Read more
*Vinyl Finally Available* ahhhh, this is so good. Michigan noise celebs John Olson and Nate Young are joined by new blood James Baljo to coin their new era of mutoid wave music on 'No Answer: Lower Floors'. You freaks will also be pleased to hear that former members Aaron Dilloway and Mike Connelly return to the fold for this slab of cold, zombied meat, converging primal visions of regressed futures previously imagined in records by the likes of TG or The German Shepherds. There's a sense that the group's divergent individual interests - Nate Young with Regression, Star… Read more
**Double LP reissue with bonus side recorded at their 1981 John Peel Session. Includes download code redeemable from the label** 'Seven Songs' is a stone cold Post Punk classic from 1982. Miscegenating Afrobeat voodoo and American psychedelic funk with harsh Industrial electronics, traces of Exotica and wrenched tape FX, it stands out a mile from its era and can be rightly called a seminal record. Its creators 23 Skidoo aka Fritz Catlin, Thom Heslop, Sam Mills, Alex Turnbull and Johnny Turnbull were mostly under twenty years of age at the time of recording, and their youth… Read more
Friday, 08 August
**Debossed jacket and artwork by Will Bankhead** Astral juke and celestial tech-noise killers from Kenneth_Lay of Metasplice and Jason Carr on TTT. Since last year's 'M_Type' 12", _moonraker has notched a tape for his _bruxist label (great name!) and another single for Great Circles, but this is the best of the lot. Sluicing the groove somewhere between DJ Stingray, Dro Carey and Terrence Dixon, he shakes out the galloping, wayward space techno of 'Oronimbus' and the whipsmart 140bpm jit pneumatics of 'Plot Query' on one side, before easing off with a cool Neptunian 'Cyan Lean' on the t… Read more
Border Community's Nathan Fake and Wesley Matsell inaugurate Fake's Cambria Instruments label with a wicked pair of knotted, wayward techno grooves. A-side reveals Fake's first new material since 2012's 'Steam Days' album with a slippery garage-techno groove buffeted by off-the-grid drums and drenched in the kind of synth dissonance that makes your fillings ring. It's gotta be one of the craftiest dancefloor trax we've heard in 2014. That outro, too! On the flip, Wesley Matsell follows his rave reminiscence 'Total Order Of Being' with a moody but sublime piece of pastoral techno… Read more
Wednesday, 06 August
Detroit's yung hope proves the city's illustrious heritage is in safe hands with debut album, 'The Boat Party'. Ever since the first, precocious stirrings of his debut for mentor, Omar-S's FXHE back in 2007, thru the forward looking inquisition of 'Zug Island' with Kero in 2012, Kyle has flown the flag for a brand of machine-made funk experimentalism and innovation that's often overlooked when talking about his home city. That's possibly because it's ostensibly a rawer, rough-round-the-edges style than his European counterparts, but what he lacks in finesse he more than makes up for in … Read more
*The LP edition features heavyweight vinyl packaged in a foiled gatefold sleeve* London's most-hyped soul crew finally unveil their debut album after a studied viral marketing campaign. Includes all the tracks from their singles plus a ruck of new gear."Jungle are based around a core musical duo of lifelong friends known simply as ‘J’ and ‘T’, who expand to a thrilling seven piece live, and make mesmeric, kaleidoscopic modern soul that’s unmistakably born in the UK but has true global appeal. The album was recorded between the band’s own home studio in Shepherds Bush, London and the XL Recordings studio in nearby Ladbroke Grove."
Tuesday, 05 August
Dank 130 bpm rollers from a new Notts/London-based duo. 'Antwerp' arranges blocky percussion and shivering hi-hats into a frictional darkside techno/bass groove. 'Lincolnshire Shuffle' is slinkier but aarder, wielding pendulous subs and skull-glancing drums.
**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
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.
Monday, 04 August
**Limited LP Edition in a gorgeous Die-cut jacket and printed inner, includes free download dropped into your account on the release date - 29th August** Deaf Center dig out two extended, beautifully solemn movements to inaugurate Sonic Pieces' Pattern series. Recorded during sessions from 2008-2012, 'Recount' is a sublime entry documenting their ghostly actions before and after 'Owl Splinters' (2011), their last record for Type. Time is suspended in their eternally crepuscular headspace, affording solitude for nostalgic remembrance in an immersive, orchestral environment d… Read more
Magical make-over of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's 'Don't Make Me Over', as made famous by Dionne Warwick, now transported somewhere to avant-pop LA.
*Powell returns to his own Diagonal imprint with his first 12" for the label since 2012, including a collaboration with Russell Haswell* The Diagonal dynamo returns to his label on a combustible trio of 'Club Music' trax, including a crackshot collaboration with Russell Haswell. Powell's first 12" for the label since 2012's 'Body Music' arrives a year since his 'Fizz' 12" for Liberation Technologies and a killer for The Death Of Rave - with a couple of scintillating remixes for Ike Yard and Silent Servant in between - to mark his clearest, canniest statement of intent, wrenching ideas twoc'ed fro… Read more
Thursday, 31 July
LA-style summer jams from Delroy Edwards and Benedek, aka Rx for y'all. Under a patina of ferric smog and medicinal weed smoke they spread the funk thick 'n greazy on both sides, slyding up close with oily bassline and melting chords in 'Strung Out' for that eyes-shut-and-shuffling appeal, whilst flipside picks up the swaying shimmer of Linn-like drums and mystic pipes in 'Prescriptions'. Timeless PPU quality.
Wednesday, 30 July
On his sixth album in as many years, Lone leaves us dizzy and vajazzled with his synaesthetically enhanced palette of coloursound and rhythmelody. It's been said by someone, somewhere that's it's possibly harder to make happy music than sad music, and if that's the case, then Lone's every bit the genius everyone makes him out to be. 'Reality Testing' is simply soul drunk and and sincerely beaming with good vibes, wending a mazy path between house, boogie and hip hop rhythms gilded with the lushest synthlines and diffused into gaseous pink, orange and turquoise hues. There's a sincerity and sweet… Read more
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* Everyone's favourite purveyor of bleary-eyed rave make-believe, back with a dizzyingly psychedelic new album, Galaxy Garden. 'New Colour' is proper LSD-fried Sega tropicalia, the sound of being trapped inside an enchanted 16-bit play zone with only Sonic The Hedgehog and a copy of James Ferraro's Farside Virtual to guide you, proper bonkers mate, but from there on in Matt Cutler shows real depth and nuance to his productions: 'The Animal Pattern'' sounds like Wax Stag (remember him?) rewired for the club, all polygon synths, squelchy bass and laser-zaps kept… Read more
Tuesday, 29 July
Rabih Beaini follows his awesome 'Albidaya' LP with this double-pack of rugged noise techno excursions as Morphosis. Whilst sharing many elements in common with 'Albidaya' - a freedom of noisy, lushly discordant modular expression - these tracks are definitively more "techno"; powered by hulking bass rhythms in six tunnelling formations. His first plate clocks the corrosive modular squabble and lop-sided churn of 'Dismantle' - no melodies or hooks here, kids, just the wicked gritty stuff - and 'Tamrat Version' thuds something like an martian Funky rhythm. If you ask us; the 2nd plate, 'Music For … Read more
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* Dalhous deliver an engrossing debut for Blackest Ever Black. 'An Ambassador For Laing' is the Edinburgh-based duo, Marc Dall and Alex Ander's 2nd LP together - they've previously recorded one as Young Hunting - and continues to exchange their more melodramatic inclinations for richly filmic atmospheres and intricate, rhythm-driven and song-like arrangements hinting at a dreamy jazz noir and IDM-esque feel. Employing a rigorously refined palette of keys, harp, vibraphone, guitar, woodwind, strings and synthesizer, processed in layers o… Read more
**Clear vinyl reissue** What have Keysound been putting on their Weetabix recently? Following exemplary issues from Beneath and Mumdance, it's the turn of Logos with his debut album, 'Cold Mission' to leave a big mark on the scene. Isolating the quintessence of Eski Grime, New Age electronics, cinematic sound design and hyper-forward Vaporwave, his definitive album statement can stand up next to Jam City's 'Classical Curves' as one of the UK's finest contributions to the ongoing dialogue between futurist labels such as Fade To Mind (Total Freedom, Nguzunguzu), Software (Oneoht… Read more
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore.
Hodge comes heavy with two tribal riddim trips for Dnuos Ytivil, the sister label of Peverlist and co's Livity Sound. Miles away from the buttoned up boogie-house grooves of his Outboxx duo with Matthew Lambert, both tracks here really give the 'floor something to dance with. A-side 'Amor Fati' rolls out the drums like a Beneath reduction of Shackelton, all hypnotic percussive cadence and booming techno junglist bass. B-side is better still, brukking forward with tight-cut drum edits, snake-charming melody and sirens like some secret weapon from A Made Up Sound or dego. Killah sound, supported by Ben UFO, Pangaea, Martyn, Surgeon and more. Big tip!
'Stars and Topsoil', Cocteau Twins' collection of the best of their 4AD years, is belatedly issued on vinyl for the first time ever, on limited edition white vinyl with a gatefold sleeve, printed inner bags and a complete remaster from Robin Guthrie...
Friday, 25 July
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
LA's celebrated soundtrack supervisor, composer and musician Brian Reitzell yields his most personal vision of cosmic highway sounds on 'Auto Music' starring guest spot from Kevin Shields (MBV), among others. In recent years Brian's probably best known for his work with Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), whom he collaborated with on the score and soundtrack for Sofia Coppola's 'Bling Ring', beside his work on the acclaimed 'Watch Dogs' computer game soundtrack, and playing on Air's 'Le Voyage Dans La Lune' soundtrack. Factor in previous work wrangling Kevin Sheilds out of hibernation f… Read more
Thursday, 24 July
The legend unfurls three broken beat beauties for Falty DL's Blueberry Records, backed with the label boss' rework. Hot on the heels of his Dego and Kaidi 12", a reissue of his Cousin Cockroach classic 'This Ain't Tom 'N Jerry', and his Theo Parrish hook-up, 'Just Begin', Dego's arguably on classic form right now, turning out the swinging budge of 'Nuts!' and the fluid electro-funk of 'Could Murder A Burger' on top, and the shadier, seductive shuffle of 'Celestian Ditton' on the flip. Falty DL remixes the latter with his signature sense of space and intricate rhythm mechanics, and even a dash of jazzy scat, causing Dego to exclaim "The force is strong with this one…".
Wednesday, 23 July
**One-sided pressing cut at half-speed by Matt at Alchemy for maxxximum presha!** Killing Sound version '$ixxxx Harmonie$' with serious tech-step jungle swerve for BEB. Separated from the 'Killing Sound' double-pack, the near-ambient original is extended and reinforced with dreadnaught jungle rhythms and possessed warehouse vibes for a properly altered, shark-eyed swerve. We'll be damned if it ain't the deadliest thing we've heard from either Vessel or El Kid, the Bristolians behind Killing Sound, and surely marks a massive highlight of BEB's darkside operations. Miss this at your peril.