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Tuesday, 02 September
'Everelast' is the tenderly downbeat, sweetly psychedelic debut solo album from Jahcoozi and Modeselektor vocalist (Sasha) Perera Elsewhere. Operating miles away from the technoid ragga party bounce of her other projects, it exposes a blue soul in twelve semi-acoustic songs blessed with a melancholic, emotional pop quality that places her close to recent efforts by Hype Williams' Dean Blunt or a faded Portishead. It's also dappled with a hazy patina of psychedelia that becomes more curious with each listen, threading just-out-of-focus sounds and instrumentation through highlights such as th… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Much needed reissue of the debut album of ambient Techno meditations from much loved DJ and producer Donato Dozzy. 'K' consists of two extended tracks clocking in at nearly half an hour each. The first roams sparse half-tempo terrain like some ancient AI chillout session, the atmosphere coloured with pale synth washes and splashing downbeat 909 rhythms. It's actually a number of tracks segued together, but it's seamless so you'd never notice anyway. The second track flows more like one of Dozzy's DJ sets, floating along linear drum machine pulses enveloped by enchanting drones and choral voices...
Thursday, 28 August
Back in stock. 'Space Is Only Noise' is the first album by a precocious young producer, Nicolas Jaar. By anyones estimations his arrival into the electronic music sphere has been unavoidable, receiving comparisons to Villalobos and AFX from The Guardian, providing one of Resident Advisor's most adventurous mixes to date and practically having Panorama Bar, Fabric and Bar25 eating out of his hands - all before he'd turned 20! His string of releases for the like-minded Wolf+Lamb Music and his own Clown & Sunset label besides remixes for Matthew Dear and Ellen Allien have defined his so… Read more
Wednesday, 27 August
*Limited Edition Triple LP on 180gm vinyl, plus 2 artwork posters and CD* Over its sprawling 100 minute length, 'Shaking The Habitual' is a bold, almost overly self-aware statement from one of the most exciting prospects in pop music. Some of the reviews that have already surfaced have described the 'impenetrability' of the album, and while the originality and non-conformity at play is to be applauded, there is little on this album that would (or should) scare off anyone with an interest in music beyond the mainstream. It's the fact that The Knife's audience is so sizeable that makes '… Read more
**Limited edition, 1-sided 12"** Conspicuous by his absence from the scene since 2011, Dorian Concept finally returns to Ninja Tune with the canny calculations of 'Draft Culture'. Indicative of things to come from his eagerly-awaited 'Joined Ends' LP, the wonky funk of 'Draft Culture' twinkles, flexes and charms in all the right places with woozy Wurlitzer, off-kilter bass and scissoring percussion.
*180g grey vinyl housed inside a 350gsm card sleeve complete with a poster and Obi strip. Re-mastered for vinyl from the Toho Archives. Exclusive Original art by Cheung Tat. Contains locked groove* " Death Waltz unearth the legendary monster of our time and bring him to vinyl in the shape of Akira Ifukube's score to Godzilla. Starkly different to the usual view of The Big G as the ultimate monster wrestler, Ifukube's music is intense, dark, and reflects Ishiro Honda's film as a pure horror film. While the score opens with the jaunty riff that wou… Read more
*Repress* Stylish return for Airhead on R&S, one which finds him stepping out from under the shadows of James Blake, Mount Kimbie et al and making his own estimable contribution to the gauzy post-dubstep. If shoegaze and post-rock were always palpable influences on his sound, on 'Wait' they're pushed right to the fore - hell, there's guitars all over this thing, at moments sounding recalling the chiming minimalism of The xx, at others something more noisy and psychedelic. 'South Congress' has the same dreamy quality, this time with the addition plaintive cello and keys, but here there's more of a club-f… Read more
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
**Repress - Includes insert plus a remix from Isodyne (one half of Forward Strategy Group)** Federsen follows up his 'Voodoo Gourds' tape for No Corner with plush yet economical dub techno tracks for Fifth Interval. A-side, 'Point Reyes' nods to classic Echospace and Deepchord moments with woozy subbass pressure and smoky atmospheres in finest style; B-side '50Hx' hinges is a crafty study in halfstepping decay with deep lungfuls of heady dub hinging on a massive halfstep rhythm. Isodyne remixes '50Hz' with a more leaden sort of gravity.
*Repress* This time last year James Blake hadn't even released a record yet. Right about now, he's considered one of the most talented and imaginative members of dubstep's second wave. Blake, along with other figures like Untold (also broken by Hessle Audio) and Mount Kimbie, have spun the dubstep style out with new electronic colours and an electro-acoustic attention to detail that simply wasn't there. The radiophonic dub-soul of 'The Bells Sketch' is an extraordinary meeting of styles, finding a tender pressure point between crackly, Oramic melodic naivety and dynamically enhanced dub… Read more
*Repress* A long overdue meeting between one of the UK's most distinctive dancefloor operators and its foremost label. While the two have evolved simultaneously out of the post-dubstep milieu, they've never officially collaborated until now. A-side, 'Dance Til The Police Come' is techy and raved-up, with smudges of those melancholy synths which defined the killer Hyetal hookup last year on 'The Hum/Rrrr' or the outstanding 'Better Ways Of Living'. Flipside, once 'Fundamentals' fully locks in, it's lights out, coming with unrelenting, febrile subbass pressure akin to… Read more
*Repress* After well received drops on Numbers and Hessle Audio, Randomer rounds up at Hemlock with two tracks of big boned GarageTechno. A-side 'Scruff Box' brings a dirty dish of grizzled Garage bass distortion and earnestly busy drums nodding to old skool Chicago templates bound to get the nu skool bro's in a tizzy. Flipside 'Get Yourself Together' leans on a lumpy Techno side-step with impressive sound design and stiff limbed syncopation.
Tuesday, 26 August
Friday, 22 August
Stunning Alga Marghen issue of two previously unreleased masterworks by Eliane Radigue recorded at Pierre Henry's studio between 1967-68. At this time she was working for Henry at his studio, given the enviable task of organising his vast sound library according to different criteria for use in his future compositions and also helping edit his masterpiece 'L'Apocalypse de Jean'. During downtime from work she had access to an unrivaled array of equipment and created these two compositions. She clearly relishes her situation in the 11 minute minimalist tract of 'Jouet Electronique' (1… Read more
Thursday, 21 August
*Vinyl Edition finally available* Blackpool's VHS Head returns to Skam with a new album of cut-up, ADD funk and horror atmospheres. Much like the first album, 'Trademark Ribbons Of Gold', VHS Head continues to fashion an archetype of hi-tech funk built on lo-fi samples liberally twocked from a seam of video nasty filth found in and around Blackpool. The results sound something like BoC and OPN beat up by Nicolas Collins after he lost on a phet-and-slush puppie-fuelled DDR session, spiralling a strobing stream of synaesthetically appealing sound/images with proper, Freestyle funk and disequilibrium.
**Facsimile 180g reissue of the classic original 1980 Krautrock LP** "'Synthesist' was created on the cusp of a new decade, as the New Age of the '80s was dawning and the titans of Krautrock had largely left their best work behind them. Harald had worked with the very best of them, playing drums on seminal albums by Klaus Schulze, the notorious Cosmic Jokers, Ashra, and Tarot before he retreated to the West German countryside with a MiniMoog and Revox Reel-to-Reel in 1979 to create his personal opus. It's been said elsewhere, but it bears repeating that this album feels like a symbiosis … Read more
**Four soundtracks for films and installations by the legendary member of Wire, Dome * He Said. Mastered by Russell Haswell** "'All Under', the companion release to 'All Over' compiles soundtracks to films, installations and a self penned short story. This is familiar terrain for Lewis who, along with Bruce Gilbert produced the early interactive audio-visual installation 'MZUI' at London's Waterloo Gallery in 1981. Since this period Lewis as been involved in countless soundtracks to all manner of cultural artefacts. The haunting score to Gunilla Leander's 2003 short film 'All Under' was… Read more
Editions Mego present the first new solo recordings from Edvard Graham Lewis - songwriter and musician behind seminal records with Wire, Dome and He Said - to be released this century. Recorded and produced by Lewis at Tip Top Studios, Uppsala, Sweden between 2003-2013, 'All Over' is a fine example of his technofied, industrialised pop songwriting, balancing focus between song structures and sound design. His oaky, affected baritone is present and correct across 12 pieces strung out from the chugging techno chamber-pop of 'Straight into the Corner' and the gauzier slug of 'Bluebird' thru… Read more
Wednesday, 20 August
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** From hooded Wegie scamp to world-taking producer, Rustie continues to blaze a neon trail with his crackshot 2nd album, 'Green Language'. Packing all the stomach-churning, heart-bursting rush of a triple-barrelled mitsi, it's a dancefloor melding, accelerationist expression of emotions that can't be adequately summed up in the English lexicon, amped with guest vocals by D Double E, Redinho, Danny Brown and Gorgeous Children. It scales up the thizz attacks of 'Glass Swords' to impossibly ecstatic levels with his signature blend of … Read more
**Deluxe, spot UV varnished tip on-style gatefold, plus 8-page booklet and poster** The definitive synth soundtrack receives the Death Waltz treatment ten years since it was last available on wax. 'Assault On Precinct 13' remains the best known and most influential of all John Carpenter's inspired oeuvre, widely credited as one of the base roots of techno and electro, and sampled widely by everyone from Afrika Bambaataa to Tricky. This super-plush reissue is possibly the best it's ever looked, and now comes prepped with exclusive liner notes by Carpenter himself, Clint Mansell, Austin Stoker, and Chris Alexander.
More intriguing moves from Louis Johnstone's WANDA GROUP, this time presented on Gold Panda's Notown label. Something of an increasingly cult figure whose music follows few known vectors or conventions, WANDA GROUP's inner space sound beguiles and gratifies in equal measures on 'Outer Alsation EP'. Unlike so much music that sounds like you've heard it all before, there's a real sense of temporal dislocation and downright oddness at play here that feels genuinely otherworldly, undefined and new. Following a morbid theme throughout his oeuvre, both pieces were conceived as elegies to his … Read more
Omar S at his very best on FXHE! Detroit's dopest house cat brings the funk like few others with three cuts of driving, airborne electro-soul and techno on 'Annoying Mumbling Alcoholic'. The lead cut is a real blinder, opening with a cheeky vocal snippet before a glyding electro-soul groove takes control, springing crisp, loud boogie drums and greazy bass below a soaring melodic arrangement bound to turn any dance to a loved-up lather. It's a certified anthem! B-side, the chiming cosmic chords and supple thump of 'Serving Cavi on 18 and Garfield' find him at his loosest, jazziest,… Read more
Prostitutes tests his techno mettle on the 2nd part of his 10" series for Avian's sister label, Mira. It's really all about the A-side on this one. 'An Enormous Door' ranks among the best we've heard from him, cutting a solid groove of rocking industrial techno freaked out with a mesmerising vocal stab, whilst 'Bomb Splinters' feels like his take on Dance Mania, running percolated, dried out drums and industrial clanks. Flipside is cool, but maybe not as useful, swaggering with claggy kicks and piercing hi-end frequencies on 'Smouldering Wilderness' beside the dubbed out roll of ' Rigid Pathetic Heaps'.
Friday, 15 August
**Outsider music by a Swiss artist whose other moniker is Loon. Oscillates wildly between far-flung cosmic drones, tape loop experiments, exotica, music box melodies and schmaltzy folk** ""PLANAM very proudly presents you "Die singende Sternlaterne / Folklore des Weltalls 1982" by Die Welttraumforscher. This record includes the first time LP edition of the mysterious swiss electro-dada artist's second cassette as well as previously unreleased material. Issued in conjunction with Christian Pfluger first comprehensive retrospective "Ein Sommer … Read more
**Vinyl contains alternate track listing to download and CD versions, but the bundled download contains all tracks** 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 … Read more
Wednesday, 13 August
*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
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