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Wednesday, 18 December
*The legendary 3rd Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
*The legendary 1st Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
*Reissue of legendary album. Now revised with 11" square sheet of sandpaper stuck to the printed inner sleeve, housed in die-cut jacket with 7" pressing of the original flexidisc, and quite importantly, a poly sleeve to ensure your other records don't get scratched** Vini Reilly's landmark effort, 'The Return Of The Durutti Column' is given the deluxe reissue treatment, replete with sandpaper and the bonus inclusion of 'Madeleine' and 'Lips That Would Kiss'. Notable not only for the jacket, it's a pioneering piece of music pairing the rarified simplicity of Vini's … Read more
*Vinyl Edition* James Ferraro takes inspiration from "the things I see" in his 'NYC, Hell 3:AM' dystopia. The follow-up to 'Sushi' is a wry reflection of his locale, "a surreal psychological sculpture of American decay and confusion" evoking imagery of "rats, metal landscape, toxic water, junkie friends, HIV billboards, evil news, luxury and unbound wealth, exclusivity, facelifts, romance, insane police presence and lonely people... all against the sinister vastness of Manhattan's alienating skyline." Of course, this being James Ferraro, his perspective is uncannily incisive and riddled… Read more
Deadbeat dubs two cuts from The Upsetter and The Orb's 'More Tales From The Orbservatory'. Topside he gives a slow, heaving Rhythm & Sound style extended Nyah dub for 'Ball Of Fire'; flipside 'Fuzzball' is reduced and stepped-up on a Champions League Dub.
Luke Abbott and Clark rework Nils Frahms' rarified Juno synth meditations. The chiming, melancholic, AFX-like charms of 'For' and 'Peter' also appear in their original form for comparison with the slow and serene ambient techno reveal of Abbott, and a typically dense, complex and kinetic Clark remix.
**A remarkable treasure trove of 19 never-before-heard home recordings by Nick Drake's mum, Molly, lovingly restored by his engineer, John Wood. House in debossed, die-cut jacket with printed inner. Includes download redeemable from the label** "According to Joe Boyd, legendary producer of Five Leaves Left and Bryter Later, “this is the missing link in the Nick Drake story.” In the privacy of her home, Molly Drake wrote music and poetry, and played her songs for family and friends. With the help of her husband, Rodney, she recorded them to tape and direct-to-disk recorders. But they were neve… Read more
Opal Tapes firmly bolster their industrial credentials with this highly disciplined grip of hi-res sound designs by Yves De Mey. Proceeding releases on Line and Sandwell District, beside collaborations with fellow Belgian producer Peter Van Hoesen as Sendai, we'd argue that 'Metrics' is the finest representation of De Mey's clinical process and technical expertise yet. More concise than 'Counting Triggers' and less compromised than Sendai's 'Geotope' LP, there's an engrossingly dramatic and efficient, if somewhat abstract, narrative wending between their hyperreal shapes and vaporised textures, f… Read more
Bullion debuts his strange soul duo Blludd Relations with Jesse Hackett (Gorillaz/Owiny Sigoma Band) on homebrewed label, Deek Recordings - also home to his Nautic trio with Young Turks' Tic and Blue Roses' Laura Groves. It's a very welcome entry from one of our favourite UK pop-and-soul-smiths, blending those falsetto vocals which have become increasingly prevalent over the last few years with a rich palette of instrumentation and subtle studio chicanery in a breezy meeting of balearic pop, dub, and electronics. Comparisons bear up with everyone from Junior Boys in the blissful blu… Read more
Sublime sophomore album from Dev Hynes as Blood Orange, simply one of 2013's finest R&B/pop LPs. Since his early days as Lightspeed Champion and part of Test Icicles (neither of which we cared much for), Dev Hynes has blossomed into a song-writer du jour for everyone from Solange Knowles (Beyoncé's baby sis) and Britney Spears to Sky Ferreira, Mutya Keisha Siobhan and er… Diana Vickers, blessing each and every one with his patented turn-of-phrase and priceless penchant for killer hooks. 'Cupid Deluxe' is evidently his most mature and definitive statement, somehow combining near-sacred trace… Read more
Tuesday, 17 December
Hessle Audio's consistently impressive co-owner follows up the forward torque of 'Hex/Fatalist' and 'Inna Daze/Won't Hurt' with his most substantial drop to date. The eight-track 'Release' finds Kevin McAuley aka Pangaea typically eschewing fads and fickle bass whims with unerring vision - a rare thing in the scene he inhabits - to integrate elements of jungle, garage, dubstep and techno with increasingly insoluble results. It's largely fair to say that the scene has swerved well away from darker, grubbier sounds of late, but there's still a resolutely rude energy at the core of Pangaea's music. From… Read more
Hessle Audio come with debut business from Bandshell following that smart Elgato 12". Cracked Techno dub is the aesthetic for 'Dust March', and he's weighty with it. The title cut runs cone-quivering bass under a cloud of decimated digital noises and splashing, abstracted rhythms, 'Rise Em' goes tribal with agitated drum syncopation and whooping vocals in a humid synthetic atmosphere. 'Metzger' is reduced further, patterning rimshots and dusty hi-hats with elliptical bass and a wavey IDM-ish chord sequence beside the thick-necked roadside swagger of 'Dog Sweater'.
*Back in print* 'Returnal' is the fourth LP from the Boston/New York based synth dreamer, Oneohtrix Point Never. Last year's 'Drifts' set was a compendium of his previous - and very hard-to-come-by - albums for labels including No Fun, Arbor and Gneiss Things and was a clear favourite for many in 2009, held in high regard by the Wire magazine, and cherished dearly by anyone in its possession. OPN's hypnagogically-charged body of work is a dense fog of references, from beat driven edits on the 'Memory Vague' mini-album recollecting DJ Screw's slowcore psychedelia, to privately intimate … Read more
The KVB unveil their gloaming industro-goth alias, Burma Camp on Avian's Mira sublabel. Three tracks home in and expand on the more coruscating, abrasive side of The KVB's sound, isolating and tempering its most esoteric side. The noxious cloud of tortured vocals and jagged pulses in 'Repulsion' falls somewhere between the desolate black metal of Wold and Silent Servant's most blown-out post-punk techno, full of evil, pregnant suspense and 'marish intent. 'Isa' reminds more of Zhark Record's bleakest, thundering techno, but alloyed with stentorian, dystopian dungeon vocals, and 'Attracti… Read more
Canada's neo-garage celeb links with How To Dress Well for the skipping posh-trance push of 'On Your Side'. Their A-side collaboration is a dreamy night groove balancing twinkle-toed drum programming with crystalline melody and rolling, proggy bassline lift to lip-smacking effect around a particularly Michael Jackson-like vocal from Tom Krell's HTDW. Flip it for a lusher, acid-flecked house tumble starring tizzied R&B vocal by Oliver Daysoul, and the piquant instrumental garage-tranz glisten of 'Quicksand'. RIYL Jamie xx, Fantastic Mr Fox, dancing like everyone is watching.
**Transparent splattered vinyl** Rod Modell's on the money with his latest Deepchord trip for Soma. Following some wishy-washier efforts, he really steps to the 'floor here with the rolling heft of 'Prana', synching tight congas and swooping dub bass under an ever-expanding night sky of twinkling bleeps and vapourous chords. Flipside, 'Tantra' hovers into earshot before swinging wide with a swirl of pendulous, plummeting subs and lapping drums loops all awash in that just-out-of-reach soundsphere he does so damn well.
Sweden's SHXCXCHCXSH are set to catch a lot of heads off guard with this killer debut album. After a handful of noisy techno lashes for HEM and Avian, they render an unforeseen dilation of their sound alloying elements of trance and chamber-like vocals with their oxidised industrial churn. 'Strgths' is crafted as an album, rather than a bunch of DJ tools, using the first plate to experiment with styls beyond their previous remit, as on the etheric folk vocal and trancey ambient motifs on 'SLVRBBL' and the stunning pitched percussion of 'LTLWLF' on the first side, before unleashing a torrent of te… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** The most notable thing about this new album from Jon Hopkins is how dancefloor-friendly it strives to be, the fluffly ambient electronica we’ve come to expect from the sometime Eno collaborator bolstered for the first time by firmly foregrounded, repetitive drum patterns. They certainly give Hopkins’ dewy compositions some welcome momentum and forward-propulsion: ‘Disappear’’s Penguin Cafe-style pastoralism is powered by a genteel, Burial-aping 2-step sequence; the airy prog-trance of ‘Breathe This Air’ and ‘Open Eye Signal’ suggest Ho… Read more
*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
Naming his newest album 'Life Cycle Of A Massive Star', you can't accuse Roly Porter of a lack of ambition or scope. In key with that theme, the album features five long tracks of intriguing, almost Wagnerian orchestration and power electronics conveying an awe-inspiring energy and emotive impact which fulfils its implied widescreen brief. Coincidentally it also arrives in the same week as Ideologic Organ's reissue of Iancu Dumitrescu's masterpiece, 'Pierres Sacrées', with which it also shares some similarities in its appreciation of visceral scale, from fizzing particles to … Read more
Opal Taper, Stephen Bishop's intrepid Basic House project is steadily becoming one of the most fascinating off-road electronic projects around. 'Oats', for Luke Younger's highly esteemed Alter imprint, places him in good company alongside textural and rhythmic explorers such as Jamal Moss, Helm and Damien Dubrovnik. It's his 2nd album of 2013 after the crumbling deconstructions of 'Caim In Bird Form' for Digitalis, and finds his sound at once congealing and diffusing with a unique sonic syntax. Textural decay demarcates its six tracks, flowing from the buckled tape loops and guttural bass thump of '… Read more
Monday, 16 December
White Vinyl re-press available now. Steven Warwick's Heatsick project began life back in 2006 as a series of noisy sound experiments which eventually found their way onto cassette. Living in Berlin at the time, Warwick soon got drawn in to the city's club vortex and began shifting into a realm which, despite the odds, somehow worked in that environment, culminating in a Panorama Bar live show which has since been talked about by more people than could possibly have been there to witness it for themselves. Remarkably - the Heatsick setup involves little more than a battered old Casio keyboard and an… Read more
*Vinyl re-press, available for the first time in months* It's tempting to call it witch-house, of course, but Holy Other's productions are so subtle and carefully wrought that we'd be doing him a huge disservice if we did. This music deserves to be taken on its own terms: as emotive and supremely evolved electronic music with a real force of personality. We're drawn in with 'Know Where', a sleepy-eyed, mid-paced groover that sketches out the Holy Other universe: hard-jerking drums, synth ambience, technoid bleeps, eerie vocal snatches; it's from this palette that he paints 'Yr Love' (think Kassem M… Read more
Friday, 13 December
Fourth part of the 2013 D&B scene-defining 'Scope' compilation from Samurai's Horo label. A-side captures the prolific ASC at his best with the super reduced and optimised tech-step contours of 'Dragnet' beside an unusually stark and industrial hardstepper called 'Erosion' from Sam KDC. B-side, Es.tereo & Marlyn's 'Cutting Loose' incurs some new kinda fractal glitch D&B zones for the FIS fans, and Ena's 'Dipetran' somehow reminds of Nate Young's churning, globular 'Regression' sessions.
*Re-Press* A companion to his acclaimed Ravedeath 1972 set, Dropped Pianos collects sketches for that album recorded by Tim Hecker last year. While on paper it might sound like something for completists only, trust us when we tell you that this LP is a beguiling listen in its own right: shorn of the disruptive electronic processing which defined Ravedeath, what you get instead is a series of exquisitely reverbed and layered piano instrumentals which showcase Hecker's gift for minimalist composition and mournful melody. Richly evocative of rainy, post-war cityscapes, of mortality and of thwa… Read more
*Deluxe Triple Vinyl gatefold pack, includes a download code redeemable from the label* Underground provocateur and beat maverick triggers 33 sawn-off rave-refractions, 'With Love'. After maintaining an unusually low profile for the 2 years since 'Dedication', Zomby is set to convince more heads with this ambitious double album of gloomy electronics and UK soul. And that's not soul of the Beverley Knight type: it's a poignant, more relevant sorta soul; a metaphysical essence that percolates its dilated pulsewidth and comes laden with a very particular emotional and cultural bagga… Read more
**Spot varnish jacket with 12 x 12 lithograph and a 24 x 24 poster of the cover art** Death Waltz present one of their most anticipated reissues: John Carpenter & Alan Howarth's iconic 1988 OST for 'They Live'. Perfectly described as "electronic blues" by the label, the spindly guitar lines, harmonica, martial snares and maracas imbue it with an underlying western quality, while the Yamaha DX7 and Oberheim SEM-4 synthlines give that inimitably glossy and evocative '80s darkness also chiming with the output of Ike Yard's Michael Diekmann. Highly recommended!
Another cracker from the Death Waltz cabinet, again looking to the cultish films of John Carpenter and his soundtracks with Alan Howarth for their latest edition. 'Prince Of Darkness' is considered by some nerds to be the weakest in his apocalypse trilogy that also includes 'The Thing' and 'In The Mouth Of Madness', but divorced from the visuals we're left with a brooding and atmospheric score that's certainly ranks among the most effective we've heard for sheer, unresolved tension. There are no gimmicky disco tracks, just creepy as hell pads, morose string and alley-s… Read more
**Death Waltz present John Carpenter & Alan Howarth's legendary 3rd soundtrack to the 'Halloween' fright franchise. Just like the other one also in stock this week, it's a seminal and hugely influential bit of electronic soundcraft whose repercussions resonate through so much music since. Includes A2 poster designed by Jay Shaw housed in spotgloss jacket with sleevenotes by Alan Howarth** You have to bow down before John Carpenter & Alan Howarth. Their score for Halloween III is so far ahead of it's time it's mind boggling. Hallowee… Read more
Thursday, 12 December
Stuart Argabright (Ike Yard) revives his legendary NYC hip hop unit, Death Comet Crew, for a landmark debut album release on the burgeoning Diagonal Records. Titled in tribute to the group's fallen member, Rammellzee (R.I.P), 'Ghost Among The Crew' rocks up a feral blend of hip hop, industrial and jazz fusion with a furtive cyberpunk swagger, marking their first output since 'This Is Riphop' for Mike Simonetti's Troubleman Unlimited label nearly a decade ago. Founded by Argabright in 1983, and featuring his Ike Yard bandmate, Michael Diekmann and bassist Shinichi Shimokawa from … Read more