**First release on a new label from Max Tundra featuring his first productions to surface publicly for over 7 years, fronted by manufactured millennial pop starlets Daphne & Celeste. Edition of 500 copies pressed on lacquer-cut yellow vinyl with optional pop-out centre* There’s little doubt among anyone familiar with Max Tundra’s oeuvre that his early 2000’s releases for Domino kinda pre-empted the whole PC Music thing by a decade or so, all hi-sheen bubblegum pop rendered through obsolete digital technology, hooky as hell and just a little bit unsettling to boot. Having laid low since th… Read more
**180g vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with poster and digital download code redeemable from the label. Unexpected new one from the hugely celebrated Canadian band. The amorphous, visceral and doom-laced mid-section is especially outstanding** "Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE) returns with its first single LP-length release since the group's earliest days in 1997-99. 'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress' clocks in at a succinct 40:23 and is arguably the most focused and best-sounding recording of the band's career. Working with sound engineer Greg Norman (Elect… Read more
A dream-team meeting of eminent Afro-futurists - for our money Actress' finest moment, bar none. OK, we're genuinely trying to sit on the hyperbole levels here but f**k that; this one is off the scale. Tackling the king of grime, Actress distills everything good about his oeuvre over the last 10 years or more - crooked metrics; THC-fuelled fuzz; bæroque melodies; that rarest late night s-p-i-c-e - inna collaged 7 minute masterpiece that floors us every time. It's like a scrambled Disengage transmission got lost in the æther, modulated with some Wiley on … Read more
**Ships for April 6th Release Date** Following on from an extended period of silence broken by 2013’s "The Weighing of the Heart” album, Cécile Schott a.k.a. Colleen returns with the fantastic "Captain Of None”, without question the finest record of her career to date. It’s the second Colleen outing that features her own vocals, but this time round there is a heightened pop sensibility fuelled by an immersion in the works of Arthur Russell (and in particular Tim Lawrence’s excellent biography "Hold On to Your Dreams”), as well as an unexpected love of Jamaican music manifest here via her fir… Read more
**Trans red wax with fold-over two-sided print in clear poly sleeve - edition of 300 copies with download included** 'Abstraction' continues The Boats' industrial cycle with a remorseless instalment. Quite possibly the most potent of all their releases so far, it finds the usually gentle souls of Andrew Hargreaves and Craig Tattersall revealing what they get up to when no-one is listening -- you'd think they're out bothering fields and folding paper until the candles run out but, oh no, they're actually cranking out thunderous industrial beat-offs and dry stone walls of noise. This one is a me… Read more
Remarkable, processed vocal studies from Rome. 'Sintetizzatrice' is the first time Anna Caragnano & Donato Dozzy have worked together but you'd never tell. Their debut release features Anna's voice as the sole source, whisked, chopped and layered into an astonishing spectrum of styles touching on traditional Italian folk music as well as classical chamber music, kosmische and R&B. In stark contrast with the invasive tones of Florian Hecker's recent vocal studies, Dozzy deigns for a more heavenly form and accessible approach with differently transcendent results. Blooming … Read more
*Deluxe vinyl edition finally available* Björk comes to terms with the breakdown of a longterm relationship with some help from Arca, The Haxan Cloak, Antony and Spaces. It's arguably her most coherent and focused album since 'Vespertine' (2001), her vocals incredibly raw and emotional - understandably in the light of tragic, personal events - yet controlled with near operatic poise and matched by the waking-dream-like qualities of the production's skewed meter and tendencies toward keening, lushly expressive discord. It must be said that Arca really comes into his own here, expanding upon certain r… Read more
Jlin breaks thru the Chicago footwork ranks with one of the scene's most fascinating, essential mutations in 'Dark Energy', co-presented by Planet µ and Jamie Kuedo's very promising new Knives label. It's quite possibly the most distinctive contribution to footwork since the RP Boo album and Rashad's jungle splices, and, in such a fast-moving (quite literally) and active scene, that's gotta be saying something. Keener Chi watchers may have previously checked Jlin's standout 'Erotic Heat' and 'Asylum' joints on the Bangs & Works Vol.2 compilation but, since then, the Gary, Indiana-based producer has… Read more
Emir Ongun a.k.a. Gantz does it differently for Deep Medi Musik. His 2nd release for Mala's label showcases a tighter, unique brand of dubstep, juxtaposing samples and staggered grooves with unconventional style and pattern. 'Pseudooo' starts up with a jazzy sort of sub-aquatic, noirish stepper, giving way to the lissom harp licks and crooked lean of 'Witch Blues' on some hybrid Alice Coltrane tip. Bristol's Rider Shafique is embedded in the orientalist dubstep dream of 'Rockstar', and 'Supreme A' checks out with a mesmerising mutation of Oud (?) and harp licked into airborne triplets.
**Incredible suite of analog drum machine pop arrangements and tape experiments from the mid 80's** Ecstatic resuscitate Daniele Ciullini's "sonic polaroids" of odder '80s pop, drone and drum machine workouts in the detached dimensions of 'Domestic Exile - Collected Works 82-86'. Compiling the Florentine artist's standout '83 cassette plus a whole other side of compilation obscurities on vinyl for the first time, it presents a series of brilliant, isolated self-portraits by a mail art & tape scene insider (also photographer, zine publisher) who operated on the … Read more
**White-blobbed clear wax. Edition of 999 housed in matte sleeve** Oliver Ho's Broken English Club convene their 3rd 12" with a killer industrial 'floor show for Minimal Wave's Cititrax. Making a great entrance with the lupine howls, kinky thump and electrified fizz of 'Channel 83', he plugs in the dead-eyed EBM swagger of 'Local Violence' for pub closing times before coming across all An-I with the stern pump of 'Ritual Killing', and does acrid, Richard H. Kirk-style jak on 'Dry Cutting', replete with his own, numbed vocals.
**Also includes Surface Tension mix CD** Silent Servant and Lili Schulder (51717) bring the darkside out of each other in 'Jealous God 06'. Both sides build on the most unheimlich elements of their respective releases, 'Negative Fascination' (Hospital Productions) and '0VUL' for Opal Tapes, or the cracking 'Shadowlust' LP with Svengalisghost for L.I.E.S. A-side, Lili's a spectral presence, whispering like a gynoid Cosey amid industrial ambient moires and queasy trudge. B-side, Silent Servant mutters bleak nothings thru his walkie talkie (?) dialled in from a lost highway. Includes mix CD by Surface Tension's Nihar Bahatt & Jason Polastri while stock lasts!
Cut Hands, Florian Kupfer, Steve Bicknell and Ulwhednar don their waterproofs for heavy remixes of Fishermen's 'Patterns and Paths' LP. With chainmail gauntlets, Cut Hands rewires 'Serpents' with a battery of brutal kick drums offset by tussling drums under the presence of glowering drones, its spacious sound design contrasting sharply against Kupfer blistered tribal techno take on the same elements. Flip it for another bullet from London's resurgent Steve Bicknell, retuning 'Dyspnea' with darkside techno ballistics, while Abdullah Rashim cleans up with the mesmerising blend of paniced pulses and stoic drones in the Airokala remix of 'Sunken Mosque'. TIP!
Noisy, frazzled slam jams from one of Hamburg's finest. Quick on the heels of her 'A Tape' for Handmade Birds, she heads farther down the alleys of her 'Actio Reactio' EP for Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune with five trax of roiling techno muck. 'Drowning Demons' charges up a lamping acid techno sound, chased by the noisier, saltier pounding of 'The Bean Field And The Gods'. 'Reaktion II' is a more tangled shot of psycho-jakk, and 'The First Time He Thought, He Died' resets to a brittle electro style heavily indebted to classic Bunker and Murder Capital records. It works.
**Edition of 500 housed in a spotgloss jacket. Vinyl mastered and cut by Stefan Betke aka Pole** The dude behind productions for Fever Ray and Roll The Dice makes his solo album debut for Digitalis with the hypnotic hardware rituals of 'Lines Describing Circles'. The production on here is just immense - no doubt aided by Pole's pristine Master: there's an epic, bass-heavy undercurrent running throughout the album's 10 tracks that gave us goosebumps listening at high volume. The pieces oscillate between caustic, peaking noise pieces and thrumming rhythms, all glowing with a r… Read more
Carl Michael Von Hausswolff and Martin Rössel posture a heavy techno-rock sound on the penultimate edition of Raster-Noton's Unun series. Effectively bringing the project full circle to Mika Vainio's earlier 'Vandal' EP, the Swedish veterans of avant-garde and pop swagger balls-out with the crushing lurch of 'Leibniz' before tacking to more experimental arrangements with mutant Balearic chug of 'Ramon Llull' and the convulsive croaks and drones of 'Calculus' warranting comparisons with Nick Klein or Emptyset.
**Vinyl mastered and cut by Rashad at D&M. Sleeve notes by art historian Alex Kitnick. Spotgloss artwork and layout by Florian Hecker and Bill Kouligas. Also comes with an instant download of the full album plus a bonus 17 minute track** 'Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera' presents a radical mashup of works by two probing, multidisciplinary artists among the most vital of their generation. First realised as part of a two day performance at Tate Modern called 'Push and Pull', it offers a mutant configuration of Leckey's vocal track from 'GreenScreenRefrige… Read more
Bristol's Blacklink label start-up with a slick blend of shiny R&G 'tronics from both new and established producers. Up top, Strict Face opens with a melting tesselation of Eski square waves and blips in his remix of Marcx's 'Caged', and Plata & Glot bring that blue Bristol mood in the naval-gazing R&G of 'Ghosted'. Downtown, Rabit & Myth go on with the IDM-meets-Grime flex of 'Lonely Backseat Love', and Sharp Veins gives a glitching remix of 'Simple & Clean. Quite remarkable how so much of this stuff now sounds like Skam projects circa 2004, rather than original grime.
Not really sure how much of a secret who the two fellas behind Rezzett are these days, but suffice to say that two of our favourite producers are rumoured to be involved and have been responsible for some of our favourite output on Trilogy Tapes to date on that killer TTT012 a couple of years back. This new one is another doozy, delivering three tracks of muffled, claustrophobic, fxxcked and sweaty Techno that slowly come into focus through a haze of dense, narcotic smoke. One of the best TTT's for a while this.
Regis, Evian Christ, HTRK, Kangding Ray and Dutch E Germ line up suitably epic, brooding remixes for Ben Frost's 'A U R O R A' album. In pole position, Evian Christ takes 'Venter' to his anti-G club space with sprung trap drums and iridescent trance chord blooms, whereas Dutch E Germ dismantles, guts and reassembles the same original stems in a battered, noisy dub, and HTRK retune those elements in their own sallow image with slow cooked machine rhythms and elusive, opiated synth tones. On the flipside Kangding Ray turns 'No Sorrowing' into a moody roller with a patented, muscular dynamic, a… Read more
**Transparent blue wax with fold-over artwork in poly sleeve. Edition of 300, includes instant download of the full album** Beppu (The Boats) ratchets the industrial levels on the second part of an album trilogy that started with 'Coercion' in 2014. With 'Persuasion' he allows the machines to lead the compositional process, letting himself be taken into the red by unrelenting, Vainio-style noise pulses and four-to-the-floor kicks with rail-gun 16ths side-chained to near-oblivion with a bone-head momentum. Sonically, we can trace the record's roots back thru the narky grooves of Spanish industrialis… Read more
*Deluxe 2LP edition* Unexpected 4th album from the ever-elusive, ever-controversial Death Grips.
Numbers tick one off the booty bucket list with this invaluable set of ghetto house classixxx by the original DJ Deeon. Almost as well appreciated in Glasgow as they are in Chicago, they include the awesome Arthur Russell-sampling freak of '2 B Free', the irresistible 'House-O-Matic', a ruff-ass R&B throw-down in 'Freak Like Me', plus a proper pounding in 'The 604'. For the strippers, for the street.
**The Death Of Rave present a necessary, re-sequenced vinyl version of a proper black metal anomaly, first issued on CD by Profound Lore and now cut to vinyl at D&M Berlin. Transcendent blizzard dynamics for the headstrong. Initial copies on blue vinyl. All copies include A4 lyric sheet insert. RIYL Merzbow, Bathory, H3O, Prurient** 'Postsocial' is the breathtaking 8th album from Wold, an infamous black metal unit with strong binds to the landlocked plains of Regina, Saskatchewan in central Canada. Stephen O'Malley's reissue of their 'Freermasonry' (2011) LP first introduced us to thei… Read more
*Very Limited Restock* The eagle has definitely landed, all 4 x 12"s of it, replete with bespoke artwork! Marking the highlight of many house heads' calendar, Berlin-based NYC transplant Levon Vincent yields a debut album of eleven heavy house signatures brimming with techno soul. The man really needs little introduction - he's behind some of the most sought-after club tracks of the last decade - so we'll cut to the chase… it's ace! You've probably already checked the free download version but we can safely say that the vinyl sounds heavier (course it f*©kin' does!), especially in the tw… Read more
*Edition of 250 copies* Can it really be almost 15 years since Hood released the brilliant ‘Cold House’? An album we were properly obsessed with for years, it marked the creative and commercial pinnacle for a band that perfectly brought together a love of brooding post-rock and bass-heavy electronic production, anchored by the exceptional songwriting and arranging skills of brothers Richard and Chris Adams. Hood haven’t released any new music for a decade, but both brothers have been musically active with a number of different projects, and Richard now returns with his lates… Read more
Pearson Sound's Hessle Audio deal extended mixes of his self-titled album trax, cut to vinyl for the DJs by Matt Colton at Alchemy. A-side, 'Crank Call' is afforded room to roll out with woozy Chicago kicks and wobbly synth punctuated by Tour De France gasps, all kept lean and easy for long blends. B-side, he works the piercingly crisp machine drum patterns of 'Glass Eye' to a lather of swivelling electro groove and plonging blips precipitating a deep blue climax of pained strings.
Handy, extended mixes of 'Headless' and 'Rubber Tree' from Pearson Sound's eponymous debut LP, cut at 45rpm a side each by Matt Colton at Alchemy. In the 'Headless' version he conducts a longer seance with acephalic voices, strafing drones and sputtering kick/clap syncopation ripe for layering with other freakish constructions. With 'Rubber Tree' he taps a severely desiccated palette of drums and hollow bass into sparky, frictional swing coming off like Anthony Shakir at his maddest, most reduced.
Fierce debut of f*cked and trippy ghetto funk from 18 year-old producer Nidia Minaj. Hailing from south of Lisbon via Bordeaux, Nidia is in possession of a genuinely astonishing and exciting sound, concisely crammed with levels of detail, colour and ruggedest dancefloor funk that make other, older producers seem boring by comparison. There's eight absolute treats inside, from the lush bump of introduction, 'Afro' to the auto-tune gilded crush of ghetto-dance-pop in 'House Kaliente' featuring DJ Olifox, and the tussle of sweeping string motifs and clipped, swanging drums in 'Sentimentos'. We're ki… Read more
Scuba returns with his 4th solo album, 'Claustrophobia'. Penned in convalescence following a bout of illness during 2014, it reframes the Scuba sound with moodier lighting and literal existential heft implied by track titles such as 'Why You Feel So Low' and 'All I Think About Is Death'. Essentially it's Scuba's Health Goth album, appropriating some traces of the collaged designer sounds associated with Total Freedom/HBA/Tri Angle to a palette of big room techno and brooding IDM/electronica signatures, leaden with industrial-referencing field recordings, like the Whitehouse-esque 'Family Entert… Read more
**Album poster and full album on CD included inside, plus a bonus CD 'Chambers music lessons' audio with chilly as the teacher...** "Since the release of Solo Piano II, Chilly Gonzales composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes, produced and released Octave Minds, the piano-meets-electronica album with Boys Noize and, most importantly, devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music. The result is "Chambers", an album for piano and string quartet (and a few surprises along the way). Inspired by the deepening relationship with… Read more
Nexx up on Beneath's excellent Mistry label: Hull-based producer, Webstarr with the technoid hydraulics of 'Aegrus' b/w a new Chevel remix. Last spotted in Beneath's RA. 407 mix, the title tune strikes a mid-ground between tribalised, bass-heavy rufige and insectoid minimal techno - all bashy kicks and depth charge subs crawling with itchy crack bugs. The dancefloor lizards will come out to play for this. B-side, Italian producer, Chevel (Enclav/Stroboscopic Artefacts) trims back the drums, leaving acres of icy space around ricocheting snares and hi-hats buoyed up by dread subs in the remix,… Read more
*Ships Friday* Dixon, Recondite, Tale Of Us and Dubfire tweak Plastikman's EX for the club. Dixon's 'Just A Different Mixdown Version' of 'EXhale' tenderises the tensile contours of the original with stacked acid harmonies and sweeping pads for proper dancefloor catharsis; Recondite clips and tucks 'EXplore' to an electroid shuffle with soaring breakdown; Tale Of Us concentrate 'EXpand' to a sort of whirring, bluesy tech-house for the first half, before turning into a Morricone-gone-to-Ibiza anthem; Dubfire plays the long game with a 13 minute take on 'EXposed' building to a panoramic trance-house peak.
Mr. Mitch reps modern E-grime's tender side with the first-ever vinyl collection of 'Peace Edits' - the scene's antithesis to 'War Dubs'. Approaching pop and dancefloor classics from refreshing new angles, the posse flip rigid conceptions of grime on their empty bonce, rendering a colourfully sensuous clash of cold, industrial tones synched with a raw, emotive appeal. The Gobstopper boss opens up with a pensile reframing of Dru Hill, and Strict Face nails it with a glyding, iced-out flip of Alice Deejay's '90s trance classic. The Loom remix of Kate Bush is pretty weird, remindi… Read more
*Ships Friday* **2015 Reissue - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** This is a hard album for us to write about - basically because in our opinion it's easily one of the 5 finest albums ever released by Warp, and generally one of the best British albums of the last 20 years. At the point where Broadcast could have easily self-combusted after the departure of half its members, the remaining duo of Trish Keenan and James Cargill instead went on to write their best album by a mile. The palette here was shocking at the time - reducing their rich widescreen tem… Read more
Rabit makes a crucial contribution to the current discourse between US and UK club/grime styles with his stunning debut for Tri Angle. Arriving hot on the heels of 'Heterocetera' by another Houston-rooted producer, Lotic, the 'Baptizm' EP presents Rabit's smartest, most concise productions to date; 4 tracks, just over 10 minutes of crystalline, piquant electronics feeding off elements of classical composition, instrumental grime and computer music. Much like Arca, he's a master of reduction and efficiency for maximalist effect, whether cramming lucid, violent detail into every millisecond of music or … Read more
**Gatefold Sleeve - A wicked disgrace from Prurient/Vatican Shadow in his lesser-spotted Jezebel costume. FOR ADULTS ONLY** Dominick Fernow's libidinous imagination knows no bounds, as evidenced in his long-awaited 'Exploring Jezebel' shocker for Blackest Ever Black. 'On a Business Trip To London' could be considered the release valve for a hard-touring artist or itinerant noise don, a place to retreat when business is done and playtime begins. Inverting P.E. masculinity with a stilettoed heel, it follows a line of curiosity from a series of releases for … Read more
Idle Hands field a rich collection of ambient dub abstractions from Portland's prolific Paul Dickow in 'Seeds of Paradise'. With a wingspan of 8-tracks in forty minutes, he covers lush tropical interzones between the 4th world patter of 'Blackberry's Dream' to the phasing expanse of 'The Wet Room', taking in electroid sojourn, 'Virtual America', diaphanous pads in the gorgeous title track, and canny electro-acoustic timbres sorta recalling Rashad Becker's 'Music of Notional Species' in 'Wiggle Room'. A smart and refreshing set.
**Boomkat copies on translucent Pink Vinyl. Emptyset's James Ginzburg turns a hand to folk music on a surprising solo debut. RIYL Bon Iver, Gravenhurst, Nick Drake** "Between 2003 and 2012 James Ginzburg masterminded the release of hundreds of records on the various imprints of his Bristol UK based label house Multiverse Music, including Tectonic, Subtext and Kapsize, overseeing the second renaissance of bass music in Bristol. It’s unsurprising that such a hyperactive spirit would begin to find the strictures of dance music creatively stifling. Focusing on his Subtext label, Multive… Read more
Youngsta and Truth on weighty remix session for Tempa. Rinse FM OG, Youngstar launches a nimbly technoid steppers take on Truth's 'Devil's Hand'; Truth refigures J: Kenzo's 'Invarderz' as a swooping halfstep heat-seeker.
Wicked version face-off from Jus Now and Kahn & Neek for Hotline. On top, Bristol-based "riddim obsessives" Interface and LAZAbeam aka Jus Now curry 'Backchat' with a darker bashment flavour full of glancing percussion and ragged dub stabs. Down under, Kahn gets wild with Jus Now's take on Bunji Garlin and Stylo G's 'Tun Up', girding the riddim with grimiest brass stabs and wheelin' drums.
*Vinyl edition includes a foldout poster with photographs and liner notes* Ata Kak's debut album of dibby Ghanaian hiplife, 'Obaa Sima' is the stuff diggers' dreams are made of. It's the cassette that sparked Awesome Tapes From Africa to life as a blog back in 2006, before it morphed into a record label of world-renown from 2011. Written and self-released by Ata in edition of 50 circa 1994 and subsequently re-discovered by ethnomusicologist Brian Shimkovitz at a roadside stall in Cape Coast, Ghana, in 2004, it would take nearly a whole decade for the Fulbright University graduate to … Read more
**Includes digital download of both ‘The Silver Globe’ and ‘The Amber Light’** Like all good parables Jane Weaver’s sixth solo album, a concept album called ‘The Silver Globe’, is as multifaceted as it is beguiling. Part coming of age / part cautionary tale and part romantic paeon, this twelve track synth ridden post- apocalyptic prog pop opus is based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes and inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and refiltered past experiences. Written from the optimistic vantage of a long- standing female independent artist, … Read more
"From an unassuming, self-sufficient musical micro-industry in the north of England comes more finely tuned fastidious femme pop from Jane Weaver and her growing Bird Records imprint with a new split single available of vinyl and download this spring. Combining domestic synth pop with falsetto melodics and 10cc sounding prog pop arrangements in Don’t Take My Soul, Jane depicts a theatrical electronic pop character that fuses Kate Bush karaoke with a J-Pop Erykah Badu whilst retaining her own very distinctive songwriting, conjuri… Read more