*Exclusive Upfront Edition, pressed on white vinyl* Ecstatic finally issue Abul Mogard's debut solo vinyl LP: the modular landscape paintings of 'Circular Forms'. Unfolding a 40 minute synthesiser suite in four parts, 'Circular Forms' is one of the most captivating examples of Mogard's deeply evocative music, drawing out the sort of direct emotional quality from his limited set-up of Farfisa organs and a self-built modular system which many other synthesists can only dream of. At this point his backstory bears repeating: Mogard worked in a Serbian factory for most … Read more
**180 gm vinyl printed inner sleeves & silk-screened transparent over-sleeves. Download cards included. Edition of 300 copies** Ssaliva completely dazzles with the crystalline geometries of 'Be Me', his debut album for Ekster - the same Belgian label behind that amazing T C F 10" and freaks from Hiele. To date, it's been a joy to navigate Ssaliva's output between numerous aliases and releases since his emergence in 2011, each one revealing a lucid yet elusive glimpse of his hyper-ambient chamber music dimensions. With 'Be Me' he's achieved a simulated depth of field and dynamic that really brings his … Read more
*Gatefold jacket* 2LP* Dubstep's strongest torch-carriers rally together on a crushing three-way mission for Deep Medi. Over the past half decade all three producers, Commodo, Kahn and Gantz have emerged as stalwarts of the 140bpm sound under custodianship of Mala and also for a bunch of the scene's most interesting, boundary-pushing labels. With their forces combined in this LP they frame the 2015 sound at its most far-flung and darkly engaging with a mix of mystic, textured samples and precision production yielding six overlarge, mutant creations. On the 1st disc you'll find the noir c… Read more
**Gatefold 2LP includes download code** Tiger's Milk Records and Strut perfectly plug a gap in our collective knowledge with this unparalleled set of bass-heavy bleeps and bumps from modern day Peru. Focussed on a handful of like-minded artists from the capital city, Lima - Dengue Dengue, Tribilin Sound, Deltatron, Animal Chuki and Chakruna a.o. - it rotates 16 fresh and unique productions fusing traditional, native cumbia grooves with new sounds and structures adopted from dubstep, techno and electronica. Whilst their sound bears up to obvi… Read more
*Suprise new 7" from Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm, packaged in a heavyweight brown card sleeve crafted by Torsten Posselt at FELD, Berlin. Includes download code* Willowing solo piano pieces from the Erased Tapes ladz. Both songs are exclusive to this 7" and capture the duo blowing kisses and winks over the ivories at each other. Includes digital download code and insert...
Ships in 9 days*Debut release on Lee Gamble’s newly minted UIQ label - strictly limited to 300 copies. The release comes from Hitherto unknown producer N1L, experimenting with club music to killer effect. Mastered and cut to vinyl by Rashad at D&M*
**Die-cut and spot glossed sleeve, initial orders come with an AFX sticker!*Your favourite analog radge-packet puts the 'floor thru its paces on his 1st AFX outing since 2005. Housed in a homage to Warp's debut 12" from Forgemasters, the 'Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-08' session returns to a twysty, funked-up sound last heard in the 'Analord' series - bending the lines of acid, electro and hardcore techno to his will. From the first whizz throughs a few jump out at us, especially the hi-velocity acid chicanery of 'Serge Fenix Rendered 2', or the agitated warehouse accelerations of … Read more
**Screen-printed jacket. Vinyl mastered by Rashad at D&M** The massed drone supergroup scale great heights and depths in their first communion for Drag City. Comprising the guimbri, gong, Arp 2600, Autoharp, drums and guitar of Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society, plus Bitchin Bajas' organ, bass clarinet, flute and synths, 'Automaginary' is a prime example of when many magick cooks make for an even more magickal broth, coaxing out the kind of potent, viscose drones that vibrate you and your surroundings 'til they dissolve and deliquesce like honey. Arcin… Read more
*The first release on Rabit’s new Halcyon Veil imprint is the debut from 21 yr old SW Londoner Myth. 7 Track EP including an instrumental version of Myth & Rabit’s rework of Ciara’s ‘Backseat love’* ‘Evaporate’ is the first issue from Rabit’s highly promising Halcyon Veil label, and also the exceptional solo debut from 21 year old s.w. Londoner, Myth. Infectiously emotive and nimbly weightless, it rotates seven slick grime and 2-step instrumentals including the instantly recognisable version of his and Rabit’s flip of Ciara’s ‘Backseat Love’. Its seven tracks were salvaged from a series of cheap, dyi… Read more
Outstanding dub-techno-skronk mutations from Beatrice Dillon, furnishing Where To Now? with her 2nd solo release after a string of acclaimed mixes and collaborations. With 'Face A/B' she pursues the more dubbed-out and technoid angles of the 'Blues Dance' session into crankier, stranger corners of the echo chamber in her own sort of uchronic parallel dimensions. 'Face A' is fired for the 'floor with her patented mix of tactility and abstraction, swirling Verity Susman's salty sax bleats around a stepping M-series dub base and swarming electronics with hypnotic sleight of hand and gyroscopic… Read more
**Includes art insert by Felix Lee** With 'Bound Adam' Total Stasis initiates a vinyl reissue series for Elysia Crampton's formerly digital-only releases as E+E. It comes months after Elysia's chrysalis-like transformation in the 'Moth/Lake' 7" for our Boomkat Editions label to remind the wider world of her rarified brilliance - which is no secret to her legion fans online. Originally released in 2011, 'Bound Adam' is, in her own words "…a speculative/ ontological poem about a relationship with a car", namely the huge Ford Ranger line which was discontinued in the same year and also starr… Read more
**A reminder of the purified techno excellence and electro-acoustic menace of Emptyset's 2009 debut album**Uncompromising minimalism from the Bristol underground courtesy of Emptyset and their long-awaited debut full-length. The duo have been exploring brutally reduced techno styles over the course of three 12"s for Caravan and Future Days since 2007, aligning the bass heavy sound of their Bristol heritage with the streamlined and linear structures of Berlin's Sleeparchive or Marcel Dettmann. For their self titled release they've extended the concept to a full album, allowing themselves to… Read more
**First ever vinyl issue, remastered and cut to wax at D&M, housed in screen-printed jacket by House of Traps** London's Sacred Summits present '1989', Psychick Warriors of Gaia's tribal psychedelic techno template, on vinyl for the first time. In another stroke of genius following the steepled highs of their reissue for Colin Potter's 'Entering Again', we're made privy to a zeitgeist bubbling thru late '80s European techno - an industrialized interzone of Lowlands EBM and Detroit house infused with a cybernetic, 4th world ambient consciousness. They're dangerously hypnotic an… Read more
**2LP gatefold sleeve with insert and detailed liner notes, edition of 300 copies** 'Yuen Shan' (Round Mountain in Chinese) is a fascinating and deeply meditative percussive suite first conceived in Taiwan, 1973 and realised in 2014 using pre-recorded tape sound and live percussion recorded over the interim. It's the first new Ranta release in 25 years, and just reminded us the hypnotic brilliance of his 1970 'Mu' collaboration with Conny Plank and Mike Lewis, which was reissued in 2010 by Metaphon (who're also behind those excellent IPEM collections). We're dealing with highly esoteric and… Read more
**Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Edition of 500** Crushing celestial tech-noise objects from Black Rain (a.k.a. Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright) with Shapednoise and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker. 'Apophis', so named after asteroid 99942 which poses an uncertain threat to humanity, was written and realised over summer 2014 and supposes four cuts of destructive electronics describing a potential, eschatalogical event and its aftermath in grim and unflinching detail. Black Rain and Shapednoise are clearly steeled and ready for what may come, from 'Metal Home's' premonition o… Read more
**Edition of 250 copies pressed on transparent red vinyl** The Polish composer, improvisor and sound artist gets right under the skin with this unsettlingly discordant slab for Bocian and his own label, Musica Genera. Powerfully concentrated on sustained, roiling electronic drones, 'Stara Szkoła Ze Złota (Old School Made Of Gold)' requires a steely stomach and ears to be ingested at volume - as it should be heard. The A-side's 'Calamitas' brings with it waves of nerve-tweaking frequencies, from viscous sub-sonics to keening, piercing highs right on t… Read more
**The horror holy grail available on vinyl for the 1st time! 180g "Green Inferno" vinyl housed in deluxe gatefold jacket. Includes extensive sleeve notes, 12 x 12 print and fold out poster with newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys** ""Death Waltz Recording and One Way Static Records have joined forces to bring you the score to a truly iconic – or notorious – classic of the horror genre: Riz Ortolani’s music to the one and only Cannibal Holocaust, directed by Ruggero Deodato. One of the early “found footage” films, this 1980 picture takes you into the hear… Read more
Stone cold classic BEB material from the Aussie trio, Carla dal Forno (Tarcar), Samuel Karmel and Tarquin Manek (Tarcar, LST). A frighteningly affective meditation on childhood memories, 'Hide Before Dinner' dredges similar, cobwebby partitions of the mind as Leyland Kirby's classics as The Caretaker, realising a drug fug sequence of enervated electronics, croaking death-folk and pause-button collage with an indelibly psychedelic impact. We've all been there, we've all been kids, and we've all had a sh*t time doing it, but we're grown-up now, and can gaze back on that time with fuzzy fon… Read more
Ships in 86 daysThe world's most uncanny pop star, FKA Twigs, blindsides everyone with the jaw-dropping 'M3LL155X'. Announced via a game-resetting promo video, it accelerates the hypeR&B aesthetics honed in her early EPs and LP1 to critical levels, accentuating her captivating audness from every angle whilst lyrically skewering her critics and trolls like a T-1000 with liquid metal talons (or an alien blow up doll). The production is this time handled by FKA herself with Young Turks' Tic and even a guest contribution by Happa on the bittersweet centrepiece, 'In Time'; twysting with preternatural sensuality from … Read more
Deep and nifty rug-cutters from Peckham Kiwis, Chaos In The CBD, playing-it-beatdown for Bradley Zero's Rhythm Section International after a slew of 12"s for ClekClekBoom and Hot Haus Recs in recent years. This is arguably their most sophisticated release to date, coming off like Martyn on a southside stroll in the dusty, sub-loaded shuffle and swing of 'Trust Is Key' and taking a leaf from the gospel of Theo Parrish in the jazzy flight of 'Observe', whilst the title track seduces with sax, rhodes and subtly scissored drums up next to the hip-slip syncopations of 'Luxury Motivation'. Shake thine tail feather.
With their 2015 festival now in the rear-view, Berlin Atonal present a batch of exclusive recordings and productions by 2014 festival highlights, Cabaret Voltaire, and this year's performers, Miles Whittaker, FiS, and Abdulla Rashim. Like the festival itself, this compilation revives an old concept; the original festival's early '80s "disconcerts" were also documented in various live releases alongside original material on the Atonal Records label. Now 30 years forward, we hear original particpants Cabaret Voltaire getting their kicks with two sides of Richard H. Kirk's arid industrial f… Read more
Choice disco-house edits by the brothers Lipsky from Moscow's Denis Simachev bar. The mutant Thai disco thing called 'Weirdshit Xu Paelk' on top sounds like it coulda come from a Sublime Frequencies Radio Bangkok session, whilst the flipside shuffles on a slick and naughty yacht-boogie pivot and 'It's Alright' brigns the steamy sauna vibes, gaye Marvin styes - "…It's all-right / to f**k all night…"
*The first ever vinyl issue from 1080p - limited copies* "Vancouver producer Patrick Holland aka Project Pablo’s house music goes breezy and back to basics on his debut full length and first release since moving to Montreal this Fall. “I Want To Believe” is a blue-tinged walk through Little Italy; chunky disco and hybrid house inspired by ultra-real types of smoothness like George Benson, Sade or Steely Dan (“Aja”, that is) and relocating perceivably dated cafe-culture styles of groove-focused house into a newly sincere context. Project Pablo’s bright and deep slant on easy-listening… Read more
*Re-press edition of 200 copies - Exceptional slab of squashed, Afro-centric psychedelia and hypnotic Footwork from Low Jack’s Editions Gravats label made in an edition of 350 copies* Low Jack and Jean Carval’s Gravats label open 2015 with a killer new album from prolific psych-drone artist High Wolf under his Black Zone Myth Chant alias. ‘Mane Thecel Phares’ is a wigged-out trip thru Afro-centric, riddim-driven psychedelia, breaking down the boundaries between Sun Ra, DJ Screw, and Vox Populi! with a smoked-out, blurry vision heightening the effects already felt in his migh… Read more
Detboi comes thru on Keysound with a quartet of squashed and nasty jungle-tekno plays. It's a signature sound for the label, augmenting the ghosts of garage and jungle with a warped and up-to-the-second cyber-spacious quality. 'Scatter' leans in first, swallowing amens and super-wide bass at 130bpm, before 'Give Love' deals in diva-lead 'ardcore garage drama and we catch him at his ruggedest , most effective with the unshackled, mid-air amen 'ardcore geometries of 'Shots' and 'Pin Point'. Motion sickness.
**180g 2LP, includes free download code. This is a One Hour long version of Max Richter's 8-hour long lullaby** "Max Richter, has written what is thought to be the longest single piece of classical music ever to be recorded: Sleep. “It’s an eight-hour lullaby,” says Richter – it is intended to send the listener to sleep. The landmark work is scored for piano, strings, electronics and vocals – but no words. “It’s my personal lullaby for a frenetic world,” he says. “A manifesto for a slower pace of existence.” Sleep will receive its world premiere this September in Berlin, in a concert perfor… Read more
Superb, charming EP of wistful and dreamy house fuzz, fresh outta Belgium. Working in orbit of Dresvn and the Acido crew or Pye Corner Audio, he swills wet electronics and pink-hued, gaseous pads in the Mr Soft swagger of 'Floor' and cuts deeper with the rounded yet scratchy groove called 'Liquide' that's loaded with lush, breathy synth voices. 'Pollution' is a delightfully coy and effervescent bit of ambient house, and 'Story' brings this chapter to a close with wheezing electronics and Crépuscular guitar strums. Tip!
Ships in 9 daysNot a band who ever do things by halves, this latest opus from Stars Of The Lid is a mammoth three vinyl set and is breathtaking for the entire duration. You see, although some might level that Adam Wiltzie and Brian McBride have really stuck to the same style since their inception, they have in my opinion been moving steadily forward with each release and have gone from whispering post-shoegaze guitar drones to something altogether more grandiose. It would be crass to describe the music as cinematic, but the first thing that strikes me about "And their… Read more
*Limited vinyl edition - the first proper new work from Kuedo since 2011. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton, artwork by Joshua Petherick* The prodigal son of sci-fi electronica re-enters orbit with an astounding new EP as Kuedo for his newly coined Knives imprint. Arriving almost a decade to the day since his game-changing Vex'd album with Roly Porter, 'Assertion Of A Surrounding Presence' manifests his first major new work since 2011's acclaimed 'Severant' album, and also marks a lucent new pinnacle of sound design/engineering in his field. Accompanied by cameo production r… Read more
Fresh from celebrating their 30th anniversary together, Yo La Tengo release their new album. "The trio of Ira Kaplan (acoustic guitar), Georgia Hubley (drums) and James McNew (upright bass) now return as a quartet, reuniting with former member Dave Schramm on electric guitar as they revisit the original concept of their beloved Fakebook (a mix of cover songs, “covers” of Yo La Tengo songs, and brand new originals) on its 25th anniversary." Features covers of The Cure, Thye Parliaments, Hank Williams, The Lovinb' Spoonful...
Helena Hauff executes a strong 2nd album of one-take machine workouts ranging from icy, beat-less moments to hi-NRG and darkwave pop with 'Discreet Desires' for Werk Discs/Ninja Tune. Arriving 6 months after her very limited debut, 'A Tape', by contrast this effort is a far more polished and organised affair, but still with the requisite amounta muck under her talons' chipped lacquer. It offers ten tracks, each improvised and recorded at her bedroom studio in Hamburg and tested on the road between her countless international DJ gigs and closer to home at Golden Püdel. In a marked diffe… Read more
RVNG Intl. revisit Kerry Leimer's incredible Savant releases, compiling the group's sole LP and 12" with hard-to-find compilation cuts and three unreleased tracks. Overlapping dates with last year's solo collection 'A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975 - 1983)', this album surveys Leimer at the desk again, but this time cutting up and patching together source material from a gang of like-minded local musicians from Seattle who were just as unconcerned with commercial success and social status as Kerry himself. The results are a genuinely remarkable addition to the canon of early '80… Read more
**Edition of 700 pressed on silver swirl and transparent blue heavyweight vinyl housed in full colour cover** "Death Waltz Recording Company are exciting to bring you another record in the 7” Jukebox series with two cuts from the soundtrack to Sarah Adina Smith’s acclaimed drama THE MIDNIGHT SWIM. A found footage drama, the film concerns three sisters who return home after their mother goes missing to find a mystery they need to unravel. Matching the mood are tracks from LA underground artist Mister Squinter (Side One’s ‘Mother’) and Canadian composer Ellen Reid (‘Child’… Read more
**Trans blue vinyl** London techno bod, Perc meets Danny Passarella in darkside ambient tribute to David Cronenberg's 'Videodrome'. Guided by subdued, ghostly drums and depth-charge bass slugs, they animate five scenes of slowed down, aching synth harmonics with a rich cinematic value at best in the hyaline designs of 'Rewind' and the Rainforest Spritual Enslavement-style submersion of 'Stop'.
Vakula saddles up a proper band to trot thru a suite of stargazing tributes to The Doors, most specifically 'Dedicated To Jim Morrison'. Rather than a playing a straight cover album, the group riff on classic elements from the West Coast psychedelic unit's near-sacred corpus, taking artistic liberty to intersperse their gauzy strokes with William Blake poetry recited by Andrei Dubinin. As with everything gilded by Vakula's Midas touch, the production is pitch-perfect analog with the requisite amounta dust and hash in the studio air. The first side features those languorous vocals dr… Read more
**Limited edition 150g green marbled vinyl. Includes free download redeemable from the label, edition of 350** Summer's friend, Matthew Mondanile a.k.a. Ducktails presents a persistently sweet new studio album; his first since 2013's 'The Flower Lane' and arguably his lushest yet. Sporting guest spots from Julia Holter and James Ferraro, and tooled with production by Rob Schnapf, co-producer of Elliott Smith's 'XO' and 'Either/Or', it's a baroque-tight collection of classical pop, flush with cascading melodies, tender fretwork and sing-along vocals. It was recorded thr… Read more
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** Classic Vibracathedral Orchestra line-up - Michael Flower, Neil Campbell, Bridget Hayden, Adam Davenport and Julian Bradley, plus John Godbert - firing on all psychedelic cylinders for their first proper label releases, recorded binaurally between Leeds and London 2013-2014. Includes download.
Ships in 9 daysA new album by the Stars of The Lid always sends us off someplace else. This amazing double album features a six suite work cut over a double CD, featuring titles such as Requiem For Dying Mothers, Austin Texas Mental Hospital, Broken Harbors, Mullholland, Piano Aquieu, Ballad Of Distances and A Lovesong (For Cubs)+. Their usual minimal sound palette is expanded upon this time with the inclusion of strings, horns and piano in addition to guitars and field recordings. A personal innerspace that's relaxed, poised and breathtakingly beautiful. Highly Recommended.
*Limited translucent green vinyl* Fire slice off two gems from Death and Vanilla's 'To Where The Wild Things Are…' album, backed with two non-album tracks, 'Erté' and 'Reality From Dream'. RIYL Broadcast, Stereolab or fine Scandinavian pop.
**Edition of 500** Creaming deep house/ambient pop from down under, released in support of András & Oscar's Euro tour 2015. The original is pure sex-on-wax vibes - plump boogie bass, shimmering electronics and gentle male vox countered with breathy female synth voices - whilst Tornado Wallace gives a tight instrumental dub next to Zanzibar Chanel's boogie-greazed remix.
**Limited edition clear vinyl housed in gatefold jacket with download code** "Poison Season opens with Vancouver native Dan Bejar swathed in Hunky Dory strings. He’s a dashboard Bowie surveying four wracked characters—Jesus, Jacob, Judy, Jack—simultaneously Biblical and musical theatre. This bittersweet, Times Square-set fanfare is reprised twice more on the record—first as swaying, saxophone-stoked “street-rock” and then finally as a curtain-closing reverie. “The first and last songs are actually one song tracked live with quintet,” explains their author. “I even sang with t… Read more
**Repress of the 2009 OG! It was Specter all along…** One for all the deep house cats out there. The Downbeat crew add themselves to the list of modern deep house operators like the Workshop crew, Slowhouse or Prime Numbers with four lush tributes to the soulful sound of yesteryear. Whoever's behind these tracks really knows their Larry Heard from their Boo Williams, working at tempos ranging from 116bpm right down to 100bpm, and elliciting memories of the finest cuts from each corner of the deep house spectrum. Our favourite has to be the superb A2 cut when that squashed slo-mo square bass drops in but there's enough here to keep everyone happy. Tipped!
**Hand-stamped white label.** Back to bang, Jamal Moss unleashes a restored reissue of his I.B.M. romper, 'Kill Bill' on 1-sided wax. Ten years ago this record knocked our Donnay socks off and we can safely say that the title cut has lost none of its psychotomimetic power in the meantime. This is straight essential Jamal Moss business, ya heard?!
Batu's Timedance label backs up his opening gambit with a pair of crack'd and salty UK techno chews by L. Sae - a new project from Metrist. A-side, 'The West End As It Will Be' rolls with a quasimodo flow, arranging creepy radiophonics on a cranky techno axle leading to a burned-out 2-step bridge and muggy conclusion. B-side, 'Line Sunk Like I'm Sunk' works like an eviscerated 'ardcore mutation, like one of Demdike Stare's Testpressings dragged thru an abandoned warehouse by the scruff of its neck.
**Edition of 800, no digital, no repress. Screen-printed jacket by Polygon Press** Deadly deep dubs from Danny Scrilla on ZamZam Recs. 'Higher Plane' steps on air inna melodica-infused shot of slow/fast pressure inversion. 'Maroon' follows suit with authentikal digi-dub signatures, spacing out the melodica over a more propulsive steppers riddim.