*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
**Spellbound archival home recordings revealing the esoteric sonic adventures of David Tyack (1978-2002), a founding artist from Andy Votel's Twisted Nerve label who sadly passed away in 2002. Includes liner notes by Andy Votel** Dave Tyack's haunting/soothing electro-acoustic project Luxury Apartments is given a necessary posthumous release via Andy Votel, Doug Shipton and Sean Demdike's Dead-Cert imprint. A heady mix of improvised electronics, mechanical folk and late night North West ambience, the Luxury Apartments project was completed just months before the Germa… Read more
**2 x 180g vinyl. Includes download code** The maestro presents a sweeping live iteration of his rolling 'Rückverzauberung' series, recorded at London's Church of St John-at-Hackney in 2014. The Kompakt boss' latest "reverse enchantment" unfolds his patented, languorous symphonics seamlessly across two discs, from billowing brass thru willowing and windswept strings to passages of strange bird calls and drones, and across desolate tracts of calving synthesisers to a climax with a finale of petrifying chorales. Hands-down it trumps any of the 'Rückverzauberung' editions… Read more
**Includes instant digital download for two different versions of the full album - a speaker mix and a headphone version (panned hard left and right) instantly dropped into your account when purchasing the vinyl** Lorenzo Senni's inspired Presto!? imprint presents one of 2015's most singular electronic albums with the solo debut proper from Theo Burt. Originally written circa 2009/2010, it's an album that was never really intended for public consumption but, thanks to Senni's efforts, is now presented here in all it's hugely individual glory. Perhaps best thought of as avant electro-pop or even some… Read more
**180 gram white vinyl features exclusive mixes not found on other formats. Includes download code** Spellbinding aural alchemy from the maestro, William Basinski, presenting the vinyl version of his latest composition, 'The Deluge' (companion to the 'Cascade' CD edition). Conceived at his current base in L.A., Basinski's first solo release since 2013's 'Nocturnes' renders his patented loop process in two longer form pieces plus a gorgeous orchestral denouement which at once reveals the underlying magick and heightens it with uncanny effect. In the 20 minute 'Deluge' a single… Read more
Nine Inch Nails' synthesist, Alessandro Cortini, animates an enveloping shadowplay of Roland 202 and TB303 spectres in his second album for Hospital Productions following the stunning 'Forse' trilogy for Important Records. 'Risveglio' is the 'Awakening' to 'Sonno''s 'Sleep'. Like its predecessor, it was also written and recorded while on tour but, unlike 'Sonno', it syncs his favoured 202 with the unique integers of a TB303, eliding the two via a delay unit to expand his sound without ever losing sight of the crushing harmonic noise romance at its core. It's fair to say that we've never… Read more
*Finally in stock - Deluxe 3LP edition in a 6-panel, double-gatefold spot gloss package complete with printed lyrics* By Pitchfork's reckoning Dominick Fernow's discography now stands at over 150 releases long - so it isn't without much consideration that we say that 'Frozen Niagara Falls' is his defining, most exploratory and ultimately rewarding work to date. It's an epic undertaking too - spanning three LP's and including over an hour and a half of music, veering from the surprisingly contemplative destroyed-folk of 'Greenpoint' and 'Christ Among The Broken Glass'… Read more
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Mica Levi's sweeping, instrumental "Kareokiejid" remix of Björk's 'Lionsong' really stands out from the remix suite of her Arca-produced 'Vulnicura' LP. Deleting Björk's vox, what remains is a tortuous symphonic arrangement of blossoming and willowing strings conducted with the uncanny ability to really reach in and massage, squeeze and yank our heart muscle. Sing-a-long if you must.
Murky, nicotine-stained ambience from Young Echo affiliates, Neek and Amos Childs (member of Jabu and Zhou) for Bristol's ever-expanding Idle Hands label. Working within Young Echo's now well-established style, they eviscerate the bodies of dubstep, grime, D&B - that Bristol sound - to come out with eight ghostly emissions framed between low end sub-bass presence, greying ambient chords and faint flickers of voodoo percussions.
**Strictly One Copy Per Person - Includes new and specially-comissioned music by Demdike Stare, Lætitia Sadier, David Sylvian, Pye Corner Audio, Maria Minerva, Peaking Lights and many more. 140g coloured 2LP housed in gatefold jacket with a 29 x 29cm 24-page booklet containing critical texts by Mark Fisher and Florian Schneider and transcriptions of original telephone conversations** A fascinating and cannily engaging sound-art project by Turner award-nominated Phil Collins, inviting international artists to rework conversations anonymously recorded in a free phone booth located b… Read more
Scorching collection of Early Pakistani dance music taken from original 7" soundtracks 1967 - 1975. Thanks to the diligent work of compiler Florian Pittner, we're presented a prime and revelatory selection of instrumentals which would normally be found found listed as either "Dance Music" or "Theme Music" on vintage Pakistani film soundtrack vinyl. As anyone who has checked the excellent Finders Keepers editions from this epoch can attest - the discos of Islamabad must have been wild spots in the late '60s and early '70s if this music is anything to go by.
Kuedo and Joe Shakespeare's hugely promising Knives label debut the hyper-lucid constructs of J.G. Biberkopf with 'Ecologies', housed in suitably striking artwork by Joe Hamilton. Hailing from Lithuania, Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf has hatched a dramatic and immersive aesthetic, drawing upon cutting edge instrumental grime, net phenomenology and cyber-ambient sound design to patch collaged spheres working across club, theatre and digital radio contexts. As with the output of contemporary artists like T C F or Elysia Crampton, thru to his networked peers such as v1984 and Sentinl, J.G.B's music… Read more
**Vinyl includes two exclusive cuts not on digital formats!** Wen rolls out a crucial double-pack hot on the heels of his killer 'Finesse' EP and one year on from his widely-acclaimed 'Signals' - one of the best albums of 2014. Doing it for Soundman Chronicles this time, the vibes are more atmospheric and technoid across 'Senary Cycles', still full of dread but laced with a bittersweet salvation. The first plate dances from knife-sharpening electro-acoustic sound designs in 'Arlington CT9' thru to piquant, Zomby-style pirouettes of 'Pace Myself', and a smudged rollers delicacy called 'She Giv',… Read more
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Björk's dalliance with the Tri Angle crew blooms strange new fruit in Lotic's amorphous, ambiguous Keptsafe Version of 'Notget'. The vocal remains mostly intact but is buffeted with noisy, granulated, and polymetric rhythm structures folding and unfolding in upon themselves, sustaining a perilous and unstable trip pocked with swampy subsidence, beautifully discordant synths and insectoid dynamics.
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Krampfhaft presents one of the lushest remixes for Björk's 'Vulnicura' album. At the Dutch producers digits, 'History of Touches' is rent as a widescreen play of sweeping searchlight synths illuminating gasping chorales and picking out micro-rhythmic details amidst its loping, swooning structure.
**Housed in ace brown paper inner and LP sleeve designed by Studio Tape-Echo. Mastered by Lewis at Stardelta. Edition of 500** Blackest Ever Black debut new meat: Young Echo crew's Ossia steps solo with 20 minutes of pitched Bristol dread. Whilst technically it's not his first outing - that was his mental DJ Oa$is collaboration with DJ Ape a.k.a. Vessel - it's the first we've heard from Ossia in this cloaked mode, straddling dub-rooted technoir, echo-chamber ambience and air-vent drones with adroit, patient application of samples, synth and guitar diffused in a matrix of spring reverb and echo pedals. … Read more
*Long-Awaited debut album from Janus Collective member M.E.S.H. - recorded in Berlin in winter 2015, mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, and pressed on 140g LP with spot-gloss inner* Janus crew's M.E.S.H. unpackages a vast internal world across the ornate topographies of his incredible debut album. Combining scything club dynamics and Hollywood sound design with a sample bank of archaic renaissance instruments, 'Piteous Gate' describes a hyperreal place-out-of-time framed by matrices of tessellating grids and vapour-trace contours rent in near-VR detail. Collapsing the stadium-sized stru… Read more
*Double album pressed on 140gm custom blue colour vinyl, housed inside a 425 gsm leather look sleeve with an etching on side 4, full colour booklet and an exclusive lobby card* The The's Matt Johnson presents a perfectly pensive and furtive soundtrack to 'Hyena', Gerard Johnson's 2014 film about bent dibble, Albanian gangsters and vice in modern day London. "The score to HYENA comes across like a fever dream; vignettes of hip-hop and house beats with incredible synthesizer melodies laid on top, threatening electronic effects roaring like a Formula 1 car engine, eve… Read more
Kieran Hebden a.k.a. Four Tet takes a proggy saunter from hybrids of Indian classical music and House to Kosmische and rustling breaks on his 8th solo studio album. 'Morning/Evening was first conceived in summer 2014 and completed early 2015 to follow the frayed and fractured pirate/rave buzz of 'Beautiful Rewind' with a more open, rolling and entrancing framework. It's a sound that dovetails his love of long-format jazz records with the play-thru hypnosis of DJing, layering far flung yet neatly compatible elements around repetitive and subtly morphing templates for up to and over 20 minute… Read more
*Upfront Exclusive* Killah brukbeat and swing techno functions from Spatial on his resuscitated Infrasonics imprint. 5 years since leaving his label on ice with a CD round-up of their first four releases, Infra12006 marks its return with signature, minimalist efficiency and dancefloor insistence. With 'HeLa' he syncs pendulous kicks and scything chords in möbius loop twysts occurring somewhere between the oblique swing of Phork and the latinate shuffles of El-B at his slinkiest. In 'Referent' he tests out a more crack'd sorta bruk funk nodding to A Made Up Sound's earlier, ruder transmissions, b… Read more
*Visionist’s Lost Codes label re-emerges as Codes, a new collaboration with PAN. Edition of 500, first 200 copies pressed on steel grey vinyl* Visionist resets his Lost Codes imprint as a new PAN sublabel, with a killer, collaborative grime/techno collage by Acre and Filter Dread. Marking the first time either producer has collaborated properly, they prove a vital pairing in equilibrium between industrial techno engines, body-scanning UK bass tones and gritty, diffuse urban-gothic atmosphere. Upfront, ‘Drumz34’ burrows in with viral 8-bit squiggle and squashed subs before ‘Flash Speed… Read more
Dubstep original and erstwhile pirate, Jack Sparrow launches a tribal steppers assault upon Deep Medi. 'Hold and Pull' barrels forth with high-pressure 4/4 subs and grounation-style drumming carrying serious momentum; 'Pula Riddim' cools off on a rootikal digi-dub skank for the Adriatic beach set; 'Where Am I' goes one 'step farther into dank, skunked-out dub pressure.
*Ships Friday* *Includes download code* Holly Herndon presents an incisive 3rd album of dance-pop deconstruction couched in heavy concepts relating to contemporary hyperreality for 4AD. Flanked by fellow modern artists such as Amnesia Scanner, Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Spencer Longo and Mat Dryhurst, the Tennessee-raised, Berlin-skooled and San Francisco-based doctorate student has realised her most vivid, elaborate treatise on the surveillance state, systemic inequality and electronic fantasy with 'Platform'. Catalysed by the intention to create a new music which better represents our now non-… Read more
Atom TM's 'HD' LP yields another single with the sleek electro shape of 'Riding The Void' remixed by Scuba, Nought and Consumed. The warm, woozy pressure of the original is still best, while the remixers kern it towards straighter techno 'floors, from Scuba's surprisingly muted and efficient Pulse mix to the sunken techno of Nought's, and a swinging electro refit from Consumed.
*Limited Edition 2LP pressing from Alessio Natalizia, aka Not Waving. 500 Copies, first 200 pressed up on translucent yellow and solid white vinyl* In case you slept on Not Waving's enigmatic and tripping trio of 'Voices' tapes (limited to 100 copies each) in 2014, he's entirely reworked and repackaged them in this new set designed for complete immersion in his (other)worlds. Compiled, they mark a point of transition between old Not Waving and the new Not Waving (soon to be revealed in a crushing album of dancefloor gear for Diagonal), presenting 18 reshaped mixes of the tapes… Read more
**Individually numbered edition of 200** Nifty limited pressing of a genuine cosmic anthem, as played by Danielle Baldelli. Lazer-reaching disco for those that know.
*Concentrated, Bendy Acid From Computer Rave Hooligans Evol, debuting their first release for Diagonal. Housed in an incredible sleeve by Guy Featherstone, mastered and cut by Matt ‘The Alchemist’ Colton at Alchemy. RIYL: Belgian Techno, Licking Batteries, Coloured Plastic Discs!* "‘Flapper That’ sees Diagonal invite EVOL — arch propagators of “computer music for hooligans” — to their own, unique establishment for a proper headshrinker of a session. Since Diagonal’s incarnation, EVOL’s hardcore aesthetic and sense of absurdity has been a key influence on the label and Powell’s DJ sets. In effect, … Read more
**Clear vinyl in clear poly sleeve** A billowing ambient swell-on from Deadbeat on his BLKRTZ label. Both sides play to his lesser heard, beat-less angle, quietly seducing us to his cloud base panorama of radiant strings and Wolfgang Voigt-like harmonic blooms with the first side, before moving into higher registers of sweeping, cirrus-like plumes and gently planing in a downward spiral across the B-side.
Remastered reissue of Source Direct's sought-after '95 killer, 'Approach & Identify', backed up with a black hole inversion by Demdike Stare. Leading on from their essential 'Black Rose' reissue, 'Approach & Identify' presents a lusher slice of '95 jungle life with roll-out amens and tight subs swept up in a rip tide of swirling, sub-aquatic synths borrowed from Electrotete's (a.k.a. Juno Reactor) goan trance classic, 'Shark'. On the remix, Demdike Stare's Cross Border Incursion shapes amorphous black masses of sub-bass and spectral noise banking to a slowly intense, rubbling climax/collapse. Killer wares.
*Vinyl back in stock* The future arrives in the form of Kuedo's hugely anticipated debut album. Since quietly disbanding the Vex'd vehicle he formerly operated with Roly Porter (whose solo debut LP also landed recently), he's been moving towards a slower, ornately detailed sound with his Kuedo project. But he's now re-emerged with a stripped down and luxurious variant on 'Severant', clearly referencing Chicagoan Footwork and 808-driven Coke and Road Rap, with strong traces of Vangelis-style synth opulence. To be fair it's a simple enough formula, but executed to often stunning standards. Compared with… Read more
NIN synth player and keyboardist Alessandro Cortini shapeshifts into the technoid Skarn guise with his debut for Shifted's Avian label. Across three tracks he puts a unique spin on the purest, monotone techno templates, capturing a brute, wormholing hardware sound comparable with classic Pan Sonic. With little background info to the 12" other than the obvious, we'd gauge that he's using a similar set-up to his acclaimed Sonno' and 'Forse' volumes, yet with very different results, possibly achieving such a kinetic, tactile buzz from only two or three re-amped machines and canny room… Read more
*Simon Pomery aka Blood Music returns with a new EP for Diagonal, including a stellar remix from Luke Younger, aka Helm* Simon Pomery makes an emphatic return to Diagonal with the Taiko fire of ‘Chicks’, the brutal percussive workout of Badgering’ and a hardcore remix from Helm. On this long-gestated follow-up to 2013’s eponymous EP, the Blood Music project continues to rage, syncing Taiko-inspired drumming patterns with vicious metal guitar dissonance and contact mic haptics. ‘Chicks’ runs at an over-stepping, febrile EBM heart rate, pelting modular palpitations made alongside Russ… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "It has been four years since Guillermo S. Herren released anything significant from his most famous and respected moniker, Prefuse 73 (though he did keep busy with live shows, collaborations, and remixes). That's a long time for virtually any artist, but it's an eternity for Herren, whose first three Prefuse 73 albums dropped in the span of four years. As if to make up for lost time, 2015 will see the release of not one, but three major works from Prefuse 73. After several albums that saw Herren progressively drift awa… Read more
"Invada Records present brand new four track ‘double B-side’ EP, featuring two tracks from BEAK> and two from their ‘alter-ego’ < KAEB, who differ in the aspect that < KAEB can have an ever expanding and floating membership. The 4 track EP features ‘The Meader’ and ‘The Broken Window’ by BEAK> and ‘When We Fall’ and ‘There’s No One’ from < KAEB, the latter featuring vocal contributions from Californian based artist Jonwayne. BEAK> are Billy Fuller, Geoff Barrow & Matt Williams. The trio hail from Bristol, UK and are signed to Invada Records, they have released two full length albums and several E… Read more
**Limited Deluxe Edition, features five bonus tracks pressed on 180g black vinyl housed in a 5mm spined outer sleeve. SDJR turns out a whole party's worth of funk with an infectious debut album sporting guest spots by Julio Bashmore, fLako and Kutmah** "From time to time a DJ or producer comes along who transcends a particular scene, bridges the gap between disparate movements and unites tribal music fans. Seven has that talismanic quality. His productions have a rawness… a loose-knit, lolloping groove that seduces even the most steadfastly stubborn of hips. Recorded in LA, S… Read more
Weighty wanz from Frenchman, Simo Cell, making his debut on Dnuos Ytivil (Livity Sound). With 'Cellar Doors' he triggers a rudely scuffed bass/techno roll working out close to Hodge or Rhythmic Theory's tuffer outings, while the tight subs and sizzling hi-hats of 'Piste Jaune' nail a mean impersonation of Peverelist's signature, slinky style.
Syrian dabke star, Omar Souleyman leads the dance to Monkeytown flanked by Modeselektor, Gilles Peterson, Four Tet and Legowelt on his 2nd studio album. Recorded in Istanbul whilst reunited with his favourite poet, Ahmad Alsamer, 'Bahdeni Nami' returns to his rawer (read: effective), pre-Domino polished sound, with each contributor faithfully complementing his style, rather than trying to westernise it. We catch Gilles Peterson joining an Arabic duet on 'Tawwalt El Gheba' - actually, we jest; we're not sure what Peterson did, but it sounds bloody great - while Modeselektor fuse beefier, … Read more
One of London's most distinctive new producers disorientates house and techno on a crack'd new ace for Ninja Tunes' Technicolour label. Building on the brilliance of his early wares for ManMadeMusic and the Kodwo Eshun-sampling collage of 'The Kids Will Take Care Of Themselves' for Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound, this 12" flips the experience of being turned away from the door of a Berlin club into a four part enigma of ember-glow techno, psychedelic house and collapsing ambience. 'Our Place' comes first with sub-heaving techno momentum and dancing dust mite figures beside the blunted wiggle j… Read more
*Heavyweight double album - Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Soul Jazz Records' new album Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 charts the many links between reggae music and the Rastafarian faith. Featuring the music of Count Ossie, Johnny Clarke, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Bongo Herman, Roy Ashanti (Congos), Earth & Stone, Mutabaruka and many more, this is an in-depth look at some of the most unique … Read more
*180g vinyl featuring fully remastered audio available on this format for the first time - Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* “Substance” fills in the missing pieces of the band’s history with four non-album singles (‘Transmission’, ‘Komakino’, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Atmosphere’), plus their B-sides. It has been expanded with two additional songs (“As You Said” and the Pennine version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart”).
*Includes a printed 12" x 12" double-sided insert* Very necessary compendium of Tapes' frayed and wayward dub exploits on Japan's always wonderful EM Records. Weighing up 6 new bits along with 10 remastered, tried-and-tested aces, 'No Broken Hearts on this Factory Floor' perfectly frames one of the UK's most original and free thinking producers; a steadfast and focussed artist juicing his sound for maximum style and pressure. It reaches right back to his debut transmission on Jahtari, with 'Ticker Tape' from the 'Hissing Theatricals EP' rubbed up next to lesser known bom… Read more
The German producer jacks up a sleazy, gritty session for Technicolour after acclaimed work for L.I.E.S. and W.T. Records. Both sides follow a similar pattern - giving you something to dance to, and then put you on your arse. A-side opens with the bestial vocal processing of 'Explora (Slave)' before putting its weight behind a proper jack attack, and lowering us into the viscous tarpits of 'Headpiece'. Flipside, he knuckles out the monotone EBM techno pulse of 'Brute Force' and melts to close with the darkroom essence of 'Shpel'.
Lowjack and D.K. double down as Slack DJs with a cranky quartet of Afro-noise-techno joints for Trilogy Tapes. On top, they knead out the rubbled drums and squally swagger of 'Hoops' beside the canny electro-acoustic noise texturtes and tribal roil of '75011'. Flipside, 'Glasshouse Mountains' tills the 'floor in two mixes; a rotted, kicking industrial version and more spacious, blown-out Afro-noise take.
*Brilliant collab between two individual Nordic voices, produced by Deathprod. Finally on vinyl* Two of Norway's most distinctive voices and musicians make an uncannily exquisite match in the Helge Sten (Deathprod) produced 'Meshes Of Voice'. Susanna Wallumrød, steeped in classical chamber and folk idioms, and the more experimental Jenny Hval, duet in wide-open, flowing spaces perfused with all manner of Grand Piano, Guitars, Samplers, Autoharp, Zither and Harmonium, contrasting and feeling out each other's sylvan tones and preternatural talents. The record was first… Read more
Delroy Edwards' L.A. Club Resource killin' it with Lil' Noid's Memphis Rap capsule, 'Paranoid Funk' (1995). Ripped from cassette for your pleasure, it's a prime example of the haunted, roadwise memphis sound by an original, influential affiliate of Three Six Mafia, pairing sh*t-scary beats by Blackout with Noid's febrile, meter-scaling raps to leave us feeling like we just hot-boxed in his Chevy with the speakers at tinnitus-inducing levels thanks to the production's sand-in-yo-ears saturation and bite. Essentially, this is the ruffneck Southern sound which would infect so much hip hop from t… Read more
**Now Available on limited Green Vinyl - individually numbered edition of just 150 copies*An invaluable document of Martin Hannett (the 'post-punk Phil Spector' as the liner notes would have it) and his work with Joy Division, which not only takes in alternate, 'director's cut'-type mixdowns of the studio sessions which would eventually become 'Closer', but even includes recordings of false starts, dialogue between the producer and the band plus a few snippets of Hannett's sound design exercises such as recordings of lifts creaking into action and assorted weir… Read more
Two years since 'Splazsh' topped a stack of annual polls, Actress presents his 3rd, and most coherent album, 'R.I.P' - his 2nd for Honest Jon's. Despite being a vital cog in the machinery of underground UK dance and electronics since at least 2004 (when he released his 'No Tricks' debut), it's fair to say that it's only in the last few years he's made the shift from cult concern to acknowledged auteur of some repute. His work with Damon Albarn's DRC Music, beside a legendary DJ set at Sonar and killer remixes of Shangaan Electro, Panda Bear and Radiohead all certify the fact; so expectations are no dou… Read more