**Housed in die-cut jacket with printed inner, comes bundled with a download** We’ve been waiting for this one for a while - one of the most talented and overlooked composers in the death-ambient/invisible soundtrack realm finally returns with a petrifying suite of doom-laced string compositions on this excellent new album for Miasmah; 'The Summoner'. In the course of three albums and handful of shortform releases, Pepijn Caudron has become a byword for Bosch-like visions of a soundtrack-quality calibre. It's perhaps a little odd that his music hasn't yet been used to score some ultra-bleak, mitt… Read more
*Limited Edition vinyl-only pressing!* Proper mindblowing deep house music from DJ Sprinkles + Mark Fell featuring Tony Benn (R.I.P) for Comatonse. More than two years since their union on the 'Complete Spiral' EP (C.021), which notably placed N.U.M. leader Arthur Scargill on a New York-style deep house groove, they reprise that formula to spellbinding degrees on 'Fresh Insights EP 1'. In a knowing nod to Larry Heard and countless other producers deployment of *that* MLK speech, they ally a rousing Tony Benn speech with a subtly arousing deep house groove in the 10 minute … Read more
*140g LP in spined sleeve with download code card* Ok, this is more like it - a crackshot slab from the crackpot producer putting his computer controlled acoustic orchestra thru its paces. As promised or alluded to in various interviews around last year's 'Syro' LP, he's done a proper Pierre (Bastien, Henry, Schaeffer) and manufactured a whole mechanical band of things that hit other things - mainly pianos, drums and gongs - to make a very pleasing sound indeed. It's the sound of an artist exerting optimal control over his instruments but allowing for, or … Read more
*Edition of 300 copies pressed on transparent red vinyl* Dominick Fernow’s Bed of Nails label returns with its first release in a while - a new 5-track EP from New York stalwart K.P aka Dual Action. These machine tools spoil for the 'floor, acting as a follow-up of sorts to the excellent, blink-and-miss 'Babe' cassette and Avian's vinyl reissue of 'Auto Body’, providing some proper club weight across four precision-sharpened pounders and one incredible noise construct. Fixing glassy chimes to stern bassdrum with 'Back In', and banking noxious drones over the pneumatic mechanisms of 'When Mine',… Read more
**Edition of 350 copies** A tantalising proposition: Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza emulate and describe the effects of various drugs in this first-ever vinyl edition of 'Eroina'. Recorded in Rome's Fona studio, 1971, it features a presumably "attuned" alignment of Ennio Morricone, Mario Bertoncini, Egisto Macchi, Battisti D'Amario, Franco Evangelisti and Walter Bianchi improvising around track title themes such as 'Aghi (Needle)', 'Metedrina (Meth)', and 'Hashish'. It could really only be bettered if the label had ascribed Library-style descriptions of … Read more
*Limited Edition vinyl pressing of 350 copies housed in a handmade textile packaging, embossed and numbered, including printed innersleeve & download dropped into your account on January 30th* Yeah this one’s a little bit special. Sonic Pieces have long set themselves apart from the plethora of home-spun, hand-made, overly-serene imprints out there, both in terms of their exquisite packaging but more importantly via their patient, hand-picked selection of some of the finest avant-classical, drone and experimental yet accessible music out there. And this new relea… Read more
**Limited Edition Black & White Swirl Vinyl, Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** The legendary director / composer achieves the milestone of his debut solo album with 'Lost Themes' for Sacred Bones. For the first time, after directing and scoring 15 films - including stone cold classics such as Halloween, The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13 - he lets the listener conjure their own imagery to accompany his signature mix of thrumming synth arpeggios and dramatic guitar solos in nine newly written 'Lost Themes'. It's likely to be loved by collectors of '80s synth horror soundtracks, especially if you have a high tolerance for overblown production...
*Full-length debut from the elusive Shinichi Atobe, known for an incredible 12” on Chain Reaction almost 15 years ago and never seen or heard from since. Audio mastered and cut by Matt Colton, Vinyl purchases come with a download of the full album plus 4 bonus tracks dropped into your account* Shinichi Atobe has managed to stay off grid since he made an appearance on Basic Channel’s Chain Reaction imprint back in 2001. He delivered the second-to-last 12” on the label and then disappeared without a trace, leaving behind a solitary 12” that’s been selling for crazy money (there… Read more
**Individually numbered vinyl edition of 400. Includes fold-over artwork and download code** This is so good! 'Optimists' is the enchanting debut album of rustling drum machines and diaphanous, bittersweet synth lines by Joke Desmet and Milan Warmoeskerken, aka Mittland och Leo. Equal parts Broadcast-like twee exotica and Suicide-style motorik funk, it also holds up very neatly next to like-minded missions from Not Waving, Moon Wheel or early, ambient AFX, hitting the sweetspot of smart simplicity with every turn. There's little arguing that this is a very well-trodden area of electronic … Read more
**Blue Translucent Vinyl limited to 300 copies - Includes download code redeemable from the label** A Strangely Isolated Place's 'Europe' survey collects the most tranquil strains of modern classical and ambient electronica from scene stars such as Marsen Jules and Yagya. It's a fine line between schmaltz and sincere loveliness, which the compiler is patently aware of, steering your journey between the Gas-like emissions of Dalot's 'Home' and the high-tog ambient techno comforts of Yagya's beautiful 'The North Shore' with a sure-footed agenda. In the cloudy space between, there's a charming solo pian… Read more
**Limited Edition Deluxe Pressing on 200g wax in a sublime, embossed letter-press sleeve** After providing one of 2014’s standout albums 'Wilderness of Mirrors’ - without question one of the finest ambient albums we’ve heard in a while, Lawrence English returns to penetrate that most desolate zone of the psyche with an incredible suite of treated and layered field recordings made in Patagonia and Antarctica in 2010. With only the barest signs of life coming from a distant bird call detected towards the end of the B-side, we're left stranded in the centre of a howling polar gale, shivering a… Read more
**Red paper sleeve and Eye of Horus artwork insert. Edition of 200 copies* Lazer-etched instrumental electro-grime-D&B missiles from London's one-n-only Darq E Freaker for the mighty Numbers crew. After cutting his teeth with Channel U faves Nu Brand Flexx, Darq E Freaker defined modern grime with blazing, bilious production on Tempa T's 'Next Hype' and his killer solo 12"s, the 'Horus' and 'Cherryade' EPs. More recently he's been busied with hits like 'Blueberry (Pills & Cocaine)' for Danny Brown and 'Mardi Gras' for Gita, and arrives at the Numbers hyperplex with suitably colourful impact. … Read more
*Much needed reissue of this classic Drexciya album for Tresor* One of Drexciya's most sought-after and definitive "storms" finally repressed for those that need it. Originally released in 2002, 'Harnessed The Storm' yields timeless anthems such as the devastating 'Digital Tsunami' - leaves us an emotional wreck every time - and the unfathomable mystery of 'Under Sea Disturbances' alongside signature enigmas like 'Mission to Ociya Syndor and Back' or the heart-breaking melodies of 'Birth Of New Life'. Trust us and everyone else: it's essential.
Holy Grail territory here from Andy Votel and Demdike’s mighty Dead Cert imprint - here finally bringing you this incredible album of previously unreleased Industrial-themed recordings made in 1976 by experimental pioneer and Ennio Morricone cohort Alessandro Alessandroni. The concept itself is riveting enough: the guy who provided that infamous guitar riff for 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' providing utterly bent and synth-heavy recordings previously unheard by the wider world - but the material and execution is just nothing short of a revelation, unlocking an uncannily prescie… Read more
**We never thought we’d actually ever see the day this seminal album would get a proper, official reissue on vinyl - but here it is, newly remastered by CGB at D&M and in-print on vinyl for first time in almost two decades. Comes with an instant download of the full album** Liasons Dangereuses' self-titled debut LP is a major cornerstone of modern electronic dance music. Produced by Chrislo Haas and Beate Bartel (aka CH-BB/DAF/Mania-D) and mixed at Conny Plank's studio in 1981, it has cast incalculable influence over successive generations ever sinc… Read more
**Must-have** Scalping techno and synth noise session from Vereker in Restraint mode for his Endangered Species label. This is the kinda rancid, roiling sh*t that gets us up in the morning: two glowering, Clive Barker-esque visions of synth music and throttled noise on the front; one of this decade's finest techno tracks so far on the flipside. The A-side's beat-less black holes absorb all light in compelling displays of muscular synth wrangling and vicious reckoning owing as much to the mastering engineer, Hospital Productions' Kris Lapke aka Alberich, as the dysphoric libera… Read more
Fresh from his woozy Amsterdam session with Gaussian Curve for Music From Memory, an oneiric solo debut from Jonny Nash on his own label, Melody As Truth. Classicist ambient meandering manifest on electric guitar, keys, synths and zither, seeking solace somewhere between Detroit Escalator Comnpany and Brian Eno. Dead lovely.
Object Relations is a very promising new 7" label curated by Mark Fell focusing on collaborations between diverse artistic practices. Recorded in Milan, 2014, the label's inaugural edition establishes its remit in a unique combination of Fell's crafty Linndrum programming with the adroit, keening cello improvisation of trained cellist and composer Sandro Mussida, following their meeting and performance in Tuscany at the International Encounters in Sound event. On both sides, Fell's elliptical microtemporal rhythm arrangements are matched and coloured with compelling strea… Read more
**Includes double-sided, 24" x 36" poster in thick PVC sleeve** Dancefloor sweetheart Caribou bequeaths three live recordings made with his Vibration Ensemble, including Kieran "Four Tet" Hebden and James Holden among their number. A-side stars an ecstatic version of the cosmic house dazzler, 'Bowls', and a blown out number called 'Ahmed, Colin, James, Kieran, Kyle, Rob And Steve' that sounds like Sun Ra meets Konono No.1, both recorded at Concertzaal Vooruit in Ghent, Belgium on December 8th, 2011. B-side is spanned by 13 minutes of soaring turbulence in 'Sun', recorded at London's Scala on December 7th, 2011.
KILLLER rhythm trax by Andrew Field-Pickering aka Maxmillion Dunbar in his Dolo Percussion suit. Nowt but drums and stabs for the DJs and danswers in four parts: cutting loose between big beat jack and dubbed-out Jungle house inna lethal Sotofett style on the A-side; dipping to some rock-the-bells breakbeat funk and perkolating Chicago bang bang on the backside. Kinda unmissable.
**Hand-stamped white label** Juju & Jordash meet Move D as Magic Mountain High, recorded live at Pulse Club, Venice, Italy. Jazz-taught, freeform techno breaking down to an extended trip across the A-side, plus a string-heavy house ace and some neat, proggy New York style builds on the B-side. Fluid, funky, out-there house.
A touch of reel house class from Willie Burns as Daywalker and Entro Senestre aka C.F. on the mighty L.I.E.S. It's all about the deeply romantic A-side, 'Supersonic Transport', with its sweeping, tiered synth layers and effortless swing jack momentum, but the B-side is none-too-shabby either, with the introspective ambience, purring groove and sampled monologue of 'Bulldog Named Carl', and a slow-mo celestial arpeggios of the closing 'Untitled' cut.
**White wax** Further 'Sketches from an Island' by Future Loop Foundation's Mark Barrott for International Feel Recordings. This 'Winter Edition' commits two succinct pieces taking in chiming synth tones on 'Kitasaku' and a brooding solo piano etude cosseted with airport ambiance in 'Departur
Punchy, warehouse-eager banger from a cat named E. Myers on limited edition white label. Drums are tough as you like, tickled with raving whistles and eased off with lip-smacking, eye-fluttering chords for gurning air-synth action in the club. Dead strong stuff.
Sold out at source… A dope 5-tracker from Greece's Nous label, spanning subtle shades of deep house from Vesaire's KM-style twyst, 'Ghd', to the deep Detroit drive of Unfinished Portraits and the floating machine patter of Breakin Moves.
**Includes 12" x 12" art insert, 'Moon Burned Silver Paper' by Sarah Szczesny** Cologne-based Dame, Lena Willikens, debuts on Cómeme with a cracking EP of darkside dancefloor mystique heavily influenced by '80s wave heritage. Her 'Phantom Delia' EP pits years of experience DJing on the radio and at her residency for free-spirited Düsseldorf nightspot, Salon Des Amateurs, together with a rarified knowledge of classic wave musics, outernational rhythms and weirdo techno. The result: a delicately patterned, phantasmic meld of styles; slipping gears between the furtive, droning EBM of 'Howl… Read more
Solid longform 2-tracker from Floating Points to seal off the year. 'Nuits Sonores' is great - nice to hear Sam Shepherd edging away from the coffee table for a mooch round moodier environs, delivering a 12-minute number that sounds like a smudged Paperclip People tangling with a bit of jazzzz as it builds. 'Nectarines' is again kinda indebted to classic Carl Craig and Main Street productions, although that floaty vocal towards the end is p'rraps a little too smooth. Still, his best for a while.
*Double 180g vinyl gatefold. Artwork by James Wilson** 'Ghetto Madness' is another invaluable collection of classic Dance Mania bangers. Picking up where Strut's 'Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1995' left off, it focusses on the label's unrivalled early-mid '90s output, a sound defined by hyper BPMs and the rawest, butt-naked machine rhythms. This vinyl edition creams 13 of the filthiest Chicago bangers you ever heard, setting the levels with Jammin Gerald's bare-bones 'Pump That Shit Up'; cycling thru a coupla Deeon killers, 'The Freaks' and '1112'; taking it back to ro… Read more
Ships in 56 daysDixon, 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.
Ron Morelli's Ghost-202 collaborator, Svengalisghost, knocks out a deadly 2nd shot for Russian Torrent Versions. It's all killer no filler in four tracks of psychotomimetic industrialism, banging the box between two cuts of acid-frazzled jack on the A-side, and over to some thunderous PCP techno styles laced with swarming drones on the B-side. Can't see this leaving the box for a long time.
Oh my, Digitalis strike pure gold with one of the finest debuts we've heard on the label since the magnificent pair of Motion Sickness of Time Travel albums last year, a killer amalgam of squashed beats, lo-fi pop and narcotic, slo-jams hugely recommended if you're into Hype Williams, Nite Jewel or Julee Cruise. Paco Sala is the work of producer Anthony Harrison (Konntinent), now working with celestially enigmatic vocalist, Leyli, who between them evoke a dreamstate of introspective ambience, solitary R&B and heavenly-crushed Pop. It's radically different to anything else you'll have heard on Digi… Read more
**Mindblowing electronic productions and songcraft from Africa-via-Paris circa 1975-1982!** Cameroonian musician and cultural polymath Francis Bebey is a bona fide legend of 20th century African music, art and literature. He introduced the world at large to Manu Dibango and had a stack of hits in the French-speaking African world, but it's his little known work with electronic keyboards, organs and drum machines which is staggeringly revealed here. Across 14 tracks, Francis cooks up a minimal but richly layered and heady concoction of frothy, improvised melodies, body… Read more
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* The increasingly ubiquitous Huerco S. services Dan Lopatin’s Software imprint with his debut album proper, following that seductive, rep-making trio of EPs on Wicked Bass, Opal Tapes / Boomkat Editions and Future Times. It’s top-drawer stuff, taking the new age ambience and rugged, smoke-choked house rhythms du jour and turning them inside out, opening up new zones of dubwise introspection. ‘Plucked From The Ground, Towards The Sun’ is a 90s Chain Reaction cut inspected through a smeared microscope lens, but it’s the minor key shifts and a… Read more
**An astonishing set of Concrète pieces hugely recommended if you're in awe of Bernard Parmegiani - presented in a double 140g vinyl set mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, housed in pro press jacket and a silk-screened PVC sleeve with photography by Trainanos Pakioufakis and artwork by Bill Kouligas** An alchemical triumph of modern concrete and avant-garde composition, Valerio Tricoli's 5th album, 'Miseri Lares' is one of the most remarkable records in PAN's distinguished catalogue. The Italian artist's first solo LP in seven years is the culmination of tireless experimentation i… Read more
Yeahhhh, this is fxxcking great - the latest release from Rush Hour’s ‘No Label’ and a bit of a curveball, straddling lines between Arthur Russell, John Maus, Ron Hardy and Jamal Moss for probably our favourite release on the label so far. Highlight for us is the immense fudged anthem "Weather Report”, a tune that’s both crisp and damaged, reminding us of those insane DJ Rush/Ron Hardy edits, laying out a funked SlowHouse template before overlaying it with all manner of craziness, sort of how we'd imagine an Arthur Russell and Kassem Mosse hookup might sound like. So yeah - get this one, it owns.
Listening to this latest album from Liz Harris’ Grouper project it’s easy to forget how much of a hard sell her music was back when 'Way Their Crept’ landed with us back in 2005. Her eerie, layered mix of bare vocals, guitar and tape delay didn't quite fit in with what anyone else was really doing on the scene back then - and it completely knocked us out even if no one was buying it. By the time her breakthrough ‘Dragging a Dead Deer…’ arrived on Type three years later she was more or less playing to a baying mob hungry for any little morsel she cared to throw their way, her (by now) more fleshed out … Read more
'Faith In Strangers’ was written and produced between January 2013 and June 2014, and was edited and sequenced in late July this year. Making use of on an array of instruments, field recordings, found sounds and vocal treatments, it’s a largely analogue variant of hi-tech production styles arcing from the dissonant to the sublime. The first two tracks recorded during these early sessions bookend the release, the opener ‘Time Away’ featuring Euphonium played by Kim Holly Thorpe and last track ‘Missing’ a contribution by Stott’s occasional vocal collaborator Alison Skidmore who also appe… Read more
The boss and his boys, Sawf, Truss and Drvg Cvlvtre ride out the 2nd of two 12"s marking a decade of Perc Trax in the field. Perc takes poel position with the lamping kick drum force of 'Hyperlink' and Sawf does that patented shuffle with the irresistible, uncompromising torque of 'Goves'. Truss cracks a can of noisy whoop-ass for the harder heads, and Drvg Cvltvre lends some mittel European poise with the acid bomb, '(I Don't Want To Die In) James Franco's House'.
**Foreboding, deeply compelling debut highly recommended to followers of Demdike, Cyclobe, Coil.Screenprinted on coloured paper. 150 copies only** 'Uruk Romantic Tales #2' is a concept album based "in a supposable Mesopotamian landscape, hanging between past and future recalling nor one or the other." It's evidenmtly the work of an exotic mind, much in the same frame as inestimable French composer Jean-Claude Eloy, and also sharing much in common with the vividly hyperstitious soundscapes of Cyclobe or Coil. Over six stages or phantasias, Lacroix's narrative leads us blindfold… Read more
**140g vinyl edition of 300. Mastered + cut by CGB at D&M** Lawrence English and Werner Dafeldecker tantalise and excite our spatial and textural perceptions in this deeply involving collaboration recorded across the Antarctic Peninsula and later produced in Brisbane, Australia. 'Shadow Of The Monolith' features electroacoustic transformations of atmospheric, hydrophonic and ionospheric materials which have been layered, processed and restructured into a spectrum of of microtonal gradients, vibrant frequencies and fractured nonspaces. Basically, it vascilat… Read more
Mods back on the march with a pair of zingers for Munich's Little Teddy Recordings. A-side serves the spittle flecked 'Tied Up In Nottz' (with a "Z" you c*nt, according to Jason) and self-deprecating rant about their home city - "it's all so fxxking boring" - backed with the swaggering, revving garage-punk swerve of 'Fear Of Anarchy' giving a sneering twist on the Pistols for 2014. Just please, please don't do any fxxking butter adverts or slebrity jungle shite…
*Repress now available* Richard H Kirk and Ancient Methods rip the skin off Powell's mutant 'Club Music' EP in a quartet of killer remix pillages for Diagonal. Rigorously tested everywhere from Mancy warehouses to Berlin power stations, the Ancient Methods mixes of 'Club Music' are among their very finest; whether in the rictus EBM funk of the 'Körpersaure91' version with its stentorian Front242-style bark and graphene-tipped snares, or the 'phet-sparked clobbering of the manic 'Pogo Im Säurebad' - surely their maddest outing ever. Richard H Kirk, however, takes a different tack entirely w… Read more
**140g vinyl masterded + cut by Rashad at D&M** Golden Püdel's Helena Hauff and F#X charge a rampant 2nd session of gristly hardware roil as Black Sites for PAN. Relentlessly bloody-minded and primed for strobe-and-smoke-lit 'floors, both sides give up some of the most damaged no wave/acid that we've heard all year. A-side: 'Unit 2669' locks lampin' kicks and mind-swilling 303s to a rusted thumb piano/cowbell motif for 12 minutes of noxious, incessant club fuel in the mould of classic Bunker/Acid Planet bangers. B-side: 'Mockba' is a different kettle of radioactive, three-eyed… Read more