*First few copies on clear wax if yr fast, edition of 500 mastered and cut by Matt Colton* Hot on the heels of Russell Haswell's '37 Minute Workout', Diagonal Records drop a slow-burning, psychedelic killer from Elon Katz and Beau Wanzer's Streetwalker, backed with a powerful Silent Servant remix. First issued on Catholic Tapes cassette in 2011, the serpentine, twelve minute acid slink of 'Ooze' has been remastered for vinyl and primed for the dance. As opposed to the from-the-hip funk on their 'Future Fusion' LP for Minimal Wave's Cititrax sublabel, 'Ooze' is a more hard-… Read more
**Edition of 500. Mastered by John Tejada and cut to vinyl at D+M Berlin, initial copies on coloured wax** Yves De Mey, John Tejada, Recondite, Paul Jebanasam and TM404 put their best jaw forward in slick remixes of Ricardo Donoso's vintage Goan trance-formations. Belgium's Yves De Mey follows impressive outings for Opal Tapes and Semantica with a midnight black take on 'The Sphinx', coolly transposing its darkly sublime early '90s vibes with up-to-the-minute, free-floating sound design, whereas Berlin's Recondite doses the 'floor with a powerful, droning remix of 'Diagonal Environ… Read more
**180g fully remastered vinyl reissue of this classic album - the first time it's been re-pressed on vinyl since 1967. Edition of 500 copies** Morton Subotnick's 'Silver Apples Of The Moon' adventure is a foundational piece of electronic music. Created on a then freshly-commissioned Buchla modular synthesiser, it was the first electronic record released by a classical music label and heralded a wave of synthetic music exploration which has birthed many of the sounds we know and love today. In light of the impact created by Charles Cohen's recently excavat… Read more
Another choice archival issue from Blackest Ever Black here, providing a much needed vinyl pressing of 4 gorgeous tracks recorded by Alison Statton, Spike Williams and Simon Booth aka Weekend, the band that formed in the aftermath of the super-influential Young Marble Giants of which Statton was a member. "Drumbreat" is an infectious number which sounds like a direct extension of classic Young Marble Giants material, while "Red Planes" and "Nostalgia" are more delicate and brooding, the former built around an archetypal Boss DR 55 pulse and colossal kickdrum, the vocal riding high in the mix, th… Read more
White label repress of this mighty weapon from Bristol's Kahn & Neek aka Gorgon Sound, replete with a wicked Dubkasm version. 'Find Jah Way' is a souljah-strength Digi-Dub with a 2012 twist - hard-edged 808 snares, nuff noise and pnematic subs to pummel your ribcage. It might be a cliche, but the only way to do this record justice involves a massive soundsystem and a zoot. Ditto for Dubkasm's rootical steppers dub version. The first edition sold out in a minute, and we expect this to do the same!
Exquisite offerings from Eglo's blessed soul vocalist, Fatima Bramme Sey, atop the creamiest beats from equally talented producer/label boss, Floating Points. If you've dipped into the warm waters of modern Soul in the last few years it's highly likely you're familiar with Fatima's output already, from her appearances on DVA's 'Just Vybe (Soule:Power Mix)' to Shafiq Husayn's 'Lil Girl' or a slew of Eglo releases. Make no mistake, though; this is the one you need! The A-side is a luxurious showcase in three parts: from the bass-suspended red-carpet introduction of 'Cinnamon', through the soul-con… Read more
**Clear Vinyl** Third and best 12" yet from UK techno producer Blue Hour. Three cuts build on the functionally tracky but emotive style established with his first two singles, from the percolating 909 patterns and AI synth drift of 'Reference 97' thru the big boned Dance Mania jack attack 'Don't Speak' to the beautiful pads and churning, stepping groove of 'Moments'.
Vowel-averse Swedish techno duo SHXCXCHCXSH return to Avian with a slick follow-up to their 'Strgths' album. 'VVVLLLLVVV' rolls out with sub-aquatic square bass pulses and eerie, almost Drexciyan synth pads, and 'MRRRWRRRDS' locks into heavier, bleeping rolige charged with cavalcade of churning toms and swarming synths. 'MRRRCHNNNN' is roughest of the pack, pumping pneumatic bass and pistoning hi-hats thru the silty murk at 20 knots.
Ships in 51 daysDebut album from Inga Copeland, formerly of Hype WIlliams. Tracklisting: a1. Faith OG X. a2. advice to young girls (w/Actress). a3. insult 2 injury. a4. Serious. b1. Fit 1. b2. DILIGENCE. b3. Inga. b4. l’oreal.
On the strength of 'Superscope''s heavyweight techno rollers, we suspect Clark's been hanging out in clubs a lot more recently. His first new material since the 'Iradelphic' (2012) LP swerves that album's fancier tendencies to go hard for the 'floor, especially with A-side 'Superscope', meshing sheer, ghoulish white noise shapes to a rude UK techno swagger somewhere between Regis and Beneath riddims. 'Riff Through The Fog' is more typical Clark, flush with tiered melodies and vaulted harmonics, but kitted to a rugged undertow of bouncing bass hits and intricate hi-hat play. Really good EP this.
**Paul St. Hilaire aka Tikiman provides the naturally perfect accompaniment to Deadbeat's dry, heavy techno dubs** "Deadbeat. Tikiman. Infinity. Dub. A quadrangle of such obvious statement and perfect musical inference may very well never have been uttered for those of the wholly weeded out persuasion. Indeed, when the great book of Dub music is written the names Scott Monteith and Paul St Hilaire will undoubtedly figure highly in its chapters devoted to recent years. Monteith, the last great prodigal son of the doctrine handed down from the Blue Mount of Lord Scrat… Read more
MMM and Pangaea reinforce Livity Sound zingers to boot up the Bristol label's new remix series. For only their 2nd official remix to date (the James Brown and Donna Summer edits don't count) Fiedel and Errorsmith aka MMM turn Pev & Asusu's 'Surge' into a big room stormer laced with jagged, industrial kicks , haughty bassline and brain-tweaking, 'synthlines bound to incite mad frolics on 'floor. B-side, close ally Pangaea gives Pev & Kowton's 'Vapours' a bucking Tribal techno overhaul percolating Dance Mania-esque rhythms with a ruddy sorta British bassbin behaviour.
*180g wax* Forward dubstep murders from two of the sound's brightest yung hopes on the steadfast System label. Their 'Firepusher' cooperative unleashes waves of layered LFO subbass modulations against tightest double-timed drums, melodica and duppy synth slashes. Flipside, Finland's LAS goes dolo on the tucked, skulky skank of 'Malfunktions' and outstanding Turkish stepper Emir Ongun aka Gantz twysts out the uniquely syncopated percussions, slyding subbass and swiped tape samples of 'Second Nature', no doubt one of his best solo pieces to date.
Russell Haswell puts a donk on it for Diagonal in a compelling, combustible and personalised '37 Minute Workout' of fractured noise and techno deconstructions. Working under a title nodding to both the album's physicality and riffing on Paul Morley's idea that the perfect album length is 37 minutes long, it's a typically uncompromising session cocking a contrary view of the dancefloor. Rhythmically, it's by far the most "structured" album in Haswell's solo catalogue, consolidating the freeform, improvised approach and brutalist, visceral timbres of previous releases with an apprecia… Read more
Exceptional side of tape-manipulated techno-house experiments from Detroit new waver, Manuel Gonzales aka MGUN for the DBA label. As the latest in a long line of 313 splicers stretching back to Anthony Shakir - who used to be the in-house tape engineer at Metroplex - on the 'Resin EP' MGUN revels in the nimble, hands-on possibilities of reel-to-reel recording techniques on six tracks ranging from zippy vignettes to low-slung grooves and pacy techno bangers. The quickstep shuffle and almost-baroque melody of 'Assumptions' opens beside a woozy, wigglin' jacker 'Funkshun' and the knotty 150bpm wormhole ji… Read more
Ships in 9 days*Remastered and revised edition of Arthur Russell's definitive statement 'World of Echo' giving you an opportunity to finally own this incredible album on vinyl again, pressed in an edition of 1000 copies*
**180g vinyl edition of 300 with A4 insert. Mastered at D+M. No repress** Ekman returns to Berceuse Heroique with a banging techno number backed by fiercely f**ked Vereker remix following his opening shot on BH 001. The original 'Acid7' burns up bucking claps and bruising kicks in a firestorm of distorted tape noise and psychedelic FX. Vereker goes one heavier with severe lashing of pure, guttural ghetto bang on the B-side. Watch yer eyebrows!
Ships in 2 daysAnother pioneer of UK Grime's recent renaissance, Wen is set to floor all-comers with this stunning debut album for Keysound. Since introducing himself on a split with Epoch and 12" for Badimup in 2012/early 2013, he's coined a striking new sound, rending classic UK dance templates with up-to-the-second sound design and uncanny feel for that late night urban atmosphere best defined by Burial. His edit of early Dizzee Rascal joint 'Strings Ho' which emerged in mid 2013 marked a turning point for this sound where the tempos became slower, the production more elastic, sculpted, and the arrangements tighter,… Read more
**John Twells (Type) and Walker Chambliss return with their 2nd EP for Modern Love, initial copies on clear vinyl** Jack Dice scale up their ambition with heady success on a crackshot 2nd EP of whip-riding 808s, noisy harmonics and addictive raps by Stash Marina. Following their tentative 'Block Motel' debut, few outside their close pals coulda predicted where the duo of Type Records boss John Twells and cloud rap mogul Walker Chambliss would take the Jack Dice project, and even fewer would predict where it's ended up, us included. We're basically talking about the addictive centrepiece, 'Stash's… Read more
**Boomkat UK Exclusive Beige vinyl in printed inner and colour jacket** On his 3rd album proper, Scott Hansen aka Tycho connects greater than ever with his wistful post-rock ambient spirit. 'Awake' is apparently inspired by the energy of Scott's live shows with drummer Rory O'Connor and guitarist Zac Brown, with whom he toured extensively following 2011's well received 'Dive' LP. In an attempt to re-capture that vibe, he took to a cabin in Tahoe last winter to record with Zac Brown, before eventually completing the album in the Santa Cruz hills to realise what, according to Hansen hi… Read more
They're bloody well back! The incognito garage producers launch a fresh Ital-Techno assault on the 'floor with their fifth - and possibly penultimate - single in this guise. There's three fearless bangers, taking in the adrenalised arpeggios and bruising kicks of 'Never Forget', the schranzy slam of 'Holzer Mane', and the wonky missile 'Hotline'.
**Edition of 500. Clear vinyl** **Darkly atmospheric industrial grooves from Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright, Midnightopera's Julian Jöckel and Different Fountains Michael Langeder + Bernardo Risquez as JBLA, backed with blue, downbeat and noisy remixes from L.I.E.S.' Ron Morelli, Svengalisghost, and Vereker** "JBLA came into being after Julian Jöckel (midnightopera) and Stuart Argabright (Ike Yard, Black Rain, o13) performed at a party in Brussels on the 5th of Oct. 2012 on invitation from Bernardo Risquez & Michael Langeder (D… Read more
**Ltd edition one-sided clear vinyl - this Regis remix was previously released on a split 12" with Blackest Ever Black** Regis is the perfect nomination to revise the stripped down paranoia of 'Loss'. Now working with a proper analogue desk, techno's arch outsider gets his claws right in there, filleting the original into a mesh of fibrillating, twitchy machine pulses, heaving subbass and vaporous voices, hopefully marking an exciting new phase of his oeuvre.
**Vinyl Edition finally available, comes in a special die-cut sleeve including two photo inserts plus download code redeemable from the label with Bonus Track** Nils Frahm presents the truest representation of his feted piano performances with this gorgeous treatment of over two years worth of live recordings, captured and then carefully assembled in his Durton Studio and referred to by Frahm as "a collage of field recordings rather than a live album. "Berlin-based contemporary composer Nils Frahm has built a steady reputation for his intimate, poignant piano recordings, yet they so f… Read more
Detroit's Jay Daniel builds on the promise of his Sound Signature debut 'Scorpio Rising', with a ruggedly mature double pack for Kyle Hall's Wild Oats. Given a debut opportunity many producers would give a digit for, Jay sticks to his 313 guns with five tracks of hypnotic, vibing deep house on 'Karmatic Equations', repping for a sound he and Kyle Hall have been building at their Fundamentals parties. Strident opener 'Royal Dilemna' cannily sounds like one of Omar-S' standout productions from ten years ago and sets a tone for the rest of the EP, from the wiggling groove, woozy keys and t… Read more
R&S present one of Lakker's strongest sessions to date with the 4-track 'Containing A Thousand' EP. Over the last ten years the Dublin-based duo have cultivated a unique take on electronic dance music, contouring techno with traces of electro, noise, and broken beats in a shifty, powerful style that's rightly earned the respect of the likes of AFX, who's been known to pepper his DJ sets with Lakker aces. Their muscular, dynamic sound designs are in full effect here, refusing gridlocked techno patterns to dice with skittish electro nodding to late '90s Autechre in the title track, whereas… Read more
Possibly best known for his emotive electro 12"s for the now-defunct Ai label, and last heard on a 12" for Shipwrec, Datassette drops four tight electronic funk grooves on R&S' rebooted Apollo label. Two parts of the title track bookend the 12", opening with Lone or SDC-esque synth romance and twysted Linn funk of part 1 and closing with the woozy, side-chain compressed gyrations of part 2, sandwiching a killer slowfast electro number named 'Vacuform' nodding to Dopplereffekt, Bochum Welt or Cylob, and the Mu-zig-like IDM boogie of 'Helvetica Calcium'.
Rave-haunted rollers from Grime architect Terror Danjah and prolific producer Four Tet. On 'Killer' the unlikely pair settle on a bashy bruk house sound rife with soundsystem samples and Video-Crash-style stabs and oscillating between Four Tet's woozy Arp, and Danjah's slicker electroid waves resulting in a slinky but gritty kinda bassbin pressure. Flipsude, 'Nasty' plays up to a defter sorta feminine pressure with tucked, kinky drums nimbly synched to gully bass and flitting female vocal counterpoint. Kinda sounds like a dazed Champion workout.
**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
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ruff 'n tuff Ragga hybrids from Cardiff's Darkhouse Fam. At their heaviest on the darkcore-zipped 'Brockwild' they intercept ground between Dabrye and Kaman Leung's baddest raggamatic hip hop/D&B replete with face-tearing mentasms, whereas 'Arphouse' features Eglo fam's Arp101 firing fruity purple synthlines and 'Elephant Large' gyrates on a big-bottomed hip hop sound nodding to Dipset, Timbaland and The Neptunes. DJ support from Kutmah, Gilles Peterson, Arp101, Alix Perez, Fracture, Rockwell…
**Hand-screened sleeves. Edition of 300** Proper outernational dub business from Algeria's El Mahdy Jr, Gulls, XJ, and Alter Echo, issued by Portland's Boomarm Nation. A mystic mesh of cultures and styles, 'Raï Dubs' was borne from El Mahdy Jr's twin passions for vintage Algerian Raï and deconstructed audio. Using samples sourced from cassettes and youtube, he twists out ghostly, elusive rhythms and woozy, melodica-like motifs around tight guitar licks and duppied wails in 'Disco Maghreb', which Alter Echo versions even further into the abstract with tumbling delays and swirling reverb. Fl… Read more
**Repress!!** Pure dread at 130 on Keysound from newcomer Wen, approaching the gulliest grime riddims with a cinematic lens and razor-sharp production. Fans of Beneath's fiendishly engineered rollers will be feeling 'Commotion' and 'Nightcrawler' but the truth is they're even icier and more minimal than that, the sound design more precise and punishing. It's no fluke either: the whole EP cuts like a freshly whetted blade: 'Spark It' turns on flightier, UKF-informed drum programming, but evokes the kind of widescreen rudeboy paranoia the likes of which we haven't felt since Loefah's earliest … Read more
Ships in 9 daysProlific micro-modular technician Nick Edwards aka Ekoplekz presents his best album by a mile with 'Unfidelity' for Planet Mu. You may (or may not) have noticed a dearth of recent releases from the former blogger-cum-musician since his Morrisian gush of fertile ferric ideas covered the release schedules between 2011-2013 under myriad names - Nunton Complekz, EKOCLEF (with Bass Clef), PLKZFX (with Nochexxx), Ensemble Skalecktrik, and eMMplekz (with Mordant Music) - on almost as many labels. To be honest this head just couldn't keep up with them, and for every ace we'd find a couple we weren't feel… Read more
Karen Gwyer returns to No Pain In Pop for an expansive and hypnotic follow-up to 'Needs Continuum' and her Opal Tape, 'Kiki The Wormhole'. On 'New Roof' she's all but abandoned any discernible traces of her vocals in favour of sky-scraping synth harmonics and deft drum programming in two extended, wide-open pieces which sandwich a shorter wormhole of woozy organ chords. They're incredible pieces of work, drawing firm connections with classic krautrock and cinematic new age meditations tempered by a crisply modernist sense of economy and space. We're most impressed by the 16 minutes of roiling, s… Read more
Deliciously warm, woozy electro-house soul seduction; the first statement by Wiesbaden's Florian Kupfer. Evidently influenced by the most mellow E.R.P. romantics, early AI bots and US garage pioneers, Kupfer has concocted a yearning, burning and ever so slightly noirish sound that fits perfectly with the L.I.E.S. ethos. The top face is greased with his electro-soul flavours, namely the deft 808 ripples, chiming keys and wriggling, Mr De-style bass of 'Lifetrax' and its sublime, In Sync-like 'Version 2'. The other side is for 'Feeling', riding dustiest toms and crunchy claps for that sm… Read more
Purple jump-up gear from Swindle & Joker's 040 duo. 'Let It Be Known' brings a very UK mash of dubstep, West Coast G-Funk and dive-bombing synthline pressure; 'Minors' leans on a hyper-fruity funk sounds nodding to the excessive wares of Hud Mo and Rustie.
"Finders Kreepers continue their 7″ series of vintage macabre film music with a volume dedicated to European vampire cinema with the two most notorious exponents of the horrotica genre at the helm. Although often put on the same platform the films of these two self-sufficient European filmmakers are in fact very different from each others celebrated efforts, having collaborated on just one occasion with Rollin directing a short dream sequence for Franco’s film Virgin Amongst The Living Dead (complete with its pulsating Bruno Nicolai score). On the a-side … Read more
*Edition of 300 copies pressed on coloured vinyl, mastered and cut by Matt Colton* With only one release to her name so far, the excellent "Orz" tape for the Reckno label, plus a regular show on NTS, the artist who may or not be a pseudonym for visual designer Jason Kerley returns here with her first release pressed to wax, a 30-minute odyssey that glides into the hardcore continuum and re-shapes various forms and formulations of electronic music along the way. "sssssssss" is a 30 minute trip split into two continuous sides that run like a mixtape, coming to life on the frazzled low-end modula… Read more
**Debossed jacket. Individually numbered edition of 500 copies** Ralph Cumbers kicks off a slew of imminent releases with the modular indulgence of his 'Bugbranded EP' on Public Information's latest dispatch. It's a quintessentially British display of voltage control and knob-fondling, blending that explorative Radiophonic feeling with proggy-minded, live arrangements in debt to early '90s AI styles. In a proper man-machine show down, Ralf tweaks out crisply psychoactive melodies and halcyon acid jack on 'Sometime The Only Way To Go Out Is Further In', and a more delicate, psilocybic folk dance … Read more
Forward bassbin pressure from Commodo on Bristol's best new label, Hotline Recordings. 'F_ck Mountain' staggers around like a p*ssed but fleet-foot 20 stone loon, spilling squashed subs and scissoring percussion all over the 'floor. His 'Good Grief' B-side is slower, clocking in on a 125bpm flex with sprung dub chords and sparingly used bass kicks skewed from Hard House into a weight halfstep. Tipped!
Ten year anniversary repress of a stone-cold essential. Includes the must-have title track, plus the gorgeous 'Signifier'. Like we said, essential purchase!
*30 minute EP follow-up to Miles' recent 'Faint Hearted' album for Modern Love, mastered and cut by Matt Colton* An addendum of sorts to his recent 'Faint Hearted' album, Miles' returns with a half-hour EP more squarely aimed at the floor with four darkened, robust variants. 'Blatant Statement' is up first, slowly emerging from a rough alignment of metallic percussion and abrasive stabs not a million miles removed from the kind of racket you'd most likely associate with Vatican Shadow, before the almost-clipped rub of those super-warm bass stabs shifts the perspective to a different kind of environm… Read more
The vital Recollections GRM series yields some of its finest treasures yet from the Paris archive with three iconic, prototypical pieces of computer music by Jean Claude Risset. It's notable not least for the first vinyl pressing of the amazing electro-acoustic sonorities in 'Sud' (1985), but also two very early pieces recorded between 1968-69, marking some of the very first significant instances of computers used in the creation of sound itself, with 'Computer Suite From Little Boy' featuring sounds synthesised using the Music V program whilst working with Max Mathews at the B… Read more
"Bucky Skank is a new occasional label from JD Twitch created solely to focus on tracks inspired by the myriad sounds that have come out of Jamaica over the last half century. The first 12" takes Twitch's long time obsession with Sleng Teng to its logical conclusion by including his take on that seminal rhythm. One of many versions he made purely for his amusement, after roping in former Roll Deep member, Killa P to do some vocals he decided to release it and the genesis of Bucky Skank was born. This track, "Skeng Teng", comes in vocal, instrumental and remix form, … Read more
Crushing debut album from forward UK producer Untold. His 'Black Light Spiral' is an airless, borderline-aggressive assault on the dance borne from nigh on two decades immersed in British rave culture. Since 2008, with releases on his Hemlock imprint, for close chums Hessle Audio, and for Clone and R&S, among others, he's been instrumental in the post-Dubstep field with clinical appropriations of Breakstep, Grime, and most recently, European Techno. He's regularly touted as a producer's producer, a don among the baying, bassbin-dwelling throng, so as you'd imagine his debut album is an eage… Read more