*Incredible album of oblique Batucada/Techno Hybrids - new on Hospital Productions, initial copies on transparent green Wax* Nicolò Fortuni and Nico Vascellari's flamboyant Ninos Du Brasil battery make their Hospital Productions debut with an infectious blend of bespoke Batucada rhythms, techno and punk in 'Novos Mistérios'. It's a perfectly inappropriate release for Dominick Fernow aka Prurient's label, bound to baffle the purists and incite the dance in equal measures. Pairing carnivalesque percussive rituals with the slinky contours of stripped techno and a deeply engrained punk se… Read more
Kassem Mosse brings his surprise debut album to land with minimal fuss or fanfare on Workshop. In case you don't know, Kassem is responsible for some of the finest, most definitive techno-house productions of the last decade, racking up soulful, forward-facing anthems for FXHE, Trilogy Tapes and Nonplus and, of course Berlin's Workshop, which remain firm favourites in myriad DJs boxes. For his low-key debut album, he sticks to the shadows and the eerier, sensual spaces between house, techno and electronica, finding a graded mid-ground between midnight Detroit beatdown and European electronic… Read more
*Fourth limited edition, self-released 7" from Kim Deal!* So this one's a total treat for Breeders obsessives - the A-side here 'The Root' seems to basically revolve around the same chords that made 1992's "Don't Call Home' such a total fxcking classic - except with completely reworked chorus and lyrics - it's a total gem. While we're at it actually - the Safari EP never seems to get mentioned that much but, jeez - isn't it just an absolute masterpiece? Anyway, the B-side 'Range on Castle' finds Kim in a more countrified and contemplative mood, it's almost like the last 20 years never happened… Read more
Bristol's Vessel, El Kid and Jabu, part of the Young Echo collective, follow 2012's excellent Killing Sound tape for No Corners with this heavy doublepack for Blackest Ever Black. Described by the label as containing "four oblique soundsystem murderers", the EP is in some respects a bit of a side-step for BEB, edging away from their largely post-industrial and archival leanings in favour of something much more contemporary. Young Echo have had an incredible amount of press and attention over the last 18 months, testament perhaps to the rich and diverse number of projects its members have … Read more
**Purple vinyl housed in wraparound artwork with poly sleeve, edition of 300 copies** Hot on the heels of that ace John Lacey/COUM Transmissions release, Andrew Hargreaves returns to his Other Ideas label for a bleak, No(rthern)-Wave Industrial battery under his Beppu alias. Beppu releases in the past have been largely confined to limited CD runs that have mostly all sold out on the day of release - but this edition is the first in a proposed trilogy of albums, and the first material Hargreaves has released on vinyl under this alias. 'Coercion' was conceived whilst reading Stanley Milgram's 'Obedience… Read more
Subtly infectious deep house grit from L.I.E.S.' new pick up. NGLY's label debut - following a smart 12" for Russian Torrent Versions marching grounds - is arguably one their best in 2014 so far. Up top 'Service Cost' ripples with a Bookworms-like tribal coda hingeing on perfectly timed hi-hats and hypnotic, spiralling synth motifs primed for 2am face-rolling. whilst 'Some Relationships' is a sweet piece of downbeat BoC reverence. B-side 'Speechless Tape' puts down a gorgeous square bass riff beneath Wold-like choral loops and Blake Baxter-esque vox bound to send shivers thru the crowd, and 'I Don't H… Read more
Devastating bruk house badness from the inimitable Dave Huismans for Will Bankhead's Trilogy Tapes. This is ostensibly some of the straightest dancefloor material in the considerable AMUS cache, but beneath the surface lies some of the canniest, whirring groove mechanics totally primed for dancers and DJs with abilities. A-side 'Fortress (The Hague, 2005)' slams out a proper Shake-style Detroit groove kinked with coiled drums, mad trills and freaky samples, before 'Caustic Network' slips down a few gears to a 105bpm chug tricked with frothy acid wiggle. B-side, the pendulous 'Kovaxxxt' show… Read more
**140g white vinyl housed in silk-screened PVC sleeve designed by Bill Kouligas** Ralph Cumbers' Bass Clef debuts on PAN with four pieces of fluent modular acid. The most substantial dancefloor drop on a tour of duty which has seen him release on Public Information, Punch Drunk, Alter, and Mordant Music (as Some Truths) in the past 6 months or so, his 'Raven Yr Own Worl' EP carves a dead English dance sound from his favoured Bug Brand modular system, made by Tom Bug of Bristol. For want of a more concise phrase, it's a Radiophonic Dub Rave style, coming off like the eager offspring of Luk… Read more
**Limited edition of 500 2LP/gatefold copies, the fourth side features special on-body silkscreened artwork by Nico Vascellari** The intriguing Von Archives label delivers this beautifully packaged, fearless document of Prurient's ongoing collaborations with Italian contemporary visual artist Nico Vascellari. It includes a tortuous performance at Marina Abramovich Institute, San Francisco, and much the same at Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev. The two studio pieces especially are worth much of your time and attention, working with compelling samples of GG Allin and Klaus … Read more
Killer, free-styling machine dub murderers from the incognito Itinerant Dubs duo. Both sides are loose, whacked-out riddim trips rubbing traces of hip hop and weird, wavey electronics into skeletal steppers' frameworks. The longer side, 'Non Material Space' weighs up a sparse, rocking machine rhythm with dippy scratches, rub-a-dub bassline and off-kilter vocal to waist-charming effect, whilst the flipside fires the stepping techno dub of 'Last Snare (1st Mix)' coming off like some mad Shake or Pepe Braddock groove, before easing off with the juggled FX of 'Dub Echo'. Flash it!
**Double vinyl reissue of this Chain reaction classic, remastered and cut by Matt Colton with initial copies on transparet orange vinyl** Fluxion's 1999 album for Chain Reaction, 'Vibrant Forms' stands up as one of the label's finest, up there amongst the likes of Porter Ricks' 'Biokinetics' - also reissued by Type - and über-classics from Vainqueur, Vladislav Delay and Substance. It's a masterclass in fluid, groovewise techno reduction and atmospheric rendering which sounds as fresh and alien today as it did 15 years ago. This reissue collects both the 12" and 2x12" released by Chain r… Read more
Latest on Luke Younger's Alter label is a beguiling set of edited electronic improvisations by the wayward French duo, Jo Tanz and Laurent Gerard (Él-G) aka Opéra Mort. The follow-up to their last LP for the sadly defunct Parisian record shop Bimbo Tower, 'Dédales' arrives a few years after Él-G's 'Mil Pluton' LP, and the pair's brilliant 'Globe Et Dynastie' side (seriously, go check this!) with cult French outsider Ghédalia Tazartès in the Reines D'Angleterre trio. Those facts should all give you some indication of the abstract, nether territory this LP occupies. It's a result of true electronic … Read more
**Edition of 250** Traxx's Nation Records debut the gorgeous, brooding first recordings of San Francisco's Kerri LeBon and Rachel Aiello with the darkly seductive 'Obedient' 7". Crucially, both ladies approached the project with no prior musical experience apart from a taste for the dark side of '80s electronics. The results therefore capture something ostensibly innocent yet deeply determined and passionate - simply two producers seeking to "beautify their suffering through sound". The sparse, haunted A-side 'Obedient' is a peach, running Aiello's rough-hewn synth and drum programming a… Read more
Under the Some Truths guise, Ralph Cumbers aka Bass Clef delivers the best of his vintage 2014 crop so far. Proceeding his glut of much-loved releases for PAN, Punch Drunk, and Public Information, these tracks, recorded in July 2012, are by far the most enigmatic, wayward of the bunch and quite befitting of Mordant Music's eldritch aesthetic. As with the other releases, Cumbers explores the potential of a Bugbrand modular system loaned from Bristolian synth builder Tom Bug, tweaking its sliding sinewaves through a matrix of Electro-Harmonix delay and… Read more
Rolling UK garage-house backed with broken beat and discoid garage remixes by Fybe:One and Arkist.
*First Pressing Sold Out - Re-press due in late April* *Debut album from Andy Stott and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker, aka Millie & Andrea* Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow labelmates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12" releases of jungle, garage and techno hybrids between 2008 and 2010. It's been four years since we last heard from them but they now return with "Drop The Vowels", their debut album. Produced fast and loose through late 2013 / early 2014, it's an album that recalls the strict and stripped funk of Anthony Shakir as mu… Read more
Ships in 34 days*Due to Ship in Late May* Limited Edition coloured vinyl - Includes a poster, and free download code redeemable from the label.
Finally Repressed. We've been waiting for this one to drop for a while, collecting some of the most obscure, eye-popping electronic pop/funk/psyche recordings made in Iran in the 1960's and 70's before the revolution and the overthrow of the Shah. Finders Keepers once again manage to educate and amaze with a prime selection of mindblowing obscurities - the production on so many of the tracks here just beggar belief. The music reflects Iran at a time when it was undergoing massive change, partly due to the influx of Petrodollars a… Read more
*Much needed reissue of this early computer music classic, recorded between 1977 and 1980 and one of the first albums to feature music produced almost entirely with digital synthesizers. Remastered from the original tapes and cut to vinyl at D&M Berlin - made in an edition of 700 copies only* Digitalis dig deep to unearth and reissue one of the first albums to be produced almost exclusively on digital synthesizers. The work of Canadian composer and video artist, Jean Piché, his densely layered and harmonically rich 'Heliograms' was pieced together between 1977-1980, inspired by the music of Ter… Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 300** Ninos Du Brasil are the exhilarating Battacuda battery of audio-visual performance artist Nico Vascellari, plus Nicolò Fortuni (Smart Cops), and Riccardo Mazza (Lettera 22) on their debut album, 'Muito N.D.B.'. Imagine Liasons Dangereuses and Cut Hands soundtracking a Brasilian football match and you can almost smell the sweat of their intense, hypnotically rhythmic sound. From their Coda Lunga base in the beautiful old town of Vittorio Veneto, Italy they've become something of a treasured pop act, performing on national TV plumed in flamboyant costume and… Read more
*Ships Friday* Vibe receptors at the ready: Drew Lustman aka Falty DL's Blueberry Records introduces Luke Vi..err, Luke Warm with a super charming debut of broken beats and deep house dopeness. Essentially it's a modern rare groove showcase, distilling the best from 30 years of urban dance research with X amounta soul swerve. 'Daydreamin'' starts up like 4Hero and Machiendrum doing breezy slow-fast bounce, and 'Brockley Spears' jumps to a classic hip-house coda with a Steinski-esque edit agenda and proper, up-to-date production chops. 'Instant Vibe' dips a bit deeper with infectious meld of… Read more
Unknown Precept follow their industrial compilation 'The Black Ideal' with a noisy, clattering vinyl debut by Damaskin. Toiling scorched earth between AnD, Prostitutes and the Weevil series, four tracks rove from heads-down industrial churn to skippier, sub-heavy off-beats, wild-eyed experiments and grubby monotone slammers.
Debut turn of bucking raw and space-headed house from P.O.I., who last appeared on L.I.E.S.' 'Music For Shut Ins' 2CD. Levels are set to charmingly rudimentary on two A-side trax of wall-banging fizz and grotty acid laced with tangential synthlines and strange ether voices. B-side kicks a more mellow vibe with soggy, swinging groove and colourfully melodic arrangement reminding of earlier NWAQ/154 joints as heard through a lysergic fug.
Delectable deep acid rubs from Dozzy and Tin Man. It's practically an acid nerd's wet dream come true, featuring twenty of the most patient digits in modern house and techno milking the 303 into pure silk. A-side is subtly breathtaking, a masterclass in debonaire groove and melodic acid augmented by drifting pads and trickling synthline for something reaching beyond the sum of its parts. B-side, they indulge more wayward tastes with a beatless copulation of square bass shapes and skin-prickling pizzicato synths, and drift out to the bluest ambient haze.
**New from The Boats' new label - Blue vinyl in wrap-around jacket and PVC sleeve, edition of 300 copies - RIYL Fever Ray, Hype WIlliams, The Boats** 'Redemption Forest' is the beguiling debut album of recombinant pop from Andrew Hargreaves (The Boats/Tape Loop Orchestra) and Beth Roberts' new duo, The Mistys. It's also the 2nd release on The Boats' new label, Other Ideas, following their relatively radical techno diversion, 'Nomenclature'. The project serves as a vehicle for Andrew and Beth to explore concepts of pop as a subversive medium; a way to communicate ideas other than the usua… Read more
Exceptional, dazzling modular synth compositions from the boss of Chicago's underground incubator, Catholic Tapes for John Elliott's Spectrum Spools. A filigree mesh of field recordings and "ritual variations of a singular patch for Modular Synthesis", Naucke's 3rd solo LP since his 2010 debut for Arbor is a sophisticated and inquisitive thing of wonder, framing a macroscopic vision equally guided by academic, avant-garde intuition and painstaking studio process. Unlike so many modular pieces that feel as though we're simply being extruded thru a long wormhole, Brett's compositional strategy is far… Read more
Ships in 13 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.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Probably our favourite release on RVNG Intl comes from metal duo Lee Buford and Chip King aka The Body produced by Bobby Krlic aka The Haxan Cloak for their crushing 4th album, 'I Shall Die Here'. Abetted by Krlic's visceral production, The Body sound more fearsome and physical than ever before, shaping a series of tracks which only seem to get more intense and nightmarish as the trip takes hold. From the funereal trudge of opener 'To Carry the Seeds of Death Within Me' we pass through successive stages revealed like some hemlock-induced ha… Read more
**Smoky clear wax** Manchester shadow-dweller J.S. Zeiter on the buttons for a deep, purified dub techno session. RIYL Basic Channel.
Stormin' norman techno remixes of Paul Birken's 'Acid Youth Of Malibu' from Blawan, Bas Mooy, Truss, and himself. The original first appeared on his 2012 'Midwest Whippersnappers' collaboration with Freddy Fresh. In case you're under illusions, this stuff ain't pretty, but it does kick like a cranky mule. A-side Blawan bang out a galloping acid techno coda, and Bas Mooy brings the big room pound, whilst Truss lowers the levels with massive, soggy kicks, and steamed organ riffs beside Birken's own, crushing remix.
*One of Prurient's most sought-after albums now issued on vinyl for the first time, remastered and cut by Matt Colton, housed in a hot-foil printed sleeve. Initial copies pressed on white vinyl, natch* At long last Prurient presents his incredible 'Cocaine Death' pressed on vinyl for the first time. Collecting three C10 tapes individually issued in 2007 - 'Cocaine Death', 'Caribbean Overdose' and 'Tylenol Murders' - released on CD in 2008, it serves to highlight some of the most viscerally affective, evocative material in Dominick Fernow's arsenal. The opening "Pretext (Bahamian … Read more
**Die-cut jacket** Shited & Ventress' Avian Records make space for a full solo debut from Sigha, following his anonymous drop as A Vision Of Love and a handful of previous remixes for the label. Six tracks capture Sigha at his most stripped down and crafty, working a palette of desiccated drums and fibrillating bass into driving, serpentine rhythms. As DJ tools they're tricky but highly useful little buggers...
**White vinyl. Edition of 500** Matt Hill dons his Umberto costume for an extended revision of 'The Child', backed with a disco-readied Silvio remix. The extended version sustains the noirish Giallo / Carpenter vibes for 12 minutes with slow bass throbs and cold, chilling synth atmospheres and Silvio's mix steps up a gear for a more fluid, slinky dancefloor momentum embellished with spaciously layered synthlines for sexy midnight effect.
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.
**Initial copies on translucent, tangerine-coloured wax cut by Lupo at D&M** Los Angelino android [PHYSICS] logs into the vaporwave cloud with this engrossing debut album of synthesised electronic emotions and holomorphic narrative. Paralleling the piloerect melodic triggers of Oneohtrix Point Never and the trans-dimensional fidelities of Hype Williams or James Ferraro, 'Spectramorphic Iridescence' is a like viscous psycho-sonic balm for those pleasure centres that respond most acutely to futurist nostalgia, a silicone VR vaporub of frothy arpeggiation and digital enzymes totally… Read more
Kassel Jaeger's 3rd release for Editions Mego - his best yet - is an inquisitive suite of expansive soundscapes questioning creative processes of material and structural decay. On the extended, 25 minute piece of 'Toxic Cosmopolitanism', the current GRM member renders the processed timbres of instruments such as the balafon, tremolo, gnbri, gee, tibetan gong, and pan flutes, in an interzone of icy drones removed from their cultural contexts. The result of his experiment is a desolate, immersive space as abstract and mysterious as The Conet Project recordings and feeliung something… Read more
Another 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
*Epic drone and industrial soundscapes from Eric Holm, new on Subtext, highly recommended to followers of Emptyset, Vainqueur and classic Chain Reaction* Subtext presents the debut album from the London based American electronic musician Eric Holm. The release brings together a collection of recordings produced on the arctic island of Andøya, an outpost 300 kilometers north of the arctic circle. Developed entirely from a single contact mic recording from a remote telegraph pole that connects the island's array of military listening stations, Holm crafts a detailed expansion of this solitary sonic mo… Read more
**Sealed poly-lined sleeve includes insert** Beautiful, astrally inclined house from a true keeper of the light, Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being - the latest ace on Last Known Trajectory, who last served that amazing Visonia 12" starring Dopplereffekt. Both sides capture Jamalat his most effusive, with the A-side stretching out a widescreen vision of slow-moving, starlit harmonics contrasting with a hard-working, undulating jack track and chaotic acid melody, whereas the flipside jacks up a pumping, romantically industrialised sound streaked with silvery synth comtrails and riding an irresistible, churning buck beat to infinity. Recommended!
**White vinyl - edition of 300** Pan Sonic's immense session recorded in Kiev in 2009 finally lands direct from that topical city on Ukranian imprint, Kvitnu. For the first time in more than a decade, 'Oksastus' (a Finnish word for the grafting of plants) documents Ilpo Väisänen & Mika Vainio's hugely influential Pan Sonic in live aktion and the results have left us reeling. Recorded by Stanislav Lomakovsky and produced by Dmytro Fedorenko, it's a furnace blast of elemental voltage control, tempering furious noise, concussive kicks and icy electronics with unparalleled vision. The al… Read more
**Screen-printed jacket** The hottest gang in Glasgow bang the disco-not-disco drum on a killer 3rd 12" for Optimo Music. A potent brew steeped in cosmic, no wave and industrial disco skools, this is the leanest and most infectious set of Green Door Studio recordings to date from Cassie Ojay, Laurie Pitt, Oliver Pitt, and Richard McMaster aka Golden Teacher. The taut, bristling machine funk of their masterfully controlled A-side 'Love' comes off like Liasons Dangereuses meets Factory Floor in a Chicago darkroom, whereas they sound like LCD Soundsystem's badder, buckie'd-up cousins on… Read more
**Screen-printed jacket. Edition of 500** Nexx grime ting from yung Bristolian Hi-5 backed with a rave-inciting Kahn & Neek remix on their Bandulu label. Hi-5's original sparks off railgun snares, string chops and a Jammer sample reminding of some hi-energy Rossi B & Luca rocker. Kahn & Neek amp the levels on aflipside Happy Slap remix fired up with brassy stabs, sirens, rave warnings and general fxxking agginess. Bullet!
**Screenprinted jacket, printed inner** Arc Light Editions follow up that indispensable Arthur Russell edition with this Interesting reissue of a beautiful suite by American composer Ingram Marshall for brass, tape delay, Serge modular synth and foghorn field recordings. The original version of 'Fog Tropes / Gradual Requiem' (1984) was released on Foster Reed's long-running - yet sadly now defunct - New Albion label, combining a piece heavily influenced by the eternally evocative sound of fog horns with a five-piece suite making pivotal use of electronic rendering and envir… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ital Tek liquifies the bind between Footwork and IDM/electronica in the super-structured 'Mega City Industry'. The Brighton-based producer continues to build on the theme of his 'Hyper Real' and 'Control' EPs for Civil Music and Planet Mu with an elastic muscularity and dramatic appeal over these four glistening new cuts. The title tune renders a brutalist arrangement of face-melting synthline rushes meshed to teetering, filigree slow-fast programming like some futurist Michael Mann soundtrack, and 'Shinra' heads far east in … Read more
**180g vinyl with double sided insert and paste-on postcard artwork. Edition of 300** Outta nowhere, Downwards present Autumns' fully formed debut record of ghoulish, drowned lo-fi productions. Described as "Jesus and Mary Chain meets Joe Meek and Ride head on" it perfectly captures that sensation of hearing a band playing from two rooms away whilst locked in paralysis brought on by quaaludes. We're sure you know the feeling. There are six tracks, each placing a noisy barrier of indeterminable distance between the charmingly rudimentary songs and the listener, at best in 'Tired Eyes' with its machine… Read more