*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
Gosh this one's a treat: Peter Zummo's beautiful 'Lateral Pass' (1985) suite starring Arthur Russell makes its first appearance on (180g) vinyl in its entirety! The practically symbiotic downtown duo of trombone player/composer Zummo and maverick cellist/singer Russell recorded the 23 minute piece along with Bill Ruyle (marimba and tabla), Guy Klucevsek (accordion), and Mustafa Ahmed (percussion and marimba) at the behest of the Trisha Brown Dance Company in september 1985, resulting in one of Zummo and Russell's most celebrated collaborations 'Song IV (Quintet)', which w… 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
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
*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
**Gatefold jacket - Vinyl Edition** Fourteen years after his abstract pop landmark, 'Endless Summer', Christian Fennesz presents its conceptual companion, 'Bécs' on Editions Mego. He's released a good few albums and collaborative projects in the interim, perhaps most notably the expansive, drone-based 'Black Sea' (2008), and the Fenn O'Berg albums with Jim O'Rourke and Peter Rehberg, but none quite as accessible and ambitious as this one. Taking its title from the Hungarian word for his home city, Vienna, 'Bécs' (pronounced 'baeetch') also features additional modular synth from Cédric Stevens (Acid Kirk… Read more
*Please note initial stock has sold out - more copies are due approx April 28th* **Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Mica Levi ov Micachu and The Shapes presents an outstanding original soundtrack for Jonathan Glazer's acclaimed alien stalker-in-Glasgow flick, 'Under The Skin'. Abstract in the extreme, especially for such a relatively mainstream production starring a major Hollywood actress (Scarlett Johansson), Mica Levi's soundtrack really impresses with an uncompromising orchestration of tense, discordant strings, muffled percussions and froz… Read more
**Special vinyl-only, chopped and screwed mix of Melba's Call featuring Kelela** Bok Bok gives a peek behind the Night Slugs curtain with two de-glazed deleted mixes of 'Melba's Call' with Kelela. It's both quite shocking and refreshing to hear such a naked, noisy production from the label and producer known for their clean contours and punchy production. Instead of the full version's HD funk, these mixes are scuffed and raw, full of biting Linn drums, tape hiss and body-wrench guitar twang decelerated to a quasi-speed crawl nodding equally to DJ Screw, Memphis hip hop and Oneohtrix Point Never's KGB Man tricks.
**Yellow Vinyl - Strictly one per customer** Fruity, pumping bathhouse disco bombs from Funkineven and his pals, Devin Dare. On A-side 'YM2' Funineven sets the levels with an uptempo, strident piece of twirling arpeggios and hiccuping samples fed thru a gauntlet of filters to sound like some mad Ron Hardy or Jamal Moss edit joint. Turn it over and Duane Harriott and Sean Marquand's Devin Dare duo nail it with the super-camp, blazing NRG of 'Best'. Now, where's that bottle of poppers!?
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!
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
Ships in 8 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.
**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
**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
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
Ships in 1 dayFor the 1st time, sibling labels Night Slugs and Fade 2 Mind join forces to present a reissue of DAT Oven's darkside tribal banger 'Icy Lake' (1998), backed with killer re-swerves by Total Freedom, L-Vis, and DJ Rashad & NA. The original was recently rediscovered by Fade 2 Mind's LA captain Total Freedom and could hardly be a better fit for current dancefloor aesthetics with its uncannily Eski-ish hook, welting drums and tracky Chicago stabs. Also factor in that plain weird answer phone message motif and you've got a straight ace, whatever the weather. Remixing, Night Slug L-Vis 1990 knocks the gro… Read more
**7" vinyl with 45rpm adapter. Housed in wraparound, 12"-sided detachable print by Inkymole. Includes free download redeemable from the label. Edition of 225** Sage Francis, Buddy Peace and B. Dolan give a premature eulogy for vinyl cynically timed to coincide with record store day. A-side is all sombre and blue, accentuated by creaky violin from Jolie Holland; B-side is more upbeat and punchy.
Deeply enigmatic house from southside Chitown '89 rescued from cassette tape by Theo Parrish's Sound Signature label. Chronologically, this session would have proceeded Leron Carson's brilliant 'Red Lightbulb Theory '87-'88', which was also reissued by the label a few years ago (oh sh*t, five years ago?!) and stylistically charts similar, mysterious house terrain, this time with his pal Dion Wilson. A-side they put down the kicks and kinky 727 drums for an attuned display of kaotic harmonies and virtuosic acid squiggle bound to blow some minds 25 years later; B-side they arrive… 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
*White Vinyl Repress* Slick but gritty house soul from Houston-born, LA-based producer, singer/songwriter Seven Davis Jr. There's definite traces of classic Sound Signature at play, but you can almost tell that Seven's not from Chicago or Detroit, it's just buggin' in a slightly different but equally deep manner. The big tune is a proper soul burner called 'One' driven by slamming yet slink bassline/kicks and that husky vocal, whilst 'Breaker' is perhaps better suited to the broken beat swing 'floors. Down below he's got some Amp Fiddler-style swerve on 'All Kinds (Loud Mix)' and two pieces of abs… Read more
*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 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
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
**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
*Second Pressing with green ink stamp* Keysound set the levels for 2014 with Wen's rude refix of Dizzee Rascal's '04 rarity, 'Strings Hoe'. His follow-up to the wicked 'Commotion' EP of 2013 is a perfect example of the 130bpm sound he and Keysound have been cultivating for the last 18 months or so; pitching the original's pizzicato hook and Dizzee's yelp to a much darker, slunking electro swagger compatible with Funky, Techno, Garage and house, it's a sound that's probably not been so open and ripe for mixing since the early '90s when garage, house, hardcore and techno … 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
Ships in 1 dayAfter 2012's corrosive Unknown Vectors EP on Visionist's Lost Codes label and a subsequent agonising silence, SD Laika's debut album for Tri Angle 'That's Harakiri' makes absolutely sure that no one in this new grime renaissance has a stranger, scarier, more enterprising voice than he does. Peter Runge is based in Milwaukee, but sounds like a jeep-sized inter-dimensional arachnid being based in a mess of webs underneath Wiley's house. This especially deranged collection of tracks branches outwards in two directions, exploring more experimentally noisy forms and textures as well as a wider ar… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** 'Psychic 9-5 Club' is the nigh-on flawless 3rd album from HTRK - quite easily their most ambitious and rewarding outing yet. In contrast with the affective weight and morbid pallor of their 'Work (Work, Work)' LP - which was constructed as a duo after band-member Sean Stewart tragically died halfway through recording, this new suite finds space for a sliver of reflective light epitomised by the pathos of Jonnine Standish's vocals and Nigel Yang's deft, spaciously dub-wise production. There's still that sense of grief and dysphori… Read more
Ships in 8 daysGlobal player, Fatima Al Qadiri's highly anticipated and awesome debut LP, 'Asiatisch' finds a natural home in the unparalleled Hyperdub catalogue. Since 2011, the Senegal-born visual artist and composer has consistently wowed with her unique art and practice weaving memories of a childhood spent in Kuwait with a taste for hyper-local styles such as East London Sino-Grime, Chicago Footwork, Kurdish Dabke and Egyptian Electro Chaabi, coupled with the kind of forward, vaporous, and illusive sonics of up-to-the-second, rhizomic styles heard in Seapunk and the micro-genres covered in online hu… Read more
**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
Highly impressive new developments from Ben Vida, featuring percussive virtuoso Tyondai Braxton, and vocals by Sara Magenheimer. The latest in a hot streak of intriguing Vida releases for PAN, Alku, and Future Audio Graphics, 'Slipping Control' derives from a text piece 'Tztztztzt Î Í Í….' which he wrote and was subsequently published as a book by Shelter Press. Using the text as a score or source material, much like Florian Hecker's recent works with Reza Negarastani, and Markus Schmickler & Julian Rohrhuber's 'Politiken Der Frequenz' LP, Vida processes the recitations in varying Control P… Read more
**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.
**Oh lord, this is Arthur Russell's seminal classic reissued on vinyl for the first time, housed in kraftliner sleeves printed in white litho, with art paper inners with artwork by Jennifer Lucy Allan** It's difficult to overstate the unique brilliance of Arthur Russell's posthumous release, 'Another Thought'. Like many others, I wouldn't be ashamed to admit shedding a tear or two to the sheer life-affirming qualities of this record over the years. It's not sad, it's just heart-breakingly beautiful, stripped to the bare essentials of Arthur's voice and cello dappled with … Read more
**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
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
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
*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
**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!
Scribe turned producer Angus Finlayson debuts on Trilogy Tapes with the hypnagogic house grooves of 'Noble Gas' as Minor Science. This five track EP is a neatly accomplished and diverse affair distilling and skewing elements of American and European house to the left of the 'floor. A scrambled intro gives way to the warm, slompy bump of 'Silence' and the crafty, metallic triplet wiggle of EP highlight, 'Hapless', while the flipside is more in thrall to Actress on the loose, schizoid beatdown of 'The Beckoner' and a sticky swirl of jungle atmospheres and electro-house on 'Foggy Situation'.
**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
Konstantinos Soublis aka Fluxion follows Type's reissue of his classic 'Vibrant Forms' with this set of buoyant dub house riddims recorded in New York for Echocord and starring reggae vocalist, Teddy Selassie. Taking clear inspiration from the seminal precedents of Main Street and Rhythm & Sound, Fluxion gives the Tikiman-alike Teddy Selassie a plush suite of stepping, skanking riddims rent with widescreen dub techno atmospheres, oscillating back and forth between lean, fluidly 4/4 instrumental steppers and dread-heavy future roots styles topped by the achingly mellifluous vocal… Read more