Thursday, 18 September
**Housed in screen-printed wraparound jacket. Individually numbered edition of 550** A gloomy industrial-pop dispatch from Ade Newton's Clock DVA via his Anterrior Research Media Comm label. 'The Konstruktor' takes shape as a strung-out electro-steppers' groove voiced by Newton on the A-side; 'Re-Kabaret 13' is more focussed on the 'floor with steely, Teutonic techno minimalism and processed voices comparable with recent Heinrich Mueller aktions.
Natty 8-bit electro themes, apparently written for the Norwegian Education department's 'Sports/Tools' programme and recently rediscovered on tape in a Trondheim thrift store by Stian Gjevik aka EOD. The fact that it's composed by a guy called Dildrian Schrödinger kinda lets the cat oot the box, so to speak, but if you like the idea of Kraftwerk writing motivational music for kids in plimsoles and white vests, this is one for you. Dare you to play it at the gym.
Belgium's acid freaks, WeMe got a killer haul of exclusive tracks from their extended family, inc. Ceppehax, Der Zyklus, DMX Krew, Leyland Kirby +++. Disc 1 introduces the mysterious Steve with a proper shot of Braindance, plus the salty rush of Ceephax's 'Seaside Mystery', some noisy electro from the Der Zyklus lab, and a halfstep slow/fast wriggle from DMX Krew called 'Complicated Feeling'. On the 2nd disc, Rephlexian associate MNLTH chimes in the lovely 'Neptune 44 16' and Stingray rocks the neck-snapping electro hydraulix of 'Behavoior Modification Implant' beside a sweet ambient number from… Read more
Thursday, 11 September
Legendary krautrock synthesist Harald Grosskopf meets Robert Tubbs aka Cursor Minor aka Standard Planets on two prog-pop plays for Fin-A-Dee Six Records. 'Ethernet' starts out lithe and minimal but soon enough flips into a bombastic piece of kosmic Canterbury pop, whilst 'Telegraph' soars Icarus-like from mellow to overarching in its complex course.
"Circuit Breaker are an Industrial band, consisting of London based Brothers Peter and Edward Simpson. The Group's return to Tombed Visions with ‘TV12’, marks the label and the duos first ever vinyl release. Taking cues from the likes of Pere Ubu’s ‘Tenement Year’ and Cabarets Voltaire’s ‘2x45’, the Simpson brothers ran amok in a backlog of archived live performances, improvised recordings and the previous mind melting experiments found on their first Tombed Vision’s release ‘Grid’. This material was then used as a catalyst for a newer, tighter song writing process. By mollifying the more esote… Read more
Thursday, 04 September
Vital new electro and techno trax from the one and only Dopplereffekt, and Berlin's Objekt. Once again, Leisure System bring out the best from Dopplereffekt, following the excellent 'Tetrahymena' 12" with some of their sharpest rhythms and inimitably romantic synth arrangements in 'Delta Wave' - the kind that only adventurous DJs will spin out, and the best crowds will appreciate. Objekt, meanwhile, keeps face with a strong effort called 'Ganzfeld' that sounds something like DJ Stingray in a step-off with Optical, all angular geometrics and moody blue pads...
**180g vinyl includes a CD copy free inside** Gudrun Gut meets Hans Joachim Irmler ov Faust for a driving, psychedelic exploration of their respective Krautrock perspectives in '500m'. Both survivors of Germany's far-reaching and influential leftfield and avant-garde, they approach the project from opposing angles to find a tense median between Irmler's wayward, wistful organ improvisations and Gut's tempered, programmed logic. In that sense, it's a canny play on contradictions, imposing a more mannered grammar upon intuitive, attuned musical expression to find a mutual revelation. The results a… Read more
**Edition of 250** Wayward mixture of Chicago house and darkwave disco from Twins for Glasgow's Clan Destine. Up top, 'Creepsick' comes off like Vindicatrix doing the Gherkin Jerk, and 'Deal With It' jams on with proper tracky Chi styles. Down below, 'No Comfort' sounds like a wavier Bodycode/Portable groove, and 'Peachtree Industrial' jacks off the kind of jagged groove you might expect to hear in one of Jamal Moss's Medusa Edits.
Thursday, 28 August
A real Italo-Disco Cult: Funky Is On. Originally released on third label in 1984 by Funky Family: producer Nicola Nicolosi and vocalist Dora Carofiglio just before their massive pop hits with Novecento. The two 80's original tracks are on the A side while, on the B side, a remix by italian legendary DJs Leo Mas and Fabrice that is built for darker rooms along with a new pumping vocal edit by DJ Rocca (aka Luca Roccatagliati) .
**180g splatter coloured opaque white wax with bonus insert. Limited edition** "Self-titled debut LP by the contemporary USA based minimal synth artist. Formed in 2012, Kline Coma Xero is influenced by a number of projects in the past, spanning a realm of styles from experimental noise, tape loops and early industrial. Recorded on a plethora of hardware sequencers driving analog instruments, Kline Coma Xero produces a uniquely oblique interpretation of past-meets-present in modern electronic music. Standout tracks include the only previously released track "Left Behind" as well as th… Read more
Thursday, 21 August
**180g bone white vinyl reissue with bonus insert. Includes the killer wave groove, 'Now An Explosive New Movie'** "Long out of print and crucial reissue of Australia's Severed Heads (alongside "Since The Accident" also being reissued by Medical). Released in 1985 and features some of the most important yet underrated electronic music of the genre. Characterized by a fusion of experimental tape loop manipulation perfectly integrated into synth-based and quite catchy pop stylized tunes. Features the standout tracks "Goodbye Tonsils, "We Have Come To Bless The House" and the lovely "4.W… Read more
180g vinyl reissue of 'Oceanheart', the 1986 follow-up to 'Synthesist' by Ashra drummer Harald Grosskopf. Whilst its better known predecessor dealt on the cusp of Krautrock's twilight period and new age spheres, 'Oceanheart' very much sounds of its mid '80s era with polished digital drums and synths balanced between the dancefloor and Miami yacht decks. The DJs really need to cop a listen to the taut, arpeggiated funk of 'Eve On The Hill', the MIDI-tethered tablas, slick bassline and sparkling pirouettes of 'Pondicherry Dream', and the airborne swing of 'Minimal Boogie', whilst suave hom… Read more
**180g black and white vinyl reissue with bonus insert** "Long out of print and crucial reissue of Australia's Severed Heads (alongside "City Slab Horror" also being reissued by Medical). Released in 1983 and features some of the most important yet underrated electronic music of the genre. Characterized by a fusion of experimental tape loop manipulation perfectly integrated into synth-based and quite catchy pop stylized tunes. Features the hit "Dead Eyes Opened" as well as other standout tracks such as "A Million Angles" and "A Relic Of The Empire". For fans of innovative early ind… Read more
**Facsimile 180g reissue of the classic original 1980 Krautrock LP** "'Synthesist' was created on the cusp of a new decade, as the New Age of the '80s was dawning and the titans of Krautrock had largely left their best work behind them. Harald had worked with the very best of them, playing drums on seminal albums by Klaus Schulze, the notorious Cosmic Jokers, Ashra, and Tarot before he retreated to the West German countryside with a MiniMoog and Revox Reel-to-Reel in 1979 to create his personal opus. It's been said elsewhere, but it bears repeating that this album feels like a symbiosis … Read more
The much talked about sophomore effort from L.A. native, Chelsea Wolfe - finally available on vinyl again. Like Sascha Grey, Chelsea has a taste for the sweet blood of gothic noise music, giving her vocals over to a grim and remorselessly gloomy style of garage goth-rock also comparable in no small part to the earlier Zola Jesus records. There's a lugubrious, lead-hearted aesthetic at the core of 'The Grime and the Glow', from overcast neo-folk like 'Cousins Of The Antichrist', to chillingly maudlin garage in 'Moses', the solo piano extractions of 'Benjamin' and the Marissa Nadler a… Read more
Thursday, 14 August
**Playable, one-sided vinyl postcard disc. Limited edition of 500 with download code** Karen Novotny X blow the cutest cosmic synth bubbles on this sweet treat for Deep Distance. As with their sought-after, "lost" and found collection, 'Nothing Here But These Recordings 78-79', the enigmatic East London group unfurl previously unreleased 3 minutes of gaseous analogue electronics and percolating drum machine in a krauty lather that strongly recalls key late '70s/early '80s records by Craig Leon, Colin Potter or Chris Carter. The warm, fuzzy analogue production and melodic naiv… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Allez-Téia, the second album by French guitarist Richard Pinhas under the Heldon moniker, was originally released in 1975 on the artist’s own Disjuncta imprint. Far from the band’s prog-tinged trio lineup, Allez-Téia features a menagerie of guitars, Mellotron and analog synthesizers. While opening track “In the Wake of King Fripp” pays homage to King Crimson in its title, the album’s heady textures and rhythmic meditations are more reminiscent of the German Kosmiche movement (Cluster, Harmonia, et al.) and post-rock experimentalists, such as Jim … Read more
Daz Quayle and Tony 'Bone' Snowden flex powerful rhythmic noise muscle on their debut EP as Broken Bone. Informed by the 20th century atrocities at infamous NYC institution, 'Willowbrook', the duo present six tracks of atonal, visceral noise textures hingeing on bruising bass and charred drums. It's a fxxking fearsome effort, amping a handful of well-selected elements to bleeding point. A-side draws us in with squealing tones and febrile, spitting drums laced with swarming crowd noise, before 'Sub Clinical' and 'Blood On Your Hands' put the boot in with crushing hip hop rhythms and viciously… Read more
Thursday, 07 August
Reissue of Drexciya legendary follow-up/supplement to 'Neptune's Lair'. Originally issued in 2000, 'Hydro Doorways' holds some of Drexciya's most emotive arrangements and fierce drum programming in six tracks ranging from the epic 'Lost Vessel' to the hydraulic electro-techno of 'Species Of The Pod' and the screwface techno razz of 'Devil Ray Cove'.
*Edition of 500 copies, Includes a download coupon* "The No Wave era of NYC was a short, dark flash of energy that was extinguished almost as soon as it was noticed. It happened so goddamn fast that if you missed the imaginal cut-off for inclusion by a few fucking weeks, you were forever written out of the picture. Believe me. Thurston and I wrote the book on this goddamn scene, and the Hi Sheriffs were just outside our temporal markers, despite the fact they'd played Tier 3, the Mudd Club and everywhere you'd think would matter. But look, they were as second gen No Wave as the Raybeat… Read more
Thursday, 31 July
Gobsmacking first-ever vinyl reissue of instrumental synth tracks sourced from Colin Potter ov NWW's early '80s tape stash, re-mastered and presented in deluxe, hand-numbered edition of 500 with screen-printed jackets by House Of Traps. Following their tease of a 7", Sacred Summits blow the dome off it with these five pieces recorded by Potter at his small home studio in North Yorkshire between 1979-1983. Spurred by the possibilities of Punk, inspired by the recording techniques of dub, and un-blinkered by formal music training, Potter conceived a take on ambient, kosmiche synth and drum… Read more
*Each copy includes a fold-out newsprint poster with a large photo of the band wearing Art Unit skull shirts on one side and liner notes and press clippings on the other* "Severed Heads are one of the longest surviving bands to emerge from the Australian post-punk independent music scene. They began in Sydney in 1979, incorporating elements of 'industrial' noise-generation, tape cutting & looping and electronic sound synthesis. As the project developed song-structures and vocals were employed in a more-or-less recognizable mutant electro pop style. After many line-up changes featuring… Read more
*Each copy includes an 8-page booklet printed on industrial gray and blood red paper with lyrics, photos and press clippings from the band’s archives. As James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem said of “The Bus”, “I always wanted to make a song that sounded like that* "Executive Slacks was spawned in Philadelphia by three restless art students - Matt Marello, John Young and Albert Ganss in the early 1980s. Starting out with performance art in subways, they soon took their angst-ridden act to galleries and night clubs. They recorded four songs in the fall of 1982 that became their self-titl… Read more
The cream (cheese) always rises… Another Italo classic, East Wall's 'Eyes Of Glass' receives the necessary reissue treatment following recent aces from Helen, B.W.H. and more. 'Eyes of Glass' is a strikingly moody piece of darkside Italian disco loaded with coy, teasing vocal by Wilma Notari and swinging with the haughty funk of Fabrizio Chiari's synths, keys and drum machine.
Circle Traps step to Lex Records for their most developed, impressive release following 12"s for Opit and Five Easy Pieces. Comprising producer Will Ward with Duncan Bellamy and Jack Wyllie from Portico Quartet, Circle Traps draw on a reserve of revered "musicianship" and sharp dancefloor chops to realise a sound strung between knackered house, twisted techno a la Call Super, and epic '80s FM synth sounds recalling Com Truise.
**White wax with individually-numbered, debossed insert. Edition of 400** London's Fuzz Club pull up an archival zinger from Suicide's Alan Vega, backed with a motorised garage beast from The Vacant Lots. Recorded 1996, remixed 2014 at 6/8 Recording Studios, NYC, Alan Vega's 'Nike Soldier' stomps all over the A-side, urged by a his diffused vocals over writhing synthlines and body-rolling drums to a screeching metallic peak produced by Liz Lamere and Perkin Barnes. The Vacant Lots charge up a battery of bass and toms seared with fuzz guitar slashes on the alternative mix of 'Mad Mary Jones'.
**Edition of 200** Epic, lustrous synth-pop from Ireland's Kubo duo (definitely no relation to SuBo) for Peripheral Minimal. Paying homage to "Cubo Futurism, the early 20th Century Russian art movement which concerned itself with contemporary concepts of the future and the technological triumph of humanity over nature" they uphold the values of original synth-wavers such as Depeche Mode, OMD or Japan with two polaroid-perfect pop shots in the slow, streaking synths and aching sincerity of A-side 'This Desolation', and the smoke-fileld 'floor stalker, 'Das Klub'. Tipped!
Thursday, 24 July
Snotty swansong from the hard-living punk, Sewn Leather, for Milan's excellent Hundebiss label. 'Freak On Hashish / Longboarding Is A Crime' commendably lives up to at least half its title (we're not what he's got against longboarding, but we're not arsed either way really) with nine blown out, sludgy misshapes that sound too wrecked to get up but still generate enough wretched energy to put off casual listeners and entice the hardcore. It starts up with the bombed-out hip hop bounce of 'Real Recognise Fake' and culminates in a 19 and half minute slayer packing proper punk techno and hip hop nastiness. See ya SewnLeather!
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Brooklyn's finest minimal wave duo take flight to Ghostly International for 4th album, 'Par Avion'. With their shift to more visible climes of the musical landscape, Liz Wendelbo and Sean McBride have tightened up and honed their already sharp sound to a pop potency, still dealing in romance for a colder age, but now with more variety and contrasts - from upbeat to downbeat, slow to fast, light to dark. "Par Avion's rich diversity of sounds comes at least in part from the fact that it's an album-long ode to synesthesia. As singer Liz … Read more
Thursday, 17 July
**Diagonal deliver the second of two EP’s from Bronze Teeth, a new project from Dominic Butler of Factory Floor and Richard Smith of Optimo Music’s L/F/D/M. First pressing comes in a limited spot gloss jacket designed by Guy Featherstone. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Bronze Teeth bite back with a 2nd EP of bony, hardware-driven techno fizz for Diagonal, housed in another blinding sleeve by Guy Featherstone. Cut from the same electrifying sessions which yielded their debut 12", 'A Waif's Rent' follows suit with rolling, driven momentum and caustic electronics. A-side they jack up 13 m… Read more