Thursday, 23 April
The cherry-picking Astral Black label deals a cracking sophomore side by in-demand beat-breaker, Jaisu. Since 'A Short Album' (2013), the Edinburgh-based MPC fiend has cemented his rising resumé with production credits for Big Twins (Mobb Deep) & L.A.'s LMNO, plus work with The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (Maybach Music/Drake/ Lil' Wayne) alongside his bangers for Danny Brown, Tony Yayo and Maxsta. With 'A Long Player' he offers a far more refined beat suite, crimped with a distinctive MPC nudge and thwack and vibed out with synth-y atmospheres verging on West Coast shroomy. Baddest instrumental hip h… Read more
Thursday, 16 April
*Gatefold Red 2LP with digital download voucher redeemable from the label - Ships Friday* "The meaning of dreams usually stays hidden in stacks of abstract layers, obscuring their essence in surreal and bizarre imagery. Exploring the depths of our subconscious, they lead us from stories of lighthearted innocence to our most gruesome ghastly fantasies, making us live through multiple scenarios each and every night. While in sleeping-state, we are at our most vulnerable and at a total loss of control over mind and body. At the same time, we feel most free and safe during REM, with none of our … Read more
Thursday, 02 April
**Woozy trip hop waking dreams** "Lapalux knew where and how his sound should change with a second album. As a result, Lustmore feels like a record as compulsively inspired and meticulously crafted as you’re likely to hear in 2015. Lustmore is loosely based on the experience of hypnogogia, a transitional state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep. Listeners familiar with his 2011 debut, Nostalgic, will know that Stuart Howard’s woozy, infectious rhythms, enveloping textures and unfamiliarly familiar melodies conjure that territory perfectly. Lapalux attracted the direct attention of Brain… Read more
Thursday, 19 March
Hyper-funky chops from Austria's Cid Rim, loaded with a sweetly unhinged remix by Jameszoo. Check out 'Charge' or 'Kano' for Hud Mo/Rustie-styled future funk blaze, or the remix for kinkier, stranger, unpredictable thrills.
Thursday, 05 March
**Mastered and cut at D&M from the original DAT tapes in their original sequence, pressed on 140g 2xLP. Includes insert and instant download for your iWalkman - Limited Copies!** Rawest, illest hip hop/dub mixtape from '98 by Wordsound capo, Skiz Fernando Jr a.k.a. Spectre, feat contributions from sometime Madteo collaborator Sensational, Kevin ‘The Bug’ Martin’s Techno Animal alias, Bill Laswell’s Dubadelic project, Godflesh’s Ted Parsons and more. This is a fine history lesson for many yungers, and a red-eyed flashback for many heads who came thru in the '90s. Originally released on cassette in … Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** At last, Suicideyear's phenomenal debut mixtape/album, 'Japan' lands on wax courtesy of OPN's Software. OK, it's been tweaked to omit the most obvious samples from the original, digital release, but the Baton Rouge, Lousiana producer's meld of Atlantan trap and gauzy ambient plumes still stands as one of the finest of its kind. Put simply; if you're into Kuedo, Lex Luger, Clams Casino or drank, this is waiting for your ears.
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Software's latest signings come rugged and sophisticated with the dynamic, alien hip hop and ebullient future-funk of 'Childhood Swing'. Opening with the dazzling Evian Christ or Amnesia Scanner-style sound design of single track, 'Hood Low' they tack between lush, jazzy G-funk lean with 'The Treatment' and Hud Mo heavy funk of 'Talking II' , before slipping into the glistening virtual reality space of 'Swept Over the Rug'. Better yet, 'By the Bay' drops and rolls with a delirious future soul vibe reminding of moments from Matthew… Read more
Thursday, 19 February
Houndstooth's hip pop property on a psyched-out cloud rap footing. 'Dry' is a very strange take on syrup trap peppered with alien vocal inflections and a lean vibe recalling that wicked Jack Dice 12". 'Body' twists the lines even further with oily, slipping synth discord and lethargic percussion emulating the most fugged-up state of mind.
Thursday, 15 January
*Limited edition clear vinyl - includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* A gauzy suite of loping beats and etheric vocals heavily inspired by themes of memory in Chris Marker's film, 'San Soleil'. Features production from Laplace, Go Yama, Insightful, Galimatias.
Thursday, 18 December
Laidback beats 'n breaks from Coco Bryce on Myor. 'Cold As Ice' comes to warm up the winter months with four joints juggling drum machine patter and wavey synthlines in 'Love Fool' and some kinda South East Asian drums broken, Madlib-style, into the strange funk of 'Voodoo'. Bigger still, the snake-hipped 'Selesha' touches on Ethiopiques jazz modes inna rugged style, and 'Always By My Side' jams on with some crafty piano house hooks witha broken beat pivot.
Thursday, 04 December
**Clear vinyl** Sweden's cultishly adored Yung Lean and Sad Boys gang up for debut album, 'Unknown Memory', their follow-up to last year's much-loved 'Unknown Death' mixtape. Over plush production from Yung Gud, Yung Sherman and White Armor the trio emote bluest bars in autotune and pseudo-sizzurped drawl, finding a twinkling mid-space between Salem's bombast, the blown-out bounce of Evian Christ and the Scando pop harmonies of JJ, with heavy reference to Gucci Mane and Young Thug for measure. While many would be quick to dismiss them as ironic hipsters, it's actually the sincerity of their… Read more
Thursday, 27 November
"With A Frozen Throne, Jasper Patterson, better known by his nom de plume Groundislava, has created an honest, and truly beautiful piece of work. Accompanying him on six of the LPs ten songs is Los Angeles singer / songwriter duo Rare Times, led by Anthony Calonico and Alex Talan, who co-wrote, produced and performed alongside Groundislava on A Frozen Throne. A Frozen Throne has found it's home, it's birth, in the twilight hour of humanity, that is itself on the cusp of evolution. An evolution into a greater consciousness. A technological reawakening, bound to change our minds and the way… Read more
Thursday, 13 November
Jesse James Solomon joins the PMR ranks with the stoned soul and road raps of his debut, 'Jesse From SE' EP. If King Krule gets on your tits this may not be the one for you, but if you you've got a soft spot for nonchalant, articulate and melancholy yung Londoners you'll be in good company with Jesse.
Thursday, 06 November
**Limited Neon Splatter Vinyl - Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label** The record was recorded in early at Nosdam’s Burnco Studios in Berkeley and Rob Kiener’s studio in East Hollywood, directly after the completion of Sisyphus (Serengeti’s collaborative record with Son Lux and Sufjan Stevens).
Thursday, 30 October
**Includes the tracks RGB and Fall Apart as an instant download** **DELS' sophomore LP starring production by Micachu and Bonobo plus vocals from Tirza, Rosie Lowe, Kerry Leatham** "Kieren Gallear aka DELS returns with his second album, Petals Have Fallen, and makes the step up from potential contender to full scale champ. Delivering on the potential he displayed on his first album, GOB, DELS has developed his own unique take on hip hop – intensely personal and poetic but also funny, scuzzy, raw and sonically adventurous. All the elements were there with his first record, but no one could h… Read more
**Bittersweet, Latinate pop laced with lustrous electronics and fragile vocals** "Helado Negro, aka Roberto Lange, recorded Double Youth, his fourth LP, in his home studio with a computer, his voice, and telepathic input from a poster he found buried in a closet in his childhood home. Helado Negro owes something to his contemporaries (Chancha Via Circuito, Matias Aguayo, Juana Molina, Bear in Heaven, Prefuse 73, and School of Seven Bells) but Double Youth is more a spiritual long-lost cousin to the great masters of funk, like Parliament, Prince, and George Duke, whose finely tuned beats ma… Read more
Thursday, 23 October
*2014 Reissue* This 12-inch was released leading up to the full-length Further Adventures of Lord Quas. Cover by Jeff Jank showing the night view of Quasimoto's building where who-the-hell-knows-what goes on at all hours of the night.
Lord Quas, Madlib and Melvin Van Peebles on some fantastic, nightmarish planet, tripping hard. As hallucinatory a hip hop experience as you can possibly hope to experience without mushrooms. For some reason, the remix was featured first, and, as a result was the version featured on The Unseen album. So peep the original version – available only on this 12.”
Grab this to pick up some quality nightmarish hip hop not available on Quasimoto’s The Unseen album. And don’t forget about the Dino-Brain Beat, also only available on this 12.”
Thursday, 16 October
**180g vinyl. Foil-blocked jacket with download code** A long time coming, 'Joined Ends' finally provides a follow-up LP to Dorian Concept's hyper-coloured debut, 'When Planets Explode' (2009). In the meantime the Austrian producer has been conspicuous by his absence from the scene, during a time which the likes of FlyLo, Rustie and HudMo have flourished with a lush, complex sound quite similar to his own. On return with 'Joined Ends' he's now best compared with the jazzy fruit of FaltyDL or Dego, a nimble warp and weft of classically trained virtuosity and processed instru… Read more
**Diverse, classy beat suite by Dutch DJ/producer, from neck-snappers to softer soul styles including an ace with Detroit's Guilty Simpson** "Percy Samidjono, better known by his stage name I.N.T. is a Dutch producer, DJ and performing artist originally from Amsterdam and Rwina's newest addition to its artist roster. "Percy La Rock" was the name given to I.N.T. by Charlie Ahearn, the director of Wildstyle. This seven-track EP is a diverse and unique record in the hip-hop/soul spectrum, with dreamy vocals from singers like Steve Hartley and Sasha Vee and some proper brag n' boast raps from the… Read more
Thursday, 25 September
*Includes download code* Hud Mo brings a rambunctious, hyper-coloured sound to 'Chimes'. Currently soundtracking an Apple advert, the lead cut flips the switch between airborne arpeggios and chest-puffing brass vamps inna Drill style we could easily imagine Kanye romping over. He's equally impressive when leaving the beats behind too, as with the wobbly kosmische flash of 'Brainwave', whilst 'King Kong Beaver' brings back the funk showmanship with flamboyant chops and the nuttiest drums. For the insatiable, there's also a rushin' junglist trap remix by Gammer.
Thursday, 18 September
XL introduce the intriguing prospect of Ibeyi, a pair of French Cuban twins well versed in their father's Yoruba culture, and produced by their label boss, Richard Russell. First single, 'Oya' heralds a debut album somewhere on the horizon, an clearly states their taste for the off-kilter drums of James Blake and the urbane folk of King Krule, whilst the vocal are more redolent of Rune Grammofon's Susanna Wallumrød or Jenny Hval, all grandly arched and beautifully poised in the title track, and more sultry, beckoning in 'River'. There's an a capella for the crafty DJs, and a skeletal dub from Oshun.
Thursday, 04 September
*2LP pressed on 180g vinyl includes digital download code, 12” square insert lyric sheet and blue paper inners. ‘Octagon’ and ‘How Your Sprinkler System Work’ (ft Del The Funky Homosapien) are vinyl only tracks* "Busdriver’s 8th studio album proper, ‘Perfect Hair’, features production from Mono/Poly, Jeremiah Jae, Great Dane, Kenny Segal and Riley Lake. Album artwork courtesy of the legendary and talented John Lurie (formerly of the Lounge Lizards and known for his roles in Jim Jarmusch films amongst others). The album features guest performances from Detroit’s irrepressible Danny Brown (Fool… Read more
*2LP gatefold with photo collage from Tricky's personal archive + free CD inside* Tricky's back, flanked by a squadron of female vocal accomplices - Tirzah, Francesca Belmonte, Nneka, Bella Gotti - plus a hook-up with Mykki Blanco and production from Blue Daisy. Whilst he still sounds vocally menacing and paranoid as ever, he still can't give up that thing for naughty rock guitars which really dates the whole thing. OK, there are moments of relief in the mercurial electro glyde of 'Nicotine Love' with Francesca Belmonte, in the dank boogie of 'Right Here' featuring Oh Land, and the pulsing trip hop slink of 'Something In The Way', but then those guitars reappear…
Gully New York hip hop coated in scuzzy noise by Gut Nose, back on his home city's Styles Upon Styles label. Landing squarely between the eyes of Parallel Thought's rugged beat suites and classic El-P produce, 'Filthy City' evokes a bloodshot, street-level view of a wasted metropolis in eleven concise parts. It all feels haunted by the dread ghosts of late '90s boom bap, DJ Spooky, Wordsound, RZA's 'Ghostdog' soundtrack et al, and is also prone to wigging out into collapsing industrial house structures at will. As a sort of sonic psychogeographic derivè it really takes us there.
Thursday, 21 August
*First solo EP from LV collaborator Okmalumkoolkat with production from Cid Rimand The Clonious* "After his breakthrough on LV's album Sebenza on Hyperdub, Okmalumkoolkat continues blazing a trail with yet another big impact release. The EP Holy Oxygen I is produced by LuckyMe signing Cid Rim and The Clonious, known for his excellent releases on Affine and Ubiquity Records. This collaboration was booted into life during the Viennese producers latest South African tour with stops in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Umlazi, Durban born Simiso Zwane skilfully manages to mix his mother tongues a… Read more
Thursday, 10 July
Four neck-snapping, collapsing hip hop beats from UK's Jon Phonics. "Drawing as much from early 90’s hip-hop as it does early 00’s grime and 80’s funk, the predominantly instrumental EP is topped off with two stand- out vocal performances from South-London rapper Rup and soul vocalist Yasine. With early support from Alexander Nut, Moxie, Scratcha DVA and more, this is a must have for any fans of twisted hip hop-infused electronica."
Thursday, 26 June
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label for both tracks plus bonus Claude remix** "Neko Neko drops the first part of his "Between Two Cities" series, entitled "Where", backed by remixes from everyone's favourite French beat-maker, Fulgeance. Neko Neko's original mix on the A-side pairs lush harp samples with hefty kicks, claps and layered percussion loops. The track evolves nicely til the halfway point when it shifts direction, breaking down to a cosmic arpeggiated synth line that gets tweaked away while the other elements are expertly weaved in and out of th… Read more