Thursday, 06 March
**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…
Thursday, 20 February
"Composed and performed on a hybrid digital/analog synth (Roland Juno 106) and the MPC, and textured with live instrumentation, Oakland-based musician Matt Tamarillo aka Shortcircles’ debut full length release is an impressive, lush electronic outing that recalls Boards of Canada, Floating Points, or Gold Panda, while the beats are in a class with Teebs or Bonobo. It’s a solid follow up to the self-released “Mapzzz” EP from 2011. Featured on the record are the Bay Area’s James & Evander, who lend to the layered, deconstructed, chill-wave result. Born and raised in Escondido, CA, Enamored o… Read more
Thursday, 13 February
**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
Back to the future with Ghostly's '80s fetishist Com Truise, featuring guest vocals by Joel Ford. "Wave 1 is the first new transmission the world has received from producer Seth Haley since his gloriously futuristic debut album Galactic Melt. That album cataloged the genesis and evolution of Haley's alter ego Com Truise — the world’s first synthetic/robotic astronaut, as Haley described him — and this EP continues the character's journey into the outer reaches of the musical multiverse. In the process, it also builds on Haley's signature production style, one that's rooted in classic sci-fi sounds … Read more
Best yet from Brighton's Donkypitch label: four tracks of full fat Miami Bass laced with raving piano house pop hooks for the party. Up front, 'If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Wrong' ain't clever, but it is big, coming off something like Hud Mo strutting down Miami beach flinging skittles at buff bozos.There's also a more B-more styled dub mix to extend the fun. Flipside, 'Ayyo Tricknology' bring the boom-clap with hot chords and tight, rubbery bass shots, backed with a stripped down bonus beats mix.
**Housed in gold-inked jacket and inner sleeve. Includes Om Unit remix** Brussels-based Spanish musician Strand (Migue Gil Terte to the taxman) presents his 2nd release of squashed and colourful electronic funk inspired by and commenting on the international economic crisis. Besides creating music, Miguel is also an economist. It's an aspect of life which has clearly inspired his music, which draws metaphoric parallels between G-Funk and Gangsta Rap and the Banksters/Gangstaz who f**ked sh*t up for the world. In the case of his music, the Banksters are Javier Diez-Ena from jazz-surf dudes De… Read more
Thursday, 06 February
LuckyMe catch the debut 12" proper from crossover bass/pop producer and former DMC champion, Cashmere Cat. The follow-up to his 'Mirror Maru' anthem - as rinsed by Rustie, HudMo, Gilles Peterson, and on the GTA V soundtrack - is a cute four-track affair welding sparkling keys and tempered trap/house/bass rhythms inna distorted reflection of stadium-ready EDM. His sound's got the same sense of zig-zagging jazziness as Jameszoo, but with a taste exuberant harmonic progressions Rustie and HudMo borrowed from John Hughes film soundtracks and the partywise sensbility of a Diplo show.
"Every clap, breath, harmony, and note was performed by Gabriel direct to 2" tape through a Helios console in real time. Aside from a dip into Pro Tools to loop the 25 overdubs that build the claps & stomps of "6 8" and drum programming on “Me Alone” and “Pour Maman”, computers had little place in Gabriel's world. Not to imply Bishouné is a product of vintage fetishism; rather, the songs are a humble and urgent bout of self-expression guided by the natural limitations of a solo performer. Gabriel's compositions revel in such unabashed personhood. "Everything Is Everythin… Read more
Thursday, 30 January
**Sophomore album from the international hip hop trio. Includes downlaod code redeemable from the label** "This is known: Young Fathers are three young men from Edinburgh and Liberia and Nigeria, all at the same time. Their journey has taken them through various incarnations and styles but they are still only in their mid 20s. And... and this is important: they’ve chosen to kill the past—their own past, even—to make their own future. The what-what, the feeling: Following on from the acclaimed EPs TAPE ONE and TAPE TWO, their debut album Dead comes as an intimate epic, thirty six minutes of…. what… Read more
Thursday, 23 January
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Chicago's Supreme Cuts return with the hyper-forward footwork, pop, drill and R&B fusions of 'Divine Ecstasy'. Their canny balance of airborne raps and autotuned vocals from Haleek Maul, Yen Tech, Py, Shy Girls and Mahaut Mondino, paired with deftest studio geometries has to be one of the freshest fusions you'll hear all year. With both producers in their early 20s and only making beats since 2011, there's a palpable immediacy to the 14 tracks of 'Divine Ecstasy', parsing their mutual influences from Basinski to Herbie Hanco… Read more
"Gravel is an attempt to capture the contradictory thoughts that trip up your head at 3 a.m. Gravel is the soundtrack to sleepless nights spent ruminating on both right and wrong decisions. Gravel is the new Anticon EP from Djavan Santos, better known as D33J. Upon first listen, its aquatic textures, faded neon haze, and blend of 808 drums and lo-fi desk claps, might recall D33J’s fellow Weditit Collective family, Ryan Hemsworth and Shlohmo. But closer listening reveals that D33J’s experiments yield a unique alchemy. The finished result is not just only aesthetically cohesive record, but also one that br… Read more
Thursday, 16 January
Hot on the heels of their debut album for Diagonal, Stuart Argabright's Death Comet Crew do their avant-funk thing for Citinite backed with remixes from Hieroglyphic Being and Gifted & Blessed (GB). Both of the originals capture that cross-pollinating, experimental spirit and sense of urban paranoia core to their 1985 outings. 'Galacticoast Mosi' rides a slinky hybrid of jazz-fusion guitars, sampled car horns and almost scatty vocals with dope swagger, whilst 'Alpha Delta' could be the incidental theme to a psychedelic sequence in a low-rent cyber sci-fi flick, … Read more
Vect and Moresounds flip Fulgeance tracks from his 'Step-Thru' LP. Vect replaces a warped MC Fresh Daily vocal against a lean backdrop of dubbed-out drums and grubbing bass and woozy keys in 'What It Iz'; Moresounds follows drops for Om Unit's Cosmic Bridge and Astrophonica with a rave-ready overhaul of 'Wet' built around low-riding 808s, see-sawing synthlines and laser reaching trance chords.
Thursday, 09 January
*Foil-blocked jacket with thick spine* Lee Bannon follows the Jungle/D&B money with his kinetic sophomore album landing on Ninja Tune. Best known for his production on Joey Bada$$'s 'Summer Knights' album, the Sacramento-raised, NYC-based beat maker indulges his taste for D&B (Sacramento's apparently a steppers hotbed) and cinematic dynamics on 'Alternate / Endings', running rugged riddims and spacious, highly visual sound design with a cool, nimble hand. From our perspective it's intirguing to hear an American producer execute such a quintessentially British sound with such authenticity… Read more
Thursday, 12 December
Welcome reappearance from Boxcutter, catering to Cosmic Bridge's signature slowfast sound with five intricate, infectious and lush fusions of Footwork, Trap and Electronica. Joining in the 160bpm dialogue between Om Unit, Ital Tek, Mrk Pritchard and Machinedrum and EAN, among others, Boxcutter lends a unique melodic accent and plush harmonies to their fibrillating, fluctuating discourse. A-side he strikes out with ambient pads and mid-air prog guitar solos before displayign deftest footwork jungle chops in 'Dream Gator (With Ken & Ryu)' whereas flipsdide he offers three more concise pieces rangin… Read more
Thursday, 05 December
Mutant electronica from Turin, Italy's Daniele Mana aka Vaghe Stelle, backed with BAT's murky remix refraction and a future-primitive Gand Of Ducks version. As with his excellent 'Out Of Body' EP for Danse Noir, Vaghe's original tracks fall outside any pre-ordained genre, preferring to let his imagination run free in the dark from the off world R&B romance of '4th Hope' to the pneumatic grime and lushly discordant trance sensations of '8th Hope', and something like a radioactive mutation of Saharan cellphone anthem on '10th Hope', thru to the Ferraro-esque '11th Hope'. The Best Available Tec… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* A fleshed out re-issue of Tycho's first widely available album 'Sunrise Projector', 'Past is Prologue' comes bundled with groovy new artwork and three exclusive remixes from Dusty Brown, Chachi Jones and Planet Mu's Nautilis. As Merck begins to wind down it's been releasing some of the most interesting titles on it's books yet, sadly this isn't one of them and is possibly one of the most unashamed Boards of Canada pastiches I have ever heard. It's not even that the music is unpleasant, it really isn't - but it just makes me want to root out fo… Read more
**Limited edition of 500** Dopest Dilla/Madlib style hip hop from J. Jae and raps from Tre, Isreal & E Snow. The third and final instalment of his 'Dirty Collections' bumps from the low-slung MPC sample bump of 'Bright Works' to the darker knocks of 'Nu Bad Man' and the spaced-out weirdness of 'Outer Onto Other'.
Falty DL's Blueberry Records on a dancehall tip. Up top Brrd comes back with a very neat and minimal edit of Fantan Mojah's roots vocal to 'Hail Di King' and downtown stars a wicked robo-boglin' instrumental called 'Gold 93'. Winner.
Thursday, 28 November
Diverse dancefloor remixes of Icelandic/Faroese quartet's 'Tracing Echoes' album. Com Truise drags 'Mysteries Undone' to a lurching, slow-motion piece of epic electro-pop and Girl Unit teases 'Cut Out Your Tongue' to a blend of Jan Hammer-esque synth-pomp and delayed drums on the front side. Flip it for Keep Shelley In Athens' moody blue blur of 'Lines' and a class Renaissance Man remix of ' A King's Woe' coming off like Desto or Teeth doing a slow/fast trap remix of The Knife.
Montgomery Clunk returns to Error Broadcast an altered, vowelless, cyborgian mutation as Clnk with the soundtrack-y 'Black Ecstasy'. Taking inspiration from more rugged, primitive forms of early techno rather than hyper-flash hip hop, the producer arrives at a bleaker, stripped down sound nodding to the post-punk era of West Berlin as much as early Detroit and UK AI techno. However he neatly sidesteps questions of nostalgic wallowing with a distinctly modern production palette, allowing everything to suspend in a strange, illusive hyperspace as though we're witnessing some flickering simulation in action.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "When our human experiences defy articulation, music and film can sometimes be the only languages we have to communicate with. In 1975, Peter Weir directed Picnic at Hanging Rock, a haunting film in which a group of schoolgirls disappear while exploring a volcanic rock in the Australian outback. Through the film, Weir explores landscapes of intense memory, and the mysterious forces that bend, mold, and erode the core of our psyches. Similarly, Lava Diviner (Truestory), the debut full-length from Texas native, Spencer Step… Read more
Thursday, 14 November
*Ships Friday* Brand new solar funk rays from Funkineven backed with GB: The Abstract Eye's 'Reflexes', which was previously only available on the Eglo Records Vol.1 CD. It's a canny match between the like-minded artists; Funkineven's 'Egypt' feels out cosmic space between Sun-Ra's searching synthetic expressions and the freakiest sorts of Virgo 4 or Larry Heard journeys, whilst GB shuffles in hyperspace with techy latinate syncopation and beaming modular glyphs.
**Orange wax** Ghost Mutt melds B-More, Trap, Footwork and zig-zagging electronic hyperfunk on the 'Rumble Pak' EP. 'Rumble Pak' slams down tightly wound American club Breaks with ecstatic hardcore yelps and airborne strings; 'Queens Road Masonic Lodge' is a strange development of Trap-style 16th note snare rolls and Giallo-esque string arpeggios amped for 2013. Flipside, '3310' gives a strong nod to the LuckyMe and Rustie/Hud Mo sounds with flashest stabs and wild, cut-up riddim, whereas 'Dintuno?' tilts hi-pitch vocals and rapid-fire footwork drums for the gangsta rollers.
Jel returns to Anticon seven years after his 'Soft Money' LP with a muggy, fractured beat suite entitled 'Late Pass'. Thankfully for his fans not much has changed with the music, which still errs to the psychedelic and swirling side of abstract or back-packer styles with an indie/avant-rock lean, best heard in the fuzzed-up buzz of 'Look Up' and the neck-snap boom bap of 'Steady'.
**Marbled wax** Dead cute downbeat 'tronica vibes from Sonic Router's Torus, who first kicked off the label back in 2012. A-side is a smoky meditation on organ keys warmed thru with hummable bassline and listing jazz percussion reminding of vintage Prefuse 73. The 'Untitled' B-side errs toward a more ghostly midnight sound feeling out opiated, concrète-textured space between Shlohmo, Dabrye and Burial.
Thursday, 07 November
Intricate, abstract instrumental beat poetry from Daedelus. "You'll hear the sounds of skateboards clattering, the chirps of crickets, even drying eyes. There is secreted fragments of morse code and other musique concrète kicking up dusty grooves. As well seraphic vocals and lively instrumentation. The album feels like a reckless encounter when no one is watching—when you know that you’re really alone, awkward on the dance floor. The album feels like wildly encountering a crowded room with reckless dances, with no fear towards their awkward angles. “Everyone deals with death and departure in their… Read more
**Initial copies in embossed jacket** The dancefloor-wise alias of Belgium's Franz Baker (aka Ssaliva) gives a taste of things to come on his 2nd album for Ramp due in 2014. Up top there's the wistful, lo-slung boogie smudge of 'Everlastiv' and a sort of cracked take on stuttering, trap-style 16th note hi-hat groove swaddled in music box melody and gauzy filters. We're more inclined to the flipside's vibes; 'Through Tired Eyes' is a cool, skanking house riddim revolving ghostly notes and mesmerising lead hook and 'Tomb Face' feels out woozy, lo-slung house space somewhere between Gold Panda, Opal Tapes and Zomby styles.
Colourful, beats-driven electronica from Dutch dude Julien Miers backed with tasty Kettel remix and more from Gillepsy and Sun Glitters. Miers' 'Super Tropic Tramp' does that woozy, wheezing chords and slumpy bump thing neatly on the Dorian Concept-esque 'Super Tropic Tramp'; Gillepsy gives 'Watecolour Sky' a squidgy, jazzy P-fonk lope; Sun Glitters turns 'Glide, Sail, Float' into a gauzy midnight trip hop moment, contrasting with the piquant sweetness and clarity of Kettel's deft and warmly exotic interpretation of the same cut.
Thursday, 31 October
**Edition of 300 in handmade xilographic printed cover and poly jacket with digital download code** Idiosyncratic electronic dance music from Suren Seneviratne's My Panda Shall Fly. MPSF's small but steady trickle of releases has always entertained in the most curious manner, whether he's doing shiny electro cut-ups, jazzy bleep 'step or dreamy H-pop collaborations. Here for Gang Of Ducks he' in a mystic techno mood on eight tracks of glitching, dusty groove trickery borrowing heavily from classic Detroit and early UK techno modes and twisting them to weirdly lush, unearthly and kaotic dance tracks that sound like little else.