Thursday, 14 May
**Limited Edition Instrumental Versions* Heavyweight hook-up from Ghostface Killah and Canadian jazz trio BadBadNotGood, produced by Frank Dukes (Eminem, 50 Cent, Drake). Imagine a hip hop noir directed by David Lynch and featuring MF Doom and Danny Brown; you can almost inhale the silver chronic fog of 'Sour Soul'. Dripping with expensive-sounding strings and Gainsbourg-via-Badalamenti vibes, the production is authentically classic and cinematic. On paper, the jazz-trio plus Wu Tang MC formula could be enough to send heads fleeing, but the results are actuall… Read more
*Includes a bonus remix CD* "Produced by Matt Hales (Lianne La Havas, Paloma Faith), Giants is an elegant melting pot of styles, sounds and themes effortlessly brought together by a voice both distinct and timeless in equal measure… Bursting with refreshing honesty and a raw vulnerability, Giants transcends a variety of moods, with "Paperwalls" making its entrance with attitude to spare. ‘Gold’ etches itself into the listeners’ mind with its layered hums and chants, a constant drum that is Andreya's testament to her love of music and the best times of her life. The heartfelt "Everything You Ne… Read more
Thursday, 07 May
'Twelve O'Clock Shadow' works as a fine taster for fLako's lush 'Natureboy' album and also a vehicle for two exclusive new pieces. In the title cut, a pivotal track from the album sequence, L.A.'s Miguel Atwood Ferguson arranges gorgeous strings moving between Mica Levi-esque discord to Alice Coltrane-like blooms around fLako's pointillist guitar and breezy shuffle, and 'The Shape Of Things To Come' nods sagely in the direction of Ornette with a harmolodic matrix of strafing syn-flutes, vocal chorales and staggered footwork/hip hop drums. Flipsiude brings the newnuss with slowfast medita… Read more
**Includes download code** "Rivington Não Rio revels in the kind of compassionate complexity that marks Prefuse 73's greatest works, with a profound new element added to the mix: Patience. Herren's ability to marry the manic to the melodic has always been uncanny, but here it feels downright magical as the songs inhale with his trademark sense of urgency…then exhale in longer, more revealing breaths. The prismatic textures that have long been a staple of Prefuse 73 are bound to beats and melodies with the spirit of hip-hop and the subtlety of modern minimalism. The album's guests treat … Read more
Thursday, 30 April
Four Tet and Machinedrum on the buttons for Roots Manuva's 2015 comeback. The godfather of UK hip hop keeps pace with a loping quickstep in Kieren Hebden's rude techno-bop grind in 'Facety 2:11' - instrumental included - and again on a slow/fast hiphop dip somewhere between DJ Premier and double-tapped UK jungle 808s in 'Like a Drum' - instrumental also included.
"It has been four years since Guillermo S. Herren released anything significant from his most famous and respected moniker, Prefuse 73 (though he did keep busy with live shows, collaborations, and remixes). That's a long time for virtually any artist, but it's an eternity for Herren, whose first three Prefuse 73 albums dropped in the span of four years. As if to make up for lost time, 2015 will see the release of not one, but three major works from Prefuse 73. After several albums that saw Herren progressively drift away from the beatmaking prowess that made him synonymous with emotionall… Read more
LA beat dude Jason Chung breaches new dimensions in his 3rd album as Nosaj Thing. Alongside Shlohmo, FlyLo and the whole Low End Theory lot, he's been partly responsible for switching up the instrumental hip hop game in recent years, and look set to leave others for dust with the filigree touch of 'Fated' for Innovative Leisure. Throwing his collabo net far and wide, he brings everyone from avant-garde sound designer Katie Gately to Chance the Rapper and Maceo Haymes on board for a woozily surreal beat suite efficiently running 15 tunes in just over 33 minutes. In the best way it feels twice as lo… Read more
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.
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.