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
Ghostly International serve a sweet addendum to Gold Panda's 'Half Of Where You Live' replete with Fort Romeau and T Hemingway remixes. Album versions of etheric house swinger 'Community' and the smudged, Dilla-wise 'Reprise' appear alongside a skinnier and extended demo and live versions, whilst Fort Romeau tempers 'Community' to a gently uplifting ambient piano house schematic and adds heady compressions and dranken R&B trills to 'Reprise' on the EP's big highlight.
Debut single of drag pop and ambient trap from hotly-tipped Filipino producer on XL/Abeano. As is kinda the norm for a bedroom producer in 2013, Eyedress crafted the 'Supernatural' EP with Fruity Loops on his dad's old laptop PC and hits up a sound somewhere between Salem's debut (only?) album and Grimes-on-qaaludes. Best to check the super saccharine electronics and dreamy vox of 'Biolumine' and the tense, whirring trap beats and electro discord of 'No Competition' for highlights.
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.
**Includes remixes by Mike Slott, Debruit, Dam Mantle, Fulgeance and Chesslo Junior** "Drut Recordings are proud to present a remix package to follow Kelpe's acclaimed album from June: 'Fourth: The Golden Eagle'. The entire LP has been reworked by a cast of new and established producers including Mike Slott, Dam Mantle, Débruit and Fulgeance for a 11 track digital album and special edition 5 track 12" EP version. LuckyMe family member Mike Slott kicks off proceedings with a spacious, reflective 4/4 take on the album's opening cut Astrolomy, adding his own unique vocal twist to t… Read more
**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.
**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.
**Shoegazing, gauzy hip hop electronica** "Distance between friends, family and loved-ones; images viewed through the lens of an old camera; the sound of a bargain bin record bought in some far-flung corner of our ever-shrinking globe. These are Kyson's inspirations, his motivation, and the filter through which his music should be heard. Experimenting with analog synthesizers and obscure percussion instruments helped Kyson create the melancholic atmosphere of "The Waters Way," the title of his new LP and first with Friends of Friends Music, a reflection of his time living in the long and harsh European winter."
Tirzah debuts her hugely charming 'I'm Not Dancing' collaboration with Micachu. Like her collaborator, Tirzah's got a similar taste for odd timbre. Her signature tune is a happily awkward fusion of scrapyard clank and London indie-soul vocal that gives a whole new meaning to the term garage, whilst Greco Roman Soundsystem give it a ruggeder, extended dub. Flipside gets even better with the slow/fast R&B bounce of 'Inside Out' coming off like a lo-fi Various Production, and 'Slow Jam' loops loping, stumbling drums and warbling chords with a wonderfully unique sense of timing. For anyone bored w… Read more
Thursday, 17 October
From the label notes: "Samuel's debut EP for the Technicolour label takes in everything from slowed rave stabs to electronic blues, with support from Oneman, Bok Bok, Toddla T, Benji B, Boiler Room DJs, Rob Da Bank, Skream and Annie Mac. With exuberant, widescreen electronic production, the songs move forward excitingly, all colourful bleeps and bass, and drums as informed by hip hop as they are dance music. Then Samuel starts to sing and the music becomes truly startling, with a voice that’s more Frank Ocean than James Blake…"
New on Well Rounded Individuals, The House Reverends are a trinity of musicians in their own right combining talents through a love of vintage electronics, analogue tape, and downtuned RnB. "They glide through London's club scene bringing a blend of fluid funk driven by their robotic drum machine…"
Thursday, 10 October
**Marbled white wax** Kassem Mosse's Ominira label hits a pop-wise sweet spot with "2 iridescent cuts of cosmic r'n'b" from Londoner, barrister and NTS radio show host" Throwing Shade.Topside, 'Mystic Places' comes off like a not-so-distant cousin of Tri Angle's Holy Other or Fatima Al Qadiri, or even her NTS comrade, Joane Skyler, blending an infectious vocal hook with gamelan-like melody, plonging FM bassline and the kind of raw drum machine timbre you might hear on a Sahel Sounds comp. On the flip her 'Lights' refracts crystalline keys and gaseous vocals in a tantalisingly brief window of r'n'b bliss.
**Each copy comes in a different modified sleeve!** "Concurrently working on the Strange U project on Eglo Records and his instrumental album release on Black Acre, Doctor Zygote has decided to fling out some new and old tracks on a limited vinyl EP on his own Zoot imprint. With hip hop as a firm starting point, Z explores different moods within the 6 featured instrumentals. Foregoing cover art, Z hijacked old easy listening record sleeves with spray paint to make each one individual, and also as a nod to all those (largely unremarkable) records that people wade through in order to get to the good ones…"
**Limited double vinyl pressing in gatefold sleeve, includes download code redeemable from the label** From the label: "Soulful, genre-defying singer, producer and multi- instrumentalist Kwes delivers a stunning performance comprised of solid drums, piano keys, and ethereal elements making for a hypnotic sonic package..."
Thursday, 19 September
LuckyMe bring the electronic hyperfunk from Cid Rim. Using a palette of cold, sheer sounds, Cid somehow juices warm funk outta each groove, from the intricately see-sawing swing and jazz-wise dexterity of 'Fade' thru the floating electro-soul of 'Animus:Anima' and the complex time-signatures of 'Mute', whilst 'Red Ocean' and 'Extend Ranges' evoke IDM references, with shades of 'LP5'-era Æ or BoC.
Jazz-wild, zany bleep and searing fonk from Lithuania's 96wrld. Following a couple of digital-only album releases, his debut physical product is a kinetic, elaborate amalgam combining the freakiness of Jameszoo with a songwriting sensibility akin to Rudi Zygadlo and the fruity funk of Dorian Concept, meshing double-dipped 808s with darting melodic figures and sheer, crisp electronics in eight parts.
Thursday, 12 September
Gobstopper Records boss and one of the most interesting new grime producers, Mr. Mitch exposes a slow, strange and jeep-rocking sound. Alloying his beloved instrumental grime with elements of R&B, Trap and wild electronics, 'Suave' is one of the maddest new 12"s we've heard from the current crop. With it's tight, tetchy beats and duppy bassline opener 'Wipe' bears the closest resemblance to grime proper, whilst the rest of the EP opens out in versatile new directions, from the frankly unhinged 808 and hilariously pitched cat samples of 'Catford' to the pointillist trap swagger of 'Who Cares' thru the … Read more
On Will Ozanne's 2nd album as Gang Colours for Gilles Peterson's Brownswood he emphasises a psyche-pop side in favour of his previous Bass inclinations. The effect reminds us of Bullion's recent moves, but with a more melancholy undercurrent, from the twinkly nursery rhyme-ness of the title tracks thru the solo piano infused adult contemporary lonliness of 'Home', 'Up The Downs' and 'Led By Example'.
Thursday, 22 August
**Edition of 1000 copies housed in tip on-style jacket** Chicago's estimable digger, scribe and beat-breaker Dante Carfagna revives his cherished Express Rising alias on this sublime sophomore LP. Despite going under the same eponymous title as his 2003 album for Memphix, we assure this is entirely fresh-off-the-block; eleven tracks of sanguine soul strung out with elements of new age, country, and instrumental hip hop in a gauzy post-rock framework. It's the outcome of a four-year-long recording process where Dante focussed on extracting subtly rich tones from a palette of banjo, steel… Read more
Thursday, 15 August
**Screen-printed jacket** Heavy 808 electro and trap re-animations from Fracture in his Dawn Day Night guise. Largely holding back from the jungle juke sound, your boy's in taut, pensile form here, from the horror flick sampling 'Re-Animation of Scottie' to the big Miami booty funk of 'Hold That Leg Up' on side A, and over to a choppy hip hop banger 'Mister Meanor' shot thru with fibrillating footwork, and the jeep-quaking bass and killer snare cracks of 'Higher Plains'.