Thursday, 16 May
**Gradated Pink Vinyl - Includes 24bit download card redeemable from the label, with a bonus live set from KDVS radio** Everyone's favourite avant-pop goddess heralds her 'Translations' LP of global kitsch covers. A-side 'Maria' is a phonetic translation of the stirring original by Lyudmila Gurchenko set to sweeping synth-strings, plucked guitar and swaying rhythm; B-side is a cover of Roxy Music's '2HB' performed by Julia via telephone, and broadcast live on KDVS Radio on the 'Phoning It In' programme hosted by Nadav Carmel...
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**Limited to 500 copies only, pressed on white vinyl. Comes with a free download dropped into your account free of charge on Monday, 20th May** Public Information collect diverse reinterpretations of F.C. Judd's pioneering electronic music from Leyland Kirby, Pye Corner Audio, Chris Carter, Peter Rehberg, Bandshell, Ekoplekz, The Boats, Mordant Music, Holly Herndon and many more. The groundbreaking, experimental originals are chopped, sliced and refried into wonderfully abstract shapes in keeping with F.C. Judd's vision, ranging from instrument builder Ian Helliwell's fra… Read more
James Blake’s uncommissioned Harmonimix of ‘Changes’ finally gets an official release courtesy of Mala’s own Deep Medi, three years after it first started getting heard and turning heads at dances. It remains one of Blake’s most effective and affecting productions, sticking close to the trudging halfstep lean of the source material but placing most emphasis on the bombastic brass, strings and vocal samples that figure only as scene-setters in the original. What starts out as minimal, discombobulated dancehall, nudged along by eski drum clicks, swells to a rousing, quasi-symphonic,… Read more
**White vinyl in clear poly sleeve** James Blake 'fesses up a steppin' dub and exclusive new tune on 1-800-Dinosaur - the new imprint coined by him and his manager, Dan Foat. His 'Voyeur (Dub)' cuts a sharp line for the 'floor with driving 4/4 rhythm and plush, dramatic harmonic rendering giving way to wobbly electro bass while streamling synthlines light up the sky crimson. The exclusive B-side, 'And Holy Ghost' affords room for Blake's more avant and experimental tendencies - those that we first fell for and which have since been pushed back in favour of pop ambition - dallyin… Read more
Koreless returns with his first proper offering of 2013, an EP on Young Turks. Less club-focussed than last year's 12" on Jacques Greene's Vase, the Glaswegian seems determined here to prove there's more to him than nicing up the dance. There are certainly some good moments: opener 'Ivana' affects a nice Vangelis synth-glide but is compromised a little by its glottal, percussive vocal edits, which persist on into 'Sun', another trancey, string-led number which, despite a dressing of sub-footwork drum patter, is effectively beatless. On the EP goes, laying the stargazing synths on thick, never quite go… Read more
**Includes ace Bullion and Factory Floor remixes** R&S's finest pop-wise signing charm again with the melancholic lilt of 'California Analog Dream'. Dreamily forlorn vocals and soft-edged indie chimes come off like James Blake with a backing band and a thing for Talk Talk. Remix appointments are ever incisive, selecting Bullion for a more frayed and 'floor friendly yet mellow remix beside Factory Floor's hypnotic, acid-quirked industrial-lite reduction.
Emerging from Peckham's vibrant scene, Haraket debut with two endearingly moody blends of indie-pop and electronics backed with ace Djrum and King Krule remixes. Like not-so-distant cousins of The xx, 'Taint' showcases melancholy guitar and female vocals dubbed out with that heat-hazy South-East London feel and unexpectedly rising to a dramatic shoegaze crescendo, whereas 'Attgo' is more electronic, coming off like a Massive Attack demo produced by a sullen, dubstepping Four Tet and craftily packing more narrative twists than you could hope for. Djrum's remix of 'Taint' is suitably downbeat, even… Read more
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Thursday, 09 May
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Hype Williams instigator and now solo raconteur, Dean Blunt, sidesteps preconceptions with a quietly psychedelic, sparse and sensual third album. In 'The Redeemer' he tends to a wipe-clean soundworld of lite jazz fusion motifs, bluesy guitar wisps and new age synth gelled together with dreamy sound FX and distressed ansafone messages whilst nonchalant, confessional vocals dictate a drowsy internal narrative. It's a sort of surreal soul scape simulacra, an adult contemporary fantasy as seen and heard from a detached perspective, a fact accentuated by the intangible, voice-in-your… Read more
August post-punk survivor Gordon Sharp aka Cindytalk returns with A Life Is Everywhere, surely his most volatile, lyrical and consuming work since his creative re-birth on Editions Mego a couple years back; here he gravitates away from the dawn-treading digital ambience of his recent sides and towards a noisier, more expansive destination, whilst also exploring some of the most beautiful, accessible harmonic themes of his entire career. 'On A Pure Plane' is the purest, plainest example of this fusion: it collages elegiac string pads with curdled, corrosive power electronics, staking ou… Read more
Raster-Noton/Mego veteran Ivan Pavlov returns to the latter with "a work of profound playfulness", one that explores the interzone between terse electronic minimalism and whimsical electronic pop with aplomb. Putting most modern-day synth records to shame, COH's arpeggiated constructions are three-dimensional, pinsharp and thoroughly progressive - think early Human League or Yellow Magic Orchestra dubbed-out and processed by Mark Fell using technology that hasn't yet been invented. Other references that come to mind are Dopplereffekt's Calabai Yau Space or Squarepusher's wildest Tron-ic imaginings, bu… Read more
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Alva Noto and Byetone get precisely loose and freaky on the 4th Diamond Version EP. Scoped especially for the 'floor, the boffins sound like they're having a lot of fun with these cuts, jamming on with the muscular techno-pop rocker, 'Get Yours', and a robo-sleazy 'Version' swagger, or coming off like a certain Timba joint gone nexx level on 'Live Young'. But the best by far is the sincerely titled 'When Performance Matters', a crowd-razing slab of cut-throat sawtooth synthlines and hard-stepping electro with a rabid bite. Good stuff.
Hot on the heels of his debut drop for the Rob Booth-helmed Houndstooth label, Dylan Richards delivers his full-length album as House of Black Lanterns. Now based in Berlin, he’s ditched the frenetic breakcore shredding of his King Cannibal project and has turned his hand to moody post-dubstep electro and slamming 4/4, prone to flashes of melodrama. The first half of the album is all big-room tech-house business - Disclosure would happily claim ‘Shot You Down’, with its fine diva turn from Leni Ward, for their own - and though sometimes it feels like nothing you didn’t hear so… Read more
*Numbered Limited Edition of 1000 copies, includes download code redeemable from the label* Dan Lopatin and Joel Ford's Software Recording Co. present a full-length album from Matt Papich, the follow up to his noted 2011 NNA Tapes side Daydream Repeater. Made in the kitchen of his Baltimore home, with assistance from Joe Williams on programming and synths, it builds on the bubblegum psychedelia of its predecessor to arrive at a dense, sample-happy and expressionistic electronic sound that is 2013 to a tee, yet resists easy pigeonholing. It's also largely beat-driven, whether it's plasmic dancehall (… Read more
The Orb and Lee Perry hail their incoming album with 'Ball Of Fire''s heavy-troddin' dub-house riddim. Dr Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann weigh up an overproof dose of Orb-style skank with the piano vamps and thunderous bassline of the original riddim, voiced with inimitable flair by the reggae alien himself. We look forward to hearing the versions from Dabrye, Deadbeat and Mad Professor.
**RIYL James Blake, Jamie Woon, Dean Blunt** "Fire In My Hands is Jono McCleery's return single, a collaboration with electronic producer Royce Wood Junior. It's a stunning evolution in McCleerys sound; a rapid fire, skittering drum beat and blues piano driving an fathoms-deep vocal. Its musing delivery belies the developing sense of resolve, and the song leaves the listener's mood curiously but profoundly improved. The package is completed with "Painted Blue", a timeless soul number with a swaying, elemental melody and a harmonised chorus that would have the most celebrated soul diva … Read more
Thursday, 02 May
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**Long-awaited solo debut from Napalm Death founder Nicholas Bullen. Initial copies on blue vinyl - cut at Dubplates & Mastering** Type surpass themselves with this incredible solo debut of visceral electro-acoustic and concrète composition by Birmingham's OG extremist, Nik Bullen. Since starting Napalm Death aged 13 with Miles Ratledge and subsequently coining the Grindcore genre with their debut album 'Scum' in 1986 (at which point he left the group), Nik has tended to a key role in his home city's experimental music scene over the last quarter century to arrive at an aesthetic… Read more
Jeff Samuel and Ryan Hemsworth remix Rhye's blue-eyed neo-soul for swinging dancefloors. Widely touted yung producer Ryan Hemsworth gives the highlight with a sharply cut-up (but not glitchy) re-squeeze amplifying the original's R&B burn with electricked bass and tight trap fills keeping it sweet and sticky. Berlin's Jeff Samuel balances a filtered vocal on melodic bassline and driving tech-house shuffle.
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* Dalhous deliver an engrossing debut for Blackest Ever Black. 'An Ambassador For Laing' is the Edinburgh-based duo, Marc Dall and Alex Ander's 2nd LP together - they've previously recorded one as Young Hunting - and continues to exchange their more melodramatic inclinations for richly filmic atmospheres and intricate, rhythm-driven and song-like arrangements hinting at a dreamy jazz noir and IDM-esque feel. Employing a rigorously refined palette of keys, harp, vibraphone, guitar, woodwind, strings and synthesizer, processed in layers o… Read more
**Reissue of OPN's debut album, now with download code redeemable from the label** Back in 2007 Daniel "Oneohtrix Point Never" Lopatin pricked the hive mind's consciousness with this, his debut album. Recorded in Massachusetts between 2004 & 2007 on Roland Juno-60 and Sequential Circuits Six-Trak synthesisers, Roland SQ-700 Sequencer, voice and delay, it still stands as wonderful example of unselfconscious and richly tuneful analog synthesis practically guaranteed to please fans of Popol Vuh, Emeralds, J. D. Emmanuel and early electronics exponents like Raym… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Daniel Lopatin and his Software label present the first vinyl issue of 'Drawn And Quartered', collecting tracks from various, sought-after tapes, CDrs and obscure releases previously found on his 'Rifts' boxset. Presented in a library style jacket replete with Dan's own succinct descriptions (i.e. 'Lovergirls Precinct': "Uncool, biased"), it orbits some total gems such as the spine melting 'Ships Without Meaning' and the ecstatic arpeggios of 'Transmat Memories' alongside the gyroscopic 16 minute cosmic meander of highlight, 'When I Get Back From New York'. Recommended!
**Brand new vinyl reissue on OPN's own Software label, now with download code redeemable from the label** After absorbing the impact of his completely essential 'Rifts' collection, we're immensely pleased to say we've got limited copies of Oneohtrix Point Never's sublime 'Russian Mind' LP on No Fun Productions. The album is centred around the evocative theme of a Russian cosmonaut past his prime, composing the score to a film from his hospital bed in a room on the east wing of an orbiting infirmary, facing a window overlooking a grove of holographic birch trees, lendin… Read more
**Collecting seven tracks not previously issued on vinyl. Includes download code redeemable form the label** Part of OPN's bulk vinyl drop via Software, 'The Fall Into Time' is perhaps the most notable due to the inclusion of seven pieces never previously issued on vinyl before. They're those bonus pieces that appeared on the 2012 boxset of 'Rifts', itself drawn from rare and obscure tapes and CDrs for the underground network which first supported the young synth master on his quest for sonic enlightenment. They count the 10 minute valium drift of 'Blue Drive' an… Read more
**Re-press on vinyl, now with download code redeemable from the label** OPN's 'Zones Without People' was released in 2009 on a highly limited vinyl run for Arbor. All seven tracks featured in his Wire chart-topping 'Rifts' compilation, predating his mindblowing 'Returnal' album (surely one of the best of 2010) and displaying its prodigiously gifted creator amidst some of his most affective synthscapes. From the outset we could consider this to be classic material, as the miniature 'Computer Vision' - one of his very earliest creations circa 2004 - plugs into a … Read more
**Densely collaged, wayward, multi-dimensional electronic experiments from the Brooklyn crew. Think Black Dice meets Autechre. Includes download code redeemable from the label** "The new Zs lineup (Sam Hillmer, Greg Fox and Patrick Higgins) sounds very much like a new band, at least as evidenced by the Grain EP. The two side-length tracks (coming in at a total of 42-minutes) bear the marks of Zs’ sound – repeated phrases, looped or played in situ; buried drones and harsh electronic tones – but it does sound very much like a new band. There’s an extended ambience to the album that trick perceptions of time. … Read more
Saturday, 27 April
*Limited Edition pressing including a remix from Actress* The Vinyl Factory unleash the title cut from Dinos Chapman's debut album, backed with an industrialized Actress remix. Chapman's original is a highlight of 'Luftbobler', all staccato machinedrum aerations and gyroscopic electronic swirl with a real rugged bump. Actress's remix captures him at his moodiest, coming off like an uncannily near-relation to Hospital Productions' Alberich or a haunted CHBB.
Thursday, 25 April
Kaleidoscopic kosmische colours and rhythm from Ben Billington's Quicksails for the wonderful Spectrum Spools. With 'Mayville Dream' the Chicago resident and multi instrumentalist routes his experience as drummer for Circuit de Yeux and underground free-jazz unit Tiger Hatchery into nine spiralling vortices of strobing rhythmelody and motorik syncopation straddling the worlds of psychedelic rock, ritual dance musics and private press weirdness with chaotic, joyful delirium. Imagine Shackleton meets Bee Mask round at Sculpture's place and you'll have a fairly lucid idea of what's going on here.
Trailing in the cosmic wake of his Super Jam ace for NNF, Martin Nilsson presents two tape-crusted solo synth gems for the dodecagonal 7" series from Malmö's Solförmörkelse label. Split between his conjoined aliases, Nilsson hypnotises with the Roedelius-like melancholy and urgent, radioactive glow of 'Solitude Tube (Internal Focus)' in his Super Jam guise, before switching hemispheres for a more tranquil and quietly reserved isolation chamber meditation called 'Night Air Feelings' in his Ultra Jam guise. Fans of Sand Circles or early James Ferraro are in for a treat.
Another dose of outernational rhythm science from Burnt Friedman and Can sticksman Jaki Liebezeit. This is the fifth volume of Secret Rhythms and by now the interplay between the duo has grown near-telepathic, the serpentine grooves they generate - from drums, metal percussion and synthesizers - complex yet thrillingly reduced, free of any superfluous phrasing. Guest contributors’ guitar, bass and woodwind add some nice tonal colour to proceedings, but rhythm, always rhythm, is the focal point. Mark Ernestus remixed Friedman & Liebezeit jam a couple of years in the past… Read more