Thursday, 26 February
*Double vinyl edition compiling selected tracks from Vatican Shadow’s epic “Death Is Unity With God” tape pack, originally released as a set of six cassettes via Hospital Productions in an edition of 100 copies in May last year. Limited double vinyl, initial 300 copies pressed on Green and Transparent Yellow vinyl. Mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin* “Death is Unity With God” finds Dominick Fernow returning to the kind of feral, burned-out productions which for our money find him at his very best and which dominated "Ornamented Walls” released on Modern Lo… Read more
*Finally available on vinyl - probably our favourite ever Ambarchi LP, produced by Thomas Brinkmann* Oren Ambarchi caps a vintage and truly prolific year of releases with the pulsing, searching, 5-part narrative of 'Quixotism'. Underpinned by the pulsing truth of Thomas Brinkmann's computable drums, the session unfolds with a preternaturally hypnotic logic, consolidating a wealth of contributions from the likes of regular collaborators Jim O'Rourke (synth), Crys Cole (contact mics, brushes), Eyvind Kang (bowed gender & violas) and John Tilbury (piano) with new input from U-zhaa… Read more
**Includes digital download redeemable from the label** Further Records co-boss Chloe Harris presents her excellent 2nd solo album of ambient synth drone. On 'Dose' she conducts herself with minimal, uncluttered elegance over eight neatly constructed tracks. Compared with the spooling tendencies of many in the neo-kosmische realm, Reica's pieces are more buttoned up, like bubbling oddities made in a micro-brewery for those with more esoteric tastes. There's still a definite new age tendency, but one reined-in by a DJ's sense of timing and a personal, tactile feel for ambient pop sweetness that displays … Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** *Sam Prekop returns with another album exploring the modular electronics he has been pursuing for the last few years* Regardless of the style he is working in, Sam Prekop’s music is always imbued with a sense of wide-eyed discovery and exploration. As the singer and guitarist of The Sea And Cake, Prekop has incorporated elements of traditional styles from around the world, expanding the public perception of what it means to be the leader of a pop band. In recent years, he has also established himself as a modular synthesist, buil… Read more
**Sterling dark pop and stark ambient noise somewhere between Grouper and Vatican Shadow. Edition of 500 with tracing paper insert and download code** There's some genuinely dark magick at work in Paper Dollhouse's debut LP for Glasgow's Night School Records. The London-based duo of Nina Bosnic and Astrud Steehouder are in possession/possessed by a gothic, oneiric spirit which has previously been revealed on Jane Weaver's Bird Records - who also present a cassette version of this LP - and alongside Magpahi for Devon Folklore Tapes Vol. IV. But this is arguably their most effective invocat… Read more
'Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments' is a beautiful synth music obscurity by a largely unsung hero of the genre, David Borden. Originally released in 1981 on the little-known Red label outta Holland, it has been reclaimed from the safety masters and reissued for your delectation by John Elliott's Spectrum Spools nearly 33 years later. Quite understandably, many heads are suffering synth ennui with the sheer tide of forgettable reissues in circulation right now, but this one is like a sad beacon in swelling seas, radiating the sweetest melodies and harmonic… Read more
**180g vinyl double LP - Includes digital download code with mixed and unmixed versions redeemable from the label** Unmixed Double 180 gram Vinyl featuring tracks from Darkstar, Holy Other, Teebs, Nils Frahm, Letherette, David Holmes, Alela Diane, School of Seven Bells, Peter Broderick, Four Tet, Bibio, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Helios and Jon Hopkins himself.
Thursday, 19 February
**First vinyl issue in 2LP edition of 500 mastered and cut at D&M, first 180 copies include one of three 12" x 12" colour prints - if you’re into Lee Gamble, The Caretaker/Leyland Kirby or Wolfgang Voigt’s GAS project - this is a must** The Automatics Group's dance-pop deconstruction, 'Summer Mix' is one of the uncanniest computer music releases of this decade - first issued as a limited CD edition by Entr'acte in 2011. In the time since then it’s quietly become a bit of an iconic reflection for a post-rave generation, presenting a non-trivial nostalgia trip that someho… Read more
**Includes digital download redeemable from the label** Plaid, The Field and Errors contribute symapathetic remixes to the first single from Ryan Teague's 'Block Boundaries' album. The slow burning kosmische iridescence of 'Last Known Position' is presented in Teague's own extended mix located somewhere between Pye Corner Audio and Reichian gamelan phasing, while Plaid present a more bittersweet remix ripe with deliquescent synth tone and murky groove next to a strobing shoegaze trance deceleration by The Field, and a Tangerine Dream-esque Errors remix.
Whacked out cosmic acid/electronics from mid '90s Finland on Sähkö. The work of Jukka Kaartinen & Aki Sallinen, 'Circle Waves' sounds like two blokes staving off the darkness by creating colourful electronic wormholes to fall headlong into, ranging from deliquescent acid arrangements to sky-scanning synth panoramas and writhing acid downbeats a la early Plastikman album tracks.
Thursday, 12 February
"Ibeyi deliver their self titled debut album. Produced by Richard Russell at his west London Residence La Revolution studio and released on XL Recordings. Ibeyi are 19 year old French Cuban twins Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz. They are daughters of the late Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz. Naomi plays percussive instruments, the Cajon and the Batas, while Lisa plays piano. Together the twins combine modern pop, hip hop and electronic influences with the traditional sounds of their father’s Yorùbán culture."
"The new album from Tropics, aka 27 year old Chris Ward, looks outwards, armed with a newfound confidence that foregrounds his vocal performance and songwriting. It’s a musical progression that mirrors a personal one: the early Tropics output was all made in the idyllic, if isolated setting of Ward’s grandmother’s empty house in the seaside town of Southsea, which he moved into after graduating from university to focus on writing and recording. He was alone there - “like, really alone. For days, I had literally no distractions.” Having moved to London in 2013, Ward now splits his time between the ci… Read more
"Terror & Healing is a string of mind adventures, ten miniatures of possibilities, a bunch of invisible cities and imaginary beings. It’s a contribution to the exploring and unmapping of reality through imaginative research, making the ears like the fingers of the blind, piecing the multitude back into music. Terror & Healing is Tsembla’s fourth release after the 2013 LP Nouskaa henget (New Images), Fauna (Ikuisuus, 2011) and Tuplafiesta 7” (Vauva, 2009). Tsembla, aka Marja Johansson, is a Swedish-Finnish artist operating out of Turku, Finland. She’s an active worker in the musical activities… Read more
Thursday, 05 February
**Gatefold 2LP with notes by Schulze's manager, Klaus D. Mueller. Includes exclusive vinyl edition of 'Invisible Music'** 'Stars Are Burning Boot Vol.1' is the first official release of Klaus Schulze's 1977 concert in Brussels, backed with a rare 2007 recordings made in Hamburg. The Brussels concert spills three lofty movements over two discs, opening a vast microcosmos of synthesized wormholes and vaulted strings bound to sate the kosmiche wanderlust of even the hardiest heads. The fourth side is given to a 2007 studio recording, 'Invisible Musik'. … Read more
**Includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label** **Posthumous issue of remarkably diverse, oneiric compositions by experimental multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Letha Rodman Melchior. RIYL Moon Wiring Club, Julia Holter, Natural Snow Buildings** "This posthumous release, following last year’s Handbook for Mortals, presents the peak of Letha Rodman-Melchior’s compositional work. Traversing landscapes of affective registers with the organizational ability of Christine Sun Kim and the diversity and intimacy of Throbbing Gristle, Rodman-Melchior re-categorizes obje… Read more
Thursday, 29 January
*New, reworked version. Originally released 1997 on Captain Trip Records* "Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisations. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of electronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "Apropos" album. The track… Read more
**Die-cut jacket** Young Turks share five of their 2014 highlights on one plate. Includes the pop ohrwurms of SBTRKT's 'New Dorp. New York', and FKA Twigs' stounning 'Two Weeks', plus the concatenated shock of Quirke, a tender love note from Jamie xx, and Sampha's live lounge-ready 'Too Much'.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "Thousand Thursday effortlessly streamlines Michna's life and cultural background into affable dancefloor sounds. "My dad is from Ealing in West London," he shares, "and that's been a huge direct musical influence my whole life, especially when I was a teen and spent some time in London in the mid-'90s." You can easily hear that much in the ravey breakbeats and horn stabs that sneak into synthy tracks like "Cherry 2000" and "Time Will Tell", or even the vibe of rain-soaked streets that permeates Thousand Thursday. Then there's … Read more
Thursday, 22 January
**Double 180g vinyl with download included** Future soul star, Steve White, makes a keenly awaited return with his first release under the Beat Spacek moniker. 'Modern Streets' is his finest work since the last burst of creativity which yielded the ace Africa HiTech project with Mark Pritchard and the excellent Black Pocket sounds for his brother dBridge's Exit Recordings. In a fair reflection of the 'Modern Streets', it was created entirely on iPhone and iPad and even sends a daily update of his morning jog to your email account. That last bit is actually b******s, but the album is… Read more
**Deluxe 2LP version includes 3 tracks not found on the CD. Features Dylan Carlson (Earth), and Markus Popp (Oval) ** "Miscontinuum Album documents an impressive new work by seminal electronic musician Jan St. Werner, whose innovations with Mouse on Mars and Microstoria are well documented. Over a period of approximately four years Miscontinuum has been developed and refined as an operatic live performance in Munich, as well as a radio play. This recorded incarnation of the work is the third entry in Werner’s lauded Fiepblatter series, and features contributi… Read more
*New, reworked version. First time on vinyl, includes a free copy of the album on CD inside* "Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisat-ions. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of elect-ronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "Aprop… Read more
**Slickly iced krautrock retro-futurism, sounds like Germany's answer to East India Youth. Gatefold double LP with free CD version** "“Trans Atlantik” is way more than a collection of tracks, it is the pure essence of all the images, impressions and emotions Daniel Herrmann gathered during the sometimes endless and lonely hours of travelling. “Zeitraffer”, “Trans Atlantik” and “Android” are reminiscent to important electronic labels like Sky or Brain and stand in tradition of great artists like Klaus Schulze or Kraftwerk, without remaining in the past, but looking straight forward into the fut… Read more
To kick off their 20th year, Planet Mu present the widescreen visions of 'Sun Czar Temple', the 2nd EP by Berlin-based Scotsman, Claude Speeed. Steeped in all sorts of mannered loveliness, from classic American minimalism to cinematic post-rock and retro-futurist electronica, its intent is matched by its reach over five succinct pieces fanning out from the distorted dream sequence of 'Traumzeuge' to soaring synth scape 'R U Sorry?' via the curling chimes and zinging digital harmonics and binary cream of 'Dr. Liz Wilson', ascending to the crashing MIDI drums and longing vocal glossolalia of 'Fret'. RIYL Oneohtrix Point Never, Kuedo, Mogwai.
**Words haven't yet been invented to adequately describe the oddness of Oorutaichi. Maybe they exist in Japanese, we just don't know… RIYL Mr. Bungle, MoM, Deerhoof, PC Music** "Unleash your inner caffeine-addicted Zipper model in the privacy of your own abode, now given added lustre thanks to the premiere vinyl release of OORUTAICHI’s Drifting My Folklore on Streamline Records! Remember the time you tried to imagine your cat reversing a balloon landing so you could both escape? When you first realized that vaporwave and black MIDI had broken Trevor Horn’s glasses on the cover of Adv… Read more
Kessler twists the lines of European and American dance music for the Cleveland, Ohio and Cologne-based Low Hanging Fruit label. Wonky electro meets B-more club and dubstep in opener, 'Say Hey', alongside the pressurised jack of 'True Love After Almost Rape', and the Wolfgang Voigt-gone-EDM stomp of 'Factum'.
Thursday, 15 January
Object Relations is a very promising new 7" label curated by Mark Fell focusing on collaborations between diverse artistic practices. Recorded in Milan, 2014, the label's inaugural edition establishes its remit in a unique combination of Fell's crafty Linndrum programming with the adroit, keening cello improvisation of trained cellist and composer Sandro Mussida, following their meeting and performance in Tuscany at the International Encounters in Sound event. On both sides, Fell's elliptical microtemporal rhythm arrangements are matched and coloured with compelling strea… Read more
Trim, colourful boogie-electronica from Pixelord on Canada's Infinite Machine. Garage house, footwork, bassline and jungle are all filleted under Pixelord's scalpel and buffed-up with glossy electronica hooks and surfaces. In eight tracks he keeps his ideas succinct but not at the expense of emotional expression, coolly getting to the point with style and imagination.
Thursday, 08 January
**Ships Friday - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Mr. Oizo cuts loose on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label in his first solo LP since 2011's 'Stade 2'. Now an LA resident, Oizo seems perfectly placed to show America how EDM should really be done, contextualising current production palettes with strong elements of old skool electro alloyed to fierce saw-tooth synthlines and screwed rave stabs. It all dovetails very neatly with Brainfeeder's hectic aesthetics, too, applying a freeform, jazz-funked approach that plays at odds with the surgical precision of his edits, resultin… Read more
Thursday, 18 December
**Ace stoner/road vibes for fans of Ensemble Economique. Includes fold-out newprint insert. Editiuon of 299** "A sequel of sorts to his 2010 cassette, Dawnrunner, Anthony Orion’s debut vinyl long-player is a vagrant classic of stringy-haired new age loner Americana, above and beyond anything in the Swanox public domain. Mixing personal Casio squatter meditations with crystal jukebox guitar and hitchhiker whistling over echo-smeared SK1 metronomes, Duskrunner feels hungover, spaced out, worn down, and at peace – sometimes all at once. The ex-projectionist and current touring drummer for Tony Molina… Read more