Thursday, 06 March
*New on Nicolas Jaar's 'Other People' label* "Several years ago, Valentin Stip was sitting alone by a harbour in the small French town where his parents grew up. “I heard all the sailing strings hit the masts, and I realized that every sound you hear is potentially music,” he says. “The only thing that makes sound into music is the mind, arranging it.” Since then, Valentin Stip has been building a bridge between the sounds that live inside and outside his head. On ‘Sigh’, the 21-year-old producer’s full-length debut on Other People, Stip organizes classical piano, lightly sputtering grooves and in… Read more
Possibly best known for his emotive electro 12"s for the now-defunct Ai label, and last heard on a 12" for Shipwrec, Datassette drops four tight electronic funk grooves on R&S' rebooted Apollo label. Two parts of the title track bookend the 12", opening with Lone or SDC-esque synth romance and twysted Linn funk of part 1 and closing with the woozy, side-chain compressed gyrations of part 2, sandwiching a killer slowfast electro number named 'Vacuform' nodding to Dopplereffekt, Bochum Welt or Cylob, and the Mu-zig-like IDM boogie of 'Helvetica Calcium'.
**Housed in printed inner and colour jacket** Mondkopf returns to wreak slow, doomy havoc with his fourth, and most impressive album under this guise. Melding destructive metal chords with crushing, Emptyset-like electronics, and techno tumult, 'Hades' forces listeners into submission with its throttling dynamics and sustained atmospheric violence. If Raster Noton did metal it might sound something like this.
Thursday, 27 February
**Edition of 500 housed in a spotgloss jacket. Vinyl mastered and cut by Stefan Betke aka Pole** The dude behind productions for Fever Ray and Roll The Dice makes his solo album debut for Digitalis with the hypnotic hardware rituals of 'Lines Describing Circles'. The production on here is just immense - no doubt aided by Pole's pristine Master: there's an epic, bass-heavy undercurrent running throughout the album's 10 tracks that gave us goosebumps listening at high volume. The pieces oscillate between caustic, peaking noise pieces and thrumming rhythms, all glowing with a r… Read more
Ultra-modern pop diamonds from the forward London producer behind beats for Triad God and Dre Skull's MixPak. 'Lil Gem' is Palmistry's most important release to date, following celebrated productions for other artists and a couple of crucial mixes via DIS magazine. It finds a very good home among the accelerated ears and minds on Lorenzo Senni's Presto!? label, sharing a common taste for air-brushed electronic surfaces whilst furthering his own path of minimalist R&B, filigree ambient, and up-to-the-second dancehall. They're the sort of pieces we could happily play on repeat, from the airborne baro… Read more
'PM001' is the icy debut drop of abstract, expressive electronics from Roll The Dice and Fever Ray producer Peder Mannerfelt issued thru his own label. It's both a death knell for his Subliminal Kid alias of seven years, and a prelude to his debut solo album proper incoming on Digitalis. Essentially it's the sound of man becoming much closer acquainted with his machines, fondling their faders, knobs and buttons with haptic tactility to make their inner murmurings comprehensible to human ears. Seven amorphous pieces shapeshift from the stomach acid gurgle of 'Hook End' to the drone blast of 'Wi… Read more
*Limited Edition Of 300 - Includes 12" x 24" Poster & Full-Length Film On DVD* - "Inspired in equal measure by the throbbing urbanity of coastal cities, continental European art-rock experimentation, left-ﬁeld techno, and the freewheeling punk aesthetic of contemporary home studio recording, Jonas Reinhardt’s music transcends its inﬂuences to bring into being a work that’s wholly new while referencing a celebrated aesthetic of the past. Jonas Reinhardt's 'Ganymede' is an experimental science ﬁction ﬁlm set on the solar system's largest moon. On Ganymede, it is thought that volcanic vents sup… Read more
**Debossed jacket. Individually numbered edition of 500 copies** Ralph Cumbers kicks off a slew of imminent releases with the modular indulgence of his 'Bugbranded EP' on Public Information's latest dispatch. It's a quintessentially British display of voltage control and knob-fondling, blending that explorative Radiophonic feeling with proggy-minded, live arrangements in debt to early '90s AI styles. In a proper man-machine show down, Ralf tweaks out crisply psychoactive melodies and halcyon acid jack on 'Sometime The Only Way To Go Out Is Further In', and a more delicate, psilocybic folk dance … Read more
Thursday, 20 February
*Edition of 300 copies pressed on coloured vinyl, mastered and cut by Matt Colton* With only one release to her name so far, the excellent "Orz" tape for the Reckno label, plus a regular show on NTS, the artist who may or not be a pseudonym for visual designer Jason Kerley returns here with her first release pressed to wax, a 30-minute odyssey that glides into the hardcore continuum and re-shapes various forms and formulations of electronic music along the way. "sssssssss" is a 30 minute trip split into two continuous sides that run like a mixtape, coming to life on the frazzled low-end modula… Read more
**180g audiophile vinyl with screenprint from 1000 Hands, plus 1 of 4 prints from Presence. Includes download code** Outta nowhere, former Skam/Warp regular Simon Pyke aka Freeform presents a 20 minute extended version of the soundtrack to the installation 'Universal Everything & You - Drawing In Motion' currently showing at Media Space, Science Museum, London. It feels very much in key with his Skam releases from the early '00s, sequencing ornate, folk-wise, organic and electronic instrumentation into 20 minutes of lilting, percussive grooves which become progressively noisier and more discombobulated.
*Edition of 500 copies pressed on 180 gm vinyl* "Voa is a collaboration between electronic music legend Markus Popp aka Oval with several singers/musicians from all over South America. Elevator pitch: Voa offers the unreleased "A"-selection of recordings from those Salvador da Bahia sessions plus brand new, cutting-edge Oval material - an 18-track session, chock full of genre-defying, mesmerizing songs and haunting melodies that do not cease to surprise."
Thursday, 13 February
*Mastered by Vessel, white vinyl pressing packaged in clear PVC sleeves* Got this one a few days early, a new album from Vaghe Stelle for Astro:Dynamics following on from appearances on Modeselektor's Monkeytown label, Gang of Ducks and Aisha Devi's Danse Noire amongst others. Utilising vocal samples to craft bass and lead sounds, coupled with repeated use of Poly-800 and Juno 106 synthesizers, the label describes the album as "drifting from summoning the bleary-eyed glacial spasms of Wiley's devil mixes and an oddly Final Fantasy-esque emotiveness combining with the smudged electronic aes… Read more
**Gatefold double vinyl** Sun Araw yields his most cryptic glyph to date with 'Belomancie' for Drag City. Replete with a recommendation "to give 'Belomancie' your full attention, and to listen at the highest volume that is comfortable on high quality speakers with a pronounced stereo field or on an excellent pair of headphones", it's the most cerebral and focussed effort we've yet heard from Cameron Stallones', acutely contrasting with his looser, noisier psychedelic dub excursions. Its predominantly electronic palette and labyrinthine arrangement veers into Jazz-Fusion, Japanese ambient and modu… Read more
Nicolas Jaar's Other People label picks up new Russian name, Vtgnike (pronounced Vintage Nike dontyaknow) for a diverse debut vinyl album. 'Dubna' collects nine tracks shape-shifting between OPN-like chopped & screwed experiment 'Stimulate' through to Shackleton-esque polyrhythms and aqueous sound design in 'Panarama Bar Shitt', but the majority is given to a ghostly, detached strain of rave and electronica filtered through a mazy prism of Footwork rhythms and smudged, hypnagogia-inducing FX. It's not a sound you might typically associate with Nicolas Jaar and his label, and should come as little surpr… Read more
Eclectic selection running from midnight jazz moods to swinging house and dusted downbeats. "As much as Los Angeles gleams in the global mind as a gateway to dream fulfillment and televised wealth / fame amalgams, it’s equally a desert of disappointments. Hence the dead-end yoga cults, under-the-bridge tar dealers, valley burnouts, Inland Empire night-stalkers and seas of destitute Eastside lowlifes. This vibe is central to Afterhours’s languid, nocturnal musical vision, which has evolved from sleekly moody, synthesized sleepwalks to an unusually elegant hybridized trip-hop sub-species. Jammed si… Read more
Thursday, 06 February
**Edition of 300** Snow Ghosts' 3rd single from 'A Small Murmuration' features remixes of its most enigmatic highlight, 'Secret Garden' by none other than Richard Skelton and Matthew Herbert. Skelton's re-working (is this his first ever remix?) is just fantastic - keeping the vocal intact but replacing the space previously occupied by the drums with a rolling soundscape of his trusted bowed strings and a synth drone that's completely outside his musical comfort zone. It's a striking juxtaposition that's opened our eyes to what might happen if this amazing producer would reach outside his u… Read more
Hoya:Hoya boss and esteemed DJ/producer Ryan Hunn marks up an engrossing debut LP under his Illum Sphere guise. As the title infers, the grey matter of 'Ghosts Of Now and Then' feels trapped between eras, at once deeply informed, shackled by the vintage roots of hip hop - classic jazz, soul, funk and Brazilian music - whilst acknowledging modern electronica and the beat scenes of LA (Brainfeeder, Low End Theory, Stones Throw), London (Eglo, Deviation, Young Turks) and Manchester (Fat City, Skam, Jon K). He consolidates these influences by successfully creating something timeless yet n… Read more
Aaron Funk aka Venetian Snares exposes his fleshy pink underbelly in collaboration with fellow Canuck, Joanne Pollock as Poemss. The keyword here is dream-pop, but with at least half of the dream imagined by a certifiable mentalist it's not your typical chasing-lambs-in-meadow dream-pop. Not for the first time, Mr Funk proves a fine baritone singing voice, nicely complementing his spar's breathy voice against twinkling hyperprisms of music box melodies, synth-pop hooks and slow, contorted electro-pop rhythms. For the strongest tastes check out the beautifully soured discord of 'Think Of Somewhere Nice'… Read more
Gritty, lo-fi experiments in avant-jazz and electronics, including dancefloor remixes from Mass prod and Harmonious Thelonious. Tru West are the Berlin-based quartet of Martin Hopkins (wind, tapes, dubs), Niccolo Daniel Rufo (vocals, SP 303), Herve Atse Corti (modular synthesisers), and Raffaele Amenta (clarinet). Their two tracks of noise-textured jams were recorded at Mass Hypnosis Research Lab in Tempelhof, Autumn 2012 and sound something like a recording of Sun-Ra going doomy on a rooftop in the middle of a strong breeze. Group member, Martin Hopkins aka Mass Prod gives a lithe house rem… Read more
A thrilling opening salvo from Alight, a new project from Ross Tones (aka Throwing Snow) with a pumping, expansive dance sound. It sits alongside the likes of Blondes, Physical Therapy, Cyan Kid - going beyond simple dance cuts and conjuring an idealised club experience with ever-changing maximalist palettes and mercurial structures. Moving from not-so-outsider house to reverby minimal etherealism and from rigid techno machinery to frenetic jungle, the album even launches into a chic cinematic instrumental with cellos ('Caligo'). A compact, diverse, luxurious debut.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Beaming its sleep-walking sound from a bedroom in Brooklyn, The Tower of Light deals in the marriage of polarities on his self-titled debut album. At once delicate and severe, ecstatic then pensive, both sparse and lush, it follows a road that was paved by the early days of 4AD and its strange, beautiful diversity, while making unexpected stylistic detours as it winds its way through the ether. Though the general mood is hypnotic and arresting in equal measure and the sonic details reveal no allegiance to any genre in particula… Read more
Thursday, 30 January
Razor-sharp, break-stepping 'ardcore electro/IDM from the reliably darkside Anodyne for Yellow Machines. His first release since 2011's 'Empires' EP deals six tracks of proper techy rufige taking in the choppy 4/4 breaks and sci-fi pads of 'The Art Of Fire', taut, whirring electro on 'Edge Of The Universe' and some killer 'ardcore mutations in the dark energy of 'At The Gates Of Hell' and 'Thanatos Rising'. RIYL old skool Skam and Rob Hall DJ sets.
Nochexxx follows his debut album with the more accessible electro-funk freak beats of 'Thrusters' on Ramp. Working in space between Legowelt's sonic fictions and the skronky avant-dance music of NYC's Gobby, Nochexxx is on a wild dancefloor tip, bowling between body-rattling uptempo electro-techno, weird-ass electronica, spiralling acid, ghetto-tech and dotty synth dérives that sound like they were written with an infected sequencer. Good stuff.
Thursday, 23 January
**Edition of 500** "They'd hinted at it on the more synthetically put together passages within the sprawling designs of 2012’s debut LPAnimalism; but now Plank! have fully taken the plunge into gloriously off-kilter pop instrumentals and limb-seducing oscillations, with the arrival of brilliant new single ‘Aphidelity,’ from their forthcoming second album on Manchester label Akoustik Anarkhy Recordings. ‘Aphidelity’ starts off like something coming out of 1970’s Detroit before opening up into panoramic world of probing synth lines and Nile Rodgers disco licks, the live percussion moving away from the… Read more
Thursday, 16 January
Luke Younger's Helm returns to PAN with four vital incursions marking his first new material since the sessions that birthed his acclaimed 'Impossible Symmetry' and 'Silencer' releases these last couple of years. Since those releases Younger has been hard at work building his Alter label into one of the most interesting imprints around whilst also honing a petrifying, improvised live set that's turned our bones to stone every time we've heard it. 'The Hollow Organ' delivers four tracks of spirit-grinding constructs gleaned from a visceral palette of tormented machine voices, sub-zero drones and… Read more
*Edition of 500, initial copies on transparent vinyl, audio remastered and cut by Matt Colton* Hospital Productions return with their first release of the year, a heavy 30-minute session of layered drone and tormented, bass-heavy bombast from Max Gudmunson's Virile Games project, now available on vinyl for the first time after a sold-out micro edition of cassettes in 2013. Operating somewhere between his label-mate Lussuria's gothic ambience, the ear-bleaching concrète of Helm, and the more blown-out cinematic visions of Leyland Kirby, 'Wounded Laurel' oscillates between sublime and wretc… Read more
Night School Records pick up Love Cult's fearsome follow-up to their chilling 'Fingers Crossed' LP for Public Information. Hailing from the Russian Republic Of Karelia, up near Finland, the duo of Anya Kuts and Ivan Afanasyev aka Love Cult have coined the apt term "no tech", short for northern technology, to describe their deconstructed hybrids of cold, ceramic textures, black metal atmosphere and machine-driven rhythms found on the 'Know EP'. It's a marked progression from their Public Information album, far more focussed on bass heavy rhythmic patterns, but not at the expense of their signature, … Read more
"Peckham 5-piece Haraket return to Melodica Recordings with the follow up to their debut EP from earlier this year. 4-tracker 'Ílk' flows seamlessly from the early promise of 'Taint/Attgo', preserving wall-of-sound dynamics with delicate source material, moody electronics, live / programmed beats and effected vocal lines. The band emerged from the creative chaos of school and college bands in and around Peckham that have already given the world King Krule. Back in March, their début record garnered support from the likes of Zane Lowe (BBC Radio 1), Tom Ravenscroft, Gideon Goe (BBC 6 Music) and John Kenne… Read more
Thursday, 09 January
One of the most unique artists working in electronic music right now returns to NNA Tapes with 'A Slab About Being Held Captive'. WANDA GROUP - real name Louis Johnston, p.k.a Dem Hunger - is in possession of a genuinely elusive, mercurial sound, one which can't be properly grasped in musicologist's terms nor any other terms for that matter - but we'll have a crack. Aesthetically, it's like a post-structuralist inversion of Xenakis's grandest atomic architectures, and call us a wet blanket but it's so f**king beautiful and romantically "other" it's leaving us glassy eyed t… Read more