Thursday, 30 October
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** 'Xen' sets a definitive new apex for 24 y.o. Venezuelan artist Alejandro Ghersi aka Arca following his pivotal production roles on two of the most important hip hop/R&B albums in recent memory; Kanye's 'Yeezus' and FKA Twigs 'EP2' & 'LP1' - plus production work on Bjork;s next album still to come. Suitably housed among the roster of electronic legends on Mute, it's a nimble leap forward from last year's incredible '&&&&&' mixtape/LP, refracting myriad variations of his chamber-like fusion of vaporwave 'tronics, tarraxho and technoid pop queered … Read more
Marble Sky was the moniker under which chameleonic nomad Jeff Witscher, best known for his work as Rene Hell, recorded his most intimate and contemplative music. The material that comprises this eponymous 2xLP was originally released in the late aughts as short-run cassettes—highly coveted and personal releases that imparted mystery and a strange sense of hermetic romanticism. Although Witscher’s musical sensibilities are remarkably diverse, what remains consistent in all his projects is an idiosyncratic knack for composition and a boundless capacity for ingenuity. Indeed, his work h… Read more
**SDouble heavyweight vinyl in a black/opaque outer plastic sleeve - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** The mercurial Mr. Blunt keeps everyone guessing with the 'Black Metal' follow-up to his widely acclaimed LP, 'The Redeemer' (2013). Let's get it out of the way: it's not black metal, in the cold, Northerly sense, at least. Musically, its palette actually bears more resemblance to early Factory or Rough Trade records by The Durutti Column or Scritti Politti - or even Serge Gainsbourg - than anything remotely connected to Bathory or Burzum. And taken in light of his … Read more
Soft As Snow's debut pop shot for Houndstooth gets reworked by Lucy, Gang Gang Dance's Brian DeGraw, Factory Floor, and Maria Minerva. Stroboscopic Artefacts' Lucy turns 'Halo Heart' into a slinky techno burner with strobing snippets of the original vocal slightly reminding of Dettmann's Fever Ray rework; GGD's DeGraw gives 'All Our Beasts' a fidgety electro version; FF's Gabe Gurnsey locks 'Gklass Body' to an EBM coda; Maria Minerva really stands out with a bittersweet, elegant take on 'Black Birds' full of off-key discord and choppy samples.
**Bundled digital download with three bonus tracks** RBMA grads Pick A Piper, Squalloscope and Love Cult team up on a pair of dreamy, jazzy ambient pop drifts. 'Never Get Lost' is angled to early dance floors with soulful indie vocals and laidback strings guided by a Floating Points-style bump. 'Ruin' is more spacious, etheric, finding a way in between Grouper-style vocals, blossoming ambient noise and tumbling, shuffling drums.
**Includes download code + stickers** Chaz Bundick (Toto Y Moi) flirts with the 'floor on his debut album as Les Sins. 'Michael' follows a trio of slickly discofied 12"s for Daphni/Caribou's Jiaolong label with eleven tracks indebted to '90s filter house, sytnh-pop and almost Mo'wax style broken beats, all factored with his super keen pop and R&B sensibility. RIYL Falty DL, Four Tet, 100% Silk.
*Limited edition 12” Written and recorded at Glasgow's Kinning Park Studio / Community Complex.Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* ‘Talking Shapes’ progresses the electronic and rhythmic ideas explored by the duo throughout their excellent second album (and Chemikal debut) ‘On Floating Bodies’ (2013) and its predecessor, ‘Kammerspiel’ (2011). But it is more open and freer-flowing, revoking traditional verse / chorus structures in favour of letting the duo's music and ideas develop, produce and speak for themselves. The title reflects this ethos – the T… Read more
Thursday, 23 October
'Tomorrow Was the Golden Age' is an unmistakably gorgeous and refreshing suite of microtonal minimalist composition by New York-based ensemble, Bing & Ruth. Helmed by writer, conductor and lead pianist, David Moore, and supported by two upright bassists, two clarinetists, a cellist and a tape delay tech, Bing & Ruth genuinely sweep us off somewhere sublime without recourse to overblown conceit or cliche - something all too prevalent and cloying in today's neo-classical quarters. Their skill lies in the ability to drift, almost imperceptibly, between microtonal harmonies and si… Read more
What looks like the penultimate edition of FatCat's split series contrasts a remarkably epic Katie Gately composition with a side of spannered psychedelic house by Tlaotlon. This is the first we've heard of Katie Gately since her fascinating side for Public Information a year ago. Again she returns to the painstaking method of sampling and editing her own vocals and concrète sources into uncannily detailed, kinetic arrangements liable to buckle, vault and twist in the most unique geometries. Her 'Pivot' plays through as one 14 minute piece collaging a tortuous narrative from mu… Read more
'Kollektion 02' is the official release to celebrate the 80th anniversary of august German krautrock pioneer, Hans-Joachim Roedelius. It includes 15 songs selected by British songwriter and lifelong Roedelius fanatic, Lloyd Cole, from Hans-Joachim's unparalleled archives, spanning the creamy ambience of 'Étoiles' from the 'Jardin Au Fou' (1979) LP thru the pastoral bliss of 'Schöner Abend' via the airborne waltz of 'Café Central' and life-affirmingly sweet breeze of 'Wenn der Südwind weht', among many other cherry-picked charms.
**Hand-stamped, individually numbered edition of 300 housed in debossed PVC sleeve** Traag follows his alter ego Siobhan's 'Southgate' LP for Opal Tapes with a raw, sleazy session for Italy's Gang Of Ducks. Punkishly cocked with drawling vocals and greased up with slow, kinky boogie and electro rhythms, it lands somewhere between '20 Jazz Funk Greats'-era TG and the snottier No Wave styles of Dracula Lewis or $hit & $hine, at best in the loping, reverse edit loops and snivelly delivery of 'Win The Lotto', the mutant disco propulsions of 'Mr. Alan', 'Rubber Doll' and 'Stray Dog', or the coiled electro slither of 'Tropical Fruit'.
**Transparent, marbled blue wax with download code in screen-printed PVC wallet** Sub Rosa task a diverse cast of remixers to re-work Oiseaux Tempête's debut album of gauzy, experimental post-rock. Highlights include the depressed trudge of Colin Johnco's 'L'île' remix, a majestic overhaul of 'Ouroboros' by Do Make Say Think's Harris Underwater, and the Forest Swords-esque version of 'Nuage Noir' by Leopard Of Honour.
**Ships Friday** ‘Hinterland’ is the fourth single from East India Youth’s debut album ‘Total Strife Forever’, and includes a Katja Waske Remix.
**Marbled olive wax in hand-stamped sleeve** ENA gets his FIS on with six tracks of murky, un-quantised D&B reduction for the Samurai Horo series. Located fathoms away from the Japanese producer's more conventional breakbeat workouts, these tracks explore abstracted tones and textures reminding of Bellows or Pole, helmed by unsteady ballast of melting bass shapes and the sorta sonar pings more commonly associated with Jeff Mills. RIYL Miles, Dynamo, Felix K…
**Marbled mauve wax in hand-stamped paper sleeve** Plush ambient halfstep from Joe McBride (Synkro) and Jack Lever (Bering Strait) aka Kiyoko. Sounding something like Arovane loaded on 'ludes or with a sneaky valium habit, the 'Fragments' EP yields four tracks of muffled bumps and dusty woodblocks embedded in harmonically rich, gauzy arrangements with a heightened emotional sensitivity.
Thursday, 16 October
*Vinyl re-pressed for the first time in a decade...new edition has been re-mastered from the original DAT tapes and has been re-cut onto heavyweight collector’s edition vinyl. The original image on the back of the sleeve is now in colour with a spot varnish finish on the images & text alongside the usual Skam Braille sticker* This 35 minute EP from BoC is arguably their most complete outing, having landed a couple of years before their still unbeatable ‘Music Has The Right…’ album and including some of their best material bar none - the brooding Detroit inversi… Read more
*2LP Edition of 700 copies, includes a free download of the album dropped into your account* Dave Huismans (A Made Up Sound) returns under his 2562 codename with the oneiric ambient/concrète dancefloor states of 'The New Today', his 4th solo album in this guise. Where its predecessor, 'Air Jordan', also for his When In Doubt label, took inspiration from the arid landscapes of the Middle East, 'The New Today' draws upon ideas sketched out whilst 2562 was in New York, late summer 2013, and was later finished at his home studio in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Rather than disco samples, as with his last… Read more
**First Pressing now sold out, Re-Press due in late November - all orders for this item will only be shipped then** **140g 2LP mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Photography by Joe Dilworth and spotgloss artwork by Bill Kouligas & Kathryn Politis** Widely championed techno/electronica producer Objekt deposits his detailed and complex debut album on PAN. Since 2011 at least, the Berlin resident known as TJ Hertz has been a vital cog in the European techno machine, self-releasing some of this decade's most vaunted white labels, plus 12"s with Hessle Audio and Leisure System - including this y… Read more
Reckno's finest cassette cadets double-down on some of the strongest material in either's arsenal. Following his ace Boomkat Editions LP, Joane Skyler meets Hamish Trevis aka Kinlaw mid-air in eerie digital space, cutting elegant, melancholic figures buoyed by fractured minimal beats - from mutated JB's breaks to coiled, skeletal trap patterns - in refreshingly spacious and subtle arrangements veering from manic 'ardcore cut-ups to gorgeous ambient motifs with an endearingly eldritch eccentricity. It's like some cheeky choose-your-own-adventure mission set in the cutest recesses of youtu… Read more
**Yellow wax w/ printed PVC sleeve designed by Cottweiler x felicita** Gum Artefacts serve a shock dose of accelerated plastic pop from Felicita in 'Frenemies'. The London-based producer's vinyl debut (hear the digital types groan) follows on from a cuttingly cute single, '(>'.')>#' with seven brilliantly lurid and upfront constructions coming off like SOPHIE produced by EVOL. As one of the artists championed by bandcamp mole and vaporwave observer, Adam Harper, Felicita's music occupies a wholly new plateau of production aesthetics which has sent poor sods like us grasping for the thesaurus in o… Read more
Sampler-wielding 'ardwave thugz, $hit & $hine follow the 'Powder Horn' dose for Diagonal with six funked-up 'floor frags for Gangsigns. His rambunctious tastes know no bounds, gleefully razing genres like haters from the flinty breakbeat crusher, 'Be Careful' thru the peg-legged swagger of 'Can't Be Trusted' and fudged boogie play, 'Caterpillllarr', to unnervingly straight-playing house in 'Greenskul' and collapsing '80s soul and funk styles with 'Welly Too Far Away' and 'What's Wrong With Me'. Man clearly doesn't give a f**k in the best possible sense. 'Tropical' is party time for the freaks, then.
Beau Wanzer raids his archive circa 2002-2008 and comes out dripping with wave filth. 'Untitled' is the Chicago artist's 1st album collection, following years of service with Civil Duty, Hypercube, Mutant Beat Dance, and Streetwalker. It's an urgent, cryptic dispatch from the brink of hardwave, minimal electronics and post punk, driven by arcane machines and infected with an oppressive, melancholic urban atmosphere. There are ten track on board, each framing Wanzer at his moodiest, most obtuse, from the recursive delays and snake-hipped shuffle of outstanding opener, 'Groove's No Zone'… Read more
**Electronic pop and ambient electronica from a trio of Denmark's most trusted producers, Anders Remmer (Dub Tractor), Jesper Skaaning (Acustic), Thomas Knak (Opiate) aka Future 3, joined by vocalists Benoit Pioulard and Anja T. Lahrmann** "Future 3 return with an album of airy, ethereal-yet-epic compositions that both nod to the trio's nineties roots but also take in all the various musical experiments, ventures, and releases that have seen the light of day since 2001. The band's first album in 13 years, With and Without inhabits, as the title indicates, two different kinds of sonic realms: T… Read more
Award-winning poet, playwright and rapper Kate Tempest drops the 3rd single from her acclaimed album, 'Everybody Down' for Big Dada, backed with crafty Mike Skinner and Micachu remixes. In 'Circles' she's like London's answer to Sleaford Mods, bouncing street-level bars over a skippy minimal backing, whereas 'The Truth' feels more rugged, on the cusp of old electro and hip hop swagger. Miek Skinner jives 'Circles' with elegant triplets and strings, whilst Micachu gives the highlight in a slow-slamming but piquant remix of 'The Truth'.
*Double gatefold vinyl repress with printed inner sleeves and a download card for the full audio* Reissue of Nightmares On Wax’s first and finest album. ‘A Word Of Science’ - capturing the hardcore rave sound of the initial duo line-up of George ‘E.A.S.E.’ Evelyn and Kevin ‘Boy Wonder’ Harper. The original vinyl release of ‘A Word Of Science’ was a single LP which dropped three of the tracks included on the CD version. For this edition Warp have re-cut the album as a double LP for improved bass response and the missing three tracks (‘B.W.T.M.’, ‘Sal Batardes’ and ‘E.A.S.E.’) appear on vinyl for the first time.
*Double gatefold vinyl repress with printed inner sleeves and a download card for the full audio* Reissue of Nightmares On Wax’s third album from 1999. Four years on from the critically acclaimed ‘Smokers Delight’, the follow-up is an extension of the dreamy soul and jazz-influenced downtempo hip hop of the former record.
*Double gatefold vinyl repress with printed inner sleeves and a download card for the full audio* Reissue of 2006 album. ‘In A Space Outta Sound’ signals a return to N.O.W.’s roots in soundsystem culture, featuring fan favourite ‘You Wish’, the dubwise ‘Flip Ya Lid’ featuring Ricky Ranking (The Bug / Roots Manuva) and the soulful ‘I Am You’ featuring. Mozez (Zero 7).
*Double gatefold vinyl repress with printed inner sleeves and a download card for the full audio* Reissue of 2002 album. Expanding on the blunted instrumentals they had become known for, the trademark dreamy ambience and looped cratedigger samples of Nightmares On Wax’s world is joined by joyous vocal tracks such as ‘Know My Name’ and the nostalgic rap of ‘70s 80s’.
*Double gatefold vinyl repress with printed inner sleeves and a download card for the full audio* Reissue of Nightmares On Wax’s biggest album “Smokers Delight” from 1995. Moving away from the bleeps and breaks of their first album, ‘Smokers Delight’ presents a post-club comedown journey which experiments with elements of jazz, dub, soul and hip hop.
*Double gatefold vinyl repress with printed inner sleeves and a download card for the full audio* Reissue of Nightmares On Wax’s sixth album. ‘Thought So...’ a geographical departure, crafted in a campervan during George Evelyn’s journey from Leeds to Ibiza. Much like Wax Da Jam, the club night that he created upon arrival on the island, ‘Thought So...’ is in many ways a tribute to his origins as a DJ and what Evelyn describes as “the foundations of dance music”.