Tuesday, 22 July
*Packaged in a heavy-duty screen printed cover, one-sided LP with the B side screen printed, mastered at D&M, individually numbered edition of 500 copies* 'Circle Three' is the first new release in the Circle series from Eleh since 2010's Repose. Described by Important simply as "Literal synthesis”, the album is at once familiar and a bit of a revelation as far as the Eleh discography to date is concerned. Although the trademarked frequency studies seem as bare and isolated as ever, there is a strange progression working within these pieces, pulsating bass notes slowly become env… Read more
Slicker sophomore EP of mutant bass and twisted electronics from Lorenzo Senni, Daniele Mana (Vaghe Stelle) and Francesco Fantini's One Circle. 'Transparency' follows their 2013 debut for label/incubator, Left Blank with a murkily ambiguous mixture of production fidelities, textures and styles delivered with a unique electronic accent. They and it are testament to a rooted yet accelerated Italian electronic music scene, presenting impressionistic, emotive visions referencing recent and hypermodern styles from a forward, somewhat detached perspective, as with the beautifully garish vision of… Read more
*Limited edition of 270* Includes free download code for Optimo remix and the Hill Street OST (SWS004) by Great Lakes Mystery - a soundtrack to a documentary about Dublin's skateboard scene
Thursday, 17 July
*Second in a series of three extended reissues from SND - Initial copies on transparent Green and Yellow Vinyl, 12-tracks fully remastered from DAT tapes by Rashad Becker at D&M* Mark Fell and Mat Steel’s second EP as SND was released in 1999, a year after their debut ‘Tplay’. It continued to explore their distinct, highly individual take on electronic minimalism, House and UK Garage stripped to its bare bones. This extended reissue features the original 6 tracks of ’newtables’, plus 6 previously unheard recordings from the same sessions - all fully remastered by Rashad Becker… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The brothers Lippok and Stefan Schneider are joined by downtown NYC legend Arto Lindsay for their first new album in half a decade. Back on Berlin's City Slang, who recently reissued To Rococo Rot's classics, 'Veiculo', 'The Amateur View' and 'Music Is A Hungry Ghost' with I-Sound, we find the trio at their most colourful and playful, and for the first time, including vocals thanks to three contributions from minimalist and mutual admirer, Arto Lindsay. Neatly timed for festive climes, the dry title of 'Instrument' is at odds with the warm … Read more
**Remastered first ever vinyl edition of 350 copies housed in letter-pressed jacket with double-sided insert** Ghédalia's cinematic 2007 release makes its way to vinyl thanks to Italy's amazing Holidays Records. Conceived as a sort of sui generis "catalogue record" where the artist could dissect musical stereotypes, 'Hystérie Off Music' resulted in one of Ghédalia Tazartès' most layered, epic and dream-like missives. An esoteric soundclash of field recordings, fog horns, symphonic string arrangements and, of course, that tongue of tongues chanting shamanic hymns, emotive glossol… Read more
The legend unfurls three broken beat beauties for Falty DL's Blueberry Records, backed with the label boss' rework. Hot on the heels of his Dego and Kaidi 12", a reissue of his Cousin Cockroach classic 'This Ain't Tom 'N Jerry', and his Theo Parrish hook-up, 'Just Begin', Dego's arguably on classic form right now, turning out the swinging budge of 'Nuts!' and the fluid electro-funk of 'Could Murder A Burger' on top, and the shadier, seductive shuffle of 'Celestian Ditton' on the flip. Falty DL remixes the latter with his signature sense of space and intricate rhythm mechanics, and even a dash of jazzy scat, causing Dego to exclaim "The force is strong with this one…".
Crushing and febrile club gear from pivotal Austrian artist Philipp Quehenberger. 'Content' feels like a strange, lost transmission or reminder from a bygone European techno era untainted by trend and dedicated to tweaking out the most unusual, awkward sensations from hardware and computers. Rather than crude noise, sleek minimalism or inter-dimensional trippiness, Quehenberger's sound is best defined in terms of raw, repetitive muscularity and dissonant ambient qualities, doing what the likes of Prostitutes or Container do, only far better, and with cooler sense of discipline.
A quiet and woozy return from Emmy Award-winning musician Deru, who released some lovely ambient records on Merck, Mush and Neo Ouija in the '00s. As hinted in the title '1979' is an exercise is hazy nostalgia, using tape saturated synth tones and a keen ear for melodic progression to seduce and regress to seemingly simpler times resonating with the kind of glassy eyed vibes of BoC, Alessandro Cortini, Sand Circles or 1991. The project works around a concept of memory "in its essential, shared nature, incorporating "user submitted entries" of photos and writing from Nigel Godrich (Atoms For Peace, Radioh… Read more
"Mark Barrott’s (ex Future Loop Foundation) ‘Sketches From An Island’ compresses this Balearic heartbeat into nine warm gems which paint a picture of the island, the people and the magnetic beauty that pulses through it. Recorded in Ibiza's northern hills using “weird percussion, some slide guitars and a few borrowed synths,” it’s a melodic and mysterious representation of a place seeped in a rich and rebellious history. Opening track ‘Baby Come Home’ radiates with carefree tropical sounds and upbeat harmonies. The blues-soaked melodies of ‘Essene’ perfectly navig… Read more
**180g wax cut by Matt Colton** Houndstooth present their answer to The Knife in Norwegian duo Soft as Snow, backed with an remix from Old Apparatus' Asher Levitas. An experimental pop duo based in Oslo, they arrive at an emotive Scando-pop style on 'Glass Body' after years collaborating in art projects and even starting their own "utopic" art and music festival in a Swedish forest. Their sound is a dramatic and passionate brand of technoid wave-pop, inescapably comparable with the Dreijer siblings or even Grimes, but also sharing moody, synthetic similarities with the likes of Sand Circles,… Read more
In the 'IIVA' EP, Loops Haunt augments the sounds and structures of his widely acclaimed 'Exits' LP with a tuffened, ferric aesthetic. The Scottish producer gives a extended edit of album track 'IIVA' strewn with spring reverb ricochets and radiant harmonic aurora - which NHK remixes as a spiralling folk-techno vortex - and uses a similar palette of destroyed, rusted tones and beguiling spatial convolutions to render further material as urgent, febrile dancers, ranging from the granite techno groove of 'TIIYL' and the unstable 2-step of 'IIHX' to the FIS-alike mulch of 'IILTN' and the grazing roil of Vessel in 'FIISR' and 'RYIIG'.
**Rustling, haptic "blues" abstractions. RIYL Bellows, KYE records, Jason Lescalleet, Ekoplekz. Edition of 300 in spot gloss jacket** "Kyle Clyd is of an orphaned ascendancy, more Geeshie Wiley or Anne Gillis than any of her visible peers. In talking about Pale Dawn Creeps, her debut full length, she refers a kind of blues, itself perhaps a mercurial essence resigned to antiquity: "To believe that the bits of paper in your pocket have real value or to take the word for the thing itself is the "unpardonable sin" of the New Testament. Those guilty are condemned to blackness. Black mani… Read more
Thursday, 10 July
Hospital Productions debut from Nine Inch Nails’ Alessandro Cortini, a suite of 9 analogue synth pieces complete with found and ambient sounds* Alessandro Cortini is best known as the lead electronics performer in Nine Inch Nails’, but in recent years his work as ‘Sonoio' and a pair of fine albums for Important Records under his own name have highlighted his own individual productions. Known as one of the pre-eminent Buchla masters in North America, Cortini makes a surprising departure on this debut album for Hospital Productions by making use of little more than a Ro… Read more
*Vinyl includes a free copy of the CD inside* "Many brightly shining planets orbit the twin central star of Cluster (Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius). To be clear: as soloists Roedelius and Moebius have long since worked with all kinds of musicians whose congenial contributions add even more colour to the polychromatic Cluster world. Yet no matter how distinctly their guests' creativity is expressed, Cluster's character is consistently audible. "Snowghost Pieces" very much fits the pattern: Tim Story, a distinguished electronic musician who had previous experience o… Read more
"Haunted soil... Abstract electronic transmissions from A Field in England… Set within a landscape of sugar beet factories, deep murky fishing ponds and nettle strewn country lanes, Bloodhounds is a sonic exploration of a childhood spent in the English countryside. Time Attendant is Paul Snowdon, a painter and musician recovering from a rural Northern upbringing by eking out a liminal existence across South East London bunkers. Following on from the highly acclaimed Treacherous Orb EP (More Than Human) and from startling contributions on The Outer Church compilation (Front & Follow), Moon… Read more
Coherently diverse 2nd set of trax cut from Modeselektor's latest round-up. A-side features the emotive posh-trance charge of Alex Banks and Elizabeth Bernholz's 'Be The One' and the killer hyper-boogie 'Blast' by Onra. B-side holds Henrik Schwarz's jazzy tech-house pop number 'We Are Bankrupt', and the squirming funk of Brandt Brauer Frick's 'Jungle Love' starring Om'Mas Keith and Vic Mensa.
**Edition of 400 copies. Mastered by Jason Lescalleet** Intoxicatingly hazy suite of chamber drone, acoustic guitar pieces and tape works by American artist, Matt Krefting (Son of Earth). Whilst best known to us for his gorgeous album of classic cover versions on Ecstatic Peace, Krefting has been quietly establishing a reputation for his solo tape works, issued in micro-editions on myriad underground imprints before arriving at 'Lymph Est'. Like Kye steward, Graham Lambkin, and label-mate Jason Lescalleet, who coincidentally mastered this album, Krefting evidently shares a sensitivity to org… Read more
Fripp & Eno’s third collaborative album from 2004 - making its debut appearance on wax, pressed on 200 gram super-heavyweight vinyl.
Tuesday, 08 July
Drily unsettling synth-pop from Dawid Szczesny and Wojciech Bakowski aka Niwea on Poland's superb Bocian label. Frankly we haven't got a clue what they're singing/drawling about but the juxtaposition of stoic tone and sweet blue synths makes for a bleakly noirish 'Wszystko' on the A-side, whereas the jarring mixture of rap-style bars and swollen bass in 'Tło' is more unusual and almost creepy.
Thursday, 03 July
Peder Mannerfelt and Malcolm Pardon's vehicle for kosmic and techno styled electronic drama returns on the Leaf label with an arresting sound.""Until Silence marks a monumental shift for Roll The Dice, in both sonics and psychogeography. The characteristic framework of piano and synthesiser is reinforced with a newly conscripted string section: dramatic arrangements grind against furnace blasts of static, and phases of unrelenting rhythmic intensity collapse into moments of frayed, fragile beauty. Roll The Dice’s most powerful and nuanced work to date, its tracks are by tur… Read more
**Gatefold jacket, Limited Edition Red Vinyl** Cloud Boat return with a 2nd LP consolidating post-rock, pop and dubstep.
*New solo project by Nobuyuki Sakuma of Jesse Ruins. Full colour 350g heavy gloss laminate sleeve - limited white vinyl with download code redeemable from the label* "Cold Name is the solo project of Nobuyuki Sakuma from Jesse Ruins. ‘Eat Your Hand’ is Cold Name’s debut album and contains 12 short electronic songs that 20JazzFunkGreats describes this way: “Cold Name’s Intent to Kill isn’t in some undanceable time signature. It’s not obtuse. It’s perfectly possible to dance to its techno. It just doesn’t seem to want you to.Its drums envelop like a thick, black ooze. Suspending you in an aura… Read more
Thursday, 26 June
*Extended 70 minute reissue of the very first SND release dating back to 1998 - the original 5 tracks have been doubled in number with original, previously unreleased recordings from the same sessions, all fully remastered from DAT tapes by Rashad Becker at D&M. The original pressing has been unavailable since its original release over 15 years ago - containing super influential and forward minimalism bridging between the reductionism of Ikeda and the swing of early UKG* Mark Fell and Mat Steel formed SND in Sheffield in 1998. Tplay was their first self-released EP, produced in a … Read more
We'll be damned if this isn't the most enlightened, radical soul album you'll hear in 2014. The LA-based resident of Dublab and Leaving Records CEO broadsides all expectations with a densely crafted psy-pop experience that's taken us for six. It's as if he smelted the purest bits of hip hop, psych-folk, dub and electronica in order to cloud seed the fug of former releases and reveal his dazzling chromatic structures in all their gyroscopic glory. Patched with the expert warp and weft of a maestro DJ/producer and blessed by his most soulful sung/rapped/crooned vocals, it breaks down to ten k… Read more
**Edition of 250 housed in vacuum and heat sealed bags with hand-drawn artwork and insert** Naples-based producer Dave Saved rematerialises with a melancholic quartet of tunes for native Italian label Gang Of Ducks, backed with G.O.D and Aisha Devi remixes. Dave's sound is hard to pin down yet neatly coherent, tripping balls between gauzy electronic ambience in 'Power and Silence' to Opal Tapes-type techno mush in 'No Lights' and the grungy 'Virtual Feelings', thru Inner City-esque sci-fi synth flux in the EP highlight 'Random Souls Fluidity'. Remixing, Aïsha Devi (f… Read more
**White vinyl - includes a remix from 1991** Quick on the heels of her 'Sisto' tape, Stockholm's Quiltland yields a quietly lush debut album including a gorgeous 1991 remix. After acclimating to the lucid highs of her flighty debut, this eponymous entry is a gentler ride with a dreamlike narrative, maybe best heard as the come-down to 'Sisto''s peaks. The idea of narrative is taken quite literally with tracks titled= 'Scene 1', 'A Second Theme' and 'Motivation' all looking and sounding like library themes or cues for a long-lost Scando kids TV programme, the odd sort which would be syndicated to… Read more
**3LP edition of 300. All the 'pal trimmings** Itinerant radical computer musician Goodiepal presents a typically unfathomable slab of brilliance for Editions Mego. 'My Paris is Called Colchester' would appear to be Goodiepal's commission for IRCAM, Paris, mixed and recorded live during his annual show at Colchester Arts Centre. It's gotta be one of the most beguiling albums anyone will release in 2014. Across six sides Goodiepal follows a line of illest Nordic logic transporting us through the wires between hip hop, techno and tribal rhythms scrambled with str… Read more
**Includes the track 'Before We Leave' to download upfront upon pre-ordering this record** Dutch producer returns to his native Rwina Records with a dramatic debut album of hyperspace hip hop and sci-fi electronica. Check for club-ripe highlights in the Coki-style twisted Fairlight bass of 'Superfluid' or the sqwaking breakbeat turmoil of 'Toekan'.