Thursday, 20 August
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Untold applies his patented technogrime drum funk cadence to Björk's 'Lionsong'. The ecstatic, wrenching, vaulted vocal is diffused thru a coiled lattice of pitching, tribalist drums primed to be detonated in the mix with some hard-ass ruckus.
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Lotic flips Björk & Arca's 'Notget' in a vinyl-only 'Fromdeath' version, foloowing his digital-only 'Keptsafe' version. This mix is more scrambled, alien and diffuse, refracting Ms. Guðmundsdóttir's vocal into spidery syllables and prismatic DMT formations that sound like a petri dish of bacteria squabbling about Rashad Becker and Holly Herndon.
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Björk's famously wide-reaching tastes come into play here as she hands 'Family' to West Coast American avant-garde sound designer, Katie Gately. Last spotted on FatCat's split series, Katie executes a thorough abstraction and revision on 'Family', boldly tweaking Björk's already unique timbre into queered, curdled reflections of itself around a crushed bottom end and a swarm of diaphanous, ghoulish synth spectres.
Second single siphoned from Romare's debut album, 'Projections'. A-side catches the relatively straight-playing, bluesy house move of 'Rainbow (Club)' and a strung-out 'Bedroom' mix hingeing on spare claps, keys and guitar. Flip it for a return to the outernationally-minded Romare that we first fell for with 'Love Songs' building on his Afrocentric meditations for Black Acre.
**Includes postcard of the album artwork** "Minecraft Volume Alpha, the first instalment of a two-part OST, is the work of German composer and musician Daniel Rosenfeld. Using C418 as his moniker, Rosenfeld crafted the sweeping soundtrack and vibrant sound design which helped breathe life into Minecraft's voxel-based universe. Fans and critics were universally enamored with his beatless, nuanced electronic pieces upon release. Popular gaming site Kotaku named it among The Best Game Music of 2011, calling the music "remarkably soothing," and The Guardian has compared Rosenfeld's delicate … Read more
**Limited coloured vinyl LP includes postcard of the album artwork. Includes digital download and postcard of the album artwork** "Minecraft Volume Alpha, the first instalment of a two-part OST, is the work of German composer and musician Daniel Rosenfeld. Using C418 as his moniker, Rosenfeld crafted the sweeping soundtrack and vibrant sound design which helped breathe life into Minecraft's voxel-based universe. Fans and critics were universally enamored with his beatless, nuanced electronic pieces upon release. Popular gaming site Kotaku named it among The Best Game Musi… Read more
No Pain In Pop present a glistening web of parellel midnight dimensions in 'The Bedroom Club III'. Like the prior two volumes which introduced us to early work from club mutants, D'eon, Pariah and patten, a.o., this edition rounds up established artists such as NTS' Throwing Shade with the noctilucent ambience of '38 000', or NPIP's own Jire with the screwed brain enema, 'Sout', alongside a handful of new acquaintances. Sim Hutchings crosses our radar for a 1st time with the depressed techno slug of 'I Will Unify The Hood Through My Vision', and, likewise Selec… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* Peaking Lights present Sinkane's soul hues psyched-in-dub. Refracting his 'Mean Love album in four versions, they range from super louche and mellow take on 'Hold Tight' thru a stepping dub-funk mix of 'Yacha' working shads away from Seven Davis Jr, to the greazier, bluesy twang of 'How We Be' softened up by flighty flute and Sinkane's soul buzz vocal.
The Horrors' Tom Furse explores the borders of Balearia, 4th world and new age kosmiche in 'Child of a Shooting Star', his latest for Lo Recordings. He start off dancing with the drug-smudged electro shuffle of 'Trans-Universal Express', before swimming among coruscating chime trees of 'The Ocean Is The Teacher' and hypnotising with the plangent gamelan ritual, 'Let Your Body Go', in order to ascend the acoustic strums and breezy rustle of 'Cloud Mountain'. RIYL Mike Cooper, Bullion, Johnny Nash.
**2 x 160g gatefold LP. 1st edition of 500. Features music by Jean-Claude Vannier, Benajamin Britten, Félicia Atkinson, a.o.** "A subjective compilation by David Le Simple and Vincent Romagny after the three exhibtions cycle ‘Doppelgänger’ at Ceaac curated by Vincent Romagny. The double LP ‘Doppeldoppelgänger’ is a purely subjective compilation of sound works by artists (Félicia Atkinson, bruant&spangaro), sound from films by artists (David Lamelas), sound poetry and performances (John Giorno, Karl Holmqvist, Lisa Holzer & David Jourdan); of works by very different cult composers (Benjami… Read more
**140g vinyl housed in DIY cut-out jacket with "a map to find secial items in special places** The debut collusion from Nebulo (Thomas Pujols) and Druc Drac (François Dumeaux) manifests a gaseous and elusive set of psychedelic reference points. In orbit of Sculpture's vivid hallucinations or the plonging modular polyrhythms of Sote's 'Arrhythmia', the session unfolds according to a febrile logic with ten pieces sweeping from future-tribalist electro pulses thru salty microtonal shudders, to tender ambient dimensions and mind-flossing arpeggios, constantly in motion and rarely repeating p… Read more
Thursday, 13 August
**Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Edition of 500** Crushing celestial tech-noise objects from Black Rain (a.k.a. Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright) with Shapednoise and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker. 'Apophis', so named after asteroid 99942 which poses an uncertain threat to humanity, was written and realised over summer 2014 and supposes four cuts of destructive electronics describing a potential, eschatalogical event and its aftermath in grim and unflinching detail. Black Rain and Shapednoise are clearly steeled and ready for what may come, from 'Metal Home's' premonition o… Read more
**Limited edition heavyweight coloured vinyl includes bonus mixtape CD 'In The Brickhouse', plus download code** Will Archer a.k.a. Slime arrives ghostly yet fully formed with a strung-out suite of ambient R&B-pop and soft focus electronics. Prefaced by a 2-track single for Weird World (and, before that, a single for Get Me!), 'Company' catches a breezy set of ten songs by the Newcastle-raised, London-based 27 year old singer/songwriter who arrives at this point from an interesting set of circumstances: at once influenced by the sounds of his dad's coffee factory as much as his backgrou… Read more
**180g heavyweight vinyl, includes free download code** Will Archer a.k.a. Slime arrives ghostly yet fully formed with a strung-out suite of ambient R&B-pop and soft focus electronics. Prefaced by a 2-track single for Weird World (and, before that, a single for Get Me!), 'Company' catches a breezy set of ten songs by the Newcastle-raised, London-based 27 year old singer/songwriter who arrives at this point from an interesting set of circumstances: at once influenced by the sounds of his dad's coffee factory as much as his background in the Geordie gabber scene and work scoring original film music for… Read more
Spellbinding collage work by the Algerian producer for Discrepant. In El Mahdy's own words, ''Ghost Tapes is a composition of everyday fragments based on found tapes, field recordings, beats and radio frequencies. A ruff attempt of interpreting the cultural ghost that surrounds the field and makes the difference between place and space.'' Unspooling over 30 minutes, the dubstep outlier seamlessly strafes myriad acousmatic sources, parsing their vibes for amorphous, spectral information and feeling something akin to an opiated mooch thru a labyrinth of interconnected antechambers, eliding pit… Read more
**Barry Lynn a.k.a. Boxcutter's latest vessel, The Host, travels light years into beat-less new age kosmiche with the 'Esalen Lectures', starring a guest appearance from Kaidi Tatham. RIYL BoC, Emeralds, Panabrite, µ-Ziq**"“Inspired by think tanks and floatation tanks, psychological research, 2012 mythology, 1960’s social planning, stoned apes, elite transhumanism, and the counter-culture, the Esalen Lectures is an imaginary trip to a NorCal psychedelic retreat. Use the sounds to enter into a program of theory and practice, to accompany inward voyages, and for sunset induction rituals. And … Read more
**Debut solo LP of instrumental, folksy pop whimsy by a member of Alien Ensemble (along with The Notwist's Micha Acher a.o.). RIYl Moondog, Sufjan Stevens, Pascal Comelade** "Arranging various layers of piano, xylophone and glockenspiel, stylophone, Moog and harmonium, Le Millipede creates minimalist, instrumental pop gems, tracks with an immediate quality that seem rather simple at first listen. In fact, Götz’s recordings are somewhat comparable to the work of French-born, Barcelona-based composer Pascal Comelade, known for his use of toy instruments. In both cases, there’s a certain chil… Read more
**2LP version, includes free download code** A mellow set of foggy, crespuscular compositions straddling Bibio-like folktronica strums ('From Time To Time') alongside warbly space dance ('Vancouver Disco') and hushed, jazzy-wise downbeats, ('Found Message'), all influenced, written and realised at the eponymous location outside San Francisco.
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label. Soft focus blend of ambient-pop, R&B and cute mnml electronics wrapped to a warm and winding narrative** "Inspired by a long lost tale from dark and cold northern lands, written many ages ago, ‘Neida‘ is the story of a young boy who one day noticed an eerie call, so peculiar and odd that he could not resist but to follow it. While it resonated through remnants of ancient settlings, the boy had to overcome many obstacles and solve numerous quests, journey through mystical forests, foggy mountains and ghostly villages, battle the forces of nature an… Read more
Thursday, 06 August
Bullion on the buttons for a wicked comeback from Rye Rye. 8 years since her 'Shake It To The Ground' anthem with Blaqstarr, and five since her links with M.I.A., 'Keep Up Did You Read U' finds her coolly riding a freakish outernational riddim produced by Bullion, pulling all manner of digeridoos, orientalist synth motifs and bugged-out electronics over a sloshing dancehall wine, also included as straight up instrumental.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Lovely album of soft focus, melodic ambient techno by the Detroit-raised, Brooklyn-based Jakub Alexander a.k.a. Heathered Pearls. Teamed with guest spots from The Sight Below, Outerbridge, and Shigeto, it unfurls a mind-drifting narrative framed between time-stopping ambient pieces such as 'Cast in Lemon & Sand'. 'Holographic Lodge' or 'Artificial Foliage', and the gently insistent, padded techno momentum of 'Sunken Living Area' or 'Perfume Catalogue', whilst the likes of 'Personal Kiosk' with The Sight Below, or 'Warm Air E… Read more
**Includes download code** "Welcome back to the movielike resonating sound world of The 23s. As The 23s, Nord-Rhine-Westphalia produces pattern-based music, but it pursues a different intention: each listener should dive into a hallucinatory world of seen and unseen films that his inner eye creates unprejudiced. The album can be seen as a love-letter to the movie scores of the French 70s cinema or the impressionistic sound arrangements you can hear in the early cinema of Peter Greenaway. With double bass heat, discreet piano melodies, levitating guitar chords, some gentle horns here and there and b… Read more
Thursday, 30 July
**Spellbound archival home recordings revealing the esoteric sonic adventures of David Tyack (1978-2002), a founding artist from Andy Votel's Twisted Nerve label who sadly passed away in 2002. Includes liner notes by Andy Votel** Dave Tyack's haunting/soothing electro-acoustic project Luxury Apartments is given a necessary posthumous release via Andy Votel, Doug Shipton and Sean Demdike's Dead-Cert imprint. A heady mix of improvised electronics, mechanical folk and late night North West ambience, the Luxury Apartments project was completed just months before the Germa… Read more
*Limited vinyl edition - the first proper new work from Kuedo since 2011. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton, artwork by Joshua Petherick* The prodigal son of sci-fi electronica re-enters orbit with an astounding new EP as Kuedo for his newly coined Knives imprint. Arriving almost a decade to the day since his game-changing Vex'd album with Roly Porter, 'Assertion Of A Surrounding Presence' manifests his first major new work since 2011's acclaimed 'Severant' album, and also marks a lucent new pinnacle of sound design/engineering in his field. Accompanied by cameo production r… Read more
**Includes instant digital download for two different versions of the full album - a speaker mix and a headphone version (panned hard left and right) instantly dropped into your account when purchasing the vinyl** Lorenzo Senni's inspired Presto!? imprint presents one of 2015's most singular electronic albums with the solo debut proper from Theo Burt. Originally written circa 2009/2010, it's an album that was never really intended for public consumption but, thanks to Senni's efforts, is now presented here in all it's hugely individual glory. Perhaps best thought of as avant electro-pop or even some… Read more
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Krampfhaft presents one of the lushest remixes for Björk's 'Vulnicura' album. At the Dutch producers digits, 'History of Touches' is rent as a widescreen play of sweeping searchlight synths illuminating gasping chorales and picking out micro-rhythmic details amidst its loping, swooning structure.
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Mica Levi's sweeping, instrumental "Kareokiejid" remix of Björk's 'Lionsong' really stands out from the remix suite of her Arca-produced 'Vulnicura' LP. Deleting Björk's vox, what remains is a tortuous symphonic arrangement of blossoming and willowing strings conducted with the uncanny ability to really reach in and massage, squeeze and yank our heart muscle. Sing-a-long if you must.
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Björk's dalliance with the Tri Angle crew blooms strange new fruit in Lotic's amorphous, ambiguous Keptsafe Version of 'Notget'. The vocal remains mostly intact but is buffeted with noisy, granulated, and polymetric rhythm structures folding and unfolding in upon themselves, sustaining a perilous and unstable trip pocked with swampy subsidence, beautifully discordant synths and insectoid dynamics.
Atom TM's 'HD' LP yields another single with the sleek electro shape of 'Riding The Void' remixed by Scuba, Nought and Consumed. The warm, woozy pressure of the original is still best, while the remixers kern it towards straighter techno 'floors, from Scuba's surprisingly muted and efficient Pulse mix to the sunken techno of Nought's, and a swinging electro refit from Consumed.