Tuesday, 28 July
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.
Monday, 27 July
*Finally in stock - Deluxe 3LP edition in a 6-panel, double-gatefold spot gloss package complete with printed lyrics* By Pitchfork's reckoning Dominick Fernow's discography now stands at over 150 releases long - so it isn't without much consideration that we say that 'Frozen Niagara Falls' is his defining, most exploratory and ultimately rewarding work to date. It's an epic undertaking too - spanning three LP's and including over an hour and a half of music, veering from the surprisingly contemplative destroyed-folk of 'Greenpoint' and 'Christ Among The Broken Glass'… Read more
Thursday, 23 July
Nine Inch Nails' synthesist, Alessandro Cortini, animates an enveloping shadowplay of Roland 202 and TB303 spectres in his second album for Hospital Productions following the stunning 'Forse' trilogy for Important Records. 'Risveglio' is the 'Awakening' to 'Sonno''s 'Sleep'. Like its predecessor, it was also written and recorded while on tour but, unlike 'Sonno', it syncs his favoured 202 with the unique integers of a TB303, eliding the two via a delay unit to expand his sound without ever losing sight of the crushing harmonic noise romance at its core. It's fair to say that we've never… Read more
**Limited Neon yellow vinyl edition** Björk comes to terms with the breakdown of a longterm relationship with some help from Arca, The Haxan Cloak, Antony and Spaces. It's arguably her most coherent and focused album since 'Vespertine' (2001), her vocals incredibly raw and emotional - understandably in the light of tragic, personal events - yet controlled with near operatic poise and matched by the waking-dream-like qualities of the production's skewed meter and tendencies toward keening, lushly expressive discord. It must be said that Arca really comes into his own here… Read more
**LP plus bonus CD, includes download card redeemable from the label** Yorkshire's Ashtray Navigations deglaze and infect your mind with their umpteenth album of borderless psychedelia. Just ahead of their 20th Anniversary Best Of 4CD set for Golden Lab, the Wire's latest cover stars arrive at this point after two decades of operations stranded in the hinterlands of UK underground psych and noise, where they've cultivated a peerless reputation for unblinkered expression of a rare and beguiling kind. In this 100 minute head-opener they, a.k.a. original member Phil Todd and M… Read more
Vsnares pursues the breakcore dragon into new spaces following the monstrous 'My Love Is A Bulldozer' (2014). Serving more than your recommended yearly allowance of mentallism, 'Your Face' flings us from black midi symphonies in 'Your Face When I Finally' to a gorgeous, beat-less and hyaline reflection in 'Your Face When I Finally (Glass Version)', spinning us thru the LP5-style knots of 'Former Eagle' to hyper hardcore party styles in 'Red Orange 2', and the flipping freakish breakbeat techno of 'Become Magic Dolphins', with a brilliant twist of forward electro pulses and harmonic convolutions recalling Gábor Lázár in 'Misericordial'.
"Hermetically sealed and reveling in tumult, All Tense Now Lax is the most significant and developed work yet forged by Liberez. Based in main orchestrator John Hannon’s remote studio No Recordings in Rayleigh, England, Liberez have expanded their palette from previous outings on Alter to produce a perfectly engineered machine that consumes the beholder. A tense, gut-wrenching listen wrought with carefully considered space, the range of techniques and the depth of atmosphere is staggering. All Tense Now Lax never settles on a simple depiction of dread, foreboding or anxiety but layers text… Read more
Zomby flips Gwilym Gold's featherweight pops into dreamy hardcore formations for The Vinyl Factory. Gold's simpering wails are reset against '92-style running man breaks and rolling bass miles from the original, which also appears in a sync-ready Flexout Rework.
Thursday, 16 July
*Long-Awaited debut album from Janus Collective member M.E.S.H. - recorded in Berlin in winter 2015, mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, and pressed on 140g LP with spot-gloss inner* Janus crew's M.E.S.H. unpackages a vast internal world across the ornate topographies of his incredible debut album. Combining scything club dynamics and Hollywood sound design with a sample bank of archaic renaissance instruments, 'Piteous Gate' describes a hyperreal place-out-of-time framed by matrices of tessellating grids and vapour-trace contours rent in near-VR detail. Collapsing the stadium-sized stru… Read more
Black Channels summon the spirit of Broadcast, hauntology and dreamy psychedelia in their deeply uncanny debut release for Death Waltz. Revolving around two spellbinding songs and an etheric outerlude, 'Oracles' hovers into view with the dry iced synth drift and roiling drums of the title track wreathing Becky Randall's swooning vocal in thorns and wilting, blood-red petals, before 'Depth of Field' sinks so low into a gothic miasma of squirming bass and ceramic rimshots perfused with glossolalia recalling classics by Pink Industry, Cocteau Twins, Chris & Cosey, and aesthetic analogues in certain Andy Stott or Jenny Hval tunes.
Thursday, 09 July
*Limited Edition 2LP pressing from Alessio Natalizia, aka Not Waving. 500 Copies, first 200 pressed up on translucent yellow and solid white vinyl* In case you slept on Not Waving's enigmatic and tripping trio of 'Voices' tapes (limited to 100 copies each) in 2014, he's entirely reworked and repackaged them in this new set designed for complete immersion in his (other)worlds. Compiled, they mark a point of transition between old Not Waving and the new Not Waving (soon to be revealed in a crushing album of dancefloor gear for Diagonal), presenting 18 reshaped mixes of the tapes… Read more
**Limited gatefold white vinyl 2LP, includes MP3 download code** 'In-Between' marks the momentous return of Arovane, in collaboration with Hior Chronik, to the ambient serenity of his much-adored early '00s releases for CCO and DIN. More than ten years ago, Uwe Zhan a.k.a. Arovane left the IDM/electronica world, seemingly for good, with the delicate prisms of 'Lillies', only to reappear in 2013 with a more angular, beats-driven style in 'Ve Palor' for n5MD. Now teaming up with Greek composer Hior Chronik, Arovane returns to expand upon the tranquil, hyaline sounds and lump-in-throat… Read more
On ambidextrous producer Lee Bannon's follow-up LP for Ninja Tune, he swaps junglist intensity for gauzy ambient, IDM and dustbowl tones. Clearly a producer who does not like to sit on his laurels - especially when considering the acclaim surrounding his jungle diversion, 'Alternate/Ending' - his latest switch is also executed with authenticity and originality, teasing out a melancholy miasma of vapourous chords and rustling concrète haptics shot thru with skeletal, fractured traces of techno and jungle rhythm. We'd triangulate this sound somewhere between the weightless zones of Logos a… Read more
*Headiest folk-drone-dance by France's Maxime Perault, aka the brilliant Black Zone Myth Chant!* Where BZMC aimed high for Sun Ra, his High Wolf output feels conversely torn between grounded, outernational rhythms and orbit-velocity electronics, hinting at a seepage between his aliases and, happily for the listener, enhancing an ever more disorienting and involving trip. With patented flair and a sense of freedom, he turns his hand to Shangaan-style madness in '1314' and the incendiary 'Exploratory Impatience' alongside the mind-bending wormholes and hydrodynamics of 'Savage Beasts Be Wise', … Read more
**Features co-production by Nate Young and Neil Hagerty. Includes download code** "“Hysteria” is the result of nearly two years spent in various studios with producers and fellow ‘Boone brothers Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) and Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux), working diligently together to take a few steps beyond Trip Metal and extract the skeleton out of “rock”, inserting it into a newer, much weirder, humanoid skin. The epicenter of this sound rests humbly on the foundation of guitar and voice, two facets of sound that Moskos has carefully cultivated through years of experimentation and digestion from a … Read more
Thursday, 02 July
**Edition of 500 copies** Following on from that mighty Drum & Bass mixtape from Karl O’Connor, Sam and Hayley Kerridge's Berlin event series-turned-label return with a killer addendum to their first release - Kerridge's 'Always Offended Never Ashamed' album. These two new tracks are a clarion call to arms - both sides excerpted from a Kerridge live performance for the NTO, Berlin 2013. Convulsing chunks of distorted, heaving junglist venom on the A-side's brutal 'Sonic Instruments Of War #01', the flipside explores more abstract terrain thru vicious, atonal outbursts. Highly recommended if yr into the Downwards catalogue, HATE or recent material from Shapednoise.
Thursday, 25 June
'Dream memory' is the 2nd album of soul-burning celestial synth music by Implodes guitarist Ken Camden for Kranky. Drawing upon Indian raga, chamber-like plainsong and classic kosmiche, it's a richly synaesthetic and heightened sensory experience harmonised to the rafters and radiating lushness from every angle.
Danse Noire present a darker shade of Haf Haf with 'This Sick Beat' following up the Italian producer's 'Notch' [Gang of Ducks, 2014]. Backed with a killer Gatekeeper remix and self-described as "sad music for a sad life", Haf Haf's 2nd EP revolves three wickedly misshapen, amorphous takes on techno, hip hop and lysergic electronica, spooling out from the screwed modes of 'Kuro No Meiro' to the knackered trudge of 'The Wasabi That You Ate' with its excellent use of watery, Youtube-like compression, and the intra-dimensional seepage of 'Blue Dragon'. On the remix, Brooklyn's Gatekeeper pursue… Read more
**The French synth-pop freaks return in colourful, spiky fashion** "Their new album ‘NO VOID’ is now being released on SHITKATAPULT, whose label slogan ‘Special Musick for Special People’ fits perfectly to the often euphorically rocking music of the French duo. DAT POLITICS themselves refer to their latest LP as a “hallucinating ride in a space roller coaster: scary and funny!” This time around, their songs took shape once again under influences outside of music such as astronomy, philosophy and programming language as well as surrealism, fantasy films and their own dreams. The nine tracks, all… Read more
**Edition of 250, includes free download** "Peptalk is Michael Carter (electronics), Shayna Dunkelman (percussion) and Angelica Negron (voice). The band was born in Oakland, CA where electronic musician Mike Carter and percussionist Shayna Dunkelman were inspired by how mid-century exotica artists like Esquivel, Robert Drasnin and Martin Denny used percussion with bird calls, synthesizers and orchestra instruments to envision strange faraway places. Mike and Shayna upped and left for Brooklyn, where they met composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Angelica Negron. Drawing on their shared love of … Read more
"Through beautifully crafted songs such as “Station” and “Painter (Valentine)”, the 18-year old, Southport, England-raised artist has created a unique sonic identity, mixing sparse, minimal electronic production with gorgeous, emotive songwriting."
Thursday, 18 June
*Simon Pomery aka Blood Music returns with a new EP for Diagonal, including a stellar remix from Luke Younger, aka Helm* Simon Pomery makes an emphatic return to Diagonal with the Taiko fire of ‘Chicks’, the brutal percussive workout of Badgering’ and a hardcore remix from Helm. On this long-gestated follow-up to 2013’s eponymous EP, the Blood Music project continues to rage, syncing Taiko-inspired drumming patterns with vicious metal guitar dissonance and contact mic haptics. ‘Chicks’ runs at an over-stepping, febrile EBM heart rate, pelting modular palpitations made alongside Russ… Read more
Kuedo and Joe Shakespeare's hugely promising Knives label debut the hyper-lucid constructs of J.G. Biberkopf with 'Ecologies', housed in suitably striking artwork by Joe Hamilton. Hailing from Lithuania, Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf has hatched a dramatic and immersive aesthetic, drawing upon cutting edge instrumental grime, net phenomenology and cyber-ambient sound design to patch collaged spheres working across club, theatre and digital radio contexts. As with the output of contemporary artists like T C F or Elysia Crampton, thru to his networked peers such as v1984 and Sentinl, J.G.B's music… Read more
"‘S. Araw “Trio” XI’ is a new configuration of the Sun Araw Band, the live action collaborative branch of Sun Araw. Over the course of several studio dates in Hollywood, California, “Trio” players Cameron Stallones, Alex Gray and Mitchell Brown (with no prior intentions of doing any such thing) successfully planted a garden of ‘non-dimensional’ objects, not only spontaneously generating these objects but also mastering their nurture and cultivation. ‘Gazebo Effect’ is a double vinyl nocturnal stroll into the depths of the garden, its upper lawns and outbuildings. The li… Read more
"New Once, the debut Styles Upon Styles release from Sacramento multi-instrumentalist Zac Nelson, dives deep into the worlds of pop, folk, psychedelia and rock with a raw but passionate style of colorful, experimentally-inclined (but always catchy) compositions. The LP is a sharply-hewn slice of Californian pop eccentricity, clocking in at just over 20 minutes with 9 distinct, densely layered pop miniatures. Born in Illinois and based in Sacramento, Zac Nelson's discography of pop experiments across a myriad of personas, collaborations and solo affairs include work with ALAK and Biosexual, recor… Read more
Thursday, 11 June
*Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, pressed on 140g 2xLP. Features photography by Kim Thue and artwork by Bill Kouligas* Luke Younger's Helm undergoes a captivating metamorphosis from noise agitator to industrial ambient alchemist with 'Olympic Mess', his new album for PAN. Prompted by a period of personal turmoil and a chaotic lifestyle on the road playing support for Danish punks, Ice Age; Younger expands his sonic palette here with nods to the loop-based structures and textural sensuality of balearic disco, dub techno and industrial music. When filtered into his patented mix of hi-fidel… Read more