Thursday, 21 May
**PAN manage to coax out the first new Errorsmith release in 11 years - and in collab with Mark Fell no less - making for one of the deadliest and best twelves you'll hear this year. Vinyl mastered and cut by Rashad at D&M, artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas** PAN plays home to the return of pioneering composer Erik Wiegand a.k.a. Errorsmith - in collaboration with anterior artist Mark Fell, no less - for his first release in eleven years! Technically, it's not the first time that these two have worked together - Fell put Wiegand's Razor software to stunning use in the … Read more
'Fridge Trax Plus' compiles Editions Mego's pivotal first ever release with the successive 'Live and Final Fridge' to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the label's existence. Back in 1995, along with the output of Warp and Sähkö, these trax marked a bold progression of electronic music towards the convergence of dance music dynamics and experimental abstraction, paving the way for a whole generation of artists to follow in their wake. Transforming recordings made inside a fridge into humming ambient drones, swarming noise clusters and sparking techno pulses, they're genuinely gro… Read more
**Gatefold double LP** Arch techno-conceptualist Thomas Brinkmann presents his most intriguing solo outing yet with the abstract sound structures of 'What You Hear (Is What You Hear)' for Editions Mego. In an attempt to detach himself and his art from any concrete descriptors and also camouflage the intent behind these tracks, Brinkmann offers a greyscale of electronic fundamentals largely devoid of his patented minimalist rhythm trickery or discernible melody, allowing the music to do the talking and make us poor sods work harder to describe what he's doing. Thing i… Read more
Luke Abbott coins his Buffalo Temple label with the cracked serenity of 'Music For A Landscape'. His 3rd album, an original soundtrack to 'The Goob', also doubles up as a canny lead-on from 'Wysing Forest' (2014), pursuing that LP's sonic psychogeographic themes from Cambridgeshire to his home ends in Norfolk, also the location for filming of 'The Goob'. Incorporating richly scenic field recordings of insects provided by Chris Watson and Anna Bertmark (to be clear, they provided the sounds, not the insects), the albums gently unfolds with the s… Read more
The modular maestro presents a luminous 4th side of original Buchla soundscapes for Morphine. Recorded in Berlin in September 2014 and incorporating production help and assistance from label boss Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis, 'Brother I Prove You Wrong' speaks with a sharper clarity and diction than Cohen's trio of archival recordings circa 1976-1989 already reissued by the same label to much acclaim. They're sharp as a tack, following sleek lines and rendered with a punch and sense of space and momentum which possibly betrays a return influence from the contemporary operators … Read more
*White Vinyl Edition* 2nd LP of ear-worming electronic-pop from Becoming Real - a strong tip for those missing Holy Other or Tri Angle's bewitched pop aesthetics. Between 2010 and 2012 Becoming Real was behind a string of smart releases for the likes of Ramp, Moshi Moshi and GETME!, and then… nothing until 2015. With 'Pure Apparition' he reminds us what we have (or might have) been missing with 12 tracks of eldritch-tinted pop deviation soused in dreamy melodies and stranger electronic tones given impetus by strong yet deft dancefloor impulses. Dunno if it's just us but it seems like t… Read more
"Hejira follow up their acclaimed 2013 debut album 'Prayer Before Birth' with the release of a new EP for Eglo. Hejira formed in 2010 setting up their studio 'The House of Dreams' in South- East London where they would write, rehearse, record and film. It was through this hive of activity that Hejira attracted the ears of Matthew Herbert who soon became involved in the production of their recordings."
'Hive1' is the engrossing development of Tyondai Braxton's collaborative work first conceived for live performance in 2013. Sounding out remarkably close to the extreme psychoacoustics of Florian Hecker and modular tangles of Charles Cohen, 'Hive1' 'fesses eight tracks grown from the seeds of Hive's ensemble shows spanning their debut at New York's Guggenheim Museum in 2013 and successive events in The Sydney Opera House and London's Barbican. It's cleanly thwarted our presumptions at the very least, moving light years on from his former role in Battles to encompass a much wider yet focussed s… Read more
"Oiseaux-Tempête return with "Ütopiya?" - and travels move to Istanbul and Sicily. While the structures still hint at moments of post-rock, they go further now, almost into the area of free-jazz yet without loosing a directness rooted in punk (highlighted perhaps by the presence of G.W.Sok from The Ex). In addition, the bass clarinet of Gareth Davis references both the roughest of experiments of Akosh Szelevényi and of The Stooges Fun House. File under Experimental, Stoner, Post-Rock, Ambient, Free Music."
Thursday, 14 May
**Wraparound artwork. Edition of 300. Massively recommended if you’re into Arca, TCF, Lotic, Total Freedom** We're over the moon to present the vinyl debut of Elysia Crampton with 'Moth / Lake' thru Boomkat Editions. Formerly known by the moniker, E + E, this single marks the first chapter of her Shenandoah series, "a concept work that explores Virginian American history and brownness beyond culture, as geology - as mud, dirt, and mineral." Breaking with the artist's highly influential and formerly sample-rich arrangements, the material on both sides is entirely, uniquely original. With th… Read more
*Ships Friday* *Includes download code* Holly Herndon presents an incisive 3rd album of dance-pop deconstruction couched in heavy concepts relating to contemporary hyperreality for 4AD. Flanked by fellow modern artists such as Amnesia Scanner, Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Spencer Longo and Mat Dryhurst, the Tennessee-raised, Berlin-skooled and San Francisco-based doctorate student has realised her most vivid, elaborate treatise on the surveillance state, systemic inequality and electronic fantasy with 'Platform'. Catalysed by the intention to create a new music which better represents our now non-… Read more
*New from Root Strata - a huge recommendation if you're into Pye Corner Audio, John Carpenter or early Depeche Mode* Perfectly realised homage to OG '80s VHS library music from Jared Blum as VisionHeat. Root Strata had the pleasure of picking out 19 pieces for 'The Chosen Themes - Program I', ranging from hi-NRG adrenalizers to ominous 'ludes and swanky electro-disco showcasing Blum's remarkable breadth of styles and a carefully assembled aesthetic wisely nodding to the likes of Carpenter/Howarth, Goblin's Claudio Simonetti, Klaus Schulze, Harold Faltemeyer and those other gu… Read more
**Edition of 250** patten's Kaleidoscope twists back into/out of focus with the first issue in his 50/50 series pairing two separate, stylistically unconnected releases on one platter (just don't call it a split!). Side A is occupied by Tel-Aviv-based Vanilla Hammer, who served the label's cinematic, heatsick 'Retreat' back in 2012. Here on 'Diss Patches' he glitches, pops and cranks thru eight unstable (de)constructions, unravelling techno with a mix of avant-garde and pop-wise strategy, allowing chiming half-hooks to glint thru crooked pulses, ill pads a… Read more
Nick Edwards a.k.a. Ekoplekz explicitly pays homage to his formative influences with 'Reflekzionz' - kosmisch electronics and '90s electronica - on his 3rd LP for Planet Mu. Radiophonics references are swapped for a reverie of early AFX, Autechre and Wolfgang Voigt, among others, filtered thru his grubby dub lense to slot grittily with his previous. And, rather than bleached out tones, 'Reflekzionz' is fringed with a faded colour scheme psychedelically reflected in Zeke Clough's dreamlike sleeve artwork, creating a sort of false-memory implant aesthetic that frames his sound like a polaroid recollection of the originals.
From unknown to XL entity in the space of two records, Shamir's success story is being quickly written to catch up with his debut LP, 'Ratchet'. Hailing from Las Vegas and in possession of the sweetest, playful soul voice, Shamir Bailey debuted in 2014 with a unique treat in 'Northtown' produced by Nick Sylvester for the Godmode label. Working again with Sylvester for 'Ratchet', Shamir posits himself as a nu-skool disco-not-disco prince, backed with a selection of largely uptempo and light-footed grooves perfectly suited to his effortless, flighty tone. It's a summer record through-and-through, from … Read more
*Limited Edition White Vinyl pressing* With production work included from Thomas Knack (Opiate), Matthew Herbert, Matmos and Console, and even a sample lifted off Oval’s groundbreaking Systemisch LP, Vespertine is without doubt one of Bjork's most loved albums.
Lo-fi beats on the downlow from Shlohmo for True Panther Sounds. Sounding closer to Vessel's exfoliated industrialisms than most in his scene, 'Emerge From Smoke is a blackened and moody thing riding with whipcrack snares and Carpenter-esque synth bass perfect for cruising the city at night.
Untold's Hemlock label present Brood Ma's haunting post-IDM album, 'Populous' on wax after a 2014 digital release via Quantum Natives. Perhaps best summed up as "A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt", Broodma's debut feels like surfing the net with a cranky connection and too many tabs open, as fractious elements stutter and spurt on the brink of beach-balling your brain. We can hear likenesses with Evian Christ's forward hip hop tilt, the sweeping dynamics of TCF, and scramble of patten but, there's a more fried and abstract logic at play that threads i… Read more
Debut album of maudlin ambient-pop from Berlin's Howling, a.k.a. vocalist Ry Cuming and Âme's Frank Wiedemann. Imagine a tech-house Thom Yorke; you've got it.
Thursday, 07 May
**Limited Edition (and damn expensive) pressing of 400 copies - some copies on black/gold splatter vinyl, some on red vinyl, selected at random. 180gm Vinyl, thick jacket, Poly-lined Collector Sleeve, includes download code** Cut Hands (William Bennett) & Vatican Shadow (Dominick Fernow) present these killer remixes of Brooklyn's Azar Swan. Far as we can tell, it's notably the first time that the Bennett and Fernow have exclusively shared a slab together, and, likewise it marks their respective projects at their most pop-wise and propulsive, both … Read more
*Limited Edition vinyl reissue pressed up on Pink Vinyl* Bjork's classic second album finally available in this coloured vinyl edition - comes with a download coupon and includes classics such as "Army of Me", "Hyper-Ballad", "Isobel", Possibly Maybe", I Miss you" and more.
Christina Nemec (Comfortzone) presents an unheimlich vision of future ambient music with 'Empty Airport', further to her aktions with Peter Rehberg and Christian Schachinger in Shampoo Boy. Also including additional mixing from Christian Fennesz in the gauzily layered introduction, 'Abandoned House', the album unfolds a finely-parsed mixture of field recordings and electronics laced with inorganic techno drums and stalked by slow moving black masses of bass. If Eno's 'Music For Airports' is a dreamy experience, this is its nightmare analog; recreating, for us at least, that sensation of being enc… Read more
"After releasing a string of driving, dancefloor-oriented singles on European labels Rush Hour and Hotflush, Brooklyn’s own Praveen Sharma aka Braille keys up his debut LP, Mute Swan, on Friends of Friends. With an ear for sentimental melodies and an unprecedented step into the vocal arena, Braille’s first full-length is rife with narrative appeal and rich songwriting, collapsing dozens of genre signifiers into a cauldron of pathos. Sharma’s own vocal experiments are aided by Jessie Boykins III on “I Assume” and Angelica Bess on “Ports” and “Better Than Nothing”, as well as additional production f… Read more
**First new album from the Moloko singer in 8 years! 180g wax inc. CD copy** "It begins with ‘Gone Fishing’ that chimes like the bells of a buoy bullied by tide, everything hanging from a two-note octave. The lyric written after watching Jennie Livingston’s ‘Paris Is Burning’, a study of race, class, gender and sexuality in America. A walk of ‘Realness’ with Pepper LaBeija, Angie Xtravaganza, Willi Ninja, and their Houses. Surviving the slap of love and the weight of what media would have us believe are beauty and success. ‘Evil Eyes’ pits an elastic thunder of ruff punk bass against exp… Read more
The master percussionist and his vocal spar present new cuts and versions further to their 'Cease To Matter' (2014) album. 'Clock' is cut for the 'floor with tilted 5/4 rhythms explored in two mixes; an original keeps it cool and mysterious whereas the version layers up angular strings and darting bass plucks with a future 4th world flex. Diodd-Ellis comes into his own on two shorter sound poems, sounding kinda like the Spaceape (R.I.P.) on 'Inward Sun Reprise', and as some enigmatic spirit guide in the echo chamber swell of 'Lovestruck Battlefield'.
Edition of 500 copies. "When Daniel O'Sullivan was invited to curate the sixth instalment of Transmissions Festival in Ravenna, 2013 his first request was for Charlemagne Palestine, the shamanic world-maker and sacred toy emissary associated with the New York, 60's minimalist scene and one time student of Pandit Pran Nath. Known primarily for extended performances with Bösendorfer piano, cathedral organs and falsetto voice but has also exhibited his visual work internationally. After transmissions O'Sullivan invited Palestine to play a two night … Read more
Thursday, 30 April
**Hardcore, FWD dance music from two leading sound artists. Initial copies on translucent red wax. Edition of 500, Mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Mark Fell and Gábor Lázár ratchet the game with their razor-sharp debut collaboration, 'The Neurobiology of Moral Decision Making'. As promised in the wake of Gábor's acclaimed vinyl debut, 'EP16', the duo have colluded on a full set of ten tracks, ranging from short synapse bursts thru to an uncannily emotive 12 minute masterpiece on the closing side. As the 10th release on The Death of Rave, it demonstra… Read more
*Housed in glossy inner and debossed reverse board jacket with sticker set and download code for bonus track** LuckyMe fake left with Naked's debut record updating '90s shoegaze for the 20teens. Formed around Agnes Gryczkowka's vaulted 4AD vox, Alex Johnston and Grant Campbell - all from Edinburgh - tailor glacial basslines and diaphanous guitars gilded with neon-lit synths for (almost too) perfectly measured atmospheres. They're most effective when they inject a modern sensibility, as with the rolling drum machine grammar of 'Voyeur' and the iciliy picked half-step of 'Memory Almost Full'. RIYL 18+, Slowdive, Cocteau Twins.