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Friday, 03 October
Ships in 3 days"Steve Gunn and Mike Gangloff (Pelt) combine six-and 12-string guitars with gongs, tanpura, singing bowls, shruti box, and banjo fora gorgeous collection of improvised compositions. The two artists took it pretty far off the beaten path for Melodies for a Savage Fix, sequestering themselves for an overnight session in the remote farmhouse/recording studio of noted roots-music engineer Joseph Dejarnette (Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bruce Greene, Curtis Eller) in the countryside of Floyd County, Virginia.There in the tiny community of Topeka, miles from the county's one… Read more
Ships in 3 days**Impressive debut album of vaulted, GYBE!-like post-rock, new on Sub Rosa** "Oiseaux-Tempête debut album retraces, in a sonic odyssey, the qualms and queries of a sickly and dysfunctional Western society. The trio was created in Paris in 2012 by the musically versatile pair Frédéric D. Oberland (guitar) and Stéphane Pigneul (bass) (members of FareWell Poetry and Le Réveil des Tropiques) and percussionist Ben Mc Connell (drummer for bands such as Beach House, Rain Machine, Au Revoir Simone, Marissa Nadler and Winter Family). The band's creative process is intertwined with that of Stép… Read more
Ships in 3 daysGlossy 2nd album of full-frontal modern synth-goth from Toronto, Canada's Roberto Alfons, aka Trust. 'Joyland' follows that same dark path as his 'TRST' debut album and those infectiously hooky early singles with more blunted Ian Curtis impersonations and carefully crafted synth atmospheres harking back to original '80s styles but with a clunky contemporary heft.
Ships in 3 daysMule Musiq entice some sweet ambient compositions from house and techno producers, alongside pieces by artists better known for work in neo-classical/ambient echelons. The likes of Petre Inspirescu, Roman Flügel, John Roberts and Recondite all step out of their usual domain into feathered, glassy, beat-less zones, alongside tranquil moments from seasoned ambient composers such as Hauschka and Koss. If we're picking any one highlight, it's gotta be Terre Thaemlitz aka DJ Sprinkles' remix of the Nobody Mix for Primula's 'Nobody's In This Classroom'.
Ships in 3 daysPrickly digital soul music from NTS Radio's own Throwing Shade, following her Mystic Places' debut for Kassem Mosse's Ominira label with this gem for No Pain In Pop. '19 Jewels' is an iridescent distillation of underground London currents in 2014, contouring traces of '80s boogie & '90s R&B, African dance music and Asian pop with an abstract, detached sensibility landing somewhere between Hype Williams, Maria Minerva and Negra Branca. The kaleidoscopic synthsoul of 'Sweet Tooth' feat. Emily Bee opens for a set constantly in flux between light and dark, from the dank chamber vibes lit with ch… Read more
Ships in 3 daysKeiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke and Oren Ambarchi present their 5th annual collaboration, as always recorded at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo. While the previous session was a proper face melter, this one, made in March 2013, is a far more subtle and diverse session. It starts up with a beautifully delicate duet between Keiji's vocals and Finnish Kantele and O'Rourke's lyrical 12-string haunted by Ambarchi's wine glass tones (rubbing not drinking), before letting Jim take the lead with nimbly fluid improvisation and scaling up into twsted electronic noise … Read more
Ships in 3 daysTwo thirds of drone-metal pioneers Sleep, Chris Hakius and Al Cisneros didn't exactly have to try too hard to get the press write about their latest project Om. With only drums and bass guitar the two proceeded to re-think the drone-metal/stoner rock genre and there couldn't have been a better time to do it, suddenly as if by accident the world had begun to appreciate 20 minutes drones, and while this might be down to Emusic's download policy, it left the door open for Om to take control of the scene. With two albums on their own Holy Mountain label the duo did just that, incorporating spiritu… Read more
Ships in 3 daysCharming, retrovisionist house bleeps from the fella fka Polonaise, now Temples for 100% Silk. Hard to ignore the sublime SAW 85-92 vibes of opener 'Earrings II' with its sky-high melody and pumping techno patter, whilst 'Reality' harks back to vintage Legowelt and Chicago styles, 'Eidolon Voy' does kinky Haç house, and 'Sun Dipper' gets all cheesy, evoking visions of Ibiza sunsets and gurning Oakey mugs.
Ships in 3 daysBig room thunder from UK survivor Mark Broom, backed with a stripped, insistent Edit Select dub. Broom pulls out his best kicks and some patiently developed drones to raise the roof with a blistering noise finale, Edit Select duly temper to a monotone, shark-eyed pounder.
Ships in 3 daysFirst new Monobox gear from Rob Hood on M-Plant since 2001! Following the gospel truths of his Floorplan alias, Hood explores his most minimal side with two supple, rolling aces: 'Film' meets noirish, stealthily building chords with panther-style bass and chiming martian harmonics; 'Rectangle' is signature Rob Hood - tight chord flux and poised, kicking Motor City techno groove.