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Friday, 24 May
Ships in 2 daysBlooming heavy atmospheric doom sludge improvisations from Aidan Baker (Nadja, Whisper Room, Infinite Light) and Josh Rothenberger (Bloody Panda), recorded live in Brookly 2008, and later augmented with guest musicians. The resultant 'Smokefall' revolves around three lengthy pieces sweeping between ultra-slow doom crushers to plangent ambient and darkly psychedelic folk and black metal atmospheres. An impressive album, one to really get lost in. For fans of Ocean, Æthenor, Nadja.
Ships in 2 daysOne of D&B's darkest, baddest new units - Pessimist, Vega and Cooper, aka Ruffhouse - roll out two punishing dreadnaughts for Ingredients. 'Strangers' is our percy; rolling reese bass and oxidised industrial percussions with strong links to vintage Dom & Roland or Optical at their most malign. Heavy artillery! 'The Domino Effect' is a minimal, brooding hardstepper under pressure of darkside atmospheres.
Ships in 2 daysahhhh, this is so good. Michigan noise celebs John Olson and Nate Young are joined by new blood James Baljo to coin their new era of mutoid wave music on 'No Answer: Lower Floors'. You freaks will also be pleased to hear that former members Aaron Dilloway and Mike Connelly return to the fold for this slab of cold, zombied meat, converging primal visions of regressed futures previously imagined in records by the likes of TG or The German Shepherds. There's a sense that the group's divergent individual interests - Nate Young with Regression, Stare Case, Moon Pool & Dead Band, John Olso… Read more
Ships in 2 daysFollowing last year's one-off hook-up with Blackest Ever Black, which showcased storming versions from Regis and Monoton, Desire Records go it alone on their second volume of Ike Yard remixes. Tropic of Cancer get top billing with their take on the NY post-punk minimalists' 'Half A God': they offer up a cold-to-the-touch, marbled slab of sepulchral, introspective dub, Camella Lobo's phantasmal vocal presence and reverbed guitar beckoning you into a colour-bled zwischenwelt; deadly sparse and unforgiving, at times it sounds like it could be a lost instrumental sketch from Hannett… Read more
Ships in 2 daysUTTU buss out Ohm's killer 1992 UK house prototype, 'Tribal Tone', primed with new remixes by Capracara and Marquis Hawkes, plus Ohm's new outfit, Northern Souls. Most notably, the infectious Mo' Better Grooves mix is credited as the first tune to use that distinctive Korg M1 sound - the very same used on Robin S anthem, 'Show Me Love - whilst their Ruffneck Mix boosts the energy levels for the raving crew. Ohm's fellow Scots house player, Marquis Hawkes gives up a sub-soaked and kinkier reduction, and Capracara lends his dedicated dancefloor experience to a bassline-warping and raved up and horny speed Garage take.
Ships in 2 daysIt makes sense that Mark Ernestus's investigations into the grain and grammar of rhythm have led him to Senegal - where Mbalax, an ecstatic fusion of Western music styles and traditional Senegalese drum music (sabar), has been flourishing since the 1970s. Hard-grooving, hypnotic, fiendishly swung - and with an instrumental palette comprised largely of talking-drums and sequencer-like marimba synths - it's easy to understand why it appeals to both the technical and intuitive sides of the Basic Channel/Rhythm & Sound don's brain, whose burgeoning interest in Africa has … Read more
Ships in 2 daysThe best producer in the world to be named after a food dye, Quinoline Yellow - James Williams to his mam - re-enters the fray with a solid new EP on Touchin’ Bass. Last time we heard from him was in the mid-2000s when he had a steady stream of releases coming out on Skam and his own Uchelfa imprint; this new material is hardly a huge leap on creative, but as Manc-flavoured IDM goes, it’s very respectable. The winsome, comedown-friendly melodies and balmy synth-pads that drive most of the tracks here will appeal to fans of BoC/Vibert/Jenkins at their most soppy, but things get more in… Read more
Ships in 2 daysNancy Elizabeth returns with a graceful third album that isn't afraid of its own intelligence. Opener ‘The Last Battle’ is indicative of the Manchester-based talent's present ambition, her voice multi-tracked into a dramatic, Morricone-style chorus, the sighing strings and vibrato guitar underlining that spag-western vibe and also nodding to the mariachi-flavoured psych of Love’s ‘Alone Again Or’. ‘Heart’ sounds like a less fragile Julia Holter, precious vocal harmonies and subtle synth zaps orbiting an almost new jack swing-style rhythm, but Elizabeth doesn’t settle into a predictable patter… Read more
Ships in 2 daysMaudlin beatscapes and angst-ridden electro-pop from Baths on 'Obsidian', the follow-up to 2010's 'Cerulean'. As seems to be entirely commonplace for Anticon artists these days, Will Wiesenfeld seems in thrall to the plaintive chamber-folk of people like Sufjan Stevens and Peter Broderick, working with an aspirational toolbox of strings, guitars and vocal harmonies, favouring hushed, clos-mic'd production, and trying to put his own stamp on the formula with some dusty drum loops, erratic electronic squiggles and stuttering, disruptive edits. Elsewhere, as on 'Miasma Sky', the touchstone seem to be Hot… Read more