Thursday, 14 August
*Excellent collection of fractal electronics and disrupted 808 beats from New York-based conceptual artist James Hoff Mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Artwork constructed using viral images from James Hoff with typography by Bill Kouligas, housed in a beautiful spot-varnish sleeve** James Hoff's razor sharp second LP for PAN, 'Blaster' reveals the effects of computer viruses upon the composition process, and their potential to fxxk with networks of communication. Across a seven-track A-side suite, and a B-side of 'Scratch' tools, Hoff uses the eponymous computer virus to infect … Read more
*Initial copies on Blue and Purple coloured vinyl - third and final instalment in a series of three extended reissues from SND. 12-tracks fully remastered from DAT tapes by Rashad Becker at D&M* ‘Travelog’ was the third EP released by Mat Steel and Mark Fell as SND, arriving in 1999 just before the release of their influential debut album ‘Makesnd Cassette’ on the Mille Plateaux label. Of the three EP reissues in the series, ‘Travelog’ contains the most developed and satisfying work from the pair, edging their reduced production palette into more fully-realised dimensions, colo… Read more
**Gatefold jacket with a free download of the album** Werk Discs' new MVP, Moiré, patterns a unique fusion of leftfield House and Techno with debut album, 'Shelter'. Rooted in wayward modern funk, and brimming with emotive chicanery, 'Shelter' is a thoroughly considered, robust LP statement that stands out from the current crowd. Sounding out somewhere between Carl Craig's erogenous house and the psychedelic zones of Actress, it occupies an unstable, shifty mid-ground, in flux between tiered layers of classic analogue synths, tape machines and drum computers (check his feature on Fact magazine for a r… Read more
Reissue of Drexciya's first album proper and a milestone for Detroit and electronic music in general. It was first released in 1999 and has since been hailed as one of the enigma's most crucial missives. This vinyl version is trimmed down from the CD to contain 13 tracks including the killer 'Funk Release Valve' and 'Andrean Sand Dunes', among others. To put it simply, and without overstatement: this is one of the finest electronic albums ever made.
**Edition of 500 on heavy wax with insert and download code** Pye Corner Audio expands on 'Black Mist', taken from 'The Outer Church' compilation released by Front & Follow, now backed with new track and a blown-out Old Apparatus remix. The dramatic original is given time and space to let that Dr. Who-style bass riff and soaring synth to take flight across the A-side, whilst the flip brings the funereal slow techno processional, 'Bulk Erase', into play beside a roiling, radiant render from Old Apparatus, who also fold in oriental field recordings to abstract and exotic effect.
'40 Days Of Silence' is Jacob Kirkegaard's hauntingly glacial soundtrack to 'Chilla', a 2014 debut feature by Berlin-based Uzbek filmmaker, Saodat Ismailova. Issued by Italy's Von, the label curated by Nico Vascellari and Carlos Casas, it's an immersive journey into silence, reflective of the film's story about a young woman who remains silent for 40 days, and by extension the intimate, unconscious story of four women in Central Asia in key moments of their lives. Von present six selections from Kirkegaard's soundtrack, framing a desolate, distant soundfield rent with glistening,… Read more
**Playable, one-sided vinyl postcard disc. Limited edition of 500 with download code** Karen Novotny X blow the cutest cosmic synth bubbles on this sweet treat for Deep Distance. As with their sought-after, "lost" and found collection, 'Nothing Here But These Recordings 78-79', the enigmatic East London group unfurl previously unreleased 3 minutes of gaseous analogue electronics and percolating drum machine in a krauty lather that strongly recalls key late '70s/early '80s records by Craig Leon, Colin Potter or Chris Carter. The warm, fuzzy analogue production and melodic naiv… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Allez-Téia, the second album by French guitarist Richard Pinhas under the Heldon moniker, was originally released in 1975 on the artist’s own Disjuncta imprint. Far from the band’s prog-tinged trio lineup, Allez-Téia features a menagerie of guitars, Mellotron and analog synthesizers. While opening track “In the Wake of King Fripp” pays homage to King Crimson in its title, the album’s heady textures and rhythmic meditations are more reminiscent of the German Kosmiche movement (Cluster, Harmonia, et al.) and post-rock experimentalists, such as Jim … Read more
Slow burning modern London soul music from Gilles Peterson favourite, Reginald Omas IV. In the last few years Reginald has cropped up with a cover of Roy Ayers' "lost classic" 'Keep On Walking' on the Brownswood Bubblers 10 compilation, and seen his tracks included in mixes from Mo Kolours and LeFtO. which brings us up to speed for the downstroke, lower case styles of 'As We Move', seven choice bits woozing between the Moodymann-esque 'Fire Burning' to the melted Afro-beat jazz of 'Know You Better', wonky R&B synths on 'Hold It Together' and juiciest neo-soul in 'One More Time'.
Border Community's Nathan Fake and Wesley Matsell inaugurate Fake's Cambria Instruments label with a wicked pair of knotted, wayward techno grooves. A-side reveals Fake's first new material since 2012's 'Steam Days' album with a slippery garage-techno groove buffeted by off-the-grid drums and drenched in the kind of synth dissonance that makes your fillings ring. It's gotta be one of the craftiest dancefloor trax we've heard in 2014. That outro, too! On the flip, Wesley Matsell follows his rave reminiscence 'Total Order Of Being' with a moody but sublime piece of pastoral techno… Read more
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. ‘Can’ was originally released in 1978 and sees Holger Czukay take more of a back seat. It would be Can’s last album before they reformed one more time with Malcolm Mooney on ‘Rite Time’ in 1986.
"One of the most discussed of Ra's New York era recordings, 'Cosmic Tones' functions as a blueprint for the sort of large-scale jazz weirdness that would inform much of Sun Ra's subsequent works, featuring the woozy reeds of And Otherness and the afro-jazz experiments of Thither And Yon. On Adventure Equation a space echo treatment on the recording which is reprised for the sax flurries on Voice Of Space makes the whole experience even more disorientating and exciting.The album has increasingly been discussed within the context of anticipating psychedelia or pointing towards t… Read more
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. 'Delay’ was originally released in 1981 and was the classic ‘first album’ that was stuck in the vaults until 1981 when Holger Czukay edited the archived tapes and completed the album. It's a compilation of early outtakes of Can’s work with singer Malcolm Mooney, including some of the band’s earliest material. It contains the song ‘The Thief’, which was later covered live by Radiohead.
*Limited gatefold sleeve edition of 500, includes a copy of the CD free inside* "One of the most ‘mysterious’ Afro-Disco records produced in the late 70s; Nana Love’s “Disco Documentary – Full Of Funk”. The original master tapes were un-covered - and luckily in great shape - and in the process of restoring the tapes, un-released material was discovered, enriching this special package. Nana Love’s work, is a testament to the music’s most redeeming qualities: great musicianship, funky basslines and killer breaks. As a singer / songwriter in the leading role throughout, she [w… Read more
Superb 100-110bpm house slugs on 180g wax from Madrid-based Downbeat label owners, Jose Rico and F-on. Riding under the Downbeat moniker, they do that slowed-down-funk with style on 100bpm A-side 'Moskitos En Siberia' clocking sparse, gritty percussion and impending waves of white noise drone emulating that wading-into-a-headwind dream state. Flipside, F-on goes dolo with with the floaty 110bpm chug of 'Smog' folding in railway location recordings and wistful pads to come off like Andy Stott reworking one of John Fahey's tape pieces. Tipped!
At long last Skeptical's in-demand dub 'Chain Reaction' lands on the shop floor backed with the stark skank of 'Echo Dub'. Operating at 140bpm rather than his usual D&B zones really suits this producer, much like others such as SP:MC or Kryptic Minds who've also made the same, tectonic shifts. 'Echo Dub' is spacious pensile, hingeing pendulous subs off woodblock snares and Nyabinghi-like runs trimmed with scything synth slashes; 'Chain Reaction' is pure dread, stoking super-wide subs and jaw-tensing rimshot skitters to killer effect.
Heavy techno pressure from Helix in his DJ Vague guise for UTTU. Following his 'Porsche Trax' 12" for Templar Sound, the American producer brings di boum boum in three parts ranging from Len Faki-style big room behaviour to skippier, dubbed out styles reminding of Shed's Wax and EQ'D tools to a ferocious, spaced-out closer approaching old skool Luke Slater levelz. Tipped!
**Includes 12" colour 16mm print with optical soundtrack enabling entry to record launch party** HHF Vol.1 collects 15 tracks of wayward electronica from Sculpture, Some Truths, Scanner, Spatial, Will Ward and Merkaba Macabre, among others. Following text from HFF: "A film festival arrives at a station, crossplatforms and releases its own music. Absurd? Good. This release has been assembled not only to embrace such lateral mutations, but also to foster that process. From its inception in 2010 Hackney Film Festival set out as a platform for a community of audio-visual artists living and working in … Read more
Fugged-up, emotive electronica from Jimmy Billingham's Holovr alias, returning to Opal Tapes with his first vinyl release. 'Holo Earth' follows the scuzzy sci-fi themes of 'Lunar Lake' with a spirited collection of droning pads, murdered jungle and cracked techno nodding to early Autechre, no wave electronics and dark ambient musics. We can hear contemporary parallels in certain sectors of the Bristol sound between Young Echo and No Corner, but it's all much more blown out and degraded, even ambiguous, strung between celestial new age dreaminess, rugged rhythms and morphing patina of hiss and wob… Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 300 whites with insert** Raw, hard-wired house deviations from Pxshdog on London's Trax Couture boutique. After a couple of killer 12"s from Rushmore consolidating Footwork, Ballroom and Chi House, they go shades tougher here with Pxshdog's debut striking a throbbing vein of tracky goodness. Uptown he balls between cowbell-stung Bassline garage-meets techno on 'Juicy Chocolate', blocky buck in 'Akira's Drift', and fierce filter house on 'Nubian 124'. Downtown they play nice 'n nasty with the darkside Dance Mania of 'Dancin N Shit' and the electroid slammer 'Tittytron'. Well aye we're dancing.
Enchanting, refreshing house from Deepblak's Damon Bell for London's Meda Fury division of R&S. Positively spilling over with good vibes, 'Hue-Man Made' serves five tracks of Afro-centric rhythms sprinkled with lush keys and radiant synths to mark out ground between Jamal Moss at his most lucid, and the supple grooves of Mr Raoul K or Aybee. Check for the breezy strums and triplet gyrations of 'Hue-Man Made' or the beaming cosmic grooves of 'Radius' and 'Enthusiastic Minor'.
**Vinyl edition of 250 with fabric insert. Quietly curious, solemn blend of treated field recordings and solo piano** "Yes Blythe, is Callum Higgins, the head & body behind Baptists & Bootleggers, Sacred Tapes, River Slaughter and countless other projects. He has made a big impression at Gnod HQ with his relentless work rate , off the wall concepts and soldering skills. Following his debut album, Keep The Faith, earlier in the year, Yes Blythe returns with Initiate Screen Prevails, a two track EP. Both tracks are an attempt to capture the raw energy of recent live outings but wit… Read more
"The productions of producer Bunny "Striker" Lee were so extensive in the early to mid-1970s that labels were created just to handle his ever-expanding output. Three labels that came about during this time when dub was King were Jackpot, Justice and Attack. Here Jamaican Recordings takes a look at the Justice label and have compiled a collection of some of its finest dub cuts. Justice Records was formed in the early '70s as a subsidiary label to handle the ever-growing output of the producer and hit-maker from Jamaica, Bunny "Striker" Lee. Bunny worked in all the Jamaican studios and as an indep… Read more
*Another Library Music classic from the KPM vaults gets a vinyl reissue* "Afro and Rock: now that’s a pretty good combination any day of the week chez Love Lee but in the masterful hands of John Cameron (founder of ace Brit Prog outfit CCS, composer of the cult sound tracks to Kes and Psycomania, and musical arranger for the likes of Donovan, Hot Chocolate, Heatwave and David Essex) and Alan Parker (erm, he wrote the theme to Angels. Note to Alan – ask John who made his website for him) the juxtaposition of these two words kicks up a boat load more breaks and funky atmospherics than can s… Read more
*Vinyl reissue of one of the most famous Library records of all time* "The album you are holding right now is without doubt the King of all library albums, it is a living legend, it is The Big Beat. Not a big beat, but THE Big Beat. Oh yes. Composed by the undisputed heavyweight champions of the genre, Keith Mansfield and Alan Hawkshaw, and until now only available to vinyl junkies with the deepest of pockets it represents everything that is great and good about the music, the musicians and even the fiendish record collectors that make up the shadowy world of Library Music. You c… Read more
**Includes download coupon** The document of a swarming, psychoactive performance by first-time trio Oren Ambarchi, Neil Campbell, and Mick Flower at Newcastle's Tusk Festival in 2013. It might be their first time improvising as a trio but their combined playing experience of some 300 gazillion eons allows them to skip formalities and get down to some incendiary dialogue from the git go. All but the most dedicated follower would be able to pick out what each player contributes to the cacophony, but that's beside the point - en masse, they're an elemental force cap… Read more
**Transparent yellow vinyl edition with double-sided insert and download** 'Local Agent' is a spellbinding new addition to the vast electronic worlds of Digitalis boss Brad Rose aka Charlatan. Steeped in sci-fi references, from the track titles such as 'Blur Suit' and 'Antiprism', to its cinematic industrial atmosphere and sense of retro-futurist romance/dystopia. Anchored by plonging, tactile dub bass for the most, 'Local Agent' sucks us into an abstract narrative of spatial chicanery and chattering, alien melodies given momentum by his kinetic, ever-evolving electronic synthesis. It could be… Read more
Killer 2013 debut from Bristol's Facta for fans of Beneath, Rhythmic Theory, Gage, Neana. Check for the rugged grime-techno rolige of 'Montpelier', the coiled torque of 'Kobra', and Kryptic Minds-like dread skank, 'Upsetter'.
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. ‘Out Of Reach’ has been unavailable in any official format since its original release in 1978 and is one of Can’s rarest, lesser-known albums. This is due in a large part to the fact that bassist Holger Czukay left the band and drummer Jaki Liebezeit has a reduced role, leaving most of the rhythm duties to percussionist come-lately Reeb… Read more