Thursday, 23 October
*Full-length debut from the elusive Shinichi Atobe, known for an incredible 12” on Chain Reaction almost 15 years ago and never seen or heard from since. Audio mastered and cut by Matt Colton, Individually numbered edition of 600 copies for the world, initial 200 on coloured vinyl. Vinyl purchases come with a download of the full album plus 4 bonus tracks dropped into your account on Monday, October 27th* Shinichi Atobe has managed to stay off grid since he made an appearance on Basic Channel’s Chain Reaction imprint back in 2001. He delivered the second-to-last 12” on the label and … Read more
Listening to this latest album from Liz Harris’ Grouper project it’s easy to forget how much of a hard sell her music was back when 'Way Their Crept’ landed with us back in 2005. Her eerie, layered mix of bare vocals, guitar and tape delay didn't quite fit in with what anyone else was really doing on the scene back then - and it completely knocked us out even if no one was buying it. By the time her breakthrough ‘Dragging a Dead Deer…’ arrived on Type three years later she was more or less playing to a baying mob hungry for any little morsel she cared to throw their way, her (by now) more fleshed out … Read more
A late pinnacle of the Drexciyan oeuvre, Storm 2 aka Transllusion's 'The Opening of the Cerebral Gate' is issued to download for the first time! This is the original CD track-listing, including 12 songs, as opposed to eight on the original 2LP. We're not quite sure what they were using on this one, but it's all remarkably bass-heavy, even saturated, compared with a lot of other Drexciyan workouts, resulting some of their most ruggedly stripped down electro-techno functions ranging from the pounding might of 'Transmission Of Life' to the militant march of 'War Of… Read more
'Tomorrow Was the Golden Age' is an unmistakably gorgeous and refreshing suite of microtonal minimalist composition by New York-based ensemble, Bing & Ruth. Helmed by writer, conductor and lead pianist, David Moore, and supported by two upright bassists, two clarinetists, a cellist and a tape delay tech, Bing & Ruth genuinely sweep us off somewhere sublime without recourse to overblown conceit or cliche - something all too prevalent and cloying in today's neo-classical quarters. Their skill lies in the ability to drift, almost imperceptibly, between microtonal harmonies and si… Read more
The Hyperdub capo and his dread spar at their best on 'Killing Season' - their first joint release since 2011's 'Otherman'. Strikingly, it reveals The Space Ape at his most honest, both lyrically and aesthetically, with sparing use of effects and pitching sharpening his position over whipsmart drill snares and depth charge subs in 'Chasing A Beast', or eerily panned and centred around the coil groove and drones of 'Devil Is A Liar'. In 'Heart' he's heard lucid amidst recursive echoes and skittish hi-hat patter, whilst the beatless 'Pictures On The Wall' could almost be one of Le… Read more
Stellar 2nd album of Detroit techno sci-fi from Terrence Dixon's Population One avatar. Arriving a mere 20 years since his Population One debut, 'Unknown Black Shapes' - whose 1995 follow-up EP, 'Hippnotic Culture' coincidentally inspired Rush Hour's moniker - we're made privy to Dixon's most intimate, noirish portrayal of a 313 psyche in eight tracks traversing hi-tech jazz and cryptic electro along mesmerising minimalist patterns. It's a proper Afro-futurist document, taking flight from desolate 313 interzones with the introspective opener 'Out Of Control'. propelled via … Read more
'Cover You Will Softer Me' is a subtly mesmerising suite of lower case sound-scapes rustled together by Canadian sound artist crys cole and Australian performer/composer James Rushford. Arriving on the Kye-related Penultimate Press, it marks crys' 2nd collaboration with an Australian artist released in 2014 after the uncannily intimate 'Sonja Henies Vei 31' LP with Oren Ambarchi for Planam, and also marks Rushford's follow-up to the deeply involved 'Manhunter' LP with Joe Talia. Working together as Ora Clementi, they conduct a serene yet blue drift across two sides patching and… Read more
Sub Rosa present a revelatory collection of painstakingly restored early tape works by Roberto Gerhard, a prior pupil of Arnold Schoenberg and central figure of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, who's regarded as the first person to seriously engage with electronic music in Britain. Ironically enough, Gerhard was actually Spanish: a central figure of the Catalan avant-garde, he arrived in Cambridge via France after fleeing Spain in 1939. Once settled in England, he composed a series of orchestra and stage works which established his international reputation whilst… Read more
*Ships Friday* Heralding Dean Blunt's 'Black Metal' album, Rough Trade cut digital single '50 Cent' and new song 'Trident' to heavy wax. The bummed-out drums and guitars of '50 Cent' shuffle across the A-side voiced by a blue duet between Blunt and Joanne Robertson. B-side, 'Trident' leans on a steel cold tip with gangster drum drill and tweaked-out guitar loops recalling Blunt's Watch The Throne associate, James Ferraro. Can't say i'm not a little disappointed they didn't include the first half of the youtube version, hoping they'll rectify that on the LP if it's not a copyright headfxxk.
Searing, psychoactive dancefloor states from Jordan Czamanski (half of Juju & Jordash) and William Burnett (Willie Burns) as Crotocosm. The A-side, 'Fanatic 1' is a real blinder, triggering a motorik bassline and pealing kosmische synths to a near-cinematic climax and starbursting conclusion that's far more industrialised, up for it, than anything we're previously heard from them. Flipside they channel and temper that studio mania into the spidery groove and brain-flossing modular plong of 'Fanatic 2', and check out a class fusion of Detroit electro and kosmiche harmonics in the Carl Craig-esque 'Untitled'. Big tip!
**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** Stone cold classic Surgeon gear remastered for optimal impact. The 'Pet 2000' 12" was first released in 1995 and ratcheted Surgeon's taste for bittersweet microtonal discord to largely unprecedented levels within the techno scene. The evil 'Badger Bite' attacks from the front with a whirlwind of flying knife synth noise powered by storming drums that have seen more than enough carnage in their 19 years on the 'floor. Flipside, 'Electric Chicken' locks down to a skippier sort of techno brutalism, and 'Reptile Mess' really gets under the skin with its slippery synthlines and coiled groove. Now, pet…
What looks like the penultimate edition of FatCat's split series contrasts a remarkably epic Katie Gately composition with a side of spannered psychedelic house by Tlaotlon. This is the first we've heard of Katie Gately since her fascinating side for Public Information a year ago. Again she returns to the painstaking method of sampling and editing her own vocals and concrète sources into uncannily detailed, kinetic arrangements liable to buckle, vault and twist in the most unique geometries. Her 'Pivot' plays through as one 14 minute piece collaging a tortuous narrative from mu… Read more
"First ever re-issue of this 1965 Jamaican Latin-Calypso-Jazz album by piano genius Cecil Lloyd, who led a 20-piece hotel band from the age of seventeen. In 1959, the maestro was asked to record an album for 20th Century Fox and he later released three albums at Studio One. Featuring a solid rhythm section with conga and percussion, A Night in Jamaica was produced by Ken Khouri for Federal's Kentone label. This enduring masterpiece still echoes across the beautiful Caribbean Sea."
Grade A big room techno tackle from a canny new trio on 50 Weapons. Well-poised and driven, three tracks reduce techno to the barest, most effective elements primed for haughty 'floor shows between the woodblock snare pivots and achingly well-timed developments of 'Attack' thru filtered disco-tech in 'The Wind', and the surging pleasuredome monster, 'Curious'.
**Gatefold LP reissue. Available again for first time in years** 'Break Through In Grey Room' is an historic collection of cut-up tape works by William S. Burroughs aided and abetted by Ian Sommerville and Brion Gysin. First compiled and released in 1986, but documenting recordings made and cut-up during the mid-'60s in hotel rooms of Paris, New York, London, Tangiers, it stands as testament to Burroughs pioneering work striving to "cut the pre-recorded time line of present time, and let the future leak through", by splicing and dicing recordings of monologues, radio wa… Read more
Hard, crunchy techno freaks from a new cat in the Fifth Wall playground. 'Bumper Crop' follows Dualit's workouts for LCR Records and London's Earwiggle with three big-boned bangers laying the law between radged noise techno in 'Rant' and the cosmic techno chaos of 'Metis', whilst Brooklyn's P.O.I. weighs in with a pulverised remix of 'Rant'.
*2014 Reissue* Another awesome EP from Madlib's alter-ego, the blue fluffy feller himself Lord Quas. This was the first taste many of us had of 'The Further Adventures of Lord Quas' (where 'Bus Ride' and 'Greenery' would appear again) and is the perfect showcase of the 'Lib's defiant humour and insanely good production. To my mind the Quasimoto material has always been the absolute cream of Madlib's output and this gorgeous EP is one of the best of the bunch. Just buy it...
**one-sided, hand-stamped white label with insert** 'Hit Track!' from Amsterdam's Juju & Jordash. Heralding the duo's 'Clean Cut' LP, also for Dekmantel, they do it like no others with an indivisible fusion of tropical house pads, boogie bass nudges and driving New York/Chicago house groove ripened with signature analogue production values.
Manic electronica/techno fusions from BNJMN on his follow-up to the darker shades of 'IV' for Technicolour. Each track here feels almost torn between two worlds, from the leaden throb and flighty, frantic Manga samples of 'Coil' thru the crushed groove and sparkling electronic dimensions of 'Berth' to the strange schism of mechanical bird noise and pounding techno in 'Merge' and the spatialized ambient trickery of closer, 'Azure'.
Skewed and scuffed garage trax from Marco Zanin aka DJ Octopus and half of Venetian duo, Die Roh. His 3rd 12", following releases for Enlightened Wax and Chiwax, comes with a pendulous, rugged reminding of John Swing or Battista in the gritty groove of 'Smack My Pitch Up' whilst 'Cycling' serves a tape-saturated sort of bumpty garage-house. Better yet, the B-side lays out a killer fusion of technoid snares (snatched off Dimi Angelis & Jeroen Search's 'Jupiter'?) and heavy house bass with that classic "Love Fantaseee" sample, and 'A Day At The Lake With Carlos' simmers down to a blue strain of mid-tempo garage.
**180g wax** Remastered reissue of a gorgeous 1981 solo flight by Dorothea Raukes, then member of Düsseldorf's Streetmark. The melodic and gently rhythmic appeal of 'Deutsche Wertarbeit' plays acutely at odds with the album's rather stern-looking typographic sleeve art and even the project's moniker itself. Emerging from a member of a fairly well-known prog/krautrock group at the time, it's actually quite poppy, especially in the burbling rhythms, hooks and vocoder vocals of 'Guten Abend, Leute', the beaming sequencer joy of 'Deutscher Wald' and the perfectly uplifting groove… Read more
**Marbled olive wax in hand-stamped sleeve** ENA gets his FIS on with six tracks of murky, un-quantised D&B reduction for the Samurai Horo series. Located fathoms away from the Japanese producer's more conventional breakbeat workouts, these tracks explore abstracted tones and textures reminding of Bellows or Pole, helmed by unsteady ballast of melting bass shapes and the sorta sonar pings more commonly associated with Jeff Mills. RIYL Miles, Dynamo, Felix K…
**Edition of 250** Mellow, deeper house, acid and electronica from the Uncharted Audio crew. Davor gives the session a smooth start with the elegant piano phrases and almost DJ Sprinkles-style shuffle of 'Ride With Me' next to the subtly intricate rhythms and AFXian ambient arrangement of Ukkonen's 'Terophase'. Shlømo takes us to moodier dub techno territory with 'Heart Of Bijamine', and Langer's 'Now We Are Six' gives a classy electro-acid kiss-off.
Mondkopf cross-pollinates black metal and cinematic electronics in unique style as Extreme Precautions for In Paradisum. Bitter to the core and prickling a with diseased noise pallor, 'I' renders eleven mutations packing technoid blast beats, Carpenter-esque synth motifs and slabs of doom metal drone serrated by jagged 16th note drum machine assaults.
*Swans’ debut album re-mastered and reissued on vinyl for the first time in 30 years, including two reproduction live posters and download code* The first in a series of re-mastered catalogue reissues from Swans, ‘Filth’ was originally released in 1983 and has been unavailable on vinyl ever since. Here’s what Michael Gira himself has to say about it: "This is all slabs of sound, rhythm and screaming/testifying. What more do you need? In a way, it was a reaction against Punk (and just about any other music you can think of), and the conservative notion that 3 chords were somehow necess… Read more
**Single-side edition with etching by Travis Millward on the flipside** Fxxcking well aye Mods on the razz again with a cracking live version of 'Fizzy' from 'Austerity Dogs' plus their ode to Notts, 'Urine Mate (Welcome to the Club)'. Famously known as the song that got interrupted during their show at RSD '14, 'Fizzy' was inspired "by the many thousands of psychopathic managers and supervisors that terrorise low paid workers throughout the world on a daily basis" and features Jason thorough dismantling some poor cxxt who obviously got his goat. And the bile continues to spill with B-side 'Urin… Read more
Worldly, wide-angled blend of R&B, dub and pop from Copenhagen-based American, Steven Jess Borth II. As with almost everything else on the excellent Time No Place label, 'Form Of Release' presents a uniquely skewed perspective on convention. Across eleven diverse and accomplished productions ranging from icy R&B minimalism reminding of inc. or HTDW, thru warmer Junior Boys-alike boogie and uptempo soul-pop burners, CHLLNGR's versatile soul vocal and feel for uncluttered dub spaciousness are really the only common elements, and equally one of the main attractions.