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
**Extremely limited remastered vinyl reissue of the much sought after Swans debut EP. Originally released on Labor Records in 1982. Includes 12" x 12" lyric sheet insert** Bit of a must have, this: Swans debut record, originally issued on Labor Records in 1982, now reissued in conjunction with Mute a generation later. Sonically located at some distance from their current praxis, Swans self-titled maiden zinger emerged as one of the leanest, meanest from the early '80s No wave milieu, resetting rock music with a rude ounce of bounce in the trunk backed by a probing feel for the textures and dynamics o… Read more
'Antigravity' is a sui generis invocation of the rarest, compelling order coaxed from the French avant-garde by Blackest Ever Black. Around the locus of cult trumpeter Jac Berrocal - who famously appeared in the NWW list and collaborated with Steven Stapleton - David Fenech and Vincent Epplay unfold a deliciously psychedelic mystery steeped in the esoteric traditions of musique concrète, dub and jazz, and played with a DIY post-punk freedom. Whilst best heard deep in the night with lights low and something burning, ironically enough, it's gotta be the most colour… 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
Music From Memory present a gorgeous, spiked, fuzzy peach of a compilation focused on the unsung downtown NYC dude whose only solo album inspired the label's moniker. Drawn from a handful of rare cassettes and the aforementioned LP, 'I Was Crossing A Bridge' fathoms oceanic, phasing string drifts alongside pulsing minimal drum computer workouts, avant-garde sound poems and unplaceable cinematic synth scenes; framing a widescreen sonic vision that was richly and inevitably informed by its proximity to the locus of punk, jazz and experimental music circa 1983-1985. During this perio… Read more
The sampledelic don, Luke Vibert revives his disco alias, Kerrier District for Hypercolour a decade on from his much-loved album for Rephlex. Still sounding like a library record from 1979, his '4' album collects 14 cuts of kinky disco breaks and wobbly Moog lines crammed with cheeky samples under naughty names like 'Treacle Tits' and 'Brush The Bush' or any combination of the word "Disco" plus suffix/prefix. Consider your party started.
Dego & Kaidi (Tatham) a.k.a. 2000 Black on a Brazilliant deep house hustle for Sound Signature. Both players in fine fettle here, meeting up for three cuts of original material - their first in this guise since 2008 - as opposed to their usual remix roles. A-side they glyde in with the hovering chords and clipped drum patter of 'Adam Rock Dissed!!' on the warmest tip, moving neatly into the hi-hat-riding dip of 'Moths In wallets', sweetly freckled with guitar by Mr. Mensah and hiding a slick plot twist in the final curves. Better yet, they brings the drums proper on B-side, 'Backchat for… Read more
FYI Chris chases his 10" for Church with a dope and dusty house wiggle-off for Rhythm Section. Dusky and late night London vibes in effect, tapping the tree of Theo for vibes in the crooked groove and heady drones of the title track, and dipping below the 110bpm barrier with the grubbing acid of 'Jeru'. Flip it and 'Need I Say More' dispenses a ruder groove built from swanging bass shifts and tucked bruk drums, for 'Dedication' to tip out on a semi-pastoral, bluesy acid variant.
**Includes 12" x 12" insert of Function's mug** Ostgut Ton serve the first of two exclusive collections accompanying Function's Berghain 07 mix. A-side, UK techno legend Steve Bicknell plays to the big rooms with plangent radar bleeps and surprisingly reserved yet muscular groove, 'odyssey #1', and the mysterious Post Scriptum heads into orbit with the chiming, Millsian trip, 'Human Timescales'. B-side, Luke Slater jacks up a treat as L.B. Dub Corp with the roto-rimshots, toms and Reese bass of 'So Much' on a classic Detroit tip, and Blue Hour powers thru with the stern buck and sci-fi strings of 'Parallels'.
**Includes 12" x 12" insert of Function's mug** Ostgut Ton serve the 2nd of two exclusive collections spawned from Function's Berghain 07 mix. Cassegrain and Tin Man cut first with sub-aquatic acid stride of 'Oxide', and Ed Davenport's Inland coolly conserves energy with the effortless acid techno charge of 'Sca Fell'. On the other side, DVS1 rolls out the tensile dub techno of 'Electric', and Steve Bicknell sounds more like we remember him with the modular lashes and driving force of 'Odyssey #2' (the first being found on the other plate).
A touch of mittel European house klasse from Phillip Lauer on his very satisfying 2nd solo LP. Well known for his collaborative spirit - he's just appeared on Sotofett's latest double pack and regularly contributes to the Arto Mwambe and Tuff City Kids duos - Lauer carries an open-ended but singular aesthetic into his solo work with a spectrum of nocturnal, neon dance tones steeped in late '80s dance music. The tracks on 'Borndom' sound expensive, reeking of sophisticated excess. They rarely peer over the 120bpm barrier, tending towards that mid-tempo swagger and cusp-of-acid house romance between the… Read more
Brothers 008 teams up Lakker's Eomac with Rory St. John, and JoeFarr with Witch for a crafty pair of bosh-offs. On the adroit A-side ace, 'Crack and Chop', Eomac and St. John conduct pendulous garage-techno functions with the itchiest hi-hats and glottal groove punctuation at 140bpm. On the turn, JoeFarr and Witch offer the rail-gunning techno attacker, 'Perihelion'.
Lydia Lunch's notorious 1990 recording, 'Conspiracy of Women' is given the rissue treatment by Nico Jaar's Other People boutique, augmented with a new remix/remaster of her 'American Invasion' hook-up with To Live And Shave in LA's Weasel Walter. In a nutshell, the No wave queen really lets off some steam, 50 minutes of stream-of-consciousness rants breaking down to 'I Just Got Back From LA' on the A-side, and 'Why, Why Was I Born An American' on the B-side. It's raw, unadulterated Lunch regurgitated for your shock and awe.
Steve Rachmad rides the rhythm for Luke Slater's Mote Evolver. Four tracky cuts, at best in the molten metallic funk of 'Stroke 1' and a sparking jack attack, 'Stroke 4'.
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.
Brooding dubstep/bass mutations from the Tempa regular. Four tracks stretch out between Reese-loaded darkside 2-step, Burial style, with 'Closed Doors', to woodblock built steppers' house in 'Empty Room', and over into bellicose grime with '99' Aachen' featuring 9ER, and clocking out with a canny tribal house swagger in 'Voodoo Native'.
Parisian label, Clek Clek Boom keep the dance out there with NSDOS' trippy 'Female Guest List' EP. Triangulating a sound between European techno, Detroit house and trim electro atmospheres, yet somehow sidestepping between each, they drift between dreamy electro-tones in Christine +2' thru the mellow minimalist patter of 'Yuko' and ambient 'Dona J Haraway', to the full sunken house party vibes of 'Eliane' and crack'd ambient house of 'Fa'.
Lockjaw on a tear-out neo-D&B lash for Dispatch Recordings' Limited series, 10" dubplate style. Like the sprightly yunger sibling of Rockwell and Current Value, both sides fashion ripping synth dynamics, bleak drops and razor-edged beats for the headstrong.
Kano's Bigger Picture Music slung out this Rustie-produced tune for RSD. Over naughty hair metal guitar chops and drums Kano welcomes you to the jungle. Instrumental on the flip.
Ilyas Ahmed really finds his voice in th captivating songs of 'I Am All Your Own', his first solo album since 'With Endless Fire' (2012). Rather than his usual instrumental arrangements, or the wordless poems of his Visitor duo-mate, Liz Harris a.k.a. Grouper, the Ahmed's dreamy, folk-tinged vocals are front and centre against wide, plush backdrops of his multi-tracked acoustic and electric strings blown out like some Fripp & Eno or Lawrence English composition. "Written and recorded entirely on 12-string and electric guitars, I Am All Your Own was recorded using a 4-track cassette re… Read more
Choice reissue of Vincent Floyd's sublime Dance Mania joint, 'I Dream You' (1991). Worth it for the angelic synth voices and candy-sprinkled keys of the gorgeosu title track alone.
"Following their groundbreaking collaboration with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, 'Comme à la Radio', Areski and Brigitte Fontaine began recording almost exclusively together as a duo. Originally released in 1973, Je Ne Connais Pas Cet Homme is their first record billed under both names. Deeply rooted in North African and European folk traditions, the album features evocative vignettes with breezy vocals and minimal accompaniment of classical guitar, strings and woodwinds. As always, there is a mercurial quality to their lyrics. The title track (translated … Read more
Pure dread dub weight from Kaiju, steppin' up to Deep Medi after shots for Osiris and Ruffcut. A-side is swaggering halfstep standard with piping flutes and swinging nut-crack snares to leave you bruised and bowling. The ten minute B-side is the one for us; 'Creeper' eases off to come up darker, stronger with swollen subs and rufige breaks trimmed for that stepping-on-air dancefloor ballistics bound to trip some up, and launch others into orbit, moving thru multiple sections with visionary dancefloor arrangement.
*Translucent Red vinyl housed inside a 425 reverse board sleeve with spot varnish and obi strip - Includes an exclusive lobby card* Yet another soundtrack from the video nasty age. Corrupting your mind this time is Alessandro Alessandroni’s score to Giulio Berruti’s nunsploitation classic Killer Nun (aka Suor Omicidi). Anita Ekberg stars as Sister Gertrude, a member of the sisterhood who explores homosexuality and drug addiction while shocking her little town. But while she’s undoubtedly deranged, is she guilty of murder Like the film, Alessandroni’s musical score is a strange… Read more
Truss churns out three chunks of industrial techno grot for Perc Trax. His first release in this guise since 2012, 'Kymin Lea' does rusted electro rhythms and bleached-sky pads across the A-side, with a surprisingly sentimental tenderness to be found in his steely structures, whereas flipside, 'Clawdd D' trades in beligerant, discordant UK techno, and 'Wyefield' gets off on a spooked South Western techno bang à la Polygon Window.
*White vinyl* Overly greazy boogie smuts from the UK's Trip City label/club-night. Keys in the pot.
Bonehead acid techno and tight EBM techno bangerzzz from Cardpusher and Joefarr. jack-off all styles, Cardopusher hits hard with the 303 tweaks and bucking kicks of 'Mindwarp' and more stylish with the Dave Clarke-ready pump of 'Street jack'. JoeFarr gives the former a techier, grittier remixing on the flip.