Thursday, 06 March
*First few copies on clear wax if yr fast, edition of 500 mastered and cut by Matt Colton* Hot on the heels of Russell Haswell's '37 Minute Workout', Diagonal Records drop a slow-burning, psychedelic killer from Elon Katz and Beau Wanzer's Streetwalker, backed with a powerful Silent Servant remix. First issued on Catholic Tapes cassette in 2011, the serpentine, twelve minute acid slink of 'Ooze' has been remastered for vinyl and primed for the dance. As opposed to the from-the-hip funk on their 'Future Fusion' LP for Minimal Wave's Cititrax sublabel, 'Ooze' is a more hard-… Read more
**Edition of 500. Mastered by John Tejada and cut to vinyl at D+M Berlin, initial copies on coloured wax** Yves De Mey, John Tejada, Recondite, Paul Jebanasam and TM404 put their best jaw forward in slick remixes of Ricardo Donoso's vintage Goan trance-formations. Belgium's Yves De Mey follows impressive outings for Opal Tapes and Semantica with a midnight black take on 'The Sphinx', coolly transposing its darkly sublime early '90s vibes with up-to-the-minute, free-floating sound design, whereas Berlin's Recondite doses the 'floor with a powerful, droning remix of 'Diagonal Environ… Read more
Another choice archival issue from Blackest Ever Black here, providing a much needed vinyl pressing of 4 gorgeous tracks recorded by Alison Statton, Spike Williams and Simon Booth aka Weekend, the band that formed in the aftermath of the super-influential Young Marble Giants of which Statton was a member. "Drumbreat" is an infectious number which sounds like a direct extension of classic Young Marble Giants material, while "Red Planes" and "Nostalgia" are more delicate and brooding, the former built around an archetypal Boss DR 55 pulse and colossal kickdrum, the vocal riding high in the mix, th… Read more
MMM and Pangaea reinforce Livity Sound zingers to boot up the Bristol label's new remix series. For only their 2nd official remix to date (the James Brown and Donna Summer edits don't count) Fiedel and Errorsmith aka MMM turn Pev & Asusu's 'Surge' into a big room stormer laced with jagged, industrial kicks , haughty bassline and brain-tweaking, 'synthlines bound to incite mad frolics on 'floor. B-side, close ally Pangaea gives Pev & Kowton's 'Vapours' a bucking Tribal techno overhaul percolating Dance Mania-esque rhythms with a ruddy sorta British bassbin behaviour.
Exceptional side of tape-manipulated techno-house experiments from Detroit new waver, Manuel Gonzales aka MGUN for the DBA label. As the latest in a long line of 313 splicers stretching back to Anthony Shakir - who used to be the in-house tape engineer at Metroplex - on the 'Resin EP' MGUN revels in the nimble, hands-on possibilities of reel-to-reel recording techniques on six tracks ranging from zippy vignettes to low-slung grooves and pacy techno bangers. The quickstep shuffle and almost-baroque melody of 'Assumptions' opens beside a woozy, wigglin' jacker 'Funkshun' and the knotty 150bpm wormhole ji… Read more
"Axxa/Abraxas is the music and art project of Ben Asbury, a 23 year old from outside Atlanta, GA. His experiences as a record collector and music obsessive from a very young age are easily evident in his debut release. Going full circle from being introduced to 60's pop as a kid, through his foray into punk rock at an early age, into post-rock and Elephant Six indie, right back into 60's Psychedelia, Ben has honed his influences (Neil Young, Television Personalities), into a cohesive blend to adapt his own take on psych-influenced art-pop. The label enlisted Jarvis Taveniere (Woods) to reco… Read more
**Edition of 500. Clear vinyl** **Darkly atmospheric industrial grooves from Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright, Midnightopera's Julian Jöckel and Different Fountains Michael Langeder + Bernardo Risquez as JBLA, backed with blue, downbeat and noisy remixes from L.I.E.S.' Ron Morelli, Svengalisghost, and Vereker** "JBLA came into being after Julian Jöckel (midnightopera) and Stuart Argabright (Ike Yard, Black Rain, o13) performed at a party in Brussels on the 5th of Oct. 2012 on invitation from Bernardo Risquez & Michael Langeder (D… Read more
They're bloody well back! The incognito garage producers launch a fresh Ital-Techno assault on the 'floor with their fifth - and possibly penultimate - single in this guise. There's three fearless bangers, taking in the adrenalised arpeggios and bruising kicks of 'Never Forget', the schranzy slam of 'Holzer Mane', and the wonky missile 'Hotline'.
Very collectable debut 7" from Denmark's Gäy on Sand Diego's Zoo Music. A-side 'Blue Blue Heart' is an instant lo-fi classic with earworming hook and sing-a-long lyrics written as a love letter to his girlfriend and recorded ad hoc in his living room. B-side 'Paradox Personified' is equally infectious, with the memorable line "Mom And Dad/You were The Worst Kids That I Never Had" delivered with endearingly snotty vocals and jagged acoustic guitar.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ruff 'n tuff Ragga hybrids from Cardiff's Darkhouse Fam. At their heaviest on the darkcore-zipped 'Brockwild' they intercept ground between Dabrye and Kaman Leung's baddest raggamatic hip hop/D&B replete with face-tearing mentasms, whereas 'Arphouse' features Eglo fam's Arp101 firing fruity purple synthlines and 'Elephant Large' gyrates on a big-bottomed hip hop sound nodding to Dipset, Timbaland and The Neptunes. DJ support from Kutmah, Gilles Peterson, Arp101, Alix Perez, Fracture, Rockwell…
Laidback but insistent UK deep house debut from Dokta Venom for Five Fold Records. Four tracks take in warm, rolling square bass and rhodes nodding to Mr. Fingers on 'Only U' beside the plush breakbeat orchestrations of 'Burnt Roses', skippy garage-inflected moves on 'Rum Vapour', and jazzy, soulful shuffle indebted to Azymuth in 'Space Dust'.
Possibly best known for his emotive electro 12"s for the now-defunct Ai label, and last heard on a 12" for Shipwrec, Datassette drops four tight electronic funk grooves on R&S' rebooted Apollo label. Two parts of the title track bookend the 12", opening with Lone or SDC-esque synth romance and twysted Linn funk of part 1 and closing with the woozy, side-chain compressed gyrations of part 2, sandwiching a killer slowfast electro number named 'Vacuform' nodding to Dopplereffekt, Bochum Welt or Cylob, and the Mu-zig-like IDM boogie of 'Helvetica Calcium'.
**Wrap-around sleeve. Edition of 500** Four track debut 7" from Copenhagen's Communions quartet - contemporaries of Ice Age, Lower and the Posh Isolation lot centred around the city's Mayhem studio/venue complex. In stark contrast to the aforementioned, 'Cobblestones' yields a well studied sorta post-punk pop sound played with precision and earnestness, full of throaty, rabble rousing vocals with infectious choruses and equally hook-laden guitars delivered with passion.
R&S present one of Lakker's strongest sessions to date with the 4-track 'Containing A Thousand' EP. Over the last ten years the Dublin-based duo have cultivated a unique take on electronic dance music, contouring techno with traces of electro, noise, and broken beats in a shifty, powerful style that's rightly earned the respect of the likes of AFX, who's been known to pepper his DJ sets with Lakker aces. Their muscular, dynamic sound designs are in full effect here, refusing gridlocked techno patterns to dice with skittish electro nodding to late '90s Autechre in the title track, whereas… Read more
Four shades of neat minimal house and techno from a new label outta Newcastle via Manchester. Styles range from the sultry house shimmy of 'Cleerly Jazzy' to the hypnotic pulses and corkscrewing, druggy FX-laden tech-house of 'Volcano' thru warmer Detroit styles on 'The 3rd Letter' and the subs-heavy, chords-driven 'One Glove'.
White label repress of this mighty weapon from Bristol's Kahn & Neek aka Gorgon Sound, replete with a wicked Dubkasm version. 'Find Jah Way' is a souljah-strength Digi-Dub with a 2012 twist - hard-edged 808 snares, nuff noise and pnematic subs to pummel your ribcage. It might be a cliche, but the only way to do this record justice involves a massive soundsystem and a zoot. Ditto for Dubkasm's rootical steppers dub version. The first edition sold out in a minute, and we expect this to do the same!
*180g wax* Forward dubstep murders from two of the sound's brightest yung hopes on the steadfast System label. Their 'Firepusher' cooperative unleashes waves of layered LFO subbass modulations against tightest double-timed drums, melodica and duppy synth slashes. Flipside, Finland's LAS goes dolo on the tucked, skulky skank of 'Malfunktions' and outstanding Turkish stepper Emir Ongun aka Gantz twysts out the uniquely syncopated percussions, slyding subbass and swiped tape samples of 'Second Nature', no doubt one of his best solo pieces to date.
Jack Sparrow and Ruckspin's Author project arrives at a 2nd album of plush, blue dubstep variants following their 2011 debut on Tectonic. For this outing they're joined by a slew of guests, including Quark, June Miller, Jehst & Stig Of The Dump, Rider Shafique and Dan Man. Eight tracks spell out the more cinematic, home-listening side of dubstep with a mix of midnight atmospheres, moody vocal contributions and crisp, well-layered production.
**A gorgeous, delicate and diverse suite of idiosyncratic composition ranging from solo piano to acoustic folk and neo-classical by a previous collaborator with Radiohead and Matthew Herbert** "John Matthias is a musician, composer and physicist. In 2008, he won the PRS Foundation New Music Award (The Turner Prize for music) with Jane Grant and Nick Ryan for the development of a huge sonic installation across the UK entitled ‘The Fragmented Orchestra’. Also known for this collaborations with Radiohead, Matthew Herbert and Coldcut, Mattias combines ambient, post classical pieces with heart… Read more
**Housed in printed inner and colour jacket** Mondkopf returns to wreak slow, doomy havoc with his fourth, and most impressive album under this guise. Melding destructive metal chords with crushing, Emptyset-like electronics, and techno tumult, 'Hades' forces listeners into submission with its throttling dynamics and sustained atmospheric violence. If Raster Noton did metal it might sound something like this.
Ardcore, rootical dubstep from Utrecht, Holland's TMSV. 'Haze VIP' rides a tumultuous skank accented with splashing cymbal, tribal percussion and billowing subs, and 'Gunman' comes stronger with darting, snake-like syncopation and dread subs on a vintage DMZ tip beside the airborne triplets and X-Files vibes of 'The Cosmonaut'.
Purple jump-up gear from Swindle & Joker's 040 duo. 'Let It Be Known' brings a very UK mash of dubstep, West Coast G-Funk and dive-bombing synthline pressure; 'Minors' leans on a hyper-fruity funk sounds nodding to the excessive wares of Hud Mo and Rustie.
Smarter Tech-House party trax from UK scene stalwart Tom Demac. On his return to Aus, following the 'It Grow Again' EP with Will Samson, Demac displays his craftiest side with the canny transitions between bassbin-rocking house, mad folk string dischord and vintage samples (anyone care to let us know what it's from?), on the surefire 'Linda's Theme', whilst flipside deals the deft tech-house shunt and strafing vocoder wail of 'Vodocoder's Revenge', and the rugged yet supple swing of 'Days With Poly' for the dancers.
**Ltd edition one-sided clear vinyl - this Regis remix was previously released on a split 12" with Blackest Ever Black** Regis is the perfect nomination to revise the stripped down paranoia of 'Loss'. Now working with a proper analogue desk, techno's arch outsider gets his claws right in there, filleting the original into a mesh of fibrillating, twitchy machine pulses, heaving subbass and vaporous voices, hopefully marking an exciting new phase of his oeuvre.
Debut release from The Girls Of The Internet on Bob Bhamra's WNCL imprint. Apparently "they come from the countryside and use hardware" and that's all we can tell you about their provenance. As for the record, there's four tracks ranging from skittish electro to jacking house and techno with google baiting names such as 'Prostate Exam' and 'Spam Folder', and the very bumpkin 'Four Pints' all covering ground between Matthew Herbert, The Analogue Cops and Nochexxx.
Crunching deep house bangers from Warm Sounds' most prolific contributor. Some rugged gear right here, reeling from the breakbeat-sparked swing and dope chords of 'A One part 2' to the dusty, down-pitched amen rolige and woozy keys of 'House Brake' thru the brilliant, Shake-like shiftiness of 'Groove The Beat' and the wizzy hi-tek wiggle of 'I Need Some'. Proper badness!
"Developed over a four year period, and entirely funded by a part time job working as a SAT university entrance exam mathematics tutor, Nº2 was composed using synthesizers and a variety of unidentiﬁed samples that were manipulated beyond recognition. Christina Vantzou then collaborated with Minna Choi of the San Francisco based Magik*Magik Orchestra. Vantzou and Choi worked on the notation and arrangements and recorded the compositions with a 15-piece ensemble at Tiny Telephone studios in San Francisco. The chamber layer on Nº2 follows a similar pattern as her ﬁrst record with the addition of … Read more
Distance returns with a steely brace of halfstep dreadnaughts on his Chestplate label. Volume 1 proves his longevity and originality in the scene with a fearsome display of scything, body-wise dynamics and expansive atmospheres. The burning synth brass on 'Broken Down' bears strong comparison with recent Kuedo aces while the rhythmic syncopation feels more supple, elastic and deadly than ever. 'Andromeda' is a proper war riddim, raising the hackles with doomy intro before cutting loose with snarling hounds-of-hell guitars/synths and ravenous, slavering bass.
**Hand-screened sleeves. Edition of 300** Proper outernational dub business from Algeria's El Mahdy Jr, Gulls, XJ, and Alter Echo, issued by Portland's Boomarm Nation. A mystic mesh of cultures and styles, 'Raï Dubs' was borne from El Mahdy Jr's twin passions for vintage Algerian Raï and deconstructed audio. Using samples sourced from cassettes and youtube, he twists out ghostly, elusive rhythms and woozy, melodica-like motifs around tight guitar licks and duppied wails in 'Disco Maghreb', which Alter Echo versions even further into the abstract with tumbling delays and swirling reverb. Fl… Read more