Thursday, 02 July
*At long last available - Deluxe 3LP edition in a 6-panel, double-gatefold spot gloss package complete with printed lyrics* By Pitchfork's reckoning Dominick Fernow's discography now stands at over 150 releases long - so it isn't without much consideration that we say that 'Frozen Niagara Falls' is his defining, most exploratory and ultimately rewarding work to date. It's an epic undertaking too - spanning three LP's and including over an hour and a half of music, veering from the surprisingly contemplative destroyed-folk of 'Greenpoint' and 'Christ Among The Broken … Read more
**Edition of 500 copies** Following on from that mighty Drum & Bass mixtape from Karl O’Connor, Sam and Hayley Kerridge's Berlin event series-turned-label return with a killer addendum to their first release - Kerridge's 'Always Offended Never Ashamed' album. These two new tracks are a clarion call to arms - both sides excerpted from a Kerridge live performance for the NTO, Berlin 2013. Convulsing chunks of distorted, heaving junglist venom on the A-side's brutal 'Sonic Instruments Of War #01', the flipside explores more abstract terrain thru vicious, atonal outbursts. Highly recommended if yr into the Downwards catalogue, HATE or recent material from Shapednoise.
The nastiest cat in Paris rips the head off it with eight tracks of rabid noise tek for In Paradisum. Belligerent, brutal and bone-'ard, 'Sewing Machine' unleashes a barrage of f**ked drums and salty distortion between the banking squall of 'Loom' to the thunderous gabbercore assault of 'Fruit', taking out weak-hearts with the lumpy mash of 'Fubu Knight' and honking, atonal caterwaul of 'Pocket Pussy' up next to straighter battery in the more even keel of 'Zaltan's Jackets', the stressed venting of 'Body Control', and panic alarm of 'Sweatpants Chick'. Really good stuff this.
**Deluxe, remastered reissue of Biosphere's seminal 1991 debut LP, now expanded with seven superb, unreleased bonus tracks from that formative ambient techno era** 'Microgravity' introduced the world to Geir Jenssen's Biosphere project and his patented electronic ambient sounds. The album was the first in a long line of work from Jenssen, and saw him fusing house-influenced beats with film samples and floating synthesized textures. As with the album's followup 'Patashnik', the most appropriate comparison would be to the early work of Richard D. James, but it also conta… Read more
**Edition of 350 copies only housed in handmade textile artwork with inlay. Includes download of both albums dropped in your account** Berlin's exquisite Sonic Pieces present the shadowy solo piano and electro-acoustic compositions of Moon Ate The Dark's eponymous 2012 debut and follow-up side on vinyl for the first time, and in the same package. "Driven together by a shared love of film music and a mutual interest in repetition, Anna Rose Carter and Christopher Brett Bailey have been feeding pianos into guitar amplifiers since 2009. With their second album Moon Ate the … Read more
**Limited vinyl edition of Jacaszek's debut album composition for Touch, performed by Kwartludium. Includes a download code** "For the past decade or so, Polish musician Michal Jacaszek has been exploring a new, resolutely modern chapter in Eastern Europe’s long, storied love affair with classical music. His creations are painstakingly crafted collages of electronic textures and baroque instrumentation, harpsichords being swarmed by woolly static one minute and pulled apart by billowing wind the next. A push-and-pull tension runs deep and constant throughout. Ambi… Read more
Shed cuts loose on this towering one-off for Hardwax label, The Final Experiment. A-side is a '90s-style breakbeat techno behemoth putting the boot in with thunderous kicks and armour-plated breaks, mercifully softened up with some really sweet pads at the drop. B-side, he rides with a ruder, heady halfstep in 'Final Distortion', and jumps back on that 2-step techno pivot with 'Up The Hills', whereas the brash thwack of 'Crystal Cubes' yearns for nasty, early Polygon Window styles.
Dark Entries pack four definitive mid-late '80s industrial/disco zingers by Yello co-founder, Carlos Peron, in one essential platter. Named after its incredible B-side cut, 'A Dirty Song' - which was a single in its own right - this is effectively a compilation drawing from four records produced and released between 1980 and 1986. Well known as cornerstones of Belgium's influential New Beat scene, the A-side cuts, 'Nothing is Permitted; Everything is True' - taken from a 1984 album of the same name - and 'Breakin' In' were both written in the early '80s and later issued on the 'Talk to the … Read more
Excellent debut of stylish, brooding, and muscular techno by Emanuele Porcinai and Sciahri (Ilian Tape) a.k.a. UNKNOT. Hailing from Florence, Italy, via Manchester, England, the duo's debut platter collects four precisely measured reductions of rolling techno and diffuse yet heavily impending atmospheric sound designs exceptional for their grittily fluid momentum and capacity for classic horror suspense. Up top they make a ghostly impression with the stone-carved abstractions of 'Modem' working somewhere between Metasplice, Autechre and Raime, whilst 'Magha' stomps out 4/4 scifi-techno terrain betwe… Read more
**Remastered LP compiled with facsimile reissue of No More's 1980 debut 7" + an 11 x 14" double-sided fold-out poster** Dark Entries combine No More's strongest synth-pop/EBM classics, 'A Rose Is A Rose' , along with all songs from the 'Suicide Commando'  7" and their debut release, the 'Too Late EP' . Whilst best known for their EBM evergreen, 'Suicide Commando' - which was recently reissued by Mannequin Records - this survey of the German group's nascent output circa 1980-82 frames them as a necessarily lo-fi and highly stylish product of their bleak and deso… Read more
**Hand-stamped 180g wax housed in wrap-around artwork with insert. Edition of 500** Engrossing slab from the Argentinian guitarist and Brooklyn-based British drummer swapping their usual kit for anything from grand pianos and balaphons to metal lampshades and wooden staircases. 'Bring Us Some Honest Food' is the processed document of Courtis & Moore's congregation at The Fish Factory, London, on 22nd March, 2014. The A-side breaks down to three shorter pieces "blended" by Aaron Moore in Brooklyn, breaking unique new ground between the gloaming, out-of-body avant-ro… Read more
Alex Cobb, the soul behind the Taiga Remains alias and Students of Decay label, enchants with an expansive quartet of ghostly drone compositions in 'Chantepleure'. He sets a rarified, almost ecclesiastical air with the solemn poise of 'Prayer Ring', followed thru and expanded in the thicker layers of drone harmonics in melting from 'Anselin', whereas the more succinct arrangement of 'Disporting with a Shadow' acts as a sweeter, space-resetting palate cleanser for the intimate and glacially paced 16 minutes of shimmering harmonics in 'Path of Appearance'.
BNJMN stokes the 'floor with four slices of pummelling, bluntly hypnotic techno making up the 2nd EP on his BRACK label. The barrelling ballistics of 'Chromed' starts the session at a heart-racing throb fizzing with radiophonic quarks and bleeps, and 'Rattled' squeezes that vibe off centre with a sweltering, amorphous bass roil harnessed to metronomic pips. With 'Sallow' he introduces harmonised layers of chiming Detroit-like pads to his scuffed techno patterns, and 'Broil' clocks off with a murkier swamp of stuttering tribal rhythms, and nowt but.
Turbo-charged "Manctalo" scandals from the zest prince, Ste Spandex, and diva spar, Sarah Bates, hanging with the Red Lazer Disco troops. Once you pull off the awful artwork skin, you'll find four throbbing dancefloor pulsations, scaling from the deadly effective phazer volley and hulking Hardy-style excess of 'Soaking Wet' to the crystal-eyed winks and lip-bitingly rainbow-plumed syn-funk uchronics of 'Breakin My Heart', before hittin' the brakes for a wobble-arsed boogie in 'Gotta Move', and the short sureshot, 'Nice Weather'.
*White vinyl* Techno hypnotist, Rrose, returns to Eaux with the pocket watch attractions of 'For Aquantice'. Made up like the unholy offspring of Papa Lazarou and Norman Bates in mummy's boy mode, Rrose peddles three patented and mindbending wormholes, subtly sucking us in with Eleh-esque purist sine tones to the rasping rhythmic skeleton of 'Levitate' and the recursive abyss of 'Vellum' on the A-side, whereas the sleek, pulsating throbs and spiralling oscillations of B-side's 'Signs' take hold with intra-venus strength and potency. They're proper deep brain and tissue stimulators.
Beguiling, personalised synth-pop/post-punk from Danish outlier, Max Guld Madsen, previously only available in edition of 100 tapes back in 1985. Now, 30 years later, the good folk at Dark Entries have thankfully uprooted, remastered and brought Guld's one and only recording to light, revealing a dreamy, pop-tweaked young composer falling deeply into his own sound and space circa 1984-1985 at home in West Copenhagen. Clearly under the influence of The Residents, Eno and Kraftwerk, yet not entirely beholden to them, 'For Enden Af Corridoren' mixes eerily emotive synth and gui… Read more
Multi artist party from, and starring, Tom Dicicco on his Run Out Run label. A-side turns out Dicicco's deftly shuffled, scuzzy and droning banger, '16 Reels' alongside the wayward proto-house syn-funk freakiness of TX Connect's 'Clouds like Leopards (Tape Redo)'. On the other side, Klasse Recordings Mr. Ho linx with Hermans in the fudgy acid jack splat of 'Late Night Scuttla (Hard Drizzle)', and UK's October & Borai close the label's first compilation with the grainy resolution and low-key house shuffle of 'So Many Days'.
**Deluxe double gatefold 140 gram 2LP reissue of Umiliani's sought-after classic Italian film score - Remaster and sound restoring done by Roberto Zamori at Film Music Art Studio** "Hold your breath... This is the soundtrack to the 1964 spy movie directed by Romano Ferrara (Roy Freemount) and starring Carol Walker, Luciano Marin and Mary Luger. Composed and directed by Piero Umiliani, Intrigo A Los Angeles is one of the best and rarest soundtracks he ever did, with original copies sold for around 600 euro. Featuring Nini Rosso, CHET BAKER, Bill Gilmore,… Read more
** Edition of 300 Housed in screen-printed double gatefold jacket with bonus full colour booklet detailing laser scan techniques and ongoing archaeological work by Forestry Commission Scotland** Firecracker really push the coracle out with this gorgeous, sprawling collection of folk songs and pastoral ambience gloved in exquisite packaging by House of Traps. Conceived by Wounded Knee, Lord of the Isles, Other Lands, and House of Traps in conjunction with Forestry Commission Scotland, 'Mac Talla Nan Creag' is part heritage study, part whisky-sozzled travelogue; featuring the processed res… Read more
**7" square flexidisc with printed insert in PVC bag. Edition of 200 copies** In which the boundary-pushing Swedish composer presents a new recording of his 2010 homage to Cage's legendary '4'33"' work, namely '4'33" - for electric guitar (broken amplifier version)'. The patina of crackle and fuzz within proves perfectly suited to the flexidisc format's inherent infidelity, playing its own integral part in bringing the composition's ideas of absence and minimalism into stark, tangible focus. This is Carl Michael Von Hausswolff's 3rd recorded dedication to the towering influen… Read more
Tunnelling techno propulsion systems from London's Gareth Wild and EarToGround Records. The originals are to-the-bone banging' tools for the DJs, backed with a driven, widescreen rework by UVB, and a monotone, Italian-sounding concentration from Aiken.
Percussive house tricks from General Ludd, who was known as Dam Mantle before enlisting in the house army with releases for Clan Destine, Mister Saturday Night Records and Autonomous Africa. 'Wigu Hill' jerks out like Soundhack meets Dego; 'Molycorps Mountain Pass' deals in flanging metallic tribalism; 'Garimpos' locks down to a Diskant-like loop-off; 'Prisoners Dilemna' gets down liek a Bookworms bewt with taut layers of writhing, driving drum patterns.
Dark Entries plate up a necessary and acrid taste of Smersh's cranky industrial dance prototypes with this 1983 -1993 compilation, 'Super Heavy Solid Waste'. Following on from the 'Cassette Pets' compilation, this set ransacks the duo's extensive arsenal to squeeze in all the other mad nuggets they couldn't fit in the first time around. Further proving their position as forerunners of the mongrel, junkyard techno aesthetic adopted by everyone from Prostitutes to Helena Hauff and Powell, the set revolves eight scabbed and ruffneck cuts ranging from the jagged metallic drums … Read more
**Hand-stamped white label** Progression sees off his 2nd release with Blueprint Limited, marking his solo debut in style with four welting bangers. We're most partial to the mesmerising bleeps and bruising kicks of A1 and the powerful, insectoid industrialism of B1.
One of dance music's most treasured producers, Dego, drops a 2nd solo album heaving with signature, timeless funk and soul. 'The More Things Stay The Same' arrives ready-to-wear for summer 2015, spinning out 12 tracks of broken beat, jazz fusion and Afro-funk aided and abetted by longtime collaborators such as Kaidi Tatham (with whom he just released two nugglets for for Sound Signature and Eglo) and relatively new cats like Mr Mensah, plus vocals from Ty and Basement Jaxx's Sharlene Hector. Dego's legion fans from his 4Hero daze thru to his Cousin Cockroach output and sweeter, cu… Read more
More killer business from Dug Out, the label run by Honest Jons and Hard Wax. This one features certified, legendary Roots Reggae from 1983, pulled for the 2015 reissue. Still a healthy bit of vinyl noise on this new pressing but, considering the might of the original and the dub-wrecked Part 2, plus the fact it's nigh-on-impossible to find an original, you'd be a pedant to complain. Tip!
**180g vinyl edition of 250** Sensory Trials, a new techno label and artist collective corralled by Birmingham's DJ Etym, debuts with the dancefloor reckoning of 'Trials 01'. It's not your usual Brum bosh off, tending more towards droning, dub-wise atmospheres and varied rhythms than out-and-out kickdrum fests. They find breadth within their niche over four tracks, from the range-finding, sub-aquatic pressure of '01.1' to the half-stepping AI techno scape of '01.2' on the front, and over to more rolling techno formations with '01.3', and pace-setting Detroit disco-tech in '01.4'.
Rolling on for Loefah's 81, Mickey Pearce takes a breezier, technoid tack with 'Warm Barzz' following the freaky funk of his 'Instructions' EP. The title cut is lushed out yet driving, marrying crisp ambient chords with a swinging tribal techno groove and stranger cyber-dub FX, whilst 'Stick Fingerprints' explores new age chimes and Gold Panda or OPN-like vocal chops and creamy silicon froth at a slower, shoulder-dropping pace unravelling over 7 minutes of dancefloor dreamstates. There's also a neat pair of Loops to get down, testing out dry drum machine functions in 'W' and mutant, alien grime in 'X'. Wicked gear.
Oscar Mulero's Warm Up serve two shots of big room techno thunder by Sleeparchive, backed with the boss's own, slinkier remixes. On top, Sleeparchive pushes the strapping 16th note synth pulses and 909 pelt of 'Windows 057', and the long dark techno tunnel of 'Windows 092' for the bruxist monkeys; down below Mulero trims the former to pizzicato arpeggios and rumbling kicks, and streamlines the latter to a brain burrowing sub-aquatic acid sound.