Thursday, 03 September
*Killer album of tense, rhythmic minimalism from one half of Opal Tapes duo Lumisokea, new on Type* Type return with Andrea Taeggi's probing and propulsive modular session 'Mama Matrix Most Mysterious', recorded on the Buchla and Serge systems at Sweden's EMS facility. Marking a considered step away from the rugged tonalities of Taeggi's solo work as Gondwana, or in the Lumisokea duo with Koenraad Ecker, the Italian artist gets to grips with EMS' coveted gear across six tense and icy transmissions clearly in thrall to the machines' capacity for making unique timbres and rhy… Read more
**Deluxe, Velvet-coated tip on-style 2LP gatefold reissue. Hand-numbered edition of 500 copies for one of the rarest Italian library collections out there...** Italian library music fans may want to grab a stiff drink - these are the never-before-heard, longer uncut versions of Egisto Macchi's near-mythical 'Il Deserto', one of the rarest avant-garde library LPs by the founding member of Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. Recorded in 1974, 'Il Deserto' emulates a mystical trip into the most scorched, formidable and haunting terrain of Macchi's peerless catalogue - c… Read more
RVNG Intl. revisit Kerry Leimer's incredible Savant releases, compiling the group's sole LP and 12" with hard-to-find compilation cuts and three unreleased tracks. Overlapping dates with last year's solo collection 'A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975 - 1983)', this album surveys Leimer at the desk again, but this time cutting up and patching together source material from a gang of like-minded local musicians from Seattle who were just as unconcerned with commercial success and social status as Kerry himself. The results are a genuinely remarkable addition to the canon of early '80… Read more
**First official vinyl reissue in over 40 years and easily one of the finest archival discoveries of the year. Housed in gatefold jacket** Light the freak beacon, Jean Guérin's surreal psychedelic jazz/electronic opus, 'Tacet' is a certified wig-flipper! Realised as the soundtrack to Claude Faraldo's anarchic film "BOF, anatomie d'un livreur', it was originally recorded over a period of months in 1971, and notoriously notched up the most expensive productions costs of any release on Gérard Terronès Parisian label, Futura Records - an apt name for such forward-looking material. Swirling somewhere b… Read more
Stone cold classic BEB material from the Aussie trio, Carla dal Forno (Tarcar), Samuel Karmel and Tarquin Manek (Tarcar, LST). A frighteningly affective meditation on childhood memories, 'Hide Before Dinner' dredges similar, cobwebby partitions of the mind as Leyland Kirby's classics as The Caretaker, realising a drug fug sequence of enervated electronics, croaking death-folk and pause-button collage with an indelibly psychedelic impact. We've all been there, we've all been kids, and we've all had a sh*t time doing it, but we're grown-up now, and can gaze back on that time with fuzzy fon… Read more
*Gatefold jacket* 2LP* Dubstep's strongest torch-carriers rally together on a crushing three-way mission for Deep Medi. Over the past half decade all three producers, Commodo, Kahn and Gantz have emerged as stalwarts of the 140bpm sound under custodianship of Mala and also for a bunch of the scene's most interesting, boundary-pushing labels. With their forces combined in this LP they frame the 2015 sound at its most far-flung and darkly engaging with a mix of mystic, textured samples and precision production yielding six overlarge, mutant creations. On the 1st disc you'll find the noir c… Read more
** Opaque 160g clear vinyl in clear poly wallet** Stephen Hitchell (Echospace/Deepchord) in deep troddin' house mode as Intrusion. 'A Gentle Embrace' occurs on the A-side, teasing tendrils of ghostly analogue signals around a padded bassline that rolls down from cloudy mountainsides. On the flip his 'Reduction' clears the air and tightens up the bass for a more steppin', light-headed effect.
Detroit Swindle and Krystal Klear on the case for remixes of SDJ's 'Friends EP' thru Drrick Carter and Luke Solomon's Classic label. The former tempers 'Friends' to a ruddy acid groove, whilst he latter reduces and packs out 'Beautiful' with rolling subs and sharpened synthlines for the bigger rooms.
**Hand-stamped jacket** Edward does his raw but sophisticated house thing with breezy style for Giegling. With deft mixing trickery he stokes a light-headed, skippy effect in the filtered lattice of 'Open' beside the airy melodic structures of 'Birds', weaving shimmering pastoral guitars around what sounds like distant, room recorded industrial drum loops. Quite SAW II sounding, actually. Flipside, he pulls the mix into sharper focus with the scissoring drums and patina of samples washed around the spherical 'Do It', finally adding some physical bass frequencies with the rolling double bass line and dreamy swing of 'She Says'.
**First edition pressing of 500 includes CD version** "Phaedra´s debut album "The Sea" (2011) received fantastic international reviews in magazines as diverse as The Wire, Uncut, Shindig and Prog, drawing lines to Vashti Bunyan, Elizabeth Frazer and Nico, while Chicago Reader wrote "this is one of the loveliest, most striking albums, unlike anything I´ve heard in years". "Blackwinged Night" is the follow-up, and the second album in a triology, a lyrical and musical cycle with its own mythological structure. From the ethereal folk universe of the debut, "Blackwinged Night" dives into a dark… Read more
**Hand-stamped, transparent green wax** Stentorian jackers pressure from Russia. Kovyazin D follows a coupla bangers for Chiwax with an almighty slammer named 'The Iron Jack', landing like the illegitimate offspring of Gesloten Cirkel and Bam Bam on the A-side, whilst B-side goes deeper with the stately chords and grubbing groove of 'Destiny', plus the rimshot-tickling romance of 'Uralmash Buildings'.
Beau Wanzer turns //Tense//'s 'Disconnect Myself' into a vital industrial disco killer for Mannequin Records. Primed to go OFF on the best 'floors with lagging synthlines synched to cold, jackin' drums in a proper, rictus groove made for strobelights and chemical sweats.
Helena Hauff executes a strong 2nd album of one-take machine workouts ranging from icy, beat-less moments to hi-NRG and darkwave pop with 'Discreet Desires' for Werk Discs/Ninja Tune. Arriving 6 months after her very limited debut, 'A Tape', by contrast this effort is a far more polished and organised affair, but still with the requisite amounta muck under her talons' chipped lacquer. It offers ten tracks, each improvised and recorded at her bedroom studio in Hamburg and tested on the road between her countless international DJ gigs and closer to home at Golden Püdel. In a marked diffe… Read more
Reloaded artillery from the London/Bristol rave axis. Pinch & Mumdance drop a Turbo VIP of 'Double Barrelled Mitsi', coming on strong with waves of darkside synth pressure and EBM-stung 'ardcore rave drums. Going dolo, the VIPinch Mix of his, Logos & Mumdance's 'Legion' holds the tension with a retuned intro giving way to voodoo subbass patterns and sweeping darkside Reese.
Good times future boogie flex, originally penned in 1991, Durham, Caroline - the original dirty south sound! 'Eternal Love' is an incredible bit of advanced boogie soul with blazing vocal done like he means it, backed with the strutting New Jack Swing of 'Talking On A Funky Note' and the uptempo bounce of 'Over The Hump'.
Filthy dirty Wreck 'N Roll manoeuvres from Shit & Shine, romping loose on Editions Mego. In Craig Clouse's 3rd album in this guise of 2015 his voracious appetite for fugged-up noise and terminated techno-funk is barely harnessed in 12 buck wild parts razzing out from shredded breakbeat blisters of 'Signal Failure' thru the nine minutes of roto-techno jack in 'Wespennest' to the hard-stepping diamond, 'Working On My Fitness' and rapid-fire flurries of bit-crushed drums in 'Ass'. It's not all helter skelter though; there are a handful of slow-jams which break the pace nicely, su… Read more
Fresh minimal techno kinks from Newcastle's Cleer Consortium and pals. Leading on from their well-received debut, they cycle four trim cuts taking in the robust ballast of 'Liquid Debris' with Ruthit and the darkside triplet shuffle of 'Sliding Door' with Jason Wright on the front, backed with the clipped and sub-heavy swing of 'Life Line' featuring Steve Legget, and the Plastkman-aping acid of 'Panic Attack' with Matthew Sogorski. No nonsense tackle.
**180g 2LP, includes free download code. This is a One Hour long version of Max Richter's 8-hour long lullaby** "Max Richter, has written what is thought to be the longest single piece of classical music ever to be recorded: Sleep. “It’s an eight-hour lullaby,” says Richter – it is intended to send the listener to sleep. The landmark work is scored for piano, strings, electronics and vocals – but no words. “It’s my personal lullaby for a frenetic world,” he says. “A manifesto for a slower pace of existence.” Sleep will receive its world premiere this September in Berlin, in a concert perfor… Read more
Perc undertakes his 1st solo mission of 2015 with the raging techno of 'Gob'. The title track pummels thee to a pulp with spring-loaded kicks and cattle-prod EBM percussion going ratchet on the A-side whilst 'Gruel' executes noisier EBm techno functions on the flip beside the masticating torque of 'Change To Win'.
White Material's Berlin-based co-founder DJ Richard serves a smart debut album of low-slung, shadowy house on Hamburg's Dial imprint. The follow-up to his early WM 12"'s and remixes for Radioslave and Dan Bodan takes inspiration from those odd spaces between nature and manmade landscapes and works quite a few shades darker than the usual Dial sound whilst neatly fitting in with their low-key and mesmerising aesthetic. It's perhaps best considered as a very coherent album suite exploring the more personal, meditative facets of his sound; vacillating night-vision synth strokes with sluggish effective… Read more
Healthy 2nd LP helping of mellow house and boogie by Manchester producer, (Garth) BE. Operating at the lean but lush end of the soul spectrum, 'Hipnotony' is a fine study in deep house music and its component parts, collecting 11 original productions gilded with well-dug samples and blessed with a laidback, easy approach to the 'floor. Initially, the choice of 11 cuts on one LP might seem a disservice to some of the club-ready cuts, but spending a little time with it will reveal it was the right choice as the session unfolds with ripe home listening potential between the slow-mo downst… Read more
Skudge emerges for the 1st time in 2015 with two precision-tooled techno aces. With 'Hunted' he takes all the time he needs to stalk dancefloor prey, modulating massive round kick/subs with furtive drones from dense pressure into more open, rolling space reminding of early Berghain styles by Dettmann & Klock. On the other hand, 'Timing' is more urgent, pensive nagged by squirting acid lines and stabs with kicks that demand you put your back into it.
**The ambient pioneer meets the latinate, electronic beats of Gotan Project's Christopher H. Mueller** "The collaboration between Roedelius and Müller arose after they played a series of concerts together in Paris in 2012 where they mainly put on improvised performances based on Roedelius’s “paper” compositions. With Imagori, these two artists have created an album that adds a completely new chapter to their musical oeuvres. It is by no means a typical Christoph H. Müller album – and neither is it quintessential Roedelius music. For Müller, Imagori is a return to his roots as an arranger o… Read more
Maison Sky mark up a breezy, kicking debut on Breach's Naked Naked label. Much like their 2014 debut 12" and remix of Route '94's 'My Love', both cuts are dominated by big kicks, and offset with sweeter, droning electronics and keys tucked for the London posse and festival ravers.
**Edition of 500** "Fifth in a reissue series of the cult French underground Futura label. Bernard Vitet was a key figure in the French free jazz / improv scene of the early 70’s. This mythical avant jazz lp is the result of a truly magical session he put together in December ’71 with Beb Guerin, Jean Guerin, Francoise Achard, Dominique Dalmasso, Jouck Minor, Francois Tusques and Jean-Paul Rondepierre. Not just free jazz from the 70’s it has some 20th Century elements that recall some of the most memorable albums on the Italian Cramps label. First official vinyl reissue fully licensed by Gérard Teronnès."
**Deluxe, first-ever vinyl reissue of foundational No wave grooves from the crucible of downtown NYC, 1981. Housed in tip on-style jacket** "Their eponymous debut establishes Liquid Liquid's uncompromising vision, from its startling black-and-white sleeve design to the minimalist grooves found within. While Principato's striking pitch-shifted shouts on "Bell Head" lead hypnotic circular rhythms, "Rubbermiro" brings in dub-inflected melodica and Richard Edson (Sonic Youth, Konk) on trumpet, closing appropriately in a locked-groove."
Wicked ruffneck L.I.E.S. kickers from a new name to the cause, B. Werner a.k.a. M/R. Following suit from his 12"s for Great Circles and Details Sound, ;'Let That Shit Breathe' yields four tracks wallowing in septic acid pools, jacking from the murky title cut to the dubbed dimensions of 'Just Say No' to grumbling electro-acid in 'Slinky Kids' and the bruised slow techno jam, 'Coconut Jar'.
*THE seminal Techno album re-issued, Vinyl comes with a free copy of the CD!* This album is one of the most cherished and influential pieces of electronic music ever. Upon its release in 1994 it sounded like little that had come before it, taking the first wave influences of tracky Chicago boxjams and Detroit funk-finesse before gutting them and fitting them out with a shiny new Detroit motor that clicked and whirred with a well tuned German efficiency but funked like an Afro-American. Henrik Schwarz's recent 'Grandfather Paradox' mix sets Hood's classic 'Minus' alongside other le… Read more