Thursday, 13 June
*Deluxe Triple Vinyl gatefold pack, includes a download code redeemable from the label* Underground provocateur and beat maverick triggers 33 sawn-off rave-refractions, 'With Love'. After maintaining an unusually low profile for the 2 years since 'Dedication', Zomby is set to convince more heads with this ambitious double album of gloomy electronics and UK soul. And that's not soul of the Beverley Knight type: it's a poignant, more relevant sorta soul; a metaphysical essence that percolates its dilated pulsewidth and comes laden with a very particular emotional and cultural bagga… Read more
**Initial copies come on ace Glow-in-the-dark transparent orange vinyl mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy** One of the UK's most distinctive dance music producers heads our 7th 12" edition with a pair of drowned summer anthems backed by a warehouse crushing Andy Stott remix. Since 2008 Joe Cowton has been a crucial catalyst in the UK's paradigm shift from halfstep to more rolling, technoid bass riddims. Following an inspirational move from the North West to Bristol his music's been increasingly defined by a rugged and abrasive aesthetic distilling home-brewed… Read more
**Heavyweight, foil-embossed gatefold LP** Numero present a sincerely wide-eyed and wondrous collection of new age synth music prototypes imagined and created between 1975-1985 by Iasos. As the story goes, Iasos was inspired by "…the infinitely numbered harmonies transmitted by Vista, a benevolent being from a distant dimension…" to experiment with the earliest commercially available synthesisers and tape FX, creating a breathtakingly lush and blessed form of electronic music that was subsequently deemed 'New Age'. Interpreting Vista's transmissions from his studio on a houseboat in Sau… Read more
**Housed in handsome, letter-pressed and individually numbered jacket. Edition of 500** Hot on the heels of that smart F.C. Judd remix LP, Public Information draw this superb EP from IVVVO. If you've been keeping track of the Portuguese producer's output your interest will be piqued already, but if not you really must check his previous form on Opal Tapes and moun10. As the first in a series of dancefloor oriented 12"s from the label, the 'Future EP' is a perfect opener, blending off-world house rhythms and etheric atmospheres with effortless, psychedelic grace. From the mystic, shadowy synth blooms … Read more
**One-time pressing of 400 copies housed with insert in acid yellow jacket designed by Denis Tyfus** Avant mavericks meet in a dada showdown of possessed aut-rock squall and febrile electronics on Alga Marghen's Planam sub-print. Ghedalia Tazartes contributes his imaginative mixture of Pan-African-Asian singing styles with Jewish and Gypsy inflections sounding like a Native American chief wishing rain for an aboriginal tribe against the Gol quartet's mind-trekking topography of blues stomp and decadent noise rituals conducted on electric Mandoline, Jew's Harp, Janotron, Flutes, Electric G… Read more
*Deluxe 5LP set in a lavish, heavyweight box Cut and mastered from the original tapes and presented with their original artwork, pressed on 180 gram vinyl. The box includes an 11" print from Scott 2 and a longer booklet containing archival writings about Walker from 1968 to 1970, plus a new Essay from Rob Young* The Collection 1967-1970' collects together five Scott Walker's solo albums released between 1967 – 1970. They showcase Scott’s inimitable vocals to an array of orchestral arrangements and powerful lyrical imagery, explored both through Scott’s self-written materi… Read more
**Edition of 300 copies housed in thick-black card jacket** Italy's excellent Holidays Records follow-up crucial blasts from Bellows and Ghédalia Tazartès in 2013 with this reissue of Robert Rutman's 1979 masterpiece, 'Bitter Suites' with the U.S. Steel Cello Ensemble, released to coincide with his 83rd birthday. It'll become hard to believe once you've heard it, but all the sounds are live recordings of the Bow Chime and the Single String Cello - six foot, sheet-metal instruments capable of an astonishing range, from keening falsetto to voluminous bass drone, evolved from a de… Read more
**Includes digital bonus track exclusive to Boomkat. Vinyl cut by Rashad Becker, pressed to virgin vinyl. Includes free download coupon redeemable from the label** Arch electronic experimenter Jan St. Werner initiates Thrill Jockey's Fiebplatter series with a suite of abstract yet emotive compositions melding elements of jazz and electro-acoustic concrète with avant-garde strategy. It's a further flung sound than any of us have heard from his diverse work in Mouse On Mars, Lithops or the Von Sudenfed trio with Mark E Smith, among others, working to an idea that "the Fiebplatter catalo… Read more
From his ice-base out in Finland, Desto makes a big step up with debut album 'Emptier Streets'. Since 2008 he's been honing a distinctive sub-branch of the dubstep sound equally informed by dirty south hip hop and Chicago footwork as much as what originated in south London - a sound best heard on the killer Signal Life label he runs with Teeth - while the eclectic Ramp Recordings have provided the perfect home to some of his very finest riddims. Here, working to the album format for Rwina he's licensed to really explore his tastes fully, triangulating a sound somewhere between Kuedo and the Aut… Read more
**One-time pressing of 250 copies** Andrew Pekler met Giuseppe Ielasi in Berlin to imagine and record this dreamy, hazy suite of concrète exotica. 'Holiday For Sampler' documents the barely-treated highlights of three days of improvising with their favoured tool, the sampler, burrowing wormholes through stacks of dusty vinyl loops and crackly surface hummus. While they've previously worked together in a "professional" capacity - Pekler's released LPs for Ielasi's Schoolmap label and Senufo Editions - this is the first time they've collaborated artistically, but you'd… Read more
**Facsimile jacket including a 16-page booklet of liner notes and photos inside** After a strong start with LP reissues of Karel Goeyvarts and Michel Magne milestones, Finders Keepers' Cacophonic sub-label yield extracts from Harry Partch's historic dance composition, originally issued on his seminal Gate 5 label. Now remastered so we can hear the full range of his unique tuning systems, Partch's 'Bewitched - A Dance Satire' wraps a soundtrack of beguiling, outernational sonorities - from Japanese Koto and African Marimbas to his homebuilt Chromelodeon and Harmonic Canon - t… Read more
Following a trio of acclaimed, genre-confounding 12" drops - for his own Diagonal imprint and most recently The Death of Rave - London's Powell reports for duty at Mute's dance R&D department, Liberation Technologies. 'Fizz' picks up where the mighty 'A Band' left off, being an anachronistic party-starter that splits the difference between rockabilly shuffle and gear-grinding industrial stomp, spiced with aromatic no wave samples and squirts of acrid electronic noise - techno for teddy boys. 'Wharton Tiers On Drums' revives the jerry-built, tunnelistic groove of early Powell ace 'The Ongoing Significance… Read more
Niche N Bump, the promising yung London label inherently affiliated with the Wifey club nights, turns out two eerily rugged Beneath riddims backed with a badbwoy Swing Ting remix. Man-of-the-moment, Beneath brings a Sheffield-meets-London warehouse sound with spooky organ chords and pensive atmosphere punctuated by woodblock ricochets and swaggering subs on 'Strike A Pose', and proper death knell dread vibes with the brute UK house torque of 'Bellz' on the flip. Wifey's Manchester-bassed cousins, street rave commanders Swing Ting, give the latter a lick of dapper Northern pressure with tight, i… Read more
Mule Musiq pick off two divine DJ Sprinkles remixes of Berlin-based producer, June - also found on their upcoming compilation 'Queerification & Ruins: Collected Remixes by DJ Sprinkles'. The top face features his mighty, breakbeat and Jeep-bass driven 'Lost Dancefloor' take on 'Lost Area' with that massive B-line now unleashed over a whole side to itself a primed to rock best 'floors with properly firm but genteel 'ardcore-on-33 pressure. Meanwhile the B-side is given to his much shorter 'Empty Dancefloor' ambient inversion yielding effervescent keys and blooming majestic synth washes. Highly recommended!
Ital returns to the dancefloor in a big way with three tracks for Berlin's Workshop. Since spinning our world with the still amazing 'Culture Clubs' back in 2011, the former Mi Ami player has refracted his sound into strange new dimensions on two albums for Planet Mu in quick succession, but this single sees him return to that hypnotic, side-spun brand of house music which first captured our attention. A-side is given to his 'Ice Drift (Stalker Mix)', a woozy, stumbling blend of dippin' bass and clipped chords unfurling like one of Theo Parrish or Africans With Mainframes' more demented groovers. B-… Read more
"Following the loud and fevered reaction to Accelerator in April 1998, Royal Trux decided to release an EP to coincide with their hotly-anticipated European tour. Swiftly, three songs came together and 3-Song EP was born. Originally released in August 1998, 3-Song EP was required to quench the fans’ thirst. The combination of wack-ass knob twisting and crowd-pleasing singalongs that featured on Accelerator reflected some absurdly inverted sense of What People Wanted. Having assembled a band made up of artists on their American label Drag City, several domestic shows were scheduled, and the play… Read more
Rare outing from the fella behind the Soundmurderer under his own name. Topside he gives his 303 a run out over thumping Chicago kicks; flipside is a fruitier, funked-up house number seared with boogiefied synthlines.
Two sides of mind-churn psych rock from Vibracathedral Orchstra and close associate, Infinite Light. The latter scrawls a caterwaul of looped psych-o-blues leeching into his eerie falsetto (and was that a burp?) and a coruscating solo blues expression. Michael Flower and his Vibracathedral Orchestra spill out a loop-y motorik acid jam called 'Get It?' on the flipside.
Cool UK house momentum from the south coast's Leon Vynehall. On 'Brother' he's shaking down gritty hi-hats, dusty claps and sharp piano stabs on a shunting bass roll bound to send the club swinging loose and wide. His B-side 'Sister' is more much fruitier, readied for the boogie with sweetly harmonised chord progression, jazz-wise bass and insistent, slicing hi-hats with that sorta dope feminine pressure.
Alright then, Planam are pushing the boundaries of sanity again with this latest outbreak of lunacy by the French avant-garde quartet joined by freakishly talented vocalists Dave Nuss of NNCK and Mik Quantius from Köln. Gollaboration No.5, 'Bruxelles' was recorded at 2am by Yann Leguay and documents the sort of ritual strangeness that would get you locked up in less tolerant areas of the world. We're not quite sure who does what but Mik and Dave are definitely responsible for some of the most unnerving vocal sounds we've heard since the last Phil Minton album, while the band spill messy psych-o-rock guts and skull carving asylum blues.
Barcelona's Hivern Discs reissue the demented funk of Fasenuova's 'Cachito Turulo' backed with diverse reinterpretations by Dopplereffekt's Heinrich Mueller, Dutch hardware hero Legowelt, and rising star, Marc Piñol. Lodged somewhere between Cómeme's freakiest EBM jaunts and the OG industrial of CHBB/Liasons Dangereuses, 'Cachito' plays out a dark fantasy of scratchy, spasmodic drum machines, swarming synth sequences and possessed vocals for the kinkiest freaks. Marc Piñol's remix drops the tempo and diffuses the oddness in a slow, humid and bleepy… Read more
Night Slugs' Club Constructions series reaches its fourth instalment with four tracks of raw, 808-rooted drum-funk from Beau Thigpen aka Helix. 'Whoosh Ice Dispenser' is a top-loaded, gravity-defying ghetto-bounce machine built out of boldly stacked and edited kicks, snares and hi-hats; it threatens to collapse in on itself but stays sturdy to the last, no mean feat. 'Track Titled 1' is a no-nonsense percussion tool designed to splack the dance up something rotten, and 'Linn Jam' - which is presented in two versions, one riven with arpeggiated synth mortar-fire and the other not - expl… Read more
Excellent UK tech-house offset with tuffer techno and subtle African influence. Birmingham's Lakosa and London's Rick Grant make a great pairing, whether riding Sleeparchive-like bass pump spiked with funked-up drums on A-side 'Core', or swinging with sleek, moody bass and reduced, shaking polyrhythms in the deeper cleft of 'Tambourine'. Expect to hear both tunes everywhere from Berlin to Brighton. Support from Appleblim, Alex Coulton, South London Ordnance, Akkord, Locked Groove…
"Country Soul Sisters is a second guide to the great female country singers who helped define a musical genre as artists such as Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette attained staggering commercial success in the previously male-dominated musical world of country music. As well as extensive sleeve-notes the accompanying large outsize booklet also includes stunning photography from the Getty picture archive. The album features a stunning line-up of classic female country artists – Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Bobbie Gentry,… Read more
**Full copy of the album on CD included inside** Sophomore album of wracked, atmospheric, off-centre gloom-pop from Austin, TX trio Pure X. The origins of the album are pretty bleak: core member Nate Grace spent most of 2012 incapacitated by a serious leg injury, without the health insurance or cash needed for surgery, and further crippled by insomnia and anxiety; it was during this time that he percolated ideas for the record. Sounds like a hoot, right? But the result isn't a depressive or desolated work; rather it’s the sound of struggle, of striving to find hope amid hopelessness, b… Read more
"A raw cry from the dark night of one man's soul. Cloistered away from the popular culture of 1982, rural Illinois priest Tony Trosley painted a pastoral refraction of early 1970s Laurel Canyon watercolors with this stand-alone set of songs. Openhearted and naively psychedelic, Deep Night was recorded during a single pre-dawn marathon, and mixed live-to tape in an isolated chapel. Cobbled together out of local players to help fill out this ethereal soundscape, Trosley's band brought an earnest but bluntly unsophisticated backdrop to his phaser-drenched 12-string guitar. The Sixth Station-nam… Read more
Second shot of techy dubstep from shadowy new label, Kaium Records. Fornax debuts with the super reduced, Kryptic Minds-style halfstep template of 'Desolate' on the front, and a glitchier 2-stepper 'Unconscious' for the flipside.
**Really weird soundtrack by the legends of NDW, veering from dark synth vignettes to unhinged and dippy blats** "With 36 tracks clocking in at 40 minutes, this 1983 album by these German loons did little to dispel already prevalent Residents comparisons. But who cares? Short songs, silly voices, ever-inventive pop-cultural references; if only The Residents always made records this good! With a far wider musical palette than the Post-Fab Four ever had at their disposal (including leader Kurt "Pyrolator" Dahlke's use of early Emulator 1 sampling technology), Der Plan pioneer the sounds and s… Read more
Following his ace trio of 2012 releases - including 12” drops on The Trilogy Tapes and Kyle Hall’s Wild Oats - Detroit’s Manuel Gonzales returns to the on-fire Don’t Be Afraid with a superlative 6-track workout. Once again he flits effortlessly between bugged-out beatdown abstraction and flexing, swishing club gear: the EP begins with raw keyboard and drumbox experiment ‘Hand Over Fifth’ before settling into the lithe, dark, pumped-up acid of ‘Proxy’, which will have fans of KMFH, Anthony Naples, Moon B and the L.I.E.S crew locked. ‘Funnel Vision’ is a rougher, more scuzzed-out study i… Read more
Bureau B reissue of Der Plan's 1984 Japan tour album, now presented with new artwork by the band's Moritz R. The original 17 tracks were commissioned by the Japanese department store chain who booked the NDW heroes for a bunch of gigs and span the group's inimitable brand of melodic mischief and dippy wave rhythms from the jabbing delirium of 'Fleissige Ameisen' to the nursery rhyme daftness of 'Insekt', the schlager-y 'Schwarzwald', eccentric tribalism in 'Buback' and industrial dance-pop on 'Gummitwist' alongside four new bonus cuts including an instrumental of the aforementioned 'Gummitwist' and the oriental oddness of 'Elektro Platinum Saturn Gott'.