Thursday, 29 January
**Housed in die-cut jacket with printed inner, comes bundled with a download** We’ve been waiting for this one for a while - one of the most talented and overlooked composers in the death-ambient/invisible soundtrack realm finally returns with a petrifying suite of doom-laced string compositions on this excellent new album for Miasmah; 'The Summoner'. In the course of three albums and handful of shortform releases, Pepijn Caudron has become a byword for Bosch-like visions of a soundtrack-quality calibre. It's perhaps a little odd that his music hasn't yet been used to score some ultra-bleak, mitt… Read more
*Edition of 300 copies pressed on transparent red vinyl* Dominick Fernow’s Bed of Nails label returns with its first release in a while - a new 5-track EP from New York stalwart K.P aka Dual Action. These machine tools spoil for the 'floor, acting as a follow-up of sorts to the excellent, blink-and-miss 'Babe' cassette and Avian's vinyl reissue of 'Auto Body’, providing some proper club weight across four precision-sharpened pounders and one incredible noise construct. Fixing glassy chimes to stern bassdrum with 'Back In', and banking noxious drones over the pneumatic mechanisms of 'When Mine',… Read more
Chicago's DJ Clent busts out a killer debut album of sub-heavy hyperfunk for Duck N' Cover - the world's first Footwork-only vinyl label. 'Last Bus to Lake Park' is alien jazz tech of the dopest order, hitting 14 tracks of fibrillating flux including link-ups with fellow Dance Mania veteran DJ Milton and footwork progenitor, RP Boo. We'll go straight for the highlights, a handful of Afro-futurist level-setters including the doubled-down G-Funk lean of 'The Wickedness', a blinding breakbeat and space-jazz rocket named 'Look Swole' with DJ Milton, and certainly the depth-charged sub pul… Read more
Sabla's debut set of buckled, technoid texturhythms are arguably the best yet from Turin, Italy's Gang Of Ducks label. Backed up by smart reworks from Ital and the G.O.D. bosses, the four original tracks feel out freeform, roiling rhythms and rusted timbres in transtion somewhere between Andy Stott's knackerd crack, the whirring mechanics of Lukid, and Phork's staggered drum patterns. In the best sense, each piece sounds like two tracks in a battle to resolve their rhythmic differences, from the ragged techno lurch of 'Di Lei' to the crushed, Bellows-style dub of 'Spirits' and the thrumming undertow o… Read more
Terrence Dixon's stellar series continues with a trio of deeply mystic Detroit techno reductions. Following similar coordinates to recent Mills missions, the A-side is a stunning piece of sound design swirling cosmic synth plumes around a 120bpm kick anchor preventing it from drifting into deep space. Flipside, the madness of outer space travel kicks in with a panicked, discordant pounder, before settling to an alternate, further version of 'Code Urgent' off the 'Theater Of A Confused Mind' album.
Acid Arab push the boat out with further deviations including a deadly An-I and Capablanca link-up. AA's 3rd single opens with their own 'Zahr' putting a streamlined, edgeless spin on Arab dance styles beside the slow, mystic chug of Gilb'R'Beesan Rum's 'A Song For Anna'. B-side is much better, though: Society of Silence pick up the tempo with a cantering techno line-dance, 'Baghdad', and An-I hits it out the park with Capablanca on the New Beat-referencing meld of industrial jack and mesmerising Middle Eastern loops in 'Farsi Farce'.
**180g vinyl edition with art print poster and digital download code - immersively collaged and enchanting sound journey across the American south** "Herein sits a sound panacea for what ails you, me, thee… a collection of sound meant to place tiume, place memory in that space beyond remembrance… This recording represents a 25 day sojourn (#southernsojourn2014) I took through parts of the/my american south by am, greydog, thumb, through pecan trees, farm fields, rivers running me, dark allies, cemeteries people no longer visit… curious places below the mason dix… Read more
Dutch turbo skank pressure from TMSV on Artikal Music UK. Three rotten riddims stepping out between the gabber bass pulses of 'Jackhammer' to dread halfstep and pinging congas with 'Guillotine', and the reek of dank dungeon spaces in 'Elegy'.
DJ Haus drops some dirty acid work on Clone's Jack For Daze sub-print. Raw-assed party funk in four versions, from stripped-down bangers to more freakish nuggets and bleepy bass styles.
Punchy, warehouse-eager banger from a cat named E. Myers on limited edition white label. Drums are tough as you like, tickled with raving whistles and eased off with lip-smacking, eye-fluttering chords for gurning air-synth action in the club. Dead strong stuff.
Lean, mean hybrids of UK rolige and European techno from Roska, Roska, Roska. Back for his 3rd outing on Tectonic, he reflects the label's current aesthetic with tightest, jabbing drums and dread bass for the darkside skank 'n shuffle. 'Hyperion' rolls with effortless momentum guided by zombied 4/4 bass pressure and frankly fxxking evil drones; 'Off' is distinctly UK-centric, synching the widest swing from fractured drums and offset sub swells for the dancers; 'Only Human' really gets our vote though, setting a pensile balance of crisp rimshots and slicing claps poised with noirish dub chamber vibes precipitating the nastiest bass shapes..
Strange mix of styles on this one, pairing The Soft's thrumming post rock-meets electronica piece, 'Icaria', with a gauzy, jagged dubstep-techno roller by Killawatt and some fudgy tech-house with sweetly soured melody blowing kisses at vintage AFX.
*Packaged in a gatefold sleeve with a digital download code* "Although little is known about H Hawkline at this stage, international record collector, occasional DJ partner and hirsute head Andy Votel divulges that he is “from a family lineage that comprises of 70s radio DJs and Welsh Horror movie stars.” He continues: “H Hawkline’s own place in the limelight often cascades and intertwines with the likes of his close friends Cate Le Bon [who produced this album], Sweet Baboo and Gruff Rhys. As an adept multi-intrumentalist main vein Huw Evans claws his influences from a broad out… Read more
*New, reworked version. First time on vinyl, includes a free copy of the album on CD inside* "Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisat-ions. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of elect-ronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "Apr… Read more
**Hand-stamped white label** Juju & Jordash meet Move D as Magic Mountain High, recorded live at Pulse Club, Venice, Italy. Jazz-taught, freeform techno breaking down to an extended trip across the A-side, plus a string-heavy house ace and some neat, proggy New York style builds on the B-side. Fluid, funky, out-there house.
**Obscure country and western delights for the journey. Housed in tip on-style jacket** "Ten road-weary tales from the wrong side of outlaw country. Jeff Cowell may have huffed the same narcotic air as Townes Van Zandt and David Allan Coe, but hunkered far from the Nashville city limits, nary a Cash or Paycheck would drunkenly slur through his tunes. Recorded in 1975, Lucky Strikes and Liquid Gold is an isolated, backwoods loner epic, top-loaded with odes to hitch-hiking and rambling the crumbling Michigan countryside of Cowell’s hard-drinking youth. Previously available only o… Read more
"When The Notwist returned with their 7th album 'Close To The Glass' (their debut for Sub Pop Records) in early 2014, many were enchanted by the epic instrumental 'Lineri'. It was the only instrumental track featured on the LP, but according to Notwist-singer Markus Acher, instrumental works have had an especially big impact on the album and its arrangements. Between 2008's ‘The Devil, You & Me’ and this year’s 'Close To The Glass', The Notwist not only concentrated on various solo projects, but also worked for several theatre productions and radioplays. 'The Messier Objects' is a compil… Read more
"Andy Votel divulges that H Hawkline is “from a family lineage that comprises of 70s radio DJs and Welsh Horror movie stars.” He continues: “H Hawkline’s own place in the limelight often cascades and intertwines with the likes of his close friends Cate Le Bon [who produced this album], Sweet Baboo and Gruff Rhys. As an adept multi-intrumentalist main vein Huw Evans claws his influences from a broad outernational record collection comprising of Faustian Krautrock, Welsh Damp Wave, Turk Jerk and South American pre-punk.” An album of “strange pop” (words borrowed from Huw), ‘In The Pink O… Read more
Awesome Tapes From Africa do your collection a solid with re-release of two classic Ethiopian instrumentals by Hailu Mergia. A perfect chaser to the full bottle of ATFA's hugely appreciated 'Tche Belew' LP reissue in 2014, it features the suave dip and shuffle of 'Musicawi Silt' with its blue horns and Mergia's zippy organ on the A-side, backed with the sun-kissed soul charms of 'Tche Belew' cut to the B-side.
"Jessica Pratt’s self-titled 2012 debut has been much-murmured about. People respond to the austere, pristine clarity of the performances, the gentle strength, marvelling at how much comes from so little: just a voice and a guitar or two. They remark on the timeless nature of the songs and the voice, scrupulously informed by the folk rock of ages past but sung without bags (none in hand, nor beneath eyes). They speculate on just who is the personality behind this Jessica Pratt? It is hard not to respond to the sound of her music, not to want more right away. Two years on and Jes… Read more
Houndstooth lop one off Second Storey's debut album, backed with new cut 'Layer Lock' and corresponding mixes by Cristian Vogel and Luke Vibert. With 'One Sound' Storey gives old skool wonky techno a boot to the behind with his flash production palette, whereas 'Layer Lock' dips to a more tetchy, skittish Breakbeat coda. Vibert splices 'One Sound' with stacks of junglist stabs, jazzy fake-outs and tussling drums; Vogel carves 'Layer Lock' into an advanced, polymetric techno sculpture.
Dan "The First Man Outside of Detroit to Debut On Moodymann's Mahogani Label" Shake chases last year's debut with two faithfully deep house moves for Black Acre. Paying dues to Tony Allen & Fela Kuti with firm nods to J Dilla and, naturally, KDJ, he gets busy with grubbing bass and slicing hi-hats laying the rhythm for soulful gospel stabs on 'Out Of Sight', before teaming up with Japan-based Rennie Foster for the dusted hi-hat shuffles, oily bass and pealing sax solo of 'Out Of Sight' on the B-side.
Fresh from his woozy Amsterdam session with Gaussian Curve for Music From Memory, an oneiric solo debut from Jonny Nash on his own label, Melody As Truth. Classicist ambient meandering manifest on electric guitar, keys, synths and zither, seeking solace somewhere between Detroit Escalator Comnpany and Brian Eno. Dead lovely.
Chicago comes rugged 'n raw with two mean acid jaxx by Midwestern techno veteran Oliver Dodd and yung buck, Grey People. Side A digs in hard with jabbing 303 and prickling hi-hats descending into proper jackers madness; B-side is slower, swaggering like some stray JTC jam.
**Marbled grey wax** R-A-G, Cliff Lothar, D'Marc Cantu and Paul Du Lac offer new perspectives on Aroy Dee's ''Sketches' album. Along with MarcoAntonio Spaventi and G-String as R-A-G, Mr Dee gives 'Pure' a sleek and subtly dramatic BASS mix beside Cantu's dreamy, psychedelic remix of 'Until The City Dies'. Better still, Paul Du Lac lifts the energy levels with a deep, slamming disco techno mix for 'City Of Others', contrasting with Cliff Lothar's smooth rolling take on the same stems.
Alex Coulton makes rude house moves on Tempa following his ace for Beneath's Mistry label and a contribution to Tempa's 'Allstars Vol.7'. The abyssal reverb and serpentine drums of 'Recall' pick up where his lean 'Bleep Sequence' for Beneath's label left us late last year, heading farther into the dread house murk with nasty, wide bass and strobing vocal spectres. if that groove is all about concentrated pressure, the scuffling brokebeats and natty bass dip of 'Wiretap' is all about spacious dynamics and airborne rolige.
Sick rhythm box throw-downs from anonymous cats on Amsterdam's Rush Hour. A-side is a nutty, unquantised disco edit thing that sounds like Faces Drums meets Green Velvet in a vat of GHB. B-side gets down with the drums in a slompy buckbeat laced with lithe synth arpeggio reminding of the Craig Loftis' bomb 'Yes It's Right'. Suck 'em and see!
Ron Morelli's Ghost-202 collaborator, Svengalisghost, knocks out a deadly 2nd shot for Russian Torrent Versions. It's all killer no filler in four tracks of psychotomimetic industrialism, banging the box between two cuts of acid-frazzled jack on the A-side, and over to some thunderous PCP techno styles laced with swarming drones on the B-side. Can't see this leaving the box for a long time.
**White wax** Further 'Sketches from an Island' by Future Loop Foundation's Mark Barrott for International Feel Recordings. This 'Winter Edition' commits two succinct pieces taking in chiming synth tones on 'Kitasaku' and a brooding solo piano etude cosseted with airport ambiance in 'Departur