Thursday, 30 July
**Limited edition 160g coloured, gatefold 2LP. Reissue retrospective creaming 17 cuts of New wave, NDW, minimal synth and space disco** "Medical Records is celebrating it’s 5 year anniversary as well as 50th release! Medical Records was founded sometime in 2007/2008 but released it’s first double header of reissues in May 2010 with the (at the time) little known Deutsche Wertarbeit (MR-001) and the first album by famed Italo/synthpop guru Alexander Robotnick (MR-002). Since the beginning, Medical has pledged to bring back long out of print and lost new wave, synth, and disco… Read more
A whacked-out techno volley from EMG and Battista housed in killer Trilogy Tapes artwork by Will Bankhead. This is some deviant dancefloor business, from the bruising bass welt and unstable, uptempo structures of 'Insatiable Desire' and 'Thrill Seeker' to the 100bpm acid sludge of 'Spaceman' and the asphyxiated boogie nodge of 'Electric Cave'.
**Limited hand-stamped one sided vinyl 12"** Trax Research start-up with two killer, edited cuts from a teenaged Gene Hunt. An original peer of Ron Hardy and Robert Owens, Hunt has carved his tracky, jackin' style all over Chi-house with innumerable 12"s, and quite recently on a pair for Delroy Edwards' L.A. Club Resource. Here, he jams out the fruity perk of 'Twins' with its jaunty acid squirts, pitching chords and jerky groove, followed by the fesity Roland face-off, '909 vs. 707' in which his trusted drum boxes duke it out for the dance.
**Clear vinyl in clear poly sleeve** A billowing ambient swell-on from Deadbeat on his BLKRTZ label. Both sides play to his lesser heard, beat-less angle, quietly seducing us to his cloud base panorama of radiant strings and Wolfgang Voigt-like harmonic blooms with the first side, before moving into higher registers of sweeping, cirrus-like plumes and gently planing in a downward spiral across the B-side.
Thursday, 23 July
Nine Inch Nails' synthesist, Alessandro Cortini, animates an enveloping shadowplay of Roland 202 and TB303 spectres in his second album for Hospital Productions following the stunning 'Forse' trilogy for Important Records. 'Risveglio' is the 'Awakening' to 'Sonno''s 'Sleep'. Like its predecessor, it was also written and recorded while on tour but, unlike 'Sonno', it syncs his favoured 202 with the unique integers of a TB303, eliding the two via a delay unit to expand his sound without ever losing sight of the crushing harmonic noise romance at its core. It's fair to say that we've never… Read more
*Concentrated, Bendy Acid From Computer Rave Hooligans Evol, debuting their first release for Diagonal. Housed in an incredible sleeve by Guy Featherstone, mastered and cut by Matt ‘The Alchemist’ Colton at Alchemy. RIYL: Belgian Techno, Licking Batteries, Coloured Plastic Discs!* "‘Flapper That’ sees Diagonal invite EVOL — arch propagators of “computer music for hooligans” — to their own, unique establishment for a proper headshrinker of a session. Since Diagonal’s incarnation, EVOL’s hardcore aesthetic and sense of absurdity has been a key influence on the label and Powell’s DJ sets. In effect, … Read more
**Foil-blocked, heavyweight, rigid boxset contains five LPs plus individually numbered certificate. Edition of 400** Finnish psych maverick Pekka Airaksinen is the focus of arguably the most wigged out and far-flung V-o-D release to date. Covering vast distance between his modes and monikers, from the primordial, NWW-listed electronic regressions of The Sperm, to the hypnotic freedom of Samsa Trio, and the hieroglyphic electro-jazz of 'Golden Age' - a clear predecessor to the recently reissued opus, 'Buddhas of Golden Light' - this boxset provides many perspec… Read more
Syrian dabke star, Omar Souleyman leads the dance to Monkeytown flanked by Modeselektor, Gilles Peterson, Four Tet and Legowelt on his 2nd studio album. Recorded in Istanbul whilst reunited with his favourite poet, Ahmad Alsamer, 'Bahdeni Nami' returns to his rawer (read: effective), pre-Domino polished sound, with each contributor faithfully complementing his style, rather than trying to westernise it. We catch Gilles Peterson joining an Arabic duet on 'Tawwalt El Gheba' - actually, we jest; we're not sure what Peterson did, but it sounds bloody great - while Modeselektor fuse beefier, … Read more
**Limited Deluxe Edition, features five bonus tracks pressed on 180g black vinyl housed in a 5mm spined outer sleeve. SDJR turns out a whole party's worth of funk with an infectious debut album sporting guest spots by Julio Bashmore, fLako and Kutmah** "From time to time a DJ or producer comes along who transcends a particular scene, bridges the gap between disparate movements and unites tribal music fans. Seven has that talismanic quality. His productions have a rawness… a loose-knit, lolloping groove that seduces even the most steadfastly stubborn of hips. Recorded in LA, S… Read more
**Gatefold 2LP** "Stunningly beautiful, poignant music from Bilād al-Shām — ‘the countries of Damascus’, known nowadays as Syria, Lebanon and Palestine — including performances from the very first recording sessions in the region. The legendary, moody Beirut singer Būlus Ṣulbān is here — some historians have him singing before Egypt’s Pasha Ibrāhīm Bāshā during his military campaign in Syria, in 1841 — and Ḥasība Moshēh, Jewish ‘nightingale of the Damascene gardens’. Thurayyā Qaddūra from Jerusalem; Yūsuf Tāj, a folk singer from Mount-Lebanon; Farjallāh B… Read more
Jessy Lanza finds mutual muses in Chicago lynchpins, DJ Spinn and Taso, for the romantic R&B and footwork of 'You Never Show Your Love'. A perfect match of styles, it finds Spinn & Taso working outside their usual tempo bracket with great results, creaming yacht-ready guitar licks on airborne trap triplets, all gilded with Lanza's longing lyrics placing the original up close to FKA Twigs' 'Water Me' whilst the Teklife remix comes off like 4Hero gone footwork with its ornate chords, jazzy arrangement and hi-tek funk pulsations.
Big room ready, deeper house backed with a more intimate OB Ignitt remix. '323 to Plaza' works out a wiggly, minimal house style wrought with big subs and acidic inflections. Flipside, he explores dubbed out tribal terrain in 'Chocolate Almond', and Detroit's OB Ignitt takes '323 to Plaza' for a more low-lit, sensuous remix riding warm bass and cloaked in midnight pads.
*Free Shipping In The UK* *Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. If you are in another country please contact us for postage costs* Deluxe 13LP box Set includes an individually numbered certificate, postcards, several inserts and four bonus 7"s!* This is the third in a series of Box-Sets covering a wide range of 80’s Minimal-Synth and Wave-music from the 80’s. This Volume contains the following:
138.1/2 PORTION CONTROL (2 x … Read more
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**LP plus bonus CD, includes download card redeemable from the label** Yorkshire's Ashtray Navigations deglaze and infect your mind with their umpteenth album of borderless psychedelia. Just ahead of their 20th Anniversary Best Of 4CD set for Golden Lab, the Wire's latest cover stars arrive at this point after two decades of operations stranded in the hinterlands of UK underground psych and noise, where they've cultivated a peerless reputation for unblinkered expression of a rare and beguiling kind. In this 100 minute head-opener they, a.k.a. original member Phil Todd and M… Read more
3rd and final part of Dial's 15th anniversary compilation of new and exclusive material. Who better than label mainstay and co-owner Lawrence to open with the deep and minimal house equilibrium of 'Chez Dupont', followed by the hazy elegance of Efdemin's 'No Exit' and a dusty beatdown from Roman Flügel called 'In Your Wardrobe' to round off the A-side. On the turn, they introduce a new name and sound with Dawn Mok's faded, warped R&B piece, 'Like Thoughts Or Moments We'll Fall', and embrace an old one with the strung-out guitar ambience of Pawel's 'All Nearness Pauses'.
"Hermetically sealed and reveling in tumult, All Tense Now Lax is the most significant and developed work yet forged by Liberez. Based in main orchestrator John Hannon’s remote studio No Recordings in Rayleigh, England, Liberez have expanded their palette from previous outings on Alter to produce a perfectly engineered machine that consumes the beholder. A tense, gut-wrenching listen wrought with carefully considered space, the range of techniques and the depth of atmosphere is staggering. All Tense Now Lax never settles on a simple depiction of dread, foreboding or anxiety but layers text… Read more
"Kawabata Makoto emerges from a period of relative quiet with his first widely available solo release in several years, the blockbuster Krautrock-flavored Astro Love & Infinite Kisses. This lovely and impressionistic record showcases the other side of Makoto’s outrageous works with Acid Mothers Temple. Taking cues from classics of the genre like Tangerine Dream’s Phaedra and Steve Hillage’s Rainbow Dome Musick, “Dos Nurages” is the album’s centerpiece, a 41-minute hypnotic epic, with echoplex’d guitar anchoring a stream of expertly done glissando. The title track is a dark… Read more
Bookworms tests out a slower, crushed techno sound on his 3rd 12" for L.I.E.S. They're hypnotic slugs of salty bleep techno and slackened industrial, all shot-thru with Bookworms patented grasp of mesmerising repetition. 'Touchless Automatic' bites and grinds like a Durian Brothers killer, and chases that vibe thru the rolling tribal loops and radioactive bass flares of 'Coaxial Electric Suite'. Flipside, he goes ghostly with the shifty, intangible framework of 'Exotic Auto Boutique' and asserts his physical presence with the lashing electric synthlines and stomach thumping kicks of 'Control That'.
Karen Gwyer coins her 1st release of 2015 via Berlin's much-respected Nous label. More twisted and abstract than the label's previous releases, 'Bouloman' presents three shades of Karen ranging from the dancefloor-primed rolling ascension of 'Keisa Kizzy Kinte' across the front, to more aggressive, blown-out styles with the tetchy grime-techno psychedelia of 'Brunch Music' (someone's been spending too much time in Berlin) to the undisciplined, haywire momentum of 'Shit List With Kid'.
**Individually numbered edition of 200** Nifty limited pressing of a genuine cosmic anthem, as played by Danielle Baldelli. Lazer-reaching disco for those that know.
Classic Mood II Swing reissued for the good of the club. Includes the frisky club original, trim instrumental, and better yet, that percolating darkside Closer dub and percussive Swing To Mood dub.
Lil Silva cuts hard and wild on his 2015 shotta, 'Drumatic'. With the title track he forges a fresh sorta UK techno-bruk tribalism infected with buzzing grime bass and razor-cut breakbeat rattle, and 'New Squeeze' updates OG West London bruk funk with a tauter, gleaming techno edge, all percolating perfussion and melting chromatic chords. '606' clocks out with a pinging UK electro-funky zinger that could only come from this don. If his previous form is anything to go by, this may be your one and only 12" from Lil Silva this year, so make the most of it!
*Vinyl includes free download with a bonus track - a cover of Kim Fowley’s witchy masterpiece “Bubblegum”* "The third studio album by Sonic Youth, originally released in May 1986 on SST Records, shows the first signs that the band was ready to transform their no wave past into a greater alternative rock sensibility. “EVOL … mark[s] the true departure point of Sonic Youth’s musical evolution,” says Pitchfork, who place the album in the #31 slot of their Top 100 Albums of The 1980s. “In measured increments, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo … bring form to the formless, tune to the tuneless, and… Read more
The German producer jacks up a sleazy, gritty session for Technicolour after acclaimed work for L.I.E.S. and W.T. Records. Both sides follow a similar pattern - giving you something to dance to, and then put you on your arse. A-side opens with the bestial vocal processing of 'Explora (Slave)' before putting its weight behind a proper jack attack, and lowering us into the viscous tarpits of 'Headpiece'. Flipside, he knuckles out the monotone EBM techno pulse of 'Brute Force' and melts to close with the darkroom essence of 'Shpel'.
**Limited to 500 copies with hand-numbered insert** "It's late 1981 and Attrition's embryonic Black Prince Studio has set up in band member Ashley Niblock's bedroom in Coventry, England. Analogue synthesisers, drum machines and primitive 4 track recorder with tape echoes and spring reverbs. They would write and rehearse regularly during those early days. On the other days the studio was never idle... Ashley Niblock would moonlight with two of his school friends, Edward Pearson and Richard Woodfield...and IRSOL was born... A very different beast to the anarchic post punk noise and rhyth… Read more
Mr. Beatnick flexes a proper disco-tech sound with 'Formed In The Stance' for Semtek's DBA label. 'Stutter' opens with some weighty momentum balanced between slyding synth flares and bristling electro NRG bass, whilst the coruscating scales and slippery disco moves of 'Jellyfish' recall classic Patrick Cowley. The title track dims the lights to a noirish, jazzy West London bustle, and 'Obsidian Morning' synchs a lissom swing between wood-crack claps, dubble-dip bass and flighty arpeggios. Great stuff.
Silkie follows two volumes of 'City Limits' albums with the plush dubstep boogie dimensions of 'Fractals' for Distal's Anarchostar label. There's far more variation in this suite than we've previously heard from Silkie, proving equally adept at Miami-style electro in 'Escape Route', trim electro-tech in 'Moda' with J. Tijn, and swish Linn funk in 'Love Affair', alongside the trap-style lean of 'Majik' and electro-jazzy halfstep in 'Cascada'.
**Limited to 500 copies with hand-numbered insert and 7"** "Ti-Tho was an early to mid 80’s NDW-project by Marisa Calcagno and Thomas Stelter. The name Ti-Tho is a combination of Chrstina Marisa and Thomas. 7 exciting years between school and recording-studio followed. They both met when she was 13 and Thomas being the guitar-teacher of her friend Oliver with whom she had a band called 'Tempelfreuden' (together with Markus Lipka and Johan Pop) Thomas, who had followed some of their band-gigs then asked her to join in his new project as singer. After years of piano-lessons the relatively shy Marisa … Read more
**Gatefold 2LP edition of 500** Good ol' uncle Trunk blinds us with this first-ever vinyl issue of Alan Jefferson's solo space odyssey, 'Galactic Nightmare'. It's the sort of stuff Trunk was born to release; a self-composed, played, narrated, and designed 88-minute space odyssey inspired by the War of the Worlds radio play. The author is one Alan Jefferson, who conceived and executed 'Galactic Nightmare' between 1979 and 1984 and sold it, via the adverts in the back of magazines such as C U Amiga and Future Music, for the princely sum of £4.99. Factoring for i… Read more