Thursday, 25 September
Peckham's newest imprint presents tasty, rooted rhythms from Al Dobson Jr, backed with remixes from Ptaki and Ruf Dug. The well-tucked shuffle of 'Santiago Black' is expanded to nearly 7 minutes of dusty balearic disco bump suffused with a silky new vocal, breezy synth and keys by Poland's Ptaki for the connoisseurs. Taking it slower, lower, the tickled boogie loop of 'Kirton Street' is teased into a chug on Ruffy's 3am Canavans Special.
**Hand stamped white label from the long absent Blueprint sub-label** James Rukin's Blueprint springs the first taste of Rumah & Progression's upcoming album. Nose to tail techno styles, from the surging, chord-driven momentum of 'SC1' to monotone drive and pealing stabs in 'SC2' and the hypnotic swing ov 'SC3', capped out with a much ruder hydraulic remix of 'SC1 (Creech)' for those that knows, boyo.
"Tradisyon Ka's Gwo Ka album is newly recorded in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe by Soul Jazz Records. Like the cult music of Haiti's Vodou and Cuba's Santeria or the roots music of Belize's Garifuna (all of which Soul Jazz have travelled to record), Gwo Ka is the musical and cultural product of the region's African ancestry, forcibly brought to the Caribbean through slavery. Gwo Ka exists only in Guadeloupe. Guadeloupe is a very different island from much of the Caribbean, in that it remains a 'department' of its original colonial master, F… Read more
**Adventurous, pioneering pieces from an unsung hero of Italy's influential experimental scene of the 1970s** "In an alternate universe the Rome born female synthesist Daniela Casa would be a household name. A genuine pioneer of experimental pop music, abstract electronics, Giallo jazz and even heavy drone rock jams, her elusive and infectious music joins the dots and loops between other Italian female electronic composers such as Giulia De Mutiis (later Giulia Alessandroni), Doris Norton and Suzanne Ciani while retaining one of the most individualistic and diverse composin… Read more
Oakland, CA dreamer, Austin Cesear smudges back into view on Public Information with his follow-up to aces for Opal Tapes and Anthony Naples' Proibito. 'West Side' was inspired by Austin's time spent gazing over the dock of Oakland port in the San Francisco bay, and duly yields six tracks of gauzily impressionist groove and foggy atmosphere, or, as PI poetically proffer; "This is Austin Cesear beside black water in the darkest hours, white sodium light bouncing across the surf. Searching across the bay, industry stands proud in the early morning haze. Cargo, containers, machines. Cranes pier… Read more
Young Turks present SBTRKT's strongest body of work to date with the electronic pop/soul projections of 'Wonder Where We Land'. Teeming with guest spots from A$AP Ferg, Koreless, Sampha, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), and Andrew Ashong, among others, it marks SBTRKT as a properly dilated producer, one open to working fresh new sounds and bolder production technique into more timeless dance-pop frameworks. At this point, the hooks of upfront singles such as 'New Dorp. New Dorp', 'Higher' and 'Voices In My Head' have… Read more
Proper Detroit electro-techno from UR's Nomadico aka DJ Dex. Along with Santiago Salazar, Nomadico reps UR's L.A. outpost with a latinate strain of the crew's sound. On the 'Yaxteq' EP he proves a diverse player with four track scoping out furtive, shifty electro on 'The^$!ngul@rity'', and sub-heavy psychedelic techno in 'Root3d' on The A-side. Deeper in, he teams up with his wife, Naheed Chaudry aka Naheedence for the hi-tech funk of 'Yaxche', and tweaks the 'floor to bits with the refractive, body-crumpling shuffles of 'New Baktun'.
Pender Street Stepper, Jack Jutson deals three cuts of grown up, dusty disco-house for Mood Hut, the achingly hip label he co-runs from Vancouver, Canada. This is just the ticket for all those retro heads - totally inoffensive and mature-sounding dancefloor schmooze. 'Looking Forward To You' rubs soppy chords over a stuttering drum break giving long enough for dancers to make their way to the bar and maybe a have a smoke before it finishes, whilst flipside lays the grease on thick with lazy loops and Afro-boogie styled guitar chops beside a cannier boogie dub mooch. Sounds dead authentic, like.
Thursday, 18 September
*Deluxe 2LP edition includes printed inners and full download of the whole album when purchased* Lee Gamble jacks directly into a latent stream of electronic wonder with his dream-like 'Koch' opus for PAN. Running to 76 minutes over 16 tracks, it's Gamble's most substantial and arguably definitive work, following the beautifully effective 'Diversions 1994-1996' and 'Dutch Tvashar Plumes' releases for PAN in 2012. Where those records deconstructed the elusive, enigmatic timbre of '90s electronic dance music - jungle, techno, ambient - 'Koch' (pron. 'Cotch' - UK slang for relax) is a sort of 'Pataphys… Read more
**Deluxe Triple gatefold, printed inners. Includes download code redeemable from the label** In case you hadn't noticed, the gurning genius is back in a big way with 'Syro', his first new LP since 'Drukqs' (2001). Culled from his legendary trove of recordings, it's apparently "about a fifth" of what he's done in the last 10 years, "…one album out of many possible ones", according to his interview with Rolling Stone. After a couple of whizzes thru, we'd say it lands somewhere between 'Drukqs' and the Analord series of 2005 - no real surprises there, then - leaning heavy on trademark breakbeat funk an… Read more
**Gatefold jacket with liner notes in Greek and English** Athens-based Into The Light Records illuminate the sterling work of Greek composer George Theodorakis, son of legendary composer Mikis Theodorakis, who famously wrote the theme song for 'Zorba The Greek'. A prolific composer in his own right, George benefitted from access to an abundant studio - stacked with synths, 8-channel console, two pianos - at his family's idyllic home in the hills of Athens. And it was between there and the Theta Makrigianni studio which he recorded all the… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Soaring new age electronica from Londoner Jo Johnson - a co-organiser of the Bleep43 club/label and former guitarist for riot grrl act, Huggy Bear. Taking flight on Seattle's Further Records, 'Weaving' pays tribute to myriad composers, from Alice Coltrane to Laurie Spiegel and arch minimalists, Steve Reich and Terry Riley, whilst also informed by an anthropological theory stating that musical ability predates language in humans. With that in mind, 'Weaving' works thru a starategy of ostensibly simple/primordial, and acutely mesmerising… Read more
**180g vinyl edition of 500** Precious, first ever vinyl reissue of Morton Subotnick's perilous dark side trip, 'The Wild Bull, originally released in 1968 following his seminal 'Silver Apples Of The Moon'. Based on an ancient Sumerian (now known as modern day Southern Iraq) poem, it's another visionary example of Subotnick's pioneering use of the Buchla modular system, perfectly demonstrating its then new-fangled sequencing abilities to explore fluid rhythm and pattern in a clean break from academic tradition's restrictive strategies of pitch and timbre. Now, nearl… Read more
Nate Young (Wolf Eyes), Neil Hagerty (Howling Hex), Charles Ballas (Formant), and Alexander Moskos (Drainolith) scare the f**k outta each other as Dan'l Boone for Drag City. Dubbed-off metallic skronk is the plat du jour, eschewing owt obviously "noisy" in favour of angular structures tumbling drum machines, precise chunks of electric guitar and scrambled vocals with a fractured, digitised, industrial-collage lucidity that's way more psychedelic and brain scrambling than the rote, indulgent, snobby pish that certain people still try to pass off as "underground psychedelia". Nay, there's a vi… Read more
20 years since completion of their foundational 12" series, Basic Channel present a full 14 minute version of 'Q-Loop' backed with first ever vinyl cuts of 'Q 1.2' and 'Mutism' - previously found on the 'BCD' (1995) and Scion's 'Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks' releases. Need we say any more?
**OG L.A. boogie from '84, backed with fresh re-freaks. Gatefold jacket** "'Somebody' is the first single from the new Aurra album ‘Body Rock’ due out later this year on Family Groove Records. Once again the world gets to experience a lost disco-funk masterpiece providing another glimpse into the genius mind of Slave founding-member Steve Washington & Brides Of Funkenstein / P-Funk singer Sheila Horne. Body Rock will be the second and final unearthing of the lost but found Master Tapes originally recorded for Quincy Jones' Qwest imprint in 1984. Slap Bass, heavy synths, Lin… Read more
Church's altar boy, Seb Wildblood comes with a diverse follow-up to his Madtech single. A-side finds the low-slung, lo-fi house of 'Hunney', the sun-dazed electro-boogie 'Come Into My House', and a crispy Edmondson remix of 'Hunney'. B-side he moves in closer with the hazy chords and percolated drums of 'Warm' beside a synth-fuelled Apes remix of the same cut, and Kommune1's artmospheric techno-house remix of 'Come Into My House'.
**Standard black vinyl edition** Rocket Recordings pull out all the stops for Goat's keenly awaited follow-up to 'World Music'. With 'Commune' the Swedish troupe refine their classic sound to a slickly potent trip referencing all the right retro touchstones with all the barrelling drums, fuzzy, eastward-gazing guitars and free-wheeling solos you could hope for, cemented by those howling-from-the-cliff vocals. Rest assured you're getting the authentic luxury "psychedelic" experience - absolutely no messy bits or a longhair out of place. Can't argue with that, can you?
**Coloured vinyl edition with a bonus 7-inch** Rocket Recordings pull out all the stops for Goat's keenly awaited follow-up to 'World Music'. With 'Commune' the Swedish troupe refine their classic sound to a slickly potent trip referencing all the right retro touchstones with all the barrelling drums, fuzzy, eastward-gazing guitars and free-wheeling solos you could hope for, cemented by those howling-from-the-cliff vocals. Rest assured you're getting the authentic luxury "psychedelic" experience - absolutely no messy bits or a longhair out of place. Can't argue with that, can you?
Groove Line Records kick off their Autumn series of properly licensed rare disco / funk reissues with Mother’s Finest “Dis Go Dis Way, Dis Go Dat Way.” Hailing from Macon, Georgia, Mother's Finest were certainly not just another Southern Funk/Rock group. Taken from their Another Mother Further LP and represented here in it's 12” disco form, “Dis Go Dis Way, Dis Go Dat Way,” released as a single in 1977, exemplifies their raw, danceable Funk/Rock sound, raising them above many of their contemporaries. A true force of nature “Dis Go...” opens with a full on, dyn… Read more
The beast returneth on a one-sided pressing from the revived R&S. A legendary techno template, remastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy for optimised effect.
Hot Haus Recs right on the money with Willie Burns' deep garage-pop massage, 'I Wanna Love You'. From the top, this is inarguably Burns' strongest 12" to date, bubbling up with the lip-bitingly effective garage minimalism of 'I Wanna Love You' - (1 x M1 hook) + (1 x killer vocal stab) + kinkiest kick/clap/hi-hat = 1 x proper anthem - and cooling down with the gauzy drift of 'Even If It Takes All Night', backed with the strobing disco chin-chewer 'Everybody Everybody', and a proper hot-bodied tribalism 'Picking Up Promises'. Bigga Tip!
'If You Take Your Magic Slow' is the debut full-length LP from multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Baron’s The Garment District, with help from a few friends and family. 'If You Take Your Magic Slow' is very much a structured album with its diverse tracklist meticulously strung together. A mix of surreal instrumentals and subtle turns conjures outdoor walks in transitional atmospheres and landscapes, nature hikes in the city, sunny days that are okay with becoming cloudy, warm music full of feeling that remains comfortably easy-going despite the meticulous care given to i… Read more
**Previously unissued original version of a disco peach rife with steel drums, backed with Lord Echo remix** "EM Records presents a new addition to their EM Steel Pan Series from John Gibbs And The Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra. In anticipation of the release of their 1977 album Steel Funk on CD/LP, EM is issuing two 12" singles ahead of the album. "J'ouvert" is a non-album track which was originally recorded and released in 1979 as a 12" single, in co-operation with legendary Philly Soul producer Louis Anthony deLise. This version is, surprisingly, a previously unis… Read more
The foundations of house, reissued for 2014. This is the DJ International Records version, including the re-edits of Chicago bug-outs 'It's House' and 'Time To Jack', plus 'House Energy' uptown, backed with 'It's Dub', the stripped-down 'Time To Track', and kinky blinder 'M.B. Dance' downtown. Y'all know what time it is.
One of the UK's most outstanding, if underrated, techno producers returns on Skudge with two twisted dancefloor massages. 'Jaffa' is a real epic in the most classic sense of the word, patiently creating its own airspace where padded, offset dub techno groove gives rise to radiant chords, proper breakdown and the most sensuous, exotic string bloom in the 2nd half. This + a couple of garys and you're laughing. B-side 'Gate 2 Yesterday' plays a bit ruffer with prowling dub chords and hefty sub-bass whisked with nifty rim-shots and snares to enhance yr wiggly jack.
**Includes download code** Fidgety, fudged house and techno abstractions from the vowel-averse LBNHRX. Four original tracks feels out wonky hardware grooves, which are duly deranged in remixes from Cupp Cave and Lawrence Le Doux.
Norwegian synth-fiddler Stian Gjevik (EOD) returns to Belgium's Wémè Records as CN with a fluffy 2LP of melodic, instrumental electro-pop. Taking inspiration from the mysteries of ancient Egypt, Gjevik pirouettes between 13 undeniably sweet synth exercises swaddled in tape noise, fathoming aquatic electro vignettes and quicksilver dancefloor workouts.
**Hair-brained psych rock from Bristol's Paul Allen (The Heads), now joined by Gareth Turner and Jesse Webb (Big Naturals)** "in an era where the word 'psych' itself is fast being overused to the point of meaninglessness, there are certain seers who can always be relied upon to brandish an artistic insight into third-eye salvation that departs from its obsessive origins to offer trashed transcendence above and beyond the physical form. One such is Paul 'Prof' Allen, the mastermind of Anthroprophh, whose second album 'Outside The Circle' is a dizzying psychic voyage that exists in, ar… Read more
Liminal Sounds follow that deadly Air Max '97 plate with three grimy jungle and R&B mutations by Berlin's She's Drunk. 'Talk To Them' strikes out with a taut fusion of grimy bass pressure and split jungle breaks alloyed in airborne structures; flipside drops the quickstepping ragga wine-up 'The Wild Yard', and something a bit more unique with the cut-up, 'Mariah Believes'.