Thursday, 20 August
Second single siphoned from Romare's debut album, 'Projections'. A-side catches the relatively straight-playing, bluesy house move of 'Rainbow (Club)' and a strung-out 'Bedroom' mix hingeing on spare claps, keys and guitar. Flip it for a return to the outernationally-minded Romare that we first fell for with 'Love Songs' building on his Afrocentric meditations for Black Acre.
**Sparse, menacing, lo-fi industrial mutations - Now available on vinyl with new, screengrab artwork** "When Gnod played the K4 in Prague April 2013, LG were the support. 4 heads on stage, 2 on machines with their faces covered by scarfs ,1 in control of live visuals & 1 extreme presence on the mic. They completely slayed us with broken motorix, big bass, no bull vocals & heavy vibes. Hailing from what seems a vibrant scene in Czech Rep ,LG's debut cassette "Fantasmagorie Interiéru" is an all killer no filler assault and in parts scary as hell. Raving Peacocks Tail takes it fur… Read more
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** Classic Vibracathedral Orchestra line-up - Michael Flower, Neil Campbell, Bridget Hayden, Adam Davenport and Julian Bradley, plus John Godbert - firing on all psychedelic cylinders for their first proper label releases, recorded binaurally between Leeds and London 2013-2014. Includes download.
Detboi comes thru on Keysound with a quartet of squashed and nasty jungle-tekno plays. It's a signature sound for the label, augmenting the ghosts of garage and jungle with a warped and up-to-the-second cyber-spacious quality. 'Scatter' leans in first, swallowing amens and super-wide bass at 130bpm, before 'Give Love' deals in diva-lead 'ardcore garage drama and we catch him at his ruggedest , most effective with the unshackled, mid-air amen 'ardcore geometries of 'Shots' and 'Pin Point'. Motion sickness.
**Beautifully remastered - Lovely reproduction of the original sleeve artwork** "Sun Ra's second album, Super-Sonic Jazz was recorded in 1956 at RCA Studios, Chicago, and was the first album to be released on Saturn records, the label run by Sun Ra and Alton Abraham, one of only three albums by Sun Ra to have been available in the 1950s. (The other two are Jazz by Sun Ra, also released in 1957, and Jazz in Silhouette, released May 1959. All 3 of these classics will be available beautifully remastered on vinyl from PoppyDisc). Saturn released their first singles, includ… Read more
No Pain In Pop present a glistening web of parellel midnight dimensions in 'The Bedroom Club III'. Like the prior two volumes which introduced us to early work from club mutants, D'eon, Pariah and patten, a.o., this edition rounds up established artists such as NTS' Throwing Shade with the noctilucent ambience of '38 000', or NPIP's own Jire with the screwed brain enema, 'Sout', alongside a handful of new acquaintances. Sim Hutchings crosses our radar for a 1st time with the depressed techno slug of 'I Will Unify The Hood Through My Vision', and, likewise Selec… Read more
*8 Track Vinyl Edition of Kompakt's 15th annual round-up* Kompakt's 15th annual round-up weighs in with exclusive tech-house and disco-tech trax from label stalwarts and a handful of newer names. The label veterans represent a classic German techno sound between Wolfgang Voigt a.k.a. Wassermann's brassy stepper, 'Eisen Mein Herz', and Superpitcher's beguiling mix of polka groove and indigenous pipes in 'Freiherr', whereas Michael Mayer goes somewhere ruder with 'Humm', while the Voigt brothers return to collaborate on the excellent "Akira".
*Efterklang’s classic 2004 debut album gets the vinyl reissue treatment. Includes bonus CD.** "This Danish band boasts a remarkable lineup, a ten piece outfit that includes amongst its ranks the amazing Amina quartet (Amina provide all the strings for Sigur Ros) plus a breathtaking arrangement of brass, piano, percussion, electronics and even a choir from Greenland. Their sound is very much rooted in the ethereal instrumental landscapes that Sigur Ros and Mum have delighted us with over the last few years, but the sound of "Efterklang" is considerably more organic and reverential. The open… Read more
**Includes poster and free download code redeemable from the label** "Originally released on legendary imprint 99 Records in 1981, ‘War Of Words’ is the classic debut album by Singers & Players, a loose collective featuring top Jamaican deejays Prince Far I and Jah Woosh, plus members of The Arabs and Roots Radics. The mic is dominated on this record by the sweet vocals of cover star Bim Sherman. Whilst very much based on a dub reggae blueprint, the record also features Keith Levene from Public Image Limited on guitar and Ari Up from The Slits on backing vocals. Kingston sound system cu… Read more
Thursday, 13 August
**Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Edition of 500** Crushing celestial tech-noise objects from Black Rain (a.k.a. Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright) with Shapednoise and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker. 'Apophis', so named after asteroid 99942 which poses an uncertain threat to humanity, was written and realised over summer 2014 and supposes four cuts of destructive electronics describing a potential, eschatalogical event and its aftermath in grim and unflinching detail. Black Rain and Shapednoise are clearly steeled and ready for what may come, from 'Metal Home's' premonition o… Read more
**Housed in screen-printed heavy duty PVC wallet** Deadboy steps on the gas with a 'Black Magic' counterpart to his 'White Magick' delicacy for Local Action. Its predecessor's lucent negative space is perfused with darker spirits and weighted rhythms, flipping 'White Moon Garden' as a twilight bassline house raver, and redirecting 'Sad Sniper' to a bouncing Jersey club sound. Better yet, he provides a playfully technoid funky VIP twyst on his Crazylegs zinger, It Did Not Feel Right', and sweetly extracts the lush, lysergic essence from 'Rye Angel' in a ghostly garage-house re-vision.
Delroy Edwards' L.A. Club Resource killin' it with Lil' Noid's Memphis Rap capsule, 'Paranoid Funk' (1995). Ripped from cassette for your pleasure, it's a prime example of the haunted, roadwise memphis sound by an original, influential affiliate of Three Six Mafia, pairing sh*t-scary beats by Blackout with Noid's febrile, meter-scaling raps to leave us feeling like we just hot-boxed in his Chevy with the speakers at tinnitus-inducing levels thanks to the production's sand-in-yo-ears saturation and bite. Essentially, this is the ruffneck Southern sound which would infect so much hip hop from t… Read more
**Edition of 200 copies, includes prints on acetate, xerox inserts and hand-drawn original artwork. Thee most wigged-out sampledelia, cranky Kiwi no wave and communal rituals you'll hear all week, or maybe all year! Packaging is suitably layered, lo-fi and idiosyncratic - including prints on acetate, xerox inserts, and several hand-drawn original artworks. Edition of 200** "Thee Ideal Gus began in Hamilton, New Zealand, in the early '90s, sprung from the same gene pool and time as Armpit, GFrenzy, and Pumice. Its participants include Sugar Jon Arcus, Clayton Noone, Indira Neville, Kaatarama "Motty… Read more
Hefty collection of Linval Thompson roots reggae productions circa late '70s originally for the UK's Strong Like Sampson label. Anthony Johnson voices the original 'Africa', dubbed wilder in the Jah Thomas version, 'Sterograph Style', backed with Barrington Levy's 'Wicked Intention' and the spiritual weight of Rod Taylor's 'Promised Land'.
Appleblim tests the parameters of his sound with a trio of murky, proggy and noisy electronic abstractions. 'Avebury' rolls on a laidback tech-house groove cast with salty soft trance arpeggios, whereas 'Auburn Blaze' sounds like Vainqueur gone rogue, darkside, and the 'Wandered' convects nine minutes of inception-like modular synth noise. Great new direction for this producer, we look forward to hearing where he goes next.
**Limited gatefold yellow vinyl LP** "Batlight Clearkid 1970’s is an LP compilation of great Captain Beefheart live material recorded in the UK and in Europe. The tracks are taken from John Peel's personal collection of live reel to reel tapes and this album was put together by Peel himself in 2002 and passed across for release on the Dandelion label. The gatefold sleeve contains many previously unseen Captain Beefheart images."
**Deluxe reissue 180g LP, includes 3 bonus tracks** "The Vinyl Factory present a special VF vinyl re-release of 'Birthdays', the second album from musician and visual artist Keaton Henson. With a voice reminiscent of a young Steve Forbert and unflinching, honest lyrics worthy of Mark Kozelek, the London-based singer/songwriter and illustrator Keaton Henson evokes a private world just a few degrees removed from those of Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Bon Iver, Conor Oberst, and others to whom he's often been compared. Yet lest you think he's all sensitive singer/songwriter, the humor… Read more
Deep Medi launch a killer 2nd solo attack from Dub Mechanics' K Man. 'Blink' charges up a cantering steppers riddim twisted with nasty synth roque and smoothed out with butter pads. B-side, 'Power Drill', as its name suggests, is a proper rave tool, gunning for that Coki sound with staggered mid-range synth and neck-snap snares.
**180g heavyweight vinyl, includes free download code** Will Archer a.k.a. Slime arrives ghostly yet fully formed with a strung-out suite of ambient R&B-pop and soft focus electronics. Prefaced by a 2-track single for Weird World (and, before that, a single for Get Me!), 'Company' catches a breezy set of ten songs by the Newcastle-raised, London-based 27 year old singer/songwriter who arrives at this point from an interesting set of circumstances: at once influenced by the sounds of his dad's coffee factory as much as his background in the Geordie gabber scene and work scoring original film music for… Read more
**Limited edition heavyweight coloured vinyl includes bonus mixtape CD 'In The Brickhouse', plus download code** Will Archer a.k.a. Slime arrives ghostly yet fully formed with a strung-out suite of ambient R&B-pop and soft focus electronics. Prefaced by a 2-track single for Weird World (and, before that, a single for Get Me!), 'Company' catches a breezy set of ten songs by the Newcastle-raised, London-based 27 year old singer/songwriter who arrives at this point from an interesting set of circumstances: at once influenced by the sounds of his dad's coffee factory as much as his backgrou… Read more
Industrialised post-dubstep mutations from a cranky Killawatt on Osiris Music UK. Ten years on from its inception, dubstep has eaten itself and broken down to component elements that have morphed, fused and mutated into new formations strung between electro, techno and concrète sound design. The crooked, slompy 'Contort' is a case in point, twisting abstract electronics into a clanking industrial soundsystem golem, whilst 'Flustercuck' adopts a bashy sort of industro-dancehall tactic, and 'Gutter' nods to the kick/snare placement of classic electro from a more detached, noisy angle.
Syria's finest serves the slow, humid highlight from the 'Bahdemi nami' LP, backed with an amazing doom drone remix by The Black Lips' Cole Alexander. Where the original opens up like a twilight desert panorama of buzzing microtonal clusters and plangent guitar strokes streaked by Souleyman, the remix condenses this vision to a febrile midnight scene of crushing, stone-handed raga-blues riffage and banking synth pads accentuated with a slow techno-blues thump. colour us captivated.
**The Vinyl Factory facilitate reissue of Keaton Henson's acclaimed folk rock debut, 'Dear' in conjunction with the artist's own Oak Ten Records. Edition of 1000** "Keaton Henson did not set out to make a debut album. He started writing songs as a personal project, never intending to release them, which goes some way to explaining why they are so intensely honest and intimate. He recorded at home, under the Heathrow flightpath, using found objects and the limited instruments he had collected at that time (late 2009/early 2010). Recording took place in the gaps between planes passing over … Read more
Opal Tapes pluck out a gauzy, isolated beaut from Michael Vallera, who's probably best known on this site for his melancholic solo gems as COiN and with Steven Hess in Cleared. At once stately poised and crushingly moody, 'Distance' revolves five songs in just under 40 minutes, keening from heart-in-mouth shoegaze ambience shook-up with pained '80s drums, to the chokingly screwed doom scape of 'Animal', and onwards to the vaulted reverb structures of 'Grace of Climate', culminating with the quasi-speed bass plummets and numb drones of 'Distance'. Very RIYL Ensemble Economique, Talker, Cleared.
**Barry Lynn a.k.a. Boxcutter's latest vessel, The Host, travels light years into beat-less new age kosmiche with the 'Esalen Lectures', starring a guest appearance from Kaidi Tatham. RIYL BoC, Emeralds, Panabrite, µ-Ziq**"“Inspired by think tanks and floatation tanks, psychological research, 2012 mythology, 1960’s social planning, stoned apes, elite transhumanism, and the counter-culture, the Esalen Lectures is an imaginary trip to a NorCal psychedelic retreat. Use the sounds to enter into a program of theory and practice, to accompany inward voyages, and for sunset induction rituals. And … Read more
**Edition of 300** Boston's Experimedia present an abridged vinyl version of Jannick Schou's immersive tempered ambient noise scapes in 'Fabrik'. Broaching similarly disturbed, churning territory as recent Jon Porras outings for Thrill Jockey, or The Haxan Cloak's 'Observatory' 12", Danish producer Schou grinds out eight cuts of slow, clanking mechanical rhythms engulfed by sweltering, amorphous noise textures for deep transportation.
**Heavyweight vinyl, includes download code** "Written, performed and produced by multiinstrumentalist, producer and songwriter Georgia Barnes in its entirety and recorded in her own home studio, debut eponymous album ‘Georgia’ is the product of two years of obsessive work but also a young lifetime of voracious music listening. Elements of the glacial yet hyper-melodic tone of early 2000s grime, sweltering, mid-Summer West London dub and ragga, sophisticated pop, first wave postpunk agitation, the formative influence of Missy Elliott and the high-concept, illuminated sound design work of contempor… Read more
*Deluxe Edition includes a bonus 10” of remixes from Dave ‘Switch’ Taylor’s new band* "Written, performed and produced by multiinstrumentalist, producer and songwriter Georgia Barnes in its entirety and recorded in her own home studio, debut eponymous album ‘Georgia’ is the product of two years of obsessive work but also a young lifetime of voracious music listening. Elements of the glacial yet hyper-melodic tone of early 2000s grime, sweltering, mid-Summer West London dub and ragga, sophisticated pop, first wave postpunk agitation, the formative influence of Missy Elliott and the h… Read more
Spellbinding collage work by the Algerian producer for Discrepant. In El Mahdy's own words, ''Ghost Tapes is a composition of everyday fragments based on found tapes, field recordings, beats and radio frequencies. A ruff attempt of interpreting the cultural ghost that surrounds the field and makes the difference between place and space.'' Unspooling over 30 minutes, the dubstep outlier seamlessly strafes myriad acousmatic sources, parsing their vibes for amorphous, spectral information and feeling something akin to an opiated mooch thru a labyrinth of interconnected antechambers, eliding pit… Read more