Thursday, 21 August
Ric and Max do their bendy, extended remix thing with NoW's bona fide Warp classic, 'Aftermath'. The 24 year old bleep techno template is extruded thru their modular arsenal to resemble a strange older version of itself, the vocal pitched down to a pensioners ramble and all the energy of the breaks and bass diffused into snaking, whirring polyrhythms. Frankly, it's boring. However, their Electric Jazz Version is ace, dicing up sprung drums, darting bass motifs and feathered vocal flits to sound some menagerie of psychotropically-enhanced, flying chimeras performing an ancient ritual involving multi-dimensional time signature switches.
**Full colour version - One sided vinyl with etching on the flip** In the egalitarian, sample-happy spirit of UK Rave, Jamie xx liberally filches from Mark Leckey's 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore' soundtrack for his festive anthem 'All Under One Roof Raving'. Flyknit with extra snatches of atmosphere from rave tapes and youtube videos, Jamie underpins it all with rolling subs, crafty 2-step percussion and those signature steel drums to beautiful effect. Long live the spirit!
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The Wytches release their debut album ‘Annabel Dream Reader’, recorded at Toe Rag Studios and co-produced by Kristian Bell and Bill Ryder-Jones.
"A rollicking vocalist and gifted harmonica player, Syl Johnson has forged a career in both blues and soul. He sang and played with blues artists Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold and Junior Wells in the 1950s before recording with Jimmy Reed for Vee- Jay in 1959. He made his solo debut that same year with Federal Records. Johnson toured with Howlin’ Wolf from late 1959 until 1962, when Willie Mitchell signed him to Hi Records. Johnson recorded for both Twilight and Hi in the late 1960s and early 1970s, clicking with the dance / novelty cut ‘Come On Sock It To Me’ and crackling m… Read more
**Oh buoy, a right headful of eccentric computer music composition from the one and only Goodiepal. Double, heavyweight picture disc set housed in gatefold jacket and printed inners with insert. Mind your stylus on the run-in groove inscription!** "Fonal Records releases a live recording from 2000 in Roskilde. The package is a luxurious double picture vinyl that comes with a four page 30x30cm insert. Goodiepal or Gæoudjiparl van den Dobbelsteen, whose real name is Parl Kristian Bjørn Vester, is a controversial Danish/Faroese musician and composer. The eccentric and… Read more
Midland shakes out the swooning house of 'Before We Leave' for Phonica's white series, backed with a cracking Gerd Jansen remix. The original 'Before We Leave' pays dues to classic Pépé Braddock and Schatrax with crisp, shufflin' and swinging drums and lush string arrangement, whilst Gerd Jansen's remix takes it to Frankfurt with slick electro bass line and trim, direct drums.
**180g bone white vinyl reissue with bonus insert. Includes the killer wave groove, 'Now An Explosive New Movie'** "Long out of print and crucial reissue of Australia's Severed Heads (alongside "Since The Accident" also being reissued by Medical). Released in 1985 and features some of the most important yet underrated electronic music of the genre. Characterized by a fusion of experimental tape loop manipulation perfectly integrated into synth-based and quite catchy pop stylized tunes. Features the standout tracks "Goodbye Tonsils, "We Have Come To Bless The House" and the lovely "4.W… Read more
‘Clever Devil’ is the first single to be taken from ‘Disturbing Wildlife’, the forthcoming debut full length from Invisible Familiars, aka Jared Samuel, a New York City-based songwriter and multi- instrumentalist who has long made his living playing music, supporting a variety of NYC artists and now stepping out on his own. ‘Clever Devil’ was recorded with producer / musician Michael Leonhart (Yoko Ono, David Byrne, Steely Dan) and is all at once snaky and vivid, with Samuel’s acoustic guitar and mysterious, breathy melodies complemented by ear-candy flourishes o… Read more
Canada's fertile pop/electronica scene comes good again with Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein's first single as Evy Jane for Ninja Tune. Lest we forget, the duo's debut for King Deluxe was a real burner, every bit as addictive as anything from fellow Canucks, Grimes, Weeknd or Junior Boys. That's in large part due to the smoky allure of Evelyn's vocals, and no doubt due to Klein's subtly exquisite production, which sound at best here in the heaving digital haze and melodic tristesse of 'Closer', in the sweeping sub-bass dynamics and filigree vocals of 'Sosoft', and the Rhythm & Sound meets Junior Boys dub-pop styles of 'Worry Heart'.
**Brilliantly out-of-step free-jazz/improvised fusioneering on Bradford's Bomb Shop institute. After something different? You've definitely found it** "Death Shanties is a new mixed media balls-to-the-wall Free Jazz group featuring Alex Neilson (drums), Sybren Renema (alto/baritone sax) and Lucy Stein (painting/projections). The group combine references to Medieval music, Sea Shanties and Field Hollars with the ecstatic cry of classic 1960’s fire music. Stein uses primitive devotional images, food stuffs and even her own hair in visceral, highly textured painted projections making Death Shanties a unique and immersive live experience."
Deluxe triple gatefold 10" set collecting Can co-founder Holger Czukay's 'Der Osten Ist Rot' (1984) and 'Rome Remains Rome' (1987) together with new remixes. Out of print for three decades, these albums document Czukay's sampledelic prowess, working with an Emulator sampler at Conny Plank's studio to make eerie and enchanting new dimensions drawing upon his time with motorik krautrockers Can and his musique concrète schooling under the tutelage Karheinz Stockhausen. At worst they're dippy exercises in "world" fusion; at best they're psychedelic collages swirling radio signals, MIDI orchestration and even samples of Pope John Paul II.
*Six improvisations between organ and percussion from Faust's Jochen Irmler and Can's Jaki Liebzeit* "Jochen Irmler and Jaki Liebzeit met in the town of Scheer last July to prepare for an upcoming concert at the slaughterhouse in Sigmaringen as well as for a subsequent appearance in the Kammerspiele in Munich. However, they quickly decided to stop rehearsing and instead record FLUT - an album that regroups six improvisations between organ and percussion. FLUT adds another chapter to Irmler’s collaborations, which aim to explore, whenever possible, the hidden potential that lies dormant in the … Read more
Two new songs and just the second solo release from Ned Oldham, who’s been recording music for more than two decades now, first with Palace, then as The Anomoanon, later as Old Calf. Simple songs rooted in folk and bluegrass and presented in a swirl of psychedelia. Music forged in history, created in the present and timeless in sound.
Dubstep and ambient pop styles from Modifier on Glasgow's High Sheen label. The fusion of loping, bit-crushed rhythm and diced folk vocals of 'Haptic' and 'Under The Window' remind of Deep Medi's Clouds or Various Production; the icier ambient techno-pop of 'Lupica' nods to Robyn, The Field, Pantha Du Prince.
"Sticking his hand deeper into the machines all around him, Ty Segall is reaching ever further to the outer limits of inner space orbited throughout ‘Twins’ and ‘Sleeper’. Now, more than ever, the chunks of the world that came before are like asteroids formed in his image, picking up speed. The multi-coloured manias that make up ‘Manipulator’ are sour-sweet declarations featuring freaks and creeps alike: ‘The Singer’, ‘The Faker’, ‘Mister Main’, ‘Susie Thumb’, the ‘Connection Man’ and ‘The Crawler’, to name but a mutant fistful. To see these characters, to realize their dreams and visions, Ty … Read more
180g vinyl reissue of 'Oceanheart', the 1986 follow-up to 'Synthesist' by Ashra drummer Harald Grosskopf. Whilst its better known predecessor dealt on the cusp of Krautrock's twilight period and new age spheres, 'Oceanheart' very much sounds of its mid '80s era with polished digital drums and synths balanced between the dancefloor and Miami yacht decks. The DJs really need to cop a listen to the taut, arpeggiated funk of 'Eve On The Hill', the MIDI-tethered tablas, slick bassline and sparkling pirouettes of 'Pondicherry Dream', and the airborne swing of 'Minimal Boogie', whilst suave hom… Read more
*Vinyl Edition finally available* Blackpool's VHS Head returns to Skam with a new album of cut-up, ADD funk and horror atmospheres. Much like the first album, 'Trademark Ribbons Of Gold', VHS Head continues to fashion an archetype of hi-tech funk built on lo-fi samples liberally twocked from a seam of video nasty filth found in and around Blackpool. The results sound something like BoC and OPN beat up by Nicolas Collins after he lost on a phet-and-slush puppie-fuelled DDR session, spiralling a strobing stream of synaesthetically appealing sound/images with proper, Freestyle funk and disequilibrium.
Tensile techno, grime and electro-bass rhythms from the ever-luminous Ikonika for Hyperdub. In contrast to her previous records, there's the feeling she's taken a step back from full-on modernism to bring vintage styles forward in her unique way. A-side, 'Position' jacks up a wily fusion of Dance Mania/Chicago house with Socafied Grime and electroid synthlines, and 'Praxis' twirls a glistening helix of industrial halfstep drums and bittersweet, 3D synth motifs. Flipside is better yet, bringing the crisply punctuated latin freestyle flex of 'Strawberry Underlay' and the dextrous twine of jackin' old skool drums with hairy guitar riffs and Atari blips.
A master at work: Terre Thaemlitz aka DJ Sprinkles gives Hard Ton three prime deep house remixes, including two exclusive to this 12". Up top, the Dubberama mix is our pick of the bunch, doing away with the original's fairly cheesy vocal in favour of bringing forward the rippling congas and boosting that rumpy sub for 13 minutes of warmest house sensuality. Of course, the key to its success is Terre's naked mastering - there is none - which contrasts so sharply with so much beefed up and overly masculine mix-downs in modern house music, resulting in a far more… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** 21 years in the game, Mike Paradinas aka µ-Ziq sticks to his guns with the charming retro-futurism of 'Rediffusion'. It's a sweet exercise in melodic nostalgia filtered thru modern rhythm prisms, starting up with the utopian, footwork-infected junglism 'Taxi Sadness' before investigating slower tempos in the following five cuts thru the airborne waltzer 'Rimmy' and Kuedo-esque dry drum programming of 'Blem' to the collapsing sci-fi structures of 'Smeester' and the eerie, Library-style themes of 'Tambor'. As always, that blend of naif insouciance and eldritch oddness hits the spot like the few others.
"Minneapolis torn-leather psychedelicists Daughters Of The Sun cop a tripped deathless vibe on their fourth, and most far-gone, full-length, Ride To Die. Severed by distance (singer/guitarist Nick Koenigs transplanted to LA), and pulled omni-directionally by other projects (Koenigs as Filthy Huns; percussionist Bennett Johnson and multi-instrumentalist Collin Gorman Weiland in Dreamweapon), the trio transmute these tolls into seven of their best badlands kosmosis interstate benders yet taped. The disintegrated chemistry of dirt-road hunts like “Desert Grave” or “Sater’s Ghost” sound… Read more
"High priestess of macabre rock and assaultive poetics with impeccable taste in collaborators, Lydia Lunch first joined forces with guitarist and songwriter Rowland S. Howard in the early ’80s in Europe. The duo improvised clamorous live séances as an opening act before Howard’s sets with the revered Australian post-punk act The Birthday Party. The fortuitous meeting spawned 1982’s Some Velvet Morning EP, and Howard guested on Lunch’s excellent 1987 album, Honeymoon in Red, but the pair’s next true collaboration took until 1991, when they travelled to Memphis to create S… Read more
Hot on the heels of his lovely 'King Bromliad' 12", Floating Points deals another one-sided treat for the DJs and dancers. 'Sparkling Controversy' has all the hallmarks of a sterling F.P. joint - cone-caressing subs, dusted drums and effervescent keys - given nuff room to slyde and rub up the slinkiest sorta dancefloor friction.
Double deep house music from Fred P aka Black Jazz Consortium in his Anomaly guise. A-side is a headlong dive into milky cosmic synth spumes powered by percolating groove and anchored with a massive sub bass swell. B-side he brings the kicks up for a powerful, chord-riding techno-house winner called 'Dark Population', and clocks out with the lusher contrast of 'Convective Zone'.
**First ever vinyl issue of a legendary '80s synth horror soundtrack. Deluxe tip on-style gatefold packaging with extensive liner notes and original artwork** "The film itself was released in 1987 by Troma Entertainment, but the soundtrack has never seen the light of day until now. Set in a post-apocalyptic future where Neo Nazi group, the Surf Nazis have taken control of the beaches and terrorize anyone who steps foot in their territory. Jon McCallum’s score suits the post-apocalyptic setting with heavy synth; fans of Tangerine Dream and John… Read more
**Facsimile 180g reissue of the classic original 1980 Krautrock LP** "'Synthesist' was created on the cusp of a new decade, as the New Age of the '80s was dawning and the titans of Krautrock had largely left their best work behind them. Harald had worked with the very best of them, playing drums on seminal albums by Klaus Schulze, the notorious Cosmic Jokers, Ashra, and Tarot before he retreated to the West German countryside with a MiniMoog and Revox Reel-to-Reel in 1979 to create his personal opus. It's been said elsewhere, but it bears repeating that this album feels like a symbiosis … Read more
**Uniquely unpredictable and utterly captivating solo guitar suite by a Bhutan native currently residing in North Carolina, USA, released by Ben Chasny's Hermit Hut. RIYL Derek Bailey, John Zorn, Six Organs of Admittance. Includes download code** "Tashi Dorji grew up in Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. Access to any music created outside the country is limited, as are most cultural options, given the geologically isolation of the country. How Dorji went from a life so remote to developing his innovative and revelatory guitar style is mind-boggling. Yearning for access to the wor… Read more
The much talked about sophomore effort from L.A. native, Chelsea Wolfe - finally available on vinyl again. Like Sascha Grey, Chelsea has a taste for the sweet blood of gothic noise music, giving her vocals over to a grim and remorselessly gloomy style of garage goth-rock also comparable in no small part to the earlier Zola Jesus records. There's a lugubrious, lead-hearted aesthetic at the core of 'The Grime and the Glow', from overcast neo-folk like 'Cousins Of The Antichrist', to chillingly maudlin garage in 'Moses', the solo piano extractions of 'Benjamin' and the Marissa Nadler a… Read more
Three tracks of slick and smooth American deep house. A-side 'The Hybrid' convects warm chords and electroid bassline; B-side serves the slinky shimmy of 'Someone (Brett Dancer Unreleased Dub)' and the fine balance of plush strings with tuffer swing in 'Something'.
**Includes a free copy of the CD inside** ""The Nature Of Connections" almost entirely features pieces composed by Arve’s collaborators. Recorded in the sparkling acoustic of Oslo’s legendary Rainbow Studio by Jan Erik Kongshaug, it’s an album with closer ties to Nordic folk and contemporary, minimalist chamber music than any of Arve’s previous releases. At the same time it features some of the most melodic and seductive music he has recorded. The trumpeter had planned to make an album with a string quartet for many years but never quite found the right formula. Finally, a s… Read more