Thursday, 17 April
Under the Some Truths guise, Ralph Cumbers aka Bass Clef delivers the best of his vintage 2014 crop so far. Proceeding his glut of much-loved releases for PAN, Punch Drunk, and Public Information, these tracks, recorded in July 2012, are by far the most enigmatic, wayward of the bunch and quite befitting of Mordant Music's eldritch aesthetic. As with the other releases, Cumbers explores the potential of a Bugbrand modular system loaned from Bristolian synth builder Tom Bug, tweaking its sliding sinewaves through a matrix of Electro-Harmonix delay and… Read more
**White vinyl. Edition of 500** Matt Hill dons his Umberto costume for an extended revision of 'The Child', backed with a disco-readied Silvio remix. The extended version sustains the noirish Giallo / Carpenter vibes for 12 minutes with slow bass throbs and cold, chilling synth atmospheres and Silvio's mix steps up a gear for a more fluid, slinky dancefloor momentum embellished with spaciously layered synthlines for sexy midnight effect.
Reissue of classic, swinging house and tribal grooves from the New Jersey architects, originally released in 1994. The nagging Korg M1 riff and tumbling tribal drums of 'Nafara' are the big highlight, but there's also the fruity swing of 'Chicago Blues', the jazzy sensuality of 'Sunlight In My Eyes', and the kinky 'Freaky Funk Feeling' to get your glutes around.
*Newly reissued on Mute - includes a free poster and download code redeemable from the label* Swans may have only reformed in 2009, but according to Michael Gira ‘The Seer’ is the album that has truly been thirty tortured years in the making. Its predecessor ‘My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky’ (excluding the limited live album ‘We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head’) was a measured, low-key affair, more of a reminder of how the band had changed in the lost years between their death and rebirth than knocking their prior recordings out of the water entirely. ‘The Seer’ … Read more
Sub-100bpm cosmic disco drug chug from Southern Italy via Glasgow with love. Michele Mininni's debut release yields four buoyant electronic grooves distilling elements of kraut, post rock, new wave and disco with a romantic vision of the dancefloor. 'Tupelo Love' is a sub 100bpm cosmic trancer while Telekomdisko raises the tempo and heads off into sun drenched space territory. The EP is completed by Michele's fellow countrymen, Boot & Tax's great acid inflected remix of 'Tupolev Love'.
""Virgo Cluster" by Jonas Reinhardt fuses elements of cosmic disco and krautrock into a live transcendental package, with amazing guitar work by Phil Manley (Trans Am/Life Coach), and a bonus remix by the Beat Broker (digital only). "Seven Miles Down" from London's Timothy J. Fairplay (The Asphodells) is a testament to Zombie Horror Cinema, featuring a pulsing dub-house beat that dives into cavernous sonic territory. "Guave" by PLAzA is a playful dancefloor workout, that evokes a slow acidic line and classic Chicago house elements. Lastly, "Back Outside" from Roche is druggy outsider ho… Read more
On this second album, husband-and-wife duo Mike Paradinas (μ-Ziq) and Lara Rix-Martin have honed their craft further and teamed up with French singer Vezelay for some supremely chill rides. The delicate synths and vocal harmonies, both positioned just so, can trace their origins to Paradinas's earlier milieu of 90s electronica, and even further back to 70s and 80s cosmicism, but they also resonate appealingly with contemporary moods in downtempo, such as those of Tory Y Moi or How To Dress Well. A work of calm and carefully engineered beauty.
Thursday, 10 April
**Purple vinyl housed in wraparound artwork with poly sleeve, edition of 300 copies** Hot on the heels of that ace John Lacey/COUM Transmissions release, Andrew Hargreaves returns to his Other Ideas label for a bleak, No(rthern)-Wave Industrial battery under his Beppu alias. Beppu releases in the past have been largely confined to limited CD runs that have mostly all sold out on the day of release - but this edition is the first in a proposed trilogy of albums, and the first material Hargreaves has released on vinyl under this alias. 'Coercion' was conceived whilst reading Stanley Milgram's 'Obedience… Read more
**140g white vinyl housed in silk-screened PVC sleeve designed by Bill Kouligas** Ralph Cumbers' Bass Clef debuts on PAN with four pieces of fluent modular acid. The most substantial dancefloor drop on a tour of duty which has seen him release on Public Information, Punch Drunk, Alter, and Mordant Music (as Some Truths) in the past 6 months or so, his 'Raven Yr Own Worl' EP carves a dead English dance sound from his favoured Bug Brand modular system, made by Tom Bug of Bristol. For want of a more concise phrase, it's a Radiophonic Dub Rave style, coming off like the eager offspring of Luk… Read more
Freestyling, noisy dancefloor hammers from Delroy Edwards in DJ Punisher mode on LA Club Resource! Hot on the heels of his killer 'Teenage Tapes' mini-LP for The Death Of Rave, Delroy takes that album's aesthetic one step further with four tracks veering from schranzy pound to banking walls of distortion and dub. It boots up with a jagged acid noise assault coming off like Russell Haswell meets Gene Hunt on a furious whiskey session before descending into a pair of brutalist beat-offs oscillating between wild knob twisting and crushing, Prurient-style noise violence on the front; … Read more
Blackest Ever Black continue a strong run of releases with with this cold-burning EP from Dalhous, bringing more of the same ramshackle yet profound electronica that made their debut album An Ambassador For Laing an interesting proposition. The title was a phrase coined by theorist of punishment Michel Foucault, and the dull horror of imprisonment and surveillance seeps slowly into the fabric of this release. But there's also a gothic triumph in its eroded and barnacled fragments, robust beats swept up in cinematic reverb and hymns to drowned sailors. The eerie, explorat… Read more
Exceptional, dazzling modular synth compositions from the boss of Chicago's underground incubator, Catholic Tapes for John Elliott's Spectrum Spools. A filigree mesh of field recordings and "ritual variations of a singular patch for Modular Synthesis", Naucke's 3rd solo LP since his 2010 debut for Arbor is a sophisticated and inquisitive thing of wonder, framing a macroscopic vision equally guided by academic, avant-garde intuition and painstaking studio process. Unlike so many modular pieces that feel as though we're simply being extruded thru a long wormhole, Brett's compositional strategy is far… Read more
Stormin' norman techno remixes of Paul Birken's 'Acid Youth Of Malibu' from Blawan, Bas Mooy, Truss, and himself. The original first appeared on his 2012 'Midwest Whippersnappers' collaboration with Freddy Fresh. In case you're under illusions, this stuff ain't pretty, but it does kick like a cranky mule. A-side Blawan bang out a galloping acid techno coda, and Bas Mooy brings the big room pound, whilst Truss lowers the levels with massive, soggy kicks, and steamed organ riffs beside Birken's own, crushing remix.
Laurent G bangs the box for Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label. Three cuts roll between the proggy, jagged techno jack of 'M.I.L.F.' to the kicking techno power surge of 'D.S.K.' and a dirty EBM/Jakk-attack called 'H.E.'
Hodge comes heavy with two tribal riddim trips for Dnuos Ytivil, the sister label of Peverlist and co's Livity Sound. Miles away from the buttoned up boogie-house grooves of his Outboxx duo with Matthew Lambert, both tracks here really give the 'floor something to dance with. A-side 'Amor Fati' rolls out the drums like a Beneath reduction of Shackelton, all hypnotic percussive cadence and booming techno junglist bass. B-side is better still, brukking forward with tight-cut drum edits, snake-charming melody and sirens like some secret weapon from A Made Up Sound or dego. Killah sound, supported by Ben UFO, Pangaea, Martyn, Surgeon and more. Big tip!
**Spiky new wave pop and goth classics from 1984, reissued by Paris' Desire and Mitzvah Records. Black vinyl, edition of 500** "Nancy is a Small provincial town in the East of France. But its musical scene has always been fertile. In the early 70s, Gérard N’Guyen started the influential French fanzine Atem to write about improv, electronic, komische, kraut and prog rock bands that you couldn’t find in the local record stores. He started to produce bands for the Atem label like Univers-Zéro, Art Zoyd and Présent. He discovered, produced and managed French synth gods Kas Product. But tired of dealing with m… Read more
*Hand-stamped white label - Limited re-press* The A-side packs some serious weight, loading Levon-like kicks and drugged-up voices ready for the warehouse, while the B-side has a touch of Shed's Wax cuts about it, maybe with a dash of auld skool Kevin Saunderson vibes, too. High quality.
Coiled, cutting-edge tech-house from Glimpse - aka Chris Spero, half of Dense & Pika with Alex Jones - following up his 'True South' 12" for Aus Music. A-side rolls out the sprung, kinky house wiggle of 'Baretta' riding beckoning bassline and pinging reverbs for the shape-cutters; B-side 'L.E.D' is darker, nastier, squeezing fat square bass beneath grittier drums and noisier FX with a supple, dubbed-out swerve.
Blank Slate follow that wickedly oddball Düve debut with four more fine outings from the tech-house zone. Poland's Michal Wolski gives the rolling, elastic house minimalism of 'Derivate' and London's Shcaa twists out the shifty 'Remorse' for Villalobos heads. Commute marks up the darkest, tuffest groove with the driving, tracky house momentum of 'Black Pressure', and Mexico's WV makes like one of Wolfgang Voigt's Profan experiments with the grinding rhythms and salty tonal abstraction of Linthecity'.
New Russian imprint YGROK debuts with a deep and crisp micro-house session from Kjofol. 'Chemin De Crêtes' weaves busy, swinging drums with floating chords and a fine lattice of FX to intimate, locked-in effect. 'Premature' goes a couple shades darker to sound like some lost Perlon number.
Classically-skooled solo debut of deep house romance from Chicago's Aaron "Fit" Siegel, who was last heard on the 'Tonite' 12" with Omar-S, and 'Enter The Fog' with Gunnar "Kassem Mosse" Wendel. 'Cocomo' is a lush, rolling epic flush with heart-rending chords, hypnotic hooks and Red Planet melody locked to a warehouse-bouncing rhythm. Flipside there a lovely beatless mix allowing that icy hook to float free beside the tracky, jackin' tool 'Seedbed'.
Necessary reissue of a 1983 electro holy grail! 'Computer Funk' was produced by P.B. Floyd - the same cat behind Nice & Wild's 'Diamond Girl' and stacks more Freestyle/Electro-funk killers during the '80s - and gone down in history as a masterpiece of early American electro-funk. Part 1 on the A-side features deadliest drum programming synced with mad, slyding sinewaves, Sino melodies and wicked vocoder vocal - definitive sh*t if we've heard it - whilst Part 2 on the B-side mostly strips it all down to the killer rhythm section with an amazing phreak-out to close. Unmissable!!!
Two years after the excellent 'DIN' LP, former Pit Er Pat player FAY Davis-Jeffers returns with a bolder, even more arresting sound on 'Deathwatch', again released by California's Time No Place label. Anchored by wilfully, cannily off-the-grid grooves, we hear a more sultry and warped FAY this time out, much to our satisfaction. Nine tracks twyst and wriggle between the clattering, itchy funk of 'C.a.y.a' to the lo-slung post-punk bass riffing and swaggered sensuality of 'Sex Hats' thru the collapsing industro-dub rhythms of 'Can't Fall' to tumbling, extra-tropical syncopation and synth discord in 'Co… Read more
'Floor-warping techno bangers from the mysterious quantity known as He/aT. Three trax toy with the structures of techno in subtly skewed manner, taking in the lop-sided slam of 'Don't Grow Up, It's a Trap' bending vintage Belgian and New York techno styles to his will, or the oddly balanced groove and spaced drones of 'I Was Young, I Needed The Money' and over to an epic B-side of sci-fi synthscaping and half-stepped drum programming called 'These Are My Principles And If You Don't Like Them I Have Others'.
"Bringing together two of Finders Keepers leading artists, longtime critical favourites and out-and-out pioneers of the French conceptual rock scene that we at FK HQ often refer to as the No-No years, Cacophonic are proud to present this rare collaboration between Jean-Claude Vannier and Michel Magne along with pianist Martial Solal for the pioneering Electrode album from 1967. As the creators of the albums that launched both our Finders Keepers and Cacophonic labels respectively it is plain to see how this early LP represents a historic keystone in our precious roster. Elec… Read more
Mystic modern darkwave styles from JM De Frias' Sequencias label. Metropolis (aka Lapien) covers the A-side with a slow, beatless synthscape called 'Balefire' weaving rippling modulations into a noirish, milky spume of cinematic sci-fi reference. Flipside, Shawn O'Sullivan ov Led Er Est, Civil Duty and Vapauteen rolls out the hydraulic kicks, sweeping subbass oscillations and floating chords of 'Corypha' beside Echo 106's blue jakk beat, 'Withered Leaves'.
Klara Lewis debuts on Editions Mego with the electronically animated sound organisms of 'Ett'. Sampling from a palette of modified and reconstituted field recordings, Klara's debut compositions yield ten terrarium-like sonic ecologies rich in organic texture and detail enlivened by bristling electronics and insectoid rhythms. They're strange, self-contained units amounting to a complex, beguiling lattice of unique timbres, atmospheric space and coarse yet fluidly woven texturhythms, all infused with a subtle sort of ambient (de)compositional sorcery. At its best in the wormy, humus dub 12 minute 'Alt… Read more
**180g vinyl reissue** Robert Fripp and Brian Eno originally released their 2nd ambient drone suite, 'Evening Star' in 1975. In the proceeding 40 years it's become a touchstone for myriad artists searching deeper into the musical cosmos. The first three tracks are tranquil tape-loop meditations featuring Fripp's signature guitar swirls looped and textured with piano, synth and all the studio effects afforded to them at the a range of top class studios including Eno's own. The first side finishes with Eno's gorgeous 'Wind On Wind' piece which would later be expanded in his 'Discreet Music' album, before the B-side yields the 24-minute drone flight 'An Index Of Metals'.
* Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The first album ever outside of Spain to focus on the history of Gipsy Rhumba, one of the most interesting musical culture clashes, first taking place in the early 1960s. In the Catalan region of Spain gipsies, primarily known as the creators of Flamenco, came up with a fascinating hybrid style - Gipsy Rhumba - which blended together Latin and Rhumba music of Cuba and the Caribbean together with their own flamenco, as well as the emerging rock ‘n’roll from America. As wel… Read more
DJ Clent - the low end legend - has been known for his music since the days of Dance Mania, releasing tracks such as 'Bounce' and 'Back Up Off Me' which are juke classics. He also released the grimy call to arms footwork track '3rd Wurle', as well as tracks on both Bangs & Works Compilations. 'Hyper Feet' starts off the EP with a high-speed footwork homage to Mike Dunn's classic 'Magic Feet', replicating the hits and using 303 acid to make a sparse but precision-tooled piece of footwork. Next up, 'Baby Yeah' works a vocal and sax sample into shimmering cut-ups and high-speed rhythmic shapes. On s… Read more