Thursday, 05 December
Kamau Baaqi aka Darling Farah goes grittier as Farah for Don't Be Afraid. His first release since that string of aces culminating in his 'Body' LP in 2012 is a darker, druggier session of hardware workouts budging between the dry, minimal technohouse of 'Cloudy Apple' to the pensile, ghostly R&B house of 'Speak On The Spotlight' to an MGUN-like exercise in a brain-freeze delays on 'Lockhead', and the dusty, bobbling dub-house skank of 'Pieced Apart'.
Keeper of dubstep's darkest light, Compa steps up to Deep Medi with two rolling dreadnaughts. A-side, 'Narabeh' dices with bouncing nyabinghi drums in a pressure chamber of claustrophobic bass and dynamic noise textures. B-side, 'Alpha' locks those drums down to a halfstepping lurch and throws the subs downtown inna mystic steppers atmosphere.
"In the 1970s the American composer Henry Flynt started a series of pieces under the title "New American Ethnic Music". In so doing he worked together native styles of music such as blues, Country or Hillbilly with electronic production methods to make something altogether new. So far in Germany it has never been attempted to rework folklore electronically for a compilation. However, this picture changes if one redefines the idea of who the population is. Incomers have brought new "national anthems" to Germany, which … Read more
**One-sided edition of 250** Canny deep vocoder/disco/piano house bomb from Dublin's New Jackson, following his remix of The xx and and a cool 12" for Hivern Discs.
**Picture Disc. Reissued for first time in 15 years. Cool pickings for Kraut and Balearic disco jocks** "‘On The Way To The Peak Of Normal’ is the third album by Holger Czukay, originally released in 1981. After ‘Movies’, his first post-Can solo album, Czukay continued exploring the methods of sampling and laidback jamming on this follow-up. The side long ‘Ode To Perfume’ / ‘Fragrance’ coasts along on some heavily twangy guitar, shortwave static, treated vocals, and drunken trumpet, all in a hypnotic late night groove. Intended as environmental music for some underlit, velvet clad chillout room, the album can be seen as one long rumination on improvised understatement."
Surreal, complex and hyper-edited collages of field recordings, drones and electronics by Gonçalo F Cardoso aka Gonzo for Laurent Jeanneau aka Kink Gong's Discrepant label. Gonçalo weaves edited field recordings made by Jeanneau with raw and digitally treated analogue modulations by Cédric Stevens (aka Acid Kirk) and drums by David Naan into fractally morphing, impossible and otherworldly scenes segueing between up-close recordings of flies, dissonant Chinese chorales, layered location recordings and dramatic drone panoramas. RIYL Rashad Becker, Russell Haswell's field recordings, Sublime Frequencies, Francisco Lopez.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* A fleshed out re-issue of Tycho's first widely available album 'Sunrise Projector', 'Past is Prologue' comes bundled with groovy new artwork and three exclusive remixes from Dusty Brown, Chachi Jones and Planet Mu's Nautilis. As Merck begins to wind down it's been releasing some of the most interesting titles on it's books yet, sadly this isn't one of them and is possibly one of the most unashamed Boards of Canada pastiches I have ever heard. It's not even that the music is unpleasant, it really isn't - but it just makes me want to root out fo… Read more
One of our favourite labels, Hundebiss, serves the cinematic debut from Milanese duo, Jim C. Nedd and Matteo Pit. The label's description of 'Problems' hits their sound square between the eyes, "…4 long tracks which bring to mind Coil playing a form of ominous Balearic Terminator Music." Gloomy megatropolis synth vistas open out to majestic pre-cog visions of a dystopian future sound. There's certainly an element of James Ferraro's slyly surreal ambiguity to the Massive Attack-style raps in opener, 'Elevaciòn', whilst 'Problems' comes off like Fever Ray gone cyber-skank, and the Michael Mann-i… Read more
The leftfield legend of the Hessle and Hemlock labels ramps up his oddball experimental credentials with perhaps his most eyebrow-raising release yet. The aptly named 'Punters Step Out' features a drop that will have you questioning your sanity. We won't spoil the surprise by describing it (just listen), but suffice to say that Joe turns it into the weirdest dancehall outing you've ever been lead to with promises that everything will be fine if you remain calm. The other side, 'Club Scared,' is a mad post-modern minimal house number that makes you wonder whether the track itself is talking to you (it is).
*Orange Vinyl* Full team effort from M-Zine, Scepticz, Distant Future & Makros for Doc Scott's revitalised 31 Records. M-Zine & Scepticz go toe-to-toe with the sparring minimalism of 'Revolve' and they all pitch in on the taut, nuclear-tipped weaponry of 'Bloodspread'.
Brock Van Wey dons his loved-up house hat as Earth House Hold. He aims for the 'floor with two low-slung ambient house moves - the 110bpm vocal house chug of 'Back Where I Belong' and the dreamy 100bpm swagger of 'A Little Bit Late For That Now'.
*Classic Finders Keepers - finally reissued on vinyl.* Finders Keepers continues in it's mission to unearth some of the finest treasures the Western world has never seen with this incredible 1976 album from Turkish radical folk singer Selda Bagcan. Part of Finders Keepers' 'Anatolian Invasion' series, this particular record stirred up quite a fuss among the world's Turkish communities on it's release, achieving a certain notoriety for Selda herself as she proclaimed unashamedly her thoughts on freedom of speech and quality of life. So it's political, we've got that down, but since most of us don't speak … Read more
LA futurists take inspiration from Game Of Thrones on their first release since 2012's excellent 'Warm Pulse' for Hippos In Tanks. Back on their Fade To Mind imprint, the duo reduce Eski grime, RPG memes, trap and house in seven of the slickest Vaporwave/Bass mutations you'll hear this year. The crystalline trap geometry of 'Skycell' itself borrows a title from - we're reliably informed, having never watched Game Of Thrones - a jail called the 'Eyrie' that's got a thousand foot drop on one side. 'Foam Feathers' is an anti-G-rollin' R&B instrumental, and 'Harp Bell' gives Jersey Club bass a sophist… Read more
Bristol's Komon is back with another delectable pair of house cuts, further proof of his considerable craftsmanship. 'So Easy' brings together perfect little keys, polished bass weight and vocal-science soul, while 'Cosmic John' opens out beautifully into a syncopated paradise of pianos and warm bass sprinkled with stardust.
Bristol bassbin pressure from Batu with two heavyweight shoulder rollers on Livity Sound's backwards imprint. 'Spooked' cuts in line with that Beneath sound, squeezing woozy bass below rattled, offset drums inna dank tribal chamber dub sound. Flipside, 'Clarity (Dismantled)' brings noisier claps and tumbling drums to the table, all meshed with metallic drones and swooping subs for a drunken tribalist swagger.
Sub-heavy and strident techno house from Project Squared's sub-label. Melbourne-based Craig McWhinney at the wheel, cutting across deep and desolate dub-techno zones with 'Pulse For Harvest', and working a cannier step with the Pole or Deadbeat-like 'Citadel' and the persistent swing of 'Six Hundred Furlongs'.
Deadbeat dubs two cuts from The Upsetter and The Orb's 'More Tales From The Orbservatory'. Topside he gives a slow, heaving Rhythm & Sound style extended Nyah dub for 'Ball Of Fire'; flipside 'Fuzzball' is reduced and stepped-up on a Champions League Dub.
**Green and yellow duck vinyl housed in heavyweight casebound tip on jacket with 4 page booklet of liner notes by Stephen Thrower and Nick Percival** "The score to the notorious banned in many countries Lucio Fulci video nasty is a revelation tracks such as ‘New York One More Night ‘ mix disco funk and latin to striking effect while slower tracks such as ‘The Ripper’ manage to capture the sleazy pre disney clean up of New York perfectly with their moody sax breaks and 42nd street atmosphere."
**Fascinating recordings of Italian Futurist, Luigi Russolo's legendary Intonarumori, or Noise Intoner, machines orchestrated by Blixa Bargeld, Mike Patton, Pauline Oliveros, among others** "The famous intonarumori (or 'noise intoners') of the Futurists could be considered the earliest 'techno music' instruments of the twentieth century. The 1st public performance of Luigi Russolo's intonarumori project took place in 1913 at Modena's Teatro Storchi, Italy. Luciano Chessa conducted this new orchestra of early Futurist pieces as well as specially commissioned works from… Read more
**10" in gatefold jacket** New six-tracker by Mark E. Smith and co. A-side: 'Thje Remainderer', ''Amorator!', 'Mister Rode'; B-side - 'Remeberance R', 'Say Mama / Race With The Devil', 'Touchy Pad'.
London-style house backed with a Skudge techno remix. Dixon's three originals romp between the jacking bass and nagging vocal stabs of 'Heirloom' to the darker warehouse mode of 'Park Row' and a deeper, dubbed-out play called 'The Things I Gave You'. Skudge bring up the rear with a driving minimal remix of 'Heirloom'.
Klose One follows Dusky and Paleman onto Loefah's School Records with two slabs of technoid, ragga-infected swagger. 'Trigga's Tale' churns up robust toms and creeping synthlines on a squashed subbass, all poised with a badderman house stance. 'Slippery' is a grubbier bit of acidic bleep techno for 2013, coming off like a road-wise LFO.
**One-sided pressing** Wobbly triplet driven welter from Redshape. There's one track here and it's all you need to kill any crowd worth playing for, building a mouldalting head of acid pumped by powerful kicks and spun off axis with tripping cross-rhythms, all optimised with that Redshape tocuh.
Thursday, 28 November
**Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany and Denmark** *Numbered Ltd Edition collection of all of Can's studio albums remastered for the first time on vinyl. Deluxe 17 piece set of 180g vinyl, including unreleased 22 minute live album, five posters, a 20-page 12" booklet - The box set will include a download code for each of the albums, except Can Live, which is available on vinyl only*
CAN VINYL BOX CONTENTS:
Monster Movie Soundtracks Tago Mago Ege Bamyasi Future Days Soon Over Bab… Read more
CAN VINYL BOX CONTENTS:
Monster Movie Soundtracks Tago Mago Ege Bamyasi Future Days Soon Over Bab… Read more
Egyptrixx becomes the latest member of the Night Slugs crew to emerge from the maturation chamber dripping with futurist fluids and wielding terrifying cybernetic implants. The Canadian producer had always been one of the more alien elements of the NS team, a status borne out by his neglected 2011 LP Bible Eyes. While whatever memo almost all the label's producers got has often resulted in stylistic changes beyond recognition, Egyptrixx has retained his unique character in the chiming synths, dark chords and flair for the epic. While other ice-hot future releases of this ilk: Jam City's Cl… Read more
*Young Marble Giants’ Stuart Moxham’s legendary album as 'The Gist' finally given a proper reissue...* "Though lesser-known than Young Marble Giants’ output, the sole LP from Stuart Moxham’s The Gist is an essential entry in the great canon of English post-punk. As the principle composer in Young Marble Giants, Moxham honed minimal songwriting to maximal effect with the help of early electronic experimentation. He formed The Gist shortly before Young Marble Giants’ dissolution to realize experiments in sound outside his primary group’s mold and feature friends from such … Read more
Monstrous bangers from Beau Wanzer and NJB for the shady Russian Torrent Versions. We're not 100% sure who's behind what here, but we can tell you there's some creepy, intra-dimensional machine workout on the A-side backed with two powerfully built industrial kickers reminding of Anthony Parasole's On The Corner vibes or even vintage Regis on the demonic, rattling B-side.
Kyle Hall cuts off a killer bonus round to his impressive debut album statement, The Boat Party'. On top it's a rugged, near-psychedelic funk session with the tumbled soul samples and devilishly crooked groove of 'Need Sum!' and the crafty, R&B house swing of 'Skeeter!' for the dopest cats. Downtown he's in techno mode - our favourite KMFH mode - with the virulent modular synthlines and filtered slam of '12 Doors' featuring Nas1, and a heavyweight drum machine-rocking 2k13 mix of album highlight, 'Flemmenup'. Recommended!
One of the world's most celebrated, prolific and focussed house and techno label continues its 20 year anniversary in style with a second selection of 24 tracks cherry-picked from its heaving archive. Wherever your take on the label, this is an inarguably impressive collection, ranging from tear-jerking Teutonic techno trance euphoria to outright bangers and supremely elegant, beautifully poised house music. For yung 'uns, it reads like a user's guide to the last 15 years of German dance music, taking in anthem after anthem from the Michael Mayer mix of Fer… Read more