Thursday, 22 January
Oil Gang lock and load four big grime instrumentals from Slew Dem OG, JT The Goon, and hyper-tropical specialist, Murlo. Heating up with the sweeping orchestral strings, Sino flutes and whirring trap grime of JT's 'Garden Of Eden', he links with Murlo on the lushly heady, quick-fire tilt of 'Plume', before Murlo takes control with the slick R'n'G orientalism, 'Cold Stroke', and a searing, pointillist rework of JT's 'Twin Warriors'.
Giving back to the faithful and educating new ears, Butterz drop some of Footsie's most coveted riddims on a special platter. Since day one, Footsie has been integral to Grime's development - whether appearing on the first Lord of The Mics DVD, holding down a long running Rinse FM slot, running the Braindead label, or producing for Dizzee Rascal and his fellow Newham General, D Double E. This A-side reloads his 2006 special request, 'Scars' with production and vocal by Footsie, plus bars by Wiley, Jammer and D Double E, while B-side comes with the wonky slaughter of 'Move To The Beat', making its f… Read more
*Ships Friday* *180g vinyl - includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Jib Kidder is the performing moniker of musician and artist Sean Schuster-Craig. Born in Louisville, raised in Georgia, educated in Michigan and bouncing between California and New York ever since, he has spent the last decade exploring a variety of approaches to psychedelic collage. In his audio recordings, songs, videos, sculptures, digital paintings, chalk murals & written work he has attempted to harness the humour and ambiguous poignancy specific to the experience of dreaming. The latest … Read more
Youngsta and Truth on weighty remix session for Tempa. Rinse FM OG, Youngstar launches a nimbly technoid steppers take on Truth's 'Devil's Hand'; Truth refigures J: Kenzo's 'Invarderz' as a swooping halfstep heat-seeker.
"This album is another chapter in the ongoing "there's-much more-to-Brazil-than-bossa-nova" saga. It's filled with disco-era tracks produced for the Brazilian domestic marketplace, some of which were hits, others which were quite obscure. What binds them all together - besides their common origins, time period and overall musical approach - is the fact that their reputation has been steadily transcending Brazil's borders. This has allowed these tunes to find their place on set lists, want lists and in the crates of the world's most discerning D… Read more
*Reissue of Ann Peebles’ final album on Hi Records from 1979, produced by Willie Mitchell and available on vinyl for the first time in over 30 years. Includes Download coupon* "Released in 1979, ‘The Handwriting Is On The Wall’ boasted some high-powered funk backdrops but for the most part the album finds Peebles taking on a set of straight-ahead soul numbers in which she was usually either taking a man away from some woman who didn’t know how to hold on to him, or was warning the ladies why they should stay away from her significant other. Peebles is a tower of defiant sa… Read more
*Limited to 500 copies - new pressing of this 80s boogie and disco-funk classic* Facsimile repress of an 1983 electro-funk shock by Sumy. A hugely sought-after cult favourite, 'Tryin to Survive' was recorded and cut on the Caribbean island of Suriname - a former Dutch colony, hence its connection with Amsterdam's Rush Hour. Nine tracks of squirting synth beams and tickled basslines licked up with Sumy's mad swagger. Expect more Surinamese digs from the vault in 2015…
Two new songs from Doug Paisley. The A-side is a gorgeous duet with Bonnie “Prince” Billy recorded in Louisville and also featuring Emmett Kelly (of The Cairo Gang) on guitar. The B-side was recorded in Toronto and has the feel of an old spiritual. The artwork features watercolor paintings by Heather Goodchild.
*New, reworked version. Originally released 1997 on Captain Trip Records. New artwork.Liner notes by Asmus Tietchens. First time on vinyl, includes a free copy of the album on CD inside* "Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisations. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of electronic and ambient music up … Read more
Rabid, mongrel deconstructions of '90s dance classics by Roger West aka Somaticae. With nods to V/Vm and Actress, and analogs in the mutant creations of Basic House or The Automatics Group's 'Summer Mix', West's 'Wasted House' is an exercise in collapsing the putative timeline of dance music and re-imagining it as a "twisted uchronia" - a sort of impressionistic, alternate history open to more ambiguous interpretation. To be honest we can't pick out the original material, which is a great thing, leaving us grasping at and dancing to an array of refracted '90-s disco shrapnel and lurching, le… Read more
Thursday, 15 January
Object Relations is a very promising new 7" label curated by Mark Fell focusing on collaborations between diverse artistic practices. Recorded in Milan, 2014, the label's inaugural edition establishes its remit in a unique combination of Fell's crafty Linndrum programming with the adroit, keening cello improvisation of trained cellist and composer Sandro Mussida, following their meeting and performance in Tuscany at the International Encounters in Sound event. On both sides, Fell's elliptical microtemporal rhythm arrangements are matched and coloured with compelling strea… Read more
Bronze Teeth's Richard Smith aka L/F/D/M reveals a bittersweet side of radiophoniq techno and EBM for Not Waving's Ecstatic label. Weaving between snake-charming techno and surprisingly elegant, melodic motifs, it's all much freakier and freeform than his debut 12" for Optimo Trax. Cutting from sawn-off synth experiments to dusted Sleeparchive bleep styles on 'Insect Cylinders', and jiggy, atonal techno with 'Sun Shape'; he carves a course of salty waltz with 'Book of Five' on the flipside, leading to the banging EBM highlight of 'Black Shadows' with its sampled intro of some lass recalling an … Read more
Proper Detroit techno soul workout from Omar-S and vocalist James Garcia on FXHE. The most consistent man in house music makes super strong moves on this one, creaming cracking drums from a trusted Alesis HR-16 and Casio Rapmaster, coupled with burning neon synth arrangement and Garcia's authentic '80s soul swerve. It's quite the showstopper. Flipside, the Extramental mix does away with Garcia's vocal to reveal the lustrous, lusting synth arrangement and biting drums in all their midnight glory. Straight winner.
Squelchiest library funk and moog jams from Ed DMX's boogie boutique. Uptown, 'An Evening at Bunsley Hall' commences an swinging party groove peppered with vintage string machine sounds and wobbly 303 bass applied the way it was originally intended as bass guitar replacement. 'Behind The Scenes' drops on the good foot flipside with pinging synth stabs and sleazy bass licks propping plenty of guitar solos.
As Gondwana, Lumisokea's Andrea Taeggi traverses expansive, imposing sound spheres for Opal Tapes. 'Aum' explores semi-organic, electro-acoustic sound on seismic, tectonic scales, crushing and sublimating ambient and industrial techno structures into spectral topographies and a sort of elemental psycho-geology permeated with crooked rhythm fissures and slow-moving, transitional tones morphing thru various stages of de-and-re-composition. The effect, at times, reminds of a more tempered take on Ben Frost's epic inclinations, a less academic relation to Kassel Jaeger's most recent GRM output, or a darker… Read more
Ruffest techno-house thwack from a fella called Omar Contri aka Shinoby, backed with ruder remixes by M Gun and The Analogue Cops. 'Club Shock!' locks off a swinging industrial house rhythm with wicked tension between chaotic flux and rocksteady acid B-line; 'There R No Rules, Fear Is Unknown And Sleep Is Out Of' The Question' welds bruising kicks and rusty claps with distorted filter treatments for tha wallbangers. M Gun's remix of the former is shaken down with ruffneck Detroit sci-fi flex, and The Analogue Cops' take on the latter is much deeper, laced with brain-burrowing 303s and looping, hermannesque strings.
*Limited edition clear vinyl - includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* A gauzy suite of loping beats and etheric vocals heavily inspired by themes of memory in Chris Marker's film, 'San Soleil'. Features production from Laplace, Go Yama, Insightful, Galimatias.
**Includes download code** "tētēma is a new duo project from Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, principal Zorn interpreter) and Australian composer/pianist Anthony Pateras (Thymolphthalein, Pivixki, Pateras/Baxter/Brown, Beta Erko). geocidal is audio caffeine injected direct into your eyeballs. Recorded across half the continents on the planet, this record investigates the murder of place. Do borders even matter any more? Should we even leave the house? Is there any specificity left in this generalized cesspool of culture? Or has the tidal wave of digitally… Read more
*Double LP with gatefold sleeve, inner sleeve with lyrics plus download voucher* "Belle And Sebastian return with their ninth studio album, ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’. The album opens with ‘Nobody’s Empire’, which Stuart said “is absolutely the most personal [song] I’ve ever written.” About the beginnings of his lifelong struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which led to his first forays into songwriting, it is easily one of his most musically and emotionally epic songs. Produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his w… Read more
*Limited Quadruple LP Edition in a heavyweight box with exclusive artwork, poster and download coupon. Features two extended mixes and four bonus tracks* "Belle And Sebastian return with their ninth studio album, ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’. The album opens with ‘Nobody’s Empire’, which Stuart said “is absolutely the most personal [song] I’ve ever written.” About the beginnings of his lifelong struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which led to his first forays into songwriting, it is easily one of his most musically and emotionally epic songs. Produced and m… Read more
Jacques Bon makes his solo debut with 'Mona', his first release aside from the Bon & Rau 12"s on Smallville. Four tracks guide the dawning vibes glowing off his lovely 'Morning Funk' 12" into warm variations on swinging, chord-driven house in 'Ciel De Nuit', the plush square bassline and Chicagoan synth stabs of 'Braun Weiss', or the ascendent arpeggios of 'Easyarp'.
**Edition of 250** Heather Leigh strangles the fxxk out of a lucky pedal steel guitar in this shocking plate for Golden Lab Records. Recorded in mono direct to tape and mastered right at the biting point, 'Nightingale' is a viciously intense example of Heather's roving explorations of her guitar's most guttural voice and vocabulary. Sprawled, shriekin' and hair-pulling across both sides are the results of a locked-in performance sustaining petrifying levels of piercing high frequencies before tilting into neck-wrenching blues and subsequently bustin' a belly of blow-out drone entrails and … Read more
Trim, colourful boogie-electronica from Pixelord on Canada's Infinite Machine. Garage house, footwork, bassline and jungle are all filleted under Pixelord's scalpel and buffed-up with glossy electronica hooks and surfaces. In eight tracks he keeps his ideas succinct but not at the expense of emotional expression, coolly getting to the point with style and imagination.
*Includes a bonus DVD* The results of Spatial's opti-sonic installation, 'Primitives' reinterpreted by the man himself, Broken20's TVO, Bass Clef, and Sculpture. The light-controlled software at the core of the installation generates unique tones which are subsequently re-shaped into hulking UK techno patterns crawling with strange electronic figures in Spatial's own version; the TVO|SPL mix is more freakish, shot thru with piercing oscillations and slow slamming beats; Bass Clef twists it into a quirky robo-boogie; while Sculpture render a dynamic diorama of radiophonic blips and… Read more
**Debut solo album by Mac Demarco's former Makeout Videotape bandmate. Includes download code** "Alex Calder’s sophomore release with Captured Tracks is as familiar as it is foreign – brining together both infectious melodies and texture to create tidy, acid-induced pop sequences. Strange Dreams takes a confident step forward from Calder’s previous release and brings the focus and ambition of Alex’s songwriting to all aspects of his music. This record delivers, while still maintaining the youthful humour that has become his trademark."
**Silk-screen printed jacket** "Refreshing, rootedly odd, mostly unaccompanied four-part-harmony singing recorded in Govan Old Parish Church, Glasgow, by members of Trembling Bells and Muldoon’s Picnic. Elements of Sacred Harp, Gregorian chant, medieval madrigal and English folk, with poetic influences including Maya Deren, Saint John The Divine and Dennis Potter — a unique blend of the visionary and the earthly, the intimate and glorious."
Thursday, 08 January
**We never thought we’d actually ever see the day this seminal album would get a proper, official reissue on vinyl - but here it is, newly remastered by CGB at D&M and in-print on vinyl for first time in almost two decades. Comes with an instant download of the full album** Liasons Dangereuses' self-titled debut LP is a major cornerstone of modern electronic dance music. Produced by Chrislo Haas and Beate Bartel (aka CH-BB/DAF/Mania-D) and mixed at Conny Plank's studio in 1981, it has cast incalculable influence over successive generations ever sinc… Read more
Holy Grail territory here from Andy Votel and Demdike’s mighty Dead Cert imprint - here finally bringing you this incredible album of previously unreleased Industrial-themed recordings made in 1976 by experimental pioneer and Ennio Morricone cohort Alessandro Alessandroni. The concept itself is riveting enough: the guy who provided that infamous guitar riff for 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' providing utterly bent and synth-heavy recordings previously unheard by the wider world - but the material and execution is just nothing short of a revelation, unlocking an uncannily prescie… Read more
**Edition of 300 with 6.5" x 6.5" illustrated lyric sheet included** Genius art-rock pop shots chipped from Officer!'s '8 New Songs By Mick Hobbs' (AAA, 1983) tape by avowed fans, Blackest Ever Black. Making their first appearance on vinyl following BEB's issue of 'Dead Unique', they give two sublime glimpses of Hobbs' gift for "ambiguous, ecstatic, anguished" songwriting and arrangement that may well have lain undiscovered by the rest of us otherwise. A-side finds the confessional catharsis of 'Life at the Water's Edge', consolidating Hobbs' blackly grim lyrics about a tortured chi… Read more