Thursday, 02 July
**Gatefold LP** Facsimile, first ever vinyl reissue of Alice Coltrane's pivotal and utterly crucial 1970 album, 'Universal Consciousness', housed in heavyweight tip on-style gatefold. In the more than 40 years since it opened a whole new dimension for jazz music, the soaring vision and lush execution of this LP has influenced and inspired countless musicians and artists to search beyond their own horizons. Composed by and starring legendary harpist Alice Coltrane, with string arrangements transcribed by Ornette Coleman and featuring members of her husband, John… Read more
Thursday, 25 June
**Hospital Productions return with this strong new album from Exoteric Continent, edition of 500 copies, first 200 pressed up on Blue wax** Barcelona's Exoteric Continent grounds his first ever vinyl release following cassette drops for Opal Tapes and Second Sleep. Exploring ascetic techno and electronic noise, this vinyl edition combines both his 'Referèndum' tape volumes on one fine slab. Something of a relative outsider in the balearic climes of his home city, Arnau Sala Saez pushes an intense, probing sound, both with his own music and via closely associated cohorts N.M.O., or Amer… Read more
RP Boo, the OG source of all things Chicago footwork, comes correct with a killer 2nd solo album for Planet Mu. 'Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints' is an armoury of battle trax for the 'floor, delivered with a conviction and density of energy that's impossible to ignore if you're into electronic dance music or the lineage of Afro-American sonics. As with its predecessor, 'Legacy', this album is a showcase of RP Boo's finely-honed dancer's instinct and incisive sampling technique, using uniquely fractured motifs and complex repetitions to reconfigure our physiology, so firmly attu… Read more
Finally remastered and available on vinyl for the first time in 18 years, Surgeon's 'Balance' (1998) is a masterclass is tuffened, occultist Brummie techno. Upon original release, it was his 3rd album (following 'Communications' and 'Basictonalvocabulary'), and marked a subtle phase shift towards the kind of tripped-out, eldritch atmospheres we'd more readily associate with his peers such as Autechre or Coil, whilst still forging some of the most unyielding, infectious rhythms of golden era techno. The likes of 'Golden' with its arcing crest of eerie arpeggios, and the spine-creeping, bea… Read more
**2LP set. Includes etching on 4th side** Stunning, revelatory set of sweeping electronic composition by the late Mitar Subotić, a.k.a. Rex Ilusivii (The King of Illusions), dug out by Salon Des Amateurs resident Vladimir Ivkovic to mint his Offen Music imprint. 'In The Moon Cage' captures six lush and spellbinding shots of previously unheard material realised by the Serbian producer circa 1988, framing a vast, digitally-rendered world perfused with Eastern-enchanted vocals, amorphous synth scapes, balearic bird calls and plangent ambient guitar work tripping lines between abstract, es… Read more
'Whips' is a masterclass in tape-saturated house cryptography by Lutto Lento. Leading on from the crooked equations of his 'F T D 001' debut for Charles Drakeford's label, this six-tracker exhibits a broader range of variations on that ferric-choked, grubby and bugged-out style. Employing the deftest tape loop edits and playful sense of construction/derangement, he uses the format's natural fidelities to distinguish, mask and accentuate his sound from every angle - whether coaxing noxiously murky harmonics out of the asphyxiating bass in darkside bomb, 'Vengo'; disorienting with the frayed chicane… Read more
Dial siphon five cuts by their esteemed roster from the splendid label compilation, 'All'. A-side you'll find the ambient avant-pop of Stefan Tcherepnin's 'I Want To Be Art', sung in fragile, stumbling Japinglish over chamber-neat chorale synth harmonies, next to the sleek, melancholic house momentum of DJ Richard's 'Zero'. B-side, Christian Naujocks unfurls the airy minimalist strokes of 'For A While', Pantha Du Prince plays out the padded house bump and chiming patterns of 'Timeout on the Rocks', and Queens brings the EP to rest with a shoegazing electro-acoustic burn out 'Earth Eagle'.
The legendary late '80s psych-noise-rock titans return with their first new material in 25 years. Now revolving original member Robert Hampson (vocals, guitars) - who would go on to start Main - plus Scott Dawson (guitar) and Neil Mackay (bass), augmented by Wayne Maskell on drums. Re-emerging into a scene full of bearded men churning out their own take on monotonous psych-rock, Loop show 'em how it's done in four parts, from the motorik nod of 'Precession' to tenderised feedback manipulations in 'Coma', and an almighty 17 minute blow-out banking raga drones and full flight chug with 'Radial'.
Epic Box set containing ten 45s with rare and hard-to-find tropical tracks from the 60s and 70s golden period of the seminal Colombian label Discos Fuentes. 20 tracks, several reissued for the first time, covering a wide array of genres: salsa, cumbia, boogaloo, porro, tamborera. Includes liner notes by compiler Pablo Yglesias aka DJ Bongohead and illustrations by CS Fossett.
**2015 Reissue** "Much delayed and extremely anticipated first album proper from Heinrich Mueller, best known for his releases as Dopplereffekt, Arpanet, Japanese Telecom, Elektroids and more. The legend returns after more then a year of silence with new sound experiments from the Dataphysixs sound laboratories - a collection of abstract interpretations that veer from BBC Radiophonic Workshop experiments in sound design and effect processing (all with a biological theme), to the supremely killer dancefloor classic "Biometric" - a track that's already been hailed by ma… Read more
'Originally released in November 2011, this is the very first single ever to appear on the label. It was produced under the heavy influence of the original chicago Footworkers like RP Boo, whose influence is obvious in the sounddesign. Two tracks written and produced by DJ Kabra and Discarga, the man behind Duck N’ Cover Records. Both tracks feature a haunting, dark atmosphere. Bones is a tribal graveyard stepper, time for a burial. Up is a straight battletrack with pondering drum assaults and viscious stabs."
Manchester's Walton consolidates grime, techno and dubstep frames in a taut collection for Tectonic. Last spotted on a trio of 12"s for Hyperdub, he remains true to a mutant 130bpm stylein the 'Bulldoze' EP, throwing down the icy strings and whirring worksite percussion of 'Wrench' beside the ruffneck bongos and wheezing grime melodies of 'Flute Riddim' up top, whilst B-side brings a killer sound synching pirate radio barks with EBM-strength drums and massive subs, and 'L.E.A.N.' comes off like some Chiraq drill infused with roadwise UK flex. Cold and deadly.
Shades of lustin' NYC house from the former member of Hercules & Love Affair, backed with dope remixes. The exotic, orientalist house-pop of 'Creature' serves much to work with, spun out between Kim's own Chez N-Trent-styled remix, to the rolling tribal acid sensuality of two mixes by a/jus/ted; mystic house and techno mixes by Simoncino; and the tightly tucked square bass funk licks of Hot Creations and Rinse FM's Richy Ahmed remix.
Clipped electro-house from Rob Clouth on his return to Leisure System, backed with Kowton and Vessels remixes. The original makes great use of a convulsive, dubstep-style toad tone wrapped to a swaggering IDM-boogie groove. Kowton's remix ruffs up the drums and spikes the atmospheres to lush, prickling effect, and Vessels (note the extra 's') knead the same elemebnts into a whirring tech-house wormhole.
Berlin's Michael Matlak turns out a smart 2nd LP of electro-funk co-efficients and vintage sci-fi ambience. 'Dinsync' is carefully crafted as an album listening experience, as opposed to a collection of dancefloor tracks and interlude after-thoughts, following an abstract yet distinct narrative between gaseous pads of intro, 'If… Then' thru the lowkey, red-lit funk of '202 Heroes' to the metallic discord and ambient evacuation of 'Safe!', to a sweetly coherent 2nd side moving between BoC-like beats and cosmic/pastoral synth atmospheres with a charming mix of naif whimsy and trim analogue finesse.
*Newly remastered audio, 2xLP housed in a deluxe gatefold Stoughton tip-on jacket - Includes rare archive photos and liner notes Q&A with Krog* "The work of Karin Krog may be unfamiliar to much of the world, but in her native Norway and Scandinavia at large, she’s practically a household name. This says much about the local enthusiasm for post-bop jazz but also about the tyranny of distribution: until 1994, Krog’s albums weren’t available in the USA or UK, meaning three decades of recordings were waiting to be discovered. With this anthology of her best r… Read more
'Dream memory' is the 2nd album of soul-burning celestial synth music by Implodes guitarist Ken Camden for Kranky. Drawing upon Indian raga, chamber-like plainsong and classic kosmiche, it's a richly synaesthetic and heightened sensory experience harmonised to the rafters and radiating lushness from every angle.
*12" comes housed in a special die-cut sleeve, pressed on 180g vinyl and limited to 300 copies* "No. Inc." are Material Object and Atom™. The tracks featured on this EP are the ambient piece "Early Reflection Part I" (side A) and the technoid "Refraction I" (side AA). While side A explores the realms of textures and soundscapes, side AA, exclusively released on this EP, expands into rhythmic codes and outlines possible horizons both artists are envisioning for their "No." platform.
*12" comes housed in a special die-cut sleeve, pressed on 180g vinyl and limited to 300 copies* "No. Inc." are Material Object and Atom™. The material on this EP was previously only available digitally, available here alongside a new techno cut forged from refractions on the original theme. Side A explores ambient psychedelic regions while Side AA dives into a bass heavy, cavernous techno cut designed for the mind whilst retaining full body functionality.
"The very first 12” on Duck N' Cover, this EP marked the label's transformation from a hobbyists joint to a serious institution. Just after having previously release three 7” singles by local artists, this release was opening the doors to the following records by Traxman and DJ Clent. This EP is certainly not short on classics, every song on this EP has its very special own space and meaning. Most notably the frenetic sampling of “Goin Crazy” stands out, but “Overdose on Marijuana” and “Invasion” have shook so many dancefloors since the initial release, and the naughty “Get Down & Bang” will st… Read more
Hot on the heels of their Sound Signature session, Dego & Kaidi return to Eglo with a quartet of super-soulful rug-cutters. Vibes are strong on this wan, whether greazing the parched drums and mirage-like synth shimmers of 'Black Is Key' with deep jazz vocal harmonies and fruity keys, or loosening up the pointillist shuffle of 'Man Made' with wobbly, wavey chords on the A-side, or travelling from the Afro-centric idiosyncrasies of 'Orbiting Uhuru' to inimitably clipped and charming summer-in-West London styles with 'The Vault Descends'.
The Room Below blends classic Chicago and Detroit strains to make their own rich blend of experimental house for DBA. Up top, Henry Keen a.k.a. the CDR regular and Gilles Peterson-favoured Soundspecies and The Room Below welcomes us in with the conscious sampling and shimmering mid-tempo move, 'Trusted', beside the pastoral acid house of 'Rainy Friday'. Down below, it gets freakier with the frayed blips and and salty, splashing drums of 'Mad Energy' and a bit-crushed samba buzz entitled, 'Freedom'.
Sublime deep house album by Berlin-residing Finnish producer Jarno Erola a.k.a. Joe Le Bon. Trimmed to a T by label boss, Mike Grant, 'House Music Love Music' deals in the warmest, deftest strains of house music in eight parts sashaying from the glossolalic vocals and enveloping sensuality of 'Why Dogs Sing' thru the Soundhack-like chords and swing of 'Like Cotton Deep Orcheestra' to slippery slow styles in 'Berlin Panorama', taking a moment to listen to the birds and wafting synths of 'For Yasuni', and departing with the techy triplets calculations of 'The White Bells', and the high tog house soul of 'Lychenerstrasse 28'.
**Edition of 250, includes free download** "Peptalk is Michael Carter (electronics), Shayna Dunkelman (percussion) and Angelica Negron (voice). The band was born in Oakland, CA where electronic musician Mike Carter and percussionist Shayna Dunkelman were inspired by how mid-century exotica artists like Esquivel, Robert Drasnin and Martin Denny used percussion with bird calls, synthesizers and orchestra instruments to envision strange faraway places. Mike and Shayna upped and left for Brooklyn, where they met composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Angelica Negron. Drawing on their shared love of … Read more
Natty proto-house and electro-acid styles straight outta Holland. Nowt flash here, just five cuts of nimble analogue production putting his boxes thru their paces, from the trim electro bubble of the title track thru the slo-motion wobble of 'Desert Suit Larry' and melodic percolations of 'Cranes' to early Chicago styles replete with sultry ghetto robo vox in 'Polo'.
Now available on ltd double LP, Live at Biko was recorded during an April 2014 gig in Milan, Italy.The release features more than half of the songs on Benji plus other favorites like Admiral Fell Promises’ "Ålesund" and a trio of tracks from Perils from the Sea, Kozelek’s collaboration with The Album Leaf 's Jimmy Lavalle.
**Clear vinyl edition of 500** Core Posh Isolation players, Loke Rahbek (Vår, Lust For Youth) and Kristian Emdal (Vår, Age Coin) present five pieces of brooding, brittle electronics imagined for dance performance and recorded between Copenhagen's Mayhem space and Sweden's EMS facility. We're not quite sure what kind of "dance" performance they had in mind but, knowing their prurient minds, we could apply the rear cover's instructions "carpet of crushed sea shells covering parts of the floor", "copper thread in a knot around the performer's genitals", or "white clothes and bare… Read more
Split show-down from Mark Stewart's arch agitators, The Pop Group, and their modern antecedents, Sleaford Mods. On the front, The Pop Group provide the crisply enunciated and mannered vocals of 'Nations' from their 'Citizen Zombie' LP, set to skinny post-punk drum machine patter and dubbed metallic guitar klang. Flipside, The Sleaford Mods jam down a raw version of 'Face to Faces' from their upcoming album, loaded with the sort of cutting wit and non RP delivery which they've built a small empire on.
**The French synth-pop freaks return in colourful, spiky fashion** "Their new album ‘NO VOID’ is now being released on SHITKATAPULT, whose label slogan ‘Special Musick for Special People’ fits perfectly to the often euphorically rocking music of the French duo. DAT POLITICS themselves refer to their latest LP as a “hallucinating ride in a space roller coaster: scary and funny!” This time around, their songs took shape once again under influences outside of music such as astronomy, philosophy and programming language as well as surrealism, fantasy films and their own dreams. The nine tracks, all… Read more
*12" comes housed in a special die-cut sleeve, pressed on 180g vinyl and limited to 300 copies* "No. Inc." is a label run by Material Object and Atom™. Their second 12" inch release comes from Sagittarius displaying a blend of stripped down techno/acid and deep ambient textures, and provides full dancefloor functionality while remaining in a sphere of its own. On the flipside, Material Object is on remix duty providing a sychedelic wave of synthesiser and machine madness which completes the overall image of this production and makes it another true No. gem."