Thursday, 06 March
Rolling, radgy Uk techno from Pris' London-based Resin label. Bleaching Agent opens with a mind-bending acid techno bucker, 'Akplenc', beside Divided's droning, woody thumper 'Losses'. Label head Pris plays straight ahead with the monotone pound of 'Pencil Pusher', and Manse follows his Opal Tapes session with the funky up techno tool, 'Slacker'.
*New on Nicolas Jaar's 'Other People' label* "Several years ago, Valentin Stip was sitting alone by a harbour in the small French town where his parents grew up. “I heard all the sailing strings hit the masts, and I realized that every sound you hear is potentially music,” he says. “The only thing that makes sound into music is the mind, arranging it.” Since then, Valentin Stip has been building a bridge between the sounds that live inside and outside his head. On ‘Sigh’, the 21-year-old producer’s full-length debut on Other People, Stip organizes classical piano, lightly sputtering grooves and in… Read more
On the strength of 'Superscope''s heavyweight techno rollers, we suspect Clark's been hanging out in clubs a lot more recently. His first new material since the 'Iradelphic' (2012) LP swerves that album's fancier tendencies to go hard for the 'floor, especially with A-side 'Superscope', meshing sheer, ghoulish white noise shapes to a rude UK techno swagger somewhere between Regis and Beneath riddims. 'Riff Through The Fog' is more typical Clark, flush with tiered melodies and vaulted harmonics, but kitted to a rugged undertow of bouncing bass hits and intricate hi-hat play. Really good EP this.
**Paul St. Hilaire aka Tikiman provides the naturally perfect accompaniment to Deadbeat's dry, heavy techno dubs** "Deadbeat. Tikiman. Infinity. Dub. A quadrangle of such obvious statement and perfect musical inference may very well never have been uttered for those of the wholly weeded out persuasion. Indeed, when the great book of Dub music is written the names Scott Monteith and Paul St Hilaire will undoubtedly figure highly in its chapters devoted to recent years. Monteith, the last great prodigal son of the doctrine handed down from the Blue Mount of Lord Scrat… Read more
**Orange wax with hand-numbered insert and tiny centre label. Edition of 444** Mere months after stocking a record with one of the biggest centre labels we've seen (Janet's 'Shouldn't), Blind Jacks Journey presents the the smallest centre label we ever seen. It covers the modesty of Jimini's 2nd release, 'The Return Trip Volume One' the latest in Crow Castle Cuts' enigmatic deep house series. Four tracks play out a sweeter beatdown house sound, ranging from warm vocal house to synth-heavy breakbeat house and strong, square bass driven Chicago/Detroit homage.
Deep, filtered house by Sweden's Mr Tophat & Art Alfie backed with an acidic Locked Groove remix on the first release from No Fit State. 'Vretis' works as a canny scene setter with patiently growing dub filters applied to a slinky disco loop, evolving into a sub-heavy, rolling house groove, whereas 'Takelant' works to a skippier New York garage coda. Locked Groove squares it off for the DJs on a condensed, sub-heavy remix laced devilish acid squirms.
Vowel-averse Swedish techno duo SHXCXCHCXSH return to Avian with a slick follow-up to their 'Strgths' album. 'VVVLLLLVVV' rolls out with sub-aquatic square bass pulses and eerie, almost Drexciyan synth pads, and 'MRRRWRRRDS' locks into heavier, bleeping rolige charged with cavalcade of churning toms and swarming synths. 'MRRRCHNNNN' is roughest of the pack, pumping pneumatic bass and pistoning hi-hats thru the silty murk at 20 knots.
Infectious disco/house cut-ups done good and proper by John Barera and Will Martin for the former's Supply Records. There's four shades of the same sound, taking in skippy, disco-looping NJ garage styles on the delightful 'Awake', beside the sultry, bass and chords-driven deep house of 'Say It Now', whilst 'Unknown factor' deals heavier dub chords and rolling bass balanced with an excellent, folksy string motif, and 'Yen' dips down to a more sensual 6am vibe.
Thursday, 27 February
**Edition of 500 housed in a spotgloss jacket. Vinyl mastered and cut by Stefan Betke aka Pole** The dude behind productions for Fever Ray and Roll The Dice makes his solo album debut for Digitalis with the hypnotic hardware rituals of 'Lines Describing Circles'. The production on here is just immense - no doubt aided by Pole's pristine Master: there's an epic, bass-heavy undercurrent running throughout the album's 10 tracks that gave us goosebumps listening at high volume. The pieces oscillate between caustic, peaking noise pieces and thrumming rhythms, all glowing with a r… Read more
**Limited edition 180g vinyl cut from the original 24/96 master. Includes CD copy free inside** Helge Sten (Deathprod) and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones enter the void together as Minibus Pimps on the eagerly anticipated 'Cloud To Ground'. For the first time outside of their Supersilent trio with Arve Henriksen, the two titans in their respective fields converge on an astrally smashed, detached sound that "contains composed and improvisational elements on an equal scale." The results are far bleaker than anything they've hatched in Supersilent, and thankfully leans more towards the Dea… Read more
**Debossed jacket. Individually numbered edition of 500 copies** Ralph Cumbers kicks off a slew of imminent releases with the modular indulgence of his 'Bugbranded EP' on Public Information's latest dispatch. It's a quintessentially British display of voltage control and knob-fondling, blending that explorative Radiophonic feeling with proggy-minded, live arrangements in debt to early '90s AI styles. In a proper man-machine show down, Ralf tweaks out crisply psychoactive melodies and halcyon acid jack on 'Sometime The Only Way To Go Out Is Further In', and a more delicate, psilocybic folk dance … Read more
Ultra-modern pop diamonds from the forward London producer behind beats for Triad God and Dre Skull's MixPak. 'Lil Gem' is Palmistry's most important release to date, following celebrated productions for other artists and a couple of crucial mixes via DIS magazine. It finds a very good home among the accelerated ears and minds on Lorenzo Senni's Presto!? label, sharing a common taste for air-brushed electronic surfaces whilst furthering his own path of minimalist R&B, filigree ambient, and up-to-the-second dancehall. They're the sort of pieces we could happily play on repeat, from the airborne baro… Read more
**Includes poster & digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Acclaimed singer, songwriter, band leader from Ethyl Meatplow and The Geraldine Fibbers. First solo album in seven years, following a string of releases with her Evangelista project. Bozulich’s self-proclaimed “pop record”! Carla Bozulich, an art-punk heroine with almost three decades of exceptional, iconoclastic musical activity under her belt, returns with the third record of her storied career to be issued in her own name. Boy is Carla's self-proclaimed "pop record" and is a refreshing and much-needed reminder of what p… Read more
**180g wax. Edition of 300* SLO continues to forge a personalised, proggy fusion of Bass-heavy techno and D&B rolige on the 2nd release from his Aery Metals label. Like some modern magpie with an ear for the most sensuous, affective bits of UK dance music, SLO borrows and bends traces of many styles into a sleek, supple style hovering around the 125bpm mark. A-side, the darkyl sexy 'Dead Cell' rides a swinging, kinky groove anchored by cone-blowing subbass and haunted by atmospheres somewhere between classic Metalheadz and early Tectonic pieces, especially the latter when that woozy a… Read more
**303 copies** A grip of Swedish producers including Andreas Tilliander aka TM404 and Martin Skogehall (Smell The Flesh/Fishermen) revise the gauzy invocations of D.Å.R.F.D.H.S.'s 'Det Stora Oväsendet' Lp for Glasgow-based Clan Destine Traxx. The group's own Michael Isorinne opens with a bleakly detached piece of hovering, glacial drone, and Smell The Flesh heats it up with a rugged, rolling techno sound next to TM404's untangling modular acid drift. D.Å.R.F.D.H.S.'s Varg and Northern Electronics' Acronym give an Aquaplano-style monotone techno vortex, and two more new names… Read more
Chicago's legendary Virgo Four return to the scene with four new productions. Expect deep acid house dub rubs with hushed vocals, sparkling keys and a jazzier touch.
**180g frosted vinyl in heavyweight casebound tip on sleeve with exclusive artwork by Kimberly Holladay. Includes A2 poster and booklet of liner notes by composer and director** "Death Waltz Recording Company are proud to be unleashing one of the great unheralded electronic scores. Unavailable since the film's release in 1982, Susan Justin’s music for FORBIDDEN WORLD – produced by the legendary Roger Corman – mixes the electronic influences of the time with splashes of new wave, creating a score that fuses the eerie tonalities and avant-garde sensibility of ALIEN with the … Read more
*Limited Edition Of 300 - Includes 12" x 24" Poster & Full-Length Film On DVD* - "Inspired in equal measure by the throbbing urbanity of coastal cities, continental European art-rock experimentation, left-ﬁeld techno, and the freewheeling punk aesthetic of contemporary home studio recording, Jonas Reinhardt’s music transcends its inﬂuences to bring into being a work that’s wholly new while referencing a celebrated aesthetic of the past. Jonas Reinhardt's 'Ganymede' is an experimental science ﬁction ﬁlm set on the solar system's largest moon. On Ganymede, it is thought that volcanic vents sup… Read more
Two renegades from the fringe extremes of hard techno, electronics, harsh noise, and breakcore unite for the first time as Bolder on EMego. With over four decades of hard raving between them, Peter "Pure" Votava (Ilsa Gold, Violent Shit) and Martin Maischein (Position Chrome) converge in the no-mans-land of 'Hostile Environment' to peer deep into an abyss of spare, ricocheting drums, cavernous drones and industrial sound design. We can detect the timbres of organic percussion and the buzzing hum of live, wired electronics at its core, conducted and arranged with a gothic sense of narration… Read more
**Double gatefold vinyl in spotgloss jacket with folded A3 insert containing all lyrics, credits and photos of the band** David Tibet and his cohorts return three years hence 'Honeysuckle Æons' with the neofolk laments of 'I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell (A Channel)'. Mutually dreamt with These New Puritans' Jack Barnett (organ, sound design and voices), James Blackshaw (bass), Ossian Brown (hurdy-gurdy and sidereal SingSong), Nick Cave (voice and voices), Antony Hegarty (voice and voices), Reinier Van Houdt (piano), Norbert Kox (voices), Andrew Li… Read more
Rave-haunted rollers from Grime architect Terror Danjah and prolific producer Four Tet. On 'Killer' the unlikely pair settle on a bashy bruk house sound rife with soundsystem samples and Video-Crash-style stabs and oscillating between Four Tet's woozy Arp, and Danjah's slicker electroid waves resulting in a slinky but gritty kinda bassbin pressure. Flipsude, 'Nasty' plays up to a defter sorta feminine pressure with tucked, kinky drums nimbly synched to gully bass and flitting female vocal counterpoint. Kinda sounds like a dazed Champion workout.
Sublime yet haunting dub house from Rod Modell's Deepchord. Now firmly ensconced in the Soma roster, Rod is making some of the finest material of his two decade long career, here presenting two richly layered pieces incorporating spectral vocal elements which have rarely been heard so explicitly in his music (as in you can almost make out full words; he's not effin' and blindin'). 'Luxury 1' cuts a deep trench of buoyant subbass layered up with refractive chords and teasing deep house memes, whilst 'Luxury 2' eases off on a gently skanking dub momentum in his time-honoured style.
**Includes 32 page booklet with texts and pictures by the artist plus preface by David Toop** August sonic cartographer Mike Cooper shares his exotica dreams on NO=FI. Mike's been composing a blend of field recordings, lapsteel guitar and tape improvisations for the past 50 years, and since the '90s focussing on an idiosyncratic, imaginative type of contemporary exotica. 'New Globe Notes' collects exquisite, soporific material previous released on Mike's own imprint Hipshot Records; nine tracks deeply infused with South Pacific atmospheres and the gauziest ambient intentions primed to car… Read more
'PM001' is the icy debut drop of abstract, expressive electronics from Roll The Dice and Fever Ray producer Peder Mannerfelt issued thru his own label. It's both a death knell for his Subliminal Kid alias of seven years, and a prelude to his debut solo album proper incoming on Digitalis. Essentially it's the sound of man becoming much closer acquainted with his machines, fondling their faders, knobs and buttons with haptic tactility to make their inner murmurings comprehensible to human ears. Seven amorphous pieces shapeshift from the stomach acid gurgle of 'Hook End' to the drone blast of 'Wi… Read more
The UK's foremost Footwork/Bass fiend synthesises a taut fusion of Juke, Jungle and Bristol bassbin styles on his 2nd album. Whilst tempos regularly push the 160bpm bracket in a nod to Teklife's Rashad and Spinn, Addison Groove links with local talents DJ Die, Josefina, and Sam Binga to acknowledge more influence from his home city than the Windy City. It's a swift moving but cooled-out session, working that forward tension between itchy syncopation and half-stepping swagger across 14 tracks oscillating between Junglist rush, rolling techno ('Space Apples'), 'ardcore acid ('Malus… Read more
Exceptional house music on DJ Qu's Strength Music Recordings. Italy's Massimiliano Vianello aka Pixel Music steals the scene with the deeply infectious bassline, sprung drums and trancing sytnh progressions of 'M-Theory' on the A-side - worth the entry twice over - whilst newcomer Nicuri makes good with the latinate shuffle, thrumming subs and Wolfgang Voigt-like strings of 'Thoughts Of You', and DJ Qu cleans up with an ear-worming, body-tucking wiggler named 'Undescribed (Believer)'. Dancers, DJs; fill yer boots!
Dusty, deeper UK tech-house from Ratcatcher backed with tuffened, rugged Leon Vynehall and Benjamin Damage remixes. The original 'Somehow' and 'Motion' warm up with a swinging, dub chord-driven motion, before Leon Vynehall ruffs up 'Somehow' with crooked drums and swaggering subs, and Benjamin Damage beefs up 'Motion' with a slug of big room bovril.
Proper party tackle from the UTTU mogul! Four bad-to-the-bone jack tracks bouncing between slippery New York house peak on 'Hey Now, Wait A Minute', to ruffneck Chicago-via-Sheffield-style bleep house on 'Dextrous', thru proper Yorkshire breaks 'n bleep pressure on 'Tell Me' and the rudebwoy scattering 'Hurfdy Jam'.
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* "Mute says: ‘Spectre’ follows the band’s widely acclaimed conceptual album ‘Volk’ (2006), where Laibach interpreted national anthems of historically imperialistic nations, and the release of the side projects ‘Laibachkunstderfuge’ (2008) and ‘Iron Sky: The Original Film Soundtrack’ (2012). Laibach have once again ‘re-invented’ themselves into a newly born, yet polished and solid, formation. And, as is now customary, Laibach call into question all the rigid and cemented interpretations (and prejudices) about themselves, about their music, intent… Read more