Thursday, 23 May
*LP format comes on heavyweight vinyl with download codes redeemable from the label and features gorgeous artwork from original Pastels member Annabel Wright* "The Pastels return after 16 years, their first album proper since 1997s ‘Illuminations’; their collaborative works, ‘The Last Great Wilderness’ soundtrack / theatre commissions and the ‘Two Sunsets’ album with Tenniscoats keeping the band busy since then. ‘Slow Summits’ gathers on all these works but moves off in newer and older ways too, with its flowing montage of autumn instrumentals, pop songs, slowmotion build ups and suddenly op… Read more
'Teenage Color' is the debut EP by David Grellier's College, who is best known as the guy behind Drive OST's mighty anthem, 'A Real Hero'. It was first issued back in 2007/8 and should now find a very receptive new audience to its perfect synthesis of '80s American movie themes and pop culture. All five tracks are entirely instrumental and packed with the kind of nerve-tweaking melodies and adrenalising drum machines that gave you brainfreeze as a kid watching French/Japanese cartoons and John Hughes movies. It's only 17 minutes long, but we can clearly hear those classic hooks in germination, primed for canny DJs and lovers of the most romantic electro-pop.
Sterling debut stirrings from the Memories On Wax imprint courtesy of Downbeat's Jose Rico and his Chicago bro, Andres Ordonez aka Specter. Keeping the tempo gauge ticking no higher than 110bpm, Rico and Ordonez play out four tracks of stoned, serpentine slow house pushed by viscous bass and tempered with psychedelic deep house detail. A-side features the woozy chug and wheezy modulations of an 'Empty Wallet' and the debonaire, Claro Intellecto-styled square bass romance of 'We Live This Life'; B-side enters stranger sci-fi headspace with the rugged bump, orbiting synthlines … Read more
*Vinyl includes a copy of the CD free inside. This is the first ever retrospective of fabled band Rodion G.A., one of Romania’s best kept musical secrets of the last 30 years* "As a band, Rodion G.A. were a unique phenomenon in their homeland, operating in their own universe during a prolific period of recording from 1978 to 1984 at a time of significant political repression under the Ceausescu regime. Bandleader, Rodion Ladislau Rosca, was an enigma. As half-Hungarian, half-Romanian, he lived near the border in Cluj, a city with a healthy music culture which had spawned important prog rock… Read more
**White vinyl edition of 500 copies** " "After having released records on labels such as Locust, Drag City and John Fahey's Revenant, Richard Bishop's.... The Unrock Tapes... contains eight complete tracks, six of which are highlights taken from earlier tour CDrs that were released on micro-editions years ago. They have never been available on vinyl. Two completely new and unreleased songs make this album even more special. Bishops guitar playing skills contain a variety of influences. They could arouse the absurd impression that his work has something to do with what one would ca… Read more
Electric Minds deal a bobby dazzler from Move D backed with Endian, Jay Shepheard and Duff Disco remixes. The shuffling drum patter, late night bass and delicate hooks of 'To The Disco '77' cast us right back to Mr Moufang's classic Jazz and Detroit-inspired work circa 'Kunstoff' (1995), albeit with a well-toned rump ready for contemporary discos. Remixing, Jay Shepheard and Endian take 'Got 2 B' in stepping and deeper house excursions and Duff Disco does his slowhouse chug thing with 'Useless'.
*2013 reissue pressed on 180gm Virgin Vinyl, comes with a download code redeemable from the label* Julia Holter is one of the most singular artists we've encountered from the current groundswell of American indies. Leaving Records is possibly an unusual home for her latest, but then again, what's "usual" about Sun Araw, Matthewdavid or Dem Hunger? Her high concept fifth release, 'Tragedy' is based on the Ancient Greek play 'Hippolytus', and mixes elements of synth work with droning neo-classical strings, cloud-like ambience and dreamily surreal vocals, almost like an amalgam of Robe… Read more
Yung Delroy whips it proper with a highly anticipated follow up to his 'Heart & Soul' and '4 Club Use Only' bangers for L.I.E.S. On his 3rd 12" he lives up to an assumed role as ambassador for raw, kicking' old skool Chi-house house values with fervent relish. A-side he percolates the dusty, sticky zaps, claps and booty beats of 'White Owl' at an uncompromising 140bpm designed to really get the juices going, whilst on the B-side he nudges the tempo down for a tweakier, fruitier groove called 'The Fast Lane' and picks it up again with the gruff dancefloor grammar of 'Drop Dead' - another s… Read more
Thursday, 16 May
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**Limited to 500 copies only, pressed on white vinyl. Comes with a free download dropped into your account free of charge on Monday, 20th May** Public Information collect diverse reinterpretations of F.C. Judd's pioneering electronic music from Leyland Kirby, Pye Corner Audio, Chris Carter, Peter Rehberg, Bandshell, Ekoplekz, The Boats, Mordant Music, Holly Herndon and many more. The groundbreaking, experimental originals are chopped, sliced and refried into wonderfully abstract shapes in keeping with F.C. Judd's vision, ranging from instrument builder Ian Helliwell's fra… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Amazing return from Alex Zhang Hungtai's Dirty Beaches; a sprawling double header opus of labyrinthine darkwave pop, knackered electronics and chamber experiments. We're usually impressed by his work but this one is really something else, feeding forward the traces of dilapidated rockabilly, blues and garage that informed his brilliant 'Badlands' into a deeply captivating new sound more akin to Suicide, Andy Stott or Loren Connors. Crafted over the course of winter 2012 while living between Montreal and Berlin, it'… Read more
Infectious Afro-futuristix from the inimitable Portable, backed with Anthony Shakir and Kowton remixes. His original 'Albatross' is a deadly lesson to all the blandbag house swingers in the art of getting the f**k down, dealing the maddest mechanical kinks and zipping electronics topped with those ever intriguing vocals , no drops, no daft detuned vocals, just proper, hi-tech funk. Equally Kowton gets the vibe, tucking its tetchy itchiness into pressurised subs and rhythmelodic patter with a grimy, bittersweet flavour. And who better to complement that feeling than Anthony Shakir with his manic, banging B-side remix. 'Madmen' indeed!
Deft dancefloor excursions from Laurel Halo, instrumental all the way and taking inspiration from UK club gear, continental techno and digital dancehall. ‘Throw’ sounds like a Bok Bok production routed through Jammy’s studio circa ‘85, irie piano chords peeling off a grimy snare attack, all extraneous crenellations sanded off for maximum club impact. ‘Uhffo’ is on a kind of introspective, quasi-tropical house tip, daubed with glassbowl percussion and deep blue comedown synths; this wouldn’t have sounded out of a place on an Irdial B-side back in the day, and we mean that as a com… Read more
James Blake’s uncommissioned Harmonimix of ‘Changes’ finally gets an official release courtesy of Mala’s own Deep Medi, three years after it first started getting heard and turning heads at dances. It remains one of Blake’s most effective and affecting productions, sticking close to the trudging halfstep lean of the source material but placing most emphasis on the bombastic brass, strings and vocal samples that figure only as scene-setters in the original. What starts out as minimal, discombobulated dancehall, nudged along by eski drum clicks, swells to a rousing, quasi-symphonic,… Read more
Last heard on the celebrated 'Vision Of Estonia' album, PPU dig out two of Uku Kuut's 1995 recordings made during his years living in Santa Monica, California. Up top is the laidback instrumental summer jam 'I Feel Love'; flipside is a damn cut instrumental soul joint, 'Santa Monica Pier'. So good...
Pearson Sound shares four lean, moody and experimental riddims on his eponymous imprint. Up front he unleashes the strafing, darkside synthlines and fractured steppers flux of 'REM' and a daedly body swerve entitled 'Gridlock' laced with proper subbass pressure and almost Anthony Shakir-style percussive edits. Down town, 'Figment' figures Mr. Kennedy at his most reflective, jettisoning the beats in place of Popol Vuh-style chorales and piquant synth sparkle, and almost acting as an intro for the rugged, filtered 'ardcore tessellations of 'Crimson (Beat Ritual). Really strong twelve...
**White vinyl in clear poly sleeve** James Blake 'fesses up a steppin' dub and exclusive new tune on 1-800-Dinosaur - the new imprint coined by him and his manager, Dan Foat. His 'Voyeur (Dub)' cuts a sharp line for the 'floor with driving 4/4 rhythm and plush, dramatic harmonic rendering giving way to wobbly electro bass while streamling synthlines light up the sky crimson. The exclusive B-side, 'And Holy Ghost' affords room for Blake's more avant and experimental tendencies - those that we first fell for and which have since been pushed back in favour of pop ambition - dallyin… Read more
"Metro Detroit frisky/risky dreamer DJ Coyote Clean Up serves up a heart n’ hardbody emotional saga with 2 Hot 2 Wait, his deep-debut full-length on 100% Silk. Hot-under-the-collar horniness (a woman simply counts to three on “Zebra Go Seek” and you start to undress), headphone-house grain (the fuzzy gut-bump on “The Least U Could Feel” is like warm breath whispering in your ear), skrewed RnB Freestyle strip-hop (stuttery layers give hopeful, life-affirming energy to the lover-lost “Awesome Luv”) and out-of-time mash-ups (“Double Dip” is a memory overlapping, with a classic ’95 dial-ton… Read more
Notts stalwart Kamal Joory aka Geiom tweaks out the electroid funky flex of '2-4-6' for Brighton's Well Rounded Records, backed with a ruggedly sprung Desto remix. Voiced by Terrible Shock, the original plays out a sort of lean, uptempo UK bashment bubble seared with strobing synthlines for the MDMA crew. The Desto remix cooly resets the riddim to a sparse 808 step 'n roll with bumping subbass and spacious sound design.
**Available on vinyl for the first time - Deluxe triple vinyl pack, plus 15 track bonus CD and data CD with all tracks in 320 kbps MP3 and a short film** Malcolm Middleton comprises one half of Scottish misery legends Arab Strap. As alluded to in the title, he hit something of a low patch during Autumn/Winter 2001 and had to write some songs. These ended up being recorded as a 10 track acoustic album which Chemikal Underground later asked him to transform into something more. The result is his debut solo album ‘5:14 fluoxytine seagull alcohol john nicotine’, recorded with a little help from friends Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap), Jenny Reeve (Eva) and Barry Burns (Mogwai).
**Class 14-track collection documenting Lee Perry's influential times at West Indies Records Limited** "This period at WIRL saw some inspired work from Perry. 'Run For Cover' was another musical blow to a previous employer, Coxonne Dodd and featured the Sensations on backing vocals and Lynn Taitt's guitar picking skills. 'People Funny Boy' was a massive hit for Perry going on to sell over 60,000 copies. Joe Gibbs would be at the end of this musical attack. Perry had felt Joe Gibbs had turned his back on him, after he had provided hits for groups like, The Pioneers amongst others. The song w… Read more
"Limited edition pressing of classic King Tubby recordings from the vaults of Tamoki-Wambesi-Dove. Written arranged and produced by Roy Anthony Cousins and recorded between 1966 and 1979. Features a who's who of Reggae greats including Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Sly and Robbie, Ansell Collins, Earl Lindo, Tommy McCook, Prince Far I, I Roy and The Royals amongst many others. Tracklist: Water House Road Block / The Roots Prophet And The Mix / Balmagie Jam Rock / From Channel 1 To King Tubbys Studio / Curfew In Tower Hill / Pen Wood Road Gang War / Valrie Crown The King / Saturday Dub Cut … Read more
**50/50 black and transparent green wax housed in screen-printed jacket with download code redeemable from the label** NYC's Bangers & Ash showcase the split sonic personalities of Zach Cooper aka psyche-dub soul and jungle boy King Garbage, and kuxxan SUUM. In King Garbage mode he's a charming avant-soul character with a neat line in lo-fi croon a la a drugged up Jamie Lidell; as kuxxan SUUM its a very different matter, bombing in with the bashy, bass-weighted hip hop of 'Red Blambingo' and the cutthroat breakcore of 'BK Klang'.
Bullion debuts his strange soul duo Blludd Relations with Jesse Hackett (Gorillaz/Owiny Sigoma Band) on homebrewed label, Deek Recordings - also home to his Nautic trio with Young Turks' Tic and Blue Roses' Laura Groves. It's a very welcome entry from one of our favourite UK pop-and-soul-smiths, blending those falsetto vocals which have become increasingly prevalent over the last few years with a rich palette of instrumentation and subtle studio chicanery in a breezy meeting of balearic pop, dub, and electronics. Comparisons bear up with everyone from Junior Boys in the blissful blu… Read more
**Includes ace Bullion and Factory Floor remixes** R&S's finest pop-wise signing charm again with the melancholic lilt of 'California Analog Dream'. Dreamily forlorn vocals and soft-edged indie chimes come off like James Blake with a backing band and a thing for Talk Talk. Remix appointments are ever incisive, selecting Bullion for a more frayed and 'floor friendly yet mellow remix beside Factory Floor's hypnotic, acid-quirked industrial-lite reduction.
A dream meeting of legendary Lagosian drummer Tony Allen and Detroit/Chicago maverick, Theo Parrish for Theo's own new imprint - Wildheart Recordings. After meeting up at RBMA sessions in Toronto and London, and later at the Honest Jon's Chop Up shows, the celebrated artists forged a bond which extended to the studio and resulted in these two soul-nourishing grooves vocalled by Sound Signature celeb Andrew Ashong and Eska Mtungwazi (Matthew Herbert Big Band/New Sector Movements) and anchored by The Invisible's bass player David Okumu. On A-side Theo's soft keys and Es… Read more
**An absolute charm from emergent French pop miss, Lisbonne, joined by Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier on the B-side**
**Jim Jarmusch, Carter Logan, and Shane Stoneback's debut as Sqürl. Deluxe, hand-numbered picture disc edition of 1000 (500 for Europe). Includes photo postcard art taken from Luc Sante's Folk Photography book and download code redeemable from the label** "* SQÜRL is an enthusiastically marginal rock band from New York City who like big drums and broken guitars, cassette recorders, loops, feedback, sad country songs, molten stoner core, chopped and screwed hip-hop, imaginary movie scores…SQÜRL began in 2009 when Jim and Carter teamed with producer/engineer Shane to record some original music for the film … Read more
Mark Ernestus' fruitful relationship with Senegalese group Jeri-Jeri rolls out a fifth 12" of infectious "talking drum" rhythms, this one voiced by the legendary Baaba Maal, and starring famous griot, chief drum major, Doudou Ndiaye Rose. A-side features the fluid hip slink of lathered drums on 'Gawlo' featuring emotive vocal from Baaba Maal knit with tidiest guitar licks, plus Ernestus' sensitively dubbed version. B-side barrels out with the hi-tempo bounce of 'Lignou Mome', and dazzles with the flurried percussions of 'Ndeye Gueye' featuring master drummer, Doudou Ndiaye Rose - total gold for any drum fetishists.
Sweetly mystical steppers dubs of Om's 'Adviatic Songs' from Alpha & Omega. Spectral traces of the original vocal and guitar licks are propelled by massively swollen subs in two heaving dub version, one vocal, one strickly in dub.
Niche with a Reese bassline? Yes please! Royal T goes large with extra sweet 'n sour synth sauce on his 2nd single for Rinse Recordings. Up top is the club-slaying speed garage rhythms and darkside Reese bass drops of 'I Know You Want Me', and flipside comes with the trapped out lean of 'Koopa Shell', plus the wicked and wild 'Saints' featuring grime hero, D.O.K.