Thursday, 30 October
"Blame it on the Ramones. After Deerhoof finished recording demos for La Isla Bonita this past February, they began rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Halfway through a run-through of a long-time Deerhoof live favorite, their cover of the Ramones classic "Pinhead," someone offhandedly asked, "Why don't we ever write a song like this?" So Greg quickly dashed off a song on a scrap of paper, showed it to the band, and they recorded the breakneck stomper "Exit Only" in one take. "And we suddenly realized," Greg says, "this is the whole thing, this is what the whole record is about! A little backg… Read more
Mordant Music surpass themselves again with this unearthed, alien gem by library composer Donald Fraser and British folk band, Steeleye Span, recorded in 1975. The 15 minute 'Locomotion' is a real ace, locked into a tunnel of glue-huffing krautrock groove suffused with the fumes of psychedelic folk and ritual drums. MM's DLR remix squashes the thing to a demented acid church-hall bogle sparked up with gremlin voices and mutant electronics beside a eerily detached, barely-there Ghost Train Version left to roil in the murk. Or, as MM put it: "Radiophonic folk in continual accelerando for Geof… Read more
**Includes download code + stickers** Chaz Bundick (Toto Y Moi) flirts with the 'floor on his debut album as Les Sins. 'Michael' follows a trio of slickly discofied 12"s for Daphni/Caribou's Jiaolong label with eleven tracks indebted to '90s filter house, sytnh-pop and almost Mo'wax style broken beats, all factored with his super keen pop and R&B sensibility. RIYL Falty DL, Four Tet, 100% Silk.
Superb electro-acoustic jazz session from Sähkö's Puu sublabel featuring the legendary Pekka Airaksinen (piano) plus Anton Nikkilä (electronics, guitar), Ari Salonen (bass), and Samuli Tanner (drums, electronics). The mention of Mr. Airiksinen should be ringing alarm bells for anyone aware of his Sperm output or those incredible, cryptic jazz slabs of the '70s/'80s and he's still an endearing presence here, vibing out on the ivories against the skronkiest, sharpest electronics and darting rhythmic calculations. Most importantly, Modern Feelings extrapolate a fresh sensation from well… Read more
*2014 remastered version of this 1997 Carl Craig classic on Planet E - Featuring the Maurizio - Domina Carl Craig remix which is not on the original pressing!* "Revolutionary art is determined...by how much it revolutionizes our thinking and imagination; overturning our preconceptions, bias and prejudice and inspiring us to change ourselves and the world." After a short introduction, "Televised Green Smoke" floats in on a haze, working through the classic blueprint of dance music -- the gradual addition of layered, complementary elements -- until it reaches a s… Read more
*Includes digital download code redeemable from the label* Fresh from his cover feature in The Wire magazine, Richard Dawson rises up from the bed of the River Tyne with a voice that crumbles and soars, steeped in age old balladry and finely-chiselled observations of the mundane. Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour at once charming and abrasive. His shambolically virtuosic guitar playing stumbles from music hall tune- smithery to spidery swatches of noise-colour, swathed in amp static and teetering on the edge of feedback. His songs are both chucklesome and tragic, rooted in a feb… Read more
Gorgeous, wistful kosmische and new age suite by Norm Chambers, the fella sometimes known as Jürgen Müller. Dialled in from the misty North West climes of Seattle, 'Pavilion' provides refreshingly clean, clear space for contemplation and mental drift; a warm and inviting place where time is slowed and stress is washed away. RIYL Emeralds, Iasos, Jo Johnson, Cluster.
**Includes the tracks RGB and Fall Apart as an instant download** **DELS' sophomore LP starring production by Micachu and Bonobo plus vocals from Tirza, Rosie Lowe, Kerry Leatham** "Kieren Gallear aka DELS returns with his second album, Petals Have Fallen, and makes the step up from potential contender to full scale champ. Delivering on the potential he displayed on his first album, GOB, DELS has developed his own unique take on hip hop – intensely personal and poetic but also funny, scuzzy, raw and sonically adventurous. All the elements were there with his first record, but no one could h… Read more
Ruggedly effective New York house styles from DJ Qu on his Strength Music Recordings. The A-side's 'Untitled (Hi-Life)' lends a surprising dash of colour to his usually stripped down styles, lacing his Afro-latin shuffle with a bold, lustrous lead synth melody bound to spark up any 'floor, whereas the B-side turns back the darkside with the gritty, hip-notising shuffle of 'Soma' and the ibnfectious, dirivng whirr of rhythm mechanics in 'Raw 7'.
*Limited Vinyl Edition, includes a copy of the CD free inside* This is the Fourth album by Swedish husband and wife duo Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin. Their first album in four years sees Wildbirds return lean, hungry and defiant . In returning to their roots they have discovered an unblinking directness, a taut muscularity honed from years of intensive live performance . For the first time, the pair wrote, recorded and produced everything in their own Stockholm studio “We wanted it to feel like a live experience. Almost every song is one take. We recorded standing in the same roo… Read more
Pacific Rhythms make a smart start with two trax by LNRDCROY backed with a Hashman Deejay dub and new Cloudface cut. Hotly-tipped Vancouverite Lnrdcroy plays sweet with an extended version of the dawning 'Sunrise Market', which first appeared on his 'Much Less Normal' album for 1080p, rubbing up next to the Levon Vincent-alike deep house/techno stride of 'Time Zone (Mix 2)'. On the flip, Hashman Deejay smudges vocals from Young Braised deeper into a hefty square bass groove by Memory Man, and Cloudface comes with the squashed acid burn of 'Panter Bleu'.
*Deluxe double vinyl Remastered and Expanded edition of Sextet, the ethereal yet rhythmic second album by Manchester postpunk funk group A Certain Ratio, originally released by Factory Records in January 1982*. Self-produced at Revolution Studio, Sextet saw the original Ratio quintet of Donald Johnson, Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop, Simon Topping and Peter Terrell joined by co-vocalist Martha ‘Tili’ Tilson. Written and recorded following a transformative sojourn in New York in late 1980, the album reflects Latin, samba and even jazz influences (eg Skipscada; Day One),… Read more
*Limited Red Vinyl pressing of this album that’s been out of print on vinyl for at least two decades, Soda Pop Rip off has been remastered by TJ Lipple* This pressing of the record has been done on red-colored vinyl and comes with a free digital download coupon for the 13 original album tracks plus the three songs from the What Kind of Monster Are You single. Formed in 1992, Slant 6 was Christina Billotte, Myra Power, and Marge Marshall. Prior to forming Slant 6, Billotte had played bass in Autoclave, who released a 7" single as a collaboration between Dischord and K Records and a post-humo… Read more
Brendon Moeller (BM), Clay Wilson (CW) and Certain Creatures get down on three pumping modular jams for New York's Styles Upon Styles. Born of a 2 hour session in the studio/gym, 'Spectrum' travels from the rugged thump and chaotic surface disturbances of 'Spectrum 1' thru fizzing late night jackin' zones in 'Spectrum 2' and finally to the juggernaut wormhole momentum of 'Spectrum 3', cut loud and effective at 45rpm across the B-side.
Two vintage cuts from Function's Synewave archive circa mid '90s, backed with a rolling, frisky Inland edit. A-side features the smooth techno-house swing and spaced-out pads of 'F3' and the robust, bleeping rolige of 'F4' from the 'F(Q): Function of Bandwidth' (1996) 12". B-side, Ed Davenport aka Inland gives a slippery rework of 'Shift F1' from the 'F(C ): Function of A Constant' 12", getting kinky with the skating 909 hi-hats and dub chord flux.
Raw, grainy deep house with Moon B and Coni reworks. The originals make for a fine debut by Moodcut, from the boogie-budged jack and eerie pads of 'late Night Ham' to the metallic funk tang of 'Stuck In Socks' and the sweet but gritty slam of 'Space Dub'. Moon B's rework of 'Late Night Ham' puts a deft, spaced out spin on it recalling NWAQ moments, and Coni gives 'Space Dub' a cleaner, streamlined rework.
'That Horn Track' from Bleep's 10 year compilation takes a seeing to from Marcel Dettmann. On the original Untold flashes his new fangled modular system in a knotted, chaotic tribute to Egyptian Empire's 'ardcore classic, which Dettmann duly straightens out for the techno 'floors with stone-cut kicks and combustible, discordant surface disturbances.
*Edition of 500 Copies, pressed on 180g clear vinyl, housed In a 350 gsm, 5 mm spine sleeve* "Limited reissue vinyl pressing of the eerie electronic score by composer Tim Krog, for the 1980 Ulli Lommel cult classic (DPP39 video nasty) The Boogey Man. Composer Tim Krog studied film scoring at UCLA and has created music for film, television, and radio but is probably best know for his work as the composer for The Boogey Man."
Rrose and Dino Sabatini rework Dave Huren and co's Teste techno classic 'The Wipe' for 2014. The Rrose version opens a headlong vortex of mind-swilling synth waves and shuffled drums recalibrating the original to a sexier schematic. Berlin-based Italian, Dino Sabatini switches up with a more fluidly proggy, stark-naked version swept with ghostly, siren-like pads.
**From proto-techno/electro to alien monophonic synth scapes: an incredible collection of eldritch DIY synth and electro-acoustic music circa 1970s by a little-known collaborator with The Beatles, Ivor Cutler, Ken Russell, the Goons… Don't sleep on this one!!!** Jonny Trunk speaks: "Welcome to the most excellent strange and unique world of Bruce Lacey. Aretist, musician, sage, shaman, inventor, film maker and all round British eccentric, Bruce has always followed his own mind, walking an instinctive path through life. Here, and for the first time, his improvi… Read more
*180 gram orange vinyl in a deluxe heavyweight tip-on gatefold jacket with satin coating. Includes an inserted 11” x 22” poster with artwork by Francesco Francavilla & Bonus Spooky Sound-FX Album* "This expanded double LP features over an hour of music that has been mastered for vinyl and supervised by the composer. For art duties, Waxwork brought on none other than the incredibly talented Francensco Francavilla (Afterlife With Archie, The Black Beetle). Francavilla has worked as an in-house artist for both Marvel and DC Comics, and has created the full LP packaging a… Read more
Bumpty Chi-house/disco splice job from some cat called Laurent on the Delroy Edwards-affiliated Gene's Liquor label. It's a while since we've heard this sound done so well, so gritty, with nuff verve and swerve in all the right places. The first cut's the best, full of reverse/forward edits, crispy claps and tricksy filtering to cream the crowd, whilst the other two come with mucky funk a la Shake, Sneak or Van Helden.
The Capital Children's Choir cover Florence + The Machine, Crystal Castles, and Spiritualized inside this Dinos Chapman designed and remixed set for The Vinyl Factory. Their original trio of tunes are the stuff that Trunk Records of 2060 will be made of. The remix is the most interesting thing here, transforming the kids' version of Crystal Castles' 'Untrust Us' into 12 minutes of fluttering vocal motifs and pulsing, serpentine techno.
Fatima Al Qadiri, Lit City's J-Cush, Nguzunguzu's Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda team bring their debut Future Brown single to land on Warp. Their presence has been felt on the scene for quite some time now, via inclusions in Visionist and Kode 9 mixes and much-hyped shows across the world. Their first physical offering is a worldly blend of trap, ballroom and grime with nods to global dancefloor diaspora, resulting in the low-lying bounce and chiming Far Eastern influences woven below Tink's and 3D Na'Tee in the original and remix of 'Wanna Party', and a fine stab at authentic … Read more
"Sharing social circles and spiritual ideologies with artists such as Iasos, Connie Demby and Deuter, whilst splitting label release schedules with Laraaji, Laurie Spiegel and Wendy Carlos, the unique Florida raised soulmate duo known as Emerald Web released their privately pressed albums at an axis where postprog rock met proto-new age and ambient electronic music. These tracks are taken from the second ever (and rarest) release by this early synthesiser duo consisting of husband and wife synthesists Kat Epple and the late Bob Stohl. ‘Whispered Visions’ is finally committed to vinyl t… Read more
**Outstanding '82 oddity out by the knowledge at Superior Viaduct. RIYL John Bender, The Shadow Ring, The Fall. Includes download code.** "Philip Johnson, a lost figure in the dark waters of early industrial music, self-released over 25 tapes starting in the late '70s. As a part of the "cassette culture" in the UK, he produced ethereal soundscapes, damaged electronics and undanceable drum patterns, along with homemade j-cards. For his first and only LP, 1982's Youth In Mourning, Johnson further refined his approach with mesmerizing audio collages and Mark-E-Smith-ian vocals to make… Read more
Thursday, 23 October
Listening to this latest album from Liz Harris’ Grouper project it’s easy to forget how much of a hard sell her music was back when 'Way Their Crept’ landed with us back in 2005. Her eerie, layered mix of bare vocals, guitar and tape delay didn't quite fit in with what anyone else was really doing on the scene back then - and it completely knocked us out even if no one was buying it. By the time her breakthrough ‘Dragging a Dead Deer…’ arrived on Type three years later she was more or less playing to a baying mob hungry for any little morsel she cared to throw their way, her (by now) more fleshed out … Read more
'Tomorrow Was the Golden Age' is an unmistakably gorgeous and refreshing suite of microtonal minimalist composition by New York-based ensemble, Bing & Ruth. Helmed by writer, conductor and lead pianist, David Moore, and supported by two upright bassists, two clarinetists, a cellist and a tape delay tech, Bing & Ruth genuinely sweep us off somewhere sublime without recourse to overblown conceit or cliche - something all too prevalent and cloying in today's neo-classical quarters. Their skill lies in the ability to drift, almost imperceptibly, between microtonal harmonies and si… Read more
The Hyperdub capo and his dread spar at their best on 'Killing Season' - their first joint release since 2011's 'Otherman'. Strikingly, it reveals The Space Ape at his most honest, both lyrically and aesthetically, with sparing use of effects and pitching sharpening his position over whipsmart drill snares and depth charge subs in 'Chasing A Beast', or eerily panned and centred around the coil groove and drones of 'Devil Is A Liar'. In 'Heart' he's heard lucid amidst recursive echoes and skittish hi-hat patter, whilst the beatless 'Pictures On The Wall' could almost be one of Le… Read more