Thursday, 18 December
1000 Names take flight from their hip hop and boogie-oriented style to more diverse zones of broken beat and house on 'Migration Pads'. It's not a wholesale switch, but more a natural progression to explore the roots and branches connected to the sound, resulting some deeper dancefloor potential in the Fantastic Mr Fox-alike 'The Caravan' or the knackered, synthi boogie of 'Streets' alongside dope slow/fast percolations in 'Radar Orgazm' and the ruder bounce of 'Another Beaten Sunday'.
Klasse Recordings boss Luca Lozano follows his Optimo Trax session with a trio of rugged early techno-house emulations backed with divine DJ Fett Burger remix. There's a certain turn-of-the'90s vibe to Luca's originals, from the pumping Dance Mania flava and gritty drums of 'Mister Right Now', thru the sub-loaded and killer early hardcore/Belgian rave vibes of 'Come With Me', to the whirring, jacking R&S psychedelia of 'The Afterworld'. DJ Fett Burger's Orgonitt Meme Deep mix is icing on the cake, taking the vibe of 'The Afterworld' to New York City circa 1991 with big ol' Nu Groove-style B-line and drusm wrapped up with mad samples chatter and lush chords. TIPPED!
**180g vinyl. Hand-numbered edition of 300** Double shot of deep and delirious house experiments from John Swing, EMG and Battista aka SPS. Their 2nd team joint flings farther into the jackin' zone with a pumping, swinging machine groove built from wriggly rimshots and filtered disco loops smudged with the fudgiest funk in the 'Conscio Mix'; B-side they scramble the senses with a dub-doused 'Inconscio Mix' spinning out into gyroscopic house space before finding its footing in a crumbling, dissolving groove taking the madness to its ultimate conclusion. Off it.
Watch yer facking bon bons, Luke Vibert aka Amen Andrews back in the dance on Falty DL's Blueberry Records. Let us scroll back 11 years to 2003 and Vibert's 5 volume Amen Andrews series was a staple on wayward floors, taking his seminal Plug sound to rugged IDM and jungle dances. Fast-fwd 2014, Falty DL has teased out a four new AA cuts, brukking between the natty funk of 'Automatic Truth' and the Valve-style blowout 'Amotherfucker' via pastoral braindance rave with 'Amen HQ' and nutty 'ardcore rufige in 'News Of The World'.
Solid longform 2-tracker from Floating Points to seal off the year. 'Nuits Sonores' is great - nice to hear Sam Shepherd edging away from the coffee table for a mooch round moodier environs, delivering a 12-minute number that sounds like a smudged Paperclip People tangling with a bit of jazzzz as it builds. 'Nectarines' is again kinda indebted to classic Carl Craig and Main Street productions, although that floaty vocal towards the end is p'rraps a little too smooth. Still, his best for a while.
UTTU's king swinger takes to Creme with four cuts of jacking old skool style garage-house. DJ Haus' first foray beyond his own labels gives up some of his dopest material bestween the laidback swing and perc of 'Wurk It Gurl', the bumpty budge of 'Little Pieces' and the Essex-meets-Donkaster-via-Leiden pump of 'Feel The Powder' (track title of the year, anyone? OK just me, then).
**Includes hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** V-o-D offer to soundtrack your nightmares with 'Blockader', a collection of previously unreleased nether scapes by Chris Connolly (Fini Tribe, Ministry, Revolting Cocks). The label and artist attribute a rough time-line of 1983-88 to these anti-music recordings, made in a damp rehearsal space and on grey concrete council estate in Edinburgh and subsequently Chicago, and only recently discovered in the extensive tape collection of V-O-D's Frank Maier. To give them some context, Chris was a an avid fan of the industrial scene and later … Read more
Romare returns with the 'floor-friendly follow-up to his much loved pair of EPs. 'Roots' carves out a blunted, bluesy house swagger from murky filter tricks and swinging, Afro-centric drums with a style reminding of La Funk Mob and all that dope '90s gear from Paris; 'Pusherman' cuts a moodier, slower figure with sluggish drums and blunted vocals in a noirish, jazzy hip hop style.
**Bat-shit crazy art rock blast recorded in 1975, first released in 1981, now reissued** "Following their legendary punk-as-ever Agitated single, electric eels released their second posthumous single, Spin Age Blasters / Bunnies, on Mustard Records in 1981. Recorded in 1975 and taking the band's free-form jazz and art rock alliances to dizzying extreme, the twin-guitar swirl of "Spin Age Blasters" sounds like Trout Mask Replica on paint fumes, while "Bunnies" features Dave E.'s relaxing Bob-Ross-like vocals and frantic clarinet bursts à la Roscoe Mitchell. This first-time vi… Read more
Nick Sigsworth heads much farther out under his 4th Klaus 12" - the 3rd on his Tanum label. If James Blake starting listening to lots of vintage Pole and Basinski, his work may sound like these three tracks; fanning out from the deliciously textured crackle and ghostly string apparitions in the elliptic, loping loops of 'Tele' on top, to the strung-out, breathy washes and lone bass reminding of Rainer Veil in 'Delta', and the middle-distance, aleatoric crunch of 'Luc'.
"The Invisible Hands is a transcontinental collaboration between Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls) and four stellar young musicians from Cairo, Egypt: Cherif El Masri, Aya Hemeda (both formerly of the popular Egyptian group Eskenderella), Adham Zidan and Magued Nagati. On Teslam, The Invisible Hands expand the already panoramic range of their eponymous debut LP with a haunting set of melodic, impeccably crafted songs whose vintage psych/hard-rock edge conjures up early Alice Cooper almost as often as it recalls Sun City Girls and 20th-century icons like Ennio Morricone and Serge… Read more
When first released in 1981, the chief debate surrounding 'The Ascension' ran, is this a rock band performing classical pieces, or an experimental ensemble tackling rock music? One thing the critics did all agree on, however, was the sheer awesome power of Branca and his band. These days it's hard to hear Branca without thinking of Sonic Youth ˆ Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo both served tours of duty in Branca's guitar armies - but the main critical reference points in 1981 were the repetetive minimalism of Philip Glass and Steve Reich on the one hand, the "hard rock" of The Ramones on t… Read more
Sweeping harmonic weather systems and shoe-gazing folk from Secret Pyramid. First issued on cassette in 2011 by Canada's Nice-Up International, 'The Silent March' is now pressed to vinyl and finds a suitable home amidst Students of Decay's like-minded roster of ambient noise boundary pushers. "Critics have compared his sound to the more blasted entries in the Popul Vuh catalog and to Flying Saucer Attack’s cherished fuzz devotionals, and indeed Abbey’s reverb-drenched songforms and titanic edifices of drone do feel at times as though they’ve been cut from the same cloth. Abbey weaves… Read more
Heads-down in the dance with four brooding breakbeat and ambient garage figures from Synkro for Apollo. 'Someone' tugs on the heart-strings with solemn arrangement of sweeping pads and Toasty-style breakbeats; the ghostly 'Transient' flits around Burial and dBridge-style late romance; 'Contact' slips into something more comfortable with silky dowsntrokes and a vocal reminding of Steve Spacek; 'Falling' nods to mid '00s electronica with a poised blend of Ulrich Schnauss and Arovane-esque motifs anchored by a minimalist UK groove.
Frank Maier at V-O-D reanimates the wonderfully freakish pop output of Val Denham and co's The Death & Beauty Foundation with the 32-song collection 'We Are Young & Stupid'. While a couple of couple of CD compilations have had a good stab at collecting the group's output, you can safely consider this thee definitive collection, highlighting various tracks from 'The Darlington Tapes', recorded by Val Denham and Andrew McKenzie (ov The Hafler Trio) in 1982, plus their eponymous cassette album from 1986 together with stacks of early/unfinished and rehearsal recording… Read more
Carl Craig provides a smart re-model of Caribou's ubiquitous title, lending a more satisfying balance of brooding groove, radiophonical electronics and wry vocal processing backed with Caribou's original, jiggling shake-down, 'Mars', taken fromt he 'Our Love' album.
*Strictly Limited Black Label Edition of this Actress twelve - a handful of copies available again* 'Grey Over Blue' is a freehand sketch of depressed drum machine ticks awash with crushed, Caretaker-esque classical string motifs and disintegrating keys; the sound of crumbling old buildings choked by city fumes and soaked in the city's anxieties. B-side 'Wee Bey' comes off like Terrence Dixon doing Shangaan Electro on tar and dust clogged machinery, a viscous mix of pelting, undulating bass patterns offset with trickling rhythmelodies in a ganja-fogged headspace. In a class of its own.
Thursday, 11 December
**Heavy, rigid boxset containing 4LPs + 7", 40-page history of Vice Versa and Neutron Records, a metal badge and a paper synth kit called 'nowsoc78'. Edition of 600 with hand-numbered certificate** 'Electrogenesis 1978-1980' is a brilliant and comprehensive survey of Sheffield's proto-ABC group, Vice Versa. Comprising demo versions, live recordings, both of their 7"s, and the '8 Aspects Of' cassette pressed to vinyl for the first time, it sums up a "bizarre trio who show occasional flashes of promise, but whose pretentiousness becomes quite tiresome", according to an… Read more
*Free Shipping in the UK* *Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain Denmark, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. If you are in another country please contact us for postage costs* **Gargantuan boxset (this thing weighs over 4KG!) containing nine individual titles split over 13 x LPs, 3 x 7"s, with colour jackets, inserts, photographs, and numbered certificates. A genuine wealth of '80's avant-garde and industrial knowledge and music in this - In catalogue order, it in… Read more
**Mindblowing 2LP + 7" set with 16-page booklet spelling out the group's history with photos and notes by Tristan Koreya** Jeez, get yer head around this invaluable collection of French psych juices from Vox Populi!, collated and reissued by the peerless V-o-D. Like many other late-comers to their sound, it was Spencer Clark ov The Skaters's reissue of 'Half Dead Ganja Music' LP in 2013 that first alerted us to Vox Populi!'s otherworldly charms. This 2LP set, comprising 29 tracks from various records released 1983-88, plus 'Myscitismes' in its entirety hugely… Read more
**A hauntingly spirited minimal/progressive/new age classic from 1978. Silver and gloss varnish-printed jacket. Includes liner notes by the author and Kieran Hebden. Mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi. Edition of 400** "At long last, Die Schachtel relents and yields Lino Capra Vaccina's immense 'Antico Adagio' opus in two parts, available on LP and CD this week. Antico Adagio was originally intended to be a double album, but was eventually scaled back to a single disc, self-released by the author in 1978; and thanks to the breadth and scope of Die Schachtel's excavations, the second unrel… Read more
**Farther, previously unreleased minimal / progressive material from the original 1978 'Antico Adagio' sessions, released here for the first time. Includes liner notes by the author and Kieran Hebden. Mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi. Edition of 400** "At long last, Die Schachtel relents and yields Lino Capra Vaccina's immense 'Antico Adagio' opus in two parts, available on LP and CD this week. Antico Adagio was originally intended to be a double album, but was eventually scaled back to a single disc, self-released by the author in 1978; and thanks to the breadth and scope … Read more
**Edition of 300 includes download code** Blackest Ever Black part the curtains to reveal Tarcar's compelling debut of "shut-in dub dysfunction" at the closing strokes of 2014. Sealing the label's most prolific year to date on a particularly evocative note, 'Mince Glace' dwells in the nether regions of the echoplex, dreaming of creaky psych dub from AC Marias to Leven Signs and peddling sozzled, spectral organs for reclined minds. Vascilating between bombed-out and spiked-up vibes, it's a superb showcase for Carla dal Forno and Tarquin Manek's wayward tastes, proving equally effective in the amor… Read more
David Holmes presents his sombre soundtrack to '71, a new feature film by Yann Demange set at the height of the troubles in Northern ireland. Following discussions with the director, Holmes wrote the entire soundtrack - presented here as a seamless 30 minute suite - before a single scene had been shot, preferring to draw upon his own experience of life in Belfast and follow the precedents of Ennio Morricone and Sergio Leone, who also worked with a similar method of writing the music before shooting. The mood is almost painfully tense and overcast throughout, making nods to John … Read more
Perc Trax mark a decade of operations in typically direct fashion with four trax from Happa, Forward Strategy Group and more. The levesl are set with FSG's pent, monotone roller 'Dragon's Tooth', and soon enough we're staring down the gob of Happa's combustible stepper, 'To Die Hating Them' and its Caustic Window-style blow out. B-side, Martyn Hare runs amok with the lashing synths and drop-forge kicks of 'The New Normal', Mick Finesse & Pinion get lost on a breakbeat churner, 'Dead Boyfriend Alley'.
The boss and his boys, Sawf, Truss and Drvg Cvlvtre ride out the 2nd of two 12"s marking a decade of Perc Trax in the field. Perc takes poel position with the lamping kick drum force of 'Hyperlink' and Sawf does that patented shuffle with the irresistible, uncompromising torque of 'Goves'. Truss cracks a can of noisy whoop-ass for the harder heads, and Drvg Cvltvre lends some mittel European poise with the acid bomb, '(I Don't Want To Die In) James Franco's House'.
James Blake channels Prince on the title cut, actually much better then we could have imagined - nice production touches n'all. '200 Pressure' delivers micro-boogie styles riding massive detuned synths, while on the 7", 'Building It Still' feels like it might go a bit, you know, softy walter at any moment but just about keeps it together. The closing, minute long 'Words That We Both Know' sounds like Position Normal having a chinwag with London Grammer...??. All in all, a solid EP, nice to see JB with a bit more of a stiff upper lip.
*Music, happenings, and modern psychedelic atmospherics from the streets of South East Asia, new on Sublime Frequencies. Recorded by Jesse Paul Miller on location in Southeast Asia, this limited LP edition comes in a full-color tip-on jacket with a two-sided insert* "This limited edition LP includes street and folk music, situational ambience, radio excerpts, and psychedelic atmospheres from Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. If one wanders the streets of Southeast Asia, they w… Read more
Alter return with this album of brilliantly unclassifiable doings by London-based enigma D. Shan, aided and abetted by Vindicatrix and D. Bolger (ov The Pheromoans / The Bomber Jackets). In our mental chart of madness from these shores in 2014, this one is right up there, expanding upon the audness of his 'Known Nonsense' 7" with a further delineation and deconstruction of eldritch avant-pop tropes. Comparisons could be made with Art Bears, the Cold Storage scene, The Residents and Ralph Records roster, but ultimately Acolytes are a unique quantity.