Thursday, 14 May
**Includes 12" x 12" insert of Function's mug** Ostgut Ton serve the 2nd of two exclusive collections spawned from Function's Berghain 07 mix. Cassegrain and Tin Man cut first with sub-aquatic acid stride of 'Oxide', and Ed Davenport's Inland coolly conserves energy with the effortless acid techno charge of 'Sca Fell'. On the other side, DVS1 rolls out the tensile dub techno of 'Electric', and Steve Bicknell sounds more like we remember him with the modular lashes and driving force of 'Odyssey #2' (the first being found on the other plate).
A touch of mittel European house klasse from Phillip Lauer on his very satisfying 2nd solo LP. Well known for his collaborative spirit - he's just appeared on Sotofett's latest double pack and regularly contributes to the Arto Mwambe and Tuff City Kids duos - Lauer carries an open-ended but singular aesthetic into his solo work with a spectrum of nocturnal, neon dance tones steeped in late '80s dance music. The tracks on 'Borndom' sound expensive, reeking of sophisticated excess. They rarely peer over the 120bpm barrier, tending towards that mid-tempo swagger and cusp-of-acid house romance between the… Read more
Brothers 008 teams up Lakker's Eomac with Rory St. John, and JoeFarr with Witch for a crafty pair of bosh-offs. On the adroit A-side ace, 'Crack and Chop', Eomac and St. John conduct pendulous garage-techno functions with the itchiest hi-hats and glottal groove punctuation at 140bpm. On the turn, JoeFarr and Witch offer the rail-gunning techno attacker, 'Perihelion'.
Lydia Lunch's notorious 1990 recording, 'Conspiracy of Women' is given the rissue treatment by Nico Jaar's Other People boutique, augmented with a new remix/remaster of her 'American Invasion' hook-up with To Live And Shave in LA's Weasel Walter. In a nutshell, the No wave queen really lets off some steam, 50 minutes of stream-of-consciousness rants breaking down to 'I Just Got Back From LA' on the A-side, and 'Why, Why Was I Born An American' on the B-side. It's raw, unadulterated Lunch regurgitated for your shock and awe.
Steve Rachmad rides the rhythm for Luke Slater's Mote Evolver. Four tracky cuts, at best in the molten metallic funk of 'Stroke 1' and a sparking jack attack, 'Stroke 4'.
Lo-fi beats on the downlow from Shlohmo for True Panther Sounds. Sounding closer to Vessel's exfoliated industrialisms than most in his scene, 'Emerge From Smoke is a blackened and moody thing riding with whipcrack snares and Carpenter-esque synth bass perfect for cruising the city at night.
Brooding dubstep/bass mutations from the Tempa regular. Four tracks stretch out between Reese-loaded darkside 2-step, Burial style, with 'Closed Doors', to woodblock built steppers' house in 'Empty Room', and over into bellicose grime with '99' Aachen' featuring 9ER, and clocking out with a canny tribal house swagger in 'Voodoo Native'.
Parisian label, Clek Clek Boom keep the dance out there with NSDOS' trippy 'Female Guest List' EP. Triangulating a sound between European techno, Detroit house and trim electro atmospheres, yet somehow sidestepping between each, they drift between dreamy electro-tones in Christine +2' thru the mellow minimalist patter of 'Yuko' and ambient 'Dona J Haraway', to the full sunken house party vibes of 'Eliane' and crack'd ambient house of 'Fa'.
Lockjaw on a tear-out neo-D&B lash for Dispatch Recordings' Limited series, 10" dubplate style. Like the sprightly yunger sibling of Rockwell and Current Value, both sides fashion ripping synth dynamics, bleak drops and razor-edged beats for the headstrong.
Kano's Bigger Picture Music slung out this Rustie-produced tune for RSD. Over naughty hair metal guitar chops and drums Kano welcomes you to the jungle. Instrumental on the flip.
Ilyas Ahmed really finds his voice in th captivating songs of 'I Am All Your Own', his first solo album since 'With Endless Fire' (2012). Rather than his usual instrumental arrangements, or the wordless poems of his Visitor duo-mate, Liz Harris a.k.a. Grouper, the Ahmed's dreamy, folk-tinged vocals are front and centre against wide, plush backdrops of his multi-tracked acoustic and electric strings blown out like some Fripp & Eno or Lawrence English composition. "Written and recorded entirely on 12-string and electric guitars, I Am All Your Own was recorded using a 4-track cassette re… Read more
Choice reissue of Vincent Floyd's sublime Dance Mania joint, 'I Dream You' (1991). Worth it for the angelic synth voices and candy-sprinkled keys of the gorgeosu title track alone.
"Following their groundbreaking collaboration with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, 'Comme à la Radio', Areski and Brigitte Fontaine began recording almost exclusively together as a duo. Originally released in 1973, Je Ne Connais Pas Cet Homme is their first record billed under both names. Deeply rooted in North African and European folk traditions, the album features evocative vignettes with breezy vocals and minimal accompaniment of classical guitar, strings and woodwinds. As always, there is a mercurial quality to their lyrics. The title track (translated … Read more
Pure dread dub weight from Kaiju, steppin' up to Deep Medi after shots for Osiris and Ruffcut. A-side is swaggering halfstep standard with piping flutes and swinging nut-crack snares to leave you bruised and bowling. The ten minute B-side is the one for us; 'Creeper' eases off to come up darker, stronger with swollen subs and rufige breaks trimmed for that stepping-on-air dancefloor ballistics bound to trip some up, and launch others into orbit, moving thru multiple sections with visionary dancefloor arrangement.
*Translucent Red vinyl housed inside a 425 reverse board sleeve with spot varnish and obi strip - Includes an exclusive lobby card* Yet another soundtrack from the video nasty age. Corrupting your mind this time is Alessandro Alessandroni’s score to Giulio Berruti’s nunsploitation classic Killer Nun (aka Suor Omicidi). Anita Ekberg stars as Sister Gertrude, a member of the sisterhood who explores homosexuality and drug addiction while shocking her little town. But while she’s undoubtedly deranged, is she guilty of murder Like the film, Alessandroni’s musical score is a strange… Read more
Truss churns out three chunks of industrial techno grot for Perc Trax. His first release in this guise since 2012, 'Kymin Lea' does rusted electro rhythms and bleached-sky pads across the A-side, with a surprisingly sentimental tenderness to be found in his steely structures, whereas flipside, 'Clawdd D' trades in beligerant, discordant UK techno, and 'Wyefield' gets off on a spooked South Western techno bang à la Polygon Window.
*White vinyl* Overly greazy boogie smuts from the UK's Trip City label/club-night. Keys in the pot.
Bonehead acid techno and tight EBM techno bangerzzz from Cardpusher and Joefarr. jack-off all styles, Cardopusher hits hard with the 303 tweaks and bucking kicks of 'Mindwarp' and more stylish with the Dave Clarke-ready pump of 'Street jack'. JoeFarr gives the former a techier, grittier remixing on the flip.
**Now available on vinyl** Although all these songs were written between 1968 and 1975, Alicia B. Laurel only got around to recording them in 2000. Laurel is probably best known for having written Living On The Earth (the book from which this album draws its title), a key text in America's 'back-to-the-land' movement of the '60s and '70s. If that background information makes this sound a bit heavy on the hippie vibes, well it should. Laurel's lyrics are unreservedly geared toward celebrating nature, the elements and similarly good-natured concerns. What sets Laurel a… Read more
**Hand-stamped white label** Capracara makes Raf Rundell and Joe Goddard's The 2 Bears sound good. The disco-pop of 'Not This Time' is lifted from 'The Night Is Young' album and dressed up in tighter fitting Jersey house swing vibes.
Untold's Hemlock label present Brood Ma's haunting post-IDM album, 'Populous' on wax after a 2014 digital release via Quantum Natives. Perhaps best summed up as "A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt", Broodma's debut feels like surfing the net with a cranky connection and too many tabs open, as fractious elements stutter and spurt on the brink of beach-balling your brain. We can hear likenesses with Evian Christ's forward hip hop tilt, the sweeping dynamics of TCF, and scramble of patten but, there's a more fried and abstract logic at play that threads i… Read more
**Remastered reissue of primest post-punk, includes the brilliant slow disco move, 'Saving Grace', plus a two-sided newprint insert with never-before-seen photos, interview and liner notes** "Thomas Leer is an innovative electronic musician who was born in Port Glasgow, Scotland. He began singing for a local band at age 13, and was writing his own music by 18. By 1977, he had moved to London, where he fronted Pressure, a Clash-esque punk group with fellow experimental Scottish musician Robert Rental. After hearing Kraftwerk, Leer became interested in synthesizers – not long after, he was … Read more
Heady tribal house patter from Antinote's MVP. The results of his 'Pure Ground Research' sound like the barefoot travels of a free spirit circa 1990 in Goa, wandering from the sub-tropical panpipe visions and rolling trance-house of 'Tone Loc' to the lathered digital suncream of 'Minus Jam' and chiming tones of 'Box of Exotica' seducing us to a humid proto-trance sound strafed by a multitude of worldly voices, to settle at the balmy bob of 'Green Resident' and its melting harmonics. For those who long for simpler times and warmer climes…
From unknown to XL entity in the space of two records, Shamir's success story is being quickly written to catch up with his debut LP, 'Ratchet'. Hailing from Las Vegas and in possession of the sweetest, playful soul voice, Shamir Bailey debuted in 2014 with a unique treat in 'Northtown' produced by Nick Sylvester for the Godmode label. Working again with Sylvester for 'Ratchet', Shamir posits himself as a nu-skool disco-not-disco prince, backed with a selection of largely uptempo and light-footed grooves perfectly suited to his effortless, flighty tone. It's a summer record through-and-through, from … Read more
**180g wax with art inserts** Red-lining techno ripper and acid dub from Berlin's EMG for the Berceuse Heroique juggernaut. 'Reaction' holds its ground on the A-side with surging kicks and body-swilling 303s stabbed up with samples and soused in EMG's patented distortion. Pure panic mode techno. B-side, 'Exosphere' goes all zombied acid dub with bone-cold effect, beside the bestial house grind ov 'Animal'. A riot.
Nick Edwards a.k.a. Ekoplekz explicitly pays homage to his formative influences with 'Reflekzionz' - kosmisch electronics and '90s electronica - on his 3rd LP for Planet Mu. Radiophonics references are swapped for a reverie of early AFX, Autechre and Wolfgang Voigt, among others, filtered thru his grubby dub lense to slot grittily with his previous. And, rather than bleached out tones, 'Reflekzionz' is fringed with a faded colour scheme psychedelically reflected in Zeke Clough's dreamlike sleeve artwork, creating a sort of false-memory implant aesthetic that frames his sound like a polaroid recollection of the originals.
Druggy breakbeat disco and blunted house trax from the mind of Germany's Benedikt Frey. Rolling out with the avian synth flutters and feathered acid breaks of 'SH Birds', the session turns gloomy with the slower heart-rate and sullen pads of 'Signals', and stays moody thru the New Beat-style trudge of 'Mind The Gap', and a class Kassem Mosse-like disco squash of 'Good Night Houston'.
*Edition of 375 copies - Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label - Features Ken Camden, who has two solo releases on Kranky, alongside members of Slint, Angel Olsen’s live band* "I first came to know of Implodes when my old pal and founding member Matt Jencik sent me a link to check out their original demo a few years ago. The lush forest of fuzz, reverb, and delay was something I was immediately drawn to, and it’s been wonderful watching them evolve as a band through their two full-length releases with Kranky Records, Black Earth in 2011 and Recurring Dream in 2013. In 201… Read more
"Jim O’Rourke is ready to talk to you again with his first pop album since 2001. ‘Simple Songs’ is an amazing record of musical song entertainment because Jim O’Rourke knows what he wants and how to get it. The range of sounds and songs that have turned Jim’s head are numerous enough to have crushed together into something that is unmistakably his. The music is played so immaculately by so many instruments and most of them by the creator’s hand. ‘Simple Songs’ was worked over, from source material to finished mix, for five years or more now. Jim’s writing is rooted in the approach of ‘Insi… Read more