Thursday, 11 September
Lil Silva reveals his tender underbelly alongside label-mate Banks in the romantic, modern blues of the 'Mabel' EP. Moving much closer to the sound of former collaborator Sampha, the London-based producer balances rhythmic weight with emotional impact in five tracks contrasting metallic halfstep and house flux with heart-swelling trance chords on 'First Mark' or naked, vaulted vocal harmonies in 'Kimmy' and its sister-piece, the bittersweet slide guitar-infused soul surge of 'Don't You Love' with Banks. The title track is best, suspending his vocals in the chromatic ether over a sumptuous, swingi… Read more
Bolder new styles from Will Saul aka Close, and Second Storey fka Al Tourettes, backed up with remix by Seven Davis Jr. 'No Love Lost' is a surprise deviation into different tempos than usual for Aus Music, tackling a sort of dreamy post-punk pop and halfstep D&B hybrid in 'No Love Lost' featuring Morcheeba-like vox by Kid A, plus instrumental, slo-mo electronica in 'Lacuna Slide', and techier swing moves in 'WAL'. Seven Davis Jr provides some relief for spun-out house heads with a more conventional, uptempo house rework of 'No Love Lost'.
“For his sophomore album as Baths Pitchfork hailed it as a “subversive work that gets uncomfortably close to pop, confronting closed minds with what they don’t want to believe.” Think of this Anticon EP, 'Ocean Death', as a companion piece—the Dia De Los Muertos to Obsidian’s Halloween. It’s title and the eponymous opening track existed before a single note of 2010’s Cerulean had been recorded. Darker in tone, they were always targeted for a sophomore album, but wound up a different cut of gem. Just five songs and a shade over 20 minutes, the idea was to avoid over-thinking. Songs were perfected n… Read more
**Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label - Sleepy ambient/shoegaze on the new album from Christopher Willits** ""For years, I’ve imagined the work I do in music, photography, video/film, immersive audio and meditation all coming into one space," says music-art guru Christopher Willits from his home in San Francisco. It's an ambition that seems especially befitting of a worldly polymath like Willits. "Sound and light can transform and inspire our imaginations," he continues. "It can be used as a tool to awaken our consciousness." And that is exactly what he has set out to do wi… Read more
Matthew Herbert turns out four lop-sided house grooves on 'Part Seven' of his revived vinyl series. The EP ranges from percolating, wooden drums and breezy vocals of Hejira's Rahel in 'Bumps' to the hydraulic house swing of 'Suckers' on the A-side, to a tuff but quirky techno chug reminding of Wolfgang Voigt in 'Pretty Daddy', and daft, loopy funk on 'Get Strong'.
**Includes the full album on CD inside the sleeve** "The so called "Krautrock Guerilla" is back! After touring the world for two years the Berlin threesome CAMERA recorded twelve new songs: Motorik-driven, energetic stretches laced with psychedelic overtones rise up from keyboards, drums and guitars. Hypnotic beats. Shimmering elegance, forceful bursts of garage rock, a gentle flow, spherical flight. All on CAMERA's new album "Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide"."
Shapednoise wrenches out some of his most powerful constructions for Russian Torrent Versions. The yung Italian producer takes no prisoners during a four track bombardment, obliterating the senses with the roiling truth of 'The Existence Of A Vital Reality', before systematically putting the boot in with bone-grinding force on 'Phase'. Flip her over for a proper mean streak of collapsing techno in 'Illumination', and the throttling intensity of 'Distorted Vision'.
**Includes the full album on CD plus a bonus track and Sagat remix** Submerged leftfield electronica from Bernardo Risquez (Venezuela) and Michael Langeder (Austria) aka Different Fountains for Belgium's Meakusma label. 'Shrimp That Sleeps' plays out a hazy suite of songs sounding something like a stoned, underwater To Rococo Rot, meeting lithe krautrock rhythms with bubbling minimalist melodies and outernational inflections in nine slickly sculpted sound spheres.
Powerful techno from Sawlin. A smart and dark James Ruskin remix of 'Sprectrafuck' opens the account with dead ahead momentum leading to the grumbling, monotone drive and Samuel Kerridge-esque awning pads of the original. Flip it for a proper warehouse job in the cantering groove of Im Kessel', and the chewy, bone-grinding techno funk of 'Modularer Turn'.
**Dinked 7" vinyl edition of 300** Call Super reveals a quieter side to his oeuvre on these two gems anticipating his eagerly awaited 'Suzi Ecto' album. The 'Sulu Sekou' version is a beautifully gauzy mesh of swirling pipes and glinting groove anchored by blooming, padded subs to tread a mystic path somewhere between Hassell and Shackleton. On the other hand, the extended version of 'Coney Storm Drain' is moodier, opening a 3 minute wormhole of prickly texturhythms and fizzing sci-fi atmospheres leaving us primed and very curious for the full length…
Swamp 81 coin the 180g Benton Beats series with a ruff session from Benton clad in artwork by Will Bankhead. Last heard on N-Type's Wheel & Deal Records, Benton brings a dose of rugged drums and bass at 130bpm in three parts: 'The Callin'' reduces old 'ardcore topes to blocky, rigid loops and stabs; 'Airtight' works a mix of sino-grime and breaksy 808 electro; 'BBS Madness' charges up a dubbed-out electro-jungle sound.
**Re-mastered by Matt Colton and available on limited edition clear vinyl** Remastered (by Matt Colton) reissue of Juan Atkins' (and Marty Bonds') sought after ambient techno gem, originally released in 1992. 'The Passage' is a classic piece of Detroit breakbeat techno science flush with celestial synth arrangements and powerful electro/breakbeat techno torque buffed up for 2014 on the A-side. Flip it for the darker techno-pop drive of 'Mind Changes' and the midnight sci-fi mission, 'Vessels In Distress'.
**Hand-stamped pink wax** Psilocybic house from the North Wales posse behind Crow Castle Cuts. Volume 3 of the Tripp series introduces three debuts: YRD drops the thumping techno techno-house of 'Dul Doen'; Thom Brooke makes nice with the warm ambient chords and mesmerising bassline of 'Penway'; Le Causa travels further out with the saltier pink noise and Pub-like abstract postulations of 'Lacanau'. Ian Blevins is the only experienced hand, previously appearing on Disco Bloodbath, and here with the chiming house swagger of 'AA'.
"Circuit Breaker are an Industrial band, consisting of London based Brothers Peter and Edward Simpson. The Group's return to Tombed Visions with ‘TV12’, marks the label and the duos first ever vinyl release. Taking cues from the likes of Pere Ubu’s ‘Tenement Year’ and Cabarets Voltaire’s ‘2x45’, the Simpson brothers ran amok in a backlog of archived live performances, improvised recordings and the previous mind melting experiments found on their first Tombed Vision’s release ‘Grid’. This material was then used as a catalyst for a newer, tighter song writing process. By mollifying the more esote… Read more
**Glow in the dark jacket** Brstl pillar, Shanti Maass aka Shanti Celeste, does dat electro-boogie for Julio Bashmore's Broadwalk label. To date she's had a coupla smart 12"s for her own Brstl label - home to locals like October, Outboxx, Rhythmic Theory - and also the Idle Hands label/shop, where she works behind the counter. Her 'Universal Glow' is a bewt, tickling out spidery electro ticks and booming bass balanced with gorgeous Detroit pads to sound like some lost Reel By Real joint. B-side she factors similar chord progression to a bouncing, swinging Detroit house groove on 'Felix… Read more
Lean, squelchy electro-funk and house strutters from Wrong Steps for Huntleys + Palmers. First up, 'Glam' glitters the 'floor with it's ruddy seed, shifting hips with in-the-pocket bassline and clipped drums wound tight to sharp organ chords. 'Rain' follows with moodier, filtered chords and percolating Afro drums trimmed for the dancers. Flipside, 'Yyam' plays it down with hazy keys and effortlessly infectious swing, leaving 'Gyms' to fade out to shimmering chrome notes and knotted disco groove.
Thursday, 04 September
Slackk triggers one of *the* albums of 2014 with his debut LP 'Palm Tree Fire' for Local Action. Requiring little introduction around here, Slackk has been a steadfast lynchpin for grime for nigh on a decade now. From running the invaluable grimetapes source back in the day, thru his pivotal hybrid productions for Numbers and latterly Local Action, and not to mention his innumerable radio slots and club sets, most crucially at the Boxed events, founded in 2013 as an incubator for new, instrumental talent which has more than proved its worth. Basically the guy's a don in the truest sense of the… Read more
The cad from Cleveland, Ohio, James Donadio aka Prostitutes pimps out some of his kinkiest, crushing gear to date for Glasgow's Night School. Hard on the heels of his two 10"s for Mbira and the 'Petit Cochon' LP for Spectrum Spools, the 'Nouveauree' EP gets down with five fully-charged cuts of signature, analogue bass wallop and rhythmic repetition like the soundtrack to some sociopath's gym session. They're gagging for the 'floor, from the shuddering tribalism, 'Late To Take It Light' thru haughty, puckered techno throb of 'Hate's In The City', the desiccated pound of 'Dragged It Home To Bed… Read more
**Includes insert** Black Acre's Clap! Clap! fathoms unique, Afro-futurist mutations on his island-minded debut album 'Tayi Bebba'. Under the moniker Clap! Clap!, Italian producer Cristiano Crisci has arrived at a whirlwind fusion of African-inspired rhythmelody and far-flung urban groove on a trio of well-received singles, and 'Tayi Bebba' is the project's most impressive, colourful dispatch to date. It feels like the Awesome Tapes From Africa and Celluloid catalogues have been stripped for parts and reassembled within the prism of modern footwork and ghetto electro. Shredding and punctuating … Read more
**Reissue edition remastered by Rashad at Clunk. Housed in debossed jacket with download code for bonus, unreleased material** Infiné surpass themselves with this prime reissue of a sought-after late '70s synth masterpiece by French laser-harp pioneer, Bernard Szajner. 'Visions Of Dune' (1979) is Szajner's concept album influenced by Frank Herbert's cult sci-fi trilogy of 'Dune' books (it's *not* the OST for David Lynch's film adaptation). Taking cues from the trilogy's tangled web of epic power struggles, otherworldly witchcraft and dystopian sci-fi th… Read more
Vital new electro and techno trax from the one and only Dopplereffekt, and Berlin's Objekt. Once again, Leisure System bring out the best from Dopplereffekt, following the excellent 'Tetrahymena' 12" with some of their sharpest rhythms and inimitably romantic synth arrangements in 'Delta Wave' - the kind that only adventurous DJs will spin out, and the best crowds will appreciate. Objekt, meanwhile, keeps face with a strong effort called 'Ganzfeld' that sounds something like DJ Stingray in a step-off with Optical, all angular geometrics and moody blue pads...
Exquisitely iced-out, instrumental grime from the Goon Club Allstars boss. Issued a few weeks on from the haughty hybrids of his eponymous solo debut, the 'Satis House EP' is a high watermark for instrumental grime in 2014. Much like his Keysound stablemate, Logos, these three cuts represent the sound at its most forward, searching, meshing radiant harmonics and crystalline melody more redolent of kosmsiche trance and computer music than anything else, to the stark geometries and dynamics of grime proper. A-side, he orchestrates sweeping arpeggios and shuddering bass waves with the visceral … Read more
*New Edition pressed on 180g Marbled Vinyl - Gatefold Sleeve, 400 copies* Here's what we said about the album when it was released on CD in 2011: "Beguiling, unsettling and deeply mysterious, The Haxan Cloak's eponymous debut album is a riveting experience. In case Demdike Stare hadn't inspired you to read up on the pre-1900 occult, the term "Häxan" is an old German word for witchcraft, a theme shared by the two artists. But for that, and the monotone artwork aside, The Haxan Cloak takes a very different approach to his craft, one rooted in his studies in s… Read more
UK & US ambassadors of ruff house go twos on a rugged pair of hardware bug-outs for Apron. Up top on 'Discipline', London's Funkineven and Detroit's Jay Daniel ride slamming kicks with off-kilter synth squelch and skanking chords, all sparked up with clustered claps and warehouse reverbs to make 'em scatter. Down below, they meet in the noirish 'Abyss' with skeletal, dubbed drum patterns hingeing on heavy subs and streaked with moody midnight sci-fi motifs. A wicked session from two of the dopest cats in the alley.
**180g vinyl includes a CD copy free inside** Gudrun Gut meets Hans Joachim Irmler ov Faust for a driving, psychedelic exploration of their respective Krautrock perspectives in '500m'. Both survivors of Germany's far-reaching and influential leftfield and avant-garde, they approach the project from opposing angles to find a tense median between Irmler's wayward, wistful organ improvisations and Gut's tempered, programmed logic. In that sense, it's a canny play on contradictions, imposing a more mannered grammar upon intuitive, attuned musical expression to find a mutual revelation. The results a… Read more
Drew Lustman (aka Falty DL) drops and rolls under his birth name on Dego's 2000 Black. We're slung right back to that late'90s/early '00s broken beat era in three cuts of hazy rhodes, silky lead lines and dusted shuffle, starting up with the sub-heavy 100bpm bump and warm chord progressions of 'A Thorough Study', and tipping out with the frothing shaker grooves and jazzy, feminine pressure of 'Put It Out There'. Dego himself also chimes in with a nimble remix of the title track tucking in additional basslines and fruity rhodes fills to slick the 'floor.
*2LP gatefold with photo collage from Tricky's personal archive + free CD inside* Tricky's back, flanked by a squadron of female vocal accomplices - Tirzah, Francesca Belmonte, Nneka, Bella Gotti - plus a hook-up with Mykki Blanco and production from Blue Daisy. Whilst he still sounds vocally menacing and paranoid as ever, he still can't give up that thing for naughty rock guitars which really dates the whole thing. OK, there are moments of relief in the mercurial electro glyde of 'Nicotine Love' with Francesca Belmonte, in the dank boogie of 'Right Here' featuring Oh Land, and the pulsing trip hop slink of 'Something In The Way', but then those guitars reappear…
*Reissued vinyl edition, Includes free CD inside* M83 have long been mentioned in the same breath as Ulrich Schnauss - listening to this excellent second album it becomes clear once again just why these comparisons have been made. "Before The Dawn Heals Us" is the sound one would imagine Mr Schnauss producing had he more or less got rid of his electronic demons, immersing himself fully in a mesh of guitars and weaves of feedback levelled out by that rarest of electronic conceits - vocals. M83 certainly bring to mind the euphoric, epic arrangements Schnauss is so fond of, while t… Read more
Low Concept in control for the 3rd single from London/NYC's White Asega label, backed with a ruddy good Alex Coulton re-step. The originals carve between sodden, gritty techno a la Happa or Blawan in 'Bugz' to low-riding, blown out electro with New York swagger on 'The Prick'. Alex Coulton's remix blows both of 'em out the water, resetting 'Bugz' to a Mala or Kode 9-esque dubstep lean swarmed with a menagerie of bleeps and dread gremlins and dubbled-up Footwork drums.
**Edition of 250** Wayward mixture of Chicago house and darkwave disco from Twins for Glasgow's Clan Destine. Up top, 'Creepsick' comes off like Vindicatrix doing the Gherkin Jerk, and 'Deal With It' jams on with proper tracky Chi styles. Down below, 'No Comfort' sounds like a wavier Bodycode/Portable groove, and 'Peachtree Industrial' jacks off the kind of jagged groove you might expect to hear in one of Jamal Moss's Medusa Edits.