Thursday, 13 August
UKF pioneer, D-Malice does a slinkier house sound with 'Indian Time'. Since serving 2008's definitive 'Gabryelle (Refix)' anthem, D-Malice has been busy honing a plusher Afro-house style on his DM digital label. With 'indian Time' he draws lissom connections between that original UKF flex and 2015 house, meshing shimmering strings with fluidly synched tabla and tribal percussions. Basic Soul Unit also chimes in with a tuffer remix techno refit balancing those strings with much darker pads and welting bass.
**Blazing, 70-minute performance from the revered Turkish unit and pioneering Japanese free-jazz saxophonist. Gatefold 2LP. Edition of 200** "Another chapter in the ongoing series of live recordings of the Turkish quartet Konstrukt, this time teaming up with saxophonist Akira Sakata, a key figure of the Japanese free jazz movement since the 1970s. Recorded at kargART in Istanbul on January 17th, 2015, this 70-minute long jam is one of the band's most psychedelic to date, with Sakata's growling shōmyō-like chant finding the perfect setting -- like a snake charmer -- in a jungle of constantly reinvented sound."
**Debut solo LP of instrumental, folksy pop whimsy by a member of Alien Ensemble (along with The Notwist's Micha Acher a.o.). RIYl Moondog, Sufjan Stevens, Pascal Comelade** "Arranging various layers of piano, xylophone and glockenspiel, stylophone, Moog and harmonium, Le Millipede creates minimalist, instrumental pop gems, tracks with an immediate quality that seem rather simple at first listen. In fact, Götz’s recordings are somewhat comparable to the work of French-born, Barcelona-based composer Pascal Comelade, known for his use of toy instruments. In both cases, there’s a certain chil… Read more
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** "Blood Warrior makes music that exposes the intricacies of melancholy, unravelling its individual strands of sadness, redemption, and contemplation. The New England based duo turns heartbreak into something much more elusive and dream-like, enriching it with elements of otherworldly fantasy while retaining its raw emotional impact. Their idiosyncratic folk songs reflect this rawness, and they use guitars (at times purposefully detuned), harmonium, keyboards and sparse percussion to create music that is deceptively minimal. Letter G… Read more
**Limited edition fluorescent green vinyl reissue, includes free download code** "Over their six-year career (1986 - 1992) The Sugarcubes gained international renown for the unique sound they cultivated, garnering fans such as luminary John Peel (indeed, it was said DJ whose show’s listeners voted ‘Birthday’ their Single Of The Year in 1987), achieving unprecedented success for an Icelandic band at the time and influencing the country’s musical scene dramatically. With a line-up featuring Björk Guðmundsdóttir (vocals, keyboards), Einar Örn Benediktsson (vocal… Read more
2nd in a class series of reissued Linval Thompson's late '70s/early '80s productions for the Strong Like Sampson label. Opening with a straight bullet to the ego, 'Mr. Big Shot', backed up with stark, electroid dub of 'Mr Collie Man' and tipping out with the tucked-up shuffle of Sammy Dread & Papa Tullo's 'Morning Love'. Killah.
Class Roots Reggae set, sparking off a reissue series of Linval Thompson productions for the Strong Like Sampson label in fine style. Barry Brown's 'Natty Dread Nah Run' steps out on the A-side, backed with Barrington Levy's forlorn 'She Rob and Gone' and Papa Tullo's 'Cat Call Francella' rarity.
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label. Soft focus blend of ambient-pop, R&B and cute mnml electronics wrapped to a warm and winding narrative** "Inspired by a long lost tale from dark and cold northern lands, written many ages ago, ‘Neida‘ is the story of a young boy who one day noticed an eerie call, so peculiar and odd that he could not resist but to follow it. While it resonated through remnants of ancient settlings, the boy had to overcome many obstacles and solve numerous quests, journey through mystical forests, foggy mountains and ghostly villages, battle the forces of nature an… Read more
Body Boys are spoiling for a dance in their follow-up to the claggy nocturnes of debut album, 'Growth Window'. Two years down the line they're now packing throbbing techno muscle alongside the sallow ambient signatures, resulting the pounding drone techno of 'First Time' or 'Nosebleed', and softer ambient house padding of 'Alone' alongside the beat-less, pillow-diving chords of 'Yunnan' and jittery techno fundamentals somewhere between Phork and Blondes in 'Stutter'.
Lady Blacktronika stirs up a wicked Detroit beatdown and techno sound on R&S's sub-label, Meda Fury. Equally adept at dusty soul squeeze as uptempo, hi-tek funk, she dispenses gauzy KDJ styles in 'Oh So Cold' beside the late '80s-infected Detroit electro-tech class of 'Trim The Breaks', whereas 'Akua's Heart' chases a tribal spirit down tumbling, crack'd and freeform house grooves, and 'Only Just Myself To Blame' rounds out with an early '90s Detroit soul house style. RIYL Africans With Mainframes, KDJ, Theo Parrish, dancing.
Curl a lip, drop a hip with the deadly swagger of Chunky's 2nd session for (Swamp) 81. Landing three years since his eponymous dubble-pack, the Manchester-based MC-cum-producer rolls with the craftiest, stripped-down swerve for Loefah's label, pitting years of experience at the head of the dance, both on mic and the 'floor. 'Oun_C' is a proper natty burner, juggling dubbed-out halfstep bass patterns with slinkiest hi-hats in the most fluid sorta new skool rolige; 'Call Me, Let's Do Lunch' tucks a similar drum palette to more laid back, liquor-laced effect, subtly shifting weight onto the other foot wit… Read more
**Edition of 300 copies in silkscreened sleeve. Another potent reminder that New Zealand has one of thee maddest, freeform rock scenes in the world. This one ragging from 4-track garage recordings to wheezin' organ drones and primitivist blues with infectious attitude. Edition of 300 in silkscreened jackets** "A collection of Pumice recordings from 1993-'99, when teenagers Sugar Jon Arcus and Stefan Neville learned about music by doing it. The album covers the earliest days of the band recording on ghetto blasters with untuneable guitars at home in Whatawhata and Hamilton, New Zealand. There are a … Read more
**2LP version, includes free download code** A mellow set of foggy, crespuscular compositions straddling Bibio-like folktronica strums ('From Time To Time') alongside warbly space dance ('Vancouver Disco') and hushed, jazzy-wise downbeats, ('Found Message'), all influenced, written and realised at the eponymous location outside San Francisco.
**Deluxe, remastered reissue/compilation of seminal post punk/disco, cut on 2 x 180g LPs and housed in heavyweight tip on-style gatefold jacket. Includes 18x24 poster. Hand-numbered edition of 4000 (poor hand!)** "Lizzy Mercier Descloux may have come of age in Paris, but was in New York’s Lower East Side that she really came alive. The French punk pioneer, a friend of Patti Smith and Richard Hell, moved to New York in 1977 and soon immersed herself in avant-garde poetry, performance art, and punk music. Closely associated with the founders of ZE Records (home to Was (Not Was) and … Read more
**Red vinyl. Includes download code** Ecstatic, dreamy and pastoral electronica from Japan's Gonno in lush mode for Mule Musiq. From rolling breakbeats to serene native percussions, from deliquescent ambient to kosmiche sequencer scapes, Gonno does it all with a gorgeous new age touch and sensitive musicality with a really wide appeal.
**180g vinyl. Includes bonus Ulrich Schnauss remix of 'Elevator Song' and cello by Ren Ford** "The Vinyl Factory is pleased to announce a limited edition vinyl release of Romantic Works, the acclaimed third album from musician and visual artist Keaton Henson. Previously only available on CD and digital when it dropped in June, The Vinyl Factory's limited edition pressing includes the 10 original tracks from Romantic Works, plus bonus song 'La Naissance' and an Ulrich Schnauss remix. The unexpectedness surrounding the Romantic Works release has only fortified Keaton’s reputation as … Read more
Original Chicago freek Marcus Mixx returns to UTTU with a wild and tribal house come-on. A-side works rolling Afro-tribal drums with squirty bass funk and a close-miked Marcus urging you to 'Rub It Don't Go So Fast'; B-side pumps out the psychoactive jacker, 'Do You Luv 2 Dance (Oh Yeah)', splashing keys and claps all over the joint, also offered in a sub-aquatic 'Slippin Mix'. None wilder!
**Edition of 300 in DIY jacket** A proper racket from prolific New Zealander Michael Veet Ruiliude a.k.a. Witcyst. Just like his lady-shave middle-name-sake (Veet), this LP's A-side, 'Screuma' performs equally effective as a hair removal project, and even goes a few layers deeper to scrape your innards and feed you back the slop in a ferocious feedback system of Human Centipede-like voracity. On the B-side's 'Chilli Song' he does blown-out distorto-pop in the finest Kiwi tradition, sustaining sweltering harmonic fuzz around obliterated lyrics, getting progressively more f**ked as the son… Read more
*Housed in deluxe heavy weight Stoughton tip-on sleeve, Includes insert with extensive liner notes by both Robert Tomaro & Gregory Lamberson* "Slime City is the debut film by cult horror director and author Gregory Lamberson. The story follows Alex, who after moving into his new apartment is seduced by his neighbor and soon turns into a melting ghoul who is forced to kill innocent victims in order to maintain a normal human physique. Slime City debuted in 1988 and spent months in the NY midnight movie circuit, at the tail end of the grindhouse era. Lamberson creatively made a great film… Read more
**Edition of 300** Deeper Teutonic techno and house trips on Nuno Dos Santos' Something Happening Somewhere label. Dutch Detroit type Bram Sluiter a.k.a. Quince deals in the gritty motor city melancholy of 'Europa', and Amsterdam's Stefan Vincent does chiming Millsian space techno with 'How It Could've Been'. Kiani and his Legion get looser with the flapping synthline excess of 'At The Violet Hour', and Poly Nation rounds off with jazzy, Four Tet-styled flight of 'Saturn Rings'.
**2015 Mix** For some unknown reason the press release for this record is trying to push it as the last John Tejada record – something which somehow seems hugely unlikely. What it is, however, is another flawless, brilliantly executed trawl through padded techno at its most soulful and melodic, heavily distorted chords underpinning spheric, slightly sentimental chime melodies and hard as nails handclapping beats. The man, clearly, can do no wrong.
OG Ruff Sqwad producer and grime pioneer Rapid cuts loose on his first ever solo instrumental 12" under that moniker for Butterz. No effing about, he draws for a killer quartet flexing from the barking 8-bar madness of 'Hear This' to the technoid breakbeat grime mutation, 'Rebore', and over to the bilious brass attack of 'Pepper Riddim', plus the old skool darkness of 'License'. A str8 win for the grime DJs.
**Gatefold 18g vinyl 2LP, includes free download code redeemable from the label.** "‘The Secret History: Vol. 1’ is the first of five compilations in a new series of Pavement rarities. The 30 tracks, 25 of which will be available on vinyl for the first time ever, include B-sides, unreleased session tracks, John Peel sessions and a 1992 live concert from the ‘Slanted & Enchanted’ era (1990-1992). The deluxe double LP contains essays by Stephen Malkmus and Spiral Stairs, plus essays from Matador Records, Billions Corporation and Drag City bosses and a gorgeous gatefold designed by Rob Carmichael (Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors)."
Etch and K-Lone share a tricksy post-dubstep platter for the latter's Wisdom Teeth label. One track per side, cut for optimum space and pressure, manifesting the woozy, infected skank and quicksilver voices of Etch's 'Toxin' up top, and a more spacious shoulder-roller from K-Lone called 'Broke' on the other side.
**Alga Marghen return to the captivating technique and oddness of Gil J Wolman's sound poetry in a formerly unreleased theatrical performance recorded ciurca late '70s. RIYL Michel Chion, Trevor Wishart, Dave Phillips. Edition of 350** "Is it to "en finir avec cette idée des chefs-d'oeuvre" ("be done with this idea of masterpieces"), as Antonin Artaud proclaimed, that Gil J Wolman calls his recording Wolman et son double, in a détournement of Artaud's famous essay collection and "masterpiece" Le Théâtre et son double (The Theatre and Its Double) (1938)? Artaud's Tête-à-tête perform… Read more
**Includes download code, redeemable from the label** Colour us enchanted with this remarkable 2LP collection of Quechua-language songcraft from the Bolivian Andes. Squirrel Thing follow up those deluxe reissues of Molly Drake and Connie Converse albums with this first vinyl compilation of Luzmila Carpio's original songs, written in the early 1990s in an attempt to "reclaim our knowledge" from an ever-encroaching western world and culture that marginalised indigenous people. Her shrill registers are strikingly unique to these sensibilities, at least, and her language is certainly… Read more
Sheela Rahman (Xosar) and Danny Wolfers (Legowelt etc.) synch minds and circuits on a dreamy 3rd Xamiga session. The decadent pound of 'Bohemian Grove' opens affairs, holding a strange balance of persistent kicks and serene exotica atmospheres rolling out with a breakbeat sting in the tail, before the melancholic 'Stratocumulus' slows down to dream sequence techno drag. B-side, 'Midwest' kicks the tempo up again but swings wider with fuzy claps and fluid synthlines for lushest effect, for 'Blizzard' to round up with a narcotised noir-house episode. Legowelt always works better in collaboration and this is no exception.
Thursday, 06 August
*Private press recording of Jane Weaver re-scored by Suzanne Ciani, Andy Votel and Sean Canty aka Neotantrik, described by Andy Votel as the “incidental music” counterpart to “The Silver Globe"s conceptual soundtrack. Edition of 500 copies, one-sided pressing* Invoking and refracting Jane Weaver's hugely acclaimed, 'The Silver Globe’ in one engrossing session recorded in Bergen as part of an installation at the end of last year, we hear Jane's original material dissected, atomised and diffused into a side of mercurial, open-ended electronics and mech… Read more
Blanck Mass corrals a haunting spectra of sounds from Helm, Phil Julian, C Spencer Yeh, Konx Om Pax, and Roll The Dice to provide an alternative score for Bruno Forzani and Héléne Catet's 2013 giallo homage, 'The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears'. Each artist augments the classic atmosphere and feeling of Italian horror cinema soundtracks in their own way, ranging from the throbbing heartbeat of Roll The Dice's 'Portal' thru Helm's expanding trio of tense, lugubrious drone pieces to a concise quartet of C Spencer Yeh pieces as you've r… Read more
**Near-mythical 1970's private press of early Israeli outsider electronic music by retiring Tel Aviv based multimedia artist Ami Shavit, new on Finders Keepers** "The music of this record was stimulated by the theory and practice of biofeedback. It is aimed to create a calm, relaxed and meditative mood associated with alpha brain waves.’ Part outsider electronic album; part physiological experiment; part work of art; this is not your average new age record. You won’t find any cosmic or spiritual connotations between the unsupposing and briefly annotated gatefold covers. This is an accidenta… Read more