Thursday, 15 January
Jacques Bon makes his solo debut with 'Mona', his first release aside from the Bon & Rau 12"s on Smallville. Four tracks guide the dawning vibes glowing off his lovely 'Morning Funk' 12" into warm variations on swinging, chord-driven house in 'Ciel De Nuit', the plush square bassline and Chicagoan synth stabs of 'Braun Weiss', or the ascendent arpeggios of 'Easyarp'.
**Edition of 250** Heather Leigh strangles the fxxk out of a lucky pedal steel guitar in this shocking plate for Golden Lab Records. Recorded in mono direct to tape and mastered right at the biting point, 'Nightingale' is a viciously intense example of Heather's roving explorations of her guitar's most guttural voice and vocabulary. Sprawled, shriekin' and hair-pulling across both sides are the results of a locked-in performance sustaining petrifying levels of piercing high frequencies before tilting into neck-wrenching blues and subsequently bustin' a belly of blow-out drone entrails and … Read more
Trim, colourful boogie-electronica from Pixelord on Canada's Infinite Machine. Garage house, footwork, bassline and jungle are all filleted under Pixelord's scalpel and buffed-up with glossy electronica hooks and surfaces. In eight tracks he keeps his ideas succinct but not at the expense of emotional expression, coolly getting to the point with style and imagination.
*Includes a bonus DVD* The results of Spatial's opti-sonic installation, 'Primitives' reinterpreted by the man himself, Broken20's TVO, Bass Clef, and Sculpture. The light-controlled software at the core of the installation generates unique tones which are subsequently re-shaped into hulking UK techno patterns crawling with strange electronic figures in Spatial's own version; the TVO|SPL mix is more freakish, shot thru with piercing oscillations and slow slamming beats; Bass Clef twists it into a quirky robo-boogie; while Sculpture render a dynamic diorama of radiophonic blips and… Read more
**Debut solo album by Mac Demarco's former Makeout Videotape bandmate. Includes download code** "Alex Calder’s sophomore release with Captured Tracks is as familiar as it is foreign – brining together both infectious melodies and texture to create tidy, acid-induced pop sequences. Strange Dreams takes a confident step forward from Calder’s previous release and brings the focus and ambition of Alex’s songwriting to all aspects of his music. This record delivers, while still maintaining the youthful humour that has become his trademark."
**Silk-screen printed jacket** "Refreshing, rootedly odd, mostly unaccompanied four-part-harmony singing recorded in Govan Old Parish Church, Glasgow, by members of Trembling Bells and Muldoon’s Picnic. Elements of Sacred Harp, Gregorian chant, medieval madrigal and English folk, with poetic influences including Maya Deren, Saint John The Divine and Dennis Potter — a unique blend of the visionary and the earthly, the intimate and glorious."
*Gatefold LP edition with reproductions of never-before-seen images from the archives of Chicago photographer Steven E. Gross* "Between 1979 and 1982, The Universal Togetherness Band tracked unearthly portions of their sprawling songbook for bewildered students in Columbia College’s audio engineering program. Storming the gates of Chicago’s premier recording studios, the erudite party band explored permutations of soul, jazz-fusion, new wave, and disco with little regard for studio rates or the availability of magnetic tape. Universal Togetherness Band captures the brightest, never-before-heard moments from this visionary group’s 5-semester recording bender."
Thursday, 08 January
**We never thought we’d actually ever see the day this seminal album would get a proper, official reissue on vinyl - but here it is, newly remastered by CGB at D&M and in-print on vinyl for first time in almost two decades. Comes with an instant download of the full album** Liasons Dangereuses' self-titled debut LP is a major cornerstone of modern electronic dance music. Produced by Chrislo Haas and Beate Bartel (aka CH-BB/DAF/Mania-D) and mixed at Conny Plank's studio in 1981, it has cast incalculable influence over successive generations ever sinc… Read more
**Ships Friday - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** *Three disc set which includes the double album plus the ‘Mr Noah’ EP on 180g heavyweight vinyl in a deluxe outer wrapped package with printed colour inner sleeves and download code* Your dreamboy, Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear meets The Grim Reaper in a magical 5th solo album outside of his Animal Collective duties. Crafted in conjunction with psychedelic supremo Pete Kember (Spacemen 3 etc), it professes a mixture of loping drums influenced by the '90s hip hop of ATCQ and Pete Rock, … Read more
**Edition of 300 with 6.5" x 6.5" illustrated lyric sheet included** Genius art-rock pop shots chipped from Officer!'s '8 New Songs By Mick Hobbs' (AAA, 1983) tape by avowed fans, Blackest Ever Black. Making their first appearance on vinyl following BEB's issue of 'Dead Unique', they give two sublime glimpses of Hobbs' gift for "ambiguous, ecstatic, anguished" songwriting and arrangement that may well have lain undiscovered by the rest of us otherwise. A-side finds the confessional catharsis of 'Life at the Water's Edge', consolidating Hobbs' blackly grim lyrics about a tortured chi… Read more
**180g white wax in die-cut inner, heavy card jacket, and resealable anti-static sleeve with download code. 3rd pressing** Thom Yorke is back with a sublime 2nd solo album of electronic pop in 'Tomorrow's Modern Boxes'. As per, he's joined by regular production foil Nigel Godrich, credited with production and editing, and his Radiohead bandmate Colin Greenwood chimes in with beat programming on 2nd song, 'Guess Again!'. It's a melancholy thing built from tenderly bruised bass and a filigree palette of "silver darkness" shot thru with fluoro tones reflected in the sleeve art's colo… Read more
Kareem's Zhark Recordings deliver the penultimate blow by Dave Foster aka dark techno legend, Huren, and a member of Teste. Sourced from his 'Zeckendorf Phase 1996 - 2000' and activities as recent as 2014, it mixes archival material with new for thee most bitter taste of Huren's hoofing kicks and rotted electronics. It's a beast: A-side sustains glowering techno pressure with a grinding darkstyle mission, 'MRTVI' and a carnivalous breakbeat techno shake-down named 'Nuklearni' primed for the most 'orrid bastards; B-side gets more intimate with the invasive tones and thrust of 'Sentinonaut' and the dry, … Read more
From Berlin via London, XXXY returns to Rinse with the poised electro-house shuffle of '18 Hours'. Following a strictly dancefloor formula (sadly no Brucey involved), he arranges proggy bassline and sparkling melodies around slinky rimshots and kicks in the titular A-side, before taking a tuffer tack with the sleazy jack of 'Clap Pitch' and the stripped-down acid jag, 'Tool (Satire Mix)'.
**The continuous music maestro plucks three unusually stripped-down and relatively miniature beauties from his archive for Erased Tapes. Includes download code** Lubomyr Melnyk: "Evertina and Awaiting were created on a middle-aged upright piano at a friend's home in New York, just before Hurricane Sandy hit the city. This year of 2012 marked the start of my ears beginning to notice the remarkable depth of tonal clouds, which upright pianos have ben trained to destroy. The upright piano sound is like a natural forest of microcosmic colours, while the grand piano is a ferocious hunting hound t… Read more
*New edition limited to 130 numbered copies in silkscreened gatefold sleeve* "One of Charlemagne Palestine's best-known works, "Four Manifestations On Six Elements" is presented here as 2LP record edition limited to 130 numbered copies, the first publication of Algamars, the new sonic art division of alga marghen. "Two Perfect Fifths, A Major Third Apart, Reinforced Twice" (1973) is an electronic piece that deals with the search for the essence of timbre, sound color, through exploration of the inert chemical activity in the overtone series of tone fundament… Read more
*With hand silk-screened inner sleeve - new on The Trilogy Tapes* Low Jack lives up to his moniker with the decelerated slomp of 'Imaginary Boogie' for Trilogy Tapes. Six tracks chase a more spaced out vibe than his earthy 'Garifuna Variations' for L.I.E.S. or the knackered lurch of his Gravats 7" in 2014. From the barely-standing bump of the title track he pursues a near-radiophonic and cosmic jazz geist thru the buckling tape tones of 'Scratch Variation' and the scrambled quarks of 'TTT Beat' to the murky cosmic visions of EP highlight 'FM Field (Swing Mix)' and the chapped chimes of 'Mallet Theme' to get lost in the miniature wormhole of 'TTT Beat II'.
**Linocut hand-stamped sleeve and centre labels** Brooding tech-house with neo-classical inflections, arriving on Australian label 3BS. Mannheim Rocket push a raw yet well mannered sound, mixing gruff drums with elegant string motifs in 'Liberation' whereas 'Hora Lunga' deals in more widescreen ambient tropes and blunted, Madteo style groove. 'Oubliees' is further worn down to a nub of lo-fi house sprinkled with keys and fractured breakbeats; 'Schuon' offers a moire collage of operatic vocal samples.
Eternal wanderer and erstwhile Yellow Swan, Gabriel Saloman presents the latest in his series of abyss-staring post-YS ambient and drone compositions. The follow-up to his split side with Peter Broderick and the agitated themes of 'Riots Don't Just Happen' and 'Soldier's Requiem' follows suit with a desolate drone tract of keening strings under fire from militant "poly-vocal drumming" before seceding to shimmering guitar chords and a blistering post-rock crescendo almost worthy of Godspeed or MBV over its 37 minute duration.
**180g silver vinyl edition includes two posters** "Eastern european industrial experimentalists with a heavy political leaning, Laibach have often found themselves in conflict with authorities. Expressing their views strongly through their music both here and on their continued career with Mute records, they are still actively pursuing their own unique agenda. By the time Laibach recorded Nova Akropola, the band had attracted a following in Western Europe and a lot of attention in the music press. Nova Akropola is more sophisticated than earlier efforts, furthering the group’s music and conce… Read more
Your dreamboy, Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear meets The Grim Reaper in a magical 5th solo album outside of his Animal Collective duties. Crafted in conjunction with psychedelic supremo Pete Kember (Spacemen 3 etc), it professes a mixture of loping drums influenced by the '90s hip hop of ATCQ and Pete Rock, coupled with a colourful instrumental/hardware palette of synths, guitars and vocals, rather than the sampling methods employed in his seminal, signature side, 'Person Pitch' (2007). The songs are patently written by Panda Bear - the lilting melodies and st… 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'.
*This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on its original format: Heavyweight 180g vinyl with digital download code. Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey Summer 2014 and cut at Abbey Road studios* "Tender Prey’ is the fifth studio album from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and was released on 19th September 1988. The album was produced by Flood and recorded during several sessions over the course of four months in West Berlin - where the band were based at the time - and London. The album opens with ‘The Mercy Seat’, which has been subsequ… Read more
**Ships Friday - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Mr. Oizo cuts loose on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label in his first solo LP since 2011's 'Stade 2'. Now an LA resident, Oizo seems perfectly placed to show America how EDM should really be done, contextualising current production palettes with strong elements of old skool electro alloyed to fierce saw-tooth synthlines and screwed rave stabs. It all dovetails very neatly with Brainfeeder's hectic aesthetics, too, applying a freeform, jazz-funked approach that plays at odds with the surgical precision of his edits, resultin… Read more
Thursday, 18 December
*The long lost second album from the enigmatic Lewis Baloue, first time available on Vinyl and newly re-mastered.Pressed on 180gm Vinyl and packaged in a Stoughton Gatefold 'Tip On' Jacket, including download card. This edition also includes liner notes by Jack D. Fleischer. Please note that according to the label notes this item will not be re-pressed so this is a one-off chance to grab this on vinyl* It’s taken a while for copies of this to filter through since Light In The Attic finally managed to track down the enigmatic producer, but boy what a treat ‘Romantic Times’ … Read more
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.
**Unhinged industrial holy grail from 1979. Previously unreleased on vinyl. Now re-mastered. Includes hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500. RIYL TG, early Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League** Our favourite from V-O-D's late 2014 batch: a remastered version of Counterdance's sole, near-mythical recording, 'The Human Slug Sessions 1979-81'. At the time hailed as Bradford's answer to TG, they counted the notorious Val Denham - still a he in 1979 - as the vocal locus of the band, recorded here under the influence of alcohol and LSD, slithering around on the makeshift studio flo… Read more
Including one of the greatest Drexciya tunes ever made, 'Digital Tsunami', plus three other cuts that didn't appear in his 'Harnessed The Storm' 2LP version (but did on the CD edition). The electro-techno surge of 'Digital Tsunami' is a stone cold essential, and B-side's 'Birth Of A New Life' one of his very sweetest. Highly recommended!
**2LP + 7" with liner notes insert. All music previously unreleased on vinyl** 'A Celebration of iDeath' documents the diffuse and very rare early work of Newcastle's Philip and Richard Rupenus, who would later helm legendary noise unit, The New Blockaders. Formed in 1979 under the blackly amusing Funeral Danceparty banner; in 1980 they released a trio of tapes in editions of roughly 100 copies each - 'The Curiosity Shop', 'Qwertyuiop', 'The Attractions of Fixed Interest' - and played a handful of shows, including notable performances at the Morpeth YMCA and Newcastle's 13… Read more
*Ariel Pink picks his favourite R. Stevie Moore somngs, many of them pressed on vinyl for the 1st time - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label* "As with all matters related to Ariel Pink and R. Stevie Moore the exact details are vague -- but the origins of this compilation can be traced to Ariel Pink's "My Molly" e.p. from 2006. Included with the e.p. was a postcard insert that featured a hand drawn road-map to what Ariel considered to be RSM's best songs from each era. This illustrated his deep appreciation for, and understanding of, R. Stevie's vast cat… Read more