Thursday, 28 November
**Red vinyl in poly sleeve with insert** Tom Dicicco & AnD's ISM imprint rolls out four weighty techno tools. A-side loads up Yuji Kondo's turbulent, offset churner, 'Tilt' and a bone-grinding hydraulic swinger from Tom Dicicco called 'Roksan'. B-side Repitch boss D. Carbone belts out the alarming industrial stomper 'Asynthetic' and sought-after, shadowy Parisians NX1 nail it cold with the kinetic friction and drone tension of 'IS1'.
Perc's Submit label follows up those smashing Einstürzende Neubauten reworks with a shocking brace of industrial mutations from Pete Swanson, Burial Hex, Prostitutes and Profligate. We're completely won over by Clay Ruby aka Burial Hex's mixture of 313-style jit and noise malevolence on 'Final Love (Feral Love Dub)' - imagine Alberich and D.I.E. on a mission - whilst Pete Swanson has a go at cleaning your lugs with the squally, scraping brutality of 'Pleasure Averse' and Prostitutes and Profligate share a flipside of sleaze and pummelling noise / techno transgressions for the freaks. It's not to be missed, ya heard?! Recommended!
Reissue of Orland Voorn and Blake Baxter's '94 house bomb backed with new edits. 'From The Ghetto' is a masterclass in disco-sample filter funk, flipping a well known hook with ripe organ licks and infectious techno-house groove. Baldo's Ghetto Edit simmers the funk with slinky flair, and there's also the original club mix of 'Here We Are' starring a class vocal by Blake Baxter, also included as an acid Clip! rework.
Second of three vinyl editions from Morphosis' Morphine imprint, this one featuring two beautifully elegant, alien pieces for dance theatre, written by Philadelphia's Charles Cohen in 1989 on the extremely rare Buchla 700 synthesiser. It's hardly been heard beyond the ears of Group Motion founder Manfred Fischbeck and apparently features the only known recording of the Buchla 700 to be formally released. The A-side, 'Group Motion' is an improvised recording progressing from icy bleeps and isolated drones to pulsing, bubbling rhythms and a jazz-wise climax before flipping … Read more
**Edition of 500** "A project by Daniel Blumberg (Yuck, Hebronix) and Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux, Howling Hex). Following the release of ‘The Best of the Howling Hex’ on Drag City in February and Blumberg’s Hagerty-produced debut as Hebronix, ‘Unreal’ (ATP Recordings) in the summer, Daniel and Neil locked themselves in a studio in Denver to create this special edition 7” single. Sharing vocal duties and lead guitar, and also working together on the release's accompanying artwork, this new collaboration brings together two truly original talents. Blumberg’s 'Bad Days' is of a piece with the Hebronix alb… Read more
"At the core of Kansas City’s vibrant classic-era soul scene was no record label or studio, but America’s Best Attractions, run by booking agent Allen Bell. America’s Best, and the exceedingly above board Bell, kept countless road acts that bounced through enviable careers without ever having to enter a recording studio. Even so, “Bump” Scott did lead his band into one of the region’s best-known facilities: Damon Studios (deeded to Victor Damon, inventor of the spring reverb, and not to be confused with big band great Vic Damone). Bump and company… Read more
A lower-than-low priced compilation highlighting some of Matador’s most exciting 2013 moments, including (but not limited to) previously unreleased version of songs from Queens of the Stone Age, Yo La Tengo and Savages. Track Listing A1. Majical Cloudz - Bugs Don’t Buzz (Album Version) A2. Queens Of The Stone Age - If I Had A Tail (Itunes Festival Version) A3. Savages - City’s Full (Kexp Version) A4. Body/Head - Untitled (Album Version) B1. Yo La Tengo - Before We Run (Kexp Session) B2. Lee Ranaldo And The Dust - Lecce, Leaving (Edit) B3. Kurt Vile - Kv Crimes (Album Version) B4. Iceage - In Haze (Album Version) B5. Chelsea Light Moving - Heavenmetal
**Pulsing coldwave electronics and kosmic dream-pop. White vinyl with hand-numbered art insert and sticker. Edition of 400** "When the previously thought long lost recordings of East London synth experimentalists, Karen Novotny X emerged two years ago on The Great Pop Supplement, it had minimal synth heads everywhere scratching around for absolutely any info on this murky, mysterious trio led by one Cy Levene circa 1978. Online forums buzzed with puzzled sounding appeals, as next to nothing had been written, let alone heard by this East London trio. The resulting f… Read more
**Metallic-ink embossed and letter-pressed jacket** Strong techno-house/electronica trax from the Belgian collaboration of Sagat, &apos and Walrus. Their muscular and mind-bending 'Kikkerkelik' synchs driving kick/bassline with a a twirling, virulent synthline that burrows deep and tweaks the nerves, whilst 'Kaketu' works out a big-bottomed acid house chug stung with sharp EBM stabs and 'Swth Central' gets down with a spaced out and swinging Detroit techno vibe.
Clipping the heels of their killah 'Genesis EP', Mumdance & Logos rinse off 2013 with two searing 'ardcore mutations for Tectonic. Recalibrating the genes of '93-style jungle with bootybass claps, pneumatic bass and razing mentasms, the darkcore dread of 'Legion' is tilted at the most delirious hours of the dance, whilst 'Proto' comes with a kaotic chemistry of Belgian techno hoovers, Detroit-style pads and timeless darkside swerve. Watch yer eyebrows!
One year on from 'Perceiver', Peter Van Hoesen presents his first live album, documenting his performance during the Time To Express label night at Tresor on July 19th 2013. Armed with three synths, a drum machine, two iPads and some outboard effects, he covers a brace of new material woven with recent releases in typically disciplined and unrelenting PvH style, capturing his highly efficient energy transfer and breathless momentum in full effect and perhaps providing better context for his music than any studio album could.
IVVVO deads the rave on five darkly infectious killers for Ramp. Stepping on from his ace 'Future' EP for Public Information, the Portuguese producer triggers strangest emotions with his gauzy style of impressionist collage and worn-out yet driving meld of 'adrcore, house and techno. 'Light Moving' sets the pace with bouncing techno blips cheered by a choir of hyperventilating Gregorian monks, and 'Hardcore World '94' cannily crowbars samples from Mark Leckey's 'Fiorucci…' soundtrack over lip-biting DHR-style mentasms. On 'Strangers' he spins in the dark with more of those nasty mentasms and concr… Read more
**Goat play all their tracks from 'World Music', live at London's Camden Electric** "In August 2012 Swedish band Goat released their debut album, World Music.The record went on to become one of the most talked about albums of the year, topping many ‘Best of 2012’ lists and the following year, the band took the album on the road. Starting off a triumphant year of shows was Goat’s performance (or Ritual as the band likes to call them) at Roadburn Festival. A ‘packed to the rafters’ performance was the perfect warm up to their first proper tour, that saw them take on the USA. Footage, audio an… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "‘Live from KCRW' is a live radio session recorded in Los Angeles in April 2013 & is the fourth official live album in the band's history. It features a stripped-down line-up performing classic Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds material alongside four songs from their recent global hit album ‘Push the Sky Away’. The tracks “Into My Arms” and “God Is In The House” are exclusive to the LP version*. ‘Live from KCRW’ album line-up: Nick Cave: Piano, vocals Warren Ellis: Tenor guitar, violin, piano, loops, backing voca… Read more
"Previously unreleased, this 1972 pair of Calvin Harris’ masterfully crafted Earl Wiley-produced sweet soul demos might’ve stayed totally unknown, if it weren’t for Ed Cody’s devious forethought. An engineer at Chicago’s Stereosonic facility, Cody duped himself a submaster reference copy of the complete session. In ’73, Wiley heard “Love Won’t Pay The Bills” on 45—credited to a group called Elevation—and instantly recognized the Cody-engineered track as his own. Nearly 40 years later, through Numero Group research into Stereosonic, Cody, and Wiley, a cache of Cody mas… Read more
Class tech-house session from Sei A backed with strong Breach remix. 'Make It Work' slings razor sharp, metallic dub chords and a hydraulic subbass shook down with frisky hi-hats for the swingers; 'I'll Take You There' rides a plump but light-footed square bass with scissoring hi-hats practically guaranteed to enhance your dance. Flipside Breach extends and teases out the bouncing chords and slamming bass of 'Make It Work' with a slinkier sense of deferred gratification.
Jimmy Edgar pumps out three electro, house and trap grooves on his Ultramajic label. Two cuts, 'Ultraviolet' and 'Qlinda' give it up for Chicago with hard-edged, booty-clapping drums and stinging electro synthlines, whilst 'Mercurio' finds a fine blend of Berlin-style dub chords, rugged trap fills and weighty subbass for the slinkier dancers.
**Limited edition of 500. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** The soundtrack to Shezad Dawood's sci-fi et in Preston, 'Piercing Brightness' features exclusive music by Acid Mothers Temple, Mordant Music, Alexander Tucker & Decomposed Orchestra, and Raed Yassin & Omar Dewachi. In key with the film's mix of the arcane, aliens, and the transcendent, and the central question of "what is it to belong", this seamlessly segued slab probes between the classically-rooted psychedelia of Makoto Kawabata's Acid Mothe… Read more
**Hand-stamped white label** Radioactiveman reworks the soundtrack to Shezad Dawood's 'Piercing Brightness' - an alien sci-fi set in Preston, Lancashire. He gives up two mixes: a pumping, droning, acid-licked 'Glorious 100 Mix' on the front, and a snappier sci-fi electro version on the flip titled 'Automatic Extrication Mix'.
**Edition of 300** "Electronic arts pioneer, activist and researcher Konrad Becker (aka Monoton) teams up with vocalist Sela for a project with a mission: unveiling Operations in a shadow world of mediated realities. Linking 21st century technology to ancient communication practices in several directions at once the hypermedia wizard and the young Viennese singer celebrate the powers of media over matter. Sound becomes a weapon against operation systems of containment and to be buried alive by technologies of symbolic domination. Operations not only gives a voice to rad… Read more
**Double vinyl edition of 250** Andrea Parker's Touchin' Bass crew remerge for a proper electro showcase. The timing feels uncannily appropriate as everyone from the Swamp81 crew to James T Cotton are appropriating vintage electro tropes, perhaps in defiance of the term's bastardisation, or probably because they work so damn well on the 'floor. Either way, Andrea Parker's electro credentials are certifiable and she's picked a fine selection spanning veteran button-pushers and new skool electroids. For fans of that vintage '90s/early '00s sound there's plenty to check, from the Drex… Read more
Ghostly International serve a sweet addendum to Gold Panda's 'Half Of Where You Live' replete with Fort Romeau and T Hemingway remixes. Album versions of etheric house swinger 'Community' and the smudged, Dilla-wise 'Reprise' appear alongside a skinnier and extended demo and live versions, whilst Fort Romeau tempers 'Community' to a gently uplifting ambient piano house schematic and adds heady compressions and dranken R&B trills to 'Reprise' on the EP's big highlight.
*Limited Edition orange and red 180gm Vinyl housed in a tip-on sleeve, Includes a CD copy free inside* "One of the finest modern scores we at Death Waltz towers have heard in a very long time. It’s simply monsterous, a huge sounding record that references John Carpenter, Goblin, Stevlio Cipriani, late 70s prog and early 80s electronic music all the while with it’s feet firmly in the present day. The minute we heard this score we knew we had to release it."
In the running for best title of the year, Automatic Tasty's 'Sentimentalist's Choice' is a fine session of Braindancing quirks from Sheffield's Central Processing Unit label. The lad's latest release follows issues for Ireland's Lunar Disko and Acroplane Recordings with four tracks ranging from the Larry Heard-like bassline programming and Other People Place vibes of the title track to slick but low-key electro-funk sounding like a long-lost Detroit vibe on 'Late In The Afternoon', thru to bleeping early '90s techno of 'Praise Brigade' and the sweetly harmonised AFXian acid of 'Window Funk'.
**140g picture disc edition. Includes colour insert with still from the film and liner notes** Following the success of their 'Drive' OST release, Invada give another classic cliff Martinez score the deluxe vinyl treatment. His backing to the 2002 Steven Soderbergh remake of Tarkovsky's masterpiece is a beautifully crafted, delicate thing, full of weightless electronics and sumptuous string arrangements lending a reserved, ambiguous atmosphere to the film's themes of psychological confusion and stunning cinematography. OK, maybe it's not quite as great as Eduard Artemiev's definitive OST for the original 'Solaris', but it is a fine piece of work, nonetheless.
**140g White Vinyl edition. Includes colour insert with still from the film and liner notes** Following the success of their 'Drive' OST release, Invada give another classic cliff Martinez score the deluxe vinyl treatment. His backing to the 2002 Steven Soderbergh remake of Tarkovsky's masterpiece is a beautifully crafted, delicate thing, full of weightless electronics and sumptuous string arrangements lending a reserved, ambiguous atmosphere to the film's themes of psychological confusion and stunning cinematography. OK, maybe it's not quite as great as Eduard Artemiev's definitive OST for the original 'Solaris', but it is a fine piece of work, nonetheless.
Third Ear cop five freakier Detroit workouts from Manual Gonzales following his excellent efforts for Trilogy Tapes, Wild Oats and Don't Be Afraid. Styles rove between noisy, tracky jacker 'Extort' and 'Mean While' to the rudimentary electro of 'Fiber' and a more melodic highlight in the trippy, Jamal Moss-like 'Mask'.
*1972 Edition of this classic Stereolab album* While it's tempting to say that the new LP is 'business as usual' for Stereolab, there is nothing that commonplace in Stereolab's world. The recordings have once again been undertaken mostly in Chicago with the team of John McEntire and Jim O'Rourke producing the LP with the group and with regular cohort Sean O'Hagan also on hand to add to the keyboard and arranging strengths of the ensemble. All compositions are once again written by Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier with the exception of 'Nothing To Do With Me' (some lyrics were paraphr… Read more
"A few years removed from their 1970 Damon Studios session in Kansas City, Bump & The Soul Stompers, led by Jerald “Bump” Scott, responded to their era’s off-kilter naming conventions to become Unnatural Funk Band. After failing to find a label home for “I Can Remember,” they made the descent into neighboring Independence, Missouri’s fabled subterranean Cavern Studios, erected inside the mouth of an actual limestone fissure. “Living in the Past” is a nostalgic drift through wistful falsetto and low-riding narration, while “Strange Happenings” is truly excepti… Read more
*bEEdEEgEE is the performing alias of Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance* "SUM/ONE’ is his debut record as a solo artist. Brian’s immersion in art and music has covered the spectrum of performance, sound and visual mediums. Well regarded on the underground New York art scene, DeGraw has shown his paintings, sculptures and drawings around the world, both independently and as part of the James Fuentes Gallery stable in NYC, and has collaborated with the likes of Harmony Korine, Rita Ackerman and Doug Aitken. Best known as a core member of Gang Gang Dance, his group’s creative energy has always pointed t… Read more