Thursday, 17 April
**Screenprinted jacket, printed inner** Arc Light Editions follow up that indispensable Arthur Russell edition with this Interesting reissue of a beautiful suite by American composer Ingram Marshall for brass, tape delay, Serge modular synth and foghorn field recordings. The original version of 'Fog Tropes / Gradual Requiem' (1984) was released on Foster Reed's long-running - yet sadly now defunct - New Albion label, combining a piece heavily influenced by the eternally evocative sound of fog horns with a five-piece suite making pivotal use of electronic rendering and envir… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Kelis switches to a Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) produced glossy sixth album dripping with funk, soul, gospel and Afrobeat influences. 'Food' is the equivalent of comfort eating, heavily informed by a nostalgic impression of the music Kelis grew up with - her father was a Jazz musician - and therefore flush with "proper" instruments accompanied by some electronic embellishments just to let you know it was actually released in 2014. It revolves around an eponymous theme relating to her studies as a saucier - she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu c… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Secret Stash Records present the first ever reissue of this rare Nigerian funk gem from one of the most influential musicians in the genre. Co-produced by Uchenna Ikonne (Brand New Wayo, Who Is William Onyebar?), this reissue has been lovingly remastered and meticulously restored. In the early 1970s, Harry Mosco formed the now legendry funk-rock band, The Funkees. In search of greater opportunity and a wider audience, the group moved to London in 1973. Four years and two albums later they disbanded. Meanwhile, back in Ni… Read more
**Crazy, hard-rocking proto-punk aces from Detroit circa 1975-1980** "Five years after the second life of Death was started with the release of their revelatory 1976 album, ‘For The Whole World To See’, Death’s ‘III’ slams the door on the vault with a powerful set of songs that bring equal amounts of rock and ethereal soul-searching, in high-fidelity, rich bottomed, studio-grade sound. • ‘III’ starts with David inside a deep 1975 guitar improvisation, rising up through atmospheres and prehistoric guitar murk to coalesce in jagged monster-riff-dom. The whole exercise recalls Funkadelic’s great Eddie Hazel w… Read more
*Ships Friday* Vibe receptors at the ready: Drew Lustman aka Falty DL's Blueberry Records introduces Luke Vi..err, Luke Warm with a super charming debut of broken beats and deep house dopeness. Essentially it's a modern rare groove showcase, distilling the best from 30 years of urban dance research with X amounta soul swerve. 'Daydreamin'' starts up like 4Hero and Machiendrum doing breezy slow-fast bounce, and 'Brockley Spears' jumps to a classic hip-house coda with a Steinski-esque edit agenda and proper, up-to-date production chops. 'Instant Vibe' dips a bit deeper with infectious meld of… Read more
**Edition of 500** Stereolab's Tim Gane and Joe Dilworth meet Holger Zapf to plot a winding pathway to the kosmos as Cavern Of Anti-Matter. Their 'Interlude Music' breaks down in two parts - each 22 minutes - yielding a stereo-processed version of their monophonic, three-way synth jam recorded on two-track half inch tape in Berlin 2014. RIYL the previous excursions from Colin Potter, JD Emmanuel and Expo 70 on The Great Pop Supplement's Deep Distance sublabel.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ital Tek liquifies the bind between Footwork and IDM/electronica in the super-structured 'Mega City Industry'. The Brighton-based producer continues to build on the theme of his 'Hyper Real' and 'Control' EPs for Civil Music and Planet Mu with an elastic muscularity and dramatic appeal over these four glistening new cuts. The title tune renders a brutalist arrangement of face-melting synthline rushes meshed to teetering, filigree slow-fast programming like some futurist Michael Mann soundtrack, and 'Shinra' heads far east in … Read more
Fade To Mind flounce back to the 'floor following Kelela's 'Cut 4 Me' mixtape with two ballroom bangers by Mike Q and DJ Sliink. Up top they juggle a choppy Miss Jay vocal into staccato stabs on a strobing, acidic synthline and all-important kick/clap syncopation to technoid, haughty effect. Downtown, 'Werk'd It' blazes a trail to the centre of the 'floor with tightly edited, almost minimalist drums and stabs laced with "pussy" and "work it" stabs to drive 'em wild. Use with caution.
**Hand-stamped white label** Ooooh, this is good. Bay Area's Vin Sol & Matrixxman follow-up last year's very well received Sade edits with another pair of pearlers adapting Clackton's finest for the house 'floors. Up top they make 'Couldn't Love You More' sound like a Larry Heard version with glistening keys and melting square bass groove primed to seduce any room into submission; downtown 'Give It Up' is turned into a sultry, cooing slow jam for the lovers...
**180g vinyl reissue. Edition of 700 copies with insert** "Officer! is either Mick Hobbs (The Work, Family Fodder, Half Japanese) alone or Mick Hobbs with friends. Ossification is like an amazing party held at This Heat's Cold Storage Studio, with friends like Felix Fiedorowicz, Tom Cora, Tim Hodgkinson, Bill Gilonis, Zeena Parkins, Patrick Q, and Catherine Jauniaux. The output of this party is one of the most unusual, pleasurable, and character-filled "pop" records anyone has heard. Fourteen songs that contain the spirit of pop, rock, classical, medieval, avant garde, R.I.O., The Work, Family F… Read more
Squashed house and idiosyncratic electronica from Brit-in-Melbourne and RBMA graduate, Andy Donnelly aka Kloke for Brooklyn's Styles Upon Styles. 'Sea Levels' comes across like a hazy recollection of urban UK dancefloor styles and IDM recounted thru a skunk-addled mind, bumping between washed-out jazz-house on 'Deep City' to the BoC-like reverie 'Mayfield' and the blunted 2-step of 'Ritual' to the radar-evading, arpeggiated techno shunt of 'Room With A View' and an Actress/Zomby-like bag of writhing paranoia in 'Unlearning'. Canny moves.
Under the Some Truths guise, Ralph Cumbers aka Bass Clef delivers the best of his vintage 2014 crop so far. Proceeding his glut of much-loved releases for PAN, Punch Drunk, and Public Information, these tracks, recorded in July 2012, are by far the most enigmatic, wayward of the bunch and quite befitting of Mordant Music's eldritch aesthetic. As with the other releases, Cumbers explores the potential of a Bugbrand modular system loaned from Bristolian synth builder Tom Bug, tweaking its sliding sinewaves through a matrix of Electro-Harmonix delay and… Read more
**White vinyl. Edition of 500** Matt Hill dons his Umberto costume for an extended revision of 'The Child', backed with a disco-readied Silvio remix. The extended version sustains the noirish Giallo / Carpenter vibes for 12 minutes with slow bass throbs and cold, chilling synth atmospheres and Silvio's mix steps up a gear for a more fluid, slinky dancefloor momentum embellished with spaciously layered synthlines for sexy midnight effect.
*Newly reissued on Mute - includes a free poster and download code redeemable from the label* Swans may have only reformed in 2009, but according to Michael Gira ‘The Seer’ is the album that has truly been thirty tortured years in the making. Its predecessor ‘My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky’ (excluding the limited live album ‘We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head’) was a measured, low-key affair, more of a reminder of how the band had changed in the lost years between their death and rebirth than knocking their prior recordings out of the water entirely. ‘The Seer’ … Read more
Kassel Jaeger's 3rd release for Editions Mego - his best yet - is an inquisitive suite of expansive soundscapes questioning creative processes of material and structural decay. On the extended, 25 minute piece of 'Toxic Cosmopolitanism', the current GRM member renders the processed timbres of instruments such as the balafon, tremolo, gnbri, gee, tibetan gong, and pan flutes, in an interzone of icy drones removed from their cultural contexts. The result of his experiment is a desolate, immersive space as abstract and mysterious as The Conet Project recordings and feeliung something… Read more
Sub-100bpm cosmic disco drug chug from Southern Italy via Glasgow with love. Michele Mininni's debut release yields four buoyant electronic grooves distilling elements of kraut, post rock, new wave and disco with a romantic vision of the dancefloor. 'Tupelo Love' is a sub 100bpm cosmic trancer while Telekomdisko raises the tempo and heads off into sun drenched space territory. The EP is completed by Michele's fellow countrymen, Boot & Tax's great acid inflected remix of 'Tupolev Love'.
""Virgo Cluster" by Jonas Reinhardt fuses elements of cosmic disco and krautrock into a live transcendental package, with amazing guitar work by Phil Manley (Trans Am/Life Coach), and a bonus remix by the Beat Broker (digital only). "Seven Miles Down" from London's Timothy J. Fairplay (The Asphodells) is a testament to Zombie Horror Cinema, featuring a pulsing dub-house beat that dives into cavernous sonic territory. "Guave" by PLAzA is a playful dancefloor workout, that evokes a slow acidic line and classic Chicago house elements. Lastly, "Back Outside" from Roche is druggy outsider ho… Read more
On this second album, husband-and-wife duo Mike Paradinas (μ-Ziq) and Lara Rix-Martin have honed their craft further and teamed up with French singer Vezelay for some supremely chill rides. The delicate synths and vocal harmonies, both positioned just so, can trace their origins to Paradinas's earlier milieu of 90s electronica, and even further back to 70s and 80s cosmicism, but they also resonate appealingly with contemporary moods in downtempo, such as those of Tory Y Moi or How To Dress Well. A work of calm and carefully engineered beauty.
Thursday, 10 April
**Purple vinyl housed in wraparound artwork with poly sleeve, edition of 300 copies** Hot on the heels of that ace John Lacey/COUM Transmissions release, Andrew Hargreaves returns to his Other Ideas label for a bleak, No(rthern)-Wave Industrial battery under his Beppu alias. Beppu releases in the past have been largely confined to limited CD runs that have mostly all sold out on the day of release - but this edition is the first in a proposed trilogy of albums, and the first material Hargreaves has released on vinyl under this alias. 'Coercion' was conceived whilst reading Stanley Milgram's 'Obedience… Read more
**140g white vinyl housed in silk-screened PVC sleeve designed by Bill Kouligas** Ralph Cumbers' Bass Clef debuts on PAN with four pieces of fluent modular acid. The most substantial dancefloor drop on a tour of duty which has seen him release on Public Information, Punch Drunk, Alter, and Mordant Music (as Some Truths) in the past 6 months or so, his 'Raven Yr Own Worl' EP carves a dead English dance sound from his favoured Bug Brand modular system, made by Tom Bug of Bristol. For want of a more concise phrase, it's a Radiophonic Dub Rave style, coming off like the eager offspring of Luk… Read more
Freestyling, noisy dancefloor hammers from Delroy Edwards in DJ Punisher mode on LA Club Resource! Hot on the heels of his killer 'Teenage Tapes' mini-LP for The Death Of Rave, Delroy takes that album's aesthetic one step further with four tracks veering from schranzy pound to banking walls of distortion and dub. It boots up with a jagged acid noise assault coming off like Russell Haswell meets Gene Hunt on a furious whiskey session before descending into a pair of brutalist beat-offs oscillating between wild knob twisting and crushing, Prurient-style noise violence on the front; … Read more
Blackest Ever Black continue a strong run of releases with with this cold-burning EP from Dalhous, bringing more of the same ramshackle yet profound electronica that made their debut album An Ambassador For Laing an interesting proposition. The title was a phrase coined by theorist of punishment Michel Foucault, and the dull horror of imprisonment and surveillance seeps slowly into the fabric of this release. But there's also a gothic triumph in its eroded and barnacled fragments, robust beats swept up in cinematic reverb and hymns to drowned sailors. The eerie, explorat… Read more
Exceptional, dazzling modular synth compositions from the boss of Chicago's underground incubator, Catholic Tapes for John Elliott's Spectrum Spools. A filigree mesh of field recordings and "ritual variations of a singular patch for Modular Synthesis", Naucke's 3rd solo LP since his 2010 debut for Arbor is a sophisticated and inquisitive thing of wonder, framing a macroscopic vision equally guided by academic, avant-garde intuition and painstaking studio process. Unlike so many modular pieces that feel as though we're simply being extruded thru a long wormhole, Brett's compositional strategy is far… Read more
Omar-S drops proper Detroit knowledge on a doublepack of deepest house grooves. Time and again this man delivers the stuff other producers would give their little finger for. First plate cruises in with the lushed pads, rainbow arpeggios and square bass bounce of 'Leave', plus a pure, happy-clapping piano house joint called 'Romancing The Stone'. Second plate he switches tack with the laidback, minimalist lather of chicken scratch guitar sample and spitting acid, and dips out on the outstanding epic of percolating chords and triplet shimmy in 'Surpass'.
Laurent G bangs the box for Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label. Three cuts roll between the proggy, jagged techno jack of 'M.I.L.F.' to the kicking techno power surge of 'D.S.K.' and a dirty EBM/Jakk-attack called 'H.E.'
Hodge comes heavy with two tribal riddim trips for Dnuos Ytivil, the sister label of Peverlist and co's Livity Sound. Miles away from the buttoned up boogie-house grooves of his Outboxx duo with Matthew Lambert, both tracks here really give the 'floor something to dance with. A-side 'Amor Fati' rolls out the drums like a Beneath reduction of Shackelton, all hypnotic percussive cadence and booming techno junglist bass. B-side is better still, brukking forward with tight-cut drum edits, snake-charming melody and sirens like some secret weapon from A Made Up Sound or dego. Killah sound, supported by Ben UFO, Pangaea, Martyn, Surgeon and more. Big tip!
*Hand-stamped white label - Limited re-press* The A-side packs some serious weight, loading Levon-like kicks and drugged-up voices ready for the warehouse, while the B-side has a touch of Shed's Wax cuts about it, maybe with a dash of auld skool Kevin Saunderson vibes, too. High quality.
Coiled, cutting-edge tech-house from Glimpse - aka Chris Spero, half of Dense & Pika with Alex Jones - following up his 'True South' 12" for Aus Music. A-side rolls out the sprung, kinky house wiggle of 'Baretta' riding beckoning bassline and pinging reverbs for the shape-cutters; B-side 'L.E.D' is darker, nastier, squeezing fat square bass beneath grittier drums and noisier FX with a supple, dubbed-out swerve.
Blank Slate follow that wickedly oddball Düve debut with four more fine outings from the tech-house zone. Poland's Michal Wolski gives the rolling, elastic house minimalism of 'Derivate' and London's Shcaa twists out the shifty 'Remorse' for Villalobos heads. Commute marks up the darkest, tuffest groove with the driving, tracky house momentum of 'Black Pressure', and Mexico's WV makes like one of Wolfgang Voigt's Profan experiments with the grinding rhythms and salty tonal abstraction of Linthecity'.
New Russian imprint YGROK debuts with a deep and crisp micro-house session from Kjofol. 'Chemin De Crêtes' weaves busy, swinging drums with floating chords and a fine lattice of FX to intimate, locked-in effect. 'Premature' goes a couple shades darker to sound like some lost Perlon number.