Thursday, 18 June
**180g wax edition of 300 includes a page torn from 'Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung'** Koehler conducts a mutant acid skank, backed with a cranky-assed remix by A Made Up Sound who knuckles out grubby sub wobbles, twysted 303 drops and shanking chords like some lost Abi Shanti acid dub. The original turns out like some wild-eyed and feral bashment acid attack sparked up with crushed breaks inna Ambush records fashion. Good stuff.
Muscly techno DJ tools for the big room players. Check for the clipped, airborne strut of 'B-PAX' and poised balance of stalking EBM bass and tender pads in 'For Real'.
**Limited edition of 240 housed in screen-printed paper sleeve and transparent poly outer** The hyped DJ Guy shares some more offcuts from his early '90s archive. These tracks are much more serene and breezy than the sounds on All Caps' '20 (1996)' release, taking in the coruscating ambient dub melt of 'Computape Trk 2' and the blend of leaching field recordings and hyaline electronics in 'White Tape Trk4', before B-side's 'Basf Ferro Trk 3' broaches the 'floor with gently AFXian drum patter and the unfortunate appearance of a cheesy syn flute preset. Thankfully the Detroit-style drum programming … Read more
**Limited edition - Hand screen printed 7”** Jamaican reggae veteran Carlton Livingston blesses Heights & Worship with a brilliant vocal on the duo's return to Zam Zam Sounds. Up top 'pon 'Crucify Me', Livingston recounts lyrics about hard life in East Kingston over bluesy melodica and sweltering acidic dub. B-side brings the LFO swept bass and 303 forward in a choking, flying 'Crucify Dub'.
**One of the greatest soundtrack composers of the late 20th Century finally gets a vinyl reissue series, includes a copy of the CD free inside* The work of Poland's Zbigniew Preisner is closely linked to that of film director Krzysztof Kieslowski, the pair having worked together since the widely acclaimed "Dekalog" series began production in the late 1980's. The soundtrack is one of Preisner's least-known but also one of his best - that distinctive orchestral style vividly evoking the grey Polish towerblock around which the series revolves. Amazing music, regardless of whether you're familiar with the work of either Kieslowski or Preisner - a hugely recommended listen.
**Limited edition 180g 'Wire Fusion' coloured vinyl** "Finally, after 35 long years Futurismo are the first label ever to re-release one of the most sought-after and revered electronic albums of the early 1980’s – Digital Stimulation by Units. Inspired by punk in ideology, though not necessarily in sound, San Francisco’s Units were a young breed of dystopic visionaries art space prodigies and trash culture futurists set on reshaping sound for a new age. Leading the charge, along with only a couple of others such as Screamers and Chrome, they lit the touch-paper for a… Read more
**Gatefold 2LP** "Twenty-eight homespun stunners from the Alamo City’s scrappiest souleros. The Royal Jesters were the kings of San Antonio’s cross-cultural teen scene in the 1960s, soundtracking lovelorn slow dances with their heart-sick harmonies. For the first time, English Oldies gathers the best early doo-wop, R&B and blazing Latin rock and soul from these Tex-Mex masterminds-a simmering melting pot of diverse regional flavours, best served hot..."
**Gatefold 2LP. 4AD sum up the short, dark and brilliant life-span of London post-punk unit, In Camera, circa 1979-1982 thru a collection of singles, Peel Session recordings and previously unreleased tracks** "Active between 1978 and 1981, in the thick of London’s post-punk scene, they enjoyed an intense and fruitful short time together. Coming to the label’s attention when they supported Bauhaus at the Billy's venue in Soho, their only releases came with two singles in 1980 – the double A-side 7” of ‘Final Achievement’ and ‘Die Laughing’ (AD 8) and the IV Songs EP (BAD 19). Calling it a day before … Read more
**Limited gatefold multicoloured vinyl 3LP, includes MP3 download code** The soundtrack to FAR CRY 4 on CD with music from acclaimed Hollywood composer Cliff Martinez. This double disc edition features 45 minutes of bonus material not included on the digital release, providing around two hours of music from the game. Invada have been involved in several Cliff Martinez projects, with their own release of the popular soundtracks to crime thriller Drive and science fiction film Solaris. Far Cry 4 is Cliff's first foray into the world of video game music.
*28-track 2LP vinyl set with illustrated, annotated insert and featuring key recordings in the development of local Jamaican music from US-derived shuffle blues/boogie to the distinctive ska sound which would in turn evolve into rock steady and then reggae, inc tracks from Laurel Aitken, Derrick Morgan, Jimmy Cliff, Prince Buster, Don Drummond and Owen Gray* "The 28 tracks which comprise Feel So Fine are key recordings in the development of reggae’s precursor, ska. Throughout the ’50s and into the ’60s, the most popular style at Jamaican sound systems was the hard-hit… Read more
"‘S. Araw “Trio” XI’ is a new configuration of the Sun Araw Band, the live action collaborative branch of Sun Araw. Over the course of several studio dates in Hollywood, California, “Trio” players Cameron Stallones, Alex Gray and Mitchell Brown (with no prior intentions of doing any such thing) successfully planted a garden of ‘non-dimensional’ objects, not only spontaneously generating these objects but also mastering their nurture and cultivation. ‘Gazebo Effect’ is a double vinyl nocturnal stroll into the depths of the garden, its upper lawns and outbuildings. The li… Read more
"Italian Records return with another retro-futuristic step through its kult 80’s catalog. In the late 70’s Gaznevada had been one of the most relevant Italian Punk-Wave Bands coming to light from the Italian underground scene. In 1982 with I.C. Love Affair Gaznevada moved from post-punk to new-wave pop; and this tune is, without any doubt, considered as a proto-house anthem. For this 2015 release Italian Records include reconstructions by I-Robots and Giangi Cappai, the already well know Munk Edit and finally the David DePino edit."
Pépé Bradock, Joakim and Eric Duncan in the remix hotseat for Todd Terje. Monsieur Bradock spoils us with two cuts, one sousing Inspector Norse in psychedelic jazz finery, the other turning 'Swing Star' into a cosmic house VIP, whilst Joakim pumps 'Strandbar' up to bright but moody big room house play and Eric Duncan resets it to a camp, cantering NRG groove.
"Originally released in 1974, Miller’s third album is one of the best Brazilian records of its time. A seamless mesh of Brazilian pop, psychedelia, and Bossa Nova, Linguas De Fogo could be mistaken as Tropicalia (if Miller hadn’t distances himself from the genre). Of Linguas De Fogo, Flabbergasted Vibes writes “The record is dreamy, hazy, psychedlicized, progressive MPB that evokes early Lô Borges, or Beto Guedes, or the first Nelson Angelo/Joyce album. ...The arrangements are all great, balancing his relaxed, almost sedated vocal lines against taught double-tracked flute harmo… Read more
**Including 40 page booklet with photos and text by David Toop.** "Recordings from 1978 by David Toop of Yanomami ritual songs, shamanistic ceremonies and rainforest sounds. The voices of spirits and animal familiars, ventriloquial illusions of sound in dark spaces, secret spirit languages, the clap of thunder that links shamanic trance with the sleep language of Finnegans Wake... Out of these passages of the everyday, intensity flares like flames caught by a gust of wind. Skin burns or oozes blood, the wind blows up havoc as the sp… Read more
*One-sided 10" in screen printed sleeve* Killer Fracture update of DJ Monita a.k.a. The Skeleton Krew's 1992 'ardcore missile, 'Luv Ta Luv Ya' for 2015. Donna Summer gets rinsed out over manic, disciplined 'ardcore jungle breaks, Reese bass and hip hop stabs benefitting from a lick of modern production class. Fiyah.
"Sweet Madness Volume Two unearths more previously unreleased Sweet Madness music from where Made In Spokane: 1978 - 1981 left off. Featuring fifteen previously unreleased songs many of which clock in at about two minutes each."
"2000black are back with three timeless pieces that blend the group's love for soulful futuristic beats and organic instrumentation. To most headz, the producers behind 2000black need no real introduction. Initially inspired by breakbeat, house and techno, 4hero’s Dego has been constantly moving since the early nineties, enriching the drum & bass, soul and London boogie scene in his own unique way. The collective is acclaimed for their unique groove and their mix of jazz, soul and electronics...."
The prolific US West Coaster from Barn Owl pursues an apocalyptic synth/noise sound in 'Meridian' upon his return to Thrill Jockey. Keening away from the more natural inflections and ambience of his previous projects towards a proper, Terminator II-having-an-existential-crisis sound, Caminiti rarely looks over his shoulder across a forward-facing suite of nine pieces embracing industrial-strength synth tones, physical rhythm and arcing ambient pads. For us, it lands somewhere between the possessed visions of Sir Richard Bishop and W. David Oliphant's 'Beyond All Defects' and the elaborately l… Read more
*Much needed reissue of this stone cold Brazilian classic* "Brazil in the early 1970s had one of the vibrant music scenes in the world. Tropicalia was going strong, a challenge to both the music establishment and the state. Música Popular Brasileira (or MPB) was firmly established. Up in the northeastern corner of Brazil, centered in Recife, was another exciting strain of Brazilian culture called Udigrudi. Lula Cortes, Ze Ramalho and Satwa were a few artists from the movement; but none is more celebrated than Alceu Valença. Valença grew up with the expectation of being a lawyer… Read more
*A cool dose of insightful analog House from Giorgio Luceri, this time deploying Jenifa Mayanja for remix duties* "'Moonlife Theatre' starts out feeling like it's headed into new age territory before it picks up its moody soul and heads deep. Rolling tribal percussion teamed with an intense low end drive the rhythm section relentlessly, whilst an array of enlightened pads and keys fulfil the path deep into psychedelia...On 'AMSR' Giorgio hopes to gets the hairs standing on the back of your neck as a big resonant bassline jacks your body beneath the classic machine snare crack and sh… Read more
*2LP on 180G vinyl, plus a copy of the CD free inside* Dr. Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann a.k.a. The Orb return to Kompakt with 'Moonbuilding 2073 AD' - their 16th studio album and first for Kompakt in a decade. The pair still sound like a pair of stoners making music for themselves to hotbox the studio, and that's pretty much exactly what their legion followers are after. 'Moonbuilding 2703 AD' breaks down to four extended pieces, each one swimming in oceanic sub-bass and swarming with psychedelic FX. 'God's Mirrorball' hovers into first with their patented formula… Read more
No punches pulled or f**ks given in J. Tijn's fierce session for Bedouin Records. Last spotted on a bro-down with Randomer, the London-based producer rages hard here, from the electro-bassed pressure, panic sirens and rasping clap attacks of 'Kanon V.I.P.', and over to skin-tearing drum machine agitations of 'MOR', and industrial roil of 'Shy'.
*Repressed and available on vinyl for the first time in many years...* "Brought up in Manchester’s Moss Side, Barry Adamson began his career in 1977, learning to play the bass literally overnight for Magazine, Manchester’s most influential band of that era. When they disbanded five albums later in 1981 his definitive touch was spotted by The Birthday Party, with whom he played several times. After that band’s final implosion in 1983, Barry became a founder member of The Bad Seeds, along with Nick Cave, Mick Harvey and Blixa Bargeld. Nurturing a vision of The Great Soundtrack, B… Read more
Moiré, Disguise and pals flex their new Neversleep moniker for Phonica White with a trio of ruder house functions. Leading on from Moiré's 'BBoy 202' for Werk Discs/Ninja Tune, he gets busy on the A-side with a hulking, Kardashi-assed house bomb in his remix of 'Mouth Shut', before tagging in Disguise on the B-side for a sorta wonky Daft Punk (Homework era) style hip house boogie slam, and the man's own Special Mix of 'Mouth Shut' swapping the choking pressure for something much lighter, defter.
*The classic Barry Adamson album from '96, re-pressed and available on vinyl for the first time in many years...* The iconic album from ex Bad-Seed Barry Adamson finally gets a vinyl reissue. Even if you don't think you know this album you'll have heard bits from it a million times, it's been sampled and used in too many adverts and idents to mention. Influenced by John Barry, Ennio Morricone, and Lalo Schifrin, Oedipus Schmoedipus is a hugely influential piece of easy listening from a fascinating, hugely inventive musician....
The "Working Man's Techno Label" send crew member Morgan Louis on his first solo job. With hard hat donned and bait in his napsack, Louis gets a sweat on in four parts, from the hypnotic chord reps and glass hammer percussion of 'Only1' to the drone techno plastering of '3Sex' on the A-side, and over to the pitch-slipping monotone jacker, 'Donnoo', before clocking off with the faded filter-house gradients of 'Not U' and a trio of tuffened locked grooves on the B-side.
"Since debuting in 2013, J.Tijn has found his corner of the electronic music world, developing a hard techno sound that is raw and unforgiving. A core member of Untold’s Pennyroyal label, Jesse Tijn has also released on Overlee Assembly, Power Vacuum and Bedouin Records. For Naked Naked’s eleventh release, J.Tijn provides two versions of “Pick Your Battles”On the A side, “Pick Your Battles V1” gives us a dark rolling rhythm being led by a crisp snare hit through a sea of machine bleeps and grinding waves of noise. On the flip, “Pick Your Battles V2” hits harder with distorted kick drums, a… Read more
*180gram Metallic Gold Vinyl in a heavyweight old-style tip on jacket with thick film laminate gloss, a 12" x 12" art print featuring extensive liner notes from composer Jonathan Snipes plus a digital download card offering the entire score and bonus cues not featured on the LP* "Waxwork Records proudly presents the debut LP release of Starry Eyes, composed by Sub-Pop recording artist Jonathan Snipes (clipping, Room 237) composed and performed by Snipes purely on analogue synths..."