Thursday, 23 July
Silkie follows two volumes of 'City Limits' albums with the plush dubstep boogie dimensions of 'Fractals' for Distal's Anarchostar label. There's far more variation in this suite than we've previously heard from Silkie, proving equally adept at Miami-style electro in 'Escape Route', trim electro-tech in 'Moda' with J. Tijn, and swish Linn funk in 'Love Affair', alongside the trap-style lean of 'Majik' and electro-jazzy halfstep in 'Cascada'.
**Limited to 500 copies with hand-numbered insert and 7"** "Ti-Tho was an early to mid 80’s NDW-project by Marisa Calcagno and Thomas Stelter. The name Ti-Tho is a combination of Chrstina Marisa and Thomas. 7 exciting years between school and recording-studio followed. They both met when she was 13 and Thomas being the guitar-teacher of her friend Oliver with whom she had a band called 'Tempelfreuden' (together with Markus Lipka and Johan Pop) Thomas, who had followed some of their band-gigs then asked her to join in his new project as singer. After years of piano-lessons the relatively shy Marisa … Read more
**Limited Gatefold LP with booklet** "A split-LP with two of Swedens finest industrial bands re-issued in a limited edition of just 100 copies. Goz Mongo are old fans of the analog sound, old machines and the way they behave, and don't behave. Perfect and fascinating mixture between old-school-industrial, avantgarde NWW-like-and the likes of Clock DVA and Cabaret Voltaire. Inyurmania (IYM), meanwhile, experiment with tapeloops, feedback, raw analog synthersizer sounds and screaming vocals. All recorded ln their studio. Both bands explore the attitude of rhythmic industrial funk. Rhythm-boxes, synthersizers, bass and guitar."
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** "Experimental, avant-black metal artisans Locrian return with 'Infinite Dissolution', another dark and cinematic work of exceptional aural artistry. More epic and foreboding than anything in the prolific trio's catalog, Infinite Dissolution was produced by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian Circles) and is a multi-part concept album dealing with the struggle of mortality. A seamless and harrowing blend of dark ambience, drone, black metal, post-rock, and experimental electronics, Infinite Dissolution is the perfect manifestation of mode… Read more
The Mods hock a vitriolic follow-up to their 'Divide And Exit' breakthrough with the 12-song 'Key Markets'. Their latest dispatch from the no-mans-land of Nottingham volleys shots at anyone and everything that comes within Jason Williams' line-of-sight, whilst Andrew Fearn's productions remain ascetic to say the least, but possibly with more bite and itch in the gruds than before, and even a few moments that could be described as abstract when compared with their sternly functional structures. Safe to say they've lost none of their spunky chuff with the advent of bigger stages and audiences at their feet.
**Green vinyl** The Mods hock a vitriolic follow-up to their 'Divide And Exit' breakthrough with the 12-song 'Key Markets'. Their latest dispatch from the no-mans-land of Nottingham volleys shots at anyone and everything that comes within Jason Williams' line-of-sight, whilst Andrew Fearn's productions remain ascetic to say the least, but possibly with more bite and itch in the gruds than before, and even a few moments that could be described as abstract when compared with their sternly functional structures. Safe to say they've lost none of their spunky chuff with the advent of bigger stages and audiences at their feet.
**Limited to 500 copies with hand-numbered insert** "In late 1982 Jesse Last and Malcolm Smith, both from Cambridge Massachusetts, launched their pioneering electro-experimental-techno project called Dok-U-Ment. They released a very limited self-produced tape which came on the radar by Sleep Chamber's John Zewizz who then joined this project while trying to convince both to join Sleep Chamber. In 1983 they re-released the first Tape in an edited and extended forn on John's Label Inner X-Musick. One Track also got licensed to a Gut Level Music Compilation and two tracks were als… Read more
Slow burning deep house beauty from the originators, Virgo Four, in collaboration with Smallville affiliate Jacques Bon, and backed with a perfectly-paced Superpitcher remix. The squashed and tantalising original will seduce the pants off any romantic house fiend, whilst Aksel Schaufler a.k.a. Superpitcher's extended version makes it tantric for the bigger 'floors.
**Deluxe 7LP set in a sublime foil stamped box - limited to 200 individually numbered copies with certificate and bonus 7". A holy grail for all wave riders - so damn good** John Bender is commonly referred to as the "godfather" or "inventor" of minimal wave electronics. Thanks to some proper detective work, Frank Maier and the Vinyl-on-Demand team reassert the reclusive auteur's rightful status with this comprehensive collection, reissuing his three self-released LPs on Record Sluts and his four official tapes for the first time, together… Read more
*Deluxe 10th Anniversary Reissue* Following on from the genius that was the Madvilliany collab, MF Doom looked to Dangermouse for a co-production; resulting in a sound that isn't many degrees of separation from his King Geedorah project, albeit given a more upfront set of beats. Based around the Adult Swim series, 'The Mouse & the Mask' favours some fantastically murky beats and monochrome atmospherics which lend a real sense of subterranean menace to the gloriously childish content. Kicking things off is the darkheart canyon jump of 'El Chupa … Read more
**Limited gatefold white vinyl 2LP with white 7" and postcard** "Gary Bradbury is considered one of Australia’s pioneers of electronic music. From 1980 –1985, Bradbury was a member of the seminal electronic post-punk project ‘Severed Heads’ who produced a series of seminal albums; ‘Since the Accident’ (83-84); ‘City Slab Horror’(85); ‘Blubberknife’(82); and ‘Clifford Darling, Please Don’t Live In The Past’ (a retrospective of early works). These works were characterised by the dynamic integration of experimental musical practices, such as tape manipul… Read more
**Limited LP + 7", includes insert** "Cacophony '33' is project by Kevin Kettle from Lincoln, UK, started in around 1982. Formed out the ashes of a Post Punk/New Wave Band Cacophony '33' became embraced by the 'Cassette Culture' bedroom recording movement sharing his recordings worldwide via the 'Swap a Tape' method with other artists. Most of his very rare 20 Tape-Releases were released on his own Park Home Recordings Studio and Label in ultra-limited editions, almost all in a DIY-manner with special packaging. His wonderful style in combining minimal/synth with psychedelic elements are an essential must for every fan of music in the vein of the Legendary Pink Dots."
Chicago's own DJ Roc volleys an electrified 2nd album of footwork with 'Practice What U Preach' for scene supporters, Duck N' Cover. Working a perfect balance of sampled soul and technoid Afro-futurism, it weighs up some of his deadliest cuts and jabs in the likes of 'Lowend Unity', named after his 'hood and flush with a mix of pealing sax, droning subs and mercurial synth drops; with the lump-in-throat brilliance of his hyper Jhene Aiko flip, 'The Worst'; and not least the staccato pulses, ricochet rimshots and choking bass pressure of 'I Make Gutta'.
**Limited gatefold 2LP with insert - edition of 200 copies** "This material from Portion Control clearly demonstrates their early experimentation both as ‘musicians’ and with at the advent of analogue electronic machines. The eclectic material ranges from cassette portastudio material recorded in Peckham and Kennington, South London to high end studio recordings. The punk roots show as Portion Control demonstrate unrivalled creativity breaching the gap between UK industrial, early ambient and the formative signs of electronic dance music. The music features rising appegiators… Read more
Happa, pursues a uniquely infectious big room sound on Pt/5, the label he set up with Al Gill in 2014. We're really feeling the coruscating tang of A-side, 'Chewy Teeth', with its lightshow of keening, bittersweet synths displaying Happa's wayward electronic tastes, whilst the jagged groove offers a subtly twisted take on current arena techno styles. Flipside, he cools off with swaggering bassline and sparse, blank-eyed vocal stabs in 'Ascension' subtly alleviated with trancing synth build to sound a bit like New Order gone techno, before 'Crickets' deals in a crankier sort of industrial house akin to Kassem Mosse gone L.I.E.S.
*Originally released in 1986, Brother Resistance's 'Rapso Takeover' blends calypso, reggae, disco, funk and poetry to create the artist’s signature Rapso sound* "A progressive form of poetry from Trinidad and Tobago, Rapso emerged as a means by which to articulate the daily suffering symptomatic of the social unrest afflicting the nation throughout the 1970s and 80s. Brother Resistance played a significant role in the Rapso movement, deploying his music to spread messages of hope and liberation. The authorities took Brother Resistance’s rising status seriously, destroying w… Read more
**Housed in ace brown paper inner and LP sleeve designed by Studio Tape-Echo. Mastered by Lewis at Stardelta. Edition of 500** Blackest Ever Black debut new meat: Young Echo crew's Ossia steps solo with 20 minutes of pitched Bristol dread. Whilst technically it's not his first outing - that was his mental DJ Oa$is collaboration with DJ Ape a.k.a. Vessel - it's the first we've heard from Ossia in this cloaked mode, straddling dub-rooted technoir, echo-chamber ambience and air-vent drones with adroit, patient application of samples, synth and guitar diffused in a matrix of spring reverb and echo pedals. … Read more
Ipman triggers a devastating, hardcore UK sound with his Tectonic debut. Amidst bad company on the Bristol label, he sounds a junglist clarion call for 'Regicide' with ruffneck breaks and stare-down bass amping a sentiment we agree with, whereas 'Ghostrunner' tests out something new entirely with a ferocious cold-fusion of noise techno, EBM and pitching trap trills that frankly sounds like f**k-all out there. TIP!
**Limited LP, includes insert** "This LP covers the works of Rob Van Wijngaarden with one Side covering his solo-works as Rob Van (dropping his last name as no one seemed to ever write his last name correctly) and one side with his band-projects Mental, Heavy Mental which he released on his own Tape-Label called Mental Cassettes. In addition Side B will also contain a Collaboration-track with Ruud Kluivers. Side A is covering the Tape he released on the famous Ptose Label PPP (Ptose Production Présente). in 1981 Ptose asked them to supply 25 mi… Read more
Killah selections from King Jammy's vault, accompanying the 'Roots, Reality and Sleng Teng' DVD. Tracklist: Side A - Black Uhuru, Scorcher & Nicodemus, 'Bad Girl'; Black Uhuru & Prince Hammer 'African Love / Yogi Bear'; John Steele 'Selassie On His White Horse'; Errol Scorcher 'Engineer Affair' -- Side B; Jammy's & King Tubby 'Zambia'; The Fantells 'Where You Gonna Run'; Hortense Ellis 'Jah Created The World'; 'Junior Delgado 'Love Tickles Like Magic'; Dennis Brown 'The Lord Is My Shepherd'.
**Gatefold 2LP, includes insert.** "Art Interface was a synth band uninfluenced by the direction of mainstream european synth stylings. a mid-western american band (except for the swedish drummer...) It was initiated by Douglas Vasey in 1979. Other members taken on board were Claes Roswell, Roger Deason and Steven Curran. They disdained Kraftwerk but loved Neu! and bands like the Stooges. instead of marching lockstep to the beat of a drum-machine the kybs were propelled by the live drumming changeups; knobs were twisted on impulse w/ no idea what sound would result ma… Read more
**Special edition box set including gatefold 2LP + 7" and T-Shirt** "Art Interface was a synth band uninfluenced by the direction of mainstream european synth stylings. a mid-western american band (except for the swedish drummer...) It was initiated by Douglas Vasey in 1979. Other members taken on board were Claes Roswell, Roger Deason and Steven Curran. They disdained Kraftwerk but loved Neu! and bands like the Stooges. instead of marching lockstep to the beat of a drum-machine the kybs were propelled by the live drumming changeups; knobs were… Read more
**Vinyl includes two exclusive cuts not on digital formats!** Wen rolls out a crucial double-pack hot on the heels of his killer 'Finesse' EP and one year on from his widely-acclaimed 'Signals' - one of the best albums of 2014. Doing it for Soundman Chronicles this time, the vibes are more atmospheric and technoid across 'Senary Cycles', still full of dread but laced with a bittersweet salvation. The first plate dances from knife-sharpening electro-acoustic sound designs in 'Arlington CT9' thru to piquant, Zomby-style pirouettes of 'Pace Myself', and a smudged rollers delicacy called 'She Giv',… Read more
**Limited to 500 copies with hand-numbered insert** "Zephyr in The Swamp are : Brendan Coyle and Colin Hughes who originated from the Wirral UK synth trio The Games. A vocalist friend Martin Graham came on board for a short spell until he sadly passed away. The music from Zephyr in the Swamp was created after the split up of the band The Games from 1981-1983 and is an album of instrumental tracks. The tracks were unearthed from cassette tapes and reel to reel from an Akai 4000D. The recordings used Roland Sh09, Boss Dr Rhythm and Roland 09 strings organ utilising sound on sound ec… Read more
**Edition of 300** "As earlier compilations of ‘Danza Meccanica’ have taught us, Italy gave birth to a disproportionate number of synth-pop, new wave and electronic acts in the 80s. Mannequin goes deeper into the Italian new wave archaeological research with a killer 10 tracks selection of Carmody. Picking their name from a science fiction novel titled “Dimension of Miracles” by Robert Sheckley, Carmody were coming from Torino, as their pairs Monuments and Chromagain. Started as a duo (Alberto Ramella and Andrea Lesmo) and later a trio with Max Casacci joining in as a gu… Read more
Roiling darkroom techno-house from Detroit's Shady P via Glasgow's Clan Destine label. Ruggedly effective and straight-up grooves carry a payload of twisted synths and bent 5am vibes from the head-spinning grip of 'Pavlov's Bitch' to the tweakin' alien synth chatter of 'A Man In Reverse' featuring Drowned.
**Limited edition 150g green marbled vinyl. Includes free download redeemable from the label, edition of 350** Summer's friend, Matthew Mondanile a.k.a. Ducktails presents a persistently sweet new studio album; his first since 2013's 'The Flower Lane' and arguably his lushest yet. Sporting guest spots from Julia Holter and James Ferraro, and tooled with production by Rob Schnapf, co-producer of Elliott Smith's 'XO' and 'Either/Or', it's a baroque-tight collection of classical pop, flush with cascading melodies, tender fretwork and sing-along vocals. It was recorded thr… Read more
**Limited LP with 7' and insert** "The Toy Shop was initially a minimal/synthpop-based solo project for Leeds vocalist, keyboardist & guitarist Paul Klein. He released the single 'The Maze/Live Wires Kill' in 1981 before moving to Sheffield and teaming up with Oldham born keyboardist Philip Walsh in 1982. Their first gig together was in the Star/Webster's inaugural Battle Of The Bands competition in May of that year - they went on to win the competition and courted attention from major record labels for a while afterwards. The guys played a handful of gigs including supports to Dead Or A… Read more
**180g wax, plus A4 insert** Berceuse Heroique bring Liverpool's Mark Forshaw into the fold with a brain-swilling acid beast backed by a bucking IBM remix from Hieroglyphic Being. The original A-side, 'The F**k' extrudes yer mind thru a barrage of polymetric oscillations to an intensely delirious breakdown and a ravenously discordant acid wig-out. On the flip, Jamal Moss a.k.a. IBM yokes 'The F**k' to a Rush-style Chicago buck riding cantering groove and hard-working, juddering synthlines.