Thursday, 27 February
"Super Djata is one of boldest and most exciting orchestras in the history of African modern music, if not one of Africa’s greatest and most unsung ensembles. Led by the late great Zani Diabaté, Super Djata Band de Bamako stands proud as one of West Africa’s fiercest orchestras, with only a handful of releases and many tremendous gigs given over the last forty years. Born in 1947 in the Sikasso region, Zani belongs to one of Mali’s most famous griot families. As a child he learnt how to play the bolon, a string instrument with a bass sound, and the balafon, before learning how to dance.… Read more
Super strong space House from 'Dam-dwelling dons Juju & Jordash. Their latest missive for Dekmantel sounds like it couldn't have come from anyone else, and that's a fairly rare thing in their crowded scene. On 'Waldorf Salad' they jam on with spiralling bleeps and crisp, clean synthlines borne from the eponymous synth, locked to plodding but bubbly groove designed to hypnotise in the wee small hours.That's followed by an unusual sorta synth making canny use of (near) vinyl silence, before the flipside, 'Third Planet From Altair' works up a serious head of steam wit… Read more
**Foil-blocked sleeve and 24-page booklet crammed with photos, artwork and liner notes** "With Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, the impacts of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on US shores and heartlands is revealed as a bludgeoning previously undescribed. In this collection, medieval Bonham thunk and febrile Iommi guitar leads crowd out the bluesy Americana that foregrounded those bands, replacing hippie pastoralism with mythology, armored conflict, sorcery, and doom. From legions of occult-obsessive 1970s bonehead teens, we summoned a horde of 1… Read more
"Unknown To The Unknown present a new 4 track club EP from New York's Willie Burns. By day a swimming instructor & record buyer at the world famous thrift store The Thing. By night he can be found in his studio in Greenpoint surrounded by a collection of analogue hardware that make up his alias’ Speculator, Black Deer & of course his SP1200 aided Willie Burns. Having released numerous EPs on L.I.E.S, The Trilogy Tapes, Rush Hour & Crème Organisation he’s turned in 4 spectacular hazy low slung house jams for Unknown To The Unknown..."
**160g white vinyl. Edition of 999** Exquisite debut of downer pop and industrial folk from Alaxis Andreas G aka Bruta Non Calculant on Minimal Wave's Cititrax sub-label. Steeped in crepuscular European atmosphere and executed with near-ineffable elegance, 'World In A Tear' is a natural, if funereal procession from Alaxis Andreas G's Le Syndicat Electronique project, following more personal themes of death, lust and unrequited love in eight riveting songs that mine rich ground between the arcane '80s output of Years On Earth, Wire or Eyeless In Gaza, and contemporary moves by Ales… Read more
Intranational house business in effect: Australia's Adelaide Soundworks label debut with a loved-up jackers dose from Dallas, USA's TX Connect. 'You Too' are indebted to lush, grooving late'80s/early '90s house vibes. A-side is a slinky, organ-heated jacker baiting the 'floor with sparkling hooks and tumbling toms like some long-lost Virgo ace. B-side, the squashed and distorted jack of 'Trashed' emulates that lost in the fog machine at 5am vibe, and 'Hammock At Hurricane Hill' dices with a full-bodied, tweaky acid sound reminding of his previous drops on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams and L.I.E.S.
Thursday, 20 February
*Edition of 300 copies pressed on coloured vinyl, mastered and cut by Matt Colton* With only one release to her name so far, the excellent "Orz" tape for the Reckno label, plus a regular show on NTS, the artist who may or not be a pseudonym for visual designer Jason Kerley returns here with her first release pressed to wax, a 30-minute odyssey that glides into the hardcore continuum and re-shapes various forms and formulations of electronic music along the way. "sssssssss" is a 30 minute trip split into two continuous sides that run like a mixtape, coming to life on the frazzled low-end modula… Read more
Crushing debut album from forward UK producer Untold. His 'Black Light Spiral' is an airless, borderline-aggressive assault on the dance borne from nigh on two decades immersed in British rave culture. Since 2008, with releases on his Hemlock imprint, for close chums Hessle Audio, and for Clone and R&S, among others, he's been instrumental in the post-Dubstep field with clinical appropriations of Breakstep, Grime, and most recently, European Techno. He's regularly touted as a producer's producer, a don among the baying, bassbin-dwelling throng, so as you'd imagine his debut album is an eage… Read more
A spoil of splintering, lushly awkward rhythms, kaotic harmonix and fractal electronics, it's a proper, future shock of a record. it exists in it's own parallel dimension, holding up a smashed mirror to 30 years of developments in the avant-garde, on the dancefloor, and in virtual reality. It's a sound Patten's been edging towards since orbiting underground echelons with his releases for his own Kaleidoscope label, and the excellent 'Glaqjo Xaacsso' LP for No Pain In Pop, but we reckon few would have predicted quite how glorious this album would turn out, us included. At it's whirring, amorphou… Read more
**Vinyl Edition finally available, comes in a special die-cut sleeve including two photo inserts plus download code redeemable from the label with Bonus Track** Nils Frahm presents the truest representation of his feted piano performances with this gorgeous treatment of over two years worth of live recordings, captured and then carefully assembled in his Durton Studio and referred to by Frahm as "a collage of field recordings rather than a live album. "Berlin-based contemporary composer Nils Frahm has built a steady reputation for his intimate, poignant piano recordings, yet they so f… Read more
Supreme diggers Light Sounds Dark dig deep into their vaults and "reach for the good stuff, the real deal vintage not your everyday cheap wonk" - delivering another essential curio, this time from Germany circa 1981 and Die Partei's largely forgotten "La Freiheit Des Geistes". LSD have a knack of pulling out long lost gems and this here is one of their finest yet: an offbeat slab of proto-industrial edging into electro-pop, the kind of tackle that's an absolute must for those of you into Der Plan. Another essential missive from one of the finest archival labels out there - required listening for those of you in need of further education.
"For the final chapter of the Finders Kreepers 7″ series of bygone supernatural psychedelic cinema scores we combine a true universal classic with a very deep underground gem for this unlikely pairing of witchcraft films from entirely different cinematic perspectives. Taken from a South American only 7″ EP dedicated solely to the nightclub music of The Brothers Candoli in Richard Quine’s Bell Book And Candle, the tongue-in-cheek cat magic theme on the a-side of this release combines whirring electric pianos and muted… Read more
The Notwist return with their first album in 6 years, 'Close to The Glass'. "The Notwist have always been pioneering their own sound, walking a trail of songs across genres toward something definitively new and distinctly them. Yet the German born band are never running ‘from’ their previous creations rather ‘toward’ the next, and in doing so have crafted a series of personal yet impeccable records that warmly thread together the far corners of independent music. Simply speaking, the Notwist make this careful and banging, private yet pop, post-everything music, for the movie going on i… Read more
Pangaea, Karenn and Objekt remix Jon Hopkins' 'Collider'. Cut from Hopkins' widely acclaimed 'Immunity' album, the posh trance thud of 'Collider' is ruffed up and taken to a darker corner of the club by each participant. Pangaea gives it a crushing swing-techno overhaul mauled with abrasive noise whilst retaining a vital trace of the original's proggy lift. Blawan and Pariah's Karenn duo opt for a darker, pounding techno overhaul powered by thuggish kicks and laced with an EBM synthline. Objekt does his crafty IDM thing with intricate, polymetric syncopations and fractal electronics.
*Individually numbered edition of 500 copies* The second in this series of well curated remix EP's for The Field, this time round featuring re-workings from Tim Hecker, Andreas Tilliander's TM404 and John Tejada. Hecker is perhaps best suited to the source material, stretching out the original into a nicely padded exercise in drift that wouldn't sound out of place on Pop Ambient, while Tilliander stretches the TM404 remit away from purist analog/acid into something more developed and intriguing - almost tribal. Tejada does what he does best in a nicely relaxed, well executed Tech-House style.
Following on from that amazing reissue of "Half Dead Ganja Music" on Spencer Clark's Pacific City Sound Visions label, Cut Chemist puts together this incredible compilation from 1980’s French post punk, industrial, minimal collective Vox Populi!,. Cut Chemist discovered their material in 2004 while on tour/record digging in Milan where he picked up a compilation featuring their track “Megamix”. Originally released in the 80s, the track was not rooted in disco, hip hop & DJ history but rather post punk and industrial influences. The rudimentary “scratching” present… Read more
Champion debuts a darker, duttier sound as Hayfever with the technoid bass gyrations of 'Ground Collapse' backed by Maddslinky (Zed Bias) and Mickey Pearce remixes. Steering away from his wild jump-up funky/grime hybrids, the exceptional, London-based producer reduces his sound more in line with the likes of Swamp81's style whilst firmly retaining the sort of road-wise values that make his work so vital. His minimalist, cybernetic original is given a more rolling, percolating rework by Zed Bias in skippy, New Jersey-style Maddslinky guise, whilst Mickey Pearce goes future tribal with shoulder dropping sub bass, grinding acid gully drones.
"Finders Kreepers continue their 7″ series of vintage macabre film music with a volume dedicated to European vampire cinema with the two most notorious exponents of the horrotica genre at the helm. Although often put on the same platform the films of these two self-sufficient European filmmakers are in fact very different from each others celebrated efforts, having collaborated on just one occasion with Rollin directing a short dream sequence for Franco’s film Virgin Amongst The Living Dead (complete with its pulsating Bruno Nicolai score). On the a-side … Read more
South American-born Parisian Valentino Mora returns with a tough and convulsive take on dance music with this long awaited 13 track album for ClekClekBoom. Named after the NASA vessel currently in orbit (which itself is named in honour of seminal Astronomer Johannes Kepler), the album builds on the sound made popular by 2012's "Yo Vogue" fusing elements of House, Ghettotech and Electro nicely over-compressed for maximum impact. Highlights include the Levon Vincent aping "Change The Past" and the Millsian 'K62' featuring compatriot and labelmate Bambounou.
**Taut, authentically vintage wave funk from Group Rhoda and her pal, Max. If you wanted hear Group Rhoda go darker, this is it…Recommended!** "Dark Entires is excited to introduce the debut album “Less Ness” from contemporary Bay Area duo, Max and Mara. Their collaboration began in 2012. Max is based in Oakland and has been a part of various projects most notably Brotman and Short and his current solo work as Business Etiquette. Mara is based in San Francisco and is known for her solo work as Group Rhoda. On “Less Ness” they worked with a hardware set up: 808 and Elektron drum machine, Moog, MAM,… Read more
Wobbly, weird-ass basement jams from Optimo's Milanese pals, The Barking Dogs. Their eccentric brand of "mutant funk" takes in the fizzy bounce of 'Limit Without Patience', a low-slung disco jobby 'Last Call To Black Loops', the motorik revs of 'Licantropus' and a raw disco-not-disco deviation, 'Climbing In Turchia'.
One half of MMM returns with "classy, bassline centred, 1990s Chicago school rooted Techno/House tunes" for the third release on his Fiedelone label.
"Bucky Skank is a new occasional label from JD Twitch created solely to focus on tracks inspired by the myriad sounds that have come out of Jamaica over the last half century. The first 12" takes Twitch's long time obsession with Sleng Teng to its logical conclusion by including his take on that seminal rhythm. One of many versions he made purely for his amusement, after roping in former Roll Deep member, Killa P to do some vocals he decided to release it and the genesis of Bucky Skank was born. This track, "Skeng Teng", comes in vocal, instrumental and remix form, … Read more
"Debut release on Cold Tonic from label boss Krystal Klear. “It’s not about money, not about hoes, not about fast cars, just about the excitement of putting something together from start to finish and seeing what happens with it” In the case of the A side ‘Squad’ it’s about putting out a banger that sees Krystal Klear explore heavier dancefloor sounds, featuring an infectious bassline that slowly creeps in until it decides to grab you by the balls and punch you in the face. Don’t miss out on the switch up at the end that brings things back down to earth gently. On the flip, Tun Valve wo… Read more
"Clap! Clap! is longtime Jazz player Cristiano Crisci, also known in electronic circles as Digi G'Alessio. Here in full chopped up afro-future mode he fuzes the hiss crackle and fuzz of heavy tribal sampling with broad stroke drum programming. The fluidity of time signatures and deft jazz minded drumming gives the Tambacounda a woozy and hallucinogenic feel, tracks travelling from deep jungle drama to carnival ecstasy." Recommeded if you're into Modeselektor and Romare.
Two decorated rave dons partner up for a heavyweight rolige session. Mumdance arrives off the back of the best material in his arsenal, namely his collaborations with Logos and that 'It's Peak' madness for UTTU, whilst Pinch continues to find his groove in the 130bpm/bass zone. Up top, their 'Turbo Mitzi' is potent as the title suggests, oscillating waves of darkside synth bliss with cold, skin-prickling electro-bass and duppied rave gasps to take over the dance. Dung there, 'Whiplash' is a more rugged beast synching dynamic whipcracks with crunching construction yard samples, bass surges and brilliant, daring use of near-silence in the anti-drops. Recommended.
*Edition of 500 copies pressed on 180 gm vinyl* "Voa is a collaboration between electronic music legend Markus Popp aka Oval with several singers/musicians from all over South America. Elevator pitch: Voa offers the unreleased "A"-selection of recordings from those Salvador da Bahia sessions plus brand new, cutting-edge Oval material - an 18-track session, chock full of genre-defying, mesmerizing songs and haunting melodies that do not cease to surprise."
Thursday, 13 February
Russell Haswell puts a donk on it for Diagonal in a compelling, combustible and personalised '37 Minute Workout' of fractured noise and techno deconstructions. Working under a title nodding to both the album's physicality and riffing on Paul Morley's idea that the perfect album length is 37 minutes long, it's a typically uncompromising session cocking a contrary view of the dancefloor. Rhythmically, it's by far the most "structured" album in Haswell's solo catalogue, consolidating the freeform, improvised approach and brutalist, visceral timbres of previous releases with an apprecia… Read more
**John Twells (Type) and Walker Chambliss return with their 2nd EP for Modern Love, initial copies on clear vinyl** Jack Dice scale up their ambition with heady success on a crackshot 2nd EP of whip-riding 808s, noisy harmonics and addictive raps by Stash Marina. Following their tentative 'Block Motel' debut, few outside their close pals coulda predicted where the duo of Type Records boss John Twells and cloud rap mogul Walker Chambliss would take the Jack Dice project, and even fewer would predict where it's ended up, us included. We're basically talking about the addictive centrepiece, 'Stash's… Read more
**Digitalis debut from Koenraad Ecker, one half of Opal Tapes' Lumisokea, highly recommended if you're into Vainio, Joachim Nordwall, The Haxan Cloak. Initial copies on transparent red wax** Belgium's Koenraad Ecker swiftly follows his 'Apophenia' LP as part of the Lumisokea duo for Opal Tapes with a personalised invitation to his shadowy solo zones for Digitalis. Inhabiting space between slow techno and electro-acoustic dimensions, 'Ill Fares The Land' surveys similar soundscapes to Mika Vainio and Joachim Nordwall's recent 'Monstrance' LP and Senking's drowned space. Bolstered by … Read more