Thursday, 20 November
**Orange Vinyl** The Mods are back, this time on Geoff Barrow's Invada label with the brooding 'Tiswas EP'. Naming their latest record after a '70s kids TV show, the duo are sorta showing their age here, but thanks to Jason's hungry delivery and Andrew's ascetic production they safely swerve any accusations of retrogression to continue forging a unique mix of punk rock spittle and hip hop swagger. This reviewer wasn't even born when Tiswas was on the telly, but I can definitely recognise their distaste for the stagnant, immovable English establishment of their generation, from … Read more
**Yellow Vinyl** The Mods are back, this time on Geoff Barrow's Invada label with the brooding 'Tiswas EP'. Naming their latest record after a '70s kids TV show, the duo are sorta showing their age here, but thanks to Jason's hungry delivery and Andrew's ascetic production they safely swerve any accusations of retrogression to continue forging a unique mix of punk rock spittle and hip hop swagger. This reviewer wasn't even born when Tiswas was on the telly, but I can definitely recognise their distaste for the stagnant, immovable English establishment of their generation, from … Read more
**Special double set of COH’s TO BEAT album (released previously as CD) featuring exclusive remixes by Matmos, JG Thirwell, John Parish, Ryuchi Sakamoto and Drew McDowall. Vinyl only. No digital** 'To Beat' is surely the most accessible album in CoH's long and illustrious catalogue of extreme electronic music. It picks up right where 'RETRO-2038' left off on 'Method As Fun' by keenly focussing on the aesthetics of pure sinewaves and rhythm. Like some origami high master, the Swedish-based Russian producer folds and layers sheer tones into pulsing, spitting waves of rhythmic and melodic en… Read more
Proxima returns with three shades of techier, up-to-the-second dubstep, from clipped Coki styles in 'Trapped' to snarling dungeon slither of 'Fate' and crushing Dutch style darkness in 'Fallout'.
Thursday, 13 November
'Faith In Strangers’ was written and produced between January 2013 and June 2014, and was edited and sequenced in late July this year. Making use of on an array of instruments, field recordings, found sounds and vocal treatments, it’s a largely analogue variant of hi-tech production styles arcing from the dissonant to the sublime. The first two tracks recorded during these early sessions bookend the release, the opener ‘Time Away’ featuring Euphonium played by Kim Holly Thorpe and last track ‘Missing’ a contribution by Stott’s occasional vocal collaborator Alison Skidmore who also appe… Read more
*Second Box Set - Deluxe/heavyweight 4LP + 7" boxet, including a 16 page 5” x 7” Booklet by Chris Abani, an A1 poster print and download code. The albums included are: 'Crashes In Love (2)' (1977), 'Body and Soul' (1980), 'Hypertension' (1982), 'Good Name' (1983), + Peaking Lights remix of 'Body & Soul'. Hand-numbered edition** Luaka Bop present four hard-to-find William Onyeabor albums released 1977-1985, now boxed up and remastered for his newly growing fanbase. After his revelatory Afro-futurist appearances on the 'World Psychedelic Classics' collection and Stru… Read more
**180g double LP in a gatefold sleeve** Machinedrum brings the 'Vapor City' epoch to a close with this final chapter of 'Vapour City Archives'. Over the last 12 months he's animated a rich sonic fiction informed by psychogeography, Afro-futurism and and new technology over the course of an album, a string of 12"'s and via his subscription series. The hyperstitious results have marked him as a producer apart from the pack thanks to his mercurial meld of footwork, jungle, hip hop and electronica with etheric soul vocals that caught the attention of a lot of listeners looking for a sort… Read more
With the beautifully introspective 'Sea Island' Loscil taps back into that vein of Kranky ambient loveliness he's owned for more than a decade since his 'Triple Point' (2001) classic. Shaping a misty bridge between dub techno and ambient music proper, his music has long stood out from the crowd for his ability to effortlessly sidestep cliche in a genre swamped by folk happy to infinitely regurgitate the same patterns and pads. And 'Sea Island' shows no sign of that considered approach abating. It makes a marked step towards letting that dub techno bridge evaporate into the background as he adopts … Read more
NIN synth player and keyboardist Alessandro Cortini shapeshifts into the technoid Skarn guise with his debut for Shifted's Avian label. Across three tracks he puts a unique spin on the purest, monotone techno templates, capturing a brute, wormholing hardware sound comparable with classic Pan Sonic. With little background info to the 12" other than the obvious, we'd gauge that he's using a similar set-up to his acclaimed Sonno' and 'Forse' volumes, yet with very different results, possibly achieving such a kinetic, tactile buzz from only two or three re-amped machines and canny room… Read more
Juju & Jordash share the treasures of their 2nd raid upon Move D's very best work from the archives in 'The KM20 Tapes Volume 2 (1992 - 1996)'. Produced at Dave Moufang's eponymous studio in Heidelberg roughly around the same time as his seminal debut album 'Kunststoff', they document free-spirited studio jams guided by jazz and hi-tech soul thru the dub-feathered house flight of 'Willenlos' across the A-side to a pair of ace acid downbeats on the flip with the Plastikman-style triplet 303 grind of 'Evil Trak' - which isn't that evil actually - to a gorgeous slow/fast ambient stepper titled 'Inside The Dollhouse'. Killer wares.
**Glitter glossed gatefold 2LP** The freak pop genius returns sans Haunted Graffiti with the amazing 'Pom Pom', his first "solo" album proper. Aided by collaboration with legendary psych pop producer Kim Fowley, among other as-yet-uncredited contributors, it's a 17-song reminder of Pink's inimitable slant on '70s/'80s pop, applying a magpies eye and vultures beak to the bones of bubblegum garage, glam power pop and sun-kissed indie. We daresay this is Mr. Pink at his very, very charming best, doing ludicrous prog jams such as 'Exile On Frog Street' just as well as jinglistic psych with 'Jell-o' a… Read more
**Inaugural white label from Her Records - Hand-stamped edition of 400** Her Records at long last deliver their first ever vinyl release after a slew of essential Digital-only releases, featuring grimy rebuilds of a classic Baltimore club vocal by Devon's No.1 club trak specialist, Fraxinus. After lighting up the scene with a string of advanced club constructions starting with Miss Modular's 'Reflector Pack' and taking in debuts from label bosses Sudanim and CYPHR, they commit their ass to club music's divine, physical format with timelessly fwd style. Uptown, the A-side buxx wild with flanging su… Read more
**180g mastered and cut by Matt Colton. Debossed jacket includes postcard insert** Akkord's 'HTH020' 12" undergoes exceptional transformations at the hands of The Haxan Cloak and Vatican Shadow for Houndstooth. It's arguably a pinnacle of the label's sustained attack since emerging in 2013, due in large part to The Haxan Cloak's shocking render of 'HTH020'. In the course of nearly eleven minutes, the original is hard-panned for gold, sweeping from stereo-strafing concrète dynamics into a staggering display of head-compressing delays and chest-bursting post-rock/metal dynamic… Read more
Third and quite possibly strongest release yet from Beneath's Mistry label canters back to the 'floor with two deft, blocky riddims by Enklav. boss Chevel. Working a stripped framework of percolating bleeps and woody, splintered percussion greased with oily Reese and 808 bass, the Italian producer unfurls two lean and mean productions every bit as shark-eyed and skunked-out as his recent remixes for Webstarr's 'Agreus' (Misty002) and Downliners Sekt. A-side, the icy countenance of 'Tank' is primed at a 115bpm swagger for early doors in dark, claustrophobic bass pockets and cold warehouses alike… Read more
*180gram heavyweight half and half yellow and black vinyl, Features a bonus insert with interview and retrospective by Dave Segal. Additional remastering by Martin Bowes at the Cage, London* "Medical Records present the first official reintroduction and reissue of the iconic IKO “83” LP. This coveted album by minimal synth aficionados around the globe has been out of print and very rare since it’s original release in 1982. Hailing from Montreal, Canada, IKO has always been shrouded in mystery. All 3 members come from an academic background (electroacoustic composition, etc), and they met at the Universi… Read more
*Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey, cut at Abbey Road studios, pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl and includes download code redeemable from the label* While the “Lyre of Orpheus” concentrates on his oozing lovesongs for all manner of strange and unidentified beauties, “Abattoir Blues” unleashes Cave’s wit and tobacco-stained violence at it’s most devastating. It’s an often fabulous work from one of the most disturbingly charismatic songwriters of a generation, uncomfortably itching away at middle age with all the nastiness and bile we’d expect.
**Stickered, one-sided white label** Killer breakbeat garage hotshot from Brunks. Whilst his 2013 debut trod a similar path to Beneath and classic UKF, this time he gives a ruffed up and moodier version of DJ Luck & MC Neat's 'Aint' No Stopping Us' alloyed with a breakstep chassis for that old skool Horsepower Productions or El-B feel. Killer plate.
Woooo! Glasgow's Astral Black label just gassed a lot of grime fiends with this vinyl pressing of DJ Milk Tray's most in-demand R&G edits. Over the last year or so they've become staples at Slackk and co's Boxed nights - check their Boiler Room sesh for proof - and farther afield, warranting Milk Tray's support slots on tour with FKA Twigs and Ryan Hemsworth. They're an unmistakably UK-styled take on grime informed by '90s R&B and '00s hip hop - just as with the Ruff Sqwad originals and more recently Finn or Bok Bok's proper crowd pleasers - adroitly slicing modern soul strains with a rugged pressure that works so.damn.well on the 'floors that know. BIG.
**180g edition of 500 housed in silk-screen printed jacket** The impossibly busy Oren Ambarchi meets octo-limbed percussionist Eli Keszler on East London's Dancing Wayang for a deeply beguiling, improvised session of drone, noise and avant-rock. Both performers approach the project arguably at the peak of their powers - Ambarchi off a stunning run off releases in 2014, Keszler ever fine-tuning his near algorithmic proprioceptions - and utterly free to challenge and question music at its fundamental levels - time, space and timbre. A pair of side-long, headlong pieces ensue, mapping ou… Read more
Swing Ting co-founder Samrai meets Rüf Dug, on a filtered street-rave tip for UTTU, backed with Hashman Deejay and Zanzibar Chanel remixes. Their first observation muddles Manc dancefloor history with an anachronistic blend of dusted boogie soul and jungle breaks sounding like some mutant Juice Box TP discovered in the Chorlton Oxfam, and likewise, the breathy synth voices, tropical chirps and latinate shuffle of '2nd Observation' could almost be from some Hulme-o-naut's bedroom in '91. Hashman Deejay gives a smoother ambient house re-lick of '1st Observation' and Zanzibar Chanel chimes in with a greased up remix of '2nd'.
Following his 'Product Of Industry' album, West Midlands man Mark E continues to pay dues to The Black Country with the sterling 'Avion' EP, also for Spectral Sound. The chugging mid-tempo wobble of 'Molyneaux' is perhaps the 2nd tribute to Wolverhampton Wanderers we've had on this site after Actress's 'Rainy Dub' 12" artwork, whilst the others references a bit too local for us, just leaving some lissom electro house in 'Avion Central' and the bouncing acid chug of 'Clares Gate'. White Material associate Alvin Aronson gives a sylvan house remix of 'Bog Dance' and Leon Vynhall teams up with Christian Piers as Laszlo Dancehall to give a buttery version of 'Being Hiding'.
Bad Boy Skanking” is King Yellowman in combination with the mighty Fathead - Hi-Times Band in full effect, 10 dancehall scorchers from 1982. Produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes at Joe Gibbs and mixed by the legendary Errol Thompson!
AnD meet Headless Horseman, Sunil Sharpe and D. Carbone for Brothers' 6th bro-down. Up top AnD lock horns with Headless Horseman on a lumpy, droning broken techno thing titled 'Dead Hush'; dung below, they team up with Sunil Sharpe for the acid flecked trudge of 'Security Breach' and go old skool knucklehead with 'Sonic Erosion'.
**180g vinyl edition of 500 with fold-out liner notes/poster** Must-have collection of English post-punk rarities, sourced from the legendary Color Tapes label, remastered by Denis Blackham, all presented on vinyl for the first time! Emerging from that incredibly influential wormhole that opened somewhere between the late '70s and mid '80s, the Color Tapes (subsequently Color Discs) label was the brainchild of Gary Ramon, who, inspired by the Fxxk Off Tapes and Weird Noise labels, and attendance at an early Depeche Mode show, was prompted to start the label as an outlet for his own music… Read more
Forma follow on from their Spectrum Spools LPs with two extended, expansive kosmic techno rollers for The Bunker New York. Since those early LPs they've reshuffled the line-up to include the swirling synthlines of John Also Bennett in these two 15 minute burners, the radiant new age techno panorama of 'Cool Haptics' and the sublime chromatic washes of 'Cloud Pillar'.
Next in line for prime reissue, Casco's über-classic Italo, 'Cybernetic Love' (1983) on Archivio Fonografico Moderno. There can't be a single red-blooded Italo fan who doesn't already know and love this one - from the pizzicato synth licks and starburst arpeggios to that vocoder vocal blueprint and slicing claps, it's a proper disco bomb. Big tip!
Efdemin ropes in a killer E.R.P. remix on the 'Decay Versions Pt.2' selection. Gerard Hansen aka Convextion aka E.R.P. gives one of his signature electro-soul reworks whirring with slinky machine rhythms and cloaked in gorgeous pads beside a classy, pumping Don Williams mix of 'Track 93', whilst Johannes Volk connects with the Millsian spirit of 'Parallaxis', which Traumprinz hears as a beautiful, trancing breakbeat roller with lush new vocal motif.
*Double LP formats feature heavyweight 180gram vinyl in a gatefold jacket with a limited print and download card* Compilation album of the works of Robert Wyatt curated by Robert together with biographer Marcus O’Dair, features ‘Ex Machina’, the ideal introduction for the Wyatt novice, compiling tracks from Robert’s entire career to date and acting as a companion to O’Dair’s new biography, also titled ‘Different Every Time’.
*Double LP formats feature heavyweight 180gram vinyl in a gatefold jacket with a limited print and download card* Compilation album of the works of Robert Wyatt curated by Robert together with biographer Marcus O’Dair. This second volume brings together the best of Robert’s collaborations and guest appearances or, as Robert has it, ‘Benign Dictatorships’, including some very special oddities and rarities available here for the very first time.
*Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey, cut at Abbey Road studios, pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl and includes download code redeemable from the label* It's mightily impressive that this album made it out as quickly as it has, following if not hot, then warm-ish on the heels of the midlife crisis noise romp that was the Grinderman side-project and the soundtrack to The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, both of which surfaced last year. Just twelve months down the line and this new Bad Seeds album shows no signs whatever of quant… Read more