Thursday, 11 December
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Feast yer peepers on this all singing, all dancing new project from This Heat pivot, Charles Hayward, constructed with the help from the good and talented folk at Salford's Islington Mill. Back in June/July of summer 2014, Charles embarked the Mill's first Samarbeta residency, organised by Emma Thompson (Fat Out festival) and Riv Burns (Sounds From The Other City), as a way to give musicians a similar sort of artistic freedom that's usually afforded artists practising within visual mediums. Legendary and inf… Read more
Shifted follows up his 'Under a Single Banner' LP for Bed Of Nails with his first new material for 2014. Part 1 of a twin 12" set, 'Arrangements in Monochrome' yields four mechanically worn-down grooves seeping from the oily, emulsifying drones of 'You're a Replacement' to the thrumming grey techno missile 'Arrangement In Monochrome I' and over to the viscous momentum of '6ft of Silence' or the ventilation shaft extrusion, 'The Velvet Rope'.
Shifted takes a quieter, creepier tack towards cinematic industrial scapes and pulsing rhythms on 'Part 2' of his 'Arrangements in Monochrome' session. Dangerously opiated and out-of-reach, his sound here marks a subtle step forward/away in terms of sound design, and a more noxious reduction of his signature palette, guiding us from lightless drone and drizzle in 'The Incoherent' to urgently scan ocean floor depths in 'Arrangement In Monochrome II' and the bleakly gorgeous 'Second Wash', while 'Entartung' gets tangled in a flux of rusty aquatic rhythm and 'Lenine' leaves us stranded in alien space station atmospheres.
*Includes 3 x LP Live Album with a download code, plus the full concert film on a DVD* The critically acclaimed documentary film which captures the multidimensional concert centred on Björk’s eighth studio album. The film documents the intimate ‘Biophilia’ performance at London’s Alexandra Palace where Björk was accompanied by unique musical instruments, collaborators and visuals. Shot by directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland and produced by Jacqueline Edenbrow / Gloria Films, the film also features science and nature archive and found footage inspired by the themes of the album, as well as animation which has been augmented with the music of ‘Biophilia’."
**White Vinyl - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Diverse clutch of forward house and footwork hybrids crossbred with atmospheric electronica by Deft. Soaring beatless pieces bookend a dynamic set of productions swooping into neuro-sparked slow/fast Footwork with 'Vapid (Pt.2)' and hardcore future-tribalism with the sparring percussion of 'Promise Me', whereas 'Drawn' enters similar airspace occupied by Machinedrum's Vapour City and 'The Night Time' switches tack entirely to electro-boosted techno-house tempos with proggy trance chords.
Raw, hypnotic space-house trax from Antinote's newest French signing. Panoptiquye proves himself a dancefloor dreamer with three grooves spiralling from reverse loops and chiming chords to a flighty 12 minute house swing in 'Boiler Room', before keening farther into the wormhole with the mind-extruding phase of 'Interlude, Pt.1', and the pastoral kiss-off, 'Interlude, Pt.2'.
**"Long lost" platter of dubs by the man Linval Thompson, replete with sleevenotes by David Katz** "Hot Milk has been digging deep into the crates and will be brightening up the summer with its third and very special release, Linval Thompson and The Revolutionaries "Boss Man’s Dub – The Lost 1979 Dub Album”. For reasons that have been lost in the mists of time, this Dub album by artist & producer extraordinaire Linval Thompson only ever made it as far as having a tiny quantity of white labels pressed up and until now has never had a full com… Read more
**White wax** Sunil Sharpe puts the kicks down for Trensmat on his follow-up to that Tinfoil 12" and appearance on BROS006. Heavy machinery all round, hitting it hard from the incendiary surge of 'Jamm 1' to the Brum-styled jag of 'Stitches' and sloping slammer 'Late Drift' via something a little more electro-sexy in the pumping swing of 'Eyebrow'.
*12 Track compilation (inc some previously unreleased gems) compiled for Mike Patton's Ipecac label* "Nottingham's Sleaford Mods are a duo that need little introduction, having fiercely penetrated people's consciousness on a large scale with their sixth album Austerity Dogs in 2013. Since then they've garnered critical acclaim with their subsequent work and now they're joining forces with Ipecac Recordings to release a physical version of their previously released digital compilation Chubbed Up, which shall be released on October 28th. This version will include three previously unreleased t… Read more
Raw, agitated dub house from Federsen backed with a strolling Tomas Rubeck remix. Check the original for a grittier, frayed take on the well trodden dub house format from Federsen, who was last spotted by us on Bristol's ace No Corner label.
*Includes download code and fine art poster* "Ellis Island Sound comprises the duo of Pete Astor (The Loft, Weather Prophets) and David Sheppard (State River Widening, Snow Palms). Hot on the heels of their 2014, Krautrock-meets-Afrobeat longplayer ‘Regions’, they return with a brand new, seven- track mini-album, another fertile marriage between motorik Mitteleuropa pulse and subtropical guitar and percussion textures. Full of intricate, highly melodic arrangements for guitars, keyboards and tuned percussion, with a spacious sound palette propelled by polyrhythmic marimbas and xylophone… Read more
*Gatefold 3LP version with 3 x 180g black vinyl, the first containing six B sides and two full Peel Sessions and the second featuring the album in complete demo form plus 3 bonus tracks. A download card is included, offering access to all LP tracks plus 4 more bonus tracks* "‘Doolittle’, the second studio album from Pixies - Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Loverng - was to prove a pivotal moment for both band and the wider scene. Produced by Gil Norton and recorded between two studios (Downtown Recorders in Boston MA and Carr… Read more
*Special Edition includes a bonus 10-track, hour-long CD featuring all the Millie & Andrea singles released between 2008-2010, the first time they have ever been available on CD format* Debut album from Andy Stott and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker, aka Millie & Andrea* Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow labelmates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12" releases of jungle, garage and techno hybrids between 2008 and 2010. It's been four years since we last heard from them but they now return with "Drop The Vo… Read more
Optimo pluck out a trio of overlooked and long forgotten rhythm trax for your dancing satisfaction. A-side features Illumination's freakish half-tempo house meets jungle dub wrecker 'The Way Out Is The Way'; B-side hauls up Mr Marvin's lean and hypnotic tribal shake-down 'I Want You' (1993), and Fuel's staccato techno jack attack, 'Rigid' (1995).
Only 15 years since their seminal 'Multi Ordinal Tracking Unit' 12" (reissued in 2012), Unspecified Enemies launch a sick 2nd 12" of hi-tech funk. Two London-based producers with a serious thing for Detroit, Unspecified Enemies are separately known as Simon Walley and Louis Digital. Together they craft some of the sharpest techno tackle known to mankind, exemplified here in the turbulent cut-up of 'Ms. 45' and the Lauren Hill-slamming booty pressure of 'Chip Mode' up top, while the iced shake of 'Liquid Floor' and gritty funk friction of 'Lifestyles of the Minidisc Era' get nasty wid it on the back. Premo gear, this.
EDMX on that sqelchy boogie stroke again for his Fresh Up Records. A-side he comes a crooning, both raw and vocodered, over the wiggly Moog budge of 'Galaxy Love'; B-side hits the suave stride of 'Didn't I' with it's longing lyrical duet between Ed and unnamed contributor.
**Hand-numbered edition of 300 housed in printed PVC sleeve** Gang of Ducks flash the winsome pop chops of DYD's Vaghe Stelle-produced 'GOD' EP from the frontline of the new Italian weird scene. In the Turin-based label's chronically cryptic style, the DYD trio and Vaghe Stelle bring the best out of each other, Stelle tempering his noisier proclivities in order to let the group's aching bleats and wiry funk out from the autotuned slink of 'Archistar' thru the stepping electro-pop-dub, '#Magic' to the whirring aerosoul bounce of 'Y Factor' and soaring, near beatless Vocal Tool Edit of 'Archistar'.
Grebenstein debuts on Downwards with a roiling industrial session primed for fans of his label-mates Samuel Kerridge or Talker. Rife with slow, bellicose drums and miasmic atmospheres, four tracks play out a soundtrack for end times between the tribal trudge of 'Acting Within Your Terms' and the uniquely offset swagger of 'That's Where The Answer Was, In Your Body' via the Raime-like mood guitar chops and malefic attitude of 'No You Don't'. Sterling stuff for fans of The Haxan Cloak etc.
**Edition of 250** Murky, mystic ambient techno dub from the darkside on Glasgow's Clan Destine label. Imagine what Depchord's Nordic cousins might sound like; you're in the same forest as Varg and Hypnobirds, foraging for the strange, psychoactive nodules of 'Bandhagen', the depressive skank and cawing stabs of 'Hogdalen', and glaring black metal dubstep atmospheres of 'Ragsved' or the celestial scape, 'Hagsatra'.
**Orange vinyl housed in clear poly sleeve with insert** Yves de Mey takes to AnD and Tom Dicicco's ISM label with four parts of brutalist tech-tronics as Grey Branches. Compared with the hyper detailed releases under his own name for Sandwell District and Opal Tapes etc., there appears to be a much noisier, tormented agenda behind these tracks, resulting in a darker, gritted sound between the salty electro-acoustic bogle of 'Exsolve', the mutant 110bpm slugger, 'Lower Bounds', and the crooked club gear of 'Binate', while 'Plangent' rings out with waves of white noise and shuddering sub-bass pressure.
Recorded live on what can only be assumed was a warm and expansive Italian night, 'Fragments From The Inside' sees the coming together of incredible Pianist / ambient master Harold Budd and long-time Bill Laswell collaborator Eraldo Bernochhi, with 'Music For Fragments From The Inside'. Composed and played on the hoof, 'Music For Fragments...' unfurls with loquacious grace; a fact that is cemented on the opening 'One'. So whilst in the foreground a beautiful Benno Moiseiwistshca-esque piano part is allowed time to languidly gather momentum, on the fri… Read more
**Purple wax** Funkineven's Apron Records deal a dope version of Seven Davis Jr.'s head-turning 'P.A.R.T.Y.' 12", originally issued in early 2014. There's a lean version of 'Celebrations' and the sprung Mid-West funk of 'P.A.R.T.Y.' to warm things up on the A-side, and some heavy raw ish on the B-side with the Funk-a-delic spin of 'Fun' and the nimble jazz-funk step-up and cool-down vibes of 'Summers' for the dancers. RIYL Prince, Actress, Anthony Shakir.
**Gatefold jacket with 180g vinyl** Peerless noise fiends William Bennett and Reinhold Friedl engage their 2nd session of Whitehouse performed by Zeitkratzer ensemble, and right in time for Christmas, too! Following on from Zeitkratzer's acclaimed 'Whitehouse Electronics' (2000) CD, the esteemed ensemble - counting some of European avant-garde's most skilled players - tackle a further five Whitehouse "classics" in unplugged mode, including an unheimlich guest vocal from the Mr. Bennett himself in the 12 minute version of 'Daddo'. The results get right under t… Read more
Tightly coiled, darkside hybrids of halfstep, jungle and juke from a new producer on Om Unit's Cosmic Bridge. Four tracks carry weight from the scything, technoid dynamics of 'Posthuman' thru the desolate drones scapes and nervy drum attacks of 'Falling Inward' to tricksy tribalist triplet patterns in 'Broken Legs' and spaced-out vibes around the tangled skank of 'Sever The Heart'.
*Limited pressing on Transparent Red and Transparent Green Vinyl - One-off edition of 400 for Christmas 2014. Original artwork by Nick Percival. Booklet contains liner notes by composer Perry Botkin, Co-executive Producer Scott Schneid & writer Michael Hickey and also features a host of original reviews including many newspaper clips calling for the film to be banned upon its original release in 1984** "Death Waltz Recording Co. may be home to some of the scariest music around, but it doesn’t mean that we… Read more
Life-affirming mix of Philly disco and Trini steel drums from '77, remastered, re-sequenced and re-released with new artwork by Yoshihiro Tsuyama/2Yang for EM Records. Following the release of two exclusive 12" mixes, 'Trinidad (Disco Mix)' and 'J'Ouvert', this is a hugely satisfying long-player putting several years of experimentation into action via a 30-piece studio orchestra of brass, strings and distinctive steel rhythm section. Under the guidance of Trinidadian physicist and band-leader John Gibbs, the Unlimited Sound of Steel Orchestra's debut albu… Read more
Outstanding side of modular experiments by London's Deas for Luke Younger's Alter label. 'String Studies' is, quite remarkably, the first all-electronic record from Cameron Deas. Recorded at home in February/March 2014, he uses his usually favoured acoustic guitar as a source to trigger dizzying displays of modular noise twisting out virulent, kinetic sculptures that sound like guitar strings physically twisted into complex circuits. We guess there are clear precedents for this music in the work of Keith Fullerton Whitman or Jim O'Rourke's electronic works, but there's also something wonderfully… Read more
Bleaching Agent - outed as Al Matthews of Smear/FSG - gets down to mucky business on the 'Sun Spool' EP for Edinburgh's Tsar. Working a similarly soiled rut as Prostitutes or Container, but perhaps with a dash of UK techno swagger, a quartet of cuts bowl from the humping acid of 'Mack' to the knuckle'ead rave pound of 'Taktu' and over to the killer jakbeat torque of 'Mabli', closing with a coruscating, Afro-centric wiggler named, 'RGA'.
Infectious, refreshing deep house and broken beat soul concoctions from Atlanta's Stefan Ringer. There's five tracks smudging the lines between garage house and jazz-funk soul to perfection, whether matching the loose genius of Gifted & Blessed in the fluid, sexy funk of 'Meagangood' and the bright swing of 'MYM', touching on a stoned soul buzz with the dope 'n icy 'Transitions', or square on the boogie-funk release valve with the killer broken beat pivots of 'The Fix' for fans of Falty DL, Karizma or Floating Points. Tipped!
**Clear turquoise wax with download code** "“The Mist” recalls a hypnotic, eerie landscape, a fog which slowly materialises over a lake in the deepest part of the woods. “Conundrum” sets the mise-en-scène with spectral voices that hover over organic pads and drones. “Snake snake” is the closest thing to hip-hop on the album, without compromising on a free structure where the rhythms are fractured and reconstructed, like a living entity, before giving way to the crystal-clear melodies and throbbing bass frequencies, over which the ethereal voice of Nimio oscillates in “Ego hunter”. Cascades of not… Read more