Thursday, 07 August
Debut shot of dynamic grime futurism from Chemist for Coyote Records, backed up with Last Japan and Rabit remixes. Twinning his studies in composition and technology for film and games with current strains of HD UK grime, Chemist coins two lucidly detailed, kinetic constructions with the intricate polymetrics and strafing square waves of 'Defiance', and the robotic Eski origami of 'Blocks' marking him out as a slick sound designer. Rabit's remix of 'Defiance' is condenses its energy into pensive, droning subs, militant claps and sino licks owing as much to Angola as An… Read more
**White wax** Samuel Kerridge puts a donk on it for Blueprint, backed with three of his signature doom scapes. The Berlin-based artist's follow-up to 'A Fallen Empire' opens with the pounding coda and descending tones of 'Operation Neptune', streaking slow-motion Stuka screams over tortured bass hits to asphyxiating effect, whilst the bombed-out 'Surrender To The Void' sculpts monolithic black metal riffs and slow roiling drums reminding of Pan Sonic. B-side, 'Paint It Black' spills evil, muscle-wasting drones and bone-snapping percussion before rearing up the twisted metal relief of 'Paint It Black (Reprise)'. Strong twelve.
**Limited edition, 1-sided 12"** Conspicuous by his absence from the scene since 2011, Dorian Concept finally returns to Ninja Tune with the canny calculations of 'Draft Culture'. Indicative of things to come from his eagerly-awaited 'Joined Ends' LP, the wonky funk of 'Draft Culture' twinkles, flexes and charms in all the right places with woozy Wurlitzer, off-kilter bass and scissoring percussion.
*140 gram Vinyl + VHS Insert (Artwork by James White) + Download Card* Far Cry 3: “Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is the critically acclaimed game from Ubisoft. The music for the video game, a first-person shooter set on a tropical island, was composed by Australian duo Power Glove, who craftily bill themselves as “two lawyers sent back from the streets of future, post-apocalyptic Los Angeles 2043. With a touch of romance and a ton of trouble, we’re gonna get there… any way we can.” Game developers Ubisoft say the soundtrack “mirrors the game’s vision of a nostalgia-… Read more
**180g vinyl reissue of the 5th volume in Hans-Joachim Roedelius' self-portrait series. Originally issued in 1982** From Asmus Tietchens' liner notes: "Measured against its predecessors, however, the audio quality is notably superior on this edition. Roedelius clearly improved the sound of the old tapes in the process of compiling the pieces at the Erpel Studio in Vienna, also taking the opportunity to add a few tracks. Strictly speaking, these relatively complex multitrack recordings can no longer be bracketed together with the fleeting sketches as heard on the earlier albums. Now and … Read more
Cómeme gang-up for the nine-track 'Gasoline' label expo. Starts up nice 'n slow with Auntie Flo's technoid cumbia grind 'Jas' and travels a spectrum of kinky goods from Vaskular's mellow jacker 'Black Jesus' to the clipped, slippery swing of 'Cógeme' from DJs Pareja & Alejandro Paz, the trim industrial percolator 'El Rito' from Zombies In Miami, and Carisma's fairlight-sprung remix of 'A Bailar' by Rous. Sweaty.
Big room romps from XXXY following his 'Never Enough' 12" for Rinse. 'Goldfish' works a squashed, propulsive London house sound with a hollow, metallic klonk reminding of Marcel Dettmann's debut 12" on MDR, only spiked with shape-cutting funk. On the other hand, 'Evade' is one for the armpit exhibitionists, tracing icy arpeggios up the spine of a swinging tech-house groove replete with jaw-swanging breakdown.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Handsome, rigid boxset of 7 x 7"s containing classic, rare and foundational Gussie Clarke productions for Augustus Pablo, Leroy Sibbles, Roman Stewart, The Mighty Diamonds, and Leroy Smart. Limited edition.
**Mastered at D&M. Vinyl-only** Squashed, knackered house from Terriers backed with a sturdy Tuff Sherm remix. A-side pushes the throbbing chug and radiant atmospheres of 'House No.9/Stardragon' and the gritty swing of 'Bay Walker'. B-side their 'Panama Jack' does that crushing Andy Stott-style swagger with their own, piquant twist, and Tuff Sherm tribalises 'Stardragon' with glinting percussion and mutated, unpredictable chord stabs fed thru a gauntlet of fizzing filters to leave the dance bruised but beaming.
Pional's midnight showstopper 'It's All Over' arrives backed with Talabot's own remixes after appearing on a blink-and-miss 12" and in John Talabot's DJ-Kicks selection remixed by Locked Groove. The fragile, blue original is an exemplary slice of late night house soul, the sort that subtly suspends time and brings bodies closer on the 'floor, and now appears alongside Pional's plusher 'Fosc Version' beside Talabot's sinuous, fruity 'Stripped Refix' and bendy, heatsick 'Stormbreak' version, and Locked Groove's debonaire, string-heavy rendition.
Mount Kimbie, Visionist, Darq E Freaker, Machinedrum, and Rob Garza remix Kelis to taste. For our 2p, they're all way better than the originals, from Mount Kimbie's slinky remix of 'Jerk Ribs' to the spiralling vocal contrails and technoid grime bounce of Visionist's 'Friday Fish Fry' overhaul and Machinedrum's epic, rugged soul review of 'Runnin''.
*Super influential Library record from the KPM vaults circa 1970, reissued on this new vinyl edition* "Who better to follow up one of the best known and most sampled of all library LPs than Alan Moorhouse, a twisted genius whose musical output clearly proves that he couldn’t have given a monkey’s what anyone thought of him. From unlistenable marching band versions of Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep, to an entire album of demented Tijuana styled hymns to the hard hitting funk of his work for KPM, Moorhouse would surely have shocked and amazed us with more musical mayhem had his life not… Read more
Deftly broken house and shifty tech swingers from Appleblim & Komon. In duo, they deal the trippy mixing and squashed rave vibes of 'Motion Blur' and the late night tuck of 'Key Vision'. Gwan dolo, Komon goes darker with the dirge-like chords and scuffed. hard-edged swagger of 'Astir', contrasting with the lucid cosmic synths and off-kilter shuffle of 'Blim's 'Echo's Retreat'.
*Edition of 500 copies, Includes a download coupon* "The No Wave era of NYC was a short, dark flash of energy that was extinguished almost as soon as it was noticed. It happened so goddamn fast that if you missed the imaginal cut-off for inclusion by a few fucking weeks, you were forever written out of the picture. Believe me. Thurston and I wrote the book on this goddamn scene, and the Hi Sheriffs were just outside our temporal markers, despite the fact they'd played Tier 3, the Mudd Club and everywhere you'd think would matter. But look, they were as second gen No Wave as the Raybeat… Read more
*Second pressing in plain sleeve* Hot on the heels of Russell Haswell's '37 Minute Workout', Diagonal Records drop a slow-burning, psychedelic killer from Elon Katz and Beau Wanzer's Streetwalker, backed with a powerful Silent Servant remix. First issued on Catholic Tapes cassette in 2011, the serpentine, twelve minute acid slink of 'Ooze' has been remastered for vinyl and primed for the dance. As opposed to the from-the-hip funk on their 'Future Fusion' LP for Minimal Wave's Cititrax sublabel, 'Ooze' is a more hard-hitting affair, stealthily paced to a sleazy 110bpm stru… Read more
"Every year requires winter records. Those sounds that you reach for when cyclical freeze triggers a craving for icy synthesizers and sinister drums. This is where you’ll find Alias’ Pitch Black Prism, an alternately bleak and beautiful album built for headphones and hailstorms. “The image that stuck in my head for its tone was a figure illuminated just beyond the range of complete darkness,” says Alias. “I worked on it mostly it night, so it definitely has more of a nocturnal feel than any of my previous albums.” It’s a fitting metaphor for the Maine resident. Few places boast such a severe… Read more
*300 copies with risographed and hand stamped sleeves, plus download coupon* Debut three track 7" from London feminist punks Frau who feature members of Woolf and Good Throb. They released the much loved 8 track 10 minute demo on Tuff Enuff Records in late 2013 (which has now been reissued on LP by Dead Beat Records) and now return with three more short blasts of discordant and furious noise. 'Punk Is My Boyfriend' is a dirty and scratchy cut with pounding drums and an insistent guitar hook. It comes over like a mix of Pre 'Cut' Slits, Huggy Bear and Kleenex. 'Snakeskin' is possibly the on… Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 300** Battista, EMG, and John Swing carve up a coupla badass hardware house abstractions as SPS. They're really pushing the envelope here, but stop shy of tipping into funk-less f**kery, instead teasing out samples inna rugged dub-meets-beatdown style. The A-side 'Conscio Mix' hovers into view as wispy filter noise before unfolding the soul sample at its core to reveal a thudding, slompy kick like some Theo Parrish-meets-Ron Hardy mind-bender. B-side, the 'Inconscio Mix' comes ruffer yet with a swampy, shape-shifting swirl of machine rhythms … Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 250 housed in screen-printed jackets** Fierce techno steppers from Ansome & Catch on their freshly minted South London Analogue Material imprint. Their debut volley smashes blown-out bass roil and banking distortion from Catch up top, and claggy, clangourous mutant techno from Ansome dung below. One for fans of Truss, Perc, Untold…
Bucking and pitching techno from Japan backed with a gristly J. Tijn remix. The slamming original of 'The Run' and wormholing remix are all good fun, but we'd recommend dashing for the Surgeon-esque levels of the hydraulic B-side 'Dot'.
*Ships Friday* Big Dog Nozinja debuts on Warp with the Shangaan burn of 'Tsekeleke'. Fresh from soundtracking the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, 'Tsekeleke' marks Nozinja's most prominent solo release after years as the anchor of Shangaan Electro - the notorious, breakneck Afro-disco style and dance originating in Limpopo, now based in Soweto, South Africa, which was brought to wider attention via Honest Jon's seminal compilation. It's rare for indigenous African dance styles to break thru to UK and European markets, but Nozinja's music is a true Afro-accelerationst anomaly that's… Read more
**Limited 1st pressing on clear vinyl** Two figureheads of UK techno duke it out on the 'Two Hundred' EP. Arriving one year after their 'Spiker' 12", it documents more recent analogue studio actions in four pieces ripping from the acidic EBM and Phillip Best-style vocal of the title track to the welting triplet techno schranz of 'Judd', and burned-out dub tech swing in ' Van Der Valk'.
Pfirter and Dadub in the crosshair for Selected Edits 005. Pfirter's pounding 'Universe' for Stroboscopic Artefacts is drenched in kinetic white noise which camouflages Edit Select's subtle harmonic developments and scything claps for a more introspective, psychedelic impact. Flipside, the Scottish producer reduces Dadub's 'Metropolis' to a viscous techno step again steeped in billowing white noise.
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. ‘Unlimited Edition’ comes as a double LP and features unreleased tracks from 1968 to 1974, recorded in Can’s private Inner Space studios. It is an essential album for those who want to know more about the roots of the band. Five cuts are listed as part of the band’s continuing Ethnological Forgery Series, on which they recreate or interpret a variety of world music genres through their own vision.
Thursday, 31 July
The master returns with his 3rd EP of serpentine riddims for Woe To The Septic Heart! Working deeper into the synthesis-based approach which yielded the finer electronic timbres of his 'Freezing Opening Thawing' 12", here he's refined the technique to near-Villalobos levels of layered, rhythmelodic intricacy, but of course, all with his inimitable accent. First up, 'Beat His Command' is a dense, blinding display of pointillist percussion and hypnotic chimes laced with flashes of technoid gremlins and white noise explosions. Secondly, 'Vor und zurück' flips that formula for a more … Read more
Gobsmacking first-ever vinyl reissue of instrumental synth tracks sourced from Colin Potter ov NWW's early '80s tape stash, re-mastered and presented in deluxe, hand-numbered edition of 500 with screen-printed jackets by House Of Traps. Following their tease of a 7", Sacred Summits blow the dome off it with these five pieces recorded by Potter at his small home studio in North Yorkshire between 1979-1983. Spurred by the possibilities of Punk, inspired by the recording techniques of dub, and un-blinkered by formal music training, Potter conceived a take on ambient, kosmiche synth and drum… Read more
Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle) meets Sean O'Hagan of The High Llamas to kick off Ghost Box's Other Voices series of singles. They're two sun-drenched piece of pop, shapeshifting between pastoral strums, bubbling exotica drum machines and fading electronics.
*Deluxe Vinyl box including four 180gsm LPs featuring the original double LP plus two LPs of bonus material and a download coupon for all audio. The Two Chem19 demos are exclusive to the box set: ‘Christmas Steps’ and ‘7-25’* ‘Come On Die Young’ was - and remains - a hugely accomplished, elegant and important album, setting a benchmark for the fierce intelligence that would characterise Mogwai’s future body of work. The reissue of ‘Come On Die Young’ - fifteen years after it originally hit the shelves - has been painstakingly put together by the band and label, unear… Read more
**Edition of 200 housed in hand-silk-screened sleeves** One of the UK's more promising young labels returns to the vinyl realm with the kinetic spatial studies of D Hansen's 2nd release, 'A Pair Of Quiet And Empty Rooms'. Avoiding use of samples in favour of unique tones and "something completely other", Hansen recorded bits of junk at discrete distances in a variety of rooms in order to capture their natural reverbs, which were then processed with artificial ones to create whole new semi-fictional dimensions. The results, split over four pieces, make incisive, playful use o… Read more
**Gatefold sleeve, comes with digital download code redeemable from the label** "Once again a ground breaking album, the first Afro Peruvian music heard outside of Brazil and the album to introduce Susana Baca to the world. “This is secret music - a collection of beautiful songs and infectious grooves that’s been hidden for years in the coastal towns and barrios of Peru. It’s not the guys with flutes and drums in woolly hats - it’s music of the black Peruvian communities. Black Peruvians? Yes, Peru was involved in the slave trade too - and this wonderful, funky music is part of that legacy” - David Byrne"