Thursday, 26 February
**White wax with A4 insert** The Swedish Electronic Liberation Front have coaxed a relatively rare outing from Andreas Tilliander (TM404) in his much-loved Mokira guise. Catering to S.E.L.F.'s free-form agenda, he gets messy with rubbling analogue noise in 'Skaka Hund Skaka' and locks down some proper Pan Sonic style minimal acid grumble with 'Hund Skaka Hund' and an expansive B-side of pure voltage control with 'Skaka Skaka Hund'.
Stellar techno-boogie from new and promising name, Creta Kano for Bristol's Happy Skull. A lush and insistent lather of Detroit techno and UK braindance filtered with misty-eyed effect, 'Skyway Motel' yields some of the sweetest 'floor moves of 2015 so far. The title track nails E.R.P.-style emosh electro-funk with tantalising marimba melody and sublime chord progressions on the A-side, while the faded breakbeat beauty, 'False Water' shyly skips and melts away like one of AFX's recovered demos on the B-side next to the collapsed boogie screw of 'Skyway 81'. It's hard to resist kind of these charms.
The venerated German producer appropriates African musics in a long-standing Teutonic tradition on his latest for Hamburg's Dial. 'Black Towers' stretches out for nearly 12 minutes of effortless, subtly shifting groove repetition and awning, earthly synth pads; 'Sliced Africa' locks down to a percolated bounce with natty keyboard melodies reminding of recent Fiedel and MMM styles, 'Spiritual Enhancer' gets off on a sort of slow-mo mix of Roedelius and old skool electro.
**Double vinyl reissue of two volumes from MF Doom's acclaimed series - plus bonus 7-inch.** What, Doom's instrumental beat series comes to an end??!!? Maybe this will bring the excitement back after Doom's insatiable attitude to releasing every project he can think of which has no doubt made many of his recent releases a little less than fully essential. Thankfully this thirteen track set finds his instrumental tracks on fire - more recent killers mix with unreleased bombs. By now you know the ingredients in Doom's Special Herbs, they are very tasty indeed. Bid farewell to an inspiring series with this excellent double chapter.
Killah consolidation of drone, techno and D&B from the Ruffhouse trio on their debut Samurai mission. A-side, the 18-wheel juggernaut 'Straight 9's' rolls with shuddering sub pressure and restrained, serpentine hi-hats wrapped to a super dense drone. B-side, oh my fxxking days! 'UVB-76' comes with a military-grade warehouse hard-step that makes up for all that went wrong with D&B post '98. Strongly recommended to those that know.
**Includes free download code redeemable from the Label.** "In the 1960s Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s legendary Studio One Records laid down the template for all reggae music, the equivalent of Jamaica’s Motown Records. Artists who launched their careers there comprise an A-Z of the Jamaican music scene - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Burning Spear, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Horace Andy and many, many more. In the early releases featured here you will find the roots of Studio One’s unique sound - from… Read more
**Marbled red/black wax with insert** Banging acid and deep techno standards from Skudge's Elias Landberg and fellow Swede, Nihad Tule, a.k.a. Taken. A-side launches a metallic techno assault called 'Terrorfish' powered by primal kicks and teeth-chattering 16th note acid oscillations; B-side plunges way deeper with an hypnotic big room momentum made from effortless bass pressure and gloaming, descending pads perhaps imagining a haunting at Berghain.
**Deutsche Grammophon vinyl reissue of Max Richter's classic album from 2004 - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Heres our original review from 2004: "After albums by Set Fire To Flames and Sylvain Chauveau, Max Richter's 'The Blue Notebooks' is the 4th release on FatCat's 130701 imprint, an outlet for more orchestrated, instrumental material. 'The Blue Notebooks' is Max Richter's second solo album, a distinctive and adventurous work that is beautifully recorded and cinematic in scope. Opening with a text from Franz Kafka over a sparse piano mel… Read more
Reissue of a 1994 Chicago session by house pioneer Armando Gallop. A mixed bag, this one - swerve the big band parps for some banging acid goodies in 'Morse Code', 'Frequency', and the all-too-short 'Lesbian Luv' - which turned out to be heavily-sampled in Len Faki's big room anthem, 'Mekong Delta' .
**Remastered by Martin Bowes at the Cage Studios, UK. Presented on high-quality 180gram heavyweight gold colored vinyl** "Medical Records in collaboration with Crispy Nuggets is proud to present a collection of tracks by Post Industrial Noise. PIN was an “audio artsemble” conceived in 1982 in Columbus, Ohio by the trio Robert Crise Jr, Gerald F. Nelson, and Dana Riashi Ritchey. They started on a drum machine, guitars, and vocals but quickly evolved to one member on synths and two guitarists on occasional synths. Robert Crise Jr maintained a studio t… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** *Sam Prekop returns with another album exploring the modular electronics he has been pursuing for the last few years* Regardless of the style he is working in, Sam Prekop’s music is always imbued with a sense of wide-eyed discovery and exploration. As the singer and guitarist of The Sea And Cake, Prekop has incorporated elements of traditional styles from around the world, expanding the public perception of what it means to be the leader of a pop band. In recent years, he has also established himself as a modular synthesist, buil… Read more
Rolling tech-house minimalism from Montreal, Canada's Devon Hansen in Stefan Jós mode. Last spotted on a lovely ambient split with Austin Cesear for Opal Tapes, he presents another side of Jós for Japan's Flau with four tracks of tenderly melodic, dubbed out and lower case dub-house. Mastered by Miles Whittaker, cut by Lupo.
Kassem Mosse gives Simone White's timid folk songs from 'Silver Silver' a subtle but weighty overhaul. Primed for slower, woozier times, the version of 'Flowers In May' finds a tender balance between sunken subs, wooden drum knocks and White's trip-hoppy vocal; B-side, he tends to 'In The Water Where The City Ends' with funereal chamber strings and clanqing drums reminding of the recent AFX or Cylob's 'Industrial Folk Songs', and fades to close with the chiming, off-centre rhythms of 'Long Moon'.
The bass-minded duo deal four smart slow/fast rollers on a new label coined for their UK-style ructions. Uptown they come with chest-rattling subs and fierce congas for the agile junglists, plus a more footwork/jungle-styled rinse out; downtown they roll out on swollen Reese with a deeper, darkside attitude, tying up matters with a mad shiny fusion of '80s synths and dancehall inna year 3000 fashion.
Motor City via Berlin-style electro from Steffi and pals, Dexter & Virginia. The original 'Treasure Seeking' from Steffi's 'Power of Anonymity' album takes pride of place, backed with a Shari Vare-style 130BPM version and a super sleek Diep Version with trimmed drums and a fluid, heady build. Dead smart.
Peter Brötzmann: alto/tenor-saxophone, tarogato, clarinet, Jim O‘Rourke: guitar, Keiji Haino: guitar, voice, shamisen. Recorded by Yasuo Fujimura, 23/11/2010, Shinjuku Pit Inn, Tokyo, mastered by Martin Siewert, photos by Mark Rappaport Drawing & Artwork by Brötzmann. A giant two day meeting of three outstanding musicians! German legend Peter Brötzmann is one of the outstanding saxophone players in the current international free jazz scene, continuing to go on tour and release with various musicians.
*For fans of electronic soul with a public access aesthetic - die-cut cathode-ray jacket with one of six cover configurations, all of which are interchangeable via printed inner sleeves and enclosed booklet. Also includes a DVD mix tape, isolating the most absurd and outrageous moments from the original broadcasts* "For 23 straight Saturday nights of 1982, The Chicago Party dance show assaulted Chicagoland UHF eyeballs with Spandex, Southside fly guys, tender tenderonies, magicians, contortionists, prismatic video gimmickry, and lip-synched singles by a rising regime… Read more
Lushly tactile tech-house minimalism from Berlin's Binh on the long-running home of such stuff, Perlon. Both sides ooze slinky finesse: 'Visio' very gently unfold a writhing, subby square bass beneath waves of trickling, starlit synths to sound like a slower relation of Convextion; 'Ruski' carries on the vibe with a dash more psychedelic energy in its lathered electronics and delicately insistent drum arrangements.
Party ladz, Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter collect three cherry-picked cuts from their 'Weekends and Beginnings' session for Mister Saturday Night Records. Includes Maurice Fulton's sought-after remix of Alice Smith's 'Love Endeavour'; Bassclef's 'Ghost Kicks in the Spiral'; Nebraska's 'Green Marimba'.
Party ladz, Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter collect three cherry-picked cuts from their 'Weekends and Beginnings' session for Mister Saturday Night Records. Includes Ike Release's deep house move, 'Phazzled'; Tommy Musto's '97 remix of DJ Spen's gospel house burner, 'Solid Ground as Jasper Street Company; MCDE's breezy, lilting remix of 'Leave House' by Caribou.
The hugely-hyped acid house revivalists collect the best from their string of sought-after 12" singles, together with some new 303 jobs. Full tracklist: A1 - Light Tunnel; A2 - Transmission 5; A3 - Headtrack; B1 - Paris Dub 3; B2 - Machines Our Coming; C1 - Lovin U (Ahh Shit); C2 - We Ain't; D1 - Eating Glue; D2 - 300 Hangovers A Year; D3 - Paris Dub 1. Mix with import cereal for optimal effect.
Thursday, 19 February
**First vinyl issue in 2LP edition of 500 mastered and cut at D&M, first 180 copies include one of three 12" x 12" colour prints - if you’re into Lee Gamble, The Caretaker/Leyland Kirby or Wolfgang Voigt’s GAS project - this is a must** The Automatics Group's dance-pop deconstruction, 'Summer Mix' is one of the uncanniest computer music releases of this decade - first issued as a limited CD edition by Entr'acte in 2011. In the time since then it’s quietly become a bit of an iconic reflection for a post-rave generation, presenting a non-trivial nostalgia trip that someho… Read more
**Gatefold jacket. Colour inners** Juan Atkins delivers his 1st Model 500 album since 1999 with 'Digital Solution'. Aided by a live band including UR's Mike Banks, Mark Taylor and Milton Baldwin, they swerve to a classic sort of Detroit techno funk, with the emphasis mostly on classic styles, but also tucked with some straight-up signature electro belters. The funky bits tread a fine line between dope ('Electric Night' or 'Standing In Tomorrow') and eye-watering ('Hi NRG', the dubstep-styled 'Encounter') while the club joints do wit like only Juan and the clan can, at best in the supple,… Read more
**Spotgloss-printed jacket with download code** Strong debut album from the multi-faceted Future Brown collective for Warp. Numbering Fatima Al Qadiri, plus Lit City Trax's J-Cush and Nguzunguzu's Daniel Pineda & Asma Maroof, they represent a worldwide perspective (LA, NYC, Kuwait) via myriad dancefloor strains shaken for their sweetest, futurist fruit and voiced by an international roll call including MCs from Chiraq, Jamaica-via-London and Latin NYC. Holding up a mirror to the world's increasingly mixed and itinerant population - and it's disproportionate representation in mainstream med… Read more
One of the UK's most virulent producers steps to Hemlock with a sack of coiled and heavy riddims. To date he's done the business for Berceuse Heroique, Punch Drunk and Tempa, among others, establishing a ruffneck take on house and techno riven with bellicose drums and alien tribal elements. 'HEK025' catches him at his most diverse, crafty, rolling out proper Bristolian artillery with the panicked strings, palpitating bass and brute grine of 'Blood Moon' up next to the ghostly bass buzz and furtive marimba lines of 'I Don't Recognise You Lately'. On a more stripped flex, the salted night slug of 'Recall… Read more
It finally happened!! Rago and Farina's Italo holy grail, 'The Man From Colours' has been repressed!! Let's face it - this is the only way us proles are gonna be able to afford it. Instrumental on the flipside. 100% disco essential.
Twysted groove techniques from rising producers, Acre and Hodge, for Facta's promising Wisdom Teeth label. The Hodge face, 'X' strikes into robo-bogle zones reinforced with EBM-strength drums and some star-gaze pads in the latter quarters. Sounds sorta like Andy Stott meets Vessel. Flip it for a freakishly ace shake-down by Manchester's Acre, slicing up some serious swing drums and steppers bass patterns like a lost Zomby or Lukid joint. Wicked.
Hip-notic trance-house dancers from New Jersey's Joey Anderson. On return to Dekmantel after 2014's 'After Forever' album, he reveals a more insistent, psychedelic sound stacked with buzzing synth sounds: '1974' oscillates sparkling arpeggios and starburst dynamics yoked to roiling kicks in spiralling escalation across the A-side; on the other, 'Under Water' inverts the formula to droning, warped and brilliantly discordant effect, and 'Back Draft' puts the drums down properly for the dancers.
**180g gram vinyl in a gatefold sleeve** Fabio Frizzi’s score to Lucio Fulci’s filmmaker in crisis film 'A Cat In The Brain' available for the first time on Vinyl, featuring original artwork by We Buy Your Kids.
**Initial copies on translucent pink vinyl** In case you weren't there, Bocian present documentation of a pretty unhinged Cafe Oto session between gifted improvisers, Mats Gustafsson (reeds), John Russell (guitar) & Phil Minton (voice). Just imagine stumbling in on this one unprepared - a trio of blokes bleating, parping and yanking like Reeves & Mortimer after three days on the sauce. Of course, that description does a disservice to their well-honed extended technique and dexterity, but we'd defy anyone to keep a totally straight face at some of Minton's Zoidberg impersonations and baby voices. What a mad one, eh!?