Thursday, 14 May
**Limited Edition Instrumental Versions* Heavyweight hook-up from Ghostface Killah and Canadian jazz trio BadBadNotGood, produced by Frank Dukes (Eminem, 50 Cent, Drake). Imagine a hip hop noir directed by David Lynch and featuring MF Doom and Danny Brown; you can almost inhale the silver chronic fog of 'Sour Soul'. Dripping with expensive-sounding strings and Gainsbourg-via-Badalamenti vibes, the production is authentically classic and cinematic. On paper, the jazz-trio plus Wu Tang MC formula could be enough to send heads fleeing, but the results are actuall… Read more
**Fluro Orange vinyl** Pye Corner Audio's unheimlich analog disco finds the clammiest crevice to lurk in Death Waltz's brilliant original vinyl series. His follow-up to 'The Black Mist' EP for Front And Follow plots out an addictive Carpenter-esque course of prickling arpeggios and adrenalizing chord progressions at a sluggish sub-100bpm tilt across the A-side's 'Stars Shine Like Eyes', presenting one of the most layered and dramatic cold cuts in his cabinet. B-side, 'Quasar II' unfolds a more minimalist trip to the darkside with a dry-iced intro precipitat… Read more
Class electro tackle from Entro Senestre, fittingly for the Dutch label, Dekmantel. Following from his acclaimed Daywalker & CF session for L.I.E.S. with Willie Burns, this one is out and out electro in the mould of classic Drexciya, Bunker and Murder Capital, rocking darkside pads and slick 808s in 'The Screen' beside the fluid electro-house wriggle of 'Hit The Road' on the A-side, and flipping over to the E.R.P. like programming sophistication of 'Trials of Love' and the aquatic Transllusion nod, 'Slow Motion Disaster'.
Legowelt and hirsute pal bang the box on a 2nd Seaside Houz Boys session. You get four patented hardware rubs, ranging from adrenalized panic to vintage faces Drums style and the electroid winner 'Deepness of X70002'.
**Limited, numbered gatefold 2LP** "Inspired by the vintage radio shows of Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles, 'Tales From Beyond The Pale' was conceived and is curated by Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid. Deep Focus records brings you these two fantastic audio dramas with score and theme music on a deluxe double vinyl set. Theme music by Jeff Grace, original score by Dave Eggar."
**Die cut jacket. Printed inner** Austere techno from Sigha on Shifted's Avian imprint. A tense and bitter product of its times, 'Techno Derivatives' reduces the style to its most skeletal form with visionary, precision tooled engineering. The A-side cuts are sick, with the tantric '02' teasing the kick drum around shuddering mass of metallic synths and '04' economically rolling with reversed kicks and match-strike percussion sparking in the darkness. Likewise, B-side, '09' holds steadfast to a muted palette with eerie success, and '12' delivers venomous, pounding kicks.
Jimmy Edgar and Travis Stewart a.k.a. JETS pull up to the club with a quartet of contemporary boogie trax featuring Jamie Lidell and Jesse Boykins III. Uptown, they jam on silvery arpeggios and hard-bitten drum machine funk with 'The Chants' beside Jamie Lidell's appearance on the beggin' downstroke of 'U - N - I'. Downtown, Jesse Boykins is chopped up over lingering slow/fast drums and vapourous chords, also explored to more intimate degrees with the footwork-compatible, 'Pink Beat'.
*Limited Edition White Vinyl pressing* With production work included from Thomas Knack (Opiate), Matthew Herbert, Matmos and Console, and even a sample lifted off Oval’s groundbreaking Systemisch LP, Vespertine is without doubt one of Bjork's most loved albums.
**Includes download code for full 22 track series** Slinky disco house tricks from Tom Trago's Voyage Direct series. Awanto 3 turns out the plush boogie bass, synth licks and rippling congas of 'The Girl Is Hot' across the A-side; Tom Trago slips in the low key soul burn of 'Only Believe', and William Kouam Djoko gets the hips going with an infectious, jazzy shuffler entitled, 'Hold Me Close'.
An Easyjet-set fantasy come to life; Lucy and (Ben) Klock team up for Stroboscopic Artefacts. 'Bliss' pulses icy ambient tones setting the scene for a tunnelling big room squeeze, 'War Lullaby' and over into slower, experimental oscillations of 'Santeria' and the spectral resonance of 'A Ghost Lovestory'.
Blawan returns with 'Warm Tonal Touch', a cold-hearted modular techno assault on the senses. It's also the first release on his Teresc label and represents a scything new streak in his oeuvre harnessing the maximalist might of modular electronics. As with any instrument, it's only as good as the artist's imagination and intentions, and, whilst other operators manage to make their machines sound frankly boring, Blawan manages to animate his discipline with visceral force and effect. A-side unloads the lip-bitingly brutal wallop and noise of 'Talatone' plus a clattering, dissonant jacker entit… Read more
**Debossed and hand-painted jacket - each copy is different** After minting Nic Tasker ov Boiler Room's Young Turks sub-label, Terron turns out another quartet of big room and basement-rumbling tech house with 'Whities 004'. Toiling shades away from Kassem Mosse's earlier, ruder emissions, A-side 'No.29 Pareto 20/80' synchs gruff kicks and sparing-but-crucially timed subs with a streaking synthline that cuts like a lazer thru sweat fog. Flipside, the dank sound design of 'No.33.1 The Game's Ouverture' gives way to the sunken swagger of 'No.33 Hawk [Part I]' and the v.v. KM-styled shunt of 'No.34 Dove [Part II]'.
Vinyl Edition now available. "Right from their inception in 1976, back in the first stirrings of punk, Wire went about making music in a subversive, conceptual way, setting themselves apart from both their peers and their influences. Bass guitarist and vocalist Graham Lewis identifies another trait that has run throughout the group’s lifetime. “People said we were mysterious, arch and dark. But the only way of doing that successfully, is by also having a sense of humour. You have to have that balance. With Wire there’s a peculiarity, a contrariness and that can be funny." This questing approach has permea… Read more
Thursday, 07 May
**Incredible new album from Type - a study in bass tones massively recommended if you’re into Earth, Sunn 0))) or Phill Niblock. Edition of 500. Initial copies on clear wax** Type suck us in head first with Retribution Body's blooming black mass of acoustic drone alchemy, 'Aokigahara'. Known to his pals and employers at Boston's Berklee College as world class acoustic technician Matthew Azevedo, Retribution Body is the very occasional moniker for his musical exploits, revealing a rarified grasp of low end frequency manipulation on a par with the likes of Earth, Sunn 0))) or Phill Niblock… Read more
**Limited Edition (and damn expensive) pressing of 400 copies - some copies on black/gold splatter vinyl, some on red vinyl, selected at random. 180gm Vinyl, thick jacket, Poly-lined Collector Sleeve, includes download code** Cut Hands (William Bennett) & Vatican Shadow (Dominick Fernow) present these killer remixes of Brooklyn's Azar Swan. Far as we can tell, it's notably the first time that the Bennett and Fernow have exclusively shared a slab together, and, likewise it marks their respective projects at their most pop-wise and propulsive, both … Read more
**Beautiful vinyl reissue of this 2011 album from Lawrence English complete with new artwork** 'The Peregrine' is Lawrence English's homage to J.A. Baker's obscure tome of the same name which he discovered by chance in David Toop's loft while visiting the author/musicologist in London some years back. As Lawrence alludes, there's a distinct parallel between the evocative sonic topographies of his work and the descriptive prose of the book "I feel The Peregrine epitomizes a kind of obsessive rendering of landscape and environment. Throughout the book, Baker places central… Read more
*Limited and individually numbered trifold 3LP. Hyperdub and Chicago's Teklife powerhouse join forces in tribute to footwork pioneer DJ Rashad* 'Next Life' provides the broadest, most crucial overview of Chicago's febrile, fertile footwork scene you'll likely hear in 2014, running bullets from brand new producers such as DJ Phil, DJ Tre, Boylan, and Sirr Two along with bombs from elders like DJ Spinn, RP Boo, Traxman, and of course DJ Rashad, plus a handful of aces from the scene's non-Chicago cousins. Pushed to pick instant favourites, we'd draw for the mellow pressure of … Read more
Hodge joins Pev's Livity Sound gang with a pair of mutant Bristolian rollers. Up top, their '21 Versions' finds a balance of Shackleton's recent psy-trance trajectories and a more rugged, tucked-in UK flex. B-side, 'What Your Heart Knows' is much stronger, electro-plating hydraulick bass flux with lustrous Detroit-style synth tones that arch up and explode in BugBranded chromatic rainbows.
DMX Krew riffs on classic acid mutations with '5 Ways 2 Jack' for Jerome Hill's Super Rhythm Trax. It's a party from the crust to the run-out, checking off big-box-little-box styles with 'Vicious Bleebz' and proper Yorkshire bleep rufige with 'Bleepology'. Harder heads will be all over the cascading 303s and warehouse bang ov 'Up 'n Down', and we can't wait to catch the Lil Louis-gone-Bashment pressure of 'Ragga Clash' in a club soon.
Body-clattering techno from Guy Andrews, following his 2011 single for Untold's Hemlock with two bludgeoning cuts for his Pennyroyal offshoot. A-side doses bouncing bass drums and a banking wall of noise building to a breathless climax, cooling off before rolling out sweeter, burning off the lactic acid. B-side is more roguish, spitting a barrage of claps on top of tussling kicks and vicious modular squall.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label. ncludes vinyl exclusive ambient suite** 'Dumb Flesh' is the ecstatic new album from F**k Buttons' Benjamin Power in Blanck Mass mode. His 2nd album in this guise after 2011's eponymous debut, it retains much of the fizzy noise harmonics and thrills of his duo with Andrew Hung, but channels a more direct dancefloor and pop attitude, 'Dumb Flesh' isn't quite techno, noise or post-rock, but rather a distillation of all their affective memes boiled up, reduced and smeared across these eight tracks. The result: a viscous goo of legal-hi… Read more
"First new release in a while from the label that has released albums in the past by The Books, Thee Oh Sees, The Mountain Goats, Final Fantasy, Mount Eerie, Patrick Wolf and many more... Catgut Tape is the debut solo album by the British songwriter O.D. Davey. Recorded by its author during his late teens and early adulthood in the polar British counties of Aberdeenshire and Essex, it is a collection of love songs set amidst the tragicomedy of youth and the landscapes that stage it. Born of necessity, its pallet of sound is simple but singular; a bitcrushed and baseless skeleton of wooden guit… Read more
Smart session of tensile techno tools from Caspar Clarke a.k.a. Volte-Face. 'Charlatan' marks not only Volte-Face's solo debut but, also the christening of BleeD Music, the label spawned from Caspar's boundary-pushing series of events which hosted events by everyone from Blackest Ever Black to PAN and L.I.E.S. in London. It's possible to hear slight traces of those label aesthetics in 'Charlatan', yet the impetus is ambiguously torn between big room techno and bunkered intensity, whether nailing a muscular, driven sound with the dramatic 5am pounder, 'Until The Light Takes Us' and the cavern… Read more
The master percussionist and his vocal spar present new cuts and versions further to their 'Cease To Matter' (2014) album. 'Clock' is cut for the 'floor with tilted 5/4 rhythms explored in two mixes; an original keeps it cool and mysterious whereas the version layers up angular strings and darting bass plucks with a future 4th world flex. Diodd-Ellis comes into his own on two shorter sound poems, sounding kinda like the Spaceape (R.I.P.) on 'Inward Sun Reprise', and as some enigmatic spirit guide in the echo chamber swell of 'Lovestruck Battlefield'.
Manchester's Zed Bias works at a warped electro-house and broken techno bent with 'Couch Life' for Loefah's 81. The sub 120bpm swagger of 'Couch Life' gets busy on a sorta Latin Freestyle update crossed with the kinda mid-tempo zones explored by DJ Samrai, factoring abyssal dub drop-outs into whirring drum machine flickers and wonky LFO dynamics. With 'Chokehold' he pushes the tempo up to 130bpm and rocks the bells over amorphous sub-bass shapes and the kinda bustling drums you'd expect from A Made Up Sound. The dancer's choice.
**Edition of 500** A 2015 Dreem Teem - Royal-T, DJ Q and Flava D - go hard and sweet as TDQ for Butterz. Up top, their 'Day Mix' plays with tuffened West Yorkshire bassline vibes speckled with eski flutes and darker Reese bass blooms for the dancefloor captains. Downtown, the 'Night Mix' eases off to a 125 bpm swing, bringing fwd the crackle and glistening chords for an altogether more sensuous and low-lit version.
Christina Nemec (Comfortzone) presents an unheimlich vision of future ambient music with 'Empty Airport', further to her aktions with Peter Rehberg and Christian Schachinger in Shampoo Boy. Also including additional mixing from Christian Fennesz in the gauzily layered introduction, 'Abandoned House', the album unfolds a finely-parsed mixture of field recordings and electronics laced with inorganic techno drums and stalked by slow moving black masses of bass. If Eno's 'Music For Airports' is a dreamy experience, this is its nightmare analog; recreating, for us at least, that sensation of being enc… Read more
Future Times pull out a wild session of lysergic Brazilian p*nk-f*nk from Japa Habilidoso. Also working under the monikers DJ Guerrinha and Finalzinho Chegando with the 40% Foda/Maneirissimocrew, he's patented a deeply f**ked-up and captivating sound, kinda like the Príncipe lot gone feral or Beautiful Swimmers dunked in the toxic lagoons of Rio Di Janeiro. It's nerve-frying and exhilaratingly out-there dance gear. Recommended!
Stylish slow motion cosmic travels from JG Wilkes (Optimo) and James Savage's lesser-spotted Naum Gabo duo. These are either early evening scene-setters or end-o-night comedowns, depending your preference (heck, you might be a mad scone who plays them at peak time) but either way these are lush synth excursions, of the strongest order, pacing with sombre cymbals along plonging synth pathways and poised pads in 'Fyei', and like a sluggish Schulze in the earthbound but black hole-beckoning beauty, 'Hantas'.
Edition of 500 copies. "When Daniel O'Sullivan was invited to curate the sixth instalment of Transmissions Festival in Ravenna, 2013 his first request was for Charlemagne Palestine, the shamanic world-maker and sacred toy emissary associated with the New York, 60's minimalist scene and one time student of Pandit Pran Nath. Known primarily for extended performances with Bösendorfer piano, cathedral organs and falsetto voice but has also exhibited his visual work internationally. After transmissions O'Sullivan invited Palestine to play a two night … Read more