Thursday, 06 August
Sickest drop of darkside Gqom house outta modern day South Africa! Featuring trax by Citizen Boy, Mafiaboyz and Cruel Boyz all specially mastered for vinyl. 'Gqom Oh! - The Sound of Durban' marks a step up in terms of fidelity for a sound which was previously only available as low bitrate downloads via the kasimp3 server (we urge you to go hunt that site!). Essentially it's a drier, darker, skeletal antecedent to Kwaito, the style espoused by DJ Mujava et al, tending to use bilious low end drones, parched drums, and gasps-as-percussion inna Kraftwerkian fashion - something like techno for… Read more
*Joachim Nordwall and Henrik Rylander return with this incredibly heavy drone-noise session under the 'Saturn and the Sun’ moniker* Crushing, celestial sized drone objects from Nordwall and Rylander here, sheathed in absorbing artwork by Martin Jacobsen. 'Journey to the Center of Your Mind' projects three concentrated, irradiating beams of Scandinavian drone noise intensity recorded at Studio Dental, Gothenburg. As with the artwork, the music could just as easily be said to describe a regression to some medieval uchronia, or a premonition of post apocalyptic soundsc… Read more
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** "Sleep paralysis plagues singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, and that strange intersection of the conscious and the unconscious has inadvertently manifested itself within her work. Across the span of her first four albums, there is an underlying tension, a distorted and nebulous territory where dark shadows hover along the edges of the sublime and the graceful. But until now, Wolfe’s trials and tribulations with the boundaries between dreams and reality have only been a subconscious influence on her work. With her fifth album, Abyss, she del… Read more
**Edition of 250 housed in wrap-around jacket** Black ice industrial and noise pulsations from techno's nether region - Rome's Love Blast and Stirpe 999 labels. Subsound studio engineer, Luciano Lamanna galvanises one side with the tight, rolling and monotone techno precision of 'Giammai Per Sempre';flipside, Fire At Work deals in hulking 110bpm techno stress test working somewhere between Fishermen and recent Sigha, whilst the UK 's darkside techno pioneers Somatic Responses concentrate their noisy ADD tendencies to the cranky lurch of 'Dark Ervption'.
"Like the days of Steely Dan, Harry Nilsson or Prince releasing a classic every year (or less) comes Mac DeMarco’s Another One, a mini-LP announced almost one year to the date of the meteorically successful Salad Days. Conceived and recorded entirely by himself in a short period between a relentless tour schedule at his new place in Far Rockaway, Queens, Another One is eight, freshly written songs, expanding the arsenal of Mac’s already impressive catalog. There’s a bittersweet, romantic sensibility present. The overall feeling is lost love, or perhaps love never found, yet Mac embraces this… Read more
**Hand-stamped LP includes artwork by Faith Coloccia and detailed 8 page calligraphy booklet. Edition of 300** "Atria is a full length LP featuring compositions written between 2007-2013, including performances by esteemed musicians from Gamelan Pacifica, Gamelan Kusuma Laras, and Gamelan Rakyat, as well as Eyvind Kang, and recorded in multiple contexts with sound engineer Mell Dettmer. "The term “Atria” emerged in a dream in 2007, at a time when I was simultaneously writing new music for the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble and recording “Voices of Spring” with Ostad Omoumi. “Atria” sounded like the L… Read more
Dope debut album from Damon Bell for AYBEE's Deepblak label. Building to this point since 2009's 'Kush Musik Part 1', Bell has been an integral member of Deepblak ever since, also recently releasing on R&S's Meda Fury sub-label. His first long-player, 'Blues for the Libyan' yields eight cuts in orbit of African rhythms, US deep house, and jazz-wise electronics, all compatible with his peers, Aybee and Afrikan Sciences, yet distinguished from them by virtue of smoother, soulful touch in highlights such as 'Chromosone Replacement' featuring Khalil Anthony, or his own spacey D^BO! Vershun of 'Kampala'. This one's a longtime burner.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Lovely album of soft focus, melodic ambient techno by the Detroit-raised, Brooklyn-based Jakub Alexander a.k.a. Heathered Pearls. Teamed with guest spots from The Sight Below, Outerbridge, and Shigeto, it unfurls a mind-drifting narrative framed between time-stopping ambient pieces such as 'Cast in Lemon & Sand'. 'Holographic Lodge' or 'Artificial Foliage', and the gently insistent, padded techno momentum of 'Sunken Living Area' or 'Perfume Catalogue', whilst the likes of 'Personal Kiosk' with The Sight Below, or 'Warm Air E… Read more
**Includes free download code** "Blackest Ever Black presents Fooling Around, a new E.P. from David West’s Rat Columns. The title track is nothing short of a modern rock ’n roll classic: co-written by West and Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring et al) it appeared in truncated form on Rat Columns' album Leaf (R.I.P. Society, 2014), but this is the first time that the original, longer, and definitive version has been given the vinyl pressing it so richly deserves. Its combination of void-chasing motorik, moody jangle, West’s plaintive vocal delivery and Young’s space… Read more
Gerry Read and Kevin McPhee meet again with the metallic techno twang and swinging house of 'FRUMMPPP', following their 2011 hook-up, 'Demolition Man'. The original version is a bare bones jack track irradiated with waves of metallic synth to send the club spinning; the remix brings out the drums for a skippier, bucking house take on the same base elements.
"Heather Woods Broderick excels at distilling her experiences into a soulful melancholy that's enduring both for it's intimate relatable moments and its persistent sense of mystery. Her uncanny ear for evocative production and gorgeous vocal harmonies serves her well on her new album Glider. Throughout the album, the rich dreamlike atmospheres she creates hint at a darkness looming on the horizon, while the singularity of her ethereal voice always seems to linger long after the music has stopped. Though the songs on Glider aren't explicitly about touring, her life on the road provides… Read more
**Gatefold sleeve** Paul White scales up a soulful hip hop suite with Florida MC/vocalist Eric Biddines as Golden Rules. Their 'Golden Ticket' lands on Lex with all the bells and whistles, including a guest spot from Yasiin Bey (f.k.a. Mos Def).
*Includes 2-sided postcard with lyrics, photos and notes designed by Eloise Leigh* "Dark Entries Editions is proud to announce the next reissue in their series of hard to find Italo Disco club hits. Blue Russell was the husband/wife duo of Manilio Cangelli and Lorella Ghilardi from Milan. Cangelli was a session musician and composer for many Italian singers, making music for commercial TV and working long days in the studio. He had a strong passion for the analog synthesizers of the time and discovered the latest drum machines. After appreciating a healthy dose of Giorgio Morod… Read more
Conscious, heavyweight dub mutations sent from Bristol's Ishan Sound and Rider Shafique via Hotline. Vocal and dubwise, both plates express a signature Bristol sound; windpipe-crushing subs, skeletal rhythms, Casualty-intro levels of dread, and atmospheres describing nocturnal Avon valley panoramas. First disc heaves with the steppin' pressure of 'Militant Mindset' and its scything, industrialised E3 dub, backed with the earth-moving dubstep/grime artillery of 'EOD'. Second plate, 'Rivet' dials in a 999 dubstep panic, and Rider voices the natty skank of 'Highest', also slung in dub.
Hark, hear the beards fizz: there's a new Goat 7" in stock. 'It's Time For Fun' reveals their first new music since 2014's 'Commune' album.
**Remastered original 1950s recordings, as originally released in a silk-screened cover by HP Corbissero** "Jazz in Silhouette, by Sun Ra and His Arkestra was recorded on March 6, 1959 and released in May of the same year. The album is considered to be one of Ra's best from his Chicago period before veering off into 'their full-fledged explorations into the avant-garde' that characterises their New York recordings of the 1960s..... ''Jazz in Silhouette stands as an overlooked masterpiece, a work that shows Ra not as a mere curiosity or backwater galaxy, but as a major … Read more
Bullion on the buttons for a wicked comeback from Rye Rye. 8 years since her 'Shake It To The Ground' anthem with Blaqstarr, and five since her links with M.I.A., 'Keep Up Did You Read U' finds her coolly riding a freakish outernational riddim produced by Bullion, pulling all manner of digeridoos, orientalist synth motifs and bugged-out electronics over a sloshing dancehall wine, also included as straight up instrumental.
G-23 guns for an early UK 'ardcore techno sound for Jerome Hill's Super Rhythm Trax. A-side clocks the ruddy acid bass roll and squashed breakbeats of 'Kidding Kids' and the Chicago-sprung 303 jack of 'Mountain's Acid'. B-side, Jerome Hill turns the latter into a warehouse-wrecking piece of wrudeboy acid.
*Includes 2-sided postcard with lyrics, photos and notes designed by Eloise Leigh* "Dark Entries Editions is proud to announce the next reissue in their series of rare Italo Disco club hits. Clay Pedrini is a musician and singer from Milan who released his only single, 'New Dream' in 1984 on Sensation Records. Despite his limited output, Pedrini proved himself to be a shining star of the Italo scene. Unfortunately, his career was cut short by a severe case of whiplash, but his fusion of analog keyboards and electronic trickery has stood the test of time. Clay had the idea for 'New Dre… Read more
*Includes 2-sided postcard with lyrics, photos and notes designed by Eloise Leigh* "Wish Key was an Italo Disco group formed by the husband/wife duo of Manilio Cangelli and Lorella Ghilardi in Milan.Their first single 'Orient Express' was released in 1983 by Discomagic Records. The song was arranged, composed and recorded by Manlio, with the lyrics by Lorella. It was supposed to be the new single for Blue Russell, but on the insistence of Severo Lombardoni of Discomagic Records, the group was persuaded to use a male vocalist. A demo of the song was given to DJ Massmimo Berti, who… Read more
**Includes free download code.** NYC's Blondes follow their immersive 'Rein' with a fluidly sensual grip of club trax in 'Persuasion'. Alongside their 'Touched' EP for Clasp, it firmly marks their return to the 'floor following 2013's 'Swisher' album. Across all three tracks they focus on texture rather than melody, resulting the deeply hypnotic, acidic massage of 'Persuasion' along with the hulking techno grit and escalating noise/drone dynamics of 'Son', and the sweltering psychedelia-meets-Berghain techno momentum of 'Inner Motive'. Strong selection for anyone into the headiest realms of L.I.E.S., Antinote, M. Geddes gengras.
**Hand-stamped white label. Includes download code** Trippy house peaches from new US artist Vertigo Inc on his home-brewed Unfulfillment label. Like a feathered relation of Africans With Mainframes or a lysergically crystalline Harmonious Thelonious, 'Preen' rotates four cuts of chiming milk-bottle percussion, thumb pianos and buoyant bass patterns in hypnotic formation: 'Preen' sways with bright, lush African cadence; 'Conk Fight' could almost be Villalobos recorded by Pygmies; 'Mechadance' chimes like Lawrence on holiday at the equator with Auntie Flo; 'Water People' is a deliquescent haze of c… Read more
"The genre known as "exotica" reached worldwide success during the 1950s thanks to artists such as Yma Sumac, Martin Denny, and Arthur Lyman, but its origin can be found almost 50 years earlier. The seed was planted by Hawaiian musicians who performed, representing their country, at the first Universal Exhibitions that took place in the United States in 1901. Their paradisiacal melodies, percussion, and tribal rhythms; the strange timbre of instruments such as the ukulele and the steel guitar; and the scantily clad female dancers sparked the interest of American so… Read more
Berlin's XXXY continues to pursue a proggier tech-house rave path with his latest dispatch for Rinse. A-side 'Regrets' makes nice use of curdling, off kilter organ chords and wobbly bass to sound sort like Kassem Mosse meets Radioslave five years ago; B-side, '12049' is a shifty, electro-latinate number, and 'Over Peover' makes out with rolling subs and posh trance synth arrangement.
Bee Mask and Max Loderbauer systematically dismantle and rebuild Yko's 'Taō' album tracks in two captivating remixes for Japan's Akō label. Up top, 'Minako' is diffused and smeared in a panorama of stereo-strafing atonal bass and keening, almost hellish visions of symphonic dissonance designed to fully dominate the frequency spectrum of any space it's used in. By contrast, Max Loderbauer's remix of 'Shiro' is more like a spectral impression than invasion, reducing its elements to ghostly synth silhouettes and motorik pulses which take it in turn to protrude from and slink back into the shadows of its vast negative space.
"Dark Entries is proud to release the sophomore EP from Bezier entitled Telomeres. Bézier is the moniker of local SF musician Robert Yang, who also is part of the illustrious Honey Soundsystem crew. Telomeres is the follow up to Bézier’s debut EP Ensconced, released in 2013. The title relates to themes of time, science, analytics and procedures. Bézier integrates the refrains of Spanish new wave and Italo disco with the attitude and aggression of underground styles like synth-punk and industrial. These six tracks were written, produced and mixed by Bézier at his home studio in San Francisco between… Read more
*Deluxe 2LP Gatefold Set - a 29 Track anthology from an unsung pioneer of musical fusion* “There are many great soul singers, but few have inspired hip hop from its early beginning to now. Syl Johnson is a unsung pioneer of musical fusion.” – RZA. Syl Johnson began the ‘60s a blues singer and session guitarist and concluded it having synthesized his own brand of gritty Chicago soul. Their first signee, Syl Johnson set the tone at Twinight Records, writing and producing fifteen 45s during his four year tenure with the label. This double LP neatly bundles each side of each of… Read more
Ohhhhh bwoyyyy, original '92 'ardcore business in fullly remastered and reissued e-f-f-e-c-t! 'The Return of Bay-B-Kane' comers full loaded with the Simon + Garfunkel-sampling darkcore prortotype, 'Hello Darkness', plus the mentasm lasher 'Raving In The Twilight', backed with the masterfully chopped collage styles of 'Quarter to Doom' (rhythm!) and the dub-wise helter skelter breakbeat volley of 'How Should I Start'. Quintessential UK rufige.