Thursday, 19 February
Pendulous and steppin' techno motors from Alex Coulton, backed with a churning, muscular refit by Function/Inland. Up top, Coulton's 'Freefall' carves out a super-wide swinging techno groove punctuated with woodblock snares and blooming dub chords, while 'Antagonise' jacks up a direct deep techno momentum rent with gauziest pads and sparky percussion. The Function/Inland remix of 'Freefall' excels with an intricately tucked style of techno rufige and radioactive synth burn making a smart follow-up to their 'Odeon' cut. Killer.
**Includes download code** "Gliss Riffer marks new territory for Deacon who, following up on the release of his large ensemble-based recordings - 2009’s Bromst and 2012’s America - decided to return to a simpler way of writing and recording, similar to that of 2007’s Spiderman of the Rings, which has resulted in this self-produced album. Despite being predominately electronic, Gliss Riffer’s sonic palette is informed by his post-Spiderman of the Rings material. The Disklavier, a MIDI-fed player piano first heard on Bromst, is present here. Cross-rhythms suggestive of America’s orchestral son… Read more
Sleazy, mid-tempo electro-disco backed with an elasticated Emperor Machine dub mix.
Another remastered and reissued disco pearl - Gaznevada's ultra-seductive 1983 Italo, 'I.C. Love Affair'. This one's pure sex-on-wax, loaded with the louche Italian version up top and the dreamy lather of a Chinese version on the back. Choice.
*Vinyl Edition includes a copy of the CD free inside* NDW legend Holger Hiller sifts out a selection of dusty, wayward wave gems from the obscure early '80s Berlin archive of Wolfgang Seidel aka Populäre Mechanik. Rooted in the Zodiak Arts Club aesthetics of freedom and exploration, and prompted by the punk movement, Populäre Mechanik was coined as a vehicle to combine various strands of musical thought, from Devo-esque art-rock to jazz-wise detours and skinny dubs fracked with traces of slick yacht rock and exotica. RIYL K. Leimer, Felix Kubin, Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza.
**Includes digital download redeemable from the label** Plaid, The Field and Errors contribute symapathetic remixes to the first single from Ryan Teague's 'Block Boundaries' album. The slow burning kosmische iridescence of 'Last Known Position' is presented in Teague's own extended mix located somewhere between Pye Corner Audio and Reichian gamelan phasing, while Plaid present a more bittersweet remix ripe with deliquescent synth tone and murky groove next to a strobing shoegaze trance deceleration by The Field, and a Tangerine Dream-esque Errors remix.
"Five Fold's fifth foray introduces Venetian underground house purveyors Autre & TIYG's vinyl debut as a production collective. Machina Electrica EP was recorded as a series of live jams and re-edits that venture through old school house to soulful jazz fusion and rough techno rhythms. An adorational construction of saturated analogue drum machines, undulating funky basslines and deep sub-bass washes, all dripping with ghostly vibraphone and melancholic synth progressions reminiscent of the melodic era of house music's origin."
Obey City switches tipple to 'Merlot Sounds' for a smoother follow-up to his heady 'Champagne Sounds' for LuckyMe. Laced with vocals by Kelela, Anthony Flammia and l-O.A.K & Eric Arc Elliot, six songs twyst traces of grime, B-more, and EBM into blinging riddims ranging from the Jones-referencing glyde and swerve of 'With Grace We Go' thru The Dream-style lushness in 'Water Bed' or 'Chantè'; giddy grime-funk in 'The Motion Blurs', and a sparkling run of electro-soul with 'Cloud Lust', and lissom Linn groove, 'Air'.
**Heavyweight Folkways-style jacket with paste-on artwork** A bewitching obscurity from the Smithsonian Folkways archive: 'Modern Mayan - The Indian Music of Chiapas Mexico' is here reissued by Mississippi Records and Switzerland's Moi J'Connais. As is the nature of Folkways Records, this LP opens a window to a world most of us will never experience, likely because the culture has been lost or altered beyond recognition. These recordings were and edited by Richard Anderson, who spent six years living and playing with the Chiapas Indians in the south eastern Ch… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label - Hand-stamped centre label and sleeve** Strange U's Dr. Zygote, a.k.a. The Maghreban on a wonky cosmic groove tip. "A fan of limitations, The Maghreban took multi samples from his Casio MT-70 keyboard and used only them to make this EP whilst on holiday in North Wales last year. Most of the tracks were made whilst staying at Portmeirion, the strange resort where "The Prisoner" was filmed in the late 60s. The Maghreban is a fan."
Kuniyuki tends to his industrial/EBM roots thru a deep house filter, backed with classy Musk remix. Back in 1990 Kunikyuki released an album as DRP on Belgian EBM label Body Records. 25 years later he draws on that influence for the cantering motorik fizz of 'Newwave Project #4' and fuses its trace elements with subtle deep house swing in the sophisticated swing of 'Newwave Project #2', which receives a sweetened rework from Musk layered up with congas and simmering organ motifs.
Matthew Herbert's cut-and-run dancefloor series reaches number 8 with four servings of louche, soulful house in his inimitable style. At its sweetest, the crooke soul of 'The Wrong Place' gets it right with woozy vocals by Hejira's Rahel and the laidback, string-heavy shuffler, 'Remember Ken' with Ade Omotayo, who has worked with Amy Winehouse and Kindness. For something a grittier, get on the twanging, motorik techno-stepper 'Ticket', or the Durian Brothers-esque Afro-centric wiggle and dreamy thumb piano bleeps of 'Her Face'.
**180g double LP in a gatefold sleeve** "Elliot Goldenthal’s original soundtrack to Pet Sematary, featuring over a dozen cues never before released on Vinyl, as well as two tracks by The Ramones (Pet Sematary & Sheena Is A Punk Rocker) and featuring original artwork by Mike Saputo
**Double LP in gatefold sleeve, with full album on CD included inside** Well-rounded, deeper tech-house gratification by Lake People. There's just the right balance of grit and classically mannered poise to these grooves that makes it easy to understand why the likes of Dixon & Ame are fans of Lake People.
Roland Tings graduates from charming early singles for 100% Silk and Club Mod to this lush debut LP for Internasjonal. An impressionistic take on the golden era of late '80s/early '90s house filtered thru a pastel-toned Aussie heat haze, it swaggers across tempo zones from the buoyant, chirpy jack of 'Coming Up For Air' and the woozy piano house bumper, 'Who U Love', to the slow-building centrepiece 'Floating On A Salt Lake' before taking a downtempo turn with the chugging slow-house of 'Devotion' and the squashed strutter, 'Cultural Canal', and back deckside with the glorious 'Venus'.
Low-key and dreamy deep house trax by new producer, Aleksander Grozdanovski aka Herzel, backed with Palms Trax remixes. The Herzel originals are charmingly spacious, subtly shifty pieces of deep house for the wee small hours, working with rolling kicks and plangent, almost shoegazy harmonics in 'Daydreamer', feat. Jordan Kolevski's processed trumpet, while 'Closure' does a more breezy sort of garage-house abstraction with haunting organ, and 'Shades' eases off with percolated, Afro-centric and ambient house vibes.
*Deluxe Vinyl includes download code redeemable from the label* "Eric Chenaux has emerged as one of the most distinctive, innovative and original voices in what might be called avant-garde balladry, juxtaposing his gorgeously pure and open singing against a guitar sound and style that truly stands alone. Skullsplitter is the impressive new album that confirms Chenaux’s singular aesthetic: genuine, natural, unaffected vocals gliding through slow, smoky melodies while electric and nylon-string guitars are deployed with adventurously experimental, dextrous, semi-improvisational technique an… Read more
**ncludes 20 track bonus CD** Back on Big Dada - Wiley rises to the top again with 'Snakes & Ladders' featuring guest spots from JME, Footsie, Wrigz, Flirta D and more. He's as mad as ever, dropping baffling bars and signature non sequiturs across 17 of his strongest tracks in years, from the bouncing summer 2014 anthem, 'On A Level' to the gulliest new skool grime in 'Reel Off' to the extended, eleven minute chicanery of 'Snakes & Ladders (Part Two)' which surely sets a new precedent for modern grime. Get in.
Soichi Terada presents a perfect entry point for any budding J-House connoisseurs with this compilation of slick aces off his Far East Recording label. Sought-after over there and everywhere else, they amount to a prime seam of early '90s house, with levels of plushness and seductive groove up there with the best stuff coming out of New York, Chicago or Detroit at that time. Best known to collectors and heads willing to shell out for originals, his sound has been championed of late by Ben UFO and Hunee, who're both known to slip his treats into their sets. But now everyone can get on… Read more
Jack Dixon shares the latest on White Asega label with Kodiak, backed by Bambounou and Troy Gunner reworks. The Kodiak track is dope, cutting loose with a wild and grimy techno funk number 'Taargus' detailed with Classical Curves-style production. Bambounou does a smart job with a slinkier, sub-heavy remix reduction, followed by Jack Dixon's bouncing Afro-techno-funk bomb 'New Curtains' and Troy Gunner's respective remix cut-up.
Reissue of a tweaked out Detroit-style dub techno EP originally issued in 1999 on New Zealand's Nurture label. Some fine moments in the alien synth chatter and whirring techno soul of 'Engaging Causeless Mercy' and the Porter Ricks-alike sub-aquatic zones of 'Constructing Space'.
UK rufige allstars on a heavy Formula Records sampler session. Flava D's 'Home' is ramped with bristling bassline flavour by label boss, Champion - sounds killah on 33rpm, too! - while flipside is given to a clash of the titans with a dream hook-up of Terror Danjah & Zed Bias on quicksilver 2-step tip sporting vocals by Olivia Louise.
“The Cliff” is a new vocal driven EP from Chicago’s esteemed quartet Pelican. The four track EP includes remixes from Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh, Jesu), Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer of ISIS/Palms, and, for only the second time in their fourteen year career, vocals. Allen Epley (Shiner, The Life and Times) once again returns to the band’s fold to transform, in a complementary manner, the concept and overall outcome of what we have come to know as Pelican. No cheap juxtaposition, Epley’s seasoned voice is as broad and astonishingly capable on “The Cliff” as the members behind the music,… Read more
Coarse but canny house trax from Venetian producer, Steve Murphy aka DJ Octopus, Die Roh… Murphy clearly doesn't mind a bit of grit under the nails, running hard-working house rhythms thru a crackly filter for proper bite on the 'floor, from the kinky build of 'Climax' thru the burned-out piano house banger, 'Something Around The Sun', to the Analogue Cops-style slam of 'Venus' and the jagged jack of 'Movida'.
Michael Kamen’s Original Score for the animated cult clasic The Iron Giant for the first time on Vinyl. Remastered by James Plotkin for the 15th Anniversary of the film, and pressed on 180 gram Vinyl
"Born Yannick Ilunga, to a Congolese father and Angolan mother, the artist known as Petite Noir has been making his unclassifiable, joyous music in various iterations for a number of years now. Previous singles "Til We Ghosts", "Noirse" and "Pressure", and his band Popskarr, in addition to collaborations with his friend Spoek Mathambo, garnered him online attention in 2013 and 2014, leading to his signing with Double Six. He is currently at work on his debut full-length album, due for release in 2015."
Proper, freeform brainfloss from two of Scandinavia's most active and important noise freaks. 'The Oslo Tapes' was recorded at "the best studio" in the Norwegian capital on 15th August, 2013 and has matured ripe for release in '15, yielding a crushed collision of honking sax particles and deft concrète haptics, incessantly shredding in flux between dimensions with scurrying scrabble and scree as chaotic and messily intricate as the unspooled tapes on the front cover. A record to get your teeth into/to pull teeth to.
*Limited Edition grey vinyl pressing on 180gm wax - Cover design Chris Weston. Includes an exclusive booklet with sleeve notes from director Gareth Evans & composers Aria Prayogi & Fajar Yuskemal* "Death Waltz deliver a world premiere release that will sweep your legs away while punching your face to custard with Fajar Yuskemal and Aria Prayogi’s original score to The Raid. Directed by Gareth Evans, this explosive masterpiece of Thai uber-action has already been recognised as one of the greatest action films ever made, but few people know t… Read more