Thursday, 11 December
Outstanding side of modular experiments by London's Deas for Luke Younger's Alter label. 'String Studies' is, quite remarkably, the first all-electronic record from Cameron Deas. Recorded at home in February/March 2014, he uses his usually favoured acoustic guitar as a source to trigger dizzying displays of modular noise twisting out virulent, kinetic sculptures that sound like guitar strings physically twisted into complex circuits. We guess there are clear precedents for this music in the work of Keith Fullerton Whitman or Jim O'Rourke's electronic works, but there's also something wonderfully… Read more
Bleaching Agent - outed as Al Matthews of Smear/FSG - gets down to mucky business on the 'Sun Spool' EP for Edinburgh's Tsar. Working a similarly soiled rut as Prostitutes or Container, but perhaps with a dash of UK techno swagger, a quartet of cuts bowl from the humping acid of 'Mack' to the knuckle'ead rave pound of 'Taktu' and over to the killer jakbeat torque of 'Mabli', closing with a coruscating, Afro-centric wiggler named, 'RGA'.
Infectious, refreshing deep house and broken beat soul concoctions from Atlanta's Stefan Ringer. There's five tracks smudging the lines between garage house and jazz-funk soul to perfection, whether matching the loose genius of Gifted & Blessed in the fluid, sexy funk of 'Meagangood' and the bright swing of 'MYM', touching on a stoned soul buzz with the dope 'n icy 'Transitions', or square on the boogie-funk release valve with the killer broken beat pivots of 'The Fix' for fans of Falty DL, Karizma or Floating Points. Tipped!
**Clear turquoise wax with download code** "“The Mist” recalls a hypnotic, eerie landscape, a fog which slowly materialises over a lake in the deepest part of the woods. “Conundrum” sets the mise-en-scène with spectral voices that hover over organic pads and drones. “Snake snake” is the closest thing to hip-hop on the album, without compromising on a free structure where the rhythms are fractured and reconstructed, like a living entity, before giving way to the crystal-clear melodies and throbbing bass frequencies, over which the ethereal voice of Nimio oscillates in “Ego hunter”. Cascades of not… Read more
*2LP Set compiling rare & previously unreleased soul tracks circa 1962-1968, includes a 24-page 12” x 12” booklet of liner notes and a free download code* "The first instalment of the One-derful! Collection focuses on the namesake imprint of this legendary Chicago label group and marks the first in-depth study of what was once one of Chicago’s most prominent African-American run labels. Between 1962 and 1971, the One-derful! family of labels released 180+ 45s of stunning soul, funk, and gospel. Over two years of painstaking research and work, including countless… Read more
Ben Sims brings his Theory imprint to rest after 50 releases, nearly three decades of pounding tunes. Luke Slater joins the farewell celebrations with a planet-rattling tribal PAS remix beside Sims pure techno tool, 'Rejection', and the turbulent 'Wreck Up, plus a slick DVS1 remix of 'Samurai'.
Ben Sims brings his Theory imprint to rest after 50 releases, nearly three decades of pounding tunes. For a special treat Surgeon contributes his droning remix of 'Neurosis' alongside a trio of Sims' signature hard techno tools.
Pure dread pressure from Quest for keepers of the dubstep torch, Innamind Recordings. Two sides of the dubstep coin: 'Vampires' brings the evil minimalist sound with super-wide subs and scattered halfstep lean hingeing on wooden crack; 'Overcome' jumps up for the rave with nasty synth stabs and jugglin' drums for a proper old skool 'ardcore-style twiss-up.
Thursday, 04 December
**2x140g vinyl mastered + cut by Rashad at D&M. Artwork by Bill Kouligas & Louis Reith** Easily one of our most anticipated LPs of 2014, Afrikan Sciences' 'Circuitous' transcends jazz, techno and hip hop with pineal Afro-futurist vision. Hailing from Saturn via Oakland, CA, Eric Douglas Porter aka Afrikan Sciences has carved an elliptic orbit thru the sonic cosmos with three albums and a string of 12"s for Aybee's Deepblak label, an empathetic home for his abstract, groovesome suppositions improvised on turntables, upright bass, and a matrix of digital tablets. Now taking flight within t… Read more
*Deluxe, heavyweight Triple-Gatefold, now in and shipping* Deep house savant and pioneer Theo Parrish serves one of 2014's most eagerly awaited, not to mention controversial, LPs with 'American Intelligence'. Containing 3 x LPs with silver-inked centre labels in a lavish trifold jacket, it's evidently a premium item, and priced by Sound Signature accordingly; possibly in a throw down to the hordes who deify his name without ever really investing any time, money or effort to understand his music's context. Or then again, maybe he's being greedy. Fxxk knows really. Anyway, as expect… Read more
**Edition of 500 - Deluxe Reissue of the ICA's ground-breaking compilation Cybernetic Serendipity Music, originally released in 1968 to coincide with their exhibition Cybernetic Serendipity, which proved to be a landmark in the history of audio/visual art, and the first exhibition of its kind in the UK devoted to the relationship between music and early computers** The ICA and Vinyl Factory present this facsimile reissue of the first ever "computer music" record, including pieces by Iannis Xenakis, John Cage, and Peter Zinovieff a.o. Originally compiled by Peter Schmidt and rele… Read more
*Gorgeous collaboration between Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJ Nilsen featuring Hildur Guðnadóttir on cello* The enigmatic Ash International imprint yields the willowing beauty of Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJ Nilsen's original score for 'I Am Here' (2014), written and directed by Anders Morgenthaler. The score also features guest contributions from Hildur Guðnadóttir (cello), and the celestial voices of Elfa Margrét Ingvadóttir and Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson, it's a deeply effective synthesis of BJNilsen's intangible electro-acoustic atmospheres and Jóhannsson's celebrated string arrangements,… Read more
**140g vinyl masterded + cut by Rashad at D&M** Golden Püdel's Helena Hauff and F#X charge a rampant 2nd session of gristly hardware roil as Black Sites for PAN. Relentlessly bloody-minded and primed for strobe-and-smoke-lit 'floors, both sides give up some of the most damaged no wave/acid that we've heard all year. A-side: 'Unit 2669' locks lampin' kicks and mind-swilling 303s to a rusted thumb piano/cowbell motif for 12 minutes of noxious, incessant club fuel in the mould of classic Bunker/Acid Planet bangers. B-side: 'Mockba' is a different kettle of radioactive, three-eyed… Read more
**140g vinyl edition of 300. Mastered + cut by CGB at D&M** Lawrence English and Werner Dafeldecker tantalise and excite our spatial and textural perceptions in this deeply involving collaboration recorded across the Antarctic Peninsula and later produced in Brisbane, Australia. 'Shadow Of The Monolith' features electroacoustic transformations of atmospheric, hydrophonic and ionospheric materials which have been layered, processed and restructured into a spectrum of of microtonal gradients, vibrant frequencies and fractured nonspaces. Basically, it vascilat… Read more
**Translucent Green 180g LP edition of 250 housed in hand screen-printed sleeve with artwork by Jean Luc Guinnet and essay insert by David Toop** Final dispatch of 2014 from radical, virtuoso harpist Rhodri Davies is 'An Air Swept Clean of All Distance' for Northumberland's Alt.Vinyl. Continuing his extended deconstruction of the instrument's historical, cultural connotations, as with 2012's acclaimed 'Wound Response' LP - also featured in a 4LP boxset collating this LP and two others previously released by Alt.Vinyl - Davies employs EBows and other preparations to m… Read more
Before New Age hit terra firma at the dawn of the 1980s, the classically-trained Bay Area composer Jordan De La Sierra’s consciousness soared with cosmic concepts. With cues and lessons from the great minimalists La Monte Young,Terry Riley, Pandit Pran Nath, and help from the venerable public radio program Hearts of Space, De La Sierra embarked on a journey in alternate tunings and resounding reverberations, transporting entranced listeners from the Golden Gates to the intergalactic. Take an interstellar ride on the sensory engulfing space piano with this lovingly re… Read more
**Long awaited vinyl edition of this killer from Mumdance with 20 locked grooves on the flipside** One of our favourite dance trax of 2014 lands on wax backed with 20 brand new locked grooves. Originally deployed back in 'Springtime', it weighs out the sweet and girly synthlines of the title track next to the outstanding dancefloor show-off, 'It's Peak', where Mumdance reduces Grime, techno, and Dutch Bubbling styles to their most potent flex. Quite frankly it's unmissable for any fwd DJs out there, and even more so now thanks to the loony locked grooves on the flip, ranging from tetchy grime loops to killer, abstract shots of concrète funk. BIG tip!
**The first release from Vereker's new label - Wrap-around artwork in PVC sleeve** Utter ruination from Vereker and Harooni Skander as Renoir with the first release on the former's Endangered Species label. These are some seriously damaged goods, clearly informed by a fascination with the nether realms of black metal, masochistic noise and industrial music, yet somehow stoically detached and separate from them at the same time. The A-side's 'Maiden' tampers with throttled loops like some 'Cocaine Death' era Prurient piece, and 'Concrete' extrudes haunting choral slop through a barrage of combus… Read more
**Vessel's new label. Includes A4 insert, locked groove and an etching on the flip. Edition of 250** A right pair of Bristols coin the FuckPunk label to cause havoc with rudest versions of the sleng teng riddim. DJ Ape (Vessel) and DJ Oa$is (Ossia) raze the riddim to its foundational roots, leaving only a gummy, spitting nub of a ting in two mixes ready to run red in the dance. No punches pulled, no fxxks given. Punk as u lyk.
Regis, Evian Christ, HTRK, Kangding Ray and Dutch E Germ line up suitably epic, brooding remixes for Ben Frost's 'A U R O R A' album. In pole position, Evian Christ takes 'Venter' to his anti-G club space with sprung trap drums and iridescent trance chord blooms, whereas Dutch E Germ dismantles, guts and reassembles the same original stems in a battered, noisy dub, and HTRK retune those elements in their own sallow image with slow cooked machine rhythms and elusive, opiated synth tones. On the flipside Kangding Ray turns 'No Sorrowing' into a moody roller with a patented, muscular dynamic, a… Read more
**Excellent debut of compellingly visceral new composition by Greek composer for ace new imprint, Holotype Editions. RIYL Reinhold Friedl or Iancu Dumitrescu** "[herewith] is Danae Stefanou’s first full-length solo piano release. The album centers around the tactile exploration of the piano interior as a sonorous surface, and as a resonant chamber. The resultant eight tracks, at times sharp and abrasive, at others densely immersive, aim to convey a physical sense of listening to the piano “from the inside”, rather than upkeeping the convention of appreciating the performance “from a distanc… Read more
*Deluxe 180 Gram Gatefold Limited Edition LP with inner sleeve, Remastered from the Original Stereo Album Master Tapes (originally prepared by Morricone for a 1968 LP release but for reasons unknown not issued at the time), with extensive and exclusive liner notes by Andy Votel, original artwork and rare photos/ephemera* "The missing link in the Morricone / Gruppo discography. Their originally unreleased avant / cacophonic score to Elio Petri's manic Artsploitation masterpiece was the first and last time Morricone and Il Gruppo would co-sign an OST/sessio… Read more
Tres demented house from the new Italian weird scene, backed with kicking remix from Jamal Moss as Hieroglyphic Being. Hailing from Genoa, Massimo Pegoraro aka Modus presents a fugged-up and mesmerising sound with the dub-weighted concrète house jack of 'Exhibition 11 Airplane' sandwiched between two freakier pieces inspired by the legendary output of INA-GRM, Paris. On the flip, the #1 house freak Jamal Moss renders one of those cuts as a kicking Gherkin jerk-ish groove with his patented magick.
Diverse, techi dubstep and D&B torsion from Gijs Snik aka Proxima, including a collaboration with his brother, Jeroen Snik aka Icicle, and vocal by P Money. First plate comes with the creepy darkside lurch and Coki-style bleeps of 'Trapped' beside the grimy slaughter of 'Pressurized' with P Money and the raving old skool Skream styles of 'In Vacuo'. 2nd plate is all about the pensile pressure of 'Gravity' and the aforementioned, killer D&B mutant, 'Redshifted' featuring Icicle.
Russell Haswell, Pye Corner Audio, Beneath, Scanner, Geiom and Mark Fell yield divergent revisions of Martin & Richard Dust's (2/3rds of The Black Dog) Japanese Itamae-inspired Application project. We'd recommend drawing straight for the dark technoid dancehall flux of Beneath's 'Flange 7' rework, the asymmetric calculations of Mark Fell's take on 'Steve Reich's Ice Cream Van', and Haswell's blistered but quietly sensitive, even melodic, remix of 'Cron Job'.
*Vinyl including Download Code* "Originally released in 1979, "Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12" was Robbie Basho's 15th record, and his magnum opus of solo guitar. It is the culmination of his life's effort to usher guitar music into a new artistic paradigm, and to "establish the steel string as a concert instrument indigenous to America. This album represents Basho’s most technically fine guitar work. In both composition and performance, the album is enormously complex and yet conveys an effortlessness unique to Basho. As he famously espoused… Read more
Rodion G.A.'s magnum opus 'Behind The Curtain' offers a further nosey into the colourful archives of Romania's synth-y psych-disco pioneer. Following on from 'The Lost Tapes' and the 'Misiunea Spațială Delta' soundtrack, 'Behind The Curtain' rescues another 14 songs from almost certain obscurity on decaying reel-to-reels at his country cottage in Romania. It's a wonder that they escaped the hands of the notorious Romanian authorities, never-mind the oxidisation process, to still convey a life-affirming and joyous take on electronic music romping from the swaggering pomp … Read more
Reissue of Brian Dalmini's mega rare and killer Italo slab, 'Can You Tell Me' (1984). Awash with beachside noises and werid, dark synths, and gilded with Brian's etheric whinny at a leisurely stride, it's no wonder that originals are known to trade for up to £400.
Ormonde are Anna-Lynne Williams (Trespassers William/Lotte Kestner) and Robert Gomez, and ‘Cartographer/Explorer’ is the Seattle band’s second album, following on from 2012’s ‘Machine’ which garnered keen praise on both sides of the Atlantic for its delicate acoustic songwriting. Individually, the two members of Ormonde have impressive CVs: Williams toured with Damien Rice, Feist, Broken Social Scene and Explosions in the Sky during her time in Trespassers William (Nettwerk Records) and also co-wrote and sang ‘Hold Tight London’ on Chemical Brothers’ ‘Push the Button’ album. Gomez is a… Read more
Fred P and Chevel take 'Change The Past' from French Fries debut album to more sophisticated deep house and swinging beat down zones. Fred P's reshape focusses on lush, glistening pads and a nudged, shuffling groove with smart but rugged New York house production values. Chevel keeps up his side with a warm and blunted display of slouching, crunchy drums and woozy pads reminding of something Kowton might do.