Thursday, 13 February
Perc proceeds 2011's 'Wicker & Steel' album with a quintessentially English comment on techno and politics with 'The Power And The Glory'. From the track titles - 'Rotting Sound', 'Take Your Body Off' - to the ascetic productions values, the whole thing feel utterly gutted, leaving behind an ironically aware rhetoric that rings true with the producer's glum views on the UK's enervated state of affairs. Drawing parallels in opposition to so much cookie-cutter house in circulation right now, his choice of abrasive, visceral sounds more than just feels right; he's making a political stateme… Read more
Karen Gwyer returns to No Pain In Pop for an expansive and hypnotic follow-up to 'Needs Continuum' and her Opal Tape, 'Kiki The Wormhole'. On 'New Roof' she's all but abandoned any discernible traces of her vocals in favour of sky-scraping synth harmonics and deft drum programming in two extended, wide-open pieces which sandwich a shorter wormhole of woozy organ chords. They're incredible pieces of work, drawing firm connections with classic krautrock and cinematic new age meditations tempered by a crisply modernist sense of economy and space. We're most impressed by the 16 minutes of roiling, s… Read more
**180g clear vinyl edition of 300** Remastered and remixed reissue of an outstanding darkside invocation pulled from the annals of Italy's notorious Industrial scene. 'La Prima Volta' (1984) is antipop group Gustoforte's debut record. A feral but sophisticated and esoteric blend of primitive percussion, caveman yelps and massively spacious electronics make for perfectly immersive listening experience tripping lines between ponderous industro-dub, proto power electronics, skewed jazziness and totally detached, desolate drones all rendered in super high fidelity - no lo-fi tape noise here - u… Read more
"EM Records is proud to present the first new album release in 25 years from Sheriff Lindo, dubmaster of the Southern Hemisphere. His "Ten Dubs That Shook The World", released in 1988, has been growing in stature since its release, supported by its re-issue on EM Records, and in the meantime the Sheriff has been working steadily, deep-local style, honing his skills with the Australian sound systems Firehouse Sound and Earthlink Sound. The tracks on "Aftershock Dubs", recorded between 1990 and 2005, while never officially released, have been played as dub plates at sound system parties, … Read more
**The third title in the re-release series of early Rrose titles on his/her own label, Eaux** Rrose presents another deep tripping episode of mottled, murky darkside Techno. A-side 'With All Faces Bleached Out' stoically channels sewer ambience over lurching subbass and steady bleeps in a unique style reserved for imaginative DJs and home appreciation alike. Flipside 'Worn/Scarred' refuses to resolve the rhythm in any conventional sense, arranging offset, discombobulated ketamine patterns with into a sludgy descent, while 'White/Drip' pensively precipitates Sähko-esque bleeps rendered with infinite reverbs. Ace.
**Gatefold double vinyl** Sun Araw yields his most cryptic glyph to date with 'Belomancie' for Drag City. Replete with a recommendation "to give 'Belomancie' your full attention, and to listen at the highest volume that is comfortable on high quality speakers with a pronounced stereo field or on an excellent pair of headphones", it's the most cerebral and focussed effort we've yet heard from Cameron Stallones', acutely contrasting with his looser, noisier psychedelic dub excursions. Its predominantly electronic palette and labyrinthine arrangement veers into Jazz-Fusion, Japanese ambient and modu… Read more
*Picture Disc - Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The 'Bookhead EP' features nine tracks from the CD/Tape-only 'Butter Version' of JJ Doom's 'Key To Kuffs' album, including remixes and alternative versions by Radiohead's Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood, Clams Casino, Dave Sitek, Beck, and BADBADNOTGOOD. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien turns up on an alternate version of 'Viberian Son'. Expect these to fly oot.
*Superior Viaduct Gatefold vinyl edition of this classic debut album from 1968, an essential link in French pop music pushing the genre into more experimental sounds* "French poet and chameleonic vocalist Brigitte Fontaine’s career spans over four decades. Only a few years before her 1968 debut, Brigitte Fontaine Est…Folle, she moved to Paris to become an actress and took her prodigiously mature voice into the studio. Rich in the drama she brought to theater, Fontaine synthesized chanson (French pop song) and world music, which eventually won her international acclaim as… Read more
'Churches Schools and Guns' is the 2nd album of dystopian, forward-facing techno architecture by Italian-in-Berlin producer, Luca Mortellaro aka Lucy. The follow-up to his well-received 'Wordplay For Working Bees' is an obliquely abstract yet emotive twelve song cycle exhibiting an ear for microscopic detail and an attuned feel for slinky, seductive rhythms. It's leagues ahead of his field of terms of sound design and atmosphere, drawing on and subtly incorporating a wider confluence of ideas than many of his contemporaries. The grey, gloomy spectre of machine driven post-punk experiments … Read more
Rudest gamebwoy dubs from the Jahtari bossman. Entirely built on Nintendo's classic handheld console and a pimped-out Korg Monotron Delay and mixed to cassette, 'Dub Matrix With Stereo Sound' is the culmination of years of practice refining the art of handheld dub combat. Its nine short, sharp shockouts have typically been deployed as interludes during Disrupt's live shows on some of Europe's biggest sound-systems - so you know they've been thoroughly road-tested - but they sound just as canny on laptop speakers and home hi-fis. Mad to hear how crisp and potent his riddims are wi… Read more
Nicolas Jaar's Other People label picks up new Russian name, Vtgnike (pronounced Vintage Nike dontyaknow) for a diverse debut vinyl album. 'Dubna' collects nine tracks shape-shifting between OPN-like chopped & screwed experiment 'Stimulate' through to Shackleton-esque polyrhythms and aqueous sound design in 'Panarama Bar Shitt', but the majority is given to a ghostly, detached strain of rave and electronica filtered through a mazy prism of Footwork rhythms and smudged, hypnagogia-inducing FX. It's not a sound you might typically associate with Nicolas Jaar and his label, and should come as little surpr… Read more
"‘Dust & Mirrors’ is the second full-length album by the trio of Andrea Belfi (drums, percussion, electronics), David Grubbs (electric guitar, piano, voice), and Stefano Pilia (electric guitar). It follows 2010’s ‘Onrushing Cloud’ LP and finds the trio confidently taking stabs in a number of opposed directions. It dramatically widens the terrain in which the group operates. Between albums, the three musicians worked together on David Grubbs’s 2013 album ‘The Plain Where The Palace Stood’, and took part in Grubbs’ and visual artist Angela Bulloch’s performance piec… Read more
**Hand-stamped white label** Lorca joins Breach's Naked Naked party for a deeper UK house session with the in-demand 'Forgive Me Love'. As with Lorca's 12"s for Left Blank, Church and Dummy, it's a perfectly crafted club tool for the deeper bass/house cats. A-side intones the pleading title over rugged bass/snare strikes and warm keys owing as much to UK D&B as original US house; B-side 'Naoko' is less forceful, given to slinkier breakbeat house vibe built with warm, wide subbass pressure, and proggy, uplifting chords.
**"Francisco Franco are a trio originating in Philadelphia, playing instrumental music for two guitars, bass, and electronic rhythm tracks. The group started as a duo of Rob Francisco (who plays solo industrial noise as M Ax Noi Mach) and Matt Franco (from Allentown noise group Air Conditioning), who wanted a creative outlet for more melodic, less abrasive musical modes. After recording some demos, they added Nate Davis (who also plays as Unchained) on bass, and began composing songs of simple guitar lines intertwining over the bass’s harmonic foundation. Influences such as the firs… Read more
Best yet from Brighton's Donkypitch label: four tracks of full fat Miami Bass laced with raving piano house pop hooks for the party. Up front, 'If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Wrong' ain't clever, but it is big, coming off something like Hud Mo strutting down Miami beach flinging skittles at buff bozos.There's also a more B-more styled dub mix to extend the fun. Flipside, 'Ayyo Tricknology' bring the boom-clap with hot chords and tight, rubbery bass shots, backed with a stripped down bonus beats mix.
"Recorded in Northern California in 1984 and released in a micro edition by the Creative Sound imprint in January of the following year, Mark Banning’s Journey to the Light is a lost gem of private issue New Age music, an impossible-to-find album that is more spoken about than heard and deserves to be recognized alongside established classics of the genre. Incorporating processed electric guitar, zither, voice and field recordings, it is unabashedly beautiful music—two side-long pieces that feel as though they may have always existed, hanging in the air like a morning fog over the P… Read more
*Comes with a copy of the CD free inside* Marissa Nadler returns with her first new material since "The Sister" with excellent new album 'July', produced by Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))) who brings with him an engrossing, weighty sonic palette that infuses new dimensions into her songs. Recorded at Seattle’s Avast Studio, the album features the maginificent Eyvand Kang on strings, Steve Moore’s synths and Phil Wandscher’s guitar lines, escalating the whole affair to a panoramic level of beautiful, eerie wonder.
*Superior Viaduct edition of this legendary post-punk album* After playing in the seminal and influential new york city no wave rock outfits The Theoretical Girls and The Static, Glenn Branca made his first strides towards the more ambitious guitar symphonies he'd become famous for with his first solo release "Lesson No. 1" in 1980. "Lesson no. 1 for electric guitar" is perhaps his most accessible piece of the period. it is a concise yet extended statement of forward motion, guitar motives repeating in a manner recalling the minimalism of philip glass, but unlike glass, with a maximilist app… Read more
**Disco bag with fold out 12" x 24" poster** Reissue of baddest Afro-boogie from 1981 Cameroon, via Nigeria's Phonodisk and Voodoo Funk. Original copies of the full record go for an insane amount 2nd hand, so it's just your luck that Voodoo Funk have cut off two of its best joints and given 'em a side each here. Up top is the funky guitars, whizzy Moog and jumpin' B-line of 'Listen To The Music', down-town is a highly sophisticated number called 'Dizzy With Love', blending a strangely trans-atlantic-accented vocal with buzzing horns and slickest rhythm section. We could easily imagine this bringing the roof down at the hands of Larry Levan.
Eclectic selection running from midnight jazz moods to swinging house and dusted downbeats. "As much as Los Angeles gleams in the global mind as a gateway to dream fulfillment and televised wealth / fame amalgams, it’s equally a desert of disappointments. Hence the dead-end yoga cults, under-the-bridge tar dealers, valley burnouts, Inland Empire night-stalkers and seas of destitute Eastside lowlifes. This vibe is central to Afterhours’s languid, nocturnal musical vision, which has evolved from sleekly moody, synthesized sleepwalks to an unusually elegant hybridized trip-hop sub-species. Jammed si… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Lush, rippling ambient house from San Francisco's Jacob Long on his former Mi Ami bandmate, Ital's Lovers Rock label. Under the Earthen Sea moniker, Jacob's been releasing misty, meditative music for over ten years. His 'Mirage' is a misty-eyed vision of gently insistent, lapping pulses and slow moving harmonic wash rich with emotive potential. A-side, 'Saharan Ocean' rides a breezy, skanking house rhythm dusted with percussion reminding of a dreamier Ra.H piece, and 'Velvet Grey' is a gorgeously elegant and plaintive bit of ambient t… Read more
Mixed bag of mellow house and up-for-it garage anticipating the 'Nasty Rips & Shifting Peaks Vol. 3' compilation. HNNY gives Sly One's seductive R&B/House number 'Come To Mine' a fine overhaul with long, teasing intro giving way to chiming hook and supple, skippy garage house groove. B-side, the label shares a secret weapon in Applebottom's '90s garage house-styled remix of 'Valentine' by De$ignated featuring Kyiki, and Ossie ramps the levels with a burning garage house remix of Odessa's 'Get Right'.
Rippin' heavy techno from new cat, Karlist, on the enigmatic Russian Torrent Versions series. A-side pelts along at 140bpm like some anxious Plastikman number with pitching, rolling 909 percussion and locked-in synthlines designed for peak hour deployment. Flipside he drops the pace a little to cut loose with a fine mist of hi-hats and evil drones powered by grungy, rolling kicks coming off like some mutant DJ Rush drill. Wild.
"For the first time reissued on vinyl in a strictly limited edition of 500 copies and coming with four exclusive bonus tracks, "Schizophrenia Party (Director's Cut)" represents the second chapter in the career of UK underground heroes Family Fodder after their legendary debut "Monkey Banana Kitchen". This full-length album features the complete 12" EP "Schizophrenia Party" (incl. the 9min monster tune "Dinosaur Sex") from 1981 and the 7" singles "Film Music" (1981) and "The Big Dig" (1982), all originally released on Fresh Records… Family Fodder was originally formed … Read more
Odder bass grooves from the yung Club Soda label, including Mella Dee and DFRNT remixes. Parjo01's 'Shadows' reduces Sheffield style bleep bassline and choppy vocal processing to a skippy Breaks groove, which Mella Dee duly straightens to a rugged garage groove and DFRNT turns into a moody post-dubstep techno roller.
US house DJ and producer Danny Daze steps to Jimmy Edgar and Travis Stewart aka JETS' Ultramajic label with three tuffer, freakier house trax following his releases on Hot Creations and Ellum Audio. 'Silicon' is a proper big room heater built with rubbery bassline, white noise drops and wild, darting synthline bound to trigger some lunacy. 'When The Freaks Come Out' buckles down to a bumpty jack for the dark room crew, and 'Beatdown' brings the NYC-style technohouse heat with classic, lustin' licks and febrile bleeps.
Reissue of a pre-Redshape aces by Sebastian Kramer. 'Strangers In Utopia' was first released back in 2005 and times have changed since then; there aren't so many people plying this kinda sound right now, which makes its re-release all the more apt. A-side 'Strangers In Utopia' shakes out a vintage Millsian/Regis-style latinized shake and the tussling Afro-rhythmic percussion of 'Birds (Reprise)'; B-side tucks into a kinkier, minimalist coda of broken kick drums and chirping blips.
*Mastered by Vessel, white vinyl pressing packaged in clear PVC sleeves* Got this one a few days early, a new album from Vaghe Stelle for Astro:Dynamics following on from appearances on Modeselektor's Monkeytown label, Gang of Ducks and Aisha Devi's Danse Noire amongst others. Utilising vocal samples to craft bass and lead sounds, coupled with repeated use of Poly-800 and Juno 106 synthesizers, the label describes the album as "drifting from summoning the bleary-eyed glacial spasms of Wiley's devil mixes and an oddly Final Fantasy-esque emotiveness combining with the smudged electronic aes… Read more
Following a cool Public Information album, Austin Cesear's debut for Anthony Naples' Proibito is by turns one of the label's lushest and most challenging releases to date. On one hand you've got a dreamy deep house groove rich with warm sub-bass and strewn with breezy soul-strung samples on the B-side '1 Year', while the flipside is all about deferred gratification and experimentalism, with the filtered, detached loops of 'Yep' and the brittle strangely compressed space and unyielding build of 'Slink'.
Prostitutes tests his techno mettle on the 2nd part of his 10" series for Avian's sister label, Mira. It's really all about the A-side on this one. 'An Enormous Door' ranks among the best we've heard from him, cutting a solid groove of rocking industrial techno freaked out with a mesmerising vocal stab, whilst 'Bomb Splinters' feels like his take on Dance Mania, running percolated, dried out drums and industrial clanks. Flipside is cool, but maybe not as useful, swaggering with claggy kicks and piercing hi-end frequencies on 'Smouldering Wilderness' beside the dubbed out roll of ' Rigid Pathetic Heaps'.