Thursday, 16 July
*Limited Edition Repress* Two thirds of drone-metal pioneers Sleep, Chris Hakius and Al Cisneros didn't exactly have to try too hard to get the press write about their latest project Om. With only drums and bass guitar the two proceeded to re-think the drone-metal/stoner rock genre and there couldn't have been a better time to do it, suddenly as if by accident the world had begun to appreciate 20 minutes drones, and while this might be down to Emusic's download policy, it left the door open for Om to take control of the scene. With two albums on their own Holy Mountain label the duo did just t… Read more
**One-sided 12"** From one Chicago legend to another, Ron Trent pays dues to his namesake with a raw and gripping deep house killer. Whilst Trent pays tribute with a super-rugged yet sophisticated show of rolling, swinging toms, skanking subs and swirling synths, Cei Bei and Harry Dennis really set it off with blazing vocals exulting his name and enduring legacy with gospel-strength conviction. Big tune.
STL tests out a colourful new sound with 'Simply Positive', his 5th release for Smallville following last year's 'At Disconnected Moments' LP. Grooves are still gritty like sand in your pants, but it feels as though the melodic arrangements are brought into brighter, if somewhat smudged focus as 'Heaven's Vape' rolls out with proper, early Detroit-style synth programming frayed like some Jamal Moss meditation, whilst 'Joy operator' reduces the momentum to a Marcesllus Pittman-style shuffle layered up with wistful chords to dusky, tactile effect.
*Originally released as a limited 10" in 2012, now reissued as a 12"* Here’s a bit of a surprise – as a Record Store Day exclusive, Erased Tapes regulars Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm have put together this gorgeous EP and what a corker it is too. I know, I know – you’re expecting some lush piano and delicately orchestrated melancholy strings aren’t you? Well you’re probably looking in the wrong place, Arnalds and Frahm have ditched the ivories here in favour of electronics, and as the opening piece suggests it has more in common with Tangerine Dream than Erik Satie. Haunting clipped… Read more
**Super-charming suite of obscure minimal wave and synth-pop from Mexico 1980. Includes fold-out insert** "These recordings pull back a curtain to reveal the mysterious world of Syntoma and early-80s underground Mexico. Founded by Alex Eisenring in 1980, making use of synths and drum machines and driven by a freedom-seeking DIY ethos but informed by a "rock-jazz-prog-experimental" background. These 70s-born influences throw crazed funhouse mirror reflections onto later Kraftwerk, UK synth-pop, post-punk and pure pop forms. The first five tracks are instrumental, evidencing some intelligent melodic … Read more
Detroit's OB Ignitt teams up with his cuz, Omar-S on the superb 3rd flight from his OBONIT label. A-side is a 9-minute wonder named 'Seems Like Y'All Ready', jackin' big warm kicks under levitating disco loops and singing hi-hats like some stray, dazed Soundstream before descending into deep, Convextion-like techno by the end. Flipside, he cools off with a big-boned Chez 'N Trent-style swinger in the raw beauty of 'Fellow Me', and deviates to the acid dark side with grubby resolution of 'Hold The Line'.
Kassem Mosse's Ominira presents an hypnotic session by the lesser-spotted half of Africans With Mainframes - Noleian Reusse. For his first solo outing in 3 years, the Chicagoan producer brews a slow, sticky and shuffling acid groove called 'Venus in Scorpio' on top, before bumping up the tempo for the lop-sided swing and jabbing 303s of '3rd Layer', and rustling up some gritty, wheezing Afro-Latin gear in the sawn-off cowbells and oozing bass of 'Gun Romance'. TIP!
**Legendary record featuring very early instance of Sun Ra getting down with electronics. A.k.a. 'Cosmic Equation', 'The Cosmos' or 'Other Worlds'. 50th anniversary reissue edition of 1000 x 180g esperanto green vinyl** "The astonishing sessions that went light years beyond "free jazz" improvisation to create a music of deeply-felt, explosive and gentle gesture made from sound itself without reference to previous notions of melody or harmony are now issued in a special 50th Anniversary 1000-copy limited edition on Esperanto-green 180-gram vinyl with Sun Ra’s original, … Read more
*50th Anniversary limited edition green vinyl - individually numbered copies. Legendary record featuring very early instance of Sun Ra getting down with electronics. 50th anniversary reissue edition of 1000 x 180g esperanto green vinyl** "More explorations of outer space by the spokesman for the space age. When Walt Whitman wrote, "I am vast; I contain multitudes," he could have been channeling Sun Ra. The man born Herman Blount in Alabama, who claimed he was from Saturn, was equally at home reviving Fletcher Henderson compositions based on their original arrangements … Read more
We Play House touch up their Belgian roots with this special reissue of The Mackenzie's sublime 1990 piece, 'No Promises', backed with 2015 remixes by Lauer, Locked Groove and WPH boss Red D. The original is an archetype of that 1990 style - between post New Beat house and proto-Goa trance - all vaulted chorales, creamy bass and dreamy beach vibes executed with finesse. The remixes don't quite live up to the original, but do offer some nice moments in Lauer's emotive cover version and the more spacious roll of Red D and Locked Groove's Exotische Edit.
meandyou. co-founder Sam Lewis yields a varied debut 12" under the Herron moniker with 'The Night Garden'. A summation of his own tastes as much as his feted club night, it takes in tribalish house in the dusted loops and meandering chords of 'Dismantling The House', beside the crusted beatdown groove and willowing string pads of 'Feet First' on the front. Flip it over for a darker turn of events with the sunqen square bass of 'Minor Hazard' giving way to the misshapen and radioactive slow techno of 'Force of Habit', and 'Venture''s noisy offbeats.
Classy deep house from the Supply Records boss. A-side swings the organ-riding soul of 'This Time' and the low-lit, string-heavy 'The Maker'. B-side, he drives the filtered disco ebullience of 'Above' and the NYC-style garage house delicacy, 'Anchor'.
Cómeme run a ruddier, sexier bum-bum sound from Carisma on their 2nd full EP following numerous remixes and compilation appearances. It's a signature fit for Matias Aguayo's label, whether slyding '90s house into slippery, latinate psychedelia with 'Fruta' or serving sub-heavy carnival functions with 'Discoteca Profunda' on top, or carving to the darker side with the polychromatic EBM trip of 'Vertigo', and giving the disco something to suck on with the salty synth thrust of 'Dueños De Este Instante'.
**Includes 12"x12" insert** The German producer does Chicago acid in his own, devilish style with a trio of nervy and spaced-out box bangers for the Kelly Twins' Happy Skull. All three works only shades away from AFX's Analord sessions, twysting between the skittish, skating trills and grubbing acid flecks of 'Yes or No' to the lush, layered synth arrangement and knotted groove of 'Summer Time in Coloniae', and with a more mystic Jamal Moss tilt in 'Going By'.
"SK Kakraba Lobi is a master xylophonist from Ghana and the nephew of Master Xylophonist Kakraba Lobi. He is a master of the Gyil, which means that he is both an instrument maker and a virtuoso performer. The Gyil is the Ghanaian xylophone and the primary instrument of the Lobi, Sisala and Dagara people of Northern Ghana. It is constructed of 14 wooden slats suspended over calabash gourds that have been fitted with resonators. SK was an instructor of the Gyil at the International Centre For African Music And Dance at the University Of Ghana but has recently moved to Los Angeles. SK has performed at… Read more
*300 copy re-press of this long unavailable classic* 'ØØ Void' (also known as Double-O Void) was the second album recorded by sunn O))) circa 2000. At that time the guitarist & core members: Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson were joined by guest bassist collaborator Stuart Dahlquist (Burning Witch, Goatsnake) plus contributions from both Petra Haden (Violinist/Vocalist) and Pete Stahl (vocals). The album is widely considered to be a landmark of "Power drone" music, lulling you in with an immense wall of of drone that's as deep and immersive as anything ever laid down by the band. Four long … Read more
Thursday, 09 July
*Limited Edition 2LP pressing from Alessio Natalizia, aka Not Waving. 500 Copies, first 200 pressed up on translucent yellow and solid white vinyl* In case you slept on Not Waving's enigmatic and tripping trio of 'Voices' tapes (limited to 100 copies each) in 2014, he's entirely reworked and repackaged them in this new set designed for complete immersion in his (other)worlds. Compiled, they mark a point of transition between old Not Waving and the new Not Waving (soon to be revealed in a crushing album of dancefloor gear for Diagonal), presenting 18 reshaped mixes of the tapes… Read more
*Includes a printed 12" x 12" double-sided insert* Very necessary compendium of Tapes' frayed and wayward dub exploits on Japan's always wonderful EM Records. Weighing up 6 new bits along with 10 remastered, tried-and-tested aces, 'No Broken Hearts on this Factory Floor' perfectly frames one of the UK's most original and free thinking producers; a steadfast and focussed artist juicing his sound for maximum style and pressure. It reaches right back to his debut transmission on Jahtari, with 'Ticker Tape' from the 'Hissing Theatricals EP' rubbed up next to lesser known bom… Read more
**180g vinyl with A3 poster and photocopied A5 reprint of the 'Purple Twilight' fanzine** After the brilliant and now sold-out 1st volume, legendary UK wave label, Color Tapes corral a must-have 2nd volume of vintage synth-pop, minimal and industrial peaches from their 1981-1985 archive. Most of them previously appeared on tiny cassette editions and now make their 1st appearance on vinyl, notably and faithfully remastered by Denis Blackham to represent and retain their original fidelity (rather than the over eager or mis-representative remasters of vintage gear doing the rounds)… Read more
**Includes 12" x 12" insert and download code** Matt Morandi's Jahiliyya Fields yield a long-delayed and highly-charged second 2LP of hypnotic loops, drones and rhythmic noise for L.I.E.S. Found in sharp relief with the meditative tone of 'Unicursal Hexagram' (2012), his debut album, this set veers between wavy alien square dance and layered, ecstatic techno impulses. But, the occultist, esoteric intentions remain the same, urging a state of dancefloor transcendence thru repetition and chaotic, hallucinogenic derangement across eleven mental stages. It's all much closer to the projectio… Read more
Hyperdub pull out a posthumous collection of unreleased DJ Rashad bangers. All tried and tested in the circle, they get wild in a variety of styles, from the discofied DJ Spinn hook-up, 'CCP2', and the soul-belting burn of 'Vause I Know U Feel' with Gant-Man, to the strobing Footwork hyper-funk of 'Ya Hot', feat. Taso, and the virulent blend of trapped siren stabs, palpitating subs and darkside D&B-style synth lashes in 'Do Not Fuck With', which could well be one of the most FWD, unique footwork cuts we've heard, no messing. R.I.P. Rashad.
**Includes download code for bonus live album recording. Limited edition of 1000 - includes outtakes, remixes by Devendra Banhart & Eluvium** Hauschka revisits his 'Abandoned City' head-space with an addendum of 5 outtakes plus more expansive remixes by Devendra Banhart and Eluvium. "A NDO C Y is a continuation of the Abandoned City story, told as a tale of two sides. Side A features five tracks conceived during the Abandoned City sessions, a suite of songs that together form an exceptionally resonant whole. As with Abandoned City, these songs owe as much to minimalist techno as modern compositio… Read more
DMX Krew sweats pure fluoro juice in his 2nd gift for Abstract Forms' 'Synth Funk Vol.2'. From the nice 'n greazy glyde of 'Supperdish' thru the Detorientalist flight of 'Starry Night' and Drexciyan downstroke of 'Squid Hunt', or the wobbly charms of the title track, this record has late night party smeared right across its ecru chinos.
The Bunker New York play host to Tin Man and Gunnar Haslam's 2nd outing of sandals-and-toga techno as Romans. Again, they appear to bring the weird side out of each other, starting out with the feeling-in-the-dark synths and strobing 303s of 'Emona' before bringing the drama properly in a pacy, almost panicky techno flight called 'Coptos' that's full of scrambled electro codes and darkside siren/synth chorales, and plotting out a more stately course of deep techno in 'Delmenium' that recalls Terrence Dixon at his most affective.
**Edition of 500** Posh Isolation spotlight Erik Enocksson's immersive synth-doom session, 'Apan' for reissue 4 years after Release The Bats' shorter run of 275 copies. And thanks you lucky boots they did, too, because it's a gripping album that could have quite easily escaped our attention otherwise. First intended to accompany Jesper Ganslandt's film of the same title, 'Apan' translating to 'Ape', ended up as a stand-alone album of crepuscular chamber pieces fashioned from bass, synth and tapes. It still functions perfectly as a soundtrack, but one that will now accompany a show inside… Read more
**50th Anniversary Limited Edition. Esperanto-Green Vinyl.** Nearly 50 years old, 'College Tour' is one of two seminal LPs recorded by avant-garde/jazz vocalist Patty Waters for ESP Disk in 1966. Where the other LP, 'Sings' was a studio effort, 'College Tour' was recorded on location across five dates at NYC college music departments playing alongside Sun Ra Arkestra, Burton Green, Giuseppi Logan and Ran Blake. It would be runner-up in Jazz and Pop Magazine's 1970 award for Vocal Recording and its influence would extend beyond jazz into the vocal innovations and extended technique of Yoko … Read more
Heavy debut of raw, pounding techno, dub-stoned house and kosmic electronics from Scott Young for Sweden's unpredictable Born Free Records. He goes all in with the kick drum pressure and clattering machine drum pulses of 'Pseudo Crushed Funk', whereas 'Commix' displays a far more tactile grasp of subbass and warm, poised chords beside the beat-less dive into deep space with 'M.O.E.I.'
**Edition of 250** "Mel O'Dubshlaine is a Leeds-based synthetic noise merchant (formerly performing under the Ocelocelot moniker). An obtuse musical fantasist, M O'D is a purveyor of heavy space-chord amalgamations, drum pad improv and, most recently, the human voice synthesized into abstraction and stripped of communicative utilitarianism. Always great live, this supporting pillar of the Ashtray Navigations empire stands independent, peaceful like a heron, as the brown river unremittingly carries pillagers' debris downstream to some godforsaken industrial necropolis, long ago taken hostage by Japanese knotweed."
**El scorchio A-side and hash-heavy flip!** "Conjunto Papa Upa made it clear with their 2013 debut single on Music With Soul - they would be the torchbearers of the modern day musical explorations of Venezuelan polyrhythmic grooves. Their newest single, in true Music With Soul tradition, is another double sider; may you chose which song you want to make your A side. El Jalabolismo opens with a direct dose of 60’s Sudamérica style surf-garage. An electrified combination of rock and roll, Guaguancó, Samba and Parranda through the looking glass of the scorching hot Caribbean coast. The… Read more