Thursday, 13 November
*First appearance on vinyl, bolstered by an 11th track: Turn Off Your Guns, recorded during the same sessions which was omitted from the original demo tape. Includes download code* "In early January 1988 and after only ten shows, Fugazi decided to go into Inner Ear Studio to see what their music sounded like on tape. Despite the fact that Ian, Joe, and Brendan had been playing together for nearly a year, it was still early days for the band. Guy had only been a full member of Fugazi for a few months and only sang lead on one song ("Break In"). It would be nearly another year before he would start … Read more
Lonelady breaks a four year hiatus with a return to Warp with the retro-post-punk disco of 'Groove It Out' backed with a murky Ekoplekz dub. The Michigan Dub featured a heavy motorised bassline and lean, snappy machine rhythms, whereas the Ekoplekz dub flings the sound somewhere far messier, mutant.
Slightly missing the moment, Hypercolour drop Luke Vibert's 'Halloween' backed with Space Dimension Controller remix. The lead cut is one of Vibert's acid specials, alloying the creamy crunch of the 303 with spooked out, theremin-liek tones and cheeky Chi grooves to great effect. Flipside, he slows his roll with the TNT/JTC style 111bpm acid bogle of 'Jack U Whole', which receives a plusher 1988 Vibe mix from SDC.
Bloom sets new precedents for instrumental grime with a quartet of nexx dimension productions for Bristol's Crazylegs. Last spotted on the label remixing Toyc's 'Keychain', in the 'Hydraulics' EP he cuts the fat with ruthless incision, leaving a shocking display of scything, mechanised rhythms tessellating in negative 3D space. Nary a fxxk is given towards rhythmic convention as he re-tools the original templates of Wiley, Waifer, and Splurt to the nth degree, replacing practically all traces of sinew or unnecessary material with explosive concrète dynamics. Quite importantly, it's also some of the… Read more
Berlin's Positive Centre pays up on the slow techno promise of his early 12"s with this focused and powerful debut album for Sigha's label. On paper/screen it works to a seductive concept - decelerating industrial techno back to its temporal roots in EBM and New Beat - that proves itself in physical reality with a "blend of extreme momentum and forced introspection." Never raising its head above 115bpm, he divides a palette of squashed kicks, wide bass and polluted atmospheres across ten tracks, each as bleak and unrelenting as the next but also peppered with moments of pellucid rel… Read more
Om Unit cracks the glass on Goldie's DAT archive to present 'Inversion', his stunning follow-up to debut album 'Threads'. It's a Metalheadz album from nose to tail, chasing echoes of the label's past to reflect their present position, repping for new mutations of jungle, halfstep D&B and footwork with a timeless, atmospheric soul. There's gotta be few producers that Goldie would allow into his DAT and samples archive - we're imagining a massive oak chest embossed with lions and a Metalheadz logo - but Om Unit is clearly one of them and coolly lives up to the task, combinging his own sounds with Go… Read more
*Vinyl Edition of 500 copies* “His music was cool and modern, but there was a hot heart inside. Komeda was a film composer par excellence. He gave truth to my films. Without his music they would be meaningless.” Roman Polanski. Volume One of this Krzysztof Komeda series on vinyl looks at Komeda’s classic work for Polanski’s Knife In The Water (Nóz W Wodzie) along with rare earlier recordings that have never been on vinyl before. These were recorded by Komeda’s progressive trio at the legendary Jazz Jamboree Festivals in Warsaw. Together thes… Read more
**Double 180g Green and Blue transparent vinyl with a bonus foldout poster featuring 24 tracks clocking in at 90 minutes including a host of previously unheard cues uncovered especially for this release. Sleeve notes by Andrea Morandi & Stephen Thrower** "It is a proud day for Death Waltz Recording Company as we prepare to release a score by one of the biggest composers in film music history. Ennio Morricone (ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, CINEMA PARADISO, ORCA: KILLER WHALE) has produced masterpiece after masterpiece, but none so creatively unsettling as his score to the 197… Read more
**6LPs in embossed, rigid boxset** As the title promises, 'LPs 2002-2005' collects Deadbeat's trio of albums, 'Wild Life Documentaries', 'Something Borrowed, Something Blue', and 'New World Observer' in one handy package. We'd wager that for many listeners, they are the definitive Deadbeat works, released into a then murky pool of producers such as Pole, Substance & Vainqueur or Daniel Meteo were exploring dub techno aesthetics in the wake of BC/Rhythm & Sound/M-Series. Ten years later they still sound choice, partly due to their rooted, post-dated aesthetics, partly due Deadbeat's timeless feel for simple, effective hooks and full-bodied sonic weight.
"Masque Femine should be regarded as a total work - much like a film, a ballet, a building, or, an altarpiece - rather than as an album of individual songs. And, its fundamental subject should not be understood to be romantic love. Christina Carter was born in the bayou city of Houston, Texas in November of 1968, and co-founded the group Charalambides there in December of 1991. Ever since then, she has deeply mined her own vein of sound-as-music with voice, guitar (both electric and acoustic), piano, and keys. For the past several years, Christina has utilised extended improvisational… Read more
Huntleys + Palmers serve up a killer side of oriental disco by Mehmet Aslan. Previously appointed to the label's Highlife sub-label volumes and Ata's For Disco Only series, here he's the star of the show with a filigree mix of traditional Turkish melodies and European-meets-African grooves blessing the swirling keys of 'Mechanical Turk', the hypnotic darkside oscillations of 'Hidden', and his twysted electro trip 'New Africanism' with an otherworldly, dancefloor-transcending beauty.
Wicked solo debut proper from Divided for London's Resin label. Unlike so many lunkheads in this nexus, Divided has more than one drum pattern in the barrel, letting off a four tracks that run the gamut from sodden techno percolation in 'Eigen' to the Shed-style breakbeat swerve of 'Eventide' and over to grungy dub-tech like 2562 on 'luuds with 'Dawn', or prickling monotone industrialism with 'First Light'.
Portland, Oregon's BAT notches up his 2nd vinyl release with the murky post techno of his 'Neon Razor Chain' for Left_Blank. For the past few years he's become a bit of a cult concern in the hardware-fetishising tape scene and beyond, drawing favourable comparisons with everyone from Basic House to Prostitutes, Vessel and Container. Revving up the buzzsaw grine and haunted space of title track 'Neon Razor Chain', he gets grittier with the blown-out, tetchy techno charge of 'Strobic' in the front, before inverting the formula to crushed dub styles with 'Jackal Code' and more wayward, plonging ambient dub in 'Digi Hex' and 'Anti Code'.
**Hand-stamped yellow wax** Red-raw techno-house ravers from Gerstaffelen for Aroy Dee's stalwart M>O>S label. It's really all about the A-side's bomb trax, with the hefty buck slug of 'Bombara' and the fiercely powerful rave techno of 'Invisible Ghosts' practically worth the entry alone, but chuck in the mystic jackers elements of 'Night Flows North' and 'Night Flows South', and you've got yourself a ruddy winner.
**5 new instrumental songs dialled in from the former Emeralds man's space pod above LA and Cleveland, Ohio. Includes download code** "'Noctilucence' is a new 12" recorded between in 2013 and 2014 between Los Angeles, California, and Cleveland, Ohio. The term "noctilucence" comes from "noctilucent clouds", the name given to clouds which, for some reason, emit a brilliant vibrance at night. On this recording we find our subject diving into the electric waters of the night sky, in long drives across the vast deserts of America. It's a recording about the discovery and understanding of the sh… Read more
*Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey, cut at Abbey Road studios, pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl and includes download code redeemable from the label* Twelfth studio album from Nick Cave, and the realisation of one of his most accessable voice to date. Much has been said of Cave's problematic transition into middle age and his gradual creeping into stretches of sound that sometimes veer dangerously close to adult orientated rock. 'Nocturama' does, indeed, see Nick and the Seeds shedding much of their pre-millenial angst and sonic idealism in favour of a … Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 1000 housed in screen-printed jacket** 19 year old Vegas resident Shamir Bailey's arresting vocals are the star of his debut EP, delivered on XL. Set to slightly tepid disco house backing by Godmode's Nick Sylvester, their gender-bending timbre allures over safe, standardised grooves, at best in the strutting lead cut 'If It Wasn't True', and the gospel-influenced torchsong 'I'll Never Be Able To Love'. Look forward to hearing what Shamir does next, provided it's with another producer…
Primest party tackle outta London 1996 dusted down and re-released by Optimo Music. Dominic Dawson and Rob Mello aka Reel Houze are behind both sides, including the eleven minutes of pure 'floor hypnosis sampling Arthur Russell/Dinosaur L's 'Go Bang' against toilet seat percussion from DJ Harvey (what's he like, eh?) and frantic Moog soloing from Rob Mello in 'The Chance', whilst flipside 'The Difference' yields another extended psychedelic disco trip, this one quite aptly described as "the closest thing we can imagine to Basic Channel doing disco" by Optimo themselves. Tip!
**Gatefold sleeve** "Mr G returns to his Phoenix G imprint to drop his new LP, 'Personal Momentz’. 2012's 'State of Flux' on Radio Slave's Rekids imprint was the last full-length from Mr G, along with his 'Retrospective' compilation in 2013 the prolific British producer has spent the last four years delivering stand out singles on the likes of Running Back, Toi Toi and Don't Be Afraid as well as a renewed focus on his own, long running Phoenix G label. The album itself is a sublime deliverance of the sound that has become so closely associated with the UK selector and artist - twelve raw & ro… Read more
Grown-up downbeats and deep house from Prequel on Bradley Zero's Rhythm Section International imprint. Hailing from melbourne but deeply indebted to late night Detroit flavours, his 'Polite Strangers' session is pointed for slick city greasers and sleazy behaviour. A quartet of juicy cuts spin out from twinkle-toed shuffle and shooting star synthlines in 'Searching' to rimshot-wriggling bluenuss in 'Fidelio', whilst 'Michelle' takes the tempo up for shot of Pepe Braddock-style psych-house, and 'The Test Dream' takes it right back down to orchestral hip hop soul bump.
**Desiccated post-hardcore punk by members of Bone Awl for BEB** "Privacy is the new album by Raspberry Bulbs. Their second full-length offering for Blackest Ever Black, following 2013’s Deformed Worship, Privacy is a defence of the anti-social, the secretive, and the inward-looking; a call to resist the contemporary obsession with “connection”, exhibitionism and peer approval, and to claw back ownership of the self. It’s only then that the real battles begin. Raspberry Bulbs is the invention of visual artist and musician Marco del Rio, who, under the guise of He Who Crushes Teeth, co-founde… Read more
**2014 reissue of the original 10 track version** "Rasta Communication is the classic 1978 album by Keith Hudson (1947 - 1984), the celebrated singer/songwriter/producer remembered for this seminal album and equally influential "Pick A Dub". Recorded at Randy's, Channel One & Chalk Farm with a final tweak from Prince Jammy at King Tubby's, the album featured a line-up of Jamaica's finest musicians including Family Man & Carlton Barrett and Sly & Robbie. All the ingredients were in place for a five-star classic, and the results did not disappoint. This early Greensleeves release saw… Read more
Diverse trio of techno bangers by Kopp for Tresor. A-side he goes head-down at 130bpm thru the brambled acid bang of 'Red Plented; B-side brings a Mills/Dixon-styled piece of chiming Detroit minimalism in 'Blackbird', and the ruder PAS-like rolige of 'Message From Solaris'.
Ouch! Roy Davis Jr brings the bang in rudest fashion on Clone's Jack For Daze series. 'Chemical Warfare' is an artful lesson in over-driven Chicago house, going heavy on the distorto sauce over a whirring, mystic display of synths and drum machine ruggedness that burns to the bone. Flipside, styles are no less soiled in the brittle, tweaky buck ov 'Broken Machines' and a fizzy, grumbling rhythm track called 'Jack Da Rhythms'.
**2LP featuring nine prime cuts including John Gibbs and U.S. Steel Orchestra's sultry 'Trinidad (Special Disco Mix)' and Wayne Ford's 13 minute burner, 'Dance TO The Beat Freakout'… also includes download code** "Fantastic new album of disco, modern soul and boogie from 1978-82 on Soul Jazz Records. This album is released to coincide with the massive new 360-page deluxe hardback book Disco – An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art of Disco featuring over 2,000 album cover designs as well as over 700 … Read more
**2LP featuring ten prime cuts from Stwange Poweple, Retta Young, Cordial, Something Extra… includes download code** "Fantastic new album of disco, modern soul and boogie from 1978-82 on Soul Jazz Records. This album is released to coincide with the massive new 360-page deluxe hardback book Disco – An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art of Disco featuring over 2,000 album cover designs as well as over 700 12” sleeves, including sections on roller disco, disco instruction albums and more. There are al… Read more
Portable delivers a real beauty to Live at Robert Johnson with 'Surrender', his follow-up to 'A Process' (2012) for Frankfurt's finest. And much like this year's 'Sportable' 12" for Perlon, it's another dose of his sensitive, expressive baritone and gilt-edged grooves, playing hard-to-get over loose, swinging drums, Lcio's heart-lifting flutes and thee most elegant keys, all broken down to instrumental dub and acapella on the B-side.
Burgeoning Manc techno producer Cleric gets his kicks on London's Ear To Ground label after a pair of killer 12"s for Len Faki's Figure label. A-side gets to work with the dry, ascetic jack of 'Distress Signal' and the big room buck of 'Shadow'; B-side he gets looser with the playful acid jack of 'Gery Detail' and polishes off with the full-bore bang of 'Sangha'.
*Features brand new artwork and reissued for the first time with permission from Lee Perry himself* The UK version of “The Good, The Bad and The Upsetters” was released by Trojan Records in 1970, and although it had the Upsetters name on it, Lee Perry had no hand in its conception or production. Angered that an Upsetters album was released without his involvement, Perry issued his own version of the album back home in Jamaica using the same Trojan album artwork but with totally different songs and a new stickered tracklist on the back.