Thursday, 14 August
Seductive house reworks of Esnard Boisdur, one of the great voices of Gwo Ka - the folkloric rhythm of Guadeloupe. Originally released in 1991, 'Soufwans' comes in two hard-to-resist mixes, a 3am version making subtle but prominent use of Esnard's lolling, playful vocal against warmest subbass, rippling drums and convective chords, plus an outstanding dub mix where the vocal's diffused in a sublime, swirling lather of drums, sub pressure and lush chords no doubt enhanced by the touch of Frankie Francis, a mastering engineer at London institution, The Carvery. A real West Indian Summer anthem!
Nerve-rattling electro and cyber-punk from Travis Galloway (Traag, All Gone Records) in Siobhan mode for Opal Tapes. The title of 'Southgate' refers to a nefarious area of his home city, Michigan, and signifies a broke, rusty industrial aesthetic that creeps under the skin like crack bugs in a Philip K Dick novel. The mood is harsh and unforgiving from the sludgy trudge of 'Del Ray '97' to the Mid-West electro-tech shudder of 'Rail Spit', cutting loose on neon-lit city street scenes like some leather-clad golem brought to life by 'Citrac'-era James Ferraro and Cleveland's James Donadio aka Prostit… Read more
*Orange vinyl. Edition of 500* Quaint retro-futurism from the Deep Distance label. A-side is a pulsing electro-pop number named 'Molecular Love With A Molecular Sound' with metallic vocal processing reminding of Chris & Cosey; B-side is a smart coldwave jaunt called 'Golden Kids (What's Going On?)' landing somewhere between early Steel City pop and BoC.
"The second part of PoppyDisc's ongoing vinyl reissue series of Sun Ra. The Arkestra moves into ever looser, more abstract ground as the percussion becomes more varied and moves ever closer. Ra then sets up a dark melodic theme, while the Arkestra weaves a series of jaunty, blues-tinged solos into the groove. 'Nubia', 'Africa' and 'Aiethopia' continue this excursion into a mystical, rhythm-based territory. The Arkestra utilizes the same ominous, simmering percussion beds, now augmented by more exotic instruments like Pat Patrick's 'space lute', which gives a playfully sinister sound t… Read more
**Lushest 4th world electronic timbres and dream-like arrangements from the uniquely talented My Panda Shall Fly** "A kaleidoscope of rainbow textures and rhythms disperse into the exotic soundscape of ‘Tropical’. Electronics, real folk instruments and noise-making objects feature here generously on this six-track concept album, blending together a sonic palette influenced by a rich variety of music, people and places. The material was initially written over the course of a few months during what Seneviratne called "a beautiful burst of inspiration". Working with veteran producer Asier L… Read more
Frak fire off four low-slung and sleazy slow-techno joints for Tsar. Operating at a strident 95-108bpms they plough darker zones with pounding kicks and unfurling, frayed synth modulations winding from the piquant percolations of 'Light People' to the mogadon moocher 'This Is Lance' on the A-side, and over thru the jagged acid throb of 'Twinhead' to a scuzzy little number named 'Drum Come True' on the B-side.
This is tasty: Dave Sumner aka Function presents remastered versions of his DMO and VEX trax originally issued in NYC circa 1998-1999. For anyone who has rinsed Sumner's discogs page, they're the enigmatic aliases without youtube links which have always left us wondering what they sound like. Well, now we know; 'VEX-1' pedals a canny Kraftwerk sample over snare-heavy tribal groove, whilst the DMO trax take heavy inspiration from Chicago in the Virgo-esque chords and drum programming of 'Fifteen' and the plush blend of wide-ass subbass and Larry Heard-like dreaminess of 'Movement'. All tracks are ta… Read more
Rooted yet forward sounds from King L Man and The Mighty Zulu Nation, with weighty LV remix. Features vocals from Earl 16 and Harriet Cox.
"Part of PoppyDisc's ongoing series of Sun Ra reissues on vinyl. This was the fifth album by the Arkestra to be released, and was the first to be taken from recordings made at the Choreographer's Workshop, New York. Other albums recorded there include Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow, Bad and Beautiful, Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy and Other Planes of There.'The New York period saw Sun Ra focusing far more on percussion backdrops as opposed to horn arrangements (virtually everyone on the album gets a percussion credit), and everything from the percussion to the horn solos to Ra's piano … Read more
Daz Quayle and Tony 'Bone' Snowden flex powerful rhythmic noise muscle on their debut EP as Broken Bone. Informed by the 20th century atrocities at infamous NYC institution, 'Willowbrook', the duo present six tracks of atonal, visceral noise textures hingeing on bruising bass and charred drums. It's a fxxking fearsome effort, amping a handful of well-selected elements to bleeding point. A-side draws us in with squealing tones and febrile, spitting drums laced with swarming crowd noise, before 'Sub Clinical' and 'Blood On Your Hands' put the boot in with crushing hip hop rhythms and viciously… Read more
Limber late night tech-house from Russia's Ygrok label. A-side plays out sweeping, romantic strings on a whirring swing groove whilst B-side is more reserved, minimalist, with tricksy detailing designed to burrow and tweak at 6am.
Thursday, 07 August
**Deluxe, Limited gatefold edition with exclusive bonus 7" plus 4 x 12" art inserts by Jesse Kanda, printed reading magnifier and download code redeemable from the label** 2014's most anticipated release is finally in our grubby mitts, marking a new pinnacle of R&B/pop composition. Helmed by the visionary singer, producer, writer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer Tahliah Barnett, 'LP1' sets a high benchmark for new pop and R&B, pulling together some of the most interesting studio alchemists around right now - Arca, Clams Casino, Paul Epworth and Devonte Hynes - for a project that far o… Read more
**140g clear wax housed in screen-printed jacket designed by Bill Kouligas and Kathryn Politis** The lone raver returns to PAN with his first new material since 2012's widely acclaimed 'Diversions 1994-1996' and 'Dutch Tvashar Plumes' sides. In the meantime he's been a busy lad, remixing Special Request, Mount Kimbie and Cosmin TRG, and honing his A/V show with CYRK co-founder, Dave Gaskarth, not to mention prepping imminent, excellent new album, 'Koch'. But back to the here and now - the 'Kuang EP' seems to occupy multiple dimensions at once, refracting dancefloor and bedroom head-space and det… Read more
*Incredible new album from one of the most intriguing artists on the Hospital Productions roster, mining the precious, uncomfortable space between early ‘80s Italian industrial music and the claustrophobia typified by Coil. Edition of 700, Initial copies on green vinyl - mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy* Lussuria came to prominence with the release of three tapes as part of the ‘American Babylon’ series in 2012 which where eventually championed by the likes of Blackest Ever Black who listed them at the top of their 2012 year-end charts. Lussuria's opiated atmo… Read more
**Limited LP Edition in a gorgeous Die-cut jacket and printed inner, includes free download dropped into your account on the release date - 29th August** Deaf Center dig out two extended, beautifully solemn movements to inaugurate Sonic Pieces' Pattern series. Recorded during sessions from 2008-2012, 'Recount' is a sublime entry documenting their ghostly actions before and after 'Owl Splinters' (2011), their last record for Type. Time is suspended in their eternally crepuscular headspace, affording solitude for nostalgic remembrance in an immersive, orchestral environment d… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label, with 40min digi-exclusive 'Vigil'* LA-based modular synth maverick M. Geddes Gengras returns with a gorgeous extended suite for Matthewdavid's Leaving Records. The session is named in respect to the lone survivor of the Yahi Indian tribe, subject of the 1961 book Ishi: In Two Words, symbolising the personal loss of two of Gengras' friends. Over four increasingly extended pieces ranging from 6 to 43 minutes in length, he opens huge harmonic spaces, at once moving forward, outward yet very centred and serene, scoping out… Read more
**Blue wax** Smart avant dance-pop from Brighton's Elizabeth Bernholz aka Gazelle Twin. Considered in parallel to Planningtorock's aesthetic, 'Anti Body' could be taken as a sort of avant anthem, mixing eerie, swarming vocals to a jagged electro pulse and queered, discordant harmonies enhanced by additional production and mixing by analogue maetsro, Benge. 'Phobia' is stranger, even more fascinating, tiering vocal drones and fragile phrases in a manner recalling that Ayshay single and the etheric plainsong of Julianna Barwick.
"After his diverse yet cohesive 2013 album The Waiting Room, Jeff McIlwain, better known as Lusine, is back with a more tightly focused EP. McIwain's discography is intimidating, and over the course of the last few decades, he's been known for exceeding in a wide array of electronic styles, a rarity among artists of his kind. The release of Arterial, his fourth EP for Ghostly, marks another successful foray into a niche that most artists would spend their careers immersed in. A calmly effortless work, Arterial is economical in everything it does, creating its own tiny universe to house expertly craf… Read more
**Vinyl reissue of this Hospital Productions tape housed in printed inner and die-cut jacket** Killer vinyl edition of this blunt noise/techno session from New York stalwart K.P, highly recommended to followers of of Preserved Instincts, Miles, Powell, Vatican Shadow or Prostitutes. As Hospital Productions put it: " Dual Action combines the eerie atmospheric sound collage of crowded chinatown streets with the deafening silence of a new apartment and the hard industrial beats of subways and freeways. A dynamic, physical autonomism. Body complete." Check 'Body Automatic' for stygian industrial t… Read more
"The Outsiders, hailing from Wimbledon, England, were one of the many bands to rise up through the UK is punk explosion of the late 70s. Citing the Velvet Underground as their primary influence, The Outsiders were fronted by Adrian Borland, who went on to form the seminal post-punk band The Sound following the demise of the band. Gaining exposure through opening for acts such as The Jam and The Vibrators. Bob Lawrence (bass) and Adrian Janes (aka Jan, drums) rounded out the band. The Outsiders were the first UK punk band to self-release a full album (their first LP Calling on Youth), on their… Read more
Glasgow's highly-touted beat builder debuts with this killer five track EP on Local Action. Since first appearing on Big Dada's Grime 2.0 collection, he's dropped the unique beat suite 'Faded With Da Kittens' for Astral Black and remixed DJ Q's 'Trust Again', synthesising a unique mix of grime, fluoro/sino folk melody and moody technoid pads. 'Crystal Children' gives up his best work to date, including the bubbling grime-techno of 'Zen' and balance of pounding subs with delicate hooks in 'Thinkk Star', whilst the subtler sweetness of 'Daisy Chain's sino-folk licks and the drifting s… Read more
Debut shot of dynamic grime futurism from Chemist for Coyote Records, backed up with Last Japan and Rabit remixes. Twinning his studies in composition and technology for film and games with current strains of HD UK grime, Chemist coins two lucidly detailed, kinetic constructions with the intricate polymetrics and strafing square waves of 'Defiance', and the robotic Eski origami of 'Blocks' marking him out as a slick sound designer. Rabit's remix of 'Defiance' is condenses its energy into pensive, droning subs, militant claps and sino licks owing as much to Angola as An… Read more
**White wax** Samuel Kerridge puts a donk on it for Blueprint, backed with three of his signature doom scapes. The Berlin-based artist's follow-up to 'A Fallen Empire' opens with the pounding coda and descending tones of 'Operation Neptune', streaking slow-motion Stuka screams over tortured bass hits to asphyxiating effect, whilst the bombed-out 'Surrender To The Void' sculpts monolithic black metal riffs and slow roiling drums reminding of Pan Sonic. B-side, 'Paint It Black' spills evil, muscle-wasting drones and bone-snapping percussion before rearing up the twisted metal relief of 'Paint It Black (Reprise)'. Strong twelve.
**Limited edition, 1-sided 12"** Conspicuous by his absence from the scene since 2011, Dorian Concept finally returns to Ninja Tune with the canny calculations of 'Draft Culture'. Indicative of things to come from his eagerly-awaited 'Joined Ends' LP, the wonky funk of 'Draft Culture' twinkles, flexes and charms in all the right places with woozy Wurlitzer, off-kilter bass and scissoring percussion.
*140 gram Vinyl + VHS Insert (Artwork by James White) + Download Card* Far Cry 3: “Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is the critically acclaimed game from Ubisoft. The music for the video game, a first-person shooter set on a tropical island, was composed by Australian duo Power Glove, who craftily bill themselves as “two lawyers sent back from the streets of future, post-apocalyptic Los Angeles 2043. With a touch of romance and a ton of trouble, we’re gonna get there… any way we can.” Game developers Ubisoft say the soundtrack “mirrors the game’s vision of a nostalgia-… Read more
**180g vinyl reissue of the 5th volume in Hans-Joachim Roedelius' self-portrait series. Originally issued in 1982** From Asmus Tietchens' liner notes: "Measured against its predecessors, however, the audio quality is notably superior on this edition. Roedelius clearly improved the sound of the old tapes in the process of compiling the pieces at the Erpel Studio in Vienna, also taking the opportunity to add a few tracks. Strictly speaking, these relatively complex multitrack recordings can no longer be bracketed together with the fleeting sketches as heard on the earlier albums. Now and … Read more
Cómeme gang-up for the nine-track 'Gasoline' label expo. Starts up nice 'n slow with Auntie Flo's technoid cumbia grind 'Jas' and travels a spectrum of kinky goods from Vaskular's mellow jacker 'Black Jesus' to the clipped, slippery swing of 'Cógeme' from DJs Pareja & Alejandro Paz, the trim industrial percolator 'El Rito' from Zombies In Miami, and Carisma's fairlight-sprung remix of 'A Bailar' by Rous. Sweaty.
Big room romps from XXXY following his 'Never Enough' 12" for Rinse. 'Goldfish' works a squashed, propulsive London house sound with a hollow, metallic klonk reminding of Marcel Dettmann's debut 12" on MDR, only spiked with shape-cutting funk. On the other hand, 'Evade' is one for the armpit exhibitionists, tracing icy arpeggios up the spine of a swinging tech-house groove replete with jaw-swanging breakdown.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Handsome, rigid boxset of 7 x 7"s containing classic, rare and foundational Gussie Clarke productions for Augustus Pablo, Leroy Sibbles, Roman Stewart, The Mighty Diamonds, and Leroy Smart. Limited edition.
Reissue of Drexciya legendary follow-up/supplement to 'Neptune's Lair'. Originally issued in 2000, 'Hydro Doorways' holds some of Drexciya's most emotive arrangements and fierce drum programming in six tracks ranging from the epic 'Lost Vessel' to the hydraulic electro-techno of 'Species Of The Pod' and the screwface techno razz of 'Devil Ray Cove'.