Thursday, 12 March
Another monstrous blow-out from Craig Clouse's $&$, returning to Rocket Recordings after assaults on Diagonal and ahead of their Editions Mego LP. Brandishing distorted guitars, clogged samplers and bucket-loads of gonzo attitude, Clouse runs amok from the diesel-fuelled horsepower of 'Electric Pony 2' to a loping, trunk-rattling beat jam, 'Egg Mm-Muffin / Pimp Different' via daft sampler exercise, 'C2-6', to cracked and swaggering breakbeats in 'Goat $hit' and the ruder clip of 'Love Your Hair - Hope You Win!'. And the potential song-title of the year award goes to 'Writing Poetry On Your Forehead With The Tip Of a Hunting Knife'. Wot a charmer.
Proper noise Techno party with AnD, Papers, Bintus, Neil Landstrumm, Ordinate, Martyn Hare, DeFeKT. Check for AnD's crisply defined 'Higgs Boson'; Papers swinging mutant, 'Calum'; Ordinate's super-blunted industrial shuinter, 'OR 06'.
2015 reissue of dBridge's post-Bad Company 2004 classics. 'Bellini' tears a deeper hole on the A-side; 'True Romance' ties it up nice 'n nasty liquid style on the B-side.
*Limited Edition Blue Vinyl Pressing* 'Biophilia' must be one of this year's most anticipated, and lavish album projects. A number of delays have pushed the release date back, but that was to allow extra input from Leila and Current Value, who join an illustrious production cast including Mark Bell, Matthew Herbert, 16 Bit and El Guincho, plus a full 24-piece Icelandic choir. The results are suitably spectacular, articulating the leading lady's obsessions with virtual reality, physics and nature in ultra-modern and cutting edge fashion. She still sounds like nobody else in the wor… Read more
**2LP, 30 tracks** Important compendium of early works by London's unsung industrial pioneers, Bourbonese Qualk. In constant operation from 1979 - 2003 on the fringes of the breakcore/extreme electronics scene, this selection looks at a crucial phase in BQ's agitations, bang in the middle of the '80s, located in a South London squat/stronghold/studio amidst the The Miner's Strike, Falklands War, Thatcherism and Anarchism. They've always wilfully existed on the periphery, but haven't gone unnoticed, whether on their 1985 joint 'Pogrom' (included here) or their continued su… Read more
*180g Coloured Effect Vinyl encased in 350gsm Mirrorboard Varnished Gatefold Sleeve, with Pantone Neon Red printed ontop of mirror effect. Right hand houses the vinyl inside a black and Pantone Neon Red Inner Sleeve and the left hand side holds a 12pg Full Colour and Neon Red Booklet on uncoated stock containing rare photos and brand new text about the band, his muse and that era, by James Chance himself. The release has two extra tracks to the original release and the Free Download contains an extra selection of live tracks* "Come contort yourself…the New York N… Read more
*180g Coloured Effect Vinyl encased in 350gsm Mirrorboard Varnished Gatefold Sleeve, with Pantone Neon Red printed ontop of mirror effect. Right hand houses the vinyl inside a black and Pantone Neon Red Inner Sleeve and the left hand side holds a 12pg Full Colour and Neon Red Booklet on uncoated stock containing rare photos and brand new text about the band, his muse and that era, by James Chance himself. The release has two extra tracks to the original release and the Free Download contains an extra selection of live tracks* "Come contort yourself…the New York … Read more
Batu mints his Timedance label with two murky UK techno mutations. 'Cardinal' plunges in from the top with to a salty solution of swirling white noise, arcing synths and palpitating bass pulses reminding of recent Untold actions. 'Domino Theory' takes a more low-slung tack with pendulous kicks and infected, acidic synthlines punctuated by steely percussion until a haywire build-up and bearly collpased roll-out.
Bullion's Deek gang return with a lucent 2nd EP by dream-pop starlet Laura Groves. As with her enchanted 'Thinking About Thinking' 12" and contributions to Deek's Nautic project, 'Committed Language' is gilded with a classic pop magic that's clearly working its spell on us again. The titular opener is a beauty, finding Laura swooning all over floating, Sakamoto-esque chimes and flourishes of jazz-folksy Fleetwood Mac, while 'Dream Story' comes off like Grimes' in a parallel, '80s FM pop world. With 'Friday' they strip it all right back to deliquescent keys and synth staging Laura in … Read more
Deliquescent dub psychedelia by Joel Brindefalk a.k.a Ü, posthumously released by his mates Joachim Nordwall (iDEAL) and Jan Svensson (Börft). Until he passed away in 2013, Brindefalk was behind a distinctly unique catalogue of music made on machines ranging from pelting early '90s dance music, 'Great Dose of Monotonous Techno' (1992) thru the glacial tonal minimalism of 'The Cripple' (2011). However, 'Doobedoo Dub 'e' Dope' is his tribute to Jamaican dub, albeit filtered thru an exotic Swedish mind, yielding a pair of meditative, gently skanking excursions perhaps best compared with productio… Read more
**Red wax with fold-over artwork insert in poly sleeve** Matias Aguayo gives it up for the dancers with a quartet of killer rhythm workouts. You know what to do…"El Rudo Del House is an imaginary creature who speaks to you with a pitched-down voice and produces heavy house rhythms that are engineered to directly trigger the movement of different body parts (body mechanics). His music resonates with the rhythms of everyday life: produced by big iron apparatuses that cross the sky, by voices that yell through speakers in giant halls, by machines of border security and control… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Grey day celebration music for meshed afternoons; eleven strums and songs to savor as you wander till spring. Did Damon & Naomi dream them? Did I? Will you?” —Andy Zax People talk about Damon & Naomi as if they’re the raw infrastructure that remained after Galaxie 500 fell apart, a steel skeleton stubbornly standing after an earthquake. But when the pair began a new project, they weren’t nadjusting so much as starting from scratch. By the time they released More Sad Hits, they had grown enough as musicians and songwriters that they d… Read more
**Airhorn** Weighty but agile footwork/jungle deviance from Fracture and Manchester's Chimpo. Best of both worlds in three parts, mixing an old skool Manc Junglist swagger with modern Chicago bass ructions, shifting weight from skanking halfstep to soul roll and back to full bore brukout with 'From Early'; or shredding between late '90s tech-step and quickstepping footwork 808s with 'Hard Food' beside Fracture's neater reduction of 'From Early'.
Sides E + F for the the Clone Classic Cuts compilation of Jovonn's 'Goldtones'. Deep and fruity garage in four grooves: 'Erson's Keys' taken from the 'Underground Construction' EP; the boiled kettle flutes of 'Where Did House Go'; sub-heavy and organ-soaked vibes in 'N.Y.N.J.' from the 'All Nite EP'; the playful keys of 'Pianos Of Gold'.
**One half of minimal synth souls Xeno & Oaklander ups the visceral noise quotient to noxious, compelling degrees** "Gyors, Lassù marks an important milestone in the evolution of Martial Canterel's music, progressing far beyond the cages of “minimal synth” and embracing the noisier qualities of its sound with a renewed urgency, a kind of thickness embodied in multiple layers using only eurorack, Serge and Roland 100 modular systems at his disposal and flushing out the entire session in one take. Sine waves are rendered into walls of guitar-like noise on songs like “And I Thought”, while … Read more
Deviant industrial techno from the UK. Four stages of industrial pressure, from Ancient Methods-alike swagger to grumbling, raved-up styles, thru sub-heavy rolige and ghostly abstraction. Canny, like.
Delinquent, deliquescent grime from Damu on return to Keysound. M.I.A. since 2013, his 'Holed In The Hovel' session reveals an even shinier chassis and curdled silicon aesthetic, in chromatic flux somewhere between SOPHIE and PC Music or the most lucent Her Records releases. 'iPolice' starts up like some Matrix sentinel, all laser scanning bleeps and wavey synths with a sci-fi agenda, while 'Whirlybird' rolls out like a mutant mix of Fis-t's 'Night Hunter'. At his maddest, 'Holed Up In The Hovel' wields wild claps and meter-melted Ballroom beats, and 'No Pain, No Gain' gives up frantic, frothing grime patterns infected with some mad computer virus.
Pure techno tools by Berlin's Blue Hour. Solid club wares in the tense synth tension and driving 909s of the A-side, backed with more Detroit-styled sky-watchers on the flip.
**Limited-edition LP housed in a Stoughton tip-on sleeve** "Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band are a contemporary group from Burkina Faso. Coming from Bobo-Dioulasso, the group is steeped in the Mandingue musical traditions of their ancestral legacy. The enigmatic lead singer Baba Commandant (Mamadou Sanou) is an original and eccentric character who is well respected in the Burkinabé musical community. A sort of punk Faso Dan Fani activist for traditional Mandingo music, Baba continues to redefine the boundaries between traditional and modern. In 1981, he joined the K… Read more
Emosh London dancefloor flex from the Berlin transplant XXXY. 'Last Dance' works out like the weepy cousin to Joy O's 'Hyph Mngo' on the A-side; 'Close The Door' shakes down a perkier house shuffle pointed with warm strings and juicy bassline bounce beside the shape-cutting squeeze, 'Behind You'.
*Second comp from Robert Johnson in the Lifesaver series, featuring tracks from Roman Flugel, Massimiliano Pagliara, Portable, Lauer and more. Includes download code* "Kicked off by one of the Frankfurt young guns, the compilation leans into a melody-driven warm-up with a slight hint of analogue soul – "Digital Revolution" by Orson Wells. Next up is the Italian-born and now Berlin-based Massimiliano Pagliara. His contribution "Phasing Down The Sea" enriches the second Lifesaver installment with some of his signature synth-lines paired with a classic chicago-dri… Read more
*Limited Edition reissue on Brown vinyl* Here's what we said about Medulla when it first came out: "Going through another baffling pre-recording arrangement of ideas Bjork finally hit on making 'Medúlla' (translated as marrow in latin) an album mostly stripped bare of acoustic and electronic instrumentation. Instead all the music had to originate from the human voice, hooking up with Mike Patton, Rahzel, Robert Wyatt, Kelis, plus other lesser known artists and choirs from the UK and Iceland. Where music does creep in it's handled by Olivier Alary from Ensemble, Mark Bell, Matmos, M… Read more
**Strong, Dilla-meets-Morricone-at-Gaslamp Killer's-place vibe on this one** "Instrumental psychedelic hip-hop hybrid Lilacs & Champagne spent their first two albums shining a light on the darkest corners of vintage European cinematic oddities. Their eponymous debut album and the follow-up, Danish & Blue, were warped, psychedelic takes on damaged funk and b-movie film scores. With their palette now thoroughly smeared, coconspirators Emil Amos and Alex Hall are flirting with the makings of a masterpiece in Midnight Features Vol. 2: Made Flesh. From the mournful ope… Read more
*Gatefold sleeve reissue of this long out-of-print album, carefully remastered from the original master tapes* "Bassist / composer Charles Mingus is one of the most radical figures in American music. Throughout the ’50s, he worked as a sideman with legendary players Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and more. In the ’60s, he gained recognition as a bandleader, often followed by controversy for making strong-minded statements in the press about race, politics and stodgy music critics. While Mingus received many honors posthumously as well as… Read more
**2nd of three 12"s** DVS1's Mistress Recordings deliver in style. Up top Ombossa keeps it pounding but trippy with 'Bonish Thuggish' and Jerome Baker aka [The Real] DJ Boris aka Lord Damian rasps out the pressurised minimalism of 'Track 20'. Downtown, Marquis Hawkes appears as Juxta Position with the frisky acid shuffle of 'World Domination', and Discrete Circuit plays out the teasing big room techno build of 'Incursion'.
A Sagittariun gets down with the Hypercolour kids, backed by a pumping Detroit mix from Rolando. Taking a minute out from his Elastic Dreams series, the enigmatic producer weighs up a slamming sorta hardcore hybrid with the pile-driving 4/4 kicks, sparking breakbeats and celestial arpeggios of '3-4-3', and takes us back to Gescom-style hip hop breaks with the downtempo 'Delta House'.
**Includes 50-minute CD featuring texts written and performed by Alexandra Kennedy & Campbell Irvine. RIYL Muslimgauze, Demdike Stare** Exceptional take on techno tribalism from yung Australian producer, Campbell Irvine. Picking up where Shackleton left before he went psy-trance, Campbell runs with a proper dread techno vibe on two extended walkabouts strafed with duppied voices and urged by layered, syncopated percussion and deep subs. We're particularly feeling the scratchy swing and shuffle of B-side 'Reunion Of Two Bodies', which sits somewhere between S… Read more
Brooding and evil techno from Holland. Check for the psychotic A-side joint, 'Ilape' with its squealing lead line and the vintage Brum presure of 'Scuff'.
"From the dawn of doo-wop to the death of disco, the Notations saw—and sang—it all. Persisting through changing trends and technologies, on major labels and minor ones, produced by both Syl Johnson and Curtis Mayfield, nothing could stop the Notations from representing Chicago’s Southside for decades. The first overview of their indie label golden age, Still Here 1967–1973 finds the Notations at a musical crossroads, turning from simmering R&B ballads to socially-conscious soul. Offering up a platter of golden-dipped harmonies, inventive arrangements, and super-powered soul, the Notations survived as unheralded legends in their own time."
*Gatefold sleeve reissue of this long out-of-print album, carefully remastered from the original master tapes* "Bassist / composer Charles Mingus is one of the most radical figures in American music. Throughout the ’50s, he worked as a sideman with legendary players Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and more. In the ’60s, he gained recognition as a bandleader, often followed by controversy for making strong-minded statements in the press about race, politics and stodgy music critics. While Mingus received many honors posthumously as well as during his career, perhaps… Read more