Thursday, 28 November
**140g picture disc edition. Includes colour insert with still from the film and liner notes** Following the success of their 'Drive' OST release, Invada give another classic cliff Martinez score the deluxe vinyl treatment. His backing to the 2002 Steven Soderbergh remake of Tarkovsky's masterpiece is a beautifully crafted, delicate thing, full of weightless electronics and sumptuous string arrangements lending a reserved, ambiguous atmosphere to the film's themes of psychological confusion and stunning cinematography. OK, maybe it's not quite as great as Eduard Artemiev's definitive OST for the original 'Solaris', but it is a fine piece of work, nonetheless.
**140g White Vinyl edition. Includes colour insert with still from the film and liner notes** Following the success of their 'Drive' OST release, Invada give another classic cliff Martinez score the deluxe vinyl treatment. His backing to the 2002 Steven Soderbergh remake of Tarkovsky's masterpiece is a beautifully crafted, delicate thing, full of weightless electronics and sumptuous string arrangements lending a reserved, ambiguous atmosphere to the film's themes of psychological confusion and stunning cinematography. OK, maybe it's not quite as great as Eduard Artemiev's definitive OST for the original 'Solaris', but it is a fine piece of work, nonetheless.
Third Ear cop five freakier Detroit workouts from Manual Gonzales following his excellent efforts for Trilogy Tapes, Wild Oats and Don't Be Afraid. Styles rove between noisy, tracky jacker 'Extort' and 'Mean While' to the rudimentary electro of 'Fiber' and a more melodic highlight in the trippy, Jamal Moss-like 'Mask'.
*1972 Edition of this classic Stereolab album* While it's tempting to say that the new LP is 'business as usual' for Stereolab, there is nothing that commonplace in Stereolab's world. The recordings have once again been undertaken mostly in Chicago with the team of John McEntire and Jim O'Rourke producing the LP with the group and with regular cohort Sean O'Hagan also on hand to add to the keyboard and arranging strengths of the ensemble. All compositions are once again written by Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier with the exception of 'Nothing To Do With Me' (some lyrics were paraphr… Read more
"A few years removed from their 1970 Damon Studios session in Kansas City, Bump & The Soul Stompers, led by Jerald “Bump” Scott, responded to their era’s off-kilter naming conventions to become Unnatural Funk Band. After failing to find a label home for “I Can Remember,” they made the descent into neighboring Independence, Missouri’s fabled subterranean Cavern Studios, erected inside the mouth of an actual limestone fissure. “Living in the Past” is a nostalgic drift through wistful falsetto and low-riding narration, while “Strange Happenings” is truly excepti… Read more
*bEEdEEgEE is the performing alias of Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance* "SUM/ONE’ is his debut record as a solo artist. Brian’s immersion in art and music has covered the spectrum of performance, sound and visual mediums. Well regarded on the underground New York art scene, DeGraw has shown his paintings, sculptures and drawings around the world, both independently and as part of the James Fuentes Gallery stable in NYC, and has collaborated with the likes of Harmony Korine, Rita Ackerman and Doug Aitken. Best known as a core member of Gang Gang Dance, his group’s creative energy has always pointed t… Read more
Debut single of drag pop and ambient trap from hotly-tipped Filipino producer on XL/Abeano. As is kinda the norm for a bedroom producer in 2013, Eyedress crafted the 'Supernatural' EP with Fruity Loops on his dad's old laptop PC and hits up a sound somewhere between Salem's debut (only?) album and Grimes-on-qaaludes. Best to check the super saccharine electronics and dreamy vox of 'Biolumine' and the tense, whirring trap beats and electro discord of 'No Competition' for highlights.
**Heavyweight 10" vinyl housed in reverse board jacket with printed inner sleeves designed by Montreal's Urban9, plus download code, 8-track CD in letter-pressed wrap-around sleeve held with letter-pressed band and containing 4 prints inside typed/numbered glassine photo bags, plus 2 x double sided large prints, pressed flowers, all inside large tagged/scented letter-pressed envelopes** "The Blizzard That Birthed Her is the continuing echo of this year’s Home Normal success, Book Of The Folded Forest. Birthed as two original Orla Wren tracks ‘Five Acre L… Read more
**Perfectly discomforting post-punk pop from Pheromoans characters on Luke "Helm" Younger's Alter label** "The Bomber Jackets are the London based trio of Russell Walker, Daniel Bolger and Sian Dorrer. The former two names you may recognise from their roles in prolific post-punk nitwits the Pheromoans, whilst the latter has played in various groups in London’s thriving DIY scene and opened the notorious London venue Power Lunches. Founded by Walker and Bolger after the death of an ill-fated trio with Nik Void who went on to find greater fame and fortune with Factory Floor, the group was… Read more
*2013 Reissue* "Cool post-punk garagey Gang Of Four joyfulness" - Guardian Guide". Electrelane are four young women who refuse to be defined by one sound, and their second album, 'The Power Out', is a gauntlet thrown down to those who think they can predict their next move. Recorded and mixed in Chicago with Steve Albini. While the speedy ambience of their debut remains, the most startling difference is that they have introduced vocals, something largely absent from their previous recordings. Not only do words play a more important role on this album, but Verity uses her voice as an instrument to devastating effect, singing in English, German, French and Spanish. Check.
**Limited edition three-sided white vinyl. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label**"Inspired by mysticism & noise, Ricardo uses old drum machines, analog equipment and also samples he's been storing since some years to create dirty sounding drums, modulated synth sounds and keeping far away from the more expected and polished sounds most artists are using. In a way, his music develops the punk side in electronic music. His other inspiration on Treillis is definitely esotericism, in the way that music can profoundly touch you and transport you in another dimension. Inspired… Read more
"This pair of Minneapolis-by-way-of-Chicago tracks masterfully capture Master Plan Inc.’s silky vocal moves and break-heavy, horn-laden funk riffs. Led out of the early ’70s by vocalist Doug Shorts—alongside guitarist Joe Stevenson, drummer Dean Knox, and bassist Eddie Manning—Master Plan Inc.’s brief 1975 furlough in Minneapolis came at an opportune moment, as rising studio wiz David “Z” Rivkin scoured his Twin City environs for black talent. A year shy of his contract-fetching demo for local prodigy Prince Rogers Nelson, Rivkin mapped out the Sound 80 facilit… Read more
**Doomy, droning metal from the other side. One-sided edition of 300** "The occult and esoteric knowledge appear regularly in the history of ideas alongside more established academic disciplines. Particularly fascinating are the periods of rapid scientific advances and epochs of high mortality, such as the Renaissance or the XIX century which also see a burgeoning of interest iin the paranormal among the educated elite. EMANATION provides a new approach to the phenomena through a concept based on Spiritism and the research of the pioneers such as Nicola Tesla, Allan Kardec, Attila V. S… Read more
"Vanessa (A Dreamer) is the second 12” from Brooklyn-based artist Divvorce on Fifth Wall, the imprint he founded last February with Hound Scales. Drawing influence from such pretentious sources as Franz Kafka, the early work of Darren Aronofsky, and a solitary walk through the streets of Paris during Fashion Week, the EP consists of two compact slices of techno(?) and two remixes. First is the meandering, dreamlike “Wander 7,” followed by the truculent but jubilant “Roquentin’s Release” and finishing with remixes by fellow Fifth Wall artists Physical Therapy and Unklone."
Shawn O'Sullivan (Civil Duty, Led Er Est, 400PPM) returns to L.I.E.S. with a grip of grubby, grinding machine workouts. Up top slows his roll to a 100bpm industro-bashment bogle on three cuts, 'Drawing Blood From A Stone', 'Ask The Boss' and 'Basilisk'. Dung below, he rides with the nasty acid wine of 'You'll Get Used To It' plus the steam-powered chugger, 'An Unbreakable Bubble' and the druggy basement tilt of 'Punish or be Damned'.
Vatican Shadow, Rrose, Recondite and NSI remix Function's debut album tracks for the 'floor. We're quite partial to the gloomy grandiosity of Vatican Shadow's 'Psychic Warfare' remix, especially when he flips the switch on those patented goth-techno drums in the 2nd half, but the DJs should also be checking for Rrose's hypnotic reinforcement of 'Against The Wall', or the slink shift of Recondite's 'Incubation' remix, whilst NSI's 'Inter' version harks back to their great work on the 'Shut Up And Dance!' compilation of dance music for ballet, all whirring polymetrics and calculated arpeggios.
**Marbled sky blue wax in debossed, reverse card jacket ** James Fox explores swinging, dubbed-out garage-techno grooves on his 2nd EP as Severn Beach, backed with smart Rick Grant and Leon Vynehall assistance. On 'We Continue' he synchs crisp hi-hats, rimshots and wiggly bass with debonaire synth pads for the high rollers, before linking with Rick Grant on the rolling square bass and shifty drums of 'Slow Clap' and handing 'We Continue' to Leon Vynehall for a more in-depth Basement Dub.
**180g vinyl** 'Wunderland' is a dizzying example of 1983-84 digital synth exploration conducted by Ata Tak co-founder, Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator. As you may imagine froman album adorned in surrealist caricatures of mutant, hybrid animals frolicking and playing instruments, the music in 'Wunderland' is more than a touch eccentric. It was created by NDW pioneer Dahlke after moving to New York from Wuppertal in North Western Germany, looking for inspiration amidst the madness of a megatropolis fully adopting the plugged-in sounds of electro after early hip hop. But 'Wunderland' is light years away… Read more
Ethereal deep house/trip hop vibes from Brooklyn's Francis Harris and the Scissor and Thread label, backed a sublime DJ Sprinkles remix. The original 'You Can Always Leave' uncannily comes off like Portishead gone deep house dubbing, pairing Gry Bagøien's naif vocal with a burly but gentle bassline and lovely touch of breezy horns, whilst 'Radiofreeze' drifts deep into padded, rolling ambient house with clear echoes of classic Pole. The remix is, almost predictably, another stunner from DJ Sprinkles. His signature, snaking bassline pressure and gritty, slightl… Read more
Mordant Music and Ekoplekz reconvene their eMMplekz duo with the incisive observations and blue dub noise of 'Your Crate Has Changed'. The Baron continues to gain confidence as the dark interpreter of a twisted English psyche, making hilarious and cuttingly bleak commentary on everything from syrups to the postal service, sh*t pubs and wi-fi, all set to some of Nick Edwards' craftiest electro-dub backings.
Thursday, 21 November
*Another precious find from Andy Votel and Demdike Stare's Dead-Cert imprint featuring foundational Concrète experiments from the director of IPEM, Belgium's equivalent of the Radiophonic Workshop. Transferred from the original Mastertapes by Andrew Popplewell and remastered by Gareth Mallinson and Matt Colton, limited Edition pressing of 500 copies* Dead Cert illuminate three unique and chilling electro-acoustic compositions by the pioneering head of Belgium's Institute of Psychoacoustic and Electronic Music dating between 1958-1971. Born 1904, in Roeselare, Belgium, Louis De Meest… Read more
**2 x 180g LP's housed in printed inners, debossed jacket and Houndstooth-printed PVC sleeve** Aerobic mystics, Joe McBride (Synkro), and Liam Blackburn (Indigo) aka Akkord, present a slickly engrossing debut album for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. It's the definitive manifest of their convergent interests in sacred geometry, mathematics, minimalism and bassbins, deftly balancing dancefloor appeal with the sort of detailed production appreciated by headphone and home listeners. Over its ten tarcks the genes of jungle, dubstep, techno and ambient electronics are spun out and re-encoded wit… Read more
Marcel Dettmann, SHXCXCHCXSH, and Old Apparatus follow Vatican Shadow's lead to remix Tommy Four Seven and Alain's These Hidden Hands project. Dettmann's 'Laika' mix finds a cool balance of ruggedly stable techno groove and teasing, almost uplifting synthlines; SHXCXCHCXSH's 'Kheium' version works on some mutant bashment tech-noise grine; Old Apparatus reject rhythms in favour of an epic, widescreen take of 'Hidden' rent with sepulchral harmonics to bleedin' scary effect. Good stuff...
**Lights Sounds Dark unveil another pantheon of by-passed wave aces on their unmissable series. Many tracks are sourced from vintage tapes and make their first appearance on vinyl here, taking in everything from the pulsing projections of Machines At Last aka Five Times Of Dust's Robert Lawrence, to the industro-dub side project of Naffi Sandwich's Gerry Kenny and the demented garage of Decayes' 'Dancehall', plus at least one, strange, mis-credited red herring… A total no brainer!** "All is fair in love and war, and with this in mind Light Sounds Dark deliver what is surely their most compl… Read more
**Includes A4 insert** Blackest Ever Black welcome Barnett + Coloccia to their coven with the desolate scapes of 'Retrieval'. Whilst both artists have a background alloying metal and experimental modes - Faith Coloccia with Mammifer, Pyramids and Everlovely Lighteningheart, and Alex Barnett in Oakeater or more recently, solo for the likes of Catholic Tapes and Nihilist - their introspective 'Retrieval' collaboration is perhaps best defined in terms of their palette: tape-manipulated recordings of acoustic instruments layered with synths and AM radio sounds. Recording sessions for the album… Read more
*One of the rarest, weirdest and most brilliantly odd soundtracks of all time, written and performed by one of the most fascinating underground characters ever. Described by Jello Biafra as “a disco lounge lizard from hell”, Palmer Rockey and the Palmer Rockey story have to be read to be believed, and even then you might not believe it...* Strange Uncle Jonny Trunk pulls another treat from behind his ear - the beguiling, self-pressed suite of disco, pop, country and rock 'n roll by an enigmatic chancer called Palmer Rockey. Entirely composed, written and produced by the ambi… Read more
Watch yer bassbins; Mumdance & Logos unleash the sought-after P.I.V (geddit?) mix of Ben U.F.O. favourite, 'In Reverse' backed with three more rave essentials. For us, it makes up the strongest Keysound release in years, if not their entire catalogue. the dread bass and wig-flipping riddim of 'In Reverse' is reinforced for optimal, radical rave playback whilst 'Turrican 2' distills the dirtiest, damned effective bits of grime, 4/4 garage/techno and vaporwave to dazzling effect. 'Wut It Do (12" Mix)' lurches in from future past like some T2000 character sent to save the hardcore rave in 2013… Read more
Massive grime 12" starring the blinding 'XE2' from promising first timer, Mssingno on Leeds-based Goon Club Records. Already hotly tipped by the likes of Fact and Pitchfork, Mssingno's debut is a blazing highlight of the UK's revitalised instrumental grime scene in 2013. 'XE2' is the big one, a low-riding blend of buyoant Reese bass, twinkling marimbas and an earworming R Kelly vocal hook that somehow refreshes the whole R&B-sampling thing by virtue of its simplistic innocence and Ruff Sqwad-like emo swagger. There's also the darker, roadwise Nightmare On Elm Street vibes of '124th', a Rihanna-s… Read more
**Hand-stamped white label - 180gm Vinyl** Proper UK dread rolige from Beneath. His 3rd No Symbols release, following aces for Niche N Bump and Tectonic this year, finds Beneath acutely honing his arrangements whilst still playing to that inimitably rugged, rolling ruff-house template. Topside spins out the buttoned-up swagger of 'Worried' with its glancing, bruising drums and bass countered by evil metallic drones; down under, 'Shenron' loops up a keening, elliptical subbass against tight, tussling drums whilst a moire of bleeps and eerie, almost radiophonic synths lend an uneasy, spectral presence.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Reissued pair of dark, deeply arresting widescreen synth visions originally issued in 1984 on Harold's own label, Cantil. "Perhaps the darkest entry in his voluminous back catalogue with a quasi-industrial element to the sonic palette. Two 20-minute plus tracks that evoke a post-apocalyptic soundworld with heavy synth drone and suspended single piano notes." Recommended!