Thursday, 10 July
Scything breakbeat techno and electro from Tessela on his follow-up to 'Nancy's Pantry' for R&S. A-side brings the bullish 'ardcore churn of 'Rough 2' with its febrile bleeps, rattling breaks and hovering chords built to demolish warehouses, whilst flipside 'Butchwax' updates that pre-'ardcore sound of NYC electro and UK fast rap breaks with modern discipline, and 'C'mon Let's Slow Dance' teeters on the edge of EBM, concrète noise and current Grime styles.
JD Twitch's Optimo Music follows those Golden Teacher zingers with the debut EP of fizzing hypnobeat from London's Shift Work. On four dance cuts the duo wring hovering synth tones, virulent trance arpeggios and slinky rhythm, including JD Twitch's highlight trim of 'Patience' and the Factory Floor or Bronze Teeth-esque 'Scaled To Fit'. The canny interludes add a trippier dimension of fragmented field recordings, synth noise and strange dialogue.
"Ten instant hits of sunshine. Folky female vocals atop ’60s-influenced psych-pop and motorik synth-prog – like a shinier Stereolab or a more bucolic Broadcast. ‘Seasoned Sun’ also features contributions from fellow Super Furry Animals Cian Ciaran and Dafydd Ieuan and ex-Race Horses drummer Gwion Llewelyn."
Dettmann & Emika nod to Heinrich Mueller's recent experiments with female vocalists in the free-floating tones and elegant electro-techno pulses of 'Seduction'. On the Deuce remix Dettmann reprises his duo with Rene Pawlowitz (Shed) for a rolling drone techno intensifier, while Anthony Parasole's remix keeps all the energy tucked below the belt with shifty bass patterns and Ryan Elliott keeps his hand in with a minimal techno-house remix.
Lewisham grime prodigy Novelist shows some serious production chops on the follow-up to his vocal for Mumdance's 'Take Time'. Much like his angular, agitant mic style, Novelist's beats are all clipped vectors and kerned bars laced with luminous lines of logic, very similar in fact to the relation between Wiley's vocal and production styles. Anyway, these debut productions are fiyah, popping off from the gunshots and snake-charming sino-melody of 'Sniper' to the cheeky bubble of 'Christmas Riddim' and the Chipsy-like motifs of 'Mee2 Remix', and the sparring dancer, 'Messy'. Recommended.
*Vinyl includes a free copy of the CD inside* "Many brightly shining planets orbit the twin central star of Cluster (Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius). To be clear: as soloists Roedelius and Moebius have long since worked with all kinds of musicians whose congenial contributions add even more colour to the polychromatic Cluster world. Yet no matter how distinctly their guests' creativity is expressed, Cluster's character is consistently audible. "Snowghost Pieces" very much fits the pattern: Tim Story, a distinguished electronic musician who had previous experience o… Read more
Zeitkratzer go pop? Nah, they go 'Songs', fronted by Rechenzentrum's Marc Weiser in a completely unique suite of contemporary music. Developed over several years and stemming from a commission for Zeitkratzer to soundtrack a fashion show, 'Songs' renders the ensemble - Burkhard Schlothauer (violin), Anton Lukoszevieze (violoncello), Ulrich Phillipp (doublebass), Frank Gratkowski (reeds), Hild Sofie Tafjord (french horn), Hilary Jeffrey (trombone), Reinhold Friedly (piano), Christian Lillinger (drums, percussion) - at, ostensibly speaking, their most widely appealing with eight compositions structu… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label. Very limited pressing* "Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten / The Bad Seeds). are back with a new ep of unreleased tracks and covers including a version of Caetano Veloso's masterpiece The Empty Boat from his early years. The other cover here is another song from the late sixties: Crimson And Clover both in the english and italian version. The EP also includes two new songs."
Lean, driving acid and electro-house from JTC, Automatic Tasty, Elec Pt.1, and Abraham Cowley. James T Cotton aka Tadd Mullinx (Dabrye) drops the highlight with a mellow but kicking warehouse acid ace, 'Habit', and Automatic Tasty seduces to more tranquil zones with the pastoral braindance melodies of 'Winters Evening'. Bunker regular Elec Pt.1 pumps up the pure acid jack track 'Daytime Acid', and Abraham Cowley clocks out with the merry Detroit melodies of 'Shifting Seasons'.
Fripp & Eno’s third collaborative album from 2004 - making its debut appearance on wax, pressed on 200 gram super-heavyweight vinyl.
**Heavyweight box set containing 5 x 180g LPs. Mixed to 1/4" tape for this release by James Murphy** "Originally released for Record Store Day, this 5LP set is now being re-pressed and given a general release – it contains an unabridged recording of LCD Soundsystem's near four-hour April 2, 2011 farewell show at New York's Madison Square Garden – produced and mixed by LCD founder and frontman James Murphy.
"This album is the definitive statement of the Tropicalia movement in Brazil. The album’s collaborators - Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé, Nara Leao, Gal Costa and Os Mutantes - mixed psychedelic rock with boleros, sambas, bossa nova and jazz into a carnival-esque parade which first announced the new global sound of Brazilian music. What is stunning is that this anarchic and groundbreaking release was recorded at the height of the Brazilian military dictatorship, during an era where censorship, repression and the threat of violence was a constant i… Read more
Triple Vinyl Edition at long last available again. Two Italian Techno overlords recreate and refine their now-legendary live set from Japan's 2011 Labyrinth festival on 'Voices From The Lake'. Frictionless, pulsing and swaying body grooves meld with hypnotic, layered synths in a sleek and free-roaming suite of eleven tracks shackled to a continuous 4/4 framework. There's a clear sense of purpose to the set, stealthily developing from fluid, flickering tones and metallic pings into oscillating, offset bass rhythms subtly taking their time to re-programme minds and bodies to … Read more
Chiwax pull up Sneaky Tim's '94 Dance Mania diamonds, 'Planet Wall' and 'Ever Body' backed with Ricardo Villalobos and Heiko MSO remix of 'Mental Kombat'. The originals mark a Dance Mania sound at it's smoothest, rather than balls-to-the-wall (or in her mouf) with the skippy glide of 'Planet Wall' and the funked-up disco chops of 'Ever Body'. Remixing 'Mental Kombat', Ric & MSO feather the bubbling organ refrain and swinging bassline with loads of corkscrewing little details.
Four neck-snapping, collapsing hip hop beats from UK's Jon Phonics. "Drawing as much from early 90’s hip-hop as it does early 00’s grime and 80’s funk, the predominantly instrumental EP is topped off with two stand- out vocal performances from South-London rapper Rup and soul vocalist Yasine. With early support from Alexander Nut, Moxie, Scratcha DVA and more, this is a must have for any fans of twisted hip hop-infused electronica."
**Edition of 400 copies** Engrossing compositions woven from abstracted field recordings by Texas-based artist Vanessa Rossetto, for Graham Lambkin's unique Kye Recordings. 'Whole Stories' marks Vanessa's 3rd release for the label using the same process of harvesting and transforming everyday sounds in extraordinary soundscapes as heard on 'Mineral Orange' (2010) and 'Exotic Exit' (2012). The first piece, 'This Is A Recorder' captures and augments sounds from a drunken birthday weekend lost to Mardi Gras, New Orleans between February 8th-13th 2013, rearranging snippets of conversatio… Read more
*Repress* Crafty, shadowy deep house from four new producers, landing on hand-stamped yellow vinyl. A-side presents Jimini and the hovering, A.G.C.G-like chords and padded groove of 'Dream 1.1', beside the haunting, lo-fi Luomo-esque 'Savors Dream' by St. Savor. B-side Plas Vegas gradually uncoils the curled, minimalist Chicago-meets-Berlin groove 'Dream Planet', and Flyypost's 'Under The Bed' strikes lovely vein of glassy harmonics and trickling, midnight blue house reminding of early Maetrik issues.
Thursday, 03 July
**Edition of 300 copies only ** Clay Rendering, already responsible for one of our favourite releases of the year so far return with this limited run 7" of strung-out gothic gems for Hospital productions. With the taste of 'Waters Above The Firmament' still on our lips, Mike and Tara Connelly reveal their most vulnerable vocal, guitar and accordion on 'Fire Is Fall's Rose' before hackled guitars and trudging drums arch up like a waking daemon to close. Flipside, we're slowly swept up in the waltzing keys, chamber techno thud and absolutely gutted vocal of 'Red Roots'. Have your heart and eat it...
**Stunning black metal vision manifest thru the prism of classic synth music, aided by über-producer Randall Dunn. Double vinyl, full-colour gatefold jacket. Includes download** On the incredible 'Celestite', Olympia, Washington's forest-dwelling Weaver siblings, aka Wolves In The Throne Room, synthesise a majestically stark follow-up to the cosmic turmoil of 'Celestial Lineage' . Whilst traces of the Weavers' archetypal guitars are still present, they're largely superseded by an array of synths played by themselves and by Seattle's darkside se'ers Randall Dunn (Ear… Read more
**Limited clear edition - gorgeous drone works massively recommended if yr into Kevin Drumm, Eliane Radigue, Jason Lescalleet, Janek Schaefer** 'Sirène' is the first major solo vinyl release of works by UK-based sound artist, Robert Curgenven. With particular focus on the physical and acoustic nuance of field recordings, organ and electronics, it features four pieces written, mixed, remixed and expanded between 2008 and 2014 at locations ranging from assorted churches in Cornwall, England, to various spots in his native Australia. It opens with the impending dread drones of an expanded and r… Read more
*Deadly first release on Mistry - a new label from Beneath. 400 copies, mastered and cut by Matt Colton* Alex Coulton makes the deft first mark on Beneath's Mistry label, a new home for darker, techy UK riddims, with a necessary vinyl cut of his in-demand 'Bleep Sequence' and the slick forward motion of 'Tension'. A secret weapon in Beneath's DJ sets for the last few years, 'Bleep Sequence' weighs up a definitive reduction of dark garage, dubbed techno and Yorkshire-style bleep 'n bass with plangent radar pings and body-scanning subs rolling from a spare, halfstep swagger into d… Read more
A pair of dark, arpeggiated wave disco missions from Xander Harris for Drvg Cvltvre's label. 'Midnight Mystics' was originally a digital release in 2012 and now makes its way to discerning discos on wax, packing the hypnotic synth burn and flighty pan-pipes of 'Midnight Mystics' on one side, and the rolling proto-techno-trance vectors of 'I Am Thee Traveller' on the other.
Yeahhhh, this is fxxcking great - the latest release from Rush Hour’s ‘No Label’ and a bit of a curveball, straddling lines between Arthur Russell, John Maus, Ron Hardy and Jamal Moss for probably our favourite release on the label so far. Highlight for us is the immense fudged anthem "Weather Report”, a tune that’s both crisp and damaged, reminding us of those insane DJ Rush/Ron Hardy edits, laying out a funked SlowHouse template before overlaying it with all manner of craziness, sort of how we'd imagine an Arthur Russell and Kassem Mosse hookup might sound like. So yeah - get this one, it owns.
Body-shifting bass weight by Facta on DJ Parris' Soundman Chronicles. Currently one of the hottest artists in Uk bass circles, Facta follwos issues for Idle Hands and Badimup with a 2-stepping dread roller called '36th Chamber' on the top and some super-crafty, glancing drum work on the bottom with 'Zodiak', which reminds us of the best from SP:MC, Icicle or Joe.
"For most listeners, Cairo-based bandleader Salah Ragab first appeared on the radar via the Art Yard label's splendid Egyptian Jazz LP, which featured the maestro in charge of a band versed in the militaristic repertoire of an army orchestra, but relatively unexperienced in the field of jazz. This 7" features music recorded towards the tail end of the 1968-1973 period over which that album was put together, and sports a tribute to Sun Ra on the A-side - a fairly appropriate name to inspire an Egyptian jazz record. You'd be hard pressed to identify … Read more
Classy house trax from a Glaswegian gang who've been at it for a wee while but prefer to keep their identities under wraps. 'After Effects' yields four handy cuts of timeless, deeply rooted house music ranging from dreamy boogie edits thru supple acid house depths and dapper beatdown strut. Support from Morgan Geist, Jackmaster, Bake All Caps, Jerome Derradji…
Hakim Murphy & Ike Release's Innerspace Halflife emerge from the other end of their 'Wormhole Transmissions' album debut with the 'Astral Traveling' session for Synapsis. With it they move deeper into Martian house quadrants in that Afro-futurist style particular to dudes from Detroit and Chicago. There's nine tracks of kaotic harmonics and propellant machine percussion desinged as a proper dancefloor escape or headphone compression chamber, plotting a course from shifty Millsian sci-fi mystery in 'Teardrop From Nebula 1122+22' , thru the lush 'Starfields' and 'Relics' style int… Read more
Deep 'n rugegd technohouse tackle from Dutchman, Presk, for Germany's Something Happening, Somewhere label. Styles are more straightforward, driving than his previous for Fourth Wave and ten Thousand Yen, playing out the swinging, proggy jack of 'Babou' and the aquatic dub, 'Sink Shift' on side A, and cutting deeper with the Detroit-influenced, NWAQ-alike vibes of 'Gomero', which is given a dope, droning techno remix by Single Point Edge.
Dry, rolling techno aces from Italy's Roberto Clementi, including a smart Marcel Dettmann remix. 'Bonton' works out a furtive bassline and skipping hi-hat momentum to hypnotise the 'floor, and 'Concolor' dices with deft dub chords and slinky drum programming. The hydraulic flow and mysterious atmospheres of Dettmann's 'Bonton' remix give the EP's highlight.
Art Fine was the duo of Fabrice Bellini (electronics, vocals) and Rush Blakemann (guitar, synthesizer) from Tuin, Italy. They met in art school and became friends, inspired by New Wave, dance and electronic music. They recorded their only single “Dark Silence” in November 1984, which was released by Discomagic in 1985. Fabrice programmed the electronic drums using SCI Drumtraks and added extra tracks on the Simmons SDSV. Rush played electric guitar and the Yamaha piano notes at the start of the song. Guest musicians Silvano Borgatta and Riccardo RosaThe “da da da da da" voice effect was done… Read more