Thursday, 19 September
Powerful acid house and techno trax by the inimitable Tinman. Latching onto the industrial zeitgeist with unique style, he locks down a mighty 10 minutes of subtly funky acid bass modulations under a banking swarm of buzzing synths to delirious effect on the A-side, whilst B-side 'Hack' makes nods to Frank Timm's Soundhack project with jagged, industrially-reinforced chord stabs and cut-up, bucking drums beside the insistent, monotone body blow and tunnelling vision of 'Rocky'.
Thursday, 12 September
Ripatti is a new label from Sasu Ripatti, better known to the world as Vladislav Delay. Envisaged as a studio diary of sorts, the label will be cataloguing ongoing experiments made by Sasu in his studio on his own and alongside various collaborators. This first twelve features two extended productions from Sasu under his own name, feeding into the emergant Techno/Footwork nexus and delivering something far removed from the submerged dub variants he made his name with on his classic 12"s and albums for Chain Reaction and Mille Plateaux. Instead, they continue the percussive experimen… Read more
So, the cat's out the bag; Raime are Moin, who dropped an amazing side on that Confessions split with Pete Swanson last year. Here they return to that captivating sound on BEB proper with three tracks of lean guitar, muscular bass and cracking drums optimised and arranged with effects and sequencer. The project is evidently in tribute to that whole other side of their combined tastes, the one that looks to Steve Albini's Rapeman, Bill Laswell, This Heat or Dylan Carlson for inspiration, rather than Photek or Shackleton. Yet, just like Raime, everything is perfectly measured and economical, mixed with c… Read more
**Boomkat copies on translucent Pink Vinyl. Emptyset's James Ginzburg turns a hand to folk music on a surprising solo debut. RIYL Bon Iver, Gravenhurst, Nick Drake** "Between 2003 and 2012 James Ginzburg masterminded the release of hundreds of records on the various imprints of his Bristol UK based label house Multiverse Music, including Tectonic, Subtext and Kapsize, overseeing the second renaissance of bass music in Bristol. It’s unsurprising that such a hyperactive spirit would begin to find the strictures of dance music creatively stifling. Focusing on his Subtext label, Multive… Read more
*Finally available on vinyl* Mika Vainio measures out one of his finest releases to date, bar none, in the staggering 'Kilo' for Blast First Petite. With a barely tamed sense of aggression, it more or less finds the perfect crux point between our office favourite, the beats-driven 'Oleva' (2008) under his Ø alias, and the granite hewn and bloodied metal excursion, 'Life (…It Eats You Up)' (2011), shaping ten tracks of a vivid and viscerally affective aesthetic whose themes of mass, dynamic and tone are succinctly reflected in context of his shipping-themed track titles, and surely impl… Read more
*First time this classic Tim Hecker album has been available on vinyl* Incredibly rich, sumptuous album from Tim Hecker, layering his particular blend of organic ambience with slivers of piano, found sounds and the quiet hum of abandoned machinery. Playing counterpart to the processed acoustic transmissions of Fennesz, Hecker takes a much darker route, only offering relief from the mass of textures he concocts with deep buried remnants of melody and light. As a follow-up to Mille Plateaux's sublime "Radio Amor", "Mirages" is an even more majestic album, striding with a confident heaviness further out into the wilderness, deep into the night.
John Foxx and Jori Hulkonnen bring the best out of each other on 'European Splendour' - including a remarkable David Lynch remix! The British synth-pop star and Finnish synth surgeon make a magnificent pairing with the slow-motion midnight glamour of 'Evangeline' and the suggestively prurient penthouse electro of 'Strictly' offering a window to worlds we can only imagine, whilst 'Something Is Coming Down The Avenues' appropriates a more furtive John Carpenter atmosphere and 'Can't See You' pans the bright city lights from a lonely Ballardian balcony with a yearning melanch… Read more
Raving madnezz from the indomitable Altered Natives. As the story goes, Danny Native dropped the nutty A-side 'Beastly Ghastly' on 'em at the Hoya Hoya clubnight some months back and the crew were rushing the decks to find out what it was. Turned out it was unsigned and now here it is, ramming old skool samples against Ballroom "Ha" stabs, massive subs and rolling drums like nowt you've heard this year, or the last. Flipside he makes the party darker with a grumbling, spectral roller called 'The Flattery Of Stalkers', and tips out with a sick Broken Beat number fusing midnight jaz… Read more
Killer industrial techno reductions from a new cat on the scene. This fella ain't messing about; from the hulking kickdrum tattoo and wormhole modulations of 'Contact' to the walloping jacker 'Aggregate' and viscous halfstepper, 'Herschel', this guy knows exactly what's up. Big tip to fans of Moerbeck, Milton Bradley, Samuel Kerridge.
**Double LP housed in tip on-style gatefold jacket** The Celebrate Music Synthesiser Group LP documents the eponymous gang of Butchy Fuego (Boredoms), M. Geddes Gengras, and Sun Araw's Cameron Stallones "spice-hunting" at Rotterdam's legendary synth archive, The Worm. Recording straight to two-track tape, and filmed by Tony Lowe, the trio plugged in and jammed out the nine cuts of wired abstraction and motorik krautrock rhythms found inside this LP. The results dissolve their respective egos into one fruity electronic soup of alien bleeps and strang… Read more
"Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc.) are Body/Head. The pair began working together in various loose formats a few years ago, but the Body/Head concept evolved more specifically in early 2012. Initially their approach was almost entirely instrumental — lattices of interwoven feedback rainbows, with bits recalling everyone from Heldon to Keiji Haino. They usually performed against a backdrop of slow-motion film projection, creating a dream narrative of undeniable power and visionary reach. Kim’s voice began creeping into the mix soon after, and the v… Read more
London's Kodiak lead on from their massive 'Spreo Superbus' drop on Numbers with two searing futuR'nB/juke and house cuts backed with Eliphino remix. 'Dragon Drop' brings the energy with a fibrillating fusion of footwork percolations, mecha-boogie bounce and dizzyingly tiered synthlines, whereas 'Egyptian Kings' knuckles down to a rugged New York house sound laced with scything synth lashes and ecstatic diva stabs for the c*ntiest ballrooms. Eliphino's remix of 'Dragon Drop' recalibrates it to a lusher house swagger detailed with the kind of adroit flair you'd expect from a Lone production.
"In the song world of Bill Callahan, the present realities tumble ecstatically like cloth in the wind - sheets and flags and clothes. These things borne aloft are not simply physical details in the landscape, but the contours of an emotional one as well. Bill’s a cartographer way out there, tracing the coastlines, telling the tales he has discovered along the way. Some seen in life and others in mind’s eye, they float down ‘Dream River’ with humble eminence. The river that was once deemed not too much to love, that once freed convicts and their guard in a still and silent moment, is now a ‘… Read more
*Deluxe Vinyl Edition* "In 1969, after three years as Soul Sister #1 to James Brown’s touring entourage, Marva Whitney came home to Kansas City, putting Ellis Taylor’s Forte label back at full fighting strength. She’d calmed aching crowds the day after MLK’s death, and she’d lived the life, despite its rigors—to pour out her pain and exuberance on Forte sides including “I’ve Lived The Life” and “Daddy Don’t Know About Sugar Bear,” which made national rounds in 1972. By then, Forte had already done more than deliver Marvelous Marva to market. Taylor worked overtime at KPRS to br… Read more
Livity Sound in killer effect on two tape-smoked and emotional Bass rollers. A-side, their 'End Point' comes off like an MvO + Juan Atkins joint that lost it's way and ended up in Bristol, gracefully pacing from serene but pensive vibes to lush, alien romantic chords pushed by live hi-hat play and offset, shoulder-dipping bass hits bound to own your body for the duration. B-side, 'Vapours' tempers the tape noise from the first side to mingle with eerily resonant, blue-tinted chimes over infectious syncopations and splashing electro-dub zaps. Definitely one for the dancers!
Contemporary jazz mastermind Jimi Tenor compiles more than a decade's worth of parallel cosmic action with the Impostor Orchestra on 'Exocosmos'. You'd be forgiven for mistaking this as a vintage session, such is the quality of the recording and vibes therein. Jimi utilises the full potential of myriad players, from big bands to choirs and multiple percussionists to achieve a dreamily cinematic sound embellished with his own far-out electronic touches, taking us from the far-eastern tunings and celestial vocal harmonies of 'Tsukemono' to the incredible, stranded Sun-Ra-me… Read more
**Hand-stamped reverse board jacket and postcard insert** Left_Blank present the excellent debut by Lorenzo Senni, Vaghe Stelle and A:RA's wonky techno electronics trio, One Circle. It's the latest in a consistent line of impressive debuts - Vessel, Wife, Visionist, Saa - from the searching young label run by Throwing Snow and Patrick Hanrahan, and it's quite possibly one of their finest achievements to date. There's an uncanniness that runs right through the record, which shouldn't be surprising considering the calibre of personnel involved: we can detect traces of Lorenzo Senni's Quant… Read more
F**k yes! EDMX on a monstrous acid techno mission here, summoning the wild-eyed warehouse ghosts of Stay Up All Night and other, nefarious techno sub-sub-strains for Power Vacuum. Up top he wields the titanic kicks and laser-guided acid stabs of 'Breathe Deeply' among others, and down below he kills it with a swaggering East London-style romper, 'Heavy Duty' and the EBM grit of 'Frozen Stomp'. Weighty like yer fat ma.
*180g blue vinyl* 'Heritage' is the latest salvo from David Grenier, the fella behind the Drive OST's memorable theme, 'A Real Hero'. Following his cold war-focused 'Northern Council' LP in 2011, he's set his sights closer to home on 'Heritage', paying tribute to the pioneers of French science fiction - Shuki Levy, René Laloux, Jean Chalopin, Bernard Deyriès, Moebius - whose synthesiser soundtracks richly informed not only his childhood, but all of us who watched syndicated French and even Japanese cartoons when we were only in short troosers. As you might expect, it's a rather lovely album, full of… Read more
On Will Ozanne's 2nd album as Gang Colours for Gilles Peterson's Brownswood he emphasises a psyche-pop side in favour of his previous Bass inclinations. The effect reminds us of Bullion's recent moves, but with a more melancholy undercurrent, from the twinkly nursery rhyme-ness of the title tracks thru the solo piano infused adult contemporary lonliness of 'Home', 'Up The Downs' and 'Led By Example'.
"Flashback to Chicago in 1985, when House Music was just being born. A few kids - Matt Warren, Miguel Garcia and Ralphi Rosario, get together to join forces with the already established Sunset Mobile Disco - owned by brothers Alex and Robert Rojo - to create a new record label as an outlet for their productions. In the following 4 years, Sunset Records Inc. released some of the most groundbreaking Chicago House records, mixing New Wave, Disco and Industrial influences with "beat tracks" and a huge amoun… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Nature Noir sees The Stilts bridging and expanding their intensive tastes in soul, folk, psych, country, proto-punk and onward. Like any creation worth loving, it’s the quality of the ingredients and the unique perspective of the creators that produce a marvel such as this. Pleasingly distilled in celestial darkness, floating in a sea of color drenched dreams, and grounded in protean mythology, Crystal Stilts third LP sounds refreshingly bold and deep rooted within the current musical climate. With lyrical themes probing the… Read more
Bleakly atmospheric electro-techno from the duo who dropped a killer for Stroboscopic Artefacts' Monad series. In key with the Touchin' Bass aesthetic, they shape up four electro-statically charged grooves bristling with dark energy, from the bleak churn and grit of 'Walking On Deodron' to Bitsream-like space station stepper 'Alight To Earth', thru the slow techno throb of 'Signals from a Gold Sky' and the sci-fi cinematic noise sculpture 'Reflex in the Gloom'.
*2013 Re-Press* at long last the remastered edition is back in, pressed up on glorious double vinyl and housed in the original artwork...
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label. Wistfully nostalgic string compositions swaddled with shellac crackle. Reminds of The Caretaker, Indignant Senility, Stephan Mathieu** "Following on your work as one of the twin pioneers of Glaswegian radge-rock in Arab Strap can’t be an easy task. Aidan clearly has had other ideas, quite different ideas, and most of them comprise his solo project release via his alter ego, Lucky Pierre. In these recordings, L. Pierre pays an affectionate tribute to the wear and tear of overplayed vinyl; the hiss, scratch and pop of records long lo… Read more
"Valerie Martino's Unicorn Hard-On project has been a long running staple in the American underground since it's inception in 2003. Through her own Tangled Hares imprint, as well as many others, she's built a strong, constantly evolving catalog of singular works that serves to many as a prototype of the current beat-oriented phenomena currently sweeping the nation. Martino's vision, however, remains unphased and flourishes accordingly to her own unique vision; standing outside of any trends and remaining loyal to the Unicorn Hard-On sound. Despite having been constantly touring, releas… Read more
"White Poppy, the “experimental therapeutic pop” project from British Columbian inner-peacenik Crystal Dorval, has been evolving fresh forms for a couple years now. Last winter, packing a satchel full of four-track tapes, she ventured out from her bedroom haven and boarded a boat across the Strait of Georgia to the town of Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island, to The Noise Floor Recording Studio, to mastermind and mix the ten deluxe, delirious dream-gaze gems comprising her self-titled full-length debut. Fusing the warm, washed tonalities of her earliest cassette- blurred lotus meditations with a r… Read more
Thursday, 05 September
**Epic 4LP set, each pressed on 140g vinyl mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, housed in a silk-screened PVC sleeve designed by Bill Kouligas. Includes liner notes by Barry Esson, extended photo documentation by Bryony McIntyre** PAN imparts its most ambitious and remarkable statement yet with this immersive, 4LP, 3-hour release of Kazuo Imai's avant-garde free improv collective Marginal Consort, recorded at Glasgow's Instal festival in 2008. It's an impressive feat on so many levels, from the sheer volume of material, to the group's intuitive application of weighty rhetori… Read more