Thursday, 12 September
"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
*500 copies pressed on clear vinyl* Violetshaped appoint Keith Fullerton Whitman, JK Flesh and Grischa Lichtenberger for killer remixes of their eponymous debut album trax. The KFW recomposition of 'Anesthesia' is worth the entry fee twice over if you ask us - masticating the original with his hybrid analogue/digital modular system, manifesting a noxious roil of stereo splintered percussion, banking clouds of gaseous metallic tone and plonging globular bass oozing for 13 minutes over the A-side. It's the final word in noise techno c… Read more
Arriving with respectfully minimal hype, Jessy Lanza's supple, subtle debut album 'Pull My Hair Back' might well be one of Hyperdub's finest releases in 2013. Galvanised by sublime production from her fellow Hamilton, Ontario native, Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan, it's just so dreamy I can barely write this without shutting my eyes and and doing the smuggest soul gurn. It seems they've each found their perfect muse - Jessy with her classical vocal training and Greenspan with one of the sweetest, most aware pop touches in the game - amounting to a chronically lush and eloquent cybeR&B lo… Read more
*Includes a copy of the album on CD free inside* After three years of yoking dancefloors to their steely pulse, Factory Floor yield this humdinger of a debut album on DFA. Since their 'Untitled' 10" and 'A Wooden Box' 12"s in 2010, they've refined the art of minimalist dance music to an electrifying, elemental pulse, exploring the virtues of repetition to almost religious degrees. This eponymous album debut is their defining statement to date, combining reworked versions of previously released zingers, 'Two Different Ways' and 'Fall Back', with eight brand new productions, each as taut an… Read more
**Includes a tenderised, Burial-esque ambient garage remix from Djrum - w/download code** "Following hot on the heels of Jono McCleery's underground hit, "Fire in My Hands", comes latest single and companion piece "Ballade". McCleery's meld of electronic music's glitch and texture and his melodic guitar mastery is truly approaching perfection. Its gentle, melancholic melody dancing over tough-edged drums and bass. McCleery's rich, musing voice soars over the music beautifully. Fans of his recent work will not be disappointed - in fact, the song is everything they'll have hoped for. The single r… Read more
**Given the DIY nature of these jacket designs (they are spray-painted, then screen-printed by hand), some of the sleeves are in varied condition. No two jackets are the same and all look a bit rough, but don't worry - that's the intended effect.** BAT kneads out three knuckled neck-snappers and a pair of warped techno-house aces for Brooklyn's Bangers & Ash label. The ghosted, bit-crushed slow bounce of 'Bulldozer Rituals' shares much in common with mutant gang-banger instrumentals 'Vulgar Geometry' and 'Venom, Pheromone, and Phosporus', coming off like some warped ref… Read more
Houndstooth unleash the 2nd single of melodic, abstract yet driving techno from the hotly tipped Call Super. Following similar vectors to 'The Present Tense' 12", 'Black Octagons' works a refined blend of proggier space techno arrangements and the kind of rugged, guttural bass dynamic associated with Objekt on 'Informer', whereas 'Dewsbury Severance' comes off like a bulkier analog to the gutted techno geometries of Lee Gamble's 'Dutch Tvashar Plumes' and the title track rides a twinkling techno chassis meeting the lushness of vintage B12 and the rugged insistence of say, Actress or Black S… Read more
UR's LA-ambassador Santiago Salazar (S2, Los Hermanos, G 2 G) works out a wicked electro-funk session as Seldom Seen for Spain's Frigio label. 'Catwalk' comes in two mixes, an original with ruddy Cybotron bassline and classic UR martian melodies on the front, and the stripped down 'Runway Beats' mix working the skeletal 808 and sheer, dissonant synthlines for all they're worth.
Drexciyan spawn, NRSB-11 (Gerald Donald & Sherard Ingram) proceed their stunning debut 12" with this full album of dystopian Detroit electro. Now joined by Zwischenwelt's Penélope Martin and Popsimonova's Lana Jastrevski on vocals, Mssrs Dopplereffekt and Stingray have realised a near-perfect vision of 313 sonic fiction - easily one of the finest to emerge their broken but determinedly valiant home city in years. As with Jeff Mills' more recent, ambitious Axis projects melding speculative story-telling and cinematic composition, NRSB-11 evokes rich imagery with a m… Read more
*Some of the finest fruits from an infamous creative relationship between two of the most dedicated and productive bastions of the 1960/70s Eurotica genre - Spanish born director Jess Franco and Bruno Nicolai* "Represented here on this special commemorative format you will find some of the finest fruits from an infamous fertile creative relationship between two of the most dedicated and productive bastions of the 1960/70s Eurotica genre - Spanish born director Jess Franco (Vampyros Lesbos) and Bruno Nicolai (The Good The Bad And The Ugly/All The Colours Of The Dark). Thrown into a long-… Read more
*Limited 10" pressing for 'Morgiana', also available to buy separately on CD bundled with 'The Cremator' soundtrack* "Galvanising our ongoing commitment to the lost music of the Czech New Wave cinema movement from the late 1960s and 1970s, Finders Keepers Records follow up our series of previously unreleased music to Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders, Daisies, Saxana and The Little Mermaid with a short series of soundtracks for films by the country’s master of the macabre and the nation’s first point of call for freakish fairytales and hallucinogenic horror, Mr. Juraj Herz. Regarded as the final … Read more
Incognito, Keynesian acid techno capital "by a team of rabid suburban producers who prefer to remain in the shadows." A blistering 1-sided session of bruising kickdrums, throat burning acid and psychotomimetic sample stabs seared with horror movie synth drones. Proper gutter manoeuvres for fans of that Parassela sound.
*Limited LP pressing for The Cremator, also available to buy separately on CD bundled with the 'Morgiana' soundtrack* "Galvanising our ongoing commitment to the lost music of the Czech New Wave cinema movement from the late 1960s and 1970s, Finders Keepers Records follow up our series of previously unreleased music to Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders, Daisies, Saxana and The Little Mermaid with a short series of soundtracks for films by the country’s master of the macabre and the nation’s first point of call for freakish fairytales and hallucinogenic horror, Mr. Juraj Herz. As another late … Read more
Thefft and Damu bring the best out of each other on this self-released 2-track zinger. Up top, they work a teasing, effervescent rave groove called 'Tonight, Tonight' revolving pendulous UK techno-house rhythms with warm, tropical bleeps and MDMA-buzzing vocals. Flipside, 'Chemistry' is the darkside yang, rolling super-wide and powerful acid-flecked subs under techiest tribal drums and midnight dub chord strikes. Big tip to all fans of Boddika, South London Ordnance, Joy O.
Falty DL's Blueberry Records makes its maiden voyage with Brrd's debut beat suite. Label boss Drew Lustman has long been an admirer of Stew Bird's lopped-off, lo-fi beats, but it was the increased fidelity and resultant clarity of his work here that pushed him to present it on Blueberry Records. If you imagine Falty DL's own beats gone properly slow and low, and without the tendency to flesh everything out, you've got some measure of the 13 vignettes on 'Towers/Anointing', coolly strafing between Dilla-esque bumps and warm rhodes fills to whorls of tumbled jazz percussion and submerged, fractur… Read more
Mark Pritchard and 3 Chair legend Marcellus Pittman rework the "supersized disco" of Far Out Monster Orchestra with sophisticated results. The original tracks was written by Pritchard's former Harmonic313 buddy, David Brinkworth, alongside Far Out boss Joe Davis and Daniel "Venom" Maunick, and stars sumptuous string arrangements by Brazilian legend Arthur Verocai. The remixes rework it with contrasting but timelessly appealing agendas: Pritchard's mix anchors the lush strings and vibing keys with an funked-up square bass keel and elegant… Read more
Hot on the heels of his outstanding NRSB-11 album with Gerald Donald, Sherard Ingram aka DJ Stingray drops a trio of 313 hydraulics for new label, Tsar. Still, nobody does it quite like Stingray, from the 'Military Grade' techno pump of the A-side, to the dextrous shadow dancer flex and chromatically warped chords of 'Dystopic' and the killer parting shot of 155bpm industrial electro, 'Bot'.
Thursday, 29 August
Alex Smoke reprises the moody electro soul heard on his Wraetlic album with this techno-edged roller for R&S, backed with Tessela's future 'ardcore remix. In 'Dust' surreal vocoder voice, holo'd techno rhythm and floating electro pads ponder a cyber echo chamber sound design. Tessela turns the vocal nasty and fires up his rudest breakbeats and Dark Soldier basslines. Smoke's 'Ruction (Dub)' comes off like a Villalobos groove mind-melded with 'Amber' era Ae.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Planet Mu bubble up this Afro-pop treat from south of the equator, courtesy of John Withers and Emmanuel Nzaramba aka John Wizards. Blending highlife, Shangaan Electro, R&B, dub and boogie-pop with an effervescent electronic touch, they've just hatched one of this summer's most unexpected charms, a dizzily joyful sound gushing with the sweetest melodies and nudged with an effortless funk. The story of how they came to be only adds to this: "Maputo, Cape Town and Dar es Salaam; these are the three places that band leader and produ… Read more
Mark Pritchard slices thru 30 years of UK street rave styles on 'Lock Off'. Juicing the crucial bits of jungle, grime and electro sub-sonics for a 2013 rave, Pritchard is at his best, bringing the old skool 'ardcore party with '1234' starring the legendary Ragga Twins, and super rugged electro rave bounce on 'Ghetto Blast'. The titular 'Lock Off' tools up with a jungle-frisked dancehall sound, but if we're picking favourites then the Jam City-gwan-Footwork-Jungle flex of 'Soundboy F*ck Off' is the ONE. Recommended.
*Epic 64 track 20th Anniversary Edition of the classic second album from The Breeders, includes a 24-page booklet featuring previously unpublished photographs taken during the recording of ‘Last Splash’, personal photos taken during two years of touring, and reminiscences written by band members and others, including Kim Gordon and J Mascis. Housed in a beautiful box with the artwork by the original sleeve's designer Vaughan Oliver, who described it as “an irreverent conceptual and visual reimagining” of his original ‘Last Splash’ artwork.* Having always been ob… Read more