Thursday, 01 May
**First ever issue of the haunting OST to Abel Ferrara's 1981 exploitation flick** "Incredibly this soundtrack has NEVER been released in any format, we went back to the original master tapes and worked with composer Joe Delia to clean up the original elements. Like Abel Ferrara, Death Waltz Recording Company are not prone to shying away from the more extreme corners of culture, and are delighted to be presenting a true underground classic for the first time ever. Ferrara’s pictures often tread the line between grindhouse trash and art-films with insightful social commentary – and unflinching realis… Read more
*Limited Edition Red Vinyl* "When Merrill Garbus first committed her tUnE-yArDs persona to tape, she used a simple dictaphone to capture every part and then lovingly pieced it all together on GarageBand. A laborious process partly enforced by tight finances, the resulting album Bird-Brains (2009) was a sheer joy. A record so unique, it immediately set hearts racing; The Guardian in their five-star review went as far as to call her "the find of the year." At the same time, she enlisted Nate Brenner on bass to help her make tUnE-yArDs an unmissable live act. It worked. Word of mouth quickly sprea… Read more
The Papers crew roll out four uniquely rhythmic techno assaults on their 4th platter. There's some sci-fi synth drama driven by dubbled-up kicks, and a caustic pendulous tool on the A-side; B-side goes deeper with some submerged acid and 'floor-burrowing CUB or Shifted-style tribalism.
**Includes 44-page booklet of extensive liner notes, biographies and photos in outsize wallet** "Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Punk 45’ album is a collection of tracks of twisted, raw and energized proto-punk music from the early 1970s, ahead-of-its-time music which led the way for the birth of punk in the second half of the 1970s. ‘Punk 45: Sick On You! One Way Spit! After The Love & Before The Revolution: Proto-Punk 1969-77’ is the third volume in this series, following on from two earlier albums as well as S… Read more
*Vinyl set bringing together the previously tape-only Raw Fruit series - includes a download code redeemable from the label* Heady martian ghetto beat-offs by the smoking man of Leaving Records. Ras offers some background: "Raw Fruit is the name of my beat tapes, alot of these joints never cut it 4 the ASP releases… because they're all like freestyle beats. shit i make 2 smoke weed to, that i never save… i just make em, record em and on 2 the next one… RAW SHIT… no rules just all out fuck it…" So, if you've come looking for polished neck snappers, you're in the wrong place. However, if you li… Read more
Residue of The Residents collects outtakes, rare tracks and other experiments from this legendary San Francisco collective. Originally released on Ralph Records in 1983 and spanning The Residents’ career up to that point, this firsttime vinyl reissue has been expanded to a double LP and contains 26 songs from the late ’70s and early ’80s—the group’s most fertile period. Highlights from the first LP include the Morricone-inspired “The Sleeper,” the dreamlike “Whoopy Snort” (initially on the LAFMS compilation Blorp Esette), the intense collage piece “Kamikaze Lady” from the pre-R… Read more
Exceptional, full-bodied 'Return' from the feted UK producer on Glasgow/London's Numbers. Since his Blaquewerk' 12" in 2013, Deadboy's been rumoured to have a hand in the mysterious Black Metal X Grime posse, Bøne Squad, but here he's back to classic garage and futurist funk antics with four tracks spanning ambient new age thru tropical grime and infectious disco greaze. 'Return' is a beautful ambeint scene setter, giving way to the prime Freestyle-Italo funk of 'Des Niles' - a summer anthem if we've ever heard one - onto technoid 2-step in 'YYVH', and mercurial, Murlo-esque grime reduction, 'Life Code'. Total winner.
"Welcome to the wild, bizarro world of the experimental artists The Residents. Little is known about the group’s origins or its members’ identities, although it is widely believed that they are based out of San Francisco, California. When their debut release, Santa Dog, first appeared in 1972 on the equally enigmatic Ralph Records / Cryptic Corporation, the few hundred copies quickly fell on deaf ears and blind eyes. Rumor has it that then-President Richard Nixon sent his record back. True to their “Theory of Obscurity” concept, The Residents cultivate mystery to ensure artistic integrity. Wi… Read more
Lush synth-driven disco burners and seducers from Ital & Halal on the former's Lovers Rock label. The NYC-based, globe-touring duo mutually arrive at a dancefloor-dedicated sound contouring classic and retro-vintage Italian and Detroit disco-tech styles within sleek, shifting modern soundspheres. 'Ascension' powers up with an airborne arpeggios, flighty drums and chirruping acid nodding to 'Landcruising'-era C2, and 'Phase 2' is given to a heady swirl of lip-smackingly sweet MDMA dub house bliss sounding like a melted Mojuba number. 'The Thirst' is a deep and sturdy techno shaker melding rug… Read more
*Gatefold 2LP with art print insert* Crepuscule presents a brand new remastered edition of The Only Fun In Town, the influential debut album by iconic Scottish guitar group Josef K, originally released on Postcard Records in July 1981. Speedily recorded in a small studio in Brussels, The Only Fun In Town was a defiantly abrasive, serrated long-player in the mould of the second Velvets album, Josef K having already shelved a more conventional recording. Sharp-edged pop singles abound – It’s Kinda Funny, Sorry For Laughing, Revelation – along with rattling Haig/Ross twin guitar cla… Read more
Tessela, Untold and Clouds set upon cuts from Perc's 'The Power And The Glory' LP. In Tessela's hands, 'Take Your Body Off' becomes a writhing industrial breakbeat monster, and Untold turns 'Bleeding Colours' into something approaching a spannered, slavering Diamond Version-meets-Powell style techno assault. Scottish duo, Clouds cap a top session with the nimble yet awkward breakbeat techno darkness of their 'Dumpster' remix.
**Edition of 300** No strangers to the weird and wonderful, Glasgow's Night School surpass themselves with this slanted and enchanted debut vinyl by Charcoal Owls, aka poet Russell Walker (Pheromoans/Bomber Jackets) and musician Tom James Scott (Liberez). Melding baroque indie pop with pastoral electronics, field recordings and absurd lyrics, their 'Tin Roof' occupies some "other" space between BoC, Bach and Salad Fingers, taking a leisurely, groggy dérive between passages of tranquillised, twinkling keys, hazy organ melodies and crepuscular atmospheres united by Walker's drawling, poetic comm… Read more
Thursday, 24 April
**Knockout fourth transmission - the finest yet - from Vladislav Delay's Ripatti imprint, edition of 350. Cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy** The 4th and finest of the series so far features Sasu Ripatti (Vladislav Delay) going toe-to-toe with Finnish brethren Matti Pentikäinen aka Twwth (fka Teeth). On two killer tracks they project the polymetric patterning of Chicago Footwork styles into a nexx-level hyperspace. It's arguably the rudest gear in either's arsenal, planing wide, glacial pads across ridiculously heavy subbass and the deftest drum programming. A-side '#52' is an ultra-minimal, in-t… Read more
Konstantinos Soublis aka Fluxion follows Type's reissue of his classic 'Vibrant Forms' with this set of buoyant dub house riddims recorded in New York for Echocord and starring reggae vocalist, Teddy Selassie. Taking clear inspiration from the seminal precedents of Main Street and Rhythm & Sound, Fluxion gives the Tikiman-alike Teddy Selassie a plush suite of stepping, skanking riddims rent with widescreen dub techno atmospheres, oscillating back and forth between lean, fluidly 4/4 instrumental steppers and dread-heavy future roots styles topped by the achingly mellifluous vocal… Read more
Gosh this one's a treat: Peter Zummo's beautiful 'Lateral Pass' (1985) suite starring Arthur Russell makes its first appearance on (180g) vinyl in its entirety! The practically symbiotic downtown duo of trombone player/composer Zummo and maverick cellist/singer Russell recorded the 23 minute piece along with Bill Ruyle (marimba and tabla), Guy Klucevsek (accordion), and Mustafa Ahmed (percussion and marimba) at the behest of the Trisha Brown Dance Company in september 1985, resulting in one of Zummo and Russell's most celebrated collaborations 'Song IV (Quintet)', which w… Read more
*Our album of the year 2014 - now back in on vinyl. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Mica Levi ov Micachu and The Shapes presents an outstanding original soundtrack for Jonathan Glazer's acclaimed alien stalker-in-Glasgow flick, 'Under The Skin'. Abstract in the extreme, especially for such a relatively mainstream production starring a major Hollywood actress (Scarlett Johansson), Mica Levi's soundtrack really impresses with an uncompromising orchestration of tense, discordant strings, muffled percussions and frozen drones coming off li… Read more
Livity Sound (Pev, Kowton & Asusu) hand two riddims to Ghost 202 (Ron Morelli and Svengalisghost) and Beneath for darker, tuffened remixes. The L.I.E.S. crew spill a tarry but brilliantly bristling industrial techno groove across the A-side cued up for the boggle-eyed 5am crew. Beneath locks down to some patented swing jack business on the B-side, punctuating a proper dread rollers riddim with snappy claps, bouncing toms and stomach-churning subs. Killer DJ tackle.
Subeena Plamenova aka Alis turns out two techno trax for Fifth Wall backed with Ital and Matrixxman remixes. 'Apache' skanks and swings on an airborne techno coda buoyed by plush synth arrangement and restless percussion beside the firmly grounded acid attack of 'Modus'. On the flip, Ital turns 'Apache' inside out with a delirious flux of delays and warehouse reverbs and Matrixxman licks up the same cut with raging power surge mentasms and kinky drums.
Dimitri Dimas aka ∆ ∆ rolls up to Ramp's Fourth Wave sub-print with two light-footed and gauzy garage-house grooves. His 'Caveman' comes off like an Anthony Shakir workout , all clipped drum samples fashioned into direct, kicking rhythms and hypnotic chords, and 'Escapades' dives fathoms deeper with warm, involving chord progression married to sunken subs and a sense of old skool halycon hardcore bliss a la Lone.
Atmospheric, percussive dubstep trips from the 4th world. 'Circular Thinking' is a classy arrangement of virtual jungle sounds, tricky tribal drums and surging neuro bass; 'Jata' rocks on a Shacklton-esque drum coda and wide, spacious synth sculpting. Both cuts sound like they coulda come out on Black Acre. LAS chimes in with a more rugged, skippy dubstep dancer's remix of 'Circular Thinking' vibing like vintage Toasty.
**White vinyl** Freakish, psychedelic funk trax from the Cambridge-based box botherer for compadres Ramp Recordings. There's enough here to send a sane raver to the edge, starting up nice and cool with the tropical lope of 'Carnival Of Afro Souls', but soon switching into spannered acid soca with 'Court Dramatix', spiralling with Ceephax-like madness in 'Ruption Island', and cutting into bonky boogie with 'Staged Debauche'.
Buzzin10, Sully, Point. B and Warlock weigh for the 4th volume of Frijsfo Beats. Buzzin10 dances to a organ-bubbling garage groove haunted with slick, noirish strings and Sully makes a welcome return from the cold (where ya been?!) with the devilish dark garage twyster 'Feel It'. Turn it over and Point. B pivots off glancing garage woodblocks into a deep, synth-heavy techno space, and Warlock works out the grubbing acid swing of 'Too Late'.
Happa and Manni Dee go for the jugular on two brutalist techno missiles for Rob Booth's Electronic Explorations. Under the Habits Of Hate aegis, the Leeds/Brighton-based axis of evil twists out a raging piece of broken 4/4 recalling BMB at their most slavering with the dubbled kicks and crushing breakbeat deviations of 'Limelight Roles'. B-side 'A Rebel From The Waist Down' shots blistered techno from the hip with ravenous steppers' techno patterns and napalmed noise textures. Riot music.
'Ardcore-sparked and moody, melodic house cuts fresh outta Leeeeds and backed with a Trevino remix. The one to check is the schizoid 'Mirdad' which can't decide if it's a slick 4/4 roller or a lip-bitingly breakbeat hardcore tune, and settles for something right down the middle. His 'Pledge' groove is a canny mix of almost synth-pop styled melody and laidback UK house, which gets a straighter remix by Trevino, and 'I Love Me' sets a swinging New Jersey coda for the buffed up, wife-beater and backwards 5-panel narcissists.
Tuff but sweet R&B/Garage-House fusions from Jacques Greene, built especially for LuckyMe. Anxious, angsty drums cause friction with smooth blue soul vocals and glassy chords over three cuts, swinging wide from the teasing vocal lick and fractured 2-step of 'No Excuse' to the almost gospel-inflected vocal and organ arrangement rubbed against searing electro arpeggios and glancing drums in of 'Feel What', and the melancholy tech-house of 'Night Tracking' to close.
**Gatefold double vinyl** Hong Kong's Non Linear Sound & Image present Mira Calix, Plaid, Autobam and Matthias Kispert's exquisite audio scores to the 'Strata' films by UK-based artist Quayola. Six pieces bridge the space between modern classical composition and filigree IDM, interpreting the 'Strata' films' explorations of "the invisible geometries and topologies contained within iconic works of classical painting and architecture" with deeply evocative and arresting effect. Serrated from the digital imagery, the beautiful music clearly stands up in its own… Read more
Thursday, 17 April
Killer, free-styling machine dub murderers from the incognito Itinerant Dubs duo. Both sides are loose, whacked-out riddim trips rubbing traces of hip hop and weird, wavey electronics into skeletal steppers' frameworks. The longer side, 'Non Material Space' weighs up a sparse, rocking machine rhythm with dippy scratches, rub-a-dub bassline and off-kilter vocal to waist-charming effect, whilst the flipside fires the stepping techno dub of 'Last Snare (1st Mix)' coming off like some mad Shake or Pepe Braddock groove, before easing off with the juggled FX of 'Dub Echo'. Flash it!
Latest on Luke Younger's Alter label is a beguiling set of edited electronic improvisations by the wayward French duo, Jo Tanz and Laurent Gerard (Él-G) aka Opéra Mort. The follow-up to their last LP for the sadly defunct Parisian record shop Bimbo Tower, 'Dédales' arrives a few years after Él-G's 'Mil Pluton' LP, and the pair's brilliant 'Globe Et Dynastie' side (seriously, go check this!) with cult French outsider Ghédalia Tazartès in the Reines D'Angleterre trio. Those facts should all give you some indication of the abstract, nether territory this LP occupies. It's a result of true electronic … Read more
**Housed in beautiful letter-pressed jacket. Edition of 350** Belgium's idiosyncratic Vlek label ventures further out with their first release of 2014; a potent suite of hypnagogic drones and keening, bittersweet ambient dissonance by Brussels-based Aymeric de Tapol. It's a welcome introduction to a new artist, for us at least, who's been releasing music since 2005. Over six tracks he calmly unfolds a personalised sound world taking in ghostly minimalism on 'Future Flute', and wistful folk-drone maybe best compared with Natural Snow Buildings in 'Lumiere D'hotel', whilst 'Soleil Levant'… Read more
**First time retail reissue of a previously tour-only cassette from the garage-rock troupe** "The Purling Hiss sound is revered by discerning listeners for its devastational waves of guitar rock crashing atop sweet melodies and pile-driving rhythm tunes alike. The effect of these contrasts - in the hands of Mike Polizze - touches buzzing pleasure centres for these listeners with every lick; people who like rock songs and like to sing along and don’t mind a little dirt for their trouble. No matter what the resolution is for Purling Hiss, the devastational waves come on with the same warm, c… Read more