Thursday, 24 October
**Quirky percussive library themes from Swiss maestro Bruno Spoerri and radiophonic phonk from Graham Massey** "Hommage Au Frommage is perhaps one of the best titles we have ever seen written on a dusty box of a quarter inch tape reel. However, without a crumb of irony the music that appears on this session also ranks highly in Finders Keepers list of archival triumphs. An early 70s conceptual jazz pop album combining dulcimers, harps, a Jew’s harp and what sounds like a tap dancer instantly earns itself its own protective niche shared only by certain vintage r… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Available for the first time on vinyl, ‘In the Golden Autumn’ is a product of founding member Martin Newell and fellow kitchen porter, Martin Chapman. This is the first record in the “Vol.2” batch of formerly cassette-only reissues that have been remastered.
**Double LP with artwork by Stephen O'Malley. Mastered by CGB at D&M** 'Journey from Anywhere' is a near-narcotic collection of electronic improvisations by former Coil participant Drew McDowall and current Psychic Ills/Messages man, Tres Warren. It's the follow-up to their 'Origin of Silence' art edition for The Spring Press and follows its themes of patiently explorative, unfolding composition in eight parts working at a "trasportive blur of dark psychedelic minimalism." The dissonant tang of Coil's furthest occult chicanery is clear and present and a beacon for all keener psycho… Read more
Autechre follow their excellent 'Exai' album with this four track brace of further productions. Two releases in one year is generous for the generally reclusive duo, and we should suspect that this'll be our fill for a while to come judging by their usual release infrequency. So, what does it sound like? Like the last album, it's relatively funky Autechre: 'Tac Lacora' vaults and fragments in spine-reassembling spurts and spats, whereas 'M39 Diffrain' is wormholing steppers' techno concrète. 'Osla for n' is purely awkward arrhythmia perhaps intended to re-programme your bones in 4D and 'Newbound' of… Read more
*180-gram pink LP in gatefold jacket with download code redeemable from the label* “Fugitive Air” definitely has that old school anthemic feel to it with its driving guitars and Barnes’ ragged vocals taking the forefront. The genius of Lousy with Sylvianbriar is that it was created on a 24-track tape machine without the crutch of computer aided pitch correction, effects plug-ins and editing capabilities. With no computer tricks to fall back on, Kevin Barnes and the band recorded most of the songs live in the same room together. “I wanted the process to be more in line with the way… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Pharaohs (surprisingly not a surf band, considering their name and proximity to Los Angeles) cover a range of styles on their newest three-track 12-inch for Intercoastal Artists. Epic opener “Manhunter” sounds like the mutant grandchild of no-wave / “Naïve Funk” late-1970s / early-1980s New York City. Think 99 Records, Sleeping Bag or ZE, throw in some Madchester, then tiptoe past Gottsching’s E2-E4, and you’re close. If Arthur Russell guested on this track, it wouldn’t be a surprise. The other two cuts are roughly new age, but with… Read more
**Gatefold jacket** "Perhaps the most immediately apparent characteristic of the fifth Russian Circles album, Memorial is its wide range of emotion. Vacillating from somber-yet-soaring melodies on one track to pummeling metal heft on the next, Memorial sounds like an album with split personalities. "We've always tried to balance our metal-influenced sounds with more nuanced, pretty, orchestral elements," Cook says. "But this time, it's far more polarized in that the heavy parts are much more blown out and exaggerated while the pretty moments are far more restrained, delicate, and atmospheri… Read more
*Includes a download code redeemable from the label* Steve Moore (Zombi) and Daniel O'Sullivan (Ulver, Guapo) achieve heady synth-prog heights with their debut Miracle album. It's the strongest indictment yet of their twin passions for epic dance music and tortuous, noirish pop arrangement, coming off like Depeche Mode or John Foxx soundtracking a giallo set in a zombie-infested discotheque. O'Sullivan's vocals are stellar, a dramatic multi-track constellation of voices set against gorgeous, hyperreal instrumentals synthesising Italo disco, '80s FM electro and widescreen cinematic atmospheres in nine… Read more
"Gastr Del Sol emerged from the remains of Bastro in 1992 with the brooding, mostly drumless album, ‘The Serpentine Similar’. This represented an unlikely evolution from the fury of Bastro, but evolution was only getting started - and ‘unlikely’ was one of the ongoing principles in Gastr Del Sol’s approach. Before the sessions for the second album, Bundy Brown left the group and David Grubbs asked Jim O’Rourke to come play. 1994’s ‘Crookt, Crackt Or Fly’ tangled the clean lines of the original band in the writing, playing and editing of the music. This was all very fascinating, bu… Read more
Killah 8-bit dub bullets starring the legendary Rhythm & Sound vocalist, Paul St. Hilaire aka Tikiman! The Jahtari Riddim Force in full effect here, showcasing the full range of theirs and Paul St. Hilaire's talents with four smoked-out heavyweights stretching out from deepest Burial Mix vibes with gruffest vocal on 'Nah Ina It' to party-time skank and fast-chat of 'Who Goes There', thru mighty rude rub-a-dub on 'One O'Clock Rock' and a Sugar Minott-style reggae devotional, 'Love Jah Now' brimming with space invader bleeps and swirling mystic electronics. Big session!
"Soul Jazz Records returns with their ‘New Orleans Funk’ series. This new instalment, subtitled ‘Two-Way-Pocky- Way, Gumbo Ya Ya & The Mardi Gras Mambo’ features more classic New Orleans funk in all its forms. The syncopated percussion beat of the second line jazz parade bands, the secret language and dances of the Mardi Gras Indians, the mambo and Latin rhythms of Professor Longhair and the city’s many piano players help make New Orleans a unique musical melting pot. New Orleans long musical heritage begins at Congo Square with the creation of jazz, the original Creole culture clas… Read more
"Formed in 2010, Hejira are Sam Beste, Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne, Alexis Nunez and Alex Reeve - a group of Londoners with a diverse collective heritage spanning the entire globe from Chile and Hungary through to Ethiopia and Germany. Borne of many years of experience performing individually in a bewildering amount of styles with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Tom Jones, Nitin Sawhney, Eric Lau and Connan Mockasin, the band seek to build this musicianship into an uncompromisingly visceral, passionate yet tender sound. Prayer Before Birth plays out like an ensemble-piece, a debut of rare composur… Read more
Cómeme's Colombian badboy brings a taste of his 'Perro Negro' parties in Medellin full of "thieves, guerrillos and prostitutes" to his debut album. Essentially, Sano's sound is Salsa dosed on lysergic fructose, synching a unique swing between wavey synthlines, discoid bleeps and sub-heavy, robosexual machine groove. His pals Los Malos, Diegors and Daniel Maloso from the Cómeme family all appear over its ten tracks variably running from stripped down numb-but-kinky EBM shuffle on 'Anestesia' to uptempo cowbell grooves on 'Contoneate' and raw, coked-up techno muscle on 'Boquerón' or darker New Beat thrust in 'Necrophilic Love'. Exoticos!
**Vinyl-only** Another dope shot of lo-slung house from Berlin's (the city, not the band) Battista, backed with a John Swing remix. Vibes are dark, muggy and driving but also dubbed-out and trippy, grooving from between the half-stepped intro to thegrubby 4am house of 'Picture and the Syncom Data-like 'Bring Back My Yesterday' on one side, thru the unhinged, tracky psychedelia of 'Dance Of Titans' to cool beat-offs, 'Minimal Man' and 'Ruin Of The Old World'.
Impressive debut of Zomby-like techno geometries from enigmatic new producer, Single Point Edge for Holland's Rwina label. It's a fine change of direction for the label, ten tracks of reduced, melancholic grooves landing somewhere between the bass sound of Zomby and DVA, and the efficient, somewhat abstracted electronica of Belgium's Vlek label.
*Includes a download code redeemable from the label* "SMM: Opiate is the second release in Ghostly's SMM series, which is an ongoing exploration of the evocative possibilities of sound, with a focus on classical minimalism, electronic and drone composition, film soundtracks, and fragile imaginary landscapes. Opiate is the follow-up to 2011's SMM:Context, and as with that record, it's a carefully chosen selection of music, compiled over some two years from around the world. The record opens with Simon Scott's "Water Shadow," a luxuriant piece of beatless ambience that's like a wash of warm water or… Read more
"One of the rudest soundboys of the lot goes by the name of OH91, and he brings that unabashed, soundsystem duppying, backhand-you-in-the-face toughness on his tracks. Coyote Records are hyped to welcome him to the crew as he drops heat for COY005 with the peak-time gullyness of ‘Stealth’, backed with remix fire from none other than Slew Dem don and legendary selector, Spooky. Built around brash synthlines, huge piston-pressurised drums and subs that hit hard and low, ‘Stealth’ is grime built for the rave, bristling with moodiness and uncompromising bass impact. Spooky’s version agitates the rhythms wit… Read more
Ital returns with a pair of live-wired jams created during his stint at the RBMA Madrid, July, 2012. A-side 'Throbbing' is powered by a massive 909 kicks and mystified with swirling arpeggios and psychedelic modulations. B-side, 'Nodding' jams that same kick beneath crisp, evaporating delays and chirping cosmic melodies ascending to a trippy climax.
*180g vinyl. Includes a copy of the CD free inside* Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters, both members of dreamy shoegaze group Engineers, reprise the union that made their 'Underrated Silence' a subtle ambient pop winner. On 'Tomorrow Is Another Day' they seamlessly marry instrumental pop and electronica aesthetics with an unflinchingly positive outlook. Schnauss mans synthesiser, piano and vocals, and Peters plays guitar and bass in ten intricately woven dreamscapes quietly bristling with cute percussion and rent skywards with vaulted harmonies and layers of discrete, c… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Available for the first time on vinyl, ‘Under Wartime Conditions’ is a product of founding member Martin Newell and fellow kitchen porter, Martin Chapman. This is the first record in the “Vol.2” batch of formerly cassette-only reissues that have been remastered.
Thursday, 17 October
Limited blue vinyl - few copies back in. 'Remember Your Black Day' features the first material conceived and produced as a full length by Dominick Fernow for the Vatican Shadow project following almost a dozen tapes (mostly released on Hospital Productions) and vinyl editions (released by the likes of Blackest Ever Black, Modern Love and Type) over the last three years. None of the 8 tracks included have been released before on any other format. At a time when the scene is saturated with “Noise Techno” the album is almost celebratory by contrast, balancin… Read more
James Donadio pricked up our ears a year or so ago with his excellent 'Psychedelic Black' debut for his own StabUdown label, followed by an album for Digitalis and a split tape with Basic House co-released by Opal Tapes and Blowing Up The Workshop. Of everything we've heard from him so far "Shaking Single Engined Planes" on his debut stands out as his finest - we likened it to one of Powell's productions at the time, and funnily enough Donadio now finds himself with a Diagonal catalogue number all his own. This strong 4-track EP once again showcases Donadio's knack for imbuing dry rhyth… Read more
*Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl, includes an 80 minute CD with additional tracks* This is just gorgeous - Simon Fisher Turner has scored the BFI National Archive’s restoration of 'The Epic of Everest', the official film record of Mallory and Irvine’s ill-fated 1924 Everest expedition as filmed by Captain John Noel. Turner is renowned for his film soundtrack work which began with Derek Jarman's Caravaggio (1986) and Blue (1993), plus scoring restorations of Un Chant D’Amour dir Jean Genet (1950) and The Great White Silence for the BFI. This new score was composed, orchestrated a… Read more
"Two fiendishly addictive garage cuts from Wolverhampton’s TRC. One of the key players in the late-2000s bassline scene and more recently a prolific grime producer, TRC’s Crazylegs debut sees him on dazzling form: crisp 2-step drums, trademark floor-shocker basslines and melodies so catchy you won’t get them out of your head for weeks. On the remix front, a real special pairing: the legendary El-B moulds Come Bring It into a vintage garage banger, while Beneath follows up recent Tectonic & Keysound releases with a hypnotic, sub-fuelled rework of You & Me."
‘Crazy / Somebody Who’ is Au Revoir Simone's first new release in four years, once again released through Moshi Moshi.
*Instrumental rock/metal for followers of of Explosions in the Sky, Mono, Russian Circles, Don Caballero* "After four years of silence, instrumental metal standard-bearers Pelican have come thundering back, with 'Forever Becoming' , an eight-song album destined to be considered one of the most punishingly rewarding albums of the year. PITCHFORK: On this alternate version of "Deny The Absolute", a song that appears on their new album the band's latest, Forever Becoming (out October 14 via Southern Lord) , they hit one of the most fevered churns they've managed in years, with maligned drummer … Read more
"West coast producer and sound system murderer Eprom is back on Rwina for a second album which continues the producer’s mad scientist approach to what makes a dancefloor move: synthetizing the warmth of vintage computer sounds, the energy of African rhythmic traditions (including modern evolutions such as Kwaito and Shangaan), the swagger of southern rap and the intricacy of pioneering electronic music from the likes of Richard Devine or Curtis Roads. The result is a heady melting pot, a unique sound supported by Gaslamp Killer, Kutmah, D-Styles..."
**2LP Gatefold Vinyl - 140g pressing cut from original metalwork. Includes Skam braille sticker & transparent blue Boards of Canada sticker** Here it is then - the seminal BoC album from 1998 finally re-pressed on vinyl, released in collaboration with Skam and still sounding as good as it did 15 years ago when we first got our mitts on it sat in a small shop in Afflecks Palace, Manchester...