Thursday, 03 October
**Includes CD free inside** "Brooklyn-based duo Holy Ghost! unveil ‘Dynamics’, their sophomore record, a follow-up to the group’s self-titled debut album, which was released in 2011 and was hailed as a “classic pop album” by The Los Angeles Times."
**Gatefold jacket** Cameron Mesirow presents a plush sophomore side building on the promise of her acclaimed 'Ring' with assistant producer, Van Rivers (Fever Ray/Blonde Redhead). 'Interiors' is conceptually inspired by the artists' move to New York, and manifests her attempt to get inside the city's architecture and their "metropolitan secrets" from a poetic and artistic perspective. Her vocals come off like a sophisticated gynoid simulation programmed with the characteristics of Björk, mapped against ornate, dense and complex arrangements consolidating location recordings, "proper" instruments, … Read more
**Clear vinyl** Sublime, melancholic dream-pop/indie disco from new sibling duo, Hockeysmith. Apparently conceived in a Cornish caravan park by Georgie and Annie Hockey-Smith in 2012, the project blends airy, almost intangible shoegaze harmonies with lean, stripped down grooves and an underlying romantic intent. The vocals and chiming guitar on A-side, 'Let's Bang' clearly nod to Cocteau Twins for the first minute or so, before an unexpected drop out and reappearance resets the track as a canny, slow-burning epic groover perhaps closer to Grimes, but still with a washed-out UK bl… Read more
**Manchester psych/doom trio's debut album suited in gatefold jacket** "Dead Sea Apes are a Manchester based trio with a big, dark sound that incorporates everything from space to drone to dub in its ambitious instrumental rockscapes. Now, given that these boys hail from the heartland of the Industrial Revolution in Manchester, it sounds like they have been spending far too much time in dark woodland forests. Lupus is the band’s first full-length album, following two EP’s on the group’s own Soul Desert Records and a collaborative album with Black Tempest – The Sun Behind The Sun – released on Car… Read more
"Following her previous two long players, Baden-Baden and Los Angeles on monika enterprise F.S.K. bassist Michaela Melián now continues the theme of geographically titled albums with Monaco. Again the record is rich in hypnotically woven sounds with a resolute mood reminiscent of film music. In keeping with the previous two albums, the instrumentation is made up of largely classical acoustic instruments which are layered in loops to create mesmerising soundscapes. In addition to the traditional instruments such as Violoncello, Spanish and Electric Guitar and Banjo all played by Melián herself,… Read more
Lewdest digi-dancehall from way out east label, Reggae Toy Box Records. The legendary General Levy wrecks the riddim up top with the punani paean, 'Mr. Stiggadiggading', and Japan's Wassy swaggers over DJ Yama's quicksilver steppers groove down below.
Walter Ego, Leo Invisible and Stubborn Heart remix 'Penetrate' from the latter's debut album, backed with the new and exclusive, 'Nighthawks'. Walter Ego is unusually restrained, clipping the original to an effortlessly fluid, minimalist garage-house swing and making great use of the vocal, contrasting sharply with Stubborn Heart's taut, glitchy, surging prog-pop version and an Autonomic-style slowfast electro rework from The Invisible's Leo Taylor. The exclusive 'Nighthawks' is a an ominous nocturnal stalker groove meshing bits of '80s power disco, deep house and John Foxx-like electro for an advanced disco sound.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Daniel Lopatin debuts for Warp with an eagerly awaited ninth solo album. 'R Plus 7' follows the increasingly complex vectors of his 'Returnal' and 'Replica' sides with an ambitious fervor, scoping ten dazzling planes of hyper-reality framing analog/digital productions. While the grand scale of his hypersonic architectures has increased, it's not at the expense of emotional impact: it's just that the route to those breathtaking widescreen moments has become more intricate, labyrinthine, and the resolutions more pretentiou… Read more
Wicked digi-dancehall nugglett from the land o' the rising sun! This one a vocal session, El Fata & Diegojah switching singjay styles on top and Japan's Ninety-U burning across DJ Yama's double-timed D&B -like riddim on the flip, 'Yoru Wo Kanetsu'. Big look for fans of Scotch Bonnet or Jahtari.
Cheeky digi-dancehall nugglett from Japan! Necessary Mayhem and Jahtari regular Mr. Williamz voices DJ Yama's double-timed 'Digittonight' riddim (included on the B-side), keeping a steady, bustling flow over metallic bounce and D&B-style rushes. Mad fun!
**Swingeing, Afro-inspired rhythms and moody, near neo-classical composition from the drummer for Owiny Sigoma Band and Melt Yourself Down. Check for the crafty, Andy Stott-like remix from Pete Wareham** "Swiftly following on from his acclaimed and self-titled debut album, Tom Skinner's Hello Skinny project ratchets back into view with the genre-blurring EP/mini-album Revolutions. Revolutions Part 1 is what can only be described as Hello Skinny's "banger" (all things being relative; Hello Skinny is a project named after a Residents tune, after all). Slowly evolving over its delicately contro… Read more
=Grimier, swaggering remixes of 'Stenaline Metranil Solar Flare' from Bass Clef's 'Reeling Skullways' album. In key with the LPs return to rawer, rugged dancefloor styles, Bass Clef industrially reinforces his tracky, house-wise original with dynamic, insistent 8-bar grime and early dubstep sounds. Flipside, Peverelist seckles into a mid-tempo boogie/bass swing, slimming down and easing off the original into a rolling, swaggering sorta cyber-soul groove with real grit.
50 Weapons capture Shed on a buzz with two Detroit techno and UK 'ardcore smarts. 'The Dirt' is a signature Shed piece, burning up quicksilver 313 organ vamps and the kind of rugged biomechanic breakbeat techno that made his early grooves stand out from the grid-locked masses. 'Fluid 67' is a fierce, heads-down 'ardcore techno alarm dubbed out to Berlin tastes and poised to burn it up, rudeboy.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* UK electronica veterans Ultramarine present their first new album in 15 years. Crafted at their studio by the Essex marshes, 'This Tim Last Year' is a wistfully nostalgic, pastoral blend of treated acoustic instrumentation and electronics, knitting delicate, intricate rhythms to shimmering guitar lines and frothy electronics for the come down.
*Remastered from original sources, 2LP housed in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket with 20-pg book, and download card redeemable from the label for the full anthology* "The South Africa of the late 1970s was neither the right place nor time to launch a mixed-race punk band. Yet, following the student-inspired Soweto Uprising of 1976, it was also exactly the right conditions to foster a band like National Wake, one formed in an underground commune, and one whose very name exists in protest at the divisive, racist apartheid regime. Never before collected together, Light In The Attic is set t… Read more
Teesside's more conventional house and techno label (Opal Tapes reppin' for the weirdos) drop four slower disco-house moves. Vibes range from lowlit beatdown chug on 'Moonrunners' with Spooner to slo-mo chug on 'UrNoGud4Me - D Link (fat dog & NY*AK)', and one darker, synth-heavy and strutting electro-house joint, 'Werk' featuring CJ Raine.
Sterling Sound Signature debut 12" from 22 year old Detroiter, Jay Daniel. Ruff, rugged, and driving, the 'Scorpio EP' yields four tracks steeped in classic 313 house styles, and blessed with an irrepressible vitality bound to work marvels on the 'floor. A-side 'No Love Lost' eases in with a tight blend of Omar-S like keys and bustling machine groove programmed with the itchy swing of Howard Thomas or Kyle Hall, and 'Brainz' knuckles down to a proper buck session a la Anthony Shakir, all noisy, tracky drums with nary a care for melody. B-side is a proper disco heater, 'I Have No Name', s… Read more
Thursday, 26 September
*Limited Re-press* Quite probably our favourite pair of releases from Dominick Fernow's lesser known alias Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, "The Plant With Many Faces" and "Folklore Venom" are now available on vinyl for the first time, following on from an excellent LP for Blackest Ever Black and 12" for Bed of Nails. The project has become one of Fernow's most intriguing, offering an artificial, unnerving take on both Ambient and more propulsive electronic music, in turns reminding us of everything from Selected Ambient Works Vol.II to John C… Read more
*Limited Re-press* Quite probably our favourite pair of releases from Dominick Fernow's lesser known alias Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, "The Plant With Many Faces" and "Folklore Venom" are now available on vinyl for the first time, following on from an excellent LP for Blackest Ever Black and 12" for Bed of Nails. The project has become one of Fernow's most intriguing, offering an artificial, unnerving take on both Ambient and more propulsive electronic music, in turns reminding us of everything from Selected Ambient Works Vol.II to John Carpenter, V… Read more
**Oh lord, this is Arthur Russell's seminal classic reissued on vinyl for the first time, housed in kraftliner sleeves printed in white litho, with art paper inners with artwork by Jennifer Lucy Allan** It's difficult to overstate the unique brilliance of Arthur Russell's posthumous release, 'Another Thought'. Like many others, I wouldn't be ashamed to admit shedding a tear or two to the sheer life-affirming qualities of this record over the years. It's not sad, it's just heart-breakingly beautiful, stripped to the bare essentials of Arthur's voice and cello dappled with … Read more
**Double LP pressed on 180 gm vinyl, Includes download code redeemable from the label** Tommy Four Seven and his buddy Alain present striking gothic techno architecture as These Hidden Hands on their excellent debut album. Converging a brutalist aesthetic with studio dynamism, their eponymous debut cycles eleven crushing blends of wrecking ball bass hits and pulverised noise rent with super wide and spacious production. It's a sound that's steadily attracted a lot of listeners and producers alike in the last few years, yet THH hold their own with a steadfast style absorbing infl… Read more
**Triple vinyl in gatefold jacket designed by Stephen O'Malley** Another breathtaking Recollection GRM release: Francois Bayle's acousmatic masterpiece, 'L'Expérience Acoustique', presented in its entirety on vinyl for the first time. Realised between 1966-1972 using the best technology available at the time, this 2 hour opus "investigates the true nature of the listening process itself" according to the GRM's Christian Zanési & François Bonnet. It's an investigation of acoustic sound at its purest levels and borders on psychedelic in effect. Chopping material from the world ar… Read more
**Lysergic solo blues from the Harry Pussy legend, articulated with uniquely jagged grammar** "'A History of Every One' by Bill Orcutt is an album of songs: minstrel songs, holiday songs, hymns, marches, cowboy songs, Disney songs, work songs, delta blues. The original tunes themselves are nothing special, well known, but not particularly well-regarded. Most would be filler on a mid-60's Doris Day or Burl Ives LP. What Orcutt does with them however is remarkable: expanding upon techniques developed on 2011's 'How the Thing Sings' and incorporating ideas forged since his recording o… Read more
Exquisite dream pop perfection from Nautic's lead singer, Laura Groves. Originally hailing from Shipley near Bradford and arriving with co-production by Deek's revered label boss, Bullion, Laura gets all the bonus points before we've even started, then she goes and gives her debut solo record an amazing title like 'Thinking About Thinking', and, well, put a fork in us 'cause we're bloody done. Laura's in possession of a folk-wise R&B croon that'd make marines weep, and employs it with captivating beauty on four mirage-like songs written shortly after she moved from God's own coun… Read more
Wickedly funked-up and skewed house from Lorenz Lindner, better known as MixMup, for Joy Orb's Hinge Finger. 'After The Job' proceeds from one of 2012's finest 12"s, his 'MM/KM' EP with Kassem Mosse, in damn fine style, grinding away with three gritty, technoid, and abstracted groovers, plus one lovely ambient bit. The decelerated boogie bleep chug of 'After The Job' gives way to a raw, percussive basement jaunt called 'Copa Jams' on the A-side, ad the B-side gets even better with the squashed, freaky bass and boz-eyed fog machine march of 'Doomed' and the bliss blips of 'Bungalow' to close. Dope.
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* Axel Willner aka The Field unplugs his computer and powers up an outboard array for his captivating 4th album. Adopting an all-hardware set-up has resulted in a deceleration of his star-bound trajectory, recalibrating the curve of his vectors into tangibly darker techno realms - most explicitly inferred by the album's all-black cover art and a curiously suggestive title, 'Cupid's Head'. But the romantic types need not worry: it's really only a subtle deviation; that inimitably lush, widescreen appeal of 'From Here We Go Sublime' and 'Looping State Of Min… Read more
*Deftly woven jazz, techno and electronica from Brooklyn's Archie Pelago trio* "Sequenced with great care to the moods and tempos contained within,Hall of Human Origins opens with "Chronomancer", a recurring number from their live sets that has finally settled into a form of permanency. "Joyce Drop" follows with a half-time tempo accented by rolling breaks and a free-wheelin' momentum that rises and falls with each melodic progression. Closing the A side is "Wrong Apartment (Worms)", a funkified groove engulfed by a cornucopia of shifting synths and percussion. "I Know About Rober… Read more
**Includes 24" x 12" poster** Steaming Afro-boogie heat from Nigeria, 1978. Up top, he chops out the squiggly guitar lines, Moogy squelch and almost rapped/sung vox of 'Move!; down below, 'Hot Love' is a more stripped and sensuous disco zinger wrapping chiming keys and simmering drums to infectious, wormy bass. Class stuff.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Trentemøller succinctly consolidates his dancefloor and gothpop faces with a finely crafted 3rd album, 'Lost'. He's all but deserted the glitchy tech-house mnmlism he built his name on in favour of a full blown fascination with moody gothic wave atmospheres and driving rock rhythms, given certified weight by the guest appearances from perennial miserablists Low, and a selection of authentically haunting vocalists including Jana Hunter, Marie Fisker, Jonny Pierce, Kazu Makino, Sune Rose Wagner and Ghost Society. He's now equally ad… Read more
**Coloured vinyl, includes digital download code redeemable from the label - The first Mazzy Star album in 17 years…** Co-written by Hope Sandoval and David Roback, Seasons Of Your Day was recorded in California and Norway and features performances by all the original members of Mazzy Star along with special guests including Colm O’Ciosoig (My Bloody Valentine) and a special appearance by the late, legendary Bert Jansch in a guitar duet of chilling intensity with David Roback on the song “Spoon”...