Thursday, 06 March
Infectious disco/house cut-ups done good and proper by John Barera and Will Martin for the former's Supply Records. There's four shades of the same sound, taking in skippy, disco-looping NJ garage styles on the delightful 'Awake', beside the sultry, bass and chords-driven deep house of 'Say It Now', whilst 'Unknown factor' deals heavier dub chords and rolling bass balanced with an excellent, folksy string motif, and 'Yen' dips down to a more sensual 6am vibe.
Thursday, 27 February
**Edition of 500 housed in a spotgloss jacket. Vinyl mastered and cut by Stefan Betke aka Pole** The dude behind productions for Fever Ray and Roll The Dice makes his solo album debut for Digitalis with the hypnotic hardware rituals of 'Lines Describing Circles'. The production on here is just immense - no doubt aided by Pole's pristine Master: there's an epic, bass-heavy undercurrent running throughout the album's 10 tracks that gave us goosebumps listening at high volume. The pieces oscillate between caustic, peaking noise pieces and thrumming rhythms, all glowing with a r… Read more
**Gatefold jacket. Mastered by Rashad at D&M** Spectrum Spoolsc ollect Donato Dozzy and Nuel's cultishly adored Aquaplano Sessions on CD and double LP for the first time. Over 5 years ago, Dozzy and fellow Italian engineer/producer Manuel Fogliata aka Nuel coined a strain of pure techno distilling their deeply engrained experience of '90s techno with a further reduction of noughties minimalism made with finely tuned hardware production techniques, basically burning away the cliches and impurities to leave a potent ambient techno residue. The result was a series of powerfully … Read more
**Limited edition 180g vinyl cut from the original 24/96 master. Includes CD copy free inside** Helge Sten (Deathprod) and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones enter the void together as Minibus Pimps on the eagerly anticipated 'Cloud To Ground'. For the first time outside of their Supersilent trio with Arve Henriksen, the two titans in their respective fields converge on an astrally smashed, detached sound that "contains composed and improvisational elements on an equal scale." The results are far bleaker than anything they've hatched in Supersilent, and thankfully leans more towards the Dea… Read more
**Debossed jacket. Individually numbered edition of 500 copies** Ralph Cumbers kicks off a slew of imminent releases with the modular indulgence of his 'Bugbranded EP' on Public Information's latest dispatch. It's a quintessentially British display of voltage control and knob-fondling, blending that explorative Radiophonic feeling with proggy-minded, live arrangements in debt to early '90s AI styles. In a proper man-machine show down, Ralf tweaks out crisply psychoactive melodies and halcyon acid jack on 'Sometime The Only Way To Go Out Is Further In', and a more delicate, psilocybic folk dance … Read more
Ultra-modern pop diamonds from the forward London producer behind beats for Triad God and Dre Skull's MixPak. 'Lil Gem' is Palmistry's most important release to date, following celebrated productions for other artists and a couple of crucial mixes via DIS magazine. It finds a very good home among the accelerated ears and minds on Lorenzo Senni's Presto!? label, sharing a common taste for air-brushed electronic surfaces whilst furthering his own path of minimalist R&B, filigree ambient, and up-to-the-second dancehall. They're the sort of pieces we could happily play on repeat, from the airborne baro… Read more
**Includes poster & digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Acclaimed singer, songwriter, band leader from Ethyl Meatplow and The Geraldine Fibbers. First solo album in seven years, following a string of releases with her Evangelista project. Bozulich’s self-proclaimed “pop record”! Carla Bozulich, an art-punk heroine with almost three decades of exceptional, iconoclastic musical activity under her belt, returns with the third record of her storied career to be issued in her own name. Boy is Carla's self-proclaimed "pop record" and is a refreshing and much-needed reminder of what p… Read more
**180g wax. Edition of 300* SLO continues to forge a personalised, proggy fusion of Bass-heavy techno and D&B rolige on the 2nd release from his Aery Metals label. Like some modern magpie with an ear for the most sensuous, affective bits of UK dance music, SLO borrows and bends traces of many styles into a sleek, supple style hovering around the 125bpm mark. A-side, the darkyl sexy 'Dead Cell' rides a swinging, kinky groove anchored by cone-blowing subbass and haunted by atmospheres somewhere between classic Metalheadz and early Tectonic pieces, especially the latter when that woozy a… Read more
Two renegades from the fringe extremes of hard techno, electronics, harsh noise, and breakcore unite for the first time as Bolder on EMego. With over four decades of hard raving between them, Peter "Pure" Votava (Ilsa Gold, Violent Shit) and Martin Maischein (Position Chrome) converge in the no-mans-land of 'Hostile Environment' to peer deep into an abyss of spare, ricocheting drums, cavernous drones and industrial sound design. We can detect the timbres of organic percussion and the buzzing hum of live, wired electronics at its core, conducted and arranged with a gothic sense of narration… Read more
**Gatefold double vinyl with 60-page graphic novel with stunning artwork by John C. Paterson and cult pulp fiction novelist Mark 'Badly' Antringham set in the seedy, mean streets of 1960s East London. Includes download code** "Soul Jazz Records new release Inner City Beat! Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers is a unique CD (and 2LP) release that comes with an exclusive limited-edition specially created 60-page graphic novel (by the mysterious cult 1960s pulp-fiction writer Mark ‘Badly’ Antringham). The music on the albu… Read more
The UK's foremost Footwork/Bass fiend synthesises a taut fusion of Juke, Jungle and Bristol bassbin styles on his 2nd album. Whilst tempos regularly push the 160bpm bracket in a nod to Teklife's Rashad and Spinn, Addison Groove links with local talents DJ Die, Josefina, and Sam Binga to acknowledge more influence from his home city than the Windy City. It's a swift moving but cooled-out session, working that forward tension between itchy syncopation and half-stepping swagger across 14 tracks oscillating between Junglist rush, rolling techno ('Space Apples'), 'ardcore acid ('Malus… Read more
Dusty, deeper UK tech-house from Ratcatcher backed with tuffened, rugged Leon Vynehall and Benjamin Damage remixes. The original 'Somehow' and 'Motion' warm up with a swinging, dub chord-driven motion, before Leon Vynehall ruffs up 'Somehow' with crooked drums and swaggering subs, and Benjamin Damage beefs up 'Motion' with a slug of big room bovril.
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* "Mute says: ‘Spectre’ follows the band’s widely acclaimed conceptual album ‘Volk’ (2006), where Laibach interpreted national anthems of historically imperialistic nations, and the release of the side projects ‘Laibachkunstderfuge’ (2008) and ‘Iron Sky: The Original Film Soundtrack’ (2012). Laibach have once again ‘re-invented’ themselves into a newly born, yet polished and solid, formation. And, as is now customary, Laibach call into question all the rigid and cemented interpretations (and prejudices) about themselves, about their music, intent… Read more
Phonica celebrate 10 years in the game with this big 3LP set featuring 12 contributions from their mates far and wide, including tracks from Juju & Jordash, Legowelt, I:Cube, Trevor Jackson and more.
"Finders Kreepers bring you a mysterious and beguiling piece of music that has enchanted and eluded fans of vintage horror for decades. A game changer for the new wave of British horror when it was originally released the most unnerving attribute of The Innocents was the recurring childlike song that haunted the corridors and gardens of a haunted house in between bursts of concrète effects and drones (made by an uncredited Daphne Oram). A forerunner to a generation of lullaby lead horror scenes (such as Rosemary’s Baby and Profondo Rosso) whilst drawing compari… Read more
**Hand-stamped white label** Philly's Great Circles open the valve for a fresh gush of effluent, freeform noise techno, the debut from Dan Trevitt. A-side rolls in with the bloody-minded drones and churning, blown-out kicks of 'The Missing' and the slow-throttling chug of 'Mirrors Once Again', whilst flipside takes a funkier turn with the clanking skip of 'Squelch' beside the galloping, taurine potency of 'All Eyes Forward' and clocking out on the bone-grind groover 'Analogous'. Imagine really old skool DJ Hell lost his marbles and you've almost got the measure of Trevitt's sound.
**Enticing trailer for upcoming compilation of Antipodean psychedelic garage. Red vinyl edition includes unissued track** "A singular single from a singular singer, 1968's "Purple Boy Gang" and the previously-unissued 1997-recorded "A Million Years From Now" traverse three decades yet display Pip Proud's unchanged and unchallenged uniqueness. Poet, singer, songwriter, romantic visionary, beloved outsider, Proud's unrestrained genius shines forth on both the Velvetsy band-backed A-side and the solo vox/guitar home-cassette-recorded B-side. Although considered by some to be a sort of Anti… Read more
"The beautiful unreleased jazz score to the classic Anthony Newley 60s Soho underworld thriller. Recorded in 1963 and never issued the master tape was discovered in the loft of Kenny Graham’s daughter’s home by Jonny Trunk. Don’t ask what he was doing up there, but he found the tape. History: Little is known about this jazz score, apart from the fact that it comes from one of the great early 60s London movies, and was written and performed by one of the more important jazz mavericks of the age. Kenny Graham was a jazz musician like no other… Read more
Loud pressing of two hotly-tipped, Afrobeat-inflected House anthems from London's DrumTalk. His 3rd vinyl appearance in as many years - following a debut 12" and remix for Soundway and Sofrito - has already made its way into the sets of James Holden and Jackmaster, signalling a summer of heavy rotation everywhere from Berlin to Ibiza and sweaty East London basements. It's easy to hear why: 'Time' plays it simple and super effective with infectious polyrhythms hingeing on a massive kick and laced with blue but uplifting synthline and aching soul vox, whilst 'Magnetic' mixes industrialized, swaggerin' drums and trippy party synths to sound like Carl Craig gone Kwaito.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "The Men's new LP for Sacred Bones is the tongue-in-cheek-but-still-auspiciously-titled Tomorrow's Hits. This is their first album recorded in a high-end studio and, appropriately, the result is their most high fidelity album to date. That being said, it is still an incredibly straightforward record. Tomorrow's Hits is a concise collection of songs that nonetheless expands the band's ever-evolving musical palette. It's an album full of genre-bending risks, but it reinforces the overarching theme that has come to define its makers: The Men are… Read more
Oil Gang entice Slew Dem's OG producer JT The Goon out of semi-retirement for a killer 4-track EP. You won't find JT The Goon credited anywhere on discogs but rest assured he's been core to one of East London's sickest crews since the beginning. His return to the fray may be a slightly more mature effort, but it's lost none of that vintage fire. Opener 'Twin Warriors' is a remix of Jammer's sinogrim classic 'Chinaman' full of slyding Oriental signatures kitted to a minimal riddim; 'Ice Cube' is another exercise is optimised reduction, all slashing bass synth, whirling accordion and carto… Read more
**Foil-blocked sleeve and 24-page booklet crammed with photos, artwork and liner notes** "With Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, the impacts of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on US shores and heartlands is revealed as a bludgeoning previously undescribed. In this collection, medieval Bonham thunk and febrile Iommi guitar leads crowd out the bluesy Americana that foregrounded those bands, replacing hippie pastoralism with mythology, armored conflict, sorcery, and doom. From legions of occult-obsessive 1970s bonehead teens, we summoned a horde of 1… Read more
Thursday, 20 February
Crushing debut album from forward UK producer Untold. His 'Black Light Spiral' is an airless, borderline-aggressive assault on the dance borne from nigh on two decades immersed in British rave culture. Since 2008, with releases on his Hemlock imprint, for close chums Hessle Audio, and for Clone and R&S, among others, he's been instrumental in the post-Dubstep field with clinical appropriations of Breakstep, Grime, and most recently, European Techno. He's regularly touted as a producer's producer, a don among the baying, bassbin-dwelling throng, so as you'd imagine his debut album is an eage… Read more
A spoil of splintering, lushly awkward rhythms, kaotic harmonix and fractal electronics, it's a proper, future shock of a record. it exists in it's own parallel dimension, holding up a smashed mirror to 30 years of developments in the avant-garde, on the dancefloor, and in virtual reality. It's a sound Patten's been edging towards since orbiting underground echelons with his releases for his own Kaleidoscope label, and the excellent 'Glaqjo Xaacsso' LP for No Pain In Pop, but we reckon few would have predicted quite how glorious this album would turn out, us included. At it's whirring, amorphou… Read more
**Vinyl Edition finally available, comes in a special die-cut sleeve including two photo inserts plus download code redeemable from the label with Bonus Track** Nils Frahm presents the truest representation of his feted piano performances with this gorgeous treatment of over two years worth of live recordings, captured and then carefully assembled in his Durton Studio and referred to by Frahm as "a collage of field recordings rather than a live album. "Berlin-based contemporary composer Nils Frahm has built a steady reputation for his intimate, poignant piano recordings, yet they so f… Read more
"For the final chapter of the Finders Kreepers 7″ series of bygone supernatural psychedelic cinema scores we combine a true universal classic with a very deep underground gem for this unlikely pairing of witchcraft films from entirely different cinematic perspectives. Taken from a South American only 7″ EP dedicated solely to the nightclub music of The Brothers Candoli in Richard Quine’s Bell Book And Candle, the tongue-in-cheek cat magic theme on the a-side of this release combines whirring electric pianos and muted… Read more
The Notwist return with their first album in 6 years, 'Close to The Glass'. "The Notwist have always been pioneering their own sound, walking a trail of songs across genres toward something definitively new and distinctly them. Yet the German born band are never running ‘from’ their previous creations rather ‘toward’ the next, and in doing so have crafted a series of personal yet impeccable records that warmly thread together the far corners of independent music. Simply speaking, the Notwist make this careful and banging, private yet pop, post-everything music, for the movie going on i… Read more
Pangaea, Karenn and Objekt remix Jon Hopkins' 'Collider'. Cut from Hopkins' widely acclaimed 'Immunity' album, the posh trance thud of 'Collider' is ruffed up and taken to a darker corner of the club by each participant. Pangaea gives it a crushing swing-techno overhaul mauled with abrasive noise whilst retaining a vital trace of the original's proggy lift. Blawan and Pariah's Karenn duo opt for a darker, pounding techno overhaul powered by thuggish kicks and laced with an EBM synthline. Objekt does his crafty IDM thing with intricate, polymetric syncopations and fractal electronics.
Following on from that amazing reissue of "Half Dead Ganja Music" on Spencer Clark's Pacific City Sound Visions label, Cut Chemist puts together this incredible compilation from 1980’s French post punk, industrial, minimal collective Vox Populi!,. Cut Chemist discovered their material in 2004 while on tour/record digging in Milan where he picked up a compilation featuring their track “Megamix”. Originally released in the 80s, the track was not rooted in disco, hip hop & DJ history but rather post punk and industrial influences. The rudimentary “scratching” present… Read more
Champion debuts a darker, duttier sound as Hayfever with the technoid bass gyrations of 'Ground Collapse' backed by Maddslinky (Zed Bias) and Mickey Pearce remixes. Steering away from his wild jump-up funky/grime hybrids, the exceptional, London-based producer reduces his sound more in line with the likes of Swamp81's style whilst firmly retaining the sort of road-wise values that make his work so vital. His minimalist, cybernetic original is given a more rolling, percolating rework by Zed Bias in skippy, New Jersey-style Maddslinky guise, whilst Mickey Pearce goes future tribal with shoulder dropping sub bass, grinding acid gully drones.