Thursday, 24 July
Disco-ready remix session from The KDMS, Martin Brodin, Leaves & Iron Curtis, Acid Washed, and Nirosta Steel. Highlights include former Arthur Russell collaborator, Nirosta Steel's breezy Eastwood remix and a romantic Acid Washed version.
"This classic and groundbreaking album was recorded in Los Angeles in 1970, at a time when Sergio Mendes was at the height of his commercial status with his incredibly successful musical blend of Brazilian flavours and American pop sensibility. ‘Stillness’ was a decisive break away from commercial pop towards a more serious and mature sound. Powerful new vocal songs such as ‘Stillness’ and ‘Righteous Life’ signified a new era in the music of Sergio Mendes. The Brazilian influence is, if anything, even more pronounced than before as Mendes and … Read more
*Includes 12" Booklet & Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Land Observations (aka musician and artist, James Brooks) presents ‘The Grand Tour’, the follow up to 2012’s debut album, ‘Roman Roads IV-XI’. Where the debut album was concerned with the roads of communication and conquest that stretched across the former Roman Empire and Republic, the new album creates an imaginary travelogue through Western, Central and Southern Europe with reference to the historic Grand Tour. The album was recorded on the edge of the Bavarian Alps on just one electric 6-string guitar - exploring … Read more
"Performed and put to tape at Estuary Recording Facility, The Seeker and The Healer constitutes the first collaborative work by Texas-based sound artist Cory Allen and Louisiana minimalist composer Duane Pitre. The album’s two side-long pieces were developed out of multiple improvisational sessions governed by predetermined rules, sourced from piano, bowed guitar, harmonium and 49-stringed drone harp (a custom-made instrument of Allen’s own design featured here on record for the first time). In the context of both musicians’ discographies, these pieces occupy a unique and… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Jenny Lewis returns with “The Voyager” - the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman’s third solo album and her first in six years. It is Lewis’ most deeply personal album to date, documenting her struggle to cope following the death of her estranged father in 2010 and the subsequent break-up of Rilo Kiley. The Voyager’s rootsy, golden glow comes courtesy of Lewis and the artists she chose to produce various tracks, including Ryan Adams, Beck, and Lewis’ long-time collaborator Johnathan Rice. “The Voyager” finds the always relatable songwriter at h… Read more
**Die-cut jacket and printed inner with download coupon** The 3rd in a fleet of 3 instrumental EPs from SBTRKT paving the way for his 2nd album. He's on a forward UK soul tip here with the spiralling battery acid licks and plump subbass of 'Highs + Lows' and the gangsta waltz of 'Stifle'.
Slicker sophomore EP of mutant bass and twisted electronics from Lorenzo Senni, Daniele Mana (Vaghe Stelle) and Francesco Fantini's One Circle. 'Transparency' follows their 2013 debut for label/incubator, Left Blank with a murkily ambiguous mixture of production fidelities, textures and styles delivered with a unique electronic accent. They and it are testament to a rooted yet accelerated Italian electronic music scene, presenting impressionistic, emotive visions referencing recent and hypermodern styles from a forward, somewhat detached perspective, as with the beautifully garish vision of… Read more
Thursday, 17 July
*Second in a series of three extended reissues from SND - 12-tracks fully remastered from DAT tapes by Rashad Becker at D&M* Mark Fell and Mat Steel’s second EP as SND was released in 1999, a year after their debut ‘Tplay’. It continued to explore their distinct, highly individual take on electronic minimalism, House and UK Garage stripped to its bare bones. This extended reissue features the original 6 tracks of ’newtables’, plus 6 previously unheard recordings from the same sessions - all fully remastered by Rashad Becker from the original DAT tapes. The tracks more or less … Read more
**Diagonal deliver the second of two EP’s from Bronze Teeth, a new project from Dominic Butler of Factory Floor and Richard Smith of Optimo Music’s L/F/D/M. First pressing comes in a limited spot gloss jacket designed by Guy Featherstone. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Bronze Teeth bite back with a 2nd EP of bony, hardware-driven techno fizz for Diagonal, housed in another blinding sleeve by Guy Featherstone. Cut from the same electrifying sessions which yielded their debut 12", 'A Waif's Rent' follows suit with rolling, driven momentum and caustic electronics. A-side they jack up 13 m… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The brothers Lippok and Stefan Schneider are joined by downtown NYC legend Arto Lindsay for their first new album in half a decade. Back on Berlin's City Slang, who recently reissued To Rococo Rot's classics, 'Veiculo', 'The Amateur View' and 'Music Is A Hungry Ghost' with I-Sound, we find the trio at their most colourful and playful, and for the first time, including vocals thanks to three contributions from minimalist and mutual admirer, Arto Lindsay. Neatly timed for festive climes, the dry title of 'Instrument' is at odds with the warm … Read more
**Edition of 350 cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy** The latest in Vladislav Delay’s new label series finds the man himself & Max Loderbauer (NSI, Sun Electric) on top, uncompromising form. Operating somewhere between Wolfgang Voigt's pounding waltzes and the tunnelling techno of Rrose, the A-side's '#2' tucks up militant triplets and chaotic, streaming synthlines to febrile effect. Over on the flip #6 involves a hyper-accelerated production sounding something like DJ Stingray and Villalobos having it out at breakneck momentum with a gush of stepping drum percolations… Read more
"Matthew Young’s genre-bending, acclaimed 1986 release ‘Traveler’s Advisory’ reappeared as a reissue on Drag City / Yoga in 2010 and quickly sold out. We now return to Young’s first effort, ‘Recurring Dreams’, dating back to 1981 and the apex of the Eno / Berlin schools’ influence over myriad American followers. Young created eight EMS / Rhodes pieces subtly weaving in variable-speed Revox manipulation of traditional rock instrumentation with the lightest of touches. As anyone who has heard ‘Traveler’s Advisory’ already knows, Matthew Young could never be a mere imitator. What all too… Read more
*Edition limited to 350 copies, including a large LP-size folded insert with the full Heldengesänge and Gedichte texts as well as a selection of original graphic works* "11 Heldengesänge und 3 Gedichte" was privately published by Anton Bruhin in 1977 as a luxury 2x10" box. This unique sound poetry work has been issued on LP by alga marghen for the VocSon series and is now available for distribution for the first time ever. It's a sound poem which takes us into a medieval world of minstrels and errant knights, a phantasmagoria in text and sound. It is also a modern document o… Read more
A quiet and woozy return from Emmy Award-winning musician Deru, who released some lovely ambient records on Merck, Mush and Neo Ouija in the '00s. As hinted in the title '1979' is an exercise is hazy nostalgia, using tape saturated synth tones and a keen ear for melodic progression to seduce and regress to seemingly simpler times resonating with the kind of glassy eyed vibes of BoC, Alessandro Cortini, Sand Circles or 1991. The project works around a concept of memory "in its essential, shared nature, incorporating "user submitted entries" of photos and writing from Nigel Godrich (Atoms For Peace, Radioh… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue* Long before Radiohead caused a brouhaha over In Rainbows, Einsturzende Neubauten were finding alternate ways of getting music to their fanbase. This album was released without a record label attached to the project, financed by subscribers to the band's website, who even went so far as to participate in the music themselves, forming a choir for one of the new tracks. As an opening piece, 'Die Wellen' functions as an incremental escalation of tension, beginning with Bargeld's thorny vocal and an urgent, staccato piano sequence. Over the ensui… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* *John Hegre, Kjetil D Brandsdal and Jan Christian Lauritzen aka Noxagt return with two new albums* “After an extended hiatus, Noxagt return with two new LPs - both on Stavanger-based screen printing/record company. ‘Brutage' is the band's fourth album and the first to feature John Hegre (also of Jazzkammer) on guitar. John’s guitar work is predominantly textural -providing an intense, yet soothing counterpoint to the brutal rhythm section. The album contains four lengthy tracks which are a natural continuation on the band’s penchant for re… Read more
*Mastered from the original master tapes - a library re-recording of the previously unreleased Doctor Who score The Invasion. Includes additional electronic tracks from Don Harper’s catalogue and music featured in GeorgeRomero’s Dawn of the Dead.* "A collection of Horror-Electronics, supernatural soundscapes and sinister library muzak from Australian composer Don Harper. Featuring nightmarish cues used in Doctor Who 'The Invasion' and George A Romero's 'Dawn Of The Dead’ Centring on the library music re-recording of the 1968 Doctor Who soundtrack The Invasion (A dark otherworldly Sci-Fi jazz… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* *John Hegre, Kjetil D Brandsdal and Jan Christian Lauritzen aka Noxagt return with two new albums* “After an extended hiatus, Noxagt return with two new LPs - both on Stavanger-based screen printing/record company. 'Collection 1' is a compilation of unreleased material from 2001-2004. The band then consisted of Nils Erga on viola alongside the current rhythm section. It contains tracks from the first, unreleased Noxagt album recorded in 2001 as well as a live recording featuring producer Billy Anderson on vocals, a track from a 2004 Peel Session and much more. The LP comes in a 4-colour screen printed cover.
Crushing and febrile club gear from pivotal Austrian artist Philipp Quehenberger. 'Content' feels like a strange, lost transmission or reminder from a bygone European techno era untainted by trend and dedicated to tweaking out the most unusual, awkward sensations from hardware and computers. Rather than crude noise, sleek minimalism or inter-dimensional trippiness, Quehenberger's sound is best defined in terms of raw, repetitive muscularity and dissonant ambient qualities, doing what the likes of Prostitutes or Container do, only far better, and with cooler sense of discipline.
*Vinyl Reissue* “The quintessential scientists of the post-avant-garde abstain from focusing on listener disintegration tactics as they did on prior albums, but opt instead to hone their craftsmanship in new compositional areas. Some followers of their earlier material might object to the obvious and comparatively conventional song structure and style that is displayed on Ende Neu -- picking up a power tool to highlight a piece rather than centering the entire work around it, or leaving a stage before setting it ablaze -- but the destruction has already been performed, … Read more
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. "‘Flow Motion’ was the eighth Can studio album. It features the UK hit single ‘I Want More’ which was mixed using binaural stereo, a method of recording sound that uses two microphones, arranged with the intent to create a 3D stereo sound sensation of actually being in the room with the performers or instruments."
*Vinyl Reissue* "This is the fourth album by German avant-garde industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, originally released in 1987. The bonus track "Adler Kommt Spaeter" is an early version of "Zerstörte Zelle." Considerably lower-key than all their previous releases, Fünf Auf Der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala(trans. "Five On The Open-Ended Richter Scale"), with especially puzzling, almost country-rock track "Morning Dew," sung in English, but with moments of whip-cracking and atomic explosions. There's the same attention to rhythmic… Read more
*180g grey vinyl housed inside a 350gsm card sleeve complete with a poster and Obi strip. Re-mastered for vinyl from the Toho Archives. Exclusive Original art by Cheung Tat. Contains locked groove* " Death Waltz unearth the legendary monster of our time and bring him to vinyl in the shape of Akira Ifukube's score to Godzilla. Starkly different to the usual view of The Big G as the ultimate monster wrestler, Ifukube's music is intense, dark, and reflects Ishiro Honda's film as a pure horror film. While the score opens with the jaunty riff that wou… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue* "This is the third album by Einstürzende Neubauten, also known as Halber Mensch, originally released in 1985. The album opens with the startlingly oppressive, almost fully a cappella title track, with contrapuntal, atonal, en masse chanting. The album progresses to include quite a repertoire of electronically-generated sounds, finding the band developing their mishmash of industrial experimentation matched by terrifying clangs, stomps, and of course, the theatrical, poetic vocal delivery of Blixa Bargeld. An incredibly aggressive album, with insiste… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue* "This is the fifth album by Einstürzende Neubauten, originally released in 1989, now remastered. Highly energetic and possessed of a certain level of danceability, Haus Der Lüge was perhaps the most accessible for the band so far in terms of straightforward industrial-rock, with less grinding experimentation. However, this album is far from any sort of mainstream convention, with some of the most convincing alchemy of the best of the group's sonic clang, combined with some of the most captivating singing by Blixa Bargeld yet. The title track is a th… Read more
Reel-skool Detroit house aces from O B Ignitt, peer and collaborator of Omar-S, on his freshly minted OBONIT label. Perhaps best known for his 'Wayne County Hill Cops' 12" with Omar-S, O-B defines his own take on Detroit house with three raw burners dancing between the funked-up, piquant swing of 'Sweaty Dance Flo' to the slamming 'Ignitt Techno' and freaky party sauce of 'Chocolate City (Uncle James' Mix)'. Choice selection for 313 connoisseurs!
In the 'IIVA' EP, Loops Haunt augments the sounds and structures of his widely acclaimed 'Exits' LP with a tuffened, ferric aesthetic. The Scottish producer gives a extended edit of album track 'IIVA' strewn with spring reverb ricochets and radiant harmonic aurora - which NHK remixes as a spiralling folk-techno vortex - and uses a similar palette of destroyed, rusted tones and beguiling spatial convolutions to render further material as urgent, febrile dancers, ranging from the granite techno groove of 'TIIYL' and the unstable 2-step of 'IIHX' to the FIS-alike mulch of 'IILTN' and the grazing roil of Vessel in 'FIISR' and 'RYIIG'.
A centrepiece from Cooper's 'Human' album remixed by Factory Floor and Perc, plus an older tune reworked by Harvey McKay. The grimy techno ruckus of the title cut is set to an even, swinging acid keel by Factory Floor whereas Perc gives a brutal cyborgian deconstruction ranking among his finest workouts. Seth Troxler says "cool!".
**180g wax in poly sleeve. Vinyl only** Local Action serve a proper summer anthem from Manchester/San Fran's Finn. R&G is the key phrase for his sound, a perfect mixture of American R&B sweetness and rugged UK grime chops finding the tender spot between Timbaland, Terror Danjah at his softest, and recent styles from Bok Bok. Up top, 'Keep Calling' is the big one, cutting male/female vocal samples in a tense pattern of unrequited love over buggin' drums and twanging bass. If you're standing still listening to this, best to move on. Flipside keeps the levels ticking with a Footwork-style display o… Read more
Young Echo's Jabu duo drop haunted beats and crackling soul styles on their 'Kwaidan' mini-LP for Ramp. Last heard on local Bristol label, No Corner, and assisting on Young Echo's 'Nexus' album, here they've refined a smoky midnight sound using Alex Rendall's elegant, detailed productions and dusty, half-lit backdrop for a trio of diverse vocalists ranging from the mannered enunciation of Amos Childs to M.S. Harris' honeyed croon and the slow, deliberate poetry of Rider Shafique. Like their related projects, Killing Sound and Young Echo, the record is steeped in classic Bristol dub and trip hop, at bes… Read more