Thursday, 19 June
Domenico Crisci does that classic Downwards sound with style on his debut for Russian Torrent Versions. Four tracks take no prisoners, from the jagged industrial escalation of 'Thinking To The Hip' to the rolling weaponry of 'I'm Having Fun' thru the radge packet pounders 'Arrive' and 'Untitled'. Tipped!
Brilliant debut album of kinky-assed industrial funk from Cómeme's Berlin-based Russian ex-pat producer. Part-produced by Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary and starring Battles' John Stanier on drums, the aesthetics are uncommonly high-end yet with sufficient amount of grit to put a real itch in yer gruds. Borrowing heavily from the blueprints of Liasons Dangereuses, DAF, and later '80s New Beat, Philipp animates his lean, powerful constructions with killer vocals blending his native tongue with indecipherable, punkish gibberish that even the most Vodka sozzled Russian would fail to compre… Read more
Classic 1983 album from Josey Wales produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes at Channel One with the Roots Radics in full effect and Soldgie at the controls. Includes the Ganjaman anthems 'It A fi Bun' and 'Stalk Of Sensimilia'
Massive 1984 Roots Radics backed superstar clash produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes at Channel One with Soldgie at the controls. King Yellowman and the Colonel face off Volcano style!
Wildest Dreams are a Modern Day Equivalent of the L.A wrecking crew. They make music inspired by the landscape of L.A and it's surrounds for your road and acid trip. The brainchild of DJ Harvey as a means to keep his multi-instrumentalist hand in so to speak. The album was recorded over a week a couple years ago and unearthed by Smalltown Supersound.
Thursday, 12 June
Martyn continues the wholesale switch to House and broken beat with ace 3rd album, 'The Air Between Words' for Ninja Tune. The D&B, techno and dubstep influences are now bound tighter into his inimitably slinky, driving arrangements, compared with the diversity of debut album 'Great Lengths' (2009) and the darker 'Ghost People' (2011) for Brainfeeder. 'The Air Between Words' feels fluid and organic, flowing naturally from piece to piece with an effortlessness that's become Martyn's signature. Ten tracks are sequenced sweetly from the field recorded textures and warm chords of 'Forgivene… Read more
***KILLAH set of '94-style junglisms inc. Logos dub!** Ah, Sully. We've been waiting for you! Notable by his absence from the scene since debut album, 'Carrier', he returns with a crackshot collection of junglist killers for Keysound on the 'Blue' EP. It's a straight-up and highly effective exercise in recreating the sounds he heard whilst a wide-eyed raver chasing and buzzing off free parties back in the early '00s, and a damn fine stab at reviving that sense of youthful optimism. Much like HATE or Zomby's 'Where Were You In '92?' album, he fetishises that vintage sound, but in stark contrast he's reall… Read more
Relative techno bairns Papers and Clouds pair up on the latest Brothers 12". A-side they run amok with clattering, broken techno rhtyhms yoked to a virulent acid line and flipside give 138bpm and 122bpm techno cuts rife with moody atmospheres and of-kilter rhythms.
Charming synth-pop and sun-blushed downbeats from Enchante's Guy Gormley and David C. Gray's Special Occasion. Thanks to continued support from Nw York's Bryce Hackford and Charlie Bones off NTS there's every chance the infectious hooks and vocals of their Hot Chip-like 'Confusion' could be a real summer anthem for 2014.
The Industrial Metal titans return with an new mini album, their first in 13 years! Now fully reformed and raring to go, 'Decline & Fall' displays JK Broadrick and B.C. Green operating at optimal levels on 4 tracks, 23 minutes of toiling drum machine and searing, grinding axe work delivered with stare-down intensity. Precise and brutal, it's a beast of a thing, razing all-comers with the technoid militancy of 'Ringer', the industro-funk swagger of 'Dogbite', pile-driving riffs on 'Playing With Fire', and the strong blast beats and garotting tension of 'Decline & Fall'.
Furfriend take their lascivious EBM-techno to Perc Trax for a rampant EP featuring remixes from Vapauteen and Perc. On 'Endless September' they ride a cantering industrial groove with leather-bound vocals and white noise stabs like some dodgy Dave Clarke production, before Perc's ramrod of a remix beats 'em down with gabber kicks and sheeting white noise. Shawn O'Sullivan's Vapauteen rescues the session with a spacious, hard-stepping 'Interlocking Mix' and decelerated, grubby 'No News Is Good News Mix'.
Lisbon's Lake Haze represent another strain of that city's unique dancefloor sound with a diverse, expanded follow-up to their debut on UTTU and follow-up for Photonz' One Eyed Jacks label. The Zomby-esque ectoplasm of 'Water Reflection (Intro)' secedes to a nifty R&B-garage sound on 'Brandy Riddim', and full frontal bassline rave on 'Tsunami Riddim' beside the blunted 2-step of 'Vapor Riddim', the West Yorkshire-via-Portugal badness of 'Lightning Riddim' and the R1 Ryders-style tribal futurism of 'Typhoon Riddim'. Maaad!
16-track compilation from Trunk - now in on vinyl! "Jonny Trunk presents an 16 track compilation of funny old shxt from the Trunk archive. From calypsos sung by Bernard Cribbins and Robert Mitchum to avant-garde French concrete, with stops at post punk, killer vocal jazz, Radiophonics, early African fusion, Argentinian film music and even some twitchy classical from Glenn Gould, this compilation flies in the face of the current trend for issuing records that to be honest are actually quite average and really very expensive indeed for what they are. This is a total bargain, an education and a right bloody laugh. Although some people will actually think it’s shxt…"
After circulating in the net for half a year, Joker finally delivers his no nonsense 'Head Top' EP on Kapsize. The title cut offers a rarely heard side of his sound, eviscerated of all that gloopy purple funk to leave a skeletal but big-boned halstep riddim skanking in mid-air, but it's back to business as usual with the chiptune funk of 'Marios Ting', and to nastier effect with the electric burn of 'Mr Miyagi' and killer beat stunts in 'Deserted Island'.
The Beautiful Swimmer and Future Times boss Maxmillion Dunbar juggles breaks and bass inna wicked Afro-beat style for UTTU, backed with Willie Burns' low slung cosmic house remix. On 'Highlife' MaxD reprises the bustlin' broken beat vibes of 'Chewy' from his Berceuse Heroique 12" but this time with splashing sunny synth riffs and wriggling acid bass bound 2 make the dance bruk. Flip it for Willie Burns' subtle reduction and re-tuck, yoking the breaks to a dubbed-out 4/4 bounce and woozier pads for mellow effect. TIPPED!
Following their 2010 release The Decline of Female Happiness, Donna Regina are back with a new album on Karaoke Kalk, Holding The Mirror For Sophia Loren. The project was formed by the husband and wife team Regina and Gunther Janssen over twenty years ago and this is no less than their 12th studio album. Their extensive career has seen them be remixed by the likes of Matthew Herbert and Mouse on Mars. Regina Janssen has also worked - amongst others - with the French musician Bertrand Burgalat who released a compilation of Donna Regina's work on his label Tricatel.
**Clear wax. Hand-stamped jacket** Restless IDM/Techno from a resurgent James Ruskin. Both 'Nan Nife' and 'Shallow Pool' hark back to the angularity and emotional strife of late '90s Autechre and 'Dependant Stage' rides a sprung techno-house groove.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label - Kinda freaky, long-overlooked industrial dance music from France circa 1986. Includes a couple of aces in the kinky 'Discowar' and the slow swinging 'Estupefaction'. 1st pressing of 300 orange vinyl with download code** "After the success of the ‘Anyway’ 12’’, OTO, now a three-piece band played a few gigs before entering the studio to record their debut (and final) album ‘Purge An Urge’. Produced by Vincent Hachet from French industrial duo Geinst Naït, ‘Purge An Urge’ was supposed to contain 9 tracks but the final release saw only 6 … Read more
On his sixth album in as many years, Lone leaves us dizzy and vajazzled with his synaesthetically enhanced palette of coloursound and rhythmelody. It's been said by someone, somewhere that's it's possibly harder to make happy music than sad music, and if that's the case, then Lone's every bit the genius everyone makes him out to be. 'Reality Testing' is simply soul drunk and and sincerely beaming with good vibes, wending a mazy path between house, boogie and hip hop rhythms gilded with the lushest synthlines and diffused into gaseous pink, orange and turquoise hues. There's a sincerity and sweet… Read more
Crushing remix session for Bestial Mouths' eponymous album of gothic EBM pop on Clan Destine. Twelve versions cover shadowy ground between WMX's blow-out industrial hip hop mix of 'Ceased' to Soft Metals' ruddy electro-acid remix of 'Reunion', the ecstatically tortured Dalhous remix of 'Movement', and Mater Suspiria Vision's hellish nine minute dilation of 'Ceased' overrun with gunfire, epic doom synths and roiling rhythms.
*Repress* **Infectious, worldly debut drop from Bradley Zero's London dance music institution, Rhythm Section** "Sprung up from his much-fted clubnight of the same name, Bradley Zero has enlisted fellow Peckham local Al Dobson Jr to inaugurate Rhythm Section International with this: Rye Lane Volume 1, an 11 track mini-LP stuffed to the rafters with summery goodness. The importance of location on Rye Lane Volume 1 appears both tantamount and inconsequential: many of the titles on offer dot specific points of reference on the map (Peru, Grenada, Cameroon, Columbia, Peckham's Rye Lane),… Read more
Mean techno slammers by London's Dax J backed with Emmanuel remix and locked grooves. Check for the peak-time pillage of 'Corinthians'.
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. Soundtracks is a compilation album, first released in 1970, consisting of tracks written for film. The album marks the departure of the band's original vocalist Malcolm Mooney, who sings on two tracks, to be replaced by new member Damo Suzuki. "She Brings the Rain", originally appearing in the 1969 film Bottom – Ein großer,… Read more
*Reissue of this unbelievably rare Afro Rock LP via Academy LPs - includes 12"x24" bonus poster* "Pazy (real name Joseph Etinagbedia) started playing music in the Fire Flies in the city of Warri in Nigeria in 1973. The area was in the midst of an oil boom, and like most bands on that scene, the Fire Flies played American and European pop hits mixed with Jazz and Highlife for the largely expat audiences in local clubs. Along with an influx of foreigners, the oil boom also gave rise to an emerging Nigerian youth market, and soon Pazy formed the Black Hippies to play the uniquely Af… Read more
Big piano-lead house humper premiered on Jackmaster's Radio1 Essential mix not so long ago, now backed with new cut. Prime party fodder, Doc Daneeka cannily builds anticipation with shifty swing and filtered chords before sperlunking his ivories all over yer huaraches. A big look for the armpit exhibitionists! 'Paname (Piano Vers)' is a stealthier beast, riding below radar with Radioslave-style bass swing before threading thru a teasing, just-outta-reach piano lick to a snare rushing climax.
Shifted dons his Relay guise for Sigha's Our Circula Sound label. It's tuff stuff, coming to maul your bassbins with the blown-out undertow and struggling hi-hats of the A-side backed by a Downwards-style Industrial punishment and a Rrose-like wormhole to close.
KZA cuts off a 12" mix and Musk's remix of his 'Want No Other' edit, as recently featured on his 'Dig & Edit 2' collection. Chopping into a disco classic, he teases out an effervescent disco house groove on the A-side, which Musk reworks with more robust bass and acidic electronics.
Thursday, 05 June
*Andy Votel's Dead-Cert imprint returns with this genuinely mental instructional Birthing album - hearing is believing!* We've seen a lot of oddities reissued over the last few years, but few come close to capturing the bewildering brilliance of this bizarre instructional Birthing album recorded somewhere in Alaska in 1982 and resurfacing now on a first-ever vinyl pressing thanks to the supreme Ethnomusicological skills of Andy Votel and his Dead-Cert imprint. Utilising the ARP 2600, ARP Odyssey, Polymoog, harmonica/synthesiser interface, Eventide Omnipressor, Roland vocoder and genuinely biza… Read more
Nexx-level club dynamixx from Berlin's M.E.S.H. for new music thunk tank, PAN. As a co-founder and resident at the influential Janus club-night, M.E.S.H. is hard-wired to the core of Berlin's accelerated night scene and deeply connected to the global digital arts diaspora thru collaboration with contemporary artists, Aleksandra Domanovic, Fatima Al Qadiri, Arca and TCF, among others. Operating at the intersection of electronic hip hop, techno and chimeric sound design, the 'Scythians' EP motions a bracingly fresh sound modelling skeletal 808 patterns perfused with hyper-criss foley and… Read more
**Edition of 350, cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy** Sasu Ripatti (aka Vladislav Delay) flexes supple Footwork-Techno muscle with the 5th in his forward dancefloor series. Following a crackshot collaboration with Twwth, this edition is leaner, more spacious, conducting a stoic blend of aerated atmospheres and teetering rhythms driven by staggered, crumpling drums in '#54', and a ruggedly fluid sort of electro-Footwork syncopation finding a sort of strange, centred, quasi-speed peace in the snake-styled writhe of '#46'. Drop 'em like they're hot...