Thursday, 19 December
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label. Bewitching, para-dimensional field recording and song collage tipped to fans of Graham Lambkin and Kye Records. Includes insert and download code** "Known by the alias Tretetam, Letha Rodman-Melchior has released singular sound constructs on CDR and cassette since 2008 on such labels as Ikuisuus and Robert & Leopold. For her first-ever vinyl release, she sheds the veneer of mystery and comes clean with this sweeping haboob of sound, as deft and defying as horns on a hen. From the vantage of time and deep insight… Read more
Drippin' one-sided proposition from the enigmatic seductress, Janet, for Acoustic Division - home to aces from Three Legged Race, Todd Osborn and Featureless Ghost. For nearly 13 suggestive minutes, 'Shouldn't - Checkin U Out Mix' stalks its prey with lusting Italo/Hi-NRG bassline and soaring synths straight outta some late '80s Manchester swingers club. "You know some people who, when they go out, they get lost. A melody, a face leads them away and its a wonder they ever get home. In the nighttime, in the throng, if the path of least resistance is the path unknown, its hard to know whether you should or shouldn't."
Thursday, 12 December
*Ships Friday* Burial's back. Following suit from last Christmas' 'Truant', Hyperdub present three new pieces from the shadowy producer. It's a fine salve for seasonal woes, ripping loose with running man-style rave breaks and darkcore motifs across the dystopian sonic fiction of A-side, 'Rival Dealer', whilst the flipside reveals a whole new dimension to his sound with the soaring harmonies, twinkling chime-trees and '80s power drums of 'Hiders' and the tortuous, cinematically edited narration of 'Come Down To Us'. The heads will have a feast picking this one apart - what's up with all the refer… Read more
**Vinyl contains alternate track listing to download and CD versions, but the bundled download contains all tracks** What have Keysound been putting on their Weetabix recently? Following exemplary issues from Beneath and Mumdance, it's the turn of Logos with his debut album, 'Cold Mission' to leave a big mark on the scene. Isolating the quintessence of Eski Grime, New Age electronics, cinematic sound design and hyper-forward Vaporwave, his definitive album statement can stand up next to Jam City's 'Classical Curves' as one of the UK's finest contributions to the ongoing dialogue between futurist … Read more
Blacksmif brings his UK-distilled funk flavour to Ramp's PTN sublabel. '23 Waist' deep fries a choop 'n screwed sample in a swinging garage groove, putting a very London-style pin on US flavours, whilst 'Swimming With Jack Lumber' brims with jazzy, futurist broken beat bounce a la Seiji, and 'Effectivmarkt' dices with badboy bass swoops and brukken garage groove in a lush, hypersoul swirl.
**New 2013 edition** And so the last of the Loop reissues arrives: A Gilded Eternity was the final album by Loop, released in 1990 not long after the band hit the indie top ten with their single 'Arc-Lite (included on the second disc here). As with the other reissues in the band's discography, A Gilded Eternity is remastered from the original analogue sources and has been compiled with an abundance of extra material that's chronologically in tune with the original album recordings. The first disc reproduces the album tracklist from its 1990 issue while the second disc (not available on the d… Read more
Sigha's Our Circula Sound label continues to come into its own with four cuts of techno thunder by the boss himself. His first release since debut album, 'Living With Ghosts' operates at full pelt with the seething but tightly restrained charge of '352 Lashes (Ideal)' and the skippier, wormholing trip of 'Hard Lines Soft Skin' and works under pressure of turbulent EQ'ing with the mesmerising pound of 'My Blood Is Gold'.
**Clear vinyl with A4 insert** Blue Hour improves on his debut with three tracks of raw, emotive techno. 'Axis Motive' rides chunky tom/kick patterns into through a fog of dark, mystic trance-techno chords; 'Front' dries out on a claps-driven bumpty Chicago techno groove; 'Reef II' wraps up with an hypnotic 6am techno tool.
Great album of inimitable Detroit techno from Terrence Dixon for the UK's Surface Records. Fifteen tracks of rhythmelodic drive and kaotic harmonics conducted with artful sleight-of-hand channelling the machine's true emotions, from alien sensations to cosmic romance and hypnotic states. Ace dancefloor tools in the right hands.
David's debut on vinyl as a solo guitar improviser. Unhurried probing through spare themes for electric guitar and nylon-string acoustic.
4th instalment of the Brothers series pairs Mike Parker & Paul Birken on one side, Greg Shappert (Donor) and Bill Youngman on the other. The minimalist MP PB side pumps like a beast with massive kicks and submerged bleeps; GS BY roll off the groove with shuddering industrial drums and tunnelling dynamics.
"Reissue of 26-year old American composer Peter Broderick's 2008 debut album Float, remastered by Nils Frahm and including two additional bonus tracks with each album download. Brought up in a musical household in Oregon, Peter quickly became a popular session musician for the likes of M. Ward in the Portland area. Later discovered by the Danish band Efterklang he joined their live band and spent the next six years based in Europe where he collaborated with many like-minded contemporaries. Through relentless touring, multiple album recordings and film scores Peter has established … Read more
Stuart Argabright (Ike Yard) revives his legendary NYC hip hop unit, Death Comet Crew, for a landmark debut album release on the burgeoning Diagonal Records. Titled in tribute to the group's fallen member, Rammellzee (R.I.P), 'Ghost Among The Crew' rocks up a feral blend of hip hop, industrial and jazz fusion with a furtive cyberpunk swagger, marking their first output since 'This Is Riphop' for Mike Simonetti's Troubleman Unlimited label nearly a decade ago. Founded by Argabright in 1983, and featuring his Ike Yard bandmate, Michael Diekmann and bassist Shinichi Shimokawa from … Read more
"An organic audio forest of analogue electronics, electro-acoustic sounds, sound-sculpture instruments plus singing and piano, even (outrageous!)."
Party-ready techno pumpers from a gang of young producers. Russia's Ghostek links with Leeds-based Kommune1 on the Dance Mania-meets-noisy acid banger 'Power & Fame', and Tsunga debuts with the sub-heavy slam and febrile synths of 'Coewd' - gutter warehouse tackle! Myztical takes no prisoners with the powerful 4/4 thunder of 'Trains & Whistles', and Viers laces the chord-riding roll of '17333' with wicked old skool hardcore style vocal stabs.
**Sublime, far-reaching synthscapes supposing epic, futuristic vistas and probing kosmische pulses. Mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M** "How can we imagine the future of the world, away from the standards of time that we have insisted upon giving it? How to conceive of the movements of a world in its arcs and sweeps of continents and oceans across ages without reducing it to cheap historical humanisations? Does a past, present or future even matter to the yet-to-exist events of ungraspable and fundamental ecological time? Pangaea Ultima, Steve Moore’s debut record on Spectrum Spools, is an … Read more
Solid techno tools. Forward Strategy Group give it some grubby, low-slung welly on 'Rundold' and Exium carves an industrial groove off the bone with 'Raw Visions'. Oscar Mulero makes it kinky with the slippery rolige and dank warehouse dub of 'Blackstar' and Manni Dee rolls off wide-ass subbass in 'Serenity'.
Numbers celebrate ten years of legendary parties in style with a 30+ minute Villalobos remix of their earliest anthem, Sparky's 'Portland' split into two parts. The handiwork of home-town legend Dave Clark- who notably supported Jeff Mills on his first ever Glasgow show - the track's infected ears far beyond Glasgow as part of an early Stuff Records (remember them?!) compilation, even infiltrating Ricardo V's record box. The big Chilean himself gives the emotional electro heart-punch of the original an "experimental" overhaul here, breaking down to an unspooling 30+ minutes of langui… Read more
"Bay Area hardware native Chelsea Faith's debut as Cherushii-a name she's informally recorded under since her first teenage techno Tascam experiments more than a decade ago-spills over with loves and lessons gleaned from her voyage through the city's thriving rave underworlds. Though she trained as a classical pianist at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the rigidity of the culture disillusioned her and she dove headfirst into the Bay's electronic warehouse scene, both as a promoter and as a performer. For her 19th birthday, she received a Yamaha RS7000 sequencer, thus birthing an obse… Read more
This debut solo LP from Baltimore noise artist Max Eilbacher on Spectrum Spools has all the range, curiosity and intrigue one would hope for. Red Anxiety Tracers is a continuous journey through several absorbing environments built from practically every kind of sonic material. Slowly rotating from ad-hoc percussive sounds to grand cosmic vistas, miniature synth riffs and gouts of distortion, it's a multi-coloured listening experience that draws you in and suggests an artist with much promise.
Adjowa follows his 12" for The Kelly Twins' Happy Skull label with a dep and ruddy techno boogie ride for Don't Be Afraid's DBA Dubs, replete with class Maxmillion Dunbar remix. The original 'Science & Soul' grabs the rump with knotty, chewy bassline funk while silvery drones sustain a kinky tension and dusty drums dip the shoulders like some not-so-distant cousin of Shari Vari. Flipside Maxmillion Dunbar just keep getting better and better with the borderline avant-garde funk of his 'Snares Down The Stairs' remix coming off like Anthony Shakir remixing Nicholas Collins' 'Devil's Music'. Mint.
*Reissue of legendary album. Now revised with 11" square sheet of sandpaper stuck to the printed inner sleeve, housed in die-cut jacket with 7" pressing of the original flexidisc, and quite importantly, a poly sleeve to ensure your other records don't get scratched** Vini Reilly's landmark effort, 'The Return Of The Durutti Column' is given the deluxe reissue treatment, replete with sandpaper and the bonus inclusion of 'Madeleine' and 'Lips That Would Kiss'. Notable not only for the jacket, it's a pioneering piece of music pairing the rarified simplicity of Vini's … Read more
"It was a dark and starry night. Under Texas skies, Christoph Heemann and Will Long met and exchanged the first loop that would form the bed for the swirling stream of Hollywood Dream Trip's first trip....Would you like to know more?..."
**Die-cut jacket, printed inner** Young Turks cap a vintage year with this super classy split starring the extended dub 12" version of Pional's club ace 'Invisible / Amenaza' and the Koreless/Sampha winner, 'On The Way'.
Thursday, 05 December
**140g wax in silk-screened PVC sleeve, mastered and cut by Rashad Becker, artwork by Steven Warwick and Bill Kouligas in typically gorgeous PAN packaging including a printed inner sleeve** Steven Warwick aka Heatsick cocks a unique and compelling perspective on contemporary dance music with his bold follow-up to 'Intersex', a gorgeous, layered work that those of you into DJ Sprinkles should check out without delay. Now woven with leaner dancefloor muscle, the deeply funked views of 'Re-Engineering' are characterised by the artist as a "cybernetic poem". We can take this quite literally in hi… Read more
Having been active in the underground with smaller offerings and his North Carolina label Hot Releases for four years, multi-instrumentalist Ryan Martin finally has a longplayer to his name with this diverse and intriguing collection of lo-fi landscapes. Martin mixes delicate songcraft and acoustic strumming with a tabletop cosmos of synths, or follows raindrops of guitar and keys falling in free-rhythm by rocking out in the red. Inner contrasts are explored when folky chords are paired intriguingly with harsh drum-machine hits as if from early eighties minimal wave… Read more
**Deluxe boxset including 3 x single sided vinyl in printed inners and trifold 10" jacket with cut-out mobile** Conny Plank's notorious and highly sought-after collaboration with Can's Holger Czukay gets the deluxe reissue treatment by Grönland nearly thirty years since it was last available. In 1980 the über-producer and long-time spar Czukay indulged their darkest sonic fantasies on a self-released two track maxi that's since become the cherished preserve of heads in the know. This package features the incredible studio processing of Holger's voice set to plonging bass and i… Read more
Remarkable reissue of Pierre Henry's super-obscure soundtrack to d'Henri Decoin's horror flick, 'Maléfices' (1962), backed with extracts from the better-known 'Orphée Ballet' (1962) and 'Mariage De La Feuille Et Du Cliche' (1958). Manifesting Finders Keepers' current fascination with early electronics, this release represents some of the finest discoveries in their already considerable catalogue; a captivating synergy of experimental process and cinematic purpose which comes recommended to fans of vintage horror and early concrète, using white noise for wind against a 'marish backdrop of scree… Read more
After a pair of real killer EP's last year (both of them making it to our top 100 singles of 2012), Tri Angle present the label debut from FIS on his 'Preparations' EP. FIS has evolved a unique mutation of core D&B electronics with a shocking sense of rhythm structure and abstract texturing resulting in those mind-blowing records for Exit and close Kiwi pals, Samurai Horo, in the last few years. For Tri Angle, he offers up a necessary reissue of his aerobic-mystic modern classic, 'DMT Usher' - which now fetches mad money 2nd hand - backed with three exclusive new forms: the crushing/crushed geometri… Read more
**Rigid 4LP box + bonus 7". White vinyl edition of 200 with liner notes** V-O-D reissue of some of the earliest work by Hamburg's synth music pioneer, Asmus Tietchens, on vinyl for the first time, some 30 odd years after they were originally issued as four super-limited tapes on YHR between 1981 - 1983. Schooled in the mathematically sound electronic composition techniques of Karlheinz Stockhausen, and looking for a future beyond Krautrock's seemingly infinite horizons, Asmus Tietchens' music mapped vectors for distant sounds as yet unheard when he wrote the music on 4K7 between 1975-197. Despite… Read more