Thursday, 14 August
Fugged-up, emotive electronica from Jimmy Billingham's Holovr alias, returning to Opal Tapes with his first vinyl release. 'Holo Earth' follows the scuzzy sci-fi themes of 'Lunar Lake' with a spirited collection of droning pads, murdered jungle and cracked techno nodding to early Autechre, no wave electronics and dark ambient musics. We can hear contemporary parallels in certain sectors of the Bristol sound between Young Echo and No Corner, but it's all much more blown out and degraded, even ambiguous, strung between celestial new age dreaminess, rugged rhythms and morphing patina of hiss and wob… Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 300 whites with insert** Raw, hard-wired house deviations from Pxshdog on London's Trax Couture boutique. After a couple of killer 12"s from Rushmore consolidating Footwork, Ballroom and Chi House, they go shades tougher here with Pxshdog's debut striking a throbbing vein of tracky goodness. Uptown he balls between cowbell-stung Bassline garage-meets techno on 'Juicy Chocolate', blocky buck in 'Akira's Drift', and fierce filter house on 'Nubian 124'. Downtown they play nice 'n nasty with the darkside Dance Mania of 'Dancin N Shit' and the electroid slammer 'Tittytron'. Well aye we're dancing.
Enchanting, refreshing house from Deepblak's Damon Bell for London's Meda Fury division of R&S. Positively spilling over with good vibes, 'Hue-Man Made' serves five tracks of Afro-centric rhythms sprinkled with lush keys and radiant synths to mark out ground between Jamal Moss at his most lucid, and the supple grooves of Mr Raoul K or Aybee. Check for the breezy strums and triplet gyrations of 'Hue-Man Made' or the beaming cosmic grooves of 'Radius' and 'Enthusiastic Minor'.
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. ‘Out Of Reach’ has been unavailable in any official format since its original release in 1978 and is one of Can’s rarest, lesser-known albums. This is due in a large part to the fact that bassist Holger Czukay left the band and drummer Jaki Liebezeit has a reduced role, leaving most of the rhythm duties to percussionist come-lately Reeb… Read more
*Comes with a copy of the album on CD, free inside* "Grumbling Fur’s ‘Preternaturals’ is the second release on the label run by The Quietus and is Grumbling Fur’s follow-up to the 2013 album ‘Glynnaestra’ (Thrill Jockey). Contemporary sun-kissed psychedelia with a strong pop edge - Depeche Mode in a stone circle - recalling Brian Eno, Penguin Café Orchestra, Beta Band, Super Furries, Coil, Talk Talk, Harmonia and Boards Of Canada, amongst others.”
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. 'Rite Time’ was originally released in 1986 and has been evaluated as one of the classic Can albums.
Second Storey - fka Al Tourettes - sets the scene for his upcoming debut album 'Double Divide' with the dense, fizzing techno of Shaman Champagne' and corresponding remixes by Perc and Aden. Like recent examples from Untold or Randomer, Second Storey boots UK techno into more wayward new shapes here, whereas Perc takes it right back to knuckle-dragging industrial pound and Aden gives it a kinky electroid boost.
Nerve-rattling electro and cyber-punk from Travis Galloway (Traag, All Gone Records) in Siobhan mode for Opal Tapes. The title of 'Southgate' refers to a nefarious area of his home city, Michigan, and signifies a broke, rusty industrial aesthetic that creeps under the skin like crack bugs in a Philip K Dick novel. The mood is harsh and unforgiving from the sludgy trudge of 'Del Ray '97' to the Mid-West electro-tech shudder of 'Rail Spit', cutting loose on neon-lit city street scenes like some leather-clad golem brought to life by 'Citrac'-era James Ferraro and Cleveland's James Donadio aka Prostit… Read more
"The second part of PoppyDisc's ongoing vinyl reissue series of Sun Ra. The Arkestra moves into ever looser, more abstract ground as the percussion becomes more varied and moves ever closer. Ra then sets up a dark melodic theme, while the Arkestra weaves a series of jaunty, blues-tinged solos into the groove. 'Nubia', 'Africa' and 'Aiethopia' continue this excursion into a mystical, rhythm-based territory. The Arkestra utilizes the same ominous, simmering percussion beds, now augmented by more exotic instruments like Pat Patrick's 'space lute', which gives a playfully sinister sound t… Read more
Rooted yet forward sounds from King L Man and The Mighty Zulu Nation, with weighty LV remix. Features vocals from Earl 16 and Harriet Cox.
*Edition of 500. Fluorescent green vinyl with ink-stamped centre labels and translucent vellum insert* A proper Bristol dread session from Killing Sound's El Kid and Vessel. The original cut of 'We Need Mirrors' was issued on No Corner's cassette series, replete with these remixes back in 2012. More recently those dank reworks were issued as a bonus 7" in the same label's 'From The Reels' vinyl compilation. Now a standalone release, we find Vessel's slow-choking 'Psychosis' mix on the A-side, rifled with hydraulic pulses and keening, sub-aqua… Read more
"Part of PoppyDisc's ongoing series of Sun Ra reissues on vinyl. This was the fifth album by the Arkestra to be released, and was the first to be taken from recordings made at the Choreographer's Workshop, New York. Other albums recorded there include Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow, Bad and Beautiful, Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy and Other Planes of There.'The New York period saw Sun Ra focusing far more on percussion backdrops as opposed to horn arrangements (virtually everyone on the album gets a percussion credit), and everything from the percussion to the horn solos t… Read more
Daz Quayle and Tony 'Bone' Snowden flex powerful rhythmic noise muscle on their debut EP as Broken Bone. Informed by the 20th century atrocities at infamous NYC institution, 'Willowbrook', the duo present six tracks of atonal, visceral noise textures hingeing on bruising bass and charred drums. It's a fxxking fearsome effort, amping a handful of well-selected elements to bleeding point. A-side draws us in with squealing tones and febrile, spitting drums laced with swarming crowd noise, before 'Sub Clinical' and 'Blood On Your Hands' put the boot in with crushing hip hop rhythms and viciously… Read more
Limber late night tech-house from Russia's Ygrok label. A-side plays out sweeping, romantic strings on a whirring swing groove whilst B-side is more reserved, minimalist, with tricksy detailing designed to burrow and tweak at 6am.
Thursday, 07 August
**Deluxe, Limited gatefold edition with exclusive bonus 7" plus 4 x 12" art inserts by Jesse Kanda, printed reading magnifier and download code redeemable from the label** 2014's most anticipated release is finally in our grubby mitts, marking a new pinnacle of R&B/pop composition. Helmed by the visionary singer, producer, writer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer Tahliah Barnett, 'LP1' sets a high benchmark for new pop and R&B, pulling together some of the most interesting studio alchemists around right now - Arca, Clams Casino, Paul Epworth and Devonte Hynes - for a project that far o… Read more
Falty DL's 4th album finds the Brooklynite at his most diffuse, spacious, and dreamy. As you'd hope, there's still a strong, ductile rhythmic base to 'In The Wild' but it's largely mixed to tantalising effect, embedded fathoms deep within his radiant, dub-wise structures. Jazz and hip-hop are the album's touchstones, but heard thru a poetic prism of broken beat, electronica and latinate new age atmospheres shaping up to be some of Falty DL's most distinguished, nuanced productions. Previous single 'Danger' is the rudest thing here alongside 'Heart & Soul', with its 4Hero-style breaks, bass and c… Read more
Pumping London techno standards from Pris back on Resin for 2nd helpings. No nonsense, heads-down techno in 3 parts rolling off the clattering polyrhythms and thudding kicks of 'If She Bends, She Breaks' to the dry drama of 'St. Elmo's Fire' and cannier, minimalist tribal funk of 'If She Cracks, She Bears'.
**Blue wax** Smart avant dance-pop from Brighton's Elizabeth Bernholz aka Gazelle Twin. Considered in parallel to Planningtorock's aesthetic, 'Anti Body' could be taken as a sort of avant anthem, mixing eerie, swarming vocals to a jagged electro pulse and queered, discordant harmonies enhanced by additional production and mixing by analogue maetsro, Benge. 'Phobia' is stranger, even more fascinating, tiering vocal drones and fragile phrases in a manner recalling that Ayshay single and the etheric plainsong of Julianna Barwick.
"After his diverse yet cohesive 2013 album The Waiting Room, Jeff McIlwain, better known as Lusine, is back with a more tightly focused EP. McIwain's discography is intimidating, and over the course of the last few decades, he's been known for exceeding in a wide array of electronic styles, a rarity among artists of his kind. The release of Arterial, his fourth EP for Ghostly, marks another successful foray into a niche that most artists would spend their careers immersed in. A calmly effortless work, Arterial is economical in everything it does, creating its own tiny universe to hous… Read more
Total Techno classic, reissued by Tresor for 2014. As Surgeon's sophomore album, 'Basic Tonal Vocabulary' established him as a unique force in Techno, appearing in the style's golden year of 1997 armed with seven of the leanest, most disciplined, and outright killer dancefloor tools around. While insistent movers like 'Rotunda' and the skewed drive of 'Krautrock' define this LP, the ambient moment of 'Waiting' also showed the man to be in possession of a uniquely nuanced electronic lexicon.
"The Outsiders, hailing from Wimbledon, England, were one of the many bands to rise up through the UK is punk explosion of the late 70s. Citing the Velvet Underground as their primary influence, The Outsiders were fronted by Adrian Borland, who went on to form the seminal post-punk band The Sound following the demise of the band. Gaining exposure through opening for acts such as The Jam and The Vibrators. Bob Lawrence (bass) and Adrian Janes (aka Jan, drums) rounded out the band. The Outsiders were the first UK punk band to self-release a full album (their first LP Calling on Youth), on their… Read more
Dancehall-mowing battery from men like Kalbata & Mixmonster, backed with an outstanding Kahn remix. The dreadnaught original version of 'Congo Beat The Drum' runs rife with thunderous percussion matched for madness by Major Mackerel's yelps, growls and robo-ragga patter. Flipside, Kahn properly shakes it down with Lion roars, lush oriental drones and sticky dancehall torque beside the flying 4/4 stepper, 'Out A Road'.
Glasgow's highly-touted beat builder debuts with this killer five track EP on Local Action. Since first appearing on Big Dada's Grime 2.0 collection, he's dropped the unique beat suite 'Faded With Da Kittens' for Astral Black and remixed DJ Q's 'Trust Again', synthesising a unique mix of grime, fluoro/sino folk melody and moody technoid pads. 'Crystal Children' gives up his best work to date, including the bubbling grime-techno of 'Zen' and balance of pounding subs with delicate hooks in 'Thinkk Star', whilst the subtler sweetness of 'Daisy Chain's sino-folk licks and the drifting s… Read more
**Vinyl-only. Spotgloss jacket** Exclusive R&Bass-Pop aces by Kode 9, Inga Copeland & Dean Blunt, Morgan Zarate, Cooly G, and Ikonika, featuring guest appearances from Ghostface Killah and Dâm-Funk. Taken from the pop/vocal-focussed 3rd volume of Hyperdub's 10th anniversary collection, 'Decadubs 3' explicitly states the label's love of bittersweet and futurist soul styles over six cherry-picked cuts from the roster's core. On side A, DVA tends a coy, summery groove for airborne vocals from Zaki Ibrahim, before Inga Copeland makes one of two appearances, the first a mad … Read more
Debut shot of dynamic grime futurism from Chemist for Coyote Records, backed up with Last Japan and Rabit remixes. Twinning his studies in composition and technology for film and games with current strains of HD UK grime, Chemist coins two lucidly detailed, kinetic constructions with the intricate polymetrics and strafing square waves of 'Defiance', and the robotic Eski origami of 'Blocks' marking him out as a slick sound designer. Rabit's remix of 'Defiance' is condenses its energy into pensive, droning subs, militant claps and sino licks owing as much to Angola as An… Read more
**180g vinyl reissue of the 5th volume in Hans-Joachim Roedelius' self-portrait series. Originally issued in 1982** From Asmus Tietchens' liner notes: "Measured against its predecessors, however, the audio quality is notably superior on this edition. Roedelius clearly improved the sound of the old tapes in the process of compiling the pieces at the Erpel Studio in Vienna, also taking the opportunity to add a few tracks. Strictly speaking, these relatively complex multitrack recordings can no longer be bracketed together with the fleeting sketches as heard on the earlier albums. Now and … Read more
Cómeme gang-up for the nine-track 'Gasoline' label expo. Starts up nice 'n slow with Auntie Flo's technoid cumbia grind 'Jas' and travels a spectrum of kinky goods from Vaskular's mellow jacker 'Black Jesus' to the clipped, slippery swing of 'Cógeme' from DJs Pareja & Alejandro Paz, the trim industrial percolator 'El Rito' from Zombies In Miami, and Carisma's fairlight-sprung remix of 'A Bailar' by Rous. Sweaty.
Big room romps from XXXY following his 'Never Enough' 12" for Rinse. 'Goldfish' works a squashed, propulsive London house sound with a hollow, metallic klonk reminding of Marcel Dettmann's debut 12" on MDR, only spiked with shape-cutting funk. On the other hand, 'Evade' is one for the armpit exhibitionists, tracing icy arpeggios up the spine of a swinging tech-house groove replete with jaw-swanging breakdown.
*Standard LP and sleeve with download code redeemable from the label* 2014's most anticipated release is finally in our grubby mitts, marking a new pinnacle of R&B/pop composition. Helmed by the visionary singer, producer, writer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer Tahliah Barnett, 'LP1' sets a high benchmark for new pop and R&B, pulling together some of the most interesting studio alchemists around right now - Arca, Clams Casino, Paul Epworth and Devonte Hynes - for a project that far outweighs the sum of its parts. Augmenting the sublime templates of her two mind-blowing EPs, 'LP1’ slots everything t… Read more
Deftly broken house and shifty tech swingers from Appleblim & Komon. In duo, they deal the trippy mixing and squashed rave vibes of 'Motion Blur' and the late night tuck of 'Key Vision'. Gwan dolo, Komon goes darker with the dirge-like chords and scuffed. hard-edged swagger of 'Astir', contrasting with the lucid cosmic synths and off-kilter shuffle of 'Blim's 'Echo's Retreat'.