Thursday, 12 December
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
Simon Baker and Geddes' Nofitstate party birth their label with two trax from Baker backed by a fine Skudge remix. The originals play tuff but deep with driving bass, slicing snares and virulent synthlines but the real class is on Skudge's flipside remix, riding with flying hi-hats, lithe bass tumble and hypnotic, building chords.
**The Finders Keepers bloodhound deserves a steak for sniffing out Alwin Nikolais' 1959 LP of recordings for dance** "Choreosonics was the name of the music for the choreography of Alwin Nikolais – a unique theatre exposition that was described in the late 50s as “the new theatre of shape, motion, light and sound.” In 1953 Nikolais attracted people interested in new art to his dance concerts at the Henry Street Playhouse in New York City. In these concerts dancers became colourful motivating sources for sculptural shapes; moving in changing … Read more
The UK's psych-rock ringleaders, Rocket Recordings, celebrate 15 years with an eclectic selection drawn from established roster heroes (Gnod, Goat, Teeth Of The Sea), relative unknowns (Uran), friends ($hit & $hine), and faves (The Lay Llamas). There's twelve tracks total, the best of which are Gnod's rave-rattling 'Holy Empire' droner, $hit & $hine's fuzzed-up one chord f**ckery, 'Please Don't Share', and a tripped-out earworm from Cherrystones called 'Cats Cradle'.
**Limited edition of 500** Dopest Dilla/Madlib style hip hop from J. Jae and raps from Tre, Isreal & E Snow. The third and final instalment of his 'Dirty Collections' bumps from the low-slung MPC sample bump of 'Bright Works' to the darker knocks of 'Nu Bad Man' and the spaced-out weirdness of 'Outer Onto Other'.
Mutant electronica from Turin, Italy's Daniele Mana aka Vaghe Stelle, backed with BAT's murky remix refraction and a future-primitive Gand Of Ducks version. As with his excellent 'Out Of Body' EP for Danse Noir, Vaghe's original tracks fall outside any pre-ordained genre, preferring to let his imagination run free in the dark from the off world R&B romance of '4th Hope' to the pneumatic grime and lushly discordant trance sensations of '8th Hope', and something like a radioactive mutation of Saharan cellphone anthem on '10th Hope', thru to the Ferraro-esque '11th Hope'. The Best Available Tec… Read more
Falty DL's Blueberry Records on a dancehall tip. Up top Brrd comes back with a very neat and minimal edit of Fantan Mojah's roots vocal to 'Hail Di King' and downtown stars a wicked robo-boglin' instrumental called 'Gold 93'. Winner.
**Reissue of an amazing, late Kraut-rocket mixing echo-laden guitar, electronics and field recordings originally issued on David Elliott aka Pump's YHR tape label, now presented with two previously unreleased bonus tracks. Mesmerising, driving, mind-blowing stuff - do not miss!** "Acclaimed in the Krautrock scene, Gunter Schickert is the most closely associated with the repetitive echoes of his distinctive guitar sound. Following "Samtvogel" (1974) and "Uberfallig" (1979), he released "Kinder in der Wildnes", a collection of songs from the 1981 to 1983 period. The fact that the… Read more
Kamau Baaqi aka Darling Farah goes grittier as Farah for Don't Be Afraid. His first release since that string of aces culminating in his 'Body' LP in 2012 is a darker, druggier session of hardware workouts budging between the dry, minimal technohouse of 'Cloudy Apple' to the pensile, ghostly R&B house of 'Speak On The Spotlight' to an MGUN-like exercise in a brain-freeze delays on 'Lockhead', and the dusty, bobbling dub-house skank of 'Pieced Apart'.
"In the 1970s the American composer Henry Flynt started a series of pieces under the title "New American Ethnic Music". In so doing he worked together native styles of music such as blues, Country or Hillbilly with electronic production methods to make something altogether new. So far in Germany it has never been attempted to rework folklore electronically for a compilation. However, this picture changes if one redefines the idea of who the population is. Incomers have brought new "national anthems" to Germany, which … Read more
**One-sided edition of 250** Canny deep vocoder/disco/piano house bomb from Dublin's New Jackson, following his remix of The xx and and a cool 12" for Hivern Discs.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* A fleshed out re-issue of Tycho's first widely available album 'Sunrise Projector', 'Past is Prologue' comes bundled with groovy new artwork and three exclusive remixes from Dusty Brown, Chachi Jones and Planet Mu's Nautilis. As Merck begins to wind down it's been releasing some of the most interesting titles on it's books yet, sadly this isn't one of them and is possibly one of the most unashamed Boards of Canada pastiches I have ever heard. It's not even that the music is unpleasant, it really isn't - but it just makes me want to root out fo… Read more
The leftfield legend of the Hessle and Hemlock labels ramps up his oddball experimental credentials with perhaps his most eyebrow-raising release yet. The aptly named 'Punters Step Out' features a drop that will have you questioning your sanity. We won't spoil the surprise by describing it (just listen), but suffice to say that Joe turns it into the weirdest dancehall outing you've ever been lead to with promises that everything will be fine if you remain calm. The other side, 'Club Scared,' is a mad post-modern minimal house number that makes you wonder whether the track itself is talking to you (it is).
Brock Van Wey dons his loved-up house hat as Earth House Hold. He aims for the 'floor with two low-slung ambient house moves - the 110bpm vocal house chug of 'Back Where I Belong' and the dreamy 100bpm swagger of 'A Little Bit Late For That Now'.
*Classic Finders Keepers - finally reissued on vinyl.* Finders Keepers continues in it's mission to unearth some of the finest treasures the Western world has never seen with this incredible 1976 album from Turkish radical folk singer Selda Bagcan. Part of Finders Keepers' 'Anatolian Invasion' series, this particular record stirred up quite a fuss among the world's Turkish communities on it's release, achieving a certain notoriety for Selda herself as she proclaimed unashamedly her thoughts on freedom of speech and quality of life. So it's political, we've got that down, but since most of us don't speak … Read more
Deadbeat dubs two cuts from The Upsetter and The Orb's 'More Tales From The Orbservatory'. Topside he gives a slow, heaving Rhythm & Sound style extended Nyah dub for 'Ball Of Fire'; flipside 'Fuzzball' is reduced and stepped-up on a Champions League Dub.
**Green and yellow duck vinyl housed in heavyweight casebound tip on jacket with 4 page booklet of liner notes by Stephen Thrower and Nick Percival** "The score to the notorious banned in many countries Lucio Fulci video nasty is a revelation tracks such as ‘New York One More Night ‘ mix disco funk and latin to striking effect while slower tracks such as ‘The Ripper’ manage to capture the sleazy pre disney clean up of New York perfectly with their moody sax breaks and 42nd street atmosphere."
Thursday, 28 November
Egyptrixx becomes the latest member of the Night Slugs crew to emerge from the maturation chamber dripping with futurist fluids and wielding terrifying cybernetic implants. The Canadian producer had always been one of the more alien elements of the NS team, a status borne out by his neglected 2011 LP Bible Eyes. While whatever memo almost all the label's producers got has often resulted in stylistic changes beyond recognition, Egyptrixx has retained his unique character in the chiming synths, dark chords and flair for the epic. While other ice-hot future releases of this ilk: Jam City's Cl… Read more
**Hand-stamped. Vinyl-only** 2nd volume of spectral post-dubstep structures from Klaus on his Tanum label. With its cold, swooshing synth marks and dusting of sparse percussion A-side 'BT Gulf' inhabits spaces between the shadow carving-dynamics of Raime and the spectral crackle of Indignant Senility whereas B-side 'Strafe' comes off like James Blake gone dark amabient/neo-classical, all splintered drums and air-quivering bass roiling with lonely brass motifs in midnight atmosphere.
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* Ejecta is a fresh synth-pop project formed by producer, Joel Ford (Autre Ne Veut, Ford & Lopatin), and vocalist Leanne Macomber (Neon Indian) for new London label, Happy Death. Their sound is firmly rooted in '80s minimal wave and 4AD pop, by turns economically arranged and flush with sparkling synth and vocal hooks and detailed production. Ten songs scope out gauzy ground somewhere between This Mortal Coil, Chromatics, Sally Shapiro and Autre Ne Veut at his most reserved; an intriguing proposition…