Thursday, 07 February 2013
Carsten Nicolai and Olaf Bender roll out another Diamond Version EP off their production line with an efficiency they're no doubt acutely aware, and proud of. Far from offering diminishing returns, though, this project seems to get more interesting with each 12" instalment: 'Turn On Tomorrow' eschews the hard lines and sharp corners we've come to expect from these producers in favour of something more fluid and amorphous, resulting in a slippery, stealthy electro bomb that reminds us of nothing so much as early Touchin' Bass productions. There's a return to S-M severity on … Read more
**Translucent Green Vinyl** Trusta and Policy set about remixing Belgian duo Goldffinch's biggest cuts. The highlight undoubtedly belongs to Trusta, who serrates and re-patches 'Funky Steppa' with a more spacious roll and itchy drum detailing anchored by bulging subbass. On a party-time tip, Policy gives up a strangely funny, slightly wonky take on 'Outer Twigs' revolving around jaunty MIDI brass melodies and dippy bassline.
Sonic Router's label top a fine debut annum with Hav Lyfe's first solo album of buckled beats and mid-fi 'lectronic wooze. He's previously shared a split tape with Wanda Group aka Dem Hunger, so you should have some idea of the unsteady ground he's treading; trippin' from Ssaliva-like bust-beats on 'Civivic' to the Hype Williams-esque boogie slant of 'My Man Kelly Moon From The Gavin' and taking in sublime highlights on the re-fractal OPN-isms of 'Mond' or moments reminding of Jan Jelinek on U Ain't Bout Dat Lyf'. Support from Baron Mordant, Matthewdavid, Ben UFO.
**Sophisticated, vintage-sounding Japanese lounge and soul grooves** "Shintaro Sakamoto begins a new chapter in his storied career with the release of his debut solo album, the otherworldly folk pop masterpiece ‘How To Live With A Phantom’. For over two decades, Sakamoto was the frontman and leader of Japanese psychedelic phenomenon Yura Yura Teikoku. While the group only ever played a handful of shows outside of their homeland, they achieved cult status throughout the world and saw several albums reissued in limited pressings in the US, including the critically acclaimed… Read more
**150g vinyl housed in old-skool tip-on style jacket** "Coming hot on the heels of his first full length, the self-proclaimed "most sampled artist of all time," released the groundbreaking black concept LP Is It Because I'm Black (a full 13 months before Marvin Gaye's What's Going On). Throwing away the notion of a sophomore jinx, Syl delivered this politically charged document. To hear him tell it, Syl Johnson could have been as big as James Brown or Al Green. #1 on the charts, top billing on the marquee, Hall of Fame inductions, tearful tributes... all within his reach, and yet … Read more
**White vinyl** Martyn and 2000Black (Kaidi Tatham & Dennis "Dego" McFarlane) give up fresh broken beat and house remixes of FaltyDL's loved-up 'She Sleeps' move. 2000Black's mixes - remix, instrumental, acapella - do that grown-up and jazzy thing to a reassuring extent, but if you fancy some muck on yer biscuit get down with Martyn's ruddier, electro-laced house stepper.
**Edition of 500 double vinyl in gatefold album sleeve** The Names' 1982 LP 'Swimming' is a bona fide cold wave classic. Recorded at Strawberry Studios by Martin Hannett, the original album is now re-issued with their Peel session of the same year (the first ever recorded by a Belgian band) and the popular singles 'Calcutta' and 'Nightshift'. Their blend of coldly impassioned vocals, romantic synths, driving drums and sophisticated songwriting is an archetypal Factory/Les Disques Du Crépuscule sound, and strongly recommended to fans of that heart-aching Joy Division style aped by so, so many in recent times.
Thursday, 31 January 2013
Moiré makes a strong first impression on his/her Werk Discs debut, backed with a dope Actress remix and featuring vox by Heidi Vogel. 'Drugs' is the sound of a heavy night out, churning screwface bass beneath emotional Detroit synth pads and swinging claps like to come off like Lone's cousin who really knows how to get down. His 'Into' joint follows that train of thought with proper dancefloor finesse, inverting euphoric '90s vibes - diva wails, reese bass, disembodied synth voices - to a strangely squashed yet prodding sort of technoid disco, and 'Lose It' makes Heidi Vogel sputter… Read more
Beneath brings his murky dubstep and Funky hybrids to Tectonic in heavy style. 'Duty' sets up for the stagger and waggle crew with loose drums offsetting old skool Loefah-style subs and plangent synth shapes that open and envelope an uncoiling, industrial-strength steppers' groove. 'Texers' flexes out on a badboy rollers tip; elliptical bass and hardbody snares synch under darkside Ed Rush-style synthlines and a chirping early '00s grime hook that's got us by the balls.
Disko404 present the first Nubian Mindz gear in five years! As a favourite of Kode 9 and 4 Hero, Colin Lindo's broken beat alias is responsible for some defining moments in the UK bass 'nuum and can be hailed as one of the closest antecedents to the latterday sound of Kode 9 or 2562's more technoid constructions, working that sweetspot between Detroit techno, UK D&B, and more rooted, Afro futurist flavours. Here, he's well in step with current trends, taking in the fluid swing techno currents of 'Hacker Wacker' alongside the Theo Parrish-like bump and fuzz of 'Vox & Cymbal'
Portland-via New Zealand might seem like quite a long way to go in search of the perfect sound, but it seems to have paid off for Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson. A gleefully psychedelic mix of early Pink Floyd and the Soft Machine with just enough West Coast transistor radio rock 'n roll thrown in for good measure, Nielson has a sound few others are trawling right now, and it works in his favour. There's nothing pretentious about these songs, and in a couple of minutes he manages to get more heart and soul across than most bands manage in an entire record. Maybe… Read more
"Norwegian/Mexican Carmen Villain is the latest signing to Smalltown Supersound. She has spent the last year working on her debut album, resulting in a tempestuous, psychedelic and dreamlike set of songs with a defiantly DIY underground free-rock sound. This 12" features a remix by Prins Thomas, Limited to an edition of 500 copies."
Exotic Pylon make their most convincing move on the 'floor yet with six tracks of adroit bass work and unstable electronics from Ed Gillett's Shape Worship project. From the top, 'Mzunga' opens a heady space between early ambient techno and the kind of Afro-futurist grooves explored by Actress and the Diskant lot, and 'Concentration' runs that vibe to a swinging, celestial 2-step with shades of Laurel Halo shared in the brief, spiralling vignette 'Seaglass'. Things take a turn to almost pop-wise realms with the Four Tet-like construction of 'Air White Smoke Signal', and 'Quilt' comes off li… Read more
**Silkscreened sleeves in hand-painted and silkscreened heavyweight boxset. Edition of 145** Italy's wonderful Planam label presents Jason Meagher and Pat Murano's freeform 1996 recordings compiled on 6 LPs for the first time - the elusive 10 copies of the original triple cassette release have all but vanished into the ether. Effectively, these recordings present a more extreme and primal sound pre-dating and paralleling the duo's better known work in the revered No-Neck Blues Band, and act as a distant relative to the cryptic astrology of Murano's incredible Decimus series. Imagin… Read more
**180-gram wax LP with original art expanded on a gatefold old-school “tip-on” jacket - Includes In-depth liner notes interviewing Valle and Lyrics in Portuguese & English* "During the hot Brazilian summer of 1971, Marcos and Paulo Sergio Valle, along with their significant others and six additional couples, rented a few modest fisherman shacks in the small village of Búzios to escape from Rio’s more populated beaches. The focus was making music and soul searching, as was the practice for affluent young hippies back then. They stayed for two months. “I wanted to go in a new direction,” says Ma… Read more
UK bass mastermind Anthony Campbell aka Dobie returns to the fray with a classic rooted yet fresh-sounding 3rd album - his first since 2004's 'The Sound Of One Hand Clapping (Version 2.5)' for BBE. Building on his best work with everyone from Soul II Soul, Massive Attack and Bjork, 'We Will Not Harm You' distills elements of 2-step, house, bleep techno, dubstep, and hip hop, all inna proper London style. It's a sound he's been honing for the past 18 months in the studio, taking inspiration from nearly three decades as a DJ and a wealth of under-and-overground industry experience to put his… Read more
Thursday, 24 January 2013
**Triple LP with full colour inner sleeves, including many unseen rare photos and facsimile concert posters** Necessary reissue of an enormous, seminal drone session conducted by Japanese Fluxus Yoshi Wada and friends. For this recording Wada assembled his self-made 20' and 10' horns at Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York on February 24 , 1974, with players including Rhys Chatham, Barbara Stewart, Garrett List, Liz Phillips, and Wada, himself. The spellbinding performance on four pipes revolves around a single drone attuned to the frequency of the space and its acou… Read more
"The follow-up album to Brazilian singer, songwriter, and musician Marcos Valle’s 1970’s self-titled long player, Garra continues to express a socially aware stance combined with a playful hodge-podge of samba, bossa nova, baião (a rhythmic beat from the rural northeast of Brazil), black American music, and psychedelic rock. Marcos and lyricist brother Paulo Sergio recorded the disc with some of Brazil’s top studio musicians and created the pair’s most overtly political statement. Recorded amongst sessions for a steady stream of popular TV novella soundtracks—a side gig for the sun-kissed composer… Read more
Kinetic, emotive bass/house tracks by up 'n comer, Blacksmif. 'How The Fly Saved The River' casts a romantic dancefloor groove rife with plush, uplifting chords and crisply detailed technoid garage swing. 'Kang's Odyssey' cools off on the flip with a tidier R&B mentality giving way to summery keys and colourful modern boogie vibes beside Lorca's bluer, reduced take on the title.
"Marcos Valle was originally released in 1970 and not only features a seductive cover image of Marcos reading the local papers with a bottle of liquor on a side table, but a dynamic musical backing from some of Brazil’s most gifted players. Hip-hop fans may even recognize the opening horn blasts of “Ele E Ela,” sampled to great effect on Jay Z’s “Thank You.” Any way you spin it, we at Light In the Attic are extremely proud to present Marcos Valle as part of our four-album Marcos Valle reissue campaign. Consisting of an ambitious string of early 1970s landmark studio sessions (sympathetic in… Read more
**18 rarities circa '60s and '70s drawn from Studio One's offshoot label, Ironside, starring Prince Jazzbo, Don Drummond, Dennis Alcapone, Johnny Osbourne, Cornel Campbell and more beside. Heavyweight double-vinyl edition in deluxe gatefold sleeve with full sleeve notes** "Soul Jazz Records continues to dig deeper into the vaults of the mighty Studio One, the most important record label in the history of Reggae music. Founded by legendary producer Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd and famously dubbed 'the university of Reggae' by Chris Blackwell, Studio One is the Reggae equivalent of… Read more
"Georgia Anne Muldrow and DJ Romes’ newest musical incarnation, Blackhouse, is a powerful manifestation of soulful dance music, with Georgia on the beats and Romes on the cuts. As the title implies, the project draws much from the house realm filtered through a hip hop lens. This is music to move you both figuratively and literally. Playing like a party from beginning to end, Georgia’s immaculate combination of playing and programming is accentuated by Romes’ pristine cuts. This is not chamber music and it doesn’t exist in a vacuum either. Anyone familiar with … Read more
**Features one of the earliest known guitar performances by Prince Rogers Nelson, Housed in heavyweight, tip-on style jacket** "With insurance money from a recently overturned Buick Century, brothers Andre and Pierre Lewis went on a recording tear through the Twin Cities in 1978, cutting a half-dozen songs in as many studios. Combining the astrosexuality of Parliament with the sophisticated flammability of Earth, Wind & Fire, the Lewis Connection’s misspelled debutcaptures the Minneapolis Sound’s founding fathers—Prince among them—at the paradigm-shifting confluence of funk,… Read more
Smooth-ass, '90s-sounding R&B/hip-hop remixed by Jacques Greene and Machinedrum. Jacques Greene hears 'The Perfect Blues' from the 'Zulu Guru' LP as lo-slung, emotive house and Machinedrum veers the opposite direction with a skittish jazz-funk footwork take.
The 1st of 2 lean and experimental bass sessions from Spatial. In proper London swing mode 'Unify' synchronises garage, techno and bashment styles with nimble flair beside the Alva Noto-esque 'Dubfiction Runout' on the front, and 'Cara Gatti' comes unique with pinging delays and clipped, stick 'n move 2-step funk nodding to SND on the flip, sandwiched by the recurring 'Dubfiction Runout'. Tight, like.
The 2nd of 2 lean and experimental bass sessions from Spatial for London/NYC-based Stillcold Records. 'Cog Diss Dance' is some proper advanced swerve stuff, rollin' and shuffling with dippy bleeps and knotty rhythms on a mad Afro flex accentuated by slicing junglist snares. For more immediate, throbbing fun, 'Chatter' lays down a sub-heavy 4/4 laced with chiming, reversed rhythmelodic patterns on a late night jack, bookended by two shorter, murkier bass experiments inna Raster Noton style.
*Edition of 500 copies on coloured vinyl in a deluxe gatefold package, contains an a 48 page colour booklet with new sleevenotes by martin newell. this compilation has never been available before on vinyl* "Deluxe vinyl issue of an album that first appeared on CD in 2004, which serves both as an introduction for new listeners and as a ‘refresher’ for past listeners. In fact,. The 18 tracks on this collection were the ‘best of’ The Cleaners vinyl years -- as opposed to their d.i.y. tape years. One of the great undiscovered talents of underground pop music… Read more
Thursday, 17 January 2013
**PAN's first release of 2013 is an epic plunderphonic simulation recommended to followers of Thought Broadcast, Wanda Group, Ghédalia Tazartès. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, pressed on 140g vinyl and packaged in a pro-press color jacket which itself is housed in a silkscreened PVC sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas** PAN's first move on 2013 is a psychedelic, plunderphonic concrète collage by Athens-based artist Jar Moff. 'Commercial Mouth' is perhaps best aligned with the gyroscopic logic of labelmates Ghédalia Tazartès or Joseph Hammer, intersecting and ov… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** ‘Anything in Return’ is a more grown up record for Bundick, and he seems to have used this as an outlet for all the genres he’s managed to absorb since his last full-length. Opener ‘Harm in Change’ takes a liberal pinch of classic house, ‘So Many Details’ has the James Pants-indebted West Coast neon shuffle everyone got so fixated on last year, and ‘Touch’ sounds like Bundick’s been sipping a bit of James Blake in his off-time. This is hardly a bad thing either, rather than imitate each style to the letter, Bundick only na… Read more