Thursday, 28 November
**Double vinyl edition of 250** Andrea Parker's Touchin' Bass crew remerge for a proper electro showcase. The timing feels uncannily appropriate as everyone from the Swamp81 crew to James T Cotton are appropriating vintage electro tropes, perhaps in defiance of the term's bastardisation, or probably because they work so damn well on the 'floor. Either way, Andrea Parker's electro credentials are certifiable and she's picked a fine selection spanning veteran button-pushers and new skool electroids. For fans of that vintage '90s/early '00s sound there's plenty to check, from the Drex… Read more
Ghostly International serve a sweet addendum to Gold Panda's 'Half Of Where You Live' replete with Fort Romeau and T Hemingway remixes. Album versions of etheric house swinger 'Community' and the smudged, Dilla-wise 'Reprise' appear alongside a skinnier and extended demo and live versions, whilst Fort Romeau tempers 'Community' to a gently uplifting ambient piano house schematic and adds heady compressions and dranken R&B trills to 'Reprise' on the EP's big highlight.
*Limited Edition orange and red 180gm Vinyl housed in a tip-on sleeve, Includes a CD copy free inside* "One of the finest modern scores we at Death Waltz towers have heard in a very long time. It’s simply monsterous, a huge sounding record that references John Carpenter, Goblin, Stevlio Cipriani, late 70s prog and early 80s electronic music all the while with it’s feet firmly in the present day. The minute we heard this score we knew we had to release it."
*bEEdEEgEE is the performing alias of Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance* "SUM/ONE’ is his debut record as a solo artist. Brian’s immersion in art and music has covered the spectrum of performance, sound and visual mediums. Well regarded on the underground New York art scene, DeGraw has shown his paintings, sculptures and drawings around the world, both independently and as part of the James Fuentes Gallery stable in NYC, and has collaborated with the likes of Harmony Korine, Rita Ackerman and Doug Aitken. Best known as a core member of Gang Gang Dance, his group’s creative energy has always pointed t… Read more
Debut single of drag pop and ambient trap from hotly-tipped Filipino producer on XL/Abeano. As is kinda the norm for a bedroom producer in 2013, Eyedress crafted the 'Supernatural' EP with Fruity Loops on his dad's old laptop PC and hits up a sound somewhere between Salem's debut (only?) album and Grimes-on-qaaludes. Best to check the super saccharine electronics and dreamy vox of 'Biolumine' and the tense, whirring trap beats and electro discord of 'No Competition' for highlights.
**Double Gatefold LP** "Since his passing in 2012, we have surveyed the substantial personal archive of Jef Gilson’s acetates, test pressings and reel to reel tapes with the kind permission of his widow,Geneviève. The task has not been easy, it’s taken numerous trips to France and the generous assistance of a small army of translators, advisors, musicologists, amateur enthusiasts and record collectors, as well as the surviving members of Gilson’s musical entourage, for us to gather together the information required to make this album. In it you will find music we‘ve chosen from having listene… Read more
Boya trails last years' appearance on Opal Tapes' 'Cold Holiday' compilation with three cuts of murky, psychoactive house and techno for Mister Saturday Night. He's conceived one of the finest additions to the dialogue between house, noise and lo-fi electronics you'll hear this year. 'That's Us' is a really sweet dancefloor dreamer meshing celestial harps and voices with grubby drums and bass in the strangest, weightless atmosphere, whilst 'The Idler' comes off like some Ron Hardy or Jamal Moss disco looper that's been steeped in a vat of GHB for twenty years. B-sideit gets better yet with the massi… Read more
**Perfectly discomforting post-punk pop from Pheromoans characters on Luke "Helm" Younger's Alter label** "The Bomber Jackets are the London based trio of Russell Walker, Daniel Bolger and Sian Dorrer. The former two names you may recognise from their roles in prolific post-punk nitwits the Pheromoans, whilst the latter has played in various groups in London’s thriving DIY scene and opened the notorious London venue Power Lunches. Founded by Walker and Bolger after the death of an ill-fated trio with Nik Void who went on to find greater fame and fortune with Factory Floor, the group was… Read more
*2013 Reissue* "Cool post-punk garagey Gang Of Four joyfulness" - Guardian Guide". Electrelane are four young women who refuse to be defined by one sound, and their second album, 'The Power Out', is a gauntlet thrown down to those who think they can predict their next move. Recorded and mixed in Chicago with Steve Albini. While the speedy ambience of their debut remains, the most startling difference is that they have introduced vocals, something largely absent from their previous recordings. Not only do words play a more important role on this album, but Verity uses her voice as an instrument to devastating effect, singing in English, German, French and Spanish. Check.
"Vanessa (A Dreamer) is the second 12” from Brooklyn-based artist Divvorce on Fifth Wall, the imprint he founded last February with Hound Scales. Drawing influence from such pretentious sources as Franz Kafka, the early work of Darren Aronofsky, and a solitary walk through the streets of Paris during Fashion Week, the EP consists of two compact slices of techno(?) and two remixes. First is the meandering, dreamlike “Wander 7,” followed by the truculent but jubilant “Roquentin’s Release” and finishing with remixes by fellow Fifth Wall artists Physical Therapy and Unklone."
Vatican Shadow, Rrose, Recondite and NSI remix Function's debut album tracks for the 'floor. We're quite partial to the gloomy grandiosity of Vatican Shadow's 'Psychic Warfare' remix, especially when he flips the switch on those patented goth-techno drums in the 2nd half, but the DJs should also be checking for Rrose's hypnotic reinforcement of 'Against The Wall', or the slink shift of Recondite's 'Incubation' remix, whilst NSI's 'Inter' version harks back to their great work on the 'Shut Up And Dance!' compilation of dance music for ballet, all whirring polymetrics and calculated arpeggios.
**180g vinyl** 'Wunderland' is a dizzying example of 1983-84 digital synth exploration conducted by Ata Tak co-founder, Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator. As you may imagine froman album adorned in surrealist caricatures of mutant, hybrid animals frolicking and playing instruments, the music in 'Wunderland' is more than a touch eccentric. It was created by NDW pioneer Dahlke after moving to New York from Wuppertal in North Western Germany, looking for inspiration amidst the madness of a megatropolis fully adopting the plugged-in sounds of electro after early hip hop. But 'Wunderland' is light years away… Read more
Mordant Music and Ekoplekz reconvene their eMMplekz duo with the incisive observations and blue dub noise of 'Your Crate Has Changed'. The Baron continues to gain confidence as the dark interpreter of a twisted English psyche, making hilarious and cuttingly bleak commentary on everything from syrups to the postal service, sh*t pubs and wi-fi, all set to some of Nick Edwards' craftiest electro-dub backings.
Thursday, 21 November
**2 x 180g LP's housed in printed inners, debossed jacket and Houndstooth-printed PVC sleeve** Aerobic mystics, Joe McBride (Synkro), and Liam Blackburn (Indigo) aka Akkord, present a slickly engrossing debut album for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. It's the definitive manifest of their convergent interests in sacred geometry, mathematics, minimalism and bassbins, deftly balancing dancefloor appeal with the sort of detailed production appreciated by headphone and home listeners. Over its ten tarcks the genes of jungle, dubstep, techno and ambient electronics are spun out and re-encoded wit… Read more
**Includes A4 insert** Blackest Ever Black welcome Barnett + Coloccia to their coven with the desolate scapes of 'Retrieval'. Whilst both artists have a background alloying metal and experimental modes - Faith Coloccia with Mammifer, Pyramids and Everlovely Lighteningheart, and Alex Barnett in Oakeater or more recently, solo for the likes of Catholic Tapes and Nihilist - their introspective 'Retrieval' collaboration is perhaps best defined in terms of their palette: tape-manipulated recordings of acoustic instruments layered with synths and AM radio sounds. Recording sessions for the album… Read more
*One of the rarest, weirdest and most brilliantly odd soundtracks of all time, written and performed by one of the most fascinating underground characters ever. Described by Jello Biafra as “a disco lounge lizard from hell”, Palmer Rockey and the Palmer Rockey story have to be read to be believed, and even then you might not believe it...* Strange Uncle Jonny Trunk pulls another treat from behind his ear - the beguiling, self-pressed suite of disco, pop, country and rock 'n roll by an enigmatic chancer called Palmer Rockey. Entirely composed, written and produced by the ambi… Read more
Watch yer bassbins; Mumdance & Logos unleash the sought-after P.I.V (geddit?) mix of Ben U.F.O. favourite, 'In Reverse' backed with three more rave essentials. For us, it makes up the strongest Keysound release in years, if not their entire catalogue. the dread bass and wig-flipping riddim of 'In Reverse' is reinforced for optimal, radical rave playback whilst 'Turrican 2' distills the dirtiest, damned effective bits of grime, 4/4 garage/techno and vaporwave to dazzling effect. 'Wut It Do (12" Mix)' lurches in from future past like some T2000 character sent to save the hardcore rave in 2013… Read more
"After successful collaborations with prestigious guests like Jim O´Rourke and Oren Ambarchi and the widely acclaimed Fire! Orchestra release earlier this year our Swedish friends are back as a trio, lighting up a sonic blaze of rock based riffs and hypnotic jazz-psychedelia. As far from noodling instrumentals as it’s possible to get, the tracks are spontaneously combusting rituals with a clear sense of purpose. Each of the three members is gifted with a formidable technique and arsenal of tricks and effects on their respective instruments, and the album also sees acclaimed saxophonist Mats Gu… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Reissued pair of dark, deeply arresting widescreen synth visions originally issued in 1984 on Harold's own label, Cantil. "Perhaps the darkest entry in his voluminous back catalogue with a quasi-industrial element to the sonic palette. Two 20-minute plus tracks that evoke a post-apocalyptic soundworld with heavy synth drone and suspended single piano notes." Recommended!
**A darker neon-lit return from NNF's far-eastern dream-pop idol** "On her first proper full-length album, Tokyo netscape nightingale Sapphire Slows impressively expands on the spider web tone-bank nocturnes of 2011’s True Breath EP, with headier, haunted highs and eerier, elegant depths. Patiently pieced together across all of 2012 (plus change), and inspired by everything from St. Etienne’s plasticine Euro-house, obscured J-pop memories, Blue Bell Knoll and the saddest Section 25 remixes, Allegoria swirls and spirals through ten textural electronic melancholias composed in solitude. The re… Read more
**Gatefold 4LP with printed inners. Art and design by Will Bankhead and Ashes51** One of the most enduring, influential and critically respected UK dance producers brings a weighty album to land for Loefah's Swamp81 label. Ahead of launching his new Biasonic label platform for the UK scene, he delivers this timely reminder of why he's king of the bassbins, swaggering across lines between house, garage, broken beat and even electro-funk with Roy Davis Junior. In fact, the electro thing seems to be a running theme throughout the album, whether in the shocked-percussion of 'Eingang', as a Mr De' like pre… Read more
**Limited edition of 500** 2nd of three 7"s from Brainfeeder's up-and-coming beat maker/MC issued by Warp. The drawling rap delivery and muggy, barely standing beat of 'Pop Shoot Pop' sounds something like Gaslamp Killer recording for Anticon, and 'Shake Stunt (feat Oliver the 2nd)' bumps sex rhymes and crooked MPC knocks.
Stefan Jaworzyn (Skullflower/Whitehouse) unleashes two further sides of churning, noisy modular f**kery on his legendary and recently revived Shock label. Up top, 'Bilharzia' is a squashed and distressed tract of wobbly bass and surging squall, whilst B-side is loaded with the juggernaut momentum and blistering but lush harmonic noise of 'Make A Joyful Sound'. Check that B-side, it's a beaut!
'HD7' sees Darkstar remix themselves alongside a dreamy Zomby take on 'You Don't Need A Weatherman'. The trio give their own 'Timeaway' a lilting, glassy overhaul for the 'floor, sweetly synching a swinging house groove with chiming harmonics to sound even more like Pantha Du Prince, whilst their 'Hold Me Down' is budged towards a sort of pastoral techno sound. The 'Cult x Zomby remix Kollaps' is the highlight, taking the original to celestial, slinky garage heights.
Theo P gives up two jazz-wise treats on the 50th Sound Signature release. A-side, he tickles tender keys on a sub-100bpm bump loaded with slow humpin' bass on 'Long Walk In Your Sun'; flipside he steps uptempo with the bustling breaks and busy bassline of 'Strawberry Dragon' for the jazz-dancers. Happy golden anniversary SS!
**Yellow Vinyl** Echocord Colour catch Deadbeat at his smartest on 'Mercy Cage'. The original's a swirling beauty of fluctuating chords and padded, propulsive bass momentum in classic Chain Reaction style, whilst the dub is alluring in its sparse, hypnotic Basic Channel-like ghostliness.
**Limited edition of 300 & first 100 include print** Kit Grill succinctly melds slinky house rhythms and lush, harmonious minimalism on his debut album issued via GetMe! (Dam Mantle, Graphics, o F F Love). Over twelve tracks Grill gives knowing nods to the rippling, repetitive phrasing of Phillip Glass and Steve Reich as much as Neu!'s motorik simplicity and the pastoral dance music of CFCF or earlier James Holden. The fidelity is crystal clear and his tone is warm and friendly, oscillating between tenderly suspended melodies and gently insistent, motorik grooves almost oriental in their delicacy and folkwise in their simplicity.
Future-tribalist swagger from one of Bristol's finest young producers. 'Up top, 'Murda' comes off like Joe meets Blank Mind's Alan Johnson inna step-off - all crazed percussive cadence and a promiscuous, ruffneck approach to funky, techno and wot-the-f**k-dya-call-it sounds. Flipside he harks back to the junglist sound of Brizzle elders, Smith & Mighty, with the dubwise rolige of 'Break Pressure'.
**Reissue of earliest computer music. Essential for the computer singing 'Daisy Bell' - so good** "Originally released in 1960 and 1962 on two unique formats with over-lapping tracklists, the seminal Music From Mathematics Showcase Project marked the phonographic introduction of computer generated music for the first time in the public arena. Almost exclusively created at Bell Laboratories using an electronic to sound transducer and a state of the art IBM 7090 (complete with a gargantuan 32KB of disposable memory!) Music From Mathematics featured multiple random-not-random s… Read more
**Reissue of earliest computer music** "Originally released in 1960 and 1962 on two unique formats with over-lapping tracklists, the seminal Music From Mathematics Showcase Project marked the phonographic introduction of computer generated music for the first time in the public arena. Almost exclusively created at Bell Laboratories using an electronic to sound transducer and a state of the art IBM 7090 (complete with a gargantuan 32KB of disposable memory!) Music From Mathematics featured multiple random-not-random sound assaults preconceived by a host of technicians… Read more