Thursday, 09 October
UTTU gets them cherry-picking fingers mucky again with Rushmore's 1st single outside of the Trax Couture label. In case you weren't following, Rushmore's dealt out a couple of killer 12"s to date fusing UK grime with Ballroom, Chi-house and footwork in excellent fashion. Here he's typically wayward, flexing out from Todd Terry styles in 'Dance Show' to an outstanding slow/fast ghetto-tech sound on 'Droptop', whereas 'Run II' eases off on a moody gherkin jerk tip and 'Throwback' juggles clipped chords and raspin' typewriter percussion like some raw-ass take on early SND. Tip!
Excellent primer on the diffuse, highly influential elektronik music scene centred around the N.W. German industrial city, Düsseldorf circa late '70s-early '80s. Spanning work by common elements such as Wolfgang Riechmann - who played with both Kraftwerk, La Düsseldorf, and Neu!'s Michael Rother - in the sparkling 'Wunderbar', and La Düsseldorf's eponymous anthem, through to the ambient visions of Harmonia & Eno, and or the proto-techno warning volleys of D.A.F.'s 'Der Mussolini', Die Krupps' helter skelter 'Wahre Arbeit Wahrer Lohn' and Liasons Dangereuses' de… Read more
'Golden Circle Afternoon' is the trippy, fractured travelogue of a European tour undertaken by Argentinian avant-guitarist Anla Courtis and sound artists, BJNilsen & Stilluppsteypa. It's a dense and often frightening session, condensing some months of field recordings and transitional concepts into a heavy moving mass of drones, acousmatic sound sources and noisy flux, as though hearing their lives played in fast-forward and super slow, almost as you'd imagine the sense-scrambling experience of extended touring to be. To be honest I couldn't really speak … Read more
"Death Waltz deliver Jeff Grace’s score to The House Of The Devil, Ti West’s acclaimed shocker that homages and celebrates films from one of the true golden ages of horror cinema. Coming from the same kind of place as The Omen and Rosemary’s Baby, the film has a certain period aesthetic that is reflected in its brooding and slow-burning score. Whilst it starts with an electric guitar and synth piece that immediately sets the mood and the time, Grace’s score doesn’t immediately hit you over the head, instead building itself up over time and increasing intensity while always being absolu… Read more
Antinote's Geena switches tack to ruddier, Afro-centric jaxx as Accem Myomi for Odd Frequencies. Working with barest essentials, he hammers out four hypnotic, abrasive tattoos trekking across the swampy jag of 'It Took The Night To Beliece' to a blunted, slower take on vintage Regis in 'Palms Crossed' and out to mind-swill acid bang on 'Hours So Wrong' and 'Next Stop Unknown'.
*180g LP audiophile pressing includes art print poster + download code* " New instrumental rock project of Simon Trottier and Olivier Fairfield from Timber Timbre long active in Quebec's experimental/punk scene. Also features Timber Timbre frontman Taylor Kirk. When Timber Timbre’s ambient music for a horror film went unused back in 2012, Trottier and Fairfield began revisiting the sound palette they had built up for the soundtrack at Trottier's studio in Hull, Quebec, expanding on their techniques and textures, adding drums, bass and various other instruments, and. The duo found that they had dug i… Read more
Lakker back for seconds on R&S with two of their craftiest, noisiest cuts to date. This 12" feels like Lakker have fully realised their potential, confident enough to bullishly pursue darkest, dramatic techno themes in their unique style. A-side 'Mountain Divide' opens a widescreen vortex of howling harmonics and surging slowfast steppers rhythms rising to a dome-blowing breakdown and back out into full-on symphonic noise assault with a throttling, roiling climax. B-side, Math Fall' embarks more cautiously with strobing synth voices and shuddering white noise shocks scudding around like so… Read more
Up-and-coming NYC rapper, Bishop Nehru, gets served a healthy sack of beats by metal-fingers-in-exile, Doom, for his debut album with Lex Records. Imagine how gassed Nehru must be, a 19 year old MC with a massive thing for golden-era '90s hip hop, who's been given a debut vehicle by the guy who defined that era at its most rugged, smartest? Luckily it doesn't go to his head on 'NehruvianDOOM (Sound Of The Son)'. He comes off as a keen, hungry, disciplined rapper with a consciousness beyond his years. But it's debatable how far he stamps his own personality on the project. Riding over a s… Read more
*Heavyweight 3LP Box Set* "As a robust rock underground got swallowed alive by the Major Label Industrial Complex, the very autonomous Unwound - Olympia, Washington's Great Noise Hope - toed the troublesome line between pay check and Check Engine light. Captured in the gaps of a ruthless touring schedule, defining fourth and fifth albums The Future of What and Repetition were issued in the back-to-back springs of 1995 and '96. Both find the band severing their post-hardcore roots, for gripping detours into Echoplex, kraut, D&B, and Mingus, as guided by a sun-worn copy of Book Your Own Fuckin' Life… Read more
**Full version of the album on CD included inside** "Adam Bainbridge returns, co-writing with Robyn, Kelela, Ghanaian rapper M.anifest and Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange et al), a long-time friend whose 2013 ’Cupid Deluxe’ included contributions from Bainbridge. ‘Otherness’ is Adam's vision, but it's a collective vision. On the album’s opening track, ‘World Restart’, Bainbridge’s vocals remain in the backing chorus. Kelela and Ade sing the lead parts. The song rides the sort of lithe and loose horns (by Finn Peters) you might hear on a Fela Kuti record, but they're tethered to a boogie bassline and Bainbridge's own rich percussive clatter…"
Fresh from making his name on DVS1's Mistress Recordings. Doubt drops a rugged haul of heavy house on Don't Be Afraid. In possession of an infectiously raw sound palette, the Midwestern producer is set to garner a whole heap of new followers to his muscular, gritted style, from the grungy alley drive and moody progressions of 'Poor Dog' to the murky industrial pounder, When I Was Young', and the clogged filter funk of 'Frosx', which already counts Alexander Nut and 2562 amongst its fans. One to watch.
Redinho pays up on the promise of his early 12" trio with the talkbox-abusing electro-funk of his debut album. A big favourite of Glasgow/London's Numbers fam, Red's sound is steeped in proper, West Coast G-funk and jazz-nimble electronica, streaming forward electric synthlines and his talkbox signatures anchored by a diverse range of rhythms, from Carpenter-esque slow electro ('Stinger') to broken beats a la Dorian Concept ('Searching'), thru to beautiful Balearic chug ('Shem') and plentiful percolating boogie heaters. RIYL Rustie, Jam City, Jackmaster's Tweak-a-holic sessions.
A trio of Hamburg's finest, Peter M. Kersten (Lawrence), Christian Naujocks, and Richard Von Der Schulenburg, feel out a quietly freeform jazz-electronica sound as Sky Walking. Improvising in hushed dialogue at a "rotten studio in the backyard of a record store in Hamburg", the trio channel influence from the rustling backdrops of Gruppo Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, Gerard Grisey's spectral experiments, and Psychic TV's strange sound worlds via a "weird collection of instruments" including some Russian microphones and the "saddest sounding steel drum". The results unfurling a miniature… Read more
**Transparent green wax** E.R.P. (Convextion), Ramjac Corporation, and Martin Van Der Vleuten tackle a true techno classic for Last Known Trajectory. Originally released by Irdial in 1992, In Sync's 'Storm' 12" is a masterclass in machine-driven soul. Gerard Hanson aka E.R.P. gives 'Storm' a muggier, slower revision riding signature, super-wide bassline thru dense, liquid atmospheres laced with the original's lush hook and chords, whereas Dutch legend Martin van der Vleuten opts for a more expansive, proggy take on the flip. In between, Ramjac Corporation rework 'Warm' as a tight breakbeat electro number. Mastered by Steven Hitchell in Detroit.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Detroit three piece Ritual Howls' new album tells stories fit for Poe or Lovecraft. On their debut full length for felte they incorporate a variety of styles into an ominously self-assured statement of intent, Ben Saginaw and Chris Samuels' sounds providing an imposing form for Paul Bancell's darkly alive lyrics to inhabit. Their influences range from English post-punk to Nick Cave to the industrial sounds of Skinny Puppy, and the band melds them expertly. Combining field recordings with electronics, this music is sound design turned p… Read more
Rare and unreleased funk jams from Slave frontman Steve Arrington's 80-84 drawer. "Steve Arrington, 80s hit maker and former front man of funk legends Slave, is back after a 20+ year hiatus from the music business. His collaborations with Snoop Dogg and Dam Funk from 2013, and brand new self-produced material throughout 2014, show that Steve's still got the funk in super human quantities (as they say in Dayton OH, home town of Arrington, Slave, Zapp, The Ohio Players etc etc etc - "there must be something in the water"). "Way Out (80-84)" a retrospective encompassing all of Arrington’s… Read more
Kowton and Julio Bashmore present four heady hardware constructions on Glasgow's All Caps label. Paying tribute to those massive old Soviet hovercraft, Ekranoplan, the 'Wing In Surface Effect' EP glides from filtered ambient chords in 'One Meter Up', to one deep-but-punchy muffukka called 'Coil' doing Chi house boogie via Bristol/London bass styles on the A-side. Turn her over and 'Star Frog' sustains a sublime tension with raw, ticking percussion and piquant arpeggios awash with purple hued chords - perfect for breaking up a set full of heavy bass/kicks - before they fade out to Ground Effect Vehicle'.
Rudest dread techno charge from noob, Nurve, on Pinch's Tectonic. The squashed techno murder of his A-side, 'Wrong Number' was previously sandwiched into the ace Pinch B2B Mumdance mix CD, and is now unleashed as a tracky, galloping tool consolidating all corners of the darkside underground. Flipside, he ups the funk ante with a twysted, techy bomb coming off like some Skam joint gone Bristol, plus a mean bit of whirring 2-step techno bruk in 'Spasm'. Watch yer bons bons.
Thursday, 02 October
*Hyper-forward exercises in technoid reduction and frequency fxxxxckerry from the super talented Gabor Lazar, with a full-length collaboration with Mark Fell due soon on The Death of Rave. Edition of 500, initial copies on coloured wax, mastered and cut by Matt Colton* Prodigious minimalist Gábor Lázár twysts out six cuts of super-forward techno reductions on his debut vinyl, 'EP16', for The Death Of Rave. Combining viscerally affective electronic timbre and hyperkinetic patterns, they're real-time recordings of Gábor extracting maximum funk from a single note rendered as sheer gradients pitched an… Read more
Shocking, extended double AA 12" from Russell Haswell paying tribute to OG Latino freestyle and industrial funk edits with inimitable, improvised flair. Back on Diagonal following his scintillating and unusually "pop" structured '37 Minute Workout' LP, plus a couple of furnace blast LPs for Bocian and Editions Mego, this entirely improvised session captures Russell in the wild, trapped between daemonic nO!se and snapjaw drum patterns nodding to early Omar Santana or Carlos Berrio and his own past as a go-to studio editor for labels such as Mute. The A-side is a slyly arousing but terrifying… Read more
**Gatefold vinyl** Adam Wiltzie (Stars Of The Lid) and Dustin O'Halloran reprise their acclaimed strings and keys duo, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, with 'Atomos I - XII' for Erased Tapes. We can safely report that it's every bit as gorgeous as their eponymous debut, but you probably already got the hint from their teaser 12", 'Atomos VII' which landed earlier this year backed with a fearsome Ben Frost re-interpretation. The further XI parts sweep us to the most picturesque modern classical panoramas imaginable...
**Double gatefold vinyl** As promised, with 'Exit', The Bug presents deeper, further versions and cuts that couldn't fit on his 'Angels & Devils' LP. The Grouper-starring 'Void' appears again, backed with a starker version and the vaulted vocal of her yearning new piece, 'Black Wasp', again with an instrumental full of worm-charming subs and decayed drones. The flipside of this dread pound is a louder cut of the murderous 'Function' featuring Manga, and the heavy troddin' march of 'Blaow' featuring The Bug's long-time spar, Daddy Freddy.
*Free Shipping in the UK* *Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain Denmark, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. If you are in another country please contact us for postage costs* Vinyl on Demand return with a second volume of one of their most requested releases - 80's Minimal-Synth-Wave Vol.2. This epic 12 LP set comes housed in a foil embossed canvas box and includes rare material from 80's Berlin Punk and New Wave operator Mkie Vamp, core-Members to the famous… Read more
This is so ace - and another example of why everyone envies Scotland, and Glasgow in particula - Laps are a mysterious and achingly cool duo who sound like the mutant siblings of Saâda Bonaire. Their 'Ladies As Pimps' EP stalks well-trodden yet timeless styles with serious attitude and allure, bringing members of Golden Teacher and the Green Door Studios gang to abet their salacious grooves between the louche ESG dip of 'Dirty Guys Dirty Corners' thru the Peaking Lights-like dub-pop lope of 'All The Kids' and the Glas-cago swagger-jack of Mojo', to blown-out Thought Broadcast meets Ectoplas… Read more
Justin Broadrick's Godflesh churn up 'A World Lit Only By Fire' on their first new album in 13 years. Known as B.C. Green and JK Broadrick to the authorities, Godflesh are perhaps the best known exponents of industrial metal that the world has known: they single-handedly invented the genre with their eponymous debut in 1988 and have dominated discerning moshpits ever since with thunderous drum machines crushed by patented, claw-handed riffage. And thank f**k nowt has changed since their last LP, 'Hymns' in 2001. On 'A World Lit Only By Fire' they're still a pair of Brummie badasses… Read more
**Transparent vinyl edition of 300** Face-melting noise session from a pair of seasoned French agitants, Julien Ottavi and Kaspar T. Toeplitz, for Poland's Bocian. Breaking duties between them, Ottavi does vocals and crotales, Kaspar mans bass guitar, both of them on computer, creating side-long rackets of roiling drone and pulverised concretè texture conducted with nose-to-the-grain sensitivity. The first side, 'Corollaire au vacarme du silence' appears to manifest their taste for film noir more distinctly in its KTL-like atmospheric pressure systems, whilst the oth… Read more
*Deluxe Version includes a bonus 12" EP with exclusive Dub and Remix Versions, plus download code* L.A.'s sun-kissed psych-pop duo drop a doozy of a new album on Domino's Weird World. While still mesmeric and free-wheeling, 'Cosmic Logic' sounds as though Indra Dunis and Aaron Coyes have been buffing up at a secret pop gym in Los Angeles, resulting a much firmer, efficient approach to their songwriting and production bound to satisfy their legion followers. Tuning in with the bubblegum jangle of 'Infinite Trips', their new diet of pure crystals and mushie jui… Read more
'Dogs' is the enchanting fifth album from Berlin-based Norwegian polymath, Kim Hiorthøy - his first in seven years. Equally rooted in the sample-based culture of the early '90s - rave, hip hop, house - as much as Erik Satie's plaintive solo piano works, it's yet another gorgeous iteration of Hiorthøy's abundant talents across graphic design, film-making, painting and many more disciplines beside. As such, it's richly imbued with the sense of clean, sparse efficiency of expression and warmth of character that unites all strands of his praxis, deftly sashaying from mid-air meditations to whip-smart … Read more
**Superb darkside electro & techno-pop instrumentals run thru VHS and Betamax for proper, tape-warped tension and metallic atmosphere** "A unique investigation of the terrors and pleasures of temporal displacement. A sinister sonic architecture of drum-machine-music and analogue synths. Span forty years in a moment... ultimate time transfusion... skin crackles, a rhapsody in flames... witness images of torn, ruthless smiles through the crashed distortion; try to recall the future memory of a figure lost on a distant shore."
**4th side is a laser etching** Just the ticket: an outstanding, genre-hopping return from Brooklyn's finest, delivered on Paul Smith's ever dependable Blast First Petite. 'Familiar' is ten tracks deeper, spiking the senses with electro-pop a la Chris & Cosey in 'Maids' and shoe-gazing motorik pop in 'Palace To Palace'; plus the incredible shamanic techno-pop of 'Sunburned Kids', 808 drone-pop on 'Holy Girl', and future-sprawl blues of 'Grinning In Your Face', culminating in a cover of Tim Buckley's 'Song To The Siren' and a massive black vortex in 'Destroy'. RIYL Animal Collective, HTRK, Chris & Cosey.