Thursday, 13 March
**Gatefold double vinyl with extensive liner notes** Incredible set of "Filmi" disco hits from Bombay circa 1979-1985, starring some of the biggest names in Bollywood music and including *that* version of Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean'! As you might imagine from a Bollywood soundtrack compilation, it's all super camp and decadent, but if you've been checking the Finders Keepers, Bombay Connection or Cartilage Records reissues, you'll realise that aesthetic dovetailed perfectly with Bombay's taste for devilishly effective disco bangers. Selected by DJ Brother Cleve from the dustiest bazaars in I… Read more
**Second Pressing** So the money-shot here is that 17 minute Autechre remix, and it doesn't disappoint. There used to be a time when you could clearly define an autechre track by the era from which it came - Chiastic Slide era material being wholly distinct from, say, Tri Repetae, Garbage or LP5 productions. These days it's a little more complicated, since 2001's Confield Ae seem to have decided to stop fxxcking with us quite as much and employ a more accessible modus operandi, with their last couple of releases containing moments that you could just… Read more
Athens-based DJ, producer and sound designer Eleni Adamopoulou aka Giganta debuts on Werk Discs with five coolly lucid, colourful garage-house deviations. 'Force' is representative of the RBMA graduate's stance against the negativity and violence connoted with Athens since the financial crash of 2008, or as she says, "Music is the force that creates hopes and dreams. And so it all begins." There's a vital, infectious energy to the EP which shouldn't be ignored, from the hiccuping, Akufen-like funk of 'Can't Stop Playing', thru the chromatic chord flares of her Sensate Focus-like 'Spot Scene', to the tr… Read more
Rugged UK house backed with killer Neana remix. 'Hold Up' plays tuff with a distorted, kinky Uk take on New York/New Jersey house stabbed up with electro prangs and flash electro chords. Flipside, Artifact follows his Local Action album and a remix turn for Seb Wildblood on Madtech with a chunky garage-techno heaver, but Neana blows 'em all out the water with his febrile, industrialised 130bpm remix riding bashiest drums, smashing glass, and jawside percussion with the sort of funk and in-the-pocket swagger that could only come from the freshest. Tipped for that at least!
**Limited edition of 385** "Double A-side single pressed on white 7” vinyl (limited to 385 copies ), the first single to be taken from ‘Haul Away!’, the follow up to Liz Green’s debut ‘O, Devotion!’ (2011). Recorded at London’s legendary Toe Rag Studio with producer Liam Watson. Rybka’ translates as ‘little fish’ in Polish, and that’s precisely what the song is about, says Liz: “the little fish getting lost in the big pond. A boy who tries to do right but always seems to end up on the wrong side of the glass.”
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label & 8 Page Booklet Of Lyrics* "Perfect Pussy are one of the boldest and most intriguing projects to surface in recent years, garnering widespread critical acclaim following the release of a four song EP, "I have lost all desire for feeling". Veiled beneath layers of exquisitely abrasive noise, frontwoman Meredith Graves’ lyrics are disarming, brutally honest and poetic, possessing a feverish intensity that can only be matched by Graves’ electric stage presence. Hailing from Syracuse, New York, the band is comprised of members from the loca… Read more
UTTU follow up that utter madness from Mumdance with four tracks of 'floor scrambling rave by one half of Lakker, aka Eomac aka EeOo. Veering wilder than his 'Hither, Pappy' 12" for TTT and ruder than the Lakker output, four tracks come off something like Hecker & Haswell demolishing the R&S back catalogue, freaking out from the salty, brain-tweaking flex of 'Workout' to screwed hoover rave on 'Calc', onto darker AFXian bleeps in 'We Are All The Same', and wonky, exotic wobble with 'Battery Baby'. Recommended!
Thursday, 06 March
**Edition of 500. Mastered by John Tejada and cut to vinyl at D+M Berlin.** Yves De Mey, John Tejada, Recondite, Paul Jebanasam and TM404 put their best jaw forward in slick remixes of Ricardo Donoso's vintage Goan trance-formations. Belgium's Yves De Mey follows impressive outings for Opal Tapes and Semantica with a midnight black take on 'The Sphinx', coolly transposing its darkly sublime early '90s vibes with up-to-the-minute, free-floating sound design, whereas Berlin's Recondite doses the 'floor with a powerful, droning remix of 'Diagonal Environment' amped by rolling bass and… Read more
MMM and Pangaea reinforce Livity Sound zingers to boot up the Bristol label's new remix series. For only their 2nd official remix to date (the James Brown and Donna Summer edits don't count) Fiedel and Errorsmith aka MMM turn Pev & Asusu's 'Surge' into a big room stormer laced with jagged, industrial kicks , haughty bassline and brain-tweaking, 'synthlines bound to incite mad frolics on 'floor. B-side, close ally Pangaea gives Pev & Kowton's 'Vapours' a bucking Tribal techno overhaul percolating Dance Mania-esque rhythms with a ruddy sorta British bassbin behaviour.
Exceptional side of tape-manipulated techno-house experiments from Detroit new waver, Manuel Gonzales aka MGUN for the DBA label. As the latest in a long line of 313 splicers stretching back to Anthony Shakir - who used to be the in-house tape engineer at Metroplex - on the 'Resin EP' MGUN revels in the nimble, hands-on possibilities of reel-to-reel recording techniques on six tracks ranging from zippy vignettes to low-slung grooves and pacy techno bangers. The quickstep shuffle and almost-baroque melody of 'Assumptions' opens beside a woozy, wigglin' jacker 'Funkshun' and the knotty 150bpm wormhole ji… Read more
"Axxa/Abraxas is the music and art project of Ben Asbury, a 23 year old from outside Atlanta, GA. His experiences as a record collector and music obsessive from a very young age are easily evident in his debut release. Going full circle from being introduced to 60's pop as a kid, through his foray into punk rock at an early age, into post-rock and Elephant Six indie, right back into 60's Psychedelia, Ben has honed his influences (Neil Young, Television Personalities), into a cohesive blend to adapt his own take on psych-influenced art-pop. The label enlisted Jarvis Taveniere (Woods) to reco… Read more
Very collectable debut 7" from Denmark's Gäy on Sand Diego's Zoo Music. A-side 'Blue Blue Heart' is an instant lo-fi classic with earworming hook and sing-a-long lyrics written as a love letter to his girlfriend and recorded ad hoc in his living room. B-side 'Paradox Personified' is equally infectious, with the memorable line "Mom And Dad/You were The Worst Kids That I Never Had" delivered with endearingly snotty vocals and jagged acoustic guitar.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ruff 'n tuff Ragga hybrids from Cardiff's Darkhouse Fam. At their heaviest on the darkcore-zipped 'Brockwild' they intercept ground between Dabrye and Kaman Leung's baddest raggamatic hip hop/D&B replete with face-tearing mentasms, whereas 'Arphouse' features Eglo fam's Arp101 firing fruity purple synthlines and 'Elephant Large' gyrates on a big-bottomed hip hop sound nodding to Dipset, Timbaland and The Neptunes. DJ support from Kutmah, Gilles Peterson, Arp101, Alix Perez, Fracture, Rockwell…
Laidback but insistent UK deep house debut from Dokta Venom for Five Fold Records. Four tracks take in warm, rolling square bass and rhodes nodding to Mr. Fingers on 'Only U' beside the plush breakbeat orchestrations of 'Burnt Roses', skippy garage-inflected moves on 'Rum Vapour', and jazzy, soulful shuffle indebted to Azymuth in 'Space Dust'.
Possibly best known for his emotive electro 12"s for the now-defunct Ai label, and last heard on a 12" for Shipwrec, Datassette drops four tight electronic funk grooves on R&S' rebooted Apollo label. Two parts of the title track bookend the 12", opening with Lone or SDC-esque synth romance and twysted Linn funk of part 1 and closing with the woozy, side-chain compressed gyrations of part 2, sandwiching a killer slowfast electro number named 'Vacuform' nodding to Dopplereffekt, Bochum Welt or Cylob, and the Mu-zig-like IDM boogie of 'Helvetica Calcium'.
**Wrap-around sleeve. Edition of 500** Four track debut 7" from Copenhagen's Communions quartet - contemporaries of Ice Age, Lower and the Posh Isolation lot centred around the city's Mayhem studio/venue complex. In stark contrast to the aforementioned, 'Cobblestones' yields a well studied sorta post-punk pop sound played with precision and earnestness, full of throaty, rabble rousing vocals with infectious choruses and equally hook-laden guitars delivered with passion.
R&S present one of Lakker's strongest sessions to date with the 4-track 'Containing A Thousand' EP. Over the last ten years the Dublin-based duo have cultivated a unique take on electronic dance music, contouring techno with traces of electro, noise, and broken beats in a shifty, powerful style that's rightly earned the respect of the likes of AFX, who's been known to pepper his DJ sets with Lakker aces. Their muscular, dynamic sound designs are in full effect here, refusing gridlocked techno patterns to dice with skittish electro nodding to late '90s Autechre in the title track, whereas… Read more
Four shades of neat minimal house and techno from a new label outta Newcastle via Manchester. Styles range from the sultry house shimmy of 'Cleerly Jazzy' to the hypnotic pulses and corkscrewing, druggy FX-laden tech-house of 'Volcano' thru warmer Detroit styles on 'The 3rd Letter' and the subs-heavy, chords-driven 'One Glove'.
**A gorgeous, delicate and diverse suite of idiosyncratic composition ranging from solo piano to acoustic folk and neo-classical by a previous collaborator with Radiohead and Matthew Herbert** "John Matthias is a musician, composer and physicist. In 2008, he won the PRS Foundation New Music Award (The Turner Prize for music) with Jane Grant and Nick Ryan for the development of a huge sonic installation across the UK entitled ‘The Fragmented Orchestra’. Also known for this collaborations with Radiohead, Matthew Herbert and Coldcut, Mattias combines ambient, post classical pieces with heart… Read more
Purple jump-up gear from Swindle & Joker's 040 duo. 'Let It Be Known' brings a very UK mash of dubstep, West Coast G-Funk and dive-bombing synthline pressure; 'Minors' leans on a hyper-fruity funk sounds nodding to the excessive wares of Hud Mo and Rustie.
Debut release from The Girls Of The Internet on Bob Bhamra's WNCL imprint. Apparently "they come from the countryside and use hardware" and that's all we can tell you about their provenance. As for the record, there's four tracks ranging from skittish electro to jacking house and techno with google baiting names such as 'Prostate Exam' and 'Spam Folder', and the very bumpkin 'Four Pints' all covering ground between Matthew Herbert, The Analogue Cops and Nochexxx.
"Developed over a four year period, and entirely funded by a part time job working as a SAT university entrance exam mathematics tutor, Nº2 was composed using synthesizers and a variety of unidentiﬁed samples that were manipulated beyond recognition. Christina Vantzou then collaborated with Minna Choi of the San Francisco based Magik*Magik Orchestra. Vantzou and Choi worked on the notation and arrangements and recorded the compositions with a 15-piece ensemble at Tiny Telephone studios in San Francisco. The chamber layer on Nº2 follows a similar pattern as her ﬁrst record with the addition of … Read more
Vowel-averse Swedish techno duo SHXCXCHCXSH return to Avian with a slick follow-up to their 'Strgths' album. 'VVVLLLLVVV' rolls out with sub-aquatic square bass pulses and eerie, almost Drexciyan synth pads, and 'MRRRWRRRDS' locks into heavier, bleeping rolige charged with cavalcade of churning toms and swarming synths. 'MRRRCHNNNN' is roughest of the pack, pumping pneumatic bass and pistoning hi-hats thru the silty murk at 20 knots.
Infectious disco/house cut-ups done good and proper by John Barera and Will Martin for the former's Supply Records. There's four shades of the same sound, taking in skippy, disco-looping NJ garage styles on the delightful 'Awake', beside the sultry, bass and chords-driven deep house of 'Say It Now', whilst 'Unknown factor' deals heavier dub chords and rolling bass balanced with an excellent, folksy string motif, and 'Yen' dips down to a more sensual 6am vibe.
Thursday, 27 February
**Edition of 500 housed in a spotgloss jacket. Vinyl mastered and cut by Stefan Betke aka Pole** The dude behind productions for Fever Ray and Roll The Dice makes his solo album debut for Digitalis with the hypnotic hardware rituals of 'Lines Describing Circles'. The production on here is just immense - no doubt aided by Pole's pristine Master: there's an epic, bass-heavy undercurrent running throughout the album's 10 tracks that gave us goosebumps listening at high volume. The pieces oscillate between caustic, peaking noise pieces and thrumming rhythms, all glowing with a r… Read more
**Limited edition 180g vinyl cut from the original 24/96 master. Includes CD copy free inside** Helge Sten (Deathprod) and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones enter the void together as Minibus Pimps on the eagerly anticipated 'Cloud To Ground'. For the first time outside of their Supersilent trio with Arve Henriksen, the two titans in their respective fields converge on an astrally smashed, detached sound that "contains composed and improvisational elements on an equal scale." The results are far bleaker than anything they've hatched in Supersilent, and thankfully leans more towards the Dea… Read more
**Debossed jacket. Individually numbered edition of 500 copies** Ralph Cumbers kicks off a slew of imminent releases with the modular indulgence of his 'Bugbranded EP' on Public Information's latest dispatch. It's a quintessentially British display of voltage control and knob-fondling, blending that explorative Radiophonic feeling with proggy-minded, live arrangements in debt to early '90s AI styles. In a proper man-machine show down, Ralf tweaks out crisply psychoactive melodies and halcyon acid jack on 'Sometime The Only Way To Go Out Is Further In', and a more delicate, psilocybic folk dance … Read more
Ultra-modern pop diamonds from the forward London producer behind beats for Triad God and Dre Skull's MixPak. 'Lil Gem' is Palmistry's most important release to date, following celebrated productions for other artists and a couple of crucial mixes via DIS magazine. It finds a very good home among the accelerated ears and minds on Lorenzo Senni's Presto!? label, sharing a common taste for air-brushed electronic surfaces whilst furthering his own path of minimalist R&B, filigree ambient, and up-to-the-second dancehall. They're the sort of pieces we could happily play on repeat, from the airborne baro… Read more
**Includes poster & digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Acclaimed singer, songwriter, band leader from Ethyl Meatplow and The Geraldine Fibbers. First solo album in seven years, following a string of releases with her Evangelista project. Bozulich’s self-proclaimed “pop record”! Carla Bozulich, an art-punk heroine with almost three decades of exceptional, iconoclastic musical activity under her belt, returns with the third record of her storied career to be issued in her own name. Boy is Carla's self-proclaimed "pop record" and is a refreshing and much-needed reminder of what p… Read more
Two renegades from the fringe extremes of hard techno, electronics, harsh noise, and breakcore unite for the first time as Bolder on EMego. With over four decades of hard raving between them, Peter "Pure" Votava (Ilsa Gold, Violent Shit) and Martin Maischein (Position Chrome) converge in the no-mans-land of 'Hostile Environment' to peer deep into an abyss of spare, ricocheting drums, cavernous drones and industrial sound design. We can detect the timbres of organic percussion and the buzzing hum of live, wired electronics at its core, conducted and arranged with a gothic sense of narration… Read more