Thursday, 20 February
"Finders Kreepers continue their 7″ series of vintage macabre film music with a volume dedicated to European vampire cinema with the two most notorious exponents of the horrotica genre at the helm. Although often put on the same platform the films of these two self-sufficient European filmmakers are in fact very different from each others celebrated efforts, having collaborated on just one occasion with Rollin directing a short dream sequence for Franco’s film Virgin Amongst The Living Dead (complete with its pulsating Bruno Nicolai score). On the a-side … Read more
**Taut, authentically vintage wave funk from Group Rhoda and her pal, Max. If you wanted hear Group Rhoda go darker, this is it…Recommended!** "Dark Entires is excited to introduce the debut album “Less Ness” from contemporary Bay Area duo, Max and Mara. Their collaboration began in 2012. Max is based in Oakland and has been a part of various projects most notably Brotman and Short and his current solo work as Business Etiquette. Mara is based in San Francisco and is known for her solo work as Group Rhoda. On “Less Ness” they worked with a hardware set up: 808 and Elektron drum machine, Moog, MAM,… Read more
Wobbly, weird-ass basement jams from Optimo's Milanese pals, The Barking Dogs. Their eccentric brand of "mutant funk" takes in the fizzy bounce of 'Limit Without Patience', a low-slung disco jobby 'Last Call To Black Loops', the motorik revs of 'Licantropus' and a raw disco-not-disco deviation, 'Climbing In Turchia'.
One half of MMM returns with "classy, bassline centred, 1990s Chicago school rooted Techno/House tunes" for the third release on his Fiedelone label.
"Fred P pulls together material from mostly unfamiliar names like DeepJust AQuaBeaT, Bassik Grooove and Bobby O'Donnell, alongside a couple of established heads like Ryo Murakami, Aybee (as Orion 70) and Fred P himself, whose "N.Y. (Selected Dub)," a reshape of an old jazz tune, rounds out the compilation. "In the early days it was difficult to afford more than one or two records...I would buy compilations because the value was greater and I was exposed to artist that I might not have known about otherwise," he says. "When I think of compilations I think of Mix The Vibe, Soul Of S… Read more
"Debut release on Cold Tonic from label boss Krystal Klear. “It’s not about money, not about hoes, not about fast cars, just about the excitement of putting something together from start to finish and seeing what happens with it” In the case of the A side ‘Squad’ it’s about putting out a banger that sees Krystal Klear explore heavier dancefloor sounds, featuring an infectious bassline that slowly creeps in until it decides to grab you by the balls and punch you in the face. Don’t miss out on the switch up at the end that brings things back down to earth gently. On the flip, Tun Valve wo… Read more
Thursday, 13 February
**Digitalis debut from Koenraad Ecker, one half of Opal Tapes' Lumisokea, highly recommended if you're into Vainio, Joachim Nordwall, The Haxan Cloak** Belgium's Koenraad Ecker swiftly follows his 'Apophenia' LP as part of the Lumisokea duo for Opal Tapes with a personalised invitation to his shadowy solo zones for Digitalis. Inhabiting space between slow techno and electro-acoustic dimensions, 'Ill Fares The Land' surveys similar soundscapes to Mika Vainio and Joachim Nordwall's recent 'Monstrance' LP and Senking's drowned space. Bolstered by extruded cello strings and serrated bas… Read more
Perc proceeds 2011's 'Wicker & Steel' album with a quintessentially English comment on techno and politics with 'The Power And The Glory'. From the track titles - 'Rotting Sound', 'Take Your Body Off' - to the ascetic productions values, the whole thing feel utterly gutted, leaving behind an ironically aware rhetoric that rings true with the producer's glum views on the UK's enervated state of affairs. Drawing parallels in opposition to so much cookie-cutter house in circulation right now, his choice of abrasive, visceral sounds more than just feels right; he's making a po… Read more
"EM Records is proud to present the first new album release in 25 years from Sheriff Lindo, dubmaster of the Southern Hemisphere. His "Ten Dubs That Shook The World", released in 1988, has been growing in stature since its release, supported by its re-issue on EM Records, and in the meantime the Sheriff has been working steadily, deep-local style, honing his skills with the Australian sound systems Firehouse Sound and Earthlink Sound. The tracks on "Aftershock Dubs", recorded between 1990 and 2005, while never officially released, have been played as dub plates at sound system parties, … Read more
**The third title in the re-release series of early Rrose titles on his/her own label, Eaux** Rrose presents another deep tripping episode of mottled, murky darkside Techno. A-side 'With All Faces Bleached Out' stoically channels sewer ambience over lurching subbass and steady bleeps in a unique style reserved for imaginative DJs and home appreciation alike. Flipside 'Worn/Scarred' refuses to resolve the rhythm in any conventional sense, arranging offset, discombobulated ketamine patterns with into a sludgy descent, while 'White/Drip' pensively precipitates Sähko-esque bleeps rendered with infinite reverbs. Ace.
**Gatefold double vinyl** Sun Araw yields his most cryptic glyph to date with 'Belomancie' for Drag City. Replete with a recommendation "to give 'Belomancie' your full attention, and to listen at the highest volume that is comfortable on high quality speakers with a pronounced stereo field or on an excellent pair of headphones", it's the most cerebral and focussed effort we've yet heard from Cameron Stallones', acutely contrasting with his looser, noisier psychedelic dub excursions. Its predominantly electronic palette and labyrinthine arrangement veers into Jazz-Fusion, Japanese ambient and modu… Read more
*Picture Disc - Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The 'Bookhead EP' features nine tracks from the CD/Tape-only 'Butter Version' of JJ Doom's 'Key To Kuffs' album, including remixes and alternative versions by Radiohead's Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood, Clams Casino, Dave Sitek, Beck, and BADBADNOTGOOD. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien turns up on an alternate version of 'Viberian Son'. Expect these to fly oot.
'Churches Schools and Guns' is the 2nd album of dystopian, forward-facing techno architecture by Italian-in-Berlin producer, Luca Mortellaro aka Lucy. The follow-up to his well-received 'Wordplay For Working Bees' is an obliquely abstract yet emotive twelve song cycle exhibiting an ear for microscopic detail and an attuned feel for slinky, seductive rhythms. It's leagues ahead of his field of terms of sound design and atmosphere, drawing on and subtly incorporating a wider confluence of ideas than many of his contemporaries. The grey, gloomy spectre of machine driven post-punk experiments … Read more
Rudest gamebwoy dubs from the Jahtari bossman. Entirely built on Nintendo's classic handheld console and a pimped-out Korg Monotron Delay and mixed to cassette, 'Dub Matrix With Stereo Sound' is the culmination of years of practice refining the art of handheld dub combat. Its nine short, sharp shockouts have typically been deployed as interludes during Disrupt's live shows on some of Europe's biggest sound-systems - so you know they've been thoroughly road-tested - but they sound just as canny on laptop speakers and home hi-fis. Mad to hear how crisp and potent his riddims are wi… Read more
"‘Dust & Mirrors’ is the second full-length album by the trio of Andrea Belfi (drums, percussion, electronics), David Grubbs (electric guitar, piano, voice), and Stefano Pilia (electric guitar). It follows 2010’s ‘Onrushing Cloud’ LP and finds the trio confidently taking stabs in a number of opposed directions. It dramatically widens the terrain in which the group operates. Between albums, the three musicians worked together on David Grubbs’s 2013 album ‘The Plain Where The Palace Stood’, and took part in Grubbs’ and visual artist Angela Bulloch’s performance piec… Read more
**Hand-stamped white label** Lorca joins Breach's Naked Naked party for a deeper UK house session with the in-demand 'Forgive Me Love'. As with Lorca's 12"s for Left Blank, Church and Dummy, it's a perfectly crafted club tool for the deeper bass/house cats. A-side intones the pleading title over rugged bass/snare strikes and warm keys owing as much to UK D&B as original US house; B-side 'Naoko' is less forceful, given to slinkier breakbeat house vibe built with warm, wide subbass pressure, and proggy, uplifting chords.
**"Francisco Franco are a trio originating in Philadelphia, playing instrumental music for two guitars, bass, and electronic rhythm tracks. The group started as a duo of Rob Francisco (who plays solo industrial noise as M Ax Noi Mach) and Matt Franco (from Allentown noise group Air Conditioning), who wanted a creative outlet for more melodic, less abrasive musical modes. After recording some demos, they added Nate Davis (who also plays as Unchained) on bass, and began composing songs of simple guitar lines intertwining over the bass’s harmonic foundation. Influences such as the firs… Read more
Best yet from Brighton's Donkypitch label: four tracks of full fat Miami Bass laced with raving piano house pop hooks for the party. Up front, 'If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Wrong' ain't clever, but it is big, coming off something like Hud Mo strutting down Miami beach flinging skittles at buff bozos.There's also a more B-more styled dub mix to extend the fun. Flipside, 'Ayyo Tricknology' bring the boom-clap with hot chords and tight, rubbery bass shots, backed with a stripped down bonus beats mix.
"Recorded in Northern California in 1984 and released in a micro edition by the Creative Sound imprint in January of the following year, Mark Banning’s Journey to the Light is a lost gem of private issue New Age music, an impossible-to-find album that is more spoken about than heard and deserves to be recognized alongside established classics of the genre. Incorporating processed electric guitar, zither, voice and field recordings, it is unabashedly beautiful music—two side-long pieces that feel as though they may have always existed, hanging in the air like a morning fog over the P… Read more
*Comes with a copy of the CD free inside* Marissa Nadler returns with her first new material since "The Sister" with excellent new album 'July', produced by Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))) who brings with him an engrossing, weighty sonic palette that infuses new dimensions into her songs. Recorded at Seattle’s Avast Studio, the album features the maginificent Eyvand Kang on strings, Steve Moore’s synths and Phil Wandscher’s guitar lines, escalating the whole affair to a panoramic level of beautiful, eerie wonder.
Eclectic selection running from midnight jazz moods to swinging house and dusted downbeats. "As much as Los Angeles gleams in the global mind as a gateway to dream fulfillment and televised wealth / fame amalgams, it’s equally a desert of disappointments. Hence the dead-end yoga cults, under-the-bridge tar dealers, valley burnouts, Inland Empire night-stalkers and seas of destitute Eastside lowlifes. This vibe is central to Afterhours’s languid, nocturnal musical vision, which has evolved from sleekly moody, synthesized sleepwalks to an unusually elegant hybridized trip-hop sub-species. Jammed si… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Lush, rippling ambient house from San Francisco's Jacob Long on his former Mi Ami bandmate, Ital's Lovers Rock label. Under the Earthen Sea moniker, Jacob's been releasing misty, meditative music for over ten years. His 'Mirage' is a misty-eyed vision of gently insistent, lapping pulses and slow moving harmonic wash rich with emotive potential. A-side, 'Saharan Ocean' rides a breezy, skanking house rhythm dusted with percussion reminding of a dreamier Ra.H piece, and 'Velvet Grey' is a gorgeously elegant and plaintive bit of ambient t… Read more
Mixed bag of mellow house and up-for-it garage anticipating the 'Nasty Rips & Shifting Peaks Vol. 3' compilation. HNNY gives Sly One's seductive R&B/House number 'Come To Mine' a fine overhaul with long, teasing intro giving way to chiming hook and supple, skippy garage house groove. B-side, the label shares a secret weapon in Applebottom's '90s garage house-styled remix of 'Valentine' by De$ignated featuring Kyiki, and Ossie ramps the levels with a burning garage house remix of Odessa's 'Get Right'.
Odder bass grooves from the yung Club Soda label, including Mella Dee and DFRNT remixes. Parjo01's 'Shadows' reduces Sheffield style bleep bassline and choppy vocal processing to a skippy Breaks groove, which Mella Dee duly straightens to a rugged garage groove and DFRNT turns into a moody post-dubstep techno roller.
Brendon Moeller tests his darker techno muscle on his return to Prologue with a full album. 14 tracks mutate between wild modular scree ('The Frequency Of Love'), digitizied dub techno rolige ('Next Exit'), shifier tech-house ('Tricks Of The Shade'), kosmiche trance ('Lost', 'M13 + DPO'), and grinding acid ('Goodbye').
*Mastered by Vessel, white vinyl pressing packaged in clear PVC sleeves* Got this one a few days early, a new album from Vaghe Stelle for Astro:Dynamics following on from appearances on Modeselektor's Monkeytown label, Gang of Ducks and Aisha Devi's Danse Noire amongst others. Utilising vocal samples to craft bass and lead sounds, coupled with repeated use of Poly-800 and Juno 106 synthesizers, the label describes the album as "drifting from summoning the bleary-eyed glacial spasms of Wiley's devil mixes and an oddly Final Fantasy-esque emotiveness combining with the smudged electronic aes… Read more
Following a cool Public Information album, Austin Cesear's debut for Anthony Naples' Proibito is by turns one of the label's lushest and most challenging releases to date. On one hand you've got a dreamy deep house groove rich with warm sub-bass and strewn with breezy soul-strung samples on the B-side '1 Year', while the flipside is all about deferred gratification and experimentalism, with the filtered, detached loops of 'Yep' and the brittle strangely compressed space and unyielding build of 'Slink'.
Prostitutes tests his techno mettle on the 2nd part of his 10" series for Avian's sister label, Mira. It's really all about the A-side on this one. 'An Enormous Door' ranks among the best we've heard from him, cutting a solid groove of rocking industrial techno freaked out with a mesmerising vocal stab, whilst 'Bomb Splinters' feels like his take on Dance Mania, running percolated, dried out drums and industrial clanks. Flipside is cool, but maybe not as useful, swaggering with claggy kicks and piercing hi-end frequencies on 'Smouldering Wilderness' beside the dubbed out roll of ' Rigid Pathetic Heaps'.
Thursday, 06 February
Berceuse Heroique' Kemaa sublabel swiftly follow that excellent side of Greek fire-walking music with this deluxe reissue of percussive tributes to Mark Rothko by This Heat's Charles Hayward, backed with JD Twitch and Maxmillion Dunbar remixes. 'Smell of Metal' gives a first vinyl issue of the title track and 'Lopside' from Hayward's 1990 CD for Sub Rosa, unleashing two tense, minimalist pieces of rolling drums and etheric drones that sound like the missing link between 1980s post punk and '90s electronic experimentation. 'Lopside' steps to a skinny, prickling groove rent with panned e… Read more
Killer fusions of Middle Eastern strings and drums with jacking house and minimal techno templates. Located somewhere between Rabih Beaini's 'Tanki Tanki' edit, Kurdish Dabke and the maddest Mathematics joints, Düve's debut EP is a wildly colourful and shocking dancefloor session full of friction, passion and febrile psychedelia. A-side, 'Karv' sounds like Ricardo Villalobos raiding the Honest Jon's archive for early 20th century recordings from the Levant, and 'Woman' wraps what sounds like a bouzouki to low-key, slunking house groove and subtle but vital layers of field recording. B-side on 'S… Read more