Thursday, 03 April
Three experimental & unique offerings from one of the illest in the game - Terrence Dixon.
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* "Having tantalised with ‘The Wheel’, ‘Bloodflows’ and ‘Lessons’, SOHN has added the final touches to his debut solo album, the anticipated ‘Tremors’. ‘Tremors’ is the way in which past traumas, as much as past successes, linger like the aftershocks of an earthquake. Even in the calmest moments its effects continue to reverberate and inform who we become. Throughout the eleven songs that form ‘Tremors’ runs a sense of the nocturnal - a sensitivity to the darkness and its inhibitions - with London-born SOHN adopting a night time schedule for an intense pe… Read more
*Limited White Vinyl Edition* "For "Yearling" ORCAS members Benoît Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri (The Sight Below) teamed up with Martyn Heyne (of Efterklang) on guitar and piano, and Michael Lerner (Telekinesis) on drums to built upon the subdued ambience of their self-titled debut, adding a huge dose of analog warmth to their hazy pop leanings. Whereas many songs on ORCAS' first album were built from guitar improvisations and impromptu vocal sessions, most of "Yearling" was constructed from short pieces Pioulard wrote and developed while staying in Germany during the summer … Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** An established producer goes incognito for All City's new alias series with four deep, dusted and bumpy house cuts. A-side loads up the Shake-like strings and skippy dip of 'Find Your Pulse' beside the phasing electronics and motorik swing of 'Hundert'; B-side rides a crafty broken beat halfstep to garage groove, and 'Syskreem' twists out a sorta Border Community gone rude vibe.
Thursday, 27 March
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** 'Psychic 9-5 Club' is the nigh-on flawless 3rd album from HTRK - quite easily their most ambitious and rewarding outing yet. In contrast with the affective weight and morbid pallor of their 'Work (Work, Work)' LP - which was constructed as a duo after band-member Sean Stewart tragically died halfway through recording, this new suite finds space for a sliver of reflective light epitomised by the pathos of Jonnine Standish's vocals and Nigel Yang's deft, spaciously dub-wise production. There's still that sense of grief and dysphori… Read more
Donato Dozzy and Neel's Voices From The Lake drop the best release yet on The Bunker New York. Befitting of the club/label's dark, purist techno aesthetic, their three cuts chart unfathomably deep, fluid minimal techno zones, swimming between the womb-like systolic sub pulses, siren chorales and silty pads of 'Velo di Maya' to the turbulent, stormy roil of 'Sentiero' and concluding with a prime example of their live practice - the best showcase of their attunted style - with an eight minute live edit of 'Respiro' unfolding patiently hypnotic bass modulations and rising crests of harmonic noise with a lushly meditative poise.
One of the most exciting producers around proves what all the fuss is aboot with his 'Waterfall' EP. Since sidling in with the astonishing beats of his 'Kings and Them' EP, and a concept suite inspired by a Soviet signal transmitter - as you do - the Merseyside-bred producer was rightfully snaffled by Kanye West to produce a highlight of 'Yeezus' - aka the most radical hip hop album in a decade - and, if the rumours are true, is destined to drop heat for even bigger names in the not so distant future. But right now the barely hinged 'Waterfalls' showcases a uncompromising, febrile mind at wor… Read more
PPU chop out three lines from Tony Palkovic's sought-after 1985 private pressing of warm, jazzy boogie soul improvisations, 'Born With A Desire'. A-side stars the 10 minute+ viber 'True To Yourself'; B-side holds his sultry title track and 'Hoping For A Better World'.
'A Series Of Shocks' collates the latest house and techno research from Tobias Freund's Non Standard studio. It appears three years since his debut solo album, 'Leaning Over Backwards' on Ostgut Ton, and a year since his latest outings with longtime collaborator Atom ™. There's eight tracks in total, delving deep into a classically stripped down, powerful club sound characteristic of *that* Berghain/P'bar vibe. We're really feeling the darkside breakbeat house Wild Pitch vibes of 'If' and the rolling techno aerobics of 'Ya Po', and its 'Heartbeat' inversion, but also the cavernous daft o'clock techno minimalism of 'The Scheme Of Things'.
**Sorely overlooked NDW gem from 1982** "Medical Records presents a reissue of one of Germany’s most interesting records. The German duo Aloa only made one album in 1982 but it is one of the most peculiar and innovative records of the Neue Deutsche Welle movement. Long out of print, somewhat obscure, and very expensive, this record is due for an official reissue. The duo consisting of Al Kanz and Matthias Brendel both grew up in Kassel, Germany. Though both had different tastes of music, they fused influences and injected them into their own unique blend when they purchased Roland 606 and 808 drum machines… Read more
UTTU's American ambassadors rep a percolating, jackin' house sound on the 'Angry Frogz EP'. The title cut is built with sub-loaded, wall-shaking kicks and cartoonish stabs to incite dancefloor madness, and 'Moderation' cools off on a more stripped-down style with extended intro and outro for the DJs. 'Power Top' brings back the tracky funk for the dancers with pinging delays and rumpy drum patterns on a future Dance Mania tip.
**180g electric blue vinyl with bonus poster/insert** "Imagine Kraftwerk playing Steven Merritt songs. Medical Records presents Roladex, its first contemporary artist based in the US. Roladex nostalgically borrows from music of the past to carefully craft unique futuristic-mechanized pop, with an emphasis on songwriting and layered production. Waeaving sparse, sequenced arpeggios into fuzzy bass and bubbly melodies creating a canvas of sound where they paint a somehow bright melancholia. Part minimal synth-wave, part dream-pop Roladex fits nicely with other non-traditional pop acts … Read more
100% Silk bang on the money with Octo Octa's best release since that awesome debut. 'Cause I Love You' is pure happy house joy, dubbing the best bits of New Jersey swing, acid house, and B-More club music into an flawlessly addictive club romp. 'So Lux' dips down a gear with simmering late night chords and gently insistent groove with a shiny twist of chromed-out keys. 'Give (feat. Raw Moans)' brings back *that* feeling with lip-bitingly dope Basic Channel dub chords and endearingly slack, lazing groove, and 'Mine (Second Chance Mix)' rolls out to hypnotic, swirling synthlines coming off like a sweeter, soft-round-the-edges SFV Acid production.
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Simon James Phillips' debut solo piano suite recorded at Grunewald church, Berlin, is a reverent, beautiful thing. Reflecting on the physical qualities of sound - both the pulsing, percussive tactility and natural sustain of the piano, and the natural acoustic qualities of the church itself - Phillips captures a sublime slice of space and time in 'Chair'. Thanks to the canny microphone placement of recording engineer Mattef Kuhlmey, the piece not only documents Phillips' alternately fluid and pointillist playing, but also the character o… Read more
Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum's 'Back Seat Ho' lands backed with Rustie remix and an 'Eyesdontlie' soundclash with Adrian Sherwood and Pinch. On popular DJ tool 'Back Seat Ho' he softens the edges of Chicago footwork with streaking synth comtrails and airbrushed contours, whilst Rustie runs amok on the remix with crunching hip-hop drums and squealing high-impact synths for that 'Harlem Shake' effect. Back to Machiendrum, and 'On My Mind' spills neon bleeps, Berlin dub chords and 808 boom for the 'floor beside the crafty 'Neujack' killer, leaving his 'Dub Fi Dub' soundclash with Pinch and… Read more
Huntleys + Palmers swiftly followi their brilliant Drumtalk 10" with a fine introduction to four new artists - "no B-sides here!". Styles spread out between Kwaito-infected deep house of Cruffy's 'Subculture' - we guessing a nod to his home city, Glasgow's Sub Club institution - plus a kinky, whipsmart acid jack called 'Pamela Two' from Argentina's Carisma, the twirling chords of Proxymore's clinically demented 'Ministry Of Silly Talks', and an infectious, bustling Afro-house swinger from Prophets Of The South entitled 'District 6'.
*Housed in hand-numbered sleeve. Edition of 320** Four-way face-off from Osiris' hand-picked yung-guns. Killawatt opens with a roiling techno-stepper and Ipman twists out a proper sound-system test loaded with cone-crumpling sub pulses and dive-bombing dread synthlines. Kryptic Minds' own Simon Shreeve debuts his Mønic alias with a bleak as f**k dubstep techno vortex, and Metrist cuts out an undulating piece of noise techno chicanery.
Hakim Murphy and Ike Release follow their debut album, 'Wormhole Transmissions' with four celestial house satellites for the former's Machining Dreams label. Stripped down Chicago rhythms meet lush, woozy synth pads in anti-G space, roving between the supple jack and jazzy motifs of 'Polar North' to the punchy, tracky styles of 'Transmolecular Crunch' thru the spacious 'Macrocosm Engineering' and sublime swing of 'Laidover'.
Boston's M | O | O | N bangs the box on three joints for Glasgow's Wrong Island Communications. A-side 'Plus Four' imagines Crystal Castles gone New Beat; B-side stirs up a darkwavey electro-clashy number 'Delay', and the slow emo bang of 'Dust'.
"French Quarter diva-house decadent Sir Stephen explores fresh palatial terrace party terrain on Sanctuary, a six-song rosary for SILK streetwear subsidiary House Of Silk. Seemingly inspired by that short-lived (and culturally off-limits) stylistic intersection of 90's club music and devotional New Age – think early Enigma, deep house PM Dawn white labels, wind chime samples, etc – the EP glides between moods of self-reflection and celebration, often in the same track. Vocals rise through synth-swells of incense and candlelight, tag-teaming with sub-currents of tribal percussion, trumpet, sax, … Read more
Matt Hill aka Umberto returns to the spectre of 'Temple Room' from his 'Prophecy Of The Black Widow' (2010) album for extended and alternative dancefloor versions. On the extended version he's doubled the track length, giving himself more time to tease out the kinky disco vibes with camp, Jamie Principle-esque synth runs and, whilst the Silvio mix locks into a stompng, Hi-NRG wiggle.
'The Enlightenment Machine' is a welcome return from one of European House music and electronica's true originals. As with his whole catalogue since 1994, Khan finds an ambiguous sweetspot between soulful synth-pop, house, German cabaret and electronica with a uniquely refined production touch and elegant vocals. Released on the recently minted AlbumLabel division of Random Noize Musick (Apparat, Oval, Phon.O), it's a concerted effort to play within and around the LP format, structured with a novel-like song cycle wending thru a spectrum of both blurred and clear-cut emotions intricate… Read more
**Edition of 300** Kicking warehouse trax from the excellent June Records: the debut play by London's Trenton Chase. Named after a schizophrenic, cannibal serial killer, you'd hardly expect Trenton to deal in mincey shufflers and, in due course, he pulls no punches here. A-side bats out the pacy acid of 'Probation' and the kinkier zing of 'On The Run', whilst B-side gives up the lewd and crude booty acid of 'Yo Pussy Stank Bitch', plus the bucking 'Breakout' and a surprisingly affective closer 'P.I.S.C.A.' running moody blue synth pads on a slower, Bunker-style acid jack.
Eglo welcome Antipodean multi-instrumentalist / writer / painter Kirkis to the fold with a skewed debut of proggy electronic soul music. Both tracks are pre-cursors to what could be a very promising debut album 'Liverbleach', all bursting with colour, jagged groove meters and vocals that sound like "the spirit of Frank Zappa trapped in an answering machine." A-side is a reeling beam of future soul music laced with zig-zagging acid in balance with breezy vocal and seasick boogie groove. B-side, 'Oh Serene Zoltar' sounds like a repressed breakcore riddim to charming effect.
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* "Growing up together in Antibes, Anthony and his brother Yann were both inspired from an early age by European filmmakers such as Luis Bunuel, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Similar themes underline each of their individual artistic expressions, via both film and music: an appreciation for the majesty of hope and an overall embrace of humanity. For Anthony You And The Night is a film about love, loss, new love and melancholia. He comments “The movie is very emotional and it’s the movie of my brother, so it was … Read more
Thursday, 20 March
*One of Prurient's most sought-after albums now issued on vinyl for the first time, remastered and cut by Matt Colton, housed in a hot-foil printed sleeve. Initial copies pressed on white vinyl, natch* At long last Prurient presents his incredible 'Cocaine Death' pressed on vinyl for the first time. Collecting three C10 tapes individually issued in 2007 - 'Cocaine Death', 'Caribbean Overdose' and 'Tylenol Murders' - released on CD in 2008, it serves to highlight some of the most viscerally affective, evocative material in Dominick Fernow's arsenal. The opening "Pretext (Bahamian … Read more
*Hugely recommended second EP from Wolf Eyes' Mike Connelly and his wife, Tara, recording together as Clay Rendering* A delicate yet uncompromising set of songs drifting somewhere between Shoegaze, Industrial, Metal and Ambient music, the tracks here recall everything from Cocteau Twins and Cranes at their most desolate to classic Sonic Youth, coloured and mis-shaped through abstract production assistance from Dominick Fernow and additional synth from Robert Beatty of Three Legged Race / Hair Police. Funereal opener 'Waters Above The Firmament' first draws us into a drowned … Read more
**White vinyl - edition of 300** Pan Sonic's immense session recorded in Kiev in 2009 finally lands direct from that topical city on Ukranian imprint, Kvitnu. For the first time in more than a decade, 'Oksastus' (a Finnish word for the grafting of plants) documents Ilpo Väisänen & Mika Vainio's hugely influential Pan Sonic in live aktion and the results have left us reeling. Recorded by Stanislav Lomakovsky and produced by Dmytro Fedorenko, it's a furnace blast of elemental voltage control, tempering furious noise, concussive kicks and icy electronics with unparalleled vision. The al… Read more
The man from Mountains channels his energies into four majestic pieces of post-Kosmische wonder on 'Motion', his 2nd solo side for Thrill Jockey. As part of the ongoing refinement of his analogue, digital and acoustic palette, 'Motion' plays with ideas of scale and space, tempering each instrumental source's unique spatial and textural qualities into what we perceive as dynamic, sublimely fluid environments. If you're ready and willing, 'Motion' will transport listeners to the lushest new places. RIYL Emeralds/Steve Hauschildt, Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, Popol Vuh, Alice Coltrane.