Thursday, 14 November
*Former Zs man Ben Greenberg with a mesmerising, sense scrambling slice of intricate electro-acoustic deconstructions** "On “Hubble Eagle” we hear Greenberg launching his guitar mantra even further into uncharted territory. Opening with the side-long “A Star Or Two Beside”, Hubble trades in his trusted electric and opts for acoustic guitar, which when subjected to Greenberg’s turbulent tapping chops, yields incredible and unexpected sonic results. Complex percussive patterns begin to emerge, creating a raw rhythmic backbone for a constantly shifting vortex of overtones and harmonic weavings. Thes… Read more
**Edition of 300** Craig Crouse's $&$ romp on from that Diagonal killer to this grip of snotty No Wave disco decimations for GangSigns. Under an augmented title borrowed from Hype Williams, 'Find Out What Happens When People Start Being Polite For A Fucking Change' yields five insistent grooves held tense between hypnotic dancefloor loops and lo-fi noise running in the opposite direction. A-side splays a disco classic with completely wasted noise and wailing vocoder on 'Panther Piss' and digs into sticky tunnel of dub muck on 'St… Read more
**180 gram audiophile vinyl album of the classic trojan album by John Holt. Featuring many great tracks and a full colour insert with track by track breakdown and sleeve notes by the legendary Harry Hawke**
Longtime Optimo associate and Glasgow staple Dave Clark (Truffle Club, Big Ned, Optimo Espacio) gets back into it with four moody house and techno joints. Check for the streaking synthlines and piped bassline on 'Amesville', and the tetchy techno of 'Don't Give A Damn'.
Hydraulic electro-techno and ravin' acid house weapons from UTTU's bonus bucket. Stingray's 'Assassin' is a proper darkside Detroit diamond - tuffnut EBM kicks and distorted synthlines synched for the warehouse warriors. If you copped his NRSB-11 album with Heinrich Mueller, this is a perfect companion piece! Flipside, Vin Sol does his Larry Heard tribute thing with swagger, all fluid square bassline and rugged jakk beats cut with nimble edits.
**Enchanting, transcendant and super rare spiritual jazz side from South Africa circa 1974! Mighty dancefloor-friendly grooves, spiralling wind sections, chants and psychedelic studio treatments including an amazing extended B-side coming off like a SA jazz analog to that incredible Dadawah album. Remastered reissue edition of 500 clear wax copies. Highly recommended!** "The album arrived amidst a period of intense political, intellectual and artistic ferment stimulated in large part by the teachings of Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness Movement. ‘“Say it loud! I’m black and I’m proud”. This is … Read more
Hands down, this is the best yet from Will Bankhead's Trilogy Tapes. Your guess is good as ours to the identity of Levantis: is it a known producer masquerading incognito or a new name to the fray? Honestly, f**k knows, and it doesn't matter. All four tracks have the sort of chokingly heavy chug that makes us fall so hard for Andy Stott's knackered house, NWAQ's 154 deviations or Actress at his most detached, and come with the very highest recommendations to anyone chasing that dragon...
"Continuing further into the music of 1970s East Africa, Soundway present a limited edition 10" of raw, bluesy garage-funk-rock from Jimmy Mawi. Jimmy Mawi was a Madagascan guitarist based in Nairobi in the mid 1970s. He cut only three 45s for EMI East Africa on their Pathe imprint that have virtually disappeared from sight in the nearly 40 years since they were recorded. Soundway reproduce four of the best tracks here on a super limited edition 10". Fuzz guitars, raspy vocals and metronomic drumming combine for an exhaustive afro-rock workout. Earlier this year Soundway rele… Read more
Wémè swiftly follow the amazing NRSB-11 album and that dark-as-'eck 'Valhalla Rising' OST with The Valley And The Mountain's debut EP of greazy, cozmik electro boogie. The label's description of "…Marvin Gaye and Tangerine Dream together in an elevator in Detroit" may be pushing it a little, but there are some dapper grooves within, three each side ranging from space explorer boogie of 'Manifest (The Landing)' to Aran Daniels' ruddy, revving bassline and Carpenter-esque chords on his 'We Do So Should You' mix, and over to the weird, wobbly boogie of 'Sweat and Honey' or the muggy bump of 'Black Planet'.
**Double coloured vinyl. *Please note* sticker advises CD version is included - the CD is not enclosed but there is a digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Michael Silver (aka CFCF) is one of those rare talents to whom pop sensibility seems to be second nature. The Montreal native has been making music in his bedroom since he was 12 years old, and his sophomore LP is called ‘Outside’. He has previously released two EP‘s ‘Exercises’ and ‘Music For Objects’. ‘Continent’ was his debut release and was originally released in 2009. CFCF has a musical depth that constantly surprises his elde… Read more
**Purple wax** DJ Sprinkles and Juju & Jordash join Nuearth Kitchen's mission to "rebuild a house" with excellent remixes of Corbie. Fresh from appearing on the 'Queerifications & Ruins' compilation, Sprinkles' Deeperama remix of 'Arktika' unfurls 12 minutes of interlocking tribal congas, subbass pressure and lush, dreamy jazz motifs on the A-side; Juju & Jordash take 'Movement' into deep space with a decelerated and unfathomably widescreen Re-Something take powered by massive, rolling, distroted kicks and bass laced with some kinda harp (maybe Balalaika?) motifs and rent with vintage sci-fi atmospheres.
**Featuring remixes from Ali Renault, Fudge Fingas, iO Sounds and Auntie Flo.** "Third Hobbes Music release and the second in a series of remix EPs (follow-up to Midnight Thunder), featuring up-and-coming Scottish artists remixed by well-established and emerging local and international talents - over twenty minutes of contemporary electronic dance music."
Freshest house from the Dutch West Coast backed with outstanding Sotofett remix! Rotterdam's D-Ribeiro follows up his SD Records debut with the fluttering chords and bass-heavy swing of 'Down you Will Get' and the filtered deep Detroit drive of 'Darckula' on the front whilst Sotofett own the flipside with an amazing 12 minute expansion of the former buffed up and tripped out with additional drum programming, keys and bass.
*Ships Friday* Brand new solar funk rays from Funkineven backed with GB: The Abstract Eye's 'Reflexes', which was previously only available on the Eglo Records Vol.1 CD. It's a canny match between the like-minded artists; Funkineven's 'Egypt' feels out cosmic space between Sun-Ra's searching synthetic expressions and the freakiest sorts of Virgo 4 or Larry Heard journeys, whilst GB shuffles in hyperspace with techy latinate syncopation and beaming modular glyphs.
**Includes remixes by Mike Slott, Debruit, Dam Mantle, Fulgeance and Chesslo Junior** "Drut Recordings are proud to present a remix package to follow Kelpe's acclaimed album from June: 'Fourth: The Golden Eagle'. The entire LP has been reworked by a cast of new and established producers including Mike Slott, Dam Mantle, Débruit and Fulgeance for a 11 track digital album and special edition 5 track 12" EP version. LuckyMe family member Mike Slott kicks off proceedings with a spacious, reflective 4/4 take on the album's opening cut Astrolomy, adding his own unique vocal twist to t… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* FRKWYS 10th volume is a brilliant piece of percussive collaging and sound design by downtown legend David Van Tieghem. Working in the spirit of collaboration which has seen him perform on records by Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Steve Reich and many more, on 'Fits & Starts' he works with Future Shuttle, Sam Hillmer, Georgia, Roberto Carlos Lange, Daren Ho, Eli Keszler, and Megafortress, among others, to shape an amorphous sequence of hi-definition electro-acoustics using the younger artists' reinterpretations of his… Read more
Black Acre coin their Library Series with a beat suite by Dr. Zygote aka the UK veteran behind Eglo's much-loved Strange U record. Informed by dub mixing techniques and built entirely from the ground up - no samples whatsoever - it's an impressive arrangement of Dilla-esque bump 'n crack, Photek-style drum diffusions and the mystic, smoked-out bent of King Tubby. They've even done our work for us with handy library-style descriptions for each cut, ranging from 'Alexandria (Mediterranean, Arabesque, Transient)' to 'Dragon Chase (Tense, Pursuit, Spacey)', and our favourite (Drugsy Malone (Sleazy, Mounting, Nipple Tassles)'. All the reel-skool beat-nuts gotta fondle deez.
**Limited edition of 300** DFA's Tim Goldsworthy, Ostgut Ton's Nick Höppner, and Dauwd remix his 'Heat Division' single for Pictures Music. The Tim Goldsworthy take on the title track is an exemplary mixture of New York garage disco heat and UK-style bass pressure, watch out for that 2nd drop and the near-junglist drum rolls! Höppner does his classy, timeless Berlin house thing with 'And' on the flip, swinging with deft chords and tightly synched shimmy, whilst Dauwd gives a reduced dub mix of 'Heat Division' built for the wee small hours.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Recondite drifts to Ghostly International for a 2nd album of etheric deep house and dub techno. In 'Hinteland' the he wends between tempos and atmospheres with shadowy stealth, from the opiated ambient beatdown of 'Leafs' to the downtempo gem, 'Still' and on thru SAW '85-92 styles of 'Riant' to early evening/early morning club ghosts, 'Stems' or 'Abscondence' tot he STL-like jazziness of 'Fey'.
Modulating dub techno reductions from Markus Suckut for Horizontal Ground. Three studies in the art of optimised efficiency ranging from rugged, virulent synthlines weirdly reminding of a tuffened 'Typerope' on the front to dry, DIN-style halfstep techno and Dettmann-esque DJ tools on the flip.
**Sweetest folk-rock-pop debut delicacy from a member of Jim O'Rourke'sn Tokyo-based band** "Drag City present the first domestic release of any kind from the Japanese singer songwriter Eiko Ishibashi, and the first vinyl release of any kind for this already-accomplished performer. And what a release. ‘Imitation Of Life’ isn’t just another pop record from another part of the world - it’s got a sci-fi theme and is produced by none other than Jim O’Rourke. Eiko Ishibashi is a singer-songwriter, producer and session musician, focused on piano, but adept on drums, flute and vibraphone as… Read more
**140g vinyl recut by Noel Summerville from original DAT master. Includes sticker postcard with die cut windows** 'In A Beautiful Place In The Country' is arguably one of the most beautiful records in BoC's catalogue. As part of the holy hexagon with 'Hi Scores', the 'Aquarius' 7" and their 'Music Has The Right..." and 'Geogaddi' LP's, it's rightly gained something of a(n) (oc)cult status as a time portal to better, bucolic times... Essential pick.
**180g vinyl reissue of a spiky NDW gem originally released on Sky Records in '82** "It stands to reason that any musical journey undertaken by a sceptic like Asmus Tietchens is destined to head into the night (In die Nacht) rather than into the day. In die Nacht, the third album in the so-called time signal (Zeitzeichen) phase continuing in the same vein as Biotop and Spät-Europa, whilst laying down its own stylistic markers, no doubt attributable to the sizeable challenges facing the composer. Time, or the lack thereof, was the most pressing concern. With only a few weeks available in … Read more
**Clear vinyl** Instra:mental's Kid Drama aka Jon Convex returns to that Autonomic D&B sound on four tunes for dBridge's Exit, including a killer hook-up with Om Unit. A-side, his solo flight remind us just how good Instra:mental were, especially in the midnight Vangelis synth panorama and jittery step of 'In Mind' and the Timba-tech R&B/D&B R&D of 'What Do You See'. B-side the shadowy Hands Liek Crime appears on the skulking stepper, 'Retract', and 'Grind' features Om Unit teaming up on a tense, slick slow/fast essential.
*12-Track / 3LP Version* Slick 12-track follow-up to Jerome Derradji's acclaimed Detroit Beat Down round-up. Seven years on and the sound is strong as ever, now repped by an expanded roster of 313 heads who've been doing-the-do just as long, ranging from Terrence Dixon and Mike "Agent X" Clark to Frankie Junaj aka DJ 3000 beside newer cats such as Gabbamonkey and Alex Israel. It's all killer no filler over both discs, taking in a two-part deep techno ace by Terrence Dixon ('The Fall Guy'), brilliant electro-pop-like instrumental from Reggie Dokes ('Cyber Love'), Matrix… Read more
'Litia' is another remarkable treasure from Asmus Tietchens' innovative and prolific early period circa 1982 which also saw his music released on the UK's influential YHR Tapes. During this period the Hamburg-based legend isolated a particular, peculiar brand of abstract dance music driven by spiky, pointillist drum programming and rife with weirdo synth melodies as funky as they are outright odd - a unique highpoint of wave era meshing NDW, EBM and kosmic elektroniks. There are some total bullets inside, none more so than the dark, swaggering, psychedelic Hamburg funk of 'Zeebrügge' the stormi… Read more
*Limited Edition White Vinyl - Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Instrumental version of Trentemoller's recent 'Lost' album.
Guido's sophomore follow-up to his acclaimed Punch Drunk LP is an assuredly mature and measured affair refining his feel for fluoro funk. Eleven tracks juice the tastiest traces of sino-grime, purple funk, jazz-trance (yesss), R&B and off-world folk with an inquisitive, considered approach that's deeply involving for the listener. Highlights have to be the cheeky juxtaposition of oriental hooks, scat and spurting grime on 'Heartful Dodger', the spaced-out keys and twinkle-toed bounce of 'Jupiter' or the militant pomp of 'NRG' for starters…
Bristol bassbin souljahs yung and old meet inna future dub clash. Sherwood & Pinch's follow-up to 'Bring Me Weed' heads to battle in three versions, a gritty steppers original weighed with dread subbass descent; a noisy Dubplate Pressure mix screwed with mad FX; a wilder extended mix.
Luke Younger (Helm) picks out one of his favourite Posh Isolation cassettes for special attention on Alter Records. Mastered by Stephen Bishop aka Basic House from the original 2012 tape and cut to vinyl by Rashad at D&M, the two long pieces of 'Perceptions' are now rescued from potential obscurity down the back of the industrial settee, presenting a mutant, malign rhythmic noise symptomatic of the nihilistic Copenhagen scene centred around the likes of Damien Dubrovnik and Iceage. The first side sounds like we're lodged in a wind-tunnel, flayed by icy air as some massive foundry cranks into lif… Read more