Thursday, 11 December
**White Vinyl - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Diverse clutch of forward house and footwork hybrids crossbred with atmospheric electronica by Deft. Soaring beatless pieces bookend a dynamic set of productions swooping into neuro-sparked slow/fast Footwork with 'Vapid (Pt.2)' and hardcore future-tribalism with the sparring percussion of 'Promise Me', whereas 'Drawn' enters similar airspace occupied by Machinedrum's Vapour City and 'The Night Time' switches tack entirely to electro-boosted techno-house tempos with proggy trance chords.
Raw, hypnotic space-house trax from Antinote's newest French signing. Panoptiquye proves himself a dancefloor dreamer with three grooves spiralling from reverse loops and chiming chords to a flighty 12 minute house swing in 'Boiler Room', before keening farther into the wormhole with the mind-extruding phase of 'Interlude, Pt.1', and the pastoral kiss-off, 'Interlude, Pt.2'.
**"Long lost" platter of dubs by the man Linval Thompson, replete with sleevenotes by David Katz** "Hot Milk has been digging deep into the crates and will be brightening up the summer with its third and very special release, Linval Thompson and The Revolutionaries "Boss Man’s Dub – The Lost 1979 Dub Album”. For reasons that have been lost in the mists of time, this Dub album by artist & producer extraordinaire Linval Thompson only ever made it as far as having a tiny quantity of white labels pressed up and until now has never had a full com… Read more
*Full-length debut from the elusive Shinichi Atobe, known for an incredible 12” on Chain Reaction almost 15 years ago and never seen or heard from since. Audio mastered and cut by Matt Colton, Vinyl purchases come with a download of the full album plus 4 bonus tracks dropped into your account* Shinichi Atobe has managed to stay off grid since he made an appearance on Basic Channel’s Chain Reaction imprint back in 2001. He delivered the second-to-last 12” on the label and then disappeared without a trace, leaving behind a solitary 12” that’s been selling for crazy money (there… Read more
**White wax** Sunil Sharpe puts the kicks down for Trensmat on his follow-up to that Tinfoil 12" and appearance on BROS006. Heavy machinery all round, hitting it hard from the incendiary surge of 'Jamm 1' to the Brum-styled jag of 'Stitches' and sloping slammer 'Late Drift' via something a little more electro-sexy in the pumping swing of 'Eyebrow'.
Raw, agitated dub house from Federsen backed with a strolling Tomas Rubeck remix. Check the original for a grittier, frayed take on the well trodden dub house format from Federsen, who was last spotted by us on Bristol's ace No Corner label.
*Includes download code and fine art poster* "Ellis Island Sound comprises the duo of Pete Astor (The Loft, Weather Prophets) and David Sheppard (State River Widening, Snow Palms). Hot on the heels of their 2014, Krautrock-meets-Afrobeat longplayer ‘Regions’, they return with a brand new, seven- track mini-album, another fertile marriage between motorik Mitteleuropa pulse and subtropical guitar and percussion textures. Full of intricate, highly melodic arrangements for guitars, keyboards and tuned percussion, with a spacious sound palette propelled by polyrhythmic marimbas and xylophone… Read more
*Gatefold 3LP version with 3 x 180g black vinyl, the first containing six B sides and two full Peel Sessions and the second featuring the album in complete demo form plus 3 bonus tracks. A download card is included, offering access to all LP tracks plus 4 more bonus tracks* "‘Doolittle’, the second studio album from Pixies - Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Loverng - was to prove a pivotal moment for both band and the wider scene. Produced by Gil Norton and recorded between two studios (Downtown Recorders in Boston MA and Carr… Read more
*Special Edition includes a bonus 10-track, hour-long CD featuring all the Millie & Andrea singles released between 2008-2010, the first time they have ever been available on CD format* Debut album from Andy Stott and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker, aka Millie & Andrea* Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow labelmates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12" releases of jungle, garage and techno hybrids between 2008 and 2010. It's been four years since we last heard from them but they now return with "Drop The Vo… Read more
Only 15 years since their seminal 'Multi Ordinal Tracking Unit' 12" (reissued in 2012), Unspecified Enemies launch a sick 2nd 12" of hi-tech funk. Two London-based producers with a serious thing for Detroit, Unspecified Enemies are separately known as Simon Walley and Louis Digital. Together they craft some of the sharpest techno tackle known to mankind, exemplified here in the turbulent cut-up of 'Ms. 45' and the Lauren Hill-slamming booty pressure of 'Chip Mode' up top, while the iced shake of 'Liquid Floor' and gritty funk friction of 'Lifestyles of the Minidisc Era' get nasty wid it on the back. Premo gear, this.
EDMX on that sqelchy boogie stroke again for his Fresh Up Records. A-side he comes a crooning, both raw and vocodered, over the wiggly Moog budge of 'Galaxy Love'; B-side hits the suave stride of 'Didn't I' with it's longing lyrical duet between Ed and unnamed contributor.
**Hand-numbered edition of 300 housed in printed PVC sleeve** Gang of Ducks flash the winsome pop chops of DYD's Vaghe Stelle-produced 'GOD' EP from the frontline of the new Italian weird scene. In the Turin-based label's chronically cryptic style, the DYD trio and Vaghe Stelle bring the best out of each other, Stelle tempering his noisier proclivities in order to let the group's aching bleats and wiry funk out from the autotuned slink of 'Archistar' thru the stepping electro-pop-dub, '#Magic' to the whirring aerosoul bounce of 'Y Factor' and soaring, near beatless Vocal Tool Edit of 'Archistar'.
**Orange vinyl housed in clear poly sleeve with insert** Yves de Mey takes to AnD and Tom Dicicco's ISM label with four parts of brutalist tech-tronics as Grey Branches. Compared with the hyper detailed releases under his own name for Sandwell District and Opal Tapes etc., there appears to be a much noisier, tormented agenda behind these tracks, resulting in a darker, gritted sound between the salty electro-acoustic bogle of 'Exsolve', the mutant 110bpm slugger, 'Lower Bounds', and the crooked club gear of 'Binate', while 'Plangent' rings out with waves of white noise and shuddering sub-bass pressure.
**Purple wax** Funkineven's Apron Records deal a dope version of Seven Davis Jr.'s head-turning 'P.A.R.T.Y.' 12", originally issued in early 2014. There's a lean version of 'Celebrations' and the sprung Mid-West funk of 'P.A.R.T.Y.' to warm things up on the A-side, and some heavy raw ish on the B-side with the Funk-a-delic spin of 'Fun' and the nimble jazz-funk step-up and cool-down vibes of 'Summers' for the dancers. RIYL Prince, Actress, Anthony Shakir.
**Gatefold jacket with 180g vinyl** Peerless noise fiends William Bennett and Reinhold Friedl engage their 2nd session of Whitehouse performed by Zeitkratzer ensemble, and right in time for Christmas, too! Following on from Zeitkratzer's acclaimed 'Whitehouse Electronics' (2000) CD, the esteemed ensemble - counting some of European avant-garde's most skilled players - tackle a further five Whitehouse "classics" in unplugged mode, including an unheimlich guest vocal from the Mr. Bennett himself in the 12 minute version of 'Daddo'. The results get right under t… Read more
Tightly coiled, darkside hybrids of halfstep, jungle and juke from a new producer on Om Unit's Cosmic Bridge. Four tracks carry weight from the scything, technoid dynamics of 'Posthuman' thru the desolate drones scapes and nervy drum attacks of 'Falling Inward' to tricksy tribalist triplet patterns in 'Broken Legs' and spaced-out vibes around the tangled skank of 'Sever The Heart'.
Life-affirming mix of Philly disco and Trini steel drums from '77, remastered, re-sequenced and re-released with new artwork by Yoshihiro Tsuyama/2Yang for EM Records. Following the release of two exclusive 12" mixes, 'Trinidad (Disco Mix)' and 'J'Ouvert', this is a hugely satisfying long-player putting several years of experimentation into action via a 30-piece studio orchestra of brass, strings and distinctive steel rhythm section. Under the guidance of Trinidadian physicist and band-leader John Gibbs, the Unlimited Sound of Steel Orchestra's debut albu… Read more
Outstanding side of modular experiments by London's Deas for Luke Younger's Alter label. 'String Studies' is, quite remarkably, the first all-electronic record from Cameron Deas. Recorded at home in February/March 2014, he uses his usually favoured acoustic guitar as a source to trigger dizzying displays of modular noise twisting out virulent, kinetic sculptures that sound like guitar strings physically twisted into complex circuits. We guess there are clear precedents for this music in the work of Keith Fullerton Whitman or Jim O'Rourke's electronic works, but there's also something wonderfully… Read more
Bleaching Agent - outed as Al Matthews of Smear/FSG - gets down to mucky business on the 'Sun Spool' EP for Edinburgh's Tsar. Working a similarly soiled rut as Prostitutes or Container, but perhaps with a dash of UK techno swagger, a quartet of cuts bowl from the humping acid of 'Mack' to the knuckle'ead rave pound of 'Taktu' and over to the killer jakbeat torque of 'Mabli', closing with a coruscating, Afro-centric wiggler named, 'RGA'.
**Clear turquoise wax with download code** "“The Mist” recalls a hypnotic, eerie landscape, a fog which slowly materialises over a lake in the deepest part of the woods. “Conundrum” sets the mise-en-scène with spectral voices that hover over organic pads and drones. “Snake snake” is the closest thing to hip-hop on the album, without compromising on a free structure where the rhythms are fractured and reconstructed, like a living entity, before giving way to the crystal-clear melodies and throbbing bass frequencies, over which the ethereal voice of Nimio oscillates in “Ego hunter”. Cascades of not… Read more
*2LP Set compiling rare & previously unreleased soul tracks circa 1962-1968, includes a 24-page 12” x 12” booklet of liner notes and a free download code* "The first instalment of the One-derful! Collection focuses on the namesake imprint of this legendary Chicago label group and marks the first in-depth study of what was once one of Chicago’s most prominent African-American run labels. Between 1962 and 1971, the One-derful! family of labels released 180+ 45s of stunning soul, funk, and gospel. Over two years of painstaking research and work, including countless… Read more
Ben Sims brings his Theory imprint to rest after 50 releases, nearly three decades of pounding tunes. Luke Slater joins the farewell celebrations with a planet-rattling tribal PAS remix beside Sims pure techno tool, 'Rejection', and the turbulent 'Wreck Up, plus a slick DVS1 remix of 'Samurai'.
Thursday, 04 December
**2x140g vinyl mastered + cut by Rashad at D&M. Artwork by Bill Kouligas & Louis Reith** Easily one of our most anticipated LPs of 2014, Afrikan Sciences' 'Circuitous' transcends jazz, techno and hip hop with pineal Afro-futurist vision. Hailing from Saturn via Oakland, CA, Eric Douglas Porter aka Afrikan Sciences has carved an elliptic orbit thru the sonic cosmos with three albums and a string of 12"s for Aybee's Deepblak label, an empathetic home for his abstract, groovesome suppositions improvised on turntables, upright bass, and a matrix of digital tablets. Now taking flight within t… Read more
*Finally available on reissued vinyl - this deluxe 2LP set features 21 previously unreleased tracks including some of Arthur’s rarest and arguably most accessible material - proper life affirming stuff from one of the greatest...* Compiled from over eight hours of material, Love Is Overtaking Me reaches back further into Russell’s first compositions from the early ‘70s upto his untimely death in 1992, comprising 21 demos and home recordings of unreleased pop, folk, and country songs selected by Audika’s Steve Knutson, Ernie Brooks, and Russell’s companion, T… Read more
*Deluxe, heavyweight Triple-Gatefold, now in and shipping* Deep house savant and pioneer Theo Parrish serves one of 2014's most eagerly awaited, not to mention controversial, LPs with 'American Intelligence'. Containing 3 x LPs with silver-inked centre labels in a lavish trifold jacket, it's evidently a premium item, and priced by Sound Signature accordingly; possibly in a throw down to the hordes who deify his name without ever really investing any time, money or effort to understand his music's context. Or then again, maybe he's being greedy. Fxxk knows really. Anyway, as expect… Read more
*Gorgeous collaboration between Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJ Nilsen featuring Hildur Guðnadóttir on cello* The enigmatic Ash International imprint yields the willowing beauty of Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJ Nilsen's original score for 'I Am Here' (2014), written and directed by Anders Morgenthaler. The score also features guest contributions from Hildur Guðnadóttir (cello), and the celestial voices of Elfa Margrét Ingvadóttir and Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson, it's a deeply effective synthesis of BJNilsen's intangible electro-acoustic atmospheres and Jóhannsson's celebrated string arrangements,… Read more
**140g vinyl masterded + cut by Rashad at D&M** Golden Püdel's Helena Hauff and F#X charge a rampant 2nd session of gristly hardware roil as Black Sites for PAN. Relentlessly bloody-minded and primed for strobe-and-smoke-lit 'floors, both sides give up some of the most damaged no wave/acid that we've heard all year. A-side: 'Unit 2669' locks lampin' kicks and mind-swilling 303s to a rusted thumb piano/cowbell motif for 12 minutes of noxious, incessant club fuel in the mould of classic Bunker/Acid Planet bangers. B-side: 'Mockba' is a different kettle of radioactive, three-eyed… Read more
**140g vinyl edition of 300. Mastered + cut by CGB at D&M** Lawrence English and Werner Dafeldecker tantalise and excite our spatial and textural perceptions in this deeply involving collaboration recorded across the Antarctic Peninsula and later produced in Brisbane, Australia. 'Shadow Of The Monolith' features electroacoustic transformations of atmospheric, hydrophonic and ionospheric materials which have been layered, processed and restructured into a spectrum of of microtonal gradients, vibrant frequencies and fractured nonspaces. Basically, it vascilat… Read more
*Repress now available* Richard H Kirk and Ancient Methods rip the skin off Powell's mutant 'Club Music' EP in a quartet of killer remix pillages for Diagonal. Rigorously tested everywhere from Mancy warehouses to Berlin power stations, the Ancient Methods mixes of 'Club Music' are among their very finest; whether in the rictus EBM funk of the 'Körpersaure91' version with its stentorian Front242-style bark and graphene-tipped snares, or the 'phet-sparked clobbering of the manic 'Pogo Im Säurebad' - surely their maddest outing ever. Richard H Kirk, however, takes a different tack entirely w… Read more
Before New Age hit terra firma at the dawn of the 1980s, the classically-trained Bay Area composer Jordan De La Sierra’s consciousness soared with cosmic concepts. With cues and lessons from the great minimalists La Monte Young,Terry Riley, Pandit Pran Nath, and help from the venerable public radio program Hearts of Space, De La Sierra embarked on a journey in alternate tunings and resounding reverberations, transporting entranced listeners from the Golden Gates to the intergalactic. Take an interstellar ride on the sensory engulfing space piano with this lovingly re… Read more