Thursday, 16 October
*180g heavyweight vinyl version includes a download card for rarities by The Pop Group* "Cabinet Of Curiosities is a brand new, nine-track compilation which kicks off with the fractured future-funk single 'Where There's A Will', described by Sager (guitarist) as "The group's best attempt to mix a message with a groove plus some real free playing. If you are really unhinged you may be able to dance to this.” Next up is the unheard, original previously unreleased version of 'She Is Beyond Good And Evil', probably the band's most infamous song and more recently covered by St Vince… Read more
Burnt Friedman returns to Nonplace accompanied again by vocals from American actor and musician, Daniel Dodd-Ellis. In 'Cease To Matter' Friedman nudges his explorative Berlin dub sound somewhere more sensual, soulful, with no loss of his exotic and otherworldly aesthetic. Incorporating impressions from Friedman's Sub-Saharan concert tour of 2013, together with inspiration from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World - who's sampled on the two-part title track - the album takes shape as a worldly, futurist premonition of decaying, transitional metropolises and cultural melt … Read more
Killawatt continues to explore techno styles and tempos with severe results on his debut for Tom Dicicco's Run Out Run label. Four tracks veers farther than ever from his dubstep output and into a twisted form of techno resembling something like Rrose raised in bassbin. The A-side tweaks out a proper minimal vortex in 'Convoys' beside the offset stagger and tribalist cadence of 'Ball & Socket'; B-side ' arches up a hairy-backed stomper called 'Primary Panic', and gfets back to breakbeat business with the taut, Fairlight-style bass lashes and gear-grinding drums of 'Sinkhole'.
AnD deliver their long-coming debut LP, 'Cosmic Microwave Background' for Speedy J's Electric Deluxe label. It's a proper session, choking back 12 tracks (eight on LP) of galloping productions and acid with all the brute force and caustic atmosphere you'd hope for. But it's actually at its best when they step out of the loops and repetitive tricks into more wayward structures, as with the crushing lurch of 'Relic Radiation', the masticated industrial funk of 'Galactic Motion', or the plangent Alien transmission of 'The Surface Of Last Scattering'. If you're craving the out-and-out ba… Read more
Updated yet timeless Italo-disco by Dimitri From Paris collaborator, DJ Rocca. Frontside fires up the original 'Flying Mix' of 'Destination To The Sun' replete with dreamy vocal and well toned 12-cylinder bass arpeggios. Backside drops the vocal for a driving, elated Dubstrumental, and a more spaced-out remix from Leo Mas & Fabrice.
Hydraulik techno momentum from Manni Dee on Osiris UK, backed with a head-chopping Monic remix. No doubt: this is the best we've yet heard from Manni Dee, drying and concentrating his sound to a futurist industrial palette with the evil, poised rolige of 'Nicotine Kisses' and the sinuous, Surgeon-style tuck and shuffle of 'Sister Nobody', whereas 'Man Is Free, Man Is Freedom' dices with more abstract dub techno shapes a la Porter Ricks. Kryptic Minds own Mønic weighs in with killer blow, remixing 'Sister Nobody' with brutal concrète techno dynamics.
*LP packaged with a printed inner sleeve and free download card. Initial copies pressed on pink vinyl* Oozing Wound is a thrash trio featuring veterans of Chicago’s underground scene. ‘Earth Suck’ is the explosive follow up to the band’s breakout debut ‘Retrash’, which earned them praise from the New York Times, Pitchfork, Decibel and more
*Limited Japanese pressing* "Trinidad born legendary guitarist, Lynn Taitt, who brought the first wave of Rocksteady to the Island, and Gladdy Anderson who is well known as a Skatalites' pianist, got together to record this Rocksteady instrumental album 'Glad Sounds' at Federal Studio in 1968. Released from the Merritone label, which was managed under Federal, the album depicts the heyday and best sound of Rocksteady as well as the label itself. This album is for the first time reissued by Dub Store Records. The album tracks consist mainly of cover versions of popu… Read more
DJ Ford Foster breaks the back on it with the bucking chunks of his 'Gold Cans' EP. Only slightly refining the styles found on his two Opal Tapes releases, the Leeds-based box banger drives from salty jaxx in 'Gold Cans' to the killer sub-low bounce of 'Fake Shoes' and fidgeting Dance Mania styles in 'Gone Ham' and 'Black Candles'.
*Japanese pressing, comes with obi-strip* "Jamaica's national treasure. Legendary Jamaican Jazz. Internationally acclaimed guitarist Ernest Ranglin with piano genius Leslie Butler in a dazzling quartet. Recorded in 1965. Ernest Ranglin is a guitar player who represents Jamaica as well as one of the forefront personals who took Jamaican music to the world. As an arranger and a musical director, he contributed with his talent in the development of Jamaican music, including Ska and Reggae, from the origins. Musicians who have started their career at the time, still look up to him as a m… Read more
Haunting, classic Bunny Lee production for super soulful Johnny Clarke vocal, 'I Don't Want To Be A Rude Boy'. Backed with totally stark and killer dub.
"On ‘Industry’ Stefan Goldmann tests how far you can get by using presets only. All sounds are factory presets of 3 obsolete 1990s Japanese workstation synths, all effects are presets, all notes are quantized and most panning is purely accidental (laid out in the preset sounds). These recordings don't rely on successful presets, but on failed sounds of now obsolete synthesizers – industrial assumptions of where culture will go, but where it chose not to. The result is a surprisingly pleasant listening experience with effortless grooves and rich textures – and mildly demonic connotations. Fr… Read more
Sa-Ra's Shafiq Husayn leans on a soulful downstroke with 'It's Better For You', the first glimpse of his upcoming album, 'The L∞p'. It's both his Eglo Records debut and his first solo release since 2009. Up top, 'It's Better For You' strikes to the hip with greazy bass licks, keys and shuffling drums laying the ground for his male/female harmonies with Anderson Paak beside an instrumental version and the cosmic boogie budge of 'Re-Incarnation' featuring J Mitchell. Downtown, the strident 'Twelve' bubbles up the plushest soul symphony next to further instrumentals.
Powerful Bunny Lee production for a blazing Linval Thompson vocal. Stark naked dub on the B-side.
**180g vinyl. Foil-blocked jacket with download code** A long time coming, 'Joined Ends' finally provides a follow-up LP to Dorian Concept's hyper-coloured debut, 'When Planets Explode' (2009). In the meantime the Austrian producer has been conspicuous by his absence from the scene, during a time which the likes of FlyLo, Rustie and HudMo have flourished with a lush, complex sound quite similar to his own. On return with 'Joined Ends' he's now best compared with the jazzy fruit of FaltyDL or Dego, a nimble warp and weft of classically trained virtuosity and processed instrumentation done … Read more
Landstrumm gets on a bonky acid bogle with guest appearances from The Ghost Plumber and Bill Youngman. Uptown, he delivers two solo shots, the natty 8-bit techno burner 'Cheeseburgers With Beltram' and the cheeky bubble of 'Cloud Berries'. Downtown, he links with The Ghost Plumber for a rugged bleep techno jack called 'I Can't Keep Up', and with Bill Youngman for the percolating rimshots, soggy bass and splashing bleeps of 'Let Me Twist Her'. Debut release from the Kick + Clap label, great name…
Killer EP-cum-mini-album from beat scientist Lapalux, whose studious obsession with decay and delay is beautifully offset by his bug-eyed penchant for technicolour melody. His lurching, surface-peeled hip-hop/R&B instrumentals remind us a bit of oOoOO or the juddering, IDM-inflected derivations of Mount Kimbie, but it’s fair to say he's got his own singular sound signature going on. 'Many Faces Out Of Focus' arose out of Lapalalux's ongoing experiments with cassette and reel-to-reel, and fittingly enough was initially released on tape, selling out its limited run in double-quick time… Read more
*Japanese Pressing* "Mod Mod Ranglin is a fusion of Ska and Caribbean instrumentals by Ernest Ranglin recorded in 1966 while Ska was changing towards Rocksteady. Although Ernest Ranglin recorded 8 solo albums at Federal Records, Mod Mod Ranglin was the only album with Ska instrumentals, interestingly. The album consists of classic Ska, Mento and Carribean songs of all times. From the start to the end, Ernie's guitar playing flutters like Caribbean breeze. The instrumental song entitled 'Felicia' is a perfect number for all Ska lovers."
Smart reissue combining two sterling KDJ/Moodymann and Rick Wade platters from 1999-2000. KDJ takes pole place with some killer John Carpenter-in-Africa vibes complemented by an uptempo, soul-combing filter disco ace. Rick Wade lowers the lights further on the flip with a slinkier mood setter called 'Thought Process', backed with the rippling, purring jazz house momentum of 'Forever Night'.
*Japanese pressing of this super-rare Rocksteady album by the Jamaican guitar virtuoso, Ernest Ranglin* "Unlike all the other musicians of his era, Ranglin was not allowed to go between studios to record and release music as he wished because he was an exclusive employee of the Federal records. Thus it's really hard to find a Rocksteady record with his name on it. Although whenever he found a spare time, he would go to Duke Reid's studio and play the guitar and bass as a sideman, often playing sessions with Lynn Taitt. According to Ranglin himself, "I felt really comfortabl… Read more
Numbers indulge a bit of mystery with the super charming debut of "anonymous" producer Deejay Deer. Apparently "born and raised in the Bavarian wilderness" and "the first forest dwelling animal to use the prefix 'Deejay'", gives pretty much f**k all away, but a quick listen to either track should trigger trigger some clues. On 'Natural' they swirl head high piano chords and rugged breakbeat house bounce landing somewhere between Martyn, Redshape and Shed, whilst 'Unnatural' rushes up with flanging metallic chords and swung garage breaks like the nexx generation of Joy O's 'Hyph Mngo' amped by Four Tet. It's probably just Dave The Drummer having a laugh, though.
**Clear wax in PVC sleeve with insert** Perc & Truss, AnD, and The Exaltics remix Drax's 'Phosphene' banger. A-side, Perc & Truss trample the life out of it with hoofing industrial kicks and blood-drawing synthlines; B-side, AnD lock into airless white bread loops laced with EBM bassline progression, and The Exaltics pump it hard with pneumatic electro bass and scrabbling acid synthlines balanced by moody pads.
*Japanese Pressing* "George Moxey, "King of the Ivories", the legendary pianist of the Caribbean. Moxey is the leading pianist of the Jamaican dance music since the 1930s, and this is the only jazz album he recorded in the 1960s. George Moxey has been pivotal in the making of the Jamaican dance music since the 1930s, teaching local musicians and has been praised as "Uncle George". Born in Nassau, the capital of Bahamas, Moxey moved to Jamaica in the 1930s where he formed and led an 8-piece band since 1939. His band took a big part in developing the local ballrooms and radio stat… Read more
"“Enter The Spiral” - the title of the opening track by the first collaborative work between Sebastian Mullaert and Eitan Reiter - emerged out of a freeflowing improvised communication between the DJs and producers from Sweden and Israel. They first met at a festival in Tulum, Mexico where they played together at the end of the Mayan calendar. You cannot put their collaboration into one stylistic corner - you can only say that all their music distributes the feeling of an unvarnished musical trip. If you like you can call “Reflections Of Nothingness” a Rol… Read more
"‘Release’ compiles jams from the sweltering heart of Cave that didn’t make it onto their three albums and three EPs. Anyone who’s heard their albums can attest that they have a fresh, yet well-seasoned ear for long-play records and each one shows their ever-revolving palette. Being in Cave is also about fun though and they’ve also indulged themselves now and again with standalone songs and short- play records on Trensmat, Static Caravan, Giradiscos and Permanent, as well as some self-released cassette freakouts."
Six months since his Kompakt debut, Dauwd returns to Cologne's finest with two supple, hypnotic tech-house rollers. 'Saleh' sashays across the A-side, ushered by padded kicks and woozy acid bass smudged with celestial melodies in the nicest manner. 'Moiety' on the other hand is urged by a pensive bass hook and dusty, slinky drums to levitating effect for floaty dancefloor moments.
Strongback techno from a spearhead of the new French techno wave for Berlin's Tresor. 'Red Dance' runs ruffshod with clattering drums and guttural bass shift yoked to a tight, driving momentum; 'Worship The Bass' brings a grittier Chicago-style buck; 'Shine' dices with trippier, hypnotic dubbing, cutting the kick drum anchor before drifting into the celestial ambient space of 'Astral'.
'Floor-raising disco-house tackle from Julio Bashmore back on Broadwalk. Gunning for the mirror-ball on both sides, his 'Simple Love' workout is more low key, cruising on plump subs and shuffled hi-hats with the kind of glowing, wavey chords that make it feel like you've mistakenly gobbled a Gary with your lunch (no pun intended). 'Petals', on the other hand, is bang up for it, cutting shapes with skewed disco loops hingeing on massive claps and shuttered rhythms like some Soundhack track deployed during happy hour at P'bar.
**Transparent green vinyl w/ download code** "The Body and Sandworm are two bands with roots in the Providence underground that take unbridled negativity and spin it in opposite directions. The Body, legendary in both underground extreme music enclaves and the wider community of metal fans, are masters of expansive expressions of pure sadness that incorporate sounds and instruments far beyond what is typical in the realm of heavy metal. Sandworm is the young and hungry duo of Ben Eberle and Pat Reilly, bursting out of the gate on this, their first proper release, with a collection of raw … Read more
UK electro fixture Dez Williams steps out on Bedouin backed with fierce Ekman and Bintus remixes. Williams' original pieces play hard but nimble with rattling machine rhythms laced to spiralling 303's, old skool style, in 'Acid Bath', and grubbier, bittersweet electro/IDM in 'Silvaphish'. Ekman's R303CK remix of 'Acid Bath' burns like a f**ker, and Bintus bashes 'Silvaphish' to a knuckle-head techno agenda.