Thursday, 07 May
Cloaka proves some technoid chops with the hard-swung 'Lessun' backed by stripped and clattering remixes from Viers, Ansome and Bleaker. The original mix finds a line between classic electro-techno and up-to-the-second club construction styles with chunky drums and luminous bleeps sharing certain traits with the clunq funq of Ansome's blocky re-bang. On a techno tip, Bleaker squares up a slick 4/4 peppered with B-More bed-spring squeaks and canny edits and Viers locks down to a tunnelling trajectory with raw, salty drums.
One of the UK's most nattered-about techno bods crashes in on Berlin's Leisure System. Following a volley of shots on Power Vacuum, Turbo and Hype_LTD, his latest salvo deals in fierce bruk techno mechanics carving up no-man's-land between the rabid funk of 'Oleum' and Randomer-style warp and heft of 'Mormon Shuffle' thru to the more rolling techno discipline of 'Standard Issue' and a welting wickedness in the aggy breakbeat funk reductions of 'FS3+4'.
**Debossed disco sleeve** Warm and jazzy house from David Kitt's New Jackson alias, jacked up with Hieroglyphic Being remix. Trailing his 12"'s for Hivern Discs and Permanent Vacation, 'Talkin' To You' catches a raw, hypnotic curve of frayed chords and skippy Chi groove, 'Metroflex' is all about gear-slipping syncopation and flared keys. Flipside, Jamal Moss does the do in butt-naked buck style with jarring bleeps and salty stabs inna loose ands tracky fashion.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "The Holydrug Couple began in Santiago, Chile in 2008, a little over a half-decade after Ives and Manu met for the first time. The two young friends hadn't seen each other in a few years when Manu texted Ives to tell him that he bought a drum kit. They started jamming, and a week later, the band was formed. A flurry of songwriting activity followed, culminating in 2011's Ancient Land EP and 2013's Noctuary, both released on Sacred Bones. Moonlust boldly treads territory that those earlier psych-indebted recordings only hinted… Read more
"After releasing a string of driving, dancefloor-oriented singles on European labels Rush Hour and Hotflush, Brooklyn’s own Praveen Sharma aka Braille keys up his debut LP, Mute Swan, on Friends of Friends. With an ear for sentimental melodies and an unprecedented step into the vocal arena, Braille’s first full-length is rife with narrative appeal and rich songwriting, collapsing dozens of genre signifiers into a cauldron of pathos. Sharma’s own vocal experiments are aided by Jessie Boykins III on “I Assume” and Angelica Bess on “Ports” and “Better Than Nothing”, as well as additional production f… Read more
Laidback tech-house swing from new player, Edmondson, for new label, Lissoms. The A-side's 'Nocturnal 92' casually evolves from low-lit chords and tape noise pivoting on a breezy kick/clap syncopation to trancier electronic motifs before filling the gaps with tight breaks and warm vibes. B-side rolls straighter with the clipped drums and fidget funk of 'Caraiba' offset by dope cowbell, and 'Loop finding (4JO)' tips out on a weightless, dusted breakbeat flex.
Berlin's Version label follow their leader with two techno and dubstep dreadnaughts. On the A-side, 'Nucleus' delivers skanking bleep techno built on wide monotone subs and smoked-out pads; B-side, 'Lights Off' runs a classic '06 halfstep sound streaked with echo chamber FX.
*Limited Edition vinyl reissue pressed up on Pink Vinyl* Bjork's classic second album finally available in this coloured vinyl edition - comes with a download coupon and includes classics such as "Army of Me", "Hyper-Ballad", "Isobel", Possibly Maybe", I Miss you" and more.
Mikkel Meldgaard plumbs deeper, gothic techno depths with three new pieces plus an EBM-jacked Pattern repeat remix. With 'Kigs' he puts a noirish, Giallo-esque spin on dub techno, whilst the uranium-enriched tones of 'Trash' irradiate a skeletal techno groove and 'Tall Buildings' allows some light in with a teasing trance arpeggio. At the EP's darkest point, Pattern Repeat lock 'Further' to a minimised EBM pulse and jagged synths with a sleazy, oily effect.
**Includes download code** "Rivington Não Rio revels in the kind of compassionate complexity that marks Prefuse 73's greatest works, with a profound new element added to the mix: Patience. Herren's ability to marry the manic to the melodic has always been uncanny, but here it feels downright magical as the songs inhale with his trademark sense of urgency…then exhale in longer, more revealing breaths. The prismatic textures that have long been a staple of Prefuse 73 are bound to beats and melodies with the spirit of hip-hop and the subtlety of modern minimalism. The album's guests treat … Read more
*Includes a bonus Mix CD with initial orders* The master meets his acolytes as the AOR/yacht-disco cap'n Todd Rundgren teams with Norsk disco king Lindstrøm and Sereena Maneesh's Emil Nikolaisen. The results will likely be a shock to many, and exceed the expectations of many others, presenting a swirling session of lush prog-disco closer in vision to OPN than any of the modern nu-disco travellers. It sounds like they had a top time recording it, stacking synth upon synth and parsing it all with unparalleled experience. We'd say it's roughly split 50/50 between glorious synth-capade… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* “July 2015 will see Shirley Collins celebrate her 80th year - an age that would seem frankly ridiculous for a woman as spritely as her, had it not been for all she's achieved. From her seminal field-recording trip to America to her lauded musical career; from her role as historian and protector of the folk tradition, to the very fact that this record can exist - more than half a century after her career began - all of these things are testament to the breadth of her influence. And so we arrive at 'Shirley Inspired'. It would be a… Read more
*First ever vinyl reissue expanded to a double LP housed in a deluxe Stoughton gatefold “tip-on” jacket. 24bit / 96kHz remaster from the original tapes plus Essay by Sam Sweet interviewing both David and Eric, including unseen archive photos, plus a download card for full album* "You’ll find a Suicide Bridge in almost any big city you care to visit, but few are more impressive than the Colorado Street Bridge connecting Pasadena to Los Angeles, which earned its nickname by being the scene of suicides in triple figures. It’s also the scene of a photo shoo… Read more
Frenetic shot of tribalized fusion from DJ Khalab and Clap! Clap! Originally only available at Bristol's Independent Label Market, now available to all other terrestrials, it ramps a 150bpm+ mixture of Shangaan-esque marimbra flickers and footwork snare punctuations with whooping party flair in tandem with Clap! Clap! across the front, whilst 'Substance' cools off on a more fluid roll flipside, weaving-a-body between lilting melodies and lolling footwork patterns freshened up with bird calls and beaming synth colours.
*Edition of 500* "'Summoning Suns' is James Blackshaw's tenth studio album and the first recording to feature his voice and lyrics. Drawing inspiration from 60's and 70's singer-songwriters, baroque/orchestral pop and folk music, while still sounding contemporary, 'Summoning Suns' is Blackshaw's foray into more traditional forms of songcraft. Blackshaw sings in a gentle but assured voice, occasionally reminiscent of Harry Nilsson, Jim O'Rourke and Elliott Smith, while his words combine his personal experiences, neuroses and fantasy through many layers of abstraction, poeticism and dar… Read more
*Limited edition of 500. Pressed on 180g black vinyl* "Continuing in the tradition of CORALINE & Paranorman, Mondo release the soundtrack to Laika's third animated gem: The Boxtrolls. Composed by Dario Marianelli, and featuring songs by Loch Lomond, the soundtrack perfectly captures the whimsical & frantic energy of the fictional world of Cheesebridge, where a human boy raised by trash-collecting trolls must stop a sinister exterminator from his selfish campaign to rid the town of the titular scavengers. Available for the first time on vinyl and featuring amazing new artwork by artist Rich Kelly."
*Four 180g LPs remastered with a bonus LP containing the hard-to-find singles and B-sides from the era & a 32-page booklet containing new liner notes* Four whole LPs, containing Grace Jones’ first three albums (Portfolio, Fame, and Muse), and, crucially for disco music, the 12” extended versions of the singles. All remastered, all 180g vinyl, all Disco Years.
"Composer and producer Ben Chatwin releases his new album 'The Sleeper Awakes' through Village Green. Written and recorded at Chatwin's home studio in Scotland. Inspired by the writing of H.G. Wells, 'The Sleeper Awakes' is Chatwin's first album to appear under his own name and follows last year's highly-lauded Talvihorros project 'Eaten Alive'. "I wanted 'The Sleeper Awakes' to represent the idea of a future that has been and gone. Before the information and telecommunications revolution there was a beautiful yet weird, naivety about what the future might bring and it was… Read more
**Limited to 600 copies. Sun-bathing kosmiche cream from the cultishly loved Chicago trio** "Here is a little intro if you are not familiar with the project started in 2010 as solo side project for Cooper Crain, guitarist of Chicago Krautrock heroes Cave. Since then, Dan Quinlivan and Rob Frye joined the band and Bitchin Bajas have got the public attention thanks to a perfect, extensive discography on quality record labels such as Bathetic, Permanent and Drag City. The trio play warm, instrumental, psychedelic and melodic ambient music, mixing minimal 60/70’s electronic with original acou… Read more
*Limited Edition White/Splatter Vinyl on initial copies, also includes download code* Lakker beautifully find their voice in this eagerly awaited 2nd album. Working with vocalist Eileen Carpio on four out of ten tracks, they considerately expand their soundworld to encompass bludgeoning techno alongside elaborate IDM structures and vicious noise tear-outs, realising the most dramatic and perhaps definitive statement in their catalogue so far. Since 2011, the duo of Dara Smith and Ian McDonnell (Eomac) have come to define something that was maybe lacking (pun intended) in modern electronica with a gush… Read more
'Twelve O'Clock Shadow' works as a fine taster for fLako's lush 'Natureboy' album and also a vehicle for two exclusive new pieces. In the title cut, a pivotal track from the album sequence, L.A.'s Miguel Atwood Ferguson arranges gorgeous strings moving between Mica Levi-esque discord to Alice Coltrane-like blooms around fLako's pointillist guitar and breezy shuffle, and 'The Shape Of Things To Come' nods sagely in the direction of Ornette with a harmolodic matrix of strafing syn-flutes, vocal chorales and staggered footwork/hip hop drums. Flipsiude brings the newnuss with slowfast medita… Read more
**Tip on-style heavyweight jacket** "The Summer of Love hadn't reached Missouri, even by 1969. But White Eyes, a true anomaly of the Midwest, channelled the sound of Haight-Ashbury straight to the plains. The band was among the top performing acts in the "Show Me" state, opening for The Flying Burrito Brothers, Black Oak Arkansas, and Brewer and Shipley. Blending acoustic and electric instrumentation, three-part harmonies, and anti-Vietnam lyrics, this previously unissued LP holds true to the acid-drenched sounds of the Woodstock era."
Deadboy makes super nice on Local Action with the 'White Magick' EP. There's a mini-epic's worth of ideas and vibes inside, playing out like the soundtrack to a sci-fi short about occult computer hackers in the ends or, equally, some new age grime romance (we'll leave the casting to your imagination). From the crystalline synth blooms, angelic chorales and roto-drums of 'White Moon Garden', he 2-steps into lush 4th world dimensions with 'Inner Palace' and the beatless R&B sim-stim serenity of 'Rye Angel', all rendered with meticulous attention to hyperreal details. At the mid-point, the ambient… Read more
**Edition of 300 hand-stamped 10"s in sealed sleeve** Scuttling out of a mound somewhere in Weevil Neighbourhood, Berlin, Anthone gives two dub technoid steppers for the underground. A-side 'Double Dub' swings with brittle, spindly percussion and worm-charming bass in a cavernous, spherical dub space. B-side 'Clear View' shudders expansive dub chords on a skippin', itchy 2-step/Dubstep rhythm.
*Edition of 300 on red vinyl in hand-stamped sleeve* Sterling Techno abstractions from Japanese duo Katsunori Sawa and Yuji Kondo for the enigmatic Weevil Neighbourhood. Judging from this debut single, we'd triangulate their sound somewhere between older Chain Reaction and Berlin Techno experiments but with a more squashed sense of pressure. The A-side is a bruised and oddly syncopated Dub-Techno groove at 116bpm, where swollen subs buoy creepy, creaking atmospheric space in churning, aqua-tech roll. Flipside is a grand and visceral piece of tempered digital noise a la Pan Sonic, plus a drowned a… Read more
Thursday, 30 April
**Hardcore, FWD dance music from two leading sound artists. Initial copies on translucent red wax. Edition of 500, Mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Mark Fell and Gábor Lázár ratchet the game with their razor-sharp debut collaboration, 'The Neurobiology of Moral Decision Making'. As promised in the wake of Gábor's acclaimed vinyl debut, 'EP16', the duo have colluded on a full set of ten tracks, ranging from short synapse bursts thru to an uncannily emotive 12 minute masterpiece on the closing side. As the 10th release on The Death of Rave, it demonstra… Read more
Oneohtrix Point Never presents a strong 2nd set of commissioned soundtrack works. The two 'Bullet Hell Abstractions' were commissioned by the RBMA and inspired by the work of computer game composer Manabu Namiki - known for his shoot-em-up soundtracks - and veers headlong between rabid Sonic Subjunkies style breakcore and buckling digital noise dimensions. The 20 minute 'Suite From Magnetic Rose' is the captivating soundtrack to a rarely seen short film by Koji Morimoto, the creator of Akira. It was commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and premiered at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, The University of Manchester, U.K. October 4, 2014.
The astonishing 'Visitations' is an engulfing wash of rhythmically fluid field recordings, flutes, synths and percussion realised in 1973 by Jon Gibson - a pivotal member of the 20th century American avant-garde who can claim to be the only person who performed in the world premieres of Terry Riley's 'In C', Steve Reich's 'Drumming, and Philip Glass' 'Einstein on the Beach'. First released by Glass' Chatham Square Productions, 'Visitations' was Gibson's debut solo recording. It made a distinct departure from the deliberately structured minimalist compositions of his peers, preferring a more a… Read more
BNJMN mints his Brack label with a useful taste of his unique take on techno. Up top, he percolates nagging, nervy voices and panicky stabs before a serotonin flood of lush drone pads balances the vibe in 'Penumbra', while 'Keel' plays the gruff, direct techno card with somewhere between Terrence Dixon and Breaker 1 2. Down below, he gives the whole side to a creepin' house joint pecked with cold bleeps and fostering infectious EBM/acid synth licks on a rude groove.
**Marbled grey wax** Luke Hess launches on a Detroit/Berlin vectro with 'Dimension.D' for Deep Labs. Two sides of signature, tuff-but-slinky Detroit tech-house pivoting around flared chords and crisp claps and laced with Kraftwerk-referencing vocoders - also included as VOX Reshape mix. Our pick is the low key B-side thanks to a tight twist of Mathew Jonson-alike synthlines.