Thursday, 04 December
Draumalandid is the name of a new documentary about Iceland's current environmental plight and its inextricable connection with the forces of the global economy. For the film's soundtrack, renowned producer Valgeir Sigurosson calls upon the entire roster of his Bedroom Community label for support. The score is fleshed out by classical composers Nico Muhly and Daniel Bjarnason (the latter's excellent Processions debut album still being fresh in the memory) with further contributions arriving from ambient noise sculptor Ben Frost and US singer-songwriter Sam Amidon. Wh… Read more
*New on Pomelo, featuring remixes from DJ Stingray and Egyptian Lover!* "Delightfully nasty debut solo release from Anet K, a long-term resident of Berlin who has contributed vocals to several recent releases, including Barker's "Like An Animal" on Leisure System. For the remixes, DJ Stingray rebuilds the vocals with an aggressive slant, while the legendary Egyptian Lover raps some addictive verses and completely revamps the arrangement..."
Limited Edition Heavy Weight Vinyl Pressing, Recorded in Heliopolis Cairo Egypt in the early 70's.
**Wrap-around artwork in clear poly sleeve** Hushed late night house from Anthony Collins and Francis Harris's Frank & Tony duo on their New York-based Scissor & Thread label. A-side plays out the woozy dub house motion and dreamy chord washes of 'Love Brut'; B-side rolls heavier subs out in the 'Resistance (Dub)', and shuffles up close with the warm and intimate 'Villa Seurat'.
Vinyl only edition of the classic Carcass and Godflesh ‘Peel Sessions’. 11 tracks showcasing two of Earache’s most definitive early bands in the raw - Side A features two separate Carcass sessions recorded in 1988 and 1990 / Side B features Godflesh recorded in 1989
*Much needed reissue of this classic Drexciya album for Tresor* One of Drexciya's most sought-after and definitive "storms" finally repressed for those that need it. Originally released in 2002, 'Harnessed The Storm' yields timeless anthems such as the devastating 'Digital Tsunami' - leaves us an emotional wreck every time - and the unfathomable mystery of 'Under Sea Disturbances' alongside signature enigmas like 'Mission to Ociya Syndor and Back' or the heart-breaking melodies of 'Birth Of New Life'. Trust us and everyone else: it's essential.
**Translucent Red Vinyl** Accompanying his killer debut album, Clarity drops two high pressure mnml D&B weapons for Samurai Horo. Up top, MC T-Man jumps on the stomach-quaking sub-bass rolige of 'Hell's Gate'; down below, he teams up with Overlook for the industrial-strength steppers reduction of 'Engineering' with its ricochet drums and turbulent bass pressure built to test the best.
Reissue of a belter Italo rarity, originally released in 1984 and known to go for up to £750 on the 2nd hand market! Kinda unmissable.
Perfect 1987 Italo bomb reissued for the good of the dancefloor. 'In The Dark' was originally released by Technology in 1987 and nowadays original copies exchange hands for up to £300.
Already established as one of D&B's yung hopes, Clarity cements his status with debut album, 'Infinite'. Since 2012 he's been a noted presence via releases for Exit Recordings, Horizons Music, Nu-Directions, and most recently Samurai Music, whose fwd family provide focussed context for his precision-tooled blend of minimal D&B, techno, dubstep and ambient tropes. Stepping up to the album format, he elevates and expands his sound, exploring a wider range of BPMs and rhythm structures with clinical execution. His D&B peer Skeptical appears on the super tight, 'Warhead'-like tribal minimalism of 'Segm… Read more
The 2nd of Janek Schaefer's two new albums for Dekorder presents a pair of ecstatically vaulted and longform compositions. In contrast to the willowy drones of 'Unfolding Luxury beyond the City of Dreams', this record documents Schaefer's more highly-charged, almost ecclesiastical style of composition in two pieces originally written for installation and exhibit. The A-side's 'Inner Space Memorial in Wonderland' continues a long tradition of Janek writing in tribute to J.G. Ballard - quite recently with 'Lay-By-Lullaby' - featuring twenty one minutes of sweeping, gl… Read more
*Special edition fluorescent box set with foil-block Jaga Jazzist logo containining: ‘A Livingroom Hush’ 180g clear vinyl LP, Two 180g clear vinyl 12”s featuring exclusive reworks, a 24 page booklet with extended sleevenotes and archive photography, plus MP3 download codes including four bonus unreleased songs from the ‘A Livingroom Hush’ sessions* Marking Jaga Jazzist’s 20th year is a vinyl box set featuring a special reissue of the album ‘A Livingroom Hush’ (2004) with four previously unreleased demo cuts from those recording sessions as bonus digital downloads. Also in the box ar… Read more
**Includes digital download code - new from a label run by Charlotte Marionneau and My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields** "Entrancing debut release on a label run by Charlotte Marionneau from Le Volume Courbe and My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields. Minimal, hook-strewn space-folk by Koichi Yamanoha — from cult psych-punks Screaming Tea Party, with contributions from LVC, members of Chrome Hoof, and fellow Japanese ex-pats Bo Ningen — mixing together the harsh, melancholic beauty of Nico, Green World ambience, the tunefulness of classic pop, and the otherworldliness of Joe Meek. Lovely stuff."
*Deluxe 180 Gram Limited Edition LP with inner sleeve* "Fuzz guitars, go-go beats, weird exotic soundscapes and Doris Troy (of ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ fame) screaming about gizzards. Only in Rome, only in 1971. Brilliant but overlooked composer Berto Pisano and (we suspect) his no less talented brother Franco (working under a pseudonym) to craft the perfect score for this drug-fuelled piece of cinematic mayhem. Recorded at the Orthophonic Recording Studio, Roma 1971 and remastered in 2014 from the original stereo album master tapes this LP includes 2 previ… Read more
*Francois Tusques’ rarest commercially released album now reissued via Finders Keepers...* "With track titles translating as ‘Song For The Devil’ and ‘The Witches’, Francois Tusques’ rarest commercially released album casts an early stylistic premonition of the vampire themed improvised soundtracks recorded for director Jean Rollin merely months after its release. Assembling the very same group of musical sorcerers this album’s personnel (featuring, amongst others, soprano saxophonist Barney Wilen) reads like a who’s who of France’s early improvised music / free ja… Read more
**Orange wax. Dinky centre label. Hand-stamped sleeve** Darkest, abstract D&B dread from ASC on Samurai Horo. His 'Truth Be Told' album aside, 2014 has been a notably quiet year for new releases from the usually prolific producer - this is his first 12" of the year. By the sounds of it, he's really spent his time away from releasing to recalibrate and re-tune his sound, resulting in these four amorphous aces rolling from the worm-charming sub-bass charge and alien sonics of 'Loophole' to the caustic textures and super widescreen sound design of 'Diffusion Loop (Rumble Mix)', and over to the industri… Read more
Emika starts up her eponymous label with two brooding, etheric, yet pounding electro-techno tracks. 'Melancholia Euphoria A' pays dues to Dopplereffekt with icy arpeggios and pumping Detroit-style electro ballast stabbed up with her own feminine grunts. 'Melancholia Euphoria B' feels lighter, sweeter, erecting towering synth figures over hydraulic 4/4.
A pair of supple, sleazy and minimal tech-house grooves from Bruno Pronsato, accompanying his album, 'The Bedroom Slant'.
The Black Dice miscreant follows his jaunt onto L.I.E.S. with a typically schizoid return to DFA in 'Ms Pretzel'. Working somewhere between $hit & $hine's lop-sided funk and the burred loops of Harmonious Thelonious, his four tracks investigate heatsick Afro-centric vibes in the slow and low chug of 'Ms Pretzel' as well as noisier, splintered grooves in 'SXIXO', while 'Scum of the Cream' prowls wayward dancefloor zones with a steadier, if still sozzled, momentum, and 'A1EZOK' pushes the tempo up for a manic flurry of stepping drums and queasy, melting loops.
*Deluxe 3LP set includes 60 page book with comprehensive liner notes, artist interviews, unseen archival photos, and lyrics (with translations), housed in a “Tip-On” slip case with three “Tip-On” jackets* "Largely unheard, criminally undocumented, but at their core, utterly revolutionary, the recordings of the diverse North American Aboriginal community will finally take their rightful place in our collective history in the form of Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985. An anthology of music that was … Read more
**Marbled yellow/black wax** Chicago's Ike Release serves a debut album of rugged, broodingly spaced out house music for M>O>S. Following the progression of his singles for Infrasonics to a raw, hardware-driven style for the steadfast Dutch label, 'Noir' manifests Ike's most intriguing, dextrous, and engrossing material to date, with highlights in the kinky square bass and cowbell roil of 'Vapor' or the superb nightflight of the title track.
"A collection of unreleased recordings from the early days of Gravenhurst. Unexpected treasures found in the Gravenhurst archives whilst researching material for the tenth anniversary reissues of ‘Flashlight Seasons’ and ‘Black Holes In The Sand’. Comprised of two early demos that differ from album versions in intriguing ways and eight previously unheard songs, the result is a carefully selected and coherent collection. ‘The Citizen’ contrasts a lyric of urban alienation with an early demonstration of Nick Talbot aka Gravenhurst’s mastery of acoustic minimalism, wh… Read more
EBM-tightened exotic jak trax from D'Marc Cantu and Tadd Mullinx (JTC/Dabrye) for Creme Organization. 'Passion Of A Night' checks in with a classicist Chicago track style wurkin' crisp Roland percussion and rudest bass rubs to the bone; 'Starfist Lazerbeam' adds some more melodic colour to the bare bones groove prickling with electroid patterns and mystic synth vapours.
*Unavailable on vinyl since 1981, Double Album in Gatefold Sleeve Limited to 500 copies and pressed on transparent yellow vinyl with pink, red and blue splatter. Includes printed inner sleeves, containing lyrics and photos and a "Pleasure Bag" with 4 x postcards, 2 x stickers, 1 x stencil,1 x A2 Repro Tour Poster, 2 A3 x Repro promo posters for "Go For Gold" and "Politics/ Its Fashion" singles. 1 x Press photo and 1 x Press Flyer* "In 1980 post punk pop indie band Girls At Our Best came out of nowhere (Well, Leeds actually) with "Getting Nowhere Fast" and was the NME's Single Of The Week … Read more
DBA's Special Editions DJ tool series takes San Francisco's Jack Murphy in for a subtly effective deep techno-house session. Going deeper than his pair of 12"s for Frozen Border's Reference sublabel, here he glides from the pent percolations of 'Points Zero' to darkside, monotone groove and sci-fi drones with '4MT', and over to the astral detachment of 'Prefec-R' and the noirish hush of 'Thieves'.
Steffi serves a sophisticated sophomore LP for OstGut Ton with 'Power Of Anonymity'. Deeply indebted to classic Detroit house and techno, it plays out ten tracks of romantic machine soul driven by elegant grooves and alleviated by expansive atmospheres - exactly the kinda thing you'd expect to hear her spin at her Panorama Bar residency. It's a real mood setter, keeping the lights dimmed but reassuringly glowing throughout, from the E.R.P.-style electro hush of opener 'Pip' and the astral-bound techno of 'Everyday Objects' thru the Share Vari-referencing funk of highlight 'Treasure Seeking… Read more
*Beautiful gold foil-blocked sleeve on reverse board* Subtly noirish and intimate electronic composition from Belgium's Brice Dreessen aka Lowcommittee for the consistently great Vlek Records. While the title, 'Race at Neon Club' may connote speed and bright lights, the results are actually almost gothically greyscale and lower case in aesthetic, coming across like the moody OST to a darker, drug-fuelled version of Drive set in Antwerp.
Cologne's Reinhard Voigt stretches his legs on a pair of strident Kompakt house standards. 'Rachanee' revolves sweet samples of unknown Far Eastern origin over a squashed electro bassline and old skool bleep techno style hook. 'Tisch Für Zwei' is darker, burrowing into the dance with hypnotic monotone bass, pinging brass stabs and kinkiest interplay of cowbells and rimshots to rub the 'floor to a lather.
Invaluable collection of rare and edited Function productions, sliced from the forthcoming 'Recompiled' album. Up top you'll find the rippling miniature, 'Isolate' plus the darkside breakbeat techno rolige of 'Montage' (2003), which has until now escaped our attention but will be heading straight for a special section in our bag. Down below, there's a version of 'Immolare', which appearewd on various Sandwell District releases, plus the heads down minimalism of 'Descending. Worth it for 'Montage' alone!
The 'Riot Party' EP perhaps supposes what the Electrifying Mojo might be playing today, were he still broadcasting the Midnight Funk Association over the Detroit area. 'Ann Arbor' makes that comparison most explicit with a War Of The Worlds style sci-fi intro bleeding into some slick future house funk, while 'Bass Jam' slips into crunchy midnight boogie mode; 'With Attitude' follows ina Teutonic triplet style to the tightened house shimmy of 'Detox' and the abstract machine funk transmission, 'Riot Party'.