Thursday, 07 August
Falty DL's 4th album finds the Brooklynite at his most diffuse, spacious, and dreamy. As you'd hope, there's still a strong, ductile rhythmic base to 'In The Wild' but it's largely mixed to tantalising effect, embedded fathoms deep within his radiant, dub-wise structures. Jazz and hip-hop are the album's touchstones, but heard thru a poetic prism of broken beat, electronica and latinate new age atmospheres shaping up to be some of Falty DL's most distinguished, nuanced productions. Previous single 'Danger' is the rudest thing here alongside 'Heart & Soul', with its 4Hero-style breaks, bass and c… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label, with 40min digi-exclusive 'Vigil'* LA-based modular synth maverick M. Geddes Gengras returns with a gorgeous extended suite for Matthewdavid's Leaving Records. The session is named in respect to the lone survivor of the Yahi Indian tribe, subject of the 1961 book Ishi: In Two Words, symbolising the personal loss of two of Gengras' friends. Over four increasingly extended pieces ranging from 6 to 43 minutes in length, he opens huge harmonic spaces, at once moving forward, outward yet very centred and serene, scoping out… Read more
Pumping London techno standards from Pris back on Resin for 2nd helpings. No nonsense, heads-down techno in 3 parts rolling off the clattering polyrhythms and thudding kicks of 'If She Bends, She Breaks' to the dry drama of 'St. Elmo's Fire' and cannier, minimalist tribal funk of 'If She Cracks, She Bears'.
**Blue wax** Smart avant dance-pop from Brighton's Elizabeth Bernholz aka Gazelle Twin. Considered in parallel to Planningtorock's aesthetic, 'Anti Body' could be taken as a sort of avant anthem, mixing eerie, swarming vocals to a jagged electro pulse and queered, discordant harmonies enhanced by additional production and mixing by analogue maetsro, Benge. 'Phobia' is stranger, even more fascinating, tiering vocal drones and fragile phrases in a manner recalling that Ayshay single and the etheric plainsong of Julianna Barwick.
"After his diverse yet cohesive 2013 album The Waiting Room, Jeff McIlwain, better known as Lusine, is back with a more tightly focused EP. McIwain's discography is intimidating, and over the course of the last few decades, he's been known for exceeding in a wide array of electronic styles, a rarity among artists of his kind. The release of Arterial, his fourth EP for Ghostly, marks another successful foray into a niche that most artists would spend their careers immersed in. A calmly effortless work, Arterial is economical in everything it does, creating its own tiny universe to house expertly craf… Read more
**Vinyl reissue of this Hospital Productions tape housed in printed inner and die-cut jacket** Killer vinyl edition of this blunt noise/techno session from New York stalwart K.P, highly recommended to followers of of Preserved Instincts, Miles, Powell, Vatican Shadow or Prostitutes. As Hospital Productions put it: " Dual Action combines the eerie atmospheric sound collage of crowded chinatown streets with the deafening silence of a new apartment and the hard industrial beats of subways and freeways. A dynamic, physical autonomism. Body complete." Check 'Body Automatic' for stygian industrial t… Read more
Total Techno classic, reissued by Tresor for 2014. As Surgeon's sophomore album, 'Basic Tonal Vocabulary' established him as a unique force in Techno, appearing in the style's golden year of 1997 armed with seven of the leanest, most disciplined, and outright killer dancefloor tools around. While insistent movers like 'Rotunda' and the skewed drive of 'Krautrock' define this LP, the ambient moment of 'Waiting' also showed the man to be in possession of a uniquely nuanced electronic lexicon.
"The Outsiders, hailing from Wimbledon, England, were one of the many bands to rise up through the UK is punk explosion of the late 70s. Citing the Velvet Underground as their primary influence, The Outsiders were fronted by Adrian Borland, who went on to form the seminal post-punk band The Sound following the demise of the band. Gaining exposure through opening for acts such as The Jam and The Vibrators. Bob Lawrence (bass) and Adrian Janes (aka Jan, drums) rounded out the band. The Outsiders were the first UK punk band to self-release a full album (their first LP Calling on Youth), on their… Read more
Dancehall-mowing battery from men like Kalbata & Mixmonster, backed with an outstanding Kahn remix. The dreadnaught original version of 'Congo Beat The Drum' runs rife with thunderous percussion matched for madness by Major Mackerel's yelps, growls and robo-ragga patter. Flipside, Kahn properly shakes it down with Lion roars, lush oriental drones and sticky dancehall torque beside the flying 4/4 stepper, 'Out A Road'.
Glasgow's highly-touted beat builder debuts with this killer five track EP on Local Action. Since first appearing on Big Dada's Grime 2.0 collection, he's dropped the unique beat suite 'Faded With Da Kittens' for Astral Black and remixed DJ Q's 'Trust Again', synthesising a unique mix of grime, fluoro/sino folk melody and moody technoid pads. 'Crystal Children' gives up his best work to date, including the bubbling grime-techno of 'Zen' and balance of pounding subs with delicate hooks in 'Thinkk Star', whilst the subtler sweetness of 'Daisy Chain's sino-folk licks and the drifting s… Read more
**Vinyl-only. Spotgloss jacket** Exclusive R&Bass-Pop aces by Kode 9, Inga Copeland & Dean Blunt, Morgan Zarate, Cooly G, and Ikonika, featuring guest appearances from Ghostface Killah and Dâm-Funk. Taken from the pop/vocal-focussed 3rd volume of Hyperdub's 10th anniversary collection, 'Decadubs 3' explicitly states the label's love of bittersweet and futurist soul styles over six cherry-picked cuts from the roster's core. On side A, DVA tends a coy, summery groove for airborne vocals from Zaki Ibrahim, before Inga Copeland makes one of two appearances, the first a mad … Read more
Debut shot of dynamic grime futurism from Chemist for Coyote Records, backed up with Last Japan and Rabit remixes. Twinning his studies in composition and technology for film and games with current strains of HD UK grime, Chemist coins two lucidly detailed, kinetic constructions with the intricate polymetrics and strafing square waves of 'Defiance', and the robotic Eski origami of 'Blocks' marking him out as a slick sound designer. Rabit's remix of 'Defiance' is condenses its energy into pensive, droning subs, militant claps and sino licks owing as much to Angola as An… Read more
**White wax** Samuel Kerridge puts a donk on it for Blueprint, backed with three of his signature doom scapes. The Berlin-based artist's follow-up to 'A Fallen Empire' opens with the pounding coda and descending tones of 'Operation Neptune', streaking slow-motion Stuka screams over tortured bass hits to asphyxiating effect, whilst the bombed-out 'Surrender To The Void' sculpts monolithic black metal riffs and slow roiling drums reminding of Pan Sonic. B-side, 'Paint It Black' spills evil, muscle-wasting drones and bone-snapping percussion before rearing up the twisted metal relief of 'Paint It Black (Reprise)'. Strong twelve.
**Limited edition, 1-sided 12"** Conspicuous by his absence from the scene since 2011, Dorian Concept finally returns to Ninja Tune with the canny calculations of 'Draft Culture'. Indicative of things to come from his eagerly-awaited 'Joined Ends' LP, the wonky funk of 'Draft Culture' twinkles, flexes and charms in all the right places with woozy Wurlitzer, off-kilter bass and scissoring percussion.
*140 gram Vinyl + VHS Insert (Artwork by James White) + Download Card* Far Cry 3: “Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is the critically acclaimed game from Ubisoft. The music for the video game, a first-person shooter set on a tropical island, was composed by Australian duo Power Glove, who craftily bill themselves as “two lawyers sent back from the streets of future, post-apocalyptic Los Angeles 2043. With a touch of romance and a ton of trouble, we’re gonna get there… any way we can.” Game developers Ubisoft say the soundtrack “mirrors the game’s vision of a nostalgia-… Read more
Cómeme gang-up for the nine-track 'Gasoline' label expo. Starts up nice 'n slow with Auntie Flo's technoid cumbia grind 'Jas' and travels a spectrum of kinky goods from Vaskular's mellow jacker 'Black Jesus' to the clipped, slippery swing of 'Cógeme' from DJs Pareja & Alejandro Paz, the trim industrial percolator 'El Rito' from Zombies In Miami, and Carisma's fairlight-sprung remix of 'A Bailar' by Rous. Sweaty.
Big room romps from XXXY following his 'Never Enough' 12" for Rinse. 'Goldfish' works a squashed, propulsive London house sound with a hollow, metallic klonk reminding of Marcel Dettmann's debut 12" on MDR, only spiked with shape-cutting funk. On the other hand, 'Evade' is one for the armpit exhibitionists, tracing icy arpeggios up the spine of a swinging tech-house groove replete with jaw-swanging breakdown.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Handsome, rigid boxset of 7 x 7"s containing classic, rare and foundational Gussie Clarke productions for Augustus Pablo, Leroy Sibbles, Roman Stewart, The Mighty Diamonds, and Leroy Smart. Limited edition.
Reissue of Drexciya legendary follow-up/supplement to 'Neptune's Lair'. Originally issued in 2000, 'Hydro Doorways' holds some of Drexciya's most emotive arrangements and fierce drum programming in six tracks ranging from the epic 'Lost Vessel' to the hydraulic electro-techno of 'Species Of The Pod' and the screwface techno razz of 'Devil Ray Cove'.
*Super influential Library record from the KPM vaults circa 1970, reissued on this new vinyl edition* "Who better to follow up one of the best known and most sampled of all library LPs than Alan Moorhouse, a twisted genius whose musical output clearly proves that he couldn’t have given a monkey’s what anyone thought of him. From unlistenable marching band versions of Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep, to an entire album of demented Tijuana styled hymns to the hard hitting funk of his work for KPM, Moorhouse would surely have shocked and amazed us with more musical mayhem had his life not… Read more
*Standard LP and sleeve with download code redeemable from the label* 2014's most anticipated release is finally in our grubby mitts, marking a new pinnacle of R&B/pop composition. Helmed by the visionary singer, producer, writer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer Tahliah Barnett, 'LP1' sets a high benchmark for new pop and R&B, pulling together some of the most interesting studio alchemists around right now - Arca, Clams Casino, Paul Epworth and Devonte Hynes - for a project that far outweighs the sum of its parts. Augmenting the sublime templates of her two mind-blowing EPs, 'LP1’ s… Read more
Deftly broken house and shifty tech swingers from Appleblim & Komon. In duo, they deal the trippy mixing and squashed rave vibes of 'Motion Blur' and the late night tuck of 'Key Vision'. Gwan dolo, Komon goes darker with the dirge-like chords and scuffed. hard-edged swagger of 'Astir', contrasting with the lucid cosmic synths and off-kilter shuffle of 'Blim's 'Echo's Retreat'.
*Edition of 500 copies, Includes a download coupon* "The No Wave era of NYC was a short, dark flash of energy that was extinguished almost as soon as it was noticed. It happened so goddamn fast that if you missed the imaginal cut-off for inclusion by a few fucking weeks, you were forever written out of the picture. Believe me. Thurston and I wrote the book on this goddamn scene, and the Hi Sheriffs were just outside our temporal markers, despite the fact they'd played Tier 3, the Mudd Club and everywhere you'd think would matter. But look, they were as second gen No Wave as the Raybeat… Read more
*Second pressing in plain sleeve* Hot on the heels of Russell Haswell's '37 Minute Workout', Diagonal Records drop a slow-burning, psychedelic killer from Elon Katz and Beau Wanzer's Streetwalker, backed with a powerful Silent Servant remix. First issued on Catholic Tapes cassette in 2011, the serpentine, twelve minute acid slink of 'Ooze' has been remastered for vinyl and primed for the dance. As opposed to the from-the-hip funk on their 'Future Fusion' LP for Minimal Wave's Cititrax sublabel, 'Ooze' is a more hard-hitting affair, stealthily paced to a sleazy 110bpm stru… Read more
"Every year requires winter records. Those sounds that you reach for when cyclical freeze triggers a craving for icy synthesizers and sinister drums. This is where you’ll find Alias’ Pitch Black Prism, an alternately bleak and beautiful album built for headphones and hailstorms. “The image that stuck in my head for its tone was a figure illuminated just beyond the range of complete darkness,” says Alias. “I worked on it mostly it night, so it definitely has more of a nocturnal feel than any of my previous albums.” It’s a fitting metaphor for the Maine resident. Few places boast such a severe… Read more
*300 copies with risographed and hand stamped sleeves, plus download coupon* Debut three track 7" from London feminist punks Frau who feature members of Woolf and Good Throb. They released the much loved 8 track 10 minute demo on Tuff Enuff Records in late 2013 (which has now been reissued on LP by Dead Beat Records) and now return with three more short blasts of discordant and furious noise. 'Punk Is My Boyfriend' is a dirty and scratchy cut with pounding drums and an insistent guitar hook. It comes over like a mix of Pre 'Cut' Slits, Huggy Bear and Kleenex. 'Snakeskin' is possibly the on… Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 300** Battista, EMG, and John Swing carve up a coupla badass hardware house abstractions as SPS. They're really pushing the envelope here, but stop shy of tipping into funk-less f**kery, instead teasing out samples inna rugged dub-meets-beatdown style. The A-side 'Conscio Mix' hovers into view as wispy filter noise before unfolding the soul sample at its core to reveal a thudding, slompy kick like some Theo Parrish-meets-Ron Hardy mind-bender. B-side, the 'Inconscio Mix' comes ruffer yet with a swampy, shape-shifting swirl of machine rhythms … Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 250 housed in screen-printed jackets** Fierce techno steppers from Ansome & Catch on their freshly minted South London Analogue Material imprint. Their debut volley smashes blown-out bass roil and banking distortion from Catch up top, and claggy, clangourous mutant techno from Ansome dung below. One for fans of Truss, Perc, Untold…
Afro-centric house heat from East London's DrumTalk. Drawing on all the classic references - Chicago, Detroit, New York, London - as well as new ones from Kwaito to Azonto and Funky, DrumTalk's debut for GetMe! backs up its intentions with robust, effective productions resulting the shape-cutting stride and lilting drum cadence of 'Super Vega' on one side, and the writhing syncopation of bouncing, technoid drums and wheezing melody in flipside, 'SNB'.