Thursday, 20 March
*Hugely recommended second EP from Wolf Eyes' Mike Connelly and his wife, Tara, recording together as Clay Rendering* A delicate yet uncompromising set of songs drifting somewhere between Shoegaze, Industrial, Metal and Ambient music, the tracks here recall everything from Cocteau Twins and Cranes at their most desolate to classic Sonic Youth, coloured and mis-shaped through abstract production assistance from Dominick Fernow and additional synth from Robert Beatty of Three Legged Race / Hair Police. Funereal opener 'Waters Above The Firmament' first draws us into a drowned … Read more
**White vinyl - edition of 300** Pan Sonic's immense session recorded in Kiev in 2009 finally lands direct from that topical city on Ukranian imprint, Kvitnu. For the first time in more than a decade, 'Oksastus' (a Finnish word for the grafting of plants) documents Ilpo Väisänen & Mika Vainio's hugely influential Pan Sonic in live aktion and the results have left us reeling. Recorded by Stanislav Lomakovsky and produced by Dmytro Fedorenko, it's a furnace blast of elemental voltage control, tempering furious noise, concussive kicks and icy electronics with unparalleled vision. The al… Read more
The man from Mountains channels his energies into four majestic pieces of post-Kosmische wonder on 'Motion', his 2nd solo side for Thrill Jockey. As part of the ongoing refinement of his analogue, digital and acoustic palette, 'Motion' plays with ideas of scale and space, tempering each instrumental source's unique spatial and textural qualities into what we perceive as dynamic, sublimely fluid environments. If you're ready and willing, 'Motion' will transport listeners to the lushest new places. RIYL Emeralds/Steve Hauschildt, Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, Popol Vuh, Alice Coltrane.
Anticipating a stunning 12" coming up on PAN, we've got a handful of M.E.S.H.'s killer vinyl debut, featuring an excellent Teengirl Fantasy remix. Resident at Berlin's influential Janus club night, remixer of Fatima Al Qadiri and producer for DFA's Dan Bodan, M.E.S.H is a pivotal player in the new wave of producers distilling the most effective elements of R&B, Grime, Jumpstyle and Club Music with a forward electronic sensibility. While practically rudimentary compared with his most recent workouts, 'Share the Blame' is still right upfront and crucial. The title cut works on a 130bpm bounce p… Read more
**Prime cuts of revolutionary and infectious Afro-Latin dance music** "In the history of Afro-Colombian culture, Son Palenque is without a doubt an exceptional band, and its history has a place at the very heart of ancestral palenquera music as well as at the musical intersection between Africa and Colombia, which took place on Colombia’s Caribbean coast in the 70s and 80s and which continues today through champeta, a musical genre and dance that also bears a strong African influence. The members of Son Palenque band grew up in rural communities fixed in time, with deep… Read more
**Strutting house and techno tools, new from Optimo** "Luca Lozano, owner of Klasse Recordings presents this majestic 4 track EP on Optimo Trax. Inspired by the past but sounding the antithesis of retro. In his own words.... "The Optimo Trax EP was born out of a time when I was listening to a lot of old Bleep House and Rave, early 90s UK stuff. Growing up in Sheffield I was lucky enough to spend some time in Warp Records when it was still a record store and being around this music and the people that made it must have somehow embedded itself into my psyche. Listening to pirate radio stati… Read more
Dead Heat's indie disco chug and tech-house pop arrives with fine remixes from Lucy and The Field. We'll quietly side-step the originals to the industrial grind and dreamy vocal processing of Lucy's 'Bosco' remix, and The Field's drifting, decelerated remix of 'The Dam' rent with expansive choral pads.
**Housed in full colour, tip on-style jacket with liner notes insert** "Bush Taxi Mali is an aural tour through the heart of Mali. These field recordings were made by Tucker Martine in 1998 while traveling throughout the West African country. This blend of bluesy Ngoni’s, clamoring street sounds, the stunning voice of Jalimusa Amanita Diabate (of the famous Diabate family), passing radios, Fulani flutes, runaway sound systems and chants from the Dogon country creates a unique portrait of Mali’s rich musical heritage. Eventually Martine found himself in the backseat of a bea… Read more
"Conrad Schnitzler (1937–2011), composer and concept artist, is one of the most important representatives of Germany's electronic music avant-garde. A student of Joseph Beuys, he founded Berlin's legendary Zodiak Free Arts Lab, a subculture club, in 1967/68, was a member of Tangerine Dream (together with Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese) and Kluster (with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius) and also released countless solo albums. On "Congratulacion" (originally released 1987 on the small spanish label Esplendor Geometrico) Schnitzler experimented with the Yamaha CX5 synthesizer… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Smooth, party-ready UK house from Cardiff's Bodhi duo following drops for Grizzly and Future Classic. A-side burns up US garage-flavoured vocals and, warm chords and swinging drums on 'I Need You' for the side-parting and air max posse; B-side plays a bit kinkier with the shifty organ stabs and jazz-dusted drums of 'Wuh', and tips out on the slinkier 'Soul Seeker'.
The excellent Ellis Island Sound are back - comprising the duo of Pete Astor (The Loft, Weather Prophets, etc) and David Sheppard (State River Widening, Snow Palms, etc). Described as “Afro-Krautrock”, ‘Intro, Airborne, Travelling’ is the first single from the duo in what seems like forever. The single features vocals from Radiohead collaborator John Matthias, coming on like an opiated James Brown channelling Damo Suzuki. The EP also features remixes from rising star Fryars and long time Andrew Weatherall collaborator Scott Fraser to complete the package. For fans of Can, Fela Kuti, Talking Heads, Fryars and Scott Fraser...
YYU makes a charming vinyl debut with two fuzzy charms for the Mount Kimbie lovers. A-side 'Kiss as we Walk' smudges Footwurkin' percolations with pitched vocals and hazy field recordings to come off something like a lo-fi James Blake or Mount Kimbie; 'When We Are Old' is a tender, spindly folk number recorded with the windows open and the sound of birds strafing YYU's sensitive strings and melancholy delivery.
*Vinyl includes a copy of the CD free inside* "‘Mess’ is the follow up to 2012’s ‘WIXIW’, the sound of a band in an ambiguous, fragile, in-between state. ‘Mess’, on the other hand, is an angry, ecstatic, primal burst of ritualistic electronics that sacrifices self persecution for potent, purposeful abandon. Liars’ career has seen the band rattle through pigeonholes in an attempt to avoid them all together: brittle yet taught punk funk; no wave; ecstatic noise-pop; 21st Century garage rock; post-millennial post-rock; delicate electronics; reaching here, where Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross … Read more
Ross Tones rolls out in his Throwing Snow guise with four intricately detailed fusions of electronica, jazz and bass music. Staking ground somewhere between Matthew Herbert, Falty DL and Ben Frost, his 'Pathfinder' EP brims with the kind of adventurous spirit he's tempered for the soft shades and dancefloor rudeness of his more recent Snow Ghosts and Alight collaborations. Opener 'The Tempest' feat. Adda Kaleh even seems to veer as far as Golden Retriever's free modular jazz before reigning in to a folksy 2-step with rustic soul, whereas 'Caedis' bumps along on a broken down blues tip fused … Read more
"Future Islands release ‘Singles’, their debut album for 4AD and their boldest and most immediate work to date. The Baltimore trio consists of enigmatic frontman Sam Herring, bassist /guitarist William Cashion and keyboardist / guitarist / programmer Gerrit Welmers. Herring’s poetic tales of heartbreak, love and loss are up front and in high fidelity, thanks in part to a newfound creative partnership with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear)"
**Smoky clear wax** Manchester shadow-dweller J.S. Zeiter on the buttons for a deep, purified dub techno session. RIYL Basic Channel.
Diverse shades of dub techno from Fold on his return to Electric Minds. Between the deft, pacy techno clip of 'Gully' to the rugged jabs and muscular subbass of 'Dun Kno', thru the skippier, chords-driven 'Gelatinous' and the rootsy dub techno step of 'Harlyn Dub' there's a fine and talented mind at work here.
**Limited edition of 400** The ever-intriguing Staubgold present a reissue of the this super-rare and obscure cut-up collage recorded, assembled and mixed by The New Blockaders' Richard Rupenus between 1984-1986 using tape material specifically contirbuted by a pantheon of wayward artists such as Merzbow, Nurse With Wound, Smegma, The Haters, Andrew Chalk and many more. This edition is also augmented by additional material not found on the original 1987 edition, including bookend extras recorded in 1983 and later issued on Bad Alchemy Nr. 5, and reissued in 2003 via Hy… Read more
**Limited edition marbled vinyl with hand stamped sleeve** Sterling new dub techno / D&B hybrids from a well known Berlin-based producer gone incognito. To be fair, it's not a new idea, but we've rarely heard it executed so effectively as on the 'Theme EP'. Four tracks coolly dance in the gaps between knackered house and Felix K's fleet-footed D&B reductions, ranging from droning halfstep swamp trudge to proper, shadow-boxing steppers rent with cavernous reverb and delay thru to tense yet lush, heaving slow/fast blown out with epic Basic Channel-style dub chords.
Who'da funk it, Bombay was banging out some of the maddest disco soundtracks you've never heard as far back as 1979?! This 12" supplement to Cultures of Soul's cherry-picked and ear-opening 'Bombay Disco' compilation carries two equally bonkers dancefloor bombs that they just couldn't squeeze onto the LP, with both given a full side to roll out for the Deejays. Up top, compiler Brother Cleve gives a choice edit of Asha Bosle's strutting disco dub 'Udi Baba' replete with Moog-y horror flick intro, splashing spring reverbs and mad Hindustani ragga chat. Down town legendary … Read more
Those Swedish loons really impress on the 'Ultrasaw' 12" with a mad selection of sluggish electro acid, synth-pop and darkside (n)Euro-jakk. It's most notable for their excellent Deep Throttle remix of Dave ID's slow-jacking synth-pop ace 'Soul Reprise', but there's also some killer acid in 'Phase Conclution' and and haul of their signature hardware chuggers on the A-side.
Power Vacuum pack a relentless session of thuggish techno from Objekt, JoeFarr & J. Tijn, An-i, and Positive Merge. Following on from his Jon Hopkins remix, Objekt bats out the busy, gritty ragga-techno tweaks of 'Balloons', and An-i unleashes the militant pound and wormhole 'tronics of 'Convo'. On 'Mustard Sucker' J. Tijn & JoeFarr play out a burly acid techno groove, and Ukraine's Positive Merge fires the monotone, railroading 4/4 grind of 'Note'.
Thursday, 13 March
*First Pressing Sold Out - Re-press due in late April* *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 Vowels", their debut album. Produced fast and loose through late 2013 / early 2014, it's an album that recalls the strict and stripped funk of Anthony Shakir as mu… Read more
Another pioneer of UK Grime's recent renaissance, Wen is set to floor all-comers with this stunning debut album for Keysound. Since introducing himself on a split with Epoch and 12" for Badimup in 2012/early 2013, he's coined a striking new sound, rending classic UK dance templates with up-to-the-second sound design and uncanny feel for that late night urban atmosphere best defined by Burial. His edit of early Dizzee Rascal joint 'Strings Ho' which emerged in mid 2013 marked a turning point for this sound where the tempos became slower, the production more elastic, sculpted, and the arrangements tighter,… Read more
**Edition of 350, mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy** The third release on Sasu Ripatti's eponymous imprint is the first on the label to come from the producer under his better known Vladislav Delay moniker, a complex, high velocity missive. It proceeds his Heisenberg collaboration with Max Loderbauer - Ripatti's partner in the MvO Trio with Moritz Von Oswald - with two tangled, forward-facing riddim attacks as detailed and daring as they are unforgiving. A-side '#5' hurtles on a double-timed meter accelerating his usually sparse aesthetic into denser structures of Juking percolati… Read more
**Blue vinyl** The Gnod affiliated Druss and Public Information / Night School's Love Cult come together for this excellent collaborative LP for Trensmat. Over eight tracks, Love Cult dominate proceedings with original material and deconstructions of Druss - aka Gnod's Paddy Shine - augmented by a couple of original appearances by the man himself. The whole affair is oppressively overcast and perhaps exactly what you might expect from heads dwelling in a Russian satellite state and a former cotton mill in Salford. It's not far removed from their recent, respective outings, but is fa… Read more
The vital Recollections GRM series yields some of its finest treasures yet from the Paris archive with three iconic, prototypical pieces of computer music by Jean Claude Risset. It's notable not least for the first vinyl pressing of the amazing electro-acoustic sonorities in 'Sud' (1985), but also two very early pieces recorded between 1968-69, marking some of the very first significant instances of computers used in the creation of sound itself, with 'Computer Suite From Little Boy' featuring sounds synthesised using the Music V program whilst working with Max Mathews at the B… Read more
**180g fully remastered vinyl reissue of this classic album - the first time it's been re-pressed on vinyl since 1967. Edition of 500 copies** Morton Subotnick's 'Silver Apples Of The Moon' adventure is a foundational piece of electronic music. Created on a then freshly-commissioned Buchla modular synthesiser, it was the first electronic record released by a classical music label and heralded a wave of synthetic music exploration which has birthed many of the sounds we know and love today. In light of the impact created by Charles Cohen's recently excavat… Read more
**Sealed poly-lined sleeve includes insert** Beautiful, astrally inclined house from a true keeper of the light, Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being - the latest ace on Last Known Trajectory, who last served that amazing Visonia 12" starring Dopplereffekt. Both sides capture Jamalat his most effusive, with the A-side stretching out a widescreen vision of slow-moving, starlit harmonics contrasting with a hard-working, undulating jack track and chaotic acid melody, whereas the flipside jacks up a pumping, romantically industrialised sound streaked with silvery synth comtrails and riding an irresistible, churning buck beat to infinity. Recommended!
Back-breaking, unreleased and early Chicago ghettofunk from a scene original back on the block. Aside from a digital one-off in 2011, South Side's DJ Lil' Tal left his mark on Chicago's booty scene with a string of Dance Mania bangers between 1995-1996. Rodney Bakerr of the legendary Rockin' House records worked with Lil' Tal back then, and upon observing the scene's contemporary influence, saw it was high time the world knew about the tracks his label was sitting on. There's seven high-energy tools total (although eight are mentioned on the centre label) flexing out from the bleeping bang of … Read more