Thursday, 09 July
**El scorchio A-side and hash-heavy flip!** "Conjunto Papa Upa made it clear with their 2013 debut single on Music With Soul - they would be the torchbearers of the modern day musical explorations of Venezuelan polyrhythmic grooves. Their newest single, in true Music With Soul tradition, is another double sider; may you chose which song you want to make your A side. El Jalabolismo opens with a direct dose of 60’s Sudamérica style surf-garage. An electrified combination of rock and roll, Guaguancó, Samba and Parranda through the looking glass of the scorching hot Caribbean coast. The… Read more
2nd album from LHF distilling myriad elements of UK and outernational soundsystem culture and vibes for Keysound Recordings. The work of Amen Ra, Low Density Matter, and No Fixed Abode, a.k.a. LHF, 'For The Thrown' presents ten filigree collages of samples and synths to follow the rudeboy stance of their recent Ragga Twins hook-up. The production focus is on bright, colourful melody and textures, full of choral synths, wistful flutes and Alice Coltrane-like shimmers buoyed by subtle subs and percussion that glints under the sun.
Sawf London's Coyote Records pull another wicked debut from the pack with Spokes' 'Green Eyes' session. Working at the soft spot between OG grime and new age ambience, their three originals present lucent visions of our present future, crisply detailed with avian flute chatter and prickling electro drum palettes, at best in the Slackk-approved 'Lo Pan Strikes' and the shades-on at midnight ATL vibe of 'Mutations'. On a remix tip, E.M.M.A. proves a fine candidate to spin the light-headed dynamics of 'Ritalin', earthing its diaphanous bleeps and white noise washes with double dipped bass and whirrin… Read more
*Headiest folk-drone-dance by France's Maxime Perault, aka the brilliant Black Zone Myth Chant!* Where BZMC aimed high for Sun Ra, his High Wolf output feels conversely torn between grounded, outernational rhythms and orbit-velocity electronics, hinting at a seepage between his aliases and, happily for the listener, enhancing an ever more disorienting and involving trip. With patented flair and a sense of freedom, he turns his hand to Shangaan-style madness in '1314' and the incendiary 'Exploratory Impatience' alongside the mind-bending wormholes and hydrodynamics of 'Savage Beasts Be Wise', … Read more
The North American producer deviates between deepest techno, acidic electro and ambient drone-pop in his sterling debut album. The breadth of diversity and quality of his execution in 'Homesick' is as much testament to Matrixxman's skill as a producer as his deft dancefloor instinct; whether he doing ghetto-ready techno-house like 'Switchblade', bending on a breakbeat acid flex with 'Red Light District', or fathoming beatless sci-fi terrain in 'Annika's Theme' or 'Earth Like Conditions', he impresses at every turn.
Deep house maverick, Hunee spills his mind all over the 'floor on his debut album, 'Hunch Music'. Over the last decade, Berlin-based Hunee has emerged a standard-bearer for sophisticated, psychedelic and soulful house music with a trim handful of tracks and 12"'s via Permanent Vacation, Ostgut Ton, and Rush Hour, all leading up to the dizzying colours and gripping arrangements of 'Hunch Music'. Rooted in the deepest traditions and disciplines of New York, Chicago, and Detroit, and with a trace of Korean heritage discernible in the his melodic sweetness, it plays out like a mid-summers dream of fe… Read more
**Features co-production by Nate Young and Neil Hagerty. Includes download code** "“Hysteria” is the result of nearly two years spent in various studios with producers and fellow ‘Boone brothers Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) and Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux), working diligently together to take a few steps beyond Trip Metal and extract the skeleton out of “rock”, inserting it into a newer, much weirder, humanoid skin. The epicenter of this sound rests humbly on the foundation of guitar and voice, two facets of sound that Moskos has carefully cultivated through years of experimentation and digestion from a … Read more
**Limited gatefold white vinyl 2LP, includes MP3 download code** 'In-Between' marks the momentous return of Arovane, in collaboration with Hior Chronik, to the ambient serenity of his much-adored early '00s releases for CCO and DIN. More than ten years ago, Uwe Zhan a.k.a. Arovane left the IDM/electronica world, seemingly for good, with the delicate prisms of 'Lillies', only to reappear in 2013 with a more angular, beats-driven style in 'Ve Palor' for n5MD. Now teaming up with Greek composer Hior Chronik, Arovane returns to expand upon the tranquil, hyaline sounds and lump-in-throat… Read more
Power Vacuum bag a sack of spannered acid madness from Cylob. The perennial outsider loved for classics on Rephlex mercifully hasn't mellowed with age, twatting out seven trax of wonky techno discord ('Concrete Corporal'), hyper drill 'n bass (Granular Psychosis [Ect Mix]'), superb EBM braindance ('Rosetta'), and psy-NRG ('Missions to Mercury'), with a dose of IDM chamber ambience in 'Zattrday'.
Rugged and bittersweet UK rufige from Manchester's Paleman, sprung on Loefah's 81 label. 'Like O' runs a sticky reduction of grimy flutes, sirens and junglist stabs on a cooled-out and dread 808 house bounce; with 'Dining and Bar' he's a forlorn souljah, coaxing tender ambient chords to a Burial-esque bit of sub-sunk 2-step built for deeper club play. In-the-pocket business. Tip!
**Edition of 300** Manchester's Natural Sciences debut with an impressively deep and gritty techno-house session by Dutchman, Aleks. Up top he carves close to the likes of Claro Intelecto, Kassem Mosse or Redshape with the pressurised acid momentum of 'Ulterior Motive' and the sub-aquatic dub-tech convections of 'Hemel'; meanwhile, downtown 'O4rw' rolls out a humid, stepping house move recalling goods from John Swing or EMG in finest style, before the abrasively seductive jack of 'Multitudes' leaves a lingering taste that we're sure you'll come back for.
'Marhaba' shares the fruits of Floating Points and James Holden's collaboration with gnawa maâlem (master) Mahmoud Guinia on their recent trip to Morocco for the 5th Marrakech Biennale. Both producers give prominence to Guinia viocals and hypnotic guembri (a sort of 3-stringed lute) in their respective mixes, Floating Points buoying the syncopated claps with subtly feathered synthlines in 'Mimoun Marhaba', whereas Holden really vibes out on a modular set-up in a looser version with 'Bania'.
Kieran Hebden a.k.a. Four Tet takes a proggy saunter from hybrids of Indian classical music and House to Kosmische and rustling breaks on his 8th solo studio album. 'Morning/Evening was first conceived in summer 2014 and completed early 2015 to follow the frayed and fractured pirate/rave buzz of 'Beautiful Rewind' with a more open, rolling and entrancing framework. It's a sound that dovetails his love of long-format jazz records with the play-thru hypnosis of DJing, layering far flung yet neatly compatible elements around repetitive and subtly morphing templates for up to and over 20 minute… Read more
Alex Cortex still follows his own techno path with a welcome return to the fray on Barba Records backed by Florian Kupfer and Prseus Traxx remixes. Last located on Skudge's label, Cortex keeps his agenda loose yet direct here with two unique grooves playing between sub-heavy and percussive tribal electro-techno to wonky, spaced-out bleeps. It's prime material for the remixers, with Kupfer reshaping 'Spike Train' to a hefty, lugging jack, and Pereus Traxx deglazing 'Time Texture' with an jagged acid wash down.
**Includes free download code, redeemable from the label** "Active for 20 years, Guapo play 'muscular & modern' progressive rock. Their sound has evolved from its punk-rock origins to the band's current avant-rock stance, but the energy is always there. This is Guapo's 3rd on Cuneiform."
**140 gram vinyl** Apophenia, Inhalt and Jamie Paton fillet Food Pyramid in killer reworks of 'Oh Mercy' from their 'Mango Sunrise' album. [Emotional] Especial play host to this drippin' platter, including a grubbing tribal acid edit from Apophenia alongside the late '80s Haç-meets-Miami swagger of Inhalt's mix, and a pair of brooding Jamie Paton versions - one sounding like a moody Yello, the other like Carl Craig-meets-Suicide. Tip!
First ever reissue of a shining star from the nebula of '70s Italian library music. Originally composed by the legendary Piero Umiliani and released on his Omicron label in 1976, 'Omaggio ad Einstein' crams in twenty three sub-2 minute wonders made in homage to the titular German physicist. Working under the pseudonym, Moggi, Umiliani clearly takes this opportunity to align his epic soundtrack composition and masterful synth skills at their farthest angles, imagining a sequence of syzygy-like moments ranging from completely abstract electronic noise to moon-charming … Read more
Proper, mutant UK killers from Bristol's Lurka. 'Partials' follows a steady line of dancefloor inquiry from his early ones for Black Box, thru a killer Hotline drop and last year's unique 'Holding' 12" to twyst farther still from convention with these weird gems. The title track rides a slackened, bashy dancehall bump with calving chromatic synth motifs, sounding something like Pekka Airaksinen and Florian Hecker on a very freaky weekend at Sandals, whilst 'Mach' holds steadfast to that tempo but with kinkier fills and metallic licks. Tip!
On ambidextrous producer Lee Bannon's follow-up LP for Ninja Tune, he swaps junglist intensity for gauzy ambient, IDM and dustbowl tones. Clearly a producer who does not like to sit on his laurels - especially when considering the acclaim surrounding his jungle diversion, 'Alternate/Ending' - his latest switch is also executed with authenticity and originality, teasing out a melancholy miasma of vapourous chords and rustling concrète haptics shot thru with skeletal, fractured traces of techno and jungle rhythm. We'd triangulate this sound somewhere between the weightless zones of Logos a… Read more
Deep, heavy and epic reworks of The Knife from Paula Temple, Kane Roth and Tama Sumo's Tarantism trio. Refreshingly there's not a bloke in sight on this multi-artist record - well, we say "in sight", because Gal Aner a.k.a. Juju lends post-production to the expansive Tarantism (a form of dancing mania) remix of 'Ready To Lose' from Tama Sumo, Lakuti and Ari Robey-Lawrence - as Paula Temple runs 'Stay Out Here' to a shocking industrial techno coda in two mixes, and France's Kane Roth rolls the same elements to a more concentrated, visceral brand of techno pressure. Strong showing. TIP!
Fierce throw-down from P.O.L. Style backed da fuq up with killer remixes from Mike Q and Neana. Pursuing last year's 'Angry Frogs' jack-off with Vin Sol & Matrixxman, your boy raids ballroom house and Dance Mania for ideas, pumps them up with hard-bodied production, and lets them walk the runway in P.O.L. Style. On the remix flex, Mike Q flounces all over 'Saw' with catty and concussive stabs next to a brutal, industrialised fix-up from Neana. Proper DJ and dancer specials.
*Colin Potter, Not Waving and Guido Zen on one beautiful collaborative LP* Emotional Rescue's Schleißen series finale pairs NWW's Colin Potter with Italy's finest - Alessio Natalizia (Not Waving, Walls) and Guido Zen (Brain Machine) - on one side, and presents the striking ambient debut of Düsseldorf's Cass on the other side. The Potter Natalizia Zen side sees a sterling realisation of the series' initial aim: to bring together members of the label roster to record new collaborations. Safe to say that they've done it in style, with the trio furnishing two expansive, pieces of … Read more
**Screen-printed insert. Hand-stamped white label** Swedish electro survivor Rutherford on a gloomy nocturnal mission for London's Brokntoys. Hot on the heels of his ace Monkeyshop 12" with Luke Eargoggle, here Rutherford cuts a lean, nervy and emotional figure across four tracks weaving between the spidery pulses and wistful string arrangement of 'Learn Leave' and the gear-slipping electro-techno of 'Ringer' on top, before veering into full-on dancefloor hydraulicks with 'Spoken Word' on the flip, and passing out into the AI-era ambient mists of 'Singularis'.
**First time on vinyl, taken from the master tapes - Includes insert** Rush Hour pluck out a pair of soul-burning disco gems from James Mason's personal archive. OK, there's nowt quite so dazzling this time as his 'Nitegruv' cut, but the vibes are much classier, sporting the one and only Bernard Purdie rolling out on the drums of 'The Dance of Life' beside a glittering Fonda Rae vocal and performances by his 'Rhythm of Life' band members, whereas the B-side resets to a slow and low space boogie glyde buttered with Arp Odyssey and Poly-Moog. Tipped!
**Heavyweight 2LP focussed on Rastafari, Revolution and Repatriation thru Roots Reggae from the Jamaican Diaspora in the English Midlands 1976 - 1984. Includes hard-to-find cuts and unreleased dubs from Musical Youth, Steel Pulse and Capital Letters, among other** "Birmingham may be England's second city but when it comes to reggae music, there are plenty of reasons for it to claim first place. Perhaps no band has done more for British reggae than Steel Pulse whilst Musical Youth, not only found chart success but took reggae to the nation's children in a way no other … Read more
Ruddy UK/US club transfusions from the one like DJ Haus. A-side, he galvanises the floor with a sick metallic take on Jersey club trax in 'Get Tha F**k Out' beside the horny garage rave tone of 'Need Sum Time'. B-side he takes it there with a breakbeat-charged booty smasher, 'Hot In Dis Muthaf**ker', and a straight-up sleaze play, 'Work Ur Body'.
The wan you've been waiting for: Trax present a remastered reissue of Harry Dennis and Frankie Knuckles' legendary 1987 Chicago anthem. A true evergreen and an essential part of any classic house collection.
Surgeon executes the final raid on his 1995-96 archive with a very eagerly-awaited batch of six 'Unreleased Tracks'. The results are deadly and fascinating, yielding some of the most stripped down and frankly f**king evil cuts in his considerable, 20-year deep arsenal. Animated via a deft re-master and vinyl cut by CGB at D&M in Berlin, they range from the bone-splintering buck and shearing metallic tone of the self-explanatory 'HARD' to the choking sub-bass pressure and scything chords of 'Lash Lite' thru to the glottal punctuation and vintage Errorsmith tone of 'Lash' and the warped techno skip of 'IT-2'.
One of London's most distinctive new producers disorientates house and techno on a crack'd new ace for Ninja Tunes' Technicolour label. Building on the brilliance of his early wares for ManMadeMusic and the Kodwo Eshun-sampling collage of 'The Kids Will Take Care Of Themselves' for Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound, this 12" flips the experience of being turned away from the door of a Berlin club into a four part enigma of ember-glow techno, psychedelic house and collapsing ambience. 'Our Place' comes first with sub-heaving techno momentum and dancing dust mite figures beside the blunted wiggle j… Read more
**180g vinyl with double sided insert and paste-on postcard artwork. Edition of 300** Outta nowhere, Downwards present Autumns' fully formed debut record of ghoulish, drowned lo-fi productions. Described as "Jesus and Mary Chain meets Joe Meek and Ride head on" it perfectly captures that sensation of hearing a band playing from two rooms away whilst locked in paralysis brought on by quaaludes. We're sure you know the feeling. There are six tracks, each placing a noisy barrier of indeterminable distance between the charmingly rudimentary songs and the listener, at best in 'Tired Eyes' with its machin… Read more