Thursday, 13 November
Portable delivers a real beauty to Live at Robert Johnson with 'Surrender', his follow-up to 'A Process' (2012) for Frankfurt's finest. And much like this year's 'Sportable' 12" for Perlon, it's another dose of his sensitive, expressive baritone and gilt-edged grooves, playing hard-to-get over loose, swinging drums, Lcio's heart-lifting flutes and thee most elegant keys, all broken down to instrumental dub and acapella on the B-side.
Burgeoning Manc techno producer Cleric gets his kicks on London's Ear To Ground label after a pair of killer 12"s for Len Faki's Figure label. A-side gets to work with the dry, ascetic jack of 'Distress Signal' and the big room buck of 'Shadow'; B-side he gets looser with the playful acid jack of 'Gery Detail' and polishes off with the full-bore bang of 'Sangha'.
*Features brand new artwork and reissued for the first time with permission from Lee Perry himself* The UK version of “The Good, The Bad and The Upsetters” was released by Trojan Records in 1970, and although it had the Upsetters name on it, Lee Perry had no hand in its conception or production. Angered that an Upsetters album was released without his involvement, Perry issued his own version of the album back home in Jamaica using the same Trojan album artwork but with totally different songs and a new stickered tracklist on the back.
“Mouse and the Man” is the 1983 dancehall classic from the one and only Eek-A-Mouse - Roots Radics in full effect, produced by Linval Thompson at Channel One and mixed by Soldgie. It includes the hit single "Terrorists In The City”.
*500 Copies* Lead single from Kindness’ second album ‘Otherness’, ‘This Is Not About Us’ allows a circular, sticky piano figure played by Kindness’ Adam Bainbridge to slowly melt into a gorgeous choral haze.
DeFeKT and Sunil Sharpe goes twos on another set of bastardly techno trax as Tinfoil. Not a fxxk is given over four tracks of mauling acid and bass bludgeon for the headstrong, and even if you don't like the music that tinfoil logo on the sleeve might come in handy…
Thursday, 06 November
**Sick spotgloss artwork. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy, edition of 500, initial copies on Neon Green wax** Diagonal put a gallon in the tank with The Skull Defekts' devilishly hypnotic 'Street Metal' album clad in ludicrously wicked artwork by Guy Featherstone. Where the majority of modern psych rock is about as psychedelic as listening to Steve Wright, The Skull Defekts' lysergic clarity and locked-on grooves feel like they might have *actually* done some heavy drugs in their time, hence their music works where it matters. Headed up by Swedish scene lynchpin, Joachim No… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* 'Stateless' is Alex Zhang Hungtai aka Dirty Beaches' sweeping, beat-less swan-song under this guise. Where his previous album wallowed in the darkest recesses of post-punk pop composition, this one is still super heavy-hearted, but almost weightlessly so. It was recorded by David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley and features viola from italian composer Vittorio Demarin meshed with Hungtai's synth and saxophone in four widescreen, airborne compositions laced with an aching sense of melancholia. If we were to read into the music, the sleeve art … Read more
**2LP gatefold** Primo Roman sound designer Giuseppe Tillieci aka Neel takes to Spectrum Spools with his debut solo album proper, inspired by the entropic, 50 million year lifespan of Mars' 2nd and larger moon, Phobos. It's a spellbinding attempt to deal with sound on the vastest scales imaginable, using a combination of modular synths and hardware to traverse the full frequency range and achieve an immense soundscape streaked with massive sound objects and microscopic details. We were lucky enough to catch him perform a similar sound live alongside his Voices From The Lake partner, Donato Dozzy, at Rom… Read more
One of London's most outstanding new grime producers turns out on Planet Mu with four cuts of signature, stranger grime juice. Asymptomatic of the scene's shift towards almost IDM-styled production and arrangement, the 'Don't Leave EP' mixes up boogie-soul samples with off-kilter synths and rugged beats in four parts, ranging from the slow-burning drama of the title track to halfstepping, alien R&G with 'Be Somebody', and thru the melancholic poise of 'Padded' to iced-out styles reminding of Visionist in the pitched vocals and precise shuffle of 'Oh'.
Always coming with the strangest new creatures, NPIP present the compelling debut of an 18 year old South London composer called Nathan Geyer aka Jire. Emerging from a background in classical composition, Jire's 'Kiowa Polytope' is a keenly considered new take on classical minimalism, acoustic improvisation and lower case electronica woven with inspiration from "across the visual arts and literature". In it he employs elements of rhythmelodic tribal percussion, acousmatic sampling and concrète process to shape four buckled structures at once recalling the crooked designs of Micachu and the de-co… Read more
**Gatefold 2LP with liner notes and original artwork. Includes download code** Soul Jazz present a sterling, 17-track audio accompaniment to their 100-page book of photography '90 Degrees of Shade'. Mambo, calypso, goombay, mento, merengue, cult and compas music from the '50s and '60s all come under the banner 'Hot Jump Up Island Sounds From The Caribbean', providing an authentic soundtrack to the archival photographs of local performers and rich, white westerners holidaying in … Read more
**Gatefold 2LP with liner notes and original artwork. Includes download code** Soul Jazz present a sterling, 15-track audio accompaniment to their 100-page book of photography '90 Degrees of Shade'. Mambo, calypso, goombay, mento, merengue, cult and compas music from the '50s and '60s all come under the banner 'Hot Jump Up Island Sounds From The Caribbean', providing an authentic soundtrack to the archival photographs of local performers and rich, white westerners holidaying in … Read more
MRSK returns to Skudge with his debut mini-LP of gnarly acid techno. For the last few years he's really entertained us with his various offerings in Fishermen and Smell The Flesh, and not least his dynamic, swanging MRSK gear. So we're a bit disappointed with this drily bleached out set of six rolling hardware grooves. It's not hat they're terrible by any means - 'Absomnia' is a cool bit of New Beat acid, 'Tailor' goes deep with the cold Northern atmospheres, 'Mumra' is a handy techno tool - but there's nowt quite as wayward, bass heavy, or captivating as we'd hoped for.
One of the UK's canniest labels does it again with Happy Meals' debut album of sensual, spellbinding lo-fi pop. Sounding like the work of Saada Bonaire's long-lost slacker offspring, 'Apéro' is actually the produce of two Glasgow-based artists, Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, who originally hail from the Scottish borders. Suzanne sings in a unique mix of French and Scottish, occasionally sharing the mic with Lewis over the course of six songs taking the 100% Silk/NNF pop aesthetic and psych-dub freedom of Peaking Lights to a more ambiguous, enchanted headspace. It's all top notch stuff, from the ni… Read more
**Retrovert deep house romanticism** "Berlin sequencer Thomas Pahl aka Vertical67 pitches his latest sheaf of sim city nostalgia acid away from the lovers lanes of his last SILK sides, Soulmates, towards a new nocturnal dome. Faded neon, concave rubber basslines, fluorescent synths, and Roland rhythm patterns interweave across expanses of spheric interior space – an Aura pervades. The EP’s 5 pieces patrol different perimeters, evoking various shades of windswept, moon-burned, ecstatic, restless states of mind. Pahl’s interests in electronic textures spill over into his ambient work as The Coloured C… Read more
"Bay Area Retrograde (BART) Volume 2 is Dark Entries’ second compilation of underground music from San Francisco (and the greater Bay Area) made between 1978-1983. Towards the end of the 70s, San Francisco’s experimental music scene clashed with the aftermath of punk and gave birth to a vibrant underground. By the early to mid 80s the DIY music scene of the Bay Area was a hotbed for experimental and quirky new wave, post punk, and synthpop, quite similar to New York’s No Wave scene and Berlin’s Neue Deutsche Welle. This compilation connects the (transit) lines between these va… Read more
*Original 1998 album from these slow-core pioneers, remastered and pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl* "Beheaded was such a quiet record out of necessity. I was living in a small apartment. Some of the songs I did are really quiet with no drums because I couldn't think of anything to do, we couldn't practice, and I didn't want to wake up the neighbors. It's a definite case of environment affecting the creative process." - Matt Kadane
"The vinyl version of 'Binaural' contains 12 tracks that are exclusive to vinyl and that differ entirely to those on the CD and digital. A deluxe pack with full artwork sleeve pressed on marbled vinyl that is never to be re-pressed or made available digitally."
"Automat and Schneider TM caught in a collaborative live excursion for this limited Bureau B release. The entire design concept for the record, including cover design, posters and flyers, was also based on the idea of involving the audience. So the audience was not only responsible for the music but furthermore for the entire corporate identity. Bootleg shows that you can turn dance into music and fans into musicians!"
**Edition of 300 clear blue vinyl copies. Includes download code** "Hard-edged French coldwave act Babel 17 officially formed in 1989. Members of the band had been playing together under various names since 1983, scrapping, rewriting, and experimenting with songs and ideas before settling upon their official name and sound. The first incarnation’s drummer would go on to join Little Nemo, who helped the newly formed Babel 17 land a record contract with the prestigious Lively Art label (And Also The Trees, Little Nemo, Asylum Party…). The band released two albums and a series of singles bef… Read more
Killer tracky techno mutants from Cologne's Magazine label co-founder, Barnt, for Joy O's Hinge Finger label. Up top, the militant, slinky 'Chappell' vacillates between two devilish rhythms, back and forth from dry Chicago jackers cadence to rapid-fire stabs reminding of Mark Fell, all begging to be blended in long, locked-on mixes by the DJs. Flipside, 'Under His Own Name But Also As Sir' adds a droning, keening top end to the percolating, pounding machine rhythms resulting something like a late '90s/early '00s Carl Craig on a darkside mission. Class.
"12-inch vinyl singles have their roots in Jamaican records, going back as far as the late 1950s, but they came into the mainstream for U.S. audiences with the advent of disco in the 1970s. Major and indie labels issued thousands of disco releases as 12-inch singles, marketed primarily to DJs because of the dynamic sound allowed by wider spacing of the grooves, and the visual spacing of the grooves which helped allow the DJs to locate the “breaks” on the disc’s surface. The fast paced release schedule, and low-cost price point of these singles required a generic sleeve for most of them. Ju… Read more
The Sound Systems of Jamaica were always the people’s radio station. Tunes were tried and tested in the lion’s den of the dance to see which songs rose to the top and became the most popular. This was the litmus test and the first step to a tracks commercial release to capitalise its hotness on the circuit. Then the Dub/Version hit big in Jamaica in the early to mid 70’s this was also the case and many times the version cut of a track would even prove more popular than its vocal counterpart. Jamaican Recordings have compiled some great 70’s dub plates that rocked the Sound … Read more
Japan's EM Records illuminate the liberated early works of Yokohama's no wave improv unit Inryo-Fuen circa 1980-82. First issued on flexi-disc and vinyl, these four tracks have now been remastered, re-edited and remixed from original tapes to provide a record of a fertile, pre-digital era when experimental music was performed on the very fringes of society to a tightly knit audience who really had to work to seek out anything beyond the pale - perhaps unlike today's instant access all areas culture. It opens with the historically poignant 'Dakyo Sezu (Uncompromising)' from their debut… Read more
**One-sided pressing** Astral Black bossman Jon Phonics drops three cuts of dreamy new soul thump and psychedelia on Alex Nut's Hotep Records. The big one is 'Elevations', setting Yasine's belting vocal somewhere in the ether with swurling cosmic synths over a staggered soul swagger rhythm. Next to this, 'Naim' is a miore chaotic, frayed instrumental working with spannered claps and zig-zagging synth like some deep fried Om Unit joint, whilst the miniature 'Bazooka' blasts out between Sun Ra and Ras G.
Apocalypse-baiting metal mutations from Necro Deathmort. Blackened to the core, their 'EP2' for Distraction Records yields six impressively powerful alloys of proper black and doom metal with ferrous techno and electronics, galloping in with the stepping techno of 'Sundive' to carve up scorched doom earth in 'Mirus' and twitchy, infected electronic rhythms and outcast atmospheres in 'Channel Fever'. In 'Bleeding' they release the shackles on a colossal doom metal beast, whereas 'Deadlight' peers into wickedly discordant, off-kilter ambient zones which seep into the Steve Moore or Wolves In The T… Read more
**Includes bonus Peel Session 12" and digital download code redeemable from the label** Rough Trade finally reissue Ultramarine’s pioneering electronic album ‘Every Man And Woman Is A Star’. Acclaimed and respected at the time of it’s original release on Rough Trade in 1992, it now stands as a classic of it’s genre, an electronica record made before the term was coined. This reissue includes additional John Peel Session tracks available for the first time and recorded in 1992, featuring the tracks; ‘Saratoga’, ‘Nova Scotia’, ‘Honey’ and ‘Pansy’.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** **Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "For their third full-length for Sacred Bones, Cult of Youth have delved deeper into their style of punk-influenced psychedelic neofolk and created a self-described “post-industrial Pet Sounds.” Using acoustic and electronic instruments, found sounds and an extensive tribal rhythm section, Cult of Youth have put it all out on the table and left us with their magnum opus. The band has returned with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and an all-new lineup. Sean Ragon, once th… Read more