Thursday, 07 August
Mount Kimbie, Visionist, Darq E Freaker, Machinedrum, and Rob Garza remix Kelis to taste. For our 2p, they're all way better than the originals, from Mount Kimbie's slinky remix of 'Jerk Ribs' to the spiralling vocal contrails and technoid grime bounce of Visionist's 'Friday Fish Fry' overhaul and Machinedrum's epic, rugged soul review of 'Runnin''.
*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
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'.
Bucking and pitching techno from Japan backed with a gristly J. Tijn remix. The slamming original of 'The Run' and wormholing remix are all good fun, but we'd recommend dashing for the Surgeon-esque levels of the hydraulic B-side 'Dot'.
*Ships Friday* Big Dog Nozinja debuts on Warp with the Shangaan burn of 'Tsekeleke'. Fresh from soundtracking the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, 'Tsekeleke' marks Nozinja's most prominent solo release after years as the anchor of Shangaan Electro - the notorious, breakneck Afro-disco style and dance originating in Limpopo, now based in Soweto, South Africa, which was brought to wider attention via Honest Jon's seminal compilation. It's rare for indigenous African dance styles to break thru to UK and European markets, but Nozinja's music is a true Afro-accelerationst anomaly that's… Read more
**Limited 1st pressing on clear vinyl** Two figureheads of UK techno duke it out on the 'Two Hundred' EP. Arriving one year after their 'Spiker' 12", it documents more recent analogue studio actions in four pieces ripping from the acidic EBM and Phillip Best-style vocal of the title track to the welting triplet techno schranz of 'Judd', and burned-out dub tech swing in ' Van Der Valk'.
Pfirter and Dadub in the crosshair for Selected Edits 005. Pfirter's pounding 'Universe' for Stroboscopic Artefacts is drenched in kinetic white noise which camouflages Edit Select's subtle harmonic developments and scything claps for a more introspective, psychedelic impact. Flipside, the Scottish producer reduces Dadub's 'Metropolis' to a viscous techno step again steeped in billowing white noise.
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. ‘Unlimited Edition’ comes as a double LP and features unreleased tracks from 1968 to 1974, recorded in Can’s private Inner Space studios. It is an essential album for those who want to know more about the roots of the band. Five cuts are listed as part of the band’s continuing Ethnological Forgery Series, on which they recreate or interpret a variety of world music genres through their own vision.
Thursday, 31 July
The master returns with his 3rd EP of serpentine riddims for Woe To The Septic Heart! Working deeper into the synthesis-based approach which yielded the finer electronic timbres of his 'Freezing Opening Thawing' 12", here he's refined the technique to near-Villalobos levels of layered, rhythmelodic intricacy, but of course, all with his inimitable accent. First up, 'Beat His Command' is a dense, blinding display of pointillist percussion and hypnotic chimes laced with flashes of technoid gremlins and white noise explosions. Secondly, 'Vor und zurück' flips that formula for a more … Read more
Gobsmacking first-ever vinyl reissue of instrumental synth tracks sourced from Colin Potter ov NWW's early '80s tape stash, re-mastered and presented in deluxe, hand-numbered edition of 500 with screen-printed jackets by House Of Traps. Following their tease of a 7", Sacred Summits blow the dome off it with these five pieces recorded by Potter at his small home studio in North Yorkshire between 1979-1983. Spurred by the possibilities of Punk, inspired by the recording techniques of dub, and un-blinkered by formal music training, Potter conceived a take on ambient, kosmiche synth and drum… Read more
Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle) meets Sean O'Hagan of The High Llamas to kick off Ghost Box's Other Voices series of singles. They're two sun-drenched piece of pop, shapeshifting between pastoral strums, bubbling exotica drum machines and fading electronics.
*Deluxe Vinyl box including four 180gsm LPs featuring the original double LP plus two LPs of bonus material and a download coupon for all audio. The Two Chem19 demos are exclusive to the box set: ‘Christmas Steps’ and ‘7-25’* ‘Come On Die Young’ was - and remains - a hugely accomplished, elegant and important album, setting a benchmark for the fierce intelligence that would characterise Mogwai’s future body of work. The reissue of ‘Come On Die Young’ - fifteen years after it originally hit the shelves - has been painstakingly put together by the band and label, unear… Read more
**Edition of 200 housed in hand-silk-screened sleeves** One of the UK's more promising young labels returns to the vinyl realm with the kinetic spatial studies of D Hansen's 2nd release, 'A Pair Of Quiet And Empty Rooms'. Avoiding use of samples in favour of unique tones and "something completely other", Hansen recorded bits of junk at discrete distances in a variety of rooms in order to capture their natural reverbs, which were then processed with artificial ones to create whole new semi-fictional dimensions. The results, split over four pieces, make incisive, playful use o… Read more
**Gatefold sleeve, comes with digital download code redeemable from the label** "Once again a ground breaking album, the first Afro Peruvian music heard outside of Brazil and the album to introduce Susana Baca to the world. “This is secret music - a collection of beautiful songs and infectious grooves that’s been hidden for years in the coastal towns and barrios of Peru. It’s not the guys with flutes and drums in woolly hats - it’s music of the black Peruvian communities. Black Peruvians? Yes, Peru was involved in the slave trade too - and this wonderful, funky music is part of that legacy” - David Byrne"
Hip-and heart seducing tech-house from Hamburg's finest. Following last year's single and album for Dial, Lawrence returns to Mules Musiq with some of his sweetest gear, from the Chicagoan swing and heart-in-mouth arrangement of 'Blue Mountain' to the martian moods of 'Simmer', thru the minimal acid of 'The Cave' and the lustrous Mathew Jonson-style synthlines of 'King Quail'.
"Rare and unreleased Augustus Pablo from the vaults of Gussie Clarke. Includes full 12" versions of the mind-bending 'No Entry' and 'Classical Illusion' (complete with King Jammy dub). Also included is the rare JA 45 take, two unreleased Skylarking shock-outs and impossible to find 45's like 'Believe A Dub'. This is classic Augustus Pablo - Are you ready to be Dubbed?"
'Bosporus Bridges' collects eleven heavy jazz and funk grooves from Turkey circa 1968-1978. Like Baris K's killer edit selection, 'Istanbul 70', this LP reveals a hitherto largely unknown world meeting east and west in unique fashion. However, this one's less psych and disco, more jazz and funk, covering the uptempo burn of Fikret Kizilok's 'Aybatti (edit)' along with the crazed electronics and deadly funk downstroke of 'Aksu Orkestrasi's 'Bermuda Seytan Ücgeni', the Brazilian-infected jazz of Erol Peckan's 'Senlik' and the awesome, snake-charming slink of 'Denizalti Rüzgarlari'. Recommended!
**Gatefold sleeve, comes with digital download code redeemable from the label** “Beleza Tropical was our first release. In some ways it started the trend to compile music from other places. It was a huge success, selling over 350,000 copies, and is still referred to today by many people turned on to Brazilian culture by this landmark release. Many of the aritsts on this compilation are cultural heroes in Brazil (and deserve to be here, too). Their concerts are attended by young and old alike... almost everyone knows their names. Their music is extremely sophi… Read more
**Initial copies on clear vinyl. Mastered at Alchemy** Boldly engrossing electro-acoustic composition from award-winning Mexican composer, Rogelio Sosa, on the ever enlightening Bocian Records. As its botanical title suggests, 'Daturas' probes nightmarish, psychedelic aesthetics reflecting the toxic plant's putative qualities - from use in "witches brew" to its use as a murderous poison and instigator of delirious states - and also its transition from spiny fruit to seductive, trumpet-shaped bloom. We're not too familiar with Rogelio's previous work, which spans numerous compilation appearance… Read more
*Each copy includes a fold-out newsprint poster with a large photo of the band wearing Art Unit skull shirts on one side and liner notes and press clippings on the other* "Severed Heads are one of the longest surviving bands to emerge from the Australian post-punk independent music scene. They began in Sydney in 1979, incorporating elements of 'industrial' noise-generation, tape cutting & looping and electronic sound synthesis. As the project developed song-structures and vocals were employed in a more-or-less recognizable mutant electro pop style. After many line-up changes featuring… Read more
**Triple pack vinyl in a heavyweight gatefold sleeve** "Fueled by the financial drippings of number runners and boosted by Hall-of-Fame running back Jim Brown, Cleveland, Ohio's Way Out Records offered asylum for a rising crop of rogue soul men, rust-belt vocal ensembles, and trial-by-fire producers. Helmed by a friendly consortium of hustlers, police officers, and gridiron giants, pet project beget obsession as Motown arrangers, gospel choirs, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra were all beckoned to the wrong side of the tracks to mint masterpieces for the Sensations, Vol… Read more
*Limited edition of 400.* In which Michal Kupicz and Mats Gustafsson transmute, augment and improvise about Konrad Smolenski's 'Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More' - a sculptural instrument that reproduces, at regular intervals, a music piece written for bronze bells, wide range loudspeakers, and other resonating objects. First presented in the Polish Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, the sound object is primarily based on the manipulation of the sound of toiling bells. Michal Kupicz bases his remix on r… Read more
*Each copy includes an 8-page booklet printed on industrial gray and blood red paper with lyrics, photos and press clippings from the band’s archives. As James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem said of “The Bus”, “I always wanted to make a song that sounded like that* "Executive Slacks was spawned in Philadelphia by three restless art students - Matt Marello, John Young and Albert Ganss in the early 1980s. Starting out with performance art in subways, they soon took their angst-ridden act to galleries and night clubs. They recorded four songs in the fall of 1982 that became their self-titl… Read more