Thursday, 13 August
Appleblim tests the parameters of his sound with a trio of murky, proggy and noisy electronic abstractions. 'Avebury' rolls on a laidback tech-house groove cast with salty soft trance arpeggios, whereas 'Auburn Blaze' sounds like Vainqueur gone rogue, darkside, and the 'Wandered' convects nine minutes of inception-like modular synth noise. Great new direction for this producer, we look forward to hearing where he goes next.
**Limited gatefold yellow vinyl LP** "Batlight Clearkid 1970’s is an LP compilation of great Captain Beefheart live material recorded in the UK and in Europe. The tracks are taken from John Peel's personal collection of live reel to reel tapes and this album was put together by Peel himself in 2002 and passed across for release on the Dandelion label. The gatefold sleeve contains many previously unseen Captain Beefheart images."
**Deluxe reissue 180g LP, includes 3 bonus tracks** "The Vinyl Factory present a special VF vinyl re-release of 'Birthdays', the second album from musician and visual artist Keaton Henson. With a voice reminiscent of a young Steve Forbert and unflinching, honest lyrics worthy of Mark Kozelek, the London-based singer/songwriter and illustrator Keaton Henson evokes a private world just a few degrees removed from those of Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Bon Iver, Conor Oberst, and others to whom he's often been compared. Yet lest you think he's all sensitive singer/songwriter, the humor… Read more
Deep Medi launch a killer 2nd solo attack from Dub Mechanics' K Man. 'Blink' charges up a cantering steppers riddim twisted with nasty synth roque and smoothed out with butter pads. B-side, 'Power Drill', as its name suggests, is a proper rave tool, gunning for that Coki sound with staggered mid-range synth and neck-snap snares.
**180g heavyweight vinyl, includes free download code** Will Archer a.k.a. Slime arrives ghostly yet fully formed with a strung-out suite of ambient R&B-pop and soft focus electronics. Prefaced by a 2-track single for Weird World (and, before that, a single for Get Me!), 'Company' catches a breezy set of ten songs by the Newcastle-raised, London-based 27 year old singer/songwriter who arrives at this point from an interesting set of circumstances: at once influenced by the sounds of his dad's coffee factory as much as his background in the Geordie gabber scene and work scoring original film music for… Read more
**Limited edition heavyweight coloured vinyl includes bonus mixtape CD 'In The Brickhouse', plus download code** Will Archer a.k.a. Slime arrives ghostly yet fully formed with a strung-out suite of ambient R&B-pop and soft focus electronics. Prefaced by a 2-track single for Weird World (and, before that, a single for Get Me!), 'Company' catches a breezy set of ten songs by the Newcastle-raised, London-based 27 year old singer/songwriter who arrives at this point from an interesting set of circumstances: at once influenced by the sounds of his dad's coffee factory as much as his backgrou… Read more
Industrialised post-dubstep mutations from a cranky Killawatt on Osiris Music UK. Ten years on from its inception, dubstep has eaten itself and broken down to component elements that have morphed, fused and mutated into new formations strung between electro, techno and concrète sound design. The crooked, slompy 'Contort' is a case in point, twisting abstract electronics into a clanking industrial soundsystem golem, whilst 'Flustercuck' adopts a bashy sort of industro-dancehall tactic, and 'Gutter' nods to the kick/snare placement of classic electro from a more detached, noisy angle.
Syria's finest serves the slow, humid highlight from the 'Bahdemi nami' LP, backed with an amazing doom drone remix by The Black Lips' Cole Alexander. Where the original opens up like a twilight desert panorama of buzzing microtonal clusters and plangent guitar strokes streaked by Souleyman, the remix condenses this vision to a febrile midnight scene of crushing, stone-handed raga-blues riffage and banking synth pads accentuated with a slow techno-blues thump. colour us captivated.
**The Vinyl Factory facilitate reissue of Keaton Henson's acclaimed folk rock debut, 'Dear' in conjunction with the artist's own Oak Ten Records. Edition of 1000** "Keaton Henson did not set out to make a debut album. He started writing songs as a personal project, never intending to release them, which goes some way to explaining why they are so intensely honest and intimate. He recorded at home, under the Heathrow flightpath, using found objects and the limited instruments he had collected at that time (late 2009/early 2010). Recording took place in the gaps between planes passing over … Read more
Opal Tapes pluck out a gauzy, isolated beaut from Michael Vallera, who's probably best known on this site for his melancholic solo gems as COiN and with Steven Hess in Cleared. At once stately poised and crushingly moody, 'Distance' revolves five songs in just under 40 minutes, keening from heart-in-mouth shoegaze ambience shook-up with pained '80s drums, to the chokingly screwed doom scape of 'Animal', and onwards to the vaulted reverb structures of 'Grace of Climate', culminating with the quasi-speed bass plummets and numb drones of 'Distance'. Very RIYL Ensemble Economique, Talker, Cleared.
**Barry Lynn a.k.a. Boxcutter's latest vessel, The Host, travels light years into beat-less new age kosmiche with the 'Esalen Lectures', starring a guest appearance from Kaidi Tatham. RIYL BoC, Emeralds, Panabrite, µ-Ziq**"“Inspired by think tanks and floatation tanks, psychological research, 2012 mythology, 1960’s social planning, stoned apes, elite transhumanism, and the counter-culture, the Esalen Lectures is an imaginary trip to a NorCal psychedelic retreat. Use the sounds to enter into a program of theory and practice, to accompany inward voyages, and for sunset induction rituals. And … Read more
**Edition of 300** Boston's Experimedia present an abridged vinyl version of Jannick Schou's immersive tempered ambient noise scapes in 'Fabrik'. Broaching similarly disturbed, churning territory as recent Jon Porras outings for Thrill Jockey, or The Haxan Cloak's 'Observatory' 12", Danish producer Schou grinds out eight cuts of slow, clanking mechanical rhythms engulfed by sweltering, amorphous noise textures for deep transportation.
**Heavyweight vinyl, includes download code** "Written, performed and produced by multiinstrumentalist, producer and songwriter Georgia Barnes in its entirety and recorded in her own home studio, debut eponymous album ‘Georgia’ is the product of two years of obsessive work but also a young lifetime of voracious music listening. Elements of the glacial yet hyper-melodic tone of early 2000s grime, sweltering, mid-Summer West London dub and ragga, sophisticated pop, first wave postpunk agitation, the formative influence of Missy Elliott and the high-concept, illuminated sound design work of contempor… Read more
*Deluxe Edition includes a bonus 10” of remixes from Dave ‘Switch’ Taylor’s new band* "Written, performed and produced by multiinstrumentalist, producer and songwriter Georgia Barnes in its entirety and recorded in her own home studio, debut eponymous album ‘Georgia’ is the product of two years of obsessive work but also a young lifetime of voracious music listening. Elements of the glacial yet hyper-melodic tone of early 2000s grime, sweltering, mid-Summer West London dub and ragga, sophisticated pop, first wave postpunk agitation, the formative influence of Missy Elliott and the h… Read more
Spellbinding collage work by the Algerian producer for Discrepant. In El Mahdy's own words, ''Ghost Tapes is a composition of everyday fragments based on found tapes, field recordings, beats and radio frequencies. A ruff attempt of interpreting the cultural ghost that surrounds the field and makes the difference between place and space.'' Unspooling over 30 minutes, the dubstep outlier seamlessly strafes myriad acousmatic sources, parsing their vibes for amorphous, spectral information and feeling something akin to an opiated mooch thru a labyrinth of interconnected antechambers, eliding pit… Read more
UKF pioneer, D-Malice does a slinkier house sound with 'Indian Time'. Since serving 2008's definitive 'Gabryelle (Refix)' anthem, D-Malice has been busy honing a plusher Afro-house style on his DM digital label. With 'indian Time' he draws lissom connections between that original UKF flex and 2015 house, meshing shimmering strings with fluidly synched tabla and tribal percussions. Basic Soul Unit also chimes in with a tuffer remix techno refit balancing those strings with much darker pads and welting bass.
**Debut solo LP of instrumental, folksy pop whimsy by a member of Alien Ensemble (along with The Notwist's Micha Acher a.o.). RIYl Moondog, Sufjan Stevens, Pascal Comelade** "Arranging various layers of piano, xylophone and glockenspiel, stylophone, Moog and harmonium, Le Millipede creates minimalist, instrumental pop gems, tracks with an immediate quality that seem rather simple at first listen. In fact, Götz’s recordings are somewhat comparable to the work of French-born, Barcelona-based composer Pascal Comelade, known for his use of toy instruments. In both cases, there’s a certain chil… Read more
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** "Blood Warrior makes music that exposes the intricacies of melancholy, unravelling its individual strands of sadness, redemption, and contemplation. The New England based duo turns heartbreak into something much more elusive and dream-like, enriching it with elements of otherworldly fantasy while retaining its raw emotional impact. Their idiosyncratic folk songs reflect this rawness, and they use guitars (at times purposefully detuned), harmonium, keyboards and sparse percussion to create music that is deceptively minimal. Letter G… Read more
Class Roots Reggae set, sparking off a reissue series of Linval Thompson productions for the Strong Like Sampson label in fine style. Barry Brown's 'Natty Dread Nah Run' steps out on the A-side, backed with Barrington Levy's forlorn 'She Rob and Gone' and Papa Tullo's 'Cat Call Francella' rarity.
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label. Soft focus blend of ambient-pop, R&B and cute mnml electronics wrapped to a warm and winding narrative** "Inspired by a long lost tale from dark and cold northern lands, written many ages ago, ‘Neida‘ is the story of a young boy who one day noticed an eerie call, so peculiar and odd that he could not resist but to follow it. While it resonated through remnants of ancient settlings, the boy had to overcome many obstacles and solve numerous quests, journey through mystical forests, foggy mountains and ghostly villages, battle the forces of nature an… Read more
Body Boys are spoiling for a dance in their follow-up to the claggy nocturnes of debut album, 'Growth Window'. Two years down the line they're now packing throbbing techno muscle alongside the sallow ambient signatures, resulting the pounding drone techno of 'First Time' or 'Nosebleed', and softer ambient house padding of 'Alone' alongside the beat-less, pillow-diving chords of 'Yunnan' and jittery techno fundamentals somewhere between Phork and Blondes in 'Stutter'.
Lady Blacktronika stirs up a wicked Detroit beatdown and techno sound on R&S's sub-label, Meda Fury. Equally adept at dusty soul squeeze as uptempo, hi-tek funk, she dispenses gauzy KDJ styles in 'Oh So Cold' beside the late '80s-infected Detroit electro-tech class of 'Trim The Breaks', whereas 'Akua's Heart' chases a tribal spirit down tumbling, crack'd and freeform house grooves, and 'Only Just Myself To Blame' rounds out with an early '90s Detroit soul house style. RIYL Africans With Mainframes, KDJ, Theo Parrish, dancing.
Curl a lip, drop a hip with the deadly swagger of Chunky's 2nd session for (Swamp) 81. Landing three years since his eponymous dubble-pack, the Manchester-based MC-cum-producer rolls with the craftiest, stripped-down swerve for Loefah's label, pitting years of experience at the head of the dance, both on mic and the 'floor. 'Oun_C' is a proper natty burner, juggling dubbed-out halfstep bass patterns with slinkiest hi-hats in the most fluid sorta new skool rolige; 'Call Me, Let's Do Lunch' tucks a similar drum palette to more laid back, liquor-laced effect, subtly shifting weight onto the other foot wit… Read more
**Edition of 300 copies in silkscreened sleeve. Another potent reminder that New Zealand has one of thee maddest, freeform rock scenes in the world. This one ragging from 4-track garage recordings to wheezin' organ drones and primitivist blues with infectious attitude. Edition of 300 in silkscreened jackets** "A collection of Pumice recordings from 1993-'99, when teenagers Sugar Jon Arcus and Stefan Neville learned about music by doing it. The album covers the earliest days of the band recording on ghetto blasters with untuneable guitars at home in Whatawhata and Hamilton, New Zealand. There are a … Read more
**Deluxe, remastered reissue/compilation of seminal post punk/disco, cut on 2 x 180g LPs and housed in heavyweight tip on-style gatefold jacket. Includes 18x24 poster. Hand-numbered edition of 4000 (poor hand!)** "Lizzy Mercier Descloux may have come of age in Paris, but was in New York’s Lower East Side that she really came alive. The French punk pioneer, a friend of Patti Smith and Richard Hell, moved to New York in 1977 and soon immersed herself in avant-garde poetry, performance art, and punk music. Closely associated with the founders of ZE Records (home to Was (Not Was) and … Read more
**Red vinyl. Includes download code** Ecstatic, dreamy and pastoral electronica from Japan's Gonno in lush mode for Mule Musiq. From rolling breakbeats to serene native percussions, from deliquescent ambient to kosmiche sequencer scapes, Gonno does it all with a gorgeous new age touch and sensitive musicality with a really wide appeal.
**180g vinyl. Includes bonus Ulrich Schnauss remix of 'Elevator Song' and cello by Ren Ford** "The Vinyl Factory is pleased to announce a limited edition vinyl release of Romantic Works, the acclaimed third album from musician and visual artist Keaton Henson. Previously only available on CD and digital when it dropped in June, The Vinyl Factory's limited edition pressing includes the 10 original tracks from Romantic Works, plus bonus song 'La Naissance' and an Ulrich Schnauss remix. The unexpectedness surrounding the Romantic Works release has only fortified Keaton’s reputation as … Read more
Original Chicago freek Marcus Mixx returns to UTTU with a wild and tribal house come-on. A-side works rolling Afro-tribal drums with squirty bass funk and a close-miked Marcus urging you to 'Rub It Don't Go So Fast'; B-side pumps out the psychoactive jacker, 'Do You Luv 2 Dance (Oh Yeah)', splashing keys and claps all over the joint, also offered in a sub-aquatic 'Slippin Mix'. None wilder!
**Edition of 300 in DIY jacket** A proper racket from prolific New Zealander Michael Veet Ruiliude a.k.a. Witcyst. Just like his lady-shave middle-name-sake (Veet), this LP's A-side, 'Screuma' performs equally effective as a hair removal project, and even goes a few layers deeper to scrape your innards and feed you back the slop in a ferocious feedback system of Human Centipede-like voracity. On the B-side's 'Chilli Song' he does blown-out distorto-pop in the finest Kiwi tradition, sustaining sweltering harmonic fuzz around obliterated lyrics, getting progressively more f**ked as the son… Read more
*Housed in deluxe heavy weight Stoughton tip-on sleeve, Includes insert with extensive liner notes by both Robert Tomaro & Gregory Lamberson* "Slime City is the debut film by cult horror director and author Gregory Lamberson. The story follows Alex, who after moving into his new apartment is seduced by his neighbor and soon turns into a melting ghoul who is forced to kill innocent victims in order to maintain a normal human physique. Slime City debuted in 1988 and spent months in the NY midnight movie circuit, at the tail end of the grindhouse era. Lamberson creatively made a great film… Read more