Thursday, 13 February
Back to the future with Ghostly's '80s fetishist Com Truise, featuring guest vocals by Joel Ford. "Wave 1 is the first new transmission the world has received from producer Seth Haley since his gloriously futuristic debut album Galactic Melt. That album cataloged the genesis and evolution of Haley's alter ego Com Truise — the world’s first synthetic/robotic astronaut, as Haley described him — and this EP continues the character's journey into the outer reaches of the musical multiverse. In the process, it also builds on Haley's signature production style, one that's rooted in classic sci-fi sounds … Read more
**Hand-stamped vinyl and jacket** General Ludd makes a big disco entrance with his debut 12" for Mister Saturday Night. 'The Fit Of Passion' EP is proper New York club gear, very much in the mould of DJ Sprinkles but also bearing comparisons with a ruffer Soundhack, especially in the rumpy party jam of yelps, hollers, loose disco bass and liberal dub FX applied to 'Woo Ha', whereas 'Brothers and Sisters' is more sultry, sexy, riding a strutting B-line with Theo-like percussion and woozy disco vibes. Dancefloor killer!
Thursday, 06 February
R&S' legendary Apollo sublabel delivers a very special 12" by original rave spirit, James Leyland Kirby (The Caretaker, V/Vm, The Stranger). Consolidating a quarter century love affair with early Belgian Techno and New Beat which has deeply informed his oeuvre, it's safe to say that this 12" brings matters full circle. Together with close pal/mentor and V/Vm associate Acid Alan (who gets a shoutout on the runout groove), Kirby has long drawn much inspiration from the transcendent, subversive appeal of late '80s/early '90s rave and club culture which has been most s… Read more
*Finally back in stock - Includes a copy of the CD free inside* Daaaamn, Strut just p*ssed off a tonne of discogs-fiending Dance Mania noobs with this heavyweight collection of 24 cuts culled from the annals of Chicago's baddest imprint. In recent years there's abeen a massive resurgence of interest around one of Chicago's most influential labels, thanks in no small part to the DJ sets of Night Slugs' Bok Bok and L-Vis, Jackmaster, Tom Trago and the whole modern Juke/Footwork movement, who've all given this sound a frame of reference in today's no-holds-barred dan… Read more
Berceuse Heroique' Kemaa sublabel swiftly follow that excellent side of Greek fire-walking music with this deluxe reissue of percussive tributes to Mark Rothko by This Heat's Charles Hayward, backed with JD Twitch and Maxmillion Dunbar remixes. 'Smell of Metal' gives a first vinyl issue of the title track and 'Lopside' from Hayward's 1990 CD for Sub Rosa, unleashing two tense, minimalist pieces of rolling drums and etheric drones that sound like the missing link between 1980s post punk and '90s electronic experimentation. 'Lopside' steps to a skinny, prickling groove rent with panned e… Read more
**Includes download code** Remarkable double-feature reissue, bundling two outsider boogie oddities from 1984 & 1987 by experimental jazz musician, Roland P. Young, a former protege of Alice Coltrane. Miles away from the styles of his 'Istet Serenade' and 'Mystiphonic' LPs reissued by EM Records, the styles here are more in line with the likes of that amazing 'Personal Space' compilation on Chocolate Industries or the PPU's more obscure picks, mixing drum machines, synths and expressive vocals with a highly idiosyncratic but endearing sense of soul sharing much in common with Arthur Rus… Read more
Killer fusions of Middle Eastern strings and drums with jacking house and minimal techno templates. Located somewhere between Rabih Beaini's 'Tanki Tanki' edit, Kurdish Dabke and the maddest Mathematics joints, Düve's debut EP is a wildly colourful and shocking dancefloor session full of friction, passion and febrile psychedelia. A-side, 'Karv' sounds like Ricardo Villalobos raiding the Honest Jon's archive for early 20th century recordings from the Levant, and 'Woman' wraps what sounds like a bouzouki to low-key, slunking house groove and subtle but vital layers of field recording. B-side on 'S… Read more
Shapednoise, Donato Dozzy, Milton Bradley and Eomac corrupt cuts from Lucy's sophomore album, 'Churches Schools and Guns'. Yung Italian producer Shapednoise renders 'Catch Twenty Two' as a blistering cloud of dynamic distortion and shuddering techno pulses with a cataclysmic finale, contrasting sharply witht he clean-polished surfaces and tribal linearity of Donato Dozzy's remix for 'The Illusion Of Choice'. Milton Bradley's take on 'Laws and Habits' pushes deeper out into sub-swollen aquatic techno zones, and Eomac carves up 'The Self as Other' into brittle, abrasive techno breaks and surging noise discord.
*Green Vinyl* New York's Brendon Moeller returns to Echocord Colour with three deeper dub trips. 'Cut Deep (Version)' is stepping minimal dub house workout; 'Override' veers into half-stepping techno territory; 'Cut Deep' original pares down to a darker sort of acid dub techno sound.
**Remastered reissue of belgian coldwave/goth ace from 1984** "Lè Travo is the brainchild of Patrick Bollen from Tienen, Belgium. As a teenager in the early 1980s, Patrick would visit "DeAtelier", the infamous coldwave/gothic club in Leuven. He would be inspired by Joy Division and other Factory releases, The Danse Society and Cocteau Twins. He gathered a some session musicians and a female backup vocalist. They recorded with live drums, TR-808 drum machine, Roland JX3P synthesizer, electric guitar and bass. Eventually Patrick bought a Greengate DE-3 sampler, using the brains of an Apple … Read more
7th volume of the celebrated series collecting searing guitar music from Western Sahara. Make sure to check out the wild swagger of 'Adounia' and 'Taghlamt'.
**Cloudy clear vinyl housed in gatefold jacket with download code** NYC's avant-pop Japanese ladies, Miho Hatori and Yuka C. Hona reprise their Cibo Matto duo with a crack backing band including Mauro Refosco (Atoms For Peace), Nels Cline, and Glenn Kotche (Wilco), among others. "Miho Hatori & Yuka Honda formed one of the most beloved and critically-acclaimed bands of the late 90s. Cibo Matto pioneered post-genre freakout, spiking their wild pop songs with rap, funk, Brazilian, African, Latin, jazz, etc. long before the iPod shuffle arrived. In their short two-record career, they graced 7… Read more
Uwe Schmidt picks up where his acclaimed 'HD' album left us, presenting closing track 'Ich bin meine Maschine' backed with techno remixes by himself, Boys Noize and Function. Apparently inspired by cybernetician Heinz Von Foerster, the original track plays on the meaning of Kraftwerk's oft-cited "Ich bin eine Maschine" quote, tweaking and reconstructing its vocoder timbres to say "I am my machine" against a backdrop of fluid, abstract electro-boogie. The remixes amp the dancefloor potential with deft, powerful results. Alex Ridha aka Boys Noize condenses the groove to a boulder-rolling… Read more
Last heard by us on the nutty 'Quadrant EP', Splurt follows production duties for Merky Ace with this heavy trio of instrumentals. Suitably road-rugged and gut-punching production values make for a convincing solo debut proper, from the 808 bass, shredded samples and knuckled crack of 'J3' to the stone cold dancefloor murder, 'Lamped' and a synth'd-out, heat seeking 'Ethnic' madness.
Falty DL's Blueberry Records showcase the diverse talents of Michigan's Todd Osborn (Soundmurderer, TNT, Osborne). Crafted with typically meticulous detail and feel for the funk, four tracks range from disco-house ('5thep') to grinding acid-techno jack ('What Is Love') thru Dilla-esque instrumental hip-hop ('Michigan Dream') and deft braindance ('752am'). Support from Cosmin TRG, XXXY, Mike Paradinas, Eclair FiFi, Illum sphere, Altered Natives, Mike Q.
Bare-bones no wave techno from Melbourne, Australia's Slug Guts in their "anti-suicide" duo, Prolife. The premise is simple - two blokes with toy keyboards, mics and guitar pedals recording two-track techno - and it feels just right. A-side is a cracking piece of unfussy kicks and drones, marrying cold, Suicide-like vocals with persistent, cheap bass hit and industro-dubbed vibes to rock your favourite dingy basement. 'Gold Leaves' on the other hand is bit of a coldwave pop dirge, paring the elements down to fuzzed up synth hook and slurred vocals with cavernous reverb. RIYL Posh Isolation, Cabaret Voltaire, Suicide.
Aaron Funk aka Venetian Snares exposes his fleshy pink underbelly in collaboration with fellow Canuck, Joanne Pollock as Poemss. The keyword here is dream-pop, but with at least half of the dream imagined by a certifiable mentalist it's not your typical chasing-lambs-in-meadow dream-pop. Not for the first time, Mr Funk proves a fine baritone singing voice, nicely complementing his spar's breathy voice against twinkling hyperprisms of music box melodies, synth-pop hooks and slow, contorted electro-pop rhythms. For the strongest tastes check out the beautifully soured discord of 'Think Of Somewhere Nice'… Read more
Blue Daisy exercises his darker side for 37 Adventures on four cuts of bleak, rock-burning beats. Opener and title track, 'Psychotic Love' sounds like a mid-breakdown Tricky battling with his demons, and 'Cries of the Beast' nails an even more paranoid, tortured vibe with knuckled 808s and mutated vocals ranting about survival tactics and the streets. Flipside, 'Devils Pie' comes off like a prime Portishead offcut twocked from the editing room, and 'Fallin' Circles' introduces a glimmer of hope with Barnaby's cool, controlled soul vocal flitting over corkscrewing bleeps, and dusted bass grynd.
NYC's Hound Scales cuts out three heavy, funked-up techno trax for White Asega, backed with pumping Forward Strategy Group remix. His 'Odile' sets the pace with slamming kicks countered by canny soul samples, and 'Howard Hughsian' gets down with a nastier, grittier torsion reminding of Blawan and Happa productions. Flipside, 'Thinner' laces a cantering techno swagger with cut-up R&B stabs and FSG intensify that groove with jagged, 16th note EBM patterns for a tougher techno appeal.
**Edition of 300** Snow Ghosts' 3rd single from 'A Small Murmuration' features remixes of its most enigmatic highlight, 'Secret Garden' by none other than Richard Skelton and Matthew Herbert. Skelton's re-working (is this his first ever remix?) is just fantastic - keeping the vocal intact but replacing the space previously occupied by the drums with a rolling soundscape of his trusted bowed strings and a synth drone that's completely outside his musical comfort zone. It's a striking juxtaposition that's opened our eyes to what might happen if this amazing producer would reach outside his u… Read more
Roving acid techno trips from the Speculator, William Thomas Burnett, aka Willie Burns, back on Will Bankhead's TTT. His follow-up to 'The Overlord EP 'Treks into sunset/sunrise 303 zones in four parts. A-side, 'A Tab Of Acid' and its 'Acidapella' comes to chew your mind with nasty envelope pinches and driving kicks, whereas 'Washed Hands' and 'She Left In Spring' are more melancholy, orange and crimson-hued pieces of acid tranquility pushing for the horizon.
San Fran's Dark Entries surpass themselves with this remastered reissue of a hugely sought after and amazing Italo classic. 'Tarzan Loves The Summer Nights' was originally issued on Gong Records in 1984 and nowadays goes for mega-bucks, so all credit to Dark Entries for pushing it back in reach of us poor fiends. The original's a swinging mid-tempo bomb with cracking Linn drums, fizzing MiniMoog synthlines and a vocal to die for - including a full-blooded Tarzan holler in the closing stages - and there's also a ruggedly naked yet debonaire instrumental to double the pleasure. Not to be missed!
**Red vinyl. Limited edition of 550** Axel Willner (The Field) debuts a beautifully soporific new sound as HANDS with 'The Soul Is Quick' for Walls' Ecstatic label. Its four extended pieces feature Willner trying out a more delicate, dreamy sound than The Field, practically abandoning his signature bass rhythms in favour of subtle rhythmic vapour trails while all the action happens in the droning loops of Gas-like chords and sampled movie dialogue in the higher registers. The whole thing was apparently made over the course of a month at the producer's Garmonbozia Studios in Berlin, … Read more
LuckyMe catch the debut 12" proper from crossover bass/pop producer and former DMC champion, Cashmere Cat. The follow-up to his 'Mirror Maru' anthem - as rinsed by Rustie, HudMo, Gilles Peterson, and on the GTA V soundtrack - is a cute four-track affair welding sparkling keys and tempered trap/house/bass rhythms inna distorted reflection of stadium-ready EDM. His sound's got the same sense of zig-zagging jazziness as Jameszoo, but with a taste exuberant harmonic progressions Rustie and HudMo borrowed from John Hughes film soundtracks and the partywise sensbility of a Diplo show.
Thursday, 30 January
**Gorgeous 4LP box set presented in two gatefold sleeves inside a heavy card slipcase, with a 12” square, 20 page, saddle stitched booklet on art paper. The set is a 34-song anthology of Early Recordings From Iran painstakingly restored from 78s at Abbey Road studio in London** "Ravishingly beautiful, achingly precious songs and instrumentals, ranging from two performances by the Royal Court Orchestra in 1906 — with futuristic, overlapping trumpets and exquisite clarinet improvisation — through to a hauntingly soulful Hafez setting by Moluk Zarrabi of… Read more
*Second Pressing with green ink stamp* Keysound set the levels for 2014 with Wen's rude refix of Dizzee Rascal's '04 rarity, 'Strings Hoe'. His follow-up to the wicked 'Commotion' EP of 2013 is a perfect example of the 130bpm sound he and Keysound have been cultivating for the last 18 months or so; pitching the original's pizzicato hook and Dizzee's yelp to a much darker, slunking electro swagger compatible with Funky, Techno, Garage and house, it's a sound that's probably not been so open and ripe for mixing since the early '90s when garage, house, hardcore and techno … Read more
**Hand-stamped jacket** Canny deep techno trips by a new player and label hailing from the Frozen Border camp. Three tracks hark back to classic early '90s Baby Ford and Probe Records styles with sleek, hypnotic grooves and proggy synthline atmospheres. Classy gear.
Hamburg's Smallville play host to this superb album of signature dub house styles from Stephen Laubner aka STL. All new material, spanning skanking, Chain Reaction style dub-house on 'Scuba's Motion Dub' and 'Amelie's Dub' or the seriously heavy 'Ghostly Ambit' thru to a mixture of Maurizio and Theo Parrish styles on 'Space Cats' and two beautifully glassy ambient vignettes in 'Good Wine' and closer, 'Over and Out'. We wouldn't want to over-egg your expectations, but this is close to being a perfect STL release.
Freddy's Best-selling album from '82, features Freddie's signature 'Big Ship' title track plus 'Roots Man Skanking', 'Stop Loving You', 'Peaceful Man' etc. produced by Linval Thompson, mixed by Scientist.
**Sophomore album from the international hip hop trio. Includes downlaod code redeemable from the label** "This is known: Young Fathers are three young men from Edinburgh and Liberia and Nigeria, all at the same time. Their journey has taken them through various incarnations and styles but they are still only in their mid 20s. And... and this is important: they’ve chosen to kill the past—their own past, even—to make their own future. The what-what, the feeling: Following on from the acclaimed EPs TAPE ONE and TAPE TWO, their debut album Dead comes as an intimate epic, thirty six minutes of…. what… Read more