Thursday, 12 March
**Edition of 200** The unstoppable Paul Dickow a.k.a. Strategy shapeshifts between dub, techno and the ambient spaces between on 'Pods of Punishment' for Entr'acte. Covering all fidelities between computers, drum machines, FX, radio, synth and samplers, he resolves at a hazily dubwise mid-ground where his musical organisms live out short, strange lives. In particular, Strategy's fixation on radio and science fiction are key to this sound, guiding him to a sort of detached, para-dimensional state that's at once familiar yet alien, alternating recognisable structures of steppers dub with amorphous textural abstraction and samples twoc'ed from the æther. It's a proper trip.
**Includes 50-minute CD featuring texts written and performed by Alexandra Kennedy & Campbell Irvine. RIYL Muslimgauze, Demdike Stare** Exceptional take on techno tribalism from yung Australian producer, Campbell Irvine. Picking up where Shackleton left before he went psy-trance, Campbell runs with a proper dread techno vibe on two extended walkabouts strafed with duppied voices and urged by layered, syncopated percussion and deep subs. We're particularly feeling the scratchy swing and shuffle of B-side 'Reunion Of Two Bodies', which sits somewhere between S… Read more
Brooding and evil techno from Holland. Check for the psychotic A-side joint, 'Ilape' with its squealing lead line and the vintage Brum presure of 'Scuff'.
"From the dawn of doo-wop to the death of disco, the Notations saw—and sang—it all. Persisting through changing trends and technologies, on major labels and minor ones, produced by both Syl Johnson and Curtis Mayfield, nothing could stop the Notations from representing Chicago’s Southside for decades. The first overview of their indie label golden age, Still Here 1967–1973 finds the Notations at a musical crossroads, turning from simmering R&B ballads to socially-conscious soul. Offering up a platter of golden-dipped harmonies, inventive arrangements, and super-powered soul, the Notations survived as unheralded legends in their own time."
*Gatefold sleeve reissue of this long out-of-print album, carefully remastered from the original master tapes* "Bassist / composer Charles Mingus is one of the most radical figures in American music. Throughout the ’50s, he worked as a sideman with legendary players Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and more. In the ’60s, he gained recognition as a bandleader, often followed by controversy for making strong-minded statements in the press about race, politics and stodgy music critics. While Mingus received many honors posthumously as well as during his career, perhaps… Read more
*New Edition with full artwork* The biggest Grime riddim of 2010 with DJ Q remix, finally repressed on 12 inch. A-side features the bubbling 808s and shark-eyed synths of 'Woooo Riddim' straight up, sounding as lean, futuristic and skunked-out as every time you've heard it on the bus, youtube or soundcloud. D Double E may be missing but this riddim goes hard regardless. On the flip DJ Q's remix lends a flush of feminine, twinkled-toed synths and cut-up vocals for the club. It's possibly symptomatic of the times that it's taken so long to land on wax, but Butterz have just made a lot of grime heads very, very happy with this pressing. Essential!
**Awesome collaboration, 20 years in the making, between venerable sound artist John Duncan and the legendary Jim O'Rourke, with help from Oren Ambarchi and Joe Talia. Sounds like Reines D'Angleterre meets Mika Vainio, or something. Edition of 500 housed in Hokusai artwork** John Duncan: "YEAH: Jim and I worked fast and furiously in Christoph Heemann's studio to record this, working in shifts, day and night, three days later had it all but finished -- then Jim said 'Let me do just a couple of tweaks, here and there' and I agreed. Twenty years later, we got together again to add those t… Read more
Thursday, 05 March
**Mastered and cut at D&M from the original DAT tapes in their original sequence, pressed on 140g 2xLP. Includes insert and instant download for your iWalkman - Limited Copies!** Rawest, illest hip hop/dub mixtape from '98 by Wordsound capo, Skiz Fernando Jr a.k.a. Spectre, feat contributions from sometime Madteo collaborator Sensational, Kevin ‘The Bug’ Martin’s Techno Animal alias, Bill Laswell’s Dubadelic project, Godflesh’s Ted Parsons and more. This is a fine history lesson for many yungers, and a red-eyed flashback for many heads who came thru in the '90s. Originally released on cassette in … Read more
*LP version comes with free download card* Pearson sound has the honour of releasing Hessle Audio's 1st solo artist album with his adroit and concise self-titled opus. It arrives 7 years since his earliest transmission, 'Blimey' [HES005] as Ramadanman, in which time he's carved a distinct niche between the sub-strata of UK techno, dubstep and electronica, building one of the most distinguished catalogues in modern dance music - including high profile remixes for Radiohead and Disclosure. Clearly inspired by the 'floor but not beholden to it, 'Pearson Sound' gives him wriggle room for exp… Read more
**Kinky No Wave dance drills, fresh outta Berlin. Initial copies on trans blue wax in stickered poly sleeve. Edition of 500. For you if you love Powell, Low Jack, EVOL, Barnt!** N.M.O. are an exceptional, pan-European duo deploying SuperCollider software and stripped-down, roiling drums under the mantra, As Strict As Possible. For The Death Of Rave they present a unique trio of 'Tropocaliptic Excursions' to follow their two releases for Barcelona's Anòmia label, including 2014's critically acclaimed and standout 12", 'Nederlandse Maatschappij Ontwikkeling'. … Read more
*Ships Friday* **2015 Reissue - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** This is a hard album for us to write about - basically because in our opinion it's easily one of the 5 finest albums ever released by Warp, and generally one of the best British albums of the last 20 years. At the point where Broadcast could have easily self-combusted after the departure of half its members, the remaining duo of Trish Keenan and James Cargill instead went on to write their best album by a mile. The palette here was shocking at the time - reducing their rich widescreen tem… Read more
*Ships Friday* **2015 Reissue - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Finally reissued, here's what we wrote at the time 'Haha Sound' was released back in 2003. "It's quite some time since that first 7" appeared on Wurlitzer Jukebox, seven years in fact, and it's with great delight that I'm holding their second album in my hands this sunny august afternoon. Previewed last month by 'The Pendulum EP' which, bar the glorious title track, felt and fell a little short of a wondrous return, 'HaHa Sound' is a truly stunning, beautiful album. In an age where great band… Read more
Remarkable, trasncendent new recordings by dextrous multi-instrumentalist Roland P. Young, his 4th LP for Japan's EM Records. Created in 2014 after a move to Tel Aviv, 'Confluences' marks a new phase in Young's oeuvre, with a title both signifying the cultural blend of his new home region, and his ability to naturally comprovise disparate musical influence and textures - clarinet, bass clarinet, kalimba, NAF flute, keyboard, voice and electronic accoutrements. Blending properly rugged but smartly reduced rhythms with pensile synthlines and minimal acoustic phrasing, it's possible to draw … Read more
The strangest and strongest album we've heard yet from avant-garde traveller, Felicia Atkinson. Arriving from Oregon, USA, via the French Alps base of Shelter Press - the publishing platform she runs with Bartolomé Sanson - it unfolds a highly visual sonic topography built upon collaged and randomly selected texts taken from her 2014 publication, 'Improvising Sculpture as Delayed Fictions', plus 'Rechereche de la Base et du Sommet' (René Char, 1955), and 'Madame Edwarda' (Georges Bataille, 1937). We're informed that the production is DIY, recorded with super basic software on a… Read more
Natty, psychelicious house trax by your boy from Offenbach, DJ Slyngshot. Lovers of ruff and spirited house music are understandably set to fall hard for these three cuts - the salty Theo-style beatdown crackle of 'Cycles' and the dopest breakbeat dip zipped with darting keys and wobbly Moog in 'Skyscraperz' up top, backed with the disco jackin' deep house showpiece, 'High Times' on the flip. DJ Slyngshot knows what's up. This is unmissable for fans of Theo, STL, Marcellus Pittmann, Soulphiction...Tipped!
**Green wax. Jukebox hole. Includes inserts and download coupon** Locked-on Midlands punk fury from Fearn / Williamson, The Sleaford Mods. They relieve 'A Little Ditty' up top backed with a killer version of 'I'm Shit At It' - "Can't Even Make Simple Calculations/I'm Shit At It / Can't Even Butter a Cob Right / I'm Shit At It" seals it for us. Jip!
**Heavy vinyl edition of 150** "Portland vocal house roots duo Gemini Lion is an ongoing collaboration between soul-singer J. Green and SILK staple producer A. Kalin (Temples, Polonaise, Finesse). Adoration, their debut, pickpockets from various downtown wardrobes for a multi-culti vibe that’s equal parts party monster, ballroom strut, and melancholic sweat. Green’s voice is a rich and dexterous presence, waxing after romantic obsessions and delineating queer terminology, while Kalin’s lean bass lines and percussion sequences shuffle and flow through fluid, reflective states. Their commitment … Read more
Backed up by a monstrous Regis remix, Stave's taking no prisoners on this one for Repitch. Jonathan Krohn, the Chicagoan also behind Male and Talker (with Karl Meier), sets the tone with a gravelly slammer called 'Hardened Chord' which Regis promptly kicks the fxxk out of in his nastiest, noisiest remix for quite some time. B-side, Stave gets his rocks off on a thoroughly unpleasant, thundering 'Circle Pit' assault and the cloven hoofed swarm of 'Paid Jazz'. Have mercy on the children, we beseech thee…
Ricardo Villalobos and Tobias. take Max Loderbauer, Claudio Puntin and Samuel Rohrer's Ambiq trio to the dancefloor. Adapting tracks from their eponymous album for Arjuna Music, Villalobos does a hypnotic tango with 'Tund', dancing around sloshing subbass and lilting, almost Moondog-styled rhythmelodies in the trippiest soundsphere, whereas Tobias. augments and rends 'Toxic Underground' to a pointillist techno pulse tunnelling thru ghostly electro-acoustic vortices. Tipped!
Samaan drops a couple of slow and grungy acid jacks backed with electro + techno remixes by The Exaltics and scouse supergroup Phantom Planet Outlaws.
**Mesmerising synth and string drone works recommended to fans of Eliane Radigue or Anne Guthrie** "“Barons Court” is the debut full length album by Canadian electroacoustic composer Sarah Davachi, following short run releases on Important Records’ Cassauna imprint and Full Spectrum. Trained at Mills College, Davachi’s work marries an academic approach to synthesis and live instrumentation with a preternatural attunement to timbre, pacing, and atmosphere. While the record employs a number of vintage and legendary synthesizers, including Buchla’s 200 and Music Easel, an EMS Synthi, and Seq… Read more
*Lava-coated red vinyl* The Moeller train pulls up to Brooklyn's Bangers & Ash with a quartet of salty dub house and piquant electronic pieces.
Sidelong tech-house minimalism from another new name on the Blank Slate label. Leading on from his contribution to Blank Slate 006, 'I Want You' beckons with tactile jazz motifs and frayed, ghostly tech-house framework; 'By Thge Way You Look At Things' percolates field recordings, frothing drums and chopped voices in a patchwork of Villalobos-like groove and intercepted Sublime Frequencies.
*Ships Friday* **2015 Reissue - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Finally reissued, here's whart we said back in 2009: "After their mammoth anniversary boxset, we could safely say this is one of the most anticipated and easily the best release on Warp's 2009 schedule. 'Broadcast and The Focus Group investigate Witch cults of the Radio Age' is a dream sequence of sonics for the Hauntology canon, pairing Ghost Box's Julian House, aka The Focus Group, with longtime favourites Broadcast for a head swir… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Software's latest signings come rugged and sophisticated with the dynamic, alien hip hop and ebullient future-funk of 'Childhood Swing'. Opening with the dazzling Evian Christ or Amnesia Scanner-style sound design of single track, 'Hood Low' they tack between lush, jazzy G-funk lean with 'The Treatment' and Hud Mo heavy funk of 'Talking II' , before slipping into the glistening virtual reality space of 'Swept Over the Rug'. Better yet, 'By the Bay' drops and rolls with a delirious future soul vibe reminding of moments from Matthew… Read more
2015 reissue of some of Kenny Larkin's best material under the Dark Comedy moniker. All tracks were originally released on his Art Of Dance label, and the Rush Hour repress that saw the light in 2006 now gets a fresh run. Mighty stuff.
2015 reissue of this killer EP, containing the best of Kenny Larkins genius and super-rare 'Seven Days' album from 1997. The twelve Starts with the haunting, aptly titled 'Paranoid', then 'The Bar' will still cause the same dancefloor mayhem it has done for years, after which it's an easy slide into 'Ecletic', which takes you on a trip to wherever you want to go.
Fixmer peers into the abyss of his industrial soul on his 5th solo album. The mode is mostly sleek, powerful big room techno with a keen industrial edge and subtly infected sound design, but there a few excpetions with the dry thump of 'Inside Of Me' sporting his own over-the-shoulder vocals, and an excellent closing couplet of radiant techno rolige in 'Thoughts', and the deep blue come-down of 'Elevation'.
Frazzled, extended freak-outs from Nick Edwards' Ekoplekz. A-side, 'Entropy Flash' pelts at a 150bpm tilt with signature flux of mini-modular elements yoked to fibrillating bass sputter and planed-out with icy blue drones. B-side, 'Entropy Symphony' melts plonging dub bass and radiophonic bleeps into electronic ether via clusters of noisy signal disturbance
London's Jonny Nash spins a glistening web of ambient mediations on 'Exit Strategies' for his own label, Melody As Truth. Taking solo time away after sterling contributions to Gaussian Curve's charming 'Clouds' LP and that epic 'Spirit Bear Mezcal Ensemble' 12", he presents a suite of balmy, crepuscular vignettes owing as much to The Durutti Column as Vangelis or Robin Guthrie and finding contemporary parallels with the likes of Bullion/Nautic or even recent Jam City in the achingly lush slow dance, 'Exit Six'. Mellow magic.