Thursday, 12 February
Masterful modular techno poundings from the Brummie techno boss - his first proper Token release following a remix of Grovskopa's 'Sex and Violins' in 2008. Both cuts are recognisably Surgeon productions, but perhaps not instantly so due to his new palette of modular synths. The original 'Fixed Action Pattern' galvanises signature shuffle and bruising kicks with a bristling, chaotic noise energy that's a thrilling new addition to his sound, whilst the aquatic Dub carves the groove to a solemn halfstep lurch steeped in sepulchral groans and consumed by oncoming waves of masticated electricity. It's a real burner.
**Heavyweight double gatefold jacket with 25-page, full colour booklet of photos and liner notes pasted to inner panel** The Folk Music of the Sahel is revealed to the world at large in these wonderful field recordings made by sublime freq, Hisham Mayet between 2004 - 2014. A year on from the more fractious 'Radio Niger' instalment, this LP presents the new Folk Music of the Sahel in a "subjective but spectacular overview of Hausa, Zarma, Fulani, Songhai and Tuareg music"… "On this lavish double album, Mayet methodically reveals the dazzling range and power of Nigerien mu… Read more
*Fully licensed and taken from the original master tapes, remastered by Nick Robbins at Sound Mastering, and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy - pressed on 180g vinyl* "Groove Line Records open their 2015 with our debut half-speed mastered 12” single. First in line for the super deluxe treatment are Plush’s 1982 singles, Free And Easy (Tee Scott Remix) and Burnin’ Love. Plush were a short lived Synth-Dance group (with a young Siedah Garrett in their ranks) who were taken under the wing of R&B hit makers Rene & Angela releasing one self-titled LP in 1982 from which both of these singles originate. S… Read more
Wémè give it up for another former Rephlexian turned loose - Jodey Kendrick with eight cuts of hard-edged breakbeats and doomy noise. Of course, anyone operating between those axes will be inevitably fall under the shadow of Scorn or Justin K Broderick, and doubly so when when you share the same initials! In fact, they sound so similar that we were labouring under the impression that this actually was Mr Broderick until about ten minutes prior to writing. So, it sounds quite a lot like JK Flesh and Mick Harris dicing with Trip Hop drums and that can't be a bad thing for a lot of you.
"Recorded to the same rhythm track as 'New Tactics' by Admiral Tibet. Horace Martin, who is known for his major works during the late 70's to the early 80's, has released the 'Mix Up' LP on the Redman label. His deep sounding vocal and Redman's synthesizer works result in this essential "Geow Now" tune."
"The gnarliest reggae compilation in Christendom, drawn from the seventies and early-eighties heyday of this Toronto-based label, when it played host to stars like Joe Higgs, Augustus Pablo, Johnny Osbourne and Leroy Sibbles, and home to locals like Pluggy Satchmo and Dill Smith. Raw, twisted, compelling, time-and-again staggering productions by Oswald Creary, in the tradition of his childhood-friend Lloyd Bullwackie Barnes — and Lee Perry and Keith Hudson — but utterly themselves. Rough, tough, mystical roots. Brilliant mastering by Moritz von Oswald. Both formats come in silk-screened sleeves (and the artwork is Will Bankhead’s finest hour)."
The hiatus is over: Six Organs of Admittance rise again with a stunning new slab on Drag City three years since 'Ascent'. Conspicuous by his absence, Chasny seems to have spent his time regressing to birth a more primordial approach to the neck of the guitar, now returning with Noel Von Harmonson (Drums), Rob Fisk (Bass), and Charlie Saufley (Bass) to help flesh out, transcribe and unravel his cryptic dreams. The result is is looser, broader Six Organs of Admittance to the one we remember, adroitly feeling out lonely blues beside face-aching feedback throwdowns, doomy flamenco flour… Read more
*First-time reissue comes from the original master tapes. Recommended for fans of Kleenex / Liliput, Raincoats, And Bush Tetras* "San Francisco provocateurs Inflatable Boy Clams recorded one of the greatest all-female art punk records ever made, a wrongfully obscure five-song double 7-inch EP which has garnered a cult following ever since its initial release on Subterranean Records in 1981. While the music blends simple instrumentation and captivating, quirky lyrics, the artwork looks like an early Rough Trade single, complete with posh Winogrand-esque photo of the group. M… Read more
**Cult Italian wave classic, reissued for the first time since 1981** "On a cold autumn evening in Milan in 1981, Nino La Loggia met Giacomo Spazio for the first time. Both were regulars of Bar Concordia, one of the few meeting places for the post punk generation. Nino, along with Marco Philopat (now an established writer), had given birth to the HCN, one of the pioneering punk bands of the peninsula. Meanwhile, Giacomo was a performance artist interested in graphics and was looking for a new form of painting that was innovative and provocative. When the two met sparks flew. The two had the sa… Read more
"Irreal, the ﬁfth long player from Chicago's Disappears, is another trip down the rabbit hole. The album plays out as a dream sequence - hazed dub landscapes give way to the groupʼs most experimental and open music yet. If their last album Era conﬁrmed the fact that Disappears are on their own trip, then Irreal is where it kicks in. Eternalism, roboethics, identity - it's a Ballardian mix of imperfect melodies, half thoughts and good ol' dystopian modernity. Itʼs a master class in texture, pace and control. Produced by John Congleton at famed Chicago recording institution Electrical Audio, Irreal … Read more
*Five heavy workouts from Delroy Edwards, new on his L.A. Club Resource imprint* "You need people like me…" so says Tony Montana, and the sentiment rings true for yung Delroy Edwards. His 'Kickin Butts!!' EP opens with one of the most famous samples in cinematic history and pushes on thru four darker, trackier follow-ups to his addictive 'Can U Get With' 12". The raspin' rhythms and murky drones of the title track could have easily appeared on his 'Teenage Tapes' LP, while 'Die Motherfxxker' slips into Slowed Down Gangsta mode, and there's a pair of bucking raw house rhythms in 'Str8 Fuckd' and 'Insane In The Membrain' for the wall-bangers.
Repress of Mike Parker's 2002 techno hydraulics for Oliver Ho's Light and Dark Label. In testament to the timeless quality of Parker's ascetic style both sides are still sinuously insistent and crisp, rolling with EBM-stung electro drums and electric shuffle descending to the abyss on the A-side, and stretching out with fluid current-control on the hypnotic, rolling B-side.
Achingly good soul from Detroit's K15 on No Room For Air - the sister label to Kyle Hall's Wild Oats. Hitting levels of Sa-Ra-esque psychedelic lustre and Dilla-style bump, A-side glydes in with buttered strings and rhodes laced to button cracking drums and celestial vocal - basically instant classic business - followed thru with the FlyLo/Alice Coltrane vibings of Twilight', and a lip-bitingly sweet remix of Zhane's '90s soul peach, 'Crush' that's been in demand for years now. Don't sleep!
Sawf London's Henry Wu makes his full debut proper with a crispy beat suite for Ho Tep. Giving equal room to show all strands of his style, the 'Negotiate' EP delivers sweetened soul ('Don't Want The Regular'), wheezing digi-dub jazz ('Expensive Ghetto') with Mo Kolours, and wavey rare groove ('Black Rigsby'), thru to blushed beatdown ('Just Negotiate' feat. Simeon Jones) and grubbing jazz-funk ('Joint Seventeen').
"Admiral Tibet calmly sings about the newly established slavery system and their new wicked tactics on the heavy-weight dancehall rhythm. He showcases his stable vocal techniques with his very own cool and smooth lyric flow to match with this minor coded rhythm. Another crucial song among the Redman catalogue."
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label. Wicked fun, this: the first ever retrospective - rare single, s/t EP, unreleased demos, live gear - for San Franciscan post-punks, Pink Section - RIYL Units, Devo, Suburban Lawns. Includes download code** "Named after San Francisco Chronicle's pink-hued arts and entertainment guide, Pink Section coalesced at SF Art Institute and performed their first show at the legendary Deaf Club on Valentine's Day, 1979. These self-taught musicians existed on the fringe (even in the local underground scene), producing an unusual brand of off-ki… Read more
"Despite a long series of reissues and rediscoveries that are throwing the ultimate light on one of the most fascinating and enigmatic periods of Italian music history - that of sonifications - the project that goes by the name Braen's Machine continues to evade categorization, and positive information. If you are among the many who got their hands on the beautiful "Underground", republished by Schema a few months ago, you will already know of the involvement of, among others, Piero Umiliani, Alessandro Alessandroni - the name Br… Read more
Huerco S appears in his Royal Crown Of Sweden guise for the second edition of 'R.E.G.A.L.I.E.R.'. The opening two tracks here are lifted from the first edition. On 'Vänern' he comes close to STL for that sluggish sorta red-eyed Theo worship with the crooked, overlapping bass grooves and melting 4-bar loops, but there comes a point just before half-way when the elements mystifyingly coalesce and you realise its own provenance. 'Mälaren' takes the filter trickery to a logical conclusion with the French-sounding soul swipe, followed by two fresh cuts 'Soft Things', and the woozy, shifting focus of 'Fauno Rosso'.
"The new album from Tropics, aka 27 year old Chris Ward, looks outwards, armed with a newfound confidence that foregrounds his vocal performance and songwriting. It’s a musical progression that mirrors a personal one: the early Tropics output was all made in the idyllic, if isolated setting of Ward’s grandmother’s empty house in the seaside town of Southsea, which he moved into after graduating from university to focus on writing and recording. He was alone there - “like, really alone. For days, I had literally no distractions.” Having moved to London in 2013, Ward now splits his time between the ci… Read more
Early '90s-styled ambient/acid house from Italian producer Pearl River Sound. Classy stuff harking back to early Warp and Rephlex styles, with highlights in the melancholy, floating AI sentiments of 'La Mia Citta Di Notte', with the Plastikman-alike acid of 'Ecid', and the low slung, blue groove of 'The Window'.
**Black vinyl reissue with insert** Dance-mauling industrial acid and techno experiments from the excellent Avian camp. One bone-grinding acid banger and a hollowed-out test beat on the A-side; some crafty spectral churn and a galloping industrial banger on the flip. Smart.
**180g vinyl in gatefold sleeve with printed inners. Inc. digital download code redeemable from the label. Tectonic electronics, RIYL Emptyset, Paul Jebanasam, Alva Noto** "In contrast with the continual pursuit of achievement, that today's culture teaches us, the theme of Descent, found in many myths in the shape of the hero going underground to pass a period of solitude, is no longer represented. A cultural space existed in most traditional societies for such a period in a person's life and it was seen as necessary in order for the initiate to re-connect with their past and concomitantly … Read more
Livity Sound's Asusu launches his Impasse label with four killah shots of Bristol techno rolige. More stripped and streamlined than Livity Sound, these tracks owe more allegiance to the Berlin-style tech-dub flux and atmospheres of T++, Monolake or Felix K than most of his UK peers, bar Pev. A-side is given to slippery hydraulic motions with the glancing drums and heavy subbass swing of 'Serra' matching that killer Skee Mask 12" for funked-up insistence; B-side is given to a trio of ambient excursions touring vaporous 4th world zones between the crystalline sculpture of 'Anglo Skin' and the recursive chords of 'Low Art'. Recommended.
Dark Entries scan Detroit circa 1986/1993 with a split reissue of DJ Maestro's rare-as-f*©k electro trax. Cutting his teeth as a DJ while stationed with the Marine corps in California, early '80s, The Maestro would move back to the 313 where he was taught how to programme Roland 808, 909, Linn drum and Boss DR-55 by none other than Juan Atkins. In 1986 he released the uptempo electro burner, 'The Speed Of Light', which has been trimmed down to three tracks for this reissue, including the Cybotron-styled title track and the brooding robo-boogie of '1001 Beats' with its Batman riff… Read more
The Italian master tends to his flock with a pair of outstanding club trax. There's no messing with either side: uptown he teases the infectiously supple swing and belly-twisting organ chord progression of 'grnHF' pointed for lip-smacking 3am moments; 'Acidspix' rides the other side of the wave with a darker acid techno drive shaped by strobing synthlines and rumbling, testy groove with a blossoming climax. Highly recommended.
**Brooding composition by Bon Iver's S. Carey. Includes cover of Radiohead's 'Bullet Proof… Wish I Was', and a download code** "Recorded primarily during the perigee-syzygy (also known as the super moon) of August 2014, the Supermoon EP from S. Carey is a study in scale, space, and proximity. These songs are a new and closer look into existing works from both S. Carey's renowned full-lengths, 2010's All We Grow and 2014's Range of Light. With Supermoon, Carey has broken these songs down to their essential, acoustic parts with his forever humming vocals laid over top, lilting yet percussive piano, … Read more
"Sir Richard Bishop is back with a fresh album and a fresh guitar! On Tangier Sessions, Sir Richard’s mythic guitar playing reaches a new degree of ingenuity and esteem. While traveling in Geneva, Bishop stumbled upon a modest, yet enchanting guitar, hidden on a shelf. He left the shop empty handed, but for days the guitar haunted him! He returned to purchase the instrument, mesmerized by the incredible sounds it produced when played. Utilizing this new and mysterious guitar, “Frontier” is an enduringly majestic composition, one of several songs on Tangier Sessions to feature Sir… Read more
Loony 303 attacks from the English south coast for Jerome Hill's label. It's all about the batsh*t crazy A-side, 'Acid 209' with its sci-fi intro and rail-gun intro giving way to a blistering, uptempo jack-off, UK style.
Gritty, ground-down house from Gonno on Mule Musiq's Endless Flight subsidiary. With 'Stop' he performs a stress test on loping house rhythms, tweaking the grit tolerance with mucky bassline and red-lined synth bite but keeping it all sweetly elegant with rising chords. B-side, 'Across The Sadness' drops down a few gears to swaying, stop/start disco chug with a nimble touch and feathered synthlines.
"Polar Bear is the third album in Chapman’s series of his recent improvised musical series. The first being 2011’s ‘The Resurrection and Revenge of The Clayton Peacock’ which Wire magazine nominated as No. 5 Album of The Year, was widely received favourably by press and fans alike as another highpoint in Chapman’s late blooming career which has been boosted by the public recognition of his talents by the likes of Thurston Moore, Jack Rose & Will Oldham. The second album, 2012’s “Pachyderm’ was a minimalist masterpiece, a single chord ambient work quite unlike anything Chapman had ever… Read more