Thursday, 02 July
**Deluxe, remastered reissue of Biosphere's seminal 1991 debut LP, now expanded with seven superb, unreleased bonus tracks from that formative ambient techno era** 'Microgravity' introduced the world to Geir Jenssen's Biosphere project and his patented electronic ambient sounds. The album was the first in a long line of work from Jenssen, and saw him fusing house-influenced beats with film samples and floating synthesized textures. As with the album's followup 'Patashnik', the most appropriate comparison would be to the early work of Richard D. James, but it also conta… Read more
**Limited vinyl edition of Jacaszek's debut album composition for Touch, performed by Kwartludium. Includes a download code** "For the past decade or so, Polish musician Michal Jacaszek has been exploring a new, resolutely modern chapter in Eastern Europe’s long, storied love affair with classical music. His creations are painstakingly crafted collages of electronic textures and baroque instrumentation, harpsichords being swarmed by woolly static one minute and pulled apart by billowing wind the next. A push-and-pull tension runs deep and constant throughout. Ambi… Read more
Shed cuts loose on this towering one-off for Hardwax label, The Final Experiment. A-side is a '90s-style breakbeat techno behemoth putting the boot in with thunderous kicks and armour-plated breaks, mercifully softened up with some really sweet pads at the drop. B-side, he rides with a ruder, heady halfstep in 'Final Distortion', and jumps back on that 2-step techno pivot with 'Up The Hills', whereas the brash thwack of 'Crystal Cubes' yearns for nasty, early Polygon Window styles.
Dark Entries pack four definitive mid-late '80s industrial/disco zingers by Yello co-founder, Carlos Peron, in one essential platter. Named after its incredible B-side cut, 'A Dirty Song' - which was a single in its own right - this is effectively a compilation drawing from four records produced and released between 1980 and 1986. Well known as cornerstones of Belgium's influential New Beat scene, the A-side cuts, 'Nothing is Permitted; Everything is True' - taken from a 1984 album of the same name - and 'Breakin' In' were both written in the early '80s and later issued on the 'Talk to the … Read more
Excellent debut of stylish, brooding, and muscular techno by Emanuele Porcinai and Sciahri (Ilian Tape) a.k.a. UNKNOT. Hailing from Florence, Italy, via Manchester, England, the duo's debut platter collects four precisely measured reductions of rolling techno and diffuse yet heavily impending atmospheric sound designs exceptional for their grittily fluid momentum and capacity for classic horror suspense. Up top they make a ghostly impression with the stone-carved abstractions of 'Modem' working somewhere between Metasplice, Autechre and Raime, whilst 'Magha' stomps out 4/4 scifi-techno terrain betwe… Read more
**Remastered LP compiled with facsimile reissue of No More's 1980 debut 7" + an 11 x 14" double-sided fold-out poster** Dark Entries combine No More's strongest synth-pop/EBM classics, 'A Rose Is A Rose' , along with all songs from the 'Suicide Commando'  7" and their debut release, the 'Too Late EP' . Whilst best known for their EBM evergreen, 'Suicide Commando' - which was recently reissued by Mannequin Records - this survey of the German group's nascent output circa 1980-82 frames them as a necessarily lo-fi and highly stylish product of their bleak and deso… Read more
**Hand-stamped 180g wax housed in wrap-around artwork with insert. Edition of 500** Engrossing slab from the Argentinian guitarist and Brooklyn-based British drummer swapping their usual kit for anything from grand pianos and balaphons to metal lampshades and wooden staircases. 'Bring Us Some Honest Food' is the processed document of Courtis & Moore's congregation at The Fish Factory, London, on 22nd March, 2014. The A-side breaks down to three shorter pieces "blended" by Aaron Moore in Brooklyn, breaking unique new ground between the gloaming, out-of-body avant-ro… Read more
Alex Cobb, the soul behind the Taiga Remains alias and Students of Decay label, enchants with an expansive quartet of ghostly drone compositions in 'Chantepleure'. He sets a rarified, almost ecclesiastical air with the solemn poise of 'Prayer Ring', followed thru and expanded in the thicker layers of drone harmonics in melting from 'Anselin', whereas the more succinct arrangement of 'Disporting with a Shadow' acts as a sweeter, space-resetting palate cleanser for the intimate and glacially paced 16 minutes of shimmering harmonics in 'Path of Appearance'.
BNJMN stokes the 'floor with four slices of pummelling, bluntly hypnotic techno making up the 2nd EP on his BRACK label. The barrelling ballistics of 'Chromed' starts the session at a heart-racing throb fizzing with radiophonic quarks and bleeps, and 'Rattled' squeezes that vibe off centre with a sweltering, amorphous bass roil harnessed to metronomic pips. With 'Sallow' he introduces harmonised layers of chiming Detroit-like pads to his scuffed techno patterns, and 'Broil' clocks off with a murkier swamp of stuttering tribal rhythms, and nowt but.
Turbo-charged "Manctalo" scandals from the zest prince, Ste Spandex, and diva spar, Sarah Bates, hanging with the Red Lazer Disco troops. Once you pull off the awful artwork skin, you'll find four throbbing dancefloor pulsations, scaling from the deadly effective phazer volley and hulking Hardy-style excess of 'Soaking Wet' to the crystal-eyed winks and lip-bitingly rainbow-plumed syn-funk uchronics of 'Breakin My Heart', before hittin' the brakes for a wobble-arsed boogie in 'Gotta Move', and the short sureshot, 'Nice Weather'.
*White vinyl* Techno hypnotist, Rrose, returns to Eaux with the pocket watch attractions of 'For Aquantice'. Made up like the unholy offspring of Papa Lazarou and Norman Bates in mummy's boy mode, Rrose peddles three patented and mindbending wormholes, subtly sucking us in with Eleh-esque purist sine tones to the rasping rhythmic skeleton of 'Levitate' and the recursive abyss of 'Vellum' on the A-side, whereas the sleek, pulsating throbs and spiralling oscillations of B-side's 'Signs' take hold with intra-venus strength and potency. They're proper deep brain and tissue stimulators.
Beguiling, personalised synth-pop/post-punk from Danish outlier, Max Guld Madsen, previously only available in edition of 100 tapes back in 1985. Now, 30 years later, the good folk at Dark Entries have thankfully uprooted, remastered and brought Guld's one and only recording to light, revealing a dreamy, pop-tweaked young composer falling deeply into his own sound and space circa 1984-1985 at home in West Copenhagen. Clearly under the influence of The Residents, Eno and Kraftwerk, yet not entirely beholden to them, 'For Enden Af Corridoren' mixes eerily emotive synth and gui… Read more
Multi artist party from, and starring, Tom Dicicco on his Run Out Run label. A-side turns out Dicicco's deftly shuffled, scuzzy and droning banger, '16 Reels' alongside the wayward proto-house syn-funk freakiness of TX Connect's 'Clouds like Leopards (Tape Redo)'. On the other side, Klasse Recordings Mr. Ho linx with Hermans in the fudgy acid jack splat of 'Late Night Scuttla (Hard Drizzle)', and UK's October & Borai close the label's first compilation with the grainy resolution and low-key house shuffle of 'So Many Days'.
**Deluxe double gatefold 140 gram 2LP reissue of Umiliani's sought-after classic Italian film score - Remaster and sound restoring done by Roberto Zamori at Film Music Art Studio** "Hold your breath... This is the soundtrack to the 1964 spy movie directed by Romano Ferrara (Roy Freemount) and starring Carol Walker, Luciano Marin and Mary Luger. Composed and directed by Piero Umiliani, Intrigo A Los Angeles is one of the best and rarest soundtracks he ever did, with original copies sold for around 600 euro. Featuring Nini Rosso, CHET BAKER, Bill Gilmore,… Read more
**7" square flexidisc with printed insert in PVC bag. Edition of 200 copies** In which the boundary-pushing Swedish composer presents a new recording of his 2010 homage to Cage's legendary '4'33"' work, namely '4'33" - for electric guitar (broken amplifier version)'. The patina of crackle and fuzz within proves perfectly suited to the flexidisc format's inherent infidelity, playing its own integral part in bringing the composition's ideas of absence and minimalism into stark, tangible focus. This is Carl Michael Von Hausswolff's 3rd recorded dedication to the towering influen… Read more
Tunnelling techno propulsion systems from London's Gareth Wild and EarToGround Records. The originals are to-the-bone banging' tools for the DJs, backed with a driven, widescreen rework by UVB, and a monotone, Italian-sounding concentration from Aiken.
Percussive house tricks from General Ludd, who was known as Dam Mantle before enlisting in the house army with releases for Clan Destine, Mister Saturday Night Records and Autonomous Africa. 'Wigu Hill' jerks out like Soundhack meets Dego; 'Molycorps Mountain Pass' deals in flanging metallic tribalism; 'Garimpos' locks down to a Diskant-like loop-off; 'Prisoners Dilemna' gets down liek a Bookworms bewt with taut layers of writhing, driving drum patterns.
Dark Entries plate up a necessary and acrid taste of Smersh's cranky industrial dance prototypes with this 1983 -1993 compilation, 'Super Heavy Solid Waste'. Following on from the 'Cassette Pets' compilation, this set ransacks the duo's extensive arsenal to squeeze in all the other mad nuggets they couldn't fit in the first time around. Further proving their position as forerunners of the mongrel, junkyard techno aesthetic adopted by everyone from Prostitutes to Helena Hauff and Powell, the set revolves eight scabbed and ruffneck cuts ranging from the jagged metallic drums … Read more
**Hand-stamped white label** Progression sees off his 2nd release with Blueprint Limited, marking his solo debut in style with four welting bangers. We're most partial to the mesmerising bleeps and bruising kicks of A1 and the powerful, insectoid industrialism of B1.
More killer business from Dug Out, the label run by Honest Jons and Hard Wax. This one features certified, legendary Roots Reggae from 1983, pulled for the 2015 reissue. Still a healthy bit of vinyl noise on this new pressing but, considering the might of the original and the dub-wrecked Part 2, plus the fact it's nigh-on-impossible to find an original, you'd be a pedant to complain. Tip!
**180g vinyl edition of 250** Sensory Trials, a new techno label and artist collective corralled by Birmingham's DJ Etym, debuts with the dancefloor reckoning of 'Trials 01'. It's not your usual Brum bosh off, tending more towards droning, dub-wise atmospheres and varied rhythms than out-and-out kickdrum fests. They find breadth within their niche over four tracks, from the range-finding, sub-aquatic pressure of '01.1' to the half-stepping AI techno scape of '01.2' on the front, and over to more rolling techno formations with '01.3', and pace-setting Detroit disco-tech in '01.4'.
Rolling on for Loefah's 81, Mickey Pearce takes a breezier, technoid tack with 'Warm Barzz' following the freaky funk of his 'Instructions' EP. The title cut is lushed out yet driving, marrying crisp ambient chords with a swinging tribal techno groove and stranger cyber-dub FX, whilst 'Stick Fingerprints' explores new age chimes and Gold Panda or OPN-like vocal chops and creamy silicon froth at a slower, shoulder-dropping pace unravelling over 7 minutes of dancefloor dreamstates. There's also a neat pair of Loops to get down, testing out dry drum machine functions in 'W' and mutant, alien grime in 'X'. Wicked gear.
**Gatefold LP** Facsimile, first ever vinyl reissue of Alice Coltrane's pivotal and utterly crucial 1970 album, 'Universal Consciousness', housed in heavyweight tip on-style gatefold. In the more than 40 years since it opened a whole new dimension for jazz music, the soaring vision and lush execution of this LP has influenced and inspired countless musicians and artists to search beyond their own horizons. Composed by and starring legendary harpist Alice Coltrane, with string arrangements transcribed by Ornette Coleman and featuring members of her husband, John… Read more
Thursday, 25 June
**Hospital Productions return with this strong new album from Exoteric Continent, edition of 500 copies, first 200 pressed up on Blue wax** Barcelona's Exoteric Continent grounds his first ever vinyl release following cassette drops for Opal Tapes and Second Sleep. Exploring ascetic techno and electronic noise, this vinyl edition combines both his 'Referèndum' tape volumes on one fine slab. Something of a relative outsider in the balearic climes of his home city, Arnau Sala Saez pushes an intense, probing sound, both with his own music and via closely associated cohorts N.M.O., or Amer… Read more
RP Boo, the OG source of all things Chicago footwork, comes correct with a killer 2nd solo album for Planet Mu. 'Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints' is an armoury of battle trax for the 'floor, delivered with a conviction and density of energy that's impossible to ignore if you're into electronic dance music or the lineage of Afro-American sonics. As with its predecessor, 'Legacy', this album is a showcase of RP Boo's finely-honed dancer's instinct and incisive sampling technique, using uniquely fractured motifs and complex repetitions to reconfigure our physiology, so firmly attu… Read more
Finally remastered and available on vinyl for the first time in 18 years, Surgeon's 'Balance' (1998) is a masterclass is tuffened, occultist Brummie techno. Upon original release, it was his 3rd album (following 'Communications' and 'Basictonalvocabulary'), and marked a subtle phase shift towards the kind of tripped-out, eldritch atmospheres we'd more readily associate with his peers such as Autechre or Coil, whilst still forging some of the most unyielding, infectious rhythms of golden era techno. The likes of 'Golden' with its arcing crest of eerie arpeggios, and the spine-creeping, bea… Read more
**2LP set. Includes etching on 4th side** Stunning, revelatory set of sweeping electronic composition by the late Mitar Subotić, a.k.a. Rex Ilusivii (The King of Illusions), dug out by Salon Des Amateurs resident Vladimir Ivkovic to mint his Offen Music imprint. 'In The Moon Cage' captures six lush and spellbinding shots of previously unheard material realised by the Serbian producer circa 1988, framing a vast, digitally-rendered world perfused with Eastern-enchanted vocals, amorphous synth scapes, balearic bird calls and plangent ambient guitar work tripping lines between abstract, es… Read more
'Whips' is a masterclass in tape-saturated house cryptography by Lutto Lento. Leading on from the crooked equations of his 'F T D 001' debut for Charles Drakeford's label, this six-tracker exhibits a broader range of variations on that ferric-choked, grubby and bugged-out style. Employing the deftest tape loop edits and playful sense of construction/derangement, he uses the format's natural fidelities to distinguish, mask and accentuate his sound from every angle - whether coaxing noxiously murky harmonics out of the asphyxiating bass in darkside bomb, 'Vengo'; disorienting with the frayed chicane… Read more
Dial siphon five cuts by their esteemed roster from the splendid label compilation, 'All'. A-side you'll find the ambient avant-pop of Stefan Tcherepnin's 'I Want To Be Art', sung in fragile, stumbling Japinglish over chamber-neat chorale synth harmonies, next to the sleek, melancholic house momentum of DJ Richard's 'Zero'. B-side, Christian Naujocks unfurls the airy minimalist strokes of 'For A While', Pantha Du Prince plays out the padded house bump and chiming patterns of 'Timeout on the Rocks', and Queens brings the EP to rest with a shoegazing electro-acoustic burn out 'Earth Eagle'.
The legendary late '80s psych-noise-rock titans return with their first new material in 25 years. Now revolving original member Robert Hampson (vocals, guitars) - who would go on to start Main - plus Scott Dawson (guitar) and Neil Mackay (bass), augmented by Wayne Maskell on drums. Re-emerging into a scene full of bearded men churning out their own take on monotonous psych-rock, Loop show 'em how it's done in four parts, from the motorik nod of 'Precession' to tenderised feedback manipulations in 'Coma', and an almighty 17 minute blow-out banking raga drones and full flight chug with 'Radial'.