Thursday, 07 August
**Hand-numbered edition of 250 housed in screen-printed jackets** Fierce techno steppers from Ansome & Catch on their freshly minted South London Analogue Material imprint. Their debut volley smashes blown-out bass roil and banking distortion from Catch up top, and claggy, clangourous mutant techno from Ansome dung below. One for fans of Truss, Perc, Untold…
Afro-centric house heat from East London's DrumTalk. Drawing on all the classic references - Chicago, Detroit, New York, London - as well as new ones from Kwaito to Azonto and Funky, DrumTalk's debut for GetMe! backs up its intentions with robust, effective productions resulting the shape-cutting stride and lilting drum cadence of 'Super Vega' on one side, and the writhing syncopation of bouncing, technoid drums and wheezing melody in flipside, 'SNB'.
Bucking and pitching techno from Japan backed with a gristly J. Tijn remix. The slamming original of 'The Run' and wormholing remix are all good fun, but we'd recommend dashing for the Surgeon-esque levels of the hydraulic B-side 'Dot'.
*Ships Friday* Big Dog Nozinja debuts on Warp with the Shangaan burn of 'Tsekeleke'. Fresh from soundtracking the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, 'Tsekeleke' marks Nozinja's most prominent solo release after years as the anchor of Shangaan Electro - the notorious, breakneck Afro-disco style and dance originating in Limpopo, now based in Soweto, South Africa, which was brought to wider attention via Honest Jon's seminal compilation. It's rare for indigenous African dance styles to break thru to UK and European markets, but Nozinja's music is a true Afro-accelerationst anomaly that's… Read more
**Limited 1st pressing on clear vinyl** Two figureheads of UK techno duke it out on the 'Two Hundred' EP. Arriving one year after their 'Spiker' 12", it documents more recent analogue studio actions in four pieces ripping from the acidic EBM and Phillip Best-style vocal of the title track to the welting triplet techno schranz of 'Judd', and burned-out dub tech swing in ' Van Der Valk'.
Pfirter and Dadub in the crosshair for Selected Edits 005. Pfirter's pounding 'Universe' for Stroboscopic Artefacts is drenched in kinetic white noise which camouflages Edit Select's subtle harmonic developments and scything claps for a more introspective, psychedelic impact. Flipside, the Scottish producer reduces Dadub's 'Metropolis' to a viscous techno step again steeped in billowing white noise.
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. ‘Unlimited Edition’ comes as a double LP and features unreleased tracks from 1968 to 1974, recorded in Can’s private Inner Space studios. It is an essential album for those who want to know more about the roots of the band. Five cuts are listed as part of the band’s continuing Ethnological Forgery Series, on which they recreate or interpret a variety of world music genres through their own vision.
Thursday, 31 July
The master returns with his 3rd EP of serpentine riddims for Woe To The Septic Heart! Working deeper into the synthesis-based approach which yielded the finer electronic timbres of his 'Freezing Opening Thawing' 12", here he's refined the technique to near-Villalobos levels of layered, rhythmelodic intricacy, but of course, all with his inimitable accent. First up, 'Beat His Command' is a dense, blinding display of pointillist percussion and hypnotic chimes laced with flashes of technoid gremlins and white noise explosions. Secondly, 'Vor und zurück' flips that formula for a more … Read more
Gobsmacking first-ever vinyl reissue of instrumental synth tracks sourced from Colin Potter ov NWW's early '80s tape stash, re-mastered and presented in deluxe, hand-numbered edition of 500 with screen-printed jackets by House Of Traps. Following their tease of a 7", Sacred Summits blow the dome off it with these five pieces recorded by Potter at his small home studio in North Yorkshire between 1979-1983. Spurred by the possibilities of Punk, inspired by the recording techniques of dub, and un-blinkered by formal music training, Potter conceived a take on ambient, kosmiche synth and drum… Read more
*Deluxe Vinyl box including four 180gsm LPs featuring the original double LP plus two LPs of bonus material and a download coupon for all audio. The Two Chem19 demos are exclusive to the box set: ‘Christmas Steps’ and ‘7-25’* ‘Come On Die Young’ was - and remains - a hugely accomplished, elegant and important album, setting a benchmark for the fierce intelligence that would characterise Mogwai’s future body of work. The reissue of ‘Come On Die Young’ - fifteen years after it originally hit the shelves - has been painstakingly put together by the band and label, unear… Read more
**Edition of 200 housed in hand-silk-screened sleeves** One of the UK's more promising young labels returns to the vinyl realm with the kinetic spatial studies of D Hansen's 2nd release, 'A Pair Of Quiet And Empty Rooms'. Avoiding use of samples in favour of unique tones and "something completely other", Hansen recorded bits of junk at discrete distances in a variety of rooms in order to capture their natural reverbs, which were then processed with artificial ones to create whole new semi-fictional dimensions. The results, split over four pieces, make incisive, playful use o… Read more
**Gatefold sleeve, comes with digital download code redeemable from the label** "Once again a ground breaking album, the first Afro Peruvian music heard outside of Brazil and the album to introduce Susana Baca to the world. “This is secret music - a collection of beautiful songs and infectious grooves that’s been hidden for years in the coastal towns and barrios of Peru. It’s not the guys with flutes and drums in woolly hats - it’s music of the black Peruvian communities. Black Peruvians? Yes, Peru was involved in the slave trade too - and this wonderful, funky music is part of that legacy” - David Byrne"
Hip-and heart seducing tech-house from Hamburg's finest. Following last year's single and album for Dial, Lawrence returns to Mules Musiq with some of his sweetest gear, from the Chicagoan swing and heart-in-mouth arrangement of 'Blue Mountain' to the martian moods of 'Simmer', thru the minimal acid of 'The Cave' and the lustrous Mathew Jonson-style synthlines of 'King Quail'.
"Rare and unreleased Augustus Pablo from the vaults of Gussie Clarke. Includes full 12" versions of the mind-bending 'No Entry' and 'Classical Illusion' (complete with King Jammy dub). Also included is the rare JA 45 take, two unreleased Skylarking shock-outs and impossible to find 45's like 'Believe A Dub'. This is classic Augustus Pablo - Are you ready to be Dubbed?"
'Bosporus Bridges' collects eleven heavy jazz and funk grooves from Turkey circa 1968-1978. Like Baris K's killer edit selection, 'Istanbul 70', this LP reveals a hitherto largely unknown world meeting east and west in unique fashion. However, this one's less psych and disco, more jazz and funk, covering the uptempo burn of Fikret Kizilok's 'Aybatti (edit)' along with the crazed electronics and deadly funk downstroke of 'Aksu Orkestrasi's 'Bermuda Seytan Ücgeni', the Brazilian-infected jazz of Erol Peckan's 'Senlik' and the awesome, snake-charming slink of 'Denizalti Rüzgarlari'. Recommended!
**Gatefold sleeve, comes with digital download code redeemable from the label** “Beleza Tropical was our first release. In some ways it started the trend to compile music from other places. It was a huge success, selling over 350,000 copies, and is still referred to today by many people turned on to Brazilian culture by this landmark release. Many of the aritsts on this compilation are cultural heroes in Brazil (and deserve to be here, too). Their concerts are attended by young and old alike... almost everyone knows their names. Their music is extremely sophi… Read more
**Initial copies on clear vinyl. Mastered at Alchemy** Boldly engrossing electro-acoustic composition from award-winning Mexican composer, Rogelio Sosa, on the ever enlightening Bocian Records. As its botanical title suggests, 'Daturas' probes nightmarish, psychedelic aesthetics reflecting the toxic plant's putative qualities - from use in "witches brew" to its use as a murderous poison and instigator of delirious states - and also its transition from spiny fruit to seductive, trumpet-shaped bloom. We're not too familiar with Rogelio's previous work, which spans numerous compilation appearance… Read more
*Each copy includes a fold-out newsprint poster with a large photo of the band wearing Art Unit skull shirts on one side and liner notes and press clippings on the other* "Severed Heads are one of the longest surviving bands to emerge from the Australian post-punk independent music scene. They began in Sydney in 1979, incorporating elements of 'industrial' noise-generation, tape cutting & looping and electronic sound synthesis. As the project developed song-structures and vocals were employed in a more-or-less recognizable mutant electro pop style. After many line-up changes featuring… Read more
**Triple pack vinyl in a heavyweight gatefold sleeve** "Fueled by the financial drippings of number runners and boosted by Hall-of-Fame running back Jim Brown, Cleveland, Ohio's Way Out Records offered asylum for a rising crop of rogue soul men, rust-belt vocal ensembles, and trial-by-fire producers. Helmed by a friendly consortium of hustlers, police officers, and gridiron giants, pet project beget obsession as Motown arrangers, gospel choirs, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra were all beckoned to the wrong side of the tracks to mint masterpieces for the Sensations, Vol… Read more
*Limited edition of 400.* In which Michal Kupicz and Mats Gustafsson transmute, augment and improvise about Konrad Smolenski's 'Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More' - a sculptural instrument that reproduces, at regular intervals, a music piece written for bronze bells, wide range loudspeakers, and other resonating objects. First presented in the Polish Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, the sound object is primarily based on the manipulation of the sound of toiling bells. Michal Kupicz bases his remix on r… Read more
*Each copy includes an 8-page booklet printed on industrial gray and blood red paper with lyrics, photos and press clippings from the band’s archives. As James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem said of “The Bus”, “I always wanted to make a song that sounded like that* "Executive Slacks was spawned in Philadelphia by three restless art students - Matt Marello, John Young and Albert Ganss in the early 1980s. Starting out with performance art in subways, they soon took their angst-ridden act to galleries and night clubs. They recorded four songs in the fall of 1982 that became their self-titl… Read more
The cream (cheese) always rises… Another Italo classic, East Wall's 'Eyes Of Glass' receives the necessary reissue treatment following recent aces from Helen, B.W.H. and more. 'Eyes of Glass' is a strikingly moody piece of darkside Italian disco loaded with coy, teasing vocal by Wilma Notari and swinging with the haughty funk of Fabrizio Chiari's synths, keys and drum machine.
“The second album of side-length improvisations, takes its title from a particularly foreboding passage of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. In other collaborations and in their respective solo work, Carter and Murano have often plundered such fables and symbols for fodder. Here, they not only attach the names of those mythic flows to each of these tracks but also use them as spirit guides; these 20-minute pieces are singular rushes of gathering and often-ferocious sound, built with guitars that scream and then scatter the blues and electronics that wade through fluid distorti… Read more
Marissa covers ‘Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings’ (from Father John Misty’s 2012 debut ‘Fear Fun’). Father John Misty covers ‘Drive’ (from Nadler’s neoteric album ‘July’).
"‘Intoxicated Man’ (1995) and ‘Pink Elephants’ (1997) are Mick Harvey’s interpretations of the songs of legendary singer, songwriter and poet Serge Gainsbourg and are the first major works translating Gainsbourg’s influential work from French to English. The collection includes two unreleased tracks, ‘Dr. Jeckyll’ and ‘Run From Happiness’. Originally Harvey embarked on the project as a result of his own curiosity about the songs and particularly the lyrics. At the time of the original recordings Gainsbourg was little known outside classic works such as ‘Je T’… Read more
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, Jahtari gives up the 4th instalment of 'Jahtarian Dubbers' featuring staunch bassbin pals, Pupajim, Disrupt, Rootah, Mungo's Hi-Fi and more. Psychedelic digi-dub styles in effect from Scotland to Australia, troddin' heavy from the desolate darkside of Monkey Marc's 'Danger Earth' to the mellow drift of Mungo's Hi-Fi's 'Know Your Roots' starring Shanti D via Disrupt's barking MIDI skank, 'Chrono Trigger', and and Jah Screechy's dancehall murder, 'Love We A Deal With'. Happy anniversary indeed.
**Addendum of previously unreleased Indonesian prog folk gems. Housed in paste-on jacket. Edition of 500** From Strawberry Rain: "One of the true gems of the Indonesian scene, this album stands to be one of the best, and also one of the most unique albums to come from the region. Banned by the Shuko government soon after release, it remains somewhat obscure to most collectors up until now. An album created by Bram Makahekum (who had no musical experience or training at all) Kelompok Kumpangan had multiple members by trying to recreate the sounds of nature, even using origina… Read more
Reissue edition of massively sought-after, definitive early Italo trax from 1983. Like many non-Italians, we first came across this gem on I-F's 'Mixed Up In The Hague' volumes, and like almost anyone who encounters its glory, it's been top of our wish-lists ever since. The moody A-side 'Livin' Up' beams us straight to sirius with moonlight synth pads, deliciously synthetic keys and *that* infectious vocal, whilst B-side brings the brilliantly camp swerve of 'Stop' with its intelligible lyrics begging us to sing along, somehow. Stone cold classic.
*Features a translation of the original track notes that accompanied the original limited Belgian pressing* Lucien Goethals was born in 1931 in Ghent, Belgium. He completed his musical education at the Royal Academy Of Music in 1956 where he was awarded the highest accolades for advanced organ, history of music and theoretic notions, after which he eventually pursued his studies of seriated music technique and electronic composition with GM Koenig. He was awarded further awards for composition in both his own country as well as abroad and was a member of the renowned Spectra work gro… Read more
Circle Traps step to Lex Records for their most developed, impressive release following 12"s for Opit and Five Easy Pieces. Comprising producer Will Ward with Duncan Bellamy and Jack Wyllie from Portico Quartet, Circle Traps draw on a reserve of revered "musicianship" and sharp dancefloor chops to realise a sound strung between knackered house, twisted techno a la Call Super, and epic '80s FM synth sounds recalling Com Truise.