Thursday, 04 June
*Vinyl edition includes a 12" x 12" double-sided colour insert* Pinch us; it's real! Audika finally unleash a vintage-fresh stash of tunes from Arthur Russell's archive, marking one of the most substantial, posthumous dispatches of his unreleased material to date. At this point, Arthur should need little introduction - he's arguably among thee most important, yet neglected, American composer/song-writers of the 20th century - so we'll skip the skooling and run to the music. There are nine songs, of which five are actually alternate and previously unheard versions of much-loved clas… Read more
**Includes download code** Norway's most precious, provocative pop export presents the barbed strokes of 'Apocalypse, Girl' - her 3rd album - with Brooklyn's Sacred Bones. In possession of an effortlessly natural, evocative voice, coupled with probing lyrics, Jenny surrounds herself with musicians of a similarly rarified calibre, including Thor Harris (Swans), Okkyung Lee, and Rhodri Davis, who all play within her "intimate sound" parameters; empathising with her open-minded, transgressive pop rhetoric and disquietingly reserved aesthetic in a winding, hallucinatory narrative. Produced by… Read more
Container leaves his imagination out of it on a 3rd album simply called, 'LP', just like the previous two. The result is seven tracks of knuckle-headed noise techno using his body as an automated conduit for gating electrical charge between his various machines. Even the track titles hint at this cold man-machine relationship, with 'Eject', 'Cushion', or 'Calibrate' reading like commands between his CPU/CNS and the red-lining, overworked modules, whilst the music carries out its functions with detached and blinkered style, slogging out seven tracks ranging from the hard-stepping techno traj… Read more
**Limited edition of 750, includes download card** Prepare to be wowed by the complex, primitive futurism of Ben Zimmerman's 'The Baltika Years', sequenced and prefaced by Software's lead developer, Dan "OPN" Lopatin. Yielding a microcosmos of 31 compositions ranging from 10 seconds to 21 minutes in length, mostly composed and recorded using a Tandy DeskMate computer between 1992 - 2002, and touching down on D&B, bit-crushed dub, and near-baroque melodic economy, it's a shocking and deeply personal revelation, well warranting Software's comparison between it and "reading an abstract … Read more
**Limited to 300 copies** Mumdance presents whip-sharp and heavily dazed exclusives from Acre and Fis on the 2nd of two exclusive 10" samplers taken his Fabriclive 80 mix. Chopped out of the mix, both tracks take on a new life of their own. Up top, Acre's 'No Signal' comes off like an obliterated grime-techno version of Æ's 'Basscadet', and Fis knuckles out the buckled texturhythms of 'Branch Light', one of his most abstract, unforgiving de/constructions to date, over on the B-side.
*White vinyl* The vocalist formerly recognised as Butterclock steps up solo under her own name with four Rinse-ready pop tracks. 'Fade' crosses reggaeton and dreamy '90s pop modes; 'Slowly' marries blue trap and ethereal, echoic vox plus raps by Nina B; Cold' is a dated autotune outing; 'Fantasy' gently bounces in a mid-air pop reverie.
"Bunny Lee's Flying Cymbals or flyers rhythms dominated the Dancehalls and the charts during 1974 and 1975. The style based around the Philadelphia disco or the Philly Bump, the sound of an open and closed hi-hat was not necessarily novel but Striker's innovations of bringing a number of different elements into play most certainly was. Johnny Clarke's interpretation of Earl Zero's 'None Shall Escape the Judgement' not only opens this se but also opened the floodgates for the flyers style. The story had begun the previous year with Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar. 'Sly played the flyi… Read more
Belting 'floor show from D'Marc Cantu for Tom Diccico's Run Out Run label. A-side plays hard, fast and loose with the frisky, dreamy Chicago buck of 'Track Pattern' and the pacy disco-techno burn of 'Spotlight'; B-side gets even better with a stormin' Norman EBM romp entitled 'Car Type', plus the emosh Chicago house elegance of 'Iridescent Life'.
Vintage horror disco fromage curdled in 1977 by Bernard Fevre a.k.a. the legendary library composer behind Black Devil Disco Club. Lashings of wigged out Moog and funky alien grooves oozing and ponging like fresh baked Camembert.
"Sauna Youth return with their long-awaited second LP 'Distractions', on Upset The Rhythm. An evolving band of future humans making truly irregular punk not quite comparable to anything else. 'Weird' is a meaningless platitude, and 'art punk' is a classifier that shouldn't be required. Having started out in 2009 in Brighton, Sauna Youth ended up moving to London and changing line up to its current constellation in 2011. Attracted to the possibilities apparent within a DIY philosophy, the band self-recorded and self-released their own music until the release of their first LP Dreamlands on F… Read more
Ruskin and Broom take on Aaliyah and R Kelly… joke… drop two slabs of high pressure UK techno class on Blueprint's limited white label series. If they are actually edits we're not feeling brave enough to hazard a guess who of, but we can tell you there's some peaking, sub-heavy swing and drone business on the front, and a stone-cold acidic slammer on the flipside.
**Pink Vinyl** Restless Cómeme dancefloor bod, Matias Aguayo on his 3rd round of 'El Rudo Del House'. Nowt but drums, vocal stabs and bum bum vibes for the DJs and dancers, cantering out with the kinky 'El Grubb' and mirroring current Lisbon sounds with the dipping syncopations of 'Ven Aqui Que Te Destapo'. Not for prudes, 'Chup Chup' peppers a ruddy sorta EBM banger with orgiastic samples, precipitating the tracky 4/4 groove gush of 'El Volcanico'.
Profligate joins Unknown Precept with a grungy, pummelling noise techno session for fans of Powell, Violetshaped or Prostitutes. Building on the snotty cyber-punk vibes of his two releases for Not Not Fun, 'Extremities' romps like the soundtrack to a bar brawl in Streets of Rage, from the melted tarmac pounding of 'Good Humour' to the toiling steam-press kicks and blank-eyed industrial drones of 'It Was Me'. Turn it over and 'Let's Eat (Working Title)' sharpens up with a bracing line of pneumatic electro rhythms and concrète tussle, before 'Every Little Rainbow' expends its energy reserves in a rollicking, Powell-esque juggernaut. Strong tip for the New Beta fiends!
Rippin' hard techno raids from Faetch on Dublin's Earwiggle. In search and destroy mode, the new producer wrenches four cuts of Brummie-style techno economy, razing from the early Surgeon styles of 'Takm' to psychotic pounder,' Kvaim' on the front, and over to the bone-grinding thud and discordant rave lash of 'Flaie', finishing up on the early Regis-like EBM techno bollocking, 'Wraetch'.
*Four Track EP from Eomac, one half of Lakker. Limited vinyl pressing with A5 insert* Eomac presents an iced-out bleep and industrial techno session including a kicking Ontal remix thru Inner Surface Music. 'Frozen Souls' weighs a pensile balance of pacy bass patterns and featherweight bleeps with his signature sound design switching to darker styles in the skeletal yet ravenous 'Heretic'. Flipside, Ontal beefs 'Frozen Souls' up with thundering kicks and scything hi-hats, before Eomac tips out with the dramatic stygian funk of 'Charon'.
Reissue of a rare and sought-after French synth wave side from 1981. It's times like this that I wish iI paid more attention to French at school: all the background on this 12" is, err, French to me. But we can tell you it contains four tracks of skinny Gallic wave pop, including the disco-readied drum machine punch and fleshy synths of 'Ersatz', the moody swagger of 'Demain Berlin' and the excellent, dub-bassed post-punk pop of 'Mauve', all housed in a delectable monotone jacket and printed inner (sleevenotes in French).
Huntleys + Palmers get sweet and weird with four colourfully discordant grooves by Hi & Saberhägen, a new duo outta Glasgow. Their debut reveals a charming taste for stranger, semi-organic electronic textures and laidback, Afrobeat-inspired grooves perfect for their new label home. 'Lonely Friends' getsunder the 'floor's skin with the kind of salty, keening tones you'd expect from Mica Levi, but here attached to a steady 4/4, whereas 'Peanut Butter' glazes peppery drum patterns with lullaby chimes. 'Better Love' gets freaky again at a cracked slow-techno angle spun out with whirring snar… Read more
**3LP on marbled vinyl** 'Imagine The Future' is ASC's magnum opus, no doubt about it. Emboldened with iMAX-sized production values and framed with cinematic vision, it arrives after a relatively fallow couple of years for ASC, galvanising his strongest aspects - emotive melodic arrangements, hyper-crisp sound design, massive bass sculptures - into a stunning album-come-soundtrack for an as yet unwritten sci-fi. We've seen his own productions and those of his Auxilliary inner circle, such as Synth Sense, Central Industrial, and Sam KDC, keening towards this direction for half a decade now, w… Read more
Rolling techno-electronica battery from Circle Traps' Will Ward, launched by Berlin's Leisure System. Starting up at 'Digital Design' he fakes left with a sparse, tense intro yielding bruising techno bass hits and glitched edits softened with salty house chords. 'Portion' follows at a darker tilt with back-breaking kicks streaked by trancey arpeggios and cloaked in midnight atmosphere, leaving the whirring, jacking mechanics of 'Interval One' to balance more optimistic pads and percolating synth voices for big room-driving effect.
Don't Be Afraid hit the 'floor with four cranky house and electro joints from the label faithful and new cats. Uptown, Radio Brovold jam out the Luke Eargoggle-sounding electro-acid ov 'Joel, I Got You Next Time', beside a frazzled 4am jackers' wormhole called 'String Theory' by Halvtrak. Down below, Max McFerren follows a fine shot for Aery Metals with the sullen EBM swagger of 'Immune Systems', and Ben Cohen introduces himself with a radgy bit of New Beat/Chicago-styled acid in 'Mental Therapy'.
*Limited Edition Orange vinyl - 600 copies* *Two premo synth revivalist synch minds for Death Waltz Originals* "Death Waltz Recording Company are proud to bring you an all-new aural experience via the latest installment of the Death Waltz Originals series. LAW UNIT is a brand new creation by maestros Umberto (PROPHECY OF THE BLACK WIDOW, NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND SCREAMS) and Antoni Maiovvi (YELLOW, DELTA CITY), an original concept that in the composers' own words “moves past the retro-futurist works of their individual solo releases to explore a world of early industrial and experimental music”… Read more
**Translucent vinyl. Clear poly jacket** Rod Modell and Stephen Hitchell's CV313 present two live extracts. A-side sets off nearly 11 minutes recorded live at Club Air, Tokyo, Japan; B-side shares nearly ten minutes from their performance at Arma, Moscow.
**Limited to 500 copies** 'Once' is a beautiful, haunting, synth score originally created and issued as a private pressing circa 1974. It's the work of Tel Aviv-born composer, Aminadav Aloni, who settled in the USA, 1945 and would go on to compose for Disney before penning this exceptional suite for Morton Heilig's obscure, independent production, 'Once'. Reflecting the film's allegorical themes of 'Creation' and Destruction', Aloni's score employs wheezing, spacious analogue synths and field recordings to conjure a sombre, melancholic air, at times reminding of Eduard Artemiev's sc… Read more
**Remastered tracks. Includes download code** Surgeon picks out some rare (and not so rare) tracks circa 1995-96 for reissue thru Dynamic Tension. A-side includes the lesser-spotted pounding of 'Fivo', taken from a 12" for Birmingham's Round Records (MBRR-001), plus the bucking nastiness of 'Pagga', lifted from Kickin Records (KICK 64). Flipside is where it gets special, giving two highly sought-after, brain-burrowing Surgeon obscurities known and coveted as 'THX1139' and originally issued in edition of only 50 copies, hence the 2nd hand price of £125! Priceless business, bab.
*Original songs by Karen Dalton reworked by Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, Marissa Nadler and more* Karen Dalton (1937-1993) recorded two studio albums during her lifetime, neither of which contain any songs she wrote. By the good graces of legendary guitarist Peter Walker, who oversees Karen's Estate, we are gifted with these lost lyrics, now given voice by other great women of song, including Sharon Van Etten, Patty Griffin, Diane Cluck, Julia Holter, Lucinda Williams, Marissa Nadler, Laurel Halo, Larkin Grimm, Isobel Campbell, Tara Jane O'neil and Josephine Foster.
Deeper house, electro and breakbeat pleasures from Entro Senestre, back on Willie Burnett's W.T. Records. A man of many mystic styles, Senestre leads us from the gently insistent swing-jack of 'Rosegold' thru the proggy electro sequencer hyperprisms of 'DOHC' to more rarified astral 'ardcore charms in the angular, sparking chops and wide-open pads of 'Tristate', whilst 'SB Dauntless' clocks out with Baladlamenti-esque chords and glinting 2-step for that champagne-in-the-backwoods vibe that nobody else is doing right now, or may ever again. Tip!
**Limited to 300 copies** Oren Ambarchi's Black Truffle presents two curious pieces of lower case, haptic sound exploration by Crys Cole, his partner and collaborator heard on last year's engrossing 'Sonja Henies Vei 31' LP for Planam. They're both long-form pieces, including nineteen minutes of intimate, loitering rustle and lurking drones in 'Sand', which was previously self-released in 2009, whilst 'Layna' features the discernable presence of Crys' own presence thru a range of heavy breathing and nimble extended vocal techniques at the quietest end of the register, blended with phono-lead c… Read more
*Gatefold 2LP finally available* Dasha Rush fully explores her latent ambient side with 'Sleepstep', her debut suite of tech-nocturnes for Raster Noton. It's quite a departure from her sleek, signature club sound, largely leaving the big kicks at home and heading towards dark, brooding scapes and skeletal rhythms perfused with her own vocals and icy-fingered melodies. The ambient/sound design aspect is a constant throughout Dasha's oeuvre, whether in the drone elements or expansive club track intros like LADA's 'Indust' or in her work for Fullpanda sub-label, Hunger To Create. But… Read more
**2LP gatefold includes CD copy free inside** On his 4th solo album, Café del Mar legend José Padilla swerves expectations of a chill out album for your dad by dialling in Telephones, Mark Barrott, Wolf Müller, and Tornado Wallace to bring him closer to the 'floor. "Barrott brings a deep oceanic mellowness; Tornado the electronic, synthesized, melodic beats and grooves; Wolf Müller the afro sound; and Telephones the beautiful dream-like house. Each producer was flown to Ibiza to work at Padilla's home in Santa Agnes, with their studios set up in the house overlooking one of the island'… Read more
**White 180g Vinyl. CD included.** A very fine vinyl reissue of Gonzales' much beloved 2004 album Solo Piano. For those who've not yet heard the Solo Piano album itself, here's a perfect opportunity to find out what everyone raves about. It seemed to spearhead a trend in unaccompanied piano albums, but of all the releases of its ilk from around that time, Gonzales' work remains by far the most enduring and memorable. Residing somewhere within the shaded area of the great classical/jazz Venn diagram, there's something about the Canadian musician's incredibly natural way with … Read more