Thursday, 27 March
Outta the blue, Theo Parrish's acoustic imprint, Wildheart Recordings, drops this jazz-funk diamond from LA's A Race Of Angels, backed with his astral remix collaboration alongside Dego and Akwasi Mensah. The original's a peachy slice of jazz-funk sophistication segueing from slow-brushed beginning of pensive strings and Yeofi Andoh's vocal to a tender duet with female voice and flighty saxophone before culminating with an up-stepping percussive flourish. On the flip, Theo, Dego and Mensah take all the time they need to reframe the vocal and string motif wit… Read more
*Housed in hand-numbered sleeve. Edition of 320** Four-way face-off from Osiris' hand-picked yung-guns. Killawatt opens with a roiling techno-stepper and Ipman twists out a proper sound-system test loaded with cone-crumpling sub pulses and dive-bombing dread synthlines. Kryptic Minds' own Simon Shreeve debuts his Mønic alias with a bleak as f**k dubstep techno vortex, and Metrist cuts out an undulating piece of noise techno chicanery.
Hakim Murphy and Ike Release follow their debut album, 'Wormhole Transmissions' with four celestial house satellites for the former's Machining Dreams label. Stripped down Chicago rhythms meet lush, woozy synth pads in anti-G space, roving between the supple jack and jazzy motifs of 'Polar North' to the punchy, tracky styles of 'Transmolecular Crunch' thru the spacious 'Macrocosm Engineering' and sublime swing of 'Laidover'.
Boston's M | O | O | N bangs the box on three joints for Glasgow's Wrong Island Communications. A-side 'Plus Four' imagines Crystal Castles gone New Beat; B-side stirs up a darkwavey electro-clashy number 'Delay', and the slow emo bang of 'Dust'.
**Gatefold jacket includes download code** Mac DeMarco gone done it again with an infectious blend of indie seduction and irresistible, blue-eyed soul songcraft on 'Salad Days' - his keenly awaited follow-up to 'Rock And Roll Night Club'. We've had a total love/hate thing with this guy since his solo debut first crossed our paths back in 2012. There's something about his whole image and even half his songs which gets right on our tits, but then we manage to ignore that endearing gap toothed grin and get hooked on the sheer pop brilliance of 'Only You' or 'Rock And Roll Night Club' and we're li… Read more
"French Quarter diva-house decadent Sir Stephen explores fresh palatial terrace party terrain on Sanctuary, a six-song rosary for SILK streetwear subsidiary House Of Silk. Seemingly inspired by that short-lived (and culturally off-limits) stylistic intersection of 90's club music and devotional New Age – think early Enigma, deep house PM Dawn white labels, wind chime samples, etc – the EP glides between moods of self-reflection and celebration, often in the same track. Vocals rise through synth-swells of incense and candlelight, tag-teaming with sub-currents of tribal percussion, trumpet, sax, … Read more
Matt Hill aka Umberto returns to the spectre of 'Temple Room' from his 'Prophecy Of The Black Widow' (2010) album for extended and alternative dancefloor versions. On the extended version he's doubled the track length, giving himself more time to tease out the kinky disco vibes with camp, Jamie Principle-esque synth runs and, whilst the Silvio mix locks into a stompng, Hi-NRG wiggle.
'The Enlightenment Machine' is a welcome return from one of European House music and electronica's true originals. As with his whole catalogue since 1994, Khan finds an ambiguous sweetspot between soulful synth-pop, house, German cabaret and electronica with a uniquely refined production touch and elegant vocals. Released on the recently minted AlbumLabel division of Random Noize Musick (Apparat, Oval, Phon.O), it's a concerted effort to play within and around the LP format, structured with a novel-like song cycle wending thru a spectrum of both blurred and clear-cut emotions intricate… Read more
Shadowy debut chapter of dramatic strings, sci-fi synths and drum machines from The Midnight Episode on Kassem Mosse's Ominira label. Produced, written and arranged by Manchester's Nicola Cunningham and Stockholm's Karl Skagius, it's a noirish, cinematic suite strongly reminiscent of Moon Wiring Club's eldritch eccentricities, only with a darker, northerly synth sound likely owing to Skagius' work in the Helena Hauff-favoured Kan3da unit and with Scando-electro legend, Luke Eargoggle. Classic Radiophonic soundtracks to The Wyrding Module, The Quatermass Experiment and countl… Read more
**Edition of 300** Kicking warehouse trax from the excellent June Records: the debut play by London's Trenton Chase. Named after a schizophrenic, cannibal serial killer, you'd hardly expect Trenton to deal in mincey shufflers and, in due course, he pulls no punches here. A-side bats out the pacy acid of 'Probation' and the kinkier zing of 'On The Run', whilst B-side gives up the lewd and crude booty acid of 'Yo Pussy Stank Bitch', plus the bucking 'Breakout' and a surprisingly affective closer 'P.I.S.C.A.' running moody blue synth pads on a slower, Bunker-style acid jack.
Reissue of a class three-tracker from Kassem Mosse's Ominira boutique. The label boss rolls out a dubbed house stepper called 'OS2009' twisted out with sprung synthline and those deadly infectious drums on the A-side; flip it for the uptempo, slipping jack of Juniper's deep play 'Jovian Planet', and the lo-slung, sub-plumped swagger of Kowton's '117'. Tipped!
A Made Up Sound attacks Asusu's 'Velez' in two parts on the 2nd Livity Sound remixes 12". On one side it's cut up into a grungy, rugged breakbeat techno mix balancing chiming melody against Surgeon-esque groove; flipside the same cut is heard as a wigged-out acid swinger shuddering from massive sub detonations and concussive drums. Killah!
Eglo welcome Antipodean multi-instrumentalist / writer / painter Kirkis to the fold with a skewed debut of proggy electronic soul music. Both tracks are pre-cursors to what could be a very promising debut album 'Liverbleach', all bursting with colour, jagged groove meters and vocals that sound like "the spirit of Frank Zappa trapped in an answering machine." A-side is a reeling beam of future soul music laced with zig-zagging acid in balance with breezy vocal and seasick boogie groove. B-side, 'Oh Serene Zoltar' sounds like a repressed breakcore riddim to charming effect.
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* "Growing up together in Antibes, Anthony and his brother Yann were both inspired from an early age by European filmmakers such as Luis Bunuel, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Similar themes underline each of their individual artistic expressions, via both film and music: an appreciation for the majesty of hope and an overall embrace of humanity. For Anthony You And The Night is a film about love, loss, new love and melancholia. He comments “The movie is very emotional and it’s the movie of my brother, so it was … Read more
Thursday, 20 March
*One of Prurient's most sought-after albums now issued on vinyl for the first time, remastered and cut by Matt Colton, housed in a hot-foil printed sleeve. Initial copies pressed on white vinyl, natch* At long last Prurient presents his incredible 'Cocaine Death' pressed on vinyl for the first time. Collecting three C10 tapes individually issued in 2007 - 'Cocaine Death', 'Caribbean Overdose' and 'Tylenol Murders' - released on CD in 2008, it serves to highlight some of the most viscerally affective, evocative material in Dominick Fernow's arsenal. The opening "Pretext (Bahamian … Read more
*Hugely recommended second EP from Wolf Eyes' Mike Connelly and his wife, Tara, recording together as Clay Rendering* A delicate yet uncompromising set of songs drifting somewhere between Shoegaze, Industrial, Metal and Ambient music, the tracks here recall everything from Cocteau Twins and Cranes at their most desolate to classic Sonic Youth, coloured and mis-shaped through abstract production assistance from Dominick Fernow and additional synth from Robert Beatty of Three Legged Race / Hair Police. Funereal opener 'Waters Above The Firmament' first draws us into a drowned … Read more
**White vinyl - edition of 300** Pan Sonic's immense session recorded in Kiev in 2009 finally lands direct from that topical city on Ukranian imprint, Kvitnu. For the first time in more than a decade, 'Oksastus' (a Finnish word for the grafting of plants) documents Ilpo Väisänen & Mika Vainio's hugely influential Pan Sonic in live aktion and the results have left us reeling. Recorded by Stanislav Lomakovsky and produced by Dmytro Fedorenko, it's a furnace blast of elemental voltage control, tempering furious noise, concussive kicks and icy electronics with unparalleled vision. The al… Read more
The man from Mountains channels his energies into four majestic pieces of post-Kosmische wonder on 'Motion', his 2nd solo side for Thrill Jockey. As part of the ongoing refinement of his analogue, digital and acoustic palette, 'Motion' plays with ideas of scale and space, tempering each instrumental source's unique spatial and textural qualities into what we perceive as dynamic, sublimely fluid environments. If you're ready and willing, 'Motion' will transport listeners to the lushest new places. RIYL Emeralds/Steve Hauschildt, Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, Popol Vuh, Alice Coltrane.
Anticipating a stunning 12" coming up on PAN, we've got a handful of M.E.S.H.'s killer vinyl debut, featuring an excellent Teengirl Fantasy remix. Resident at Berlin's influential Janus club night, remixer of Fatima Al Qadiri and producer for DFA's Dan Bodan, M.E.S.H is a pivotal player in the new wave of producers distilling the most effective elements of R&B, Grime, Jumpstyle and Club Music with a forward electronic sensibility. While practically rudimentary compared with his most recent workouts, 'Share the Blame' is still right upfront and crucial. The title cut works on a 130bpm bounce p… Read more
**Prime cuts of revolutionary and infectious Afro-Latin dance music** "In the history of Afro-Colombian culture, Son Palenque is without a doubt an exceptional band, and its history has a place at the very heart of ancestral palenquera music as well as at the musical intersection between Africa and Colombia, which took place on Colombia’s Caribbean coast in the 70s and 80s and which continues today through champeta, a musical genre and dance that also bears a strong African influence. The members of Son Palenque band grew up in rural communities fixed in time, with deep… Read more
**Strutting house and techno tools, new from Optimo** "Luca Lozano, owner of Klasse Recordings presents this majestic 4 track EP on Optimo Trax. Inspired by the past but sounding the antithesis of retro. In his own words.... "The Optimo Trax EP was born out of a time when I was listening to a lot of old Bleep House and Rave, early 90s UK stuff. Growing up in Sheffield I was lucky enough to spend some time in Warp Records when it was still a record store and being around this music and the people that made it must have somehow embedded itself into my psyche. Listening to pirate radio stati… Read more
Dead Heat's indie disco chug and tech-house pop arrives with fine remixes from Lucy and The Field. We'll quietly side-step the originals to the industrial grind and dreamy vocal processing of Lucy's 'Bosco' remix, and The Field's drifting, decelerated remix of 'The Dam' rent with expansive choral pads.
**Housed in full colour, tip on-style jacket with liner notes insert** "Bush Taxi Mali is an aural tour through the heart of Mali. These field recordings were made by Tucker Martine in 1998 while traveling throughout the West African country. This blend of bluesy Ngoni’s, clamoring street sounds, the stunning voice of Jalimusa Amanita Diabate (of the famous Diabate family), passing radios, Fulani flutes, runaway sound systems and chants from the Dogon country creates a unique portrait of Mali’s rich musical heritage. Eventually Martine found himself in the backseat of a bea… Read more
"Conrad Schnitzler (1937–2011), composer and concept artist, is one of the most important representatives of Germany's electronic music avant-garde. A student of Joseph Beuys, he founded Berlin's legendary Zodiak Free Arts Lab, a subculture club, in 1967/68, was a member of Tangerine Dream (together with Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese) and Kluster (with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius) and also released countless solo albums. On "Congratulacion" (originally released 1987 on the small spanish label Esplendor Geometrico) Schnitzler experimented with the Yamaha CX5 synthesizer… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Smooth, party-ready UK house from Cardiff's Bodhi duo following drops for Grizzly and Future Classic. A-side burns up US garage-flavoured vocals and, warm chords and swinging drums on 'I Need You' for the side-parting and air max posse; B-side plays a bit kinkier with the shifty organ stabs and jazz-dusted drums of 'Wuh', and tips out on the slinkier 'Soul Seeker'.
The excellent Ellis Island Sound are back - comprising the duo of Pete Astor (The Loft, Weather Prophets, etc) and David Sheppard (State River Widening, Snow Palms, etc). Described as “Afro-Krautrock”, ‘Intro, Airborne, Travelling’ is the first single from the duo in what seems like forever. The single features vocals from Radiohead collaborator John Matthias, coming on like an opiated James Brown channelling Damo Suzuki. The EP also features remixes from rising star Fryars and long time Andrew Weatherall collaborator Scott Fraser to complete the package. For fans of Can, Fela Kuti, Talking Heads, Fryars and Scott Fraser...
YYU makes a charming vinyl debut with two fuzzy charms for the Mount Kimbie lovers. A-side 'Kiss as we Walk' smudges Footwurkin' percolations with pitched vocals and hazy field recordings to come off something like a lo-fi James Blake or Mount Kimbie; 'When We Are Old' is a tender, spindly folk number recorded with the windows open and the sound of birds strafing YYU's sensitive strings and melancholy delivery.
*Vinyl includes a copy of the CD free inside* "‘Mess’ is the follow up to 2012’s ‘WIXIW’, the sound of a band in an ambiguous, fragile, in-between state. ‘Mess’, on the other hand, is an angry, ecstatic, primal burst of ritualistic electronics that sacrifices self persecution for potent, purposeful abandon. Liars’ career has seen the band rattle through pigeonholes in an attempt to avoid them all together: brittle yet taught punk funk; no wave; ecstatic noise-pop; 21st Century garage rock; post-millennial post-rock; delicate electronics; reaching here, where Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross … Read more
Ross Tones rolls out in his Throwing Snow guise with four intricately detailed fusions of electronica, jazz and bass music. Staking ground somewhere between Matthew Herbert, Falty DL and Ben Frost, his 'Pathfinder' EP brims with the kind of adventurous spirit he's tempered for the soft shades and dancefloor rudeness of his more recent Snow Ghosts and Alight collaborations. Opener 'The Tempest' feat. Adda Kaleh even seems to veer as far as Golden Retriever's free modular jazz before reigning in to a folksy 2-step with rustic soul, whereas 'Caedis' bumps along on a broken down blues tip fused … Read more
"Future Islands release ‘Singles’, their debut album for 4AD and their boldest and most immediate work to date. The Baltimore trio consists of enigmatic frontman Sam Herring, bassist /guitarist William Cashion and keyboardist / guitarist / programmer Gerrit Welmers. Herring’s poetic tales of heartbreak, love and loss are up front and in high fidelity, thanks in part to a newfound creative partnership with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear)"