Thursday, 05 March
Backed up by a monstrous Regis remix, Stave's taking no prisoners on this one for Repitch. Jonathan Krohn, the Chicagoan also behind Male and Talker (with Karl Meier), sets the tone with a gravelly slammer called 'Hardened Chord' which Regis promptly kicks the fxxk out of in his nastiest, noisiest remix for quite some time. B-side, Stave gets his rocks off on a thoroughly unpleasant, thundering 'Circle Pit' assault and the cloven hoofed swarm of 'Paid Jazz'. Have mercy on the children, we beseech thee…
Ricardo Villalobos and Tobias. take Max Loderbauer, Claudio Puntin and Samuel Rohrer's Ambiq trio to the dancefloor. Adapting tracks from their eponymous album for Arjuna Music, Villalobos does a hypnotic tango with 'Tund', dancing around sloshing subbass and lilting, almost Moondog-styled rhythmelodies in the trippiest soundsphere, whereas Tobias. augments and rends 'Toxic Underground' to a pointillist techno pulse tunnelling thru ghostly electro-acoustic vortices. Tipped!
Samaan drops a couple of slow and grungy acid jacks backed with electro + techno remixes by The Exaltics and scouse supergroup Phantom Planet Outlaws.
The fourth 12” in this ace series sees some of Kenny's mid 90's Dark Comedy material. A slice of essential techno history on 12” (and remastered by Dexter) - get on it.
**Mesmerising synth and string drone works recommended to fans of Eliane Radigue or Anne Guthrie** "“Barons Court” is the debut full length album by Canadian electroacoustic composer Sarah Davachi, following short run releases on Important Records’ Cassauna imprint and Full Spectrum. Trained at Mills College, Davachi’s work marries an academic approach to synthesis and live instrumentation with a preternatural attunement to timbre, pacing, and atmosphere. While the record employs a number of vintage and legendary synthesizers, including Buchla’s 200 and Music Easel, an EMS Synthi, and Seq… Read more
*Lava-coated red vinyl* The Moeller train pulls up to Brooklyn's Bangers & Ash with a quartet of salty dub house and piquant electronic pieces.
Sidelong tech-house minimalism from another new name on the Blank Slate label. Leading on from his contribution to Blank Slate 006, 'I Want You' beckons with tactile jazz motifs and frayed, ghostly tech-house framework; 'By Thge Way You Look At Things' percolates field recordings, frothing drums and chopped voices in a patchwork of Villalobos-like groove and intercepted Sublime Frequencies.
*Ships Friday* **2015 Reissue - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Finally reissued, here's whart we said back in 2009: "After their mammoth anniversary boxset, we could safely say this is one of the most anticipated and easily the best release on Warp's 2009 schedule. 'Broadcast and The Focus Group investigate Witch cults of the Radio Age' is a dream sequence of sonics for the Hauntology canon, pairing Ghost Box's Julian House, aka The Focus Group, with longtime favourites Broadcast for a head swir… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Software's latest signings come rugged and sophisticated with the dynamic, alien hip hop and ebullient future-funk of 'Childhood Swing'. Opening with the dazzling Evian Christ or Amnesia Scanner-style sound design of single track, 'Hood Low' they tack between lush, jazzy G-funk lean with 'The Treatment' and Hud Mo heavy funk of 'Talking II' , before slipping into the glistening virtual reality space of 'Swept Over the Rug'. Better yet, 'By the Bay' drops and rolls with a delirious future soul vibe reminding of moments from Matthew… Read more
2015 reissue of some of Kenny Larkin's best material under the Dark Comedy moniker. All tracks were originally released on his Art Of Dance label, and the Rush Hour repress that saw the light in 2006 now gets a fresh run. Mighty stuff.
2015 reissue of this killer EP, containing the best of Kenny Larkins genius and super-rare 'Seven Days' album from 1997. The twelve Starts with the haunting, aptly titled 'Paranoid', then 'The Bar' will still cause the same dancefloor mayhem it has done for years, after which it's an easy slide into 'Ecletic', which takes you on a trip to wherever you want to go.
Fixmer peers into the abyss of his industrial soul on his 5th solo album. The mode is mostly sleek, powerful big room techno with a keen industrial edge and subtly infected sound design, but there a few excpetions with the dry thump of 'Inside Of Me' sporting his own over-the-shoulder vocals, and an excellent closing couplet of radiant techno rolige in 'Thoughts', and the deep blue come-down of 'Elevation'.
Frazzled, extended freak-outs from Nick Edwards' Ekoplekz. A-side, 'Entropy Flash' pelts at a 150bpm tilt with signature flux of mini-modular elements yoked to fibrillating bass sputter and planed-out with icy blue drones. B-side, 'Entropy Symphony' melts plonging dub bass and radiophonic bleeps into electronic ether via clusters of noisy signal disturbance
London's Jonny Nash spins a glistening web of ambient mediations on 'Exit Strategies' for his own label, Melody As Truth. Taking solo time away after sterling contributions to Gaussian Curve's charming 'Clouds' LP and that epic 'Spirit Bear Mezcal Ensemble' 12", he presents a suite of balmy, crepuscular vignettes owing as much to The Durutti Column as Vangelis or Robin Guthrie and finding contemporary parallels with the likes of Bullion/Nautic or even recent Jam City in the achingly lush slow dance, 'Exit Six'. Mellow magic.
"Monika Enterprise presents the debut album by Cologne artist Sonae: 'Far away is right around the corner'. Containing 10 tracks written between 2012 and 2014 the record deals with reflections about friendship, growing up and everyday life full of hope as far away is right around the corner. Sonae's music is wide, flowery and raw from the very quiet (Ambient) to tiny club moments (Electronica) always embedded in an electronic soundscape."
"Ranking Dread was as much of a myth and enigma as he was a music man and badman. But today he remains the connoisseur’s Dee Jay, admired for his slick style and delivery and compared to other noteworthy DJ’s of the time, can be seen as crucially under-recorded, having only released 4 albums and a handful of singles in his recording career. Born in 1956 in the Kingston slum of Rema, Dread spent his early career divided between being an enforcer for the JLP as well as learning his trade as a toaster on local sound systems. Trouble with the law instigated his move to London where his record… Read more
**Includes download code** Herva comes with that crooked breakbeat-house fonk on Dublin's All City label. Hitting a particularly fecund patch of Dego, Aardvarck or Shake-like breaks and sampler jazz, the Italian producer puts his past experience as a drummer to great use in 'HTYMO''s tricksy drum programming and dusty MPC knocks. Peak vibes to be found in the noisy big beats of the title track; the 4Hero-style jungle-jazz expression, 'She Is 32 Bit'; a dextrous and lush dipper titled 'No Money No Honey' reminding of Pepe Braddock at his wildest. Them's the breaks…
*Vinyl Edition* You can never have too many Ennio Morricone soundtracks, and when they're presented with this much care and attention, and in their original form rather than being on part of some poorly sequenced compilation or other you've simply got to take a bit of notice. This soundtrack is from Sergio Corbucci's 1967 movie 'I Crudeli' ('The Hellbenders'... now don't go thinking anything untoward will you) which from the looks of it (and yeah, I read the liner notes too) was a Spaghetti western in that fine tradition. The soundtrack then of course mirrors the subject matter, and we… Read more
Legowelt oscillates breakbeat 'ardcore and psyched-out techno styles for kindred spirits, UTTU. Get your vintage 'ardcore rushes in the billowing B-line saturation and tweaky, Afro-inspired patterns in 'Immensity of Cosmic Space' and the rolling Omni Trio-style light/darkside vibes of 'Lumeria'. 'Palm Trees In The Rain' does that swing-jackin' '90s ps-house thing, and 'Phase 5' hits a moody house stride.
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** At last, Suicideyear's phenomenal debut mixtape/album, 'Japan' lands on wax courtesy of OPN's Software. OK, it's been tweaked to omit the most obvious samples from the original, digital release, but the Baton Rouge, Lousiana producer's meld of Atlantan trap and gauzy ambient plumes still stands as one of the finest of its kind. Put simply; if you're into Kuedo, Lex Luger, Clams Casino or drank, this is waiting for your ears.
**Now available on vinyl** 'N' is the first full length release from motorik Japanese trio Nisennenmondai to be licensed outside of their home country. Which is kinda odd, considering their reputation as an utterly indomitable force within live music circles over the last ten years or so. Anyway, 'N' is good an introduction as any of their slight harder-to-find gear, charging up 40 minutes of bladesaw guitars, pounding drums and bass under pressure of keening dissonance. The results, split over three tracks ranging between 11 and 14 minutes each, are irresistibly mesmerising, yoking the lessons of Neu!, This Heat or DNA to a more streamlined yet uncannily fierce effect.
*LP reissue manufactured in Japan, presented in a high quality card sleeve with replica original artwork.* "Rare and highly sought after in its original format, Os Brazoes self-titled album was originally released on RGE Discos in 1969. It is a psychedelic masterpiece that fuses samba, R'n'B and Rock 'n' Roll influences using fuzz guitars, synths, percussion, lush vocals and effects. Os Brazoes formed in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1960's. They backed Gal Costa during her Tropicalia period, yet apparently never recorded in the studio with her. Miguel de Deus, the bands front man, recorded the h… Read more
12" disco mixes of John Holt's Dancehall classics, done at Channel One. 'Police In Helicopter' up top, backed with 'Youths Pon The Corner'.
Keith Hudson's seminal classic, In Dub! Righteous smoking sounds from bud to roach. Proper, heavyweight vinyl pressing. Tracklist: Side A - 1. Rub Dub; 2. Felt The Strain; 3. My Eyes Are Red Dub; 4. National Item; 5. I Broke The Come Dub; Side B - Barrabas Dub; 2. Image Dub; 3. (Jonah) Come Out Now Version; 4. Musicology Dub; 5. Darkness Dub.
Slugbug bounces on from a recent L.I.E.S. episode to a mutant industrial session for the label's Eastern cousins, Russian Torrent Versions. We detect a bit of '80s industrial Detroit and Chicago influence in there, somewhere between Beauy Wanzer and Stingray with the mystic electro opener and another slice hard-ass drums 'n drones; B-side pulls back to reveal a fleshier cyborg rhythm replete with processed vocal and stuttering Jak patterns beside a proper, synth-laced EBM stomper.
Shadowy industrial techno invocations from London's Gohan for French label, Peur Bleue Records. A mix of proper ambient gloom with toiling machine rhythms and daemonic voices sans fromage (French innit), 'Stabbed In Konya' is a striking introduction to Gohan, for us at least. We'd recommend it for the sparking electro runs buried within 'Criminal Amnesia'; the percolated acid-electro doom of 'Onlookers Murmur'; and the dramatic B-side of noirish classical keys and zombie EBM grind.
3rd industrial noise and techno incursion from Vereker's Endangered Species label is given to Skander, a.k.a. his partner in Renoir. The top side is reserved for a pair of washed-out and amorphous noise sculptures; camouflaging broken-spirited electronic melodies with semi-opaque harmonic distrotions in 'Sado Seeker' and squashing jagged rhythmic noise convulsions in 'Steel Talon'. The other side serves a body-checking techno beast called 'Death by Handgun' powered by skull-fxxk kicks and rasping attack tones. Murder.
Travis Stewart a.k.a Machinedrum slinks out as Aden on Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic label. The 'Tanz EP' is a shiny new skool club affair, seducing with the rimshot-freckled build of 'Lieb' and percolating proper Dance Mania meets Jersey vibes with the smooth-but-rugged 'Grau'. The haughty thrust of 'Hass' nods to ballroom and early Chi-house styles - think Mike Q meets Chip E - and 'Hell' gets off with razor sharp chords and bucking groove, like Mark Fell wurkin' his Green Velvet suit.
Glasgow legend Dave Clark a.k.a. Sparky on a misty-eyed electro-techno mission for Rubadub's own label. A-side gives a bow to the Innovator, Derrick May with gorgeous kaotic string pads and tuffened techno breaks twisted with enough character to really make it Sparky's own sound, while B-side delivers a more percolated take on similar elements, crammed with nuff detail and tweaky, sweaty funk to get it all done within those shockingly short club opening hours in Scotland (how on earth do they manage?!). Solid.
*Ships Friday* **2015 Reissue - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** 2003’s Ha Ha Sound has finally been reissued, here’s what we said about it at the time: "I’m of the opinion that Broadcast are the very best thing about Birmingham. In fact, they're partly responsible for teaching me about the wonders of electronic music altogether... growing up in the Midlands made it rather difficult to learn about intriguing alternative sounds and these strange loungey retro-fetishists popped up as if out of nowhere to take me to places anew. Before them I was of t… Read more