Thursday, 06 November
**Edition of 500 with download code** Raw, visceral psych-dub killers by a wicked new duo featuring Valentina Magaletti, who drummed on Raime's 'Quarter Turns Over A Living Line' LP. Hailing from London and releasing on Hands In The Dark - which released albums from Co La and Ensemble Economique, a.o. - their 'Futura Grotesque' side weaves and frays the lines between Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza's jazzy avant-garde incursions, the possessed communal percussions of Cannibal Movie, and the wavey, dubbed-out post-punk of Gray or Not Waving. Mark our words: this one will travel. TIP!
**Hauntingly soulful and certifiably classic Thai folk/pop from the '70s, remastered and issued for first time outside of Thailand by EM Records, Soi 48 and Paradise Bangkok. Includes extensive 4-panel colour liner notes written in thai, japanese and english** "2nd release from the relaunch of EM Records’ Thai music series. Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM have teamed up to deliver a series showcasing the extraordinary performances of some of Thailand’s greatest musical legends. For reasons unknowable, certain places in certain eras become hotb… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The master of mottled retro-vintage audio dreams under Mexican Summer's glowing halo with 'Let's Cry and do Pushups at the Same Time'. It's his 2nd LP of 2014 and one of many releases under this moniker and own name, Luke Wyatt, to be released by the likes of L.I.E.S., NNF, NPIP, Rush Hour and his own Valcrond Video label in the last couple of years. Subtly, instinctively combining his background in video art with a real knack for ear-worming hooks and driving, transcendent grooves, his music here is at its most v… Read more
**First pressing of 300 marbled vinyl copies** "Minuit Machine, a synth wave band based in Paris, is the association of Hélène de Thoury’s electronic melodies and Amandine Stioui’s vocals. The project was born in Hélène's mind in June 2013 during a tour with Phosphor, her former band. In September this same year, she met Amandine and fell in love with her voice. Together, they released their first EP called "Blue Moon" in October 2013. The sound of the French duo, based on powerful electronic drums and the accumulation of dark synth lines, is a mix between all their inspirations that ran… Read more
Banging Hood tracks originally issued in 1995. Rock solid 909s and percolating minimalist synths do the biz in three parts, including the absolute welter, 'Untitled Sketch'.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** *First time vinyl pressing of this excellent suite of techno classics performed as solo piano variations* Despite its title, Francesco Tristano's Not For Piano, is in fact an album of ivory-tickling solos by the 25-year-old Juillard graduate. Tristano fuses together a variety of different performance styles, embarking upon that increasingly popular pursuit: the piano-based techno reinterpretation suite. Perhaps most unusual of all the covers here is Tristano's take on Autechre's 'Overand', from Tri Repetae, but in additi… Read more
*Limited 10"release from Ought, new on Constellation* "As with More Than Any Other Day, this new 10" was recorded by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh at H2T, mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market, and pressed at Optimal. It brings fans up to date with Ought's first two years of songwriting and reveals additional facets of the band, including its ability to play with nostalgia and balladry ("Pill"), feverish revival-tent testifying ("New Calm Pt. 2"), and improv/abstraction ("New Calm Pt. 3"). "
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "There were so many competent records coming out of Memphis that any burgeoning greatness can only be detected by a careful listening. Ann Peebles deserves that kind of extra care. Her style is so subtle and economical that the finer qualities of her talents might be passed over as being merely competent. This would be a crime because little Ann has so very much to offer. Ann stresses the melody (rather than rhythm for its own sake). This is not to say she can’t sing funky; she can and does very effectively. It just means Ann s… Read more
Wild one from LuckyMe: the debut proper of bubblegum techno pop from Edinburgh's Joseph Marinetti. Operating in that same wipe-clean sphere as Felicita, SOPHIE and the PC Music gang - he contributed to their Christmas 2.0 release in 2013 - Marinetti arrives squeaky clean and fresh with the Makina bounce of 'Ms. Telesales' and indulges some '90s nostalgia with the natty garage bubble of 'Kenzo Lee' and the laminate 'flooring of 'Lipsync' whilst '3D Hentai Stud' freaks out with a sort of piquant, grimy hardstyle burn, and French ghetto house player Big Dope P flips 'Lipsync' for the club.
Klaves kicks off PMR's Beat Club with two lean London house shufflers. 'People' gets up with deep house keys and tight, scissoring drums for the shape-cutters; 'Oh No' simmers down on a slinkier swing with more infectious percussion.
**Includes free CD copy of the album inside** Kompakt's seminal series presents a ruck of new names - Thore Pfieffer, Gregor Schwellenbach, Leandro Fresco, Max Würden, Ulf Lohmann, Gustavo Lamas - on the forward looking 'Pop Ambient 2015' volume. Perfectly poised for cold nights indoors, it circulates eleven lovely pieces in the series' finest tradition, radiating inwards from the Gas-like choral bliss of two bits by Thore Pfieffer, thru the trickling radiophonic bleeps of Dirk Leyers' 'Daydreamer' to the light-headed float of Leandro Fresco's 'Nada Es Para Siempre' and the swelling crest o… Read more
The PPU related 1432R imprint return with some more killer Ethiopian electronics, paying up on the promise of Mikael Seifu's debut by pairing him in a sweet split with Dawit Eklund. With 'Psycho Animus', Eklund makes fine modern nods toi classic Larry Heard with a bendy square bass lines and pinging metallic delays swarming and rolling around warmest chords. It's sure to turn some heads on the 'floor. Flipside, Washington D.C.'s Seifu reprises the unique fusion of traditional Ethiopian melodies with clipped garage house rhythms last heard on his excellent 'Yarada Lij' EP for a r… Read more
"Fuelled by the urgent high note blasts and expressive muted trumpet work of avant garde icon Wadada Leo Smith and underscored by an uncanny group-think of RareNoise stalwarts Jamie Saft (Metallic Taste of Blood, Slobber Pup, Plymouth, The New Standard) on keyboards, Joe Morris (Plymouth, Slobber Pup, One) on upright bass and Balazs Pandi (Obake, Metallic Taste of Blood, Slobber, Pup, One) on drums, Red Hill is a kind of clarion call for the new avant garde. A dynamic, highly intuitive offering, Red Hill is full of tensions and releases and characterized … Read more
Dopest deep house/boogie electronics from Russian producer OL on the R&S-affiliated Meda Fury label. After exhibiting some canny chops with his 7" for Faces Records and a string of 12" singles for Error Broadcast, the 'Scape Border' EP is arguably his highest profile release to date, and also his slickest. It's still got all the adroit touches we praised in his earlier work, but the vibe is bluer, smokier, cooler. DJs need to check for the itchy, scratchy funk of 'Lum Edit', the percolating Chicagoisms of 'Myxa', and the scuffed deep house filter treatments of 'Podumay', whilst home-listening hea… Read more
**First Pressing of 300 on solid red vinyl. Including free download coupon redeemable from label.**
Superb deep house twists from Louis McGuire for John Barera's Supply Records. A quartet of aces for the connoisseurs, skipping from gritty garage house rudeness to deeply sensual dub-house-step with thee most nimble shuffles and nudges for the dancers. Reel class. Don't sleep!
**Includes download code redeemable from the label, with bonus tracks not on the LP** "Stills Lit Through offers the first comprehensive body of work from musician and visual artist Tallesen. Hailing from the Hudson Valley of New York, Tallesen – born Cayman Johnson - describes Stills as a response to the “continuous flexibility of the physical setting by the additive of sound.” A reference to his joyful erasure of the distinction between music and experience. The twelve songs of Stills Lit Through conjure an eidolon of melodies painted with watercolor brushstrokes both calm (“Glenticas… Read more
**Hand-stamped jacket includes 12" x 12" art insert** Bangin' house trax from incognito Glasgow producer Denis Sulta on the highly reputed Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. The A-side, 'A.A.S (Nite & Day Mix)' has anthem potential written all over its massive kicks and blazing vocal, and quite understandably has become one of the most sought-after tracks from Jackmaster's summer season. Expect to hear this everywhere very soon. Flipside loads up two more edits, drawing for another amazing acapella over the ghetto house shunt of 'A.A.L.A.S.' whereas 'Saturday Nite' is a proper handbag powerplay. You know what to do.
Released just in time for the second series of Toast of London, here's that ace theme tune with some added words from the great man. Game of blow table football anyone"?
*The second installment in an ongoing series, includes download code redeemable from the label* "The 78 Project is on a journey across America to make one-of-a-kind 78 RPM records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. With one microphone. With one blank disc. In one three-minute take. Inspired by folklorist Alan Lomax, The 78 Project celebrates the artistry and craft that captured America’s musical forms of a century ago, exploring the deep historical significance of American folk songs in the process. This album is the companion to the critic… Read more
**180g vinyl with digital download code redeemable from the label** "‘The Hum’ comes eighteen months after the band’s debut album ‘Pearl Mystic’, a record that steadily went on to become one of 2013’s most critically beloved releases. Even more ferocious and uncompromising than its predecessor and yet more melodic and focused than the band have ever recorded, ‘The Hum’ further cements the band’s status as a vital force in British independent music."
**Eyrie mixture of Nico-esque chamber pop and woozy, fluid electronica on Public Information. Edition of 300** "This is Odd Rumblings, a two-piece residing in Brooklyn U.S.A and this is their debut record. An EP of icy grace, haunted atmosphere and devastating pop-hooks pitched in the half-light of a steel sharpened moon. Audrey Lim and Gabriel Sedgwick are creators of sparsely inhabited pop-dramas, mini epics in chorus and reverb reflected through a chromium camera obscura. Their voices always at play, always at war, twisting in the echo chamber soaring through whipcrack-snares, Badalamenti s… Read more
"New imprint NICE:NOISE is dedicated to 1980s Post Punk electronics and Minimal Synth from Australia. A collaborative project curated together with Kate Reid from It Records & Jenny Branagan from NUN . Taking their name from the Philip Brophy/Tsk Tsk Tsk track where minimalism and pop collide head on, we'll be delving deep to explore the unknown recordings of this incredible scene. This first release on the label is a compilation from the legendary Melbourne Minimal Wave trio The Metronomes. Forming in 1979 and releasing two singles and two studio albums for Cleopatra Records (… Read more
*Original 1998 album from these slow-core pioneers, remastered and pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl* "I met them in full flower, in the depths of their mania, pursuing contemplative music with the kind of intensity normally found in psychopaths. No detail was too small to sweat, no crack in the veneer not worth gluing and clamping. We built a common language, equal parts philosophy, rock music, and disdain for the dullness around us." - Steve Albini, on recording Transaction De Novo
Murky post-dubstep moves from the Blank Mind posse. The 'Trial' EP plays out a Kafkaesque quartet of mutant techno and cyber-dub steppers streaked with neuro stabs and burnt-out, paranoid darkside vibes ripe for fans of Shackleton, Fishermen, Cut Hands.
**Double vinyl housed in Houndstooth-patterned PVC wallet** LA's 18+ land the icy heat of debut album 'Trust' on Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. Pushing a coolly disaffected blend of '90s trip hop and screwed pop gloom since their trio of self-released mixtapes, they arrive at 'Trust' as a fully fledged and distinctive unit with an eviscerated sound palette and design perfused by proper slacker vocals. Production is handled by a cast including West Coaster Butchy Fuego, plus Mura Masa, Heavy Feelingz and Morbidly-o-Beats, all hitting a blue vein of blown-out trap and minimal, gothic atmospheres sweeping us … Read more
*Original 1994 album from these slow-core pioneers, remastered and pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl* "On a family vacation to Florida in the mid-'70s, Bubba cut his head on the bedside table in a motel room. I still remember it vividly and how I was haunted by the matter-of-fact line: 'you cut your head on the bedside table.' Its ten syllables sounded right, but the content is what really haunted me. It felt like the ultimate betrayal, the bedside table taking advantage of its proximity to a serenely sleeping body." - Matt Kadane
Thursday, 30 October
**Sublime ambient works for gongs and bowed cymbals from Jon Mueller and Eleh collaborator Duane Pitre, edition of 500 copies, first 200 on gold wax, cut at D&M, Berlin** 'Inverted Torch' is an incredible, immersive session of treated gongs and bowed cymbals from Jon Mueller (Volcano Choir) and dedicated minimalist Duane Pitre for Type. It's the 3rd Type release for percussionist Mueller, and the first for former pro skateboarder Pitre, who's been quietly amassing a catalog of sublime LPs for Important Records and others since 2007, including a superlative split with Eleh. In … Read more