Thursday, 03 July
**Includes download code** Hot on the heels of G.H.O.S.T. 001, the label sprays a 2nd round of diamond-cut D&B. On top they spark up the neuro styles of 'Red Eyes'; down below the gangsta hardstep of 'New York'.
**Silk-screened jacket printed by Pascal at Atelier Margrit** Taut, punchy neuro-funk jungle. 'Rattle' pounces with rolling Apache breaks and mammoth subbass on the A-side, and 'Bad Education' steps harder with Virus style D&B snarl.
Dark Entries celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Italo Disco club hit “Walking In The Neon”. Peter Richard was the alias first adopted in 1979 by producer and vocalist Walter Beinat. His best known song was “Walking In The Neon”, released as a maxi-single on Italian label Good Vibes in 1985. For this single Richard teamed up with the production duo of Gigi Farina and Franco Rago, best known for their projects ‘Lectric Workers, Decadance, Expansives, and Wanexa. "Walking In The Neon" was written by Rago & Farina with help from Chuck Rolando, member of Italian disco group Passenge… Read more
**Gatefold double vinyl. Includes download** 'Will To Be Well' marks a critical new chapter in the development of Blackest Ever Black's ambassadors for RD Laing. Their 2nd studio album blooms with a richer sonic palette over 15 instrumental songs showcasing an increasingly disciplined approach to their compositions. Still taking inspiration from the life and works of RD Laing, as much as "more universal and enduring mysteries: the relationships between body and mind, illness and wellness, the physical and the metaphysical", their sound still operates in a curious schism, feeling at once in a… Read more
Thursday, 26 June
*Extended 70 minute reissue of the very first SND release dating back to 1998 - the original 5 tracks have been doubled in number with original, previously unreleased recordings from the same sessions, all fully remastered from DAT tapes by Rashad Becker at D&M. The original pressing has been unavailable since its original release over 15 years ago - containing super influential and forward minimalism bridging between the reductionism of Ikeda and the swing of early UKG* Mark Fell and Mat Steel formed SND in Sheffield in 1998. Tplay was their first self-released EP, produced in a … Read more
**Diagonal unveil the first of two EP’s from Bronze Teeth, a new project from Dominic Butler of Factory Floor and Richard Smith of Optimo Music’s L/F/D/M. First pressing comes in a limited spot gloss jacket designed by Guy Featherstone. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Dom Butler (Factory Floor) and Richard Smith (L/F/D/M) debut their fierce Bronze Teeth sound on the first of two hard-ass 12"s for Diagonal. Sustaining the momentum of Powell's crackshot 'Club Music' EP, recently issued on Diagonal, the 'O Unilaterals' 12" yields a trio of modular hardware-honed bangers belying the ongoin… Read more
Arch electro-acoustic drone/noise explorer Kevin Drumm returns to 'Imperial Distortion'-alike drone scapes on this abridged (3 tracks instead of 4) vinyl issue of his 2013 CDr release, 'Phantom Jerk'. Using six oscillators, Drumm casts a shadow world of sedentary low end sag and keening, glassy highs as haunting as they are piercingly compelling. The 23 minute A-side moves as slowly and furtively as anything from his modern classic, 'Imperial Distortion' for Hospital Productions, leading us thru successively dank, cold antechambers of isolated, wavering frequencies arranged with stoic logic… Read more
We'll be damned if this isn't the most enlightened, radical soul album you'll hear in 2014. The LA-based resident of Dublab and Leaving Records CEO broadsides all expectations with a densely crafted psy-pop experience that's taken us for six. It's as if he smelted the purest bits of hip hop, psych-folk, dub and electronica in order to cloud seed the fug of former releases and reveal his dazzling chromatic structures in all their gyroscopic glory. Patched with the expert warp and weft of a maestro DJ/producer and blessed by his most soulful sung/rapped/crooned vocals, it breaks down to ten k… Read more
Killer dread techno rollers from Rhythmic Theory, back on Bristol's Idle Hands outlet. Both sides carry a torch for that classic Bristol darkside vibe, mixing traces of dub techno, D&B, and dubstep with a fine strain of proggier AI techno atmospheres. A-side their 'Endless Forms' pushes quaking kicks with hulking sub-bass and slicing hi-hats to supremely powerful, almost sci-fi gothic effect, before they tug on the heart-strings with bruising stepper 'Tales Of Dystopia' synching post-punk bassline with glancing drums and HIA-style synth washes into the blue sublime. Well recommended.
**Vinyl cut by Rashad at D&M. Sleeve design and layout by Stephen O'Malley** Spellbinding 3rd survey of the lesser-known and previously unheard sections of Paris's hallowed GRM archive. All four pieces were created before 1980 and feature the work of composers from disparate, far-flung geographical and musical backgrounds finding common ground in the electro-acoustic sphere. For us the most striking piece is 'Moulin Diabolique' (1979) by Egeniusz Rudnik, an unsettling and urgent work cutting up and mutating military orders dictated in a number of different languages against gloomy, dynamic backd… Read more
Long-awaited vinyl edition finally here! 'Sulphur-Tarot-Garden' collects three mesmerising Cyclobe soundtracks to rare, silent Super-8 films shot by Derek Jarman between 1972 and 1978. An original CDr edition of 200 was debuted to coincide with the films' premiere with their new soundtrack at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2012, and this is the first time they've been made widely available - original copies now sell for a lot. We've not had a chance to check the films yet, but if Cyclobe's soundtracks are any reflection of them it's certainly on our to do list. The first and longest pi… Read more
Long-awaited vinyl edition finally here! ' Invaluable, 13th anniversary 2LP reissue of Cyclobe's 2nd album, 'The Visitors', originally released in 2001 and now repackaged with new artwork by Irish artist Alex Rose and a specially recorded new piece. The 2nd missive from the former and then-current Coil orbiters, Ossian Brown and Stephen Thrower revealed vivid glimpses of a rarified electronic delirium paralleling Coil's most far-flung visions, but also manifesting a unique psychedelia of their own, subtly detached and more expansive than their hard-edged debut album. A cycle of seven originals r… Read more
*The first-ever compilation outside Algeria to focus on its pop, folk and rock scene of the 1970s. Heavy and psychedelic rock, dark and moody folk-pop and stoic cinematic tracks compiled by Hicham Chadly for Sublime Frequencies. Limited edition LP in a full-color heavy gatefold jacket* Sublime Frequencies present a selection of classic tracks from Algeria's popular music history. Compiled by Hicham Chadly, this limited edition LP comes in a full-color gatefold jacket with lovely images from the period and extensive liner-notes by Omar Zelig, Algeria's most le… Read more
'African Gems' is an outstanding collection of recordings made in Cameroun, Congo, D.R. Congo, Uganda and Chad between 1965-1973. The label, SWP Records, make the lofty claim that this is "some of the best traditional African music ever recorded" and, considering our limited knowledge of the field, it's some of the best we've ever heard too. Opening with the flurry of polymetric xylophones, sticks and shakers documenting the mesmerising music of the Beti people, Cameroun, it yields the deeply haunting Bi Witi music Horn Ensemble of the Babembé people, Congo, and the distinctly Konono No.1-like … Read more
XDB tweaks some smart cosmic and techno business for Echocord, backed with super sub-heavy Philogresz remix. Up top there's the pendulous kosmiche house of 'Burgund' and a killer quicksilver Detroit roller called 'Indywa'; down below, he tucks back into triplet formations with the aquadub flow of 'Afrikk', which Philogresz reduces to a sub heavy shuffle.
**Includes the track 'Before We Leave' to download upfront upon pre-ordering this record** Dutch producer returns to his native Rwina Records with a dramatic debut album of hyperspace hip hop and sci-fi electronica. Check for club-ripe highlights in the Coki-style twisted Fairlight bass of 'Superfluid' or the sqwaking breakbeat turmoil of 'Toekan'.
*The first Iraqi popular music compilation released to a Western audience available on vinyl for the first time. This deluxe-edition vinyl reissue features re-mastered, and in some cases, completely restored audio, revised and updated liner-notes with new artist and track information, plus four additional tracks not featured in the first CD issue* Originally released in 2005, while the U.S.-led war against Iraq was tearing the country to pieces, Choubi Choubi Vol. 1 brought a collection of incredible Iraqi music and styles that … Read more
"This is the famous Katanga guitar sound, as recorded by Hugh Tracey, based on the traditional likembe lamellaphone music of the various Luba peoples and their neighbours, who went to work in the mines and, as a result of this urbanisation, embraced 'modernism' by buying guitars. Plus three rumba tracks from Stanleyville (Kisangani), where there was a laid-back atmosphere with white and black dancing together in a flourishing nightlife, exceptional for the Belgian Congo. The recorded musicians there said they had copied the style of playing introduced from the San Salvador district in northern Angola through Leopoldville (Kinshasa)."
**Remastered collection of amazing, classic African recordings made by Hugh Tracy in 1952 & 1957** "Music from another world! This collection of magnificent recordings merely touches on the richness and diversity of the traditional musics of the Congo, as found by Hugh Tracey in the 1950s. In the ensemble tracks we can hear his hand-held microphone technique, as he moves around with his one mike to highlight one instrument after the other – a kind of instant mixing. But how many of these musical traditions have been lost since they were captured on tape? Urbanisation and satelite… Read more
"Originally from the island of Boa Vista, Abel Lima was part of a large wave of Cape Verdean migration to Europe in the late 60s - fleeing the political turmoil that accompanied the end of Portuguese colonial rule. Settling in Paris, he recorded several albums with 'Les Sofas' a multinational group featuring musicians from France, Senegal, Cameroon, Angola and Guadeloupe. Arranged by Camerounian star Eko Roosevelt Louis, Corre Riba Corre Baxo (what goes up must come down) is taken from the 1977 album 'Cantam nos Bida' and combines a rock-solid bassline with a hypnotic gui… Read more
Asusu, Staffan Linzatti and The Borderline State take Efdemin's 'Decay' album tracks at new angles. Livity Sound's Asusu swings 'Some Kind Of Up And Down Yes' with aquatic motion; Linzatti reshuffles the Millsian mystery of 'Solaris with dramatic effect; The Borderline State impress on a supple jazz-fusion remix of 'Parallaxis' full of iridescent keys, celestial electronics and woozy horns practically worth the admission alone.
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.
Orientalist techno audities from Shanghai Den, who last appeared as guest on a Falty DL single. This is some freaky sh*t fo' sure, finding the fat-bottomed breakbeat chicanery and strange sino sidesteps of 'The Sun' uptown, and a wicked mixture slashing film noir strings, darkside Reese bass and skittish techno on south side.
**Aquarian Foundation's Bluntman Deejay drops the bass on two dream house sequences for All Caps** "Congratulations you have successfully unlocked your Water Chakra!! Bluntman Deejay offers up two new strains from the smokey labs of the BackWoods. Borne from the crucible of vapour experimentalism, cosmic flaneury and spiritual forgery an inorganic chemistry of drum machine and plant matter n-xtracted and VAC purged for ultimate dancefloor purity ratings. Esoteric Communion: A meditation on the separation between spirit and body gazing and sprinting spliced (sliced) at rush hour. A fa… Read more
**RIYL HTRK, Cold Cave** "Female/male duo White Hex (Tara Green and Jimi Kritzler) released their debut album Heat in 2012 released on Avant! Records. 2014 sees their return with the follow up full-length, Gold Nights. The album is the second in a series of three thematically connected records which is based on a period of three years. The album's themes include tackling the deaths of friends over the past few years and somehow staying optimistic through that loss. Recorded after shows in Paris, Berlin, New York and Melbourne, Gold Nights explores Italo disco, minimalist techno and the more pri… Read more
**Red wax** Superb Chi-house swing session driven by Boo Williams. Infectious rhythms from start to finish, from the frisky bubbler 'End of Days' to the beaming late night vibe 'Party Time' thru the hypnotic synth hook of 'Blue Horizon' and floating breakbeats, jazzy frills and pads of 'Along The Way'. Class.
"‘Microcastle’ is back on vinyl, this time along with ‘Weird Era Cont.’ accompanying it. ‘Weird Era Cont.’ was a bonus album previously unavailable on the format outside of the US. Initially released in October 2008, ‘Microcastle’ was recorded over the course of a week in Brooklyn with Nicolas Vernhes on production detail. The album was the highly anticipated follow-up to 2006’s ‘Cryptograms’. Conceived as Deerhunter’s 4AD debut, it garnered widespread plaudits internationally, with Pitchfork awarding it Best New Music and The Guardian heralding “a remarkable b… Read more
*Third Modeselektion volume, this time featuring exclusives from Fennesz, To Rococo Rot, Akkord, Nosaj Thing and more across 2LP's. Vinyl tracklisting as follows: A1 Fennesz "TOM" A2 Nosaj Thing "Dy" A3 Solar Year "Way" B1 To Rococo Rot "Miles An Hour" B2 Cid Rim "Pastis" C1 Akkord "Gradient" C2 Robot Koch "Sun" D1 Howling "Signs" D2 Born In Flamez "Time Hurtz
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. Monster Movie was the debut Can album, recorded and released in 1969. The use of improvisation, experimentation, editing and layering of sounds set a standard for Can's subsequent albums in the early 1970s, which were seminal to the freewheeling avant-garde style dubbed "krautrock" by the British music press. The album is credited to "The… Read more