Thursday, 02 October
Wolfgang Voigt returns to sometime handle, SOG, for a smart lesson in Teutonic swagger. On 'STOA 1.1' he cuts an elegant figure with massive bass drum and swinging triplet rhythms carving a stately, head-high groove across the A-side, accentuated by only slight filter modulations for effortlessly hypnotic effect. 'STOA 1.2' on the other hand is more driving, determined, with a dry 4/4 heft sounding like a saltier take on his foundational Studio 1 series.
**Limited clear/black marbled vinyl edition. Includes digital download and fold-out poster/lyric sheet** Finally Zola Jesus finds her feet with 'Taiga', her 5th solo LP, and debut for Mute. The lo-fi house horse she rode in on in 2009 has been thoroughly spooked, leaving her as a gothic survivor adapting to new modes in 'Taiga', from the brooding trap/D&B fusion bolstering her distinct vocals in the titular opener, thru martial breakbeat techno in 'Hunger' and R&B-weighted chamber pop in 'Go (Blank Sea)', or emoting like a kohl-eyed Rihanna in closer, 'It's Not Over'. For us,… Read more
*LP comes with a download card* "Owen Maercks' Teenage Sex Therapist LP is one of the forgotten twisted pop masterpieces of the 20th century. Owen had been in Monster Island with Henry Kaiser, who proposed he do a solo album of his songs. Henry had moved back west by this time, so Owen went out and recorded this album there. Henry produced, and added amazing horn parts by Jon Oswald, Larry Ochs and John Gruntfest. The album was mixed, pressed and distributed exclusively to radio stations, record labels and the like, in the hopes of getting Owen signed. The music didn't fit any ext… Read more
*5LP Box Set housed in a Box, includes an indidivually numbered Certificate* "Initially a three piece band called King Ende Shneafliet, featuring a guest drummer - who was early on swapped for a drum machine - the group soon expanded to a five man studio collective that composed and recorded more than 70 tracks in little over 2 years, in always changing combinations of 2 or 3 members. Ende Shneafliet released 3 cassette albums on the Trumpett label (also home of The Actor and Doxa Sinistra): "Animals From Outer Space" (TRUM 0003 / September 1981), "Harde Winters Anno 198… Read more
Straight-up techno murder from Sleeparchive and Mike Parker for Repitch. Sleeparchive's in deadly form with the slamming Brummie momentum of 'Fifth The Station' and the spaced-out bleeps of 'White Angel Breadline' intersected by two beastly locked grooves. Mike Parker takes control on the other side with the signature lizard-tongue synth lashes and caving kicks of 'Flying Nerves' plus the aquatic flux of 'Lustrum'.
*3LP and 7” Set housed in a box, includes individually numbered certificate* "Richard Bone is an American electronic musician who began his professional musical career creating soundtracks and scores for experimental theater. In 1979, he released with his band Bone the single "Pirate the Islands/Headlines Have It" before joining the new-wave band Shox Lumania in 1981. Bone then recorded a solo 7" entitled "Digital Days/Alien Girl" on and was subsequently signed to Survival Records in the UK in 1983 where he released several LPs, EPs, singl… Read more
In demand producer behind 12"s for Chiwax and Lobster Theremin takes to Basement Floor with a buncha rugged house shake-downs. 'What Did You Just Give Me' keeps the lights low on a frictional deep house jack, whilst 'No More Heroes (dub)' locks the doors and runs amok with pounding kicks/chords and flying hi-hats built to burn. Downtown, 'Sun Flight' sustains the intensity at a slower tempo with bruised bass and ear-weevlin' vocal hook, for 'Glue Your Lips' to tip out with rumpy jack and warmer, Virgo-esque chords. Works a treat.
Brilliantly unexpected pop/house from Paul White, heralding his hugely promising album for R&S. Bolstered with a neat Andrés remix, 'Where You Gonna Go?' features White dicing with a more populist dancefloor sound to captivating effect. On the original he yokes signature palette of bright, tropical drums to a swinging 4/4 kick/bass and Jamie Woon's wounded/haunted soul vocals with the sorta class that should make this it a Radio 1 anthem. Similarly, 'Peace It Together' tempers his craftier beat skills in favour of plush, exotic instrumentation rent in gorgeous, electro-dubbed widescreen. On the remix, Andrés rolls some of his butteriest, soulful Detroit house.
Nicolas Jaar's Other People celebrate a year in the game with a smart collection of unreleased music by Powell, Ancient Astronaut, Jelinek, Darkside, Visuals, and more. The obvious highlight is Powell's sly rework of Ancient Astronaut, launching from a fragment of 'SCSS' into a slicing, frothing industrial cut-up as only he does. It stands out like a sore thumb against the rest of the field, such as Visuals' dusty indie country in 'A Pixel', the lo-slung indie-disco of 'Gone Too Soon' from darkside, or Jan Jelinek's crafty deconstruction of Ancient Astronaut's 'B2'.
**Double gatefold vinyl. Foil-blocked jacket, printed inners designed by Japanese comic book artist Shintaro Kago** Flying Lotus flexes his most earnest jazz muscles on this fifth solo album, his 4th for Warp. Star-lit with guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, Niki Randa, it's the work of heightened, enlightened minds projecting into spheres beyond this mortal coil. Funny then that it all sounds so familiar; the references to Alice Coltrane's celestial jazz legacy, the kinetic percussion, the i… Read more
Reissue of Drexciya legendary follow-up/supplement to 'Neptune's Lair'. Originally issued in 2000, 'Hydro Doorways' holds some of Drexciya's most emotive arrangements and fierce drum programming in six tracks ranging from the epic 'Lost Vessel' to the hydraulic electro-techno of 'Species Of The Pod' and the screwface techno razz of 'Devil Ray Cove'.
Thursday, 25 September
**Includes 36"x21" poster and digital download code redeemable from the label** Boothroyd serves one of the most striking debuts on Tri Angle with 'Idle Hours'. Hailing from sunny North Manchester but now defected to London, Boothroyd's music is a slyly ambiguous, 'marishly-warped mesh of lo-fi samples strung together with a deceptively grand plan. Like the mutant, half-finished offspring of Coil and Lars Holdhus, it occupies a uniquely detached space in the peripheries of modern composition, vapour wave and ambient pop, scuttling between heart-racing peaks and petrified electronica like some f… Read more
**2LP in glossy, double-width spine jacket with printed inners** The incredible 'Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984' is a beautifully dreamy follow-up to Born Bad's much-loved Francis Bebey showcase, 'African Electronic Music 1975-1982'. Celebrating the uniquely affective timbre of the sanza, or African thumb piano, this compilation shifts focus from pop-wise anthems such as 'New Track' or 'Coffee Cola', onto the Cameroonian polymath's more stripped, rhythm-driven, and atmospheric workouts. And it's every bit as hypnotic, transcendent as that last sentence implies. Bebey's vocals … Read more
Nexx up on Beneath's excellent Mistry label: Hull-based producer, Webstarr with the technoid hydraulics of 'Aegrus' b/w a new Chevel remix. Last spotted in Beneath's RA. 407 mix, the title tune strikes a mid-ground between tribalised, bass-heavy rufige and insectoid minimal techno - all bashy kicks and depth charge subs crawling with itchy crack bugs. The dancefloor lizards will come out to play for this. B-side, Italian producer, Chevel (Enclav/Stroboscopic Artefacts) trims back the drums, leaving acres of icy space around ricocheting snares and hi-hats buoyed up by dread subs in the remix,… Read more
Humid, post-D&B ecosystems from Fis, backed with killer Kassem Mosse and Oren Ambarchi remixes. The first release on Loopy, a new label administered Sam Strang, 'Speech Spirits' follows on from the 'Iterations' 12" with two cuts of unquantised riddmic roil, staggering from the bomber-streaked drunken-master styles of the title track to the plangent percussions and duppied atmospheres of 'Knecht' - not a million miles from his early ace, 'Love, Drama, Stress', only without the vocal. Remixing, Kassem Mosse returns to the spiky (machine?) drum palette of his … Read more
Featuring exclusive tracks from Lee Gamble, Inga Copeland, DJ Earl, Jeremy Greenspan & Borys, among many others, Hyperdub parse their ambient elements in the wake of dancefloor and sing-a-long sessions. By its nature, ambient is a nebulous term, taken to mean many things by many people. Hyperdub's definition is one we can really get down with, taking in the sensual romance of Cooly G's 'Mind' and the ambiguous sensations of Inga Copeland's 'I Am Your Ambient Wife', or the stirring syn-phonics of DJ Earl's 'Hexagonic Sound'. It's always been a crucial part of Hyperdub's ma… Read more
**Avant-leaning psych rock experiments by the artists behind legendary library work used for 'Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue' and 'The Underground'** "Collectively known under their production pop group moniker The Pawnshop, Italian Giallo/Spaghetti legends Alessandro Alessandroni, Giuliano Sorgini and Giulia De Mutiis (using their Giallo-psych alter egos of Braen, Raskovich and Kema) would reconvene behind the curtain in 1973 to craft this lost full-length LP as a mythical addition to their tiny group discography. Pin-pointing a bona fide crossroads between the composers’ … Read more
**Includes digital download code for the album and bonus track - redeemable from the label** Second album from founding member and principal songwriter of acclaimed collage-pop duo the Books. Features guest vocals from Daniela Gesundheit of Snowblink. "Following the dissolution of his groundbreaking collage-pop duo, the Books, Zammuto rebounded with an eponymous debut album submerged in transitional anxiety and audio effects designed to intentionally obscure the very humanistic qualities that marked Nick Zammuto's best work in the Books. An enormous weight has been lifted from Nick Zammuto, and you … Read more
Fully pumped ghetto-house and garage workout from Chris Finke as Bodyjack, backed da f*ck up with wicked DJ Haus remix. Given Finke's long term association with UK techno scene it's perhaps no surprise that the billowing bass and aggy groove of 'Brock Out' reminds of vintage Landstrumm and Cristian Vogel styles, whilst 'That's What She Said' runs a bouncing Chicago/London style reminding of Jerome Hill and the Uglyfunk lot. DJ Haus's remix is rudest of the pack, reworking the latter cut to a skippy, freaky old skool garage bang.
*Includes download code* Hud Mo brings a rambunctious, hyper-coloured sound to 'Chimes'. Currently soundtracking an Apple advert, the lead cut flips the switch between airborne arpeggios and chest-puffing brass vamps inna Drill style we could easily imagine Kanye romping over. He's equally impressive when leaving the beats behind too, as with the wobbly kosmische flash of 'Brainwave', whilst 'King Kong Beaver' brings back the funk showmanship with flamboyant chops and the nuttiest drums. For the insatiable, there's also a rushin' junglist trap remix by Gammer.
Monotone industrial drone outta Ireland, reinforced with a grinding Ancient Methods remix. W.H.O.K's originals churn like a technoid Gnod in 'Comminute', and with depressed, bludgeoned drones in 'Monopolific' or 'Scarp Assembly'. Ancient Methods skool them in industrial techniques with the more detailed, spacious remix render of 'Comminute'.
Meandyou. make manoeuvres in deepest, abstract house quadrants. Clad in suitably kosmic artwork by the label/club-night's Andrew Lyster, they follow the lines of 'The Palace' EP to sub-low, alien house zones in Aatropa & Tephillin's 'Bells Jam', and trace the celestial contrails of Spectrum Spools' Fabric across 'Split Guest'. Stranded out there, label boss Sam Lewis aka Herron's '33 Weeks' scrambles the coordinates further with a tangle of deft drum programming and lustrous, plonging dub scapes resolving to a thick 4/4, before Metropolis dials in a neo-new age ambient vision 'The Great Lake', from Amsterdam.
**Clear vinyl with insert** Full charged techno steamers from Berlin-based UK techno artist Blue Hour. A-side cuts loose a fibrillating peak time roller with nagging vocal stab and thunderous 909s to do the do. B-side pumps out a more stripped tool reminding of late '90s brummie styles.
**Includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label. Smashed psycho-garage-pop collage steeped in vintage styles and run ragged to tape. File somewhere betxit Eric Copeland and White Fence** "Trance Farmers aka Dayve Samek describes himself as a slinger, bong lighter, and chicken wire soul singer. This is his first full length album, following a handful of releases with Leaving Records."
The Trilogy Tapes catch Beautiful Swimmer Max D at his heady, tactile best on the 'Drizzling Glass' EP. Up top he twysts the agitated brukbeat funk of 'Jubilee' like some vintage AMUS or Dego flex, and nails it with the dubbed-off techno-step and deliquescent Eastern synth tickles of 'Oshima Flicks'. On the flip, his 'Pop Song' twirls cascading thumb piano and plinky electronic timbres like some imagined early Colin Potter meets Francis Bebey joint, and completes the journey with the cartoonish bubble of 'Calvin & Hobbes'.
Bittersweet UK house bumps by Midland, back on Aus Music. Three trax concentrate on a breezy, subtly discordant house mutation, carrying a laidback but driving momentum between the off-kilter fonk and soured synths/strings of 'Duster' thru the salty dub house skank of 'Reflex' and Afro-centric shuffle of 'Pitch Drift'.
Capracara rides again! After dope sessions for UTTU, the London-based house fiend hits the funk release valve with clambering piano chords, fruity disco bass and breakbeats filtered for the party in 'Fake Drukqs', whilst 'Blue Balloon' swings out with a kinky Jersey flex factored by proper Northern organ house/garage vibes.
Massimo Di Lena and Padice team up on a deep house/disco session for Dekmental. Four tracks cover bases between slinky acid disco in 'Motor'; bumpty Chicago juice in 'Oman Jazz'; wiggly Border Community-style tech-house in 'Design The Future'; grumbling cosmic styles in 'Arctic Lodge'.
**Clear vinyl with insert** Angus Tarnawsky debuts on Inner Surface Music with four fractured industrial beat-offs backed by a remix from AnD. 'Pitched' sparks up tense, desolate slow/fast groove at 150bpm, which AnD rework to a functional 135bpm techno roil laced with noisier textures. On the B-side Tarnawsky dices with scuffed, monotone pulses in two parts, and passes out into glassy Sähkö-esque drones and bleeps.
Mickey Pearce comes to freak the dance on Loefah's 81 label. The 'Instructions' EP picks up where his 'Up West' beat tape from early '14 left off, giving a vinyl life to the coiled machine groove and lurid, spattered melody of that session's 'Instructions' beside the moody tattoo of 'Jam 01' on the A-side. Flip it, you'll find an even weirder wriggler in the reversed loops and drily skewed thwack of 'Loop For D', whilst 'Jersey' shakes out a misshaped take on US and UK club styles with skeletal groove punctuated by detuned growls, steam-engine parps and wry electronics. Go figure. It's a mad 'un.