Thursday, 30 April
Oneohtrix Point Never presents a strong 2nd set of commissioned soundtrack works. The two 'Bullet Hell Abstractions' were commissioned by the RBMA and inspired by the work of computer game composer Manabu Namiki - known for his shoot-em-up soundtracks - and veers headlong between rabid Sonic Subjunkies style breakcore and buckling digital noise dimensions. The 20 minute 'Suite From Magnetic Rose' is the captivating soundtrack to a rarely seen short film by Koji Morimoto, the creator of Akira. It was commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and premiered at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, The University of Manchester, U.K. October 4, 2014.
The astonishing 'Visitations' is an engulfing wash of rhythmically fluid field recordings, flutes, synths and percussion realised in 1973 by Jon Gibson - a pivotal member of the 20th century American avant-garde who can claim to be the only person who performed in the world premieres of Terry Riley's 'In C', Steve Reich's 'Drumming, and Philip Glass' 'Einstein on the Beach'. First released by Glass' Chatham Square Productions, 'Visitations' was Gibson's debut solo recording. It made a distinct departure from the deliberately structured minimalist compositions of his peers, preferring a more a… Read more
**150g vinyl reissue. Audio restored by Taylor Deupree. Housed in new jacket with an untitled Rothko painting. Inner sleeve depicts former artwork, plus sleeve notes from Byron Coley. Includes download code. Edition of 800** 'Blues: The "Dark Paintings" of Mark Rothko' is one of Loren Connors most coveted records. Originally self-released in a tiny edition on his St. Joan label in 1990 under the Guitar Roberts moniker, it works on a liminal level between creepy backwoods ramble and a minimalist reconfiguration of the blues, expressing equal influence from Louisi… Read more
BNJMN mints his Brack label with a useful taste of his unique take on techno. Up top, he percolates nagging, nervy voices and panicky stabs before a serotonin flood of lush drone pads balances the vibe in 'Penumbra', while 'Keel' plays the gruff, direct techno card with somewhere between Terrence Dixon and Breaker 1 2. Down below, he gives the whole side to a creepin' house joint pecked with cold bleeps and fostering infectious EBM/acid synth licks on a rude groove.
**Marbled grey wax** Luke Hess launches on a Detroit/Berlin vectro with 'Dimension.D' for Deep Labs. Two sides of signature, tuff-but-slinky Detroit tech-house pivoting around flared chords and crisp claps and laced with Kraftwerk-referencing vocoders - also included as VOX Reshape mix. Our pick is the low key B-side thanks to a tight twist of Mathew Jonson-alike synthlines.
**Charmingly playful, artful post-punk pops** "Keen ideas swirl, each afforded the luxury of time and due process. Contrasts and flights of fancy that sounded haphazard before are now as enmeshed and integral as the band's close-knitted mix of venturesome drumbeats, sinewy guitar lines and bass anchor. Songs like "Message" and "Chocky" almost levitate with exuberance, their overlapping vocals pinned down by the propulsive rhythms stoked, the effect is delirious and pulse-quickening. "Small Talk" makes for dizzy terrain with a spry cluster of chords and dub-dipped quavering. "Ridgway Crash" echoe… Read more
Bittersweet jack trax by L.A.'s John Tejada on his spiritual home, Palette Recordings. Worth it for the A-side aces alone, with the salty discord and shifty edits of 'Dramamine' or the nifty modular twang and clipped swing of 'Code Ext'.
Remastered for optimal bosh, the 1995 classic which lent it's name to Surgeon's label. This was Anthony Child a.k.a. Surgeon's 2nd release and proved his mettle with a style, from the slinky slam of 'Action' thru the shifty, off-centre shimmy of 'Balance' to the noisier diversions of 'Poise' bringing in his Whitehouse infatuation, beside the radgy Brummie jacker tackle ov 'Posture'.
**4LP deluxe box set with Databank '77 poster print** "1975. This 4 disc box set marks the 40 year anniversary of Pere Ubu. Including ‘The Hearpen Singles’ on one 45rpm 12”, covering the four 7inch singles released from 1975 to 1977, we continue to journey with 180gram re-mastered 12” LPs of the seminal album releases 'The Modern Dance' and 'Dub Housing'. Also included is a 12” live album, recorded in NYC, 1977, ‘Manhattan’. The box set is complete with the 1977 gig poster. All audio available via download code."
Pure techno thunder and drone from the Italian producer, backed with a solid Blue Hour remix. The SNTS originals are all about throbbing bass drum patterns and tunnelling sound design for the evil-minded dancer and DJ, at best in the sub-aquatic rolige of 'ES19.2', which Blue Hour laces with zinging hi-hats and locks to a sterner groove for the big room gurners.
**Smokey grey/green wax** Deep throbbing ambient techno remixes of the great Leo Anibaldi. Sebastian Mullaert's remix is fitted for the floor with thrumming bass and ghostly pastoral synth motifs, whereas the Ooze drown mix jettisons the groove foir a beatless dive, and Wa Wu We offers two gentler ambient house excursions.
Four Tet and Machinedrum on the buttons for Roots Manuva's 2015 comeback. The godfather of UK hip hop keeps pace with a loping quickstep in Kieren Hebden's rude techno-bop grind in 'Facety 2:11' - instrumental included - and again on a slow/fast hiphop dip somewhere between DJ Premier and double-tapped UK jungle 808s in 'Like a Drum' - instrumental also included.
LA beat dude Jason Chung breaches new dimensions in his 3rd album as Nosaj Thing. Alongside Shlohmo, FlyLo and the whole Low End Theory lot, he's been partly responsible for switching up the instrumental hip hop game in recent years, and look set to leave others for dust with the filigree touch of 'Fated' for Innovative Leisure. Throwing his collabo net far and wide, he brings everyone from avant-garde sound designer Katie Gately to Chance the Rapper and Maceo Haymes on board for a woozily surreal beat suite efficiently running 15 tunes in just over 33 minutes. In the best way it feels twice as lo… Read more
Man like Wen on a darq wan for Tectonic, now deep in its 10th year of operations. Remember that sensi fantasy you had back in 2007 that grime would cross-breed with techno and dubstep? That's the A-side 'Backdraft'; a crushing reduction of darkside sub pressure and shanking stabs with a 127bpm heartbeat. B-side, 'Finesse' follows that line with dread rollers purpose and 'Ghost' finds him stretching out on a deadly unique 160bpm flex, somewhere between halfstep D&B minimalism and Twwth's icy electro. Forward ya dancer >>>
"It has been four years since Guillermo S. Herren released anything significant from his most famous and respected moniker, Prefuse 73 (though he did keep busy with live shows, collaborations, and remixes). That's a long time for virtually any artist, but it's an eternity for Herren, whose first three Prefuse 73 albums dropped in the span of four years. As if to make up for lost time, 2015 will see the release of not one, but three major works from Prefuse 73. After several albums that saw Herren progressively drift away from the beatmaking prowess that made him synonymous with emotionall… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Paul de Jong is best known as the cofounder, cellist and resident found sound savant of the beloved, defunct collage-pop duo, the Books. Five years after that band delivered their final album, The Way Out, to much acclaim, de Jong delivers his first solo album. IF sets the Books' early albums (particularly The Lemon of Pink) as a starting point, and elevates that beguiling sense of wonder and amazement to genuinely transcendent new heights. De Jong's ability to find the musical in the mundane has always been uncanny — it is part of what… Read more
**Remastered and for the first time available on 180g vinyl for this limited reissue - with a CD version included free inside** One of Kompakt's most precious ambient gems appears on vinyl at last! The lesser spotted Olaf Dettinger was instrumental in defining Kompakt's early aesthetic, furnishing the label with both its 2nd release - 'Blond' (KOM 2, 1998) - and this, a diaphanous dream sequence of floating pads and barely-there beats reducing breakbeat and house rhythms to a hushed and gauzily detached presence. It feels something like the legendary Gas releases inverted and… Read more
*Reissue of this incredible slice of digital dancehall from the archives - brought to you via Basic Channel and Honest Jon's Basic Replay imprint* Listen up - this record contains some of the deadliest digital reggae rhythms and crushing production styles you'll ever hear. White Mice [born Allan Crichton] came up through the ranks on Sugar Minott's Youthman Promotions sound system, Jammy's Hi Power and the smaller Ticka Muzik sound from his birthplace - Montego Bay, rising to local celebrity whilst performing with Tenor Saw at Sunsplash 85. Surprising then that recollections of White Mice ar… Read more
Sadly, the late and very great Judee Sill didn't leave behind an especially extensive catalogue of works, but apart from the two albums (her self-titled 1971 debut and its 1973 follow-up, Heartfood) completed in her lifetime, we've since heard Dreams Come True, mixed by Jim O'Rourke from materials for a proposed third album, along with a few live recordings and outtakes compiled for reissues. This live album draws from three concert appearances made in the UK between 1972 and 1973 and features favourites from her debut LP, such as 'Jesus Was A Crossmaker' and 'E… Read more
Once-a-year kinda guy, Still Music boss Jerome Derradji drops a smart Chicago update for 2015. Upstairs, 'Wurk It' dispenses a full-bodied percolator ripened with bucking claps and twanging lead line in a smooth-but-rugged take on classic Dance Mania; downstairs, 'Acid Nothing' drags the tempo down for a skudgy and subtly proggy 303 jam.
**Roots reggae. Hard to believe this was made in 2014! Edition of 500** "Horus Records’ fifth release is a special one for us. It is the first production played and recorded by ourselves at our studio ‘The Arch’ in Tottenham, North London. It’s in an all analogue affair recorded with real instruments live and direct to tape, sounds pumped through homemade valve preamps and other equipment we have amassed over the last few years. It’s a 2015 production, heavily influenced by our love for the sonic and the approach of 1970’s reggae. Ronnie Davis shouldn’t need an introduction, considered one o… Read more
"With this new album Cankun’s work is mutating into a more mature and to the point loop based, psyche-dub, lo-fi music, that is flirting at times with prog, post rock and ambient electro."
**Includes DVD of Outside the Great Circle, and an insert, with artwork designed by Chioreanu himself** "Outside The Great Circle, Where Purgatory Ends is a spectacular multimedia approach on both spiritual. And artistic levels. Costin Chioreanu’s movie premiere and art exhibition were highly acclaimed at the legendary Roadburn Festival in Utrecht. The project features following guest musicians and artists: David Tibet (Current93), Attila Csihar (Sunn0))), Mayhem), Kimmo Helén (Hexvessel) alongside others. Merging music, illustration and film, this movi… Read more
Glasgow's ever-brilliant Night School return with a new album from label head honcho Michael Kasparis under the Apostille alias. To date he's nurtured this sound with split releases alongside Meddicine and Dnbl for C.O.A.T. and Clan Destine in parallel to actions with The Lowest Form and Please, but all energies are now focused on 'Powerless' with the intention to "bridge the gap between audience and performer, to connect through the fog of power structures and post-modernism; to ferment a direct pop music unconcerned with control." What that means in reality is a cranky clutch of lo-fi, synthy … Read more
**Sought-after yacht disco classique. 180g reissue** "Originally released in Japan only, back in 1979, Prone is considered by most aficionados to be Ned Doheny’s crowning glory. Even better than the superlative Hard Candy. So quite why this AOR/soft-funk gem has not been available legitimately on vinyl for over 35 years is anyone’s guess. To celebrate ‘Be With Ned’ – the West Coast maestro’s first ever tour of the UK and Europe in March 2015 – Be With Records proudly present the first ever officially licensed reissue of this forgotten-funk classic. What makes this release truly special is t… Read more
Rude-playing techno-house on a double feature from John Barrera's Supply label. Mazzarino, Italy's Salvatore Genovese runs a psychoactive jack attack on the front; 'Mike Davis plays a pair of cooler, rawer, acid-based grooves on the B-side.
PMM pelts it out on his solo debut on the unstoppable Berceuse Heroique. In 'Serpent's Promise' he rivets rail-roading kicks with rusted percussion and skittish melodies; 'Growth Hacking' gets loose on a wonky techno tip, sorta like saltier Jerome Hill or Cristian Vogel; 'AACF1' loses it for good with a whacked-out triplet calculation designed to scatter bodies thru the smoke and strobes.
**Limited Edition, includes MP3 download redeemable from the label - Features Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Palace) and members of Grails and Tortoise** "Bonnie Stillwatter is a conceptual collaboration of artistry and friendship between Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy), experimental rock group Watter (featuring a member of Grails), and Stillwater Artisanal, a nomadic brewer that mixes equal parts art and alcohol. This collaboration is an inspired one, the roots of which are a mutual respect and love, and the fruits of which are two side-long trips into dark cine… Read more
"After an action-packed 2014, Montreal-based vinyl label Infinite Machine are raising the stakes and pushing right through the New Year with the debut ofRights, the new collaborative effort between Sepalcure’s Braille and Infinite Machine mainstay Seafloor. A functional soundtrack for the late winter nights in the city, the Brooklyn-based duo mange to encapsulate the night’s adventurous lure with dynamic House that weaves touching soundscapes over intrepid Bass exercises. The 6-track collection of originals is graceful as it is invigorating, going deep when appropriate, teasing when necessary and breaking after being naughty."