Thursday, 30 January
Hamburg's Smallville play host to this superb album of signature dub house styles from Stephen Laubner aka STL. All new material, spanning skanking, Chain Reaction style dub-house on 'Scuba's Motion Dub' and 'Amelie's Dub' or the seriously heavy 'Ghostly Ambit' thru to a mixture of Maurizio and Theo Parrish styles on 'Space Cats' and two beautifully glassy ambient vignettes in 'Good Wine' and closer, 'Over and Out'. We wouldn't want to over-egg your expectations, but this is close to being a perfect STL release.
Freddy's Best-selling album from '82, features Freddie's signature 'Big Ship' title track plus 'Roots Man Skanking', 'Stop Loving You', 'Peaceful Man' etc. produced by Linval Thompson, mixed by Scientist.
**Sophomore album from the international hip hop trio. Includes downlaod code redeemable from the label** "This is known: Young Fathers are three young men from Edinburgh and Liberia and Nigeria, all at the same time. Their journey has taken them through various incarnations and styles but they are still only in their mid 20s. And... and this is important: they’ve chosen to kill the past—their own past, even—to make their own future. The what-what, the feeling: Following on from the acclaimed EPs TAPE ONE and TAPE TWO, their debut album Dead comes as an intimate epic, thirty six minutes of…. what… Read more
Blackest Ever Black vent a cold slice of 1982 synth improvisations by former Skullflower and Whitehouse member Stefan Jaworzyn. The original tracks on 'Drained Of Connotation' were recently re-discovered by Jaworzyn when trawling his archives for the recent run of Skullflower reissues and rekindled the British noise legend's memories of poking about with his "beloved Dr Rhythm" and Korg MS10 or 20 and an old EMS. Pre-dating the music on his recently issued 'Eaten By Shadows '82-'83' CD, it comprises an extended side of crisp, piercing hi-end tones punctured by pulsing patterns … Read more
**180g vinyl. Screen-printed jacket by House Of Traps. Hand-numbered edition of 500** A lovely slab from Catalan folk/neo classical singer/songwriter Iñigo Ugarteburu showcasing his deft acoustic playing and spellbinding arrangement alongside a ten piece ensemble. Moving on from the subtle joys of his 'Back&Forth' LP for Talo in 2012, 'For The Unknown' hems close to Chicago's improvising avant garde with an expanded palette of field recordings, piano, modular synth, brass, bicycles, and 20-string Steel Bass by the local players woven against the weft of Inigo's hushed tone. There are… Read more
Ectomorph's Erika reworked by Donato Dozzy, Israel Vines, Outer Space and Patrick Russell on the 2nd remix spawned from her 'Hexagon Cloud' album. Dozzy projects 'Early Warning Starfield' into a wormhole of cascading bleeps and extruded synthlines powered by welting bass, and Israel Vines rattles 'Gardeners' into an EBM techno slammer. Former Emeralds lad, John Elliott and his pal Andrew Veres touch on deep, pounding techno territory with their ecstatic overhaul of 'Tow Ride', and Midwest veteran Patrick Russell gets our top marks for his sinuous, minimal reshape of 'North Hex'.
Italy's SNTS follow three 12"s for their DIY label with a purified dark techno session for Horizontal Ground. The opening ambient passage sets a cold, sepulchral tone which carries thru the record, from pneumatic 4/4 to an hydraulic roller and deep space mystery reminding of classic Surface Records.
A thrilling opening salvo from Alight, a new project from Ross Tones (aka Throwing Snow) with a pumping, expansive dance sound. It sits alongside the likes of Blondes, Physical Therapy, Cyan Kid - going beyond simple dance cuts and conjuring an idealised club experience with ever-changing maximalist palettes and mercurial structures. Moving from not-so-outsider house to reverby minimal etherealism and from rigid techno machinery to frenetic jungle, the album even launches into a chic cinematic instrumental with cellos ('Caligo'). A compact, diverse, luxurious debut.
Sweet cosmic disco house from Bristol's Komon & Appleblim team for Will Saul's Aus Music. A-side 'Jupiter' oscillates between strutting disco and sub-loaded house swagger with ace kosmiche dub intervals produced, by the sounds of it, on Roland's legendary Jupiter synth. Flipside they pick up the pace with a nifty techno-house number named 'Glimmer', and roll out into classic-sounding Broken beat and dub chord styles with the techy closer 'Beach Trek'.
"Staubgold presents the legendary first album from 1980 by UK underground heroes Family Fodder, for the first time reissued on CD and vinyl. Guest musicians include This Heat's Charles Bullen on drums, guitar, vocals, percussion and viola. The Wire magazine listed "Monkey Banana Kitchen" among their "100 Records That Set The World On Fire (While No One Was Listening)" and wrote: "A loose collection of friends and, more often than not, wanderers, Family Fodder reached their apex (or at least one of them) with Monkey Banana Kitchen. The music took the ferocity of contemporaneous Br… Read more
Stone cold classic digi-dancehall album from 1984 by sing-jay originator, Eek-A-Mouse, produced by Henry Junjo Lawes, recorded and mixed at Channel One. Reissued in original jacket and quality pressing. Tracklist: 1. Queen Elizabeth 2. Star, Daily News or Gleaner 3. Atlantis Lover 4. Palaving 5. Treason 6. Anarexol 7. Chip Out 8. Wild Like A Tiger 9. Don't Run And Cry 10. How I Got My Name
'82 roots reggae classic from Johnny Osbourne, produced by 'Junjo' mixed by Scientist, inc. 'Love Is Universal', 'Give A Little Love', 'In Your Eyes' etc.
Amsterdam and London dons Tom Trago and Bok Bok get their Dance Mania on for Night Voyage. 'Pussy Trak' is a pumping house tool stabbed up with ballroom crashes and the stentorian command "work this pussy"; 'Silent G safari' works on a bassline-driven tip punctuated with phasing claps.
Paul Purgas' We can Elude Control illuminate the frightening electronic practice of London-based Italian artist, Roberto Crippa on his debut album. 'Reverse' intersects elements of electro-acoustic composition, concrète production techniques and improvised noise with a steady hand employing a range of sources - wood, metal, drum skin and amplified concrete - in eight suspended structures. There are striking parallels to be drawn between Crippa's amorphous shapes and the output of Paul Purgas' Emptyset with James Ginzburg, especially in the mechanical lurch of 'Vector', the bruising bass detona… Read more
First vinyl reissue of an extremely rare and sought-after Sunroof! album documenting Matthew Bower's Sunroof! featuring Mick Flower (Vibracathedral Orchestra and Flower Corsano Duo) on their European tour in 2003. The original was issued on Bower's Rural Electrification Program (REP) and is hailed as Sunroof!'s "rock record and its tribute to Neil Young and AC/DC (hence the title)."
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Pieter Willems returns to his Presk alias for a swinging house jaunt on Ten Thousand Yen, the same label which introduced him to the world with the 'Love Again' 12" in 2011. This time out, his sound is little more refined but still with the necessary grit to put an itch in your pants. Four cuts run the gamut from spring-loaded bruk-step techno to tightly coiled shake-downs, chunky filter house and Jersey swing, all with that nipped and tweaked edit style and rugged sense of function we've come to expect from the lad.
Dario and Marco Zenker do their mum proud with another slab of finely honed techno pressure for Tresor. This is the business, really, rolling out with the swinging techno house groove of 'Stratusphunk' coming off like Boo Williams' 'Motion Sickness' gone down a much darker, privatised line - train horns included - whilst the flipside gets down with the rugged rollige and strafing Detroit sci-fi chords of 'Thirty-Who' and the frayed electro-techno hydraulix of 'Vamp Like'. Recommended!
**Transparent Vinyl** A decidedly unhealthy serving of power noise from Violet Poison and Shapednoise's label. A-side features a pulsating power noise session called 'Delirium Tremens' by Orphx's Richard Oddie and the legendary David Foster (Teste, Huren) beside the jagged clank and distorted signals of Sunil Sharpe's Ground Skull Dust'. B-side holds the martial breakbeat techno and cyberpunk drones of Belgrade duo Ontal's 'Function', and Ascion's roiling, near-beatless 'Overture'.
*First Pressing includes a copy of the Cd free inside* "In South Africa, there’s a range of hot sauces with names like ‘Bushman’s Fire’, ‘Bushman’s Hot As Hell’… and the most mouth-searing of all: ‘Bushman’s Revenge’. Three Norwegian musicians had a few ‘memorable encounters’ with the sauces on a trip to South Africa some years back, and later when they suddenly realised: ‘have gig in a couple of days, need name now’, they chose the name of the spiciest of the lot. ‘I guess you can say that the Revenge made a lasting impression,’ says the group’s guitarist, Even Helte Hermansen. A… Read more
Nochexxx follows his debut album with the more accessible electro-funk freak beats of 'Thrusters' on Ramp. Working in space between Legowelt's sonic fictions and the skronky avant-dance music of NYC's Gobby, Nochexxx is on a wild dancefloor tip, bowling between body-rattling uptempo electro-techno, weird-ass electronica, spiralling acid, ghetto-tech and dotty synth dérives that sound like they were written with an infected sequencer. Good stuff.
Wicked dancehall dub album from 1982, produced by Henry Junjo Lawes and starring the inimitable Yellowman. Reissued in original jacket and on quality pressing. Tracklist: 1. Natty Sat Upon The Rock 2. Lost Mi Love 3. Mister Chin 4. Two To Six, Supermix 5. Morning Ride 6. How You Keep A Dance 7. Jamaica A Little Miami 8. Yellowman Getting Married 9. Duppy Or Gunman 10. Cocky Did A Hurt Me
Thursday, 23 January
*Ships Friday* **"Elephant"-skinned boxset includes exclusive first vinyl edition of 'Hazyville' and vinyl of new album 'Ghettoville' each housed in die-cut jackets, plus two CD's for both, and an epic 32-page, 12" x 12" art book** A must-have missive for all deep funk futurists, collecting a much-needed vinyl version of 'Hazyville' (2008) together with what's hinted to be the last Actress album, 'Ghettoville'. We hardly need to reiterate with you lot how heavy 'Hazyville' has played on our listening lives over the last half decade or more. It marked a pivotal moment where house… Read more
*Triple LP housed in a gorgeous die-cut sleeve* The bleary-eared swagger of 'Ghettoville' concludes Actress' album cycle begun with his debut 'Hazyville' back in 2008. As we're sure you're well aware, in the meantime he's released a pair of modern classics, 'Splazsh' and 'R.I.P.', two radically rugged, sophisticated abstractions of electronic music alternately rendered in crystal clear and far-more-murky resolution. With 'Ghettoville' it would appear he's wearing his black-tinted glasses again, the ones which don't show up his bloodshot eyes and give him license to prowl the most fugged-up interz… Read more
**Edition of 500 with instant download** One of our favourite labels and new acts follow-up their 'Love' LP debut with another canny patchwork of cracked and fogged-up R&B psychedelia. Since the first LP, the duo have relocated from the Lisbon underground to Glasgow's sympathetic scene and northern climes (also home of Night School Records) to re-assess their sound, which slots neatly within the city's famed tastes for future funk and art-wized fuzz. Their 'Greatest It's' sounds like it was made on half-asleep machines plugged into an unreliable power source, but still manages to tap into an … Read more
Belgian/Italian duo Andrea Taeggi and Koenraad Ecker isolate a diffuse mixture of techno and concrète noise with 'Apophenia' for Opal Tapes. Building on the decayed structures of last year's 'Contrapasso' album, their latest blends the chaotic virtues of their improvisational approach with a more premeditated logic, manifesting five arcane constructions balancing abstract expression and rugged, grooving purpose. In that sense it works well alongside Opal Tapes' boss Basic House, but Lumisokea's rhythms are more tetchy, incendiary, liable to combust like the 3-step IDM of 'Eleven' or buckle and sp… Read more
"Two years after releasing his highly acclaimed album "Todesmelodien" Andreas Dorau strikes back – this time with a real band! In fact his brand new album "Aus der Bibliothèque" is the first album which he has recorded with a band since "Demokratie" (1988). Backed by "Die Liga der gewöhnlichen Gentlemen", he sought inspiration in the quarry of ideas known as the Hamburg Central Library. The result: poppy krautrock, Beatlesque sunshine pop, soft rock, electronica. In short, a superb album!"
"Recorded in 1973 in the living room of Michael Yonkers' former bandmate Jim Woehrle (Michael and the Mumbles, Michael Yonkers band), this private-pressed LP is at last available for lovers of homespun Astral Folk. Using only one mic to capture Woehrle's transcendent piano, Yonkers' plaintive guitar playing, and the duo's aching vocal harmonies, one can hear the very real sounds of the phone ringing and natural reverb - with the occasional post-production psychedelic flourish making this an unjustly-unheard classic. Fans of Ed Askew, Fred Neil, and Bill Fay take note."
Dimension-dissolving newness from the Stanford University student and acclaimed sound artist, Holly Herndon. Continuing to explore the parameters of her own voice and hi-end digital processing with an avant-pop appeal, the two pieces on 'Chorus' emphasise the natural fidelities of human vocal timbres whilst relishing in the possibilities of polyphonic effects and the innate voices of her laptop. For the title track she samples her daily digital life, from browsing the internet and Youtube to using Skype and other applications, to create a fractal maze of splintered inflections, gasps and phrase… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Chicago's Supreme Cuts return with the hyper-forward footwork, pop, drill and R&B fusions of 'Divine Ecstasy'. Their canny balance of airborne raps and autotuned vocals from Haleek Maul, Yen Tech, Py, Shy Girls and Mahaut Mondino, paired with deftest studio geometries has to be one of the freshest fusions you'll hear all year. With both producers in their early 20s and only making beats since 2011, there's a palpable immediacy to the 14 tracks of 'Divine Ecstasy', parsing their mutual influences from Basinski to Herbie Hanco… Read more
*180gm Vinyl now in, comes with a Poster and download code redeemable from the label* Core GYBE members regroup around Efrim Menuck for the apocalypse-baiting blues punk rage of their first LP-length work since the band's debut record as a trio almost 15 years ago. Far more balls-out than their other, perhaps better known band's output, 'Fxck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything' is sharper and far less quaint, alloying elements of hardcore, ragged garage blues and black metal with a vital fervour that bucks any post rock infere… Read more