Thursday, 27 June 2013
Dropping like a blob of hoffmans on your cortex, yung Dutch jazz whizz JamesZoo joins the dots between hep-hip, jozz and olictro on a dope follow-up to his exceptional 'Faaveelaa' 12" for Rwina. Imagine Pierre Bastien breaking it psilocybic with Dilla and Hecker and you're within grasping distance of this mighty madness, veering from the skewed soul of 'Blue Flutebird' to the demented bubblers' jazz fusion of 'Owlowlowlo' and the percolated 3D sparkle of 'Poek' up top like a cariacature of future fusion sincerely penned by Vic Reeves (or maybe Jheronimus aka Hieronymus Bosch, the titular Netherla… Read more
Pounding noise techno brutality originally issued in 2004. Four tracks of uncompromising rhythmic noise powered by a techno engine, taking in the bit-crushed squeal of 'Energize' and the bludgeoning 'Paroxisme' on one side, and the avalanche of boulder kicks in 'Rampant' and the more distorted 'Rebond' on the flip.
*10"+CD - reissue of a 2001 CDR release* "Little Life is a home recording made by Josephine Foster in 2001. Although she had been writing songs for years, the idea to record something was new to her as she had previously notated her music longhand. Inspired by her work as a music teacher to young children, she recorded this collection of miniature songs to 4-track. Upon rediscovering records for children by American folk musician Ella Jenkins from her own youth, Foster began to play the ukulele in her teaching work. Thus many of the songs of Little Life were written upon that instrumen… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Originally released as a limited pressing back in 1982 and not available on vinyl for several lifetimes, it’s time to resurrect this classic album. The early days of Nomeansno were indeed spent dwelling firmly in left field. Since the band at the time consisted entirely of brothers John and Rob Wright, the songs were constructed almost completely as bass/ drums/vocals with occasional piano spritzing and a tiny tiny bit of that six string slipping in for spice. Although primitive sounding and not indicative of their later, guitar-injecte… Read more
**Warehouse find** The sequel of sorts to 'Battlefield', in our books 'Neoclassical' is a bona-fide overlooked classic in the dark, instrumental Hip Hop canon. Imagine if Ike Yard decamped to a studio in Berlin for a cold winter with RZA, and you're right on the vibe for this LP. Like it's predecessor it's fashioned from gloomy, atmospheric sample textures and ambience mixed with spine-rearranging beats and cinematic dialogue, but the effect yields something far greater than the sum of its parts. Check the baroque gangsta beats of 'Downfall' for a start, then the unheimlich torture chamber clamm… Read more
**Warehouse find** The final 12" of industrial techno by Huren, originally issued in 2003. A-side 'Ordet' wields slamming bass under oppressive, sweltering distortion. B-side 'Slutspil' gets funked up with spiky electro percussion and 'Speaker Slow' will polish you off with proper industrial thwack. Tip!
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* *Palms are a collaboration between Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno and doomgaze titans Isis* "The Los Angeles heavy, stargazing outfit Palms was forged out of an explosive collision, as Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno joined forces with critically-lauded post-metal group ISIS, venturing into bold sonic territory that careens from kinetic churning guitars to quiet, atmospheric moments mining rich emotional environments. Palms’ self-titled Ipecac Records debut is wrought with dark anthems and intense textures, shoring cinematic, introspective interludes with… Read more
**Edition of 200 copies** Brooding split slab of "Music & Folkcore" by long-running noise improv unit Amps For Christ, and doomy black metal ambient from Winters In Osaka. Enid Snarb and Henry Barnes invoke a miasma of keening string discord and amorphous bass with brief opener 'Spring Theory', and inhabit a strange sonic ecology of drill sounds, "caveman electronics", throttled vocals and fibrillating bass disturbance with longer centrepiece, 'Ninetynine Time', concluding with the Sun City Girls-styled feedback charming folk meditation, 'Ata… Read more
Originally released in 2007, 'Run' combines both sides of Kareem's oeuvre; gothic techno and hip hop. A-side hold the bruising, aquatic techno parry of 'Mesmeric' and an electro-hopped remix of Dälek's 'Distorted Prose', plus itchy techno grit of 'Pendulum'. Industrial heads should check the flipside's roiling drums and gloomy atmosphere in 'Surgoo' and the clanking dungeon pulses of 'Run'.
Single-sided pressing of Mike Parker's killer remix for Mark Broom's 'She Don't Like The Collar'. The American producer rearranges the original with a more teasing build, submerging the rhythm in electrically-charged ocean of aquatic pulses and saving the progressive pads for use only at the most crucial points.
"Chester Endersby Gwazda is a 28 year-old producer and musician living in Baltimore, Maryland. First earning his stripes by driving around the US, like a latterday Lomax, recording countless bands out of his car/studio for food and lodging, Chester has since become one of underground rock’s most inspired and in-demand producers. With acts like Dan Deacon, Future Islands, Cloud Nothings, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, and Air Waves having all recorded breakthrough records with Gwazda, his credentials stack up to the ceiling. Immersed in Baltimore’s lively music scene Chester has also found h… Read more
*Purple Vinyl* Atmospheric D&B crafts; Sam KDC's first solo mission in 2013. Four cuts span layered, lush-minded synth ambience, intricate rhythms and sweeping neo-classical motifs from sombre swoon and step in 'Tides Of The Moon' to the sci-fi sensual roller 'Exertion' on the A-side, over to squashed halfstep pressure and expansive panoramas of 'Catacomb' and the mercurial deep space flex of 'Surrender' 'pon the flip.
Battered industrial techno and DSP experiments originally issued in 2001. 'Tripods' ranges from masticated rhythmic noise of 'Virulent' and the spine-scraping malevolence of 'Eis' on the A-side to a thunderous noise techno assault, 'Scharal', and the splintered IDM intricacies - like Plaid gone noisy - of 'Prior'.
Lethal four-way face-off from Zhark's finest. Huren forges the fiercely unhealthy grind of 'Denom' beside Kareem's powerful darkside trip 'Hacks 1' for the fearless - they don;t make 'em like this any more! - whilst Harsh churns up the horror strings and roiling bass rhythms of 'Moloch Dampf' and ZymOsiZtakes no prisoners with strangulated noise and bone-breaking drums on 'Ware Of Gods'.
Thursday, 20 June 2013
*Deluxe Triple Vinyl gatefold pack, includes a download code redeemable from the label* Underground provocateur and beat maverick triggers 33 sawn-off rave-refractions, 'With Love'. After maintaining an unusually low profile for the 2 years since 'Dedication', Zomby is set to convince more heads with this ambitious double album of gloomy electronics and UK soul. And that's not soul of the Beverley Knight type: it's a poignant, more relevant sorta soul; a metaphysical essence that percolates its dilated pulsewidth and comes laden with a very particular emotional and cultural bagga… Read more
**A modern take on heavily percussive, frenetic Turkish Gypsy music starring virtuosic clarinet playing issued by A Hawk And A Hacksaw's label. Includes download code redeemable from the label. RIYL Dabke, Turbofolk etc.** "In Istanbul, close to the city center, lies a district not often visited by tourists. It's called Dolapdere, and it is populated by the Roma of the city, many of whom are originally from Thrace. They supply the music for the city's weddings, circumcisions, parades and parties. Dolapdere is the home of clarinet virtuoso Cüneyt Sepetçi and the… Read more
Tough, jacking house and leather-chapped EBM collide on this oily, addictive new EP from the Comeme crew's Aljandro Paz. 'Lavapis' is a scene-stealer, Paz's give-a-f***k, DAF-ish vocal riding a ripped 'n toned, minimalist arrangement of drums and synths that will properly rough up the more decadent nightspots. 'The Bubble' is raw Chicago acid armed with extra Latin flair and a nostril full of amyl; 'Different But The Same' takes us back to the new wave for some darkling synth-pop moves, but keeps it seedy, bass-heavy and murderously sparse; the title track 'Inside Job' is a time-dilating, va… Read more
**Hand-numbered and stamped edition of 444** Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan and Caribou remix Pick A Piper's polyrhythmic dance-pops for Phonica. The Jeremy Greenspan mix of 'Lucid In Fjords' is an ace DJ tool unfurling stripped and crisp drums, chords and supple subbass to a aerodynamic groove before building to a head of tweaky acid funk and back out. Flipside, Caribou reduces 'Once Were Leaves' to sound something like an instrumental fusion of Grimes and Holy Other.
Epic, tropical acid trips from A Sagittariun, backed with remix by Dutch techno pioneer, Terrace. 'The Mojo Odyssey' is a lush groover harking back to classic mid'90s Detroit tributes and compatible with A Guy Called Gerald's recent moves. 'A Lucid Dream' manifests a richly melodic, Plaid-styled breakbeat orchestration on the flip, beside a more rugged, moody Terrace remix locked to a muggy 4/4.
Coyote pull out another neo-grime stinger, following issues by Mella Dee, TS7 and Walter Ego with two tracks by Melbourne's Arctic and remix from Seattles Kid Simpl. Artic's 'Shook' amps the original Eski template with taut, electroid torque and canny choral stabs coming off something like his countryman, Dro Carey at his grimiest, and B-side 'Know This Don' cocks back a full clip of agile, darting, hard-bodied 8-bar swerve. The remix is another matter entirely, rendering 'Shook' as a glacial ambient hyperprism with hazy, washed-out textures.
Sleek, driving pair of techno tools by the Berghain/Panorama Bar resident. The shaking, up-stepping hi-hats, rude Reese bass and hypnotic tuning of 'Stepmode' possibly belies some influence from his colleague, Fiedel, or at least from more outernational sources and London's funky sound, whilst his 'Stillsteppin' offer more pensive drones and darkly dubbed out dynamics primed for cavernous rave spaces.
**Dope, diverse mix of soul, indie-pop, hip hop and electronics from a Scottish rap trio on Anticon** "The range these young men span from song to song is heroic. They are masters of emotion (“I Heard”), experts with texture (“Mr. Martyr”), incredible with rhythms (“Ebony Sky”), and fierce wielders of noise (“Queen Is Dead”). But they are also capable of being all of these things at once and coming out the other end with an odd masterpiece like “Way Down in the Hole,” which begins like a warm Miguel demo before inhabiting a bombed-out horror score apparently performed by the ghostly inhabitant… Read more
**Full album on CD included inside** **Cute, strolling ambient electronics fusing the coolly insatiable wanderlust of Roedelius and the trim rhythms of Kreidler/To Rococo Rot's Stefan Schneider. 180g vinyl. Includes CD edition** "Not long after Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster, Harmonia) and Stefan Schneider (To Rococo Rot, Kreidler, Mapstation) had released their first album "Stunden", accompanied by a few live shows in 2011, Eric Satie and Brian Eno were quoted as the great inspiration for their musical collaboration. Fine references no doubt, one having invented musique d'ameublement, an… Read more
Deeply rooted dubstep tackle including a killer, Skull Disco esque collaboration between Perverse & Gantz. Up top Perverse leans forward with a clipped and dread-infused halfstepper 'Tribute', but the best is saved for the flipside with Gantz; a percussive dreadnaught with stomach-quaking subs and icy hi-hats called 'Seismic'.
Speedy J and Lucy's Zeitgeber alliance come on strong with a killer debut album of forward facing, abstract and noisy techno - just how it should be. Its a finely balanced feat of hi-end engineering, mixing tonal and textural experimentation with well considered, functional rhythms, marking out some of Speedy J's best work since his classic 'A Shocking Hobby' LP and the strongest in Lucy's relatively young, yet distinctive catalogue. Our big highlights are the gritty, brownian flux of 'These Rhythms' and 'From Here' or the Porter Ricks-like 'Now Imagine', and the mixture of crushed, Andy Stott like flow and lullaby melodies in 'Before They Wake'.
Thursday, 13 June 2013
**One-time pressing of 400 copies housed with insert in acid yellow jacket designed by Denis Tyfus** Avant mavericks meet in a dada showdown of possessed aut-rock squall and febrile electronics on Alga Marghen's Planam sub-print. Ghedalia Tazartes contributes his imaginative mixture of Pan-African-Asian singing styles with Jewish and Gypsy inflections sounding like a Native American chief wishing rain for an aboriginal tribe against the Gol quartet's mind-trekking topography of blues stomp and decadent noise rituals conducted on electric Mandoline, Jew's Harp, Janotron, Flutes, Electric G… Read more
From his ice-base out in Finland, Desto makes a big step up with debut album 'Emptier Streets'. Since 2008 he's been honing a distinctive sub-branch of the dubstep sound equally informed by dirty south hip hop and Chicago footwork as much as what originated in south London - a sound best heard on the killer Signal Life label he runs with Teeth - while the eclectic Ramp Recordings have provided the perfect home to some of his very finest riddims. Here, working to the album format for Rwina he's licensed to really explore his tastes fully, triangulating a sound somewhere between Kuedo and the Aut… Read more
**One-time pressing of 250 copies** Andrew Pekler met Giuseppe Ielasi in Berlin to imagine and record this dreamy, hazy suite of concrète exotica. 'Holiday For Sampler' documents the barely-treated highlights of three days of improvising with their favoured tool, the sampler, burrowing wormholes through stacks of dusty vinyl loops and crackly surface hummus. While they've previously worked together in a "professional" capacity - Pekler's released LPs for Ielasi's Schoolmap label and Senufo Editions - this is the first time they've collaborated artistically, but you'd… Read more
"Following the loud and fevered reaction to Accelerator in April 1998, Royal Trux decided to release an EP to coincide with their hotly-anticipated European tour. Swiftly, three songs came together and 3-Song EP was born. Originally released in August 1998, 3-Song EP was required to quench the fans’ thirst. The combination of wack-ass knob twisting and crowd-pleasing singalongs that featured on Accelerator reflected some absurdly inverted sense of What People Wanted. Having assembled a band made up of artists on their American label Drag City, several domestic shows were scheduled, and the play… Read more