Thursday, 26 September 2013
*Expanded 2LP cut at 45RPM in a gatefold sleeve with Obi strip* "Universal Sound label are proud to present the reissue of Michael White’s ‘Spirit Dance’, originally released on Impulse Records in 1972. Deep spiritual jazz released in limited edition luxurious CD box, as well as a heavyweight 180gm audiophile double vinyl edition cut at 45-rpm in a deluxe gatefold sleeve. This is the debut album from Michael White, released on Impulse Records in 1972. Michael White’s deep, spiritual jazz fitted in perfectly with the roster of artists at the Impulse label at the start of the 1970s, includin… Read more
Ostgut Ton represent their expanded vision of electronic dance music beyond house and techno with a diverse set of non-standard productions by Fiedel, Virginia, Rolando, Function, Barker & Baumecker, and more. Simply put, there's not a banger in sight, but there are some really sweet moments from all involved. It's maybe best considered as Ostgut's answer to Warp's legendary AI volumes, stretching out from Barker & Baumecker's gyroscopic slow-fast IDM on 'Meiose' to Stingray-style steppers' electro from Fiedel, and thru to sci-fi Detroit-style visions from Rolando and Function. Tobias. imp… Read more
Big moves from Champion's Formula, illuminating the UK's massive Jackin' House scene with Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo's anthem, 'What I Want'. One of the most virulent underground UK dance phenomena of the recent years, the generally Midlands/Northern sound has been infiltrating the London-sound sets of Brackles and Oneman, among others, for a minute now. Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo are arguably the scene's biggest DJ/producers, and yet, by our reckoning this is their first appearance on vinyl - take from that what you will. Anyway, their 'What I want' original is a signature… Read more
Thursday, 19 September 2013
'Restless Idylls' is the long awaited debut album from Tropic Of Cancer. It's another milestone in Blackest Ever Black's catalogue; a triumph of decadent misery and gothic romance built around eight songs written by the group's sole permanent member Camella Lobo in Los Angeles, and beautifully complemented by production from Karl O'Connor, aka Regis, who released ToC's incredible debut back in 2009 on his Downwards label. Lobo's music has come to define the wave zeitgeist, presenting a sound irrevocably haunted by the past, yet reflective of the present with uncanny, scrying vision. … Read more
*Upfront Exclusive* *One sided-12" pressed on splattered vinyl, pressed at Pallas, includes free download* We're biased but, jeez, this is good. Making use of original vocal parts from tricky and Francesca Belmonte, 'Valentine' has been completely re-built by Andy Stott, a split-level production that pushes into slow-fast territory with immense bass terror before flexing out into a footwork section that bangs hard. Everyone goes on about Maxinquaye and, yeah, it's a total classic, but for us Tricky's 'Nearly God' side project, especially 'Poems', has always stood out as a… Read more
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* The increasingly ubiquitous Huerco S. services Dan Lopatin’s Software imprint with his debut album proper, following that seductive, rep-making trio of EPs on Wicked Bass, Opal Tapes / Boomkat Editions and Future Times. It’s top-drawer stuff, taking the new age ambience and rugged, smoke-choked house rhythms du jour and turning them inside out, opening up new zones of dubwise introspection. ‘Plucked From The Ground, Towards The Sun’ is a 90s Chain Reaction cut inspected through a smeared microscope lens, but it’s the minor key shifts and a… Read more
Exceptional slow techno deviations from Mike Jefford aka Positive Centre for Sigha's Our Circula Sound label. Maintaining the pressure below 110bpm, 'An Assembly' is a throttling set of six tracks compatible with a certain strain of techno that's emerged recently from producers such as Fishermen, CUB and Samuel Kerridge. Wide basses and precise, roiling percussions are rent with evil, sepulchral spatial dynamics: proper dungeon music for shadow lurkers and stony faced 7am techno goths. The molasses bass wade and shivering hi-hats of 'An Assembly' set the scene for dive-bombing drone synth… Read more
The KVB unveil their gloaming industro-goth alias, Burma Camp on Avian's Mira sublabel. Three tracks home in and expand on the more coruscating, abrasive side of The KVB's sound, isolating and tempering its most esoteric side. The noxious cloud of tortured vocals and jagged pulses in 'Repulsion' falls somewhere between the desolate black metal of Wold and Silent Servant's most blown-out post-punk techno, full of evil, pregnant suspense and 'marish intent. 'Isa' reminds more of Zhark Record's bleakest, thundering techno, but alloyed with stentorian, dystopian dungeon vocals, and 'Attracti… Read more
Inimitable French avant-garde unit Gol present a "music that stands for a post-nuclear shamanistic ritual for the irradiated days to come". Having established themselves as denizens of impeccable outsider taste thru collaborations with Ghédelia Tazartès, Ana-Maria Avram & Iancu Dumitrescu, and Charlemagne Palestine, among others in recent years, it's something of a revelation to hear them unaccompanied here. Conceptually, 'Anshin-on' is a threnody in two parts echoing the leaking reactor 06 of the Fukushima plant damaged in the 2011 Japanese tsunami. As far as we can tell it combines multiple recording… Read more
**2xLP housed in a gatefold tip-on jacket with etching by Travis Millard on side 4. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "If The Evil One was the album that broke Erickson out of the indie ghetto and brought him to a worldwide audience, the follow-up, 1986’s Don’t Slander Me was the one that showcased his rock and roll sensibilities like no recording before. Losing the more out-there and exotic elements of earlier and future albums, it presents us with Erickson the rocker, playing punk, rockabilly, blues and – in ‘Burn The Flames’, later found on the Return Of … Read more
**Gatefold jacket with 24"x24" fold-out poster and download code redeemable from the label** "Originally hailing from Australia’s Blue Mountains, but now residing in the UK, and following on from their critically acclaimed debut, Cloud Control’s second album, ‘Dream Cave’, is an addictive swirl that uniquely blurs together the psychedelic guitar pop and soaring West Coast harmonies of their debut with warm electronics, programmed loops and reverb-soaked percussion."
**Luscious 5th world Balearic grooves and atmospheres** "The Secret of 12 O'clock is the second Em Records release by Spaniard Juan Alberto Arteche Guel's Finis Africae project. It collects six pieces from three 1980s albums, pieces not released on the Em Records compilation "A Last Discovery". This collection captures Finis Africae in a more spiritual mode, organic and flowing, with drone textures, and featuring flute, hand percussion, guitar, sax, and synths, combined with field recordings in a music which could be heard as a less-chilly and more organic … Read more
**Now available again on Heavenly Sweetness** Tlahoun Gésséssé is widely regarded as the "Voice" of Ethiopia. Born in 1940, his singing and recording career began in the 1950's until his recent death earlier in 2009. As many followers of the Ethiopiques series will know, the incredible 17th installment is dedicated to Tlahoun, largely featuring arrangements by Mulatu Astatke and a selection of the country's finest ensembles. This record is essentially another "Best Of..", featuring a selection of tracks taken from the 60's & 70's golden period of Ethio… Read more
**Now available again on Heavenly Sweetness** Utterly enchanting Ethiopiques edition, starring the totally unique saxophone sound of Gétatchèw Mèkurya. The label says "Gétatchèw Mèkurya is probably the most revered veteran of Ethiopian saxophone. A real giant, both physically and musically. Not only is he at the very top level of Ethiopian saxophonists, but he is the "inventor" of an extremely distinctive musical "style"." The album features ten of Gétatchèw Mèkurya's arrangements, blowing a snaking, smoky and hypnotic stream of notes over very minimal backing of… Read more
**Standard Black Vinyl Edition** "Over two years in the making, the latest LP from Jesu follows the LP 'Ascension', the last Jesu full length release, which was on Mark Kozelek's Caldo Verde label. Jesu mainman Justin K Broadrick, has slowly worked at this album during this period whilst retaining activities with the reunited Godflesh, and as usual, pursuing other projects and remixes;in this period amongst many, Justin has remixed both Mogwai and Cult Of Luna. Beginning with 'Homesick', with it's guitar hooks, shoegaze textures and fam… Read more
Dada-infected side of psych, blues folk & kraut-debted electro-acoustic improvisations from the esteemed French avant-garde quartet ov Jean-Marcel Busson, Frédéric Rebotier, Ravi Shardja, and Samon Takahashi. 'Goose Vibrations' was created in 2008 and documents the gang known for "gollaborations" with Ghedalia Tazartes, Iancu Dumitrescu and Charlemagne Palestine, among others, dicing with a captivating mixture of styles and sounds ranging from psilocybic avant-folk and cosmic synth music through to stomping motorik grooves and detuned pastoral ragas. The grooving sections are particularly worthy… Read more
**2xLP housed in a gatefold "tip-on" jacket with bonus 7". Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "By 1986, Roky Erickson’s career had endured twists, turns and a late-period purple patch marked by incredible music and self-destructive behavior. 'The Evil One' broke him out of the indie underground and Don’t Slander Me showed off his rock ‘n’ roll sensibilities. But Erickson was difficult to manage – and patience was running out. "I‘d given up after the second album,” Erickson’s then-manager, Craig Luckin, has said. “I had enough.” Yet a third album – argua… Read more
"A debut album that never was, Rokk’s I Want To Live High is that rare misshapen pearl clenched tightly between the shells of a music industry shucked long ago. Too soulful for its disco-era release date, the sextet’s 1976 Tollieissued 45 “Patience” (as featured in Eccentric Soul: Omnibus) tracked well in Rokk’s hometown of Los Angeles, but was withdrawn before patience ran out with the spring rains of 1977. Tracked simultaneously was this entire shelved album full of Rokk’s mid-tempo grooves, flute-lead funk, sultry female backing vocals, slap bass, chorus drenched guitars, and lyrics about… Read more
'L'Experience Acousmagique' is a remarkable side of electro-acoustic soundscape alchemy by Etienne Coussirat and Emmanuel Holterbach aka eHœCo. Using acousmatic sound sources - objets trouvés, field recordings, effects - together with oscillators, homemade instruments and processed electric guitar the French duo have conceived six beautifully illusive and totally engrossing sound designs structured with incredible subtlety and sleight of hand. The pieces mostly started as live performances and were later carefully dissected and rearranged at the Studio Fluroescent into these alien, ex… Read more
LuckyMe bring the electronic hyperfunk from Cid Rim. Using a palette of cold, sheer sounds, Cid somehow juices warm funk outta each groove, from the intricately see-sawing swing and jazz-wise dexterity of 'Fade' thru the floating electro-soul of 'Animus:Anima' and the complex time-signatures of 'Mute', whilst 'Red Ocean' and 'Extend Ranges' evoke IDM references, with shades of 'LP5'-era Æ or BoC.
"Staggering sound poetry document, in deluxe boxset. "Alga Marghen presents one of the most impressive sound poetry anthologies ever published, introducing you to the sound works of the Nouveau Realiste artist, Francois Dufrene. His work, along with that of Gil J Wolman and Brion Gysin, was a strong influence for experimental poets like Henri Chopin, Bernard Heidsieck and Ake Hodell. François Dufrene could be considered the younger of the first generation sound poets. Already in the Lettrist Group when he was only 16 years old, with his own style marked by an hyper-powerful voice… Read more
Roska straddles pop and club sounds with a party funky flex on the follow-up to his Rinse album. Vanya belts out a proper diva vocal on the nimble, cut-up drums and brassy electro stabs of 'Desire', and MC C4 gives a cool blend of soul and bubblin' garage verses on the tidy swing and tucked vibes of 'It's All Changed'. Elsewhere it's a club-wise sound for the DJs and the rave, going in 'ard and wild with the fibrillating subs and Dutch synth stabs of 'Shocking', and the blazin' neon jacker, 'Penetration Test'.
**Edition of 250 housed in "iconic" jacket** Well, somebody had to do it, and we could think of few better than Italy's Alga Marghen label. Punning on the title of Simon & Garfunkel's classic LP (even reproducing the front cover), Patrice Caillet, Adam David and Matthew Salladin have collected those infamous "silent" tracks from releases by Ciccone Youth, Crass, Andy Warhol, Whitehouse, Sly & The Family Stone, John Denver, John Lennon, Robert Wyatt, Orbital, and many more. It's equal parts a provocative statement, as many of the pieces were intended, and also an aesthetic exercise if we tak… Read more
Proper, submerged basement techno from Manchester. On the 2nd part of 'Under The Aquadrome' Dicicco subtly shifts away from staid dub techno to more industrial zones with evident success. A-side 'Physical' is pure aerobic pressure, all hydraulick bass and scratching hi-hats with an unrelenting momentum, whilst 'Grainy Days' locks into a stepping groove tearing the body between rounded subs and brittle, pointillist percussion laced thru with aquatic synth shockwaves. B-side, 'Excavation' is a display of brute but well poised techno shunt reminding of early MDR issues, and 'Merk' nearly drowns in full fat bass, but is buoyed by a sliver of glinting melody.
Powerful acid house and techno trax by the inimitable Tinman. Latching onto the industrial zeitgeist with unique style, he locks down a mighty 10 minutes of subtly funky acid bass modulations under a banking swarm of buzzing synths to delirious effect on the A-side, whilst B-side 'Hack' makes nods to Frank Timm's Soundhack project with jagged, industrially-reinforced chord stabs and cut-up, bucking drums beside the insistent, monotone body blow and tunnelling vision of 'Rocky'.
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Ripatti is a new label from Sasu Ripatti, better known to the world as Vladislav Delay. Envisaged as a studio diary of sorts, the label will be cataloguing ongoing experiments made by Sasu in his studio on his own and alongside various collaborators. This first twelve features two extended productions from Sasu under his own name, feeding into the emergant Techno/Footwork nexus and delivering something far removed from the submerged dub variants he made his name with on his classic 12"s and albums for Chain Reaction and Mille Plateaux. Instead, they continue the percussive experimen… Read more
So, the cat's out the bag; Raime are Moin, who dropped an amazing side on that Confessions split with Pete Swanson last year. Here they return to that captivating sound on BEB proper with three tracks of lean guitar, muscular bass and cracking drums optimised and arranged with effects and sequencer. The project is evidently in tribute to that whole other side of their combined tastes, the one that looks to Steve Albini's Rapeman, Bill Laswell, This Heat or Dylan Carlson for inspiration, rather than Photek or Shackleton. Yet, just like Raime, everything is perfectly measured and economical, mixed with c… Read more
**Boomkat copies on translucent Pink Vinyl. Emptyset's James Ginzburg turns a hand to folk music on a surprising solo debut. RIYL Bon Iver, Gravenhurst, Nick Drake** "Between 2003 and 2012 James Ginzburg masterminded the release of hundreds of records on the various imprints of his Bristol UK based label house Multiverse Music, including Tectonic, Subtext and Kapsize, overseeing the second renaissance of bass music in Bristol. It’s unsurprising that such a hyperactive spirit would begin to find the strictures of dance music creatively stifling. Focusing on his Subtext label, Multive… Read more
*Finally available on vinyl* Mika Vainio measures out one of his finest releases to date, bar none, in the staggering 'Kilo' for Blast First Petite. With a barely tamed sense of aggression, it more or less finds the perfect crux point between our office favourite, the beats-driven 'Oleva' (2008) under his Ø alias, and the granite hewn and bloodied metal excursion, 'Life (…It Eats You Up)' (2011), shaping ten tracks of a vivid and viscerally affective aesthetic whose themes of mass, dynamic and tone are succinctly reflected in context of his shipping-themed track titles, and surely impl… Read more
*First time this classic Tim Hecker album has been available on vinyl* Incredibly rich, sumptuous album from Tim Hecker, layering his particular blend of organic ambience with slivers of piano, found sounds and the quiet hum of abandoned machinery. Playing counterpart to the processed acoustic transmissions of Fennesz, Hecker takes a much darker route, only offering relief from the mass of textures he concocts with deep buried remnants of melody and light. As a follow-up to Mille Plateaux's sublime "Radio Amor", "Mirages" is an even more majestic album, striding with a confident heaviness further out into the wilderness, deep into the night.