Thursday, 14 November 2013
Sublime sophomore album from Dev Hynes as Blood Orange, simply one of 2013's finest R&B/pop LPs. Since his early days as Lightspeed Champion and part of Test Icicles (neither of which we cared much for), Dev Hynes has blossomed into a song-writer du jour for everyone from Solange Knowles (Beyoncé's baby sis) and Britney Spears to Sky Ferreira, Mutya Keisha Siobhan and er… Diana Vickers, blessing each and every one with his patented turn-of-phrase and priceless penchant for killer hooks. 'Cupid Deluxe' is evidently his most mature and definitive statement, somehow combining near-sacred trace… Read more
**180 gram audiophile vinyl album of the classic trojan album by John Holt. Featuring many great tracks and a full colour insert with track by track breakdown and sleeve notes by the legendary Harry Hawke**
Hydraulic electro-techno and ravin' acid house weapons from UTTU's bonus bucket. Stingray's 'Assassin' is a proper darkside Detroit diamond - tuffnut EBM kicks and distorted synthlines synched for the warehouse warriors. If you copped his NRSB-11 album with Heinrich Mueller, this is a perfect companion piece! Flipside, Vin Sol does his Larry Heard tribute thing with swagger, all fluid square bassline and rugged jakk beats cut with nimble edits.
Wémè swiftly follow the amazing NRSB-11 album and that dark-as-'eck 'Valhalla Rising' OST with The Valley And The Mountain's debut EP of greazy, cozmik electro boogie. The label's description of "…Marvin Gaye and Tangerine Dream together in an elevator in Detroit" may be pushing it a little, but there are some dapper grooves within, three each side ranging from space explorer boogie of 'Manifest (The Landing)' to Aran Daniels' ruddy, revving bassline and Carpenter-esque chords on his 'We Do So Should You' mix, and over to the weird, wobbly boogie of 'Sweat and Honey' or the muggy bump of 'Black Planet'.
**Double coloured vinyl. *Please note* sticker advises CD version is included - the CD is not enclosed but there is a digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Michael Silver (aka CFCF) is one of those rare talents to whom pop sensibility seems to be second nature. The Montreal native has been making music in his bedroom since he was 12 years old, and his sophomore LP is called ‘Outside’. He has previously released two EP‘s ‘Exercises’ and ‘Music For Objects’. ‘Continent’ was his debut release and was originally released in 2009. CFCF has a musical depth that constantly surprises his elde… Read more
**Purple wax** DJ Sprinkles and Juju & Jordash join Nuearth Kitchen's mission to "rebuild a house" with excellent remixes of Corbie. Fresh from appearing on the 'Queerifications & Ruins' compilation, Sprinkles' Deeperama remix of 'Arktika' unfurls 12 minutes of interlocking tribal congas, subbass pressure and lush, dreamy jazz motifs on the A-side; Juju & Jordash take 'Movement' into deep space with a decelerated and unfathomably widescreen Re-Something take powered by massive, rolling, distroted kicks and bass laced with some kinda harp (maybe Balalaika?) motifs and rent with vintage sci-fi atmospheres.
*Ships Friday* Brand new solar funk rays from Funkineven backed with GB: The Abstract Eye's 'Reflexes', which was previously only available on the Eglo Records Vol.1 CD. It's a canny match between the like-minded artists; Funkineven's 'Egypt' feels out cosmic space between Sun-Ra's searching synthetic expressions and the freakiest sorts of Virgo 4 or Larry Heard journeys, whilst GB shuffles in hyperspace with techy latinate syncopation and beaming modular glyphs.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* FRKWYS 10th volume is a brilliant piece of percussive collaging and sound design by downtown legend David Van Tieghem. Working in the spirit of collaboration which has seen him perform on records by Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Steve Reich and many more, on 'Fits & Starts' he works with Future Shuttle, Sam Hillmer, Georgia, Roberto Carlos Lange, Daren Ho, Eli Keszler, and Megafortress, among others, to shape an amorphous sequence of hi-definition electro-acoustics using the younger artists' reinterpretations of his… Read more
Black Acre coin their Library Series with a beat suite by Dr. Zygote aka the UK veteran behind Eglo's much-loved Strange U record. Informed by dub mixing techniques and built entirely from the ground up - no samples whatsoever - it's an impressive arrangement of Dilla-esque bump 'n crack, Photek-style drum diffusions and the mystic, smoked-out bent of King Tubby. They've even done our work for us with handy library-style descriptions for each cut, ranging from 'Alexandria (Mediterranean, Arabesque, Transient)' to 'Dragon Chase (Tense, Pursuit, Spacey)', and our favourite (Drugsy Malone (Sleazy, Mounting, Nipple Tassles)'. All the reel-skool beat-nuts gotta fondle deez.
**140g vinyl recut by Noel Summerville from original DAT master. Includes sticker postcard with die cut windows** 'In A Beautiful Place In The Country' is arguably one of the most beautiful records in BoC's catalogue. As part of the holy hexagon with 'Hi Scores', the 'Aquarius' 7" and their 'Music Has The Right..." and 'Geogaddi' LP's, it's rightly gained something of a(n) (oc)cult status as a time portal to better, bucolic times... Essential pick.
**180g vinyl reissue of a spiky NDW gem originally released on Sky Records in '82** "It stands to reason that any musical journey undertaken by a sceptic like Asmus Tietchens is destined to head into the night (In die Nacht) rather than into the day. In die Nacht, the third album in the so-called time signal (Zeitzeichen) phase continuing in the same vein as Biotop and Spät-Europa, whilst laying down its own stylistic markers, no doubt attributable to the sizeable challenges facing the composer. Time, or the lack thereof, was the most pressing concern. With only a few weeks available in … Read more
*12-Track / 3LP Version* Slick 12-track follow-up to Jerome Derradji's acclaimed Detroit Beat Down round-up. Seven years on and the sound is strong as ever, now repped by an expanded roster of 313 heads who've been doing-the-do just as long, ranging from Terrence Dixon and Mike "Agent X" Clark to Frankie Junaj aka DJ 3000 beside newer cats such as Gabbamonkey and Alex Israel. It's all killer no filler over both discs, taking in a two-part deep techno ace by Terrence Dixon ('The Fall Guy'), brilliant electro-pop-like instrumental from Reggie Dokes ('Cyber Love'), Matrix… Read more
'Litia' is another remarkable treasure from Asmus Tietchens' innovative and prolific early period circa 1982 which also saw his music released on the UK's influential YHR Tapes. During this period the Hamburg-based legend isolated a particular, peculiar brand of abstract dance music driven by spiky, pointillist drum programming and rife with weirdo synth melodies as funky as they are outright odd - a unique highpoint of wave era meshing NDW, EBM and kosmic elektroniks. There are some total bullets inside, none more so than the dark, swaggering, psychedelic Hamburg funk of 'Zeebrügge' the stormi… Read more
*Limited Edition White Vinyl - Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Instrumental version of Trentemoller's recent 'Lost' album.
Guido's sophomore follow-up to his acclaimed Punch Drunk LP is an assuredly mature and measured affair refining his feel for fluoro funk. Eleven tracks juice the tastiest traces of sino-grime, purple funk, jazz-trance (yesss), R&B and off-world folk with an inquisitive, considered approach that's deeply involving for the listener. Highlights have to be the cheeky juxtaposition of oriental hooks, scat and spurting grime on 'Heartful Dodger', the spaced-out keys and twinkle-toed bounce of 'Jupiter' or the militant pomp of 'NRG' for starters…
Bristol bassbin souljahs yung and old meet inna future dub clash. Sherwood & Pinch's follow-up to 'Bring Me Weed' heads to battle in three versions, a gritty steppers original weighed with dread subbass descent; a noisy Dubplate Pressure mix screwed with mad FX; a wilder extended mix.
**Orange wax** Ghost Mutt melds B-More, Trap, Footwork and zig-zagging electronic hyperfunk on the 'Rumble Pak' EP. 'Rumble Pak' slams down tightly wound American club Breaks with ecstatic hardcore yelps and airborne strings; 'Queens Road Masonic Lodge' is a strange development of Trap-style 16th note snare rolls and Giallo-esque string arpeggios amped for 2013. Flipside, '3310' gives a strong nod to the LuckyMe and Rustie/Hud Mo sounds with flashest stabs and wild, cut-up riddim, whereas 'Dintuno?' tilts hi-pitch vocals and rapid-fire footwork drums for the gangsta rollers.
'Spät-Europa' (1982) is a crucial part of Asmus Tietchens' early '80s catalogue, now mercifully reissued by Bureau B. His work can be roughly described as avant-garde synth-pop, or "pseudo pop" in much the same manner you could call Conrad Schnitzler's music of the same era "pop". 'Spät-Europa' was originally released by the legendary Sky Records and conveys a melancholic, alien mood across twenty succinct vignettes oscillating with wild vision between hi-velocity rhythms, charmingly daft, tongue-in-cheek NDW melodies and darkside coldwave aces all falling under the 3 minute barrier - hence the "pop" tag we guess. RIYL Conrad Schnitzler, Felix Kubin, MFH.
Tohuwabohu is the joint project of Chronomad's Saam Schlamminger and Burnt Friedman, a cultural exchange of percussive patterns and uniquely accented instrumental tunings. Their dialogue is deft, effortlessly fluid, resulting in four pieces of constantly morphing drum details synched in swirling momentum produced with deep, spatialised dubbing to psychedelic effect.
Chi legend DJ Slugo reps the original Juke sound for Thug Records. Four cuts for the lewd and discerning DJs ranging from the technoid pump of ;Work That Hoe' to the call-and-response verses of Edgar "Big Gemini" Porter and K Scrilla on 'Watch Me Juke' and a pair of proper slammers on the flip, 'All Purpose Pussy' and the freaky 'Booty Clap'.
Thursday, 07 November 2013
Another highlight of (James) Holden's 'The Inheritors' comes prepped for the DJs. It's one of the album's finest examples of Holden's quintessentially eldritch take on dance music; a strange, lilting curio spiralling pentatonic motifs in a gritty, off-kilter groove. The original is delineated to three parts for ritual use: the tool is most potent, threading Shimble's glossolalic gibberish through crooked modular sequences in an hypnotic tangle of strangely organic textures and shifty, frayed syncopation; The dub is groggy, vocal obliterated to spitting fragments filtered thru the groove with … Read more
Mark Pritchard synchs acid, dancehall, footwork, jungle and whatever the f**k else he feels like on four stingers for Warp. 'Make A Livin'' squirts jabbing acid on a sick footwork-to-jungle riddim; 'Fabulous Fred' is like a acid-curdled Lenky riddim; 'Jack' finds the sweetspot between tightest Footwork fibrillations, jungle and Detroit techno; 'Natty' is nexx level warehouse gear flipping bashment, bleep techno and darkside D&B like it's nothing.
**A remarkable treasure trove of 19 never-before-heard home recordings by Nick Drake's mum, Molly, lovingly restored by his engineer, John Wood. House in debossed, die-cut jacket with printed inner. Includes download redeemable from the label** "According to Joe Boyd, legendary producer of Five Leaves Left and Bryter Later, “this is the missing link in the Nick Drake story.” In the privacy of her home, Molly Drake wrote music and poetry, and played her songs for family and friends. With the help of her husband, Rodney, she recorded them to tape and direct-to-disk recorders. But they were neve… Read more
**First time on vinyl - spotgloss gatefold jacket with metallic-printed liner notes insert. Edition of 500** A label like Die Schachtel can easily overwhelm any listener with its vast catalogue, dividing its attentions between showcasing new experimental music (predominantly from Italy) and reissuing lost classics. In both cases you'll often find yourself confronted with works and artists you'll have had no prior knowledge of, and frankly, it can all seem a little bit disorientating, even overwhelming at times. This release is one that really shines out though - it's surely one … Read more
**The only European countries we can ship this item to are Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. If you are in another European country please contact us for postage costs** 4LP / 6 CDs / 2 DVD, Limited Edition of 500 Numbered copies Signed by Richard H Kirk with 40-page 12" booklet including notes about Earthshaker, an essay by Phil Barnes, new sleeve notes by Richard H. Kirk. All audio remastered from the original tapes Vinyl cut by Stefan Betke aka Pole. Content includes: CD: 1. Micro-Phonies Do Right … Read more
Ashley Beedle, Moodymanc and Max Essa give disco-house remix reinforcement for 'Back To The Source' from Justin Velor's '2013' album. The soaring, slightly camp synth-pop disco of the original is Italofied by Bear Funk's Max Essa and tempered to a mature disco house chug by Beedle and Moodymanc in 'After Dark Vocal' and Dub mixes for the friday night posse.
**Elaborate, sealed and screen-printed jacket** Proper, modern cyberpunk dystopia from Brooklyn's Oliver Chapoy. Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright narrates a a shadowy tale of urban ennui and underworld gloom over eleven minutes of roiling, freeformed synthesiser and depth-charge bass pulses on 'Sparkle', following effluent routes thru the darkness before eventually coagulating into a throbbing slow techno grind recalling Chasing Voices productions. 'Bosch' is more stripped down, finding a pressure point between Ike Yard's skeletal post-punk/proto-techno and the the tunnelling structures of Traversable Wormhole or Samuel Kerridge.
**Includes a copy of the CD free inside** "Best known as one half of the critically acclaimed Scandinavian pop duo Wildbirds And Peacedrums, Mariam Wallentin has been re-born as Mariam The Believer, an introspective and melancholic creation of forceful pop that characterises Mariam’s vision of hope, of light at the end of a tunnel. Amongst the foreboding instrumentation of her debut solo album ‘Blood Donation’, released on Moshi Moshi, Mariam’s powerful vocals are that light. As she questions on ‘The String Of Everything’ - “Don’t we want to learn something more, reach somewhere n… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ital Tek beams a streak of flash footwork hybrids on 'Control'. He's one of a handful of artists including Kuedo, Desto, Deft, Fracture, Om Unit or Throwing Snow who've really run with the slow/fast thing in recent years, splicing the rhythmic memes of road level Chicago with a classic sort of UK sci-fi music rooted in classic '90s AI and jungle structures. Over eight tracks he gives his own, hyperactive yet disciplined spin to that dialogue, dicing with a kaleidoscopic blend of fractious footwork jungle and angelic choral synth motifs… Read more
**Available on vinyl for the first time** A collaboration between Mutiverse boss James 'Ginz' Ginzburg and Paul Purgas, Demiurge is the second album by Emptyset, and finds them reducing their production process down to a singular signal chain channelled into a modulated analogue hardware line (or so we're told). The results are somewhere between drone, techno, noise, power electronics and the very outer limits of dubstep: in other words, audio porn for the more serious soundboys and girls among you. The duo's reliance on stomach-aching subs and ear-grazing blasts of static make clear… Read more