Thursday, 07 February 2013
**White vinyl** Martyn and 2000Black (Kaidi Tatham & Dennis "Dego" McFarlane) give up fresh broken beat and house remixes of FaltyDL's loved-up 'She Sleeps' move. 2000Black's mixes - remix, instrumental, acapella - do that grown-up and jazzy thing to a reassuring extent, but if you fancy some muck on yer biscuit get down with Martyn's ruddier, electro-laced house stepper.
**Edition of 500 double vinyl in gatefold album sleeve** The Names' 1982 LP 'Swimming' is a bona fide cold wave classic. Recorded at Strawberry Studios by Martin Hannett, the original album is now re-issued with their Peel session of the same year (the first ever recorded by a Belgian band) and the popular singles 'Calcutta' and 'Nightshift'. Their blend of coldly impassioned vocals, romantic synths, driving drums and sophisticated songwriting is an archetypal Factory/Les Disques Du Crépuscule sound, and strongly recommended to fans of that heart-aching Joy Division style aped by so, so many in recent times.
Thursday, 31 January 2013
Moiré makes a strong first impression on his/her Werk Discs debut, backed with a dope Actress remix and featuring vox by Heidi Vogel. 'Drugs' is the sound of a heavy night out, churning screwface bass beneath emotional Detroit synth pads and swinging claps like to come off like Lone's cousin who really knows how to get down. His 'Into' joint follows that train of thought with proper dancefloor finesse, inverting euphoric '90s vibes - diva wails, reese bass, disembodied synth voices - to a strangely squashed yet prodding sort of technoid disco, and 'Lose It' makes Heidi Vogel sputter… Read more
Disko404 present the first Nubian Mindz gear in five years! As a favourite of Kode 9 and 4 Hero, Colin Lindo's broken beat alias is responsible for some defining moments in the UK bass 'nuum and can be hailed as one of the closest antecedents to the latterday sound of Kode 9 or 2562's more technoid constructions, working that sweetspot between Detroit techno, UK D&B, and more rooted, Afro futurist flavours. Here, he's well in step with current trends, taking in the fluid swing techno currents of 'Hacker Wacker' alongside the Theo Parrish-like bump and fuzz of 'Vox & Cymbal'
Portland-via New Zealand might seem like quite a long way to go in search of the perfect sound, but it seems to have paid off for Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson. A gleefully psychedelic mix of early Pink Floyd and the Soft Machine with just enough West Coast transistor radio rock 'n roll thrown in for good measure, Nielson has a sound few others are trawling right now, and it works in his favour. There's nothing pretentious about these songs, and in a couple of minutes he manages to get more heart and soul across than most bands manage in an entire record. Maybe… Read more
"Norwegian/Mexican Carmen Villain is the latest signing to Smalltown Supersound. She has spent the last year working on her debut album, resulting in a tempestuous, psychedelic and dreamlike set of songs with a defiantly DIY underground free-rock sound. This 12" features a remix by Prins Thomas, Limited to an edition of 500 copies."
Exotic Pylon make their most convincing move on the 'floor yet with six tracks of adroit bass work and unstable electronics from Ed Gillett's Shape Worship project. From the top, 'Mzunga' opens a heady space between early ambient techno and the kind of Afro-futurist grooves explored by Actress and the Diskant lot, and 'Concentration' runs that vibe to a swinging, celestial 2-step with shades of Laurel Halo shared in the brief, spiralling vignette 'Seaglass'. Things take a turn to almost pop-wise realms with the Four Tet-like construction of 'Air White Smoke Signal', and 'Quilt' comes off li… Read more
**Silkscreened sleeves in hand-painted and silkscreened heavyweight boxset. Edition of 145** Italy's wonderful Planam label presents Jason Meagher and Pat Murano's freeform 1996 recordings compiled on 6 LPs for the first time - the elusive 10 copies of the original triple cassette release have all but vanished into the ether. Effectively, these recordings present a more extreme and primal sound pre-dating and paralleling the duo's better known work in the revered No-Neck Blues Band, and act as a distant relative to the cryptic astrology of Murano's incredible Decimus series. Imagin… Read more
**180-gram wax LP with original art expanded on a gatefold old-school “tip-on” jacket - Includes In-depth liner notes interviewing Valle and Lyrics in Portuguese & English* "During the hot Brazilian summer of 1971, Marcos and Paulo Sergio Valle, along with their significant others and six additional couples, rented a few modest fisherman shacks in the small village of Búzios to escape from Rio’s more populated beaches. The focus was making music and soul searching, as was the practice for affluent young hippies back then. They stayed for two months. “I wanted to go in a new direction,” says Ma… Read more
UK bass mastermind Anthony Campbell aka Dobie returns to the fray with a classic rooted yet fresh-sounding 3rd album - his first since 2004's 'The Sound Of One Hand Clapping (Version 2.5)' for BBE. Building on his best work with everyone from Soul II Soul, Massive Attack and Bjork, 'We Will Not Harm You' distills elements of 2-step, house, bleep techno, dubstep, and hip hop, all inna proper London style. It's a sound he's been honing for the past 18 months in the studio, taking inspiration from nearly three decades as a DJ and a wealth of under-and-overground industry experience to put his… Read more
Thursday, 24 January 2013
**Triple LP with full colour inner sleeves, including many unseen rare photos and facsimile concert posters** Necessary reissue of an enormous, seminal drone session conducted by Japanese Fluxus Yoshi Wada and friends. For this recording Wada assembled his self-made 20' and 10' horns at Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York on February 24 , 1974, with players including Rhys Chatham, Barbara Stewart, Garrett List, Liz Phillips, and Wada, himself. The spellbinding performance on four pipes revolves around a single drone attuned to the frequency of the space and its acou… Read more
"The follow-up album to Brazilian singer, songwriter, and musician Marcos Valle’s 1970’s self-titled long player, Garra continues to express a socially aware stance combined with a playful hodge-podge of samba, bossa nova, baião (a rhythmic beat from the rural northeast of Brazil), black American music, and psychedelic rock. Marcos and lyricist brother Paulo Sergio recorded the disc with some of Brazil’s top studio musicians and created the pair’s most overtly political statement. Recorded amongst sessions for a steady stream of popular TV novella soundtracks—a side gig for the sun-kissed composer… Read more
Dub Phizix and Skittles get wicked on an special delivery from Manchester. Following his killer signature riddims for Strats and with Skeptical, Dub Phizix breaks down a whirring, minimal D&B riddim for rapid fire vowels from Skittles on 'I'm A Creator', whilst 'Happy 5' steps off like some loony tune happy hardcore for super-dextrous gynoids and mandroids.
Highly impressive electronic goth pop including remixes by Clint Mansell, Kuedo, Alixander III, and Renaissance Man. Working somewhere between the shadows of Fever Ray, Holy Other, and Soap & Skin, Elizabeth Walling has undeniably compelling presence as Gazelle Twin. In possession of a stunning vocal power and unafraid to use electronic treatments to affective ends, she sweeps from the soaring clarity of 'I Turn My Arm' to a more hushed, folksy contrast of 'This Is My Hand' and a mesmerizing, brooding cover of Colin Newman and Wire's 'Heartbeat'. Remixing 'This Is My Hand', Clint Mansell morph… Read more
"Marcos Valle was originally released in 1970 and not only features a seductive cover image of Marcos reading the local papers with a bottle of liquor on a side table, but a dynamic musical backing from some of Brazil’s most gifted players. Hip-hop fans may even recognize the opening horn blasts of “Ele E Ela,” sampled to great effect on Jay Z’s “Thank You.” Any way you spin it, we at Light In the Attic are extremely proud to present Marcos Valle as part of our four-album Marcos Valle reissue campaign. Consisting of an ambitious string of early 1970s landmark studio sessions (sympathetic in… Read more
**18 rarities circa '60s and '70s drawn from Studio One's offshoot label, Ironside, starring Prince Jazzbo, Don Drummond, Dennis Alcapone, Johnny Osbourne, Cornel Campbell and more beside. Heavyweight double-vinyl edition in deluxe gatefold sleeve with full sleeve notes** "Soul Jazz Records continues to dig deeper into the vaults of the mighty Studio One, the most important record label in the history of Reggae music. Founded by legendary producer Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd and famously dubbed 'the university of Reggae' by Chris Blackwell, Studio One is the Reggae equivalent of… Read more
"Georgia Anne Muldrow and DJ Romes’ newest musical incarnation, Blackhouse, is a powerful manifestation of soulful dance music, with Georgia on the beats and Romes on the cuts. As the title implies, the project draws much from the house realm filtered through a hip hop lens. This is music to move you both figuratively and literally. Playing like a party from beginning to end, Georgia’s immaculate combination of playing and programming is accentuated by Romes’ pristine cuts. This is not chamber music and it doesn’t exist in a vacuum either. Anyone familiar with … Read more
**Features one of the earliest known guitar performances by Prince Rogers Nelson, Housed in heavyweight, tip-on style jacket** "With insurance money from a recently overturned Buick Century, brothers Andre and Pierre Lewis went on a recording tear through the Twin Cities in 1978, cutting a half-dozen songs in as many studios. Combining the astrosexuality of Parliament with the sophisticated flammability of Earth, Wind & Fire, the Lewis Connection’s misspelled debutcaptures the Minneapolis Sound’s founding fathers—Prince among them—at the paradigm-shifting confluence of funk,… Read more
Smooth-ass, '90s-sounding R&B/hip-hop remixed by Jacques Greene and Machinedrum. Jacques Greene hears 'The Perfect Blues' from the 'Zulu Guru' LP as lo-slung, emotive house and Machinedrum veers the opposite direction with a skittish jazz-funk footwork take.
The 1st of 2 lean and experimental bass sessions from Spatial. In proper London swing mode 'Unify' synchronises garage, techno and bashment styles with nimble flair beside the Alva Noto-esque 'Dubfiction Runout' on the front, and 'Cara Gatti' comes unique with pinging delays and clipped, stick 'n move 2-step funk nodding to SND on the flip, sandwiched by the recurring 'Dubfiction Runout'. Tight, like.
The 2nd of 2 lean and experimental bass sessions from Spatial for London/NYC-based Stillcold Records. 'Cog Diss Dance' is some proper advanced swerve stuff, rollin' and shuffling with dippy bleeps and knotty rhythms on a mad Afro flex accentuated by slicing junglist snares. For more immediate, throbbing fun, 'Chatter' lays down a sub-heavy 4/4 laced with chiming, reversed rhythmelodic patterns on a late night jack, bookended by two shorter, murkier bass experiments inna Raster Noton style.
*Edition of 500 copies on coloured vinyl in a deluxe gatefold package, contains an a 48 page colour booklet with new sleevenotes by martin newell. this compilation has never been available before on vinyl* "Deluxe vinyl issue of an album that first appeared on CD in 2004, which serves both as an introduction for new listeners and as a ‘refresher’ for past listeners. In fact,. The 18 tracks on this collection were the ‘best of’ The Cleaners vinyl years -- as opposed to their d.i.y. tape years. One of the great undiscovered talents of underground pop music… Read more
Thursday, 17 January 2013
**PAN's first release of 2013 is an epic plunderphonic simulation recommended to followers of Thought Broadcast, Wanda Group, Ghédalia Tazartès. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, pressed on 140g vinyl and packaged in a pro-press color jacket which itself is housed in a silkscreened PVC sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas** PAN's first move on 2013 is a psychedelic, plunderphonic concrète collage by Athens-based artist Jar Moff. 'Commercial Mouth' is perhaps best aligned with the gyroscopic logic of labelmates Ghédalia Tazartès or Joseph Hammer, intersecting and ov… Read more
*Re-press of Powell's killer EP for The Death of Rave...250 copies* Powell marks up the 2nd release on The Death Of Rave, following Mark Leckey's debut entry, 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore'. Powell's 3rd release refines his ascetic blend of lawless New York no wave, cold European electronics and late '90s D&B with incisive vision and propulsive torque. The EP's standout 'A Band' emphasises a chimeric indistinction between the "real" textures of sample-spliced guitars and drums and the gritted tension of painstakingly processed electronics, somehow sounding like MMM producing for MARS, whereas … Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** ‘Anything in Return’ is a more grown up record for Bundick, and he seems to have used this as an outlet for all the genres he’s managed to absorb since his last full-length. Opener ‘Harm in Change’ takes a liberal pinch of classic house, ‘So Many Details’ has the James Pants-indebted West Coast neon shuffle everyone got so fixated on last year, and ‘Touch’ sounds like Bundick’s been sipping a bit of James Blake in his off-time. This is hardly a bad thing either, rather than imitate each style to the letter, Bundick only na… Read more
**Double gatefold vinyl with free CD copy** The master of evocative shoegaze-tronica presents his first solo LP in six years, and some ten years after his widely cherished 'A Strangely Isolated Place' LP for City Centre Offices! In case you've not kept an eye on Ulrich in recent years; he's kept himself busy with a string of collaborations alongside the likes of Kirsty Hawkshaw, Jonas Munk, and ASC, and it's perhaps the latter, and the autonomic D&B scene at large, who've had most influence on the whirring technoid rhythms and structures of 'A Long Way To Fall'. Of course, he's sti… Read more
*Yellow Vinyl* Rodney Smith triggers his first new material in 12 months with the 'Banana Skank EP'. The album closer from his '4everevolution' album comes as an iced-out club banging 'Part.2' beside a WAFA remix nipped and tweaked with technoid bass and clipped drums for the shufflers, whilst new cuts 'Natural' and 'Party Time' pair old skool Roots raps with new skool bass minimalism.
Drew Lustman weighs in his loved-up and lush third LP, arriving via Ninja Tune. The emphasis is firmly on house and romantic soul music here, as opposed to the fragmented kaleidoscope of jungle, R&B, and garage that made up its predecessors. That's largely attributable to the fact he fell in love during the creation of 'Hardcourage', which would definitely explain its aerated giddiness and almost pop-wise swerve. It's even got vocals, thanks to a very tidy cameo from Friendly Fires Ed Macfarlane on the bumping sophistication of 'She Sleeps', while the hook-heavy single 'Straight & Arrow' is… Read more
**Now available on double vinyl housed in tip-on style gatefold jacket!** Latest in the Sun City Girls’ acclaimed, inspiring Sublime Frequencies series. Molam is a multi-faceted folk music native to laos and the predominantly rural northeastern region of thailand known as Isan - home to myriad ethnic groups and provinces, and once a part of present-day laos. ‘Mo’ meaning 'master' and ‘Lam’ meaning 'song', Molam literally translates into 'master singer', but it remains more of an umbrella term covering over a dozen types of Lam styles in which male… Read more