Thursday, 07 November 2013
**Initial copies in embossed jacket** The dancefloor-wise alias of Belgium's Franz Baker (aka Ssaliva) gives a taste of things to come on his 2nd album for Ramp due in 2014. Up top there's the wistful, lo-slung boogie smudge of 'Everlastiv' and a sort of cracked take on stuttering, trap-style 16th note hi-hat groove swaddled in music box melody and gauzy filters. We're more inclined to the flipside's vibes; 'Through Tired Eyes' is a cool, skanking house riddim revolving ghostly notes and mesmerising lead hook and 'Tomb Face' feels out woozy, lo-slung house space somewhere between Gold Panda, Opal Tapes and Zomby styles.
Three loopy techno tools from Sigha's Our Circula Sound label. A-side 'Ophidian' tunnels deep with rolling bass thunder and tense, gloomy synth atmospheres; B-side 'Amniotic' is dubbier, submerged, located somewhere between Sigha's earlier stuff and certain Terrence Dixon bits, and 'Gauntlet' offers stealthy, burrowing modulations.
*Free CD copy of the album included inside - New 10-track Album from the excellent CFCF, described by the label as "like Jan Hammer, Peter Gabriel and Fever Ray jamming in an airport lounge* "The dust’s not even settled on his last EP - ‘Music For Objects’, and ‘Exercises’ before it - and prolific Montreal producer CFCF (aka Mike Silver) has already got an exquisite new release lined up; his first full-length since 2009’s ‘Continent’, this is ‘Outside’, released on Dummy Records. With ’Outside’, Silver has managed to create something that grapples with how loneliness radiates outward and reflects the e… Read more
**Remastered with new artwork, vinyl reissue of Labradford's seminal debut** The very first release on Kranky, dating back to 1993, came from perhaps it's most revered band. The duo of Mark Nelson (Pan American) and Carter Brown, later joined by Bobby Donne, stretched a harmonised Drift ethos into a whole new context, operating underneath the shoegazing movement with a sound that was at once more daring and effortlessly serene. "Prazision" is a raw collection of tracks that at times bring to mind the reverberating world inhabited by the Cocteau Twiins' Robin Guthrie, and at others the ex… Read more
**Classic synth soundtrack composed by former member of Soft Machine, new on Mordant** "Exhumed '77 OST frond 'Riddles Of The Sphinx'…magick Mike Ratledge unfurls coils of ARP, Moog & VCS-AKS via Denys 'Lucifer' Irving's hacked Z-80 sequencer…these post-Soft Machine plumes spiral in stasis to the frame pans and lockdown Maddox's & Mulvey's dialogue like SE17 dunes…the concentric riddle of the missing original master tapes…film reel audio prised from the BFI vaults & transferred straight to zeros & ones by hieroglyphic happenstance…this acrobatic dredge has revealed more than enoug… Read more
Bureau B's latest raid on the Schnitzler archive unearths eight inimitable blueprints of proto-techno space music. They were all recorded in 1974-75 by the original Tangerine Dream and Kluster member but they've all only just seen the light of day in the last few years. Tracks 1-5 were released by Qbico in 2009 and range from amorphous, bleeping constellations to alien modular chatter to immense, minimalist motorik excursions powered by plonging basslines and primed for the freakiest 'floors. There's also three outstanding bonus tracks which have never been released before, among them one wh… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Lovely 2nd album of pastoral ambient and undulating techno from Finnish enigma, Ukkonen. In good company among No Pain In Pop's "polystylistic" posse of Karen Gwyer, Patten and Torn Hawk, 'The Ancient Tonalities Of' Ukkonen are a faithful nod to that bygone era of cerebral dance music when the likes of AFX, Autechre, Carl Craig or Squarepusher were making music rich in complex harmony, soothing melody and intricate rhythms that managed to challenge convention whilst gratifying the masses. The album's effortless grace belie… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Remastered (from original tapes) reissue of The Cabs' 7th studio album, originally released in 1985. "Cabaret Voltaire, alongside Human League, Throbbing Gristle, Fad Gadget and The Normal, were at the forefront of the UK electronic movement of the late 70s. Way ahead of their time, Cabaret Voltaire’s blend of dance music, techno, dub, house and experimental made them, without a doubt, one of the most influential acts of the last 35 years."
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Remastered (from original tapes) reissue of Cabaret Voltaire's first album released in 1983 after the departure of Chris Watson. 'The Crackdown' is widely considered to be one of the influential industrial funk unit's finest album efforts, honing a mixture of darker, dubbed-out electronic atmospheres and insistent vocals with grooves ranging from skittish industrial funk to proto-house and electro with the sort of deeply funky swagger and commercial appeal that saw them also gained traction with American club crowds at the time and has since seen them hailed as a big influence on Hip Hop and house music.
Weme present the dark-as-hell soundtrack to Nicolas Winding Refn's Viking tale, 'Valhalla Rising' (2009) for the first time on any format. Refn's longtime sound design collaborator Peter Peter alongside Peter Kyed, Douglas MacDougall, and Giles Lamb are responsible for its range of gloomy, dramatic, windswept atmospheres, scoping expansive dark ambient soundscapes along with shorter unused cues of droning organ and darkwave synth passages. RIYL Deathprod, Lussuria, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, Wicked Messenger…
Colourful, beats-driven electronica from Dutch dude Julien Miers backed with tasty Kettel remix and more from Gillepsy and Sun Glitters. Miers' 'Super Tropic Tramp' does that woozy, wheezing chords and slumpy bump thing neatly on the Dorian Concept-esque 'Super Tropic Tramp'; Gillepsy gives 'Watecolour Sky' a squidgy, jazzy P-fonk lope; Sun Glitters turns 'Glide, Sail, Float' into a gauzy midnight trip hop moment, contrasting with the piquant sweetness and clarity of Kettel's deft and warmly exotic interpretation of the same cut.
**Includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label** Matthew Mondanile's solo vehicle pulls up with a lovely five track EP. Hazy drum loops, woozy synth work and chiming guitars set the scene for his sparingly used but effective vocals, at best in the crafty, lilting pop of 'Jazz' and on 'Tie-Dye' with its forlorn lyrics and expressive synths.
Thursday, 31 October 2013
The ninth edition in this crucial series of electro-acoustic excursions brings us right up to date with previously unreleased material recorded as recently as this year at Steamroom in Tokyo. With the measured hand and alchemical technique of a François Bayle classic, Jim has us spellbound with A-side, transmuting spectral whistles into digital drizzle and splitting the senses between parallel dimensions of seaside location recordings, distant alien electronics and hauntingly solemn strings redolent of The Caretaker or Stephan Mathieu. The B-side follows that haunting theme into labyrinthine … Read more
Exceptional Polish imprint, Bocian Records presents a necessary vinyl edition of Kevin Drumm's super limited 2012 release for Hospital Productions, "Dedicated to my least favorite thing in the world, humidity." Over two sides breaking down to three pieces, Drumm expresses his irritation through a mixture of field recordings and microtonal drones made in july/august 2012 and transposed with intercepted voice recordings from summer 1995 at Mosquito Net Studio, Chicago, Il. In 'Humid Weather' proper, the piece shifts from dynamic location sounds of a storm in full force, all tipping rain and c… Read more
**Includes an insert with liner notes. This release was originally available as a double set together with 'Feedback Works 1969-1970' but both releases are now sold separately** Gosh this is just something else. Alga Marghen present these astonishing archival works by Eliane Radigue, originally released along with Feedback Works as a double pack, and now available as standalone LP. Listening to Radigue's music is a transformative, humbling experience. Her singular sound is best described by Michel Chion as "infinitely discreet... next to which all other music seems to be tugging at… Read more
**Outsider music by a Swiss artist whose other moniker is Loon. Oscillates wildly between far-flung cosmic drones, tape loop experiments, exotica, music box melodies and schmaltzy folk** ""PLANAM very proudly presents you "Die singende Sternlaterne / Folklore des Weltalls 1982" by Die Welttraumforscher. This record includes the first time LP edition of the mysterious swiss electro-dada artist's second cassette as well as previously unreleased material. Issued in conjunction with Christian Pfluger first comprehensive retrospective "Ein Sommer … Read more
**180g vinyl** Available on vinyl for the first time, 'Gold' collects outstanding archival material recorded by the legendary Conrad Schnitzler between 1976 and 1978 and previously released on CD in 2003 by Marginal Talent. As the label say, "the compositions are guaranteed to dumbfound even the most enlightened Schnitzler listeners", such is its strange mixture of spectral harmonics and alien electronic pop abstraction. It predates his odd pop period proper in the early '80s but exhibits that sound in genesis with highly structured sequences of rhythm and harmony modulating beside the sort of… Read more
The new class of House music remix tracks from Nosaj Thing's 'Home' album for Innovative Leisure. Kyle Hall treats 'Try' to a luxuriant deep house massage rubbed with greazy bass and warm, woozy synth washes. Gerry Read deftly refracts 'Light #3' into a Shake-like blend of brittle, swinging drums and wormy bassline building to a crooked outcome of grumblin' drums and old-skool, Manix-like synths 'n strings.
Red Rack'em returns to Ramp's PTN sub-label with a saltier, ruder House sound. 'I Trusted You' bumps off stumbling bass and ricocheting claps in a git-down tangle of gritty basement groove and 'Converse' contrasts nicely with its woozier blend of warm synth strokes and LFO-driven garage bass wobble locked to a tidy, Afro-technoid shuffle.
**Portishead's Adrian Utley puts his own mark on the minimalist blueprint with deliberately slow, uniquely textured results** "Portishead’s Adrian Utley brings together an orchestra of electric guitar players to interpret Terry Riley's 'In C'. Written in 1964,‘In C’ is one of the most influential pieces of music from the 20th Century, it established minimalism as a music genre. In C's simple musical rules – 53 musical phrases in C and no duration - allow for infinite variations. Utley's impressive Guitar Orchestra is augmented by organs and a clarinet making for a mesmeric so… Read more
Finders Keepers resuscitate a seasonal treat from the cultishly adored X Ray Pop. Housed in their highly recognisable sleeve art, it lops off the loping, dubbed-out post punk jangle of 'Living Dead' and the fuzzed-up revvvs of 'Rock n' Popoff' from their upcoming 'Ding Dong Songs 1984>>>1989' compilation. "X Ray Pop are a group of whom are easy to scratch the surface, but almost impossible to get the bottom of. With an iconic moniker, tell-tale graphic style and demanding ‘buy me’ Day-Glo colour coding policy the French vinyl output of X Ray Pop as a specialist subject is, at first glance, memo… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "Originally available as a part of the acclaimed 'A Dot In Time' box set, "Music For A French Elevator" compiles all of the Booksʼ 45 non-album tracks into one fittingly surreal package befitting the group who essentially created their own genre (often reluctantly described as “collage-pop”). A total of 45 tracks are here, including standouts and longtime favorites “Classy Penguin,” “8 Frame,” and their sublime Nick Drake cover “Cello Song Feat. Jose Gonzales.” Along with their commissioned pieces … Read more
**Edition of 200 housed in silk screened jackets** One of our favourite labels, Planam, pulls out a real time-and-space bender from James Twig Harper, who's perhaps best known for his collaborations with Nate Young in Nautical Almanac and alongside Daniel Higgs for Thrill Jockey. Theres some genuine weirdness within, some of the strangest we've heard since Planam first gave birth to Pat Murano's Decimus series, but with a distinctly unique fidelity and gyroscopic dynamic that makes for a deliciously disorienting experience all of its own conception. There's an animalistic or perhaps even … Read more
**First remastered re-release of obscure and amazing prog-folk album by Derbyshire band, No Right Turn. Includes some outstanding synth work and groove-driven original songs mixed with their takes on traditional English folk arrangements. Yet another sterling pick from Japan's EM Records, with liner notes in Japanese and English on printed inner sleeve** "No Right Turn (allegedly after signs on the local bypass, no political motivation) was a Derbyshire band, and befitting a group from the centre of Britain, they combined elements of folk musics from all across the United Kingdom, beginni… Read more
**Pink wax - limited to 300 copies** Cloud Boat proffer 'Pink Grin I + II' from their debut album, 'Book Of Hours', backed with a powerful remix by The Haxan Cloak. Whilst the moody original melds wailing quiet/loud shoegaze dynamics with fractctious 2-step/dubstep like a hormone-injected El-B/Forest Swords collaboration, The Haxan Cloak tempers its emotional impact to a slower, scowling build and cliff edge drop with a D&B-compatible roll-out working somewhere between Amit-style halfstep and the elemental turmoil of his new Tri Angle label mate, FIS.
**Gatefold double LP recorded live in 2002, Chapel Hill, NC, with stunning etched letter to Peter Rehberg on fourth side, plus liner notes. No digital** Welcome to the fascinating world of Faroe Islander, lecturer, radical computer musician, jingle writer and code cracker Kristian Bjørn Vester aka Goodiepal on his eleven-years-overdue LP for Mego, which is now called Editions Mego. He's been uncharacteristically quiet in recent years so this will likely be some folk's first experience Goodiepal's music, and how lucky they are. There is categorically no … Read more
**Edition of 300 in handmade xilographic printed cover and poly jacket with digital download code** Idiosyncratic electronic dance music from Suren Seneviratne's My Panda Shall Fly. MPSF's small but steady trickle of releases has always entertained in the most curious manner, whether he's doing shiny electro cut-ups, jazzy bleep 'step or dreamy H-pop collaborations. Here for Gang Of Ducks he' in a mystic techno mood on eight tracks of glitching, dusty groove trickery borrowing heavily from classic Detroit and early UK techno modes and twisting them to weirdly lush, unearthly and kaotic dance tracks that sound like little else.
**Hand-numbered edition of 400, white vinyl in debossed reverse board gatefold wraparound** Honking oddness from Copenhagen's maverick composer Vagn E. Olsson. The fact that Goodipal is associated with this record should be ringing alarm bells - he "mastered, embellished and cut to vinyl" (even though it says Loop-O at D&M on the run out groove?) - and yet you know this ain't your average record. Eleven songs follow a logic of sorts from proggy future-primitive tribalism to blown-out dark jazz scapes that wouldn't sound out of place in a particularly lysergic … Read more
Gritty, dubbed-out tech-house from a 23-year old Bavarian producer picked up by Fourth Wave. 'What Matters' swings with a frictional bump 'n flex recalling Anthony Shakir and Shed productions; the two part 'Bring It Don't Sing It' further explores that vibe with lusher synth chords.
"Composer, guitarist and producer Chris Morphitis releases his debut album through Village Green. Recorded in his suburban garden shed, the album merges Morphitis’ love of Zimbabwean and Greek music with his intuitive passion for experimentalism. Known for performing with and producing bands that reworks traditional folk music including MOBO nominated Best African Act The Owiny Sigoma Band (2011) and Greek psych band Mavrika (2012). ‘Where To Go’ beautifully combines the influence of Gustavo Santaolalla’s Latin American folk and Steve Reich’s African styled rhythms. For fans of Steve Reich, David Pajo / Papa M, Gustavo Santaolalla, Dirty Three."