Thursday, 20 October 2011
**Finders Keepers mark their 50th release with a return to the vaults of Serge Gainsbourg accomplice, Jean-Claude Vannier, whose imaginary soundtrack 'L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches' was the label's first release back in 2005** "'Electro Rapide' is a collection of rare and unreleased archive material from the studio archives of legendary French orchestral pop composer Jean-Claude Vannier. Taken from the period before and during his revered creative relationship with Serge Gainsbourg (reaching their halcyon with 1971's 'Histoire De melody Nelson') these tracks reveal a rare glimpse o… Read more
L-Vis heralds his 'Neon Dreams' LP with the sleek, modern boogie House of 'Lost In Love', backed with the Neon Dreams Club Mix and a Night Slugs Allstars mix. The original's got a very radio-friendly, mid-90's-meets-2011 House feel, while the club mix adds some well-tanned sax and fruitier bassline for that friday-night-at-MoS touch. For a ruder groove, peep Jam City's Night Slugs Allstars Mix on a sweet-but-dirty House flex.
*180g white vinyl. Hand-numbered edition of 1000 includes additional 12" insert* Remastered reissue of a Canadian post-punk classic by one-man synth, guitar and syn-drum band, Lou Champagne System. 'No Visible Means' was privately pressed on Lou's Ontario-based Pterodactyl Records in 1983 and has never been issued since. Over nine tracks he serves an impressively diverse array of post-punk styles, from more jagged guitar-driven wave pop to slicker electronic disco with a slightly daft but endearing darkside lyrical rhetoric. It's the latter styles which make up the highlights, … Read more
**Very limited edition deluxe LP + CD re-issue of Robert Wyatt's esteemed discography** Released in 1982, Nothing Can Stop Us was a compilation album, drawing together various songs recorded as singles and B-sides during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Only the downbeat, woozy opening track 'Born Again Cretin' is a Wyatt original, the remainder of the material is made up by covers, including a brilliant reworking of Chic's 'At Last I Am Free', Ivor Cutler's 'Grass' and Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit'. The arrangements and song selections remain eccentric … Read more
**Very limited edition deluxe LP + CD re-issue of Robert Wyatt's esteemed discography** Another great Robert Wyatt reissue, 1985's Old Rottenhat is one of the songwriter's most pronouncedly political works, articulating global injustices and making gestures towards Marxism, propelling itself along with lines like "I think that what you're frightened of more than anything/Is knowing you need workers more than they need you" (on opening track 'Alliance'). The album is filled with passages railing against modern day empires and exploitative political ideologies, fr… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Billed as Brooklyn's nouveau Madonna, Class Actress (or Elizabeth Harper to her mates) is the latest in the production line of sleazy electro-tinged ladies with a penchant for that 80s blue neon and dry ice we've all almost forgotten. Coming after Glass Candy, Desire and Nite Jewel there's a lot for Harper to prove in a well represented genre, but where her peers angle their sounds towards the flicker and grind of a long-forgotten disco, Harper appears to set her sights on a more mainstream sound. There are songs on show here t… Read more
**Very limited edition deluxe LP + CD re-issue of Robert Wyatt's esteemed discography** Recorded immediately after 1974's Rock Bottom, Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard received a less favourable critical reception than its predecessor, consisting of new arrangements of other artists' material rather than entirely new, self-penned songs, as had been the case a year earlier, although 'Soup Song' proves to be of particular interest for stretching back to 'Slow Walkin' Talk', a Wyatt song that had its roots in his pre-Soft Machine songbook. Apparently, t… Read more
**Very limited edition deluxe LP + CD re-issue of Robert Wyatt's esteemed discography** Representing another career high, 1997's Shleep stands as one of Robert Wyatt's most elaborate yet accessible albums, featuring a stellar cast of players (Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, Paul Weller, Evan Parker and Annie Whitehead among others) and some truly beautiful arrangements, dampening down some of the quirks that tend to characterise Wyatt albums. This is probably attributable to the extremely collaborative nature of Shleep, meaning that initial spark of weirdness and off-kilter… Read more
dBridge finds his singing voice again for the cyber-soul stepper 'So Lonely', backed with remixes by Consequence and Morgan Zarate. The original is one of dBridge's more restrained offerings, but also one of his sharpest, allowing the vocals to hypnotise centre stage while the cold, paranoid instrumental sustains a subtle but deeply brooding tension. On remix detail, Morgan Zarate flips the script with with a bold production mirroring recent Hud Mo and Rustie shots, all twinkling synths and slow, crashing drums with an emosh '80s appeal, while Consequence drops an iced, D&B-tempo mix on the flip… Read more
*Includes a download code with access to remixes by Haxan Cloak, Burial Hex and more.* The Church of Synth is apparently an ex-techno producer from Germany, and has quite a colorful (read : fake) backstory, but let's ignore that for a second. The thing is, the record is actually pretty darned good, coming across like Salem after a bad afternoon with their dealer. It's molasses-slow stuff, but with the kind of gothy/EBM grind we last fell in love with back when Ministry were still great. Even better, the LP comes with a download code redeemable from the label that gives you acc… Read more
*Heavyweight, exact vinyl reproduction, limited to 1000 copies worldwide* Adegoke Steve Colson & Unity Troupe released this rare and sought-after private pressing mainly in the Chicago area circa 1980. The central figures, pianist and composer Steve Colson and vocalist Iqua Colson were both members of The Association For Advancment Of Creative Musicians (AACM), which was associated with the radical Art Ensemble Of Chicago, whose members including Joseph Jarman and Doug Ewart feature here. Soul Jazz followers may well recognise the track 'Lateen' which featured on the 'New Thing'… Read more
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Masterful revisions of Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit's 'Secret Rhythms' from Berlin residents Sam Shackleton and Rashad Becker, kicking off a new series of Nonplace remix 12"s. Needless to say, some rhythm freaks will be peaking at the sight, and sound of this record. On the A-side renowned drum programmer Shackleton re-calibrates the groove of '255-7' from 'Secret Rhythms 4' to a new time signature with inimitable sleight-of-hand, syncing hip-slipping fake-outs and shoulder-dropping fills with twirling, otherworldly organ motifs and… Read more
Theo Parrish and Burnt Friedman make good on the fourth edition of this inspired Shangaan remix series. Frontside is a shocker from Chicago/Detroit's Theo P, folding, looping, kneading and spiking elements of 'Vana Vasesi' by Mancingelani for a proper psyched-out and jazzed-up revision which simply couldn't have come from anyone else. Down under, nu-dub player Burnt Friedman meets Zinja Hlungwani's 'Ntombi Ya Mugaza' in a much slower, heavier version, teasing out the drums and melody into achingly tidy yet off-kilter patterns with his cryptic touch. The Theo's a beauty, well recommended!
**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** *Debut album from this new band featuring members of Tarentel, The Alps, The Drift, lazarus, Jonas Reinhardt and Mi Ami* "Moholy-Nagy is the moniker of San Francisco / Berlin-based musicians Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (The Alps), Danny Paul Grody (The Drift) and Trevor Montgomery (Lazarus, The Drift). The trio are the founding members of Tarentel – a group that helped inspired a decade’s worth of widescreen ambient rock – and 'Like Mirage' reunites them for the first time since that group's sophomore album, The Order of Things, was release… Read more
The venerable Yasunao Tone leaves the skipping CDs aside to work with disrupted MP3 files on this visceral new work for Editions Mego. As an original member of Japan's Fluxus movement and the legendary Group Ongaku, besides more recent collaborations with Florian Hecker and Christian Marclay, Tone has spent a lifetime operating at the vanguard of experimental art and music, and it's fitting that he has now moved on from manipulating prepared CDs to dissecting and using corrupted MP3 files in his latest compositions. The results found on 'MP3 Deviation #8' are bracing and beautifully abs… Read more
Beats 'n noise dude Samoyed wowed with his last couple of releases, and now he's back with the sizzling 'Spit' EP, which further cements his status in the scene. The producer gets more than enough comparisons to the LA Brainfeeder scene, but I hear a lot more in his sound than that - his beats are so subtle and distant that it's hard to just throw him into that genre. Add the fact that Samoyed has a knack for spreading a thick layer of white noise over his productions giving that Farben-via-Delia-Derbyshire Radiophonic twang we all love, and you have something very special indeed. There… Read more
Forefront continue to mine a rich seam of rugged Bass music, following drops from Slackk, Harvey jenkins and NKC with this harder Funky session from J Beatz. 'Spontaneous' finds a balance between twinkle-toes marimbas and piano melodies and bulky, subs-driven House, while there's no guessing what 'Subwoofer' is all about. A choice selection for the Funky rollers!
*Includes sleevenotes by Dubmart's Martin Langford and 3 previously unreleased tracks* Following their warmly received coverage of 'The Bristol Reggae Explosion 1978-1983', Bristol Archive Records set their sights on the influential '80s era for their 2nd set of rarities and classic cuts. There's strong rootical nourishment from the likes of Black Roots on 'Pin In The Ocean' and 'The Father' or Bunny Marrett's 'Times Are Getting Harder', and an emphasis on the strength of the the city's dub sound with Alfred McIntosh's 'Wicked Dub' and 'Ah It D… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Jagjaguwar is proud to reintroduce the first ever vinyl pressing of 'The Emotional Plague' from 1996. Supreme Dicks put out one single in their career, Ia double B-side. Maybe they had a sense of humor, but in hindsight it's hard to tell. Falling somewhere between Captain Beefheart, Throbbing Gristle and SALEM in the lineage of musicians who've found a muse in the nasty, brutish brevity of life, Supreme Dicks chose to cloak disarmingly real paranoia and grief in the contemporary trappings of late '80s and early '90s … Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Jagjaguwar is proud to reintroduce the first ever vinyl pressing of 'The Unexamined Life' from 1993. Supreme Dicks put out one single in their career, Ia double B-side. Maybe they had a sense of humor, but in hindsight it's hard to tell. Falling somewhere between Captain Beefheart, Throbbing Gristle and SALEM in the lineage of musicians who've found a muse in the nasty, brutish brevity of life, Supreme Dicks chose to cloak disarmingly real paranoia and grief in the contemporary trappings of late '80s and early '90s lo… Read more
Mesmerizing baggy bumps with an ounce of LA glamour, fresh in from the 100% Silk set. 'Uhh Uhh' is Pharoah's debut single, paying tribute to the cement floors of the Haç and the sandy beaches of a phantasy Balaeria circa 1987. On the front you've got the swaggering title track, full of electric pianos, slow-motion strobe synths and urging acid bass arranged with an eye-fluttering psychedelic subtlety, while 'What ???' pushes the tempo up and unloads some swirling, honking sax-work like some stray Members Only edit. Rotate her for 'Flutter & Moan', a proto-prog-House jacker with entrancing arpeggios … Read more
Thursday, 06 October 2011
Another compelling entry from Tri Angle Records, who've cleverly snapped up the frightening debut album by Water Borders. With 'Harbored Mantras' the San Fran-hailing duo of Amitai and Loric use the rhythms of contemporary ritual dance music to resurrect the occult soul of Coil and their cabal in unique and succinctly pop balanced new forms. A couple of mixtapes - both self-released and for the brilliant DIS magazine - display their influences quite clearly, working in a circle of influence ranging from Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson's eerie Threshold HouseBoys Choir to James Blake's ch… Read more
A new collection of killer, tempered synthesizer workouts from Darren Ho on Spectrum Spools. The seven tracks featured have are have the kind of fragile beauty - and playfulness - that we associate with the early electronic music of Wendy Carlos, Daphne Oram, Raymond Scott and their ilk. There's a strong narrative arc to the album, but each track explores distinct territory: 'Slow Sum' parts one and two' are playful agglomerations of phased analogue patterns, 'In Peru' a Budd/Roedelius-style ambient pastoral, 'Dots' a right-on kosmische pastiche, 'Smiley' a sticky, KFW-style drone raga replete… Read more
**Limited white vinyl - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Two years since his debut LP, Martyn drops one of 2011's most anticipated dancefloor albums. With 'Ghost People' he cements well-nurtured ties to Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder camp, pooling his blend of UK Bass, US House & European Techno with the label's kaleidoscopic vision of electronic beat music, one which already spans the sounds of Lorn, The Gaslamp Killer, Teebs and Samiyam among others. Guided by a steady, experienced hand, Martyn refracts ideas borrowed and assimilated from every corner of the modern 'floor … Read more
Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell's 2 Bears remix the camp joys of Junior Boys' 'Banana Ripple'. Church gospel organs, frisky New Jersey Disco-House beats and a bloody big breakdown make for seven minutes of pure, unadulterated dancefloor pop with a pure friday night essence. Flipside, Stay+ (fka Christian Aids) give a more condensed Disco-Techno version, sounding something like The Field played at 45-instead-of-33.
*Deluxe Double LP in an old school gatefold jacket with extensive liner notes and photographs* Amazing archival release from Light In The Attic, presenting the multi-faceted work of cult South Korean guitarist, singer, songwriter. producer and arranger Shin Joong Hyun. Shin really is a one-off, and it's uncertain to what extent his colorful biography is the result of canny myth-making. Still, it's an irresistible story: beginning his career entertaining at a U.S. army base, he discovered LSD, introduced his hom… Read more
Deep Teknologi main man, T. Williams helms Local Action's strongest release since his anthemic 'Heartbeat'. On a purest dancefloor tip, all three tracks are built with a hardcore intent that can't can't fail to work any mobile crowd. A-side 'Break Broke' is on some ruffneck rogue House vibe, shaking out a Motown-like tambourine over gutter bass drop and infectious vocal stabs. B-side 'Go In' swaggers up with rudest House hi-hats and bobbling square bass lick for a shoulder-rolling, going-for-it flex, while 'Analog Tour' drops the 909 and 303 vibes in ultra-criss fashion. Dangerous tools for the DJs and dancers!
Two year since assisting the birth of the "chillwave" subset with debut 'Psychic Chasms - a 2009 end-of-year favourite from NME to Picthfork - Alan Palermo presents his second Neon Indian album. To assist the writing process he sequestered himself in Finland during the winter solstice months of 2010/11, and returned with a finely layered collision of shoegaze, electro-pop and chiptune memes which were tenderly masticated by producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT) and spat out as a chrome coloured bubblegum of ultra-modern, retro-fetishitic pop. Palermo sums up the forlorn mood of the albu… Read more
"Chicago's only blues-funk family band with an eight year old drummer (!!?) gets their due in this elaborate 3 x45 box set. Stationed on Chicago's West Side, between 1965-1972, the Fisher brothers worked their novelty act at any club that was willing to bend the city's stiff liquor laws. Three 45s were cut for their homespun Fised and Fished labels, with the third featuring the first known recordings of notorious bluesman Johnny Dollar. Chock full of photos stripped from family photo albums, the 12 page booklet tells the complete Soundmaster story, from their ear… Read more
It might strike you as strange that Olde English Spelling Bee alums Big Troubles have been snapped up by US indie label Slumberland, but trust me - give the album a listen and all will become clear. The tapey fug that laced the band's debut album had been replaced by a fitting 90s sheen (thanks to Pavement/REM producer Mitch Easter) but before you switch off, read what I just said; it really works. Big Troubles already had the songs, you just couldn't hear them that well, and 'Romantic Comedy' is an album that does something that seems to be missing from so much contemporary indie music;… Read more