Thursday, 13 February 2014
Brendon Moeller tests his darker techno muscle on his return to Prologue with a full album. 14 tracks mutate between wild modular scree ('The Frequency Of Love'), digitizied dub techno rolige ('Next Exit'), shifier tech-house ('Tricks Of The Shade'), kosmiche trance ('Lost', 'M13 + DPO'), and grinding acid ('Goodbye').
Prostitutes tests his techno mettle on the 2nd part of his 10" series for Avian's sister label, Mira. It's really all about the A-side on this one. 'An Enormous Door' ranks among the best we've heard from him, cutting a solid groove of rocking industrial techno freaked out with a mesmerising vocal stab, whilst 'Bomb Splinters' feels like his take on Dance Mania, running percolated, dried out drums and industrial clanks. Flipside is cool, but maybe not as useful, swaggering with claggy kicks and piercing hi-end frequencies on 'Smouldering Wilderness' beside the dubbed out roll of ' Rigid Pathetic Heaps'.
Thursday, 06 February 2014
Hoya:Hoya boss and esteemed DJ/producer Ryan Hunn marks up an engrossing debut LP under his Illum Sphere guise. As the title infers, the grey matter of 'Ghosts Of Now and Then' feels trapped between eras, at once deeply informed, shackled by the vintage roots of hip hop - classic jazz, soul, funk and Brazilian music - whilst acknowledging modern electronica and the beat scenes of LA (Brainfeeder, Low End Theory, Stones Throw), London (Eglo, Deviation, Young Turks) and Manchester (Fat City, Skam, Jon K). He consolidates these influences by successfully creating something timeless yet n… Read more
The deep-smoked country blues of 'Dream River' by Smog's Bill Callaghan rent in dub. "Dub is a spiritual, abstract, visceral, mystical thing. Finite and infinite at the same time. Deeply rooted in the earth and embracing outer space. Don’t be fooled by names, dub has come and gone. Dub is a ghost, a duppy. Here you will find versions of the ‘Dream River’ songs that have been killed and resurrected, spilling tales of the other side of life in a language conceivable only if you let yourself be taken there. Introducing a worldwide audience to the bumpin’ and rollin’ new sound of Bill Callahan."
**Cloudy clear vinyl housed in gatefold jacket with download code** NYC's avant-pop Japanese ladies, Miho Hatori and Yuka C. Hona reprise their Cibo Matto duo with a crack backing band including Mauro Refosco (Atoms For Peace), Nels Cline, and Glenn Kotche (Wilco), among others. "Miho Hatori & Yuka Honda formed one of the most beloved and critically-acclaimed bands of the late 90s. Cibo Matto pioneered post-genre freakout, spiking their wild pop songs with rap, funk, Brazilian, African, Latin, jazz, etc. long before the iPod shuffle arrived. In their short two-record career, they graced 7… Read more
Falty DL's Blueberry Records showcase the diverse talents of Michigan's Todd Osborn (Soundmurderer, TNT, Osborne). Crafted with typically meticulous detail and feel for the funk, four tracks range from disco-house ('5thep') to grinding acid-techno jack ('What Is Love') thru Dilla-esque instrumental hip-hop ('Michigan Dream') and deft braindance ('752am'). Support from Cosmin TRG, XXXY, Mike Paradinas, Eclair FiFi, Illum sphere, Altered Natives, Mike Q.
Aaron Funk aka Venetian Snares exposes his fleshy pink underbelly in collaboration with fellow Canuck, Joanne Pollock as Poemss. The keyword here is dream-pop, but with at least half of the dream imagined by a certifiable mentalist it's not your typical chasing-lambs-in-meadow dream-pop. Not for the first time, Mr Funk proves a fine baritone singing voice, nicely complementing his spar's breathy voice against twinkling hyperprisms of music box melodies, synth-pop hooks and slow, contorted electro-pop rhythms. For the strongest tastes check out the beautifully soured discord of 'Think Of Somewhere Nice'… Read more
Blue Daisy exercises his darker side for 37 Adventures on four cuts of bleak, rock-burning beats. Opener and title track, 'Psychotic Love' sounds like a mid-breakdown Tricky battling with his demons, and 'Cries of the Beast' nails an even more paranoid, tortured vibe with knuckled 808s and mutated vocals ranting about survival tactics and the streets. Flipside, 'Devils Pie' comes off like a prime Portishead offcut twocked from the editing room, and 'Fallin' Circles' introduces a glimmer of hope with Barnaby's cool, controlled soul vocal flitting over corkscrewing bleeps, and dusted bass grynd.
NYC's Hound Scales cuts out three heavy, funked-up techno trax for White Asega, backed with pumping Forward Strategy Group remix. His 'Odile' sets the pace with slamming kicks countered by canny soul samples, and 'Howard Hughsian' gets down with a nastier, grittier torsion reminding of Blawan and Happa productions. Flipside, 'Thinner' laces a cantering techno swagger with cut-up R&B stabs and FSG intensify that groove with jagged, 16th note EBM patterns for a tougher techno appeal.
Marshallito's subBASS Sound System rounds up its first various artists party. The slinky, tripping techno of opening cut 'Shelter or Funkbox (NY or Detroit Mix)' is a killer opening from Polirican Alarm, aka the common link between Marshallito and DJ Spider, and shares a side with Señor Ladron's blown-out techno take on 2 Bad Mice's UK hardcore classic, 'Bomb Scare'. Flipside, matters get more intriguing with UR player, Bileebob (aka The Aquanauts, Detroit Grand Pubahs) and Marshallito's NIN-esque techno-pop ace 'Meanwhile', and his strange folk-pop piece 'Gtr4', beside Marshallito's mournful hip hop instrumental 'Prison Diaries'.
**Red vinyl. Limited edition of 550** Axel Willner (The Field) debuts a beautifully soporific new sound as HANDS with 'The Soul Is Quick' for Walls' Ecstatic label. Its four extended pieces feature Willner trying out a more delicate, dreamy sound than The Field, practically abandoning his signature bass rhythms in favour of subtle rhythmic vapour trails while all the action happens in the droning loops of Gas-like chords and sampled movie dialogue in the higher registers. The whole thing was apparently made over the course of a month at the producer's Garmonbozia Studios in Berlin, … Read more
Thursday, 30 January 2014
Freddy's Best-selling album from '82, features Freddie's signature 'Big Ship' title track plus 'Roots Man Skanking', 'Stop Loving You', 'Peaceful Man' etc. produced by Linval Thompson, mixed by Scientist.
**Double LP housed in gatefold tip on-style jacket** Praise be; Sublime Frequencies present a very necessary 2nd volume of electrifying, emotional 'Choubi Choubi' folk and pop sounds from Iraq nearly ten years since the mind-blowing 1st volume. Compiled from cassette tapes and discs found throughout Syria and the Iraqi neighbourhoods of Detroit, Michigan between 1995 & 2000 - when Saddam's Baathist party promoted traditional arts as part of its secular agenda before the illegal American invasion and the country's subsequent turn to fundamentalism - … Read more
**Sophomore album from the international hip hop trio. Includes downlaod code redeemable from the label** "This is known: Young Fathers are three young men from Edinburgh and Liberia and Nigeria, all at the same time. Their journey has taken them through various incarnations and styles but they are still only in their mid 20s. And... and this is important: they’ve chosen to kill the past—their own past, even—to make their own future. The what-what, the feeling: Following on from the acclaimed EPs TAPE ONE and TAPE TWO, their debut album Dead comes as an intimate epic, thirty six minutes of…. what… Read more
Blackest Ever Black vent a cold slice of 1982 synth improvisations by former Skullflower and Whitehouse member Stefan Jaworzyn. The original tracks on 'Drained Of Connotation' were recently re-discovered by Jaworzyn when trawling his archives for the recent run of Skullflower reissues and rekindled the British noise legend's memories of poking about with his "beloved Dr Rhythm" and Korg MS10 or 20 and an old EMS. Pre-dating the music on his recently issued 'Eaten By Shadows '82-'83' CD, it comprises an extended side of crisp, piercing hi-end tones punctured by pulsing patterns … Read more
**180g vinyl. Screen-printed jacket by House Of Traps. Hand-numbered edition of 500** A lovely slab from Catalan folk/neo classical singer/songwriter Iñigo Ugarteburu showcasing his deft acoustic playing and spellbinding arrangement alongside a ten piece ensemble. Moving on from the subtle joys of his 'Back&Forth' LP for Talo in 2012, 'For The Unknown' hems close to Chicago's improvising avant garde with an expanded palette of field recordings, piano, modular synth, brass, bicycles, and 20-string Steel Bass by the local players woven against the weft of Inigo's hushed tone. There are… Read more
A thrilling opening salvo from Alight, a new project from Ross Tones (aka Throwing Snow) with a pumping, expansive dance sound. It sits alongside the likes of Blondes, Physical Therapy, Cyan Kid - going beyond simple dance cuts and conjuring an idealised club experience with ever-changing maximalist palettes and mercurial structures. Moving from not-so-outsider house to reverby minimal etherealism and from rigid techno machinery to frenetic jungle, the album even launches into a chic cinematic instrumental with cellos ('Caligo'). A compact, diverse, luxurious debut.
Yes, please… a totally choice reissue of a deadly Boo Williams swinger, originally launched on the Daisy label in 1996. This is real Black Art house territory; four tracks of deeply infectious grooves synching pendulous B-lines and kinky drums ranging from the sub-loaded piano house zinger 'Lucky Star Ship' to the copulating square bass of 'Moon Patrol' and over to the poignant vibes of 'The Great Speech' and the floating chords of 'Laid Back'.
"Staubgold presents the legendary first album from 1980 by UK underground heroes Family Fodder, for the first time reissued on CD and vinyl. Guest musicians include This Heat's Charles Bullen on drums, guitar, vocals, percussion and viola. The Wire magazine listed "Monkey Banana Kitchen" among their "100 Records That Set The World On Fire (While No One Was Listening)" and wrote: "A loose collection of friends and, more often than not, wanderers, Family Fodder reached their apex (or at least one of them) with Monkey Banana Kitchen. The music took the ferocity of contemporaneous Br… Read more
Stone cold classic digi-dancehall album from 1984 by sing-jay originator, Eek-A-Mouse, produced by Henry Junjo Lawes, recorded and mixed at Channel One. Reissued in original jacket and quality pressing. Tracklist: 1. Queen Elizabeth 2. Star, Daily News or Gleaner 3. Atlantis Lover 4. Palaving 5. Treason 6. Anarexol 7. Chip Out 8. Wild Like A Tiger 9. Don't Run And Cry 10. How I Got My Name
'82 roots reggae classic from Johnny Osbourne, produced by 'Junjo' mixed by Scientist, inc. 'Love Is Universal', 'Give A Little Love', 'In Your Eyes' etc.
Amsterdam and London dons Tom Trago and Bok Bok get their Dance Mania on for Night Voyage. 'Pussy Trak' is a pumping house tool stabbed up with ballroom crashes and the stentorian command "work this pussy"; 'Silent G safari' works on a bassline-driven tip punctuated with phasing claps.
First vinyl reissue of an extremely rare and sought-after Sunroof! album documenting Matthew Bower's Sunroof! featuring Mick Flower (Vibracathedral Orchestra and Flower Corsano Duo) on their European tour in 2003. The original was issued on Bower's Rural Electrification Program (REP) and is hailed as Sunroof!'s "rock record and its tribute to Neil Young and AC/DC (hence the title)."
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Pieter Willems returns to his Presk alias for a swinging house jaunt on Ten Thousand Yen, the same label which introduced him to the world with the 'Love Again' 12" in 2011. This time out, his sound is little more refined but still with the necessary grit to put an itch in your pants. Four cuts run the gamut from spring-loaded bruk-step techno to tightly coiled shake-downs, chunky filter house and Jersey swing, all with that nipped and tweaked edit style and rugged sense of function we've come to expect from the lad.
**Transparent Vinyl** A decidedly unhealthy serving of power noise from Violet Poison and Shapednoise's label. A-side features a pulsating power noise session called 'Delirium Tremens' by Orphx's Richard Oddie and the legendary David Foster (Teste, Huren) beside the jagged clank and distorted signals of Sunil Sharpe's Ground Skull Dust'. B-side holds the martial breakbeat techno and cyberpunk drones of Belgrade duo Ontal's 'Function', and Ascion's roiling, near-beatless 'Overture'.
Nochexxx follows his debut album with the more accessible electro-funk freak beats of 'Thrusters' on Ramp. Working in space between Legowelt's sonic fictions and the skronky avant-dance music of NYC's Gobby, Nochexxx is on a wild dancefloor tip, bowling between body-rattling uptempo electro-techno, weird-ass electronica, spiralling acid, ghetto-tech and dotty synth dérives that sound like they were written with an infected sequencer. Good stuff.
Wicked dancehall dub album from 1982, produced by Henry Junjo Lawes and starring the inimitable Yellowman. Reissued in original jacket and on quality pressing. Tracklist: 1. Natty Sat Upon The Rock 2. Lost Mi Love 3. Mister Chin 4. Two To Six, Supermix 5. Morning Ride 6. How You Keep A Dance 7. Jamaica A Little Miami 8. Yellowman Getting Married 9. Duppy Or Gunman 10. Cocky Did A Hurt Me
Thursday, 23 January 2014
*Triple LP housed in a gorgeous die-cut sleeve* The bleary-eared swagger of 'Ghettoville' concludes Actress' album cycle begun with his debut 'Hazyville' back in 2008. As we're sure you're well aware, in the meantime he's released a pair of modern classics, 'Splazsh' and 'R.I.P.', two radically rugged, sophisticated abstractions of electronic music alternately rendered in crystal clear and far-more-murky resolution. With 'Ghettoville' it would appear he's wearing his black-tinted glasses again, the ones which don't show up his bloodshot eyes and give him license to prowl the most fugged-up interz… Read more
**Edition of 500 with instant download** One of our favourite labels and new acts follow-up their 'Love' LP debut with another canny patchwork of cracked and fogged-up R&B psychedelia. Since the first LP, the duo have relocated from the Lisbon underground to Glasgow's sympathetic scene and northern climes (also home of Night School Records) to re-assess their sound, which slots neatly within the city's famed tastes for future funk and art-wized fuzz. Their 'Greatest It's' sounds like it was made on half-asleep machines plugged into an unreliable power source, but still manages to tap into an … Read more
"Two years after releasing his highly acclaimed album "Todesmelodien" Andreas Dorau strikes back – this time with a real band! In fact his brand new album "Aus der Bibliothèque" is the first album which he has recorded with a band since "Demokratie" (1988). Backed by "Die Liga der gewöhnlichen Gentlemen", he sought inspiration in the quarry of ideas known as the Hamburg Central Library. The result: poppy krautrock, Beatlesque sunshine pop, soft rock, electronica. In short, a superb album!"