Thursday, 23 January 2014
Lakosa reprises a fruitful relationship with Rick Grant on two deep and rugged London techno-house grooves backed with Severn Beach (James Fox) and Kornel Kovacs remixes. The follow-up to Grant and Lakosa's 2nd Drop ace treads similar ground at the smokier, hypnotic end of house and techno with the slinky shift and blue chord progression of 'Static', and a pumping, swinging, dubbed-out sound with 'Temptations'. The remixers hear contrasting takes on 'Temptations: James Fox's tuffer Severn Beach alias teases the techno elements in a more twisted, psychedelic direction with deft vo… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ace garage punk grunge pops picked up by Captured Tracks for reissue. 'The Feeling' was originally unleashed on Couple Skate Records in 2012 and now slots neatly in its new home alongside charming slackers such as Mac Demarco, Beach Fossils and co. Our highlights have to be the super lo-fi joys of 'Gentle Movement Towards Sensual Liberation' and 'Eon Of Love' or the dirgy grunger 'Trashworld'. Sure you'll all have your own favourites, though.
A lovely addendum of sorts to Bibio's 'Silver Wilkinson' album. It opens with pastoral album track 'Dye The Water Green' and proceeds to include archival material such as the sepia-toned 'Dinghy', written in 2006 with Richard Roberts ov Letherette, plus 'Down To The Sound', and 'A Thousand Syllables' along with the one-take improvisation of 'Carbon Wulf' - a reprise of album cut 'Wulf' - and 'The Sp9inney View of Hinckley Point', his first track recorded with live drums, as opposed to sampled and chopped on an MPC.
**Cherry-picked punk/post-punk anthology compiled by Soul Jazz including bullets such as Puncture's 'Mucky Pup' and Eric Random's '23 Skidoo** '"Soul Jazz Records’ new album ‘Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As Society’ is the second volume in their ‘Punk 45’ series, released to follow on from Soul Jazz Records’ recent massive deluxe 400 page ‘Punk 45s’ cover art book edited and compiled by Jon Savage (author of the seminal book on punk, ‘England… Read more
Grimy, technoid feminine pressure from the renamed Twwth (fka Teeth) on his and Desto's excellent Signal Life label. As with their previous editions from Visionist, Kowton, LAS and themselves, the 'Thousand Million EP' finds a sweet spot between sleek European techno, gruff UK grime and the rudeness of US club music. Whilst built around similar elements of gut-punch bass, rippling 808s and iced-out stabs, the vocal samples make a clear dichotomy: topside 'Naomi XX' sweetens gully swagger with a darkly sensual breakdown and female R&B stab intoning "it's automatic", whilst 'Boy You Down With… Read more
Prostitutes proceeds his Diagonal EP with another salvo of grotty, throbbing machine music for the Avian-affiliated Mira imprint. Blessed with one of the best titles of recent times, 'Truncheon Cadence (Part One)' hems close to that stoically purist sound James Donadio has established with his self-released LP and issues for Opal Tapes and Digitalis over the last couple of years. It includes some of his strongest club tracks in the rolling industrial thump of 'Led Up Garden Paths' and the dubbed-out techno skanker 'Odd Dog End', but our favourites have to be the skudged, grungy… Read more
Thursday, 16 January 2014
Luke Younger's Helm returns to PAN with four vital incursions marking his first new material since the sessions that birthed his acclaimed 'Impossible Symmetry' and 'Silencer' releases these last couple of years. Since those releases Younger has been hard at work building his Alter label into one of the most interesting imprints around whilst also honing a petrifying, improvised live set that's turned our bones to stone every time we've heard it. 'The Hollow Organ' delivers four tracks of spirit-grinding constructs gleaned from a visceral palette of tormented machine voices, sub-zero drones and… Read more
Hospital Productions return with their first release of the year, a heavy 30-minute session of layered drone and tormented, bass-heavy bombast from Max Gudmunson's Virile Games project, now available on vinyl for the first time after a sold-out micro edition of cassettes in 2013. Operating somewhere between his label-mate Lussuria's gothic ambience, the ear-bleaching concrète of Helm, and the more blown-out cinematic visions of Leyland Kirby, 'Wounded Laurel' oscillates between sublime and wretched with a gripping night-time narrative. Opener 'Death And Rebirth Of Adonis' sets the scene w… Read more
**Gatefold double "swamp green" vinyl reissue with download code** Zombi's debut album proper, 'Cosmos' (2004) is given a fittingly plush vinyl reissue for the first time in seven years. A masterclass in cinematic prog excess, on 'Cosmos' Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra set their synths to stun and drums to trample, breaking orbit like a juggernaut shuttle burning up billions of dollars worth of head-fuel. This stuff touches quadrants that other space prog albums don't reach. Recommended!
Noirish jazz jungle and electro-dub from FaltyDL - his first new productions since his well received 'Hardcourage' album for Ninja Tune. 'Danger' is a straight ace, coming off something like Rainer Veil distilling twenty years of Dego into 4 minutes of tape saturated pads and deftly spliced breaks. 'King Brute' is more screwed and fugged-up, operating in that hazy nexus between Actress, Itinerant Dubs and Kassem Mosse with kinetic, morphing dub FX applied to salty electro pings and groggiest bass wriggle.
**Remastered reissue includes DVD and Download Code Redeemable From The Label* ‘Drinking Gasoline’ was released in 1985, consisting of four songs from the legendary ‘Gasoline In Your Eye’ videocassette. These songs rank among Cabaret Voltaire’s more infectious compositions. ‘Gasoline In Your Eye’ is now included as a DVD together with both the CD and the LP of ‘Drinking Gasoline’, featuring videos shot and edited by groundbreaking director Peter Care and Richard H Kirk. ‘Gasoline In Your Eye’ DVD includes ‘Sensoria’ and promotional videos for ‘I Want You’ and ‘Just Fascination’. Ca… Read more
Night School Records pick up Love Cult's fearsome follow-up to their chilling 'Fingers Crossed' LP for Public Information. Hailing from the Russian Republic Of Karelia, up near Finland, the duo of Anya Kuts and Ivan Afanasyev aka Love Cult have coined the apt term "no tech", short for northern technology, to describe their deconstructed hybrids of cold, ceramic textures, black metal atmosphere and machine-driven rhythms found on the 'Know EP'. It's a marked progression from their Public Information album, far more focussed on bass heavy rhythmic patterns, but not at the expense of their signature, … Read more
Night Slugs' Helix slips into his DJ Vague alias to 'fess up three banging house trax on Australia's Templar Sound label. Up top, he drops his Soundhack-meets-Paul Johnson-esque 'Porsche Trax 1' and 'Porsche Trax 2' which have both been knocking around the net for a bit now, whilst flipside he dispenses the pounding Roulé style smasher, 'Porsche Trax 3'.
Uniquely dark and rugged New York techno-house trips from the subBASS Soundsystem. Following up their crooked 'Deadly Structures' 12" for Trilogy Tapes, Spider & Marshallito go darker than ever before with the near-beatless scape of crying babies and LFO wafted subbass on 'Worldly Suffering' and roll out skippy, gritty techno with 'Enemy Of God' on the A-side. Flip it for a bruised and skewed jacker with demented bassline in '7.06', and a down-slow, funked-up ace, 'Fallen Angel'.
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* Mogwai follow their acclaimed OST for 'Les Revenants with their first studio album since 2011. 'Rave Tapes' is the thematic follow-up to 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will'. It was recorded at the group's Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow along with go-to producer Paul Savage and revolves around ten tracks of precision post-rock augmented with synths and processing.
**Grey vinyl** Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra's modern space rock classic from 2006 reissued. "Surface to Air teems with the stirring, trance-inducing deluges of rhythm and sound the duo is renowned for. Swelling waves of melodic synth ride atop a broad bass and drum foundation. Sequences of repetition roll, build, and unfold with the measured patience of master artisans. Less an album than a moving, breathing mass of symphonic sound; Surface to Air creates boundless moving pictures that are nothing short of breathtaking."
Thursday, 09 January 2014
*Includes poster insert and download code* "Brisbane quartet Blank Realm return with their most blistering release to date. 'Grassed Inn' expands further the fluorescent pop leanings that shone through last year's critically acclaimed 'Go Easy'. The result is an album packed with soaring psych melodies, dark love-stained lyrics and one of the sharpest pop records to emerge from the current Australian underground renaissance. Having moved on from their more open-ended experimental beginnings, Blank Realm have veered towards songs in the manner of late period Big Star, The Zombies, or Echo and … Read more
Blissful dream pop single from the celebrated South-African duo and a couple gorgeous remixes too. 'Muizenberg' blends highlife, heavenly synth and dappled North American guitar sounds, but the key is Emmanuel Nzaramba's feather-light falsetto vocals. Then in comes Seiji mixing sweet pianos and surround-sound electronic dazzle, followed by The 2 Bears, who come up with a nice long maximalist house jam that has a really warm feeling running through it. Nicely done.
Thursday, 02 January 2014
**Deluxe edition of previously unheard material from Eliane Radigue circa 1970 - presented in a gorgeous Gatefold sleeve with printed inners and extensive liner notes - Edition of 400 copies** Alga Marghen present this vinyl-only first release of Eliane Radigue's pivotal, previously unreleased 'Opus17' - her last work made with feedback material. It's one of the strongest, if not definitive, examples of Radigue's tactile and meditative approach to composition, an engrossing, intuitive refinement of the techniques and practice she honed over prior years at RTF's Studio d'essa… Read more
Powell, Vessel, The KVB and Bandshell conclude the Ike Yard remix series with diverse, killer results. Spawned from Desire's timely reissue of Ike Yard's seminal, self-titled 1982 debut, the series has thus far provided a canny bridge between the fertile no-man's-land of New York's early 1980s No Wave/industrial scene and the nexx generation of post-punk/techno provocateurs. This EP features the most radical revisions of Ike's material yet, following ace reworks by Regis, Monoton and more. Powell clearly relishes the opportunity to cut up 'Half A God', rollicking the or… Read more
Thursday, 19 December 2013
Theo Parrish selects and sequences twelve beautiful Black Jazz Records classics at the behest of Japan's Snow Dog Records - featuring music by Doug Carn, The Awakening, Calvin Keys, Rudolph Jonson, among others. Following in the footsteps of Gilles Peterson and DJ Mitsu The Beats, Theo was sent a package of ten LPs drawn from the Oakland, CA label's small but perfectly formed catalogue between 1971-1976 when it existed to represent a "new and fresh alternative to traditional jazz, embodying the spirit of the black/urban awakening of the civil rights period." As to be expected Theo t… Read more
**140g vinyl mastered and cut by Rashad at D&M. Housed in colour jacket and silk-screened sleeve designed by Bill Kouligas** Kouhei Matsunaga's cheekily titled series of 'Dance Classics' arrives at a 3rd volume of deviant techno-tronics for PAN. Slicker, bassier than previous episodes, the emphasis here is on rolling grooves rent with playfully crafty sound design, finding incisive balance between off-the-cuff rhythm jams and probing electronic timbres - music for both bodily function and mindful reflection. Over it's eight tracks he breaks down and refracts the groove from glassy, … Read more
*Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany and Denmark. If you are in another European country please contact us for postage costs* *Vinyl Box Set now available - a lavish, heavyweight package featuring a gold-embossed 12"x12" hardbound book and 4 x LP's bringing together formative Minneapolis sounds starting with Pepé Willie’s 94 East project which gave local prodigy Prince his first airing, onto Terry Lewis and Flyte Tyme and Prince’s childhood sidekick/departed bassist An… Read more
*KILLER 909 driven dancehall banger from Dug Out, the label run by Honest Jons and Hard Wax.* Ruffest shot of 1988 ragga-techno from Tiger at his maddest. Nuthin' but a rattling 909 riddim topped by incendiary, unhinged vocal and that's all you need! Seriously, we've never heard anything quite like it, the groove sounds like some one-off bleep techno experiment from Sheffield gone AWOL and discovered by a manic Jamaican. Tippa top!
Athens-based concrète collagist, Jar Moff, follows the themes of his PAN debut 'Commercial Mouth' to bookend 2013 with the beguiling flux and upheaval of 'Financial Glam'. Unswervingly reflective of his home city's state of tension and disquiet, Moff's 2nd album plays out a gripping, intricately detailed scene of chaos and confusion, colliding huge, unyielding structures in a grandiose and epic scene comparable with the sober and meticulously complex electro-acoustic compositions of Xenakis or the spectral symphonies of Iancu Dumitrescu & The Hyperion Ensemble. Across the A-side 'Kresentosiag… Read more
**Unseen Worlds follow that excellent reissue of Laurie Spiegel's 'The Expanding World' with this delightful slice of the 1979-81 avant-garde, rescued from private-press cassette. Amazing songs meditating on American daytime TV set to luscious Buchla synth arrangements. RIYL Robert Ashley, Julia Holter or Pinkcourtesyphone** "Daytime Viewing (1979-80) is an extended narrative song, based on a casual analysis of daytime television drama and the audience phenomena such programming addresses. The piece explores the use of fantasy as a survival mechanism against lonelin… Read more
Garry Todd reps an Australian house sound for Contemporary Scarecrow, with authentic vocal by Mike Dunn and remix from Trus'me. The original brings big, bangin' toms, soaring disco strings and simmering chords whilst flipside features a instrumental dub and raw, late night 'Stress and Pain' remix by Trus'me re-tooled with rugged drums and wide bass for the debonaire cats.