Thursday, 18 April 2013
'Rites' is the chilling solo debut proper by Sri Lanka-born, Bristol-based composer and sound designer, Paul Jebanasam. It arrives via his own Subtext label - home to a series of bracing recent releases by Emptyset and Roly Porter - to deliver a payload of gothic electro-acoustic composition blending neo-classical, black metal and electronic drone traits with an insoluble, elemental alchemy. It should come as little surprise that he's also been known to handle sound design for film, but 'Rites' is concerned with far loftier, artful ideas as the label's press expounds; "Rites brings together a un… Read more
**Now available on 180g coloured vinyl** The classic and debut Spacemen 3 album, led by Sonic Boom (Spectrum) and Jason Pierce (Spiritualized) originally issued in 1986. Features covers of 13th Floor Elevators, The Stooges, and Juicy Lucy plus their first forays into a seminal psychedelic sound further refined in their later records. Tip!
Tightest hardstyle trap and jUKe from the Numbers affiliate and his pal, Akka. 'Synergy' swerves between the emosh trance swells and lean, slowfast 808 bounce of 'Illusory' to the grimy 8-bit bully riddim 'Mobius' on the A-side, and over to the hilarious vocal chopping of 'Paul Is Dead', slicing up the phrase "Paul McCartney Is Dead" over hi-NRG jUKe flux and bubbling synths, beside the saccahrine hyper-boogie of 'Trapped In '82' on the flip. One for fans of Rustie, Hud Mo, Krampfhaft.
Arclight, now outed as Simian/Lord Skywave's Simon Lord and Werk Discs' Lukid, return to Jacques Greene's Vase label with 'Tumble Down'. Lukid pares down his more wayward inclinations to fit with Lord's Lidell-like vocals, but still keeps that endearing oddness, clearly apparent in the icy grime minimalism-meets-indie-pop of the title track, and diverted into more pastoral, psych-folk shapes with the Animal Collective-like 'Obsidian', whereas 'Hodl Against The Light' is a shockingly sincere, stripped down folk-pop, acoustic guitars and all, and 'One Seven Three Four' is post-dubstep-pop par excellence.
**Totally charming private press obscurity, new on Drag City** "Only in Detroit does an ex-garage-rocker-cum-accidental-n-wave-tourist link up with bewildered local stoned funk act Solar Flight for this dour confessional masterpiece that makes you yearn for the levity and positive vibes of Suicide. Although Rich Ristagno manufactured copies of this, his sole long player, in 1981, artwork was never completed, nor a single unit ever distributed to the non-existent audience for his singular nihilistic vision. Soul-funk meets acid guitars in a manner Funkadelic couldn't ever get high enough to imagine!"
Thursday, 11 April 2013
**Initial copies on translucent, tangerine-coloured wax cut by Lupo at D&M** Los Angelino android [PHYSICS] logs into the vaporwave cloud with this engrossing debut album of synthesised electronic emotions and holomorphic narrative. Paralleling the piloerect melodic triggers of Oneohtrix Point Never and the trans-dimensional fidelities of Hype Williams or James Ferraro, 'Spectramorphic Iridescence' is a like viscous psycho-sonic balm for those pleasure centres that respond most acutely to futurist nostalgia, a silicone VR vaporub of frothy arpeggiation and digital enzymes totally… Read more
*Limited Edition Triple LP on 180gm vinyl, plus 2 artwork posters and CD* Over its sprawling 100 minute length, 'Shaking The Habitual' is a bold, almost overly self-aware statement from one of the most exciting prospects in pop music. Some of the reviews that have already surfaced have described the 'impenetrability' of the album, and while the originality and non-conformity at play is to be applauded, there is little on this album that would (or should) scare off anyone with an interest in music beyond the mainstream. It's the fact that The Knife's audience is so sizeable that makes '… Read more
**4LP collection housed in rigid boxset with 2 x 12x12" inserts and individually numbered certificate of ownership. Edition of 500** V-O-D collects the rudimentary early-mid '80s recordings of Tim Gane, who would later front Stereolab, alongside Joe Manning, Vince "Van Hire" Adams, Dave "Smut" Smit and Pete Levy. It's an exploratory sound combining elements of power electronics, noise and psychedelia in degraded/degrading soundscapes rangong from out-and-out noise murk to rattling, rhythm-driven trips and concrète oddness. "The group was interested in musical alchemy and t… Read more
**LP with extensive sleevenotes by Andy Votel** Finders Keepers' 3rd volume of Ilaiyaraaja tunes offers a bounty of south subcontinental '80s electro-disco-pop. While their previous collections have homed in on his work with the "Tamil Nightingale", K.S. Chitra, and "The Electronic Pop Sound Of Kollywood 1977-1983", this one follows in the same groove as Bombay Connection's excellent 'Fire Star: Synth Pop & Electro-Funk From Tamil Films 1984-1989' or Cartilage Records' amazing 'Play That Bat Mr. Raja' compilations with 17 songs selected for their dancefloor potential. Drawn from a collection of o… Read more
Baltic diva, Ms Maria Minerva, returns to her roots on 100% Silk with four tracks of inimitable "dunce-dance" backed by Lady Blacktronika's New York-tempered remix. Without losing any of the rudimentary charm that endeared her to us all in the first place, she casts the wavey box-pop swing of 'Black Magick' next to the swirling R&B echo-tizzy of 'Space 4 U'. With 'Symbol Of My Pleasure (Form Of My Pain)' she cannily simulates a fusion of 'Walk This Way' riffage and impressionist Afro-Latin beat pop, all dreamy and floaty, whilst 'Soul Searchin' sleazes up close with a downslow grind and a brillia… Read more
**Playfully enchanting, funky post-punk obscurity starring members of The Slits alongside a who's who of the experimental fringes flexing their pop muscle. Warmest recommendation!** "Long-awaited reissue of the second full-length album from 1982 by late 70s/early 80s UK DIY super group The 49 Americans. The main instigator behind The 49 Americans was Andrew "Giblet" Brenner who assembled a loose, disparate group of musical/non-musical practitioners as an experiment in equality and democracy. This democracy included David Toop, Steve Beresford, Max Eastley, Lol Coxhill and Peter Cusac… Read more
**Class collection of sun-blessed early ska reggae** "The Ethiopians are one of the great vocal groups to come out of Jamaica. Singing songs of life and times as they found them, themes that resonated with the people of the Island that made them such a treasured group. Lenard Dillon, the founding member of the Ethiopians, began his singing career at Clement ‘Coxonne’ Dodd’s Studio One. Initially he recorded under the name of Jack Sparrow, and backed by the Wailers, cutting ‘Ice Water’ and ‘Suffering In The Land’. Under The Wailers encouragement, he went on to form his own vocal group. Re… Read more
*Includes a limited edition bonus 7" and a copy of the CD free inside* "Following 2011’s ‘Kiss Each Other Clean’, ‘Ghost On Ghost’ is the fifth studio album from Austin-based Sam Beam. Beam felt it time to move from what he called the “anxious tension” from this record and his previous one (‘The Shepherd’s Dog’). “This record felt like a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last few,” he says. Recorded in New York and produced by Beam’s longtime associate Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone, Fruit Bats), helping achieve Beam’s vision were a group of stellar musicians inc… Read more
Fourth release on Sullen Tone, the label owned and operated by Old Apparatus, pairs production from the group's own LTO with the dextrous wordplay of "(oc)cult" rapper, Mowgli. 'Gone To Seed' comes off like a possessed Trim and James Blake hookup, spilling magickal word-association off the dome against backdrop of concrète rhythms and off-kilter hooks; 'Morning On Mercury' kits Mowgli's brain-boggling flow with chamber-like keys and crumpled textures; 'Metal On Oxtongue' is the closest to conventional hip hop, and even then it's skewed with eerie vocoder and archetypal OA complexities; again, 'Fr… Read more
*The legendary 7th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
**45 tracks of early '80s EBM, most reissued on vinyl for the first time. Triple LP and bonus 7" with screen-printed sleeve. Edition of 500 includes individually numbered certificate of ownership** "Data Bank A is most likely the best-known, highly prolific and protagonistic EBM/Dark-Wave/Synth project of Andrew Szava-Kovats, who is also known for his 80/90’s works as and with Dominion, Compound, Parade of Sinners on labels like New Rose/Lively Art (France), Subway (aka Subtronic) Records (Germany), Tragic Figures (Portugal) and KK Records (Belgium). As many artists back in ea… Read more
*The legendary 6th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Nu-boogie's flyest practitioners display the breadth of their versatility on this well put-together debut album. Childhood pals Andy Harber and Richard Roberts established an enviable rep with a pair of 12"s for Alex Nut's Ho Tep label circa 2010/11 that effortlessly slid between house, '80s boogie and hip hop with incisive, modern production swerve blending Dilla-esque MPC knocks with digitally-misted, Actress-style flex, and the romantic boogie psychedelia of, say, Maxmillion Dunbar, or the filter disco curves of Thomas Banga… Read more
*The legendary 9th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
*The legendary 12th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
*The legendary 13th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
*The legendary 1st Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
*The legendary 11th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
Sweet balearic dance boppers in signature 100% fashion, featuring cameo from the label's #1 lady, Maria Minerva. With multiple pairs of hands at the machines, Pharoahs brew a richly colourful and finely layered sound, sorta like a cruder, downgraded LCD Soundsystem with a thing for sci-fi novels. The title track stakes their territory in vintage future-disco lands with lush choral synth pads and supple basswork in breezy form; 'Miraculous Feet' pairs Maria M with louche dub-disco recalling ESG; 'Everything' takes it to late '80s Manchester with a mix of Belgian beat grunt and frothy acid sou… Read more
*The legendary 3rd Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
**Triple LP and DVD housed in rigid, glossy-coated boxset. 36 tracks restored and remastered by Anders Peterson: total playing time 165 mins. Edition of 500 with individually-numbered certificate of ownership** Welcome to the darkly enchanting minimal synth-pop and psych-tinged world of The Modern Art. As an introduction to the world of Coil and Current 93 collaborator Gary Ramon and his orbiting bandmates, you can't do better than 'Sonic Dimensions 1982-1985', featuring stacks of previously tape-only releases for the Color Disc label now pressed to vinyl for the first time, alo… Read more
**3LPs in foil-blocked rigid boxset with 12x12" insert and certificate of ownership. Individually numbered edition of 500** Ian Boddy's earliest kosmiche flights of fancy inspired by Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream are brought to vinyl for the first time by V-O-D. 'Spectroscopic 1979-1982' compiles three tapes originally issued by the Mirage label and written on various vintage synths and tape machines in the Spectro Arts Workshop of his home city, Newcastle. Includes 'Images' (1979/80), 'Elements Of Chance' (1981), and 'Options' (1982).
*The legendary second Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
'Still Browsing', Bobby Browser drops four smooth and glamorous grooves inspired by deep house and Balearic disco. Swinging out with the plush New Jersey garage of 'As Far As I Know', he keeps the groove tucked tight in-the-pocket with 'Airplane Mode' and lets go with the chizzled euphoria strings of 'Theme From Tony's Party'. Sleaziest of all is the early '90s chill out wheeze 'Baby Dre'.
A super dapper Barrington Levy adorns the cover of this fine compilation spanning his early, golden years. 'Sweet Reggae Music' collects some all time classics including a grip of Henry 'Junjo' Lawes produce including 'Bounty Hunter', 21 Girls Salute' and 'Hammer', 'longside George Phang production, 'Praise His Name', and Barrington's own digital riddim 'Pon Your Toe', the natty synth licks of 'Mini Bus' by calabash, and the legendary 'Here I Come' by Jah Screw.