Thursday, 25 April 2013
Halocyan catch ASC indulging his IDM tastes on the 'Sonic Assault EP', backed with Kangding Ray, Mike Slott and Chrissy Murderbot remixes. Highlights occur in the fractured, '97 Ae styles of 'Fourier System' and his bittersweet stepper 'Sympathy', or Kangding Ray's darker techno take on 'Sonic Assault'.
London's Church clubnight and label follow up Happa's debut 12" with two thick club tools by Rumah, backed with James Fox and Apes & Seb Wildwood remixes. Both originals fall into that hulking, square-bassed techno-house category eked out by Boddika and Joy O whilst remixes spin off into slower, deep-housed styled dub-chord swing.
*The legendary 5th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
Thursday, 18 April 2013
*Vinyl Edition* Slow fizzin', cryptic tape melt murk from Wanda Group, fresh in with Opal Tapes' third batch from the brink. Coming from the manhead behind Dem Hunger, who delivered that wicked 'Caveman Smack' on Leaving Records, and following a wicked split with Ekoplekz and a C20 for NNA Tapes, it's his most substantial cassette so far, burrowing deeper into a psychedelic ferric humus to masticate alien melodic minerals and trace elements of microtonal harmonics. It feels barely played, more like it was rubbed onto the spool with pebbles and flotsam then buried… Read more
**Edition of 500 copies on marbled grey wax. Includes download code redeemable from the label** Deathday serve a chilling debut album of coldwave synth-pop for Desire and LA's Sweating Tapes. Ripe for cyber-punks and bedroom-bound misanthropes, 'Deathday' features seven cuts powered by marching drums, sour, detuned synths and some of the most miserable off key vocals, trudging from the miserable thump of 'Sister' to the jagged, monotone synth stabs and sci-fi intrigue of 'Cold Room' and the phetish, uptempo paranoia of 'Charles Joseph Whitman' to the squally blasts and gothic traits of 'Blood On A … Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Compelling third album of eccentric, operatic Finnish electro-pop from Heidi Kilpelainen. Apparently inspired by birdsong while on holiday in her homeland, she creates an otherworldly journey through laidback, hypnotic rhythms and lucid yet bizarre song-writing recalling a wealth of music we already love, from Group Rhoda to The Knife/Fever Ray, Kate Bush or Planningtorock. It should come as little surprise, then, that Christoffer Berg, producer for The Knife, Depeche Mode and Little Dragon, is the man behind the scenes. Check!
'Japandorf' is the swansong album by late, legendary Neu! drummer and guitarist, Klaus Dinger - inventor of the "motorik" beat - with fine artists from the Japanese community of his hometown, Düsseldorf. Recorded between 2000-2008 at his Zeeland Studio on the Netherlands coast, and in his home studio near Düsseldorf airport, it captures a brimming sense of positivity in 12 tracks of signature krautrock chug and melodic guitars matched by vocals oscillating between gruff German and chirpy, higher Japanese registers. The spirit which drove Neu!'s early music from the kraut underground … Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Tech-trancey and swinging bass grooves from Rupert Taylor's XXXY for Swansea's Ten Thousand Yen. 'Progression' meshes a technicoloured moiré of arpeggios to snappy snares and round, precise sub pressure; 'Thinkin Bout' opens a folder of cowbells and downpitched vocal stabs in sharply contoured 2-step/house flux.
'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
*Vinyl finally back in stock - includes download code redeemable from the label* Bobby Krlic returns with his hugely anticipated second album as The Haxan Cloak, and his first for Tri Angle. It's an unrelentingly bleak offering that will satisfy fans of his terrific Aurora Borealis debut, but it also has a more electronic, rhythmic feel befitting of his new label and which will potentially appeal to an even wider audience. Though it was supposedly conceived to soundtrack a soul's journey beyond this mortal coil, don't come at it expecting some blissed-out amble through Elysium; Krlic's vis… Read more
**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...*