Thursday, 24 October 2013
"Formed in 2010, Hejira are Sam Beste, Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne, Alexis Nunez and Alex Reeve - a group of Londoners with a diverse collective heritage spanning the entire globe from Chile and Hungary through to Ethiopia and Germany. Borne of many years of experience performing individually in a bewildering amount of styles with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Tom Jones, Nitin Sawhney, Eric Lau and Connan Mockasin, the band seek to build this musicianship into an uncompromisingly visceral, passionate yet tender sound. Prayer Before Birth plays out like an ensemble-piece, a debut of rare composur… Read more
Cómeme's Colombian badboy brings a taste of his 'Perro Negro' parties in Medellin full of "thieves, guerrillos and prostitutes" to his debut album. Essentially, Sano's sound is Salsa dosed on lysergic fructose, synching a unique swing between wavey synthlines, discoid bleeps and sub-heavy, robosexual machine groove. His pals Los Malos, Diegors and Daniel Maloso from the Cómeme family all appear over its ten tracks variably running from stripped down numb-but-kinky EBM shuffle on 'Anestesia' to uptempo cowbell grooves on 'Contoneate' and raw, coked-up techno muscle on 'Boquerón' or darker New Beat thrust in 'Necrophilic Love'. Exoticos!
**Vinyl-only** Another dope shot of lo-slung house from Berlin's (the city, not the band) Battista, backed with a John Swing remix. Vibes are dark, muggy and driving but also dubbed-out and trippy, grooving from between the half-stepped intro to thegrubby 4am house of 'Picture and the Syncom Data-like 'Bring Back My Yesterday' on one side, thru the unhinged, tracky psychedelia of 'Dance Of Titans' to cool beat-offs, 'Minimal Man' and 'Ruin Of The Old World'.
Impressive debut of Zomby-like techno geometries from enigmatic new producer, Single Point Edge for Holland's Rwina label. It's a fine change of direction for the label, ten tracks of reduced, melancholic grooves landing somewhere between the bass sound of Zomby and DVA, and the efficient, somewhat abstracted electronica of Belgium's Vlek label.
"One of the rudest soundboys of the lot goes by the name of OH91, and he brings that unabashed, soundsystem duppying, backhand-you-in-the-face toughness on his tracks. Coyote Records are hyped to welcome him to the crew as he drops heat for COY005 with the peak-time gullyness of ‘Stealth’, backed with remix fire from none other than Slew Dem don and legendary selector, Spooky. Built around brash synthlines, huge piston-pressurised drums and subs that hit hard and low, ‘Stealth’ is grime built for the rave, bristling with moodiness and uncompromising bass impact. Spooky’s version agitates the rhythms wit… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Slow/fast & footwork/jungle's standard bearer ties his divergent sound down proper with the debut Om Unit album. Over the last few years Jim Coles aka Om Unit has been very busy building bridges between myriad bass styles resulting in pioneering hybrids between Chicago footwork and UK jungle as Philip D Kick and a richly atmospheric brand of bass and drum music on noted releases for Metalheadz and dBridge's Exit label. With a dilated scope for the last 20 years of hip hop, jungle, dubstep and futurist club music, his 'Threads' LP marries th… Read more
Ital returns with a pair of live-wired jams created during his stint at the RBMA Madrid, July, 2012. A-side 'Throbbing' is powered by a massive 909 kicks and mystified with swirling arpeggios and psychedelic modulations. B-side, 'Nodding' jams that same kick beneath crisp, evaporating delays and chirping cosmic melodies ascending to a trippy climax.
*180g vinyl. Includes a copy of the CD free inside* Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters, both members of dreamy shoegaze group Engineers, reprise the union that made their 'Underrated Silence' a subtle ambient pop winner. On 'Tomorrow Is Another Day' they seamlessly marry instrumental pop and electronica aesthetics with an unflinchingly positive outlook. Schnauss mans synthesiser, piano and vocals, and Peters plays guitar and bass in ten intricately woven dreamscapes quietly bristling with cute percussion and rent skywards with vaulted harmonies and layers of discrete, c… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Available for the first time on vinyl, ‘Under Wartime Conditions’ is a product of founding member Martin Newell and fellow kitchen porter, Martin Chapman. This is the first record in the “Vol.2” batch of formerly cassette-only reissues that have been remastered.
Thursday, 17 October 2013
*Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl, includes an 80 minute CD with additional tracks* This is just gorgeous - Simon Fisher Turner has scored the BFI National Archive’s restoration of 'The Epic of Everest', the official film record of Mallory and Irvine’s ill-fated 1924 Everest expedition as filmed by Captain John Noel. Turner is renowned for his film soundtrack work which began with Derek Jarman's Caravaggio (1986) and Blue (1993), plus scoring restorations of Un Chant D’Amour dir Jean Genet (1950) and The Great White Silence for the BFI. This new score was composed, orchestrated a… Read more
‘Crazy / Somebody Who’ is Au Revoir Simone's first new release in four years, once again released through Moshi Moshi.
*Instrumental rock/metal for followers of of Explosions in the Sky, Mono, Russian Circles, Don Caballero* "After four years of silence, instrumental metal standard-bearers Pelican have come thundering back, with 'Forever Becoming' , an eight-song album destined to be considered one of the most punishingly rewarding albums of the year. PITCHFORK: On this alternate version of "Deny The Absolute", a song that appears on their new album the band's latest, Forever Becoming (out October 14 via Southern Lord) , they hit one of the most fevered churns they've managed in years, with maligned drummer … Read more
**3LP Gatefold Vinyl - 140g pressing recut by Noel Summerville from original DAT master. Includes etching on side F. Includes sticker sheet with hexagon die cut stickers** Here's what we said when Geogaddi was first released: "An album as highly anticipated as this (four years in the making) is always going to come under intense scrutiny. Geogaddi doesn't necessarily break any new ground for Boards, but succeeds in bringing together more of the BOC magic that's reached so deeply into our collective psyche's since 'Music Has The Right...' was first released in 1998. The blueprint is … Read more
"West coast producer and sound system murderer Eprom is back on Rwina for a second album which continues the producer’s mad scientist approach to what makes a dancefloor move: synthetizing the warmth of vintage computer sounds, the energy of African rhythmic traditions (including modern evolutions such as Kwaito and Shangaan), the swagger of southern rap and the intricacy of pioneering electronic music from the likes of Richard Devine or Curtis Roads. The result is a heady melting pot, a unique sound supported by Gaslamp Killer, Kutmah, D-Styles..."
It's been 3 years since the mighty 'Claptrap' came out, and a year or so since that fine Hemlock EP, it's good to finally have a new Joe twelve drop for Hessle. 'Slope' takes a more functional House template as its starting point and gradually imbues it with all manner of drones and found sounds to satisfying effect. 'Maximum Busy Muscle' on the flipside is more organic, not all too dissimilar to something you might find on, say, Powell's Diagonal label, recalling the squashed funk of that recent Shit & Shine EP, or indeed Liquid Liquid's 'Cavern' as reimagined by Matthew Herbert.
To coincide with the excellent 'Livity Sound' 2CD comp, the label deliver four brand new tracks, by Pev & Kowton and Pev & Asusu respectively, on two separate twelves. Surge / Remnants features the first collaboration between Peverelist and Asusu, 'Surge' being a robust, rugged slowed-down number tapping into those Levon comparisons but with added bass weight, while 'Remnants' has a more delicate touch, all snycopated, flanged hi-hats and Pev's signature thudding kickdrum programmed to high-imapct, slow burning effect.
*New 4 tracker from Don't label boss Jerome Hill* "Jerome Hill steps up and delivers, possibly the maddest record on the label to date.. The A side dubbed 'serious' side, and the B dubbed 'You Can Not Be Serious' side."
Read returns to Fourth Wave, the home of his best gear, with three rugged House tools. The title workout shifts raspin' hi-hats and lopped-off disco strings and bass loops to sound something like Shake and Soundhack on a friday night, whilst the dusty filter treatments and infectious, efficient groove of 'Rubber Hands' strongly reminds of classic Smith 'N Hack. If you wanna go freakier, there's the slamming buck of 'Andy Asteroids' to get down with.
Hippos In Tanks' Physical Therapy resurfaces with this new 4-Track EP for Fifth Wall, including a toughened warehouse remix from the excellent J.Tijn.
Thursday, 10 October 2013
**Spot-gloss printed double LP gatefold** Tim Hecker exchanges bombast for intimacy on his follow-up to 'Ravedeath, 1972' and his 'Instrumental Tourist' with Daniel "OPN" Lopatin. Using the gristly, naked grain and off-key, out-of-phase accents of woodwinds, piano and synthesizer played by an ensemble including Ben Frost and Valgeir Sigurdsson, and heightened by his studio alchemy, he highlights tense, almost fraught relationships between all involved with visceral, keening dissonance approaching a narcotic potency when experienced over the full duration of the album. He makes allusion… Read more
Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ presents this very necessary reissue of Romanian "spectralist music" pioneer Iancu Dumitrescu's staggering 'Pierres Sacrées' (1989-1990) backed with an engrossing new work, 'Hazards and Tectonics' (2009-2013), commissioned by Glasgow Tectonics Festival. Born in Romania in 1944 Iancu Dumitrescu has forged a fascinating oeuvre encompassing contemporary composition and philosophy. As the latest addition to Ideologic Organ's currently unparalleled reissue programme, the A-side 'Pierres Sacrées' "for prepared piano, metallic plates a… Read more
**Archival discovery of supremely endearing bedroom electronic msuic conceived in '80s Manchester** Andy Popplewell's T.R.A.S.E., or Tape Recorder and Synthesiser Ensemble, is one of the loveliest reissues to have emerged from the Finders Keepers camp in recent times. Due to the diligent research of Andy Votel, it was only recently coaxed out of Popplewell, who is nowadays a renowned sound engineer/editor and vintage tape baker who's worked for everyone from Alpha Brussels to ZZT. This double LP worth of gear taken from his nascent recordings documents a vital, explor… Read more
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* Trevor Jackson dances with the zeitgeist again on this bountiful 2nd volume of 'Metal Dance: Industrial/New Wave/EBM Classics & Rarities '79-'88'. The first volume was Resident Advisor's reissue of 2012 and, by all rights, this 26-track collection should be held in equally high regard. If anything, he's gone deeper into his famed collection, pulling out total rarities such as CHBB's 'Ima Iki-Mashoo' and the militant 'Riot Squad' by a pre-ABC Vice Versa alongside classic anthems such as Chris & Cosey's 'Driving Blind' or Ministr… Read more
Darkstar take album cuts off 'News From Nowhere' to the club, backed with dope MCDE remix. Their 'Young Hearts' is reworked with morphing filter treatments and a soundsystem-ready thrust recalling certain Kyle Hall/Mgun and Vessel bits but with a pop-wise slant, and 'Armonica' is lushed for the 'floor with sparkling adult contemporary keys and a low-key but insistent Balearic groove. Motor City Drum Ensemble turns 'A Day's Pay For A Day's Work' into a sweet but gritty Detroit-style house groove.
Gauls in Barcelona, Downliners Sekt, return to Agoria's InFiné with a more streamlined, impressively subtle dancefloor sound. These two productions are effortlessly sleek and aerodynamic. Part 1 marries a fractured, blue pop vocal with hypnotically progressive chords and a beautifully poised dub-techno momentum sounding something Falty DL recording for Chain Reaction. On Part 2 they blow some of the dust from their filter for a crisper garage-techno swing pinched and budged with a nimble, unfolding evolution coming off like vintage Vladislav Delay meets James Blake. Canny.
**White vinyl. Limited edition of 300 copies** "Les Maîtres, despite the fact that they never released a record while they were around, were one of the most influential French cold-wave band from the early 80s golden era. They could be described as the perfect mix of Virgin Prunes, Sex Gang Children and Christian Death. The start of the band came with two members, Laurent Nicolle (voice) and (Maurice Maréchal (Bass) helped in the compositions by Etienne Charry (Oui-Oui) playing guitar and Michel Gondry, whom is not to introduce anymore, playing drums. Laurent, Etienne and Michel were then stud… Read more
Misty Conditions presents two Planet Mu renegades as you've rarely heard them. It's the new vehicle for Henry Collins aka Shitmat and Richard Wilson aka Burnkane to explore their less puerile side, and the results aren't bad. With Henry now based in France and Richard in LA, the project took shape over email, manifesting nine tracks of raw-to-the-bone machine drum sparks and layered samples processed with bespoke software. There's nary a daft jungle appropriation in sight; instead the pair take inspiration from Footwork's rudimentary sample techniques, roughneck electro-techno, industrial amb… Read more
Freakin' wild '60s jukebox burner reissued by the Jazzman! Gretchen and Cathy Owens and their pal Linda Jones aka The Tammys released the shrieking, diesel-fuelled girl-group pop of 'Egyptian Shumba' in 1963. It somehow failed to make an impression on the charts, despite their connections with Lou Christie, but it was later picked up as a Northern Soul anthem and later still listed in Pitchfork's top 200 songs of the 1960s at number 177. Trust us, you probably ain't ever heard owt like it.