Thursday, 04 April 2013
**Double 10" gatefold jacket includes full CD copy** Terrific field recordings of the Mijikenda tribes of Kenya, crisply recorded, mixed and produced by Sven Kacriek and To Rococo Rot's Stefan Schneider for an Honest Jon's & Goethe-Institut co-operation. Focussed around Mukunguni village, these 14 songs capture Sengenya percussive traditions fit for varying purpose, from healing to celebration, replete with a rich spirit of the place in the recordings' atmosphere and natural, unforced feel. The most literal example of this is their recording of a spontaneous Swahili… Read more
Purified dubstep, bottled at source. Rinse staple, Youngsta, makes good with LX One aka Joker D aka Alex Morgan on two halfstep dreadnaughts. A-side: they lean back inna super slow and thugged-out style on 'Responsibility'; B-side 'No Cure' is the one to check, summoning ghoulish pads over surefooted subs and woodblock percussions to enhance your 'step.
Houndstooth's foreboding theme music lands on wax backed with a furtive footwork remix by Fracture, marking up the 2nd issue on Fabric's new spawnling. House Of Black Lanterns is a front for Dylan Richards' (fka King Cannibal) new forays into the nether region between neurotic D&B, Chi-town mutations and noirish electronics; a proper London night music evoking images of pleasured grimace, evasive/invasive dancefloor actions and the ting/tang of good/bad drugs. The lead cut's got a real demonic swagger about it, while 'Like A Warrior' cuts in on dread space previously staked out by … Read more
Thursday, 28 March 2013
Very welcome return for Robert Hampson with the first Main album in seven years, new on eMego. Hampson founded Main with Scott Dawson upon disbanding Loop in '94, and while their initial releases still bore traces of their space-rock origins, the goal was always total ecstatic abstraction, and by the time of the Hz series, completed in '96, they'd pretty much achieved it. Main's music has been called many things: industrial, noise, isolationist electronica, dub, drone; the truth it, it's all and none of those things, especially now. For Ablation, Hampson - whose long-standing interest in musique concre… Read more
**All remastered classics pressed to 180g 2LP housed in deluxe gatefold jacket with graphic novel. Includes download code redeemable from the label** Soul Jazz take us back to Chicago 1986-1993 with a wealth of classic acid from Phuture, Mr. Fingers, Risque Rhythm Team, Virgo, Cool McCool and more, accompanied by a graphic novel in swish package. Delving deeper into the scene that jack built, this is the natural successor to their definitive 'Acid - Can You Jack?' compilation from 2005, now neatly incorporat… Read more
Butterz land a special, one-sided '20,000 Miles Later Mix' of Swindle's 'Air Miles' ruckus. Built for instant effect, it dangerously swings between signature sweet boogie and almost Bad Company-style madness with a wild-eyed and deranged effect. Hyper-boogie grime madness!
Frothiest Balearic dancepop kisses from the Sunless '97 trio, backed with Luke Soloman remix. As an ode to post-club phosphorescence, "the "euphoric vibes of walking home after a night of dancing, feeling content, at peace and not 'lonely' even though you are walking home alone", 'Aurora I' hits the mark nicely with lyrics and loose, effervescent grooves hinting at classic Arthur Russell, a feeling shared in the shuffling Afro-pop-gone-baggy lilt of 'Aurora II'. Remixing, F.E.A.R's Brothers & Sisters '97 remix gives it a John Talabot-like house chug and Luke Solomon takes to the 'floor with a dub-frayed and strident psych-house version. Tip!
Mark Ernestus and Jeri-Jeri have us by the hips again with the 4th Ndagga release. Starring Mbene Diatta Seck, Ale & Khadim Mboup, the original 'Bamba' shake-down is another shoulder-droppin', swingeingly tight Mbalax ace with that signature drum cadence and tightest guitar chops eased off with lushly dubbed out vocals. There's also a version for those not into the vocals or wanting to extend the groove, plus a pair of shorter, percussive instrumentals to practise your moves with.
Cómeme's sole female representative jams out five aces spanning disco and house with that Latinate touch. The dreamy oscillations and mesmerising groove of 'Puqui' could be a distant cousin of Maria Minerva, while 'Beating PC' is tightly funked up for the disco dancers and 'Eat Me' makes sparkly cross-eyes at the after-after-hours 'floor with a neat juxtaposition of seductive synths and existential vocal intoning "what are you doing here?". The churning, screwy house of 'Berberecho' is the most up-for-it groove on offer, and 'Voy A Ver' tickles guitar chops and wheezy sci-fi synths for the bum-bum-box aliens.
**Edition of 180 incredibly expensive hand numbered copies signed by the artist. Housed in silk-screened gatefold jacket...** "One of Charlemagne Palestine most well-known works, "Four Manifestations On Six Elements" is presented here as 2LP record edition limited to 180 numbered copies, the first publication of Algamars, the new sonic art division of alga marghen. The gatefold sleeve is silkscreened in one color and presents a signed drawing by Charlemagne Palestine on the front cover. In 1973 Charlemagne Palestine was commissioned to make "Four Manifestatio… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Rugged Kwaito house courtesy of SA's DJ Spoko. Previously, the only place you'd find Spoko was on youtube, or probably the mp3 stick of a taxi driver in South Africa, so it's cool to see these cuts pressed on vinyl. A-side you get the swinging bump and natty melodica-like hooks of 'I Remember' featuring G-Dog, and a haunted gangster house ace, 'Sound Of Our 4-Fathers' to start the dance, and flipside features the lo-slung bass and twinkling marimbas of 'Azange' featuring Magaula & Puzuzu conducting the 'floor alongside a moody, militant 'Bat… Read more
Jan Jelinek, Hanno Leichtmann and Andrew Pekler bring their open-ended Groupshow to Staubgold with an LP recording of live performances in Berlin and Lisbon in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The loose-knit trio follow in a tradition of electro-acoustic improvisation stretching right back to the original Fluxus actions of the '60s and '70s krautrock of Cluster and co, Jelinek manning sampler, FX and mixer, Leichtmann 'pon drums and syndrums, and Pekler tweaking a tabletop guitar, synth and pedals, but by no mean restricted to any of them. Edited from said performances, the album moves through four flu… Read more
Alga Marghen swiftly follow their edition of Corner's seminal 'Piano Activities' with these experimental percussive compositions performed and recorded at Merce Cunningham's studio in New York, at Cavriago in Italy, and at the Avant Garde Festival, Cambridge, MA between 1974-1978. "…the culmination of many years experience and experiment with the properties of resonant metal objects, whether intended for music or not", the first three pieces are extracted from an hour long performance recorded at Merce Cunnigham's studio, performed by David Behrman (electronics and performer) with the… Read more
**Smooth, shimmering, jazzy new age seductions with crisp, classy electronics and worldly infusions. Lovely stuff** "Mystiphonic is the third release from Roland P. Young on EM Records, following Isophonic Boogie Woogie (EM 1045CD/HJ-LP) which was originally released in 1980 and re-issued by EM in 2005, and the 2009 Istet Serenade (EM 1087CD/LP). Mystiphonic is the fruit of two years of recordings at Young's Isophonic Sound Laboratory in Brooklyn, "comprovisations" which are more electronic than the previous EM releases, and yet this new CD retains Young's emotional life-long horn playing,… Read more
**180 gram coloured vinyl** Recorded in 1988, performance captured a set from Spacemen 3's Perfect Prescription tour as heard at De Melkweg, Amsterdam. This reissue features the album's original seven-song tracklist as opposed to the Taang! Records expanded ten-track reissue. While the bulk of the material here deals in the stroboscopic, distorted minimalism of raw space-garage cuts like 'Come Together' and 'Take Me To The Other Side', the album closes on an especially brilliant rendition of the blissful, Silver Apples-inspired kraut propulsions of 'Walkin' With Jesus'. Ace.
**Beguiling album of detached and wayward rock music from an idiosyncratic entity. No class fits comfortably with this record, but if you're into Sun City Girls or even Cold Cave's recent emissions you'd do very well to check it out. Mastered by Sonic Boom** "Tampa FL is a different sort of place to be from then the major cultural cities of influence and that is something we understand and gravitate towards at Night-People. Sometimes the more isolated locations produce more uniqueness in the absence of stimulation or bigger opportunity. With Merchandise you can't just look at the surface beca… Read more
**Inc. digital download code redeemable from the label - first run on coloured vinyl** "25 years in, ‘Vanishing Point’ decisively affirms that, even in an age where only the newest of the new can survive (and even then, only for a few weeks at best), Mudhoney still have plenty to say and more to offer. These are songs written from the rare vantage point of a band who went through the rock ‘n’ roll meat-grinder and not only lived to tell such a tale, they came out full of the wisdom and dark humor such a journey provides. ‘Vanishing Point’ is filled with dread, psychoanalysis and ‘Nuggets’-o… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "A Hawk and A Hacksaw, the duo of Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost, known for performing traditional and original music steeped in Eastern European folk traditions, present their sixth album You Have Already Gone to the Other World: Music Inspired by Paradjanov's Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. The sixteen tracks feature seven originals along with nine Ukrainian, Hungarian and Romanian traditional songs re-imagined and arranged with inspiration taken from the legendary 1964 film Shadows of Forgotten Ancest… Read more
Thursday, 21 March 2013
*Limited Vinyl Edition pressed on 180gm wax and including a download code redeemable from the label* Highly impressive debut album from Brainfeeder's British ambassador. Proceeding the course of his celebrated singles for Pictures Music and remixes for everyone from AlunaGeorge to Bonobo, 'Nostalchic' casts trusted vocalists Jenna Andrews, Kerry Leatham and Astrid Williamson in a pop/R&B complex of refracted electronics and digital stumble crafted with the finickiest attention to details. We can hear the ghosts of UK 'nuum music jostling with bewitched R&B songstresses and keening cinematic synths… Read more
**Comes housed in a gatefold sleeve** Excerpts from three site-specific live performances by Paul Purgas and James Ginzburg, recorded last year. In what has become the dominant theme of Emptyset's work, the cavernous architecture of the different settings - Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station in Snowdonia, Ambika P3 in London, and Chislehurst Mine in Kent - becomes a component of the music itself, the duo's bowel-shaking low frequencies responding to every nook, curve and surface texture of these man-made caves. When you think of the uses these spaces have historically been put to (chalk and flint m… Read more
*A killer side of distorted synth drone and noise textures, new on Luke 'Helm' Younger's excellent Alter label* Alter look to the grey gloom of Denmark's cultishly observed industrial/noise scene with this 3rd LP refinement by the Posh Isolation label's Christian Stadsgaard and Loke Rahbek. In their various roles with Sarah's Charity, Sexdrome, Lust For Youth and many more beside, the duo have explored myriad strains of coldwave pop, trashy punk, black metal and noise, yet together for their 3rd side as Damien Dubrovnik, they veer down bleakest alleys of distorted synth dron… Read more
**Limited edition red vinyl with full album on CD included inside** Simon Bonney's Crime & The City Solution return with a new album some 28 years after their formation and frankly they sound better than they have any right to. Those expecting wild experimentation best look elsewhere, but fans will be delighted to find them in vigorous, committed and unrepentant form: from opener 'Goddess' you're left in no doubt that the dionysian rock 'n roll spirit is alive and well in their booze-bruised hearts. Formed in Sydney, Crime then relocated to Melbourne before The Birthday Par… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label. RIYL Tri Angle, Wife, o0o00, The XX, Florence and the Machine, loadsa reverb** "Fresh off a run of dates with the XX, MMOTHS returns with a new ep, DIARIES. Formats: Jack Colleran, MMOTHS for short, is a warm, 19‐year‐old Irishman burrowing LP through the trajectory of discovery on his own imperfect terms. While most of the music listening experience is typically about the act of discovery, his music making experience is about sharing his sense of wonder and discovery with the listener, and his forthcoming Diaries EP is his most personal, yet accessi… Read more
**Heavyweight, tip-on style gatefold jacket with fold-out colour liner-notes pasted inside. Includes 28 tracks (CD has 21) of hot soul from the Dynamic Records melting pot** "Born out of the largesse created from Rene & Rene’s Hot 100 Tejano tornado “Angelito,” Dynamic Records was but one of half a dozen labels run by San Antonio music and real estate mogul Abe Epstein. His flagship group, the Commands, took their AFB circuit-honed chops up to the middle of the charts in 1966 with “No Time For You,” paving the way for 20 other soulful singles over Dynamic’s impre… Read more
**Blue 180g vinyl. Edition of 500 housed in die-cut and foil blocked jacket** On 8th October, 2011, Aidan Baker darkened the doorstep of Southern studios for the 2nd time, accompanied on this occasion by his Nadja tourmates, Plurals, aka Daniel McKenzie (synth/guitar), Dave Hamilton Smith (voice), Duncan Harrison (synth/tapes), Michael Neaves (tapes), Pete Dodd (synth). What followed is documented here; two sides of sprawling, intricately-layered drones and atmospheres oscillating between threatening and uplifting.
**Double disc gatefold edition** BBE follow-up their bumper collection of disco edits by John Morales with four hot ones selected from his archive and extended for your dancing pleasure. Disc 1 stars his edits of Barry White's 'Never Gonna Give Ya Up', and Jean Carn's 'Was That It Was'. Disc 2 features his takes on 'If You Know Like I Know' by Teddy Pendergrass and Sandy Barber's 'I Think I'll Do Some Stepping On My Own'.
**Double disc gatefold edition** BBE follow-up their bumper collection of disco edits by John Morales with four hot ones selected from his archive and extended for your dancing pleasure. Disc 1 features Teddy Pendergrass' 'Only You', backed with Loleatta Holloway's 'Hit And Run'. Disc 2 holds The Jones Girls' 'You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else', and Marvin Gaye's 'I Want You'. All exclusive and previously unreleased.
Mike Paradinas and his missus, Lara Rix-Martin are joined by Nick Talbot of Gravenhurst for their lovely debut album as Heterotic. Summoning influence from classic house, late '80s electronic dream pop, they squarely hit upon a sound somewhere between classic New Order and early µ-Ziq, mixing breezy vocals with multi-tiered electro basslines and lushest synths to often gorgeous effect.
**Individually numbered edition of 300. Includes download code redeemable from the label** Two of London's most charming new electronica producers meet for Tape Club Records' single series. A-side 'Maccron Accent' is a blue mixture of layered drone harmonics and glitch-cut beats with chiming music box melody and dream-pop vocal swoons. 'Opening Brace' is dubstep blasted offworld with Skweee melodies and H-Pop atmospheres.