Thursday, 17 January 2013
**Double gatefold vinyl with free CD copy** The master of evocative shoegaze-tronica presents his first solo LP in six years, and some ten years after his widely cherished 'A Strangely Isolated Place' LP for City Centre Offices! In case you've not kept an eye on Ulrich in recent years; he's kept himself busy with a string of collaborations alongside the likes of Kirsty Hawkshaw, Jonas Munk, and ASC, and it's perhaps the latter, and the autonomic D&B scene at large, who've had most influence on the whirring technoid rhythms and structures of 'A Long Way To Fall'. Of course, he's sti… Read more
*Yellow Vinyl* Rodney Smith triggers his first new material in 12 months with the 'Banana Skank EP'. The album closer from his '4everevolution' album comes as an iced-out club banging 'Part.2' beside a WAFA remix nipped and tweaked with technoid bass and clipped drums for the shufflers, whilst new cuts 'Natural' and 'Party Time' pair old skool Roots raps with new skool bass minimalism.
Drew Lustman weighs in his loved-up and lush third LP, arriving via Ninja Tune. The emphasis is firmly on house and romantic soul music here, as opposed to the fragmented kaleidoscope of jungle, R&B, and garage that made up its predecessors. That's largely attributable to the fact he fell in love during the creation of 'Hardcourage', which would definitely explain its aerated giddiness and almost pop-wise swerve. It's even got vocals, thanks to a very tidy cameo from Friendly Fires Ed Macfarlane on the bumping sophistication of 'She Sleeps', while the hook-heavy single 'Straight & Arrow' is… Read more
**Now available on double vinyl housed in tip-on style gatefold jacket!** Latest in the Sun City Girls’ acclaimed, inspiring Sublime Frequencies series. Molam is a multi-faceted folk music native to laos and the predominantly rural northeastern region of thailand known as Isan - home to myriad ethnic groups and provinces, and once a part of present-day laos. ‘Mo’ meaning 'master' and ‘Lam’ meaning 'song', Molam literally translates into 'master singer', but it remains more of an umbrella term covering over a dozen types of Lam styles in which male… Read more
**Free CD version of the album enclosed inside** Kompakt welcome 2013 in sophisticated fashion with their annual 'Pop Ambient' round-up, easing into the year with lush contributions by Wolfgang Voigt, Marsen Jules, Jens-Uwe Beyer und freunds. Label co-owner Wolfgang Voigt takes prominence with two further versions of 'Rückverzauberung' and a luxurious remix of Michael Mayer's 'Sully' (from the 'Mantasy' album), thematically complemented by the breezy melodica and Burial-esque atmosphere of Jens-Uwe Beyer's 'Deutz Air 2' and the superb Pink Floyd cover 'Cirrus Minor' by Matias Aguayo… Read more
Visionist and Blackwax remix the foundational grime instrumental 'Pulse X' (regarded by many as the first ever Grime track) on its tenth anniversary. As part of a wider project including further remixes from Slackk, Pedro 123 and Elsewhere, this plate features Visionist's rugged, almost psychedelic refit on the front; a vortex of snakestyle syncopation, gully baroque strings and febrile bass work. Better yet, Blackwax traverses the 'nuum to retrofit slicing jungle breaks against the original bass motif and kinetic dubbing with deadly effect.
*Now available on vinyl* It's funny how much the loss of something can force you to realize how much you took it for granted, and with Berlin-based pianist and producer Nils Frahm the loss was his thumb, which he broke after falling out of a bunk bed. We may giggle at the circumstances, but for a pianist that's the loss of ten percent of your craft, and so in the period of inactivity Frahm came up with these nine (geddit?) sketches which he fleshed out once the thumb had healed. Coming across like a love song to Frahm's chosen instrument these are delicate, short pieces about and for … Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Following his 'Everything's Getting Older' album with Bill Wells, Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat returns as L. Pierre with the richly atmospheric 'The Island Come True', his fourth album in this guise - the first since 2007. While perhaps best known as a wry and observant lyricist, his vocals are abandoned in favour of cherry-picked samples - operatic loops, intimate, humming ditties and fragments sourced from radio - finely woven with carefully dilapidated sonics under referential track titles to sculpt a distant, detached dre… Read more
Thursday, 10 January 2013
*Fractured bleep techno and de-composed electronics for followers of Container, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Konono No.1, Ekoplekz, Harmonious Thelonious - Edition of 500, initial copies on olive green wax* Following a pair of strong LPs for Dekorder, Dan Hayhurst (audio) and Reuben Sutherland (visuals) released 'Slime Code' on cassette for Patten's Kaleidoscope label last year - and it's a peach. The music was performed live to 8-track tape from which a digital edit was compiled and from that came this exclusive vinyl version. Visually and sonically, disorientation and imperfection p… Read more
Mordant Music beautifully join the dots between the hauntological zeitgeist and original library music with the 2nd of two vinyl reissues of seminal tape music by Tod Dockstader. Born 1932 in Saint Paul, Minneapolis, Dockstader majored in psychology and art but would go on to explore his interests in painting and film as an apprentice editor in Hollywood. This led to a job as a sound engineer in 1958, employed at Gotham Recording studios, where he started meticulously composing during long after-hours sessions. In 1960 his first LP 'Eight Electronic Pieces' was issued on Folkways Reco… Read more
Soundway keep up with the outernational new skool on a pair of Angolan/Portuguese kuduro-meets-Congolese guitar grooves. The clipped technoid undertow and lithe instrumental licks of 'Alegria' beg to be partied with, whilst Beat Laden gives a steamier, chunkier remix of 'Puxa' for the shufflers and Maga Bo gets loose and frisky with the polyrhythmic shake of his 'Cuka' remix.
35 years since their seminal debut 'The Modern Dance', Pere Ubu's 'Lady From Shanghai' is arguably their best record since that early '80s post-punk heyday. David Thomas is beguiling and compelling as ever as the wryly observant and visionary frontman - Cleveland, Ohio's answer to Manchester's Mark E. Smith. He's backed by longtime spar Keith Moliné (guitar, bass), plus Robert Wheeler (EML synthesizer, Grendel Drone Commander, Korg iMS-20, SNM Cacophonator II), Gagarin (digital electronica, piano, organ), Michele Temple (bass, guitar, bells) and Steve Mehlman (drums, vocals, organ) in a w… Read more
**Limited edition 180g vinyl** Tummy Touch give new life to recently discovered material from the famed KPM Music Library. The 'New York Trouble' side is "punchy driving soul for both serious and light hearted contemporary drama" in Library parlance, or eleven tracks ranging from honky funk jaunts to wibbly moog jams and some sleazy, frisky disco breaks for you and me. It's backed with 'Electric Progression', nine "strikingly progressive themes featuring synthesizers, electric piano and rhythm section" for the marketing department, or a neat collection of spaced-out breakbeat grooves and ruddy astro-funk for the DJs with a quirky itch.
Well Rounded introduce Notts-based producer Spare with five keen bass fusions. A-side features a slab of chopped 'ardcore rollige licked with dancing rave stabs next to a rugged tropical bassline warper. Flipside comes with some Zomby-esque minimalism and grubbier, electroid 2-step, plus an Addison Groove-style jUKer.
Legowelt and DMX Krew give crafty acid / hardcore / house remixes of Mock & Toof. Danny Wolfers impresses with his dark and dramatic A-side turn, flipping from rugged breakbeats to swinging acid house with stealth and guile. By contrast DMX Krew's mix is funkier, in-the-pocket, grooving with buttery 303 bass and opiated deep house vibes culminating in a darkly oriental close.
Thursday, 03 January 2013
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** The Broadcast soundtrack to Peter Strickland's award-winning 'Berberian Sound Studio' has finally been given a release via Warp and credited to both James Cargill and the much missed Trish Keenan. Working closely with the film's supervising sound editor, Joakim Sundstrom, James Cargill started work on the material with Trish prior to her untimely passing in 2011, realising some of the uneasiest, phantasmagoric themes and atmospheres in their immaculate oeuvre. In so many ways it's the perfect vehicle for Broadcast to explo… Read more
*Surprise release from the mighty PAN label, Heatsick re-worked by Mark Fell's Sensate Focus across two long tracks totalling 35 minutes* From behind your ear, PAN pluck a blink-and-miss exclusive: a 35 minute audio response by Mark Fell (Sensate Focus) to source material by Heatsick, somewhere between cover version, remix and deconstruction. Along the A-side 'X' plane, tones are exploded, harmonies refracted with HD dissonance; time is extruded, made ductile yet intangible. On the B-side 'Y' axis hydraulic undulations and roiling tones expand and contract between kinetic kink an… Read more
Thursday, 20 December 2012
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label with four bonus tracks** Tight footwork/neck-snap hip hop hybrids backed with Ryan Hemsworth and KingThing versions. Check 'Bounce 4 Life' for colourful, electro-soulful footwork, or 'Spiral Face' for crafty, hyper-organised future-hardcore with an autotune pop twist. Hotly-tipped producer Ryan Hemsworth deals in a fibrillating slow/fast on a clinically precise remix of 'Bounce 4 Life' next to KingThing's more rigged garage-techno take.
Stephen O'Malley's noble commitment to shining light on underappreciated composers and rabble-rousers from the contemporary avant-garde brings us to this ferocious LP from Norbert Moslang, veteran purveyor of what he calls "Everyday Cracked-Electronics". He was a member of the respected duo Voice Crack, who Balthazar Lovay's release notes position in a broad lineage of Swiss radicals that also includes Celtic Frost, Christian Marclay, Yello, Gunter Muller and the Young Gods, and whose harsh noise experiments of the 90s slot neatly alongside those of Whitehouse, Haters, Incapacitants, M… Read more
**One-sided pressing with etching on the flip** A real Downbeat treat, in tribute to Azymuth bandleader, Jose Roberto Bertrami. Chicago's legendary Ron Trent and the label's Jose Rico fuse classic deep house tropes and the lushest Brazilian vibes with celestial poise and vision making for a really fruity dancefloor ace.
On the face Michael Pollard's Translations 01 looks like Spectrum Spools' most formal, even academic offering to date; but there's a playfulness and sense of mischief behind the scientific veneer. Pollard, best known as boss of Arbor (the Brooklyn label home to releases by Robedoor, Emeralds, C. Spencer Yeh, Carlos Giffoni, Renel Hell et al), approaches his work with both discipline and an openness to serendipity: 'Material Study 01 (Sand)' is a recording from a stereo hydrophone buried under the sand in a lake, while 'Material Study 02 (Cello and Jacket)' originated in the sound of a… Read more
Not Not Fun must be like some kind of electro-magnet for weirdy lo-fi synth types, as they've manage to dig up yet another one in Adelaide's Stacey Wilson aka Rites Wild. After a slew of self-released EPs 'Ways of Being' is Wilson's debut full-length, and quickly makes a case for her doomy, low-lit minimalism. There are songs in there somewhere, but Wilson's vocals are shrouded in overdrive and reverb to the point where it sounds almost as if she's beaming them in from just beyond the black rainbow. Like a deathly fusion of pre-rawk Religious Knives and a melted cassette copy of Silent Serva… Read more
**Includes insert and download code redeemable from the label** Pop-wise psych-dub killer straight outta Minneapolis - big tip for fans of Peaking Lights, Brenda Ray, Forest Swords, Vazz! Brute Heart is Jackie Beckey, Crystal Brinkman & Crystal Myslajek and they've just caught us out with 'Wildfire', a delicious simple piece of psych-pop with stripped-down dub qualities. The jacket almost says more than we could about the song - tropical palm tree set against cold blue background and unfussy but classy typeface - but the samples say it all, basically. Flipside, studio bro's Alex Yusimov (Mirah, … Read more
Thursday, 13 December 2012
**Double vinyl in debossed gatefold jacket layout by Stephen O'Malley** 'Presque Rien' or 'Almost Nothing' collects four magical electro-acoustic/field recording pieces by one of the GRM's famous founding fathers. Featuring four pieces recorded and released over a period of 31 years, these collected works offer a telescopic cross-section of Ferrari's far-reaching oeuvre, ranging from the subtly faithful, non-diegetic documentation of a Dalmation fishing village waking on 'Presque Rien nº1' (1967-70) to the altered reality of nocturnal field recordings meshed with ultra-fine electro-acoustic … Read more
**Special Edition - White Vinyl. 3rd and final pressing limited to 400 copies for the world** Having already created a huge amount of interest, 'The Ghosts Of Bush' is finally here on a limited vinyl pressing and is easily one of the most pertinent and interesting Radiophonic and hauntological artefacts we've had the pleasure of stocking in recent years. Created by World Service studio manager Robin The Fog, 'The Ghosts of Bush' Consists entirely of nocturnal location recordings made by him at Bush House, the iconic home of the BBC's world service for over… Read more
**Edition of 200 hand-stamped white label and sleeve** Slip Discs' 3rd micro-run edition is the debut release by Goves. The label prefer to operate a low key promo policy, offering scant background info on Goves. We can tell his first name is Larry (good name), but aside from that: nada. Anyway, 'A Crèche for the Lonely and Peculiar' offer three preternaturally curious original compositions employing acousmatic source textures, phosphorescing electro-acoustic harmonics and field recordings arranged and rendered with a haptic, cochlea-shmushing quality. They're very delicate… Read more
Liam Blackburn aka Indigo crowns a vintage annum with his year-end drop for Apollo. Stepping neatly in line with the label's exploration of dub, half-tempo D&B and kwik fit chill out, the 'Celestial EP' cycles from faded dub on 'Sea Of Stars' to robust chugger 'Azha' before 'Sunrise' strikes a meaningful poise. Good stuff...
**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** How do you follow a near-perfect album? By edging even closer to perfection. Julia Holter hasn't allowed herself to be cowed by the success of her acclaimed 2011 album Tragedy, instead producing another pellucid, beautifully composed and sequenced LP for head and heart. On Ekstasis, her first album for New York's RVNG Intl., Holter's vocals are given a central role throughout. The arrangements are more open and "pop" than those of Tragedy, but not at the expense of musical complexity or eccentricity. By now you'… Read more
Low slung deep house from the Werk party crew - hosts to recent sessions by 3 Chairs, Omar S and upcoming with Moodymann. 'Remember Me' pairs a crooning soul vocal from Chris Raine with warm organ chords and a sparing lick of electro synth hook to neat, swinging effect; 'U&Me' is dubbed-down and codeine-smashed slo-house. B-side, the Theo-styled 'Cookie' sustains that vibe at a mogadon strut and 'Contact' comes up close and electroid for the 3am dancefloor stalkers. RIYL Firecracker, Synkro, Move D. UTB.
**Includes digital download redeemable from the label** **Inaugural release by Captured Tracks' Body Double sub-label: a retrospective of the "lost" output by Bay Area/London-based Half Church; includes the complete, remastered 1981 Lp 'In Turmoil' alongside unreleased tracks and written relfections on the band's legacy. RIYL The Clash, Magazine** "Sometime in the middle of 1980, Tom Jinks Durkan ventured to California from Shepherds Bush, London, and settled in Palo Alto. His goal, besides escaping from London, was to find musicians and form a band. Jinks met drummer Bob Gaynor, g… Read more