Thursday, 19 March
**Eleven tracks from the vaults available on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl for the first time** The definitive collection of Jah Thomas-produced dubs, Roots Radics on the rhythm, recorded at Channel One and mixed by King Tubby and Scientist between 1980 and 1983 at King Tubby's studio. High quality, pre-digital roots dub classics. Proper gear.
**Gatefold 2LP** Premo beat breaker fLako presents a sterling 3rd album and magnum opus with 'Natureboy' for UK's Five Easy Pieces. Where many in the beat scene can tend to twiddle off into jazzy frippery, fLako defines a filigree balance of restraint and technical innovation with jazz-wise expression, meshing slick, tensile electronics nodding to footwork, grime and lush 4th world ambient tones with grid-skipping drum patterns and feathered instrumental touches.
"The new live record from the Tokyo-based all-female intrumental trio Nisennenmondai. Recorded Live in Hamburg by Johann Scherer (producer i.e. for Gallon Drunk, Bosnian Rainbows). Nisennenmondai formed in the late '90s and took their name from the Japanese translation of the then-current phrase 'Y2K bug'. Johann Scheerer (owner of Clouds Hill Recordings Studio, in Hamburg, Rothenburgsort) invited the band to his recording studio where they performed in front of a small live audience a maximum 64-minute long set which is exactly the length of 2 x analog tapes. The performance was recor… Read more
**Gatefold Sleeve - A wicked disgrace from Prurient/Vatican Shadow in his lesser-spotted Jezebel costume. FOR ADULTS ONLY** Dominick Fernow's libidinous imagination knows no bounds, as evidenced in his long-awaited 'Exploring Jezebel' shocker for Blackest Ever Black. 'On a Business Trip To London' could be considered the release valve for a hard-touring artist or itinerant noise don, a place to retreat when business is done and playtime begins. Inverting P.E. masculinity with a stilettoed heel, it follows a line of curiosity from a series of releases for … Read more
Full Strength house music from the inimitable DJ Qu on his own label - home of his best works. A-side plays it steady driving but with gruff bass offset by his signature shuffles and strafing synth sweeps to cream the 'floor. B-side plays out the funeral keys and ghostly vocals of 'Sadness In The Static', setting the stage for a welting acid weapon called 'Sweaty One'.
Big chunky disco bombs from Bashmore on his Broadwalk label. 'Rhythm of Auld' is deeply rooted in '80s boogie but the vocal and squeaky clean synth/strings are definitely 2015. One for all the family, then. Flipside, 'Knockin Boots' continues the agenda with a lush meld of classic-sounding disco-soul vocal with swinging '90s house and Soundstream-alike edits. I think timeless is the word we're looking for...
Radgy motorik electronics from Run Dust for Paris label, In Paradisum, arriving off the back of his Tesla Tapes trio and issues for Opal Tapes, Nute Records. Polished is perhaps not the right word to describe 'Serf Rash', but there's definitely a biting clarity to these cuts that we haven't heard in his previous jags, lending a more effective insistence to the helter skelter pelt of 'Wharf Rat' or a lucidity to the entrancing synth colours of 'Doctor John Dee' and the psychoactive affray of 'Scythe Toon'. If we're playing favourites, then the title and gauzy glow of 'British Jumpsuit' gets a gold… Read more
The Beautiful Swimmer freaks the beat proper on Juju & Jordash's Off Minor label following hot-shots for TTT and BH. Starting out with the slyding sino scales and relatively straight house swing of 'Circles Bubbles', he goes all West London broken beat with the rugged dip and silicon-creamed harmonics of 'Zsa Flex Cathedral' on the A-side. Flip her over and the 'Shaping EP' gets exponentially queerer with the tussling polymetrics and zipping, recursive electronics of 'Immunity', before floating to close in the weightless body of 'She'.
Straight-up Detroit house from Big Strick (Omar-S' cousin). Includes highligbhts in the mellow shuffle of 'Ghetto Man' and the late-night beatdown seduction of 'Illuminated'.
**Hand-numbered edition of 500** Ruder, knackered house from the prolific EMG. Landing in advance of his hotly anticipated 12" for Berceuse Heroique, the Italian producer's 'Sonic Cycles' yields four cuts of graded house dirt, from the frictional bump and parry of 'In Sound' to done-in tracky gear with 'Crudista' and 'Before KDL', and the burred disco-house jak of 'Guithouse'.
**Edition of 300** European avant-garde lynchpin and Tochnit Aleph label owner, Daniel Löwenbrück meets Berlin-based Brazilian artist Marcellvs L. in a set of field recordings made between Thailand, UK and Iceland. The bit with the horses booting off is best. RIYL Löwenbrück's Raionbashi LP for Senufo Editions.
**White Marbled Vinyl** Rugged, spacey jack trax with a touch of class by Chilean producer, Massiande. Four tracks build a solid retro-futurist vibe taking in the shifting dark/light emotions and Chicago bass heft of 'Stand' and the low-slung, misty-eyed vision of 'The Future (Is Now)' (well, it was a second ago) thru to the Larry Heard-referencing depth of 'That Feeling', and a proper blue jacker in 'Get House' to close.
Soulful swerve from London's Reginald Omas Mamode IV (herein referred to as Reg) proceeding his split with Mo Kolours for Peckham's 22a. Backed up with remixes by Jeen Bassa and Al Dobson Jr, Reg gets down with a lilting R&B sound in 'Sunshine' up top, and live-sounding soul with Moneymaker' on the other side. Jeen gives slo-disco and dusty downtempo version, complemented by lowlit reprises from Al Dobson Jr, with a big highlight in the dubbed-out, Prince-style boogie-soul of his 'Sunshine' version.
Skweee pioneer and survivor, Daniel Savio, dropped this salty slab on Pomassl's Laton label in 2012. It's a crooked mix of dubwise efficiency, Euro-lectro melodic emotions and fizzy 8-bit punch, landing somewhere between Jahtari's Disrupt, Skam's Team Doyobi and a mushroom-infected Atari.
Menatllist techno fun with the Power Vacuum posse. Vacated's incendiary 'Quadrat' gives way to a stripped, hyper-kinetic 'Plastic Jam' (possibly riffing on Fiedel's 'Doors To Manual'?); Cylob does straight up Cylob in the spannered 'Spyworld'; Bintus gives Anklepants a groping acid disco remix; Cornwallis does, er, poetry?
"This is the first recorded collaboration between Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham. And it's precious. After the musical meeting with Tony Conrad and with Z'ev, this new LP creates a form of trilogy. Chatham began his musical career as a piano tuner for avant-garde pioneer La Monte Young as well as harpsichord tuner for Gustav Leonhardt, Rosalyn Tureck and Glenn Gould. He soon studied under electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick and minimalist icon La Monte Young and was a member of Young's group, The Theater of Eternal Music, during the early s… Read more
Thursday, 12 March
**Includes download code** Sheela Rahman a.k.a. Xosar relinquishes her first LP of hypnotic analog techno to Black Opal. Well versed in analog hardware craft, Xosar is responsible for a string of acclaimed 12"s on Crème Organization, Rush Hour and L.I.E.S. over the last three years. 'Let Go' is her most substantial offering to date, presenting seven cuts of faded house and psychedelic techno according to a mystic agenda. They could be underground classics in an alternate uchronia where they didn't get digital until much later in their species' evolution, leaving this notional race raving to future prim… Read more
**Transparent blue wax with fold-over artwork in poly sleeve. Edition of 300, includes instant download of the full album** Beppu (The Boats) ratchets the industrial levels on the second part of an album trilogy that started with 'Coercion' in 2014. With 'Persuasion' he allows the machines to lead the compositional process, letting himself be taken into the red by unrelenting, Vainio-style noise pulses and four-to-the-floor kicks with rail-gun 16ths side-chained to near-oblivion with a bone-head momentum. Sonically, we can trace the record's roots back thru the narky grooves of Spanish industrialis… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label with digital only bonus tracks** Killawatt's stylistic curve of evolution over the last half decade has been a pleasure to witness. With debut album, 'Emigre' he completes a transition from dank halfstep to a kinetic techno/electronica mutation compatible with everyone from Shackleton to Shifted. From murky, atmospheric abstractions like 'Poppin' Veins' and 'Blackhole Flamenco' he coalesces a mongrel helix of industrial techno, strobing club constructions and psychoactive tribalism, at best in the aggresive swagger of 'Excessive Hyperbole', … Read more
**Edition of 250 including insert. RIYL Grouper, Natural Snow Buildings, Letha Rodman Melchior** Sweden's Nadine Byrne (Ectoplasm Girls) presents the oneiric soundtracks to four of her own films shot between 2011-2012. We've previously encountered her work with sibling, Tanya Byrne, as Ectoplasm Girls in the gothic invocations of their 'TxN' LP. But, this session is located in a far-removed dimension, crossing leylines between Grouper-esque haunted house hymns and the kind of ritualist electro-acoustic layering of Natural Snow Buildings. Without seein… Read more
Mr. Mitch reps modern E-grime's tender side with the first-ever vinyl collection of 'Peace Edits' - the scene's antithesis to 'War Dubs'. Approaching pop and dancefloor classics from refreshing new angles, the posse flip rigid conceptions of grime on their empty bonce, rendering a colourfully sensuous clash of cold, industrial tones synched with a raw, emotive appeal. The Gobstopper boss opens up with a pensile reframing of Dru Hill, and Strict Face nails it with a glyding, iced-out flip of Alice Deejay's '90s trance classic. The Loom remix of Kate Bush is pretty weird, remindi… Read more
Killer Afro-Germanic grooves from Mark Ernestus Ndagga Rhythm Force. Featuring all members of Jeri-Jeri plus the Basic Channell/Rhythm & Sound boss under a new moniker, 'Yermande' yields some of their strongest material to date, making the connections between Senegalese Mbalax, Jamaican dub and Berlin minimalism ever more inseparable. Comes in a stripped-down 'Kick and Bass Mix' featuring Mbene Diatta Seck dubbed to sound uncannily like Tikiman in parts, and backed with the achingly dextrous instrumental. Better yet, the 'Prophet 5 Mix' introduces the legendary Sequential Circuits model to the blend with hypnotically technoid effect. Truly outstanding gear.
Another monstrous blow-out from Craig Clouse's $&$, returning to Rocket Recordings after assaults on Diagonal and ahead of their Editions Mego LP. Brandishing distorted guitars, clogged samplers and bucket-loads of gonzo attitude, Clouse runs amok from the diesel-fuelled horsepower of 'Electric Pony 2' to a loping, trunk-rattling beat jam, 'Egg Mm-Muffin / Pimp Different' via daft sampler exercise, 'C2-6', to cracked and swaggering breakbeats in 'Goat $hit' and the ruder clip of 'Love Your Hair - Hope You Win!'. And the potential song-title of the year award goes to 'Writing Poetry On Your Forehead With The Tip Of a Hunting Knife'. Wot a charmer.
Proper noise Techno party with AnD, Papers, Bintus, Neil Landstrumm, Ordinate, Martyn Hare, DeFeKT. Check for AnD's crisply defined 'Higgs Boson'; Papers swinging mutant, 'Calum'; Ordinate's super-blunted industrial shuinter, 'OR 06'.
2015 reissue of dBridge's post-Bad Company 2004 classics. 'Bellini' tears a deeper hole on the A-side; 'True Romance' ties it up nice 'n nasty liquid style on the B-side.
*First new album of material from 23 Skidoo in fifteen years, released in a special double disc edition combining the soundtrack music to 2011 documentary film Beyond Time, and a DVD of the film itself, plus download code* "Directed by Alex Turnbull and Pete Stern, Beyond Time is a journey into the life and work of artist William Turnbull, from his modest roots as the son of a Dundee shipyard engineer to his standing as one of the world’s most highly regarded modern sculptors. Narration is by Jude Law. “An insightful, irreverent documentary, yet with a palpable sense of purpose” said the Daily… Read more
*Limited Edition Blue Vinyl Pressing* 'Biophilia' must be one of this year's most anticipated, and lavish album projects. A number of delays have pushed the release date back, but that was to allow extra input from Leila and Current Value, who join an illustrious production cast including Mark Bell, Matthew Herbert, 16 Bit and El Guincho, plus a full 24-piece Icelandic choir. The results are suitably spectacular, articulating the leading lady's obsessions with virtual reality, physics and nature in ultra-modern and cutting edge fashion. She still sounds like nobody else in the wor… Read more
**2LP, 30 tracks** Important compendium of early works by London's unsung industrial pioneers, Bourbonese Qualk. In constant operation from 1979 - 2003 on the fringes of the breakcore/extreme electronics scene, this selection looks at a crucial phase in BQ's agitations, bang in the middle of the '80s, located in a South London squat/stronghold/studio amidst the The Miner's Strike, Falklands War, Thatcherism and Anarchism. They've always wilfully existed on the periphery, but haven't gone unnoticed, whether on their 1985 joint 'Pogrom' (included here) or their continued su… Read more
*180g Coloured Effect Vinyl encased in 350gsm Mirrorboard Varnished Gatefold Sleeve, with Pantone Neon Red printed ontop of mirror effect. Right hand houses the vinyl inside a black and Pantone Neon Red Inner Sleeve and the left hand side holds a 12pg Full Colour and Neon Red Booklet on uncoated stock containing rare photos and brand new text about the band, his muse and that era, by James Chance himself. The release has two extra tracks to the original release and the Free Download contains an extra selection of live tracks* "Come contort yourself…the New York N… Read more
*180g Coloured Effect Vinyl encased in 350gsm Mirrorboard Varnished Gatefold Sleeve, with Pantone Neon Red printed ontop of mirror effect. Right hand houses the vinyl inside a black and Pantone Neon Red Inner Sleeve and the left hand side holds a 12pg Full Colour and Neon Red Booklet on uncoated stock containing rare photos and brand new text about the band, his muse and that era, by James Chance himself. The release has two extra tracks to the original release and the Free Download contains an extra selection of live tracks* "Come contort yourself…the New York … Read more