Thursday, 21 August
**180g black and white vinyl reissue with bonus insert** "Long out of print and crucial reissue of Australia's Severed Heads (alongside "City Slab Horror" also being reissued by Medical). Released in 1983 and features some of the most important yet underrated electronic music of the genre. Characterized by a fusion of experimental tape loop manipulation perfectly integrated into synth-based and quite catchy pop stylized tunes. Features the hit "Dead Eyes Opened" as well as other standout tracks such as "A Million Angles" and "A Relic Of The Empire". For fans of innovative early ind… Read more
Hot on the heels of his lovely 'King Bromliad' 12", Floating Points deals another one-sided treat for the DJs and dancers. 'Sparkling Controversy' has all the hallmarks of a sterling F.P. joint - cone-caressing subs, dusted drums and effervescent keys - given nuff room to slyde and rub up the slinkiest sorta dancefloor friction.
Double deep house music from Fred P aka Black Jazz Consortium in his Anomaly guise. A-side is a headlong dive into milky cosmic synth spumes powered by percolating groove and anchored with a massive sub bass swell. B-side he brings the kicks up for a powerful, chord-riding techno-house winner called 'Dark Population', and clocks out with the lusher contrast of 'Convective Zone'.
**Facsimile 180g reissue of the classic original 1980 Krautrock LP** "'Synthesist' was created on the cusp of a new decade, as the New Age of the '80s was dawning and the titans of Krautrock had largely left their best work behind them. Harald had worked with the very best of them, playing drums on seminal albums by Klaus Schulze, the notorious Cosmic Jokers, Ashra, and Tarot before he retreated to the West German countryside with a MiniMoog and Revox Reel-to-Reel in 1979 to create his personal opus. It's been said elsewhere, but it bears repeating that this album feels like a symbiosis … Read more
**Uniquely unpredictable and utterly captivating solo guitar suite by a Bhutan native currently residing in North Carolina, USA, released by Ben Chasny's Hermit Hut. RIYL Derek Bailey, John Zorn, Six Organs of Admittance. Includes download code** "Tashi Dorji grew up in Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. Access to any music created outside the country is limited, as are most cultural options, given the geologically isolation of the country. How Dorji went from a life so remote to developing his innovative and revelatory guitar style is mind-boggling. Yearning for access to the wor… Read more
The much talked about sophomore effort from L.A. native, Chelsea Wolfe - finally available on vinyl again. Like Sascha Grey, Chelsea has a taste for the sweet blood of gothic noise music, giving her vocals over to a grim and remorselessly gloomy style of garage goth-rock also comparable in no small part to the earlier Zola Jesus records. There's a lugubrious, lead-hearted aesthetic at the core of 'The Grime and the Glow', from overcast neo-folk like 'Cousins Of The Antichrist', to chillingly maudlin garage in 'Moses', the solo piano extractions of 'Benjamin' and the Marissa Nadler a… Read more
**Includes a free copy of the CD inside** ""The Nature Of Connections" almost entirely features pieces composed by Arve’s collaborators. Recorded in the sparkling acoustic of Oslo’s legendary Rainbow Studio by Jan Erik Kongshaug, it’s an album with closer ties to Nordic folk and contemporary, minimalist chamber music than any of Arve’s previous releases. At the same time it features some of the most melodic and seductive music he has recorded. The trumpeter had planned to make an album with a string quartet for many years but never quite found the right formula. Finally, a s… Read more
*7 track vinyl edition of Kompakt's annual outing* In among the minimal tech-house standards you'll find some peachy highlights, none more so than the Voigt Brothers' swaggering 'Tischlein Deck Dich'; Saschienne's darkside EBM driver 'Horacio Delirium' and the midi pomp of Jürgen Paape's 'Heuriger'.
Proper bass excitement from Addison Groove featuring a serious footwork soul joint with the late DJ Rashad. Gwan ruffer than his recent album, 'Dat Ass' boots up flashing Chic stabs and killah strings inna pumping Miami Electro mutation, whereas 'Push It' hooks up happy hardcore/jungle samples on a pneumatic footwork bass and 'Masamune' flexes out with forward '97 D&B styles nodding to Source Direct or Photek with a mnml 2014 stance. Best of all is the uncannily titled 'U Been Gone' with Chicago's recently deceased footwork pioneer, DJ Rashad, in flux between Dilla-style soul sample chops, junglist breaks and manic bass cadence. Big shotta!
Pure heat from Tia Maria Producoes on Lisbon's Príncipe label. Tia Maria Producoes crew in control, repping a further flung sound from Rennes and Paris, and back home in southside Lisbon. Their aesthetic is probably best described as a slower, "deeper" strain of the Príncipe sound, compared with the ruffer, grimier strains of DJ Marfox or the B.N.M. / P.D.D.G. crews. Under the gangster banner "TáTipo Já Não Vamos Morrer" - meaning "It's like we won't die anymore" - they drop six slick riddims ranging from DJ Téilo's strangely haunting "Afrohouse torchsong", '7 Maravilha… Read more
*Brand New Label From The Legend That Is Jonny Trunk - superb and Super-Rare South African Jazz Featuring Hugh Masakela And Dollar Brand. Edition of 500* The Jazz Epistles were not only South Africa’s first bebop band, but were also, rumour has it, the first black South African group to release an album. Very few copies of that album “Jazz Epistle Verse 1” were made in 1960 (issued on the Continental Label), and even fewer survive today. At the time members of the band were very active in the burgeoning South African jazz scene and had also made several recordings for John Mehegan, a self… Read more
*Black vinyl edition. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Brian Reitzell's musical score to the highly-anticipated open-world adventure game WATCH_DOGS. Full of infectious beats and atmospheric, retro-futuristic synths, the score is a further achievement from composer Reitzell, who has previously written music for Hannibal as well as working on multiple scores with acclaimed director Sofia Coppola, the latter of which has featured collaborations with French band AIR and Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine. WATCH_DOGS p… Read more
Thursday, 14 August
*Excellent collection of fractal electronics and disrupted 808 beats from New York-based conceptual artist James Hoff Mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Artwork constructed using viral images from James Hoff with typography by Bill Kouligas, housed in a beautiful spot-varnish sleeve** James Hoff's razor sharp second LP for PAN, 'Blaster' reveals the effects of computer viruses upon the composition process, and their potential to fxxk with networks of communication. Across a seven-track A-side suite, and a B-side of 'Scratch' tools, Hoff uses the eponymous computer virus to infect … Read more
*Third and final instalment in a series of three extended reissues from SND. 12-tracks fully remastered from DAT tapes by Rashad Becker at D&M* ‘Travelog’ was the third EP released by Mat Steel and Mark Fell as SND, arriving in 1999 just before the release of their influential debut album ‘Makesnd Cassette’ on the Mille Plateaux label. Of the three EP reissues in the series, ‘Travelog’ contains the most developed and satisfying work from the pair, edging their reduced production palette into more fully-realised dimensions, colouring-in those instantly recognisable bass notes an… Read more
**Playable, one-sided vinyl postcard disc. Limited edition of 500 with download code** Karen Novotny X blow the cutest cosmic synth bubbles on this sweet treat for Deep Distance. As with their sought-after, "lost" and found collection, 'Nothing Here But These Recordings 78-79', the enigmatic East London group unfurl previously unreleased 3 minutes of gaseous analogue electronics and percolating drum machine in a krauty lather that strongly recalls key late '70s/early '80s records by Craig Leon, Colin Potter or Chris Carter. The warm, fuzzy analogue production and melodic naiv… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Allez-Téia, the second album by French guitarist Richard Pinhas under the Heldon moniker, was originally released in 1975 on the artist’s own Disjuncta imprint. Far from the band’s prog-tinged trio lineup, Allez-Téia features a menagerie of guitars, Mellotron and analog synthesizers. While opening track “In the Wake of King Fripp” pays homage to King Crimson in its title, the album’s heady textures and rhythmic meditations are more reminiscent of the German Kosmiche movement (Cluster, Harmonia, et al.) and post-rock experimentalists, such as Jim … Read more
Slow burning modern London soul music from Gilles Peterson favourite, Reginald Omas IV. In the last few years Reginald has cropped up with a cover of Roy Ayers' "lost classic" 'Keep On Walking' on the Brownswood Bubblers 10 compilation, and seen his tracks included in mixes from Mo Kolours and LeFtO. which brings us up to speed for the downstroke, lower case styles of 'As We Move', seven choice bits woozing between the Moodymann-esque 'Fire Burning' to the melted Afro-beat jazz of 'Know You Better', wonky R&B synths on 'Hold It Together' and juiciest neo-soul in 'One More Time'.
Border Community's Nathan Fake and Wesley Matsell inaugurate Fake's Cambria Instruments label with a wicked pair of knotted, wayward techno grooves. A-side reveals Fake's first new material since 2012's 'Steam Days' album with a slippery garage-techno groove buffeted by off-the-grid drums and drenched in the kind of synth dissonance that makes your fillings ring. It's gotta be one of the craftiest dancefloor trax we've heard in 2014. That outro, too! On the flip, Wesley Matsell follows his rave reminiscence 'Total Order Of Being' with a moody but sublime piece of pastoral techno… Read more
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. ‘Can’ was originally released in 1978 and sees Holger Czukay take more of a back seat. It would be Can’s last album before they reformed one more time with Malcolm Mooney on ‘Rite Time’ in 1986.
Raw live acid actions dialled in from North Wales via the cultish Crow Castle Cuts. There's four useful grooves on offer, razzing between rippin' swingers and wormholing basement jack.
"One of the most discussed of Ra's New York era recordings, 'Cosmic Tones' functions as a blueprint for the sort of large-scale jazz weirdness that would inform much of Sun Ra's subsequent works, featuring the woozy reeds of And Otherness and the afro-jazz experiments of Thither And Yon. On Adventure Equation a space echo treatment on the recording which is reprised for the sax flurries on Voice Of Space makes the whole experience even more disorientating and exciting.The album has increasingly been discussed within the context of anticipating psychedelia or pointing towards t… Read more
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. 'Delay’ was originally released in 1981 and was the classic ‘first album’ that was stuck in the vaults until 1981 when Holger Czukay edited the archived tapes and completed the album. It's a compilation of early outtakes of Can’s work with singer Malcolm Mooney, including some of the band’s earliest material. It contains the song ‘The Thief’, which was later covered live by Radiohead.
Superb 100-110bpm house slugs on 180g wax from Madrid-based Downbeat label owners, Jose Rico and F-on. Riding under the Downbeat moniker, they do that slowed-down-funk with style on 100bpm A-side 'Moskitos En Siberia' clocking sparse, gritty percussion and impending waves of white noise drone emulating that wading-into-a-headwind dream state. Flipside, F-on goes dolo with with the floaty 110bpm chug of 'Smog' folding in railway location recordings and wistful pads to come off like Andy Stott reworking one of John Fahey's tape pieces. Tipped!
Heavy techno pressure from Helix in his DJ Vague guise for UTTU. Following his 'Porsche Trax' 12" for Templar Sound, the American producer brings di boum boum in three parts ranging from Len Faki-style big room behaviour to skippier, dubbed out styles reminding of Shed's Wax and EQ'D tools to a ferocious, spaced-out closer approaching old skool Luke Slater levelz. Tipped!
**Includes 12" colour 16mm print with optical soundtrack enabling entry to record launch party** HHF Vol.1 collects 15 tracks of wayward electronica from Sculpture, Some Truths, Scanner, Spatial, Will Ward and Merkaba Macabre, among others. Following text from HFF: "A film festival arrives at a station, crossplatforms and releases its own music. Absurd? Good. This release has been assembled not only to embrace such lateral mutations, but also to foster that process. From its inception in 2010 Hackney Film Festival set out as a platform for a community of audio-visual artists living and working in … Read more
Fugged-up, emotive electronica from Jimmy Billingham's Holovr alias, returning to Opal Tapes with his first vinyl release. 'Holo Earth' follows the scuzzy sci-fi themes of 'Lunar Lake' with a spirited collection of droning pads, murdered jungle and cracked techno nodding to early Autechre, no wave electronics and dark ambient musics. We can hear contemporary parallels in certain sectors of the Bristol sound between Young Echo and No Corner, but it's all much more blown out and degraded, even ambiguous, strung between celestial new age dreaminess, rugged rhythms and morphing patina of hiss and wob… Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 300 whites with insert** Raw, hard-wired house deviations from Pxshdog on London's Trax Couture boutique. After a couple of killer 12"s from Rushmore consolidating Footwork, Ballroom and Chi House, they go shades tougher here with Pxshdog's debut striking a throbbing vein of tracky goodness. Uptown he balls between cowbell-stung Bassline garage-meets techno on 'Juicy Chocolate', blocky buck in 'Akira's Drift', and fierce filter house on 'Nubian 124'. Downtown they play nice 'n nasty with the darkside Dance Mania of 'Dancin N Shit' and the electroid slammer 'Tittytron'. Well aye we're dancing.
Enchanting, refreshing house from Deepblak's Damon Bell for London's Meda Fury division of R&S. Positively spilling over with good vibes, 'Hue-Man Made' serves five tracks of Afro-centric rhythms sprinkled with lush keys and radiant synths to mark out ground between Jamal Moss at his most lucid, and the supple grooves of Mr Raoul K or Aybee. Check for the breezy strums and triplet gyrations of 'Hue-Man Made' or the beaming cosmic grooves of 'Radius' and 'Enthusiastic Minor'.
**Vinyl edition of 250 with fabric insert. Quietly curious, solemn blend of treated field recordings and solo piano** "Yes Blythe, is Callum Higgins, the head & body behind Baptists & Bootleggers, Sacred Tapes, River Slaughter and countless other projects. He has made a big impression at Gnod HQ with his relentless work rate , off the wall concepts and soldering skills. Following his debut album, Keep The Faith, earlier in the year, Yes Blythe returns with Initiate Screen Prevails, a two track EP. Both tracks are an attempt to capture the raw energy of recent live outings but wit… Read more