Thursday, 02 October
**Transparent vinyl edition of 300** Face-melting noise session from a pair of seasoned French agitants, Julien Ottavi and Kaspar T. Toeplitz, for Poland's Bocian. Breaking duties between them, Ottavi does vocals and crotales, Kaspar mans bass guitar, both of them on computer, creating side-long rackets of roiling drone and pulverised concretè texture conducted with nose-to-the-grain sensitivity. The first side, 'Corollaire au vacarme du silence' appears to manifest their taste for film noir more distinctly in its KTL-like atmospheric pressure systems, whilst the oth… Read more
Wickedly warped electro-techno funk, fresh outta San Francisco. Roche in control with a demented follow-up to his 100% Silk and Mathematics EPs, playing hard and psychedelic with eleven minutes of quicksilver synth contours and slamming warehouse groove in 'Depths', whereas 'Seer' projects a a more contemplative vibe in its odd, off-key chords and filter f**kery, yet still driven by slicing hi-hats and crisp snare punctuation. Sensual, weird and deadly. A perfect combo.
Plush, modern takes on a classic Afro-beat sound, hailing West Africa via West London. Under Funsho Ogundipe's direction and arrangement, Asoju Oba find and work out the links between jazzy deep house, broken beat bustle, soul and Afro-beat proper in five skillfully measured parts.
'Dogs' is the enchanting fifth album from Berlin-based Norwegian polymath, Kim Hiorthøy - his first in seven years. Equally rooted in the sample-based culture of the early '90s - rave, hip hop, house - as much as Erik Satie's plaintive solo piano works, it's yet another gorgeous iteration of Hiorthøy's abundant talents across graphic design, film-making, painting and many more disciplines beside. As such, it's richly imbued with the sense of clean, sparse efficiency of expression and warmth of character that unites all strands of his praxis, deftly sashaying from mid-air meditations to whip-smart … Read more
Second Storey, the new alias of Al Tourettes, presents a complex, tortuous solo debut LP on Houndstooth. Clearly inspired by classic AFX and Autechre, with 'Double Divide', he draws on a deep reserve of melancholy UK bass/techno expressions to realise his most intricate and outstanding compositions to date. Freed of the immediate need to drive a dancefloor, Storey invites the listener deeper into previously unobserved parts of his sound with a ten track narrative vacillating between swirly wormholes and spacious yet knotted grooves in a quicksilver play of tension and release, or light a… Read more
*Latest in the fabulous Ethiopiques series, deluxe double vinyl pressing* "Kassa belongs to the long tradition of melancholy raconteurs with a decided gift of gab. And the unique embrace of his deep voice heightens the emotion generated by the hum of his lyrics. For Ethiopians he is, along with the other great traditional voices of the post-war period such as Assfa Abat, Frw Haylou, Asnaqtch Wrqu or Ktma Mkonnen, a perfect example of the culture of the word: poetry and freedom of expression, wit and impressive verve that hits the mark, quiet vehemence and merciless loquaci… Read more
**Superb darkside electro & techno-pop instrumentals run thru VHS and Betamax for proper, tape-warped tension and metallic atmosphere** "A unique investigation of the terrors and pleasures of temporal displacement. A sinister sonic architecture of drum-machine-music and analogue synths. Span forty years in a moment... ultimate time transfusion... skin crackles, a rhapsody in flames... witness images of torn, ruthless smiles through the crashed distortion; try to recall the future memory of a figure lost on a distant shore."
**4th side is a laser etching** Just the ticket: an outstanding, genre-hopping return from Brooklyn's finest, delivered on Paul Smith's ever dependable Blast First Petite. 'Familiar' is ten tracks deeper, spiking the senses with electro-pop a la Chris & Cosey in 'Maids' and shoe-gazing motorik pop in 'Palace To Palace'; plus the incredible shamanic techno-pop of 'Sunburned Kids', 808 drone-pop on 'Holy Girl', and future-sprawl blues of 'Grinning In Your Face', culminating in a cover of Tim Buckley's 'Song To The Siren' and a massive black vortex in 'Destroy'. RIYL Animal Collective, HTRK, Chris & Cosey.
**180g vinyl with 12x12" art print, and MP3 download code redeemable from the label** "Nine years after ‘Lookaftering’, her last album of new material, legendary British singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan returns with a new LP. Recorded largely in her home studio, ‘Heartleap’ is a unique and entrancing collection of ten songs forming what Vashti is adamant will be her final album. The record reveals an artist at her peak, capturing her songs within fluid settings that masterfully marry content and form."
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* Jimmy Tamborello reigintes his excellent Dntel project for Leaving Records with his 'Human Voice' album, the follow-up to 'Aimlessness' for Koze's Pampa Records. Speaking from the heart, 'Human Voice' makes crafty use of kerned and pitched vocal samples to lends the whole album a unique timbre, whether he's doing flighty footwork rhythms ('If I Stay A Minute'), plinky plonky electronica ('Bike Path'), iridescent electro ('Connections') or cottony trance ('Ashby').
"Stewart Walker returns with his new album release Ivory Tower Broadcast. A quarter century of the same drum machines and basslines turned future music into golden oldies. Visionaries don't make techno based on particular instruments but a set of techniques which can dilate time, implode sound, and confound expectation. Stewart Walker returns after a six-year retreat to bring his own future sound with Ivory Tower Broadcast. The Ivory Tower refers to a cloistered and elitist mental space removed from practical considerations and criticism. It's a perfect metaphor for a music stud… Read more
**Edition of 600 with download code** Yikes! Feeding Tube deliver a previously unheard dose of proto-No Wave madness played on a Serge synth by Randy Cohen aka Jack Ruby between 1972-1977! It's yet another stark reminder that New York in the '70s was a crucible of innovative experimentation, presenting some utterly bizarre collisions of strangulated Serge noise running roughshod against the free sax of Pete van Riper, Boris' scratchy Electric Viola, and Chris Gray's mutant guitar. The main attraction is a 16 minute mind-f**k suite called 'Destroy/Lost' which more or less sums up the LP … Read more
A limited vinyl-only collection in an edition of 500 copies of 11 love songs by Family Fodder that have never before been released on vinyl. Alig Fodder says: "We collected all the love songs together without all the annoying instrumentals, dubs and solos. Lou Reed once sang: 'No kinds of love are better than others'. I think he meant something else. The 'kinds of love' here include: the love for a child, nostalgic love and imaginary journeys, love renewed and shared, love of animals, love of music, nostalgia, love in loss and memory, love in kinship across generations, poetic and physical loving, love of the unknown or unfamiliar and the desperate love of needing."
*Part One of Two* Stereolab's erstwhile mastermind Tim Gane has the honour of being first to dive into Sky Records' legendary krautrock catalogue to curate Kollektion 01. Inarguably the flagship model for 1970's krautrock, Sky Records was home to practically everyone in the scene, hence their vaults swell with classics for Tim to pick from, resulting a 17-track session spanning work from the Moebius/Roedelis/Eno/Cluster/Conny Plank axis alongside cherry-picked zingers by Asmus Tietchens, Riechmann, Günter Schickert.
*Part Two of Two* Stereolab's erstwhile mastermind Tim Gane has the honour of being first to dive into Sky Records' legendary krautrock catalogue to curate Kollektion 01. Inarguably the flagship model for 1970's krautrock, Sky Records was home to practically everyone in the scene, hence their vaults swell with classics for Tim to pick from, resulting a 17-track session spanning work from the Moebius/Roedelis/Eno/Cluster/Conny Plank axis alongside cherry-picked zingers by Asmus Tietchens, Riechmann, Günter Schickert.
LA Club Resource push the envelope further than ever with Zipcode's debut of blood-drained techno and noise scapes. The first three cuts are harrowing darkwave visions recalling the bombed-out fronts of Alberich, MB or Thought Broadcast in their eviscerated, tape saturated sound design and channelled ether voices. The fourth cut is boot-stomping banger delivered cold like prison food to sustain enervated raves. Those metallic tape delays and compressed bounce really remind us of someone…
**Hand-stitched and hand-stamped jackets. Individually numbered edition of 500** Another cherry-picked Thai bewt from Maft Sai and Chris Menist's Paradise Bangkok label. Uptown, Dao Bandon's stop/start Molam zinger, 'Lae Pattana Baan Meuang', heavy on the horns and dominated by Bandon's haunting croon. Downtown, a jaw-dropping Thai R&B play by Warin Shinaraj. Trust us, you ain't heard nothing like it! Tip!
**Hand-stitched and hand-stamped jackets. Individually numbered edition of 500** Scorching Molam disco tunes dig out and dusted don by Maft Sai and Chris Menist's Paradise Bangkok label. Side A is a proper molam disco boing by Onuma Singsiri, shot thru with mad synth stabs, dizzy drums and infectious vocal to twist the dance out. Flipside, Yupin Praethong's 'Mon Meuang Tai' adopts a recognisably Bollywood lean backed with some killer lap-steel-style strings and intricate, shuffling drums. Tip!
Matias Aguayo sounds well moody on his first new single in three years (!) for Kompakt. His follow-up to the party-ready fruit-basket of 'The Visitor' (2013) album renders a decidedly shadier slant to his sound. From the furtive minor key chords, slinky momentum and ghostly croon of 'Run Away From The Sun' to the enchanted slo-mo wine of 'Lola In The City', thru the bent EBM flux of 'Legende' and the faded 4th World voices of 'Walty', this EP marks a stylish retreat from sweaty peak times towards reflective corners of the dance and the bedroom.
**Limited grey-marbled double vinyl, with digital download code redeemable from the label** 'Memoosh' is the collaborative project between William Yates (memotone) and Soroosh Khavari (Soosh). Without any pre-planning, the project started to grow and develop a life of its own as soon as the first session started. Over the course of more than eight weekends spread over a year, the two visited each other for recording sessions, not relying on modern modes of communication. Making all the music in person to keep to the collaborative nature of the project, leaving more room for improvisation and … Read more
**Ahem…** "These rare and until now, unissued recordings started life way back in 1966. They were written by the multi-talented Anthony Newley, maybe for a pop release, but possibly - bearing in mind the kinky nature of the lyrics - for an experimental British TV show he was working on at the time. Unusually he wanted some electronic backgrounds for his words, and so called in the help of Delia Derbyshire, moonlighting a little from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. By the time the tracks were completed Newley was on his way to the USA for further acting and songwriting … Read more
Anstam veers into vaulted prog-pop territory on his 3rd album, 'Names', for Monkeytown. The knotted, fractured rhythms and hi-gloss techno surfaces are all still in place, but now augmented by his vocals placing him closer to the likes of Rudi Zygadlo or his label bosses, Modeselektor.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Ricardo Donoso simulates the intense claustrophobia and "death anxiety" of near-drowning experience in his Scuba Death mask. Essentially 'Nitrogen Narcosis' inverts the aesthetics of his humid, tropical trance recordings released on Digitalis, and more recently Denovali. Operating at between 75-100bpm - the normal resting heart rate for adults - he fathoms a mixture of stark electronic pulses and organically shifting atmospheres reflecting his childhood memories of a close call in the South Atlantic. Using field recordings m… Read more
Contemplative, agile dubstep and techno hybrids from the Tempa ranks. 'Nomine's Chant' makes use of what sounds like Buddhist chant over sparse, booming 808s and resonant gong timbres. 'Ninjah' is a proper techy weapon flexing out with twutchy drums and snarling neuro licks. 'Syncopator' intrigues the most with a fine meld of bleep techno and UK/US garage at 123bpm.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Ahhh, Tin Man returns to vocal house with inimitable style on 'Ode' for LA's Absurd Recordings. Split roughly 50/50 between vocal cuts and their instrumental versions, the album is a return to the Tin Man sound we fell hard for with the 'Wasteland' and 'Cool Wave' mini-LPs, only this time driven by much tougher kicks. Few artists operating in the house/techno realm manage to juice as much emotion and atmosphere as this guy, and 'Ode' is a prime case in point, from the exquisite reverbs, elegant acid lines and poised, opiated vocals of 'No New… Read more
Dark Entries' rampant reissue agenda continues apace with the eponymous debut by prolific French synth-poppers, Opera Multi Steel. Expect typically elegant gallic pop a la The Human League in 'Rien', thru a sort of pacy, baroque take on Talking Heads in 'Fêtês Komité', to the noirish emoting of 'Jardin Botanique' and the disco-prime 'Massabielle'.
Half-speed mastered by Matt Colton. 180g vinyl. Includes download code** Dan Snaith indulges his most sensitive indie-disco-pop side with 'Our Love', his sixth solo album as Caribou. Hingeing on the slippery ohrwurm of the title track's electro-disco-tech romp, the rest of the album features Jessy Lanza in the technoid R&B flux of 'Second Chance', plus Owen Pallett's violin and viola in the moody slo-mo slug, 'Silver', that title track, and the dusty radiophonic disco-tech of 'Your Love Will Set You Free'.
*2LP edition also includes a bonus CD featuring instrumental versions of all the album tracks (a must for students of Hannett’s unique production sound), along with alternate takes of key singles. Artwork By Peter Saville And Trevor Key, Liner Notes By Jon Savage* Les Disques du Crepuscule presents a deluxe remastered edition of Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls, the debut album by post/punk icon Pauline Murray, produced by revered sonic architect Martin ‘Zero’ Hannett. Recorded at the famous Strawberry Studios in July 1980, the album offered … Read more
Andrés delivers a much needed repress of the 2nd issue on his La Vida label. A-side 'Skate This Way' is a peach: a percolating rhythm's kept under control by a slow, swaying bass to accentuate your boogie carve in the rink while lush strings and stabs keep it floaty and frisky. Flipside Amp Dog Knight lends some fruity key blushes to the dreamy, uptempo swing of 'Second Time Around' for the eyes-down and clapping crew, beside the effortless beatdown gem 'Hart Plaza'. Tipped!
Kaleidoscopic styles from Paul White on his excellent album debut for R&S. With 'Shaker Notes' he swaps his hip hop garb for a psych dashiki - most literally on the album sleeve, and metaphorically speaking thru his worldly palette of jazz-wise, Afro-centric instrumentation and 4th world electronic tones. With many other producers that transition could be tragic, but White pulls it off with aplomb, much like his former One-Handed Music label-mate, Bullion's entirely successful switch from beats to luscious pop psychedelia. His production is totally prime, juggling live and programmed drums w… Read more