Thursday, 09 October
Lakker back for seconds on R&S with two of their craftiest, noisiest cuts to date. This 12" feels like Lakker have fully realised their potential, confident enough to bullishly pursue darkest, dramatic techno themes in their unique style. A-side 'Mountain Divide' opens a widescreen vortex of howling harmonics and surging slowfast steppers rhythms rising to a dome-blowing breakdown and back out into full-on symphonic noise assault with a throttling, roiling climax. B-side, Math Fall' embarks more cautiously with strobing synth voices and shuddering white noise shocks scudding around like so… Read more
Up-and-coming NYC rapper, Bishop Nehru, gets served a healthy sack of beats by metal-fingers-in-exile, Doom, for his debut album with Lex Records. Imagine how gassed Nehru must be, a 19 year old MC with a massive thing for golden-era '90s hip hop, who's been given a debut vehicle by the guy who defined that era at its most rugged, smartest? Luckily it doesn't go to his head on 'NehruvianDOOM (Sound Of The Son)'. He comes off as a keen, hungry, disciplined rapper with a consciousness beyond his years. But it's debatable how far he stamps his own personality on the project. Riding over a s… Read more
*Heavyweight 3LP Box Set* "As a robust rock underground got swallowed alive by the Major Label Industrial Complex, the very autonomous Unwound - Olympia, Washington's Great Noise Hope - toed the troublesome line between pay check and Check Engine light. Captured in the gaps of a ruthless touring schedule, defining fourth and fifth albums The Future of What and Repetition were issued in the back-to-back springs of 1995 and '96. Both find the band severing their post-hardcore roots, for gripping detours into Echoplex, kraut, D&B, and Mingus, as guided by a sun-worn copy of Book Your Own Fuckin' Life… Read more
**Full version of the album on CD included inside** "Adam Bainbridge returns, co-writing with Robyn, Kelela, Ghanaian rapper M.anifest and Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange et al), a long-time friend whose 2013 ’Cupid Deluxe’ included contributions from Bainbridge. ‘Otherness’ is Adam's vision, but it's a collective vision. On the album’s opening track, ‘World Restart’, Bainbridge’s vocals remain in the backing chorus. Kelela and Ade sing the lead parts. The song rides the sort of lithe and loose horns (by Finn Peters) you might hear on a Fela Kuti record, but they're tethered to a boogie bassline and Bainbridge's own rich percussive clatter…"
Fresh from making his name on DVS1's Mistress Recordings. Doubt drops a rugged haul of heavy house on Don't Be Afraid. In possession of an infectiously raw sound palette, the Midwestern producer is set to garner a whole heap of new followers to his muscular, gritted style, from the grungy alley drive and moody progressions of 'Poor Dog' to the murky industrial pounder, When I Was Young', and the clogged filter funk of 'Frosx', which already counts Alexander Nut and 2562 amongst its fans. One to watch.
Redinho pays up on the promise of his early 12" trio with the talkbox-abusing electro-funk of his debut album. A big favourite of Glasgow/London's Numbers fam, Red's sound is steeped in proper, West Coast G-funk and jazz-nimble electronica, streaming forward electric synthlines and his talkbox signatures anchored by a diverse range of rhythms, from Carpenter-esque slow electro ('Stinger') to broken beats a la Dorian Concept ('Searching'), thru to beautiful Balearic chug ('Shem') and plentiful percolating boogie heaters. RIYL Rustie, Jam City, Jackmaster's Tweak-a-holic sessions.
Distal returns with a bold new mesh of tumbling trap, grime and electronica on his sophomore album and first for his concept/label Anarchostar. Following his 2012 debut LP for Tectonic, the Atlantan producer's 'Retrograde Space Opera' shapes a vivid sonic fiction about.. "a dying planet… encapsulated by those who killed it. Filled with wandering souls and ancient technology, a way out emerges. A utopian star… an escape… The ANARCHOSTAR', according to his press release. The results are wildly diverse, sweeping from glossy new age ambient signifiers to the manic roil of his 'Ridge City'… Read more
*Limited series of nine 12” celebrating Rinse’s 20th anniversary, each individually numbered and limited to 300 copies* A1 Broken Record (Jacques Greene Remix) A2 Skream : Rollercoaster (Jimmy Edgar Remix) B1 Katy B: What Love Is Made Of (MK Remix) B2 Headhunter: Prototype (Modeselektor Remix)
A trio of Hamburg's finest, Peter M. Kersten (Lawrence), Christian Naujocks, and Richard Von Der Schulenburg, feel out a quietly freeform jazz-electronica sound as Sky Walking. Improvising in hushed dialogue at a "rotten studio in the backyard of a record store in Hamburg", the trio channel influence from the rustling backdrops of Gruppo Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, Gerard Grisey's spectral experiments, and Psychic TV's strange sound worlds via a "weird collection of instruments" including some Russian microphones and the "saddest sounding steel drum". The results unfurling a miniature… Read more
**Stamped inner sleeve** New York's Marcos Cabral does eviscerated house as Chemotex on his 2nd 12" for The Trilogy Tapes. Freakier than the stuff under his own name or in Runaway with Jacques Renault, the Chemotex sound burns off any impurities to leave a brittle, skeletal cadaver spitting flinty hi-hats and heaving Jamal Moss style jakbeat on 'Snake Inside My Leg', whilst 'Yang Solution' twitches and stabs in cold negative space on the flipside, trapped between what sounds like room-recorded percussion and detached, swarming noise textures. This one burns.
**Transparent green wax** E.R.P. (Convextion), Ramjac Corporation, and Martin Van Der Vleuten tackle a true techno classic for Last Known Trajectory. Originally released by Irdial in 1992, In Sync's 'Storm' 12" is a masterclass in machine-driven soul. Gerard Hanson aka E.R.P. gives 'Storm' a muggier, slower revision riding signature, super-wide bassline thru dense, liquid atmospheres laced with the original's lush hook and chords, whereas Dutch legend Martin van der Vleuten opts for a more expansive, proggy take on the flip. In between, Ramjac Corporation rework 'Warm' as a tight breakbeat electro number. Mastered by Steven Hitchell in Detroit.
**Transparent wax** Terrace and cv313 present further takes on two legendary In Sync techno classics for Last Known Trajectory. Terrace layers 'Storm' up with rolling bass LFO's and sweeps that celestial whistle out the horizon. Deepchord's Steven Hitchell aka cv313 douses In Sync's slightly later collaboration with Pluto, 'Subway' (1993) in his patented dub-tech noise bath. He also mastered the record.
**180g vinyl. Edition of 300** Project 13 resident, Acre, throws his weight around on a wicked debut 12" for the MCR club-night's new label. His 3rd and arguably sturdiest single to date after drops on Visionist's Lost Codes and Pinch's Cold Recordings, the 'Symbols' EP stakes his claim as one of wiliest yung producers in the UK's techno/dubstep/bass nexus. All three productions are stoically minimal but detailed with enough grit and dynamic to rub any dance the ruff way: running from a gutted hybrid of vintage Mala/Kode 9/Martyn-isms at 126bpm in the barrelling topside roller, 'Symbols', and over t… Read more
**Now available on vinyl** Fern Jones elbowed her way into music at a very young age, and in playing piano at the bars and clubs she ended up meeting her husband Raymond Jones at a mere 14 years old. By 16 they were married and he had felt the calling of God, so the two embarked on a life of preaching and heavy religion, something maybe not entirely understood by Fern, but she went under the will of her husband and got on with her now neutered life. She suddenly went from being a party girl to being a church girl, and this would undoubtedly have its drawbacks, so eventually … Read more
Dramatic, intricate EBM house trax by Rhodes, Greece-based June. Five tracks jack between the steaming arpeggios and Chicago/New Beat-style kicks of 'Direct Contact' to kinky cowbell patterns in 'S.A.D.H.' and on to decelrrated disco drama in 'The Human Target', SA42-style electro on 'Second Sight', and Liasons Dangereuses electro-funk in 'Musique pour La Danse'.
Marcus Intalex aka Trevino coins the Birdie label for his burgeoning c.130bpm output. Essentially he's transposing his patented liquid D&B vibes onto Detroit and UK tech-house templates, manifest in the clean, metallic chassis and rolling underlying heft of 'To The Core', in the sweeping proggy arrangement of 'Warmer', and over into darker filtered funk with 'Playtime' and smooth, swinging tech-house styles on 'Mezmerise'.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Detroit three piece Ritual Howls' new album tells stories fit for Poe or Lovecraft. On their debut full length for felte they incorporate a variety of styles into an ominously self-assured statement of intent, Ben Saginaw and Chris Samuels' sounds providing an imposing form for Paul Bancell's darkly alive lyrics to inhabit. Their influences range from English post-punk to Nick Cave to the industrial sounds of Skinny Puppy, and the band melds them expertly. Combining field recordings with electronics, this music is sound design turned p… Read more
Rare and unreleased funk jams from Slave frontman Steve Arrington's 80-84 drawer. "Steve Arrington, 80s hit maker and former front man of funk legends Slave, is back after a 20+ year hiatus from the music business. His collaborations with Snoop Dogg and Dam Funk from 2013, and brand new self-produced material throughout 2014, show that Steve's still got the funk in super human quantities (as they say in Dayton OH, home town of Arrington, Slave, Zapp, The Ohio Players etc etc etc - "there must be something in the water"). "Way Out (80-84)" a retrospective encompassing all of Arrington’s… Read more
Kowton and Julio Bashmore present four heady hardware constructions on Glasgow's All Caps label. Paying tribute to those massive old Soviet hovercraft, Ekranoplan, the 'Wing In Surface Effect' EP glides from filtered ambient chords in 'One Meter Up', to one deep-but-punchy muffukka called 'Coil' doing Chi house boogie via Bristol/London bass styles on the A-side. Turn her over and 'Star Frog' sustains a sublime tension with raw, ticking percussion and piquant arpeggios awash with purple hued chords - perfect for breaking up a set full of heavy bass/kicks - before they fade out to Ground Effect Vehicle'.
Rudest dread techno charge from noob, Nurve, on Pinch's Tectonic. The squashed techno murder of his A-side, 'Wrong Number' was previously sandwiched into the ace Pinch B2B Mumdance mix CD, and is now unleashed as a tracky, galloping tool consolidating all corners of the darkside underground. Flipside, he ups the funk ante with a twysted, techy bomb coming off like some Skam joint gone Bristol, plus a mean bit of whirring 2-step techno bruk in 'Spasm'. Watch yer bons bons.
"Formed in the early '50s under the watchful eye of Tuskegee, Alabama, transplant Charles Chambliss, the Sensational Saints were handpicked from a Cleveland clothing store, a pool room, and from a group of friends singing from a third story window. After years spent rotating members and issuing stray singles for assorted non-denominational imprints, the group connected with the vocally inclined Reverend Melvin Kenniebrew at the close of the '60s, making good on their "Sensational" boast. "With God in their hearts and singing on their minds," the Sensational Saints mounted the… Read more
Thursday, 02 October
**Limited vinyl reissue of a legendary minimalist electronic classic. Remastered from original tapes by Matt Colton - initial pressing on Clear blue vinyl, comes with a printed inner and download code** No longer an unobtainable discogs fetish item, Konrad Becker's deeply prescient Monoton debut is reissued on wax 34 years since its original release. A predecessor of 'Monotonprodukt 07', which was hailed in The Wire magazine's 100 most important records of the 20th Century, this album murkily defined templates for swathes of artists in the dub, techno and the electro… Read more
*Hyper-forward exercises in technoid reduction and frequency fxxxxckerry from the super talented Gabor Lazar, with a full-length collaboration with Mark Fell due soon on The Death of Rave. Edition of 500, initial copies on coloured wax, mastered and cut by Matt Colton* Prodigious minimalist Gábor Lázár twysts out six cuts of super-forward techno reductions on his debut vinyl, 'EP16', for The Death Of Rave. Combining viscerally affective electronic timbre and hyperkinetic patterns, they're real-time recordings of Gábor extracting maximum funk from a single note rendered as sheer gradients pitched an… Read more
**4 x 180g LP pressing of You're Dead! album, plus You're Dead! Instrumentals. All vinyl in printed inner sleeves, outer sleeves and rigid box and lid. Includes download code card redeemable from the label** Flying Lotus flexes his most earnest jazz muscles on this fifth solo album, his 4th for Warp. Star-lit with guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, Niki Randa, it's the work of heightened, enlightened minds projecting into spheres beyond this mortal coil. Funny then that it all sounds so fami… Read more
Shocking, extended double AA 12" from Russell Haswell paying tribute to OG Latino freestyle and industrial funk edits with inimitable, improvised flair. Back on Diagonal following his scintillating and unusually "pop" structured '37 Minute Workout' LP, plus a couple of furnace blast LPs for Bocian and Editions Mego, this entirely improvised session captures Russell in the wild, trapped between daemonic nO!se and snapjaw drum patterns nodding to early Omar Santana or Carlos Berrio and his own past as a go-to studio editor for labels such as Mute. The A-side is a slyly arousing but terrifying… Read more
**Gatefold vinyl** Adam Wiltzie (Stars Of The Lid) and Dustin O'Halloran reprise their acclaimed strings and keys duo, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, with 'Atomos I - XII' for Erased Tapes. We can safely report that it's every bit as gorgeous as their eponymous debut, but you probably already got the hint from their teaser 12", 'Atomos VII' which landed earlier this year backed with a fearsome Ben Frost re-interpretation. The further XI parts sweep us to the most picturesque modern classical panoramas imaginable...
*Free Shipping in the UK* *Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain Denmark, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. If you are in another country please contact us for postage costs* Vinyl on Demand return with a second volume of one of their most requested releases - 80's Minimal-Synth-Wave Vol.2. This epic 12 LP set comes housed in a foil embossed canvas box and includes rare material from 80's Berlin Punk and New Wave operator Mkie Vamp, core-Members to the famous… Read more
Morphine present a very welcome, if unexpected, return from Sote, an American-based Iranian artist who delivered one of Warp's most interesting releases of the '00s with 'Electric Deaf'. We've spoken previously about our fascination with hi-end Middle Eastern electronics and Sote would fall well in that category with these complex, super-dynamic projections gleaned from a range of synthesis techniques. We won't bore you with the finer details - google it if you're bothered - but can tell you there's some dazzling work here; a hyperkinetic rush of trance-inducing tones and completely unstable, cha… Read more
This is so ace - and another example of why everyone envies Scotland, and Glasgow in particula - Laps are a mysterious and achingly cool duo who sound like the mutant siblings of Saâda Bonaire. Their 'Ladies As Pimps' EP stalks well-trodden yet timeless styles with serious attitude and allure, bringing members of Golden Teacher and the Green Door Studios gang to abet their salacious grooves between the louche ESG dip of 'Dirty Guys Dirty Corners' thru the Peaking Lights-like dub-pop lope of 'All The Kids' and the Glas-cago swagger-jack of Mojo', to blown-out Thought Broadcast meets Ectoplas… Read more