Thursday, 23 January
**Sublime soul from 1973 Newark, New Jersey. Housed in tip on-style jacket with obi-strip** "Family Circle’s 1973 LP draws a tight ring around the most beguiling soul tropes of its era, with its full house of ambitious players and hook-laden originals. Newark, New Jersey’s Simmons siblings—George, James, Mary, Don, and David—rallied around journeyman arranger George Andrews and business maven/producer Randy Irwin, whose industry ties brought studio luminaries into the Simmons orbit: session guitar giant Cornell Dupree, guitarist/songwriter Billy Vera, and the inimitable Bernard “Pretty” P… Read more
Dub-frayed and concrète techno convolutions from French duo, Kaumwald. Originally self-released and now rebirthed on wax by Opal Tapes, 'Hantasive' yields a grotty, deglazed grip of sounds serrating analogue sources and textures with digital synthesis techniques. Bass-heavy rhythms knot and untangle in unstable ecologies torn ragged between "real" acoustic resonances and spitting, arrhythmic electronics ranging from spasmodic pockets of strangeness to lurching, effluent texturhythms recalling MB gone 3D and passages of barely-tamed psychoactive swirl recalling Decimus. The label makes the most tan… Read more
**Includes early recordings of Group Doueh and location recordings made in West Africa. Limited edition pressing housed in Stoughton tip-on full colour gatefold jacket** "In 2006, Hisham Mayet returned to West Africa to continue his search for an unknown musician he had heard six months earlier on the radio in a Morocco hotel room. Knowing only that it was Sahrawi music — music of the south — he headed down through the vast and remote desert landscape of the Western Sahara and Mauritania in hopes of finding someone who could identify these revelatory rec… Read more
**White vinyl** Positive Centre continues to plough a single-minded style of slow techno doom on his sophomore EP for Sigha's Our Circula Sound label. As with like-minded spirits Samuel Kerridge, Andy Stott, Low Jack and Fishermen, the Berlin-based producer is eking out bleak new worlds at the nether end of the tempo scale, exchanging uptempo pace for a richer source of dark, synth heavy energy. His sound is concentrated yet spacious, driving in with the grinding rhythm and spectral mystery of 'Hiding Knives' beside the evil, leering drones and head-high swagger of 'Field Of Tongues' on… Read more
A previously unreleased haul of compositions by French avant-garde musician François Tusques for Jean Rollin's horror flicks. "I remember that around the time I first encountered the world of Jean Rollin I had been hired by Barney Wilen who wanted toperform my compositions, with Beb Guérin on double bass and Eddie Gaumont on drums. My friend Jean-Denis Bonan was in charge of editing Rollin's debut feature film La Reine Des Vampires and had approached me to compose the original soundtrack, for which I was to have free creative reign. I was 29 years old. For the recording I … Read more
**Deluxe 180gm DMM Gatefold Double Coloured Vinyl Reissue, includes a download code redeemable from the label** Memoryhouse has been long overdue a reissue. It was Max Richter's very first album, recorded with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Manchester during 2002. Here you can trace back all the main threads in Richter's work, whether that be his almost unprecedented ability to emote via stark and dependably accessible string arrangements, or the introduction of electronic production to modern classical composition (as put to good use here on the exceedingl… Read more
"The fuzz/psych/folk legend known as Michael Yonkers shows yet another musical color on this über-rare private press home-recording from 1971-72. While working as a forklift operator and truck driver with a bunch of Minnesota cowboys, Yonkers was inspired to do this oddly countrified set that begs comparison to outsider hillbillies like Peter Grudzien and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, as well as more beloved longhair outlaws like Townes van Zandt & Kris Kristofferson. And then there are the songs performed for children…"
*Beautiful 2LP limited edition vinyl release in a full-color heavy-duty gatefold jacket of the long out-of-print CD from 2007* The first volume in Sublime Frequencies' series of 'Molam' releases took us on a journey through a lesser heard area of Thai music, a kind of country folk music from the rural northeast of Thailand which centres primarily on male and female singers (Molam literally means 'master singer') and the khaen (a bamboo mouth organ) and phin (a lute-like instrument). Here we see the style diversify as it hits the 1970s and 1980s an… Read more
*Includes a free digital download of the entire album redeemable from the label* "Omo Lewa by Nigerian born band leader and multi-instrumentalist Peter King came into the world in 1976. From start to finish, King weaves afrobeat, highlife, and jazz with mesmerizing skill. Long out of print, this album contains some of the prolific artist's finest work. Highlights like “Afro-Funk” and “Ajo” have been singeing slipmats via recent African compilations and whetting the appetites of numerous music fans. As prices on the collector's market reiterate, this pent up demand has made Omo Lewa Peter King's m… Read more
**180g vinyl. Limited edition of 1000. Includes download code** Limited edition sampler featuring 3 tracks from the OST for Jim Jarmusch's Tilda Swinton-starring romantic vampire flick, 'Only Lovers Left Alive'. Jarmusch performs with his band, Sqürl alongside guest appearances from regular collaborator Jozef Van Wissem, and vocals from Zola Jesus and Cults' Madeline Follin. The three tracks are all suitably gothic and just a little bit sexy, taking in Sqürl & Jozef Van Wissem's doomy waltz on the Aside, backed with 'Funnel Of Love' starring Madeline Follin and the haunting figures of Zola Jesus and Van Wissem in collaboration on 'In Templum Dei'.
First ever vinyl issue of Kiwi legend and core Flying Nun Peter Gutteridge's amazing, one and only solo album, originally released in 1989 on tape via Bruce Russell's Xpressway. I'll be honest; what I know about New Zealand's end-of-the-earth rock scene I could write on the back of a rizla packet, but this, like most other Dead C and related goodness i've encountered makes me feel guilty that I haven't explored the scene much further. Aside from his actions in The Clean, The Great Unwashed, and The Chills among others, Peter's only solo record, 'Pure' showcases a stripped-down, rudimentary soun… Read more
Dave Clarke, The Exaltics, Aubrey and The Traveller (Shed) rough up and deep-rave the sleek contours of Marcel Fengler's 'Fokus' album tracks. The Baron (does anyone even call him that any more?) Dave Clarke rags 'Sky Pushing' with gravelly bass and some searing, peak-time synth shocks, whilst The Exaltics impress with a more technoid take on their usual darkside electro, remixing 'Mayria' to a rampant rhythm and bleak electro pads. Aubrey adds layeres of white noise and demented synthlines to 'Trespass', and Shed raves up 'Jaz' as The Traveller.
Slow-mo breakbeat 'ardcore and acid dub from anonymous heads for Red 7. The formula is simple but effectively well done on both sides: 'Royal Rave' rides squashed Reese bass and breaks with classic Bambaataa samples and slung rave vamps; 'Rubadub Style' rocks on a chewy 303 bass, big bad subs and crushed breaks like some vintage Depth Charge joint.
"RiYL: Rudimentary Peni, Crass, Conflict… Despite only being active for a few years in the mid-1980s, Vex left a huge legacy in underground circles for their affecting brand of anarcho punk. Until now, it was almost impossible to find an original copy of their essential Sanctuary 12" on Fight Back Records, let alone their scant other recordings. Sanctuary: The Complete Discography collects all of the Vex material that was ever put to tape on one limited-edition LP for the first time ever. Drop the needle for a lean half hour by what CVLT Nation calls “a very well balanced band … Read more
After reappearing from a 3 year hiatus with his Jealous God 12", James Ruskin reasserts his credentials with three killer techno adventures on his legendary Blueprint label. Up front you'll find the grand 4/4 techno architecture of 'Slit' with its atmospheric, noise-sculpted intro and outro bookending a masterclass in pure, muscular UK techno built to destroy big rooms and basements alike. Down town, he indulges his experimental side, but not at the expense of functionality, with the roiling churn and 'Keynell'-esque progressions of 'Wisdom Of Youth' and the equally Autechrian arrangement of 'Emotion Erode'. Not the kind of stuff you hear every day…
Lakosa reprises a fruitful relationship with Rick Grant on two deep and rugged London techno-house grooves backed with Severn Beach (James Fox) and Kornel Kovacs remixes. The follow-up to Grant and Lakosa's 2nd Drop ace treads similar ground at the smokier, hypnotic end of house and techno with the slinky shift and blue chord progression of 'Static', and a pumping, swinging, dubbed-out sound with 'Temptations'. The remixers hear contrasting takes on 'Temptations: James Fox's tuffer Severn Beach alias teases the techno elements in a more twisted, psychedelic direction with deft vo… Read more
*Includes a 23”X23” Super Ape Poster* "Few artists enjoy a legacy that involves a re-engineering of the very genre in which they work. Lee “Scratch” Perry is such an artist. As a pioneer of dub reggae Perry viewed the mixing console as musical instrument in its own right. The influence of his revolutionary approach has been felt world-wide and into genres far beyond reggae. His 1976 effort, Super Ape, is considered a masterpiece of this or any genre. Working with The Upstetters at his Black Ark studio Perry created a sound with such a lasting appeal that The Rough Guide incl… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ace garage punk grunge pops picked up by Captured Tracks for reissue. 'The Feeling' was originally unleashed on Couple Skate Records in 2012 and now slots neatly in its new home alongside charming slackers such as Mac Demarco, Beach Fossils and co. Our highlights have to be the super lo-fi joys of 'Gentle Movement Towards Sensual Liberation' and 'Eon Of Love' or the dirgy grunger 'Trashworld'. Sure you'll all have your own favourites, though.
Grimy, technoid feminine pressure from the renamed Twwth (fka Teeth) on his and Desto's excellent Signal Life label. As with their previous editions from Visionist, Kowton, LAS and themselves, the 'Thousand Million EP' finds a sweet spot between sleek European techno, gruff UK grime and the rudeness of US club music. Whilst built around similar elements of gut-punch bass, rippling 808s and iced-out stabs, the vocal samples make a clear dichotomy: topside 'Naomi XX' sweetens gully swagger with a darkly sensual breakdown and female R&B stab intoning "it's automatic", whilst 'Boy You Down With… Read more
Prostitutes proceeds his Diagonal EP with another salvo of grotty, throbbing machine music for the Avian-affiliated Mira imprint. Blessed with one of the best titles of recent times, 'Truncheon Cadence (Part One)' hems close to that stoically purist sound James Donadio has established with his self-released LP and issues for Opal Tapes and Digitalis over the last couple of years. It includes some of his strongest club tracks in the rolling industrial thump of 'Led Up Garden Paths' and the dubbed-out techno skanker 'Odd Dog End', but our favourites have to be the skudged, gru… Read more
Thursday, 16 January
Luke Younger's Helm returns to PAN with four vital incursions marking his first new material since the sessions that birthed his acclaimed 'Impossible Symmetry' and 'Silencer' releases these last couple of years. Since those releases Younger has been hard at work building his Alter label into one of the most interesting imprints around whilst also honing a petrifying, improvised live set that's turned our bones to stone every time we've heard it. 'The Hollow Organ' delivers four tracks of spirit-grinding constructs gleaned from a visceral palette of tormented machine voices, sub-zero drones and… Read more
*Edition of 500, initial copies on transparent vinyl, audio remastered and cut by Matt Colton* Hospital Productions return with their first release of the year, a heavy 30-minute session of layered drone and tormented, bass-heavy bombast from Max Gudmunson's Virile Games project, now available on vinyl for the first time after a sold-out micro edition of cassettes in 2013. Operating somewhere between his label-mate Lussuria's gothic ambience, the ear-bleaching concrète of Helm, and the more blown-out cinematic visions of Leyland Kirby, 'Wounded Laurel' oscillates between sublime and wretc… Read more
Parisian, Aleqs Notal comes with the freshest, craftiest Bass/Tech sound on his killer debut for CleckCleckBoom. Borrowing ideas from Kowton's gritty Grime-House, 3D Night Slugs styles, and A Made Up Sound's deft jungle reductions, the 'A.E.T. E.P.' is 2014's first real dancefloor shocker for those that know. A-side he exhibits a very canny feel for spatial layering and tightly tucked groove with the spidery web of electroid polyrhythms, lush pads and reduced boogie vibes of 'Ancient Theory', and 'Informal Utility' finds a seductive blend of fluid, Substance-like dub chords and corroded, itchy d… Read more
**Gatefold double "swamp green" vinyl reissue with download code** Zombi's debut album proper, 'Cosmos' (2004) is given a fittingly plush vinyl reissue for the first time in seven years. A masterclass in cinematic prog excess, on 'Cosmos' Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra set their synths to stun and drums to trample, breaking orbit like a juggernaut shuttle burning up billions of dollars worth of head-fuel. This stuff touches quadrants that other space prog albums don't reach. Recommended!
Noirish jazz jungle and electro-dub from FaltyDL - his first new productions since his well received 'Hardcourage' album for Ninja Tune. 'Danger' is a straight ace, coming off something like Rainer Veil distilling twenty years of Dego into 4 minutes of tape saturated pads and deftly spliced breaks. 'King Brute' is more screwed and fugged-up, operating in that hazy nexus between Actress, Itinerant Dubs and Kassem Mosse with kinetic, morphing dub FX applied to salty electro pings and groggiest bass wriggle.
**A cherry-picked compendium of EDM prototypes circa 1956-1971 by Pierre Henry, Jean-Claude Vannier, Igor Wakhevitch, Henk Badings and more** "The roots of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) by definition. An unlikely combination of early recordings by international electronic and avant-garde composers as well as infrequent collaborators retrospectively unified by their commitment to the musical enhancement of 20th Century ballet and the evolution of modern dance. Presenting key exponents of the musique concrete and tape music movements alongside masters of the early electric sound synthesisers, as w… Read more
UK broken beat architects and long-time collaborators, Dego (4Hero) and Kaidi Tatham (Bugz In The Attic) run slickest grooves for Eglo. We're guessing this is a bit of a dream come true for Alex Nut and Floating Points' label, and quite the treat for fans of that butter-smoove British sound steeped in classic Jazz fusion. Four tracks vibe out from the rolling, uptempo flex of 'Ankle Injury' for the dancers to lowlit, soul-wise styles on 'Acting Up On Shxt That Don't Count' and deeper yet with the nudged deep house of 'Don't Remain The Same' and the lush, layered harmonies of 'Carrots and Sesame'.
**Remastered reissue includes DVD and Download Code Redeemable From The Label* ‘Drinking Gasoline’ was released in 1985, consisting of four songs from the legendary ‘Gasoline In Your Eye’ videocassette. These songs rank among Cabaret Voltaire’s more infectious compositions. ‘Gasoline In Your Eye’ is now included as a DVD together with both the CD and the LP of ‘Drinking Gasoline’, featuring videos shot and edited by groundbreaking director Peter Care and Richard H Kirk. ‘Gasoline In Your Eye’ DVD includes ‘Sensoria’ and promotional videos for ‘I Want You’ and ‘Just Fascination’. Ca… Read more