Thursday, 23 July
**Deluxe 7LP set in a sublime foil stamped box - limited to 200 individually numbered copies with certificate and bonus 7". A holy grail for all wave riders - so damn good** John Bender is commonly referred to as the "godfather" or "inventor" of minimal wave electronics. Thanks to some proper detective work, Frank Maier and the Vinyl-on-Demand team reassert the reclusive auteur's rightful status with this comprehensive collection, reissuing his three self-released LPs on Record Sluts and his four official tapes for the first time, together… Read more
*Deluxe 10th Anniversary Reissue* Following on from the genius that was the Madvilliany collab, MF Doom looked to Dangermouse for a co-production; resulting in a sound that isn't many degrees of separation from his King Geedorah project, albeit given a more upfront set of beats. Based around the Adult Swim series, 'The Mouse & the Mask' favours some fantastically murky beats and monochrome atmospherics which lend a real sense of subterranean menace to the gloriously childish content. Kicking things off is the darkheart canyon jump of 'El Chupa … Read more
**Limited gatefold white vinyl 2LP with white 7" and postcard** "Gary Bradbury is considered one of Australia’s pioneers of electronic music. From 1980 –1985, Bradbury was a member of the seminal electronic post-punk project ‘Severed Heads’ who produced a series of seminal albums; ‘Since the Accident’ (83-84); ‘City Slab Horror’(85); ‘Blubberknife’(82); and ‘Clifford Darling, Please Don’t Live In The Past’ (a retrospective of early works). These works were characterised by the dynamic integration of experimental musical practices, such as tape manipul… Read more
**Limited LP + 7", includes insert** "Cacophony '33' is project by Kevin Kettle from Lincoln, UK, started in around 1982. Formed out the ashes of a Post Punk/New Wave Band Cacophony '33' became embraced by the 'Cassette Culture' bedroom recording movement sharing his recordings worldwide via the 'Swap a Tape' method with other artists. Most of his very rare 20 Tape-Releases were released on his own Park Home Recordings Studio and Label in ultra-limited editions, almost all in a DIY-manner with special packaging. His wonderful style in combining minimal/synth with psychedelic elements are an essential must for every fan of music in the vein of the Legendary Pink Dots."
Chicago's own DJ Roc volleys an electrified 2nd album of footwork with 'Practice What U Preach' for scene supporters, Duck N' Cover. Working a perfect balance of sampled soul and technoid Afro-futurism, it weighs up some of his deadliest cuts and jabs in the likes of 'Lowend Unity', named after his 'hood and flush with a mix of pealing sax, droning subs and mercurial synth drops; with the lump-in-throat brilliance of his hyper Jhene Aiko flip, 'The Worst'; and not least the staccato pulses, ricochet rimshots and choking bass pressure of 'I Make Gutta'.
**Limited gatefold 2LP with insert - edition of 200 copies** "This material from Portion Control clearly demonstrates their early experimentation both as ‘musicians’ and with at the advent of analogue electronic machines. The eclectic material ranges from cassette portastudio material recorded in Peckham and Kennington, South London to high end studio recordings. The punk roots show as Portion Control demonstrate unrivalled creativity breaching the gap between UK industrial, early ambient and the formative signs of electronic dance music. The music features rising appegiators… Read more
*Originally released in 1986, Brother Resistance's 'Rapso Takeover' blends calypso, reggae, disco, funk and poetry to create the artist’s signature Rapso sound* "A progressive form of poetry from Trinidad and Tobago, Rapso emerged as a means by which to articulate the daily suffering symptomatic of the social unrest afflicting the nation throughout the 1970s and 80s. Brother Resistance played a significant role in the Rapso movement, deploying his music to spread messages of hope and liberation. The authorities took Brother Resistance’s rising status seriously, destroying w… Read more
**Housed in ace brown paper inner and LP sleeve designed by Studio Tape-Echo. Mastered by Lewis at Stardelta. Edition of 500** Blackest Ever Black debut new meat: Young Echo crew's Ossia steps solo with 20 minutes of pitched Bristol dread. Whilst technically it's not his first outing - that was his mental DJ Oa$is collaboration with DJ Ape a.k.a. Vessel - it's the first we've heard from Ossia in this cloaked mode, straddling dub-rooted technoir, echo-chamber ambience and air-vent drones with adroit, patient application of samples, synth and guitar diffused in a matrix of spring reverb and echo pedals. … Read more
Ipman triggers a devastating, hardcore UK sound with his Tectonic debut. Amidst bad company on the Bristol label, he sounds a junglist clarion call for 'Regicide' with ruffneck breaks and stare-down bass amping a sentiment we agree with, whereas 'Ghostrunner' tests out something new entirely with a ferocious cold-fusion of noise techno, EBM and pitching trap trills that frankly sounds like f**k-all out there. TIP!
**Limited LP, includes insert** "This LP covers the works of Rob Van Wijngaarden with one Side covering his solo-works as Rob Van (dropping his last name as no one seemed to ever write his last name correctly) and one side with his band-projects Mental, Heavy Mental which he released on his own Tape-Label called Mental Cassettes. In addition Side B will also contain a Collaboration-track with Ruud Kluivers. Side A is covering the Tape he released on the famous Ptose Label PPP (Ptose Production Présente). in 1981 Ptose asked them to supply 25 mi… Read more
Killah selections from King Jammy's vault, accompanying the 'Roots, Reality and Sleng Teng' DVD. Tracklist: Side A - Black Uhuru, Scorcher & Nicodemus, 'Bad Girl'; Black Uhuru & Prince Hammer 'African Love / Yogi Bear'; John Steele 'Selassie On His White Horse'; Errol Scorcher 'Engineer Affair' -- Side B; Jammy's & King Tubby 'Zambia'; The Fantells 'Where You Gonna Run'; Hortense Ellis 'Jah Created The World'; 'Junior Delgado 'Love Tickles Like Magic'; Dennis Brown 'The Lord Is My Shepherd'.
**Gatefold 2LP, includes insert.** "Art Interface was a synth band uninfluenced by the direction of mainstream european synth stylings. a mid-western american band (except for the swedish drummer...) It was initiated by Douglas Vasey in 1979. Other members taken on board were Claes Roswell, Roger Deason and Steven Curran. They disdained Kraftwerk but loved Neu! and bands like the Stooges. instead of marching lockstep to the beat of a drum-machine the kybs were propelled by the live drumming changeups; knobs were twisted on impulse w/ no idea what sound would result ma… Read more
**Special edition box set including gatefold 2LP + 7" and T-Shirt** "Art Interface was a synth band uninfluenced by the direction of mainstream european synth stylings. a mid-western american band (except for the swedish drummer...) It was initiated by Douglas Vasey in 1979. Other members taken on board were Claes Roswell, Roger Deason and Steven Curran. They disdained Kraftwerk but loved Neu! and bands like the Stooges. instead of marching lockstep to the beat of a drum-machine the kybs were propelled by the live drumming changeups; knobs were… Read more
**Vinyl includes two exclusive cuts not on digital formats!** Wen rolls out a crucial double-pack hot on the heels of his killer 'Finesse' EP and one year on from his widely-acclaimed 'Signals' - one of the best albums of 2014. Doing it for Soundman Chronicles this time, the vibes are more atmospheric and technoid across 'Senary Cycles', still full of dread but laced with a bittersweet salvation. The first plate dances from knife-sharpening electro-acoustic sound designs in 'Arlington CT9' thru to piquant, Zomby-style pirouettes of 'Pace Myself', and a smudged rollers delicacy called 'She Giv',… Read more
**Limited to 500 copies with hand-numbered insert** "Zephyr in The Swamp are : Brendan Coyle and Colin Hughes who originated from the Wirral UK synth trio The Games. A vocalist friend Martin Graham came on board for a short spell until he sadly passed away. The music from Zephyr in the Swamp was created after the split up of the band The Games from 1981-1983 and is an album of instrumental tracks. The tracks were unearthed from cassette tapes and reel to reel from an Akai 4000D. The recordings used Roland Sh09, Boss Dr Rhythm and Roland 09 strings organ utilising sound on sound ec… Read more
**Edition of 300** "As earlier compilations of ‘Danza Meccanica’ have taught us, Italy gave birth to a disproportionate number of synth-pop, new wave and electronic acts in the 80s. Mannequin goes deeper into the Italian new wave archaeological research with a killer 10 tracks selection of Carmody. Picking their name from a science fiction novel titled “Dimension of Miracles” by Robert Sheckley, Carmody were coming from Torino, as their pairs Monuments and Chromagain. Started as a duo (Alberto Ramella and Andrea Lesmo) and later a trio with Max Casacci joining in as a gu… Read more
Roiling darkroom techno-house from Detroit's Shady P via Glasgow's Clan Destine label. Ruggedly effective and straight-up grooves carry a payload of twisted synths and bent 5am vibes from the head-spinning grip of 'Pavlov's Bitch' to the tweakin' alien synth chatter of 'A Man In Reverse' featuring Drowned.
**Limited edition 150g green marbled vinyl. Includes free download redeemable from the label, edition of 350** Summer's friend, Matthew Mondanile a.k.a. Ducktails presents a persistently sweet new studio album; his first since 2013's 'The Flower Lane' and arguably his lushest yet. Sporting guest spots from Julia Holter and James Ferraro, and tooled with production by Rob Schnapf, co-producer of Elliott Smith's 'XO' and 'Either/Or', it's a baroque-tight collection of classical pop, flush with cascading melodies, tender fretwork and sing-along vocals. It was recorded thr… Read more
**Limited LP with 7' and insert** "The Toy Shop was initially a minimal/synthpop-based solo project for Leeds vocalist, keyboardist & guitarist Paul Klein. He released the single 'The Maze/Live Wires Kill' in 1981 before moving to Sheffield and teaming up with Oldham born keyboardist Philip Walsh in 1982. Their first gig together was in the Star/Webster's inaugural Battle Of The Bands competition in May of that year - they went on to win the competition and courted attention from major record labels for a while afterwards. The guys played a handful of gigs including supports to Dead Or A… Read more
**Limited Neon yellow vinyl edition** Björk comes to terms with the breakdown of a longterm relationship with some help from Arca, The Haxan Cloak, Antony and Spaces. It's arguably her most coherent and focused album since 'Vespertine' (2001), her vocals incredibly raw and emotional - understandably in the light of tragic, personal events - yet controlled with near operatic poise and matched by the waking-dream-like qualities of the production's skewed meter and tendencies toward keening, lushly expressive discord. It must be said that Arca really comes into his own here… Read more
"Tough, to the point, no-nonsense machine music is a longstanding Midwestern tradition. Drawing a line all the way back to the old guard, The Bunker New York's latest EP is Walk The Distance, courtesy of Mark Verbos, a techno veteran and New Yorker by way of Milwaukee who put together four pieces of heavyweight dancefloor artillery, informed by an intimate, inside-out knowledge of the machinery used in the production of these tracks. No punches are pulled here—the record starts in top gear with "Start Up Drive," a devastating techno bomb centered around a throbbing, repeating bassline … Read more
"AUS ready their latest offering - a curveball from Gerd who dusts off his Geeeman alias and offers up ‘Wanna Go Bang’: a ghettocentric package backed up with fellow Clone associate Alden Tyrell on remix duties. Under his many guises, Gerd is an artist who has consistently reaffirmed his reputation as a producer capable of soundtracking peak-time moments across releases on Catch, Royal Oak, Clone and his own 4Lux. Punctuated by classics such as ‘NY House Track’ under NY Stomp, ‘Bang’t’ as Geeman and the stellar remix for George Fitzgerald’s ‘Child’ that instigated his link with AUS - his ca… Read more
Blue and moody garage/breaks rollers from Kiwi label, Egyptian Avenue. 'Windmill' features delicate vocal from Afiya placed over rustling breakbeats and emotive string arrangement; 'Devotion' rolls off on a sullen halfstep weighted with folksy strings.
Vsnares pursues the breakcore dragon into new spaces following the monstrous 'My Love Is A Bulldozer' (2014). Serving more than your recommended yearly allowance of mentallism, 'Your Face' flings us from black midi symphonies in 'Your Face When I Finally' to a gorgeous, beat-less and hyaline reflection in 'Your Face When I Finally (Glass Version)', spinning us thru the LP5-style knots of 'Former Eagle' to hyper hardcore party styles in 'Red Orange 2', and the flipping freakish breakbeat techno of 'Become Magic Dolphins', with a brilliant twist of forward electro pulses and harmonic convolutions recalling Gábor Lázár in 'Misericordial'.
Berlin-based sound artist Yair Elazar Glotman returns to Subtext with the powerful electro-acoustic scapes of 'Études' a year on from his 'Nimbes' soundtrack with James Ginzburg and his pair of Ketev tape works for Where To Now? and Opal Tapes. This, his 2nd album proper, involves ten studies for contrabass, using newly-honed, counter-intuitive technique to, in a sense, bybass his classical training and draw out an "unnatural" range of secreted resonance and physically affective vibrations. By probing his instrument's acoustic dynamic range with close micing and post-production, he really… Read more
Thursday, 16 July
*Long-Awaited debut album from Janus Collective member M.E.S.H. - recorded in Berlin in winter 2015, mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, and pressed on 140g LP with spot-gloss inner* Janus crew's M.E.S.H. unpackages a vast internal world across the ornate topographies of his incredible debut album. Combining scything club dynamics and Hollywood sound design with a sample bank of archaic renaissance instruments, 'Piteous Gate' describes a hyperreal place-out-of-time framed by matrices of tessellating grids and vapour-trace contours rent in near-VR detail. Collapsing the stadium-sized stru… Read more
*Visionist’s Lost Codes label re-emerges as Codes, a new collaboration with PAN. Edition of 500, first 200 copies pressed on steel grey vinyl* Visionist resets his Lost Codes imprint as a new PAN sublabel, with a killer, collaborative grime/techno collage by Acre and Filter Dread. Marking the first time either producer has collaborated properly, they prove a vital pairing in equilibrium between industrial techno engines, body-scanning UK bass tones and gritty, diffuse urban-gothic atmosphere. Upfront, ‘Drumz34’ burrows in with viral 8-bit squiggle and squashed subs before ‘Flash Speed… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label. Haunting collection of solo tenor sax explorations from the archive of seminal jazz multi-instrumentalist…** "In 1976, Joe McPhee recorded the landmark album Tenor, kicking off a solo period of finding and refining the distinctive voice that continues to inform his music to this day. Solos : The Lost Tapes (1980 – 1981 – 1984) is a collection of material from McPhee’s personal archives that shines new light on the legendary multi-instrumentalist’s work during this time. “Wind Cycles,” for tenor saxophone, explores the… Read more
*The Cocteau Twins’ super-rare 1986 collection ‘The Pink Opaque’ newly remastered from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl including download code* Back in 1986, ‘The Pink Opaque’ brought together the best of the Cocteau Twins’ early works to become their first official release in the US. Already a cult band on college radio, some classics like ‘Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops’ and ‘Aikea-Guinea’ were given new mixes for this release, while it also featured ‘Millimillenary’, the first run out for incoming band member Simon Raymonde. To this day, ‘The Pink Opaque’ remains a great entry point to a wonderful band...
*The Cocteau Twins' classic 1985 EP’s ‘Tiny Dynamine’ and ‘Echoes In A Shallow Bay’ newly remastered from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl including download code* ‘Tiny Dynamine’ and ‘Echoes In A Shallow Bay’ were originally released two weeks apart back in November 1985. Seen as companion pieces, they both acted as a precursor to the band’s fourth studio album, ‘Victorialand’. 30 years later, the EPs are now married together on to one piece of heavyweight vinyl, completed with reformatted artwork. Tracks include the gorgeous ‘Melonella’, "Sultitan Itan” and the much loved "Ribbed And Veined”.