Thursday, 14 November
**Limited edition of 300** DFA's Tim Goldsworthy, Ostgut Ton's Nick Höppner, and Dauwd remix his 'Heat Division' single for Pictures Music. The Tim Goldsworthy take on the title track is an exemplary mixture of New York garage disco heat and UK-style bass pressure, watch out for that 2nd drop and the near-junglist drum rolls! Höppner does his classy, timeless Berlin house thing with 'And' on the flip, swinging with deft chords and tightly synched shimmy, whilst Dauwd gives a reduced dub mix of 'Heat Division' built for the wee small hours.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Recondite drifts to Ghostly International for a 2nd album of etheric deep house and dub techno. In 'Hinteland' the he wends between tempos and atmospheres with shadowy stealth, from the opiated ambient beatdown of 'Leafs' to the downtempo gem, 'Still' and on thru SAW '85-92 styles of 'Riant' to early evening/early morning club ghosts, 'Stems' or 'Abscondence' tot he STL-like jazziness of 'Fey'.
Modulating dub techno reductions from Markus Suckut for Horizontal Ground. Three studies in the art of optimised efficiency ranging from rugged, virulent synthlines weirdly reminding of a tuffened 'Typerope' on the front to dry, DIN-style halfstep techno and Dettmann-esque DJ tools on the flip.
**Sweetest folk-rock-pop debut delicacy from a member of Jim O'Rourke'sn Tokyo-based band** "Drag City present the first domestic release of any kind from the Japanese singer songwriter Eiko Ishibashi, and the first vinyl release of any kind for this already-accomplished performer. And what a release. ‘Imitation Of Life’ isn’t just another pop record from another part of the world - it’s got a sci-fi theme and is produced by none other than Jim O’Rourke. Eiko Ishibashi is a singer-songwriter, producer and session musician, focused on piano, but adept on drums, flute and vibraphone as… Read more
**140g vinyl recut by Noel Summerville from original DAT master. Includes sticker postcard with die cut windows** 'In A Beautiful Place In The Country' is arguably one of the most beautiful records in BoC's catalogue. As part of the holy hexagon with 'Hi Scores', the 'Aquarius' 7" and their 'Music Has The Right..." and 'Geogaddi' LP's, it's rightly gained something of a(n) (oc)cult status as a time portal to better, bucolic times... Essential pick.
**180g vinyl reissue of a spiky NDW gem originally released on Sky Records in '82** "It stands to reason that any musical journey undertaken by a sceptic like Asmus Tietchens is destined to head into the night (In die Nacht) rather than into the day. In die Nacht, the third album in the so-called time signal (Zeitzeichen) phase continuing in the same vein as Biotop and Spät-Europa, whilst laying down its own stylistic markers, no doubt attributable to the sizeable challenges facing the composer. Time, or the lack thereof, was the most pressing concern. With only a few weeks available in … Read more
**Clear vinyl** Instra:mental's Kid Drama aka Jon Convex returns to that Autonomic D&B sound on four tunes for dBridge's Exit, including a killer hook-up with Om Unit. A-side, his solo flight remind us just how good Instra:mental were, especially in the midnight Vangelis synth panorama and jittery step of 'In Mind' and the Timba-tech R&B/D&B R&D of 'What Do You See'. B-side the shadowy Hands Liek Crime appears on the skulking stepper, 'Retract', and 'Grind' features Om Unit teaming up on a tense, slick slow/fast essential.
*12-Track / 3LP Version* Slick 12-track follow-up to Jerome Derradji's acclaimed Detroit Beat Down round-up. Seven years on and the sound is strong as ever, now repped by an expanded roster of 313 heads who've been doing-the-do just as long, ranging from Terrence Dixon and Mike "Agent X" Clark to Frankie Junaj aka DJ 3000 beside newer cats such as Gabbamonkey and Alex Israel. It's all killer no filler over both discs, taking in a two-part deep techno ace by Terrence Dixon ('The Fall Guy'), brilliant electro-pop-like instrumental from Reggie Dokes ('Cyber Love'), Matrix… Read more
'Litia' is another remarkable treasure from Asmus Tietchens' innovative and prolific early period circa 1982 which also saw his music released on the UK's influential YHR Tapes. During this period the Hamburg-based legend isolated a particular, peculiar brand of abstract dance music driven by spiky, pointillist drum programming and rife with weirdo synth melodies as funky as they are outright odd - a unique highpoint of wave era meshing NDW, EBM and kosmic elektroniks. There are some total bullets inside, none more so than the dark, swaggering, psychedelic Hamburg funk of 'Zeebrügge' the stormi… Read more
*Limited Edition White Vinyl - Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Instrumental version of Trentemoller's recent 'Lost' album.
Guido's sophomore follow-up to his acclaimed Punch Drunk LP is an assuredly mature and measured affair refining his feel for fluoro funk. Eleven tracks juice the tastiest traces of sino-grime, purple funk, jazz-trance (yesss), R&B and off-world folk with an inquisitive, considered approach that's deeply involving for the listener. Highlights have to be the cheeky juxtaposition of oriental hooks, scat and spurting grime on 'Heartful Dodger', the spaced-out keys and twinkle-toed bounce of 'Jupiter' or the militant pomp of 'NRG' for starters…
Bristol bassbin souljahs yung and old meet inna future dub clash. Sherwood & Pinch's follow-up to 'Bring Me Weed' heads to battle in three versions, a gritty steppers original weighed with dread subbass descent; a noisy Dubplate Pressure mix screwed with mad FX; a wilder extended mix.
Luke Younger (Helm) picks out one of his favourite Posh Isolation cassettes for special attention on Alter Records. Mastered by Stephen Bishop aka Basic House from the original 2012 tape and cut to vinyl by Rashad at D&M, the two long pieces of 'Perceptions' are now rescued from potential obscurity down the back of the industrial settee, presenting a mutant, malign rhythmic noise symptomatic of the nihilistic Copenhagen scene centred around the likes of Damien Dubrovnik and Iceage. The first side sounds like we're lodged in a wind-tunnel, flayed by icy air as some massive foundry cranks into lif… Read more
**180g vinyl. Edition of 1000 copies** The incredible Analog Africa series presents a stunning reissue of the 1st LP to be recorded and pressed on Angolan soil. Originally issued in 1973, it compiles twelve tracks by Urbano de castro, Os Kiezos and Jovens do Prenda, the best-selling artists at that particular time, who each contributed four songs to what is now known as a holy grail of Angolan popular urban music. It's infectiously effective dance music, taking in uptempo, polyrhythmic Merengue and Rumba scorchers and end-of-night shufflers guaranteed to please the DJs and dancers.
**Sealed jacket includes 2x12" and A4 insert** A few years on from his Punch Drunk 12", Andy Mac rolls onto Idle Hands with a fine set of five brittle, swinging, sub-heavy house tracks. It's a sound very close to Hessle's current take on pointillist minimalism - a la Pearson Sound, Joe, Pev & Kowton - optimising the juice from each uniquely syncopated groove. On plate one he uses a paucity of claps, spherical subs and breezy chords to sweet effect in 'Cities & Desires' and nails down a dry, tracky Chicago sound with 'Heart & Lungs (bfbfb f h h h h)' next to the snappy, serpentine wri… Read more
**Orange wax** Ghost Mutt melds B-More, Trap, Footwork and zig-zagging electronic hyperfunk on the 'Rumble Pak' EP. 'Rumble Pak' slams down tightly wound American club Breaks with ecstatic hardcore yelps and airborne strings; 'Queens Road Masonic Lodge' is a strange development of Trap-style 16th note snare rolls and Giallo-esque string arpeggios amped for 2013. Flipside, '3310' gives a strong nod to the LuckyMe and Rustie/Hud Mo sounds with flashest stabs and wild, cut-up riddim, whereas 'Dintuno?' tilts hi-pitch vocals and rapid-fire footwork drums for the gangsta rollers.
Glawegian rave enablers Rudadub crack off a cheeky six-pack of analogue goodness from a gang of Scandinavian rebels. Following a first instalment of ragged jack from Anthony Naples for their irregular imprint, these tractor-loving jack-o-nauts kick out the quirkiest, jauntiest jams riding roughshod with chugging roland grooves and skewed synth juice. Best consumed with a bottle of buckie and a plate of meatballs.
Raw old skool-style house jams from the Dutch don. 'Some House' works infectious vocal stabs and kinky, swinging claps, and 'Wurk It' doffs a cap to vintage Poindexter with insistent jakk beat and hypnotic acid lines.
'Spät-Europa' (1982) is a crucial part of Asmus Tietchens' early '80s catalogue, now mercifully reissued by Bureau B. His work can be roughly described as avant-garde synth-pop, or "pseudo pop" in much the same manner you could call Conrad Schnitzler's music of the same era "pop". 'Spät-Europa' was originally released by the legendary Sky Records and conveys a melancholic, alien mood across twenty succinct vignettes oscillating with wild vision between hi-velocity rhythms, charmingly daft, tongue-in-cheek NDW melodies and darkside coldwave aces all falling under the 3 minute barrier - hence the "pop" tag we guess. RIYL Conrad Schnitzler, Felix Kubin, MFH.
**Hand-stamped white label** Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare) and Legowelt take Cosmin TRG to the darkside. Legowelt churns the breakbeat, flute and synth of 'Terminus Abrupt' into a hardcore-techno ace harking back to vintage Radiocative Lamb and early Warp numbers; Miles gives a 'Noise Code' a beastly overhaul powered by swanging bass and brain-burrowing synth grind for the fearless ravers.
"The Just Reproach documents the second concert given by John Tilbury and Oren Ambarchi as a duo. When they first performed together in Reykjavik, Iceland in March 2012, the aptness of the pairing was evident. When they reprised the duo at London’s Cafe OTO in September the same year in the concert presented here, the city was in the midst of a heatwave. With the air-conditioning turned off to accommodate the low volume of the performance, the uncomfortable squirming of the audience members in their sweaty chairs becomes, alongside the occasional dropped glass and cough, … Read more
Tohuwabohu is the joint project of Chronomad's Saam Schlamminger and Burnt Friedman, a cultural exchange of percussive patterns and uniquely accented instrumental tunings. Their dialogue is deft, effortlessly fluid, resulting in four pieces of constantly morphing drum details synched in swirling momentum produced with deep, spatialised dubbing to psychedelic effect.
**140g vinyl pressed from original metalwork. Includes Trans Canada sticker and download code** On their 2006 follow-up to 'Geogaddi', Boards Of Canada indulged their tastes for a folk-rock and shoegaze sound that had long lain latent, shimmering around their hip hop beats. We're not so keen on the opener 'Dayvan Cowboy', but there's some archetypal BoC gear to be heard on the lovely 'Left Side Drive' and the rolling blend of rolling breaks and library synth shivers in 'Sklyliner', besides the two gorgeous interludes, 'Heard From Telegraph Lines' and 'Under The Coke Sign'.
**140g Vinyl Pressed from original metalwork. Includes green and yellow tDR designed sticker** One of the most feted, mystical of all BoC releases, 'Twoism' receives a timely repress from Warp. Since release in 1995 it's been recognised as possibly the most crucial and sought-after release from Scottish brothers Eoin and Marcus Sanderson. It turned the heads of Autechre and Skam at the time, who would release BoC's follow-up 'Hi Scores' in 1996, and established a smudged, haunting aesthetic and template which has been co-opted yet never bettered in its time. From the tear-jerking keys… Read more
James T Cotton loads up two kinky old skool-style house bombs for Ghostly, backed with a darker DJ Qu remix. 'Valley Road (We Are 1)' harks back to that fertile, influential early '90s era when labels like Nu Groove and KMS were meshing techno, house and breakbeats with a sense of utopian dancefloor abandon. 'Alpha Helix' is craftier, nodding to the hi-tech funk blueprints of Manchester and Detroit's Derrick May and A Guy Called Gerald with intricate synth and drum programming. DJ Qu brings the single up to date with a darker, streamlined techno take on 'Valley Road (We Are 1)'.
Massive true-skool dubstep weapons from Anti-Social Ents' Quest. 'Visitors' weighs in up top with hydraulic 4/4 sub punch and bristling counter rhythms designed to hypnotise and pummel the dance into submission; down under, 'Dubfoot' is a little more subtle, doing the one foot skank on the kind of invisible subs that mek your eyes quiver while intricate polyrhythms and escalating synthline ratchet the slow-cooked intensity to a sublime climax.
Chi legend DJ Slugo reps the original Juke sound for Thug Records. Four cuts for the lewd and discerning DJs ranging from the technoid pump of ;Work That Hoe' to the call-and-response verses of Edgar "Big Gemini" Porter and K Scrilla on 'Watch Me Juke' and a pair of proper slammers on the flip, 'All Purpose Pussy' and the freaky 'Booty Clap'.
The Well-Rounded pals gets down with four edits of deep house and New Jack classics. Up top Klic comes with an Akufen-esque rework of 'Wanna Be Your' beside 2nd Sun's slinky New Jack wiggler, 'Falling'. Flipside, East Court and Donga turn out a killer breakbeat garage take on a '90s classic with 'As She Stands There', and Groucho Marx flips Jill Scott on a tidy, tucked broken beat tip.
Thursday, 07 November
**Initial copies on Red vinyl - mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy** The L.I.E.S. captain debuts under his own name with this grotty grip of hardware House and industrial techno tape deviations for Hospital Productions. "The music on this record is about immediacy, pressure, monotony and stress. A great deal of the feelings conveyed come from the fear and repulsion of basic human interaction… like if someone sitting behind you on the plane sneezes on you or being forced to shake the clammy hand of a stranger and the intimate paranoias of the mind and dealing with it or not. Not… Read more
**Double gatefold jacket. Mixed by Randall Dunn. Vinyl mastered and cut by Rashad at D&M. Pressed at Pallas** Pan Sonic space explorer Mika Vainio and Sunn 0))) strongarm Stephen O'Malley rock our world to the foundations with this anticipated union of electronics and guitars plus vocals by Alan Dubin (Khanate) and string arrangements from Eyvind Kang. In gestation for some years now, the results are little short of a modern doom masterpiece; a bracing exposition of cold, condensed, rage and stoic passion delivered like a hammer-blow to the head, billowing metal… Read more