Thursday, 23 April
*2LP housed in heavyweight debossed and letter-pressed gatefold - Includes a copy of the album on CD free inside* The archduke of electro-pop, Depeche Mode's Martin Gore, presses a heavy 2nd solo album statement with the all-instrumental 'MG' for Mute. With nearly a lifetime's experience of shaping modern electronic pop to his credit, Gore boldly pushes at new doors of sonic perception with this follow-up to 'Counterfeit²' (2003). Eschewing vocals in favour of purely synthesised instrumental expression, he lets his machines do the talking in a 16 song suite that feels timeless yet remarkably fresh… Read more
**Gatefold jacket with new anaglyph 3D sleeve design by Stephen O'Malley** Michel Redolfi's pioneering, underwater expositions are next up for reissue in the illuminating Recollection GRM series. Both pieces in 'Pacific Tubular Waves / Immersion' were inspired by the Californian Pacific seaboard and created using the first Synclavier digital synthesiser back in 1979-1980. While based in San Diego at the end of the '70s, Redolfi began to investigate oceanic dynamics. 'Pacific Tubular Waves' (1979) can be considered a sort of surface study on the kinetics of the Pacific … Read more
Deeply unsettling electro-acoustic alchemy from Rehberg, Nemec and Schachinger in their 2nd side for Blackest Ever Black: 'Crack'. Panning the palette of their previous LP, 'Licht', for traces of precious and heavier metals, they transcend the primordial murk to glimpse more disturbed zones of dull ferrous gloom pierced with reactive electronic tones and unpredictably undermined by Christina Nemec's O'Malley-esque bass guitar sinkholes. 'Spalt' opens with something approaching a protean form of kosmiche from a parallel galaxy, convulsing radioactive materials that fuse and transmute in mid-air bet… Read more
Semtek provides a pair of ruggedest, weirdest house rollers on Niche N Bump's annual outing. The Don't Be Afraid label boss swaggers up with sullen subs and glass-rubbing synth tones in the crooked 'Bad Teeth' landing somewhere between Beneath's dread rollers and the bashment budge of Swing Ting's Samrai, both previous contributors to the tightly defined label. However, 'John Of Worcester' is a much stranger number, bringing forward those piercing synths over melting subs and slo-mo junglist tics to sound something like the mutant 'ardcore offspring of Arpanet. TIPPED!
**Hand-stamped centre labels and screen-printed jacket** Superb rear-guard techno David Coccagna a.k.a. Chaperone for Philly's Great Circles. Teamed with a trio of ace remixes from Thug Entrancer,Hero/Victom and Westov Temple, the original 'Pond' tracks take in screwed, druggy boogie à la Actress' Thrillers with 'Get Ghost' beside a spectral morph of EBM and gloomy Detroit with 'Cough Into Auditorium Can't Tell Me To Nod Now', or a slopped and noisy take on Omar-S' little known trick, 'Jit' in 'All Your Emergencies'. Remixing, Westov Temple turns in a dreamy Suspended Mix of 'Get Ghost', complemented… Read more
**Housed in die-cut jacket** "From director Ana Lily Amirpour and Executive Producer Elijah Wood, "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" is a Western vampire noir set in a small Iranian town that has an effortlessly cool soundtrack featuring music from artists such as Kiosk, Radio Tehran, and Federale. With no solo composer providing a score, the sound of the film has instead been curated by Amirpour with a variety of tracks selected to supply a unique atmosphere, recalling less traditional vampire films such as "Near Dark" and "Only Lovers Left Alive". Despite not being scored,… Read more
The cherry-picking Astral Black label deals a cracking sophomore side by in-demand beat-breaker, Jaisu. Since 'A Short Album' (2013), the Edinburgh-based MPC fiend has cemented his rising resumé with production credits for Big Twins (Mobb Deep) & L.A.'s LMNO, plus work with The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (Maybach Music/Drake/ Lil' Wayne) alongside his bangers for Danny Brown, Tony Yayo and Maxsta. With 'A Long Player' he offers a far more refined beat suite, crimped with a distinctive MPC nudge and thwack and vibed out with synth-y atmospheres verging on West Coast shroomy. Baddest instrumental hip h… Read more
**In which the legendary Can drummer and multi-percussionist Holger Mertin converge a lushly kinetic, outernational meld of complex rhythms and percussive melody** "Like a zen master of the minimal, repetitive beat, Liebezeit -- famous for his hypnotic precision -- creates with only few sound colors the perfect matrix for Mertin's unleashed playing on any imaginable percussion instrument. The result is a mighty, complex pulse -- the groove of a better world. On the basis of that musical matrix, sound magician Joseph Suchy has produced a jaw-dropping album that defies any categorization. Even … Read more
*Packaged in a foil bag, including the three ALSO 12" EPs packaged together as one full-length release.*
**180g wax** Sparkling, ruddy Swiss house from Jack Pattern, lapped by a beach-ready Ruf Dug remix. Jack's originals are charming summer dance joints deftly shimmying from the bubbling cosmic vibes of 'Blackout' thru to acidic Kwaito-like styles in 'Baqua', replete with dope vocal and some wobbly Moog lines, and head up into the tropical lilt of of 'Behau Original' and a slow mo swagger called 'Bango' coolly reminding of Lena Platonos' 'Shadows of Blood' groove.
A classic Italo 7" from 1985 remastered and re-cut for 12" in 2015. At 30 years old, Alex Valentini's sentiment and groove still ring true with timelessly effective synth arpeggios and fruity flashstabs of the Radio and killller instrumental Disco versions bolstered by Italoconnection's dreamier re-edit and the pointed funk of Flemming Dalum's 2015 take. As far as Italian disco cheese goes, the creamier the better…
Deep and frothy garage house swingers from Baja, California, via Faces Records. Vibes are nice from start to finish, rolling thru the plush but refined swing of 'Reciprocal' and the skippier 'Round Streets' up top, and over to a piano-heavy remix by S3A, and the sub-sunken beatdown bob of 'Real All Night'.
**Gatefold jacket includes CD** "Colours Of The Night, Peter Broderick’s first full-length for Bella Union in three years, had a rather odd conception to say the least. The American born multi-instrumentalist and songwriter went along for the ride when invited for a so-called “recording residency” in the small town of Lucerne, Switzerland. “I arrived with a pile of songs and just sort of watched as they got carried through the filter of this group of musicians who were coming from an entirely different place,” says Broderick. “It was exciting to let go a little bit, to sim… Read more
Intoxicatingly deep and dusty dub house from a new name on Steve Summers Confused House. Arriving in the wake of that superb Activated 12" by Max Dunbar and Summers, this session works at a gently laidback throb venting thick clouds of keening, fizzy harmonics and half-heard melodies à la NWAQ's 154 in A-side, 'Newmanos', followed thru into the slightly less obfuscated yet even fizzier ferric dub fug of 'Paraesthesia' on the B-side. RIYL the M-Series, Mike Huckaby, Terekke.
**Presented on high-quality 180gram heavyweight blue vinyl. Limited edition**"Medical Records returns to France (by way of Berlin) to present the first full length vinyl LP by contemporary artist Peine Perdue. Peine Perdue was born in 2010 from the meeting of Berlin-based artist and musician Stephane Argillet and Coco Gallo. Peine Perdue finds its inspiration in a certain geometry, poetry and clearness in music and art such displayed by the cold abstractions of XVIIIth century harpsichordists (Couperin, Pancrace Royer etc) to the graceful minimalism of Erik Satie, the sugar uncluttered pop… Read more
*Double album on 180g vinyl, including the full concert and documentary on DVD, plus CD and 24 page booklet. Individually numbered copies* "In the winter of 2012/13, Motorpsycho was approached by Trondheim’s biggest cultural festival, Olavsfestdagene. The festival’s director had seen Motorpsycho & Ståle Storløkken perform their 2012 album "Motorpsycho & Ståle Storløkken present the Death Defying Unicorn" in its entirety at the National Opera House in Oslo that winter, and was wondering whether the band and Ståle would be interested in doing something on the same scale for OFD t… Read more
Reissue of a dead stylish early '90s Italian house EP. Four cuts of olive-oiled deep house swing steeped in classic early NYC and MCR styles. Original copies sell 2nd hand for at least triple the price…
**Wrong Steps makes more smooth-yet-gauzy house moves on his 2nd EP for Huntleys + Palmers.** It's a right viber, sashaying via chiming rhodes, silty electronics and padded kicks thru 'NTYS' to something approximating DJ Sprinkles on Main Street in the depths of 'ASCN'. The effortless elegance of 'RNME' hints at the European poise of the Villalobos/Loderbauer duo, and 'Grey' eases off the drums for the first half, segueing from spidery electronics and melting chords into a bluesy halfstep shuffler. Sweet.
Earliest Chicago house peach from the originator, Jesse Saunders, reissued (seemingly officially this time) by Trax for 2015. 'Funk You Up' comes from that proto-house no-mans-land of rightly be called any of the above. Whatever it is, it's a proper party cut, propelled by killer squidgy bassline and tuff, sparking drum machines with a blazing sophisticated, sung/rapped male/female vocal and orientalist synth wiggles to boot. This edition features a longer edit of the original vocal plus a cool a capella on the A-side, backed with a percolating Club Mix and cold kicking bonus beats for the deejays.
Recollection GRM offer a rare entry point to the rarified electro-acoustic worlds of composer Beatriz Ferreyra (1937, Córdoba, Argentina) with this necessary collection spanning four works realised between 1968/9 and 2011. An original pioneer of early musique concrète alongside Pierre Schaeffer during the '50s and '60s, Beatriz would come to work with instrument creators, the Baschet Brothers, and begin to to move away from the institutions in order to develop and explore an idiosyncratic, intuitive method of free electro-acoustic composition. This collection's earliest piece, 'Demeures a… Read more
'Imaginary Choreography' is a heaven-sent Italian ambient guitar and synth obscurity originally issued in 1984. Thanks to Paris' Antinote crew, it's been dug out and buffed up for reissue, sharing six patterns of deliquescent arpeggios and airborne pulses fringed with neat, floral guitar lines and punctuated by beautifully crisp drum machines like some Jan Hammer dream sequence or a feathered cousin of Franco Falsini.
**Limited 2LP & DVD, includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label** Esteemed NYC multimedia artist Delia Gonzalez presents the films and solo piano soundtrack of her most recent project, 'In Remembrance', augmented by Bryce Hackford remixes, some ten years after her landmark DFA release, 'The Days of Mars' with Gavin Russom. Inside you'll discover a DVD with her four 16mm films accompanied by a sparkling solo piano suite of cascading scales inspired a text written by Henry Miller as well as by Gurdjieff's theory that "to play scales is to become more in tune with your inner se… Read more
"On the 26th September 1975 at the National Arena, Kingston, Jamaica, King Tubby's sound system entertained the excited audience gathered there to listen to the almighty live sound of the Wailers on stage and the overpowering dub music that Tubby has made world famous. Before the concert, followers of other sound systems in Jamaica from Admiral Fate, Black Harmony, and Soul Attorney, were claiming that Tubby was no longer King. Tubbs had not been playing regularly andU. Roy, the live deejay king, had left him for Soul Att… Read more
**Remastered on 180g clear blue vinyl - top tip for fans of Bark Psychosis, Laika, early post rock/rave hybrids** Medical Records turn their attentions from the '80s to the '90s with brilliant returns in this issue of Texan group Kitty's mutant debut album. Formed in Austin, TX in 1994 around a mutual love of My Bloody Valentine and an urge to make something that sounded different to everyone else, Kitty fashioned a prescient, outstanding body of work before they disbanded by the end of the decade without a single official release to their name. However, they did garner a loyal and fervent fo… Read more
**A welcome return from Belgium's Sagat, back with his dusty, canted rhythm trips on the most excellent Vlek.** In each piece he teases our sense of rhythmic anticipation with grid-twisted grooves, from the wickedly schizoid jag of 'Melt' flipping between honking stabs and serene chords, thru the cyber-tribal 2-step zone of 'Body' to blunted Andy Stott styles with the gaseous smudge of 'Earth' punctuated by woodblock cracks, or the slow motion ambient elegance of 'organs'.
**Hand-numbered out of 250 copies** Gang of Ducks get weirder with this dispatch of Badalamenti-esque knackered techno from a black hole in Turin, Italy. The rather mysterious XIII offers a tortuous session weaving thru collapsed techno structures and darkside synth zones to numbed EBM trance and '90s ambient indictators across 'No (The Relative Effect of Explication)', before culminating in a series of collaborations with fellow ducks, Sabla, Traag and Vaghe Stelle. The A-side is really special, tripping lines between the kind of Italian industrial ambient feel heavily re… Read more
**Limited to 500. Includes download card with two bonus tracks, and two remixes from Murlo & Cliques** 'Paint En pointe' collects 8 pieces for dance by Sydneyite Eugene Ward, who's probably best known as TTT and Opal Tapes' Dro Carey or Tuff Sherm. They were written with the choreography of Patric Kuo in mind, intended for a variety of ensemble performances from solo to groups of up to 16 dancers. Judging from what we've previously heard by Ward, this release stakes out his most experimental territory, exploring the intersections of his formal compositional practice and the requirements… Read more
William T. Burnett adopts his spirit animal guise, Black Deer, for a shamanistic return to the No 'Label'. 'Pray For Us' channels twin inspirations from deepest house, shoegazing drone electronics and Native American percussion rituals to elevate the 'floor to a higher place. The A-side is all about hypnotic, insistent momentum, manifest in the entrancing clapping rhythms and rolling bass of the title track and a gauzily radiant lather of loops yoked to peyote boogie groove in 'Leaving The Station'. B-side, the trip calms down to the mystic congos and pealing harmonic hallucinati… Read more
To-the-bone house gear from the DABJ hero, working to heavy inspiration from Ron Hardy, Gene Hunt, Roy Davis Jr. Back on Houndstooth following the buckshot of late 2014's 'Fifty Fathoms Deep', the Berlin-based producer does druggy ghetto vibes in the warm 'n gritty percolations of 'Raw Materials' on the A-side, before the sozzled swang of ''Ave That' cuts loose on the flipside along with the freeky early Dance Mania jabs of 'Jerk U Later'.
Bambooman teams up with UK hip hop MC Jehst for Sonic Router. The instantly recognisable drawl of Jehst is smeared to a woozy, skunked-out bass and smoky chords in the A-side's 'Rusted' - quite funny how the production feels up-to-date whereas the vocal sounds totally stuck int he '90s (really, MC's still sound like this?!) - whilst the B-side's 'Thickets' drops a dollop of grimy pastoral futurism.