Thursday, 12 February
Proper freaky dance music from Physical Therapy for the UTTU cause. Booty, house and techno are taken for a joyride in four parts, going on strong with the hardstyled jit pressure of 'C'mere' and the raw, electroid misshape, 'The Black Night Is Calling My Name', while 'The Waiting Room In DJ Hell' offers a salty rub of melting tropical signatures and soggy house next to a blown-out low-rider named 'Giving Me Life'. Indeeed.
New on Idle Hands - Four tracks of slinky mnml tech-house with a latinate accent by Spanish producer, I.A. Bericochea.
*Edition of 500 copies* "‘Wearing Leather, Wearing Fur’ is the first fully collaborative recording by Juan Wauters And Carmelle, following their duets on Juan Wauters’ ‘N.A.P. North American Poetry’. This continuous, thirteen minute composition presents a concise suite of song, poetry and instrumental passages that Juan and Carmelle developed through live performances since 2012. In ‘Wearing Leather, Wearing Fur’, Juan and Carmelle share the lead, navigating the listener through stages of varying emotional intensity as they sing themes of external identity and personal freedom."
"One of the Redman's earliest works is this song called 'When I Release' by Puddy Roots, who was a very active artist during the 80's. King Tubby was part of the production and you can really hear it when the tune's heaviness gets melted with Puddy's impressive singing style."
Class techno session from the master. 'When The Music…' follows Brinkmann's Guy Martin-dedicated EP with four sleek bits of dancefloor momentum ranging from the full flight of 'Odecca' to cruising house in '8 Ba' and the oil-spattered razz of 'Moto', taking a slower off-road vibe with 'Step a Nova'.
Taut, frisky acid house from Belgian bloke Sammy Goossens aka Sierra Sam and new player, Pascal Hetzel. Sturdy grooves with a good bit of kink, playing out the electroid disco-techniques of 'Antennae' on one side, backed with a proper Belgian acid banger in 'Wild Things' and the Detroit-infected 'Friction 2015'.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "Since 2000, founder Sam Hillmer has remained Z's purveying constant, and with the addition of loose-limbed, meditative percussionist Greg Fox (Liturgy, Guardian Alien, Man Forever), and virtuosic avant-classical guitarist and composer Patrick Higgins, the band has found its epochal lineup. The trio's vision is crystallized on Xe, Zs' first full-length featuring the new trio, and first proper since 2010's critically acclaimed New Slaves. Hillmer, Fox and Higgins-three supremely heavy sages who exchange their pulsating phraseology with a mind-blowin… Read more
"Redman has versioned one of the most popular dancehall rhythm of the 80's, the 'Stalag', to create another unique sound. This track allowed Wayne Palmer to pass to the listeners his tender lyricism with his melancholic melodies. "
Thursday, 05 February
**Limited first edition of 1200. Includes download code** Root Strata founder, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma scales supernal heights of dream-pop and shoegazing noise bliss with 'A Year With 13 Moons' for Mexican Summer. We'll get it out right now - this is easily Jefre's magnum opus; a consolidation of all that we already loved about the incendiary romance of his work, boosted by a renewed sense of wonder and a catalytic clash of pop pangs fighting against avant garde instincts. Under a title inspired by a Fassbinder film, 'A Year With 13 Moons' is the result of a residency at the He… Read more
**Mastered by Matt "The Alchemist" Colton and sleeved in Diagonal disco 'jak-it'** Japanese techno tearaway Kouhei Matsunaga aka NHK gets lively on a killer, 5-track, 26 minute debut for Diagonal. Viewing classic dance tropes askance, 'Hallucinogenic Doom Steppy Verbs' follows his trio of 'Dance Classics' volumes for PAN thanks to a keener, almost aggressive thrust/lust for the 'floor, chucking up buckled variants of tech-step, acid, and garage-techno in the process. Making up for lost time since his last releases in 2013, he warms up with a spot of fractured tech-step… Read more
*8 track Vinyl Edition, includes a copy of the CD with full tracklisting free inside* Very necessary New Beat / Acid House / early Belgian techno survey highlighting the pivotal output of Rembert De Smet aka Ro Maron. Hailed as "one of the top 5 best users of a 303 of all time" by JD Twitch (Optimo), Maron defined The Sound of Belgium circa '87-'90 with a string of then-unprecedented productions spinning elements of Chicago House, EBM and Freestyle Electro with a glammed-up Belgalo swagger and fizzy, melodic mentalism that remedied the relative cheese of prolific New Beat production te… Read more
Wicked version face-off from Jus Now and Kahn & Neek for Hotline. On top, Bristol-based "riddim obsessives" Interface and LAZAbeam aka Jus Now curry 'Backchat' with a darker bashment flavour full of glancing percussion and ragged dub stabs. Down under, Kahn gets wild with Jus Now's take on Bunji Garlin and Stylo G's 'Tun Up', girding the riddim with grimiest brass stabs and wheelin' drums.
On shocking pink wax, Brendon Moeller does his supple dub techno thing for Echocord Colour. Three cuts of stripped down and acid dappled groove, stretching out with the pendulous A-side, 'A Confederacy Of Dunces', and coming with a more rugged sorta dub-tech flex in the flipsiude's 'Stealth Mode' and the sullen rolige of 'This Train Is Bound For Glory'.
**Remastered reissue edition of 520 includes download code and liner notes by Matt Krefting plus 11" x 11" art print from Connors' Sea Storm series** At long last, Loren Connors' breathtaking suite of solo guitar 'Airs' availed on vinyl! Self-released on CDr in 1999, it's arguably one of the august American's finest releases: a series of "brief electronic guitar poems" condensing the tactile expression of his longer form explorations into heart-breakingly intimate vignettes. Humble, never showy, each stroke and lingering hesitation of the nineteen Airs - including 'The Lost Track' discovered duri… Read more
Red-eyed and battered house budge, plus a mad, Giallo-style soundtrack trip, by Brassfoot for Funkineven's Apron Records. On the follow-up for that smart split with Lord Tusk, 'Apron 15' bubbles a blend of primordial proto-house, prickling EBM and dancehall minimalism with a swerve and grit matched by, say, Kowton or Greg Beato right now. 'Quad By Quad' jabs sharp rimshots and EBM clave patterns for a night-stalking shuffle groove, and 'Serpentina's Lust' keeps it ruff as chuff with mean industrial kicks knocked off by woozier pads. Replete with its own video on Youtube, 'Dogenzaka (No Love, Nuff … Read more
**180g White Vinyl** "Medical Records presents the debut full-length release of Le Cliché, entitled ‘Consumer Behaviour’. The album consists of 11 songs influenced largely by European synth pop of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s (The Human League, John Foxx, OMD, early Depeche Mode, Japan, Gary Numan, Propaganda and Kraftwerk.). More recent influences include the first album by Miss Kittin & the Hacker, Tiga, Benny Benassi, Erlend Øye and Ladytron. The music might be best described as minimal synth, synth pop, postmodernist, cold assembly line with neo consumerist themes, based on th… Read more
Smooth, well-rounded house trax by the American duo for San Francisco's Icee Hot. The serene 'Lotus Position' eases in with buoyant kicks and floating, romantic chords, promptly freckled with rimshots and reshuffled kicks in the tensile build and reward of Ghosts On Tape's 'Natural Instinct' mix. Back to Matrixxxman and Vin Sol on the flip with their deep and wiggly play, 'Interrog8' giving way to the liquid percolations of 'What You See' for dancer and DJ.
**Medical Records on the money with this cherry-picked selection of sought-after NDW synthpop. 180g clear red vinyl** "Medical Records presents a hand-picked selection of the early recordings of Germany’s Bal Paré. The band started as Jeanette & das Land Z in 1981 with a 7“ on Konkurrenz Rec./ Phonogram which included two cover versions (“Raumpatrouille” soundtrack from a weird science fiction TV series and sixties Grand Prix Eurovision number one hit, “Poupe de cire, poupe de son“ by France Gall.). The 7” became an underground hit. Members were Kirsten Klemm (vocals), Jan T. Krahn (Synthes… Read more
More rolling techno wonk from Appleblim and Second Storey a.k.a. ALSO for R&S. EP2 features the plonging modular synth shards and milky arpeggio spumes of 'Formation' for the space 'eds, and a grittier, funked-up bit of UK Breaks revivalism in the B-side, 'Rant Check: Parts 1 & 2'.
Quite possibly one of the most patronising albums we've ever stocked! Features 16 Morricone compositions revolving the theme of 'Female'. We'll leave you to cringe at the possibly well-meaning but painfully penned promo notes: "Female: A Musical Journey into the World of Women. This project was born of a very simple idea; to create a sonic journey into the world of women. By selecting songs from film music by the great Ennio Morricone we seek to give a unusual soundtrack, not inspired by a film but instead by the muse of all muses: The Woman. Whose sounds could better describe this world of m… Read more
Ripened radiophonic techno from Nathan Fake on his 2nd Cambrian Instruments edition. After a split 12" with label co-owner, Wesley Matsell, Fake is in full solo flight, embarking with the pastoral acid positivity of 'Fortune Bru' beside the overgrown garage foliage of 'Glaive' and a salty chugger entitled 'Audio Gold' that sounds like a close cousin to Not Waving. Flipside, he freaks the box with a more lurid agenda in the cracked, twitchy techno of 'Ffantasi,' and 'Nuuk' sweeps to finish with a big hug of lop-sided techno streaked by fizzing chromatic synths. Warmest nudge to fans of Analord, Caribou, Pub, neckin' mushies in the forest.
**One-sided, lazer-etched edition of 1000 in clear poly sleeve** Beautiful cover version collaboration between Antony Hegarty and Yoko Ono. Set to piano by Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), the duo declare their love for terra firma with the sweetly sentimental 'I Love You Earth', and leave us all dewy-eyed with the blue duet, 'I'm Going Away Smiling'. Features etching by Yoko Ono on the B-side.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Tuffened techno dub and sound system concrète from On-U Sound's Adrian Sherwood and Tectonic's Pinch. Staring down the dancefloor and blackened bedrooms, 'Late Night Endless' twists the Bristol-London axis in ten variations of hybridub. Guest vocals come from Sherwood's extensive roladex of sound system warriors and singjays, with Daddy Freddy sounding ravenous in 'Bucketman' and sweetened harmonies by Bim Sherman, Bernard Fowler and Skip McDonald in 'Run Them Away', and traces of Lee Perry, Prince Far I and Congo Natty laced to the noisy tech dub tackle of 'Music Killer Dub'.
**Now available on vinyl** The great Sun Ra Arkestra, recorded live at Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf, Austria – 11th march 1984. Recording of the whole three hour performance in a deluxe 4 LP box set.
Funky new wave Italo from 1983, reissued for your health. Some smart, natty drum programming and brooding, DM-like vocals on the sparkling A-side, 'The Rule To Survive', and a mix of choppy boogie and new wave pop a la Talking Heads in the B-side, 'Night Is Made For Love'.
Narcotic tech-house depth from one of Perlon's most consistent operators. There's few surprises, but what Melchior does, he does very well with the unhurried, tactile developments of the hushed and minimal A-side, while B-side perks up with the skipping drums and woozy bass shapes buoyed by nimble vocal touches, plus a more latinate, dreamy closer cushioning sun-kissed field recording against supple, wide bass for late night/early morning/midday play.
*Limited edition bronze vinyl - includes download code redeemable from the label* Sally Shapiro's producer, Johan Agebjörn blesses Paper Bag Records with a gorgeous suite of sylvan synth themes in 'Notes'. New gear from this fella is always a pleasure, never a chore, and this one's lush as ever, linking up guest coos from Ms. Shapiro plus collaborations with similarly sensitive souls such as Lonely Dear, Young Galaxy, and Brain Machine. The dancefloor is but a distant, hazy place to these songs, far more concerned with elegant, dreamy sound design and romantic intimacy than bodies in motion. We… Read more
**Gatefold 2LP with notes by Schulze's manager, Klaus D. Mueller. Includes exclusive vinyl edition of 'Invisible Music'** 'Stars Are Burning Boot Vol.1' is the first official release of Klaus Schulze's 1977 concert in Brussels, backed with a rare 2007 recordings made in Hamburg. The Brussels concert spills three lofty movements over two discs, opening a vast microcosmos of synthesized wormholes and vaulted strings bound to sate the kosmiche wanderlust of even the hardiest heads. The fourth side is given to a 2007 studio recording, 'Invisible Musik'. … Read more
**Edition of 300 mastered and cut by Rashad at D&M** Discrepant and Yannick Dauby invite a closer listen to the soundscapes of Taiwan thru the highly-detailed electro-acoustic impressions of 'ts'it láu tsuí'. During an extended stay in Peng-Hu, an archipelago located in the Taiwan Strait, for months in early 2013, Dauby made a temporary experimental music studio where he parsed and reorganised a mass of field recordings made in and around the area. The final composition binds and glances the sounds of underwater fauna, the local harbour, music played during funerals and shortwave broadcasts to create an aural sketchbook of his stay.
I:Cube and Prins Thomas tackle Todd Terje to the disco 'floor. French beat artiste I:Cube tailors 'Leisure Suit Preben' to a top deck VIP lounge sound flush with keys and strings and DSK vibes galore; Prins Thomas buffs up and tweaks out the sparkling arpeggios and louche groove of 'Preben Goes To Acapulco' for added cocktail time.