Thursday, 31 July
*Vinyl edition of this excellent No Corner tape which was also included as part of the 'From The Reels' set.* No Corner continues to quietly carve a reputation as one of the UK's finest yung labels with this exceptional debut album/mixtape by Bristol's Lily. Melting and kneading classic house and slow techno tropes in a warm, fuzzy chrome bath with salty dub FX, 'Modern Malaise' masterfully channels the sort of forlorn techno feelings of Chasing Voices' 12"s with a muggier, off-kilter UK dub sensibility and sense of youthful anxiety/melancholy possibly stemming from data overload and plugged-up … Read more
**White wax with individually-numbered, debossed insert. Edition of 400** London's Fuzz Club pull up an archival zinger from Suicide's Alan Vega, backed with a motorised garage beast from The Vacant Lots. Recorded 1996, remixed 2014 at 6/8 Recording Studios, NYC, Alan Vega's 'Nike Soldier' stomps all over the A-side, urged by a his diffused vocals over writhing synthlines and body-rolling drums to a screeching metallic peak produced by Liz Lamere and Perkin Barnes. The Vacant Lots charge up a battery of bass and toms seared with fuzz guitar slashes on the alternative mix of 'Mad Mary Jones'.
Ghosts On Tape shakes out a pair of sturdy house rollers backed with a kicking Innerspace Halflife remix. The San Fran producer builds a stealthy groove from scissoring layers of percussion synched to percolating chords, modulating between slinky shimmy and big room drive on 'Only Now', and riding powerful kicks with kinky shuffle in the heads-down moodiness of 'Snake Box'. The Innerspace Halflife remix condenses 'Only You' to a walloping kicks and soaring pads twisted with Chicago funk.
Tuff City Kids, Phillip Lauer and Gerd Janson get loose and ravey with Sparky's Glasgow anthem, 'Portland'. In early '90s brekabeat house mode their Looney Mix pivots off piano stabs, tight breaks and swinging New York house drums, whilst the TB Mix brings the breaks, acid spurts and dreamy chord progressions forward to weightless effect.
Mathew Jonson and The Mole, Peter Van Hoesen, and Blue Hour remix tracks from Tobias.' 'A Series Of Shocks' LP for Ostgut Ton. Canadaians at the controls, Jonson and The Mole give a masterclass in the art of subtle, swinging build with trimmed electro drums and pendulous, scissoring synthlines guaranteed to trap bvodies ont he floor, whereas PvH takes a more atmospheric route with his acidic rework of 'Cursor Item Only' and Blue Hour burns up 'He Said' as an alarming techno romp.
Power Vacuum on pounders patrol with joeFarr in the wake of his 'Vectors' appearance. Clattering, noisy, and headstrong, the 'Sentry' EP scouts five belligerent techno weapons bowling between the gutter welt of 'On Your Life' to the broken roll of the title track and the bone-head bounce of 'What Time Is Now'.
"Head Boggle returns with what is perhaps his most refined and focused work to date. "Serge Modular In Hi-Fi" was recorded in early 2012 at the S.F. City College Electronic Music Lab utilizing a vintage pre-STS Serge Modular Synth system and was conceived as a pseudo aural "cubist" sound piece with an intention to achieve pseudo 3D "cubed" sound through discrete recording and mixing techniques. The only effects utilized were four or more analog delays being played real-time a la dub/reggae mixing techniques. The final selections were then sent to Kramer at Noise Miami for hi-fi co… Read more
**Vinyl-only edition of 500 with download code** "Pop music rarely comes as honest and heartfelt as when delivered by Molly Nilsson. Having traveled around the world singing to the romantic and the doomed, Nilsson found herself in the late Summer of 2014 in Buenos Aires. Inspired by the crumbling landscape and the heavy hearts that populate it, Sólo Paraíso is not only an ode to a specific time and space but a musical novella that meditates on youth, idealism and belonging. The soundtrack to a summer you thought you had when looking over bleached out old photo albums. … Read more
Only One pull up a hidden Stasis gem from 1999, backed with squashed remix from Unbroken Dub. The original 'Space 1993' is a masterclass in UK techno romance, mixing belly-fluttering synth arrangements with the kind of nimble drum programming that could give Derrick May a run for his $. Remixing, Unbroken Dub sensibly doesn't try to match the original but reduces it to sodden, buzzing techno wormhole.
LA-style summer jams from Delroy Edwards and Benedek, aka Rx for y'all. Under a patina of ferric smog and medicinal weed smoke they spread the funk thick 'n greazy on both sides, slyding up close with oily bassline and melting chords in 'Strung Out' for that eyes-shut-and-shuffling appeal, whilst flipside picks up the swaying shimmer of Linn-like drums and mystic pipes in 'Prescriptions'. Timeless PPU quality.
**Gatefold sleeve, comes with digital download code redeemable from the label** "The amazing Tom Ze, or as he wrote to us when we were working on this album, “Should I change my name? It could be Ze Tom Ze? Or Tom Tom Ze?” This was his first newly recorded album after being ‘rediscovered’ and it’s as surprising and special as one would expect from this iconoclast. “Inspired by hard-lit and science fiction, Ze’s tick-tocking sambas and comforting cancaos range from the painfully touching to the instructably conceptual.”
*Glow in the dark white on white sleeve* Julio Bashmore and Hyetal go mano e mano for the disco on their 3rd Velour 12". It's on Bashmore's Broadwalk label too so you know they mean business. Up top they've got the big rooms locked off, lacing a proper diva holler thru some kinda industrial-disco-tech groove nodding to MMM and Soundhack in finest fashion; down town 'Plato's Retreat' amps the industrial potential for booming basements with razor cut industrial funk drums and body-warping acid undertow. It's a biggun.
**Edition of 200** Epic, lustrous synth-pop from Ireland's Kubo duo (definitely no relation to SuBo) for Peripheral Minimal. Paying homage to "Cubo Futurism, the early 20th Century Russian art movement which concerned itself with contemporary concepts of the future and the technological triumph of humanity over nature" they uphold the values of original synth-wavers such as Depeche Mode, OMD or Japan with two polaroid-perfect pop shots in the slow, streaking synths and aching sincerity of A-side 'This Desolation', and the smoke-fileld 'floor stalker, 'Das Klub'. Tipped!
Classic 1988 Detroit tackle from big Kevin Saunderson aka Reese and Santonio. Includes the warehouse-taking early techno of 'Truth Of Self Evidence', and the banging acid of Reese's 'Grab The Beat' plus Santonio's Yello-sampling 'Structure'.
Bobby Champs, West Norwood Cassette Library, Kevin McPhee and J. Tijn as remixed by J. Tijn, Knowing Looks, Kamikaze Space Programme, and WNCL. J. Tijn turns Champs' 'Krenshaw' into a bruising/bruised techno tool and Knowing Looks sparks WBCL's 'Drop' as a breakbeat 'ardcore ruction. Kamikaze Spacxe Programme runs roughshod over Mcphee's 'In Circles' for a rugged drum tool, and WNCL cools off on a remix of J. Tijn's 'Flat'.
Thursday, 24 July
*Craig Leon-approved reissue of his two solo albums Nommos and Visiting as a 2LP set in gorgeous packaging with two essays by Leon and a download coupon* Issued respectively by John Fahey's Takoma label in 1980 and Leon's Arbitor private press in 1982, Nommos and Visiting were the twin brainchildren of studio wizard Craig Leon. Leon's production was pivotal in realising the debut recordings by Ramones, Blondie, Richard Hell and Suicide. While those albums broke ground in new worlds of sound, Leon's own debut album was arguably, if not literally… Read more
**One-sided pressing cut at half-speed by Matt at Alchemy for maxxximum presha!** Killing Sound version '$ixxxx Harmonie$' with serious tech-step jungle swerve for BEB. Separated from the 'Killing Sound' double-pack, the near-ambient original is extended and reinforced with dreadnaught jungle rhythms and possessed warehouse vibes for a properly altered, shark-eyed swerve. We'll be damned if it ain't the deadliest thing we've heard from either Vessel or El Kid, the Bristolians behind Killing Sound, and surely marks a massive highlight of BEB's darkside operations. Miss this at your peril.
**Super slick, synth-heavy and seductive soul-funk from Nigeria 1978. 180g vinyl reissue housed in tip on-style jacket with download code. Edition of 1000** "Originally recorded for the EMI Nigeria label and produced by legendary producer Odion Iruoje 'Keyboard' was a one-off studio project formed by Brodricks Majuwa and Isaac Digha from circa 1978. These two session men were often used at the EMI studio and played in multiple recordings that Iruoje produced throughout the era. This extremely scarce and obscure record features amongst others Ignace de Souza of the Black Santiagos from the city o… Read more
*Remastered Edition - first vinyl pressing in years* What do you mean you've never heard of White Noise? White Noise is the musical lovechild of producer David Vorhaus and electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire. There's little to connect this to her more well-known work as part of the Radiophonic Workshop - White Noise is at its core a psychedelic record, albeit with some incredible electronic production. The Silver Apples or the United States of America (considered by some to be White Noise's US equivalent) would be good reference points, but what Wh… Read more
Jay Daniel, Seven davis Jr and Ph0t0machine put a new spin on Four Tet's 'Beautiful Rewind' album tracks. Detroit's yung wunderkind, Jay Daniel rides roughshod drum machine rhythms, dissolving keys and field recordings of birdsong over a sublime rework of 'Aerial'; Seven Davis Jr nimbly tweaks Buchla' into a skipping, floating garage-house groove, and Ph0t0machine gives 'Crush' a mercurial electro-techno momentum.
Slinky, deeper house from Dona backed with Patrice Scott and Vakula remixes. The originals are comparable with Cassy's stripped down electroid swing, Scott gives a ruggedly aquatic remix, and Vakula runs with a raw acid dub sound.
Magical make-over of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's 'Don't Make Me Over', as made famous by Dionne Warwick, now transported somewhere to avant-pop LA.
Stump Valley puts a big, slompy donk on it for Rush Hour, backed with two side-winding slow disco percolators. Following up his ace debut for Off Minor Recordings, he runs the chugging mid-tempo bounce of 'The Visitors' with mad phasing breakdown, powerful bass and tweakin' disco arpeggios on the front, whilst flipside yields the dubbed sway and tricksy percussive patterns of 'Galaxy999' and a reshuffled Drum Rave Mix by Mtrpls on the flip. Stick this in your party and watch 'em smoke it.
DJ Q and DJ Haus pipe up with a 2nd set of 'floor burnin' garage-house swingers. On top deck they whisk up the champagne bubble and pan pipes of 'Str8 Jugglin' and the ruder rudder of 'Eros Dance'. Below deck they shake out the kinky swing of 'All Nite' and a DJ Q remix fired up with 'ardcore breaks and a West Yorkshire rudeboy stance.
Wayward, tripping acid techno trax from Sweden's Daniel Andréasson - new on Skudge. All about the strange, skippy but sludgy groove of 'Ble3' on top, but there's also some canny moves in the slower, gear-grinding 'Ditehr24' and two Frak style jams on the flip.
Reissue of a highly sought-after ghetto house banger from Chicago '93. Same track on both sides.
Snotty swansong from the hard-living punk, Sewn Leather, for Milan's excellent Hundebiss label. 'Freak On Hashish / Longboarding Is A Crime' commendably lives up to at least half its title (we're not what he's got against longboarding, but we're not arsed either way really) with nine blown out, sludgy misshapes that sound too wrecked to get up but still generate enough wretched energy to put off casual listeners and entice the hardcore. It starts up with the bombed-out hip hop bounce of 'Real Recognise Fake' and culminates in a 19 and half minute slayer packing proper punk techno and hip hop nastiness. See ya SewnLeather!
Originally scheduled for release on Halloween 1985 this privately pressed all female post-punk / broken-folk collective concept album was resurrected from the ashes of the original line-up of The Fall and Velvet Underground singer Nico’s Blue Orchids backing band at the command of pioneering Manchester female punk icon Una Baines before disappearing into the annals of UK punk purgatory. Comprising all the DIY traits and snarling attitudes of Manchester’s smartarsed punk retaliation, with haunting mechanical folk, pastoral drones and a back story that unites sleeve artist Linder Sterling (Ludus), Spi… Read more
Aïsha Devi's Danse Noire label really comes into its own with these wild gabber and throat music incursions backed by equally freaked Hieroglyphic Being and IVVVO remixes. Her 'Hakkan Dub' takes the form of dub-spattered drums and blitzkreig kicks haunted by harpy vocals, whereas 'Throat Dub' hollows-out and manipulates the ever-effective sound of Mongolian (?) throat singers for nine minutes of arresting drones. Flipside IVVVO ices 'Hakkan Dub' to a cavernous EBM thump sounding like some lost cut from the Caustic Window sessions, and Jamal Moss gives 'Throat Dub' a squashed, Afro-centric re-wriggle.
"A classic from the annals of The Red Krayola, available on vinyl for the first time in many years. The 90s edition of The Red Krayola roared out loud with ‘Hazel’. This album was received rapturously by post-rockers everywhere, and featured Mayo Thompson riding herd over a cast of dozens, including the then Gastr del Sol union of David Grubbs and Jim O’Rourke, along with John McEntire, Tom Watson, Stephen Prina and George Hurley, among many distinguished others."