Thursday, 20 March
Diverse shades of dub techno from Fold on his return to Electric Minds. Between the deft, pacy techno clip of 'Gully' to the rugged jabs and muscular subbass of 'Dun Kno', thru the skippier, chords-driven 'Gelatinous' and the rootsy dub techno step of 'Harlyn Dub' there's a fine and talented mind at work here.
**Limited edition of 400** The ever-intriguing Staubgold present a reissue of the this super-rare and obscure cut-up collage recorded, assembled and mixed by The New Blockaders' Richard Rupenus between 1984-1986 using tape material specifically contirbuted by a pantheon of wayward artists such as Merzbow, Nurse With Wound, Smegma, The Haters, Andrew Chalk and many more. This edition is also augmented by additional material not found on the original 1987 edition, including bookend extras recorded in 1983 and later issued on Bad Alchemy Nr. 5, and reissued in 2003 via Hy… Read more
**Limited edition marbled vinyl with hand stamped sleeve** Sterling new dub techno / D&B hybrids from a well known Berlin-based producer gone incognito. To be fair, it's not a new idea, but we've rarely heard it executed so effectively as on the 'Theme EP'. Four tracks coolly dance in the gaps between knackered house and Felix K's fleet-footed D&B reductions, ranging from droning halfstep swamp trudge to proper, shadow-boxing steppers rent with cavernous reverb and delay thru to tense yet lush, heaving slow/fast blown out with epic Basic Channel-style dub chords.
Who'da funk it, Bombay was banging out some of the maddest disco soundtracks you've never heard as far back as 1979?! This 12" supplement to Cultures of Soul's cherry-picked and ear-opening 'Bombay Disco' compilation carries two equally bonkers dancefloor bombs that they just couldn't squeeze onto the LP, with both given a full side to roll out for the Deejays. Up top, compiler Brother Cleve gives a choice edit of Asha Bosle's strutting disco dub 'Udi Baba' replete with Moog-y horror flick intro, splashing spring reverbs and mad Hindustani ragga chat. Down town legendary … Read more
Power Vacuum pack a relentless session of thuggish techno from Objekt, JoeFarr & J. Tijn, An-i, and Positive Merge. Following on from his Jon Hopkins remix, Objekt bats out the busy, gritty ragga-techno tweaks of 'Balloons', and An-i unleashes the militant pound and wormhole 'tronics of 'Convo'. On 'Mustard Sucker' J. Tijn & JoeFarr play out a burly acid techno groove, and Ukraine's Positive Merge fires the monotone, railroading 4/4 grind of 'Note'.
Thursday, 13 March
*First Pressing Sold Out - Re-press due in late April* *Debut album from Andy Stott and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker, aka Millie & Andrea* Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow labelmates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12" releases of jungle, garage and techno hybrids between 2008 and 2010. It's been four years since we last heard from them but they now return with "Drop The Vowels", their debut album. Produced fast and loose through late 2013 / early 2014, it's an album that recalls the strict and stripped funk of Anthony Shakir as mu… Read more
Another pioneer of UK Grime's recent renaissance, Wen is set to floor all-comers with this stunning debut album for Keysound. Since introducing himself on a split with Epoch and 12" for Badimup in 2012/early 2013, he's coined a striking new sound, rending classic UK dance templates with up-to-the-second sound design and uncanny feel for that late night urban atmosphere best defined by Burial. His edit of early Dizzee Rascal joint 'Strings Ho' which emerged in mid 2013 marked a turning point for this sound where the tempos became slower, the production more elastic, sculpted, and the arrangements tighter,… Read more
**Edition of 350, mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy** The third release on Sasu Ripatti's eponymous imprint is the first on the label to come from the producer under his better known Vladislav Delay moniker, a complex, high velocity missive. It proceeds his Heisenberg collaboration with Max Loderbauer - Ripatti's partner in the MvO Trio with Moritz Von Oswald - with two tangled, forward-facing riddim attacks as detailed and daring as they are unforgiving. A-side '#5' hurtles on a double-timed meter accelerating his usually sparse aesthetic into denser structures of Juking percolati… Read more
**Blue vinyl** The Gnod affiliated Druss and Public Information / Night School's Love Cult come together for this excellent collaborative LP for Trensmat. Over eight tracks, Love Cult dominate proceedings with original material and deconstructions of Druss - aka Gnod's Paddy Shine - augmented by a couple of original appearances by the man himself. The whole affair is oppressively overcast and perhaps exactly what you might expect from heads dwelling in a Russian satellite state and a former cotton mill in Salford. It's not far removed from their recent, respective outings, but is fa… Read more
**180g vinyl. Edition of 750** At long last Cut Hands spills blood from the 'Black Mamba' album onto vinyl. The CD tracklist has been split in two and supplemented with extra tracks over two vinyl volumes, each housed in cryptic Vévé artwork by Mimsy DeBois. This, 'Volume 3', features four tracks not found on the CD: 'Vaudau Take Me High' opens with a serpentine coda of percussive cadence building to a martial 4/4; the uncanny polymetric patterns and gloaming, precipitous synth drone of 'Immersion' is taken from the 'Damballah' 12" on Blackest Ever Black, as is the haunting 'Krokodilo Theme' - as… Read more
**180g vinyl. Edition of 750** Cut Hands finally 'fesses tracks from his 'Black Mamba' CD onto vinyl, augmented by crucial pieces from his singles for Blackest Ever Black and Downwards. The previously issued material includes the darting, rapid fire rhythmelodies and arcing, pollutant drones of 'Eat Them Like Bread', the gynoid motherboard vocal of 'River Mumma', and the keening 'Inchantment', alongside the poised, signature attack formation of 'Black Mamba' for Blackest Ever Black. making their vinyl debut, we find the iced overtones of 'El Palo Mayombe' charging the atmosphere alongside the drug… Read more
The vital Recollections GRM series yields some of its finest treasures yet from the Paris archive with three iconic, prototypical pieces of computer music by Jean Claude Risset. It's notable not least for the first vinyl pressing of the amazing electro-acoustic sonorities in 'Sud' (1985), but also two very early pieces recorded between 1968-69, marking some of the very first significant instances of computers used in the creation of sound itself, with 'Computer Suite From Little Boy' featuring sounds synthesised using the Music V program whilst working with Max Mathews at the B… Read more
**180g fully remastered vinyl reissue of this classic album - the first time it's been re-pressed on vinyl since 1967. Edition of 500 copies** Morton Subotnick's 'Silver Apples Of The Moon' adventure is a foundational piece of electronic music. Created on a then freshly-commissioned Buchla modular synthesiser, it was the first electronic record released by a classical music label and heralded a wave of synthetic music exploration which has birthed many of the sounds we know and love today. In light of the impact created by Charles Cohen's recently excavat… Read more
**Sealed poly-lined sleeve includes insert** Beautiful, astrally inclined house from a true keeper of the light, Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being - the latest ace on Last Known Trajectory, who last served that amazing Visonia 12" starring Dopplereffekt. Both sides capture Jamalat his most effusive, with the A-side stretching out a widescreen vision of slow-moving, starlit harmonics contrasting with a hard-working, undulating jack track and chaotic acid melody, whereas the flipside jacks up a pumping, romantically industrialised sound streaked with silvery synth comtrails and riding an irresistible, churning buck beat to infinity. Recommended!
Back-breaking, unreleased and early Chicago ghettofunk from a scene original back on the block. Aside from a digital one-off in 2011, South Side's DJ Lil' Tal left his mark on Chicago's booty scene with a string of Dance Mania bangers between 1995-1996. Rodney Bakerr of the legendary Rockin' House records worked with Lil' Tal back then, and upon observing the scene's contemporary influence, saw it was high time the world knew about the tracks his label was sitting on. There's seven high-energy tools total (although eight are mentioned on the centre label) flexing out from the bleeping bang of … Read more
*With expanded gatefold tip-on jackets and liner notes* "Light In The Attic and the legendary folk/blues/roots label Vanguard Records are proud to begin a series of collaborations under the umbrella Vanguard Vault. The series will explore the vaults of Vanguard and see the reissuing of obscure nuggets, psychedelic weirdness and just some good old-fashioned seminal music. Originally released in 1968 on Vanguard Records, Peter Walker’s album “Second Poem To Karmela” Or Gypsies Are Important was a ground breaking blend of folk, raga, psychedelia, Eastern and… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "'The Prepared Piano', Hauschka's first recording using prepared piano, was a solo album of spontaneous improvisations. The sounds he generated changed the course of his musical journey and he's since used prepared piano in a variety of settings. On 'Ferndorf', pieces composed in honor of his childhood home in Germany, he balanced improvisation with compositions that featured cellists, trombonists and violinists playing his inventive arrangements. The 'acoustic techno' of 'Salon des Amateurs' featured drummers Samuli Kosminen (Múm), and Joey … Read more
Alter give Bass Clef's self-released 'Acid Tracts' a double vinyl pressing. It originally appeared as a digital release on the modular maestro's Magic + Dreams label in 2013, spiralling seven "tracts" of intricately detailed acid dub feeling out ground between KFW, Tapes and more recent A Guy Called Gerald releases. It's a quintessentially English sound displaying Ralph Cumbers' talents, and is perhaps best viewed through the prism of vintage IDM. As with his outings for Punch Drunk and Idle Hands, it's tilted towards the 'floor, yet indulges more progressive inclinations, taking in knotty danc… Read more
Sweden's iDEAL Recordings revive Frak's '93 'ardcore acid mission 'Alice In Acidland'. Originally a super limited, one-sided 12", it's now split over two sides with a bonus banger to boot. The titular juggernaut pelts out a 160bpm 4/4 laced with mind-bending 303s for the headstrong, but we're having more fun with the flipside, especially the breakbeat happy hardcore of 'Don't Break The Beat', and the previously unreleased 150bpm helter skelter ripper 'Sweet Twister'.
**Red vinyl** Radioactive Man, DJ Marky, Ceephax Acid Crew, Mark Broom and Nightwave rework Mark Archer's Altern-8 anthem.
**Green vinyl** The Hacker, Rennie Foster, KiNK and Neil Landstrumm rework Mark Archer's rave classic. Results range from The Hacker's industrialised breakbeat version to Foster's acid charge, a subtle house overhaul from KiNK, and Neil Landstrumm's bass-riding reduction.
On his 3rd album proper, Scott Hansen aka Tycho connects greater than ever with his wistful post-rock ambient spirit. 'Awake' is apparently inspired by the energy of Scott's live shows with drummer Rory O'Connor and guitarist Zac Brown, with whom he toured extensively following 2011's well received 'Dive' LP. In an attempt to re-capture that vibe, he took to a cabin in Tahoe last winter to record with Zac Brown, before eventually completing the album in the Santa Cruz hills to realise what, according to Hansen himself, is "in many ways, the first true Tycho record." It's a lush affair, driven towar… Read more
**Gatefold double vinyl with extensive liner notes** Incredible set of "Filmi" disco hits from Bombay circa 1979-1985, starring some of the biggest names in Bollywood music and including *that* version of Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean'! As you might imagine from a Bollywood soundtrack compilation, it's all super camp and decadent, but if you've been checking the Finders Keepers, Bombay Connection or Cartilage Records reissues, you'll realise that aesthetic dovetailed perfectly with Bombay's taste for devilishly effective disco bangers. Selected by DJ Brother Cleve from the dustiest bazaars in I… Read more
**Transparent, peach coloured wax** Akkord and Felix K take on the smoky slowfast of 'DAM' from DjRum's 'Seven Lies' LP. Akkord duly dry out and ruff it up with crisp, glancing percussions, abrasive white noise and techy, rolling garage-techno flux. Berlin's D&B helmsman, Felix K ov Hidden Hawaii follows suit with an even drier reinterpretation riding reduced, slyding bassline, flickering hi-hats and percolating bleeps with an enveloping steppers momentum haunted by chorale pads. Tipped!
**Second Pressing** So the money-shot here is that 17 minute Autechre remix, and it doesn't disappoint. There used to be a time when you could clearly define an autechre track by the era from which it came - Chiastic Slide era material being wholly distinct from, say, Tri Repetae, Garbage or LP5 productions. These days it's a little more complicated, since 2001's Confield Ae seem to have decided to stop fxxcking with us quite as much and employ a more accessible modus operandi, with their last couple of releases containing moments that you could just… Read more
Athens-based DJ, producer and sound designer Eleni Adamopoulou aka Giganta debuts on Werk Discs with five coolly lucid, colourful garage-house deviations. 'Force' is representative of the RBMA graduate's stance against the negativity and violence connoted with Athens since the financial crash of 2008, or as she says, "Music is the force that creates hopes and dreams. And so it all begins." There's a vital, infectious energy to the EP which shouldn't be ignored, from the hiccuping, Akufen-like funk of 'Can't Stop Playing', thru the chromatic chord flares of her Sensate Focus-like 'Spot Scene', to the tr… Read more
Sophisticatd deep house from Michael Greene aka Fort Romeau, progressing from his eraly drops on 100% Silk and Ghostly International onto Frankfurt's respectable Live At Robert Johnson series. 'I Knew' is a cottony deep house shimmy revolving dreamy vocal loop and silvery, latinate shuffle; 'Pirouette' is a dubbed-out disco looper; 'Her Dream' captures that lost-in-it- at 4am effect perfectly with half-heard vocal, brooding bassline and sweeter synth arpeggios lathered for the lovers.
Rugged UK house backed with killer Neana remix. 'Hold Up' plays tuff with a distorted, kinky Uk take on New York/New Jersey house stabbed up with electro prangs and flash electro chords. Flipside, Artifact follows his Local Action album and a remix turn for Seb Wildblood on Madtech with a chunky garage-techno heaver, but Neana blows 'em all out the water with his febrile, industrialised 130bpm remix riding bashiest drums, smashing glass, and jawside percussion with the sort of funk and in-the-pocket swagger that could only come from the freshest. Tipped for that at least!
Detroit's Jay Daniel builds on the promise of his Sound Signature debut 'Scorpio Rising', with a ruggedly mature double pack for Kyle Hall's Wild Oats. Given a debut opportunity many producers would give a digit for, Jay sticks to his 313 guns with five tracks of hypnotic, vibing deep house on 'Karmatic Equations', repping for a sound he and Kyle Hall have been building at their Fundamentals parties. Strident opener 'Royal Dilemna' cannily sounds like one of Omar-S' standout productions from ten years ago and sets a tone for the rest of the EP, from the wiggling groove, woozy keys and t… Read more
Van Rivers, Dungeon Acid, Joel Alter, and Samuel L Session line-up for an all-Swedish remix assault on Dimitrios K's self-titled debut LP of slick, kickin' techno. On the A-side 'Where Am I' is turned into a dub chord-riding techno swinger by Van Rivers, and flipped as a rude, droning acid jacker by Dungeon Acid. B-side, Joel Alter tucks 'Dunkflum' into a skippy groover layered with deep diving Detroit strings, and Samual L Session gives some big room pressure.