Thursday, 14 August
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. 'Delay’ was originally released in 1981 and was the classic ‘first album’ that was stuck in the vaults until 1981 when Holger Czukay edited the archived tapes and completed the album. It's a compilation of early outtakes of Can’s work with singer Malcolm Mooney, including some of the band’s earliest material. It contains the song ‘The Thief’, which was later covered live by Radiohead.
Superb 100-110bpm house slugs on 180g wax from Madrid-based Downbeat label owners, Jose Rico and F-on. Riding under the Downbeat moniker, they do that slowed-down-funk with style on 100bpm A-side 'Moskitos En Siberia' clocking sparse, gritty percussion and impending waves of white noise drone emulating that wading-into-a-headwind dream state. Flipside, F-on goes dolo with with the floaty 110bpm chug of 'Smog' folding in railway location recordings and wistful pads to come off like Andy Stott reworking one of John Fahey's tape pieces. Tipped!
Heavy techno pressure from Helix in his DJ Vague guise for UTTU. Following his 'Porsche Trax' 12" for Templar Sound, the American producer brings di boum boum in three parts ranging from Len Faki-style big room behaviour to skippier, dubbed out styles reminding of Shed's Wax and EQ'D tools to a ferocious, spaced-out closer approaching old skool Luke Slater levelz. Tipped!
**Includes 12" colour 16mm print with optical soundtrack enabling entry to record launch party** HHF Vol.1 collects 15 tracks of wayward electronica from Sculpture, Some Truths, Scanner, Spatial, Will Ward and Merkaba Macabre, among others. Following text from HFF: "A film festival arrives at a station, crossplatforms and releases its own music. Absurd? Good. This release has been assembled not only to embrace such lateral mutations, but also to foster that process. From its inception in 2010 Hackney Film Festival set out as a platform for a community of audio-visual artists living and working in … Read more
Fugged-up, emotive electronica from Jimmy Billingham's Holovr alias, returning to Opal Tapes with his first vinyl release. 'Holo Earth' follows the scuzzy sci-fi themes of 'Lunar Lake' with a spirited collection of droning pads, murdered jungle and cracked techno nodding to early Autechre, no wave electronics and dark ambient musics. We can hear contemporary parallels in certain sectors of the Bristol sound between Young Echo and No Corner, but it's all much more blown out and degraded, even ambiguous, strung between celestial new age dreaminess, rugged rhythms and morphing patina of hiss and wob… Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 300 whites with insert** Raw, hard-wired house deviations from Pxshdog on London's Trax Couture boutique. After a couple of killer 12"s from Rushmore consolidating Footwork, Ballroom and Chi House, they go shades tougher here with Pxshdog's debut striking a throbbing vein of tracky goodness. Uptown he balls between cowbell-stung Bassline garage-meets techno on 'Juicy Chocolate', blocky buck in 'Akira's Drift', and fierce filter house on 'Nubian 124'. Downtown they play nice 'n nasty with the darkside Dance Mania of 'Dancin N Shit' and the electroid slammer 'Tittytron'. Well aye we're dancing.
**Vinyl edition of 250 with fabric insert. Quietly curious, solemn blend of treated field recordings and solo piano** "Yes Blythe, is Callum Higgins, the head & body behind Baptists & Bootleggers, Sacred Tapes, River Slaughter and countless other projects. He has made a big impression at Gnod HQ with his relentless work rate , off the wall concepts and soldering skills. Following his debut album, Keep The Faith, earlier in the year, Yes Blythe returns with Initiate Screen Prevails, a two track EP. Both tracks are an attempt to capture the raw energy of recent live outings but wit… Read more
"The productions of producer Bunny "Striker" Lee were so extensive in the early to mid-1970s that labels were created just to handle his ever-expanding output. Three labels that came about during this time when dub was King were Jackpot, Justice and Attack. Here Jamaican Recordings takes a look at the Justice label and have compiled a collection of some of its finest dub cuts. Justice Records was formed in the early '70s as a subsidiary label to handle the ever-growing output of the producer and hit-maker from Jamaica, Bunny "Striker" Lee. Bunny worked in all the Jamaican studios and as an indep… Read more
*Another Library Music classic from the KPM vaults gets a vinyl reissue* "Afro and Rock: now that’s a pretty good combination any day of the week chez Love Lee but in the masterful hands of John Cameron (founder of ace Brit Prog outfit CCS, composer of the cult sound tracks to Kes and Psycomania, and musical arranger for the likes of Donovan, Hot Chocolate, Heatwave and David Essex) and Alan Parker (erm, he wrote the theme to Angels. Note to Alan – ask John who made his website for him) the juxtaposition of these two words kicks up a boat load more breaks and funky atmospherics than can s… Read more
**Includes download coupon** The document of a swarming, psychoactive performance by first-time trio Oren Ambarchi, Neil Campbell, and Mick Flower at Newcastle's Tusk Festival in 2013. It might be their first time improvising as a trio but their combined playing experience of some 300 gazillion eons allows them to skip formalities and get down to some incendiary dialogue from the git go. All but the most dedicated follower would be able to pick out what each player contributes to the cacophony, but that's beside the point - en masse, they're an elemental force cap… Read more
Killer 2013 debut from Bristol's Facta for fans of Beneath, Rhythmic Theory, Gage, Neana. Check for the rugged grime-techno rolige of 'Montpelier', the coiled torque of 'Kobra', and Kryptic Minds-like dread skank, 'Upsetter'.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* *Reissue on Superior Viaduct* "San Francisco's first and only rock n' roll band, Crime loomed over the entire Mabuhay Gardens scene with their blistering 1976 single "Hot Wire My Heart." Crime's loose, damaged rock n' roll was as immediate as it was controversial. They were Punk by any definition, yet shunned the label with a guttersnipe sneer. Their meticulously cultivated aesthetic of S&M graphics and police uniforms produced some of the era's most indelible imagery. One of their finest moves was playing in the San Quentin prison yard. Form… Read more
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. ‘Out Of Reach’ has been unavailable in any official format since its original release in 1978 and is one of Can’s rarest, lesser-known albums. This is due in a large part to the fact that bassist Holger Czukay left the band and drummer Jaki Liebezeit has a reduced role, leaving most of the rhythm duties to percussionist come-lately Reeb… Read more
"Sex Hands were formed by three childhood friends from the North Wales coast. After relocating to Manchester, Alex, Dylan and Edwin played their first show in 2011 on the Comfortable on a Tightrope stage at SFTOC, Salford. A month later Joe Logan of Waiters was recruited for his sweet bassy licks and amazing posture. From then on the band has been on a rock 'n' roll whirlwind, playing shows with the likes of Trumans Water one night and The Babies the next. After their previous releases which include a split 7" with Daily Life (on the Icecapades label, which features artwork by Sex Hands own Alex Hump… Read more
*Comes with a copy of the album on CD, free inside* "Grumbling Fur’s ‘Preternaturals’ is the second release on the label run by The Quietus and is Grumbling Fur’s follow-up to the 2013 album ‘Glynnaestra’ (Thrill Jockey). Contemporary sun-kissed psychedelia with a strong pop edge - Depeche Mode in a stone circle - recalling Brian Eno, Penguin Café Orchestra, Beta Band, Super Furries, Coil, Talk Talk, Harmonia and Boards Of Canada, amongst others.”
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. 'Rite Time’ was originally released in 1986 and has been evaluated as one of the classic Can albums.
Second Storey - fka Al Tourettes - sets the scene for his upcoming debut album 'Double Divide' with the dense, fizzing techno of Shaman Champagne' and corresponding remixes by Perc and Aden. Like recent examples from Untold or Randomer, Second Storey boots UK techno into more wayward new shapes here, whereas Perc takes it right back to knuckle-dragging industrial pound and Aden gives it a kinky electroid boost.
Seductive house reworks of Esnard Boisdur, one of the great voices of Gwo Ka - the folkloric rhythm of Guadeloupe. Originally released in 1991, 'Soufwans' comes in two hard-to-resist mixes, a 3am version making subtle but prominent use of Esnard's lolling, playful vocal against warmest subbass, rippling drums and convective chords, plus an outstanding dub mix where the vocal's diffused in a sublime, swirling lather of drums, sub pressure and lush chords no doubt enhanced by the touch of Frankie Francis, a mastering engineer at London institution, The Carvery. A real West Indian Summer anthem!
Nerve-rattling electro and cyber-punk from Travis Galloway (Traag, All Gone Records) in Siobhan mode for Opal Tapes. The title of 'Southgate' refers to a nefarious area of his home city, Michigan, and signifies a broke, rusty industrial aesthetic that creeps under the skin like crack bugs in a Philip K Dick novel. The mood is harsh and unforgiving from the sludgy trudge of 'Del Ray '97' to the Mid-West electro-tech shudder of 'Rail Spit', cutting loose on neon-lit city street scenes like some leather-clad golem brought to life by 'Citrac'-era James Ferraro and Cleveland's James Donadio aka Prostit… Read more
"The second part of PoppyDisc's ongoing vinyl reissue series of Sun Ra. The Arkestra moves into ever looser, more abstract ground as the percussion becomes more varied and moves ever closer. Ra then sets up a dark melodic theme, while the Arkestra weaves a series of jaunty, blues-tinged solos into the groove. 'Nubia', 'Africa' and 'Aiethopia' continue this excursion into a mystical, rhythm-based territory. The Arkestra utilizes the same ominous, simmering percussion beds, now augmented by more exotic instruments like Pat Patrick's 'space lute', which gives a playfully sinister sound t… Read more
**Lushest 4th world electronic timbres and dream-like arrangements from the uniquely talented My Panda Shall Fly** "A kaleidoscope of rainbow textures and rhythms disperse into the exotic soundscape of ‘Tropical’. Electronics, real folk instruments and noise-making objects feature here generously on this six-track concept album, blending together a sonic palette influenced by a rich variety of music, people and places. The material was initially written over the course of a few months during what Seneviratne called "a beautiful burst of inspiration". Working with veteran producer Asier L… Read more
This is tasty: Dave Sumner aka Function presents remastered versions of his DMO and VEX trax originally issued in NYC circa 1998-1999. For anyone who has rinsed Sumner's discogs page, they're the enigmatic aliases without youtube links which have always left us wondering what they sound like. Well, now we know; 'VEX-1' pedals a canny Kraftwerk sample over snare-heavy tribal groove, whilst the DMO trax take heavy inspiration from Chicago in the Virgo-esque chords and drum programming of 'Fifteen' and the plush blend of wide-ass subbass and Larry Heard-like dreaminess of 'Movement'. All tracks are ta… Read more
Rooted yet forward sounds from King L Man and The Mighty Zulu Nation, with weighty LV remix. Features vocals from Earl 16 and Harriet Cox.
*Edition of 500. Fluorescent green vinyl with ink-stamped centre labels and translucent vellum insert* A proper Bristol dread session from Killing Sound's El Kid and Vessel. The original cut of 'We Need Mirrors' was issued on No Corner's cassette series, replete with these remixes back in 2012. More recently those dank reworks were issued as a bonus 7" in the same label's 'From The Reels' vinyl compilation. Now a standalone release, we find Vessel's slow-choking 'Psychosis' mix on the A-side, rifled with hydraulic pulses and keening, sub-aqua… Read more
"Part of PoppyDisc's ongoing series of Sun Ra reissues on vinyl. This was the fifth album by the Arkestra to be released, and was the first to be taken from recordings made at the Choreographer's Workshop, New York. Other albums recorded there include Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow, Bad and Beautiful, Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy and Other Planes of There.'The New York period saw Sun Ra focusing far more on percussion backdrops as opposed to horn arrangements (virtually everyone on the album gets a percussion credit), and everything from the percussion to the horn solos to Ra's piano … Read more
Daz Quayle and Tony 'Bone' Snowden flex powerful rhythmic noise muscle on their debut EP as Broken Bone. Informed by the 20th century atrocities at infamous NYC institution, 'Willowbrook', the duo present six tracks of atonal, visceral noise textures hingeing on bruising bass and charred drums. It's a fxxking fearsome effort, amping a handful of well-selected elements to bleeding point. A-side draws us in with squealing tones and febrile, spitting drums laced with swarming crowd noise, before 'Sub Clinical' and 'Blood On Your Hands' put the boot in with crushing hip hop rhythms and viciously… Read more
Limber late night tech-house from Russia's Ygrok label. A-side plays out sweeping, romantic strings on a whirring swing groove whilst B-side is more reserved, minimalist, with tricksy detailing designed to burrow and tweak at 6am.
Thursday, 07 August
**Deluxe, Limited gatefold edition with exclusive bonus 7" plus 4 x 12" art inserts by Jesse Kanda, printed reading magnifier and download code redeemable from the label** 2014's most anticipated release is finally in our grubby mitts, marking a new pinnacle of R&B/pop composition. Helmed by the visionary singer, producer, writer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer Tahliah Barnett, 'LP1' sets a high benchmark for new pop and R&B, pulling together some of the most interesting studio alchemists around right now - Arca, Clams Casino, Paul Epworth and Devonte Hynes - for a project that far o… Read more
**140g clear wax housed in screen-printed jacket designed by Bill Kouligas and Kathryn Politis** The lone raver returns to PAN with his first new material since 2012's widely acclaimed 'Diversions 1994-1996' and 'Dutch Tvashar Plumes' sides. In the meantime he's been a busy lad, remixing Special Request, Mount Kimbie and Cosmin TRG, and honing his A/V show with CYRK co-founder, Dave Gaskarth, not to mention prepping imminent, excellent new album, 'Koch'. But back to the here and now - the 'Kuang EP' seems to occupy multiple dimensions at once, refracting dancefloor and bedroom head-space and det… Read more