Thursday, 25 June
*12" comes housed in a special die-cut sleeve, pressed on 180g vinyl and limited to 300 copies* "No. Inc." are Material Object and Atom™. The tracks featured on this EP are the ambient piece "Early Reflection Part I" (side A) and the technoid "Refraction I" (side AA). While side A explores the realms of textures and soundscapes, side AA, exclusively released on this EP, expands into rhythmic codes and outlines possible horizons both artists are envisioning for their "No." platform.
*12" comes housed in a special die-cut sleeve, pressed on 180g vinyl and limited to 300 copies* "No. Inc." are Material Object and Atom™. The material on this EP was previously only available digitally, available here alongside a new techno cut forged from refractions on the original theme. Side A explores ambient psychedelic regions while Side AA dives into a bass heavy, cavernous techno cut designed for the mind whilst retaining full body functionality.
"The very first 12” on Duck N' Cover, this EP marked the label's transformation from a hobbyists joint to a serious institution. Just after having previously release three 7” singles by local artists, this release was opening the doors to the following records by Traxman and DJ Clent. This EP is certainly not short on classics, every song on this EP has its very special own space and meaning. Most notably the frenetic sampling of “Goin Crazy” stands out, but “Overdose on Marijuana” and “Invasion” have shook so many dancefloors since the initial release, and the naughty “Get Down & Bang” will st… Read more
The Room Below blends classic Chicago and Detroit strains to make their own rich blend of experimental house for DBA. Up top, Henry Keen a.k.a. the CDR regular and Gilles Peterson-favoured Soundspecies and The Room Below welcomes us in with the conscious sampling and shimmering mid-tempo move, 'Trusted', beside the pastoral acid house of 'Rainy Friday'. Down below, it gets freakier with the frayed blips and and salty, splashing drums of 'Mad Energy' and a bit-crushed samba buzz entitled, 'Freedom'.
Sublime deep house album by Berlin-residing Finnish producer Jarno Erola a.k.a. Joe Le Bon. Trimmed to a T by label boss, Mike Grant, 'House Music Love Music' deals in the warmest, deftest strains of house music in eight parts sashaying from the glossolalic vocals and enveloping sensuality of 'Why Dogs Sing' thru the Soundhack-like chords and swing of 'Like Cotton Deep Orcheestra' to slippery slow styles in 'Berlin Panorama', taking a moment to listen to the birds and wafting synths of 'For Yasuni', and departing with the techy triplets calculations of 'The White Bells', and the high tog house soul of 'Lychenerstrasse 28'.
**Edition of 250, includes free download** "Peptalk is Michael Carter (electronics), Shayna Dunkelman (percussion) and Angelica Negron (voice). The band was born in Oakland, CA where electronic musician Mike Carter and percussionist Shayna Dunkelman were inspired by how mid-century exotica artists like Esquivel, Robert Drasnin and Martin Denny used percussion with bird calls, synthesizers and orchestra instruments to envision strange faraway places. Mike and Shayna upped and left for Brooklyn, where they met composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Angelica Negron. Drawing on their shared love of … Read more
Natty proto-house and electro-acid styles straight outta Holland. Nowt flash here, just five cuts of nimble analogue production putting his boxes thru their paces, from the trim electro bubble of the title track thru the slo-motion wobble of 'Desert Suit Larry' and melodic percolations of 'Cranes' to early Chicago styles replete with sultry ghetto robo vox in 'Polo'.
Now available on ltd double LP, Live at Biko was recorded during an April 2014 gig in Milan, Italy.The release features more than half of the songs on Benji plus other favorites like Admiral Fell Promises’ "Ålesund" and a trio of tracks from Perils from the Sea, Kozelek’s collaboration with The Album Leaf 's Jimmy Lavalle.
**Clear vinyl edition of 500** Core Posh Isolation players, Loke Rahbek (Vår, Lust For Youth) and Kristian Emdal (Vår, Age Coin) present five pieces of brooding, brittle electronics imagined for dance performance and recorded between Copenhagen's Mayhem space and Sweden's EMS facility. We're not quite sure what kind of "dance" performance they had in mind but, knowing their prurient minds, we could apply the rear cover's instructions "carpet of crushed sea shells covering parts of the floor", "copper thread in a knot around the performer's genitals", or "white clothes and bare… Read more
Split show-down from Mark Stewart's arch agitators, The Pop Group, and their modern antecedents, Sleaford Mods. On the front, The Pop Group provide the crisply enunciated and mannered vocals of 'Nations' from their 'Citizen Zombie' LP, set to skinny post-punk drum machine patter and dubbed metallic guitar klang. Flipside, The Sleaford Mods jam down a raw version of 'Face to Faces' from their upcoming album, loaded with the sort of cutting wit and non RP delivery which they've built a small empire on.
**The French synth-pop freaks return in colourful, spiky fashion** "Their new album ‘NO VOID’ is now being released on SHITKATAPULT, whose label slogan ‘Special Musick for Special People’ fits perfectly to the often euphorically rocking music of the French duo. DAT POLITICS themselves refer to their latest LP as a “hallucinating ride in a space roller coaster: scary and funny!” This time around, their songs took shape once again under influences outside of music such as astronomy, philosophy and programming language as well as surrealism, fantasy films and their own dreams. The nine tracks, all… Read more
*12" comes housed in a special die-cut sleeve, pressed on 180g vinyl and limited to 300 copies* "No. Inc." is a label run by Material Object and Atom™. Their second 12" inch release comes from Sagittarius displaying a blend of stripped down techno/acid and deep ambient textures, and provides full dancefloor functionality while remaining in a sphere of its own. On the flipside, Material Object is on remix duty providing a sychedelic wave of synthesiser and machine madness which completes the overall image of this production and makes it another true No. gem."
**Limited hand-stamped 12", includes free download code redeemable from the label.** Panda Bear, Larry Gus, Fhloston Paradigm, and Anthony Naples realign the misshapes of Eric Copeland's 'Joke In The Hole' album. The versions of 'Cheap Treat' could hardly be more different; Panda Bear deigns for a wonky, melodic mix focussed on progressive pop arrangement and bittersweet vox whereas King Britt a.k.a. Fhloston Paradigm takes the same elements down a winding path of crushed, psychedelic grooves propelled by swampy bass subsidence and sloshing arpeggios… Read more
**Ben Greenberg (Hubble, The Men) and Michael Berdan (York Factory Complaint, Drunkdriver) get their rocks off on a synth and drum machine-heavy punk assault. Presented by Luke Younger's Alter imprint** "On 'Perfect World', that machine is firing on all cylinders. The guitar is run through a cheap ’80s preamp marketed to metal kids. The drum machine is equally no-frills, an Akai XR20 that Greenberg says “most people wouldn’t want to keep around.” These humble components are combined with noisy synth and Berdan’s profound howling to form something much greater. Post-punk, synthpunk, and indust… Read more
Killer debut transmission of Millsian techno disciplines, intercepted by Function's Infrastructure New York radar. Fresh from his appearance in Function's Berghain 07 mix, Post Scriptum's eponymous double pack reveals an uncompromisingly powerful sound in eight DJ-ready parts, perfectly balanced between rolling heft and diffuse, airy dynamics. The production is delectable, detailed to microscopic degrees but not at the expense of the bigger picture, meaning steely, supple and infectious rhythms for the dancers and vast, gaseous atmospheres and hypnotic, mazy bleep patterns to really get lost in. Ace.
"Originally released in 2012, this is Freezaburns second single on the label. Written and produced by Discarga, the man behind Duck N’ Cover Records, it features two dark renditions of Footwork. You can clearly draw a line to his earlier work under the “Iota” name, which was released on Mental Groove Records. Orchestral samples fight against frenetic rhythm patterns, in “Problemz”, a theme of a popular Japanese Anime series is used in the closing part, on “Get It” indian classical music shines light and shimmers over a sea of chopped vocals, noises coming straight from the sub-concious and pounding drum-patterns."
Fredrick Lonberg-Holm (cello & electronics) and Ken Vandermark (reeds), documented on 21 September, 2013, at a benefit for the Malachi Ritscher Collection (an archive of high-fidelity recordings made by the eponymous "amateur" enthusiast in Chicago). Dabnces from skronking shards of chaos to deft, angular minimalism, and back to far-out orbit.
Beau Wanzer and Dan Juger reprise the Juzer duo for a trio of killer wonky techno bangers on Dog In The Night Records. Up top they nod to classic Relief and Scandinavia Records with the kinky minimalist tessellations of 'Ribtickler'; down below, 'Maniac Hop' jacks up a skittish ghetto percolator, and 'Fire Marshall' drops the pace to a bucking early '90s style recalling Robert Armani product.
Duck 'n Cover Records catch one of Chicago's finest Footwork producers at his most minimal, tracky, in 'Slash Time'. Some killer bullets inside, especially the baffling 'Lava', which somehow seems to work at a standard jackin' house tempo and footwork pace at the same time; liekwise the FFWD soul burn of 'Survive' and 'Da Best Thing I Can Affar'; and the frenzied blips of the title tune.
Danse Noire present a darker shade of Haf Haf with 'This Sick Beat' following up the Italian producer's 'Notch' [Gang of Ducks, 2014]. Backed with a killer Gatekeeper remix and self-described as "sad music for a sad life", Haf Haf's 2nd EP revolves three wickedly misshapen, amorphous takes on techno, hip hop and lysergic electronica, spooling out from the screwed modes of 'Kuro No Meiro' to the knackered trudge of 'The Wasabi That You Ate' with its excellent use of watery, Youtube-like compression, and the intra-dimensional seepage of 'Blue Dragon'. On the remix, Brooklyn's Gatekeeper pursue… Read more
**12" in screen-printed sleeve** Distorted disco-techno badness from the Wargames series. Acting wild-eyed and frazzled like some Bunker escapee, the unknown operator dispenses three fierce club trax with style, hauling the 'floor from blown-out Italo-Chicago arpeggios and extreme flange on the A-side, and over to a pair of more twysted and tracky dubs, one sounding like a a mutant Ra.H joint, the other like a vintage Unit Moebius jack attack. Sick DJ gear.
**Initial copies on blue translucent vinyl** Scorching free improvisation by Chicago-based cellist Fredrick Lonberg-Holm and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. 'You Can Be Mine' catches the duo sparking against each other in a free-flying tussle of drums, cello and electronics, from raging jazz tornados to pointillist precision and quieter, intent passages of extended technique.
Thursday, 18 June
Kuedo and Joe Shakespeare's hugely promising Knives label debut the hyper-lucid constructs of J.G. Biberkopf with 'Ecologies', housed in suitably striking artwork by Joe Hamilton. Hailing from Lithuania, Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf has hatched a dramatic and immersive aesthetic, drawing upon cutting edge instrumental grime, net phenomenology and cyber-ambient sound design to patch collaged spheres working across club, theatre and digital radio contexts. As with the output of contemporary artists like T C F or Elysia Crampton, thru to his networked peers such as v1984 and Sentinl, J.G.B's music… Read more
*Simon Pomery aka Blood Music returns with a new EP for Diagonal, including a stellar remix from Luke Younger, aka Helm* Simon Pomery makes an emphatic return to Diagonal with the Taiko fire of ‘Chicks’, the brutal percussive workout of Badgering’ and a hardcore remix from Helm. On this long-gestated follow-up to 2013’s eponymous EP, the Blood Music project continues to rage, syncing Taiko-inspired drumming patterns with vicious metal guitar dissonance and contact mic haptics. ‘Chicks’ runs at an over-stepping, febrile EBM heart rate, pelting modular palpitations made alongside Russ… Read more
Dreader UK pressure from Bristol via London on PAN affiliate Beneath's Mistry label, coined for his peers and like-minded bass cadets. The label's 4th drop is Laksa's first, framing the ruggedest UK house sounds with red-eyed night vision. 'Draw For The' strides over the A-side with drunken master style; all sloshing subs and roiling drums inna cold and brittle echo chamber style. B-side, 'Baded' drops the tempo a few notches but brings up the celsius at the same time, finding a woozy sub-tropical swagger in its hard surfaces and synthetic bird calls, whilst 'Touchdown' forges a killer sort of bl… Read more
*Ata Kak's legendary tape Obaa Sima introduced one of the greatest left-field dance floor jammers of all time, "Daa Nyinaa." Now available on 12" single for the first time, the song Ata Kak recorded in his Toronto apartment in 1993 lives on* The artist was cloaked in mystery until very recently; he created a joyously idiosyncratic balancing act of highlife, R&B, rap and house music that resonated with listeners many miles and several years away. The single is backed with the tape's final song, a minimalist electronic instrumental dripping with lo-fi rhythmic soul called "Bome Nnwom." The journey … Read more
*First pressing comes inside a limited edition hand painted sleeve* Ruddy raw and psychoactive house charmers from the mighty Principe. Niagara employs a more direct dancefloor template than most of his Portugese label peers, and the effect is deadly. Played live, and retaining that feral quality that has made this label so addictive, Niagara configures 6 tracks ranging from infected and dripping Lil Louis vibes on 'Arruda' to the cascading, synth-heavy hooks on 'Cheetah', before signing off with 'Alagarta' like some heat-infected Mr Oizo at his deadliest. Strong stuff from this increasingly impressive label.
Anthony "Shake" Shakir, Harmonious Thelonious and Alan Johnson uproot and shake down Blank Mind's first release in four exceptional remix excursions. As the label's debut release, 'Cover Me' set a wild precedent which followed thru into subsequent aces from DJ Clent, Dance, and Mirror. Now on their 7th release, the label have pulled in some heavy remix action exemplifying their open-ended yet focussed aesthetic. Anthony Shakir absolutely kills it with a Detroit No wave style take on Adrian Lenz's Grenadan dab dab ace, 'Cover Me', marrying air raid bass sweeps with sparking break… Read more
**Includes free download code redeemable form the label** "On 2/11/14 Hauschka performed two improvisations loosely based on his last album, 'Abandoned City'. This release documents that performance, seamlessly segueing from recursive, airborne keys to jaunty, padded rhythms and ambient noise. Hauschka says: "“Yufuin is a small picturesque town on the Japanese Island Kyushu. We arrived in the afternoon at the main station after a long train ride. After Yoshiyuki Tanigawa picked us up we drove all the way up into the mountains. At the center of a residential area we found a very modern museum calle… Read more
*Double vinyl housed inside a Gatefold sleeve printed on 425gsm card featuring embossed intestines and an exclusive lobby card. First time ever on vinyl, featuring 22 tracks including not only the full score to Absurd but also all of the cues used in the legendary splatter movie Pieces. Exclusively re-mastered for vinyl from the original CAM tapes* "Death Waltz unleash another cult classic from the video nasty era with Carlo Maria Cordio’s musical score to Joe D’Amato’s notorious Absurd (aka Rosso Sangue). A pseudo-sequel to Anthropophagus, the film reunited D’Amato with George Eastman… Read more