Thursday, 26 June
"Originally from the island of Boa Vista, Abel Lima was part of a large wave of Cape Verdean migration to Europe in the late 60s - fleeing the political turmoil that accompanied the end of Portuguese colonial rule. Settling in Paris, he recorded several albums with 'Les Sofas' a multinational group featuring musicians from France, Senegal, Cameroon, Angola and Guadeloupe. Arranged by Camerounian star Eko Roosevelt Louis, Corre Riba Corre Baxo (what goes up must come down) is taken from the 1977 album 'Cantam nos Bida' and combines a rock-solid bassline with a hypnotic gui… Read more
Asusu, Staffan Linzatti and The Borderline State take Efdemin's 'Decay' album tracks at new angles. Livity Sound's Asusu swings 'Some Kind Of Up And Down Yes' with aquatic motion; Linzatti reshuffles the Millsian mystery of 'Solaris with dramatic effect; The Borderline State impress on a supple jazz-fusion remix of 'Parallaxis' full of iridescent keys, celestial electronics and woozy horns practically worth the admission alone.
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.
Orientalist techno audities from Shanghai Den, who last appeared as guest on a Falty DL single. This is some freaky sh*t fo' sure, finding the fat-bottomed breakbeat chicanery and strange sino sidesteps of 'The Sun' uptown, and a wicked mixture slashing film noir strings, darkside Reese bass and skittish techno on south side.
**Aquarian Foundation's Bluntman Deejay drops the bass on two dream house sequences for All Caps** "Congratulations you have successfully unlocked your Water Chakra!! Bluntman Deejay offers up two new strains from the smokey labs of the BackWoods. Borne from the crucible of vapour experimentalism, cosmic flaneury and spiritual forgery an inorganic chemistry of drum machine and plant matter n-xtracted and VAC purged for ultimate dancefloor purity ratings. Esoteric Communion: A meditation on the separation between spirit and body gazing and sprinting spliced (sliced) at rush hour. A fa… Read more
**RIYL HTRK, Cold Cave** "Female/male duo White Hex (Tara Green and Jimi Kritzler) released their debut album Heat in 2012 released on Avant! Records. 2014 sees their return with the follow up full-length, Gold Nights. The album is the second in a series of three thematically connected records which is based on a period of three years. The album's themes include tackling the deaths of friends over the past few years and somehow staying optimistic through that loss. Recorded after shows in Paris, Berlin, New York and Melbourne, Gold Nights explores Italo disco, minimalist techno and the more pri… Read more
"‘Microcastle’ is back on vinyl, this time along with ‘Weird Era Cont.’ accompanying it. ‘Weird Era Cont.’ was a bonus album previously unavailable on the format outside of the US. Initially released in October 2008, ‘Microcastle’ was recorded over the course of a week in Brooklyn with Nicolas Vernhes on production detail. The album was the highly anticipated follow-up to 2006’s ‘Cryptograms’. Conceived as Deerhunter’s 4AD debut, it garnered widespread plaudits internationally, with Pitchfork awarding it Best New Music and The Guardian heralding “a remarkable b… Read more
*Third Modeselektion volume, this time featuring exclusives from Fennesz, To Rococo Rot, Akkord, Nosaj Thing and more across 2LP's. Vinyl tracklisting as follows: A1 Fennesz "TOM" A2 Nosaj Thing "Dy" A3 Solar Year "Way" B1 To Rococo Rot "Miles An Hour" B2 Cid Rim "Pastis" C1 Akkord "Gradient" C2 Robot Koch "Sun" D1 Howling "Signs" D2 Born In Flamez "Time Hurtz
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. Monster Movie was the debut Can album, recorded and released in 1969. The use of improvisation, experimentation, editing and layering of sounds set a standard for Can's subsequent albums in the early 1970s, which were seminal to the freewheeling avant-garde style dubbed "krautrock" by the British music press. The album is credited to "The… Read more
**3LP edition of 300. All the 'pal trimmings** Itinerant radical computer musician Goodiepal presents a typically unfathomable slab of brilliance for Editions Mego. 'My Paris is Called Colchester' would appear to be Goodiepal's commission for IRCAM, Paris, mixed and recorded live during his annual show at Colchester Arts Centre. It's gotta be one of the most beguiling albums anyone will release in 2014. Across six sides Goodiepal follows a line of illest Nordic logic transporting us through the wires between hip hop, techno and tribal rhythms scrambled with str… Read more
Weight slow-mo riddims from flatmate/studio partners, Photonz & Violet's D55 duo. Photonz gyrates on a kinky slow electro grind worked up with latinized machine drums and almost Freestyle edit chops in 'Negentropy Consummation', whilst his pal Violet ratchets a killer called 'New Age 1984' crossing lines between proto-house and Belgian coldwave styles. Check deez!
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** The talented bod behind Blood Orange, Devonte Hynes presents a selection of songs for Gia Coppola's major motion picture adaptation of James Franco's book, 'Palo Alto'. 10 tracks are included from Devonté and his Blood Orange alias alongside Mac Demarco, Robert Schwartzman and more.
**Edition of 250 housed in vacuum and heat sealed bags with hand-drawn artwork and insert** Naples-based producer Dave Saved rematerialises with a melancholic quartet of tunes for native Italian label Gang Of Ducks, backed with G.O.D and Aisha Devi remixes. Dave's sound is hard to pin down yet neatly coherent, tripping balls between gauzy electronic ambience in 'Power and Silence' to Opal Tapes-type techno mush in 'No Lights' and the grungy 'Virtual Feelings', thru Inner City-esque sci-fi synth flux in the EP highlight 'Random Souls Fluidity'. Remixing, Aïsha Devi (f… Read more
Boxwork brings his UK techno-house banger 'Pressureface' to land on Unconditional Music after years served in underground circles. The title tune's a big-boned bucker riding wide subs with clipped drums and tribal chants to bounce the room properly; B-side shakes out the slick House funk of 'That's His Take' and the rimshot-riding, square bass swung ace 'Michael Jackson'. RIYL South London Ordnance, Altered Natives, Midland, Red Rack'em.
*Limited edition coloured vinyl. Includes bonus track 'Waste Fraud'* Liars sound like Laibach on their latest single for Mute, backed with remixes by Daniel Miller, Truss, Factory Floor and Nest Of Teens. The rousing pomp and trancing denouement of 'Pro Anti Anti' is toned up and trimmed down by Mute boss MIller for the radio mix, whereas Factory Floor extend the thing to eight minutes of hypventilating voices and tight , twitchy machine groove, Truss does his noisy slamming sound and "mysterious Melbourne collective" Nest Of Teens piss on 'em all with a razing motorok razzer.
**White vinyl - includes a remix from 1991** Quick on the heels of her 'Sisto' tape, Stockholm's Quiltland yields a quietly lush debut album including a gorgeous 1991 remix. After acclimating to the lucid highs of her flighty debut, this eponymous entry is a gentler ride with a dreamlike narrative, maybe best heard as the come-down to 'Sisto''s peaks. The idea of narrative is taken quite literally with tracks titled= 'Scene 1', 'A Second Theme' and 'Motivation' all looking and sounding like library themes or cues for a long-lost Scando kids TV programme, the odd sort which would be syndicated to… Read more
Dead useful disco edit jobs from DJ Qu, JTC and Steve Oh. NYC ace, DJ Qu loops up Dinosaur L's notoriously tricky 'Go Bang!' and Liasons Dangereuses's foundational industrial funk groove, 'Avant Apres Mars'. JTC has his way with Rafel Villafane's 'In The Forest' and NYC's Steve-Oh flips the Bee Gee's in the bittersweet house peach 'Holiday'.
Epic anthems from Edinburgh's burgeoning beat-maker/writer/arranger to the hip hop cognoscenti. Building on the promise of his 'Billboard' EP, he aims even higher with these five tracks ranging from the G(lasgow) Funk of 'Outside (Intro)' feat. YC The Cynic and Rustie, the Eclair Fifi-caned 'Rosario' heavyweight, Diwali riddim styles on 'Franco', and searing, star-eyed leads in 'Lost Girls'. RIYL Rustie, Hud Mo, TNGHT, Bauuer, Joker.
Poland's intrepid Bocian label helms this shocking collaboration between combustible Norwegian vocalist Maja S.K. Ratkje and legendary DNA drummer, Ikue Mori. Despite working together in a number of live constellations over the years, until now the two boundary-pushing artistes haven't performed as a duo. The eight tracks of 'Scrumptious Sabotage' are Maja's augmented documents of their reactive improvisations recorded in Belfast and Ulverston at end of March 2012; an instinctive entanglement of free, avant-minded expression aware of the history of contemporary music a… Read more
*Heavyweight 180g vinyl in a matte finish sleeve with artwork by Leif Podhajsky* Bonobo returns with a new 12” featuring the ‘Ten Tigers’ (Bengal Edit) rework, exclusive new track ‘Duals’ and Maya Jane Coles’ bass heavy re-rub of ‘First Fires’.
*Special Edition of 'The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull' packaged in a faux leather cover that emulates a old bible. Inside this book is another Stoughton gatefold jacket* Earth's Hex album, despite transgressing doom genre boundaries, turned out to be something of a touchstone for many artists in the field; its American gothic landscapes were quickly swallowed up as a new fixture in the death ambient vocabulary, and countless records seem to have been made since that have tapped into its stately Western gloom. The Bees Made Honey In Th… Read more
Proper, loud pressed reissue of a classic Adonis anthem. The original sounds heavy infectious as ever on the A-side - that bassline, that vocal stutter still doing to do. B-side gives a super crisp and punchy Down Break version primed with warehouse shuddering kicks and mad reverse breakdown, and the acidic instrumental. TIPPED!!!
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Nick Cave and Warren Ellis wrote an original score for West of Memphis, a 2012 documentary film produced by Peter Jackson and Damien Echols, and directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Amy J. Berg. The original film score is released for the first time in its entirety on vinyl.
Tricked-out tech-step missiles from Hardware on Various Production's label. Apparently the work of a new producer (but your guess is good as ours), this debut 12" takes samples from what is purported to be a little known D&B ace by Pager B-TZ released by Liss Fuzion in 1996 and splits their atoms over two taut killers. Again can neither confirm or deny those facts, but we can say this is some heavyweight dancefloor gear, giving up tendon-twitching syncopations laced with slicing chords and synth strikes and dropping to a widescreen breakdown in 'Checking One', whilst flipside 'Your M… Read more
Thursday, 19 June
**Green vinyl housed in wrap-around artwork and PVC jacket. Edition of 300** Craig Tattersall (The Boats/Cotton Goods) rustles up a second LP of cracked midnight ambience and spectral electro-acoustic details as The Humble Bee for Other Ideas. For the first time on 'She Possessed The Secret For Listening To The Stars', Tattersall augments his usual palette of tape loops and electronics with the addition of analogue synthesiser and Girogio Sancristoforo's Berna studio software - a software simulation of a late 1950s electro acoustic music studio comp… Read more
**Gatefold double vinyl edition. Includes download redeemable from the label** Tom Krell gets a makeover upgrade on his plush 3rd album as How To Dress Well. Building his business relationship with Domino's Weird World sublabel, his sound here uncannily bridges airbrushed R&B production, lo-fi indie pop and wistful Americana styles over twelve songs oscillating between defiantly robust and achingly delicate. It's still easy to draw a line back to the 'Love Remains' album which first endeared him to the world, but the instrumental palette is now richer, "realer" and carefully (no… Read more
**Previously unissued Saharan sci-fi folk synth ballads recorded 85-88. Highly recommended!** Cover art: electric blue spaceship hovers over lonely mud and timber tower in middle of the desert under star-lit sky, backed with photograph of the artist seated at his synth. Conclusion: this must be a super sick record. Thankfully, the sounds live up to expectation. 'Taarit' was recorded by Mamman Sani Abdoulaye in Niamey, Niger and Paris, France on Crumar Bit 99, RCA Victor 70, Yamaha RX5 and Roland TR-505, and sounds something like the missing piece in a cosmic puzzle implicating Francis Bebey, Hai… Read more
*180 Gram LP + DVD + 12 Page Photo Book + Download Coupon for Full Album and 14 Bonus Tracks redeemable from the label* Slint’s 1991 album, Spiderland, remastered from the original analog master tapes by Bob Weston and pressed on 180 gram vinyl, Includes Breadcrumb Trail, a brand new, never-before-seen, 90 minute DVD documentary about Slint and the making of Spiderland, directed by Lance Bangs. Booklet includes foreword by Will Oldham.
**Initial copies on clear vinyl. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** John Chantler returns to his long-time patrons, Room40 with extended excursions to "the inner zones of audible electricity" on 'Even Clean Hands Damage The Work'. Crafted over the last two years at a range of studios including Stockholm's famous EMS, and making use of their classic Buchla 200 and Serge modular systems, it follows the alien tone of his acclaimed LP 'The Luminous Ground' into more subterranean dimensions of tectonic dynamics and mulched modular electronics. C… Read more