Thursday, 23 July
**Limited LP, includes insert** "This LP covers the works of Rob Van Wijngaarden with one Side covering his solo-works as Rob Van (dropping his last name as no one seemed to ever write his last name correctly) and one side with his band-projects Mental, Heavy Mental which he released on his own Tape-Label called Mental Cassettes. In addition Side B will also contain a Collaboration-track with Ruud Kluivers. Side A is covering the Tape he released on the famous Ptose Label PPP (Ptose Production Présente). in 1981 Ptose asked them to supply 25 mi… Read more
Killah selections from King Jammy's vault, accompanying the 'Roots, Reality and Sleng Teng' DVD. Tracklist: Side A - Black Uhuru, Scorcher & Nicodemus, 'Bad Girl'; Black Uhuru & Prince Hammer 'African Love / Yogi Bear'; John Steele 'Selassie On His White Horse'; Errol Scorcher 'Engineer Affair' -- Side B; Jammy's & King Tubby 'Zambia'; The Fantells 'Where You Gonna Run'; Hortense Ellis 'Jah Created The World'; 'Junior Delgado 'Love Tickles Like Magic'; Dennis Brown 'The Lord Is My Shepherd'.
**Gatefold 2LP, includes insert.** "Art Interface was a synth band uninfluenced by the direction of mainstream european synth stylings. a mid-western american band (except for the swedish drummer...) It was initiated by Douglas Vasey in 1979. Other members taken on board were Claes Roswell, Roger Deason and Steven Curran. They disdained Kraftwerk but loved Neu! and bands like the Stooges. instead of marching lockstep to the beat of a drum-machine the kybs were propelled by the live drumming changeups; knobs were twisted on impulse w/ no idea what sound would result ma… Read more
**Special edition box set including gatefold 2LP + 7" and T-Shirt** "Art Interface was a synth band uninfluenced by the direction of mainstream european synth stylings. a mid-western american band (except for the swedish drummer...) It was initiated by Douglas Vasey in 1979. Other members taken on board were Claes Roswell, Roger Deason and Steven Curran. They disdained Kraftwerk but loved Neu! and bands like the Stooges. instead of marching lockstep to the beat of a drum-machine the kybs were propelled by the live drumming changeups; knobs were… Read more
**Vinyl includes two exclusive cuts not on digital formats!** Wen rolls out a crucial double-pack hot on the heels of his killer 'Finesse' EP and one year on from his widely-acclaimed 'Signals' - one of the best albums of 2014. Doing it for Soundman Chronicles this time, the vibes are more atmospheric and technoid across 'Senary Cycles', still full of dread but laced with a bittersweet salvation. The first plate dances from knife-sharpening electro-acoustic sound designs in 'Arlington CT9' thru to piquant, Zomby-style pirouettes of 'Pace Myself', and a smudged rollers delicacy called 'She Giv',… Read more
**Limited to 500 copies with hand-numbered insert** "Zephyr in The Swamp are : Brendan Coyle and Colin Hughes who originated from the Wirral UK synth trio The Games. A vocalist friend Martin Graham came on board for a short spell until he sadly passed away. The music from Zephyr in the Swamp was created after the split up of the band The Games from 1981-1983 and is an album of instrumental tracks. The tracks were unearthed from cassette tapes and reel to reel from an Akai 4000D. The recordings used Roland Sh09, Boss Dr Rhythm and Roland 09 strings organ utilising sound on sound ec… Read more
**Edition of 300** "As earlier compilations of ‘Danza Meccanica’ have taught us, Italy gave birth to a disproportionate number of synth-pop, new wave and electronic acts in the 80s. Mannequin goes deeper into the Italian new wave archaeological research with a killer 10 tracks selection of Carmody. Picking their name from a science fiction novel titled “Dimension of Miracles” by Robert Sheckley, Carmody were coming from Torino, as their pairs Monuments and Chromagain. Started as a duo (Alberto Ramella and Andrea Lesmo) and later a trio with Max Casacci joining in as a gu… Read more
Roiling darkroom techno-house from Detroit's Shady P via Glasgow's Clan Destine label. Ruggedly effective and straight-up grooves carry a payload of twisted synths and bent 5am vibes from the head-spinning grip of 'Pavlov's Bitch' to the tweakin' alien synth chatter of 'A Man In Reverse' featuring Drowned.
**Limited LP with 7' and insert** "The Toy Shop was initially a minimal/synthpop-based solo project for Leeds vocalist, keyboardist & guitarist Paul Klein. He released the single 'The Maze/Live Wires Kill' in 1981 before moving to Sheffield and teaming up with Oldham born keyboardist Philip Walsh in 1982. Their first gig together was in the Star/Webster's inaugural Battle Of The Bands competition in May of that year - they went on to win the competition and courted attention from major record labels for a while afterwards. The guys played a handful of gigs including supports to Dead Or A… Read more
**Limited Neon yellow vinyl edition** Björk comes to terms with the breakdown of a longterm relationship with some help from Arca, The Haxan Cloak, Antony and Spaces. It's arguably her most coherent and focused album since 'Vespertine' (2001), her vocals incredibly raw and emotional - understandably in the light of tragic, personal events - yet controlled with near operatic poise and matched by the waking-dream-like qualities of the production's skewed meter and tendencies toward keening, lushly expressive discord. It must be said that Arca really comes into his own here… Read more
"Tough, to the point, no-nonsense machine music is a longstanding Midwestern tradition. Drawing a line all the way back to the old guard, The Bunker New York's latest EP is Walk The Distance, courtesy of Mark Verbos, a techno veteran and New Yorker by way of Milwaukee who put together four pieces of heavyweight dancefloor artillery, informed by an intimate, inside-out knowledge of the machinery used in the production of these tracks. No punches are pulled here—the record starts in top gear with "Start Up Drive," a devastating techno bomb centered around a throbbing, repeating bassline … Read more
"AUS ready their latest offering - a curveball from Gerd who dusts off his Geeeman alias and offers up ‘Wanna Go Bang’: a ghettocentric package backed up with fellow Clone associate Alden Tyrell on remix duties. Under his many guises, Gerd is an artist who has consistently reaffirmed his reputation as a producer capable of soundtracking peak-time moments across releases on Catch, Royal Oak, Clone and his own 4Lux. Punctuated by classics such as ‘NY House Track’ under NY Stomp, ‘Bang’t’ as Geeman and the stellar remix for George Fitzgerald’s ‘Child’ that instigated his link with AUS - his ca… Read more
Blue and moody garage/breaks rollers from Kiwi label, Egyptian Avenue. 'Windmill' features delicate vocal from Afiya placed over rustling breakbeats and emotive string arrangement; 'Devotion' rolls off on a sullen halfstep weighted with folksy strings.
Vsnares pursues the breakcore dragon into new spaces following the monstrous 'My Love Is A Bulldozer' (2014). Serving more than your recommended yearly allowance of mentallism, 'Your Face' flings us from black midi symphonies in 'Your Face When I Finally' to a gorgeous, beat-less and hyaline reflection in 'Your Face When I Finally (Glass Version)', spinning us thru the LP5-style knots of 'Former Eagle' to hyper hardcore party styles in 'Red Orange 2', and the flipping freakish breakbeat techno of 'Become Magic Dolphins', with a brilliant twist of forward electro pulses and harmonic convolutions recalling Gábor Lázár in 'Misericordial'.
Berlin-based sound artist Yair Elazar Glotman returns to Subtext with the powerful electro-acoustic scapes of 'Études' a year on from his 'Nimbes' soundtrack with James Ginzburg and his pair of Ketev tape works for Where To Now? and Opal Tapes. This, his 2nd album proper, involves ten studies for contrabass, using newly-honed, counter-intuitive technique to, in a sense, bybass his classical training and draw out an "unnatural" range of secreted resonance and physically affective vibrations. By probing his instrument's acoustic dynamic range with close micing and post-production, he really… Read more
Thursday, 16 July
*Long-Awaited debut album from Janus Collective member M.E.S.H. - recorded in Berlin in winter 2015, mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, and pressed on 140g LP with spot-gloss inner* Janus crew's M.E.S.H. unpackages a vast internal world across the ornate topographies of his incredible debut album. Combining scything club dynamics and Hollywood sound design with a sample bank of archaic renaissance instruments, 'Piteous Gate' describes a hyperreal place-out-of-time framed by matrices of tessellating grids and vapour-trace contours rent in near-VR detail. Collapsing the stadium-sized stru… Read more
**Screen-printed jacket. Colour inner sleeve** Arc Light Editions make our year with an essential reissue of Pekka Airaksinen's hieroglyphic electro-jazz opus, 'Buddhas of Golden Light'. Since his earliest, ground-breaking transgressions with NWW-listed group The Sperm dating back to 1968, Pekka Airaksinen has feverishly dilated the boundaries of improvised music and jazz at oblique angles to reveal some of its farthest-flung musical treasures in a catalogue now well over 100 releases deep. As with his astonishing and revelatory 'Other Power' collection, written during the s… Read more
*Visionist’s Lost Codes label re-emerges as Codes, a new collaboration with PAN. Edition of 500, first 200 copies pressed on steel grey vinyl* Visionist resets his Lost Codes imprint as a new PAN sublabel, with a killer, collaborative grime/techno collage by Acre and Filter Dread. Marking the first time either producer has collaborated properly, they prove a vital pairing in equilibrium between industrial techno engines, body-scanning UK bass tones and gritty, diffuse urban-gothic atmosphere. Upfront, ‘Drumz34’ burrows in with viral 8-bit squiggle and squashed subs before ‘Flash Speed… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label. Haunting collection of solo tenor sax explorations from the archive of seminal jazz multi-instrumentalist…** "In 1976, Joe McPhee recorded the landmark album Tenor, kicking off a solo period of finding and refining the distinctive voice that continues to inform his music to this day. Solos : The Lost Tapes (1980 – 1981 – 1984) is a collection of material from McPhee’s personal archives that shines new light on the legendary multi-instrumentalist’s work during this time. “Wind Cycles,” for tenor saxophone, explores the… Read more
*The Cocteau Twins’ super-rare 1986 collection ‘The Pink Opaque’ newly remastered from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl including download code* Back in 1986, ‘The Pink Opaque’ brought together the best of the Cocteau Twins’ early works to become their first official release in the US. Already a cult band on college radio, some classics like ‘Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops’ and ‘Aikea-Guinea’ were given new mixes for this release, while it also featured ‘Millimillenary’, the first run out for incoming band member Simon Raymonde. To this day, ‘The Pink Opaque’ remains a great entry point to a wonderful band...
*The Cocteau Twins' classic 1985 EP’s ‘Tiny Dynamine’ and ‘Echoes In A Shallow Bay’ newly remastered from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl including download code* ‘Tiny Dynamine’ and ‘Echoes In A Shallow Bay’ were originally released two weeks apart back in November 1985. Seen as companion pieces, they both acted as a precursor to the band’s fourth studio album, ‘Victorialand’. 30 years later, the EPs are now married together on to one piece of heavyweight vinyl, completed with reformatted artwork. Tracks include the gorgeous ‘Melonella’, "Sultitan Itan” and the much loved "Ribbed And Veined”.
On his brilliant first new release in 3 years, Bullion is sure to draw some big grins with the menagerie of technicolour, cartoonish funk in 'Rooster'. Unhinged to say the least, you get the sense that Nathan Jenkins a.k.a. Bullion has spent up all his pop chips with production for the wonderful Nautic and Laura Groves, and now really wants to reveal what's going on the "musical barnyard" of his bonce. Taking in radiophonic bloops, dubbed-out rooster crows, digickal dancehall, Gaelic jigs, ersatz Ethiopiques and Indian raga, it's frankly f**king nuts in the best way, almost matching the madness of M… Read more
**Includes insert** Mind-bending and keenly primitive techno splat from Ajukaja's Estonian house enclave, Porridge Bullet - home to Maria Minerva and some of the freakiest Afro dance edits out there. It's a retrospective focussed on the output of Aivar Tõnso a.k.a. Hypnosaurus, the "legendary and unclassifiable Estonian techno act that proved to be very influential throughout its somewhat reclusive career." Inspired by late '80s sounds from Cabaret Voltaire to TG and early Detroit techno, his output evidently worked in a similar vein to Joel Brindefalk a.k.a. Ü's 'Great Dose of Monotonous Tech… Read more
**Edition of 500** Paradise Bangkok coin their new Eastern Connection sub-label with Hanna Mekonnen's sinuous Ethiopian groove, 'Ali New Biye' backed by a cracking Nick Manasseh version in dub. The new sub-label takes its lead from Chris Menist and Maft Sai's two mix CDs of the same title which explored the links between the East African Coast, the Arab Peninsula, South East Asia and all the musical cultures traversing the Indian ocean. Hanna's debut heralds a full length album on the heat-hazed horizon. Produced by Addis Abeba based label Sheba Sound, 'Ali New Biye' is a slick update of… Read more
2nd part of Dial's exclusive 'All' compilation deals five sparkling cuts on vinyl. Label co-founder Carsten Jost sets a sophisticated tone with the effortlessly deep and minimal house momentum of 'My Confession', neatly followed with the breezy, dubbed-out inflections of RNDM's 'Summer Smile' swinger. Physical Therapy deals one of his signature wildcards with the squashed, junglist 2-step techno of 'Market Crash', and John Roberts cuts a sweelt psychedelic figure with the Bullion-esque production of 'Paloma'.
*300 copy repress of this long-unavailable classic* Delving into their little (very) black book, Sunn 0))) have assembled an elite squad of doom-merchants to further ferment their claustrophobic drone founded vision, with the likes of Oren Ambarchi, Wrest, Malefic and John Wiese all donning their best cloaks and top hats for the role. Opening with 'Sin Nanna', Sunn 0))) immediately unsettle the listener through proper haunted-house soundscapes; wherein clouds of bellicose noise lap up around some seriously f*cked tape effects. Jolting you from this uneasily soporific state is the jarring me… Read more
Diaphanous ambient-grime designs from down under. Sydney's Mokona elides styles with seamless precision, plumbing the lusher depth of '80s new age and '90s ambient where many of his scene peers prefer to keep everything upfront in the mix. A-side features the wistful weightless arrangement of synth voices, flaring lead and airborne flutes in 'Morning Vapour', and with a hazy, meditative patina of bird calls and gaseous pads punctured by swooping drums in 'Shrine Garden'. Turn it over and 'Inner City Test Run' unloads crunching dancehall snares and crushing subs streaked with polychromatic synths, … Read more
Pelting old skool techno velocity from Brooklyn's Pvre Matrix - a new recruit to the L.I.E.S. corps. Up top he gets giddy at 150bpm with Waveform Transmission-era 909 groove and invasive acid lines escalating to breaking point and sustaining it right there. Flipside he's just as cranky with the rusted, splintered drums of 'Refusal' and at a decelerated degree with the 130bpm tribal techno of 'Hyper Object'.
**Chestblaster vinyl (reverse red splatter on clear) housed in a 425 reverse board sleeve with cover art by Eric Adrian Lee and a booklet of sleeve notes by star Giovanni Lombardo Radice. One-off edition of 900** "Death Waltz Recording Company has taken another step into the infamous genre of flesh-eating monsters in order to bring you a much-requested score from the field of Italian horror – Alexander Blonksteiner’s CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE (aka APOCALYPSE DOMANI). Directed by Antonio Margheriti (YOR, HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE) and starring John Saxon (A… Read more
*First ever vinyl pressing of Cassie's super-influential debut album* "A late-night classic of chilly electro-soul, the self-titled album has influenced many in the dance music fraternity since its original CD-only appearance back in 2006. Particularly revered by Jamie xx, Four Tet, Hot Chip and Tri Angle Records, the r'n'b cognoscenti went into overdrive when rumours of this release first leaked. Perhaps most famously, it features the slick summer smash "Me&U" which reached No.6 in the UK charts and topped the US equivalent. Yet the remaining 10 tracks serve to create a "minimalist r'n'b" masterpiece… Read more