Thursday, 12 March
Deliquescent dub psychedelia by Joel Brindefalk a.k.a Ü, posthumously released by his mates Joachim Nordwall (iDEAL) and Jan Svensson (Börft). Until he passed away in 2013, Brindefalk was behind a distinctly unique catalogue of music made on machines ranging from pelting early '90s dance music, 'Great Dose of Monotonous Techno' (1992) thru the glacial tonal minimalism of 'The Cripple' (2011). However, 'Doobedoo Dub 'e' Dope' is his tribute to Jamaican dub, albeit filtered thru an exotic Swedish mind, yielding a pair of meditative, gently skanking excursions perhaps best compared with productio… Read more
**Red wax with fold-over artwork insert in poly sleeve** Matias Aguayo gives it up for the dancers with a quartet of killer rhythm workouts. You know what to do…"El Rudo Del House is an imaginary creature who speaks to you with a pitched-down voice and produces heavy house rhythms that are engineered to directly trigger the movement of different body parts (body mechanics). His music resonates with the rhythms of everyday life: produced by big iron apparatuses that cross the sky, by voices that yell through speakers in giant halls, by machines of border security and control… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Grey day celebration music for meshed afternoons; eleven strums and songs to savor as you wander till spring. Did Damon & Naomi dream them? Did I? Will you?” —Andy Zax People talk about Damon & Naomi as if they’re the raw infrastructure that remained after Galaxie 500 fell apart, a steel skeleton stubbornly standing after an earthquake. But when the pair began a new project, they weren’t nadjusting so much as starting from scratch. By the time they released More Sad Hits, they had grown enough as musicians and songwriters that they d… Read more
Sides E + F for the the Clone Classic Cuts compilation of Jovonn's 'Goldtones'. Deep and fruity garage in four grooves: 'Erson's Keys' taken from the 'Underground Construction' EP; the boiled kettle flutes of 'Where Did House Go'; sub-heavy and organ-soaked vibes in 'N.Y.N.J.' from the 'All Nite EP'; the playful keys of 'Pianos Of Gold'.
**One half of minimal synth souls Xeno & Oaklander ups the visceral noise quotient to noxious, compelling degrees** "Gyors, Lassù marks an important milestone in the evolution of Martial Canterel's music, progressing far beyond the cages of “minimal synth” and embracing the noisier qualities of its sound with a renewed urgency, a kind of thickness embodied in multiple layers using only eurorack, Serge and Roland 100 modular systems at his disposal and flushing out the entire session in one take. Sine waves are rendered into walls of guitar-like noise on songs like “And I Thought”, while … Read more
Deviant industrial techno from the UK. Four stages of industrial pressure, from Ancient Methods-alike swagger to grumbling, raved-up styles, thru sub-heavy rolige and ghostly abstraction. Canny, like.
Delinquent, deliquescent grime from Damu on return to Keysound. M.I.A. since 2013, his 'Holed In The Hovel' session reveals an even shinier chassis and curdled silicon aesthetic, in chromatic flux somewhere between SOPHIE and PC Music or the most lucent Her Records releases. 'iPolice' starts up like some Matrix sentinel, all laser scanning bleeps and wavey synths with a sci-fi agenda, while 'Whirlybird' rolls out like a mutant mix of Fis-t's 'Night Hunter'. At his maddest, 'Holed Up In The Hovel' wields wild claps and meter-melted Ballroom beats, and 'No Pain, No Gain' gives up frantic, frothing grime patterns infected with some mad computer virus.
Pure techno tools by Berlin's Blue Hour. Solid club wares in the tense synth tension and driving 909s of the A-side, backed with more Detroit-styled sky-watchers on the flip.
**Limited-edition LP housed in a Stoughton tip-on sleeve** "Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band are a contemporary group from Burkina Faso. Coming from Bobo-Dioulasso, the group is steeped in the Mandingue musical traditions of their ancestral legacy. The enigmatic lead singer Baba Commandant (Mamadou Sanou) is an original and eccentric character who is well respected in the Burkinabé musical community. A sort of punk Faso Dan Fani activist for traditional Mandingo music, Baba continues to redefine the boundaries between traditional and modern. In 1981, he joined the K… Read more
Emosh London dancefloor flex from the Berlin transplant XXXY. 'Last Dance' works out like the weepy cousin to Joy O's 'Hyph Mngo' on the A-side; 'Close The Door' shakes down a perkier house shuffle pointed with warm strings and juicy bassline bounce beside the shape-cutting squeeze, 'Behind You'.
*Second comp from Robert Johnson in the Lifesaver series, featuring tracks from Roman Flugel, Massimiliano Pagliara, Portable, Lauer and more. Includes download code* "Kicked off by one of the Frankfurt young guns, the compilation leans into a melody-driven warm-up with a slight hint of analogue soul – "Digital Revolution" by Orson Wells. Next up is the Italian-born and now Berlin-based Massimiliano Pagliara. His contribution "Phasing Down The Sea" enriches the second Lifesaver installment with some of his signature synth-lines paired with a classic chicago-dri… Read more
*Limited Edition reissue on Brown vinyl* Here's what we said about Medulla when it first came out: "Going through another baffling pre-recording arrangement of ideas Bjork finally hit on making 'Medúlla' (translated as marrow in latin) an album mostly stripped bare of acoustic and electronic instrumentation. Instead all the music had to originate from the human voice, hooking up with Mike Patton, Rahzel, Robert Wyatt, Kelis, plus other lesser known artists and choirs from the UK and Iceland. Where music does creep in it's handled by Olivier Alary from Ensemble, Mark Bell, Matmos, M… Read more
**Strong, Dilla-meets-Morricone-at-Gaslamp Killer's-place vibe on this one** "Instrumental psychedelic hip-hop hybrid Lilacs & Champagne spent their first two albums shining a light on the darkest corners of vintage European cinematic oddities. Their eponymous debut album and the follow-up, Danish & Blue, were warped, psychedelic takes on damaged funk and b-movie film scores. With their palette now thoroughly smeared, coconspirators Emil Amos and Alex Hall are flirting with the makings of a masterpiece in Midnight Features Vol. 2: Made Flesh. From the mournful ope… Read more
*Gatefold sleeve reissue of this long out-of-print album, carefully remastered from the original master tapes* "Bassist / composer Charles Mingus is one of the most radical figures in American music. Throughout the ’50s, he worked as a sideman with legendary players Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and more. In the ’60s, he gained recognition as a bandleader, often followed by controversy for making strong-minded statements in the press about race, politics and stodgy music critics. While Mingus received many honors posthumously as well as… Read more
**2nd of three 12"s** DVS1's Mistress Recordings deliver in style. Up top Ombossa keeps it pounding but trippy with 'Bonish Thuggish' and Jerome Baker aka [The Real] DJ Boris aka Lord Damian rasps out the pressurised minimalism of 'Track 20'. Downtown, Marquis Hawkes appears as Juxta Position with the frisky acid shuffle of 'World Domination', and Discrete Circuit plays out the teasing big room techno build of 'Incursion'.
A Sagittariun gets down with the Hypercolour kids, backed by a pumping Detroit mix from Rolando. Taking a minute out from his Elastic Dreams series, the enigmatic producer weighs up a slamming sorta hardcore hybrid with the pile-driving 4/4 kicks, sparking breakbeats and celestial arpeggios of '3-4-3', and takes us back to Gescom-style hip hop breaks with the downtempo 'Delta House'.
**Includes 50-minute CD featuring texts written and performed by Alexandra Kennedy & Campbell Irvine. RIYL Muslimgauze, Demdike Stare** Exceptional take on techno tribalism from yung Australian producer, Campbell Irvine. Picking up where Shackleton left before he went psy-trance, Campbell runs with a proper dread techno vibe on two extended walkabouts strafed with duppied voices and urged by layered, syncopated percussion and deep subs. We're particularly feeling the scratchy swing and shuffle of B-side 'Reunion Of Two Bodies', which sits somewhere between S… Read more
Brooding and evil techno from Holland. Check for the psychotic A-side joint, 'Ilape' with its squealing lead line and the vintage Brum presure of 'Scuff'.
"From the dawn of doo-wop to the death of disco, the Notations saw—and sang—it all. Persisting through changing trends and technologies, on major labels and minor ones, produced by both Syl Johnson and Curtis Mayfield, nothing could stop the Notations from representing Chicago’s Southside for decades. The first overview of their indie label golden age, Still Here 1967–1973 finds the Notations at a musical crossroads, turning from simmering R&B ballads to socially-conscious soul. Offering up a platter of golden-dipped harmonies, inventive arrangements, and super-powered soul, the Notations survived as unheralded legends in their own time."
*Gatefold sleeve reissue of this long out-of-print album, carefully remastered from the original master tapes* "Bassist / composer Charles Mingus is one of the most radical figures in American music. Throughout the ’50s, he worked as a sideman with legendary players Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and more. In the ’60s, he gained recognition as a bandleader, often followed by controversy for making strong-minded statements in the press about race, politics and stodgy music critics. While Mingus received many honors posthumously as well as during his career, perhaps… Read more
*New Edition with full artwork* The biggest Grime riddim of 2010 with DJ Q remix, finally repressed on 12 inch. A-side features the bubbling 808s and shark-eyed synths of 'Woooo Riddim' straight up, sounding as lean, futuristic and skunked-out as every time you've heard it on the bus, youtube or soundcloud. D Double E may be missing but this riddim goes hard regardless. On the flip DJ Q's remix lends a flush of feminine, twinkled-toed synths and cut-up vocals for the club. It's possibly symptomatic of the times that it's taken so long to land on wax, but Butterz have just made a lot of grime heads very, very happy with this pressing. Essential!
**Awesome collaboration, 20 years in the making, between venerable sound artist John Duncan and the legendary Jim O'Rourke, with help from Oren Ambarchi and Joe Talia. Sounds like Reines D'Angleterre meets Mika Vainio, or something. Edition of 500 housed in Hokusai artwork** John Duncan: "YEAH: Jim and I worked fast and furiously in Christoph Heemann's studio to record this, working in shifts, day and night, three days later had it all but finished -- then Jim said 'Let me do just a couple of tweaks, here and there' and I agreed. Twenty years later, we got together again to add those t… Read more
Thursday, 05 March
**Mastered and cut at D&M from the original DAT tapes in their original sequence, pressed on 140g 2xLP. Includes insert and instant download for your iWalkman - Limited Copies!** Rawest, illest hip hop/dub mixtape from '98 by Wordsound capo, Skiz Fernando Jr a.k.a. Spectre, feat contributions from sometime Madteo collaborator Sensational, Kevin ‘The Bug’ Martin’s Techno Animal alias, Bill Laswell’s Dubadelic project, Godflesh’s Ted Parsons and more. This is a fine history lesson for many yungers, and a red-eyed flashback for many heads who came thru in the '90s. Originally released on cassette in … Read more
*LP version comes with free download card* Pearson sound has the honour of releasing Hessle Audio's 1st solo artist album with his adroit and concise self-titled opus. It arrives 7 years since his earliest transmission, 'Blimey' [HES005] as Ramadanman, in which time he's carved a distinct niche between the sub-strata of UK techno, dubstep and electronica, building one of the most distinguished catalogues in modern dance music - including high profile remixes for Radiohead and Disclosure. Clearly inspired by the 'floor but not beholden to it, 'Pearson Sound' gives him wriggle room for exp… Read more
**Kinky No Wave dance drills, fresh outta Berlin. Initial copies on trans blue wax in stickered poly sleeve. Edition of 500. For you if you love Powell, Low Jack, EVOL, Barnt!** N.M.O. are an exceptional, pan-European duo deploying SuperCollider software and stripped-down, roiling drums under the mantra, As Strict As Possible. For The Death Of Rave they present a unique trio of 'Tropocaliptic Excursions' to follow their two releases for Barcelona's Anòmia label, including 2014's critically acclaimed and standout 12", 'Nederlandse Maatschappij Ontwikkeling'. … Read more
Remarkable, trasncendent new recordings by dextrous multi-instrumentalist Roland P. Young, his 4th LP for Japan's EM Records. Created in 2014 after a move to Tel Aviv, 'Confluences' marks a new phase in Young's oeuvre, with a title both signifying the cultural blend of his new home region, and his ability to naturally comprovise disparate musical influence and textures - clarinet, bass clarinet, kalimba, NAF flute, keyboard, voice and electronic accoutrements. Blending properly rugged but smartly reduced rhythms with pensile synthlines and minimal acoustic phrasing, it's possible to draw … Read more
The strangest and strongest album we've heard yet from avant-garde traveller, Felicia Atkinson. Arriving from Oregon, USA, via the French Alps base of Shelter Press - the publishing platform she runs with Bartolomé Sanson - it unfolds a highly visual sonic topography built upon collaged and randomly selected texts taken from her 2014 publication, 'Improvising Sculpture as Delayed Fictions', plus 'Rechereche de la Base et du Sommet' (René Char, 1955), and 'Madame Edwarda' (Georges Bataille, 1937). We're informed that the production is DIY, recorded with super basic software on a… Read more
Natty, psychelicious house trax by your boy from Offenbach, DJ Slyngshot. Lovers of ruff and spirited house music are understandably set to fall hard for these three cuts - the salty Theo-style beatdown crackle of 'Cycles' and the dopest breakbeat dip zipped with darting keys and wobbly Moog in 'Skyscraperz' up top, backed with the disco jackin' deep house showpiece, 'High Times' on the flip. DJ Slyngshot knows what's up. This is unmissable for fans of Theo, STL, Marcellus Pittmann, Soulphiction...Tipped!
**Green wax. Jukebox hole. Includes inserts and download coupon** Locked-on Midlands punk fury from Fearn / Williamson, The Sleaford Mods. They relieve 'A Little Ditty' up top backed with a killer version of 'I'm Shit At It' - "Can't Even Make Simple Calculations/I'm Shit At It / Can't Even Butter a Cob Right / I'm Shit At It" seals it for us. Jip!
**Heavy vinyl edition of 150** "Portland vocal house roots duo Gemini Lion is an ongoing collaboration between soul-singer J. Green and SILK staple producer A. Kalin (Temples, Polonaise, Finesse). Adoration, their debut, pickpockets from various downtown wardrobes for a multi-culti vibe that’s equal parts party monster, ballroom strut, and melancholic sweat. Green’s voice is a rich and dexterous presence, waxing after romantic obsessions and delineating queer terminology, while Kalin’s lean bass lines and percussion sequences shuffle and flow through fluid, reflective states. Their commitment … Read more