Thursday, 18 September
**Hair-brained psych rock from Bristol's Paul Allen (The Heads), now joined by Gareth Turner and Jesse Webb (Big Naturals)** "in an era where the word 'psych' itself is fast being overused to the point of meaninglessness, there are certain seers who can always be relied upon to brandish an artistic insight into third-eye salvation that departs from its obsessive origins to offer trashed transcendence above and beyond the physical form. One such is Paul 'Prof' Allen, the mastermind of Anthroprophh, whose second album 'Outside The Circle' is a dizzying psychic voyage that exists in, ar… Read more
Liminal Sounds follow that deadly Air Max '97 plate with three grimy jungle and R&B mutations by Berlin's She's Drunk. 'Talk To Them' strikes out with a taut fusion of grimy bass pressure and split jungle breaks alloyed in airborne structures; flipside drops the quickstepping ragga wine-up 'The Wild Yard', and something a bit more unique with the cut-up, 'Mariah Believes'.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label. Blown-out, kosmiche psych-pop** "As the title infers, there is a ‘cosmic’ quality to Pulsars e Quasars – in a sense, it draws a link to his earlier Cosmic Synth work, albeit reclaiming and redefining it in a Pop songwriting context. Opener “Suns” sets the tone. And it glows. A bracing current of electricity, it’s a slate–cleaner, an improvised transmission capturing the group sound of this temporary ensemble in motion. “Pulsars e Quasars”, the title–track and mini–album’s first single, is a lysergic rush, a kaleidoscopic bite of psy… Read more
**Spotgloss jacket. Numbered, limited edition of 1000 w/ download code** Hot-tip, Suicideyear, bridges the gap betwixt Big Boi and Terry Riley in his debut album for Mexican Summer. Hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, James Prudhomme aka Suicideyear has crafted a gorgeously sensual, lucid hybrid of ATL trap beats and classic mid-late 20th century American minimalism, first heard in the 'Japan' mixtape, and now polished up with 'Remembrance'. We'd imagine this stuff to be like a iced-tea on the ears if heard in the humid climes of Louisiana and Florida where it was created, and equally… Read more
More radiophonical f**kery from Ekoplekz, deposited on Bob Bhamra's West Norwood Cassette Library. The 'Rock La Bibliotek' EP features six cuts of grubby analog utterance ranging from the marsh-troddin' Sarkaztik' to the dank chamber zones of 'Dropkone' on the A-side, and from plonging stepper 'Metronomik' to the eyrie ritual of 'Ekztatik' on the other.
Check the kicks on this blighter! Karlist returns to Russian Torrent Versions with proper show of power, barrelling from a trancey 140bpm electro-techno pounder up top to a glum off-beat and an hypnotic techno tool on the turn.
Pensive, kinetic dub techno from Newcastle/London's Blackhall & Bookless, backed with smart remixes by Virginia and Fred P. The Geordies' debut vinyl presents a muscular, driving sound well skooled in deep house and techno, yielding the adroit swerve and shimmy and cavernous dubbing of 'Kevins Spacey' and the tunnelling, puckered deep techno momentum of 'Morgans Freeman' for the dancers. Flipside, Panorama Bar associate Virginia gives a smoother, synth-licked Detroit house remix of the former, and Fred P turns the latter into a swinging, proggy piece of deep New York house.
"Laetitia Sadier’s new album, ‘Something Shines’, was recorded and matured more slowly than either ‘Silencio’ or ‘The Trip’. ‘Something Shines’ was initially recorded in Switzerland, where Laetitia’s collaborator David collects amazing old keyboards and organs from people who have inherited them but find no space or usage for them. Scattered through Europe are the component players of the ‘Something Shines’ band; drummer Emmanuel Mario in Paris and bassist Xavi Munoz in Castellon near Valencia, so additional parts were laid down in those cities. The strings were done in St. Etienne … Read more
Natty 8-bit electro themes, apparently written for the Norwegian Education department's 'Sports/Tools' programme and recently rediscovered on tape in a Trondheim thrift store by Stian Gjevik aka EOD. The fact that it's composed by a guy called Dildrian Schrödinger kinda lets the cat oot the box, so to speak, but if you like the idea of Kraftwerk writing motivational music for kids in plimsoles and white vests, this is one for you. Dare you to play it at the gym.
*New Vinyl Edition* For this snowy expedition our doomy guides are oddball Japanese noise God Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) and fellow countrymen and dark harbingers of doom Boris. It's their second collaboration after the crushing (and appropriately titled) 'Megatone', and takes their sound into further more insane reaches of the noise spectrum. Don't get the wrong idea though, this isn't noise like you'd normally expect from the man Akita, oh no this is far subtler and in the end far more affecting. Indeed the first few minutes are close to silence; rumbles and hums which build… Read more
Reissue of Surgeon's debut template for hard-as-f**k Brummie techno, originally issued in 1994. We hardly need to tell any hard techno fans the history of this 12", but for everyone else it was released in 1995 on his pal Regis' Downwards label as Lino 06. It contains the stringent, scowling minimalism of 'Magneze' and the buck-wild Chicagoan styles of 'Move' on the A-side, backed with the slinkier, dub chord-driven 'Atol' and the thunderous attack of 'Argon' on the flip. P-r-o-p-e-r pounders.
*Includes a 54 minute bonus CD featuring 21 early live and demo recordings from 1981/82, preserved in the tape archive of Joy Division/New Order manager Rob Gretton. Among these priceless lost recordings are 7 songs never before heard even on bootlegs* Factory Benelux presents Testament, a comprehensive ‘best of’ collection by influential Scottish group The Wake, including tracks recorded for cult labels Factory and Sarah Records. The Wake formed in Glasgow in early 1981 after singer/guitarist Caesar left future pop stars Altered Images. Joined by Carolyn Allen (keyboards), Steven Allen … Read more
"The Deep Freeze Mice where an English post punk/weirdo, pop/DIY band from Leicester; they released ten albums between 1979 and 1989 on their own labels Mole Embalming and the still running Cordelia Records. The band also gained a bit of post existence notice by their inclusion on the Nurse With Wound list and through the Messthetics compilation series. The original lineup consisted of guitarist/vocalist Alan Jenkins, bassist Mick Bunnage (of the Statics), keyboardist Sherree Lawrence, and drummer Graham Summers (also of the Statics) which remained intact until the release… Read more
**Includes 24" x 12" poster** HJ's says: "Afro-space-disco contagion — shuffling and wiggling, synthy and bubbling — from this re-incarnation of Willy Nfor’s Mighty Flames, recruited mostly from the wave of Cameroonian musicians drawn to Nigeria in the late-1970s by its heavy new funk sound. After a stint at the Right Time studio in Onitsha, the FP cadets ended up at Phonodisk in Lagos, quickly in high demand as session-players, running First Planet on the side with other Nigerian session players from the Onitsha/Awka axis. Its name was intended to evoke the co… Read more
**Previously unissued original version of a disco peach rife with steel drums, backed with freakin' wild edit by Hair Stylistics** "EM Records proudly announces a new addition to their EM Steel Pan Series, John Gibbs And The Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra. They are preparing to release their fine 1977 album Steel Funk on CD/LP, and as an appetizer they will issue two 12" singles ahead of the album. "Trinidad (Disco Mix)" is a remixed version of the album track "Trinidad & Tobago," and was originally issued in 1977 as a remixed 12" single for the dance market on Gibbs'… Read more
Brighton's Elizabeth Bernholz aka Gazelle Twin follows guest appearances for Alex Banks and Answer Code Request with a dramatic debut album of skewed electro-pop for Anti-Ghost Moon Ray Records. Her choice of previous collaborators gives a fair indication of her sound, but factor in additional production and mixing by analogue whizz-kid Benge, and connections with the likes of Scanner and John Foxx and you have abetter grasp of her queered, eldritch sound before you've even heard it. Between the crushed techno exoeskeleton of 'Unflesh', the woozy ambient pop of 'Anti Body', and the melting torc… Read more
Fiercely disciplined debut from Japan's Ueno Masaaki, presenting the 7th edition of Raster-Noton's Unun series. In four concise pieces, Masaaki articulates a unique style of techno apparently taking "his musical cue from natural phenomena and the laws of nature", and manifest in a chain reaction of hyper-ventilating rhythm and shifting percussive tone. In some respects, his minimalist efficiency and the evolution of his rhythms strongly remind of productions by Hungary's Gábor Lázár and Rotherham's Mark Fell, but the difference lies in his taste for saltier, scuffed drum hits and m… Read more
"Full-tilt with tunes, aggro riffs, feedback peals, stoned soul-searching, pop turnarounds and magisterial portraits of the go-nowhere lifestyle in abstract, ‘Weirdon’ is also a new-phase Purling Hiss album, using the songwriting and guitar style of Mike Polizze to come up with a quicksilver sound touched on only briefly on previous records. Replete with handclaps, pounding pianos, tambourines and vocal effects, but steeped in guitar roar, Purling Hiss streamlines up nicely, serving the new songs and directions of ‘Weirdon’ while still slamming down hard on your ears like they like to do. Simul… Read more
Belgium's acid freaks, WeMe got a killer haul of exclusive tracks from their extended family, inc. Ceppehax, Der Zyklus, DMX Krew, Leyland Kirby +++. Disc 1 introduces the mysterious Steve with a proper shot of Braindance, plus the salty rush of Ceephax's 'Seaside Mystery', some noisy electro from the Der Zyklus lab, and a halfstep slow/fast wriggle from DMX Krew called 'Complicated Feeling'. On the 2nd disc, Rephlexian associate MNLTH chimes in the lovely 'Neptune 44 16' and Stingray rocks the neck-snapping electro hydraulix of 'Behavoior Modification Implant' beside a sweet ambient number from… Read more
Thursday, 11 September
**The Death Of Rave present a necessary, re-sequenced vinyl version of a proper black metal anomaly, first issued on CD by Profound Lore and now cut to vinyl at D&M Berlin. Transcendent blizzard dynamics for the headstrong. Initial copies on blue vinyl. All copies include A4 lyric sheet insert. RIYL Merzbow, Bathory, H3O, Prurient** 'Postsocial' is the breathtaking 8th album from Wold, an infamous black metal unit with strong binds to the landlocked plains of Regina, Saskatchewan in central Canada. Stephen O'Malley's reissue of their 'Freermasonry' (2011) LP first introduced us to thei… Read more
One of Bristol's most interesting artists returns with an ace, oddly organic 2nd album for Tri Angle. 'Punish Honey' cements Vessel's unique position in modern electronica, not least as the first artist bestowed the honour of a 2nd full length on Tri Angle, but also due to his kink for a queered, oxidised alloy of organic and electronic tone, texture and timbre. In it, he uses electro-acoustic/concrète techniques and process to embody a unique voice and character, rather than towards any academic purposes. Employing sheet metal as percussion and sawn-off bicycles as flutes, he arrives at a roili… Read more
Keysound's most rooted unit return with a lean suite of broken beat and Afro-centric mutations on 'Islands'. Tied together with Josh Idehen's observant, poetic narration, 'Islands' follows the much-loved 'Routes' (2011) LP with a bright, spacious haul, flexing from wicked breakbeat and bass agitations to eerier ambient interludes. It feels constantly in flux between an omnipresent urban dread and moments of elation, tracing the underground/overground, hyper-capitalist/realist topologies and analogues of London town itself, from the deft bounce of 'New Pen' to lonely, solemn close of 'Island… Read more
Space-headed slo-mo techno/hip hop trips from R&S's new signing. Five tracks explore downtempo zones akin to Cloud Boat in 'On The Edge Surrounded With The Shores Of Assudrey', beside the sci-fi hip hop noise of 'Deer Drink From The River' and two pieces of scratchy modular noise in 'Dialectic A' & Dialectic B'. Fans of Fhloston Paradigm or Herva should check it oot.
Bookworms knuckles down some of his most minimal, tracky techno hypnotisers for Nord Records. Reducing the styles of his aces for L.I.E.S. and Anòmia, his first release of 2014 is all about slinky, gritty rhythmelody. A-side gives up the bookworm-holing square bass roil and glinting techno wriggle of 'Compact Visual Nature' beside the radiant sequencer harmonics and jack trak of 'Outdoor'. B-side brings a bang with the windswept, monotone techno dynamics of 'Location Unavailable' and what sounds like a bury mix of Jeff Mills and Jamal Moss in kicking kosmic kaos of 'STE-017'. One for the DJs and dancers.
Legendary krautrock synthesist Harald Grosskopf meets Robert Tubbs aka Cursor Minor aka Standard Planets on two prog-pop plays for Fin-A-Dee Six Records. 'Ethernet' starts out lithe and minimal but soon enough flips into a bombastic piece of kosmic Canterbury pop, whilst 'Telegraph' soars Icarus-like from mellow to overarching in its complex course.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Collecting 10 'Lost Reworks' by, and of, probably the best goth tech-house producer in Denmark. Watch out for the searing kohl-eyed missile 'River Of Life', the Powell-esque clatter and throb of 'Deceive', and the shifty T.O.M. And His Computer Band remix.
Bolder new styles from Will Saul aka Close, and Second Storey fka Al Tourettes, backed up with remix by Seven Davis Jr. 'No Love Lost' is a surprise deviation into different tempos than usual for Aus Music, tackling a sort of dreamy post-punk pop and halfstep D&B hybrid in 'No Love Lost' featuring Morcheeba-like vox by Kid A, plus instrumental, slo-mo electronica in 'Lacuna Slide', and techier swing moves in 'WAL'. Seven Davis Jr provides some relief for spun-out house heads with a more conventional, uptempo house rework of 'No Love Lost'.
“For his sophomore album as Baths Pitchfork hailed it as a “subversive work that gets uncomfortably close to pop, confronting closed minds with what they don’t want to believe.” Think of this Anticon EP, 'Ocean Death', as a companion piece—the Dia De Los Muertos to Obsidian’s Halloween. It’s title and the eponymous opening track existed before a single note of 2010’s Cerulean had been recorded. Darker in tone, they were always targeted for a sophomore album, but wound up a different cut of gem. Just five songs and a shade over 20 minutes, the idea was to avoid over-thinking. Songs were perfected n… Read more
**Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label - Sleepy ambient/shoegaze on the new album from Christopher Willits** ""For years, I’ve imagined the work I do in music, photography, video/film, immersive audio and meditation all coming into one space," says music-art guru Christopher Willits from his home in San Francisco. It's an ambition that seems especially befitting of a worldly polymath like Willits. "Sound and light can transform and inspire our imaginations," he continues. "It can be used as a tool to awaken our consciousness." And that is exactly what he has set out to do wi… Read more
Matthew Herbert turns out four lop-sided house grooves on 'Part Seven' of his revived vinyl series. The EP ranges from percolating, wooden drums and breezy vocals of Hejira's Rahel in 'Bumps' to the hydraulic house swing of 'Suckers' on the A-side, to a tuff but quirky techno chug reminding of Wolfgang Voigt in 'Pretty Daddy', and daft, loopy funk on 'Get Strong'.