Thursday, 26 June
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
**180g vinyl. Includes download coupon** Four years on from the acclaimed 'Holkham Drones', Luke Abbott smudges deeper with this sublime sophomore LP. Titled in tribute to the Cambridge-based arts centre, 'Wysing Forest' feels more abstract than its predecessor, offering a bold but friendly challenge to those who simply wanted more of the same. To be fair it's not radically removed, but there are strong echoes of early radiophonic experimentation and a looser, noisier, ecstatically free-form approach to arrangement that unpredictably toys with our sense of anticipation and gratification. It… 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
No messin', this is 'Serious Business' from Flowdan produced by The Bug, Footsie, Coki and Masro. The Roll Deep legend on menacingly toppa top form with four cuts including the hugely sought-after 'No Gyal Tune' produced by East London bod, Masro, alongside The Bug's bashment mauling riddim for the call-to-arms, 'People Power', plus a maaad discordant radgy from Coki for 'F About', and Footsie's trapped-out backing for the smokers anthem 'Ambush'. Levels are thru the roof on this. So large!
Diverse, Detroit-indebted debut entry from a new producer/crew, Get The Balance Right! From the NWAQ-style filtered chords and padded kicks of 'Lagoon Drive' the EP cycles thru icy yet warm electro on 'Underwater Love' and the Heinrich Mueller-esque 'Mirror's Edge/Becoming' , whereas 'Other Side Wonders' harks back to classic Other People Place vibes and 'Space Jamm# 461' dips to a sweeter deep house sound.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Curated by Richard H Kirk , #7885 (Electropunk To Technopop)’ compiles two distinct periods of Cabaret Voltaire - 1978-81 and 1983-85 - for the first time together on one release and follows the remastered vinyl release of ‘Red Mecca’ and already sold out box set ‘#8385 (Collected Works 1983-1985)’. Kirk explains: “I decided to gather the more concise elements of the work... Hence the choice of 7” singles, edits and shorter album tracks, a kind of soundbite take on CV.” The compilation travels from 1978-81 wi… Read more
**Canny collection of early, pioneering French synth wave. Semi-opaque vinyl** "Atom Cristal is one of these bands that have been completely forgotten by the whole history of electronic music. Its adventure started out in 1974, in the town of Puteaux, where they attended the birth of La Défense, the archetype of the modern Parisian districts. As a fan of kraut and psych rock, Jean-Pierre Chatté bought one of the first EMS synthesizers for sale in Paris, and met soon after the sound engineer Michel Goujon. This is how their long friendship and musical affinity was born. During the 70… Read more
**Edition of 300** Shuddering sound sculptures from Lyon-based Insiden, mastered by James Plotkin, who's also a big fan of the group. Very much in the vein of fellow doom/sound design harbingers The Haxan Cloak, Roly Porter or Emptyset, the group uses electronically rendered recordings of acoustic sources (keys, cello, voice) to conjure vast, awning basslines, distant percussive rumbles and dense clouds of keening metallic harmonics rooted as much in Indian raga as avant-metal, kosmiche and industrial disciplines.
Brizzle's Atki2 winds up two bashy waist winders for Frijsfo Beats. The follow-up to his 'Knock Knock' 7" for his home city pals brings a ruder, 'floor-skimming sound with the deft swagger and juggled vocal samples of 'Bubble', whilst he employs some classic pop motifs on 'Galaxy Zoo' for a breezier sort of ambient reggaeton wiggle with infectious percussion and super bright, crisp electronics. Tipped!
**Reverse board gatefold jacket contains 2 x 10" vinyl. Edition of 300** Stephen Vitiello and Taylor Deupree remind us the arresting beauty of simple, spacious ambient music with this sublime suite created as part of the Robert Rauschenberg Residency Program at the late artist's estate and studio compound in Captiva, Florida. It marks Deupree and Vitiello's first full length work together, following their combined effort with Ryuichi Sakamoto and live performances which signalled the pair as kindred spirits. 'Captiva' is a set of duets, both between the artists, and the pair … Read more
**Double vinyl with CD copy** Just in time for summer, Dummy Magazine round up 15 new and exclusive tracks and reworks from John Wizards, Palmistry, Kwes, East India Youth, EMMA & LV, Larry Gus, Tirzah and more. It could arguably be taken as a survey of current London tastes, cutting across the face of it with warm blends of soul, indie-pop, grime, hip hop and electronica and finding highlights in John Wizards' sun-blushed 'Welcome To Cape Town, Cape Town Welcomes You', the dancehall/reggaeton minimalism of Palmistry's 'Ascensión' featuring BlazeKidd and Uli K, and EMMA's tumbling footwork dub mutant, written with Will LV.
*Double LP set ensconced in a thick tip-on gatefold jacket splashed with a colorful spread of vivid archival imagery accumulated over a decade of research into the Columbus, Ohio culture. The liner notes serve as an in-depth history of Columbus soul music, linking The Capsoul Label with The Prix Label and Norman Whiteside's Wee project (recently sampled by Kanye West)* "Fifty records later, The Numero Group returns to its eccentric roots, Ohio's Capitol City and the sonorous Shangri-La carved out by the indefatigable Bill Moss. Filling in, around, and on top of our original… Read more
*Includes a download code redeemable from the label* "Captured Tracks have been so honored to release the wildly expansive catalogue of Martin Newell and the Cleaners From Venus that we couldn't say goodbye without just one more! This bonus LP contains the remaing outtakes from Newell's 1992 recordings that resulted in "My Back Wages", along with a few other rareities. It would be nice and tidy to be able to say that the Cleaners from Venus story ended right here with this rather more than definitive collection of broken or misshapen tracks. The truth of the matter, however is that the story may not quite be over yet... "
**A serene confluence of compatible styles, FRKWYS Vol.11 pits itinerant avant-blues bard Steve Cooper with "six string squire" Steve Gunn** "On Cantos de Lisboa, Gunn and Cooper take emotive cues from Fado, the regional music of Portugal, which is in close plaintive spirit to the blues. A melancholy seeps into the music, while steering a wide berth from any bummer notes or pastiche. Cooper’s sparse effects toolkit and stately, gliding cadences are nimbly employed, while Gunn’s ashen voice and steady strum lend an intensely organic feel to the album’s improvisat… Read more
*Killer under-the-radio cosmic disco from Trinidad and Tobago - Limited Copies!* This material was licensed directly from Joanne Wilson herself and penned by her father Tony Wilson, the writer behind Hot Chocolate's "You Sexy Thing." Once again Boston's Whiskey Barons rework another Cultures of Soul release to bring their incredible editing skills to tighten up this track and making it perfect for today's dance floor. The B-side contains the original vocal mix and the instrumental version mix.
BNJMN nails a darker, heavier sound on his first 12" for Technicolour. On 'Tonight' he teases a snatch of This Mortal Coil's 'Song To The Siren' over strobing chords and submerged 4/4 welt to come off like The Field's up-for-it alter ego. Flipside, 'Arc' hews closer to that psycho-acoustically attuned techno sound also done by Actress and Lee Gamble, and 'IV' gets under the skin with opiated Eastern string samples rolled in murky EBM/house rhythm to gloomy effect.
Scherbe steps outta the Uncanny Valley enclave onto Ramp's 4th Wave label with two gritty beatdown grooves. Up top, 'Neva Too Late' wiggles to a raw MPC groove feeling out fresh but dusty ground between Dilla and Wolfgang Voigt. Flipside 'King Of Kasio' drops a shoulder to 104bpm for a classy Detroit beatdown style warmed up with plush but hazy piano chords and well worn drums nodding to Theo Parrish or Marcellus Pittman.
Back with a bang, DJ Haus kicks the party into action with four UK/US-style ghetto killers. Up top he rides a Chicago-style booty banger with 'Clap Yo Handz' and brings the B-More Club funk with James Brown breaks and classic stabs. Down below he teams up with Matrixxman for the flighty garage warper 'Feel It' and the skippy Jersey flex of 'Lez Get 2getha' for the late night freaks.
Killer, augmented eight-track vinyl version of Big Strick and son, Generation Next's 'Like Father Like Son' album. It's proper Detroit soul dance music, featuring sweet vocals from Tony Coates and Don Q over raw, Omar S-styled motor city grooves.
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* "The late summer of 1985 was a rather pleasant one for Martin Newell. Now past 30, and sick of being at odds with the London music industry, he decided to give up - not music exactly - but any attempt to make a living from it. Though Newell and his new musical partner Giles Smith continued to casually record and "Under Wartime Conditions" continued to pick up good reviews, including one in the UK's Sound magazine, there was no intent to continue on. Yet it was due to this sporadic period of recording that the Cleaners … Read more
Modeselektor slice off a sweet taster for the 3rd volume of their cherry-picked 'Modeselektion' series. L-Vis opens the account with a swaggering future boogie zinger called 'Funk 4D' - presumably a follow-up to 'Ballad 4D' for Night Slugs - and Schlachthofbronx team up with Buraka Som Sistema for the low-slung, fizzing Kuduro/Bass percolations of 'Volumen'. Manchester's Hoya: Hoya cap'n Illum Sphere brings the 4/4 with a poised jacker called 'Bullet', and French Fries rattles off the gritty drum machien patter and cute electronic motifs of 'Shift'.
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* "Considered the "last ever" Cleaners From Venus release, "My Back Wages" is comprised primarily of songs written in 1992 while Martin Newell was quarantined with the Chicken Pox. While some songs made it onto Newell's "The Greatest Living Englishman", many fell into obscurity, never to be released. That is until some 8 years later when long time Cleaners supporters JAR Music Germany, a small DIY label, released a collection entitled "My Back Wages". Newell claims to have had no knowledge of the release, but the punning title of the… Read more
*2LP in Gatefold jacket with a download card redeemable from the label* "Boris has always demolished expectations of what a band can do musically and aesthetically. In keeping with that tradition, they again flip the script for the band’s first official release in three years by serving up their most all-encompassing effort to date. Noise is an amplification of BORIS’ endless pursuit of musical extremes while moving aggressive, intense rock into new territories. In writing Noise, BORIS was intent upon condensing all that the band had explored over the years, in order to create something mo… Read more
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* "Following the release of "Living With Victoria Grey", Martin Newell and the Cleaners from Venus once again began taking their musical careers seriously, releasing a few singles and two vinyl LPs. However by late 1988 Newell and bass player Peter Nelson left the band and ended up forming a side project by the name of The Brotherhood of Lizards. After busking and loosley recording some demos, the band were signed to the independant label Deltic Records. Newell and Nelson gained quite a bit of media attention for their guitar drive… Read more