Thursday, 04 June
40 year anniversary remastered reissue of a rare and sought-after library album of funky alien disco by Bernard Fevre, who's probably best known as Black Devil Disco Club. From the man himself: "Cosmos 2043 and Suspense were made one after the other in 1975. Writing and production took two months for the first album and four months for the other. I chose to do everything myself, because I didn’t trust the other producers and musicians; I thought they were way behind the times. Besides, I’ve always found that other people around me paid little attention to music, and seemed old, unfash… Read more
*Limited single sided white vinyl 10" housed in silk screened sleeve, hand-numbered insert with notes and notation, plus photograph. Edition of 300** Most unsettling record of the week award goes to Erik Bünger and Jan-Filip Tupa with 'The Empire Never Ended' for the excellent Infinite Greyscale series (cue baffled round of applause). Explanation is required: In 2006 researcher Thomas Knoefel found a mysterious, single-sided 78rpm record at the Society for Psychical Research archive in London. It was a reverse cut, meaning the record played from the centre label out, and contained… Read more
Sub-aquatic deep house from Anthony Collins and Francis Harris' Frank & Tony duo. The whole thing feels as though it was recorded thru a pillow or from the room next door, turning out three cuts of persistent, buoyant hi-hats and smudged bass nudge perfused with warm chords and crackle...
**Includes download code for album plus 4 bonus remixes** The virtuosic sampler fiend and pioneering dancefloor composer presents his 1st new album of dance music in nine years with 'The Shakes' - effectively the follow-up to 'Scale' (2006). With an emotional range as fine and varied as his sample banks, the venerable UK composer spins out twelve tracks spanning signature hurky-jerky house patterns thru to sanguine soul drifts and jazzy big band antics, always with an idiosyncratic timbre and grain and blessed with the sort of chicanery that could only come from a composer confident in his techni… Read more
Further to the reissue extravaganza surrounding Bernard Fevre's seminal library disco, Obsession serve his super-rare, 'The Strange World of Bernard Fevre' (1977) to download for the first time. Expect a full on Moog fest in fourteen parts, with a wingspan from the revvin' disco chug of 'Hell Riders' to the percolated wiggle of 'Restless' and pulsing alien scapes of 'New from Future'.
A bit of history right here: a reissue of the first ever Trax release; 'Wanna Dance', by Jesse Saunders a.k.a. Le' Noiz. Working hard on the cusp of freestyle electro and Italo disco, 'Wanna Dance?' is quintessential proto-house, neither one style nor the other, but simply designed to drive bodies harder, better on the 'floor. The original's a severely stripped-down show of big-boned drums, whereas the flipside 'Certainly' adds some arpeggiated synth flesh and funked-up vocal stabs. Aye, we're dancin'.
First sign of an intriguing record - 33 or 45rpm? Settled at 45rpm (even more interesting) 'What's Your Planet' replays scrambled messages from the Overlast galaxy, which sounds uncannily like some parallel version of Detroit. Coming off like a psilocybic Urban Tribe, the sound unravels between brain-burrowing ghetto-funk in the title track to a sort of screwy Jit pulsation with 'Days', before tilting into alien footwork with 'The Proper Way To Get Lost', and unstable wormhole techno with 'Accelerate Light'. No brainer, this, for freaks of all electronic stripes.
Thursday, 28 May
**Gatefold Double LP.** Jaw-dropping debut solo album from Nozinja, the brains behind South Africa's maddest export - Shangaan Electro. Arriving five years since he set floors alight from Limpopo to Salford with an acclaimed compilation for Honest Jon's, he presents the most diverse Shangaan expo to date with 'Nozinja Lodge' cycling between free-wheeling 180bpm signatures to highly idiosyncratic takes on militant Hi-NRG disco via string-heavy epics and pinging digi-dub pop mutations, all sprinkled with his patented, super-bright and melodic arrangements. For energy and soul he's practically … Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* Limited Edition 4 Track Vinyl reissue.
*Superior Viaduct reissue this anti-pop masterpiece that truly defies categorization...* "ZNR was the French duo of Hector Zazou and Joseph Racaille (hence, Zazou 'n' Racaille) active in the mid to late '70s. Their 1976 debut, Barricade 3, is an anti-pop masterpiece that truly defies categorization; it makes perfect sense that ZNR appears on the infamous Nurse With Wound list. Featuring an array of seemingly dichotomous instruments (piano, synthesizers, woodwinds, electric guitar and more) as well as genuinely bizarre vocals, the album is composed of fifteen odd experiments using a loose framework o… Read more
King Midas Sound's dub poet, Roger Robinson, in a dread-filled tribute to his Brixton 'hood circa the London riots, framed by Disrupt's unique dub production. Nodding to classic works by Linton Kwesi Johnson, Prince Far I, and, perhaps most poignantly, Stephen "Spaceape" Gordon (R.I.P.), Robinson relates his experiences of those smoke-filled nights in late summer 2011 when the youth of London were pushed too far and reacted in kind. Against the slowly unfolding havoc of Disrupt's frayed dubscapes fashioned from samplers, DIY synths and additional licks from Julien Neto, we're lead on… Read more
Dawn of Midi emulate the grid-like tensions of electronic/FX-driven music with only acoustic instruments - drums, bass and piano - in 'Dysnomia' (2013). originally issued by Thirsty Ear and now reissued by Erased Tapes, it's an impressive feat in the same way that Elektro Guzzi's albums are for their unnatural sense of timing and precision, attempting to synch ever closer to internal clocks of Midi linked music-making machines.
*LP mastered and cut to vinyl by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering and pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card. Recommended for fans of Pontiak, Endless Boogie, Earthless and Goat* "Dommengang are a Brooklyn-via-Seattle rock trio fronted by Pacific Northwest psych mainstay Sig Wilson (Holy Sons, Castanets, Scout Niblett) and Brooklyn musicians Brian Markham and Adam Bulgasem (currently members of Holy Sons’ live band). While the trio’s affection for electric blues and proto-punk bombast is clear, their music abandons traditional song structures and replaces their recognizable tro… Read more
Debut album of breezy ambient and deep house shimmies from one of Greta Cottage Workshop newer recruits. Sounds like this guy doesn't have a care in the world, happily dancing thru eight low-lit and 'floor-friendly charms warmed with nimble jazz keys and nudged by lithe, rounded grooves at best in the filter-faded beatdown dub of 'Beyond the Sapphire Surf' or the Floating Points-esque 'Dots on the Skyline' or 'Afloat on a Sea of Nothing' featuring Takuya Matsumoto.
Feathered soul from Throwing Shade, with breathy vox by Emily Bee. "Her second EP ‘Fate Xclusive’ effortlessly covers ground between seductive downbeat pop (lead single ’Honeytrap’, vocalled by Emily Bee), pulsing club (‘4eva Fate’) and contemporary leftfield electronic music (‘Mirror’). All bear the rainbow fingerprints of her signature kaleidoscopic production style. The EP release sees her poised to build on a busy last 18 months and reach a wider audience. October 2013 saw her debut release – ‘Mystic Places’ – on Kassem Mosse’s Ominira imprint. In May 2014 she released the ’19 Jewel… Read more
**2LP gatefold edition features two pieces not found on the CD version. Includes download code** A sublime suite of Phillip Glass compositions, reinterpreted and perfromed by concert pianist and devoted acolyte, Bruce Brubaker. It would take the stoniest of hearts to not be seduced by this collection of ten pieces, such is Brubaker's deeply personal understanding and tact towards Glass' music. Thanks to close microphone placement during the recordings at the new Thater and Auditorium of Poitiers, the performance are achingly intimate, capturing all the chair creaks and bum shuffles betwee… Read more
After leaving us hanging in 2013 with a delectable 7", Sally Dige commits her debut album of neon noir synth-pop to Night School Records. With the exception of that single's ice cold, 'Losing You', it's all new material, nocturnally skooled in classic 4AD and '80s FM pop, a perfectly manicured balance of cracking drum machine punctuation and swooning synth/vocals expressing a dark, luxuriant sensuality painted in a brooding, new romantic relief. With 'Hard To Please' she nods to the latin freestyle inflections of Madonna, whereas 'Immaculate Deception' is more like Kate Bush gone EBM and '… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* Limited Edition 4 Track Vinyl reissue.
"André Bratten grew up in Oslo on the border between a bustling city and a dense forest. That juxtaposition has informed his sound: Bratten skillfully imbues cosmic disco with intense cerebral techno. Bratten's cinematic tendency stems from his experience as a theater score composer, while his dancier side is influenced by the Norwegian disco scene that raised him. He released his debut album Be A Man You Ant (2013) on Prins Thomas' Full Pupp label, and shares a studio with Thomas, Todd Terje, and Lindstrøm. However, rather than simply emulate these figureheads, Bratten blazed his own t… Read more
Honey Owens makes a rare and welcome outing as Valet with 'Nature' for Kranky. Her first album in seven years finds the American indie-child making broad gestures to '90s dream-pop and shoegaze with eight songs aided and abetted by regular spars Rafael Fauria (guitar) and Mark Burden (drums/bass/keys). It's an enveloping sound, layering up swirling guitars and stoned drums around her glossolalic vocals at the centre of its slow-shifting harmonic pressure systems.
Lars Hortveth's Jaga Jazzist launch the maiden cut from their 6th studio LP, backed with a skittish breakbeat disco re-work by Todd Terje. 'Oban' is the slickest iteration of the Norwegian troupe's new prog-disco sound, a fusion of playful Viking jazz dexterity and L.A.-styled cinematic disco excess, sprawling 12 minutes of Hans Zimmer-esque synth pads with Kraftwerkian electro and Axelrod-style drum breaks in fantastical, daft yet sophisticated formations. Todd Terje clearly relishes the opportunity to work with such rich material, turning in a modular-twanged remix that's nearly as long and every bit as juicy as some vintage Bernard Fevre bomb.
*Limited edition marbled vinyl* ASC's Auxiliary imprint ventures into crackly, pastoral 'tronica with the debut output from Joe Synkro and Bering Strait's Kiyoko project. 'Sea Of Trees' is cleanly removed from Synkro's usual work, but does share an appreciation of space and atmospheric downbeats with his recent episode for Apollo. Working with Bering Straits' palette of acoustic instruments and analogue gear, plus dusty samples from old vinyl and an array of circuit bent toys, the result is a carefully, gauzily textured suite of autumnal electronica with tender similarities to the Lancashire man… Read more
**hand-stamped 12" with insert** Finnish industrial/techno/acid legend Kim Rapatti a.k.a. Mono Junk follows up on Skudge White with a dark and diverse four-tracker. While its predecessor, 'Untitled' (SKUDGE-W06) still sees a lot of play with us, this one offers seductive new thrills ranging from a white-flash of trancey brilliance in the chaotic modulations of A-side, 'Acid Marylou' and the crushing black hole of 'Sirens', while the flipside sounds more Tom of Finland than Kim, with strapping EBM bass and haughty claps for the rogues, plus a flighty old-skool techno charm.
The esteemed Norwegian troupe forge a tougher, dizzying sound galvanised by electronic experimentation in their 6th studio album. Since their last LP, 'Live With Britten Sinfonia' (2013), the band's principle song-writer Lars Hortveth took off to L.A. where, inspired by the scale of space and its flashing neon lights, he started composing the material which would become 'Starfire'. Recorded back in Oslo at his band's own studio, the album neatly transposes the rolling, glittering landscapes of California to Jaga Jazzist's rockier topographies and smart jazz chops, manifesting a wide-scop… Read more
*Re-press of this long-unavailable Soul Jazz classic* "Buss it non-stop" - just one listen to the opening of Lloyd Robinson and Devon Russell's impressions' inflected 'Push push' and you should be as enthralled as we were by this cd of specials. The 'discomix' phenomenon was reggae music's reaction to the extended space and form made possible by the technological development of the twelve inch single, created to allow greater flexibility for club deejays to extend, splice or plain muck around with the music. Reggae seized the opportunity to showcase the vocal and the du… Read more
*Re-press of this long-unavailable Soul Jazz classic* Second instalment with a tough act to to follow after the first volume rarely strayed more than a foot from the player - Coxsone wheels it back proper dry and heavy style - drawn predominantly from epic local pop productions this music provides a beautiful snapshot of jamaican bump. Marcia Griffiths Feel Like Jumping, The Willows Send another Moses, Otis Gayle's gorgeous Spinners cover I'll be around, accompanying other priceless rediscoveries such as Marcia Griffiths in dub, hey we all need to jump around sometimes - far too many highlights to detail here - expect total entertaiment always from Studio One.
*Re-press of this long-unavailable Soul Jazz classic* The lavish Studio One series continues unabated with this fantastic new addition, here chronicling the transition period where the studio went through something of a rebirth attracting new and exciting artists such as Willie Williams, Lone Ranger, Michigan and Smiley and Horace Andy whilst holding on to the old guard of Alton Ellis, Freddie McGregor etc. With many of the artists featured getting their break through Studio One's legendary Sunday auditions, the political mood of Jamaica began to influence the music mor… Read more
*Re-press of this long-unavailable Soul Jazz classic* "Soul Jazz continue their journey into the vaults of the mighty Studio One with this next instalment, featuring everything from classic ska and rocksteady to the deepest roots, heaviest dub and dancehall. As ever, the album includes incredible reggae artists such as The Heptones, Ken Boothe, The Skatalites, Johnny Osbourne and Wailing Souls, all of whom launched their careers at Studio One, 13 Brentford Road, under the guidance of Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd. This album features some of the most in-demand and collectible… Read more
*Re-press of this long-unavailable Soul Jazz classic* And so to the one we've been waiting for, Soul Jazz conclude their copiously well executed series of devotion to Clement Coxsone Dodd with a full overview. The limited vinyl edition carries a full colour large format book, with excellent photographs, usual level of scholarly annotations, while the tunes all stand up amongst the most enduring and popular ever on the label. With Abyssinians "Declaration Of Rights", Michigan & Smiley's huge stalag cut on "Nice up The Dance", Dub specialist's all time classic "Banana Walk", … Read more
Moscow's premier deep house player drops a swirling follow-up to his 'Water' album for R&S' ambient sibling, Apollo. The 'Subculture' EP is the most diverse record we've heard from Anton Zap, effortlessly and sensitively touching on strains of brukken dub tech with 'Pauspapier' next to the slow-motion pastoral BoC-styles of 'Freefall' on the A-side, and neatly switching tack between accomplished nods to early, jazz-fusing Squarepusher with 'Incident', or mid '90s Æ and NYC illbient with One Week'.