Thursday, 16 January
Proper rhythmelodic hypnotism from Shackleton, back on his home-brewed Woe To The Septic Heart label. For his first release in nearly two years he forgoes his long-favoured sample-based manipulations in favour of synthesis-based techniques, weaving a unique polymetric blend of Shangaan-alike percussive timbre, Chicago-style percolations and floating choral voices with the deft precision of a Lancashire loom worker making a tapestry of otherworldly visions. A-side, 'Freezing Opening Thawing' locks into a spiralling vortex of modulating percussive hooks and swirling melodic patterns… Read more
Hot on the heels of their debut album for Diagonal, Stuart Argabright's Death Comet Crew do their avant-funk thing for Citinite backed with remixes from Hieroglyphic Being and Gifted & Blessed (GB). Both of the originals capture that cross-pollinating, experimental spirit and sense of urban paranoia core to their 1985 outings. 'Galacticoast Mosi' rides a slinky hybrid of jazz-fusion guitars, sampled car horns and almost scatty vocals with dope swagger, whilst 'Alpha Delta' could be the incidental theme to a psychedelic sequence in a low-rent cyber sci-fi flick, … Read more
Night School Records pick up Love Cult's fearsome follow-up to their chilling 'Fingers Crossed' LP for Public Information. Hailing from the Russian Republic Of Karelia, up near Finland, the duo of Anya Kuts and Ivan Afanasyev aka Love Cult have coined the apt term "no tech", short for northern technology, to describe their deconstructed hybrids of cold, ceramic textures, black metal atmosphere and machine-driven rhythms found on the 'Know EP'. It's a marked progression from their Public Information album, far more focussed on bass heavy rhythmic patterns, but not at the expense of their signature, … Read more
Night Slugs' Helix slips into his DJ Vague alias to 'fess up three banging house trax on Australia's Templar Sound label. Up top, he drops his Soundhack-meets-Paul Johnson-esque 'Porsche Trax 1' and 'Porsche Trax 2' which have both been knocking around the net for a bit now, whilst flipside he dispenses the pounding Roulé style smasher, 'Porsche Trax 3'.
New York's Anthony Parasole & Phil Moffa make good with two strong cuts on Parasole's The Corner label. 'Pressure' is a simmering piece of 4/4 making the most out of modulated, filtered synthlines, slinky hi-hat patterns and rumbling but light-footed 4/4. Flipside, 'Pitched Black' is a proper builder, playing it down with percolating toms and sturdy kicks before stealthily rising to a mind-bending, discordant breakdown that pushes all the right buttons.
Avalon Emerson reps a heavy San Francisco house sound for the Ghosts on Tape-affiliated Icee Hot label, backed with rugged Tuff City Kids remixes. Her 'Pressure' is a bit of a bomb, building up with disco-looping harder house before deploying a payload of twisted, distorted electro synthlines, whilst 'Quoi!' traps some vintage latin garage rock sample in a fudgy, grubbing house swagger. Tuff City Kids gang up on the latter for a Clean Shave Mix that sounds like one of Cómeme's baddest acid wigglers, and a nastier, jackin' Rusty Blade mix.
Uniquely dark and rugged New York techno-house trips from the subBASS Soundsystem. Following up their crooked 'Deadly Structures' 12" for Trilogy Tapes, Spider & Marshallito go darker than ever before with the near-beatless scape of crying babies and LFO wafted subbass on 'Worldly Suffering' and roll out skippy, gritty techno with 'Enemy Of God' on the A-side. Flip it for a bruised and skewed jacker with demented bassline in '7.06', and a down-slow, funked-up ace, 'Fallen Angel'.
Originally released in 2009, 'Quitter's Raga' is the tune that first attracted attention to Gold Panda. In its tantalisingly brief 2 minute lifespan he folds samples of lush Hindi film music with crisp but cutely organic glitches and cracking head nod beats to charm the pants off anyone who encounters it. 'Fifth Avenue' is looser, while the infectiously uptempo 'Police' is comparable Actress's pseudo organic digital techno.
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* Mogwai follow their acclaimed OST for 'Les Revenants with their first studio album since 2011. 'Rave Tapes' is the thematic follow-up to 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will'. It was recorded at the group's Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow along with go-to producer Paul Savage and revolves around ten tracks of precision post-rock augmented with synths and processing.
**Grey vinyl** Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra's modern space rock classic from 2006 reissued. "Surface to Air teems with the stirring, trance-inducing deluges of rhythm and sound the duo is renowned for. Swelling waves of melodic synth ride atop a broad bass and drum foundation. Sequences of repetition roll, build, and unfold with the measured patience of master artisans. Less an album than a moving, breathing mass of symphonic sound; Surface to Air creates boundless moving pictures that are nothing short of breathtaking."
LA's Warpaint follow up their acclaimed debut album with this stripped down and haunted sophomore effort produced and mixed by Flood (PJ Harvey, Sigur Ros, New Order) and Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Atoms For Peace) and sporting artwork by Chris Cunningham.
Thursday, 09 January
One of the most unique artists working in electronic music right now returns to NNA Tapes with 'A Slab About Being Held Captive'. WANDA GROUP - real name Louis Johnston, p.k.a Dem Hunger - is in possession of a genuinely elusive, mercurial sound, one which can't be properly grasped in musicologist's terms nor any other terms for that matter - but we'll have a crack. Aesthetically, it's like a post-structuralist inversion of Xenakis's grandest atomic architectures, and call us a wet blanket but it's so f**king beautiful and romantically "other" it's leaving us glassy eyed t… Read more
*Foil-blocked jacket with thick spine* Lee Bannon follows the Jungle/D&B money with his kinetic sophomore album landing on Ninja Tune. Best known for his production on Joey Bada$$'s 'Summer Knights' album, the Sacramento-raised, NYC-based beat maker indulges his taste for D&B (Sacramento's apparently a steppers hotbed) and cinematic dynamics on 'Alternate / Endings', running rugged riddims and spacious, highly visual sound design with a cool, nimble hand. From our perspective it's intirguing to hear an American producer execute such a quintessentially British sound with such authenticity… Read more
Remarkable collection of avant-garde percussion pieces and sound sculpture performance from France circa 1957-1962, given new lease of life by Finders Keepers' consistently amazing Cacophonic sublabel. From a haunting 4/4 piece foreshadowing darkside minimal techno by 30 years to baroque miniatures and smoky blue jazz, the beguiling sounds of piano-based musicians Jacques and Yvonne Lasry and the musical inventions of instrument sculptors Bernard and Francois Baschet in 'Instruments Non Électroniques' have opened our ears to a parallel world of the late '50s/early '60s avan… Read more
*Includes poster insert and download code* "Brisbane quartet Blank Realm return with their most blistering release to date. 'Grassed Inn' expands further the fluorescent pop leanings that shone through last year's critically acclaimed 'Go Easy'. The result is an album packed with soaring psych melodies, dark love-stained lyrics and one of the sharpest pop records to emerge from the current Australian underground renaissance. Having moved on from their more open-ended experimental beginnings, Blank Realm have veered towards songs in the manner of late period Big Star, The Zombies, or Echo and … Read more
Blissful dream pop single from the celebrated South-African duo and a couple gorgeous remixes too. 'Muizenberg' blends highlife, heavenly synth and dappled North American guitar sounds, but the key is Emmanuel Nzaramba's feather-light falsetto vocals. Then in comes Seiji mixing sweet pianos and surround-sound electronic dazzle, followed by The 2 Bears, who come up with a nice long maximalist house jam that has a really warm feeling running through it. Nicely done.
Clapped-out darkside house cruizers from the L.I.E.S. dude on Will Bankhead's Trilogy Tapes. Four cuts, each as grubby and tape sodden as the next, dispense murky bass, sandpapered percussion and grotty cyberpunk synths veering from the shades-on stride of 'Slain' thru to robo-rutting house riddims and gurgling slow techno for DJs and dancers of an untoward disposition.
Remarkable quartet of Sun Ra live recordings made in 1966 shortly after the Arkestra moved to New York. They're all previously unreleased and were evidently recorded in optimal conditions at University of Buffalo - the sound is beautifully lucid and and dynamic with a real sense of space and place together with the polite applause that closes each piece. In particular, the rendition of 'Space Aura' really captures Ra and his Arkestra at their loosest, most attuned.
Thursday, 02 January
**Deluxe edition of previously unheard material from Eliane Radigue circa 1970 - presented in a gorgeous Gatefold sleeve with printed inners and extensive liner notes - Edition of 400 copies** Alga Marghen present this vinyl-only first release of Eliane Radigue's pivotal, previously unreleased 'Opus17' - her last work made with feedback material. It's one of the strongest, if not definitive, examples of Radigue's tactile and meditative approach to composition, an engrossing, intuitive refinement of the techniques and practice she honed over prior years at RTF's Studio d'essa… Read more
Powell, Vessel, The KVB and Bandshell conclude the Ike Yard remix series with diverse, killer results. Spawned from Desire's timely reissue of Ike Yard's seminal, self-titled 1982 debut, the series has thus far provided a canny bridge between the fertile no-man's-land of New York's early 1980s No Wave/industrial scene and the nexx generation of post-punk/techno provocateurs. This EP features the most radical revisions of Ike's material yet, following ace reworks by Regis, Monoton and more. Powell clearly relishes the opportunity to cut up 'Half A God', rollicking the origi… Read more
**Includes fold out A3 poster and download code** Robert Beatty of Hair Police, Three Legged Race and Burning Star Core infamy disembarks a potent side of electro-acoustic soundtrack works for digital video glitch pioneer Takeshi Murata on Jason Lesscalleet's Glistening Examples label. Created between 2004-2011 and performed alongside Murata's work in New York, Chicago, and Beijing, Beatty's soundtracks are distinguished from his rhythmic workouts as Three Legged Race and the blistering noise of Hair Police by a more sensitive, spacious approach to sound arrangement and p… Read more
*Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany and Denmark. If you are in another European country please contact us for postage costs* **Comprehensive collection of ZAJ founder Walter Marchetti's recordings for Cramps Records 1974-1989 - ranging from Cageian solo piano to early electronics and tape collage - presented in full colour inner sleeves and rotated master jacket. 5LP rigid box set edition of 350** "LP1 includes the same materials as the original 1974 Cramps LP titled La Caccia (1965). The LP sleeve reproduce… Read more
Thursday, 19 December
Theo Parrish selects and sequences twelve beautiful Black Jazz Records classics at the behest of Japan's Snow Dog Records - featuring music by Doug Carn, The Awakening, Calvin Keys, Rudolph Jonson, among others. Following in the footsteps of Gilles Peterson and DJ Mitsu The Beats, Theo was sent a package of ten LPs drawn from the Oakland, CA label's small but perfectly formed catalogue between 1971-1976 when it existed to represent a "new and fresh alternative to traditional jazz, embodying the spirit of the black/urban awakening of the civil rights period." As to be expected Theo t… Read more
**140g vinyl mastered and cut by Rashad at D&M. Housed in colour jacket and silk-screened sleeve designed by Bill Kouligas** Kouhei Matsunaga's cheekily titled series of 'Dance Classics' arrives at a 3rd volume of deviant techno-tronics for PAN. Slicker, bassier than previous episodes, the emphasis here is on rolling grooves rent with playfully crafty sound design, finding incisive balance between off-the-cuff rhythm jams and probing electronic timbres - music for both bodily function and mindful reflection. Over it's eight tracks he breaks down and refracts the groove from glassy, … Read more
*Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany and Denmark. If you are in another European country please contact us for postage costs* *Vinyl Box Set now available - a lavish, heavyweight package featuring a gold-embossed 12"x12" hardbound book and 4 x LP's bringing together formative Minneapolis sounds starting with Pepé Willie’s 94 East project which gave local prodigy Prince his first airing, onto Terry Lewis and Flyte Tyme and Prince’s childhood sidekick/departed bassist An… Read more
*KILLER 909 driven dancehall banger from Dug Out, the label run by Honest Jons and Hard Wax.* Ruffest shot of 1988 ragga-techno from Tiger at his maddest. Nuthin' but a rattling 909 riddim topped by incendiary, unhinged vocal and that's all you need! Seriously, we've never heard anything quite like it, the groove sounds like some one-off bleep techno experiment from Sheffield gone AWOL and discovered by a manic Jamaican. Tippa top!
Athens-based concrète collagist, Jar Moff, follows the themes of his PAN debut 'Commercial Mouth' to bookend 2013 with the beguiling flux and upheaval of 'Financial Glam'. Unswervingly reflective of his home city's state of tension and disquiet, Moff's 2nd album plays out a gripping, intricately detailed scene of chaos and confusion, colliding huge, unyielding structures in a grandiose and epic scene comparable with the sober and meticulously complex electro-acoustic compositions of Xenakis or the spectral symphonies of Iancu Dumitrescu & The Hyperion Ensemble. Across the A-side 'Kresentosiag… Read more
**Unseen Worlds follow that excellent reissue of Laurie Spiegel's 'The Expanding World' with this delightful slice of the 1979-81 avant-garde, rescued from private-press cassette. Amazing songs meditating on American daytime TV set to luscious Buchla synth arrangements. RIYL Robert Ashley, Julia Holter or Pinkcourtesyphone** "Daytime Viewing (1979-80) is an extended narrative song, based on a casual analysis of daytime television drama and the audience phenomena such programming addresses. The piece explores the use of fantasy as a survival mechanism against lonelin… Read more
**Mind-bending wild-dream hookup between Richard Youngs, Heatsick and Luke Fowler. Ace!** "Lurists are the collaborative effort of Glaswegians Luke Fowler (who's also releasing his debut LP on Dekorder next month) and Richard Youngs with Berlin ex-pat Steven Warwick aka Heatsick (PAN Records). Warwick and Fowler had been friendly since playing several bills together with their old groups Birds Of Delay and Lied Music. Richard Youngs and Luke Fowler have a collaborative duo that has been active for over a year now. This collaboration spans a diverse range of territory from austere electron… Read more