Thursday, 23 April
"On the 26th September 1975 at the National Arena, Kingston, Jamaica, King Tubby's sound system entertained the excited audience gathered there to listen to the almighty live sound of the Wailers on stage and the overpowering dub music that Tubby has made world famous. Before the concert, followers of other sound systems in Jamaica from Admiral Fate, Black Harmony, and Soul Attorney, were claiming that Tubby was no longer King. Tubbs had not been playing regularly andU. Roy, the live deejay king, had left him for Soul Att… Read more
**Remastered on 180g clear blue vinyl - top tip for fans of Bark Psychosis, Laika, early post rock/rave hybrids** Medical Records turn their attentions from the '80s to the '90s with brilliant returns in this issue of Texan group Kitty's mutant debut album. Formed in Austin, TX in 1994 around a mutual love of My Bloody Valentine and an urge to make something that sounded different to everyone else, Kitty fashioned a prescient, outstanding body of work before they disbanded by the end of the decade without a single official release to their name. However, they did garner a loyal and fervent fo… Read more
**A welcome return from Belgium's Sagat, back with his dusty, canted rhythm trips on the most excellent Vlek.** In each piece he teases our sense of rhythmic anticipation with grid-twisted grooves, from the wickedly schizoid jag of 'Melt' flipping between honking stabs and serene chords, thru the cyber-tribal 2-step zone of 'Body' to blunted Andy Stott styles with the gaseous smudge of 'Earth' punctuated by woodblock cracks, or the slow motion ambient elegance of 'organs'.
**Hand-numbered out of 250 copies** Gang of Ducks get weirder with this dispatch of Badalamenti-esque knackered techno from a black hole in Turin, Italy. The rather mysterious XIII offers a tortuous session weaving thru collapsed techno structures and darkside synth zones to numbed EBM trance and '90s ambient indictators across 'No (The Relative Effect of Explication)', before culminating in a series of collaborations with fellow ducks, Sabla, Traag and Vaghe Stelle. The A-side is really special, tripping lines between the kind of Italian industrial ambient feel heavily re… Read more
**Limited to 500. Includes download card with two bonus tracks, and two remixes from Murlo & Cliques** 'Paint En pointe' collects 8 pieces for dance by Sydneyite Eugene Ward, who's probably best known as TTT and Opal Tapes' Dro Carey or Tuff Sherm. They were written with the choreography of Patric Kuo in mind, intended for a variety of ensemble performances from solo to groups of up to 16 dancers. Judging from what we've previously heard by Ward, this release stakes out his most experimental territory, exploring the intersections of his formal compositional practice and the requirements… Read more
William T. Burnett adopts his spirit animal guise, Black Deer, for a shamanistic return to the No 'Label'. 'Pray For Us' channels twin inspirations from deepest house, shoegazing drone electronics and Native American percussion rituals to elevate the 'floor to a higher place. The A-side is all about hypnotic, insistent momentum, manifest in the entrancing clapping rhythms and rolling bass of the title track and a gauzily radiant lather of loops yoked to peyote boogie groove in 'Leaving The Station'. B-side, the trip calms down to the mystic congos and pealing harmonic hallucinati… Read more
To-the-bone house gear from the DABJ hero, working to heavy inspiration from Ron Hardy, Gene Hunt, Roy Davis Jr. Back on Houndstooth following the buckshot of late 2014's 'Fifty Fathoms Deep', the Berlin-based producer does druggy ghetto vibes in the warm 'n gritty percolations of 'Raw Materials' on the A-side, before the sozzled swang of ''Ave That' cuts loose on the flipside along with the freeky early Dance Mania jabs of 'Jerk U Later'.
Bambooman teams up with UK hip hop MC Jehst for Sonic Router. The instantly recognisable drawl of Jehst is smeared to a woozy, skunked-out bass and smoky chords in the A-side's 'Rusted' - quite funny how the production feels up-to-date whereas the vocal sounds totally stuck int he '90s (really, MC's still sound like this?!) - whilst the B-side's 'Thickets' drops a dollop of grimy pastoral futurism.
'Silence' is a sublime electro-acoustic suite from pivotal underground Japanese figurehead, Kuniyuki Takahashi a.k.a. Koss. Centred around the piano but gilded with filigree electronics - computer software, Roland System-1, Jupiter-8, Korg Wavedrum synth - Koss presents a beautifully tempered, fluid and pensile balance of acoustic and electronic sources rendered with the kind of timbral sensitivity that we'd also associate with Terre Thaemlitz a.k.a. DJ Sprinkles, who has previously released on Koss' Mule Musiq label. Every element and frequency is given room to breathe, allowing a airy exchange of ide… Read more
Delroy Edwards does it again, pulling out four Chicago bangers from the source for his L.A. Club Resource. As with Gene Hunt's 'Freddy's Dead' winner, these cuts were dug from the archives of OG house players, namely Steve Poindexter, Johnny Key and Trackmaster Scott. Uptown, they bat out the hypnotic minimal jack of 'Street Fighter' and lock off a bumpty zinger titled 'Sadaam's Bush'; downtown, they freak with the starkly raw swerve of 'Cats', and the reel old skool twang of 'Blazing Saddles', riding a cantering groove with splashing hook and killer rimshot play.
**Nice up your life with this prime reissue of Hopeton Lewis's seminal debut album collecting his massive hits such as 'Take It Easy', 'Rock Steady' and 'Cool Collie' from the scorching Jamaican summers of '66-'67. Every home should own a copy!** "Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat is a fundamental album released in 1966 that determined the way Rocksteady was going to journey. In 1966, Rude Boys were at the peak of the fame with their notorious behaviors, while Ska gradually started to slow down its tempo. This album paved the way for a newborn music, Rockste… Read more
Drew Lustman escapes his Falty DL alias with this dizzyingly ace album under his own name. 'Crystal Cowboy' is quick and loose but flush with all the funky tricks and crafty soul that has endeared him so much to heads the world over since 2007 and a sterling run of IDM-into-breaksploitation antics. He approaches the project with X amounta humour and guile, brilliantly indulging his Anglophilic tendencies with nuff hardcore/jungle roll-outs interspersed by instinctive nods to his home city's jazz, house and R&B heritage. It was apparently written on-the-fly, freed of any conceptual re… Read more
**Edition of 500** Two of Copenhagen's most virulent collaborators meet again in this coarsely textured and visceral tribute to 'The Female Form'. Both long-serving members of the Posh Isolation posse, Loke Rahbek (Croatian Amor, Damien Dubrovnik, Lust For Youth) and Frederikke Hoffmeier a.k.a. Puce Mary have orbited each other for years, and were previously coupled up on 'The Closed Room' (2011), the first in a trilogy of collaborations, this being their 2nd. Recording at the loci of Copenhagen's Mayhem Complex as well as Stockholm's revered EMS facility, they animate a series… Read more
*Finally in on Vinyl* Joker continues to burn up that purple Bristol sound on his 2nd album, 'The Mainframe'. Wildly colourful but controlled with deadly steady hand, it presents a far more plush and intricate sound than the rest of peers still pushing a sound rooted in post-'06 dubstep/grime styles. In fact, he's pretty much a lone soldier in this case - fusing boogie, adult contemporary jazz motifs and cod ethno flutes to a bulky yet agile halfstep. Man clearly loves this sound and relishes it from the explosive dynamics and Casualty theme tune nods of 'Boss Mode' to the dichotomous clash of boogie niceness 'n nasty rave elements in 'Fuzz Bop'.
Snappy jack traxx from the UK's Craig Stainton a.k.a. Myriadd for Crème Organization. Four cuts, all well versed in the art of deeper, mystical Chi house.
Beautiful noirish "movies for ears" by much loved singer/songwriter/producer Ela Orleans, produced by Howie B and the first release on his newly minted HB Recordings imprint.
**Includes free CD copy inside** Berlin tech-house wrought with swelling, proggy emotions by former Tresor resident Dave DK. 'Val Maira' builds on the example of his split 12" with Ricoshëi in fine style, exapdning on a flush of warm, 'floor-friendly strokes at best in the night-light charms of 'Immer Gut', the spaced-out sound designs of 'We Mix At Six', and Burial-esque ambience of 'Naschi'.
**Includes download code** Tom Trago's Voyage Direct label starts to sum up its last 5 years with the first instalment of compilation 12". There's glassy IDM from Ebokai in 'Metai' and lean electro-house shuffle from Efdee & Tom Ruig's 'The Slightly', backed with the vintage swing of 'Want Need' by Magnesii and Legowelt in House of Jezebel mode for the shiny house perks of 'Quantum Fawn'.
**Deviant breakbeats and hair-brained Moog wig-outs. Deadly!!!** "As an artist whose name has become mutually synonymous with the instrument he plays Bruce Ditmas is a very unique heavy musician from one of those special tightknit communities that tried (and almost succeeded) to change the facade of progressive pop music and jazz via musical technology. Raised in Miami (an unknown incubator for future synthesists) Bruce carved the image of a teen prodigy playing jazz drums at the most exclusive Miami Beach hotels. After being whisked off to New York by none other that July Garland he became… Read more
Thursday, 16 April
**Limited edition of 500. Initial copies on peach and turquoise wax. Mastered by Matt Colton** Type reach inside the box to present Nochexxx's newest devilment of Drexciyan electro and grubby bleeps, 'Plot 'Defender'. Steadfast at the fringes and fronds of UK electronica since the late '90s, Dave Henson a.k.a. Nochexxx has previously done the do for Ramp Recordings and Actress' Werk Discs over the last few years, forging a sort of eldritch, radiophonic cyberpunk that frankly sound like f**k-all out there. OK there are plenty of artists working with cranky, heatsick synth and drum machines rig… Read more
**New edition of this absolute classic in a new sleeve** This post-revolution Iranian album from 1985 is so ahead of its time, so completely off on its own sonically and stylistically - that you'd be forgiven for thinking it were a hoax. In reality it's one of the most sought-after and exceptional records from the Smithsonian Folkways catalogue, here brought back to life in this facsimile edition put together by the Dead Cert imprint. Until now, it's been the preserve of a small handful of collectors who rightly hold it in huge regard and close to thei… Read more
**2LP in a gatefold sleeve with DVD and digital download code redeemable from the label - Rob Aiki Lowe re-appears alongside French synth voyager Ariel Kalma with quite possibly the finest release on RVNG yet following that killer side for Type a couple of years back. Highly recommended!* The FRKWYS series has a tendency to turn out some really inspired unions, and this ranks among their best. Recorded just outside of Mullimbimby, a remote community on the eastern Australian coast, it marks a pineal, inter-generational journey aligning Kal… Read more
*Deluxe / Expanded Box Set featuring a bonus 12" of remixes from Girl Unit, Jam City, Nguzunguzu, and Kingdom Kelela's world-taking 'Cut 4 Me' (2013) mixtape blooms from 13 to 22 tracks, augmented with dramatic new remixes and riddims from Jam City, Neana, Kingdom, Mike Q, Massacooramaan… Y'all know what the sublime original sounds like so let's skip fwd: Jam City entirely overhauls 'Keep It Cool' with a smoother sorta tension; Kingdom resets 'Enemy' with a low-riding ballroom swagger; Mike Q ramps the spare Jam City mix of 'Cherry Coffee' with flash and bolshy ballroom flair; 'Go All Night' … Read more
**Exceptional psych-o-tronic trips for fans of Mordant Music, Bellows, The Stranger or BEB!** Berlin's Another Dark Age label claim an idiosyncratic nether ground with LST's aleatoric enigma, 'Th Duo'. Staking a unique position just behind the ear, right at the back of your bonce, Melbourne's Tarquin Manek (a.k.a. half of BEB's Tarcar) quietly mines his very own "lo-sci-fi" style in this series of nine corrupted memory implants meshing frayed nerves and fragmented, extra-terrestrial frequencies. The process of 'Th Duo''s creation, junked together from recordings made on mobile phones and micro cassettes,… Read more
A bounty of booty house holy grails and footwork protoypes from the vault of RP Boo! Planet Mu done so, so good here, linking with the godfather of footwork to tell it how it was in Chicago between the late '90s and early '00s. Starting up with the straight-up slam of 'Baby Come on' - reputedly the 1st ever footwork track - it goes on to correct the history books with the Godzilla-sampling '02-52-03', itself a remix of his own, monstrous '11-47-99' which, until now, has been erroneously attributed to DJ Slugo, beside the ghetto ballistics of 'Party Motion' (1998) and a trio of heavy-booty-hitt… Read more
Proper ruffneck slam-jams from NPLGNN for Phonica's promising new OKNO imprint. '1925' arrives 6 months or so after the Napolitan artist ran amok in the ballroom with 'Sigma / Tau' for Where To Now?, which piqued the attention of everyone from Ben UFO to Low Jack in the process. For this session he keeps the bugged-out production values intact, but switches to a more rave-nous style, cold killing it with a sizzling acid brukbeat twyst called 'Ravers Are Still Living' on the A-side, before pulling out his chewiest kicks, flinty hi-hats and railgun claps for the B-side's 'Break On The Rhythm', and brin… Read more
Intoxicating Rasta dub biz from the Wareika Hills, Jamaica, via the desk of Jackson Bailey's Tapes in London. Still hot from his reggae-pop standout on Workshop 21, he furnishes two versions of The Wareika Hill Sounds' 'Datura', getting to grips with funde, repeta and bass drums in a heads-down session licked with guitar and flute by Kenrick Diggory. Now that Honest Jon's mention Keith Hudson in their write-up, it's so easy to imagine his husky croon floating over the 'Datura Mystic' mix, however, the dub is really summat else; a rocking swirl of recursive drums recorded right on the biting point, and nowt but. It's a killer!!!