Thursday, 26 June
We'll be damned if this isn't the most enlightened, radical soul album you'll hear in 2014. The LA-based resident of Dublab and Leaving Records CEO broadsides all expectations with a densely crafted psy-pop experience that's taken us for six. It's as if he smelted the purest bits of hip hop, psych-folk, dub and electronica in order to cloud seed the fug of former releases and reveal his dazzling chromatic structures in all their gyroscopic glory. Patched with the expert warp and weft of a maestro DJ/producer and blessed by his most soulful sung/rapped/crooned vocals, it breaks down to ten k… Read more
Killer dread techno rollers from Rhythmic Theory, back on Bristol's Idle Hands outlet. Both sides carry a torch for that classic Bristol darkside vibe, mixing traces of dub techno, D&B, and dubstep with a fine strain of proggier AI techno atmospheres. A-side their 'Endless Forms' pushes quaking kicks with hulking sub-bass and slicing hi-hats to supremely powerful, almost sci-fi gothic effect, before they tug on the heart-strings with bruising stepper 'Tales Of Dystopia' synching post-punk bassline with glancing drums and HIA-style synth washes into the blue sublime. Well recommended.
**Vinyl cut by Rashad at D&M. Sleeve design and layout by Stephen O'Malley** Spellbinding 3rd survey of the lesser-known and previously unheard sections of Paris's hallowed GRM archive. All four pieces were created before 1980 and feature the work of composers from disparate, far-flung geographical and musical backgrounds finding common ground in the electro-acoustic sphere. For us the most striking piece is 'Moulin Diabolique' (1979) by Egeniusz Rudnik, an unsettling and urgent work cutting up and mutating military orders dictated in a number of different languages against gloomy, dynamic backd… Read more
Jamal Moss aka Insane Black Man summons you to 'Eat My Fxxk' over two plates and 12 rampant cuts of psychosexual Chi-town madness. Over the last ten years or so Jamal's reserved the I.B.M. alias for his tuffest trax nodding equally to the Industrial and Afro-centric lineages which formed the base of Chicago house music but have sadly become lost, glossed over or largely subdued in a case of history always favouring the winners. Anyway, Jamal proves he's the don in our books with some très demented gear jackin' between the asphyxiated buck of 'Eat My Fxxk' thru the spiralling 'Rectum' and rolling tab… Read more
Long-awaited vinyl edition finally here! ' Invaluable, 13th anniversary 2LP reissue of Cyclobe's 2nd album, 'The Visitors', originally released in 2001 and now repackaged with new artwork by Irish artist Alex Rose and a specially recorded new piece. The 2nd missive from the former and then-current Coil orbiters, Ossian Brown and Stephen Thrower revealed vivid glimpses of a rarified electronic delirium paralleling Coil's most far-flung visions, but also manifesting a unique psychedelia of their own, subtly detached and more expansive than their hard-edged debut album. A cycle of seven originals r… Read more
*The first-ever compilation outside Algeria to focus on its pop, folk and rock scene of the 1970s. Heavy and psychedelic rock, dark and moody folk-pop and stoic cinematic tracks compiled by Hicham Chadly for Sublime Frequencies. Limited edition LP in a full-color heavy gatefold jacket* Sublime Frequencies present a selection of classic tracks from Algeria's popular music history. Compiled by Hicham Chadly, this limited edition LP comes in a full-color gatefold jacket with lovely images from the period and extensive liner-notes by Omar Zelig, Algeria's most le… Read more
'African Gems' is an outstanding collection of recordings made in Cameroun, Congo, D.R. Congo, Uganda and Chad between 1965-1973. The label, SWP Records, make the lofty claim that this is "some of the best traditional African music ever recorded" and, considering our limited knowledge of the field, it's some of the best we've ever heard too. Opening with the flurry of polymetric xylophones, sticks and shakers documenting the mesmerising music of the Beti people, Cameroun, it yields the deeply haunting Bi Witi music Horn Ensemble of the Babembé people, Congo, and the distinctly Konono No.1-like … Read more
XDB tweaks some smart cosmic and techno business for Echocord, backed with super sub-heavy Philogresz remix. Up top there's the pendulous kosmiche house of 'Burgund' and a killer quicksilver Detroit roller called 'Indywa'; down below, he tucks back into triplet formations with the aquadub flow of 'Afrikk', which Philogresz reduces to a sub heavy shuffle.
**Includes the track 'Before We Leave' to download upfront upon pre-ordering this record** Dutch producer returns to his native Rwina Records with a dramatic debut album of hyperspace hip hop and sci-fi electronica. Check for club-ripe highlights in the Coki-style twisted Fairlight bass of 'Superfluid' or the sqwaking breakbeat turmoil of 'Toekan'.
*The first Iraqi popular music compilation released to a Western audience available on vinyl for the first time. This deluxe-edition vinyl reissue features re-mastered, and in some cases, completely restored audio, revised and updated liner-notes with new artist and track information, plus four additional tracks not featured in the first CD issue* Originally released in 2005, while the U.S.-led war against Iraq was tearing the country to pieces, Choubi Choubi Vol. 1 brought a collection of incredible Iraqi music and styles that … Read more
"This is the famous Katanga guitar sound, as recorded by Hugh Tracey, based on the traditional likembe lamellaphone music of the various Luba peoples and their neighbours, who went to work in the mines and, as a result of this urbanisation, embraced 'modernism' by buying guitars. Plus three rumba tracks from Stanleyville (Kisangani), where there was a laid-back atmosphere with white and black dancing together in a flourishing nightlife, exceptional for the Belgian Congo. The recorded musicians there said they had copied the style of playing introduced from the San Salvador district in northern Angola through Leopoldville (Kinshasa)."
**Remastered collection of amazing, classic African recordings made by Hugh Tracy in 1952 & 1957** "Music from another world! This collection of magnificent recordings merely touches on the richness and diversity of the traditional musics of the Congo, as found by Hugh Tracey in the 1950s. In the ensemble tracks we can hear his hand-held microphone technique, as he moves around with his one mike to highlight one instrument after the other – a kind of instant mixing. But how many of these musical traditions have been lost since they were captured on tape? Urbanisation and satelite… Read more
Asusu, Staffan Linzatti and The Borderline State take Efdemin's 'Decay' album tracks at new angles. Livity Sound's Asusu swings 'Some Kind Of Up And Down Yes' with aquatic motion; Linzatti reshuffles the Millsian mystery of 'Solaris with dramatic effect; The Borderline State impress on a supple jazz-fusion remix of 'Parallaxis' full of iridescent keys, celestial electronics and woozy horns practically worth the admission alone.
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore.
Orientalist techno audities from Shanghai Den, who last appeared as guest on a Falty DL single. This is some freaky sh*t fo' sure, finding the fat-bottomed breakbeat chicanery and strange sino sidesteps of 'The Sun' uptown, and a wicked mixture slashing film noir strings, darkside Reese bass and skittish techno on south side.
**Aquarian Foundation's Bluntman Deejay drops the bass on two dream house sequences for All Caps** "Congratulations you have successfully unlocked your Water Chakra!! Bluntman Deejay offers up two new strains from the smokey labs of the BackWoods. Borne from the crucible of vapour experimentalism, cosmic flaneury and spiritual forgery an inorganic chemistry of drum machine and plant matter n-xtracted and VAC purged for ultimate dancefloor purity ratings. Esoteric Communion: A meditation on the separation between spirit and body gazing and sprinting spliced (sliced) at rush hour. A fa… Read more
**RIYL HTRK, Cold Cave** "Female/male duo White Hex (Tara Green and Jimi Kritzler) released their debut album Heat in 2012 released on Avant! Records. 2014 sees their return with the follow up full-length, Gold Nights. The album is the second in a series of three thematically connected records which is based on a period of three years. The album's themes include tackling the deaths of friends over the past few years and somehow staying optimistic through that loss. Recorded after shows in Paris, Berlin, New York and Melbourne, Gold Nights explores Italo disco, minimalist techno and the more pri… Read more
Debut drop of deep, jagged electro jaxx from Montreal's Adam Feingold on Funkineven's label. Working somewhere between Panzerkreuz and Mood Hut styles, Feingold rubs ruff rhythms with sweeter, dreamy chords onto spongy tape textures, swerving from the raspy snare attacks and suspended pads of 'Jahkra' to murky Drexciyan acid-electro on 'RVNG', and a blown-out deep house beauty in 'Luust'.
"‘Microcastle’ is back on vinyl, this time along with ‘Weird Era Cont.’ accompanying it. ‘Weird Era Cont.’ was a bonus album previously unavailable on the format outside of the US. Initially released in October 2008, ‘Microcastle’ was recorded over the course of a week in Brooklyn with Nicolas Vernhes on production detail. The album was the highly anticipated follow-up to 2006’s ‘Cryptograms’. Conceived as Deerhunter’s 4AD debut, it garnered widespread plaudits internationally, with Pitchfork awarding it Best New Music and The Guardian heralding “a remarkable b… Read more
*Third Modeselektion volume, this time featuring exclusives from Fennesz, To Rococo Rot, Akkord, Nosaj Thing and more across 2LP's. Vinyl tracklisting as follows: A1 Fennesz "TOM" A2 Nosaj Thing "Dy" A3 Solar Year "Way" B1 To Rococo Rot "Miles An Hour" B2 Cid Rim "Pastis" C1 Akkord "Gradient" C2 Robot Koch "Sun" D1 Howling "Signs" D2 Born In Flamez "Time Hurtz
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. Monster Movie was the debut Can album, recorded and released in 1969. The use of improvisation, experimentation, editing and layering of sounds set a standard for Can's subsequent albums in the early 1970s, which were seminal to the freewheeling avant-garde style dubbed "krautrock" by the British music press. The album is credited to "The… Read more
**3LP edition of 300. All the 'pal trimmings** Itinerant radical computer musician Goodiepal presents a typically unfathomable slab of brilliance for Editions Mego. 'My Paris is Called Colchester' would appear to be Goodiepal's commission for IRCAM, Paris, mixed and recorded live during his annual show at Colchester Arts Centre. It's gotta be one of the most beguiling albums anyone will release in 2014. Across six sides Goodiepal follows a line of illest Nordic logic transporting us through the wires between hip hop, techno and tribal rhythms scrambled with str… Read more
Dapper future sound system mash-ups from Mark Pritchard - Limited copies! If anyone was gonna mix Laurie Anderson's 'O Superman' with a Footwork rhythm, it was gonna be MP, following this he hits up a wicked Dilla-style beat nugget, plus two tidiest doses of soul-greased Footwork business.
**Edition of 250 housed in vacuum and heat sealed bags with hand-drawn artwork and insert** Naples-based producer Dave Saved rematerialises with a melancholic quartet of tunes for native Italian label Gang Of Ducks, backed with G.O.D and Aisha Devi remixes. Dave's sound is hard to pin down yet neatly coherent, tripping balls between gauzy electronic ambience in 'Power and Silence' to Opal Tapes-type techno mush in 'No Lights' and the grungy 'Virtual Feelings', thru Inner City-esque sci-fi synth flux in the EP highlight 'Random Souls Fluidity'. Remixing, Aïsha Devi (f… Read more
Boxwork brings his UK techno-house banger 'Pressureface' to land on Unconditional Music after years served in underground circles. The title tune's a big-boned bucker riding wide subs with clipped drums and tribal chants to bounce the room properly; B-side shakes out the slick House funk of 'That's His Take' and the rimshot-riding, square bass swung ace 'Michael Jackson'. RIYL South London Ordnance, Altered Natives, Midland, Red Rack'em.
*Limited edition coloured vinyl. Includes bonus track 'Waste Fraud'* Liars sound like Laibach on their latest single for Mute, backed with remixes by Daniel Miller, Truss, Factory Floor and Nest Of Teens. The rousing pomp and trancing denouement of 'Pro Anti Anti' is toned up and trimmed down by Mute boss MIller for the radio mix, whereas Factory Floor extend the thing to eight minutes of hypventilating voices and tight , twitchy machine groove, Truss does his noisy slamming sound and "mysterious Melbourne collective" Nest Of Teens piss on 'em all with a razing motorok razzer.
**White vinyl - includes a remix from 1991** Quick on the heels of her 'Sisto' tape, Stockholm's Quiltland yields a quietly lush debut album including a gorgeous 1991 remix. After acclimating to the lucid highs of her flighty debut, this eponymous entry is a gentler ride with a dreamlike narrative, maybe best heard as the come-down to 'Sisto''s peaks. The idea of narrative is taken quite literally with tracks titled= 'Scene 1', 'A Second Theme' and 'Motivation' all looking and sounding like library themes or cues for a long-lost Scando kids TV programme, the odd sort which would be syndicated to… Read more
Dead useful disco edit jobs from DJ Qu, JTC and Steve Oh. NYC ace, DJ Qu loops up Dinosaur L's notoriously tricky 'Go Bang!' and Liasons Dangereuses's foundational industrial funk groove, 'Avant Apres Mars'. JTC has his way with Rafel Villafane's 'In The Forest' and NYC's Steve-Oh flips the Bee Gee's in the bittersweet house peach 'Holiday'.
Epic anthems from Edinburgh's burgeoning beat-maker/writer/arranger to the hip hop cognoscenti. Building on the promise of his 'Billboard' EP, he aims even higher with these five tracks ranging from the G(lasgow) Funk of 'Outside (Intro)' feat. YC The Cynic and Rustie, the Eclair Fifi-caned 'Rosario' heavyweight, Diwali riddim styles on 'Franco', and searing, star-eyed leads in 'Lost Girls'. RIYL Rustie, Hud Mo, TNGHT, Bauuer, Joker.