Thursday, 04 September
The cad from Cleveland, Ohio, James Donadio aka Prostitutes pimps out some of his kinkiest, crushing gear to date for Glasgow's Night School. Hard on the heels of his two 10"s for Mbira and the 'Petit Cochon' LP for Spectrum Spools, the 'Nouveauree' EP gets down with five fully-charged cuts of signature, analogue bass wallop and rhythmic repetition like the soundtrack to some sociopath's gym session. They're gagging for the 'floor, from the shuddering tribalism, 'Late To Take It Light' thru haughty, puckered techno throb of 'Hate's In The City', the desiccated pound of 'Dragged It Home To Bed… Read more
**Reissue edition remastered by Rashad at Clunk. Housed in debossed jacket with download code for bonus, unreleased material** Infiné surpass themselves with this prime reissue of a sought-after late '70s synth masterpiece by French laser-harp pioneer, Bernard Szajner. 'Visions Of Dune' (1979) is Szajner's concept album influenced by Frank Herbert's cult sci-fi trilogy of 'Dune' books (it's *not* the OST for David Lynch's film adaptation). Taking cues from the trilogy's tangled web of epic power struggles, otherworldly witchcraft and dystopian sci-fi th… Read more
Exquisitely iced-out, instrumental grime from the Goon Club Allstars boss. Issued a few weeks on from the haughty hybrids of his eponymous solo debut, the 'Satis House EP' is a high watermark for instrumental grime in 2014. Much like his Keysound stablemate, Logos, these three cuts represent the sound at its most forward, searching, meshing radiant harmonics and crystalline melody more redolent of kosmsiche trance and computer music than anything else, to the stark geometries and dynamics of grime proper. A-side, he orchestrates sweeping arpeggios and shuddering bass waves with the visceral … Read more
*New Edition pressed on 180g Marbled Vinyl - Gatefold Sleeve, 400 copies* Here's what we said about the album when it was released on CD in 2011: "Beguiling, unsettling and deeply mysterious, The Haxan Cloak's eponymous debut album is a riveting experience. In case Demdike Stare hadn't inspired you to read up on the pre-1900 occult, the term "Häxan" is an old German word for witchcraft, a theme shared by the two artists. But for that, and the monotone artwork aside, The Haxan Cloak takes a very different approach to his craft, one rooted in his studies in s… Read more
**180g vinyl includes a CD copy free inside** Gudrun Gut meets Hans Joachim Irmler ov Faust for a driving, psychedelic exploration of their respective Krautrock perspectives in '500m'. Both survivors of Germany's far-reaching and influential leftfield and avant-garde, they approach the project from opposing angles to find a tense median between Irmler's wayward, wistful organ improvisations and Gut's tempered, programmed logic. In that sense, it's a canny play on contradictions, imposing a more mannered grammar upon intuitive, attuned musical expression to find a mutual revelation. The results a… Read more
Drew Lustman (aka Falty DL) drops and rolls under his birth name on Dego's 2000 Black. We're slung right back to that late'90s/early '00s broken beat era in three cuts of hazy rhodes, silky lead lines and dusted shuffle, starting up with the sub-heavy 100bpm bump and warm chord progressions of 'A Thorough Study', and tipping out with the frothing shaker grooves and jazzy, feminine pressure of 'Put It Out There'. Dego himself also chimes in with a nimble remix of the title track tucking in additional basslines and fruity rhodes fills to slick the 'floor.
*2LP gatefold with photo collage from Tricky's personal archive + free CD inside* Tricky's back, flanked by a squadron of female vocal accomplices - Tirzah, Francesca Belmonte, Nneka, Bella Gotti - plus a hook-up with Mykki Blanco and production from Blue Daisy. Whilst he still sounds vocally menacing and paranoid as ever, he still can't give up that thing for naughty rock guitars which really dates the whole thing. OK, there are moments of relief in the mercurial electro glyde of 'Nicotine Love' with Francesca Belmonte, in the dank boogie of 'Right Here' featuring Oh Land, and the pulsing trip hop slink of 'Something In The Way', but then those guitars reappear…
*Reissued vinyl edition, Includes free CD inside* M83 have long been mentioned in the same breath as Ulrich Schnauss - listening to this excellent second album it becomes clear once again just why these comparisons have been made. "Before The Dawn Heals Us" is the sound one would imagine Mr Schnauss producing had he more or less got rid of his electronic demons, immersing himself fully in a mesh of guitars and weaves of feedback levelled out by that rarest of electronic conceits - vocals. M83 certainly bring to mind the euphoric, epic arrangements Schnauss is so fond of, while t… Read more
Low Concept in control for the 3rd single from London/NYC's White Asega label, backed with a ruddy good Alex Coulton re-step. The originals carve between sodden, gritty techno a la Happa or Blawan in 'Bugz' to low-riding, blown out electro with New York swagger on 'The Prick'. Alex Coulton's remix blows both of 'em out the water, resetting 'Bugz' to a Mala or Kode 9-esque dubstep lean swarmed with a menagerie of bleeps and dread gremlins and dubbled-up Footwork drums.
**Digital download code redeemable from the label** David Thomas and his Pere Ubu cohorts are back with the next stage in their album cycle begun with 'Lady From Shanghai' (2013). "A number of the songs were developed from an underscore composed for the movie Carnival Of Souls, performed by The Pere Ubu Film Group in July 2013. The cd and vinyl releases are slightly different. The vinyl release does not include the song 'Brother Ray.' The cd release does not include the five 'Strychnine Interludes.' The reason is straight-forward: 'Brother Ray' is twelve minutes long and would not fit on … Read more
**Edition of 250** Wayward mixture of Chicago house and darkwave disco from Twins for Glasgow's Clan Destine. Up top, 'Creepsick' comes off like Vindicatrix doing the Gherkin Jerk, and 'Deal With It' jams on with proper tracky Chi styles. Down below, 'No Comfort' sounds like a wavier Bodycode/Portable groove, and 'Peachtree Industrial' jacks off the kind of jagged groove you might expect to hear in one of Jamal Moss's Medusa Edits.
*Reissued vinyl edition, Includes free CD inside* France’s electronic duo M83 return with their second album, their first to be given a more overtly international push. Good timing, for its an adequately analogue collection of electronic pop songs mounted on a bed of fuzzy guitars and computerised vocals – hitting the zeitgeist with considerable aplomb. The tracks often contain a warm, almost romantic undercurrent, something which isnt often associated with music of this kind, and the soundscapeish scope of the composition, rather than the execution, hints at a deep lov… Read more
DJ Lil Tal and Paul Johnson double down as The Doobie Bruthas on the relaunched Dance Mania Records. They're in it for the funk: DJ Lil Tal drops the horn-heavy disco-house budge of 'Mandrake' and the filter freaking 'Find A Love' banger; Paul Johnson juggles jiggling hook, durty bass vamps and cowbells in 'Jack That Ass' and some coolly concentrated disco loops in 'Energy'.
Pink Flag re-issue the 4th Wire album, released originally on Rough Trade in 1980 , the album was primarily recorded live at a 1979 show . Long unavailable on any format the re-issue features additional unreleased material. For those unfamiliar with Document and Eyewitness, it really doesn’t do it justice to describe it simply as a collection of live recordings from three turn-of-the-80s Wire gigs. What makes it more than that is the unorthodox nature of the main performance and the way it was presented on record. The centrepiece of the original vinyl release was a recording of the final gi… Read more
Exapanded 2014 repress of a deadly Dance Mania juggernaut originally issued in 1998. Nose-to-tail goodness in seven tracks - including exclusive bonus cut 'Sick Trax' - busting out the pneumatic remix and original versions of 'Pump On The Floor' and skippy sample jerker 'Deep Vibe' up top, and coming strong with the percolated bounce of 'Holy Ghost', the killer DJ Funk hook-up 'Biggie Trax', and choppy ride of 'Da Love', plus the dry jackers jab of 'Sick Trax' for added flavour.
Gully New York hip hop coated in scuzzy noise by Gut Nose, back on his home city's Styles Upon Styles label. Landing squarely between the eyes of Parallel Thought's rugged beat suites and classic El-P produce, 'Filthy City' evokes a bloodshot, street-level view of a wasted metropolis in eleven concise parts. It all feels haunted by the dread ghosts of late '90s boom bap, DJ Spooky, Wordsound, RZA's 'Ghostdog' soundtrack et al, and is also prone to wigging out into collapsing industrial house structures at will. As a sort of sonic psychogeographic derivè it really takes us there.
Toshiya Kawasaki rounds up volume 6, the ten year anniversary edition, part two, of Mules Musiq's 'I'm Starting To Feel Okay' compendiums. Expect nine cuts of stylish disco chug and deep house ranging from cosmic bobbers by Danielle Baldelli & Marco Diogini or JD Twitch, to classy Frankfurt disco-tech from Lauer and deep, discofied house from Tom Trago, The Backwoods, and Gonno.
Crazylegs cool out with Tommy Rawson's laidback garage house burner, 'In All My Days', backed with slippery and deadly remixes by Maddslinky and Imami. Rawson's original is a casual piece of UK house music fusing Afro-beat and Kwaito patterns with jazzier keys and sharp electroid edits, but the real juice is int he remixes: Maddslinky goes to town with a darkside underwater dub refit teetering on 2-step rhythms streaked with billowing dub chords; Imami seriously impresses with his Art Of Noise-meets-Omar Santana styled freestyle/boogie chop up.
Tight smash 'n grab grime session from Asa & Sorrow. It's one for the emosh rudeboys, handkerchief times. All about the big R&G ace 'Untitled' with its bittersweet balance of scatting vocal hook, folk strings and scything bass attacks, whilst the other three are heavy exercises in nu skool instrumental grime.
*Reissued vinyl edition, Includes free CD inside* "Aptly titled M83, this album served as the French electropop outfit’s debut release in 2001 on Gooom. Recorded as a duo by founding members Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau, the album was described by Pitchfork as “how it feels to live inside a triumphal music box.” The track names can be read in order to describe a boy/girl meeting at a party. Taken in tow with the sampled movie dialogue throughout, the album serves as a poignant soundtrack for the simplest of scenarios. "
Technofied future disco from Bok & Trago's dancefloor-dedicated series. Taken from the upcoming 'Night Voyage Toolkit II' collection, 'Need This' appears in two mixes; the Radio Mix stakes a rare, juicy square bassline alongside a killer, arpeggiated disco bass, one playing the melody whilst the other brings the weight, and all touched up with crisp-cut marimba. Flipside, the dub reduces bass to a potent throb under hazier electronics, killer cowbells and disco drums to very useful effect.
**Part 1 of 2 - Double LP with insert and download code redeemable from the label, with fantastically in-depth sleevenotes featuring band interviews and exclusive photographs - All tracks have been remastered* "Initially a marginalised phenomenon, the underground grunge scene of Washington had barely a handful of adherents, strung out in isolated towns across the vast state of Washington. In those early days bands who showed an allegiance to their roots of punk risked social ostracism and worse, yet this community of outsiders produced… Read more
**Part 2 of 2 - Double LP with insert and download code redeemable from the label, with fantastically in-depth sleevenotes featuring band interviews and exclusive photographs - All tracks have been remastered* "Initially a marginalised phenomenon, the underground grunge scene of Washington had barely a handful of adherents, strung out in isolated towns across the vast state of Washington. In those early days bands who showed an allegiance to their roots of punk risked social ostracism and worse, yet this community of outsiders produced… Read more
**Limited white wax with download code, with digital only Lakker Remix** My Panda Shall Fly & Mau'lin make for a handsome hook-up on the laidback, breezily abstract boogie grooves of 'Push', backed with bonus Lakker remix and track as digital download. Very much a product of its times, their combined sound smudges the contours of jazz, ambient, house, and electronica until they reveal a alluring new shade, in the process hiopefully relegating the word "eclectic" to toom 101 forever. It's a transient sound, defined by swirling harmonic and rhythmic movemen… Read more
Mike Ash initiates Super Rhythm Trax with a body-churning acid session. Faxing forward his experience recording for Rising High as Interface and Audio Assault in the early '90s, 'Return To Acid' reprises his first love with full bodied passion. A-side is given to the authentic '88 box beats, staccato stabs and floating, early techno pads of 'Nitric' whilst B-side brings a darkside Frankfurt flavour to the table in 'Return To Acid', and some properly spiked Bam Bam Chicago styles in 'Oh Three'. Loud pressing. Bring on the weekend…
*Now available on Vinyl* In 'Saman' celebrated cellist Hildur Gudnadóttir returns to Touch with the dramatic follow-up to 'Leyfðu Ljósinu' (2012). The album's title, meaning "Together", symbolises the connection of Hildur's two primary instruments, her voice and cello, and the way they complement, contrast and mirror each other. The results are engrossing, a solemnly beautiful, at times heart-breaking suite of richly resonant cello and poised, pensile vocals including a gorgeous reprise of Icelandic hymn 'Heyr Himnasmiður', plus the plaintive beauty of 'Heima' featuring regul… Read more
Sterling deep house and techno from Glasgow's Dominic Capello (ov Dom & Harri) and Lee Duncan. The pair play off deep roots across three tracks of finest dancefloor calibre. A-side gives up the expressive electro-soul leads and tactile, late-night bassline of 'The Light', plus a vintage Carl Craig-style pearl in the muscular bass arpeggios and lustrous, lusting techno pads of 'D3', and B-side, 'Third Thought' follows suit with the moodiest blue chords and strangely distanced groove drawing lines between the techno souls of Detroit and Glasgow. RIYL Lord Of The Isles, NWAQ, DJ Sprinkles.
Chicago's D'Marc Cantu at his most atmospheric, sci fi-inspired. 'Zone 4' was conceived as a singular release around the same time 'A New World' (2012) was produced. It finally arrives on Shaddock, involving a four-part narrative leading us from the scanning, slow-motion groove and epic synth strokes in 'Point Of Fracture' thru lush, dark house in 'Psychotronics', heavier electro on 'STS - 115', to the acid-driven jakk ov 'Zone 4'.
Thursday, 28 August
**Stunning new album from Milanese accelerationist Lorenzo Senni. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi, cut at D&M. Edition of 500 individually numbered copies with initial copies pressed on liquid gold wax** We're more than a bit gassed to pop the cork on Lorenzo Senni's thrilling, incisive new LP, the 10th release for Boomkat Editions. The conceptual sibling to his blinding 'Quantum Jelly' side for Editions Mego in 2012, 'Superimpositions' finds the Milan-based multi-disciplinary artist and owner of the brilliant Presto!? Records accelerating and evolving his idea of "Pointillistic Trance" -… Read more
KILLER Ruffneck griot rap and tumbling mbalax from Senegal circa 1994: another stunning discovery by Awesome Tapes From Africa! Showcasing the remarkably fierce "taasu" - a form of oral poetry set to sabar and tama drums - style of Aby Ngana Diop, the undisputed "taasukat" of her generation, 'Liital' presents a shock of six cuts charged with ferocious talking drums, subtle DX7 tones, and Diop's stentorian call-and-response vocals. Whilst many of us have heard the mbalax style via classic recordings from Youssou N'Dour and even Mark Ernestus' Jeri-Jeri ensemble, we, for one, have never heard su… Read more