Thursday, 31 July
Bobby Champs, West Norwood Cassette Library, Kevin McPhee and J. Tijn as remixed by J. Tijn, Knowing Looks, Kamikaze Space Programme, and WNCL. J. Tijn turns Champs' 'Krenshaw' into a bruising/bruised techno tool and Knowing Looks sparks WBCL's 'Drop' as a breakbeat 'ardcore ruction. Kamikaze Spacxe Programme runs roughshod over Mcphee's 'In Circles' for a rugged drum tool, and WNCL cools off on a remix of J. Tijn's 'Flat'.
Thursday, 24 July
*Craig Leon-approved reissue of his two solo albums Nommos and Visiting as a 2LP set in gorgeous packaging with two essays by Leon and a download coupon* Issued respectively by John Fahey's Takoma label in 1980 and Leon's Arbitor private press in 1982, Nommos and Visiting were the twin brainchildren of studio wizard Craig Leon. Leon's production was pivotal in realising the debut recordings by Ramones, Blondie, Richard Hell and Suicide. While those albums broke ground in new worlds of sound, Leon's own debut album was arguably, if not literally… Read more
**One-sided pressing cut at half-speed by Matt at Alchemy for maxxximum presha!** Killing Sound version '$ixxxx Harmonie$' with serious tech-step jungle swerve for BEB. Separated from the 'Killing Sound' double-pack, the near-ambient original is extended and reinforced with dreadnaught jungle rhythms and possessed warehouse vibes for a properly altered, shark-eyed swerve. We'll be damned if it ain't the deadliest thing we've heard from either Vessel or El Kid, the Bristolians behind Killing Sound, and surely marks a massive highlight of BEB's darkside operations. Miss this at your peril.
**Super slick, synth-heavy and seductive soul-funk from Nigeria 1978. 180g vinyl reissue housed in tip on-style jacket with download code. Edition of 1000** "Originally recorded for the EMI Nigeria label and produced by legendary producer Odion Iruoje 'Keyboard' was a one-off studio project formed by Brodricks Majuwa and Isaac Digha from circa 1978. These two session men were often used at the EMI studio and played in multiple recordings that Iruoje produced throughout the era. This extremely scarce and obscure record features amongst others Ignace de Souza of the Black Santiagos from the city o… Read more
Jay Daniel, Seven davis Jr and Ph0t0machine put a new spin on Four Tet's 'Beautiful Rewind' album tracks. Detroit's yung wunderkind, Jay Daniel rides roughshod drum machine rhythms, dissolving keys and field recordings of birdsong over a sublime rework of 'Aerial'; Seven Davis Jr nimbly tweaks Buchla' into a skipping, floating garage-house groove, and Ph0t0machine gives 'Crush' a mercurial electro-techno momentum.
Slinky, deeper house from Dona backed with Patrice Scott and Vakula remixes. The originals are comparable with Cassy's stripped down electroid swing, Scott gives a ruggedly aquatic remix, and Vakula runs with a raw acid dub sound.
Magical make-over of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's 'Don't Make Me Over', as made famous by Dionne Warwick, now transported somewhere to avant-pop LA.
DJ Q and DJ Haus pipe up with a 2nd set of 'floor burnin' garage-house swingers. On top deck they whisk up the champagne bubble and pan pipes of 'Str8 Jugglin' and the ruder rudder of 'Eros Dance'. Below deck they shake out the kinky swing of 'All Nite' and a DJ Q remix fired up with 'ardcore breaks and a West Yorkshire rudeboy stance.
Wayward, tripping acid techno trax from Sweden's Daniel Andréasson - new on Skudge. All about the strange, skippy but sludgy groove of 'Ble3' on top, but there's also some canny moves in the slower, gear-grinding 'Ditehr24' and two Frak style jams on the flip.
Reissue of a highly sought-after ghetto house banger from Chicago '93. Same track on both sides.
Snotty swansong from the hard-living punk, Sewn Leather, for Milan's excellent Hundebiss label. 'Freak On Hashish / Longboarding Is A Crime' commendably lives up to at least half its title (we're not what he's got against longboarding, but we're not arsed either way really) with nine blown out, sludgy misshapes that sound too wrecked to get up but still generate enough wretched energy to put off casual listeners and entice the hardcore. It starts up with the bombed-out hip hop bounce of 'Real Recognise Fake' and culminates in a 19 and half minute slayer packing proper punk techno and hip hop nastiness. See ya SewnLeather!
Originally scheduled for release on Halloween 1985 this privately pressed all female post-punk / broken-folk collective concept album was resurrected from the ashes of the original line-up of The Fall and Velvet Underground singer Nico’s Blue Orchids backing band at the command of pioneering Manchester female punk icon Una Baines before disappearing into the annals of UK punk purgatory. Comprising all the DIY traits and snarling attitudes of Manchester’s smartarsed punk retaliation, with haunting mechanical folk, pastoral drones and a back story that unites sleeve artist Linder Sterling (Ludus), Spi… Read more
Aïsha Devi's Danse Noire label really comes into its own with these wild gabber and throat music incursions backed by equally freaked Hieroglyphic Being and IVVVO remixes. Her 'Hakkan Dub' takes the form of dub-spattered drums and blitzkreig kicks haunted by harpy vocals, whereas 'Throat Dub' hollows-out and manipulates the ever-effective sound of Mongolian (?) throat singers for nine minutes of arresting drones. Flipside IVVVO ices 'Hakkan Dub' to a cavernous EBM thump sounding like some lost cut from the Caustic Window sessions, and Jamal Moss gives 'Throat Dub' a squashed, Afro-centric re-wriggle.
"A classic from the annals of The Red Krayola, available on vinyl for the first time in many years. The 90s edition of The Red Krayola roared out loud with ‘Hazel’. This album was received rapturously by post-rockers everywhere, and featured Mayo Thompson riding herd over a cast of dozens, including the then Gastr del Sol union of David Grubbs and Jim O’Rourke, along with John McEntire, Tom Watson, Stephen Prina and George Hurley, among many distinguished others."
*Deluxe double vinyl reissue* Initially seen as something of a curate's egg on Sub Pop, Earth have gone on to be one of the most influential bands of recent years, spawning the entire dronecore / death metal scene (Sunn O))) etc.) as well as helping to mould the likes of Mogwai, Jim O'Rouke and (if their reverential appearance on the recent 'Legacy of Dissolution' LP is anything to go by) even Autechre. Back with their first proper album for 9 years ('Hex; or Printing In The Infernal Method'), Earth seem eager to discard the overly distorted sound that has come t… Read more
**Clear vinyl** Tactile, rugged industrial techno experiments from London's Details Sound. There's a range and sensitivity at play here which tends to escape many industrial practitioners, spreading out from stark drone modulations to hypnotic, banking techno pulsers, monotone fibrillations and raspin' rolige compatible with Shifted, Prostitutes or Ron Morelli.
*Includes a free copy of the CD inside* "Ziguri is a project formed by Krautrock legends Gunter Schickert, Udo Erdenreich and Dieter Kolsch. Active only from 1987 to 1997, the trio reformed in 2011 and now present their first album - some 27 years after they they broke up to be exact. The music: hypnotic trancepsychic rockdriven repetitive beats & bass lines, overlaid by floating patterns from Schickertís inimitable echodrive guitar."
**Cinematic synth themes and sleazy disco from Athens** From the label: "Optimo Music is known as a 12” label, but occasionally something rare and dangerous comes our way that compels us to release a full length album… It’s not exactly a dance album, although there is music you can dance to on it. It’s more filmic in nature, with references to legendary directors like Kubrick and Carpenter that will enthrall a film buff, particularly if they’re interested in electronic and dance music (It compelled me to watch Barry Lyndon again for the umpteenth time after fir… Read more
Canny meld of folk, R&B and subtle electronics from Floella All and the Various Production duo. The angular, stop-start groove of A-side sorta reminds of FAY's brilliant beat works given a modern London folk-blues vocal; flipside is more of a distant, dubbed, forlorn ditty, at once cute and deeply blue.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Brooklyn's finest minimal wave duo take flight to Ghostly International for 4th album, 'Par Avion'. With their shift to more visible climes of the musical landscape, Liz Wendelbo and Sean McBride have tightened up and honed their already sharp sound to a pop potency, still dealing in romance for a colder age, but now with more variety and contrasts - from upbeat to downbeat, slow to fast, light to dark. "Par Avion's rich diversity of sounds comes at least in part from the fact that it's an album-long ode to synesthesia. As singer Liz … Read more
Disco-ready remix session from The KDMS, Martin Brodin, Leaves & Iron Curtis, Acid Washed, and Nirosta Steel. Highlights include former Arthur Russell collaborator, Nirosta Steel's breezy Eastwood remix and a romantic Acid Washed version.
Cryptic edit workouts for the discerning disco dancefloor. Uptown you'll discover the louche deckside slyde of Serpent Digit's 'Precious Metal Crown'; downtown dips a shoulder to the proggy vocal harmonies and dubbed-out disco-not-disco of Fantasy Mark-Ups' 'Transmitted Contagion' and Dune Sister's 'Kyoto Recital' - an edit of Bene Gesserit's obscure 'Japanese Song'. One for the freaks…
"This classic and groundbreaking album was recorded in Los Angeles in 1970, at a time when Sergio Mendes was at the height of his commercial status with his incredibly successful musical blend of Brazilian flavours and American pop sensibility. ‘Stillness’ was a decisive break away from commercial pop towards a more serious and mature sound. Powerful new vocal songs such as ‘Stillness’ and ‘Righteous Life’ signified a new era in the music of Sergio Mendes. The Brazilian influence is, if anything, even more pronounced than before as Mendes and … Read more
*Includes 12" Booklet & Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Land Observations (aka musician and artist, James Brooks) presents ‘The Grand Tour’, the follow up to 2012’s debut album, ‘Roman Roads IV-XI’. Where the debut album was concerned with the roads of communication and conquest that stretched across the former Roman Empire and Republic, the new album creates an imaginary travelogue through Western, Central and Southern Europe with reference to the historic Grand Tour. The album was recorded on the edge of the Bavarian Alps on just one electric 6-string guitar - exploring … Read more
"Performed and put to tape at Estuary Recording Facility, The Seeker and The Healer constitutes the first collaborative work by Texas-based sound artist Cory Allen and Louisiana minimalist composer Duane Pitre. The album’s two side-long pieces were developed out of multiple improvisational sessions governed by predetermined rules, sourced from piano, bowed guitar, harmonium and 49-stringed drone harp (a custom-made instrument of Allen’s own design featured here on record for the first time). In the context of both musicians’ discographies, these pieces occupy a unique and… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Jenny Lewis returns with “The Voyager” - the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman’s third solo album and her first in six years. It is Lewis’ most deeply personal album to date, documenting her struggle to cope following the death of her estranged father in 2010 and the subsequent break-up of Rilo Kiley. The Voyager’s rootsy, golden glow comes courtesy of Lewis and the artists she chose to produce various tracks, including Ryan Adams, Beck, and Lewis’ long-time collaborator Johnathan Rice. “The Voyager” finds the always relatable songwriter at h… Read more
**Die-cut jacket and printed inner with download coupon** The 1st in a fleet of 3 instrumental EPs from SBTRKT paving the way for his 2nd album. On 'Transitions 1' you'll find two mercurial grooves, melding an aviary of electronic chirrups and whirring garage techno in 'Gamalena', and a bittersweet blend of itchy, bit-crushed drums with cascade of Zomby-esque melodies in 'Hold The Line'.
**Die-cut jacket and printed inner with download coupon** The 2nd in a fleet of 3 EPs from SBTRKT paving the way for his 2nd album. We find the masked man at his most contemplative with the beautifully sullen chamber-pop chords and white noise snare punctuation of 'Resolute' backed by the Koreless-meets-Haruomi Hosono occidental chiptune winks of 'Kyoto'.
**Die-cut jacket and printed inner with download coupon** The 3rd in a fleet of 3 instrumental EPs from SBTRKT paving the way for his 2nd album. He's on a forward UK soul tip here with the spiralling battery acid licks and plump subbass of 'Highs + Lows' and the gangsta waltz of 'Stifle'.
Slicker sophomore EP of mutant bass and twisted electronics from Lorenzo Senni, Daniele Mana (Vaghe Stelle) and Francesco Fantini's One Circle. 'Transparency' follows their 2013 debut for label/incubator, Left Blank with a murkily ambiguous mixture of production fidelities, textures and styles delivered with a unique electronic accent. They and it are testament to a rooted yet accelerated Italian electronic music scene, presenting impressionistic, emotive visions referencing recent and hypermodern styles from a forward, somewhat detached perspective, as with the beautifully garish vision of… Read more