Thursday, 05 March
"Monika Enterprise presents the debut album by Cologne artist Sonae: 'Far away is right around the corner'. Containing 10 tracks written between 2012 and 2014 the record deals with reflections about friendship, growing up and everyday life full of hope as far away is right around the corner. Sonae's music is wide, flowery and raw from the very quiet (Ambient) to tiny club moments (Electronica) always embedded in an electronic soundscape."
"Ranking Dread was as much of a myth and enigma as he was a music man and badman. But today he remains the connoisseur’s Dee Jay, admired for his slick style and delivery and compared to other noteworthy DJ’s of the time, can be seen as crucially under-recorded, having only released 4 albums and a handful of singles in his recording career. Born in 1956 in the Kingston slum of Rema, Dread spent his early career divided between being an enforcer for the JLP as well as learning his trade as a toaster on local sound systems. Trouble with the law instigated his move to London where his record… Read more
**Includes download code** Herva comes with that crooked breakbeat-house fonk on Dublin's All City label. Hitting a particularly fecund patch of Dego, Aardvarck or Shake-like breaks and sampler jazz, the Italian producer puts his past experience as a drummer to great use in 'HTYMO''s tricksy drum programming and dusty MPC knocks. Peak vibes to be found in the noisy big beats of the title track; the 4Hero-style jungle-jazz expression, 'She Is 32 Bit'; a dextrous and lush dipper titled 'No Money No Honey' reminding of Pepe Braddock at his wildest. Them's the breaks…
*Vinyl Edition* You can never have too many Ennio Morricone soundtracks, and when they're presented with this much care and attention, and in their original form rather than being on part of some poorly sequenced compilation or other you've simply got to take a bit of notice. This soundtrack is from Sergio Corbucci's 1967 movie 'I Crudeli' ('The Hellbenders'... now don't go thinking anything untoward will you) which from the looks of it (and yeah, I read the liner notes too) was a Spaghetti western in that fine tradition. The soundtrack then of course mirrors the subject matter, and we… Read more
Legowelt oscillates breakbeat 'ardcore and psyched-out techno styles for kindred spirits, UTTU. Get your vintage 'ardcore rushes in the billowing B-line saturation and tweaky, Afro-inspired patterns in 'Immensity of Cosmic Space' and the rolling Omni Trio-style light/darkside vibes of 'Lumeria'. 'Palm Trees In The Rain' does that swing-jackin' '90s ps-house thing, and 'Phase 5' hits a moody house stride.
**Repress in black sleeve with new centre labels** Subtly infectious deep house grit from L.I.E.S.' new pick up. NGLY's label debut - following a smart 12" for Russian Torrent Versions marching grounds - is arguably one their best in 2014 so far. Up top 'Service Cost' ripples with a Bookworms-like tribal coda hingeing on perfectly timed hi-hats and hypnotic, spiralling synth motifs primed for 2am face-rolling. whilst 'Some Relationships' is a sweet piece of downbeat BoC reverence. B-side 'Speechless Tape' puts down a gorgeous square bass riff beneath Wold-like choral loops and Blake Baxter-e… Read more
*LP reissue manufactured in Japan, presented in a high quality card sleeve with replica original artwork.* "Rare and highly sought after in its original format, Os Brazoes self-titled album was originally released on RGE Discos in 1969. It is a psychedelic masterpiece that fuses samba, R'n'B and Rock 'n' Roll influences using fuzz guitars, synths, percussion, lush vocals and effects. Os Brazoes formed in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1960's. They backed Gal Costa during her Tropicalia period, yet apparently never recorded in the studio with her. Miguel de Deus, the bands front man, recorded the h… Read more
Keith Hudson's seminal classic, In Dub! Righteous smoking sounds from bud to roach. Proper, heavyweight vinyl pressing. Tracklist: Side A - 1. Rub Dub; 2. Felt The Strain; 3. My Eyes Are Red Dub; 4. National Item; 5. I Broke The Come Dub; Side B - Barrabas Dub; 2. Image Dub; 3. (Jonah) Come Out Now Version; 4. Musicology Dub; 5. Darkness Dub.
Slugbug bounces on from a recent L.I.E.S. episode to a mutant industrial session for the label's Eastern cousins, Russian Torrent Versions. We detect a bit of '80s industrial Detroit and Chicago influence in there, somewhere between Beauy Wanzer and Stingray with the mystic electro opener and another slice hard-ass drums 'n drones; B-side pulls back to reveal a fleshier cyborg rhythm replete with processed vocal and stuttering Jak patterns beside a proper, synth-laced EBM stomper.
Shadowy industrial techno invocations from London's Gohan for French label, Peur Bleue Records. A mix of proper ambient gloom with toiling machine rhythms and daemonic voices sans fromage (French innit), 'Stabbed In Konya' is a striking introduction to Gohan, for us at least. We'd recommend it for the sparking electro runs buried within 'Criminal Amnesia'; the percolated acid-electro doom of 'Onlookers Murmur'; and the dramatic B-side of noirish classical keys and zombie EBM grind.
3rd industrial noise and techno incursion from Vereker's Endangered Species label is given to Skander, a.k.a. his partner in Renoir. The top side is reserved for a pair of washed-out and amorphous noise sculptures; camouflaging broken-spirited electronic melodies with semi-opaque harmonic distrotions in 'Sado Seeker' and squashing jagged rhythmic noise convulsions in 'Steel Talon'. The other side serves a body-checking techno beast called 'Death by Handgun' powered by skull-fxxk kicks and rasping attack tones. Murder.
Travis Stewart a.k.a Machinedrum slinks out as Aden on Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic label. The 'Tanz EP' is a shiny new skool club affair, seducing with the rimshot-freckled build of 'Lieb' and percolating proper Dance Mania meets Jersey vibes with the smooth-but-rugged 'Grau'. The haughty thrust of 'Hass' nods to ballroom and early Chi-house styles - think Mike Q meets Chip E - and 'Hell' gets off with razor sharp chords and bucking groove, like Mark Fell wurkin' his Green Velvet suit.
*Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey, cut at Abbey Road studios, pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl and includes download code redeemable from the label* "The Good Son’ was the sixth album by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, released in 1990. It was preceded by the release of ‘The Ship Song’"
Red-raw analog techno bangerz by The Vampire of Sacramento. Nearly a year on from his debut on June - the first outsider to release on the label - he gears up a wilder dancefloor assault in 'The Manor Conspiracy', leaving us reelin' with two tributes to early Mills and co in 'Axis i + II' on the A-side before loading up the slicing hi-hats and bucking craic of 'Haloperidol Decanoate', plus the seething, Orbital-style playtime tattoo of 'Code Green MF'.
*LP reissue manufactured in Japan, presented in a high quality card sleeve with replica original artwork* Tom Zé is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, innovator and composer who was hugely influential in the Tropicália movement of 1960s Brazil. Zé is often thought of as Brazil's answer to Zappa or Captain Beefheart; a true innovator and a true artist. Mr Bongo re-issued Zé's debut record 'Grande Liquidicao' originally released in 1968. This, his second solo album, is self-titled, and was released by RGE Discos in 1970. After the peak of the Tropicália period, Zé went into relative obscurity. It was o… Read more
**Red Vinyl Reissue - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** A Björk album is always a major event in the musical calendar, particularly for any followers of experimental music - no other artist can be credited with introducing such an array of avant-garde elements and production techniques so directly into the mainstream. The same goes for personnel: in hand-picking collaborators from the underground's finest talents Björk has been responsible for drawing the pop chart-following public's attention to the work of Matmos, Zeena Parkins, LFO's Mark Bell and Opia… Read more
*Ships Friday* **2015 Reissue - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** For many people 'Work And Non Work' was the first introduction to one of Warp’s most singular and interesting signings ever - Broadcast. Released in 1997, it compiled a bunch of early singles and EP's the band released on Wurlitzer Jukebox and Stereolab's Duophonic label, making for a spectacularly unusual hybrid of evocative songs capturing the psychedelic spirit of "The United States of America”, augmented by a love of radiophonic sound effects and electronic production. Although th… Read more
Thursday, 26 February
**Housed in an amazing spot-gloss printed jacket designed by Guy Featherstone. Mastered by Matt "The Alchemist" Colton. Edition of 700** Diagonal pull another coup with 12"s of brute bitterness from Philip Best, Sarah Froelich and Russell Haswell's Consumer Electronics. With the spray of their blinding 'Estuary English' still wet on our cheek, 'Repetition Reinforcement' is a bruising, visceral reminder of CE's position on the periphery of extreme electronic music. Holding steadfast to the transgressive subject matter which Best has explored since the early '80s as part … Read more
Janus resident Lotic fracks the future with five expansive club visions in 'Heterocetera', his first vinyl release and debut for Tri Angle. Finding and opening fissures of possibility in the facade and body of current club music, his unique approach to meter, space and tone results a genuinely affective impact: it challenges the way we dance; probes and teases our pleasure centre's tolerance for off-kilter, oily tones and soured timbre. It's quintessentially queered to the core, all deliquescent structures and plangent harmonics, perhaps finding close analogs in the music of Arca or certain E+E/E… Read more
**Limited edition screen-printed jacket version. Dinky centre labels, screen-printed side F label. Resealable sleeve** 'Expressions' is the lush 2nd album from Edinburgh's Linkwood on Firecracker. It's the sort of album you can spend a whole evening, or equally a whole lifetime with, perfectly crafted and sequenced for immersed listening and also to be broken down into DJ components - of which there are some super strong moments in the hypnotic Detroit disco-tech of 'Object', the sophisticate house stride of 'Expressions', and a sublime dub chord lather in 'Love Lost' to close. From Firecracker… Read more
*Limited Edition 180gm pressing on Gold Wax - remastered from the original tapes, including a 12” by 12” insert of liner notes by Dave Segal. An essential Reissue of one of the most compelling and original albums to have emerged from the British post-rock scene of the early 90’s* A bit of a bolt out of the blue this one, Medical Records breath new life to what we consider to be one of the most interesting and overlooked albums of its era, Laika’s 1994 gem ‘Silver Apples of the Moon”. Simon Reynolds coined the term “Post Rock” writing about Laika and Kevin (The Bug) Martin’s God proje… Read more
UK's baddest duo do it again with the '1 Sec' EP landing on XL after the blinding 'Take Time' 12" for Rinse. Mumdance makes the music, Novelist runs rings around it. This is the OG sound developed by BBE and Wiley accelerated with incredible vision, imagination and tenacity; bending your ear to the preternaturally observant, incisive lyrics of 17 year old MC, Novelist, while Mumdance's ballistic, collaged production slaps up from every angle. Both the title track and 'Shook' set the levels head-high for 2015, outmaneuvering all comers at every swerve, each near miss with a bus and in every rave-eyed bass stab. This is what music needs to sound like in 2015.
Air Max '97 follows one of 2014's sickest singles with three fluoro aces on 'Fruit Crush', including an exceptional hook-up with Strict Face. This is the new skool in full effect, twysting the genes of grime, kuduro and freestyle electro with vaporous 'tronics in sheer hyperspace. 'Fruit Crush' steps out first with a grimier analog to SOPHIE and PC Music styles, streaking mad FX around sharp electro stabs, chattering melodies and wobbly bogle; 'Shape Cut' resets to a slower roll nodding to Lisbon's taraxho sound, but with xtra subs and off-kilter, lilting licks. Best of all, 'Armour Form' inc… Read more
Squashed and killer psy-house flex from Bristol's Lily backed with a mega Madteo remix. As many clued-up heads know, Lily's 2013 debut for Idle Hands and follow-up cassette album with No Corner were some of the dopest, ruggedest slow house mutations of recent years. With 'Memory Jacket' he follows suit with a crushed, late night chugger primed with murky bass toil and head-spinning electronics for after-hours blues and red-lit basements. Madteo's remix is equally grimy, gradually finding its groove at a skanking 111bpm bounce skudged with acrid white noise and buckled bass buoyed by Berlin dub chords. Straight winner.
Club music's pre-eminent mutant, Powell, launches a daring raid on the mainstream with this screaming double header for XL. Marking his highest profile release to date, following the '11-14' 2CD issue and remixes for Nico Jaar and Daniel Avery, he unswervingly sticks to his modern No Wave mission with the tumbling, ravenous rhythm and noise of 'Sylvester Stallone' and 'Smut'. Operating at the extremes of the XL's remit, the Diagonal Records captain takes a hot-wired joyride thru techno badlands, colliding a cornucopia of reference points with a Ballardian sense of visceral, descriptiv… Read more
Amit throws down the bassbin gauntlet with four diverse D&B/techno mutations. A-side is loaded with the ravenous Bad Company-style synth attacks and molasses motion of 'The Hunted', plus the quaking 4/4 dub, 'Chalvey Town'; B-side he adopts a dubstep stance with the strongback step of 'Survivor' eased off by Rani's trip hop vocal, and 'Mind Over' dices with hard-ass techno traits, culminating in a neat locked groove.
"A life is A Billion Heartbeats', continues Yannis Kyriakides & Andy Moor's exploration and mining of the rich and mysterious terrain of Greek Rebetika music from early 20th century. Their first release of this project (simply entitled 'Rebetika') was for the most part taken from a live recording at the CCA, Glasgow in 2006. For that, Yannis had created processed versions of Andy's favourite Rebetika tunes which served as a matrix or palette onto which both musicians then improvised using electric guitar, live sampling and electronics. In this new set of so… Read more
**Sterling dark pop and stark ambient noise somewhere between Grouper and Vatican Shadow. Edition of 500 with tracing paper insert and download code** There's some genuinely dark magick at work in Paper Dollhouse's debut LP for Glasgow's Night School Records. The London-based duo of Nina Bosnic and Astrud Steehouder are in possession/possessed by a gothic, oneiric spirit which has previously been revealed on Jane Weaver's Bird Records - who also present a cassette version of this LP - and alongside Magpahi for Devon Folklore Tapes Vol. IV. But this is arguably their most effective invocat… Read more
"Twenty-year-old Amsterdam-born producer Ebbo Kraan presents his first EP proper. The Aletta EP is a nocturnal, eclectic meld of explorations in hip-hop sound and ambience. Like an enchanting siren, opener "Bag of Medicine" lulls the listener into its dark midst. It's a pretty intense rush, a screeching joyride of grating bass. "20" is a viscous onslaught of side-chained choppy abuse, while, "No Amount" is a distorted, ethereal mind-trip. Dreamy, refined "Pian808" slows things down -- a must for after-hours -- only to be potentially upstaged by "Thirst," the spatial and trippy closer with equal portions of low-end theory pulsating through."
**2LP in gatefold sleeve** Parisian Afro-futurist Bambounou projects a mystic, dystopian premonition of things to come with 2nd album, 'Centrum' for Modeselektor's label. Inspired by the sci-fi predictions of Akira and Dune, and operating in aesthetic orbit of Jeff Mills, Jamal Moss and Untold, we find ten tracks unfolding a cracked narrative of night vision synths and scuffed, semi-organic rhythms that seem to have a micro-life of their own. It works very neatly as a play-through listen, twysting between frayed, Afro-centric shuffle and Detroit-style electronics in 'Composer' and the polychromat… Read more