Thursday, 19 February
**Double LP in gatefold sleeve, with full album on CD included inside** Well-rounded, deeper tech-house gratification by Lake People. There's just the right balance of grit and classically mannered poise to these grooves that makes it easy to understand why the likes of Dixon & Ame are fans of Lake People.
Roland Tings graduates from charming early singles for 100% Silk and Club Mod to this lush debut LP for Internasjonal. An impressionistic take on the golden era of late '80s/early '90s house filtered thru a pastel-toned Aussie heat haze, it swaggers across tempo zones from the buoyant, chirpy jack of 'Coming Up For Air' and the woozy piano house bumper, 'Who U Love', to the slow-building centrepiece 'Floating On A Salt Lake' before taking a downtempo turn with the chugging slow-house of 'Devotion' and the squashed strutter, 'Cultural Canal', and back deckside with the glorious 'Venus'.
**ncludes 20 track bonus CD** Back on Big Dada - Wiley rises to the top again with 'Snakes & Ladders' featuring guest spots from JME, Footsie, Wrigz, Flirta D and more. He's as mad as ever, dropping baffling bars and signature non sequiturs across 17 of his strongest tracks in years, from the bouncing summer 2014 anthem, 'On A Level' to the gulliest new skool grime in 'Reel Off' to the extended, eleven minute chicanery of 'Snakes & Ladders (Part Two)' which surely sets a new precedent for modern grime. Get in.
Soichi Terada presents a perfect entry point for any budding J-House connoisseurs with this compilation of slick aces off his Far East Recording label. Sought-after over there and everywhere else, they amount to a prime seam of early '90s house, with levels of plushness and seductive groove up there with the best stuff coming out of New York, Chicago or Detroit at that time. Best known to collectors and heads willing to shell out for originals, his sound has been championed of late by Ben UFO and Hunee, who're both known to slip his treats into their sets. But now everyone can get on… Read more
Jack Dixon shares the latest on White Asega label with Kodiak, backed by Bambounou and Troy Gunner reworks. The Kodiak track is dope, cutting loose with a wild and grimy techno funk number 'Taargus' detailed with Classical Curves-style production. Bambounou does a smart job with a slinkier, sub-heavy remix reduction, followed by Jack Dixon's bouncing Afro-techno-funk bomb 'New Curtains' and Troy Gunner's respective remix cut-up.
UK rufige allstars on a heavy Formula Records sampler session. Flava D's 'Home' is ramped with bristling bassline flavour by label boss, Champion - sounds killah on 33rpm, too! - while flipside is given to a clash of the titans with a dream hook-up of Terror Danjah & Zed Bias on quicksilver 2-step tip sporting vocals by Olivia Louise.
Coarse but canny house trax from Venetian producer, Steve Murphy aka DJ Octopus, Die Roh… Murphy clearly doesn't mind a bit of grit under the nails, running hard-working house rhythms thru a crackly filter for proper bite on the 'floor, from the kinky build of 'Climax' thru the burned-out piano house banger, 'Something Around The Sun', to the Analogue Cops-style slam of 'Venus' and the jagged jack of 'Movida'.
Michael Kamen’s Original Score for the animated cult clasic The Iron Giant for the first time on Vinyl. Remastered by James Plotkin for the 15th Anniversary of the film, and pressed on 180 gram Vinyl
"Born Yannick Ilunga, to a Congolese father and Angolan mother, the artist known as Petite Noir has been making his unclassifiable, joyous music in various iterations for a number of years now. Previous singles "Til We Ghosts", "Noirse" and "Pressure", and his band Popskarr, in addition to collaborations with his friend Spoek Mathambo, garnered him online attention in 2013 and 2014, leading to his signing with Double Six. He is currently at work on his debut full-length album, due for release in 2015."
*Limited Edition grey vinyl pressing on 180gm wax - Cover design Chris Weston. Includes an exclusive booklet with sleeve notes from director Gareth Evans & composers Aria Prayogi & Fajar Yuskemal* "Death Waltz deliver a world premiere release that will sweep your legs away while punching your face to custard with Fajar Yuskemal and Aria Prayogi’s original score to The Raid. Directed by Gareth Evans, this explosive masterpiece of Thai uber-action has already been recognised as one of the greatest action films ever made, but few people know t… Read more
Etch brings the drums on a badass 2nd 12" for Soundman Chronicles. For our £'s it's all about the Source Direct-styled B-side junglism, 'The Scientists (Breaknology)' with its spring loaded Amens and dark soldier flex, but the A-side's flanging, droning breaksploits in 'The Serpent And The Rainbow' and the Paradox-alike hip hop/breaks lean of 'Waterfalls' is damn hot, too. TIP!
Extra-wide techno sound designs by Dylan Richards aka House of Black Lanterns, with a superb Mosca remix. Arriving two years since 'Kill The Lights', HoBL presents a sleazy, noirish jack-attack in three parts - the oily, slow-mo groove control of 'The Smack'; the drippin' darkroom techno momentum of 'Grey Leather Glass'; a writhing deep house mutant named '8 Million Stories'. For our money though, Mosca's Dread At Controls Version of 'The Smack' is better yet, finding him working deeper into that updated M-Series sound with extra traces of Metalheadz '95 atmospheres and killer spring reverb slaps.
Reelin' breakbeat rave and braindance styles from a new avatar, Missqulater on Central Processing Unit. If we weren't informed otherwise, we'd say this could be the work of Luke Vibert - it's so colourful, joyous and densely packed with breaks, samples and vintage-sounding synths.
*180g audiophile vinyl, includes CD* Originally issued back in 1997, "Von" was the first full album release from Icelandic drifters Sigur Ros and is now available once again in all its 72 minue glory. The sound across these 12 tracks is reassuringly primitive, though often daring (as in the completely flawed, though forward-thinking turntable-style rewinds at the end of "Hun Juro"), drifting from 4AD-inspired quasi-shoegazing atmospherics at one moment, and John-Cage inspired silence the next. The band was quite obviously at this stage not only looking at the reverberating echoes of the … Read more
Thursday, 12 February
**Edition of 500 mastered & cut by Matt Colton. Initial copies on silver wax, includes a download of the full album dropped into your account on Monday, Feb 16th** The panoramas of 'Awake' open six captivating and plangent guitar scapes stirred up by prolific collaborator Mike Shiflet with John Kolodij a.k.a. High Aura'd for Type. Captured face-to-face - or rather face-to-amp - over the course of three days in Kolodji's Rhode Island studio, the improvised recordings were later edited together with sparse, pastoral field recordings to create the kind of densely woven sonic fabric that … Read more
After a whirlwind couple of years, Anthony Naples drops his debut album on Four Tet's Text label. Since 2012, the NYC-based producer has become a byword for fuggy, smushed house with a faded melodic fidelity, as heard in ace releases for Opal Tapes, Mister Saturday Night, TTT, and his own label, Proibito. With 'Body Pill' he explores that aesthetic at more obtuse angles, and with a broader range of tempos, vacillating woozy BoC-isms like 'Ris' with what sounds like Push Button Objects -gone lo-fi house with 'Abrazo', and Actress-style snoozy boogie with 'Changes' and the gorgeous miniature,… Read more
Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis' post-Wire ambient-noise scape, '3R4' reissued for the first time since 1980 when it was only 4AD's 2nd ever release. After setting a template for post-punk with a trio of now certified classic LPs, this half of Wire would begin to peel away from pop and standard songwriting to explore the studio-as-instrument with cinematic results. Melody and structure were booted out the back door to be replaced by the twin spirits of improvisation and innovation, grappling with sound as colour and space and texturhythm in a rich tradition stretching back thru the avant-gard… Read more
Toronto's Egyptrixx heavily impresses with the expansive industrial sound designs of 3rd LP, 'Transfer of Energy [Feelings Of Power]'. Launched on his newly minted Halocline Trance label, it's a sleek mixture of tensile club constructions and sci-fi atmospheres shot thru with blazing pop signatures and hyperreal textures. Industrial is the keyword here - connoting imagery of classic, dystopian cinema and computer games in the pensive, pranging dynamics of the title track and lush, intra-dimensional refractions in 'Mirror Etched on Shards of Amethyst', while making soni… Read more
Reissue of Psychic TV's evil '89 acid house jam, now backed with remixes by Silent Servant, Fred Gianelli, and John Tejada. Skull side gets down with the "Didjeridu" acid and whale noises of 'Alien Be-In' taken from PTV's 'Towards Thee Infinite Beat' (1990), beside a pumping update from Fred Gianelli. The Psychic side turns out a slower, concentrated remix from Silent Servant trading the "didj" sound for one of his signature synth lashes before teaming up with John Tejada for a slinkier, sleazier take.
"Throughout the seventies the productions of Bunny ’Striker’ Lee were incredibly prolific and he created a number of different labels to handle his ever expanding output. Bunny had always worked closely with Osbourne’King Tubby’ Ruddock, who had built his first Sound System in 1957. But Tubby felt that things really got going when he took on Ewart ’U Roy’ Beckford as his DeeJay in 1968. When Bryon Lee upgraded Studio B at Dynamic Sounds to a sixteen track recording in 1972 Striker brokered a deal for Tubby to purchase the old four track equipment.The package included… Read more
**Deluxe double LP gatefold** Carter Tutti refresh their Chris & Cosey alter-egos in something of a dream project for their legion acolytes. Compiling last year's 'Remix Chris & Cosey' session with eight new studio reworks of Chris & Cosey live tracks, it underlines their output to date with a showcase of the original song's durability and, simultaneously, a display of current studio prowess. On the first disc, they apply a slippery modern chassis to the ghosts of eight songs, at best in the wormholing autobahn techno of 'Driving Blind' and an acidic re-rub of 'Dancing On… Read more
"Dave Bailey's 'Concrete Jungle' is considered as one of the most popular tunes within the Redman's catalogue. This is not an ordinary digital Dancehall track, as some Roots flavors are added to the fast and edgy rhythm where Dave Bailey showcases his cool & smooth vocals to make this tune a killer!"
Reissue of an exceptional French industrial side from 1982. Minimal, erotic, and utterly captivating, Die Form's debut album works where it matters, galvanising steely 808 rhythms and lustrous ARP2600 synthlines with frisky discipline and tales of death and bestiality. In the best sense, there are clear lines to be drawn between Die Form and the likes of TG or early Chris & Cosey - the non-linear drum programming; the possesed vocals and lyrical content; the finely crafted and subtle atmospheres - most likely due to similar influences and production palette, but there's also something compellingl… Read more
Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis' post-Wire ambient-noise scape from 1980 exploring a more melodic style of song-writing, but one still struck by the possibilities of the studio-as-instrument. In 'Ends With The Sea' they nimbly render cranky guitars and Gilbert's pointillist melody to a grinding but glowing texturhythm cleaving the difference between industrial music and art-pop. With 'Hung Up To Dry Whilst Building An Arch' the lyrical content and guitars are smudged to glossolalia and diffused around their patented motorik drums, making for one of the eeriest, forward looking 7"s of the early '80s. RIYL SPK, Chris Carter and Einstürzende Neubauten.
**Heavyweight double gatefold jacket with 25-page, full colour booklet of photos and liner notes pasted to inner panel** The Folk Music of the Sahel is revealed to the world at large in these wonderful field recordings made by sublime freq, Hisham Mayet between 2004 - 2014. A year on from the more fractious 'Radio Niger' instalment, this LP presents the new Folk Music of the Sahel in a "subjective but spectacular overview of Hausa, Zarma, Fulani, Songhai and Tuareg music"… "On this lavish double album, Mayet methodically reveals the dazzling range and power of Nigerien mu… Read more
*Fully licensed and taken from the original master tapes, remastered by Nick Robbins at Sound Mastering, and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy - pressed on 180g vinyl* "Groove Line Records open their 2015 with our debut half-speed mastered 12” single. First in line for the super deluxe treatment are Plush’s 1982 singles, Free And Easy (Tee Scott Remix) and Burnin’ Love. Plush were a short lived Synth-Dance group (with a young Siedah Garrett in their ranks) who were taken under the wing of R&B hit makers Rene & Angela releasing one self-titled LP in 1982 from which both of these singles originate. S… Read more
Wémè give it up for another former Rephlexian turned loose - Jodey Kendrick with eight cuts of hard-edged breakbeats and doomy noise. Of course, anyone operating between those axes will be inevitably fall under the shadow of Scorn or Justin K Broderick, and doubly so when when you share the same initials! In fact, they sound so similar that we were labouring under the impression that this actually was Mr Broderick until about ten minutes prior to writing. So, it sounds quite a lot like JK Flesh and Mick Harris dicing with Trip Hop drums and that can't be a bad thing for a lot of you.
"Recorded to the same rhythm track as 'New Tactics' by Admiral Tibet. Horace Martin, who is known for his major works during the late 70's to the early 80's, has released the 'Mix Up' LP on the Redman label. His deep sounding vocal and Redman's synthesizer works result in this essential "Geow Now" tune."
"The gnarliest reggae compilation in Christendom, drawn from the seventies and early-eighties heyday of this Toronto-based label, when it played host to stars like Joe Higgs, Augustus Pablo, Johnny Osbourne and Leroy Sibbles, and home to locals like Pluggy Satchmo and Dill Smith. Raw, twisted, compelling, time-and-again staggering productions by Oswald Creary, in the tradition of his childhood-friend Lloyd Bullwackie Barnes — and Lee Perry and Keith Hudson — but utterly themselves. Rough, tough, mystical roots. Brilliant mastering by Moritz von Oswald. Both formats come in silk-screened sleeves (and the artwork is Will Bankhead’s finest hour)."
The hiatus is over: Six Organs of Admittance rise again with a stunning new slab on Drag City three years since 'Ascent'. Conspicuous by his absence, Chasny seems to have spent his time regressing to birth a more primordial approach to the neck of the guitar, now returning with Noel Von Harmonson (Drums), Rob Fisk (Bass), and Charlie Saufley (Bass) to help flesh out, transcribe and unravel his cryptic dreams. The result is is looser, broader Six Organs of Admittance to the one we remember, adroitly feeling out lonely blues beside face-aching feedback throwdowns, doomy flamenco flour… Read more