Thursday, 07 November
**Hand-stamped wax in poly sleeve with A4 insert** Tigersushi's Crackboy and Joakim are POV on the 4th Crowdspacer 12". Picking up where Versatile's 'Acid Arab' volumes left off, they get down with two cuts of orientalist acid house, charging up the Dabke-like bounce and ornate, psychedelic melodies of 'Adat' on the front side and a muggier acid chugger compatible with Rabih Beaini's 'Tanki Tanki' edit, called 'Oum on the flipside.
*Free CD copy of the album included inside - New 10-track Album from the excellent CFCF, described by the label as "like Jan Hammer, Peter Gabriel and Fever Ray jamming in an airport lounge* "The dust’s not even settled on his last EP - ‘Music For Objects’, and ‘Exercises’ before it - and prolific Montreal producer CFCF (aka Mike Silver) has already got an exquisite new release lined up; his first full-length since 2009’s ‘Continent’, this is ‘Outside’, released on Dummy Records. With ’Outside’, Silver has managed to create something that grapples with how loneliness radiates outward and reflects the e… Read more
**Transparent splattered vinyl** Rod Modell's on the money with his latest Deepchord trip for Soma. Following some wishy-washier efforts, he really steps to the 'floor here with the rolling heft of 'Prana', synching tight congas and swooping dub bass under an ever-expanding night sky of twinkling bleeps and vapourous chords. Flipside, 'Tantra' hovers into earshot before swinging wide with a swirl of pendulous, plummeting subs and lapping drums loops all awash in that just-out-of-reach soundsphere he does so damn well.
**Remastered with new artwork, vinyl reissue of Labradford's seminal debut** The very first release on Kranky, dating back to 1993, came from perhaps it's most revered band. The duo of Mark Nelson (Pan American) and Carter Brown, later joined by Bobby Donne, stretched a harmonised Drift ethos into a whole new context, operating underneath the shoegazing movement with a sound that was at once more daring and effortlessly serene. "Prazision" is a raw collection of tracks that at times bring to mind the reverberating world inhabited by the Cocteau Twiins' Robin Guthrie, and at others the ex… Read more
**Includes A4 art insert** Diverse collection operating on the cusp of IDM and techno from Japan's 10 Label. Perc grinds out the caustic clank and churn of 'Overbite' beside the haunting apparition of Dalhous's 'Subject Of The Stenographic Figure' - their first release outside of Blackest Ever Black. Matthew Herbert swings with the dry, itchy funk of 'Tax Returns', and label owners Yuji Kondo and Katsunori Sawa come off like distant relations of Andy Stott's sound with the sub-100bpm roil and gloom of their 'Fundamental Belief'.
**Classic synth soundtrack composed by former member of Soft Machine, new on Mordant** "Exhumed '77 OST frond 'Riddles Of The Sphinx'…magick Mike Ratledge unfurls coils of ARP, Moog & VCS-AKS via Denys 'Lucifer' Irving's hacked Z-80 sequencer…these post-Soft Machine plumes spiral in stasis to the frame pans and lockdown Maddox's & Mulvey's dialogue like SE17 dunes…the concentric riddle of the missing original master tapes…film reel audio prised from the BFI vaults & transferred straight to zeros & ones by hieroglyphic happenstance…this acrobatic dredge has revealed more than enoug… Read more
Bureau B's latest raid on the Schnitzler archive unearths eight inimitable blueprints of proto-techno space music. They were all recorded in 1974-75 by the original Tangerine Dream and Kluster member but they've all only just seen the light of day in the last few years. Tracks 1-5 were released by Qbico in 2009 and range from amorphous, bleeping constellations to alien modular chatter to immense, minimalist motorik excursions powered by plonging basslines and primed for the freakiest 'floors. There's also three outstanding bonus tracks which have never been released before, among them one wh… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Austrialia's Gardland duo debut a mystic, frayed sort of techno primitivism with the classy but rudimentary grooves and etheric electronics of 'Syndrome Syndrome', their first LP for RVNG Intl. Their music exists in a curious modern context between the edge-bleeding post-techno of Blondes, the more mutant end of 100% Silk, and the stripped, modulated techno minimalism of Rrose - too grotty to be called techno proper, too canny to be called "outsider", existing in a unique position somewhere between worlds. Its 13 tracks take … Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Lovely 2nd album of pastoral ambient and undulating techno from Finnish enigma, Ukkonen. In good company among No Pain In Pop's "polystylistic" posse of Karen Gwyer, Patten and Torn Hawk, 'The Ancient Tonalities Of' Ukkonen are a faithful nod to that bygone era of cerebral dance music when the likes of AFX, Autechre, Carl Craig or Squarepusher were making music rich in complex harmony, soothing melody and intricate rhythms that managed to challenge convention whilst gratifying the masses. The album's effortless grace belie… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Remastered (from original tapes) reissue of The Cabs' 7th studio album, originally released in 1985. "Cabaret Voltaire, alongside Human League, Throbbing Gristle, Fad Gadget and The Normal, were at the forefront of the UK electronic movement of the late 70s. Way ahead of their time, Cabaret Voltaire’s blend of dance music, techno, dub, house and experimental made them, without a doubt, one of the most influential acts of the last 35 years."
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Remastered (from original tapes) reissue of Cabaret Voltaire's first album released in 1983 after the departure of Chris Watson. 'The Crackdown' is widely considered to be one of the influential industrial funk unit's finest album efforts, honing a mixture of darker, dubbed-out electronic atmospheres and insistent vocals with grooves ranging from skittish industrial funk to proto-house and electro with the sort of deeply funky swagger and commercial appeal that saw them also gained traction with American club crowds at the time and has since seen them hailed as a big influence on Hip Hop and house music.
Jerome Hill's Don't label reissues four classic and unreleased cuts by Neil Landstrumm. You'll find the Reese bass-loaded banger 'Tension In New York' and the super sub-heavy drive of'Minneapolis Bass Treatment' from Neil's 'Bedrooms and Cities' (1997) album for Tresor plus the demented electro-techno of 'Scandinavia Sessions' and a mentasm-laced unreleased mix of 'Tension'.
Luke Slater's L.B. Dub Corp reaches its debut album after a string of singles since 2006 for Ostgut and his Mote Evolver label. 'Unknown Origin' dwells on the more technoid elements of his PAS sound, but is better defined by his taste for dub space and atmosphere. Benjamin Zephaniah voices a pair tracks, while Function appears on the closing statement. Ten tracks oscillate between sparse, steppin' dubs and 4/4 house and techno numbers, at best in the deft step of 'Take A Ride' and ' I Have A Dream' with Mr. Zephaniah, and the double-timed shift of 'L.B.'s Dub' or the throbbing 'Roller' with Function.
Weme present the dark-as-hell soundtrack to Nicolas Winding Refn's Viking tale, 'Valhalla Rising' (2009) for the first time on any format. Refn's longtime sound design collaborator Peter Peter alongside Peter Kyed, Douglas MacDougall, and Giles Lamb are responsible for its range of gloomy, dramatic, windswept atmospheres, scoping expansive dark ambient soundscapes along with shorter unused cues of droning organ and darkwave synth passages. RIYL Deathprod, Lussuria, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, Wicked Messenger…
Welshman-in-Berlin, Doc Daneeka serves up a soul-burning house bomb for Numbers. 'Walk On In' is a big ol' feel-good club heater with assistant production by Ratcatcher, taking flight with soaring chords and vocal powered by sleek, sub-heavy heft that goes equally well with your Chicago/New York classics and new skool bass/house weight. After all that ebullience, 'Trife Pt. II' is a drier, deeper jackers' groove buoyed by proper subbass pressure and frisked up with itchy drums to a lusher 2nd half. Highly effective gear for DJ and dancer.
Colourful, beats-driven electronica from Dutch dude Julien Miers backed with tasty Kettel remix and more from Gillepsy and Sun Glitters. Miers' 'Super Tropic Tramp' does that woozy, wheezing chords and slumpy bump thing neatly on the Dorian Concept-esque 'Super Tropic Tramp'; Gillepsy gives 'Watecolour Sky' a squidgy, jazzy P-fonk lope; Sun Glitters turns 'Glide, Sail, Float' into a gauzy midnight trip hop moment, contrasting with the piquant sweetness and clarity of Kettel's deft and warmly exotic interpretation of the same cut.
**Includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label** Matthew Mondanile's solo vehicle pulls up with a lovely five track EP. Hazy drum loops, woozy synth work and chiming guitars set the scene for his sparingly used but effective vocals, at best in the crafty, lilting pop of 'Jazz' and on 'Tie-Dye' with its forlorn lyrics and expressive synths.
Thursday, 31 October
**Includes MP3 download dropped into your account on the digital release date - 4th November** Former Yellow Swan Gabriel Mindel Saloman slopes further into shadowy solo realms with his latest for the consistently excellent Miasmah label. 'Soldier's Requiem' is doubtless the most impressive in his string of records released post-YS - the dance scores 'Adhere' and 'Riots Don't Just Happen' - receding deeper down the spiral to a sound haunted with spectral keys, heart-aching string drones, martial percussion and sodden field recordings. It summons the misery of war in… Read more
The ninth edition in this crucial series of electro-acoustic excursions brings us right up to date with previously unreleased material recorded as recently as this year at Steamroom in Tokyo. With the measured hand and alchemical technique of a François Bayle classic, Jim has us spellbound with A-side, transmuting spectral whistles into digital drizzle and splitting the senses between parallel dimensions of seaside location recordings, distant alien electronics and hauntingly solemn strings redolent of The Caretaker or Stephan Mathieu. The B-side follows that haunting theme into labyrinthine … Read more
Vinyl now finally in stock. Finland’s finest teams up with the boss of Sweden’s iDEAL label for an intense, steely collaborative session. Vainio has a new solo album imminent on Blast First, while Nordwall’s Psychic Propaganda set for Dom Fernow’s Hospital Productions is barely a month old, but 'Monstrance' stands comparison with both; and surprisingly, given it’s on Touch, it has a nihilistic rock ‘n roll swagger that picks up where MV’s 2011 eMego set Life...It Eats You Up left off: particularly 11-minute opener ‘Alloy Ceremony’, a macho guitar wig-out first and foremost, re… Read more
Exceptional Polish imprint, Bocian Records presents a necessary vinyl edition of Kevin Drumm's super limited 2012 release for Hospital Productions, "Dedicated to my least favorite thing in the world, humidity." Over two sides breaking down to three pieces, Drumm expresses his irritation through a mixture of field recordings and microtonal drones made in july/august 2012 and transposed with intercepted voice recordings from summer 1995 at Mosquito Net Studio, Chicago, Il. In 'Humid Weather' proper, the piece shifts from dynamic location sounds of a storm in full force, all tipping rain and c… Read more
**Outstanding 1961 exposition of creepy, frothy, rhythmic early electronics. A big tip to fans of Daphne Oram, Oskar Sala. "11 early electroacoustic pieces for the Studiotrautonium keyboard alongside tape manipulation to accompany the New York City Ballet production Electronics by George Balanchine. Originally staged March 22, 1961, as part of a double bill choreographed by George Balanchine, the experimental New York City Ballet production Electronics included the renowned dancers Violette Verdy and Jacques d’Amboise (pictured on the front of this album) and a revolutionary score by multi-… Read more
**Gatefold edition with 16page booklet of notes, interview and photos. This release was originally available as a double set together with 'Vice-Versa' but both releases are now sold separately** Gosh this is just something else. Alga Marghen present these astonishing archival works by Eliane Radigue, originally released along with Vice-Versa as a double pack, and now available as standalone LP. Listening to Radigue's music is a transformative, humbling experience. Her singular sound is best described by Michel Chion as "infinitely discreet... next to which all other music see… Read more
**Includes an insert with liner notes. This release was originally available as a double set together with 'Feedback Works 1969-1970' but both releases are now sold separately** Gosh this is just something else. Alga Marghen present these astonishing archival works by Eliane Radigue, originally released along with Feedback Works as a double pack, and now available as standalone LP. Listening to Radigue's music is a transformative, humbling experience. Her singular sound is best described by Michel Chion as "infinitely discreet... next to which all other music seems to be tugging at… Read more
Shady duo Itinerant Dubs flex three freestyle dubs on this killer, secretive series. A-side they turn out two parts of 'UR MY ID', the first running with a sorta ruffed-up, mutant Miami electro flex and the 2nd cutting in with early hardcore-meets-ghettotech swerve something like early Gescom jamming with DJ Stingray. B-side, 'One Step' rocks a stripped down machine dub sound somehow reminding of T++'s prototypical Dynamo outings on Din. We're none the wiser after ingestion and still left guessing to their identity. Suggestions on a postcard, please.
**Hand-stamped white label** London-style tech-house/bass trax from Mak & Pasteman. Their follow-up to a well received Lobster Boy 12" heads deeper into the night with the slinking square bass and hustling house groove of 'Brown Bread' for the shape cutters, and the tranced-out motifs and proggy roll of 'Drowning'.
**Outsider music by a Swiss artist whose other moniker is Loon. Oscillates wildly between far-flung cosmic drones, tape loop experiments, exotica, music box melodies and schmaltzy folk** ""PLANAM very proudly presents you "Die singende Sternlaterne / Folklore des Weltalls 1982" by Die Welttraumforscher. This record includes the first time LP edition of the mysterious swiss electro-dada artist's second cassette as well as previously unreleased material. Issued in conjunction with Christian Pfluger first comprehensive retrospective "Ein Sommer … Read more
**2LP + CD copy of the mix free inside** Revered Catalan producer/DJ John Talabot weighs up a perfectly slow paced and atmospheric mix for DJ-Kicks. His 27 track mix defines a non-cheesy yet highly effective and personal brand of new school Balaeric chug, selecting swirling, slowly gripping music from Madteo, Pye Corner Audio, Andy Stott, MCDE, Moodymann and his good pal Pional, among many others. The double LP features 10 unabridged tracks from Andy Stott, Axel Boman, MCDE, Mara TK, Max Mohr, Samo DJ, Paradise's Deep Groove. Mix tracklist: Tracklist: 01. North Lake - Journey To The Center Of … Read more
"Pioneering electroacoustic and tape music by Henk Badings assisted by Dick Raaijmakers (Kid Baltan) from the Hanover Opera Ballet production of Evolutions choreographed by Yvonne Georgi. Premiering in Hannover in 1958 then in Rome and Vienna in the following year the ballet Evolutions (Evolutionen) by Yvonne Georgi was the second of three groundbreaking collaborations with Henk Badings (bookended by Cain and Able aka Elektronisches Ballet in 1957 and Die Frau Von Andros in 1960) in which electronic tape music was combined with avant garde choreography, thus contributing to a vibrant global m… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "From the whip-like crack of Yako’s signature staccato vocals and impossible-to-memorize lyrics to the relentless overdrive tempo of their one-of-a-kind prog-core, Melt-Banana have long resided in a cybertopia of their own devising where the limits of technology and human capability are old-world concerns as quaint and cumbersome as bartering with a blacksmith. The demos for Fetch, their first studio album since the severely fried pop-punk of 2007’s Bambi’s Dilemma, were completed in March 2011, but the Fukushima earthquake changed every… Read more