Thursday, 12 June
**First Edition on Ltd White Vinyl** Rrose reboots Eaux for 2014 with three worm-holing techno tracks in his deeply focussed style. A-side extrudes yer mind and body elastic through the tiered arpeggios and thrumming bass of 'Pentagons' and the descending triplets of 'Ammonia'. B-side 'Mirror' coolly charges up a fizzing minimal techno jack to acidic peaks and a droning conclusion.
Furfriend take their lascivious EBM-techno to Perc Trax for a rampant EP featuring remixes from Vapauteen and Perc. On 'Endless September' they ride a cantering industrial groove with leather-bound vocals and white noise stabs like some dodgy Dave Clarke production, before Perc's ramrod of a remix beats 'em down with gabber kicks and sheeting white noise. Shawn O'Sullivan's Vapauteen rescues the session with a spacious, hard-stepping 'Interlocking Mix' and decelerated, grubby 'No News Is Good News Mix'.
Jon Rust's Levels label come correct with the low slung wiggle of Lord Tusk's 3rd 12", following up his cracking 'Space Invaders' EP for Apron Records. Lord Tusk specialises in that rugged slow sound, bordering on Balearic but without the sangria and queso, perhaps better regarded as something Fat Ronnie mighta spun at the AB in in '86 (if he had a time machine). A-side deals in the slack, swinging Industrial bump of 'Escape From Babylon' and the tight-ass kink of 'Bowl Right On Tru' with its class roto-melody and B-side sustains that pace with the bandy legged bob of 'Sharkey's Day' and the equally sozzled strut of 'Sharkey's Night'. One for the freaks...
Lisbon's Lake Haze represent another strain of that city's unique dancefloor sound with a diverse, expanded follow-up to their debut on UTTU and follow-up for Photonz' One Eyed Jacks label. The Zomby-esque ectoplasm of 'Water Reflection (Intro)' secedes to a nifty R&B-garage sound on 'Brandy Riddim', and full frontal bassline rave on 'Tsunami Riddim' beside the blunted 2-step of 'Vapor Riddim', the West Yorkshire-via-Portugal badness of 'Lightning Riddim' and the R1 Ryders-style tribal futurism of 'Typhoon Riddim'. Maaad!
16-track compilation from Trunk - now in on vinyl! "Jonny Trunk presents an 16 track compilation of funny old shxt from the Trunk archive. From calypsos sung by Bernard Cribbins and Robert Mitchum to avant-garde French concrete, with stops at post punk, killer vocal jazz, Radiophonics, early African fusion, Argentinian film music and even some twitchy classical from Glenn Gould, this compilation flies in the face of the current trend for issuing records that to be honest are actually quite average and really very expensive indeed for what they are. This is a total bargain, an education and a right bloody laugh. Although some people will actually think it’s shxt…"
After circulating in the net for half a year, Joker finally delivers his no nonsense 'Head Top' EP on Kapsize. The title cut offers a rarely heard side of his sound, eviscerated of all that gloopy purple funk to leave a skeletal but big-boned halstep riddim skanking in mid-air, but it's back to business as usual with the chiptune funk of 'Marios Ting', and to nastier effect with the electric burn of 'Mr Miyagi' and killer beat stunts in 'Deserted Island'.
**Turquoise vinyl, printed inner. Edition of 200. RIYL Phill Niblock, Giacinto Scelsi** Levitating, pensile drone pieces by the German-born composer, instrument builder and experimental music performer Werner Durand, new on Die Schachtel's Blume sub-label. "The 2 Hemispheres represent the 2 parts of the brain, associated with the intuitive (right) and rational (left) part. Right Hemsiphere for soprano sax was composed in 1990 for a festival in Berlin, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the invention of the saxophone. The main idea for this piece was to make one forget what instrument one… Read more
The Beautiful Swimmer and Future Times boss Maxmillion Dunbar juggles breaks and bass inna wicked Afro-beat style for UTTU, backed with Willie Burns' low slung cosmic house remix. On 'Highlife' MaxD reprises the bustlin' broken beat vibes of 'Chewy' from his Berceuse Heroique 12" but this time with splashing sunny synth riffs and wriggling acid bass bound 2 make the dance bruk. Flip it for Willie Burns' subtle reduction and re-tuck, yoking the breaks to a dubbed-out 4/4 bounce and woozier pads for mellow effect. TIPPED!
Following their 2010 release The Decline of Female Happiness, Donna Regina are back with a new album on Karaoke Kalk, Holding The Mirror For Sophia Loren. The project was formed by the husband and wife team Regina and Gunther Janssen over twenty years ago and this is no less than their 12th studio album. Their extensive career has seen them be remixed by the likes of Matthew Herbert and Mouse on Mars. Regina Janssen has also worked - amongst others - with the French musician Bertrand Burgalat who released a compilation of Donna Regina's work on his label Tricatel.
**Debossed jacket** Liam Indigo and Joe Synkro whey up on a brooding, bruising new Akkord 12" for Houndstooth. They've eased off on the trickier elements in favour of focussing on sculpted, visceral sound designs done to powerful effect. The kerb-crawling half-tempo house pace and drizzly, sleazy atmosphere of 'Gravure' gives a brilliant opening for the collapsed 'ardcore structures of 'Continuum', splicing classic breaks and quasi-speed bass into a black void peopled by acephalic mentasms and iciest drones. By turns, 'Typeface' is more kinetic, distilling elements of techno, garage and D&B into a twi… Read more
Luke Hess, Truss and Truncate flip tracks from Trus'me's 'Treat Me Right' album. In Hess' hands, 'I Want You' is reduced to a slinky Detroit dub techno agenda, and Truss turns 'Defunct' into a slippery techno roller. Best of all all two Raw Trax Mixes of 'It's Slow' from LA's Truncate, one a hissy re-tuck with wobbly, swinging groove, the other a proper Chicago style percolator.
Four tracks representing a current London techno sound. Inigo Kennedy drops the elegant yet powerful 'Queenstown Road' and Antonio De Angelis runs a classic Millsian style. Oliver Deutschmann plays friskier with the big room hulk, 'Red Wires', and Mirrorspace rounds off with the dark dub techno momentum of 'Signals'.
"ZSOU is the work of Mo Morris and Merrick Adams, previously of much-acclaimed outfit A Mountain Of One. They have been hotly-tipped as "Ones to Watch in 2014," after the release of their widely-acclaimed first single Written in Dust/Wild Honey. Island Of The Gods is a label based in Bali and its surrounding islands. The label is the creative outlet of Dan Mitchell, the original co-founder of East London fashion boutique LN-CC and LN-CC Recordings. The ZSOU sound is beautiful, mind-bending voodoo music, recorded and created in the magical islands of Indonesia. Admiral Byrd/Admiral Dub fuses old world with new, capturing the spirit of Island Of The Gods."
**Clear wax. Hand-stamped jacket** Restless IDM/Techno from a resurgent James Ruskin. Both 'Nan Nife' and 'Shallow Pool' hark back to the angularity and emotional strife of late '90s Autechre and 'Dependant Stage' rides a sprung techno-house groove.
Hessle Audio's Pangaea plays ruff with four cuts of sub-heavy and hypnotic techno dread on his Hadal label. Up top 'Pob' scopes and stalks its prey with pinging radar blips and heaving subbass rolling into a knuckle-dragging pound, and 'Mackarel' ramps the pace to pivot off spare dub chords and tricky acid bassline. Down below, 'Ivy' plays out an acute contrast between dainty electronic keys, bass detonations and Sizzla acapella set to twyst the dance sideways, and 'Solvent' closes with a crafty-ass triplet techno swing.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label - Kinda freaky, long-overlooked industrial dance music from France circa 1986. Includes a couple of aces in the kinky 'Discowar' and the slow swinging 'Estupefaction'. 1st pressing of 300 orange vinyl with download code** "After the success of the ‘Anyway’ 12’’, OTO, now a three-piece band played a few gigs before entering the studio to record their debut (and final) album ‘Purge An Urge’. Produced by Vincent Hachet from French industrial duo Geinst Naït, ‘Purge An Urge’ was supposed to contain 9 tracks but the final release saw only 6 … Read more
On his sixth album in as many years, Lone leaves us dizzy and vajazzled with his synaesthetically enhanced palette of coloursound and rhythmelody. It's been said by someone, somewhere that's it's possibly harder to make happy music than sad music, and if that's the case, then Lone's every bit the genius everyone makes him out to be. 'Reality Testing' is simply soul drunk and and sincerely beaming with good vibes, wending a mazy path between house, boogie and hip hop rhythms gilded with the lushest synthlines and diffused into gaseous pink, orange and turquoise hues. There's a sincerity and sweet… Read more
Crushing remix session for Bestial Mouths' eponymous album of gothic EBM pop on Clan Destine. Twelve versions cover shadowy ground between WMX's blow-out industrial hip hop mix of 'Ceased' to Soft Metals' ruddy electro-acid remix of 'Reunion', the ecstatically tortured Dalhous remix of 'Movement', and Mater Suspiria Vision's hellish nine minute dilation of 'Ceased' overrun with gunfire, epic doom synths and roiling rhythms.
Mean techno slammers by London's Dax J backed with Emmanuel remix and locked grooves. Check for the peak-time pillage of 'Corinthians'.
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. Soundtracks is a compilation album, first released in 1970, consisting of tracks written for film. The album marks the departure of the band's original vocalist Malcolm Mooney, who sings on two tracks, to be replaced by new member Damo Suzuki. "She Brings the Rain", originally appearing in the 1969 film Bottom – Ein großer,… Read more
*Reissue of this unbelievably rare Afro Rock LP via Academy LPs - includes 12"x24" bonus poster* "Pazy (real name Joseph Etinagbedia) started playing music in the Fire Flies in the city of Warri in Nigeria in 1973. The area was in the midst of an oil boom, and like most bands on that scene, the Fire Flies played American and European pop hits mixed with Jazz and Highlife for the largely expat audiences in local clubs. Along with an influx of foreigners, the oil boom also gave rise to an emerging Nigerian youth market, and soon Pazy formed the Black Hippies to play the uniquely Af… Read more
Big piano-lead house humper premiered on Jackmaster's Radio1 Essential mix not so long ago, now backed with new cut. Prime party fodder, Doc Daneeka cannily builds anticipation with shifty swing and filtered chords before sperlunking his ivories all over yer huaraches. A big look for the armpit exhibitionists! 'Paname (Piano Vers)' is a stealthier beast, riding below radar with Radioslave-style bass swing before threading thru a teasing, just-outta-reach piano lick to a snare rushing climax.
KZA cuts off a 12" mix and Musk's remix of his 'Want No Other' edit, as recently featured on his 'Dig & Edit 2' collection. Chopping into a disco classic, he teases out an effervescent disco house groove on the A-side, which Musk reworks with more robust bass and acidic electronics.
**Includes the bonus track 'Teachers' as an instant download. Limited LP comes in a crazy foil-blocked sleeve with download code redeemable from the label** Matmos mastermind Drew Daniel goes there: mixing politics, rave music and black metal cover versions on his first new solo album in a decade. His stall is set quite clearly in the album's title/subtitle 'Why Do The Heathen Rage? Electronic Profanations of Black Metal Classics' and manifest in ten songs contradicting and rubbing off camp house, slavering mentasms, trap beats and gabber shockouts with riffs, chord progr… Read more
Thursday, 05 June
*Andy Votel's Dead-Cert imprint returns with this genuinely mental instructional Birthing album - hearing is believing!* We've seen a lot of oddities reissued over the last few years, but few come close to capturing the bewildering brilliance of this bizarre instructional Birthing album recorded somewhere in Alaska in 1982 and resurfacing now on a first-ever vinyl pressing thanks to the supreme Ethnomusicological skills of Andy Votel and his Dead-Cert imprint. Utilising the ARP 2600, ARP Odyssey, Polymoog, harmonica/synthesiser interface, Eventide Omnipressor, Roland vocoder and genuinely biza… Read more
Nexx-level club dynamixx from Berlin's M.E.S.H. for new music thunk tank, PAN. As a co-founder and resident at the influential Janus club-night, M.E.S.H. is hard-wired to the core of Berlin's accelerated night scene and deeply connected to the global digital arts diaspora thru collaboration with contemporary artists, Aleksandra Domanovic, Fatima Al Qadiri, Arca and TCF, among others. Operating at the intersection of electronic hip hop, techno and chimeric sound design, the 'Scythians' EP motions a bracingly fresh sound modelling skeletal 808 patterns perfused with hyper-criss foley and thrillin… Read more
**Edition of 350, cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy** Sasu Ripatti (aka Vladislav Delay) flexes supple Footwork-Techno muscle with the 5th in his forward dancefloor series. Following a crackshot collaboration with Twwth, this edition is leaner, more spacious, conducting a stoic blend of aerated atmospheres and teetering rhythms driven by staggered, crumpling drums in '#54', and a ruggedly fluid sort of electro-Footwork syncopation finding a sort of strange, centred, quasi-speed peace in the snake-styled writhe of '#46'. Drop 'em like they're hot...
**2LP Edition with insert and printed inners - featuring exclusive material from Mark Fell, Bass Clef (Some Truths), Miles Demdike and Joane Skyler** Collecting four acutely contrasting live presentations by Mark Fell, Miles Whittaker, Some Truths (Bass Clef), and Joane Skyler, recorded in Bäsel, Switzerland, 28th September, 2013 for the closing party of Thomas Baldischwyler's 'Hot Knobbing' installation at Oslo 10. The record presents 12+ minute tracks from each contributor's set yielding very different results from different approaches. Joane Skyler mani… Read more
Theo Parrish sheds his rooted perspective on the concept and semantics of Chicago 'Footwork' with two devilish deep house twysters. As depicted in Heather Sommerfield's accompanying video, 'Footwork' is dedicated to those that move, (rather than the recent iteration of Juke), giving up the kind of tricksy, jazz-wise syncopations and pensile atmospheres that anyone with half-an-ounce of bounce in their bones won't be able to refuse. Sadly, the art of free-styled dancing - in our clubbing experience at least - is increasingly on the wane, so it's a timely reminder of the earthly… Read more
Mix Mup & Kassem Mosse share the latest, and arguably deepest, Livity Sound remix platter with Dreesvn, aka Dynamo Dreesen and SVN. On the A-side as MMKM, Mup and Mosse buff up Kowton's 'More Games' without losing its super rugged integrity, simply paring back those bruised kicks and scratchy claps to a hefty house groove rent with spectral bleeps and string slashes. Flipside, Dreesvn reframe Asusu's 'Too Much Time Has Passed' as a fluidly rhythmelodic house gesture with beautifully smudged contours and sense of slow burning, analogue dreaminess.