Thursday, 25 September
**Double LP with printed inners** The Swedish duo return with their 2nd album in as many years for Avian. 'Linear S Decoded' feels more toned, tensile and moody than the caustic attacks of their debut 'Strgths', and at 13 tracks long it's quantitatively more substantial, giving the pair more room to generate a broader spectrum of melodic emotion and crushed drum patterns. That said, it still operates mostly at the submerged, midnight end of the spectrum, ready for immersion in the club, or equally in headphones. There's some ripe dancefloor gear in the hydraulic pump of 'Drain This Lor… Read more
Violet Poison is the dark, enigmatic and esoteric side-project of Francesco Baudazzi, already known as Obtane, co-owner with Giorgio Gigli of the defunct techno label Zooloft. The new project is focused on analogue proto-techno with influences from 70’s Italian progressive bands like Goblin or OST composers like Fabio Frizzi and earlier Downwards records from 1994-1995. Check his debut full lenght on HAR, after the releases for Vatican Shadow’s label (Bed of Nails), for his own label Violet Poison, for Repitch Recordings and a remix for Frozen Border.
**Edition of 300** Hyper-fresh electronica from John Flynn aka Spaces, on London's Warp-affiliated Bleep label. After first appearing in Bleep's 2012 round-up, he debuts proper with four tracks clearly indebted to Mark Fell or Autechre, and comparable, to an extent, with the productions of Holly Herndon or Gábor Lázár. Lead cut, 'Apologies' is a deft, forward exercise in slippery, metallic electro, syncopating hiccuping vox and flash stabs seared with darkside Reese bass in a style explored to different degrees in the slower swagger of 'Outside In', and the punchy swing of 'Lever' with it's Fairlight-lik… Read more
'Our Love' is the 2nd single from Dan Snaith aka Caribou's upcoming 4th solo album of the same title. A predictably sweet dancefloor move meshing froth, airy vocal processing with a rugged house bump, subtle Reese surges and disco strings until it turns into a full blown big room romp. Daphni remix on to the rear.
Fierce, crushing techno rufige from Perc Trax's Japanese ambassador. 'Radiate The Ocean From My Back' stomps about like an acid-addled Surgeon romp beside the droning, deft clatter and shuffle of 'Unvanquishable Number'. B-side, 'Something For Those Who Wait' sets it sights underwater with fluid hydraulic rhythms and plangent sonar blips, and the mauling industrial funk of 'Lose The Ability To Withstand Existence' takes no prisoners.
Avian's experimental sister label serves the debut of Oliver Ho (Jealous God) and Tommy Gillard (Rogue Beat) as Zov Zov. Four tracks explore space between industrial drone and avant-classical, from the MB-meets-Emptyset keen of 'Rubble' to Zeitkratzer-esque zones of 'Endless Lines' to blistered free-rock grind in 'Clip', and insectoid electronics on 'Devices'.
**Hand stamped white label from the long absent Blueprint sub-label** James Rukin's Blueprint springs the first taste of Rumah & Progression's upcoming album. Nose to tail techno styles, from the surging, chord-driven momentum of 'SC1' to monotone drive and pealing stabs in 'SC2' and the hypnotic swing ov 'SC3', capped out with a much ruder hydraulic remix of 'SC1 (Creech)' for those that knows, boyo.
"Tradisyon Ka's Gwo Ka album is newly recorded in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe by Soul Jazz Records. Like the cult music of Haiti's Vodou and Cuba's Santeria or the roots music of Belize's Garifuna (all of which Soul Jazz have travelled to record), Gwo Ka is the musical and cultural product of the region's African ancestry, forcibly brought to the Caribbean through slavery. Gwo Ka exists only in Guadeloupe. Guadeloupe is a very different island from much of the Caribbean, in that it remains a 'department' of its original colonial master, F… Read more
Oakland, CA dreamer, Austin Cesear smudges back into view on Public Information with his follow-up to aces for Opal Tapes and Anthony Naples' Proibito. 'West Side' was inspired by Austin's time spent gazing over the dock of Oakland port in the San Francisco bay, and duly yields six tracks of gauzily impressionist groove and foggy atmosphere, or, as PI poetically proffer; "This is Austin Cesear beside black water in the darkest hours, white sodium light bouncing across the surf. Searching across the bay, industry stands proud in the early morning haze. Cargo, containers, machines. Cranes pier… Read more
**Deluxe edition double gatefold jacket includes bonus zoetrope picture disc with 7 xtra trax** Young Turks present SBTRKT's strongest body of work to date with the electronic pop/soul projections of 'Wonder Where We Land'. Teeming with guest spots from A$AP Ferg, Koreless, Sampha, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), and Andrew Ashong, among others, it marks SBTRKT as a properly dilated producer, one open to working fresh new sounds and bolder production technique into more timeless dance-pop frameworks. At this point, th… Read more
Young Turks present SBTRKT's strongest body of work to date with the electronic pop/soul projections of 'Wonder Where We Land'. Teeming with guest spots from A$AP Ferg, Koreless, Sampha, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), and Andrew Ashong, among others, it marks SBTRKT as a properly dilated producer, one open to working fresh new sounds and bolder production technique into more timeless dance-pop frameworks. At this point, the hooks of upfront singles such as 'New Dorp. New Dorp', 'Higher' and 'Voices In My Head' have… Read more
Proper Detroit electro-techno from UR's Nomadico aka DJ Dex. Along with Santiago Salazar, Nomadico reps UR's L.A. outpost with a latinate strain of the crew's sound. On the 'Yaxteq' EP he proves a diverse player with four track scoping out furtive, shifty electro on 'The^$!ngul@rity'', and sub-heavy psychedelic techno in 'Root3d' on The A-side. Deeper in, he teams up with his wife, Naheed Chaudry aka Naheedence for the hi-tech funk of 'Yaxche', and tweaks the 'floor to bits with the refractive, body-crumpling shuffles of 'New Baktun'.
Thursday, 18 September
*Please note that vinyl is currently sold out, a second pressing is due to ship in early November. If you place an order now it will ship no sooner than that time. Deluxe 2LP edition includes printed inners and full download of the whole album when purchased* Lee Gamble jacks directly into a latent stream of electronic wonder with his dream-like 'Koch' opus for PAN. Running to 76 minutes over 16 tracks, it's Gamble's most substantial and arguably definitive work, following the beautifully effective 'Diversions 1994-1996' and 'Dutch Tvashar Plumes' releases for PAN in 2012. Where those records decons… Read more
*Comes in a deluxe Gatefold Sleeve* Ahhh this one’s a real peach. Veering far from what we expected, ‘Games Have Rules’ is a brilliant late night excursion made in the spirit of classic Artificial Intelligence albums, instantly reminding us of that killer first Reaganz (Move D & Jonah Sharp) album from ’94 with it’s atmospheric soundscaping and nods to John Carpenter. In fact it’s not all that removed from the better end of the Fax/Rather Interesting catalogue - especially those Atom Heart/Namlook collabs that seemed to go on forever and soundtracked m… Read more
**Deluxe Triple gatefold, printed inners. Includes download code redeemable from the label** In case you hadn't noticed, the gurning genius is back in a big way with 'Syro', his first new LP since 'Drukqs' (2001). Culled from his legendary trove of recordings, it's apparently "about a fifth" of what he's done in the last 10 years, "…one album out of many possible ones", according to his interview with Rolling Stone. After a couple of whizzes thru, we'd say it lands somewhere between 'Drukqs' and the Analord series of 2005 - no real surprises there, then - leaning heavy on trademark breakbeat funk an… Read more
**Gatefold jacket with liner notes in Greek and English** Athens-based Into The Light Records illuminate the sterling work of Greek composer George Theodorakis, son of legendary composer Mikis Theodorakis, who famously wrote the theme song for 'Zorba The Greek'. A prolific composer in his own right, George benefitted from access to an abundant studio - stacked with synths, 8-channel console, two pianos - at his family's idyllic home in the hills of Athens. And it was between there and the Theta Makrigianni studio which he recorded all the… Read more
**180g vinyl edition of 500** Precious, first ever vinyl reissue of Morton Subotnick's perilous dark side trip, 'The Wild Bull, originally released in 1968 following his seminal 'Silver Apples Of The Moon'. Based on an ancient Sumerian (now known as modern day Southern Iraq) poem, it's another visionary example of Subotnick's pioneering use of the Buchla modular system, perfectly demonstrating its then new-fangled sequencing abilities to explore fluid rhythm and pattern in a clean break from academic tradition's restrictive strategies of pitch and timbre. Now, nearl… Read more
Nate Young (Wolf Eyes), Neil Hagerty (Howling Hex), Charles Ballas (Formant), and Alexander Moskos (Drainolith) scare the f**k outta each other as Dan'l Boone for Drag City. Dubbed-off metallic skronk is the plat du jour, eschewing owt obviously "noisy" in favour of angular structures tumbling drum machines, precise chunks of electric guitar and scrambled vocals with a fractured, digitised, industrial-collage lucidity that's way more psychedelic and brain scrambling than the rote, indulgent, snobby pish that certain people still try to pass off as "underground psychedelia". Nay, there's a vi… Read more
20 years since completion of their foundational 12" series, Basic Channel present a full 14 minute version of 'Q-Loop' backed with first ever vinyl cuts of 'Q 1.2' and 'Mutism' - previously found on the 'BCD' (1995) and Scion's 'Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks' releases. Need we say any more?
Church's altar boy, Seb Wildblood comes with a diverse follow-up to his Madtech single. A-side finds the low-slung, lo-fi house of 'Hunney', the sun-dazed electro-boogie 'Come Into My House', and a crispy Edmondson remix of 'Hunney'. B-side he moves in closer with the hazy chords and percolated drums of 'Warm' beside a synth-fuelled Apes remix of the same cut, and Kommune1's artmospheric techno-house remix of 'Come Into My House'.
**Standard black vinyl edition** Rocket Recordings pull out all the stops for Goat's keenly awaited follow-up to 'World Music'. With 'Commune' the Swedish troupe refine their classic sound to a slickly potent trip referencing all the right retro touchstones with all the barrelling drums, fuzzy, eastward-gazing guitars and free-wheeling solos you could hope for, cemented by those howling-from-the-cliff vocals. Rest assured you're getting the authentic luxury "psychedelic" experience - absolutely no messy bits or a longhair out of place. Can't argue with that, can you?
**Coloured vinyl edition with a bonus 7-inch** Rocket Recordings pull out all the stops for Goat's keenly awaited follow-up to 'World Music'. With 'Commune' the Swedish troupe refine their classic sound to a slickly potent trip referencing all the right retro touchstones with all the barrelling drums, fuzzy, eastward-gazing guitars and free-wheeling solos you could hope for, cemented by those howling-from-the-cliff vocals. Rest assured you're getting the authentic luxury "psychedelic" experience - absolutely no messy bits or a longhair out of place. Can't argue with that, can you?
Groove Line Records kick off their Autumn series of properly licensed rare disco / funk reissues with Mother’s Finest “Dis Go Dis Way, Dis Go Dat Way.” Hailing from Macon, Georgia, Mother's Finest were certainly not just another Southern Funk/Rock group. Taken from their Another Mother Further LP and represented here in it's 12” disco form, “Dis Go Dis Way, Dis Go Dat Way,” released as a single in 1977, exemplifies their raw, danceable Funk/Rock sound, raising them above many of their contemporaries. A true force of nature “Dis Go...” opens with a full on, dyn… Read more
The beast returneth on a one-sided pressing from the revived R&S. A legendary techno template, remastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy for optimised effect.
Hot Haus Recs right on the money with Willie Burns' deep garage-pop massage, 'I Wanna Love You'. From the top, this is inarguably Burns' strongest 12" to date, bubbling up with the lip-bitingly effective garage minimalism of 'I Wanna Love You' - (1 x M1 hook) + (1 x killer vocal stab) + kinkiest kick/clap/hi-hat = 1 x proper anthem - and cooling down with the gauzy drift of 'Even If It Takes All Night', backed with the strobing disco chin-chewer 'Everybody Everybody', and a proper hot-bodied tribalism 'Picking Up Promises'. Bigga Tip!
'If You Take Your Magic Slow' is the debut full-length LP from multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Baron’s The Garment District, with help from a few friends and family. 'If You Take Your Magic Slow' is very much a structured album with its diverse tracklist meticulously strung together. A mix of surreal instrumentals and subtle turns conjures outdoor walks in transitional atmospheres and landscapes, nature hikes in the city, sunny days that are okay with becoming cloudy, warm music full of feeling that remains comfortably easy-going despite the meticulous care given to i… Read more
**Previously unissued original version of a disco peach rife with steel drums, backed with Lord Echo remix** "EM Records presents a new addition to their EM Steel Pan Series from John Gibbs And The Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra. In anticipation of the release of their 1977 album Steel Funk on CD/LP, EM is issuing two 12" singles ahead of the album. "J'ouvert" is a non-album track which was originally recorded and released in 1979 as a 12" single, in co-operation with legendary Philly Soul producer Louis Anthony deLise. This version is, surprisingly, a previously unis… Read more
The foundations of house, reissued for 2014. This is the DJ International Records version, including the re-edits of Chicago bug-outs 'It's House' and 'Time To Jack', plus 'House Energy' uptown, backed with 'It's Dub', the stripped-down 'Time To Track', and kinky blinder 'M.B. Dance' downtown. Y'all know what time it is.
**Includes download code** Fidgety, fudged house and techno abstractions from the vowel-averse LBNHRX. Four original tracks feels out wonky hardware grooves, which are duly deranged in remixes from Cupp Cave and Lawrence Le Doux.
Norwegian synth-fiddler Stian Gjevik (EOD) returns to Belgium's Wémè Records as CN with a fluffy 2LP of melodic, instrumental electro-pop. Taking inspiration from the mysteries of ancient Egypt, Gjevik pirouettes between 13 undeniably sweet synth exercises swaddled in tape noise, fathoming aquatic electro vignettes and quicksilver dancefloor workouts.