Thursday, 16 July
"Bobby Browser’s human counterpart, Andre Ferreira, decamped to Brooklyn last year after nearly a decade in San Francisco but his Pacific moods and Portuguese slang remain undiminished. Clubspinning is his latest EP, culled from a series of 2013 sessions based around a Yamaha SU700 Sampling Unit, the tracks “selected to represent the most unique and memorable performances during that time.” Mission accomplished: “Clubspinning” and “No Attachments” are rich glitterball glides, soft-lensed and silk-spun; “Manchester” a baffling bass-prowler dubbed with synthetic flute and Factory samples; a… Read more
Kurt Dahlke a.k.a. NDW pioneer Pyrolator takes his turn to reconstruct and adapt the work of pivotal Berlin-skool composer, Conrad Schnitzler. This posthumous, inter-generational collaboration is even better than it reads on paper/screen, with Dahlke aiming to "present a side of Conrad which I has always heard in his music but one which often goes unnoticed: a darker, technoid side". He arguably fulfils his intentions in style over 12 vast, amorphous synthscapes foregrounding the compatibilities between Schnitzler's modular extractions and a modern day sound of Berlin techno.… Read more
*Vinyl Part B* "This is a second selection of independent disco records featuring rare and classic tracks originally released in the USA between the halcyon years of 1977 and 1985. This release features only the finest disco, modern soul and boogie and is compiled by Disco Patrick who last year put together the mighty ‘Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art Of Disco Records’ 400+ page deluxe book for Soul Jazz Records, as well as the first installment of ‘Disco: A Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern … Read more
*Vinyl Part A* "This is a second selection of independent disco records featuring rare and classic tracks originally released in the USA between the halcyon years of 1977 and 1985. This release features only the finest disco, modern soul and boogie and is compiled by Disco Patrick who last year put together the mighty ‘Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art Of Disco Records’ 400+ page deluxe book for Soul Jazz Records, as well as the first installment of ‘Disco: A Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern … Read more
Factory Floor's Gabe Gurnsey charges up a pair of alternately oily and aerated techno-house rollers for co-producer, Richard Fearless' Drone label. Up top he extrudes the acid-creamed swagger of 'Falling Phase' laced with vox by his FF bandmate, Nik Colk Void, whereas 'Partaloa' works a skeletal groove from dubbed metallic drums and boiler-rubbing resonance.
Elegantly poised and pensive tech-house from Kompakt darling Matt Karmil. A-side holds a sweet tension with the filtered kicks and chords of 'Fight' precipitating a muscular, droning bass arpeggio bound to turn heads in the club. B-side, 'Kiss And Make Up' inverts that formula to a drowsy but hard-working tech-house groove subtly pitched and nudged off axis.
Big Kev gives his E-dancer alias a 2nd wind with 'Foundation'. His seminal early '90s moniker has lain neglected since 2001 at least, but here he re-captures the classic vibe of his 'Feel The Mood' (1991) joint in the rolling drive and spaced-out vibe of 'Foundation' and its dub, only this time the production is broader, smoother and toned.
Up-to-the-second Tokyo disco-house from Ryota Arai on R&S' Meda Fury sub-print. Contemporary of Cos/Mes, Kuniyuki and KZA, among others, Arai is also a respected DJ and promoter, and now proves his productions chops with five cuts circling darkroom house ('Zombie Boogie'), effervescent ambience with a cinematic twist ('Fluid'), and 4th worldly house ('Sweet Claim').
**White label housed in hand-painted sleeve with insert** Cranky, mutant techno from a brand new label, Heated Heads. The Friend & Adult Supervision take their debut turn with a grinding, turgid roller entitled 'Behind The Circle K (useless)' coming off like some Radioboy production pulled backwards thru a sewer. On the flip, Shady P complement that aesthetic with an effluent slow techno move named 'Biased God', and the side-chained swelter of 'Puckerphobic'. RIYL G.O.D, Opal Tapes, L.I.E.S.
**Limited 7 X 7" boxset edition of Lord Willin’ featuring seven “big hole” 7”s on white vinyl covering all 13 tracks in the original album sequence, plus a bonus remix of “Grindin‘”. The vinyl is housed in a plastic case featuring the original album art and each 7” is housed in a mini Star Trak die-cut jacket – replicas of the label’s original 12” sleeves* The first hip-hop group signed to The Neptunes' Star Trak label in the early 2000s was a Virginia based duo known as The Clipse. The group’s first single “Grindin’,” impacted young people with its bare-boned but infectious drum … Read more
Black Channels summon the spirit of Broadcast, hauntology and dreamy psychedelia in their deeply uncanny debut release for Death Waltz. Revolving around two spellbinding songs and an etheric outerlude, 'Oracles' hovers into view with the dry iced synth drift and roiling drums of the title track wreathing Becky Randall's swooning vocal in thorns and wilting, blood-red petals, before 'Depth of Field' sinks so low into a gothic miasma of squirming bass and ceramic rimshots perfused with glossolalia recalling classics by Pink Industry, Cocteau Twins, Chris & Cosey, and aesthetic analogues in certain Andy Stott or Jenny Hval tunes.
*Originally released as a limited 10" in 2012, now reissued as a 12"* Here’s a bit of a surprise – as a Record Store Day exclusive, Erased Tapes regulars Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm have put together this gorgeous EP and what a corker it is too. I know, I know – you’re expecting some lush piano and delicately orchestrated melancholy strings aren’t you? Well you’re probably looking in the wrong place, Arnalds and Frahm have ditched the ivories here in favour of electronics, and as the opening piece suggests it has more in common with Tangerine Dream than Erik Satie. Haunting clipped… Read more
**Super-charming suite of obscure minimal wave and synth-pop from Mexico 1980. Includes fold-out insert** "These recordings pull back a curtain to reveal the mysterious world of Syntoma and early-80s underground Mexico. Founded by Alex Eisenring in 1980, making use of synths and drum machines and driven by a freedom-seeking DIY ethos but informed by a "rock-jazz-prog-experimental" background. These 70s-born influences throw crazed funhouse mirror reflections onto later Kraftwerk, UK synth-pop, post-punk and pure pop forms. The first five tracks are instrumental, evidencing some intelligent melodic … Read more
Detroit's OB Ignitt teams up with his cuz, Omar-S on the superb 3rd flight from his OBONIT label. A-side is a 9-minute wonder named 'Seems Like Y'All Ready', jackin' big warm kicks under levitating disco loops and singing hi-hats like some stray, dazed Soundstream before descending into deep, Convextion-like techno by the end. Flipside, he cools off with a big-boned Chez 'N Trent-style swinger in the raw beauty of 'Fellow Me', and deviates to the acid dark side with grubby resolution of 'Hold The Line'.
**Legendary record featuring very early instance of Sun Ra getting down with electronics. A.k.a. 'Cosmic Equation', 'The Cosmos' or 'Other Worlds'. 50th anniversary reissue edition of 1000 x 180g esperanto green vinyl** "The astonishing sessions that went light years beyond "free jazz" improvisation to create a music of deeply-felt, explosive and gentle gesture made from sound itself without reference to previous notions of melody or harmony are now issued in a special 50th Anniversary 1000-copy limited edition on Esperanto-green 180-gram vinyl with Sun Ra’s original, … Read more
*50th Anniversary limited edition green vinyl - individually numbered copies. Legendary record featuring very early instance of Sun Ra getting down with electronics. 50th anniversary reissue edition of 1000 x 180g esperanto green vinyl** "More explorations of outer space by the spokesman for the space age. When Walt Whitman wrote, "I am vast; I contain multitudes," he could have been channeling Sun Ra. The man born Herman Blount in Alabama, who claimed he was from Saturn, was equally at home reviving Fletcher Henderson compositions based on their original arrangements … Read more
We Play House touch up their Belgian roots with this special reissue of The Mackenzie's sublime 1990 piece, 'No Promises', backed with 2015 remixes by Lauer, Locked Groove and WPH boss Red D. The original is an archetype of that 1990 style - between post New Beat house and proto-Goa trance - all vaulted chorales, creamy bass and dreamy beach vibes executed with finesse. The remixes don't quite live up to the original, but do offer some nice moments in Lauer's emotive cover version and the more spacious roll of Red D and Locked Groove's Exotische Edit.
meandyou. co-founder Sam Lewis yields a varied debut 12" under the Herron moniker with 'The Night Garden'. A summation of his own tastes as much as his feted club night, it takes in tribalish house in the dusted loops and meandering chords of 'Dismantling The House', beside the crusted beatdown groove and willowing string pads of 'Feet First' on the front. Flip it over for a darker turn of events with the sunqen square bass of 'Minor Hazard' giving way to the misshapen and radioactive slow techno of 'Force of Habit', and 'Venture''s noisy offbeats.
Classy deep house from the Supply Records boss. A-side swings the organ-riding soul of 'This Time' and the low-lit, string-heavy 'The Maker'. B-side, he drives the filtered disco ebullience of 'Above' and the NYC-style garage house delicacy, 'Anchor'.
Cómeme run a ruddier, sexier bum-bum sound from Carisma on their 2nd full EP following numerous remixes and compilation appearances. It's a signature fit for Matias Aguayo's label, whether slyding '90s house into slippery, latinate psychedelia with 'Fruta' or serving sub-heavy carnival functions with 'Discoteca Profunda' on top, or carving to the darker side with the polychromatic EBM trip of 'Vertigo', and giving the disco something to suck on with the salty synth thrust of 'Dueños De Este Instante'.
**Includes 12"x12" insert** The German producer does Chicago acid in his own, devilish style with a trio of nervy and spaced-out box bangers for the Kelly Twins' Happy Skull. All three works only shades away from AFX's Analord sessions, twysting between the skittish, skating trills and grubbing acid flecks of 'Yes or No' to the lush, layered synth arrangement and knotted groove of 'Summer Time in Coloniae', and with a more mystic Jamal Moss tilt in 'Going By'.
*300 copy re-press of this long unavailable classic* 'ØØ Void' (also known as Double-O Void) was the second album recorded by sunn O))) circa 2000. At that time the guitarist & core members: Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson were joined by guest bassist collaborator Stuart Dahlquist (Burning Witch, Goatsnake) plus contributions from both Petra Haden (Violinist/Vocalist) and Pete Stahl (vocals). The album is widely considered to be a landmark of "Power drone" music, lulling you in with an immense wall of of drone that's as deep and immersive as anything ever laid down by the band. Four long … Read more
Thursday, 09 July
*Limited Edition 2LP pressing from Alessio Natalizia, aka Not Waving. 500 Copies, first 200 pressed up on translucent yellow and solid white vinyl* In case you slept on Not Waving's enigmatic and tripping trio of 'Voices' tapes (limited to 100 copies each) in 2014, he's entirely reworked and repackaged them in this new set designed for complete immersion in his (other)worlds. Compiled, they mark a point of transition between old Not Waving and the new Not Waving (soon to be revealed in a crushing album of dancefloor gear for Diagonal), presenting 18 reshaped mixes of the tapes… Read more
*Includes a printed 12" x 12" double-sided insert* Very necessary compendium of Tapes' frayed and wayward dub exploits on Japan's always wonderful EM Records. Weighing up 6 new bits along with 10 remastered, tried-and-tested aces, 'No Broken Hearts on this Factory Floor' perfectly frames one of the UK's most original and free thinking producers; a steadfast and focussed artist juicing his sound for maximum style and pressure. It reaches right back to his debut transmission on Jahtari, with 'Ticker Tape' from the 'Hissing Theatricals EP' rubbed up next to lesser known bom… Read more
**180g vinyl with A3 poster and photocopied A5 reprint of the 'Purple Twilight' fanzine** After the brilliant and now sold-out 1st volume, legendary UK wave label, Color Tapes corral a must-have 2nd volume of vintage synth-pop, minimal and industrial peaches from their 1981-1985 archive. Most of them previously appeared on tiny cassette editions and now make their 1st appearance on vinyl, notably and faithfully remastered by Denis Blackham to represent and retain their original fidelity (rather than the over eager or mis-representative remasters of vintage gear doing the rounds)… Read more
Exceptional debut 12" of trippin', tape-saturated techno and electro by Antinote's latest discovery. Coming not long after the rugged techno punishments of his 'Human Condition' tape for New York Haunted, 'Menti Singole' portrays a more sensitive, melancholy character between the buttoned-up electromance of opener 'Filippo' and the roiling Andy Stott-meets-Aught styles of 'Marco', soaring under covert ferric skies across the Urban Tribe-like panorama of 'Francesco' to the noirish Lynch-meets-Gesloten Cirkel vibes of 'Leonardo'. Based on the strength of these tracks, by all rights Leonardo Martelli's name should be everywhere very soon. Massive tip!
**Includes 12" x 12" insert and download code** Matt Morandi's Jahiliyya Fields yield a long-delayed and highly-charged second 2LP of hypnotic loops, drones and rhythmic noise for L.I.E.S. Found in sharp relief with the meditative tone of 'Unicursal Hexagram' (2012), his debut album, this set veers between wavy alien square dance and layered, ecstatic techno impulses. But, the occultist, esoteric intentions remain the same, urging a state of dancefloor transcendence thru repetition and chaotic, hallucinogenic derangement across eleven mental stages. It's all much closer to the projectio… Read more
Hyperdub pull out a posthumous collection of unreleased DJ Rashad bangers. All tried and tested in the circle, they get wild in a variety of styles, from the discofied DJ Spinn hook-up, 'CCP2', and the soul-belting burn of 'Vause I Know U Feel' with Gant-Man, to the strobing Footwork hyper-funk of 'Ya Hot', feat. Taso, and the virulent blend of trapped siren stabs, palpitating subs and darkside D&B-style synth lashes in 'Do Not Fuck With', which could well be one of the most FWD, unique footwork cuts we've heard, no messing. R.I.P. Rashad.
**Includes download code for bonus live album recording. Limited edition of 1000 - includes outtakes, remixes by Devendra Banhart & Eluvium** Hauschka revisits his 'Abandoned City' head-space with an addendum of 5 outtakes plus more expansive remixes by Devendra Banhart and Eluvium. "A NDO C Y is a continuation of the Abandoned City story, told as a tale of two sides. Side A features five tracks conceived during the Abandoned City sessions, a suite of songs that together form an exceptionally resonant whole. As with Abandoned City, these songs owe as much to minimalist techno as modern compositio… Read more
The Bunker New York play host to Tin Man and Gunnar Haslam's 2nd outing of sandals-and-toga techno as Romans. Again, they appear to bring the weird side out of each other, starting out with the feeling-in-the-dark synths and strobing 303s of 'Emona' before bringing the drama properly in a pacy, almost panicky techno flight called 'Coptos' that's full of scrambled electro codes and darkside siren/synth chorales, and plotting out a more stately course of deep techno in 'Delmenium' that recalls Terrence Dixon at his most affective.