Thursday, 17 July
Crushing and febrile club gear from pivotal Austrian artist Philipp Quehenberger. 'Content' feels like a strange, lost transmission or reminder from a bygone European techno era untainted by trend and dedicated to tweaking out the most unusual, awkward sensations from hardware and computers. Rather than crude noise, sleek minimalism or inter-dimensional trippiness, Quehenberger's sound is best defined in terms of raw, repetitive muscularity and dissonant ambient qualities, doing what the likes of Prostitutes or Container do, only far better, and with cooler sense of discipline.
*Vinyl Reissue* “The quintessential scientists of the post-avant-garde abstain from focusing on listener disintegration tactics as they did on prior albums, but opt instead to hone their craftsmanship in new compositional areas. Some followers of their earlier material might object to the obvious and comparatively conventional song structure and style that is displayed on Ende Neu -- picking up a power tool to highlight a piece rather than centering the entire work around it, or leaving a stage before setting it ablaze -- but the destruction has already been performed, … Read more
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. "‘Flow Motion’ was the eighth Can studio album. It features the UK hit single ‘I Want More’ which was mixed using binaural stereo, a method of recording sound that uses two microphones, arranged with the intent to create a 3D stereo sound sensation of actually being in the room with the performers or instruments."
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "To anyone who has heard the music of Kikagaku Moyo, it should come as no surprise that the band’s origins lie in hours upon hours of late-night jamming, illuminated by nothing more than the geometric patterns playing behind the band’s eyelids, resulting in a natural, free-floating sound, as of-the-earth as it is intergalactic. It may be surprising that the band sharpened their improvisational skills by busking on the streets of their native Tokyo. It may be surprising that the band’s overall sound may owe as much… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue* "This is the fourth album by German avant-garde industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, originally released in 1987. The bonus track "Adler Kommt Spaeter" is an early version of "Zerstörte Zelle." Considerably lower-key than all their previous releases, Fünf Auf Der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala(trans. "Five On The Open-Ended Richter Scale"), with especially puzzling, almost country-rock track "Morning Dew," sung in English, but with moments of whip-cracking and atomic explosions. There's the same attention to rhythmic… Read more
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. Considered by many the finest Can album, ‘Future Days’ was the fifth studio album by Can. This is the last album to feature Japanese vocalist Damo Suzuki, exploring the ambient direction they had introduced into their sound on the previous year’s ‘Ege Bamyasi’ creating a landmark in European electronic music.
**180g wax cut by Matt Colton** Houndstooth present their answer to The Knife in Norwegian duo Soft as Snow, backed with an remix from Old Apparatus' Asher Levitas. An experimental pop duo based in Oslo, they arrive at an emotive Scando-pop style on 'Glass Body' after years collaborating in art projects and even starting their own "utopic" art and music festival in a Swedish forest. Their sound is a dramatic and passionate brand of technoid wave-pop, inescapably comparable with the Dreijer siblings or even Grimes, but also sharing moody, synthetic similarities with the likes of Sand Circles,… Read more
*180g grey vinyl housed inside a 350gsm card sleeve complete with a poster and Obi strip. Re-mastered for vinyl from the Toho Archives. Exclusive Original art by Cheung Tat. Contains locked groove* " Death Waltz unearth the legendary monster of our time and bring him to vinyl in the shape of Akira Ifukube's score to Godzilla. Starkly different to the usual view of The Big G as the ultimate monster wrestler, Ifukube's music is intense, dark, and reflects Ishiro Honda's film as a pure horror film. While the score opens with the jaunty riff that wou… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue* "This is the third album by Einstürzende Neubauten, also known as Halber Mensch, originally released in 1985. The album opens with the startlingly oppressive, almost fully a cappella title track, with contrapuntal, atonal, en masse chanting. The album progresses to include quite a repertoire of electronically-generated sounds, finding the band developing their mishmash of industrial experimentation matched by terrifying clangs, stomps, and of course, the theatrical, poetic vocal delivery of Blixa Bargeld. An incredibly aggressive album, with insiste… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue* "This is the fifth album by Einstürzende Neubauten, originally released in 1989, now remastered. Highly energetic and possessed of a certain level of danceability, Haus Der Lüge was perhaps the most accessible for the band so far in terms of straightforward industrial-rock, with less grinding experimentation. However, this album is far from any sort of mainstream convention, with some of the most convincing alchemy of the best of the group's sonic clang, combined with some of the most captivating singing by Blixa Bargeld yet. The title track is a th… Read more
Reel-skool Detroit house aces from O B Ignitt, peer and collaborator of Omar-S, on his freshly minted OBONIT label. Perhaps best known for his 'Wayne County Hill Cops' 12" with Omar-S, O-B defines his own take on Detroit house with three raw burners dancing between the funked-up, piquant swing of 'Sweaty Dance Flo' to the slamming 'Ignitt Techno' and freaky party sauce of 'Chocolate City (Uncle James' Mix)'. Choice selection for 313 connoisseurs!
In the 'IIVA' EP, Loops Haunt augments the sounds and structures of his widely acclaimed 'Exits' LP with a tuffened, ferric aesthetic. The Scottish producer gives a extended edit of album track 'IIVA' strewn with spring reverb ricochets and radiant harmonic aurora - which NHK remixes as a spiralling folk-techno vortex - and uses a similar palette of destroyed, rusted tones and beguiling spatial convolutions to render further material as urgent, febrile dancers, ranging from the granite techno groove of 'TIIYL' and the unstable 2-step of 'IIHX' to the FIS-alike mulch of 'IILTN' and the grazing roil of Vessel in 'FIISR' and 'RYIIG'.
A centrepiece from Cooper's 'Human' album remixed by Factory Floor and Perc, plus an older tune reworked by Harvey McKay. The grimy techno ruckus of the title cut is set to an even, swinging acid keel by Factory Floor whereas Perc gives a brutal cyborgian deconstruction ranking among his finest workouts. Seth Troxler says "cool!".
**180g wax in poly sleeve. Vinyl only** Local Action serve a proper summer anthem from Manchester/San Fran's Finn. R&G is the key phrase for his sound, a perfect mixture of American R&B sweetness and rugged UK grime chops finding the tender spot between Timbaland, Terror Danjah at his softest, and recent styles from Bok Bok. Up top, 'Keep Calling' is the big one, cutting male/female vocal samples in a tense pattern of unrequited love over buggin' drums and twanging bass. If you're standing still listening to this, best to move on. Flipside keeps the levels ticking with a Footwork-style display o… Read more
Young Echo's Jabu duo drop haunted beats and crackling soul styles on their 'Kwaidan' mini-LP for Ramp. Last heard on local Bristol label, No Corner, and assisting on Young Echo's 'Nexus' album, here they've refined a smoky midnight sound using Alex Rendall's elegant, detailed productions and dusty, half-lit backdrop for a trio of diverse vocalists ranging from the mannered enunciation of Amos Childs to M.S. Harris' honeyed croon and the slow, deliberate poetry of Rider Shafique. Like their related projects, Killing Sound and Young Echo, the record is steeped in classic Bristol dub and trip hop, at bes… Read more
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. ‘Landed’ was Can’s seventh studio album, released in 1975. The band upgraded to 16 track recording and had the opportunity to bring out many more layers of sound and an upbeat nature for most of the tracks in the process. The album was produced by the band themselves and it provided the single ‘Hunters And Collectors’, backed by ‘Vernal Equinox’, which was issued on Virgin that same year.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* - "Melt Into Nothing” is Ensemble Economique’s most lucid seance to date. The prolific Humboldt County musician has stripped layers off of his trademark haze but retained the beautiful desolation that’s earned him a rabid fanbase. The solo project of former Starving Weirdos member Brian Pyle, Ensemble Economique has crossed a land bridge from apocryphal world music and dusty soundtracks to gauzy 4AD-style atmospherics. Trellises of guitar embolden Pyle’s whispered, threadbare lyrics. On “Hey Baby”, the itinerant tone feels like… Read more
**180g vinyl. Edition of 300 copies** Intricate, advanced techno from Japan's Imugem Orihasam, backed with an Eomac remix on the Bedoiun label. The originals are densely packed with squirming synths and syncopated kicks, the 2nd in particular sounds like a mutant Powell piece, which receives a hard-stepping overhaul from Eomac.
Shifty-ass techno and breakbeats from the prolific co-founder of Ilian Tape for Will Bankhead's label. Topside rolls out the subaquatic techno-house tool 'Mörsin' and a clattering breakbeat techno slayer called 'Watz'. Flipside gets better yet with the pendulous torque of 'W2' built to raze big rooms to their foundations, plus a warped, abtsract wormhole, 'Banded'. Tipped!
*Deluxe 180g gatefold reissue of this legendary Australian Eco-jazz soundtrack remastered from the original master tapes, with rare photos and extensive liner notes* "Scored for Vince & Carol Serventy’s 1966 Australian Television series Nature Walkabout, Sven Libaek’s pioneering soundtrack has long been considered the landmark recording of the unique genre, Eco-jazz. (Impressionistic modern jazz composed for Television documentaries, library music, educational and travelogue films). Creating a singular vision of his adopted homeland, Libaek comp… Read more
**Heady, discordant and pastoral guitar landscapes from the Charalambides man. Edition of 300 housed in spot gloss printed sleeve** "In some hirsute + spectacled (as well as oft besotted) circles, the storied ramble of American guitarist Tom Carter requires no introduction. Of late, his Kazuyuki K. Null meets Franco Falsini excursionary instrumentalism has taken on an increased luminosity, due in no small part to some unexpected time spent at a certain house on the borderland. In his own words: "Information-inscribed ribbons unravel from a spool spinning into relaxed entropy. Floating smoke… Read more
The legend unfurls three broken beat beauties for Falty DL's Blueberry Records, backed with the label boss' rework. Hot on the heels of his Dego and Kaidi 12", a reissue of his Cousin Cockroach classic 'This Ain't Tom 'N Jerry', and his Theo Parrish hook-up, 'Just Begin', Dego's arguably on classic form right now, turning out the swinging budge of 'Nuts!' and the fluid electro-funk of 'Could Murder A Burger' on top, and the shadier, seductive shuffle of 'Celestian Ditton' on the flip. Falty DL remixes the latter with his signature sense of space and intricate rhythm mechanics, and even a dash of jazzy scat, causing Dego to exclaim "The force is strong with this one…".
Rampant techno, fresh outta NYC and backed with a Tuff Sherm remix. Check for the muscular, abrasive charge of 'Princip (Rubble Dub 1)' and the ruddy rtechno rolige of 'Youth Series (Rayon Dub 1)'.
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.‘Saw Delight’ was the ninth Can studio album and featured two new band members who were ex- members of Traffic. The album’s musical direction flirts with world music and precedes the mid-1980s world music trend set by artists such as Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel. ‘Saw Delight’ was made as a binaural recording, a method of recording sound tha… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue on 180g Double Vinyl* "From its first release in 2000 (marking the 20-year existence of the band) to date, it has doubtlessly remained the most complex work of the Neubauten and the most fascinating in its evolution. It shows the Neubauten universe from both a known, emotionally moving side, as well as one that is deliberately constructive. It clearly breathes the inimitably rough Neubauten handwriting, while Blixa’s voice cuts through intellectual and cryptic texts. It is carried by metal sounds, from which individual instruments can almost no lon… Read more
"San Fran synth sensei Ben Winans, a.k.a. Roche, ventures further into his arcane hardware labyrinths on Stillhope, his second slab of mind-wired Pacific house for 100% Silk. As always, there’s a great sense of spaciousness and flow,coastal fog billowing around Alcatraz and over Land’s End, invisible currents taking control. “Stillhope” and “The Medicine” skew more toward the hazed and zen, cliffside smoke seances rendered through samplers and circuitry, percussion patterns ghosting under hidden lunar cycles, while “Change” brings back the bass, riding an acid-funked electric slide into a chorus of … Read more
Reissue of seminal, early Chicago house trax from Chip E as Sweet D. You get the happy clapping piano house cheese of 'Thank Ya' up top, but the really gems are flipside in the Italo-aping disco bassline, chirruping vocal and synths of 'Do Do It' and daft MIDI funk of 'Turn It'.
Gavin Russom reprises his kosmiche disco-not-disco duo with Viva Ruiz for DFA. Two years on from their eponymous debut album, they dub out a handful of its cuts, giving 'Ascension' a ruddy, fizzing 'Deep Mix' and a muggy 'Space Mix' of 'Paradise' on the first disc, whilst the 2nd offers an oily, kinky 'Xxxtended MIx' of 'Rain' and the raw House mix of 'We Came To'.
*Deluxe 180g gatefold reissue of this legendary Australian Eco-jazz soundtrack remastered from the original master tapes, with rare photos and extensive liner notes* "Based on the novel written by Australian actor Roger Ward (Mad Max, Stone, Turkey Shoot) The Set was a highly controversial film upon its release in 1970 in which it's alternate attitudes towards sexuality challenged the traditional mores of the mainstream society. The film, now regarded as a lost piece of Australian genre cinema, is considered the precursor to the OZ Sex-Wave films of … Read more
**Deluxe triple LP in a gatefold sleeve back in stock** Gobsmacking anthology of prescient and super hard-to-find Nigerian disco by the fascinating and enigmatic William Onyeabor. It's the first ever fully licensed collection of Onyeabor's deeply infectious sounds, drawn from a string of eight LPs privately issued on his Wilfilms imprint between 1977-1985, all brimming with a genuinely joyful energy, sophisticated cool and synthetic sensuality. Nodding at once to West African disco and Afrobeat, the futurist funk of Parliament/Fun… Read more