Wednesday, 16 April
Kassem Mosse brings his surprise debut album to land with minimal fuss or fanfare on Workshop. In case you don't know, Kassem is responsible for some of the finest, most definitive techno-house productions of the last decade, racking up soulful, forward-facing anthems for FXHE, Trilogy Tapes and Nonplus and, of course Berlin's Workshop, which remain firm favourites in myriad DJs boxes. For his low-key debut album, he sticks to the shadows and the eerier, sensual spaces between house, techno and electronica, finding a graded mid-ground between midnight Detroit beatdown and European electronic… Read more
**180g vinyl with double sided insert and paste-on postcard artwork. Edition of 300** Outta nowhere, Downwards present Autumns' fully formed debut record of ghoulish, drowned lo-fi productions. Described as "Jesus and Mary Chain meets Joe Meek and Ride head on" it perfectly captures that sensation of hearing a band playing from two rooms away whilst locked in paralysis brought on by quaaludes. We're sure you know the feeling. There are six tracks, each placing a noisy barrier of indeterminable distance between the charmingly rudimentary songs and the listener, at best in 'Tired Eyes' with its machine… Read more
Devastating bruk house badness from the inimitable Dave Huismans for Will Bankhead's Trilogy Tapes. This is ostensibly some of the straightest dancefloor material in the considerable AMUS cache, but beneath the surface lies some of the canniest, whirring groove mechanics totally primed for dancers and DJs with abilities. A-side 'Fortress (The Hague, 2005)' slams out a proper Shake-style Detroit groove kinked with coiled drums, mad trills and freaky samples, before 'Caustic Network' slips down a few gears to a 105bpm chug tricked with frothy acid wiggle. B-side, the pendulous 'Kovaxxxt' show… Read more
**Screenprinted jacket, printed inner** Arc Light Editions follow up that indispensable Arthur Russell edition with this Interesting reissue of a beautiful suite by American composer Ingram Marshall for brass, tape delay, Serge modular synth and foghorn field recordings. The original version of 'Fog Tropes / Gradual Requiem' (1984) was released on Foster Reed's long-running - yet sadly now defunct - New Albion label, combining a piece heavily influenced by the eternally evocative sound of fog horns with a five-piece suite making pivotal use of electronic rendering and envir… Read more
Supply Records' John Barrera (B-Tracks) & Will Martin play out a trio of deep house cuts on Steffi's Dolly label, backed with the boss's own Third Side remix with The Analogue Cops. Up top their 'Nomad' treks into Chez Damier-styled swing jack territory with some nifty dub chords and playful polyrhythms, whereas 'Flux' is given to a more sultry early morning sway propped by breezy chords and fruity bassline. Flipside, 'Milestones' finds that classic balance of strobe-lit techno-house fever and cool swing practically guaranteed to bring up any 'floor, and Third Side give the same cut a reduced, concentrated drive riding on humping bass and hypnotic drone chords.
Spellbinding, exotic-minded percussive house workouts from Berlin's very highly regarded Acido crew. Phillip Gelberg and SVN (AU, XI, Tase, Dreesvn) on the buttons for this trio of mellow and gently insistent grooves shimmying from rippling tabla timbres and breezy Pacific chords to bumpier chops coming off like a more organic, placid analogue of Sensate Focus and over to an extended B-side locked into a slowly unfolding moire of tabla and warm, cheek-kissing chords to sink right into.
Delectable deep house excursion from Acido regular Dresvn, backed with a super fly Sotofett jungle remix. The A-side is one of those pearls that could happily work at 33 or 45 rpm, although it's probably supposed to be at 45rpm - alloying a nimble disco bass riff with stray analogue dust mites and wheezing dub electronics to genuinely psychoactive effect. Flipside Sotofett gets his flex on with a proper display of breakbeat chicanery harking back to the infectiously loose torsion and accelerated culture of classic AGCG and Remarc styles, but with an up-to-the-minute canniness. So dope.
Four slamming techno tools from Brummie DJ/producer, Rebekah. Proper, robust yet kinky gear powered by massive kicks and shook down with tidy, latinized percussion and searing, sparingly used synth stabs.
**Includes hand-numbered artwork inlay. Edition of 550** The Swedish techno miscreants bang the box on two wobbly acid joints for Midlight Records. A-side 'Absorb' rides a jagged but frothy acid groove until the lines start smudging to mind-bending, discordant effect in the final throes. B-side, 'Instant Transport' nudges the tempo up for a more suspenseful, driving acid roll.
**Red vinyl edition of 250** Rugged, sleazy jakk attacks from avant-garde Korean noise artist Greem Jellyfish, psych musician/model Angela Chambers, and studio whizz Michael Sherburn. This, their 3rd 12" is also their best yet, a dissolute dancefloor come-on blurring the lines between Chicago Acid, Italo and Coldwave. 'Feel It' comes on strong with a swaggering, darkly dubbed-out house trip haunted by mutanted vocals and earworming hook that resonates long after the run-out groove. 'Acid Freak' is a more sultry beast, coolly stalking out a drugged-out synth loop into a well-paced acid groove built from … Read more
Dead Fader returns with an ornate and moody blue suite of beat-driven electronica on his new home, Robot Elephant Records. Four years on from debut album 'Corrupt My Examiner' he's largely suppressed his noisier inclinations and crushing rhythms in favour of complex melodic arrangements and detailed drum programming nodding to early Machinedrum, mid-period Ae and the cute melodic touches of Brothomstates.
Squashed house and idiosyncratic electronica from Brit-in-Melbourne and RBMA graduate, Andy Donnelly aka Kloke for Brooklyn's Styles Upon Styles. 'Sea Levels' comes across like a hazy recollection of urban UK dancefloor styles and IDM recounted thru a skunk-addled mind, bumping between washed-out jazz-house on 'Deep City' to the BoC-like reverie 'Mayfield' and the blunted 2-step of 'Ritual' to the radar-evading, arpeggiated techno shunt of 'Room With A View' and an Actress/Zomby-like bag of writhing paranoia in 'Unlearning'. Canny moves.
**180g vinyl. Edition of 750** At long last Cut Hands spills blood from the 'Black Mamba' album onto vinyl. The CD tracklist has been split in two and supplemented with extra tracks over two vinyl volumes, each housed in cryptic Vévé artwork by Mimsy DeBois. This, 'Volume 3', features four tracks not found on the CD: 'Vaudau Take Me High' opens with a serpentine coda of percussive cadence building to a martial 4/4; the uncanny polymetric patterns and gloaming, precipitous synth drone of 'Immersion' is taken from the 'Damballah' 12" on Blackest Ever Black, as is the haunting 'Krokodilo Theme' - as… Read more
**180g vinyl. Edition of 750** Cut Hands finally 'fesses tracks from his 'Black Mamba' CD onto vinyl, augmented by crucial pieces from his singles for Blackest Ever Black and Downwards. The previously issued material includes the darting, rapid fire rhythmelodies and arcing, pollutant drones of 'Eat Them Like Bread', the gynoid motherboard vocal of 'River Mumma', and the keening 'Inchantment', alongside the poised, signature attack formation of 'Black Mamba' for Blackest Ever Black. making their vinyl debut, we find the iced overtones of 'El Palo Mayombe' charging the atmosphere alongside the drug… Read more
One of the most exciting producers around proves what all the fuss is aboot with his 'Waterfall' EP. Since sidling in with the astonishing beats of his 'Kings and Them' EP, and a concept suite inspired by a Soviet signal transmitter - as you do - the Merseyside-bred producer was rightfully snaffled by Kanye West to produce a highlight of 'Yeezus' - aka the most radical hip hop album in a decade - and, if the rumours are true, is destined to drop heat for even bigger names in the not so distant future. But right now the barely hinged 'Waterfalls' showcases a uncompromising, febrile mind at wor… Read more
Latest on Luke Younger's Alter label is a beguiling set of edited electronic improvisations by the wayward French duo, Jo Tanz and Laurent Gerard (Él-G) aka Opéra Mort. The follow-up to their last LP for the sadly defunct Parisian record shop Bimbo Tower, 'Dédales' arrives a few years after Él-G's 'Mil Pluton' LP, and the pair's brilliant 'Globe Et Dynastie' side (seriously, go check this!) with cult French outsider Ghédalia Tazartès in the Reines D'Angleterre trio. Those facts should all give you some indication of the abstract, nether territory this LP occupies. It's a result of true electronic … Read more
Scribe turned producer Angus Finlayson debuts on Trilogy Tapes with the hypnagogic house grooves of 'Noble Gas' as Minor Science. This five track EP is a neatly accomplished and diverse affair distilling and skewing elements of American and European house to the left of the 'floor. A scrambled intro gives way to the warm, slompy bump of 'Silence' and the crafty, metallic triplet wiggle of EP highlight, 'Hapless', while the flipside is more in thrall to Actress on the loose, schizoid beatdown of 'The Beckoner' and a sticky swirl of jungle atmospheres and electro-house on 'Foggy Situation'.
On this second album, husband-and-wife duo Mike Paradinas (μ-Ziq) and Lara Rix-Martin have honed their craft further and teamed up with French singer Vezelay for some supremely chill rides. The delicate synths and vocal harmonies, both positioned just so, can trace their origins to Paradinas's earlier milieu of 90s electronica, and even further back to 70s and 80s cosmicism, but they also resonate appealingly with contemporary moods in downtempo, such as those of Tory Y Moi or How To Dress Well. A work of calm and carefully engineered beauty.
Crushing, doomy power electronics from Bologna, Italy's Fabrizio Matrone aka Matter, via Ukraine's Kvitnu label. Clearly influenced to some extent by Pan Sonic - who recently delivered live LP 'Oksastus' on Kvitnu - Matter's 'Biorhexistasy' can be taken as sonic metaphor for geological change and mutation. Nine compositions follow this theme closely, resulting in slow, heaving and amorphous shapes hingeing on brutalist rhythms and unstable noise.
Trancing electro-disco from Gavin Elsted aka Adultrock, backed with stronger remixes from Naum Gabo and Ghost 202 aka Ron Morelli and Marquis Cooper. The originals opt for a cheesily gratifying dancefloor sound flush with over-egged synthlines, ambient motifs and boogie flourishes, before JG Wilkes and James Savage's Naum Gabo straighten 'Chants' to more rugged, sexy effect, and Ghost 202 head in the opposite direction with a slow, moody Industro Dub version.
**Dreamlike psychedelic pop and indie. Housed in colour gatefold designed by Gary Panter. Includes download code redeemable from the label** "This trio - Devin Flynn, Gary Panter and Ross Goldstein - has delivered one of the most blinding psychedelic listening experiences of the last several anna. Only one of these darlings -- Ross Goldstein - is known primarily as a musician. Gary Panter is one of our era's premier visual artists, and Devin Flynn is among the age's most berserk animation stars. But they have nonetheless managed to blast their way into the very center of a psych-… Read more
**180g vinyl reissue. Edition of 700 copies with insert** "Officer! is either Mick Hobbs (The Work, Family Fodder, Half Japanese) alone or Mick Hobbs with friends. Ossification is like an amazing party held at This Heat's Cold Storage Studio, with friends like Felix Fiedorowicz, Tom Cora, Tim Hodgkinson, Bill Gilonis, Zeena Parkins, Patrick Q, and Catherine Jauniaux. The output of this party is one of the most unusual, pleasurable, and character-filled "pop" records anyone has heard. Fourteen songs that contain the spirit of pop, rock, classical, medieval, avant garde, R.I.O., The Work, Family F… Read more
"First vinyl (the CDs on New York's Northern Spy) by this willfully eclectic Brooklyn quintet. It's never clear if they're aware of it or not, but much of CBYH's sound swings with the same way-off-center lope that marks the most enjoyable (as opposed to brittle) work of the Canterbury/RIO continuum. There are even textural similarities to some of the post-Zeuhl French chamber-prog bands of the last century, especially when the violin and synthesizer combine to set the scene. But there's a humorous (or loopily surreal) edge to the material that could never be comprehended by tha… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "In The Hollows is Nat Baldwin's followup to 2011's People Changes. Despite his busy schedule recording and touring as the bass player for Dirty Projectors, Nat found time to write and record his most soulful and ambitious collection of songs to date. After recording the initial tracks at Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket, RI, Nat recruited Otto Hauser for drums and percussion, and Rob Moose and Clarice Jensen to write string arrangements. Discussing the album's production, Nat says "I wanted to achieve a consistency throug… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "When Frank Hurricane comes into a room it’s really something. As his name implies, he is impossible ignore. He has built an alarmingly nuanced lexicon out of an amazingly limited number of phrases. “Psychedelic.” “Spiritual.” “Holy.” “Gangsta.” “Pimp.” “Bro.” “Homie.” In the hands of the culture-at-large, these terms have long lost whatever literal or subcultural meaning they may have once had and are now so incredibly overused as to be stripped of any meaning whatsoever. In Frank’s hands, though, each of these words… Read more
Tuesday, 15 April
*Ships Friday* Vibe receptors at the ready: Drew Lustman aka Falty DL's Blueberry Records introduces Luke Vi..err, Luke Warm with a super charming debut of broken beats and deep house dopeness. Essentially it's a modern rare groove showcase, distilling the best from 30 years of urban dance research with X amounta soul swerve. 'Daydreamin'' starts up like 4Hero and Machiendrum doing breezy slow-fast bounce, and 'Brockley Spears' jumps to a classic hip-house coda with a Steinski-esque edit agenda and proper, up-to-date production chops. 'Instant Vibe' dips a bit deeper with infectious meld of… Read more
**Ships Friday** Under the Some Truths guise, Ralph Cumbers aka Bass Clef delivers the best of his vintage 2014 crop so far. Proceeding his glut of much-loved releases for PAN, Punch Drunk, and Public Information, these tracks, recorded in July 2012, are by far the most enigmatic, wayward of the bunch and quite befitting of Mordant Music's eldritch aesthetic. As with the other releases, Cumbers explores the potential of a Bugbrand modular system loaned from Bristolian synth builder Tom Bug, tweaking its sliding sinewaves through a matrix of Electro-H… Read more