Thursday, 18 December
*The long lost second album from the enigmatic Lewis Baloue, first time available on Vinyl and newly re-mastered.Pressed on 180gm Vinyl and packaged in a Stoughton Gatefold 'Tip On' Jacket, including download card. This edition also includes liner notes by Jack D. Fleischer. Please note that according to the label notes this item will not be re-pressed so this is a one-off chance to grab this on vinyl* It’s taken a while for copies of this to filter through since Light In The Attic finally managed to track down the enigmatic producer, but boy what a treat ‘Romantic Times’ … Read more
**Legendary psych-funk soundtrack by Serge Gainsbourg collaborator, as sampled by J Dilla and Madlib, and referenced by Air. Reissue housed in tip on-style jacket with spotgloss artwork and printed inner** "Animated sci-fi masterpiece La Planète Sauvage (a.k.a. Fantastic Planet), winner at Cannes Film Festival in 1973, is a bizarre and beautiful film. Towering blue-skinned figures, tiny humanoids in the midst of revolt, and drug-induced Tantric sex transport viewers to a truly magical setting. Composer Alain Goraguer creates an equally hypnotic score from a pale… Read more
**Audiophile 3LP pressing mastered and cut at D&M exploring the largely unknown work of Else Marie Pade - a true pioneer of electronic music and musique concrète.. The material here is made available on vinyl for first time ever, Edition of 500 copies** Wow this is a stunner. Else Marie Pade's 'Electronic Works 1958-1995' is a truly precious survey of a lone, pioneering voice in electronic music. Born in Aarhus, Denmark, in 1924, Else created the first piece of electronic music played on Danish radio, 'Syv Cirkler (Seven Circles)', marking the early development of an (up u… Read more
'Clouds' is a perfectly measured suite of warm and hazy downbeats from Gigi Masin, Marco Sterk (Young Marco), and Johnny Nash recorded in the heart of Amsterdam's red light district over one weekend in April, 2014. It's all about louche vibes and glowing notes, gently absorbing and transducing the buzz of the streets outside the studio's open windows into eight elegantly reserved improvisations segueing between lush ambient drift, dub-wise solo piano pieces, and chiming late night jazz patter. In that sense, there's striking similarities between 'Clouds' and the recent Sky Walking album by Law… Read more
Shackleton triggers another tribalist chain reaction with 'Deliverance Series No. 2'. Shack presents two extended trips subtly refining his craft to a fluid, rhythmelodic flux sparking with vital, hypnotic energy. The eleven minute 'Dominion Rings' coolly charges up percolating drums and fizzing synth dynamics to a signature lather of lilting groove and keening pads linked with a lattice of dub-fried electronics to a staggered polymetric finale. 'Cast The Die' deals in a more worldly fusion of Eastern-gazing chant, Raga-like motifs and natty percussive patter with a queered eldritch quality that's Shackleton to the core.
Solid longform 2-tracker from Floating Points to seal off the year. 'Nuits Sonores' is great - nice to hear Sam Shepherd edging away from the coffee table for a mooch round moodier environs, delivering a 12-minute number that sounds like a smudged Paperclip People tangling with a bit of jazzzz as it builds. 'Nectarines' is again kinda indebted to classic Carl Craig and Main Street productions, although that floaty vocal towards the end is p'rraps a little too smooth. Still, his best for a while.
*Ships Next Week* 'X I E' is the first new Monolake release since the 'Ghosts' (2012). It marks his return to tensile steppers dynamics and brooding sci-fi atmospheres following an exploration of reduced D&B structures. 'Xor' unfolds a 127bpm tech-step pattern harking back to the styles of his 'Polygon_Cities'-era recordings; 'Inwards' is a cinematic panorama of grey-skied, beat-less sci-fi themes rife with brooding Berlin connotations; 'Ethernet' rolls in that narrow gap between Teutonic techno and Bristolian dub dread, anchoring slinky hi-hats with darkside bass propulsion a la Pinch and his patented ambient sound design.
J&J’s last album 'Techno Primitivism’ totally floored us here, finding a sweet spot between elements of dub, jazz and psychedelia within a tactile house and techno framework. This new album - 'Clean-Cut’ - left us a bit cold on first listen, taking a much straighter approach feeding off classic Detroit and swung Chicago styles, but in the space of a couple of listens it has completely earwormed its way deep into our heads and refused to let go. From that off-ish pan-pipe hook on the killer title track to the red-lining drums on "Wheeze Please”, the production details and exotic flourishes ba… Read more
Including one of the greatest Drexciya tunes ever made, 'Digital Tsunami', plus three other cuts that didn't appear in his 'Harnessed The Storm' 2LP version (but did on the CD edition). The electro-techno surge of 'Digital Tsunami' is a stone cold essential, and B-side's 'Birth Of A New Life' one of his very sweetest. Highly recommended!
**2LP + 7" with liner notes insert. All music previously unreleased on vinyl** 'A Celebration of iDeath' documents the diffuse and very rare early work of Newcastle's Philip and Richard Rupenus, who would later helm legendary noise unit, The New Blockaders. Formed in 1979 under the blackly amusing Funeral Danceparty banner; in 1980 they released a trio of tapes in editions of roughly 100 copies each - 'The Curiosity Shop', 'Qwertyuiop', 'The Attractions of Fixed Interest' - and played a handful of shows, including notable performances at the Morpeth YMCA and Newcastle's 13… Read more
**Black and semi-opaque vinyl edition** Deepchord's 'Luxury Part 2' collates both parts 'Luxury 3' and 'Luxury 4'. The A-side is fully charged as a walloping dub-house number with sodden bass and kinetic, swirling dub tweaks; B-side skanks down a gear with shuffling layers of percussion glancing off strident dub bassline and their patented atmospheric pressure systems.
Carl Craig provides a smart re-model of Caribou's ubiquitous title, lending a more satisfying balance of brooding groove, radiophonical electronics and wry vocal processing backed with Caribou's original, jiggling shake-down, 'Mars', taken fromt he 'Our Love' album.
Deadly house traxxx from a funked-up Delroy Edwards for Gene's Liquor Store. While we've lately heard him do slick boogie as Rx, hardcore techno as DJ Punisher, and slowed down funk under his Delroy Edwards pseudonym, here he goes back to out-and-out party tricks with the G-funk-spiced breakbeat house throwdown, 'Can U Get With', next to an incredibly infectious piano house slammer, 'Always (Edit)' - almost guarantee you're gonna hear this everywhere! - and the fruity bounce of 'Untitled'. Recommended!
**Gatefold 2LP with hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** V-O-D document the very earliest, pioneering Japanese noise tapes released by K2 on his Kinky Tapes label from 1981 - 1983. Spanning material previously unreleased in any form - his first work, 'Student Apathy' - plus the serial works of ZombieAnatomy, and the beat-driven workout, 'N.G. Musik' and 'Dance Macabre', it serves as much a gateway introduction to early Japanese noise as a valuable vinyl retrospective. Born Kimihide Kusafuka, K2, alongside Masami Akita, Hijokaidan and Toshiji Mikawa of Incapacitants is one … Read more
Frank Maier at V-O-D reanimates the wonderfully freakish pop output of Val Denham and co's The Death & Beauty Foundation with the 32-song collection 'We Are Young & Stupid'. While a couple of couple of CD compilations have had a good stab at collecting the group's output, you can safely consider this thee definitive collection, highlighting various tracks from 'The Darlington Tapes', recorded by Val Denham and Andrew McKenzie (ov The Hafler Trio) in 1982, plus their eponymous cassette album from 1986 together with stacks of early/unfinished and rehearsal recording… Read more
**2LP featuring material previously unreleased on vinyl. Includes hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** Robert Haigh, who would later become legendary junglist Omni Trio, is subject to a 2nd solo retrospective on V-o-D with 'Cold Pieces 1985-1989'. A partner to his 4LP Sema set, 'Time Will Say Nothing' highlights his transition from darker industrial tones towards piano-based experimentation and neo-classical fusions over the course of four releases, 'Valentine Out Of Season' for United Dairies, the previously CD-only 'A Waltz In Plain C', and his 'Juliet Of The Spirits' an… Read more
**Unhinged industrial holy grail from 1979. Previously unreleased on vinyl. Now re-mastered. Includes hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500. RIYL TG, early Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League** Our favourite from V-O-D's late 2014 batch: a remastered version of Counterdance's sole, near-mythical recording, 'The Human Slug Sessions 1979-81'. At the time hailed as Bradford's answer to TG, they counted the notorious Val Denham - still a he in 1979 - as the vocal locus of the band, recorded here under the influence of alcohol and LSD, slithering around on the makeshift studio flo… Read more
**Includes hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** V-o-D offer to soundtrack your nightmares with 'Blockader', a collection of previously unreleased nether scapes by Chris Connolly (Fini Tribe, Ministry, Revolting Cocks). The label and artist attribute a rough time-line of 1983-88 to these anti-music recordings, made in a damp rehearsal space and on grey concrete council estate in Edinburgh and subsequently Chicago, and only recently discovered in the extensive tape collection of V-O-D's Frank Maier. To give them some context, Chris was a an avid fan of the industrial scene and later … Read more
**LP + bonus 7" with hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** "Silverstar Amoeba was simply the slimming down of The Death and Beauty Foundation to a permanent duo comprising of Val Denham and Oli Novadnieks. The first recordings were tentatively executed at Talbot Road, Seven Sisters, London in Oli’s basement flat on an old reel to reel tape machine that could only record two tracks. Oli Novadnieks was the guitar player and Val Denham again provided the vocals, lyrics, harmonica, keyboards and tape loops etc. The resulting experimental ‘songs’ were mixed down and transferre… Read more
*Second celebration of the sounds of Bombay Disco, digging deeper into the recordwallah shops in the bazaars of India* As fans of the first collection will recall, disco arrived in India in 1979, shortly after its mainstream popularity had peaked in the West. Disco songs remained in vogue throughout the subcontinent for a dozen years, in many ways because of the "cabaret scene" or "item number," a mainstay in South Asian cinema that dates back to the 1920s. Back then, these scenes depicted traditional courtesans or nautch (dancing) girls, but by the early 1960s dance sequences became much… Read more
Heads-down in the dance with four brooding breakbeat and ambient garage figures from Synkro for Apollo. 'Someone' tugs on the heart-strings with solemn arrangement of sweeping pads and Toasty-style breakbeats; the ghostly 'Transient' flits around Burial and dBridge-style late romance; 'Contact' slips into something more comfortable with silky dowsntrokes and a vocal reminding of Steve Spacek; 'Falling' nods to mid '00s electronica with a poised blend of Ulrich Schnauss and Arovane-esque motifs anchored by a minimalist UK groove.
Warehouse discovery of some cheeky Chi trax, presumably made in the early '90s, but nobody really knows, or at least discogs doesn't. The work of DJ Ping and Tyree Cooper, there's two naughty house trax up top, and a trio of'Techno Problems' mixes on the B-side.
Watch yer facking bon bons, Luke Vibert aka Amen Andrews back in the dance on Falty DL's Blueberry Records. Let us scroll back 11 years to 2003 and Vibert's 5 volume Amen Andrews series was a staple on wayward floors, taking his seminal Plug sound to rugged IDM and jungle dances. Fast-fwd 2014, Falty DL has teased out a four new AA cuts, brukking between the natty funk of 'Automatic Truth' and the Valve-style blowout 'Amotherfucker' via pastoral braindance rave with 'Amen HQ' and nutty 'ardcore rufige in 'News Of The World'.
**Clear double vinyl** Visonia presents a serious emotional payload with debut album, 'Impossible Romance'. The follow-up to their uncannily effective 'Die Reisen' 12" collaboration with Dopplereffekt (all three tracks are featured here) reprises that same heart-on-sleeve emotive appeal across 12 compositions indulging a real passion for Italo and '80s synth-pop spliced with tensile EBM and electro-techno signatures. It really pulls no punches, delivering tear-jerking, maximalist synth peaks and yearning vocals propelled by pumping yet elegant machine rhythms at every turn. It's a triumph… Read more
"Cleveland’s electric eels (all lower case in homage to poet e.e. cummings) is America’s quintessential proto-punk band. Formed in 1972 by singer Dave E. McManus and guitarists John Morton and Brian McMahon, the group enlisted drummer Nick Knox (later of The Cramps) and producer Paul Marotta to record a flurry of catchy and genuinely fucked-up tunes. After only five legendary live performances— complete with Dave E. in black leather jacket covered in rat-traps and playing a gas-powered lawnmower on stage—the eels broke up in 1976 and posthumously released their classic single Agitate… Read more
**Bat-shit crazy art rock blast recorded in 1975, first released in 1981, now reissued** "Following their legendary punk-as-ever Agitated single, electric eels released their second posthumous single, Spin Age Blasters / Bunnies, on Mustard Records in 1981. Recorded in 1975 and taking the band's free-form jazz and art rock alliances to dizzying extreme, the twin-guitar swirl of "Spin Age Blasters" sounds like Trout Mask Replica on paint fumes, while "Bunnies" features Dave E.'s relaxing Bob-Ross-like vocals and frantic clarinet bursts à la Roscoe Mitchell. This first-time vi… Read more
When first released in 1981, the chief debate surrounding 'The Ascension' ran, is this a rock band performing classical pieces, or an experimental ensemble tackling rock music? One thing the critics did all agree on, however, was the sheer awesome power of Branca and his band. These days it's hard to hear Branca without thinking of Sonic Youth ˆ Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo both served tours of duty in Branca's guitar armies - but the main critical reference points in 1981 were the repetetive minimalism of Philip Glass and Steve Reich on the one hand, the "hard rock" of The Ramones on t… Read more
Sweeping harmonic weather systems and shoe-gazing folk from Secret Pyramid. First issued on cassette in 2011 by Canada's Nice-Up International, 'The Silent March' is now pressed to vinyl and finds a suitable home amidst Students of Decay's like-minded roster of ambient noise boundary pushers. "Critics have compared his sound to the more blasted entries in the Popul Vuh catalog and to Flying Saucer Attack’s cherished fuzz devotionals, and indeed Abbey’s reverb-drenched songforms and titanic edifices of drone do feel at times as though they’ve been cut from the same cloth. Abbey weaves… Read more
"LA/Detroit two-steppers Newbody keep the faith on their latest single. “Emotional” and the flip “Wut U Do” share the duo’s brisk vocal house signature: cooled garage energy, uptown piano, bass calisthenics, satin shirt soul. The remixes flex different tendons of the tracks: Emotion II Emotion pumps it to Jack City, piano stabs and discotheque horns over a lush, lewd bounce, while Cromie & Sage Caswell go more stereoscopic, dizzying the song into an abstract sunrise awakening. Also includes a radio edit of “Emotional,” to bait the Top 40 DJs on the fence. Mastered by Mark Pistel. Center label design by Trevor Tarczynski."
**The 300th NNF catalogue number!** "Philly trawler Noah Anthony’s pulverized industrial designs under the black Profligate flag have grown increasingly caustic and cracked, culminating in the eight misery beat clawhammers comprising his sophomore full-length, Finding The Floor. What’s particularly impressive given Anthony’s history in form-frying outfits like Form A Log and Social Junk is how deft and purposefully these pieces are arranged – asylum weaponry fashioned from scavenged hardware. Of the record’s eight cuts, only “Can’t Stop Shaking” has seen release before (though the LP ve… Read more