Tuesday, 11 March
**180g fully remastered vinyl reissue of this classic album - the first time it's been re-pressed on vinyl since 1967. Edition of 500 copies** Morton Subotnick's 'Silver Apples Of The Moon' adventure is a foundational piece of electronic music. Created on a then freshly-commissioned Buchla modular synthesiser, it was the first electronic record released by a classical music label and heralded a wave of synthetic music exploration which has birthed many of the sounds we know and love today. In light of the impact created by Charles Cohen's recently excavat… Read more
The vital Recollections GRM series yields some of its finest treasures yet from the Paris archive with three iconic, prototypical pieces of computer music by Jean Claude Risset. It's notable not least for the first vinyl pressing of the amazing electro-acoustic sonorities in 'Sud' (1985), but also two very early pieces recorded between 1968-69, marking some of the very first significant instances of computers used in the creation of sound itself, with 'Computer Suite From Little Boy' featuring sounds synthesised using the Music V program whilst working with Max Mathews at the B… Read more
**Sealed poly-lined sleeve includes insert** Beautiful, astrally inclined house from a true keeper of the light, Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being - the latest ace on Last Known Trajectory, who last served that amazing Visonia 12" starring Dopplereffekt. Both sides capture Jamalat his most effusive, with the A-side stretching out a widescreen vision of slow-moving, starlit harmonics contrasting with a hard-working, undulating jack track and chaotic acid melody, whereas the flipside jacks up a pumping, romantically industrialised sound streaked with silvery synth comtrails and riding an irresistible, churning buck beat to infinity. Recommended!
Rugged UK house backed with killer Neana remix. 'Hold Up' plays tuff with a distorted, kinky Uk take on New York/New Jersey house stabbed up with electro prangs and flash electro chords. Flipside, Artifact follows his Local Action album and a remix turn for Seb Wildblood on Madtech with a chunky garage-techno heaver, but Neana blows 'em all out the water with his febrile, industrialised 130bpm remix riding bashiest drums, smashing glass, and jawside percussion with the sort of funk and in-the-pocket swagger that could only come from the freshest. Tipped for that at least!
**Ships Friday** **Transparent, peach coloured wax** Akkord and Felix K take on the smoky slowfast of 'DAM' from DjRum's 'Seven Lies' LP. Akkord duly dry out and ruff it up with crisp, glancing percussions, abrasive white noise and techy, rolling garage-techno flux. Berlin's D&B helmsman, Felix K ov Hidden Hawaii follows suit with an even drier reinterpretation riding reduced, slyding bassline, flickering hi-hats and percolating bleeps with an enveloping steppers momentum haunted by chorale pads. Tipped!
**Ships Friday** Darkside D&B rolige from new signing to Doc Scott's 31 Records. 'Future Roots' wields mammoth subbass and insectoid, dubble-timed percussion with the sternest glare and 'Untitled Render' gets craftier with super crisp, sparring rimshots underpinned by turbulent but tightly tucked bass shapes.
**Ships Friday** **Limited marbled vinyl in hand-stamped sleeve** Ruffneck D&B/Techno hybrids from Andro 'n Dimitri, batted out on Samurai's Horo series. A-side 'FVS' is a strong look, rolling out boulder-shaped, bruising kicks and heaving bass inna nod to those mutant Ruffhouse weapons, whilst flipside gives up a crushing, knackered halfstep roller 'GVA' compatible with your Andy Stott and FiS riddims, and tips out with the effluent, abstract noise gunk of '1AC' for the more insatiable types.
Amsterdam's Steven Van Hulle (Rednose Distrikt) aka Awanto 3 gives up the 1st part of his debut album for Rush Hour, to be delivered in three portions. 'Opel Mantra' is what you'd call prime Amsterdam house music - an infectious synthesis of Afrobeat, funk, and classic American house styles. Up top he introduces himself with the bass-sprung bounce and shake of 'Su What?' with its mesmerising chants, teasing synths and percolating dub chords beside the tuffer, bass heavy funk step and subtle drones of 'The Wall'. Down town, 'Applecake' stirs up a friskier Afrobeat riddim laced with wandering bass… Read more
**Blue vinyl** The Ron Hardy edit series returns with three dusty disco and house bombs. A-side features a skittish, filtered reduction of Steve Silk Hurley's legendary 'I Can't Turn Around' and the boshing jack tool 'Track #2'. B-side it's a dubbed out edit of Cheri's wiggly 1982 disco classic. 'Murphy's Law'.
**Edition of 250 with A4 insert** Uncharted Audio back on the block with four tracks of deeper UK techno-house to kick off the Dots series. Luv Jam puts down the kicks on his dub techno jaunt 'Crickets and Bats' beside Area's sub-riding swinger, 'DJ House Tool'. Plas Vegas follows releases for Crow castle Cuts with the aquatic shimmy of 'Fernhill Loop', and Mystic Jungle plays out the jazzier Jersey swing of 'Houze Leizure'.
**Ships Friday** **Marbled mauve wax** Unique D&B soul from Sam KDC on Samurai Horo. If Massive Attack, Djrum and FiS ever made tracks together, there's every chance they may sound like these two. A-side 'Survive Exist' squashes a yearning, blue soul vocal into cannily compressed bass and muggy drums on the A-side, and 'Erogenous' hits even deeper with dusted, Burial-esque snares, neuro synth licks and dubbed drops of funk and soul instrumentation to sweeten the deal.
**Ships Friday** Powerful, minimalist dubstep-techno hybrids from Sleeper on Kryptic Minds' Osiris label. There's seven of 'em total, ranging from heads-down 4/4 stomp 'n roll to twysted acidic shake downs, churning bleep techno and succinct noise shots.
**Ships Friday** Killah platter from the Mungo's Hi Fi posse! Up top 'The Stinger' rinses the Sleng Teng bassline under wicked slow/fast steppers percussion and brand new vocal; down town it's a booming 808 rub-a-dub weapon called 'Dem Stylee' that sounds like early '90s techno spliced with Block Party hip hop and Jamaican subbass pressure. Nutty.
Monday, 10 March
Detroit's Jay Daniel builds on the promise of his Sound Signature debut 'Scorpio Rising', with a ruggedly mature double pack for Kyle Hall's Wild Oats. Given a debut opportunity many producers would give a digit for, Jay sticks to his 313 guns with five tracks of hypnotic, vibing deep house on 'Karmatic Equations', repping for a sound he and Kyle Hall have been building at their Fundamentals parties. Strident opener 'Royal Dilemna' cannily sounds like one of Omar-S' standout productions from ten years ago and sets a tone for the rest of the EP, from the wiggling groove, woozy keys and t… Read more
Back-breaking, unreleased and early Chicago ghettofunk from a scene original back on the block. Aside from a digital one-off in 2011, South Side's DJ Lil' Tal left his mark on Chicago's booty scene with a string of Dance Mania bangers between 1995-1996. Rodney Bakerr of the legendary Rockin' House records worked with Lil' Tal back then, and upon observing the scene's contemporary influence, saw it was high time the world knew about the tracks his label was sitting on. There's seven high-energy tools total (although eight are mentioned on the centre label) flexing out from the bleeping bang of … Read more
Dark and raw techno trips from another new cat on Russian Torrent Versions. Four tracks total on this one, playing the crunching techno-house card of '5674' for all fans of NWAQ and Opal Tapes next to the ruddier, bass-heavy ride and orientalist synth motif of '76675' and an extended B-side jam 'Misterious Jazz From Hell' for fans of that gritty, hard working Jay Daniel or Greg Beato sound.
**Double gatefold vinyl in spotgloss jacket with folded A3 insert containing all lyrics, credits and photos of the band** David Tibet and his cohorts return three years hence 'Honeysuckle Æons' with the neofolk laments of 'I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell (A Channel)'. Mutually dreamt with These New Puritans' Jack Barnett (organ, sound design and voices), James Blackshaw (bass), Ossian Brown (hurdy-gurdy and sidereal SingSong), Nick Cave (voice and voices), Antony Hegarty (voice and voices), Reinier Van Houdt (piano), Norbert Kox (voices), Andrew Li… Read more
Thursday, 06 March
*First few copies on clear wax if yr fast, edition of 500 mastered and cut by Matt Colton* Hot on the heels of Russell Haswell's '37 Minute Workout', Diagonal Records drop a slow-burning, psychedelic killer from Elon Katz and Beau Wanzer's Streetwalker, backed with a powerful Silent Servant remix. First issued on Catholic Tapes cassette in 2011, the serpentine, twelve minute acid slink of 'Ooze' has been remastered for vinyl and primed for the dance. As opposed to the from-the-hip funk on their 'Future Fusion' LP for Minimal Wave's Cititrax sublabel, 'Ooze' is a more hard-… Read more
**Edition of 500. Mastered by John Tejada and cut to vinyl at D+M Berlin, initial copies on coloured wax** Yves De Mey, John Tejada, Recondite, Paul Jebanasam and TM404 put their best jaw forward in slick remixes of Ricardo Donoso's vintage Goan trance-formations. Belgium's Yves De Mey follows impressive outings for Opal Tapes and Semantica with a midnight black take on 'The Sphinx', coolly transposing its darkly sublime early '90s vibes with up-to-the-minute, free-floating sound design, whereas Berlin's Recondite doses the 'floor with a powerful, droning remix of 'Diagonal Environ… Read more
Another choice archival issue from Blackest Ever Black here, providing a much needed vinyl pressing of 4 gorgeous tracks recorded by Alison Statton, Spike Williams and Simon Booth aka Weekend, the band that formed in the aftermath of the super-influential Young Marble Giants of which Statton was a member. "Drumbreat" is an infectious number which sounds like a direct extension of classic Young Marble Giants material, while "Red Planes" and "Nostalgia" are more delicate and brooding, the former built around an archetypal Boss DR 55 pulse and colossal kickdrum, the vocal riding high in the mix, th… Read more
Vowel-averse Swedish techno duo SHXCXCHCXSH return to Avian with a slick follow-up to their 'Strgths' album. 'VVVLLLLVVV' rolls out with sub-aquatic square bass pulses and eerie, almost Drexciyan synth pads, and 'MRRRWRRRDS' locks into heavier, bleeping rolige charged with cavalcade of churning toms and swarming synths. 'MRRRCHNNNN' is roughest of the pack, pumping pneumatic bass and pistoning hi-hats thru the silty murk at 20 knots.
MMM and Pangaea reinforce Livity Sound zingers to boot up the Bristol label's new remix series. For only their 2nd official remix to date (the James Brown and Donna Summer edits don't count) Fiedel and Errorsmith aka MMM turn Pev & Asusu's 'Surge' into a big room stormer laced with jagged, industrial kicks , haughty bassline and brain-tweaking, 'synthlines bound to incite mad frolics on 'floor. B-side, close ally Pangaea gives Pev & Kowton's 'Vapours' a bucking Tribal techno overhaul percolating Dance Mania-esque rhythms with a ruddy sorta British bassbin behaviour.
White label repress of this mighty weapon from Bristol's Kahn & Neek aka Gorgon Sound, replete with a wicked Dubkasm version. 'Find Jah Way' is a souljah-strength Digi-Dub with a 2012 twist - hard-edged 808 snares, nuff noise and pnematic subs to pummel your ribcage. It might be a cliche, but the only way to do this record justice involves a massive soundsystem and a zoot. Ditto for Dubkasm's rootical steppers dub version. The first edition sold out in a minute, and we expect this to do the same!
Exceptional side of tape-manipulated techno-house experiments from Detroit new waver, Manuel Gonzales aka MGUN for the DBA label. As the latest in a long line of 313 splicers stretching back to Anthony Shakir - who used to be the in-house tape engineer at Metroplex - on the 'Resin EP' MGUN revels in the nimble, hands-on possibilities of reel-to-reel recording techniques on six tracks ranging from zippy vignettes to low-slung grooves and pacy techno bangers. The quickstep shuffle and almost-baroque melody of 'Assumptions' opens beside a woozy, wigglin' jacker 'Funkshun' and the knotty 150bpm wormhole ji… Read more
On the strength of 'Superscope''s heavyweight techno rollers, we suspect Clark's been hanging out in clubs a lot more recently. His first new material since the 'Iradelphic' (2012) LP swerves that album's fancier tendencies to go hard for the 'floor, especially with A-side 'Superscope', meshing sheer, ghoulish white noise shapes to a rude UK techno swagger somewhere between Regis and Beneath riddims. 'Riff Through The Fog' is more typical Clark, flush with tiered melodies and vaulted harmonics, but kitted to a rugged undertow of bouncing bass hits and intricate hi-hat play. Really good EP this.
They're bloody well back! The incognito garage producers launch a fresh Ital-Techno assault on the 'floor with their fifth - and possibly penultimate - single in this guise. There's three fearless bangers, taking in the adrenalised arpeggios and bruising kicks of 'Never Forget', the schranzy slam of 'Holzer Mane', and the wonky missile 'Hotline'.
**Hand-screened sleeves. Edition of 300** Proper outernational dub business from Algeria's El Mahdy Jr, Gulls, XJ, and Alter Echo, issued by Portland's Boomarm Nation. A mystic mesh of cultures and styles, 'Raï Dubs' was borne from El Mahdy Jr's twin passions for vintage Algerian Raï and deconstructed audio. Using samples sourced from cassettes and youtube, he twists out ghostly, elusive rhythms and woozy, melodica-like motifs around tight guitar licks and duppied wails in 'Disco Maghreb', which Alter Echo versions even further into the abstract with tumbling delays and swirling reverb. Fl… Read more
Purple jump-up gear from Swindle & Joker's 040 duo. 'Let It Be Known' brings a very UK mash of dubstep, West Coast G-Funk and dive-bombing synthline pressure; 'Minors' leans on a hyper-fruity funk sounds nodding to the excessive wares of Hud Mo and Rustie.
*New on Nicolas Jaar's 'Other People' label* "Several years ago, Valentin Stip was sitting alone by a harbour in the small French town where his parents grew up. “I heard all the sailing strings hit the masts, and I realized that every sound you hear is potentially music,” he says. “The only thing that makes sound into music is the mind, arranging it.” Since then, Valentin Stip has been building a bridge between the sounds that live inside and outside his head. On ‘Sigh’, the 21-year-old producer’s full-length debut on Other People, Stip organizes classical piano, lightly sputtering grooves and in… Read more