Thursday, 20 November
*Vinyl Edition of 500 copies, first 200 pressed on Gold Wax, mastered and cut by Matt Colton* Marc Richter is a bit of a musical chameleon, operating at the cusp of experimental music for many years at the helm of the Dekorder label and via his excellent Black To Comm project. His last album for the Type label, 2009’s excellent 'Alphabet 1968’ perhaps didn't quite get the attention it undoubtedly deserved, but it still stands out as one of the most oddly memorable drone-ambient albums we’ve heard this last decade, vaguely tapping into the Hauntological zeitgeist of the day b… Read more
*Mastered by DJ Sotofett of Sex Tags Mania with Artwork by Will Bankhead of TTT* Much needed Vinyl edition of Madteo's killer Trilogy Tapes cassette from 2012. For this version the tracks have been edited and remastered for vinyl, clocking in at about 40 minutes of slow, heady and Narcotic warehouse variants done like no other... Tipped!!!
**White Vinyl** Killer, Pitch perfect coldwave zinger from Sweden's Veil Of Light, fitting right in the shadows between authentic '80s gloom and a modern hankering for wavey romance. The material here could have come straight out of a box of tapes stashed away in 1982 and recently discovered by the Blackest Ever Black or Downwards crew, but the quality of production and songwriting is right up there employing classic industrial, minimal wave and post-punk tropes to finest effect. Highly Recommended!
Following an appearance on last week’s excellent ‘Weightless’ comp for Mumdance and Logos’ Different Circles label, recent Tri Angle signee Rabit returns with another stone-cold killer, his first release for the Soundman Chronicles label. His productions have managed to stand out in a new generation of producers who are re-imagining the old template of grime and rehashing it into a style which is fresh without sounding nostalgic. This new EP was an opportunity for Rabit to explore different sonic textures which still worked within the label’s spacious aesthetic, including 4 new productions which… Read more
Lars T C F Holdhus follows one of the very best releases of the new millenium so far, the 'Untitled' tape for YYAA, with another cryptic future-shock, his 1st for Liberation Technologies. Continuing a trajectory away from the calculated dance mash-ups of his now-defunct Cracksmurf alias, this project and mini-album is based on a whole other algorithmic strategy, rendering densely coded formulae into utterly mind-boggling and synaesthetically affective compositions. Once you've heard his music and done a little research into his academic background and visual practice - he studied at Frankfurt's f… Read more
"Gunnar Haslam returns to LIES for his second album, Mirrors and Copulation. Following a slew of 12" releases this year, Gunnar delves deep into his darkest palettes for a return to his patient, haunted soundscapes that shrouded his debut LP, Mimesiak. Across eight tracks of ambient techno both brooding and tumultuous, Haslam unravels a narrative on overpopulation and its potential environmental ramifications inspired by the Borges quote the album title references. "Meter By Me, Sybil" cascades arpeggios through a thick fog that never leaves Mirrors. "Ajapajapam Version" cuts th… Read more
O B Ignitt returns with his Obonit imprint. A doozy of an EP, Ignitt serves up his last Reese Cup on the A side, while Omar S gives us a mix of Ignitt's own "Let It Do What It Does". Perfecto.
Lawrence returns with a new album for Mule Musiq, produced on the road over the last couple of years and then edited back in his backyard studio in hamburg. It’s a sweetly ambient affair in the fine tradition of classic Artificial Intelligence productions, with the title track itself providing a knowing nod to the iconic Selected Ambient Works material. Elsewhere, 'Nowhere Is A Place’ harks black to classic B12 and early Black Dog productions, while ‘Simmer’ situates itself somewhere between the sort of thing the 12k label were releasing back in the mid noughties and Pete Namlook’s most h… Read more
**Orange Vinyl** The Mods are back, this time on Geoff Barrow's Invada label with the brooding 'Tiswas EP'. Naming their latest record after a '70s kids TV show, the duo are sorta showing their age here, but thanks to Jason's hungry delivery and Andrew's ascetic production they safely swerve any accusations of retrogression to continue forging a unique mix of punk rock spittle and hip hop swagger. This reviewer wasn't even born when Tiswas was on the telly, but I can definitely recognise their distaste for the stagnant, immovable English establishment of their generation, from … Read more
**Yellow Vinyl** The Mods are back, this time on Geoff Barrow's Invada label with the brooding 'Tiswas EP'. Naming their latest record after a '70s kids TV show, the duo are sorta showing their age here, but thanks to Jason's hungry delivery and Andrew's ascetic production they safely swerve any accusations of retrogression to continue forging a unique mix of punk rock spittle and hip hop swagger. This reviewer wasn't even born when Tiswas was on the telly, but I can definitely recognise their distaste for the stagnant, immovable English establishment of their generation, from … Read more
Clay Ruby lays Burial Hex to rest with his amazing final record in this guise, 'The Hierophant'. Extant since 2007, Burial Hex has consistently revitalised and morphed black metal and gothic sounds over the course of countless tapes, CDrs and vinyl releases up to now, notably including an acclaimed split with Zola Jesus for Aurora Borealis, and the 'In Psychic Defense' for Sound of Cobra which still receives heavy rotation in our office to this day. Thanks to a rare appreciation of technoid rhythms and ambient electronics, Burial Hex's records have long stood out from the often blinkered a… Read more
*Gorgeous foil-blocked sleeve* Been a lot of buzz around Avalon Emerson in recent months, with this new EP for Spring Theory offering her finest productions yet following a move from San Francisco to Berlin. "Let Me Love & Steal,” is Emerson's heaviest cut to date, picking up with a similar sample-driven heft as her past two releases. The Triple Scorpio Mix is a stripped down retooling of the original that rounds the vocal sample into a wash of sonic colors that lets the percussion come forward and take centre stage. Incorporating a little more techno propulsion, it transforms itsel… Read more
Neana makes his Night Slugs debut with two huge bootlegs. Both sides showcase the young producer's unique style, melding Grime, Ballroom beats and the NS Club Constructions manifesto into a new club sound of all his own
**White Vinyl** Oh yes - first ever official vinyl pressing of one of the most influential and revered Hip Hop albums of the last decade, produced by Neptunes** In the 4 years after The Clipse dropped their sophomore classic Lord Willin’ the duo was able to build a legacy that had fans hungry for new material. After the smoke cleared and they hit the studio the Virginia brothers recorded the confidently mature sophomore effort, Hell Hath No Fury. Best known for their unconventional radio smash “Grindin’,” Clipse are no strangers to taking risks with the boundary-push… Read more
*Limited edition LP in a full-color gatefold jacket with photos and liner notes* "The first live recording ever issued of legendary Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid and his group. These tracks were recorded live in Australia in 1981 - only days before Omar's tragic death. Stunning instrumental Arabic classics featuring electric guitar, organ, bass, drums & percussion. This is the first live concert recording ever issued of legendary Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid and his group. It features tracks recorded during his 1981 tour of Australia, including live version… Read more
*First vinyl pressing in over 25 years of this classic soundtrack, pressed up on limited Clear Vinyl with artwork by contemporary fine artist LG White, with printed inners* "By 1987, Simon Boswell had already contributed fantastic music and songs to Dario Argento’s ‘Phe- nomena’ and scored all of Lamberto Bava’s ‘Demoni II’. When it came to hiring a composer for ‘Stage Fright’, Simon came highly recommended and was my first choice. ‘Stage Fright’ (aka ‘Aquarius’, ‘Deliria’ and ‘Bloody Bird’), was my first feature-length movie and has always held a s… Read more
*Limited edition LP comes in a tip-on jacket with a two-sided insert with liner notes and photos. Field recordings from Bengal Province, India and the lowlands of Bangladesh, recorded and researched by Moushumi Bhowmik and Sukanta Majumdar* The Travelling Archive is a journey through the folk music of Bengal. It is run by Calcutta-based Bengali singer, writer and researcher, Moushumi Bhowmik, and sound recordist and sound designer, Sukanta Majumdar. They have been making field recordings… Read more
*180g orange with black splatter vinyl plus free download* Drew Lustman aka FaltyDL returns armed with a new 8-track mini album. From the moody chug of ‘Greater Antilles VIP’ - appearing in its original unedited glory - to Lustman’s own bruk beatdown version ‘Do Me’ (“This one is for the kids” he says), the palette here is as rich and diverse as on ‘In The Wild’. The reworks come direct from Lustman’s extended musical family - Planet Mu boss Mike Paradinas (aka μ-Ziq), Blueberry Records’ very own Brrd and the mighty E+E.
Tracky ballroom techno bangers from a feverish new talent, NPLGNN on the consistently brilliant Where To Now? label. We'd argue this is one of their strongest releases to date; a fearlessly stripped down and effective set of 'floor tools mixing a rugged old skool sensibility and romance with an uncompromisingly upfront sense of efficiency. 'Acid UFO' deploys bouncing kicks and splashing acid with a murderous swerve, whilst the two parts of 'Variance' tessellate the drum patterns of grime, jersey and ballroom beats with OG, brute Chicago class, whereas 'K' consolidates the essence of early Detroit, Belgian and UK hardcore with the canniest nerve. Highly recommended!
*Murcof returns with a new collaboration with Erik Truffaz, with a special artwork by Enki Bilal* "Swiss trumpeter Erik Truffaz has worked with Mexican born sound artist Murcof (originally Fernando Corona) since 2006 when they worked as a trio with Talvin Singh. That fruitful relationship brought together Truffaz’s investment in modern jazz (he has been that archetypal thing, a Blue Note artist), a sharp ear for the new discoveries of contemporary composers like Giya Kancheli and others in the eclectic world of new music, and developed a creative conversation with the world of … Read more
Helena Hauff returns with another Bunker-indebeted transmission, this time for Lux Rec. It's a good fit around the label's previous releases from Murphy Jax, Jared Wilson and Echo 106. Good stuff.
*Previously unreleased soundtrack - vinyl includes full length DVD of the original movie. Music by Roland Barker (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Blackouts) and Bill Rieflin (Ministry, King Crimson, Blackouts). Remastered from the original 24-track recordings* "Orpheus' journey to the underworld is reworked as a post-apocalyptic skate rock-opera in this 1989 cult classic. The mortal world faces imminent destruction when Hades unleashes an evil television signal that sublimates and kills its viewers. These hypnotic broadcasts from the EUTHANASIA BROADCAST NETWORK are seducing the masses… Read more
"Captured Tracks is pleased to present the Stockholm Monsters full catalogue in this special vinyl only reissue. Formed in Manchester in 1980, Stockholm Monsters were signed with Factory Records in 1981. Discovered at a show in Manchester when the band was still teens, New Order's Peter Hook took the young band under his wing and went on to produce the majority of the band's catalogue, under the alias Be Music. Their first single, "Fairy Tales", didn't appear until 1982, due to the tardiness of the songs producer Martin Hannett. Drawing early praise from influential … Read more
Big room thunder from UK survivor Mark Broom, backed with a stripped, insistent Edit Select dub. Broom pulls out his best kicks and some patiently developed drones to raise the roof with a blistering noise finale, Edit Select duly temper to a monotone, shark-eyed pounder.
"Ubre Blanca return with their second release for Clan Destine after the amazing Polygon Mountain EP. Continuing with their obsessions of 70's and 80's horror and B movie soundtracks, synth sounds and live drums, Joel Stone (ex Shitdisco) and Andy Brown (ex Divorce, Remember! Remember!) bring deliver a more evolved sound featuring a heady mix of full-on synth and drums, mixed with some more atmospheric pieces bringing to mind old cinematic masterpieces like Cannibal Holocaust mixed with Miami Vice. Worth mentioning also is the striking cover art, hand painted in oils by Joel."
**Cristian Vogel gets down like few others on his dub-wise, cerebral follow-up to 'The Inertials' for Shitkatapult** "‘Polyphonic Beings’ begins with a surprisingly dub track which twists and turns, the sounds growing darker and more unexpected from track to track, minute by minute. An eerie and unbelievable sound, with all as it should be: every reverb tail, every movement of the fader, every composed note takes the listener piece by piece into Vogel’s own cosmos. He foregoes interwoven elements for swaying towers of rhythm, powerful sound passages, spaces, roads, mirrors and pathw… Read more
**Special double set of COH’s TO BEAT album (released previously as CD) featuring exclusive remixes by Matmos, JG Thirwell, John Parish, Ryuchi Sakamoto and Drew McDowall. Vinyl only. No digital** 'To Beat' is surely the most accessible album in CoH's long and illustrious catalogue of extreme electronic music. It picks up right where 'RETRO-2038' left off on 'Method As Fun' by keenly focussing on the aesthetics of pure sinewaves and rhythm. Like some origami high master, the Swedish-based Russian producer folds and layers sheer tones into pulsing, spitting waves of rhythmic and melodic en… Read more
Flighty junglist rollers from Bristol's Eveson. 'Archangel' harks back to vintage Commix and Marcus Intalex liqud styles with smooth amens runnin' off plush subs and soul-dizzy vocals. 'Tempest' is a sweeter mixture of dreamy vocal washes and manicured breakbeats.
*24bit / 96kHz remastering from original 1/4” tapes with liner notes by Jessica Hundley interviewing Barbara, plus rare archive photographs. Pressed on 180gram LP housed in an expanded deluxe Stoughton gatefold “Tip-On” jacket* "To be a woman singing your own blues and soul songs in 1960s Texas was a rare thing. To do so while brandishing a left-handed Stratocaster and bashing out hard-edged licks was even rarer. Yet that’s just what Barbara Lynn did, inspired by Guitar Slim, Jimmy Reed, Elvis Presley and Brenda Lee. And it was a hit: her 1962 debut single, “You’ll Lose A Good Thin… Read more
"Fresh batch of funky, folky and psychedelic tropical bangers from the deep vaults of Discos Fuentes (and its other properties, Tropical and Machuca). As previously stated in the first volume of this series, the term 'Afrosound' is an invented concept appropriated from Discos Fuentes. If the term seems a bit vague or slippery, rest assured that with this second instalment you will come closer to understanding the Afrosound aesthetic. You'll also grow to appreciate the diversity and unpredictability of talent under the Fuentes umbrella. Afrosound is used to denote a thrilling … Read more