Tuesday, 02 September
*Now available on Vinyl* In 'Saman' celebrated cellist Hildur Gudnadóttir returns to Touch with the dramatic follow-up to 'Leyfðu Ljósinu' (2012). The album's title, meaning "Together", symbolises the connection of Hildur's two primary instruments, her voice and cello, and the way they complement, contrast and mirror each other. The results are engrossing, a solemnly beautiful, at times heart-breaking suite of richly resonant cello and poised, pensile vocals including a gorgeous reprise of Icelandic hymn 'Heyr Himnasmiður', plus the plaintive beauty of 'Heima' featuring regul… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label, with digital only Lakker Remix**
Chicago's D'Marc Cantu at his most atmospheric, sci fi-inspired. 'Zone 4' was conceived as a singular release around the same time 'A New World' (2012) was produced. It finally arrives on Shaddock, involving a four-part narrative leading us from the scanning, slow-motion groove and epic synth strokes in 'Point Of Fracture' thru lush, dark house in 'Psychotronics', heavier electro on 'STS - 115', to the acid-driven jakk ov 'Zone 4'.
Monday, 01 September
**Peter Broderick and Yellow Swan Gabriel Saloman on this limited LP outing for new label Beacon Sound. Includes digital download code redeemable from the label. Recorded Oct 27 2013 at Type Foundry Studios, Portland, by Jason Powers. All music performed by Peter Broderick and Gabriel Saloman*
**Blue vinyl. Includes mix CD by Kerri LeBon and postcard insert** Muscular modular techno workouts from the French wave survivors for Jealous God - the label operated by Regis, Silent Servant and James Ruskin. It's a wicked survey of In Aeternam Vale's recent studio output - as opposed to Minimal Wave's archival finds - presenting a powerful industrial hip hop rhythm galvanised with acrid noise on the A-side, whereas the B-side pumps up two serious techno grooves with the frictionless 4/4 ballistics of '62,54hz', and the uncompromising old skool Sähkö styles of '808TS' showing the yung 'uns how it's done. RIYL Pan Sonic, Kim Rapatti.
*Includes a download code* A perfect candidate for L.I.E.S., Black Dice figurehead Eric Copeland follows the trajectory of his Post Present Medium and DFA sessions to some of his strongest dancefloor gear on 'Logo My Ego'. His loops are still sloppier than yer nana's sunday lunch but feel as though he's maybe given the carrots a trim especially for this platter. The five tracks bear a very similar approach to $hit & $hine's diesel-stained No wave disco (kinda kicking myself for not noticing that before), from the loose disco smut of 'Logo My Ego' and the bouncing, sweltering psych chug of … Read more
Reissue of André Brasseur's spooked-out disco obscurity from Belgium, 1979. Original copies now trade for triple figures, and understandably so. A proper gem, this.
Facsimile reissue - right down to the centre-label spelling mistake - of the Chicago acid classic by Pierre's Fantasy Club. Mickey's Mix and the warehouse slam of 'Acid Dreams' up top, backed with Ralphi Rosario's 'Wet Dream' version and acapella on the flip.
**Hand-stamped white label** (Steffi) Doms & (Martyn) Deykers indulage old skool breakbeat/house fantasies with 'Fonts For The People' on the latter's 3024 label. The title tracks' the one for us, twisting running man breaks and wobble-eyed synthlines on a big gnarly 'ardcore bass. Flipside, 'Penny's Groove' tweaks out some '92 Detroit style techno, and 'Tepper' tips out on a darkside electro flex.
UK & US ambassadors of ruff house go twos on a rugged pair of hardware bug-outs for Apron. Up top on 'Discipline', London's Funkineven and Detroit's Jay Daniel ride slamming kicks with off-kilter synth squelch and skanking chords, all sparked up with clustered claps and warehouse reverbs to make 'em scatter. Down below, they meet in the noirish 'Abyss' with skeletal, dubbed drum patterns hingeing on heavy subs and streaked with moody midnight sci-fi motifs. A wicked session from two of the dopest cats in the alley.
Thursday, 28 August
**Stunning new album from Milanese accelerationist Lorenzo Senni. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi, cut at D&M. Edition of 500 individually numbered copies with initial copies pressed on liquid gold wax** We're more than a bit gassed to pop the cork on Lorenzo Senni's thrilling, incisive new LP, the 10th release for Boomkat Editions. The conceptual sibling to his blinding 'Quantum Jelly' side for Editions Mego in 2012, 'Superimpositions' finds the Milan-based multi-disciplinary artist and owner of the brilliant Presto!? Records accelerating and evolving his idea of "Pointillistic Trance" -… Read more
*First Edition - 2 x 180g translucent blue vinyl records packaged in a gatefold jacket, inc colorful photos from the film and informative liner notes written by the composer as well as music critic, Michael Fremer who, at the time, served as the film’s music supervisor. Fremer also oversaw the Audio Fidelity mastering by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio working with the original master tape source for the first time since the initial release.* "Disney's video game crossover movie TRON was a notable landmark in the synthesis of electronic and traditional orchestral music. Wendy Ca… Read more
KILLER Ruffneck griot rap and tumbling mbalax from Senegal circa 1994: another stunning discovery by Awesome Tapes From Africa! Showcasing the remarkably fierce "taasu" - a form of oral poetry set to sabar and tama drums - style of Aby Ngana Diop, the undisputed "taasukat" of her generation, 'Liital' presents a shock of six cuts charged with ferocious talking drums, subtle DX7 tones, and Diop's stentorian call-and-response vocals. Whilst many of us have heard the mbalax style via classic recordings from Youssou N'Dour and even Mark Ernestus' Jeri-Jeri ensemble, we, for one, have never heard su… Read more
**Gatefold Stoughton-style jacket with obi-strip. Includes an exclusive bonus track unavailable on other formats** Doom rock's sandman, Dylan Carlson returns with Mark Lanegan (QOTSA) and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows) in tow for Earth's 7th full-length studio album. 'Primitive and Deadly' by name, it yields seven signature pieces of crushing, tectonic guitar chords leavened by poised vocals from the aforementioned, and augmented by Brett Netson ov Built To Spill's 2nd guitar. The addition of another axe, together with the extra vocals makes for a more proggy, psychedelic affair than their… Read more