Thursday, 18 September
*Deluxe 2LP edition includes printed inners and full download of the whole album when purchased* Lee Gamble jacks directly into a latent stream of electronic wonder with his dream-like 'Koch' opus for PAN. Running to 76 minutes over 16 tracks, it's Gamble's most substantial and arguably definitive work, following the beautifully effective 'Diversions 1994-1996' and 'Dutch Tvashar Plumes' releases for PAN in 2012. Where those records deconstructed the elusive, enigmatic timbre of '90s electronic dance music - jungle, techno, ambient - 'Koch' (pron. 'Cotch' - UK slang for relax) is a sort of 'Pataphys… Read more
*Initial copies on transparent vinyl - strictly limited to one copy per customer. Comes in a deluxe Gatefold Sleeve* Ahhh this one’s a real peach. Veering far from what we expected, ‘Games Have Rules’ is a brilliant late night excursion made in the spirit of classic Artificial Intelligence albums, instantly reminding us of that killer first Reaganz (Move D & Jonah Sharp) album from ’94 with it’s atmospheric soundscaping and nods to John Carpenter. In fact it’s not all that removed from the better end of the Fax/Rather Interesting catalogue - especially… Read more
**180g vinyl edition of 500** Precious, first ever vinyl reissue of Morton Subotnick's perilous dark side trip, 'The Wild Bull, originally released in 1968 following his seminal 'Silver Apples Of The Moon'. Based on an ancient Sumerian (now known as modern day Southern Iraq) poem, it's another visionary example of Subotnick's pioneering use of the Buchla modular system, perfectly demonstrating its then new-fangled sequencing abilities to explore fluid rhythm and pattern in a clean break from academic tradition's restrictive strategies of pitch and timbre. Now, nearl… Read more
**Gatefold jacket with liner notes in Greek and English** Athens-based Into The Light Records illuminate the sterling work of Greek composer George Theodorakis, son of legendary composer Mikis Theodorakis, who famously wrote the theme song for 'Zorba The Greek'. A prolific composer in his own right, George benefitted from access to an abundant studio - stacked with synths, 8-channel console, two pianos - at his family's idyllic home in the hills of Athens. And it was between there and the Theta Makrigianni studio which he recorded all the… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Soaring new age electronica from Londoner Jo Johnson - a co-organiser of the Plant43 club/label and former guitarist for riot grrl act, Huggy Bear. Taking flight on Seattle's Further Records, 'Weaving' pays tribute to myriad composers, from Alice Coltrane to Laurie Spiegel and arch minimalists, Steve Reich and Terry Riley, whilst also informed by an anthropological theory stating that musical ability predates language in humans. With that in mind, 'Weaving' works thru a starategy of ostensibly simple/primordial, and acutely mesmerising… Read more
**Processing orders - shipping Friday** **Deluxe Triple gatefold, printed inners. Includes download code redeemable from the label** In case you hadn't noticed, the gurning genius is back in a big way with 'Syro', his first new LP since 'Drukqs' (2001). Culled from his legendary trove of recordings, it's apparently "about a fifth" of what he's done in the last 10 years, "…one album out of many possible ones", according to his interview with Rolling Stone. After a couple of whizzes thru, we'd say it lands somewhere between 'Drukqs' and the Analord series of 2005 - no real surprises there, then - lean… Read more
Killer, free-wheeling house and electronica ruffed up by Italian anomaly Herva. His 2nd album for Delsin builds on the febrile examples of his debut album 'Meanwhile In Madland' and that wicked hook-up with Mass Prod for Kontra-Musik, shunting and shape-shifting ruffcut blocks of sampled sound into mutant grooves and off-kilter ambient headspace. It all feels like the bastard offspring of Anthony Shakir and Aphex Twin - shifted with twitchy sleight of hand to dizzying, kaleidoscopic effect. When he's kicking it out, as on 'Slam The Laptop' or the choppy skip of 'Jingle Memo Jingle' the resul… Read more
20 years since completion of their foundational 12" series, Basic Channel present a full 14 minute version of 'Q-Loop' backed with first ever vinyl cuts of 'Q 1.2' and 'Mutism' - previously found on the 'BCD' (1995) and Scion's 'Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks' releases. Need we say any more?
Check the kicks on this blighter! Karlist returns to Russian Torrent Versions with proper show of power, barrelling from a trancey 140bpm electro-techno pounder up top to a glum off-beat and an hypnotic techno tool on the turn.
The beast returneth on a one-sided pressing from the revived R&S. A legendary techno template, remastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy for optimised effect.
**Spotgloss jacket. Numbered, limited edition of 1000 w/ download code** Hot-tip, Suicideyear, bridges the gap betwixt Big Boi and Terry Riley in his debut album for Mexican Summer. Hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, James Prudhomme aka Suicideyear has crafted a gorgeously sensual, lucid hybrid of ATL trap beats and classic mid-late 20th century American minimalism, first heard in the 'Japan' mixtape, and now polished up with 'Remembrance'. We'd imagine this stuff to be like a iced-tea on the ears if heard in the humid climes of Louisiana and Florida where it was created, and equally… Read more
Reissue of Surgeon's debut template for hard-as-f**k Brummie techno, originally issued in 1994. We hardly need to tell any hard techno fans the history of this 12", but for everyone else it was released in 1995 on his pal Regis' Downwards label as Lino 06. It contains the stringent, scowling minimalism of 'Magneze' and the buck-wild Chicagoan styles of 'Move' on the A-side, backed with the slinkier, dub chord-driven 'Atol' and the thunderous attack of 'Argon' on the flip. P-r-o-p-e-r pounders.
Fiercely disciplined debut from Japan's Ueno Masaaki, presenting the 7th edition of Raster-Noton's Unun series. In four concise pieces, Masaaki articulates a unique style of techno apparently taking "his musical cue from natural phenomena and the laws of nature", and manifest in a chain reaction of hyper-ventilating rhythm and shifting percussive tone. In some respects, his minimalist efficiency and the evolution of his rhythms strongly remind of productions by Hungary's Gábor Lázár and Rotherham's Mark Fell, but the difference lies in his taste for saltier, scuffed drum hits and m… Read more
Nate Young (Wolf Eyes), Neil Hagerty (Howling Hex), Charles Ballas (Formant), and Alexander Moskos (Drainolith) scare the f**k outta each other as Dan'l Boone for Drag City. Dubbed-off metallic skronk is the plat du jour, eschewing owt obviously "noisy" in favour of angular structures tumbling drum machines, precise chunks of electric guitar and scrambled vocals with a fractured, digitised, industrial-collage lucidity that's way more psychedelic and brain scrambling than the rote, indulgent, snobby pish that certain people still try to pass off as "underground psychedelia". Nay, there's a vi… Read more
**White label pressure** Beneath on a badder one, back from sparking up his Misty label and a wicked 12" for PAN. Packing three body-bowling riddims, his 4th No Symbols session heaves the rolling torsion and exotic, discordant alarm stabs of 'Satya Yuga' across the A-side, backed with the mystic brass motifs and shivering percussion shackled to pendulous subs on 'Internal', and a mesmerising melodica swept up with agitated sub shapes in the heads-down rollige of 'Luisa'. Wicked stuff.
Liminal Sounds follow that deadly Air Max '97 plate with three grimy jungle and R&B mutations by Berlin's She's Drunk. 'Talk To Them' strikes out with a taut fusion of grimy bass pressure and split jungle breaks alloyed in airborne structures; flipside drops the quickstepping ragga wine-up 'The Wild Yard', and something a bit more unique with the cut-up, 'Mariah Believes'.
One of the UK's most outstanding, if underrated, techno producers returns on Skudge with two twisted dancefloor massages. 'Jaffa' is a real epic in the most classic sense of the word, patiently creating its own airspace where padded, offset dub techno groove gives rise to radiant chords, proper breakdown and the most sensuous, exotic string bloom in the 2nd half. This + a couple of garys and you're laughing. B-side 'Gate 2 Yesterday' plays a bit ruffer with prowling dub chords and hefty sub-bass whisked with nifty rim-shots and snares to enhance yr wiggly jack.
Pensive, kinetic dub techno from Newcastle/London's Blackhall & Bookless, backed with smart remixes by Virginia and Fred P. The Geordies' debut vinyl presents a muscular, driving sound well skooled in deep house and techno, yielding the adroit swerve and shimmy and cavernous dubbing of 'Kevins Spacey' and the tunnelling, puckered deep techno momentum of 'Morgans Freeman' for the dancers. Flipside, Panorama Bar associate Virginia gives a smoother, synth-licked Detroit house remix of the former, and Fred P turns the latter into a swinging, proggy piece of deep New York house.
*Ships Friday* **Coloured vinyl edition with a bonus 7-inch** Rocket Recordings pull out all the stops for Goat's keenly awaited follow-up to 'World Music'. With 'Commune' the Swedish troupe refine their classic sound to a slickly potent trip referencing all the right retro touchstones with all the barrelling drums, fuzzy, eastward-gazing guitars and free-wheeling solos you could hope for, cemented by those howling-from-the-cliff vocals. Rest assured you're getting the authentic luxury "psychedelic" experience - absolutely no messy bits or a longhair out of place. Can't argue with that, can you?
*Ships Friday* **Standard black vinyl edition** Rocket Recordings pull out all the stops for Goat's keenly awaited follow-up to 'World Music'. With 'Commune' the Swedish troupe refine their classic sound to a slickly potent trip referencing all the right retro touchstones with all the barrelling drums, fuzzy, eastward-gazing guitars and free-wheeling solos you could hope for, cemented by those howling-from-the-cliff vocals. Rest assured you're getting the authentic luxury "psychedelic" experience - absolutely no messy bits or a longhair out of place. Can't argue with that, can you?
Loser Edition - first run on coloured vinyl, includes download code redeemable from the label."J Mascis’ ‘Tied To A Star’, the follow up to his acclaimed Sub Pop debut ‘Several Shades Of Why’, is led by the songs ‘Every Morning’ and ‘Wide Awake’, was recorded and produced by Mascis and mixed by John Agnello at Bisquiteen in Amherst, MA. ‘Tied To A Star’ also features guest appearances from musicians Ken Maiuri, Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion) and Chan Marshall (Cat Power)."
Gritty but well mannered electronica from the Erased Tapes stable. Rival Consoles in control over six tracks of fuzzily motorik groove with uplifting arrangements ranging from the kosmische flutters of 'Sonne' to the ruddy slug of '3 Chords', thru the noisier, sun-dazed elation of 'Helios', spindly spectral trance notes in 'Haunt', and lovely, chiming electronica on 'Think Tank', or at best in the free-moving geometries of 'Recovery'.
**Hair-brained psych rock from Bristol's Paul Allen (The Heads), now joined by Gareth Turner and Jesse Webb (Big Naturals)** "in an era where the word 'psych' itself is fast being overused to the point of meaninglessness, there are certain seers who can always be relied upon to brandish an artistic insight into third-eye salvation that departs from its obsessive origins to offer trashed transcendence above and beyond the physical form. One such is Paul 'Prof' Allen, the mastermind of Anthroprophh, whose second album 'Outside The Circle' is a dizzying psychic voyage that exists in, ar… Read more
Brighton's Elizabeth Bernholz aka Gazelle Twin follows guest appearances for Alex Banks and Answer Code Request with a dramatic debut album of skewed electro-pop for Anti-Ghost Moon Ray Records. Her choice of previous collaborators gives a fair indication of her sound, but factor in additional production and mixing by analogue whizz-kid Benge, and connections with the likes of Scanner and John Foxx and you have abetter grasp of her queered, eldritch sound before you've even heard it. Between the crushed techno exoeskeleton of 'Unflesh', the woozy ambient pop of 'Anti Body', and the melting torc… Read more
*Includes a 54 minute bonus CD featuring 21 early live and demo recordings from 1981/82, preserved in the tape archive of Joy Division/New Order manager Rob Gretton. Among these priceless lost recordings are 7 songs never before heard even on bootlegs* Factory Benelux presents Testament, a comprehensive ‘best of’ collection by influential Scottish group The Wake, including tracks recorded for cult labels Factory and Sarah Records. The Wake formed in Glasgow in early 1981 after singer/guitarist Caesar left future pop stars Altered Images. Joined by Carolyn Allen (keyboards), Steven Allen … Read more
Groove Line Records kick off their Autumn series of properly licensed rare disco / funk reissues with Mother’s Finest “Dis Go Dis Way, Dis Go Dat Way.” Hailing from Macon, Georgia, Mother's Finest were certainly not just another Southern Funk/Rock group. Taken from their Another Mother Further LP and represented here in it's 12” disco form, “Dis Go Dis Way, Dis Go Dat Way,” released as a single in 1977, exemplifies their raw, danceable Funk/Rock sound, raising them above many of their contemporaries. A true force of nature “Dis Go...” opens with a full on, dyn… Read more
More radiophonical f**kery from Ekoplekz, deposited on Bob Bhamra's West Norwood Cassette Library. The 'Rock La Bibliotek' EP features six cuts of grubby analog utterance ranging from the marsh-troddin' Sarkaztik' to the dank chamber zones of 'Dropkone' on the A-side, and from plonging stepper 'Metronomik' to the eyrie ritual of 'Ekztatik' on the other.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label. Blown-out, kosmiche psych-pop** "As the title infers, there is a ‘cosmic’ quality to Pulsars e Quasars – in a sense, it draws a link to his earlier Cosmic Synth work, albeit reclaiming and redefining it in a Pop songwriting context. Opener “Suns” sets the tone. And it glows. A bracing current of electricity, it’s a slate–cleaner, an improvised transmission capturing the group sound of this temporary ensemble in motion. “Pulsars e Quasars”, the title–track and mini–album’s first single, is a lysergic rush, a kaleidoscopic bite of psy… Read more
**Housed in screen-printed wraparound jacket. Individually numbered edition of 550** A gloomy industrial-pop dispatch from Ade Newton's Clock DVA via his Anterrior Research Media Comm label. 'The Konstruktor' takes shape as a strung-out electro-steppers' groove voiced by Newton on the A-side; 'Re-Kabaret 13' is more focussed on the 'floor with steely, Teutonic techno minimalism and processed voices comparable with recent Heinrich Mueller aktions.