Thursday, 16 April
**Limited edition of 500. Initial copies on peach and turquoise wax. Mastered by Matt Colton** Type reach inside the box to present Nochexxx's newest devilment of Drexciyan electro and grubby bleeps, 'Plot 'Defender'. Steadfast at the fringes and fronds of UK electronica since the late '90s, Dave Henson a.k.a. Nochexxx has previously done the do for Ramp Recordings and Actress' Werk Discs over the last few years, forging a sort of eldritch, radiophonic cyberpunk that frankly sound like f**k-all out there. OK there are plenty of artists working with cranky, heatsick synth and drum machines rig… Read more
**New edition of this absolute classic in a new sleeve** This post-revolution Iranian album from 1985 is so ahead of its time, so completely off on its own sonically and stylistically - that you'd be forgiven for thinking it were a hoax. In reality it's one of the most sought-after and exceptional records from the Smithsonian Folkways catalogue, here brought back to life in this facsimile edition put together by the Dead Cert imprint. Until now, it's been the preserve of a small handful of collectors who rightly hold it in huge regard and close to thei… Read more
**Strictly Limited White 7" flexi disc with bonus 18 minute track download redeemable from the label - 30 minutes total** Northumberland's Alt.vinyl serve a spectral flexidisc spin-off from :zoviet*france: and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project's 'Patina Pooling' (2014) album. Presented on the perfect, malleable format for their rusted ambient ruminations, 'Flexible Pooling' embraces the flexi disc's infidelities, using its proneness to erosion to convey an ever-changing meaning to the music within, much the same way that the album it was spawned from was susceptible to intentional "dama… Read more
**2LP in a gatefold sleeve with DVD and digital download code redeemable from the label - Rob Aiki Lowe re-appears alongside French synth voyager Ariel Kalma with quite possibly the finest release on RVNG yet following that killer side for Type a couple of years back. Highly recommended!* The FRKWYS series has a tendency to turn out some really inspired unions, and this ranks among their best. Recorded just outside of Mullimbimby, a remote community on the eastern Australian coast, it marks a pineal, inter-generational journey aligning Kal… Read more
*Deluxe / Expanded Box Set featuring a bonus 12" of remixes from Girl Unit, Jam City, Nguzunguzu, and Kingdom Kelela's world-taking 'Cut 4 Me' (2013) mixtape blooms from 13 to 22 tracks, augmented with dramatic new remixes and riddims from Jam City, Neana, Kingdom, Mike Q, Massacooramaan… Y'all know what the sublime original sounds like so let's skip fwd: Jam City entirely overhauls 'Keep It Cool' with a smoother sorta tension; Kingdom resets 'Enemy' with a low-riding ballroom swagger; Mike Q ramps the spare Jam City mix of 'Cherry Coffee' with flash and bolshy ballroom flair; 'Go All Night' … Read more
Another brilliant slab of viscous yet sparky house nostalgia from Andrew Morrison a.k.a. The Cyclist. In a crowded scene of tape-smudge explorers The Cyclist leads the peloton by virtue of his fudgy funk flex and knack for memorable melodic hooks. It's earned him much praise to date from the likes of Fact magazine among others, and is set to increase his credits with the 'Hot House EP', spooling from deep-fried Nu Groove skank-house styles in 'Heart Of Stone', thru the blues-worn charm of 'Hot House' and the loosely tribal dreams of 'Aurora (Shortwave Mix)', to a melting, slow-mo highlight wit… Read more
**Gorgeous double-sided silk-screened sleeves designed by Cosmo Knex** Wafting outta Amsterdam, one half of Juju & Jordash Jordan GCZ trips a spaceways house vibe on Rush Hour's superb 'No' Label. On the A-side's 'Lushlyfe Slap' he takes all the time he needs to tease a lather of blips, chiming keys and curdled synth around a deliquescent, beckoning bassline. B-side, he lets 'Lushlyfe' soar eastwards with silvery flutes and ascendant drones illuminating the way for a jagged motorik pulse and refractive harmonies, where 'Lushlyfe Birds' releases a menagerie of modular motifs describing avian motion with a calligraphic freehand. Aye, it's lush, alright.
Soundstream returns with a trio of signature disco edits to light up the 'floor. The practically peerless loop-master heralds the summer dancing season with a kinky bomb named 'Bass Affairs' upstairs, tickling lithe cowbells and rustling shakers until a chopped 'n oily bass slicks the groove proper and subtle string pads provide a heady highpoint. Go below the belt and the B-side brings up a filtered winner with show-stopping bass drops in 'Sweep Magic' beside the spangled delights of 'Starstrike'.
Marcel Dettmann compiles aces from Anthony Parasole, Kobosil, Milton Bradley, Norman Nodge, Answer Code Request and his good self for MDR.
**Exceptional psych-o-tronic trips for fans of Mordant Music, Bellows, The Stranger or BEB!** Berlin's Another Dark Age label claim an idiosyncratic nether ground with LST's aleatoric enigma, 'The Duo'. Staking a unique position just behind the ear, right at the back of your bonce, Melbourne's Tarquin Manek (a.k.a. half of BEB's Tarcar) quietly mines his very own "lo-sci-fi" style in this series of nine corrupted memory implants meshing frayed nerves and fragmented, extra-terrestrial frequencies. The process of 'Th Duo''s creation, junked together from recordings made on mobile phones and micro cassettes… Read more
**Limited White vinyl edition of** Bolt the doors and board your windows: The Zombi Anthology is finally out there! Thee most sought-after work by Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra's infamous duo is presented on wax for the first time, summoning their earliest work circa 2001 off a self-released CDr, collected together with their subsequent 'Twilight Sentinel' EP, written for a tour with Providence, RI's Daughters in 2003. This is arguably some of their strongest material, bar none, hence it's been in demand ever since. It captures the duo first really coming to terms with their horror score ob… Read more
**Edition of 400** Charlemagne Palestine 'Bell Studies' is a record that brings tremendous joy to our day. Recorded circa 1965 by the august composer on the 26-bell carillon of Taylor bells at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 53rd Street and 5th Avenue, NYC, during his seven year stint of playing them every day from 15 years old until he left to study and teach at CalArts in 1970. Earning him the nickname, the Quasimodo of midtown NYC, these sessions attracted a seminal and diverse crowd of fans, including Moondog, John Cage and Tony Conrad and likely hundreds, if not thousands m… Read more
**Sonic Youth's foundational 1985 second album, finally reissued. Includes download code with four bonus tracks, redeemable from the label** "Sonic Youth’s second full-length LP Bad Moon Rising was originally released on Homestead and Blast First in 1985. The album is a fascinating examination of “the junction where hippie idealism [meets] the cold hard world,” says guitarist Lee Ranaldo, “where Woodstock [meets] Altamont-Death Valley, Charles Manson, Brian Wilson, musicians, murderers, heroes and villains.” Its original eight-song tapestry of droning guitar feedback, distant cla… Read more
Denmark's Damien Dubrovnik return to Alter with a 2nd LP of studied noise prurience. "Copenhagen-based industrial duo Damien Dubrovnik (aka Posh Isolation founders Loke Rahbek and Christian Stadsgaard) follow up 2013's First Burning Attraction (ALT 008LP) with Vegas Fountain. Rahbek and Stadsgaard have continued to be consistently busy as label bosses but even more so as artists, performing more frequently worldwide and building a reputation for their fierce and powerful live show. They have also continued to hone their craft in the studio and found a working rhythm in which their li… Read more
Absolute panic in the darnce with Royal-T's relentless shoot-'em-up starring P Money and Footsie. Landing 4 years since his last solo 12" on Butterz, 'Shotta' hears the South Coast's dopest grime producer stick to a simple and deadly effective formula, crafting an entire riddim outta guncocks and shots. It's maybe not recommended for dogs or those of a nervous disposition but, the vocalists are undoubtedly in their element, P Money blazing bars from the hip and Footsie coming off like a proper hungry gunman. To counter the violence, he tests out a more sensitive side in the pensile, Reese-loaded 4… Read more
A bounty of booty house holy grails and footwork protoypes from the vault of RP Boo! Planet Mu done so, so good here, linking with the godfather of footwork to tell it how it was in Chicago between the late '90s and early '00s. Starting up with the straight-up slam of 'Baby Come on' - reputedly the 1st ever footwork track - it goes on to correct the history books with the Godzilla-sampling '02-52-03', itself a remix of his own, monstrous '11-47-99' which, until now, has been erroneously attributed to DJ Slugo, beside the ghetto ballistics of 'Party Motion' (1998) and a trio of heavy-booty-hitt… Read more
*Deluxe tip-on gatefold sleeve with colour insert featuring an interview with director Jörg Buttgereit, liner notes from Hermann Kopp, Daktari Lorenz and Franz Rodenkirchen & bonus 7" containing five extra tracks* "Nekromantik is known to be frequently controversial, banned in a number of countries, and has become an international cult film over the years due to its transgressive subject matter and audacious imagery. Daktari Lorenz, Hermann Kopp & John Boy Walton make up the holy trio of composers called upon by film maker Jörg Buttgereit. Between… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** The amorphous mass of Gnod indulge their definition of psychedelia in the nearly two hour-long session of 'Infinity Machines' for Rocket Recordings. Since their last major group release, 'Ingnodwetrust' (2011), they showed much promise by largely ditching guitars and swerving toward all-out electronics and nuanced songwriting in their component units - 'Gnod Presents.. Dwellings & Druss', Negra Branca's 'N B' - but here they return to a more-is-more approach, roping in crucial additions from Sam Weaver (modular electronics) and David MacLea… Read more
*Edition of 350 copies of this mysterious 1982 cassette masterpiece by Amos and Crew from the It's War Boys catalogue available now on LP. Remastered from the original tapes by Amos himself! Recorded in Tokyo, Japan on Mr Shiota’s old four track cassette in Mr Kitamura’s kitchen in sporadic three day binge* **Dizzying crackpot pop cassette from UK-via-Japan circa 1982. Reissued vinyl edition of 365 copies with 4-page colour insert** "Existing exactly mid-way between the dropping of the atomic bomb and the time a moment ago when you opened this insensibly incendiary package, the throwaway aesthe… Read more
Gunnar Wendell a.k.a. Kassem Mosse gets his electro grind on with the first Paid Reach 7". Working in far less defined territory than usual, both sides give room for his experimental tendencies to explore singular ideas. 'Fair Trade Dark' toils an austere, blunted bleep groove sounding something like one of Sleeparchive's Civil Defence Programme dispatches, whereas the B-side - in what is a first to our eyes, at least - runs a reverse 7" vinyl cut of the backwards groove, 'Colddrinksinreverse'.
Proper ruffneck slam-jams from NPLGNN for Phonica's promising new OKNO imprint. '1925' arrives 6 months or so after the Napolitan artist ran amok in the ballroom with 'Sigma / Tau' for Where To Now?, which piqued the attention of everyone from Ben UFO to Low Jack in the process. For this session he keeps the bugged-out production values intact, but switches to a more rave-nous style, cold killing it with a sizzling acid brukbeat twyst called 'Ravers Are Still Living' on the A-side, before pulling out his chewiest kicks, flinty hi-hats and railgun claps for the B-side's 'Break On The Rhythm', and brin… Read more
Back once again for TTT, DJ Spider & Marshallito conduct three tribal New York techno rituals. On the A-side they uproot the soiled and soggy shunt of 'Nuclear Winter', matching what sounds like ancient Latin tongues with marching rhythms and mystic jazz samples, and a more blunted take on Industrial Strength styles with 'Geiger Counter'. B-side is best of all though, pulling off a proper early '90s NYC sound with the zipping rave stabs and warehouse thunder of 'Zero Point'.
Intoxicating Rasta dub biz from the Wareika Hills, Jamaica, via the desk of Jackson Bailey's Tapes in London. Still hot from his reggae-pop standout on Workshop 21, he furnishes two versions of The Wareika Hill Sounds' 'Datura', getting to grips with funde, repeta and bass drums in a heads-down session licked with guitar and flute by Kenrick Diggory. Now that Honest Jon's mention Keith Hudson in their write-up, it's so easy to imagine his husky croon floating over the 'Datura Mystic' mix, however, the dub is really summat else; a rocking swirl of recursive drums recorded right on the biting point, and nowt but. It's a killer!!!
*Gatefold Red 2LP with digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "The meaning of dreams usually stays hidden in stacks of abstract layers, obscuring their essence in surreal and bizarre imagery. Exploring the depths of our subconscious, they lead us from stories of lighthearted innocence to our most gruesome ghastly fantasies, making us live through multiple scenarios each and every night. While in sleeping-state, we are at our most vulnerable and at a total loss of control over mind and body. At the same time, we feel most free and safe during REM, with none of our worldly worries… Read more
Horny, jazzy Balearic house from Liverpool's Jemmy. Tghe dubbed out brass and lithe jack of 'Hierotrip' marks their debut release, backed with a subtly swinging Mark E remix and a dusted, quirky remix extension by Wareika.
**Limited edition red/silver vinyl in gatefold jacket** Sub Rosa present the first survey of André Strodeur's pioneering experiments in modular synthesis with 'Analog and Digital Electronic Music 1978-80'. This, the abridged version of a comprehensive 3CD collection, scans his output circa 1978-80 when he worked with an EMS AKS, 8 voice Oberheim SEM-1, plus special software developed for the Compucolor II computer, and a 16 channel mixing console driving 8 Klipsch loudspeakers in octophony. Stordeur describes the pieces: "on '18 Days' - With this recording I… Read more
Heady Balearic house and breakbeat trips backed with a drippin' Call Super remix. Sunao Gonno at the controls on the A-side, rubbing up a creamy lather of progressive synths and padded, whirring groove for fans of Soichi Terada in 'Obscurant', and breezy kosmic breaks in 'A Life With Clarinet'. But, arguably the one to check for is Call Super's B-side mix, where he melts the spine of 'Obscurant' in pure liquid MDMA vibes.
Shawhin Izaddoost aka VVV returns with his finest material yet on this 6-track EP for Hush Hush. The sound here is heavily indebted to Burial, but the vocal arrangements provide a flash of brilliance, making this a recommended listen to those of you enamoured by those amazing Arca productions for FKA Twigs.
FXHE twist the lines again with a unique session from John F.M. mixed and edited by the bossman, Omar-S. From the vocal intro to the stumbling groove and blossoming, instinctive synth arrangement, the A-side's 'Where My Roots Lie (A New Detroit Anthem)' is one of those tech-soul joints that could only come from the 313, and much the same could be said for the much ruffer tech-soul drive of 'White Churches Be Like' on the B-side. But, it's left to 'Solace 322' to deliver a sucker punch of blues-dripping soul surprisingly laced with natty 8-bit synth goodnuss. TIPPED!
Ace, diverse follow-up session to Jared Wilson's debut double pack, 'Ghost Miners'. He's really vibing out on this one, getting all fruity and moody with the cascading keys and strafing black synth shapes layered over over '6', and containuing to pursue the Detroit techno dragon, albeit at a slower hosue tempo, with the brooding kink of '7' into a swinging B-side cut that almost mirrors the chord progressions from Mills' 'If (We)' (sorry, no vocal), and checking out with a skizzo warehouse banger.