Wednesday, 23 April
Konstantinos Soublis aka Fluxion follows Type's reissue of his classic 'Vibrant Forms' with this set of buoyant dub house riddims recorded in New York for Echocord and starring reggae vocalist, Teddy Selassie. Taking clear inspiration from the seminal precedents of Main Street and Rhythm & Sound, Fluxion gives the Tikiman-alike Teddy Selassie a plush suite of stepping, skanking riddims rent with widescreen dub techno atmospheres, oscillating back and forth between lean, fluidly 4/4 instrumental steppers and dread-heavy future roots styles topped by the achingly mellifluous vocal… Read more
Livity Sound (Pev, Kowton & Asusu) hand two riddims to Ghost 202 (Ron Morelli and Svengalisghost) and Beneath for darker, tuffened remixes. The L.I.E.S. crew spill a tarry but brilliantly bristling industrial techno groove across the A-side cued up for the boggle-eyed 5am crew. Beneath locks down to some patented swing jack business on the B-side, punctuating a proper dread rollers riddim with snappy claps, bouncing toms and stomach-churning subs. Killer DJ tackle.
**Gatefold jacket - Vinyl Edition** Fourteen years after his abstract pop landmark, 'Endless Summer', Christian Fennesz presents its conceptual companion, 'Bécs' on Editions Mego. He's released a good few albums and collaborative projects in the interim, perhaps most notably the expansive, drone-based 'Black Sea' (2008), and the Fenn O'Berg albums with Jim O'Rourke and Peter Rehberg, but none quite as accessible and ambitious as this one. Taking its title from the Hungarian word for his home city, Vienna, 'Bécs' (pronounced 'baeetch') also features additional modular synth from Cédric Stevens (Acid Kirk… Read more
Huntleys + Palmers supplement the Latin-flavoured club sounds of Auntie Flo and Alejandro Paz with this tasty tune from Carolina Paz of Santiago, Chile. Classic 80s dance-pop sounds bring out its decent hook, and a remix from South American house star Ana Helder seals the deal with technical prowess and creativity.
Weight dread halfstep standards from the Kiwi crew on Mala's Deep Medi label. The floating cirrus synths, lonely sax line and plunging subs of '30,000ft' were conceived whilst mid-air , and 'Gangsters' rolls to a proper, minimalist halfstep sound favoured by Youngsta. 'Trenchtown' puts a heavy foot forward with rocking bassline and cold drums laced with virulant mentasm, and 'Lucid' returns to more tranquil heights with a misty-eyed mid-'90s jungle sensibility.
Subeena Plamenova aka Alis turns out two techno trax for Fifth Wall backed with Ital and Matrixxman remixes. 'Apache' skanks and swings on an airborne techno coda buoyed by plush synth arrangement and restless percussion beside the firmly grounded acid attack of 'Modus'. On the flip, Ital turns 'Apache' inside out with a delirious flux of delays and warehouse reverbs and Matrixxman licks up the same cut with raging power surge mentasms and kinky drums.
Yung Bristolian, Facta, takes to Idle Hands with a personalised brand of 130bpm bass darkness, beefed with a fine Hodge hook-up. Much like Beneath, Batu or Kowton, he's adapted the dank dread space and groove pressure of classic dubstep, garage and dub techno to a lean, viscous new format built for brooding in front of big soundsystems. His 'Tungsten' solo joint is a case in point, patterning minimalist, skanking rhythms with coarse textures, slivers of dawning light and a skunk-hazed mumble (maybe Tricky?) in a mesmerising groove that could last twice as long and not lose our attention. B-side, he t… Read more
'Ardcore-sparked and moody, melodic house cuts fresh outta Leeeeds and backed with a Trevino remix. The one to check is the schizoid 'Mirdad' which can't decide if it's a slick 4/4 roller or a lip-bitingly breakbeat hardcore tune, and settles for something right down the middle. His 'Pledge' groove is a canny mix of almost synth-pop styled melody and laidback UK house, which gets a straighter remix by Trevino, and 'I Love Me' sets a swinging New Jersey coda for the buffed up, wife-beater and backwards 5-panel narcissists.
Happa and Manni Dee go for the jugular on two brutalist techno missiles for Rob Booth's Electronic Explorations. Under the Habits Of Hate aegis, the Leeds/Brighton-based axis of evil twists out a raging piece of broken 4/4 recalling BMB at their most slavering with the dubbled kicks and crushing breakbeat deviations of 'Limelight Roles'. B-side 'A Rebel From The Waist Down' shots blistered techno from the hip with ravenous steppers' techno patterns and napalmed noise textures. Riot music.
Taut, lean UK Bass/house movers on Lobster Boy's label. 'Bodywork' plays for the big rooms and gully basements with grunting bass heft leavened by a strained soul vocal snatch and swinging drums. 'Electro Funk Massacre' is ruder, riding muscular Boddika-style electro bass and clipped, precise drums.
Tuesday, 22 April
*Please note initial stock has sold out - more copies are due approx April 28th* **Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Mica Levi ov Micachu and The Shapes presents an outstanding original soundtrack for Jonathan Glazer's acclaimed alien stalker-in-Glasgow flick, 'Under The Skin'. Abstract in the extreme, especially for such a relatively mainstream production starring a major Hollywood actress (Scarlett Johansson), Mica Levi's soundtrack really impresses with an uncompromising orchestration of tense, discordant strings, muffled percussions and froz… Read more
**Includes print & CD** "The follow up to songbird Liz Green’s rapturously received debut ‘O, Devotion!, Recorded at London’s Toe Rag Studio with producer Liam Watson, Liz’s sophomore album displays an array of sounds and styles, from the ‘drone-blues’ of ‘Battle’ to the sea shanty title track. In a departure from its predecessor, ‘Haul Away!’ sees Liz bringing the piano to the forefront, influenced by such artists as Thelonius Monk and Nina Simone. Artwork designed and conceived by Liz herself, including the iconic cover image. Includes self-styled single and ‘wonky circus tune’ ‘Where The River Don’t Flow’, a jaunty dance of life and death."
Monday, 21 April
Gosh this one's a treat: Peter Zummo's beautiful 'Lateral Pass' (1985) suite starring Arthur Russell makes its first appearance on (180g) vinyl in its entirety! The practically symbiotic downtown duo of trombone player/composer Zummo and maverick cellist/singer Russell recorded the 23 minute piece along with Bill Ruyle (marimba and tabla), Guy Klucevsek (accordion), and Mustafa Ahmed (percussion and marimba) at the behest of the Trisha Brown Dance Company in september 1985, resulting in one of Zummo and Russell's most celebrated collaborations 'Song IV (Quintet)', which w… Read more
Thursday, 17 April
*Incredible album of oblique Batucada/Techno Hybrids - new on Hospital Productions, initial copies on transparent green Wax* Nicolò Fortuni and Nico Vascellari's flamboyant Ninos Du Brasil battery make their Hospital Productions debut with an infectious blend of bespoke Batucada rhythms, techno and punk in 'Novos Mistérios'. It's a perfectly inappropriate release for Dominick Fernow aka Prurient's label, bound to baffle the purists and incite the dance in equal measures. Pairing carnivalesque percussive rituals with the slinky contours of stripped techno and a deeply engrained punk se… Read more
Deeply enigmatic house from southside Chitown '89 rescued from cassette tape by Theo Parrish's Sound Signature label. Chronologically, this session would have proceeded Leron Carson's brilliant 'Red Lightbulb Theory '87-'88', which was also reissued by the label a few years ago (oh sh*t, five years ago?!) and stylistically charts similar, mysterious house terrain, this time with his pal Dion Wilson. A-side they put down the kicks and kinky 727 drums for an attuned display of kaotic harmonies and virtuosic acid squiggle bound to blow some minds 25 years later; B-side they arrive… Read more
Kassem Mosse brings his surprise debut album to land with minimal fuss or fanfare on Workshop. In case you don't know, Kassem is responsible for some of the finest, most definitive techno-house productions of the last decade, racking up soulful, forward-facing anthems for FXHE, Trilogy Tapes and Nonplus and, of course Berlin's Workshop, which remain firm favourites in myriad DJs boxes. For his low-key debut album, he sticks to the shadows and the eerier, sensual spaces between house, techno and electronica, finding a graded mid-ground between midnight Detroit beatdown and European electronic… Read more
Devastating bruk house badness from the inimitable Dave Huismans for Will Bankhead's Trilogy Tapes. This is ostensibly some of the straightest dancefloor material in the considerable AMUS cache, but beneath the surface lies some of the canniest, whirring groove mechanics totally primed for dancers and DJs with abilities. A-side 'Fortress (The Hague, 2005)' slams out a proper Shake-style Detroit groove kinked with coiled drums, mad trills and freaky samples, before 'Caustic Network' slips down a few gears to a 105bpm chug tricked with frothy acid wiggle. B-side, the pendulous 'Kovaxxxt' show… Read more
Killer, free-styling machine dub murderers from the incognito Itinerant Dubs duo. Both sides are loose, whacked-out riddim trips rubbing traces of hip hop and weird, wavey electronics into skeletal steppers' frameworks. The longer side, 'Non Material Space' weighs up a sparse, rocking machine rhythm with dippy scratches, rub-a-dub bassline and off-kilter vocal to waist-charming effect, whilst the flipside fires the stepping techno dub of 'Last Snare (1st Mix)' coming off like some mad Shake or Pepe Braddock groove, before easing off with the juggled FX of 'Dub Echo'. Flash it!
*Fourth limited edition, self-released 7" from Kim Deal!* So this one's a total treat for Breeders obsessives - the A-side here 'The Root' seems to basically revolve around the same chords that made 1992's "Don't Call Home' such a total fxcking classic - except with completely reworked chorus and lyrics - it's a total gem. While we're at it actually - the Safari EP never seems to get mentioned that much but, jeez - isn't it just an absolute masterpiece? Anyway, the B-side 'Range on Castle' finds Kim in a more countrified and contemplative mood, it's almost like the last 20 years never happened… Read more
Highly impressive new developments from Ben Vida, featuring percussive virtuoso Tyondai Braxton, and vocals by Sara Magenheimer. The latest in a hot streak of intriguing Vida releases for PAN, Alku, and Future Audio Graphics, 'Slipping Control' derives from a text piece 'Tztztztzt Î Í Í….' which he wrote and was subsequently published as a book by Shelter Press. Using the text as a score or source material, much like Florian Hecker's recent works with Reza Negarastani, and Markus Schmickler & Julian Rohrhuber's 'Politiken Der Frequenz' LP, Vida processes the recitations in varying Control P… Read more
Finland's Kim Ripatti aka Mono Junk returns in a serious way with this monstrous warehouse session for the Skudge White series. Since the release of his incredible 'Channel B' 12" the analogue fetishising producer's been noticeably absent from the release schedule, save the odd 12" here and there. Safe to say, he's back in force, charging up a droning darkside acid missile titled 'Electric Chair' on the A-side, and an effective industrial juggernaut named 'Jupiter Acid' on the flip, plus two other more melodic numbers. It's f**king life-affirming stuff.
**White vinyl. Edition of 500** Matt Hill dons his Umberto costume for an extended revision of 'The Child', backed with a disco-readied Silvio remix. The extended version sustains the noirish Giallo / Carpenter vibes for 12 minutes with slow bass throbs and cold, chilling synth atmospheres and Silvio's mix steps up a gear for a more fluid, slinky dancefloor momentum embellished with spaciously layered synthlines for sexy midnight effect.