Thursday, 26 March
**Ships for April 6th Release Date** Following on from an extended period of silence broken by 2013’s "The Weighing of the Heart” album, Cécile Schott a.k.a. Colleen returns with the fantastic "Captain Of None”, without question the finest record of her career to date. It’s the second Colleen outing that features her own vocals, but this time round there is a heightened pop sensibility fuelled by an immersion in the works of Arthur Russell (and in particular Tim Lawrence’s excellent biography "Hold On to Your Dreams”), as well as an unexpected love of Jamaican music manifest here via her fir… Read more
**Trans red wax with fold-over two-sided print in clear poly sleeve - edition of 300 copies with download included** 'Abstraction' continues The Boats' industrial cycle with a remorseless instalment. Quite possibly the most potent of all their releases so far, it finds the usually gentle souls of Andrew Hargreaves and Craig Tattersall revealing what they get up to when no-one is listening -- you'd think they're out bothering fields and folding paper until the candles run out but, oh no, they're actually cranking out thunderous industrial beat-offs and dry stone walls of noise. This one is a me… Read more
A dream-team meeting of eminent Afro-futurists - for our money Actress' finest moment, bar none. OK, we're genuinely trying to sit on the hyperbole levels here but f**k that; this one is off the scale. Tackling the king of grime, Actress distills everything good about his oeuvre over the last 10 years or more - crooked metrics; THC-fuelled fuzz; bæroque melodies; that rarest late night s-p-i-c-e - inna collaged 7 minute masterpiece that floors us every time. It's like a scrambled Disengage transmission got lost in the æther, modulated with some Wiley on … Read more
**180g vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with poster and digital download code redeemable from the label. Unexpected new one from the hugely celebrated Canadian band. The amorphous, visceral and doom-laced mid-section is especially outstanding** "Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE) returns with its first single LP-length release since the group's earliest days in 1997-99. 'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress' clocks in at a succinct 40:23 and is arguably the most focused and best-sounding recording of the band's career. Working with sound engineer Greg Norman (Elect… Read more
Carl Michael Von Hausswolff and Martin Rössel posture a heavy techno-rock sound on the penultimate edition of Raster-Noton's Unun series. Effectively bringing the project full circle to Mika Vainio's earlier 'Vandal' EP, the Swedish veterans of avant-garde and pop swagger balls-out with the crushing lurch of 'Leibniz' before tacking to more experimental arrangements with mutant Balearic chug of 'Ramon Llull' and the convulsive croaks and drones of 'Calculus' warranting comparisons with Nick Klein or Emptyset.
Remarkable, processed vocal studies from Rome. 'Sintetizzatrice' is the first time Anna Caragnano & Donato Dozzy have worked together but you'd never tell. Their debut release features Anna's voice as the sole source, whisked, chopped and layered into an astonishing spectrum of styles touching on traditional Italian folk music as well as classical chamber music, kosmische and R&B. In stark contrast with the invasive tones of Florian Hecker's recent vocal studies, Dozzy deigns for a more heavenly form and accessible approach with differently transcendent results. Blooming … Read more
*Deluxe 2LP edition* Unexpected 4th album from the ever-elusive, ever-controversial Death Grips.
*Deluxe vinyl edition finally available* Björk comes to terms with the breakdown of a longterm relationship with some help from Arca, The Haxan Cloak, Antony and Spaces. It's arguably her most coherent and focused album since 'Vespertine' (2001), her vocals incredibly raw and emotional - understandably in the light of tragic, personal events - yet controlled with near operatic poise and matched by the waking-dream-like qualities of the production's skewed meter and tendencies toward keening, lushly expressive discord. It must be said that Arca really comes into his own here, expanding upon certain r… Read more
*Ships Friday* Luis Vasquez a.k.a. The Soft Moon nails his strongest, most-malleable take on post-punk/wave techno to date with third album, 'Deeper'. Since his last LP effort, 'Zeros', he's moved from Oakland, CA to Venice, Italy, with numerous raids on Berlin between. This has clearly influenced his sound, lending a more stringent focus and amped-up studio production ringing deeply true with his mix of formative influences; American EBM muscle and synthetic European emotions. It's kinda what we hoped the last Cold Cave album would sound like, before it went horribly wrong and Fernow scarpered. RIYL Silent Servant, Lust For Youth, Factory Floor.
**White-blobbed clear wax. Edition of 999 housed in matte sleeve** Oliver Ho's Broken English Club convene their 3rd 12" with a killer industrial 'floor show for Minimal Wave's Cititrax. Making a great entrance with the lupine howls, kinky thump and electrified fizz of 'Channel 83', he plugs in the dead-eyed EBM swagger of 'Local Violence' for pub closing times before coming across all An-I with the stern pump of 'Ritual Killing', and does acrid, Richard H. Kirk-style jak on 'Dry Cutting', replete with his own, numbed vocals.
Numbers tick one off the booty bucket list with this invaluable set of ghetto house classixxx by the original DJ Deeon. Almost as well appreciated in Glasgow as they are in Chicago, they include the awesome Arthur Russell-sampling freak of '2 B Free', the irresistible 'House-O-Matic', a ruff-ass R&B throw-down in 'Freak Like Me', plus a proper pounding in 'The 604'. For the strippers, for the street.
**2nd Edition** Hodge steps up to Hotline with two subtle, outstanding UK techno mutants. Carving a strong path forward from his Dnuos Ytivil 12", and preceding a killer Berceuse Heroique single, here he plays ruff and moody with the tape saturated tone and Afro-centric sleight-of-hip on his heavy roller, 'Mind Games' - imagine Auntie Flo on a darkside mission - whereas B-side 'Flashback' projects a canny mix of archaic, pastoral bleeps and full-sunked techno hydraulics seemingly rolling back and steaming forward at the same time. Class.
**2nd Edition** Proper bassbin warning shot from Bristol's baddest nu duo! Clearing space on the 'floor betwixt dancehall, funky and grime, 'Backchat' duly performs one of the duttiest winds we've heard in ages: ricochet rimshots, belly-pump subs and robo-ragga vox lock down the riddim while plaggy grime strings laminate the dance something buff. Shot in a couple of screeching old skool spinbacks and you're in genuinely dangerous territory. Flipside with 'Dubchat' they gut the whole ting, poppin' off semi-automatic snares and boosted 808 quakes on a slow/fast pivot somehow sounding like Rhythm & Sound gone on a crack rampage with Pinch. Massive platter. Champion sound!
Fierce debut of f*cked and trippy ghetto funk from 18 year-old producer Nidia Minaj. Hailing from south of Lisbon via Bordeaux, Nidia is in possession of a genuinely astonishing and exciting sound, concisely crammed with levels of detail, colour and ruggedest dancefloor funk that make other, older producers seem boring by comparison. There's eight absolute treats inside, from the lush bump of introduction, 'Afro' to the auto-tune gilded crush of ghetto-dance-pop in 'House Kaliente' featuring DJ Olifox, and the tussle of sweeping string motifs and clipped, swanging drums in 'Sentimentos'. We're ki… Read more
**Also includes Surface Tension mix CD** Silent Servant and Lili Schulder (51717) bring the darkside out of each other in 'Jealous God 06'. Both sides build on the most unheimlich elements of their respective releases, 'Negative Fascination' (Hospital Productions) and '0VUL' for Opal Tapes, or the cracking 'Shadowlust' LP with Svengalisghost for L.I.E.S. A-side, Lili's a spectral presence, whispering like a gynoid Cosey amid industrial ambient moires and queasy trudge. B-side, Silent Servant mutters bleak nothings thru his walkie talkie (?) dialled in from a lost highway. Includes mix CD by Surface Tension's Nihar Bahatt & Jason Polastri while stock lasts!
Electro-techno and breakbeat swagger from FaltyDL and Fotomachine (a.ka. PhOtOmachine) referencing 4Hero's classic Tom & Jerry Junglist whitelabel series. FaltyDL's 'Flesch' deals in scuttling rhythmic cyborganisms and scalpel-cut electro pulses lcaed with old skool NYC techno-house stabs; Fotomachine follows a remix for Four Tet's 'Crush' (from Beautiful Rewind) with an intricate weave of hardcore electro shocks and strobing synths.
Handy, extended mixes of 'Headless' and 'Rubber Tree' from Pearson Sound's eponymous debut LP, cut at 45rpm a side each by Matt Colton at Alchemy. In the 'Headless' version he conducts a longer seance with acephalic voices, strafing drones and sputtering kick/clap syncopation ripe for layering with other freakish constructions. With 'Rubber Tree' he taps a severely desiccated palette of drums and hollow bass into sparky, frictional swing coming off like Anthony Shakir at his maddest, most reduced.
Nice 'n nasty floor work from Bok Bok and his pal, Sweyn Jupiter. A-side, the Club Mix hits up a fresh blend of bouncing B-More/Jersey bass shot thru with late '80s/early '90s synth chords on a sophisticate swerve; B-side, the Sour Mix, eazes off on a halfstep roll, letting the drums and bass spark off each other in more open space, allowing room in the mix for a spot of synthy string romance. Sweet.
Idle Hands field a rich collection of ambient dub abstractions from Portland's prolific Paul Dickow in 'Seeds of Paradise'. With a wingspan of 8-tracks in forty minutes, he covers lush tropical interzones between the 4th world patter of 'Blackberry's Dream' to the phasing expanse of 'The Wet Room', taking in electroid sojourn, 'Virtual America', diaphanous pads in the gorgeous title track, and canny electro-acoustic timbres sorta recalling Rashad Becker's 'Music of Notional Species' in 'Wiggle Room'. A smart and refreshing set.
Strong old techno/house gold from the Parisian tape crypts of Iueke. 'Tape 5' yields a diverse trio of direct-to-tape recordings made in the early '90s, gently descending from padded kicks and cloudy kosmiche/new age vibes thru firm analogue house chug to the deliquescent ambient synth structures.
*Limited Edition LP run including a DVD of the film inside* "Dutch minimalist composer Jozef van Wissem’s score for this "non-narrative" film experience directed by Domingo Garcia-Huidobro of Föllakzoid. The film consists of appropriated 12-string electric guitar drone, black baroquelute mirror images, and minimal electronics. The packages includes the DVD and soundtrack LP together. Garcia-Huidobro is an aficionado of paranormal experiences. Partir to Live sees him attempting to reconstruct the previous moments of what could have been one … Read more
*180g gatefold 3LP (with a bonus 7 inch and download code) / 38 track compilation from Soundway, Includes previously unreleased first ever known recordings of Afrobeat legend - Fela Kuti* "In conjunction with compiler and highlife researcher Dr. Markus Coester, Soundway present a very special release - including a bonus 45 that features the two first ever recordings by a certain Fela Ransome Kuti with his band The Highlife Rakers. Recorded by Melodisc in London in 1960, both tracks have been unearthed after more than fifty … Read more
Glasgow's Mia Dora do it right in a quartet of sleazy house cuts for Optimo Trax. We're all over the delayed cowbells strung out over the darkroom jack of 'Un.sub', and could easily imagine embarrassing ourselves with some shuffling skills to the slinky rimshots and rumpy bass of 'Raw Kiss'. 'Et Elle Le Mien' brings the late night EBM/tribal flavour in style, and Mash lends a sexy vocal to the low-slung swing of 'Feathers'.
*Ships Friday* Dixon, Recondite, Tale Of Us and Dubfire tweak Plastikman's EX for the club. Dixon's 'Just A Different Mixdown Version' of 'EXhale' tenderises the tensile contours of the original with stacked acid harmonies and sweeping pads for proper dancefloor catharsis; Recondite clips and tucks 'EXplore' to an electroid shuffle with soaring breakdown; Tale Of Us concentrate 'EXpand' to a sort of whirring, bluesy tech-house for the first half, before turning into a Morricone-gone-to-Ibiza anthem; Dubfire plays the long game with a 13 minute take on 'EXposed' building to a panoramic trance-house peak.
**Includes digital download of both ‘The Silver Globe’ and ‘The Amber Light’** Like all good parables Jane Weaver’s sixth solo album, a concept album called ‘The Silver Globe’, is as multifaceted as it is beguiling. Part coming of age / part cautionary tale and part romantic paeon, this twelve track synth ridden post- apocalyptic prog pop opus is based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes and inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and refiltered past experiences. Written from the optimistic vantage of a long- standing female independent artist, … Read more
"From an unassuming, self-sufficient musical micro-industry in the north of England comes more finely tuned fastidious femme pop from Jane Weaver and her growing Bird Records imprint with a new split single available of vinyl and download this spring. Combining domestic synth pop with falsetto melodics and 10cc sounding prog pop arrangements in Don’t Take My Soul, Jane depicts a theatrical electronic pop character that fuses Kate Bush karaoke with a J-Pop Erykah Badu whilst retaining her own very distinctive songwriting, conjuri… Read more
"‘Carrie & Lowell’ is Sufjan Stevens' first album in almost 5 years and is somewhat of a return to the sparse, pared-back sounds of ‘Seven Swans’. While it sounds like a memory, it does not trade on pastiche or nostalgia. Each song begins with a fragile melody that gathers steam until it becomes nothing less than a modern hymn. The album accomplishes the rare thing that any art should achieve, particularly in these noisy and fragmented days - by seeking to understand, Sufjan makes us feel less alone…"
Scuba returns with his 4th solo album, 'Claustrophobia'. Penned in convalescence following a bout of illness during 2014, it reframes the Scuba sound with moodier lighting and literal existential heft implied by track titles such as 'Why You Feel So Low' and 'All I Think About Is Death'. Essentially it's Scuba's Health Goth album, appropriating some traces of the collaged designer sounds associated with Total Freedom/HBA/Tri Angle to a palette of big room techno and brooding IDM/electronica signatures, leaden with industrial-referencing field recordings, like the Whitehouse-esque 'Family Entert… Read more
Another strong issue from PPU, with Dwight Sykes & Jahari featuring two unreleased demo versions of "Fire and Desire" and the remastered studio version of "Situations".
Aybee reflects his Berlin environs in his killer first techno session. Elevating the BPMs from his usual house tempo causes an expansion of synth-layered atmospheres, blooming close to Terrence Dixon or DJ Qu-like minimalism with the subtly breathtaking flow and vibe of 'Metamorphosis', before shaking down to sinuous triplets in the mystic shimmy, 'The Sky Is Ours' and with grubbing bass and off-kilter chords reminding of Anthony Shakir in 'Centrifugal Seduction'.