Thursday, 05 December
**Hand-stamped Transparent vinyl pressing, one-sided 12", mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Earlier on this year Andy Stott found himself playing on the same bill as New York “Heavy Metal hoarders” Batillus. Despite operating in completely different spheres, Batillus had been playing ‘Luxury Problems’, Stott’s most recent album, on their tourbus and suggested a remix. The result is pressed up on this one-sided 12”, a deadly reduction that pitches the original down into the abyss, sounding unlike anything we've heard from him before, growing from static drones into a kno… Read more
*Fourth instalment in this ongoing series, initial copies on transparent coloured vinyl, includes an insert with artwork by Alex Solman and handstamped sleeves* Searing, tormented darkside f**kery from Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty’s Demdike Stare on their rinse and run Testpressing series. On the A-side ‘Fail’ is a slowly descending panic attack of pealing hi-end frequencies and impending bass doom reaching a pit of noisy no return. On the flip, ‘Null Results’ bruks loose with a scything jungle attack; frantic 16th note hi-hats and cone-crumpling subs laced with a rudeboy mentasm to incite warehouse capoeira. Come test.
Rafael Anton Irisarri (aka The Sight Below) returns with a breathtaking suite of ambient panoramas bathed in tape noise, pressed in a limited run by the Room 40 label. It's an album that recalls some out-and-out scene classics, from Xela's lush 'For Frosty Mornings And Summer Nights' to Shuttle 358's much-overlooked 'Frame' and, at some points, the most desolate moments from Aphex Twin's 'Selected Ambient Works Vol.II'. The album was apparently inspired by the true story of the Salton Sea and is a follow-up to the acclaimed “The North Bend”, further developin… Read more
**140g wax in silk-screened PVC sleeve, mastered and cut by Rashad Becker, artwork by Steven Warwick and Bill Kouligas in typically gorgeous PAN packaging including a printed inner sleeve** Steven Warwick aka Heatsick cocks a unique and compelling perspective on contemporary dance music with his bold follow-up to 'Intersex', a gorgeous, layered work that those of you into DJ Sprinkles should check out without delay. Now woven with leaner dancefloor muscle, the deeply funked views of 'Re-Engineering' are characterised by the artist as a "cybernetic poem". We can take this quite literally in hi… Read more
Another incredible, growling session from ex Wolf Eyes dude Aaron Dilloway on this limited Japanese pressing - 250 copies only made. 'The Beauty Bath' catches Dilloway at his most reduced and intriguing. It follows his former bandmate Nate Young's 'Regression Vol. 3' CD on the same label with a selection of quietly expressive, haptic tape compositions as crude as they are beautifully simple. Like experiencing a magical episode of sleep paralysis, Dilloway's tactile and patient approach holds us close and still with what could be the teasing whistles of poltergeist and the murmurs of EV… Read more
Madteo returns to Morphine Records half a decade after they first introduced him with 'Memoria'. In stark contrast to last year's amazing 'Noi Na' Lp and the 'Strumpetocracy' 12" for Nuearth Kitchen, it sounds like the machines/computer's barely hanging in there long enough to do their thang. A-side, 'Insider' marks a pocked bleep coda countered with wormy bass , evading any kind of easily gratifying "drop" in favour of intricate psychedelic patterning which works a treat. B-side, 'Hiding Hand Principle' feels like an illicit recording of some ritual you weren't meant to be privy to; hushed voices in… Read more
**Clear vinyl with prime Powell remix plus bonus mix CD by Ning Nong and postcard in poly sleeve** Second helping from Silent Servant on Jealous God, backed with a cracking Powell remix. Following his recent production assistance with the Vatican Shadow project and a handful of remixes in 2013, Juan Mendez aka Silent Servant plays ice cool with the low key swagger and noirish minimal wave atmosphere and voices of 'Lust Abandon' sounding like a prime offcut from his stunning 'Negative Fascination' LP. In contrast, Powell's reconstruction incorporates slivers of the orig… Read more
After a pair of real killer EP's last year (both of them making it to our top 100 singles of 2012), Tri Angle present the label debut from FIS on his 'Preparations' EP. FIS has evolved a unique mutation of core D&B electronics with a shocking sense of rhythm structure and abstract texturing resulting in those mind-blowing records for Exit and close Kiwi pals, Samurai Horo, in the last few years. For Tri Angle, he offers up a necessary reissue of his aerobic-mystic modern classic, 'DMT Usher' - which now fetches mad money 2nd hand - backed with three exclusive new forms: the crushing/crushed geometri… Read more
The leftfield legend of the Hessle and Hemlock labels ramps up his oddball experimental credentials with perhaps his most eyebrow-raising release yet. The aptly named 'Punters Step Out' features a drop that will have you questioning your sanity. We won't spoil the surprise by describing it (just listen), but suffice to say that Joe turns it into the weirdest dancehall outing you've ever been lead to with promises that everything will be fine if you remain calm. The other side, 'Club Scared,' is a mad post-modern minimal house number that makes you wonder whether the track itself is talking to you (it is).
Having been active in the underground with smaller offerings and his North Carolina label Hot Releases for four years, multi-instrumentalist Ryan Martin finally has a longplayer to his name with this diverse and intriguing collection of lo-fi landscapes. Martin mixes delicate songcraft and acoustic strumming with a tabletop cosmos of synths, or follows raindrops of guitar and keys falling in free-rhythm by rocking out in the red. Inner contrasts are explored when folky chords are paired intriguingly with harsh drum-machine hits as if from early eighties minimal wave… Read more
**Blue vinyl edition, includes fold out poster** Conny Plank's notorious and highly sought-after collaboration with Can's Holger Czukay gets the deluxe reissue treatment by Grönland nearly thirty years since it was last available. In 1980 the über-producer and long-time spar Czukay indulged their darkest sonic fantasies on a self-released two track maxi that's since become the cherished preserve of heads in the know. This reissue features the incredible studio processing of Holger's voice set to plonging bass and insectoid percussions in 'Biomutanten' and the even sparser concrè… Read more
**Deluxe boxset including 3 x single sided vinyl in printed inners and trifold 10" jacket with cut-out mobile** Conny Plank's notorious and highly sought-after collaboration with Can's Holger Czukay gets the deluxe reissue treatment by Grönland nearly thirty years since it was last available. In 1980 the über-producer and long-time spar Czukay indulged their darkest sonic fantasies on a self-released two track maxi that's since become the cherished preserve of heads in the know. This package features the incredible studio processing of Holger's voice set to plonging bass and i… Read more
**The Finders Keepers bloodhound deserves a steak for sniffing out Alwin Nikolais' 1959 LP of recordings for dance** "Choreosonics was the name of the music for the choreography of Alwin Nikolais – a unique theatre exposition that was described in the late 50s as “the new theatre of shape, motion, light and sound.” In 1953 Nikolais attracted people interested in new art to his dance concerts at the Henry Street Playhouse in New York City. In these concerts dancers became colourful motivating sources for sculptural shapes; moving in changing … Read more
Remarkable reissue of Pierre Henry's super-obscure soundtrack to d'Henri Decoin's horror flick, 'Maléfices' (1962), backed with extracts from the better-known 'Orphée Ballet' (1962) and 'Mariage De La Feuille Et Du Cliche' (1958). Manifesting Finders Keepers' current fascination with early electronics, this release represents some of the finest discoveries in their already considerable catalogue; a captivating synergy of experimental process and cinematic purpose which comes recommended to fans of vintage horror and early concrète, using white noise for wind against a 'marish backdrop of scree… Read more
Three diverse, mystic house jams from the L.I.E.S. gadge. A-side he spills the muggy thud, hieroglyphic hook and time-stretching phasers of 'Capri Social'; flip it for the slowly unfolding drones and rippling percussive patter of 'Haitian Priest' and the EBM techno banger, 'Goetz'.
**Green and yellow duck vinyl housed in heavyweight casebound tip on jacket with 4 page booklet of liner notes by Stephen Thrower and Nick Percival** "The score to the notorious banned in many countries Lucio Fulci video nasty is a revelation tracks such as ‘New York One More Night ‘ mix disco funk and latin to striking effect while slower tracks such as ‘The Ripper’ manage to capture the sleazy pre disney clean up of New York perfectly with their moody sax breaks and 42nd street atmosphere."
Kamau Baaqi aka Darling Farah goes grittier as Farah for Don't Be Afraid. His first release since that string of aces culminating in his 'Body' LP in 2012 is a darker, druggier session of hardware workouts budging between the dry, minimal technohouse of 'Cloudy Apple' to the pensile, ghostly R&B house of 'Speak On The Spotlight' to an MGUN-like exercise in a brain-freeze delays on 'Lockhead', and the dusty, bobbling dub-house skank of 'Pieced Apart'.
**Rigid boxset contains 4 x LPs with individual jackets plus hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** V-O-D grant a rare window of opportunity to survey the outlying soundscapes of extreme sonic cartographer Andrew McKenzie's Hafler Trio in this astonishing boxset. Whilst a fringe concern to most but the hardiest of electronic music travellers, The Hafler Trio have persistently explored the parameters of minimalist sound since the early '80s, funnily enough first as a duo between McKenzie and a Chris Watson fresh outta Cabaret Voltaire, and ever since as McKenzie… Read more
**Rigid 4LP box + bonus 7". White vinyl edition of 200 with liner notes** V-O-D reissue of some of the earliest work by Hamburg's synth music pioneer, Asmus Tietchens, on vinyl for the first time, some 30 odd years after they were originally issued as four super-limited tapes on YHR between 1981 - 1983. Schooled in the mathematically sound electronic composition techniques of Karlheinz Stockhausen, and looking for a future beyond Krautrock's seemingly infinite horizons, Asmus Tietchens' music mapped vectors for distant sounds as yet unheard when he wrote the music on 4K7 between 1975-197. Despite… Read more
**Rigid boxset housing 3 x LPs, liner notes and art insert** V-O-D document the terrifying early work of dark ambient pioneer Brian "Lustmord" Williams with this brace of remastered works including his sought after debut, previously unreleased recordings and a collaboration with Coil's John Balance. To best understand Lustmord's primitive, early provocations it's perhaps necessary to depict the context of their creation - located on the edge of the Snowdonia national park in North Wales during the late '70s surrounded by the dynamite tremors of Penrhyn, the UK's largest s… Read more
**Amazing set featuring rarities from Chris & Cosey, Nurse With Wound, Test Dept, Attrition, Colin Potter, Muslimgauze, Ian Boddy, Portion Control, Legendary Pink Dots, Smegma, Conrad Schnitzler and much more** Rigid boxset containing 5 x LPs with individual jackets plus liner notes and hand-numbered certificate. edition of 500** Thirty years after it was first released, V-O-D give a vinyl life to the≈companied by passionate and enlightening sleeve notes by former Staalplaat staff and industrial knowledge, Frans De Waard, it more o… Read more
Kowton breaks down grime, house and techno down to the barest essentials on the 2nd shot from his Pale Fire label. On 'H-Street' he ruffs up the classic Eski template with his signature white-noise snares synched to gut-punch subs and sirens to make a seething, lip-bitingly tight racket. With 'Helsinki Sunrise' he drops the tempo to a bashy house swagger laced with machine gun snares and the nastiest, knotted subs. TIP!
Bristol bassbin pressure from Batu with two heavyweight shoulder rollers on Livity Sound's backwards imprint. 'Spooked' cuts in line with that Beneath sound, squeezing woozy bass below rattled, offset drums inna dank tribal chamber dub sound. Flipside, 'Clarity (Dismantled)' brings noisier claps and tumbling drums to the table, all meshed with metallic drones and swooping subs for a drunken tribalist swagger.
Team Doyobi return with more digitally damaged breaks and quivering, glitchy synth music. Volume 2 presents a continuous barrage of pixelated explosions and implosions, music alternately small and cute enough to stroke in the palms of your hand and fierce enough to give it the odd chomp. But even within the pocket-monster digital framework there are some spectacular vistas, such as 'Parallax Avenues' and 'Azure Systems,' where solo SNES melodies and sweeping harmonies combine into something modestly mighty. Another fun, detailed and well-made adventure with Team Doyobi.
Mutant electronica from Turin, Italy's Daniele Mana aka Vaghe Stelle, backed with BAT's murky remix refraction and a future-primitive Gand Of Ducks version. As with his excellent 'Out Of Body' EP for Danse Noir, Vaghe's original tracks fall outside any pre-ordained genre, preferring to let his imagination run free in the dark from the off world R&B romance of '4th Hope' to the pneumatic grime and lushly discordant trance sensations of '8th Hope', and something like a radioactive mutation of Saharan cellphone anthem on '10th Hope', thru to the Ferraro-esque '11th Hope'. The Best Available Tec… Read more
The prolific Parisian youth goes dark, raw and heavy on the latest for his ClekClekBoom label. With 'machine' he gives a grottier take on the hyper-sparse sounds of the Night Slugs crew, coating distorted bass and cowbells with a patina of melted bleeps and white noise to rugged effect for dancer and DJ. B-side 'Bug Noticed' bangs a bumpy techno tattoo laced with nasty atonal synthline and streaked with wraithe-like mentasm licks.
One of our favourite labels, Hundebiss, serves the cinematic debut from Milanese duo, Jim C. Nedd and Matteo Pit. The label's description of 'Problems' hits their sound square between the eyes, "…4 long tracks which bring to mind Coil playing a form of ominous Balearic Terminator Music." Gloomy megatropolis synth vistas open out to majestic pre-cog visions of a dystopian future sound. There's certainly an element of James Ferraro's slyly surreal ambiguity to the Massive Attack-style raps in opener, 'Elevaciòn', whilst 'Problems' comes off like Fever Ray gone cyber-skank, and the Michael Mann-i… Read more
**One-sided pressing** Wobbly triplet driven welter from Redshape. There's one track here and it's all you need to kill any crowd worth playing for, building a mouldalting head of acid pumped by powerful kicks and spun off axis with tripping cross-rhythms, all optimised with that Redshape tocuh.
Hood at his best on home-brewed M-Plant label. A-side he rides roughshod with corrosive, glancing hi-hats and escalating chords powered with rollicking bass; flipside plays deeper before unleashing a lip-bitingly mean metallic synthline morphing into a tribal trance-out.
The UK's psych-rock ringleaders, Rocket Recordings, celebrate 15 years with an eclectic selection drawn from established roster heroes (Gnod, Goat, Teeth Of The Sea), relative unknowns (Uran), friends ($hit & $hine), and faves (The Lay Llamas). There's twelve tracks total, the best of which are Gnod's rave-rattling 'Holy Empire' droner, $hit & $hine's fuzzed-up one chord f**ckery, 'Please Don't Share', and a tripped-out earworm from Cherrystones called 'Cats Cradle'.