Thursday, 21 May
**PAN manage to coax out the first new Errorsmith release in 11 years - and in collab with Mark Fell no less - making for one of the deadliest and best twelves you'll hear this year. Vinyl mastered and cut by Rashad at D&M, artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas** PAN plays home to the return of pioneering composer Erik Wiegand a.k.a. Errorsmith - in collaboration with anterior artist Mark Fell, no less - for his first release in eleven years! Technically, it's not the first time that these two have worked together - Fell put Wiegand's Razor software to stunning use in the … Read more
**Yellow vinyl with iDEAL acid smiley sticker in thick poly jacket** Invasive psychoacoustic acid killer from EVOL for the sympathetic freaks at Sweden's iDEAL. Continuing a pursuit of altered states induced by pure frequency manipulation, 'Purple Melters' is the fourth work in a series that started with 'Proper Headshrinker' (Editions Mego, 2013) and will also see release on Diagonal later this year. Essentially, it's acid house without the house, drilling down to the 303's micro phase variations and psychedelic sleight-of-mind conjuring a sense of movement from ostensibly static phrases. Grant… Read more
'Fridge Trax Plus' compiles Editions Mego's pivotal first ever release with the successive 'Live and Final Fridge' to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the label's existence. Back in 1995, along with the output of Warp and Sähkö, these trax marked a bold progression of electronic music towards the convergence of dance music dynamics and experimental abstraction, paving the way for a whole generation of artists to follow in their wake. Transforming recordings made inside a fridge into humming ambient drones, swarming noise clusters and sparking techno pulses, they're genuinely gro… Read more
*Absolutely incredible album - this is the definitive remastered edition with extensive liner notes* In the pantheon of electronic music Terry Riley's 'A Rainbow In Curved Air' adorns a pedestal front and centre. Taking inspiration from Hindustani classical music and the jazz techniques of Bill Evans and John Coltrane before him, Riley's minimalist psychedelic masterpiece can claim a direct influence on generations of musicians ever since, from the likes of Brian Eno at one end of the scale, right through to Oneohtrix Point Never or Emeralds at the other. This "definit… Read more
*Vinyl Edition Finally Available* Alva Noto beautifully exchanges austerity for cinematographic lushness with the remarkably widescreen 3rd volume in his 'Xerrox' series. Inspired by private, formative influences such as 'La Isla Misteriosa y el Capitán' - based on Jules Verne's 'The Mysterious Island' - and Tarvosky's screen adaptation of 'Solaris', he uses the self-designed Xerrox software to transpose early, ingenuous feelings of awe and wonder into innovative, intimate atmospheres and dynamic soundscapes. In keeping with the series' focus on "using the process of copying as a basis", and … Read more
**Gatefold double LP** Arch techno-conceptualist Thomas Brinkmann presents his most intriguing solo outing yet with the abstract sound structures of 'What You Hear (Is What You Hear)' for Editions Mego. In an attempt to detach himself and his art from any concrete descriptors and also camouflage the intent behind these tracks, Brinkmann offers a greyscale of electronic fundamentals largely devoid of his patented minimalist rhythm trickery or discernible melody, allowing the music to do the talking and make us poor sods work harder to describe what he's doing. Thing i… Read more
Luke Abbott coins his Buffalo Temple label with the cracked serenity of 'Music For A Landscape'. His 3rd album, an original soundtrack to 'The Goob', also doubles up as a canny lead-on from 'Wysing Forest' (2014), pursuing that LP's sonic psychogeographic themes from Cambridgeshire to his home ends in Norfolk, also the location for filming of 'The Goob'. Incorporating richly scenic field recordings of insects provided by Chris Watson and Anna Bertmark (to be clear, they provided the sounds, not the insects), the albums gently unfolds with the s… Read more
**Includes multi-format download code** Welcome return from Christelle Gualdi a.k.a. Stellar Om Source with a quartet of razor-cut acid jams for RVNG INTL. Putting a keen spin on original Belgian, Detroit and Chicago rave styles, her restless 'Nite-Glo' trax are heavily infectious dancefloor exercises, whether emulating OG Phuture with a lick of extra-effective rimshot tickles in 'Sudden', or ripping like some Jack Rabbit joint in the slamming 'Never', whilst 'Live' proves her efficiency with Beltram-esque mentasm techno and 'Sure' fires like a choice Eric van den Broek number.
Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ presents an expression of survival in the face of extinction with When's elaborate concrète tribute to The Black Death, or Svartedauen, which wiped out two-thirds of the Norwegian population within a few years after 1349 AD. Prompted by a series of grim drawings on the subject by Theodor Kittelson - one of Norway's most renowned artists, who is also responsible for a number of classic Burzum album artworks - 'The Black Death' was, perhaps understandably, a firm favourite with Norway's burgeoning Black Metal scene upon release in the summer of 1992, offering a … Read more
Pure icy grime burns from Iglew with a killer debut on Mr. Mitch's Gobstopper. As he admits, Iglew only recently experienced bass from a proper soundsystem, and, as such, approaches the genre from a relative outsider perspective. No matter though, as he's clearly developed an acute melodic instinct in the absence of physical pressure, and has clearly caught up with soundsystem dynamics since. Anyway, his 'Urban Myth' EP is straight up killer; a slick lesson in economy of production and emotion, with heart-in-mouth effect in the title track's weightless zone of flutes and slyding squares contrasting… Read more
Thore Pfeiffer makes his maiden voyage on Kompakt's Pop Ambient artist album series. Hand-picked for the job by Wolfgang Voigt (a.k.a. Gas etc.), Pfeiffer's 'Im Blickfeld' follows Leandro Fresca's inaugural edition with a feather-light moire of panning pads and quiet ambient thought bubbles owing much to the original Pop Ambient aesthetic whilst also gently refreshing its now well-established memes. Rather than any grand, layered statements, Pfeiffer exhales wispy chords and airborne chimes in a smoky mesh of tones and phrases, forging intangible structures somewhere between the elusive … Read more
The London/Bristol axis churns up a military grade bomb from Mumdance, Pinch and Riko Dan. 'Big Slug' holds tight to a dread UK sound, all city-at-night gloom licked with apocalyptic intro and cantering bashment groove streaked by hellish metallic apparitions and Riko's yardie bark. The instrumental 'Lucid Dreaming' opens more hyperreal weightless dimensions framed by pendulous roto-rimshots and desiccated bass hits closer to gabber than grime but with the discipline of modern minimalism, anticipating a tangible evil that never comes but constantly lurks at the periphery, like some sort of sublime panic attack - summing up the vibe of 'ardcore UK dancefloors. Tip!
*Ships Friday* Special request for Regis and Fis remixes of Akkord from Houndstooth. Last spotted on 'HTH035', these two sympathetic mixes correspond with the original's bloodied and brutalist sound design, with Fis absorbing and infusing a conflagration of 'Gravure' and 'Continuum' with rolling, windswept ambient motifs and turbulent hydro-electric charge reflecting the semi-industrial, semi-pastoral landscape of the 'Hayfield To New Mills' trip, whereas Regis carves the same cuts into a lurching, monolithic techno-stepper disciplined with the cranky Whip Hand of a maniacal Mill overse'er.
Detroit R&B, the FXHE way, from Omar-S and pals. On top, 'Ah Nother One' is a dope paean to promiscuity sunged by James Garcia and set to grubbing bass synth and scratchy drums with that funk only Omar-S can do. Down below, 'Faahhuuuuuu' plays out a blue swing vibe with smudged chords and crack'd drums with a despondent vocal by John F.M., who recenbtly appeared on the label with 'Where My Roots Lie'. Dope photos on the sleeve a glimpse of the FXHE facilities.
Rabih Beaini (Morphosis) and Nick Manasseh chime in sterling reworks of an exotic disco dream from Chris Menist & Maft Sai's crack Thai funk unit. The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band head up the session with an original hybrid of fizzing, Arthur Russell-esque disco groove and mesmerising Thai melody in 'Kwang Noi Chaolay' taken from their '21st Century Molam' album. On the remix buttons, Nick Manasseh picks apart its seams with deft disco-dub FX to sound even more like some long-lost Dinosaur L experiment, leaving the inimitable Rabih Beaini to boil o… Read more
The modular maestro presents a luminous 4th side of original Buchla soundscapes for Morphine. Recorded in Berlin in September 2014 and incorporating production help and assistance from label boss Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis, 'Brother I Prove You Wrong' speaks with a sharper clarity and diction than Cohen's trio of archival recordings circa 1976-1989 already reissued by the same label to much acclaim. They're sharp as a tack, following sleek lines and rendered with a punch and sense of space and momentum which possibly betrays a return influence from the contemporary operators … Read more
Ace Textured house from Parisian, Dangkhoa Chau a.k.a Antinote's D.K, appearing here as 45 ACP for adopted label, L.I.E.S. The 'Change Of Tone' LP dispenses six tracks of ace, washed-out grooves ranging from the occluded dream sequence of 'The Bridge' to sub-100 bpm Detroit jacker, 'Seventh Circle' or woozy boogie in 'Ground to Ground', thru to the coruscating thumb piano twang of 'Hidden Garden' and relatively caffeinated deep house swing with 'Double Cross'. Good stuff...
*White Vinyl Edition* 2nd LP of ear-worming electronic-pop from Becoming Real - a strong tip for those missing Holy Other or Tri Angle's bewitched pop aesthetics. Between 2010 and 2012 Becoming Real was behind a string of smart releases for the likes of Ramp, Moshi Moshi and GETME!, and then… nothing until 2015. With 'Pure Apparition' he reminds us what we have (or might have) been missing with 12 tracks of eldritch-tinted pop deviation soused in dreamy melodies and stranger electronic tones given impetus by strong yet deft dancefloor impulses. Dunno if it's just us but it seems like t… Read more
*Black Vinyl with printed inner sleeve and a 'do not cross’ obi strip* "Death Waltz Recording Company has yet another ace up its sleeve with the soundtrack to 2014's best action films, Adam Wingard's THE GUEST, with a musical score by Steve Moore. Critically acclaimed, the “guest” in question is David, a young man who lands on the doorstep of the Peterson family claiming to be a comrade of their son, who was killed while on tour in Afghanistan, But while David appears to a model citizen, the family daughter discovers several clues that make her wonder “Just who is this man?” Just like the film… Read more
**Edition of 550 housed in folded Pantone A2 poster with gold hotline sticker** Batu dials in two shots of technoid Bristol murk for the excellent Hotline Recordings. A-side posits the abstracted 'ardcore shapes of 'Numen', hammering out sullen subs patterns under a swarm of ricochet reverbs and hypnotic drones to sound like a moment of hard-faced ecstasy stretched out to some seven minutes of gauzy grey dancefloor mass. B-side, 'Cazz' brings the drums inna pendulous roller coming off like a de-glazed UKF riddim, all swaggering groove with a frictional, oxidised dub aesthetic.
**Clear vinyl, includes two extra tracks and a download code redeemable from the label** Invada present a collection of unreleased instrumentals and analogue experiments by The KVB on vinyl for the first time. Originally issued thru the band's own Flesh Tapes in a super limited edition of 100 cassettes, 'Mirror Bein' serves to reveal another side of the duo, mixing the apocalyptic synth appeal of T2 and John Carpenter with a throbbing cyberpunk techno attitude in eight iterations. Guitars and vocals are largely subservient to drum machines and synths, resulting a sound more akin to Beppu's rec… Read more
**Includes A4 insert** The Estonian duo follow their sought-after debut for Jon Rust's Levels label with another pair of freaky house winners. The topside carries the effortless momentum of 'Looking For Something That's Not There' with salty chords and dusted, cracking drums perfused by nimble jazz licks comparable with Pekka Airaksinen vibes, but they really take the biscuit with a gorgeous B-side entitled 'Mesilind' and layering up lush synthetic strings to a heady froth. Tip!
**Hand-stamped sleeve and centre-label** RA journo-cum-producer Angus Finlayson curls off a 2nd Minor Science session, this time for Nic Tasker's Whities sub-division of Young Turks. Arriving over a year since his well-received 'Noble Gas' 12" for TTT, this one again parses current London trends to offer two frayed and prosaic Actress via Theo Parrish impersonations. 'Closing Acts' deals in manicured fuzz and Oompa-Loompa swagger on the A-side, whilst 'Glamour' nudges out a fudgy London-style line-dance groove peppered with Radiophonic winks on the flip.
**The legendary leader of The Wallias Band fronts his first new 7" in decades!**"Exactly 30 years now went by since the last time any Hailu Mergia's original material was released. In the past few years the reissues of his old recordings brought him back to the scene allowing a wider audience to discover his great music. The combination of african roots and western influences gave his music a unique touch which is again the strenght and charm of the two new tracks released on this 7" for Philophon. A wave of elegant melodies will hit your ears while your body won't stop be driven insan… Read more
"Hejira follow up their acclaimed 2013 debut album 'Prayer Before Birth' with the release of a new EP for Eglo. Hejira formed in 2010 setting up their studio 'The House of Dreams' in South- East London where they would write, rehearse, record and film. It was through this hive of activity that Hejira attracted the ears of Matthew Herbert who soon became involved in the production of their recordings."
"Recorded in both French and his native Duala language, it is a perfect example of 70s funk meeting afrobeat with African folk styles and flavors. Produced with legendary Parisian funk / disco / afro soundman Slim Pezin the album oozes style, quality, fine musicianship and is full of instantly memorable songs. The album opens up with stunningly catchy Jangolo. It's a prefect introduction to Jo's awesomely funky bass guitar. Slim adds layers of percussive "jangly" guitar and the track is underpinned by African drums, funky stabs and 70s nascent synthesiser string machines. Tracks such as… Read more
*Brand New (and 31st!) album From The Fall, produced by Mark E Smith* "The Fall are an English post-punk band, formed in Manchester in 1976. The band has existed in some form ever since, and is essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. Initially associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s, the group's music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years, characterised by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and is always underpinned by Smith's distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics. Featuring all the tr… Read more
**Record B of a two record set. 2LP gatefold includes download code** A brilliant expansion of the invaluable, cherry-picked expo of NYC's experimental Latin streak covering ground prior to the disco explosion. You should expect some incredible, definitive rhythm trips, with outstanding highlights in the likes of Ocho's far-out 'Tornado', replete with blustering synth intro. Highly recommended summer listening!!
**Record A of a two record set. 2LP gatefold includes download code** A brilliant expansion of the invaluable, cherry-picked expo of NYC's experimental Latin streak covering ground prior to the disco explosion. You should expect some incredible, definitive rhythm trips, with outstanding highlights in the hip-gripping battery of drums cycling thru tempo changes in Stone Alliance's 'Amigos'; the visionary fourteen minutes of modular synth and expansive electro-acoustic jazz scapes in Eddie Palmieri's 'Un Dia Bonita'; a wayward fusion of folk and delicious dissonance in Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino's 'Anabacoa'. Highly recommended summer listening!!