Monday, 02 April 2012
UK/US-based producer's flighty garage f*turism backed with a remix from Detroit veterans, Scan 7. Daoija's deft, dippin' original pivots off tight Dub chords and fruity synth squirts while Scan 7 shackle down to a stepping Electro-Techno rhythm accented with a bubbling electro bassline.
Thursday, 29 March 2012
**Digitally remastered reissue of this spiritual jazz holy grail...** Originally released on Harlem's small independent Im-Hotep Records in 1974, 'Black Survival' is a rare recording of charity concert held in aid of the ongoing Sahel drought in Africa. It features legendary, Detroit-born drummer Roy leading his Artistic Truth ensemble on a half hour concert of supremely deep, vibing musicianship layered with Brooks' hollered history lesson on the region which covers Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Chad, Darfur, Sudan and Ethiopia. Poigant and powerful.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** 'Both Lights' is the third LP of chest-bursting rock ecstasy from Portland, Oregon's Au, and features no less than two appearances from Colin Stetson and his big f**koff saxophone. Now a two piece since 2008's 'Verbs', Dana Valatka handles the tightly controlled and impressive percussion while Luke Wyland claims credit for practically everything else - vocals, keyboard, sampler, lap steel, banjo and melodica. With scant regard for almost anything other than the most bombastic, epic arrangements and feats of musicianship, this is a furiou… Read more
Lush Balearic psyche trip from Portuguese quintet featuring Six Organs of Admittance/Comets On Fire guitarist Ben Chasny, and Detroit's master percussionist Jerry The Cat. 'Positano' sounds like a Talk Talk groove taken to warmer climes, Chasny drifting sanguine over lounging drums and sun-blushed synth pads with a wonderful half-way switch into late night psyche-rock bliss. 'Broda' features a leaner, driving mix of funked-up Suadade rhythms and fiery guitars. 'Brain' checks a spiralling fusion groove with Jerry's intricate congas to the fore. Production from Tiago Miranda (a member of the brilliant… Read more
**White vinyl. Includes insert and download code redeemable from the label** Immense Shoegaze side from recent San Francisco transplants, Young Prisms, on the always intriguing Kanine Records. Stoingly recalling the likes of New Order, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive or Sonic Youth, 'In Between' features five tracks of impeccably melodic and noisy jangles, almost-aggressive rhythms, and slacker vocals with a nonchalant yet impassioned delivery. It deserves to be massive.
For their 4th release, Night Audio introduce the shapeshifting electronics of Milyoo to their fold. A fave of Mary Anne Hobbs, his 'Classic' cut adorns brittle swingers' rhythm with murky bass undulations and unstable electronic surfaces deflecting dark-lit melodies in all directions. The VVV remix retunes the rhythm to a coarse 2-step schematic. Flipside Milyoo slips into a stranger fusion of yearning indie/art-pop vox and offbeat Acidic Boogie grooves with crystal clear melodies, while 'Down To Love' jams on a taut yet fragmented beat collage.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Soundway make an unexpected and entirely welcome swerve into modern Angolan electronic dance music with Batida's eponymous debut album. The keener outernational observer might have noticed their inclusion on the fantastic Jesse & Crabbe album last year, but no mither if not, because this is as good an introduction you could want. Ten tracks deep, it's a sweltering yet vibrant hybrid of contemporary Kuduro with vintage samples lifted from 1970s Angolan tracks. It's a high energy, party-fired fusion, balancing Kuduro's tendencies towards E… Read more
Eagerly awaited, strongly Fela-flavoured LP on Honest Jon's combining the talents of Damon Albarn, Tony Allen and Red Hot Chilli Peppers' Flea - plus a raft of special guests, including Erykah Badu and Paul Simonon. It can be hard not to be sceptical about these sort of star-studded chop-ups, but this one does feel cohesive and worthwhile - I mean, whatever you think of his dayjob, there's no doubting Flea's bass chops, and hearing him interacting with Albarn's slinky keys and Allen's typically low-slung but commanding drumming is a treat (although at various points it doe… Read more
Bristol's House helmsman reputedly inspired Will Saul to revive his Simple imprint just to release this lovely EP, which is backed with a brilliant case of identity crisis from Danny Wolfers aka Legowelt. After a period of relative inaction, October aka Julian Smith returns to the groove, linking with studio partner Borai on 'String Theory', a fresh, elegantly paced and richly atmospheric Houser with shades of Matthew Herbert or Fred P, and the supple, bass-driven introspection of 'Tension Point'. As Legowelt, Danny Wolfers amps the tempo and the fluid psychedelic seduction of 'String Theory', while turning in a sleazier, more ominous version as Polarius.
Eddie Russ's debut album 'Fresh Out' was recorded in Detroit in 1974 and released on the independent Jazz Masters label. Twenty years ago it also became the first release on the fledgling Soul Jazz imprint and this reissue commemorates the fact. It features Russ leading The Mixed Bag group of Detroit jazz players on a funky, frothy jazz-funk vibe with a loungin' cocktail bar appeal. Nice (sorry! ;) ).
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "'Electric Cables' is an album of tender, observational songs, played with an invigorating and easy sense of purpose; the sound of friends enjoying one another's company and allowing ideas and experiments to flourish. A complex and rewarding record that you'll want to keep coming back to. Lightships is the new musical outpost from Gerard Love. The Lightships band is Dave McGowan (guitar - Teenage Fanclub), Brendan O'Hare (drums - from the first incarnation of Teenage Fanclub), Tom Crossley (flute - International Airport and The Pastels) and Bob Kildea (bass - Belle & Sebastian).
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Yppah delivers a lush and ethereal signature concoction of Shoegaze, Hip Hip and Electronica memes on his third album. Not least because of the titular reference to his year of birth, 'Eight One' is deeply, unashamedly nostalgic, flush with warm melody and blooming harmonics, coupled with the sugared vocals of Anomie Belle, and an unshakeable love of loping, '90s-style neck snap big beats all recalling vibes of yesteryear for anyone born in the early '80s. The four tracks starring Anomie are all highlights of the set, from the glorious… Read more
Rugged, cosmically spirited and spacious psych-rock blues for fans of Sunburned Hand Of The Man or Wooden Shjips, from Finland's wonderful Fonal Records. Pretty Lightning are two childhood friends from a small town in Southwest Germany. 'There Are Witches In The Woods' is their 2nd album proper, and 3rd total if you include the 'Collaboration' with their communal brethren Datashock. Their sound bears all the hallmarks of their current American counterparts, but also equally strong ties to the ritualistic rock and freak folk of their South German ancestors, Amon Düül II… Read more
**Includes free copy of the album on CD** The seemingly limitless yet coherent tastes of Mexican Summer land upon this mystical, subtly captivating sophomore LP by Mike Wexler. 'Dispossession' is curiously Folk-wise yet refreshingly not beholden to tradition. There's a wide-listening, cosmically-attuned mind at work striving to synchronise songcraft with elemental electronics and the spontaneous freedom of improvisation. He's joined by guests cropped from the fields of underground rock (ex members of White Magic and The Occasion) and free improvisation (Ryan Sawyer, Nate Wooley, Jessica Pa… Read more
**Soundtrack LP featuring five brand new songs. Includes insert and download code redeemable from the label** "Black Mountain's year Zero soundtrack is nothing less than the band's full, balls-out glory distilled down to one dense, 45-minute acid tab of music. Featuring five new songs and five previously released songs, the Year Zero soundtrack weaves crunching, analog psych metal; futuristic droneouts; and, somehow, a twisted saxophone ditty."
Ultravivid and meticulous technicolour pop from Bear In Heaven. Reaching critical mass with their third album, Jon Philpot and his cohorts, Adam Wills, Joe Stickney and Sadek Bazaraa summon strong comparisons to Pet Shops Boys with their fine grasp of expansive, elated songcraft and production. Opener 'Idle Heart' is an arrow-direct pop missive, spilling over with lush synths and yearning vocals and powered by insistent rhythms, but with a modern, manicured noise twist proving they aren't simply a Pet Shop Boys or New Order homage. And if you can get over how much the singer sound… Read more
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
**Blue vinyl** Indigo and Phaeleh remix Hatti Vatti's 'You' for New Moon Recordings. Phaeleh's take is typically smooth and mellifluous, kitting Cian's drifting, eyes-shut vocal with plush subs and crisp, swinging woodblocks. Heard from Indigo's perspective, Cian's vocal leaves only wispy comtrails around the skittish, spidery drums, plangent keys and swallow-diving subs.
Monday, 26 March 2012
**Housed in fold-out poster sleeve. Includes free download redeemable from the label** Released in parallel with their Alva Noto collaboration 'Décade': Cut-up sound poetry and text on the third part (of four) in Anne-James Chaton + Andy Moor's 'Transfer' series. A-side 'Une Histoire De L'Aviation' features Anne-James recounting dates of fatal plane crashes interspersed with black box recordings and fragments of conversation between pilots and air traffic controllers set against a backdrop of melancholic twangs and humming subbass. B-side Anne-James reads differ… Read more
*First ever LP release of many rare & essential late 60's- early 70's African-American protest songs & recordings* "Over a five year period in Oakland, CA - archivist Pat Thomas befriended key leaders of the seminal Black Power Movement, dug through Huey Newton's archives at Stanford University, spent countless hours and thousands of dollars on eBay, and talked to rank and file Black Panther Party members, uncovering dozens of obscure albums, singles, and stray tapes. Along the way, he began to piece together a time period (1967-1974) when re… Read more
Coolly sexed-up Tech House from Berlin heroes Terranova and Khan. Lead by legendary club figure Fetisch, the Terranova trio present the 2nd single from their finely sculpted 'Hotel Amour' LP. On 'So Strong' Khan leaves a greasy fluoro night slug trail across rolling square bass and haughty hi-hat shakes while he's used more sparingly on the Club Version of 'Boogie For The Dollar', lending suggestively hushed murmurs to sleek subbass oscillations and darker, moodier chord progressions. Fans of the finest Tech House from Nick Höppner to Villalobos or Maya Jane Coles should check this.
Thursday, 22 March 2012
**Experimental, dark and erotic free-rock/psychedelia composed by Pierre Raph as the score to Jean Rollin's 1972 femme vamp Horrotica flick 'Requiem Pour Un Vampire'. Features important musical snippets from heavily censored scenes salvaged by Finders Keepers. Includes original and rare artwork and detailed appraisal by filmmaker and Finders Keepers friend and collaborator Daniel Bird. Available in its entirety for the first time, and on deluxe 10" vinyl** "Having previously provided music for an under the counter Rollin sex film called 'Jeunes Filles Impudiques' the obscure Pierre … Read more
100% Silk discover their dirtier side with Body Double's haughty, industrial-tinted debut. 'My Life' played a starring role closing out last year's 'Silkmix Vol.1' and is now fully unleashed for all the muscle Marys hiding in skinny boy bodies, driving a rutten bass grunt under stentorian soul vox and proper pleasuredome atmospheres. 'Be Strong' follows in a more grooving, mystic 2am vein, while Sir Stephen is tasked with the remix, lending a more synths-driven sense of dancefloor drama.
**Tweakin' Italo-Electro arpeggios, surreal piano House and westward jack cruises for off-balance dancefloors** "Scott Goodwin has elevated electronics through deliberate drone as Bonus and maximized minimal techno as Operative but with Avalon Kalin, the fine finder of Finesse, and tasty treater of Glass Candy, they've found a key-board to Portland paradise with Polonaise. the twosome remidn that romance is alive and lively on "Tracadero," a vibrant valentine to primitive piano-lush early house. Ad the San Francisco danger-disco-drug-dance destination Trocadero Club sucked you into its sparkle sp… Read more
Massive album from DVA, his debut full-length for Hyperdub, bringing all the bashiness you'd expect coupled with an afro-futurist, psychedelic component that's just killing us. Calling upon the disparate vocal talents of - among others - Natalie Maddix, Cornelia, A.L., Muhsinah and elusive South African star Zaki Ibrahim, Scratcha has created a completely unique sound-world, at once sensuously poppy and full of pirate grit. Evergreen UK Funky anthem 'Natty' gets reimagined as 'Just Vybe', complete with dreamy vocals from Fatima, drawing a line between classic West London broken beat and latterday soc… Read more
**Massive 4 x 12" vinyl edition** Pinch's Tectonic Plates comps are always quality documents not just of where his label's at, but also the current state, and possible future directions, of dubstep and its tributaries. Vol.3 is another corker, zoning in on class new productions from the Tectonic roster and extended label fam. Kryptic Minds, who've done as much as anyone to preserve the founding essence of dubstep come correct again with their cinematic opener, 'The Talisman', all filtered Middle Eastern melodies, frozen atmospherics, thwacking snares and serious sub ruffage… Read more
**White wax** Original '84 coldwave synth ace reissued and backed with an psyched-out remix from Sneaker. The metallic, paranoid pulses of 'Fear For Loosing You' was released on volume 5 of the legendary 'Insane Music For Insane People' but has never appeared on vinyl, until now. Sneaker's 'Dunkeltier' remix puts more emphasis on the rhythms jacking Industrial potential while rendering the vocals and melody with dynamic, narcotic effect. ACE.
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Teenage Fanclub's Gerard Love hooks up with his former bandmates and Bob Kildea from Belle & Sebastian on new project, Lightships. 'Sweetness In Her Spark' is their debut single lifted from forthcoming album 'Electric Cables', and finds the group locking into a relaxed and breezy indie pop groove. Flipside is tender cover of Moondog's 'Do Your Thing'.