Thursday, 21 July 2011
Slickest D&B rollers from Amoss, and Sabre remixed by Survival. With Sabre's 'Cellar Dweller' Survival lowers the bass to deadly degrees; just as you think it's gone down there, a snarling subterranean lick cracks the floor open and you're peering into the darkest abyssal subbass shapes while clinging onto arcing pads and hardstepping drums for safety. Flipside, Amoss' 'Last Minute' is driven by nailgunned woodblock snares and swooping, brooding subs lost to a lush reverie of atmospheric deep end rave vibes. Strong.
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
*The first release in a definitive series collecting psychedelic '70s music from Pernambuco, Brazil. Includes 19 tracks of humid Psyche Rock grooves from the Brazilian underground* "Fabricas de Discos Rozenblit was founded by José Rozenblit in 1954 in Pernambuco (northeast Brazil). Im addition to a record label the operation boasted the first ever vinyl-pressing plant in the state, a super-modern factory and a studio capable of recording a full symphonic orchestra. Location away from the expense of Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro gave them financial independence and the space to … Read more
Monday, 18 July 2011
**Now available on vinyl with a heavyweight gatefold sleeve.** "As much spiritual adherents of black sounds as they were of black Islam, Father's Children was born in the dirt and grime of Washington, D.C., and incubated in local producer Robert Hosea Williams' less-than-immaculate suburban beltway garage. Hailing from the Adams-Morgan neighborhood, in 1973 Nick Smith, Billy Sumler, and Ted "Skeet" Carpenter created a lost document of gritty soul, concerned with its own time and place, stripped of the L.A. gloss that permeated the the group's own 1979 "debut" for Mercury… Read more
Friday, 15 July 2011
Belgian duo Geoffroy Dewandeler and Olivier Gregoire supply a pairing of new tracks under their Mugwump guise, beginning with the plunderphonic-influenced sample-hopping techno of 'Raping The World We Left Behind', whose hodge-podge layering and helter-skelter vibraphone-like melodies make for an agreeably cartoonish formula. Next comes the more straight-ahead crisp electronics of 'E40 Blues', merging bleepy bass routines with broken-beat infused 4/4 patterns.
Thursday, 14 July 2011
*Silkscreened sleeve. Edition of 250* Decimus is the new cosmic noise project of Pat Murano, a founding member of No Neck Blues Band and the K Salvatore duo. This album initiates his 12-issue series of "synthetic meditations on the zodiac as envisioned by Decimus Magnus Ausonius (310-395)" with a murky expanse of mottled electronics and abrasive atmospherics. "Decimus 2 is the first chapter of the Decimus sodality. With reluctance, we are driven into the desert rent from the sweet succor of slavery. Under Malkuth we feed the senses failing to satiate the insatiable." We're in immensely detached and… Read more
**Hand painted + stencilled sleeve. Edition of 300** Decimus #1 is the second LP in a series of 12 "synthetic meditations on the zodiac as envisioned by Decimus Magnus Ausonius (310-395)' undertaken by Pat Munro from No Neck Blues Band. This edition would appear to be dedicated to the Ram, judging from the attached quote "And Here in Aries, birthed in a union of Hei and Dalet, Behold! Brought forth with the taste survival on it's lips Where this taste emerges as the only absolute desire that remains immune to a war waged on the bondage of need!". The record takes form as two sides of compelling fre… Read more
*Hand painted + stencilled sleeve. Edition of 300* Third in a series of 12 LPs, or "synthetic mediations on the zodiac as envisioned by Decimus Magnus Ausonius (310-395)", executed by Pat Murano of New York's No Neck Blues Band. This episode is dedicated to Leo, hence 'Leo, under your watchful eye the holy temple was twice defiled. Let the crowning of Chaf irradiate all things left-handed! Let you're queen Tet provide ambiguity when the water seem clear!". Traversing deeply mystical synth/noise terrain, this episode is split into three sections. The first side seduces us with vocodered chanting and… Read more
It's easy for Roedelius releases to get lost at the moment in the flurry of re-issues and Cluster-related titles, but this little gem is a record that deserves a closer look. It's a brand new album, and here Hans-Joachim Roedelius shows that he's just as handy with the piano as he is with the humble synthesizer. In the Eric Satie mode more recently explored by Max Richter, Goldmund and Sylvain Chauveau, Roedelius exhibits an unexpected subtlety on the keys which lighten these pieces lovingly and pointedly. It's hardly surprising that the name of the album is a reference to the term 'pianissimo'… Read more
Singer is Robert A.A. Lowe (Lichens, 90Day Men, Om), Ben Vida (Town And Country, Bird Show, DRMWPN) and Adam Vida (Central Falls, U.S. Maple). 'Mindreading', the follow-up to their 2008 debut fully embraces digital recording and production techniques under the auspices of Randall Dunn, who's best known for mixing and recording a ton of Earth and Sunn 0))) records. It's a distinct but natural evolution for the group, rendering their uniquely cross-pollinated style of progressive pop and avant-electronics with an organic HD quality.
Gauzy shoegaze loveliness from Echo Lake, following a lush debut 12" from earlier this year. There's only two tracks this time, and they're both really sweet. 'Lovely Day' is the upbeat, catchy number drenched in echo for lo-fi but widescreen effect, and 'Breathe Deep' is a fine homage to Cocteau Twins, powered by slow radiant drum machine patterns and dramatically layered vocals.
Captivating kNew Age "Gnomic" no-fi psychedelia from a Finnish supergroup including Jonna Karanka (Kuupuu), Laura Naukkarinen (Lau Nau), and Merja Kokkonen (Islaja). It appears on the excellent De Stijl records, which should be triggering lights in your head already, while the music within is like the sound of a dream within a dream. The trio have been touring together as Hertta Lussu ÄssÄ since 2005 with a playfully improvised live show, releasing micro-runs of tour only albums with names such as 'The Butterfly Fart Album', and 'You Are Such An [sic] Pretty Sucker', but unless you … Read more
Monday, 11 July 2011
Remastered rerelease of 'Reggae Vibes', female Roots duo the LOVE JOYS first album, initially released in 1981 on the Florida-based Top Ranking label (when it was also entitled Jah Light on the inside labels). It features 10 tunes produced and recorded at Wackies NY, ranging from Lovers Rock Reggae Style and uptempo dance vibes to roots and reality. Official cooperation and re-release program by Basic Channel (Berlin) and Wackie's (New York).
**Volume 1** Basic Channel continue on their mission to re-present the Wackies catalogue in full, both volumes of Reggae Goodies came out around 1977 on Bullwackies' City Line imprint, which celebrated the Wackies HQ, and the NY subway track ending at White Plains Road. They are based on a compilation of 7" a-sides, which had appeared over the previous few years on labels like Versatile, Rawse and Senrab. The original sleeve notes of volume one reflected that 'today, reggae music is reaching its peak and this album is a perfect example of the roots of its success. This an exceptio… Read more
Super 4 tracker from the immaculate Horace - this re-issue combines two twelves. Tribute To Bob Marley was originally released on the Top Ranking International label in 1981, soon after the Wailer's death in May, and provided an outstanding cut on Horace Andy's Exclusively album set issued the following year in London by Solid Groove. The flip side featured Jah Batta's DJ cut Great Super Star, uncredited on the original label. Lingering Spirit offers a completely different mix, first issued in England on the red Bullwackie's label in 1983 (its title more reticent now, after the hundr… Read more
Pinch and Headhunter are picked out for the latest Dubkasm remix session. A-side Pinch delivers a characteristically lean and moody stepper set a House-compatible pace but with all the requisite subbass pressure. Headunter's mix rolls at the same tempo but with craftier nudges and a cracking snare embellishment to accentuate the 'step. Canny moves, check!
"You never quite know what you're going to get from the cult Portland, Oregon psychedelicists, Jackie-O Motherf*cker. Are you going to be in for some deep brain thrombosis space rock? Are they going to prescribe you a dose of some heavily medicated camp re drone? Will they be hitting you with some improvisational and angular free jazz? Will they be traversing the entire planet to bring you some previously unexplored global frequencies? Well, on Earth Sound System, JOMF's 15th album, it's a case of all of this and a lot, lot more. 'In The Willows' starts proceedings off with bank… Read more
Superb single taken from Amon Tobin's 'Isam' album, backed with a Two Fingers mix, a radical Emika version and dextrous 16Bit mix. The original furthers his fascination with dynamically arranged concrète and foley sounds, resulting in an impressive juxtaposition of electrifying timbres, textures and acousmatic sounds formed into a frictional 2 minute maelstrom. The Two Fingers mix strafes away slightly from the avant-garde to the dancefloor, prepped with plummeting subs and angular percussive spurts. Emika's version leaves only an ethereal trace of the original, like ghostly contrails left hanging i… Read more
Thursday, 07 July 2011
**Limited edition, one-sided pressing with etching** If, like us, you've got a bit narked at trying to beatmatch your 7" copy of Actress' Panda Bear remix, then rejoice, 'coz some clever b*gger at Kompakt has cut an extended version to 12" for the fat-fingered jocks out there! The original surely stands as one of Actress' finest remixes to date, but now the pleasure is extended, slightly dilating that mesmerising mid-section and lengthening the second half for crafty players to get busy with the mix. That lovely matt black centre label is going to be covered in oily finger marks soon enough. Highly recommended!!!
Fresh from appearances on tunes by Julio Bashmore and Round Table Knights, Javeon McCarthy heads up his solo debut, backed with Brey and Phil Coollins remix. Bashmore is on the buttons again, evidently a formula that works damn well, bumping a seductive, electro-flecked R&Bass riddim under Javeon's upfront vocal. If we're not mistaken, the hotly-tipped Brey steps up here for his very first official remix outing, an impressively slick Bass Juker nodding to Jam City but with more dazed synths and unusual kinks.
Lovely new album from Memory Tapes. Dayve Hawk's sepia-tinged early work presaged the hypnagogic pop and chillwave explosion, but for this, his second album proper, he claims to have drawn inspiration from insomnia, social awkwardness and a relationship meltdown. Not that you'd know it just from listening: for all its melancholy undertones, this is an album with a strong, bright pop sensibility; tracks like 'Wait In The Dark' 'Player Piano' are wonderfully hooky and direct, but still sufficiently strange and skew-whiff to reward listen after listen. 'Yes I Know' is just beautiful: with its… Read more
This one just fluttered through an open office window...a reissue of Hans-Joachim Roedelius' six solo piano improvisations from 1986. Touchingly dedicated to his mother, 'Like The Whispering Of The Wind' is a luxurious suite of performances produced at his home and a friend's house in Vienna between 1983-85, and includes 'Beneath Blooming Trees', a cut from a live performance at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London in 1985. Lush.
Minimal mistress, Kate Simko presents her sophomore album through Hello Repeat. 'Lights Out' notably features three warmer vocal collaborations with Kevin Knapp, Brenda D and Franco Di Lorenzo, adding a necessary romance to her sometimes austere brand of mnmlsm. Besides the clinically produced instrumental highlights of 'Last Breath' and the hypnotic 'Cairo', there's also a fine beatless passage of electro-acoustic ambience on 'Machine's Mantra'.
**Limited edition LP - white vinyl** Crushing session from A Storm Of Light recorded in the Latitudes studio late 2009. Most notably, it features a guest appearance from Lydia Lunch and an expanded group line-up including Wolves In The Throne Room's Will Lindsay and singer Zohra Atash. It's also notable for the fact that this is the first Latitudes to feature a musician more than once int he series, with Josh Graham (Red Sparowes/Neurosis) making a second turn after his appearance on the Fallen Black Deer (GMT0:15). In sum, these four tracks make for a fearsome listen, summoning apocalyptic… Read more
Monday, 04 July 2011
**Includes code to download all unmixed tracks featured on CD and LP versions and 2 exclusive remixes in hi-res MP3 format, redeemable from the label** London's revered disco institution compile their 3rd annual collection of disco old and new spanning classics from Sylvester, Wham, Idris Muhammad, Gene Chandler and Rose Laurens, to modern moves by Tom Trago, Yam Who?, Glimmers, Wild Geese, Mungolian Jetset and more. Pert.
Thursday, 30 June 2011
Deft drop from Kidkut landing on Brighton's Well Rounded outlet. 'Get Sum' works on a percussively-driven and piano-heated Funky pivot whereas the Fidget Mix of 'Luvin' U' nods to classic Todd Edwards templates much like Hot City.
Non-standard, roguish House creations from Portugal's ace Photonz duo. 'Lamborghini Funk' is the 2nd release on their One Eyed Jacks label, after last year's brilliant 'Aquarian Ball' romp, and features three skilfully skewed but damn effective DJ tools. That title track is the slowest of the lot, working out some crooked 110bpm swingjack akin to Zomby or Actress, while 'Xabregas' conceals a genuinely potent acid rave riff amidst uniquely finished and shifty rhythm construct. Don't sleep on this one! Flipside is dominated by 'Cascade', again deploying those sheer-finished closed hat… Read more
After a two year wait, Silk Flowers' much anticipated new album finally touches down in the UK (though why its taken literally months to hit these shores we'll never know), and it's a far poppier treat than expected. That's by no means a bad thing. In fact it's a tremendous thing, much enhanced by production from Amanda 'MNDR' Warner of Oakland's Triangle, and neatly reserving Aviram Cohen's distinctive vocals to be interspersed between a body of brilliant instrumental cuts. It would also appear that the clouds have broken on the overcast sound of their eponymous debut and Captured Tracks 12", … Read more
Freakishly good Berlin School electronics from 1979, with a strange and wonderful jazz influence worked into its future-thrusting sequences, all mixed by Harald Grosskopf of Synthesist fame. This is the kind of shit that people like Oneohtrix Point Never and Roll The Dice bug out to in their downtime, and in some cases rip off wholesale. Hard to pick favourites, but the fusion-y title track is a doozy, like Weather Report if Edgar Froese and Peter Baumann had joined their ranks. 'Magooba' is proper proto-techno, distorted guitars spurting across time-melting analogue arpeggios, while the 'Sequentia… Read more