Monday, 16 April 2012
**Limited edition of 300** Raw but finely crafted Deep House from Dublin-based production duo. Reel classy stuff from start to finish, from the woozy synth chords and Ron Trent-like machine syncopation of the title track, to the hypnotising and Bodycode-like shuffle of 'Do It' and the hip-slipping Toms and Derrick May-on-Mogadon vibes of 'From Another Angle'.
Friday, 13 April 2012
Thursday, 12 April 2012
M=Minimal has the honour of posthumously releasing the final work completed by seminal synthesist, pupil of Joseph Beuys and founder of Kluster and Tangerine Dream; Conrad Schnitzler. Finished four days before his death in late summer 2011, 'Endtime' defines a seamless 36-track, 70-minute moire of pulses, blips, arcing tones and fluid synthlines characteristically devoid of simplistic melodic resolutions. Like the rest of his massive body of work, he imposes a stoically functional yet poetic form of grammar upon the cold abstraction of his machine's vocabulary to convey its most hone… Read more
Darkwave cyberpunk intrigue from synth-wrangler Dylan Ettinger. Moving on from his kosmiche issues, Dylan deploys his own vocals to authentically grubby, DIY effect on seven leathered-up and shark-eyed experimental Wave songs. Docking in with the Neuromancer-referencing 'Wintermute' he draws us deep into his narrative with the phet-affected dissonance and rusted machine beats of 'Disparager', through to the panoramic cue 'Maude', stalking the depths of the sprawl searching for the cheapest gynoid fun on '18' before crooning the narcotic misery of 'Blue and Blue', leaving the future open to great possibilities with this awesome augmentation of his sound. TIP!
Data back on a razor-sharp minimal D&B flex for Blackout Music. 'Fidelity' sees him combine sparingly-used vocals with hardstepping drums and a controlled, but raging synthlines. 'Fragment' meanwhile, is more of a tensile, sci-fi-infected Tech-stepper with near-infrasonic subbass movements.
Smoked-out version excursion for one of JA's most righteous and long-standing vocal groups. It's the Dub partner to Kingston Sounds' 2006 CD 'Feast', rendering 12 tracks from the original alongside three bonus CD tracks. Unfortunately it appears to be a secret who's on mixing duties, but nevertheless, they've resulted in one fine set of stripped-down and spacious Dub with nuff horns and choice vocal snippets. Check for the steppin' overhaul of 'The River Beng Come Down' here as 'Beng Come Down Dub', the spiritual headiness of 'Citizien Of The World' or 'Citizen Dub', and the heavy, heavy praise of ''Heaven Rejoice' transformed as 'Heaven Dub'.
Run DMT finally delivers a headful of his exquisite indie-psych dream sounds on vinyl! With his bunch of tapes and digital releases for The Curatorial Club, Culture Dealer and Teenage Riot Records he's comfortably comparable with the washed out sounds of Rangers, Ducktails, or earlier James Ferraro records, only there's also something explicitly - yet peacefully - dosed-up about his music. We say explicit because the tracks are broken with a number of samples from some guy recounting his experiences on dimethyltryptamine (DMT, duh), but thankfully this isn't Ozric Tentacles and you're not bombarded wi… Read more
**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** Regen Farquhar's 14th album in a twelve year career finds him as ebullient, abstract and urgent as ever. Guests include Cassidy of Cocorosie, Mike Ladd, and Joelle Phuong Minh Le, who all appear on 'Electric Blue', while the production throughout is almost painfully upfront and unrelenting.
Big-room-readied Acid-Disco-Pop heralding SMD's forthcoming album 'Unpatterns', for Wichita. 'Seraphim' sounds like a hit; melancholic vocals cut across slow, twisted acid and purring bass while Deep House chords tingle your pleasure centres. Flipside's 'Your Love Ain't Fair' is a stealthier Motor City Tech-House affair with a lip-smacking climax intoning "Put Your Hands Together".
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
**Also includes a copy of the album on CD** The most anticipated Dubstep rave album of the last few years arrives on Diplo's Mad Decent imprint. 'Songs' features 14 tracks cutting up elements of old-skool piano rave (Somebody To Love/Roll Da Beats), chart-pop (Pressure), Roots Reggae (Skanker/Love No More), Trance (Opium/Thunder), R&B (Dirty Sexy), and Bassline (Whistle Crew) with straight up Dubstep muck (Asda Car Park / All of the above). Wowzers.
"Musician, misfit, culture warrior and bullshitter: Robert "Bobby" Conn. Recorded with his new band The Burglars, this album is the first since 2007’s King for a Day, and his first new release on Fire Records. Bobby has equally delighted and annoyed hipsters since first appearing on the Chicago music scene in the mid '90s. Blending aggressive showmanship with an omnivorous love of musical genres, from Suicide to Streisand or from The Sweet to Stravinsky, Bobby has often irritated and provoked audiences, but never bored them. Bobby Conn's lyrics document the continuing absurdities of contemporary … Read more
Thursday, 05 April 2012
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Hush Arbors and Arboretum have each been exploring for years now the intersection of progressive folk and psychedelic rock, albeit filtered through their own distinct sounds. It was only a matter of time before their paths would cross. Keith Wood and Dave Heumann met at a show in Baltimore and discovered their mutual appreciation for each other's music. The two bands planned a joint European tour, and recorded Aureola to further showcase and celebrate their complimentary sounds... "These new songs... are like a re-awaken… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** New York's hugely influential Black Dice present their 6th full length album, and 1st for Domino sub-label Ribbon Music - who released that brilliant John Maus LP last year. Now together for 15 years, the sound of Eric Copeland, Bjorn Copeland and Aaron Warren is ever leaner and potently fractured with that signature prismatic vision. On 'Mr. Impossible' they churn through nine tracks of headstrong electronic punk, battering drum machines, noisily "free" leads and feral gremlin vocals on 'Pinball Wizard', to mucky slompy stomps on… Read more
**Edition of 500 remastered 2LP housed in double gatefold with official, individually numbered certificate of ownership** Vinyl-on-Demand stalk the peripheries of early '80s DIY scene with a compendium of Port Said's oriental, magical minimal synth meditations. Between 1981-84 Stefan Tischler and Keith "Keeler" Walsh produced a string of self-released cassettes and one 7", plus a handful of compilation appearances, heavily inspired by the efficiently kosmic music of Conrad Schnitzler and Cluster. This self-titled collection features half-hour extracts from each of their self-released tapes, makin… Read more
Despite the title, Slugabed returns with quite a melancholy, slightly introspective slice of post G-funk. The real stand out is a phenomenally spacious rework from West Coast eccentric Daedelus, who makes the track even woozier and more introspective, then drapes it in reverb and sickly female vocals. The end result could rightly be called Lynchian - when the doo-wop break drops in the middle you know you're being treated to something pretty darn special indeed.
The second release on Jacques Greene's new Vase label comes courtesy of the mysterious Arclight, proffering a 3-track EP of nocturnal pop manoeuvres. 'Vitamin D' is an arresting opener, its vocal layers suspended in leagues of dub-space and drone, the intensity building exponentially, the anticipated release of a beat drop infinitely deferred. Silvery synth arpeggios and a washed-out house pulse drive 'Holographic', while 'Purple City' is blue-eyed soul riding a steppers' riddim. An impressive debut from an outfit we can imagine enjoying some crossover success if they continue on in this vein.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Sleepy Sun's miles, months, and days in the van are a tangible presence in Spine Hits, an LP of whimsy, restlessness, and urgency that leaps nimbly from landscape to landscape with ease, irreverence, and a catch-em-before-they-ain't changeling nature. For the most part, the sprawling Zeppelin-esque epics that defined much of Embrace and Fever have been traded in for a potent pop-compact framework. But never at the expense of the dodging, juking, and downshifting instincts that set their older long form pieces apart from a thousan… Read more
**"The album comes with a book written and illustrated by Willis, titled Principles of a Protagonist (A Novel Actually About Something)."**
**One-sided 10 inch with hand-silkscreened print on the b-side. Limited to 300 copies** "Soft Healer lays down one of their longer, more mournful tracks with Grand Isle, followed by a grooved-up take on the Zero Boys' Civilization's Dying. "It's easy to hear the influence of scented oils in the Soft Healer track "Movie Light", which was posted today over at Gorilla vs. Bear, but it's just as easy to discern the effect that vinyl r&b, early rock n' roll, and lo-fi has also had on the Texan quartet's sonic puberty. This track is certified gold. Soft Healer appears to specialize i… Read more
Data on a heavyweight Dubstep flex for Black Box. No mucking about here: 'Intrusion' is a proper, stripped-down darkside missile carved from tensile 2-step drums and strafing cyber-bass; 'Knives From Heaven' steps off kevlar-coated drums and bass with a reserved sense of dread drama. Both are killers.
Wednesday, 04 April 2012
**Also includes a copy of the full album on CD** "In the three years since Portland, OR-based troubadour M Ward released his last solo album - the universally lauded Hold Time - he’s toured the globe, released two albums as one half of Grammy-nominated duo She & Him as well as one with the talented group of friends collectively know as Monsters Of Folk. Inspired by his increasingly itinerant lifestyle Ward set forth to create something of a musical travelogue. He explains, “Between now and when I made Hold Time there has been a lot of travelling which requires a lot of reckoning with wh… Read more
"With Dub The World!: Actually Revisited, a conceptual sequel to LBV's debut, Underwater Peoples would like to invite you underneath the great city of Actually. Down here, things may sound familiar to you, but certainly not the same. Reverberations cast long, evolving shadows across the tunnel walls. Flickers of light are extinguished by sirens. Dubbed and Re-imagined at Aki Road Studios by LBV's own Toshio Masuda, Dub The World! contorts, subverts, and expands upon La Big Vic's debut. "
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.