Thursday, 09 August 2012
The first taste of their forthcoming full-length ‘Bend Beyond’, ‘Cali in a Cup’ is a surprisingly sunny West Coast jaunt for the long-standing Brooklyn psych peddlers. A Neil Young-via-The Beach Boys number, it highlights exactly what we loved about Woods way back when, if not adding much new. There’s a change of tack on the flip though as the band crack a case of Lilt and a bottle of Malibu with ‘Give Your Light Off’, a track that might be the most island-friendly the band have gotten to date – we’re loving it.
Industrial-polluted Detroit-style Techno banger from Ben Sims, backed with carnivalous Orlando Voorn remix and raving re-bang by Ritzi Lee. Proper big room business.
Wednesday, 08 August 2012
**Burgundy wax** After some high profile remixes of their last few EPs, LA's Pollyn flip the script, reworking and covering classics by Optimo, Gorillaz and Paul Simon. Seminal post-punk groove 'Liquid Liquid' is given a dreamier, but still driving, overhaul etched with fizzing electronics, while Gorillaz' 'D.A.R.E' becomes a bluer, string-laden punk-funk jaunt and Paul Simon's '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover' is rubbed with a tucked-in dub bump.
Monday, 06 August 2012
**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** **First new album in five years from the world's premier Afro-beat band. Comes housed in foil-blocked digicase with lyric sheet insert** "Simply titled Antibalas, the album is both a blazing reaffirmation of the NYC band's collective musical strengths, and a hard-hitting continuation of their funkified excursions into what Antibalas founder and baritone saxophonist Martín Perna calls "our vault of esoteric sounds and knowledge. Recorded over a two-week period at Daptone's House of Soul Studios in Brooklyn with Gabriel… Read more
Thursday, 02 August 2012
**Newly remastered replica gatefold edition replete with rare photos and liner notes** Tangerine Dream's sophomore side 'Alpha Centauri' (1971) is a milestone in the galaxy of German kosmiche musik. On release it established a new pinnacle of sonic imagination and would cast a far-reaching influence over much progressive and electronic music to come. It was recorded after the departure of Conrad Schnitzler and Klaus Schulze from the group at the Dierks studio in Stommeln, lead by Edgar Froese and featuring Chris Frake and Seve Schroyder alongside guests Udo Dennebour… Read more
Sleek Deep House music backed with a Steve Summers remix. Sycorax's original cuts are the main attraction for us, at least. A-side's 'Flip Got Switched' works a mesmerizing groove with wide bass, spacious keys and swirling vocals locked to swinging drums, and B-side 'Euphrates' plays tense strings on a trippy, building Chicago number. Remixing 'Flip Got Switched' Steve Summers gets crafty with raw analog synths and robust toms smudged into a psychy haze.
Two tracks of tight, fibrillating footwork/bass hybrids from Annie Mac-tipped producer, Bwana, backed with 14th and Black Orange Juice remixes. Taking a sweeter look at the kind of grooves carved by Teeth or Deft, Bwana's 'Baby Let Me Finish' ruffles mercurial polyrhythms with hi-pitched vox and Joy O-like dynamics, while 'Nami Swan' cools out on a dreamier roll run through with skittish trills and hazy chords. Remixing, 14th inverts the vibe to a '90s House homage sure to get the London lot tweaking their nipples, while Ossie does his clipped neo-soul thing as Black Orange Juice.
Oberman Knocks ticks off a wishlist of Plaid, Quinoline Yellow, and Uexkull and Adapta (both former halves of Bitstream) to reinterpret the angular complexities of his 'Beatcroff Slabs' album for Andrea Parker's Aperture imprint. Plaid temper 'Degonnt Type Runners' to a swaggering triplet template layered with lucid, spacious harmonics yielding a signature 2nd half flourish of intricate melody, while Bitstream's Dave Connor debuts his Uexkull with a slow, inwardly folding Techno remix of 'Lenkmyte' full of the quirks and electronic sorcery he's known and loved for. Turn her ov… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "DJ Kentaro's first album since 2007's 'Enter', Lead track 'Kikkake' was co-produced with legendary DJ Krush, is the revolutionary sound of cutting edge turntable music. 'Step In' features the foremost UK hip hop duo Foreign Beggars. 'Fire Is On' is a collaboration with 15-year veteran reggae group Fireball. 'Crossfader' sees Kentaro partner with Kid Koala and D Styles. Perhaps the best moments on this album are the big club tunes - the irrepressible dancehall of 'Big Timer' featuring MC Zulu, and the fierce 'North South East West', featuring Matrix and Futurebound. "
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Swaggering yet soulful, anthemic but sonically experimental, ‘The Invitation To The Voyage’ is the second full-length album from Eugene McGuinness. This powerful pop album further confirms Eugene as one of the most stylistically distinctive and uniquely insightful writers of the present day. Recorded with producers Clive Langer (Elvis Costello, Morrissey) and Dan Carey (MIA, Hot Chip, Santigold), the album is released on CD and LP. "
Wednesday, 01 August 2012
Monday, 30 July 2012
*LP version includes fully artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon redeemable from the label* "Guardian Alien are a free wheeling ensemble coming into their own, having found just the right balance between structured arrangements and wild abandon. The Brooklyn based group are led by drummer Greg Fox (Teeth Mountain, Dan Deacon, Man Forever, Liturgy, GDFX) and feature Alex Drewchin, Bernard Gann (Liturgy), Turner Williams Jr., and Eli Winograd. Guardian Alien’s Thrill Jockey debut, ‘See The World Given To A One Love Entity’, is a 40 minute psychic / psyc… Read more
Thursday, 26 July 2012
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Hard to categorise stuff from the widely tipped Seams - somewhere between deep house, melodic pop and vaguely outernational ambience. 'Hung Markets' is heavily reminiscent of Four Tet, all chiming melodies precision-edited and draped around a stripped-down 4/4 groove, and it sets the tone for what's to come. Recorded in Berlin and Hampshire, Tourist/Sleeper's strange journey sees us alight on the crepuscular boogie of 'Nachtmusik', the Wax Stag-esque nostalgia-tronics of 'Platz' and the minimal, stepping techno muscle-flexing of 'The… Read more
Bureau B turn their attentions to legendary NDW band, Der Plan. The group from Düsseldorf are essentially the pioneers of Neue Deutsche Welle (New German Wave), heralding the intrepid electronic pop of the '80s with a blend of minimal synth music and avant-garde ideology on their debut album 'Geri Reig'. They certainly weren't alone in Dusseldorf's late '70s/early '80s electronics scene, with Kraftwerk honing their man-machine and E.M.A.K. making pristine proggy experiments, but Der Plan stood out by a mile, coming from noisier industrial roots courtesy of sometime DAF members Kurt Dahlke and Robe… Read more
Axel Willner aka The Field surrenders three tracks from his Looping State Of Mind LP to three very different production units, all of whom respond to and amplify the inherent dreaminess of the material. Junior Boys steer things into more obviously Balearic territory, all tick-tocking disco arpeggios, wistful pads and a stoned, low-slung 4/4 groove - proper bleached sunset vibes. Blondes proffer a whooshing techno makeover of 'It's Up There', chunky Chi-town B-line anchoring the phosphorescent strings and twinkling synth FX, but it's Mohn - that's Wolfgang Voigt and Jorg Burger,… Read more
Shifting Peaks deliver their most impressive 12" to date, a debut from up-and-coming Midlands-based producer, Lakosa, backed with ace Mau'lin and WNCL remixes. Setting an impressive agenda, Lakosa's 'Nubian Minds' twists swinging Broken Beat patterns with a linear Techno torque under a voice reciting the names of influential and important figures Black figures, making for a deadly dancefloor joint that'll stick in the mind long after you've left the floor. Flipside Mau'lin makes his first appearance outside of his Ho Tep debut with a fully charged technoid Funky rollers' remix, while WNCL's Bob Bharma goes to town with bumpy, gritty slyding edits on a ruder House flex.
**Quirky, collaged electronic funk with hints of old Hand On The Plow releases - Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "This is the fourth full-length release by Guido Möbius. On previous releases, Guido Möbius has mostly given lyrics a wide berth. On Spirituals, he now goes the other way and allows himself to indulge in meaning and pathos. Spirituals unites crooked humor and dark premonition, apotheosis and kitsch. With each track, Möbius highlights another aspect of spirituality, be it religious or another kind. Indeed, maybe one does come close to a feeling of trans… Read more
Phantom Ghost are back with a new album for Dial. "Some wonderful guests helped us: Our associated member, visual artist Michaela Meise, lends us her bell-like voice she used so accurately last year on her album with reinterpretations of catholic hymns, the surprise success "Preis Dem Todesüberwinder". She joins in the second bird hymn in the history of Phantom Ghost -"In The Tittery"- and embodies the role of the lonely concubine in our micro musical "Phantom Of The Operette". The amazing Violoncello player Boram Lie, founding member of the Kaleidoskop ensemble, currently also perfo… Read more
**includes download coupon redeemable from the label** "Family Band is a collaboration between visual-artist-turned-singer Kim Krans and her husband, onetime heavy-metal guitarist Jonny Ollsin (Children, S.T.R.E.E.T.S). Their songs are as stark as bare trees in winter, Krans' baleful alto swooping mournfully over Ollsin's glimmering guitar like a black crow against a grey sky. As its title implies Grace & Lies is equal parts light and shadow, evoking the mystery and terror of early Cat Power, the ghostly aura of Warpaint, with whom Family Band toured in 2011, and the hushed longing of prime-era Cowboy Junkies."
Another pseudo-psych flashback from Richard Norris' TTASM, this time with St. Etienne, Leftside Wobble and Coyote remixes. Worthy of your attentions, St. Etienne give a typically upbeat and refreshing House version dusted with Sarah Cracknell's breathy vox and conducted with sublime intentions. The '90s were great, weren't they?
**Red vinyl housed in deluxe glossy gatefold jacket and printed inner sleeve replete with lyrics. Edition limited to 500 copies** Nurse With Wound's Andrew Liles drops this heathen Mock Rock extravaganza plumply upon Dirter - the lauded label owned by Steve Pittis and behind the amazing Cut Hands records, among many others. Described by Liles as "an avant garde take on the 'rock' genre [paying] homage to my life long love of Heavy Rock and Metal…", 'Schmetaling Monster Of Rock' has been 4 years in the making and features guest vocals from his NWW collaborator M.S. Waldron, an… Read more
Terence Fixmer, Petar Dundov, Cari Lekebusch and The Black Dog remix Puresque's tranced-out Techno trips for Tresor. Fixmer's is lean, tunnelling and surprisingly light-headed while Dundov's twirling, tight funk is made for the journey.Lekebusch goes darker, jacking and cosmic; The Black Dog are anxious, driving and Industrial.
Mellow Deep House from Wales. Luv* jam in control on the latest Throne Of Blood release, giving up the well-paced, dreamy states of 'Nesta', the Jamal Moss/L.I.E.S.-isms of 'Ponciau' and the slack Electro-House of 'Circle' beside a lushly layered remix of 'Nesta' by In Fields.
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
"Our entry-level power pop compilation features 20 songs from the original 004, plus two bonus cuts, new liners, tons of sleeve scans, photos, and ephemera, all housed in a spot varnished, brickthick gatefold sleeve. Artists include New Jersey's Toms; Kennet, MO's Trend; NYC's Colors, Treble Boys, and Sponsors; Hollywood's Randy Winburn and Tommy Rock; Des Moines, IA's Luxury; San Antonio's Kids; Connecticut's Bats (featuring a young Jon Brion); and Boston's Tweeds."
"A homage to the prairie state Numero calls home, From Champaign To Chicago is a 19-track survey of Illinois' Cheapest Tricks. Reaching back to 1973 and Peoria outliers the Jets and ending in 1987 with Romeoville's Julian Leal and his Dick Clark approved "Get Away," From Champaign to Chicago connects, via map, pins, and string, the various scenes that pockmarked the face of the Land of Lincoln. Chicago's Prettyboys, Tom Orsi, All-Night Newsboys, Kevin Lee & Heartbeat, Band Jocks, Northshore, Paul, the Kind, and Loose Lips are tethered to Rockford's the Names; Ch… Read more
Monday, 23 July 2012
**Acid warped garage psych-pop from one time The Fall member and current White Fence bloke, Tim Presley - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label.**
**Raw, right-ahead Garage with psych twists. RIYL Gary War, Nice Face, Red Krayolas** "After the inescapable fallout from their debut Memory Teeth 12" EP in 2010, Rayon Beach have rightfully emerged with their first proper full-length LP, dragging the trembling scraps of electronic punk slime through a kaleidoscopic garbage can and out into the light, where they can cook properly in the blinding Texas sun. But whereas on their first record the band was still carving out their slithering sound, melting from one mellifluous life form into another over the course of those first six treach… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** **Debut of revered psych guitarist Steven R. Smith under the Ulaan Markhor moniker. Visions of nebulous feedback and celestial melody anchored by steady percussions** "Ulaan Markhor is a new solo vision from Californian Steven R. Smith; as with his former veils (Hala Strana and Ulaan Khol most recently), this new epithet brings about a wholly new origin for creation: rhythmic throb. Smith's heavy percussive clout has rarely surfaced on his records, and has heretofore never served as the focal point. Confined within canyons o… Read more
Thursday, 19 July 2012
**Superb debut album of lush cinematic electronica. RIYL Boards Of Canada, Hype Williams, (ambient) Actress, Belbury Poly, Oneohtrix Point Never - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** 'Regional Surrealism' is the debut album proper from Glasgow's artistic polymath, Konx-Om-Pax aka Tom Scholefield. He's the man responsible for some of the defining album artwork of recent times; his futurist geometric vectors adorn the covers of contemporary classics such as Oneohtrix Point Never's 'Rifts' and Lone's 'Galaxy Gardens', and he's shot equally arresting videos for Ku… Read more
A fresh collaboration Lunice and Scottish eccentric Hudson Mohawke, TNGHT might just be a match made in heaven. This debut EP explores the duo's fascination with the current crop of electrically charged rap doing the rounds at the moment, and somehow manages to do it far more authentically than you might think. From the outside it might seem like musical tourism, but the two capture the starkness and claustrophobia inherent in some of the genre's biggest crossover hits and inject a healthy dose of their own personality to twist things up just a little bit. You might have noticed E… Read more