Monday, 26 March 2012
**Truly stunning, obscure plugged-in pop from 1986-91 Kollywood (South India) and the dream-teaming of "Little Nightingale" K.S. Chitra, with maverick film score arranger/songwriter Ilaiyaraaja. Beautifully floral falsettos meet sweeping electronics, ornate drum machine patterns and fantastical sample orchestrations in a feverish dream for fans of that incredible 'Play That Beat Mr. Raja' oddity or Ilaiaraaja's bonkers 'Solla Solla' sessions. Highly recommended!** "There are few records you will hear this year that combine the sounds of a child's choir, a DX7 bass line, three types of drum ma… 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'.
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Scanone ropes his mates ADJ, Radioactiveman and Sync24 in for a hardcore sci-fi Electro session. The original title track burns up futuristic synths over wide bass and restless drum programming, whereas ADJ's remix tightens into a stripped-down and concentrated robo-mover. Radioactiveman's remix is hyperkinetic, driving, and Sync24 goes far out darkside with serious bass pressure.
**Edition of 500 180g red vinyl housed in die-cut, individually numbered and foil-embossed jacket** When they were passing through London on tour in summer 2011, Guy Blakeslee's Entrance Band laid down a session of exclusive arrangements and psyched Blues cover versions at the famed Southern Studios. With Derek W James on drums, Paz Lenchantin on bass, and Guy singing and playing guitar, they churn up the magnificent 12-minute psych-Blues of 'New Orleans' and the burned-out visions of 'Requiem For Juicy', beside the highlight - an impassioned cover of Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas' 1930 Blues standard 'Last Kind Words'.
Thursday, 15 March 2012
If you're ever going to literally judge an artist by their name, now is the time. Spectrum Spools proudly present the highly anticipated vinyl debut of Derek Gedalecia's Head Boggle project. After laying down the groundwork with releases on a stack of cassette labels, his eponymous long player is a disorienting, meticulously thunked-out manifestation of his far-reaching acoustic/electronic research; a febrile mass of sounds captured, triggered, played and edited with uncanny sleight of hand and incisive narrative vision. With a "kitchen sink" approach to composition he navigates Moogs, Harmoni… Read more
Desto returns to Rwina inside a handsome new jacket loaded with four fluoro, forward fusions of Hip Hop, Dubstep and Electro. A-side contains the stoosh, iced-out 808 subbass pressure and lazer-spotted synths of 'No Sleep' and the killer, Kuedo or Araabmuzik-styled electro-tension of 'Shadow Sole'. Flip her for 'Monsters About', rolling up to the Trap with Maybach-sized bassline and cold-staring melody while 'Can't Take It' gets cyber-exotic with sheer synths and halfstepped drums reminding of Ikonika.
**Hand-stamped white label** 'Everything You Say' rubbed-up by LV and Scrimshire himself for a limited edition remix 12". London-based trio LV see their first remix action following last year's much loved 'Routes' album for Keysound, bumping Scrimshire's soul burner with richer subs and hovering chords for the 'floor, instrumental included. Scrimshire's own Dub masterfully renders the tight Latin percussion and horns to body-gripping effect.
**Black label wax housed in hand-stamped paper sleeve** Left_Blank spread their wings to Russia with the 2nd vinyl release by 23 year old enigma, Myown. Much like his debut for Anton Zap's Ethereal Sound imprint, and in keeping with his new home's explorative aesthetic, the 'Vesna' EP exhibits a convoluted, hyper-structured fusion of dark 2-step, Electronica and House. He takes this to its logical limits with warped Garage contours infused with strange folk-jazz melodies and haunting, cyber-surreal resonance on opener 'Suromna', while 'Vesna' sounds like a genetically modified clone of an El-B riddim ima… Read more
Hypnotic, wiggling Tech-House remixes of Brazilian superstar DJ/producer Gui Boratto's 'Destination:Education' from Terranova and Tale Of Us. Berlin stalwarts, Terranova get involved in a stripped down darkroom version urged by hefty bass and over-the-shoulder vocals with slinky, upbuilding keys. The Tale Of Us mix is more druggy, tailored to moodier, Italian tastes.
Beast of a 12" from Gabriel Andruzzi, the bloke behind DFA darlings The Rapture. It's practically worth it for the two A-side tracks alone; the badass NY House swagger of 'Apeman' and those cuckoo sounds on the genetically modified 'Bohemian Groove' mix by Jokers Of The Scene and Renaissance Man. Turn it over and you get the spaced out and haughty shunt of Monty Luke's remix plus the deeper grooving 'More F**king Apes'. Prime.
Lovely five-tracker on Warp from multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Daniel Rossen, a member of both Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles. 'Up On High', 'Silent Song', 'Golden Miles' 'Return To Form' are classy, adult pop songs nailed just right - their plangent melodies and quirky chamber arrangements recalling not only Grizzly Bear but also Vampire Weekend and Lambchop at their most expansive, with a hint of the psychedelic whimsy of Nick Nicely or Guided By Voices. 'Saint Nothing' is a rather more sombre number, its spacious feel, stately piano chords and bleary-eyed horn section recalling Talk Talk and Beirut. A really elegantly crafted record.
"Songs can go a million different ways," declares Lee Ranaldo in the liner notes for his Matador solo album, Between The Times And The Tides, an album which will impress even the most ardent followers of Ranaldoʼs work. Joined by an all-star cast including Nels Cline, Alan Licht, John Medeski, bassist Irwin Menken and longtime associate Steve Shelley (and cameos from old friends Jim OʼRourke and Bob Bert), it's equal parts smart, confident and loose in a manner that recalls some of our favorite rockʼnʼroll project...yet sounds like a fantastic new band that was apparently being assembled right under our noses."
Back with a 3rd volume, Bristol Archive Records compile 8 sweet treats from their home city's famed and deeply rooted Reggae scene circa '80s. 7 of those tracks are previously unreleased, and all together provide a great overview of the diversity of ideas and styles that were bubbling away in 1980s Bristol. Highlights have to be Bunny Marrett's bluesy jazz ace 'I'm Free', Joshua Moses' casio-starring stepper 'Stick It Up', a rocksteady digit-dub from Popsy Curious called 'Chant Down Bobby Rome' and Cool Runnings' blue bayside ace 'Playhouse'.
**150g vinyl. Includes download coupon redeemable from the label** "Heady and visceral, psychedelic and intensely lucid, Hubble's mesmeric guitar webs are laser-etched incantations to the sublime." - Michael Azerrad. Well, Mr. Azerrad's just about taken the words out of our mouth. This side from Zs guitarist, Ben Greenberg aka Hubble is a wonderful thing to behold; three tracks of de-stabilized, spiralling guitar loops like a Reich-piece gone wonderfully askew and underlined by mystically slow drums and incredible, almost Reese-like bass seeming to open the ground beneath us. Genuinely engaging stuff for more adventurous ears. Recommended!
**Housed thick card, tip-on style jackets. Includes download code redeemable from the label** Split Cranium is an Finnish/Amero force of nature steeped in punk and progressive metal heritage perpetrated by members of Circle, Pharoah Overlord, Steel Mammoth and Mammifer/Ex-Isis. "Birthed kicking, screaming and drenched in smelly amniotic slime, Split Cranium is the result of a recording session that promptly reversed course. Lehtisalo and Kröger had spent a few days unfurling some artsy-fartsy free-noise-rock improvisations before deciding to just get f**king riff on. Circle had recently j… Read more
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
**Includes free copy of the album on CD** **Nedry drop their anticipated sophomore album on Monotreme - home to the likes of 65daysofstatic and This Will Destroy You. 180g "audiophile" vinyl plus CD copy and poster** "Nedry are a trio by way of London, Osaka and Bristol whose distillation of advanced rhythmic structures, low frequencies and raw human tones stand uniquely at a fascinating sonic crux of leftfield, club and indie juncture. British bass music clings to few modern regulations. As grey areas become inviting, zones of conflict are transformed into fertile new ground. Nedry are dictati… Read more
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Fresh UK House from Pusherman backed by Chaos In The CBD and C.R.S.T remixes. His original 'Still Feel' and 'Perforate' fuse elements of Funky and ElectroHouse with fidgety drum edits for that up-to-the-moment UK sound, while Chaos In The CBD cools 'Still Feel' to a slinkier, more sophisticated House roll and C.R.S.T. perform their tucked-in magic on 'Perforate'.
Monday, 12 March 2012
No rest for the wickedest - Wiley drops his 2nd album for Big Dada only 6 months after his '100% Publishing' episode! Again, it's almost an entire gesamtkunstwerk; with the exception of a Mark Pritchard beat on final cut 'This Is Just An Album', Richard Cowie accounts for all production and lyrics, and let's be fair, you wouldn't expect any less. 'Evolve or be Extinct' is already being touted as his best record in years, and while time will surely tell, we should confirm its merits are manifold and plenty, conducted with a stream-of-conscious cheek and clarity and a coherency of prod… Read more
Thursday, 08 March 2012
**Deluxe vinyl edition pressed on 140g vinyl in typically lavish poly-lined inner sleeve, packaged in a pro-press color jacket housed in silk-screened PVC sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas** Perhaps best known for his Bird Show releases on Kranky, Ben Vida delivers a striking entry of psycho-acoustic trickery for PAN with 'esstends esstends esstends'. In case you're wondering, the "psycho-acoustic trickery" we mention is an earwax-loosening and hallucinatory experimental technique of expanded and localised spatialisation while resonating at frequencies which s… Read more