Thursday, 05 December
Kamau Baaqi aka Darling Farah goes grittier as Farah for Don't Be Afraid. His first release since that string of aces culminating in his 'Body' LP in 2012 is a darker, druggier session of hardware workouts budging between the dry, minimal technohouse of 'Cloudy Apple' to the pensile, ghostly R&B house of 'Speak On The Spotlight' to an MGUN-like exercise in a brain-freeze delays on 'Lockhead', and the dusty, bobbling dub-house skank of 'Pieced Apart'.
**Rigid boxset contains 4 x LPs with individual jackets plus hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** V-O-D grant a rare window of opportunity to survey the outlying soundscapes of extreme sonic cartographer Andrew McKenzie's Hafler Trio in this astonishing boxset. Whilst a fringe concern to most but the hardiest of electronic music travellers, The Hafler Trio have persistently explored the parameters of minimalist sound since the early '80s, funnily enough first as a duo between McKenzie and a Chris Watson fresh outta Cabaret Voltaire, and ever since as McKenzie… Read more
**Rigid 4LP box + bonus 7". White vinyl edition of 200 with liner notes** V-O-D reissue of some of the earliest work by Hamburg's synth music pioneer, Asmus Tietchens, on vinyl for the first time, some 30 odd years after they were originally issued as four super-limited tapes on YHR between 1981 - 1983. Schooled in the mathematically sound electronic composition techniques of Karlheinz Stockhausen, and looking for a future beyond Krautrock's seemingly infinite horizons, Asmus Tietchens' music mapped vectors for distant sounds as yet unheard when he wrote the music on 4K7 between 1975-197. Despite… Read more
**Rigid boxset housing 3 x LPs, liner notes and art insert** V-O-D document the terrifying early work of dark ambient pioneer Brian "Lustmord" Williams with this brace of remastered works including his sought after debut, previously unreleased recordings and a collaboration with Coil's John Balance. To best understand Lustmord's primitive, early provocations it's perhaps necessary to depict the context of their creation - located on the edge of the Snowdonia national park in North Wales during the late '70s surrounded by the dynamite tremors of Penrhyn, the UK's largest s… Read more
**Amazing set featuring rarities from Chris & Cosey, Nurse With Wound, Test Dept, Attrition, Colin Potter, Muslimgauze, Ian Boddy, Portion Control, Legendary Pink Dots, Smegma, Conrad Schnitzler and much more** Rigid boxset containing 5 x LPs with individual jackets plus liner notes and hand-numbered certificate. edition of 500** Thirty years after it was first released, V-O-D give a vinyl life to the≈companied by passionate and enlightening sleeve notes by former Staalplaat staff and industrial knowledge, Frans De Waard, it more o… Read more
Kowton breaks down grime, house and techno down to the barest essentials on the 2nd shot from his Pale Fire label. On 'H-Street' he ruffs up the classic Eski template with his signature white-noise snares synched to gut-punch subs and sirens to make a seething, lip-bitingly tight racket. With 'Helsinki Sunrise' he drops the tempo to a bashy house swagger laced with machine gun snares and the nastiest, knotted subs. TIP!
Bristol bassbin pressure from Batu with two heavyweight shoulder rollers on Livity Sound's backwards imprint. 'Spooked' cuts in line with that Beneath sound, squeezing woozy bass below rattled, offset drums inna dank tribal chamber dub sound. Flipside, 'Clarity (Dismantled)' brings noisier claps and tumbling drums to the table, all meshed with metallic drones and swooping subs for a drunken tribalist swagger.
Team Doyobi return with more digitally damaged breaks and quivering, glitchy synth music. Volume 2 presents a continuous barrage of pixelated explosions and implosions, music alternately small and cute enough to stroke in the palms of your hand and fierce enough to give it the odd chomp. But even within the pocket-monster digital framework there are some spectacular vistas, such as 'Parallax Avenues' and 'Azure Systems,' where solo SNES melodies and sweeping harmonies combine into something modestly mighty. Another fun, detailed and well-made adventure with Team Doyobi.
Mutant electronica from Turin, Italy's Daniele Mana aka Vaghe Stelle, backed with BAT's murky remix refraction and a future-primitive Gand Of Ducks version. As with his excellent 'Out Of Body' EP for Danse Noir, Vaghe's original tracks fall outside any pre-ordained genre, preferring to let his imagination run free in the dark from the off world R&B romance of '4th Hope' to the pneumatic grime and lushly discordant trance sensations of '8th Hope', and something like a radioactive mutation of Saharan cellphone anthem on '10th Hope', thru to the Ferraro-esque '11th Hope'. The Best Available Tec… Read more
One of our favourite labels, Hundebiss, serves the cinematic debut from Milanese duo, Jim C. Nedd and Matteo Pit. The label's description of 'Problems' hits their sound square between the eyes, "…4 long tracks which bring to mind Coil playing a form of ominous Balearic Terminator Music." Gloomy megatropolis synth vistas open out to majestic pre-cog visions of a dystopian future sound. There's certainly an element of James Ferraro's slyly surreal ambiguity to the Massive Attack-style raps in opener, 'Elevaciòn', whilst 'Problems' comes off like Fever Ray gone cyber-skank, and the Michael Mann-i… Read more
**One-sided pressing** Wobbly triplet driven welter from Redshape. There's one track here and it's all you need to kill any crowd worth playing for, building a mouldalting head of acid pumped by powerful kicks and spun off axis with tripping cross-rhythms, all optimised with that Redshape tocuh.
The UK's psych-rock ringleaders, Rocket Recordings, celebrate 15 years with an eclectic selection drawn from established roster heroes (Gnod, Goat, Teeth Of The Sea), relative unknowns (Uran), friends ($hit & $hine), and faves (The Lay Llamas). There's twelve tracks total, the best of which are Gnod's rave-rattling 'Holy Empire' droner, $hit & $hine's fuzzed-up one chord f**ckery, 'Please Don't Share', and a tripped-out earworm from Cherrystones called 'Cats Cradle'.
Brock Van Wey dons his loved-up house hat as Earth House Hold. He aims for the 'floor with two low-slung ambient house moves - the 110bpm vocal house chug of 'Back Where I Belong' and the dreamy 100bpm swagger of 'A Little Bit Late For That Now'.
**Reissue of an amazing, late Kraut-rocket mixing echo-laden guitar, electronics and field recordings originally issued on David Elliott aka Pump's YHR tape label, now presented with two previously unreleased bonus tracks. Mesmerising, driving, mind-blowing stuff - do not miss!** "Acclaimed in the Krautrock scene, Gunter Schickert is the most closely associated with the repetitive echoes of his distinctive guitar sound. Following "Samtvogel" (1974) and "Uberfallig" (1979), he released "Kinder in der Wildnes", a collection of songs from the 1981 to 1983 period. The fact that the… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* A fleshed out re-issue of Tycho's first widely available album 'Sunrise Projector', 'Past is Prologue' comes bundled with groovy new artwork and three exclusive remixes from Dusty Brown, Chachi Jones and Planet Mu's Nautilis. As Merck begins to wind down it's been releasing some of the most interesting titles on it's books yet, sadly this isn't one of them and is possibly one of the most unashamed Boards of Canada pastiches I have ever heard. It's not even that the music is unpleasant, it really isn't - but it just makes me want to root out fo… Read more
**Fascinating recordings of Italian Futurist, Luigi Russolo's legendary Intonarumori, or Noise Intoner, machines orchestrated by Blixa Bargeld, Mike Patton, Pauline Oliveros, among others** "The famous intonarumori (or 'noise intoners') of the Futurists could be considered the earliest 'techno music' instruments of the twentieth century. The 1st public performance of Luigi Russolo's intonarumori project took place in 1913 at Modena's Teatro Storchi, Italy. Luciano Chessa conducted this new orchestra of early Futurist pieces as well as specially commissioned works from… Read more
*Orange Vinyl* Full team effort from M-Zine, Scepticz, Distant Future & Makros for Doc Scott's revitalised 31 Records. M-Zine & Scepticz go toe-to-toe with the sparring minimalism of 'Revolve' and they all pitch in on the taut, nuclear-tipped weaponry of 'Bloodspread'.
*Pink Marbled Vinyl* Nautiluss reps a melodic, Montreal-style tech-house sound on Holland's Audio Culture label, following 12"s for Turbo and Hemlock. 'Solstice' is a nicely tempered builder strealed with plush strings and fruity synth parps; 'Corvus' gets down with a hip-winding square bass and progressive chords; 'Neptune' spirals dainty bleeps on an itchy, sub-heavy garage house groove.
**Limited edition of 500** Dopest Dilla/Madlib style hip hop from J. Jae and raps from Tre, Isreal & E Snow. The third and final instalment of his 'Dirty Collections' bumps from the low-slung MPC sample bump of 'Bright Works' to the darker knocks of 'Nu Bad Man' and the spaced-out weirdness of 'Outer Onto Other'.
**Gatefold double vinyl** Vintage futureshock alert: Cybotron's legendary debut album reissued replete with bonus tracks and extensive, lucubrate liner notes by Dave Tompkins (How To Wreck A Nice Beach). As any self-respecting electronic dance music fan should know, it's nigh-on impossible to overestimate the influence and power of Cybotron, especially their signature electro anthem, 'Clear'. The sci-fi obsessive duo of Juan Atkins and Vietnam veteran Rik Davis combined a love of Kraftwerk, Funkadelic and Yellow Magic Orchestra with Davis' military compensation to conceive a truly escapist sound that … Read more
Bristol's Komon is back with another delectable pair of house cuts, further proof of his considerable craftsmanship. 'So Easy' brings together perfect little keys, polished bass weight and vocal-science soul, while 'Cosmic John' opens out beautifully into a syncopated paradise of pianos and warm bass sprinkled with stardust.
London-style house backed with a Skudge techno remix. Dixon's three originals romp between the jacking bass and nagging vocal stabs of 'Heirloom' to the darker warehouse mode of 'Park Row' and a deeper, dubbed-out play called 'The Things I Gave You'. Skudge bring up the rear with a driving minimal remix of 'Heirloom'.
Killer 3rd 12" of pumping electro-techno by former Bitstream bloke Steve Conner in his Adapta guise. Locked onto a proper 4/4 mission, he piles forth the wormholing DJ Stingray styles of 'Future' and a rare beatless piece 'Her Mind' on top, and sustains the slamming techno assault with 'Recharge' and beside the pnematic electro physics of 'Ninety Five' on the flip. RIYL NRSB-11, DJ Stingray, Uexkull.
Deadbeat dubs two cuts from The Upsetter and The Orb's 'More Tales From The Orbservatory'. Topside he gives a slow, heaving Rhythm & Sound style extended Nyah dub for 'Ball Of Fire'; flipside 'Fuzzball' is reduced and stepped-up on a Champions League Dub.
Falty DL's Blueberry Records on a dancehall tip. Up top Brrd comes back with a very neat and minimal edit of Fantan Mojah's roots vocal to 'Hail Di King' and downtown stars a wicked robo-boglin' instrumental called 'Gold 93'. Winner.
Chris Woodward & Linas Fresh Tee link as Dubinsky for Deep Shit. Their 'Woman' cuts a slinky figure of rustling Afro-latin percussion, dubbed house and jazzy keys, Dimitri Veimar gives it a fancier house remix. Dubinsky's 'Trespass' aims deeper into the night with smooth chords and rolling, breakbeat-loaded house backed with a blown out, nastier remix by Primitive World.
Sub-heavy and strident techno house from Project Squared's sub-label. Melbourne-based Craig McWhinney at the wheel, cutting across deep and desolate dub-techno zones with 'Pulse For Harvest', and working a cannier step with the Pole or Deadbeat-like 'Citadel' and the persistent swing of 'Six Hundred Furlongs'.
**One-sided edition of 250** Canny deep vocoder/disco/piano house bomb from Dublin's New Jackson, following his remix of The xx and and a cool 12" for Hivern Discs.
LA futurists take inspiration from Game Of Thrones on their first release since 2012's excellent 'Warm Pulse' for Hippos In Tanks. Back on their Fade To Mind imprint, the duo reduce Eski grime, RPG memes, trap and house in seven of the slickest Vaporwave/Bass mutations you'll hear this year. The crystalline trap geometry of 'Skycell' itself borrows a title from - we're reliably informed, having never watched Game Of Thrones - a jail called the 'Eyrie' that's got a thousand foot drop on one side. 'Foam Feathers' is an anti-G-rollin' R&B instrumental, and 'Harp Bell' gives Jersey Club bass a sophist… Read more
Surreal, complex and hyper-edited collages of field recordings, drones and electronics by Gonçalo F Cardoso aka Gonzo for Laurent Jeanneau aka Kink Gong's Discrepant label. Gonçalo weaves edited field recordings made by Jeanneau with raw and digitally treated analogue modulations by Cédric Stevens (aka Acid Kirk) and drums by David Naan into fractally morphing, impossible and otherworldly scenes segueing between up-close recordings of flies, dissonant Chinese chorales, layered location recordings and dramatic drone panoramas. RIYL Rashad Becker, Russell Haswell's field recordings, Sublime Frequencies, Francisco Lopez.