Thursday, 23 October
Worldly, wide-angled blend of R&B, dub and pop from Copenhagen-based American, Steven Jess Borth II. As with almost everything else on the excellent Time No Place label, 'Form Of Release' presents a uniquely skewed perspective on convention. Across eleven diverse and accomplished productions ranging from icy R&B minimalism reminding of inc. or HTDW, thru warmer Junior Boys-alike boogie and uptempo soul-pop burners, CHLLNGR's versatile soul vocal and feel for uncluttered dub spaciousness are really the only common elements, and equally one of the main attractions.
"Swindle dives straight in at the deep end with sirens and footwork inspired drums, gradually building themes of energetic brass brilliance into the mix…"
Master remixer DJ Koze collects 14 of his best circa 2009-2014 on 'Reincarnations 2'. The first disc highlights his 'floor-raising tech-house remix of Moderat's 'Bad Kingdom' alongside his woozy blue takes on Herbert's 'It's Only' and 'You Saw It All', whilst the second disc presents his expansive, lolling rework of Mount Kimbie's 'Made To Stray' and a slow-building version of Caribou's 'Found Out', among others. Better yet, the third plate includes his mildly lysergic infection of Zwanie Jonson's 'Golden Song', a killer hip hop cut-up of Gonzales' 'Knight Moves' and a chamber jazz-tronica overhaul of Soap & Skin's 'Marche Funèbre'.
*Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey, cut at Abbey Road studios, pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl and includes download code redeemable from the label* "Following the break up of Nick Cave’s former group The Birthday Party, Cave and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey put together a new band featuring Einsturzende Neubauten guitarist Blixa Bargeld, additional guitarist Hugo Race, and ex-Magazine bass player Barry Adamson. The band entered the studio on September 20th 1983, and after some sessions, emerged as Nick Cave & The Cavemen, playing… Read more
*Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey, cut at Abbey Road studios, pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl and includes download code redeemable from the label* ‘The Firstborn Is Dead’, co-produced by Nick Cave, the Bad Seeds and Flood, is the second studio album released by Cave & The Bad Seeds, and was originally released on June 3rd 1985. Cave explores his fascination with the American South, with references ranging from Elvis Presley to ‘Blind’ Lemon Jefferson. Recorded in Berlin, Cave later said of this album, "Berlin gave us the freedom and encoura… Read more
*Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey, cut at Abbey Road studios, pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl and includes download code redeemable from the label* "With ‘Your Funeral... My Trial’ The Bad Seeds expanded their personnel by adding Thomas Wydler on drums, enabling Mick Harvey to display his considerable multi-instrumental talents. This was the band’s fourth studio album and was released on November 3rd 1986, and was originally released as a double EP, with production duties handled by Flood and Tony Cohen. Cave later remarked "That particular … Read more
This has gotta be a first: greaziest boogie styles from Estonian mother/son duo Uku Kuut and Maryn Coote, sourced by Peoples Potential Unlimited. Further to Uku's 'Vision Of Estonia' LP, this 12" features an alternate, formerly unreleased tape version of 'Mayday' with his mum cooing in the background, plus the slinky funk of 'Suggestive' and over to the orientalist motifs of 'Ao', and again with his mum coming in close on 'Dreamboy'...
Radge-packet techno from Lyon, France-based Somaticae for the home of spannered Gallic techno, In Paradisum. 'Rexd' jaxx up a gravelly sort of EBM techno slam with proper wrong'un vocals; 'Pacurgis' dries off with a salty, bruxist techno determination; 'Zouk' cuts loose with hollowed metallic breakbeats and tek style bass wallop; 'Feedbacks' describes the title with unflinching force.
Manic electronica/techno fusions from BNJMN on his follow-up to the darker shades of 'IV' for Technicolour. Each track here feels almost torn between two worlds, from the leaden throb and flighty, frantic Manga samples of 'Coil' thru the crushed groove and sparkling electronic dimensions of 'Berth' to the strange schism of mechanical bird noise and pounding techno in 'Merge' and the spatialized ambient trickery of closer, 'Azure'.
Grade A big room techno tackle from a canny new trio on 50 Weapons. Well-poised and driven, three tracks reduce techno to the barest, most effective elements primed for haughty 'floor shows between the woodblock snare pivots and achingly well-timed developments of 'Attack' thru filtered disco-tech in 'The Wind', and the surging pleasuredome monster, 'Curious'.
**Hand-stamped, individually numbered edition of 300 housed in debossed PVC sleeve** Traag follows his alter ego Siobhan's 'Southgate' LP for Opal Tapes with a raw, sleazy session for Italy's Gang Of Ducks. Punkishly cocked with drawling vocals and greased up with slow, kinky boogie and electro rhythms, it lands somewhere between '20 Jazz Funk Greats'-era TG and the snottier No Wave styles of Dracula Lewis or $hit & $hine, at best in the loping, reverse edit loops and snivelly delivery of 'Win The Lotto', the mutant disco propulsions of 'Mr. Alan', 'Rubber Doll' and 'Stray Dog', or the coiled electro slither of 'Tropical Fruit'.
Skewed and scuffed garage trax from Marco Zanin aka DJ Octopus and half of Venetian duo, Die Roh. His 3rd 12", following releases for Enlightened Wax and Chiwax, comes with a pendulous, rugged reminding of John Swing or Battista in the gritty groove of 'Smack My Pitch Up' whilst 'Cycling' serves a tape-saturated sort of bumpty garage-house. Better yet, the B-side lays out a killer fusion of technoid snares (snatched off Dimi Angelis & Jeroen Search's 'Jupiter'?) and heavy house bass with that classic "Love Fantaseee" sample, and 'A Day At The Lake With Carlos' simmers down to a blue strain of mid-tempo garage.
"Recorded in 1964 at the Federal studio in Jamaica, this elegant yet unique previously unreleased album is said to be the origin of the Jamaican Mento meets 4 Beat Jazz sound. This brilliant album is one of the most important Jamaican Jazz recordings that Ernest Ranglin has ever made. Everything in this album starts with the traditional Caribbean Jazz classics and then develops into 4 Beat Jazz. Produced by the Godfather of Jamaican music, Ken Khouri, this album really deserves its title."
Clad in killer artwork by Alex Solman, this is a new edition of Sleaford Mod's 2013 single including the spit speckled fury of 'Mr Jolly F**ker' - which actually sounds a bit like a raging MC Pitman on 33 - backed with the rollicking 'Tweet Tweet Tweet'.
WNCL tack to noisy garage-techno with six cuts from C.E.O. This is music for the most mutant 'floors, assaulting the senses with red-lining production and uncomfortably insistent swing rhythms between the salty blast of 'Screeching' to the incessant jabs of 'Zaapp' and the buck-wild styles of 'Loud' and 'Crayons'. TTT and UTTU fans, listen up.
**Edition of 250** Mellow, deeper house, acid and electronica from the Uncharted Audio crew. Davor gives the session a smooth start with the elegant piano phrases and almost DJ Sprinkles-style shuffle of 'Ride With Me' next to the subtly intricate rhythms and AFXian ambient arrangement of Ukkonen's 'Terophase'. Shlømo takes us to moodier dub techno territory with 'Heart Of Bijamine', and Langer's 'Now We Are Six' gives a classy electro-acid kiss-off.
"First ever re-issue of this 1965 Jamaican Latin-Calypso-Jazz album by piano genius Cecil Lloyd, who led a 20-piece hotel band from the age of seventeen. In 1959, the maestro was asked to record an album for 20th Century Fox and he later released three albums at Studio One. Featuring a solid rhythm section with conga and percussion, A Night in Jamaica was produced by Ken Khouri for Federal's Kentone label. This enduring masterpiece still echoes across the beautiful Caribbean Sea."
"Founding members of the original 'Rock In Opposition' movement and the inventors of 'Chamber Rock', mythic belgian band Univers Zero have continued to change and grow and develop over their entire career, while still keeping a ensemble sound and spirit that is easily recognizable. These recordings were unavailable before as LP format. Longstanding Belgian chamber rockers and avant-garde pioneers led by drummer/composer Daniel Denis, Univers Zero was formed in 1974 with co-composer and guitarist Roger Trigaux (who left the band in 1980). This 2LP documents the final 1980s line-ups before the ban… Read more
"These unreleased recordings were made at IRCAM in Paris in 1983. It illustrates the power that an electronic composition can achieve when the composer arrives at a true synergy with his synthesizer. This LP represents a significant performance by Salvatore Martirano (1927-1995) on his unique instrument, the SalMar Construction. Under development from the late 1960s, the SalMar is believed to be the first interactive 'composing machine' with digital logic circuits at its heart. The performance took place in the spring of 1983 at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination A… Read more
**Transparent, marbled blue wax with download code in screen-printed PVC wallet** Sub Rosa task a diverse cast of remixers to re-work Oiseaux Tempête's debut album of gauzy, experimental post-rock. Highlights include the depressed trudge of Colin Johnco's 'L'île' remix, a majestic overhaul of 'Ouroboros' by Do Make Say Think's Harris Underwater, and the Forest Swords-esque version of 'Nuage Noir' by Leopard Of Honour.
**2014 Reissue** Lord Quas’s first solo 12” on Stones Throw Records! Features three songs also available on Quas’s The Unseen, but get ‘em here with artwork by DJ Design. Instrumentals too.
*2014 Reissue* This 12-inch was released leading up to the full-length Further Adventures of Lord Quas. Cover by Jeff Jank showing the night view of Quasimoto's building where who-the-hell-knows-what goes on at all hours of the night.
Lord Quas, Madlib and Melvin Van Peebles on some fantastic, nightmarish planet, tripping hard. As hallucinatory a hip hop experience as you can possibly hope to experience without mushrooms. For some reason, the remix was featured first, and, as a result was the version featured on The Unseen album. So peep the original version – available only on this 12.”
**Ships Friday** ‘Hinterland’ is the fourth single from East India Youth’s debut album ‘Total Strife Forever’, and includes a Katja Waske Remix.
*Pressed on virgin vinyl and presented in a jacket with spot UV gloss printing on cover and free download card* "Heat Leisure are a collective featuring all members of Pontiak along with Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, Liturgy, Ben Frost), Alexandra Drewchin (Guardian Alien) and Steve Strohmeier (Beach House). Heat Leisure take a freewheeling approach to psychedelia with obvious nods to Amon Düül II, Can and The Grateful Dead. ‘III & IV’ features Merry Prankster and Grateful Dead associate Ken Babbs."
Expanded (Live At The Barbican)’ captures a live performance from 2014 of These New Puritans performing with a full orchestra and choir (The Heritage Orchestra and Synergy Vocals) at The Barbican Centre.
Outstanding mid-tempo disco session from Mark E for Futureboogie. Ask us, we'll tell ya this is probably the best we've ever heard from the Brummie producer. The A-side's 'Activity' is a dangerously hypnotic chugger riding the slickest bass arpeggio on astral trajectory to proper, Carpenter-esque peaks; B-side gets right down with the buttered claves and fruity yet minimal synth strokes, and 'Shapes' comes off like some long lost NWAQ production. Choice.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "A few months ago the felte label received an anonymous demo accompanied by a photo of 3 figures, faces covered like some sort of futuristic druids. To this day the label still doesn't know the group's origin, but the joy of discovering this music unimpeded renders this fact almost irrelevant. There’s a sense that the band would prefer to keep your focus on the music and not who they are, where they come from or what you might perceive them to be before hearing a single note. If you need glorious mug shots and preamble to capture you… Read more
‘Intensity Ghost’ is the follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed ‘Solar Motel’ album, which made year end lists at The New Yorker, Uncut Magazine and Popmatters and provoked ecstatic comparisons with Television and Neil Young & Crazy Horse to Richard Thompson and The Grateful Dead. ‘Solar Motel’ came together as a solo album but the band Forsyth assembled to tour the record - bassist Peter Kerlin, guitarist Paul Sukeena (Spacin') and drummer Steve Urgo (ex-War On Drugs) - took things to another level and quickly became a powerhouse. Forsyth brought the grou… Read more