Thursday, 26 February
Party ladz, Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter collect three cherry-picked cuts from their 'Weekends and Beginnings' session for Mister Saturday Night Records. Includes Ike Release's deep house move, 'Phazzled'; Tommy Musto's '97 remix of DJ Spen's gospel house burner, 'Solid Ground as Jasper Street Company; MCDE's breezy, lilting remix of 'Leave House' by Caribou.
**Full album on CD included free inside** "This historical recording is something of a milestone, and it´s a mystery why it has been kept away from the public for over thirty years. More about that later. If anybody deserves to be called a living legend in Norwegian free jazz it must surely be saxophone, flute and clarinet player Frode Gjerstad. Born in 1948 in Stavanger, he has since the late 70s been central on more than fifty records and played with a number of free jazz players such as Evan Parker, Johnny Dyani, John Stevens, Derek Bailey, Barry Guy, Bobby Bradford, Paul Rutherford, Hamid D… Read more
This is pretty special: an album of unreleased home recordings made circa 1982-83 by Liquid Liquid percussionist Dennis Young - aye, the same fella sampled on Grandmaster Flash's 'White Lines'. Edited and arranged in summer 2014, it illuminates 16 pieces primed for the heads and DJs, ranging from dubbed-up, extended No wave disco roll-outs, thru singeing synth escapades equally comparable with Craig Leon and Bruce Lacey, via a number of little guitar ditties and experiments. It's perfectly symptomatic of that febrile air of creativity surrounding New York in that era, keen to expand the pe… Read more
Motor City via Berlin-style electro from Steffi and pals, Dexter & Virginia. The original 'Treasure Seeking' from Steffi's 'Power of Anonymity' album takes pride of place, backed with a Shari Vare-style 130BPM version and a super sleek Diep Version with trimmed drums and a fluid, heady build. Dead smart.
*2015 Repress* "Reissue of that long awaited matching of two of the hottest hip hop producers of their day, Whaaat a blaaast - Madlib and Jay Dee, foolz, L.A. vs Detroit, heavyweight battle styles. It's bomb business from the get-go salvo 'Mcnasty Filth' feat Jay Dee's homeboys Frank-N-Dank which drops cut and spliced heavy horn stabs that are meshed up into a phat ass break from the Madlib with some serious street rhyming from Jay Dilla and his Detroit homies. A heavy start and the best introduction to this match made in hip hop heaven. Onto the indian rhythms of the second singl… Read more
*2015 Repress* J Dilla's 'Ruff Draft' has quite rightly become the thing of hip-hop folklore - with his untimely death providing the impetus for Stones Throw to dust off the masters and reissue it as a bonus drenched double set. An aural missing link that provides a thrilling insight into the sonic jump Dilla made from his early work as part of Slum Village and production whizz for A Tribe Called Quest, Common, The Pharcyde and De La Soul, over to the experimental and technically intense oeuvre which marked his collaborative venture with Madlib. Where there was once dust-in-sunlight… Read more
*2015 Repress* Jay Dee's CV is about as faultless as they come in hip-hop; part of A Tribe Called Quest's production team, he helped craft bona-fide hits for the likes of Busta, De La Soul and Pharcyde, before cementing an entire sound through his minimalistic beats for Common, Q-Tip and Slum Village in the late 90's. He then changed his name to J Dilla, formed a duo with Madlib (Jaylib), released a solo album 'Welcome to Detroit' and then constructed one of the most original hip-hop albums for years; without an MC in sight... Made up of brief sample-heavy vignettes, 'Donuts' origins as… Read more
*2015 Repress* Detroit represents with this highly anticipated and posthumous collection of instrumental Dilla beats. Operating under the shadow of the city's derelict Michigan Central Station on the sleeve, the late James Yancey's friends and family have collected, dusted off and restored twelve typically exceptional beats bumped off the man's MPC and buttered up for consumption with all the quirks, tape smudge, drop outs and sirens you could wish for. On disc one we're taken in with the shimmering soul bump of 'Detroit Madness' and treated to some outstanding… Read more
**White wax with A4 insert** The Swedish Electronic Liberation Front have coaxed a relatively rare outing from Andreas Tilliander (TM404) in his much-loved Mokira guise. Catering to S.E.L.F.'s free-form agenda, he gets messy with rubbling analogue noise in 'Skaka Hund Skaka' and locks down some proper Pan Sonic style minimal acid grumble with 'Hund Skaka Hund' and an expansive B-side of pure voltage control with 'Skaka Skaka Hund'.
Ruder box jams by San Francisco's Vin Sol for Clone's Jack For Daze Series. Check it for the Gherkin Jerk-styled metallic twanger, 'Off The Chain' and the hypnotic, salacious Chicago vibes of 'House Freaks'.
Lushly tactile tech-house minimalism from Berlin's Binh on the long-running home of such stuff, Perlon. Both sides ooze slinky finesse: 'Visio' very gently unfold a writhing, subby square bass beneath waves of trickling, starlit synths to sound like a slower relation of Convextion; 'Ruski' carries on the vibe with a dash more psychedelic energy in its lathered electronics and delicately insistent drum arrangements.
Hamburg's Smallpeople with a slinky, sub-heavy house session for Smallville. Simplicity and refinement is key to 'Lowrider Anarchy', shying away from anything shiny in favour of soft, lowlit chords and gently insistent swing with 'Blissful Limbo' and deep, grubbing basslines under starry electronics in the title track, leaving 'Lazy Lama Legend' to pick up the rear with mesmerising square bass synched to itchy hi-hats in a melted Mr. Fingers styles.
One for the deep house connoisseurs: a 2014 remastered reissue of Manabu Nagayama & Soichi Terada's 1991 production, 'Low Tension', backed with new mixes. Set to cream a lot of heads, it's a pitch-perfect bit of house soul flush with flutes, chiming keys, pink-hued pads and jazz fills on a plump square bass, sounding as fat as ever thanks to new remaster. There's also a low key and raw remix by Yukihiro Fukutomi aka FOOG, and a superb 'Utopian' mix on the B-side ripe for the Sprinkles fiends.
Pumping big room drama from Italian newcomers, Mind Against, and Belgium's Locked Groove. Stylish and effective, 'Elysium' plays out a hydraulic flux of thrumming kicks and gaunt pads giving way to a stellar breakdown; 'Pulsar' comes over all kosmiche with simmering, Schulze-like synth escalation and crafty, teasing rhythms.
Two Chicago anthems on one plate - Frankie Knuckles and Jamie Principle's 'It's a Cold World' and 'Bad Boy'. Essential stuff.
Rolling tech-house minimalism from Montreal, Canada's Devon Hansen in Stefan Jós mode. Last spotted on a lovely ambient split with Austin Cesear for Opal Tapes, he presents another side of Jós for Japan's Flau with four tracks of tenderly melodic, dubbed out and lower case dub-house. Mastered by Miles Whittaker, cut by Lupo.
Kinzy comes to Pinch's Cold Recordings with four taut, technoid rollers. 'The Experience' arches up like some dread techno daemon with darkside junglist vibes; '3Style' is freakier, minimal, percolated. 'Pressure' compresses vintage late '90s tech-step styles to a lean techno template; 'Simple City' knuckles out bouncing bass drums inna wipe-clean cyber-dread soundsphere.
Squeaky clean yet greazy boogie disco from Nobuyuki Suzuki for Eglo. The over-funked flex of 'Natural Thing' conjures images of sozzled parents dancing to Bruno Mars; 'Bustin'' does the same on a deft disco-funk downstroke.
'Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments' is a beautiful synth music obscurity by a largely unsung hero of the genre, David Borden. Originally released in 1981 on the little-known Red label outta Holland, it has been reclaimed from the safety masters and reissued for your delectation by John Elliott's Spectrum Spools nearly 33 years later. Quite understandably, many heads are suffering synth ennui with the sheer tide of forgettable reissues in circulation right now, but this one is like a sad beacon in swelling seas, radiating the sweetest melodies and harmonic… Read more
Stellar techno-boogie from new and promising name, Creta Kano for Bristol's Happy Skull. A lush and insistent lather of Detroit techno and UK braindance filtered with misty-eyed effect, 'Skyway Motel' yields some of the sweetest 'floor moves of 2015 so far. The title track nails E.R.P.-style emosh electro-funk with tantalising marimba melody and sublime chord progressions on the A-side, while the faded breakbeat beauty, 'False Water' shyly skips and melts away like one of AFX's recovered demos on the B-side next to the collapsed boogie screw of 'Skyway 81'. It's hard to resist kind of these charms.
**180g vinyl double LP - Includes digital download code with mixed and unmixed versions redeemable from the label** Unmixed Double 180 gram Vinyl featuring tracks from Darkstar, Holy Other, Teebs, Nils Frahm, Letherette, David Holmes, Alela Diane, School of Seven Bells, Peter Broderick, Four Tet, Bibio, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Helios and Jon Hopkins himself.
**2LP in gatefold sleeve** Parisian Afro-futurist Bambounou projects a mystic, dystopian premonition of things to come with 2nd album, 'Centrum' for Modeselektor's label. Inspired by the sci-fi predictions of Akira and Dune, and operating in aesthetic orbit of Jeff Mills, Jamal Moss and Untold, we find ten tracks unfolding a cracked narrative of night vision synths and scuffed, semi-organic rhythms that seem to have a micro-life of their own. It works very neatly as a play-through listen, twysting between frayed, Afro-centric shuffle and Detroit-style electronics in 'Composer' and the polychromat… Read more
**Limited edition red wax includes bonus 7" and digital download** "The highest apex of psychedelia, be it art, music, drugs or literature, is to induce a prolonged consciousness shift that affects the consumer far beyond the time that they were privy to the act. Moon Duo‘s third full-length LP, Shadow of the Sun, was written entirely during one of these evolving phases. Working in a rare and uneasy rest period for the band, devoid of the constant adrenaline of performing live and the stimulation of traveling through endless moving landscapes, offered Moon Duo a new space to reflect on al… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** **Includes download code** "Sydney's Au.Ra, a duo composed of Tim Jenkins and Tom Crandles, release their new full length Jane's Lament, a work which carefully envelops the listener in dreamy hues of sound. Made over the course of two years, the LP was birthed from improvised jams the pair play over droning guitars and looped drum beats. Tracks like “Sun,” and “Pyramid” emerge slowly out of interplays between simple melodies and layered, reverbed instrumentation. Au.Ra's “emotive soundscapes” perfectly encase their nontraditional pop… Read more
*For fans of electronic soul with a public access aesthetic - die-cut cathode-ray jacket with one of six cover configurations, all of which are interchangeable via printed inner sleeves and enclosed booklet. Also includes a DVD mix tape, isolating the most absurd and outrageous moments from the original broadcasts* "For 23 straight Saturday nights of 1982, The Chicago Party dance show assaulted Chicagoland UHF eyeballs with Spandex, Southside fly guys, tender tenderonies, magicians, contortionists, prismatic video gimmickry, and lip-synched singles by a rising regime… Read more
**Double vinyl reissue of two volumes from MF Doom's acclaimed series - plus bonus 7-inch.** What, Doom's instrumental beat series comes to an end??!!? Maybe this will bring the excitement back after Doom's insatiable attitude to releasing every project he can think of which has no doubt made many of his recent releases a little less than fully essential. Thankfully this thirteen track set finds his instrumental tracks on fire - more recent killers mix with unreleased bombs. By now you know the ingredients in Doom's Special Herbs, they are very tasty indeed. Bid farewell to an inspiring series with this excellent double chapter.
The venerated German producer appropriates African musics in a long-standing Teutonic tradition on his latest for Hamburg's Dial. 'Black Towers' stretches out for nearly 12 minutes of effortless, subtly shifting groove repetition and awning, earthly synth pads; 'Sliced Africa' locks down to a percolated bounce with natty keyboard melodies reminding of recent Fiedel and MMM styles, 'Spiritual Enhancer' gets off on a sort of slow-mo mix of Roedelius and old skool electro.
**Hand-stamped in poly sleeve with A4 insert** Tigersushi's Joakim and Crackboy drop three mid-tempo and Afro-centric grooves as POV.
**Full album on CD included freeinside** Kompakt's Pop Ambient series comes of age with the first full length offering in its new album series (as opposed to compilations). Hand-picked for the job by series curator, Wolfgang Voigt, Argentina's Leandro Fresco returns to the Kompakt fold more than ten years since his 'Amor Internacional' 12", which hailed as one of the label's best ever releases by Michael Mayer.
Ostgut's occasional Unterton label follows that smart Kobosil session with four Berlin techno-house standards by Nitam. A-side offers a slightly trancey tech-house roller and some grittier, spaced house; B-side gets down with a rugged Chicago acid sound and a killer, pumping breakbeat piece reminding of recent Zenker Brothers styles.