Thursday, 18 December
**180g vinyl. Hand-numbered edition of 300** Double shot of deep and delirious house experiments from John Swing, EMG and Battista aka SPS. Their 2nd team joint flings farther into the jackin' zone with a pumping, swinging machine groove built from wriggly rimshots and filtered disco loops smudged with the fudgiest funk in the 'Conscio Mix'; B-side they scramble the senses with a dub-doused 'Inconscio Mix' spinning out into gyroscopic house space before finding its footing in a crumbling, dissolving groove taking the madness to its ultimate conclusion. Off it.
Klasse Recordings boss Luca Lozano follows his Optimo Trax session with a trio of rugged early techno-house emulations backed with divine DJ Fett Burger remix. There's a certain turn-of-the'90s vibe to Luca's originals, from the pumping Dance Mania flava and gritty drums of 'Mister Right Now', thru the sub-loaded and killer early hardcore/Belgian rave vibes of 'Come With Me', to the whirring, jacking R&S psychedelia of 'The Afterworld'. DJ Fett Burger's Orgonitt Meme Deep mix is icing on the cake, taking the vibe of 'The Afterworld' to New York City circa 1991 with big ol' Nu Groove-style B-line and drusm wrapped up with mad samples chatter and lush chords. TIPPED!
Romare returns with the 'floor-friendly follow-up to his much loved pair of EPs. 'Roots' carves out a blunted, bluesy house swagger from murky filter tricks and swinging, Afro-centric drums with a style reminding of La Funk Mob and all that dope '90s gear from Paris; 'Pusherman' cuts a moodier, slower figure with sluggish drums and blunted vocals in a noirish, jazzy hip hop style.
Delroy Edwards' LACR hard on the money with this issue of Gene Hunt's rare-as-owt '99 house banger 'Freddy's Dead', plus the tracky smack of 'Bong'. The Halloween themed title track was last found on the Gene Hunt Classics 2LP; is now remastered to make that rugged Italo bassline and drum programming cut like Kruger's blades. It's gotta be thee definitive mix of John Carpenter and Chicago house. 'Bong', on the other hand, is a properly stripped down tracky workout for the DJs and wall-bangers.
UTTU's king swinger takes to Creme with four cuts of jacking old skool style garage-house. DJ Haus' first foray beyond his own labels gives up some of his dopest material bestween the laidback swing and perc of 'Wurk It Gurl', the bumpty budge of 'Little Pieces' and the Essex-meets-Donkaster-via-Leiden pump of 'Feel The Powder' (track title of the year, anyone? OK just me, then).
*10 Track Vinyl Edition featuring tracks from John Beltran, Kirk Degiorgio and more* One of Detroit techno's most sublime associates, John Beltran corrals 10 mellow, romantic ambient pieces by himself and others. It's very '90s chill-out album for the most (just the name Mick Chillage screams valerian tea), but with some nice contributions coming from Sons of Melancholia and Beltran himself with the sweeping, GAS-like strings of 'Music For Machines'.
1000 Names take flight from their hip hop and boogie-oriented style to more diverse zones of broken beat and house on 'Migration Pads'. It's not a wholesale switch, but more a natural progression to explore the roots and branches connected to the sound, resulting some deeper dancefloor potential in the Fantastic Mr Fox-alike 'The Caravan' or the knackered, synthi boogie of 'Streets' alongside dope slow/fast percolations in 'Radar Orgazm' and the ruder bounce of 'Another Beaten Sunday'.
As reliable as the changing of the seasons, Perlon serve three slices of suave tech-house minimalism from Thomas Melchior. His first 12" for the label since 2011 offers an extended groover on the A-side synching elasticated bassline to barely there-drums and ghostly oscillator, with crucial streaks of filtered strings luring us deeper into a rippling conga groove. B-side, he ups the energy levels with a perky, super-stripped number reminding of Wolfgang Voigt's Studio One classics, before switching tack again to knotted b-line and swinging claps with properly pensile late night/after-party vibes.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "Ballyturk is the new album by Teho Teardo, his first release after Still Smiling, the succesful collaboration with Blixa Bargeld. Ballyturk is the music for the new play of Enda Walsh, one of the most interesting writers of our time. Enda Walsh wrote also Hunger, Steve McQueen’s movie. But the music for Ballyturk isn’t simply a soundtrack, it’s an album that has it’s own life built around magnetic strings, atmospheric cellos, Teho’s unique guitar and electronics. Some great musicians played on this album: Joe Lally, Fugazi’s bass p… Read more
Yan Cook bangs out four proper techno welters for Delsin. Tuff tackle driven by thunderous kicks for bigger techno 'floors from the warehouse-gargling 'Gravity' thru the aerodynamic step of 'Flame'.
Clapped-out and super rudimentary machine music from Bunker's chief madhead, Guy Tavares aka Schmerzlabor. A pitching, ceramic bass drone stoically grinds across the A-side spiral; B-side is given to three pulsing, rhythmic noise jags, culminating in a proper slompy jacker.
London-based disco mutant Design A Wave takes to Chloe Frieda's Alien Jams label - spawned from her NTS show - with the skewed grooves of 'International Journey of Synthetic Emotion'. Following on from his 'A.R.M.' 12"s for Rush Hour's No 'Label', a trio of idiosyncratic arrangements unfold between the hyper footwork shuffle, hovering chords and electro-jazz runs of 'I' to a crafty slow/fast swing and warm, woozy pads in 'II' and the lushly deferred gratification of 'III', blossoming from four minutes of unanchored arpeggios and grubbing bass into a supple disco shuffle.
Nick Sigsworth heads much farther out under his 4th Klaus 12" - the 3rd on his Tanum label. If James Blake starting listening to lots of vintage Pole and Basinski, his work may sound like these three tracks; fanning out from the deliciously textured crackle and ghostly string apparitions in the elliptic, loping loops of 'Tele' on top, to the strung-out, breathy washes and lone bass reminding of Rainer Veil in 'Delta', and the middle-distance, aleatoric crunch of 'Luc'.
Laidback beats 'n breaks from Coco Bryce on Myor. 'Cold As Ice' comes to warm up the winter months with four joints juggling drum machine patter and wavey synthlines in 'Love Fool' and some kinda South East Asian drums broken, Madlib-style, into the strange funk of 'Voodoo'. Bigger still, the snake-hipped 'Selesha' touches on Ethiopiques jazz modes inna rugged style, and 'Always By My Side' jams on with some crafty piano house hooks witha broken beat pivot.
**Includes download code and insert** NNA Tapes and Feeeding Tube have teamed up to present Great Valley's psychedelic bubblegum pop session, 'Lizards of Camelot' on wax following initial cassette release. ""Nestled in the lush greenery of southern Vermont on the banks of the Connecticut river, lies the bizarre haven of Brattleboro, home to the chivalrous rock and roll duo Great Valley. Comprised of Peter Nichols and Jo Miller-Gamble, Great Valley have been kind enough to bestow their latest opus, “Lizards of Camelot”, to their northern neighbors up here at NNA. “Lizards” manages to … Read more
Experimental D&B/metal/IDM hybrids aka new sub-genre Drumcode, delivered by Brooklyn's Ohm Resistance. This stuff sorta sounds like the gear Björk was playing in that youtube clip of her DJ set at St. Vitus bar earlier this year; hell-for-leather fast but with a poised sense of metal discipline - threatening to eat your face but preferring to scowl like some daemon from the abyss. And while there are obvious links to be made with Drumcorps, Limewax, Scorn, essentially this is an altered beast, shedding D&B's weight in favour of aerial agility and broader atmospheric space. Imagine Raime gutting Venetian Snares and you're not far off.
"The Invisible Hands is a transcontinental collaboration between Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls) and four stellar young musicians from Cairo, Egypt: Cherif El Masri, Aya Hemeda (both formerly of the popular Egyptian group Eskenderella), Adham Zidan and Magued Nagati. On Teslam, The Invisible Hands expand the already panoramic range of their eponymous debut LP with a haunting set of melodic, impeccably crafted songs whose vintage psych/hard-rock edge conjures up early Alice Cooper almost as often as it recalls Sun City Girls and 20th-century icons like Ennio Morricone and Serge… Read more
*Ariel Pink picks his favourite R. Stevie Moore somngs, many of them pressed on vinyl for the 1st time - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label* "As with all matters related to Ariel Pink and R. Stevie Moore the exact details are vague -- but the origins of this compilation can be traced to Ariel Pink's "My Molly" e.p. from 2006. Included with the e.p. was a postcard insert that featured a hand drawn road-map to what Ariel considered to be RSM's best songs from each era. This illustrated his deep appreciation for, and understanding of, R. Stevie's vast cat… Read more
**Ace stoner/road vibes for fans of Ensemble Economique. Includes fold-out newprint insert. Editiuon of 299** "A sequel of sorts to his 2010 cassette, Dawnrunner, Anthony Orion’s debut vinyl long-player is a vagrant classic of stringy-haired new age loner Americana, above and beyond anything in the Swanox public domain. Mixing personal Casio squatter meditations with crystal jukebox guitar and hitchhiker whistling over echo-smeared SK1 metronomes, Duskrunner feels hungover, spaced out, worn down, and at peace – sometimes all at once. The ex-projectionist and current touring drummer for Tony Molina… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label. Club gaze" styles from the Faroe Islands, recorded all over the world and presented on 180g vinyl in hand screen-printed jacket and PVC sleeve with art insert/liner notes. Hand-numbered edition of 400. Includes download code** "The bulk of the album was recorded at UT Connewitz; a spectacular and worn down pre-war cinema in the heart of Leipzig, Germany. Other recordings were done on tour in Paris, New York, a small church in Sibrandahûs, Netherlands, a boat in Hong Kong and at the CST train station in Bombay. The album was then finalized and … Read more
"Content Nausea is Parquet Courts / Parkay Quarts’ second release of 2014, the inevitable repercussion to ‘Sunbathing Animal’s pure emotion. With one member completing a degree in mathematics and another starting a family, ‘Content Nausea’ features mostly the work of Andrew Savage and Austin Brown, with the help of a few friends (Jackie-O Motherf*cker’s Jef Brown on saxaphone and Eaters’ Bob Jones on fiddle). Featuring some of the band’s most accessible and dissonant recordings, ‘Content Nausea’ was recorded, mixed and mastered in two weeks on a 4-track tape machine. The band wanted s… Read more
Blue, downbeat soul from Ireland's answer to James Blake, Eoin French aka Talos, backed with 2-stepping and writhing remixes from Eomac and Wife. With 'Tethered Bones' Talos fashions his own style of Eirated R&B pushing his pleading vocal front and centre against plush yet minimal synths and candle-flickering beats beside the plangent keys and wide bass shapes supporting his fragile croon in 'Bloom'. Eomac tends some dainty 2-step spritz to a remix of 'Tethered Bones', and Wife tightens up 'Bloom' with a slow-mo R&B slickness that retains and teases the original's soul somewhere quieter, more private.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** It only seems like a minute ago that San Francisco rock ‘n rollers Thee Oh Sees released the fuzzy ‘Castlemania’, but whatever – they’re back on the scene with ‘Carrion Crawler / The Dream’ and yep, they’re still great. I guess when you’re on a roll it’s hard to stop rockin’ and the band pummel their way through ten trashy numbers and party like it’s 1969. Of course they’re not doing anything new, but with this kind of energy and the tunes to back it up it’s hard to begrudge the band a damn thing. They make pop m… Read more
**One-sided pressing with screenprint reverse. Includes 16-page book and download code** "First physical evidence of the “band” that entered the room when Happy Jawbone departed. And it’s a beaut. Pressed on clear vinyl with a silkscreen on the blank side (ala Albert Ayler’s Bells on ESP), packed with a 16 page book of Luke Csehak’s notebook fragments, the record is compendium of ideas that were once lost but are now found. For live performance, the Lentils have now assumed some sort of physical presence worthy of their sound’s wide hips. But at the time of this recor… Read more
Very Tricky-esque trip hop from DJ Muggs and Andrew Kline's Cross My Heart And Hope To Die ensemble. The combination of blues-strung female vocal, loping beats and plenty of cinematic/stoner rock guitar chops place this very close to the '90s Bristol canon of Tricky, Portishead, Massive Attack et al as much as Gonjasufi.
Monday, 15 December
Thursday, 11 December
**Heavy, rigid boxset containing 4LPs + 7", 40-page history of Vice Versa and Neutron Records, a metal badge and a paper synth kit called 'nowsoc78'. Edition of 600 with hand-numbered certificate** 'Electrogenesis 1978-1980' is a brilliant and comprehensive survey of Sheffield's proto-ABC group, Vice Versa. Comprising demo versions, live recordings, both of their 7"s, and the '8 Aspects Of' cassette pressed to vinyl for the first time, it sums up a "bizarre trio who show occasional flashes of promise, but whose pretentiousness becomes quite tiresome", according to an… Read more
**Mindblowing 2LP + 7" set with 16-page booklet spelling out the group's history with photos and notes by Tristan Koreya** Jeez, get yer head around this invaluable collection of French psych juices from Vox Populi!, collated and reissued by the peerless V-o-D. Like many other late-comers to their sound, it was Spencer Clark ov The Skaters's reissue of 'Half Dead Ganja Music' LP in 2013 that first alerted us to Vox Populi!'s otherworldly charms. This 2LP set, comprising 29 tracks from various records released 1983-88, plus 'Myscitismes' in its entirety hugely… Read more
*Free Shipping in the UK* *Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain Denmark, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. If you are in another country please contact us for postage costs* **Gargantuan boxset (this thing weighs over 4KG!) containing nine individual titles split over 13 x LPs, 3 x 7"s, with colour jackets, inserts, photographs, and numbered certificates. A genuine wealth of '80's avant-garde and industrial knowledge and music in this - In catalogue order, it in… Read more