Thursday, 18 September
*Includes bonus 2CD format* “Sun Ra said he came from Saturn, because white America treated him like an alien, like a creature from outer space, so he became one, an anarcho‐emperor of the fantastic, who made it to the moon before America or Russia, because the moon was nowhere near as far out as he could really go.“ Paul Morley Strut and Art Yard join forces for a special release to mark what would have been Sun Ra’s 100th birthday with ’In The Orbit Of Ra’, a new collection curated by the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current b… Read more
**one-sided pressing** JD Twitch's Ben UFO and Midland-championed edit of a classic desert blues rocker. The original is juiced for soul and reshuffled to a scratchy, driving backbeat for optimal dancefloor fun.
The foundations of house, reissued for 2014. This is the DJ International Records version, including the re-edits of Chicago bug-outs 'It's House' and 'Time To Jack', plus 'House Energy' uptown, backed with 'It's Dub', the stripped-down 'Time To Track', and kinky blinder 'M.B. Dance' downtown. Y'all know what time it is.
Ghetto don Marquis Hawkes continues to flirt with Dutch labels following his stack of classics for Glasgow's Dixon Avenue Basement Jams and Clone's Jack For Daze series. He's already won with the opening track's hybrid of jacking house and the spine-tingling bell synths from Origin Unknown's jungle classic, 'Valley Of The Shadows', and then gets freakier still with the purple house screw of 'Prince Among Men', plus a chewy acid jam called 'Acid Sofa', and some of dat knackered box business in 'October Blues'.
Soggy electro-techno stormers from Ekman for Trilogy Tapes following his efforts for Berceuse Heroique and Panzerkreuz. Operating in a murky brown hole between Michael Forshaw and Unit Moebius, 'Entropy' rounds out four pieces of decayed bilge pump and moody melody for the headstrong.
**180g wax mastered at D&M. Includes A4 insert** Loud and proud pressing of disco edits from committed freaks Paul Bennett aka Duster Valentine and Jamal Moss. Both players have a storied history of edits under their respective belts; Bennett with the Moxie series and Moss with his Members Only and Medusa Edits. They both bring that experience to the turntables, the former with some jazzy, jack-stepping disco business; the latter with a proper horny Chicago throwdown chocked with reverse edits.
*New Vinyl Edition* For this snowy expedition our doomy guides are oddball Japanese noise God Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) and fellow countrymen and dark harbingers of doom Boris. It's their second collaboration after the crushing (and appropriately titled) 'Megatone', and takes their sound into further more insane reaches of the noise spectrum. Don't get the wrong idea though, this isn't noise like you'd normally expect from the man Akita, oh no this is far subtler and in the end far more affecting. Indeed the first few minutes are close to silence; rumbles and hums which build… Read more
Church's altar boy, Seb Wildblood comes with a diverse follow-up to his Madtech single. A-side finds the low-slung, lo-fi house of 'Hunney', the sun-dazed electro-boogie 'Come Into My House', and a crispy Edmondson remix of 'Hunney'. B-side he moves in closer with the hazy chords and percolated drums of 'Warm' beside a synth-fuelled Apes remix of the same cut, and Kommune1's artmospheric techno-house remix of 'Come Into My House'.
Hot Haus Recs right on the money with Willie Burns' deep garage-pop massage, 'I Wanna Love You'. From the top, this is inarguably Burns' strongest 12" to date, bubbling up with the lip-bitingly effective garage minimalism of 'I Wanna Love You' - (1 x M1 hook) + (1 x killer vocal stab) + kinkiest kick/clap/hi-hat = 1 x proper anthem - and cooling down with the gauzy drift of 'Even If It Takes All Night', backed with the strobing disco chin-chewer 'Everybody Everybody', and a proper hot-bodied tribalism 'Picking Up Promises'. Bigga Tip!
**White wax** Billowing, electroid dubstep from down under. 'Champion Dub' weighs out cattle prod snare shocks and 'floor scooping subs on the A-side; 'Invasion' rolls out a dungeon sound beside the coiled, raving tribalism of 'Method IV' on the flip.
Natty 8-bit electro themes, apparently written for the Norwegian Education department's 'Sports/Tools' programme and recently rediscovered on tape in a Trondheim thrift store by Stian Gjevik aka EOD. The fact that it's composed by a guy called Dildrian Schrödinger kinda lets the cat oot the box, so to speak, but if you like the idea of Kraftwerk writing motivational music for kids in plimsoles and white vests, this is one for you. Dare you to play it at the gym.
Orlando Voorn's most famous track gets a crucial re-issue, backed with Dope Computer. The early 90's cut has long been in many Detroit fans top 10's and its not hard to see why. The classic acid and Detroit feel made it an instant winner in the Motor City, one the earliest appearance's was for Kevin Saunderson's KMS imprint, if you havent got this record, and you're a Detroit techno fan, just step up and buy it, the astonishing stabs stick instantly in your brain and the groove becomes embedded while the Derrick May-esque drops and backwards drums make it sound even more Detroit than it is.
Belgium's acid freaks, WeMe got a killer haul of exclusive tracks from their extended family, inc. Ceppehax, Der Zyklus, DMX Krew, Leyland Kirby +++. Disc 1 introduces the mysterious Steve with a proper shot of Braindance, plus the salty rush of Ceephax's 'Seaside Mystery', some noisy electro from the Der Zyklus lab, and a halfstep slow/fast wriggle from DMX Krew called 'Complicated Feeling'. On the 2nd disc, Rephlexian associate MNLTH chimes in the lovely 'Neptune 44 16' and Stingray rocks the neck-snapping electro hydraulix of 'Behavoior Modification Implant' beside a sweet ambient number from… Read more
**OG L.A. boogie from '84, backed with fresh re-freaks. Gatefold jacket** "'Somebody' is the first single from the new Aurra album ‘Body Rock’ due out later this year on Family Groove Records. Once again the world gets to experience a lost disco-funk masterpiece providing another glimpse into the genius mind of Slave founding-member Steve Washington & Brides Of Funkenstein / P-Funk singer Sheila Horne. Body Rock will be the second and final unearthing of the lost but found Master Tapes originally recorded for Quincy Jones' Qwest imprint in 1984. Slap Bass, heavy synths, Lin… Read more
**Heavyweight double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. Strictly Limited Copies!** The 2014 Academy Award Winner for Best Original Score pressed for the first time on 2LP 180gram Black Vinyl. Featuring original artwork by Kevin Tong.
**Includes 24" x 12" poster** HJ's says: "Afro-space-disco contagion — shuffling and wiggling, synthy and bubbling — from this re-incarnation of Willy Nfor’s Mighty Flames, recruited mostly from the wave of Cameroonian musicians drawn to Nigeria in the late-1970s by its heavy new funk sound. After a stint at the Right Time studio in Onitsha, the FP cadets ended up at Phonodisk in Lagos, quickly in high demand as session-players, running First Planet on the side with other Nigerian session players from the Onitsha/Awka axis. Its name was intended to evoke the co… Read more
"The Deep Freeze Mice where an English post punk/weirdo, pop/DIY band from Leicester; they released ten albums between 1979 and 1989 on their own labels Mole Embalming and the still running Cordelia Records. The band also gained a bit of post existence notice by their inclusion on the Nurse With Wound list and through the Messthetics compilation series. The original lineup consisted of guitarist/vocalist Alan Jenkins, bassist Mick Bunnage (of the Statics), keyboardist Sherree Lawrence, and drummer Graham Summers (also of the Statics) which remained intact until the release… Read more
'If You Take Your Magic Slow' is the debut full-length LP from multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Baron’s The Garment District, with help from a few friends and family. 'If You Take Your Magic Slow' is very much a structured album with its diverse tracklist meticulously strung together. A mix of surreal instrumentals and subtle turns conjures outdoor walks in transitional atmospheres and landscapes, nature hikes in the city, sunny days that are okay with becoming cloudy, warm music full of feeling that remains comfortably easy-going despite the meticulous care given to i… Read more
"Ekin Sanaç and Berna Göl form Kim Ki O. Sanaç plays synth while Göl hits the bass. They both come up with beats and sing. Their music is lo-fi minimal synth with a postpunk / cold wave feel. The cool / warm dual female vocals are eerie and dreamy, referencing classic post-punk as well as traditional Turkish melodies but remaining understated. Over the next couple years, the pair releases two very limited CDRs and tours Scandinavia. Over the next couple of years, Kim Ki O appears on various compilations and tour Turkey and Europe several times. They collaborate with Turkish filmmakers Merve Kayan an… Read more
Dubstep as hyper trip hop from Phaeleh. His 2nd album of 2014 features guest vocals from Sam Brookes, Fifi Rong and Geode on some tracks, interspersed with emosh ambient instrumentals.
**Solo piano torch songs from the Erased Tapes camp. Includes Rival Consoles and Throwing Snow remixes** "London-based singer-songwriter Douglas Dare releases new EP, following on from his debut album Whelm. Named after album track Caroline and new track If I Knew I Were Alive, it also features remixes by fellow label mate Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles and Houndstooth’s own electronic producer Ross Tones aka Throwing Snow. Caroline has always been a precious track for Douglas, one of the first tracks he recorded and a story in which he imagines his grandfather is writing to a loved … Read more
Plump, jazzy house with percussive remixes by Galarude and Run N Tug. Check the Rub N Tug take for peak time chug off laced with naughty riffs and glam disco bass swagger.
XL introduce the intriguing prospect of Ibeyi, a pair of French Cuban twins well versed in their father's Yoruba culture, and produced by their label boss, Richard Russell. First single, 'Oya' heralds a debut album somewhere on the horizon, an clearly states their taste for the off-kilter drums of James Blake and the urbane folk of King Krule, whilst the vocal are more redolent of Rune Grammofon's Susanna Wallumrød or Jenny Hval, all grandly arched and beautifully poised in the title track, and more sultry, beckoning in 'River'. There's an a capella for the crafty DJs, and a skeletal dub from Oshun.
*High gloss gatefold jacket with free download card* "Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa are artistic omnivores, soaking up a myriad of cultural artefacts and styles, savouring bits and pieces and re-contextualising them into entirely delightful and playfully intricate songs. Their songs are imbued with a relentless cheerfulness that belies their technicality, steeped in the history of Japanese pop music and exuding the joy of discovery and exploration. Dustin and Takako are serious musicians not afraid to play it silly. ‘Savage Imagination’ is their second album as a du… Read more
*Packaged in a jacket with spot UV gloss printing on cover and download coupon redeemable from the label* "Holy Sons is Emil Amos, a musician whose chameleonic tendencies and technical versatility has lead to him becoming an in demand multi- instrumentalist as a founding member of Grails and Lilacs & Champagne, as well as a member of Om and a hired gun for Jandek, to name a few. Holy Sons is at the centre of his many musical personalities and is his longest standing project, acting as an outlet for some of his most personal and direct songs. In Holy Sons, Amos puts his restless imagination … Read more
"Laetitia Sadier’s new album, ‘Something Shines’, was recorded and matured more slowly than either ‘Silencio’ or ‘The Trip’. ‘Something Shines’ was initially recorded in Switzerland, where Laetitia’s collaborator David collects amazing old keyboards and organs from people who have inherited them but find no space or usage for them. Scattered through Europe are the component players of the ‘Something Shines’ band; drummer Emmanuel Mario in Paris and bassist Xavi Munoz in Castellon near Valencia, so additional parts were laid down in those cities. The strings were done in St. Etienne … Read more
*Printed inner sleeve and free download card* "‘Slant Of Light’, the first album by the duo of Mary Lattimore (harp) and Jeff Zeigler (guitar, synthesizer, production) is a completely unique document blending ancient classical traditions with modern improvisation and electronic performance. On their first record as a duo Lattimore and Zeigler emerge completely synergetic, offering up stunning improvisations that are as advanced melodically as they are texturally. The four pieces on ‘Slant Of Light’ are seductive and picturesque, with Lattimore’s elaborate melodies blossomi… Read more
"Full-tilt with tunes, aggro riffs, feedback peals, stoned soul-searching, pop turnarounds and magisterial portraits of the go-nowhere lifestyle in abstract, ‘Weirdon’ is also a new-phase Purling Hiss album, using the songwriting and guitar style of Mike Polizze to come up with a quicksilver sound touched on only briefly on previous records. Replete with handclaps, pounding pianos, tambourines and vocal effects, but steeped in guitar roar, Purling Hiss streamlines up nicely, serving the new songs and directions of ‘Weirdon’ while still slamming down hard on your ears like they like to do. Simul… Read more
**Previously unissued original version of a disco peach rife with steel drums, backed with freakin' wild edit by Hair Stylistics** "EM Records proudly announces a new addition to their EM Steel Pan Series, John Gibbs And The Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra. They are preparing to release their fine 1977 album Steel Funk on CD/LP, and as an appetizer they will issue two 12" singles ahead of the album. "Trinidad (Disco Mix)" is a remixed version of the album track "Trinidad & Tobago," and was originally issued in 1977 as a remixed 12" single for the dance market on Gibbs'… Read more
**Previously unissued original version of a disco peach rife with steel drums, backed with Lord Echo remix** "EM Records presents a new addition to their EM Steel Pan Series from John Gibbs And The Unlimited Sound Of Steel Orchestra. In anticipation of the release of their 1977 album Steel Funk on CD/LP, EM is issuing two 12" singles ahead of the album. "J'ouvert" is a non-album track which was originally recorded and released in 1979 as a 12" single, in co-operation with legendary Philly Soul producer Louis Anthony deLise. This version is, surprisingly, a previously unis… Read more