Thursday, 02 July
Percussive house tricks from General Ludd, who was known as Dam Mantle before enlisting in the house army with releases for Clan Destine, Mister Saturday Night Records and Autonomous Africa. 'Wigu Hill' jerks out like Soundhack meets Dego; 'Molycorps Mountain Pass' deals in flanging metallic tribalism; 'Garimpos' locks down to a Diskant-like loop-off; 'Prisoners Dilemna' gets down liek a Bookworms bewt with taut layers of writhing, driving drum patterns.
NYC party-cum-label, Discovery, present Move D and JKriv versions of Analog Players Society's slow, loping Afrobeat, 'Coule'ba'. Move D links the original's essence to New York's house heritage via sub-100bpm house drum patterns and woozily diffused chords making for a perfect sunshine vibe. On the flip, local NYC cat and Razor 'N Tape boss JKriv entwines the original guitar lick with squelchy boogie bass synth for a naughty fructose buzz.
One of dance music's most treasured producers, Dego, drops a 2nd solo album heaving with signature, timeless funk and soul. 'The More Things Stay The Same' arrives ready-to-wear for summer 2015, spinning out 12 tracks of broken beat, jazz fusion and Afro-funk aided and abetted by longtime collaborators such as Kaidi Tatham (with whom he just released two nugglets for for Sound Signature and Eglo) and relatively new cats like Mr Mensah, plus vocals from Ty and Basement Jaxx's Sharlene Hector. Dego's legion fans from his 4Hero daze thru to his Cousin Cockroach output and sweeter, cu… Read more
"Early in 2014, Copenhagen’s Kenneth Bager asked Ruf Dug if he would make an album for his acclaimed Balearic imprint Music For Dreams. That summer, Ruf Dug headed off to spend three months on the island of Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean. Seizing the opportunity to live out his own Compass Point fantasy, he put together a portable studio that would fit into a suitcase - two half-rack synthesizers, a couple of effects units, his laptop and a 4-track cassette recorder. He set up the studio in the spare bedroom in a rented villa and spent the next 12 weeks watching the sun set and making the album. … Read more
**Remastered LP compiled with facsimile reissue of No More's 1980 debut 7" + an 11 x 14" double-sided fold-out poster** Dark Entries combine No More's strongest synth-pop/EBM classics, 'A Rose Is A Rose' , along with all songs from the 'Suicide Commando'  7" and their debut release, the 'Too Late EP' . Whilst best known for their EBM evergreen, 'Suicide Commando' - which was recently reissued by Mannequin Records - this survey of the German group's nascent output circa 1980-82 frames them as a necessarily lo-fi and highly stylish product of their bleak and deso… Read more
Class techno from a producer last spotted on DVS-1's Mistress Recordings. This is proper club tackle, doing it Chicago-style with the bucking merry-go-round of 'Machine Code' up top, and again with that wonky Relief-style organ/acid line barely kept on track in 'Recursive Descent', whilst 'Compiler' trims back for a Rob Hood-compatible minimalist 'floor burner.
Thursday, 25 June
**Hospital Productions return with this strong new album from Exoteric Continent, edition of 500 copies, first 200 pressed up on Blue wax** Barcelona's Exoteric Continent grounds his first ever vinyl release following cassette drops for Opal Tapes and Second Sleep. Exploring ascetic techno and electronic noise, this vinyl edition combines both his 'Referèndum' tape volumes on one fine slab. Something of a relative outsider in the balearic climes of his home city, Arnau Sala Saez pushes an intense, probing sound, both with his own music and via closely associated cohorts N.M.O., or Amer… Read more
**2LP set. Includes etching on 4th side** Stunning, revelatory set of sweeping electronic composition by the late Mitar Subotić, a.k.a. Rex Ilusivii (The King of Illusions), dug out by Salon Des Amateurs resident Vladimir Ivkovic to mint his Offen Music imprint. 'In The Moon Cage' captures six lush and spellbinding shots of previously unheard material realised by the Serbian producer circa 1988, framing a vast, digitally-rendered world perfused with Eastern-enchanted vocals, amorphous synth scapes, balearic bird calls and plangent ambient guitar work tripping lines between abstract, es… Read more
RP Boo, the OG source of all things Chicago footwork, comes correct with a killer 2nd solo album for Planet Mu. 'Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints' is an armoury of battle trax for the 'floor, delivered with a conviction and density of energy that's impossible to ignore if you're into electronic dance music or the lineage of Afro-American sonics. As with its predecessor, 'Legacy', this album is a showcase of RP Boo's finely-honed dancer's instinct and incisive sampling technique, using uniquely fractured motifs and complex repetitions to reconfigure our physiology, so firmly attu… Read more
Beau Wanzer and Dan Juger reprise the Juzer duo for a trio of killer wonky techno bangers on Dog In The Night Records. Up top they nod to classic Relief and Scandinavia Records with the kinky minimalist tessellations of 'Ribtickler'; down below, 'Maniac Hop' jacks up a skittish ghetto percolator, and 'Fire Marshall' drops the pace to a bucking early '90s style recalling Robert Armani product.
'Dream memory' is the 2nd album of soul-burning celestial synth music by Implodes guitarist Ken Camden for Kranky. Drawing upon Indian raga, chamber-like plainsong and classic kosmiche, it's a richly synaesthetic and heightened sensory experience harmonised to the rafters and radiating lushness from every angle.
Manchester's Walton consolidates grime, techno and dubstep frames in a taut collection for Tectonic. Last spotted on a trio of 12"s for Hyperdub, he remains true to a mutant 130bpm stylein the 'Bulldoze' EP, throwing down the icy strings and whirring worksite percussion of 'Wrench' beside the ruffneck bongos and wheezing grime melodies of 'Flute Riddim' up top, whilst B-side brings a killer sound synching pirate radio barks with EBM-strength drums and massive subs, and 'L.E.A.N.' comes off like some Chiraq drill infused with roadwise UK flex. Cold and deadly.
Finally remastered and available on vinyl for the first time in 18 years, Surgeon's 'Balance' (1998) is a masterclass is tuffened, occultist Brummie techno. Upon original release, it was his 3rd album (following 'Communications' and 'Basictonalvocabulary'), and marked a subtle phase shift towards the kind of tripped-out, eldritch atmospheres we'd more readily associate with his peers such as Autechre or Coil, whilst still forging some of the most unyielding, infectious rhythms of golden era techno. The likes of 'Golden' with its arcing crest of eerie arpeggios, and the spine-creeping, bea… Read more
**Limited hand-stamped 12", includes free download code redeemable from the label.** Panda Bear, Larry Gus, Fhloston Paradigm, and Anthony Naples realign the misshapes of Eric Copeland's 'Joke In The Hole' album. The versions of 'Cheap Treat' could hardly be more different; Panda Bear deigns for a wonky, melodic mix focussed on progressive pop arrangement and bittersweet vox whereas King Britt a.k.a. Fhloston Paradigm takes the same elements down a winding path of crushed, psychedelic grooves propelled by swampy bass subsidence and sloshing arpeggios… Read more
Clipped electro-house from Rob Clouth on his return to Leisure System, backed with Kowton and Vessels remixes. The original makes great use of a convulsive, dubstep-style toad tone wrapped to a swaggering IDM-boogie groove. Kowton's remix ruffs up the drums and spikes the atmospheres to lush, prickling effect, and Vessels (note the extra 's') knead the same elemebnts into a whirring tech-house wormhole.
Hot on the heels of their Sound Signature session, Dego & Kaidi return to Eglo with a quartet of super-soulful rug-cutters. Vibes are strong on this wan, whether greazing the parched drums and mirage-like synth shimmers of 'Black Is Key' with deep jazz vocal harmonies and fruity keys, or loosening up the pointillist shuffle of 'Man Made' with wobbly, wavey chords on the A-side, or travelling from the Afro-centric idiosyncrasies of 'Orbiting Uhuru' to inimitably clipped and charming summer-in-West London styles with 'The Vault Descends'.
**12" in screen-printed sleeve** Distorted disco-techno badness from the Wargames series. Acting wild-eyed and frazzled like some Bunker escapee, the unknown operator dispenses three fierce club trax with style, hauling the 'floor from blown-out Italo-Chicago arpeggios and extreme flange on the A-side, and over to a pair of more twysted and tracky dubs, one sounding like a a mutant Ra.H joint, the other like a vintage Unit Moebius jack attack. Sick DJ gear.
Studio Barnhus co-boss Kornél Kovács on a dope house flex for Numbers. With 'Radio Koko', the Stockholm-based producer and DJ demonstrates a deep and colourful knowledge of classic and current house and techno mechanics with four tracks of characterful grooves. They're full of 'floor-charming fake-outs and kinks, from the filtered cocktail of B-more breaks and horn stabs chopped and swung about disco bass and strings in 'Lighthouse', to the diamond-cut freestyle house slam of 'Pantalón' - proper anthem material! - thru the hip hop-cooled swing of 'Gangsta', and the Joe-style drum juggling of 'Malon'. Bit of a no brainer for the party, this one. TIP!
Now available on ltd double LP, Live at Biko was recorded during an April 2014 gig in Milan, Italy.The release features more than half of the songs on Benji plus other favorites like Admiral Fell Promises’ "Ålesund" and a trio of tracks from Perils from the Sea, Kozelek’s collaboration with The Album Leaf 's Jimmy Lavalle.
Epic Box set containing ten 45s with rare and hard-to-find tropical tracks from the 60s and 70s golden period of the seminal Colombian label Discos Fuentes. 20 tracks, several reissued for the first time, covering a wide array of genres: salsa, cumbia, boogaloo, porro, tamborera. Includes liner notes by compiler Pablo Yglesias aka DJ Bongohead and illustrations by CS Fossett.
**2015 Reissue** "Much delayed and extremely anticipated first album proper from Heinrich Mueller, best known for his releases as Dopplereffekt, Arpanet, Japanese Telecom, Elektroids and more. The legend returns after more then a year of silence with new sound experiments from the Dataphysixs sound laboratories - a collection of abstract interpretations that veer from BBC Radiophonic Workshop experiments in sound design and effect processing (all with a biological theme), to the supremely killer dancefloor classic "Biometric" - a track that's already been hailed by ma… Read more
Shades of lustin' NYC house from the former member of Hercules & Love Affair, backed with dope remixes. The exotic, orientalist house-pop of 'Creature' serves much to work with, spun out between Kim's own Chez N-Trent-styled remix, to the rolling tribal acid sensuality of two mixes by a/jus/ted; mystic house and techno mixes by Simoncino; and the tightly tucked square bass funk licks of Hot Creations and Rinse FM's Richy Ahmed remix.
Fredrick Lonberg-Holm (cello & electronics) and Ken Vandermark (reeds), documented on 21 September, 2013, at a benefit for the Malachi Ritscher Collection (an archive of high-fidelity recordings made by the eponymous "amateur" enthusiast in Chicago). Dabnces from skronking shards of chaos to deft, angular minimalism, and back to far-out orbit.
**Initial copies on blue translucent vinyl** Scorching free improvisation by Chicago-based cellist Fredrick Lonberg-Holm and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. 'You Can Be Mine' catches the duo sparking against each other in a free-flying tussle of drums, cello and electronics, from raging jazz tornados to pointillist precision and quieter, intent passages of extended technique.
*Limited edition Heavyweight 180gsm vinyl LP. Includes download code** "The Delgados’ magnum opus ‘The Great Eastern’ remains one of Chemikal Underground’s most significant releases and is now available on vinyl for the first time in almost 15 years. ‘The Great Eastern’ was The Delgados third studio album, following ‘Domestiques’ in 1996 and ‘Peloton’ in 1998. The album was recorded by band member Paul Savage and engineer Tony Doogan in Scotland. The album was mixed by Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips, Mogwai) at Tarbox Road Studios. The end result was a resounding succes… Read more
**Ben Greenberg (Hubble, The Men) and Michael Berdan (York Factory Complaint, Drunkdriver) get their rocks off on a synth and drum machine-heavy punk assault. Presented by Luke Younger's Alter imprint** "On 'Perfect World', that machine is firing on all cylinders. The guitar is run through a cheap ’80s preamp marketed to metal kids. The drum machine is equally no-frills, an Akai XR20 that Greenberg says “most people wouldn’t want to keep around.” These humble components are combined with noisy synth and Berdan’s profound howling to form something much greater. Post-punk, synthpunk, and indust… Read more
The Room Below blends classic Chicago and Detroit strains to make their own rich blend of experimental house for DBA. Up top, Henry Keen a.k.a. the CDR regular and Gilles Peterson-favoured Soundspecies and The Room Below welcomes us in with the conscious sampling and shimmering mid-tempo move, 'Trusted', beside the pastoral acid house of 'Rainy Friday'. Down below, it gets freakier with the frayed blips and and salty, splashing drums of 'Mad Energy' and a bit-crushed samba buzz entitled, 'Freedom'.
Danse Noire present a darker shade of Haf Haf with 'This Sick Beat' following up the Italian producer's 'Notch' [Gang of Ducks, 2014]. Backed with a killer Gatekeeper remix and self-described as "sad music for a sad life", Haf Haf's 2nd EP revolves three wickedly misshapen, amorphous takes on techno, hip hop and lysergic electronica, spooling out from the screwed modes of 'Kuro No Meiro' to the knackered trudge of 'The Wasabi That You Ate' with its excellent use of watery, Youtube-like compression, and the intra-dimensional seepage of 'Blue Dragon'. On the remix, Brooklyn's Gatekeeper pursue… Read more
**White vinyl edition of 300 includes DIN-A3 foldout insert** Syn-pop duo Rosen & Spydett make their vinyl debut on Denmark's Posh Isolation with a gorgeous, gauzy follow-up to a handful of early cassettes. Floating in a breezy, bright white space beyond Moon Wheel, Pye Corner Audio or Cold Cave, 'Fortuna' tends to a special brand of Scandinavian synth melancholy over 8 songs in just under 30 minutes. Detached drum machines clack and punch time from a distance beneath diaphanous, chiffon synth voice melodies that cascade and fizz like burned-out stars depicted in a fragile diorama. A lot of th… Read more