Thursday, 26 March
**Also includes Surface Tension mix CD** Silent Servant and Lili Schulder (51717) bring the darkside out of each other in 'Jealous God 06'. Both sides build on the most unheimlich elements of their respective releases, 'Negative Fascination' (Hospital Productions) and '0VUL' for Opal Tapes, or the cracking 'Shadowlust' LP with Svengalisghost for L.I.E.S. A-side, Lili's a spectral presence, whispering like a gynoid Cosey amid industrial ambient moires and queasy trudge. B-side, Silent Servant mutters bleak nothings thru his walkie talkie (?) dialled in from a lost highway. Includes mix CD by Surface Tension's Nihar Bahatt & Jason Polastri while stock lasts!
Electro-techno and breakbeat swagger from FaltyDL and Fotomachine (a.ka. PhOtOmachine) referencing 4Hero's classic Tom & Jerry Junglist whitelabel series. FaltyDL's 'Flesch' deals in scuttling rhythmic cyborganisms and scalpel-cut electro pulses lcaed with old skool NYC techno-house stabs; Fotomachine follows a remix for Four Tet's 'Crush' (from Beautiful Rewind) with an intricate weave of hardcore electro shocks and strobing synths.
Handy, extended mixes of 'Headless' and 'Rubber Tree' from Pearson Sound's eponymous debut LP, cut at 45rpm a side each by Matt Colton at Alchemy. In the 'Headless' version he conducts a longer seance with acephalic voices, strafing drones and sputtering kick/clap syncopation ripe for layering with other freakish constructions. With 'Rubber Tree' he taps a severely desiccated palette of drums and hollow bass into sparky, frictional swing coming off like Anthony Shakir at his maddest, most reduced.
Nice 'n nasty floor work from Bok Bok and his pal, Sweyn Jupiter. A-side, the Club Mix hits up a fresh blend of bouncing B-More/Jersey bass shot thru with late '80s/early '90s synth chords on a sophisticate swerve; B-side, the Sour Mix, eazes off on a halfstep roll, letting the drums and bass spark off each other in more open space, allowing room in the mix for a spot of synthy string romance. Sweet.
Idle Hands field a rich collection of ambient dub abstractions from Portland's prolific Paul Dickow in 'Seeds of Paradise'. With a wingspan of 8-tracks in forty minutes, he covers lush tropical interzones between the 4th world patter of 'Blackberry's Dream' to the phasing expanse of 'The Wet Room', taking in electroid sojourn, 'Virtual America', diaphanous pads in the gorgeous title track, and canny electro-acoustic timbres sorta recalling Rashad Becker's 'Music of Notional Species' in 'Wiggle Room'. A smart and refreshing set.
Strong old techno/house gold from the Parisian tape crypts of Iueke. 'Tape 5' yields a diverse trio of direct-to-tape recordings made in the early '90s, gently descending from padded kicks and cloudy kosmiche/new age vibes thru firm analogue house chug to the deliquescent ambient synth structures.
*Limited Edition LP run including a DVD of the film inside* "Dutch minimalist composer Jozef van Wissem’s score for this "non-narrative" film experience directed by Domingo Garcia-Huidobro of Föllakzoid. The film consists of appropriated 12-string electric guitar drone, black baroquelute mirror images, and minimal electronics. The packages includes the DVD and soundtrack LP together. Garcia-Huidobro is an aficionado of paranormal experiences. Partir to Live sees him attempting to reconstruct the previous moments of what could have been one … Read more
*180g gatefold 3LP (with a bonus 7 inch and download code) / 38 track compilation from Soundway, Includes previously unreleased first ever known recordings of Afrobeat legend - Fela Kuti* "In conjunction with compiler and highlife researcher Dr. Markus Coester, Soundway present a very special release - including a bonus 45 that features the two first ever recordings by a certain Fela Ransome Kuti with his band The Highlife Rakers. Recorded by Melodisc in London in 1960, both tracks have been unearthed after more than fifty … Read more
Glasgow's Mia Dora do it right in a quartet of sleazy house cuts for Optimo Trax. We're all over the delayed cowbells strung out over the darkroom jack of 'Un.sub', and could easily imagine embarrassing ourselves with some shuffling skills to the slinky rimshots and rumpy bass of 'Raw Kiss'. 'Et Elle Le Mien' brings the late night EBM/tribal flavour in style, and Mash lends a sexy vocal to the low-slung swing of 'Feathers'.
*Ships Friday* Dixon, Recondite, Tale Of Us and Dubfire tweak Plastikman's EX for the club. Dixon's 'Just A Different Mixdown Version' of 'EXhale' tenderises the tensile contours of the original with stacked acid harmonies and sweeping pads for proper dancefloor catharsis; Recondite clips and tucks 'EXplore' to an electroid shuffle with soaring breakdown; Tale Of Us concentrate 'EXpand' to a sort of whirring, bluesy tech-house for the first half, before turning into a Morricone-gone-to-Ibiza anthem; Dubfire plays the long game with a 13 minute take on 'EXposed' building to a panoramic trance-house peak.
**Includes digital download of both ‘The Silver Globe’ and ‘The Amber Light’** Like all good parables Jane Weaver’s sixth solo album, a concept album called ‘The Silver Globe’, is as multifaceted as it is beguiling. Part coming of age / part cautionary tale and part romantic paeon, this twelve track synth ridden post- apocalyptic prog pop opus is based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes and inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and refiltered past experiences. Written from the optimistic vantage of a long- standing female independent artist, … Read more
"From an unassuming, self-sufficient musical micro-industry in the north of England comes more finely tuned fastidious femme pop from Jane Weaver and her growing Bird Records imprint with a new split single available of vinyl and download this spring. Combining domestic synth pop with falsetto melodics and 10cc sounding prog pop arrangements in Don’t Take My Soul, Jane depicts a theatrical electronic pop character that fuses Kate Bush karaoke with a J-Pop Erykah Badu whilst retaining her own very distinctive songwriting, conjuri… Read more
Another strong issue from PPU, with Dwight Sykes & Jahari featuring two unreleased demo versions of "Fire and Desire" and the remastered studio version of "Situations".
Aybee reflects his Berlin environs in his killer first techno session. Elevating the BPMs from his usual house tempo causes an expansion of synth-layered atmospheres, blooming close to Terrence Dixon or DJ Qu-like minimalism with the subtly breathtaking flow and vibe of 'Metamorphosis', before shaking down to sinuous triplets in the mystic shimmy, 'The Sky Is Ours' and with grubbing bass and off-kilter chords reminding of Anthony Shakir in 'Centrifugal Seduction'.
**Full album on CD included inside, plus a bonus CD 'Chambers music lessons' audio with chilly as the teacher...** "Since the release of Solo Piano II, Chilly Gonzales composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes, produced and released Octave Minds, the piano-meets-electronica album with Boys Noize and, most importantly, devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music. The result is "Chambers", an album for piano and string quartet (and a few surprises along the way). Inspired by the deepening relationship with Hamburg's Kaise… Read more
**Hand-numbered and stamped edition of 300** Strago leans heavy on the latest dubstep skulker for Niteshade Inc. A-side weighs out the meditative aid of mid-air triplets and spectral pads in; B-side RDG brings fwd the drums for a more aggressive steppers' version.
**Purple wax** Auxiliary at their best with four fwd missions from ASC and co. The label boss, James Clements a.k.a. ASC steps correct with the classic 'ardcore-sampling half-stepper, 'Lose Control', while Synth Sense's 'Red Skies' probes fractious, unstable sci-fi dimensions. Sam KDC unleashes one of his darkest missiles with the quasi-speed trudge and cinematic synth arrangement of 'The Messenger', and Method One keeps that vibe rolling with the orientalist futurism of 'Pyre'.
DrumTalk scale up their sound for a cracking self-titled EP with Huntleys & Palmers. Synths and percussion work as a rhythmelodic force, twysting between colourful arpeggio patterns and calculated triplets in 'Halo' or evolving like some bittersweet, discordant cyborganism in the blinding 'Ishtar'. With 'Euphonia' they make fine use of the Euphonium's twinkling spectral timbre, juxtaposing its lilting, heady cadence with gruff kicks and brooding bass descent, while 'Everything' comes with a unique mesh of bobbling Afrobeat, UK garage swing and proggy house drive.
Talabot's !K7 mix exclusive, 'Without You' now teamed with sweet remixes by Melchior Productions, Oskar Offerman and Mistakes Are Okay. The original's blue Balearic chug is rent as an effortlessly supple, psychedelic tech-house play by Melchior Productions, whereas Offerman prefers a low-lit, late night house sound, and Mistakes Are Okay take it to Midnight with chiming marimbas and ghostly chorales.
**Screen-printed jacket** Noisy, hay-wried electro outta the Detroit Underground. For the 2nd time Kyle Hall meets Kero following their 'Zug Island' session for the former's Wild Oats. This time they flex between clipped electro-acid in '126BPMNONAME' and squashed, computerised nastiness with 'EP2-3 up top, and lay down some phat-ass and freaky jack with 'Riverside Connextion', before spending any remaining energies in the tangled, discordant tones of 'Polydextrose-24BIT'.
Wipe-clean UK house trax from Solstice backed with a Pinch remix. We'd recommend skipping the originals for Pinch's mutant crush of staggered kicks, rambunctious breaks and spiralling fairground melodies.
**180g vinyl housed in heavyweight exact-replica tip-on jacket. Edition of 1000 with download code** "This is Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound's third album from deep jazz flautist and composer Lloyd McNeill (alongside the earlier 'Asha' and 'Washinton Suite'). Tanner Suite is one of the most beautiful and the rarest of all McNeill's records, a unique piece of music especially commissioned by the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art in the late 1960s to accompany an exhibition of the work of Henry Ossawa Tanner, the first African-American painter ever to gain internationa… Read more
Raw-to-the-bone NJ deep house classics collected on one plate for the first time! A-side holds the inimitable depth of 'Stomp', a tantalisingly faded house killer modelled on the roots of Jarvis' 1983 co-production with Timmy Regisford as Visual, 'The Music Got Me', but taken somewhere soaked in liquid MDMA vibes. It was only ever issued as an unmastered, 1-sided 12" in 1997 so this pressing is plenty handy. Flipside, they pluck two peaches from Jarvis' 1991 single, 'Classic Tracks', including the timpani-fuelled electro-jazz-funk jack of 'In The Jungle' prepped for dancefloor misbehaviour alon… Read more
Class facsimile reissue of Cliff Saint-Cyr & Cevin Fisher's OG hard house ace, 'It's Gonna Be Alright' (Hardtrax Records, 1993). A-side drives the tuff kicks, catty claps and glowing chords of a 'No More Pain' mix and the tighter 'Gonna Be Alright' mix for that proper Sound Factory New York vibe, while flipside furnishes Cliff's fruitier flute mix rifled with latin breaks, plus a smart vocal + drums version. Strong.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label - Debut album by the former 100% Silk regular for Ghostly** "Throughout Insides, Fort Romeau guides us down misty corridors lined with supple synth pads, quietly thumping kicks, and elastic low-end sequences reinforced by an emotive confidence. Thick dancefloor cuts like "All I Want" and "Folle" are built on such satisfying elements—sounds so full-bodied, you'd swear they're knocking against your bones. This, too, is by design. "I wanted to make sure all the songs have a tangible quality," says Greene of his LP's physicality, "to make te… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label - Follakzoid return with 'III', their third release for Sacred Bones** "Föllakzoid began seven years ago as a trance experience between childhood friends Diego, Juan Pablo, and Domingo from Santiago, Chile. Heavily informed by the heritage of the ancient music of the Andes, the band has learned to integrate this influence with contemporary sounds of their times, creating a rich yet minimal atmosphere. III is a four-part minimal sound voyage in which you can hear Föllakzoid’s musical language developing into something more upbeat, obscure, and sharp, yet even simpler in terms of elements."
Lorenz Lindner aka Mix Mup returns to Trilogy Tapes for a solo outing following on from that total peach of a collaboration with friend and cohort Kassem Mosse under the MM/KM moniker back in 2012. This is music made of much cleaner, tidier stuff than most of what you'd usually associate with TTT, but "Sequoflec" pulls the kind of abstract shapes that make us imagine what Move D would sound like if he had a palette of hardcore snares and hi hats to work with - a tantalising prospect that really makes this EP pretty indispensable for our money.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Renowned American singer-songwriter Simon Joyner first came to prominence during the lo-fi movement of the early ’90s alongside contemporaries like Will Oldham, Peter Jefferies, the Mountain Goats, Smog and Alastair Galbraith. Joyner was championed early on by the late British DJ John Peel, who famously played Joyner’s 1994 LP, The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll, start to finish on one of his BBC programs, making Joyner more well known overseas than in his own country. Considered a forefather of the Omaha music scene, he… Read more
**Ritualistic amp worship and tumbling psych rock from members of Oneida and Sightings** "As People of the North, Oneida vets Bobby Matador (organ) and Kid Millions (drums) create cosmic improvised music performed with the intensity of a rock band. Their music is loud and distorted, anarchic to its core and imbued with a devotional spirit. The band’s new album,Era of Manifestations, is its most intense statement of purpose, and documents their impressive tonal and rhythmic interplay. The music oscillates between passages of extreme discord and stretches of seemingly spontan… Read more
*Third album from Baltimore’s Jana Hunter aka Lower Dens* "Escape From Evil is a cinematic, tonally rich work. The sounds are clean and warm. The pulse of the album is strong. Melodies are potent and songs are physical. Lyrics are direct, frank confrontations with life’s common crises. The album title is brazen, and along with the grimly funny title of lead single, ‘To Die in L.A.’, almost theatrical. The album was produced by Hunter and co-produced and mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Cass McCombs). Other production elements came from Ariel Rechtshaid (Sky Ferreira, Vampire Weekend) a… Read more