Tuesday, 25 November
Monday, 24 November
**Screen-printed jacket, colour inners sleeve** The impeccable Arc Light Editions illuminate this spellbinding and little-known bit of spiritual jazz improv recorded in Finland, 1982. Following their reissues of crucial, long-out-of-print Arthur Russell and Marshall Ingram sides, 'Trio' fans further outwards into liminal jazz zones richly informed by traditional Indian arrangements and Japanese influence. It's a result of the trio's long hours spent at the rehearsal space honing a uniquely open-minded, groove-some sound from gongs, home-built synthesisers, finger pianos, vibraphone… Read more
Maoupa Mazzocchetti debuts with the sleazy darkwave allure of 'A-Tranquility' for Unknown Precept, who previously delivered 'The Black Ideal' compilation of noise/techno hybrids. This 12" sees them head down a narcotically sexy avenue of modern hypnobeat, working with a salty, writhing aesthetic highly comparable with your JTC, Traxx or Beau Wanzer bits. A-side delivers three cuts stretched between Carpenter-esque chimes a bubbling jakbeat with lashings of spring reverb and ghoulish chord progressions and B-side comes with the hench industrial swagger of the Skinny Puppy-esque 'Coexistence' and the killer EBM churn of 'Vernacular'. Strong twelve this.
Rave-lustin' heavy house trax from Innershades for one of Holland's finest imprints. A quartet of cuts pay tribute to that pivotal late '80s/early '90s nexus of New Beat, Detroit techno and UK bleep, burning up technoid chords, warehouse booming kicks and aerobic mystic motifs from the fierce but stylish jack of 'CVS' thru the hypnotic bleep 'n bass groover, 'Momentum', to the KMS at the AB vibes of 'Dark Society'. Ace.
Simoncino projects four lushly impressionistic visions of NYC Nu Groove styles with 'Dreams Of Konders' for Creme Organization. This is some classy, near psychedelic gear, rolling in with the mystic mix of Carpenter-esque synth and tribal drum machine flux in 'Meggaton', giving the hips something elliptical with the Afro-debted patterns and spacey dubbing of the glorious title track, and also nodding to Sun Ra with the solar-energised B-side boosters, 'Pyramids' and 'Space Is The Place'.
*Volume Two of Two - 6 tracks pressed on Double Vinyl* Still Music's Jerome Derradji and Kevin Starke ov Kstarke Records present a unparalleled haul of hitherto hidden Chicago house weapons in 'The House That Jackmaster Hater Built'. Mixing previously unreleased diamonds that used to be traded on tape between the likes of Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles, along with some of Starke's own Jackmaster Hater edits and productions, plus loads more, you kinda get the sense you should be pinching yourself when listening to joints like these.… Read more
*Volume One of Two - 7 tracks pressed on Double Vinyl* Still Music's Jerome Derradji and Kevin Starke ov Kstarke Records present a unparalleled haul of hitherto hidden Chicago house weapons in 'The House That Jackmaster Hater Built'. Mixing previously unreleased diamonds that used to be traded on tape between the likes of Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles, along with some of Starke's own Jackmaster Hater edits and productions, plus loads more, you kinda get the sense you should be pinching yourself when listening to joints like these.… Read more
Prime Numbers reset to a slower roll with ace electro trax by Modini, Nick Sinna, and Hakim Murphy, backed with darker Detroit remix by Luke Hess. Edinburgh's Neil Landstrumm and Alan Parley aka Modini plug in a smart take on OG Belgian New Beat/EBM gear from SA 42 et al, whilst reformed junglist Nick Sinna can't hide his roots with the rugged electro-dub swing of 'Come Again', and Chicago's Hakim Murphy presents the deviant electro-acid bubble of 'Synth Work'. Luke Hess perfectly complements the vibe with a brooding 313 version of Nick Sinna's cut. The best PN in ages? We reckon so.
Rare and sought-after Chicago house killers prod. by Adonis in 1987 for DJ International. Accompanied by Joe Long and Vinnie Divine as The Children, Adonis gives four signature mixes of the motivational 'Freedom', dancing across the chunky toms and rapdi-fire rimshots of the Factory Mix to a more dubbed-out Rock City UK Mix and over to Adonis' supremely dark Deep Mix with signature down-pitched vocals and brooding pads, plus the box-wurkin' Crucial Mix. Class.
Reissue of the lush and melodic Detroit/Dutch techno album by Conforce. Ever since the release of his 'Our Concern EP' in late 2007, Boris Brunnik has forged a celebrated catalogue of heart-warming techno for labels like Rush Hour and Curle. His sound takes the most florid elements of Detroit operators like Carl Craig or Derrick May and fuses them with a European dub-techno sensibility to place him in the recent tradition of Convextion. From the rumbling, bass-driven lowland topography of 'Subtraction' to the synth coralled aquatic scapes of 'Sonar Conversations' to the exquisite… Read more
**Blue Vinyl - Another tour of M. Geddes Gengras' wired mind, following the Moog years volume with eight purely modular constructions again for Umor Rex** "New Process Music represents a major aesthetic shift for M. Geddes Gengras, fusing the long-form modular compositions he had been exploring on a bevy of small-run cassette releases with a new obsession with post-production editing to create a deeply tuned aural environment, lush in analog electronics that are gritty along the edges, with rich textures and melodies materializing and wafting away like smoke.… Read more
**7 track vinyl edition with digital download code for 22 track version redeemable from the label** - ** Ghostly International present selections from the Hohokum computer game soundtrack, including music by Tycho, Shigeto, Matthew Dear and more. Seven track breeze between the gauzy electronic sweetnuss of Tycho's 'L' to the wobbly pop of Deare's 'Pawn In Their Game', and perky, chromatic tech-house minimalism courtesy of Geoff White's 'Wedding Party' and the hushed patter of 'Lamp Lighting' by Shigeto.
Thursday, 20 November
*Vinyl Edition of 500 copies, first 200 pressed on Gold Wax, mastered and cut by Matt Colton* Marc Richter is a bit of a musical chameleon, operating at the cusp of experimental music for many years at the helm of the Dekorder label and via his excellent Black To Comm project. His last album for the Type label, 2009’s excellent 'Alphabet 1968’ perhaps didn't quite get the attention it undoubtedly deserved, but it still stands out as one of the most oddly memorable drone-ambient albums we’ve heard this last decade, vaguely tapping into the Hauntological zeitgeist of the day b… Read more
*Mastered by DJ Sotofett of Sex Tags Mania with Artwork by Will Bankhead of TTT* Much needed Vinyl edition of Madteo's killer Trilogy Tapes cassette from 2012. For this version the tracks have been edited and remastered for vinyl, clocking in at about 40 minutes of slow, heady and Narcotic warehouse variants done like no other... Tipped!!!
Following an appearance on last week’s excellent ‘Weightless’ comp for Mumdance and Logos’ Different Circles label, recent Tri Angle signee Rabit returns with another stone-cold killer, his first release for the Soundman Chronicles label. His productions have managed to stand out in a new generation of producers who are re-imagining the old template of grime and rehashing it into a style which is fresh without sounding nostalgic. This new EP was an opportunity for Rabit to explore different sonic textures which still worked within the label’s spacious aesthetic, including 4 new productions which… Read more
Lars T C F Holdhus follows one of the very best releases of the new millenium so far, the 'Untitled' tape for YYAA, with another cryptic future-shock, his 1st for Liberation Technologies. Continuing a trajectory away from the calculated dance mash-ups of his now-defunct Cracksmurf alias, this project and mini-album is based on a whole other algorithmic strategy, rendering densely coded formulae into utterly mind-boggling and synaesthetically affective compositions. Once you've heard his music and done a little research into his academic background and visual practice - he studied at Frankfurt's f… Read more
"Gunnar Haslam returns to LIES for his second album, Mirrors and Copulation. Following a slew of 12" releases this year, Gunnar delves deep into his darkest palettes for a return to his patient, haunted soundscapes that shrouded his debut LP, Mimesiak. Across eight tracks of ambient techno both brooding and tumultuous, Haslam unravels a narrative on overpopulation and its potential environmental ramifications inspired by the Borges quote the album title references. "Meter By Me, Sybil" cascades arpeggios through a thick fog that never leaves Mirrors. "Ajapajapam Version" cuts th… Read more
O B Ignitt returns with his Obonit imprint. A doozy of an EP, Ignitt serves up his last Reese Cup on the A side, while Omar S gives us a mix of Ignitt's own "Let It Do What It Does". Perfecto.
Lawrence returns with a new album for Mule Musiq, produced on the road over the last couple of years and then edited back in his backyard studio in hamburg. It’s a sweetly ambient affair in the fine tradition of classic Artificial Intelligence productions, with the title track itself providing a knowing nod to the iconic Selected Ambient Works material. Elsewhere, 'Nowhere Is A Place’ harks black to classic B12 and early Black Dog productions, while ‘Simmer’ situates itself somewhere between the sort of thing the 12k label were releasing back in the mid noughties and Pete Namlook’s most h… Read more
**Orange Vinyl** The Mods are back, this time on Geoff Barrow's Invada label with the brooding 'Tiswas EP'. Naming their latest record after a '70s kids TV show, the duo are sorta showing their age here, but thanks to Jason's hungry delivery and Andrew's ascetic production they safely swerve any accusations of retrogression to continue forging a unique mix of punk rock spittle and hip hop swagger. This reviewer wasn't even born when Tiswas was on the telly, but I can definitely recognise their distaste for the stagnant, immovable English establishment of their generation, from … Read more
**Yellow Vinyl** The Mods are back, this time on Geoff Barrow's Invada label with the brooding 'Tiswas EP'. Naming their latest record after a '70s kids TV show, the duo are sorta showing their age here, but thanks to Jason's hungry delivery and Andrew's ascetic production they safely swerve any accusations of retrogression to continue forging a unique mix of punk rock spittle and hip hop swagger. This reviewer wasn't even born when Tiswas was on the telly, but I can definitely recognise their distaste for the stagnant, immovable English establishment of their generation, from … Read more
Clay Ruby lays Burial Hex to rest with his amazing final record in this guise, 'The Hierophant'. Extant since 2007, Burial Hex has consistently revitalised and morphed black metal and gothic sounds over the course of countless tapes, CDrs and vinyl releases up to now, notably including an acclaimed split with Zola Jesus for Aurora Borealis, and the 'In Psychic Defense' for Sound of Cobra which still receives heavy rotation in our office to this day. Thanks to a rare appreciation of technoid rhythms and ambient electronics, Burial Hex's records have long stood out from the often blinkered a… Read more
*Gorgeous foil-blocked sleeve* Been a lot of buzz around Avalon Emerson in recent months, with this new EP for Spring Theory offering her finest productions yet following a move from San Francisco to Berlin. "Let Me Love & Steal,” is Emerson's heaviest cut to date, picking up with a similar sample-driven heft as her past two releases. The Triple Scorpio Mix is a stripped down retooling of the original that rounds the vocal sample into a wash of sonic colors that lets the percussion come forward and take centre stage. Incorporating a little more techno propulsion, it transforms itsel… Read more
Neana makes his Night Slugs debut with two huge bootlegs. Both sides showcase the young producer's unique style, melding Grime, Ballroom beats and the NS Club Constructions manifesto into a new club sound of all his own
**White Vinyl** Oh yes - first ever official vinyl pressing of one of the most influential and revered Hip Hop albums of the last decade, produced by Neptunes** In the 4 years after The Clipse dropped their sophomore classic Lord Willin’ the duo was able to build a legacy that had fans hungry for new material. After the smoke cleared and they hit the studio the Virginia brothers recorded the confidently mature sophomore effort, Hell Hath No Fury. Best known for their unconventional radio smash “Grindin’,” Clipse are no strangers to taking risks with the boundary-push… Read more
*Limited edition LP in a full-color gatefold jacket with photos and liner notes* "The first live recording ever issued of legendary Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid and his group. These tracks were recorded live in Australia in 1981 - only days before Omar's tragic death. Stunning instrumental Arabic classics featuring electric guitar, organ, bass, drums & percussion. This is the first live concert recording ever issued of legendary Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid and his group. It features tracks recorded during his 1981 tour of Australia, including live version… Read more
*First vinyl pressing in over 25 years of this classic soundtrack, pressed up on limited Clear Vinyl with artwork by contemporary fine artist LG White, with printed inners* "By 1987, Simon Boswell had already contributed fantastic music and songs to Dario Argento’s ‘Phe- nomena’ and scored all of Lamberto Bava’s ‘Demoni II’. When it came to hiring a composer for ‘Stage Fright’, Simon came highly recommended and was my first choice. ‘Stage Fright’ (aka ‘Aquarius’, ‘Deliria’ and ‘Bloody Bird’), was my first feature-length movie and has always held a s… Read more