Thursday, 06 March
**Wrap-around sleeve. Edition of 500** Four track debut 7" from Copenhagen's Communions quartet - contemporaries of Ice Age, Lower and the Posh Isolation lot centred around the city's Mayhem studio/venue complex. In stark contrast to the aforementioned, 'Cobblestones' yields a well studied sorta post-punk pop sound played with precision and earnestness, full of throaty, rabble rousing vocals with infectious choruses and equally hook-laden guitars delivered with passion.
Deep and slinky Detroit-inspired techno from Scotland's Stephen Brown. 'Spray Shop' plays around with pinging, pizzicato synthlines and swinging hi-tek funk rhythms; 'Stand Down' is a minimal, serpentine dub chord-rider.
Deep, filtered house by Sweden's Mr Tophat & Art Alfie backed with an acidic Locked Groove remix on the first release from No Fit State. 'Vretis' works as a canny scene setter with patiently growing dub filters applied to a slinky disco loop, evolving into a sub-heavy, rolling house groove, whereas 'Takelant' works to a skippier New York garage coda. Locked Groove squares it off for the DJs on a condensed, sub-heavy remix laced devilish acid squirms.
Infectious disco/house cut-ups done good and proper by John Barera and Will Martin for the former's Supply Records. There's four shades of the same sound, taking in skippy, disco-looping NJ garage styles on the delightful 'Awake', beside the sultry, bass and chords-driven deep house of 'Say It Now', whilst 'Unknown factor' deals heavier dub chords and rolling bass balanced with an excellent, folksy string motif, and 'Yen' dips down to a more sensual 6am vibe.
**Housed in printed inner and colour jacket** Mondkopf returns to wreak slow, doomy havoc with his fourth, and most impressive album under this guise. Melding destructive metal chords with crushing, Emptyset-like electronics, and techno tumult, 'Hades' forces listeners into submission with its throttling dynamics and sustained atmospheric violence. If Raster Noton did metal it might sound something like this.
**Edition of 500. Clear vinyl** **Darkly atmospheric industrial grooves from Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright, Midnightopera's Julian Jöckel and Different Fountains Michael Langeder + Bernardo Risquez as JBLA, backed with blue, downbeat and noisy remixes from L.I.E.S.' Ron Morelli, Svengalisghost, and Vereker** "JBLA came into being after Julian Jöckel (midnightopera) and Stuart Argabright (Ike Yard, Black Rain, o13) performed at a party in Brussels on the 5th of Oct. 2012 on invitation from Bernardo Risquez & Michael Langeder (D… Read more
**Theatrical soundtrack written by Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten), Mick Harvey (co-founder, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Danielle Piccioto (co-founder of Love Parade), and Paul Wallfisch (musical director at the Theater Dortmund)** "The songs on this album were written for "Republik Der Wölfe", a multimedia theatrical spectacle commissioned by Kay Voges and premiering at the Theater Dortmund, Germany, on February 15th, 2014. Subtitled "A Fairytale Massacre with Live Music", "Republik Der Wölfe" presents an intertwining collage riffing on the pre-moral tal… Read more
**A gorgeous, delicate and diverse suite of idiosyncratic composition ranging from solo piano to acoustic folk and neo-classical by a previous collaborator with Radiohead and Matthew Herbert** "John Matthias is a musician, composer and physicist. In 2008, he won the PRS Foundation New Music Award (The Turner Prize for music) with Jane Grant and Nick Ryan for the development of a huge sonic installation across the UK entitled ‘The Fragmented Orchestra’. Also known for this collaborations with Radiohead, Matthew Herbert and Coldcut, Mattias combines ambient, post classical pieces with heart… Read more
**Moody blue minimal wave pop outta Brisbane, Australia. RIYL Sapphire Slows, Group Rhoda, The Space Lady* "The music of Scraps is a unique cosmic universe of emotions, thoughts and bedroom sound. Utilising a minimalist set up of drum machine, keyboard and synth mixed with a life time obsession of the electronic pop music of yesteryear allow Laura Hill's ideas to come alive. These are not cute brainless love songs however. Although love is an inspiration in a lot of the songs, the lyrics and themes mostly deal with the darker painful side of that irrational emotion. Depth comes in the way Hill … Read more
"For most of the recording sessions the core trio was augmented by guitarist Reine Fiske. Best known for his work in Swedish psych-combos Dungen and The Amazing, Reine is an old acquaintance of the band, and his recent exploits with Ståle Storløkken's Elephant9 had made the pairing seem like a potentially interesting one for Motorpsycho as well. So well, in fact, that he tagged along for most live shows as well as the recording of the new magnum opus "Behind The Sun". With nine tracks clocking in at just over an hour, the album also brings the "Hell, Part 1-3" from "Still Life With Eggplan… Read more
"Axxa/Abraxas is the music and art project of Ben Asbury, a 23 year old from outside Atlanta, GA. His experiences as a record collector and music obsessive from a very young age are easily evident in his debut release. Going full circle from being introduced to 60's pop as a kid, through his foray into punk rock at an early age, into post-rock and Elephant Six indie, right back into 60's Psychedelia, Ben has honed his influences (Neil Young, Television Personalities), into a cohesive blend to adapt his own take on psych-influenced art-pop. The label enlisted Jarvis Taveniere (Woods) to reco… Read more
"The Unsemble is a collaboration of three very notable musical personalities.You may know of Duane Denison (guitar, keyboards) from his work with Tomahawk and The Jesus Lizard, among others. He's in fine form here. You might know of Alexander Hacke (bass, electronics) from his work work with Einsturzende Neubaten, Crime and the City Solution, and his film and production work. He's at the top of his game these days. You probably don't know of Brian Kotzur (drums, keyboards) but you should. He has worked with Silver Jews and Harmony Korine, both quite popular with indie hipsters, slackers, et… Read more
Third Man repress of The White Stripes’ second album, featuring the tracks ‘Little Bird’ and ‘You’re Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)’.
Third Man repress of the band’s fourth studio album, featuring the tracks ‘Seven Nation Army’ and ‘The Hardest Button To Button’.
Third Man repress of The White Stripes’ debut album. Features the tracks ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’ and ‘Broken Bricks’.
Third Man repress of their third album, featuring tracks ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’ and ‘Hotel Yorba’.
Good ol' fashioned fuzz rock jams from Magik Marker Pete Nolan's Spectre Folk starring none other than Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth, Aaron Mullan ov Tall Firs and Pavement's Mark Ibold, for Matt Mondaniles aka Ducktails' New Images label, whoa! The sluggish A-side 'Begin The Mothership' sounds like it was distilled in a barrel of basement-brewed moonshine for a few years before being allowed to see daylight, whilst B-side '…End The Mothership' cranks the volume and the groove to a gas-huffing motorik velocity.
Reissue of the first 7" released by XL when they licensed the White Blood Cells album in 2001...
Reissue of the second single released originally by XL from the White Blood Cells album...
**Limited edition of 500. Gatefold sleeve** Debut album from the London-based Tech-House/'tronica producer. With one foot in the contemporary classical scene and the other in pop/indie circles thanks to his extensive profile of remixes for everyone from Michael Nyman to Hot Chip, Cooper presents an intricately detailed, if somewhat dated, album of tidy, clean and pleasant electronica split between cuts driven by whirring minimal tech house rhythms and sound design exercises, including two vocal appearances by Kathrin deBoer and one from Arbutus Records' Braids.
Tuesday, 04 March
Distance returns with a steely brace of halfstep dreadnaughts on his Chestplate label. Volume 1 proves his longevity and originality in the scene with a fearsome display of scything, body-wise dynamics and expansive atmospheres. The burning synth brass on 'Broken Down' bears strong comparison with recent Kuedo aces while the rhythmic syncopation feels more supple, elastic and deadly than ever. 'Andromeda' is a proper war riddim, raising the hackles with doomy intro before cutting loose with snarling hounds-of-hell guitars/synths and ravenous, slavering bass.
Thursday, 27 February
**Edition of 500 housed in a spotgloss jacket. Vinyl mastered and cut by Stefan Betke aka Pole** The dude behind productions for Fever Ray and Roll The Dice makes his solo album debut for Digitalis with the hypnotic hardware rituals of 'Lines Describing Circles'. The production on here is just immense - no doubt aided by Pole's pristine Master: there's an epic, bass-heavy undercurrent running throughout the album's 10 tracks that gave us goosebumps listening at high volume. The pieces oscillate between caustic, peaking noise pieces and thrumming rhythms, all glowing with a r… Read more
Sublime yet haunting dub house from Rod Modell's Deepchord. Now firmly ensconced in the Soma roster, Rod is making some of the finest material of his two decade long career, here presenting two richly layered pieces incorporating spectral vocal elements which have rarely been heard so explicitly in his music (as in you can almost make out full words; he's not effin' and blindin'). 'Luxury 1' cuts a deep trench of buoyant subbass layered up with refractive chords and teasing deep house memes, whilst 'Luxury 2' eases off on a gently skanking dub momentum in his time-honoured style.
**Includes 32 page booklet with texts and pictures by the artist plus preface by David Toop** August sonic cartographer Mike Cooper shares his exotica dreams on NO=FI. Mike's been composing a blend of field recordings, lapsteel guitar and tape improvisations for the past 50 years, and since the '90s focussing on an idiosyncratic, imaginative type of contemporary exotica. 'New Globe Notes' collects exquisite, soporific material previous released on Mike's own imprint Hipshot Records; nine tracks deeply infused with South Pacific atmospheres and the gauziest ambient intentions primed to car… Read more
Rave-haunted rollers from Grime architect Terror Danjah and prolific producer Four Tet. On 'Killer' the unlikely pair settle on a bashy bruk house sound rife with soundsystem samples and Video-Crash-style stabs and oscillating between Four Tet's woozy Arp, and Danjah's slicker electroid waves resulting in a slinky but gritty kinda bassbin pressure. Flipsude, 'Nasty' plays up to a defter sorta feminine pressure with tucked, kinky drums nimbly synched to gully bass and flitting female vocal counterpoint. Kinda sounds like a dazed Champion workout.
Super strong space House from 'Dam-dwelling dons Juju & Jordash. Their latest missive for Dekmantel sounds like it couldn't have come from anyone else, and that's a fairly rare thing in their crowded scene. On 'Waldorf Salad' they jam on with spiralling bleeps and crisp, clean synthlines borne from the eponymous synth, locked to plodding but bubbly groove designed to hypnotise in the wee small hours.That's followed by an unusual sorta synth making canny use of (near) vinyl silence, before the flipside, 'Third Planet From Altair' works up a serious head of steam wit… Read more
**Limited edition 180g vinyl cut from the original 24/96 master. Includes CD copy free inside** Helge Sten (Deathprod) and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones enter the void together as Minibus Pimps on the eagerly anticipated 'Cloud To Ground'. For the first time outside of their Supersilent trio with Arve Henriksen, the two titans in their respective fields converge on an astrally smashed, detached sound that "contains composed and improvisational elements on an equal scale." The results are far bleaker than anything they've hatched in Supersilent, and thankfully leans more towards the Dea… Read more
Ultra-modern pop diamonds from the forward London producer behind beats for Triad God and Dre Skull's MixPak. 'Lil Gem' is Palmistry's most important release to date, following celebrated productions for other artists and a couple of crucial mixes via DIS magazine. It finds a very good home among the accelerated ears and minds on Lorenzo Senni's Presto!? label, sharing a common taste for air-brushed electronic surfaces whilst furthering his own path of minimalist R&B, filigree ambient, and up-to-the-second dancehall. They're the sort of pieces we could happily play on repeat, from the airborne baro… Read more
"Finders Kreepers bring you a mysterious and beguiling piece of music that has enchanted and eluded fans of vintage horror for decades. A game changer for the new wave of British horror when it was originally released the most unnerving attribute of The Innocents was the recurring childlike song that haunted the corridors and gardens of a haunted house in between bursts of concrète effects and drones (made by an uncredited Daphne Oram). A forerunner to a generation of lullaby lead horror scenes (such as Rosemary’s Baby and Profondo Rosso) whilst drawing compari… Read more