Thursday, 25 June
'Originally released in November 2011, this is the very first single ever to appear on the label. It was produced under the heavy influence of the original chicago Footworkers like RP Boo, whose influence is obvious in the sounddesign. Two tracks written and produced by DJ Kabra and Discarga, the man behind Duck N’ Cover Records. Both tracks feature a haunting, dark atmosphere. Bones is a tribal graveyard stepper, time for a burial. Up is a straight battletrack with pondering drum assaults and viscious stabs."
"Originally released in 2012, this is Freezaburns second single on the label. Written and produced by Discarga, the man behind Duck N’ Cover Records, it features two dark renditions of Footwork. You can clearly draw a line to his earlier work under the “Iota” name, which was released on Mental Groove Records. Orchestral samples fight against frenetic rhythm patterns, in “Problemz”, a theme of a popular Japanese Anime series is used in the closing part, on “Get It” indian classical music shines light and shimmers over a sea of chopped vocals, noises coming straight from the sub-concious and pounding drum-patterns."
"Originally released in 2012, the 3rd 7” single on the label, right before the first maxi single by a Chicago artist was released. Written and performed by DJ Kabra, this record features two tracks that were able to generate a cult following worldwide from Tokyo to the USA. “In The Industry” picks up an iconic sample that was first used on the debut album of Method Man, and transforms it into a footwork monster. The flip side “Backyard” iterates over a smash hit by Lana Del Rey and infuses heavy tribal roots into the battle style. DJ Kabras background is also in Dub and Roots Reggae which can be clearly heard in his production style. "
"Rocksteady took over Orange Street, Kingston, Jamaica around 1966, the same time that an extreme heat wave hit the Jamaican Island. Some say the previous jerky Ska Rhythms proved too strenuous of an activity to partake in during the all night Sound Systems. So it proved a winning formula to slow the beat down to a more leisurely pace. Whatever the reasons were this two year period that ran until 1968 would see some of the power escape from the big three producers, Clement ‘Coxonne' Dodd, Prince Buster and Duke Reid...who up to that period ruled the airwaves. I… Read more
The legendary late '80s psych-noise-rock titans return with their first new material in 25 years. Now revolving original member Robert Hampson (vocals, guitars) - who would go on to start Main - plus Scott Dawson (guitar) and Neil Mackay (bass), augmented by Wayne Maskell on drums. Re-emerging into a scene full of bearded men churning out their own take on monotonous psych-rock, Loop show 'em how it's done in four parts, from the motorik nod of 'Precession' to tenderised feedback manipulations in 'Coma', and an almighty 17 minute blow-out banking raga drones and full flight chug with 'Radial'.
**Edition of 250, includes free download** "Peptalk is Michael Carter (electronics), Shayna Dunkelman (percussion) and Angelica Negron (voice). The band was born in Oakland, CA where electronic musician Mike Carter and percussionist Shayna Dunkelman were inspired by how mid-century exotica artists like Esquivel, Robert Drasnin and Martin Denny used percussion with bird calls, synthesizers and orchestra instruments to envision strange faraway places. Mike and Shayna upped and left for Brooklyn, where they met composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Angelica Negron. Drawing on their shared love of … Read more
"Through beautifully crafted songs such as “Station” and “Painter (Valentine)”, the 18-year old, Southport, England-raised artist has created a unique sonic identity, mixing sparse, minimal electronic production with gorgeous, emotive songwriting."
Thursday, 18 June
*Simon Pomery aka Blood Music returns with a new EP for Diagonal, including a stellar remix from Luke Younger, aka Helm* Simon Pomery makes an emphatic return to Diagonal with the Taiko fire of ‘Chicks’, the brutal percussive workout of Badgering’ and a hardcore remix from Helm. On this long-gestated follow-up to 2013’s eponymous EP, the Blood Music project continues to rage, syncing Taiko-inspired drumming patterns with vicious metal guitar dissonance and contact mic haptics. ‘Chicks’ runs at an over-stepping, febrile EBM heart rate, pelting modular palpitations made alongside Russ… Read more
Dreader UK pressure from Bristol via London on PAN affiliate Beneath's Mistry label, coined for his peers and like-minded bass cadets. The label's 4th drop is Laksa's first, framing the ruggedest UK house sounds with red-eyed night vision. 'Draw For The' strides over the A-side with drunken master style; all sloshing subs and roiling drums inna cold and brittle echo chamber style. B-side, 'Baded' drops the tempo a few notches but brings up the celsius at the same time, finding a woozy sub-tropical swagger in its hard surfaces and synthetic bird calls, whilst 'Touchdown' forges a killer sort of bl… Read more
Kuedo and Joe Shakespeare's hugely promising Knives label debut the hyper-lucid constructs of J.G. Biberkopf with 'Ecologies', housed in suitably striking artwork by Joe Hamilton. Hailing from Lithuania, Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf has hatched a dramatic and immersive aesthetic, drawing upon cutting edge instrumental grime, net phenomenology and cyber-ambient sound design to patch collaged spheres working across club, theatre and digital radio contexts. As with the output of contemporary artists like T C F or Elysia Crampton, thru to his networked peers such as v1984 and Sentinl, J.G.B's music… Read more
*First pressing comes inside a limited edition hand painted sleeve* Ruddy raw and psychoactive house charmers from the mighty Principe. Niagara employs a more direct dancefloor template than most of his Portugese label peers, and the effect is deadly. Played live, and retaining that feral quality that has made this label so addictive, Niagara configures 6 tracks ranging from infected and dripping Lil Louis vibes on 'Arruda' to the cascading, synth-heavy hooks on 'Cheetah', before signing off with 'Alagarta' like some heat-infected Mr Oizo at his deadliest. Strong stuff from this increasingly impressive label.
Blawan reveals his bleakest, most bleached-out and finest constructions on his second modular techno session for his Ternesc label. In contrast to the all-out barrage of 'Warm Tonal Touch', these trax are reduced to bare, viscous vibrations and spooked sci-fi atmospheres in four parts. A-side sets a shivering tone with the sputtering bass pattern and gloomy ambient motifs of 'Hanging Out With The Birds', for 'Mine Oh Mine' to pick up the pace while concentrating the vibes to serpentine effect somewhere between Baby Ford & Ifach Collective's 'Sacred Mahcine' and recent Vereker/Restraint … Read more
"‘S. Araw “Trio” XI’ is a new configuration of the Sun Araw Band, the live action collaborative branch of Sun Araw. Over the course of several studio dates in Hollywood, California, “Trio” players Cameron Stallones, Alex Gray and Mitchell Brown (with no prior intentions of doing any such thing) successfully planted a garden of ‘non-dimensional’ objects, not only spontaneously generating these objects but also mastering their nurture and cultivation. ‘Gazebo Effect’ is a double vinyl nocturnal stroll into the depths of the garden, its upper lawns and outbuildings. The li… Read more
**Limited edition 180g 'Wire Fusion' coloured vinyl** "Finally, after 35 long years Futurismo are the first label ever to re-release one of the most sought-after and revered electronic albums of the early 1980’s – Digital Stimulation by Units. Inspired by punk in ideology, though not necessarily in sound, San Francisco’s Units were a young breed of dystopic visionaries art space prodigies and trash culture futurists set on reshaping sound for a new age. Leading the charge, along with only a couple of others such as Screamers and Chrome, they lit the touch-paper for a… Read more
The "Working Man's Techno Label" send crew member Morgan Louis on his first solo job. With hard hat donned and bait in his napsack, Louis gets a sweat on in four parts, from the hypnotic chord reps and glass hammer percussion of 'Only1' to the drone techno plastering of '3Sex' on the A-side, and over to the pitch-slipping monotone jacker, 'Donnoo', before clocking off with the faded filter-house gradients of 'Not U' and a trio of tuffened locked grooves on the B-side.
**180g wax edition of 300 includes a page torn from 'Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung'** Koehler conducts a mutant acid skank, backed with a cranky-assed remix by A Made Up Sound who knuckles out grubby sub wobbles, twysted 303 drops and shanking chords like some lost Abi Shanti acid dub. The original turns out like some wild-eyed and feral bashment acid attack sparked up with crushed breaks inna Ambush records fashion. Good stuff.
**Gatefold 2LP** Oren Ambarchi's Black Truffle dig out a masterclass in minimalism from the extensive, unreleased archive of seminal American composer, Arnold Dreyblatt. 'Second Selection' follows on from the 'Choice' [Choose Records, 2013] compilation of Dreyblatt's work circa 1977-2007. It too spans his pieces recorded with the Orchestra of Excited Strings thru to solo compositions, but focusses on a window of productivity between 1979-1989, documenting in varying fidelity the time shortly after he set up the OES, and also covering the period during which he migrated from NYC, … Read more
"Originally released in 1974, Miller’s third album is one of the best Brazilian records of its time. A seamless mesh of Brazilian pop, psychedelia, and Bossa Nova, Linguas De Fogo could be mistaken as Tropicalia (if Miller hadn’t distances himself from the genre). Of Linguas De Fogo, Flabbergasted Vibes writes “The record is dreamy, hazy, psychedlicized, progressive MPB that evokes early Lô Borges, or Beto Guedes, or the first Nelson Angelo/Joyce album. ...The arrangements are all great, balancing his relaxed, almost sedated vocal lines against taught double-tracked flute harmo… Read more
Anthony "Shake" Shakir, Harmonious Thelonious and Alan Johnson uproot and shake down Blank Mind's first release in four exceptional remix excursions. As the label's debut release, 'Cover Me' set a wild precedent which followed thru into subsequent aces from DJ Clent, Dance, and Mirror. Now on their 7th release, the label have pulled in some heavy remix action exemplifying their open-ended yet focussed aesthetic. Anthony Shakir absolutely kills it with a Detroit No wave style take on Adrian Lenz's Grenadan dab dab ace, 'Cover Me', marrying air raid bass sweeps with sparking break… Read more
Moiré, Disguise and pals flex their new Neversleep moniker for Phonica White with a trio of ruder house functions. Leading on from Moiré's 'BBoy 202' for Werk Discs/Ninja Tune, he gets busy on the A-side with a hulking, Kardashi-assed house bomb in his remix of 'Mouth Shut', before tagging in Disguise on the B-side for a sorta wonky Daft Punk (Homework era) style hip house boogie slam, and the man's own Special Mix of 'Mouth Shut' swapping the choking pressure for something much lighter, defter.
**Limited edition of 240 housed in screen-printed paper sleeve and transparent poly outer** The hyped DJ Guy shares some more offcuts from his early '90s archive. These tracks are much more serene and breezy than the sounds on All Caps' '20 (1996)' release, taking in the coruscating ambient dub melt of 'Computape Trk 2' and the blend of leaching field recordings and hyaline electronics in 'White Tape Trk4', before B-side's 'Basf Ferro Trk 3' broaches the 'floor with gently AFXian drum patter and the unfortunate appearance of a cheesy syn flute preset. Thankfully the Detroit-style drum programming … Read more
**Includes 12" insert** "Drawing from the leftfield avant-pop of Arthur Russell and Talking Heads, progressive disco of Nile Rodgers and contemporary ambient electronica, Retiree channel these influences through their own pervasive aura of rum-drunk antipodean sunshine. The result is music that is in equal parts lush, thoughtful melody and meditative tropical rhythm. The EP sees joint international release from Peckham label Rhythm Section International who released the instant classic debut of Al Dobson Jr, and were nominated for label of the year at Gilles Peterson's 2015 worldwide awards, as… Read more
*Much needed reissue of this stone cold Brazilian classic* "Brazil in the early 1970s had one of the vibrant music scenes in the world. Tropicalia was going strong, a challenge to both the music establishment and the state. Música Popular Brasileira (or MPB) was firmly established. Up in the northeastern corner of Brazil, centered in Recife, was another exciting strain of Brazilian culture called Udigrudi. Lula Cortes, Ze Ramalho and Satwa were a few artists from the movement; but none is more celebrated than Alceu Valença. Valença grew up with the expectation of being a lawyer… Read more
“There was Mike Barry (age 18), Ian Self (age 18), and a drum machine. In those days, all you needed were a couple of long coats, a mutual love of The Fall and Joy Division, a pile of existential books (Kafka, Camus, Dostoyevsky, etc.) and some lager. They took their name from a Jackson Pollock painting. It was Summer of 1981 and the band was as rough as a bear’s arse.” And, those are the origins of Easter and the Totem. Tromping around South London through most of the 1980s, Easter and the Totem released three LPs (the first one at the urging of John Peel); Th… Read more
**Includes free download code redeemable form the label** "On 2/11/14 Hauschka performed two improvisations loosely based on his last album, 'Abandoned City'. This release documents that performance, seamlessly segueing from recursive, airborne keys to jaunty, padded rhythms and ambient noise. Hauschka says: "“Yufuin is a small picturesque town on the Japanese Island Kyushu. We arrived in the afternoon at the main station after a long train ride. After Yoshiyuki Tanigawa picked us up we drove all the way up into the mountains. At the center of a residential area we found a very modern museum calle… Read more
"Since before he was even able to play an instrument, Martin Newell was messing around with home-recordings. Having grown up in the Far East, Newell returned to his home of England at age 13 with just a little 3-inch spool tape-recorder and his first guitar. At age 14 he wrote his first song, not even knowing any chords. His songwriting continued through his teens and into his 20s, when he purchased a Sony reel-to-reel recorder and 12 string guitar. It is this early songwriting that led him working with a wide variety of musicians, recording in beautiful studios and forming his many… Read more
**One of the greatest soundtrack composers of the late 20th Century finally gets a vinyl reissue series, includes a copy of the CD free inside* The work of Poland's Zbigniew Preisner is closely linked to that of film director Krzysztof Kieslowski, the pair having worked together since the widely acclaimed "Dekalog" series began production in the late 1980's. The soundtrack is one of Preisner's least-known but also one of his best - that distinctive orchestral style vividly evoking the grey Polish towerblock around which the series revolves. Amazing music, regardless of whether you're familiar with the work of either Kieslowski or Preisner - a hugely recommended listen.
**Preisner's classic soundtrack to Kieslowski's 'White' available on vinyl for the first time, with a CD included** A total joy to hear this gorgeous soundtrack again, hard to believe that its been 22 years since the film's release! Zbigniew Preisener really is one of the greatest film composers of the modern era, but his work for the great, late Krzysztof Kieslowski stands out as not only his most well known, but also his finest work. 'Three Colours: White" is lighter in mood than the other two films in the series, but the score is another magical collection of solo-piano … Read more