Thursday, 26 February
The venerated German producer appropriates African musics in a long-standing Teutonic tradition on his latest for Hamburg's Dial. 'Black Towers' stretches out for nearly 12 minutes of effortless, subtly shifting groove repetition and awning, earthly synth pads; 'Sliced Africa' locks down to a percolated bounce with natty keyboard melodies reminding of recent Fiedel and MMM styles, 'Spiritual Enhancer' gets off on a sort of slow-mo mix of Roedelius and old skool electro.
**Hand-stamped in poly sleeve with A4 insert** Tigersushi's Joakim and Crackboy drop three mid-tempo and Afro-centric grooves as POV.
**Full album on CD included freeinside** Kompakt's Pop Ambient series comes of age with the first full length offering in its new album series (as opposed to compilations). Hand-picked for the job by series curator, Wolfgang Voigt, Argentina's Leandro Fresco returns to the Kompakt fold more than ten years since his 'Amor Internacional' 12", which hailed as one of the label's best ever releases by Michael Mayer.
Ostgut's occasional Unterton label follows that smart Kobosil session with four Berlin techno-house standards by Nitam. A-side offers a slightly trancey tech-house roller and some grittier, spaced house; B-side gets down with a rugged Chicago acid sound and a killer, pumping breakbeat piece reminding of recent Zenker Brothers styles.
Tuffened dubstep/grime hybrids from the Rinse FM DJ and producer. The tensile half-step lurch of 'Technoid' appears one side, backed with an 'Urban Gorilla' vocal version starring Juiceman, and the skippy cyber-grime styles of 'Expansion'.
The bass-minded duo deal four smart slow/fast rollers on a new label coined for their UK-style ructions. Uptown they come with chest-rattling subs and fierce congas for the agile junglists, plus a more footwork/jungle-styled rinse out; downtown they roll out on swollen Reese with a deeper, darkside attitude, tying up matters with a mad shiny fusion of '80s synths and dancehall inna year 3000 fashion.
**Remastered by Martin Bowes at the Cage Studios, UK. Presented on high-quality 180gram heavyweight green transparent vinyl. Limited Edition" "Medical Records returns to Germany for another piece of the Neue Deutsche Welle story with the reissue of the one and only album by Tse-Tse. Long out of print from its original 1983 pressing on Neuland Tonträger, it is due to be heard again. Tse-Tse were Claas Melhop and Clement Hülse. The duo met in Hamburg at a disco. While Claas was a medical student and trained flautist, Clem was a school drop out playing in a German punk band (Hermann’s Ogrie) whic… Read more
**Includes free download code redeemable from the Label.** "In the 1960s Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s legendary Studio One Records laid down the template for all reggae music, the equivalent of Jamaica’s Motown Records. Artists who launched their careers there comprise an A-Z of the Jamaican music scene - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Burning Spear, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Horace Andy and many, many more. In the early releases featured here you will find the roots of Studio One’s unique sound - from… Read more
*Heavyweight, double disc 140 gram vinyl on Nonesuch for Jonny Greenwood’s soundtrack to Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice* In addition to nine compositions by Greenwood, the soundtrack features ‘Spooks’, an unreleased Radiohead tune performed by members of Supergrass, as well as other recordings from the movie’s era.
Wonky Norwegian disco strut backed with a straighter remix by KZA and DJ Kent a.k.a. Force of Nature.
"A life is A Billion Heartbeats', continues Yannis Kyriakides & Andy Moor's exploration and mining of the rich and mysterious terrain of Greek Rebetika music from early 20th century. Their first release of this project (simply entitled 'Rebetika') was for the most part taken from a live recording at the CCA, Glasgow in 2006. For that, Yannis had created processed versions of Andy's favourite Rebetika tunes which served as a matrix or palette onto which both musicians then improvised using electric guitar, live sampling and electronics. In this new set of so… Read more
The man behind 'Bullet In A Gun' (don't hold it against him) dons his Rex The Dog costume for a new party two-tracker on Kompakt. Expect more of that hiccupping tech-house funk, with a canny vocal stab on the B-side's 'Korgasmotron'.
Amit throws down the bassbin gauntlet with four diverse D&B/techno mutations. A-side is loaded with the ravenous Bad Company-style synth attacks and molasses motion of 'The Hunted', plus the quaking 4/4 dub, 'Chalvey Town'; B-side he adopts a dubstep stance with the strongback step of 'Survivor' eased off by Rani's trip hop vocal, and 'Mind Over' dices with hard-ass techno traits, culminating in a neat locked groove.
Pulsating aquatech from Glasgow's Deep Bass and London-based Italian producer, Nax Acid. On their 2nd mission to the abyss, 'Garden of the Hesperides' reveals three cuts of puristic, monotone techno ranging from the thrumming bass patterns and radiant sonar synths of 'Hesperis' A-side to the noise-infected underwater scapes of 'Nyx' and the EP highlight in a hydraulik acid rotation titled 'Erebus'.
**Comes in a re-sealable "aluminium" sleeve** "Glacial are the joint project of renowned Greek techno/house producer Giorgos Lemos -simply known as Lemos - and saxophonist/experimental artist Ilan Manouach. Their debut was a self-titled LP on the Hotel Costes series, released to critical acclaim in the beginning of 2012. Ricardo Villalobos called it “the album of his dreams” while the media described its’ abstract, minimal, dubby, jazzy electronic music as ‘hardcore lounge’, ‘elevator techno’. Today, almost three years later, they make their glorious return with a two-track EP on a 12’’ vinyl (a… Read more
2015 vinyl reissue of this Greensleeves classic. One of the important aspects of this album is the fact that the riddims and vocals were used extensively on Scientists milestone 'Rids The World' album. This be the jackpot and by far the best Michael Prophet LP available. Check the righteous 'Love and Unity', and 'Gunman', the perfect combination of Prophet's vocal range and the studio juggernaut of Scientist, Junjo and the Roots Radics. Highly recommended.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "Intended as a space for enhancing awareness of the aural in relation the visual, Continuous Tone is a sound project published by Open Editions. Twelve different artists will each be invited to create a new work in the form of a 12-inch vinyl record. Each release will be issued as a heavy pressing of 500 copies with carefully designed packaging and specially commissioned liner notes inserted as a 10-page illustrated booklet. The idea is to treat sound as a medium for the production of art just like any other. David Blamey’ is a 21st ce… Read more
2015 Repress of this Greensleeves classic. Hailing from the late seventies through 1980 originally, this has a state of the art Blackbeard mix from Dennis Bovell, production of the Well Pack Band from Winston Edwards and stands as a convincing album - which goes some way to explain the advanced poularity entire dub sets went on to experience after punk’s early love affair with sufferer’s reggae. The vibes here are good, the titles great and while some of the themes may not be entirely dread, the playing is all high calibre and the one-drop dubs are very well crafted.
*New edition of this classic 1976 Lp for Greensleeves* "Junior Murvin is of course best known for his massive hit from 1976 - `Police and Thieves' with his falsetto vocal, produced by Lee Perry, that was later to be covered by The Clash. But Junior Murvin had more than one string to his bow and was anything but a one-hit wonder. The superb `Muggers in The Street' was originally released in 1984 and produced by Henry "Junjo" Lawes. It was the first of two albums that Greensleeves released by Murvin. The second being the Prince Jammy-produced set `Apartheid' that arrived two years la… Read more
"Staubgold presents Désarroi, the tenth album by German ensemble Kammerflimmer Kollektief. Since Thomas Weber founded the group in 1996, its work has meandered between precision and freedom, delivering music that would scorch the paper if one tried to score it. Kammerflimmer Kollektief's art is deception -- a persuasive and seductive art of disorientation and misdirection, with a lucidity and precision approaching what Robert Musil (above suspicion of being a romanticist) called "daylight mysticism." Désarroi (Disorientation), perhaps the group's wildest work, does it again: welcome back to the Kammerflimmery!"
Kassem Mosse gives Simone White's timid folk songs from 'Silver Silver' a subtle but weighty overhaul. Primed for slower, woozier times, the version of 'Flowers In May' finds a tender balance between sunken subs, wooden drum knocks and White's trip-hoppy vocal; B-side, he tends to 'In The Water Where The City Ends' with funereal chamber strings and clanqing drums reminding of the recent AFX or Cylob's 'Industrial Folk Songs', and fades to close with the chiming, off-centre rhythms of 'Long Moon'.
Pumping techno-house minimalism from Atelier Francesco, backed with a slinkier Few Nolder remix. The original 'Akaino' sustains dancefloor pressure with heads-down groove underpinned by buzzsaw drones until a sweeter denouement of children's choir harmonies in the final third. Few Nolder resets to a swinging house groove with ruddy square bass tug and more subtle daubs of the vocal.
"Twenty-year-old Amsterdam-born producer Ebbo Kraan presents his first EP proper. The Aletta EP is a nocturnal, eclectic meld of explorations in hip-hop sound and ambience. Like an enchanting siren, opener "Bag of Medicine" lulls the listener into its dark midst. It's a pretty intense rush, a screeching joyride of grating bass. "20" is a viscous onslaught of side-chained choppy abuse, while, "No Amount" is a distorted, ethereal mind-trip. Dreamy, refined "Pian808" slows things down -- a must for after-hours -- only to be potentially upstaged by "Thirst," the spatial and trippy closer with equal portions of low-end theory pulsating through."
"Lusts are brothers Andy and James Stone from Leicester, presenting here their debut single for 1965 Records. Mixed by MJ of Hookworms, A-side ‘Temptation’ evokes both the classic woozy choruses and reverb laden guitars of Echo & The Bunnymen and the New Wave pop sensibilities of Beach Fossils."
**Included free download code redeemable from Label** "Debut album 'Wild Peace' was released in June 2012, after the then five piece had surfaced 18 months prior to a flurry of blog attention. The record is a near-perfect encapsulation of their early sound, with critics calling it “dazzling, hypnotic and deliriously seductive” and “truly magnificent”. However loud the acclaim, the release was inevitably overshadowed by the shock death of drummer Peter Hayes a few days before release. The band recovered in private. The songwriting pair of guitarist Thom Hill and vocalist Linda Jarvis would spend two ye… Read more
Liverpool's Låpsley debuts on XL with the hushed, downbeat soul of 'Understudy'. It's a lowlit introduction to her jazz and folk-steeped vocals, with blue electronic production locating her somewhere between Adele and Alunageorge.
Thursday, 19 February
**First vinyl issue in 2LP edition of 500 mastered and cut at D&M, first 180 copies include one of three 12" x 12" colour prints - if you’re into Lee Gamble, The Caretaker/Leyland Kirby or Wolfgang Voigt’s GAS project - this is a must** The Automatics Group's dance-pop deconstruction, 'Summer Mix' is one of the uncanniest computer music releases of this decade - first issued as a limited CD edition by Entr'acte in 2011. In the time since then it’s quietly become a bit of an iconic reflection for a post-rave generation, presenting a non-trivial nostalgia trip that someho… Read more
Outstanding, otherworldly debut album proper by the Hype Williams collaborator known as Henny Moan and John T. Gast. An ambient enigma steeped in post-hypnagogic tristesse, 'Excerpts' is a cryptic hash of mutant dance music, lo-fi pop, and screwed lounge styles every bit as skewed and enigmatic as you might hope from someone who's worked so closely with Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland (he contributed to 'Black Is Beautiful' and 'The Redeemer' a.o.). Written and recorded early 2014 in South West England, it treats nostalgia and electronic romance with equal amounta shadowy ambiguity and screwball a… Read more
**Suitably deluxe gatefold reissue of Ndikho Xaba and the Natives' breathtaking jazz suite from South Africa circa 1971. Regarded among the most important records ever made by SA jazz players, copies have been selling for over £500 in recent years second hand and having heard this for the first time we can see why. Utterly unmissable!** This set of avant-garde jazz from South African political exile Ndikho Xaba has completely blown us away. As the label explains "Its rarity has until now served to obscure both its beauty and its histor… Read more
**Spotgloss-printed jacket with download code** Strong debut album from the multi-faceted Future Brown collective for Warp. Numbering Fatima Al Qadiri, plus Lit City Trax's J-Cush and Nguzunguzu's Daniel Pineda & Asma Maroof, they represent a worldwide perspective (LA, NYC, Kuwait) via myriad dancefloor strains shaken for their sweetest, futurist fruit and voiced by an international roll call including MCs from Chiraq, Jamaica-via-London and Latin NYC. Holding up a mirror to the world's increasingly mixed and itinerant population - and it's disproportionate representation in mainstream med… Read more