Thursday, 21 May
The modular maestro presents a luminous 4th side of original Buchla soundscapes for Morphine. Recorded in Berlin in September 2014 and incorporating production help and assistance from label boss Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis, 'Brother I Prove You Wrong' speaks with a sharper clarity and diction than Cohen's trio of archival recordings circa 1976-1989 already reissued by the same label to much acclaim. They're sharp as a tack, following sleek lines and rendered with a punch and sense of space and momentum which possibly betrays a return influence from the contemporary operators … Read more
Ace Textured house from Parisian, Dangkhoa Chau a.k.a Antinote's D.K, appearing here as 45 ACP for adopted label, L.I.E.S. The 'Change Of Tone' LP dispenses six tracks of ace, washed-out grooves ranging from the occluded dream sequence of 'The Bridge' to sub-100 bpm Detroit jacker, 'Seventh Circle' or woozy boogie in 'Ground to Ground', thru to the coruscating thumb piano twang of 'Hidden Garden' and relatively caffeinated deep house swing with 'Double Cross'. Good stuff...
*White Vinyl Edition* 2nd LP of ear-worming electronic-pop from Becoming Real - a strong tip for those missing Holy Other or Tri Angle's bewitched pop aesthetics. Between 2010 and 2012 Becoming Real was behind a string of smart releases for the likes of Ramp, Moshi Moshi and GETME!, and then… nothing until 2015. With 'Pure Apparition' he reminds us what we have (or might have) been missing with 12 tracks of eldritch-tinted pop deviation soused in dreamy melodies and stranger electronic tones given impetus by strong yet deft dancefloor impulses. Dunno if it's just us but it seems like t… Read more
*Black Vinyl with printed inner sleeve and a 'do not cross’ obi strip* "Death Waltz Recording Company has yet another ace up its sleeve with the soundtrack to 2014's best action films, Adam Wingard's THE GUEST, with a musical score by Steve Moore. Critically acclaimed, the “guest” in question is David, a young man who lands on the doorstep of the Peterson family claiming to be a comrade of their son, who was killed while on tour in Afghanistan, But while David appears to a model citizen, the family daughter discovers several clues that make her wonder “Just who is this man?” Just like the film… Read more
**Clear vinyl, includes two extra tracks and a download code redeemable from the label** Invada present a collection of unreleased instrumentals and analogue experiments by The KVB on vinyl for the first time. Originally issued thru the band's own Flesh Tapes in a super limited edition of 100 cassettes, 'Mirror Bein' serves to reveal another side of the duo, mixing the apocalyptic synth appeal of T2 and John Carpenter with a throbbing cyberpunk techno attitude in eight iterations. Guitars and vocals are largely subservient to drum machines and synths, resulting a sound more akin to Beppu's rec… Read more
**The legendary leader of The Wallias Band fronts his first new 7" in decades!**"Exactly 30 years now went by since the last time any Hailu Mergia's original material was released. In the past few years the reissues of his old recordings brought him back to the scene allowing a wider audience to discover his great music. The combination of african roots and western influences gave his music a unique touch which is again the strenght and charm of the two new tracks released on this 7" for Philophon. A wave of elegant melodies will hit your ears while your body won't stop be driven insan… Read more
"Hejira follow up their acclaimed 2013 debut album 'Prayer Before Birth' with the release of a new EP for Eglo. Hejira formed in 2010 setting up their studio 'The House of Dreams' in South- East London where they would write, rehearse, record and film. It was through this hive of activity that Hejira attracted the ears of Matthew Herbert who soon became involved in the production of their recordings."
"Recorded in both French and his native Duala language, it is a perfect example of 70s funk meeting afrobeat with African folk styles and flavors. Produced with legendary Parisian funk / disco / afro soundman Slim Pezin the album oozes style, quality, fine musicianship and is full of instantly memorable songs. The album opens up with stunningly catchy Jangolo. It's a prefect introduction to Jo's awesomely funky bass guitar. Slim adds layers of percussive "jangly" guitar and the track is underpinned by African drums, funky stabs and 70s nascent synthesiser string machines. Tracks such as… Read more
**Record B of a two record set. 2LP gatefold includes download code** A brilliant expansion of the invaluable, cherry-picked expo of NYC's experimental Latin streak covering ground prior to the disco explosion. You should expect some incredible, definitive rhythm trips, with outstanding highlights in the likes of Ocho's far-out 'Tornado', replete with blustering synth intro. Highly recommended summer listening!!
**Record A of a two record set. 2LP gatefold includes download code** A brilliant expansion of the invaluable, cherry-picked expo of NYC's experimental Latin streak covering ground prior to the disco explosion. You should expect some incredible, definitive rhythm trips, with outstanding highlights in the hip-gripping battery of drums cycling thru tempo changes in Stone Alliance's 'Amigos'; the visionary fourteen minutes of modular synth and expansive electro-acoustic jazz scapes in Eddie Palmieri's 'Un Dia Bonita'; a wayward fusion of folk and delicious dissonance in Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino's 'Anabacoa'. Highly recommended summer listening!!
The debut studio album of Kathleen Hanna's Le Tigre, originally released in 1999 and now reissued on the long defunct Wiija.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "While legions of artists show fidelity to psychedelia's roots, Unknown Mortal Orchestra has always shared the rare quality that makes the genre's legends vital, a constant need for exploration. Last year, frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson descended into his home studio in a Portland basement to chart out where's he traveled since his last set of unhinged psych-soul ballads. He discovered that the best way for him to move forward would be to look back. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together."
**Dark blue vinyl edition of 320** Manchester's subterranean dub-techno producer dishes two strong cuts on his spiritual home, MCMLXV. Nodding to classic Basic Channel and early Convextion, 'Pulse' rides steppin' hi-hats and hypnotic bass modulations buoyed by plush pads and swirling dub chords to get lost in. 'Submerge' is a little different, stirring up something more emotional with heart-swelling/sinking pads and clipped techno-house swing for late night sessions.
One of Detroit's most feted producers scales up to a stellar debut LP with 'Euphonium The Album' for his Sistrum label. Since 2006, Patrice Scott's productions have staked out a true skool Detroit house sound deeply inspired by the originators - Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Larry Heard, Ron Hardy - yet subtly distinguished by a subtle, soulful watermark all of his own. With 'Euphonium The Album' he explores that aesthetic over nine tracks of raw yet sophisticated house music, anchoring astral synth licks and gorgeous pads with purring and driving grooves between the spine-tingling lau… Read more
Bass Clef does his bright and melodic modular dance thing for Belfast's Rudimentary Records. 'Humming Blurs' sprawls the A-side with chiming, avian synth tones ruffled by stuttered and collapsing techno-dubbed drum chicanery for the IDM sweetboys and girls.On the other side, 'Chanson Du Ricochet' charges up a freakish, sputtering sort of alien techno deviation wrapped in shredded ribbons of salty modular scree and amorphous noise.
**Green Translucent Vinyl, Includes lyric sheet insert** "The Germs' debut 45 is often cited as the first true Los Angeles punk record. "Forming," the first song written by Darby Crash and crudely recorded in guitarist Pat Smear's parents' garage, captures the band's cultish allure and crushing lack of musicianship. The B-side track, "Sex Boy," was recorded live on the set of Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke. As Claude Bessy gushes in Slash magazine in 1977,The Germs are "beyond music ... mind-boggling ... inexplicably brilliant in bringing monotony to new heights.""
**Includes digital download code with bonus material redeemable from the label** Jay Ahern (Cheap And Deep) and Stefan Schneider (To Rococo Rot) a.k.a Hauntologists deliver their debut full-length as The Hauntologists after five EP'. They form a microcosmos of massive, pulsing bass objects orbited by planetary percussions and filigree dust clouds, or, in other words, haughty minimal techno for the best Berlin darkrooms.
**180g vinyl** "One Night on Earth, recorded in a single all night session, includes Derek Gripper’s extraordinary interpretation of the Malian kora on guitar. This vinyl features the compositions of legendary Malian musicians Toumani Diabate, Ali Farka Toure, Ballake Sissoke and the French cellist, Vincent Segal. The kora which is a 21 string African harp-lute made from a skin covered calabash with a hardwood neck is described by Derek Gripper as “one of the most complex instruments in Africa, an instrument able to perform bass lines and harmonic acco… Read more
Fresh outta Portugal, two slices of wave-riding psy-house from Niagara. Scuffed and tuff grooves are softened-up and spaced-out with super wide dub processing, wrapping lissom guitar lines, clangourous church bells and bestial noises to steppin' kicks and pinging synth in 'Falcão' or shaking out hash-infused psychedelic guitar licks and gritty, shuffling percussion on the solid bass drum ballast of 'Mustor'. Vibes.
'Hive1' is the engrossing development of Tyondai Braxton's collaborative work first conceived for live performance in 2013. Sounding out remarkably close to the extreme psychoacoustics of Florian Hecker and modular tangles of Charles Cohen, 'Hive1' 'fesses eight tracks grown from the seeds of Hive's ensemble shows spanning their debut at New York's Guggenheim Museum in 2013 and successive events in The Sydney Opera House and London's Barbican. It's cleanly thwarted our presumptions at the very least, moving light years on from his former role in Battles to encompass a much wider yet focussed s… Read more
Dany F makes his debut solo vinyl flight with four ruddy, spiked grooves for Cómeme in the 'Wouhau' EP. A regular on the label's numerous compilations, Dany steps up with neatly functional spins on timeless templates, from the mystic Mayan flutes mixed with Chicago house ballast in 'Magia', to trippier acid invocation 'Monitos de la Selva' and the dark-to-light journey of 'Wouhau', always with an sharp cut but subtle latin shimmy.
**Gatefold 2LP with whacked-out artwork** Seductive dancefloor alchemy from Optimo's Italian duo, Claudio Brioschi and Cristian Croce a.k.a. Boot & Tax. Cross-pollinating traces of Afro-beat, dub and European synth music for the good of the dancefloor, as exemplified in the skanking steppers lilt and wiggle of opener 'Good Fela', essentially this is a modern iteration of the Italian cosmic disco genre coined by Danielle Baldelli and Beppe Loda in the '70s/'80s. It's super-easy going and timelessly infectious (even JD Twitch's 80 year old step-mother has been rinsing it), weaving elements of spaghe… Read more
**Translucent turquoise 10". Includes a deft and moody House of Black Lanterns remix.**
"Saved & Sanctified: Songs of the Jade Label The rawest, DIY gospel ever resurrected. The West Side of Chicago was just an annex of the deep rural South for Gene Autry Cash and his flock of recent Old Dominion transplants looking to cut their fiery, unadorned sounds indelibly to plastic. His Jade label absorbed those God-fearing artists: family bands with wailing kids and barely amateur groups sourced from local parishes, infused with reverberations of country and western and deep soul. Glinting authenticity shines from every track like a diamond in the unpolished rough—each group completely convinced that salvation comes through song."
**Submerse bruks out and footworks at his lofty apartment in Tokyo** "Taking in the smooth silky feeling and textures of 90’s Slow Jams and R&B music videos, ‘Stay Home’ converts these into submerse’s unique style of beats. Aiming to work as the soundtrack to urban scenes of life, whether you’re roaming the city streets at night or by just staying home and capturing these moments from a window. ‘Stay Home’ also ventures into footwork rhythms on a few occasions. While his first EP’s and his recently released debut album ‘Slow Waves’ dealt with nostalgia and exploring the city life of Tokyo, submerse has finally found a place to stay and call home."
Banging UK house jaxx for Lobster Boy's consistently ace imprint. 'Do 4 Me; rolls out on a darkside flex with brooding Reese-style bass buoying belting diva stabs and raw-but-slinky house drums. 'Blue Suede' is more bittersweet, percolating Chicago-meets-London drums with blue vocal signature and an alkaline synth tang.
"Tom Diabo was late-70s/early80s post-punk musician from Wuppertal, Germany. He played in several bands, most notably Western Force and X 112 For Dancing, and also curated a series of legendary local cassettes called "Talfahrt". Diabo passed away from cancer in 1988 shortly after his 30th birthday. He left behind a cache of home-recorded songs that eventually came out posthumously as an LP called "Dark Star" that same year."
**Housed in hand-stitched and stamped sleeve** Maft Sai & Chris Menist pluck out another pair of scorching, original Thai funk zingers for the latest Paradise Bangkok. Up top, Waipod Petchsuphan's tuff-but-playful take on the novelty song from Italian sex comedy, 'When Men Carried Clubs and Women Played Ding-Dong', set to louche, Ethio-style horns and loose, rough R&B drums. Down below, the unknown Super Ranat Band's wiggly, clattering cover version of 'A-Bi-Ni-Ba' cut from a library LP, full of skittish xylophone riffs, searing organ and darting breakbeats bound to set the 'floor alight.
"Oiseaux-Tempête return with "Ütopiya?" - and travels move to Istanbul and Sicily. While the structures still hint at moments of post-rock, they go further now, almost into the area of free-jazz yet without loosing a directness rooted in punk (highlighted perhaps by the presence of G.W.Sok from The Ex). In addition, the bass clarinet of Gareth Davis references both the roughest of experiments of Akosh Szelevényi and of The Stooges Fun House. File under Experimental, Stoner, Post-Rock, Ambient, Free Music."
*Limited Edition 180g Vinyl Pressing on coloured Vinyl. Includes free download, insert + rare photos.* "Spuds rejoice, for the Miracle Witness Hour is at hand! In 1977 DEVO played an intimate show to an eager handful at biker bar turned total dive The Eagle Street Saloon in Cleveland, Ohio. Unbeknown to those canny onlookers, they were to testify to the healing power of DEVO! But what of us now? Beautiful mutants fear not, FUTURISMO are here to rectify your late party syndrome. Televised through the antennas of time we give you DEVOs’ most intimate unrelea… Read more