Tuesday, 25 August
**Includes CD** "In young Maesa Pullman The Last Hurrah!! mastermind HP Gundersen has found the perfect singer for this ever developing project that is so dear to his heart. After exploring the possibilites of the drone guitar on their debut "Spiritual Non-Believers" and the slightly more song-oriented follow-up "The Beauty Of Fake", HP is back with a third album that dives straight into the heart of classical song traditions and vintage production values, blending elements from country and Americana, classic British pop, psychedelia, blues and a pinch of soul. HP Gundersen has been a ce… Read more
**Amethyst coloured vinyl with bonus 7" and free download** Killer soundtrack provided by Shooting Guns. A unique blend of heavy carpenter electronics mixed with Black Sabbath-esque riffs and even a hint of country.
Thursday, 20 August
*The first release on Rabit’s new Halcyon Veil imprint is the debut from 21 yr old SW Londoner Myth. 7 Track EP including an instrumental version of Myth & Rabit’s rework of Ciara’s ‘Backseat love’* ‘Evaporate’ is the first issue from Rabit’s highly promising Halcyon Veil label, and also the exceptional solo debut from 21 year old s.w. Londoner, Myth. Infectiously emotive and nimbly weightless, it rotates seven slick grime and 2-step instrumentals including the instantly recognisable version of his and Rabit’s flip of Ciara’s ‘Backseat Love’. Its seven tracks were salvaged from a series of cheap, dyi… Read more
*8 Track Vinyl Edition of Kompakt's 15th annual round-up* Kompakt's 15th annual round-up weighs in with exclusive tech-house and disco-tech trax from label stalwarts and a handful of newer names. The label veterans represent a classic German techno sound between Wolfgang Voigt a.k.a. Wassermann's brassy stepper, 'Eisen Mein Herz', and Superpitcher's beguiling mix of polka groove and indigenous pipes in 'Freiherr', whereas Michael Mayer goes somewhere ruder with 'Humm', while the Voigt brothers return to collaborate on the excellent "Akira".
Steffi's electro-techno burner, 'JBW25' for Ostgut Ton comes backed with pop and rolling techno remixes from Further Reductions and Answer Code Request. The original executes Drexciyan functions in fluid form, but matters get more interesting in the remixes, where Further Reductions make Steffi sound like Inga Copeland, and Answer Code Request's Vision remix takes it to an early '90s UK AI style.
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Untold applies his patented technogrime drum funk cadence to Björk's 'Lionsong'. The ecstatic, wrenching, vaulted vocal is diffused thru a coiled lattice of pitching, tribalist drums primed to be detonated in the mix with some hard-ass ruckus.
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Lotic flips Björk & Arca's 'Notget' in a vinyl-only 'Fromdeath' version, foloowing his digital-only 'Keptsafe' version. This mix is more scrambled, alien and diffuse, refracting Ms. Guðmundsdóttir's vocal into spidery syllables and prismatic DMT formations that sound like a petri dish of bacteria squabbling about Rashad Becker and Holly Herndon.
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Björk's famously wide-reaching tastes come into play here as she hands 'Family' to West Coast American avant-garde sound designer, Katie Gately. Last spotted on FatCat's split series, Katie executes a thorough abstraction and revision on 'Family', boldly tweaking Björk's already unique timbre into queered, curdled reflections of itself around a crushed bottom end and a swarm of diaphanous, ghoulish synth spectres.
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** “If Al Green is ‘heads’ on the Hi Records coin, Ann Peebles is ‘tails’. The signature female artist on the legendary Memphis soul and R&B label, Ann Peebles rocked the pre-disco 1970s with songs of love, lost love and love straight up taken. Released in 1972 and preceding Peebles’ uber classic ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’ by just two years, ‘Straight From The Heart’ proved the young soon-to- be American R&B icon didn’t need worldwide fame and record sales for a license to be fierce and provocative (see ‘I Feel Like Br… Read more
**180 gram vinyl LP** "The Fall’s second album, ‘Dragnet’, was recorded between the 2nd and 4th of August 1979, less than eight months after its predecessor, ‘Live At The Witch Trials’, establishing at an early stage two key patterns of the group’s work - high productivity and a regular turnover of group members. Only Mark E Smith and Marc Riley remained from the debut album and Riley had changed his role from bass guitar to guitar. ‘Dragnet’ is most notable for the arrivals of guitarist Craig Scanlon and bassist Steve Hanley. Both were just 19 when they joined the group and would form The… Read more
**180 gram vinyl LP** "Finally available again on vinyl, ‘Live At The Witch Trials’ offers a fascinating insight into The Fall at a very early stage of their career and also the nascent alternative scene which was pulling away from the ‘rama-lama’ punk of 1976 / 77. ‘Live At The Witch Trials’ (not a live album) was recorded at London’s Camden Sound Suite on 15th December 1978 and mixed by producer Bob Sargeant the next day. The album was released on 16th March 1979 through one of Britain’s most noteworthy punk labels, Step-Forward. No singles were taken from the album, a pr… Read more
*Efterklang’s classic 2004 debut album gets the vinyl reissue treatment. Includes bonus CD.** "This Danish band boasts a remarkable lineup, a ten piece outfit that includes amongst its ranks the amazing Amina quartet (Amina provide all the strings for Sigur Ros) plus a breathtaking arrangement of brass, piano, percussion, electronics and even a choir from Greenland. Their sound is very much rooted in the ethereal instrumental landscapes that Sigur Ros and Mum have delighted us with over the last few years, but the sound of "Efterklang" is considerably more organic and reverential. The open… Read more
"The long awaited debut album by Olimpia Splendid is finally here, returning to that familiar, hypnotic and noisy electric guitar music that we first heard in 2013 when Fonal released the 7" EP 'Nuttu Nurin'. The album has six brand new compositions that are sure to sweep along the listener right from the beginning as the magical and rough sound pierces consciousness. Olimpia Splendid was founded in the summer of 2010 in Finland's capital, Helsinki. Out-of-tune guitar- and vocal music with drum machine loops is composed and performed by Heta Bilaletdin, Jonna Karanka and Katri Sipi… Read more
**Includes postcard of the album artwork** "Minecraft Volume Alpha, the first instalment of a two-part OST, is the work of German composer and musician Daniel Rosenfeld. Using C418 as his moniker, Rosenfeld crafted the sweeping soundtrack and vibrant sound design which helped breathe life into Minecraft's voxel-based universe. Fans and critics were universally enamored with his beatless, nuanced electronic pieces upon release. Popular gaming site Kotaku named it among The Best Game Music of 2011, calling the music "remarkably soothing," and The Guardian has compared Rosenfeld's delicate … Read more
"Pere Ubu reissue their second album ‘Dub Housing’ on Fire Records. Originally released in 1978, the same year as their debut ‘The Modern Dance’, Pere Ubu continue to tear up the rule book, chew it up and spit it out with glorious splendour. Mesmerising critics, fans and musicians along the way, their follow up has been repeatedly regarded as one of their best and captures Pere Ubu in one of their earliest incarnations. ‘Dub Housing’s assaultive noises and melodic rock still annihilates the senses setting Pere Ubu apart from their peers with vision and an inimitable ability to push boun… Read more
Sound an alarm - Anti-G is back in the building! Four years after he presented 'Kentje'sz Beatsz' for Planet Mu, the Dutch bubbler comes back on his native Rwina records with a rave's worth of lurid, forward dance trax. In the time since we last heard him, Anti-G has thankfully stuck to his guns with 'Kush In Da Sound' serving six tracks of upfront, in-your-grill hardstyle synth squeaks and Afro-Caribbean torque quite unlike anyone else. They're largely longer than his previous efforts, with three tracks running over 5 minutes, as opposed to under 3 minute, giving more time to canter, bubble… Read more
No Pain In Pop present a glistening web of parellel midnight dimensions in 'The Bedroom Club III'. Like the prior two volumes which introduced us to early work from club mutants, D'eon, Pariah and patten, a.o., this edition rounds up established artists such as NTS' Throwing Shade with the noctilucent ambience of '38 000', or NPIP's own Jire with the screwed brain enema, 'Sout', alongside a handful of new acquaintances. Sim Hutchings crosses our radar for a 1st time with the depressed techno slug of 'I Will Unify The Hood Through My Vision', and, likewise Selec… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* Peaking Lights present Sinkane's soul hues psyched-in-dub. Refracting his 'Mean Love album in four versions, they range from super louche and mellow take on 'Hold Tight' thru a stepping dub-funk mix of 'Yacha' working shads away from Seven Davis Jr, to the greazier, bluesy twang of 'How We Be' softened up by flighty flute and Sinkane's soul buzz vocal.
**Right little Aussie punk ripper from '83 channeling heavy influence by The Stooges and Suicide. Housed in tip on-style jacket** "The Scientists' 1981 wild debut bewildered Perth, Australia's punters with its charging anthems centered on themes of young love and alienation. Obvious in its rebellion yet more pop than punk, the self-titled “Pink Album" deftly embodied the tough-yet-danceable outsider aura of The Ramones, and its unheard of, feverish clip shook the shores of the geographically confined Swan Coastal Plain of down under. Recorded just as the lineup of guitarist-vocalist Ki… Read more
The Horrors' Tom Furse explores the borders of Balearia, 4th world and new age kosmiche in 'Child of a Shooting Star', his latest for Lo Recordings. He start off dancing with the drug-smudged electro shuffle of 'Trans-Universal Express', before swimming among coruscating chime trees of 'The Ocean Is The Teacher' and hypnotising with the plangent gamelan ritual, 'Let Your Body Go', in order to ascend the acoustic strums and breezy rustle of 'Cloud Mountain'. RIYL Mike Cooper, Bullion, Johnny Nash.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* **Steaming, gothic post-punk rockets from modern day L.A. RIYL Bauhaus, The KVB, DVA Damas** "Sextile waste no time setting a somber tone with openers “A Thousand Hands” and “Flesh.” Menacing guitars blend into dark, rumbling synths as driving militaristic drumming leads the focused charge into a yet, unknown danger while Keehn’s vocals prepare us for the trouble to come. “Can’t Take It” is where the struggle really starts to show it’s ugly face. Keehn’s take on infatuation, desire, the unattainable and the fear of loss starts ni… Read more
*Available on vinyl for the first time, including download code* "Inspiring generations of musicians, Scottish guitarist and songwriter Bert Jansch will be forever known as a remarkable talent and a leading figure in the British folk revival. He came to prominence in the 1960s becoming widely known for his exemplary guitar technique and innovative blend of folk, blues and jazz. Later he became a founding member of folk super group Pentangle before returning to his solo career. Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Donovan and Johnny Marr have long been fans. Reaching people far… Read more
**Sparse, menacing, lo-fi industrial mutations - Now available on vinyl with new, screengrab artwork** "When Gnod played the K4 in Prague April 2013, LG were the support. 4 heads on stage, 2 on machines with their faces covered by scarfs ,1 in control of live visuals & 1 extreme presence on the mic. They completely slayed us with broken motorix, big bass, no bull vocals & heavy vibes. Hailing from what seems a vibrant scene in Czech Rep ,LG's debut cassette "Fantasmagorie Interiéru" is an all killer no filler assault and in parts scary as hell. Raving Peacocks Tail takes it fur… Read more
**140g vinyl housed in DIY cut-out jacket with "a map to find secial items in special places** The debut collusion from Nebulo (Thomas Pujols) and Druc Drac (François Dumeaux) manifests a gaseous and elusive set of psychedelic reference points. In orbit of Sculpture's vivid hallucinations or the plonging modular polyrhythms of Sote's 'Arrhythmia', the session unfolds according to a febrile logic with ten pieces sweeping from future-tribalist electro pulses thru salty microtonal shudders, to tender ambient dimensions and mind-flossing arpeggios, constantly in motion and rarely repeating p… Read more
**White vinyl edition of 300. Includes download code** Creepy drone and eviscerated coldwave tropes by a new, Brooklyn-based unit - Grant Aaron, Eric Holmes and Camille Altay a.k.a Birds of Prey for Ricardo Donoso's Kathexis label. Working shades away from their label boss's own practice, their eponymous debut album evolves from the morphing spectral introduction of 'Black Vulture' thru the gaunt cyberpunk tone of 'Hollow Object' to plumb swampy nocturnal zones in 'Camber' before turning darker, febrile with the swarming electronics and dustbowl guitar of 'The Horse Thief' beside the fleshly arpeggiations of 'The Field'.
**Rootsy Bristol dub reggae obscurity, mixed and engineered by Scientist, starring a yung Rob Smith (ov RSD) on guitar and including the wild 'Re-Action' stepper. Remastered edition of 500** "Although Bristol Archive Records has done its best to expose their music to a wider audience, Restriction remain an unknown pleasure to many reggae fans. Hopefully 2015 will see this change with the release of an album of previously unreleased recordings spanning the group's active years -1982 to 1986. As something of an appetiser for that future full length album, we thought we'd celebrate with a limited… Read more
**Grey wax edition of 500** Comeback from the original minimal waver, furnishing Peripheral Minimal with four tracks of layered synths, vocoders, far-eastern vocals and quirky electro-disco.
The festive soul of London-based Henry Wu shines thru in his debut for Peckham's Rhythm Section. Emerging from a background as a virtuoso session player, and with a small handful of sterling solo and collab releases already under his belt for 22a and Alex Nut's Ho Tep, Wu is hailed by Rhythm Section as one of the UK's most hotly-tipped producers and 'Good Morning Peckham' proves so in six parts. Opening with a poignant sample about the interconnectedness of rhythm, he demonstrates a deadly percussive instinct and versatility between the low-key boogie wiggle of 'Dubplate Special' - fea… Read more