Thursday, 21 August
Deluxe triple gatefold 10" set collecting Can co-founder Holger Czukay's 'Der Osten Ist Rot' (1984) and 'Rome Remains Rome' (1987) together with new remixes. Out of print for three decades, these albums document Czukay's sampledelic prowess, working with an Emulator sampler at Conny Plank's studio to make eerie and enchanting new dimensions drawing upon his time with motorik krautrockers Can and his musique concrète schooling under the tutelage Karheinz Stockhausen. At worst they're dippy exercises in "world" fusion; at best they're psychedelic collages swirling radio signals, MIDI orchestration and even samples of Pope John Paul II.
A master at work: Terre Thaemlitz aka DJ Sprinkles gives Hard Ton three prime deep house remixes, including two exclusive to this 12". Up top, the Dubberama mix is our pick of the bunch, doing away with the original's fairly cheesy vocal in favour of bringing forward the rippling congas and boosting that rumpy sub for 13 minutes of warmest house sensuality. Of course, the key to its success is Terre's naked mastering - there is none - which contrasts so sharply with so much beefed up and overly masculine mix-downs in modern house music, resulting in a far more… Read more
A trio of burned-out house bangers from Detroit's Patricia plus a dead shifty remix from James T Cotton. As with Patricia's 'Body Issues' release for Opal Tapes and Inhalants 12" with Jahiliyya Fields for L.I.E.S., their debut on Ghostly International presents a heavily obfuscated house style, burying fizzing, toiling drum machines and melancholic pads behind ferric smokescreens. The style is most effective in the motor city moodiness of 'Hulderhusan' and 'Foie Gras', but the most effective dancefloor cut has to be JTC's itchin' I-94 Lick of 'Drip Dawn'.
Canada's fertile pop/electronica scene comes good again with Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein's first single as Evy Jane for Ninja Tune. Lest we forget, the duo's debut for King Deluxe was a real burner, every bit as addictive as anything from fellow Canucks, Grimes, Weeknd or Junior Boys. That's in large part due to the smoky allure of Evelyn's vocals, and no doubt due to Klein's subtly exquisite production, which sound at best here in the heaving digital haze and melodic tristesse of 'Closer', in the sweeping sub-bass dynamics and filigree vocals of 'Sosoft', and the Rhythm & Sound meets Junior Boys dub-pop styles of 'Worry Heart'.
"Minneapolis torn-leather psychedelicists Daughters Of The Sun cop a tripped deathless vibe on their fourth, and most far-gone, full-length, Ride To Die. Severed by distance (singer/guitarist Nick Koenigs transplanted to LA), and pulled omni-directionally by other projects (Koenigs as Filthy Huns; percussionist Bennett Johnson and multi-instrumentalist Collin Gorman Weiland in Dreamweapon), the trio transmute these tolls into seven of their best badlands kosmosis interstate benders yet taped. The disintegrated chemistry of dirt-road hunts like “Desert Grave” or “Sater’s Ghost” sound… Read more
Three tracks of slick and smooth American deep house. A-side 'The Hybrid' convects warm chords and electroid bassline; B-side serves the slinky shimmy of 'Someone (Brett Dancer Unreleased Dub)' and the fine balance of plush strings with tuffer swing in 'Something'.
**180g black and white vinyl reissue with bonus insert** "Long out of print and crucial reissue of Australia's Severed Heads (alongside "City Slab Horror" also being reissued by Medical). Released in 1983 and features some of the most important yet underrated electronic music of the genre. Characterized by a fusion of experimental tape loop manipulation perfectly integrated into synth-based and quite catchy pop stylized tunes. Features the hit "Dead Eyes Opened" as well as other standout tracks such as "A Million Angles" and "A Relic Of The Empire". For fans of innovative early ind… Read more
**180g bone white vinyl reissue with bonus insert. Includes the killer wave groove, 'Now An Explosive New Movie'** "Long out of print and crucial reissue of Australia's Severed Heads (alongside "Since The Accident" also being reissued by Medical). Released in 1985 and features some of the most important yet underrated electronic music of the genre. Characterized by a fusion of experimental tape loop manipulation perfectly integrated into synth-based and quite catchy pop stylized tunes. Features the standout tracks "Goodbye Tonsils, "We Have Come To Bless The House" and the lovely "4.W… Read more
*Six improvisations between organ and percussion from Faust's Jochen Irmler and Can's Jaki Liebzeit* "Jochen Irmler and Jaki Liebzeit met in the town of Scheer last July to prepare for an upcoming concert at the slaughterhouse in Sigmaringen as well as for a subsequent appearance in the Kammerspiele in Munich. However, they quickly decided to stop rehearsing and instead record FLUT - an album that regroups six improvisations between organ and percussion. FLUT adds another chapter to Irmler’s collaborations, which aim to explore, whenever possible, the hidden potential that lies dormant in the … Read more
Pure heat from Tia Maria Producoes on Lisbon's Príncipe label. Tia Maria Producoes crew in control, repping a further flung sound from Rennes and Paris, and back home in southside Lisbon. Their aesthetic is probably best described as a slower, "deeper" strain of the Príncipe sound, compared with the ruffer, grimier strains of DJ Marfox or the B.N.M. / P.D.D.G. crews. Under the gangster banner "TáTipo Já Não Vamos Morrer" - meaning "It's like we won't die anymore" - they drop six slick riddims ranging from DJ Téilo's strangely haunting "Afrohouse torchsong", '7 Maravilha… Read more
*7 track vinyl edition of Kompakt's annual outing* In among the minimal tech-house standards you'll find some peachy highlights, none more so than the Voigt Brothers' swaggering 'Tischlein Deck Dich'; Saschienne's darkside EBM driver 'Horacio Delirium' and the midi pomp of Jürgen Paape's 'Heuriger'.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Peter Jefferies (This Kind of Punishment) released his brilliant sophomore album Electricity in 1994. While his solo debut, 1990’s The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World, has drawn comparisons to classic singer-songwriters like Nick Drake and Townes Van Zandt, Electricity is a far more sparse and nocturnal affair. Jefferies’ earthy baritone weaves between piano, guitar, cello and analog tape machine noise, pulling in listeners to the deep pastoral life of his music. With guest appearances from heavyweights in the New Zealand music sce… Read more
Two new songs and just the second solo release from Ned Oldham, who’s been recording music for more than two decades now, first with Palace, then as The Anomoanon, later as Old Calf. Simple songs rooted in folk and bluegrass and presented in a swirl of psychedelia. Music forged in history, created in the present and timeless in sound.
Midland shakes out the swooning house of 'Before We Leave' for Phonica's white series, backed with a cracking Gerd Jansen remix. The original 'Before We Leave' pays dues to classic Pépé Braddock and Schatrax with crisp, shufflin' and swinging drums and lush string arrangement, whilst Gerd Jansen's remix takes it to Frankfurt with slick electro bass line and trim, direct drums.
Ric and Max do their bendy, extended remix thing with NoW's bona fide Warp classic, 'Aftermath'. The 24 year old bleep techno template is extruded thru their modular arsenal to resemble a strange older version of itself, the vocal pitched down to a pensioners ramble and all the energy of the breaks and bass diffused into snaking, whirring polyrhythms. Frankly, it's boring. However, their Electric Jazz Version is ace, dicing up sprung drums, darting bass motifs and feathered vocal flits to sound some menagerie of psychotropically-enhanced, flying chimeras performing an ancient ritual involving multi-dimensional time signature switches.
*Vinyl Edition* "In the short amount of time since the release of their album ‘Someday World’, the creation of ‘High Life’ was written and recorded over a series of sessions (some of which were open to selected media from around the world). None of the music on ‘High Life’ existed before ‘Someday World’ was complete. The experiment drew inspiration from the repetitive minimalism of composers like Steve Reich and Philip Glass and from the polyrhythmic music of Fela Kuti and funk, as well as continuing the work that Eno and Hyde have done separately. The resulting album - six expansive tracks over … Read more
"A rollicking vocalist and gifted harmonica player, Syl Johnson has forged a career in both blues and soul. He sang and played with blues artists Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold and Junior Wells in the 1950s before recording with Jimmy Reed for Vee- Jay in 1959. He made his solo debut that same year with Federal Records. Johnson toured with Howlin’ Wolf from late 1959 until 1962, when Willie Mitchell signed him to Hi Records. Johnson recorded for both Twilight and Hi in the late 1960s and early 1970s, clicking with the dance / novelty cut ‘Come On Sock It To Me’ and crackling m… Read more
**Uniquely unpredictable and utterly captivating solo guitar suite by a Bhutan native currently residing in North Carolina, USA, released by Ben Chasny's Hermit Hut. RIYL Derek Bailey, John Zorn, Six Organs of Admittance. Includes download code** "Tashi Dorji grew up in Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. Access to any music created outside the country is limited, as are most cultural options, given the geologically isolation of the country. How Dorji went from a life so remote to developing his innovative and revelatory guitar style is mind-boggling. Yearning for access to the wor… Read more
Double deep house music from Fred P aka Black Jazz Consortium in his Anomaly guise. A-side is a headlong dive into milky cosmic synth spumes powered by percolating groove and anchored with a massive sub bass swell. B-side he brings the kicks up for a powerful, chord-riding techno-house winner called 'Dark Population', and clocks out with the lusher contrast of 'Convective Zone'.
The much talked about sophomore effort from L.A. native, Chelsea Wolfe - finally available on vinyl again. Like Sascha Grey, Chelsea has a taste for the sweet blood of gothic noise music, giving her vocals over to a grim and remorselessly gloomy style of garage goth-rock also comparable in no small part to the earlier Zola Jesus records. There's a lugubrious, lead-hearted aesthetic at the core of 'The Grime and the Glow', from overcast neo-folk like 'Cousins Of The Antichrist', to chillingly maudlin garage in 'Moses', the solo piano extractions of 'Benjamin' and the Marissa Nadler a… Read more
**Double vinyl edition includes CD free inside** First new album in five years for the UK stalwarts. Somehow, after 20 years Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton manage to keep the same dancefloor optimism that's burned them onto the consciousness of anyone who's even flirted with house music in that time. This standard edition features 13 original production for the more colourful parties.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The Wytches release their debut album ‘Annabel Dream Reader’, recorded at Toe Rag Studios and co-produced by Kristian Bell and Bill Ryder-Jones.
*Melvins Front Man Buzz Osborne Releases Solo, Acoustic Full-Length* "What started as a trio of kids making their own weird noise grew into the Melvins, a sludge-rock outfit that helped usher in the grunge era and influenced countless bands to come, including Mudhoney and Nirvana. For more than three decades, Buzz Osborne and bassist-drummer Dale Crover have been the only consistent members, experimenting with their music as well as their bandmates along the way: two drummers here, a standup bassist there, the return of a founding member who’s been gone for 29 years. King Buzzo… Read more
**Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label + Art Print** "Cold Specks, aka Al Spx, has returned, two years after ‘I Predict A Graceful Expulsion’. Hailed as a masterful and wholly original debut, the follow-up is radically expanded. The 26 year-old Canadian singer, under the sobriquet Al Spx, began work on Neuroplasticity while holed-up in a cottage in Wick, Somerset during the winter of 2012. The album was recorded at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango and Toronto’s Revolution Recordings studios and produced by Jim Anderson and mixed by Anderson and Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode). When … Read more
*Edition of 500 copies on clear green vinyl* "Earthling Society are a Kosmische quartet that in the main hail from of of the most un-Kosmische areas of North West England, Fleetwood. A town so bleak you literally can't drive through it; sticking out of the British Isles like a crippled dick into the the murkiest part of the Irish sea. Here, Earthling Society built there lo-fi studio in an old deserted glass factory and since 2004 have recorded a number of albums under the influence of mushrooms, cheap speed and cheaper beer. Hoping for a few minutes to transport themselves f… Read more
"Sticking his hand deeper into the machines all around him, Ty Segall is reaching ever further to the outer limits of inner space orbited throughout ‘Twins’ and ‘Sleeper’. Now, more than ever, the chunks of the world that came before are like asteroids formed in his image, picking up speed. The multi-coloured manias that make up ‘Manipulator’ are sour-sweet declarations featuring freaks and creeps alike: ‘The Singer’, ‘The Faker’, ‘Mister Main’, ‘Susie Thumb’, the ‘Connection Man’ and ‘The Crawler’, to name but a mutant fistful. To see these characters, to realize their dreams and visions, Ty … Read more
‘Clever Devil’ is the first single to be taken from ‘Disturbing Wildlife’, the forthcoming debut full length from Invisible Familiars, aka Jared Samuel, a New York City-based songwriter and multi- instrumentalist who has long made his living playing music, supporting a variety of NYC artists and now stepping out on his own. ‘Clever Devil’ was recorded with producer / musician Michael Leonhart (Yoko Ono, David Byrne, Steely Dan) and is all at once snaky and vivid, with Samuel’s acoustic guitar and mysterious, breathy melodies complemented by ear-candy flourishes o… Read more
**Splatter coloured vinyl, with digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "‘Brill Bruisers’ is the first new release in four years from The New Pornographers, who have been called “virtually peerless in the world of power-pop and indie-rock” by NPR Music. Of the album, lead-singer and main songwriter AC Newman comments: “This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that. I’m grateful.” Produced by band member John Collin (bass) with Newman, the album was recorded primar… Read more
**Pink vinyl. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label & poster** “a cosmic, philosophical treatise disguised as an indie rock record.” – Pitchfork // “Wanna wake up wanting to listen to records / But those old feelings elude me / I raise a toast to the rock n' roll ghost,” sings Cymbals Eat Guitars frontman Joseph D’Agostino on the hyper-adrenalized “XR,” which sounds like a Tonight’s the Night outtake recorded at triple speed, with its braying harmonica and spitfire vocal delivery. It’s the track that perhaps best captures the spirit of the band’s third LP, LOSE, on… Read more
"High priestess of macabre rock and assaultive poetics with impeccable taste in collaborators, Lydia Lunch first joined forces with guitarist and songwriter Rowland S. Howard in the early ’80s in Europe. The duo improvised clamorous live séances as an opening act before Howard’s sets with the revered Australian post-punk act The Birthday Party. The fortuitous meeting spawned 1982’s Some Velvet Morning EP, and Howard guested on Lunch’s excellent 1987 album, Honeymoon in Red, but the pair’s next true collaboration took until 1991, when they travelled to Memphis to create S… Read more