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Nine Inch Nails' synthesist, Alessandro Cortini, animates an enveloping shadowplay of Roland 202 and TB303 spectres in his second album for Hospital Productions following the stunning 'Forse' trilogy for Important Records. 'Risveglio' is the 'Awakening' to 'Sonno''s 'Sleep'. Like its predecessor, it was also written and recorded while on tour but, unlike 'Sonno', it syncs his favoured 202 with the unique integers of a TB303, eliding the two via a delay unit to expand his sound without ever losing sight of the crushing harmonic noise romance at its core. It's fair to say that we've never… Read more
*Concentrated, Bendy Acid From Computer Rave Hooligans Evol, debuting their first release for Diagonal. Housed in an incredible sleeve by Guy Featherstone, mastered and cut by Matt ‘The Alchemist’ Colton at Alchemy. RIYL: Belgian Techno, Licking Batteries, Coloured Plastic Discs!* "‘Flapper That’ sees Diagonal invite EVOL — arch propagators of “computer music for hooligans” — to their own, unique establishment for a proper headshrinker of a session. Since Diagonal’s incarnation, EVOL’s hardcore aesthetic and sense of absurdity has been a key influence on the label and Powell’s DJ sets. In effect, … Read more
**Foil-blocked, heavyweight, rigid boxset contains five LPs plus individually numbered certificate. Edition of 400** Finnish psych maverick Pekka Airaksinen is the focus of arguably the most wigged out and far-flung V-o-D release to date. Covering vast distance between his modes and monikers, from the primordial, NWW-listed electronic regressions of The Sperm, to the hypnotic freedom of Samsa Trio, and the hieroglyphic electro-jazz of 'Golden Age' - a clear predecessor to the recently reissued opus, 'Buddhas of Golden Light' - this boxset provides many perspec… Read more
Jessy Lanza finds mutual muses in Chicago lynchpins, DJ Spinn and Taso, for the romantic R&B and footwork of 'You Never Show Your Love'. A perfect match of styles, it finds Spinn & Taso working outside their usual tempo bracket with great results, creaming yacht-ready guitar licks on airborne trap triplets, all gilded with Lanza's longing lyrics placing the original up close to FKA Twigs' 'Water Me' whilst the Teklife remix comes off like 4Hero gone footwork with its ornate chords, jazzy arrangement and hi-tek funk pulsations.
*Vinyl includes free download with a bonus track - a cover of Kim Fowley’s witchy masterpiece “Bubblegum”* "The third studio album by Sonic Youth, originally released in May 1986 on SST Records, shows the first signs that the band was ready to transform their no wave past into a greater alternative rock sensibility. “EVOL … mark[s] the true departure point of Sonic Youth’s musical evolution,” says Pitchfork, who place the album in the #31 slot of their Top 100 Albums of The 1980s. “In measured increments, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo … bring form to the formless, tune to the tuneless, and… Read more
Syrian dabke star, Omar Souleyman leads the dance to Monkeytown flanked by Modeselektor, Gilles Peterson, Four Tet and Legowelt on his 2nd studio album. Recorded in Istanbul whilst reunited with his favourite poet, Ahmad Alsamer, 'Bahdeni Nami' returns to his rawer (read: effective), pre-Domino polished sound, with each contributor faithfully complementing his style, rather than trying to westernise it. We catch Gilles Peterson joining an Arabic duet on 'Tawwalt El Gheba' - actually, we jest; we're not sure what Peterson did, but it sounds bloody great - while Modeselektor fuse beefier, … Read more
**Deluxe 7LP set in a sublime foil stamped box - limited to 200 individually numbered copies with certificate and bonus 7". A holy grail for all wave riders - so damn good** John Bender is commonly referred to as the "godfather" or "inventor" of minimal wave electronics. Thanks to some proper detective work, Frank Maier and the Vinyl-on-Demand team reassert the reclusive auteur's rightful status with this comprehensive collection, reissuing his three self-released LPs on Record Sluts and his four official tapes for the first time, together… Read more
**LP plus bonus CD, includes download card redeemable from the label** Yorkshire's Ashtray Navigations deglaze and infect your mind with their umpteenth album of borderless psychedelia. Just ahead of their 20th Anniversary Best Of 4CD set for Golden Lab, the Wire's latest cover stars arrive at this point after two decades of operations stranded in the hinterlands of UK underground psych and noise, where they've cultivated a peerless reputation for unblinkered expression of a rare and beguiling kind. In this 100 minute head-opener they, a.k.a. original member Phil Todd and M… Read more
**Edition of 300** "As earlier compilations of ‘Danza Meccanica’ have taught us, Italy gave birth to a disproportionate number of synth-pop, new wave and electronic acts in the 80s. Mannequin goes deeper into the Italian new wave archaeological research with a killer 10 tracks selection of Carmody. Picking their name from a science fiction novel titled “Dimension of Miracles” by Robert Sheckley, Carmody were coming from Torino, as their pairs Monuments and Chromagain. Started as a duo (Alberto Ramella and Andrea Lesmo) and later a trio with Max Casacci joining in as a gu… Read more
Karen Gwyer coins her 1st release of 2015 via Berlin's much-respected Nous label. More twisted and abstract than the label's previous releases, 'Bouloman' presents three shades of Karen ranging from the dancefloor-primed rolling ascension of 'Keisa Kizzy Kinte' across the front, to more aggressive, blown-out styles with the tetchy grime-techno psychedelia of 'Brunch Music' (someone's been spending too much time in Berlin) to the undisciplined, haywire momentum of 'Shit List With Kid'.
Bookworms tests out a slower, crushed techno sound on his 3rd 12" for L.I.E.S. They're hypnotic slugs of salty bleep techno and slackened industrial, all shot-thru with Bookworms patented grasp of mesmerising repetition. 'Touchless Automatic' bites and grinds like a Durian Brothers killer, and chases that vibe thru the rolling tribal loops and radioactive bass flares of 'Coaxial Electric Suite'. Flipside, he goes ghostly with the shifty, intangible framework of 'Exotic Auto Boutique' and asserts his physical presence with the lashing electric synthlines and stomach thumping kicks of 'Control That'.
**Gatefold 2LP** "Stunningly beautiful, poignant music from Bilād al-Shām — ‘the countries of Damascus’, known nowadays as Syria, Lebanon and Palestine — including performances from the very first recording sessions in the region. The legendary, moody Beirut singer Būlus Ṣulbān is here — some historians have him singing before Egypt’s Pasha Ibrāhīm Bāshā during his military campaign in Syria, in 1841 — and Ḥasība Moshēh, Jewish ‘nightingale of the Damascene gardens’. Thurayyā Qaddūra from Jerusalem; Yūsuf Tāj, a folk singer from Mount-Lebanon; Farjallāh B… Read more
**180g wax, plus A4 insert** Berceuse Heroique bring Liverpool's Mark Forshaw into the fold with a brain-swilling acid beast backed by a bucking IBM remix from Hieroglyphic Being. The original A-side, 'The F**k' extrudes yer mind thru a barrage of polymetric oscillations to an intensely delirious breakdown and a ravenously discordant acid wig-out. On the flip, Jamal Moss a.k.a. IBM yokes 'The F**k' to a Rush-style Chicago buck riding cantering groove and hard-working, juddering synthlines.
**Limited edition 150g green marbled vinyl. Includes free download redeemable from the label, edition of 350** Summer's friend, Matthew Mondanile a.k.a. Ducktails presents a persistently sweet new studio album; his first since 2013's 'The Flower Lane' and arguably his lushest yet. Sporting guest spots from Julia Holter and James Ferraro, and tooled with production by Rob Schnapf, co-producer of Elliott Smith's 'XO' and 'Either/Or', it's a baroque-tight collection of classical pop, flush with cascading melodies, tender fretwork and sing-along vocals. It was recorded thr… Read more
Chicago's own DJ Roc volleys an electrified 2nd album of footwork with 'Practice What U Preach' for scene supporters, Duck N' Cover. Working a perfect balance of sampled soul and technoid Afro-futurism, it weighs up some of his deadliest cuts and jabs in the likes of 'Lowend Unity', named after his 'hood and flush with a mix of pealing sax, droning subs and mercurial synth drops; with the lump-in-throat brilliance of his hyper Jhene Aiko flip, 'The Worst'; and not least the staccato pulses, ricochet rimshots and choking bass pressure of 'I Make Gutta'.
Mr. Beatnick flexes a proper disco-tech sound with 'Formed In The Stance' for Semtek's DBA label. 'Stutter' opens with some weighty momentum balanced between slyding synth flares and bristling electro NRG bass, whilst the coruscating scales and slippery disco moves of 'Jellyfish' recall classic Patrick Cowley. The title track dims the lights to a noirish, jazzy West London bustle, and 'Obsidian Morning' synchs a lissom swing between wood-crack claps, dubble-dip bass and flighty arpeggios. Great stuff.
*Picture disc LP with nine full-length songs and 19 locked grooves by artists from the Carpark catalogue - 100 copies only in the UK* "Carpark is 16 years old in 2015! To celebrate the label's sixteenth anniversary they're throwing a party via this far out basketball-themed picture disc 12" featuring nine exclusive, full-length songs and 19 locked grooves by artists from all across the Carpark catalogue. The full-song team picture sounds like this: We've got party-starting, confetti-blasting jams from Young Magic and Skylar Spence. There are the groovy three-po… Read more
Classic Mood II Swing reissued for the good of the club. Includes the frisky club original, trim instrumental, and better yet, that percolating darkside Closer dub and percussive Swing To Mood dub.
Roiling darkroom techno-house from Detroit's Shady P via Glasgow's Clan Destine label. Ruggedly effective and straight-up grooves carry a payload of twisted synths and bent 5am vibes from the head-spinning grip of 'Pavlov's Bitch' to the tweakin' alien synth chatter of 'A Man In Reverse' featuring Drowned.
The German producer jacks up a sleazy, gritty session for Technicolour after acclaimed work for L.I.E.S. and W.T. Records. Both sides follow a similar pattern - giving you something to dance to, and then put you on your arse. A-side opens with the bestial vocal processing of 'Explora (Slave)' before putting its weight behind a proper jack attack, and lowering us into the viscous tarpits of 'Headpiece'. Flipside, he knuckles out the monotone EBM techno pulse of 'Brute Force' and melts to close with the darkroom essence of 'Shpel'.
*Originally released in 1986, Brother Resistance's 'Rapso Takeover' blends calypso, reggae, disco, funk and poetry to create the artist’s signature Rapso sound* "A progressive form of poetry from Trinidad and Tobago, Rapso emerged as a means by which to articulate the daily suffering symptomatic of the social unrest afflicting the nation throughout the 1970s and 80s. Brother Resistance played a significant role in the Rapso movement, deploying his music to spread messages of hope and liberation. The authorities took Brother Resistance’s rising status seriously, destroying w… Read more
Happa, pursues a uniquely infectious big room sound on Pt/5, the label he set up with Al Gill in 2014. We're really feeling the coruscating tang of A-side, 'Chewy Teeth', with its lightshow of keening, bittersweet synths displaying Happa's wayward electronic tastes, whilst the jagged groove offers a subtly twisted take on current arena techno styles. Flipside, he cools off with swaggering bassline and sparse, blank-eyed vocal stabs in 'Ascension' subtly alleviated with trancing synth build to sound a bit like New Order gone techno, before 'Crickets' deals in a crankier sort of industrial house akin to Kassem Mosse gone L.I.E.S.
The Mods hock a vitriolic follow-up to their 'Divide And Exit' breakthrough with the 12-song 'Key Markets'. Their latest dispatch from the no-mans-land of Nottingham volleys shots at anyone and everything that comes within Jason Williams' line-of-sight, whilst Andrew Fearn's productions remain ascetic to say the least, but possibly with more bite and itch in the gruds than before, and even a few moments that could be described as abstract when compared with their sternly functional structures. Safe to say they've lost none of their spunky chuff with the advent of bigger stages and audiences at their feet.
*Second album in the piano solo improv series from David Thor Jonsson* "In the fall of 2011 David Thor Jonsson recorded a session and a solo concert in Telus studios, Banff centre in the Rocky mountains of Canada These recordings have come to be Piano Improvisations II. In and around Banff are magical places. They are ancient, huge, quiet and some are sacred. Being surrounded by the enormousness of the rockies makes one very small and wander off sometimes for many hours gazing at the endless beauty and power Lake Minnewanka means "Water of the spirits" in Dakotan Siouan … Read more
*Available on LP only, pressed on virgin vinyl with a download code* "‘Lost Time’ is the first collaborative album from drummers Greg Fox and Kid Millions. ‘Lost Time’ is comprised of two long pieces that represent opposite ends of a musical spectrum: one blasting and one meditative. Greg Fox leads Guardian Alien and is the drummer of Liturgy. He also plays in Zs and has collaborated with Ben Frost and Colin Stetson. Kid Millions’ ever-evolving Man Forever project has released two critically acclaimed albums on Thrill Jockey, including a collaboration with So Percussion. Kid has played in… Read more
"‘Nothing New’ by Gil Scott-Heron is an album of stripped down vocal and piano versions of songs from his back catalogue, recorded in New York with producer Richard Russell between 2005 and 2009. The genesis of ‘Nothing New’ dates back to 2005, when Richard Russell first approached Gil with the suggestion of making a new record. Part of the initial suggestion was to record spartan versions of some of Gil’s old songs, something that both parties thought intriguing. Although recording initially started off that way, the album gradually evolved into something very different: 2010’s acclaime… Read more
Emika enlists a squad of techno/electro/IDM artists to rework her 'Drei' album. The strongest results comes from Kamikaze Space Programme with a booming, jagged take on 'Battles', or the beat-less, classically informed flight of Eomac's 'What's The Cure' remix.
"Kawabata Makoto emerges from a period of relative quiet with his first widely available solo release in several years, the blockbuster Krautrock-flavored Astro Love & Infinite Kisses. This lovely and impressionistic record showcases the other side of Makoto’s outrageous works with Acid Mothers Temple. Taking cues from classics of the genre like Tangerine Dream’s Phaedra and Steve Hillage’s Rainbow Dome Musick, “Dos Nurages” is the album’s centerpiece, a 41-minute hypnotic epic, with echoplex’d guitar anchoring a stream of expertly done glissando. The title track is a dark… Read more