Thursday, 16 May
**Limited edition 180g vinyl with download code redeemable from the label** Party-ready collection of African disco old and new from Simbad edits of Sir Victor Uwaifo to The Lijadu Sisters and Yvonne Chaka Chaka. "As the 1970s dawned, the all-glittering, all-dancing sounds of disco were reverberating right around the globe. Creative scenesters put their own spin on the disco sound, mashing together the rhythmic pulse of funk, soul and Latin with African grooves."
Proper label debut from North East England-based singer-songwriter. Dead sentimental, folksy and maudlin stuff with a hint of chamber-like atmosphere.
**Ten tracks tracing the "sound of Gospel through the Disco and Boogie eras" courtesy of The Clark Sisters, Sharon Johnson, Dan Greer, Ricky Womack, Elbernita 'Twinkie' Clark, Kristle, The Young Delegation… Double vinyl in gatefold jacket** "Gospel music has often followed the prominent trends in secular music, probably in the hope of widening its audience by giving the subject matter a sprinkling of cool. In the 60s it happened with R&B and then funk-flavoured gospel, the 70s brought sweet soul crossovers, and by 1975 the sounds of early disco had started to… Read more
Joe Goddard, AlunaGeorge and Falty DL buff up Dirty Projectors for the dancefloor. Hot Chip's Joe Goddard gives a proper posh dancepop backing to the original vocal, at times hinting at some kinda Rowland/Guetta big room moment; AlunaGeorge cosset the same vocal in bubbling hip hop beats and clinically quirky pitching; Falty DL has more psychedelic, lush romantic intentions, reorganising blooming harmonies and swirling synthlines to a bristling broken beat rhythm.
*LP pressed on high quality virgin vinyl and packaged in a striking LP jacket (also printed with high gloss varnish) with printed inner sleeve and free download code redeemable from the label* "Brother JT is Central, PA’s John Terlesky, who, since the early 90s, has been exploring experimental and psychedelic rock music as Brother JT with releases on labels such as Drag City, Drunken Fish, Siltbreeze, and Birdman. Brother JT founded the garage pop band The Original Sins in 1987 and went on to release 10 albums (some with Bar/None). Brother JT has toured with Bardo Pond, Royal… Read more
*LP version includes printed inner sleeves and a download coupon redeemable from the label* "‘My Garden State’ is Glenn Jones’ fifth album and is a collection of original compositions for solo acoustic 6 and 12-string guitar and 5-string banjo. Glenn Jones is a unique voice working in the decades-long tradition of American Primitivism. What sets him apart from the many devotees to this style is the combination of expressive playing and technical skill, most significantly his inventive use of alternate tunings and partial capos. As anyone knows who has seen him perform, Glenn is a remarkab… Read more
*LP comes with a printed inner sleeve and a download coupon redeemable from the label* "Peals is a new band led by William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (Double Dagger), members of two of Baltimore’s most dynamic live bands. The instrumental music on ‘Walking Field’ was created with acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, tambourines, toy pianos, and other sonic tools to create a stripped-down, warm living room atmosphere. The music that sprang from these sessions, simultaneously exultant and cerebral, took the duo into unexpected territory. While the emotional intensity of their ot… Read more
*LP version includes a printed inner sleeve and free download coupon redeemable from the label* "Survival are a New York trio featuring Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (Liturgy), Greg Smith, and Jeff Bobula. This self-titled debut was recorded by Colin Marston (Krallice, Dysrhythmia) at The Thousand Caves and mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering. Survival’ is an album of dark and meditative heavy rock. Syncopated riffs, intricate rhythms and atypical time signatures create dramatic and complex melodic lines that provide a bed for chant-like lyrics. The group operate as a collective, writing lyrics, rif… Read more
Oosh; a proper glam garage trident from the Sic Alps straight to your pop heart. 'She's On Top' is an almost giddy high of jaunty riffage, perfectly recorded percussion and sexed-up vocals beamed direct from the '70s; B-side 'Carrie Jean' works stalking bassline and unpredictable, angular riffs with a noirish vibe and stomping drums; 'Biz Bag' shovels coal in the engine and cuts loose with inimitably-timed stop-start sputter.
**Double LP in heavy gatefold sleeve plus inners - Includes MP3 and Flac download code redeemable from the label**
"Stripped of partnerships both musical and personal, self-reliance became a survival technique for Scout’, following a period spent searching for liberation and emotional freedom. Over the course of 46 minutes and nine songs, ‘It’s Up To Emma’ simmers, storms and cascades through tales of domestic emotional crises, all of which are immaculately rendered in Scout’s distinctive songwriting style. The dark news that the record brings is good news for Scout’s fans, who look to her to get under the skin and, as if in a trance, live through these songs in an attempt to get everyone a bit of c… Read more
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Low-slung and dub-strutting house edit of Moodymann's classic 'Can't Kick The Feeling When It Hits', plus a sterling Detroit-styled disco-house original. From the hand of an unknown or (possibly) incognito source, KDJ's signature hit is replaced on the down-stroke, ready to flip the crowd out when the opportunity arises, while 'Tonight Tomorrow' brings a dope dose of filtered and sparkly disco vibes. We can't see this lasting long round here…
**Free copy of the album on CD included inside**
Fresh UK tech/house for the bass heads. iO heads up with the lean and snappy future garage soul of 'You/Me' and the tightly coiled, trance-woven 'Dirty Little Secret'. Mak & Pasteman kick off the remixes with a supple, dub chord-driven cool-out of 'You/Me' , and MadTech gives 'Dirty Little Secret' a more sensual swing.
Behling & Simpson do over two classic Ciara vocals inna Bristol boogie house style. Topside is a good-times slow-house edit of 'Surgeon; down below 'Goodies' is given a swaggering chassis of kinked percussion and subbass weight.
Metronomy's Gbenga Adelekan aka Olugbenga leans in with three trap/dubstep/electronic-pop hybrids on Pictures Music. His 'Hafiza [Innocence]' A-side is a dynamic surge of romantic dancefloor fireworks with requisite alien vocal treatments; B-side 'I Can Be Whatever You're After' somehow comes off like a hyper-speed Zola Jesus produced by Salem, and 'Time Dollars' works out a cyber-exotic slow/fast riddim.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "Mikal's self-titled debut from 2011 was all about endings: the end of college, the end of a serious relationship, and the end of his time in Los Angeles, where he grew up. So it’s no surprise that his sophomore release MCII is all about new beginnings. “Since the first record came out, my life has changed quite a bit,” Cronin says, referencing his move to San Francisco and tours with Ty Segall as well as with his own band. Recorded in late 2012 in San Francisco, (except for “Don’t Let Me Go” which was recorded by Cronin at home), MCII f… Read more
Truth return to wreck your bassbins on Tempa. From waaaay south of the river, New Zealand to be precise, they give up two authentic halfstep heavers; the cinematic dread of 'Devil's Hands' and a more fragrant vocal piece featuring Yayne and reminding of Kryptic Minds work with Alys Be.
Thursday, 09 May
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*30 minute EP follow-up to Miles' recent 'Faint Hearted' album for Modern Love, mastered and cut by Matt Colton, initial copies on transparent wax* An addendum of sorts to his recent 'Faint Hearted' album, Miles' returns with a half-hour EP more squarely aimed at the floor with four darkened, robust variants. 'Blatant Statement' is up first, slowly emerging from a rough alignment of metallic percussion and abrasive stabs not a million miles removed from the kind of racket you'd most likely associate with Vatican Shadow, before the almost-clipped rub of those super-warm bass stabs shifts the perspect… Read more
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Hype Williams instigator and now solo raconteur, Dean Blunt, sidesteps preconceptions with a quietly psychedelic, sparse and sensual third album. In 'The Redeemer' he tends to a wipe-clean soundworld of lite jazz fusion motifs, bluesy guitar wisps and new age synth gelled together with dreamy sound FX and distressed ansafone messages whilst nonchalant, confessional vocals dictate a drowsy internal narrative. It's a sort of surreal soul scape simulacra, an adult contemporary fantasy as seen and heard from a detached perspective, a fact accentuated by the intangible, voice-in-your… Read more
August post-punk survivor Gordon Sharp aka Cindytalk returns with A Life Is Everywhere, surely his most volatile, lyrical and consuming work since his creative re-birth on Editions Mego a couple years back; here he gravitates away from the dawn-treading digital ambience of his recent sides and towards a noisier, more expansive destination, whilst also exploring some of the most beautiful, accessible harmonic themes of his entire career. 'On A Pure Plane' is the purest, plainest example of this fusion: it collages elegiac string pads with curdled, corrosive power electronics, staking ou… Read more
Raster-Noton/Mego veteran Ivan Pavlov returns to the latter with "a work of profound playfulness", one that explores the interzone between terse electronic minimalism and whimsical electronic pop with aplomb. Putting most modern-day synth records to shame, COH's arpeggiated constructions are three-dimensional, pinsharp and thoroughly progressive - think early Human League or Yellow Magic Orchestra dubbed-out and processed by Mark Fell using technology that hasn't yet been invented. Other references that come to mind are Dopplereffekt's Calabai Yau Space or Squarepusher's wildest Tron-ic imaginings, bu… Read more
Moodymann's Mahogani imprint and Maureen Yancey give up another outstanding bank of unreleased beats by Detroit's most famed beatmaker. It's the 2nd time Kenny Dixon Jr and Ma Dukes have proffered Dilla beats on Mahogani and it's arguably the better of the two collections, revolving 20 tracks of saw-off MPC bang and sampled flips built to hit like no other. It's about as mixed up as you could hope for, swaggering and tripping between classic siren-fired block bouncers to rhodes-seared soul bob, Middle-Eastern sample chops and a healthy amount of those synth-tricked nuggets you just wish… Read more
**Stickered black jacket with A5 b&w insert** Pressurised techno tools from Shifted's reliably heavy Avian imprint. Their 10th issue is the debut work of a new, London-based producer with a taste for SM. In that context we could easily imagine the barrelling kicks, skating percussive syncopations and stare-down drones of 'Hate 2/6' soundtracking the actions of a stentorian mistress in her £500 and hour dungeon, while the shiftily sinuous squirm and jabbing white noise stabs of 'Black & Blue (For You)' makes us wriggle like a f**king eel. One for the dancers, industrial romancers.
*10th Anniversary Edition - double gatefold vinyl, includes a bonus CD free inside plus download code redeemable from the label*
The second in Touch's vinyl/DL-only series of archival editions spirits us back to 1985 and a live set played by the Walo Shatan Gwari ensemble. A recording of the performance - which took place as part of the African Music Village event at the Commonwealth Institute in Holland Park, London - was released under the name Drumming For Creation on cassette by Touch in '85, and 28 years later it's lost none of its lustre, as the ensemble (led by Malam Walo, and hailing from an agricultural region of Northeastern Nigeria) tear through its hypnotic, cyclical, powerful drum-songs. Th… Read more
Alva Noto and Byetone get precisely loose and freaky on the 4th Diamond Version EP. Scoped especially for the 'floor, the boffins sound like they're having a lot of fun with these cuts, jamming on with the muscular techno-pop rocker, 'Get Yours', and a robo-sleazy 'Version' swagger, or coming off like a certain Timba joint gone nexx level on 'Live Young'. But the best by far is the sincerely titled 'When Performance Matters', a crowd-razing slab of cut-throat sawtooth synthlines and hard-stepping electro with a rabid bite. Good stuff.
Pev linx with yung Bristolian, Hodge, for the first outing on his Punch Drunk label in over three years. Their 'Bells' manifest in two versions: the 'System Mix' is rolled up heavy for the rig with dense, plummeting subs, slicing percussions and minimalist synth trickles carving out cool and heavy headspace for those who dance near the bassbins; the 'Dream Sequence' eases off with a more spacious flex pushed by thick house kicks and lean subbass pressure to carry richer, plangent harmonics for those who like to dance in their heads.
Deep house might be Dial’s stock in trade, but the Hamburg crew have always had a fetish for elegiac post-rock, slowcore and bedsit indie miserabilism - they once released a Momus track for chrissake! But by far their most convincing entry in that area to date (Momus excepted, of course) is this, the debut album from New Yorker Scott Mou, operating under the name Queens. You may remember Mou as one half of Jane, his shortlived duo with Panda Bear (their 2006 LP Berserker is a wee classic); if so, you’ll warm instantly to the elongated, crepuscular drone-folk he showcases on End Times. Opener ‘Yellow… Read more