Thursday, 11 December
**Gatefold jacket with 180g vinyl** Peerless noise fiends William Bennett and Reinhold Friedl engage their 2nd session of Whitehouse performed by Zeitkratzer ensemble, and right in time for Christmas, too! Following on from Zeitkratzer's acclaimed 'Whitehouse Electronics' (2000) CD, the esteemed ensemble - counting some of European avant-garde's most skilled players - tackle a further five Whitehouse "classics" in unplugged mode, including an unheimlich guest vocal from the Mr. Bennett himself in the 12 minute version of 'Daddo'. The results get right under t… Read more
**Edition of 300 includes download code** Blackest Ever Black part the curtains to reveal Tarcar's compelling debut of "shut-in dub dysfunction" at the closing strokes of 2014. Sealing the label's most prolific year to date on a particularly evocative note, 'Mince Glace' dwells in the nether regions of the echoplex, dreaming of creaky psych dub from AC Marias to Leven Signs and peddling sozzled, spectral organs for reclined minds. Vascilating between bombed-out and spiked-up vibes, it's a superb showcase for Carla dal Forno and Tarquin Manek's wayward tastes, proving equally effective in the amor… Read more
**Farther, previously unreleased minimal / progressive material from the original 1978 'Antico Adagio' sessions, released here for the first time. Includes liner notes by the author and Kieran Hebden. Mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi. Edition of 400** "At long last, Die Schachtel relents and yields Lino Capra Vaccina's immense 'Antico Adagio' opus in two parts, available on LP and CD this week. Antico Adagio was originally intended to be a double album, but was eventually scaled back to a single disc, self-released by the author in 1978; and thanks to the breadth and scope … Read more
**A hauntingly spirited minimal/progressive/new age classic from 1978. Silver and gloss varnish-printed jacket. Includes liner notes by the author and Kieran Hebden. Mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi. Edition of 400** "At long last, Die Schachtel relents and yields Lino Capra Vaccina's immense 'Antico Adagio' opus in two parts, available on LP and CD this week. Antico Adagio was originally intended to be a double album, but was eventually scaled back to a single disc, self-released by the author in 1978; and thanks to the breadth and scope of Die Schachtel's excavations, the second unrel… Read more
*Special Edition includes a bonus 10-track, hour-long CD featuring all the Millie & Andrea singles released between 2008-2010, the first time they have ever been available on CD format* Debut album from Andy Stott and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker, aka Millie & Andrea* Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow labelmates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12" releases of jungle, garage and techno hybrids between 2008 and 2010. It's been four years since we last heard from them but they now return with "Drop The Vo… Read more
Shifted takes a quieter, creepier tack towards cinematic industrial scapes and pulsing rhythms on 'Part 2' of his 'Arrangements in Monochrome' session. Dangerously opiated and out-of-reach, his sound here marks a subtle step forward/away in terms of sound design, and a more noxious reduction of his signature palette, guiding us from lightless drone and drizzle in 'The Incoherent' to urgently scan ocean floor depths in 'Arrangement In Monochrome II' and the bleakly gorgeous 'Second Wash', while 'Entartung' gets tangled in a flux of rusty aquatic rhythm and 'Lenine' leaves us stranded in alien space station atmospheres.
Shifted follows up his 'Under a Single Banner' LP for Bed Of Nails with his first new material for 2014. Part 1 of a twin 12" set, 'Arrangements in Monochrome' yields four mechanically worn-down grooves seeping from the oily, emulsifying drones of 'You're a Replacement' to the thrumming grey techno missile 'Arrangement In Monochrome I' and over to the viscous momentum of '6ft of Silence' or the ventilation shaft extrusion, 'The Velvet Rope'.
Grebenstein debuts on Downwards with a roiling industrial session primed for fans of his label-mates Samuel Kerridge or Talker. Rife with slow, bellicose drums and miasmic atmospheres, four tracks play out a soundtrack for end times between the tribal trudge of 'Acting Within Your Terms' and the uniquely offset swagger of 'That's Where The Answer Was, In Your Body' via the Raime-like mood guitar chops and malefic attitude of 'No You Don't'. Sterling stuff for fans of The Haxan Cloak etc.
**Orange vinyl housed in clear poly sleeve with insert** Yves de Mey takes to AnD and Tom Dicicco's ISM label with four parts of brutalist tech-tronics as Grey Branches. Compared with the hyper detailed releases under his own name for Sandwell District and Opal Tapes etc., there appears to be a much noisier, tormented agenda behind these tracks, resulting in a darker, gritted sound between the salty electro-acoustic bogle of 'Exsolve', the mutant 110bpm slugger, 'Lower Bounds', and the crooked club gear of 'Binate', while 'Plangent' rings out with waves of white noise and shuddering sub-bass pressure.
Outstanding side of modular experiments by London's Deas for Luke Younger's Alter label. 'String Studies' is, quite remarkably, the first all-electronic record from Cameron Deas. Recorded at home in February/March 2014, he uses his usually favoured acoustic guitar as a source to trigger dizzying displays of modular noise twisting out virulent, kinetic sculptures that sound like guitar strings physically twisted into complex circuits. We guess there are clear precedents for this music in the work of Keith Fullerton Whitman or Jim O'Rourke's electronic works, but there's also something wonderfully… Read more
Alter return with this album of brilliantly unclassifiable doings by London-based enigma D. Shan, aided and abetted by Vindicatrix and D. Bolger (ov The Pheromoans / The Bomber Jackets). In our mental chart of madness from these shores in 2014, this one is right up there, expanding upon the audness of his 'Known Nonsense' 7" with a further delineation and deconstruction of eldritch avant-pop tropes. Comparisons could be made with Art Bears, the Cold Storage scene, The Residents and Ralph Records roster, but ultimately Acolytes are a unique quantity.
**Purple wax** Funkineven's Apron Records deal a dope version of Seven Davis Jr.'s head-turning 'P.A.R.T.Y.' 12", originally issued in early 2014. There's a lean version of 'Celebrations' and the sprung Mid-West funk of 'P.A.R.T.Y.' to warm things up on the A-side, and some heavy raw ish on the B-side with the Funk-a-delic spin of 'Fun' and the nimble jazz-funk step-up and cool-down vibes of 'Summers' for the dancers. RIYL Prince, Actress, Anthony Shakir.
Life-affirming mix of Philly disco and Trini steel drums from '77, remastered, re-sequenced and re-released with new artwork by Yoshihiro Tsuyama/2Yang for EM Records. Following the release of two exclusive 12" mixes, 'Trinidad (Disco Mix)' and 'J'Ouvert', this is a hugely satisfying long-player putting several years of experimentation into action via a 30-piece studio orchestra of brass, strings and distinctive steel rhythm section. Under the guidance of Trinidadian physicist and band-leader John Gibbs, the Unlimited Sound of Steel Orchestra's debut albu… Read more
Infectious, refreshing deep house and broken beat soul concoctions from Atlanta's Stefan Ringer. There's five tracks smudging the lines between garage house and jazz-funk soul to perfection, whether matching the loose genius of Gifted & Blessed in the fluid, sexy funk of 'Meagangood' and the bright swing of 'MYM', touching on a stoned soul buzz with the dope 'n icy 'Transitions', or square on the boogie-funk release valve with the killer broken beat pivots of 'The Fix' for fans of Falty DL, Karizma or Floating Points. Tipped!
*12 Track compilation (inc some previously unreleased gems) compiled for Mike Patton's Ipecac label* "Nottingham's Sleaford Mods are a duo that need little introduction, having fiercely penetrated people's consciousness on a large scale with their sixth album Austerity Dogs in 2013. Since then they've garnered critical acclaim with their subsequent work and now they're joining forces with Ipecac Recordings to release a physical version of their previously released digital compilation Chubbed Up, which shall be released on October 28th. This version will include three previously unreleased t… Read more
*Gatefold 3LP version with 3 x 180g black vinyl, the first containing six B sides and two full Peel Sessions and the second featuring the album in complete demo form plus 3 bonus tracks. A download card is included, offering access to all LP tracks plus 4 more bonus tracks* "‘Doolittle’, the second studio album from Pixies - Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Loverng - was to prove a pivotal moment for both band and the wider scene. Produced by Gil Norton and recorded between two studios (Downtown Recorders in Boston MA and Carr… Read more
**Spattered pink 180g wax in UV gloss finished sleeve. Edition of 350** "Andrew Liles' 'Wanton Wives...' follows on from where his 'Maleficent Monster' left off in June and also follows on from his recent Equestrian Vortex soundtrack 10" on Death Waltz. This, the second LP of horror inspired nastiness in his series for Blackest Rainbow, features creeping giallo jazz with sultry spoken vocals, synth heavy monsters, cannibal lunacy, and a track called 'Wild Boar', wait until you hear that one. This is the sound of someone who has spent too many late nights wa… Read more
**100% Silk darlings scrub up nicely on a much shinier return to the label** "When Cuticle’s asteroid techno shrapnel formations finally streak the sky, they’re immediately recognizable – the stark cubic mixing eccentricities, a clashing crosshatch of alien bass patterns and arcade synth fingerpaint, acid atmospherics dripped like candlewax, poems whispered through futuristic air ducts. Brendan O’Keefe’s phantom touch has been distinct since the project’s origin but Mind Holding Pattern feels even more defined and isolated than his earlier work, nine morphing textures charged with diffe… Read more
**Stellar collection of worldly new age and spiritual composition. RIYL Terry Riley, La Monte Young, and Charlemagne Palestine** "An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 – 1979) compiles unreleased recordings from the archives of multiversal artist Ariel Kalma. Concerned as much with musicality as spiritual facility, Kalma’s work vibrates aside fellow travelers along the great rainbow in curved air of the 1970s avant-garde. Ariel Kalma’s boundary-blurring electronic music is heard here in radiant detail across a selection of work spanning his … Read more
*Includes 3 x LP Live Album with a download code, plus the full concert film on a DVD* The critically acclaimed documentary film which captures the multidimensional concert centred on Björk’s eighth studio album. The film documents the intimate ‘Biophilia’ performance at London’s Alexandra Palace where Björk was accompanied by unique musical instruments, collaborators and visuals. Shot by directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland and produced by Jacqueline Edenbrow / Gloria Films, the film also features science and nature archive and found footage inspired by the themes of the album, as well as animation which has been augmented with the music of ‘Biophilia’."
**Clear vinyl** Edit Select and Claudio PRC work deeper into Teste's 1992 classic, 'The Wipe'. Edit Select presents a super-wide remix version powered by thrumming bass and rending that buzzing top end to the peripheries, while the dub mix removes the shivering hi-hats. Claudio PRC's version on the other hand, feeds the original elements through a subtle, slinky gauntlet of piercing peaks and droning bass patterns.
**White wax** Sunil Sharpe puts the kicks down for Trensmat on his follow-up to that Tinfoil 12" and appearance on BROS006. Heavy machinery all round, hitting it hard from the incendiary surge of 'Jamm 1' to the Brum-styled jag of 'Stitches' and sloping slammer 'Late Drift' via something a little more electro-sexy in the pumping swing of 'Eyebrow'.
Bleaching Agent - outed as Al Matthews of Smear/FSG - gets down to mucky business on the 'Sun Spool' EP for Edinburgh's Tsar. Working a similarly soiled rut as Prostitutes or Container, but perhaps with a dash of UK techno swagger, a quartet of cuts bowl from the humping acid of 'Mack' to the knuckle'ead rave pound of 'Taktu' and over to the killer jakbeat torque of 'Mabli', closing with a coruscating, Afro-centric wiggler named, 'RGA'.
Only 15 years since their seminal 'Multi Ordinal Tracking Unit' 12" (reissued in 2012), Unspecified Enemies launch a sick 2nd 12" of hi-tech funk. Two London-based producers with a serious thing for Detroit, Unspecified Enemies are separately known as Simon Walley and Louis Digital. Together they craft some of the sharpest techno tackle known to mankind, exemplified here in the turbulent cut-up of 'Ms. 45' and the Lauren Hill-slamming booty pressure of 'Chip Mode' up top, while the iced shake of 'Liquid Floor' and gritty funk friction of 'Lifestyles of the Minidisc Era' get nasty wid it on the back. Premo gear, this.
**Individually-numbered with art insert** Taut, diverse electro session from Luke Eargoggle, Kan3da, Obergman and Rutherford on the UK's Brokntoys label. Swedish master Luke Eargoggle tags in Kan3da for the darkside hydraulic highlight of 'Night Smoker', before more stripped down, individual contributions in Kan3da's twitchy robot ace 'Photoptarmosis' and Eargoggle's icily minimal experiment, 'Ambulance', plus the Miami-inspired 808 funk of Obergman's 'Rosetta' and Rutherford's brooding 'Fördelningspolitik' bleeper.
*Limited pressing on Transparent Red and Transparent Green Vinyl - One-off edition of 400 for Christmas 2014. Original artwork by Nick Percival. Booklet contains liner notes by composer Perry Botkin, Co-executive Producer Scott Schneid & writer Michael Hickey and also features a host of original reviews including many newspaper clips calling for the film to be banned upon its original release in 1984** "Death Waltz Recording Co. may be home to some of the scariest music around, but it doesn’t mean that we… Read more
Brooding, aquatic techno abstraction by Dronelock on the new Shadow Story label alongside remixes: Mark Broom gives a brukken, drily funked-up re-calibration; Rivet swings it into stranger, atmospheric territory; Ontal reduces and prods it into a tightly compressed shuffle layered up with glassy keys and spasming bass rolige.
The boss and his boys, Sawf, Truss and Drvg Cvlvtre ride out the 2nd of two 12"s marking a decade of Perc Trax in the field. Perc takes poel position with the lamping kick drum force of 'Hyperlink' and Sawf does that patented shuffle with the irresistible, uncompromising torque of 'Goves'. Truss cracks a can of noisy whoop-ass for the harder heads, and Drvg Cvltvre lends some mittel European poise with the acid bomb, '(I Don't Want To Die In) James Franco's House'.
Ragin' techno tackle from London's Earwiggle crew. 'Kindly Ones' does the do in three mixes romping from the strobing artillery of mix 1 and its nastier, bucking Barry Leach remix to the probing alarm signals and galloping thrust of 'mix 2 and the iced shuffle of mix 3.
Perc Trax mark a decade of operations in typically direct fashion with four trax from Happa, Forward Strategy Group and more. The levesl are set with FSG's pent, monotone roller 'Dragon's Tooth', and soon enough we're staring down the gob of Happa's combustible stepper, 'To Die Hating Them' and its Caustic Window-style blow out. B-side, Martyn Hare runs amok with the lashing synths and drop-forge kicks of 'The New Normal', Mick Finesse & Pinion get lost on a breakbeat churner, 'Dead Boyfriend Alley'.