Thursday, 20 November
Nifty UK bass pressure from Manchester's Paleman, tooling up two digi-dub meets house riddims for Loefah's 81 label. 'Beezeldub' steps up with brassy horns and billowing subs inna update of classic soundsystem steppers coolly compatible with current house patterns. 'Newun' is more brooding, with sombre intro harking back to early Skream and Loe joints before leaning off with a killer, percolated halfstep finding the sweet spot between electro-soul, dread dub and garage. Tip!
Heidi Lord - Wife of Rephlex/WeMe artist Jodey Kendrick. Three of Heidi's tracks are featured on the famous "EDM" Compilation Albums This is the Debut album from Heidi Using a unique pallet of sounds from MRI machines to modular synthersizers to conversations in a supermarket to her own processed voice Co produced by her Husband "I could describe what the album means to me, But i would much rather leave it to listener to experience and feel and to interpret how they see fit"
"New from Umwelt, an accomplished electronic musician who used to release on New York electro label Satamile as well as the likes of Kommando 6, and his own labels New Flesh and Fundata. Active in the scene since the nineties, Umwelt has released three LPs and a high number of EPs that explore everything from experimental ambient to tough techno via emotive electro. This new EP deals mainly in moody electro that is tinged with nice acid lines. 'Somatogravic Illusion' goes first and is a synapse-twitching bit of bulky electro with tough kicks, groaning synths and starry melodies. 'Subt… Read more
"Gerry Read returns with a new twelve for Aus, his productions remain liberated from conventional influence while keeping rhythmically charged enough to work effectively on peak time dance floors. The title track is no exception as it loosely wades through the mire gathering frazzled sine signals and synth blobs along the way. ‘Cosmoid’ pins shimmering melodies and off kilter samples under a tight, persistent groove before Nathan Fake weighs in with loose, restless drum patterns and a healthy measure of plaintive melody to add a further facet to 3 2 1 and round off another solid package from AUS."
The return of this project by Jodey Kendrick who delivers another dose of well crafted Drexciyan electro...
Third instalment in the Tape Sampler Series featuring new and upcoming artists local to the label delivering a 3-tracker shifting from classic Detroit to Basic Channel Vibes.
*Edition of 300 copies, Can’s Damo Suzuki with members of Black Mountain, Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think, among many others* "Krautrock pioneer Damo Suzuki, vocalist of Can, has influenced generations of creative musicians. This enigmatic singer has continued the journey, traveling the globe to perform improvised music with a unique collection of musicians. The lucky few that perform with him he calls his Network or Sound Carriers. Canadian Sound Carriers have included members of Black Mountain, Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think, among many others. On a warm night in Ju… Read more
"San Proper vocalising.....comes with a Jacques Renault Remix. The label say: " Some think freedom comes with a price, others say freedom is a prize. Then you have people who claim "the best things in life are free" . It takes up quite some time and effort, or better yet- 'work', to sort out answers to these questions. One might feel cornered by such issues... David Olivier Nerbl a.k.a. D.O.N. & Dr. San Proper wrote and recorded a sarcastic song last summer which might give some relief. If not, check out Jacques Renault's remix. One love for freedom."
Emotional Response have trawled through boxes of old cassette recordings from L.A multi-instrumentalist Eddie "Secret Circuit" Ruscha to compile a follow-up to 2012's brilliant Tropical Psychedelics compilation. Predictably, the resulting collection is nothing short of brilliant. Typically eccentric, melodious, atmospheric and bristling with interesting ideas, Cosmic Vibrations delves deeper into Ruscha's archives and comes up with gold. Highlights are naturally plentiful, but keep an eye out for the psychedelic ambience of "Electric Brain", the analogue electronic explorations of "… Read more
"After Chris Clark had passed some of Gajeks sheer endless output over to Modeselektor, quite a few listening sessions followed. Ranging from postrocky electronica to complex and moody renderings of intricate introverted beat structures to a mutant dance music, a whole audioscape had to be discovered. There were songs and tracks and experiments there, morphed vocals and reverberated non human instruments, complex percussion patterns and sweet athmospheres, but in all these different paths and moods, a penchant for working with a leitmotif could be traced. As an introduction to expose his parti… Read more
"Soft Gamma Repeater finds Graze continuing to develop and refine their style, enmeshing a tough percussive edge with the rich textures of dance music at its deepest."
A Little Bit of Powder is a short story that Ian Rankin wrote for Tim Burgess' label O Genesis. This is a limited edition 12" vinyl release featuring Craig Parkinson reading Ian's short story with theme music by Tim Burgess and Factory Floor's Nik Void.
"In classic Baby Ford style the A-side opens with "Mystery Falls" a deep melodic housey workout with shuffling percussion and sublime top line strings. Meanwhile on the B-side, shaker hustlin' "Spooked" conjures up a more stripped down moody grooving chordal affair. Both tracks cut at 45rpm for maximum quality and effect on the floor."
More bold and brash sickness from Gay Marvine. A side = pure disco and deep funk reshaped as tools for today. B side = total cult classics re-visioned to devastate any dance floor.
"The Ministry Of Wolves are Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten / Crime & The City Solution), Mick Harvey (co- founder of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) and Paul Wallfisch (Botanica / musical director at the Theater Dortmund). ‘Music From Republik der Wölfe’ and ‘Happily Ever After’ are based on the writings of the Brothers Grimm, in particular Anne Sexton’s ‘Transformations’ (1971), the Pulitzer Prize winning poet’s reworking of the Grimm’s fairy tales. In the hands of The Ministry Of Wolves, these morality tales and warnings are as dark as you remember them from childhood"
*2LP on 180g heavyweight vinyl* "Submotion Orchestra return with ‘Alium’, their first album for Counter Records. Since forming in Leeds in 2009 Submotion Orchestra have released two albums, ‘Finest Hour’ and ‘Fragments’. The 7 piece band’s fusion of bass heavy electronica, jazz, soul and much more besides has made them a favourite of the likes of Gilles Peterson, Trevor Nelson and Jo Whiley amongst others.”
*Volume One compiling Obscure Belgian dance tracks and library recordings from the 70's and 80's* "Nowhere in the world will you find a record store with a dedicated section Belgian grooves. There’s not even a record called Belgian grooves. And you won’t find them on Discogs either. So what are they? Novelty? A nifty marketing scheme? Maybe you should try “discovery”; Belgian grooves is a new collective term for the best dance tracks from the beginning of the 70s. Two thirds of the songs on this compilation were made by talented hired hands, who got their payc… Read more
*Volume Two compiling Obscure Belgian dance tracks and library recordings from the 70's and 80's* "Nowhere in the world will you find a record store with a dedicated section Belgian grooves. There’s not even a record called Belgian grooves. And you won’t find them on Discogs either. So what are they? Novelty? A nifty marketing scheme? Maybe you should try “discovery”; Belgian grooves is a new collective term for the best dance tracks from the beginning of the 70s. Two thirds of the songs on this compilation were made by talented hired hands, who got their payc… Read more
The Greg Foat Group are currently the resident band at the Playboy Club, located in Mayfair, London. Earlier this year a couple of nights were recorded for Jazzman, and the results are here for all to enjoy. Recorded live and direct onto 1" analogue tape the album captures the energy and atmosphere of the group at their regular gig. Awash with library-esque soundtrack-themed jazz grooves with a modal edge, jazz has never been so much fun! This is the 3rd album by the Greg Foat Group on Jazzman, and is the first album to be recorded live at the Playboy Club for over 40 years.
"Though the influence of Detroit musically still reverberates the world over, the Portuguese capital of Lisbon isn’t high on the list of places that you’d twin with the Motown, punk and techno-pioneering former American industrial powerhouse. To listen to II though, the new album on New York label Golf Channel Recordings by Portuguese collective Gala Drop, is to unearth a spiritual link across the Atlantic hitherto undiscovered. Their first full-length record in six years, and their first release since 2012’s Pitchfork-lauded Broda 12” – a split with Ben Chasny from former tour mates Six Organs of Admi… Read more
"Featuring four varied cuts ranging from techno tinged house to bass heavy beatdown. Life Recorder kicks things off in his own unique style while Arnheim delivers a mature sounding jazzy House number. Gradul Lashton takes things back into house territory with an infectious 303 groove, and Fat Dog drops the tempo and the bottom end to finish."
“Just Us” is the new album from legendary Hamburg band Faust. Founder members Jean-Hervé Peron and Zappi Diermaier have laid down twelve musical foundations which are intrinsically typical of Faust in their own right, yet offer enough space for completely different works to develop. Which is exactly what they hope will happen. Whilst Diermaier largely remains true to his habitual handiwork—drums and percussion—Peron, as we might expect, incorporates all manner of unusual sonic sources alongside his bass, various string instruments and piano, even using a sewing machine as a metronome. Tracks like “nur… Read more
"Now that the story of The Source Family is out there, as the subject of an acclaimed book and documentary film (as well as an ongoing series of rare, never-before-released recordings), it’s time to turn the focus back on the records that made this whole thing a story in the first place. In the 1990s, it was a revelation to discover that there was a series of records made by a hippie cult led by a big Santa Claus-looking guy named Father Yod. It was of further interest that these records weren’t simple, predictable light-rock recitals about Jesus. Instead, they were darkly psyche… Read more
Another cult Italo classic resurrected by Italian Records! Written and produced by Ricky Persi and Stefano Previsti, vocals by Australian singer David Sion, while Dutch duo Shambok provide updated versions.
**Hand stamped Pale Green Vinyl** "Blind Jacks take us on another Tripp, not just any tripp. A collectable series of musical journeys and dreams. This journey begins in the Fontainebleu Forest of Paris and on to Nőtincs via the Hungarian hills of Börzsöny concluding in the secretive depths of Coed Y Quad. Vinyl purchase allows you access to rare secret digital tracks from each artist also."
*Purple/White Vinyl, includes a download code redeemable from the label* "Boerum Palace is Steve Gunn’s second album, originally released in 2009. The album starts off with a headlong rush into the hypnotic “Mr. Franklin”. Gunn’s fluid playing style, especially as portrayed within this track, provides ample space for the development of infectious musical themes. The track ends in a dextrous duel between Gunn’s guitar and guest Marc Orleans’ (of D. Charles Speer & the Helix, Sunburned Hand of the Man) vicious pedal steel. The album mixes Gunn’s long-form blues / raga / psych explorations… Read more
Thursday, 13 November
'Faith In Strangers’ was written and produced between January 2013 and June 2014, and was edited and sequenced in late July this year. Making use of on an array of instruments, field recordings, found sounds and vocal treatments, it’s a largely analogue variant of hi-tech production styles arcing from the dissonant to the sublime. The first two tracks recorded during these early sessions bookend the release, the opener ‘Time Away’ featuring Euphonium played by Kim Holly Thorpe and last track ‘Missing’ a contribution by Stott’s occasional vocal collaborator Alison Skidmore who also appe… Read more
**Inaugural white label from Her Records - Hand-stamped edition of 400** Her Records at long last deliver their first ever vinyl release after a slew of essential Digital-only releases, featuring grimy rebuilds of a classic Baltimore club vocal by Devon's No.1 club trak specialist, Fraxinus. After lighting up the scene with a string of advanced club constructions starting with Miss Modular's 'Reflector Pack' and taking in debuts from label bosses Sudanim and CYPHR, they commit their ass to club music's divine, physical format with timelessly fwd style. Uptown, the A-side buxx wild with flanging su… Read more
Third and quite possibly strongest release yet from Beneath's Mistry label canters back to the 'floor with two deft, blocky riddims by Enklav. boss Chevel. Working a stripped framework of percolating bleeps and woody, splintered percussion greased with oily Reese and 808 bass, the Italian producer unfurls two lean and mean productions every bit as shark-eyed and skunked-out as his recent remixes for Webstarr's 'Agreus' (Misty002) and Downliners Sekt. A-side, the icy countenance of 'Tank' is primed at a 115bpm swagger for early doors in dark, claustrophobic bass pockets and cold warehouses alike… Read more
Juju & Jordash share the treasures of their 2nd raid upon Move D's very best work from the archives in 'The KM20 Tapes Volume 2 (1992 - 1996)'. Produced at Dave Moufang's eponymous studio in Heidelberg roughly around the same time as his seminal debut album 'Kunststoff', they document free-spirited studio jams guided by jazz and hi-tech soul thru the dub-feathered house flight of 'Willenlos' across the A-side to a pair of ace acid downbeats on the flip with the Plastikman-style triplet 303 grind of 'Evil Trak' - which isn't that evil actually - to a gorgeous slow/fast ambient stepper titled 'Inside The Dollhouse'. Killer wares.