Thursday, 26 March
*Third album from Baltimore’s Jana Hunter aka Lower Dens* "Escape From Evil is a cinematic, tonally rich work. The sounds are clean and warm. The pulse of the album is strong. Melodies are potent and songs are physical. Lyrics are direct, frank confrontations with life’s common crises. The album title is brazen, and along with the grimly funny title of lead single, ‘To Die in L.A.’, almost theatrical. The album was produced by Hunter and co-produced and mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Cass McCombs). Other production elements came from Ariel Rechtshaid (Sky Ferreira, Vampire Weekend) a… Read more
Leeds and London house heroes team up on two trax backed with Lauer and A Sagittariun remixes. Their originals are quintessentially late night UK house moves; Lauer's remix lends a touch of Mittel European glamour, A Sagittariun gives a bit of analogue authenticity.
Noisy, frazzled slam jams from one of Hamburg's finest. Quick on the heels of her 'A Tape' for Handmade Birds, she heads farther down the alleys of her 'Actio Reactio' EP for Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune with five trax of roiling techno muck. 'Drowning Demons' charges up a lamping acid techno sound, chased by the noisier, saltier pounding of 'The Bean Field And The Gods'. 'Reaktion II' is a more tangled shot of psycho-jakk, and 'The First Time He Thought, He Died' resets to a brittle electro style heavily indebted to classic Bunker and Murder Capital records. It works.
Thursday, 19 March
**Vinyl mastered and cut by Rashad at D&M. Sleeve notes by art historian Alex Kitnick. Spotgloss artwork and layout by Florian Hecker and Bill Kouligas. Also comes with an instant download of the full album plus a bonus 17 minute track** 'Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera' presents a radical mashup of works by two probing, multidisciplinary artists among the most vital of their generation. First realised as part of a two day performance at Tate Modern called 'Push and Pull', it offers a mutant configuration of Leckey's vocal track from 'GreenScreenRefrige… Read more
Jlin breaks thru the Chicago footwork ranks with one of the scene's most fascinating, essential mutations in 'Dark Energy', co-presented by Planet µ and Jamie Kuedo's very promising new Knives label. It's quite possibly the most distinctive contribution to footwork since the RP Boo album and Rashad's jungle splices, and, in such a fast-moving (quite literally) and active scene, that's gotta be saying something. Keener Chi watchers may have previously checked Jlin's standout 'Erotic Heat' and 'Asylum' joints on the Bangs & Works Vol.2 compilation but, since then, the Gary, Indiana-based producer has… Read more
**Grey coloured vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, limited to 400 copies, includes an exclusive lobby card and booklet featuring Sleeve notes by Fabio Frizzi, Ian McCulloch, Stephen Thrower & Tom Beauvais, audio re-mastered at Abbey Road Studios** "Death Waltz exhume another classic from their catalogue in lieu of demand from the dead and the living. From the twisted mind of Lucio Fulci comes Zombi 2 aka Zombie Flesh Eaters. A notorious gore classic and the poster child for the video nasty generation, the film gently transports the viewer from the concrete jungle of Ne… Read more
Pearson Sound's Hessle Audio deal extended mixes of his self-titled album trax, cut to vinyl for the DJs by Matt Colton at Alchemy. A-side, 'Crank Call' is afforded room to roll out with woozy Chicago kicks and wobbly synth punctuated by Tour De France gasps, all kept lean and easy for long blends. B-side, he works the piercingly crisp machine drum patterns of 'Glass Eye' to a lather of swivelling electro groove and plonging blips precipitating a deep blue climax of pained strings.
Following one of our favourite 12"s of last year, Morgan Buckley returns with this ace split release for Rush Hour's 'No Label' - spun out by everyone from Ben UFO to Beatrice Dillon. The charming weirdo spirit is super strong on both sides. MB bends minds and bodies with three spiked peaches up top, from the dizzy krautfunk of 'Sol Baize At The Chinga', thru the recursive maze of 'Eau-de-Vie' to a nimble meld of lysergic, Madteo-style scramble called 'Manual Greever'. Flip it and OD keeps his side up with the bright, latinate percussion and lush chorales of 'Miwp (Miwpy… Read more
**Gatefold Sleeve - A wicked disgrace from Prurient/Vatican Shadow in his lesser-spotted Jezebel costume. FOR ADULTS ONLY** Dominick Fernow's libidinous imagination knows no bounds, as evidenced in his long-awaited 'Exploring Jezebel' shocker for Blackest Ever Black. 'On a Business Trip To London' could be considered the release valve for a hard-touring artist or itinerant noise don, a place to retreat when business is done and playtime begins. Inverting P.E. masculinity with a stilettoed heel, it follows a line of curiosity from a series of releases for … Read more
**Die-cut sleeve with printer inner. Comes with free download code redeemable from the label** A quartet of proggy rave boosters from from Warp. Ranges from super-bright breakbeat 'ardcore rush, 'Silver Sun' to the rattling techno of 'To Live And Die In Grantham', thru a buoyant chug-off 'Springtime Linn', to the widescreen sound designs of 'Unfurla Cremated'.
Soulful swerve from London's Reginald Omas Mamode IV (herein referred to as Reg) proceeding his split with Mo Kolours for Peckham's 22a. Backed up with remixes by Jeen Bassa and Al Dobson Jr, Reg gets down with a lilting R&B sound in 'Sunshine' up top, and live-sounding soul with Moneymaker' on the other side. Jeen gives slo-disco and dusty downtempo version, complemented by lowlit reprises from Al Dobson Jr, with a big highlight in the dubbed-out, Prince-style boogie-soul of his 'Sunshine' version.
**Screen-printed paper sleeve and centre label. Hand-numbered edition of 175** Vivod get Luke Eargoggle and Ronnie Johansson back together under the Monkeyshop banner for a proper Italo-electro scandal. A-side they muscle up for the lean and agile drive of 'Escape From The Mental Zoo' with its blue chords and teasing arpeggios for that elegant Scandinavian melancholy. B-side, they take that vibe deeper with the intricate melodic arrangements of 'Monkey Baroque', and James Francis chimes in with a stellar slow-mo synth version of the title track that sounds uncannily like Salem or Holy Other.
**Eleven tracks from the vaults available on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl for the first time** The definitive collection of Jah Thomas-produced dubs, Roots Radics on the rhythm, recorded at Channel One and mixed by King Tubby and Scientist between 1980 and 1983 at King Tubby's studio. High quality, pre-digital roots dub classics. Proper gear.
Scientist's 'Jah Life in Dub' is the dub album they didn't want you to hear! Essentially the unreleased dub companion to Flick Wilson's 'School Days' LP, it features nine killer dubs to said album, plus one from Wayne Jarrett's 'What's Wrong With The Youths' album, including wild and seriously deep desk FX versions flipping the recognisable elements of 'Collie Dub', 'Skylarking' and 'Shaolin Dub'. Replete with the amazing artwork - loadsa vintage images of Haile Selassie alongside quotes by the man his-self - it's a top-a-top package...
The Beautiful Swimmer freaks the beat proper on Juju & Jordash's Off Minor label following hot-shots for TTT and BH. Starting out with the slyding sino scales and relatively straight house swing of 'Circles Bubbles', he goes all West London broken beat with the rugged dip and silicon-creamed harmonics of 'Zsa Flex Cathedral' on the A-side. Flip her over and the 'Shaping EP' gets exponentially queerer with the tussling polymetrics and zipping, recursive electronics of 'Immunity', before floating to close in the weightless body of 'She'.
Superb Detroit house and techno session from Marc King and Omar-S. Marc, a veteran with some 20 years Detroit experience, gives up the soulful organ and bustling drums of 'Equality' and the sub-swung shimmy of 'Loquacious' on the front, backed with Omar's smashing techno-house overhaul for 'Water Of Life' laced with a killer, uranium-enriched bass synth and brain-eating acid lines. Strong.
**Edition of 300** European avant-garde lynchpin and Tochnit Aleph label owner, Daniel Löwenbrück meets Berlin-based Brazilian artist Marcellvs L. in a set of field recordings made between Thailand, UK and Iceland. The bit with the horses booting off is best. RIYL Löwenbrück's Raionbashi LP for Senufo Editions.
**Edition of 200** Some freaks are going to get really turned on by Mats Gustafsson's 'Lap Dance / Table Solos'. Recorded by Jean-Louis Huhta and priduced by Joachim Nordwall, it captures the Swedish free jazz behemoth at arguably his most accessible. There's still the requisite amounta skronk involved but both performances are colourfully sweet and flighty, with the 'Lap Dance' sounding like he's seducing a stubborn sheep dog, and 'Table Solos' soaring like Ornette over Ethiopia, or something.
Radgy motorik electronics from Run Dust for Paris label, In Paradisum, arriving off the back of his Tesla Tapes trio and issues for Opal Tapes, Nute Records. Polished is perhaps not the right word to describe 'Serf Rash', but there's definitely a biting clarity to these cuts that we haven't heard in his previous jags, lending a more effective insistence to the helter skelter pelt of 'Wharf Rat' or a lucidity to the entrancing synth colours of 'Doctor John Dee' and the psychoactive affray of 'Scythe Toon'. If we're playing favourites, then the title and gauzy glow of 'British Jumpsuit' gets a gold… Read more
Chunky Dance Mania and B-more Breaks hybrids banged out by Bodyjack and Soundbwoy Killah for the party.
LP5/Gantz Graf-style IDM convolutions from Arovane for Touchin' Bass. Anyone expecting his softer side will get a shock here.
After 20 years of breakneck trax about b*tches 'n hoes, DJ Slugo takes the opportunity to go deep and slow on 'Ghetto' for Nico Jaar's Other People.
**Hand-numbered edition of 500** Ruder, knackered house from the prolific EMG. Landing in advance of his hotly anticipated 12" for Berceuse Heroique, the Italian producer's 'Sonic Cycles' yields four cuts of graded house dirt, from the frictional bump and parry of 'In Sound' to done-in tracky gear with 'Crudista' and 'Before KDL', and the burred disco-house jak of 'Guithouse'.
Burly Jerome Hill edits of Marshall Jefferson, Adonis and Frankie Knuckles standards. Jefferson's Hercules killer , 'Lost In The Groove' takes a bassier beating on the A-side; Adonis and Knuckles' devilish Dancer bomb, 'Boom Boom' gets jacked up with extra samples and busier edits on the backside.
Big chunky disco bombs from Bashmore on his Broadwalk label. 'Rhythm of Auld' is deeply rooted in '80s boogie but the vocal and squeaky clean synth/strings are definitely 2015. One for all the family, then. Flipside, 'Knockin Boots' continues the agenda with a lush meld of classic-sounding disco-soul vocal with swinging '90s house and Soundstream-alike edits. I think timeless is the word we're looking for...
Hyper-funky chops from Austria's Cid Rim, loaded with a sweetly unhinged remix by Jameszoo. Check out 'Charge' or 'Kano' for Hud Mo/Rustie-styled future funk blaze, or the remix for kinkier, stranger, unpredictable thrills.
Kazumichi Komatsu aka Madegg (M/D/G) furnishes Flau's Raum sublabel with their 2nd hit following Stefan Jos' opening statement. It's experimental techno with a sensitive edge, cuytting quite close to Herbert styles with the banging techno dimensions of '?????' and the jagged bounce of 'Francis' whilst 'Wah Fruits' comes off like a dusty Jelinek piece and there's more manic kicks to be found in 'Current Work' or 'Scum From Design'. Mastered by Miles.
**Gatefold sleeve LP. Comes with free download code redeemable from the label.** New album of affected electro-pop homage to classic Factory Records, by Manchester-hailing Lonelady for Warp Records.
Skweee pioneer and survivor, Daniel Savio, dropped this salty slab on Pomassl's Laton label in 2012. It's a crooked mix of dubwise efficiency, Euro-lectro melodic emotions and fizzy 8-bit punch, landing somewhere between Jahtari's Disrupt, Skam's Team Doyobi and a mushroom-infected Atari.
**Limited white label repress** High energy Detroit 'floor drills from a brilliant duo, The Oliverwho Factory. Following some dalliances with other labels - Dolly, Planet E, Rush Hour - we reckon they've saved the best for their own Madd Chaise label. A-side runs a real epic built on soaring, proggy synthlines and grittiest disco-tech groove with a nasty sting in the tail; B-side brings Shonie C in for a blazing vocal woven into a peaking showpiece that could storm any big room, before rolling out with the frictional, Huckaby-style dub techno groove and positive vocal pressure. Turn the lights off.