Thursday, 16 April
Gunnar Wendell a.k.a. Kassem Mosse gets his electro grind on with the first Paid Reach 7". Working in far less defined territory than usual, both sides give room for his experimental tendencies to explore singular ideas. 'Fair Trade Dark' toils an austere, blunted bleep groove sounding something like one of Sleeparchive's Civil Defence Programme dispatches, whereas the B-side - in what is a first to our eyes, at least - runs a reverse 7" vinyl cut of the backwards groove, 'Colddrinksinreverse'.
Proper ruffneck slam-jams from NPLGNN for Phonica's promising new OKNO imprint. '1925' arrives 6 months or so after the Napolitan artist ran amok in the ballroom with 'Sigma / Tau' for Where To Now?, which piqued the attention of everyone from Ben UFO to Low Jack in the process. For this session he keeps the bugged-out production values intact, but switches to a more rave-nous style, cold killing it with a sizzling acid brukbeat twyst called 'Ravers Are Still Living' on the A-side, before pulling out his chewiest kicks, flinty hi-hats and railgun claps for the B-side's 'Break On The Rhythm', and brin… Read more
Back once again for TTT, DJ Spider & Marshallito conduct three tribal New York techno rituals. On the A-side they uproot the soiled and soggy shunt of 'Nuclear Winter', matching what sounds like ancient Latin tongues with marching rhythms and mystic jazz samples, and a more blunted take on Industrial Strength styles with 'Geiger Counter'. B-side is best of all though, pulling off a proper early '90s NYC sound with the zipping rave stabs and warehouse thunder of 'Zero Point'.
Intoxicating Rasta dub biz from the Wareika Hills, Jamaica, via the desk of Jackson Bailey's Tapes in London. Still hot from his reggae-pop standout on Workshop 21, he furnishes two versions of The Wareika Hill Sounds' 'Datura', getting to grips with funde, repeta and bass drums in a heads-down session licked with guitar and flute by Kenrick Diggory. Now that Honest Jon's mention Keith Hudson in their write-up, it's so easy to imagine his husky croon floating over the 'Datura Mystic' mix, however, the dub is really summat else; a rocking swirl of recursive drums recorded right on the biting point, and nowt but. It's a killer!!!
*Gatefold Red 2LP with digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "The meaning of dreams usually stays hidden in stacks of abstract layers, obscuring their essence in surreal and bizarre imagery. Exploring the depths of our subconscious, they lead us from stories of lighthearted innocence to our most gruesome ghastly fantasies, making us live through multiple scenarios each and every night. While in sleeping-state, we are at our most vulnerable and at a total loss of control over mind and body. At the same time, we feel most free and safe during REM, with none of our worldly worries… Read more
Horny, jazzy Balearic house from Liverpool's Jemmy. Tghe dubbed out brass and lithe jack of 'Hierotrip' marks their debut release, backed with a subtly swinging Mark E remix and a dusted, quirky remix extension by Wareika.
**Limited edition red/silver vinyl in gatefold jacket** Sub Rosa present the first survey of André Strodeur's pioneering experiments in modular synthesis with 'Analog and Digital Electronic Music 1978-80'. This, the abridged version of a comprehensive 3CD collection, scans his output circa 1978-80 when he worked with an EMS AKS, 8 voice Oberheim SEM-1, plus special software developed for the Compucolor II computer, and a 16 channel mixing console driving 8 Klipsch loudspeakers in octophony. Stordeur describes the pieces: "on '18 Days' - With this recording I… Read more
Heady Balearic house and breakbeat trips backed with a drippin' Call Super remix. Sunao Gonno at the controls on the A-side, rubbing up a creamy lather of progressive synths and padded, whirring groove for fans of Soichi Terada in 'Obscurant', and breezy kosmic breaks in 'A Life With Clarinet'. But, arguably the one to check for is Call Super's B-side mix, where he melts the spine of 'Obscurant' in pure liquid MDMA vibes.
FXHE twist the lines again with a unique session from John F.M. mixed and edited by the bossman, Omar-S. From the vocal intro to the stumbling groove and blossoming, instinctive synth arrangement, the A-side's 'Where My Roots Lie (A New Detroit Anthem)' is one of those tech-soul joints that could only come from the 313, and much the same could be said for the much ruffer tech-soul drive of 'White Churches Be Like' on the B-side. But, it's left to 'Solace 322' to deliver a sucker punch of blues-dripping soul surprisingly laced with natty 8-bit synth goodnuss. TIPPED!
Ace, diverse follow-up session to Jared Wilson's debut double pack, 'Ghost Miners'. He's really vibing out on this one, getting all fruity and moody with the cascading keys and strafing black synth shapes layered over over '6', and containuing to pursue the Detroit techno dragon, albeit at a slower hosue tempo, with the brooding kink of '7' into a swinging B-side cut that almost mirrors the chord progressions from Mills' 'If (We)' (sorry, no vocal), and checking out with a skizzo warehouse banger.
Facsimile, affordable repress of the darkside Italo act's debut 1981 mini-album. Pure disco glamour gloom in four parts, including the EBM-driven 'News', the eerie sashay of 'No One Notice Them', the theatrical 'Rays', and bummed-out Manchester vibes of 'Autumn Room'. Classic.
Preening Italo disco bomb originally released in 1983, reissued for 2015. The strutting splendour of 'Shoot Me' vocal version upstairs, and the instrumental downstairs.
Reissue of a gorgeous new age session originally composed and produced by Joël Vandroogenbroeck for the Colorsound Library in 1980. Drifts across four pieces, from the 17 minute 'Contemplation' to an hypnotic gong piece and thru to spaced-out and chiming drones. "Continuous atmospheric sounds for enigmatic landscapes, metaphysical situations and prehistorical periods".
*180g vinyl 5LPO Box Set - includes 24 bit download card redeemable from the label* "Originally released on K7 Records in 1998, Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister's 'The K&D Sessions' reset the bar for what could be achieved in a compilation. Across an array of original tracks, dubs and infamous ‘K&D Session’ remixes, the DJ and producer duo took the listener on a smoke-filled blunted journey that flowed flawlessly. Often compared to DJ Shadow's 'Endtroducing' for its similarly deft craft of rhythm and quoted by Allmusic as "the most blissfully blunted music the world has ev… Read more
Debut dancefloor spurt from U Know The Drill on the baddest party imprint, Hot Haus Recs. 'Off The Chain' is a 'floor-dedicated bassline-house womper and 'Like Thiz' builds a more hardcore vibe with cheeky organ stabns and sped-up samples fitted to a swaggering bassline groove.
**Screen-printed jacket** Sweetest digickal roots bubblers from Egoless and Senegalese vocalist Daba Makourejah on Portland's ZamZamSounds. 'Yërmënde (Compassion)' is essentially a rebuild of Sly & Robbie's 'Revolution' riddim, famously voiced by Dennis Brown, here tweaked up with a criss digital edge and sugared by Daba's truly delectable vox. Check out the flip for a lissom dub giving room for the syn-drums and FX to fly.
**Double LP in printed inners and widespine sleeve, includes download code redeemable from label** The Square one returns with his 14th album in 20 years and shows no sign of getting mellower with age. 'Damogen Furies' could be considered the club after-party for the stadium-collapsing antics of 'Ufabulum' (2012), still riding a wave of stage adrenalin into equally, if not more, demented and eccentric funk acrobatics. Peaking from the opening bars of black midi-style melodic intensity with 'Stor Eiglass', he fakes left with the melancholy chimes of 'Baltang Ort' which somehow strobes bet… Read more
**Classic posturing from Denmark. Includes fold-out newsprint insert** "Although I have done a few things under the Marching Church moniker since 2010, the project, as in the constellation on this album, was born in November 2013 with Kristian Emdal, Anton Rothstein, Cæcilie Trier, Bo H. Hansen and Frederikke Hoffmeier. We had agreed to play with Pharmakon at Mayhem, our warehouse space in Copenhagen, even though i hadn’t done anything with the project for quite some time. With two months before the show, I threw together a few half-thought-out ideas and sketches, presented … Read more
**Featuring three bonus tracks that originally appeared on the “Somewhere Outside” compilation, and a double sided 11”x11” insert containing lyrics for each song and photos of the band** "Moral was the trio of Marco Andreis (Guitars, Bass), Hanne Winterberg (Vocals) and Ingolf Brown (Synthesizers, Rhythm Box, Sequencer) from Aarhus, Denmark formed in 1981. They released their debut mini-album “Dance of the Dolls” on cassette in 1981 and the album “Whispering Sons” on cassette in 1982. The group played very few concerts, but supported both Monochrome Set and Nico. In May 1983, they contribu… Read more
**Remastered, includes an 8 page, stapled booklet that contains press releases, concert flyers and photos circa the recording of the album** "Portion Control is a British electronic and industrial band from South London. The trio of John Whybrew, Ian Sharp and Dean Piavani started out experimenting with electronics in 1980. Linking up with In Phaze Records, they released a number of cassettes and records before signing with Illuminated Records in 1983. There followed a series of classic 12" singles: “Raise the Pulse”, “Rough Justice” and “Go-Talk”, which have become unde… Read more
Back for '15 with a '95 jungle flex, Quinoline Yellow a.k.a. Tap Throw kills it on Yellow Machines. Drawing on similar references to Sully's acclaimed 'Blue EP' - think Steve Gurley, Rob Playford, Hyper-on-Experience - but with an airless tension recalling VHS Head or his other Skam label-mates, the 'Dip Switches EP' carves up classic samples, subs and breaks in a complex, graffiti'd maelstrom executed with stylish precision and skill.
*Includes an 8x14 double sided insert with photos, lyrics, liner notes by the band, and a fold-out poster* "Van Kaye + Ignit is the Dutch duo of Ed Van Kasteren (Van Kaye) and Ignatine Bekken (Ignit), who joined forces in the city of Arnhem during early 1980. While at university, Van Kaye was the singer of The MoNoMeN, a local new wave band. By the end of 1979 he had become more interested in the use of electronics and rhythmic industrial patterns. In April 1980 he released a demo cassette with 30 minutes of his own work titled “A Slight Delay". While experimenting with synthesizers an… Read more
Blawan and The Analogue Cops' Parassela team boot up the 'Lab Series' backed with deeper, tribalised cuts from Limo and Buck. On the A-side, Parassela bite down hard with the wounding snares and venomous drones of 'Plutoniumdealers' beside the rapid, rattling jag of '08ag12'. B-side, Limo sustains a tunnelling sub-aquatic pressure with 'Another', and Buck does just that with the wall-banging movement of 'Gold Br' progressing thru clouds of hypnotic pads driven by a snappy, uptempo jack.
Retro-futurist house from London 2015. Jamie Blanco opens LHT's ninth affair with some superb rimshot play and seductive bassline/chord progressions in 'Unknown Reason', and Fx Mchn goes west with the frayed radiophonic house mystery of his superb 'UFOD'. Back to a more even keel with the slinky garage house poise of Late Night Audio's 'Live For The Music', Facade play a blue beatdown note with the almost BoC/Pye Corner Audio-like inflections of 'Transit'.
Strong side of thunderous, rolling techno from Italian producer SNTS, including a sturdy Shifted remix. Arching up with the gravelly wave of murky drums and ghoulish voices in '20.01.1944', followed by Shifted's kick-anchored remix, SNTS proves a real skill for doom-laden atmospheric techno with the reverberant bass drum, shivering hi-hats and clammy ambience of '07.09.1981', and to proper industrial degrees with the dramatic, Zhark-like fright of '15.04.1966'. Tip!
Jean Louis-Huhta chases his druggy acid dragon onto Höga Nord Records. The A-side, 'Northern Acid', is a mutant mix of elastic 303 and oddly placed, eerie strings, coming off like a particularly dosed and disoriented section of Mark Leckey's 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore' soundtrack before coalescing at an itchy 4/4 swing. The B-side, 'All Nighter' works at a straighter tilt, primed for the wayward DJs.
Dippy, twisted polka trax from Germany. 'Fantasy' is set for the screwiest 5am moments with languid groove and brain-burrowing synth tones; 'Robot' goes dark and spooked out on the B-side with lurking drones and fizzy gremlin FX.
"Reissue of The Red Krayola's 1989 album ‘Malefactor, Ade’ - originally issued on the UK’s Glass Records, which had arranged several years earlier for the first actual release of Mayo Thompson’s 1970 solo LP, ‘Corky’s Debt To His Father’. This was the first Red Crayola record release in five years. The fearlessness with which genres are converted can be disarming, but stick to it - you’ll find listening an utter triumph. ‘Malefactor, Ade’ was reissued on CD by Drag City in the year 2000."
Thursday, 09 April
**Diagonal return with the debut 12" from Bronze Teeth side-project Green Gums. Edition of 500, initial copies on transparent green wax* Dogged techno licks from Dom Butler & L/F/D/M in Green Gums guise following two searing sessions as Bronze Teeth, also for Diagonal. Where their previous pair of 12"s tended to effluent, extended jams, these are just as mucky but more concise. Uptown, they launch the jagged EBM affray of 'Zozomono' with coarse acid lines yoked to slamming kicks, while 'Dag' marches out like some mutant, blunted offspring of Ancient Methods and Powell. Downtown, they real… Read more