Thursday, 21 May
"Saved & Sanctified: Songs of the Jade Label The rawest, DIY gospel ever resurrected. The West Side of Chicago was just an annex of the deep rural South for Gene Autry Cash and his flock of recent Old Dominion transplants looking to cut their fiery, unadorned sounds indelibly to plastic. His Jade label absorbed those God-fearing artists: family bands with wailing kids and barely amateur groups sourced from local parishes, infused with reverberations of country and western and deep soul. Glinting authenticity shines from every track like a diamond in the unpolished rough—each group completely convinced that salvation comes through song."
**Submerse bruks out and footworks at his lofty apartment in Tokyo** "Taking in the smooth silky feeling and textures of 90’s Slow Jams and R&B music videos, ‘Stay Home’ converts these into submerse’s unique style of beats. Aiming to work as the soundtrack to urban scenes of life, whether you’re roaming the city streets at night or by just staying home and capturing these moments from a window. ‘Stay Home’ also ventures into footwork rhythms on a few occasions. While his first EP’s and his recently released debut album ‘Slow Waves’ dealt with nostalgia and exploring the city life of Tokyo, submerse has finally found a place to stay and call home."
Banging UK house jaxx for Lobster Boy's consistently ace imprint. 'Do 4 Me; rolls out on a darkside flex with brooding Reese-style bass buoying belting diva stabs and raw-but-slinky house drums. 'Blue Suede' is more bittersweet, percolating Chicago-meets-London drums with blue vocal signature and an alkaline synth tang.
"Tom Diabo was late-70s/early80s post-punk musician from Wuppertal, Germany. He played in several bands, most notably Western Force and X 112 For Dancing, and also curated a series of legendary local cassettes called "Talfahrt". Diabo passed away from cancer in 1988 shortly after his 30th birthday. He left behind a cache of home-recorded songs that eventually came out posthumously as an LP called "Dark Star" that same year."
**Housed in hand-stitched and stamped sleeve** Maft Sai & Chris Menist pluck out another pair of scorching, original Thai funk zingers for the latest Paradise Bangkok. Up top, Waipod Petchsuphan's tuff-but-playful take on the novelty song from Italian sex comedy, 'When Men Carried Clubs and Women Played Ding-Dong', set to louche, Ethio-style horns and loose, rough R&B drums. Down below, the unknown Super Ranat Band's wiggly, clattering cover version of 'A-Bi-Ni-Ba' cut from a library LP, full of skittish xylophone riffs, searing organ and darting breakbeats bound to set the 'floor alight.
"Oiseaux-Tempête return with "Ütopiya?" - and travels move to Istanbul and Sicily. While the structures still hint at moments of post-rock, they go further now, almost into the area of free-jazz yet without loosing a directness rooted in punk (highlighted perhaps by the presence of G.W.Sok from The Ex). In addition, the bass clarinet of Gareth Davis references both the roughest of experiments of Akosh Szelevényi and of The Stooges Fun House. File under Experimental, Stoner, Post-Rock, Ambient, Free Music."
*Limited Edition 180g Vinyl Pressing on coloured Vinyl. Includes free download, insert + rare photos.* "Spuds rejoice, for the Miracle Witness Hour is at hand! In 1977 DEVO played an intimate show to an eager handful at biker bar turned total dive The Eagle Street Saloon in Cleveland, Ohio. Unbeknown to those canny onlookers, they were to testify to the healing power of DEVO! But what of us now? Beautiful mutants fear not, FUTURISMO are here to rectify your late party syndrome. Televised through the antennas of time we give you DEVOs’ most intimate unrelea… Read more
**Early, lesser known ace from DJ Pierre** Features the eternally futuristic warehouse banger, 'G.T.B' in three version - the original with its choppy vocal coda and brain-bending acid tweaks; a pumpin dub, and instrumental.
Thursday, 14 May
**Wraparound artwork. Edition of 300. Massively recommended if you’re into Arca, TCF, Lotic, Total Freedom** We're over the moon to present the vinyl debut of Elysia Crampton with 'Moth / Lake' thru Boomkat Editions. Formerly known by the moniker, E + E, this single marks the first chapter of her Shenandoah series, "a concept work that explores Virginian American history and brownness beyond culture, as geology - as mud, dirt, and mineral." Breaking with the artist's highly influential and formerly sample-rich arrangements, the material on both sides is entirely, uniquely original. With th… Read more
*Ships Friday* *Includes download code* Holly Herndon presents an incisive 3rd album of dance-pop deconstruction couched in heavy concepts relating to contemporary hyperreality for 4AD. Flanked by fellow modern artists such as Amnesia Scanner, Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Spencer Longo and Mat Dryhurst, the Tennessee-raised, Berlin-skooled and San Francisco-based doctorate student has realised her most vivid, elaborate treatise on the surveillance state, systemic inequality and electronic fantasy with 'Platform'. Catalysed by the intention to create a new music which better represents our now non-… Read more
**Extremely limited remastered vinyl reissue of the much sought after Swans debut EP. Originally released on Labor Records in 1982. Includes 12" x 12" lyric sheet insert** Bit of a must have, this: Swans debut record, originally issued on Labor Records in 1982, now reissued in conjunction with Mute a generation later. Sonically located at some distance from their current praxis, Swans self-titled maiden zinger emerged as one of the leanest, meanest from the early '80s No wave milieu, resetting rock music with a rude ounce of bounce in the trunk backed by a probing feel for the textures and dynamics o… Read more
**Edition of 250** patten's Kaleidoscope twists back into/out of focus with the first issue in his 50/50 series pairing two separate, stylistically unconnected releases on one platter (just don't call it a split!). Side A is occupied by Tel-Aviv-based Vanilla Hammer, who served the label's cinematic, heatsick 'Retreat' back in 2012. Here on 'Diss Patches' he glitches, pops and cranks thru eight unstable (de)constructions, unravelling techno with a mix of avant-garde and pop-wise strategy, allowing chiming half-hooks to glint thru crooked pulses, ill pads a… Read more
From unknown to XL entity in the space of two records, Shamir's success story is being quickly written to catch up with his debut LP, 'Ratchet'. Hailing from Las Vegas and in possession of the sweetest, playful soul voice, Shamir Bailey debuted in 2014 with a unique treat in 'Northtown' produced by Nick Sylvester for the Godmode label. Working again with Sylvester for 'Ratchet', Shamir posits himself as a nu-skool disco-not-disco prince, backed with a selection of largely uptempo and light-footed grooves perfectly suited to his effortless, flighty tone. It's a summer record through-and-through, from … Read more
'Antigravity' is a sui generis invocation of the rarest, compelling order coaxed from the French avant-garde by Blackest Ever Black. Around the locus of cult trumpeter Jac Berrocal - who famously appeared in the NWW list and collaborated with Steven Stapleton - David Fenech and Vincent Epplay unfold a deliciously psychedelic mystery steeped in the esoteric traditions of musique concrète, dub and jazz, and played with a DIY post-punk freedom. Whilst best heard deep in the night with lights low and something burning, ironically enough, it's gotta be the most colour… Read more
*Limited Edition White Vinyl pressing* With production work included from Thomas Knack (Opiate), Matthew Herbert, Matmos and Console, and even a sample lifted off Oval’s groundbreaking Systemisch LP, Vespertine is without doubt one of Bjork's most loved albums.
Lo-fi beats on the downlow from Shlohmo for True Panther Sounds. Sounding closer to Vessel's exfoliated industrialisms than most in his scene, 'Emerge From Smoke is a blackened and moody thing riding with whipcrack snares and Carpenter-esque synth bass perfect for cruising the city at night.
The sampledelic don, Luke Vibert revives his disco alias, Kerrier District for Hypercolour a decade on from his much-loved album for Rephlex. Still sounding like a library record from 1979, his '4' album collects 14 cuts of kinky disco breaks and wobbly Moog lines crammed with cheeky samples under naughty names like 'Treacle Tits' and 'Brush The Bush' or any combination of the word "Disco" plus suffix/prefix. Consider your party started.
**Hand-stamped white label** Capracara makes Raf Rundell and Joe Goddard's The 2 Bears sound good. The disco-pop of 'Not This Time' is lifted from 'The Night Is Young' album and dressed up in tighter fitting Jersey house swing vibes.
Brothers 008 teams up Lakker's Eomac with Rory St. John, and JoeFarr with Witch for a crafty pair of bosh-offs. On the adroit A-side ace, 'Crack and Chop', Eomac and St. John conduct pendulous garage-techno functions with the itchiest hi-hats and glottal groove punctuation at 140bpm. On the turn, JoeFarr and Witch offer the rail-gunning techno attacker, 'Perihelion'.
Jimmy Edgar and Travis Stewart a.k.a. JETS pull up to the club with a quartet of contemporary boogie trax featuring Jamie Lidell and Jesse Boykins III. Uptown, they jam on silvery arpeggios and hard-bitten drum machine funk with 'The Chants' beside Jamie Lidell's appearance on the beggin' downstroke of 'U - N - I'. Downtown, Jesse Boykins is chopped up over lingering slow/fast drums and vapourous chords, also explored to more intimate degrees with the footwork-compatible, 'Pink Beat'.
Angel de la Guardia sparks up Broken Call Records with a really mixed bag of moody, technoid garage backed with a Mondkopf remix. The delicately poised Jersey house swing of 'Blind' fakes right where the rest goes left with the ethereal synth arrangement and early Sully-style garage breaks of 'All is Well', and the tiered IDM garage-techno of 'Myrtle Broadway'. Mondkopfdoes his nasty thing with rusted industrial clangour remixing 'Blind' to sound something like a Vessel offcut.
**Includes 12" x 12" insert of Function's mug** Ostgut Ton serve the first of two exclusive collections accompanying Function's Berghain 07 mix. A-side, UK techno legend Steve Bicknell plays to the big rooms with plangent radar bleeps and surprisingly reserved yet muscular groove, 'odyssey #1', and the mysterious Post Scriptum heads into orbit with the chiming, Millsian trip, 'Human Timescales'. B-side, Luke Slater jacks up a treat as L.B. Dub Corp with the roto-rimshots, toms and Reese bass of 'So Much' on a classic Detroit tip, and Blue Hour powers thru with the stern buck and sci-fi strings of 'Parallels'.
**180g wax with art inserts** Red-lining techno ripper and acid dub from Berlin's EMG for the Berceuse Heroique juggernaut. 'Reaction' holds its ground on the A-side with surging kicks and body-swilling 303s stabbed up with samples and soused in EMG's patented distortion. Pure panic mode techno. B-side, 'Exosphere' goes all zombied acid dub with bone-cold effect, beside the bestial house grind ov 'Animal'. A riot.
*Edition of 375 copies - Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label - Features Ken Camden, who has two solo releases on Kranky, alongside members of Slint, Angel Olsen’s live band* "I first came to know of Implodes when my old pal and founding member Matt Jencik sent me a link to check out their original demo a few years ago. The lush forest of fuzz, reverb, and delay was something I was immediately drawn to, and it’s been wonderful watching them evolve as a band through their two full-length releases with Kranky Records, Black Earth in 2011 and Recurring Dream in 2013. In 201… Read more
**Remastered reissue of primest post-punk, includes the brilliant slow disco move, 'Saving Grace', plus a two-sided newprint insert with never-before-seen photos, interview and liner notes** "Thomas Leer is an innovative electronic musician who was born in Port Glasgow, Scotland. He began singing for a local band at age 13, and was writing his own music by 18. By 1977, he had moved to London, where he fronted Pressure, a Clash-esque punk group with fellow experimental Scottish musician Robert Rental. After hearing Kraftwerk, Leer became interested in synthesizers – not long after, he was … Read more
"Following their groundbreaking collaboration with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, 'Comme à la Radio', Areski and Brigitte Fontaine began recording almost exclusively together as a duo. Originally released in 1973, Je Ne Connais Pas Cet Homme is their first record billed under both names. Deeply rooted in North African and European folk traditions, the album features evocative vignettes with breezy vocals and minimal accompaniment of classical guitar, strings and woodwinds. As always, there is a mercurial quality to their lyrics. The title track (translated … Read more
**Limited gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP** "Available for the first time on ever on Vinyl, Michael Perilstein's (The Deadly Spawn) score to one of the most absurd horror films ever put to celluloid. Part Noir, part sexploitation comedy, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers is a cult classic with a truly killer soundtrack that is just as goofy as the film it underscores. Complete with a collection of bonus cues newly recorded by Perilstein. Featuring original artwork by We Buy Your Kids, and all new liner notes by the composer."
Heady tribal house patter from Antinote's MVP. The results of his 'Pure Ground Research' sound like the barefoot travels of a free spirit circa 1990 in Goa, wandering from the sub-tropical panpipe visions and rolling trance-house of 'Tone Loc' to the lathered digital suncream of 'Minus Jam' and chiming tones of 'Box of Exotica' seducing us to a humid proto-trance sound strafed by a multitude of worldly voices, to settle at the balmy bob of 'Green Resident' and its melting harmonics. For those who long for simpler times and warmer climes…
Class electro tackle from Entro Senestre, fittingly for the Dutch label, Dekmantel. Following from his acclaimed Daywalker & CF session for L.I.E.S. with Willie Burns, this one is out and out electro in the mould of classic Drexciya, Bunker and Murder Capital, rocking darkside pads and slick 808s in 'The Screen' beside the fluid electro-house wriggle of 'Hit The Road' on the A-side, and flipping over to the E.R.P. like programming sophistication of 'Trials of Love' and the aquatic Transllusion nod, 'Slow Motion Disaster'.
Vinyl Edition now available. "Right from their inception in 1976, back in the first stirrings of punk, Wire went about making music in a subversive, conceptual way, setting themselves apart from both their peers and their influences. Bass guitarist and vocalist Graham Lewis identifies another trait that has run throughout the group’s lifetime. “People said we were mysterious, arch and dark. But the only way of doing that successfully, is by also having a sense of humour. You have to have that balance. With Wire there’s a peculiarity, a contrariness and that can be funny." This questing approach has permea… Read more