Thursday, 23 July
Silkie follows two volumes of 'City Limits' albums with the plush dubstep boogie dimensions of 'Fractals' for Distal's Anarchostar label. There's far more variation in this suite than we've previously heard from Silkie, proving equally adept at Miami-style electro in 'Escape Route', trim electro-tech in 'Moda' with J. Tijn, and swish Linn funk in 'Love Affair', alongside the trap-style lean of 'Majik' and electro-jazzy halfstep in 'Cascada'.
PPU bust out the slicknuss of Junei's hugely sought-after 7" boogie peach, 'Let's Ride', now pressed to 12" for the first time. You'll know what to do within bars of either side.
**Limited to 500 copies with hand-numbered insert** "Zephyr in The Swamp are : Brendan Coyle and Colin Hughes who originated from the Wirral UK synth trio The Games. A vocalist friend Martin Graham came on board for a short spell until he sadly passed away. The music from Zephyr in the Swamp was created after the split up of the band The Games from 1981-1983 and is an album of instrumental tracks. The tracks were unearthed from cassette tapes and reel to reel from an Akai 4000D. The recordings used Roland Sh09, Boss Dr Rhythm and Roland 09 strings organ utilising sound on sound ec… Read more
**Limited to 500 copies with hand-numbered insert and 7"** "Ti-Tho was an early to mid 80’s NDW-project by Marisa Calcagno and Thomas Stelter. The name Ti-Tho is a combination of Chrstina Marisa and Thomas. 7 exciting years between school and recording-studio followed. They both met when she was 13 and Thomas being the guitar-teacher of her friend Oliver with whom she had a band called 'Tempelfreuden' (together with Markus Lipka and Johan Pop) Thomas, who had followed some of their band-gigs then asked her to join in his new project as singer. After years of piano-lessons the relatively shy Marisa … Read more
**Limited Gatefold LP with booklet** "A split-LP with two of Swedens finest industrial bands re-issued in a limited edition of just 100 copies. Goz Mongo are old fans of the analog sound, old machines and the way they behave, and don't behave. Perfect and fascinating mixture between old-school-industrial, avantgarde NWW-like-and the likes of Clock DVA and Cabaret Voltaire. Inyurmania (IYM), meanwhile, experiment with tapeloops, feedback, raw analog synthersizer sounds and screaming vocals. All recorded ln their studio. Both bands explore the attitude of rhythmic industrial funk. Rhythm-boxes, synthersizers, bass and guitar."
**Gatefold 2LP, includes insert.** "Art Interface was a synth band uninfluenced by the direction of mainstream european synth stylings. a mid-western american band (except for the swedish drummer...) It was initiated by Douglas Vasey in 1979. Other members taken on board were Claes Roswell, Roger Deason and Steven Curran. They disdained Kraftwerk but loved Neu! and bands like the Stooges. instead of marching lockstep to the beat of a drum-machine the kybs were propelled by the live drumming changeups; knobs were twisted on impulse w/ no idea what sound would result ma… Read more
**Limited to 500 copies with hand-numbered insert** "In late 1982 Jesse Last and Malcolm Smith, both from Cambridge Massachusetts, launched their pioneering electro-experimental-techno project called Dok-U-Ment. They released a very limited self-produced tape which came on the radar by Sleep Chamber's John Zewizz who then joined this project while trying to convince both to join Sleep Chamber. In 1983 they re-released the first Tape in an edited and extended forn on John's Label Inner X-Musick. One Track also got licensed to a Gut Level Music Compilation and two tracks were als… Read more
**Limited to 500 copies with hand-numbered insert** "It's late 1981 and Attrition's embryonic Black Prince Studio has set up in band member Ashley Niblock's bedroom in Coventry, England. Analogue synthesisers, drum machines and primitive 4 track recorder with tape echoes and spring reverbs. They would write and rehearse regularly during those early days. On the other days the studio was never idle... Ashley Niblock would moonlight with two of his school friends, Edward Pearson and Richard Woodfield...and IRSOL was born... A very different beast to the anarchic post punk noise and rhyth… Read more
**Limited gatefold white vinyl 2LP with white 7" and postcard** "Gary Bradbury is considered one of Australia’s pioneers of electronic music. From 1980 –1985, Bradbury was a member of the seminal electronic post-punk project ‘Severed Heads’ who produced a series of seminal albums; ‘Since the Accident’ (83-84); ‘City Slab Horror’(85); ‘Blubberknife’(82); and ‘Clifford Darling, Please Don’t Live In The Past’ (a retrospective of early works). These works were characterised by the dynamic integration of experimental musical practices, such as tape manipul… Read more
**Limited gatefold 2LP with insert - edition of 200 copies** "This material from Portion Control clearly demonstrates their early experimentation both as ‘musicians’ and with at the advent of analogue electronic machines. The eclectic material ranges from cassette portastudio material recorded in Peckham and Kennington, South London to high end studio recordings. The punk roots show as Portion Control demonstrate unrivalled creativity breaching the gap between UK industrial, early ambient and the formative signs of electronic dance music. The music features rising appegiators… Read more
**Limited LP, includes insert** "This LP covers the works of Rob Van Wijngaarden with one Side covering his solo-works as Rob Van (dropping his last name as no one seemed to ever write his last name correctly) and one side with his band-projects Mental, Heavy Mental which he released on his own Tape-Label called Mental Cassettes. In addition Side B will also contain a Collaboration-track with Ruud Kluivers. Side A is covering the Tape he released on the famous Ptose Label PPP (Ptose Production Présente). in 1981 Ptose asked them to supply 25 mi… Read more
**Limited LP with 7' and insert** "The Toy Shop was initially a minimal/synthpop-based solo project for Leeds vocalist, keyboardist & guitarist Paul Klein. He released the single 'The Maze/Live Wires Kill' in 1981 before moving to Sheffield and teaming up with Oldham born keyboardist Philip Walsh in 1982. Their first gig together was in the Star/Webster's inaugural Battle Of The Bands competition in May of that year - they went on to win the competition and courted attention from major record labels for a while afterwards. The guys played a handful of gigs including supports to Dead Or A… Read more
**Limited LP + 7", includes insert** "Cacophony '33' is project by Kevin Kettle from Lincoln, UK, started in around 1982. Formed out the ashes of a Post Punk/New Wave Band Cacophony '33' became embraced by the 'Cassette Culture' bedroom recording movement sharing his recordings worldwide via the 'Swap a Tape' method with other artists. Most of his very rare 20 Tape-Releases were released on his own Park Home Recordings Studio and Label in ultra-limited editions, almost all in a DIY-manner with special packaging. His wonderful style in combining minimal/synth with psychedelic elements are an essential must for every fan of music in the vein of the Legendary Pink Dots."
Blue and moody garage/breaks rollers from Kiwi label, Egyptian Avenue. 'Windmill' features delicate vocal from Afiya placed over rustling breakbeats and emotive string arrangement; 'Devotion' rolls off on a sullen halfstep weighted with folksy strings.
Zomby flips Gwilym Gold's featherweight pops into dreamy hardcore formations for The Vinyl Factory. Gold's simpering wails are reset against '92-style running man breaks and rolling bass miles from the original, which also appears in a sync-ready Flexout Rework.
**Special edition box set including gatefold 2LP + 7" and T-Shirt** "Art Interface was a synth band uninfluenced by the direction of mainstream european synth stylings. a mid-western american band (except for the swedish drummer...) It was initiated by Douglas Vasey in 1979. Other members taken on board were Claes Roswell, Roger Deason and Steven Curran. They disdained Kraftwerk but loved Neu! and bands like the Stooges. instead of marching lockstep to the beat of a drum-machine the kybs were propelled by the live drumming changeups; knobs were… Read more
"AUS ready their latest offering - a curveball from Gerd who dusts off his Geeeman alias and offers up ‘Wanna Go Bang’: a ghettocentric package backed up with fellow Clone associate Alden Tyrell on remix duties. Under his many guises, Gerd is an artist who has consistently reaffirmed his reputation as a producer capable of soundtracking peak-time moments across releases on Catch, Royal Oak, Clone and his own 4Lux. Punctuated by classics such as ‘NY House Track’ under NY Stomp, ‘Bang’t’ as Geeman and the stellar remix for George Fitzgerald’s ‘Child’ that instigated his link with AUS - his ca… Read more
Super crispy dance trax from John Swing for his Relative label. Drums, drums, and more drums for the movers and spinners, from the pendulous and party-hungry entrance, 'I'm Here' thru the frazzled edits of 'Build It Up', to the kinky budge 'Groovin' Jazz'.
"Tough, to the point, no-nonsense machine music is a longstanding Midwestern tradition. Drawing a line all the way back to the old guard, The Bunker New York's latest EP is Walk The Distance, courtesy of Mark Verbos, a techno veteran and New Yorker by way of Milwaukee who put together four pieces of heavyweight dancefloor artillery, informed by an intimate, inside-out knowledge of the machinery used in the production of these tracks. No punches are pulled here—the record starts in top gear with "Start Up Drive," a devastating techno bomb centered around a throbbing, repeating bassline … Read more
"London trio Hælos return with a new EP featuring the recently shared title track along with three brand new songs - ‘Cloud Nine’, ‘Breathe’ and ‘Ethyr. Each one of the band’s tracks seems to map the long journey from desperation to relief, stress to sanctuary - the basic dynamic of urban life. Calling to mind the same deserted dawn high streets stalked by the music of Massive Attack, Portishead and other electronic artists who spent the 90s finding the pain after the rave..."
*LP version features alternate cover artwork and is pressed on virgin vinyl with free digital download card* “Eleventh Dream Day have forged one of the most durable sounds to emerge from the indie-rock underground. Balancing ragged guitars against fragile melodies and sweet vocal harmonies, the Chicago group’s albums perfectly encapsulated the promise - both artistic and commercial - of post-punk alternative rock.” - Rolling Stone On ‘Works For Tomorrow’ core Eleventh Dream Day members Rick Rizzo, Janet Beveridge Bean, Mark Greenberg, and Douglas McCombs are joined by James Elk… Read more
"Hailing from Tel Aviv, the DJ/producer trio Partok Matushka Apfelberg is a well-known entity in his hometown, with the involved artists holding residencies in one of the most acclaimed clubs these days: Tel Aviv's The Block has been named “one of the five best sound systems“ in the world on Radio 1, perfect proving grounds for the slick, propulsive techno to be found on their latest 12“ offering. 'Nai Nai' bum-rushes the stage with prowess, inflicting its bass-heavy demeanor with some funky voice cut-up work that will conciliate the hardcore floor heads with the more casual headba… Read more
"Breaking rules from the outset, Ossie Thomas had furthered his childhood fascination with music while still attending Oberlin High School and many more rules would be broken when together with Phillip Morgan he set up the Black Solidarity label in 1979 on Delamare Avenue deep in the heart of the Kingston ghetto... “I used to tell people that dance hall was like styles and fashions,if you have a wicked style and you have the fashion you go make it in the dancehall..You understand?....Ossie Thomas"
Tracklisting: Track 1 JOKER FAMILY Track 2 RADICATION T… Read more
Tracklisting: Track 1 JOKER FAMILY Track 2 RADICATION T… Read more
Thursday, 16 July
*Long-Awaited debut album from Janus Collective member M.E.S.H. - recorded in Berlin in winter 2015, mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, and pressed on 140g LP with spot-gloss inner* Janus crew's M.E.S.H. unpackages a vast internal world across the ornate topographies of his incredible debut album. Combining scything club dynamics and Hollywood sound design with a sample bank of archaic renaissance instruments, 'Piteous Gate' describes a hyperreal place-out-of-time framed by matrices of tessellating grids and vapour-trace contours rent in near-VR detail. Collapsing the stadium-sized stru… Read more
*Visionist’s Lost Codes label re-emerges as Codes, a new collaboration with PAN. Edition of 500, first 200 copies pressed on steel grey vinyl* Visionist resets his Lost Codes imprint as a new PAN sublabel, with a killer, collaborative grime/techno collage by Acre and Filter Dread. Marking the first time either producer has collaborated properly, they prove a vital pairing in equilibrium between industrial techno engines, body-scanning UK bass tones and gritty, diffuse urban-gothic atmosphere. Upfront, ‘Drumz34’ burrows in with viral 8-bit squiggle and squashed subs before ‘Flash Speed… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label. Haunting collection of solo tenor sax explorations from the archive of seminal jazz multi-instrumentalist…** "In 1976, Joe McPhee recorded the landmark album Tenor, kicking off a solo period of finding and refining the distinctive voice that continues to inform his music to this day. Solos : The Lost Tapes (1980 – 1981 – 1984) is a collection of material from McPhee’s personal archives that shines new light on the legendary multi-instrumentalist’s work during this time. “Wind Cycles,” for tenor saxophone, explores the… Read more
**Limited 7 X 7" boxset edition of Lord Willin’ featuring seven “big hole” 7”s on white vinyl covering all 13 tracks in the original album sequence, plus a bonus remix of “Grindin‘”. The vinyl is housed in a plastic case featuring the original album art and each 7” is housed in a mini Star Trak die-cut jacket – replicas of the label’s original 12” sleeves* The first hip-hop group signed to The Neptunes' Star Trak label in the early 2000s was a Virginia based duo known as The Clipse. The group’s first single “Grindin’,” impacted young people with its bare-boned but infectious drum … Read more
**Includes insert** Mind-bending and keenly primitive techno splat from Ajukaja's Estonian house enclave, Porridge Bullet - home to Maria Minerva and some of the freakiest Afro dance edits out there. It's a retrospective focussed on the output of Aivar Tõnso a.k.a. Hypnosaurus, the "legendary and unclassifiable Estonian techno act that proved to be very influential throughout its somewhat reclusive career." Inspired by late '80s sounds from Cabaret Voltaire to TG and early Detroit techno, his output evidently worked in a similar vein to Joel Brindefalk a.k.a. Ü's 'Great Dose of Monotonous Tech… Read more