Thursday, 21 August
**Pink vinyl. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label & poster** “a cosmic, philosophical treatise disguised as an indie rock record.” – Pitchfork // “Wanna wake up wanting to listen to records / But those old feelings elude me / I raise a toast to the rock n' roll ghost,” sings Cymbals Eat Guitars frontman Joseph D’Agostino on the hyper-adrenalized “XR,” which sounds like a Tonight’s the Night outtake recorded at triple speed, with its braying harmonica and spitfire vocal delivery. It’s the track that perhaps best captures the spirit of the band’s third LP, LOSE, on… Read more
"High priestess of macabre rock and assaultive poetics with impeccable taste in collaborators, Lydia Lunch first joined forces with guitarist and songwriter Rowland S. Howard in the early ’80s in Europe. The duo improvised clamorous live séances as an opening act before Howard’s sets with the revered Australian post-punk act The Birthday Party. The fortuitous meeting spawned 1982’s Some Velvet Morning EP, and Howard guested on Lunch’s excellent 1987 album, Honeymoon in Red, but the pair’s next true collaboration took until 1991, when they travelled to Memphis to create S… Read more
"Intense, but at the outer edges of experimentation, Finland’s Jarse (yar-sa) are an off-shoot of the instrumental outfit Shogun Kunitoki. Repetitive, almost hymnal, keyboard refrains were bedded with drums and spidery guitar like a militaristic vision of Eno’s Another Green World. It was impossible not to be sucked in." - Kieron Tyler. As a band, Jarse didn’t materialise out of thin air: the members have served time in other bands such as Shogun Kunitoki, Kiila, Pymathon, Kemialliset Ystävät, Taco Bells, Dimi’s Re-connected (who operate Erkki Kurenniemi’s erstwhile instruments) and Pöllöt. … Read more
Dubstep and ambient pop styles from Modifier on Glasgow's High Sheen label. The fusion of loping, bit-crushed rhythm and diced folk vocals of 'Haptic' and 'Under The Window' remind of Deep Medi's Clouds or Various Production; the icier ambient techno-pop of 'Lupica' nods to Robyn, The Field, Pantha Du Prince.
*This re-issue of ‘Renihilation’ is pressed on virgin vinyl and presented with a printed inner sleeve and free download card* "Renihilation’ is Liturgy’s 2009 debut album. Unavailable on vinyl for some time, ‘Renihilation’ is unrelenting and hyper-focused, an astonishing balance of pure chaos and meticulous composition, never wavering in its dedication to its own conceptual core. Even as it introduced the band to the metal community at large, ‘Renihilation’ established Liturgy as a group that refused to play by the same rules that had dictated black metal aesthetics up to that point, instead bl… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label - Limited Edition Green Vinyl* "First gaining notoriety with the albums ‘Children Of Desire’ (2012), which Pitchfork hailed for its “glistening and emotive, earbleeding noise pop,” followed by ‘Totale Nite’ (2013), which NME likened to “a cultural jump-start” in their 9/10 review, Merchandise continue their ascent with the highly-anticipated new album, ‘After The End’. Drawing from too many places to be classified punk, they’ve certainly been informed by its ethics, earning all they’ve achieved. Still selfrecording and producing their music… Read more
*Deluxe double LP pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in an uncoated stock gatefold jacket with free download coupon* "Music Blues is Stephen Tanner of Harvey Milk. ‘Things Haven’t Gone Well’ is Tanner’s debut as a solo artist and the first album under the name Music Blues. The album was completely written and recorded by Tanner in both Georgia at Harvey Milk’s vocalist and guitarist Creston Spiers’ house and in his Brooklyn apartment. Tanner continues on with the musical touchstones of Harvey Milk (Melvins, Gore, Earth, ZZ Top, Kiss and Judas Priest) while forging ahead into … Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Jordan Lee has spent the last few years bouncing around the indie underground. From Ohio, to Texas, to Boston and Brooklyn, running the wonderful Kassette Klub label, touring with his friends’ bands and leading an amorphous project called Mutual Benefit, a one-man-band or a sprawling collective, depending on where he is and who is around that day. He released his debut album, ‘Love’s Crushing Diamond’, last year, a self-release on cassette that, on the strength of a Bandcamp posting, had blogs blowing up with praise for the recor… Read more
"Wand are Cory Hanson (W.H.I.T.E., Chad And The Meat Bodies), Daniel Martens (Zulus, Battleship), Evan Burrows (Behavior) and Lee Landey (Agowilt). They are from Los Angeles, California. ‘Ganglion Reef’ was recorded in San Pedro and mixed in San Diego, California. The fluctuating gravity of Wand’s sound achieves total Wand-hood by jamming senses, sounds and vibes through the circuits like magic plays of light and dark for today’s (and tomorrow’s) mind-ears. From beneath the glassine surface dost emerge: Ganglion Reef.'
*LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card* "‘Glitter Glamour Atrocity’ is White Hills’ second album, originally self-released in January 2007 as a limited edition handmade CDR and unavailable on any other format until now. The album has been mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering with brand new artwork. . ‘Glitter Glamour Atrocity’ is a snapshot of the band in the midst of an incredible burst of creativity and was recorded during the same sessions that produced ‘Heads On Fire’ and ‘Abstractions & Mutations’. Sonically, it is radically different from anyth… Read more
**Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label** "Best-known as a staff songwriter under Willie Mitchell at Hi Records and as the husband of Hi star Ann Peebles, Don Bryant was also a fine, underappreciated singer in his own right. Bryant co-wrote a number of Ann Peebles’ signature songs, including ‘I Can’t Stand the Rain’. His success led to a staff songwriting position, where he penned material for other Hi stars like Al Green, Syl Johnson, OV Wright and Otis Clay."
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Mozart’s Sister - the solo project of Montreal’s Caila Thompson-Hannant she started back in early 2011 - delights in making glittering, celebratory pop with an underlying strain of brittle, claustrophobic energy. By marrying the accessible with the decidedly off-kilter, she displays a similar vigor and charisma to female contemporaries Grimes and tUnE-yArDs, both of whom too learned their trade among the same fertile hometown scene as her. Since attracting a ton of buzz for her entrancing live shows and for first EP ‘Hello’, Mozart’s Sister h… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* For this comeback, the producer made sure Wright was supported by nothing but the best, from the Memphis Strings & Horns via the rhythm section of Grimes and all three Hodgeses to the background vocals of Rhodes-Chalmers-Rhodes. Even James Brown turned up for piano duties but let’s assume he’s just a namesake.
**Brilliantly out-of-step free-jazz/improvised fusioneering on Bradford's Bomb Shop institute. After something different? You've definitely found it** "Death Shanties is a new mixed media balls-to-the-wall Free Jazz group featuring Alex Neilson (drums), Sybren Renema (alto/baritone sax) and Lucy Stein (painting/projections). The group combine references to Medieval music, Sea Shanties and Field Hollars with the ecstatic cry of classic 1960’s fire music. Stein uses primitive devotional images, food stuffs and even her own hair in visceral, highly textured painted projections making Death Shanties a unique and immersive live experience."
BBE packing summer-flavoured roots and digidub from The Hempolics. Up top Grippa Laybourne reworks Jackie Mittoo's Hot Milk riddim for sweet harmonies and toasting from Nubiya (Nubiyan Twist) and Dandelion (The Drop) versioning a Garnett Silk classic. Down town, it's digidub party with Grippa's mix of a classic lick eased off with mellow, swaggering vocal from LSK.
Thursday, 14 August
*Excellent collection of fractal electronics and disrupted 808 beats from New York-based conceptual artist James Hoff Mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Artwork constructed using viral images from James Hoff with typography by Bill Kouligas, housed in a beautiful spot-varnish sleeve** James Hoff's razor sharp second LP for PAN, 'Blaster' reveals the effects of computer viruses upon the composition process, and their potential to fxxk with networks of communication. Across a seven-track A-side suite, and a B-side of 'Scratch' tools, Hoff uses the eponymous computer virus to infect … Read more
*Third and final instalment in a series of three extended reissues from SND. 12-tracks fully remastered from DAT tapes by Rashad Becker at D&M* ‘Travelog’ was the third EP released by Mat Steel and Mark Fell as SND, arriving in 1999 just before the release of their influential debut album ‘Makesnd Cassette’ on the Mille Plateaux label. Of the three EP reissues in the series, ‘Travelog’ contains the most developed and satisfying work from the pair, edging their reduced production palette into more fully-realised dimensions, colouring-in those instantly recognisable bass notes an… Read more
'40 Days Of Silence' is Jacob Kirkegaard's hauntingly glacial soundtrack to 'Chilla', a 2014 debut feature by Berlin-based Uzbek filmmaker, Saodat Ismailova. Issued by Italy's Von, the label curated by Nico Vascellari and Carlos Casas, it's an immersive journey into silence, reflective of the film's story about a young woman who remains silent for 40 days, and by extension the intimate, unconscious story of four women in Central Asia in key moments of their lives. Von present six selections from Kirkegaard's soundtrack, framing a desolate, distant soundfield rent with glistening,… Read more
Reissue of Drexciya's first album proper and a milestone for Detroit and electronic music in general. It was first released in 1999 and has since been hailed as one of the enigma's most crucial missives. This vinyl version is trimmed down from the CD to contain 13 tracks including the killer 'Funk Release Valve' and 'Andrean Sand Dunes', among others. To put it simply, and without overstatement: this is one of the finest electronic albums ever made.
**Gatefold jacket with a free download of the album** Werk Discs' new MVP, Moiré, patterns a unique fusion of leftfield House and Techno with debut album, 'Shelter'. Rooted in wayward modern funk, and brimming with emotive chicanery, 'Shelter' is a thoroughly considered, robust LP statement that stands out from the current crowd. Sounding out somewhere between Carl Craig's erogenous house and the psychedelic zones of Actress, it occupies an unstable, shifty mid-ground, in flux between tiered layers of classic analogue synths, tape machines and drum computers (check his feature on Fact magazine for a r… Read more
**Includes 12" colour 16mm print with optical soundtrack enabling entry to record launch party** HHF Vol.1 collects 15 tracks of wayward electronica from Sculpture, Some Truths, Scanner, Spatial, Will Ward and Merkaba Macabre, among others. Following text from HFF: "A film festival arrives at a station, crossplatforms and releases its own music. Absurd? Good. This release has been assembled not only to embrace such lateral mutations, but also to foster that process. From its inception in 2010 Hackney Film Festival set out as a platform for a community of audio-visual artists living and working in … Read more
Superb 100-110bpm house slugs on 180g wax from Madrid-based Downbeat label owners, Jose Rico and F-on. Riding under the Downbeat moniker, they do that slowed-down-funk with style on 100bpm A-side 'Moskitos En Siberia' clocking sparse, gritty percussion and impending waves of white noise drone emulating that wading-into-a-headwind dream state. Flipside, F-on goes dolo with with the floaty 110bpm chug of 'Smog' folding in railway location recordings and wistful pads to come off like Andy Stott reworking one of John Fahey's tape pieces. Tipped!
Fugged-up, emotive electronica from Jimmy Billingham's Holovr alias, returning to Opal Tapes with his first vinyl release. 'Holo Earth' follows the scuzzy sci-fi themes of 'Lunar Lake' with a spirited collection of droning pads, murdered jungle and cracked techno nodding to early Autechre, no wave electronics and dark ambient musics. We can hear contemporary parallels in certain sectors of the Bristol sound between Young Echo and No Corner, but it's all much more blown out and degraded, even ambiguous, strung between celestial new age dreaminess, rugged rhythms and morphing patina of hiss and wob… Read more
Nerve-rattling electro and cyber-punk from Travis Galloway (Traag, All Gone Records) in Siobhan mode for Opal Tapes. The title of 'Southgate' refers to a nefarious area of his home city, Michigan, and signifies a broke, rusty industrial aesthetic that creeps under the skin like crack bugs in a Philip K Dick novel. The mood is harsh and unforgiving from the sludgy trudge of 'Del Ray '97' to the Mid-West electro-tech shudder of 'Rail Spit', cutting loose on neon-lit city street scenes like some leather-clad golem brought to life by 'Citrac'-era James Ferraro and Cleveland's James Donadio aka Prostit… Read more
This is tasty: Dave Sumner aka Function presents remastered versions of his DMO and VEX trax originally issued in NYC circa 1998-1999. For anyone who has rinsed Sumner's discogs page, they're the enigmatic aliases without youtube links which have always left us wondering what they sound like. Well, now we know; 'VEX-1' pedals a canny Kraftwerk sample over snare-heavy tribal groove, whilst the DMO trax take heavy inspiration from Chicago in the Virgo-esque chords and drum programming of 'Fifteen' and the plush blend of wide-ass subbass and Larry Heard-like dreaminess of 'Movement'. All tracks are ta… Read more
Border Community's Nathan Fake and Wesley Matsell inaugurate Fake's Cambria Instruments label with a wicked pair of knotted, wayward techno grooves. A-side reveals Fake's first new material since 2012's 'Steam Days' album with a slippery garage-techno groove buffeted by off-the-grid drums and drenched in the kind of synth dissonance that makes your fillings ring. It's gotta be one of the craftiest dancefloor trax we've heard in 2014. That outro, too! On the flip, Wesley Matsell follows his rave reminiscence 'Total Order Of Being' with a moody but sublime piece of pastoral techno… Read more
**Includes download coupon** The document of a swarming, psychoactive performance by first-time trio Oren Ambarchi, Neil Campbell, and Mick Flower at Newcastle's Tusk Festival in 2013. It might be their first time improvising as a trio but their combined playing experience of some 300 gazillion eons allows them to skip formalities and get down to some incendiary dialogue from the git go. All but the most dedicated follower would be able to pick out what each player contributes to the cacophony, but that's beside the point - en masse, they're an elemental force cap… Read more
*Now available on vinyl* "Inspired by a German documentary about the emerging breakdance phenomenon in Los Angeles, the 1984 film Breakin’ is for many a reference point for the explosion of hip-hop in the United States and across the world. With it's colorful cast of characters and dazzling array of dance moves, the movie became an international hit and the soundtrack captures the sounds that inspired a entire generation of breakers and b-boys to push their craft to new heights. Anchored by the Billboard Top 10 hit single ‘Breakin’...There's No Stopping Us Now’ by O… Read more
Frak fire off four low-slung and sleazy slow-techno joints for Tsar. Operating at a strident 95-108bpms they plough darker zones with pounding kicks and unfurling, frayed synth modulations winding from the piquant percolations of 'Light People' to the mogadon moocher 'This Is Lance' on the A-side, and over thru the jagged acid throb of 'Twinhead' to a scuzzy little number named 'Drum Come True' on the B-side.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Allez-Téia, the second album by French guitarist Richard Pinhas under the Heldon moniker, was originally released in 1975 on the artist’s own Disjuncta imprint. Far from the band’s prog-tinged trio lineup, Allez-Téia features a menagerie of guitars, Mellotron and analog synthesizers. While opening track “In the Wake of King Fripp” pays homage to King Crimson in its title, the album’s heady textures and rhythmic meditations are more reminiscent of the German Kosmiche movement (Cluster, Harmonia, et al.) and post-rock experimentalists, such as Jim … Read more