Thursday, 09 April
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Dinner is the alias for Danish singer and producer Anders Rhedin. Since 2012, Dinner has released 2 EPs and a guided meditation-tape. Dinner lives a somewhat nomadic existence, having alternated between LA, Berlin, and Copenhagen for years. This last year, Dinner’s itinerary has included falling in love with a baroness in Berlin, being taught Qi Gong from a renowned Sufi on a mountainside in the Algarve, working on commercial pop songs in Hollywood (“The essence of dark magic”, according to Dinner), and playing shows at festiv… Read more
*Deluxe Gold vinyl edition includes 7" with two bonus tracks and digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Third album from Villagers - the follow-up to Conor O’Brien’s debut, ‘Becoming A Jackal’ and its successor ‘Awayland’ (both Mercury-nominated), is a breathtakingly beautiful, intimate album entirely about love and relationships. Features additional production from Paul Epworth."
Thursday, 02 April
**The earliest Muslimgauze recordings circa 1982-83, mastered from the original tapes and previously only available on a limited vinyl run a decade ago, now finally repressed in an individually numbered edition of 300 copies housed in a heavyweight tip on-style gatefold - if you want to hear Muslimgauze sounding like Dopplereffekt - this is an absolute must** 'Complete Oblique' comprehensively establishes the roots and early years of Bryn Jones a.k.a. Muslimgauze. Collecting all 3 of Jones' impossible-to-find cassettes for Kinematograph Tapes rele… Read more
Like bloody buses, Warp roll out another nugget from Aphex Twin with alternate versions of 'MARCHROMT30A Edit 2b' and 'XMAS_EVET1 N' off the Japanese and worldwide versions of 'Syro'. The first edit starts up sounding like Haswell spatterblatz before melting breaks and willowing chords across the synapsez with signature AFXian lushness, whereas the fast mix does it all again at a spannered 45rpm, resulting queerer, creamier tunings. The alternate mix of 'XMAS_EVET1 N' is half the length of the original, nipped and licked like some gem from ICBYD.
Warp charge a full battery of ruffneck, upfront dance music from Lisbon in the first of three killer 'Cargaa' volumes. It serves a crucial insight to the Príncipe label's roster and mix of Angolan rhythms with European techno memes, equally essential for newcomers and scene fiends alike. The term "Cargaa" itself is a local Gallician colloquialism for the buzz surrounding the scene, both at home and abroad, and neatly defines the sound's excited state. Scene founders DJ Marfox and DJ Nigga Fox both represent; the former with a bouncing bomb named 'Take Off', and the latter on … Read more
**First release on a new label from Max Tundra featuring his first productions to surface publicly for over 7 years, fronted by manufactured millennial pop starlets Daphne & Celeste. Edition of 500 copies pressed on lacquer-cut yellow vinyl with optional pop-out centre* There’s little doubt among anyone familiar with Max Tundra’s oeuvre that his early 2000’s releases for Domino kinda pre-empted the whole PC Music thing by a decade or so, all hi-sheen bubblegum pop rendered through obsolete digital technology, hooky as hell and just a little bit unsettling to boot. Having laid low since th… Read more
Dorian Concept ropes in some heavyweight remixers to flip his 'Joined Ends' EP. Kuedo renders 'Ann River, Mn' as an aerial, nocturnal vision of piquant arpeggios and streaking vapours somewhere between Burial and Z'ev, while Border Community's Nathan Fake opens up 'Draft Culture' to nine minutes of wobbly radiophonic acid and glancing techno-jazz motifs. In Tim Hecker's hands 'The Sky Opposite' is elevated and expanded to a heady flux of gaseous harmonics and lilting melody only just anchored by rippling, golden gamelan tones, and Bibio hears 'Ann River, Mn' as a peeling piece of… Read more
**2LP on white vinyl in gatefold sleeve with digital download code redeemable from the label - Beautiful Neo-Classical vocal electronics produced by Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) and Paul Corley (Oneohtrix Point Never, Tim Hecker, Prurient)** "Gabrielle’s formal training began at an early age, studying Balinese dance and gamelan in Indonesia while learning both the clarinet and piano. Herbst continued her training at Bard College where she studied voice and composition under the tutelage of Joan Tower, Zeena Parkins and Marina Rosenfeld. Her work has already been showcased at Robert Wilson’s… Read more
Andrés stokes the house party, Detroit style, with his first new release since 2012. A-side simmers the super dope vibes of 'Believin'' with some class sample chops and inimitable drum programming throughout, especially in the final flourish of rolling rimshots. Pure groove control. B-side he eases off with the inquisitive bassline and swinging claps of 'Jungle Pain' freshened up with subtle traces of field recording, and 'Can't Shake It' gets down on a jazz-funk thing with effortless swagger. RIYL Theo Parrish, KDJ, Anthony Shakir.
**Marbled red wax with a tiny centre label** The label who broke Fis to the world present another hugely intriguing debut from the darkside, this one by Pact Infernal. F**k knows who they are or what fetid hole they came from, but we can tell you that 'The Descent (Chapter I)' is a pitch black piece of post-D&B/industrial ambient sludge of the calibre we crave. Under track titles invoking religious themes - 'Limbo', 'Gluttony', 'Lust' - the music reflects a stygian passage thru the netherworld, urged on by distant drums and thrumming subs across rivers of carmine drone and obfusc… Read more
MCR's burgeoning P13 label/clubnight measures out three killer lines of mutant UK techno from Divided backed with a heavy rolling Hodge remix. While best known for his 4/4 bangers on Fifth Wall and Resin, this 12" reveals an experimental streak to be explored over forthcoming sessions with the forward-looking Project 13. A-side, 'Uildi' sparks up like a melted Sleeparchive with bleeps and bass falling off the grid in swanging syncopation whereas 'Merhige' tests out a drier reduction of dusty bass and agile drums recalling label-mate Acre. B-side, he gets much looser with 'Mile End' t… Read more
Following the release of his seminal Hard Techno workout in 1997, Surgeon and Mick Harris revisited the material for this 'Remake' session. '(Intro) Version II' is reinforced with extra noise and viciously filtered strings while 'Krautrock (Version III)' loses the melody, ups the bass levels and reworks the rhtyhm according to a stricter agenda. Mick Harris meanwhile manipulates 'Waiting' as an uncomfortably sub-heavy halfstepper and 'Depart (Version II)' exercises Surgeon's more abstract dancefloor inclinations. Classic material.
NYC's Kim Ann Foxman follows her ace 'Pleasure Principle' hookup with some proper local dance knowledge in 'Firehouse 002'. Go straight for the original mix of 'Open The House' for a fierce, deep and hypnotic '90s house sound rife with rumping toms and ghostly pads how u like it.
Crstal Bandito debuts a slick and powerful electrro-techno sound on Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic label. Stripped, supple grooves in four parts, setting it out nice and easy with the hushed swing and sexy gynoid vocals of 'Feel So Free'; ratcheting the ante with an 808 pumper, 'Let It All Out'; getting frisky with it in 'EEEWalk', and stepping to the runway with 'Work It'.
Filthy bang-gang styles from Randomer vs J. Tijn, Shawn O'Sullivan vs NJ, and Bintus vs Hironori Takahashi on the 7th Brothers session. Four cuts of deviant machine funk from radge-packet techno to body-crumpling electro.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* After a decade of 12" releases, Ostgut Ton boss Nick Höppner delivers his dope debut album for the world-renowned label outta Berlin. While he may not have the celebrity status conferred upon the rest of Berghain/Panorama Bar's residents, Höppner's productions have long stood out as prime examples of *that* Berlin house sound. 'Folk' collects nine of 'em, capturing him at his most focussed and diverse between wayward pieces such as the effluent bubbler 'Grind Show' and beautifully gauzy breakbeat trip, 'Airway Management', thru to his p… Read more
Vintage horny Chicago house heat from Trax circa '88. Includes the moody, 'Donnie' riffing jack of 'I Can't Understand', and the muscular ride of 'Fantasy'.
Atlantic-facing techno killer backed with a deeply driven Legowelt remix. Portugal's Lake Haze and IVVVO make a potent pairing on the front with a bareback jacker built from salty 909 and stormy synth arrangement spilling over a sense of dancefloor drama. B-side, Legowelt picks and runs with that vibe, filling in the space with patented kick drum welt and expanded, unfolding arrangement weaving yoghurt and sand like some Atlantean psy-trance anthem.
Tuff City Kids and Lauer go twos on a 10" for Live At Robert Johnson. Revolving around central figure, Phillip Lauer, who is half of each duo, Tuff City Kids go deep with the plush, swinging '90s house traum of 'Wooden Dreams', while Phillip and his brother, Jacob Lauer get grittier with the haughty, head high thrust of Hotel Lauer's 'Shank (Overdose Mix)'.
**Gorgeous dream-pop and warbly, Basinski-esque ambient music. RIYL the recent Jefre Cantu-Ledesma LP** ""The basis of the album was a series of field recordings of tones and unintentional harmonies that I made in the summer & fall of 2013 - whistling industrial air conditioners, bird songs, locust drones, washing machines - that I mimicked or interpreted on the guitar, making loops that developed into fuller compositions. Several of the pieces are recreations of harmony loops that I heard in a series of extraordinarily vivid dreams, and then woke up and recorded. A few pieces had lyrics and … Read more
**180g vinyl in gatefold sleeve with digital download code redeemable from the label.Haunting and ancient-sounding Vietnamese folk songs sung by elkders and played on traditional instruments that sound so alien to modern ears. Makes so many modern folk imitations sound painfully affected** "An album of cautious healing and an unforgettable meditation on conflict, resistance, collective memory, and the longing for what has been lost. Brennan recalls the recording process for this remarkable document in the album's liner notes, excerpted here: "We had gone to Hanoi… Read more
Purified bleep techno minimalism from Luke Slater. A-side pounds out the astral tattoos of 'The Eyes Themselves' and 'Strange Attractors' for the Mills and Sleeparchives heads; B-side 'Arc' builds up a hypnotic energy thru palpitating bass patterns and salty, stress-testing distortion.
Tensile techno tools from Mark Broom. From cantering acid techno funk with 'Attitude' to skippy pounder, 'Luxe', and the kicking pressure of 'Three Forms'.
**Includes A5 insert** Warped techno designs from a new Scottish producer, Perth Drug Legend, following up Divided's ace debut for London's Resin label. Arching up with the Happa-like soggy slam of 'Hillend Hyper Squad' the session twists down darker, abstract alleys with the emulsified throb of 'God Save Queen Jean', and even more whacked out with the glue-huffers anthem 'Tweet Tweet Mill Street Fleet', before checking out with tortuous minimalism of 'South Inch Posso'. RIYL Lakker, Happa, Perc…
Drummer Richard Spaven shows off some nimble chops backed with a blooming Mala dub remix. Spaven's is probably best described as modern jazz fusion, synching his dextrous percussion to melted dubstep rave bass and soulful vocals. The remix is much better, though, as Mala gives the riddim acres of room to breathe with each element sprung i's own sector of the frequency spectrum for optimal impact on a big soundsystem.
Clinical techno hypnosis conducted by Sweden's Peder Mannerfelt and Simon Haydo for Shifted's Avian label. This is some of the purest, most visceral Techno we've heard in a while, grappling with sheer frequencies and shifty patterns with a proper, bloody-minded focus. It more or less blends the best of both their worlds - Mannerfelt's uncanny studio skill and Haydo's sleek, purified dance tracks found on DEM. There's five cuts of finer wave functions oscillating between monotone jacks, rumbling rhythmic noise and EBM-tainted throbbers for the hardest-to-please experimental techno heads.
Full throttle party techno, Brighton style, from scene survivor Tobias Schmidt. A-side, 'Back To The Future (Again)' pulls no punches with a battery of galloping kicks and incendiary rave alarms; B-side, 'Antimatter' rips the head off it again with body-eating acidic synthline and friskier groove beside the wonky LFO abuse of 'Tuff Lou'.
Uncompromising dark techno from Bradford and Serbia backed with Paul Mac and Lakker remixes. From the valleys of West Yorkshire, Shadowstory label bosses Dronelock trigger the shuddering force and bleak atmospheres of 'Continuum', given a shifty shake-down by Paul Mac. From Belgrade, Boris Noiz and Dark Dekode a.k.a. Ontal deliver thew worm-charming subbass pulses and polluted atmospheres of 'Soil', beside a decayed, unquantised Lakker remix.