Thursday, 17 July
Reissue of seminal, early Chicago house trax from Chip E as Sweet D. You get the happy clapping piano house cheese of 'Thank Ya' up top, but the really gems are flipside in the Italo-aping disco bassline, chirruping vocal and synths of 'Do Do It' and daft MIDI funk of 'Turn It'.
More quality from the Trax vaults. Robert Owens classic from 1986 - produced by Larry Heard/Mr. Fingers. Audio restoration by Arjan Rietvink's Digital Mastering.
2nd of two new 12"s from Prins Thomas' new label Rett | Fletta. And who better to steer the wheel than the Prins hisself, who spins out the kaleidoscopic "tekno/ikje tekno" or "techno not techno" groove 'Åpne Slusa (Lang Versjon)' uptown, backed with the ill acid jacker 'Åkken e det du snåfse ått?' and dry disco rhythm 'Slufsa', plus Margot's strobing psychedelic techno revision of 'Åpne Slusa'.
**Includes A4 insert** Berceuse Heroique present Koehler's kicking follow-up to his wayward Skudge debut. A-side is given to the bright, prodding synth stabs and guttural garage-techno roll of 'Dynasty; B-side features the synth vignette 'Spiral Light' and the corrugated breakbeat techno flex of 'Deleted Scene'.
Shifty-ass techno and breakbeats from the prolific co-founder of Ilian Tape for Will Bankhead's label. Topside rolls out the subaquatic techno-house tool 'Mörsin' and a clattering breakbeat techno slayer called 'Watz'. Flipside gets better yet with the pendulous torque of 'W2' built to raze big rooms to their foundations, plus a warped, abtsract wormhole, 'Banded'. Tipped!
**180g vinyl. Edition of 300 copies** Intricate, advanced techno from Japan's Imugem Orihasam, backed with an Eomac remix on the Bedoiun label. The originals are densely packed with squirming synths and syncopated kicks, the 2nd in particular sounds like a mutant Powell piece, which receives a hard-stepping overhaul from Eomac.
**Heady, discordant and pastoral guitar landscapes from the Charalambides man. Edition of 300 housed in spot gloss printed sleeve** "In some hirsute + spectacled (as well as oft besotted) circles, the storied ramble of American guitarist Tom Carter requires no introduction. Of late, his Kazuyuki K. Null meets Franco Falsini excursionary instrumentalism has taken on an increased luminosity, due in no small part to some unexpected time spent at a certain house on the borderland. In his own words: "Information-inscribed ribbons unravel from a spool spinning into relaxed entropy. Floating smoke… Read more
**Rustling, haptic "blues" abstractions. RIYL Bellows, KYE records, Jason Lescalleet, Ekoplekz. Edition of 300 in spot gloss jacket** "Kyle Clyd is of an orphaned ascendancy, more Geeshie Wiley or Anne Gillis than any of her visible peers. In talking about Pale Dawn Creeps, her debut full length, she refers a kind of blues, itself perhaps a mercurial essence resigned to antiquity: "To believe that the bits of paper in your pocket have real value or to take the word for the thing itself is the "unpardonable sin" of the New Testament. Those guilty are condemned to blackness. Black mani… Read more
Rome's Adam Bourke returns to Fivefold with four slick grooves on the cusp of deep and tech house. 'Divvy' starts up with clipped garage/micro-house shuffle harking back to vintage Farben, and 'Driving Flow' ducks deeper to a dubbed-out aquatic house sound. Flipside, the laidback and hypnotic pastoral arpeggios and jagged electro-house move 'Redlight' marks the EP highlight, and 'Naked Eye' closes to a beatless flutter of jazz piano chords and ambient electronics.
Rampant techno, fresh outta NYC and backed with a Tuff Sherm remix. Check for the muscular, abrasive charge of 'Princip (Rubble Dub 1)' and the ruddy rtechno rolige of 'Youth Series (Rayon Dub 1)'.
Gavin Russom reprises his kosmiche disco-not-disco duo with Viva Ruiz for DFA. Two years on from their eponymous debut album, they dub out a handful of its cuts, giving 'Ascension' a ruddy, fizzing 'Deep Mix' and a muggy 'Space Mix' of 'Paradise' on the first disc, whilst the 2nd offers an oily, kinky 'Xxxtended MIx' of 'Rain' and the raw House mix of 'We Came To'.
A centrepiece from Cooper's 'Human' album remixed by Factory Floor and Perc, plus an older tune reworked by Harvey McKay. The grimy techno ruckus of the title cut is set to an even, swinging acid keel by Factory Floor whereas Perc gives a brutal cyborgian deconstruction ranking among his finest workouts. Seth Troxler says "cool!".
**Deluxe triple LP in a gatefold sleeve back in stock** Gobsmacking anthology of prescient and super hard-to-find Nigerian disco by the fascinating and enigmatic William Onyeabor. It's the first ever fully licensed collection of Onyeabor's deeply infectious sounds, drawn from a string of eight LPs privately issued on his Wilfilms imprint between 1977-1985, all brimming with a genuinely joyful energy, sophisticated cool and synthetic sensuality. Nodding at once to West African disco and Afrobeat, the futurist funk of Parliament/Fun… Read more
**Clear, hand-stamped vinyl. Edition of 300** Tasty dub house skanks from new label, Silver Ash. The uncredited A-sisde, 'Karri' works a minimal garage house skip and dynamic dub chords; Fluxion reworks 'DMTC' on the flip as an swirling dub house groove with gorgeous, ghostly pads in the 2nd half.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "To anyone who has heard the music of Kikagaku Moyo, it should come as no surprise that the band’s origins lie in hours upon hours of late-night jamming, illuminated by nothing more than the geometric patterns playing behind the band’s eyelids, resulting in a natural, free-floating sound, as of-the-earth as it is intergalactic. It may be surprising that the band sharpened their improvisational skills by busking on the streets of their native Tokyo. It may be surprising that the band’s overall sound may owe as much… Read more
**Limited edition white vinyl - Includes download code redeemable from the label** "'Conversations’ displays the intricate construction and intimacy of The xx and the iridescent shimmer of Summer-defining indie pop. Their music - as poignantly personal as pop gets - has a rare singularity and purpose…"
"If you like the taste of pure, uncut, gnarly, full of fire fury and fun then you’ll dig running into Running. ‘Frizzled’ cuts thickly into the ears and breaks on through to the other mind, which is instantly oxidized by the penetration of their spinning wheels, plates, cones, strings, drumsticks, etc. Equal parts shamble-dance and noise-pop, Running drive relentlessly while shouting their hilarious lyrics with vigour from the bottom of a well of cheap reverb."
"The Giallo princess returns. Raised into a unique pop-cultural landscape surrounded by Giallo comic books, whistling Morricone film scores, vibrant religious imagery and expensive furniture design, Italian born Emma Tricca’s childhood playground formed a very different backdrop to that of the many whispery femme-folk revivalists that have popped up and pooped-out over the last hum-strummed decade. Emma Tricca didn’t fall into a comfy kaftan via her parents’ bottle fed record collection during her pre-paid college off-years nor was she torn out of a style mag via a few guitar lessons to decorate t… Read more
"A sombre work from a seasoned entertainer clearly carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, ‘First Of Dismay’ is being issued in answer to many who have applauded for “More! More!” Specially-chosen stand-up comedy recordings from Neil’s recent appearances at coveted nightclubs in London, Savannah and Los Angeles are interspersed with musical cries for help as Neil emotes with the purely professional panache of the Too Good For Neil Hamburger Band in support. Song highlights include ‘Endless Roll’, a disco complaint letter aimed at Kirkland Signature trash bags (featuring gue… Read more
"‘For The Recently Found Innocent’ is many things - the fifth White Fence album, the first White Fence album to be recorded outside the bedroom fence (with live drumming!), the first White Fence record to be produced for Drag City, the second time that Tim Presley and Ty Segall have met to record music (does anyone remember ‘Hair’?), this time pure and simply committed in the name of White Fence. Inevitably, the collision at the intersection of all these winding roads is a beautiful pileup of deep impacts, graceful lines and open space embodied in sound. White Fence’s pre… Read more
Taron-Trekka follow 'Purple Magic' with their 'Yellow Magic' EP of laid back, swinging house on Freude Am Tanzen. It's a lean and gritty but sophisticated session, flexing out from the sub-hinged swing and skip of 'Yellow Magic' to the Teutonic deep house of 'Consoli' and 'Segelboot', and Herbert-styled rhythms of 'Trsnumak'.
*Vinyl Reissue* "This is the third album by Einstürzende Neubauten, also known as Halber Mensch, originally released in 1985. The album opens with the startlingly oppressive, almost fully a cappella title track, with contrapuntal, atonal, en masse chanting. The album progresses to include quite a repertoire of electronically-generated sounds, finding the band developing their mishmash of industrial experimentation matched by terrifying clangs, stomps, and of course, the theatrical, poetic vocal delivery of Blixa Bargeld. An incredibly aggressive album, with insiste… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue* "This is the fourth album by German avant-garde industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, originally released in 1987. The bonus track "Adler Kommt Spaeter" is an early version of "Zerstörte Zelle." Considerably lower-key than all their previous releases, Fünf Auf Der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala(trans. "Five On The Open-Ended Richter Scale"), with especially puzzling, almost country-rock track "Morning Dew," sung in English, but with moments of whip-cracking and atomic explosions. There's the same attention to rhythmic… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue* "This is the fifth album by Einstürzende Neubauten, originally released in 1989, now remastered. Highly energetic and possessed of a certain level of danceability, Haus Der Lüge was perhaps the most accessible for the band so far in terms of straightforward industrial-rock, with less grinding experimentation. However, this album is far from any sort of mainstream convention, with some of the most convincing alchemy of the best of the group's sonic clang, combined with some of the most captivating singing by Blixa Bargeld yet. The title track is a th… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue* “The quintessential scientists of the post-avant-garde abstain from focusing on listener disintegration tactics as they did on prior albums, but opt instead to hone their craftsmanship in new compositional areas. Some followers of their earlier material might object to the obvious and comparatively conventional song structure and style that is displayed on Ende Neu -- picking up a power tool to highlight a piece rather than centering the entire work around it, or leaving a stage before setting it ablaze -- but the destruction has already been performed, … Read more
*Vinyl Reissue on 180g Double Vinyl* "From its first release in 2000 (marking the 20-year existence of the band) to date, it has doubtlessly remained the most complex work of the Neubauten and the most fascinating in its evolution. It shows the Neubauten universe from both a known, emotionally moving side, as well as one that is deliberately constructive. It clearly breathes the inimitably rough Neubauten handwriting, while Blixa’s voice cuts through intellectual and cryptic texts. It is carried by metal sounds, from which individual instruments can almost no lon… Read more
*Vinyl Reissue* Long before Radiohead caused a brouhaha over In Rainbows, Einsturzende Neubauten were finding alternate ways of getting music to their fanbase. This album was released without a record label attached to the project, financed by subscribers to the band's website, who even went so far as to participate in the music themselves, forming a choir for one of the new tracks. As an opening piece, 'Die Wellen' functions as an incremental escalation of tension, beginning with Bargeld's thorny vocal and an urgent, staccato piano sequence. Over the ensui… Read more
*Extended version of the album encompassing all the music from the film. Heavyweight double gatefold vinyl LP with 8 bonus tracks - Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "This is King Creosote’s first album since his Mercury-nominated collaborative record with Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine. Composed of eleven stunning and emotive tracks, From Scotland With Love was written by King Creosote and produced by music supervisor and guitarist David McAulay, with additional production by Paul Savage, in Chem19 Studios in Glasgow. The record features … Read more
*Heavyweight vinyl - Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "This is King Creosote’s first album since his Mercury-nominated collaborative record with Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine. Composed of eleven stunning and emotive tracks, From Scotland With Love was written by King Creosote and produced by music supervisor and guitarist David McAulay, with additional production by Paul Savage, in Chem19 Studios in Glasgow. The record features King Creosote accompanied by his band – Derek O’Neill (keyboards), Andy Robinson (drums), Pete Mcleod (bass), … Read more