Thursday, 10 April
**180g gatefold vinyl reissue** Timely return for this foundational slab of ambient pondering from Brian Eno and Robert Fripp, then of Roxy Music and King Crtimson, respectively. In both extended meditations, written between late summer '72 and summer '73, the august elders of British experimental music laid a blueprint for kosmic electronics and psychedelic guitar music which has been adopted countless times by legion antecedents searching among the stars.
Classically-skooled solo debut of deep house romance from Chicago's Aaron "Fit" Siegel, who was last heard on the 'Tonite' 12" with Omar-S, and 'Enter The Fog' with Gunnar "Kassem Mosse" Wendel. 'Cocomo' is a lush, rolling epic flush with heart-rending chords, hypnotic hooks and Red Planet melody locked to a warehouse-bouncing rhythm. Flipside there a lovely beatless mix allowing that icy hook to float free beside the tracky, jackin' tool 'Seedbed'.
Girgio Gigli, Markus Suckut and Cassegrain team up with Edit Select for three pure, pumping big room techno tools. With Gigli on the front, they churn up the roiling grind and teasing slivers of drone in 'Substance'; flipside Cassegrain gives 'Asperity' a thrumming acid reduction riding monotone bass and sci-fi synth motif beside a pumping Markus Suckut reprise licensed for the big room play.
**Spiky new wave pop and goth classics from 1984, reissued by Paris' Desire and Mitzvah Records. Black vinyl, edition of 500** "Nancy is a Small provincial town in the East of France. But its musical scene has always been fertile. In the early 70s, Gérard N’Guyen started the influential French fanzine Atem to write about improv, electronic, komische, kraut and prog rock bands that you couldn’t find in the local record stores. He started to produce bands for the Atem label like Univers-Zéro, Art Zoyd and Présent. He discovered, produced and managed French synth gods Kas Product. But tired of dealing with m… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Reissue of Candidate's sole album release from 1987. Six tracks of cool French wave music with a fine balance of industrial sounds and pop vocals placing it somewhere near Strawberry Switchblade, Pink Industry, Kas Product et al. Check out the gothic stepper 'On/Off' and the militant snares, oriental motifs and gloomy atmosphere of 'Last Day'.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* “Woods’ brand of pop shamanism has undergone several gradual transformations over their past few albums, but on With Light and With Love, the tinkering reveals an expanded sonic palette that includes singing saw, heavier emphasis on percussion, and a saloon piano that sounds like it was rescued from a flooded basement. Distinct from both the stoned volk of their earliest recordings and the kraut-y dalliances of more recent fare, With Light and With Love showcases a more sophisticated brand of contemporary drug music that owes more to Magic… Read more
**180g vinyl - includes CD** A fuzzed-up, hairy rock blast from Glasgow three-piece Holy Mountain for local stable Chemikal Underground. This, their debut album 'Ancient Astronauts' follows up 2012's 'Earth Measures' mini-LP with a classically-skooled display of monstrous riffage and heavy rock posturing reeling with a psychedelic savagery.
Phil Kay ov Manchester's Working For A Nuclear City indulges his love of BoC and classic electronica in this charming debut solo album as King Of The Mountains. Whilst his bandmate and co-songwriter from WFANC Gary McLure has drifted towards writing acoustic songs, Phil Kay fully embraces his computer, along with a dash of sax and other "real" instruments to paint ten grand, lucid landscapes evidently influenced by the pastoral melodies and rugged grooves of BoC. These interests manifest clearly in the album's precise, imaginative arrangement and sound design, contouring unyielding rhy… Read more
Deeply spiritual roots reggae reissued for the good of the dance. Roy Dobson croons slow heavy and meditative about the scattered Jamaican diaspora on the A-side over lilting nyabinghi, loping bass, and zippy organ runs, flipped into a mystic dub chamber sound on the B-side. There's a very good reason the scarce original fetches big money on the 2nd hand market… Recommended!
Wednesday, 09 April
*Hand-stamped white label - Limited re-press* The A-side packs some serious weight, loading Levon-like kicks and drugged-up voices ready for the warehouse, while the B-side has a touch of Shed's Wax cuts about it, maybe with a dash of auld skool Kevin Saunderson vibes, too. High quality.
Thursday, 03 April
Bristol's Vessel, El Kid and Jabu, part of the Young Echo collective, follow 2012's excellent Killing Sound tape for No Corners with this heavy doublepack for Blackest Ever Black. Described by the label as containing "four oblique soundsystem murderers", the EP is in some respects a bit of a side-step for BEB, edging away from their largely post-industrial and archival leanings in favour of something much more contemporary. Young Echo have had an incredible amount of press and attention over the last 18 months, testament perhaps to the rich and diverse number of projects its members have … Read more
Fuzzy, rooted dub techno from Fluxion featuring guest vocal from New York's Teddy Selassie on 'Everyday', backed with the wide-stepping, atmospheric skank of 'Expansion'.
Walls' Alessio Natalizia presents the best instalment of woozy post-industrial music yet under his Not Waving moniker. Proceeding a handful of excellent and low-key cassette releases, he channels a wealth of analogue machine sounds into a dusty, swirling space shimmering with cosmic pads and urged on by throbbing arpeggios and classic drum machine patter. Most importantly, there's a real soulful, emotive essence to his arrangements, scanning out from the misty-eyed stargazer 'Power Source Above Beam Line' and the luscious vision of 'Mathematical Mind' to Goblin-esque synth runs in 'Futu… Read more
*LP comes with Bonus 7", all songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The vinyl is housed in a jacket featuring the photographic traces of a high-energy photon hitting a proton. Each LP includes a 2-sided insert with original album reviews, press clippings, liner notes by Atom™ and photos* "Lassigue Bendthaus is the electro-industrial project of Uwe Schmidt aka Atom™ Schmidt began making music in the early 1980s, first playing drums, then switching to programming a drum computer after he had heard a Linn Drum on the radio. In 1986 he co-foun… Read more
Following the great unspooling of 2013’s Syndrome Syndrome, Gardland and RVNG Intl. step back into the duo’s not-so distant past with Improvisations, three live performances ripped from local Austrailan radio in early 2012. The aural impetus behind the artists and label joining forces, this triptych of tone lashed tracks captures the duo in exhilarating, uninhibited form...
"The third album from Canadian composer Christopher Bissonnette sees him expanding his palette by narrowing his sound sources to a self built analog synthesizer. Eschewing the whiplash and/or everything including the kitchen sink style of assembly so common among current analog aﬁcionados, Bissonnette instead applies his signature compositional style of using long held tones and sweeping drones that alternate between, and fuse, pure tonal transcendence and patient, sparkling melodies that slowly reveal themselves. “Essays in Idleness was born from a desire for a more tactil… Read more
Nightwave's second EP for her own Heka Trax imprint, featuring the one and only ghetto house legend DJ Deeon, whose signature vocals can be heard on the lead track Hit It bringing together Chicago and Glasgow in a unique and refreshing way...
"In true Disposable Music style the label concludes their successful second series by combining two very different global music projects from totally different eras and cultural climates. Andrzej Korzynski’s French funk inspired lost 1974 soundtrack to a Polish crime film directed by a Russian filmmaker shares vinyl sides with a compendium of modern field recording from Thailand and Pakistan assembled by UK born producer and Sound Of Wonder / Paradise Bangkok compiler Chris Menist. Sharing evident stylistic trademarks with other classic 70s crime / thriller sound… Read more
"Opening further doors in the sprawling labyrinth of unreleased music by Polish composer Andrzej Korzynski, Finders Keepers Records present the soundtrack to the 1977 Polish film ‘Man Of Marble’ by national filmmaker and long-term collaborator Andrzej Wajda. Presented for the first time ever on vinyl (featuring exclusive unreleased bonus tracks) this synthesiser fuelled soundtrack marks a distinct stylistic manoeuvre towards a unique brand of Polish cosmic disco, celebrating the cinematic debut of Korzynski’s Arp-Life project, widely respected as Poland’s first ‘synthesiser orchestra’… Read more
Quite easily the most interesting artists on InFiné's books, Downliners Sekt deliver their debut album proper following a string of excellent EP's for Disboot and a run of MP3 albums released some years back on their own dsekt[dot]com label. The label notes reference everything from Autechre to Rhythm & Sound and My Bloody Valentine, and there is indeed a dubbed-out, rhythmically complex aesthetic that runs throughout the album, but DS work best when they step outside of those parameters and forge stylistic hybrids which are much harder to place - such as on the excellent 'Balt Shakt II… Read more
"A very special Disposable Music edition comprising two programmes of lost early 80s North American synthesiser music from American / Italian Buchla pioneer Suzanne Ciani and Alaska’s only dedicated electronic collective Clone. Comprising of instrumental versions of Ciani’s much coveted cassette-only electronic advertising portfolio (featuring Atari music and power tool jingles) alongside a Clone archive of exclusive Anchorage one-off radio synth sessions and theme tunes, this release represents another Disposable Music milestone, bringing lost e… Read more
**180gram heavyweight vinyl housed in a wide spine LP jacket and two printed card stock inner sleeves. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "‘Enter The Slasher House’ is the debut album from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, comprised of Avey Tare (of Animal Collective), Angel Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors, Deradoorian), and drummer Jeremy Hyman (of Ponytail, Dan Deacon), Avery Tare’s Slasher Flicks unites Avey Tare’s songwriting abilities with Deradoorian’s melody lines and Hyman’s flexible rhythms. The band could be described as a monstrous and nightmarish jazz power trio inspired by campy horror movie themes…"
Manchester's Acre returns with a solid 4 track EP for Cold Recordings. 'Burning Memories' opens the twelve with a typically dark, bass-heavy deployment of clipped jungle loops running through without ever dominating proceedings, while 'Switchblade' makes use of an electroid template, albeit with a pounding, bass-heavy construction. 'Trace Loops' on the flip employs a slow, trance-like buildup with a brooding, tempered quality while 'Northern Shadows' provides a more standard bass-heavy edit, full of low-end menace.
*Limited White Vinyl Edition* "For "Yearling" ORCAS members Benoît Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri (The Sight Below) teamed up with Martyn Heyne (of Efterklang) on guitar and piano, and Michael Lerner (Telekinesis) on drums to built upon the subdued ambience of their self-titled debut, adding a huge dose of analog warmth to their hazy pop leanings. Whereas many songs on ORCAS' first album were built from guitar improvisations and impromptu vocal sessions, most of "Yearling" was constructed from short pieces Pioulard wrote and developed while staying in Germany during the summer … Read more
*Vinyl housed in the replica jacket featuring stark black and white photos of Pier 13. includes a double sided 11x11 insert with lyrics, photos of the band and the atmospheric pier* "Crash Course In Science are a post punk band that formed in 1979 in Philadelphia.The band members, Dale Feliciello, Mallory Yago and Michael Zodorozny, met while attending art school. They began to experiment with crude electronics and off-beat writing, avoiding conventional instrumentation by using toy instruments and kitchen appliances to augment their distorted guitar, drums and synt… Read more
**180g silver/white vinyl - Historically important pieces documenting John Cage's early electronic and tape practice** "Although John Cage occasionally worked in large, sophisticated studios - for example, when he composed Fontana Mix in 1958 - his approach to electronic and tape music was often uncomplicated, makeshift, and pragmatic, employing simple tabletop devices: tape machines, phonograph cartridges, contact microphones, record players, portable radios, etc. He developed a soundworld that was utterly new, radical and demanding. It heralded the… Read more
Swing Ting captain Samrai steps solo with the super sophisticated 'Riddim Trax' for London's Niche N Bump. Four tracks coolly explore the binds between UKF, Deep House, Boogie and Bashment at a breezy 115bpm, bolstered by a shot of pure vocal sunshine from MC Fox on 'Let It Ride'. It's all testament to the open-minded and focussed aesthetic guiding Samrai's duties as DJ co-host at Manchester's Swing Ting dance where he and DJ Platt seamlessly strafe styles under the street rave spectrum with quicksilver soul and finesse. Set to such a specific tempo, the 'Riddim Trax' are a pointed shift away from… Read more
A welcome and typically beguiling return from Finland's Merja Kokkonen aka Islaja, who's now dropped the freakier folk elements in favour of trippier, modern art-pop and minimal wave. Four years since we last heard from her on Fonal with 'Keraaminen Pää', and in the Hertta Lussu Ässä trio for De Stijl, it would appear she's had a radical revision of her sound now stalking ground somewhere between Björk and Maria Minerva, yet without any concession to her strikingly unique, oneiric sound. You could possibly attribute her palette shift to the input of Heidi Mortenson, who co-produced and mixed the album, … Read more
Deft, spaced-out instrumental Grime riddims from Spare on the up-and-coming Coyote Records. Following an appearance on the 'Coyote Kings' compilation, the London-based producer debuts proper with a slippery, kinetic sound taking on mercurial, darker grime garage on '1bit', beside the silvery arpeggios and sensual chord progressions of 'Venom' and a the aggy 8-bit bounce of 'Boss Hog', but best of all is the sweeter feminine pressure of 'Glide' with its dancing melody and rugged breakbeat flow nodding to Zomby.