Thursday, 27 February
UK-compatible garage-house from Australia with a techy edge contained in one of the strangest sleeves you'll see all week. Four cuts split the difference between tech-house, bumpty Chicago and New Jersey styles, taking in the sub-loaded roll of 'Still Get On', the dubwise step of 'Gloria East' and the subbass-reinforced wiggle of '1050'.
Thursday, 20 February
*Edition of 300 copies pressed on coloured vinyl, mastered and cut by Matt Colton* With only one release to her name so far, the excellent "Orz" tape for the Reckno label, plus a regular show on NTS, the artist who may or not be a pseudonym for visual designer Jason Kerley returns here with her first release pressed to wax, a 30-minute odyssey that glides into the hardcore continuum and re-shapes various forms and formulations of electronic music along the way. "sssssssss" is a 30 minute trip split into two continuous sides that run like a mixtape, coming to life on the frazzled low-end modula… Read more
**Vinyl Edition finally available, comes in a special die-cut sleeve including two photo inserts plus download code redeemable from the label with Bonus Track** Nils Frahm presents the truest representation of his feted piano performances with this gorgeous treatment of over two years worth of live recordings, captured and then carefully assembled in his Durton Studio and referred to by Frahm as "a collage of field recordings rather than a live album. "Berlin-based contemporary composer Nils Frahm has built a steady reputation for his intimate, poignant piano recordings, yet they so f… Read more
Supreme diggers Light Sounds Dark dig deep into their vaults and "reach for the good stuff, the real deal vintage not your everyday cheap wonk" - delivering another essential curio, this time from Germany circa 1981 and Die Partei's largely forgotten "La Freiheit Des Geistes". LSD have a knack of pulling out long lost gems and this here is one of their finest yet: an offbeat slab of proto-industrial edging into electro-pop, the kind of tackle that's an absolute must for those of you into Der Plan. Another essential missive from one of the finest archival labels out there - required listening for those of you in need of further education.
Crushing debut album from forward UK producer Untold. His 'Black Light Spiral' is an airless, borderline-aggressive assault on the dance borne from nigh on two decades immersed in British rave culture. Since 2008, with releases on his Hemlock imprint, for close chums Hessle Audio, and for Clone and R&S, among others, he's been instrumental in the post-Dubstep field with clinical appropriations of Breakstep, Grime, and most recently, European Techno. He's regularly touted as a producer's producer, a don among the baying, bassbin-dwelling throng, so as you'd imagine his debut album is an eage… Read more
**Taut, authentically vintage wave funk from Group Rhoda and her pal, Max. If you wanted hear Group Rhoda go darker, this is it…Recommended!** "Dark Entires is excited to introduce the debut album “Less Ness” from contemporary Bay Area duo, Max and Mara. Their collaboration began in 2012. Max is based in Oakland and has been a part of various projects most notably Brotman and Short and his current solo work as Business Etiquette. Mara is based in San Francisco and is known for her solo work as Group Rhoda. On “Less Ness” they worked with a hardware set up: 808 and Elektron drum machine, Moog, MAM,… Read more
South American-born Parisian Valentino Mora returns with a tough and convulsive take on dance music with this long awaited 13 track album for ClekClekBoom. Named after the NASA vessel currently in orbit (which itself is named in honour of seminal Astronomer Johannes Kepler), the album builds on the sound made popular by 2012's "Yo Vogue" fusing elements of House, Ghettotech and Electro nicely over-compressed for maximum impact. Highlights include the Levon Vincent aping "Change The Past" and the Millsian 'K62' featuring compatriot and labelmate Bambounou.
Champion debuts a darker, duttier sound as Hayfever with the technoid bass gyrations of 'Ground Collapse' backed by Maddslinky (Zed Bias) and Mickey Pearce remixes. Steering away from his wild jump-up funky/grime hybrids, the exceptional, London-based producer reduces his sound more in line with the likes of Swamp81's style whilst firmly retaining the sort of road-wise values that make his work so vital. His minimalist, cybernetic original is given a more rolling, percolating rework by Zed Bias in skippy, New Jersey-style Maddslinky guise, whilst Mickey Pearce goes future tribal with shoulder dropping sub bass, grinding acid gully drones.
"For the final chapter of the Finders Kreepers 7″ series of bygone supernatural psychedelic cinema scores we combine a true universal classic with a very deep underground gem for this unlikely pairing of witchcraft films from entirely different cinematic perspectives. Taken from a South American only 7″ EP dedicated solely to the nightclub music of The Brothers Candoli in Richard Quine’s Bell Book And Candle, the tongue-in-cheek cat magic theme on the a-side of this release combines whirring electric pianos and muted… Read more
**180g audiophile vinyl with screenprint from 1000 Hands, plus 1 of 4 prints from Presence. Includes download code** Outta nowhere, former Skam/Warp regular Simon Pyke aka Freeform presents a 20 minute extended version of the soundtrack to the installation 'Universal Everything & You - Drawing In Motion' currently showing at Media Space, Science Museum, London. It feels very much in key with his Skam releases from the early '00s, sequencing ornate, folk-wise, organic and electronic instrumentation into 20 minutes of lilting, percussive grooves which become progressively noisier and more discombobulated.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Present Tense is a dramatically new album – taking cues from the most intense and effervescent of 1980s and 1990s electronic sound but rethinking and retooling these elements with exquisite detail for the 21st century. Longer in creation than any of its predecessors, Hayden Thorpe, Tom Fleming, Chris Talbot and Ben Little took almost a full year away from touring to conceive and construct the eleven tracks of Present Tense. Written in London and recorded at Konk Studios in London and at The Distillery in Bath, the band work… Read more
*Individually numbered edition of 500 copies* The second in this series of well curated remix EP's for The Field, this time round featuring re-workings from Tim Hecker, Andreas Tilliander's TM404 and John Tejada. Hecker is perhaps best suited to the source material, stretching out the original into a nicely padded exercise in drift that wouldn't sound out of place on Pop Ambient, while Tilliander stretches the TM404 remit away from purist analog/acid into something more developed and intriguing - almost tribal. Tejada does what he does best in a nicely relaxed, well executed Tech-House style.
*Edition of 500 copies pressed on 180 gm vinyl* "Voa is a collaboration between electronic music legend Markus Popp aka Oval with several singers/musicians from all over South America. Elevator pitch: Voa offers the unreleased "A"-selection of recordings from those Salvador da Bahia sessions plus brand new, cutting-edge Oval material - an 18-track session, chock full of genre-defying, mesmerizing songs and haunting melodies that do not cease to surprise."
Following on from that amazing reissue of "Half Dead Ganja Music" on Spencer Clark's Pacific City Sound Visions label, Cut Chemist puts together this incredible compilation from 1980’s French post punk, industrial, minimal collective Vox Populi!,. Cut Chemist discovered their material in 2004 while on tour/record digging in Milan where he picked up a compilation featuring their track “Megamix”. Originally released in the 80s, the track was not rooted in disco, hip hop & DJ history but rather post punk and industrial influences. The rudimentary “scratching” present… Read more
One half of MMM returns with "classy, bassline centred, 1990s Chicago school rooted Techno/House tunes" for the third release on his Fiedelone label.
"Fred P pulls together material from mostly unfamiliar names like DeepJust AQuaBeaT, Bassik Grooove and Bobby O'Donnell, alongside a couple of established heads like Ryo Murakami, Aybee (as Orion 70) and Fred P himself, whose "N.Y. (Selected Dub)," a reshape of an old jazz tune, rounds out the compilation. "In the early days it was difficult to afford more than one or two records...I would buy compilations because the value was greater and I was exposed to artist that I might not have known about otherwise," he says. "When I think of compilations I think of Mix The Vibe, Soul Of S… Read more
Wobbly, weird-ass basement jams from Optimo's Milanese pals, The Barking Dogs. Their eccentric brand of "mutant funk" takes in the fizzy bounce of 'Limit Without Patience', a low-slung disco jobby 'Last Call To Black Loops', the motorik revs of 'Licantropus' and a raw disco-not-disco deviation, 'Climbing In Turchia'.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* - "Halls - the solo project of 23 year old South London musician Sam Howard - released a debut album, ‘Ark’, in November 2012. A long twelve months later - after rapt reviews and a stint modelling for Hedi Slimane in Paris - Howard’s second album is here, and the changes are marked. “This is an album about opening up. Ark is the cold album, closed-off, obscure and confusing. I obscured lyrics and hid behind reverb and mumbling. For this album I wanted to reach out more. In some ways it is darker than Ark. I feel that I struggle to connect with a l… Read more
"Kris Wadsworth focuses on the darker realms of electronic music. Releases have steadily clocked up for Boe Recordings, NRK Music, alphahouse, Get Physical and Morris/Audio, landing on Hypercolour for 2009’s ‘Deport This” (and subsequent single “Mainline”), and it is for the same label that Wadsworth aims his second full length player at. It’s an album drawing upon many personal events and moods, as Wadsworth explains: “The first part is more fun, maybe comical at times, but the first track is really special. It’s something I made very thoughtfully for Alex, Ste and Jamie (“Hypercolour The… Read more
"On Ending/Returning Steven R. Smith has recorded the same set of songs first as Steven R. Smith and then as Ulaan Khol. Ending is a quiet, minimal record as Steven R. Smith while Returning is a blown-out, maximal record as Ulaan Khol."
"With an array of handmade modular and vintage keyboard synthesizers Daryl Groetsch crafts melodic and layered compositions that evoke microscopic and interstellar landscapes inspired by nature, science fiction and the cosmos. Groetsch has been working under the Pulse Emitter monicker since 2002, composing and recording in his Portland, OR home studio. Writer David Keenan has called Pulse Emitter “the undisputed king of planetary scale synth hypnosis” and has said, “no one is making synth music that feels so organic, so rapturous and so ‘in tune’ with the contours of outer and inner space a… Read more
*Edition of 500 copies on 180g black-n-green vinyl with printed insert and dual sleeve* "Here’s a new installment in Upset The Rhythm’s split LP series, that’s previously seen Gary War, Purple Pilgrims, Please and Spin Spin The Dogs swap sides most recently. This record teams up like-mindedly loopy, art-damaged Londoners Ravioli Me Away and Dog Chocolate. Inspired by an evening when both bands performed at London’s DIY-hub Power Lunches this LP came together through mutual appreciation, as well as gastronomic necessity. Ravioli Me Away are a dangerously ambitious and … Read more
**4th 12" of 4 designed by BC's Jack Featherstone. Edition of 500** Wesley Matsell returns from his Studio Barnhus excursion to the merry gang at Border Community. On 'Total Order Of Being' it sounds like he found some vintage Garys left over from Castlemorton along the way, yielding four tracks of ecstatic, utopian dance music clearly in thrall to the halcyon aura of early '90s rave. The percolating synths and arpeggiated bass of the title track offer a lush slingback to classic Orbital, and the colourful, frothing breaks of 'Future Beacon' brims with the kind of positive brio b… Read more
*LP version is pressed on virgin vinyl and includes an insert and free download coupon redeemable from the label* "D. Charles Speer, aka Dave Shuford, is a founding member of both Rhyton and No Neck Blues Band, and also known for his work with Enos Slaughter, The Suntanama, Egypt Is The Magick #, and Coach Fingers. On ‘Doubled Exposure’ The Helix take their loose and free country rock boogie and enhance it with the blistering psych Speer explores in Rhyton, and the traditional Greek melodies delved into on the Speer solo album, ‘Arghiledes’. ‘Doubled Exposure’ was recorded … Read more
"4AD release ‘Blue Film’, the debut album by LA based producer Lo-Fang (née Matthew Hemerlein). Classically trained in violin, cello, bass, piano and guitar, Hemerlein’s soulful falsetto floats above a rich blend of classical, R&B and electronic music, telling stories of love, loss and deceit. The album was written and recorded during Hemerlein’s world travels everywhere from a farmhouse in Maryland to a hotel in Cambodia to studios in London and Nashville. He completed the album at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles with Award winning producer Francois Tetaz."
The Notwist return with their first album in 6 years, 'Close to The Glass'. "The Notwist have always been pioneering their own sound, walking a trail of songs across genres toward something definitively new and distinctly them. Yet the German born band are never running ‘from’ their previous creations rather ‘toward’ the next, and in doing so have crafted a series of personal yet impeccable records that warmly thread together the far corners of independent music. Simply speaking, the Notwist make this careful and banging, private yet pop, post-everything music, for the movie going on i… Read more
"Recorded using the Orchestra’s signature analogue techniques at their studio HQ in their home city of Ottawa, the new set continues their musical journey as they effortlessly fuse Eastern influences, Afro beats, Egyptian jazz, Latin styles and spiritual elements into their musical melting pot. The secret to the band’s sound remains an openness to global music of all kinds and the individual experiences of the Orchestra’s band members. “We all have very wide tastes, we’re always digging for new sounds, and we’ve had the chance to work with master musicians from all over, from Nigeri… Read more
"Argentinian based DJ/Prodcer OSWLD debuts Tragicaller under his new alias 04LM. James Ruskin weighs in with his version of M Place making use of kick drums bangs across the spectrum as 04LM’s main melody pulses in the background…"
"Composed and performed on a hybrid digital/analog synth (Roland Juno 106) and the MPC, and textured with live instrumentation, Oakland-based musician Matt Tamarillo aka Shortcircles’ debut full length release is an impressive, lush electronic outing that recalls Boards of Canada, Floating Points, or Gold Panda, while the beats are in a class with Teebs or Bonobo. It’s a solid follow up to the self-released “Mapzzz” EP from 2011. Featured on the record are the Bay Area’s James & Evander, who lend to the layered, deconstructed, chill-wave result. Born and raised in Escondido, CA, Enamored o… Read more