Thursday, 19 March
Pure Italo peacockery, originally released in 1984, reissued for 2015. Staggered drums and pleading vocal with rippin' arpeggios and chest puffing guitars in the final strokes.
UTTU's knack for digging new talent in full effect! Cassius Select follows his split 12" with Tuff Sherm into the crafty-ass drums of his 'Crook' EP, showing off some seriously giddy syncopations ranging from the Mbalax-like talking drum tilt and Joe-style chopping of 'Cross Strut' to the stuttered c*nty funk of 'CROOK'; getting all grimy with the fractious bells and heads-down bass of 'Joy Mile', and simply spinning bodies wild with the killer complexities of 'He Ain't Worth It'. More like this, please!!!
Full Strength house music from the inimitable DJ Qu on his own label - home of his best works. A-side plays it steady driving but with gruff bass offset by his signature shuffles and strafing synth sweeps to cream the 'floor. B-side plays out the funeral keys and ghostly vocals of 'Sadness In The Static', setting the stage for a welting acid weapon called 'Sweaty One'.
Menatllist techno fun with the Power Vacuum posse. Vacated's incendiary 'Quadrat' gives way to a stripped, hyper-kinetic 'Plastic Jam' (possibly riffing on Fiedel's 'Doors To Manual'?); Cylob does straight up Cylob in the spannered 'Spyworld'; Bintus gives Anklepants a groping acid disco remix; Cornwallis does, er, poetry?
Dope, darkly tinted house trax hailing from Estonia, picked for release by Optimo's JD Twitch. It opens with the title track, a dreamy mix of druggy NYC swing and weirdly detached jazz licks which previously featured on a tape for Trash Can Dance. 'Falling' follows with an effervescent lather of keys and pendulous, booming groove but, it really gets going on the B-side with the bloody hard-to-resist swing and dip of 'The Addiction' there for dancers, and again on a deeper tip with the sparse but effective 'U Took My Love'.
Straight-up Detroit house from Big Strick (Omar-S' cousin). Includes highligbhts in the mellow shuffle of 'Ghetto Man' and the late-night beatdown seduction of 'Illuminated'.
"This is the first recorded collaboration between Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham. And it's precious. After the musical meeting with Tony Conrad and with Z'ev, this new LP creates a form of trilogy. Chatham began his musical career as a piano tuner for avant-garde pioneer La Monte Young as well as harpsichord tuner for Gustav Leonhardt, Rosalyn Tureck and Glenn Gould. He soon studied under electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick and minimalist icon La Monte Young and was a member of Young's group, The Theater of Eternal Music, during the early s… Read more
Sweeter, ruder bass turns from Champion and Terror Danjah on the 2nd 12" warm-up for the f= Bass² compilation. Champion gets tropical with the whopping bird calls and tribalized bounce of 'Cannon' up top; Terror Danjah shows off with inimitable style in the taut but fractious UK techno funk of 'Run Out'.
Fracking heavy techno from the smart duo of DJ Deep and Roman Poncet. Straight-up club constricts for the DJs, building a right head on it with the unrelenting kicks and rasping shuffle of 'Hydraulic Jack' up top, and to tenser degrees with the jagged slam of 'Hydraulic Pump', whereas 'Artesian Well' hydroplanes beat-less.
**28 Track double vinyl edition featuring US R&B favourites from the early Jamaican sound system era** "This 3CD selection features US jump/shuffle blues recordings, which will be of equal interest to both Jamaican music fans and connoisseurs of classic US rhythm & blues. Putting this compilation together was no easy matter, considering that many labels scratched out their releases and were retitled by DJs keen to preserve their “exclusives”, meaning that they were known on the island by their sound system titles. This is the music that provided the inspiration for Ska and all t… Read more
**Gatefold 2LP** Premo beat breaker fLako presents a sterling 3rd album and magnum opus with 'Natureboy' for UK's Five Easy Pieces. Where many in the beat scene can tend to twiddle off into jazzy frippery, fLako defines a filigree balance of restraint and technical innovation with jazz-wise expression, meshing slick, tensile electronics nodding to footwork, grime and lush 4th world ambient tones with grid-skipping drum patterns and feathered instrumental touches.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Elizabeth Eaton Converse grew up in Laconia, New Hampshire in 1924. Described as a polymath, she attended Mt. Holyoke College, but by 1944 she decided to leave college and, in 1949, she made her way to New York City. Over the course of the next decade, in addition to acquiring her new moniker, “Connie” wrote and recorded songs that captured the hearts of those close to her. Some were recorded by the artist in her Greenwich Village apartment, others by friends enamored of the music. These included animator Gene Deitch a… Read more
"New 4-tracker from Tom Demac who aligns his arsenal of hardware and readies a pack of rattling club tracks peppered with kicks and luminescent textures. The ‘Smoke Stained Ivories’ EP spans a variety of moods and textures that are propelled by his tough, thrumming percussion and sportive synth work."
"Whereas last time around, they were all about "vocal harmonies from NYC to Cape Town" and "massive guitars from Portland to D¸sseldorf, mixed with clattering beats from Berlin to Detroit" Aloa Input - a Munich-based three-piece that seems to be just as addicted to new input as it's quick and productive when it comes to releasing more genre-smashing, ebullient output - are about to leave planet earth altogether with their sophomore release: Dropping only a year after the band's debut album "Anysome" (with additional remix EP "RMX" released in-between), they return with an album that finds them d… Read more
**Full album on CD included inside** "Belgian DJ and producer Mugwump presents his debut album on his Subfield imprint. A nine track LP, informed by two decades as a touring DJ, producing tracks that have been played by everyone from Andrew Weatherall to Mr. Scruff. A mainstay from the Belgian club scene, on the ground in Ibiza in the early 90‘s, behind the cult Food Club in the late 90’s, now running his own Leftorium clubnight in Brussels, with releases on the Kompakt label but also on R&S, Gigolo, Cocoon, Gigolo, Eskimo, Permanent Vacation or Throne of Blood. Produced with his partner Olivier G… Read more
**Pressed on jukebox-style 7" - check for the huffin' B-side blues/hip hop abstraction, 'Uncomfy'** "As sheets of black guitar reign all around, these are the thoughts you might have — when you are facing “New End.” The collapse of civilization has left only broken beats, hot magnetic pulses of rhythm and scraps of raps. It can get a bit “Uncomfy.”"
"Effortlessly marrying deep, resonant guitar licks and dishevelled synths riding upon loping breakbeats and overlaid with trademark deconstructed vocal dubs, ‘Rituals’ is a compelling introduction to the forthcoming 'Portraits' album. Bonus cut 'Rituals (MS Edit)' beefs up its dancefloor credentials."
*Double 180g white vinyl - includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "‘Lease Of Life’ is the follow up to ‘Have Some Faith In Magic’. Formulated on the Hebridean Isle Of Jura - the location where George Orwell wrote ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ and the place where The KLF are rumoured to have burned a million pounds - the new album combines the exploration of fresh soundworlds with their most accessible, immediate songwriting yet. Incorporating featured vocalists Cecila Stamp and Bek Oliva, ‘Lease Of Life’ is also the band’s most cohesive album statement to date bound by recurring … Read more
"While in Spain during his ‘Brain Pulse Music’ European tour, Ghost’s Masaki Batoh ran into his old friend Okano. It was almost pure coincidence - Okano was passing through Saragossa before joining his own tour, booked by the same promoter as Batoh. Okano and Batoh once played together in Ghost, at the time of ‘Lama Rabi Rabi’ and the epic 1996 US tour that followed. Although it had been a long time, they fell into talking. Batoh was considering dissolving Ghost (on hiatus since 2007) and was questioning if he should even stop playing music completely, since he had no idea how to start a new… Read more
Thursday, 12 March
**Transparent blue wax with fold-over artwork in poly sleeve. Edition of 300, includes instant download of the full album** Beppu (The Boats) ratchets the industrial levels on the second part of an album trilogy that started with 'Coercion' in 2014. With 'Persuasion' he allows the machines to lead the compositional process, letting himself be taken into the red by unrelenting, Vainio-style noise pulses and four-to-the-floor kicks with rail-gun 16ths side-chained to near-oblivion with a bone-head momentum. Sonically, we can trace the record's roots back thru the narky grooves of Spanish industrialis… Read more
Mr. Mitch reps modern E-grime's tender side with the first-ever vinyl collection of 'Peace Edits' - the scene's antithesis to 'War Dubs'. Approaching pop and dancefloor classics from refreshing new angles, the posse flip rigid conceptions of grime on their empty bonce, rendering a colourfully sensuous clash of cold, industrial tones synched with a raw, emotive appeal. The Gobstopper boss opens up with a pensile reframing of Dru Hill, and Strict Face nails it with a glyding, iced-out flip of Alice Deejay's '90s trance classic. The Loom remix of Kate Bush is pretty weird, remindi… Read more
**Includes download code** Sheela Rahman a.k.a. Xosar relinquishes her first LP of hypnotic analog techno to Black Opal. Well versed in analog hardware craft, Xosar is responsible for a string of acclaimed 12"s on Crème Organization, Rush Hour and L.I.E.S. over the last three years. 'Let Go' is her most substantial offering to date, presenting seven cuts of faded house and psychedelic techno according to a mystic agenda. They could be underground classics in an alternate uchronia where they didn't get digital until much later in their species' evolution, leaving this notional race raving to future prim… Read more
**Edition of 200** The unstoppable Paul Dickow a.k.a. Strategy shapeshifts between dub, techno and the ambient spaces between on 'Pods of Punishment' for Entr'acte. Covering all fidelities between computers, drum machines, FX, radio, synth and samplers, he resolves at a hazily dubwise mid-ground where his musical organisms live out short, strange lives. In particular, Strategy's fixation on radio and science fiction are key to this sound, guiding him to a sort of detached, para-dimensional state that's at once familiar yet alien, alternating recognisable structures of steppers dub with amorphous textural abstraction and samples twoc'ed from the æther. It's a proper trip.
**Edition of 250 including insert. RIYL Grouper, Natural Snow Buildings, Letha Rodman Melchior** Sweden's Nadine Byrne (Ectoplasm Girls) presents the oneiric soundtracks to four of her own films shot between 2011-2012. We've previously encountered her work with sibling, Tanya Byrne, as Ectoplasm Girls in the gothic invocations of their 'TxN' LP. But, this session is located in a far-removed dimension, crossing leylines between Grouper-esque haunted house hymns and the kind of ritualist electro-acoustic layering of Natural Snow Buildings. Without seein… Read more
Almost hard to believe but this is Gavin Russom's 1st release for the like-minded house of L.I.E.S. We say that because he seems like such an obvious candidate for the imprint - he's from New York / makes psychedelic house on analog machines / loves a bit of grit under the nails. Anyway, he fits the label like a glove with three cuts here, opening the filters for a full on cosmic flight powered by chugging kicks in the epic A-side, 'Mantle Of Stars', while B-side brings a noirish Carpenter vibe with 'Brood Queen' and the slamming, arpeggiated drive of 'The Telstar File'.
**Includes 50-minute CD featuring texts written and performed by Alexandra Kennedy & Campbell Irvine. RIYL Muslimgauze, Demdike Stare** Exceptional take on techno tribalism from yung Australian producer, Campbell Irvine. Picking up where Shackleton left before he went psy-trance, Campbell runs with a proper dread techno vibe on two extended walkabouts strafed with duppied voices and urged by layered, syncopated percussion and deep subs. We're particularly feeling the scratchy swing and shuffle of B-side 'Reunion Of Two Bodies', which sits somewhere between S… Read more
Delinquent, deliquescent grime from Damu on return to Keysound. M.I.A. since 2013, his 'Holed In The Hovel' session reveals an even shinier chassis and curdled silicon aesthetic, in chromatic flux somewhere between SOPHIE and PC Music or the most lucent Her Records releases. 'iPolice' starts up like some Matrix sentinel, all laser scanning bleeps and wavey synths with a sci-fi agenda, while 'Whirlybird' rolls out like a mutant mix of Fis-t's 'Night Hunter'. At his maddest, 'Holed Up In The Hovel' wields wild claps and meter-melted Ballroom beats, and 'No Pain, No Gain' gives up frantic, frothing grime patterns infected with some mad computer virus.
**Red wax with fold-over artwork insert in poly sleeve** Matias Aguayo gives it up for the dancers with a quartet of killer rhythm workouts. You know what to do…"El Rudo Del House is an imaginary creature who speaks to you with a pitched-down voice and produces heavy house rhythms that are engineered to directly trigger the movement of different body parts (body mechanics). His music resonates with the rhythms of everyday life: produced by big iron apparatuses that cross the sky, by voices that yell through speakers in giant halls, by machines of border security and control… Read more
Batu mints his Timedance label with two murky UK techno mutations. 'Cardinal' plunges in from the top with to a salty solution of swirling white noise, arcing synths and palpitating bass pulses reminding of recent Untold actions. 'Domino Theory' takes a more low-slung tack with pendulous kicks and infected, acidic synthlines punctuated by steely percussion until a haywire build-up and bearly collpased roll-out.