Thursday, 22 January
*Volume Four - Each 10” Contains Ten Previously Unreleased, Untitled J Dilla Beats* "The E-Mu Systems SP-1200 drum machine and sampler was the first electronic instrument Jay Dee worked with while crafting the incomparable styles and sounds which defined the early stages of his legendary production. The SP-1200 was his primary tool of choice at the inception of his career. During this period, he created classics for early Slum Village, The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, among many others. Yancey Media Group now proudly presents the J Dilla Batches series. Each 10” features 1… Read more
"This album is another chapter in the ongoing "there's-much more-to-Brazil-than-bossa-nova" saga. It's filled with disco-era tracks produced for the Brazilian domestic marketplace, some of which were hits, others which were quite obscure. What binds them all together - besides their common origins, time period and overall musical approach - is the fact that their reputation has been steadily transcending Brazil's borders. This has allowed these tunes to find their place on set lists, want lists and in the crates of the world's most discerning D… Read more
Marcus Marr returns with another pair of surefire dancefloor tricks. His 'Brown Sauce' bogles on some UK-style blend of tweaky 303s and bristling drums warmed-up with supple synthlines and floaty pads in a see-sawing arrangement bound to bring the 'floor up with you. 'Peacemakers' is slower, helmed by funky Fender Jazz bass guitar licks and poppin' drums.
**Laser etching on the B-side, 30-page 10" booklet and download code redeemable from the label** "Just over a year after playing their first show as a band, Perfect Pussy have quickly made a name for themselves as one of the most intense bands in the indie rock and hardcore punk communities, both live and on record. Their fast rise to success all stemmed from this 4 track demo EP, originally released as a cassette only. Simply title tracks such as “I” and “IV” garnered praise from everyone to Rolling Stone and Pitchfork, to NPR and the New York Times, landing the on countless year end lists.
*Includes a copy of the album on CD - free inside* New album from Zun Zun Egui for Bella Union - a “bone-shaking tropical funk bolstered with guitar hooks that sound like Congolese finger pianos. Produced by Andrew Hung of Fuck Buttons."
*First edition pressing of 500 - includes a copy of the CD free inside* "Bonita" is a live-in-the- studio recording, featuring all improvised material. Anyone who has experienced this duo on stage can testify to their unique and telepathic musical dialogues, seemingly without the need to even look at each other. Whether on a stage or in a studio, their soundworld is magical, mysterious, beautiful and frightening, all underpinned by the evocative song titles. Sidsel Endresen is one of the leading vocal improvisers in the world and has worked as a professional singer and songwri… Read more
Kessler twists the lines of European and American dance music for the Cleveland, Ohio and Cologne-based Low Hanging Fruit label. Wonky electro meets B-more club and dubstep in opener, 'Say Hey', alongside the pressurised jack of 'True Love After Almost Rape', and the Wolfgang Voigt-gone-EDM stomp of 'Factum'.
"Alasdair Roberts is the name of the new solo record from the well-known Scottish songwriter, guitarist and singer Alasdair Roberts, his eighth Drag City Records release under that name, following on from 2013’s ‘A Wonder Working Stone’. The making of ‘Alasdair Roberts’ found Alasdair back at Glasgow’s Green Door Studio, where he previously made his 2009 album, ‘Spoils’. ‘Alasdair Roberts’ has a warmer feel than ‘A Wonder Working Stone’, partially the result of having been recorded in the analogue domain by Green Door’s masterly house engineer Sam Smith. In the main however, the ri… Read more
"Invisible Familiars’ ‘Disturbing Wildlife’ is the work of Jared Samuel, alongside producer Michael Leonhart. Guests include Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, Nels Cline, Jolie Holland, Stuart Bogie of Antibalas and Superhuman Happiness, Scott Metzger, Ryan Sawyer, Alex Holden and Andrew Borger. “Jared kinda sounds like Mark Bolan. I’ll just say it, cause you might think it. It’s science. When I asked him what record felt to him like how he wanted ‘Disturbing Wildlife’ to feel to me, he said ‘‘Cuckooland’ by Robert Wyatt’, promptly adding ‘and the first time I listene… Read more
*Limited edition heavyweight vinyl - includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Chemikal Underground kick off the label’s 20th Anniversary year in style with a new Phantom Band record. Just as two wildly singular, diverse albums in ‘Checkmate Savage’ and ‘The Wants’ sprung up one after another between 2009 and 2010, before a period of quiet (solo projects notwithstanding), so the group’s more direct third record released in June 2014 (the critically acclaimed ‘Strange Friend’ more art-rock than rock-art) comes followed by seven tracks cut largely from the same recording sessions at Chem 19 in Blantyre, in the form of ‘Fears Trending’."
Thursday, 15 January
Object Relations is a very promising new 7" label curated by Mark Fell focusing on collaborations between diverse artistic practices. Recorded in Milan, 2014, the label's inaugural edition establishes its remit in a unique combination of Fell's crafty Linndrum programming with the adroit, keening cello improvisation of trained cellist and composer Sandro Mussida, following their meeting and performance in Tuscany at the International Encounters in Sound event. On both sides, Fell's elliptical microtemporal rhythm arrangements are matched and coloured with compelling strea… Read more
Bronze Teeth's Richard Smith aka L/F/D/M reveals a bittersweet side of radiophoniq techno and EBM for Not Waving's Ecstatic label. Weaving between snake-charming techno and surprisingly elegant, melodic motifs, it's all much freakier and freeform than his debut 12" for Optimo Trax. Cutting from sawn-off synth experiments to dusted Sleeparchive bleep styles on 'Insect Cylinders', and jiggy, atonal techno with 'Sun Shape'; he carves a course of salty waltz with 'Book of Five' on the flipside, leading to the banging EBM highlight of 'Black Shadows' with its sampled intro of some lass recalling an … Read more
As Gondwana, Lumisokea's Andrea Taeggi traverses expansive, imposing sound spheres for Opal Tapes. 'Aum' explores semi-organic, electro-acoustic sound on seismic, tectonic scales, crushing and sublimating ambient and industrial techno structures into spectral topographies and a sort of elemental psycho-geology permeated with crooked rhythm fissures and slow-moving, transitional tones morphing thru various stages of de-and-re-composition. The effect, at times, reminds of a more tempered take on Ben Frost's epic inclinations, a less academic relation to Kassel Jaeger's most recent GRM output, or a darker… Read more
*Includes a bonus DVD* The results of Spatial's opti-sonic installation, 'Primitives' reinterpreted by the man himself, Broken20's TVO, Bass Clef, and Sculpture. The light-controlled software at the core of the installation generates unique tones which are subsequently re-shaped into hulking UK techno patterns crawling with strange electronic figures in Spatial's own version; the TVO|SPL mix is more freakish, shot thru with piercing oscillations and slow slamming beats; Bass Clef twists it into a quirky robo-boogie; while Sculpture render a dynamic diorama of radiophonic blips and… Read more
Proper Detroit techno soul workout from Omar-S and vocalist James Garcia on FXHE. The most consistent man in house music makes super strong moves on this one, creaming cracking drums from a trusted Alesis HR-16 and Casio Rapmaster, coupled with burning neon synth arrangement and Garcia's authentic '80s soul swerve. It's quite the showstopper. Flipside, the Extramental mix does away with Garcia's vocal to reveal the lustrous, lusting synth arrangement and biting drums in all their midnight glory. Straight winner.
**Screen-printed, die-cut jacket** "Side A - 'Roob Lor Pu Tai (Rootikal Re-Rub)': The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band In a first of what will be an occasional series of 'reinterpretations', Rootikal's David Hill delivers a moody rework of The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band's debut single, with dub maestro Nick Manasseh once more at the controls. With nods to late-period Jackie Mittoo as well as the odd lick of nyahbinghi style percussion, 'Roob Lor Pu Tai' is given the raw Rootikal slant, bringing the band's sound into brand new territory: 21st Cen… Read more
Trim, colourful boogie-electronica from Pixelord on Canada's Infinite Machine. Garage house, footwork, bassline and jungle are all filleted under Pixelord's scalpel and buffed-up with glossy electronica hooks and surfaces. In eight tracks he keeps his ideas succinct but not at the expense of emotional expression, coolly getting to the point with style and imagination.
Taut and crunchy tech-house minimalism from Berlin via Moscow and London. All four tracks, from the sub-heavy groove strafed with field recordings in 'Bruit Distinct, to the jazzier twists of 'Caractere Numineux' and the eleastic fonk of 'Faura' hint that Kjofol has a thing for prime period Villalobos, and, when it's done this well, that can't be a bad thing.
**Excellent modern horror score pressed on Rust Splatter vinyl. Housed in UV gloss finish sleeve. Edition of 300** "Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin premiered at 2013 Cannes Film Festival to great critical acclaim and won the FIPRESCI Prize. It gained distribution and opened in the US to April 2014 to a great response from critics and audiences. This revenge thriller focuses largely on the consequences of revenge, and the main act of revenge you expect will be the focus of the film happens early on and it spirals progressively into even darker and grim territory, dra… Read more
*Double LP with gatefold sleeve, inner sleeve with lyrics plus download voucher* "Belle And Sebastian return with their ninth studio album, ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’. The album opens with ‘Nobody’s Empire’, which Stuart said “is absolutely the most personal [song] I’ve ever written.” About the beginnings of his lifelong struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which led to his first forays into songwriting, it is easily one of his most musically and emotionally epic songs. Produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his w… Read more
*Limited Quadruple LP Edition in a heavyweight box with exclusive artwork, poster and download coupon. Features two extended mixes and four bonus tracks* "Belle And Sebastian return with their ninth studio album, ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’. The album opens with ‘Nobody’s Empire’, which Stuart said “is absolutely the most personal [song] I’ve ever written.” About the beginnings of his lifelong struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which led to his first forays into songwriting, it is easily one of his most musically and emotionally epic songs. Produced and m… Read more
**Silk-screen printed jacket** "Refreshing, rootedly odd, mostly unaccompanied four-part-harmony singing recorded in Govan Old Parish Church, Glasgow, by members of Trembling Bells and Muldoon’s Picnic. Elements of Sacred Harp, Gregorian chant, medieval madrigal and English folk, with poetic influences including Maya Deren, Saint John The Divine and Dennis Potter — a unique blend of the visionary and the earthly, the intimate and glorious."
*Limited edition clear vinyl - includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* A gauzy suite of loping beats and etheric vocals heavily inspired by themes of memory in Chris Marker's film, 'San Soleil'. Features production from Laplace, Go Yama, Insightful, Galimatias.
*Gatefold LP edition with reproductions of never-before-seen images from the archives of Chicago photographer Steven E. Gross* "Between 1979 and 1982, The Universal Togetherness Band tracked unearthly portions of their sprawling songbook for bewildered students in Columbia College’s audio engineering program. Storming the gates of Chicago’s premier recording studios, the erudite party band explored permutations of soul, jazz-fusion, new wave, and disco with little regard for studio rates or the availability of magnetic tape. Universal Togetherness Band captures the brightest, never-before-heard moments from this visionary group’s 5-semester recording bender."
**Maudlin man, Amen Dunes presents the companion piece to 2014's critically acclaimed 'Love' LP. Includes a cover of Tim Buckley's 'Song to the Siren'. Edition of 1000** "Amen Dunes’ Love took close to a year and a half, 16 musicians, and five different studios to complete. It was a song cycle that required broad experimentation before it was clear what was essential underneath the surface. In that process, much of the sound that might have made it onto the album was lost. There was just too much to say for one record. Cowboy Worship is an attempt to give life to some of the music that did… Read more
Ruffest techno-house thwack from a fella called Omar Contri aka Shinoby, backed with ruder remixes by M Gun and The Analogue Cops. 'Club Shock!' locks off a swinging industrial house rhythm with wicked tension between chaotic flux and rocksteady acid B-line; 'There R No Rules, Fear Is Unknown And Sleep Is Out Of' The Question' welds bruising kicks and rusty claps with distorted filter treatments for tha wallbangers. M Gun's remix of the former is shaken down with ruffneck Detroit sci-fi flex, and The Analogue Cops' take on the latter is much deeper, laced with brain-burrowing 303s and looping, hermannesque strings.
**Includes download code** "tētēma is a new duo project from Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, principal Zorn interpreter) and Australian composer/pianist Anthony Pateras (Thymolphthalein, Pivixki, Pateras/Baxter/Brown, Beta Erko). geocidal is audio caffeine injected direct into your eyeballs. Recorded across half the continents on the planet, this record investigates the murder of place. Do borders even matter any more? Should we even leave the house? Is there any specificity left in this generalized cesspool of culture? Or has the tidal wave of digitally… Read more
**Debut solo album by Mac Demarco's former Makeout Videotape bandmate. Includes download code** "Alex Calder’s sophomore release with Captured Tracks is as familiar as it is foreign – brining together both infectious melodies and texture to create tidy, acid-induced pop sequences. Strange Dreams takes a confident step forward from Calder’s previous release and brings the focus and ambition of Alex’s songwriting to all aspects of his music. This record delivers, while still maintaining the youthful humour that has become his trademark."