Thursday, 06 August
Dope debut album from Damon Bell for AYBEE's Deepblak label. Building to this point since 2009's 'Kush Musik Part 1', Bell has been an integral member of Deepblak ever since, also recently releasing on R&S's Meda Fury sub-label. His first long-player, 'Blues for the Libyan' yields eight cuts in orbit of African rhythms, US deep house, and jazz-wise electronics, all compatible with his peers, Aybee and Afrikan Sciences, yet distinguished from them by virtue of smoother, soulful touch in highlights such as 'Chromosone Replacement' featuring Khalil Anthony, or his own spacey D^BO! Vershun of 'Kampala'. This one's a longtime burner.
**Edition of 250 housed in wrap-around jacket** Black ice industrial and noise pulsations from techno's nether region - Rome's Love Blast and Stirpe 999 labels. Subsound studio engineer, Luciano Lamanna galvanises one side with the tight, rolling and monotone techno precision of 'Giammai Per Sempre';flipside, Fire At Work deals in hulking 110bpm techno stress test working somewhere between Fishermen and recent Sigha, whilst the UK 's darkside techno pioneers Somatic Responses concentrate their noisy ADD tendencies to the cranky lurch of 'Dark Ervption'.
Gerry Read and Kevin McPhee meet again with the metallic techno twang and swinging house of 'FRUMMPPP', following their 2011 hook-up, 'Demolition Man'. The original version is a bare bones jack track irradiated with waves of metallic synth to send the club spinning; the remix brings out the drums for a skippier, bucking house take on the same base elements.
G-23 guns for an early UK 'ardcore techno sound for Jerome Hill's Super Rhythm Trax. A-side clocks the ruddy acid bass roll and squashed breakbeats of 'Kidding Kids' and the Chicago-sprung 303 jack of 'Mountain's Acid'. B-side, Jerome Hill turns the latter into a warehouse-wrecking piece of wrudeboy acid.
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** "Sleep paralysis plagues singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, and that strange intersection of the conscious and the unconscious has inadvertently manifested itself within her work. Across the span of her first four albums, there is an underlying tension, a distorted and nebulous territory where dark shadows hover along the edges of the sublime and the graceful. But until now, Wolfe’s trials and tribulations with the boundaries between dreams and reality have only been a subconscious influence on her work. With her fifth album, Abyss, she del… Read more
*Includes 2-sided postcard with lyrics, photos and notes designed by Eloise Leigh* "Dark Entries Editions is proud to announce the next reissue in their series of hard to find Italo Disco club hits. Blue Russell was the husband/wife duo of Manilio Cangelli and Lorella Ghilardi from Milan. Cangelli was a session musician and composer for many Italian singers, making music for commercial TV and working long days in the studio. He had a strong passion for the analog synthesizers of the time and discovered the latest drum machines. After appreciating a healthy dose of Giorgio Morod… Read more
"Dark Entries is proud to release the sophomore EP from Bezier entitled Telomeres. Bézier is the moniker of local SF musician Robert Yang, who also is part of the illustrious Honey Soundsystem crew. Telomeres is the follow up to Bézier’s debut EP Ensconced, released in 2013. The title relates to themes of time, science, analytics and procedures. Bézier integrates the refrains of Spanish new wave and Italo disco with the attitude and aggression of underground styles like synth-punk and industrial. These six tracks were written, produced and mixed by Bézier at his home studio in San Francisco between… Read more
**Remastered original 1950s recordings, as originally released in a silk-screened cover by HP Corbissero** "Jazz in Silhouette, by Sun Ra and His Arkestra was recorded on March 6, 1959 and released in May of the same year. The album is considered to be one of Ra's best from his Chicago period before veering off into 'their full-fledged explorations into the avant-garde' that characterises their New York recordings of the 1960s..... ''Jazz in Silhouette stands as an overlooked masterpiece, a work that shows Ra not as a mere curiosity or backwater galaxy, but as a major … Read more
**Includes download code** "Welcome back to the movielike resonating sound world of The 23s. As The 23s, Nord-Rhine-Westphalia produces pattern-based music, but it pursues a different intention: each listener should dive into a hallucinatory world of seen and unseen films that his inner eye creates unprejudiced. The album can be seen as a love-letter to the movie scores of the French 70s cinema or the impressionistic sound arrangements you can hear in the early cinema of Peter Greenaway. With double bass heat, discreet piano melodies, levitating guitar chords, some gentle horns here and there and b… Read more
Thursday, 30 July
**Spellbound archival home recordings revealing the esoteric sonic adventures of David Tyack (1978-2002), a founding artist from Andy Votel's Twisted Nerve label who sadly passed away in 2002. Includes liner notes by Andy Votel** Dave Tyack's haunting/soothing electro-acoustic project Luxury Apartments is given a necessary posthumous release via Andy Votel, Doug Shipton and Sean Demdike's Dead-Cert imprint. A heady mix of improvised electronics, mechanical folk and late night North West ambience, the Luxury Apartments project was completed just months before the Germa… Read more
*Limited vinyl edition - the first proper new work from Kuedo since 2011. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton, artwork by Joshua Petherick* The prodigal son of sci-fi electronica re-enters orbit with an astounding new EP as Kuedo for his newly coined Knives imprint. Arriving almost a decade to the day since his game-changing Vex'd album with Roly Porter, 'Assertion Of A Surrounding Presence' manifests his first major new work since 2011's acclaimed 'Severant' album, and also marks a lucent new pinnacle of sound design/engineering in his field. Accompanied by cameo production r… Read more
**Includes instant digital download for two different versions of the full album - a speaker mix and a headphone version (panned hard left and right) instantly dropped into your account when purchasing the vinyl** Lorenzo Senni's inspired Presto!? imprint presents one of 2015's most singular electronic albums with the solo debut proper from Theo Burt. Originally written circa 2009/2010, it's an album that was never really intended for public consumption but, thanks to Senni's efforts, is now presented here in all it's hugely individual glory. Perhaps best thought of as avant electro-pop or even some… Read more
*Upfront Exclusive* Killah brukbeat and swing techno functions from Spatial on his resuscitated Infrasonics imprint. 5 years since leaving his label on ice with a CD round-up of their first four releases, Infra12006 marks its return with signature, minimalist efficiency and dancefloor insistence. With 'HeLa' he syncs pendulous kicks and scything chords in möbius loop twysts occurring somewhere between the oblique swing of Phork and the latinate shuffles of El-B at his slinkiest. In 'Referent' he tests out a more crack'd sorta bruk funk nodding to A Made Up Sound's earlier, ruder transmissions, b… Read more
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Krampfhaft presents one of the lushest remixes for Björk's 'Vulnicura' album. At the Dutch producers digits, 'History of Touches' is rent as a widescreen play of sweeping searchlight synths illuminating gasping chorales and picking out micro-rhythmic details amidst its loping, swooning structure.
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Mica Levi's sweeping, instrumental "Kareokiejid" remix of Björk's 'Lionsong' really stands out from the remix suite of her Arca-produced 'Vulnicura' LP. Deleting Björk's vox, what remains is a tortuous symphonic arrangement of blossoming and willowing strings conducted with the uncanny ability to really reach in and massage, squeeze and yank our heart muscle. Sing-a-long if you must.
*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Björk's dalliance with the Tri Angle crew blooms strange new fruit in Lotic's amorphous, ambiguous Keptsafe Version of 'Notget'. The vocal remains mostly intact but is buffeted with noisy, granulated, and polymetric rhythm structures folding and unfolding in upon themselves, sustaining a perilous and unstable trip pocked with swampy subsidence, beautifully discordant synths and insectoid dynamics.
Atom TM's 'HD' LP yields another single with the sleek electro shape of 'Riding The Void' remixed by Scuba, Nought and Consumed. The warm, woozy pressure of the original is still best, while the remixers kern it towards straighter techno 'floors, from Scuba's surprisingly muted and efficient Pulse mix to the sunken techno of Nought's, and a swinging electro refit from Consumed.
**Includes download code** London's Kowloon Records debut with Florestano's skewed electronica in 'Noh'. His is a strangely coloured, off-kilter soundworld, aesthetically comparable with late '90s IDM, crisp '00s micro-house, but filtered thru an up-to-date palette of curdled, keening electronic timbres. His production style is sleekly efficient, favouring clarity over distortion, yet he tends towards ruptured, disorienting rhythm patterns rather than rolling resolution. With the exception of heavily processed vox in 'Grizzled'. it's all instrumental, starting like some LP-5-era Autechre piece in 'Br… Read more
A whacked-out techno volley from EMG and Battista housed in killer Trilogy Tapes artwork by Will Bankhead. This is some deviant dancefloor business, from the bruising bass welt and unstable, uptempo structures of 'Insatiable Desire' and 'Thrill Seeker' to the 100bpm acid sludge of 'Spaceman' and the asphyxiated boogie nodge of 'Electric Cave'.
Lowjack and D.K. double down as Slack DJs with a cranky quartet of Afro-noise-techno joints for Trilogy Tapes. On top, they knead out the rubbled drums and squally swagger of 'Hoops' beside the canny electro-acoustic noise texturtes and tribal roil of '75011'. Flipside, 'Glasshouse Mountains' tills the 'floor in two mixes; a rotted, kicking industrial version and more spacious, blown-out Afro-noise take.
**Clear vinyl in clear poly sleeve** A billowing ambient swell-on from Deadbeat on his BLKRTZ label. Both sides play to his lesser heard, beat-less angle, quietly seducing us to his cloud base panorama of radiant strings and Wolfgang Voigt-like harmonic blooms with the first side, before moving into higher registers of sweeping, cirrus-like plumes and gently planing in a downward spiral across the B-side.
**White vinyl** Parisian bass don Big Dope P unleashes proper club heat on Nighwave's Heka Trax, backed with remixes by Rustie, Earl Teklife, Ikonika and DJ Tim Dolla Brick Bandits. The EDM-glancing title cut cuts up trap modes with inverted gabber kicks and dubstep rave trixxx, beside the banging electro-jack of 'Momma On Da Flo' feat. Feadz, and the PC Music-style acceleration of 'Ibogance'. Remixers are firing, too, from Rustie's beast mode boost of 'Hit Da Blokk' to the hyper Chicago flex of DJ Earl and the club-sprung low end suspension of DJ Tim Dolla's vinyl-only mix. Dabbin'!
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "It has been four years since Guillermo S. Herren released anything significant from his most famous and respected moniker, Prefuse 73 (though he did keep busy with live shows, collaborations, and remixes). That's a long time for virtually any artist, but it's an eternity for Herren, whose first three Prefuse 73 albums dropped in the span of four years. As if to make up for lost time, 2015 will see the release of not one, but three major works from Prefuse 73. After several albums that saw Herren progressively drift awa… Read more
*First ever reissue on Vinyl, CD or Digital, includes an essay by Peter Relic interviewing Goldberg, plus unseen archive photos. 180-gram remastered album housed in a deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jacket with download card for full album* "Barry Thomas Goldberg was 23 in 1974, the year his Minneapolis power pop group, The Batch, split up. Rudderless, he set about recording solo album Misty Flats, and though few would hear it in its day, he hit on something very special indeed. “In 1974, the world was weary, the Vietnam War was ending, America was at this place where it didn't know where it was headi… Read more
Weighty wanz from Frenchman, Simo Cell, making his debut on Dnuos Ytivil (Livity Sound). With 'Cellar Doors' he triggers a rudely scuffed bass/techno roll working out close to Hodge or Rhythmic Theory's tuffer outings, while the tight subs and sizzling hi-hats of 'Piste Jaune' nail a mean impersonation of Peverelist's signature, slinky style.
*Heavyweight double album - Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Soul Jazz Records' new album Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 charts the many links between reggae music and the Rastafarian faith. Featuring the music of Count Ossie, Johnny Clarke, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Bongo Herman, Roy Ashanti (Congos), Earth & Stone, Mutabaruka and many more, this is an in-depth look at some of the most unique … Read more
*180g vinyl edition featuring fully remastered audio available on the format for the first time - Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* “Still” was a compilation consisting of then unreleased studio & live recordings. Comes packaged in a deluxe sleeve featuring matt card with foil printing.
*180g vinyl featuring fully remastered audio available on this format for the first time - Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* “Substance” fills in the missing pieces of the band’s history with four non-album singles (‘Transmission’, ‘Komakino’, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Atmosphere’), plus their B-sides. It has been expanded with two additional songs (“As You Said” and the Pennine version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart”).
Thursday, 27 August
"Invada Records present brand new four track ‘double B-side’ EP, featuring two tracks from BEAK> and two from their ‘alter-ego’ < KAEB, who differ in the aspect that < KAEB can have an ever expanding and floating membership. The 4 track EP features ‘The Meader’ and ‘The Broken Window’ by BEAK> and ‘When We Fall’ and ‘There’s No One’ from < KAEB, the latter featuring vocal contributions from Californian based artist Jonwayne. BEAK> are Billy Fuller, Geoff Barrow & Matt Williams. The trio hail from Bristol, UK and are signed to Invada Records, they have released two full length albums and several E… Read more