Thursday, 19 February
Michael Kamen’s Original Score for the animated cult clasic The Iron Giant for the first time on Vinyl. Remastered by James Plotkin for the 15th Anniversary of the film, and pressed on 180 gram Vinyl
Teste's dark minimal techno template, 'The Wipe', taken on by two time-served veterans. London's Lost boss Steve Bicknell strips it back to buried bass rumble and a shuddering lead synth flux; Mike Parker takes it underwater with patented sound design trickery.
Low-key and dreamy deep house trax by new producer, Aleksander Grozdanovski aka Herzel, backed with Palms Trax remixes. The Herzel originals are charmingly spacious, subtly shifty pieces of deep house for the wee small hours, working with rolling kicks and plangent, almost shoegazy harmonics in 'Daydreamer', feat. Jordan Kolevski's processed trumpet, while 'Closure' does a more breezy sort of garage-house abstraction with haunting organ, and 'Shades' eases off with percolated, Afro-centric and ambient house vibes.
Smudgy boogie house sprinkles from The Nuclear Family and Moon B. On their 2nd 12", the Family offer a hot plate of three warm and kinky 'floor moves at best in the breezy pacific house shuffle of 'Bedroom Dreamer' or the slackened, Pametex-alike bounce of 'Hand of God', but we reckon it's the patented flair of Moon B's 'Bedroom Dreamer' remix that will keep you reaching for this record.
**Heavyweight Folkways-style jacket with paste-on artwork** A bewitching obscurity from the Smithsonian Folkways archive: 'Modern Mayan - The Indian Music of Chiapas Mexico' is here reissued by Mississippi Records and Switzerland's Moi J'Connais. As is the nature of Folkways Records, this LP opens a window to a world most of us will never experience, likely because the culture has been lost or altered beyond recognition. These recordings were and edited by Richard Anderson, who spent six years living and playing with the Chiapas Indians in the south eastern Ch… Read more
Official 2014 repress of Kirlian Camera's dark Italo winner from 1984. Includes the brilliant, EBM-strength torsion of 'Edges' instrumental dub version.
Official reissue edition of 300 for Kirlian Camera's 1985 Italo-disco classic. A bit more gothic than your usual Italo, includes the extended version and instrumental plus 'Call Me'.
Another remastered and reissued disco pearl - Gaznevada's ultra-seductive 1983 Italo, 'I.C. Love Affair'. This one's pure sex-on-wax, loaded with the louche Italian version up top and the dreamy lather of a Chinese version on the back. Choice.
“The Cliff” is a new vocal driven EP from Chicago’s esteemed quartet Pelican. The four track EP includes remixes from Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh, Jesu), Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer of ISIS/Palms, and, for only the second time in their fourteen year career, vocals. Allen Epley (Shiner, The Life and Times) once again returns to the band’s fold to transform, in a complementary manner, the concept and overall outcome of what we have come to know as Pelican. No cheap juxtaposition, Epley’s seasoned voice is as broad and astonishingly capable on “The Cliff” as the members behind the music,… Read more
Proper, freeform brainfloss from two of Scandinavia's most active and important noise freaks. 'The Oslo Tapes' was recorded at "the best studio" in the Norwegian capital on 15th August, 2013 and has matured ripe for release in '15, yielding a crushed collision of honking sax particles and deft concrète haptics, incessantly shredding in flux between dimensions with scurrying scrabble and scree as chaotic and messily intricate as the unspooled tapes on the front cover. A record to get your teeth into/to pull teeth to.
Jack Dixon shares the latest on White Asega label with Kodiak, backed by Bambounou and Troy Gunner reworks. The Kodiak track is dope, cutting loose with a wild and grimy techno funk number 'Taargus' detailed with Classical Curves-style production. Bambounou does a smart job with a slinkier, sub-heavy remix reduction, followed by Jack Dixon's bouncing Afro-techno-funk bomb 'New Curtains' and Troy Gunner's respective remix cut-up.
Coarse but canny house trax from Venetian producer, Steve Murphy aka DJ Octopus, Die Roh… Murphy clearly doesn't mind a bit of grit under the nails, running hard-working house rhythms thru a crackly filter for proper bite on the 'floor, from the kinky build of 'Climax' thru the burned-out piano house banger, 'Something Around The Sun', to the Analogue Cops-style slam of 'Venus' and the jagged jack of 'Movida'.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "16 previously unreleased early home recordings from Iron And Wine, this is the first in a series gathering covers, live sets and curiosities from his own Black Cricket Recording Co. label. This first release taps into a set of songs created before Sam was Iron And Wine. These 16 songs came to life at the same time as those selected for Iron And Wine’s debut album ‘The Creek Drank The Cradle’ (Sub Pop, 2002). Performed and recorded at home on a 4-track cassette. Digitally transferred from the original cassettes and pack… Read more
Whacked out cosmic acid/electronics from mid '90s Finland on Sähkö. The work of Jukka Kaartinen & Aki Sallinen, 'Circle Waves' sounds like two blokes staving off the darkness by creating colourful electronic wormholes to fall headlong into, ranging from deliquescent acid arrangements to sky-scanning synth panoramas and writhing acid downbeats a la early Plastikman album tracks.
Reelin' breakbeat rave and braindance styles from a new avatar, Missqulater on Central Processing Unit. If we weren't informed otherwise, we'd say this could be the work of Luke Vibert - it's so colourful, joyous and densely packed with breaks, samples and vintage-sounding synths.
Extra-wide techno sound designs by Dylan Richards aka House of Black Lanterns, with a superb Mosca remix. Arriving two years since 'Kill The Lights', HoBL presents a sleazy, noirish jack-attack in three parts - the oily, slow-mo groove control of 'The Smack'; the drippin' darkroom techno momentum of 'Grey Leather Glass'; a writhing deep house mutant named '8 Million Stories'. For our money though, Mosca's Dread At Controls Version of 'The Smack' is better yet, finding him working deeper into that updated M-Series sound with extra traces of Metalheadz '95 atmospheres and killer spring reverb slaps.
"Oli Burslem and Andy Jones were born in the Black Country and raised in the suburbs. They then moved to London and started selling curiosities in markets, which led to them meeting other musicians (a family table to Spiritualized’s John Coxon, an antique German map to Bill Drummond, a chair to a Caribou member, a model ship to a Scottish band - not that one - and an antique dildo to a Peace associate). They also put on an artwork exhibition with Thurston Moore. In the meantime, songs were written in a basement of a furniture store in East London. It was dark and Yak were born. Kiwi drummer Elliot Rawson joins to bang the drums."
Kuniyuki tends to his industrial/EBM roots thru a deep house filter, backed with classy Musk remix. Back in 1990 Kunikyuki released an album as DRP on Belgian EBM label Body Records. 25 years later he draws on that influence for the cantering motorik fizz of 'Newwave Project #4' and fuses its trace elements with subtle deep house swing in the sophisticated swing of 'Newwave Project #2', which receives a sweetened rework from Musk layered up with congas and simmering organ motifs.
*Limited LP in gatefold sleeve w/ white inner sleeve + CD included with the full album plus 3 bonus tracks* "After collaborations with Robert Wyatt and PJ Harvey amongst others, multi-instrumentalist Pascal Comelade teams up with Jack White faves Les Liminanas. It's been noted that their are traces of Serge Gainsbourg, Beck, Stereolab, Gospel, Yeh-Yeh, guitar fuzz freakouts, and Nugget's-era stompers in the Limiñanas music. All of which may be true, but Limiñanas' sound is irreverent and singular. The band’s fusion of traditional French “ye ye” stylin… Read more
"This second 7" from the Colonel marks the debut of two wicked young artists straight outta Asher Senator’s school of fast chat in Brixton – Face and Sheenyboo. Recorded on an original Naram riddim with an upful twist, these talented singjays have come up with a soundkilling anthem for the new generation – with the refrain “Dangerous, soundbwoy bite di dust, you haffi deh pon twitter if you waan follow us” sure to resonate over dancehalls across the land! All Colonel Mustard’s 7"s have been fine-tuned to test any soundsystem’s bass bins – and they’re strictly limited pressing, so get in quick or face the wrath of the Colonel!"
"Naram and the Jahtari posse have formed an unlikely alliance with a mysterious gentleman named Colonel Mustard to launch a new label focusing on contemporary music that’s directly inspired by ruffneck 1980s and early 90s dancehall. Operating out of the harsh desert landscapes of Coburgistan, the Colonel is a hard taskmaster, and he’s put Naram and disrupt to work to cook up a trailer load of killer relicks and deadly original riddims. With the Colonel’s impressive sphere of global influence, the riddims are finding their way to some of the wickedest artists from dancehall’s golden era – as w… Read more
"British experimentalist James Alexander Bright aka Hairy Hands delivers his first release for Tape Club Records. Battlecat' EP features a line up of musicians that includes Kwake Bass (DOOM, Kate Tempest) and Andy Ramsay (Stereolab) on drums, saxophone by Jack Wylie of Portico, and Laurel Collective's Mark Rainbow on keys/synthesizers. It was mastered by Brainfeeder beatmaker and Leaving Records boss Matthewdavid. "
*Remastered from the original tapes, LP housed in a deluxe Stoughton gatefold “tip-on” jacket* "Every artist has a piece of work that niggles them—something that they wish they could redo, given the chance. It’s why Paul McCartney once reproduced Let It Be and why Kate Bush re-recorded Wuthering Heights for her best-of album. For the prolific Michael Chapman, that album is Window, the missing link in the series of Chapman’s early albums being reissued by Light In The Attic Records. Window sits just after the previously released Fully Qualified Survivor and Rainmaker, right before Wrecked Agai… Read more
Thursday, 12 February
**Edition of 500 mastered & cut by Matt Colton. Initial copies on silver wax, includes a download of the full album dropped into your account on Monday, Feb 16th** The panoramas of 'Awake' open six captivating and plangent guitar scapes stirred up by prolific collaborator Mike Shiflet with John Kolodij a.k.a. High Aura'd for Type. Captured face-to-face - or rather face-to-amp - over the course of three days in Kolodji's Rhode Island studio, the improvised recordings were later edited together with sparse, pastoral field recordings to create the kind of densely woven sonic fabric that … Read more
After a whirlwind couple of years, Anthony Naples drops his debut album on Four Tet's Text label. Since 2012, the NYC-based producer has become a byword for fuggy, smushed house with a faded melodic fidelity, as heard in ace releases for Opal Tapes, Mister Saturday Night, TTT, and his own label, Proibito. With 'Body Pill' he explores that aesthetic at more obtuse angles, and with a broader range of tempos, vacillating woozy BoC-isms like 'Ris' with what sounds like Push Button Objects -gone lo-fi house with 'Abrazo', and Actress-style snoozy boogie with 'Changes' and the gorgeous miniature,… Read more
*Finally available on reissued vinyl - deluxe 2LP set including a 4-page 12" x 12" insert with liner notes by Steve Knutson and full lyric sheet, features 12 previously unreleased tracks of “Buddhist Bubblegum Alt Disco Pop” recorded between 1985-1990 - J U S T T O O GOOD* The material here is derived from two unreleased albums worth, a 1985 test pressing entitled 'Corn' and a long planned album for Rough Trade, worked on between 1986 - 90 and eventually shelved when Russell became too ill to complete, or let go of his material. Arthur's curious, optimi… Read more
Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis' post-Wire ambient-noise scape, '3R4' reissued for the first time since 1980 when it was only 4AD's 2nd ever release. After setting a template for post-punk with a trio of now certified classic LPs, this half of Wire would begin to peel away from pop and standard songwriting to explore the studio-as-instrument with cinematic results. Melody and structure were booted out the back door to be replaced by the twin spirits of improvisation and innovation, grappling with sound as colour and space and texturhythm in a rich tradition stretching back thru the avant-gard… Read more
Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis' post-Wire ambient-noise scape from 1980 exploring a more melodic style of song-writing, but one still struck by the possibilities of the studio-as-instrument. In 'Ends With The Sea' they nimbly render cranky guitars and Gilbert's pointillist melody to a grinding but glowing texturhythm cleaving the difference between industrial music and art-pop. With 'Hung Up To Dry Whilst Building An Arch' the lyrical content and guitars are smudged to glossolalia and diffused around their patented motorik drums, making for one of the eeriest, forward looking 7"s of the early '80s. RIYL SPK, Chris Carter and Einstürzende Neubauten.