Thursday, 11 December
"The latest addition to 4AD, Australian resident Oliver Hugh Perry - creatively known as D.D Dumbo produces reverb soaked songs that erupt in thunderous rhythm and euphoric drone. Minimal in structure and complemented by Perry’s voice, they subtly reference traditional stylings from around the globe such as African desert blues, Tanzanian ilimba and transcendental Tuvan melody."
**Clear turquoise wax with download code** "“The Mist” recalls a hypnotic, eerie landscape, a fog which slowly materialises over a lake in the deepest part of the woods. “Conundrum” sets the mise-en-scène with spectral voices that hover over organic pads and drones. “Snake snake” is the closest thing to hip-hop on the album, without compromising on a free structure where the rhythms are fractured and reconstructed, like a living entity, before giving way to the crystal-clear melodies and throbbing bass frequencies, over which the ethereal voice of Nimio oscillates in “Ego hunter”. Cascades of not… Read more
Wednesday, 10 December
Thursday, 04 December
**2x140g vinyl mastered + cut by Rashad at D&M. Artwork by Bill Kouligas & Louis Reith** Easily one of our most anticipated LPs of 2014, Afrikan Sciences' 'Circuitous' transcends jazz, techno and hip hop with pineal Afro-futurist vision. Hailing from Saturn via Oakland, CA, Eric Douglas Porter aka Afrikan Sciences has carved an elliptic orbit thru the sonic cosmos with three albums and a string of 12"s for Aybee's Deepblak label, an empathetic home for his abstract, groovesome suppositions improvised on turntables, upright bass, and a matrix of digital tablets. Now taking flight within t… Read more
**140g vinyl masterded + cut by Rashad at D&M** Golden Püdel's Helena Hauff and F#X charge a rampant 2nd session of gristly hardware roil as Black Sites for PAN. Relentlessly bloody-minded and primed for strobe-and-smoke-lit 'floors, both sides give up some of the most damaged no wave/acid that we've heard all year. A-side: 'Unit 2669' locks lampin' kicks and mind-swilling 303s to a rusted thumb piano/cowbell motif for 12 minutes of noxious, incessant club fuel in the mould of classic Bunker/Acid Planet bangers. B-side: 'Mockba' is a different kettle of radioactive, three-eyed… Read more
**Edition of 500 - Deluxe Reissue of the ICA's ground-breaking compilation Cybernetic Serendipity Music, originally released in 1968 to coincide with their exhibition Cybernetic Serendipity, which proved to be a landmark in the history of audio/visual art, and the first exhibition of its kind in the UK devoted to the relationship between music and early computers** The ICA and Vinyl Factory present this facsimile reissue of the first ever "computer music" record, including pieces by Iannis Xenakis, John Cage, and Peter Zinovieff a.o. Originally compiled by Peter Schmidt and rele… Read more
**140g vinyl edition of 300. Mastered + cut by CGB at D&M** Lawrence English and Werner Dafeldecker tantalise and excite our spatial and textural perceptions in this deeply involving collaboration recorded across the Antarctic Peninsula and later produced in Brisbane, Australia. 'Shadow Of The Monolith' features electroacoustic transformations of atmospheric, hydrophonic and ionospheric materials which have been layered, processed and restructured into a spectrum of of microtonal gradients, vibrant frequencies and fractured nonspaces. Basically, it vascilat… Read more
Regis, Evian Christ, HTRK, Kangding Ray and Dutch E Germ line up suitably epic, brooding remixes for Ben Frost's 'A U R O R A' album. In pole position, Evian Christ takes 'Venter' to his anti-G club space with sprung trap drums and iridescent trance chord blooms, whereas Dutch E Germ dismantles, guts and reassembles the same original stems in a battered, noisy dub, and HTRK retune those elements in their own sallow image with slow cooked machine rhythms and elusive, opiated synth tones. On the flipside Kangding Ray turns 'No Sorrowing' into a moody roller with a patented, muscular dynamic, a… Read more
*Gorgeous collaboration between Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJ Nilsen featuring Hildur Guðnadóttir on cello* The enigmatic Ash International imprint yields the willowing beauty of Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJ Nilsen's original score for 'I Am Here' (2014), written and directed by Anders Morgenthaler. The score also features guest contributions from Hildur Guðnadóttir (cello), and the celestial voices of Elfa Margrét Ingvadóttir and Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson, it's a deeply effective synthesis of BJNilsen's intangible electro-acoustic atmospheres and Jóhannsson's celebrated string arrangements,… Read more
**The first release from Vereker's new label - Wrap-around artwork in PVC sleeve** Utter ruination from Vereker and Harooni Skander as Renoir with the first release on the former's Endangered Species label. These are some seriously damaged goods, clearly informed by a fascination with the nether realms of black metal, masochistic noise and industrial music, yet somehow stoically detached and separate from them at the same time. The A-side's 'Maiden' tampers with throttled loops like some 'Cocaine Death' era Prurient piece, and 'Concrete' extrudes haunting choral slop through a barrage of combus… Read more
**Translucent Green 180g LP edition of 250 housed in hand screen-printed sleeve with artwork by Jean Luc Guinnet and essay insert by David Toop** Final dispatch of 2014 from radical, virtuoso harpist Rhodri Davies is 'An Air Swept Clean of All Distance' for Northumberland's Alt.Vinyl. Continuing his extended deconstruction of the instrument's historical, cultural connotations, as with 2012's acclaimed 'Wound Response' LP - also featured in a 4LP boxset collating this LP and two others previously released by Alt.Vinyl - Davies employs EBows and other preparations to m… Read more
**Triple LP includes download code** David Moufang aka Move D reprises his celebrated Reagenz duo with Jonah Sharp aka Space Time Continuum for The Bunker New York, five years since their Workshop album and two decades on from their seminal, eponymous debut LP on Source. A live recording conflation of correlating ideas from jazz, house, and ambient electronica, 'The Periodic Table' plays-through six extended meditations effortlessly, imperceptibly segueing between effervescent machine rhythms, dub house momentum and fractured jazz abstraction over the course of 77 m… Read more
*Much needed reissue of this classic Drexciya album for Tresor* One of Drexciya's most sought-after and definitive "storms" finally repressed for those that need it. Originally released in 2002, 'Harnessed The Storm' yields timeless anthems such as the devastating 'Digital Tsunami' - leaves us an emotional wreck every time - and the unfathomable mystery of 'Under Sea Disturbances' alongside signature enigmas like 'Mission to Ociya Syndor and Back' or the heart-breaking melodies of 'Birth Of New Life'. Trust us and everyone else: it's essential.
*Deluxe, heavyweight Triple-Gatefold, now in and shipping* Deep house savant and pioneer Theo Parrish serves one of 2014's most eagerly awaited, not to mention controversial, LPs with 'American Intelligence'. Containing 3 x LPs with silver-inked centre labels in a lavish trifold jacket, it's evidently a premium item, and priced by Sound Signature accordingly; possibly in a throw down to the hordes who deify his name without ever really investing any time, money or effort to understand his music's context. Or then again, maybe he's being greedy. Fxxk knows really. Anyway, as expect… Read more
**Long awaited vinyl edition of this killer from Mumdance with 20 locked grooves on the flipside** One of our favourite dance trax of 2014 lands on wax backed with 20 brand new locked grooves. Originally deployed back in 'Springtime', it weighs out the sweet and girly synthlines of the title track next to the outstanding dancefloor show-off, 'It's Peak', where Mumdance reduces Grime, techno, and Dutch Bubbling styles to their most potent flex. Quite frankly it's unmissable for any fwd DJs out there, and even more so now thanks to the loony locked grooves on the flip, ranging from tetchy grime loops to killer, abstract shots of concrète funk. BIG tip!
**Pearlescent White Vinyl - includes sleeve-notes from Writer / Director Lewis Jackson and John Waters. ‘The Greatest Christmas Film Ever Made’ - John Waters* "Death Waltz bring you a bit of early Christmas spirit in the form of the score to the classic 1980 yuletide slasher movie Christmas Evil. When young Harry sees his mother being seen to on Christmas night by Santa Claus, it causes a shockwave that starts to convince him that he is Father Christmas. Grown up, Harry makes toys for children and spies … Read more
Before New Age hit terra firma at the dawn of the 1980s, the classically-trained Bay Area composer Jordan De La Sierra’s consciousness soared with cosmic concepts. With cues and lessons from the great minimalists La Monte Young,Terry Riley, Pandit Pran Nath, and help from the venerable public radio program Hearts of Space, De La Sierra embarked on a journey in alternate tunings and resounding reverberations, transporting entranced listeners from the Golden Gates to the intergalactic. Take an interstellar ride on the sensory engulfing space piano with this lovingly re… Read more
The 2nd of Janek Schaefer's two new albums for Dekorder presents a pair of ecstatically vaulted and longform compositions. In contrast to the willowy drones of 'Unfolding Luxury beyond the City of Dreams', this record documents Schaefer's more highly-charged, almost ecclesiastical style of composition in two pieces originally written for installation and exhibit. The A-side's 'Inner Space Memorial in Wonderland' continues a long tradition of Janek writing in tribute to J.G. Ballard - quite recently with 'Lay-By-Lullaby' - featuring twenty one minutes of sweeping, gl… Read more
'Unfolding Luxury Beyond the City of Dreams' is the first of two contrasting new Janek Schaefer LPs for Hamburg's Dekorder. It follows his much acclaimed tribute to J.G. Ballard, 'Lay-By Lullaby' (listed in Pitchfork's Top 10 under-the-radar releases) with a softer, more tactile collection of signature ambient textures and slowly shifting space spread around seven sublime pieces united by an elegiac solemnity. They range from tributes to friends and family who've passed on, thru sweeping orchestral moments woven with field recordings, to one gorgeous number … Read more
Russell Haswell, Pye Corner Audio, Beneath, Scanner, Geiom and Mark Fell yield divergent revisions of Martin & Richard Dust's (2/3rds of The Black Dog) Japanese Itamae-inspired Application project. We'd recommend drawing straight for the dark technoid dancehall flux of Beneath's 'Flange 7' rework, the asymmetric calculations of Mark Fell's take on 'Steve Reich's Ice Cream Van', and Haswell's blistered but quietly sensitive, even melodic, remix of 'Cron Job'.
*Deluxe 3LP set includes 60 page book with comprehensive liner notes, artist interviews, unseen archival photos, and lyrics (with translations), housed in a “Tip-On” slip case with three “Tip-On” jackets* "Largely unheard, criminally undocumented, but at their core, utterly revolutionary, the recordings of the diverse North American Aboriginal community will finally take their rightful place in our collective history in the form of Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985. An anthology of music that was … Read more
Re-mastered (by Matt Colton) twenty year reissue of Juan Atkins' and Moritz Von Oswald's Model 500 classic, 'Sonic Sunset'. Includes the entrancing Calm Mix, rushing Cave Mix and pum,ping Third Wave Mix of 'Sonic Sunset', plus the gorgeous 12 minute drift of 'Neptune' and the 18 minute epic, 'I Wanna Be There'.
Mo' bass 'n bleeps from SE27, courtesy of Don Froth and WNCL. 'The Acid House Handshake' is a bit of a misleading title: the vibes are certainly more 'ardcore rather than jackin' but there's no point in quibbling over semantics, better to get down with the skanking breakbeat cut-up of 'Cosmo', the potty mouthed bogle and bounce of 'Dip Dive', or the Shake-like breakbeat escapades of 'Body X JD' and the cartoonish rudeboy stance of 'Tools' for the party.
**Excellent debut of compellingly visceral new composition by Greek composer for ace new imprint, Holotype Editions. RIYL Reinhold Friedl or Iancu Dumitrescu** "[herewith] is Danae Stefanou’s first full-length solo piano release. The album centers around the tactile exploration of the piano interior as a sonorous surface, and as a resonant chamber. The resultant eight tracks, at times sharp and abrasive, at others densely immersive, aim to convey a physical sense of listening to the piano “from the inside”, rather than upkeeping the convention of appreciating the performance “from a distanc… Read more
Mods back on the march with a pair of zingers for Munich's Little Teddy Recordings. A-side serves the spittle flecked 'Tied Up In Nottz' (with a "Z" you c*nt, according to Jason) and self-deprecating rant about their home city - "it's all so fxxking boring" - backed with the swaggering, revving garage-punk swerve of 'Fear Of Anarchy' giving a sneering twist on the Pistols for 2014. Just please, please don't do any fxxking butter adverts or slebrity jungle shite…
Fred P and Chevel take 'Change The Past' from French Fries debut album to more sophisticated deep house and swinging beat down zones. Fred P's reshape focusses on lush, glistening pads and a nudged, shuffling groove with smart but rugged New York house production values. Chevel keeps up his side with a warm and blunted display of slouching, crunchy drums and woozy pads reminding of something Kowton might do.
The Black Dice miscreant follows his jaunt onto L.I.E.S. with a typically schizoid return to DFA in 'Ms Pretzel'. Working somewhere between $hit & $hine's lop-sided funk and the burred loops of Harmonious Thelonious, his four tracks investigate heatsick Afro-centric vibes in the slow and low chug of 'Ms Pretzel' as well as noisier, splintered grooves in 'SXIXO', while 'Scum of the Cream' prowls wayward dancefloor zones with a steadier, if still sozzled, momentum, and 'A1EZOK' pushes the tempo up for a manic flurry of stepping drums and queasy, melting loops.
*Debut album by esteemed writer and Leonard Cohen biographer Sylvie Simmons produced by Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) and Chris Schultz* "Light In The Attic has an impeccable reputation for uncovering rare and precious albums from the past. Their latest release, _Sylvie_, is haunting and out-of-time—but it is also a brand-new, original debut album, by a singer-writer who has been making music since she was a little girl but just for herself. Like Devendra Banhart says, Sylvie is “a gem of an album, fragile and fearless, direct and poetic, timeless and absolutely beautiful. Like Rosalie Sorrels or Is… Read more
Rodion G.A.'s magnum opus 'Behind The Curtain' offers a further nosey into the colourful archives of Romania's synth-y psych-disco pioneer. Following on from 'The Lost Tapes' and the 'Misiunea Spațială Delta' soundtrack, 'Behind The Curtain' rescues another 14 songs from almost certain obscurity on decaying reel-to-reels at his country cottage in Romania. It's a wonder that they escaped the hands of the notorious Romanian authorities, never-mind the oxidisation process, to still convey a life-affirming and joyous take on electronic music romping from the swaggering pomp … Read more
**Clear vinyl** Sweden's cultishly adored Yung Lean and Sad Boys gang up for debut album, 'Unknown Memory', their follow-up to last year's much-loved 'Unknown Death' mixtape. Over plush production from Yung Gud, Yung Sherman and White Armor the trio emote bluest bars in autotune and pseudo-sizzurped drawl, finding a twinkling mid-space between Salem's bombast, the blown-out bounce of Evian Christ and the Scando pop harmonies of JJ, with heavy reference to Gucci Mane and Young Thug for measure. While many would be quick to dismiss them as ironic hipsters, it's actually the sincerity of their… Read more