Thursday, 09 May
Spatial powers up four gritty garagehouse bangers for WNCL. From the top, the technoid funk of 'Set Apart' deploys much more noise and distortion than we're used to, and it's all the better for it, coming off like Pepe Bradock meets Marcus Nasty and setting a precedent that runs thru the EP from 'Lost''s radgy, up-all-night warehouse shunt to the filter-disco-gone-grime vibes of 'Right Now' and the 'floor-grinding rave extremity of 'Syn Cop'. RIYL Analogue Cops, Blawan, EDMX…
The Boozoo Bajou duo are the latest ambient orbiters to be absorbed by R&S' revitalised Apollo series. Like their string of albums on Stereo Deluxe and Studio !K7, their 'Jan Mayen' EP knits worldly influences across a sparse and subtle soundscape on the boundaries of trip hop, ambient and electronica. A-side infers a languid, dusty Americana feel with the guitars of 'Jan Mayen' and steps into the sort of leftfield ambient jazz you'd expect from a Mixmaster Morris set in 'Kodiak'. B-side, their 'Stufen-Spitzbergen' unfurls shimmering bells and soundtracky downbeats, whilst 'Stronsay' deals in proper late '90s trip hop vibes for the faithful.
The Orb and Lee Perry hail their incoming album with 'Ball Of Fire''s heavy-troddin' dub-house riddim. Dr Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann weigh up an overproof dose of Orb-style skank with the piano vamps and thunderous bassline of the original riddim, voiced with inimitable flair by the reggae alien himself. We look forward to hearing the versions from Dabrye, Deadbeat and Mad Professor.
**Edition of 300 copies** 'Midnight Thunder' is the first in a series of EP featuring up and coming Scottish artists remixed by wiser elders and emerging talent from the international pool. We're rather taken with iO Sounds' industro-dancehall overhaul of Conquering Animal Sound's 'Treehouses' and a cool JD Twitch remix of HRH's 'Pink Ring; there's also an energetic Neil Landstrumm remix of Auntie Flo's 'Sun Ritual' and Nightwave's ravin' rebuild of Leonidas & Hobbes' 'Heavy Weather' is proper...
Superb 12" for the dancefloor connoisseurs: four hip-rolling, samba-teknoid remixes of Kirk Degiorgio by Rick Wilhite, NX-1, and Spatial. We catch 3 Chairs' Detroit hero Rick Wilhite at his best with a tightly sinuous, shuffling remix of 'Babilonia' plus a killer stripped down dub coming off like a classic Mike Huckaby wave-rider. Better yet, Barcelona'a NX-1 impress with the rumbling reinterpretation of 'Borel' employing stacked layers of percussion and sparse, moody atmospheres to outstanding effect reminding of recent Mike Parker movements, for Spatial to polish off with his garage-wired and fully sub-sunken take on 'Morro Da Formiga'.
After delivering two of 100% Silk's dopest 12"s and a collaboration with LA Vampires, Brooklyn's Octo Octa delivers the label's most anticipated long player. Like his earlier anthem, 'I'm Trying', his 'Between Two Selves' perfectly characterises 100% Silk's shift from super lo-fi towards much cleaner, sleeker deep house tropes whilst retaining something of a raw, unusual, almost psychedelic fuzziness that you're unlikely to find in the latest Hot Creations spawn. Over its eight trax Mr Octa succinctly references classic Chicago, New York/Jersey, Detroit and moodier European flavours with… Read more
**Haunting chamber pop and witchy drone somewhere between Tropic of Cancer and Haxan Cloak. White vinyl edition of 500 copies housed in printed inner sleeves and glossy gatefold jacket** "Launched in 2006 by Nicolas Devos and Penelope Michel, along with their project Cercueil (responsible for three albums particularly noteworthy), Puce Moment has so far existed mainly on stage, diluted over time (with only a handful of concerts) and imagery (projections, performances or contemporary dance pieces). Ice, dust and blinding flashes of white light: Puce Moment had the scene, only the soul and back… Read more
*Includes digital download code redeemable from the label, embroidered shield and A3 poster - Francesco Tristano, Aymeric Westrich, Rami Khalifé indulge their proggier, glam and neo classical-tinted dance-rock tastes** "Original and unique album from an international trio of classically trained musicians. The band’s second full-length release, following their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2009. An audacious blend of contemporary classical, electro and improvised post rock…With two grand pianos joined by drums on stage, Aufgang’s live show switches on and sweeps away everything i… Read more
**Acutely melodic electronica crafted with a sharp pop mind. Includes download code redeemable from the label. RIYL MoM, Ceephax Acid Crew, MR76ix** "For Adventure's 2011 album, Lesser Known, mastermind Benny Boeldt dived deep into pop songcraft. Unlike Adventure's self-titled debut, this record was full of earworm vocal hooks - a big leap from the chiptune-indebted songs of his first album. Boeldt's third Adventure LP, Weird Work, remains in the same sonic space as Lesser Known but abandons its sing-alongs. The album veers from a Square Enix-style video game soundtrack ("Alone") to a strange le… Read more
**RIYL James Blake, Jamie Woon, Dean Blunt** "Fire In My Hands is Jono McCleery's return single, a collaboration with electronic producer Royce Wood Junior. It's a stunning evolution in McCleerys sound; a rapid fire, skittering drum beat and blues piano driving an fathoms-deep vocal. Its musing delivery belies the developing sense of resolve, and the song leaves the listener's mood curiously but profoundly improved. The package is completed with "Painted Blue", a timeless soul number with a swaying, elemental melody and a harmonised chorus that would have the most celebrated soul diva … Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Recorded at Damon Albarn’s studio 13 in London and featuring contributions from Albarn, Thundercat and DOOM, and features artwork designed by The Child of Lov himself
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label - first run on coloured vinyl** Classy dream-pop from London’s Greg Hughes, Tessa Murray and friends, the follow-up to their widely acclaimed 2011 set Creatures Of An Hour. The album kicks off with ‘The Trip’, in which Murray invites you to “pack your bags / hit the open road”, and she could be describing the band’s own creative trajectory: this a far airier, more widescreen LP than its predecessor, with a clarity to the production and songwriting that surely will surely lead to daytime radio play and festival ubiquity (if it… Read more
"How do you follow up such an artistically and commercially successful venture as "The Death Defying Unicorn"? First of all by just being Motorpsycho, a band that for close to 25 years have done whatever they want to without considering trends, career moves or expectations. For "Still Life With Eggplant" they assembled some 20 songs of what Bent Sæther calls "other music", simply songs from the last three years that didn´t suit the Unicorn but refused to be ignored. In October the band entered Brygga Studio in Trondheim for the first time in many, many moons, this being the studi… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "Dungeonesse, the pop project of Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Flock Of Dimes) and Jon Ehrens (White Life), release their self-titled debut album for Secretly Canadian. Born of a mutual admiration for Top 40 and R&B and the mechanics of what makes a hit song, the Baltimore natives and longtime friends Wasner and Ehrens began putting jams together remotely. Ehrens would send tracks from LA to Wasner on tour, and they’d bounce ideas back and forth. The charming strength of the resulting Dungeonesse rests in the dichotomy formed by of a re-in… Read more
Each of the French artist's precious LP offerings have represented a further deepening and refining of her craft, getting closer to some kind of spiritual essence. On a so-so day, she makes music that you feel privileged to hear, and on a good day she makes music that cleaves your heart in two. It's been a long wait for new material - her last album, Les Ondes Silencieuses, is now six years old - but 'The Weighing Of The Heart' doesn't disappoint, despite a considerable burden of expectation. The oneiric shimmer of her music has its contemporary analogs in the likes of Grouper and J… Read more
Detroit's ADULT. have - just about - survived several cycles of fashion, their love of electro and kohl-eyed techno-pop pure, unwavering and indefatigable. Good on 'em. That's not to say we're bowled over by The Way Things Fall, their fifth studio album to date; it's mostly business as usual, spiky electroclash with little to distinguish it from what was being played in Nag Nag Nag circa 2001-2 but delivered with a confidence and authority appropriate to its makers' experience. Sparse disco-punk torch songs like 'Love Lies' and 'Tonight, We Fall' remind you how much the likes of Glass Candy… Read more
Kompakt's most stylish disco-pop group follow-up their well-received 'Hotel Amour' album with four fresh new cuts of lusty, deep and vocal house. Bon Homme voices three classy moves; the swirling, oriental sensuality of 'You', the piano-lead disco torch song 'Painkiller', and the wobbly tech-house of 'Endless Summer'. Jennifer Cardini lends a chic touch to the slinkier sauce of 'Wunderbar'.
**First edition of 500 includes CD copy** "Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen is a guitar heroine for our times. She first picked up her mother’s nylon-strung acoustic guitar at the age of ten and as an exploratory teenager she dug deep into her father’s jazz and rock record collection. Then she was given an electric guitar and amplifier as a confirmation present, and never looked back. But there’s nothing pious about her music. Her molten, overdriven guitar sound is forged in the same fiery furnace as Hendrix, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page, then plunged into a steaming vat of free jazz in… Read more
Four cuts of robust analog techno purism by London-based Sanys. Styles veer between the Blawan-compatible 4/4 digger 'Hired Guns' and the hard, stepping flex of 'Grab Them Back In' on the A-side through to grubby tribal styles on 'Plain Rude' and the monotone DJ tool thwack of 'Down And Dirty'.
Stephen Brown sets off Subwax Bcn's Excursion sister label with two elegant techno rollers. A-side 'Pablo' is lean and hypnotic techno in the classic mould - warm chords open out over icy hi-hat shivers and effortlessly glyding bass for that smooth motor city-style ride. B-side 'Playpark' shifts focus from the rhythm to melody, arcing out almost synth-pop wise arpeggios and colourful hooks over refined technohouse pulse.
Ellen Allien gives up the stripped-down, old skool house styles of 'The Kiss' backed with Snuff Crew and Jesse Perez remixes, plus an excellent Redshape remix of 'Need'. Miami's Jesse Perez gives a rugged hip house version and Snuff Crew do that kinky Berlin thing; Redshape goes loco with the drum machines in a proper tribal trip-out.
DJ-ready edits from Mak And Pasteman (M.A.P). Up top a certain, late diva is given a lick of percolating club bass and house chords; downtown a rapper-of-the-moment is given the 4/4 UK house flex.
Melancholic, deeper UK tech house vibes. His 'Simple Pleasures' takes in a sorta Holy Other-gone-house feeling with 'Mind & Heart' featuring vox by Rudi Crone, and the London shimmy of 'Always' with Tjorven on the front, and gets craftier with the sharp swing and blue, reversed chords of 'Inquest' and the proggier electro-jazzy synthlines of 'Deluge'.
Chunky, swinging UK house issued by London's club/label ManMakeMusic. Laszlo Dancehall debuts three cuts ranging from organ-heated garagehouse ('Gave Up') to more driving 4/4 bang ('Ain't No Time') and strutting, Detroit beatdown-inflected groove with Arthur Russell edits ('Manley Harrison').
Brighton's Let The Machines Do The Work quartet get busy on a pair of sleek and ornate UK house striders following up 12"s from Blacksmif for Blah Blah Blah. A-side 'One Love' is geared up for maximum swing come friday night, unloading populist measures of "soulful" vocal stab, old-skool rave vibes and thudding tech-house percussion. B-side 'Brighter Day' plays deeper with elastic electro jackin' bass, warm chords and crisp rhythms for the shuffling posse.
Manchester-based, Eastern Bloc-affiliated Re:alignment Records makes maiden voyage with the D&B debut of Pattern (featuring Bane) backed with AnD's techno remix. The original 'Draft' is a lean, moody roller with shimmering liquid inflections and taut, mercurial drum edits; AnD's remix takes inspiration from recent Regis actions for a pressurised reduction of bass hydraulics and hovering drones.
Alex Picone, Marcolino and Rawmance's Citizens Above Suspicion thrum off four stripped-down, sub-heavy, loopy house tools for the DJs. Pure 808 and 909 functions in tracky formation ranging from monotone jack trax to bloopy swagger and one killer, string-laden, Detroit-style heavyweight.
**Ritualistic, psychedelic Americana folk and drone by the former Lungfish frontman. Hand-numbered edition of 1000 LPs housed in foil-blocked and die-cut jacket** "Daniel Higgs has always been held in the highest esteem by us here at Southern, becoming an almost totemic figure in the process. Certainly an appreciation for his work, and the canon of the band Lungfish, has been a job requirement for all the staff who've worked with us over the years. He has graced us with visits from time to time, and his London shows have always been must attend events for Southern alumni. Naturally, a La… Read more
"The third installment in Numero's series of otherworldly gospel, robed funk, and spiritual soul, Apocryphal Hymns is a slim new gospel songbook, penned powerfully by the genre's lesser-known disciples. Here, heavenly harmonies, psychedelic guitars, damaged sacred steel, a bleeding french horn, off-kilter choirs, and consumer-side electronic percussion decorate the Word, with performance modes that stray far from the flock, but hew always to the message. In homage to the the stock jacket record industry of the 1970s, select one of these four alternate covers: Woodland Twilight, Seashore Morning, Mountain Waterfall, and Sunbeam Canyon."
Proper, stripped-down and bendy deep house jack trax by one of the Chicago new skool's finest. We're particularly feeling the pointillist trackiness of 'Smack Session' and the sinuous elasticity of 'Technicals' up top.