Thursday, 13 November
*180gram heavyweight half and half yellow and black vinyl, Features a bonus insert with interview and retrospective by Dave Segal. Additional remastering by Martin Bowes at the Cage, London* "Medical Records present the first official reintroduction and reissue of the iconic IKO “83” LP. This coveted album by minimal synth aficionados around the globe has been out of print and very rare since it’s original release in 1982. Hailing from Montreal, Canada, IKO has always been shrouded in mystery. All 3 members come from an academic background (electroacoustic composition, etc), and they met at the Universi… Read more
"Einstürzende Neubauten are back with a new album. The band has produced a musical work on the outbreak of World War which made its premiere performance in Diksmuide, Belgium on November 8, 2014. In this work the band will link their techniques, which are explicitly bound to the traditions of the avant-garde, with this first global event that shook the entire world."
Ouch! Roy Davis Jr brings the bang in rudest fashion on Clone's Jack For Daze series. 'Chemical Warfare' is an artful lesson in over-driven Chicago house, going heavy on the distorto sauce over a whirring, mystic display of synths and drum machine ruggedness that burns to the bone. Flipside, styles are no less soiled in the brittle, tweaky buck ov 'Broken Machines' and a fizzy, grumbling rhythm track called 'Jack Da Rhythms'.
**Hand-numbered edition of 1000 housed in screen-printed jacket** 19 year old Vegas resident Shamir Bailey's arresting vocals are the star of his debut EP, delivered on XL. Set to slightly tepid disco house backing by Godmode's Nick Sylvester, their gender-bending timbre allures over safe, standardised grooves, at best in the strutting lead cut 'If It Wasn't True', and the gospel-influenced torchsong 'I'll Never Be Able To Love'. Look forward to hearing what Shamir does next, provided it's with another producer…
**180g edition of 500 housed in silk-screen printed jacket** The impossibly busy Oren Ambarchi meets octo-limbed percussionist Eli Keszler on East London's Dancing Wayang for a deeply beguiling, improvised session of drone, noise and avant-rock. Both performers approach the project arguably at the peak of their powers - Ambarchi off a stunning run off releases in 2014, Keszler ever fine-tuning his near algorithmic proprioceptions - and utterly free to challenge and question music at its fundamental levels - time, space and timbre. A pair of side-long, headlong pieces ensue, mapping ou… Read more
Portland, Oregon's BAT notches up his 2nd vinyl release with the murky post techno of his 'Neon Razor Chain' for Left_Blank. For the past few years he's become a bit of a cult concern in the hardware-fetishising tape scene and beyond, drawing favourable comparisons with everyone from Basic House to Prostitutes, Vessel and Container. Revving up the buzzsaw grine and haunted space of title track 'Neon Razor Chain', he gets grittier with the blown-out, tetchy techno charge of 'Strobic' in the front, before inverting the formula to crushed dub styles with 'Jackal Code' and more wayward, plonging ambient dub in 'Digi Hex' and 'Anti Code'.
**Stickered, one-sided white label** Killer breakbeat garage hotshot from Brunks. Whilst his 2013 debut trod a similar path to Beneath and classic UKF, this time he gives a ruffed up and moodier version of DJ Luck & MC Neat's 'Aint' No Stopping Us' alloyed with a breakstep chassis for that old skool Horsepower Productions or El-B feel. Killer plate.
Jesse James Solomon joins the PMR ranks with the stoned soul and road raps of his debut, 'Jesse From SE' EP. If King Krule gets on your tits this may not be the one for you, but if you you've got a soft spot for nonchalant, articulate and melancholy yung Londoners you'll be in good company with Jesse.
Swing Ting co-founder Samrai meets Rüf Dug, on a filtered street-rave tip for UTTU, backed with Hashman Deejay and Zanzibar Chanel remixes. Their first observation muddles Manc dancefloor history with an anachronistic blend of dusted boogie soul and jungle breaks sounding like some mutant Juice Box TP discovered in the Chorlton Oxfam, and likewise, the breathy synth voices, tropical chirps and latinate shuffle of '2nd Observation' could almost be from some Hulme-o-naut's bedroom in '91. Hashman Deejay gives a smoother ambient house re-lick of '1st Observation' and Zanzibar Chanel chimes in with a greased up remix of '2nd'.
Lean, rolling and swinging house trax from Australia's Untzz label. H∆CK in control with four joints cutting from the stabby, Todd Edwards like swing of '8208' to fruitier synth funk in 'Domino' and over to the warm chords of 'Halfway Home' or clipped, lo-fi funk of 'Work At It'.
**2014 reissue of the original 10 track version** "Rasta Communication is the classic 1978 album by Keith Hudson (1947 - 1984), the celebrated singer/songwriter/producer remembered for this seminal album and equally influential "Pick A Dub". Recorded at Randy's, Channel One & Chalk Farm with a final tweak from Prince Jammy at King Tubby's, the album featured a line-up of Jamaica's finest musicians including Family Man & Carlton Barrett and Sly & Robbie. All the ingredients were in place for a five-star classic, and the results did not disappoint. This early Greensleeves release saw… Read more
Bad Boy Skanking” is King Yellowman in combination with the mighty Fathead - Hi-Times Band in full effect, 10 dancehall scorchers from 1982. Produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes at Joe Gibbs and mixed by the legendary Errol Thompson!
“Mouse and the Man” is the 1983 dancehall classic from the one and only Eek-A-Mouse - Roots Radics in full effect, produced by Linval Thompson at Channel One and mixed by Soldgie. It includes the hit single "Terrorists In The City”.
**Hand-stamped yellow wax** Red-raw techno-house ravers from Gerstaffelen for Aroy Dee's stalwart M>O>S label. It's really all about the A-side's bomb trax, with the hefty buck slug of 'Bombara' and the fiercely powerful rave techno of 'Invisible Ghosts' practically worth the entry alone, but chuck in the mystic jackers elements of 'Night Flows North' and 'Night Flows South', and you've got yourself a ruddy winner.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Berlin based songwriter Dan Bodan was born in the wide open Canadian prairies and raised in Montreal. Reared on the city’s underground noise and experimental music scene, Bodan moved to Berlin eight years ago. Blossoming in the city’s unique mixture of crumbling old-world European values, start-up philanthropy, sleepless techno and epic grey skies, he began writing songs to soundtrack his train rides through the city and make sense of it all. For fans of LCD Soundsystem, Shit Robot and Holy Ghost."
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Originally, all they wanted was record one mutual track for the Japan tour in spring 2014. On this tour, Springintgut and F.S. Blumm would present their recent solo records*) in nine cities in Japan, and one duo track couldn't hurt for an encore. These duo compositions came off surprisingly easy, and in a breath there were seventeen tracks instead of one. Keeping in mind that both solo albums have been six years in the making, the recording of “The Bird And White Noise“ within two months is extraordinary. It's proo… Read more
"Mike and Cara Gangloff’s Black Ribbon of Death, Silver Thread of Life is the third in a series of loosely connected melodic investigations released by Mike Gangloff over the past two years. All three were recorded around the Gangloff home in rural Floyd County, Virginia, and were engineered by Joseph Dejarnette (Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bruce Greene, Curtis Eller). And all three feature the far-reaching improvisation familiar from Gangloff’s work with the old-time stringbandBlack Twig Pickers and the acoustic-drone outfit Pelt.Taken together, they for… Read more
*Edition of 1000 copies, a new project from members of Zombi and Majeure and acclaimed film composer Paul Lawler. Riyl: Zombi, John Carpenter, Maserati, Vangelis* "Contact is the new duo of A.E. Paterra (aka Majeure) of famed sci-fi synth-rock group Zombi, and acclaimed British film composer, Paul Lawler. Exploring a similar orbit as Majeure and Zombi, multi-instrumentalist Lawler infuses heavy doses of melody and drama to give First Contact a sound and feel that blends late 70s Pink Floyd sprawl, the nostalgic wonder of early 80s science documentaries, and John Carpenter's 80s sci-fi action f… Read more
*500 Copies* Lead single from Kindness’ second album ‘Otherness’, ‘This Is Not About Us’ allows a circular, sticky piano figure played by Kindness’ Adam Bainbridge to slowly melt into a gorgeous choral haze.
"Eiko Ishibashi returns from her ‘Imitation Of Life’ album with the all new ‘Car And Freezer’. Ever wondered if you could make an album twice, with completely different lyrics? It’d probably help if you had two completely different languages to draw from and for ‘Car And Freezer’ that’s exactly what Eiko did. In 2013, Drag City introduced Eiko to the world outside of Japan by way of her first US album release. At that time the label explained that Eiko was an instrumentalist and arranger who had come into writing songs somewhat accidentally. She’s been doing so without further accident si… Read more
*Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey, cut at Abbey Road studios, pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl and includes download code redeemable from the label* While the “Lyre of Orpheus” concentrates on his oozing lovesongs for all manner of strange and unidentified beauties, “Abattoir Blues” unleashes Cave’s wit and tobacco-stained violence at it’s most devastating. It’s an often fabulous work from one of the most disturbingly charismatic songwriters of a generation, uncomfortably itching away at middle age with all the nastiness and bile we’d expect.
*Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey, cut at Abbey Road studios, pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl and includes download code redeemable from the label* It's mightily impressive that this album made it out as quickly as it has, following if not hot, then warm-ish on the heels of the midlife crisis noise romp that was the Grinderman side-project and the soundtrack to The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, both of which surfaced last year. Just twelve months down the line and this new Bad Seeds album shows no signs whatever of quant… Read more
*Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey, cut at Abbey Road studios, pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl and includes download code redeemable from the label* Twelfth studio album from Nick Cave, and the realisation of one of his most accessable voice to date. Much has been said of Cave's problematic transition into middle age and his gradual creeping into stretches of sound that sometimes veer dangerously close to adult orientated rock. 'Nocturama' does, indeed, see Nick and the Seeds shedding much of their pre-millenial angst and sonic idealism in favour of a … Read more
*LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card* "Rhyton are the Brooklyn based trio of Dave Shuford (D. Charles Speer And The Helix, No Neck Blues Band), Jimy SeiTang (Stygian Stride) and Rob Smith (Pigeons). Rhyton take ancestral forms, instrumentation and scales, primarily sourced from Middle Eastern and Greek traditions and incorporate them into the context of scorching improvised rock. ‘Kykeon’ was recorded at the legendary Black Dirt Studios (Jack Rose, Steve Gunn, The Black Twig Pickers, etc) in upstate New York with their long- time engineer Jason Meagher."
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Bo Ningen and Savages deliver ‘Words To The Blind’ - a 37-minutes collaborative track. Taking their cross fertilisation a step further, following occasional live appearances together and Savages’ Jehnny Beth guesting on Bo Ningen’s current album ‘III’, ‘Words To The Blind’ is inspired by the Dadaist concept of the ‘Simultaneous Poem’…"
**Ltd edition heavyweight vinyl - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "El Hombre Trajeado co-founder and erstwhile Arab Strap and RM Hubbert collaborator Stevie Jones takes the spotlight with mesmerising collective of his very own. ‘Brocken Spectre’ - named after the immense, halo-crested shadow cast by hill climbers on faraway clouds when backlit by the sun - is the first album on which Jones places his typically participatory ethic aside and assumes responsibility for writing, arranging and producing every note of its eight entirely acoustic songs. Jones corra… Read more
Joel Martin and Matt Edwards reprise their Quiet Village duo as Q.V. for the white label series of London's Phonica record shop. A-side is a subtle, druggy swinger propped on fat subs and prodding drums to an apex of dubbed sax bleats and mystic, droning atmospheres. B-side takes a more Afro-centric tack with rolling drums and bass tucked to Edwards exacting specifications and layered up with all manner of exotic, psychedelic samples.