Thursday, 16 July
2nd part of Dial's exclusive 'All' compilation deals five sparkling cuts on vinyl. Label co-founder Carsten Jost sets a sophisticated tone with the effortlessly deep and minimal house momentum of 'My Confession', neatly followed with the breezy, dubbed-out inflections of RNDM's 'Summer Smile' swinger. Physical Therapy deals one of his signature wildcards with the squashed, junglist 2-step techno of 'Market Crash', and John Roberts cuts a sweelt psychedelic figure with the Bullion-esque production of 'Paloma'.
Cómeme run a ruddier, sexier bum-bum sound from Carisma on their 2nd full EP following numerous remixes and compilation appearances. It's a signature fit for Matias Aguayo's label, whether slyding '90s house into slippery, latinate psychedelia with 'Fruta' or serving sub-heavy carnival functions with 'Discoteca Profunda' on top, or carving to the darker side with the polychromatic EBM trip of 'Vertigo', and giving the disco something to suck on with the salty synth thrust of 'Dueños De Este Instante'.
**Chestblaster vinyl (reverse red splatter on clear) housed in a 425 reverse board sleeve with cover art by Eric Adrian Lee and a booklet of sleeve notes by star Giovanni Lombardo Radice. One-off edition of 900** "Death Waltz Recording Company has taken another step into the infamous genre of flesh-eating monsters in order to bring you a much-requested score from the field of Italian horror – Alexander Blonksteiner’s CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE (aka APOCALYPSE DOMANI). Directed by Antonio Margheriti (YOR, HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE) and starring John Saxon (A… Read more
**Legendary record featuring very early instance of Sun Ra getting down with electronics. A.k.a. 'Cosmic Equation', 'The Cosmos' or 'Other Worlds'. 50th anniversary reissue edition of 1000 x 180g esperanto green vinyl** "The astonishing sessions that went light years beyond "free jazz" improvisation to create a music of deeply-felt, explosive and gentle gesture made from sound itself without reference to previous notions of melody or harmony are now issued in a special 50th Anniversary 1000-copy limited edition on Esperanto-green 180-gram vinyl with Sun Ra’s original, … Read more
*50th Anniversary limited edition green vinyl - individually numbered copies. Legendary record featuring very early instance of Sun Ra getting down with electronics. 50th anniversary reissue edition of 1000 x 180g esperanto green vinyl** "More explorations of outer space by the spokesman for the space age. When Walt Whitman wrote, "I am vast; I contain multitudes," he could have been channeling Sun Ra. The man born Herman Blount in Alabama, who claimed he was from Saturn, was equally at home reviving Fletcher Henderson compositions based on their original arrangements … Read more
Jeff Mills sets the scene for his 'Exhibitionist 2' DVD with a four track taste of what's to come. They were all created specifically for use in his follow-up to the now-seminal 'Exhibitionist' (2004) performance, dealing in his signature styles between the polychromatic plumes of 'Signals to Atomic One', the cascading bleeps of 'A-B', and a proper deep space mystery in 'Spiralism'.
STL tests out a colourful new sound with 'Simply Positive', his 5th release for Smallville following last year's 'At Disconnected Moments' LP. Grooves are still gritty like sand in your pants, but it feels as though the melodic arrangements are brought into brighter, if somewhat smudged focus as 'Heaven's Vape' rolls out with proper, early Detroit-style synth programming frayed like some Jamal Moss meditation, whilst 'Joy operator' reduces the momentum to a Marcesllus Pittman-style shuffle layered up with wistful chords to dusky, tactile effect.
Debonaire deep house class from Fred Peterkin, a.k.a. the Mariana trench of modern American house music. Appearing under a new handle, FP-Oner, the NYC native ploughs a fertile field of house music in 'Oner 5', one nourished on jazz, ambient electronics and African rhythms and subtly steeled with a slinky, minimal techno backbone. As the follow-up to his widely-adored 2010 release, 'The Incredible Adventures of Captain P', it follows his well-honed instincts with a refined sense of production economy and heads-down momentum but, not at the expense of his lusher intimations, clearly expressing a pos… Read more
Kassem Mosse's Ominira presents an hypnotic session by the lesser-spotted half of Africans With Mainframes - Noleian Reusse. For his first solo outing in 3 years, the Chicagoan producer brews a slow, sticky and shuffling acid groove called 'Venus in Scorpio' on top, before bumping up the tempo for the lop-sided swing and jabbing 303s of '3rd Layer', and rustling up some gritty, wheezing Afro-Latin gear in the sawn-off cowbells and oozing bass of 'Gun Romance'. TIP!
Detroit's OB Ignitt teams up with his cuz, Omar-S on the superb 3rd flight from his OBONIT label. A-side is a 9-minute wonder named 'Seems Like Y'All Ready', jackin' big warm kicks under levitating disco loops and singing hi-hats like some stray, dazed Soundstream before descending into deep, Convextion-like techno by the end. Flipside, he cools off with a big-boned Chez 'N Trent-style swinger in the raw beauty of 'Fellow Me', and deviates to the acid dark side with grubby resolution of 'Hold The Line'.
**White label housed in hand-painted sleeve with insert** Cranky, mutant techno from a brand new label, Heated Heads. The Friend & Adult Supervision take their debut turn with a grinding, turgid roller entitled 'Behind The Circle K (useless)' coming off like some Radioboy production pulled backwards thru a sewer. On the flip, Shady P complement that aesthetic with an effluent slow techno move named 'Biased God', and the side-chained swelter of 'Puckerphobic'. RIYL G.O.D, Opal Tapes, L.I.E.S.
**Includes 12"x12" insert** The German producer does Chicago acid in his own, devilish style with a trio of nervy and spaced-out box bangers for the Kelly Twins' Happy Skull. All three works only shades away from AFX's Analord sessions, twysting between the skittish, skating trills and grubbing acid flecks of 'Yes or No' to the lush, layered synth arrangement and knotted groove of 'Summer Time in Coloniae', and with a more mystic Jamal Moss tilt in 'Going By'.
Kurt Dahlke a.k.a. NDW pioneer Pyrolator takes his turn to reconstruct and adapt the work of pivotal Berlin-skool composer, Conrad Schnitzler. This posthumous, inter-generational collaboration is even better than it reads on paper/screen, with Dahlke aiming to "present a side of Conrad which I has always heard in his music but one which often goes unnoticed: a darker, technoid side". He arguably fulfils his intentions in style over 12 vast, amorphous synthscapes foregrounding the compatibilities between Schnitzler's modular extractions and a modern day sound of Berlin techno.… Read more
**Edition of 500** Paradise Bangkok coin their new Eastern Connection sub-label with Hanna Mekonnen's sinuous Ethiopian groove, 'Ali New Biye' backed by a cracking Nick Manasseh version in dub. The new sub-label takes its lead from Chris Menist and Maft Sai's two mix CDs of the same title which explored the links between the East African Coast, the Arab Peninsula, South East Asia and all the musical cultures traversing the Indian ocean. Hanna's debut heralds a full length album on the heat-hazed horizon. Produced by Addis Abeba based label Sheba Sound, 'Ali New Biye' is a slick update of… Read more
Up-to-the-second Tokyo disco-house from Ryota Arai on R&S' Meda Fury sub-print. Contemporary of Cos/Mes, Kuniyuki and KZA, among others, Arai is also a respected DJ and promoter, and now proves his productions chops with five cuts circling darkroom house ('Zombie Boogie'), effervescent ambience with a cinematic twist ('Fluid'), and 4th worldly house ('Sweet Claim').
Colourfully skewed 2nd album of '80s-inspired 'floor workouts from Brighton-based Scotsman, Lockah. Much like his kindred folk, Hud Mo and Rustie, this guy has a serious thing for late '80s electronic funk modes. But, where the aformentioned prefer stadium-sized production, Lockah gets off on a less polished, porous style cultivating charm in favour of bombast. That said, they're hardly lo-fi, and still jab and flash in all the right places, with highlights in the uplifting electro ebullience of 'Lawrence's Weird Joint', with the Latin freestyle flair of 'You'll Suckers Don't Even Cut Corn', and polychromatic curdle of 'Push off my Wire (Bliss)'.
*First ever vinyl pressing of Cassie's super-influential debut album* "A late-night classic of chilly electro-soul, the self-titled album has influenced many in the dance music fraternity since its original CD-only appearance back in 2006. Particularly revered by Jamie xx, Four Tet, Hot Chip and Tri Angle Records, the r'n'b cognoscenti went into overdrive when rumours of this release first leaked. Perhaps most famously, it features the slick summer smash "Me&U" which reached No.6 in the UK charts and topped the US equivalent. Yet the remaining 10 tracks serve to create a "minimalist r'n'b" masterpiece… Read more
*Vinyl reissue mixed by Helge Sten in Oslo, Norway, mastered by Bob Katz in Florida, cut by Bernie Grundman in Los Angeles and pressed in the Netherlands by Record Industry, released on 180 grams black vinyl- 500 copies* To say that the leftfield have been drooling over the prospect of a new Susanna And The Magical Orchestra album pretty much since their debut 'List Of Lights And Buoys' hit the run-out groove is a gross understatement - it's more akin to gagging for it... Seemingly able to conjure up the vast majesty of their native Norway through a music b… Read more
Classy deep house from the Supply Records boss. A-side swings the organ-riding soul of 'This Time' and the low-lit, string-heavy 'The Maker'. B-side, he drives the filtered disco ebullience of 'Above' and the NYC-style garage house delicacy, 'Anchor'.
Factory Floor's Gabe Gurnsey charges up a pair of alternately oily and aerated techno-house rollers for co-producer, Richard Fearless' Drone label. Up top he extrudes the acid-creamed swagger of 'Falling Phase' laced with vox by his FF bandmate, Nik Colk Void, whereas 'Partaloa' works a skeletal groove from dubbed metallic drums and boiler-rubbing resonance.
Elegantly poised and pensive tech-house from Kompakt darling Matt Karmil. A-side holds a sweet tension with the filtered kicks and chords of 'Fight' precipitating a muscular, droning bass arpeggio bound to turn heads in the club. B-side, 'Kiss And Make Up' inverts that formula to a drowsy but hard-working tech-house groove subtly pitched and nudged off axis.
We Play House touch up their Belgian roots with this special reissue of The Mackenzie's sublime 1990 piece, 'No Promises', backed with 2015 remixes by Lauer, Locked Groove and WPH boss Red D. The original is an archetype of that 1990 style - between post New Beat house and proto-Goa trance - all vaulted chorales, creamy bass and dreamy beach vibes executed with finesse. The remixes don't quite live up to the original, but do offer some nice moments in Lauer's emotive cover version and the more spacious roll of Red D and Locked Groove's Exotische Edit.
*Vinyl-only special edition record from Jon Spencer’s alter-ego Heavy Trash featuring previously unreleased wig outs, instrumentals, outtakes and other unhinged gems recorded throughout the band’s lifetime* "Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray, the men known as Heavy Trash, never thought that anyone could be watching or listening, let alone recording, when they perpetrated these middle-of-the-night flip-outs, improvisations, instrumentals and dangerous experiments in unchecked soul exposition and naked desire. Had they known the tape was rolling we would never have this demented document of darkness and… Read more
"Midnight are one of those shoulda / woulda / coulda bands that might actually have made it had their utter youthfulness not got in the way. Hailing from the suburbs of Olympia Fields, Country Club Hills and Chicago Heights, Illinois, Dave Hill (keys), Scott Marquart (drums), Frank Anastos (guitar, vox) and John Falstrom (bass) were all record-obsessed teenagers taking music lessons at Homewood’s Melody Mart in 1974. That same year they formed Midnight, covering hot and heavy hard rock songs from the likes of Uriah Heep, James Gang and Black Sabbath but they evolved quickly, playing house pa… Read more
"Sliding up from the old heart of the Bay Area are a special new band. Hands up for the sweet and sour popsicles of Peacers. Carrying on like rock and roll never happened already, Peacers unpack a century’s worth of progress in fresh tunage. With time short, Peacers grab what scraps they can through the closing window and dance beneath the demeaned sky, with one flag waving free. Peacers’ debut is a dash through the gutted and the gutter, all of which is written home about with a gleeful cock of the skull and twinkle in eye, unmistakably out of the poison nib of Mike Donovan, whose hits with Sic Alp… Read more
"SK Kakraba Lobi is a master xylophonist from Ghana and the nephew of Master Xylophonist Kakraba Lobi. He is a master of the Gyil, which means that he is both an instrument maker and a virtuoso performer. The Gyil is the Ghanaian xylophone and the primary instrument of the Lobi, Sisala and Dagara people of Northern Ghana. It is constructed of 14 wooden slats suspended over calabash gourds that have been fitted with resonators. SK was an instructor of the Gyil at the International Centre For African Music And Dance at the University Of Ghana but has recently moved to Los Angeles. SK has performed at… Read more
"Maya Postepski is a polymath. An active member of the Toronto music scene, she has been making music for over 10 years, currently as part of electronic group Austra (Domino). She is a prolific remix artist, DJ and she co-wrote and produced TRST with Robert Alfons as Trust (Arts & Crafts). Progress is her latest album, released under her solo moniker Princess Century."
Big Kev gives his E-dancer alias a 2nd wind with 'Foundation'. His seminal early '90s moniker has lain neglected since 2001 at least, but here he re-captures the classic vibe of his 'Feel The Mood' (1991) joint in the rolling drive and spaced-out vibe of 'Foundation' and its dub, only this time the production is broader, smoother and toned.
**Includes digital download** "More than 25 years after releasing his debut single and dancefloor anthem 'Tears’ Satoshi Tomiie returns with a new album. This legendary collaboration with Frankie Knuckles, that’s now considered as one of house music’s most important moments, was only the start of an exciting career. Satoshi Tomiie has been at the forefront of the global house music movement ever since. He released on a variety of labels going from Strictly Rhythm to Sony, toured with the Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto of Yellow Magic Orchestra Fame, worked with artists like Robert Owens… Read more