Thursday, 28 November
**Herbert or Michachu-esque reworks of Conrad Lambert aka Merz's most recent album tracks** "It was three years ago in Bern, Switzerland, that acclaimed British pop musician Conrad Lambert, known as Merz, met Swiss drummer and sound artist, Julian Sartorius. Sartorius was drafted in as percussionist for Merz‘s album ‘No Compass Will Find Home’, “A rewardingly challenging folktronic affair that covers huge thematic and sonic territory” wrote The Sunday Times in their Album of The Week review. An album containing “consistently thoughtful songwriting… Read more
**Double gatefold** Mere weeks after the debut blast on their own label, Mats Gustafsson (tenor/bass sax), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (bass) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) aka The Thing drop another double slab of angular free jazz blat. 'Mono' was recorded at Headgap Studios in Melbourne, Australia while the trio toured in Winter 2011, and covers everything from Sonny Rollins compositions ('Alfie's Theme' & 'The Bridge') to their takes on traditional Norwegian arrangements ('Bruremarsj') and brand new pieces rendered in, as you mighta guessed, mono. We're hardly experts in this field, but the energy, tens… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Produced by JC/DC and recorded at their studio in Vancouver earlier this summer, ‘Five Spanish Songs’ features musical contributions from Nicolas Bragg, David Carswell, John Collins, Stephen Hamm, and Josh Wells. Destroyer’s Dan Bejar writes: “It was 2013. The English language seemed spent, despicable, not easily singable. It felt over for English; good for business transactions, but that’s about it. The only other language I know is Spanish, and the only Spanish songs I really know are those of Sr. Chinarro, led by Anton… Read more
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* Ejecta is a fresh synth-pop project formed by producer, Joel Ford (Autre Ne Veut, Ford & Lopatin), and vocalist Leanne Macomber (Neon Indian) for new London label, Happy Death. Their sound is firmly rooted in '80s minimal wave and 4AD pop, by turns economically arranged and flush with sparkling synth and vocal hooks and detailed production. Ten songs scope out gauzy ground somewhere between This Mortal Coil, Chromatics, Sally Shapiro and Autre Ne Veut at his most reserved; an intriguing proposition…
*2013 Reissue* I've always wanted to love Electrelane, I mean, the very idea of them has me in fits - Stereolab and Sonic Youth as primary influences, Kraut rock leanings, girls and guitars. they're almost tailor made to suit my every need, but all of their albums have just fallen slightly short for me. The rather more experimental 'Axes' had tons of praise lavished upon it on it's release but there was something about it that just stopped me from fully gettin it it, and I couldn't quite put my finger on what exactly that was. Now the four ladies are back with 'No Shouts, No Ca… Read more
*2013 Reissue* "Cool post-punk garagey Gang Of Four joyfulness" - Guardian Guide". Electrelane are four young women who refuse to be defined by one sound, and their second album, 'The Power Out', is a gauntlet thrown down to those who think they can predict their next move. Recorded and mixed in Chicago with Steve Albini. While the speedy ambience of their debut remains, the most startling difference is that they have introduced vocals, something largely absent from their previous recordings. Not only do words play a more important role on this album, but Verity uses her voice as an instrument to devastating effect, singing in English, German, French and Spanish. Check.
A lower-than-low priced compilation highlighting some of Matador’s most exciting 2013 moments, including (but not limited to) previously unreleased version of songs from Queens of the Stone Age, Yo La Tengo and Savages. Track Listing A1. Majical Cloudz - Bugs Don’t Buzz (Album Version) A2. Queens Of The Stone Age - If I Had A Tail (Itunes Festival Version) A3. Savages - City’s Full (Kexp Version) A4. Body/Head - Untitled (Album Version) B1. Yo La Tengo - Before We Run (Kexp Session) B2. Lee Ranaldo And The Dust - Lecce, Leaving (Edit) B3. Kurt Vile - Kv Crimes (Album Version) B4. Iceage - In Haze (Album Version) B5. Chelsea Light Moving - Heavenmetal
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Following Wolf People’s critically acclaimed 2013 release, ‘Fain’, comes this 4 track mini album featuring two of the album’s most accomplished songs and two brand new tracks. ‘When The Fire Is Dead In The Grate’ has quickly been established as a fan favourite throughout venues during their European tour. Stewart Lee described the song as “the album’s first stone classic, a funky folk-metal workout that trails off into a compellingly extended coda, both guitarists circling and dovetailing and spiralling.”… Read more
Diverse dancefloor remixes of Icelandic/Faroese quartet's 'Tracing Echoes' album. Com Truise drags 'Mysteries Undone' to a lurching, slow-motion piece of epic electro-pop and Girl Unit teases 'Cut Out Your Tongue' to a blend of Jan Hammer-esque synth-pomp and delayed drums on the front side. Flip it for Keep Shelley In Athens' moody blue blur of 'Lines' and a class Renaissance Man remix of ' A King's Woe' coming off like Desto or Teeth doing a slow/fast trap remix of The Knife.
**Edition of 500** "A project by Daniel Blumberg (Yuck, Hebronix) and Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux, Howling Hex). Following the release of ‘The Best of the Howling Hex’ on Drag City in February and Blumberg’s Hagerty-produced debut as Hebronix, ‘Unreal’ (ATP Recordings) in the summer, Daniel and Neil locked themselves in a studio in Denver to create this special edition 7” single. Sharing vocal duties and lead guitar, and also working together on the release's accompanying artwork, this new collaboration brings together two truly original talents. Blumberg’s 'Bad Days' is of a piece with the Hebronix alb… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Sheffield’s Pedram primes his debut release on James Zabiela’s label Born Electric, support from Midland, Tensnake and Dusky.
"Vanessa (A Dreamer) is the second 12” from Brooklyn-based artist Divvorce on Fifth Wall, the imprint he founded last February with Hound Scales. Drawing influence from such pretentious sources as Franz Kafka, the early work of Darren Aronofsky, and a solitary walk through the streets of Paris during Fashion Week, the EP consists of two compact slices of techno(?) and two remixes. First is the meandering, dreamlike “Wander 7,” followed by the truculent but jubilant “Roquentin’s Release” and finishing with remixes by fellow Fifth Wall artists Physical Therapy and Unklone."
"Sublime, sexy and seductive chanson jazz with a distinctly French flavour. Classic Gilson ‘60s repertoire with rarely heard vocal performances. Previously unreleased songs by obscure chanteuses inspired by Brigitte Bardot, France Gall and Francoise Hardy. The French chanson is a song that’s as inextricably linked to French culture as crêpes, croissants and cognac. Their poetic, romantic lyrics are set to music that’s characterised by following the rhythms of the French language rather than those of English, and have been used as serenades since time immemorial. Even in recent years many … Read more
Smart 2nd outing for Shaddock Records, presenting the unsettled House music of young Spaniard, Pilas, including a slumpy jacking Kassem Mosse remix. The original 'Burros' is sounds like the inner thoughts of a troubled robot: synth signals are scrambled and interwoven with skittering machine patterns but somehow manage to keep focussed on their function, making you dance. In the hands of Kassem Mosse, those thoughts seem to be processed by a more stoned mind (can robots get stoned?), still confused but more eased into the groove by neatly resolved keys and more groovesome bass. Both 'Without You' and 'Monologue' are more conventional House tracks.
Montgomery Clunk returns to Error Broadcast an altered, vowelless, cyborgian mutation as Clnk with the soundtrack-y 'Black Ecstasy'. Taking inspiration from more rugged, primitive forms of early techno rather than hyper-flash hip hop, the producer arrives at a bleaker, stripped down sound nodding to the post-punk era of West Berlin as much as early Detroit and UK AI techno. However he neatly sidesteps questions of nostalgic wallowing with a distinctly modern production palette, allowing everything to suspend in a strange, illusive hyperspace as though we're witnessing some flickering simulation in action.
**Double Gatefold LP** "Since his passing in 2012, we have surveyed the substantial personal archive of Jef Gilson’s acetates, test pressings and reel to reel tapes with the kind permission of his widow,Geneviève. The task has not been easy, it’s taken numerous trips to France and the generous assistance of a small army of translators, advisors, musicologists, amateur enthusiasts and record collectors, as well as the surviving members of Gilson’s musical entourage, for us to gather together the information required to make this album. In it you will find music we‘ve chosen from having listene… Read more
"This pair of Minneapolis-by-way-of-Chicago tracks masterfully capture Master Plan Inc.’s silky vocal moves and break-heavy, horn-laden funk riffs. Led out of the early ’70s by vocalist Doug Shorts—alongside guitarist Joe Stevenson, drummer Dean Knox, and bassist Eddie Manning—Master Plan Inc.’s brief 1975 furlough in Minneapolis came at an opportune moment, as rising studio wiz David “Z” Rivkin scoured his Twin City environs for black talent. A year shy of his contract-fetching demo for local prodigy Prince Rogers Nelson, Rivkin mapped out the Sound 80 facilit… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "When our human experiences defy articulation, music and film can sometimes be the only languages we have to communicate with. In 1975, Peter Weir directed Picnic at Hanging Rock, a haunting film in which a group of schoolgirls disappear while exploring a volcanic rock in the Australian outback. Through the film, Weir explores landscapes of intense memory, and the mysterious forces that bend, mold, and erode the core of our psyches. Similarly, Lava Diviner (Truestory), the debut full-length from Texas native, Spencer Step… Read more
**Limited edition of 500. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** The soundtrack to Shezad Dawood's sci-fi et in Preston, 'Piercing Brightness' features exclusive music by Acid Mothers Temple, Mordant Music, Alexander Tucker & Decomposed Orchestra, and Raed Yassin & Omar Dewachi. In key with the film's mix of the arcane, aliens, and the transcendent, and the central question of "what is it to belong", this seamlessly segued slab probes between the classically-rooted psychedelia of Makoto Kawabata's Acid Mothe… Read more
**Hand-stamped white label** Radioactiveman reworks the soundtrack to Shezad Dawood's 'Piercing Brightness' - an alien sci-fi set in Preston, Lancashire. He gives up two mixes: a pumping, droning, acid-licked 'Glorious 100 Mix' on the front, and a snappier sci-fi electro version on the flip titled 'Automatic Extrication Mix'.
Reissue of Orland Voorn and Blake Baxter's '94 house bomb backed with new edits. 'From The Ghetto' is a masterclass in disco-sample filter funk, flipping a well known hook with ripe organ licks and infectious techno-house groove. Baldo's Ghetto Edit simmers the funk with slinky flair, and there's also the original club mix of 'Here We Are' starring a class vocal by Blake Baxter, also included as an acid Clip! rework.
Thursday, 21 November
*Another precious find from Andy Votel and Demdike Stare's Dead-Cert imprint featuring foundational Concrète experiments from the director of IPEM, Belgium's equivalent of the Radiophonic Workshop. Transferred from the original Mastertapes by Andrew Popplewell and remastered by Gareth Mallinson and Matt Colton, limited Edition pressing of 500 copies* Dead Cert illuminate three unique and chilling electro-acoustic compositions by the pioneering head of Belgium's Institute of Psychoacoustic and Electronic Music dating between 1958-1971. Born 1904, in Roeselare, Belgium, Louis De Meest… Read more
**Hand-stamped white label - 180gm Vinyl** Proper UK dread rolige from Beneath. His 3rd No Symbols release, following aces for Niche N Bump and Tectonic this year, finds Beneath acutely honing his arrangements whilst still playing to that inimitably rugged, rolling ruff-house template. Topside spins out the buttoned-up swagger of 'Worried' with its glancing, bruising drums and bass countered by evil metallic drones; down under, 'Shenron' loops up a keening, elliptical subbass against tight, tussling drums whilst a moire of bleeps and eerie, almost radiophonic synths lend an uneasy, spectral presence.
**Lights Sounds Dark unveil another pantheon of by-passed wave aces on their unmissable series. Many tracks are sourced from vintage tapes and make their first appearance on vinyl here, taking in everything from the pulsing projections of Machines At Last aka Five Times Of Dust's Robert Lawrence, to the industro-dub side project of Naffi Sandwich's Gerry Kenny and the demented garage of Decayes' 'Dancehall', plus at least one, strange, mis-credited red herring… A total no brainer!** "All is fair in love and war, and with this in mind Light Sounds Dark deliver what is surely their most compl… Read more
**2 x 180g LP's housed in printed inners, debossed jacket and Houndstooth-printed PVC sleeve** Aerobic mystics, Joe McBride (Synkro), and Liam Blackburn (Indigo) aka Akkord, present a slickly engrossing debut album for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. It's the definitive manifest of their convergent interests in sacred geometry, mathematics, minimalism and bassbins, deftly balancing dancefloor appeal with the sort of detailed production appreciated by headphone and home listeners. Over its ten tarcks the genes of jungle, dubstep, techno and ambient electronics are spun out and re-encoded wit… Read more
**Picture disc edition of 500** Kaleidoscope curator, Patten returns on this lushly disorienting and super handsome EP for Warp. Since dosing the waters with his unpronounceable 'GLAQJO XAACSSO' LP for No Pain In Pop in 2011, Patten's stepped back from releasing his own material and issued acclaimed and singular works by Sculpture and Karen Gwyer on his Kaleidoscope label in the meantime. On 'Eolian State' we're presented with some 22-minutes of mercurial electronica bending time, space and light in five uniquely elusive grooves fathoming the discordant merry-go-round of 'Aviary' a… Read more
*One of the rarest, weirdest and most brilliantly odd soundtracks of all time, written and performed by one of the most fascinating underground characters ever. Described by Jello Biafra as “a disco lounge lizard from hell”, Palmer Rockey and the Palmer Rockey story have to be read to be believed, and even then you might not believe it...* Strange Uncle Jonny Trunk pulls another treat from behind his ear - the beguiling, self-pressed suite of disco, pop, country and rock 'n roll by an enigmatic chancer called Palmer Rockey. Entirely composed, written and produced by the ambi… Read more
**Includes A4 insert** Blackest Ever Black welcome Barnett + Coloccia to their coven with the desolate scapes of 'Retrieval'. Whilst both artists have a background alloying metal and experimental modes - Faith Coloccia with Mammifer, Pyramids and Everlovely Lighteningheart, and Alex Barnett in Oakeater or more recently, solo for the likes of Catholic Tapes and Nihilist - their introspective 'Retrieval' collaboration is perhaps best defined in terms of their palette: tape-manipulated recordings of acoustic instruments layered with synths and AM radio sounds. Recording sessions for the album… Read more
**Double 180g LP housed in heavyweight gatefold. Individually numbered edition of 500** MW say: "We’re happy to present Smile With The Eyes: a double LP of selections of unreleased material from the prolific outsider / underground duo Five Times Of Dust. Formed in 1980 in Bristol, Mark Phillips (MAP) and Robert Lawrence came together with a shared passion for Krautrock, Industrial Electronics and the burgeoning DIY tape scene, as well as being influence by the Dadaist movement and the works of Burroughs and Ballard. Unconventional, quirky and at times melanchol… Read more
Marcel Dettmann, SHXCXCHCXSH, and Old Apparatus follow Vatican Shadow's lead to remix Tommy Four Seven and Alain's These Hidden Hands project. Dettmann's 'Laika' mix finds a cool balance of ruggedly stable techno groove and teasing, almost uplifting synthlines; SHXCXCHCXSH's 'Kheium' version works on some mutant bashment tech-noise grine; Old Apparatus reject rhythms in favour of an epic, widescreen take of 'Hidden' rent with sepulchral harmonics to bleedin' scary effect. Good stuff...