Thursday, 13 November
NIN synth player and keyboardist Alessandro Cortini shapeshifts into the technoid Skarn guise with his debut for Shifted's Avian label. Across three tracks he puts a unique spin on the purest, monotone techno templates, capturing a brute, wormholing hardware sound comparable with classic Pan Sonic. With little background info to the 12" other than the obvious, we'd gauge that he's using a similar set-up to his acclaimed Sonno' and 'Forse' volumes, yet with very different results, possibly achieving such a kinetic, tactile buzz from only two or three re-amped machines and canny room… Read more
*Second Box Set - Deluxe/heavyweight 4LP + 7" boxet, including a 16 page 5” x 7” Booklet by Chris Abani, an A1 poster print and download code. The albums included are: 'Crashes In Love (2)' (1977), 'Body and Soul' (1980), 'Hypertension' (1982), 'Good Name' (1983), + Peaking Lights remix of 'Body & Soul'. Hand-numbered edition** Luaka Bop present four hard-to-find William Onyeabor albums released 1977-1985, now boxed up and remastered for his newly growing fanbase. After his revelatory Afro-futurist appearances on the 'World Psychedelic Classics' collection and Stru… Read more
**180g double LP in a gatefold sleeve** Machinedrum brings the 'Vapor City' epoch to a close with this final chapter of 'Vapour City Archives'. Over the last 12 months he's animated a rich sonic fiction informed by psychogeography, Afro-futurism and and new technology over the course of an album, a string of 12"'s and via his subscription series. The hyperstitious results have marked him as a producer apart from the pack thanks to his mercurial meld of footwork, jungle, hip hop and electronica with etheric soul vocals that caught the attention of a lot of listeners looking for a sort… Read more
**180g mastered and cut by Matt Colton. Debossed jacket includes postcard insert** Akkord's 'HTH020' 12" undergoes exceptional transformations at the hands of The Haxan Cloak and Vatican Shadow for Houndstooth. It's arguably a pinnacle of the label's sustained attack since emerging in 2013, due in large part to The Haxan Cloak's shocking render of 'HTH020'. In the course of nearly eleven minutes, the original is hard-panned for gold, sweeping from stereo-strafing concrète dynamics into a staggering display of head-compressing delays and chest-bursting post-rock/metal dynamic… Read more
Primest party tackle outta London 1996 dusted down and re-released by Optimo Music. Dominic Dawson and Rob Mello aka Reel Houze are behind both sides, including the eleven minutes of pure 'floor hypnosis sampling Arthur Russell/Dinosaur L's 'Go Bang' against toilet seat percussion from DJ Harvey (what's he like, eh?) and frantic Moog soloing from Rob Mello in 'The Chance', whilst flipside 'The Difference' yields another extended psychedelic disco trip, this one quite aptly described as "the closest thing we can imagine to Basic Channel doing disco" by Optimo themselves. Tip!
**180g vinyl edition of 500 with fold-out liner notes/poster** Must-have collection of English post-punk rarities, sourced from the legendary Color Tapes label, remastered by Denis Blackham, all presented on vinyl for the first time! Emerging from that incredibly influential wormhole that opened somewhere between the late '70s and mid '80s, the Color Tapes (subsequently Color Discs) label was the brainchild of Gary Ramon, who, inspired by the Fxxk Off Tapes and Weird Noise labels, and attendance at an early Depeche Mode show, was prompted to start the label as an outlet for his own music… Read more
**5 new instrumental songs dialled in from the former Emeralds man's space pod above LA and Cleveland, Ohio. Includes download code** "'Noctilucence' is a new 12" recorded between in 2013 and 2014 between Los Angeles, California, and Cleveland, Ohio. The term "noctilucence" comes from "noctilucent clouds", the name given to clouds which, for some reason, emit a brilliant vibrance at night. On this recording we find our subject diving into the electric waters of the night sky, in long drives across the vast deserts of America. It's a recording about the discovery and understanding of the sh… Read more
Next in line for prime reissue, Casco's über-classic Italo, 'Cybernetic Love' (1983) on Archivio Fonografico Moderno. There can't be a single red-blooded Italo fan who doesn't already know and love this one - from the pizzicato synth licks and starburst arpeggios to that vocoder vocal blueprint and slicing claps, it's a proper disco bomb. Big tip!
**Plush neo-classical/electro-acoustic soundtrack by Emptyset's James Ginzburg and fellow sound artist, Yair Elazar Glotman for Ginzburg's A/V collaboration with French artist, Joanie Lemercier. Includes versions by Glotman and Eric Holm** "Starting with actual footage of forests, cathedrals, deserts, and even volcanoes from around the world, Lemercier and Ginzburg then used 3D modeling and 2D photoscan imaging to alter and enhance the images, rendering them suitable for projection on a domed surface. The result is a dream-like combination of pointillism, photography, and a… Read more
**Glitter glossed gatefold 2LP** The freak pop genius returns sans Haunted Graffiti with the amazing 'Pom Pom', his first "solo" album proper. Aided by collaboration with legendary psych pop producer Kim Fowley, among other as-yet-uncredited contributors, it's a 17-song reminder of Pink's inimitable slant on '70s/'80s pop, applying a magpies eye and vultures beak to the bones of bubblegum garage, glam power pop and sun-kissed indie. We daresay this is Mr. Pink at his very, very charming best, doing ludicrous prog jams such as 'Exile On Frog Street' just as well as jinglistic psych with 'Jell-o' a… Read more
Bloom sets new precedents for instrumental grime with a quartet of nexx dimension productions for Bristol's Crazylegs. Last spotted on the label remixing Toyc's 'Keychain', in the 'Hydraulics' EP he cuts the fat with ruthless incision, leaving a shocking display of scything, mechanised rhythms tessellating in negative 3D space. Nary a fxxk is given towards rhythmic convention as he re-tools the original templates of Wiley, Waifer, and Splurt to the nth degree, replacing practically all traces of sinew or unnecessary material with explosive concrète dynamics. Quite importantly, it's also some of the… Read more
With the beautifully introspective 'Sea Island' Loscil taps back into that vein of Kranky ambient loveliness he's owned for more than a decade since his 'Triple Point' (2001) classic. Shaping a misty bridge between dub techno and ambient music proper, his music has long stood out from the crowd for his ability to effortlessly sidestep cliche in a genre swamped by folk happy to infinitely regurgitate the same patterns and pads. And 'Sea Island' shows no sign of that considered approach abating. It makes a marked step towards letting that dub techno bridge evaporate into the background as he adopts … Read more
Berlin's Positive Centre pays up on the slow techno promise of his early 12"s with this focused and powerful debut album for Sigha's label. On paper/screen it works to a seductive concept - decelerating industrial techno back to its temporal roots in EBM and New Beat - that proves itself in physical reality with a "blend of extreme momentum and forced introspection." Never raising its head above 115bpm, he divides a palette of squashed kicks, wide bass and polluted atmospheres across ten tracks, each as bleak and unrelenting as the next but also peppered with moments of pellucid rel… Read more
*Double LP formats feature heavyweight 180gram vinyl in a gatefold jacket with a limited print and download card* Compilation album of the works of Robert Wyatt curated by Robert together with biographer Marcus O’Dair, features ‘Ex Machina’, the ideal introduction for the Wyatt novice, compiling tracks from Robert’s entire career to date and acting as a companion to O’Dair’s new biography, also titled ‘Different Every Time’.
*Double LP formats feature heavyweight 180gram vinyl in a gatefold jacket with a limited print and download card* Compilation album of the works of Robert Wyatt curated by Robert together with biographer Marcus O’Dair. This second volume brings together the best of Robert’s collaborations and guest appearances or, as Robert has it, ‘Benign Dictatorships’, including some very special oddities and rarities available here for the very first time.
Huntleys + Palmers serve up a killer side of oriental disco by Mehmet Aslan. Previously appointed to the label's Highlife sub-label volumes and Ata's For Disco Only series, here he's the star of the show with a filigree mix of traditional Turkish melodies and European-meets-African grooves blessing the swirling keys of 'Mechanical Turk', the hypnotic darkside oscillations of 'Hidden', and his twysted electro trip 'New Africanism' with an otherworldly, dancefloor-transcending beauty.
**Double 180g Green and Blue transparent vinyl with a bonus foldout poster featuring 24 tracks clocking in at 90 minutes including a host of previously unheard cues uncovered especially for this release. Sleeve notes by Andrea Morandi & Stephen Thrower** "It is a proud day for Death Waltz Recording Company as we prepare to release a score by one of the biggest composers in film music history. Ennio Morricone (ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, CINEMA PARADISO, ORCA: KILLER WHALE) has produced masterpiece after masterpiece, but none so creatively unsettling as his score to the 197… Read more
Forma follow on from their Spectrum Spools LPs with two extended, expansive kosmic techno rollers for The Bunker New York. Since those early LPs they've reshuffled the line-up to include the swirling synthlines of John Also Bennett in these two 15 minute burners, the radiant new age techno panorama of 'Cool Haptics' and the sublime chromatic washes of 'Cloud Pillar'.
Diverse trio of techno bangers by Kopp for Tresor. A-side he goes head-down at 130bpm thru the brambled acid bang of 'Red Plented; B-side brings a Mills/Dixon-styled piece of chiming Detroit minimalism in 'Blackbird', and the ruder PAS-like rolige of 'Message From Solaris'.
Slightly missing the moment, Hypercolour drop Luke Vibert's 'Halloween' backed with Space Dimension Controller remix. The lead cut is one of Vibert's acid specials, alloying the creamy crunch of the 303 with spooked out, theremin-liek tones and cheeky Chi grooves to great effect. Flipside, he slows his roll with the TNT/JTC style 111bpm acid bogle of 'Jack U Whole', which receives a plusher 1988 Vibe mix from SDC.
"For ‘Give 2 U’, Huxley ditches the 4:4 and delves into his rave past with a powerful breakbeat groove that underpins FEMME’s stirring vocals alongside gentle, bending melodies. Returning to house, Huxley counterparts guttural, dark garage bass with the original’s blissed out keys and vocals for his ‘Club Rub’. Will Saul teams up with Komon for the second remix of ‘Give 2 U’ and delivers a slowly unfurling and heady percussive cut that blurs the lines between house and West-Country breakbeat sounds while allowing the vocals to shine. ‘Soopafly’ closes out the package and sees Huxley exploring the swagger of UK Garage more than ever before."
Om Unit cracks the glass on Goldie's DAT archive to present 'Inversion', his stunning follow-up to debut album 'Threads'. It's a Metalheadz album from nose to tail, chasing echoes of the label's past to reflect their present position, repping for new mutations of jungle, halfstep D&B and footwork with a timeless, atmospheric soul. There's gotta be few producers that Goldie would allow into his DAT and samples archive - we're imagining a massive oak chest embossed with lions and a Metalheadz logo - but Om Unit is clearly one of them and coolly lives up to the task, combinging his own sounds with Go… Read more
Body-slamming house trax from London's Capracara on his new label, One Day Wonder. Taking his cues from c*nty ballroom, EBM and big room house, he turns out two prime dancefloor moments with the unrelenting string tension, booming kicks and ear-worming vocal hook of 'Digital Dungeon' to the front, and a proper haughty tops-off techno remix to the rear. Tip!
**Gatefold sleeve** "Mr G returns to his Phoenix G imprint to drop his new LP, 'Personal Momentz’. 2012's 'State of Flux' on Radio Slave's Rekids imprint was the last full-length from Mr G, along with his 'Retrospective' compilation in 2013 the prolific British producer has spent the last four years delivering stand out singles on the likes of Running Back, Toi Toi and Don't Be Afraid as well as a renewed focus on his own, long running Phoenix G label. The album itself is a sublime deliverance of the sound that has become so closely associated with the UK selector and artist - twelve raw & ro… Read more
AnD meet Headless Horseman, Sunil Sharpe and D. Carbone for Brothers' 6th bro-down. Up top AnD lock horns with Headless Horseman on a lumpy, droning broken techno thing titled 'Dead Hush'; dung below, they team up with Sunil Sharpe for the acid flecked trudge of 'Security Breach' and go old skool knucklehead with 'Sonic Erosion'.
Lonelady breaks a four year hiatus with a return to Warp with the retro-post-punk disco of 'Groove It Out' backed with a murky Ekoplekz dub. The Michigan Dub featured a heavy motorised bassline and lean, snappy machine rhythms, whereas the Ekoplekz dub flings the sound somewhere far messier, mutant.
Wicked solo debut proper from Divided for London's Resin label. Unlike so many lunkheads in this nexus, Divided has more than one drum pattern in the barrel, letting off a four tracks that run the gamut from sodden techno percolation in 'Eigen' to the Shed-style breakbeat swerve of 'Eventide' and over to grungy dub-tech like 2562 on 'luuds with 'Dawn', or prickling monotone industrialism with 'First Light'.
Burgeoning Manc techno producer Cleric gets his kicks on London's Ear To Ground label after a pair of killer 12"s for Len Faki's Figure label. A-side gets to work with the dry, ascetic jack of 'Distress Signal' and the big room buck of 'Shadow'; B-side he gets looser with the playful acid jack of 'Gery Detail' and polishes off with the full-bore bang of 'Sangha'.
**2LP featuring nine prime cuts including John Gibbs and U.S. Steel Orchestra's sultry 'Trinidad (Special Disco Mix)' and Wayne Ford's 13 minute burner, 'Dance TO The Beat Freakout'… also includes download code** "Fantastic new album of disco, modern soul and boogie from 1978-82 on Soul Jazz Records. This album is released to coincide with the massive new 360-page deluxe hardback book Disco – An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art of Disco featuring over 2,000 album cover designs as well as over 700 … Read more