Thursday, 14 May
**Includes download code for full 22 track series** Slinky disco house tricks from Tom Trago's Voyage Direct series. Awanto 3 turns out the plush boogie bass, synth licks and rippling congas of 'The Girl Is Hot' across the A-side; Tom Trago slips in the low key soul burn of 'Only Believe', and William Kouam Djoko gets the hips going with an infectious, jazzy shuffler entitled, 'Hold Me Close'.
Parisian label, Clek Clek Boom keep the dance out there with NSDOS' trippy 'Female Guest List' EP. Triangulating a sound between European techno, Detroit house and trim electro atmospheres, yet somehow sidestepping between each, they drift between dreamy electro-tones in Christine +2' thru the mellow minimalist patter of 'Yuko' and ambient 'Dona J Haraway', to the full sunken house party vibes of 'Eliane' and crack'd ambient house of 'Fa'.
*Ships Friday* *First pressing limited edition coloured vinyl. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Breakup albums mark a turning point for a band: the moment when their sound completely changes and reaches a new level of emotional clarity. All that heartbreak and malaise condensed into any single record often makes for a defining piece of work, no matter the genre. The best records explore the nooks and crannies of sadness, learning it inside and out - celebrating it. Ceremony's fifth studio album, ‘The L-Shaped Man’, uses singer Ross Farrar's recent breakup as a … Read more
"Two legends, together again. Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and Half Japanese's Jad Fair have teamed up to bring you their new magnum opus, "Yes". Encompassing all the songwriting eccentricities that have made these guys famous, this new collaborative album also features some of the most genteel, engagingly catchy, and downright adorable music in recent memory. Norman Blake and Jad Fair originally collaborated over a decade ago on the Teenage Fanclub and Jad Fair album "Words of Wisdom and Hope" (Domino / Alternative Tentacles). Unlike the simple, aggressive style of Half Japanese, the 13… Read more
**Includes free download card and bonus 7" with two extra tracks** "Novella’s formation was the result of an instant spark—guitarist Hollie Warren, guitarist Sophy Hollington, and bassist Suki Sou met through mutual friends in Brighton in 2010, where they quickly realized that they shared a common love for ‘60s counterculture and bands like Black Sabbath, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Pale Saints. The addition of drummer Iain Laws in 2011 and keyboardist Isabel Spurgeon in 2014 solidified the group into a propulsive engine, capable of welding woozy, cosmic psychedelia to sustained squalls of flange… Read more
"The Wild Hunt (Die Wilde Jagd) are Ralf Beck and Sebastian Lee Philipp. The two first met in 2006 in Dusseldorf's Salon des Amateurs, a meeting place for new and established experimental musicians and artists, also known as Germany's "postpunk Hacienda". It seems no coincidence that Dusseldorf is the duo's founding city: their music is full of subtle references to local acts such as Kraftwerk, NEU!, DAF, Liaisons Dangereuses, Pyrolator, the Krupps and Propaganda. Since their first meeting, Beck and Philipp regularly come together to record in Beck's well-equipped studio. Using the num… Read more
"Bullets Over Babylon is the new album dropping from Soom T & Monkey Marc. Diggin deep into the underbelly of the bass loving classes, it wanders into dark hiphop territory with unmistakable homage to Cypress Hill of the early 90's whilst propping up the atmospheric slant of 50’s Jazz that holds for the majority letting it occasionally course into uncharted rage infused confusery. Supported by instrumental waves of adherence to the underlying moral code of the presumptive listener by providing aid to bring metaphoric evaluation into clearer view. Many years in the making, thi… Read more
**Limited LP** RSD issue of 'Shine' from the German synth pop band's 'Greyscale' album. Includes remixes by Kraak, Die Krupps, Car Crash Set, Hans Nieswandt & Levent Canseven, Roedelius Schneider, and Pyrolator.
**Screen printed sleeve** "The Howling Hex have another new single ready. After last year’s extended 10” - ‘Fool’s Watch’ / ‘Lord Gloves’ - opened up wild frontiers in their songs and sounds, this new record is located at the other end of the spectrum. 'Butterfly’ and ‘Party Shoes’ are compact pop songs with lyric hooks, vocal harmonies, guitar leads, crazy rhythms and themes of love and peace, mixed together into a beguilingly physical sound. As per the standards of the format, both songs compress all their virtue into classic twoand- a-half minutes flat - the perfect length for popular m… Read more
*includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "A Grave With No Name is the recording project of London’s Alexander Shields. The follow up to 2013’s ‘Whirlpool’, Shields’ first foray into a recording studio, eschewing the bedroom recordings of his previous releases, ‘Feathers Wet, Under The Moon’ sees him returning to a studio, this time trading the foggy confines of London for the rolling hills of Nashville, TN. Says Shields, “I travelled to Nashville on my own in April 2014 to record with Mark Nevers at his Beech House studio. Mark has produced loads… Read more
Druggy breakbeat disco and blunted house trax from the mind of Germany's Benedikt Frey. Rolling out with the avian synth flutters and feathered acid breaks of 'SH Birds', the session turns gloomy with the slower heart-rate and sullen pads of 'Signals', and stays moody thru the New Beat-style trudge of 'Mind The Gap', and a class Kassem Mosse-like disco squash of 'Good Night Houston'.
"Sophomore album from Regal Degal, produced in tandem with Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, and recorded in both Berlin and New York at the legendary Grizzly Bear church and Mexican Summer's Brooklyn studio. 'Not Now' toys with a dense array of sonic influences ranging from 60s psych pop, 70s glam and krautrock, 80s post-punk, 90s shoegaze, and a post-00s appreciation for a variety of electronic music (Italo disco, minimal synth, classic Chicago house) creating the album's vibrant and intricately woven fabric."
"Zu are an Italian instrumental / experimental music band from Rome, this new album is released on Mike Patton's Ipecac label. The album was recorded in the countryside near Bologna, Italy, in the summer of 2014 and features guest contributions from Joey Karam (The Locust), Italian guitar maverick Stefano Pilia (who plays regularly with the likes of Mike Watt, David Grubbs and Rokia Traore) and, perhaps most unexpectedly, a field recording of an indigenous Shipibo medicine man recorded by Zu bass player Massimo during his travels around the Amazon..."
Thursday, 07 May
**Incredible new album from Type - a study in bass tones massively recommended if you’re into Earth, Sunn 0))) or Phill Niblock. Edition of 500. Initial copies on clear wax** Type suck us in head first with Retribution Body's blooming black mass of acoustic drone alchemy, 'Aokigahara'. Known to his pals and employers at Boston's Berklee College as world class acoustic technician Matthew Azevedo, Retribution Body is the very occasional moniker for his musical exploits, revealing a rarified grasp of low end frequency manipulation on a par with the likes of Earth, Sunn 0))) or Phill Niblock… Read more
**Limited Edition (and damn expensive) pressing of 400 copies - some copies on black/gold splatter vinyl, some on red vinyl, selected at random. 180gm Vinyl, thick jacket, Poly-lined Collector Sleeve, includes download code** Cut Hands (William Bennett) & Vatican Shadow (Dominick Fernow) present these killer remixes of Brooklyn's Azar Swan. Far as we can tell, it's notably the first time that the Bennett and Fernow have exclusively shared a slab together, and, likewise it marks their respective projects at their most pop-wise and propulsive, both … Read more
**Beautiful vinyl reissue of this 2011 album from Lawrence English complete with new artwork** 'The Peregrine' is Lawrence English's homage to J.A. Baker's obscure tome of the same name which he discovered by chance in David Toop's loft while visiting the author/musicologist in London some years back. As Lawrence alludes, there's a distinct parallel between the evocative sonic topographies of his work and the descriptive prose of the book "I feel The Peregrine epitomizes a kind of obsessive rendering of landscape and environment. Throughout the book, Baker places central… Read more
*Limited and individually numbered trifold 3LP. Hyperdub and Chicago's Teklife powerhouse join forces in tribute to footwork pioneer DJ Rashad* 'Next Life' provides the broadest, most crucial overview of Chicago's febrile, fertile footwork scene you'll likely hear in 2014, running bullets from brand new producers such as DJ Phil, DJ Tre, Boylan, and Sirr Two along with bombs from elders like DJ Spinn, RP Boo, Traxman, and of course DJ Rashad, plus a handful of aces from the scene's non-Chicago cousins. Pushed to pick instant favourites, we'd draw for the mellow pressure of … Read more
*Limited Edition vinyl reissue pressed up on Pink Vinyl* Bjork's classic second album finally available in this coloured vinyl edition - comes with a download coupon and includes classics such as "Army of Me", "Hyper-Ballad", "Isobel", Possibly Maybe", I Miss you" and more.
Deadboy makes super nice on Local Action with the 'White Magick' EP. There's a mini-epic's worth of ideas and vibes inside, playing out like the soundtrack to a sci-fi short about occult computer hackers in the ends or, equally, some new age grime romance (we'll leave the casting to your imagination). From the crystalline synth blooms, angelic chorales and roto-drums of 'White Moon Garden', he 2-steps into lush 4th world dimensions with 'Inner Palace' and the beatless R&B sim-stim serenity of 'Rye Angel', all rendered with meticulous attention to hyperreal details. At the mid-point, the ambient… Read more
Hodge joins Pev's Livity Sound gang with a pair of mutant Bristolian rollers. Up top, their '21 Versions' finds a balance of Shackleton's recent psy-trance trajectories and a more rugged, tucked-in UK flex. B-side, 'What Your Heart Knows' is much stronger, electro-plating hydraulick bass flux with lustrous Detroit-style synth tones that arch up and explode in BugBranded chromatic rainbows.
**Limited One-sided pressing** Jamie xx steps out on a sorta hardcore flex with 'Gosh'. Rather than wide-eyed rave, it's a knowing reduction of antiqued breaks, MC chat and sampled horns yoked to a rolling bass and stepping gasps, shorn of the mucky or ruff stuff and keeping the vibe tucked tightly in-the-pocket, no drops or anything quite so vulgur.
*Grey vinyl* Heading on from their Daphne Oram reworks, Alessio Natalizia (Not Waving) and Sam Willis' Walls recapture the woozy motorik psych-disco appeal of their much-loved early work in 'Urals'. Whilst Natalizia has been busy forging a darker, stripped sound as Not Waving in recent times, Sam Willis obviously gets him to lighten up a lot here. The result is a radiant suite of seven succinct synth hymns; seducing with the creamy title groove and twisting between the urgent arpeggiations of 'Moon Eye' thru the mystic alien swamps of 'Altai' to ascendent psychedelic pop in 'Voluta' and the spiralling '… Read more
Frenetic shot of tribalized fusion from DJ Khalab and Clap! Clap! Originally only available at Bristol's Independent Label Market, now available to all other terrestrials, it ramps a 150bpm+ mixture of Shangaan-esque marimbra flickers and footwork snare punctuations with whooping party flair in tandem with Clap! Clap! across the front, whilst 'Substance' cools off on a more fluid roll flipside, weaving-a-body between lilting melodies and lolling footwork patterns freshened up with bird calls and beaming synth colours.
Smart session of tensile techno tools from Caspar Clarke a.k.a. Volte-Face. 'Charlatan' marks not only Volte-Face's solo debut but, also the christening of BleeD Music, the label spawned from Caspar's boundary-pushing series of events which hosted events by everyone from Blackest Ever Black to PAN and L.I.E.S. in London. It's possible to hear slight traces of those label aesthetics in 'Charlatan', yet the impetus is ambiguously torn between big room techno and bunkered intensity, whether nailing a muscular, driven sound with the dramatic 5am pounder, 'Until The Light Takes Us' and the cavern… Read more
**Concise ambient dream pop from the West Coast USA label who brought us that great Fay LP** "Haunting in it's ardor for subdued atmospheric murk and dissipating electronic dream-pop transmissions, Pazes' debut full-length album 'Induced' is loosely an exercise in musical intent vs. unknown forces that forge the end result in-between. Commenting on the process, the Berlin-based (by way of Brazil) Pazes remarks, "I like to think feelings and ideas are separate things and if I’m expressing anything with music, I want it to be the latter. However within the process it becomes very hard to control what y… Read more
*Includes a bonus Mix CD with initial orders* The master meets his acolytes as the AOR/yacht-disco cap'n Todd Rundgren teams with Norsk disco king Lindstrøm and Sereena Maneesh's Emil Nikolaisen. The results will likely be a shock to many, and exceed the expectations of many others, presenting a swirling session of lush prog-disco closer in vision to OPN than any of the modern nu-disco travellers. It sounds like they had a top time recording it, stacking synth upon synth and parsing it all with unparalleled experience. We'd say it's roughly split 50/50 between glorious synth-capade… Read more