Thursday, 20 February
"Composed and performed on a hybrid digital/analog synth (Roland Juno 106) and the MPC, and textured with live instrumentation, Oakland-based musician Matt Tamarillo aka Shortcircles’ debut full length release is an impressive, lush electronic outing that recalls Boards of Canada, Floating Points, or Gold Panda, while the beats are in a class with Teebs or Bonobo. It’s a solid follow up to the self-released “Mapzzz” EP from 2011. Featured on the record are the Bay Area’s James & Evander, who lend to the layered, deconstructed, chill-wave result. Born and raised in Escondido, CA, Enamored o… Read more
*Individual screen printed artwork and hand stamped labels limited to 200 copies* "Next for brokntoys is prolific electro producer Scape One. Kurt Baggaley has released on many electro labels over the years including SCSI-AV, Drivecom, Billy Nasty’s Electrix and Sync 24’s Cultivated Electronics. For this EP he serves up 4 tracks of deep and murky electro and techno for the early morning and afterhours…"
Nixwax welcome Jackson Blumenthal to the fold as the second in the new “Black and White Label” series.
Thursday, 13 February
**John Twells (Type) and Walker Chambliss return with their 2nd EP for Modern Love, initial copies on clear vinyl** Jack Dice scale up their ambition with heady success on a crackshot 2nd EP of whip-riding 808s, noisy harmonics and addictive raps by Stash Marina. Following their tentative 'Block Motel' debut, few outside their close pals coulda predicted where the duo of Type Records boss John Twells and cloud rap mogul Walker Chambliss would take the Jack Dice project, and even fewer would predict where it's ended up, us included. We're basically talking about the addictive centrepiece, 'Stash's… Read more
**Digitalis debut from Koenraad Ecker, one half of Opal Tapes' Lumisokea, highly recommended if you're into Vainio, Joachim Nordwall, The Haxan Cloak. Initial copies on transparent red wax** Belgium's Koenraad Ecker swiftly follows his 'Apophenia' LP as part of the Lumisokea duo for Opal Tapes with a personalised invitation to his shadowy solo zones for Digitalis. Inhabiting space between slow techno and electro-acoustic dimensions, 'Ill Fares The Land' surveys similar soundscapes to Mika Vainio and Joachim Nordwall's recent 'Monstrance' LP and Senking's drowned space. Bolstered by … Read more
Perc proceeds 2011's 'Wicker & Steel' album with a quintessentially English comment on techno and politics with 'The Power And The Glory'. From the track titles - 'Rotting Sound', 'Take Your Body Off' - to the ascetic productions values, the whole thing feel utterly gutted, leaving behind an ironically aware rhetoric that rings true with the producer's glum views on the UK's enervated state of affairs. Drawing parallels in opposition to so much cookie-cutter house in circulation right now, his choice of abrasive, visceral sounds more than just feels right; he's making a political stateme… Read more
**180g clear vinyl edition of 300** Remastered and remixed reissue of an outstanding darkside invocation pulled from the annals of Italy's notorious Industrial scene. 'La Prima Volta' (1984) is antipop group Gustoforte's debut record. A feral but sophisticated and esoteric blend of primitive percussion, caveman yelps and massively spacious electronics make for perfectly immersive listening experience tripping lines between ponderous industro-dub, proto power electronics, skewed jazziness and totally detached, desolate drones all rendered in super high fidelity - no lo-fi tape noise here - u… Read more
*Mastered by Vessel, white vinyl pressing packaged in clear PVC sleeves* Got this one a few days early, a new album from Vaghe Stelle for Astro:Dynamics following on from appearances on Modeselektor's Monkeytown label, Gang of Ducks and Aisha Devi's Danse Noire amongst others. Utilising vocal samples to craft bass and lead sounds, coupled with repeated use of Poly-800 and Juno 106 synthesizers, the label describes the album as "drifting from summoning the bleary-eyed glacial spasms of Wiley's devil mixes and an oddly Final Fantasy-esque emotiveness combining with the smudged electronic aes… Read more
Rippin' heavy techno from new cat, Karlist, on the enigmatic Russian Torrent Versions series. A-side pelts along at 140bpm like some anxious Plastikman number with pitching, rolling 909 percussion and locked-in synthlines designed for peak hour deployment. Flipside he drops the pace a little to cut loose with a fine mist of hi-hats and evil drones powered by grungy, rolling kicks coming off like some mutant DJ Rush drill. Wild.
*Superior Viaduct edition of this legendary post-punk album* After playing in the seminal and influential new york city no wave rock outfits The Theoretical Girls and The Static, Glenn Branca made his first strides towards the more ambitious guitar symphonies he'd become famous for with his first solo release "Lesson No. 1" in 1980. "Lesson no. 1 for electric guitar" is perhaps his most accessible piece of the period. it is a concise yet extended statement of forward motion, guitar motives repeating in a manner recalling the minimalism of philip glass, but unlike glass, with a maximilist app… Read more
Reissue of a pre-Redshape aces by Sebastian Kramer. 'Strangers In Utopia' was first released back in 2005 and times have changed since then; there aren't so many people plying this kinda sound right now, which makes its re-release all the more apt. A-side 'Strangers In Utopia' shakes out a vintage Millsian/Regis-style latinized shake and the tussling Afro-rhythmic percussion of 'Birds (Reprise)'; B-side tucks into a kinkier, minimalist coda of broken kick drums and chirping blips.
**Gatefold double vinyl** Sun Araw yields his most cryptic glyph to date with 'Belomancie' for Drag City. Replete with a recommendation "to give 'Belomancie' your full attention, and to listen at the highest volume that is comfortable on high quality speakers with a pronounced stereo field or on an excellent pair of headphones", it's the most cerebral and focussed effort we've yet heard from Cameron Stallones', acutely contrasting with his looser, noisier psychedelic dub excursions. Its predominantly electronic palette and labyrinthine arrangement veers into Jazz-Fusion, Japanese ambient and modu… Read more
Nicolas Jaar's Other People label picks up new Russian name, Vtgnike (pronounced Vintage Nike dontyaknow) for a diverse debut vinyl album. 'Dubna' collects nine tracks shape-shifting between OPN-like chopped & screwed experiment 'Stimulate' through to Shackleton-esque polyrhythms and aqueous sound design in 'Panarama Bar Shitt', but the majority is given to a ghostly, detached strain of rave and electronica filtered through a mazy prism of Footwork rhythms and smudged, hypnagogia-inducing FX. It's not a sound you might typically associate with Nicolas Jaar and his label, and should come as little surpr… Read more
**Hand-stamped vinyl and jacket** General Ludd makes a big disco entrance with his debut 12" for Mister Saturday Night. 'The Fit Of Passion' EP is proper New York club gear, very much in the mould of DJ Sprinkles but also bearing comparisons with a ruffer Soundhack, especially in the rumpy party jam of yelps, hollers, loose disco bass and liberal dub FX applied to 'Woo Ha', whereas 'Brothers and Sisters' is more sultry, sexy, riding a strutting B-line with Theo-like percussion and woozy disco vibes. Dancefloor killer!
**Disco bag with fold out 12" x 24" poster** Reissue of baddest Afro-boogie from 1981 Cameroon, via Nigeria's Phonodisk and Voodoo Funk. Original copies of the full record go for an insane amount 2nd hand, so it's just your luck that Voodoo Funk have cut off two of its best joints and given 'em a side each here. Up top is the funky guitars, whizzy Moog and jumpin' B-line of 'Listen To The Music', down-town is a highly sophisticated number called 'Dizzy With Love', blending a strangely trans-atlantic-accented vocal with buzzing horns and slickest rhythm section. We could easily imagine this bringing the roof down at the hands of Larry Levan.
"EM Records is proud to present the first new album release in 25 years from Sheriff Lindo, dubmaster of the Southern Hemisphere. His "Ten Dubs That Shook The World", released in 1988, has been growing in stature since its release, supported by its re-issue on EM Records, and in the meantime the Sheriff has been working steadily, deep-local style, honing his skills with the Australian sound systems Firehouse Sound and Earthlink Sound. The tracks on "Aftershock Dubs", recorded between 1990 and 2005, while never officially released, have been played as dub plates at sound system parties, … Read more
**Pared-down, economical new album from this enigmatic, forward-facing artist, returning to roots in the dance music. Includes download code for album + bonus tracks** "For Jam Rostron, the Bolton-born, Berlin-based artist behind the multimedia recording and performance project Planningtorock, All Love’s Legal is both an extension of her previous work and a refinement and of its ideas and sonics. Planningtorock has always incorporated politics into her music, but this is by far her most explicitly political record yet. It follows W, which was released on DFA in 2011, and her 200… Read more
**"Francisco Franco are a trio originating in Philadelphia, playing instrumental music for two guitars, bass, and electronic rhythm tracks. The group started as a duo of Rob Francisco (who plays solo industrial noise as M Ax Noi Mach) and Matt Franco (from Allentown noise group Air Conditioning), who wanted a creative outlet for more melodic, less abrasive musical modes. After recording some demos, they added Nate Davis (who also plays as Unchained) on bass, and began composing songs of simple guitar lines intertwining over the bass’s harmonic foundation. Influences such as the firs… Read more
Brendon Moeller tests his darker techno muscle on his return to Prologue with a full album. 14 tracks mutate between wild modular scree ('The Frequency Of Love'), digitizied dub techno rolige ('Next Exit'), shifier tech-house ('Tricks Of The Shade'), kosmiche trance ('Lost', 'M13 + DPO'), and grinding acid ('Goodbye').
'Churches Schools and Guns' is the 2nd album of dystopian, forward-facing techno architecture by Italian-in-Berlin producer, Luca Mortellaro aka Lucy. The follow-up to his well-received 'Wordplay For Working Bees' is an obliquely abstract yet emotive twelve song cycle exhibiting an ear for microscopic detail and an attuned feel for slinky, seductive rhythms. It's leagues ahead of his field of terms of sound design and atmosphere, drawing on and subtly incorporating a wider confluence of ideas than many of his contemporaries. The grey, gloomy spectre of machine driven post-punk experiments … Read more
Eclectic selection running from midnight jazz moods to swinging house and dusted downbeats. "As much as Los Angeles gleams in the global mind as a gateway to dream fulfillment and televised wealth / fame amalgams, it’s equally a desert of disappointments. Hence the dead-end yoga cults, under-the-bridge tar dealers, valley burnouts, Inland Empire night-stalkers and seas of destitute Eastside lowlifes. This vibe is central to Afterhours’s languid, nocturnal musical vision, which has evolved from sleekly moody, synthesized sleepwalks to an unusually elegant hybridized trip-hop sub-species. Jammed si… Read more
Mixed bag of mellow house and up-for-it garage anticipating the 'Nasty Rips & Shifting Peaks Vol. 3' compilation. HNNY gives Sly One's seductive R&B/House number 'Come To Mine' a fine overhaul with long, teasing intro giving way to chiming hook and supple, skippy garage house groove. B-side, the label shares a secret weapon in Applebottom's '90s garage house-styled remix of 'Valentine' by De$ignated featuring Kyiki, and Ossie ramps the levels with a burning garage house remix of Odessa's 'Get Right'.
Back to the future with Ghostly's '80s fetishist Com Truise, featuring guest vocals by Joel Ford. "Wave 1 is the first new transmission the world has received from producer Seth Haley since his gloriously futuristic debut album Galactic Melt. That album cataloged the genesis and evolution of Haley's alter ego Com Truise — the world’s first synthetic/robotic astronaut, as Haley described him — and this EP continues the character's journey into the outer reaches of the musical multiverse. In the process, it also builds on Haley's signature production style, one that's rooted in classic sci-fi sounds … Read more
Deep-diving dungeon dubstep from American stepper Axh for London's Tempa. Demdike Stare or Raime fans should check the churning riddim of 'Destroy'.
"‘Dust & Mirrors’ is the second full-length album by the trio of Andrea Belfi (drums, percussion, electronics), David Grubbs (electric guitar, piano, voice), and Stefano Pilia (electric guitar). It follows 2010’s ‘Onrushing Cloud’ LP and finds the trio confidently taking stabs in a number of opposed directions. It dramatically widens the terrain in which the group operates. Between albums, the three musicians worked together on David Grubbs’s 2013 album ‘The Plain Where The Palace Stood’, and took part in Grubbs’ and visual artist Angela Bulloch’s performance piec… Read more
"Recorded in Northern California in 1984 and released in a micro edition by the Creative Sound imprint in January of the following year, Mark Banning’s Journey to the Light is a lost gem of private issue New Age music, an impossible-to-find album that is more spoken about than heard and deserves to be recognized alongside established classics of the genre. Incorporating processed electric guitar, zither, voice and field recordings, it is unabashedly beautiful music—two side-long pieces that feel as though they may have always existed, hanging in the air like a morning fog over the P… Read more
Best yet from Brighton's Donkypitch label: four tracks of full fat Miami Bass laced with raving piano house pop hooks for the party. Up front, 'If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Wrong' ain't clever, but it is big, coming off something like Hud Mo strutting down Miami beach flinging skittles at buff bozos.There's also a more B-more styled dub mix to extend the fun. Flipside, 'Ayyo Tricknology' bring the boom-clap with hot chords and tight, rubbery bass shots, backed with a stripped down bonus beats mix.
**Housed in gold-inked jacket and inner sleeve. Includes Om Unit remix** Brussels-based Spanish musician Strand (Migue Gil Terte to the taxman) presents his 2nd release of squashed and colourful electronic funk inspired by and commenting on the international economic crisis. Besides creating music, Miguel is also an economist. It's an aspect of life which has clearly inspired his music, which draws metaphoric parallels between G-Funk and Gangsta Rap and the Banksters/Gangstaz who f**ked sh*t up for the world. In the case of his music, the Banksters are Javier Diez-Ena from jazz-surf dudes De… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Lush, rippling ambient house from San Francisco's Jacob Long on his former Mi Ami bandmate, Ital's Lovers Rock label. Under the Earthen Sea moniker, Jacob's been releasing misty, meditative music for over ten years. His 'Mirage' is a misty-eyed vision of gently insistent, lapping pulses and slow moving harmonic wash rich with emotive potential. A-side, 'Saharan Ocean' rides a breezy, skanking house rhythm dusted with percussion reminding of a dreamier Ra.H piece, and 'Velvet Grey' is a gorgeously elegant and plaintive bit of ambient t… Read more
US house DJ and producer Danny Daze steps to Jimmy Edgar and Travis Stewart aka JETS' Ultramajic label with three tuffer, freakier house trax following his releases on Hot Creations and Ellum Audio. 'Silicon' is a proper big room heater built with rubbery bassline, white noise drops and wild, darting synthline bound to trigger some lunacy. 'When The Freaks Come Out' buckles down to a bumpty jack for the dark room crew, and 'Beatdown' brings the NYC-style technohouse heat with classic, lustin' licks and febrile bleeps.