Thursday, 04 September
Facsimile reissue - right down to the centre-label spelling mistake - of the Chicago acid classic by Pierre's Fantasy Club. Mickey's Mix and the warehouse slam of 'Acid Dreams' up top, backed with Ralphi Rosario's 'Wet Dream' version and acapella on the flip.
Gully New York hip hop coated in scuzzy noise by Gut Nose, back on his home city's Styles Upon Styles label. Landing squarely between the eyes of Parallel Thought's rugged beat suites and classic El-P produce, 'Filthy City' evokes a bloodshot, street-level view of a wasted metropolis in eleven concise parts. It all feels haunted by the dread ghosts of late '90s boom bap, DJ Spooky, Wordsound, RZA's 'Ghostdog' soundtrack et al, and is also prone to wigging out into collapsing industrial house structures at will. As a sort of sonic psychogeographic derivè it really takes us there.
Chicago's D'Marc Cantu at his most atmospheric, sci fi-inspired. 'Zone 4' was conceived as a singular release around the same time 'A New World' (2012) was produced. It finally arrives on Shaddock, involving a four-part narrative leading us from the scanning, slow-motion groove and epic synth strokes in 'Point Of Fracture' thru lush, dark house in 'Psychotronics', heavier electro on 'STS - 115', to the acid-driven jakk ov 'Zone 4'.
Sampledelic soul moves from Slowfoot's Crewdson and ascendent singer, Femme, aka Eckoclick for Sonic Router. Coming off like Matthew Herbert and FAY recording for Eglo, their eponymous debut is an impressively well-rounded and accomplished session, meeting Crewdson's meticulously scalpel-cut concrète arrangements with the natural fluidity of Femme's adroit vocals in six songs swerving between low-slung house ('Dream In Colour'), clipped future disco soul ('Dance With Me'), and '90s R&B ('Controller', 'Bad Luck').
**Edition of 250** CPU boot up another retro-futurist Braindance session from Cygnus in the 'Tesseracter EP'. This vinyl version includes four cuts: the slinky Drexciyan electro of 'Tesseracter' and the exotic harmonic hues of 'Strange Hyper' on the A-side; some dope Juan Atkins-esque electro in 'Technologic' and tightly clipped, fluid electro-funk in 'Video Games' on the B-side.
Low Concept in control for the 3rd single from London/NYC's White Asega label, backed with a ruddy good Alex Coulton re-step. The originals carve between sodden, gritty techno a la Happa or Blawan in 'Bugz' to low-riding, blown out electro with New York swagger on 'The Prick'. Alex Coulton's remix blows both of 'em out the water, resetting 'Bugz' to a Mala or Kode 9-esque dubstep lean swarmed with a menagerie of bleeps and dread gremlins and dubbled-up Footwork drums.
*Reissued vinyl edition, Includes free CD inside* "Aptly titled M83, this album served as the French electropop outfit’s debut release in 2001 on Gooom. Recorded as a duo by founding members Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau, the album was described by Pitchfork as “how it feels to live inside a triumphal music box.” The track names can be read in order to describe a boy/girl meeting at a party. Taken in tow with the sampled movie dialogue throughout, the album serves as a poignant soundtrack for the simplest of scenarios. "
*Reissued vinyl edition, Includes free CD inside* France’s electronic duo M83 return with their second album, their first to be given a more overtly international push. Good timing, for its an adequately analogue collection of electronic pop songs mounted on a bed of fuzzy guitars and computerised vocals – hitting the zeitgeist with considerable aplomb. The tracks often contain a warm, almost romantic undercurrent, something which isnt often associated with music of this kind, and the soundscapeish scope of the composition, rather than the execution, hints at a deep lov… Read more
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside - First ever internationally released studio album by one of the all-time legends of Nigerian music, Orlando Julius, in a collaboration with London super-group The Heliocentrics* "At his club residency in Ibadan, Orlando Julius was one of the very first to begin fusing US R&B with traditional highlife during the mid-‘60s with his Modern Aces band. His ‘Super Afro Soul’ album from ’66 set the blueprint for a whole generation of Afrobeat and Afro funk stars and, in an illustrious career, Julius met and played with Louis Armstron… Read more
**Fluorescent orange wax** "Side A's twitchy opener "Cussin" plays out with some decidedly derailed guitars, working up a tone of paranoia amid the thumping rhythms. The song is almost emblematic of Spray Paint themselves, matching the propulsion against the restraint, locking into a motoric groove that's impossible to escape from. Flipping over, "Three Thumbs Up" is a disorientating number with the band's trio of vocals calling out the lyrics like a repetitive mantra. The overall effect proves less like a list of instructions and more like the unquiet thoughts of a restless head. "I think he's t… Read more
Sub-heavy and strident techno house from Project Squared's sub-label. Melbourne-based Craig McWhinney at the wheel, cutting across deep and desolate dub-techno zones with 'Pulse For Harvest', and working a cannier step with the Pole or Deadbeat-like 'Citadel' and the persistent swing of 'Six Hundred Furlongs'.
Tuffened garage-techno and electrollers from Northampton's Kurtane, backed with rugged remixes by Ghostek and Craig McWhinney. Kurtane's originals breach Surgeon-esque techno rolige in 'Chebarkul' and the roiling breakbeats of 'Uninspired', giving solid source material for McWhinney's galloping techno remix of the latter, and Ghostek's subaquatic techno-step remix of 'Chebarkul'.
"From Toronto, Jennifer Castle writes folk songs about friendship, love and heartbreak. ‘Pink City’ is a stirringly beautiful album every bit a step forward from 2011’s ‘Castlemusic’. Its barer arrangements - often just piano, guitar and voice with string arrangements from Owen Pallet - highlight just how good a songwriter Castle is. Her singing has an intuitive style, not always following the expected melody but soaring along on its own current. Greil Marcus wrote in The Believer that Castle “reaches a pitch of mystical transport so gorgeously ethereal she seems to drift off into lands that don’t appear on any map.”
Mr. Scruff tweaks himself off beside a Max Graef remix of 'We Are Coming' taken off the 'Friendly Bacteria' album. The re-tweak of 'Feel Free' swaps the Pan-global percussive palette for sharper electro drums to sound something like Red Snapper for 2014; Berlin's Max Graef remixes 'We Are Coming' with a bustling hustle.
**"Loser" Edition pressed on limited Clear Vinyl, includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "Follow up to the critically acclaimed debut and features the highlights ‘So What’, ‘Memories Of You’, ‘Think It’s Gonna Happen Again’ and ‘Oxygen Tank’. The album was produced by bandleader Avi- Zahner-Isenberg and recorded at various locales in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, with engineering assistance from Jay Pellicci at Tiny Telephone and mixing by Nicolas Vernhes at Rare Book Room Studio."
*Limited edition marbled blue Vinyl pressing with download coupon* "‘Decimation Blues’, Raymond Raposa’s sixth release as Castanets, marks a decade of scavenger architecture. ‘Decimation Blues’ sees Raposa stepping out in front of the hermetic persona he’s crafted over ten years. There have always been shards of pop songs glinting in the dark corners of Castanets records. Here we get whole gleaming edifices. ‘Decimation Blues’ is the music of a man who’s learned to live and build among the wreckage - twelve seemingly offhand, secretly meticulous tracks that we can hunker down in. “Still a… Read more
A pop-infused, electronic album, littered with vocals from Zyra, Py, Shy Girls and Madelyn Grant.
Simon Baker's 2007 tech-house anthem returns remastered and replete with Todd Terje remix, plus Baker's 2014 version. The remastered original wiggles more nimbly, crisply than ever across the A-side, whilst the 2014 version alloys a fresh kit of stepping drums and vampin' keys to the triplet bass for added drive. Then there's that super cheeky Todd Terje version casting out for the Croatian beach set with a heap of tablas, organ riffs, and scratchy guitars.
"Outernational electronic music producer and multimedia artist Filastine continues to trample borders and take risks with Aphasia. Delicately crafted acoustic details cascade into walls of sound. Lush vocals float above speaker-rattling bass pressure. Aphasia opens with layers of vocal harmonics pitched and slurred into percussive crescendos in Requiem 432. The Requiem video is a funeral party for the age of materialism, filmed in Cairo’s squatted necropolis, the City of the Dead. Sixty Cycle Drum opens with pulsing lofi organs infused with the hiss of tear gas, quickly transforming into the album… Read more
Thursday, 28 August
**Stunning new album from Milanese accelerationist Lorenzo Senni. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi, cut at D&M. Edition of 500 individually numbered copies with initial copies pressed on liquid gold wax** We're more than a bit gassed to pop the cork on Lorenzo Senni's thrilling, incisive new LP, the 10th release for Boomkat Editions. The conceptual sibling to his blinding 'Quantum Jelly' side for Editions Mego in 2012, 'Superimpositions' finds the Milan-based multi-disciplinary artist and owner of the brilliant Presto!? Records accelerating and evolving his idea of "Pointillistic Trance" -… Read more
*First Edition - 2 x 180g translucent blue vinyl records packaged in a gatefold jacket, inc colorful photos from the film and informative liner notes written by the composer as well as music critic, Michael Fremer who, at the time, served as the film’s music supervisor. Fremer also oversaw the Audio Fidelity mastering by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio working with the original master tape source for the first time since the initial release.* "Disney's video game crossover movie TRON was a notable landmark in the synthesis of electronic and traditional orchestral music. Wendy Ca… Read more
**Edition of 200. Mastered by Jacques Beloeil** Engrossing debut album from Iranian sound artist, Pouya Ehsaei, sublimating samples of traditional Iranian music to "reveal the rage hidden beneath its melancholia." 'There' was produced in 2010, using fractured and brutally processed instrumentation indigenous to Iran to isolate a palpable feeling of tension articulated with a timbre unique to the artist's background. In the course of its six pieces we perceive a stark and grinding sadness from his aerated arrangements, gleaning elusive emotions from a rich, whisked swirl of glistening tones that r… Read more
**Raga and folk inflected meditations from Cooper Crain and Rob Frye's duo, their 2nd for Drag City** "Four faces to the sky, stretched to the max to finally allow us to be free. Cassette comes with a full extra cassette of the relaxation versions — what are you doing for the rest of your life?"
All-American house showcase from Anthony Naples' Proibito gang. Former psy-trance producer Alexander Falk thuds out the fudgy but floating house of 'Mitsuda' beside the hazy subtlety of Hank Jackson's 'Mongoos' up top; down below Jackson Lee grips the hips with a shuffling, sub-heavy Afro-centric groover 'Sumba Togola', and Independence Ave charms with the faded deep house of 'Welfare'.
**Sterling reissue of Witch's juicy 1984 LP, 'Kuomboka' - original copies are listed at well over 500 quid 2nd hand!** "If Movin' On is Witch's Rumours then Kuomboka is their Tusk; a remarkable follow-up to a timeless album that shows the band taking greater risks in songwriting and playfully experimenting with production techniques. This album is Witch's stunning swansong before the fast-changing music industry and political environment in Zambia took its toll on the group. Again rooted in American FM radio, from soft rock ballads to boogie, this album sees the group embrace their Zambian roots to a… Read more
**180g splatter coloured opaque white wax with bonus insert. Limited edition** "Self-titled debut LP by the contemporary USA based minimal synth artist. Formed in 2012, Kline Coma Xero is influenced by a number of projects in the past, spanning a realm of styles from experimental noise, tape loops and early industrial. Recorded on a plethora of hardware sequencers driving analog instruments, Kline Coma Xero produces a uniquely oblique interpretation of past-meets-present in modern electronic music. Standout tracks include the only previously released track "Left Behind" as well as th… Read more
*Ships Friday* Reissue of Fela's 1975 masterpiece, and to many one of his finest moments. Both sides feature drummer Tony Allen at the height of his powers and an inspired Africa 70 backing. 'Expensive Shit' recounts Fela's notorious tale about Nigerian police raiding his compound, only to plant a joint on him and ultimately get duped in the funniest fashion. Flipside is the immense instrumental groove 'Water Get No Enemy', whose influence has cast a spell over countless artists ever since. Unmissable.
*Newly reissued and remastered* As the story goes, Ginger Baker, burned out byt he excess of touring with his band, left for Ghana in 1970 to spend time with his friend. While there, his ear caught the sound of Nigerian radio and he would travel into what was then a war zone to meet up with Fela Kuti, who he'd previously met in London when Fela was playing trumpet for Remi Kebaka some years prior. Ginger ended up establishing a studio in Lagos and upon return to London invited Fela for a session at Abbey Road studio to an audience of 150. The resulting recording w… Read more
**180g vinyl reissue** 'He Miss Road' was produced for Fela Kuti in 1975 by Ginger Baker. It takes in the organ-heated and woozily dubbed Afrobeat shuffle of the title track and the sparse, spacious groove 'Monday Morning In Lagos' on the A-side, and the mighty side-long play 'It's No Possible' on the flip.
*180gm Vinyl Version* In 1994 the seminal electronic duo Cluster (Dieter Moebius & Hans-Joachim Roedelius) continued what they had begun in 1990 with 'Apropos Cluster', their comeback album. The more mature 'One Hour' condenses essential passages from two lengthy sessions into 60 minutes. We hear sprawling soundscapes, clear acoustic sketches, musical extravaganzas, in short: highly impressionistic electronica. Liner notes by Asmus Tietchens. Originally released 1994 on Prudence Records.