Thursday, 09 October
Minimal tech-house rollers and jackers from Poland's Michal Wolski. Four cuts deftly shapeshift from mid-aughts minimal tech on 'Who Am I' to burned-out techno in 'Meausrement', the chiming soothe of 'The Bells', and glacial slow motion chug in 'Black Swan'.
Junes comes ruff but smooth on a smart debut single, originally released back in summer 2013. With more funk and flex than most, he pivots from the dope, dubbedout swing of 'Colours' to dustier, slinkier shimmies in Platform' and jazz-wise breakbeat cuts on 'Shaman Dance', via a stodgier Leif remix of 'Colours'.
Fresh from making his name on DVS1's Mistress Recordings. Doubt drops a rugged haul of heavy house on Don't Be Afraid. In possession of an infectiously raw sound palette, the Midwestern producer is set to garner a whole heap of new followers to his muscular, gritted style, from the grungy alley drive and moody progressions of 'Poor Dog' to the murky industrial pounder, When I Was Young', and the clogged filter funk of 'Frosx', which already counts Alexander Nut and 2562 amongst its fans. One to watch.
Nicely paced bleep techno and acid squirms from an intriguing new label, Galdoors. Tames follows on from Elgato's 'Links / Sun' 12" with three tracks skillfully weaving from salty, Sähkö-esque bleeps streaked with rattling snares and spring reverbs across the front side's Vivid Elements', to a Tin Man-alike piece of acid melancholy in 'Episodes', and rubbery minimal electro tweaks of 'Squeeze'.
Redinho pays up on the promise of his early 12" trio with the talkbox-abusing electro-funk of his debut album. A big favourite of Glasgow/London's Numbers fam, Red's sound is steeped in proper, West Coast G-funk and jazz-nimble electronica, streaming forward electric synthlines and his talkbox signatures anchored by a diverse range of rhythms, from Carpenter-esque slow electro ('Stinger') to broken beats a la Dorian Concept ('Searching'), thru to beautiful Balearic chug ('Shem') and plentiful percolating boogie heaters. RIYL Rustie, Jam City, Jackmaster's Tweak-a-holic sessions.
Antinote's Geena switches tack to ruddier, Afro-centric jaxx as Accem Myomi for Odd Frequencies. Working with barest essentials, he hammers out four hypnotic, abrasive tattoos trekking across the swampy jag of 'It Took The Night To Beliece' to a blunted, slower take on vintage Regis in 'Palms Crossed' and out to mind-swill acid bang on 'Hours So Wrong' and 'Next Stop Unknown'.
Electro and raw, dreamy deep house from down under. Dass, Furious Frank and Mic Mills on the buttons here, building up with the tightly nipped and tucked electro swing of 'Mein Peas', and taking it downtown with the smudged chords and trim house of 'OIne Eight Four', and sparkling tech-house boogie, 'If I Did' featuring Freddie Norwood.
**Vinyl edition of 500** Sound travels: Laurent Jeanneau returns us to the endangered minority cultures of South East Asia with the mesh of location recordings and electronics in 'Gongs', his follow-up to the haunting 'Voices' for Discrepant. Two extended sides develop his understandable fascination with the unique timbre of S.E. Asian Gong orchestras, revealing and contrasting their resonant acoustic tonalities and accompanying voices with a subtle patina of electronic processing and augmentation. The first piece uses an array of source material recorded in Laos and Cambodia to lure us into a dream… Read more
Dog In The Night boss, Robert Crash drops his third load of rugged 'n raw house music for 2014. Four tracks twist and jack from Jamal Moss-style acid mouthwash in 'Hot Nois' to sample-strewn jakbeat on 'Listen You', and over to more pumping warehouse fashions in the kicking drum machine patterns and rude Reese bass of 'Natil Box', or the bristling 303 zig-zags of 'Savin Biag'.
Andreas Tilliander does his much loved acidub chug thing for Skudge White after a string of 12"s for Kontra-Musik. A-side he spreads out a heaving, off-kilter acid wobbler with upfront hardware production values. B-side goes harder, odder with the tricksy swing and shuffle of 'Ununge', and a blown-out, slow-motion grinder called 'Sebende'.
**Deluxe 2LP reissue with bonus album of remixes, inc. digital download redeemable from the label - *Featured bonus LP with remixes by Jackie-O Motherfucker, DJ Olive, Loren Conors and more** Japenese post-rock outfit Mono are one of those bands that seem to be effortlessly good at what they do. Admittedly they don't make grand gestures or mix things up on every release, but what they do they do exceptionally well and they keep on polishing, making their chosen sound as good as it can be. 'One Step More and you Die', their 2003 sophomore album, ill… Read more
"Formed in the early '50s under the watchful eye of Tuskegee, Alabama, transplant Charles Chambliss, the Sensational Saints were handpicked from a Cleveland clothing store, a pool room, and from a group of friends singing from a third story window. After years spent rotating members and issuing stray singles for assorted non-denominational imprints, the group connected with the vocally inclined Reverend Melvin Kenniebrew at the close of the '60s, making good on their "Sensational" boast. "With God in their hearts and singing on their minds," the Sensational Saints mounted the… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Detroit three piece Ritual Howls' new album tells stories fit for Poe or Lovecraft. On their debut full length for felte they incorporate a variety of styles into an ominously self-assured statement of intent, Ben Saginaw and Chris Samuels' sounds providing an imposing form for Paul Bancell's darkly alive lyrics to inhabit. Their influences range from English post-punk to Nick Cave to the industrial sounds of Skinny Puppy, and the band melds them expertly. Combining field recordings with electronics, this music is sound design turned p… Read more
**Ltd edition 180g vinyl LP with digital download code redeemable from the label** "For the past eight years the duo of Rob Lowe and Michael Muller have nurtured and refined their creative partnership as the core members of the band Balmorhea. Though their first album on Western Vinyl 'Rivers Arms' garnered some good press, their 2006 debut captures the duo's unique magic as it first blossomed. With no label, distributor, manager, publicist, or booking agent the duo quietly self-released their first recordings and started playing live shows. Now, seven years later Western Vinyl reissue the album and make it available on vinyl for the first time ever. "
**Now available on vinyl** Fern Jones elbowed her way into music at a very young age, and in playing piano at the bars and clubs she ended up meeting her husband Raymond Jones at a mere 14 years old. By 16 they were married and he had felt the calling of God, so the two embarked on a life of preaching and heavy religion, something maybe not entirely understood by Fern, but she went under the will of her husband and got on with her now neutered life. She suddenly went from being a party girl to being a church girl, and this would undoubtedly have its drawbacks, so eventually … Read more
"Local Customs: Cavern Sounds covers six years lost in the deranging darkness of Independence, Missouri's Pixley limestone mine, where a team of misfit engineers captured the reverberating echoes of Kansas City's rock 'n' roll blasting cap. Taped in the subterranean studio headspace of Cavern between 1967 and 1973 are previously unissued recordings by Jaded, Larry Sands & the Sound Affair, Sheriff, Mulligan, Stone Wall, Morningstar, the Montaris, and the Dantes, alongside the most explosive tracks released on KC's Pearce, Rock, and Cave labels by the likes of the Reactions, Burlin… Read more
"Absolutely Free formulate musical experiments based on the compositional structure of popular rock music integrated with analogue electronics, African polyrhythms, psychedelia, Bollywood and Krautrock. Having released a series of well received singles the band entered the studio with producer Mike Haliechuk (Fxcked Up, Austra) and set out for an ambitious debut, melding elements of their favourite rock and contemporary records spanning the last several decades. While their singles served as brief introductions to their sound spectrum, ‘Absolutely Free.’ is a proper introduction and … Read more
*Includes a download code redeemable from the label* "2013 saw the mercurial success of ‘21st Century’ the debut Foxygen album. The quick-fire success made for an altogether turbulent year for the band. Foxygen's always captivating live performances shifted from eruptive to sometimes frightening — and then, just put on ice altogether. But Sam France and Rado found secret sanctuary in their new studio, Dream Star, and holing up in some of LA's most famous hotels for more recording. Writing music together is what their friendship has always thrived upon. At Dream Star in the northernmost pas… Read more
"A captivating cache of additional material accompanying the release of his Ampersand Trilogy of ‘First & Last’, ’Thirteen Lost & Found’ and ‘Breaks & Bone’. Afforded the perspective it richly deserves, ‘Ampersand Extras’ is no threadless miscellany. Though unplotted compared to the albums around which the songs orbit. ‘Ampersand Extras’ follows a logic which runs parallel to that of its precedents. Common to all Hubbert’s recordings from the current decade are the sounds of wood, calluses on nylon strings, fret buzz, breathing. But listen hard and you hear rain on windows. A shaft of sun across a rooftop. Lovers laughing…"
"Formed in Austin in March 2013, Institute includes members of Wiccans, Glue, Blotter, Recide and more. Before they were even a proper band, singer Moses Brown had a couple of raw post-punk songs sitting on a four-track at his house. Once the lineup solidified, the band touched up one of those songs (“Dead Sea”) for a demo, then quickly wrote enough material to flesh out that demo (re-released on Deranged), a seven-inch (on Katorga Works), and now their debut EP for Sacred Bones. The Salt EP is as sharp as the band’s earlier work but suggests longer, more experimental forms (“An Absence”) and a mo… Read more
"Vermont’s eponymous full-length debut also introduced the public to a different musical side of the project's founders Marcus Worgull and Danilo Plessow (of Motor City Drum Ensemble fame). An album worth of adventurous jam sessions and sleek synth soundscapes, it rather drew from sonic curiosity and the spirit of informal collaboration than the laser-like focus of the club tunes both producers have become known for. For this 12" Prins Thomas plunges into three reworks that emphasize the rhythmic elements of original cuts."
**180g vinyl in embossed jacket** Bicep go gritty, rude and moody on their fifth 12" for home-brewed imprint, Feel My Bicep'. A-side gives the distorted, Plaid-style proggy funk of 'Lyk Lyk' and a wobbly electro disco charge named 'Poly Pineapple'. B-side the melodic UK electro-fonk of 'Icebowl' finds them far away from straight up house, which is where they return for 'Day 3'.
“The Wytches release the third single from their debut album ‘Annabel Dream Reader’ on 7”, backed with brand new track ‘Darker’.
Monday, 06 October
**Includes killer Peruvian covers of Jimi Hendrix 'Hey Joe', The Meters' 'Cissy Strut', and Steppenwolf's 'Sookie Sookie'. Housed in gatefold jacket with download code** "Peru Bravo tells the whirlwind story of a culture in flux when, during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Lima boasted dozens of young bands full of ideas, spontaneous and unfazed by the instability in Peru. Featuring alternative heroes Traffic Sound and Laghonia alongside a selection of unheralded short-lived groups, Peru Bravo is a funk-fuelled ride through a radical decade. It would howev… Read more
Thursday, 02 October
*Hyper-forward exercises in technoid reduction and frequency fxxxxckerry from the super talented Gabor Lazar, with a full-length collaboration with Mark Fell due soon on The Death of Rave. Edition of 500, initial copies on coloured wax, mastered and cut by Matt Colton* Prodigious minimalist Gábor Lázár twysts out six cuts of super-forward techno reductions on his debut vinyl, 'EP16', for The Death Of Rave. Combining viscerally affective electronic timbre and hyperkinetic patterns, they're real-time recordings of Gábor extracting maximum funk from a single note rendered as sheer gradients pitched an… Read more
Shocking, extended double AA 12" from Russell Haswell paying tribute to OG Latino freestyle and industrial funk edits with inimitable, improvised flair. Back on Diagonal following his scintillating and unusually "pop" structured '37 Minute Workout' LP, plus a couple of furnace blast LPs for Bocian and Editions Mego, this entirely improvised session captures Russell in the wild, trapped between daemonic nO!se and snapjaw drum patterns nodding to early Omar Santana or Carlos Berrio and his own past as a go-to studio editor for labels such as Mute. The A-side is a slyly arousing but terrifying… Read more
**Gatefold vinyl** Adam Wiltzie (Stars Of The Lid) and Dustin O'Halloran reprise their acclaimed strings and keys duo, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, with 'Atomos I - XII' for Erased Tapes. We can safely report that it's every bit as gorgeous as their eponymous debut, but you probably already got the hint from their teaser 12", 'Atomos VII' which landed earlier this year backed with a fearsome Ben Frost re-interpretation. The further XI parts sweep us to the most picturesque modern classical panoramas imaginable...
Lukid joins the Lib Tech gang with his first release in nearly two years. A producer's producer and a perennial outsider persistently mutating styles in the cracks of current techno, electronica and bass music, Lukid still evades any net we might chuck at him with 'Crawlers'. The A-side opener, 'Nine' may well be known to you for it's brittle, anguished lead motif which was snatched by Evian Christ for his 'Propeller' on the 'Waterfall' EP. Here it sounds more sombre and petrified, shaken up with rasping drums and bass beside the strobing spectres of 'La Cucaracha'. B-side, he thwacks off angular, fl… Read more
**Limited clear/black marbled vinyl edition. Includes digital download and fold-out poster/lyric sheet** Finally Zola Jesus finds her feet with 'Taiga', her 5th solo LP, and debut for Mute. The lo-fi house horse she rode in on in 2009 has been thoroughly spooked, leaving her as a gothic survivor adapting to new modes in 'Taiga', from the brooding trap/D&B fusion bolstering her distinct vocals in the titular opener, thru martial breakbeat techno in 'Hunger' and R&B-weighted chamber pop in 'Go (Blank Sea)', or emoting like a kohl-eyed Rihanna in closer, 'It's Not Over'. For us,… Read more