Thursday, 08 January
**Ships Friday - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Mr. Oizo cuts loose on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label in his first solo LP since 2011's 'Stade 2'. Now an LA resident, Oizo seems perfectly placed to show America how EDM should really be done, contextualising current production palettes with strong elements of old skool electro alloyed to fierce saw-tooth synthlines and screwed rave stabs. It all dovetails very neatly with Brainfeeder's hectic aesthetics, too, applying a freeform, jazz-funked approach that plays at odds with the surgical precision of his edits, resultin… Read more
**Edition of 300 with 6.5" x 6.5" illustrated lyric sheet included** Genius art-rock pop shots chipped from Officer!'s '8 New Songs By Mick Hobbs' (AAA, 1983) tape by avowed fans, Blackest Ever Black. Making their first appearance on vinyl following BEB's issue of 'Dead Unique', they give two sublime glimpses of Hobbs' gift for "ambiguous, ecstatic, anguished" songwriting and arrangement that may well have lain undiscovered by the rest of us otherwise. A-side finds the confessional catharsis of 'Life at the Water's Edge', consolidating Hobbs' blackly grim lyrics about a tortured chi… Read more
Your dreamboy, Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear meets The Grim Reaper in a magical 5th solo album outside of his Animal Collective duties. Crafted in conjunction with psychedelic supremo Pete Kember (Spacemen 3 etc), it professes a mixture of loping drums influenced by the '90s hip hop of ATCQ and Pete Rock, coupled with a colourful instrumental/hardware palette of synths, guitars and vocals, rather than the sampling methods employed in his seminal, signature side, 'Person Pitch' (2007). The songs are patently written by Panda Bear - the lilting melodies and st… Read more
*New edition limited to 130 numbered copies in silkscreened gatefold sleeve* "One of Charlemagne Palestine's best-known works, "Four Manifestations On Six Elements" is presented here as 2LP record edition limited to 130 numbered copies, the first publication of Algamars, the new sonic art division of alga marghen. "Two Perfect Fifths, A Major Third Apart, Reinforced Twice" (1973) is an electronic piece that deals with the search for the essence of timbre, sound color, through exploration of the inert chemical activity in the overtone series of tone fundament… Read more
Kareem's Zhark Recordings deliver the penultimate blow by Dave Foster aka dark techno legend, Huren, and a member of Teste. Sourced from his 'Zeckendorf Phase 1996 - 2000' and activities as recent as 2014, it mixes archival material with new for thee most bitter taste of Huren's hoofing kicks and rotted electronics. It's a beast: A-side sustains glowering techno pressure with a grinding darkstyle mission, 'MRTVI' and a carnivalous breakbeat techno shake-down named 'Nuklearni' primed for the most 'orrid bastards; B-side gets more intimate with the invasive tones and thrust of 'Sentinonaut' and the dry, … Read more
**The continuous music maestro plucks three unusually stripped-down and relatively miniature beauties from his archive for Erased Tapes. Includes download code** Lubomyr Melnyk: "Evertina and Awaiting were created on a middle-aged upright piano at a friend's home in New York, just before Hurricane Sandy hit the city. This year of 2012 marked the start of my ears beginning to notice the remarkable depth of tonal clouds, which upright pianos have ben trained to destroy. The upright piano sound is like a natural forest of microcosmic colours, while the grand piano is a ferocious hunting hound t… Read more
*This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on its original format: Heavyweight 180g vinyl with digital download code. Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey Summer 2014 and cut at Abbey Road studios* "Tender Prey’ is the fifth studio album from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and was released on 19th September 1988. The album was produced by Flood and recorded during several sessions over the course of four months in West Berlin - where the band were based at the time - and London. The album opens with ‘The Mercy Seat’, which has been subsequ… Read more
From Berlin via London, XXXY returns to Rinse with the poised electro-house shuffle of '18 Hours'. Following a strictly dancefloor formula (sadly no Brucey involved), he arranges proggy bassline and sparkling melodies around slinky rimshots and kicks in the titular A-side, before taking a tuffer tack with the sleazy jack of 'Clap Pitch' and the stripped-down acid jag, 'Tool (Satire Mix)'.
Disco-touched deep house moves from new boy, Nicolai Toma, backed with a dusted remix by Matt Karmil for Endless Flight. Toma's original 'Minifloat' warms the dancefloor cockles with supple disco bassline and woozy chords giving way to smudged acid rubs in a subliminal fashion; Karmil concentrates the same groove with some nifty filter action. 'Like To Know' finds Toma getting loose with the D-troit disco party vibes inna KDJ style.
Michael Mayer's Immer series shares two overlooked nuggets from Chloé and SCSI 9. They're both tried and tested peaches plucked from the depths of his bag, featuring Chloé's hovering, subtly built 2009 remix of Arnaud Rebotini's 'CM' on the A-side, backed with the elegant flutter of synths and rumbling bass in SCSI 9's 'Angel' on the B-side.
Ben Westbeech aka Breach meets Dutch lynchpin, Cinnaman for two trance-etched and deeper house groovers. Both tracks find a fine blend of warm, piquant synth clarity and dusted bass heft drawing on the producer's shared background in hip hop, soul and bass styles - Cinnaman was a pioneer of the Beat Dimensions sound and resident at Amsterdam's Trouw (RIP), Breach steeped in soulful D&B. Their A-side mixes tight, rugged bass drive with the kind of slow-burning synth arrangements you'd expect from Carl Craig, rising to a peak that earns the title 'Liberty', while B-side bumps a funked-up flex with phasing disco loops and garage-tucked swing and D-troit string pads.
**Linocut hand-stamped sleeve and centre labels** Brooding tech-house with neo-classical inflections, arriving on Australian label 3BS. Mannheim Rocket push a raw yet well mannered sound, mixing gruff drums with elegant string motifs in 'Liberation' whereas 'Hora Lunga' deals in more widescreen ambient tropes and blunted, Madteo style groove. 'Oubliees' is further worn down to a nub of lo-fi house sprinkled with keys and fractured breakbeats; 'Schuon' offers a moire collage of operatic vocal samples.
**180g silver vinyl edition includes two posters** "Eastern european industrial experimentalists with a heavy political leaning, Laibach have often found themselves in conflict with authorities. Expressing their views strongly through their music both here and on their continued career with Mute records, they are still actively pursuing their own unique agenda. By the time Laibach recorded Nova Akropola, the band had attracted a following in Western Europe and a lot of attention in the music press. Nova Akropola is more sophisticated than earlier efforts, furthering the group’s music and conce… Read more
Monday, 05 January
"Line Drawings is rooted in the shared intentions and working methods of Cody Yantis, Nathan McLaughlin, Josh Mason and Joe Houpert. What started as a set of exercises under the banner of A Line in the Sand now encompasses seven releases on varying media and features the work of a range of musicians and artists. Released in 2014 by Digitalis Limited, Alice Sketches is a 54-minute cassette of conversations in which Houpert, Mason, McLaughlin, and Yantis consider and respond to challenges and questions posed by one another. The Line Drawings LP then t… Read more
Thursday, 18 December
Including one of the greatest Drexciya tunes ever made, 'Digital Tsunami', plus three other cuts that didn't appear in his 'Harnessed The Storm' 2LP version (but did on the CD edition). The electro-techno surge of 'Digital Tsunami' is a stone cold essential, and B-side's 'Birth Of A New Life' one of his very sweetest. Highly recommended!
**2LP + 7" with liner notes insert. All music previously unreleased on vinyl** 'A Celebration of iDeath' documents the diffuse and very rare early work of Newcastle's Philip and Richard Rupenus, who would later helm legendary noise unit, The New Blockaders. Formed in 1979 under the blackly amusing Funeral Danceparty banner; in 1980 they released a trio of tapes in editions of roughly 100 copies each - 'The Curiosity Shop', 'Qwertyuiop', 'The Attractions of Fixed Interest' - and played a handful of shows, including notable performances at the Morpeth YMCA and Newcastle's 13… Read more
**Black and semi-opaque vinyl edition** Deepchord's 'Luxury Part 2' collates both parts 'Luxury 3' and 'Luxury 4'. The A-side is fully charged as a walloping dub-house number with sodden bass and kinetic, swirling dub tweaks; B-side skanks down a gear with shuffling layers of percussion glancing off strident dub bassline and their patented atmospheric pressure systems.
**Gatefold 2LP with hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** V-O-D document the very earliest, pioneering Japanese noise tapes released by K2 on his Kinky Tapes label from 1981 - 1983. Spanning material previously unreleased in any form - his first work, 'Student Apathy' - plus the serial works of ZombieAnatomy, and the beat-driven workout, 'N.G. Musik' and 'Dance Macabre', it serves as much a gateway introduction to early Japanese noise as a valuable vinyl retrospective. Born Kimihide Kusafuka, K2, alongside Masami Akita, Hijokaidan and Toshiji Mikawa of Incapacitants is one … Read more
**2LP featuring material previously unreleased on vinyl. Includes hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** Robert Haigh, who would later become legendary junglist Omni Trio, is subject to a 2nd solo retrospective on V-o-D with 'Cold Pieces 1985-1989'. A partner to his 4LP Sema set, 'Time Will Say Nothing' highlights his transition from darker industrial tones towards piano-based experimentation and neo-classical fusions over the course of four releases, 'Valentine Out Of Season' for United Dairies, the previously CD-only 'A Waltz In Plain C', and his 'Juliet Of The Spirits' an… Read more
**Includes hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** V-o-D offer to soundtrack your nightmares with 'Blockader', a collection of previously unreleased nether scapes by Chris Connolly (Fini Tribe, Ministry, Revolting Cocks). The label and artist attribute a rough time-line of 1983-88 to these anti-music recordings, made in a damp rehearsal space and on grey concrete council estate in Edinburgh and subsequently Chicago, and only recently discovered in the extensive tape collection of V-O-D's Frank Maier. To give them some context, Chris was a an avid fan of the industrial scene and later … Read more
**LP + bonus 7" with hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** "Silverstar Amoeba was simply the slimming down of The Death and Beauty Foundation to a permanent duo comprising of Val Denham and Oli Novadnieks. The first recordings were tentatively executed at Talbot Road, Seven Sisters, London in Oli’s basement flat on an old reel to reel tape machine that could only record two tracks. Oli Novadnieks was the guitar player and Val Denham again provided the vocals, lyrics, harmonica, keyboards and tape loops etc. The resulting experimental ‘songs’ were mixed down and transferre… Read more
Heads-down in the dance with four brooding breakbeat and ambient garage figures from Synkro for Apollo. 'Someone' tugs on the heart-strings with solemn arrangement of sweeping pads and Toasty-style breakbeats; the ghostly 'Transient' flits around Burial and dBridge-style late romance; 'Contact' slips into something more comfortable with silky dowsntrokes and a vocal reminding of Steve Spacek; 'Falling' nods to mid '00s electronica with a poised blend of Ulrich Schnauss and Arovane-esque motifs anchored by a minimalist UK groove.
Watch yer facking bon bons, Luke Vibert aka Amen Andrews back in the dance on Falty DL's Blueberry Records. Let us scroll back 11 years to 2003 and Vibert's 5 volume Amen Andrews series was a staple on wayward floors, taking his seminal Plug sound to rugged IDM and jungle dances. Fast-fwd 2014, Falty DL has teased out a four new AA cuts, brukking between the natty funk of 'Automatic Truth' and the Valve-style blowout 'Amotherfucker' via pastoral braindance rave with 'Amen HQ' and nutty 'ardcore rufige in 'News Of The World'.
When first released in 1981, the chief debate surrounding 'The Ascension' ran, is this a rock band performing classical pieces, or an experimental ensemble tackling rock music? One thing the critics did all agree on, however, was the sheer awesome power of Branca and his band. These days it's hard to hear Branca without thinking of Sonic Youth ˆ Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo both served tours of duty in Branca's guitar armies - but the main critical reference points in 1981 were the repetetive minimalism of Philip Glass and Steve Reich on the one hand, the "hard rock" of The Ramones on t… Read more
"LA/Detroit two-steppers Newbody keep the faith on their latest single. “Emotional” and the flip “Wut U Do” share the duo’s brisk vocal house signature: cooled garage energy, uptown piano, bass calisthenics, satin shirt soul. The remixes flex different tendons of the tracks: Emotion II Emotion pumps it to Jack City, piano stabs and discotheque horns over a lush, lewd bounce, while Cromie & Sage Caswell go more stereoscopic, dizzying the song into an abstract sunrise awakening. Also includes a radio edit of “Emotional,” to bait the Top 40 DJs on the fence. Mastered by Mark Pistel. Center label design by Trevor Tarczynski."
**The 300th NNF catalogue number!** "Philly trawler Noah Anthony’s pulverized industrial designs under the black Profligate flag have grown increasingly caustic and cracked, culminating in the eight misery beat clawhammers comprising his sophomore full-length, Finding The Floor. What’s particularly impressive given Anthony’s history in form-frying outfits like Form A Log and Social Junk is how deft and purposefully these pieces are arranged – asylum weaponry fashioned from scavenged hardware. Of the record’s eight cuts, only “Can’t Stop Shaking” has seen release before (though the LP ve… Read more
Lorca does his rolling, shuffly house thing with style for Breach's Naked Naked label. 'Calcutec' makes the first move with low slung groove underpinned by wide-style garage subs, built with a proggy arrangement primed for bigger rooms and London 'floors. 'Ndlamu' figures a more Afro-centric, jackin' sound with spacey dubbing and tribal momentum, and also in a slower, more rugged Alternative Mix.
Klasse Recordings boss Luca Lozano follows his Optimo Trax session with a trio of rugged early techno-house emulations backed with divine DJ Fett Burger remix. There's a certain turn-of-the'90s vibe to Luca's originals, from the pumping Dance Mania flava and gritty drums of 'Mister Right Now', thru the sub-loaded and killer early hardcore/Belgian rave vibes of 'Come With Me', to the whirring, jacking R&S psychedelia of 'The Afterworld'. DJ Fett Burger's Orgonitt Meme Deep mix is icing on the cake, taking the vibe of 'The Afterworld' to New York City circa 1991 with big ol' Nu Groove-style B-line and drusm wrapped up with mad samples chatter and lush chords. TIPPED!
UTTU's king swinger takes to Creme with four cuts of jacking old skool style garage-house. DJ Haus' first foray beyond his own labels gives up some of his dopest material bestween the laidback swing and perc of 'Wurk It Gurl', the bumpty budge of 'Little Pieces' and the Essex-meets-Donkaster-via-Leiden pump of 'Feel The Powder' (track title of the year, anyone? OK just me, then).