Thursday, 04 December
Ormonde are Anna-Lynne Williams (Trespassers William/Lotte Kestner) and Robert Gomez, and ‘Cartographer/Explorer’ is the Seattle band’s second album, following on from 2012’s ‘Machine’ which garnered keen praise on both sides of the Atlantic for its delicate acoustic songwriting. Individually, the two members of Ormonde have impressive CVs: Williams toured with Damien Rice, Feist, Broken Social Scene and Explosions in the Sky during her time in Trespassers William (Nettwerk Records) and also co-wrote and sang ‘Hold Tight London’ on Chemical Brothers’ ‘Push the Button’ album. Gomez is a… Read more
**Coloured double vinyl with the full album on CD and poster booklet** The Knife cut thru their back catalogue to present 'Shaken-Up' versions reworked for their recent US tour. They're not messing around when they call these versions 'Shaken-Up' - tempos are raised, vocals pitched and everything given an irresistible energy that must have translated well in the live arena (shame on me, i've still not caught their live show). And so you'll find ramped up mixes of their siblings' signature anthem 'We Share Our Mother's Health', plus a frisky mix of 'Got 2 Let U' from 'Deep Cuts', a Soca… Read more
"Part Man, Part Machine, Cybotron was the synthesis of progressive rock and electronic music experimentation. Conceived by pioneers of the Australian electronic underground, Steve Maxwell Von Braund and keyboardist Geoff Green, together they produced a series of mind-altering cosmic albums throughout the 1970s which set the tone for the Minimal wave and electronic post punk scene of early 1980s Melbourne. Part Tangerine Dream, part Ash Ra Tempel, Cybotron channelled the spirit of Krautrock to create their own unique brand of throbbing Komische electronica rivalling the futuristic vision of their G… Read more
Composed by unsung composer Andrew Thomas Wilson, the soundtrack is a forgotten piece of 1980s electronic film scoring. A clash between driving electropop and the ominous dirge of John Carpenter's The Thing and The Fog soundtracks. Layers of icy modular Synth and proto techno rhythms serve as the backdrop to the explosive biological-apocalyptic meltdown. Described as 'Mad Max meets the China Syndrome', the 1980 Australian film The Chain Reaction is an often overlooked entry in the highly venerated Ozploitation Genre. A nuclear disaster themed thrill ride into early… Read more
M.I.A. junglist Jamie Boyle aka Breakage returns with an epic pop glint in his eye. 'Treading Water' places a shiny pop vocal from Detour City amidst brooding Reese bass and prickling synths in a big ol' breakdown that never quite goes anywhere. The V.I.P. gives a little more to grab onto with the addition of a classic 'ardcore break placing it up close to the likes of Route '94 or Last Japan's hardcore pops.
Invaluable collection of rare and edited Function productions, sliced from the forthcoming 'Recompiled' album. Up top you'll find the rippling miniature, 'Isolate' plus the darkside breakbeat techno rolige of 'Montage' (2003), which has until now escaped our attention but will be heading straight for a special section in our bag. Down below, there's a version of 'Immolare', which appearewd on various Sandwell District releases, plus the heads down minimalism of 'Descending. Worth it for 'Montage' alone!
*Previously unreleased Ozploitation soundtrack from the composer of Mad Max, Patrick and The Day After Halloween* "The notorious 1982 Australian film, Turkey Shoot (Also known as Escape 2000 in the US and Blood Camp Thatcher in the UK) has long been considered the ultimate of Australian Video Nasties. Scored by renowned Australian film composer Brian May (Mad Max, Patrick, The Day After Halloween), the predominantly electronic soundtrack hints stylistically to brooding horror-synth of John Carpenter, the mutant patchbay of Gil Melle’s soundtrack The Andromeda Strain as well as some o… Read more
*Deluxe 180 Gram Gatefold Limited Edition LP with inner sleeve, Remastered from the Original Stereo Album Master Tapes (originally prepared by Morricone for a 1968 LP release but for reasons unknown not issued at the time), with extensive and exclusive liner notes by Andy Votel, original artwork and rare photos/ephemera* "The missing link in the Morricone / Gruppo discography. Their originally unreleased avant / cacophonic score to Elio Petri's manic Artsploitation masterpiece was the first and last time Morricone and Il Gruppo would co-sign an OST/sessio… Read more
*Deluxe 180 Gram Limited Edition LP with inner sleeve* "Fuzz guitars, go-go beats, weird exotic soundscapes and Doris Troy (of ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ fame) screaming about gizzards. Only in Rome, only in 1971. Brilliant but overlooked composer Berto Pisano and (we suspect) his no less talented brother Franco (working under a pseudonym) to craft the perfect score for this drug-fuelled piece of cinematic mayhem. Recorded at the Orthophonic Recording Studio, Roma 1971 and remastered in 2014 from the original stereo album master tapes this LP includes 2 previ… Read more
Draumalandid is the name of a new documentary about Iceland's current environmental plight and its inextricable connection with the forces of the global economy. For the film's soundtrack, renowned producer Valgeir Sigurosson calls upon the entire roster of his Bedroom Community label for support. The score is fleshed out by classical composers Nico Muhly and Daniel Bjarnason (the latter's excellent Processions debut album still being fresh in the memory) with further contributions arriving from ambient noise sculptor Ben Frost and US singer-songwriter Sam Amidon. Wh… Read more
Diverse, techi dubstep and D&B torsion from Gijs Snik aka Proxima, including a collaboration with his brother, Jeroen Snik aka Icicle, and vocal by P Money. First plate comes with the creepy darkside lurch and Coki-style bleeps of 'Trapped' beside the grimy slaughter of 'Pressurized' with P Money and the raving old skool Skream styles of 'In Vacuo'. 2nd plate is all about the pensile pressure of 'Gravity' and the aforementioned, killer D&B mutant, 'Redshifted' featuring Icicle.
**Transparent red wax in hand-stamped white jacket** One of modern D&B's most prolific operators takes his turn on Metalheadz' METHXX series. Up top there's an lean but epic liquid roller with jazzy vox that turns to a Krust-style blown out beast after the drop. Down below, 'Beams' steps into more artmospheric zones, and 'Pow Wow' comes off like one of Juan Atkins Model 500 D&B trax.
Emika starts up her eponymous label with two brooding, etheric, yet pounding electro-techno tracks. 'Melancholia Euphoria A' pays dues to Dopplereffekt with icy arpeggios and pumping Detroit-style electro ballast stabbed up with her own feminine grunts. 'Melancholia Euphoria B' feels lighter, sweeter, erecting towering synth figures over hydraulic 4/4.
*Vinyl including Download Code* "Originally released in 1979, "Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12" was Robbie Basho's 15th record, and his magnum opus of solo guitar. It is the culmination of his life's effort to usher guitar music into a new artistic paradigm, and to "establish the steel string as a concert instrument indigenous to America. This album represents Basho’s most technically fine guitar work. In both composition and performance, the album is enormously complex and yet conveys an effortlessness unique to Basho. As he famously espoused… Read more
Teengirl Fantasy returns from a short hiatus with four skewed mutations of R&B/Footwork/IDM hybrids found in their R&S records. Since 2012 they've twisted their sound in new directions between the refractive, sweetly discordant club enigma, 'Cavescape' to ghostly refinement of their R&B-pop tastes in 'Lung' feat. Lafawndah, and the '90s-into-2014 flex of 'U Touch Me' with Hoody, whilst '7:30 A.M.' deals in an airborne, alien techno funk recalling Lotic and Arca productions.
Strickly deeper bangers from Palace on Hot Haus Recs. A-side is a big winner called 'Vision' wurkin' with slamming kicks, skippy hats and blue, dubbed-out techno chords for peak time drive. B-side deals in more sensuous, scuffed garage with the plonging square bass shift of 'Solstice' and the light-footed, bubble-headed shimmy of 'Element'.
"A collection of unreleased recordings from the early days of Gravenhurst. Unexpected treasures found in the Gravenhurst archives whilst researching material for the tenth anniversary reissues of ‘Flashlight Seasons’ and ‘Black Holes In The Sand’. Comprised of two early demos that differ from album versions in intriguing ways and eight previously unheard songs, the result is a carefully selected and coherent collection. ‘The Citizen’ contrasts a lyric of urban alienation with an early demonstration of Nick Talbot aka Gravenhurst’s mastery of acoustic minimalism, wh… Read more
**Clear vinyl** Wicked deep jungle rollers from Eveson as Dead Man's Chest for the Ingredients label. A classic sound done dead well - nuff Reese bass, amen choppage and layered samples arranged with a refreshing dexterity placing it up next to modern productions from the likes of Amit, Killing Sound, Demdike Stare, Millie & Andrea. Ace.
Flirting with the sweeter, electronic edges of what could be called deep house, the Irish-born, London-schooled, Berlin-based producer gives nods to Konono No.1, Caribou and Four Tet with the chiming melodic lilt and warped bass shapes unfolding and dancing across the A-side's 'Khayyam Grey', while 'Get On' slows the vibes to a bouncy space boogie flex, and 'Vowels' gets frisky with the disco on the B-side.
*Beautiful gold foil-blocked sleeve on reverse board* Subtly noirish and intimate electronic composition from Belgium's Brice Dreessen aka Lowcommittee for the consistently great Vlek Records. While the title, 'Race at Neon Club' may connote speed and bright lights, the results are actually almost gothically greyscale and lower case in aesthetic, coming across like the moody OST to a darker, drug-fuelled version of Drive set in Antwerp.
Wolfgang & Reinhard get familial with their follow-up to 2013's 'Erdingertrax' series . A-side, 'Superpitch' treads that fine line between rave frivolity and mannered jack with see-sawing sinewave underpinned by hungry rave bass, before spilling over into the B-side's psychedelic 'Supertrip' extension. We'd advise getting two copies and knitting them together for super results.
Dro Carey and his Tuff Sherm alter ego divide their energies over three twisted productions backed with a boomin' DJ Vague remix. In Tuff Sherm mode he's in the mood to bang with the slompy jack of 'Scope' and a darkly playful EBM jakbeat titled 'Prime Engine'. Switching to Dro Carey mode, he works with shivering hi-hats and a moire of Fairlight-like bass pulses of 'Prime Engine' ina mutant grime fashion, which DJ Vague promptly turns into a space-headed take on B-More house. Tipped!!
Cologne's Reinhard Voigt stretches his legs on a pair of strident Kompakt house standards. 'Rachanee' revolves sweet samples of unknown Far Eastern origin over a squashed electro bassline and old skool bleep techno style hook. 'Tisch Für Zwei' is darker, burrowing into the dance with hypnotic monotone bass, pinging brass stabs and kinkiest interplay of cowbells and rimshots to rub the 'floor to a lather.
*Francois Tusques’ rarest commercially released album now reissued via Finders Keepers...* "With track titles translating as ‘Song For The Devil’ and ‘The Witches’, Francois Tusques’ rarest commercially released album casts an early stylistic premonition of the vampire themed improvised soundtracks recorded for director Jean Rollin merely months after its release. Assembling the very same group of musical sorcerers this album’s personnel (featuring, amongst others, soprano saxophonist Barney Wilen) reads like a who’s who of France’s early improvised music / free ja… Read more
*Special edition fluorescent box set with foil-block Jaga Jazzist logo containining: ‘A Livingroom Hush’ 180g clear vinyl LP, Two 180g clear vinyl 12”s featuring exclusive reworks, a 24 page booklet with extended sleevenotes and archive photography, plus MP3 download codes including four bonus unreleased songs from the ‘A Livingroom Hush’ sessions* Marking Jaga Jazzist’s 20th year is a vinyl box set featuring a special reissue of the album ‘A Livingroom Hush’ (2004) with four previously unreleased demo cuts from those recording sessions as bonus digital downloads. Also in the box ar… Read more
"The Bedroom Slant is the new album by Bruno Pronsato, under his new Archangel moniker The new project is a new chapter in the evolution of his sound. The human voice acts as one of it's major elements (with Pronsato himself stepping up to the mic to take on vocal duties), it incorporates traditional instrumentation to a larger degree than his previous work (bass guitar lines, played by his brother David Ford, act as the rhythmic foundation for many of the new songs). Acknowledging his love of pop, rock and post-punk in his music for the first time, (music he firs… Read more
A pair of supple, sleazy and minimal tech-house grooves from Bruno Pronsato, accompanying his album, 'The Bedroom Slant'.
Vinyl only edition of the classic Carcass and Godflesh ‘Peel Sessions’. 11 tracks showcasing two of Earache’s most definitive early bands in the raw - Side A features two separate Carcass sessions recorded in 1988 and 1990 / Side B features Godflesh recorded in 1989
Tres demented house from the new Italian weird scene, backed with kicking remix from Jamal Moss as Hieroglyphic Being. Hailing from Genoa, Massimo Pegoraro aka Modus presents a fugged-up and mesmerising sound with the dub-weighted concrète house jack of 'Exhibition 11 Airplane' sandwiched between two freakier pieces inspired by the legendary output of INA-GRM, Paris. On the flip, the #1 house freak Jamal Moss renders one of those cuts as a kicking Gherkin jerk-ish groove with his patented magick.
**Wrap-around artwork in clear poly sleeve** Hushed late night house from Anthony Collins and Francis Harris's Frank & Tony duo on their New York-based Scissor & Thread label. A-side plays out the woozy dub house motion and dreamy chord washes of 'Love Brut'; B-side rolls heavier subs out in the 'Resistance (Dub)', and shuffles up close with the warm and intimate 'Villa Seurat'.