Thursday, 07 August
Bucking and pitching techno from Japan backed with a gristly J. Tijn remix. The slamming original of 'The Run' and wormholing remix are all good fun, but we'd recommend dashing for the Surgeon-esque levels of the hydraulic B-side 'Dot'.
**Hand-numbered edition of 250 housed in screen-printed jackets** Fierce techno steppers from Ansome & Catch on their freshly minted South London Analogue Material imprint. Their debut volley smashes blown-out bass roil and banking distortion from Catch up top, and claggy, clangourous mutant techno from Ansome dung below. One for fans of Truss, Perc, Untold…
"After his diverse yet cohesive 2013 album The Waiting Room, Jeff McIlwain, better known as Lusine, is back with a more tightly focused EP. McIwain's discography is intimidating, and over the course of the last few decades, he's been known for exceeding in a wide array of electronic styles, a rarity among artists of his kind. The release of Arterial, his fourth EP for Ghostly, marks another successful foray into a niche that most artists would spend their careers immersed in. A calmly effortless work, Arterial is economical in everything it does, creating its own tiny universe to house expertly craf… Read more
Mount Kimbie, Visionist, Darq E Freaker, Machinedrum, and Rob Garza remix Kelis to taste. For our 2p, they're all way better than the originals, from Mount Kimbie's slinky remix of 'Jerk Ribs' to the spiralling vocal contrails and technoid grime bounce of Visionist's 'Friday Fish Fry' overhaul and Machinedrum's epic, rugged soul review of 'Runnin''.
*LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with printed innersleeve and free download coupon. A very limited amount of randomly distributed initial copies will be pressed on ‘baby poop yellow’ coloured vinyl* "There are a number of ways to interpret ‘Volume X’, the title of the new album by Trans Am. The first is obvious - it is the band’s tenth studio release, comprised of ten songs that display ten unique sides of Phil Manley, Nathan Means and Sebastian Thomson. You can also imagine a volume knob being cranked all the way up, the amplification level for an ideal Trans Am listening session. However, it … Read more
Pumping London techno standards from Pris back on Resin for 2nd helpings. No nonsense, heads-down techno in 3 parts rolling off the clattering polyrhythms and thudding kicks of 'If She Bends, She Breaks' to the dry drama of 'St. Elmo's Fire' and cannier, minimalist tribal funk of 'If She Cracks, She Bears'.
**Limited 1st pressing on clear vinyl** Two figureheads of UK techno duke it out on the 'Two Hundred' EP. Arriving one year after their 'Spiker' 12", it documents more recent analogue studio actions in four pieces ripping from the acidic EBM and Phillip Best-style vocal of the title track to the welting triplet techno schranz of 'Judd', and burned-out dub tech swing in ' Van Der Valk'.
Deftly broken house and shifty tech swingers from Appleblim & Komon. In duo, they deal the trippy mixing and squashed rave vibes of 'Motion Blur' and the late night tuck of 'Key Vision'. Gwan dolo, Komon goes darker with the dirge-like chords and scuffed. hard-edged swagger of 'Astir', contrasting with the lucid cosmic synths and off-kilter shuffle of 'Blim's 'Echo's Retreat'.
*Super influential Library record from the KPM vaults circa 1970, reissued on this new vinyl edition* "Who better to follow up one of the best known and most sampled of all library LPs than Alan Moorhouse, a twisted genius whose musical output clearly proves that he couldn’t have given a monkey’s what anyone thought of him. From unlistenable marching band versions of Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep, to an entire album of demented Tijuana styled hymns to the hard hitting funk of his work for KPM, Moorhouse would surely have shocked and amazed us with more musical mayhem had his life not… Read more
Mute finally release the CAN studio album reissues individually on vinyl. The albums were mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore. ‘Unlimited Edition’ comes as a double LP and features unreleased tracks from 1968 to 1974, recorded in Can’s private Inner Space studios. It is an essential album for those who want to know more about the roots of the band. Five cuts are listed as part of the band’s continuing Ethnological Forgery Series, on which they recreate or interpret a variety of world music genres through their own vision.
*Second pressing in plain sleeve* Hot on the heels of Russell Haswell's '37 Minute Workout', Diagonal Records drop a slow-burning, psychedelic killer from Elon Katz and Beau Wanzer's Streetwalker, backed with a powerful Silent Servant remix. First issued on Catholic Tapes cassette in 2011, the serpentine, twelve minute acid slink of 'Ooze' has been remastered for vinyl and primed for the dance. As opposed to the from-the-hip funk on their 'Future Fusion' LP for Minimal Wave's Cititrax sublabel, 'Ooze' is a more hard-hitting affair, stealthily paced to a sleazy 110bpm stru… Read more
Dancehall-mowing battery from men like Kalbata & Mixmonster, backed with an outstanding Kahn remix. The dreadnaught original version of 'Congo Beat The Drum' runs rife with thunderous percussion matched for madness by Major Mackerel's yelps, growls and robo-ragga patter. Flipside, Kahn properly shakes it down with Lion roars, lush oriental drones and sticky dancehall torque beside the flying 4/4 stepper, 'Out A Road'.
Afro-centric house heat from East London's DrumTalk. Drawing on all the classic references - Chicago, Detroit, New York, London - as well as new ones from Kwaito to Azonto and Funky, DrumTalk's debut for GetMe! backs up its intentions with robust, effective productions resulting the shape-cutting stride and lilting drum cadence of 'Super Vega' on one side, and the writhing syncopation of bouncing, technoid drums and wheezing melody in flipside, 'SNB'.
**Limited, hand-stamped, ome-sided edition** Old skool UK/Detroit-sounding techno pumped on big kicks and soaring pads.
Glasgow's highly-touted beat builder debuts with this killer five track EP on Local Action. Since first appearing on Big Dada's Grime 2.0 collection, he's dropped the unique beat suite 'Faded With Da Kittens' for Astral Black and remixed DJ Q's 'Trust Again', synthesising a unique mix of grime, fluoro/sino folk melody and moody technoid pads. 'Crystal Children' gives up his best work to date, including the bubbling grime-techno of 'Zen' and balance of pounding subs with delicate hooks in 'Thinkk Star', whilst the subtler sweetness of 'Daisy Chain's sino-folk licks and the drifting s… Read more
**Limited edition, 1-sided 12"** Conspicuous by his absence from the scene since 2011, Dorian Concept finally returns to Ninja Tune with the canny calculations of 'Draft Culture'. Indicative of things to come from his eagerly-awaited 'Joined Ends' LP, the wonky funk of 'Draft Culture' twinkles, flexes and charms in all the right places with woozy Wurlitzer, off-kilter bass and scissoring percussion.
Pional's midnight showstopper 'It's All Over' arrives backed with Talabot's own remixes after appearing on a blink-and-miss 12" and in John Talabot's DJ-Kicks selection remixed by Locked Groove. The fragile, blue original is an exemplary slice of late night house soul, the sort that subtly suspends time and brings bodies closer on the 'floor, and now appears alongside Pional's plusher 'Fosc Version' beside Talabot's sinuous, fruity 'Stripped Refix' and bendy, heatsick 'Stormbreak' version, and Locked Groove's debonaire, string-heavy rendition.
Big room romps from XXXY following his 'Never Enough' 12" for Rinse. 'Goldfish' works a squashed, propulsive London house sound with a hollow, metallic klonk reminding of Marcel Dettmann's debut 12" on MDR, only spiked with shape-cutting funk. On the other hand, 'Evade' is one for the armpit exhibitionists, tracing icy arpeggios up the spine of a swinging tech-house groove replete with jaw-swanging breakdown.
*The duo of Witchbeam & Mr. Matthews featuring Lala Ryan from Excepter, and Rachel & Grant Evans. New on Experimedia* "Telecult Powers, the candle burning duo of Witchbeam & Mr. Matthews, known for their ritualistic live shows and previous releases on Baked Tapes, Draft, Pizza Night and more, bestow upon us their new album "Black Meditations", a six part sonic meditation on the connections between man, myth & magic. “Black Meditations” taps into the world of folk magic, reaching out to the spirit world through sonic practice, with the duo praying at an altar of bizarre electronic i… Read more
"The Outsiders, hailing from Wimbledon, England, were one of the many bands to rise up through the UK is punk explosion of the late 70s. Citing the Velvet Underground as their primary influence, The Outsiders were fronted by Adrian Borland, who went on to form the seminal post-punk band The Sound following the demise of the band. Gaining exposure through opening for acts such as The Jam and The Vibrators. Bob Lawrence (bass) and Adrian Janes (aka Jan, drums) rounded out the band. The Outsiders were the first UK punk band to self-release a full album (their first LP Calling on Youth), on their… Read more
*Edition of 500 copies, Includes a download coupon* "The No Wave era of NYC was a short, dark flash of energy that was extinguished almost as soon as it was noticed. It happened so goddamn fast that if you missed the imaginal cut-off for inclusion by a few fucking weeks, you were forever written out of the picture. Believe me. Thurston and I wrote the book on this goddamn scene, and the Hi Sheriffs were just outside our temporal markers, despite the fact they'd played Tier 3, the Mudd Club and everywhere you'd think would matter. But look, they were as second gen No Wave as the Raybeat… Read more
"Sunny Graves’ debut release comes in the form of a four track EP recorded, assembled and mixed via analogue and digital means between Barcelona and New York during 2013 and marks the first official output for Simon Williams’ (formerly Jahbitat) most personal and focused project to date. ‘Bayou EP’ comprises a thoroughly meditated collection of work made up of four carefully constructed rhythmic, melodic, textural and emotional explorations in which dense layers of synthesisers and processed samples collide and breathe with pulsing beats, and where bass frequencies, soundscapes, field recordi… Read more
*300 copies with risographed and hand stamped sleeves, plus download coupon* Debut three track 7" from London feminist punks Frau who feature members of Woolf and Good Throb. They released the much loved 8 track 10 minute demo on Tuff Enuff Records in late 2013 (which has now been reissued on LP by Dead Beat Records) and now return with three more short blasts of discordant and furious noise. 'Punk Is My Boyfriend' is a dirty and scratchy cut with pounding drums and an insistent guitar hook. It comes over like a mix of Pre 'Cut' Slits, Huggy Bear and Kleenex. 'Snakeskin' is possibly the on… Read more
Friday, 01 August
Thursday, 31 July
The master returns with his 3rd EP of serpentine riddims for Woe To The Septic Heart! Working deeper into the synthesis-based approach which yielded the finer electronic timbres of his 'Freezing Opening Thawing' 12", here he's refined the technique to near-Villalobos levels of layered, rhythmelodic intricacy, but of course, all with his inimitable accent. First up, 'Beat His Command' is a dense, blinding display of pointillist percussion and hypnotic chimes laced with flashes of technoid gremlins and white noise explosions. Secondly, 'Vor und zurück' flips that formula for a more … Read more
*Deluxe Vinyl box including four 180gsm LPs featuring the original double LP plus two LPs of bonus material and a download coupon for all audio. The Two Chem19 demos are exclusive to the box set: ‘Christmas Steps’ and ‘7-25’* ‘Come On Die Young’ was - and remains - a hugely accomplished, elegant and important album, setting a benchmark for the fierce intelligence that would characterise Mogwai’s future body of work. The reissue of ‘Come On Die Young’ - fifteen years after it originally hit the shelves - has been painstakingly put together by the band and label, unear… Read more
Gobsmacking first-ever vinyl reissue of instrumental synth tracks sourced from Colin Potter ov NWW's early '80s tape stash, re-mastered and presented in deluxe, hand-numbered edition of 500 with screen-printed jackets by House Of Traps. Following their tease of a 7", Sacred Summits blow the dome off it with these five pieces recorded by Potter at his small home studio in North Yorkshire between 1979-1983. Spurred by the possibilities of Punk, inspired by the recording techniques of dub, and un-blinkered by formal music training, Potter conceived a take on ambient, kosmiche synth and drum… Read more
**Edition of 200 housed in hand-silk-screened sleeves** One of the UK's more promising young labels returns to the vinyl realm with the kinetic spatial studies of D Hansen's 2nd release, 'A Pair Of Quiet And Empty Rooms'. Avoiding use of samples in favour of unique tones and "something completely other", Hansen recorded bits of junk at discrete distances in a variety of rooms in order to capture their natural reverbs, which were then processed with artificial ones to create whole new semi-fictional dimensions. The results, split over four pieces, make incisive, playful use o… Read more
**Initial copies on clear vinyl. Mastered at Alchemy** Boldly engrossing electro-acoustic composition from award-winning Mexican composer, Rogelio Sosa, on the ever enlightening Bocian Records. As its botanical title suggests, 'Daturas' probes nightmarish, psychedelic aesthetics reflecting the toxic plant's putative qualities - from use in "witches brew" to its use as a murderous poison and instigator of delirious states - and also its transition from spiny fruit to seductive, trumpet-shaped bloom. We're not too familiar with Rogelio's previous work, which spans numerous compilation appearance… Read more
LA-style summer jams from Delroy Edwards and Benedek, aka Rx for y'all. Under a patina of ferric smog and medicinal weed smoke they spread the funk thick 'n greazy on both sides, slyding up close with oily bassline and melting chords in 'Strung Out' for that eyes-shut-and-shuffling appeal, whilst flipside picks up the swaying shimmer of Linn-like drums and mystic pipes in 'Prescriptions'. Timeless PPU quality.