Thursday, 13 February
Iberian return with a four-way dancefloor session from Bass Clef, Photonz, Cauto, and Niño. Ahead of his upcoming Public Information and PAN releases, Bass Clef goes slow and low with the dusty modular shuffle of 'Acid 8' and Photonz do a wicked, elastic and psychedelic slowfast thing on 'The Fire Shower'. Cauto's 'Lu-Fuki' brings some swirling 2-step boogie to the table, and Niño follows suit with a blinging, P-funky electronic number named 'Midnighters'.
**Hand-stamped white label** Lorca joins Breach's Naked Naked party for a deeper UK house session with the in-demand 'Forgive Me Love'. As with Lorca's 12"s for Left Blank, Church and Dummy, it's a perfectly crafted club tool for the deeper bass/house cats. A-side intones the pleading title over rugged bass/snare strikes and warm keys owing as much to UK D&B as original US house; B-side 'Naoko' is less forceful, given to slinkier breakbeat house vibe built with warm, wide subbass pressure, and proggy, uplifting chords.
*Superior Viaduct Gatefold vinyl edition of this classic debut album from 1968, an essential link in French pop music pushing the genre into more experimental sounds* "French poet and chameleonic vocalist Brigitte Fontaine’s career spans over four decades. Only a few years before her 1968 debut, Brigitte Fontaine Est…Folle, she moved to Paris to become an actress and took her prodigiously mature voice into the studio. Rich in the drama she brought to theater, Fontaine synthesized chanson (French pop song) and world music, which eventually won her international acclaim as… Read more
Odder bass grooves from the yung Club Soda label, including Mella Dee and DFRNT remixes. Parjo01's 'Shadows' reduces Sheffield style bleep bassline and choppy vocal processing to a skippy Breaks groove, which Mella Dee duly straightens to a rugged garage groove and DFRNT turns into a moody post-dubstep techno roller.
"For the first time reissued on vinyl in a strictly limited edition of 500 copies and coming with four exclusive bonus tracks, "Schizophrenia Party (Director's Cut)" represents the second chapter in the career of UK underground heroes Family Fodder after their legendary debut "Monkey Banana Kitchen". This full-length album features the complete 12" EP "Schizophrenia Party" (incl. the 9min monster tune "Dinosaur Sex") from 1981 and the 7" singles "Film Music" (1981) and "The Big Dig" (1982), all originally released on Fresh Records… Family Fodder was originally formed … Read more
Rudest gamebwoy dubs from the Jahtari bossman. Entirely built on Nintendo's classic handheld console and a pimped-out Korg Monotron Delay and mixed to cassette, 'Dub Matrix With Stereo Sound' is the culmination of years of practice refining the art of handheld dub combat. Its nine short, sharp shockouts have typically been deployed as interludes during Disrupt's live shows on some of Europe's biggest sound-systems - so you know they've been thoroughly road-tested - but they sound just as canny on laptop speakers and home hi-fis. Mad to hear how crisp and potent his riddims are wi… Read more
"The Headland soundtrack is a collection of 14 musical pieces composed and performed to accompany a collage of super8 footage shot around Lennox Head, NSW in the 1970s. The film gives us an on-the-rocks view of a particular way of surfing and some glimpses of a culture specific to that time and place. Not simply nostalgic, the music is sympathetic to the values and lived memories of small town surf-culture. Rather than describe, the compositions and performances reflect on anecdotal experiences and memories. The recordings act as documents to those reflections. It’s a mixture of hi and lo-fi rec… Read more
*Comes with a copy of the CD free inside* Marissa Nadler returns with her first new material since "The Sister" with excellent new album 'July', produced by Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))) who brings with him an engrossing, weighty sonic palette that infuses new dimensions into her songs. Recorded at Seattle’s Avast Studio, the album features the maginificent Eyvand Kang on strings, Steve Moore’s synths and Phil Wandscher’s guitar lines, escalating the whole affair to a panoramic level of beautiful, eerie wonder.
2LP vinyl edition featuring 28 of the most sought-after tracks from the 3CD, 85-track set 'Jamaica Selects Jump Blues Strictly For You', the second in a series exploring US R&B favourites from the early Jamaican sound system scene. Compilation and annotated insert by reggae collector and authority Phil Etgart, a fascinating insight into the sounds that shaped early reggae (many tracks were subsequently covered by Jamaican artists).
28 track Vinyl Edition. "Before the development of its own recording industry, Jamaican music fans predominantly found musical fulfillment in the raw 'Shuffle Blues' music that emanated from mainland USA. This no-nonsense style of R&B dominated the island's sound system dances from the dawn of the Fifties, with operators aggressively competing with each other for 'exclusive' discs. This collection draws together the most popular of these influential sound system favourites, many of which were later covered by some of Jamaica'… Read more
Anticon's Jel working on material based on loops from Munich based experimental Pop Duo "Joasihno".
Wednesday, 12 February
Thursday, 06 February
**Edition of 300** Snow Ghosts' 3rd single from 'A Small Murmuration' features remixes of its most enigmatic highlight, 'Secret Garden' by none other than Richard Skelton and Matthew Herbert. Skelton's re-working (is this his first ever remix?) is just fantastic - keeping the vocal intact but replacing the space previously occupied by the drums with a rolling soundscape of his trusted bowed strings and a synth drone that's completely outside his musical comfort zone. It's a striking juxtaposition that's opened our eyes to what might happen if this amazing producer would reach outside his u… Read more
**Includes download code** Remarkable double-feature reissue, bundling two outsider boogie oddities from 1984 & 1987 by experimental jazz musician, Roland P. Young, a former protege of Alice Coltrane. Miles away from the styles of his 'Istet Serenade' and 'Mystiphonic' LPs reissued by EM Records, the styles here are more in line with the likes of that amazing 'Personal Space' compilation on Chocolate Industries or the PPU's more obscure picks, mixing drum machines, synths and expressive vocals with a highly idiosyncratic but endearing sense of soul sharing much in common with Arthur Rus… Read more
Bare-bones no wave techno from Melbourne, Australia's Slug Guts in their "anti-suicide" duo, Prolife. The premise is simple - two blokes with toy keyboards, mics and guitar pedals recording two-track techno - and it feels just right. A-side is a cracking piece of unfussy kicks and drones, marrying cold, Suicide-like vocals with persistent, cheap bass hit and industro-dubbed vibes to rock your favourite dingy basement. 'Gold Leaves' on the other hand is bit of a coldwave pop dirge, paring the elements down to fuzzed up synth hook and slurred vocals with cavernous reverb. RIYL Posh Isolation, Cabaret Voltaire, Suicide.
Hoya:Hoya boss and esteemed DJ/producer Ryan Hunn marks up an engrossing debut LP under his Illum Sphere guise. As the title infers, the grey matter of 'Ghosts Of Now and Then' feels trapped between eras, at once deeply informed, shackled by the vintage roots of hip hop - classic jazz, soul, funk and Brazilian music - whilst acknowledging modern electronica and the beat scenes of LA (Brainfeeder, Low End Theory, Stones Throw), London (Eglo, Deviation, Young Turks) and Manchester (Fat City, Skam, Jon K). He consolidates these influences by successfully creating something timeless yet n… Read more
Blue Daisy exercises his darker side for 37 Adventures on four cuts of bleak, rock-burning beats. Opener and title track, 'Psychotic Love' sounds like a mid-breakdown Tricky battling with his demons, and 'Cries of the Beast' nails an even more paranoid, tortured vibe with knuckled 808s and mutated vocals ranting about survival tactics and the streets. Flipside, 'Devils Pie' comes off like a prime Portishead offcut twocked from the editing room, and 'Fallin' Circles' introduces a glimmer of hope with Barnaby's cool, controlled soul vocal flitting over corkscrewing bleeps, and dusted bass grynd.
Killer fusions of Middle Eastern strings and drums with jacking house and minimal techno templates. Located somewhere between Rabih Beaini's 'Tanki Tanki' edit, Kurdish Dabke and the maddest Mathematics joints, Düve's debut EP is a wildly colourful and shocking dancefloor session full of friction, passion and febrile psychedelia. A-side, 'Karv' sounds like Ricardo Villalobos raiding the Honest Jon's archive for early 20th century recordings from the Levant, and 'Woman' wraps what sounds like a bouzouki to low-key, slunking house groove and subtle but vital layers of field recording. B-side on 'S… Read more
**White vinyl** The 2nd volley from Glacial Sound is a criss, colourful trio of Eski instrumentals by certified badderman, Murlo, backed with wicked remixes from Swing Ting and Slackk. It contains one of Murlo's most rinsed recent anthems in the sino-uous R&G bounce and pizzicato strings of 'Robes', plus the crystalline hooks and swagger of 'Last Dance' and the heavy infectious 'Velvet Wall', all perfect examples of the way modern Grime has both reduced and built upon the original styles of Wiley and Prince Rapid et al with considerable flair and restraint. Remixing, Manchester's Swing Ting - Mu… Read more
Killer opening statement from hugely promising Grime imprint, Glacial Sound, courtesy of hotly-tipped American producer, Rabit. The follow-up to his debut for #FEELINGS and a hypercoloured Diskotopia 12" showacses a more concentrated take on the Eski sound, reducing its signature bleeps and electroid jolts to pointillist zaps and oozing bass. 'Double Dragon' is an ideal case in point, sounding like some sino Eski riddim that's just melted all over the grid, whilst 'Black Dragons' gees up with nastier gunshots and curdled, airborne synthlines, and the brilliant 'Wolf Spider' operates on a queas… Read more
Aaron Funk aka Venetian Snares exposes his fleshy pink underbelly in collaboration with fellow Canuck, Joanne Pollock as Poemss. The keyword here is dream-pop, but with at least half of the dream imagined by a certifiable mentalist it's not your typical chasing-lambs-in-meadow dream-pop. Not for the first time, Mr Funk proves a fine baritone singing voice, nicely complementing his spar's breathy voice against twinkling hyperprisms of music box melodies, synth-pop hooks and slow, contorted electro-pop rhythms. For the strongest tastes check out the beautifully soured discord of 'Think Of Somewhere Nice'… Read more
Uwe Schmidt picks up where his acclaimed 'HD' album left us, presenting closing track 'Ich bin meine Maschine' backed with techno remixes by himself, Boys Noize and Function. Apparently inspired by cybernetician Heinz Von Foerster, the original track plays on the meaning of Kraftwerk's oft-cited "Ich bin eine Maschine" quote, tweaking and reconstructing its vocoder timbres to say "I am my machine" against a backdrop of fluid, abstract electro-boogie. The remixes amp the dancefloor potential with deft, powerful results. Alex Ridha aka Boys Noize condenses the groove to a boulder-rolling… Read more
Falty DL's Blueberry Records showcase the diverse talents of Michigan's Todd Osborn (Soundmurderer, TNT, Osborne). Crafted with typically meticulous detail and feel for the funk, four tracks range from disco-house ('5thep') to grinding acid-techno jack ('What Is Love') thru Dilla-esque instrumental hip-hop ('Michigan Dream') and deft braindance ('752am'). Support from Cosmin TRG, XXXY, Mike Paradinas, Eclair FiFi, Illum sphere, Altered Natives, Mike Q.
Last heard by us on the nutty 'Quadrant EP', Splurt follows production duties for Merky Ace with this heavy trio of instrumentals. Suitably road-rugged and gut-punching production values make for a convincing solo debut proper, from the 808 bass, shredded samples and knuckled crack of 'J3' to the stone cold dancefloor murder, 'Lamped' and a synth'd-out, heat seeking 'Ethnic' madness.
7th volume of the celebrated series collecting searing guitar music from Western Sahara. Make sure to check out the wild swagger of 'Adounia' and 'Taghlamt'.
**Limited edition of 250. Coloured vinyl - Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label** Blue vinyl reissue of a 1974 soul classic, including the title track sampled by Missy Elliott.
*Green Vinyl* New York's Brendon Moeller returns to Echocord Colour with three deeper dub trips. 'Cut Deep (Version)' is stepping minimal dub house workout; 'Override' veers into half-stepping techno territory; 'Cut Deep' original pares down to a darker sort of acid dub techno sound.
Lush ambient house music with a filigree trance edge by revered Japanese producer, Kaito.
Shapednoise, Donato Dozzy, Milton Bradley and Eomac corrupt cuts from Lucy's sophomore album, 'Churches Schools and Guns'. Yung Italian producer Shapednoise renders 'Catch Twenty Two' as a blistering cloud of dynamic distortion and shuddering techno pulses with a cataclysmic finale, contrasting sharply witht he clean-polished surfaces and tribal linearity of Donato Dozzy's remix for 'The Illusion Of Choice'. Milton Bradley's take on 'Laws and Habits' pushes deeper out into sub-swollen aquatic techno zones, and Eomac carves up 'The Self as Other' into brittle, abrasive techno breaks and surging noise discord.