Thursday, 12 February
"Despite a long series of reissues and rediscoveries that are throwing the ultimate light on one of the most fascinating and enigmatic periods of Italian music history - that of sonifications - the project that goes by the name Braen's Machine continues to evade categorization, and positive information. If you are among the many who got their hands on the beautiful "Underground", republished by Schema a few months ago, you will already know of the involvement of, among others, Piero Umiliani, Alessandro Alessandroni - the name Br… Read more
**10th anniversary edition with digital download code featuring two bonus tracks redeemable from the label** Hard to believe it's now 10 years since Hauschka (aka Volker Bertelmann) released his second album 'The Prepared Piano'; a daringly candid musical letter to his obvious one true love... the grand piano. Although willing at times to allow other instruments into the relationship (most apparent on the percussive masterpiece 'Traffic'), Bertelmann never lets them overshadow the ivories. Evidently enthralled to the likes of John Cage and Henry Cowell, 'The Prep… Read more
**Heavyweight double gatefold jacket with 25-page, full colour booklet of photos and liner notes pasted to inner panel** The Folk Music of the Sahel is revealed to the world at large in these wonderful field recordings made by sublime freq, Hisham Mayet between 2004 - 2014. A year on from the more fractious 'Radio Niger' instalment, this LP presents the new Folk Music of the Sahel in a "subjective but spectacular overview of Hausa, Zarma, Fulani, Songhai and Tuareg music"… "On this lavish double album, Mayet methodically reveals the dazzling range and power of Nigerien mu… Read more
Early '90s-styled ambient/acid house from Italian producer Pearl River Sound. Classy stuff harking back to early Warp and Rephlex styles, with highlights in the melancholy, floating AI sentiments of 'La Mia Citta Di Notte', with the Plastikman-alike acid of 'Ecid', and the low slung, blue groove of 'The Window'.
"The gnarliest reggae compilation in Christendom, drawn from the seventies and early-eighties heyday of this Toronto-based label, when it played host to stars like Joe Higgs, Augustus Pablo, Johnny Osbourne and Leroy Sibbles, and home to locals like Pluggy Satchmo and Dill Smith. Raw, twisted, compelling, time-and-again staggering productions by Oswald Creary, in the tradition of his childhood-friend Lloyd Bullwackie Barnes — and Lee Perry and Keith Hudson — but utterly themselves. Rough, tough, mystical roots. Brilliant mastering by Moritz von Oswald. Both formats come in silk-screened sleeves (and the artwork is Will Bankhead’s finest hour)."
Proper freaky dance music from Physical Therapy for the UTTU cause. Booty, house and techno are taken for a joyride in four parts, going on strong with the hardstyled jit pressure of 'C'mere' and the raw, electroid misshape, 'The Black Night Is Calling My Name', while 'The Waiting Room In DJ Hell' offers a salty rub of melting tropical signatures and soggy house next to a blown-out low-rider named 'Giving Me Life'. Indeeed.
Masterful modular techno poundings from the Brummie techno boss - his first proper Token release following a remix of Grovskopa's 'Sex and Violins' in 2008. Both cuts are recognisably Surgeon productions, but perhaps not instantly so due to his new palette of modular synths. The original 'Fixed Action Pattern' galvanises signature shuffle and bruising kicks with a bristling, chaotic noise energy that's a thrilling new addition to his sound, whilst the aquatic Dub carves the groove to a solemn halfstep lurch steeped in sepulchral groans and consumed by oncoming waves of masticated electricity. It's a real burner.
*First-time reissue comes from the original master tapes. Recommended for fans of Kleenex / Liliput, Raincoats, And Bush Tetras* "San Francisco provocateurs Inflatable Boy Clams recorded one of the greatest all-female art punk records ever made, a wrongfully obscure five-song double 7-inch EP which has garnered a cult following ever since its initial release on Subterranean Records in 1981. While the music blends simple instrumentation and captivating, quirky lyrics, the artwork looks like an early Rough Trade single, complete with posh Winogrand-esque photo of the group. M… Read more
The Italian master tends to his flock with a pair of outstanding club trax. There's no messing with either side: uptown he teases the infectiously supple swing and belly-twisting organ chord progression of 'grnHF' pointed for lip-smacking 3am moments; 'Acidspix' rides the other side of the wave with a darker acid techno drive shaped by strobing synthlines and rumbling, testy groove with a blossoming climax. Highly recommended.
Dark Entries scan Detroit circa 1986/1993 with a split reissue of DJ Maestro's rare-as-f*©k electro trax. Cutting his teeth as a DJ while stationed with the Marine corps in California, early '80s, The Maestro would move back to the 313 where he was taught how to programme Roland 808, 909, Linn drum and Boss DR-55 by none other than Juan Atkins. In 1986 he released the uptempo electro burner, 'The Speed Of Light', which has been trimmed down to three tracks for this reissue, including the Cybotron-styled title track and the brooding robo-boogie of '1001 Beats' with its Batman riff… Read more
Reissue of an exceptional French industrial side from 1982. Minimal, erotic, and utterly captivating, Die Form's debut album works where it matters, galvanising steely 808 rhythms and lustrous ARP2600 synthlines with frisky discipline and tales of death and bestiality. In the best sense, there are clear lines to be drawn between Die Form and the likes of TG or early Chris & Cosey - the non-linear drum programming; the possesed vocals and lyrical content; the finely crafted and subtle atmospheres - most likely due to similar influences and production palette, but there's also something compellingl… Read more
*First ever LP reissue, 24bit / 96kHz remastering with Liner notes by Jessica Hundley interviewing the band, plus rare archive photographs housed in an expanded deluxe Stoughton gatefold “Tip-On” jacket* "If God had a disco, the DJ would be playing California gospel-soul group The Supreme Jubilees. “We won’t have to cry no more,” the tuxedo-clad group would sing, in high, angelic vocals over smooth grooves. “It’ll all be over.” Prepare to dance and contemplate death all at the same time. A band of brothers and cousins, the group was founded from two familes: brothers Joe and … Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "Since 2000, founder Sam Hillmer has remained Z's purveying constant, and with the addition of loose-limbed, meditative percussionist Greg Fox (Liturgy, Guardian Alien, Man Forever), and virtuosic avant-classical guitarist and composer Patrick Higgins, the band has found its epochal lineup. The trio's vision is crystallized on Xe, Zs' first full-length featuring the new trio, and first proper since 2010's critically acclaimed New Slaves. Hillmer, Fox and Higgins-three supremely heavy sages who exchange their pulsating phraseology with a mind-blowin… Read more
The hiatus is over: Six Organs of Admittance rise again with a stunning new slab on Drag City three years since 'Ascent'. Conspicuous by his absence, Chasny seems to have spent his time regressing to birth a more primordial approach to the neck of the guitar, now returning with Noel Von Harmonson (Drums), Rob Fisk (Bass), and Charlie Saufley (Bass) to help flesh out, transcribe and unravel his cryptic dreams. The result is is looser, broader Six Organs of Admittance to the one we remember, adroitly feeling out lonely blues beside face-aching feedback throwdowns, doomy flamenco flour… Read more
"Sir Richard Bishop is back with a fresh album and a fresh guitar! On Tangier Sessions, Sir Richard’s mythic guitar playing reaches a new degree of ingenuity and esteem. While traveling in Geneva, Bishop stumbled upon a modest, yet enchanting guitar, hidden on a shelf. He left the shop empty handed, but for days the guitar haunted him! He returned to purchase the instrument, mesmerized by the incredible sounds it produced when played. Utilizing this new and mysterious guitar, “Frontier” is an enduringly majestic composition, one of several songs on Tangier Sessions to feature Sir… Read more
Perc and Kareem split EP 3 of Perc Trax's 10 Year anniversary sessions. Berlin's Kareem puts down thick kicks and insectoid percussion amid the noxious, nautical atmosphere and stare-down noise swells of 'Just When You Thought It Was Over'; Perc shares the noisier sentiment in the blistering B-side of 'Volley'.
"The new album from Tropics, aka 27 year old Chris Ward, looks outwards, armed with a newfound confidence that foregrounds his vocal performance and songwriting. It’s a musical progression that mirrors a personal one: the early Tropics output was all made in the idyllic, if isolated setting of Ward’s grandmother’s empty house in the seaside town of Southsea, which he moved into after graduating from university to focus on writing and recording. He was alone there - “like, really alone. For days, I had literally no distractions.” Having moved to London in 2013, Ward now splits his time between the ci… Read more
*Heavyweight 180gram wax, Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014 and cut at Abbey Road studios. Includes a download coupon* 'Let Love In’ was the eighth studio album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, originally released in 1994. Their first full-length studio album in over two years, ‘Let Love In’ preserved the same line-up (Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Blixa Bargeld, Conway Savage, Martyn Casey and Thomas Wydler) as established on its two immediate predecessors: ‘Henry’s Dream’ (1992), the band’s troubled collaboration with producer David Briggs … Read more
*Heavyweight 180gram wax, Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014 and cut at Abbey Road studios. Includes a download coupon* ‘No More Shall We Part’ was released in April 2001 and was the eleventh studio record by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The album came after a 4-year gap from recording, following the much acclaimed ‘The Boatman’s Call’ album and was met with mostly positive reviews. The album showcases the virtuoso talents of The Bad Seeds, with elaborate instrumental sections on nearly every track. Also, Cave’s lyrics are les… Read more
Strident tech-house minimalism with an ambient edge by Burto Reynoldsu. A-side sports a supple, bass-heavy roller with hovering pads reminding of vintage NWAQ; B-side percolates smudged organ chords inna dub-house motion with 'Smoke', and brings lithe congas and swirled atmospheres to the mix with 'Kin_En'.
Slick Japanese disco edits pruned by Last Records' Sukebe. Features the kinky twizt of Junko Ohashi's perky 'Feel So Fine' up top, and the slow grinding organ/harpsichord groove of Mari Natsuki's 'Uragiri' down below.
**Cult Italian wave classic, reissued for the first time since 1981** "On a cold autumn evening in Milan in 1981, Nino La Loggia met Giacomo Spazio for the first time. Both were regulars of Bar Concordia, one of the few meeting places for the post punk generation. Nino, along with Marco Philopat (now an established writer), had given birth to the HCN, one of the pioneering punk bands of the peninsula. Meanwhile, Giacomo was a performance artist interested in graphics and was looking for a new form of painting that was innovative and provocative. When the two met sparks flew. The two had the sa… Read more
Class techno session from the master. 'When The Music…' follows Brinkmann's Guy Martin-dedicated EP with four sleek bits of dancefloor momentum ranging from the full flight of 'Odecca' to cruising house in '8 Ba' and the oil-spattered razz of 'Moto', taking a slower off-road vibe with 'Step a Nova'.
Achingly good soul from Detroit's K15 on No Room For Air - the sister label to Kyle Hall's Wild Oats. Hitting levels of Sa-Ra-esque psychedelic lustre and Dilla-style bump, A-side glydes in with buttered strings and rhodes laced to button cracking drums and celestial vocal - basically instant classic business - followed thru with the FlyLo/Alice Coltrane vibings of Twilight', and a lip-bitingly sweet remix of Zhane's '90s soul peach, 'Crush' that's been in demand for years now. Don't sleep!
Loony 303 attacks from the English south coast for Jerome Hill's label. It's all about the batsh*t crazy A-side, 'Acid 209' with its sci-fi intro and rail-gun intro giving way to a blistering, uptempo jack-off, UK style.
New on Idle Hands - Four tracks of slinky mnml tech-house with a latinate accent by Spanish producer, I.A. Bericochea.
Sawf London's Henry Wu makes his full debut proper with a crispy beat suite for Ho Tep. Giving equal room to show all strands of his style, the 'Negotiate' EP delivers sweetened soul ('Don't Want The Regular'), wheezing digi-dub jazz ('Expensive Ghetto') with Mo Kolours, and wavey rare groove ('Black Rigsby'), thru to blushed beatdown ('Just Negotiate' feat. Simeon Jones) and grubbing jazz-funk ('Joint Seventeen').
South African accelerationism meets crushed techno concrète in 'Wa Chacha' for Bleep. Shangaan Electro boss, big "Dog" Nozinja pelts out one of his signature 180bpm+ missiles peppered with piquant stabs and pinging rhythmelodies; Tessela systematically deconstructs the same elements to a quasi-speed bump tumbled with hi-tech electro-acoustic dynamics for a similarly forward, yet much slower style. Wicked.
**180g vinyl in gatefold sleeve with printed inners. Inc. digital download code redeemable from the label. Tectonic electronics, RIYL Emptyset, Paul Jebanasam, Alva Noto** "In contrast with the continual pursuit of achievement, that today's culture teaches us, the theme of Descent, found in many myths in the shape of the hero going underground to pass a period of solitude, is no longer represented. A cultural space existed in most traditional societies for such a period in a person's life and it was seen as necessary in order for the initiate to re-connect with their past and concomitantly … Read more
**180g vinyl in gatefold sleeve with printed inners. Inc. digital download code redeemable from the label** 'Deterrence' is the formerly cassette-only 2010 release by Ricardo Donoso. It plumbs a darker, primordial space that pre-echoes the submerged qualities of his excellent albums for Digitalis, drawing us into abyssal zones of bleakest ambient electronics perfused with looming electro-acoustic structures that tesselate in the pitch blacknuss or scrape the clammy walls of his shapeshifting chambers.