Thursday, 13 November
*140g green vinyl - includes download code redeemable from the label* "Featuring guest performances by Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, Alvarius B.), Sam Chalabi (Land of Kush, Shalabi Effect), Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Solo Artist/Alif), Khaled Yassine (Anouar Brahem/Alif) and vocals by Egyptian Mahraganat MCs Amr 7a7a and Alaa 50, to name a few. Those who may have heard live iterations of Salute the Parrot at Louca’s jaw dropping shows across the Arab world and Europe over the last couple of years, will encounter a much more complex and hard hitting work of many influe… Read more
Monday, 10 November
Thursday, 06 November
**Sick spotgloss artwork. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy, edition of 500, initial copies on Neon Green wax** Diagonal put a gallon in the tank with The Skull Defekts' devilishly hypnotic 'Street Metal' album clad in ludicrously wicked artwork by Guy Featherstone. Where the majority of modern psych rock is about as psychedelic as listening to Steve Wright, The Skull Defekts' lysergic clarity and locked-on grooves feel like they might have *actually* done some heavy drugs in their time, hence their music works where it matters. Headed up by Swedish scene lynchpin, Joachim No… Read more
**2LP gatefold** Primo Roman sound designer Giuseppe Tillieci aka Neel takes to Spectrum Spools with his debut solo album proper, inspired by the entropic, 50 million year lifespan of Mars' 2nd and larger moon, Phobos. It's a spellbinding attempt to deal with sound on the vastest scales imaginable, using a combination of modular synths and hardware to traverse the full frequency range and achieve an immense soundscape streaked with massive sound objects and microscopic details. We were lucky enough to catch him perform a similar sound live alongside his Voices From The Lake partner, Donato Dozzy, at Rom… Read more
One of London's most outstanding new grime producers turns out on Planet Mu with four cuts of signature, stranger grime juice. Asymptomatic of the scene's shift towards almost IDM-styled production and arrangement, the 'Don't Leave EP' mixes up boogie-soul samples with off-kilter synths and rugged beats in four parts, ranging from the slow-burning drama of the title track to halfstepping, alien R&G with 'Be Somebody', and thru the melancholic poise of 'Padded' to iced-out styles reminding of Visionist in the pitched vocals and precise shuffle of 'Oh'.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* 'Stateless' is Alex Zhang Hungtai aka Dirty Beaches' sweeping, beat-less swan-song under this guise. Where his previous album wallowed in the darkest recesses of post-punk pop composition, this one is still super heavy-hearted, but almost weightlessly so. It was recorded by David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley and features viola from italian composer Vittorio Demarin meshed with Hungtai's synth and saxophone in four widescreen, airborne compositions laced with an aching sense of melancholia. If we were to read into the music, the sleeve art … Read more
**Hauntingly soulful and certifiably classic Thai folk/pop from the '70s, remastered and issued for first time outside of Thailand by EM Records, Soi 48 and Paradise Bangkok. Includes extensive 4-panel colour liner notes written in thai, japanese and english** "2nd release from the relaunch of EM Records’ Thai music series. Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM have teamed up to deliver a series showcasing the extraordinary performances of some of Thailand’s greatest musical legends. For reasons unknowable, certain places in certain eras become hotb… Read more
Always coming with the strangest new creatures, NPIP present the compelling debut of an 18 year old South London composer called Nathan Geyer aka Jire. Emerging from a background in classical composition, Jire's 'Kiowa Polytope' is a keenly considered new take on classical minimalism, acoustic improvisation and lower case electronica woven with inspiration from "across the visual arts and literature". In it he employs elements of rhythmelodic tribal percussion, acousmatic sampling and concrète process to shape four buckled structures at once recalling the crooked designs of Micachu and the de-co… Read more
**Hand-stamped jacket includes 12" x 12" art insert** Bangin' house trax from incognito Glasgow producer Denis Sulta on the highly reputed Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. The A-side, 'A.A.S (Nite & Day Mix)' has anthem potential written all over its massive kicks and blazing vocal, and quite understandably has become one of the most sought-after tracks from Jackmaster's summer season. Expect to hear this everywhere very soon. Flipside loads up two more edits, drawing for another amazing acapella over the ghetto house shunt of 'A.A.L.A.S.' whereas 'Saturday Nite' is a proper handbag powerplay. You know what to do.
One of the UK's canniest labels does it again with Happy Meals' debut album of sensual, spellbinding lo-fi pop. Sounding like the work of Saada Bonaire's long-lost slacker offspring, 'Apéro' is actually the produce of two Glasgow-based artists, Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, who originally hail from the Scottish borders. Suzanne sings in a unique mix of French and Scottish, occasionally sharing the mic with Lewis over the course of six songs taking the 100% Silk/NNF pop aesthetic and psych-dub freedom of Peaking Lights to a more ambiguous, enchanted headspace. It's all top notch stuff, from the ni… Read more
**Edition of 500 with download code** Raw, visceral psych-dub killers by a wicked new duo featuring Valentina Magaletti, who drummed on Raime's 'Quarter Turns Over A Living Line' LP. Hailing from London and releasing on Hands In The Dark - which released albums from Co La and Ensemble Economique, a.o. - their 'Futura Grotesque' side weaves and frays the lines between Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza's jazzy avant-garde incursions, the possessed communal percussions of Cannibal Movie, and the wavey, dubbed-out post-punk of Gray or Not Waving. Mark our words: this one will travel. TIP!
**Includes free CD copy of the album inside** Kompakt's seminal series presents a ruck of new names - Thore Pfieffer, Gregor Schwellenbach, Leandro Fresco, Max Würden, Ulf Lohmann, Gustavo Lamas - on the forward looking 'Pop Ambient 2015' volume. Perfectly poised for cold nights indoors, it circulates eleven lovely pieces in the series' finest tradition, radiating inwards from the Gas-like choral bliss of two bits by Thore Pfieffer, thru the trickling radiophonic bleeps of Dirk Leyers' 'Daydreamer' to the light-headed float of Leandro Fresco's 'Nada Es Para Siempre' and the swelling crest o… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The master of mottled retro-vintage audio dreams under Mexican Summer's glowing halo with 'Let's Cry and do Pushups at the Same Time'. It's his 2nd LP of 2014 and one of many releases under this moniker and own name, Luke Wyatt, to be released by the likes of L.I.E.S., NNF, NPIP, Rush Hour and his own Valcrond Video label in the last couple of years. Subtly, instinctively combining his background in video art with a real knack for ear-worming hooks and driving, transcendent grooves, his music here is at its most v… Read more
Dopest deep house/boogie electronics from Russian producer OL on the R&S-affiliated Meda Fury label. After exhibiting some canny chops with his 7" for Faces Records and a string of 12" singles for Error Broadcast, the 'Scape Border' EP is arguably his highest profile release to date, and also his slickest. It's still got all the adroit touches we praised in his earlier work, but the vibe is bluer, smokier, cooler. DJs need to check for the itchy, scratchy funk of 'Lum Edit', the percolating Chicagoisms of 'Myxa', and the scuffed deep house filter treatments of 'Podumay', whilst home-listening hea… Read more
The PPU related 1432R imprint return with some more killer Ethiopian electronics, paying up on the promise of Mikael Seifu's debut by pairing him in a sweet split with Dawit Eklund. With 'Psycho Animus', Eklund makes fine modern nods toi classic Larry Heard with a bendy square bass lines and pinging metallic delays swarming and rolling around warmest chords. It's sure to turn some heads on the 'floor. Flipside, Washington D.C.'s Seifu reprises the unique fusion of traditional Ethiopian melodies with clipped garage house rhythms last heard on his excellent 'Yarada Lij' EP for a r… Read more
Japan's EM Records illuminate the liberated early works of Yokohama's no wave improv unit Inryo-Fuen circa 1980-82. First issued on flexi-disc and vinyl, these four tracks have now been remastered, re-edited and remixed from original tapes to provide a record of a fertile, pre-digital era when experimental music was performed on the very fringes of society to a tightly knit audience who really had to work to seek out anything beyond the pale - perhaps unlike today's instant access all areas culture. It opens with the historically poignant 'Dakyo Sezu (Uncompromising)' from their debut… Read more
**Includes bonus Peel Session 12" and digital download code redeemable from the label** Rough Trade finally reissue Ultramarine’s pioneering electronic album ‘Every Man And Woman Is A Star’. Acclaimed and respected at the time of it’s original release on Rough Trade in 1992, it now stands as a classic of it’s genre, an electronica record made before the term was coined. This reissue includes additional John Peel Session tracks available for the first time and recorded in 1992, featuring the tracks; ‘Saratoga’, ‘Nova Scotia’, ‘Honey’ and ‘Pansy’.
**Eyrie mixture of Nico-esque chamber pop and woozy, fluid electronica on Public Information. Edition of 300** "This is Odd Rumblings, a two-piece residing in Brooklyn U.S.A and this is their debut record. An EP of icy grace, haunted atmosphere and devastating pop-hooks pitched in the half-light of a steel sharpened moon. Audrey Lim and Gabriel Sedgwick are creators of sparsely inhabited pop-dramas, mini epics in chorus and reverb reflected through a chromium camera obscura. Their voices always at play, always at war, twisting in the echo chamber soaring through whipcrack-snares, Badalamenti s… Read more
Wild one from LuckyMe: the debut proper of bubblegum techno pop from Edinburgh's Joseph Marinetti. Operating in that same wipe-clean sphere as Felicita, SOPHIE and the PC Music gang - he contributed to their Christmas 2.0 release in 2013 - Marinetti arrives squeaky clean and fresh with the Makina bounce of 'Ms. Telesales' and indulges some '90s nostalgia with the natty garage bubble of 'Kenzo Lee' and the laminate 'flooring of 'Lipsync' whilst '3D Hentai Stud' freaks out with a sort of piquant, grimy hardstyle burn, and French ghetto house player Big Dope P flips 'Lipsync' for the club.
"Bay Area Retrograde (BART) Volume 2 is Dark Entries’ second compilation of underground music from San Francisco (and the greater Bay Area) made between 1978-1983. Towards the end of the 70s, San Francisco’s experimental music scene clashed with the aftermath of punk and gave birth to a vibrant underground. By the early to mid 80s the DIY music scene of the Bay Area was a hotbed for experimental and quirky new wave, post punk, and synthpop, quite similar to New York’s No Wave scene and Berlin’s Neue Deutsche Welle. This compilation connects the (transit) lines between these va… Read more
*The second installment in an ongoing series, includes download code redeemable from the label* "The 78 Project is on a journey across America to make one-of-a-kind 78 RPM records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. With one microphone. With one blank disc. In one three-minute take. Inspired by folklorist Alan Lomax, The 78 Project celebrates the artistry and craft that captured America’s musical forms of a century ago, exploring the deep historical significance of American folk songs in the process. This album is the companion to the critic… Read more
"New imprint NICE:NOISE is dedicated to 1980s Post Punk electronics and Minimal Synth from Australia. A collaborative project curated together with Kate Reid from It Records & Jenny Branagan from NUN . Taking their name from the Philip Brophy/Tsk Tsk Tsk track where minimalism and pop collide head on, we'll be delving deep to explore the unknown recordings of this incredible scene. This first release on the label is a compilation from the legendary Melbourne Minimal Wave trio The Metronomes. Forming in 1979 and releasing two singles and two studio albums for Cleopatra Records (… Read more
Apocalypse-baiting metal mutations from Necro Deathmort. Blackened to the core, their 'EP2' for Distraction Records yields six impressively powerful alloys of proper black and doom metal with ferrous techno and electronics, galloping in with the stepping techno of 'Sundive' to carve up scorched doom earth in 'Mirus' and twitchy, infected electronic rhythms and outcast atmospheres in 'Channel Fever'. In 'Bleeding' they release the shackles on a colossal doom metal beast, whereas 'Deadlight' peers into wickedly discordant, off-kilter ambient zones which seep into the Steve Moore or Wolves In The T… Read more
The Sound Systems of Jamaica were always the people’s radio station. Tunes were tried and tested in the lion’s den of the dance to see which songs rose to the top and became the most popular. This was the litmus test and the first step to a tracks commercial release to capitalise its hotness on the circuit. Then the Dub/Version hit big in Jamaica in the early to mid 70’s this was also the case and many times the version cut of a track would even prove more popular than its vocal counterpart. Jamaican Recordings have compiled some great 70’s dub plates that rocked the Sound … Read more
**180g vinyl with digital download code redeemable from the label** "‘The Hum’ comes eighteen months after the band’s debut album ‘Pearl Mystic’, a record that steadily went on to become one of 2013’s most critically beloved releases. Even more ferocious and uncompromising than its predecessor and yet more melodic and focused than the band have ever recorded, ‘The Hum’ further cements the band’s status as a vital force in British independent music."
**Double vinyl housed in Houndstooth-patterned PVC wallet** LA's 18+ land the icy heat of debut album 'Trust' on Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. Pushing a coolly disaffected blend of '90s trip hop and screwed pop gloom since their trio of self-released mixtapes, they arrive at 'Trust' as a fully fledged and distinctive unit with an eviscerated sound palette and design perfused by proper slacker vocals. Production is handled by a cast including West Coaster Butchy Fuego, plus Mura Masa, Heavy Feelingz and Morbidly-o-Beats, all hitting a blue vein of blown-out trap and minimal, gothic atmospheres sweeping us … Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "There were so many competent records coming out of Memphis that any burgeoning greatness can only be detected by a careful listening. Ann Peebles deserves that kind of extra care. Her style is so subtle and economical that the finer qualities of her talents might be passed over as being merely competent. This would be a crime because little Ann has so very much to offer. Ann stresses the melody (rather than rhythm for its own sake). This is not to say she can’t sing funky; she can and does very effectively. It just means Ann s… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** *First time vinyl pressing of this excellent suite of techno classics performed as solo piano variations* Despite its title, Francesco Tristano's Not For Piano, is in fact an album of ivory-tickling solos by the 25-year-old Juillard graduate. Tristano fuses together a variety of different performance styles, embarking upon that increasingly popular pursuit: the piano-based techno reinterpretation suite. Perhaps most unusual of all the covers here is Tristano's take on Autechre's 'Overand', from Tri Repetae, but in additi… Read more
**180g vinyl, includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Jon Hopkins gives sleepy time versions of his 'Immunity' album tracks alongside King Creosote and Raphaelle Standell.
**Gatefold 2LP with liner notes and original artwork. Includes download code** Soul Jazz present a sterling, 15-track audio accompaniment to their 100-page book of photography '90 Degrees of Shade'. Mambo, calypso, goombay, mento, merengue, cult and compas music from the '50s and '60s all come under the banner 'Hot Jump Up Island Sounds From The Caribbean', providing an authentic soundtrack to the archival photographs of local performers and rich, white westerners holidaying in … Read more