Thursday, 03 April
**Part of the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue series - 180g vinyl. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, John Coltrane's Blue Train is a hard bob jazz album released on Blue Note in 1957. Certified Gold, Blue Train is Coltrane's second solo album and the only one he recorded for Blue Note as a leader although he was never formally signed to the label. Featured on the album are Coltrane on tenor sax with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums.
**Part of the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue series - 180g vinyl. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Speak No Evil was recorded in 1964 and released on Blue Note in 1965 the album features Shorter on tenor sax with Herbie Hancock on piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Speak No Evil combines elements of hard bop and modal jazz on the album's six tracks: "Witch Hunt," "Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum," "Dance Cadaverous," "Speak No Evil," "Infant Eyes" and "Wild Flower". Celebrating 50 years since its recording, Speak No Evil was newly-remastered for vinyl by Alan Yoshida at Dunning-Kruger in Los Angeles.
**Part of the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue series - 180g vinyl. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Free for All is a 1964 jazz album by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers released on Blue Note. Now, celebrating its 50th anniversary, the album will be newly-remastered for vinyl as part of the overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign. It is the first of many to come. Blakey, the Jazz Messenger's leader and drummer, recorded Free for All with Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, recent Grammy®-winner Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, … Read more
**Limited edition coloured vinyl. Includes CD and 10 picture cards** *Slow-motion-piano-punk from Munich-based female duo akin to CocoRosie/Scout Niblett/Moldy Peaches - new on Chicks on Speed* "One third piano, one third drums, one third singing sewing machines, talking skirts, buzzing laser guns und clacking typewriters. The Munich-based Duo beißpony reveal what it sounds like when a singer-songwriter and textile artist with roots in the riot-grrrl and feminist d.i.y-movement join forces. Laura hails from the singer-songwriter and antifolk-scene. They used the facilities to record the fi… Read more
"For Speicher 76, two Irish acts crank up the volume for a healthy dose of sweaty, delirious techno. Brendan Gregoriy aka Chymera causes havoc in the scene since the mid-noughties, having honed a very personal, highly expressive approach to techno's prime time tropes. Under The Slip is no different, stacking up abrasive synths and arse-kicking percussion for a pulse-accelerating rollercoaster ride through the night. It's at the track's middle mark, however, when a particularly funky bassline shines a different light on the dance floor, elevating the track to whole new level. Naum Gabo's… Read more
*LP includes a 12-page booklet with excerpts from Darrin Huss' diary, unpublished photos of Psyche with Dwayne, and an essay by Darrin reflecting on Psyche's past and the Goettel legacy as well as lyrics. This collection is a glimpse at the early Canadian industrial scene and the roots of Skinny Puppy* "At the end of 1981, brothers Darrin and Stephen Huss and schoolmate Dwayne Goettel performed for the first time as Psyche in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Their live show was a combination of horror and electronics that was completely unprecedented in Western Canada. Although Goettel and the H… Read more
RIYL: Explosions In The Sky, Eluvium, Sigur Rós, Stars Of The Lid, Brian Eno. "Inventions is the new band formed by longtime friends, tourmates, and labelmates Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, and Mark T. Smith of Explosions In The Sky. There are plenty of talking points here: The fact that Cooper hasn’t been in a “band” of any sort since he was a teenager; no member of Explosions In The Sky has released an album outside of the context of EITS since their inception in the late 90s; and, of course, this is a dream duo for anyone familiar with the unparalleled emotional resonance of Cooper and Smith’s … Read more
Jackin' tech-house/electro minimalism from Sydney-via-UK producer Light Year. "2013 saw Light Year make a definitive move to the UK to allow himself to settle and hone his craft. The move paid instant dividends as Light Year enjoyed a very successful year in the studio with noteworthy releases on distinguished labels Turbo, Convex Industries and This is Music. Outside the studio, over the last 12 months he has supported a wide variety of some of the worlds most in demand DJ’s including Simian Mobile Disco, Damien Lazarus, Tiga, Cosmic TRG, Claude Von Stroke and Skream. Including gigs throughout the UK, Europe and North America such as BPM festival and Holy Ship."
**White vinyl** "Invada Records are pleased to announce the release of a split LP between Brighton’s Esben and the Witch and elemental Bristol fuzz-peddlers Thought Forms, due for release April 7th. It comes off the back of critically lauded outings from both acts last year – the former with Wash the Sins Not Only the Face and the latter with Ghost Mountain. Recalling the classic era of split singles in the US underground – think of those heady early Sub Pop days where you’d get Mudhoney and Sonic Youth covering one another on either side of a 7”, aka record collector heaven – … Read more
*LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with a free download coupon redeemable from the label* "Man Forever is an exploratory percussion project helmed by John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions), one of New York’s most versatile and critically lauded collaborators and a founding member of Oneida. Since its inception in 2010, Man Forever has hosted an impressive list of guest performers, but few have been as specially qualified to perform Colpitts’ technically challenging meditative workouts as So Percussion, the United States’ premiere contemporary percussion ensemble. So Percussion have c… Read more
*Double LP features poster, oversticker and digital download code redeemable from the label* ‘So It Goes’ is the debut album on XL imprint Hot Charity from arsonists Ratking - aka Wiki and Hak - and producer Sporting Life. Wiki met uptown-raised Hak, now 19, when they were both in the 2nd Grade. They’ve been friends and conspirators ever since. Sporting Life, 32, hails from Virginia but has been in the city since 2005. Eventually they all met at a rap show and soon started serious collaboration. The sound isn’t the boom-bap and outmoded slang of ‘95. The circumstances have changed but the melting … Read more
Sublimely hypnotic house from SUED character SVN and Gothenburg's Porn Sword Tobacco. It's a masterclass of locked-in and reduced house music, pairing supple bass pulses with gorgeous Badalamenti-style chords on the A-side and remerging flipside with a more kinetic, dubwise acid groover.
"Elements of light and dark meet dense orchestration, breakbeats and a fresh approach to sampling across all six tracks, which remain true to The Range’s love of R&B, Hip Hop and Drum & Bass channeled in a way that he has made his own. After several EP’s across the last two years, The Range released his breakthrough album Nonfiction in October 2013 on Donky Pitch, receiving ‘Best New Music’ and a place in the Top 50 Albums of the year on Pitchfork. Further praise came from Billboard, XLR8R, Dazed & Confused, Line of Best Fit, Dummy and many others. Since its release, The Range has toured extensiv… Read more
**Ships Friday** "The Peninsula’s finest purveyors of everything bass-related are back for the fourth installment of the Tax Haven EP series, featuring cuts from Geiom, Noaipre, Pacheko and Klipar. Berkane Sol label founder Geiom showcases the unpredictability that led him to sign with diverse labels such as Planet Mu, Frisfjo Beats and Skam as he gets things started on a percussive mood with 'I Don’t', a subterranean voyage through deconstructed breaks, bouncy bass and vocal chops, followed by the rolling beats and hypnotic lowend of 'Lost Monarch'*. A Coruña native and RBMA alumni Noaipre, one … Read more
"After a seven-year hiatus, Boneset is the seventh album from the excellent Diane Cluck. Cluck's uniquely clipped, glottal vocals and harp-like acoustic guitar embed in rich textures from cellist Isabel Castellvi and drummer Anders Griffen. Recorded to analog tape at Brooklyn's Trout Recording, Boneset is comprised of songs written years ago, not so long ago, just recently, laid out in near-chronological order. Dark to light to dark, the album overends as a kind of mobius strip, songs seeded with birds, death, wealth, poverty, boldness and heart. "Diane Cluck has been under-appreciated for so lon… Read more
"Working with the producer Nave, the man behind the beats for such Brazilian rap greats as Emicida and Marcelo D2, Karol Conka presents her debut album 'Batufreak' on Mr Bongo. A classic mix of Brasilian hip hop and soul, Karoline dos Santos de Oliveira first performed in Curitiba, Brazil at just 17 years of age. The young Curitiban MC showed just what she could do and soon enough proved that she had what it took to become one of the most distinctive voices of the modern Brazilian hip hop scene…"
Thursday, 27 March
Donato Dozzy and Neel's Voices From The Lake drop the best release yet on The Bunker New York. Befitting of the club/label's dark, purist techno aesthetic, their three cuts chart unfathomably deep, fluid minimal techno zones, swimming between the womb-like systolic sub pulses, siren chorales and silty pads of 'Velo di Maya' to the turbulent, stormy roil of 'Sentiero' and concluding with a prime example of their live practice - the best showcase of their attunted style - with an eight minute live edit of 'Respiro' unfolding patiently hypnotic bass modulations and rising crests of harmonic noise with a lushly meditative poise.
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Simon James Phillips' debut solo piano suite recorded at Grunewald church, Berlin, is a reverent, beautiful thing. Reflecting on the physical qualities of sound - both the pulsing, percussive tactility and natural sustain of the piano, and the natural acoustic qualities of the church itself - Phillips captures a sublime slice of space and time in 'Chair'. Thanks to the canny microphone placement of recording engineer Mattef Kuhlmey, the piece not only documents Phillips' alternately fluid and pointillist playing, but also the character o… Read more
Glasgow's All Caps finally give birth to DJ Guy's highly touted archival techno discoveries dating back to '94-'96. Already favourites of Kowton and Ben UFO, these three tracks reveal the dusty, smoke-clogged dreams of Cardiff's (DJ) Guy Evans circa the golden phase of Warp Records and the Detroit/Berlin techno helix. Thanks to the efforts of All Caps they've been dusted down and pimped out for club play, presenting the mercurial synthlines and pumping, clattering space-techno groove of '20' (1996) on the A-side, whilst flipside '81' (1994) ventures much further into the cosmos with charmingly rudime… Read more
Huntleys + Palmers swiftly followi their brilliant Drumtalk 10" with a fine introduction to four new artists - "no B-sides here!". Styles spread out between Kwaito-infected deep house of Cruffy's 'Subculture' - we guessing a nod to his home city, Glasgow's Sub Club institution - plus a kinky, whipsmart acid jack called 'Pamela Two' from Argentina's Carisma, the twirling chords of Proxymore's clinically demented 'Ministry Of Silly Talks', and an infectious, bustling Afro-house swinger from Prophets Of The South entitled 'District 6'.
*Housed in hand-numbered sleeve. Edition of 320** Four-way face-off from Osiris' hand-picked yung-guns. Killawatt opens with a roiling techno-stepper and Ipman twists out a proper sound-system test loaded with cone-crumpling sub pulses and dive-bombing dread synthlines. Kryptic Minds' own Simon Shreeve debuts his Mønic alias with a bleak as f**k dubstep techno vortex, and Metrist cuts out an undulating piece of noise techno chicanery.
Outta the blue, Theo Parrish's acoustic imprint, Wildheart Recordings, drops this jazz-funk diamond from LA's A Race Of Angels, backed with his astral remix collaboration alongside Dego and Akwasi Mensah. The original's a peachy slice of jazz-funk sophistication segueing from slow-brushed beginning of pensive strings and Yeofi Andoh's vocal to a tender duet with female voice and flighty saxophone before culminating with an up-stepping percussive flourish. On the flip, Theo, Dego and Mensah take all the time they need to reframe the vocal and string motif wit… Read more
**Sorely overlooked NDW gem from 1982** "Medical Records presents a reissue of one of Germany’s most interesting records. The German duo Aloa only made one album in 1982 but it is one of the most peculiar and innovative records of the Neue Deutsche Welle movement. Long out of print, somewhat obscure, and very expensive, this record is due for an official reissue. The duo consisting of Al Kanz and Matthias Brendel both grew up in Kassel, Germany. Though both had different tastes of music, they fused influences and injected them into their own unique blend when they purchased Roland 606 and 808 drum machines… Read more
Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum's 'Back Seat Ho' lands backed with Rustie remix and an 'Eyesdontlie' soundclash with Adrian Sherwood and Pinch. On popular DJ tool 'Back Seat Ho' he softens the edges of Chicago footwork with streaking synth comtrails and airbrushed contours, whilst Rustie runs amok on the remix with crunching hip-hop drums and squealing high-impact synths for that 'Harlem Shake' effect. Back to Machiendrum, and 'On My Mind' spills neon bleeps, Berlin dub chords and 808 boom for the 'floor beside the crafty 'Neujack' killer, leaving his 'Dub Fi Dub' soundclash with Pinch and… Read more
Eglo welcome Antipodean multi-instrumentalist / writer / painter Kirkis to the fold with a skewed debut of proggy electronic soul music. Both tracks are pre-cursors to what could be a very promising debut album 'Liverbleach', all bursting with colour, jagged groove meters and vocals that sound like "the spirit of Frank Zappa trapped in an answering machine." A-side is a reeling beam of future soul music laced with zig-zagging acid in balance with breezy vocal and seasick boogie groove. B-side, 'Oh Serene Zoltar' sounds like a repressed breakcore riddim to charming effect.
Reissue of a class three-tracker from Kassem Mosse's Ominira boutique. The label boss rolls out a dubbed house stepper called 'OS2009' twisted out with sprung synthline and those deadly infectious drums on the A-side; flip it for the uptempo, slipping jack of Juniper's deep play 'Jovian Planet', and the lo-slung, sub-plumped swagger of Kowton's '117'. Tipped!
UTTU's American ambassadors rep a percolating, jackin' house sound on the 'Angry Frogz EP'. The title cut is built with sub-loaded, wall-shaking kicks and cartoonish stabs to incite dancefloor madness, and 'Moderation' cools off on a more stripped-down style with extended intro and outro for the DJs. 'Power Top' brings back the tracky funk for the dancers with pinging delays and rumpy drum patterns on a future Dance Mania tip.
Boston's M | O | O | N bangs the box on three joints for Glasgow's Wrong Island Communications. A-side 'Plus Four' imagines Crystal Castles gone New Beat; B-side stirs up a darkwavey electro-clashy number 'Delay', and the slow emo bang of 'Dust'.
**Hand-stamped white label** Antipodean stepper Epoch follows sterling drops on Keysound's 'This Is How We Roll' comp and alongside Rabit on his Egyptian Avenue label with two rogue riddims for Soundman Chronicles backed with a stunning Gantz remix of 'The Steppenwolf'. As opposed to his 130bpm rollers and grime deconstructions, Epoch's originals mix halfstep dub with a hip hop lean, resulting the sprung, metallic swagger of '11:38' and the dread trap styles of 'Numatik', but the real star of the show is Gantz's remix on the flip. The most exciting new dubstep producer gives a dextrous dismantling of … Read more
100% Silk bang on the money with Octo Octa's best release since that awesome debut. 'Cause I Love You' is pure happy house joy, dubbing the best bits of New Jersey swing, acid house, and B-More club music into an flawlessly addictive club romp. 'So Lux' dips down a gear with simmering late night chords and gently insistent groove with a shiny twist of chromed-out keys. 'Give (feat. Raw Moans)' brings back *that* feeling with lip-bitingly dope Basic Channel dub chords and endearingly slack, lazing groove, and 'Mine (Second Chance Mix)' rolls out to hypnotic, swirling synthlines coming off like a sweeter, soft-round-the-edges SFV Acid production.