Thursday, 07 May
Christina Nemec (Comfortzone) presents an unheimlich vision of future ambient music with 'Empty Airport', further to her aktions with Peter Rehberg and Christian Schachinger in Shampoo Boy. Also including additional mixing from Christian Fennesz in the gauzily layered introduction, 'Abandoned House', the album unfolds a finely-parsed mixture of field recordings and electronics laced with inorganic techno drums and stalked by slow moving black masses of bass. If Eno's 'Music For Airports' is a dreamy experience, this is its nightmare analog; recreating, for us at least, that sensation of being enc… Read more
'Twelve O'Clock Shadow' works as a fine taster for fLako's lush 'Natureboy' album and also a vehicle for two exclusive new pieces. In the title cut, a pivotal track from the album sequence, L.A.'s Miguel Atwood Ferguson arranges gorgeous strings moving between Mica Levi-esque discord to Alice Coltrane-like blooms around fLako's pointillist guitar and breezy shuffle, and 'The Shape Of Things To Come' nods sagely in the direction of Ornette with a harmolodic matrix of strafing syn-flutes, vocal chorales and staggered footwork/hip hop drums. Flipsiude brings the newnuss with slowfast medita… Read more
Future Times pull out a wild session of lysergic Brazilian p*nk-f*nk from Japa Habilidoso. Also working under the monikers DJ Guerrinha and Finalzinho Chegando with the 40% Foda/Maneirissimocrew, he's patented a deeply f**ked-up and captivating sound, kinda like the Príncipe lot gone feral or Beautiful Swimmers dunked in the toxic lagoons of Rio Di Janeiro. It's nerve-frying and exhilaratingly out-there dance gear. Recommended!
**Edition of 500** A 2015 Dreem Teem - Royal-T, DJ Q and Flava D - go hard and sweet as TDQ for Butterz. Up top, their 'Day Mix' plays with tuffened West Yorkshire bassline vibes speckled with eski flutes and darker Reese bass blooms for the dancefloor captains. Downtown, the 'Night Mix' eases off to a 125 bpm swing, bringing fwd the crackle and glistening chords for an altogether more sensuous and low-lit version.
Manchester's Zed Bias works at a warped electro-house and broken techno bent with 'Couch Life' for Loefah's 81. The sub 120bpm swagger of 'Couch Life' gets busy on a sorta Latin Freestyle update crossed with the kinda mid-tempo zones explored by DJ Samrai, factoring abyssal dub drop-outs into whirring drum machine flickers and wonky LFO dynamics. With 'Chokehold' he pushes the tempo up to 130bpm and rocks the bells over amorphous sub-bass shapes and the kinda bustling drums you'd expect from A Made Up Sound. The dancer's choice.
Body-clattering techno from Guy Andrews, following his 2011 single for Untold's Hemlock with two bludgeoning cuts for his Pennyroyal offshoot. A-side doses bouncing bass drums and a banking wall of noise building to a breathless climax, cooling off before rolling out sweeter, burning off the lactic acid. B-side is more roguish, spitting a barrage of claps on top of tussling kicks and vicious modular squall.
**Includes download code** "Rivington Não Rio revels in the kind of compassionate complexity that marks Prefuse 73's greatest works, with a profound new element added to the mix: Patience. Herren's ability to marry the manic to the melodic has always been uncanny, but here it feels downright magical as the songs inhale with his trademark sense of urgency…then exhale in longer, more revealing breaths. The prismatic textures that have long been a staple of Prefuse 73 are bound to beats and melodies with the spirit of hip-hop and the subtlety of modern minimalism. The album's guests treat … Read more
*Edition of 500* "'Summoning Suns' is James Blackshaw's tenth studio album and the first recording to feature his voice and lyrics. Drawing inspiration from 60's and 70's singer-songwriters, baroque/orchestral pop and folk music, while still sounding contemporary, 'Summoning Suns' is Blackshaw's foray into more traditional forms of songcraft. Blackshaw sings in a gentle but assured voice, occasionally reminiscent of Harry Nilsson, Jim O'Rourke and Elliott Smith, while his words combine his personal experiences, neuroses and fantasy through many layers of abstraction, poeticism and dar… Read more
"After releasing a string of driving, dancefloor-oriented singles on European labels Rush Hour and Hotflush, Brooklyn’s own Praveen Sharma aka Braille keys up his debut LP, Mute Swan, on Friends of Friends. With an ear for sentimental melodies and an unprecedented step into the vocal arena, Braille’s first full-length is rife with narrative appeal and rich songwriting, collapsing dozens of genre signifiers into a cauldron of pathos. Sharma’s own vocal experiments are aided by Jessie Boykins III on “I Assume” and Angelica Bess on “Ports” and “Better Than Nothing”, as well as additional production f… Read more
"Composer and producer Ben Chatwin releases his new album 'The Sleeper Awakes' through Village Green. Written and recorded at Chatwin's home studio in Scotland. Inspired by the writing of H.G. Wells, 'The Sleeper Awakes' is Chatwin's first album to appear under his own name and follows last year's highly-lauded Talvihorros project 'Eaten Alive'. "I wanted 'The Sleeper Awakes' to represent the idea of a future that has been and gone. Before the information and telecommunications revolution there was a beautiful yet weird, naivety about what the future might bring and it was… Read more
**First new album from the Moloko singer in 8 years! 180g wax inc. CD copy** "It begins with ‘Gone Fishing’ that chimes like the bells of a buoy bullied by tide, everything hanging from a two-note octave. The lyric written after watching Jennie Livingston’s ‘Paris Is Burning’, a study of race, class, gender and sexuality in America. A walk of ‘Realness’ with Pepper LaBeija, Angie Xtravaganza, Willi Ninja, and their Houses. Surviving the slap of love and the weight of what media would have us believe are beauty and success. ‘Evil Eyes’ pits an elastic thunder of ruff punk bass against exp… Read more
**Tip on-style heavyweight jacket** "The Summer of Love hadn't reached Missouri, even by 1969. But White Eyes, a true anomaly of the Midwest, channelled the sound of Haight-Ashbury straight to the plains. The band was among the top performing acts in the "Show Me" state, opening for The Flying Burrito Brothers, Black Oak Arkansas, and Brewer and Shipley. Blending acoustic and electric instrumentation, three-part harmonies, and anti-Vietnam lyrics, this previously unissued LP holds true to the acid-drenched sounds of the Woodstock era."
*Limited edition of 500. Pressed on 180g black vinyl* "Continuing in the tradition of CORALINE & Paranorman, Mondo release the soundtrack to Laika's third animated gem: The Boxtrolls. Composed by Dario Marianelli, and featuring songs by Loch Lomond, the soundtrack perfectly captures the whimsical & frantic energy of the fictional world of Cheesebridge, where a human boy raised by trash-collecting trolls must stop a sinister exterminator from his selfish campaign to rid the town of the titular scavengers. Available for the first time on vinyl and featuring amazing new artwork by artist Rich Kelly."
*Four 180g LPs remastered with a bonus LP containing the hard-to-find singles and B-sides from the era & a 32-page booklet containing new liner notes* Four whole LPs, containing Grace Jones’ first three albums (Portfolio, Fame, and Muse), and, crucially for disco music, the 12” extended versions of the singles. All remastered, all 180g vinyl, all Disco Years.
*Includes a beautiful oversized (11" x 11") 20-page booklet with liner note essays and photos of the band* HTRK reissue their debut album proper, following on from last year's career defining "Psychic 9-5 Club". Marry Me Tonight was originally released in 2009 and provides a first glimpse of a band making use of analogue electronics and shards of post-rock influenced guitar and vocals. 'Kiss Before The Fall' sounds like a modern-day Venus In Furs with its thudding drone-rock sensibilities, the crisp, unconditioned drum machine linking up with sustained guitar tones in a robotic VU-in… Read more
Mikkel Meldgaard plumbs deeper, gothic techno depths with three new pieces plus an EBM-jacked Pattern repeat remix. With 'Kigs' he puts a noirish, Giallo-esque spin on dub techno, whilst the uranium-enriched tones of 'Trash' irradiate a skeletal techno groove and 'Tall Buildings' allows some light in with a teasing trance arpeggio. At the EP's darkest point, Pattern Repeat lock 'Further' to a minimised EBM pulse and jagged synths with a sleazy, oily effect.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* “July 2015 will see Shirley Collins celebrate her 80th year - an age that would seem frankly ridiculous for a woman as spritely as her, had it not been for all she's achieved. From her seminal field-recording trip to America to her lauded musical career; from her role as historian and protector of the folk tradition, to the very fact that this record can exist - more than half a century after her career began - all of these things are testament to the breadth of her influence. And so we arrive at 'Shirley Inspired'. It would be a… Read more
Cloaka proves some technoid chops with the hard-swung 'Lessun' backed by stripped and clattering remixes from Viers, Ansome and Bleaker. The original mix finds a line between classic electro-techno and up-to-the-second club construction styles with chunky drums and luminous bleeps sharing certain traits with the clunq funq of Ansome's blocky re-bang. On a techno tip, Bleaker squares up a slick 4/4 peppered with B-More bed-spring squeaks and canny edits and Viers locks down to a tunnelling trajectory with raw, salty drums.
**Debossed disco sleeve** Warm and jazzy house from David Kitt's New Jackson alias, jacked up with Hieroglyphic Being remix. Trailing his 12"'s for Hivern Discs and Permanent Vacation, 'Talkin' To You' catches a raw, hypnotic curve of frayed chords and skippy Chi groove, 'Metroflex' is all about gear-slipping syncopation and flared keys. Flipside, Jamal Moss does the do in butt-naked buck style with jarring bleeps and salty stabs inna loose ands tracky fashion.
Berlin's Version label follow their leader with two techno and dubstep dreadnaughts. On the A-side, 'Nucleus' delivers skanking bleep techno built on wide monotone subs and smoked-out pads; B-side, 'Lights Off' runs a classic '06 halfstep sound streaked with echo chamber FX.
The master percussionist and his vocal spar present new cuts and versions further to their 'Cease To Matter' (2014) album. 'Clock' is cut for the 'floor with tilted 5/4 rhythms explored in two mixes; an original keeps it cool and mysterious whereas the version layers up angular strings and darting bass plucks with a future 4th world flex. Diodd-Ellis comes into his own on two shorter sound poems, sounding kinda like the Spaceape (R.I.P.) on 'Inward Sun Reprise', and as some enigmatic spirit guide in the echo chamber swell of 'Lovestruck Battlefield'.
Laidback tech-house swing from new player, Edmondson, for new label, Lissoms. The A-side's 'Nocturnal 92' casually evolves from low-lit chords and tape noise pivoting on a breezy kick/clap syncopation to trancier electronic motifs before filling the gaps with tight breaks and warm vibes. B-side rolls straighter with the clipped drums and fidget funk of 'Caraiba' offset by dope cowbell, and 'Loop finding (4JO)' tips out on a weightless, dusted breakbeat flex.
DMX Krew riffs on classic acid mutations with '5 Ways 2 Jack' for Jerome Hill's Super Rhythm Trax. It's a party from the crust to the run-out, checking off big-box-little-box styles with 'Vicious Bleebz' and proper Yorkshire bleep rufige with 'Bleepology'. Harder heads will be all over the cascading 303s and warehouse bang ov 'Up 'n Down', and we can't wait to catch the Lil Louis-gone-Bashment pressure of 'Ragga Clash' in a club soon.
Edition of 500 copies. "When Daniel O'Sullivan was invited to curate the sixth instalment of Transmissions Festival in Ravenna, 2013 his first request was for Charlemagne Palestine, the shamanic world-maker and sacred toy emissary associated with the New York, 60's minimalist scene and one time student of Pandit Pran Nath. Known primarily for extended performances with Bösendorfer piano, cathedral organs and falsetto voice but has also exhibited his visual work internationally. After transmissions O'Sullivan invited Palestine to play a two night … Read more
One of the UK's most nattered-about techno bods crashes in on Berlin's Leisure System. Following a volley of shots on Power Vacuum, Turbo and Hype_LTD, his latest salvo deals in fierce bruk techno mechanics carving up no-man's-land between the rabid funk of 'Oleum' and Randomer-style warp and heft of 'Mormon Shuffle' thru to the more rolling techno discipline of 'Standard Issue' and a welting wickedness in the aggy breakbeat funk reductions of 'FS3+4'.
"First new release in a while from the label that has released albums in the past by The Books, Thee Oh Sees, The Mountain Goats, Final Fantasy, Mount Eerie, Patrick Wolf and many more... Catgut Tape is the debut solo album by the British songwriter O.D. Davey. Recorded by its author during his late teens and early adulthood in the polar British counties of Aberdeenshire and Essex, it is a collection of love songs set amidst the tragicomedy of youth and the landscapes that stage it. Born of necessity, its pallet of sound is simple but singular; a bitcrushed and baseless skeleton of wooden guit… Read more
*Gatefold LP with printed innersleeve plus bonus 7” containing ‘Grace’ and non album track ‘Strangers’. Includes download codes* "Love Songs For Robots is the fifth record from Patrick Watson and the follow up to his 2012 release ‘Adventures In Your Own Backyard’"
"Since the discovery of Death in 2008 and the release of the archival album ‘...For The Whole World To See’, the story has been often told. Three African-American brothers - David, Dannis and Bobby Hackney - tapped into the surging energy of their hometown rock-and-roll scene (mid-70s Detroit) to produce a style and a set of songs that, while completely unappreciated in their day, proved later to be a powerful missing link in the evolution of punk rock. All this was predicted by their leader, older brother David, on his deathbed, ten years before their rediscovery. His stubborn insistence on keeping the… Read more
*First ever vinyl reissue expanded to a double LP housed in a deluxe Stoughton gatefold “tip-on” jacket. 24bit / 96kHz remaster from the original tapes plus Essay by Sam Sweet interviewing both David and Eric, including unseen archive photos, plus a download card for full album* "You’ll find a Suicide Bridge in almost any big city you care to visit, but few are more impressive than the Colorado Street Bridge connecting Pasadena to Los Angeles, which earned its nickname by being the scene of suicides in triple figures. It’s also the scene of a photo shoo… Read more
Stylish slow motion cosmic travels from JG Wilkes (Optimo) and James Savage's lesser-spotted Naum Gabo duo. These are either early evening scene-setters or end-o-night comedowns, depending your preference (heck, you might be a mad scone who plays them at peak time) but either way these are lush synth excursions, of the strongest order, pacing with sombre cymbals along plonging synth pathways and poised pads in 'Fyei', and like a sluggish Schulze in the earthbound but black hole-beckoning beauty, 'Hantas'.