Thursday, 02 May
**Clear vinyl - digital download redeemable from the label** Debut album from the heavily stylised, NME-adored but not untalented post-punk pastiche troupe Savages. The debt it owes to Siouxsie & The Banshees, particularly the peerless Juju, couldn't be more pronounced: Fay Milton's drums echo the steamrolling, tom-heavy sound of Budgie, Gemma Thompson references John McGeogh's molten guitar parts almost to the note and, most obviously, singer Jehnny Beth does a spirited karaoke impresh of our Siouxsie throughout. If you're going to ape a classic record or line-up, you could do a lot worse … Read more
**Includes CD copy of the album inside** Deerhunter return with their seventh (or thereabouts) studio album; it’s obviously manna from heaven for their many devotees, but will it win them any new converts? It actually might, you know: to their credit, they’ve moved away from the washed-out, colour-bled shoegaze sound that's defined them for most of their career; Bradford Cox’s songs are now more robust, and the performances - bolstered by a second guitarist and new bassist - feel full of fight, harder to ignore or forget. The marvellous ‘Neon Junkyard’ and ‘Blue Agent’ sound like White Album-er… Read more
Cosmin TRG further refines his house and techno tastes on 'Gordian' two years on from his debut album, 'Simulat'. Packaged in the sort of grown-up tip-on gatefold slipcase you'd more expect from Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ imprint, both the titular, conceptual inference to ancient myth and the sleekly developed brand of techno within imply a carefully considered development of the Berlin-based Romanian producer's ideas. Proceeding to jettison any tangible connection with rave and dubstep in favour of a buttoned-up, earnestly focussed conservatism, Cosmin Nicolae offers, "The title reference… Read more
Jeff Samuel and Ryan Hemsworth remix Rhye's blue-eyed neo-soul for swinging dancefloors. Widely touted yung producer Ryan Hemsworth gives the highlight with a sharply cut-up (but not glitchy) re-squeeze amplifying the original's R&B burn with electricked bass and tight trap fills keeping it sweet and sticky. Berlin's Jeff Samuel balances a filtered vocal on melodic bassline and driving tech-house shuffle.
Slick, bassquaking hip-hop 2013-style from Black Daisy and Unknown Shapes. 'Used To Give a Fk' is custom-built for the low-riders and hipster ballers, motored by 808-thunderclaps, cartwheeling arpeggios a la Rustie's 'Bad Science' and an insistent, codeine-paralysed vocal sample. It's a tad overcooked for our tastes but it comfortably achieves what it sets out to do and is worth checking if you've been feeling the more trap-flavoured productions that have been proliferating like mice of late. On 'Rick Ross' they pay tribute to the titular MC with a butch, bugged-out jeep… Read more
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* Dalhous deliver an engrossing debut for Blackest Ever Black. 'An Ambassador For Laing' is the Edinburgh-based duo, Marc Dall and Alex Ander's 2nd LP together - they've previously recorded one as Young Hunting - and continues to exchange their more melodramatic inclinations for richly filmic atmospheres and intricate, rhythm-driven and song-like arrangements hinting at a dreamy jazz noir and IDM-esque feel. Employing a rigorously refined palette of keys, harp, vibraphone, guitar, woodwind, strings and synthesizer, processed in layers o… Read more
**Reissue of OPN's debut album, now with download code redeemable from the label** Back in 2007 Daniel "Oneohtrix Point Never" Lopatin pricked the hive mind's consciousness with this, his debut album. Recorded in Massachusetts between 2004 & 2007 on Roland Juno-60 and Sequential Circuits Six-Trak synthesisers, Roland SQ-700 Sequencer, voice and delay, it still stands as wonderful example of unselfconscious and richly tuneful analog synthesis practically guaranteed to please fans of Popol Vuh, Emeralds, J. D. Emmanuel and early electronics exponents like Raym… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Daniel Lopatin and his Software label present the first vinyl issue of 'Drawn And Quartered', collecting tracks from various, sought-after tapes, CDrs and obscure releases previously found on his 'Rifts' boxset. Presented in a library style jacket replete with Dan's own succinct descriptions (i.e. 'Lovergirls Precinct': "Uncool, biased"), it orbits some total gems such as the spine melting 'Ships Without Meaning' and the ecstatic arpeggios of 'Transmat Memories' alongside the gyroscopic 16 minute cosmic meander of highlight, 'When I Get Back From New York'. Recommended!
**Brand new vinyl reissue on OPN's own Software label, now with download code redeemable from the label** After absorbing the impact of his completely essential 'Rifts' collection, we're immensely pleased to say we've got limited copies of Oneohtrix Point Never's sublime 'Russian Mind' LP on No Fun Productions. The album is centred around the evocative theme of a Russian cosmonaut past his prime, composing the score to a film from his hospital bed in a room on the east wing of an orbiting infirmary, facing a window overlooking a grove of holographic birch trees, lendin… Read more
**Collecting seven tracks not previously issued on vinyl. Includes download code redeemable form the label** Part of OPN's bulk vinyl drop via Software, 'The Fall Into Time' is perhaps the most notable due to the inclusion of seven pieces never previously issued on vinyl before. They're those bonus pieces that appeared on the 2012 boxset of 'Rifts', itself drawn from rare and obscure tapes and CDrs for the underground network which first supported the young synth master on his quest for sonic enlightenment. They count the 10 minute valium drift of 'Blue Drive' an… Read more
**Re-press on vinyl, now with download code redeemable from the label** OPN's 'Zones Without People' was released in 2009 on a highly limited vinyl run for Arbor. All seven tracks featured in his Wire chart-topping 'Rifts' compilation, predating his mindblowing 'Returnal' album (surely one of the best of 2010) and displaying its prodigiously gifted creator amidst some of his most affective synthscapes. From the outset we could consider this to be classic material, as the miniature 'Computer Vision' - one of his very earliest creations circa 2004 - plugs into a … Read more
Sheffs captains parade two new wares backed with a cracking Regis remix. TBD's 'Broken Mind' will satisfy those of a darker, rugged disposition, but our highlight is Regis's remix, rewiring its roll with patented, body-synched swerve and abyssal bass roil to bring out the swaggering brute in you...
Six infectious outernational groovies selected by Matias Aguayo for the bum-bum party. Side one plays out the hypnotic drive of Carolina Stegmayer and Ismael Pinkler's Carisma cut 'Muerte Instrumental' beside the darkly sexy EBM electro of Colombia's Gladkazuka on 'El Untitled' and a shuffle-techy Uruguayan candombe badass by Lechuga Zafiro. Matias Aguayo heads up the B-side with the deftly unrelenting chug and shuffle of 'El Transatlantico' and Alejandro Paz follows up his 'Duro' anthem with the dope devotional 'El House' declaring that he'll still be dancing to house when he's a grandpa … Read more
Gosh, it must be that time of year again! Panorama Bar have enlisted Steffi to select and blend their latest mix CD and here's the requisite sampler 12". She's got an exclusive Fred P cut, 'Project 05' spreading deepest rolling and shuffling New York house vibes on the top; Juju & Jordash wriggle acid bass and swinging industro-house drums inna dubwise style on 'A Stab In The Dark' beside Big Strick's swinging, polyrhythmic Detroit play 'Hayday' on the flip. Cool.
*Long unavailable, now finally re-pressed classic from MF Doom...* This is what we said back when this album was first released: "This album has been rumoured to have been in the Big Dada vault for ages, just waiting for the right time to unleash the sickness. That time is now. Thirteen tracks, six feet deep - with fellow Monster Island Czars guests down for the insane ride like Jet-Jaguar (M.F. Grimm), Rodan, Trunks, Hassan Chop, Gigan, Biolante, Stahhr and Mr Fantastik plus Lil' Sci & Id 4 Winds from Scienz Of Life. All produced by Doom under his Metal Faced Villain alias bring… Read more
Deliciously warm, woozy electro-house soul seduction; the first statement by Wiesbaden's Florian Kupfer. Evidently influenced by the most mellow E.R.P. romantics, early AI bots and US garage pioneers, Kupfer has concocted a yearning, burning and ever so slightly noirish sound that fits perfectly with the L.I.E.S. ethos. The top face is greased with his electro-soul flavours, namely the deft 808 ripples, chiming keys and wriggling, Mr De-style bass of 'Lifetrax' and its sublime, In Sync-like 'Version 2'. The other side is for 'Feeling', riding dustiest toms and crunchy claps for that sm… Read more
**One-Sided Vinyl** Practically clipping the heels of their last 12", Chasing Voices vent the droning deep techno mysticism of 'Scold' thru their Preserved Instincts imprint outta New York's Dope Jams. As with all their issues to date, it's an exercise in hypnotically linear, lean and tantric groove efficiency backing up their uncompromising dancefloor rhetoric. Aesthetically, the gloaming atmospheres, knotted bass oscillation and celestial acid sequences hew close to the muscular warehouse throbs of earliest Plastikman and more recent Function or Sandwell District excursions, yet there's an opi… Read more
**Deluxe vinyl edition - includes fold-out poster** First time official issue of this previously unissued classic and historical London live performance from 1979. Recorded live in August 1979 as part of a series of 4 legendary post punk gigs that included Throbbing Gristle, Echo & The Bunnymen, Red Crayola and Cabaret Voltaire. Setlist: 'Dead Souls'; 'Disorder'; 'Wilderness'; 'Autosuggestion'; 'Transmission'; 'Day Of The Lords'; 'She's Lost Control'; 'Shadowplay'; 'Atrocity Exhibition'; 'Insight'.
Pinch indulges his darker 130bpm tastes with new label, Cold Recordings, and the swaggering pressure of Elmono's debut 12". In key with recent Tectonic moves such as Pinch's own 'Shoulda Roller' with Roska, and Beneath's 'Texers', Cold is evidently pushing a clinically rugged, moody fusion of techno, dubstep and house, delivering what Funky lacked for deeper and darker heads, while avoiding the more obvious rave tropes of party-style dubstep. A-side 'Baton Rouge' is a steely statement of intent mixing Dutch-sounding triplet techno groove and Metalheadz-styled atmospheres to gripping effect. B-side… Read more
**Edition of 300 copies** Mannequin deliver their best release since those Mushy aces with four tracks of mediterranean kraut-disco darkness by Phantom Love. As far as debuts go this one is super impressive, and even makes us think it might be the work of someone incognito, who knows? So, dusk falls with gorgeous opener, 'Lotus', a nightflight vision of monotone bass pulse and star-stream synths streaks referencing classic Carpenter or Grosskopf but with more NRG, and 'Odeon Columns' cuts away to slower grooves and furtive atmosphere, distant cowbells and iced-out bleeps glinting from the a… Read more
Led Er Est's Samuel De La Rosa and Karen Sharkey debut a eerily psychedelic, almost pop-wise new project, The Coombe, on the brilliant Mannequin Records. It's not what you might expect from Mannequin Records and far better for it, skirting the peripheries of that cold, wavey sound with graceful elan. Striking opener 'Inbetween Doors', with its zither like melody and urgent, itchy post-punk zeal is a real red herring as the beats dissipate and we're left with five more tracks orbiting Flaming Tunes-liek guitar strum and synth drone on 'Tierra Amarilla' and a solo piano and drone piece titled 'Un… Read more
Svengalisghost makes a 2nd appearance on L.I.E.S. with three cuts of industrialised acid house in the 'Vicious Circle' EP. Nudging the label to ever tuffer avenues, his 'A-side 'Hidden Cities' is a relentless and unforgiving techno groove riding pile-driving kicks with a maelstrom of acidic synth noise in heads down form. B-side, he takes his foot off the gas for a more psychedelic, atonal jackers descent called 'High Heel Sleaze' polishes you off with the jagged, rasping EBM rhythms and masticated acid of 'Judged By Machine'.
Following Magazine's sterling example with 'Crossing A Frozen Sea', Machinefabriek and Vindicatrix diffuse further trax from RSOT's upcoming 'Melody Attack' album. Dutch electro-acoustic brainiac Rutger Zuydervelt aka Machinefabriek gives a sprawling 'Guilded Houses' remix across the A-side, patiently peeling off layers of synth drone to reveal a fractured rhythm at the track's core suspended in stereo-wide synth blooms and gradually finding its way to an eerie antechamber of odd sonic fauna creeping and phosphorescing at the peripheries. Flip it for two contrasting remixes… Read more
*2013 Repress*This is part one of two double vinyl sets put together by the Soul Jazz crew, a 17 tune overview dedicated to rare and classic original chicago acid -and actually looking for the biggest, most leading-edge tracks. Check early Adonis as The Sweat Boyz on "Do you want to perculate?" , Pierre and Spanky's "Phuture Jacks" is disabling, hearing Maurice "This is acid" is like having someone read whollly scriptures at you. A technological music that managed to be completely primal - the sound of black chicago remaking music and in the pr… Read more
*2013 Repress* A 17 tune overview spread across two double vinyls (or double cd) dedicated to rare and classic original chicago acid -and actually looking for the biggest, most leading-edge tracks. Knowing none, some or actually many of these tunes is almost irrelevant - when presented with a short history of all the music you first heard going out, like this. Manchester was volatile enough 1985 - 1995, so we shouldn't have even begun to imagine what Chicago was like, but the music gave us a pretty good idea. Heard on a loud system in an echoey… Read more
Fresh, lazer-flashy leftfield boogie from one half of the Tone Control duo, backed with a sterling Mr Beatnick dub. 'Wireworld' locks and loads with the wonky, acid-burning title track and the broken, zig-zag strut and spy-theme strings of 'Copshow', plus a tidy, vintage French-sounding nugget 'The Complex' and sleazy, sub-heavy bounce of 'Nightsights'. Best of all is Mr Beatnick's Carl Craig-in-Berlin-style dub of 'Wireworld'. RIYL Pye Corner Audio, John Talabot, Gold Panda.
A widely scoped 33-minute suite from Chicago's Phil Cohran and The Artistic Heritage Ensemble, originally conceived in the '50s and recorded sometime in 1968 - now issued as a download for the first time. Over its duration the ensemble - including Phil on cornet, Henry Gibson on congas, Pete Cosey on guitar, Louis Satterfield on bass, Charles Williams on alto, Don Myrick on tenor, Chares Hardy on trumpet, Willie Woods on trombone, an Aaron Dodd on Tuba - veer from Ra-esque operatics 'Motherless Child' featuring The Spencer Jackson Family, to feral genesis 'Cr… Read more
Pressed to vinyl for the first time, a recording of the legendary Philip Cohran & his Artistic Heritage Ensemble's "lost" performance. 'The Spanish Suite' was written to "magnify the contribution that Moorish Spain made on the European Renaissance," meaning that Philip instructed his players to abandon the established 12-tone equi-temperment system of tuning in favour of a more natural, syncretic style of Latin-meets-African sound: returning to their "original music". His players - counting Donald Myrick (baritone sax), Charles James Williams (alto), Eug… Read more
It’s a long time since the phrase “punk-funk” was used in anything but a pejorative sense, but the battle-hardened band that embodied it it in the mid-2000s show no signs of repenting, and bless them for it. They’ve called this album Thr!!!er because they reckon, like Jacko’s Thriller, that it’s their defining statement: certainly they’re fonkier (as Craig Charles would put it) than ever before, a groove machine that’s well-oiled but not outright slick, and still packs a bit of grit. Spoon drummer Jim Eno took the production reins for this LP and has helped !!! streamline and focus their sound: i… Read more
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