Thursday, 13 August
**The Vinyl Factory facilitate reissue of Keaton Henson's acclaimed folk rock debut, 'Dear' in conjunction with the artist's own Oak Ten Records. Edition of 1000** "Keaton Henson did not set out to make a debut album. He started writing songs as a personal project, never intending to release them, which goes some way to explaining why they are so intensely honest and intimate. He recorded at home, under the Heathrow flightpath, using found objects and the limited instruments he had collected at that time (late 2009/early 2010). Recording took place in the gaps between planes passing over … Read more
**180g vinyl. Includes bonus Ulrich Schnauss remix of 'Elevator Song' and cello by Ren Ford** "The Vinyl Factory is pleased to announce a limited edition vinyl release of Romantic Works, the acclaimed third album from musician and visual artist Keaton Henson. Previously only available on CD and digital when it dropped in June, The Vinyl Factory's limited edition pressing includes the 10 original tracks from Romantic Works, plus bonus song 'La Naissance' and an Ulrich Schnauss remix. The unexpectedness surrounding the Romantic Works release has only fortified Keaton’s reputation as … Read more
**Red vinyl. Includes download code** Ecstatic, dreamy and pastoral electronica from Japan's Gonno in lush mode for Mule Musiq. From rolling breakbeats to serene native percussions, from deliquescent ambient to kosmiche sequencer scapes, Gonno does it all with a gorgeous new age touch and sensitive musicality with a really wide appeal.
**Deluxe, remastered reissue/compilation of seminal post punk/disco, cut on 2 x 180g LPs and housed in heavyweight tip on-style gatefold jacket. Includes 18x24 poster. Hand-numbered edition of 4000 (poor hand!)** "Lizzy Mercier Descloux may have come of age in Paris, but was in New York’s Lower East Side that she really came alive. The French punk pioneer, a friend of Patti Smith and Richard Hell, moved to New York in 1977 and soon immersed herself in avant-garde poetry, performance art, and punk music. Closely associated with the founders of ZE Records (home to Was (Not Was) and … Read more
**Limited edition heavyweight coloured vinyl includes bonus mixtape CD 'In The Brickhouse', plus download code** Will Archer a.k.a. Slime arrives ghostly yet fully formed with a strung-out suite of ambient R&B-pop and soft focus electronics. Prefaced by a 2-track single for Weird World (and, before that, a single for Get Me!), 'Company' catches a breezy set of ten songs by the Newcastle-raised, London-based 27 year old singer/songwriter who arrives at this point from an interesting set of circumstances: at once influenced by the sounds of his dad's coffee factory as much as his backgrou… Read more
**180g heavyweight vinyl, includes free download code** Will Archer a.k.a. Slime arrives ghostly yet fully formed with a strung-out suite of ambient R&B-pop and soft focus electronics. Prefaced by a 2-track single for Weird World (and, before that, a single for Get Me!), 'Company' catches a breezy set of ten songs by the Newcastle-raised, London-based 27 year old singer/songwriter who arrives at this point from an interesting set of circumstances: at once influenced by the sounds of his dad's coffee factory as much as his background in the Geordie gabber scene and work scoring original film music for… Read more
Syria's finest serves the slow, humid highlight from the 'Bahdemi nami' LP, backed with an amazing doom drone remix by The Black Lips' Cole Alexander. Where the original opens up like a twilight desert panorama of buzzing microtonal clusters and plangent guitar strokes streaked by Souleyman, the remix condenses this vision to a febrile midnight scene of crushing, stone-handed raga-blues riffage and banking synth pads accentuated with a slow techno-blues thump. colour us captivated.
Lady Blacktronika stirs up a wicked Detroit beatdown and techno sound on R&S's sub-label, Meda Fury. Equally adept at dusty soul squeeze as uptempo, hi-tek funk, she dispenses gauzy KDJ styles in 'Oh So Cold' beside the late '80s-infected Detroit electro-tech class of 'Trim The Breaks', whereas 'Akua's Heart' chases a tribal spirit down tumbling, crack'd and freeform house grooves, and 'Only Just Myself To Blame' rounds out with an early '90s Detroit soul house style. RIYL Africans With Mainframes, KDJ, Theo Parrish, dancing.
Spellbinding collage work by the Algerian producer for Discrepant. In El Mahdy's own words, ''Ghost Tapes is a composition of everyday fragments based on found tapes, field recordings, beats and radio frequencies. A ruff attempt of interpreting the cultural ghost that surrounds the field and makes the difference between place and space.'' Unspooling over 30 minutes, the dubstep outlier seamlessly strafes myriad acousmatic sources, parsing their vibes for amorphous, spectral information and feeling something akin to an opiated mooch thru a labyrinth of interconnected antechambers, eliding pit… Read more
**Includes download code, redeemable from the label** Colour us enchanted with this remarkable 2LP collection of Quechua-language songcraft from the Bolivian Andes. Squirrel Thing follow up those deluxe reissues of Molly Drake and Connie Converse albums with this first vinyl compilation of Luzmila Carpio's original songs, written in the early 1990s in an attempt to "reclaim our knowledge" from an ever-encroaching western world and culture that marginalised indigenous people. Her shrill registers are strikingly unique to these sensibilities, at least, and her language is certainly… Read more
**Barry Lynn a.k.a. Boxcutter's latest vessel, The Host, travels light years into beat-less new age kosmiche with the 'Esalen Lectures', starring a guest appearance from Kaidi Tatham. RIYL BoC, Emeralds, Panabrite, µ-Ziq**"“Inspired by think tanks and floatation tanks, psychological research, 2012 mythology, 1960’s social planning, stoned apes, elite transhumanism, and the counter-culture, the Esalen Lectures is an imaginary trip to a NorCal psychedelic retreat. Use the sounds to enter into a program of theory and practice, to accompany inward voyages, and for sunset induction rituals. And … Read more
*Limited Edition Blue Vinyl LP with Download & Poster. Sleeve Art & Design by Slasher Dave* "It may be Halloween night at Moody’s Bowl-O-Rama, but it’s always Halloween night inside the mind of Slasher Dave. The perfect choice to score Silver Bullet Pictures’ Chubbies (and certainly no stranger to horror films or teen sex comedies), Slasher Dave’s extensive knowledge of the genre is evident in the end result, which skillfully juggles whimsical 80’s teen-comedy cheez-whiz with the composer’s trademark they’re-coming-to-get-you aesthetic. The pumped-up synth-rock of hit single “Moody’s Bowl… Read more
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** "Blood Warrior makes music that exposes the intricacies of melancholy, unravelling its individual strands of sadness, redemption, and contemplation. The New England based duo turns heartbreak into something much more elusive and dream-like, enriching it with elements of otherworldly fantasy while retaining its raw emotional impact. Their idiosyncratic folk songs reflect this rawness, and they use guitars (at times purposefully detuned), harmonium, keyboards and sparse percussion to create music that is deceptively minimal. Letter G… Read more
*Housed in deluxe heavy weight Stoughton tip-on sleeve, Includes insert with extensive liner notes by both Robert Tomaro & Gregory Lamberson* "Slime City is the debut film by cult horror director and author Gregory Lamberson. The story follows Alex, who after moving into his new apartment is seduced by his neighbor and soon turns into a melting ghoul who is forced to kill innocent victims in order to maintain a normal human physique. Slime City debuted in 1988 and spent months in the NY midnight movie circuit, at the tail end of the grindhouse era. Lamberson creatively made a great film… Read more
**Edition of 300** Deeper Teutonic techno and house trips on Nuno Dos Santos' Something Happening Somewhere label. Dutch Detroit type Bram Sluiter a.k.a. Quince deals in the gritty motor city melancholy of 'Europa', and Amsterdam's Stefan Vincent does chiming Millsian space techno with 'How It Could've Been'. Kiani and his Legion get looser with the flapping synthline excess of 'At The Violet Hour', and Poly Nation rounds off with jazzy, Four Tet-styled flight of 'Saturn Rings'.
**2015 Mix** For some unknown reason the press release for this record is trying to push it as the last John Tejada record – something which somehow seems hugely unlikely. What it is, however, is another flawless, brilliantly executed trawl through padded techno at its most soulful and melodic, heavily distorted chords underpinning spheric, slightly sentimental chime melodies and hard as nails handclapping beats. The man, clearly, can do no wrong.
Hefty collection of Linval Thompson roots reggae productions circa late '70s originally for the UK's Strong Like Sampson label. Anthony Johnson voices the original 'Africa', dubbed wilder in the Jah Thomas version, 'Sterograph Style', backed with Barrington Levy's 'Wicked Intention' and the spiritual weight of Rod Taylor's 'Promised Land'.
Class Roots Reggae set, sparking off a reissue series of Linval Thompson productions for the Strong Like Sampson label in fine style. Barry Brown's 'Natty Dread Nah Run' steps out on the A-side, backed with Barrington Levy's forlorn 'She Rob and Gone' and Papa Tullo's 'Cat Call Francella' rarity.
UKF pioneer, D-Malice does a slinkier house sound with 'Indian Time'. Since serving 2008's definitive 'Gabryelle (Refix)' anthem, D-Malice has been busy honing a plusher Afro-house style on his DM digital label. With 'indian Time' he draws lissom connections between that original UKF flex and 2015 house, meshing shimmering strings with fluidly synched tabla and tribal percussions. Basic Soul Unit also chimes in with a tuffer remix techno refit balancing those strings with much darker pads and welting bass.
**Edition of 300** Boston's Experimedia present an abridged vinyl version of Jannick Schou's immersive tempered ambient noise scapes in 'Fabrik'. Broaching similarly disturbed, churning territory as recent Jon Porras outings for Thrill Jockey, or The Haxan Cloak's 'Observatory' 12", Danish producer Schou grinds out eight cuts of slow, clanking mechanical rhythms engulfed by sweltering, amorphous noise textures for deep transportation.
Curl a lip, drop a hip with the deadly swagger of Chunky's 2nd session for (Swamp) 81. Landing three years since his eponymous dubble-pack, the Manchester-based MC-cum-producer rolls with the craftiest, stripped-down swerve for Loefah's label, pitting years of experience at the head of the dance, both on mic and the 'floor. 'Oun_C' is a proper natty burner, juggling dubbed-out halfstep bass patterns with slinkiest hi-hats in the most fluid sorta new skool rolige; 'Call Me, Let's Do Lunch' tucks a similar drum palette to more laid back, liquor-laced effect, subtly shifting weight onto the other foot wit… Read more
Original Chicago freek Marcus Mixx returns to UTTU with a wild and tribal house come-on. A-side works rolling Afro-tribal drums with squirty bass funk and a close-miked Marcus urging you to 'Rub It Don't Go So Fast'; B-side pumps out the psychoactive jacker, 'Do You Luv 2 Dance (Oh Yeah)', splashing keys and claps all over the joint, also offered in a sub-aquatic 'Slippin Mix'. None wilder!
Industrialised post-dubstep mutations from a cranky Killawatt on Osiris Music UK. Ten years on from its inception, dubstep has eaten itself and broken down to component elements that have morphed, fused and mutated into new formations strung between electro, techno and concrète sound design. The crooked, slompy 'Contort' is a case in point, twisting abstract electronics into a clanking industrial soundsystem golem, whilst 'Flustercuck' adopts a bashy sort of industro-dancehall tactic, and 'Gutter' nods to the kick/snare placement of classic electro from a more detached, noisy angle.
**Includes free download code redeemable form the label** "Re-issue on vinyl of a long out of print Mudhoney album. For those of you who may have forgotten, Mudhoney are a four-piece rock group from the old, weird Seattle. For 27 years they have plugged into wall sockets all over the world, proving to be one of the most consistently electrifying acts to survive the grunge implosion, whatever that was. The wolfish howls of singer Mark Arm, soulful splatterings of guitarist Steve Turner and frenzied fills of drummer Dan Peters have produced nine albums to date, most of… Read more
**Includes free download code redeemable form the label** "Re-issue on vinyl of a long out of print Mudhoney album. For those of you who may have forgotten, Mudhoney are a four-piece rock group from the old, weird Seattle. For 27 years they have plugged into wall sockets all over the world, proving to be one of the most consistently electrifying acts to survive the grunge implosion, whatever that was. The wolfish howls of singer Mark Arm, soulful splatterings of guitarist Steve Turner and frenzied fills of drummer Dan Peters have produced nine albums to date, most of which are… Read more
**Limited gatefold yellow vinyl LP** "Batlight Clearkid 1970’s is an LP compilation of great Captain Beefheart live material recorded in the UK and in Europe. The tracks are taken from John Peel's personal collection of live reel to reel tapes and this album was put together by Peel himself in 2002 and passed across for release on the Dandelion label. The gatefold sleeve contains many previously unseen Captain Beefheart images."
**Gatefold LP housed in a deluxe tip-on jacket includes linear notes and rare archive photos, plus newly remastered audio** "This soundtrack is not only an aural companion to Low Down–the acclaimed biopic of jazz pianist Joe Albany, based on the memoirs of his daughter Amy-Jo Albany–but also the perfect primer for Albany’s lifework. Comprised of Albany’s own compositions alongside those of Coleman Hawkins, Max Roach, Thelonious Monk, and selections from Ohad Talmor’s score, this album conjures both a feel for Albany’s own avant-garde, quick-tempo, bebop jazz and a mood that evokes the life of … Read more
**Debut solo LP of instrumental, folksy pop whimsy by a member of Alien Ensemble (along with The Notwist's Micha Acher a.o.). RIYl Moondog, Sufjan Stevens, Pascal Comelade** "Arranging various layers of piano, xylophone and glockenspiel, stylophone, Moog and harmonium, Le Millipede creates minimalist, instrumental pop gems, tracks with an immediate quality that seem rather simple at first listen. In fact, Götz’s recordings are somewhat comparable to the work of French-born, Barcelona-based composer Pascal Comelade, known for his use of toy instruments. In both cases, there’s a certain chil… Read more
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label. Soft focus blend of ambient-pop, R&B and cute mnml electronics wrapped to a warm and winding narrative** "Inspired by a long lost tale from dark and cold northern lands, written many ages ago, ‘Neida‘ is the story of a young boy who one day noticed an eerie call, so peculiar and odd that he could not resist but to follow it. While it resonated through remnants of ancient settlings, the boy had to overcome many obstacles and solve numerous quests, journey through mystical forests, foggy mountains and ghostly villages, battle the forces of nature an… Read more
**Remastered gatefold 2LP deluxe set, includes remixes by Flako and Shlohmo. Ahead of his debut LP for Monkeytown, the Berlin beats maker pushes a woozy, acidic mixture of hip hop, electronica and rude dance music. Gatefold 2LP** "After the successful “Aftershocks EP” on his own Robots Don’t Sleep label, Robot Koch returns with this long anticipated full length heavyweighter. Death Star Droid is technically Robot Koch’s debut LP, but all that this means is that the record drops with his name on it alone – the man is no rookie! Having released numerous records with his proj… Read more