Thursday, 10 July
**Includes fold out liner notes/art insert housed in glossy jacket** Bright, colourful synth-pop gems from the heart of France, 1981. Practically unknown to all but the mist dedicated Francophile pop fiends, St. Etienne-based Cha Cha Guitri were a four piece comprising two couples who made exquisitely sharp edged and bittersweet synth pop with an unmistakably Gallic panache. Far as we can tell these tracks have never been released on vinyl before, and should be thoroughly recommended to fans of Telex, Deux, Mathematiques Modernes…
*Vinyl includes a free copy of the CD inside* "Many brightly shining planets orbit the twin central star of Cluster (Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius). To be clear: as soloists Roedelius and Moebius have long since worked with all kinds of musicians whose congenial contributions add even more colour to the polychromatic Cluster world. Yet no matter how distinctly their guests' creativity is expressed, Cluster's character is consistently audible. "Snowghost Pieces" very much fits the pattern: Tim Story, a distinguished electronic musician who had previous experience o… Read more
*The LP edition features heavyweight vinyl packaged in a foiled gatefold sleeve* London's most-hyped soul crew finally unveil their debut album after a studied viral marketing campaign. Includes all the tracks from their singles plus a ruck of new gear."Jungle are based around a core musical duo of lifelong friends known simply as ‘J’ and ‘T’, who expand to a thrilling seven piece live, and make mesmeric, kaleidoscopic modern soul that’s unmistakably born in the UK but has true global appeal. The album was recorded between the band’s own home studio in Shepherds Bush, London and the XL Recordings studio in nearby Ladbroke Grove."
Simple/Aus Records boss meets longtime collaborator Tam Cooper on two dubbed and gritty tech-house groovers. 'Pedal Power' plays dry and rugged with plonging acid bass and skittish drums before a widescreen atmospheric breakdown, and 'Valhalla' aims higher with swinging jackers tackle rent skyward with massive reverbs and woolly ambient motifs.
Marcel Fengler & Phillip Sollmann aka DIN rework their contribution to Ostgut Ton's ballet music suite, 'Masse'. 'Euphorium' is a right big room builder tiered with lush synths and driven by aerodynamic Detroit/Berlin-style techno groove. 'Aetas' is more expansive, fluidly dubwise, rolling off warm bass into a sea of shimmering machine rhythms for the dancers.
Marcel Dettmann and Âme's Frank Wiedemann remodel their pieces from ballet suite, 'Masse', for the club. Considering who's involved the results are perhaps more pedestrain than you'd hope for, giving up a very minimal and moody piabno house piece called 'Spiritoso' up top and the poised drone techno rolige of ''Martellato' on the turn.
Henrik Schwarz gives the 3rd and best yet remixes of Berghain/Ostgut Ton's ballet suite, 'Masse'. His stuff's normally a bit too sweet and sickly for this palate but the dry pound and scratchy shuffle of 'Lockstep' is primed to really put dancers thru their paces, whilst the pizzicato strings and poised groove of 'Unknown Touch Two' finds the right balance of classical elegance and house function.
After ten solid releases (12 including Misterio sub-label), NYC's Mister Saturday Night round up their best on 'Brothers & Sisters' - an epic 9 track comp featuring newly recorded exclusives. Combining the perpetual momentum of house music with the possibilities of electronica and an over-arching, jazz-wise looseness, the label have coined an aesthetic fetishised by lovers of leftfield dance music. Vinyl-only Tracklisting: A1. Archie Pelago - Cinema Club A2. Dark Sky - Clear B1. General Ludd - C C1. Boya - Dawn Corner C2. Archie Pelago - The House of Haab D1. Dark Sky - IYP E… Read more
"Haunted soil... Abstract electronic transmissions from A Field in England… Set within a landscape of sugar beet factories, deep murky fishing ponds and nettle strewn country lanes, Bloodhounds is a sonic exploration of a childhood spent in the English countryside. Time Attendant is Paul Snowdon, a painter and musician recovering from a rural Northern upbringing by eking out a liminal existence across South East London bunkers. Following on from the highly acclaimed Treacherous Orb EP (More Than Human) and from startling contributions on The Outer Church compilation (Front & Follow), Moon… Read more
**Heavyweight box set containing 5 x 180g LPs. Mixed to 1/4" tape for this release by James Murphy** "Originally released for Record Store Day, this 5LP set is now being re-pressed and given a general release – it contains an unabridged recording of LCD Soundsystem's near four-hour April 2, 2011 farewell show at New York's Madison Square Garden – produced and mixed by LCD founder and frontman James Murphy.
Dettmann & Emika nod to Heinrich Mueller's recent experiments with female vocalists in the free-floating tones and elegant electro-techno pulses of 'Seduction'. On the Deuce remix Dettmann reprises his duo with Rene Pawlowitz (Shed) for a rolling drone techno intensifier, while Anthony Parasole's remix keeps all the energy tucked below the belt with shifty bass patterns and Ryan Elliott keeps his hand in with a minimal techno-house remix.
JD Twitch's Optimo Music follows those Golden Teacher zingers with the debut EP of fizzing hypnobeat from London's Shift Work. On four dance cuts the duo wring hovering synth tones, virulent trance arpeggios and slinky rhythm, including JD Twitch's highlight trim of 'Patience' and the Factory Floor or Bronze Teeth-esque 'Scaled To Fit'. The canny interludes add a trippier dimension of fragmented field recordings, synth noise and strange dialogue.
*2LP housed in a deluxe Stoughton “Tip-On” jacket, Includes comic with story by Jessica Hundley along with Jess Rotter’s illustrations* "In 2012, Country Funk 1969-1975 (Volume I) gathered together songs from a genre with no name. It’s a genre created not from geography or shared ideology but a term applied retrospectively based solely on the feel of the songs: hip-swinging rhythms with bourbon on the breath. These were songs to make your cowboy boots itchy, written and performed by the likes of Bobbie Gentry, Johnny Jenkins and Link Wray. Songs that encompass the elation o… Read more
"In celebration of the centenary of Louis Feuillade’s Fantômas silent film series, James Blackshaw was invited by Yann Tiersen to perform a live score to the fifth and final film, Le Faux Magistrat, at the beautiful and prestigious surroundings of the Théâtre de Châtelet, Paris on October 31st 2013.Fantômas – a master of disguise and symbol of terror – is one of the most popular characters in French crime fiction, as well as a favourite with the avant-garde, particularly the surrealists.Tim Hecker, Amiina, Yann Tiersen and Loney Dear also performed during the event (which … Read more
**250 copies** Hot on the heels of his Bronze Teeth 12" with Dom Butler, L/F/D/M takes to Glasgow's Clan Destine label for 'LHF3'. Four track explore elastic ground between mellow Tin Man style acid on the title cut thru to murkier acid styles reminding of Acido and Busen in 'After Circle' and 'PROX' via the industrial funk grind of 'Ad Reinhardt'.
Lewisham grime prodigy Novelist shows some serious production chops on the follow-up to his vocal for Mumdance's 'Take Time'. Much like his angular, agitant mic style, Novelist's beats are all clipped vectors and kerned bars laced with luminous lines of logic, very similar in fact to the relation between Wiley's vocal and production styles. Anyway, these debut productions are fiyah, popping off from the gunshots and snake-charming sino-melody of 'Sniper' to the cheeky bubble of 'Christmas Riddim' and the Chipsy-like motifs of 'Mee2 Remix', and the sparring dancer, 'Messy'. Recommended.
"This album is the definitive statement of the Tropicalia movement in Brazil. The album’s collaborators - Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé, Nara Leao, Gal Costa and Os Mutantes - mixed psychedelic rock with boleros, sambas, bossa nova and jazz into a carnival-esque parade which first announced the new global sound of Brazilian music. What is stunning is that this anarchic and groundbreaking release was recorded at the height of the Brazilian military dictatorship, during an era where censorship, repression and the threat of violence was a constant i… Read more
Antipodean trio throw their weight behind three moody halfstep pieces featuring vocals by Bijou and Taso. 'How Strange' could be darker cousin of Morcheeba; 'Justify' rolls out with the bleeping dread junglist vibes; 'Yesterdays' works mournful blues sample into a hulking halfstep framework.
Zeitkratzer go pop? Nah, they go 'Songs', fronted by Rechenzentrum's Marc Weiser in a completely unique suite of contemporary music. Developed over several years and stemming from a commission for Zeitkratzer to soundtrack a fashion show, 'Songs' renders the ensemble - Burkhard Schlothauer (violin), Anton Lukoszevieze (violoncello), Ulrich Phillipp (doublebass), Frank Gratkowski (reeds), Hild Sofie Tafjord (french horn), Hilary Jeffrey (trombone), Reinhold Friedly (piano), Christian Lillinger (drums, percussion) - at, ostensibly speaking, their most widely appealing with eight compositions structu… Read more
**Red vinyl** "Kenneth Christiansen & Dennis Børg pare back with a new EP. This time Pattern Repeat delievers 2 Techno tools with heavy chords and dubby elements. Kenneth is also running the labels Echocord and Echocord Colour, and Dennis is known from his Baum Label, and his Resoe releases."
Sultry, fruity boogie house from Downtown Party Network. On top they roll out fat, jiggling synth bass and uplifting chords pushed by big round kicks in 'Disco Ball Drama'; down below, 'Keep On Running' and 'No Drama Afterhours' are cooler, dubbed out electro-boogie struts.
Coherently diverse 2nd set of trax cut from Modeselektor's latest round-up. A-side features the emotive posh-trance charge of Alex Banks and Elizabeth Bernholz's 'Be The One' and the killer hyper-boogie 'Blast' by Onra. B-side holds Henrik Schwarz's jazzy tech-house pop number 'We Are Bankrupt', and the squirming funk of Brandt Brauer Frick's 'Jungle Love' starring Om'Mas Keith and Vic Mensa.
"Ten instant hits of sunshine. Folky female vocals atop ’60s-influenced psych-pop and motorik synth-prog – like a shinier Stereolab or a more bucolic Broadcast. ‘Seasoned Sun’ also features contributions from fellow Super Furry Animals Cian Ciaran and Dafydd Ieuan and ex-Race Horses drummer Gwion Llewelyn."
More artists for your buck on this canny mini-compilation from Don't Be Afraid. The Room Below debuts with the crisp, low-slung acid gyrations of 'Work', and Manuel Gonzales aka MGUN rubs out the bright, creamy Detroit lather of 'Risqué'. Ali King also debuts with the warm, sub-heavy swing and jazz-wise palette of 'Session 24', and Italy's Deep88 drops the breezy pipes and Rhodes chords of 'Sunday Morning'.
René Audiard returns to New York's ever-interesting Blank Slate label with two extended tech-house trippers. Since René's last 12" the label has established itself as one of the more wayward tech-house labels out there, mixing the minimalist production values of classic Perlon with a fresh palette of unique, worldly tones. Following Düve's exotic, non-formulaic 'Blank Slate 005', this 12" stokes that textured tribal percussion on the Villalobos-like 'Cywilizacja Pt. 2' to fine effect, while the haunting B-side 'Lamia' meshes traditional song with moody industrial/wave bass and sprung tech-house rhythms with compelling results. Tipped!
Hamburg based producer Yør is next up on Dutch powerhouse Creme Organization with a four track EP that continues in his muddy and muddled techno tradition.
The mysterious Adesse just dropped off a pile of his latest edits… He's the 'Dread At The Controls' this time, running two smooth-rolling and percussive house edits of the cheeky Poco Man Jam riddim on the front before flipping Photek's 'Into The '90s' as a very useful deep house number and Mikey Dread's titular classic as a cool-out house skanker. Never in stock for long, these Adesse joints.
**Edition of 400 copies. Mastered by Jason Lescalleet** Intoxicatingly hazy suite of chamber drone, acoustic guitar pieces and tape works by American artist, Matt Krefting (Son of Earth). Whilst best known to us for his gorgeous album of classic cover versions on Ecstatic Peace, Krefting has been quietly establishing a reputation for his solo tape works, issued in micro-editions on myriad underground imprints before arriving at 'Lymph Est'. Like Kye steward, Graham Lambkin, and label-mate Jason Lescalleet, who coincidentally mastered this album, Krefting evidently shares a sensitivity to org… Read more
**Newly remastered, groundbreaking collection of hybrid Thai folk/pop. The artist's first release outside the Thai record market** "The relaunch of EM Records’ Thai music series. Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM Records have teamed up to deliver a new series showcasing the extraordinary performances of some of Thailand’s greatest musical legends. The first release is the seminal album Isan Lam Plearn released in 1975 by Angkanang Kunchai. This album represents a crucial moment in Thai musical history when the performance styles of Molam (*1) and Luk Thung (*2) were fused together fo… Read more
Four neck-snapping, collapsing hip hop beats from UK's Jon Phonics. "Drawing as much from early 90’s hip-hop as it does early 00’s grime and 80’s funk, the predominantly instrumental EP is topped off with two stand- out vocal performances from South-London rapper Rup and soul vocalist Yasine. With early support from Alexander Nut, Moxie, Scratcha DVA and more, this is a must have for any fans of twisted hip hop-infused electronica."