Thursday, 10 July
"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** Engrossing compositions woven from abstracted field recordings by Texas-based artist Vanessa Rossetto, for Graham Lambkin's unique Kye Recordings. 'Whole Stories' marks Vanessa's 3rd release for the label using the same process of harvesting and transforming everyday sounds in extraordinary soundscapes as heard on 'Mineral Orange' (2010) and 'Exotic Exit' (2012). The first piece, 'This Is A Recorder' captures and augments sounds from a drunken birthday weekend lost to Mardi Gras, New Orleans between February 8th-13th 2013, rearranging snippets of conversatio… Read more
**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."
Four-track supplement of freshly crimped tech-house, breaks and electro-house from London's Max Cooper.
Fripp & Eno’s third collaborative album from 2004 - making its debut appearance on wax, pressed on 200 gram super-heavyweight vinyl.
Second great vinyl-only 12” compilation from Fire Department featuring four hard-to-find old skool disco, funk and boogie scorchers. The party kicks off in style with the full 8 minute 12” version of Cameo’s killer instrumental funk jam from ‘It’s Serious’ followed by Le’O Roy’s in-demand heavy dancefloor bomb ‘Pound For Pound’ - classic Peter Brown-produced NY disco magic. Flip over the uber-rare long version of ‘Give It Up and Shake It Down’ by Risse, a synth-boogie monster from a 1982 12” on the highly collectible Chocolate Cholly’s label. And last but not least an… Read more
Robert Crash back up on Dog In The Night Records with a wayward house session to follow WV's eponymous ace. Styles are lo-fi, abstract over five cuts of rickety machine rhythms and caterwauling synth mess and gloopy acid lines.
*180g vinyl. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Collection of material from 1975 - 1982 by Brazilian artist Mestre Cupijó, entitled 'Siriá'. Siriá is a cross pollination between the music of the inhabitants of the quilombos, a Brazilian hinterland settlement founded by escaped African slaves, and the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest. Mestre Cupijó has created the modernised version of this local music, which has been igniting street parties and traditional festivals across the state of Pará in Northern Brazil for decades."
*Double LP is pressed on 180g vinyl in a 350gsm gatefold sleeve with a 12” vinyl booklet featuring 20 pages of photography, lyrics and artwork, plus a digital download code of the album* "‘Hard Believer’ is the new studio album from Fink and the first release on the R’COUP’D imprint, recorded at Hollywood’s Sound Factory studios with producer Billy Bush (protégé of Butch Vig and producer / mixer for Garbage, Beck, Jake Bugg, Foster The People). "
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label. Very limited pressing* "Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten / The Bad Seeds). are back with a new ep of unreleased tracks and covers including a version of Caetano Veloso's masterpiece The Empty Boat from his early years. The other cover here is another song from the late sixties: Crimson And Clover both in the english and italian version. The EP also includes two new songs."
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "There’s much to be said for solitude. It gives you time to step back and reflect. Self-taught songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and home recordist Stephen Steinbrink has had plenty of time to do that. Having spent the last 13 of his 25 years on this planet travelling solo in Greyhounds, Toyota minivans, and European trains, his wanderlust travels as seen through his Lennon frames have shaped stunning breakthrough album Arranged Waves. Screwing with expectations, Arranged Waves goes beyond what you might think. Whils… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "‘Break Line’ is Anand Wilder (Yeasayer co-founder, vocalist / multi-instrumentalist) and Maxwell Kardon’s project, created with a community of friends and ten years in the making. ‘Break Line’ is cultivated from a story created back in 2004, a classic tale of betrayal, pride and love lost set to music inspired by concept albums and rock operas of the 1970s. The list of players captures a very special, collaborative time in Brooklyn, when the music scene was beginning to erupt. In 2008, Anand and Maxwell… Read more
"Produced by Thomas Bartlett (The National, Antony & The Johnsons, Sam Amidon) and recorded in New York, this mini album features covers of tracks by Suicide, David Bowie, FKA twigs and Connan Mockasin, as well as a collaboration with David Byrne on the title track, a cover of Keren Ann’s ‘Strange Weather’. The cover of Suicide’s Ghost Rider was recorded with drummer Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley) and Nico Muhly contributes string arrangements to the opener, a deconstructed organic reworking of FKA twigs’ ‘Papi Pacify’. David Byrne said the following on working with Anna: “I’m a big fan of A… Read more
*Initial pressing on semi-transparent lavender vinyl with download card* "The lullaby ‘Dreaming Awake’ was originally performed as a duet with circular-breathing sax titan Colin Stetson. It opens this mini album in a tense, minimal Son Lux Mix but Lux’s raw electronic treatment only draws more attention to Worden’s achingly tender vocal performance. ‘Dreams Don’t Look Like’ originated as silent movie music, an extract from Worden’s score for ‘The Balloonatic’ by Buster Keaton. ‘That Point When’, a song Worden initially arranged to sing with The Orchestra For The Next Century, defies gravity too: musically and lyrically ambiguous, majestically lighter than air."
Collecting Daniel Avery, Scuba and Matrixxman remixes of Matthew Dear's Audio alter ego. In Avery's hands 'Sky' becomes a druggy, EBM-infected house groove, and Scuba re-rolls it to the big rooms. With 'Motormouth', Matrixxman gives a taut, minimal jack remix in the 'Singularity Edit' and a more fluid, tribalist 'Replicant Remix'.
*White Vinyl - Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Born under cloudless California sky and bled into leftover tape, Wunder Wunder is the rolling amnesia of a Los Angeles summer, the deathless West Coast, and drinking in the dreams of its young. The debut creation of Melbourne producers Aaron Shanahan and Benjamin Plant, Everything Infinite is an album that captures lost moments spent in the pair’s adopted city of LA and a unique exploration of their unspent ideas. “Los Angeles is a dreamy place, almost surreal,” notes Shanahan, of the duo’s drastic decision to uproot… Read more
Mats Gustafsson - tenor, bari and bass saxophone. Paal Nilssen-Love - congas and drums. Front cover painting - Paweł Garwol. Layout: Lasse Marhaug.