Thursday, 13 November
**Hand-stamped yellow wax** Red-raw techno-house ravers from Gerstaffelen for Aroy Dee's stalwart M>O>S label. It's really all about the A-side's bomb trax, with the hefty buck slug of 'Bombara' and the fiercely powerful rave techno of 'Invisible Ghosts' practically worth the entry alone, but chuck in the mystic jackers elements of 'Night Flows North' and 'Night Flows South', and you've got yourself a ruddy winner.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Berlin based songwriter Dan Bodan was born in the wide open Canadian prairies and raised in Montreal. Reared on the city’s underground noise and experimental music scene, Bodan moved to Berlin eight years ago. Blossoming in the city’s unique mixture of crumbling old-world European values, start-up philanthropy, sleepless techno and epic grey skies, he began writing songs to soundtrack his train rides through the city and make sense of it all. For fans of LCD Soundsystem, Shit Robot and Holy Ghost."
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Originally, all they wanted was record one mutual track for the Japan tour in spring 2014. On this tour, Springintgut and F.S. Blumm would present their recent solo records*) in nine cities in Japan, and one duo track couldn't hurt for an encore. These duo compositions came off surprisingly easy, and in a breath there were seventeen tracks instead of one. Keeping in mind that both solo albums have been six years in the making, the recording of “The Bird And White Noise“ within two months is extraordinary. It's proo… Read more
"Mike and Cara Gangloff’s Black Ribbon of Death, Silver Thread of Life is the third in a series of loosely connected melodic investigations released by Mike Gangloff over the past two years. All three were recorded around the Gangloff home in rural Floyd County, Virginia, and were engineered by Joseph Dejarnette (Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bruce Greene, Curtis Eller). And all three feature the far-reaching improvisation familiar from Gangloff’s work with the old-time stringbandBlack Twig Pickers and the acoustic-drone outfit Pelt.Taken together, they for… Read more
*Edition of 1000 copies, a new project from members of Zombi and Majeure and acclaimed film composer Paul Lawler. Riyl: Zombi, John Carpenter, Maserati, Vangelis* "Contact is the new duo of A.E. Paterra (aka Majeure) of famed sci-fi synth-rock group Zombi, and acclaimed British film composer, Paul Lawler. Exploring a similar orbit as Majeure and Zombi, multi-instrumentalist Lawler infuses heavy doses of melody and drama to give First Contact a sound and feel that blends late 70s Pink Floyd sprawl, the nostalgic wonder of early 80s science documentaries, and John Carpenter's 80s sci-fi action f… Read more
**Limited Edition Picture Disc, Includes a collectable Luc Sante art postcard attached to each sleeve plus a download code redeemable from the label* "SQÜRL's final release in their 3-part series of EPs, following the soundtrack to 'Only Lovers Left Alive', done in collaboration with Jozef Van Wissem. The atmospheric heavy drones of surreally epic horror-country contained within this limited edition of 1000 heavyweight 12" vinyl picture discs for the world further demonstrate Carter Logan, Jim Jarmusch, and Shane Stoneback's forever expanding breadth of talent and scope of vision. The group, described b… Read more
*500 Copies* Lead single from Kindness’ second album ‘Otherness’, ‘This Is Not About Us’ allows a circular, sticky piano figure played by Kindness’ Adam Bainbridge to slowly melt into a gorgeous choral haze.
"Eiko Ishibashi returns from her ‘Imitation Of Life’ album with the all new ‘Car And Freezer’. Ever wondered if you could make an album twice, with completely different lyrics? It’d probably help if you had two completely different languages to draw from and for ‘Car And Freezer’ that’s exactly what Eiko did. In 2013, Drag City introduced Eiko to the world outside of Japan by way of her first US album release. At that time the label explained that Eiko was an instrumentalist and arranger who had come into writing songs somewhat accidentally. She’s been doing so without further accident si… Read more
*Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey, cut at Abbey Road studios, pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl and includes download code redeemable from the label* It's mightily impressive that this album made it out as quickly as it has, following if not hot, then warm-ish on the heels of the midlife crisis noise romp that was the Grinderman side-project and the soundtrack to The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, both of which surfaced last year. Just twelve months down the line and this new Bad Seeds album shows no signs whatever of quant… Read more
*Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey, cut at Abbey Road studios, pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl and includes download code redeemable from the label* Twelfth studio album from Nick Cave, and the realisation of one of his most accessable voice to date. Much has been said of Cave's problematic transition into middle age and his gradual creeping into stretches of sound that sometimes veer dangerously close to adult orientated rock. 'Nocturama' does, indeed, see Nick and the Seeds shedding much of their pre-millenial angst and sonic idealism in favour of a … Read more
*LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card* "Rhyton are the Brooklyn based trio of Dave Shuford (D. Charles Speer And The Helix, No Neck Blues Band), Jimy SeiTang (Stygian Stride) and Rob Smith (Pigeons). Rhyton take ancestral forms, instrumentation and scales, primarily sourced from Middle Eastern and Greek traditions and incorporate them into the context of scorching improvised rock. ‘Kykeon’ was recorded at the legendary Black Dirt Studios (Jack Rose, Steve Gunn, The Black Twig Pickers, etc) in upstate New York with their long- time engineer Jason Meagher."
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Bo Ningen and Savages deliver ‘Words To The Blind’ - a 37-minutes collaborative track. Taking their cross fertilisation a step further, following occasional live appearances together and Savages’ Jehnny Beth guesting on Bo Ningen’s current album ‘III’, ‘Words To The Blind’ is inspired by the Dadaist concept of the ‘Simultaneous Poem’…"
**Ltd edition heavyweight vinyl - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "El Hombre Trajeado co-founder and erstwhile Arab Strap and RM Hubbert collaborator Stevie Jones takes the spotlight with mesmerising collective of his very own. ‘Brocken Spectre’ - named after the immense, halo-crested shadow cast by hill climbers on faraway clouds when backlit by the sun - is the first album on which Jones places his typically participatory ethic aside and assumes responsibility for writing, arranging and producing every note of its eight entirely acoustic songs. Jones corra… Read more
Joel Martin and Matt Edwards reprise their Quiet Village duo as Q.V. for the white label series of London's Phonica record shop. A-side is a subtle, druggy swinger propped on fat subs and prodding drums to an apex of dubbed sax bleats and mystic, droning atmospheres. B-side takes a more Afro-centric tack with rolling drums and bass tucked to Edwards exacting specifications and layered up with all manner of exotic, psychedelic samples.
*140g green vinyl - includes download code redeemable from the label* "Featuring guest performances by Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, Alvarius B.), Sam Chalabi (Land of Kush, Shalabi Effect), Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Solo Artist/Alif), Khaled Yassine (Anouar Brahem/Alif) and vocals by Egyptian Mahraganat MCs Amr 7a7a and Alaa 50, to name a few. Those who may have heard live iterations of Salute the Parrot at Louca’s jaw dropping shows across the Arab world and Europe over the last couple of years, will encounter a much more complex and hard hitting work of many influe… Read more
Monday, 10 November
Thursday, 06 November
**Sick spotgloss artwork. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy, edition of 500, initial copies on Neon Green wax** Diagonal put a gallon in the tank with The Skull Defekts' devilishly hypnotic 'Street Metal' album clad in ludicrously wicked artwork by Guy Featherstone. Where the majority of modern psych rock is about as psychedelic as listening to Steve Wright, The Skull Defekts' lysergic clarity and locked-on grooves feel like they might have *actually* done some heavy drugs in their time, hence their music works where it matters. Headed up by Swedish scene lynchpin, Joachim No… Read more
**2LP gatefold** Primo Roman sound designer Giuseppe Tillieci aka Neel takes to Spectrum Spools with his debut solo album proper, inspired by the entropic, 50 million year lifespan of Mars' 2nd and larger moon, Phobos. It's a spellbinding attempt to deal with sound on the vastest scales imaginable, using a combination of modular synths and hardware to traverse the full frequency range and achieve an immense soundscape streaked with massive sound objects and microscopic details. We were lucky enough to catch him perform a similar sound live alongside his Voices From The Lake partner, Donato Dozzy, at Rom… Read more
**Hauntingly soulful and certifiably classic Thai folk/pop from the '70s, remastered and issued for first time outside of Thailand by EM Records, Soi 48 and Paradise Bangkok. Includes extensive 4-panel colour liner notes written in thai, japanese and english** "2nd release from the relaunch of EM Records’ Thai music series. Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM have teamed up to deliver a series showcasing the extraordinary performances of some of Thailand’s greatest musical legends. For reasons unknowable, certain places in certain eras become hotb… Read more
Always coming with the strangest new creatures, NPIP present the compelling debut of an 18 year old South London composer called Nathan Geyer aka Jire. Emerging from a background in classical composition, Jire's 'Kiowa Polytope' is a keenly considered new take on classical minimalism, acoustic improvisation and lower case electronica woven with inspiration from "across the visual arts and literature". In it he employs elements of rhythmelodic tribal percussion, acousmatic sampling and concrète process to shape four buckled structures at once recalling the crooked designs of Micachu and the de-co… Read more
**Hand-stamped jacket includes 12" x 12" art insert** Bangin' house trax from incognito Glasgow producer Denis Sulta on the highly reputed Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. The A-side, 'A.A.S (Nite & Day Mix)' has anthem potential written all over its massive kicks and blazing vocal, and quite understandably has become one of the most sought-after tracks from Jackmaster's summer season. Expect to hear this everywhere very soon. Flipside loads up two more edits, drawing for another amazing acapella over the ghetto house shunt of 'A.A.L.A.S.' whereas 'Saturday Nite' is a proper handbag powerplay. You know what to do.
**2LP gatefold jacket with killer Ideologic Organ artwork signature** Keiji, Ambarchi and O'Malley reprise their fearsome Nazoranai trio with a heavyweight 2nd album accentuating their improvised, hard rock foundations. Recorded by Chris Fullard at CCSO, Birmingham 9th July 2013, 'The Most Painful Time Happens Only Once Has It Arrived Already?' barrels right into the mouth of hell from the off. Powered by Ambarchi's thunderous, roiling battery, the cavernous 19-minute space of 'You Should Look Closely Those Shattered Spells Never Attaining Emb… Read more
One of the UK's canniest labels does it again with Happy Meals' debut album of sensual, spellbinding lo-fi pop. Sounding like the work of Saada Bonaire's long-lost slacker offspring, 'Apéro' is actually the produce of two Glasgow-based artists, Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, who originally hail from the Scottish borders. Suzanne sings in a unique mix of French and Scottish, occasionally sharing the mic with Lewis over the course of six songs taking the 100% Silk/NNF pop aesthetic and psych-dub freedom of Peaking Lights to a more ambiguous, enchanted headspace. It's all top notch stuff, from the ni… Read more
**Edition of 500 with download code** Raw, visceral psych-dub killers by a wicked new duo featuring Valentina Magaletti, who drummed on Raime's 'Quarter Turns Over A Living Line' LP. Hailing from London and releasing on Hands In The Dark - which released albums from Co La and Ensemble Economique, a.o. - their 'Futura Grotesque' side weaves and frays the lines between Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza's jazzy avant-garde incursions, the possessed communal percussions of Cannibal Movie, and the wavey, dubbed-out post-punk of Gray or Not Waving. Mark our words: this one will travel. TIP!
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The master of mottled retro-vintage audio dreams under Mexican Summer's glowing halo with 'Let's Cry and do Pushups at the Same Time'. It's his 2nd LP of 2014 and one of many releases under this moniker and own name, Luke Wyatt, to be released by the likes of L.I.E.S., NNF, NPIP, Rush Hour and his own Valcrond Video label in the last couple of years. Subtly, instinctively combining his background in video art with a real knack for ear-worming hooks and driving, transcendent grooves, his music here is at its most v… Read more
Dopest deep house/boogie electronics from Russian producer OL on the R&S-affiliated Meda Fury label. After exhibiting some canny chops with his 7" for Faces Records and a string of 12" singles for Error Broadcast, the 'Scape Border' EP is arguably his highest profile release to date, and also his slickest. It's still got all the adroit touches we praised in his earlier work, but the vibe is bluer, smokier, cooler. DJs need to check for the itchy, scratchy funk of 'Lum Edit', the percolating Chicagoisms of 'Myxa', and the scuffed deep house filter treatments of 'Podumay', whilst home-listening hea… Read more
The PPU related 1432R imprint return with some more killer Ethiopian electronics, paying up on the promise of Mikael Seifu's debut by pairing him in a sweet split with Dawit Eklund. With 'Psycho Animus', Eklund makes fine modern nods toi classic Larry Heard with a bendy square bass lines and pinging metallic delays swarming and rolling around warmest chords. It's sure to turn some heads on the 'floor. Flipside, Washington D.C.'s Seifu reprises the unique fusion of traditional Ethiopian melodies with clipped garage house rhythms last heard on his excellent 'Yarada Lij' EP for a r… Read more