Thursday, 02 May
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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Cédric Bros aka Marcelus makes smooooth moves on Tresor with his follow-up to the 'Super Strength' missile and Deeply Rooted House aces. A-side he really spreads out on the 10 minute 'Emerald' with the kind of sunken square bass/light-footed hi-hats syncopation and velvet pads you'd expect from Moritz Von Oswald or a prime Mojuba piece. B-side he reprises the groove at a later hour with moodier, sexier appeal, and gets crafty with the offset swing and sensual pads of 'Unseen Force'.
**Limited edition oil varnish finish LP** Original English post-punk unit return some 30 years since their heyday with surprisingly limber and angsty new batch of tunes. Sounds something like a rougher, less polished adjunct to the more recent Wire gear.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** A welcome return for Akron/Family, proffering a potent and expanded vision of open-structured cosmic rock. According to the band, the album's canyon-straddling, star-gazing scale is inspired by the landscape-obsessed, deeply American sci-fi imaginings of Frank Herbert,"the plots within plots of Dune mirrored in many layers of sound." This is a proper epic, make no mistake, and the band sound more fucked-up, grizzled and committed than before; at the same time they've evidently matured as songwriters, performers and arrangers, deliv… Read more
"Cayucas (pronounced ‘ky-yook-us’) is the monikered homage to a sleepy little seaside town in San Luis Obispo County, California. That town, Cayucos, has hardly changed in the last 50 years, a far cry from the gentrified tourist traps parading showily down the nearby coastline. In the early 1960s, the surfing craze hit. There was one bar around which local kids congregated back then, the site of helpless crushes and fights and games of pool, a place whose jukebox soundtracked innumerable teenage years as breezy summers rolled into mild winters and back around again. The bar has since disappeared, but… Read more
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"Recorded in a beautiful and isolated house in the Yorkshire Dales, ‘Fain’ draws on more traditional English and Scottish folk melodies than anything Wolf People have done before, but not straying from the drop-out fuzz-rock route they’ve made their own. The influences are vast - British rock bands like Groundhogs, Dark, Mighty Baby and Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac are evident in the swirling and distorted guitars throughout ‘Fain’, along with the 60s revival folk of Fairport Convention, Nic Jones, and Trees. Additionally the band have looked towards Scandinavian’s rich psychedelic traditions both ne… Read more
Classy, fresh but timeless deep house from one of France's finest. Squared up for summer rotation, 'Extensions Of Yesterday' projects seven electronic soul-infused grooves ranging from beatdown shufflers to driven dub-chord riders and funked-up nods to Detroit.
Over ten years since its original release, Deadbeat hauls up his debut album for re-appraisal on his still young Blkrtz label. Originally appearing in 2001 it was evidently indebted to the (then) recently established legacy of Basic Channel/Maurizio, yet as with the likes of his future collaborator Robert Henke aka Monolake, or Detroit's Echospace, he stamped his own subtle watermark on the stripped down and purist dub techno style thanks to a taste for gloaming drones and a serious fascination with rugged bass weight. And it's exactly that fact that makes it stand head high in crowded fie… Read more
Rollin' D&B soul music by the Dutch producer. A-side 'Empty Promise' plays for the deeper heads with moody chords, technoid atmosphere and tight, muscular rollige. B-side 'Broken Dreams' is remixed by Makoto, structured more for the party with harmonised reese bass and soul-burning vocals.
UK house player Huxley heads up the latest Rinse 12" with three tracks straddling garage, deep house and 2-step. A-side is a proggier, acid-touched houser 'Lost Lost' revolving requisite downpitched vocal, warm pads and shifty hi-hats; B-side he turns out smudged soul vox and elastic bass swing inna UK take on US styles, and 'Walk 2 U' likewise does a classic UK thing with Tod Edwards-style cut up vox with the feminine pressure of classic 2-step.
Agoria, Robag Wruhme, Will Saul & October line up to remix German dancefloor celeb, Michael Mayer's 'Mantasy' trax. Frenchman Agoria plays to the big rooms with a sweeping, uplifting Sunlune mix of 'Good Times', Robag Wruhme does his curvaceous, whirring, melodic tech-house thing with a Paavo And Veita Rehand of 'Baumhaus', and Will Saul & October drop the bassline of 'Mantasy' to bowel worrying levels in a ruggedly minimalist, hollowed out swingjack killer.
*Single Sided Lazer Etched Disc* Dirty Three's Mick Turner meets the Bonny Prince, Will Oldham on a trio of "spirit devotionals for a new century." Reprising the relationship they formed back in 2000-2001 with a live album and single, 'Get On Jolly', these two genteel men of their respective outbacks make a sweet pairing, swaying between wheezy organ and brushed drum tumbles to elegant waltz with their world weary yet still-clinging croons assisted by Dirty Three drummer Jim White and backing vocals by Angel Olsen.
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It's generally hard to be anything but swept away by Julianna Barwick's pedal-enabled cathedrals of vocal beauty, but this new two-tracker is a brave and unexpectedly chilly offering from her, representing something of a departure from the ecstatic, densely massed harmonies of her much-loved The Magic Place LP. 'Pacing' is about as minimalist as she's ever got; her quivering vocal lines, though looped and layered, sounding less like the ecstatic choir of old and more like a solitary ghost trudging through Elysium. It's beautiful, but downca… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Sacred Bones display seven exclusive, unreleased wares from Zola Jesus, Moon Duo, Jozef Van Wissem and more for RSD. Side A opens with The Men's full pelt garage punk blast 'B-Minor' and continues with a German language update of Moon Duo's 'I Can See' aka 'Ich Werde Sehen' beside a chugging Psychic Ills remix of Föllakzoid's '9' and a particularly poignant missive from renegade lutenist Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch featuring vocals by Guy Blakeslee. B-side Zola Jesus… Read more
**Sophisticated and emotive solo piano composition. Pressed to high quality virgin vinyl and includes a free download code redeemable from the label** "Portuguese composer and pianist Tiago Sousa follows his 2011 album Walden Pond’s Monk with his first solo piano record: Samsara. While Walden Pond’s Monk featured Sousa on piano accompanied by clarinet and percussion players, Samsara allows the playing of Sousa to take center stage. Samsara is an intricate record, built on a complex narrative that’s anchored on this oriental philosophical concept – a bold and emotive piece that stands through its … Read more
Duff Disco doin' it again with two chunky, deep, UK house plays. 'A Little More Love' works to the formula of shimmering chords, swinging bass and pleading soul vocal to make you shuffle those pristine blazers. 'You Shoulda Known' gives up a more groovesome, acid-tinted swing, synching thick subs and neatly layered drums to chew on.
**Densely collaged, wayward, multi-dimensional electronic experiments from the Brooklyn crew. Think Black Dice meets Autechre. Includes download code redeemable from the label** "The new Zs lineup (Sam Hillmer, Greg Fox and Patrick Higgins) sounds very much like a new band, at least as evidenced by the Grain EP. The two side-length tracks (coming in at a total of 42-minutes) bear the marks of Zs’ sound – repeated phrases, looped or played in situ; buried drones and harsh electronic tones – but it does sound very much like a new band. There’s an extended ambience to the album that trick perceptions of time. … Read more
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**Picture disc** Sepalcure's Praveen Sharma channels rugged and smooth New York garagehouse vibes as Braille for Hypercolour's Glass Table. Uptown, he brings a maelstrom of darting dub chord stabs and clipped, busy percussion with 'The Storm' and a smoother, low-slung swinger in 'Me&U'. Downtown, he rolls out the ruffled tribal garage polyrhythms of 'At A Glance' and the spaced-out 2-stepper 'Casper'.
**Brown wax** Straight up house soul outta Detroit. 'Hard Full' is a classic Rick Wade groove measured with hypnotic chords and crunchy, rustling percussion anchored to wide swinging subs in firmly functional form. 'Deep Subliminal' steps the pace up a notchbut still keeps the groove elegantly deep, and best of all 'Pyro Dynamics' really cuts loose with the burning Detroit soul signatures, live-sounding double bassline, dusted drums and melancholy but sexy keys.
From a rupture in the disco-pop space-time continuum, Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip re-enter their Neon Neon project with a conceptual suite inspired by the life and times of Giangiacomo Feltrinelli - author of Dr. Zhivago, and The Leopard. Theirs is now a flawless melange of vintage Giallo synth intrigue and acute indie-dance-pop hooks at its cheekiest in the AM-friendly ditty 'Dr. Zhivago' and the camp '90s New Order styles of 'Mid Century Modern Nightmare'. Stars guest appearances from Sabrina Salerno, Asia Argento, Cate Le Bon, Josh Klinghoffer.
Saturday, 27 April
*Limited Edition pressing including a remix from Actress* The Vinyl Factory unleash the title cut from Dinos Chapman's debut album, backed with an industrialized Actress remix. Chapman's original is a highlight of 'Luftbobler', all staccato machinedrum aerations and gyroscopic electronic swirl with a real rugged bump. Actress's remix captures him at his moodiest, coming off like an uncannily near-relation to Hospital Productions' Alberich or a haunted CHBB.
**Limited edition blue vinyl** Rocket Recordings rope in an esteemed cast of contemporary psych-o-nauts to remix a highlight of Goat's globe-taking 'World Music' album. This second volume opens with a big highlight - Gnod and Raikes Parade flipping 'Run To Your Mama' dubwise and technoid - whilst Cherrystones impresses with a proper blown out and done-in chugger besides a more blissful remix by trendy psychateers, Hookworms, and a fizzy dub-disco sloucher Cage & Aviary.