Thursday, 30 July
Gusgus' President Bongo cuts the lights on Roisin Murphy's 'Exploitation' with an ominous techno flip of her 'Hairless Toys' album cut. Emerging from doomy cello intro, Murphy's presence is reduced to gasps over pulsing kicks and spatialised electronics before entering stage left as a hushed, sylvan spectre whispering her piece as the strings and synths swell and threaten to engulf her. Instrumental on the B-side.
**Limited edition 160g coloured, gatefold 2LP. Reissue retrospective creaming 17 cuts of New wave, NDW, minimal synth and space disco** "Medical Records is celebrating it’s 5 year anniversary as well as 50th release! Medical Records was founded sometime in 2007/2008 but released it’s first double header of reissues in May 2010 with the (at the time) little known Deutsche Wertarbeit (MR-001) and the first album by famed Italo/synthpop guru Alexander Robotnick (MR-002). Since the beginning, Medical has pledged to bring back long out of print and lost new wave, synth, and disco… Read more
**Rhubard & custard coloured 180g wax** "Medical Records is very pleased to present the debut album by U/V Light. U/V Light sounds more than a bit like Cloudland Canyon at times. This is because it is the first “solo,” effort from Kip Uhlhorn of CC. Kip played, sang on, engineered, mixed, and collaborated with Gabby Weiss on this new recording. Eschewing standard German comparisons that CC usually receives, U/V LIGHT often sounds like either early electro or dance-pop but without the typical blueprint so commonly replicated these days. Kip's rockist tendencies make this recording more interesting… Read more
**Includes download redeemable from the label** Detroit cranks, Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) and David Shettler, reprise Moon Pool And Dead Band flanked by remixes from JTC, Ectomorph's BMG, Michael Dykehouse, and Nate Young himself. The "dirty dystopian analog techno-funk" of Shettler & Young's original 'MEQ' operates at the edge of the 'floor with frazzled electronics and toiling pulses urging a slompy, atonal jack which inspires the remixers to do much the same. Ghostly International's Dykehouse turns in a percolated noise house version; Patrick Russell dries it out an bumps with extra subs… Read more
If anyone can get away with it, it's DMX Krew. This time he gets away with the talkbox heavy egypto-sleaze of 'Funk Steps' on an electro-boogie downstroke, before squirting astro-juice in your eye with the ultra-naughty 'Space Fonk'.
**Includes a copy of the full album on CD free inside** Jacek Sienkiewicz presents a 5th album of sleek, hypnotic techno thru his Recognition imprint. 'Drifting' follows on from his 'Zero Time Collapsing' collaboration with Atom™, and the 'Ridges' link-up with Max Loderbauer, to explore in-depth his personalised take on reduced European techno. Its ten sensitively sculpted tracks are equally at home in headphones, on the sofa or in the club, with firm highlights in 'Stand Up''s tactile mix of rolling techno and field recordings; in the gritty swing of '130mm'; and the spherical, skanking dub house sound design of the title track.
Sun-ripened Balearic disco selections from OG Ibizan DJ Leo Mas. The legendary DJ partner of Alfredo at Amnesia in the '80s has been tasked with picking out some of his choicest obscurities and rare beauties for this 12"; including the slinky disco symphony of Gianni Bella's 'Dolce Luna (Parte A1)' up top, plus Moana Pozzi's saxy boogie downstroke, 'L'Ultima Notte', and the flutey acoustic fancy of Ivano Fossati & Oscar Prudente's 'Gil (Voglia Di Terra)' on the flip.
**White wax** Aerodynamic techno momentum from Edit Select, Mike Parker, and Claudio PRC. The Glaswegian's original works with mesmerising monotone bass and spectral, expansive upper registers. Mike Parker's mix reduces those elements to a perfectly-paced and viscous pulse, and the Italian producer, Claudio PRC cuts a ghostly silhouette with his icily numbed roller.
"Fire Records re-press Neutral Milk Hotel’s explosive 1996 debut ‘On Avery Island’. Jeff Mangum's songs are cryptic and crazed, his ideas fast and furious, and together they force the home-recording concept out of the basement and into a brave new world, a fuzzy masterpiece of experimental lo-fi recording. Full of rapid-fire wordplay with true and heartfelt experimentation, both ambitious and eclectic, it's not hard to see why this has been such an influential album. Part of the fabled Elephant 6 collective, Neutral Milk Hotel won over many a music critic with this cult c… Read more
Thursday, 23 July
*Concentrated, Bendy Acid From Computer Rave Hooligans Evol, debuting their first release for Diagonal. Housed in an incredible sleeve by Guy Featherstone, mastered and cut by Matt ‘The Alchemist’ Colton at Alchemy. RIYL: Belgian Techno, Licking Batteries, Coloured Plastic Discs!* "‘Flapper That’ sees Diagonal invite EVOL — arch propagators of “computer music for hooligans” — to their own, unique establishment for a proper headshrinker of a session. Since Diagonal’s incarnation, EVOL’s hardcore aesthetic and sense of absurdity has been a key influence on the label and Powell’s DJ sets. In effect, … Read more
**Foil-blocked, heavyweight, rigid boxset contains five LPs plus individually numbered certificate. Edition of 400** Finnish psych maverick Pekka Airaksinen is the focus of arguably the most wigged out and far-flung V-o-D release to date. Covering vast distance between his modes and monikers, from the primordial, NWW-listed electronic regressions of The Sperm, to the hypnotic freedom of Samsa Trio, and the hieroglyphic electro-jazz of 'Golden Age' - a clear predecessor to the recently reissued opus, 'Buddhas of Golden Light' - this boxset provides many perspec… Read more
Jessy Lanza finds mutual muses in Chicago lynchpins, DJ Spinn and Taso, for the romantic R&B and footwork of 'You Never Show Your Love'. A perfect match of styles, it finds Spinn & Taso working outside their usual tempo bracket with great results, creaming yacht-ready guitar licks on airborne trap triplets, all gilded with Lanza's longing lyrics placing the original up close to FKA Twigs' 'Water Me' whilst the Teklife remix comes off like 4Hero gone footwork with its ornate chords, jazzy arrangement and hi-tek funk pulsations.
*Vinyl includes free download with a bonus track - a cover of Kim Fowley’s witchy masterpiece “Bubblegum”* "The third studio album by Sonic Youth, originally released in May 1986 on SST Records, shows the first signs that the band was ready to transform their no wave past into a greater alternative rock sensibility. “EVOL … mark[s] the true departure point of Sonic Youth’s musical evolution,” says Pitchfork, who place the album in the #31 slot of their Top 100 Albums of The 1980s. “In measured increments, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo … bring form to the formless, tune to the tuneless, and… Read more
**Limited Deluxe Edition, features five bonus tracks pressed on 180g black vinyl housed in a 5mm spined outer sleeve. SDJR turns out a whole party's worth of funk with an infectious debut album sporting guest spots by Julio Bashmore, fLako and Kutmah** "From time to time a DJ or producer comes along who transcends a particular scene, bridges the gap between disparate movements and unites tribal music fans. Seven has that talismanic quality. His productions have a rawness… a loose-knit, lolloping groove that seduces even the most steadfastly stubborn of hips. Recorded in LA, S… Read more
Syrian dabke star, Omar Souleyman leads the dance to Monkeytown flanked by Modeselektor, Gilles Peterson, Four Tet and Legowelt on his 2nd studio album. Recorded in Istanbul whilst reunited with his favourite poet, Ahmad Alsamer, 'Bahdeni Nami' returns to his rawer (read: effective), pre-Domino polished sound, with each contributor faithfully complementing his style, rather than trying to westernise it. We catch Gilles Peterson joining an Arabic duet on 'Tawwalt El Gheba' - actually, we jest; we're not sure what Peterson did, but it sounds bloody great - while Modeselektor fuse beefier, … Read more
**Edition of 300** "As earlier compilations of ‘Danza Meccanica’ have taught us, Italy gave birth to a disproportionate number of synth-pop, new wave and electronic acts in the 80s. Mannequin goes deeper into the Italian new wave archaeological research with a killer 10 tracks selection of Carmody. Picking their name from a science fiction novel titled “Dimension of Miracles” by Robert Sheckley, Carmody were coming from Torino, as their pairs Monuments and Chromagain. Started as a duo (Alberto Ramella and Andrea Lesmo) and later a trio with Max Casacci joining in as a gu… Read more
Karen Gwyer coins her 1st release of 2015 via Berlin's much-respected Nous label. More twisted and abstract than the label's previous releases, 'Bouloman' presents three shades of Karen ranging from the dancefloor-primed rolling ascension of 'Keisa Kizzy Kinte' across the front, to more aggressive, blown-out styles with the tetchy grime-techno psychedelia of 'Brunch Music' (someone's been spending too much time in Berlin) to the undisciplined, haywire momentum of 'Shit List With Kid'.
Bookworms tests out a slower, crushed techno sound on his 3rd 12" for L.I.E.S. They're hypnotic slugs of salty bleep techno and slackened industrial, all shot-thru with Bookworms patented grasp of mesmerising repetition. 'Touchless Automatic' bites and grinds like a Durian Brothers killer, and chases that vibe thru the rolling tribal loops and radioactive bass flares of 'Coaxial Electric Suite'. Flipside, he goes ghostly with the shifty, intangible framework of 'Exotic Auto Boutique' and asserts his physical presence with the lashing electric synthlines and stomach thumping kicks of 'Control That'.
Chicago's own DJ Roc volleys an electrified 2nd album of footwork with 'Practice What U Preach' for scene supporters, Duck N' Cover. Working a perfect balance of sampled soul and technoid Afro-futurism, it weighs up some of his deadliest cuts and jabs in the likes of 'Lowend Unity', named after his 'hood and flush with a mix of pealing sax, droning subs and mercurial synth drops; with the lump-in-throat brilliance of his hyper Jhene Aiko flip, 'The Worst'; and not least the staccato pulses, ricochet rimshots and choking bass pressure of 'I Make Gutta'.
Mr. Beatnick flexes a proper disco-tech sound with 'Formed In The Stance' for Semtek's DBA label. 'Stutter' opens with some weighty momentum balanced between slyding synth flares and bristling electro NRG bass, whilst the coruscating scales and slippery disco moves of 'Jellyfish' recall classic Patrick Cowley. The title track dims the lights to a noirish, jazzy West London bustle, and 'Obsidian Morning' synchs a lissom swing between wood-crack claps, dubble-dip bass and flighty arpeggios. Great stuff.
*Picture disc LP with nine full-length songs and 19 locked grooves by artists from the Carpark catalogue - 100 copies only in the UK* "Carpark is 16 years old in 2015! To celebrate the label's sixteenth anniversary they're throwing a party via this far out basketball-themed picture disc 12" featuring nine exclusive, full-length songs and 19 locked grooves by artists from all across the Carpark catalogue. The full-song team picture sounds like this: We've got party-starting, confetti-blasting jams from Young Magic and Skylar Spence. There are the groovy three-po… Read more
Roiling darkroom techno-house from Detroit's Shady P via Glasgow's Clan Destine label. Ruggedly effective and straight-up grooves carry a payload of twisted synths and bent 5am vibes from the head-spinning grip of 'Pavlov's Bitch' to the tweakin' alien synth chatter of 'A Man In Reverse' featuring Drowned.
The German producer jacks up a sleazy, gritty session for Technicolour after acclaimed work for L.I.E.S. and W.T. Records. Both sides follow a similar pattern - giving you something to dance to, and then put you on your arse. A-side opens with the bestial vocal processing of 'Explora (Slave)' before putting its weight behind a proper jack attack, and lowering us into the viscous tarpits of 'Headpiece'. Flipside, he knuckles out the monotone EBM techno pulse of 'Brute Force' and melts to close with the darkroom essence of 'Shpel'.
*Originally released in 1986, Brother Resistance's 'Rapso Takeover' blends calypso, reggae, disco, funk and poetry to create the artist’s signature Rapso sound* "A progressive form of poetry from Trinidad and Tobago, Rapso emerged as a means by which to articulate the daily suffering symptomatic of the social unrest afflicting the nation throughout the 1970s and 80s. Brother Resistance played a significant role in the Rapso movement, deploying his music to spread messages of hope and liberation. The authorities took Brother Resistance’s rising status seriously, destroying w… Read more
The Mods hock a vitriolic follow-up to their 'Divide And Exit' breakthrough with the 12-song 'Key Markets'. Their latest dispatch from the no-mans-land of Nottingham volleys shots at anyone and everything that comes within Jason Williams' line-of-sight, whilst Andrew Fearn's productions remain ascetic to say the least, but possibly with more bite and itch in the gruds than before, and even a few moments that could be described as abstract when compared with their sternly functional structures. Safe to say they've lost none of their spunky chuff with the advent of bigger stages and audiences at their feet.
*Second album in the piano solo improv series from David Thor Jonsson* "In the fall of 2011 David Thor Jonsson recorded a session and a solo concert in Telus studios, Banff centre in the Rocky mountains of Canada These recordings have come to be Piano Improvisations II. In and around Banff are magical places. They are ancient, huge, quiet and some are sacred. Being surrounded by the enormousness of the rockies makes one very small and wander off sometimes for many hours gazing at the endless beauty and power Lake Minnewanka means "Water of the spirits" in Dakotan Siouan … Read more
*Available on LP only, pressed on virgin vinyl with a download code* "‘Lost Time’ is the first collaborative album from drummers Greg Fox and Kid Millions. ‘Lost Time’ is comprised of two long pieces that represent opposite ends of a musical spectrum: one blasting and one meditative. Greg Fox leads Guardian Alien and is the drummer of Liturgy. He also plays in Zs and has collaborated with Ben Frost and Colin Stetson. Kid Millions’ ever-evolving Man Forever project has released two critically acclaimed albums on Thrill Jockey, including a collaboration with So Percussion. Kid has played in… Read more
"‘Nothing New’ by Gil Scott-Heron is an album of stripped down vocal and piano versions of songs from his back catalogue, recorded in New York with producer Richard Russell between 2005 and 2009. The genesis of ‘Nothing New’ dates back to 2005, when Richard Russell first approached Gil with the suggestion of making a new record. Part of the initial suggestion was to record spartan versions of some of Gil’s old songs, something that both parties thought intriguing. Although recording initially started off that way, the album gradually evolved into something very different: 2010’s acclaime… Read more