Thursday, 06 February
Gritty, lo-fi experiments in avant-jazz and electronics, including dancefloor remixes from Mass prod and Harmonious Thelonious. Tru West are the Berlin-based quartet of Martin Hopkins (wind, tapes, dubs), Niccolo Daniel Rufo (vocals, SP 303), Herve Atse Corti (modular synthesisers), and Raffaele Amenta (clarinet). Their two tracks of noise-textured jams were recorded at Mass Hypnosis Research Lab in Tempelhof, Autumn 2012 and sound something like a recording of Sun-Ra going doomy on a rooftop in the middle of a strong breeze. Group member, Martin Hopkins aka Mass Prod gives a lithe house rem… Read more
NYC's Hound Scales cuts out three heavy, funked-up techno trax for White Asega, backed with pumping Forward Strategy Group remix. His 'Odile' sets the pace with slamming kicks countered by canny soul samples, and 'Howard Hughsian' gets down with a nastier, grittier torsion reminding of Blawan and Happa productions. Flipside, 'Thinner' laces a cantering techno swagger with cut-up R&B stabs and FSG intensify that groove with jagged, 16th note EBM patterns for a tougher techno appeal.
San Fran's Dark Entries surpass themselves with this remastered reissue of a hugely sought after and amazing Italo classic. 'Tarzan Loves The Summer Nights' was originally issued on Gong Records in 1984 and nowadays goes for mega-bucks, so all credit to Dark Entries for pushing it back in reach of us poor fiends. The original's a swinging mid-tempo bomb with cracking Linn drums, fizzing MiniMoog synthlines and a vocal to die for - including a full-blooded Tarzan holler in the closing stages - and there's also a ruggedly naked yet debonaire instrumental to double the pleasure. Not to be missed!
Ambient pop and techno, Apollo style, from Georgia's Gacha with guest vocal by Natalie Beridze Tba. Six songs gently sweep between somnolent synth-pop on 'Saysea' to languid Balearic styles on 'New Grass' and 'Fantasy' thru the wistful ambient pop of 'Atlas' to the garage and techno driven lushness of 'Ghostly Head' and 'Afterglow'.
Infinite Machine debut Beaka's ruddy bass/techno on his eponymous 4-track session. It's a very UK sound, swaggering between bristling, Radioactiveman-like breaks/bass on 'In Disguise' to grimier bruk swing on 'Killjoy', thru to aerated 2-step in 'Subconscious' and the lush bruk swoon of 'Timelapse'.
A thrilling opening salvo from Alight, a new project from Ross Tones (aka Throwing Snow) with a pumping, expansive dance sound. It sits alongside the likes of Blondes, Physical Therapy, Cyan Kid - going beyond simple dance cuts and conjuring an idealised club experience with ever-changing maximalist palettes and mercurial structures. Moving from not-so-outsider house to reverby minimal etherealism and from rigid techno machinery to frenetic jungle, the album even launches into a chic cinematic instrumental with cellos ('Caligo'). A compact, diverse, luxurious debut.
**Remastered reissue of belgian coldwave/goth ace from 1984** "Lè Travo is the brainchild of Patrick Bollen from Tienen, Belgium. As a teenager in the early 1980s, Patrick would visit "DeAtelier", the infamous coldwave/gothic club in Leuven. He would be inspired by Joy Division and other Factory releases, The Danse Society and Cocteau Twins. He gathered a some session musicians and a female backup vocalist. They recorded with live drums, TR-808 drum machine, Roland JX3P synthesizer, electric guitar and bass. Eventually Patrick bought a Greengate DE-3 sampler, using the brains of an Apple … Read more
"The productions of producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee were so extensive in the early to mid 1970’s that labels were created just to handle his ever expanding output. Three labels that came about during this time when dub was king were Jackpot. Justice and Attack. Here we look at the Jackpot label and have compiled a collection of some of its finest dub cuts. Jackpot Records was formed in the early 1970’s as a subsidiary of Trojan Records to handle the output from the hitmaker from Jamaica..Bunny ’Striker ’Lee. Bunny was at the birth of dub and worked closely with Dubmaster King Tubb… Read more
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* "In his debut solo record, N.A.P. North-American Poetry, Wauters dreams big; coming into his own as a singer. Building on his songwriting, popularized by The Beets, Juan presents introspective tracks, like Water and Sanity, and reflections on humans' relationship with technology in songs like Breathing—which features Carmelle Safdie. The record is completed, as always, by the artwork of dear friend and longtime collaborator Matthew Volz, who has honed the trademark visual aesthetic of Juan's music. This album is a selection o… Read more
**Cloudy clear vinyl housed in gatefold jacket with download code** NYC's avant-pop Japanese ladies, Miho Hatori and Yuka C. Hona reprise their Cibo Matto duo with a crack backing band including Mauro Refosco (Atoms For Peace), Nels Cline, and Glenn Kotche (Wilco), among others. "Miho Hatori & Yuka Honda formed one of the most beloved and critically-acclaimed bands of the late 90s. Cibo Matto pioneered post-genre freakout, spiking their wild pop songs with rap, funk, Brazilian, African, Latin, jazz, etc. long before the iPod shuffle arrived. In their short two-record career, they graced 7… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "The 78 Project: Volume 1 contains 13 one-of-a-kind one-take recordings by extraordinary artists not available anywhere else. The tracks were recorded in locations all around New York City, including hotel rooms, private residences, public spaces and even one alleyway. Because each track was recorded in its own unique location in one take onto a 78rpm lacquer disc using a very vintage 1930s recorder, they often contain sonic treasures and a magical, antique quality. The album is as much of an adventure to listen to as it was… Read more
"Diggs Duke’s takes an avant-garde beatmaker’s approach to making soul music… where Frank Ocean meets Madlib and iconic pianist Andrew Hill. It’s straight-to-the-point, drunken soul with a twist.” Gilles Peterson"
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Beaming its sleep-walking sound from a bedroom in Brooklyn, The Tower of Light deals in the marriage of polarities on his self-titled debut album. At once delicate and severe, ecstatic then pensive, both sparse and lush, it follows a road that was paved by the early days of 4AD and its strange, beautiful diversity, while making unexpected stylistic detours as it winds its way through the ether. Though the general mood is hypnotic and arresting in equal measure and the sonic details reveal no allegiance to any genre in particula… Read more
Quirky, minimal tech-house jackers and rollers from NYC resident Alexi Delano. 'My Busted SH-101' juices sticky sounds from his knackered kit on a streamlined, supple, jacking tech-house groove, and Jesper Dahlbäck gives a deeper, suspenseful remix as The Persuader on the flip.
Darren Emerson (yep, him) and Peter Josef take their tech-house pop project The White Lamp, to Hotflush, backed with Mike Dehnert and ItaloJohnson remixes. The originl sounds like Kompakt-style tech-house pop, while ItaloJohnson guns for a bendy Berlin tech-house sound and Emerson gives it a weightier dub mix. Mike Dehnert wins out with a crisp, swinging, dubbed-out version.
"Every clap, breath, harmony, and note was performed by Gabriel direct to 2" tape through a Helios console in real time. Aside from a dip into Pro Tools to loop the 25 overdubs that build the claps & stomps of "6 8" and drum programming on “Me Alone” and “Pour Maman”, computers had little place in Gabriel's world. Not to imply Bishouné is a product of vintage fetishism; rather, the songs are a humble and urgent bout of self-expression guided by the natural limitations of a solo performer. Gabriel's compositions revel in such unabashed personhood. "Everything Is Everythin… Read more
Thursday, 30 January
**Gorgeous 4LP box set presented in two gatefold sleeves inside a heavy card slipcase, with a 12” square, 20 page, saddle stitched booklet on art paper. The set is a 34-song anthology of Early Recordings From Iran painstakingly restored from 78s at Abbey Road studio in London** "Ravishingly beautiful, achingly precious songs and instrumentals, ranging from two performances by the Royal Court Orchestra in 1906 — with futuristic, overlapping trumpets and exquisite clarinet improvisation — through to a hauntingly soulful Hafez setting by Moluk Zarrabi of… Read more
Blackest Ever Black vent a cold slice of 1982 synth improvisations by former Skullflower and Whitehouse member Stefan Jaworzyn. The original tracks on 'Drained Of Connotation' were recently re-discovered by Jaworzyn when trawling his archives for the recent run of Skullflower reissues and rekindled the British noise legend's memories of poking about with his "beloved Dr Rhythm" and Korg MS10 or 20 and an old EMS. Pre-dating the music on his recently issued 'Eaten By Shadows '82-'83' CD, it comprises an extended side of crisp, piercing hi-end tones punctured by pulsing patterns … Read more
**Transparent Vinyl** A decidedly unhealthy serving of power noise from Violet Poison and Shapednoise's label. A-side features a pulsating power noise session called 'Delirium Tremens' by Orphx's Richard Oddie and the legendary David Foster (Teste, Huren) beside the jagged clank and distorted signals of Sunil Sharpe's Ground Skull Dust'. B-side holds the martial breakbeat techno and cyberpunk drones of Belgrade duo Ontal's 'Function', and Ascion's roiling, near-beatless 'Overture'.
Sweet cosmic disco house from Bristol's Komon & Appleblim team for Will Saul's Aus Music. A-side 'Jupiter' oscillates between strutting disco and sub-loaded house swagger with ace kosmiche dub intervals produced, by the sounds of it, on Roland's legendary Jupiter synth. Flipside they pick up the pace with a nifty techno-house number named 'Glimmer', and roll out into classic-sounding Broken beat and dub chord styles with the techy closer 'Beach Trek'.
**Hand-stamped jacket** Canny deep techno trips by a new player and label hailing from the Frozen Border camp. Three tracks hark back to classic early '90s Baby Ford and Probe Records styles with sleek, hypnotic grooves and proggy synthline atmospheres. Classy gear.
*180gm Vinyl now in, comes with a Poster and download code redeemable from the label* Core GYBE members regroup around Efrim Menuck for the apocalypse-baiting blues punk rage of their first LP-length work since the band's debut record as a trio almost 15 years ago. Far more balls-out than their other, perhaps better known band's output, 'Fxck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything' is sharper and far less quaint, alloying elements of hardcore, ragged garage blues and black metal with a vital fervour that bucks any post rock infere… Read more
Amsterdam and London dons Tom Trago and Bok Bok get their Dance Mania on for Night Voyage. 'Pussy Trak' is a pumping house tool stabbed up with ballroom crashes and the stentorian command "work this pussy"; 'Silent G safari' works on a bassline-driven tip punctuated with phasing claps.
Hamburg's Smallville play host to this superb album of signature dub house styles from Stephen Laubner aka STL. All new material, spanning skanking, Chain Reaction style dub-house on 'Scuba's Motion Dub' and 'Amelie's Dub' or the seriously heavy 'Ghostly Ambit' thru to a mixture of Maurizio and Theo Parrish styles on 'Space Cats' and two beautifully glassy ambient vignettes in 'Good Wine' and closer, 'Over and Out'. We wouldn't want to over-egg your expectations, but this is close to being a perfect STL release.
Razor-sharp, break-stepping 'ardcore electro/IDM from the reliably darkside Anodyne for Yellow Machines. His first release since 2011's 'Empires' EP deals six tracks of proper techy rufige taking in the choppy 4/4 breaks and sci-fi pads of 'The Art Of Fire', taut, whirring electro on 'Edge Of The Universe' and some killer 'ardcore mutations in the dark energy of 'At The Gates Of Hell' and 'Thanatos Rising'. RIYL old skool Skam and Rob Hall DJ sets.
**Sophomore album from the international hip hop trio. Includes downlaod code redeemable from the label** "This is known: Young Fathers are three young men from Edinburgh and Liberia and Nigeria, all at the same time. Their journey has taken them through various incarnations and styles but they are still only in their mid 20s. And... and this is important: they’ve chosen to kill the past—their own past, even—to make their own future. The what-what, the feeling: Following on from the acclaimed EPs TAPE ONE and TAPE TWO, their debut album Dead comes as an intimate epic, thirty six minutes of…. what… Read more
50 Weapons deliver eight remixes cherry-picked from their steadily expanding cache. There's four cuts exclusive to this release: Marcel Dettmann's dry, banging Pitch & Stretch mix of Moderat's 'Bad Kingdom'; SCNTST & Chris Liebing's funked-up remix edit of Benjamin Damage's '010X'; Tale Of Us & Fango's kinky, proggy remix of 'Vertigo' by Cosmin TRG; DJ Friction's hi-velocity D&B remix of 'Rzor' by Addison Groove& Sam Binga. You'll also find Bambounou's forward-flexing bass/techno overhaul of Modeselektor & Sound Pellegrino's 'Negativity', Anstam's corkscrewing Bustified Breaks ed… Read more
Nochexxx follows his debut album with the more accessible electro-funk freak beats of 'Thrusters' on Ramp. Working in space between Legowelt's sonic fictions and the skronky avant-dance music of NYC's Gobby, Nochexxx is on a wild dancefloor tip, bowling between body-rattling uptempo electro-techno, weird-ass electronica, spiralling acid, ghetto-tech and dotty synth dérives that sound like they were written with an infected sequencer. Good stuff.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Pieter Willems returns to his Presk alias for a swinging house jaunt on Ten Thousand Yen, the same label which introduced him to the world with the 'Love Again' 12" in 2011. This time out, his sound is little more refined but still with the necessary grit to put an itch in your pants. Four cuts run the gamut from spring-loaded bruk-step techno to tightly coiled shake-downs, chunky filter house and Jersey swing, all with that nipped and tweaked edit style and rugged sense of function we've come to expect from the lad.
Ectomorph's Erika reworked by Donato Dozzy, Israel Vines, Outer Space and Patrick Russell on the 2nd remix spawned from her 'Hexagon Cloud' album. Dozzy projects 'Early Warning Starfield' into a wormhole of cascading bleeps and extruded synthlines powered by welting bass, and Israel Vines rattles 'Gardeners' into an EBM techno slammer. Former Emeralds lad, John Elliott and his pal Andrew Veres touch on deep, pounding techno territory with their ecstatic overhaul of 'Tow Ride', and Midwest veteran Patrick Russell gets our top marks for his sinuous, minimal reshape of 'North Hex'.