Thursday, 05 March
**Heavy vinyl edition of 150** "Portland vocal house roots duo Gemini Lion is an ongoing collaboration between soul-singer J. Green and SILK staple producer A. Kalin (Temples, Polonaise, Finesse). Adoration, their debut, pickpockets from various downtown wardrobes for a multi-culti vibe that’s equal parts party monster, ballroom strut, and melancholic sweat. Green’s voice is a rich and dexterous presence, waxing after romantic obsessions and delineating queer terminology, while Kalin’s lean bass lines and percussion sequences shuffle and flow through fluid, reflective states. Their commitment … Read more
Sidelong tech-house minimalism from another new name on the Blank Slate label. Leading on from his contribution to Blank Slate 006, 'I Want You' beckons with tactile jazz motifs and frayed, ghostly tech-house framework; 'By Thge Way You Look At Things' percolates field recordings, frothing drums and chopped voices in a patchwork of Villalobos-like groove and intercepted Sublime Frequencies.
*Lava-coated red vinyl* The Moeller train pulls up to Brooklyn's Bangers & Ash with a quartet of salty dub house and piquant electronic pieces.
**Now available on vinyl** 'N' is the first full length release from motorik Japanese trio Nisennenmondai to be licensed outside of their home country. Which is kinda odd, considering their reputation as an utterly indomitable force within live music circles over the last ten years or so. Anyway, 'N' is good an introduction as any of their slight harder-to-find gear, charging up 40 minutes of bladesaw guitars, pounding drums and bass under pressure of keening dissonance. The results, split over three tracks ranging between 11 and 14 minutes each, are irresistibly mesmerising, yoking the lessons of Neu!, This Heat or DNA to a more streamlined yet uncannily fierce effect.
Glasgow legend Dave Clark a.k.a. Sparky on a misty-eyed electro-techno mission for Rubadub's own label. A-side gives a bow to the Innovator, Derrick May with gorgeous kaotic string pads and tuffened techno breaks twisted with enough character to really make it Sparky's own sound, while B-side delivers a more percolated take on similar elements, crammed with nuff detail and tweaky, sweaty funk to get it all done within those shockingly short club opening hours in Scotland (how on earth do they manage?!). Solid.
"Ranking Dread was as much of a myth and enigma as he was a music man and badman. But today he remains the connoisseur’s Dee Jay, admired for his slick style and delivery and compared to other noteworthy DJ’s of the time, can be seen as crucially under-recorded, having only released 4 albums and a handful of singles in his recording career. Born in 1956 in the Kingston slum of Rema, Dread spent his early career divided between being an enforcer for the JLP as well as learning his trade as a toaster on local sound systems. Trouble with the law instigated his move to London where his record… Read more
The fourth 12” in this ace series sees some of Kenny's mid 90's Dark Comedy material. A slice of essential techno history on 12” (and remastered by Dexter) - get on it.
2015 reissue of some of Kenny Larkin's best material under the Dark Comedy moniker. All tracks were originally released on his Art Of Dance label, and the Rush Hour repress that saw the light in 2006 now gets a fresh run. Mighty stuff.
2015 reissue of this killer EP, containing the best of Kenny Larkins genius and super-rare 'Seven Days' album from 1997. The twelve Starts with the haunting, aptly titled 'Paranoid', then 'The Bar' will still cause the same dancefloor mayhem it has done for years, after which it's an easy slide into 'Ecletic', which takes you on a trip to wherever you want to go.
Keith Hudson's seminal classic, In Dub! Righteous smoking sounds from bud to roach. Proper, heavyweight vinyl pressing. Tracklist: Side A - 1. Rub Dub; 2. Felt The Strain; 3. My Eyes Are Red Dub; 4. National Item; 5. I Broke The Come Dub; Side B - Barrabas Dub; 2. Image Dub; 3. (Jonah) Come Out Now Version; 4. Musicology Dub; 5. Darkness Dub.
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Software's latest signings come rugged and sophisticated with the dynamic, alien hip hop and ebullient future-funk of 'Childhood Swing'. Opening with the dazzling Evian Christ or Amnesia Scanner-style sound design of single track, 'Hood Low' they tack between lush, jazzy G-funk lean with 'The Treatment' and Hud Mo heavy funk of 'Talking II' , before slipping into the glistening virtual reality space of 'Swept Over the Rug'. Better yet, 'By the Bay' drops and rolls with a delirious future soul vibe reminding of moments from Matthew… Read more
Red-raw analog techno bangerz by The Vampire of Sacramento. Nearly a year on from his debut on June - the first outsider to release on the label - he gears up a wilder dancefloor assault in 'The Manor Conspiracy', leaving us reelin' with two tributes to early Mills and co in 'Axis i + II' on the A-side before loading up the slicing hi-hats and bucking craic of 'Haloperidol Decanoate', plus the seething, Orbital-style playtime tattoo of 'Code Green MF'.
Raw-to-the-bone jackers from Blake Stone on his debut for Dense & Pika's Kneaded Pain label. Worth it for the T2-style EBM jack of 'Deftone' alone, but there's also some canny disco loopers and tracky slammers to boot.
*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* "The Good Son’ was the sixth album by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, released in 1990. It was preceded by the release of ‘The Ship Song’"
*White Vinyl - Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Genre-defying, LA-based Eskmo presents the follow-up album to his eponymous 2010 LP for Ninja Tune. With heart firmly placed on sleeve, 'Sol' spills between strung-out folk motifs, Lidell-like pop twysts, and noisy, shoegazing techno-tronica exploits with a fine balance of melancholic moments and optimistic, chest-bursting power surges.
Dub-sprung and quirky tech-house class from Germany. 'Labrador' is an ace, starting out with loose, Nyabinghi-esque drum cadence and water sounds precipitating a big, chugging disco bassline and simmering Balearic chords for the journey. The B-side's 'Twisted' is kinkier, riding with steppin' bassline and shuffling drums into the depths of the night.
Ricardo Villalobos and Tobias. take Max Loderbauer, Claudio Puntin and Samuel Rohrer's Ambiq trio to the dancefloor. Adapting tracks from their eponymous album for Arjuna Music, Villalobos does a hypnotic tango with 'Tund', dancing around sloshing subbass and lilting, almost Moondog-styled rhythmelodies in the trippiest soundsphere, whereas Tobias. augments and rends 'Toxic Underground' to a pointillist techno pulse tunnelling thru ghostly electro-acoustic vortices. Tipped!
Fixmer peers into the abyss of his industrial soul on his 5th solo album. The mode is mostly sleek, powerful big room techno with a keen industrial edge and subtly infected sound design, but there a few excpetions with the dry thump of 'Inside Of Me' sporting his own over-the-shoulder vocals, and an excellent closing couplet of radiant techno rolige in 'Thoughts', and the deep blue come-down of 'Elevation'.
*LP reissue manufactured in Japan, presented in a high quality card sleeve with replica original artwork* Tom Zé is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, innovator and composer who was hugely influential in the Tropicália movement of 1960s Brazil. Zé is often thought of as Brazil's answer to Zappa or Captain Beefheart; a true innovator and a true artist. Mr Bongo re-issued Zé's debut record 'Grande Liquidicao' originally released in 1968. This, his second solo album, is self-titled, and was released by RGE Discos in 1970. After the peak of the Tropicália period, Zé went into relative obscurity. It was o… Read more
*Vinyl Edition* You can never have too many Ennio Morricone soundtracks, and when they're presented with this much care and attention, and in their original form rather than being on part of some poorly sequenced compilation or other you've simply got to take a bit of notice. This soundtrack is from Sergio Corbucci's 1967 movie 'I Crudeli' ('The Hellbenders'... now don't go thinking anything untoward will you) which from the looks of it (and yeah, I read the liner notes too) was a Spaghetti western in that fine tradition. The soundtrack then of course mirrors the subject matter, and we… Read more
Back in 2004, epic45 released their second album, 'Against the Pull Of Autumn' and to mark the 10th anniversary of this record they are releasing a special double vinyl reissue on their own Wayside and Woodland label.
Limited Gatefold LP. "It may be seven years since he released a solo record, but José has been anything but idle in that time. He’s delivered two albums with the band Junip, his more fulsome, electronic-edged, pop project and has toured with both the Berlin/Göteborg String Theory orchestra (in 2011), co-performing 11 reworking’s of his songs, Sidi Touré and played with Malian desert blues troupe Tinariwen (both in 2012). In 2013, Hollywood came calling when Ben Stiller commissioned José to work with Theodore Shapiro on the soundtrack to his remake of ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ an… Read more
Samaan drops a couple of slow and grungy acid jacks backed with electro + techno remixes by The Exaltics and scouse supergroup Phantom Planet Outlaws.
*Red & green marbled vinyl* "Folks, the latest van is here digging the foundations for the new album by Free School, Birmingham’s Maximalist cosmic voyagers. The lead single is ‘Hudson’s Whistle’, a feel-good, hook-laden instrumental romp with melodies aplenty to tug on your heartstrings. The record is backed with a dark melancholic remix by Maps (Mute Records) of contemporary disco track ‘French Cousins’. Ethnic Prog Techno vitamins all on one seven inch package. Try to get this out of your head. Free School is finally ready to release their most fully realized audio jewel yet. Free Sc… Read more
*LP reissue manufactured in Japan, presented in a high quality card sleeve with replica original artwork.* "Rare and highly sought after in its original format, Os Brazoes self-titled album was originally released on RGE Discos in 1969. It is a psychedelic masterpiece that fuses samba, R'n'B and Rock 'n' Roll influences using fuzz guitars, synths, percussion, lush vocals and effects. Os Brazoes formed in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1960's. They backed Gal Costa during her Tropicalia period, yet apparently never recorded in the studio with her. Miguel de Deus, the bands front man, recorded the h… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* " Tall Tales And The Silver Lining are a Los Angeles based band led by songwriter Trevor Beld Jimenez. Beld Jimenez grew up on the sounds of 70s AM radio, along with LA classics like Jackson Browne, Court and ‘Spark’-era Joni Mitchell, Neil Young & Crazy Horse and The Byrds. His music incorporates all of that - classic songwriting, great playing, simple, hook-heavy arrangements and thoughtful production - but updates the sound for today.It’s straightforward, heartfelt rock & roll, ten songs of love and loss, ocean-scented breezes and the hum of the open road beneath your wheels."
*Deluxe LP format features heavyweight vinyl in a gatefold sleeve containing a bonus LP titled ‘Fresh Blood: No Skin’, a complete new full length minimalist mix of the full album, minus strings, horns or choir* "Fresh Blood’ is the follow-up to the “magical” (Pitchfork) debut ‘Big Inner’ and is a bracing, beguiling record and a bold advance for White. It’s a record that feels like the brilliant bloom to ‘Big Inner’s striking bud. Produced by White and Spacebomb partner Trey Pollard and mixed by Pat Dillett (David Byrne, Nile Rodgers), ‘Fresh Blood’ marks the next chapter o… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Keath Mead comes for your FM dial with the classic MOR song-writing chops of 'Sunday Dinner', produced by Chaz Bundick a.k.a. Toro Y Moi, Les Sins etc. Hailing from South Carolina, Keath gives firm nods to the classics of 10cc and Todd Rundgren, backed by Bundick's authentically vintage-sounding production. To be fair, you could just turn on the radio, but fans of real, down-home Americana and such will likely appreciate his efforts.
"Monika Enterprise presents the debut album by Cologne artist Sonae: 'Far away is right around the corner'. Containing 10 tracks written between 2012 and 2014 the record deals with reflections about friendship, growing up and everyday life full of hope as far away is right around the corner. Sonae's music is wide, flowery and raw from the very quiet (Ambient) to tiny club moments (Electronica) always embedded in an electronic soundscape."
Travis Stewart a.k.a Machinedrum slinks out as Aden on Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic label. The 'Tanz EP' is a shiny new skool club affair, seducing with the rimshot-freckled build of 'Lieb' and percolating proper Dance Mania meets Jersey vibes with the smooth-but-rugged 'Grau'. The haughty thrust of 'Hass' nods to ballroom and early Chi-house styles - think Mike Q meets Chip E - and 'Hell' gets off with razor sharp chords and bucking groove, like Mark Fell wurkin' his Green Velvet suit.