Thursday, 04 December
**Wrap-around artwork in clear poly sleeve** Hushed late night house from Anthony Collins and Francis Harris's Frank & Tony duo on their New York-based Scissor & Thread label. A-side plays out the woozy dub house motion and dreamy chord washes of 'Love Brut'; B-side rolls heavier subs out in the 'Resistance (Dub)', and shuffles up close with the warm and intimate 'Villa Seurat'.
Reissue of Dyva's prime late Italo burner, 'I Know' (1987). The original sparks with brassy peacock pomp at a sturdy 100bpm chug; better yet the dub version gets wilder with the vocal on the B-side. Tried and tested tackle, there's a good reason why originals are known to go for up to £400.
Reissue of a belter Italo rarity, originally released in 1984 and known to go for up to £750 on the 2nd hand market! Kinda unmissable.
Reissue of Brian Dalmini's mega rare and killer Italo slab, 'Can You Tell Me' (1984). Awash with beachside noises and werid, dark synths, and gilded with Brian's etheric whinny at a leisurely stride, it's no wonder that originals are known to trade for up to £400.
*New on Pomelo, featuring remixes from DJ Stingray and Egyptian Lover!* "Delightfully nasty debut solo release from Anet K, a long-term resident of Berlin who has contributed vocals to several recent releases, including Barker's "Like An Animal" on Leisure System. For the remixes, DJ Stingray rebuilds the vocals with an aggressive slant, while the legendary Egyptian Lover raps some addictive verses and completely revamps the arrangement..."
Already established as one of D&B's yung hopes, Clarity cements his status with debut album, 'Infinite'. Since 2012 he's been a noted presence via releases for Exit Recordings, Horizons Music, Nu-Directions, and most recently Samurai Music, whose fwd family provide focussed context for his precision-tooled blend of minimal D&B, techno, dubstep and ambient tropes. Stepping up to the album format, he elevates and expands his sound, exploring a wider range of BPMs and rhythm structures with clinical execution. His D&B peer Skeptical appears on the super tight, 'Warhead'-like tribal minimalism of 'Segm… Read more
Limited Edition Heavy Weight Vinyl Pressing, Recorded in Heliopolis Cairo Egypt in the early 70's.
**Orange wax. Dinky centre label. Hand-stamped sleeve** Darkest, abstract D&B dread from ASC on Samurai Horo. His 'Truth Be Told' album aside, 2014 has been a notably quiet year for new releases from the usually prolific producer - this is his first 12" of the year. By the sounds of it, he's really spent his time away from releasing to recalibrate and re-tune his sound, resulting in these four amorphous aces rolling from the worm-charming sub-bass charge and alien sonics of 'Loophole' to the caustic textures and super widescreen sound design of 'Diffusion Loop (Rumble Mix)', and over to the industri… Read more
**Grey Marbled Vinyl** Opiated D&B/ambient techno steppers from an unknown entity, Carrier One, reinforced with steely Felix K reinterpretation. Carrier One's original tracks frame a sort of detached yet deep-in-it perspective on current D&B minimalism, whether sublimating the sort of dense, unquantised styles of FIS in the scuttling drums and gaseous dub atmospheres of 'Warning Of The Lucky', or stepping off with the quicksilver T++/Monolake styles of 'Underwater Device', or running more rugged, impressionistic styles with the thrumming rhythms and filigree drones of 'Symbol'. Keep an ear/eye on this one.
**Translucent Red Vinyl** Accompanying his killer debut album, Clarity drops two high pressure mnml D&B weapons for Samurai Horo. Up top, MC T-Man jumps on the stomach-quaking sub-bass rolige of 'Hell's Gate'; down below, he teams up with Overlook for the industrial-strength steppers reduction of 'Engineering' with its ricochet drums and turbulent bass pressure built to test the best.
*Unavailable on vinyl since 1981, Double Album in Gatefold Sleeve Limited to 500 copies and pressed on transparent yellow vinyl with pink, red and blue splatter. Includes printed inner sleeves, containing lyrics and photos and a "Pleasure Bag" with 4 x postcards, 2 x stickers, 1 x stencil,1 x A2 Repro Tour Poster, 2 A3 x Repro promo posters for "Go For Gold" and "Politics/ Its Fashion" singles. 1 x Press photo and 1 x Press Flyer* "In 1980 post punk pop indie band Girls At Our Best came out of nowhere (Well, Leeds actually) with "Getting Nowhere Fast" and was the NME's Single Of The Week … Read more
"Sync 24 aka Phil Bolland is taking a break from his Cultivated Electronics label to get some well deserved binary treatment. Starting out on Andrea Parker's UK electro imprint Touchin' Bass, Phil has consistently produced electro of the highest caliber, be it his solo efforts or remixes for Morphology and Exaltics to name a few. Twilight Zones - 4 tracks of raw electro with an experimental approach, pushing the genre into what can only be described as ice cold circuit bent funk."
DBA's Special Editions DJ tool series takes San Francisco's Jack Murphy in for a subtly effective deep techno-house session. Going deeper than his pair of 12"s for Frozen Border's Reference sublabel, here he glides from the pent percolations of 'Points Zero' to darkside, monotone groove and sci-fi drones with '4MT', and over to the astral detachment of 'Prefec-R' and the noirish hush of 'Thieves'.
**Includes digital download code - new from a label run by Charlotte Marionneau and My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields** "Entrancing debut release on a label run by Charlotte Marionneau from Le Volume Courbe and My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields. Minimal, hook-strewn space-folk by Koichi Yamanoha — from cult psych-punks Screaming Tea Party, with contributions from LVC, members of Chrome Hoof, and fellow Japanese ex-pats Bo Ningen — mixing together the harsh, melancholic beauty of Nico, Green World ambience, the tunefulness of classic pop, and the otherworldliness of Joe Meek. Lovely stuff."
**Marbled yellow/black wax** Chicago's Ike Release serves a debut album of rugged, broodingly spaced out house music for M>O>S. Following the progression of his singles for Infrasonics to a raw, hardware-driven style for the steadfast Dutch label, 'Noir' manifests Ike's most intriguing, dextrous, and engrossing material to date, with highlights in the kinky square bass and cowbell roil of 'Vapor' or the superb nightflight of the title track.
EBM-tightened exotic jak trax from D'Marc Cantu and Tadd Mullinx (JTC/Dabrye) for Creme Organization. 'Passion Of A Night' checks in with a classicist Chicago track style wurkin' crisp Roland percussion and rudest bass rubs to the bone; 'Starfist Lazerbeam' adds some more melodic colour to the bare bones groove prickling with electroid patterns and mystic synth vapours.
Eclectic quintet of cuts from L.I.E.S. associates William Burnett & Florian Kupfer. Styles flow from ragged raw cosmic house in 'Hanging Lights' to rolling breakbeat house in 'Worked Out' thru the narcotic Detroit techno dreams of 'Pierce Through The Soul' and the arpeggiated interstellar mysteries of 'Sound of Reptilians'.
Kicking techno from Mighty Thor, with a more abstract remix by Florian Kupfer ov L.I.E.S. fame. Go straight for the remix, where Kupfer blurs the lines of 'Tralfamadore' to an infectiously viscous smudge.
**Red vinyl with insert** Mannequin Records introduce us to Mexican New Wave unit Casino Shanghai with two previously unreleased aces plus a banging remix by In Aeternam Vale. While their title track is a touch too cheesy, the mixture of echoic, Liz Fraser-like vocal inflections and dry, driving drum machine in 'Le Tombeau D'Edgar Poe' really hits the mark, and harder again on the kicking, technoid remix update.
"Gayna Florence Perry and Robin Surtees are perhaps best known for their work with cult 80’s band Shiny Two Shiny. Signed to Red Flame Records, they released one mini LP entitled ‘Halfway Across The Rainbow’ and one single ‘Waiting For us’ c/w ‘Ritual Hate’, in 7” and 12” formats. A mixture of bright and breezy synth pop with some darker undercurrents both records made a dent in the indie charts gaining positive reviews in the music press for releases and live appearances and acclaim from John Peel as well as daytime airplay on Radio 1. They also toured Europe and appeared on TV.… Read more
**Metallic screen-printed sleeve and centre label with download code** Goldman Records return with an atmospheric heavy D&B roller from G.H.O.S.T. 'Syrup' billows out across the A-side with diaphanous chords and warm, super-wide subs laced with liquid steppers rhythms. 'Swinger' comes out drunken master style on the B-side with diffuse Busta Rhymes samples squashed into a mad half-step/hardstep swagger; 'Pecker' clocks out with mutant gangsta jungle styles.
**Red vinyl** Teched-out, Afro-centric grooves from Pedestrian & Jasperdrum backed with a sharp jungle/footwork remix by Alix Perez. With 'Origin' Pedestrian & Jasperdrum find their groove in tight, shuffling drums and offset steppers bass at a laidback swing urged on by chants and darker neuro stabs. B-side: Alix Perez turns their 2013 tune, 'Kalakuta' into a hovering, quicksilver piece of slow/fast bass twists and rapidfire drums balnced with sweet chords.
"As a follow up to their exuberant debut album, ‘Confidence’ sticks with the “play it all live” pluck we’ve come to expect from Trash Kit. There’s a minimal bent, a lyrical directness, an unadorned ethic that all evokes the sense that the song is being written at the same time as it’s performed. Yet whilst the first album at times felt too fleeting, its succinct songs flashing by so fast, ‘Confidence’ is startlingly more assured, allowing ideas to develop, conclusions to be gathered. Tracks like ‘Hair’, ‘Skin’ and ‘Boredom’ embrace dynamics like never before. Their clatter and chime are complim… Read more
"Githead are Colin Newman (Wire), Malka Spigel and Max Franken (Minimal Compact), and Robin Rimbaud (Scanner). But who they are is far less important than what they are: a band, rather than just a collaboration between individuals, each with their own highly regarded creative résumé. Githead formed in 2004, for what was initially intended as a one-off performance at the Swim record label's ICA-hosted 10th anniversary event. Over the course of preparations for the gig, though, it quickly became obvious to all involved that there was a natural and rare chemistry between them, one that held … Read more
"Still the favourite with many Motorpsycho fans, the iconic "Demon Box" was also their breakthrough album and is a testament to their most drastic period of transition, from being a relatively, but not entirely, straight rock band largely met with indifference, to becoming a band where "shit definitely falls in place", to quote Tommy Olsson´s liner notes. It´s also, notably, the only album in their vast catalog where Deathprod was a permanent member of the group. This re-issue follows those of "Timothy´s Monster" and "Blissard" and has been possible with the kind permission and co-operation of… Read more
"3rd album from Causa Sui drummer Jakob Skøtt expands his one-man-band experiments into vast new territories. Taurus Rising is built from motoric synthesizer arpeggios and heavy duty live drumming. But rather than simply worshipping endless repetition, Skøtt reaches an impressive array of expressions on each of these five mini epics - each song is ALIVE - frequently whirling off track like the wind direction in a sand storm, leading to some mind-altering melodies and rhythms that’ll keep you on your toes. Washed currents of pulsating analogue synthesizer scores, pre-fusion jazz-sensibility… Read more
"Lord is the debut from Seattle-based punks FF, a trio comprised of Claire Nelson, Harley Thompson, and Michael Abeyta. For the entirety of their nascent existence they have existed on the fringes of the fertile enclave that is the Northwest DIY underground, materializing a singular vision of gloomy, ethereal punk anthems along the way. For sure, the touchstones are there – My Bloody Valentine, The Wipers, Sonic Youth, the Flying Nun Records cabal – but the collection of songs that compile Lord breakout from the suffocating box of 90’s revivalism, and offer a profound alternative to an overwhelming culture … Read more
"A thick green mist, a lush chill vibe; after 5 years and countless self-released tapes and CDs, Mega Bog – the brainchild of songwriter Erin Birgy – has completed their best work to date; a swirling pop cloud called ‘Gone Banana’. Influenced equally by the emotional psychedelia of Kevin Ayers and the pop whimsy of Steely Dan, ‘Banana’ is a joyous declaration of artistic independence and purpose. The story of a chronic goofball insisting on being taken seriously. A celebration of melancholy; using music to force yourself off the floor when you hit the bottom. Birgy is an enigmatic musician and … Read more