Thursday, 07 May
*Four 180g LPs remastered with a bonus LP containing the hard-to-find singles and B-sides from the era & a 32-page booklet containing new liner notes* Four whole LPs, containing Grace Jones’ first three albums (Portfolio, Fame, and Muse), and, crucially for disco music, the 12” extended versions of the singles. All remastered, all 180g vinyl, all Disco Years.
*Includes a beautiful oversized (11" x 11") 20-page booklet with liner note essays and photos of the band* HTRK reissue their debut album proper, following on from last year's career defining "Psychic 9-5 Club". Marry Me Tonight was originally released in 2009 and provides a first glimpse of a band making use of analogue electronics and shards of post-rock influenced guitar and vocals. 'Kiss Before The Fall' sounds like a modern-day Venus In Furs with its thudding drone-rock sensibilities, the crisp, unconditioned drum machine linking up with sustained guitar tones in a robotic VU-in… Read more
Mikkel Meldgaard plumbs deeper, gothic techno depths with three new pieces plus an EBM-jacked Pattern repeat remix. With 'Kigs' he puts a noirish, Giallo-esque spin on dub techno, whilst the uranium-enriched tones of 'Trash' irradiate a skeletal techno groove and 'Tall Buildings' allows some light in with a teasing trance arpeggio. At the EP's darkest point, Pattern Repeat lock 'Further' to a minimised EBM pulse and jagged synths with a sleazy, oily effect.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* “July 2015 will see Shirley Collins celebrate her 80th year - an age that would seem frankly ridiculous for a woman as spritely as her, had it not been for all she's achieved. From her seminal field-recording trip to America to her lauded musical career; from her role as historian and protector of the folk tradition, to the very fact that this record can exist - more than half a century after her career began - all of these things are testament to the breadth of her influence. And so we arrive at 'Shirley Inspired'. It would be a… Read more
Cloaka proves some technoid chops with the hard-swung 'Lessun' backed by stripped and clattering remixes from Viers, Ansome and Bleaker. The original mix finds a line between classic electro-techno and up-to-the-second club construction styles with chunky drums and luminous bleeps sharing certain traits with the clunq funq of Ansome's blocky re-bang. On a techno tip, Bleaker squares up a slick 4/4 peppered with B-More bed-spring squeaks and canny edits and Viers locks down to a tunnelling trajectory with raw, salty drums.
**Debossed disco sleeve** Warm and jazzy house from David Kitt's New Jackson alias, jacked up with Hieroglyphic Being remix. Trailing his 12"'s for Hivern Discs and Permanent Vacation, 'Talkin' To You' catches a raw, hypnotic curve of frayed chords and skippy Chi groove, 'Metroflex' is all about gear-slipping syncopation and flared keys. Flipside, Jamal Moss does the do in butt-naked buck style with jarring bleeps and salty stabs inna loose ands tracky fashion.
Berlin's Version label follow their leader with two techno and dubstep dreadnaughts. On the A-side, 'Nucleus' delivers skanking bleep techno built on wide monotone subs and smoked-out pads; B-side, 'Lights Off' runs a classic '06 halfstep sound streaked with echo chamber FX.
The master percussionist and his vocal spar present new cuts and versions further to their 'Cease To Matter' (2014) album. 'Clock' is cut for the 'floor with tilted 5/4 rhythms explored in two mixes; an original keeps it cool and mysterious whereas the version layers up angular strings and darting bass plucks with a future 4th world flex. Diodd-Ellis comes into his own on two shorter sound poems, sounding kinda like the Spaceape (R.I.P.) on 'Inward Sun Reprise', and as some enigmatic spirit guide in the echo chamber swell of 'Lovestruck Battlefield'.
Laidback tech-house swing from new player, Edmondson, for new label, Lissoms. The A-side's 'Nocturnal 92' casually evolves from low-lit chords and tape noise pivoting on a breezy kick/clap syncopation to trancier electronic motifs before filling the gaps with tight breaks and warm vibes. B-side rolls straighter with the clipped drums and fidget funk of 'Caraiba' offset by dope cowbell, and 'Loop finding (4JO)' tips out on a weightless, dusted breakbeat flex.
Edition of 500 copies. "When Daniel O'Sullivan was invited to curate the sixth instalment of Transmissions Festival in Ravenna, 2013 his first request was for Charlemagne Palestine, the shamanic world-maker and sacred toy emissary associated with the New York, 60's minimalist scene and one time student of Pandit Pran Nath. Known primarily for extended performances with Bösendorfer piano, cathedral organs and falsetto voice but has also exhibited his visual work internationally. After transmissions O'Sullivan invited Palestine to play a two night … Read more
One of the UK's most nattered-about techno bods crashes in on Berlin's Leisure System. Following a volley of shots on Power Vacuum, Turbo and Hype_LTD, his latest salvo deals in fierce bruk techno mechanics carving up no-man's-land between the rabid funk of 'Oleum' and Randomer-style warp and heft of 'Mormon Shuffle' thru to the more rolling techno discipline of 'Standard Issue' and a welting wickedness in the aggy breakbeat funk reductions of 'FS3+4'.
"First new release in a while from the label that has released albums in the past by The Books, Thee Oh Sees, The Mountain Goats, Final Fantasy, Mount Eerie, Patrick Wolf and many more... Catgut Tape is the debut solo album by the British songwriter O.D. Davey. Recorded by its author during his late teens and early adulthood in the polar British counties of Aberdeenshire and Essex, it is a collection of love songs set amidst the tragicomedy of youth and the landscapes that stage it. Born of necessity, its pallet of sound is simple but singular; a bitcrushed and baseless skeleton of wooden guit… Read more
*Gatefold LP with printed innersleeve plus bonus 7” containing ‘Grace’ and non album track ‘Strangers’. Includes download codes* "Love Songs For Robots is the fifth record from Patrick Watson and the follow up to his 2012 release ‘Adventures In Your Own Backyard’"
"Since the discovery of Death in 2008 and the release of the archival album ‘...For The Whole World To See’, the story has been often told. Three African-American brothers - David, Dannis and Bobby Hackney - tapped into the surging energy of their hometown rock-and-roll scene (mid-70s Detroit) to produce a style and a set of songs that, while completely unappreciated in their day, proved later to be a powerful missing link in the evolution of punk rock. All this was predicted by their leader, older brother David, on his deathbed, ten years before their rediscovery. His stubborn insistence on keeping the… Read more
*First ever vinyl reissue expanded to a double LP housed in a deluxe Stoughton gatefold “tip-on” jacket. 24bit / 96kHz remaster from the original tapes plus Essay by Sam Sweet interviewing both David and Eric, including unseen archive photos, plus a download card for full album* "You’ll find a Suicide Bridge in almost any big city you care to visit, but few are more impressive than the Colorado Street Bridge connecting Pasadena to Los Angeles, which earned its nickname by being the scene of suicides in triple figures. It’s also the scene of a photo shoo… Read more
Stylish slow motion cosmic travels from JG Wilkes (Optimo) and James Savage's lesser-spotted Naum Gabo duo. These are either early evening scene-setters or end-o-night comedowns, depending your preference (heck, you might be a mad scone who plays them at peak time) but either way these are lush synth excursions, of the strongest order, pacing with sombre cymbals along plonging synth pathways and poised pads in 'Fyei', and like a sluggish Schulze in the earthbound but black hole-beckoning beauty, 'Hantas'.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "The Holydrug Couple began in Santiago, Chile in 2008, a little over a half-decade after Ives and Manu met for the first time. The two young friends hadn't seen each other in a few years when Manu texted Ives to tell him that he bought a drum kit. They started jamming, and a week later, the band was formed. A flurry of songwriting activity followed, culminating in 2011's Ancient Land EP and 2013's Noctuary, both released on Sacred Bones. Moonlust boldly treads territory that those earlier psych-indebted recordings only hinted… Read more
*Translucent green vinyl* "The single is a fiery and confident speed-trial of a track, with an infectious hook and the most unlikely sing-along dialogue of the year, all counting down to the moon landing itself when Neil Armstrong utters the relief-filled words, “The Eagle has landed”...."
Thursday, 30 April
**Hardcore, FWD dance music from two leading sound artists. Initial copies on translucent red wax. Edition of 500, Mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Mark Fell and Gábor Lázár ratchet the game with their razor-sharp debut collaboration, 'The Neurobiology of Moral Decision Making'. As promised in the wake of Gábor's acclaimed vinyl debut, 'EP16', the duo have colluded on a full set of ten tracks, ranging from short synapse bursts thru to an uncannily emotive 12 minute masterpiece on the closing side. As the 10th release on The Death of Rave, it demonstra… Read more
Four Tet and Machinedrum on the buttons for Roots Manuva's 2015 comeback. The godfather of UK hip hop keeps pace with a loping quickstep in Kieren Hebden's rude techno-bop grind in 'Facety 2:11' - instrumental included - and again on a slow/fast hiphop dip somewhere between DJ Premier and double-tapped UK jungle 808s in 'Like a Drum' - instrumental also included.
René Pawlowitz aka Shed returns in WK7 Power House mode. 'Washer' churns up a dizzy swing from brukked drums and nagging alien vocal stabs like some long lost KMS from '92, whereas 'More Music' locks into a dead kinky NYC/Detroit flex nodding to seminal Chez N Trent burners.
**Sought-after yacht disco classique. 180g reissue** "Originally released in Japan only, back in 1979, Prone is considered by most aficionados to be Ned Doheny’s crowning glory. Even better than the superlative Hard Candy. So quite why this AOR/soft-funk gem has not been available legitimately on vinyl for over 35 years is anyone’s guess. To celebrate ‘Be With Ned’ – the West Coast maestro’s first ever tour of the UK and Europe in March 2015 – Be With Records proudly present the first ever officially licensed reissue of this forgotten-funk classic. What makes this release truly special is t… Read more
Man like Wen on a darq wan for Tectonic, now deep in its 10th year of operations. Remember that sensi fantasy you had back in 2007 that grime would cross-breed with techno and dubstep? That's the A-side 'Backdraft'; a crushing reduction of darkside sub pressure and shanking stabs with a 127bpm heartbeat. B-side, 'Finesse' follows that line with dread rollers purpose and 'Ghost' finds him stretching out on a deadly unique 160bpm flex, somewhere between halfstep D&B minimalism and Twwth's icy electro. Forward ya dancer >>>
Remastered for optimal bosh, the 1995 classic which lent it's name to Surgeon's label. This was Anthony Child a.k.a. Surgeon's 2nd release and proved his mettle with a style, from the slinky slam of 'Action' thru the shifty, off-centre shimmy of 'Balance' to the noisier diversions of 'Poise' bringing in his Whitehouse infatuation, beside the radgy Brummie jacker tackle ov 'Posture'.
The astonishing 'Visitations' is an engulfing wash of rhythmically fluid field recordings, flutes, synths and percussion realised in 1973 by Jon Gibson - a pivotal member of the 20th century American avant-garde who can claim to be the only person who performed in the world premieres of Terry Riley's 'In C', Steve Reich's 'Drumming, and Philip Glass' 'Einstein on the Beach'. First released by Glass' Chatham Square Productions, 'Visitations' was Gibson's debut solo recording. It made a distinct departure from the deliberately structured minimalist compositions of his peers, preferring a more a… Read more
"It has been four years since Guillermo S. Herren released anything significant from his most famous and respected moniker, Prefuse 73 (though he did keep busy with live shows, collaborations, and remixes). That's a long time for virtually any artist, but it's an eternity for Herren, whose first three Prefuse 73 albums dropped in the span of four years. As if to make up for lost time, 2015 will see the release of not one, but three major works from Prefuse 73. After several albums that saw Herren progressively drift away from the beatmaking prowess that made him synonymous with emotionall… Read more
BNJMN mints his Brack label with a useful taste of his unique take on techno. Up top, he percolates nagging, nervy voices and panicky stabs before a serotonin flood of lush drone pads balances the vibe in 'Penumbra', while 'Keel' plays the gruff, direct techno card with somewhere between Terrence Dixon and Breaker 1 2. Down below, he gives the whole side to a creepin' house joint pecked with cold bleeps and fostering infectious EBM/acid synth licks on a rude groove.
PMM pelts it out on his solo debut on the unstoppable Berceuse Heroique. In 'Serpent's Promise' he rivets rail-roading kicks with rusted percussion and skittish melodies; 'Growth Hacking' gets loose on a wonky techno tip, sorta like saltier Jerome Hill or Cristian Vogel; 'AACF1' loses it for good with a whacked-out triplet calculation designed to scatter bodies thru the smoke and strobes.
Glasgow's ever-brilliant Night School return with a new album from label head honcho Michael Kasparis under the Apostille alias. To date he's nurtured this sound with split releases alongside Meddicine and Dnbl for C.O.A.T. and Clan Destine in parallel to actions with The Lowest Form and Please, but all energies are now focused on 'Powerless' with the intention to "bridge the gap between audience and performer, to connect through the fog of power structures and post-modernism; to ferment a direct pop music unconcerned with control." What that means in reality is a cranky clutch of lo-fi, synthy … Read more