Thursday, 18 December
"Irreal, the ﬁfth long player from Chicago's Disappears, is another trip down the rabbit hole. The album plays out as a dream sequence - hazed dub landscapes give way to the groupʼs most experimental and open music yet. If their last album Era conﬁrmed the fact that Disappears are on their own trip, then Irreal is where it kicks in. Eternalism, roboethics, identity - it's a Ballardian mix of imperfect melodies, half thoughts and good ol' dystopian modernity. Itʼs a master class in texture, pace and control. Produced by John Congleton at famed Chicago recording institution Electrical Audio, Irreal … Read more
Monday, 15 December
Widescreen tech-house sound designs from Bwana, bakced with an SMD remix on his debut for Aus Music.The powerful bass momentum of 'Flute Dreams' is neatly offset with whirring percussions and lush pads, which SMD soon enough yoke to a slinkier tech-house acid coda, while 'Fizzle' locks to big room techno-house groove and 'Aomame' works out in more melodic triplet shuffle zones.
Saturday, 13 December
Thursday, 11 December
*Free Shipping in the UK* *Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain Denmark, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. If you are in another country please contact us for postage costs* **Gargantuan boxset (this thing weighs over 4KG!) containing nine individual titles split over 13 x LPs, 3 x 7"s, with colour jackets, inserts, photographs, and numbered certificates. A genuine wealth of '80's avant-garde and industrial knowledge and music in this - In catalogue order, it in… Read more
**Gatefold jacket with 180g vinyl** Peerless noise fiends William Bennett and Reinhold Friedl engage their 2nd session of Whitehouse performed by Zeitkratzer ensemble, and right in time for Christmas, too! Following on from Zeitkratzer's acclaimed 'Whitehouse Electronics' (2000) CD, the esteemed ensemble - counting some of European avant-garde's most skilled players - tackle a further five Whitehouse "classics" in unplugged mode, including an unheimlich guest vocal from the Mr. Bennett himself in the 12 minute version of 'Daddo'. The results get right under t… Read more
**Edition of 300 includes download code** Blackest Ever Black part the curtains to reveal Tarcar's compelling debut of "shut-in dub dysfunction" at the closing strokes of 2014. Sealing the label's most prolific year to date on a particularly evocative note, 'Mince Glace' dwells in the nether regions of the echoplex, dreaming of creaky psych dub from AC Marias to Leven Signs and peddling sozzled, spectral organs for reclined minds. Vascilating between bombed-out and spiked-up vibes, it's a superb showcase for Carla dal Forno and Tarquin Manek's wayward tastes, proving equally effective in the amor… Read more
**Farther, previously unreleased minimal / progressive material from the original 1978 'Antico Adagio' sessions, released here for the first time. Includes liner notes by the author and Kieran Hebden. Mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi. Edition of 400** "At long last, Die Schachtel relents and yields Lino Capra Vaccina's immense 'Antico Adagio' opus in two parts, available on LP and CD this week. Antico Adagio was originally intended to be a double album, but was eventually scaled back to a single disc, self-released by the author in 1978; and thanks to the breadth and scope … Read more
**A hauntingly spirited minimal/progressive/new age classic from 1978. Silver and gloss varnish-printed jacket. Includes liner notes by the author and Kieran Hebden. Mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi. Edition of 400** "At long last, Die Schachtel relents and yields Lino Capra Vaccina's immense 'Antico Adagio' opus in two parts, available on LP and CD this week. Antico Adagio was originally intended to be a double album, but was eventually scaled back to a single disc, self-released by the author in 1978; and thanks to the breadth and scope of Die Schachtel's excavations, the second unrel… Read more
*Special Edition includes a bonus 10-track, hour-long CD featuring all the Millie & Andrea singles released between 2008-2010, the first time they have ever been available on CD format* Debut album from Andy Stott and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker, aka Millie & Andrea* Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow labelmates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12" releases of jungle, garage and techno hybrids between 2008 and 2010. It's been four years since we last heard from them but they now return with "Drop The Vo… Read more
Outstanding side of modular experiments by London's Deas for Luke Younger's Alter label. 'String Studies' is, quite remarkably, the first all-electronic record from Cameron Deas. Recorded at home in February/March 2014, he uses his usually favoured acoustic guitar as a source to trigger dizzying displays of modular noise twisting out virulent, kinetic sculptures that sound like guitar strings physically twisted into complex circuits. We guess there are clear precedents for this music in the work of Keith Fullerton Whitman or Jim O'Rourke's electronic works, but there's also something wonderfully… Read more
Alter return with this album of brilliantly unclassifiable doings by London-based enigma D. Shan, aided and abetted by Vindicatrix and D. Bolger (ov The Pheromoans / The Bomber Jackets). In our mental chart of madness from these shores in 2014, this one is right up there, expanding upon the audness of his 'Known Nonsense' 7" with a further delineation and deconstruction of eldritch avant-pop tropes. Comparisons could be made with Art Bears, the Cold Storage scene, The Residents and Ralph Records roster, but ultimately Acolytes are a unique quantity.
**Purple wax** Funkineven's Apron Records deal a dope version of Seven Davis Jr.'s head-turning 'P.A.R.T.Y.' 12", originally issued in early 2014. There's a lean version of 'Celebrations' and the sprung Mid-West funk of 'P.A.R.T.Y.' to warm things up on the A-side, and some heavy raw ish on the B-side with the Funk-a-delic spin of 'Fun' and the nimble jazz-funk step-up and cool-down vibes of 'Summers' for the dancers. RIYL Prince, Actress, Anthony Shakir.
Life-affirming mix of Philly disco and Trini steel drums from '77, remastered, re-sequenced and re-released with new artwork by Yoshihiro Tsuyama/2Yang for EM Records. Following the release of two exclusive 12" mixes, 'Trinidad (Disco Mix)' and 'J'Ouvert', this is a hugely satisfying long-player putting several years of experimentation into action via a 30-piece studio orchestra of brass, strings and distinctive steel rhythm section. Under the guidance of Trinidadian physicist and band-leader John Gibbs, the Unlimited Sound of Steel Orchestra's debut albu… Read more
*Gatefold 3LP version with 3 x 180g black vinyl, the first containing six B sides and two full Peel Sessions and the second featuring the album in complete demo form plus 3 bonus tracks. A download card is included, offering access to all LP tracks plus 4 more bonus tracks* "‘Doolittle’, the second studio album from Pixies - Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Loverng - was to prove a pivotal moment for both band and the wider scene. Produced by Gil Norton and recorded between two studios (Downtown Recorders in Boston MA and Carr… Read more
**Spattered pink 180g wax in UV gloss finished sleeve. Edition of 350** "Andrew Liles' 'Wanton Wives...' follows on from where his 'Maleficent Monster' left off in June and also follows on from his recent Equestrian Vortex soundtrack 10" on Death Waltz. This, the second LP of horror inspired nastiness in his series for Blackest Rainbow, features creeping giallo jazz with sultry spoken vocals, synth heavy monsters, cannibal lunacy, and a track called 'Wild Boar', wait until you hear that one. This is the sound of someone who has spent too many late nights wa… Read more
**100% Silk darlings scrub up nicely on a much shinier return to the label** "When Cuticle’s asteroid techno shrapnel formations finally streak the sky, they’re immediately recognizable – the stark cubic mixing eccentricities, a clashing crosshatch of alien bass patterns and arcade synth fingerpaint, acid atmospherics dripped like candlewax, poems whispered through futuristic air ducts. Brendan O’Keefe’s phantom touch has been distinct since the project’s origin but Mind Holding Pattern feels even more defined and isolated than his earlier work, nine morphing textures charged with diffe… Read more
*Includes 3 x LP Live Album with a download code, plus the full concert film on a DVD* The critically acclaimed documentary film which captures the multidimensional concert centred on Björk’s eighth studio album. The film documents the intimate ‘Biophilia’ performance at London’s Alexandra Palace where Björk was accompanied by unique musical instruments, collaborators and visuals. Shot by directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland and produced by Jacqueline Edenbrow / Gloria Films, the film also features science and nature archive and found footage inspired by the themes of the album, as well as animation which has been augmented with the music of ‘Biophilia’."
**Clear vinyl** Edit Select and Claudio PRC work deeper into Teste's 1992 classic, 'The Wipe'. Edit Select presents a super-wide remix version powered by thrumming bass and rending that buzzing top end to the peripheries, while the dub mix removes the shivering hi-hats. Claudio PRC's version on the other hand, feeds the original elements through a subtle, slinky gauntlet of piercing peaks and droning bass patterns.
**White wax** Sunil Sharpe puts the kicks down for Trensmat on his follow-up to that Tinfoil 12" and appearance on BROS006. Heavy machinery all round, hitting it hard from the incendiary surge of 'Jamm 1' to the Brum-styled jag of 'Stitches' and sloping slammer 'Late Drift' via something a little more electro-sexy in the pumping swing of 'Eyebrow'.
Bleaching Agent - outed as Al Matthews of Smear/FSG - gets down to mucky business on the 'Sun Spool' EP for Edinburgh's Tsar. Working a similarly soiled rut as Prostitutes or Container, but perhaps with a dash of UK techno swagger, a quartet of cuts bowl from the humping acid of 'Mack' to the knuckle'ead rave pound of 'Taktu' and over to the killer jakbeat torque of 'Mabli', closing with a coruscating, Afro-centric wiggler named, 'RGA'.
Brooding, aquatic techno abstraction by Dronelock on the new Shadow Story label alongside remixes: Mark Broom gives a brukken, drily funked-up re-calibration; Rivet swings it into stranger, atmospheric territory; Ontal reduces and prods it into a tightly compressed shuffle layered up with glassy keys and spasming bass rolige.
Ragin' techno tackle from London's Earwiggle crew. 'Kindly Ones' does the do in three mixes romping from the strobing artillery of mix 1 and its nastier, bucking Barry Leach remix to the probing alarm signals and galloping thrust of 'mix 2 and the iced shuffle of mix 3.
Perc Trax mark a decade of operations in typically direct fashion with four trax from Happa, Forward Strategy Group and more. The levesl are set with FSG's pent, monotone roller 'Dragon's Tooth', and soon enough we're staring down the gob of Happa's combustible stepper, 'To Die Hating Them' and its Caustic Window-style blow out. B-side, Martyn Hare runs amok with the lashing synths and drop-forge kicks of 'The New Normal', Mick Finesse & Pinion get lost on a breakbeat churner, 'Dead Boyfriend Alley'.
Raw, hypnotic space-house trax from Antinote's newest French signing. Panoptiquye proves himself a dancefloor dreamer with three grooves spiralling from reverse loops and chiming chords to a flighty 12 minute house swing in 'Boiler Room', before keening farther into the wormhole with the mind-extruding phase of 'Interlude, Pt.1', and the pastoral kiss-off, 'Interlude, Pt.2'.
A new set of Garage-house rollers from the Dusky duo. The Pete Tong-favoured 'Yoohoo' builds it up for the exhibitionists up front; 'Akebono' plays out a more brooding, jacking sound on the B-side.
**"Long lost" platter of dubs by the man Linval Thompson, replete with sleevenotes by David Katz** "Hot Milk has been digging deep into the crates and will be brightening up the summer with its third and very special release, Linval Thompson and The Revolutionaries "Boss Man’s Dub – The Lost 1979 Dub Album”. For reasons that have been lost in the mists of time, this Dub album by artist & producer extraordinaire Linval Thompson only ever made it as far as having a tiny quantity of white labels pressed up and until now has never had a full com… Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 300 housed in printed PVC sleeve** Gang of Ducks flash the winsome pop chops of DYD's Vaghe Stelle-produced 'GOD' EP from the frontline of the new Italian weird scene. In the Turin-based label's chronically cryptic style, the DYD trio and Vaghe Stelle bring the best out of each other, Stelle tempering his noisier proclivities in order to let the group's aching bleats and wiry funk out from the autotuned slink of 'Archistar' thru the stepping electro-pop-dub, '#Magic' to the whirring aerosoul bounce of 'Y Factor' and soaring, near beatless Vocal Tool Edit of 'Archistar'.
Tightly coiled, darkside hybrids of halfstep, jungle and juke from a new producer on Om Unit's Cosmic Bridge. Four tracks carry weight from the scything, technoid dynamics of 'Posthuman' thru the desolate drones scapes and nervy drum attacks of 'Falling Inward' to tricksy tribalist triplet patterns in 'Broken Legs' and spaced-out vibes around the tangled skank of 'Sever The Heart'.
Raw, agitated dub house from Federsen backed with a strolling Tomas Rubeck remix. Check the original for a grittier, frayed take on the well trodden dub house format from Federsen, who was last spotted by us on Bristol's ace No Corner label.
**Hand-stamped and numbered edition of 599** Tightly coiled, pendulous house and techno from London's Sylphe label. As tradition now demands, Holdie Gawn takes the A-side with the brooding pads and trim house swagger of 'Vimmes' patiently unfolding massive dub bass and metallic drums with the minimal refinement of early T++/Dynamo and Perlon platters. B-side Micawber gets looser, lusher in the bustling shimmy and iridescent, late night chords of 'De Jure' rolling out for the journey.