Thursday, 27 March
**Gatefold jacket includes download code** Mac DeMarco gone done it again with an infectious blend of indie seduction and irresistible, blue-eyed soul songcraft on 'Salad Days' - his keenly awaited follow-up to 'Rock And Roll Night Club'. We've had a total love/hate thing with this guy since his solo debut first crossed our paths back in 2012. There's something about his whole image and even half his songs which gets right on our tits, but then we manage to ignore that endearing gap toothed grin and get hooked on the sheer pop brilliance of 'Only You' or 'Rock And Roll Night Club' and we're li… Read more
**Edition of 300** Kicking warehouse trax from the excellent June Records: the debut play by London's Trenton Chase. Named after a schizophrenic, cannibal serial killer, you'd hardly expect Trenton to deal in mincey shufflers and, in due course, he pulls no punches here. A-side bats out the pacy acid of 'Probation' and the kinkier zing of 'On The Run', whilst B-side gives up the lewd and crude booty acid of 'Yo Pussy Stank Bitch', plus the bucking 'Breakout' and a surprisingly affective closer 'P.I.S.C.A.' running moody blue synth pads on a slower, Bunker-style acid jack.
Matt Hill aka Umberto returns to the spectre of 'Temple Room' from his 'Prophecy Of The Black Widow' (2010) album for extended and alternative dancefloor versions. On the extended version he's doubled the track length, giving himself more time to tease out the kinky disco vibes with camp, Jamie Principle-esque synth runs and, whilst the Silvio mix locks into a stompng, Hi-NRG wiggle.
'A Series Of Shocks' collates the latest house and techno research from Tobias Freund's Non Standard studio. It appears three years since his debut solo album, 'Leaning Over Backwards' on Ostgut Ton, and a year since his latest outings with longtime collaborator Atom ™. There's eight tracks in total, delving deep into a classically stripped down, powerful club sound characteristic of *that* Berghain/P'bar vibe. We're really feeling the darkside breakbeat house Wild Pitch vibes of 'If' and the rolling techno aerobics of 'Ya Po', and its 'Heartbeat' inversion, but also the cavernous daft o'clock techno minimalism of 'The Scheme Of Things'.
**Orange wax in printed inner and outer sleeves** Timothy J Fairplay and Andrew Weatherall's Asphodells meet Friendly Fires in a krauty motorik chug-off. Both sides take nearly ten minutes each to revel in fizzing drum patterns, spiralling psych guitars and blunted, dreamy vocals...
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* "Growing up together in Antibes, Anthony and his brother Yann were both inspired from an early age by European filmmakers such as Luis Bunuel, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Similar themes underline each of their individual artistic expressions, via both film and music: an appreciation for the majesty of hope and an overall embrace of humanity. For Anthony You And The Night is a film about love, loss, new love and melancholia. He comments “The movie is very emotional and it’s the movie of my brother, so it was … Read more
**180g electric blue vinyl with bonus poster/insert** "Imagine Kraftwerk playing Steven Merritt songs. Medical Records presents Roladex, its first contemporary artist based in the US. Roladex nostalgically borrows from music of the past to carefully craft unique futuristic-mechanized pop, with an emphasis on songwriting and layered production. Waeaving sparse, sequenced arpeggios into fuzzy bass and bubbly melodies creating a canvas of sound where they paint a somehow bright melancholia. Part minimal synth-wave, part dream-pop Roladex fits nicely with other non-traditional pop acts … Read more
Hakim Murphy and Ike Release follow their debut album, 'Wormhole Transmissions' with four celestial house satellites for the former's Machining Dreams label. Stripped down Chicago rhythms meet lush, woozy synth pads in anti-G space, roving between the supple jack and jazzy motifs of 'Polar North' to the punchy, tracky styles of 'Transmolecular Crunch' thru the spacious 'Macrocosm Engineering' and sublime swing of 'Laidover'.
PPU chop out three lines from Tony Palkovic's sought-after 1985 private pressing of warm, jazzy boogie soul improvisations, 'Born With A Desire'. A-side stars the 10 minute+ viber 'True To Yourself'; B-side holds his sultry title track and 'Hoping For A Better World'.
"French Quarter diva-house decadent Sir Stephen explores fresh palatial terrace party terrain on Sanctuary, a six-song rosary for SILK streetwear subsidiary House Of Silk. Seemingly inspired by that short-lived (and culturally off-limits) stylistic intersection of 90's club music and devotional New Age – think early Enigma, deep house PM Dawn white labels, wind chime samples, etc – the EP glides between moods of self-reflection and celebration, often in the same track. Vocals rise through synth-swells of incense and candlelight, tag-teaming with sub-currents of tribal percussion, trumpet, sax, … Read more
'The Enlightenment Machine' is a welcome return from one of European House music and electronica's true originals. As with his whole catalogue since 1994, Khan finds an ambiguous sweetspot between soulful synth-pop, house, German cabaret and electronica with a uniquely refined production touch and elegant vocals. Released on the recently minted AlbumLabel division of Random Noize Musick (Apparat, Oval, Phon.O), it's a concerted effort to play within and around the LP format, structured with a novel-like song cycle wending thru a spectrum of both blurred and clear-cut emotions intricate… Read more
Petre Inspirescu presents a couple of lush but minimal tech-house hypnotisers on Japan's Mule Musiq. 'Talking Waters' is the Romanian producer's first new material since he released a slick Fabric 68 mix and contributed to the 'Gradina Onirica' album with Rhadoo and Raresh as [a:rpia:r] in 2013. The title track is an elemental groover dusting a wormy subbass wriggle with tidy hi-hats and what sounds like a Hang drum or maybe gamelan rhythms to lovely effect. B-side 'Sipot' is more stripped down yet kinetic, synching the subbass in swooping shapes against latinate pecussion and filigree daubs of ghostly synth pads bound to shiver your nervous system at 6am.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* **Sophomore side of indie-folk/Americana from Bon Iver's Sean Carey** "Range of Light incorporates elements of his previous work, but also amplifies Carey’s percussive proclivities, and is altogether more developed than its predecessors, with more input on the performance and even composition side from the band of musicians and best friends he assembled originally to bring All We Grow to life in the live setting. “There were times during recording sessions when there were three percussionists, all with different styles and fortes, playing at o… Read more
Horny Cologne house and techno from Terranova on Kompakt. On 'Headache' they do that kinky dark disco thing for the big rooms with juicy b-line and sultry, building vocal by Cath Coffey. 'Headlock' is a ruder reduction riding the b-line with dubbed out vocal and invisible bitch-slap synth for the darkrooms, beside the chugging electro haughtiness of 'Tourette'.
Copenhagen's Sekuoia progresses from his debut split on Project: Mooncircle to a full fledged solo debut of languid hip hop 'tronica for Up My Alley.
Tuesday, 25 March
**Edition of 300** Tempa roll out the red carpet for VIP versions of two J:Kenzo weapons. Up top, 'Magneto (Feel It) VIP' carves the quaking subs and achiing diva stabs deeper into the sound-sphere to ramp the pressure. Flipside, 'Ricochet (VIP) unloads body-scanning mid-range bass sweeps against aggy, 'ardstyled synth motifs and dubbled-up bass hits.
Thursday, 20 March
*Hugely recommended second EP from Wolf Eyes' Mike Connelly and his wife, Tara, recording together as Clay Rendering* A delicate yet uncompromising set of songs drifting somewhere between Shoegaze, Industrial, Metal and Ambient music, the tracks here recall everything from Cocteau Twins and Cranes at their most desolate to classic Sonic Youth, coloured and mis-shaped through abstract production assistance from Dominick Fernow and additional synth from Robert Beatty of Three Legged Race / Hair Police. Funereal opener 'Waters Above The Firmament' first draws us into a drowned … Read more
*One of Prurient's most sought-after albums now issued on vinyl for the first time, remastered and cut by Matt Colton, housed in a hot-foil printed sleeve. Initial copies pressed on white vinyl, natch* At long last Prurient presents his incredible 'Cocaine Death' pressed on vinyl for the first time. Collecting three C10 tapes individually issued in 2007 - 'Cocaine Death', 'Caribbean Overdose' and 'Tylenol Murders' - released on CD in 2008, it serves to highlight some of the most viscerally affective, evocative material in Dominick Fernow's arsenal. The opening "Pretext (Bahamian … Read more
Anticipating a stunning 12" coming up on PAN, we've got a handful of M.E.S.H.'s killer vinyl debut, featuring an excellent Teengirl Fantasy remix. Resident at Berlin's influential Janus club night, remixer of Fatima Al Qadiri and producer for DFA's Dan Bodan, M.E.S.H is a pivotal player in the new wave of producers distilling the most effective elements of R&B, Grime, Jumpstyle and Club Music with a forward electronic sensibility. While practically rudimentary compared with his most recent workouts, 'Share the Blame' is still right upfront and crucial. The title cut works on a 130bpm bounce p… Read more
**Limited edition marbled vinyl with hand stamped sleeve** Sterling new dub techno / D&B hybrids from a well known Berlin-based producer gone incognito. To be fair, it's not a new idea, but we've rarely heard it executed so effectively as on the 'Theme EP'. Four tracks coolly dance in the gaps between knackered house and Felix K's fleet-footed D&B reductions, ranging from droning halfstep swamp trudge to proper, shadow-boxing steppers rent with cavernous reverb and delay thru to tense yet lush, heaving slow/fast blown out with epic Basic Channel-style dub chords.
**Deluxe, comprehensive reissue featuring many tracks on wax for the first time. Gatefold 2LP cut at 45rpm and remastered for 180g audiophile vinyl by James Plotkin** Mondo finally awaken the long-awaited and comprehensive vinyl edition of John Carpenter's seminal 1983 soundtrack to 'Halloween'. The tense melody and pulsing rhythms of 'Halloween Theme' is widely recognised as a proto-techno classic and appears here along with 27 other tracks, 55 minutes total, ranging from cues to end credits for the most bloodthirsty of completionists and classic synth music fiends. Unmissable.
Power Vacuum pack a relentless session of thuggish techno from Objekt, JoeFarr & J. Tijn, An-i, and Positive Merge. Following on from his Jon Hopkins remix, Objekt bats out the busy, gritty ragga-techno tweaks of 'Balloons', and An-i unleashes the militant pound and wormhole 'tronics of 'Convo'. On 'Mustard Sucker' J. Tijn & JoeFarr play out a burly acid techno groove, and Ukraine's Positive Merge fires the monotone, railroading 4/4 grind of 'Note'.
The man from Mountains channels his energies into four majestic pieces of post-Kosmische wonder on 'Motion', his 2nd solo side for Thrill Jockey. As part of the ongoing refinement of his analogue, digital and acoustic palette, 'Motion' plays with ideas of scale and space, tempering each instrumental source's unique spatial and textural qualities into what we perceive as dynamic, sublimely fluid environments. If you're ready and willing, 'Motion' will transport listeners to the lushest new places. RIYL Emeralds/Steve Hauschildt, Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, Popol Vuh, Alice Coltrane.
**Housed in full colour, tip on-style jacket with liner notes insert** "Bush Taxi Mali is an aural tour through the heart of Mali. These field recordings were made by Tucker Martine in 1998 while traveling throughout the West African country. This blend of bluesy Ngoni’s, clamoring street sounds, the stunning voice of Jalimusa Amanita Diabate (of the famous Diabate family), passing radios, Fulani flutes, runaway sound systems and chants from the Dogon country creates a unique portrait of Mali’s rich musical heritage. Eventually Martine found himself in the backseat of a bea… Read more
*Vinyl includes a copy of the CD free inside* "‘Mess’ is the follow up to 2012’s ‘WIXIW’, the sound of a band in an ambiguous, fragile, in-between state. ‘Mess’, on the other hand, is an angry, ecstatic, primal burst of ritualistic electronics that sacrifices self persecution for potent, purposeful abandon. Liars’ career has seen the band rattle through pigeonholes in an attempt to avoid them all together: brittle yet taught punk funk; no wave; ecstatic noise-pop; 21st Century garage rock; post-millennial post-rock; delicate electronics; reaching here, where Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross … Read more
**Limited edition of 400** The ever-intriguing Staubgold present a reissue of the this super-rare and obscure cut-up collage recorded, assembled and mixed by The New Blockaders' Richard Rupenus between 1984-1986 using tape material specifically contirbuted by a pantheon of wayward artists such as Merzbow, Nurse With Wound, Smegma, The Haters, Andrew Chalk and many more. This edition is also augmented by additional material not found on the original 1987 edition, including bookend extras recorded in 1983 and later issued on Bad Alchemy Nr. 5, and reissued in 2003 via Hy… Read more
"Conrad Schnitzler (1937–2011), composer and concept artist, is one of the most important representatives of Germany's electronic music avant-garde. A student of Joseph Beuys, he founded Berlin's legendary Zodiak Free Arts Lab, a subculture club, in 1967/68, was a member of Tangerine Dream (together with Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese) and Kluster (with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius) and also released countless solo albums. On "Congratulacion" (originally released 1987 on the small spanish label Esplendor Geometrico) Schnitzler experimented with the Yamaha CX5 synthesizer… Read more
The excellent Ellis Island Sound are back - comprising the duo of Pete Astor (The Loft, Weather Prophets, etc) and David Sheppard (State River Widening, Snow Palms, etc). Described as “Afro-Krautrock”, ‘Intro, Airborne, Travelling’ is the first single from the duo in what seems like forever. The single features vocals from Radiohead collaborator John Matthias, coming on like an opiated James Brown channelling Damo Suzuki. The EP also features remixes from rising star Fryars and long time Andrew Weatherall collaborator Scott Fraser to complete the package. For fans of Can, Fela Kuti, Talking Heads, Fryars and Scott Fraser...
**Strutting house and techno tools, new from Optimo** "Luca Lozano, owner of Klasse Recordings presents this majestic 4 track EP on Optimo Trax. Inspired by the past but sounding the antithesis of retro. In his own words.... "The Optimo Trax EP was born out of a time when I was listening to a lot of old Bleep House and Rave, early 90s UK stuff. Growing up in Sheffield I was lucky enough to spend some time in Warp Records when it was still a record store and being around this music and the people that made it must have somehow embedded itself into my psyche. Listening to pirate radio stati… Read more
Ross Tones rolls out in his Throwing Snow guise with four intricately detailed fusions of electronica, jazz and bass music. Staking ground somewhere between Matthew Herbert, Falty DL and Ben Frost, his 'Pathfinder' EP brims with the kind of adventurous spirit he's tempered for the soft shades and dancefloor rudeness of his more recent Snow Ghosts and Alight collaborations. Opener 'The Tempest' feat. Adda Kaleh even seems to veer as far as Golden Retriever's free modular jazz before reigning in to a folksy 2-step with rustic soul, whereas 'Caedis' bumps along on a broken down blues tip fused … Read more