Thursday, 09 July
The wan you've been waiting for: Trax present a remastered reissue of Harry Dennis and Frankie Knuckles' legendary 1987 Chicago anthem. A true evergreen and an essential part of any classic house collection.
**140 gram vinyl** Apophenia, Inhalt and Jamie Paton fillet Food Pyramid in killer reworks of 'Oh Mercy' from their 'Mango Sunrise' album. [Emotional] Especial play host to this drippin' platter, including a grubbing tribal acid edit from Apophenia alongside the late '80s Haç-meets-Miami swagger of Inhalt's mix, and a pair of brooding Jamie Paton versions - one sounding like a moody Yello, the other like Carl Craig-meets-Suicide. Tip!
**El scorchio A-side and hash-heavy flip!** "Conjunto Papa Upa made it clear with their 2013 debut single on Music With Soul - they would be the torchbearers of the modern day musical explorations of Venezuelan polyrhythmic grooves. Their newest single, in true Music With Soul tradition, is another double sider; may you chose which song you want to make your A side. El Jalabolismo opens with a direct dose of 60’s Sudamérica style surf-garage. An electrified combination of rock and roll, Guaguancó, Samba and Parranda through the looking glass of the scorching hot Caribbean coast. The… Read more
First ever reissue of a shining star from the nebula of '70s Italian library music. Originally composed by the legendary Piero Umiliani and released on his Omicron label in 1976, 'Omaggio ad Einstein' crams in twenty three sub-2 minute wonders made in homage to the titular German physicist. Working under the pseudonym, Moggi, Umiliani clearly takes this opportunity to align his epic soundtrack composition and masterful synth skills at their farthest angles, imagining a sequence of syzygy-like moments ranging from completely abstract electronic noise to moon-charming … Read more
**Edition of 500** Posh Isolation spotlight Erik Enocksson's immersive synth-doom session, 'Apan' for reissue 4 years after Release The Bats' shorter run of 275 copies. And thanks you lucky boots they did, too, because it's a gripping album that could have quite easily escaped our attention otherwise. First intended to accompany Jesper Ganslandt's film of the same title, 'Apan' translating to 'Ape', ended up as a stand-alone album of crepuscular chamber pieces fashioned from bass, synth and tapes. It still functions perfectly as a soundtrack, but one that will now accompany a show inside… Read more
DMX Krew sweats pure fluoro juice in his 2nd gift for Abstract Forms' 'Synth Funk Vol.2'. From the nice 'n greazy glyde of 'Supperdish' thru the Detorientalist flight of 'Starry Night' and Drexciyan downstroke of 'Squid Hunt', or the wobbly charms of the title track, this record has late night party smeared right across its ecru chinos.
**Heavyweight 2LP focussed on Rastafari, Revolution and Repatriation thru Roots Reggae from the Jamaican Diaspora in the English Midlands 1976 - 1984. Includes hard-to-find cuts and unreleased dubs from Musical Youth, Steel Pulse and Capital Letters, among other** "Birmingham may be England's second city but when it comes to reggae music, there are plenty of reasons for it to claim first place. Perhaps no band has done more for British reggae than Steel Pulse whilst Musical Youth, not only found chart success but took reggae to the nation's children in a way no other … Read more
**Includes free download code, redeemable from the label** "Active for 20 years, Guapo play 'muscular & modern' progressive rock. Their sound has evolved from its punk-rock origins to the band's current avant-rock stance, but the energy is always there. This is Guapo's 3rd on Cuneiform."
Wavy electro, house and ambient boogie aces from a new name on Frankfurt's Live At Robert Johnson label. Chinaski's 2nd vinyl release after an EP for his southofmouth label, 'The Video Dead' induces a dream-dazed state with five cuts of gauzy, tape-saturated groove and dancefloor romance. 'Time To Kill' triggers an aerodynamic night-flight of monotone EBM bass and teasing horror-disco synths spiced up with kinky rimshots beside the dry iced glyde of 'Midnight Workout' on the A-side. Flip it over and the latticed arpeggios of 'Night School' arch over a brooding proto techno groove, giving way… Read more
**Features co-production by Nate Young and Neil Hagerty. Includes download code** "“Hysteria” is the result of nearly two years spent in various studios with producers and fellow ‘Boone brothers Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) and Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux), working diligently together to take a few steps beyond Trip Metal and extract the skeleton out of “rock”, inserting it into a newer, much weirder, humanoid skin. The epicenter of this sound rests humbly on the foundation of guitar and voice, two facets of sound that Moskos has carefully cultivated through years of experimentation and digestion from a … Read more
Fierce throw-down from P.O.L. Style backed da fuq up with killer remixes from Mike Q and Neana. Pursuing last year's 'Angry Frogs' jack-off with Vin Sol & Matrixxman, your boy raids ballroom house and Dance Mania for ideas, pumps them up with hard-bodied production, and lets them walk the runway in P.O.L. Style. On the remix flex, Mike Q flounces all over 'Saw' with catty and concussive stabs next to a brutal, industrialised fix-up from Neana. Proper DJ and dancer specials.
Ruddy UK/US club transfusions from the one like DJ Haus. A-side, he galvanises the floor with a sick metallic take on Jersey club trax in 'Get Tha F**k Out' beside the horny garage rave tone of 'Need Sum Time'. B-side he takes it there with a breakbeat-charged booty smasher, 'Hot In Dis Muthaf**ker', and a straight-up sleaze play, 'Work Ur Body'.
Alex Cortex still follows his own techno path with a welcome return to the fray on Barba Records backed by Florian Kupfer and Prseus Traxx remixes. Last located on Skudge's label, Cortex keeps his agenda loose yet direct here with two unique grooves playing between sub-heavy and percussive tribal electro-techno to wonky, spaced-out bleeps. It's prime material for the remixers, with Kupfer reshaping 'Spike Train' to a hefty, lugging jack, and Pereus Traxx deglazing 'Time Texture' with an jagged acid wash down.
**Edition of 300** Manchester's Natural Sciences debut with an impressively deep and gritty techno-house session by Dutchman, Aleks. Up top he carves close to the likes of Claro Intelecto, Kassem Mosse or Redshape with the pressurised acid momentum of 'Ulterior Motive' and the sub-aquatic dub-tech convections of 'Hemel'; meanwhile, downtown 'O4rw' rolls out a humid, stepping house move recalling goods from John Swing or EMG in finest style, before the abrasively seductive jack of 'Multitudes' leaves a lingering taste that we're sure you'll come back for.
Deep house maverick, Hunee spills his mind all over the 'floor on his debut album, 'Hunch Music'. Over the last decade, Berlin-based Hunee has emerged a standard-bearer for sophisticated, psychedelic and soulful house music with a trim handful of tracks and 12"'s via Permanent Vacation, Ostgut Ton, and Rush Hour, all leading up to the dizzying colours and gripping arrangements of 'Hunch Music'. Rooted in the deepest traditions and disciplines of New York, Chicago, and Detroit, and with a trace of Korean heritage discernible in the his melodic sweetness, it plays out like a mid-summers dream of fe… Read more
Heavy debut of raw, pounding techno, dub-stoned house and kosmic electronics from Scott Young for Sweden's unpredictable Born Free Records. He goes all in with the kick drum pressure and clattering machine drum pulses of 'Pseudo Crushed Funk', whereas 'Commix' displays a far more tactile grasp of subbass and warm, poised chords beside the beat-less dive into deep space with 'M.O.E.I.'
**Edition of 250** "Mel O'Dubshlaine is a Leeds-based synthetic noise merchant (formerly performing under the Ocelocelot moniker). An obtuse musical fantasist, M O'D is a purveyor of heavy space-chord amalgamations, drum pad improv and, most recently, the human voice synthesized into abstraction and stripped of communicative utilitarianism. Always great live, this supporting pillar of the Ashtray Navigations empire stands independent, peaceful like a heron, as the brown river unremittingly carries pillagers' debris downstream to some godforsaken industrial necropolis, long ago taken hostage by Japanese knotweed."
*Includes download card* "It wouldn’t be entirely accurate to say that EZTV met while trying out for J. Spaceman’s latest US touring line-up of Spiritualized, but it’s not far from the truth. Songwriter and audio engineer Ezra Tenenbaum had been casually working on solo home recordings on his Tascam 8-Track in the vein of Shoes, Emitt Rhodes and Cleaners For Venus, and, in a desire to round out the songs, he enlisted bassist Shane O’Connell and drummer Michael Stasiak (formerly of Widowspeak). As it happened, the trio’s first chance to play together was an audition for the American touring version… Read more
**Heavyweight LP, comes with download code** "Since 1992, Envy have been influencing artists such as Mogwai, MONO, Deafheaven and Touché Amoré. This is their seventh album out via Mogwai’s Rock Action label and their shortest at just 43 minutes."
**Screen-printed insert. Hand-stamped white label** Swedish electro survivor Rutherford on a gloomy nocturnal mission for London's Brokntoys. Hot on the heels of his ace Monkeyshop 12" with Luke Eargoggle, here Rutherford cuts a lean, nervy and emotional figure across four tracks weaving between the spidery pulses and wistful string arrangement of 'Learn Leave' and the gear-slipping electro-techno of 'Ringer' on top, before veering into full-on dancefloor hydraulicks with 'Spoken Word' on the flip, and passing out into the AI-era ambient mists of 'Singularis'.
Thursday, 02 July
**Edition of 500 copies** Following on from that mighty Drum & Bass mixtape from Karl O’Connor, Sam and Hayley Kerridge's Berlin event series-turned-label return with a killer addendum to their first release - Kerridge's 'Always Offended Never Ashamed' album. These two new tracks are a clarion call to arms - both sides excerpted from a Kerridge live performance for the NTO, Berlin 2013. Convulsing chunks of distorted, heaving junglist venom on the A-side's brutal 'Sonic Instruments Of War #01', the flipside explores more abstract terrain thru vicious, atonal outbursts. Highly recommended if yr into the Downwards catalogue, HATE or recent material from Shapednoise.
**Limited vinyl edition of Jacaszek's debut album composition for Touch, performed by Kwartludium. Includes a download code** "For the past decade or so, Polish musician Michal Jacaszek has been exploring a new, resolutely modern chapter in Eastern Europe’s long, storied love affair with classical music. His creations are painstakingly crafted collages of electronic textures and baroque instrumentation, harpsichords being swarmed by woolly static one minute and pulled apart by billowing wind the next. A push-and-pull tension runs deep and constant throughout. Ambi… Read more
Shed cuts loose on this towering one-off for Hardwax label, The Final Experiment. A-side is a '90s-style breakbeat techno behemoth putting the boot in with thunderous kicks and armour-plated breaks, mercifully softened up with some really sweet pads at the drop. B-side, he rides with a ruder, heady halfstep in 'Final Distortion', and jumps back on that 2-step techno pivot with 'Up The Hills', whereas the brash thwack of 'Crystal Cubes' yearns for nasty, early Polygon Window styles.
Excellent debut of stylish, brooding, and muscular techno by Emanuele Porcinai and Sciahri (Ilian Tape) a.k.a. UNKNOT. Hailing from Florence, Italy, via Manchester, England, the duo's debut platter collects four precisely measured reductions of rolling techno and diffuse yet heavily impending atmospheric sound designs exceptional for their grittily fluid momentum and capacity for classic horror suspense. Up top they make a ghostly impression with the stone-carved abstractions of 'Modem' working somewhere between Metasplice, Autechre and Raime, whilst 'Magha' stomps out 4/4 scifi-techno terrain betwe… Read more
Rolling on for Loefah's 81, Mickey Pearce takes a breezier, technoid tack with 'Warm Barzz' following the freaky funk of his 'Instructions' EP. The title cut is lushed out yet driving, marrying crisp ambient chords with a swinging tribal techno groove and stranger cyber-dub FX, whilst 'Stick Fingerprints' explores new age chimes and Gold Panda or OPN-like vocal chops and creamy silicon froth at a slower, shoulder-dropping pace unravelling over 7 minutes of dancefloor dreamstates. There's also a neat pair of Loops to get down, testing out dry drum machine functions in 'W' and mutant, alien grime in 'X'. Wicked gear.
**7" square flexidisc with printed insert in PVC bag. Edition of 200 copies** In which the boundary-pushing Swedish composer presents a new recording of his 2010 homage to Cage's legendary '4'33"' work, namely '4'33" - for electric guitar (broken amplifier version)'. The patina of crackle and fuzz within proves perfectly suited to the flexidisc format's inherent infidelity, playing its own integral part in bringing the composition's ideas of absence and minimalism into stark, tangible focus. This is Carl Michael Von Hausswolff's 3rd recorded dedication to the towering influen… Read more
More killer business from Dug Out, the label run by Honest Jons and Hard Wax. This one features certified, legendary Roots Reggae from 1983, pulled for the 2015 reissue. Still a healthy bit of vinyl noise on this new pressing but, considering the might of the original and the dub-wrecked Part 2, plus the fact it's nigh-on-impossible to find an original, you'd be a pedant to complain. Tip!
*White vinyl* Techno hypnotist, Rrose, returns to Eaux with the pocket watch attractions of 'For Aquantice'. Made up like the unholy offspring of Papa Lazarou and Norman Bates in mummy's boy mode, Rrose peddles three patented and mindbending wormholes, subtly sucking us in with Eleh-esque purist sine tones to the rasping rhythmic skeleton of 'Levitate' and the recursive abyss of 'Vellum' on the A-side, whereas the sleek, pulsating throbs and spiralling oscillations of B-side's 'Signs' take hold with intra-venus strength and potency. They're proper deep brain and tissue stimulators.
**Hand-stamped 180g wax housed in wrap-around artwork with insert. Edition of 500** Engrossing slab from the Argentinian guitarist and Brooklyn-based British drummer swapping their usual kit for anything from grand pianos and balaphons to metal lampshades and wooden staircases. 'Bring Us Some Honest Food' is the processed document of Courtis & Moore's congregation at The Fish Factory, London, on 22nd March, 2014. The A-side breaks down to three shorter pieces "blended" by Aaron Moore in Brooklyn, breaking unique new ground between the gloaming, out-of-body avant-ro… Read more
BNJMN stokes the 'floor with four slices of pummelling, bluntly hypnotic techno making up the 2nd EP on his BRACK label. The barrelling ballistics of 'Chromed' starts the session at a heart-racing throb fizzing with radiophonic quarks and bleeps, and 'Rattled' squeezes that vibe off centre with a sweltering, amorphous bass roil harnessed to metronomic pips. With 'Sallow' he introduces harmonised layers of chiming Detroit-like pads to his scuffed techno patterns, and 'Broil' clocks off with a murkier swamp of stuttering tribal rhythms, and nowt but.