Thursday, 02 April
"Culture Of Volume’ is East India Youth's first album since signing to XL. The record follows his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Total Strife Forever’ (released in January 2014 on Stolen Records) that went on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize."
"Scattered Into Light is the Mush debut from the Luxembourg based electronic act, Sun Glitters. The eleven-track album remains true to the glitchy r&b and deep tech-house sound that has blasted Sun Glitters into the consciousness of electronic music fans over the last two years. Stuttering beats and wobbling synths are soft-focused through a sun-bleached lens in a way that will appeal to synth-pop, ambient, and dustup fans in equal measure. Scattered Into Light is the first Sun Glitters release to completely integrate a vocalist, as Italian ingenue Sara Cappai lends her talents to … Read more
*Comeback album from German wave group. 180g vinyl with CD copy* "The music on "Greyscale" sounds expansive and atmospheric, yet is simultaneously compelling and tight. Once again responsible for the production is Heiko Maile, who has enjoyed success as a film music composer (for films such as "Die Welle" and "Wir sind die Nacht") for several years now. Stylistically confident, he contrasts electronic elements, guitars, sonic experimentation and beats with acoustic instruments, such as the string ensemble of the Babelsberg Film Orchestra. Great support for the musicality and sound… Read more
Big brassy steppers from Jack Robinson's Whodemsound. 'Taking Care Of Business' picks up a proper steppers momentum in cab-shaking dub and heavy sprung Tuff Dub.
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** III originally came out in February 2013, IIII in February 2014. Papir from Copenhagen, Denmark have gradually developed their unique vision of instrumental psychedelic rock over the course of four albums. The band manages to transform heavy, psychedelic music into something new and relevant, something truly unique. Sure, Papir knows their kraut- and progrock history, but unlike the majority of bands in the present day psych-rock scene they venture far beyond mere pastiche. Guitarist Nicklas Sørensen and Bassist Christian Becher aren't afraid to e… Read more
**Vinyl pressing to 500 copies. Mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M Berlin. Battered drum breaks recommended for fans of Muslimgauze or DJ Rupture** "“There born the excitement, from the loins of broken gear and deft midwife. Music for disinfection, in order to heal. To build a dream on.'' "Symbols Follow" continues Giulia Loli's musical explorations of ancient futuristic beat techniques by uniquely juxtaposing tradition and innovation, acoustic and digital, the familiar and unexpected... ''MELANQOL BAROQUE parq dunq ARABIFIED SWAMP MUSIC darq punq QUBTI BEATS''"
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** "First LP from New England's favorite dream-harpist, Sophie Dickinson. Previously known for her work in the context of Boston's Whitehaus Family, Cucanandy represents a mind-blowing excursion into the mists of the heretofore unknown universe of acorn people, detourned Scottish balladry and backseat singalong dynamism. Sophie's is music that lives in a hollow tree, emerging like a salvia-soaked squirrel to jibber and skip around your room in a way that will drive you crazy with deviously antic moves. There's a delicious aroma that… Read more
*Pink swirl vinyl - includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label, lyric sheet & insert by Richard Meltzer*
*includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "At age 82, bluesman Leo ‘Bud’ Welch rocks on stage like a teenager - dancing and spinning as he beats out jagged chords and grimy solos on his pink, sparkle-covered guitar. That raw youthful energy and Welch’s old-school juke-joint jones blend full-throttle in the 10 songs on ‘I Don’t Prefer No Blues’, his second release for Fat Possum Records’ subsidiary Big Legal Mess. The album is a garage-blues manifesto that weds waves of prickly six-string distortion and gutbucket drums with Welch’s smoke-and- ash voice and mu… Read more
Proggy tech-house builds from the Feench producer, Agoria. Check out the strange dance pop tint to his retouch of 'Lucky Blue Eyes'.
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Thursday, 26 March
**Trans red wax with fold-over two-sided print in clear poly sleeve - edition of 300 copies with download included** 'Abstraction' continues The Boats' industrial cycle with a remorseless instalment. Quite possibly the most potent of all their releases so far, it finds the usually gentle souls of Andrew Hargreaves and Craig Tattersall revealing what they get up to when no-one is listening -- you'd think they're out bothering fields and folding paper until the candles run out but, oh no, they're actually cranking out thunderous industrial beat-offs and dry stone walls of noise. This one is a me… Read more
A dream-team meeting of eminent Afro-futurists - for our money Actress' finest moment, bar none. OK, we're genuinely trying to sit on the hyperbole levels here but f**k that; this one is off the scale. Tackling the king of grime, Actress distills everything good about his oeuvre over the last 10 years or more - crooked metrics; THC-fuelled fuzz; bæroque melodies; that rarest late night s-p-i-c-e - inna collaged 7 minute masterpiece that floors us every time. It's like a scrambled Disengage transmission got lost in the æther, modulated with some Wiley on … Read more
**180g vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with poster and digital download code redeemable from the label. Unexpected new one from the hugely celebrated Canadian band. The amorphous, visceral and doom-laced mid-section is especially outstanding** "Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE) returns with its first single LP-length release since the group's earliest days in 1997-99. 'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress' clocks in at a succinct 40:23 and is arguably the most focused and best-sounding recording of the band's career. Working with sound engineer Greg Norman (Elect… Read more
Carl Michael Von Hausswolff and Martin Rössel posture a heavy techno-rock sound on the penultimate edition of Raster-Noton's Unun series. Effectively bringing the project full circle to Mika Vainio's earlier 'Vandal' EP, the Swedish veterans of avant-garde and pop swagger balls-out with the crushing lurch of 'Leibniz' before tacking to more experimental arrangements with mutant Balearic chug of 'Ramon Llull' and the convulsive croaks and drones of 'Calculus' warranting comparisons with Nick Klein or Emptyset.
*Ships Friday* Luis Vasquez a.k.a. The Soft Moon nails his strongest, most-malleable take on post-punk/wave techno to date with third album, 'Deeper'. Since his last LP effort, 'Zeros', he's moved from Oakland, CA to Venice, Italy, with numerous raids on Berlin between. This has clearly influenced his sound, lending a more stringent focus and amped-up studio production ringing deeply true with his mix of formative influences; American EBM muscle and synthetic European emotions. It's kinda what we hoped the last Cold Cave album would sound like, before it went horribly wrong and Fernow scarpered. RIYL Silent Servant, Lust For Youth, Factory Floor.
**2nd Edition** Hodge steps up to Hotline with two subtle, outstanding UK techno mutants. Carving a strong path forward from his Dnuos Ytivil 12", and preceding a killer Berceuse Heroique single, here he plays ruff and moody with the tape saturated tone and Afro-centric sleight-of-hip on his heavy roller, 'Mind Games' - imagine Auntie Flo on a darkside mission - whereas B-side 'Flashback' projects a canny mix of archaic, pastoral bleeps and full-sunked techno hydraulics seemingly rolling back and steaming forward at the same time. Class.
**2nd Edition** Proper bassbin warning shot from Bristol's baddest nu duo! Clearing space on the 'floor betwixt dancehall, funky and grime, 'Backchat' duly performs one of the duttiest winds we've heard in ages: ricochet rimshots, belly-pump subs and robo-ragga vox lock down the riddim while plaggy grime strings laminate the dance something buff. Shot in a couple of screeching old skool spinbacks and you're in genuinely dangerous territory. Flipside with 'Dubchat' they gut the whole ting, poppin' off semi-automatic snares and boosted 808 quakes on a slow/fast pivot somehow sounding like Rhythm & Sound gone on a crack rampage with Pinch. Massive platter. Champion sound!
Fierce debut of f*cked and trippy ghetto funk from 18 year-old producer Nidia Minaj. Hailing from south of Lisbon via Bordeaux, Nidia is in possession of a genuinely astonishing and exciting sound, concisely crammed with levels of detail, colour and ruggedest dancefloor funk that make other, older producers seem boring by comparison. There's eight absolute treats inside, from the lush bump of introduction, 'Afro' to the auto-tune gilded crush of ghetto-dance-pop in 'House Kaliente' featuring DJ Olifox, and the tussle of sweeping string motifs and clipped, swanging drums in 'Sentimentos'. We're ki… Read more
**Also includes Surface Tension mix CD** Silent Servant and Lili Schulder (51717) bring the darkside out of each other in 'Jealous God 06'. Both sides build on the most unheimlich elements of their respective releases, 'Negative Fascination' (Hospital Productions) and '0VUL' for Opal Tapes, or the cracking 'Shadowlust' LP with Svengalisghost for L.I.E.S. A-side, Lili's a spectral presence, whispering like a gynoid Cosey amid industrial ambient moires and queasy trudge. B-side, Silent Servant mutters bleak nothings thru his walkie talkie (?) dialled in from a lost highway. Includes mix CD by Surface Tension's Nihar Bahatt & Jason Polastri while stock lasts!
Electro-techno and breakbeat swagger from FaltyDL and Fotomachine (a.ka. PhOtOmachine) referencing 4Hero's classic Tom & Jerry Junglist whitelabel series. FaltyDL's 'Flesch' deals in scuttling rhythmic cyborganisms and scalpel-cut electro pulses lcaed with old skool NYC techno-house stabs; Fotomachine follows a remix for Four Tet's 'Crush' (from Beautiful Rewind) with an intricate weave of hardcore electro shocks and strobing synths.
Strong old techno/house gold from the Parisian tape crypts of Iueke. 'Tape 5' yields a diverse trio of direct-to-tape recordings made in the early '90s, gently descending from padded kicks and cloudy kosmiche/new age vibes thru firm analogue house chug to the deliquescent ambient synth structures.
*Limited Edition LP run including a DVD of the film inside* "Dutch minimalist composer Jozef van Wissem’s score for this "non-narrative" film experience directed by Domingo Garcia-Huidobro of Föllakzoid. The film consists of appropriated 12-string electric guitar drone, black baroquelute mirror images, and minimal electronics. The packages includes the DVD and soundtrack LP together. Garcia-Huidobro is an aficionado of paranormal experiences. Partir to Live sees him attempting to reconstruct the previous moments of what could have been one … Read more
*180g gatefold 3LP (with a bonus 7 inch and download code) / 38 track compilation from Soundway, Includes previously unreleased first ever known recordings of Afrobeat legend - Fela Kuti* "In conjunction with compiler and highlife researcher Dr. Markus Coester, Soundway present a very special release - including a bonus 45 that features the two first ever recordings by a certain Fela Ransome Kuti with his band The Highlife Rakers. Recorded by Melodisc in London in 1960, both tracks have been unearthed after more than fifty … Read more
Glasgow's Mia Dora do it right in a quartet of sleazy house cuts for Optimo Trax. We're all over the delayed cowbells strung out over the darkroom jack of 'Un.sub', and could easily imagine embarrassing ourselves with some shuffling skills to the slinky rimshots and rumpy bass of 'Raw Kiss'. 'Et Elle Le Mien' brings the late night EBM/tribal flavour in style, and Mash lends a sexy vocal to the low-slung swing of 'Feathers'.
*Ships Friday* Dixon, Recondite, Tale Of Us and Dubfire tweak Plastikman's EX for the club. Dixon's 'Just A Different Mixdown Version' of 'EXhale' tenderises the tensile contours of the original with stacked acid harmonies and sweeping pads for proper dancefloor catharsis; Recondite clips and tucks 'EXplore' to an electroid shuffle with soaring breakdown; Tale Of Us concentrate 'EXpand' to a sort of whirring, bluesy tech-house for the first half, before turning into a Morricone-gone-to-Ibiza anthem; Dubfire plays the long game with a 13 minute take on 'EXposed' building to a panoramic trance-house peak.
**Includes digital download of both ‘The Silver Globe’ and ‘The Amber Light’** Like all good parables Jane Weaver’s sixth solo album, a concept album called ‘The Silver Globe’, is as multifaceted as it is beguiling. Part coming of age / part cautionary tale and part romantic paeon, this twelve track synth ridden post- apocalyptic prog pop opus is based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes and inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and refiltered past experiences. Written from the optimistic vantage of a long- standing female independent artist, … Read more
"From an unassuming, self-sufficient musical micro-industry in the north of England comes more finely tuned fastidious femme pop from Jane Weaver and her growing Bird Records imprint with a new split single available of vinyl and download this spring. Combining domestic synth pop with falsetto melodics and 10cc sounding prog pop arrangements in Don’t Take My Soul, Jane depicts a theatrical electronic pop character that fuses Kate Bush karaoke with a J-Pop Erykah Badu whilst retaining her own very distinctive songwriting, conjuri… Read more
"‘Carrie & Lowell’ is Sufjan Stevens' first album in almost 5 years and is somewhat of a return to the sparse, pared-back sounds of ‘Seven Swans’. While it sounds like a memory, it does not trade on pastiche or nostalgia. Each song begins with a fragile melody that gathers steam until it becomes nothing less than a modern hymn. The album accomplishes the rare thing that any art should achieve, particularly in these noisy and fragmented days - by seeking to understand, Sufjan makes us feel less alone…"
Scuba returns with his 4th solo album, 'Claustrophobia'. Penned in convalescence following a bout of illness during 2014, it reframes the Scuba sound with moodier lighting and literal existential heft implied by track titles such as 'Why You Feel So Low' and 'All I Think About Is Death'. Essentially it's Scuba's Health Goth album, appropriating some traces of the collaged designer sounds associated with Total Freedom/HBA/Tri Angle to a palette of big room techno and brooding IDM/electronica signatures, leaden with industrial-referencing field recordings, like the Whitehouse-esque 'Family Entert… Read more