Thursday, 26 March
**Full album on CD included inside, plus a bonus CD 'Chambers music lessons' audio with chilly as the teacher...** "Since the release of Solo Piano II, Chilly Gonzales composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes, produced and released Octave Minds, the piano-meets-electronica album with Boys Noize and, most importantly, devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music. The result is "Chambers", an album for piano and string quartet (and a few surprises along the way). Inspired by the deepening relationship with Hamburg's Kaise… Read more
**Album poster and full album on CD included inside, plus a bonus CD 'Chambers music lessons' audio with chilly as the teacher...** "Since the release of Solo Piano II, Chilly Gonzales composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes, produced and released Octave Minds, the piano-meets-electronica album with Boys Noize and, most importantly, devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music. The result is "Chambers", an album for piano and string quartet (and a few surprises along the way). Inspired by the deepening relationship with… Read more
**Purple wax** Auxiliary at their best with four fwd missions from ASC and co. The label boss, James Clements a.k.a. ASC steps correct with the classic 'ardcore-sampling half-stepper, 'Lose Control', while Synth Sense's 'Red Skies' probes fractious, unstable sci-fi dimensions. Sam KDC unleashes one of his darkest missiles with the quasi-speed trudge and cinematic synth arrangement of 'The Messenger', and Method One keeps that vibe rolling with the orientalist futurism of 'Pyre'.
DrumTalk scale up their sound for a cracking self-titled EP with Huntleys & Palmers. Synths and percussion work as a rhythmelodic force, twysting between colourful arpeggio patterns and calculated triplets in 'Halo' or evolving like some bittersweet, discordant cyborganism in the blinding 'Ishtar'. With 'Euphonia' they make fine use of the Euphonium's twinkling spectral timbre, juxtaposing its lilting, heady cadence with gruff kicks and brooding bass descent, while 'Everything' comes with a unique mesh of bobbling Afrobeat, UK garage swing and proggy house drive.
Talabot's !K7 mix exclusive, 'Without You' now teamed with sweet remixes by Melchior Productions, Oskar Offerman and Mistakes Are Okay. The original's blue Balearic chug is rent as an effortlessly supple, psychedelic tech-house play by Melchior Productions, whereas Offerman prefers a low-lit, late night house sound, and Mistakes Are Okay take it to Midnight with chiming marimbas and ghostly chorales.
**Hand-stamped white label** London's Church gang present the breezy house soul of Wolf Music regular, Ishmael. 'Time and Time Again' drapes swriling jazz vocal and keys over a dusted house kick, filtered for sunrise and sunset moments. Flipside, 'Cold Comfort Farm' slips down a gear to something approaching Moodymann or Theo Parrish-styled Detroit beatdown.
Wipe-clean UK house trax from Solstice backed with a Pinch remix. We'd recommend skipping the originals for Pinch's mutant crush of staggered kicks, rambunctious breaks and spiralling fairground melodies.
**180g vinyl housed in heavyweight exact-replica tip-on jacket. Edition of 1000 with download code** "This is Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound's third album from deep jazz flautist and composer Lloyd McNeill (alongside the earlier 'Asha' and 'Washinton Suite'). Tanner Suite is one of the most beautiful and the rarest of all McNeill's records, a unique piece of music especially commissioned by the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art in the late 1960s to accompany an exhibition of the work of Henry Ossawa Tanner, the first African-American painter ever to gain internationa… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label - Debut album by the former 100% Silk regular for Ghostly** "Throughout Insides, Fort Romeau guides us down misty corridors lined with supple synth pads, quietly thumping kicks, and elastic low-end sequences reinforced by an emotive confidence. Thick dancefloor cuts like "All I Want" and "Folle" are built on such satisfying elements—sounds so full-bodied, you'd swear they're knocking against your bones. This, too, is by design. "I wanted to make sure all the songs have a tangible quality," says Greene of his LP's physicality, "to make te… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label - Follakzoid return with 'III', their third release for Sacred Bones** "Föllakzoid began seven years ago as a trance experience between childhood friends Diego, Juan Pablo, and Domingo from Santiago, Chile. Heavily informed by the heritage of the ancient music of the Andes, the band has learned to integrate this influence with contemporary sounds of their times, creating a rich yet minimal atmosphere. III is a four-part minimal sound voyage in which you can hear Föllakzoid’s musical language developing into something more upbeat, obscure, and sharp, yet even simpler in terms of elements."
Lorenz Lindner aka Mix Mup returns to Trilogy Tapes for a solo outing following on from that total peach of a collaboration with friend and cohort Kassem Mosse under the MM/KM moniker back in 2012. This is music made of much cleaner, tidier stuff than most of what you'd usually associate with TTT, but "Sequoflec" pulls the kind of abstract shapes that make us imagine what Move D would sound like if he had a palette of hardcore snares and hi hats to work with - a tantalising prospect that really makes this EP pretty indispensable for our money.
*LP housed in uncoated black-board sleeve with spot varnish and uncoated insert. 180g vinyl* "The new album from Portico, formerly Portico Quartet, features vocals from Alt-J’s Joe Newman, Jamie Woon and Jono McCleery* "‘Living Fields’ is an album of catharsis and redefinition, born of a desire to create newness out of loss and change..."
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Renowned American singer-songwriter Simon Joyner first came to prominence during the lo-fi movement of the early ’90s alongside contemporaries like Will Oldham, Peter Jefferies, the Mountain Goats, Smog and Alastair Galbraith. Joyner was championed early on by the late British DJ John Peel, who famously played Joyner’s 1994 LP, The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll, start to finish on one of his BBC programs, making Joyner more well known overseas than in his own country. Considered a forefather of the Omaha music scene, he… Read more
**Ritualistic amp worship and tumbling psych rock from members of Oneida and Sightings** "As People of the North, Oneida vets Bobby Matador (organ) and Kid Millions (drums) create cosmic improvised music performed with the intensity of a rock band. Their music is loud and distorted, anarchic to its core and imbued with a devotional spirit. The band’s new album,Era of Manifestations, is its most intense statement of purpose, and documents their impressive tonal and rhythmic interplay. The music oscillates between passages of extreme discord and stretches of seemingly spontan… Read more
*Third album from Baltimore’s Jana Hunter aka Lower Dens* "Escape From Evil is a cinematic, tonally rich work. The sounds are clean and warm. The pulse of the album is strong. Melodies are potent and songs are physical. Lyrics are direct, frank confrontations with life’s common crises. The album title is brazen, and along with the grimly funny title of lead single, ‘To Die in L.A.’, almost theatrical. The album was produced by Hunter and co-produced and mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Cass McCombs). Other production elements came from Ariel Rechtshaid (Sky Ferreira, Vampire Weekend) a… Read more
Leeds and London house heroes team up on two trax backed with Lauer and A Sagittariun remixes. Their originals are quintessentially late night UK house moves; Lauer's remix lends a touch of Mittel European glamour, A Sagittariun gives a bit of analogue authenticity.
Noisy, frazzled slam jams from one of Hamburg's finest. Quick on the heels of her 'A Tape' for Handmade Birds, she heads farther down the alleys of her 'Actio Reactio' EP for Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune with five trax of roiling techno muck. 'Drowning Demons' charges up a lamping acid techno sound, chased by the noisier, saltier pounding of 'The Bean Field And The Gods'. 'Reaktion II' is a more tangled shot of psycho-jakk, and 'The First Time He Thought, He Died' resets to a brittle electro style heavily indebted to classic Bunker and Murder Capital records. It works.
Thursday, 19 March
**Vinyl mastered and cut by Rashad at D&M. Sleeve notes by art historian Alex Kitnick. Spotgloss artwork and layout by Florian Hecker and Bill Kouligas. Also comes with an instant download of the full album plus a bonus 17 minute track** 'Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera' presents a radical mashup of works by two probing, multidisciplinary artists among the most vital of their generation. First realised as part of a two day performance at Tate Modern called 'Push and Pull', it offers a mutant configuration of Leckey's vocal track from 'GreenScreenRefrige… Read more
Following one of our favourite 12"s of last year, Morgan Buckley returns with this ace split release for Rush Hour's 'No Label' - spun out by everyone from Ben UFO to Beatrice Dillon. The charming weirdo spirit is super strong on both sides. MB bends minds and bodies with three spiked peaches up top, from the dizzy krautfunk of 'Sol Baize At The Chinga', thru the recursive maze of 'Eau-de-Vie' to a nimble meld of lysergic, Madteo-style scramble called 'Manual Greever'. Flip it and OD keeps his side up with the bright, latinate percussion and lush chorales of 'Miwp (Miwpy… Read more
**Gatefold Sleeve - A wicked disgrace from Prurient/Vatican Shadow in his lesser-spotted Jezebel costume. FOR ADULTS ONLY** Dominick Fernow's libidinous imagination knows no bounds, as evidenced in his long-awaited 'Exploring Jezebel' shocker for Blackest Ever Black. 'On a Business Trip To London' could be considered the release valve for a hard-touring artist or itinerant noise don, a place to retreat when business is done and playtime begins. Inverting P.E. masculinity with a stilettoed heel, it follows a line of curiosity from a series of releases for … Read more
**Die-cut sleeve with printer inner. Comes with free download code redeemable from the label** A quartet of proggy rave boosters from from Warp. Ranges from super-bright breakbeat 'ardcore rush, 'Silver Sun' to the rattling techno of 'To Live And Die In Grantham', thru a buoyant chug-off 'Springtime Linn', to the widescreen sound designs of 'Unfurla Cremated'.
Soulful swerve from London's Reginald Omas Mamode IV (herein referred to as Reg) proceeding his split with Mo Kolours for Peckham's 22a. Backed up with remixes by Jeen Bassa and Al Dobson Jr, Reg gets down with a lilting R&B sound in 'Sunshine' up top, and live-sounding soul with Moneymaker' on the other side. Jeen gives slo-disco and dusty downtempo version, complemented by lowlit reprises from Al Dobson Jr, with a big highlight in the dubbed-out, Prince-style boogie-soul of his 'Sunshine' version.
**Eleven tracks from the vaults available on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl for the first time** The definitive collection of Jah Thomas-produced dubs, Roots Radics on the rhythm, recorded at Channel One and mixed by King Tubby and Scientist between 1980 and 1983 at King Tubby's studio. High quality, pre-digital roots dub classics. Proper gear.
Scientist's 'Jah Life in Dub' is the dub album they didn't want you to hear! Essentially the unreleased dub companion to Flick Wilson's 'School Days' LP, it features nine killer dubs to said album, plus one from Wayne Jarrett's 'What's Wrong With The Youths' album, including wild and seriously deep desk FX versions flipping the recognisable elements of 'Collie Dub', 'Skylarking' and 'Shaolin Dub'. Replete with the amazing artwork - loadsa vintage images of Haile Selassie alongside quotes by the man his-self - it's a top-a-top package...
The Beautiful Swimmer freaks the beat proper on Juju & Jordash's Off Minor label following hot-shots for TTT and BH. Starting out with the slyding sino scales and relatively straight house swing of 'Circles Bubbles', he goes all West London broken beat with the rugged dip and silicon-creamed harmonics of 'Zsa Flex Cathedral' on the A-side. Flip her over and the 'Shaping EP' gets exponentially queerer with the tussling polymetrics and zipping, recursive electronics of 'Immunity', before floating to close in the weightless body of 'She'.
Superb Detroit house and techno session from Marc King and Omar-S. Marc, a veteran with some 20 years Detroit experience, gives up the soulful organ and bustling drums of 'Equality' and the sub-swung shimmy of 'Loquacious' on the front, backed with Omar's smashing techno-house overhaul for 'Water Of Life' laced with a killer, uranium-enriched bass synth and brain-eating acid lines. Strong.
**Edition of 300** European avant-garde lynchpin and Tochnit Aleph label owner, Daniel Löwenbrück meets Berlin-based Brazilian artist Marcellvs L. in a set of field recordings made between Thailand, UK and Iceland. The bit with the horses booting off is best. RIYL Löwenbrück's Raionbashi LP for Senufo Editions.
**Edition of 200** Some freaks are going to get really turned on by Mats Gustafsson's 'Lap Dance / Table Solos'. Recorded by Jean-Louis Huhta and priduced by Joachim Nordwall, it captures the Swedish free jazz behemoth at arguably his most accessible. There's still the requisite amounta skronk involved but both performances are colourfully sweet and flighty, with the 'Lap Dance' sounding like he's seducing a stubborn sheep dog, and 'Table Solos' soaring like Ornette over Ethiopia, or something.
Radgy motorik electronics from Run Dust for Paris label, In Paradisum, arriving off the back of his Tesla Tapes trio and issues for Opal Tapes, Nute Records. Polished is perhaps not the right word to describe 'Serf Rash', but there's definitely a biting clarity to these cuts that we haven't heard in his previous jags, lending a more effective insistence to the helter skelter pelt of 'Wharf Rat' or a lucidity to the entrancing synth colours of 'Doctor John Dee' and the psychoactive affray of 'Scythe Toon'. If we're playing favourites, then the title and gauzy glow of 'British Jumpsuit' gets a gold… Read more