Thursday, 03 July
Grumbling breakbeat techno abstractions from both members of the Steven Porter duo. Katsunori Sawa comes with dark thunder sounding like Ben Frost servicing Surgeon on 'Immortal Bind' and Kondo follows suit with a crushing, vicious roller putting a precise, dynamic spin on the crowded noise-techno nexus. RIYL Dadub, Plaster, AnD, Shapednoise.
*Full colour 350g heavy gloss laminate sleeve - limited clear vinyl with download coupon and 12" x 12" insert also included * "A G E N D E R started out as a solo, lo-fi punk excursion for Romy Hoffman (Macromantics, Romy), and has since morphed into an all girl 3 piece, known for their intense, fast, tight knit punk shows. A G E N D E R play a unique blend of schitzo synthy paranoid punk. The first record “Self (en)titled” was entirely written, recorded, played and mixed by Romy Hoffman, with additional mixing and mastering by Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control). A G E N D … Read more
*New solo project by Nobuyuki Sakuma of Jesse Ruins. Full colour 350g heavy gloss laminate sleeve - limited white vinyl with download code redeemable from the label* "Cold Name is the solo project of Nobuyuki Sakuma from Jesse Ruins. ‘Eat Your Hand’ is Cold Name’s debut album and contains 12 short electronic songs that 20JazzFunkGreats describes this way: “Cold Name’s Intent to Kill isn’t in some undanceable time signature. It’s not obtuse. It’s perfectly possible to dance to its techno. It just doesn’t seem to want you to.Its drums envelop like a thick, black ooze. Suspending you in an aura… Read more
Tom Dicicco's production just gets better with each release. The 'Life' EP follows two ace EPs on Run Out Run with a refined, subaquatic techno agenda flexing out from the caustic bleep techno rolige of 'What Is Life' to the muscular, industrial minimalism of 'Low_Res' on the A-side. Flip it for the fluidly kinetic techno experiment of 'Broken Reality' and the killer radioactive dubscape, 'Amazon In'.
Skudged, noisy techno jags from Metrist, who was last last spotted on NYC's Fifth Wall label and remixing for Kryptic Minds. All four cuts bristle and clank with a combustible industrial energy and friction, jamming between the rigid swagger of 'Letch' to effluent electro-step on ''Symphony for the Palpitation' to the crazed lurch of 'Cowlick' and the knotted discombobulations of 'Stanza For The Weak'. One for fans of Happa, Mønic, AnD.
**Silk-screened jacket printed by Pascal at Atelier Margrit** Taut, punchy neuro-funk jungle. 'Rattle' pounces with rolling Apache breaks and mammoth subbass on the A-side, and 'Bad Education' steps harder with Virus style D&B snarl.
Cracking debut album of Texan house from Gavin Guthrie aka TX Connect. Over the last 12 months Gavin's established an enviable rep with sophisticated, jakked-up 12"s for the likes of Dixon Avenue Basement Jams and L.I.E.S., and this eponymous album introduction for Holland's Creme Organization is set to spread his rep much further. Hailing from Texas, the birthplace of ecstasy use in clubs, it's perhaps no wonder that his sound has a really tactile lushness; from the warm, swirling chords and swinging groove of 'Soundtrack 909' thru the eye-fluttering flux and kinky 727 pa… Read more
**Weighty Bristol dub packaged in hand-numbered jacket with insert** "Here it is… the long awaited PengSound005, the first full Dubkasm 2 x 12″ on the label.. featuring the mystical rastaman ‘Lidj Xylon’! Stryda and Digistep, close friends from day one, shared and expressed their passion for roots music in unity as Dubchasm (later to be renamed Dubkasm) from around the mid 90’s. Then still in their teenage years, they have since stepped up in the ranks of UK soundsystem culture, operating from the heart of Bristol. With over 20 years of dedication to their craft, Dubkasm have provided some… Read more
*180g vinyl. Includes bonus CD* "It is quite rare to discover on the Italian Jazz scene a successful ensemble, which passed unscathed through years. Bands are usually weakened or put in crisis, most of the times caused by sudden changes in line-ups. The "Quartetto di Lucca" is a band of young players which formerly were part of the amateurial "Hot Clubs" and some years ago debuted among the pros. The quartet of Lucca, however, has a peculiarity of its own, the nability to defend the results and the continuity of a fruitful collaboration with a compromise: the pure jazz calling, more con… Read more
**Edition of 300** Bittersweet IDM pearls from Sunderland's Graeme Evans aka Carbo Flex. Three tracks capture that yearning, melancholic essence of late '90s Autechre and Gescom records, from the twitching glitches and serene harmonic arrangements of 'Amme Dot' thru the angular hip hop swing of 'Flirty Fox' and the mournful, bit-crushed bounce of 'Trifolium'.
"For most listeners, Cairo-based bandleader Salah Ragab first appeared on the radar via the Art Yard label's splendid Egyptian Jazz LP, which featured the maestro in charge of a band versed in the militaristic repertoire of an army orchestra, but relatively unexperienced in the field of jazz. This 7" features music recorded towards the tail end of the 1968-1973 period over which that album was put together, and sports a tribute to Sun Ra on the A-side - a fairly appropriate name to inspire an Egyptian jazz record. You'd be hard pressed to identify … Read more
*Special edition with volumes five and six of the acclaimed series on vinyl for the first time in years, plus a bonus 7"* MF Doom is the man in the iron mask. The most mysterious figure in hip-hop has also become one of the most popular, supplying beats and rhymes for Gorillaz, De La Soul, Madlib, Danger Mouse, and Wu-Tang Clan, and drawing praise from heavyweights like Just Blaze, Nas, and Mos Def. Since 2002, DOOM has released numerous volumes of Special Herbs, one of the longest-running instrumental series in hip-hop history. Now, volumes five and six of the acclaimed series are ava… Read more
*Killer comp of disco-inuenced tracks from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and the Bahamas circa late 70's* "It seems like no part of the world has evaded disco’s ubiquitous influence, including the Caribbean. The Caribbean in the late '70s and early '80s was a hotbed of musical activity and this compilation focuses on the best disco-inuenced tracks from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. All of the tracks here were o‑cially licensed and reissued for the first time ever. Highlights of the 13 tracks included on this compilation are: the under-the-radar cosmic disco tune "Go… Read more
MMM bust a sweat with two precise, wall-banging aces paying tribute to classic Chicago styles. 'Jack7' juices optimal amounta funk from a camp, twanging lead, kinky bass fills and heavy kicks reducing elements of NRG disco, house and techno to a sticky, potent residue. 'Syncro' follows suit with dry-ass drum machine patterns causing silky friction with wiggly synth for that Green Velvet/Dj Rush style Chi-wiggle/jack.
Chicago Ghetto House classics from Dance Mania's DJ Slugo. 'Living That Ghetto Life' is a slightly reworked reissue of his 1995 template, including the tracky bang of 'Slugmere', the skippy smoker 'A Blunt', DJ Funk faves 'Work It' and the icy filth of 'Balls' plus the new addition of motivational tool, 'Work Them Jaws (Remix)'. 100% guaranteed dirt.
Powerful debut album of proper EBM/Wave muscle from the Sumerian Fleet on Dark Entries. Co-conspirators Alden Tyrell and Mr. Pauli are now joined by Croatian producer Zarkoff to fully optimise their take on true '80s EBM styles previously revealed through sought-after 12" for Clone and Crème Organzation. When their eponymous 12" landed in 2010 it quietly pre-empted an avalanche of EBM/Wave projects and reissues to the scene which they've now firmly capitalised on with nine tracks owing much to classic Front 242, Liasons Dangereuses, Depeche Mode et al but resolutely their own thing. We'… Read more
Twitchy, nervous coldwave minimalism from Michael Wood's Redredred project, delivered by the currently untouchable Dark Entries. Sticking to a reduced and repetitive aesthetic, Wood revels in the hypnotic power of hardware on 'Pattern Completion' with eight jagged, droning, driving missiles urged on by his own vocals. For quick highlights check the aquatic jak of 'A Pattern Completion', the heads-down Industrial pump of 'Skyline' and the deft, metallic stepper 'Distance Between Objects'. RIYL Suicide, Martial Canteral, Powell, Traxx…
Hakim Murphy & Ike Release's Innerspace Halflife emerge from the other end of their 'Wormhole Transmissions' album debut with the 'Astral Traveling' session for Synapsis. With it they move deeper into Martian house quadrants in that Afro-futurist style particular to dudes from Detroit and Chicago. There's nine tracks of kaotic harmonics and propellant machine percussion desinged as a proper dancefloor escape or headphone compression chamber, plotting a course from shifty Millsian sci-fi mystery in 'Teardrop From Nebula 1122+22' , thru the lush 'Starfields' and 'Relics' style int… Read more
*All tracks newly re-mastered from original tapes, liner notes by Jack D. Fleischer, interviewing Donnie & Joe* "Some people have to wait for fame; some people wait even longer than most. Donnie and Joe Emerson are in a league of their own. As teenagers in Fruitland, Washington in the late ‘70s, the farming brothers dreamed of being heard. The synthesizers were sometimes crude and the 8-track recorder had its limitations, but the brothers aimed at nothing short of perfection in their home studio on the farm. They titled their 1979 debut "Dreamin’ Wi… Read more
"Ghetto Ghouls work with a drunken urgency best summed up by the fact that the entire self titled album was recorded in 4 hours. All the vocals are live, and there is only one overdub (a background vocal) on the whole thing. The sloppy yet tight sound comes from the fact that three of the four have played in a band together since they were 14 years old. They met fourth member Garrett at Beerland where two of them work. Inside the cinder blocks of Beerland the Ghetto Ghouls have grown into one of the best punk bands in Austin. In an over saturated landscape of 70s worshipping garage bands a stripped down texas punk band like this is most definitely needed."
**RIYL HTRK, Cold Cave** "Female/male duo White Hex (Tara Green and Jimi Kritzler) released their debut album Heat in 2012 released on Avant! Records. 2014 sees their return with the follow up full-length, Gold Nights. The album is the second in a series of three thematically connected records which is based on a period of three years. The album's themes include tackling the deaths of friends over the past few years and somehow staying optimistic through that loss. Recorded after shows in Paris, Berlin, New York and Melbourne, Gold Nights explores Italo disco, minimalist techno and the more pri… Read more
*Marbled vinyl* “First in a series of vinyl-only releases pressed on limited runs from North East of England duo and close friends, William Reed (William Welt) and Peter Bartram (DEE.P / Pete Weasel).
Thursday, 26 June
*Extended 70 minute reissue of the very first SND release dating back to 1998 - the original 5 tracks have been doubled in number with original, previously unreleased recordings from the same sessions, all fully remastered from DAT tapes by Rashad Becker at D&M. The original pressing has been unavailable since its original release over 15 years ago - containing super influential and forward minimalism bridging between the reductionism of Ikeda and the swing of early UKG* Mark Fell and Mat Steel formed SND in Sheffield in 1998. Tplay was their first self-released EP, produced in a … Read more
**Diagonal unveil the first of two EP’s from Bronze Teeth, a new project from Dominic Butler of Factory Floor and Richard Smith of Optimo Music’s L/F/D/M. First pressing comes in a limited spot gloss jacket designed by Guy Featherstone. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Dom Butler (Factory Floor) and Richard Smith (L/F/D/M) debut their fierce Bronze Teeth sound on the first of two hard-ass 12"s for Diagonal. Sustaining the momentum of Powell's crackshot 'Club Music' EP, recently issued on Diagonal, the 'O Unilaterals' 12" yields a trio of modular hardware-honed bangers belying the ongoin… Read more
Killer dread techno rollers from Rhythmic Theory, back on Bristol's Idle Hands outlet. Both sides carry a torch for that classic Bristol darkside vibe, mixing traces of dub techno, D&B, and dubstep with a fine strain of proggier AI techno atmospheres. A-side their 'Endless Forms' pushes quaking kicks with hulking sub-bass and slicing hi-hats to supremely powerful, almost sci-fi gothic effect, before they tug on the heart-strings with bruising stepper 'Tales Of Dystopia' synching post-punk bassline with glancing drums and HIA-style synth washes into the blue sublime. Well recommended.
Long-awaited vinyl edition finally here! ' Invaluable, 13th anniversary 2LP reissue of Cyclobe's 2nd album, 'The Visitors', originally released in 2001 and now repackaged with new artwork by Irish artist Alex Rose and a specially recorded new piece. The 2nd missive from the former and then-current Coil orbiters, Ossian Brown and Stephen Thrower revealed vivid glimpses of a rarified electronic delirium paralleling Coil's most far-flung visions, but also manifesting a unique psychedelia of their own, subtly detached and more expansive than their hard-edged debut album. A cycle of seven originals r… Read more
*The first-ever compilation outside Algeria to focus on its pop, folk and rock scene of the 1970s. Heavy and psychedelic rock, dark and moody folk-pop and stoic cinematic tracks compiled by Hicham Chadly for Sublime Frequencies. Limited edition LP in a full-color heavy gatefold jacket* Sublime Frequencies present a selection of classic tracks from Algeria's popular music history. Compiled by Hicham Chadly, this limited edition LP comes in a full-color gatefold jacket with lovely images from the period and extensive liner-notes by Omar Zelig, Algeria's most le… Read more
We'll be damned if this isn't the most enlightened, radical soul album you'll hear in 2014. The LA-based resident of Dublab and Leaving Records CEO broadsides all expectations with a densely crafted psy-pop experience that's taken us for six. It's as if he smelted the purest bits of hip hop, psych-folk, dub and electronica in order to cloud seed the fug of former releases and reveal his dazzling chromatic structures in all their gyroscopic glory. Patched with the expert warp and weft of a maestro DJ/producer and blessed by his most soulful sung/rapped/crooned vocals, it breaks down to ten k… Read more