Thursday, 20 March
Cheeky dancehall bubblers from the Scotch Bonnet posse. A-side sparks up the 'Pepper Riddim' for vocal versions from Speng Bond and Parly B, plus instrumental. B-side, the rooted steppers force of 'Heavy Weightless Riddim' is ridden by Marina P and Capra Dread.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Smooth, party-ready UK house from Cardiff's Bodhi duo following drops for Grizzly and Future Classic. A-side burns up US garage-flavoured vocals and, warm chords and swinging drums on 'I Need You' for the side-parting and air max posse; B-side plays a bit kinkier with the shifty organ stabs and jazz-dusted drums of 'Wuh', and tips out on the slinkier 'Soul Seeker'.
Thursday, 13 March
**Edition of 350, mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy** The third release on Sasu Ripatti's eponymous imprint is the first on the label to come from the producer under his better known Vladislav Delay moniker, a complex, high velocity missive. It proceeds his Heisenberg collaboration with Max Loderbauer - Ripatti's partner in the MvO Trio with Moritz Von Oswald - with two tangled, forward-facing riddim attacks as detailed and daring as they are unforgiving. A-side '#5' hurtles on a double-timed meter accelerating his usually sparse aesthetic into denser structures of Juking percolati… Read more
*First Pressing Sold Out - Re-press due in late April* *Debut album from Andy Stott and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker, aka Millie & Andrea* Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow labelmates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12" releases of jungle, garage and techno hybrids between 2008 and 2010. It's been four years since we last heard from them but they now return with "Drop The Vowels", their debut album. Produced fast and loose through late 2013 / early 2014, it's an album that recalls the strict and stripped funk of Anthony Shakir as mu… Read more
**Blue vinyl** The Gnod affiliated Druss and Public Information / Night School's Love Cult come together for this excellent collaborative LP for Trensmat. Over eight tracks, Love Cult dominate proceedings with original material and deconstructions of Druss - aka Gnod's Paddy Shine - augmented by a couple of original appearances by the man himself. The whole affair is oppressively overcast and perhaps exactly what you might expect from heads dwelling in a Russian satellite state and a former cotton mill in Salford. It's not far removed from their recent, respective outings, but is fa… Read more
Back-breaking, unreleased and early Chicago ghettofunk from a scene original back on the block. Aside from a digital one-off in 2011, South Side's DJ Lil' Tal left his mark on Chicago's booty scene with a string of Dance Mania bangers between 1995-1996. Rodney Bakerr of the legendary Rockin' House records worked with Lil' Tal back then, and upon observing the scene's contemporary influence, saw it was high time the world knew about the tracks his label was sitting on. There's seven high-energy tools total (although eight are mentioned on the centre label) flexing out from the bleeping bang of … Read more
UTTU follow up that utter madness from Mumdance with four tracks of 'floor scrambling rave by one half of Lakker, aka Eomac aka EeOo. Veering wilder than his 'Hither, Pappy' 12" for TTT and ruder than the Lakker output, four tracks come off something like Hecker & Haswell demolishing the R&S back catalogue, freaking out from the salty, brain-tweaking flex of 'Workout' to screwed hoover rave on 'Calc', onto darker AFXian bleeps in 'We Are All The Same', and wonky, exotic wobble with 'Battery Baby'. Recommended!
Athens-based DJ, producer and sound designer Eleni Adamopoulou aka Giganta debuts on Werk Discs with five coolly lucid, colourful garage-house deviations. 'Force' is representative of the RBMA graduate's stance against the negativity and violence connoted with Athens since the financial crash of 2008, or as she says, "Music is the force that creates hopes and dreams. And so it all begins." There's a vital, infectious energy to the EP which shouldn't be ignored, from the hiccuping, Akufen-like funk of 'Can't Stop Playing', thru the chromatic chord flares of her Sensate Focus-like 'Spot Scene', to the tr… Read more
**Silkscreened artwork on heavyweight, rigid card sleeve with paste on cover. Includes download code. No repress** A very tasty proposition of cosmic ambient soul with neat, proggy, jazzy vibes from Firecracker Recordings. The work of one R. Martirani aka Panoram, 'Everyone Is A Door' is an assuredly confident 2nd release, existing in its very own micro-cosmos of evocative soundscapes, deftest drum programming and lush yet super concise synths, all surely worthy of the deluxe packaging. RIYL Lone, Boxcutter, Ghost Box.
**Edition of 300 with insert** Slow, heavy, noisy techno pounding delivered by the mysterious Black Seed on Denmark's Details label. A-side delivers the asphyxiating intensity of 'Wild Rites', whose shifty demeanour, kinky hi-hats and frothing distortion strongly reminds of that crackshot 12" from Watkins & Almadovar. Flipside, 'Break The Silence' jacks up a flinty, fugged-out industrial thump, and 'Natural Instinct' turns inward with condensing, acidic synthlines locked to a dry, humping kick and rattling machine rhythms. Feels really good, this.
**House party sauce from playboy Damon Palermo and friends** "After three thick years of performances, passport abuse, and pumping, pleasure-principle EPs, Damon Palermo, a.k.a. classic house torchbearer Magic Touch, presents his pinnacle statement to date: Palermo House Gang. Joining forces with a vast cast of collaborators sourced from his intercontinental travels—Octo Octa, Newbody, Benny Badge, The Horses, Sarah Bates, Sorcerer, Ash Williams—Palermo swings and sweats through funky new wave club mixes, freestyle R&B, mesh-top house, freeform hardware workouts and decadent disco for… Read more
**180g vinyl - includes bonus 7" & CD** MCDE's Danilo Plessow and Innervisions' Marcus Worgull team up to scale modern kosmiche altitudes as Vermont on Kompakt. Accompanied by august Krautrock elder Jaki Liebzeit (Can), and Dominik Von Senger (Phantom Band), they conduct a plush suite in fourteen parts scoping quietly majestic panoramas, sublime mid-air waltzes and ambient introspections.
**Red vinyl** Radioactive Man, DJ Marky, Ceephax Acid Crew, Mark Broom and Nightwave rework Mark Archer's Altern-8 anthem.
**Green vinyl** The Hacker, Rennie Foster, KiNK and Neil Landstrumm rework Mark Archer's rave classic. Results range from The Hacker's industrialised breakbeat version to Foster's acid charge, a subtle house overhaul from KiNK, and Neil Landstrumm's bass-riding reduction.
Sophisticatd deep house from Michael Greene aka Fort Romeau, progressing from his eraly drops on 100% Silk and Ghostly International onto Frankfurt's respectable Live At Robert Johnson series. 'I Knew' is a cottony deep house shimmy revolving dreamy vocal loop and silvery, latinate shuffle; 'Pirouette' is a dubbed-out disco looper; 'Her Dream' captures that lost-in-it- at 4am effect perfectly with half-heard vocal, brooding bassline and sweeter synth arpeggios lathered for the lovers.
**Marbled mauve wax** Unique D&B soul from Sam KDC on Samurai Horo. If Massive Attack, Djrum and FiS ever made tracks together, there's every chance they may sound like these two. A-side 'Survive Exist' squashes a yearning, blue soul vocal into cannily compressed bass and muggy drums on the A-side, and 'Erogenous' hits even deeper with dusted, Burial-esque snares, neuro synth licks and dubbed drops of funk and soul instrumentation to sweeten the deal.
Powerful, minimalist dubstep-techno hybrids from Sleeper on Kryptic Minds' Osiris label. There's seven of 'em total, ranging from heads-down 4/4 stomp 'n roll to twysted acidic shake downs, churning bleep techno and succinct noise shots.
**Transparent, peach coloured wax** Akkord and Felix K take on the smoky slowfast of 'DAM' from DjRum's 'Seven Lies' LP. Akkord duly dry out and ruff it up with crisp, glancing percussions, abrasive white noise and techy, rolling garage-techno flux. Berlin's D&B helmsman, Felix K ov Hidden Hawaii follows suit with an even drier reinterpretation riding reduced, slyding bassline, flickering hi-hats and percolating bleeps with an enveloping steppers momentum haunted by chorale pads. Tipped!
Sweden's iDEAL Recordings revive Frak's '93 'ardcore acid mission 'Alice In Acidland'. Originally a super limited, one-sided 12", it's now split over two sides with a bonus banger to boot. The titular juggernaut pelts out a 160bpm 4/4 laced with mind-bending 303s for the headstrong, but we're having more fun with the flipside, especially the breakbeat happy hardcore of 'Don't Break The Beat', and the previously unreleased 150bpm helter skelter ripper 'Sweet Twister'.
Van Rivers, Dungeon Acid, Joel Alter, and Samuel L Session line-up for an all-Swedish remix assault on Dimitrios K's self-titled debut LP of slick, kickin' techno. On the A-side 'Where Am I' is turned into a dub chord-riding techno swinger by Van Rivers, and flipped as a rude, droning acid jacker by Dungeon Acid. B-side, Joel Alter tucks 'Dunkflum' into a skippy groover layered with deep diving Detroit strings, and Samual L Session gives some big room pressure.
*First vinyl reissue - 24 bit / 96 kHz remaster from original tapes, 180gm LP housed in an expanded gatefold tip-on jacket* "Bobby Charles pioneered the musical genre known as ‘swamp rock’ – he wrote the early rock n roll classic “See You Later, Alligator” (best known via the version by Bill Haley & the Comets). Another early gem penned by Bobby Charles was “Walking to New Orleans” as recorded by Fats Domino. He also appeared at the legendary “Last Waltz” concert in 1976 – in which he performed “Down South in New Orleans” accompanied by The Band and Dr. John. But the main reason that musi… Read more
*Remastered from the original stereo 1/4" tapes with expanded gatefold tip-on jackets and liner notes* "Light In The Attic and the legendary folk/blues/roots label Vanguard Records are proud to begin a series of collaborations under the umbrella Vanguard Vault. The series will explore the vaults of Vanguard and see the reissuing of obscure nuggets, psychedelic weirdness and just some good old-fashioned seminal music. Originally released in 1972 on Vanguard Records, Bob Frank’s self titled debut album took elements of Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Ian Tyson and filtered it through a pot-smoked haze infu… Read more
*With expanded gatefold tip-on jackets and liner notes* "Light In The Attic and the legendary folk/blues/roots label Vanguard Records are proud to begin a series of collaborations under the umbrella Vanguard Vault. The series will explore the vaults of Vanguard and see the reissuing of obscure nuggets, psychedelic weirdness and just some good old-fashioned seminal music. Originally released in 1968 on Vanguard Records, Peter Walker’s album “Second Poem To Karmela” Or Gypsies Are Important was a ground breaking blend of folk, raga, psychedelia, Eastern and… Read more
**Limited edition of 385** "Double A-side single pressed on white 7” vinyl (limited to 385 copies ), the first single to be taken from ‘Haul Away!’, the follow up to Liz Green’s debut ‘O, Devotion!’ (2011). Recorded at London’s legendary Toe Rag Studio with producer Liam Watson. Rybka’ translates as ‘little fish’ in Polish, and that’s precisely what the song is about, says Liz: “the little fish getting lost in the big pond. A boy who tries to do right but always seems to end up on the wrong side of the glass.”
"David Novick has cycled back around for his second album release in less than a year. ‘Your Sister’s Hand’ stands distinctly from his debut, bringing the deep-country campfire folk vibe in from the great out-of-doors, where the shape of the sound is more defined, more pronounced, forward and colourful in arrangement, all of which allows the songs to shine brighter. ‘Your Sister’s Hand’ was recorded in a room in San Francisco, but manages to convey a message from way out there in the pasture, which means David’s ability to conjure atmospherically is growing. Endlessly falling in love … Read more
*Gatefold LP on black heavyweight vinyl featuring a bonus red 7” with ‘Sleepwalkers Town’ and ‘Bus Rouge’ - LP also includes download code redeemable from the label* "‘Piano Ombre’, the follow-up to ‘E Volo Love’, is Francois’ first album to be recorded in a bona fide studio (in Entre-Deux-Mers, the ‘Between-Two-Seas’, region near Bordeaux in France) and with a producer (Ash Workman - Metronomy / NZCA Lines). ‘Piano Ombre’ is a stunning and wide-reaching collection that reinvigorates the band’s gene pool of influences - from Afro-pop to French chanson and YeÅLyeÅL, mixed wit… Read more
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* "Marcus Lambkin releases his second album as Sh*t Robot ‘We Got A Love’ via DFA Records. The nine-track album was recorded in Germany and New York, and features a host of guests, including DFA’s Nancy Whang, Reggie Watts, Museum Of Love, Luke Jenner, plus hip house hero Lidell Townsell and Australian singer Holly Backler. “For the guests on the record, it’s a mix of just reaching out to some people that I admire and thought might make a good collaboration. One of the greatest things about making this record was getting to work with Lidell Townsel… Read more