Thursday, 06 November
"Debut album from Brassica - featuring a vocoded Italian translation of Slayer's "Dead Man Skin" in Ballo Dei Morti. Brian Ferry's Saxophonist Jorja Renn appears on Be Lost and Psychic Heartburn. Anagrammatic Art Eb Lull Us was written on an old Hammond Organ with a nod towards Mike Oldfield. The Lodger contains the breaths and grunts of a contemporary dance troupe recorded in a collaboration 15 years prior, and the voice of Emile Bojesen (whose little documented collaborations with Brassica as synth punk band Gold Blood) appears on No Apocalypse."
**Pressed on blue vinyl** "Following their 2012 performance supporting Italian Horror soundtrack legends Goblin, Australia's Gothic-Synth heavyweights The Night Terrors's were commissioned to compose an album of music with the Southern Hemisphere's largest Grand Pipe Organ. Recorded at the Melbourne Town Hall, Friday the 13th June 2014, and to be launched on Halloween 31st October 2014, Pavor Nocturnus - A composition for Grand Organ, Theremin, analogue electronics and percussion is an inferno of haunting Theremin-led post-prog and dark cosmic dance. Quiet drops of sepulchral volta… Read more
Released just in time for the second series of Toast of London, here's that ace theme tune with some added words from the great man. Game of blow table football anyone"?
"12-inch vinyl singles have their roots in Jamaican records, going back as far as the late 1950s, but they came into the mainstream for U.S. audiences with the advent of disco in the 1970s. Major and indie labels issued thousands of disco releases as 12-inch singles, marketed primarily to DJs because of the dynamic sound allowed by wider spacing of the grooves, and the visual spacing of the grooves which helped allow the DJs to locate the “breaks” on the disc’s surface. The fast paced release schedule, and low-cost price point of these singles required a generic sleeve for most of them. Ju… Read more
"Fuelled by the urgent high note blasts and expressive muted trumpet work of avant garde icon Wadada Leo Smith and underscored by an uncanny group-think of RareNoise stalwarts Jamie Saft (Metallic Taste of Blood, Slobber Pup, Plymouth, The New Standard) on keyboards, Joe Morris (Plymouth, Slobber Pup, One) on upright bass and Balazs Pandi (Obake, Metallic Taste of Blood, Slobber, Pup, One) on drums, Red Hill is a kind of clarion call for the new avant garde. A dynamic, highly intuitive offering, Red Hill is full of tensions and releases and characterized … Read more
**Pink Vinyl** Latest 7” from Static Caravan, recommended to followers of Linda Perhacs, Karen Dalton or Vashti Bunyan...
Wednesday, 05 November
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Refreshing debut album of hip hop/grime fusion from Toronto-based MC/producer Tre Mission starring guest bars from Wiley, JME, Skepta and Murky Ace, among others. With 'Stigmata' Tre presents a unique, relatively outsider perspective on UK styles concisely mixed with North American hip hop memes. In the wrong hands this could be another dodgy slab of EDM "fusion" stodge, but Tre's the real deal, from the clipped and moody 2-step itchiness of 'On Road' to his tripped-out trap nod to Dizzee Rascal on 'Boy In The Corner' and, of course, the nimble slyding squares and R&G keys of 'Real Grind' with … Read more
Thursday, 30 October
**Sublime ambient works for gongs and bowed cymbals from Jon Mueller and Eleh collaborator Duane Pitre, edition of 500 copies, first 200 on gold wax, cut at D&M, Berlin** 'Inverted Torch' is an incredible, immersive session of treated gongs and bowed cymbals from Jon Mueller (Volcano Choir) and dedicated minimalist Duane Pitre for Type. It's the 3rd Type release for percussionist Mueller, and the first for former pro skateboarder Pitre, who's been quietly amassing a catalog of sublime LPs for Important Records and others since 2007, including a superlative split with Eleh. In … Read more
*Deluxe/Heavyweight 5LP + 7" boxet, including a 16 page 5” x 7” Booklet by Chris Abani, an 8 page 12” x 12” Booklet and a Vintage Wilfilms ad. The albums included are: 'Crashes In Love' (Original Version), 'Atomic Bomb', 'Tomorrow, Great Lover', 'Anything You Sow' plus a 45” of “Atomic Bomb”, edit by Zach Cowie & Sunny Levine / “Love Me Now” by Axel Boman, Petter Nordkvist & Johan Jonason. Numbered edition of 3000 copies* Luaka Bop present five hard-to-find William Onyeabor albums released 1977-1985, now boxed up and remastered for his newly growing fanbase. After … Read more
Cache Cache / Finders Keepers commission Felix Kubin to trawl through his collection of German Home Recording Tape Music Of The 1980s to put together this killer comp - one of the label's very best. Running to 25 obscure one-hit wonders and hardly-known tracks - CHBB's 'Ima Iki Mashoo' is probably the best known to us, at least, which says a lot! - it's a rippin' trip around the tight knit but diffuse tape networks that Kubin was inspired by and tied to from an early age after witnessing a TV show starring performances by Palais Schaumberg, Der Plan, DAF and Der Körper un… Read more
Marble Sky was the moniker under which chameleonic nomad Jeff Witscher, best known for his work as Rene Hell, recorded his most intimate and contemplative music. The material that comprises this eponymous 2xLP was originally released in the late aughts as short-run cassettes—highly coveted and personal releases that imparted mystery and a strange sense of hermetic romanticism. Although Witscher’s musical sensibilities are remarkably diverse, what remains consistent in all his projects is an idiosyncratic knack for composition and a boundless capacity for ingenuity. Indeed, his work h… Read more
Sh*t-hot EP of taut, technoid post-punk steppers and gamelan-infused no wave madness from Cured Pink on excellent new label, Another Dark Age. Cured Pink hail from Brisbane, Australia and sound quite unlike anyone else right now. The A-side, 'As Enderie Nuatal' lands somewhere between the menace of Raime's Moin workouts, SPK's industrial invocations and the psychoative impulse of Astral Social Club, yoking febrile drum machines to heady synth washes and possesed vocals with a clear, distinct vision. The B-side tracks are wilder in a slower, humid manner, mixing the sort of crisp clank and c… Read more
Two vintage cuts from Function's Synewave archive circa mid '90s, backed with a rolling, frisky Inland edit. A-side features the smooth techno-house swing and spaced-out pads of 'F3' and the robust, bleeping rolige of 'F4' from the 'F(Q): Function of Bandwidth' (1996) 12". B-side, Ed Davenport aka Inland gives a slippery rework of 'Shift F1' from the 'F(C ): Function of A Constant' 12", getting kinky with the skating 909 hi-hats and dub chord flux.
*Deluxe double vinyl Remastered and Expanded edition of Sextet, the ethereal yet rhythmic second album by Manchester postpunk funk group A Certain Ratio, originally released by Factory Records in January 1982*. Self-produced at Revolution Studio, Sextet saw the original Ratio quintet of Donald Johnson, Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop, Simon Topping and Peter Terrell joined by co-vocalist Martha ‘Tili’ Tilson. Written and recorded following a transformative sojourn in New York in late 1980, the album reflects Latin, samba and even jazz influences (eg Skipscada; Day One),… Read more
Fatima Al Qadiri, Lit City's J-Cush, Nguzunguzu's Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda team bring their debut Future Brown single to land on Warp. Their presence has been felt on the scene for quite some time now, via inclusions in Visionist and Kode 9 mixes and much-hyped shows across the world. Their first physical offering is a worldly blend of trap, ballroom and grime with nods to global dancefloor diaspora, resulting in the low-lying bounce and chiming Far Eastern influences woven below Tink's and 3D Na'Tee in the original and remix of 'Wanna Party', and a fine stab at authentic … Read more
Joey Anderson and Deepchord rework rootsy dub house trax from Fluxion's 'Broadwalk Tales' album. Joey Anderson brigns out latent Afro-centric vibes of 'You Don't Know' to the fore with hovering rhythmelodies and alien pads dubbed out to mesmerising effect. On the flip, Deepchord furnish two remixes of 'For You', one with a breezier, light-headed skank, and another sodden with tape FX.
**Edition of 300 in wrap-around jacket** Killer, crooked post punk swagger from Brisbane, Australia's Cured Pink. Originally issued in 2013 on the Black Petal label, it spits out two sozzled and bandy-legged grooves in the dubbed-off clank and skronk of 'Body Body Body I Need It I Need It I Need It' on the A-side and the stoned, psychedelic lurch of 'Amnesia (As Answer)' on the B-side, coming off like some Finnish freak gear crossed with Gray's industrial downtown dubs. Aces, both of 'em.
**Outstanding '82 oddity out by the knowledge at Superior Viaduct. RIYL John Bender, The Shadow Ring, The Fall. Includes download code.** "Philip Johnson, a lost figure in the dark waters of early industrial music, self-released over 25 tapes starting in the late '70s. As a part of the "cassette culture" in the UK, he produced ethereal soundscapes, damaged electronics and undanceable drum patterns, along with homemade j-cards. For his first and only LP, 1982's Youth In Mourning, Johnson further refined his approach with mesmerizing audio collages and Mark-E-Smith-ian vocals to make… Read more
Soft As Snow's debut pop shot for Houndstooth gets reworked by Lucy, Gang Gang Dance's Brian DeGraw, Factory Floor, and Maria Minerva. Stroboscopic Artefacts' Lucy turns 'Halo Heart' into a slinky techno burner with strobing snippets of the original vocal slightly reminding of Dettmann's Fever Ray rework; GGD's DeGraw gives 'All Our Beasts' a fidgety electro version; FF's Gabe Gurnsey locks 'Gklass Body' to an EBM coda; Maria Minerva really stands out with a bittersweet, elegant take on 'Black Birds' full of off-key discord and choppy samples.
The man best known for his NNF/100% Silk releases returns to Mogwai's Rock Action with two low-flying darkwave missiles. Bearing a much bulkier and spacious sound design than previous efforts, he starts the mission with a moody, furtive swagger in the tight flux and awning arpeggios of 'Cry Havoc', and comes off like some Fever Ray instrumental in the plangent, icy drums and trickling synth romance of the brilliant B-side, 'Heathen Birth'. Great stuff.
Mordant Music surpass themselves again with this unearthed, alien gem by library composer Donald Fraser and British folk band, Steeleye Span, recorded in 1975. The 15 minute 'Locomotion' is a real ace, locked into a tunnel of glue-huffing krautrock groove suffused with the fumes of psychedelic folk and ritual drums. MM's DLR remix squashes the thing to a demented acid church-hall bogle sparked up with gremlin voices and mutant electronics beside a eerily detached, barely-there Ghost Train Version left to roil in the murk. Or, as MM put it: "Radiophonic folk in continual accelerando for Geof… Read more
'That Horn Track' from Bleep's 10 year compilation takes a seeing to from Marcel Dettmann. On the original Untold flashes his new fangled modular system in a knotted, chaotic tribute to Egyptian Empire's 'ardcore classic, which Dettmann duly straightens out for the techno 'floors with stone-cut kicks and combustible, discordant surface disturbances.
**Bundled digital download with three bonus tracks** RBMA grads Pick A Piper, Squalloscope and Love Cult team up on a pair of dreamy, jazzy ambient pop drifts. 'Never Get Lost' is angled to early dance floors with soulful indie vocals and laidback strings guided by a Floating Points-style bump. 'Ruin' is more spacious, etheric, finding a way in between Grouper-style vocals, blossoming ambient noise and tumbling, shuffling drums.
Ruggedly effective New York house styles from DJ Qu on his Strength Music Recordings. The A-side's 'Untitled (Hi-Life)' lends a surprising dash of colour to his usually stripped down styles, lacing his Afro-latin shuffle with a bold, lustrous lead synth melody bound to spark up any 'floor, whereas the B-side turns back the darkside with the gritty, hip-notising shuffle of 'Soma' and the ibnfectious, dirivng whirr of rhythm mechanics in 'Raw 7'.
**Includes the tracks RGB and Fall Apart as an instant download** **DELS' sophomore LP starring production by Micachu and Bonobo plus vocals from Tirza, Rosie Lowe, Kerry Leatham** "Kieren Gallear aka DELS returns with his second album, Petals Have Fallen, and makes the step up from potential contender to full scale champ. Delivering on the potential he displayed on his first album, GOB, DELS has developed his own unique take on hip hop – intensely personal and poetic but also funny, scuzzy, raw and sonically adventurous. All the elements were there with his first record, but no one could h… Read more
Rrose and Dino Sabatini rework Dave Huren and co's Teste techno classic 'The Wipe' for 2014. The Rrose version opens a headlong vortex of mind-swilling synth waves and shuffled drums recalibrating the original to a sexier schematic. Berlin-based Italian, Dino Sabatini switches up with a more fluidly proggy, stark-naked version swept with ghostly, siren-like pads.
*Deluxe 180 gm vinyl housed in tip-on jacket. Different mixes and edits for LP, CD, and Download* "HNIA's stunning new offering is a rock opera depicting an epic struggle between identical twins, reflective in nature, and mirrored in twin science, secret language, and mythology. Described variously by the press as "absolutely beautiful" (CMJ), "a silver thread out of the labyrinth" (NME), and "haunted, wholly out of time or context" (Plan B), His Name Is Alive continues to mystify with Tecuciztecatl. Beginning in Livonia, MI as an experimental bedroom dream pop project, HNIA has rele… Read more
The Capital Children's Choir cover Florence + The Machine, Crystal Castles, and Spiritualized inside this Dinos Chapman designed and remixed set for The Vinyl Factory. Their original trio of tunes are the stuff that Trunk Records of 2060 will be made of. The remix is the most interesting thing here, transforming the kids' version of Crystal Castles' 'Untrust Us' into 12 minutes of fluttering vocal motifs and pulsing, serpentine techno.