Thursday, 23 April
**Edition of 500** Two of Copenhagen's most virulent collaborators meet again in this coarsely textured and visceral tribute to 'The Female Form'. Both long-serving members of the Posh Isolation posse, Loke Rahbek (Croatian Amor, Damien Dubrovnik, Lust For Youth) and Frederikke Hoffmeier a.k.a. Puce Mary have orbited each other for years, and were previously coupled up on 'The Closed Room' (2011), the first in a trilogy of collaborations, this being their 2nd. Recording at the loci of Copenhagen's Mayhem Complex as well as Stockholm's revered EMS facility, they animate a series… Read more
Intoxicatingly deep and dusty dub house from a new name on Steve Summers Confused House. Arriving in the wake of that superb Activated 12" by Max Dunbar and Summers, this session works at a gently laidback throb venting thick clouds of keening, fizzy harmonics and half-heard melodies à la NWAQ's 154 in A-side, 'Newmanos', followed thru into the slightly less obfuscated yet even fizzier ferric dub fug of 'Paraesthesia' on the B-side. RIYL the M-Series, Mike Huckaby, Terekke.
**Housed in die-cut jacket** "From director Ana Lily Amirpour and Executive Producer Elijah Wood, "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" is a Western vampire noir set in a small Iranian town that has an effortlessly cool soundtrack featuring music from artists such as Kiosk, Radio Tehran, and Federale. With no solo composer providing a score, the sound of the film has instead been curated by Amirpour with a variety of tracks selected to supply a unique atmosphere, recalling less traditional vampire films such as "Near Dark" and "Only Lovers Left Alive". Despite not being scored,… Read more
**Deviant breakbeats and hair-brained Moog wig-outs. Deadly!!!** "As an artist whose name has become mutually synonymous with the instrument he plays Bruce Ditmas is a very unique heavy musician from one of those special tightknit communities that tried (and almost succeeded) to change the facade of progressive pop music and jazz via musical technology. Raised in Miami (an unknown incubator for future synthesists) Bruce carved the image of a teen prodigy playing jazz drums at the most exclusive Miami Beach hotels. After being whisked off to New York by none other that July Garland he became… Read more
Snappy jack traxx from the UK's Craig Stainton a.k.a. Myriadd for Crème Organization. Four cuts, all well versed in the art of deeper, mystical Chi house.
Earliest Chicago house peach from the originator, Jesse Saunders, reissued (seemingly officially this time) by Trax for 2015. 'Funk You Up' comes from that proto-house no-mans-land of rightly be called any of the above. Whatever it is, it's a proper party cut, propelled by killer squidgy bassline and tuff, sparking drum machines with a blazing sophisticated, sung/rapped male/female vocal and orientalist synth wiggles to boot. This edition features a longer edit of the original vocal plus a cool a capella on the A-side, backed with a percolating Club Mix and cold kicking bonus beats for the deejays.
**Edition of 300 including 46-page booklet of essays and illustrations plus a $100,000 bill from Zimbabwe and hand-stamped insert. Edition of 300** Interesting and mixed bag of free jazz and political essays augmented by unnecessary tech-house remixes. The interesting parts are worth you attention though, including a deft bit of free jazz punk by San Francisco's now defunct Libertas, 'Song For The End OF The World' and the zine full of essays on everything from the impact of Berlin architecture to after-party fatigue, juxtaposed with loads of kinky illustrations. Go figure…
**Wrong Steps makes more smooth-yet-gauzy house moves on his 2nd EP for Huntleys + Palmers.** It's a right viber, sashaying via chiming rhodes, silty electronics and padded kicks thru 'NTYS' to something approximating DJ Sprinkles on Main Street in the depths of 'ASCN'. The effortless elegance of 'RNME' hints at the European poise of the Villalobos/Loderbauer duo, and 'Grey' eases off the drums for the first half, segueing from spidery electronics and melting chords into a bluesy halfstep shuffler. Sweet.
**Hand-stamped centre labels and screen-printed jacket** Superb rear-guard techno David Coccagna a.k.a. Chaperone for Philly's Great Circles. Teamed with a trio of ace remixes from Thug Entrancer,Hero/Victom and Westov Temple, the original 'Pond' tracks take in screwed, druggy boogie à la Actress' Thrillers with 'Get Ghost' beside a spectral morph of EBM and gloomy Detroit with 'Cough Into Auditorium Can't Tell Me To Nod Now', or a slopped and noisy take on Omar-S' little known trick, 'Jit' in 'All Your Emergencies'. Remixing, Westov Temple turns in a dreamy Suspended Mix of 'Get Ghost', complemented… Read more
**Presented on high-quality 180gram heavyweight blue vinyl. Limited edition**"Medical Records returns to France (by way of Berlin) to present the first full length vinyl LP by contemporary artist Peine Perdue. Peine Perdue was born in 2010 from the meeting of Berlin-based artist and musician Stephane Argillet and Coco Gallo. Peine Perdue finds its inspiration in a certain geometry, poetry and clearness in music and art such displayed by the cold abstractions of XVIIIth century harpsichordists (Couperin, Pancrace Royer etc) to the graceful minimalism of Erik Satie, the sugar uncluttered pop… Read more
**Gatefold 2xLP in a Stoughton Gatefold Jacket - RIYL Sleep, Electric Wizard** "Reissued and back on vinyl after 14 years of silence! A Massive conjuration from Boston’s old Lords of doomed darkness and a return to the eve of all that’s heavy & punishing! Evil doom at its bleakest..."
*Double album on 180g vinyl, including the full concert and documentary on DVD, plus CD and 24 page booklet. Individually numbered copies* "In the winter of 2012/13, Motorpsycho was approached by Trondheim’s biggest cultural festival, Olavsfestdagene. The festival’s director had seen Motorpsycho & Ståle Storløkken perform their 2012 album "Motorpsycho & Ståle Storløkken present the Death Defying Unicorn" in its entirety at the National Opera House in Oslo that winter, and was wondering whether the band and Ståle would be interested in doing something on the same scale for OFD t… Read more
**Includes download code** Tom Trago's Voyage Direct label starts to sum up its last 5 years with the first instalment of compilation 12". There's glassy IDM from Ebokai in 'Metai' and lean electro-house shuffle from Efdee & Tom Ruig's 'The Slightly', backed with the vintage swing of 'Want Need' by Magnesii and Legowelt in House of Jezebel mode for the shiny house perks of 'Quantum Fawn'.
Deep and frothy garage house swingers from Baja, California, via Faces Records. Vibes are nice from start to finish, rolling thru the plush but refined swing of 'Reciprocal' and the skippier 'Round Streets' up top, and over to a piano-heavy remix by S3A, and the sub-sunken beatdown bob of 'Real All Night'.
Bambooman teams up with UK hip hop MC Jehst for Sonic Router. The instantly recognisable drawl of Jehst is smeared to a woozy, skunked-out bass and smoky chords in the A-side's 'Rusted' - quite funny how the production feels up-to-date whereas the vocal sounds totally stuck int he '90s (really, MC's still sound like this?!) - whilst the B-side's 'Thickets' drops a dollop of grimy pastoral futurism.
**180g wax** Sparkling, ruddy Swiss house from Jack Pattern, lapped by a beach-ready Ruf Dug remix. Jack's originals are charming summer dance joints deftly shimmying from the bubbling cosmic vibes of 'Blackout' thru to acidic Kwaito-like styles in 'Baqua', replete with dope vocal and some wobbly Moog lines, and head up into the tropical lilt of of 'Behau Original' and a slow mo swagger called 'Bango' coolly reminding of Lena Platonos' 'Shadows of Blood' groove.
A classic Italo 7" from 1985 remastered and re-cut for 12" in 2015. At 30 years old, Alex Valentini's sentiment and groove still ring true with timelessly effective synth arpeggios and fruity flashstabs of the Radio and killller instrumental Disco versions bolstered by Italoconnection's dreamier re-edit and the pointed funk of Flemming Dalum's 2015 take. As far as Italian disco cheese goes, the creamier the better…
Reissue of a dead stylish early '90s Italian house EP. Four cuts of olive-oiled deep house swing steeped in classic early NYC and MCR styles. Original copies sell 2nd hand for at least triple the price…
**Nice up your life with this prime reissue of Hopeton Lewis's seminal debut album collecting his massive hits such as 'Take It Easy', 'Rock Steady' and 'Cool Collie' from the scorching Jamaican summers of '66-'67. Every home should own a copy!** "Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat is a fundamental album released in 1966 that determined the way Rocksteady was going to journey. In 1966, Rude Boys were at the peak of the fame with their notorious behaviors, while Ska gradually started to slow down its tempo. This album paved the way for a newborn music, Rockste… Read more
**Gatefold jacket includes CD** "Colours Of The Night, Peter Broderick’s first full-length for Bella Union in three years, had a rather odd conception to say the least. The American born multi-instrumentalist and songwriter went along for the ride when invited for a so-called “recording residency” in the small town of Lucerne, Switzerland. “I arrived with a pile of songs and just sort of watched as they got carried through the filter of this group of musicians who were coming from an entirely different place,” says Broderick. “It was exciting to let go a little bit, to sim… Read more
**Limited 2LP & DVD, includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label** Esteemed NYC multimedia artist Delia Gonzalez presents the films and solo piano soundtrack of her most recent project, 'In Remembrance', augmented by Bryce Hackford remixes, some ten years after her landmark DFA release, 'The Days of Mars' with Gavin Russom. Inside you'll discover a DVD with her four 16mm films accompanied by a sparkling solo piano suite of cascading scales inspired a text written by Henry Miller as well as by Gurdjieff's theory that "to play scales is to become more in tune with your inner se… Read more
Drew Lustman escapes his Falty DL alias with this dizzyingly ace album under his own name. 'Crystal Cowboy' is quick and loose but flush with all the funky tricks and crafty soul that has endeared him so much to heads the world over since 2007 and a sterling run of IDM-into-breaksploitation antics. He approaches the project with X amounta humour and guile, brilliantly indulging his Anglophilic tendencies with nuff hardcore/jungle roll-outs interspersed by instinctive nods to his home city's jazz, house and R&B heritage. It was apparently written on-the-fly, freed of any conceptual re… Read more
To-the-bone house gear from the DABJ hero, working to heavy inspiration from Ron Hardy, Gene Hunt, Roy Davis Jr. Back on Houndstooth following the buckshot of late 2014's 'Fifty Fathoms Deep', the Berlin-based producer does druggy ghetto vibes in the warm 'n gritty percolations of 'Raw Materials' on the A-side, before the sozzled swang of ''Ave That' cuts loose on the flipside along with the freeky early Dance Mania jabs of 'Jerk U Later'.
The highly touted tech-house pop prince serves a satisfyingly sweet debut album for Domino's Double Six. 'Fading Love' plays out like the soundtrack to a montage of posh kids having a fabulous time at their fifth festival of the season, slightly depleted of energy (drugs) but still enough to keep them bobbing and chewing the residual MDMA in their floppy locks. Melodies are hummable and beats purr effortlessly, gliding from the sleepy-eyed drift of 'About Time' thru the bittersweet soft trance lift of 'Knife To The Heart' and the slow motion blue-eyed soul lilt of 'The Waiting' featuring Laurence Hart.
Beautiful noirish "movies for ears" by much loved singer/songwriter/producer Ela Orleans, produced by Howie B and the first release on his newly minted HB Recordings imprint.
**Includes free CD copy inside** Berlin tech-house wrought with swelling, proggy emotions by former Tresor resident Dave DK. 'Val Maira' builds on the example of his split 12" with Ricoshëi in fine style, exapdning on a flush of warm, 'floor-friendly strokes at best in the night-light charms of 'Immer Gut', the spaced-out sound designs of 'We Mix At Six', and Burial-esque ambience of 'Naschi'.
**In which the legendary Can drummer and multi-percussionist Holger Mertin converge a lushly kinetic, outernational meld of complex rhythms and percussive melody** "Like a zen master of the minimal, repetitive beat, Liebezeit -- famous for his hypnotic precision -- creates with only few sound colors the perfect matrix for Mertin's unleashed playing on any imaginable percussion instrument. The result is a mighty, complex pulse -- the groove of a better world. On the basis of that musical matrix, sound magician Joseph Suchy has produced a jaw-dropping album that defies any categorization. Even … Read more