Thursday, 04 December
*Includes Download Code* "The Range of Light Wilderness makes you think that the old old beach blanket in your trunk might actually be a magic carpet. Roll it out and go for a sandy ride in the sky. There's plenty of magic to spare in the world created on the outfit's beguiling debut full-length. Refracting the full crystalline spectrum of psychedelic pop, The Range Of Light Wilderness delivers tunes that are profound and danceable, hushed and arresting, fresh and timeless. These analog recordings were produced by song writer Thomas Frank McDonald (guitar,… Read more
**Double Vinyl - includes download code redeemable from the label** "Chilean producer, Jimmy Pizarro (Insecto) delivers his first full length release for Home Assembly Music. In many ways a more musical re-imagining of the classic Clicks & Cuts sound most readily associated with Mille Plateaux, but adapted for a 2014 audience. Rather than sticking to the austere aesthetic of the likes of SND (a professed influence), Pizarro has expanded the sound palette of his lush, expansive arrangements. So now, as well as the intricate, skittering micro beats, we have jazzy chords, glistening… Read more
The 'Riot Party' EP perhaps supposes what the Electrifying Mojo might be playing today, were he still broadcasting the Midnight Funk Association over the Detroit area. 'Ann Arbor' makes that comparison most explicit with a War Of The Worlds style sci-fi intro bleeding into some slick future house funk, while 'Bass Jam' slips into crunchy midnight boogie mode; 'With Attitude' follows ina Teutonic triplet style to the tightened house shimmy of 'Detox' and the abstract machine funk transmission, 'Riot Party'.
Matthias Kaden trims and tweaks Kuniyuki's 'Afric Univers' in his own tech-house style for Mule Musiq. Remix rolls with swollen bass and glinting, shuffling percussion across the A-side; the dub simply rubs out the vocal on the B-side.
**Hand numbered edition of 250 copies pressed on 180g vinyl with screen-printed jacket, a trio of art inserts and download code** Psych-rock phenomena, Horrid make their long awaited recorded debut with 'Vol.1'. Including premo illustrator and artist John Powell-Jones among their masked trio, Horrid have been throwing down at mytriad venues across Manchester, from gallery spaces to satanic mills, churning out a fuzz-backed sound channelling the gnarliest elements of Hawkwind, MARS and Moon Duo into driving, extended invocations of caveman racket. Their debut slab lands on new label Pinot Grigio Records… Read more
Perfect 1987 Italo bomb reissued for the good of the dancefloor. 'In The Dark' was originally released by Technology in 1987 and nowadays original copies exchange hands for up to £300.
**Vinyl Edition of 200 - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "Pete Nichols is one of Brattleboro VT's many talented polymaths. He runs the Spooky Town Tapes label, records bands at Peter's World Studio, and is a member of Great Valley. This album -- his first solo LP -- collects the previously issued Grapey Day cassette, and adds a matching suite of songs for your listening pleasure. Nichols' muse is a bizarre pop/outsider hybrid, recalling everyone from Tracey Trance to Big Star at various moments. The songs are sweet nuggets of form… Read more
**Orange Vinyl - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "Vinylization of a recent Infinity Cat cassette, 367 Equalizer is a one-sided slab of belligerent art damage. The feel of this session is more tempered than that of their wigglesome debut LP, Jeffrey Johnson (as well as their second LP, which shall go nameless). The discordian elements of post-no-wave edge and Brooklyn basement glue party remain, but some of the looser jags have been hauled in and buffed like a fine pair of loafers. This is still definitely the sound of young people, but not in a way that grate… Read more
*Vinyl Edition of 300 - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "This album represents a particularly whacked-out session for the peripatetic Austinite Ralph White, who is renowned for many things. Not the least of which is the fact that he's one of the few men who Michael Hurley will join on tour. It's no small thing? Most of White's fantastic solo output makes use of his multi-instrumentalism, often with a focus on his violin or banjo playing. Here, however, Mr. White focuses exclusively on button accordion and a variety of songs that can be done in waltz-time, reg… Read more
**Edition of 400 copies - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "Great debut LP (following a tour-split with NE Patriots) by this upstate NY trio. It's actually the vinylization of their OSR cassette, but now it's a record and that's all the better for you. Their sound immediately strikes one's ear as brimming with the anarcho-squeak-aggression of Switzerland's Kleenex, but that's just the initial impression. Palberta's actual brunt is thoroughly warped in an all-American style, smelling of tent parties in the piney woods as much as sweat-stained house shows in the valle… Read more
Ital's Lovers Rock label returns with four tracks of ambient techno from the man and his pals. Former Mi Ami dude Earthen Sea proffers the lowlit and romantic shimmy of 'Beat 13' beside the sprung techno mutant, 'Nosebleed' by DJ Wey. Another Mi Ami member, Damon Palermo aka Magic Touch, lends the arpeggiated, beatless synth stroke of 'Inner Realm', and Ital completes the session with his subbass-saturated dub house stroller, 'Resonant Chamber'.
"Computer Club is a Sheffield-based electronic label born out of the club night that has featured DJ sets and live performances from NHK'Koyxen, The Black Dog and Mat Steel (snd). The first release is a limited edition 7" single from French musician Poborsk. If you are familiar with Icasea, the experimental electronica label run by Satoshi Aizawa, Tom Knapp and Alex Peverett (1/2 of Skam veterans Team Doyobi), you probably already know Poborsk's music. If not then think Autechre and Skam: deep, melodic and abstract electronica with an almost non-human level of detail..."
Monday, 01 December
Acre on a mad one for Tectonic with four brukken, mongrel club constructs. In the best sense, each cut nimbly evades concrete classification, twysting out between battered 'ardcore mutation reminding of Millie & Andrea in 'Ping' to the bit-crushed aquatic dancer, 'Blue Moon' and further out into hyper Afro-centric styles with the Shangaanese percolations ov 'Icon', and an MDMA-smudged flux of chords and dub detritus in the bittersweet close, 'Reload'. RIYL Andy Stott,, Actress, Dynamo.
*180gm vinyl with download code, edition of 300* Mujuice comes back to Pro-Tez almost 10 years since his first output for the label.
Thursday, 27 November
Prostitutes caps a profligate 2014 with his stomping return to Diagonal after hot sessions with Spectrum Spools, Night School, and Mira. In 'Ecstasy, Crashing Beats and Fantasy' it feels like he's really cemented and distinguished his toiling funk from the hardwave horde, equally due to his uncompromising hardware aesthetic and fine balance of menacing subtlety. The devil is in the detail, from the hypnotic drones and shark-toothed bite of industrial jakker 'Crawl In From Broadway' to the possessed, wobble-jaw electro chatter of 'Side Effects Of Living', arguably his s… Read more
**Includes download code** Further to their 'Rave Tapes' album, Mogwai curl off three cuts that didn't make it to the album, backed with three suitably sublime remixes from Blanck Mass, Pye Corner Audio, and Nils Frahm. Of the originals, 'HMP Shaun William Ryder' has a great title. It's also worth checking for Pye Corner Audio's 'slow, steady ascension to post rock/kosmiche glories in his remix of 'No Medicine For Regret'.
**180g vinyl with artwork by Julian House. Includes download code** The Advisory Circle return with a new album and a much darker sound with 'From Out Here', the enchanted follow-up to the pastoral ambience of 'As The Crow Flies'. Masquerading under this guise, Jon Brooks reveals what is quite possibly his strongest work to date; an 18 track suite drifting from brassy cosmic warning signals to ancient-futurist miniatures reminding of the fragile motifs in Actress' 'R.I.P.' album. The common theme is undoubtedly Brooks' exquisite sound design, uniting a series of individual themes t… Read more
**Foreboding, deeply compelling debut highly recommended to followers of Demdike, Cyclobe, Coil.Screenprinted on coloured paper. 150 copies only** 'Uruk Romantic Tales #2' is a concept album based "in a supposable Mesopotamian landscape, hanging between past and future recalling nor one or the other." It's evidenmtly the work of an exotic mind, much in the same frame as inestimable French composer Jean-Claude Eloy, and also sharing much in common with the vividly hyperstitious soundscapes of Cyclobe or Coil. Over six stages or phantasias, Lacroix's narrative leads us blindfold… Read more
Raw, plunderphonic arrangements from Lutto Lento for Charles Drakeford's new label, FTD. Imagine Madteo meets People Like Us at Drvg Cvltvre's place and you're in the right headspace for 'Remember I Was Dreaming''s five juxtapositions of acousmatic dialogues mashed with pop samples and grubbing grooves, all lifted and re-mastered from old tapes. It works well in the Wax Trax-style sample bump of 'Prima Porta' especially - making for a strong debut for this promising new label.
*Volume Two of Two - 6 tracks pressed on Double Vinyl* Still Music's Jerome Derradji and Kevin Starke ov Kstarke Records present a unparalleled haul of hitherto hidden Chicago house weapons in 'The House That Jackmaster Hater Built'. Mixing previously unreleased diamonds that used to be traded on tape between the likes of Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles, along with some of Starke's own Jackmaster Hater edits and productions, plus loads more, you kinda get the sense you should be pinching yourself when listening to joints like these.… Read more
*Volume One of Two - 7 tracks pressed on Double Vinyl* Still Music's Jerome Derradji and Kevin Starke ov Kstarke Records present a unparalleled haul of hitherto hidden Chicago house weapons in 'The House That Jackmaster Hater Built'. Mixing previously unreleased diamonds that used to be traded on tape between the likes of Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles, along with some of Starke's own Jackmaster Hater edits and productions, plus loads more, you kinda get the sense you should be pinching yourself when listening to joints like these.… Read more
*10th Year Anniversary of Florida, includes 4 previously unreleased tracks and the original tracklisting, spread across Triple LP on heavyweight 180g vinyl in a triple gatefold reverse board sleeve* "10 years ago, Diplo - the man behind Mad Decent, Major Lazer etc - released his debut solo album via Big Dada. In some ways, ‘Florida’ represents Diplo’s most personal work. ‘F10rida’ features unreleased tracks as well as a 10 page ‘scroll’ booklet containing brilliant and surreal emails between Big Dada and Diplo - an insight into how the record came to be - plus updated artwork. “I made ‘Florid… Read more
Maoupa Mazzocchetti debuts with the sleazy darkwave allure of 'A-Tranquility' for Unknown Precept, who previously delivered 'The Black Ideal' compilation of noise/techno hybrids. This 12" sees them head down a narcotically sexy avenue of modern hypnobeat, working with a salty, writhing aesthetic highly comparable with your JTC, Traxx or Beau Wanzer bits. A-side delivers three cuts stretched between Carpenter-esque chimes a bubbling jakbeat with lashings of spring reverb and ghoulish chord progressions and B-side comes with the hench industrial swagger of the Skinny Puppy-esque 'Coexistence' and the killer EBM churn of 'Vernacular'. Strong twelve this.
We Can Elude Control gets the best out of Ralph Cumbers aka Bass Clef aka Some Truths in the tensile, technoid modular and broken drum-machine deviations of 'Bliss Abyss'. As opposed to his more self-consciously "quirky" gear, there's a taut sense of discipline informed by dancefloor structures in these eight tracks released by Paul Purgas ov Emptyset's label. We can hear ideas filched from Footwork, house, techno and dancehall and wedged into these tracks, along with Cumbers unique feel for melodic arrangement and evolutionary, dub-wise space. Matching the crisp, kinetic aesthetics of recen… Read more
**Fracking the well-worn American psyche for vintage hypnagogic elements… Mastered by Brian Pyle. Edition of 265. RIYL older James Ferraro, Torn Hawk** "Trans-american Joe Knight recently caravanned his custom duffel bags of woozy jukebox esoterica from the Bay to the plains of central Texas but, before and during so, crafted and released the double-volume Scrap collection for multifaceted Midwestern organization, Bezoar Formations. Reconsider Lounge distills a portion of this material into different arrangements, intercut with an assortment of unreleased curiosities and classics, comprisi… Read more
Houndstooth bite off the lead cut from Throwing Snow's debut album, backed with a banging VIP and remix of 'Hypnotise' from Will Saul and Komon. The keening string discord and depressed Reese bass of the original is beefed up with bulky Chi-house patterns in a shifty VIP version for the 'floor, as is the swooning 'As You Fall' featuring Py, while 'Hypnotise' is treated to a more rugged, subtly epic remix from Will Saul & Komon.
**Deluxe edition housing 2 x 180g picture discs in heavy duty PVC sleeves and double spine-width jacket with 6-panel 12" x 12" liner notes insert** Edition RZ present a further volume of cut-up radioplays named Hörtexte (radiotexts) by visual and sound artist Ferdinand Kriwet (Düsseldorf, 1942). Intriguing, if slightly impenetrable for non-German speakers, 'Hörtexte Zwei' consists three pieces, 'Offen' (1961/1962), 'Hörtext I' (1963), and the two-part 'Rotoradio' (2012) split over four sides.
**Hand-assembled, screen-printed jacket and centre labels with download code** Gnod member and solo dub-smith, Raikes Parade makes his vinyl debut with the smoked-out dub and jungle of 'Allotropes of Diamonds' for new Manchester label, Moderate Twat Kissa. Two extended sides give space for Raikes to stretch out and get right into his groove, starting up with the tentative mix of ambient skank and chugging 4th World signatures in 'Slow Diamond' and stepping wide with the whip-cracked jungle dub-tekno ov 'Fast Diamond' on the flip.