Thursday, 14 November
Guido's sophomore follow-up to his acclaimed Punch Drunk LP is an assuredly mature and measured affair refining his feel for fluoro funk. Eleven tracks juice the tastiest traces of sino-grime, purple funk, jazz-trance (yesss), R&B and off-world folk with an inquisitive, considered approach that's deeply involving for the listener. Highlights have to be the cheeky juxtaposition of oriental hooks, scat and spurting grime on 'Heartful Dodger', the spaced-out keys and twinkle-toed bounce of 'Jupiter' or the militant pomp of 'NRG' for starters…
The voice behind Disclosure's 'Latch' makes his solo debut proper. Sam employs his full arsenal of R&B/Pop ticks over a wonky hiphop lurch on 'Safe With Me', and a tidy sorta Prince does palm wine guitar line on 'Nirvana'. There's also a live version of 'I've Told You' recorded at St. Pancras Old Church, London 2013, and *that* acoustic take of 'Latch'.
"The Just Reproach documents the second concert given by John Tilbury and Oren Ambarchi as a duo. When they first performed together in Reykjavik, Iceland in March 2012, the aptness of the pairing was evident. When they reprised the duo at London’s Cafe OTO in September the same year in the concert presented here, the city was in the midst of a heatwave. With the air-conditioning turned off to accommodate the low volume of the performance, the uncomfortable squirming of the audience members in their sweaty chairs becomes, alongside the occasional dropped glass and cough, … Read more
Longtime Optimo associate and Glasgow staple Dave Clark (Truffle Club, Big Ned, Optimo Espacio) gets back into it with four moody house and techno joints. Check for the streaking synthlines and piped bassline on 'Amesville', and the tetchy techno of 'Don't Give A Damn'.
Bristol bassbin souljahs yung and old meet inna future dub clash. Sherwood & Pinch's follow-up to 'Bring Me Weed' heads to battle in three versions, a gritty steppers original weighed with dread subbass descent; a noisy Dubplate Pressure mix screwed with mad FX; a wilder extended mix.
"Continuing further into the music of 1970s East Africa, Soundway present a limited edition 10" of raw, bluesy garage-funk-rock from Jimmy Mawi. Jimmy Mawi was a Madagascan guitarist based in Nairobi in the mid 1970s. He cut only three 45s for EMI East Africa on their Pathe imprint that have virtually disappeared from sight in the nearly 40 years since they were recorded. Soundway reproduce four of the best tracks here on a super limited edition 10". Fuzz guitars, raspy vocals and metronomic drumming combine for an exhaustive afro-rock workout. Earlier this year Soundway rele… Read more
**Featuring remixes from Ali Renault, Fudge Fingas, iO Sounds and Auntie Flo.** "Third Hobbes Music release and the second in a series of remix EPs (follow-up to Midnight Thunder), featuring up-and-coming Scottish artists remixed by well-established and emerging local and international talents - over twenty minutes of contemporary electronic dance music."
*Limited Edition White Vinyl - Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Instrumental version of Trentemoller's recent 'Lost' album.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Recondite drifts to Ghostly International for a 2nd album of etheric deep house and dub techno. In 'Hinteland' the he wends between tempos and atmospheres with shadowy stealth, from the opiated ambient beatdown of 'Leafs' to the downtempo gem, 'Still' and on thru SAW '85-92 styles of 'Riant' to early evening/early morning club ghosts, 'Stems' or 'Abscondence' tot he STL-like jazziness of 'Fey'.
*12-Track / 3LP Version* Slick 12-track follow-up to Jerome Derradji's acclaimed Detroit Beat Down round-up. Seven years on and the sound is strong as ever, now repped by an expanded roster of 313 heads who've been doing-the-do just as long, ranging from Terrence Dixon and Mike "Agent X" Clark to Frankie Junaj aka DJ 3000 beside newer cats such as Gabbamonkey and Alex Israel. It's all killer no filler over both discs, taking in a two-part deep techno ace by Terrence Dixon ('The Fall Guy'), brilliant electro-pop-like instrumental from Reggie Dokes ('Cyber Love'), Matrix… Read more
James T Cotton loads up two kinky old skool-style house bombs for Ghostly, backed with a darker DJ Qu remix. 'Valley Road (We Are 1)' harks back to that fertile, influential early '90s era when labels like Nu Groove and KMS were meshing techno, house and breakbeats with a sense of utopian dancefloor abandon. 'Alpha Helix' is craftier, nodding to the hi-tech funk blueprints of Manchester and Detroit's Derrick May and A Guy Called Gerald with intricate synth and drum programming. DJ Qu brings the single up to date with a darker, streamlined techno take on 'Valley Road (We Are 1)'.
New Kanada bos Adam Marshall teams up with younger protege Christian Andersen for three tech-house cuts balancing crafty rhythms, moody atmosphere and slick production. Topside, 'Skip/Crush' is a weighty, swinging DJ tool with a stealthy forward momentum and deep, proggy chords. Down there, 'Ripley' is a moodier late night groove with etheric samples and 'Airror' locks off gritty, frictional groove and searing techno chords for the shape cutters.
**Includes remixes by Mike Slott, Debruit, Dam Mantle, Fulgeance and Chesslo Junior** "Drut Recordings are proud to present a remix package to follow Kelpe's acclaimed album from June: 'Fourth: The Golden Eagle'. The entire LP has been reworked by a cast of new and established producers including Mike Slott, Dam Mantle, Débruit and Fulgeance for a 11 track digital album and special edition 5 track 12" EP version. LuckyMe family member Mike Slott kicks off proceedings with a spacious, reflective 4/4 take on the album's opening cut Astrolomy, adding his own unique vocal twist to t… Read more
**Double coloured vinyl. *Please note* sticker advises CD version is included - the CD is not enclosed but there is a digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Michael Silver (aka CFCF) is one of those rare talents to whom pop sensibility seems to be second nature. The Montreal native has been making music in his bedroom since he was 12 years old, and his sophomore LP is called ‘Outside’. He has previously released two EP‘s ‘Exercises’ and ‘Music For Objects’. ‘Continent’ was his debut release and was originally released in 2009. CFCF has a musical depth that constantly surprises his elde… Read more
Freshest house from the Dutch West Coast backed with outstanding Sotofett remix! Rotterdam's D-Ribeiro follows up his SD Records debut with the fluttering chords and bass-heavy swing of 'Down you Will Get' and the filtered deep Detroit drive of 'Darckula' on the front whilst Sotofett own the flipside with an amazing 12 minute expansion of the former buffed up and tripped out with additional drum programming, keys and bass.
Raw old skool-style house jams from the Dutch don. 'Some House' works infectious vocal stabs and kinky, swinging claps, and 'Wurk It' doffs a cap to vintage Poindexter with insistent jakk beat and hypnotic acid lines.
Minimalist garage-techno and D&B styles from Sounds of The Cosmos. Sapience swings with criss, punchy 2-step drums, airy dub chords and swooping subs reminding of vintage Mindsets from Indigo and xxxy on the front; Forgold steps into atmospheric halfstep D&B zones with 'Nocturnal'.
**Orange wax** Ghost Mutt melds B-More, Trap, Footwork and zig-zagging electronic hyperfunk on the 'Rumble Pak' EP. 'Rumble Pak' slams down tightly wound American club Breaks with ecstatic hardcore yelps and airborne strings; 'Queens Road Masonic Lodge' is a strange development of Trap-style 16th note snare rolls and Giallo-esque string arpeggios amped for 2013. Flipside, '3310' gives a strong nod to the LuckyMe and Rustie/Hud Mo sounds with flashest stabs and wild, cut-up riddim, whereas 'Dintuno?' tilts hi-pitch vocals and rapid-fire footwork drums for the gangsta rollers.
Techiest Dubstep from one of the scene's brightest yung producer's. Along with cats like Killawatt and Compa, Thelem is re-engineering the genetic codes of Dubstep, splicing with elements of hi-tech D&B, grime and computerised sound design to future-shocking effect. The A-side 'Grainform' comes off like a mechanised grime riddim rent with cinematic 3D FX for the techiest heads, whilst "petriform' rushes up with virulent arpeggios and the kind of diffuse, splintered rhythms closer to Autechre than most dubstep tunes.
**Clear vinyl** Instra:mental's Kid Drama aka Jon Convex returns to that Autonomic D&B sound on four tunes for dBridge's Exit, including a killer hook-up with Om Unit. A-side, his solo flight remind us just how good Instra:mental were, especially in the midnight Vangelis synth panorama and jittery step of 'In Mind' and the Timba-tech R&B/D&B R&D of 'What Do You See'. B-side the shadowy Hands Liek Crime appears on the skulking stepper, 'Retract', and 'Grind' features Om Unit teaming up on a tense, slick slow/fast essential.
**Die-cut jacket** The spawn of a mind-melt between Tom Middleton and Joe Muggs in 2010, Sounds Of The Cosmos debuts with three diverse tracks from the nu bass/electronica quadrants. A-side, 'Something Wrong With Daisy' is a three-way astral chug-off between South London's Silkie and Atlanta's Mite & Distal, crowbarring a liberal chunk of Basement Jaxx into an extended tribal acid dub at 33-not-45, whilst Jabru leans on a bashier digital dread vibe with the Hyperdub styles of 'Glass Floor (Dub)' and VVV beams way out on the ambient vectors of 'Arrival'.
Massive true-skool dubstep weapons from Anti-Social Ents' Quest. 'Visitors' weighs in up top with hydraulic 4/4 sub punch and bristling counter rhythms designed to hypnotise and pummel the dance into submission; down under, 'Dubfoot' is a little more subtle, doing the one foot skank on the kind of invisible subs that mek your eyes quiver while intricate polyrhythms and escalating synthline ratchet the slow-cooked intensity to a sublime climax.
**Limited edition of 300** DFA's Tim Goldsworthy, Ostgut Ton's Nick Höppner, and Dauwd remix his 'Heat Division' single for Pictures Music. The Tim Goldsworthy take on the title track is an exemplary mixture of New York garage disco heat and UK-style bass pressure, watch out for that 2nd drop and the near-junglist drum rolls! Höppner does his classy, timeless Berlin house thing with 'And' on the flip, swinging with deft chords and tightly synched shimmy, whilst Dauwd gives a reduced dub mix of 'Heat Division' built for the wee small hours.
Wémè swiftly follow the amazing NRSB-11 album and that dark-as-'eck 'Valhalla Rising' OST with The Valley And The Mountain's debut EP of greazy, cozmik electro boogie. The label's description of "…Marvin Gaye and Tangerine Dream together in an elevator in Detroit" may be pushing it a little, but there are some dapper grooves within, three each side ranging from space explorer boogie of 'Manifest (The Landing)' to Aran Daniels' ruddy, revving bassline and Carpenter-esque chords on his 'We Do So Should You' mix, and over to the weird, wobbly boogie of 'Sweat and Honey' or the muggy bump of 'Black Planet'.
Glawegian rave enablers Rudadub crack off a cheeky six-pack of analogue goodness from a gang of Scandinavian rebels. Following a first instalment of ragged jack from Anthony Naples for their irregular imprint, these tractor-loving jack-o-nauts kick out the quirkiest, jauntiest jams riding roughshod with chugging roland grooves and skewed synth juice. Best consumed with a bottle of buckie and a plate of meatballs.
*Canny German pop backed with breakbeat and ambient house remixes. Includes Download code redeemable from the label* "The eponymous "It's All" is their most impressive song to date. Since their label debut "Garant", The Von Duesz represent live performed club music in the niche between Electronica, Kraut and Jazz. Now they intensify their open approach by transforming it into sublime Pop – a change that suits them extremely well. Even if "Alert Me" shows that Florian Schäffer, Henning Rice and Ismail Oezgentuerk are still experts of improvisation, combine… Read more
**180 gram audiophile vinyl album of the classic trojan album by John Holt. Featuring many great tracks and a full colour insert with track by track breakdown and sleeve notes by the legendary Harry Hawke**
Jel returns to Anticon seven years after his 'Soft Money' LP with a muggy, fractured beat suite entitled 'Late Pass'. Thankfully for his fans not much has changed with the music, which still errs to the psychedelic and swirling side of abstract or back-packer styles with an indie/avant-rock lean, best heard in the fuzzed-up buzz of 'Look Up' and the neck-snap boom bap of 'Steady'.
French disco evergreen, Bernard Fevre returns to Lo with the follow-up to 'Circus'. He's still lost none of the panache that made his earliest stuff so definitive, sustaining an almost reckless yet vital energy over eight tracks of uptempo disco ranging from the almost raga-like vocals and melodies of 'Sun Dance Totem' to the joyful MIDI flair of recent single 'Maymallow' and the turbo-charged wiggler, 'The Kid In Me'.