Thursday, 05 March
Limited Gatefold LP. "It may be seven years since he released a solo record, but José has been anything but idle in that time. He’s delivered two albums with the band Junip, his more fulsome, electronic-edged, pop project and has toured with both the Berlin/Göteborg String Theory orchestra (in 2011), co-performing 11 reworking’s of his songs, Sidi Touré and played with Malian desert blues troupe Tinariwen (both in 2012). In 2013, Hollywood came calling when Ben Stiller commissioned José to work with Theodore Shapiro on the soundtrack to his remake of ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ an… Read more
Samaan drops a couple of slow and grungy acid jacks backed with electro + techno remixes by The Exaltics and scouse supergroup Phantom Planet Outlaws.
*Red & green marbled vinyl* "Folks, the latest van is here digging the foundations for the new album by Free School, Birmingham’s Maximalist cosmic voyagers. The lead single is ‘Hudson’s Whistle’, a feel-good, hook-laden instrumental romp with melodies aplenty to tug on your heartstrings. The record is backed with a dark melancholic remix by Maps (Mute Records) of contemporary disco track ‘French Cousins’. Ethnic Prog Techno vitamins all on one seven inch package. Try to get this out of your head. Free School is finally ready to release their most fully realized audio jewel yet. Free Sc… Read more
*LP reissue manufactured in Japan, presented in a high quality card sleeve with replica original artwork.* "Rare and highly sought after in its original format, Os Brazoes self-titled album was originally released on RGE Discos in 1969. It is a psychedelic masterpiece that fuses samba, R'n'B and Rock 'n' Roll influences using fuzz guitars, synths, percussion, lush vocals and effects. Os Brazoes formed in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1960's. They backed Gal Costa during her Tropicalia period, yet apparently never recorded in the studio with her. Miguel de Deus, the bands front man, recorded the h… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* " Tall Tales And The Silver Lining are a Los Angeles based band led by songwriter Trevor Beld Jimenez. Beld Jimenez grew up on the sounds of 70s AM radio, along with LA classics like Jackson Browne, Court and ‘Spark’-era Joni Mitchell, Neil Young & Crazy Horse and The Byrds. His music incorporates all of that - classic songwriting, great playing, simple, hook-heavy arrangements and thoughtful production - but updates the sound for today.It’s straightforward, heartfelt rock & roll, ten songs of love and loss, ocean-scented breezes and the hum of the open road beneath your wheels."
*Deluxe LP format features heavyweight vinyl in a gatefold sleeve containing a bonus LP titled ‘Fresh Blood: No Skin’, a complete new full length minimalist mix of the full album, minus strings, horns or choir* "Fresh Blood’ is the follow-up to the “magical” (Pitchfork) debut ‘Big Inner’ and is a bracing, beguiling record and a bold advance for White. It’s a record that feels like the brilliant bloom to ‘Big Inner’s striking bud. Produced by White and Spacebomb partner Trey Pollard and mixed by Pat Dillett (David Byrne, Nile Rodgers), ‘Fresh Blood’ marks the next chapter o… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Keath Mead comes for your FM dial with the classic MOR song-writing chops of 'Sunday Dinner', produced by Chaz Bundick a.k.a. Toro Y Moi, Les Sins etc. Hailing from South Carolina, Keath gives firm nods to the classics of 10cc and Todd Rundgren, backed by Bundick's authentically vintage-sounding production. To be fair, you could just turn on the radio, but fans of real, down-home Americana and such will likely appreciate his efforts.
"Monika Enterprise presents the debut album by Cologne artist Sonae: 'Far away is right around the corner'. Containing 10 tracks written between 2012 and 2014 the record deals with reflections about friendship, growing up and everyday life full of hope as far away is right around the corner. Sonae's music is wide, flowery and raw from the very quiet (Ambient) to tiny club moments (Electronica) always embedded in an electronic soundscape."
Travis Stewart a.k.a Machinedrum slinks out as Aden on Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic label. The 'Tanz EP' is a shiny new skool club affair, seducing with the rimshot-freckled build of 'Lieb' and percolating proper Dance Mania meets Jersey vibes with the smooth-but-rugged 'Grau'. The haughty thrust of 'Hass' nods to ballroom and early Chi-house styles - think Mike Q meets Chip E - and 'Hell' gets off with razor sharp chords and bucking groove, like Mark Fell wurkin' his Green Velvet suit.
Monday, 02 March
Proper bass weight from Kromestar on V.I.V.E.K.'s System Music label. Both track subtly update the original halfstep sound for 2015: 'Mere Sher (My Lion)' brings shudderingsubs and growling mid-range with a red-eye skank; ''Flute Song' goes all 'Ancient Memories' with flagrant flute and sci-fi samples spun on a trilling trap/halfstep fusion.
Thursday, 26 February
**Housed in an amazing spot-gloss printed jacket designed by Guy Featherstone. Mastered by Matt "The Alchemist" Colton. Edition of 700** Diagonal pull another coup with 12"s of brute bitterness from Philip Best, Sarah Froelich and Russell Haswell's Consumer Electronics. With the spray of their blinding 'Estuary English' still wet on our cheek, 'Repetition Reinforcement' is a bruising, visceral reminder of CE's position on the periphery of extreme electronic music. Holding steadfast to the transgressive subject matter which Best has explored since the early '80s as part … Read more
*Limited Edition 180gm pressing on Gold Wax - remastered from the original tapes, including a 12” by 12” insert of liner notes by Dave Segal. An essential Reissue of one of the most compelling and original albums to have emerged from the British post-rock scene of the early 90’s* A bit of a bolt out of the blue this one, Medical Records breath new life to what we consider to be one of the most interesting and overlooked albums of its era, Laika’s 1994 gem ‘Silver Apples of the Moon”. Simon Reynolds coined the term “Post Rock” writing about Laika and Kevin (The Bug) Martin’s God proje… Read more
UK's baddest duo do it again with the '1 Sec' EP landing on XL after the blinding 'Take Time' 12" for Rinse. Mumdance makes the music, Novelist runs rings around it. This is the OG sound developed by BBE and Wiley accelerated with incredible vision, imagination and tenacity; bending your ear to the preternaturally observant, incisive lyrics of 17 year old MC, Novelist, while Mumdance's ballistic, collaged production slaps up from every angle. Both the title track and 'Shook' set the levels head-high for 2015, outmaneuvering all comers at every swerve, each near miss with a bus and in every rave-eyed bass stab. This is what music needs to sound like in 2015.
Club music's pre-eminent mutant, Powell, launches a daring raid on the mainstream with this screaming double header for XL. Marking his highest profile release to date, following the '11-14' 2CD issue and remixes for Nico Jaar and Daniel Avery, he unswervingly sticks to his modern No Wave mission with the tumbling, ravenous rhythm and noise of 'Sylvester Stallone' and 'Smut'. Operating at the extremes of the XL's remit, the Diagonal Records captain takes a hot-wired joyride thru techno badlands, colliding a cornucopia of reference points with a Ballardian sense of visceral, descriptiv… Read more
Squashed and killer psy-house flex from Bristol's Lily backed with a mega Madteo remix. As many clued-up heads know, Lily's 2013 debut for Idle Hands and follow-up cassette album with No Corner were some of the dopest, ruggedest slow house mutations of recent years. With 'Memory Jacket' he follows suit with a crushed, late night chugger primed with murky bass toil and head-spinning electronics for after-hours blues and red-lit basements. Madteo's remix is equally grimy, gradually finding its groove at a skanking 111bpm bounce skudged with acrid white noise and buckled bass buoyed by Berlin dub chords. Straight winner.
Girl Unit goes Hysterics on a 2nd set of ballroom-slaying workouts for Night Slugs. Built on the foundation of his Club Constructions, these are fully fledged dance trax, juicing the essence of ballroom, B-more, techno and deep house with nutricious efficiency. 'Club Life' is a pressurised alloy of B-more and Vasquez-like house with a hardcore UK edge; 'HTRX9' feels like a future-steeled update of Anthony Shair or Titonton style breakbeat house. 'Eye Mask' brings the 'floor up with extreme, strobing filter dynamics amping the imagined potential of The Field gone Roulé, and 'Empty' s… Read more
Air Max '97 follows one of 2014's sickest singles with three fluoro aces on 'Fruit Crush', including an exceptional hook-up with Strict Face. This is the new skool in full effect, twysting the genes of grime, kuduro and freestyle electro with vaporous 'tronics in sheer hyperspace. 'Fruit Crush' steps out first with a grimier analog to SOPHIE and PC Music styles, streaking mad FX around sharp electro stabs, chattering melodies and wobbly bogle; 'Shape Cut' resets to a slower roll nodding to Lisbon's taraxho sound, but with xtra subs and off-kilter, lilting licks. Best of all, 'Armour Form' inc… Read more
**Marbled red/black wax with insert** Banging acid and deep techno standards from Skudge's Elias Landberg and fellow Swede, Nihad Tule, a.k.a. Taken. A-side launches a metallic techno assault called 'Terrorfish' powered by primal kicks and teeth-chattering 16th note acid oscillations; B-side plunges way deeper with an hypnotic big room momentum made from effortless bass pressure and gloaming, descending pads perhaps imagining a haunting at Berghain.
*Metallic ink sleeve, heavyweight vinyl with download code* "Jarboe is a famed vocalist, musician and performer, who came to prominence as co-front and co-writer in Swans. In addition to her X solo albums, she has notably worked with Neurosis as well as many other legends such as Blixa Bargeld. Helen Money is the nomme de guerre of cellist Alison Chesley. In addition to working with Mono, Anthrax and Russian Circles, she has toured with Joe Lally and Shellac among others, and released her third album 'Arriving Angels' on respected metal label Profound Lore in 2013. While still … Read more
DJ Deep on a rumpy psychedelic house tip for L.I.E.S. Following the dictum, free your ass and thy mind shall follow, he lays down robust , driving jack tracks layered up with expressive sequencer licks for subtly mind-bending effect in the club, swirling up sweeping arpeggios over the pendulous toms and claps of 'Chantage', before getting gritty and psy-trancey with the wormy 'Brainiac' and the mesmerising weave of 'B Is Naggin'.
**Includes digital download redeemable from the label** Further Records co-boss Chloe Harris presents her excellent 2nd solo album of ambient synth drone. On 'Dose' she conducts herself with minimal, uncluttered elegance over eight neatly constructed tracks. Compared with the spooling tendencies of many in the neo-kosmische realm, Reica's pieces are more buttoned up, like bubbling oddities made in a micro-brewery for those with more esoteric tastes. There's still a definite new age tendency, but one reined-in by a DJ's sense of timing and a personal, tactile feel for ambient pop sweetness that displays … Read more
This is pretty special: an album of unreleased home recordings made circa 1982-83 by Liquid Liquid percussionist Dennis Young - aye, the same fella sampled on Grandmaster Flash's 'White Lines'. Edited and arranged in summer 2014, it illuminates 16 pieces primed for the heads and DJs, ranging from dubbed-up, extended No wave disco roll-outs, thru singeing synth escapades equally comparable with Craig Leon and Bruce Lacey, via a number of little guitar ditties and experiments. It's perfectly symptomatic of that febrile air of creativity surrounding New York in that era, keen to expand the pe… Read more
Lushly tactile tech-house minimalism from Berlin's Binh on the long-running home of such stuff, Perlon. Both sides ooze slinky finesse: 'Visio' very gently unfold a writhing, subby square bass beneath waves of trickling, starlit synths to sound like a slower relation of Convextion; 'Ruski' carries on the vibe with a dash more psychedelic energy in its lathered electronics and delicately insistent drum arrangements.
Rolling tech-house minimalism from Montreal, Canada's Devon Hansen in Stefan Jós mode. Last spotted on a lovely ambient split with Austin Cesear for Opal Tapes, he presents another side of Jós for Japan's Flau with four tracks of tenderly melodic, dubbed out and lower case dub-house. Mastered by Miles Whittaker, cut by Lupo.
'Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments' is a beautiful synth music obscurity by a largely unsung hero of the genre, David Borden. Originally released in 1981 on the little-known Red label outta Holland, it has been reclaimed from the safety masters and reissued for your delectation by John Elliott's Spectrum Spools nearly 33 years later. Quite understandably, many heads are suffering synth ennui with the sheer tide of forgettable reissues in circulation right now, but this one is like a sad beacon in swelling seas, radiating the sweetest melodies and harmonic… Read more
Stellar techno-boogie from new and promising name, Creta Kano for Bristol's Happy Skull. A lush and insistent lather of Detroit techno and UK braindance filtered with misty-eyed effect, 'Skyway Motel' yields some of the sweetest 'floor moves of 2015 so far. The title track nails E.R.P.-style emosh electro-funk with tantalising marimba melody and sublime chord progressions on the A-side, while the faded breakbeat beauty, 'False Water' shyly skips and melts away like one of AFX's recovered demos on the B-side next to the collapsed boogie screw of 'Skyway 81'. It's hard to resist kind of these charms.
**180g vinyl double LP - Includes digital download code with mixed and unmixed versions redeemable from the label** Unmixed Double 180 gram Vinyl featuring tracks from Darkstar, Holy Other, Teebs, Nils Frahm, Letherette, David Holmes, Alela Diane, School of Seven Bells, Peter Broderick, Four Tet, Bibio, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Helios and Jon Hopkins himself.
**2LP in gatefold sleeve** Parisian Afro-futurist Bambounou projects a mystic, dystopian premonition of things to come with 2nd album, 'Centrum' for Modeselektor's label. Inspired by the sci-fi predictions of Akira and Dune, and operating in aesthetic orbit of Jeff Mills, Jamal Moss and Untold, we find ten tracks unfolding a cracked narrative of night vision synths and scuffed, semi-organic rhythms that seem to have a micro-life of their own. It works very neatly as a play-through listen, twysting between frayed, Afro-centric shuffle and Detroit-style electronics in 'Composer' and the polychromat… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** **Includes download code** "Sydney's Au.Ra, a duo composed of Tim Jenkins and Tom Crandles, release their new full length Jane's Lament, a work which carefully envelops the listener in dreamy hues of sound. Made over the course of two years, the LP was birthed from improvised jams the pair play over droning guitars and looped drum beats. Tracks like “Sun,” and “Pyramid” emerge slowly out of interplays between simple melodies and layered, reverbed instrumentation. Au.Ra's “emotive soundscapes” perfectly encase their nontraditional pop… Read more
*For fans of electronic soul with a public access aesthetic - die-cut cathode-ray jacket with one of six cover configurations, all of which are interchangeable via printed inner sleeves and enclosed booklet. Also includes a DVD mix tape, isolating the most absurd and outrageous moments from the original broadcasts* "For 23 straight Saturday nights of 1982, The Chicago Party dance show assaulted Chicagoland UHF eyeballs with Spandex, Southside fly guys, tender tenderonies, magicians, contortionists, prismatic video gimmickry, and lip-synched singles by a rising regime… Read more