Thursday, 30 January
Nochexxx follows his debut album with the more accessible electro-funk freak beats of 'Thrusters' on Ramp. Working in space between Legowelt's sonic fictions and the skronky avant-dance music of NYC's Gobby, Nochexxx is on a wild dancefloor tip, bowling between body-rattling uptempo electro-techno, weird-ass electronica, spiralling acid, ghetto-tech and dotty synth dérives that sound like they were written with an infected sequencer. Good stuff.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Pieter Willems returns to his Presk alias for a swinging house jaunt on Ten Thousand Yen, the same label which introduced him to the world with the 'Love Again' 12" in 2011. This time out, his sound is little more refined but still with the necessary grit to put an itch in your pants. Four cuts run the gamut from spring-loaded bruk-step techno to tightly coiled shake-downs, chunky filter house and Jersey swing, all with that nipped and tweaked edit style and rugged sense of function we've come to expect from the lad.
Ectomorph's Erika reworked by Donato Dozzy, Israel Vines, Outer Space and Patrick Russell on the 2nd remix spawned from her 'Hexagon Cloud' album. Dozzy projects 'Early Warning Starfield' into a wormhole of cascading bleeps and extruded synthlines powered by welting bass, and Israel Vines rattles 'Gardeners' into an EBM techno slammer. Former Emeralds lad, John Elliott and his pal Andrew Veres touch on deep, pounding techno territory with their ecstatic overhaul of 'Tow Ride', and Midwest veteran Patrick Russell gets our top marks for his sinuous, minimal reshape of 'North Hex'.
Paul Purgas' We can Elude Control illuminate the frightening electronic practice of London-based Italian artist, Roberto Crippa on his debut album. 'Reverse' intersects elements of electro-acoustic composition, concrète production techniques and improvised noise with a steady hand employing a range of sources - wood, metal, drum skin and amplified concrete - in eight suspended structures. There are striking parallels to be drawn between Crippa's amorphous shapes and the output of Paul Purgas' Emptyset with James Ginzburg, especially in the mechanical lurch of 'Vector', the bruising bass detona… Read more
First vinyl reissue of an extremely rare and sought-after Sunroof! album documenting Matthew Bower's Sunroof! featuring Mick Flower (Vibracathedral Orchestra and Flower Corsano Duo) on their European tour in 2003. The original was issued on Bower's Rural Electrification Program (REP) and is hailed as Sunroof!'s "rock record and its tribute to Neil Young and AC/DC (hence the title)."
'82 roots reggae classic from Johnny Osbourne, produced by 'Junjo' mixed by Scientist, inc. 'Love Is Universal', 'Give A Little Love', 'In Your Eyes' etc.
Freddy's Best-selling album from '82, features Freddie's signature 'Big Ship' title track plus 'Roots Man Skanking', 'Stop Loving You', 'Peaceful Man' etc. produced by Linval Thompson, mixed by Scientist.
Stone cold classic digi-dancehall album from 1984 by sing-jay originator, Eek-A-Mouse, produced by Henry Junjo Lawes, recorded and mixed at Channel One. Reissued in original jacket and quality pressing. Tracklist: 1. Queen Elizabeth 2. Star, Daily News or Gleaner 3. Atlantis Lover 4. Palaving 5. Treason 6. Anarexol 7. Chip Out 8. Wild Like A Tiger 9. Don't Run And Cry 10. How I Got My Name
Wicked dancehall dub album from 1982, produced by Henry Junjo Lawes and starring the inimitable Yellowman. Reissued in original jacket and on quality pressing. Tracklist: 1. Natty Sat Upon The Rock 2. Lost Mi Love 3. Mister Chin 4. Two To Six, Supermix 5. Morning Ride 6. How You Keep A Dance 7. Jamaica A Little Miami 8. Yellowman Getting Married 9. Duppy Or Gunman 10. Cocky Did A Hurt Me
Italy's SNTS follow three 12"s for their DIY label with a purified dark techno session for Horizontal Ground. The opening ambient passage sets a cold, sepulchral tone which carries thru the record, from pneumatic 4/4 to an hydraulic roller and deep space mystery reminding of classic Surface Records.
**Includes a copy of the CD free inside** "The impulse that drove artists such as Suicide, Einstürzende Neubauten and Scott Walker to embark on extraordinary and uncompromising journeys, and who refuse to flinch in the face of humanity’s ugly truths and terrible beauty, also underpins the sound and vision of Xiu Xiu, aka LA-based duo Jamie Stewart and Angela Seo. Angel Guts: Red Classroom is the sound of Xiu Xiu’s descent into deepest blackness. Having spent the previous four years living in North Carolina, primary songwriter Jamie Stewart relocated to Los Angeles, moving blindly int… Read more
"Staubgold presents the legendary first album from 1980 by UK underground heroes Family Fodder, for the first time reissued on CD and vinyl. Guest musicians include This Heat's Charles Bullen on drums, guitar, vocals, percussion and viola. The Wire magazine listed "Monkey Banana Kitchen" among their "100 Records That Set The World On Fire (While No One Was Listening)" and wrote: "A loose collection of friends and, more often than not, wanderers, Family Fodder reached their apex (or at least one of them) with Monkey Banana Kitchen. The music took the ferocity of contemporaneous Br… Read more
*First Pressing includes a copy of the Cd free inside* "In South Africa, there’s a range of hot sauces with names like ‘Bushman’s Fire’, ‘Bushman’s Hot As Hell’… and the most mouth-searing of all: ‘Bushman’s Revenge’. Three Norwegian musicians had a few ‘memorable encounters’ with the sauces on a trip to South Africa some years back, and later when they suddenly realised: ‘have gig in a couple of days, need name now’, they chose the name of the spiciest of the lot. ‘I guess you can say that the Revenge made a lasting impression,’ says the group’s guitarist, Even Helte Hermansen. A… Read more
Dario and Marco Zenker do their mum proud with another slab of finely honed techno pressure for Tresor. This is the business, really, rolling out with the swinging techno house groove of 'Stratusphunk' coming off like Boo Williams' 'Motion Sickness' gone down a much darker, privatised line - train horns included - whilst the flipside gets down with the rugged rollige and strafing Detroit sci-fi chords of 'Thirty-Who' and the frayed electro-techno hydraulix of 'Vamp Like'. Recommended!
"Sophomore album from London-based electronic pop experimentalist Danton Eeprom. The aftermath of an intense period at the controls of his purpose-built studio, the result is a record which is hybridised at its core, where songs gradually intertwine with dancefloor values and lyrical references. ‘If Looks Could Kill’ takes the listener on a journey from the hook-laden synth-pop of ‘Biscotto & Chimpanzee’ via the lascivious hip hop of ‘Hex Tape’, the Roxy Music-esque ‘Never Ask, Never Tell’, the late night thug house club sleaze of ‘FemDom’ and ‘Hungry For More’, climaxing as the sun… Read more
2nd album of ambient garage sweeteners from Hatti Vatti, including collaboration with Synkro and vocals by Sara Brylewska, Cian Finn, and Katarzyna Bartczak. Perfectly arranged for nocturnal listening, 'Worship Nothing' plays through as two neatly segued sides not really designed for the DJs but rich in soulful vocals, warm melodies and beats on the cusp of IDM/2-step/footwork with a glimmer of Autonomic finesse.
**180g vinyl. Screen-printed jacket by House Of Traps. Hand-numbered edition of 500** A lovely slab from Catalan folk/neo classical singer/songwriter Iñigo Ugarteburu showcasing his deft acoustic playing and spellbinding arrangement alongside a ten piece ensemble. Moving on from the subtle joys of his 'Back&Forth' LP for Talo in 2012, 'For The Unknown' hems close to Chicago's improvising avant garde with an expanded palette of field recordings, piano, modular synth, brass, bicycles, and 20-string Steel Bass by the local players woven against the weft of Inigo's hushed tone. There are… Read more
Thursday, 23 January
**White vinyl** Positive Centre continues to plough a single-minded style of slow techno doom on his sophomore EP for Sigha's Our Circula Sound label. As with like-minded spirits Samuel Kerridge, Andy Stott, Low Jack and Fishermen, the Berlin-based producer is eking out bleak new worlds at the nether end of the tempo scale, exchanging uptempo pace for a richer source of dark, synth heavy energy. His sound is concentrated yet spacious, driving in with the grinding rhythm and spectral mystery of 'Hiding Knives' beside the evil, leering drones and head-high swagger of 'Field Of Tongues' on… Read more
**Deluxe 180gm DMM Gatefold Double Coloured Vinyl Reissue, includes a download code redeemable from the label** Memoryhouse has been long overdue a reissue. It was Max Richter's very first album, recorded with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Manchester during 2002. Here you can trace back all the main threads in Richter's work, whether that be his almost unprecedented ability to emote via stark and dependably accessible string arrangements, or the introduction of electronic production to modern classical composition (as put to good use here on the exceedingl… Read more
Dub-frayed and concrète techno convolutions from French duo, Kaumwald. Originally self-released and now rebirthed on wax by Opal Tapes, 'Hantasive' yields a grotty, deglazed grip of sounds serrating analogue sources and textures with digital synthesis techniques. Bass-heavy rhythms knot and untangle in unstable ecologies torn ragged between "real" acoustic resonances and spitting, arrhythmic electronics ranging from spasmodic pockets of strangeness to lurching, effluent texturhythms recalling MB gone 3D and passages of barely-tamed psychoactive swirl recalling Decimus. The label makes the most tan… Read more
**Includes early recordings of Group Doueh and location recordings made in West Africa. Limited edition pressing housed in Stoughton tip-on full colour gatefold jacket** "In 2006, Hisham Mayet returned to West Africa to continue his search for an unknown musician he had heard six months earlier on the radio in a Morocco hotel room. Knowing only that it was Sahrawi music — music of the south — he headed down through the vast and remote desert landscape of the Western Sahara and Mauritania in hopes of finding someone who could identify these revelatory rec… Read more
*Beautiful 2LP limited edition vinyl release in a full-color heavy-duty gatefold jacket of the long out-of-print CD from 2007* The first volume in Sublime Frequencies' series of 'Molam' releases took us on a journey through a lesser heard area of Thai music, a kind of country folk music from the rural northeast of Thailand which centres primarily on male and female singers (Molam literally means 'master singer') and the khaen (a bamboo mouth organ) and phin (a lute-like instrument). Here we see the style diversify as it hits the 1970s and 1980s an… Read more
"Recorded in 1973 in the living room of Michael Yonkers' former bandmate Jim Woehrle (Michael and the Mumbles, Michael Yonkers band), this private-pressed LP is at last available for lovers of homespun Astral Folk. Using only one mic to capture Woehrle's transcendent piano, Yonkers' plaintive guitar playing, and the duo's aching vocal harmonies, one can hear the very real sounds of the phone ringing and natural reverb - with the occasional post-production psychedelic flourish making this an unjustly-unheard classic. Fans of Ed Askew, Fred Neil, and Bill Fay take note."
"The fuzz/psych/folk legend known as Michael Yonkers shows yet another musical color on this über-rare private press home-recording from 1971-72. While working as a forklift operator and truck driver with a bunch of Minnesota cowboys, Yonkers was inspired to do this oddly countrified set that begs comparison to outsider hillbillies like Peter Grudzien and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, as well as more beloved longhair outlaws like Townes van Zandt & Kris Kristofferson. And then there are the songs performed for children…"
A previously unreleased haul of compositions by French avant-garde musician François Tusques for Jean Rollin's horror flicks. "I remember that around the time I first encountered the world of Jean Rollin I had been hired by Barney Wilen who wanted toperform my compositions, with Beb Guérin on double bass and Eddie Gaumont on drums. My friend Jean-Denis Bonan was in charge of editing Rollin's debut feature film La Reine Des Vampires and had approached me to compose the original soundtrack, for which I was to have free creative reign. I was 29 years old. For the recording I … Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Chicago's Supreme Cuts return with the hyper-forward footwork, pop, drill and R&B fusions of 'Divine Ecstasy'. Their canny balance of airborne raps and autotuned vocals from Haleek Maul, Yen Tech, Py, Shy Girls and Mahaut Mondino, paired with deftest studio geometries has to be one of the freshest fusions you'll hear all year. With both producers in their early 20s and only making beats since 2011, there's a palpable immediacy to the 14 tracks of 'Divine Ecstasy', parsing their mutual influences from Basinski to Herbie Hanco… Read more
Grimy, technoid feminine pressure from the renamed Twwth (fka Teeth) on his and Desto's excellent Signal Life label. As with their previous editions from Visionist, Kowton, LAS and themselves, the 'Thousand Million EP' finds a sweet spot between sleek European techno, gruff UK grime and the rudeness of US club music. Whilst built around similar elements of gut-punch bass, rippling 808s and iced-out stabs, the vocal samples make a clear dichotomy: topside 'Naomi XX' sweetens gully swagger with a darkly sensual breakdown and female R&B stab intoning "it's automatic", whilst 'Boy You Down With… Read more
Dave Clarke, The Exaltics, Aubrey and The Traveller (Shed) rough up and deep-rave the sleek contours of Marcel Fengler's 'Fokus' album tracks. The Baron (does anyone even call him that any more?) Dave Clarke rags 'Sky Pushing' with gravelly bass and some searing, peak-time synth shocks, whilst The Exaltics impress with a more technoid take on their usual darkside electro, remixing 'Mayria' to a rampant rhythm and bleak electro pads. Aubrey adds layeres of white noise and demented synthlines to 'Trespass', and Shed raves up 'Jaz' as The Traveller.
First ever vinyl issue of Kiwi legend and core Flying Nun Peter Gutteridge's amazing, one and only solo album, originally released in 1989 on tape via Bruce Russell's Xpressway. I'll be honest; what I know about New Zealand's end-of-the-earth rock scene I could write on the back of a rizla packet, but this, like most other Dead C and related goodness i've encountered makes me feel guilty that I haven't explored the scene much further. Aside from his actions in The Clean, The Great Unwashed, and The Chills among others, Peter's only solo record, 'Pure' showcases a stripped-down, rudimentary soun… Read more
**180g vinyl. Limited edition of 1000. Includes download code** Limited edition sampler featuring 3 tracks from the OST for Jim Jarmusch's Tilda Swinton-starring romantic vampire flick, 'Only Lovers Left Alive'. Jarmusch performs with his band, Sqürl alongside guest appearances from regular collaborator Jozef Van Wissem, and vocals from Zola Jesus and Cults' Madeline Follin. The three tracks are all suitably gothic and just a little bit sexy, taking in Sqürl & Jozef Van Wissem's doomy waltz on the Aside, backed with 'Funnel Of Love' starring Madeline Follin and the haunting figures of Zola Jesus and Van Wissem in collaboration on 'In Templum Dei'.