Thursday, 20 March
"Future Islands release ‘Singles’, their debut album for 4AD and their boldest and most immediate work to date. The Baltimore trio consists of enigmatic frontman Sam Herring, bassist /guitarist William Cashion and keyboardist / guitarist / programmer Gerrit Welmers. Herring’s poetic tales of heartbreak, love and loss are up front and in high fidelity, thanks in part to a newfound creative partnership with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear)"
Dead Heat's indie disco chug and tech-house pop arrives with fine remixes from Lucy and The Field. We'll quietly side-step the originals to the industrial grind and dreamy vocal processing of Lucy's 'Bosco' remix, and The Field's drifting, decelerated remix of 'The Dam' rent with expansive choral pads.
YYU makes a charming vinyl debut with two fuzzy charms for the Mount Kimbie lovers. A-side 'Kiss as we Walk' smudges Footwurkin' percolations with pitched vocals and hazy field recordings to come off something like a lo-fi James Blake or Mount Kimbie; 'When We Are Old' is a tender, spindly folk number recorded with the windows open and the sound of birds strafing YYU's sensitive strings and melancholy delivery.
Who'da funk it, Bombay was banging out some of the maddest disco soundtracks you've never heard as far back as 1979?! This 12" supplement to Cultures of Soul's cherry-picked and ear-opening 'Bombay Disco' compilation carries two equally bonkers dancefloor bombs that they just couldn't squeeze onto the LP, with both given a full side to roll out for the Deejays. Up top, compiler Brother Cleve gives a choice edit of Asha Bosle's strutting disco dub 'Udi Baba' replete with Moog-y horror flick intro, splashing spring reverbs and mad Hindustani ragga chat. Down town legendary … Read more
**Prime cuts of revolutionary and infectious Afro-Latin dance music** "In the history of Afro-Colombian culture, Son Palenque is without a doubt an exceptional band, and its history has a place at the very heart of ancestral palenquera music as well as at the musical intersection between Africa and Colombia, which took place on Colombia’s Caribbean coast in the 70s and 80s and which continues today through champeta, a musical genre and dance that also bears a strong African influence. The members of Son Palenque band grew up in rural communities fixed in time, with deep… Read more
Diverse shades of dub techno from Fold on his return to Electric Minds. Between the deft, pacy techno clip of 'Gully' to the rugged jabs and muscular subbass of 'Dun Kno', thru the skippier, chords-driven 'Gelatinous' and the rootsy dub techno step of 'Harlyn Dub' there's a fine and talented mind at work here.
"The musical snapshots of The Micronaut draw their expressive power and liveliness from a play of contrasts: Between 2-Step, broken Bass Music rhythms and stomping straightness, between catchy melodies and subliminal drama, between electronic sound synthesis and human vocals. Carefully arranged the single tracks create a majestic Panorama that reveals yet unheard new perspectives on music genres, crushing their boundaries in a very playful way. The full width of this Panorama unfolds on CD, its full acoustic depth on vinyl."
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Released back in 2004 and finally back in stock. The Sheffield boys had been tirelessly busying themselves with fusing the rampant genres of glitchy electronica and post rock for some time before this release, yet it was here when the world said 'ah yes, it makes sense'. Whether they're tickling their guitar strings lovingly, giving Sigur Ros a run for their money on the crescendo front or aping Venetian Snares' digitized amen break-bore the guys seem to make it all sound as natural as a walk in the park … Read more
Cheeky dancehall bubblers from the Scotch Bonnet posse. A-side sparks up the 'Pepper Riddim' for vocal versions from Speng Bond and Parly B, plus instrumental. B-side, the rooted steppers force of 'Heavy Weightless Riddim' is ridden by Marina P and Capra Dread.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Smooth, party-ready UK house from Cardiff's Bodhi duo following drops for Grizzly and Future Classic. A-side burns up US garage-flavoured vocals and, warm chords and swinging drums on 'I Need You' for the side-parting and air max posse; B-side plays a bit kinkier with the shifty organ stabs and jazz-dusted drums of 'Wuh', and tips out on the slinkier 'Soul Seeker'.
Thursday, 13 March
**Edition of 350, mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy** The third release on Sasu Ripatti's eponymous imprint is the first on the label to come from the producer under his better known Vladislav Delay moniker, a complex, high velocity missive. It proceeds his Heisenberg collaboration with Max Loderbauer - Ripatti's partner in the MvO Trio with Moritz Von Oswald - with two tangled, forward-facing riddim attacks as detailed and daring as they are unforgiving. A-side '#5' hurtles on a double-timed meter accelerating his usually sparse aesthetic into denser structures of Juking percolati… Read more
*First Pressing Sold Out - Re-press due in late April* *Debut album from Andy Stott and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker, aka Millie & Andrea* Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow labelmates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12" releases of jungle, garage and techno hybrids between 2008 and 2010. It's been four years since we last heard from them but they now return with "Drop The Vowels", their debut album. Produced fast and loose through late 2013 / early 2014, it's an album that recalls the strict and stripped funk of Anthony Shakir as mu… Read more
**Blue vinyl** The Gnod affiliated Druss and Public Information / Night School's Love Cult come together for this excellent collaborative LP for Trensmat. Over eight tracks, Love Cult dominate proceedings with original material and deconstructions of Druss - aka Gnod's Paddy Shine - augmented by a couple of original appearances by the man himself. The whole affair is oppressively overcast and perhaps exactly what you might expect from heads dwelling in a Russian satellite state and a former cotton mill in Salford. It's not far removed from their recent, respective outings, but is fa… Read more
Back-breaking, unreleased and early Chicago ghettofunk from a scene original back on the block. Aside from a digital one-off in 2011, South Side's DJ Lil' Tal left his mark on Chicago's booty scene with a string of Dance Mania bangers between 1995-1996. Rodney Bakerr of the legendary Rockin' House records worked with Lil' Tal back then, and upon observing the scene's contemporary influence, saw it was high time the world knew about the tracks his label was sitting on. There's seven high-energy tools total (although eight are mentioned on the centre label) flexing out from the bleeping bang of … Read more
**Sealed poly-lined sleeve includes insert** Beautiful, astrally inclined house from a true keeper of the light, Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being - the latest ace on Last Known Trajectory, who last served that amazing Visonia 12" starring Dopplereffekt. Both sides capture Jamalat his most effusive, with the A-side stretching out a widescreen vision of slow-moving, starlit harmonics contrasting with a hard-working, undulating jack track and chaotic acid melody, whereas the flipside jacks up a pumping, romantically industrialised sound streaked with silvery synth comtrails and riding an irresistible, churning buck beat to infinity. Recommended!
UTTU follow up that utter madness from Mumdance with four tracks of 'floor scrambling rave by one half of Lakker, aka Eomac aka EeOo. Veering wilder than his 'Hither, Pappy' 12" for TTT and ruder than the Lakker output, four tracks come off something like Hecker & Haswell demolishing the R&S back catalogue, freaking out from the salty, brain-tweaking flex of 'Workout' to screwed hoover rave on 'Calc', onto darker AFXian bleeps in 'We Are All The Same', and wonky, exotic wobble with 'Battery Baby'. Recommended!
Athens-based DJ, producer and sound designer Eleni Adamopoulou aka Giganta debuts on Werk Discs with five coolly lucid, colourful garage-house deviations. 'Force' is representative of the RBMA graduate's stance against the negativity and violence connoted with Athens since the financial crash of 2008, or as she says, "Music is the force that creates hopes and dreams. And so it all begins." There's a vital, infectious energy to the EP which shouldn't be ignored, from the hiccuping, Akufen-like funk of 'Can't Stop Playing', thru the chromatic chord flares of her Sensate Focus-like 'Spot Scene', to the tr… Read more
**Silkscreened artwork on heavyweight, rigid card sleeve with paste on cover. Includes download code. No repress** A very tasty proposition of cosmic ambient soul with neat, proggy, jazzy vibes from Firecracker Recordings. The work of one R. Martirani aka Panoram, 'Everyone Is A Door' is an assuredly confident 2nd release, existing in its very own micro-cosmos of evocative soundscapes, deftest drum programming and lush yet super concise synths, all surely worthy of the deluxe packaging. RIYL Lone, Boxcutter, Ghost Box.
Adam-X and Jimmy Crash reprise their X-Crashed duo for a pair of proper New York Techno bangers via Anthony Parasole's label, On The Corner. 'Where Were You In '92' offers a different perspective on Zomby's '92, one driven by memories of pounding 909s and alarm signal acid lines; 'Pre-Gentrified' harks back to a pre-Giuliani New York with bass drum thunder and tunnelling synthlines bets heard off your chops in a warehouse or pounding the sidewalk.
**Edition of 300 with insert** Slow, heavy, noisy techno pounding delivered by the mysterious Black Seed on Denmark's Details label. A-side delivers the asphyxiating intensity of 'Wild Rites', whose shifty demeanour, kinky hi-hats and frothing distortion strongly reminds of that crackshot 12" from Watkins & Almadovar. Flipside, 'Break The Silence' jacks up a flinty, fugged-out industrial thump, and 'Natural Instinct' turns inward with condensing, acidic synthlines locked to a dry, humping kick and rattling machine rhythms. Feels really good, this.
**House party sauce from playboy Damon Palermo and friends** "After three thick years of performances, passport abuse, and pumping, pleasure-principle EPs, Damon Palermo, a.k.a. classic house torchbearer Magic Touch, presents his pinnacle statement to date: Palermo House Gang. Joining forces with a vast cast of collaborators sourced from his intercontinental travels—Octo Octa, Newbody, Benny Badge, The Horses, Sarah Bates, Sorcerer, Ash Williams—Palermo swings and sweats through funky new wave club mixes, freestyle R&B, mesh-top house, freeform hardware workouts and decadent disco for… Read more
**Red vinyl** Radioactive Man, DJ Marky, Ceephax Acid Crew, Mark Broom and Nightwave rework Mark Archer's Altern-8 anthem.
**Green vinyl** The Hacker, Rennie Foster, KiNK and Neil Landstrumm rework Mark Archer's rave classic. Results range from The Hacker's industrialised breakbeat version to Foster's acid charge, a subtle house overhaul from KiNK, and Neil Landstrumm's bass-riding reduction.
Sophisticatd deep house from Michael Greene aka Fort Romeau, progressing from his eraly drops on 100% Silk and Ghostly International onto Frankfurt's respectable Live At Robert Johnson series. 'I Knew' is a cottony deep house shimmy revolving dreamy vocal loop and silvery, latinate shuffle; 'Pirouette' is a dubbed-out disco looper; 'Her Dream' captures that lost-in-it- at 4am effect perfectly with half-heard vocal, brooding bassline and sweeter synth arpeggios lathered for the lovers.
**Marbled mauve wax** Unique D&B soul from Sam KDC on Samurai Horo. If Massive Attack, Djrum and FiS ever made tracks together, there's every chance they may sound like these two. A-side 'Survive Exist' squashes a yearning, blue soul vocal into cannily compressed bass and muggy drums on the A-side, and 'Erogenous' hits even deeper with dusted, Burial-esque snares, neuro synth licks and dubbed drops of funk and soul instrumentation to sweeten the deal.
Powerful, minimalist dubstep-techno hybrids from Sleeper on Kryptic Minds' Osiris label. There's seven of 'em total, ranging from heads-down 4/4 stomp 'n roll to twysted acidic shake downs, churning bleep techno and succinct noise shots.
**Transparent, peach coloured wax** Akkord and Felix K take on the smoky slowfast of 'DAM' from DjRum's 'Seven Lies' LP. Akkord duly dry out and ruff it up with crisp, glancing percussions, abrasive white noise and techy, rolling garage-techno flux. Berlin's D&B helmsman, Felix K ov Hidden Hawaii follows suit with an even drier reinterpretation riding reduced, slyding bassline, flickering hi-hats and percolating bleeps with an enveloping steppers momentum haunted by chorale pads. Tipped!