Thursday, 02 July
**Remastered LP compiled with facsimile reissue of No More's 1980 debut 7" + an 11 x 14" double-sided fold-out poster** Dark Entries combine No More's strongest synth-pop/EBM classics, 'A Rose Is A Rose' , along with all songs from the 'Suicide Commando'  7" and their debut release, the 'Too Late EP' . Whilst best known for their EBM evergreen, 'Suicide Commando' - which was recently reissued by Mannequin Records - this survey of the German group's nascent output circa 1980-82 frames them as a necessarily lo-fi and highly stylish product of their bleak and deso… Read more
Alex Cobb, the soul behind the Taiga Remains alias and Students of Decay label, enchants with an expansive quartet of ghostly drone compositions in 'Chantepleure'. He sets a rarified, almost ecclesiastical air with the solemn poise of 'Prayer Ring', followed thru and expanded in the thicker layers of drone harmonics in melting from 'Anselin', whereas the more succinct arrangement of 'Disporting with a Shadow' acts as a sweeter, space-resetting palate cleanser for the intimate and glacially paced 16 minutes of shimmering harmonics in 'Path of Appearance'.
Class techno from a producer last spotted on DVS-1's Mistress Recordings. This is proper club tackle, doing it Chicago-style with the bucking merry-go-round of 'Machine Code' up top, and again with that wonky Relief-style organ/acid line barely kept on track in 'Recursive Descent', whilst 'Compiler' trims back for a Rob Hood-compatible minimalist 'floor burner.
Thursday, 25 June
**Hospital Productions return with this strong new album from Exoteric Continent, edition of 500 copies, first 200 pressed up on Blue wax** Barcelona's Exoteric Continent grounds his first ever vinyl release following cassette drops for Opal Tapes and Second Sleep. Exploring ascetic techno and electronic noise, this vinyl edition combines both his 'Referèndum' tape volumes on one fine slab. Something of a relative outsider in the balearic climes of his home city, Arnau Sala Saez pushes an intense, probing sound, both with his own music and via closely associated cohorts N.M.O., or Amer… Read more
**Edition of 300. Includes Suicideyear remix** DarkO debuts with typical drama on Rinse, following a striking shot for Visionist's Lost Codes label in 2014. It's a sweetboy grime ting, treading a fine melodic line of effusive heartburst and melancholic heart-break between the teetering trance arpeggio peaks and crashing trap snares of 'Abrasion', and the beat-less R&B lush-out of 'The Past', also taking in the buoyant Reese and 808 bass and breathlessly ascending blips of 'Fuschia', and a slippery, colourful grime zinger in 'Spiral'. On the remix buttons, American producer Suicideyear follows his relea… Read more
'Whips' is a masterclass in tape-saturated house cryptography by Lutto Lento. Leading on from the crooked equations of his 'F T D 001' debut for Charles Drakeford's label, this six-tracker exhibits a broader range of variations on that ferric-choked, grubby and bugged-out style. Employing the deftest tape loop edits and playful sense of construction/derangement, he uses the format's natural fidelities to distinguish, mask and accentuate his sound from every angle - whether coaxing noxiously murky harmonics out of the asphyxiating bass in darkside bomb, 'Vengo'; disorienting with the frayed chicane… Read more
Beau Wanzer and Dan Juger reprise the Juzer duo for a trio of killer wonky techno bangers on Dog In The Night Records. Up top they nod to classic Relief and Scandinavia Records with the kinky minimalist tessellations of 'Ribtickler'; down below, 'Maniac Hop' jacks up a skittish ghetto percolator, and 'Fire Marshall' drops the pace to a bucking early '90s style recalling Robert Armani product.
'Dream memory' is the 2nd album of soul-burning celestial synth music by Implodes guitarist Ken Camden for Kranky. Drawing upon Indian raga, chamber-like plainsong and classic kosmiche, it's a richly synaesthetic and heightened sensory experience harmonised to the rafters and radiating lushness from every angle.
Manchester's Walton consolidates grime, techno and dubstep frames in a taut collection for Tectonic. Last spotted on a trio of 12"s for Hyperdub, he remains true to a mutant 130bpm stylein the 'Bulldoze' EP, throwing down the icy strings and whirring worksite percussion of 'Wrench' beside the ruffneck bongos and wheezing grime melodies of 'Flute Riddim' up top, whilst B-side brings a killer sound synching pirate radio barks with EBM-strength drums and massive subs, and 'L.E.A.N.' comes off like some Chiraq drill infused with roadwise UK flex. Cold and deadly.
Finally remastered and available on vinyl for the first time in 18 years, Surgeon's 'Balance' (1998) is a masterclass is tuffened, occultist Brummie techno. Upon original release, it was his 3rd album (following 'Communications' and 'Basictonalvocabulary'), and marked a subtle phase shift towards the kind of tripped-out, eldritch atmospheres we'd more readily associate with his peers such as Autechre or Coil, whilst still forging some of the most unyielding, infectious rhythms of golden era techno. The likes of 'Golden' with its arcing crest of eerie arpeggios, and the spine-creeping, bea… Read more
**Limited hand-stamped 12", includes free download code redeemable from the label.** Panda Bear, Larry Gus, Fhloston Paradigm, and Anthony Naples realign the misshapes of Eric Copeland's 'Joke In The Hole' album. The versions of 'Cheap Treat' could hardly be more different; Panda Bear deigns for a wonky, melodic mix focussed on progressive pop arrangement and bittersweet vox whereas King Britt a.k.a. Fhloston Paradigm takes the same elements down a winding path of crushed, psychedelic grooves propelled by swampy bass subsidence and sloshing arpeggios… Read more
Clipped electro-house from Rob Clouth on his return to Leisure System, backed with Kowton and Vessels remixes. The original makes great use of a convulsive, dubstep-style toad tone wrapped to a swaggering IDM-boogie groove. Kowton's remix ruffs up the drums and spikes the atmospheres to lush, prickling effect, and Vessels (note the extra 's') knead the same elemebnts into a whirring tech-house wormhole.
**12" in screen-printed sleeve** Distorted disco-techno badness from the Wargames series. Acting wild-eyed and frazzled like some Bunker escapee, the unknown operator dispenses three fierce club trax with style, hauling the 'floor from blown-out Italo-Chicago arpeggios and extreme flange on the A-side, and over to a pair of more twysted and tracky dubs, one sounding like a a mutant Ra.H joint, the other like a vintage Unit Moebius jack attack. Sick DJ gear.
Berlin's Sleeparchive furnishes Mord with four cuts of prime bleep techno. No messing about here - it's pure techno - stoking the club with perfectly paced ice-drip bleeps and thundering momentum in the first track, beside a body-scanning 2nd part, and absolutely slaying us with the psychotomimetic cadence and raw noise stabs of the 3rd cut, before locking in the deliquescent chimes and guttural bass jabs of the 4th track.
Now available on ltd double LP, Live at Biko was recorded during an April 2014 gig in Milan, Italy.The release features more than half of the songs on Benji plus other favorites like Admiral Fell Promises’ "Ålesund" and a trio of tracks from Perils from the Sea, Kozelek’s collaboration with The Album Leaf 's Jimmy Lavalle.
Epic Box set containing ten 45s with rare and hard-to-find tropical tracks from the 60s and 70s golden period of the seminal Colombian label Discos Fuentes. 20 tracks, several reissued for the first time, covering a wide array of genres: salsa, cumbia, boogaloo, porro, tamborera. Includes liner notes by compiler Pablo Yglesias aka DJ Bongohead and illustrations by CS Fossett.
Shades of lustin' NYC house from the former member of Hercules & Love Affair, backed with dope remixes. The exotic, orientalist house-pop of 'Creature' serves much to work with, spun out between Kim's own Chez N-Trent-styled remix, to the rolling tribal acid sensuality of two mixes by a/jus/ted; mystic house and techno mixes by Simoncino; and the tightly tucked square bass funk licks of Hot Creations and Rinse FM's Richy Ahmed remix.
Fredrick Lonberg-Holm (cello & electronics) and Ken Vandermark (reeds), documented on 21 September, 2013, at a benefit for the Malachi Ritscher Collection (an archive of high-fidelity recordings made by the eponymous "amateur" enthusiast in Chicago). Dabnces from skronking shards of chaos to deft, angular minimalism, and back to far-out orbit.
**Initial copies on blue translucent vinyl** Scorching free improvisation by Chicago-based cellist Fredrick Lonberg-Holm and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. 'You Can Be Mine' catches the duo sparking against each other in a free-flying tussle of drums, cello and electronics, from raging jazz tornados to pointillist precision and quieter, intent passages of extended technique.
**Ben Greenberg (Hubble, The Men) and Michael Berdan (York Factory Complaint, Drunkdriver) get their rocks off on a synth and drum machine-heavy punk assault. Presented by Luke Younger's Alter imprint** "On 'Perfect World', that machine is firing on all cylinders. The guitar is run through a cheap ’80s preamp marketed to metal kids. The drum machine is equally no-frills, an Akai XR20 that Greenberg says “most people wouldn’t want to keep around.” These humble components are combined with noisy synth and Berdan’s profound howling to form something much greater. Post-punk, synthpunk, and indust… Read more
The Room Below blends classic Chicago and Detroit strains to make their own rich blend of experimental house for DBA. Up top, Henry Keen a.k.a. the CDR regular and Gilles Peterson-favoured Soundspecies and The Room Below welcomes us in with the conscious sampling and shimmering mid-tempo move, 'Trusted', beside the pastoral acid house of 'Rainy Friday'. Down below, it gets freakier with the frayed blips and and salty, splashing drums of 'Mad Energy' and a bit-crushed samba buzz entitled, 'Freedom'.
Danse Noire present a darker shade of Haf Haf with 'This Sick Beat' following up the Italian producer's 'Notch' [Gang of Ducks, 2014]. Backed with a killer Gatekeeper remix and self-described as "sad music for a sad life", Haf Haf's 2nd EP revolves three wickedly misshapen, amorphous takes on techno, hip hop and lysergic electronica, spooling out from the screwed modes of 'Kuro No Meiro' to the knackered trudge of 'The Wasabi That You Ate' with its excellent use of watery, Youtube-like compression, and the intra-dimensional seepage of 'Blue Dragon'. On the remix, Brooklyn's Gatekeeper pursue… Read more
**Clear vinyl edition of 500** Core Posh Isolation players, Loke Rahbek (Vår, Lust For Youth) and Kristian Emdal (Vår, Age Coin) present five pieces of brooding, brittle electronics imagined for dance performance and recorded between Copenhagen's Mayhem space and Sweden's EMS facility. We're not quite sure what kind of "dance" performance they had in mind but, knowing their prurient minds, we could apply the rear cover's instructions "carpet of crushed sea shells covering parts of the floor", "copper thread in a knot around the performer's genitals", or "white clothes and bare… Read more
Sublime deep house album by Berlin-residing Finnish producer Jarno Erola a.k.a. Joe Le Bon. Trimmed to a T by label boss, Mike Grant, 'House Music Love Music' deals in the warmest, deftest strains of house music in eight parts sashaying from the glossolalic vocals and enveloping sensuality of 'Why Dogs Sing' thru the Soundhack-like chords and swing of 'Like Cotton Deep Orcheestra' to slippery slow styles in 'Berlin Panorama', taking a moment to listen to the birds and wafting synths of 'For Yasuni', and departing with the techy triplets calculations of 'The White Bells', and the high tog house soul of 'Lychenerstrasse 28'.
Natty proto-house and electro-acid styles straight outta Holland. Nowt flash here, just five cuts of nimble analogue production putting his boxes thru their paces, from the trim electro bubble of the title track thru the slo-motion wobble of 'Desert Suit Larry' and melodic percolations of 'Cranes' to early Chicago styles replete with sultry ghetto robo vox in 'Polo'.
Berlin's Michael Matlak turns out a smart 2nd LP of electro-funk co-efficients and vintage sci-fi ambience. 'Dinsync' is carefully crafted as an album listening experience, as opposed to a collection of dancefloor tracks and interlude after-thoughts, following an abstract yet distinct narrative between gaseous pads of intro, 'If… Then' thru the lowkey, red-lit funk of '202 Heroes' to the metallic discord and ambient evacuation of 'Safe!', to a sweetly coherent 2nd side moving between BoC-like beats and cosmic/pastoral synth atmospheres with a charming mix of naif whimsy and trim analogue finesse.
*12" comes housed in a special die-cut sleeve, pressed on 180g vinyl and limited to 300 copies* "No. Inc." are Material Object and Atom™. The tracks featured on this EP are the ambient piece "Early Reflection Part I" (side A) and the technoid "Refraction I" (side AA). While side A explores the realms of textures and soundscapes, side AA, exclusively released on this EP, expands into rhythmic codes and outlines possible horizons both artists are envisioning for their "No." platform.
*12" comes housed in a special die-cut sleeve, pressed on 180g vinyl and limited to 300 copies* "No. Inc." are Material Object and Atom™. The material on this EP was previously only available digitally, available here alongside a new techno cut forged from refractions on the original theme. Side A explores ambient psychedelic regions while Side AA dives into a bass heavy, cavernous techno cut designed for the mind whilst retaining full body functionality.
*12" comes housed in a special die-cut sleeve, pressed on 180g vinyl and limited to 300 copies* "No. Inc." is a label run by Material Object and Atom™. Their second 12" inch release comes from Sagittarius displaying a blend of stripped down techno/acid and deep ambient textures, and provides full dancefloor functionality while remaining in a sphere of its own. On the flipside, Material Object is on remix duty providing a sychedelic wave of synthesiser and machine madness which completes the overall image of this production and makes it another true No. gem."