Thursday, 02 October
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* Jimmy Tamborello reigintes his excellent Dntel project for Leaving Records with his 'Human Voice' album, the follow-up to 'Aimlessness' for Koze's Pampa Records. Speaking from the heart, 'Human Voice' makes crafty use of kerned and pitched vocal samples to lends the whole album a unique timbre, whether he's doing flighty footwork rhythms ('If I Stay A Minute'), plinky plonky electronica ('Bike Path'), iridescent electro ('Connections') or cottony trance ('Ashby').
Nicolas Jaar's Other People celebrate a year in the game with a smart collection of unreleased music by Powell, Ancient Astronaut, Jelinek, Darkside, Visuals, and more. The obvious highlight is Powell's sly rework of Ancient Astronaut, launching from a fragment of 'SCSS' into a slicing, frothing industrial cut-up as only he does. It stands out like a sore thumb against the rest of the field, such as Visuals' dusty indie country in 'A Pixel', the lo-slung indie-disco of 'Gone Too Soon' from darkside, or Jan Jelinek's crafty deconstruction of Ancient Astronaut's 'B2'.
Anstam veers into vaulted prog-pop territory on his 3rd album, 'Names', for Monkeytown. The knotted, fractured rhythms and hi-gloss techno surfaces are all still in place, but now augmented by his vocals placing him closer to the likes of Rudi Zygadlo or his label bosses, Modeselektor.
'Dogs' is the enchanting fifth album from Berlin-based Norwegian polymath, Kim Hiorthøy - his first in seven years. Equally rooted in the sample-based culture of the early '90s - rave, hip hop, house - as much as Erik Satie's plaintive solo piano works, it's yet another gorgeous iteration of Hiorthøy's abundant talents across graphic design, film-making, painting and many more disciplines beside. As such, it's richly imbued with the sense of clean, sparse efficiency of expression and warmth of character that unites all strands of his praxis, deftly sashaying from mid-air meditations to whip-smart … Read more
"Stewart Walker returns with his new album release Ivory Tower Broadcast. A quarter century of the same drum machines and basslines turned future music into golden oldies. Visionaries don't make techno based on particular instruments but a set of techniques which can dilate time, implode sound, and confound expectation. Stewart Walker returns after a six-year retreat to bring his own future sound with Ivory Tower Broadcast. The Ivory Tower refers to a cloistered and elitist mental space removed from practical considerations and criticism. It's a perfect metaphor for a music stud… Read more
*2LP edition also includes a bonus CD featuring instrumental versions of all the album tracks (a must for students of Hannett’s unique production sound), along with alternate takes of key singles. Artwork By Peter Saville And Trevor Key, Liner Notes By Jon Savage* Les Disques du Crepuscule presents a deluxe remastered edition of Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls, the debut album by post/punk icon Pauline Murray, produced by revered sonic architect Martin ‘Zero’ Hannett. Recorded at the famous Strawberry Studios in July 1980, the album offered … Read more
**Limited grey-marbled double vinyl, with digital download code redeemable from the label** 'Memoosh' is the collaborative project between William Yates (memotone) and Soroosh Khavari (Soosh). Without any pre-planning, the project started to grow and develop a life of its own as soon as the first session started. Over the course of more than eight weekends spread over a year, the two visited each other for recording sessions, not relying on modern modes of communication. Making all the music in person to keep to the collaborative nature of the project, leaving more room for improvisation and … Read more
In demand producer behind 12"s for Chiwax and Lobster Theremin takes to Basement Floor with a buncha rugged house shake-downs. 'What Did You Just Give Me' keeps the lights low on a frictional deep house jack, whilst 'No More Heroes (dub)' locks the doors and runs amok with pounding kicks/chords and flying hi-hats built to burn. Downtown, 'Sun Flight' sustains the intensity at a slower tempo with bruised bass and ear-weevlin' vocal hook, for 'Glue Your Lips' to tip out with rumpy jack and warmer, Virgo-esque chords. Works a treat.
*Double LP on 180g vinyl in 5mm spine sleeve with download code redeemable from the label* "Charting 180,000 miles, 175 shows, 30 countries and over 18 months on the road, Bonobo presents his live album version of The North Borders…"
Second Storey, the new alias of Al Tourettes, presents a complex, tortuous solo debut LP on Houndstooth. Clearly inspired by classic AFX and Autechre, with 'Double Divide', he draws on a deep reserve of melancholy UK bass/techno expressions to realise his most intricate and outstanding compositions to date. Freed of the immediate need to drive a dancefloor, Storey invites the listener deeper into previously unobserved parts of his sound with a ten track narrative vacillating between swirly wormholes and spacious yet knotted grooves in a quicksilver play of tension and release, or light a… Read more
*Part One of Two* Stereolab's erstwhile mastermind Tim Gane has the honour of being first to dive into Sky Records' legendary krautrock catalogue to curate Kollektion 01. Inarguably the flagship model for 1970's krautrock, Sky Records was home to practically everyone in the scene, hence their vaults swell with classics for Tim to pick from, resulting a 17-track session spanning work from the Moebius/Roedelis/Eno/Cluster/Conny Plank axis alongside cherry-picked zingers by Asmus Tietchens, Riechmann, Günter Schickert.
*Part Two of Two* Stereolab's erstwhile mastermind Tim Gane has the honour of being first to dive into Sky Records' legendary krautrock catalogue to curate Kollektion 01. Inarguably the flagship model for 1970's krautrock, Sky Records was home to practically everyone in the scene, hence their vaults swell with classics for Tim to pick from, resulting a 17-track session spanning work from the Moebius/Roedelis/Eno/Cluster/Conny Plank axis alongside cherry-picked zingers by Asmus Tietchens, Riechmann, Günter Schickert.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Ricardo Donoso simulates the intense claustrophobia and "death anxiety" of near-drowning experience in his Scuba Death mask. Essentially 'Nitrogen Narcosis' inverts the aesthetics of his humid, tropical trance recordings released on Digitalis, and more recently Denovali. Operating at between 75-100bpm - the normal resting heart rate for adults - he fathoms a mixture of stark electronic pulses and organically shifting atmospheres reflecting his childhood memories of a close call in the South Atlantic. Using field recordings m… Read more
Matias Aguayo sounds well moody on his first new single in three years (!) for Kompakt. His follow-up to the party-ready fruit-basket of 'The Visitor' (2013) album renders a decidedly shadier slant to his sound. From the furtive minor key chords, slinky momentum and ghostly croon of 'Run Away From The Sun' to the enchanted slo-mo wine of 'Lola In The City', thru the bent EBM flux of 'Legende' and the faded 4th World voices of 'Walty', this EP marks a stylish retreat from sweaty peak times towards reflective corners of the dance and the bedroom.
LA Club Resource push the envelope further than ever with Zipcode's debut of blood-drained techno and noise scapes. The first three cuts are harrowing darkwave visions recalling the bombed-out fronts of Alberich, MB or Thought Broadcast in their eviscerated, tape saturated sound design and channelled ether voices. The fourth cut is boot-stomping banger delivered cold like prison food to sustain enervated raves. Those metallic tape delays and compressed bounce really remind us of someone…
**Hand-stitched and hand-stamped jackets. Individually numbered edition of 500** Another cherry-picked Thai bewt from Maft Sai and Chris Menist's Paradise Bangkok label. Uptown, Dao Bandon's stop/start Molam zinger, 'Lae Pattana Baan Meuang', heavy on the horns and dominated by Bandon's haunting croon. Downtown, a jaw-dropping Thai R&B play by Warin Shinaraj. Trust us, you ain't heard nothing like it! Tip!
**Hand-stitched and hand-stamped jackets. Individually numbered edition of 500** Scorching Molam disco tunes dig out and dusted don by Maft Sai and Chris Menist's Paradise Bangkok label. Side A is a proper molam disco boing by Onuma Singsiri, shot thru with mad synth stabs, dizzy drums and infectious vocal to twist the dance out. Flipside, Yupin Praethong's 'Mon Meuang Tai' adopts a recognisably Bollywood lean backed with some killer lap-steel-style strings and intricate, shuffling drums. Tip!
**Transparent vinyl edition of 300** Face-melting noise session from a pair of seasoned French agitants, Julien Ottavi and Kaspar T. Toeplitz, for Poland's Bocian. Breaking duties between them, Ottavi does vocals and crotales, Kaspar mans bass guitar, both of them on computer, creating side-long rackets of roiling drone and pulverised concretè texture conducted with nose-to-the-grain sensitivity. The first side, 'Corollaire au vacarme du silence' appears to manifest their taste for film noir more distinctly in its KTL-like atmospheric pressure systems, whilst the oth… Read more
Rugged robo-house swing and shuffle from Effy, tricked out with Troy Gunner and Hound Scales remixes. Check up 'Move' for a chunky, Joy O or Boddika styled jacker, and 'Bourbon Switch' for some crafty 4/4 - 2 - 3/4 time signature switches built for the moodier shape-cutters. Troy Gunner gives a nimbly brutalist halfstep techno rework of 'Move', and Hound Scales follows some smart work for Fifth Wall Records with a clattering rework of 'Bourbon Switch'.
*5LP Box Set housed in a Box, includes an indidivually numbered Certificate* "Initially a three piece band called King Ende Shneafliet, featuring a guest drummer - who was early on swapped for a drum machine - the group soon expanded to a five man studio collective that composed and recorded more than 70 tracks in little over 2 years, in always changing combinations of 2 or 3 members. Ende Shneafliet released 3 cassette albums on the Trumpett label (also home of The Actor and Doxa Sinistra): "Animals From Outer Space" (TRUM 0003 / September 1981), "Harde Winters Anno 198… Read more
*Latest in the fabulous Ethiopiques series, deluxe double vinyl pressing* "Kassa belongs to the long tradition of melancholy raconteurs with a decided gift of gab. And the unique embrace of his deep voice heightens the emotion generated by the hum of his lyrics. For Ethiopians he is, along with the other great traditional voices of the post-war period such as Assfa Abat, Frw Haylou, Asnaqtch Wrqu or Ktma Mkonnen, a perfect example of the culture of the word: poetry and freedom of expression, wit and impressive verve that hits the mark, quiet vehemence and merciless loquaci… Read more
Hamburg's Bernd Siebels and Mense Reents dance onto Mule Musiq with alternately driving piano house and laidback mediterranean grooves. Whilst best known for their Egoexpress 12"s on Ladomat, as A Different Jimi they mix up live percussion and hardware for a lithe style of discoid tech-house in the subtly uplifting shimmy of 'In Walked You', and a breezier sort of beach-side strut with the percolating E2-E4 vibes and exotic percussions of 'In Treehouses'.
"After a busy year collaborating with the likes of Fennesz (and My Cat Is An Alien on triple LP Abstractionism for the Ears, Belgian experimental stalwart Cédric Stevens still finds time to complete a meditative LP of modular electronics, electric guitar and Indian Tambura. Taking his trademark modular textures further into the ether, Stevens continues his flirtations with the fragile lines of noise and celestial drones, offering another beautiful glimpse into his ongoing studio experiments at the reclusive Hermetic garage. With a gentle A side of modular synths, guitars and fie… Read more
*Part of a complete vinyl reissue series of all eleven Belle & Sebastian vinyl releases, includes a download card* Spanning the years 1996 to 2001, these session recordings are culled from the BBC archives, originally broadcast via Mark Radcliffe, Steve Lamacq, and of course, John Peel. In addition to serving up alternate versions of classics like 'Lazy Line Painter Jane' and 'Slow Graffiti' the set boasts four previously unreleased songs from a 2001 Peel Session - the final studio recordings to feature Isobel Campbell prior to her departure from the band. This disc nicely encapsulat… Read more
*Part of a complete vinyl reissue series of all eleven Belle & Sebastian vinyl releases, includes a download card* The much sought after deluxe triple gatefold LP of 'Push Barman To Open Old Wounds' available for the first time since it's limited release in 2005. The album was the band's first compilation and is a chronological collection of all 25 songs from their seven Jeepster singles and EPs.
*Part of a complete vinyl reissue series of all eleven Belle & Sebastian vinyl releases, includes a download card* The Boy With The Arab Strap followed on from the wonderful If You're Feeling Sinister and a series of impeccable EPs, bringing the band to the point of commercial breakthrough and all round crossover appeal. To this day you still hear the title track an awful lot, largely thanks to it being used as the theme tune to TV show Teachers, but the truth is, it's hardly one of the better songs on the album. Although TBWTAS features a higher profile p… Read more
*Part of a complete vinyl reissue series of all eleven Belle & Sebastian vinyl releases, includes a download card* 'Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant' was released in June 2000 and was the last studio album the band recorded for Jeepster.
*Part of a complete vinyl reissue series of all eleven Belle & Sebastian vinyl releases, includes a download card* 'If You're Feeling Sinister' was the band's first release on Jeepster.
*Part of a complete vinyl reissue series of all eleven Belle & Sebastian vinyl releases, includes a download card* Storytelling' features a selection of songs that the band recorded for the Todd Solondz film of the same name. Not all of them made the final cut of the film but Stuart Murdoch chose to use the instrumental 'Fxck This Shit' in his directorial debut, God Help The Girl, which was released earlier this month. available.
*Part of a complete vinyl reissue series of all eleven Belle & Sebastian vinyl releases, includes a download card* Once the stuff of legend, changing hands for preposterous sums of money in its original incarnation as an LP issued by Electric Honey (the record label attached to Stow College in Glasgow) in 1996. Tigermilk is hardly an album that requires much in the way of an introduction. As British debut albums go, this is right up there amongst the very best within the annals of indie rock, spreading its influence through the generation to come, and still impacting on band… Read more