Thursday, 23 July
**Special edition box set including gatefold 2LP + 7" and T-Shirt** "Art Interface was a synth band uninfluenced by the direction of mainstream european synth stylings. a mid-western american band (except for the swedish drummer...) It was initiated by Douglas Vasey in 1979. Other members taken on board were Claes Roswell, Roger Deason and Steven Curran. They disdained Kraftwerk but loved Neu! and bands like the Stooges. instead of marching lockstep to the beat of a drum-machine the kybs were propelled by the live drumming changeups; knobs were… Read more
"AUS ready their latest offering - a curveball from Gerd who dusts off his Geeeman alias and offers up ‘Wanna Go Bang’: a ghettocentric package backed up with fellow Clone associate Alden Tyrell on remix duties. Under his many guises, Gerd is an artist who has consistently reaffirmed his reputation as a producer capable of soundtracking peak-time moments across releases on Catch, Royal Oak, Clone and his own 4Lux. Punctuated by classics such as ‘NY House Track’ under NY Stomp, ‘Bang’t’ as Geeman and the stellar remix for George Fitzgerald’s ‘Child’ that instigated his link with AUS - his ca… Read more
Super crispy dance trax from John Swing for his Relative label. Drums, drums, and more drums for the movers and spinners, from the pendulous and party-hungry entrance, 'I'm Here' thru the frazzled edits of 'Build It Up', to the kinky budge 'Groovin' Jazz'.
"Tough, to the point, no-nonsense machine music is a longstanding Midwestern tradition. Drawing a line all the way back to the old guard, The Bunker New York's latest EP is Walk The Distance, courtesy of Mark Verbos, a techno veteran and New Yorker by way of Milwaukee who put together four pieces of heavyweight dancefloor artillery, informed by an intimate, inside-out knowledge of the machinery used in the production of these tracks. No punches are pulled here—the record starts in top gear with "Start Up Drive," a devastating techno bomb centered around a throbbing, repeating bassline … Read more
"London trio Hælos return with a new EP featuring the recently shared title track along with three brand new songs - ‘Cloud Nine’, ‘Breathe’ and ‘Ethyr. Each one of the band’s tracks seems to map the long journey from desperation to relief, stress to sanctuary - the basic dynamic of urban life. Calling to mind the same deserted dawn high streets stalked by the music of Massive Attack, Portishead and other electronic artists who spent the 90s finding the pain after the rave..."
*LP version features alternate cover artwork and is pressed on virgin vinyl with free digital download card* “Eleventh Dream Day have forged one of the most durable sounds to emerge from the indie-rock underground. Balancing ragged guitars against fragile melodies and sweet vocal harmonies, the Chicago group’s albums perfectly encapsulated the promise - both artistic and commercial - of post-punk alternative rock.” - Rolling Stone On ‘Works For Tomorrow’ core Eleventh Dream Day members Rick Rizzo, Janet Beveridge Bean, Mark Greenberg, and Douglas McCombs are joined by James Elk… Read more
"Hailing from Tel Aviv, the DJ/producer trio Partok Matushka Apfelberg is a well-known entity in his hometown, with the involved artists holding residencies in one of the most acclaimed clubs these days: Tel Aviv's The Block has been named “one of the five best sound systems“ in the world on Radio 1, perfect proving grounds for the slick, propulsive techno to be found on their latest 12“ offering. 'Nai Nai' bum-rushes the stage with prowess, inflicting its bass-heavy demeanor with some funky voice cut-up work that will conciliate the hardcore floor heads with the more casual headba… Read more
Thursday, 16 July
*Long-Awaited debut album from Janus Collective member M.E.S.H. - recorded in Berlin in winter 2015, mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, and pressed on 140g LP with spot-gloss inner* Janus crew's M.E.S.H. unpackages a vast internal world across the ornate topographies of his incredible debut album. Combining scything club dynamics and Hollywood sound design with a sample bank of archaic renaissance instruments, 'Piteous Gate' describes a hyperreal place-out-of-time framed by matrices of tessellating grids and vapour-trace contours rent in near-VR detail. Collapsing the stadium-sized stru… Read more
*Visionist’s Lost Codes label re-emerges as Codes, a new collaboration with PAN. Edition of 500, first 200 copies pressed on steel grey vinyl* Visionist resets his Lost Codes imprint as a new PAN sublabel, with a killer, collaborative grime/techno collage by Acre and Filter Dread. Marking the first time either producer has collaborated properly, they prove a vital pairing in equilibrium between industrial techno engines, body-scanning UK bass tones and gritty, diffuse urban-gothic atmosphere. Upfront, ‘Drumz34’ burrows in with viral 8-bit squiggle and squashed subs before ‘Flash Speed… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label. Haunting collection of solo tenor sax explorations from the archive of seminal jazz multi-instrumentalist…** "In 1976, Joe McPhee recorded the landmark album Tenor, kicking off a solo period of finding and refining the distinctive voice that continues to inform his music to this day. Solos : The Lost Tapes (1980 – 1981 – 1984) is a collection of material from McPhee’s personal archives that shines new light on the legendary multi-instrumentalist’s work during this time. “Wind Cycles,” for tenor saxophone, explores the… Read more
**Limited 7 X 7" boxset edition of Lord Willin’ featuring seven “big hole” 7”s on white vinyl covering all 13 tracks in the original album sequence, plus a bonus remix of “Grindin‘”. The vinyl is housed in a plastic case featuring the original album art and each 7” is housed in a mini Star Trak die-cut jacket – replicas of the label’s original 12” sleeves* The first hip-hop group signed to The Neptunes' Star Trak label in the early 2000s was a Virginia based duo known as The Clipse. The group’s first single “Grindin’,” impacted young people with its bare-boned but infectious drum … Read more
**Includes insert** Mind-bending and keenly primitive techno splat from Ajukaja's Estonian house enclave, Porridge Bullet - home to Maria Minerva and some of the freakiest Afro dance edits out there. It's a retrospective focussed on the output of Aivar Tõnso a.k.a. Hypnosaurus, the "legendary and unclassifiable Estonian techno act that proved to be very influential throughout its somewhat reclusive career." Inspired by late '80s sounds from Cabaret Voltaire to TG and early Detroit techno, his output evidently worked in a similar vein to Joel Brindefalk a.k.a. Ü's 'Great Dose of Monotonous Tech… Read more
*The Cocteau Twins’ super-rare 1986 collection ‘The Pink Opaque’ newly remastered from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl including download code* Back in 1986, ‘The Pink Opaque’ brought together the best of the Cocteau Twins’ early works to become their first official release in the US. Already a cult band on college radio, some classics like ‘Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops’ and ‘Aikea-Guinea’ were given new mixes for this release, while it also featured ‘Millimillenary’, the first run out for incoming band member Simon Raymonde. To this day, ‘The Pink Opaque’ remains a great entry point to a wonderful band...
*The Cocteau Twins' classic 1985 EP’s ‘Tiny Dynamine’ and ‘Echoes In A Shallow Bay’ newly remastered from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl including download code* ‘Tiny Dynamine’ and ‘Echoes In A Shallow Bay’ were originally released two weeks apart back in November 1985. Seen as companion pieces, they both acted as a precursor to the band’s fourth studio album, ‘Victorialand’. 30 years later, the EPs are now married together on to one piece of heavyweight vinyl, completed with reformatted artwork. Tracks include the gorgeous ‘Melonella’, "Sultitan Itan” and the much loved "Ribbed And Veined”.
*300 copy re-press of this long unavailable classic* 'ØØ Void' (also known as Double-O Void) was the second album recorded by sunn O))) circa 2000. At that time the guitarist & core members: Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson were joined by guest bassist collaborator Stuart Dahlquist (Burning Witch, Goatsnake) plus contributions from both Petra Haden (Violinist/Vocalist) and Pete Stahl (vocals). The album is widely considered to be a landmark of "Power drone" music, lulling you in with an immense wall of of drone that's as deep and immersive as anything ever laid down by the band. Four long … Read more
meandyou. co-founder Sam Lewis yields a varied debut 12" under the Herron moniker with 'The Night Garden'. A summation of his own tastes as much as his feted club night, it takes in tribalish house in the dusted loops and meandering chords of 'Dismantling The House', beside the crusted beatdown groove and willowing string pads of 'Feet First' on the front. Flip it over for a darker turn of events with the sunqen square bass of 'Minor Hazard' giving way to the misshapen and radioactive slow techno of 'Force of Habit', and 'Venture''s noisy offbeats.
**Super-charming suite of obscure minimal wave and synth-pop from Mexico 1980. Includes fold-out insert** "These recordings pull back a curtain to reveal the mysterious world of Syntoma and early-80s underground Mexico. Founded by Alex Eisenring in 1980, making use of synths and drum machines and driven by a freedom-seeking DIY ethos but informed by a "rock-jazz-prog-experimental" background. These 70s-born influences throw crazed funhouse mirror reflections onto later Kraftwerk, UK synth-pop, post-punk and pure pop forms. The first five tracks are instrumental, evidencing some intelligent melodic … Read more
*Vinyl Part B* "This is a second selection of independent disco records featuring rare and classic tracks originally released in the USA between the halcyon years of 1977 and 1985. This release features only the finest disco, modern soul and boogie and is compiled by Disco Patrick who last year put together the mighty ‘Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art Of Disco Records’ 400+ page deluxe book for Soul Jazz Records, as well as the first installment of ‘Disco: A Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern … Read more
*Vinyl Part A* "This is a second selection of independent disco records featuring rare and classic tracks originally released in the USA between the halcyon years of 1977 and 1985. This release features only the finest disco, modern soul and boogie and is compiled by Disco Patrick who last year put together the mighty ‘Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art Of Disco Records’ 400+ page deluxe book for Soul Jazz Records, as well as the first installment of ‘Disco: A Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern … Read more
The Quietus Phonographic Corporation dice with the 'floor thru Chrononautz's debut single of mutant techno roil following the zine/label's more typical indie-rock fayre from East India Youth, The Charlatans and Grumbling Fur. The Chrononautz duo have previously turned up on Photonz' One Eyed Jacks, and here they smear two sides with an effluent flux of raw machine rhythms and banking, shearing noise playing thru seamlessly like an album.
Diaphanous ambient-grime designs from down under. Sydney's Mokona elides styles with seamless precision, plumbing the lusher depth of '80s new age and '90s ambient where many of his scene peers prefer to keep everything upfront in the mix. A-side features the wistful weightless arrangement of synth voices, flaring lead and airborne flutes in 'Morning Vapour', and with a hazy, meditative patina of bird calls and gaseous pads punctured by swooping drums in 'Shrine Garden'. Turn it over and 'Inner City Test Run' unloads crunching dancehall snares and crushing subs streaked with polychromatic synths, … Read more
2nd part of Dial's exclusive 'All' compilation deals five sparkling cuts on vinyl. Label co-founder Carsten Jost sets a sophisticated tone with the effortlessly deep and minimal house momentum of 'My Confession', neatly followed with the breezy, dubbed-out inflections of RNDM's 'Summer Smile' swinger. Physical Therapy deals one of his signature wildcards with the squashed, junglist 2-step techno of 'Market Crash', and John Roberts cuts a sweelt psychedelic figure with the Bullion-esque production of 'Paloma'.
Cómeme run a ruddier, sexier bum-bum sound from Carisma on their 2nd full EP following numerous remixes and compilation appearances. It's a signature fit for Matias Aguayo's label, whether slyding '90s house into slippery, latinate psychedelia with 'Fruta' or serving sub-heavy carnival functions with 'Discoteca Profunda' on top, or carving to the darker side with the polychromatic EBM trip of 'Vertigo', and giving the disco something to suck on with the salty synth thrust of 'Dueños De Este Instante'.
*50th Anniversary limited edition green vinyl - individually numbered copies. Legendary record featuring very early instance of Sun Ra getting down with electronics. 50th anniversary reissue edition of 1000 x 180g esperanto green vinyl** "More explorations of outer space by the spokesman for the space age. When Walt Whitman wrote, "I am vast; I contain multitudes," he could have been channeling Sun Ra. The man born Herman Blount in Alabama, who claimed he was from Saturn, was equally at home reviving Fletcher Henderson compositions based on their original arrangements … Read more
Debonaire deep house class from Fred Peterkin, a.k.a. the Mariana trench of modern American house music. Appearing under a new handle, FP-Oner, the NYC native ploughs a fertile field of house music in 'Oner 5', one nourished on jazz, ambient electronics and African rhythms and subtly steeled with a slinky, minimal techno backbone. As the follow-up to his widely-adored 2010 release, 'The Incredible Adventures of Captain P', it follows his well-honed instincts with a refined sense of production economy and heads-down momentum but, not at the expense of his lusher intimations, clearly expressing a pos… Read more
Detroit's OB Ignitt teams up with his cuz, Omar-S on the superb 3rd flight from his OBONIT label. A-side is a 9-minute wonder named 'Seems Like Y'All Ready', jackin' big warm kicks under levitating disco loops and singing hi-hats like some stray, dazed Soundstream before descending into deep, Convextion-like techno by the end. Flipside, he cools off with a big-boned Chez 'N Trent-style swinger in the raw beauty of 'Fellow Me', and deviates to the acid dark side with grubby resolution of 'Hold The Line'.
**White label housed in hand-painted sleeve with insert** Cranky, mutant techno from a brand new label, Heated Heads. The Friend & Adult Supervision take their debut turn with a grinding, turgid roller entitled 'Behind The Circle K (useless)' coming off like some Radioboy production pulled backwards thru a sewer. On the flip, Shady P complement that aesthetic with an effluent slow techno move named 'Biased God', and the side-chained swelter of 'Puckerphobic'. RIYL G.O.D, Opal Tapes, L.I.E.S.
**Includes 12"x12" insert** The German producer does Chicago acid in his own, devilish style with a trio of nervy and spaced-out box bangers for the Kelly Twins' Happy Skull. All three works only shades away from AFX's Analord sessions, twysting between the skittish, skating trills and grubbing acid flecks of 'Yes or No' to the lush, layered synth arrangement and knotted groove of 'Summer Time in Coloniae', and with a more mystic Jamal Moss tilt in 'Going By'.
Kurt Dahlke a.k.a. NDW pioneer Pyrolator takes his turn to reconstruct and adapt the work of pivotal Berlin-skool composer, Conrad Schnitzler. This posthumous, inter-generational collaboration is even better than it reads on paper/screen, with Dahlke aiming to "present a side of Conrad which I has always heard in his music but one which often goes unnoticed: a darker, technoid side". He arguably fulfils his intentions in style over 12 vast, amorphous synthscapes foregrounding the compatibilities between Schnitzler's modular extractions and a modern day sound of Berlin techno.… Read more