Thursday, 14 November
Minimalist garage-techno and D&B styles from Sounds of The Cosmos. Sapience swings with criss, punchy 2-step drums, airy dub chords and swooping subs reminding of vintage Mindsets from Indigo and xxxy on the front; Forgold steps into atmospheric halfstep D&B zones with 'Nocturnal'.
**Orange wax** Ghost Mutt melds B-More, Trap, Footwork and zig-zagging electronic hyperfunk on the 'Rumble Pak' EP. 'Rumble Pak' slams down tightly wound American club Breaks with ecstatic hardcore yelps and airborne strings; 'Queens Road Masonic Lodge' is a strange development of Trap-style 16th note snare rolls and Giallo-esque string arpeggios amped for 2013. Flipside, '3310' gives a strong nod to the LuckyMe and Rustie/Hud Mo sounds with flashest stabs and wild, cut-up riddim, whereas 'Dintuno?' tilts hi-pitch vocals and rapid-fire footwork drums for the gangsta rollers.
Techiest Dubstep from one of the scene's brightest yung producer's. Along with cats like Killawatt and Compa, Thelem is re-engineering the genetic codes of Dubstep, splicing with elements of hi-tech D&B, grime and computerised sound design to future-shocking effect. The A-side 'Grainform' comes off like a mechanised grime riddim rent with cinematic 3D FX for the techiest heads, whilst "petriform' rushes up with virulent arpeggios and the kind of diffuse, splintered rhythms closer to Autechre than most dubstep tunes.
**Clear vinyl** Instra:mental's Kid Drama aka Jon Convex returns to that Autonomic D&B sound on four tunes for dBridge's Exit, including a killer hook-up with Om Unit. A-side, his solo flight remind us just how good Instra:mental were, especially in the midnight Vangelis synth panorama and jittery step of 'In Mind' and the Timba-tech R&B/D&B R&D of 'What Do You See'. B-side the shadowy Hands Liek Crime appears on the skulking stepper, 'Retract', and 'Grind' features Om Unit teaming up on a tense, slick slow/fast essential.
**Die-cut jacket** The spawn of a mind-melt between Tom Middleton and Joe Muggs in 2010, Sounds Of The Cosmos debuts with three diverse tracks from the nu bass/electronica quadrants. A-side, 'Something Wrong With Daisy' is a three-way astral chug-off between South London's Silkie and Atlanta's Mite & Distal, crowbarring a liberal chunk of Basement Jaxx into an extended tribal acid dub at 33-not-45, whilst Jabru leans on a bashier digital dread vibe with the Hyperdub styles of 'Glass Floor (Dub)' and VVV beams way out on the ambient vectors of 'Arrival'.
Massive true-skool dubstep weapons from Anti-Social Ents' Quest. 'Visitors' weighs in up top with hydraulic 4/4 sub punch and bristling counter rhythms designed to hypnotise and pummel the dance into submission; down under, 'Dubfoot' is a little more subtle, doing the one foot skank on the kind of invisible subs that mek your eyes quiver while intricate polyrhythms and escalating synthline ratchet the slow-cooked intensity to a sublime climax.
**Limited edition of 300** DFA's Tim Goldsworthy, Ostgut Ton's Nick Höppner, and Dauwd remix his 'Heat Division' single for Pictures Music. The Tim Goldsworthy take on the title track is an exemplary mixture of New York garage disco heat and UK-style bass pressure, watch out for that 2nd drop and the near-junglist drum rolls! Höppner does his classy, timeless Berlin house thing with 'And' on the flip, swinging with deft chords and tightly synched shimmy, whilst Dauwd gives a reduced dub mix of 'Heat Division' built for the wee small hours.
Wémè swiftly follow the amazing NRSB-11 album and that dark-as-'eck 'Valhalla Rising' OST with The Valley And The Mountain's debut EP of greazy, cozmik electro boogie. The label's description of "…Marvin Gaye and Tangerine Dream together in an elevator in Detroit" may be pushing it a little, but there are some dapper grooves within, three each side ranging from space explorer boogie of 'Manifest (The Landing)' to Aran Daniels' ruddy, revving bassline and Carpenter-esque chords on his 'We Do So Should You' mix, and over to the weird, wobbly boogie of 'Sweat and Honey' or the muggy bump of 'Black Planet'.
Glawegian rave enablers Rudadub crack off a cheeky six-pack of analogue goodness from a gang of Scandinavian rebels. Following a first instalment of ragged jack from Anthony Naples for their irregular imprint, these tractor-loving jack-o-nauts kick out the quirkiest, jauntiest jams riding roughshod with chugging roland grooves and skewed synth juice. Best consumed with a bottle of buckie and a plate of meatballs.
*Canny German pop backed with breakbeat and ambient house remixes. Includes Download code redeemable from the label* "The eponymous "It's All" is their most impressive song to date. Since their label debut "Garant", The Von Duesz represent live performed club music in the niche between Electronica, Kraut and Jazz. Now they intensify their open approach by transforming it into sublime Pop – a change that suits them extremely well. Even if "Alert Me" shows that Florian Schäffer, Henning Rice and Ismail Oezgentuerk are still experts of improvisation, combine… Read more
**180 gram audiophile vinyl album of the classic trojan album by John Holt. Featuring many great tracks and a full colour insert with track by track breakdown and sleeve notes by the legendary Harry Hawke**
Jel returns to Anticon seven years after his 'Soft Money' LP with a muggy, fractured beat suite entitled 'Late Pass'. Thankfully for his fans not much has changed with the music, which still errs to the psychedelic and swirling side of abstract or back-packer styles with an indie/avant-rock lean, best heard in the fuzzed-up buzz of 'Look Up' and the neck-snap boom bap of 'Steady'.
French disco evergreen, Bernard Fevre returns to Lo with the follow-up to 'Circus'. He's still lost none of the panache that made his earliest stuff so definitive, sustaining an almost reckless yet vital energy over eight tracks of uptempo disco ranging from the almost raga-like vocals and melodies of 'Sun Dance Totem' to the joyful MIDI flair of recent single 'Maymallow' and the turbo-charged wiggler, 'The Kid In Me'.
*Includes a download code redeemable from the label* "‘Flute Wrangler’ Laura J Martin is back with a follow up to her lauded debut album ‘The Hangman Tree’. ‘Dazzle Days’ her sophomore album was recorded over three months on a journey from Maghull to Hoxton via Reykjavík. 13 sumptious tracks bumping into each other like a Brownian motion demonstration these audio vitamins bed down to represent Laura’s best work yet. ‘Dazzle Days’ features now regular collaborators Mike Lindsay (Tunng) on vocals and Benge who mixed and added synth, Enoesqe beds and Oldfield reverbs at his studio Play Indust… Read more
"After multiple tumultuous attempts at recording a full length The Hunt decamped to their collective hometown, Boston, to record the ultimate document of their time on earth. This document sat for years, untouched by human hands. 2013. The Hunt lives on. In honor of both the first and one hundredth release, we will finally see and hear the toils of New York's most enigmatic post punk band of recent. Ian Danger, percussive wunderkind, Mike O'Brien, whose four strings drew blood nightly, Christian Kount, master of negative space and Jasper McGandy, the man who's 'hopes for a darker future led … Read more
"Philip Perkins (b 1951) studied art and motion graphics with Robert Mullen and David Foster and was mentored by "Blue" Gene Tyranny in music composition and performance. He played in many rock, country and experimental music bands and was a member of The Residents performance ensemble 1979-84, as well as serving as their cinematographer and lighting designer. 'Drive Time' was composed and originally released in 1985 is a series of pieces created as an alternative to early morning "drive time" AM radio, and targeted at the same audience: commuters."
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Cian Nugent is a guitar player from Dublin, Ireland whose music combines personal passions, such as suburban / coastal blues, traditional music, 1960s and 70s singer-songwriters, psychedelic rock, jazz ambitions and 20th century composition. ‘Born With The Caul’ is his first full length with four piece band The Cosmos, and follows his critically acclaimed 2011 solo effort ‘Doubles’. Like that album, ‘Born With The Caul’ is comprised of a few expansive, developed pieces (three, to be exact). Led by Nugent’s guitar playing - … Read more
**Sweetest folk-rock-pop debut delicacy from a member of Jim O'Rourke'sn Tokyo-based band** "Drag City present the first domestic release of any kind from the Japanese singer songwriter Eiko Ishibashi, and the first vinyl release of any kind for this already-accomplished performer. And what a release. ‘Imitation Of Life’ isn’t just another pop record from another part of the world - it’s got a sci-fi theme and is produced by none other than Jim O’Rourke. Eiko Ishibashi is a singer-songwriter, producer and session musician, focused on piano, but adept on drums, flute and vibraphone as… Read more
"Now a trio again, Magik Markers are back with the much anticipated ‘Surrender To The Fantasy’, their first album since 2009’s ‘Balf Quarry’. Magik Markers will be playing at the long-awaited ‘End Of An Era’ ATP at Camber Sands this November, just another sign that they are among the most significant performers in the nu-millennial field."
"‘Don’t Tell The Driver’ is a different kind of record from Mick Turner, the first post-rock rock opera of our times. It wouldn’t be a rock opera without a vague / indecipherable theme of wonder and disenchantment, and indeed, ‘Don’t Tell The Driver’ delivers in spades on that account. ‘Don’t Tell The Driver’ came together slowly, spurred by life experiences and aided by the meditation that only time brings. Over the last four years, Mick put together the pieces at Big Moth Studios in Melbourne, working his magic with aquatic guitar-and-drums chemistry, augmenting the tracks with me… Read more
*Debut release from Melbourne band New War for ATP, first pressing of 500 LPs on 180gm Red Vinyl* "New War were formed several years ago with the dissolution of Seattle-based Kill Rock Stars act, Shoplifting. Singer Chris Pugmire & bassist Melissa Lock hibernated for a couple of years, then quietly re-emerged in Melbourne. Lock then reconnected with Steve Masterson, drummer for the infamous Bird Blobs(which she briefly played in) and mutual friend Jesse Shepherd, the Gainsbourgian keyboardist for Sir. The brief was simple and half-spoken: no repeating the past, no guitar, plenty of space for Shepherd… Read more
"Rhys Chatham's 'Harmonie Du Soir' presents three compositions. The title track is the first major piece written for the configuration of six electric guitars, electric bass and drums since Die Donnergtter (1986). The second is The Dream of Rhonabwy, a piece written for large brass ensemble and percussion, realized in 2012 by a 70-piece brass band called Harmonie de Pontarlier, lead by the French conductor Patrick Erard. The last track on the CD version and bonus download for the vinyl edition is a 2012 studio performance of Drastic Classicism Revisited featuring Rhys Chatham, David Dan… Read more
**Gatefold jacket with download code redeemable from the label** Monsieur Tellier regroups the same ensemble behind his classic 'La Ritournelle' for his eighth album, 'Confection'. Numbering Tony Allen (drums), Ron (synths) and the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra among them, and mixed by Philippe Zdar at Motorbass (Cat Power, Kindness, Cassius), the results are typically frictionless and cinematic; 14 instrumental songs conceived as a sort of wordless (well, all but one) backdrop to the romantic, tragic epic playing on screen 1 in your head.
"Domino reissue classic Royal Trux album ‘Veterans Of Disorder’. Royal Trux, consisting of members Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema, made some of the strangest, most astonishingly visceral music recorded in the 1990s which more than justifies their inspirational, influential and downright heroic cult stardom. 'Veterans Of Disorder’ is the penultimate album from Royal Trux’s fine catalogue, lauded as one of the band’s finest albums - its title attesting to the band’s mix of classic rock and noisy experimentation…"
Bristol's Troy Gunner goes deep with two tracks featuring Synkro and Rowl for the Voyager label. 'Is This' morphs from an extended intro cloud of ambient chords to a low slung hybrid of garage, house and electronica synching reese bass and crisp, minimal 2-step assisted by Synkro. Flipside, he keeps the pace slow and low with the oozing subbass and midnight house swing of 'Forgiving' with Rowl.
"Absolutely Free is a 4-piece band based in Toronto. They cut their teeth travelling the world as DD/MM/YYY; four of the five members formed Absolutely Free from the ashes of this former project. The group formulates musical experiments based on instrumentation, compositional structure and other formal qualities ubiquitous to popular rock music. Although very much an extension of DD/MM/YYYY, Absolutely Free create a more hypnotic music that integrates analog electronics, African polyrhythms, psychedelia, Bollywood and Krautrock. As an evolutionary step, the members have further surrende… Read more
Tipped debut from Manchester's Sam O'Neill aka TCTS for Greco-Roman. The big tune, 'These Heights' employs pretty boy indie vocal on a throwback '90s house groove and also appears as a plusher, electro-driven Greco Roman Soundsystem remix and a smoother Detroit Swindle version. 'Over' is cooler, laidback house move for the shufflers, sprinkled with tidy melody and sweet female vocal.
NYC's Brendon Moeller on a techno tip for Austria's Pomelo imprint. Three tracks cut across the groove from quirky minimal technohouse on 'Reconcile' to the driving chords and rumbling bass heave of 'Machiavellian Impulse' and the melodic B-side swing of 'Loudness Sustain Decay'.
**Transparent ice blue wax** Veil/Unveil Issue Two finds the Auxilliary gang at their neo-D&B best. Sam KDC drops the soppier elements for a proper, grinding halfstep riddim trip called 'Ascetic' and ASC dances with the icy sequencer melody and dry, IDM grooves of 'Symmetry'. Synth Sense come the THX 1138 sound design style studio pressure on 'Trapped Within The Circuit' and Method One's 'Under The Same Stars' is a sweeter, downbeat and atmospheric kiss-off.