Thursday, 23 April
*Double album on 180g vinyl, including the full concert and documentary on DVD, plus CD and 24 page booklet. Individually numbered copies* "In the winter of 2012/13, Motorpsycho was approached by Trondheim’s biggest cultural festival, Olavsfestdagene. The festival’s director had seen Motorpsycho & Ståle Storløkken perform their 2012 album "Motorpsycho & Ståle Storløkken present the Death Defying Unicorn" in its entirety at the National Opera House in Oslo that winter, and was wondering whether the band and Ståle would be interested in doing something on the same scale for OFD t… Read more
**Includes download code** Tom Trago's Voyage Direct label starts to sum up its last 5 years with the first instalment of compilation 12". There's glassy IDM from Ebokai in 'Metai' and lean electro-house shuffle from Efdee & Tom Ruig's 'The Slightly', backed with the vintage swing of 'Want Need' by Magnesii and Legowelt in House of Jezebel mode for the shiny house perks of 'Quantum Fawn'.
Deep and frothy garage house swingers from Baja, California, via Faces Records. Vibes are nice from start to finish, rolling thru the plush but refined swing of 'Reciprocal' and the skippier 'Round Streets' up top, and over to a piano-heavy remix by S3A, and the sub-sunken beatdown bob of 'Real All Night'.
Bambooman teams up with UK hip hop MC Jehst for Sonic Router. The instantly recognisable drawl of Jehst is smeared to a woozy, skunked-out bass and smoky chords in the A-side's 'Rusted' - quite funny how the production feels up-to-date whereas the vocal sounds totally stuck int he '90s (really, MC's still sound like this?!) - whilst the B-side's 'Thickets' drops a dollop of grimy pastoral futurism.
**180g wax** Sparkling, ruddy Swiss house from Jack Pattern, lapped by a beach-ready Ruf Dug remix. Jack's originals are charming summer dance joints deftly shimmying from the bubbling cosmic vibes of 'Blackout' thru to acidic Kwaito-like styles in 'Baqua', replete with dope vocal and some wobbly Moog lines, and head up into the tropical lilt of of 'Behau Original' and a slow mo swagger called 'Bango' coolly reminding of Lena Platonos' 'Shadows of Blood' groove.
A classic Italo 7" from 1985 remastered and re-cut for 12" in 2015. At 30 years old, Alex Valentini's sentiment and groove still ring true with timelessly effective synth arpeggios and fruity flashstabs of the Radio and killller instrumental Disco versions bolstered by Italoconnection's dreamier re-edit and the pointed funk of Flemming Dalum's 2015 take. As far as Italian disco cheese goes, the creamier the better…
Reissue of a dead stylish early '90s Italian house EP. Four cuts of olive-oiled deep house swing steeped in classic early NYC and MCR styles. Original copies sell 2nd hand for at least triple the price…
**Nice up your life with this prime reissue of Hopeton Lewis's seminal debut album collecting his massive hits such as 'Take It Easy', 'Rock Steady' and 'Cool Collie' from the scorching Jamaican summers of '66-'67. Every home should own a copy!** "Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat is a fundamental album released in 1966 that determined the way Rocksteady was going to journey. In 1966, Rude Boys were at the peak of the fame with their notorious behaviors, while Ska gradually started to slow down its tempo. This album paved the way for a newborn music, Rockste… Read more
**Gatefold jacket includes CD** "Colours Of The Night, Peter Broderick’s first full-length for Bella Union in three years, had a rather odd conception to say the least. The American born multi-instrumentalist and songwriter went along for the ride when invited for a so-called “recording residency” in the small town of Lucerne, Switzerland. “I arrived with a pile of songs and just sort of watched as they got carried through the filter of this group of musicians who were coming from an entirely different place,” says Broderick. “It was exciting to let go a little bit, to sim… Read more
**Limited 2LP & DVD, includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label** Esteemed NYC multimedia artist Delia Gonzalez presents the films and solo piano soundtrack of her most recent project, 'In Remembrance', augmented by Bryce Hackford remixes, some ten years after her landmark DFA release, 'The Days of Mars' with Gavin Russom. Inside you'll discover a DVD with her four 16mm films accompanied by a sparkling solo piano suite of cascading scales inspired a text written by Henry Miller as well as by Gurdjieff's theory that "to play scales is to become more in tune with your inner se… Read more
Drew Lustman escapes his Falty DL alias with this dizzyingly ace album under his own name. 'Crystal Cowboy' is quick and loose but flush with all the funky tricks and crafty soul that has endeared him so much to heads the world over since 2007 and a sterling run of IDM-into-breaksploitation antics. He approaches the project with X amounta humour and guile, brilliantly indulging his Anglophilic tendencies with nuff hardcore/jungle roll-outs interspersed by instinctive nods to his home city's jazz, house and R&B heritage. It was apparently written on-the-fly, freed of any conceptual re… Read more
To-the-bone house gear from the DABJ hero, working to heavy inspiration from Ron Hardy, Gene Hunt, Roy Davis Jr. Back on Houndstooth following the buckshot of late 2014's 'Fifty Fathoms Deep', the Berlin-based producer does druggy ghetto vibes in the warm 'n gritty percolations of 'Raw Materials' on the A-side, before the sozzled swang of ''Ave That' cuts loose on the flipside along with the freeky early Dance Mania jabs of 'Jerk U Later'.
The highly touted tech-house pop prince serves a satisfyingly sweet debut album for Domino's Double Six. 'Fading Love' plays out like the soundtrack to a montage of posh kids having a fabulous time at their fifth festival of the season, slightly depleted of energy (drugs) but still enough to keep them bobbing and chewing the residual MDMA in their floppy locks. Melodies are hummable and beats purr effortlessly, gliding from the sleepy-eyed drift of 'About Time' thru the bittersweet soft trance lift of 'Knife To The Heart' and the slow motion blue-eyed soul lilt of 'The Waiting' featuring Laurence Hart.
Beautiful noirish "movies for ears" by much loved singer/songwriter/producer Ela Orleans, produced by Howie B and the first release on his newly minted HB Recordings imprint.
**Includes free CD copy inside** Berlin tech-house wrought with swelling, proggy emotions by former Tresor resident Dave DK. 'Val Maira' builds on the example of his split 12" with Ricoshëi in fine style, exapdning on a flush of warm, 'floor-friendly strokes at best in the night-light charms of 'Immer Gut', the spaced-out sound designs of 'We Mix At Six', and Burial-esque ambience of 'Naschi'.
**In which the legendary Can drummer and multi-percussionist Holger Mertin converge a lushly kinetic, outernational meld of complex rhythms and percussive melody** "Like a zen master of the minimal, repetitive beat, Liebezeit -- famous for his hypnotic precision -- creates with only few sound colors the perfect matrix for Mertin's unleashed playing on any imaginable percussion instrument. The result is a mighty, complex pulse -- the groove of a better world. On the basis of that musical matrix, sound magician Joseph Suchy has produced a jaw-dropping album that defies any categorization. Even … Read more
**Gatefold 2LP, includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label** "‘Who Is The Sender?’ sees Bill Fay expanding upon themes he has touched on from the beginning - spiritual and philosophical questions, observations about the natural world and the people in the city he has lived in all his life. Recorded at the famous Konk studios (owned by Ray Davies) by the crack team from ‘Life Is People’, with guest vocal appearance by Jason Pierce of Spiritualized / Spaceman 3."
*Packaged in a foil bag, including the three ALSO 12" EPs packaged together as one full-length release.*
The fifth Speicher release from Kolsch follows the face-twisting madness of “Loreley“, the piano-driven melancholy of “Opa“ and the bestselling chords from his collaboration with Gregor Schwellenbach, somehow paying tribute to all of these within the confines of one two-track EP. Featuring Rune's first new original material in a while, these cuts follow remix work for artists as diverse as Coldplay, Monkey Safari and Henry Krinkle.
*Standard LP in a gatefold sleeve, single black LP with chapbook, plus digital download card* "When considering Massachusetts' Speedy Ortiz, that line from Virginia Woolf comes to mind. Not only for the obvious echoes to DIY, a form and function that's characterized the band's nascency, but in the proto-feminist undertones driving much of their sophomore album, Foil Deer. "I'm not bossy, I'm the boss," Sadie Dupuis sings on "Raising the Skate," invoking in spirit one half of the Carter-Knowles clan and echoing the other's wordplay. And wordplay makes sense, considering Dupuis… Read more
Delroy Edwards does it again, pulling out four Chicago bangers from the source for his L.A. Club Resource. As with Gene Hunt's 'Freddy's Dead' winner, these cuts were dug from the archives of OG house players, namely Steve Poindexter, Johnny Key and Trackmaster Scott. Uptown, they bat out the hypnotic minimal jack of 'Street Fighter' and lock off a bumpty zinger titled 'Sadaam's Bush'; downtown, they freak with the starkly raw swerve of 'Cats', and the reel old skool twang of 'Blazing Saddles', riding a cantering groove with splashing hook and killer rimshot play.
‘Black Snakes’ was issued in 1983 as a co-release by Switzerland’s Rec Rec and Germany’s Pure Freunde label. With a quartet featuring synthist Allen Ravenstine doubling on soprano sax, this was a smaller group than had appeared on either of the Crayola’s two previous releases, ‘Soldier-Talk’ and ‘Kangaroo?’. Mayo Thompson’s guitar in particular shines in the space allowed by this configuration. As with ‘Corrected Slogans’, ‘Black Snakes’ debuted on CD via Drag City in 1997.
‘Corrected Slogans’ was first pressed by Art & Language And The Red Crayola in 1976; it was the first mention of the The Red Crayola’s name on record since 1968. The only review it received at the time was by Glenn O’Brian in Interview magazine. His response was a positive one, although he found the material ironic. By the time the album was made available to the public, it was clear that The Red Crayola would continue with Jesse Chamberlain joining Mayo Thompson. This was the start of five years of steady activity. ‘Corrected Slogans’ was repressed on the UK label Recommended Records in 1981. Drag City reissued it for the first time on CD in 1997.
'Amor And Language’ was one of three Red Krayola releases on Drag City in 1995 (two were from the vault: ‘Coconut Hotel’ and ‘Kangaroo?’). After returning to America in 1994 and producing the first Red Krayola record since ‘Malefactor’ (it was appropriately self-titled), Thompson was producing new Red Krayola material at a prolific rate - ‘Hazel’ was released the following year.
Thursday, 16 April
**Limited edition of 500. Initial copies on peach and turquoise wax. Mastered by Matt Colton** Type reach inside the box to present Nochexxx's newest devilment of Drexciyan electro and grubby bleeps, 'Plot 'Defender'. Steadfast at the fringes and fronds of UK electronica since the late '90s, Dave Henson a.k.a. Nochexxx has previously done the do for Ramp Recordings and Actress' Werk Discs over the last few years, forging a sort of eldritch, radiophonic cyberpunk that frankly sound like f**k-all out there. OK there are plenty of artists working with cranky, heatsick synth and drum machines rig… Read more
**New edition of this absolute classic in a new sleeve** This post-revolution Iranian album from 1985 is so ahead of its time, so completely off on its own sonically and stylistically - that you'd be forgiven for thinking it were a hoax. In reality it's one of the most sought-after and exceptional records from the Smithsonian Folkways catalogue, here brought back to life in this facsimile edition put together by the Dead Cert imprint. Until now, it's been the preserve of a small handful of collectors who rightly hold it in huge regard and close to thei… Read more
*Deluxe / Expanded Box Set featuring a bonus 12" of remixes from Girl Unit, Jam City, Nguzunguzu, and Kingdom Kelela's world-taking 'Cut 4 Me' (2013) mixtape blooms from 13 to 22 tracks, augmented with dramatic new remixes and riddims from Jam City, Neana, Kingdom, Mike Q, Massacooramaan… Y'all know what the sublime original sounds like so let's skip fwd: Jam City entirely overhauls 'Keep It Cool' with a smoother sorta tension; Kingdom resets 'Enemy' with a low-riding ballroom swagger; Mike Q ramps the spare Jam City mix of 'Cherry Coffee' with flash and bolshy ballroom flair; 'Go All Night' … Read more
Another brilliant slab of viscous yet sparky house nostalgia from Andrew Morrison a.k.a. The Cyclist. In a crowded scene of tape-smudge explorers The Cyclist leads the peloton by virtue of his fudgy funk flex and knack for memorable melodic hooks. It's earned him much praise to date from the likes of Fact magazine among others, and is set to increase his credits with the 'Hot House EP', spooling from deep-fried Nu Groove skank-house styles in 'Heart Of Stone', thru the blues-worn charm of 'Hot House' and the loosely tribal dreams of 'Aurora (Shortwave Mix)', to a melting, slow-mo highlight wit… Read more
**Gorgeous double-sided silk-screened sleeves designed by Cosmo Knex** Wafting outta Amsterdam, one half of Juju & Jordash Jordan GCZ trips a spaceways house vibe on Rush Hour's superb 'No' Label. On the A-side's 'Lushlyfe Slap' he takes all the time he needs to tease a lather of blips, chiming keys and curdled synth around a deliquescent, beckoning bassline. B-side, he lets 'Lushlyfe' soar eastwards with silvery flutes and ascendant drones illuminating the way for a jagged motorik pulse and refractive harmonies, where 'Lushlyfe Birds' releases a menagerie of modular motifs describing avian motion with a calligraphic freehand. Aye, it's lush, alright.