Thursday, 23 January
Modern acid jazz from New York's answer to Red Snapper. The follow-up to their 12"s for Mister Saturday Night Records and Well Rounded Individuals lands on their home-brewed imprint and cuts from the crafty time-signature changes and breezy vibes of 'D's Diamond' to more skittish jazz and jungle with the title track, and over to the sprung slowfast of 'Neighbourhood Mephisto' and the folksy fusion of 'Saturn V'.
Slow-mo breakbeat 'ardcore and acid dub from anonymous heads for Red 7. The formula is simple but effectively well done on both sides: 'Royal Rave' rides squashed Reese bass and breaks with classic Bambaataa samples and slung rave vamps; 'Rubadub Style' rocks on a chewy 303 bass, big bad subs and crushed breaks like some vintage Depth Charge joint.
**Edition of 300** Raw, hypnotic, astrally-inclined techno from Italy's Bratha aka No Mad Ronin. This is a cool first introduction, for us at least, yielding four tracks ranging from tunnelling, harmonically-heightened bangers to tunnelling, acid-infected grooves and slinkier house.
**Includes a copy of the CD free inside** "Snowbird are the duo of singer / songwriter Stephanie Dosen and Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde. ‘Moon’ album features a stellar list of guests lending their talents to proceedings: Radiohead drummer Philip Selway and guitarist Ed O’Brien, Midlake guitarist Eric Pulido and drummer McKenzie Smith all contribute, plus guitarists Paul Gregory (Lanterns On The Lake) and Jonathan Wilson. Crafted via the wonder of technology, and yet ‘Moon’ has one unifying and intimate sound and vision, from gently pulsating, pop-centric trails to lingering, luminous ballads. ‘Moon’ … Read more
**Green vinyl with stickers** London's Ear To Ground crew bang out four raving techno tunes. Core member Dax J rolls out the acid lather of 'The Grind' and Gareth Wild gives up the warehouse techno darkness of 'Ghosts'. Stephen Gorrie aka Hans Bouffmyhre aka Secluded returns to the label with the proggy peaks of 'Tower', and Ø [Phase] spins Dax J & Gareth Wild's 'Revok' slightly off axis with a dubbed-out, droning remix.
"Two years after releasing his highly acclaimed album "Todesmelodien" Andreas Dorau strikes back – this time with a real band! In fact his brand new album "Aus der Bibliothèque" is the first album which he has recorded with a band since "Demokratie" (1988). Backed by "Die Liga der gewöhnlichen Gentlemen", he sought inspiration in the quarry of ideas known as the Hamburg Central Library. The result: poppy krautrock, Beatlesque sunshine pop, soft rock, electronica. In short, a superb album!"
*Purple Vinyl - 300 copies* "Having dusted themselves off from the haunted Victorian Coach-house in which they recorded last year’s Vitamin Easy EP, musical nomads Michael A Grammar have journeyed to the darkest depths of East Midlands’ underground to record Random Vision - the ferocious second instalment in their series of dramatic 12” EP releases."
"We first met Jack Name through White Fence, where he stood on a laptop generating noise along with guitar through, what is supposedly, an original homemade Grateful Dead speaker cabinet. How much good energy can one dude generate? Jack Name is a rare entity and story / songsmith. Whiffs of young Brian Eno, Gary Numan, Chrome, ELO, Bruce Haack, even Richard O’Brien (a la ‘Rocky Horror’) and Stefan Wul stain the sleeves of this story, but it’s still wholly original and cooked at home so it’s as honest as it is good for you. The sounds are a dense and ever-shifting beast - just an absolutely put-you-on-the-floor headphone record."
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "In 2007, Sacred Bones Records founder Caleb Braaten started unearthing rare and little-heard post-punk, deathrock and dark punk tracks for an eventual compilation. Seven years later, riffing on the tradition of the internationally known punk collector series, Killed by Death, those tracks are finally being released on vinyl, CD, and digital formats as Killed by Deathrock Vol. 1. Bands from all over the world are represented on the comp, from the relatively well-known Scots in Twisted Nerve to the “complet… Read more
"RiYL: Rudimentary Peni, Crass, Conflict… Despite only being active for a few years in the mid-1980s, Vex left a huge legacy in underground circles for their affecting brand of anarcho punk. Until now, it was almost impossible to find an original copy of their essential Sanctuary 12" on Fight Back Records, let alone their scant other recordings. Sanctuary: The Complete Discography collects all of the Vex material that was ever put to tape on one limited-edition LP for the first time ever. Drop the needle for a lean half hour by what CVLT Nation calls “a very well balanced band … Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Juvenilia is a compilation album by the New Zealand group, The Verlaines, first released in 1987 by Flying Nun Records. It collects the band's early singles and EPs on CD. Juvenalia was the first Verlaines' release on CD. Tracks : CD Version : Death And The Maiden, Doomsday, Joed Out, Baud To Tears, Crisis After Crisis, Burlesque, You Cheat Yourself of Everything That Moves, Pyromaniac, Windsong, Angela, You Say You, New Kind Of Hero, Instrumental, Phil Too?, C.D. Jimmy Jazz and Me….. // LP : Death And The Maiden, Angela, Bau… Read more
"When it comes to the '80s era of New Zealand indie label Flying Nun, one of the undisputed stone-cold classics is The Verlaines' "Death and the Maiden," a song that has become a touchstone for countless indie rock bands since it's release 30 years ago. Fueled by the heartfelt, literate, twistily-melodic songs of frontman Graeme Downes, The Verlaines band went on to release a series of classic albums -- and Downes still fronts the band today (Untimely Meditations came out last year). As part of their partnership with Captured Tracks, Flying Nun will be reissuing two Verlaine… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ace garage punk grunge pops picked up by Captured Tracks for reissue. 'The Feeling' was originally unleashed on Couple Skate Records in 2012 and now slots neatly in its new home alongside charming slackers such as Mac Demarco, Beach Fossils and co. Our highlights have to be the super lo-fi joys of 'Gentle Movement Towards Sensual Liberation' and 'Eon Of Love' or the dirgy grunger 'Trashworld'. Sure you'll all have your own favourites, though.
"Gravel is an attempt to capture the contradictory thoughts that trip up your head at 3 a.m. Gravel is the soundtrack to sleepless nights spent ruminating on both right and wrong decisions. Gravel is the new Anticon EP from Djavan Santos, better known as D33J. Upon first listen, its aquatic textures, faded neon haze, and blend of 808 drums and lo-fi desk claps, might recall D33J’s fellow Weditit Collective family, Ryan Hemsworth and Shlohmo. But closer listening reveals that D33J’s experiments yield a unique alchemy. The finished result is not just only aesthetically cohesive record, but also one that br… Read more
*LP version includes an insert and free download coupon redeemable from the label* "Guardian Alien are a New York experimental collective led by unparalleled drummer Greg Fox, current member of Zs as well as having previously collaborated with Ben Frost, Colin Stetson, Dustin Wong and Kid Millions. The group also features Bernard Gann (Liturgy) and Alexandra Drewchin. ‘Spiritual Emergency’ was recorded by legendary engineer and producer Wharton Tiers (Sonic Youth, Glenn Branca) after a year of touring where the band were fine tuning many of the album tracks. The album’s first side… Read more
*LP version features spot UV gloss printing on cover, an artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon* “For all of their affinity for murky, sludgy sounds, Pontiak roars away with remarkable precision, pulling off that men-as-machine ethos quite convincingly. Maybe it’s a sibling thing?” - San Francisco Bay Guardian Pontiak are made up of three brothers that grew up and live on farms in Virginia. Their lifelong closeness yields uncommon musical understanding, creative collaboration and personal camaraderie. Their singular combination of impressive work ethic and boundless creativity pays off on … Read more
*Includes a 23”X23” Super Ape Poster* "Few artists enjoy a legacy that involves a re-engineering of the very genre in which they work. Lee “Scratch” Perry is such an artist. As a pioneer of dub reggae Perry viewed the mixing console as musical instrument in its own right. The influence of his revolutionary approach has been felt world-wide and into genres far beyond reggae. His 1976 effort, Super Ape, is considered a masterpiece of this or any genre. Working with The Upstetters at his Black Ark studio Perry created a sound with such a lasting appeal that The Rough Guide incl… Read more
**Edition of 500** "They'd hinted at it on the more synthetically put together passages within the sprawling designs of 2012’s debut LPAnimalism; but now Plank! have fully taken the plunge into gloriously off-kilter pop instrumentals and limb-seducing oscillations, with the arrival of brilliant new single ‘Aphidelity,’ from their forthcoming second album on Manchester label Akoustik Anarkhy Recordings. ‘Aphidelity’ starts off like something coming out of 1970’s Detroit before opening up into panoramic world of probing synth lines and Nile Rodgers disco licks, the live percussion moving away from the… Read more
Warm and smoky deep house electronics from Sweden's Henrik Jonsson ov the Jonsson/Alter duo as Porn Sword Tobacco. 'Casual Claude (DJ Mix)' from his CCO album 'Everything Is Music To The Ear' is presented as a lissom, chiming mid-tempo house move beside the woozy, byzantine shuffle of 'Cave 4b-50 Click Northwest (Live Mix)' on the A-side. Flip it for a wonderfully dusty 'Rhythm Box' meditation tinkering with slinky latin patterns, tidiest rhodes riffs and plangent tape dubbing techniques. RIYL Theo Parrish, STL, Pye Corner Audio.
Metrist debuts on Brooklyn's Fifth wall with three gnarled and driving techno constructions plus a Eomac remix. Working in a similar orbit to Shapednoise, Tommy Four Seven and recent Happa experiments, 'Doorman in Formant' yields a mixture of dancefloor weight and spacious textural explorations. His 'Third Law' offers a bleak vision of decayed, wasteland-scouring techno which Eomac reconstructs with a kinkier flow and ghostly pads. Back to Metrist, 'Lotstrom' jacks up a hulking, rusted techno sound, and 'Leviathanks' dices with a hybrid of UK grime and industrial techno reminding of certain Dro Carey productions.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Kasra calls a Critical Music 2014 AGM on 'Underground Sonics Part 2', sporting tracks from Mefjus & Inside Info, Enei, Noisia & The Upbeats, and Phace. This is the slicker, trickier sound of D&B in 2014, showcasing the hyperfluid dynamics of 'Slender' by Enei and two techy ragers from Noisia & The Upbeats and Phace.
*Includes a free digital download of the entire album redeemable from the label* "Omo Lewa by Nigerian born band leader and multi-instrumentalist Peter King came into the world in 1976. From start to finish, King weaves afrobeat, highlife, and jazz with mesmerizing skill. Long out of print, this album contains some of the prolific artist's finest work. Highlights like “Afro-Funk” and “Ajo” have been singeing slipmats via recent African compilations and whetting the appetites of numerous music fans. As prices on the collector's market reiterate, this pent up demand has made Omo Lewa Peter King's m… Read more
**Includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label** **One for the Skinny Puppy fans. 1st edition on grey vinyl includes insert and download code** "Zex Model is the project (started in September 2012) of Paul Von Aphid, a young Russian musician who re-imagining and re-modeling the classic sound of 80's Wax Trax and Antler’s bands, by adding a personal twist of his own experience living in urban dystopia. After his debut EP "First Mutation" (released in May 2013 on digital only and soon to be reissued with bonus material on desire) his new release, the full-length LP "Mind Slaughter" is… Read more