Thursday, 05 February
**180g White/Red Marbled Vinyl** "Medical Records in partnership with Crispy Nuggets Blog present the unreleased recordings of England’s Mixed Feelings. Mixed Feelings grew up in Basildon which was also the home of Depeche Mode (in fact, they went to the same school). In 1981, Sean Cooper met Martin Gore on holiday (around the time of “New Life”), and they instantly hit it off discussing synthesizers, school, teachers, etc. Martin was inspirational for Sean to follow his dream of making music. After a few bands, Sean started a band with longtime friend Geoff with influences like old disco (… Read more
**180g White Vinyl** "Medical Records presents the debut full-length release of Le Cliché, entitled ‘Consumer Behaviour’. The album consists of 11 songs influenced largely by European synth pop of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s (The Human League, John Foxx, OMD, early Depeche Mode, Japan, Gary Numan, Propaganda and Kraftwerk.). More recent influences include the first album by Miss Kittin & the Hacker, Tiga, Benny Benassi, Erlend Øye and Ladytron. The music might be best described as minimal synth, synth pop, postmodernist, cold assembly line with neo consumerist themes, based on th… Read more
**Edition of 300 mastered and cut by Rashad at D&M** Discrepant and Yannick Dauby invite a closer listen to the soundscapes of Taiwan thru the highly-detailed electro-acoustic impressions of 'ts'it láu tsuí'. During an extended stay in Peng-Hu, an archipelago located in the Taiwan Strait, for months in early 2013, Dauby made a temporary experimental music studio where he parsed and reorganised a mass of field recordings made in and around the area. The final composition binds and glances the sounds of underwater fauna, the local harbour, music played during funerals and shortwave broadcasts to create an aural sketchbook of his stay.
**Silver wax** Multi award-winning composer Trevor Wishart's electro-acoustic masterpiece, 'Red Bird: A Political Prisoner's Dream' reissued on vinyl for the first time in nearly 50 years. Composed between 1973 and 1977, and first presented on the York Electronic Studios label in 1978, it is Wishart's 2nd release and a prime example of his compositional interests in the interpolation by technological means between the human voice and natural sounds. Bearing in mind that was created long before samplers were readily available, it is the result of painstaking proce… Read more
*Limited edition bronze vinyl - includes download code redeemable from the label* Sally Shapiro's producer, Johan Agebjörn blesses Paper Bag Records with a gorgeous suite of sylvan synth themes in 'Notes'. New gear from this fella is always a pleasure, never a chore, and this one's lush as ever, linking up guest coos from Ms. Shapiro plus collaborations with similarly sensitive souls such as Lonely Dear, Young Galaxy, and Brain Machine. The dancefloor is but a distant, hazy place to these songs, far more concerned with elegant, dreamy sound design and romantic intimacy than bodies in motion. We… Read more
Studio's Dan Lissvik ventures solo with the suave Scando disco of 'Shuvit!'. After a breezy intro, 'Airwalk' bobs on with lissom bass licks and shuffling drums peppered with synth voices and sparkling chords at a louche 100bpm,; 'Shuvit!' steps up a frisky take on 'Sueño Latino' ripe for Scandinavian beach parties where the organic meatballs are free.
Belgian slo-mo meester, Mugwump teams up with Mungolian Jetset and Ost & Kjex, backed with Andrew Weatherall and Mark E remixes.
"Marrying malevolent attack to expansive celestial splendour, ‘In Black And Gold’ marks a point whereby Hey Colossus map out a sonic trajectory that expands on their trademark ornery overload. The songs herein may be leaner and more artful than the fearsome sound by which they made their name on albums like 2008’s ‘Project: Death’ and the monstrous 2013 opus ‘Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo’, but they remain possessed of the wrath both Stoogian and Stygian that fuels their noiserock transgression. an evolutionary process has led to their maximalist tendencies being replaced by a sharp fo… Read more
"Country Music is the second album by prolific experimentalists Vision Fortune, and their first for ATP Recordings. Recorded during an intense two-month research residency, generously funded by the Cuatroquesos Foundation, in the idyllic yet remote region of Tuscany, Italy, Country Music is both a significant development and audible departure from the sound of the band's debut Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune. Blossom''s resigned and fragile vocal layers feature an appearance by the live-in maggiordomo, for example - whilst the percussion on 'Dry Mouth' was created solely from th… Read more
Classy, epic tech-house deviations from husband/wife duo Julienne Dessagne and Sascha Funke. From the top, 'Chambre Bleu' starts with a quasi-speed chug, giving way to the dubbed-out and brooding stride of 'The Era Of The Leopard', but the best is saved for B-side with a sprawling, stop/start piece of mid-tempo EBM sound design.
**180g heavyweight vinyl with MP3 download code redeemable from the label** "In the Summer of 2013, Francois & The Atlas Mountains took a 10 day trip to Africa to meet up with local musicians with the intention of collaborating. Francois’ existing obsession with African music led to this excursion and what emerged became ‘L’Homme Tranquille’, a four- track EP recorded across Ethopia, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Benin. In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Francois jammed with Papa Djiga Boubacar (on ngoni), Luc Kyenbreogo (bass ngoni) and Sanou Darra (balaphon) at the French C… Read more
**Now available on vinyl** The great Sun Ra Arkestra, recorded live at Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf, Austria – 11th march 1984. Recording of the whole three hour performance in a deluxe 4 LP box set.
"Brooklyn duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne recorded their debut, I Line My Days Along Your Weight, as a true duet: facing each other inches apart, intent upon listening. They wove together archaic instruments – baritone acoustic, tricone resonator, golden-era flattop, space-age lap steel, upright piano, and hundred-year-old mandolin – into a new and vibrant third voice. All the songs were recorded live to two-inch analog tape, the studio equivalent of tightrope-walking without a net. Mark and Mary later added minimal touches of lap steel, piano, and electric guita… Read more
Thursday, 29 January
Lean, mean hybrids of UK rolige and European techno from Roska, Roska, Roska. Back for his 3rd outing on Tectonic, he reflects the label's current aesthetic with tightest, jabbing drums and dread bass for the darkside skank 'n shuffle. 'Hyperion' rolls with effortless momentum guided by zombied 4/4 bass pressure and frankly fxxking evil drones; 'Off' is distinctly UK-centric, synching the widest swing from fractured drums and offset sub swells for the dancers; 'Only Human' really gets our vote though, setting a pensile balance of crisp rimshots and slicing claps poised with noirish dub chamber vibes precipitating the nastiest bass shapes..
Houndstooth lop one off Second Storey's debut album, backed with new cut 'Layer Lock' and corresponding mixes by Cristian Vogel and Luke Vibert. With 'One Sound' Storey gives old skool wonky techno a boot to the behind with his flash production palette, whereas 'Layer Lock' dips to a more tetchy, skittish Breakbeat coda. Vibert splices 'One Sound' with stacks of junglist stabs, jazzy fake-outs and tussling drums; Vogel carves 'Layer Lock' into an advanced, polymetric techno sculpture.
Terrence Dixon's stellar series continues with a trio of deeply mystic Detroit techno reductions. Following similar coordinates to recent Mills missions, the A-side is a stunning piece of sound design swirling cosmic synth plumes around a 120bpm kick anchor preventing it from drifting into deep space. Flipside, the madness of outer space travel kicks in with a panicked, discordant pounder, before settling to an alternate, further version of 'Code Urgent' off the 'Theater Of A Confused Mind' album.
Alex Coulton makes rude house moves on Tempa following his ace for Beneath's Mistry label and a contribution to Tempa's 'Allstars Vol.7'. The abyssal reverb and serpentine drums of 'Recall' pick up where his lean 'Bleep Sequence' for Beneath's label left us late last year, heading farther into the dread house murk with nasty, wide bass and strobing vocal spectres. if that groove is all about concentrated pressure, the scuffling brokebeats and natty bass dip of 'Wiretap' is all about spacious dynamics and airborne rolige.
Sabla's debut set of buckled, technoid texturhythms are arguably the best yet from Turin, Italy's Gang Of Ducks label. Backed up by smart reworks from Ital and the G.O.D. bosses, the four original tracks feel out freeform, roiling rhythms and rusted timbres in transtion somewhere between Andy Stott's knackerd crack, the whirring mechanics of Lukid, and Phork's staggered drum patterns. In the best sense, each piece sounds like two tracks in a battle to resolve their rhythmic differences, from the ragged techno lurch of 'Di Lei' to the crushed, Bellows-style dub of 'Spirits' and the thrumming undertow o… Read more
Pulling up a long-lost, newly discovered slab of Scientist's hard dubs to Flick Wilson's 'Schooldays' album and a cut from Wayne Jarrett's 'What's Wrong' LP. Working under the wicked title, '…The Dub Album They Didn't Want You To Hear!', this is classic-era 1980 Scientist in full effect, tuff on the rhythm and ruthlessly sharp FX, especially with the quickstepping 'Schools Days Dub' and 'Don't Give Up Your Culture Dub'. Housed in great sleeve sporting a photograph of the man on the buttons. Big tip!
"When The Notwist returned with their 7th album 'Close To The Glass' (their debut for Sub Pop Records) in early 2014, many were enchanted by the epic instrumental 'Lineri'. It was the only instrumental track featured on the LP, but according to Notwist-singer Markus Acher, instrumental works have had an especially big impact on the album and its arrangements. Between 2008's ‘The Devil, You & Me’ and this year’s 'Close To The Glass', The Notwist not only concentrated on various solo projects, but also worked for several theatre productions and radioplays. 'The Messier Objects' is a compil… Read more
*New, reworked version. Originally released 1997 on Captain Trip Records* "Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisations. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of electronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "Apropos" album. The track… Read more
**180g vinyl edition with art print poster and digital download code - immersively collaged and enchanting sound journey across the American south** "Herein sits a sound panacea for what ails you, me, thee… a collection of sound meant to place tiume, place memory in that space beyond remembrance… This recording represents a 25 day sojourn (#southernsojourn2014) I took through parts of the/my american south by am, greydog, thumb, through pecan trees, farm fields, rivers running me, dark allies, cemeteries people no longer visit… curious places below the mason dix… Read more
*Packaged in a gatefold sleeve with a digital download code* "Although little is known about H Hawkline at this stage, international record collector, occasional DJ partner and hirsute head Andy Votel divulges that he is “from a family lineage that comprises of 70s radio DJs and Welsh Horror movie stars.” He continues: “H Hawkline’s own place in the limelight often cascades and intertwines with the likes of his close friends Cate Le Bon [who produced this album], Sweet Baboo and Gruff Rhys. As an adept multi-intrumentalist main vein Huw Evans claws his influences from a broad out… Read more
**Die-cut jacket** Young Turks share five of their 2014 highlights on one plate. Includes the pop ohrwurms of SBTRKT's 'New Dorp. New York', and FKA Twigs' stounning 'Two Weeks', plus the concatenated shock of Quirke, a tender love note from Jamie xx, and Sampha's live lounge-ready 'Too Much'.
Strange mix of styles on this one, pairing The Soft's thrumming post rock-meets electronica piece, 'Icaria', with a gauzy, jagged dubstep-techno roller by Killawatt and some fudgy tech-house with sweetly soured melody blowing kisses at vintage AFX.
**Obscure country and western delights for the journey. Housed in tip on-style jacket** "Ten road-weary tales from the wrong side of outlaw country. Jeff Cowell may have huffed the same narcotic air as Townes Van Zandt and David Allan Coe, but hunkered far from the Nashville city limits, nary a Cash or Paycheck would drunkenly slur through his tunes. Recorded in 1975, Lucky Strikes and Liquid Gold is an isolated, backwoods loner epic, top-loaded with odes to hitch-hiking and rambling the crumbling Michigan countryside of Cowell’s hard-drinking youth. Previously available only o… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "Thousand Thursday effortlessly streamlines Michna's life and cultural background into affable dancefloor sounds. "My dad is from Ealing in West London," he shares, "and that's been a huge direct musical influence my whole life, especially when I was a teen and spent some time in London in the mid-'90s." You can easily hear that much in the ravey breakbeats and horn stabs that sneak into synthy tracks like "Cherry 2000" and "Time Will Tell", or even the vibe of rain-soaked streets that permeates Thousand Thursday. Then there's … Read more
"Like the chorus on “Come Down” that makes the downward trajectory sound ornate and beautiful, the debut LP, Depersonalisation, from Sydney-based band Nite Fields, is sparse and cold yet inviting and intimate at the same time. Lead singer and songwriter Danny Venzin is opinionated, passionate, and uncompromising, whether releasing works on his own label Lost Race or maintaining his diligent focus on a unified (though not narrow-minded) Nite Fields aesthetic, regardless of what music is currently in fashion. His band mates Chris Campion, Liza Harvey and Michael Whitney consist of deeply… Read more
DJ Haus drops some dirty acid work on Clone's Jack For Daze sub-print. Raw-assed party funk in four versions, from stripped-down bangers to more freakish nuggets and bleepy bass styles.